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Tuesday, 10 July

20:56

They Found the Boys "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The other day I was sitting in a cafe in Pai, Northern Thailand (which is just a few hours from where the 13 boys were trapped in a cave) and []

19:32

Sizzler "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Construction, reaction, rotation

Brisbane's apartment construction cycle is clearly on its last legs now, with commencements falling away sharply. 

But all those new people from down south or overseas also need shops, and schools, service stations, and sausage sizzles. 

Now we're moving into a different phase, with a number of major infrastructure projects and transport upgrades getting underway.

Less well publicised, there's also some significant investment in commercial development around the traps. 

And, yes, that includes the odd new Bunnings.


In the words of the old infomercials, Brisbane is a city on the move.

18:46

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Emerald and Longreach Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Late on Monday 9 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted visiting both Emerald and Longreach Airports after earlier departing its Brisbane base.

File photo

It reportedly completed a medical evacuation flight from Longreach and departed there for Thargomindah before later returning to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, back on Thursday 28 June, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" also called into Roma Airport from Brisbane via Townsville.  It later returned to the capital.

Finally, on Sunday 8 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport, arriving from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.

While as this post is being written, late on Tuesday 10 July, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has touched down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It is due to return to Brisbane later.

VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" also visited Bundaberg Airport last Thursday 5 July.

Photo taken by The FNQ Skies Blog 

18:40

More Lies and Misinformation from Gun Control Australia!!! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


"But the fact is that the laws put in place after the Port Arthur gun massacre have been steadily chipped away for decades through pressure on politicians by a well-resourced, well-connected NRA-style gun lobby here in Australia." 
Samantha Lee, Director of Gun Control Australia (GCA).

As I understand it there has been no weakening of our present gun laws in Australia, & from what I understand, the blame for this last shooting where a father shot his two teenage children lies with the NSW Firearms Registry & a certain gun club, both failed to follow proper procedure & because of this a person who should not have been allowed to own a gun was in fact issued with an "H" class restricted gun licence!!! But who will pay the price for this incompetence? Well us of course, the law abiding licenced gun owners of Australia!!! And what are we going to do about that? Well nothing of course, this is Australia not America!
I have in the past started two petitions regarding poor firearms policy that I wanted changing, & very few licenced gun owners could be bothered to sign those petitions. So, the ball is now in your court. You can continue to sit back & say "she'll be right mate" & lose further freedoms & human rights, or you can get off your backsides & start petitioning the government & fighting for our Human Rights!
"Gun Control Australia (CGA)" may well be concerned with public safety, but the problem is that they know very little if anything about firearms, & they can't see past their mandate to disarm law abiding licenced gun owners. Instead of looking at the problem sensibly & using some common sense, they con.........

18:32

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 10 July, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport.

File photo

It looked to arrive from Townsville and later depart to Brisbane.  A40-009 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Warhorse 244".

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

17:38

Swift Parrot at Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park reported by Richard Noske on 09-07-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Two birds close to trail, SW section of Grey Box/Gum circuit, S of Phelps Rd entrance, around 12:00 hrs. Not present 4 h earlier when birding there for 1 h. Quite close to where I saw the first bird (sub-adult) on 11 June.

17:37

Australia: Big, Beautiful, Brown and Bland "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Those who lose dreaming are lost ~ Australian Aboriginal proverb Its easy to understand the English translation of Aboriginal spiritual life as The Dreaming because the Australian environment does have []

17:37

Musk Lorikeet at Dayboro IGA Supermarket Carpark reported by Tom Tarrant on 10-07-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Several birds (initially heard on call) feeding in flowering gum with large IGA sign on trunk.

12:45

The physics of energy and resulting incidences on economics "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hat tip to one of the many commenters on DTM for pointing me to this excellent video. I have featured Jean-Marc Jancovicis work here before, but this ones shorter, and even though its in French, English subtitles are available from the settings section on the toutube screen. Speaking of screens, one of the outstanding statements made in this video is that all electronics in the world that use screens in one way or another consume one third of the worlds electricity.. Remember how the growth in renewables could not even keep up with the Internets growth?

If this doesnt convince viewers that we have to change the way we do EVERYTHING, then nothing will.. and seeing as hes presenting to politicians, lets hope at least some of them will come out of this better informed

Jean-Marc Jancovici, a French engineer schools politicians with a sobering lecture on the physics of energy and the effects on economics and climate change

11:01

Murdoch journalists linked to unlawful news-gathering in the United Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The following published by Byline Investigations  on 7 July 2018, outs senior figured in Murdochs media empire in the U.K., who have been named as being involved in unlawful news gathering activities. Evidence provided in the High Court in London is the source of the information. This exposure is important, because it provides a window into the modus operandi of the media giant, which is not confined to only one country. There have been calls for an investigation into whether similar methods have been used in Australia. Perhaps this will contribute to bringing more pressure for this to come about.

 Fifty serving or former Rupert Murdoch journalists many very senior allegedly used a private investigator to unlawfully gather information, the High Court in London has heard.

