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Saturday, 21 October

20:50

Marriage Equality Rally "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hows it going for you at the moment?, a friend asked me, as we sat under a tree in Victoria Park, and waited for speeches at todays marriage equality rally. The last time Id seen her was at the last marriage equality rally Id attended, about a month ago. Shes a heterosexual woman with a []

19:30

Tales of Yankee Power "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When Jackson Browne released Lives in the Balance in 1986, critics reckoned that its contemporary content, the USAs bloody meddling in Central America, limited its appeal and long-term significance. And yet, here in the early twentieth first century, with the wars of the Arab Dissolution dragging the world into its vortex, the Great Power politics and proxy wars that taxed intellectual and actual imaginations in that seemingly distant decade jump back into the frame like some dystopian jack in the box. As Mark Twain noted, history doesnt repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

Lives in the Balance was certainly a record for and of its times. Months before the Iran-contra scandal broke, Browne sang I want to know who the men in the shadows are, I want to hear somebody asking them why. They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are but theyre never the ones to fight or to die. After the arms for hostages deals hit the news, increased public awareness of the US secret and dirty war in Nicaragua inspired him to produce a video for the title track well after the album had passed its sales peak.

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18:31

Australias $1 billion loan to Adani is ripe for a High Court challenge "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australias $1 billion loan to Adani is ripe for a High Court challenge

Brendan Gogarty, University of Tasmania

Indian mining giant Adanis proposal to build Australias largest coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin has been the source of sharp national controversy, because of its potential economic, health, environmental and cultural risks.

These concerns were amplified this week when Indias former environment minister Jairam Ramesh told the ABCs Four Corners:

My message to the Australian government would certainly be: please demonstrate that you have done more homework than has been the case so far.

Its a valid warning, considering that a Commonwealth investment board is considering loaning Adani A$1 billion in federal money to assist the development of mining infrastructure.


Read more: Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal


The loan, expected to be announced any day now, will no doubt agitate further political controversy.......

17:47

Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal

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Is it nearly the end of the road for coal?

Samantha Hepburn, Deakin University

Indian mining firm Adani yesterday announced that its board had approved plans to proceed with the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

But it is still far from clear whether Adani has actually obtained the finance to proceed with the A$16.5 billion project, or whether it has secured the necessary A$1.1 billion loan from the governments Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility needed for the mines railway.

Tony Abbott created the NAIF prior to losing leadership

Ministerial responsibility for the NAIF lies with the Hon Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia. NAIF is led by an independent board chaired by Ms Sharon Warburton (WA) who is joined by:

  • Mr Barry Coulter (NT)

  • Mr Justin Mannolini (WA)

  • Mr Khory McCormick (QLD)

  • Mr Bill Shannon (QLD)......

17:07

Pumped hydro "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

In my Conversation article on the Turnbull governments plan to keep coal-fired electricity alive, I said that most of the opportunities for hydro-electric power had already been exploited. I was thinking of primary power generation, and in this respect, I maintain my view. However, I neglected the option of pumped storage, where water is pumped uphill when excess electricity is available, then run downhill through turbines to (re)generate the electricity when it is most needed.

My old university friend, Andrew Blakers, now with the Research School of Engineering at ANU emailed me to point out this study, looking at the large number of sites potentially available in Australia, more than enough to backup all the renewable energy we will be generating in the foreseeable future.

This isnt just a theoretical proposition. The Kidston hydro storage project in the advanced stages of planning, will offer 2000MwH of storage combined with a co-located 270MW solar PV project. The same report mentions some big wind + storage projects.

Still, if Labor is silly enough to endorse Turnbulls NEG idea, its hard to see any more progress being made.

17:07

start - [Talks] "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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16:48

A treasured clients six eights Ring collected today "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Bh commission Asymmetric oval saddle ring with narrow band has centre pav set with x 6 diamonds, x9 sapphires, x2 aquamarines and a further x3 of her own diamonds. Ring is 18ct yellow gold with gems set into 18ct palladium white gold with 18ct yellow gold edging. Matt and burnished finish to ring with fine chiseled texture to the white gold setting. Size R1/2. Including a few versions to view 1 2


16:26

Brisbane Supporters Brave The Rain To March For Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Steady rain wasnt enough to deter around 300 marriage equality supporters from marching through Brisbane on Saturday afternoon. The Equality Campaigns Shirleene Robinson told the crowd gathered at Queens Park that the group had seen support for marriage equality all over the state. We heard from a young gay man in Bundaberg who works as ...

The post Brisbane Supporters Brave The Rain To March For Marriage Equality appeared first on QNEWS.

15:18

Six Middle Eastern Countries Ban Glyphosate Herbicides over Probable Carcinogen Fears "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Omans Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that six Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman have banned the use of glyphosate herbicides since last year, after reviewing IARCs classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

Map of Saudi Arabia.

Map of Saudi Arabia.

You can read the article in Sustainable Pulse (October 13th) here.

The post Six Middle Eastern Countries Ban Glyphosate Herbicides over Probable Carcinogen Fears appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

15:06

Glyphosate Damages Soil-Friendly Bacteria "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Considerable research establishes that glyphosate adversely effects soil microbial species and communities, including nitrogen-fixing species and fungal populations. This new study by researchers at Cornell University looks at the response to glyphosate of soil bacteria (Pseudomonas spp) which produce a range of antibiotic compounds, iron-scavenging molecules (or siderophores), and plant growth promoters. Several species are effective biocontrol agents which protect plants against pathogens and promote plant health.

As this October 7th article in Sustainable Pulse points out As farmers battle in their above-ground war on weeds using glyphosate-based herbicides, they may inadvertently create underground casualties unintentionally attacking the beneficial bacteria that help crops guard against enemy fungus.

You can read the full article here.

The post Glyphosate Damages Soil-Friendly Bacteria appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

14:42

Monsanto banned from European parliament "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Monsanto lobbyists have been banned from entering the European parliament after the multinational refused to attend a parliamentary hearing into allegations of regulatory interference. Reported in the Guardian on September 28th.

It is the first time MEPs have used new rules to withdraw parliamentary access for firms that ignore a summons to attend parliamentary inquiries or hearings.

Monsanto officials will now be unable to meet MEPs, attend committee meetings or use digital resources on parliament premises in Brussels or Strasbourg.

The new rules for procedures of the EU Parliament were set in January 2017 and allow the Parliament to withdraw or deactivate temporary access where there has been a breach of the Code of Conduct for Registrants, where they have been guilty of a serious breach of the obligations, or have refused to comply with a formal summons to attend a hearing or committee meeting or to cooperate with a committee of inquiry, without offering a sufficient justification.

You can read the full article here.

The post Monsanto banned from European parliament appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

14:24

Sydneys new trains will be built in China in a $1.7 billion deal "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

New trains for Sydneys rail work will be built in China under a $1.7 billion contract.

Engineering group Downer EDI Ltd announced today that it had been awarded the Sydney Growth Trains contract by Transport for New South Wales.

Downer shares were up 2.2% to $5.79 in early trade.

The contract includes 24 double-deck trains of eight cars each, with options for another 45, and maintenance for 25 years.

Downer EDI was also responsible for the troubled $3.6 billion Waratah trains project, which arrived 18 months behind schedule in 2011, as well as over budget. It cost the company dearly, and the delays were partly blamed on the Chinese contractor.

The 626 Waratah carriages, which now make up about half of the Sydneys rolling stock, were delivered by Downer and Hitachi for Reliance Rail. The 2006 deal was the largest single train procurement in Australian history. The last carriage was delivered in June 2014.

The new trains will be built by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles under a sub-contract arrangement with Downer.

The project is part of plans by the NSW government to spend $41.5 billion on transport capital works over the next four years.

Downer CEO Grant Fenn says this latest contract will build on the success of the Waratah trains.

The Waratah trains have achieved exceptional availability and reliability in fact they are the best performing train in the world, he says.

Importantly, they are also very popular with commuters and train drivers.

The new trains will have 90% in common with the Waratah design. All major sub-systems are the same, including traction, brakes, doors, train information systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

The Sydney rail network carries more than 1 million passengers each business day.

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/sydneys-new-trains-will-be-built-in-china-in-a-1-7-billion-deal-2016-12

Source: http://trainingahead.com.au/china-take-sydneys-newest-rail-project/


13:20

Residents of the reeds "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A tiny patch of habitat at Joyces Creek is a nice illustration of how small can be beautiful.

Largely consisting of Common Reed Phragmites australis, it sits on the eastern bank of the storage just as you turn off the highway. The patch is no more than 0.1 hectares and yet each spring it provides breeding habitat for Australian Reed-warblers and Superb Fairy-wrens. The warblers arrive in September, just as the Common Reed is sending up new shoots amongst the previous seasons dead thatch. At least half a dozen warblers spend the summer here raising families. The surprise was a fleeting glimpse of a Little Grassbird, not spotted here previously. This other denizen of the reeds is a district resident that moves around locally, especially when the wetlands are full. It spends much of the year along the Loddon River where you can often hear their distinctive calls from deep in the riparian habitat from which they rarely emerge for photographers!

Common Reed @ Joyces Creek, 20th October 2017

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12:29

Why is The Conversation still pursuing the Adani Carmichael Mine? "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Why are we still pursuing the Adani Carmichael mine?

Michael West, University of Sydney

Why, if Adanis gigantic Carmichael coal project is so on-the-nose for the banks and so environmentally destructive, are the federal and Queensland governments so avid in their support of it?

Once again the absurdity of building the worlds biggest new thermal coal mine was put in stark relief on Monday evening via an ABC Four Corners investigation, Digging into Adani.


Read more: Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal


Where the ABC broke new ground was in exposing the sheer breadth of corruption by this Indian energy conglomerate. And its power too. The TV crew was detained and questioned in an Indian hotel for five hours by police.

It has long been the subject of high controversy that the Australian government, via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)that is still contemplating a A$1 billion subsidy for Adanis rail line, a proposal to freight the coal from the Galilee Basin to Adanis....

12:26

Another 1000 Queenslanders To Get Free Access To PrEP "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Another 1000 Queenslanders will get access to PrEP medication to help them reduce their chance of contracting HIV. PrEP, which stand for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, in conjunction with other safe sex measures. In early 2016, Health Minister ...

