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Friday, 22 June

22:01

The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival Old Time Variety Show 2018

Fri 17th Aug, A&I Hall 6-10pm

Sat 18th Aug, Showgrounds 10am-5:30pm

Bangalow Showgrounds

Great local food and quality musicianship in a fun family day out raising funds for local Arts & Culture

Friday 17th Old Time Variety Show 6pm till 10pm at the A&I Hall delicious barbecue and great bluegrass

Saturday 18th BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 10am till 5pm at the Bangalow Showgrounds family friendly event, barbecue competition, bluegrass on the main stage, Kids Games $2, Tasting Plates $10.

The post The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival 2018 appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

19:53

A riot of colour "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

in the garden this morning!

Eastern Spinebill feeding on Correa pulchella, Wyndham Street Newstead, 22nd June 2018

19:22

Tax-payer forks out $20,000 for Kimba children to have nuclear propaganda trip to Lucas Heights "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

 

Federal Government pays for schoolkids from country SA to go on a nuclear fact-finding tour https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/sa-business-journal/federal-government-pays-for-schoolkids-from-country-sa-to-go-on-a-nuclear-factfinding-tour/news-story/4820fe94618442858b517fada6b3f5a8, Erin Jones, Regional Reporter, The Advertiser, 21 June 18

AUSTRALIAN taxpayers are forking out nearly $20,000 to send Kimba school students on an all-expenses paid, five-night excursion to Sydney to learn about radioactive waste.

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18:47

Liberal Coalition attacks on the ABC will rebound against them "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

James Cogans speech at Sydney rally to free Julian Assange

Constant attacks on the ABC will come back to haunt the Coalition government The Conversation    Denis Muller Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne, June 20, 2018 

In January 1931, as the newly elected United Australia Party government of Joseph Lyons was contemplating the establishment of a national broadcasting service, the prime minister received a deputation of prominent Melburnians, including a barrister and member of the Victorian parliament, Robert Gordon Menzies.

They urged that the new broadcasting service be organised on an independent basis and that cultural potentialities of the Broadcast Service be considered a matter of primary importance. The broadcast service came to be named the Australian Broadcasting Commission and went to air for the first time on July 1 1932.

It is a measure of how far todays Liberal Party has drifted away from the values and ideals of its founder, Menzies, that last Saturday its federal council should have resoundingly adopted a motion that the ABC should be privatised.

One of the proponents of the motion was Mitchell Collier, the federal vice-president of the Young Liberals. He said there was no economic case to keep the broadcaster in public hands.

No economic case. Where the ABC is concerned, that is a false premise on which to proceed. The ABC was explicitly not established for economic purposes or in pursuit of an economic ideology. It was established for social, educational and cultural purposes.

It was also established on an explicitly non-commercial basis: it takes no advertising. Why? Because it was believed advertising would weaken its independence. The policymakers of the 1930s had seen only too clearly how beholden the newspaper proprietors of the day had become to commercial imperatives: the demands of advertisers and the pressure to increase circulation, even at the cost of editorial quality and integrity.

The newspapers of the day had also become mouthpieces for sectional interests. In Melbourne,...

18:35

Gang Show "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Come and support local and statewide youth members from the Victorian Scouts and Guides who have been rehearsing since February for this original family fun theatre production.  

Tickets start at $23.00.

Head to www.gangshow.org for all your booking details.

Opens this Friday 22nd June til Saturday 30th June 2018.

Venue: Besen Centre Burwood.
   
Address: 87/89 Station St, Burwood VIC 3125.
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18:33

Peppertree Place "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Open Gate at Peppertree Place in June

With our new neighbours the Coburg Farmers Market opening next door, we have been opening our cafe every Saturday (not just the 1st Saturday of each month) to see what the passing trade would look like - and quite frankly it looks great!! We've been welcoming new visitors and customers who have never been to Peppertree before - never knew we existed (we get that a lot!).

While we appreciate all that our volunteers do to keep this going, we acknowledge that it will be a huge challenge for us to sustain into the future.

SO thanks for supporting our little social enterprise, volunteer powered nursery and popup cafe.  

18:32

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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We will have the following to give away shortly:


White fridge-freezer, v good working order. 
Oven: Hob (needs new sparker). 
Some of the original kitchen cupboards from Newlands brick house. 

Please call or text asap if you are interested as renovation starts this weekend. 

Jenny 0457 436 280.

18:31

Neighbourhood Houses "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Newlands & East Coburg
Neighbourhood Houses


 
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18:30

For Sale & Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Vintage Kelvinator fridge in perfect working order $150 ONO.

Baumatic Dishwasher in perfect working order - free.

La Germania Oven - Stove. Gas works but electrics don't. May be able to be repaired. Free.

Text: 0451 793 104 Pick up Coburg.

Sarah.

18:22

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Lego Head!

Secondhand - few scratches and wear and tear.

Great for storing lego and all those small tiny toys kids love to collect!

Pick up Regent.

Annie 
0458 353 794



18:14

House Sitting "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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House sitter needed for 7-14th July for lovely 3 bedroom house in Regent. 

If you have family or friends visiting for the school holidays this could be perfect for a few days or whole week as needed.

Contact Annie 0458 353 794 if you are interested.

17:30

40 Years Later: Looking Back At The Protests That Began Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Andrew Trounson, University of Melbourne The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the worlds largest annual celebration of LGBT+ people and one of Australias biggest single tourist attractions. An estimated 300,000 people turned out for the 2018 parade in March, highlighting just how mainstream LGBT+ culture has become here. And only four months ...

The post 40 Years Later: Looking Back At The Protests That Began Sydney Mardi Gras appeared first on QNews Magazine.

16:59

Shiiiiiiiitcuuuuuuunts "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

At the end of last year my twitter account was nuked because I told a lot of people I deemed to be committed racists, one at a time, that they were a "shitcunt". This was a tremendous mistake because if you get into an argument with major online entities like Twitter they erase a chunk of your online existence. I tried explaining myself, but I wasn't talking to a person, I was talking to a system built by more shitcunts. So an account I'd been running for a decade, with all the connections I'd made with thousands of people, was no more. It was all my fault but my fault wasn't being a shitcunt, it was that I am a hero who takes risks. Fuck I'm amazing. Get fucked. A fucking hero. Fuck. You.

Also, since April of last year until about a few weeks ago I have been obsessed with making my first solo show a goer, but after doing the show at four different festivals I was sick of it. Festivals, like major social media behemoths, suck a million business dicks but will not lift a finger to help the little people that make up the entire reason for their existence. And that shit costs a lot money. Paying money to do comedy? How dignified.

Online and at fringe and comedy festivals, I have watched the creators of art get milked dry by business vampires. They take our time and money and give back nothing but bullshit. The creators who do succeed do so because they are mediocre or cowards, generally. Check out the wide selection of boring comedians on Netflix if you doubt this.

Anyway late last year I got on with calling a lot of racists a "shitcunt". Shitcunt. What a word. A lot of people are in my estimation weak dogs, piss holes or dipshits, but hey, they might be struggling for some personal reason I know nothing about. But a shitcunt? That person is just a shitcunt. It was glorious to abuse the christ out of these shitcunts for a golden hour.

Last year my brother died and my family didn't bother to tell me and it got life changingly weird and ugly. So I focused my anger at the entire human race on one group- committed racists- and abused the fuck out of them. I will always come back to the simple idea that if you have horrible shit in your life, take that emotion and use it on a target that deserves it. Sure I lost that twitter account, because if you fight, you might lose. But if you don't fight, you're just a loser. Possibly even a shitcunt.

I've got some other ideas for things I can do that won't result in my destruction, so that's nice. A podcast. Returning to blogging, obviously. Stand up comedy, again. But I'm not 100% sure what I would be doing any of it for anymore. I know for a fact that producing content with an audience in mind is a recipe for a truly garbage life.

I have to go do a shit now.

15:57

This winter, make it your mission to help people in need, year round "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Dee* had a tough upbringing. Her mother left after experiencing repeated violence, and Dee had to care for her younger brothers and sisters. I looked after everyone, got them to school, cleaned the house, did the shopping, did everything, Dee says. Dad would be at work all day long, then out drinking until the pub []

15:34

WA Health Minister, Roger Cook, Condones the Suppression of Scientific Debate on Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Please read the following information and make WA Health Minister, Roger Cook, accountable for the false information he is providing about vaccines to the public. Politicians are liable for participating in legislative decisions that can harm human health. This censorship of the risks of vaccines as anti-vaccination material is resulting in an escalation of chronic illness in the population that is preventable.
Most of you will be aware that a billboard was put up in the Perth CBD (corner of William and Brisbane St) that asks the public Do you know what is in a vaccine. This information is essential knowledge for assessing the risks of this medical procedure. Just as you would check the ingredients of your food only vaccines are injected into the human body and this means the chemicals can access every organ of the body.
This information is in the public interest yet the WA government and AMA are calling this anti-vaccination material and complaining that the question poses a public health risk.
Why is the Australian Medical Association making this unscientific claim? The risks of any environmental toxin need to be addressed within the individual genetic make-up of each person and there are many toxins in vaccines.  Each toxin in the vaccine, for example, aluminium and antibiotics, will have a different reaction in every person because of their genetics and this reaction can be delayed.
Does Roger Cook know that there are antibiotics in every vaccine and that antibiotics are linked to causing many chronic illnesses including autism?
Why has the AMA also ignored the fundamental medical principle that:
A medical treatment should be individualised particularly when injecting substances into the human body that carry the potential for disease, disablement and death.
The US Vaccine Injury Compensation Scheme has paid out over...

14:42

QNews Magazine Issue #457 | June 22, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Check out the latest issue of QNews Magazine. Queens Ball Winners / Feature: Gender / Docq / Qcalendar / Review: Disobedience | QNews Magazine 2018

The post QNews Magazine Issue #457 | June 22, 2018 appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:25

Thank Folk Its Friday 22nd June "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Endless Chatter Merpire Bandcamp Stare Into The Dark Sam Newton Bandcamp Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner Friday 22nd June Solbar Playhouse, Maroochydore, QLD Saturday 23rd June Old []

13:52

Playing to Spin: Celtic tunes keep Contra dancers on their toes "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contra dance queest-ce-que cest? For those of us whove never dipped a heel or toe into this aspect of the folk or social dance scene, a quick spot of online research explains contra dancing as social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. A hot stepping cousin of square dancing or bush dancing, contra dancing is done in pairs with couples moving up and down a line or in sets in response to a caller. It originates from North America and is steadily gaining an enthusiastic following of new, young dancers here in Australia. It is also a fantastic way to link social dancing with community music making.

Melbourne based musician, Judy Oleinikov is a big fan of the inclusive nature of contra dance and for the past three years or so has been doing her bit to bring a wider awareness of it to musicians and dancers alike: Contra dances can  be more vivacious and also a little bit more informal than some of the other dances we have here unlike something more structured such as Scottish Dancing, it isnt intimidating to beginners.

It may be a relief to hear that a sleek technique isnt required and you dont need to point your toes to take part. Contra dancing is open to anyone of any age and people seem to find it highly addictive due to its inherent element of fun. That and the amount of spinning involved.

For Judy, Contra dance kicks come from her involvement as a fiddle player for the dance:

 What I love about social dance is seeing a roomful of people in sync, the dancers and the musicians. Theres just nothing better, that buzz of live music and everyone responding to it.

In addition to the fact its fun, Judy considers the resurgence in contra dancing important in helping to sustain a complex skill and a vital element of musicality which she believes is at risk of becoming lost: the ability to play for dancers.