Many of those said to have used the services of Steve Whittamore, who was convicted of data theft in 2005, have gone on to become some of the most powerful people in the British media landscape.

Photo from New European/Facebook: Dominic Mohan (1) with Outside Organisation founder Alan Edwards last month at Londons Liberal Club, celebrating the 100th edition of The New European newspaper

The list includes Rebekah Brooks, the current chief executive (CEO) of Murdochs British publishing arm News UK and serving Sun on Sunday editor Victoria Newton

Also named are former editor of The Sun Dominic Mohan, and the papers former showbiz reporter James Scott, who today run some of the most influential public relations businesses in the country.

Photo from Tom Newton Dunn/ Twitter: Newton-Dunn is among Rupert Murdochs most important UK journalists as incumbent Political Editor of The Sun. The documents suggest he used Whittamore while in his previous employment as a reporter for tabloid ri...

09:48

How One Man Accidentally Found A Loophole in the ATM and Stole a Total of $500K "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Photo source: https://www.financemagnates.com/

Dan Saunders was a lonely bartender with $3 to his name. He was penny pinching every single day of his life because he had to. When he really needed the extra cash, he would use his credit card. That was his life he couldnt afford to splurge. Life was expensive and he had no choice but to watch what he spent on. Then in February 2011, he decided to let lose one night and have a drink or two with his friends.

This was when fate took a turn for the often hard-up 29-year old. He stumbled upon an ATM loophole that changed his life

Running Out of Cash

Photo source: http://www.thedrunkpirate.com/

Saunders was throwing back a few drinks with some of his buds at the Bulls Head Hotel in Wangaratta, North-Eastern Victoria. They were having fun, but as always, he didnt have enough cash on him. So, he decided to leave the bar for a moment to withdraw more cash from the National Australia Bank (NAB) ATM. Then, he realized that he only had $3 left, which meant that he didnt have enough to buy one more drink. So, he resorted to another method.

09:42

Is Australia Racist? Today Show Trolls Everyone, Pleases No-One With Worlds Dumbest Question "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You might think it was all supposed to go another way or you might not, depending on your perspective, of course.

Overnight, the Today Show warned viewers via its Facebook page that it would be asking if Australia is a racist country on this mornings show.

Its always good to warn your audience when youre about to do something especially stupid gives them time to switch off. or switch on. Again, depends on your perspective. Its also a curious question from a show quite renowned for its casual racism but well bite is Australia a racist country?

Well, people of colour (and many whiteys) are overwhelmingly claiming yes in the comments that follow the post. And those claiming no usually go on to explain why while saying something ignorant and racist.

This is one of the better ones, from a muppet called Callan Kennedy: No were just frustrated at the amount of people Australia lets in. Causing extremely bad traffic and making it hard to find a job. An MCG amount of people every year into Melbourne. By the way how bad are Asian drivers?

Indeed.

In any event, the answer if youre interested is clearly Yes but its actually just all about the clicks. But it begs an even better question literally as in, what would be a better question?

Pretty clearly thats this: Is the Today Show A Steaming Pile Of Poop?

Comment below.

The post Is Australia Racist? Today Show Trolls Everyone, Pleases No-One With Worlds Dumbest Question appeared first on New Matilda.

09:33

Got A Pulse, A Conscience And A Funny Bone? Then You Need To See Hannah Gadsbys Nanette "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

If you have Netflix, and a beating heart, then set aside an hour and watch Australian comedian Hannah Gadsbys new special, Nanette.

Were not going to review it for you. Were not going to spoil any of the punch lines. Were just going to tell you Nanette is some of the best, most powerful comedy ever produced. Its also probably the bravest comedy ever made, and will make you laugh and cry at the same time a craugh.

It will also likely inspire the absolute shit out of you, which helps explain why the performance has received five star reviews across the globe, and has won Best Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Gadsby herself also won Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards.

You can find out more details by clicking here.

And heres the official trailer.

The post Got A Pulse, A Conscience And A Funny Bone? Then You Need To See Hannah Gadsbys Nanette appeared first on New Matilda.

09:25

LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR THEOTTOPIARY "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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09:13

Andrew Baldock (offered his land for nuclear waste dump) dismisses objections to the plan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Andrew Baldock  Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Economics Re Proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (Submission no. 38)

I am a 4th generation farmer in the Kimba District with all 4 of my grandparents being from pioneering farming families of the district. I farm with my wife Dale and soon to be 4 children as well as my brother and his wife and children, my sister and her husband and children, along with our parents.

Our family has been involved in this process from the outset with our family nominating a parcel of land in the initial round of applications which failed to progress to the technical assessment stage due to a lack of neighbouring support. We have since offered up a number of parcels of land to the community renomination process of which one site Napandee was put forward to support the community in re-entering the NRWMF assessment process as a result of strong community and neighbouring support.

I am pleased to be able to provide information to the inquiry on the appropriateness and thoroughness of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) site selection process in Kimba SA. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate committee to answer any further questions on the Kimba process with particular reference to:

a) the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines;

The fi...