The post Another 1000 Queenslanders To Get Free Access To PrEP appeared first on QNEWS.

11:50

US Deep State burning houses in California? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The video above is a VERY important video with eyewitness testimony proving HAARP EMP weapons being used to start California fires. Some witnesses saw blue sparks and flashes in the sky that were NOT lightning! Some felt a weird energy in the air that made their heart palpitate! Some felt an energy vortex move through their homes!

A firefighter known by one of the guests on Scott Bennetts radio show on the Rense Radio Network told some shocking details on the air! He said a cop went and knocked on the door of a house and told them they had to be out of there in one hour. The fire was nowhere around the home at that point and thats why they had an hour. The policemen came back to that same house in 5 minutes and the house was fully engulfed in flames! No way the fire would have moved from nowhere around there to fully engulfing the house in 5 minutes! Sorry that just cannot happen!

I think they might be turning up the HAARP toys to a high level that can cause spontaneous combustion of trees or structures. All trees and structures are now covered with nano particles of aluminum. What happens when you put aluminum foil in a microwave? You get massive heat, sparks and things combust spontaneously! I think this is whats happening! They are starting and intensifying these wildfires with microwave energy from their HAARP toys. Thats why so many fires are starting at one time and this means not enough firefighters to fight the fires.

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11:18

A Trio of Bizjets Spotted - Plus Royal Australia Navy (RAN) Hydrography Dash-8-200 VH-LCL - All Spotted at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

While at Mackay Airport this week I was fortunate enough to spot a nice trio locally based corporate bizjets.



On Thursday 19 October, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY visited for part of the day arriving from and later departing back to Brisbane.


Of interest, VH-SGY also called into Gladstone Airport this week, arriving from Brisbane on Tuesday 17 October and departing back there on Wednesday 18 October.

And the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport on Wednesday 18 October also from Brisbane.

Also visiting Mackay Airport on Thursday 19 October was Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-PWX which popped in for a short time from Bankstown.


And the locally-Airport based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was spotted departing Mackay Airport for Brisbane also on Thursday 19 October.

11:01

Mining companies links with politicians susceptible to corruption report "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Transparency International Australia says particular corruption risk in regard to infrastructure approvals in Qld and WA

A new report shines a critical light on the links between mining companies, lobbyists and politicians, pointing to the Indian mining giant Adani as an example of how a company with a questionable record overseas can still gain mining approval in Australia.

It warns the political mining complex in Australias two biggest mining states, Western Australian and Queensland, is susceptible to corruption due to key weaknesses in their approvals regimes, including inadequate due diligence investigation into the companies and individuals applying for mining leases.

It also criticises the revolving doors of personnel between government and industry broadly, and political donations regimes.

The report, published by Transparency International Australia (TIA), Corruption Risks: Mining Approvals in Australia, was released on Wednesday.

Its authors conducted 47 interviews with experts from government, industry, civil society, academics, Indigenous traditional owners and consultants in Perth and Brisbane to gather its evidence. Its list of key weaknesses i...

10:57

Qld Budget data visualisation from Truii "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Brisbane-based data visualisation company Truii has produced an impressive data visualisation of the 2015-16 Queensland Budget:

Queensland Government finance data 2015-16

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The data visualisation uses open data from the Queensland Government, including a comprehensive data set on contracts and grants. By linking to open data, the Truii site allows analysts to uncover an even greater range of insights than are available from Truiis data visualisations alone. To illustrate, one can compare the performances of the big four professional services firms in winning Queensland Government work (see my chart below). It appears 2015-16 was a very good year for KPMG!

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10:33

What stories do you want Mountain Journal to cover? "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Wow. Another winter done. Which means I have to post some stuff thats not just about snow. Ive been getting quite a lot of emails lately from people with suggestions about topics to cover on Mountain Journal, which is great. Id always welcome people writing pieces, as there are only so many hours in the day and lots of good and significant things go un-reported simply because of time constraints. Please feel free to send stories.

But these emails have got me thinking about the overall balance of topics covered in MJ. You feedback (via email cam.walker@foe.org.au) or the poll below would be most welcome.

PS: if youre interested in whats popular, I do an annual summary of most visited stories here. The overall most popular stories are: the sidecountry guide to the Mt Hotham area, the backcountry film festival and (interestingly) the trail notes to the Ducane traverse in central west Tasmania.

 


08:19

Horse's Rear of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Anthony John Tony Abbott
Liberal Member for Warringah & sacked former Australian Prime Minister
On the subject of the 2017 Same Sex Marriage national voluntary survey

07:53

The Space Cowboy at the Byron Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

2 SHOWS: 3pm & 5.30pm October 29

Sideshow celebrity, The Space Cowboy is a truly unique artist from Byron Bay Australia. A natural performer, he started presenting his unusual skills at the local markets at the age of eight, now he has shocked and amazed audiences in 40+ countries at festivals, events and in sold out venues around the world and made numerous television appearances that have earned him his fame.

The Space Cowboy is a highly skilled and diverse performer who currently holds over 40 Guinness World Records, the most records ever held by an Australian!

The Space Cowboy is back to perform his new show at the Byron Theatre. Dont miss out.

Learn more and buy tickets at www.byroncentre.com.au

The post The Space Cowboy at the Byron Theatre appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

07:45

Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 18, 2017 Blockchain VR/AR monetization platform Gaze Coin today announced its launch of the worlds first blockchain token for VR/AR based on gaze control/eye tracking and plans for a public Initial Coin Offering November 28. Gaze Coin is a breakthrough monetization, adtech and DRM solution for VR/AR, measuring and employing user gaze Continue reading Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO

The post Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO appeared first on NEWSBTC.

07:27

A Few Recent Out and Abouts "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Warneet.
Spider-orchid, Morwell
Great Egret, Tooradin.
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00:16

Stop the boats, save the goats! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


cartoon of climate change denialist and sacked former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, who on 9 October 2017 told the world: "Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods, we are more sophisticated now but are still sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect"

00:15

Believe it or not tweet "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



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Friday, 20 October

23:52

Inner West Tool Library "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

SydneyLETS <3 Inner West Tool Library

Were pretty excited to hear about the Inner West Tool Library! Most of the tools we only get used a couple of times a year (or ever!). We waste money buying them, then they sit around taking up space. Why not take out a membership with your local tool library to get access to more tools for WAY less money.

The Tool Library is currently in the process of looking at potential sites, but also looking for general interest from the community.

If anyone is keen to find out more, becoming a part of the founding team, donating skills/tools/time/space, being a member or a supporter please contact iwtoollibrary@gmail.com 

Like the facebook page for updates fb.me/iwtoollibrary

23:42

New initiative brings Australia a step closer to zero food waste "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A team of sustainability advocates and a Sydney-based caterer that wants to be Australia's first "zero waste" food business have launched a start-up with a mission: To help the catering and hospitality industries end food waste.

23:19

North Korea rant letter shows sanctions are biting "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called a North Korean letter to parliament basically a rant against Donald Trump. Turnbull praised China, saying the letter showed that fresh sanctions were hitting Pyongyang hard.

Australien Li Keqiang, Malcolm Turnbull (picture alliance/dpa/AP Photo/M. Tsikas)Turnbull, pictured here with Chinas Li Keqiang, praised Beijing for piling the pressure on Pyongyang

Turnbull heaped praise on China, Australias largest trading partner, on Friday, saying Beijings involvement in the latest set of UN Security Council sanctions was helping to squeeze North Korea into dropping its nuclear threats.

China, notwithstanding its very close history with North Korea, had become part of global sanctions, especially by restricting oil exports into North Korea, Turnbull told Melbourne 3AW radio.

China, according to US estimates, controls 90 percent of North Koreas external trade. Russia also has considerable influence in Pyongyang. The latest sanctions particularly target the import of crude oil and natural gas products, and North Koreas textile exports.

Distributed via Jakarta

The letter entitled Open Letter to Parliaments of Different Countries was sent by North Korea from its embassy in Jakarta to the Australian embassy in Indonesia.

Its basically a rant about how bad Donald Trump is, Turnbull said, referring to recent verbal exchanges between the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Nordkorea Diktator Kim Jong-un (Reuters/KCNA)North Koreas Kim Jong Un celebrates September test

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bi.....

20:06

Aircraft and Helicopters Involved in Search for Missing Trawler and Fishermen off the Fraser Coast This Week "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With the hopes fading of a positive outcome from the search for a missing fishing trawler and five missing fishermen this week, here is a quick summary of some of the local and visiting helicopters and fixed wing aircraft that have been involved with the search


Over the course of Tuesday 17 October and Wednesday 18 October Aerorescue (AMSA - Australian Maritime Safety Authority) (Cobham Aviation) Bombardier Challenger CL-600-2B16 bizjet VH-XNE "Rescue 330" was believed to be coordinating the search off the Fraser Coast.


On Wednesday 18 October it landed at Rockhampton Airport for fuel and was photographed by local plane spotter IAD.



20:01

Chinas state power grid sinks $5bn in Jemena tests Australias receptiveness to Chinese government-backed takeovers "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A $5 billion-plus investment by Chinas state power grid into Australian electricity and gas assets is set to test the countrys receptiveness to Chinese government-backed takeovers and could pave the way for larger acquisitions.

State Grid Corporation of China , the worlds biggest utility, said on Friday it would take a 19.99 per cent stake in Singapore Powers listed SP AusNet for $824 million, and 60 per cent of its unlisted Jemena assets.

The Jemena portfolio, which includes a chunk of Victorias power and NSWs gas grids, was valued at $9billion in its most recent accounts, signalling the deal is worth more than $5billion in total, including debt.

The transactions, revealed early Friday on afr.com and confirmed later by the companies, are subject to approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board and Chinas National Development and Reform Commission. Initial talks have already taken place.

Attraction of Australian assets

FIRB approval is likely to be the most sensitive, given State Grid would get control over part of Melbournes electricity network and of the NSW gas distribution grid, as well as of the main gas pipeline from the Bass Strait to Sydney,

State Grid wants to invest up to $US50billion by 2020 in overseas assets, building them up to account forup to 10per cent of its business, general manager Liu Zhenya said in January.