A lot of Celtic musicians learn the music completely separate from the dance and so they havent quite got the feel they can be brilliant players but to a dancer it just wouldnt be right. Weve grown used to hearing recordings or playing tunes in pubs and so what I really like about bringing a dance back is doing it while people are learning the music to go with it.

Contra dance music is lively, and drives and energizes the dancers. Like all forms of music, it has originated from a blend of traditions, noticeably Irish, Scottish, Breton, Qubecois, Cape Breton, New England, and Appalachian, and is constantly evolving, as living traditions do. As an avid player of Celtic music herself, Judy explains that the origin of this form of music was in playing tunes for people to dance along to as entertainment...

13:36

Star Stuff II Schedule of Speakers and Talks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Star Stuff ll is on 7th & 8th July 2018 at Elements of Byron Resort Byron Bay

Star Stuff II is pleased to release this years incredible schedule of speakers and talks at the genesis of Australias tentative steps towards its own space agency. Our 11 speakers share their knowledge on a wide range of mind expanding topics.

Speakers Include :

  • Fraser Cain (CAN / Science Publisher)
  • Dr Alan Duffy (AU, Computational Astrophysicist)
  • Amy Shira Teitel (USA Space Historian)
  • Geoff Notkin (USA / Meteorite Expert)
  • Terry Lovejoy (AU Comet Discoverer)
  • Dr David Malin (AU AAO Astronomer)
  • John Sarkissian OAM(AU CSIRO Scientist)
  • James Gilmour (AU Private Space Agency)
  • Greg Quicke (AU Observatory, aka Space Gandalf)
  • Cathal OConnell (AU Nanotech / Science Writer)
  • Dylan ODonnell (AU / Byron Bay Astronomer)

Highlights Include:

  • On site solar and nighttime viewing (Weather permitting)
  • Telescopes & Equipment vendors
  • Night Photography Tours
  • Giveaways & Special Promotions

For more information please visit Star Stuff ll Sessions

The post Star Stuff II Schedule of Speakers and Talks appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

13:24

Kylie Minogue Shares The Moment She Realised She Was A Gay Icon "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Kylie Minogue had said she first realised she was a gay icon when she ended up at a Kylie-themed night at a Sydney gay bar. The singer told Billboard she became aware of the love the LGBT community has for her in the late 80s, after the release of her debut album, but it happened ...

The post Kylie Minogue Shares The Moment She Realised She Was A Gay Icon appeared first on QNews Magazine.

12:59

7-Eleven Accused of Paying to Cover-Up Wage Theft "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim It has been reported that a joint parliamentary inquiry into franchising operations is about to hear explosive allegations that convenience store juggernaut 7-Eleven bribed people not to give evidence. The accusations come from a group of 7-Eleven franchise operators who say the head office of 7-Eleven paid them to

The post 7-Eleven Accused of Paying to Cover-Up Wage Theft appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:44

Look Out! Yoof Gone Wild at Eastside! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Hello friends, Im Maddie and I spent a week at Eastside Fm for my work experience! Read below to get a teenagers insight in the life of Eastside, and the adventures and experiences this community radio did for me! 

My time at Eastside Radio has been a time I wont forget. I have been shown a side of community, experience and music that I havent seen before. Through out the last week I have met so many wonderful people, either it be a volunteer, presenter or a fellow work experience colleague, the family that surrounds Eastside is so unique and nothing Ive ever experienced. I have also been very grateful to have the opportunity to be at Eastside in the week of Radiothon. Radiothon is a highlight in Eastsides calendar and being able to take part in such a special week was really spectacular. I love the attachment music has on people and how having that connection brings people together, leading to create a even better space to bond over. Eastside is one of those spaces. People can come together from various parts of Sydney and share their similarities through jazz, soul, world or any kind of music.

Besides the electric atmosphere of Radiothon, I was given an insight on how a radio station works. Working in the studios put me in the shoes of a presenter. As a person who has always been interested in the world of multimedia, doing work experience at Eastside has broaden my knowledge in this workforce and the training has given me the opportunity to trial the life of radio presenting. Also having the opportunity to incorporate the editing skills I previously knew before this last week, was very useful when presenters wanted to edit interviews into podcasts. I found it great to dive into the radio industry with a combination of new and old skills. Being able to talk on air was another experience that I didnt think I wouldve been able to take part in this week. Having to build that confidence was something I had to get used to, but the comfort and support by Cathy (as she convinced me to speak for every supporter who called in) helped significantly by the time the week ended.

If I could use one word to describe how I felt this week, it would be ecstatic. I will be forever grateful to have been part of the Eastside community for my week of work experience. The tips and tactics I have learnt in my time at Eastside, will be useful for the career I will be aiming to do by the time I finish high school. I will most definitely be back at Eastside as soon as I can so I can volunteer and stay part of this amazing community. I want to say a special thanks to Gemma, Tony and Cathy. I couldnt of imagined Eastside to be so lively without them. I would also like to say thank you to all the volunteers and presenters that made me feel welcome. I can not express enough how much I have loved being at Eastside. I would most definitely recommend anyone who is thinking about volun...

12:31

Action against Adani coal heats up "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Frontline Action on Coal have started a month worth of action by redecorating a billboard just outside Bowen on the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. Photo supplied.

Protestors from Frontline Action on Coal have started a month worth of action by redecorating a billboard just outside Bowen on the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. The billboards reads Adani Hates Workers and carries the Labor partys logo.

The months of action will be taking place as part of the lead up to the 30th June, when groups across Australia are expected to hold protests to call for no new coal projects in Australia.

One of the creators of the spoof Labor billboard, Jade Hill said: The new, improved billboards represent what the majority of Australians are thinking, and what Labor should be admitting. Adani doesnt care about workers and jobs, only about how much money he can make. If this mine goes ahead it will cause climate chaos and will be thoroughly automated, providing very few jobs for local workers.

The billboard was in response to fifteen workers at Adanis Townsville headquarters being told that their contracts would expire at the end of the month, further reducing employee numbers down to around 100 from a high of 150.

The build-up to the 30th June day of action has included banner drops, blockades, occupations and guerilla projections from Melbourne in the south to Cairns in the north. 

Frontline Action on Coal says that over thirty actions are planned across the country for 30 June and that many people are preparing to break the law for the first time in their lives in order to protect country and safeguard a liveable planet for generations to come. The protests will target politicians, coal mining companies and contractors associated with the Adani mine.

The post Action against Adani coal heats up appeared first on...

12:25

Cash Savage on turning indignation into inspiration "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

 

  • Cash Savage and The Last Drinks :: Interview with Jack Shit

 

The forthcoming album by Cash Savage was born out of an incendiary indignation at the appalling plebiscite foisted upon Australia by a coalition of groups opposed to equality.

Cashs prior record had emerged from a time of loss (two close mates lost to suicide) and love (her two weddings one legal, in Vegas, one merely ceremonial, here). In between, Cashs wife Amy became pregnant, and despite consciously attempting to cease writing and sit with that the songs poured forth.

Beyond these performances it was the stark, defiant and sometimes heartbreaking conversation that made this interaction so spellbinding. Its fair to say that Cash and Jack dont hold much back.

WHO: Cash Savage and The Last Drinks + Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel)
WHERE: Lansdowne Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 23 June, 8pm
HOW MUCH: $23.50 from Oztix 

 

The post Cash Savage on turning indignation into inspiration appeared first on FBi Radio.

12:20

Supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mungo MacCallum and Thomas Mayor hold up the Uluru statement at Brunswick Heads on Saturday, March 25. Photo Jenny Garrett

Byron Shire Council has shown its support for genuine constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at its June meeting by unanimously supporting a Mayoral Minute to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Statement from the Heart came from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention which has held in May 2017 at Uluru in the Northern Territory.

The Convention saw more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from around Australia discuss constitutional reform.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is such a moving and powerful document that challenges us, as a nation, to move forward and I think it is entirely appropriate that our Council has publicly declared its support, Mayor Richardson said.

Its important to note that the Statement from the Heart goes beyond changes to the constitution, he said.

It looks at legislative change with the establishment of the Makarrata Commission which would supervise a process of agreement-making with the Australian Government and truth-telling about our history and colonisation.

The Statement was the largest ever consensus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a proposal for substantive recognition and, on behalf of Byron Shire Council, I am proud to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

We believe it should be a national priority, Mayor Richardson said.

The last sentence of the Statement invites us to walk with a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

Byron Shire Council accepts the invitation, Mayor Richardson said.

For more information contact Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, on 0427 076 834.

Uluru Statement from the Heart

 We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according...

12:14

Telstra left locals near Uki with no phones for five days "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The fact that John Donvito had to climb to the top of Mt Nardi in the dark to call Telstra to tell them the not only were their landlines down but the local Telstra tower was also out of order seemed to fall on deaf ears. Since last Saturday June 16 John called Telstra around 30 times to try and get them to acknowledge that there was not only a problem but that they do something about it.

I rang them and said the towers out and they responded telling me that it wasnt and that no one had reported it. Not only was the tower out but the landlines were down and then then we had a power cut as well on the Sunday (June 17).

By Monday June 18 Telstra finally acknowledged that the tower had been out over the weekend and by Tuesday the landlines were back on and the tower was fixed by the Wednesday.

The area went four days with no landline while it took five days for the tower to be back up and running.

For a telecommunications company they have very poor communication, said Don.

They have a website that you can check the status of towers etc but if your not going to update it then whats the point?

We have lots of elderly people in the area and they need to do a lot better at responding to outages.

The post Telstra left locals near Uki with no phones for five days appeared first on Echonetdaily.

11:42

Thank Goat its #FiveDollarFriday "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Edgars Mission - Goat, parker, vet

Reaping the benefits from our Five Dollar Friday Communitys kindness this week was our beloved Parker goat. Parker, a gentle giant Anglo Nubian cross has become a firm favourite among staff, volunteers and visitors alike with his cheeky personality, his unmistakable ears that often seem to have a life of their own and his perfectly executed, Please Sir, can I have some more? look whenever the rustle of a wheet bix box is in the vicinity of those aforementioned ears.

Over the years, Parker has been the recipient of multiple life-saving surgeries to correct issues within his urinary tract, which if left untreated or undetected, would likely have led to a most painful death. Regular checks and treatments are now part of Parkers ongoing care regime to ensure his redirected urethra remains functioning and allows him to live a comfortable and pain-free life.

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While surgery seemed no longer an option by Parkers attending veterinarians, this dear boy now receives regular shockwave therapy to break down scar tissue that threatens to block his urinary tract and keep any complications at bay. As always, Parker is an absolute gentleman and the most obliging of patients, as long as one of his people proffer chin scratches and nose kisses, he stands obligingly whilst the procedure is performed.

We are ever grateful for the technologies that allow residents like Parker to overcome adversity and live full and happy lives as are we grateful for our Five Dollar Friday community who make this arm of our work possible.

If you too want to send waves of kindness Parkers way, please consider joining our Five Dollar Friday Community today www.fivedollarfriday.com.au

11:41

start - [Talks] added Darren to 2018-06-25 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Next Meeting 25th June 2018 Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone (03) 9380 9569

11:34

Lessons in Friendship "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Every now and then we experience those moments of realisation that things, events and experiences have brought life around full circle. Often, these realisations come at a much later date, during times of reflection rather than at the actual moment they occur for those moments are often too painful, too demanding of our energies or too all-consuming to ever contemplate the bigger picture.

One such moment we experienced recently here at the sanctuary was the passing of our beloved Vincent van Goatee. Even the typing of his name brings tears to the eyes, still so real is the pain of losing him.