08:25

Jessica Morgans enthusiastic endorsement of ANSTO and the nuclear waste dump plan for Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jessica Morgan. Submission to Senate on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia. (Submission no. 37)

My husband and I live and work in Hawker and are raising our three children here, our two oldest attend Hawker Area School and our youngest will be three this year. I have lived here for ten years and my husband over 20, we welcome this project. We believe it is a wonderful opportunity for our community and believe firmly in the benefits of increased employment. We also believe that this facility will ensure other essential services in our town, such as the hospital, police, and improved mobile phone coverage. We also hope that this project may assist in increasing student numbers at the school. In June 2016 when on a personal trip to Sydney I had the benefit of visiting ANSTO, I was taken on a tour which included going to level 13 and visiting the waste storage areas. I have stood next to and touched the canister containing the intermediate level waste with my 9 month old baby in a carrier on my chest, feeling totally confident of my own safety and that of my child. I left ANSTO very impressed not only in their contribution to our first class medical system, which Australia is so fortunate to have, but also the work in other areas of science and technology. Having seen the waste storage areas I saw first hand the need for the national waste facility to be located at another site. I also learnt the vast difference between the reactor at Lucas Heights and nuclear power reactors in other countries, with the main reactors coming to mind being Fukushima and Chernobyl. Nuclea...

08:10

Mosquito experiment could save lives "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Adult female Aedes aegypti mosquito. Photograph by James Gathany, Center for Disease Control Public Health Image Library.

SYDNEY, AAP A successful mosquito experiment in northern Queensland could hold the key to saving millions of people from being infected with diseases including the deadly Zika virus.

Australian scientists have wiped out more than 80 per cent of the Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) population in three locations around the sugar town of Innisfail during a three month trial, the CSIRO announced on Tuesday.

The Aedes aegypti is responsible for infecting almost 400 million people globally with diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

The landmark research involved the release of three million sterile male mosquitoes that mated with females who laid unfertilised eggs, causing the population to crash.

A group of CSIRO researchers worked with an international team using technology from Verily, an American organisation, to breed mosquitoes and infect them with a bacteria that doesnt allow them to produce offspring.

Its an exotic mosquito, we want to get rid of it. Its not an important part of the environment and its a major spreader of diseases around the world, CSIROs Paul De Barro told AAP.

Dr De Barro, Research Director in Health and Biosecurity, said the team had to work closely with the local community to gain their support.

Thats as much an achievement as working out how to use the technology, he said.

In densely populated urban areas, the research could be crucial in the event of an outbreak, especially as climate change and warmer temperatures mean mosquitoes are no longer bound to tropical areas.

We are now looking at where we would apply it in a real context, Dr De Barro said.

One of the ideas is to potentially use it in the Torres Strait to eradicate yellow fever mosquitoes and the Asian tiger mosquito and we could also create a wider buffer around Brisbane by using it in parts of Queensland.

The post Mosquito experiment could save lives appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:30

Open Letter to the University of Wollongong Re the Universitys Censorship of the Academic Debate on Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

To: paul_wellings@uow.edu.au
Cc: Aaron Oakley; Adam Hodgkins; Alison Jones; Amanda Lawson; Andrew Herring; Andrew Whelan; Andy Davis; Anne Cusick; Antoine van Oijen; Benjamin Marwick; Brian Martin; Bridget Kelly ; Chao Deng; Chris Cook; Danielle Skropeta; Darryl McAndrew; David Garne; Dianne Jolley; Dominique Parrish; Eleanor Beck; Elizabeth Neale ; Flynn Hill; Glenn Mitchel ; Glenn Salkeld; Grapham Williams; Heather Yeatman; Helen Rienits; Ian Ring; Ian Wilson; Ian Wright; Jennifer Beck; Joanna Russell; Joanne Braithwaite; Judy Mullan; judy raper; Julie Steele; Justin Yerbury; Karen Charlton; Karen Walton; Kate Manderson; Kathleen Clapham; Kathy Eagar; Kylie Mansfield; Linda Tapsell; Louella McCarthy; Louise Wright; Lyndal Parker-Newlyn; Martin Engel; Martina sanderson-Smith; Michael Zancko; Michelle Moscova; Nagesh Pai; Nicholas Dixon; Peter McLennan; Robert Gordon; Roger Lewis; Ronald Sluyter; Russell Pearson; Sal Sanzone; Sharon Robinson; Shev Christian; Simon Eckermann; Teresa Treweek; Tim Marchant; Trish Mundy; Vinod Gopaldasani; Will Price; William Buttemer; Xiaoqi Feng; Yasmine Probst
Subject: FW: The Censorship of the Australian Vaccination Debate Conference in Sydney

Open Letter
9 July 2018

To UOW Vice- Chancellor, Paul Wellings, UOW academics and the concerned Australian Community,

Dear Professor Wellings and UOW academics/staff,

You can choose not to read this email but as many of you have already signed your names to the promotion of the governments claims about vaccines on the UOW website a misuse of the UOWs logo then you are already part of the debate and I would hope willing to provide the evidence or scientific arguments to address the communitys concerns. However, to date I note your silence to our concerns about the health information you are providing.