Assets in Australia are attractive because of the relatively stable regulatory framework and their returns.

They do the capacity to put sizable money in a business which they think is attractive, said Sajal Kishore, Fitch Ratings utilities director in Sydney.

The regulatory framework is quite good, especially if you compare it to whats around in Asia.

Lazard and Credit Suisse are advising Singapore Power. Macquarie Capital and Goldman Sachs are advising State Grid, whose networks cover about 88per cent of China and yield revenues of about $US300billion ($305billion).

Second investment

Singapore Powers stake in SP AusNet will fall from 51per cent to 31.1per cent, and in Jemena to 40per cent. The 49per cent of SP AusNet that is publicly listed will be unaffected.

The investment is State Grids second within a few months in Australia. It bought a 40per cent interest in South Australias ElectraNet network late lastyear for $500million. It is also thought to be on the shortlist to buy a stake in New Zealand distributor Powerco.

The acquisitions mark a new stage of maturity in Chinas offshore investments beyond deals to s...

19:00

Waratahs and Rain! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Today it is raining! After months of serious dry we are receiving our first truly soaking rain. It feels magic.

This morning we got together with many of the other landcare groups in the Katoomba catchment for morning tea and a bird watching walk led by the incredible artist Fiona Lumsden  and Jill Dark. While we didnt spot too many birds in the mist, we did hear a few, and found the waratahs on the bush corridor above the garden are in full, glorious bloom! Afterwards we headed to the National Parks office for morning tea and a chat about the fantastic work that all the different groups in the catchment have been doing.  The council and the local community have just received an award for their work on the waterways leading into Minnie Haha Falls. Big congrats to everyone involved!

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17:40

Legalising the Inaccessible: An Interview with Medicinal Cannabis Advocate Dr Teresa Towpik "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A medicinal cannabis bill that would make it easier for terminally ill patients to access imported cannabis medicines passed through the Senate on Thursday. However, its expected the Turnbull government will vote it down in the lower house. This really isnt surprising, as for some reason the federal government has been preventing terminally ill patients

The post Legalising the Inaccessible: An Interview with Medicinal Cannabis Advocate Dr Teresa Towpik appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

16:29

Tony Abbott: Daring to Doubt "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Here is the full text of his presentation which is extraordinary, especially when you think how almost unique his views are among political leaders. And as long as you may think this excerpt is, you really should go to the link and read it all, or just watch it all.

To a greater or lesser extent, in most Western countries, we cant keep our borders secure; we cant keep our industries intact; and we cant preserve a moral order once taken for granted. Eventually, something will crystalize out of this age of disruption but in the meantime we could be entering a period of national and even civilizational decline.

In Australia, weve had ten years of disappointing government. Its not just the churn of prime ministers that now rivals Italys, the internal divisions and the policy confusion that followed a quarter century of strong government under Bob Hawke and John Howard. Its the institutional malaise. We have the worlds most powerful upper house: a Senate where good government can almost never secure a majority. Our businesses campaign for same sex marriage but not for economic reform. Our biggest company, BHP, the worlds premier miner, lives off the coal industry that it now wants to disown. And our oldest university, Sydney, now boasts that its mission is unlearning. . . .

Since the Global Financial Crisis, at least in the West, growth has been slow, wages stagnant, opportunities limited, and economic and cultural disruption unprecedented. Within countries and between them, old pecking orders are changing. Civilizational self-doubt is everywhere; we believe in everyone but ourselves; and everything is taken seriously except that which used to be.

Just a few years ago, history was supposed to have ended in the triumph of the Western liberal order. Yet far from becoming universal, Western values are less and less accepted even in the West itself. We still more or less accept that every human being is born with innate dignity; with rights, certainly, but were less sure about the corresponding duties. . . .

Climate change is by no means the sole or even the most significant symptom of the changing interests and values of the West. Still, only societies with high levels of cultural amnesia that have forgotten the scriptures about man created in the image and likeness of God and charged with subduing the earth and all its creatures could have made such a religion out of it.

Theres no certain way to regain cultural self-confidence. The heart of any recovery, though, has to be an honest facing of facts and an insiste...

16:15

Victoria's energy future secured as Andrews govt's Renewable Energy Target becomes law "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

In a historic moment for Victoria's energy future, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target today passed the upper house in state Parliament and will become law.

This is a historic day for Victoria's energy future, and a victory for the community who have long made the case for the Victorian Renewable Energy Target said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.

VRET

The success of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target is thanks to communities, businesses and workers from Portland, to Geelong, Yackandandah, Macedon and Melbourne

Friends of the Earth congratulates Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, and the Labor government, branding its energy policy achievement an act of national leadership.

The Andrews government is leading the nation with a vision for jobs and investment in renewable energy, said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth spokersperson.

15:07

Kids stand up to show respect "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School held a Respect Day today.
The day was organised as part of the schools involvement in the Respectful Relationships project.
Students held an assembly where parent Alex Terhorst sang and awards were handed out to students who displayed respect towards others.
Students then participated in activities designed to foster respect and co-operation.
A parent session was held and the day culminated in a Respect Walk where familes tied a ribbon around some pledges that students designed.
Students embraced the concept and particpated enthusiastically to forge a link to respectful relationships.

The post Kids stand up to show respect appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

14:57

Miss World Australia Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Beauty queen Esma Voloder can make a world of difference. The reigning Miss World Australia has voiced her support for marriage equality, saying she believes being Australian means respecting and accepting everyone. I think it is Australian culture to have acceptance and these are the things we should continue to focus on and continue to ...

The post Miss World Australia Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage appeared first on QNEWS.

14:43

Heritage Open Day Mosques and Gurdwara Tour "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

As part of Sheppartons Heritage Open Day, the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District will conduct a tour of places of worship. The tour will visit several mosques and the Sikh Gurduara. The tour is free and a lunch will be provided. Bookings are required.   Greater Shepparton Heritage Open Day Greater Shepparton City Council, ... Read more...

14:33

MACKAY Scaffolder with history of drunken violence back at it again "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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14:10

New biodegradable dog bag dispensers for Anglesea "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

As an environmentally focused organisation, Great Ocean Road Coast is committed to sustainability and doing our part to minimise any adverse impacts on the environment.

In an effort to reduce our environmental footprint, GORCC has installed six new biodegradable dog bag dispensers across three locations in Anglesea.

The dog bag dispensers are conveniently located near existing rubbish bin sites at Point Roadknight car park, Four Kings car park, and also at the back of Anglesea Family Caravan Park.

As Anglesea is a plastic bag free town, all dispensers will use a landfill-friendly biodegradable bag alternative.

We encourage responsible pet ownership and ask that the community please clean up after their pets by making use of the bins provided.


14:09

Navy take-over of Manus will put refugee lives at risk "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Refugees and asylum seekers in the Manus detention centre have been given individual notices that declare that the centre will be taken over by the PNG navy after 31 October.

The notice (pictured) says that after 31 October, every worker will leave the detention centre; that electricity, water, food, drinking water will be cut off; and the fences removed.

The Australian government is creating an impossible situation on Manus and putting refugees lives at risk. The letters are a direct threat against the refugees, says Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

They are leaving refugees defenceless against the navy the people who shot into the detention centre last Easter; while trying to force them into a dangerously insecure situation near Lorengau, some of which is not even open yet.

We are calling for the Australian and PNG governments to cease their reckless moves to close the Manus detention centre. No provision has been made for their safety, their security, health care or their future.

The idea that a clinic at East Lorengau can deal with the complex physical and mental issues among the refugees is worse than ridiculous. The government knows that this wont work.

We are urgently requesting human rights observers be sent to Manus immediately to oversee the situation on Manus and ensure that the Manus refugees lives are not put in danger...

14:04

Tiny Island Makes Huge Decision On Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A tiny island has just made a huge decision to legalise same-sex marriage. The change in law on the Channel Island of Alderney was voted through at a States meeting this week. There are approximately 2000 people who live on the island, which is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency. ...

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13:40

Brandis Rebukes Dutton Over Un-Australian Lawyers Remarks "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Back in August, Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton caused a furore when he accused lawyers who represent asylum seekers on a pro bono basis of being un-Australian. The backlash from inside and beyond the legal profession was widespread. Now, it seems Australias chief law officer wants his colleague to pull his

The post Brandis Rebukes Dutton Over Un-Australian Lawyers Remarks appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

13:18

Thank Folk Its Friday 20th October "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was The National Folk Festival revealed its first six artists including Faustus, Belshazzars Feast, Katey Brooks, Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission, 19-Twenty and Frumious. Details here Folk music super group Haas Kowert Tice have added mandolin player Dominick Leslie to their []

12:51

WA Government Defensive Over DNA Fiasco "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim An inquiry into government pathology service, PathWest, has found 11 anomalies in the forensic testing of samples relating to six of the 19 criminal cases examined. The revelations have put the state government on the back foot, with health minister Roger Cook claiming the abnormalities did not contribute to the defendants

The post WA Government Defensive Over DNA Fiasco appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:42

Friday, 20 October 2017 - 12:42pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When you don't have a job, it's particularly annoying to see so many people who can't do theirs:

12:22

Russian Collusion over Uranium is Boomeranging Back onto Democrats But No Reports in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Dee McLachlan

For nearly a year the Democrats have been bleating that Trump has colluded with the Russians. But now the FBI have revealed that before the Obama administration approved a controversial Russian uranium deal in 2010. They had gathered evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaging in bribery, extortion, kickbacks, and money laundering designed to grow Russias atomic energy business inside the US.

I never knew Russia had any atomic energy business in the US. But it seems that Russia bought into a US uranium and mining company, Uranium One. And with the company controlling one-fifth of uranium mining capacity in the US, the FBI reports suggested that maybe it wasnt such a good idea to let Russia in.

On the 17th of October, The Hill reports,

They also obtained an eyewitness account backed by documents indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clintons charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating for nearly four more years essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark.

But it seems the mainstream media in US, and here in Australia, are not reporting much of this. They prefer to comment on Trump, and so this was in The Sydney Morning Herald five days ago,

US President Donald Trumps re-election committee paid almost $US238,000 ($300,000) to the law firm representing his son, Donald Trump Jnr in connection with ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election [about] a 2016 meeting he had with a Russian lawyer while seeking damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton.