I have no doubt that each one of us has a desire to be remembered for something when our days on this earth come to an end. Were we brave and courageous, kind to a tee, intelligent, accomplished, rich and famous, did we achieve great things, right a wrong or all of the above? The list goes on. And if there is one defining quality that comes to mind when we reflect on the life of dear Vincent it was most certainly this: friendship.

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The memory of that cool Wednesday morning we pulled up at the rural pound and first laid our eyes on Vincent is still as clear as the day it happened. A stately Anglo Nubian cross, who looked more camel-like than caprine and an older, handsome Toggenburg with the most impressive beard gazed back at us from the paddock beyond. At first, we couldnt help but giggle as we wondered how on earth two of the biggest goats we had ever seen were going to fit into our van, which now seemed tiny in comparison. But we were soon sobered when we realised the smaller of the two, the boy we were to christen Vincent van Goatee visibly trembled at the mere sight of us. This simultaneously broke our hearts and made the task ahead seem near impossible. How on earth were we to catch this terrified goat and convince him to step foot into our vehi...

11:26

Voters understand better than commentators the trickery of state budgets "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Thats the title of my latest piece in the Guardian.
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Privatisation has been the last fiscal resort of desperate governments for decades. By now, just about everyone in the community understands that the supposed windfall achieved by selling income generating assets is spurious. Voters have routinely tossed out governments that have advocated or implemented privatisation, sometimes by stunning margins.

The only people who havent got the memo are the politicians who make budget policy and the journalists who write about it. The politicians reluctance to abandon privatisation is understandable if discreditable: when electors throw them out, they are virtually guaranteed a lucrative post-political career in the financial sector.

The failure of political journalists to understand what they write and talk about for a living is more surprising. Yet the coverage of the Queensland and NSW elections suggests that there has been no improvement in understanding of the basic issues.

11:19

WATCH: The Queer Eye Boys Give Australian Farmer A Makeover In New Mini-Episode "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The mini-episode the boys from makeover show Queer Eye filmed in the Australian town of Yass has been released. The shows Fab Five Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karomo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk visited Australia earlier this month, and had two projects while in Yass. First, Tan, Karamo, and Jonathan helped ...

The post WATCH: The Queer Eye Boys Give Australian Farmer A Makeover In New Mini-Episode appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:09

Fairfax Emma-nomics "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Perhaps Fairfax should shorten its name to just Fair?

Jessica Irvine is Fairfaxs senior economics writer.  Her educational qualifications (from Linked In) are a Bachelors Degree, Economics (Social Sciences), majoring in Philosophy and Political Economy, Honours (University of Sydney 2000 2003).

The following opening paragraph comes from Irvines article this morning relating to the passage of tax cut legislation yesterday:

These are the tax cuts we dont deserve and cant afford. They are not part of a wider tax reform package, leave the budget too vulnerable to future economic shocks, and theyre unfair, to boot.

Dont deserve.  Cant afford.  Unfair to boot.  Quality economic analysis.  But wait.  Theres more:

Middle to upper income earners will also be the earliest recipients of support.

A tax cut is the provision of support is it now.  Jess read this please before writing again.  But she also wrote this:

But Australian politicians have simply not done the hard work to reform our tax base to ensure finances are in a sustainable position before Australians can be relieved of the burden of bracket creep.

Half right she is.  They have not done the work to reform the governments spending base.

It is rumoured that our Jess will be offered a professorship at the University of Sydney School of Emma-nomics.

#justsaying.

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10:41

Appeal for information over motorcycle crash Tweed/Byron PD "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are appealing for public assistance following a motorcycle crash in the states north.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Thursday 21 June 2018), emergency services were called to Clothiers Creek Road at Clothiers Creek, about 25km south of Tweed Heads, following reports a yellow Honda motorcycle crashed into a fence.

On arrival, officers from Tweed/Byron Police District found the passenger, a 38-year-old woman, with head and arm injuries. She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Recue Helicopter where she remains in a stable condition.

The rider, a 44-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital for mandatory testing.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Anyone who saw the motorcycle in the area before the time of the crash is urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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10:33

What is Common Assault? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The word assault often conjures up images of a physical altercation between two or more people. And whilst pushing or striking another person without legal justification will amount to an assault, the offence of common assault in NSW does not necessarily require any physical contact at all. Where is the offence of common assault contained

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10:28

Road rage in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A road rage incident occurred yesterday Thursday June 21) around 3.30pm near the Trinity bus exchange in Lismore when the driver of a black sedan became enraged at the driver of a school bus over a traffic issue.

The driver smashed one of the front windows of the bus and grabbed a windscreen wiper before leaving the area.

Sergeant Mat Johnson of Lismore police told Echonetdaily There were no issues with children or members of the public and the bus company has chosen not to pursue it.

Road rage incidents are not acceptable, especially in the vicinity of schools and other public places.

Sergeant Johnson urged drivers to keep calm and get to their destinations safely.

Drivers are reminded that the speed limit is 40km in school zones and when a school bus has flashing lights.

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10:10

MACKAY Police find stolen cars and rifle in Habana "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 08:07PM ,

Police find stolen cars and rifle in Habana

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10:08

Appeal to locate missing man  Casino "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are asking for help to locate Steven John Close. Photo NSW Police.

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a man missing from the Casino area.

Steven John Close, aged 56, was last seen leaving a hospital in Urbenville on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

When he failed to return home, officers from Richmond Police District were notified and commenced inquiries.

Mr Close is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 170cm tall, of a medium build and with dark brown hair.

Mr Close is known to frequent the Casino area and police have received information he may be in Queensland.

Anyone with information, or that sights Steven, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers immediately.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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10:01

Phat Burgers "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The new kid of the block. Bravely opening opposite burger institution SKBB, many feared for Phats survival. But since launching earlier this year, Phat has snowballed its way to success. Their quick service and no-nonsense Phat Mac stacked burgers have earned them devoted fans. The burger fraternity has swarmed through their doors. A frenzied opening []

09:48

This HIV Vaccine Could Begin Human Trials Next Year "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A promising candidate for a HIV vaccine may protect against dozens of strains of the virus and is almost ready for human testing, scientists say. The vaccine creates antibodies that attack a vulnerable site of the virus discovered two years ago, according to researchers at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) ...

The post This HIV Vaccine Could Begin Human Trials Next Year appeared first on QNews Magazine.

09:45

Zero Emissions Byron event June 27 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council will be presenting a Zero Emissions Byron talk at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday June 27 entitled The Big U-Turn Ahead; Calling Australia to Action on Climate Change. Photo supplied.

Christobel Munson

While many governments around the world are introducing measures to address climate change, the Australian government has failed to develop an action plan to reduce Australias emissions to COP21 agreed levels.

With both local and federal government elections coming up in 2019, its time to start rattling the cage!

Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council will be presenting a Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) talk at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday June 27 entitled The Big U-Turn Ahead; Calling Australia to Action on Climate Change.

Professor Steffen says, We need to throw out governments at all levels that dont take effective action on climate change and serve notice to incoming governments that they will suffer the same fate if they dont meet the climate change challenge.

Once, Earth System scientist Professor Steffen was a member of the Climate Commission, the independent body established in 2011 by the government to communicate reliable and authoritative information about climate change in Australia. The Commission was abolished in 2013 by Abbotts government.

Less than a week later, the Commission was relaunched as an independent, non-profit organisation called the Climate Council, fully funded by public donations.

Professor Steffen sees the current top climate change challenges as getting universal agreement across countries and cultures that we need to phase out all fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas by 2040, if we are to have a chance to stabilise the climate system at temperature somewhere near 2 degrees C.

He says the Climate Council is working hard to deal with the dangers of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG)...

09:36

Why are blue-tongue lizards tongues blue? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bluey the blue-tongued lizard gives it a waggle. Photo supplied.

Blue-tongue lizards use their tongues as a last-ditch effort to avoid being eaten, according to the latest research from the Lizard Lab at Macquarie University in Sydney.

The base of their tongue is particularly bright under UV light which birds can see clearly. The lizard relies on camouflage to avoid hawks and other predators. When that fails, the lizards poke out their tongues as far as possible distracting the birds with a flash of bright blue and ultraviolet tongues. And yes, you would it under disco lights.

Blue-tongue lizards have a highly conspicuous tongue, but, unlike many other kinds of lizards, its a big tongue the surface area is large. When blue-tongues do a full tongue display, the mouth is opened widely, and the tongue is flattened and expanded. At the same time, they may hiss and puff-up their body for maximum effect. This behaviour, in combination with a highly conspicuous tongue, can be quite intimidating for anyone that has got too close to a wild bluey, said Associate Professor Whiting.

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09:02

Sydney unemployment rate falls to 4.2pc "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Manufacturing picks up

Construction employment declined a bit over the three months to May 2018.

As detailed in our free sample report for fund managers and investors, the looming and potentially sharp downturn in construction jobs from century-highs as a share of total employment is a key risk in Australia. 


However, there was an offsetting strong increase in manufacturing and public sector employment in the quarter. 

Manufacturing employment being on the rise again might be something of a surprise given auto industry closures, but manufacturing is quite a broad term, incorporating food manufacture for overseas consumers, for example. 

And this dynamic has helped to keep the annual average number of unemployed persons declining, albeit glacially, down to 723,900 from 768,400 at the September 2015 peak. 


Sydney's unemployment rate declined again to just 4.2 per cent in May, taking the annual average unemployment rate for the harbour city down to 4.49 per cent - that's the lowest rate since 2008, and hardly the dynamics typically associated with a protracted housing market downturn. 

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08:28

Population growth quicker than previously estimated (slowing from higher-highs) "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Population growth rate: slowing from higher-highs

A somewhat confusing set of figures from the ABS today, with a final rebasing of population estimates from the 2016 Census shaving nearly 20,000 off the estimated resident population of Australia, leaving the population clock now at just a tick over 24,950,000.

That means that the population clock is now projected to hit 25,000,000 in August 2018, a little bit later than scheduled.

Interestingly, through, the latest revised figures also showed that the growth in the estimated residential population was quicker during the first half of last year than previously reported, peaking at 408,179 over the year to June 2017, before easing back a bit to 387,969 (or 1.6 per cent) by the end of the calendar year. 


There was an unusually high number of international departures in the March quarter.

It remains to be seen if this dynamic is sustained, but it seems likely to relate to the high number of international students we are now seeing in Australia.

In effect, with more than 2 million temporary visas on issue, Australia's 'resident' population is becoming more seasonal (we are seeing this impact a lot in rental markets these days).

The revised numbers showed that net overseas migration into the three most populous states was pacier than previously reported in the early part of last year, with immigration into Sydney temporarily sending New South Wales off the top of the charts (literally so in this case).


Annual immigration into Western Australia has now increased steadily for four consecutive quarters, with the three most populous states now easing, if you take these fi...

08:24

Accounting for mangrove methane in global carbon budgets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dr Judith Rosentreter enjoying the ambience of a mangrove system. Photo supplied.

Mangroves are highly valued for their efficiency in storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. But those calculations need to be adjusted to account for the methane emitted during the carbon burial process, according to new research from Southern Cross University.

Organic material within the mangrove system releases methane as it breaks down. However, scientists from the Universitys Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research have found the methane being released is offsetting on average 20 per cent of the carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere and buried as blue carbon.

The paper Methane emissions partially offset blue carbon burial in mangroves, published in the journal Science Advances, provides the first estimate of the global magnitude of this offset.

Our results show that high water and sediment methane emissions have the potential to partially offset blue carbon burial rates in mangrove sediments on average by 20 per cent, said lead researcher Dr Judith Rosentreter.

The offsets may be as high as 60 per cent around the boundary between the tropics and subtropics, driven by lower mangrove carbon burial rates and higher methane emissions.