The promotion of government vaccination pol...

07:09

The Berejiklian Discount: Libs Save Taxpayers $35k Every Time A Child Is Murdered "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Who really pays when the powers that be finance punishment instead of supporting victims, asks Greens MP, David Shoebridge.

Five years ago, the NSW Coalition Government hacked into victims compensation. They said that the State simply couldnt afford a scheme that made moderate payments to victims of serious crimes. They were supported in this move by the Christian Democratic Party and the Shooters. These are the very same parties that often speak about how we need to get tough on crime to support victims.

Theyre happy to spend $3.8 billion to expand prisons following years of law and order auctions, but when asked to support victims directly they pretend there is no money.

The changes dramatically reduced the amount of compensation available to victims of violent crime. Victims of extraordinarily damaging, prolonged domestic violence saw possible payments slashed from $50,000 to as little as $1,500. Family members recovering from the homicide of a loved one now receive as little as $7,500. At the time of these cuts we knew this was deeply unfair, and victims would suffer.

A recent review of the savaged scheme was intended to track the changes, and consider any possible amendments. A broad range of stakeholders made submissions about their first-hand experience helping clients navigate the scheme. These stakeholders almost universally recommended an increase in compensation, what are now known as recognition payments. They had seen the trauma faced by their clients, the difficult path to recovery, and the importance of financial compensation for helping people get their lives back.

Despite this evidence, the changes presented to parliament following the review made only minor procedural amendments. The core unfairness remains.

The agency stakeholders know what their clients have gone through. They sit down with their clients and take their history they understand what happened to them but then they have to explain how grossly unfair the Victims Compensation Scheme now is. It is no exaggeration to say that it can be re-traumatising when somebody who has lost a loved one is told by a counsellor or lawyer that the sum the State puts on the loss of a partner for life is $7,500. And thats on a good day under the scheme.

NSW Greens MLC, David Shoebridge.

That the Government puts a price of $15,000 on the murder of a child...

07:05

Queensland tourist industry joins opposition to coal "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Contributed from Queensland

Opposition to Adanis Carmichael coal mine and associated coal threat to the Great Barrier reef, has been given a boost by tour operators.  They have called on all our political leadersto fight for the future of our reef.

In an unprecedented declaration, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO), together with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), has urged the phasing out of fossil fuel.

The declaration states, The carbon pollution from coal, oil and gas is heating the air and the oceans to dangerous levels, and that Its not too late to save our Reef, but time is critical.

Having the usually controversy avoiding marine tourist industry peak body staking a stand, means that the feeling of frustration and desire for some action must be very strong among its membership.

Dozens of tour operators have already put their names to the declaration and it is expected many more will soon do likewise.

Tony Fontes, a dive operator based in the Whitsundays since the 1980s, says, basically we need a mass campaign to protect the reef.

Although the declaration does not explicitly target the Adani project, the implication is clear.

The embattled Carmichael mine and associated Abbot Point terminal are now in an even more difficult position. Tour operators have a first-hand appreciation, not only in seeing the extensive bleaching of the reef, but also of the threat to Queenslands number one tourist industry attraction. In addition to the environmental threat, the economic cost is clear.

This runs counter to the claim that the projects will provide a boost to the regional economy.

The greatest impact however, may be that his signals the entry of at least a portion of the business sector into openly campaigning for sustainable development. Such is the depth of a movement, looks to be entering a new phase of its growth. An important part of this is the campaign to stop Adani.

Meanwhile, spokespeople for Adani continue to insist that the company remains as committed as ever to the projects, and that the required finance is going to be secured, even if no banks, are seeing that it in its interests to come up with the money.

This is testimony to  strength and reach of the opposition to Adani.

When even Ian Macfarlan...

06:11

John Pilger On The Hidden History Of The Women Who Rose Up "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat Indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous aunts who had irresistible bourgeois ambitions Mary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hanged except Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convicts and there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of small pox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no-one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of mosquitoes.

There was no division by age or crime. Mary and the other women were called the intractables. With a mixture of horror and admiration, the Attorney General at the time, Roger Terry, described how the women had driven back with a volley of stones and staves soldier...

05:57

Where Is the Spirit of Rebellion? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Editors note: Journalist John Pilger gave this address on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Parramatta Female Factory, Sydney, a prison in Britains Australian colony where intractable female convicts mostly from Ireland and England were sent in the early 19th century.

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated here, at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous auntswho had irresistible bourgeois ambitionsMary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hangedexcept Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St. Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convictsand there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of smallpox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved, and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of....

05:09

MACKAY Two arrested over McDonalds attempted armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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04:30

Jon Rappoport -- Australian Anti-Vaxxers Provide New Model for the World "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world

By Jon Rappoport

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as it is a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom...

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to "Crazzfiles [dot] com". The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there.

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March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

"Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced."

"'Out of sheer necessity we've created a community base to support families - we've had no choice other than to start our own social services'."

"Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream."

"'We organise group childcare arrangements and we're now devising our own combined homeschooling system,' she said."