They keep on about Trumps link to the Putin but Clinton and the Democrats are now possibly going to face the...

12:08

Dr Google Makes Record Number of Cancer Diagnoses "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

DrGoogle

Dr Google is being recognised as the worlds most efficient medical professional, after figures were revealed indicating it has diagnosed more cases of cancer than all other doctors combined.

Patients, who have been diagnosed with various types of cancer after researching symptoms such as a mild headache, unwanted erection or hangover, say conventional doctors just cant keep up.

One man, whose Dr Google diagnosis came nine years before any other doctors spotted signs of anything wrong, described the search engine as a marvel of modern medicine.

I was just trying to look up the method for boiling an egg when Dr Google told me I had cancer, he said. Ive been trying to convince other doctors ever since and no one would listen to me, but theyve finally just spotted a suspicious-looking tumour in my left nut, so whos laughing now?

People diagnosed with cancer by Dr Google have been advised that the best treatment method is posting a brave yet raunchy photo of yourself along with 1 like = 1 prayer on Facebook.


12:08

Collusion between politicians and scientists on dangers of nuclear radiation "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The 1985 Royal Commission report into British Nuclear Tests in Australia discussed many of these issues, but never in relation to the proximity and timing of the 1956 Olympic Games. Sixty years later, are we seeing the same denial of known hazards six years after the reactor explosion at Fukushima?

Australias nuclear testing before the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne should be a red flag for Fukushima in 2020,  https://theconversation.com/australias-nuclear-testing-before-the-1956-olympics-in-melbourne-should-be-a-red-flag-for-fukushima-in-2020-85787, The Conversation, Susanne Rabbitt Roff. Part time tutor in Medical Education, University of Dundee, 20 Oct 17,  The scheduling of Tokyo 2020 Olympic events at Fukushima is being seen as a public relations exercise to dampen fears over continuing radioactivity from the reactor explosion that followed the massive...

11:56

Palaszczuk Government resume Emerald farmland for Adani rail link "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

THE State Government has resumed 3568ha of agricultural land for Adanis rail line from the planned Carmichael Mine to Abbot Point.

The decision was Gazetted last week and has angered a farm group partly backed by the Tim Flannery-led Climate Council.

Land resumptions are a normal part of any infrastructure project and Adani said it has paid tens of millions of dollars to land owners affected by the resumptions who must agree with the conditions.

Land owners have not made any case about the compensation or resumption with the Land Court.

But the Farmers for Climate Action claim it is another hand out for Adani which has so far received a State Government royalties deferment scheme and will receive funding from the Rockhampton and Townsville councils for its mine site airport.

It could also receive Federal Government funding from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for its rail line.

Its shocking that the Queensland Government thinks its fair to compulsorily acquire 3568 hectares of land from farmers to stitch up a special deal for Adanis private rail line, said fifth-generation grazier William Graham, who runs beef cattle on 50,000 hectares at Withersfield Station near Emerald.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/palaszczuk-government-resume-emerald-farmland-for-adani-rail-link/news-story/6b8ace0c20d8a947de59047346a8bc82


11:51

One-punch killer jailed "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Luke Voogt

Ocean Grove father-of-three Richard Andrew Vincec will spend at least five years behind bars after killing a 22-year-old man with a single punch.
Supreme Court Justice Peter Riordan sentenced Vincec to eight years in prison with a non-parole period of five years after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday.
Vincec punched Jaiden Walker in the left cheek outside Cherry Bar in Melbournes CBD on 6 May, causing him to fall back and hit his head on the ground, the court heard.
Mr Walker died in hospital on 12 May after suffering a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.
As a result of your actions, a fine young man has been deprived of the rest of his adult life, Justice Riordan said.
One hopes that the intensity of the pain (Mr Walkers family feels) will be reduced in the passage of time, but it will never be completely resolved.
On the day of the manslaughter Vincec had been drinking and took drugs in the toilet of the bar.
Security camera vision played in court showed Vincec kissing a woman outside the bar who Mr Walker had been in a sexual relationship with.
After two minutes, the woman pushed Vincec away. Vincec offered to shake Mr Walkers hand, who ignored him and moved away.
You moved towards Jaiden, insisting that he shake your hand and you escalated the situation by saying shake me hand, c***, Justice Riordan said.
The two eventually shook hands aggressively. (You) said grab my hand like that and Ill hit you, Justice Riordan said.
Friends tried to restrain the two men for 15 seconds before Vincec moved around them and punched Mr Walker in the left cheek.
As you ran away from your mortally injured victim, he lay on Russell Street and was unconscious when attended to by passing doctors who did their best to preserve his life until emergency services arrived, Justice Riordan said.
You were intercepted by police elsewhere in the city and you initially denied any involvement in a fight however, in your formal interview, you admitted your wrongful conduct.
Vincec wrote to Mr Walkers family accepting full responsibility for his death and rang police every day until his victim died, the court heard.
Justice Riordan took the guilty plea into account when handing down the sentence and said Vincec had shown genuine remorse.
Vincecs prospects of rehabilitation were good due to his supportive partner, stable employment, determination to support his children and compliance with bail conditions, Justice Riordan said.
The court heard Vincec had previous convictions for violent offending.

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11:48

Another Bee and Saying Goodbye to Donald "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Just a reminder about our next working bee for spring this Sunday 10am in the garden. We usually go for a couple of hours and have cuppa and cake in there somewhere. Tasks this time will include some actual planting and harvesting! Also Donald, the Anglican Church Minister, will be retiring. The congregation are holding Continue reading Another Bee and Saying Goodbye to Donald

11:48

Works will end storm woes "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

The stormwater drainage problems at Collendina that resulted in the severe April floods will be fixed by the council in March next year.
Some Collendina residents awoke last week to works being conducted at the drainage site at Pembroke Road, believing that repairs had finally commenced, but the council told the Voice that it was not the case.
Council installed a footbridge and the works that some residents saw were a tidy up of that area, a City of Greater Geelong spokesperson said.
The council will begin fixing the stormwater drainage problems next March.
The council spokesperson said the repairs would involve concreting the drain channel and vegetation offset.
The work is expected to take around six weeks.
Collendina resident Veronica Fleming contacted the Voice to express her delight that the council had finally started fixing the drainage problem that saw dozens of houses severely damaged during the April flood.
Ms Flemings house was inundated by the stormwater and she and her husband had to seek temporary accommodation for six weeks.
I just dont want to go through that again, she said.
Weve had a few close shaves.

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11:45

Playboy Magazine Reveals First Transgender Playmate "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Mens magazine Playboy has broken new ground with a nude transgender centrefold in its November issue. Ines Rau, a French fashion model who was featured nude in a 2014 issue of Playboy, is the first transgender model to appear as a centrefold in the magazines 64-year history. Rau hopes it will pave the way for ...

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11:41

Townsville and Rockhampton councils could pay at least $31 million for Adani coalmine airstrip "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Queensland councils to pay at least $31m for Adani coalmine airstrip
Townsville and Rockhampton councils may pay millions more if companys bid to sew up deal with traditional owners fails, Guardian, 
Joshua Robertson, 20 Oct 17, Two local councils are paying $31m to build an airstrip for Adanis Queenslandcoalmine and could fork out millions more if the energy giants bid to sew up a deal with traditional owners hits a stumbling block.

Townsville and Rockhampton councils last week announced they would spend $15.5m each on the airport hundreds of kilometres away in a deal to secure Adanis guarantee of 2,200 construction jobs for their residents.

And Townsville has agreed to pay up to $18.5m if the airport is shifted to a second location outside Wangan and Jagalingou land, where Adanis right to build Australias largest coalmine is tied up in a drawn-out legal battle with a traditional owners group.

Rockhampton, which originally put up $20m for the airport in a bid to gain Adanis guarantee, may also invest up to $18.5m but this has not been made clear.

Despite the Carmichael mine having broad support in both communities, there is some backlash to ratepayers providing infrastructure for a transnational corporation.

 An online petition by a Townsville ratepayers group member, Peter Newey, calling for council to scrap its decision, has garnered about 3,700 signatures in a few days. Cathy OToole, the federal MP for Herbert in Townsville, has also flagged local concerns about giving ratepayers money to a multinational.

Councillors from both cities voted in favour of paying for the airport for Adanis workforce in closed discussions of confidential reports, recorded in minutes that did not mention the company.

Rockhampton councillors met on 26 September for a confidential discussion about economic development opportunities and an update from councils gene...

11:40

Rodrigo y Gabriela Announce 2018 Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Rodrigo y Gabriela Mexican instrumental virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Australia next year for a series of dates, including an appearance at the 2018 WOMADelaide festival. Rodrigo y Gabriela are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their self-titled breakthrough release so these shows are bound to be full of energy. Check out []

11:37

Disease beaten but effects live in "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Groves Barbara Hamann was infected with polio in 1955, at 12 years of age.
She was put in an isolation ward due to fear of transmission, and her right arm and left leg were paralysed. After a near full recovery at the age of 15, Barbara lived an independent and productive life. She married, had four boys, worked in hospitals and as a bridal dressmaker, and was very active in her spare time. Now, the independence she fought so long and hard for is now being challenged by the debilitating effects of Late Effects of Polio (LEoP).
The LEoP can cause new muscle weakness and atrophy, chronic fatigue, pain, and respiratory problems. As polio is a disease of the past in Australia, there is little knowledge of the LEoP in the health sector today. Those living with the condition are often faced with exorbitant medical expenses to diagnose and manage the symptoms, as well as the cost of mobility aids and equipment to help maintain their quality of life.
Barbaras ability to age with dignity is compromised due to a lack of knowledge of the LEoP among health care professionals and lack of understanding from others. Barbara echoes the experience of many polio survivors.
The hardest thing for me, personally, is that I dont have a visible disability, and people dont accept that I am struggling with the Late Effects of Polio, she said.
A recent grant from the Department of Health to fund a LEoP Clinical Practice Workshops Program has brought that goal much closer. Over the next three years, Polio Australia plans to upskill up to 3600 health practitioners across Australia in how to best manage the LEoP for their clients.