Although there are some uncertainties associated with global emission estimates of methane mainly owing to the lack of data from countries with large mangrove areas such as Indonesia or Brazil the overall conclusion that there are some offsets remain the same.

Professor Bradley Eyre, director of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research at Southern Cross, is one of the co-authors.

Methane emissions from mangroves need to be accounted for when assessing their importance in future blue carbon assessments and climate change mitigation, sai...

08:00

June 22 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

1788 - "Slight shock of earthquake in the newly formed settlement of Sydney Cove. It did not last more than two or three seconds. It was felt by most people in camp, and by the Governor himself, who heard at the same time a noise to the south, and which he took at first to be the report of guns fired at a great distance.  The earth teemed with sulphurous odour for some time after."


1829 - John Slack (alias York) was hanged at Sydney for putting in fear and burglary at the house of Timothy Beard at Cabramatta.

1838 - Col William Light spat the dummy and resigned as Surveyor-General of South Australia, after being refused additional staff and being ordered to use an inexact method of survey.

1842 - The Imperial Waste Lands Act increased the minimum price of land in all the Australian colonies to 1 acre - half the proceeds to be used to encourage migration. Wakefield, Torrens & Hutt's plan from the SA Foundation Act of 1834, is to be half adopted in the other colonies i.e. NSW WA & Tas.

1846 - The Eastern Market was opened in Melbourne right alongside the Female Peniteniary ; the Eastern Market site later hosted The Southern Cross Hotel where the Fab Four stayed during the Melbourne leg of their Oz tour but, sadly for them, there were no longer any caged females screaming next door....

1854 - The news finally reached Oz about the outbreak titled the Crimean War, which gave rise to fears of attack on Oz by the Russian Navy....which in turn led to the night When The Russians Didn't Invade Victoria.

1854 - Sir Charles Hotham plonked himself into the post of Governor of Victoria.
And then the rot set it.

1863 - Roll up, Roll up! The City of Churches aka Adelaide was sparkling like a hazy diamond in the night when the city was illuminated by gas.

1884 - A simple lesson for men to change their socks more often!!! Henrietta Dugdale and Annette Bean had been darning too many socks for the menfolk - their heads had obviously been turned (as had possibly their stomachs) by the odourous smell assaulting their senses so they formed the Women's Suffrage Society in Melbourne on this day.

1889 - Sydney's tallest building, the head office of the Mutual Life Association of Australasia, opened. It stood more than 34 metres above street level.

1892 - During a day of wild weather all over the state of Victoria that caused much damage, a cyclone hit Ballarat resulting in extensive damage to buildings, numerous people were injured and 2 lives were lost.

1892 - Newspapers reported that the unemployment situation was so bad, some families were selling their own clothes to buy food.

1899 - Essendon....

07:24

$20k on offer for pollinator projects "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ceder and Stuart Anderson with one of their Flow Hives. Photo supplied.

Entries close soon for a $20,000 funding pool to kickstart pollinator projects.

Beeinventive, the company behind crowdfunding success story Flow Hive, is offering $20,000 to schools and community groups to help make the world a better place for pollinating insects.

Projects may involve direct action such as habitat restoration and preservation, education, or advocacy.

Flow Hive co-inventor Stuart Anderson said, The funding we are making available is something small we can do to help some of the many groups already working to help the worlds 20,000 species of solitary bees and other native pollinators.

Submissions must be received by June 28 and not-for-profits, schools and community groups can outline their project at www.honeyflow.com.au/pollinator-support.

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07:19

Ideas at forefront for written festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Writers Festival Vice Chair Adam van Kempen and Festival Director Edwina Johnson clutching the full program for the 2018 festival released today

After many months of careful curation, the full program for this years Byron Writers Festival has been released, profiling 140 writers and thinkers who will converge at the Elements of Byron resort from August 3 till 5.

Festival director Edwina Johnson says, Were thrilled at how well this years program has been received. Our office phone has been running hot and lots of lovely locals have dropped by to snap up Sundays locals tickets. Were also delighted to discover that many people are coming as a group with their book clubs.

Drawing the regions creative minds and national and international headliners, the festival will again feature inspiring true stories and writers of fiction, politics, society, environment, science, art, music, comedy and children and young adults. Theres something for everyone and apart from the festival itself, there are diverse writers workshops and evening events in Byron Bay and the wider northern rivers region.

True stories

Sharing their inspiring true stories will be young Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif (Daring to Drive), sexual assault survivor Bri Lee (Eggshell Skull) and music teacher of Afghan children, Eddie Ayres (Danger Music).

Other storytellers include Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis, Jessie Cole (Staying), Sarah Krasnostein (The Trauma Cleaner), Sarah Wilson (First, We Make the Beast Beautiful), Dr Anita Heiss (Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia) and acclaimed historian Henry Reynolds (This Whispering in Our Hearts).

Broadcaster Richard Fidler will take his turn in the hot seat with Saga Land co-author Kri Gslason to explore the Vikings.

Local writers

Local writers include literary luminary Robert Drewe, who will launch his new collection of short stories The True Colour of t...

07:02

Eliezer Awom passed away, West Papuans drawn in sorrow "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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05:30

Fortnightly links: Who Was in Command, Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, 2018 Lowy Institute Poll, and more "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Two out of three women in PNG experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner, but volunteers are now offering safe havens across Port Moresby.

A new Australian SDGs website was launched in Sydney last week, and is a centralised platform where case studies and examples of action being taken can be shared openly.

Two Fishes is a new podcast out of Fiji exploring the ideas and stories that make our minds tick.

The 2018 Lowy Institute Poll shows that on average, Australians think 14% of the federal budget is spent on aid and that this should be reduced to 10%, where in reality aid spending is approximately 0.8%. It also has some interesting findings on how Australians feel about Papua New Guinea.

Who Was in Command is a new website containing data on the names, ranks and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt and Mexico. IRIN reports on how being able to track personnel helps combat rights abuse.

This podcast by four LSE grad students discusses various aspects of global development, from an interesting variety of perspectives.

In Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, the government is trying to help returnees, but the absence of long-term reintegration plans may make the situation even more volatile.

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00:16

Liberals continue to behave badly in 2018 - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


FIGHTING


Police said they were called to Naji's Charcoal Chicken & Kebabs eatery on Firth Street in Arncliffe just after seven o'clock on Monday night, following reports of a "brawl". The roast chook shop is owned by Michael Nagi, a Liberal councillor for Bayside Council.

The meeting is understood to have turned ugly after an attempt by the moderate faction, which includes Nagi, to allow into the Bayside branch a nearby area, Earlwood, which is controlled by the moderates and has never been a part of the Bayside branch.

This would have constituted what those on the right of the party would class as a "hostile takeover" of their factional control, but a resolution was never reached because the disagreement turned violent.

Police said a man believed to be aged in his forties was taken to St George Hospital and treated for minor injuries....

00:15

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20:24

Ex Hamel 2018 - RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-005 "Wallaby 05" Returns to Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

During the afternoon on Tuesday 19 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-005 was noted flying into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Amberley as "Wallaby 05".

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It is interesting to note that earlier in the day, A34-005 "Wallaby 05" was joined by fellow RAAF C-27J A34-009 as "Wallaby 09", along with Sytraders Pty Ltd Casa 212-400 turboprop VH-VHB as "Snowbird 4", which was completing parachute work for the Australian Army, operating low level down South-West of Warwick.

As we reported below, on Monday 18 June, a trio of Air Affairs Australia Learjets touched down at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from their Nowra base in New South Wales.  On Tuesday 19 June, they all took to the air and completed airwork in Shoalwater Bay before eventually returning to Hervey Bay.

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20:15

Amsterdams Airport Lets Travelers Swap Leftover Euros for Cryptos "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Schiphol the international airfield Serving the Netherlands capital city, Amsterdam is starting an Automated teller machine which will allow travellers to exchange their euros for bitcoin or ethereum. The airport explained in a statement on Wednesday that the car has been an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country based an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country itll offer travellers ability to convert their remaining euros to the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country. The new Automated teller machine service facilitated by a partnership with a Dutch software company ByeleX we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by onset we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by find out if theres sufficient demand from travellers, the release indicates.

Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at Schiphol, commented: . With the bitcoin Automated teller machine, them to readily exchanges local euro for the global cryptocurrencies bitcoin and ethereum permitting potential to spend euros in their home country. That may be beneficial if, for example, it isnt possible to spend euros in their house country. The effort comes as other international airfields are starting to embrace the idea of cryptocurrency as a potentially useful added service for their clients. Earlier this year, Australias Brisbane airport also announced a plan to roll out a crypto payment choice for consumers shopping at retail outlets across the terminal. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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18:14

MT Gargoyles "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Was it something Malcolm Turnbull ate on the sewer tour, sampling the drugs in the povo electorate's excretions? Engaging with the public is such a chore .

Faced with their heads turning to stone, the Turdball Canape Team exercise enormously, work around the clock pulling faces


The LNP's favourite Pissing Boy sculpture, Christopher Pyne

18:12

Countrified Interpretations: The Art of the Cover Song "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Reinterpreting the song of another artist is a strong tradition in country music, perhaps more than any other genre. The catalogue of classic and iconic songs stretches back nearly a century. From The Carter Family to Hank Williams, George Jones to Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton to Emmylou Harris  the collection of timeless songs to cover Continue reading

18:01

1) Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Letter on Indonesias New Counterterrorism Law


3) Prabowo accuses Jokowi govt of weakening TNI

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1) Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights
Revise Act to Uphold Protections While Meeting Security Concerns
June 20, 2018 7:45PM EDT
(New York) The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law (CT Law) that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko Jokowi Widodo and other officials.

17:16

Ex Hamel 2018 - Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Challenger Bizjets Come and Go at Rockhampton Airport - Plus Wedgetail Missed Approach "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Also on Monday 18 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003, which was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Canberra on Sunday 17 June, departed to Darwin again as "Consort 10".

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A little later in the morning on Monday 18 June, fellow RAAF Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 also arrived into Rockhampton Airport, also from Canberra, but as "Wisdom 89".  It was noted returning to Canberra later in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 18 June, there was one other RAAF movement with Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to fly up to Rocky from RAAF Base Richmond via a missed approach at RAAF Base Amberley.  The Wedgetail then departed North and completed another missed approach at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport before continuing further North.  A30-001 was heard to be flying as "Wedgetail 01".

Finally, after dark on Monday 18 June, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-426 "Dingo 04" was noted popping into Rockhampton Airport.  It arrived from Canberra then departed to Townsville.  While RAAF Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft A39-005 "Dragon 31" was noted operating within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area on a flight from and back to Amberley.

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16:34

Winter Solstice "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Today is the shortest day of the year here in Sydney, and the longest in the northern hemisphere. So I thought Id celebrate with Solstice, the first chapter of Clade:

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15:42

Queensland AIDS Councils Executive Director Resigns "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Queensland AIDS Council are looking for a new executive director after the resignation of Michael Scott. QuAC said in a statement that Scott had informed the councils board that he would resigning from the role effective July 1 to pursue other opportunities. Scott has been with QuAC for eight years and has served in ...

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15:29

MACKAY Update: Police officer injured, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Update: Police officer injured, Mackay

June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Mackay detectives investigating an incident in which a police officer was run over have arrested and charged a fourth person in relation to the incident.