"'We use health practitioners within the anti-vaccine networks around Australia and 'anti-vaccination-friendly' doctors in the community'."
...

04:30

Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Were always impressed by the way David Zarrouk (a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev by way of UC Berkeleys Biomimetic Millisystems Lab) manages to extract a ton of functionality from the absolute minimum of hardware in his robots. In the past, weve seen clever designs like a steerable robot that only uses a single motor, and a multi-jointed robot arm that uses a traveling motor to actuate all of its degrees of freedom.

At the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Brisbane, Zarrouk presented an update to STAR, the Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot that we first wrote about in 2013. Called Rising STAR, or RSTAR, it takes the sprawling wheel-leg mobility and adds another degree of freedom that allows the body of the robot to move separately from the legs, changing its center of mass to help it climb over obstacles.

RSTAR is the latest in Zarrouks series of sprawling robots, designed to handle all kinds of terrain obstacles while minimizing cost of transport. Sprawl in this context refers to the robots legs, which are angled (adjustably) downwards and outwards from the body. RSTAR has an added degree of freedom in that its body is able to change its location relative to the legs, altering the robots center of mass.

It seems like a simple change, but it enables a bunch of new behaviorsnot only can the robot climb over larger obstacles without flipping over, but it can also climb vertically up closely spaced walls and crawl through narrow gaps by adopting a legged walking gait.

While the adjustable center of mass helps keep the robot more stable, as the video shows flipping over can actually be useful, since it enables the robot to switch between faster and more efficient round wheels and more capable spoke wheels (whegs). RSTARs top speed is about 1 m/s on hard flat surfaces, although its turtle gait means that it can handle extremely soft or
granular surfaces (like thick mud or sand) without getting stuck.

At this point, none of what were seeing in the video is autonomous, although it sounds like theyre working on itso for more det...

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04:08

#Unity4J Online Vigil in support of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I was honoured to take part in the third online vigil for Julian Assange. Hes been shut off from the world since March 22nd. No internet, no phone calls, no visitors. Not even family or friends. Its torture.

Much thanks Kim Dotcom and the tech team, and congratulations to Suzie Dawson @Suzi3D and Elizabeth Lea Vos @ElizabethleaVos from disobedientmedia.com for organising these outstanding events. HT to their knowledge of the subject matter, insight and passion. They brought out the best in their guests, as did Cassandra Fairbanks and Tim Foley, when the girls were getting a bit of shut-eye.

There may have been other helpers. I havent got through it all yet. The first vigil was 10 hours; the second 25; and the third 35, so a few more binge-viewings to go. The plan is to continue the series until Julians human rights are restored; once a month and they keep getting longer. This is what I had to say as a citizen journalist.

But what a line-up of distinguished guests! Daniel Ellsberg, Slavoj Zizek, John Kiriakou, William Binney and Ray Mcgovern have all come forward to share their perspective on this development, and plead the case for Assange and Wikileaks. Likewise, comedian-journalists Jimmy Dore and Lee Camp; former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Australian political advisor Felicity Ruby, Australian citizen-journalist Caitlin Johnstone, former British Ambassador Craig Murray, British politician George Galloway, legendary activist Cairon OReilly

Weve also heard from former workers in the intelligence community; journalists; historians and academics, including a professor of propaganda! The series of one-hour interviews has been as emotionally charged as it has been enlightening. As one viewer aptly commented:

so many astute observations and political nouse.

The next #Unity4J vigil is on August 4th. It will be followed on August 9th by a live and online event coming from Sydney Australia. Im organising that one. Ill be joined by Suzie Dawson and if all goes well, Cynthia McK...

02:54

ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The drug Viagra, commonly used for erectile dysfunction, is currently being tested on women giving birth as a way to reduce fetal distress. And just like with preemies, the results are encouraging. A preliminary trial has been underway for 18 months in Brisbane, Australia with the drug Sildenafil (which dilates blood vessels in the pelvis). University of Queensland []

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00:34

Riders reassured over melting bitumen "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A recent incident in which melting bitumen caused traffic chaos on a North Queensland road is not the same as the molten tar that caused at least one rider to crash on Mt Glorious last year, says the Main Roads Department.

Main Roads was recently forced to close the Malanda-Milla Millaa Road on the Atherton Tablelands for emergency repairs after about 60 motorists contacted the department seeking compensation for damage caused to their vehicles by the molten bitumen. 

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It is not known whether any motorcyclists were involved.

Transport and Main Roads District Director Sandra Burke said specialist machinery and road seal experts were sent to carry out urgent repairs.

The situation is completely unacceptable and I apologise on behalf of the department to all those people whose vehicles were damaged and travel plans disrupted by this extremely unusual event, she says. 

The situation was caused by cold weather followed by an unusually hot spell.

A specialised panel-heating machine using infra-red heat technology to accelerate the sealing process would be used to fix the road.

Compensation

New roadworks on Mt Glorious melting tar reservations bitumen(Photoshopped sign for irony!)

Motorists caught out by the molten tar can seek compensation by contacting TMR on 4045 7144.

The Sydney rider who crashed in slippery molten tar on a badly repaired road surface on Mt Glorious last October rejected suing Main Roads, even though the department knew...