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11:32

Clubs back on course "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Golf Club has unveiled its new course.
For around 30 years, the course was 12 holes, but the new course is nine holes.
President Peter Cullen said the club faced some backlash from members at reducing the number of holes on the course, but the end result was worth it.
We had a problem with balls going over the road on the Wallington Road side, he said.
We faced some bumps along the way with some members opposing it, but in the end weve finished up with a pretty good golf course.
Mr Cullen said the course had been improved.
At the end of the day people who play there will think its a nice course, he said.
Weve improved the course with some holes being longer and the majority of members have endorsed it.

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11:25

Popped Creative presents HUSTLE. Second speaker announcement. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Popped Creative presents HUSTLE.
Friday 3 November 2017 // Thom Gallery, Byron Bay
Second speaker announcement:
Elizabeth Abegg (SPELL) + Ali Klinkenberg (MONSTER CHILDREN)
+ More to be announced!

//4 industry leaders will share their Big Ups and Fucks Ups AKA their greatest tips & biggest regrets
//Live music, great food & cocktails
//Creative hustle on tap

Prepare to be inspired.
On Friday 3 November Byron Bays premier events agency Popped Creative returns with the first of a four-part series designed to connect, inspire and entertain the local community: HUSTLE.

HUSTLE. is a series of panel discussions featuring the best and brightest in creativity, entrepreneurship and boldness in our local region, where industry leaders share stories of their greatest success and failures on their path to achieving their goals.

Popped Creatives Creative Director Abbie Gibson says HUSTLE. was created as an opportunity for the creative industries community and local businesses in Byron Bay and surrounds to share ideas and professional experiences A place to celebrate those people creating influential and inspiring projects which contribute positively to our growing economy.

We are proud to announce our first speakers for the event; Talented, accomplished, and full of stories about The HUSTLE:

ELIZABETH ABEGG, CBO, Spell + The Gypsy Collective
Elizabeth Abegg is one half of sister-duo that makes up Byron Bay fashion brand Spell and the Gypsy Collective. With a background in video editing and a lot of gut instinct, Elizabeth drove the label into a global business by embracing the blogging and online shopping world. Since this time, the brand has grown from strength to strength, employing over 50 women in Byron Bay, stocked in American online retailers and gaining over 1 million followers across their social media platforms.
Spell & the Gypsy Collective was awarded the 2016 Australian Business of the Year at the National Telstra Business Awards and are nominated for the Cosmo Women of the Year Awards in the Designer Category. Elizabeth has finally titled herself this year after years of growing with her business herself as CBO Chief Brand Officer and she will be focusing on heading up Spells main focus of making the company sustainable, continuing to create better lives for our global team producing garments as well as oversee the overall marketing strategy of Spell.
www.spelldesigns.com

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10:50

Watch the New Nahko Video Dragonfly "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Nahko Roots singer-songwriter Nahko has just released his new video Dragonfly from his upcoming solo album My Name Is Bear (due out today). The video features Nahkos close friend Paris Jackson and is already causing quite a stir. I specifically wanted to capture this young womans natural beauty and focus on what []

10:49

High Court rules Tasmanian anti-protest law unconstitutional "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Dr Caroline Henckels

In January 2016, former Greens Senator Bob Brown was filming an anti-logging video in Tasmanias Lapoinya Forest when he was directed by a police officer to leave the vicinity. He was arrested and charged for failing to comply. Tasmanian nurse Jessica Hoyt was charged on a separate occasion for returning to the forest after having previously been directed to leave. Both challenged the Act as unconstitutional, and on Wednesday, the High Court ruled 6:1 that certain provisions of the Act, as they pertained to protests in forestry areas, violated the implied freedom of political communication protected by the Australian Constitution.

The Tasmanian legislation

The Act, an election promise on the part of the Tasmanias Liberal government to rebuild the logging industry, introduced several offences targeting protest activities and giving the police broad powers to prevent or disband protests. A police officer had the power to direct a protestor to leave an area if the officer reasonably believed that protestors were preventing, hindering or obstructing access to business premises (including forestry land) or a business access area (including roads and public places). A direction could also be issued to a person who was preventing, hindering or obstructing business activities. The power also applied where police believed that such acts had been or were about to take place.

After receiving a direction to leave, a protestor could not return to the location within four dayseven where returning was not for the purpose of protesting. Police could also direct a person not to return to the location for up to three months. Failure to comply with a direction was an indictable offence, with fines of up to $10,000 and a four-year term of imprisonment for repeat offences.

The implied freedom of political communication

The Court found that the Act clearly burdened the implied freedom of political communication (implied freedom) by giving police the power to dissolve and effectively prevent political protests. Laws that burden the implied freedom are valid only if the laws objective is compatible with the maintenance of the constitutionally prescribed system of representative and responsible government and the law itself is reasonably appropriate and adapted to achieve that objective (Lange). The purpose of the Actto protect businesses and their operations (here, forest operations) from serious interference caused by certain types of protest activitypassed the first hurdle. However, the Court held that the operative provisions of the Act went too far.

In a joint judgment, Kiefel CJ, Bell and Keane JJ were concerned about the vague concepts of business premises and business access area as they relate...

10:31

Nimbin wants medical cannabis amnesty and trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A workshop in Nimbin in November will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00

A workshop in Nimbin in November will update people on medicinal cannabis.
(file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00

A workshop in Nimbin will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00

A workshop in Nimbin will update people on medicinal cannabis.
(file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00

Medicinal cannabis advocates in Nimbin want the Lismore City Council to contact the State Government asking for an amnesty and a trial to take place in the village.

For many years, Nimbin has been at the forefront of the push to recognise cannabis as medicine, and regularly holds workshops to provide people with information about the many uses of cannabis.

Another workshop will be held on November 11  at the Bush Theatre in the old Nimbin butter factory.

Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the recent announcement that a Canadian company wanted to set up a medicinal cannabis facility on land supplied by the Richmond Valley Council was seen as ironic by people in Nimbin.

The irony of Casino getting this huge crop is not lost on anyone in Nimbin, It also adds to a situation which is very confusing for everyone, Mr Balderstone said.

Every announcement from the government gives people the impression that medical cannabis is legal and as a result Nimbin has been flooded with people searching for medicine.

Nimbin has become like an outdoor cannabis hospital which is why we need some sort of amnesty to stop the confusion for the people, and the nine police patrolling the village.

Mr Balderstone said Lismore City Council was in the box seat to argue the c...

10:29

Labor calls for probe into Larrys lobbying for big coal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Larry Anthony denises he has a conflict of interest in being National Party president and head of a consulting firm acting for big energy and mining.

Larry Anthony denies he has a conflict of interest in being National Party president and head of a consulting firm acting for big energy and mining interests.

By Luis Feliu

Richmond MP Justine Elliot has joined her federal Labor colleagues in calling for an investigation into National Party president Larry Anthonys lobbying firm, which profits from big energy and mining firms.

Mr Anthony, the former MP for Richmond toppled by Mrs Elliot in 2004, hit national headlines recently when it was revealed his SAS Consulting Group acted for companies with major stakes in coal and gas, as his former colleagues in government considered major energy policy decisions.

The call for a probe into the alleged conflict of interest comes as prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced this week the National Energy Guarantee policy, which the Greens says amounts to subsidies to the coal industry.

Labor has called for the investigation over what they say is a clear conflict of interest while the Greens have urged for a major overhaul of the rules governing lobbying.

A Fairfax Media report has revealed Mr Anthonys firm represented big energy companies such as Santos and Delta Electricity while the government debated important energy policy decisions, yet he is not an officially registered lobbyist.

Mr Anthony dismissed the report, telling the news group he was not directly a lobbyist and didnt blend commercial and political interests

But Mrs Elliot said  Mr Anthony had a clear and unacceptable conflict of interest as director of lobbying firm SAS Consulting Group and in his position as National Party president.

There must be a thorough investigation into all government contracts awarded to organisations represented by Mr Anthonys lobbying firm, she told Echonetdaily.

Another of SAS Consulting Groups clients, Indue, runs the contentious cashless welfare card program.

Indue has already been awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of government contracts and a group of Nationals MPs is pushing for a major expansion of the welfare card program. Mr Anthony was also deputy chairman of Indue u...

10:24

Bahai Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Spiritual celebrations are now coming to a peak across Australia as thousands of families, individuals and communities mark a special anniversary. From Tasmania to Thursday Island, from Sydney to Broome, members of the Australian Bahai community are holding festivities to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahaullah (1817-1892), the Prophet-Founder of the Bahai ... Read more...

10:21

Gallery: Tracks at Blacktown Arts Centre "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


 
TRACKS returned to Blacktown Arts Centre for round two, hosting a music industry Q&A and live music showcase. To kick things off, Western Sydney artists Izzy and Rebecca Hatch jumped up on stage, before some of the brainiest in the biz Thelma Plum, Frank Trotman-Golden (Koori Radio), Sally Coleman (Coda Conduct), Dobby and Izzy shared music-making tips for emerging artists. Ones-to-watch Nooky and Dobby closed out the all indigenous music lineup.
Presented with Music NSW and Blacktown Arts Centre.
 

Tracks | 13.10.17 | Photos by Gerrie Mifsud

 

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10:16

Back from a break "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

After a brilliant trip away it was nice to head out to familiar haunts yesterday afternoon. A Great Crested Grebe at Picnic Point was the highlight along with a cooperative Australian Pelican.

Great Cormorant with Little Black Cormorants, Cairn Curran, 19th October 2017

10:14

The People of Bougainville have been Profoundly Misled Official Records Show Rio Tinto Still Controls BCL "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Press Release from Special Mine Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association Inc. (SMLOLA)
19 October 2017

  • According to IPA records; Rio Tinto still controls BCL.
  • ABG has no shares in BCL.
  • No Prior Written Consent by ABG.
  • BCLs registered office is still Rio Tintos HQ in Melbourne.

The Chairman of the SMLOLA, Phillip Miriori said today that,

Rio Tinto advised the Australian Stock Exchange on 30 June 2016, that it had transferred its 53.8% of BCL shares to a trust company for distribution to the governments of PNG and ABG, resulting in each holding 36.4% of BCL yet they are still listed as the shareholders what are the real facts here, is Rio actually gone or not? Once again, we are not being given all the facts yet we are being asked to consent tosupport the return of BCL. What does that actually mean, who will our partner actually be if the ABG gets their way?