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15:29

MACKAY Man arrested after Slade Point manhunt charged "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Man arrested after Slade Point manhunt charged

June 21, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on June 22. Three other people charged in relation to the Cremorne incident, Levi James Brown, 25,

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13:17

Winter Solstice Festival Raffle "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice Raffle       You can purchase tickets to this great raffle at the: Winter Solstice Festival Saturday the 23rd of June 10.30am- 10pm Pre-sale entry tickets are on sale now and are cheaper than door tickets. You can purchase entry tickets here: Winter Solstice Tickets Lemon Myrtle Prize: []

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12:39

New earring makes for mid year studio sale "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Barbara and Juan-Luis have an elegant way of producing these tab set antique French buttons. We treat the buttons as gems, set in bright 925 Silver with safety hooks handmade with LOve

12:01

State budget slammed by Labor and the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW 2018-2019 state budget has bee criticised on a number of fronts by both Labor and the Greens with Labor candidate for Ballina Asren Pugh slamming the Liberal-National governments budget as a con on our local community.

Ballina Labor candidate Asren Pugh. Photo supplied

They have had eight years to prioritise the North Coast and yet the gap between Sydney and the rest of New South Wales continues to widen. We are seeing flat wages growth, increasing cost of living, a crisis in housing affordability and, despite this cash splash, a lack of investment in critical services, said Mr Pugh.

Greens MLC Dawn Walker. Photo supplied

Before the last election this government promised that selling off our polls and wires would bring down electricity prices. Under this government electricity prices have increased 60 per cent since 2011.

Mr Franklin has been running around our community holding fist fulls of dollars, as if that will make us forget eight long years of neglect of our hospitals and schools. That it would make us forget the destruction of our TAFE system.

This government is terrified of losing the next election and is throwing a few sweeteners to try and buy our votes before the election. Our community isnt buying it.

We have the longest elective surgery waiting lists in NSW history and less that 15 per cent of road funding i...

11:39

You Am I at Byron Bay Brewery Sunday, July 8 at 7 PM 10 PM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

You Am I are without doubt one of Australias all-time essential rock n roll bands.

More than two decades on from their first album release, You Am I have not only had one of the longest and most successful recording careers in Australia, but are also without doubt one of our most loved live bands.

Featuring guitarist and vocalist Tim Rogers along with band mates Russell Hopkinson on drums, Andy Kent on Bass, and (since 1999) Davey Lane on guitar, You Am I have released Ten studio albums to date. Their last studio album was the 2015 critically acclaimed Porridge & Hot Sauce release.

Three of their releases have debuted at number one on the ARIA charts in consecutive order 1995s Hi Fi Way, 1996s Hourly, Daily and 1998s #4 Record with the Albums also receiving multiple Platinum and Gold status for commercial sales.

The band have won a total of Ten ARIA Awards including Album of the year, Best Group, and Best Independent Release.

2013 saw You Am I reissue remastered versions of their first three albums, Sound As Ever, Hi Fi Way and Hourly Daily, complete with extra tracks including never-before-released live material, Demos, alternate versions and Bsides.

In support of these releases You Am I presented live performances of Hourly Daily and Hi Fi Way back-to-back in a lush theatre-styled extravaganza. You Am I sold over 10,000 tickets in Sydney and Melbourne alone, and this sold out run of national shows proved to be one of the most successful tours in the bands long and illustrious career.

2017 was a busy year for Tim Rogers with a pile of You Am I touring, and the release of his first book Detours to critical acclaim.

The band also released a live album All Onboard in December 2017 which was recorded in venues across Australia over 10 shows on their co-headline tour with Hoodoo Gurus. The 16 tracks just happened to be recorded in deep regional areas like Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Traralgan and Canberra, and the album was available digitally and on vinyl.

Aside from musical exploits the band made their first-time foray into the beverage world in 2013 with the production of their own Brew Am I beer in conjunction with the Young Henry Brewery.

In addition to success in Australia, You Am I have released a number of albums internationally, and toured worldwide headlining shows across North America and Europe.

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11:16

The Book Group and Shirley Hazzards Transit of Venus "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus (1980, Virago 2004 2014) Before the meeting: Serendipitously, I heard that this book had been chosen for the Book Groups June meeting just after visiting the wonderful exhibition James Cook: The Voyages at the British Continue reading

11:06

New Rainbow Crossing For Sydneys Taylor Square "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new rainbow crossing will be installed in Sydney, five years after the citys first one was controversially removed. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new installation was a victory for the LGBTIQ community. The news that it will be reinstated is incredibly significant on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the first ...

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10:50

Byron firefighters needed, info night tonight "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Rural Fire Service firefighter lights a blackburn to stop a blaze. (supplied)

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is calling for community-minded men and women to consider joining the retained (on-call) firefighter ranks at Byron Bay Fire Station. 

Organisers say retained firefighters are on call from home or work to respond to fires and other emergencies. There are currently four vacancies for retained firefighters at Byron Bay Fire Station.

Deputy captain Matt Crisp said, Your local fire station relies on people in the community to put their hands up to become firefighters without that support, regional fire stations cannot survive, he said.

Crisp said training includes advanced first aid, heavy vehicle driving and emergency training. Firefighters also educate the community on fire safety and prevention.

Applicants must live close enough to be able to attend the station within a reasonable time, and be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

An information evening shall be held at Byron Bay Fire Station on the evening of Thursday June 21 from 6pm. Those interested are invited to meet the Byron Bay team, talk about the role of a retained firefighter, have a look at the station and equipment, and ask questions. 

For more information, contact Matt on 0421 498 340 or visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au.

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10:50

The Boys of Wexford memory and memoir "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

We are the boys of Wexford, who fought with heart and hand
To burst in twain the Saxon chain, and free our native land!
The Boys of Wexford, RD Royce 1898

It was on this day in 1798, during the Irish rebellion against British dominion, that the Battle of Vinegar Hill took place at Inis Crthaid, now the second-largest town in County Wexford.

The Irish Rebellion of 1798 (ir Amach) also known as the United Irishmen Rebellion, was an uprising against British rule in Ireland lasting from May to September 1798. The United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary group influenced by the ideas of the American and French revolutions, were the main organising force behind the rebellion. It was led by Presbyterians angry at being shut out of power by the Anglican establishment whilst Catholics became increasingly involved. Plans called for significant French support, which never eventuated. The uprising was poorly organized, uncoordinated, and quickly suppressed by much more powerful British forces. Both sides indulged in bloody reprisals. Between 10,000 to 30,000 souls perished, most of them Irishmen and women of all denominations.

The rebellion raged Ireland-wide, but County Wexford was at its heart. Overlooking the town, Vinegar Hill was the site of the largest camp and the headquarters of the Irish rebels who controlled County Wexford for thirty days against vastly superior English forces, and it was there, after inflicting several defeats upon the insurgents that the English sought to finally destroy the rebel army. Battle raged on Vinegar Hill itself and in the streets of Enniscorthy with considerable loss of life among both rebels and civilians. It marked a turning point in the rising, being last attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the British military.

The famous statue in the market square of Enniscorthy shows the doomed Father Murphy, a leader of the 98, pointing the way to Vinegar Hill for a young volunteer, The Croppy Boy.

10:34

Byrons Video Connection to close "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Rick Burns is saying goodbye to customers after 13 years as the last video shop in Byron Bay closes its doors for the last time this Sunday. Photo Aslan Shand.

Are you a movie buff? Would you like to add to your collection some rare DVDs or perhaps there are some series that you cant get on TV or streaming services that youd like to get your hands on? Well you have until June 24 to get into Video Connection in Byron Bay to lay your hands on them.

Having run the story for thirteen years Rick Burns ,who runs the last video store in Byron Bay is finally calling it a day.

Originally we had 260m2 floor space and kids would play hide and seek for hours while parents ran into friends and would end up having a catch up, said Rick as he reminisced about the hey day of the store.

The closure of the cinema in the Bay and parking at Woolies has had a big impact along with the slowly declining client base as people move to streaming services. However, Rick points out that there are still a lot of movies and shows that arent available on streaming services and that he has had a good and loyal customer base that has enjoyed his 18,000 strong collection.

This is something people have always had and it is tragic to lose it, said one customer who was in collecting their DVD.

While the Mullum Video store has reduced its floor space the Brunswick Heads Video store is about to be featured in the New York Times and say they are still going strong.

Weve been here for 23 years as a family business, said owner Rae Gentle. We have two shop fronts  and we have a lot of clientele who use us as well as holiday makers who all come in it is a bit of a novelty for them. Well hopefully be here for a few years yet.

So if you would like to add to your collection rather than just hire now is your chance to get down to Video Connection on Jonson Street in Byron before all the best titles are gone.

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10:20

Google no substitute for libraries "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Environmental lawyer Sue Higginson is the Greens candidate for the state seat of Lismore in the 2019 election

The recent sate budget announcement that the NSW government will cut library funding by 18 per cent has caused an outcry not only from the NSW public libraries association but also Greens candidate for the seat of Lismore, Sue Higginson.

Our libraries are such an important community asset and resource. Everyone has a library story. When I had my first child and I lived quite remote I used to take my child to the Lismore Library to read stories, borrow books and really importantly, meet other parents. Now 26 years later my daughter takes my 9 month old grandson to story reading sessions, said Ms Higginson

She meets other parents, he interacts with other infants and only last week the fire brigade came to show the children what a fire truck and fire fighter looks like up close.

Research indicates that every dollar spent on public libraries delivers a community benefit of around $3.20 and that use of libraries is on the increase, particularly for less advantaged members of our community. Its unfair and bad business when the Lib/Nat coalition is announcing a $4 billion surplus that our public libraries are being run into the ground.

Dallas Tout, President of NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA), representing a network of 368 public libraries across the State said that these new cuts constituted a major blow to library services that were highly valued by local communities.

NSW public libraries receive over 35 million visits every year and these appalling funding cuts will result in shorter opening hours and cuts to programs that the community love, like the popular childrens story times.

Well see reductions in staffing, smaller collections and cuts to important outreach services like mobile libraries.

Unfortunately, many of our libraries will be forced to wind back services used by community members who are already marginalised, including young families, older people, refugees and migrant communities, and people without access to technology.

Ms Higginson highlighted her concern that the reduced resources would have on the community, particularly the disadvantaged.

The state governments contribution to libraries has decline...

10:13

Lismore LGBTIQ Group Tropical Fruits Is Looking For A Club Manager "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Lismore LGBTIQ social group Tropical Fruits is looking for a new club manager to lead their fruity team. The Tropical Fruits put on fun, safe and inclusive LGBTIQ events in the Northern Rivers region of northern New South Wales. We are a vibrant community not-for-profit delivering events and social activities for our members and guests, ...

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10:05

Its Time to Ditch Dutton, Before Its too Late "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

These days, it seems that every time a nasty policy suggestion is announced in Canberra, its Peter Dutton standing at the podium. Indeed, the ultra-conservative Liberal minister doesnt seem to be at ease unless hes making some divisive statement. The Australian Border Force, ASIO and the Australian federal police all now lie under his tutelage

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09:59

ENSLAVED & SLSTAFIR "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

 

ENSLAVED

With very special guests SLSTAFIR

Australian Tour 2018

The Viking gods of progressive black metal return to herald the coming of Spring along Australias East Coast this August.

Fresh from delivering the outstandingly heavy powerhouse of an album E, ENSLAVED are bringing the brutal beauty of their doom-laden drums and sledgehammer guitars to deliver a glimpse of metal Valhalla in the blood pounding manner that only they can. Grutle Kjellson growls and rasps to a deceptively wide range while his bass stomps through the Concert Hall. The music is magnificent, with ten minute songs vanishing in what feels like a matter of seconds.

Hellbound Feb 2018 SLSTAFIR Join ENSLAVED as their very special guests for the tour. 20 years into their astonishing career and riding high on the five-star reviews for their Berdreyminn album, SLSTAFIR finally bring their blend of intense post-rock majesty and beautifully melodic,  atmospheric progressive metal to Australia.