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23:43

Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

by Jon Rappoport

July 9, 2018

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As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to Cazzfiles.com. The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).


March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced.

Out of sheer necessity weve created a community base to support families weve had no choice other than to start our own social services.

Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream.

We organise group childcare arr...

21:01

Up and down Mt Juliet "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

It took my legs a week to recover from the climb up and down Mt Juliet. Ugh, age is catching up with me.

Just outside Healesville, an hour and a bit east of Melbourne in the Yarra Ranges, Mt Juliet is 1120m high. The walk to the top is only 4.5km. Its steep. Very steep.

The day I did it was a rainy, cold winters day.

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20:52

A Couple of Plane Spotting Photos from Mackay Airport - Incl Broken Down Army Tiger ARH Helicopter! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We spent a night in Mackay this week and of course, we paid Mackay Airport a visit.  In fact, we stayed at Mackay Airport at the Ibis Mackay which is situated right across the road from the Mackay Airport terminal building so plane spotting was a breeze!


As shown above on Tuesday 3 July, perhaps the most visitor for me was parked on the Western General Aviation Apron (WGA) in the form of Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter A38-020 which appears to have suffered an engineering issue and was unable to leave Mackay Airport.


Several Army Tiger ARH helicopters were noted and spotted passing through Mackay Airport over the weekend, returning to Townsville following their participation in the recently completed joint Military Exercise Hamel 2018 which was held in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

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Nearby to the Tiger, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 was parked and appeared to being personnel down from Townsville to work on.....

20:04

Ex Hamel 2018 - Omni Air International Boeing B777-2U8(ER) N819AX Spotted at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Believed to be the final heavy jet charter flight in support of the recently completed joint Military Exercise Hamel 2018 touched down at Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 7 July with Omni Air International Boeing B777-2U8(ER) N819AX touching down at Rockhampton Airport from Dallas-Fort Worth via Guam as OAE303.


After making a quick and spectacular exit from Runway 33, N819AX taxied in and parked on Gate 6 on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron.




16:18

Sleep deprived: a third of Australians 'suffering social jetlag' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Almost one in three Australians suffers social jet lag, according to a researcher seeking an inquiry into the nations sleep deprivation problem. The University of Adelaide sleep specialist Robert Adams said a growing body of research suggested poor sleep was taking a serious toll on Australians health and welfare.

A study led by Adams, published on Monday in the journal Sleep Medicine, found that 31% of survey respondents were suffering social jetlag. That is, the time of their sleep on work nights was more than an hour out of sync with sleeps on weekends or other days off.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/09/sleep-deprived-a-third-of-australians-suffering-social-jetlag

16:08

Chinese Property Buys in Australia Plummet on Capital Controls "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Chinese investment in Australias commercial property has plummeted to the lowest level in six years as mainland capital controls bite.

South African players are keen to invest in Australian commercial property.

Direct investment fell 81 percent to A$250 million ($187 million) in the first half from a year earlier, property brokerage CBRE Group Inc. said in a report on Monday.

If these restrictions continue, we expect Chinese investment into Australia to record its lowest year since 2012, said Ben Martin-Henry, associate director of capital markets and forecasting. The capital controls are having a meaningful impact globally, he said.

A crackdown by Chinas government has reined in deal makers such as Dalian Wanda Group Co., Anbang Insurance Group Co., Fosun International Ltd. and HNA Group Co. that once had an insatiable appetite for global assets. The unwinding of their spending spree included HNA selling a Sydney office tower in January. Chinese spending on commercial property in Australia is down from a A$2 billion high in 2015, when capital from Asias biggest economy accounted for 43 percent of all foreign investments, according to CBRE.

The biggest foreign buyers of Australian commercial property in the first half were the U.S. (A$994 million), Singapore (A$626 million) and Hong Kong (A$560 million), according to CBRE, which said the report was based on its own and external data. Development sites werent included in the numbers, only finished buildings.

With assistance by Emily Cadman

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-09/chinese-property-buys-in-australia-plummet-on-capital-controls

15:46

Video: Pit Pump footage from 10.6.2018 flyover "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Water continues to stream into the Maules Creek coal mine pit.

These images were taken on the 10.6.2018 showing that pumps are still operating in the bottom of the pit, de-watering the coal seams. Water appears to be rising around the blast drill holes with the mine pit pumps working hard to lower the water table.

With the question of connectivity between the Maules Creek alluvium and the coal seams an open question, these pumps could be lowering the Maules Creek water table directly impacting residents and the environment.

Meanwhile, as this video shows, the pit lake continues to (as at the 29th of June).

 

15:14

Going for Gold as the Reset Begins "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This may be the most important commentary Ive ever written.

Heres why

For years, financial analysts have discussed whats called the Global Monetary Reset, or GMR. Expectations of a GMR stem from the fact that monetary policies around the world are unstable and unsustainable.

There is no anchor to the system. There is no limit on money printing. And there is no limit on debt creation.

Such a system grows exponentially based on the false belief that governments can spend as much as they want and central banks will pick up the tab or bail out the system as needed.