The purported Rio Tinto transfer of 53.8% of BCL shares to the trust company did not have the legally required prior written consent from the ABG. In fact, as far as we have been told, the ABG was not infor...

09:54

Townsville and Rockhampton councils to pay over $31 million for Adani coal mine airstrip...and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Image source: Lock the Gate Alliance/Flickr Townsville and Rockhampton councils are paying $31 million for an airstrip for Adanis Queensland coal mine hundreds of kilometres away from both towns, and could see costs rise if a deal between the energy giant and traditional land owners fails to be met.

Townsville and Rockhampton have agreed to spend $15.5 million each on the airport in a deal to secure Adanis guarantee of 2200 jobs for residents.

Townsville has also agreed to pay up to $18.5 million if the airport is shifted to a location outside Wangan (wang-gern) and Jagalingou land, where a traditional owners group is currently battling Adanis plans to build Australias largest coal mine.

09:51

Las Vegas Shooting Witness Who Identified Multiple Shooters, Found Dead "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Kymberley Suchomel died suddenly after giving statement exposing multiple gunmen

Kymberley Suchomel was a key witness who had identified multiple shooters during Las Vegas attack A key witness in the Las Vegas shooting attack, who identified multiple shooters, has been found dead at her home.28-year-old Kymberley

Suchomel managed to escape the massacre, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, uninjured but made a public statement describing the attacks and how they were carried out by multiple gunmen that were firing weapons into the crowd.Her post on Facebook quickly went viral as it confirmed what many had already suspected:

The mainstream media official narrative that Stephen Paddock was a lone wolf gunman was false.Kymberley gave a detailed account of her horrific experience a few days after the event as she said she had struggled to think of the words to describe the nightmare she had been through.She said multiple gunmen were not only firing weapons in the crowd but chasing people and gunning them down.

She described how she was chased by one of the shooters: We were rounding some sort of corner maybe- and I looked to the right and I saw this large cowboy sitting down with his legs spread, holding a blood-soaked woman. I thought to myself we NEED to hide, but as I looked quickly for somewhere to go, the gunfire once again got closer and closer. We couldnt hide because they (and I do mean THEY) were chasing us.

I kept looking back expecting to see the gunmen- and I say MEN because there was more than one person. There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one.She also stated that what was being reported by the mainstream news networks didnt match the events that actually took place, saying: I have bene [been] watching the news non-stop since I arrived back home to my family.

And it just doesnt make sense.The story that are feeding everyone doesnt add up to our eyewitness accounts. There is something wrong with what they are saying & the evidence seems fake if you ask me.There are multiple people stating that there was a lady towards the beginning of the evening who had made her way up to the stage warning people that we were all gunna die- her and her boyfriend were escorted off the premises.Why has she not been mentioned by authorities? Every single survivor I have talked to also remembers multiple shooters, and at least one from the grou...

09:32

The stupidity of green power "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Viv Forbes, Science Writer

Daring to Doubt
by Tony Abbott:
Climate change is by no means the sole or even the most significant symptom of the changing interests and values of the West. Still, only societies with high levels of cultural amnesia could have made such a religion out of it. Beware the pronouncement, the science is settled. Its the spirit of the Inquisition, the thought-police down the ages. Almost as bad is the claim that 99 per cent of scientists believe as if scientific truth is determined by votes rather than facts.
Tony Abbott, 2017 Annual GWPF Lecture, London 9 October 2017
https://www.thegwpf.org/tony-abbott-daring-to-doubt

http://joannenova.com.au/2017/10/dangerous-abbott-unleashed-speaks-the-truth-critics-froth-and-flounder/

 Escaping the Renewable Energy Trap
by Alan Moran:
https://www.spectator.com.au/2017/09/escaping-the-renewable-energy-subsidy-trap/

 The Paris Agreement
by President Donald Trump
What he really said.

https://www.thegwpf.com/reminder-what-president-trump-really-said-about-the-paris-agreement/

Serious Defects in Australias Energy Policies

Donald Trump:

As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens.  The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers who I love and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.

Thus, as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.  This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund which is costing the United States a vast fortune....

09:29

Watch Im With Her Cover Adeles Send My Love (To Your New Lover) "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Im With Her Folk super-group Im With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife ODonovan), have just released the live video for their brand single, a cover of Adeles Send My Love (To Your New Lover). With nothing but bass (courtesy of Punch Brothers Paul Kowert) and their amazing voices, Im With Her []

09:14

New board, new name, new energy: Former power workers join cooperative factory in Morwell "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

On the 22nd of September, organisers of our worker-owned solar hot water manufacturing cooperative in the Latrobe Valley met to elect a new board of directors and to discuss strategy for the project. The AGM at the factory in Morwell marked an important step in Earthworkers aim of establishing a community-owned enterprise that will create []

09:14

Man, 28, arrested after alleged rape of disabled woman "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Queensland man was arrested five days after he allegedly raped a woman with a cognitive impairment twice last month in the Lismore area.

Benjamin Koim appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday and was represented by solicitor Rachel Thomas.

The 28-year-old is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault victim with cognitive impairment.

Police allege Mr Koim first had non-consensual sex with the woman at a Lismore address on September 29, between 9.10pm and 11.20pm.

Then it is alleged the man again raped the woman, this time at an East Lismore address, between 11.30pm and 11.45pm on the same night.

Following complaints to police by the woman, an investigation into the alleged incidents was launched and a warrant for the arrest of Benjamin Koim was issued on September 30.

The Gatton resident was arrested on October 4 in the Lismore area and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.

On Tuesday, Magistrate R Denes heard the brief of evidence against Mr Koim was outstanding and an interpreter was required so he could be understood.

Magistrate Denes ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by November 21, and adjourned Mr Koims matters until that date.

She also noted on court documents an interpreter fluent in languages of Papua New Guinea was required.

As Ms Thomas did not apply for his bail, Mr Koim remains behind bars until that date.

 

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09:10

Real blackfellas dont complain "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Letter to the editor, Daily Telegraph

On 26 January 1788 when the First Fleet ships unloaded their c1200 convicts, Royal Marine guards and officials not a shot was fired.
As they looked around whats now Circular Quay they saw nothing other than bush.
Not a single building, planted field, domesticated plant or animal nothing at all. It was the same across the continent.
It was terra nullius a vacant land.

There was no Aboriginal Army to defeat in battle. There was nothing to claim as the spoils of victory.
There was just wild bush. The few Aborigines who came out to have a look at these strange people were completely illiterate and innumerate
and those on the south side of the harbour spoke a language completely unintelligible to those on the north side of the harbour and theyd been constantly at war with each other for as long as anyone can remember.
There was no invasion.

Captain Phillip was instructed by the government in London to treat the natives with amity and kindness and he did.
No Aborigines were shot; no platoon of Marines fixed their bayonets or loaded their muskets or took a shot at anyone who emerged from the bush
to see what was going on. Instead they offered them gifts and friendship.

Most people now identified as indigenous like myself and my children and grandchildren have European mostly British ancestry to a greater or lesser extent.
I recently had a DNA test done that shows Im 48% Irish, 20% English, 30% Scandinavian, 1% Spanish and 1% Aboriginal.
The absurdity is that, in this time of identity politics, I am an Aborigine by virtue of the fact that one of my Irish ancestors married an Aboriginal woman 6 generation ago.

There is no reason to change Australia Day. It was the day Australia came into being and had it not been for those British coming ashore on 26 January 1788

I wouldnt exist and neither would Mr Mundine.
The name Mundine is as English as a cold pork pie or fish-n-chips wrapped in newspaper.
Its time for all indigenous people take a spoonful of cement, harden up and to get over what happened 229 years ago and stop playing the victim.

Editor: If it were not for the Australian, American and New Zealand soldiers, sailors and airmen defending Australia from the swarming Japanese in 1942, there would be no Aborigines living in Australia today. The black power mob should be holding street rallies to thank ordinary Aussies for keeping them alive today in more ways than one. We owe them nothing!


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09:02

Queenslanders to benefit HIV Drug Trial and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

An extra 1000 Queenslanders will be given access to a potentially life-saving HIV medication trial. (Image Source: Flickr)

Announcing the increase today, Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the extra places would mean 3000 Queenslanders could now have access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, a drug which dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission in HIV negative people.

The announcement came after 80 clinicians and community leaders gathered in Cairns earlier this week to share insights on ways to improve sexual health within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

08:53

Murwillumbah murder accuseds fate in jurys hands "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The fate of Michael Martin, who allegedly murdered his father in 2014 to claim $2.5 million in life insurance, rests in the jurys hands after they retired to deliberate their verdict yesterday following an eight-week trial.

Michael Martin jnr is charged with the murder of his father, Michael Martin snr on June 13, 2014.

He is also charged with the attempted murder of his father and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to his fathers friend Edmund Manning, following an attack on the pair in April 2014.

The jury of 12 people now must consider their verdict on each charge based on the  evidence they heard during the trial.

Before the jury retired just after 11am on Thursday, Justice Peter Hamill, in summing up the case, said the issue of provocation must be considered.

He said if the deceased committed a serious indictable offence toward the accused, causing the accused to lose control, it could be considered extreme provocation.

Extreme provocation, Mr Hamill said, could be considered if conduct occurred years before the actions which killed a person.

Justice Hamill said this was particularly relevant in the Martin case as the jury heard evidence about Mr Martin snrs abusive upbringing by his father.

He told the jury they had three options to consider when deliberating the murder charge against Mr Martin jnr: guilty, not guilty and guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The lesser charge of manslaughter may be considered if the jury decide Mr Martin jnr was involved in the killing but was acting under extreme provocation.

Michael Martin jnr has previously pleaded not guilty to his fathers death and denied any involvement.

The jury must consider whether the crown had proved Mr Martin jnr was involved in events leading to his fathers death.

The be guilty, Justice Hamill said Mr Martin jnr must have been present at the scene and playing a part in the violence.

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08:22

Liquid metal discovery ushers in new wave of chemistry and electronics "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature.