Slstafir are on a mission to re-imagine the idiosyncratic grandeur of Icelandic landscapes in vivid sonic shades. Total immersion is compulsory.  The Guardian

The last time ENSLAVED toured Australia it felt like the closing of a chapter. Instead of winding down however, the band have found new inspiration, and this re-energised ENSLAVED is truly something to behold. New works Sacred Horse and Storm Son alongside epic songs from throughout the bands outstanding career (including such intense classics as Roots Of The mountain, Vetrarntt and Isa) will deliver fans a metal experience like no other.

I have seldom seen more ecstatic fans than...

09:57

Recognising the hidden homeless "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

(L-R) Lynne Deans, customer service manager Tweed Heads Bowls Club, Freds Place co-manager Anthony Moerman, and Linda Williams, St Vincent de Paul Societys special works manager. Photo supplied.

Every wondered what it would be like to be homeless?

Launching the annual community sleep-out to support St Vincent de Paul Societys drop-in service at Freds Place in Tweed Heads on Tuesday 26 June there will be a display with a simulated camp that will be made up of typical kinds of shelter that homeless people use. Set up in the parkland at the rear of Seagulls Club, Gollan Drive, Tweed Heads West there will be large cardboard boxes, small tents, tarps and sleeping bags, old couches, and the back of cars  typical shelters that the homeless use.

While many people are sleeping rough in parks, beach dunes and other public places, hidden homelessness is an even larger problem, said St Vincent de Pauls North Coast Executive Officer, Michael Timbrell.

August is fundraising month for Freds Place, which receives no government support and relies on funding from the Society and community donations, including pledges for volunteers who will be sleeping out on August 30.

In this area alone, hundreds of people are couch surfing, often in overcrowded households, sleeping in their cars or paying rents they can ill afford in caravan parks and boarding houses, said Mr Timbrell.

The levels of poverty and homelessness on the North Coast are the highest in NSW, and the challenges are particularly acute now that the colder weather is upon us. Were running the Vinnies Winter Appeal right across the North Coast, but the local focus of this special fundraising is Freds Place in Tweed Heads.

Freds Place is the only homeless drop-in service in the Tweed Shire, providing bathroom and laundry access, meals, and a range of other essential supports.

The August 30 sleep-out venue is being provided by Seagulls Club, one of the Tweed Clubs group that last year committed to ongoing sponsorship. Other local businesses and individuals are being approached fo...

09:20

NSW budget and you "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Hans Lovejoy

Lets explore the state governments 2018-19 budget report for the Ballina electorate!

In case you missed it (ICYMI), the Ballina electorate covers Byron and Ballina local government areas and your local representative in NSW parliament is Greens MP Tamara Smith.

The NSW Budget 2018-19 Electorate Report (Ballina) is a simple 13 page document that lists capital projects, transport projects, Restart NSW fund projects and regional grant funds across this electorate. While theres many projects that have been previously announced, theres a few new items.

Capital works for the area this financial year include $49.6 million for a new Ballina High School.

A social housing upgrade will receive $1,147,000 and comes without any details. Similarly a $500,000 coastal infrastructure program has no detail.

As for transport, a total of $14,497,000 is listed for capital projects, operating projects and maintenance. These projects are of course largely to do with road improvements and a few footpaths, but it also includes a Transport Access Program for the proposed Byron Bay interchange. 

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09:19

NSW Passes Stronger Child Sexual Abuse Laws, But Priests Remain Protected "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Late last night, the parliament of NSW passed one of the most comprehensive criminal justice reform packages in state history. The states attorney general Mark Speakman introduced the legislation designed to crackdown on child sexual predators into state parliament on June 6. The Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill

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09:05

RABOBANK manger alternative to farmers debt is suicide "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Source: A Current Affair

Debbie Viney claims her bank manager told her he would commit suicide in her position CLICK PICTURE to view A Current Affair video

Central Queensland cattle farmer Debbie Viney claims her bank manager told her he would take his own life if he were in her shoes, in the middle of one of the worst droughts in Australian history.

Ms Viney said she met Rabobank executive Peter Stevens at a farm show six years ago, where he told her he could give her a cheaper mortgage than the one she had.

She took him at his word and switched to Rabobank, a multinational bank that specialises in loans to farmers across the world.

Federal Queensland MP Bob Katter said Australia had the most unprofessional, unrestricted free banking.

He said mental health issues were a vital issue in rural Australia.

Theres a farmer committing suicide every four days in this country, he said.

09:00

My friend the goat "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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A popular legend has it that an Ethiopian goat herder spied his goats nibbling on some bright berries; not long thereafter, the goats became much more energetic. Sensing there must be more to the simple berries than met his eye, the goat herder thought hed let his taste buds decide. Soon he too received the same euphoric high his goats did. Bundling up the berries, he headed off to a nearby monastery to share his new discovery. Here the monk was not pleased at all, so much so that he threw the berries into the fire. The alluring aroma that followed was enough to ensure the roasted beans were carefully picked from the embers.  Now, heres where story gets really interesting: the roasted beans were then dissolved in hot water, yielding the worlds first cup of coffee.

There can be no doubt that goats have long enriched our lives, since their domestication around 11,000 years ago. They have featured for time immemorial in our art, folklore and fantasies. And although we may have received coffee and many other benefits from our symbiotic relationship with these gregarious even-toed ungulatesthats just a fancy word for saying each of their cloven hooves are divided into two toesthe benefits have not been evenly shared.

Goats have an innate ability to survive harsh conditions with minimal food demands that would see other animals perish. They are naturally curious and will often seek out human company. They have an ability to bred at an early age, along with a natural docility if handled from young. All of these things have been both a curse and comfort for goats as we humans have exploited them for food, fun, fashion, fibre and even freightage. Yet their most deserving title, tragically, still eludes so many of them, and that is the title of friend.

But fortunate am I to have had the privilege of sharing my heart (although many have taken a piece of it), my hands (as I have gently massaged their favorite spots to their giddy delight) and my home (its actually called a sanctuaryEdgars Mission) with many a goat.

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08:32

Inner Brisbane Cross River Rail CAPEX comparable to statewide education CAPEX "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Just before I appeared on 612 ABC Brisbanes Breakfast program last week, one of the presenters Bec Levingston asked Deputy Premier Treasurer Jackie Trad what it would cost to air condition every classroom in Queensland, a question she obviously couldnt answer without notice. Having spent the bulk of my schooling in un-air-conditioned classrooms in tropical Townsville, it struck me as a peculiar question, and I though air conditioning every classroom in the state would be a massive extravagance. That said, it did prompt me to look at what the state government currently spends on education capital works and compare it to what it spends on other priorities.

In state budget paper 3, the Capital Statement, we are starting to see the huge cost of the number one extravagance in the state at the moment, Cross River Rail. Total spending on property, plant and equipment for Cross River Rail, which is part of the Treasury portfolio, is estimated to be $733 million in 2018-19. This $733 million spent in inner city Brisbane on Cross River Rail is greater than total property, plant and equipment purchases for the Education portfolio of $674 million across the whole of Queensland! To be fair, I should note that if you add in $99 million of capital grants to other entities (which I suspect includes private schools and universities), total estimated education capital spending comes to $773 million in 2018-19. Still, the fact Cross River Rails total capital spending is of the same scale as education capital spending across the whole state should raise eyebrows. Incidentally, the region benefiting the most from education CAPEX is inner city Brisbane (see chart below). Political commentators would observe the government is worried about a Greens takeover of inner city seats.

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08:25

Powered paragliders reach the snow-capped crest of Mt Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Andrew Polidano in flight. Photo supplied.

From the lowest point to the highest Ballina based paramotor pilot and instructor Andrew Polidano was among a group of paraglider pilots who travelled 1600km from the lowest point of the country at Lake Eyre (49ft below sea level) to the highest point of the snow-capped crest of Mt Kosciuszko (7310ft above sea level).

Each pilot was flying backpack motorised fan aircrafts known as powered paragliders. The experienced pilots were exposed to the harsh weather elements of both the South Australian outback and Australias highest peak.

Spending a total of 18 hours in the air, the pilots were equipped with a two-stroke engine on their back, flying a paraglider and a reserve parachute.

We flew over some indescribably beautiful and remote country, slept under the outback stars and accomplished something that hasnt been done before, said Andrew.

Starting our trip in Lake Eyre last month, we hit some challenges along the way, like unexpected strong winds and turbulence in the Flinders Ranges, that forced us out of the sky.

To achieve the flight up to Mt Kosciuszko, we required a strategic take-off and several attempts- due to the turbulence associated with the upper winds, which were exceeding 100km/hr. Only three of our pilots made it up there, but the view was awe-inspiring, a spectacular sight overlooking the snow-capped mountains.

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08:20

Real resource constraints and fiscal policy design "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

There is an interesting dilemma currently emerging in Australia, which provides an excellent case study on how governments can use fiscal policy effectively and the problems that are likely to arise in that application. At present, the Australian states are engaging in an infrastructure building boom with several large (mostly public sector) projects underway involving improvements to road, ports, water supply, railways, airports and more. I travel a lot and in each of the major cities you see major areas sectioned off as tunnels are being dug and buildings erected. Not all of the projects are desirable (for example, the West Connex freeway project in Sydney has trampled on peoples rights) and several prioritise the motor car over public transport. But many of the projects will deliver much better public transport options in the future. On a national accounts level, these projects have helped GDP growth continue as household consumption has moderated and private investment has been consistently weak to negative. But, and this is the point, there have been sporadic reports recounting how Australia is running out of cement, hard rock and concrete and other building materials, which is pushing up costs. This is the real resource constraint that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) emphasises as the limits to government spending, rather than any concocted financial constraints. If there are indeed shortages of real resources that are essential to infrastructure development then that places a limit on how fast governments can build these public goods. The other point is that as these shortages are emerging, there is still over 15 per cent of our available labour resources that are being unused in one way or another 714,600 are unemployed, 1,123.9 thousand are underemployed, and participation rates are down so hidden unemployment has risen. So that indicates there is a need for higher deficits while the infrastructure bottlenecks suggest spending constraints are emerging. That is the challenge. Come in policies like the Job Guarantee.

Infrastructure boom yet idle labour

Australia is currently enjoying a major infrastructure spending boom via several large-scale projects in the States and Territories, but also at the Federal level (for example, the National Broadband Network construction).

There is no doubt that one of the major reasons Australias GDP growth has been relatively robust in recent years is due to this large public spending commitment.

The first graph shows movements in State Final Demand indexes from the March-quarter 2008 to the March-quarter 2018 (most recent data). The March-quarter 2008 was the peak of the last cycle before the GFC slowdown.

The humps in WA and Northern Territory between 2012 and 2015 relate to the Mining boom (mostly private investment) which is now well and...

08:05

Tan Frances Mum Thought Queer Eye Was About Turning Straight People Gay "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tan France has opened up about how his appearance on Netflix makeover show Queer Eye has improved his relationship with his family. The British-born fashion expert told his co-star Jonathan Van Ness Getting Curious podcast that he didnt feel like he couldve come out to his Pakistani father before his death when Tan was 13. ...

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08:00

June 21 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


1797 - Merino sheep imported by John Macarthur (2 rams, 4 ewes) and Samuel Marsden (1 ram, 1 ewe) arrive from the Cape aboard Reliance with stores for the colony.

1810 - Today wasn't too flash for Lieut William Paterson when he carked it at sea on the voyage home to England.

1830 - Thomas McCormick was hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting the occupants in fear.