Politicians love the system because they can buy votes from citizens.

Central bankers love the system because of the power and prestige it brings them.

Citizens love the system because they get handouts, bailouts, pumped-up asset values and other goodies seemingly for free.

Whats not to like?

The problem, of course, is that the system is unstable and unsustainable.

Its a huge inverted pyramid of promises poised on a small sliver of real money called gold.

Its bound to tip over and come crashing down as it has many times in the past, from the Jubilees of ancient Israel to the global financial crisis of 2008.

The 2008 panic would have closed banks and capital markets globally but for tens of trillions of dollars of central bank intervention. That bailout money printing has still not been mopped up. The 2008 bailout has sown the seeds of the next crisis.

Viewing this broadly, an objective analyst can see that a new system based on some hybrid of dollars, gold and the International Monetary Funds (IMF) world money special drawing rights (SDRs) is inevitable. This new system could even include an encrypted distributed ledger or blockchain, and might revert to fixed exchange rates instead of floating.

The great monetary reset

The GMR would be a return to something like the old Bretton Woods system (19441973) but with 21st-century characteristics and technology. This is what is meant by the Global Monetary Reset.

That much is clear. The open issues for students of the GMR are when it happens and how.

There are two answers to the how part.

It can either happen in a proactive way by convening a new global monetary conference similar to Bretton Woods (1944), the Plaza Accord (1985) or the Louvre Accord (1987).

Or it can happen in a chaotic fashion in response to a new financial crisis, as occurred at the G-20 Washington summit led by George Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy in November....

13:14

MACKAY Two men arrested for attempted armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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MACKAY Police arrest two in Bakers Creek "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Both men are due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court tomorrow. Mackay District Inspector Brendan Smith said yesterdays effort shows the

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12:17

Queenslanders not happy with the laws you've been given? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

(notice the special font used so that the 'Simpletons' can comprehend this)


If you're in Queensland and you're unhappy with the laws that have been dished out against you, there could be a 'surprise in store' for you, in that it's your fault.

You see the Queensland government 'advertises' that the Parliament is 'everyone's'.

As you should also know the Attorney-General tells you about the Rule of Law:


where "laws are publicly made and the community is able to participate in the law-making process".
  
How does one participate in the law-making process?

By doing nothing, you (the general population) give consent to the laws being put forward, with your silence regarded as acquiescence.

See Queensland's government 'Factsheet  3.7':


10:42

Adelaides Crimes Are Unraveling. Vietnam Vet Spills the Beans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jim Beaumont and his three children, L to R, Grant, Jane, Arna, missing for 52 years (Insert photo News.com.au)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

On October 23, 2015 I attended my first hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.  That led to my writing several reports for GumshoeNews, and eventually these formed part of my book, Deliverance, which is now in a revised edition.

Paedophilia is not a subject I wish to pursue further, but three in the know people have contacted me in the last month and are perhaps willing to talk about certain crimes after they get a promise of protection. This is about members of the establishment being involved in child murder.

My message to those members of the establ...

09:53

We must get justice: slain teens sister "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Slain 16-year-old Sandgate girl Larissa Beilby. Photo Facebook

BRISBANE, AAP The heart-broken sister of slain Queensland teenager Larissa Beilby has told a memorial service that justice must be served.

Deanna Beilby says the horrific death of her 16-year-old sister, whose body was found in a barrel south of Brisbane last month, has left an enormous hole in her heart.

As a nation weve been brought together under the most horrific circumstances and I hope we stand together until justice is served, Ms Beilby told 100 mourners at a service to honour the teenager on Sunday, according to the ABC.

Ms Beilby remembered her sister as a funny, smart and cheeky girl, with Larissas family urging people to honour her by carrying out a random act of kindness to a stranger in the week ahead.

Larissas body was found in a barrel in the back of a ute near Logan last month, sparking a manhunt for 34-year-old Zlatko Sikorsky.

Sikorsky was arrested after a 28-hour standoff with police at a Sunshine Coast unit and charged with murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse.

Police later charged him with attempting to murder another woman.

His lawyer Brendan Ryan has told reporters Sikorsky intends to defend the charges relating to Larissas death, suggesting she died as a result of misadventure.

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09:49

Nats set to lose Page: poll "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could lose his seat at the next election based on figures released by a Fairfax/Ipsos poll. Photo AAP Mick Tsikas

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could be looking for a new job next year if the results of a Fairfax/Ipsos poll, announced today, were replicated at the upcoming federal election.

The poll showed the Coalition on the nose across the country, particularly in NSW and Victoria, with Labor leading on 53 per cent and 56 per cent respectively in two-party preferred terms.

The swings against the government in NSW, if replicated at an election, would see it lose the seat Page, along with Gilmore, Robertson and Banks.

At the 2016 election Mr Hogan retained the seat he won from Labors Janelle Saffin in 2013 on a 4.6 per cent margin despite a 2.15 per cent swing against him.

All in all, the Coalition would lose as many as 18 seats if the latest poll was reflected at a general election, including Peter Duttons Queensland seat of Dickson.