The incredible breakthrough will not only revolutionise the way we do chemistry but could be applied to enhance data storage and make faster electronics. The once-in-a-decade discovery has been published in Science.

The researchers dissolve metals in to create very thin oxide layers, which previously did not exist as layered structures and which are easily peeled away.

08:20

Diwali in Delhi "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In contrast to my experience at Madrid Airport the other week (where I made it through security in less than five minutes), it took much, much longer at Delhi Airport. The man at airport security looked me up and down several times, and asked me the same questions over and over. Even with documentation, he []

08:14

REGENERATE "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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New free therapeutic program for survivors of domestic violence: 
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Regenerate provides free therapeutic outdoor experiences in small groups. Created by women for women, and women with children who are survivors of family violence.

Could this be for you? Have your support worker send through a referral form.

Do you work for an organisation that works with women and children who are survivors of Family Violence?  REGENERATE staff are happy to come out to your organisation to chat and/or present the program to you.  Contact us for a referral form - or download one from our website (up soon).


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08:13

North Korea implores Aust to ditch Trump "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

U.S. President Donald Trump, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has revealed North Koreas letter to the Australian government, urging the country to turn away from US President Donald Trump.

Fairfax Media reports that Ms Bishop confirmed the September 28 letter from North Koreas Foreign Affairs Committee arrived via the countrys Jakarta embassy.

The letter lashes President Trumps nuclear threats, saying his approach to foreign policy is the height of American way of thinking that it is the best if the US is well-off at the expense of the whole world.

If Trump thinks that he would bring the [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea], a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation and an expression of ignorance, the letter reads.

North Korea believes countries loving independence, peace and justice will be vigilant against the heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration trying to drive the world into a horrible nuclear disaster.

Ms Bishop told Fairfax it was the first time Australia had received a letter from North Korea, which typically communicates through its state-run news agency KCNA, as it did on the weekend.

On Saturday, Pyongyang, via KCNA, again called out Australia for its outspokenness in calling for an end to its nuclear weapons program, warning it if it continues Australia will not be able to avoid a disaster.

At the time Ms Bishop, who was in South Korea with Defence Minister Marise Payne for talks with their South Korean counterparts, hit back and said Australia was not a primary target.

North Koreas threats only strengthen our resolve to find a peaceful solution to the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula caused entirely by North Koreas illegal, threatening and provocative behaviour, Ms Bishop told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.

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08:11

1) Gas poisoning suspected to cause death of Freeport worker "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


 
 2) TOLIKARA PEOPLE ARE ASKED TO BE CALM
3) Raja Ampat promotes underwater beauty at marine festival
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Jayapura | Thu, October 19, 2017 | 05:23 pm
Another mining accident occurred at the gold and copper mine belonging to mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in Tembagapura, Mimika, Papua, on Wednesday.
The accident, that took place in the Biggossan area at 00.20 a.m, left Hendry Munardi, 50, dead and two other employees in critical condition.
The victim allegedly died because of inhaling poisonous gas. The other two workers, Nofi Rizal Fachrudin and Sri Giri Dino Haryanto, are in a stable condition, Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Victor D Mackbon told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
"But we have to wait for further investigation to find out the exact cause [of the accident], he said.
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08:07

Push for Senate probe into Crown casino "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The lure of the pokies. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

The lure of the pokies. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

Crossbench senators and the Greens are pushing for an independent inquiry into allegations Crown casino rigged pokie machines and let gamblers get around money-laundering laws.

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie is demanding a probe into whistleblowers allegations the gaming giant modified machines to boost gambling losses, ignored drug use and domestic violence, and allowed gamblers to get around money laundering laws at its Melbourne precinct.

The allegations that I tabled (in parliament) yesterday were most serious and a parliamentary inquiry is needed to get to the bottom of them, Mr Wilkie said on Thursday.

That the Labor party and the Liberal party are both sidestepping the issue shows that they continue to grovel to the poker machine industry.

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and the Greens have indicated they will table a request in November for an independent inquiry.

Mr Wilkie said he had written to the Australian Federal Police and also wanted a criminal investigation.

Crown strongly denied the allegations and urged Mr Wilkie to take any evidence to police.

The MP on Wednesday used parliamentary privilege to table a video containing allegations by the whistleblowers, who also said the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulations oversight of Crown had been inadequate.

This claim has previously been backed up by the Auditor-General, which in February found the regulator wasnt focusing enough on serious risks at Crown.

Its the Victorian gambling regulator that stands accused of either complicity or incompetence, Mr Wilkie said.

Gamblers lost $1.55 billion at Crowns Southbank casino in the 2016/17 financial year, while the casino paid $207 million in tax, the VCGLRs annual report released on Thursday revealed.

The report also revealed the regulator had failed to meet its annual metro venue inspection target.VCGLR, which has been ordered to conduct an investigation, said it took the allegations levelled against Crown extremely seriously.

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08:00

TOP 5 THINGS FOR KIDS AT EDINBURGH GARDENS VILLAGE "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Village Festival Artistic Director Suzanne Kalk gives us the low down on some of the festival highlights for small folk.

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07:27

Support the Yes vote and enjoy a special screening of Priscilla "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Showing support for a 'Yes vote, with the rainbow banner outside the Tweed Heads Administration Building are (from left): Deputy Mayor, Cr Reece Byrnes, Mayor Cr Katie Milne, Cr Ron Cooper and Cr Chris Cherry. Photo supplied.

Showing support for a Yes vote, with the rainbow banner outside the Tweed Heads Administration Building are (from left): Deputy Mayor, Cr Reece Byrnes, Mayor Cr Katie Milne, Cr Ron Cooper and Cr Chris Cherry. Photo supplied.

It is time to get those votes for amendments to the marriage act in the post so that your vote can be counted.

The Tweed Shire council is inviting everyone to a special screening of Priscilla will be at Murwillumbahs Regent Cinema on Friday, 27 October at 6.30pm. Entry is by donation, with funds going to youth mental health service, Headspace.

Having successfully moved a motion in support of changes to the marriage act to include all members of the LGBTQIA community a subsequent motion to remind this support was lost.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said all levels of government, business and the community had a role to play when it came to human rights.

The same sex community really needs our help so its vital that you get your vote in by 7 November, Councillor Milne said.

As the Mayor I care deeply about our diverse community so I am so pleased we have been able to support this very important cause.

Some people have questioned whether Council should have made a stand on this issue, but the most important thing to me is who is hurting the most from this situation and  to show compassion to those who are suffering.

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07:17

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07:16

Community Engagement "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REFERENCE GROUP Expressions of interest.

Weve heard the Moreland community tell us we need to look again at how Council engages with and consults the community. Your Council believes that all people should be able to contribute to their community and city, and working together we will do better.

Moreland is looking for 12 community members to be part of a reference group with Councillors and staff to re-think how we go about this.Members will work together to identify strengths and issues and recommend principles and changes to build greater understanding and involvement.Candidates will be selected to represent Morelands diverse communities and suburbs.

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07:13

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07:09

Tarkine Creative Incubation Lab "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Keeping the ancient trees in the ground! Can you help? 

We are seeking people with creative vision, skills, insights, passion to be part of a creative incubation lab for the Tarkine! 

The Tarkine is a large temperate rainforest in Tasmania, ancient systems like you have never seen...we need it to be a national park for the sake of the planet!...If you have ever wanted to be part of a global project of enchantment and protection, come along to this event in Carlton.

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07:03

Woorayl Ladies in the Pink "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WOORAYL Golf Club was certainly In the Pink on Monday, October 9, for their annual Girls Day Out event. October is all about pink, as it is the breast cancer awareness month, and, in keeping with this, players dressed accordingly. Even the flagsticks flew a pink flag, joining the clubhouse decorations and the food which also took on the colour theme. The funds raised for this event are donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Sponsors for the day were A W Smith & Sons, and Harvest Laneway, who provided the winners prizes, and The Perrett Group who donated the on course goody bags. Shirley Thomas, Woorayl Club President, thanked these businesses for their continued support for the club and also acknowledged Col James, Sue Hemming, Heather Sullivan, Rusty Windmill, Wendy Parker and Julie Howard, who provided lucky ticket prizes on the day.
South Gippsland has certainly had its share of wet weather, and on the players arrival rain was falling. However, after a few showers the skies relented and left the ladies with overcast, but dry, conditions. The sun even made an appearance early in the afternoon! Preferred lies tee to green were allowed and the course was in excellent condition for the days play.
The format of the Irish 4 Ball four person stableford teams event suited the combination of Ann Poole (Woorayl) and her three team members from Mirboo North, who were her sister Chris Gunn, together with Lia Brent and Amy Wilson. They posted a great score of 98 points and were clear winners on the day. The runners-up, with 91 points, were Heather Sullivan (Woorayl) and her fellow teammates, from Drouin, which also included her sister Karen Adams, along with Marg Purcell and Marg Rowe. Balls down the line went to the team of Sue Wakefield (Woorayl), Veronica Park (Meeniyan), Colleen Touzel (Leongatha) and Trish Owen (Leongatha), with 90 points, the Wonthaggi team of Anne Walker, Maree Anderson, Leonie Bentick and Jan Jeeves, with 89 points, and the Meeniyan team of Heather McCaughan, Dot Christie, Nancy Hammet and Sue Straw, with 89 points. The day was a bright, fun and enjoyable one of golf and friendship.
Nearest the pins were Trish Latch (Welshpool), on the 8th, Lia Brent (Mirboo North), on the 11th, and Glenda Burley (Welshpool),on the 17th.
Straight drives, on the 13th, were awarded as follows: A Grade, Marg Purcell (Drouin); B Grade, Jenny Riseley (Woorayl); C Grade, Robyn Cornell (Phillip Island).
Anne Walker Team Manager for Country Teams also spoke and thanked all of the clubs in South Gippsland for their support and best wishes for the team, which were, truly appreciated by all involved.

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03:05

MACKAY Armed robbery accused to remain in prison for now "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 03:37PM ,

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MACKAY Hairdresser fined for punching bouncer "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 04:22PM ,

Hairdresser fined for punching bouncer

October 19, 2017 at 04:22PM ,

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01:20

Department of Anarchism "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

In solidarity with The Juice Media who have been threatened by the Australia Government  with legal action over their Honest Government Aderts, weve created the Australia Department of Anarchism.