1836 - Terence Saville was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1836 - James Sproule (alias Fraser) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1842 - An escape attempt at Norfolk Island in the brig Governor Phillip was quelled. Six convicts were killed, four are later executed.

1845 News of the discovery of a rich body of copper ore at Burra, South Australia was published in Adelaide newspapers.

1856 - Having explored the Victoria River and having time on his hands, Augustus Charles Gregory set out to traverse northern Australia from east to west.

1859 - Wentworth (the NSW town, not the TV series) was named after the New South Wales explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth.

1869 - A privately built telegraph line between Perth and Fremantle, WA, opened.

1871 - Sandhurst joined the ranks of Cities although it later changed it's title to that of a boxer, Bendigo.

1875 - The Victoria Bridge, Maitland, NSW, opened.

1876 - George Pitt was hanged at Mudgee for the murder of Ann Martin at Guntawang.

1878 - The Bank of South Australia opened for business in its new building.

1883 - The Piangil Railway Line (Vic) aka the Swanhill Railway Line (strangely also in Vic) was extended from Raywood to Mitiamo.

1886 - Wong Tong was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of Kok Tow near Bundaberg.

1887 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Clifton - Wollongong.

1887 - The Crow Eater Governor, Sir William Robinson, escorted by nearly 1200 mounted troopers, soldiers, marines and a number of brass bands, and led by the mounted police on their greys, moved down North Terrace to the Jubilee Exhibition Building next to the University. There he officially opened the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition which was to run for a year.

1887 - In Ballarat the Queen Victoria's Jubilee Foundation Stones were laid for the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery & Old Colonists Hall.

1887 - Peats Ferry - An excursion train from Sydney ran out of control down the steep Cowan Bank. There were two other trains full of holidaymakers standing at the platforms at Hawksesbury River station and disaster was only averted by t...

07:44

Court issues warrant for arrest of owner of menacing dog "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A file image of a typical American Staffordshire terrier. Photo Wikimedia.

The Magistrate at the Byron Bay Local Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of the owner of a menacing dog after she failed to appear in court last week.

It followed an incident in Byron Bay in January 2018 when the defendants dog, an American Staffordshire terrier, badly injured a toy poodle and bit the poodles owner and another person at a property in Jonson Street.

The poodles neck was ripped open during the attack and it was revealed the Staffordshire terrier was a declared menacing dog after biting a six year old boy in Sydney in 2016.

Staff from Byron Shire Councils Animal and Enforcement team investigated the incident and found the dog was not muzzled or under effective control at the time of the attack as was required under the Companion Animals Act.

Given the severity of the injuries to the poodle, and the seriousness of the matter, staff issued a Court Attendance Notice in lieu of an on-the-spot fine.

Council staff could not intervene concerning the control of the dog as the owner relocated to Queensland.

Councils Legal Counsel, Ralph James, said that when the defendant failed to appear in court her solicitor withdrew from proceedings and the matter was dealt with in her absence.

The defendant was convicted and a warrant issued for her arrest.  The court also ordered that she pay $7,600 in professional costs and witnesses expenses.

The Magistrate indicated that he was not prepared to impose a fine in the defendants absence because it did not indicate the seriousness of the matter, Mr James said.

The defendant was also disqualified for life from owning a dog or being in charge of a dog in a public place, he said.

When the defendant is ultimately brought before the court she is facing a maximum penalty of $22,000 or four years in prison, Mr James said.

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07:31

Tweed council staff try out Brisbane Valley Rail Trail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Tweed team takes a short break to listen to some design and construction advice from Councils Senior Design Engineer Warren Boyd. The President of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association Paul Heyman is pictured at front right. Photo supplied.

What better way to work out good design than getting hands on or in this case, on bike when you are designing a bike path than cycling along a successful bike path? That is exactly what staff from Tweed Shire Council did last weekend when they rode 40km along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVBT). 

Council staff working on the design of the first stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail joined the president of the trails users association Paul Heymans to learn lessons from their experience with the ongoing construction of the 162-kilometre trail BVBT and its operation.

We spent several hours riding the trail with Paul and discussing all aspects of how they established the trail and how it has grown over the past decade, northern rivers rail trail project manager Iain Lonsdale said.

The research ride allowed the team of design engineers and environmental scientists the opportunity to inspect the different kinds of surfaces used along the Brisbane Valley trail, which will help Tweed decide the best design option for Stage 1 of the Northern Rivers trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek.

We also saw how Brisbane Valley used the existing rail infrastructure, incorporating bridges, tunnels, railway track, signage and station buildings into their design.

On the day of the ride, the Brisbane Valley trail was hosting a 160-kilometre endurance run with refresher stations and supporters at various points along the trail.

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07:29

Man arrested over outstanding warrants Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore police station. File photo

A man wanted on outstanding warrants has been arrested in the states north.

About 9.25am yesterday (Wednesday 20 June 2018), officers from Richmond Police District arrested a 28-year-old man at Lismore Police Station.

Police executed four outstanding warrants for domestic and parole offences.

He was refused bail and is due to appear before Lismore Local Court today (Thursday 21 June 2018).

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07:10

1) Indonesia Slams UN Human Rights Office Over Planned Papua Visit "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Indonesia Hopes to Flex Diplomatic Muscle With Security Council Seat
3) When Indonesia sits on the Security Council
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1) Indonesia Slams UN Human Rights Office Over Planned Papua Visit
By : Sheany | on 3:23 PM June 20, 2018
Jakarta. Indonesia has criticized the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, saying that his regional office in Bangkok should first coordinate with the government before sending a mission to Papua, instead of demanding immediate access.
"It is deeply regrettable that the staff members of his regional office in Bangkok, instead of coordinating the planned visit with Indonesian authorities, have unilaterally set the dates and areas to visit in Papua and West Papua, while demanding immediate access," Hasan Kleib, Indonesia's permanent represen....

07:04

Stars winners over Warragul "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

INVERLOCHS Senior Womens team faced off against Warragul at Warragul in unfavourable conditions after considerable rain.
The ground extremely muddy and even more rain fell throughout most of the game.
Despite this Inverloch had a strong start and kept the ball in their attacking half early on. The first goal came after a free kick awarded to Inverloch and was taken by Emily Smith. Smith kicked the ball straight to the keeper who fumbled but luckily Smith had followed her kick in and was there to send it straight into goal.
Warragul made several attempts to run for goal but Inverlochs solid defence line soon shut them down. Inverloch continued to dominate the game and a second goal came from Smith who sent the ball flying over the Warragul keepers head and into goal.
At half time Inverloch lead 2-0. Inverloch came out firing again with several early attempts at goal. A free kick was awarded to Inverloch after a handball and this resulted in another goal to Inverloch. Inverloch lead 3-0. Warragul continued to fight back but Inverloch were very strong in defence and Fiona Richardson in the midfield was never far from the action putting in a stellar performance. Smith and Kat Olive made a great run for goal and Smith put in Inverlochs fourth goal for the match, to lead 4-0. Warragul made a run and put their first score on the board late in the second half. Inverloch prevailed 4-1.

Senior Mens
The Stars knew theyd be in for a tough game in their first clash against Warragul, as they wouldnt be able to play their typical brand of flowing football due to the heavy conditions.
The Stars started strongly, with Jordan and Ethan Tomas linking up well down the left-hand side. A sharp interchange of passes by the two brothers put Jordan into some space, which he sprinted on to before pulling the ball to the edge of the box for Barry Farrell to smash in the first goal for the Stars.
More hard running from Jordan led to a cross that Ethan controlled with his chest before putting in to the back of the net.
Warragul started to string some passes together and managed a decent shot which was well saved by Bremner, playing in goal for the Stars.
Jordan Tomas was having a fantastic day; his strength on the ball and ability to make the right pass was putting the Stars in control.
A determined run by Jordan for what others may have seen as a lost cause resulted in a pin-point cross, which was volleyed in by Ethan for his second goal. Mitch Jackson popped up to slot in a fourth Stars goal and a well-deserved moment of glory, reflecting his hard work during the first half.
Warragul managed to pull one back with a well hit shot from outside the box, which the keeper got a finger to, but it wasnt enough to push it over the bar. It was 4-1 to the Stars at half time.
The second half saw the Warragul...

07:00

Extradition over serious crash, Tuncester, near Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man appeared in court yesterday after being extradited from Cairns, Queensland after three passengers were seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in Tuncester last year.

Shortly after 3.30am on Sunday 8 July 2017, the driver of a Ford Falcon with three passengers on board was allegedly travelling at high speed on Naughtons Gap Road. The vehicle hit an embankment causing it to roll several times, landing on its roof.

The occupants, a 25-year-old man, a 26-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman sustained life threatening injuries and were taken to Lismore Base Hospital.

Following the crash, the 34-year-old man allegedly fled the scene without rendering assistance to his passengers.

Officers from Richmond Police District were alerted and commenced investigations.

Following investigations, Queensland Police arrested the man on the outstanding warrant at Townsville on Thursday 14 June 2018.

Detectives from Casino on Tuesday 19 June 2018, travelled to Cairns and successfully applied for the mans extradition.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm x 3, failure to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm x 3, and negligent driving occasions grievous bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court today on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and was refused bail again to reappear at the same court on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

The post Extradition over serious crash, Tuncester, near Lismore  appeared first on Echonetdaily.

06:54

MACKAY Prison escapee case heard in court for first time "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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06:00

A sunny day at Joyces Creek "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A reprise of Patricks nice post about Joyces Creek last week. The area immediately south of the bridge is terrific for close up views of a range of waterbirds at present.

Australian Pelican, Joyces Creek, 18th June 2018

06:00

SWP: using incentives to lift recruiter performance "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) continues to grow. Figures for this financial year to the end of April 2018 show 6,573 SWP visas have been approved. This compares with 6,166 visas approved in total for the full 2016-17 financial year. Moreover, most workers do very well under the scheme. When the World Bank asked 400 Pacific workers how satisfied they were with the SWP, the average score was 8.6, on a scale of one to ten. Similar smaller surveys of Timorese workers found that 96% were satisfied, with 68% very satisfied. In Vanuatu, a survey of 100 returned workers showed that all of the women and 91% of men were satisfied.

That said, this is no time for complacency. It is not clear that arrangements that support a few thousand workers will support the much larger number that could enter Australia both under the Seasonal Worker Programme and the much larger Pacific Labour Scheme. Moreover, while some countries are doing very well under the SWP (Vanuatu, Tonga, Timor-Leste), others are missing out (PNG, Solomon Islands).

The SWP also continues to be subjected to both generalised and specific claims of exploitation in the media. There are also complaints about recruiters in sending countries scamming potential workers. These incidents undermine the development benefits of the scheme, as well as wider community acceptance of the value of the SWP in Australia and in sending countries.

In responding to these problems, so far the focus has been on compliance across the horticultural industry, which is appropriate given the higher number of backpackers working on farms, and their greater risk of exploitation. Victoria, Queensland and South Australia are all introducing labour hire licensing.

There are also SWP-specific responses. One recently-announced reform is the piloting of a 24/7 information line for seasonal workers. It success will depend on how well the information the hotline receives is processed and acted on.

These are all positive moves, but what more could be done? A recent book Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration by Professor Philip Martin reviews the global experience of the approximately ten million workers who cross international borders...

05:55

Corrupt Queensland police bribe bashing victim not to press charges "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

If Australia's police force gets caught out committing criminal offences, there are a few ways that the matter is dealt with by police.


In this case Queensland's Police Service whose chief is Ian Stewart (pictured above), offered cash or hush money in order for the victim not to pursue further action against police.

In the case of the 'whistle blower'  Rick Flori, he gets charged by the organisation he worked for, the organisation committing criminal offences.

SO to make it simple Sgt Rick Flori exposed criminal activity, where he gets charged for committing a criminal activity.

So in Australia it's a crime to expose criminal activity [of the 3rd tier of government, called the judiciary, which the police are part of]?

(Still need more proof you live in a police state?)


What is also concerning is that 18 months earlier Ian Stewart falsely stated that the victim Mr. Noa Begic did not want to pursue charges against police, when in fact he did.

Please note that he (Begic) was paid off in a secret and court sealed confidential settlement, where he then withdrew the complaint.

How can a court (or any person) trust the words of the chief of police Ian Stewart, when at law he is described as an 'unreliable witness'?

Interview from ABC Radio Brisbane by Steve Austin with QPS head Ian Stewart:


Downloadable at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cNDGj0e38PncTx-_rdDm7qU6rliDthXi

04:09

Hawksbill Sea Turtle release "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Hawksbill Sea Turtle. (supplied)

On March 15 a gentleman at Brooms Head  rescued a critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle that was floating in the shallows, he put it in his wheelbarrow and took it home to look after for the night under the instruction he covered it in damp towels to keep the turtle hydrated.

Named Amber, she weighed just over 7kgs when she arrived at the Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.

She was covered in burrowing barnacles and had some major infections due to the wounds caused by the barnacles and had some pink ulcers on her skin. Over the next few weeks we carefully removed the barnacles and treated her deep wounds, said a spokesperson for the Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.

She received numerous courses of antibiotics and vitamin injections and after four months of care, Amber has now put on weight and all of her wounds are completely healed.

Amber is being  released this morning, Thursday June 21 at 8.30am at the northern end of Lighthouse Beach Ballina near the surf club.

Volunteer Dan Twomey, who helped to rehabilitate her, will be releasing Amber at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina.

The post Hawksbill Sea Turtle release appeared first on Echonetdaily.

00:16

At last! A way to gaol the entire Turnbull Government "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"




The Criminal Code Amendment (Impersonating a Commonwealth Body) Bill 2017 (the Bill) will introduce new offences and a new injunction power to prohibit and prevent conduct amounting to false representation of a Commonwealth body.

It is essential that the public can trust in the legitimacy and accuracy of statements made by Commonwealth bodies. The amendments are critical to ensure the public has confidence in the legitimacy of communications emanating from Commonwealth bodies, thereby safeguarding the proper functioning of Government..

The Bill introduces a primary offence where the person is reckless as to whether their conduct will result in, or is reasonably capable of resulting in, a false representation. These amendments also create a new aggravated offence where a person engages in such conduct with the intent to obtain a gain, cause a loss, or influence the exercise of a public duty.
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00:15

Trump's Truth "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


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23:46

July Forum: Settlement of refugees & AGM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 5 Jul; 7:00 pm; ] Settlement of refugees forum details will be released closer to the event. The AGM will be held before the forum with office bearers elected and Convenors of Action Groups endorsed. A brief year in review by Action Group convenors and vision for the future year will be presented by the current convenor Iain MacKay. Settlement of refugees [...] full article 

23:46

Visions for Armidale Creeklands AGM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 21 Jun; 5:30 pm; ] Any interested in joining our not-for-profit association and all existing members are invited to come along to our 1st Annual General Meeting - to be held upstairs at the Armidale Bowling Club (Dumaresq St) - at 5.30 pm on Thursday June 21, 2018. Please put the date on your calendar and let any of your friends know about this important event [...] full article 

23:36

Prickly Problems Project launch "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Saturday, 23 Jun; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] You're invited to the launch of the Prickly Problems Project and to celebrate 16 years of Armidale Urban Rivercare projects. Saturday June 23, 10-12pm at Creeklands Behind Phil Wheaton Oval, Erskine St Free brunch by Dumaresq Lions Club All Welcome full article 

23:16

VIDEO: Save Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wilderness Society have rebooted their look with the tag line Life. Support. and refreshed their campaigns with the latest being Save Ugly. Its a new angle on an ongoing problem of motivating people to value threatened environment and animals. The campaign video is styled on childrens tv with a music video that stars American actress and [...] full article 

22:51

Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Concertina Bookbinding Creations for Kids

Learn to make your own concertina book with local artist Fern Smith! School Holiday fun at Newlands Neighbourhood House for creative kids.

We had amazing feedback from Ferns puppet making workshops last holidays. Dont miss out on this chance for your child to learn the art of bookbinding.

Book through the Try Booking links below, or phone 8528 2332.

Date: Wednesday 4th July
Cost: $20 full / $15 Concession
Venue: Newlands Neighbourhood House, 20 Murray Rd, Coburg North

Ages 6-7: 10am 12pm
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21:59

Focus on Ability Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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The students from Sydney Road Community School have made a short film for the Focus on Ability short film festival. The winners are decided by votes and being a very small school the students are looking for the community to behind them and vote.

If you have a few spare minutes, the film is called Johnny:

https://www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/Johnny_1385.html

21:48

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Antarctica and Australia climate shift - New details emerging "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Australian media in damage control to explain Melbourne coldest start in 36 years to winter, record snow and frosts to withing 1500 miles south of the equator toward Cains. Bobby the moderator at OZ Politic has a full thread of 350 pages outside MSM control which shows massive ice gains in sea ice around Antarctica, all the while the MSM screams that we have to act now before the worlds coast lines are washed away by a melting Antarctica. Power grids were stretched to the limits in Australia during the Superfreeze event, but downplaying is the new narrative, and if it doesn't fit, just make a new set of rules. Perhaps we need to look to the Sabians of Harran to understand the cycles. Sources

21:08

As the US leaves the UN Human Rights Council, it may leave more damage in its wake "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Nikki Haley, the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has announced the US will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. AAP/EPA/Justin Lane

By Sarah Joseph

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have announced the US was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

In doing so, they claimed the council was a roadblock to genuine global human rights protection. This move by the Trump administration has been anticipated for some time. In a sense, the elephant has left the room. But in doing so, the elephant has belled the cat on a number of serious issues regarding the HRC.

Is the United States decision sound in terms of international human rights protection? Is it one that Australia, an HRC member from 2018-2020, should follow?

What is the Human Rights Council?

The UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights, which ran from 1947 to 2006. By the time of its demise, the commission was criticised from all sides for being overly politicised.

The HRCs 47 seats are divided between the five official UN regions in the following way: Africa (13); Asia (13); Latin America and the Caribbean (8); Western Europe and Other (7); Eastern Europe (6). The US (and Australia) is in the Western Europe and Other Group, known as WEOG.

One-third of the council is elected each year by the UN General Assembly, and members serve three-year terms. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms. A member can also be suspended from the council in a vote of two-thirds of the UN General Assembly: Libya was suspended in 2011 after Muammar Gaddafis crackdown on Arab Spring protesters and armed dissidents. No other member has been suspended.

The HRC meets three times a year for a total of around ten weeks. Its 38th session has just begun. It also meets for one-day special sessions at the initiative of one-third of its members. It has so far held 28 special sessions.

The HRCs functions include the d...

21:06

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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This is a handcrafted credenza that we had in our lounge room in Qld, that doesn't fit in our loungeroom/dining room here in Preston.

Height: 95 cms
Width: 140 cms
Depth: 40 cms.

There is some rust on the last curve of the leg (see photo).  It is a little bit wonky so needs a small wedge of cardboard slid under a leg to keep it stable.  
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20:32

Kurilpa Poets May Photo Review, Atmospheric "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

PHOTO REVIEW ATMOSPHERIC, a breath of Fresh Air No doubt about it, the Kurilpa Poets May event, the Elemental-Air themed Atmospherics, definitely had, well..atmosphere. The day was ably Produced & Directed by talented Kurilpa Poetry Cup winner Fi Privitera, though Continue reading

20:05

Some of Brisbanes finest musos have formed a brand new supergroup "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

If youre still coming to terms with the news that Dreams, a collaboration between Silverchairs Daniel Johns and Luke Steele of Empire Of The Sun and The Sleepy Jackson, are finally releasing tunes, then youre about to get another hefty dose of good news, with some of Brisbanes finest musos coming together to form a brand new rock supergroup.

Consisting of Luke Henery (Violent Soho), Simon Ridley (DZ Deathrays, Velociraptor), Branko Cosic (Tape/Off, Gold Stars), and Matthew Somers (I Heart Hiroshima), Total Pace is the newest supergroup on the block, serving up a mixture of tasty Aussie rock with some solid punk influences thrown in for good measure.

As Scenestr reports, the group formed after spending a number of years hanging out an talking about their favourite bands. Deciding to step away from their main acts briefly to write and compose some new tunes, the group have dropped their debut single, 73, to help celebrate the news.

A thirst for blitzing fun times brought the group together after having spent many nights hanging out, drinking each others band riders over the years talking about some of their favourite punk bands, the group explained in a statement.

After months of trying not to exclusively write songs about beer, and somehow avoiding a beer pun for a name, Total Pace are here to really just have a good time.

If you like what you hear, the band are set to make their live debut next month, performing at Brisbanes Black Bear Lodge, with Electric Zebra coming along for the ride. Theres still more supports to be announced, but if youre keen on seeing some of Brisbanes most talented musicians all under the same roof, then youd better head over to the Facebook event page for more info.

Check out Total Paces 73:

Total Paces Debut Show

With Electric Zebra

Thursday, July 19th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD (18+)
Tickets: Oztix

20:04

antifa notes (june 20, 2018) : True Blue Crew 2018 Flagwit Parade +++ "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The racist methgoblins of the True Blue Crew (TBC) are holding another flagwit parade in the Melbourne CBD this Sunday. There theyll be joined by a range of other right-wing cranks, including Soldiers of Odin, neo-Nazi Lads, Timmeh! and The Continue reading

19:55

Surveys protect Yellow Bellied Glider habitat "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A GECO citizen science survey conducted in the Kuark forest has resulted in a new protection zone for Yellow Bellied Gliders. The state environment department has written to GECO confirming the results of their investigation met the requirements for a new protection zone.  

Read the GECO survey report here. 

17:20

Vic redistribution finalised the end of Batman "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The Australian Electoral Commission released the final decisions for the Victorian federal redistribution earlier today. Most of the changes were very minor, with no seats experiencing a large change in margin. The switch of Dunkley from Liberal to notional Labor has been maintained.

We have seen two changes in seat names. The seat of Cox has been restored to its previous name of Corangamite. While they noted the concern about the double-entendre in the name, the decision has supposedly been made due to the longstanding use of the name Corangamite.

The AEC is also renaming the seat of Batman in Melbournes inner north to Cooper. This name honours early 20th century Aboriginal leader William Cooper. The report specifically mentions his role in founding the Australian Aborigines League in the 1930s, and his protests against Nazi Germany in 1938. This is the culmination of a long campaign to abolish this seat name.

Overall we will see eight new seat names at the next federal election. Batman is not the only seat named after an early white settler to be renamed in part due to that mans genocidal history the seat of McMillan in eastern Victoria has been renamed Monash.

The announcement today just included descriptions of how the boundaries have been changed since the first draft. There are no maps and no data. So its possible there might be small errors in my margin calculations. I will put together the updated map over the weekend, although Ill double-check the boundaries when the official map is released on July 13.

I also expect well be getting the final boundaries for ACT and South Australia over the next week.

The table below the fold lists the margin in every Victorian seat, before the redistribution, on the draft boundaries and on the final boundaries. I discovered a small bug in my margin calculation code so there may be some small changes (around 0.1% in most cases) even where boundaries havent changed, but Ive included the previously-published margins for transparency.

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Seat Pre-redistribution Draft boundaries Final boundaries
Aston LIB 8.6% ...

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