Although this is a fictitious department we could still be jailed for five years if the proposed changes to the Commonwealth Criminal Code are passed.

Have a listen to the show to find out more, plus Franklin Lopez talking about fascism. And Bad Cop No Donut, and the return of Jepanarchy!!!

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00:15

US President Trump says he is proud to be among so many friends in October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to attend and give a keynote speech at the annual Values Voter Summit which this year was held in Washington DC on 12-15 October.

This event included at least nine other misogynistic, anti-Muslim and/or anti LGBTI speakers -  six of whom belong to hate groups listed by The Southern Poverty Law Centre - as well as a three-hour long  Values Voter Summit Activist Training workshop for attendees.

Trump previously spoke at this far-right Christian summit in 2015 as a candidate and then in 2016 as the Republican presidential nominee.

Excerpt from the White House transcript of Trumps 13 October 2017 summit speech:

We believe in strong families and safe communities.  We honor the dignity of work.  (Applause.)  We defend our Constitution.  We protect religious liberty.  (Applause.)  We treasure our freedom.  We are proud of our history.  We support the rule of law and the incredible men and women of law enforcement.  (Applause.)  W...

00:15

Tony Abbott will never stop until he has destroyed Australia "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"


the shame and humiliation of losing high office drives him on, with the thinnest of rationalisations for his actions [Judith Brett]

La Trobe University Emeritus Professor Judith Brettwriting in The Monthly, August 2017:
Once again Tony Abbott has wrecked the chances of Australia achieving a bipartisan policy on emissions reduction. When, at the end of 2009, he successfully challenged Malcolm Turnbull for leadership of the Liberal Party, the catalyst was Turnbulls co-operation with the Rudd government over the introduction of an emissions trading scheme. Winning by one vote, Abbott immediately announced a secret ballot on whether the party should support the Labor governments legislation. The result, 54 against to 29 for, spelled the end of the Oppositions co-operation with the government on its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. When the scheme reappeared in 2011 as a price on carbon under Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her climate change minister, Greg Combet, Abbott made this great big new tax on everything the centrepiece of his campaign against the government. And when he won the election in 2013 he repealed the legislation.
To be sure, others have also contributed to the long-running disaster of Australias climate policies: the Greens under Bob Brown, who, in a fit of self-indulgent high-mindedness, refused to support Labors legislation in the Senate; Kevin Rudd, who walked away from the great moral challenge of our generation when the going got tough; and Julia Gillard, with her culpable naivety in promising that there would be no carbon tax in a government she led, and then agreeing that the scheme her government introduced could be called a tax. But it has been Abbotts continuing belligerent prosecut...

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22:42

The Worlds Oldest Tortoise Is Gay, And He Has A Younger Lover "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The worlds oldest tortoise is in a relationship with a younger reptile, who vets recently discovered is a male. Jonathan (pictured) is 186 years old and believed to be the worlds oldest living land animal. He lives on St Helena, a British Overseas Territory 1,200 miles off the coast of southern Africa, and hes such ...

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22:29

'Lawrence Park' "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Learmonth family of squatting fame first arrived in Australia in the 1830s when Thomas Learmonth Senior established himself as a merchant in Hobart Town. In April, 1837 his sons Thomas and Somerville were amongst the first squatters to take up land in the newly-established Port Phillip District of New South Wales. As members of the Port Phillip Association (later the Derwent Company), they occupied land along the Barwon River up to its confluence with the Leigh River, beating out their competition in the form of the Clyde Company under the management of George Russell.
With their preferred land on the Barwon unavailable, the Clyde Company instead set up operations along the Moorabool River, north from Fyansford and west across to the Leigh River at Shelford. However, the Port Phillip Association once again got the jump on the Clyde Company when the first land sales were held for the parish of Gherineghap in February, 1839.
The Association disregarded the gentleman's agreement which prevented squatters from purchasing the land on which other land holders were squatting. Outbidding their rivals at the Sydney auction, they snapped up much of the land from Fyansford to the future site of Gheringhap along the Moorabool where George Russell was squatting and along the Barwon as far as Bruce's Creek.  Their success however, came at a cost. Philip Russell (half brother of George and shareholder in the Clyde Company) was able to force the sale price up to 28 shillings per acre. The Russells meanwhile, quickly stripped the land of the improvements they had made - huts, stockyards, tents, even a wool shed - and retreated to what had until then been their outpost on the Leigh River.

Google Earth map showing the boundaries of the 1839 land purchases of the
Port Phillip Association and the Learmonths as shown on the Gherineghap
Parish Survey Maps
Amongst the members of the Port Phillip Association was Thomas Learmonth Sr who is widely reported to have taken up the land after purchase before passing it to his youngest son Dr John Learmonth. In addition, the parish survey map shows that 6...

22:05

Trump targeted by the shadow government "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Left-wing corporate foundations like W.K. Kellogg and Ford are sending millions of dollars to organizations such as the Center for Community Change (CCC) with the express purpose of targeting Donald Trump and his Presidency.

And worse, George Soros the Godfather of the Left-wing movement to overthrow President Trump is also pouring millions of dollars from his Open Society Foundation into groups like CCC.

US President Donald Trump is being targeted by Kellogs and Ford trying to oust him from the presidency

In fact, the Executive Director of CCC is also on Soros Advisory Board of Directors! The tentacles of the Left are vast, very well-funded and increasingly more dangerous. And Im counting on your help to expose this threat and fight back.

You see, groups such as CCC are funding direct attacks on the Trump Administration with one goal in mind: To delegitimize his authority as President. For long time readers of my work and that of the Freedom Center, none of this will be surprising. Weve reported on the connections and networks of the Left for three decades now.

But never before has the threat loomed so large. Never before have they worked to overthrow a sitting and freely elected President of the United States. And never before have they launched a shadow g...

21:56

List of Property owned by the Trust. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Request to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust by Damien Butler. Annotated by Locutus Sum on October 19, 2017.
Successful.
The Trust has provide links to a web-site where the information is publicly available. http://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/ and http://www.cockatooisla...

21:45

Tony Abbott To Address US Anti-Gay Group Again "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Prominent no campaigner and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is reportedly set to address a US organisation that has been condemned for its extreme, anti-LGBTI views. Abbott will speak to the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) about his opposition to marriage equality later this month, Fairfax Media reported. According to the Human Rights ...

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19:14

Species-ism: a displacement attitude to racism? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The other day whilst walking on a quiet bush track with a friend, we came across a magpie standing on some grass surveying the scene, including the pair of us. My friend said rather scornfully "I don't like those birds!" People who would never dream of vilifying a group of people on the basis of their race seem to have no compunction in vilifying members of an entire species often on the basis of nothing. Comments may seem harmless enough at first but on further reflection one realises they can be an incitement to harm. Is there a moral difference between racism and "species-ism"?

Magpie maligned!

The other day whilst walking on a quiet bush track with a friend, we came across a magpie standing on some grass surveying the scene, including the pair of us. My friend said rather scornfully "I don't like those birds!" I felt anger rising and I asked her why she didn't like them. She said "because they are big. I like little birds" Then she added "They're everywhere!" (We had seen 4 in about half an hour.) I felt really troubled. Someone who says this about a creature and all the other members of the species will shoo the birds from her garden with impunity. I felt that her dislike threatened the birds. I tried to educate her, alerting her to the magpie song, telling her who it belonged to as we heard it amongst numerous bird calls. She was not interested. She was looking for a rare wildflower, not s creature that was "everywhere". I was annoyed and worried by her prejudice.

...and the wattle birds!

Similarly I feel very irritated when I hear people saying that they don't like wattle birds because of the sound, one which is hard to describe but which I hear only rarely where i live. I would love to have wattle birds in the garden and have tried to grow flowering native plants without much success due to insufficient sunlight.

..and the black swans!

Strolling in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens recently I could not see any of gardens' signature black swans. Instead I saw punts on the lake with people aboard. The gardens were extremely busy with functions, picnic-ers and a new kind of sport looking a bit like croquet with square hoops embedded in the lawn. I said to the people I was with "Can't see any swans!" "No" one of them said "perhaps the...

14:31

YesFest Marriage Equality Benefit Concert Has Been Cancelled "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

The LiveAid-style YesFest concert planned in Sydney on Sunday, October 29 has sadly been cancelled. The concert was set to feature performances from rocker Jimmy Barnes, Client Liaison, Flight Facilities, Megan Washington, and Killing Heidi. Organisers said in a statement: YesFest was an ambitious project to pull off in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, ...

The post YesFest Marriage Equality Benefit Concert Has Been Cancelled appeared first on QNEWS.

12:39

HOLY HOLY "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

 

HOLY HOLY ANNOUNCE

LOVE IS FOR AMATEURS TOUR

  • REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR AMATEURS

 

 

One of the countrys best bands

ROLLING STONE

 

A flagstone for all forms of musical artistry

BEST BEFORE

 

A band that is at the top of their game.

THE MUSIC

 

One of Australias finest bands.

WEST AUSTRALIAN

 

With a huge sold-out national headline tour earlier this year performing their biggest venues to date, HOLY HOLY has today announced the Love Is For Amateurs Tour alongside a series of festival dates. Bringing big riffs, even bigger hooks and a few surprises, this will be the last chance to catch HOLY HOLY before they take a break from touring to return to the studio. To celebrate the announcement, HOLY HOLY has also revealed the visuals for new single Amateurs.

 

The video highlights the high energy and artful stylings of their live show. Filmed at Yours & Owls Festival last month, Amateurs is the final single from the critically acclaimed ARIA top 10 album Paint.  A daring and diverse album brimming with ideas, Paint is proof of a fearless approach from one of Australias most revered voices. To experience that voice first hand, you can tune into triple j Live At The Wireless, which airs this Sunday 22nd October, or can be heard HERE.

 

In addition to headline shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast, HOLY HOLY will headline Woodford Folk Festival, the Rosemount NYE Fiesta in Perth, Eve Eve at The Prince in Bunbury and take the stage at Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie. Many more festival announcements will be made shortly.

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