By-election woes

But more imminently concerning to the Coalition will be the pronouncement that it has a tough battle ahead in the upcoming federal by-elections.

The Liberal and National parties have been boosted by a recent Newspoll claiming they were closing the gap on Labor, particularly in the marginal seats of Longman (QLD) and Braddon (TAS).

Todays poll paints a very different picture, however.

Labors Susan Lamb won Longman with a 7.71 percentage swing against former LNP sitting member Wyatt Roy in a seat with a significant (9.4 per cent) One Nation vote.

But Ipsos pollsters say even if she directs all of her preferences to the LNP, which she has threatened to do, Labor would still be likely to hold the seat given a significant statewide swing to the party.

The Tasmanian seat of Braddon would be a much closer call, however, with pollsters predicting there is only one percentage point between the two parties.

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08:08

Landscape plan for Lake Weyba Foreshore Park "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Sunshine Coast Council is working with the community to develop a landscape plan for Lake Weyba Foreshore Park.

The Lake Weyba project locality plan[2423KB] provides an overview of the area.

Project scope

The landscape plan will inform opportunities for improvements and provide a vision for the future of the foreshore park.  The landscape plan will aim to enhance the sites environmental values, recreational opportunities, and access to open space, the lake, and recreation trails.

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07:42

REVEALED: The fascinating history of Murdering Creek "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

AN ACADEMIC who wrote the most comprehensive account of the Murdering Creek massacre has solved some of the mystery as to what happened at Lake Weyba.

Ray Gibbons wrote a nearly 400-page academic paper on de-constructing the massacre at Murdering Creek.

Through painstaking research, Mr Gibbons was able to provide the most detailed accounts of when the massacre occurred and those most likely to have been involved.

Mr Gibbons did not support changing the name of Murdering Creek Road, which led into the estate on the banks of Lake Weyba.

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07:39

Eroding lakes beauty as council looks to redress damage "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A STRIKING symbol of the need to preserve the environmental values of Lake Weyba is now being used as a stark sign of foreshore neglect.

The Friends of Lake Weyba have posted a before and after photograph of the much-loved Sentinel Tree which juts on to the water.

The first was taken around 2010 and the visually diminished follow-up last year.

FoLW describe this as a fine example of the results of a lack of foreshore management of fragile vegetation.

The Sunshine Coast Council is now assessing the public submissions to its Lake Weyba foreshore management which closed on March 23.

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07:00

NATION:  Abbotts insurrection fails but Turnbull undermines a just and fair society "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The nose of Cleopatra, if it had been shorter, would have changed the face of the Earth, ventured philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal in 1669 This indefinable something, so trifling that we cannot recognize it, upsets the whole earth, princes, armies, the entire world. Leyonhjelm owes his place to Mals dud judgement. (And tricking some would-be Liberal voters with the Liberal in Liberal Democrat). Turnbulls genius shrank his government to a one-seat majority; delivered a senate cross-bench like a scene by Hieronymus Bosch, a nightmarish, macabre image of hell complete with mutant monsters and goblins. Efficiency review means cutting funds. Minister for Communications and Complaining About Emma Alberici, Mitch Fifield, who sees no conflict between his role and his membership of an IPA pledged to privatise the ABC, (the Liberal Party Annual Council, last month, voted 2:1 in favour) complains of Aunties bias and slack journalism - five times in six months

06:53

The missing argument ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

... Do environmentalists ignore it because its too complicated?  I am restating an argument here that environmentalists could use to support any and all of their campaigns, but which they ignore. This seems disastrous to me, because it might end their interminable conflicts with developers and politicians - and it could do that by showing everyone that they are making much more sense than their opponents

06:49

Exporting renewable energy An ethical commodity "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

There is no denial that the worlds energy production and investment in the future will be in renewables. Many countries dont have the available land space or the ideal weather conditions to produce massive infrastructures to supply their energy needs. This is why exporting energy could be the neo-commodity of the future. Australia with its vast open land, abundant wind and radiant sun is ideally set to capitalise on such concepts, and already there is one proposal to produce and export power from the Great Sandy Desert to Asia

06:45

Sexist abuse in Parliament - its never OK "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Last week, Senator David Leyonhjelm yelled a degrading sexist slur at Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young during a debate on violence against women.1

06:15

Forestry deals, trucks every 5 minutes ... the questions keep coming ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This week, Right to Information (RTI) documents obtained by the Tasmanian Greens show a series of emails between Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Southwood Fibre. The Greens also obtained the 500-page development application for the project. The development application has not yet been officially launched with the Huon Valley Council

06:00

Rail Link v Linage ... International report on the North East Rail Line ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Why has so much reliance been placed on the Railink report?  Here are six good reasons why it should be ignored

05:24

Healthcare has been reduced from needs to a choice of commodities "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Glen Davis

In the words of Margaret Thatcher; and you know, theres no such thing as society, and doesnt our contemporary world highlight this.

Over the last few decades capitalism has changed. Our leaders mirror Thatchers words. We are reduced to being in a market place, where were no longer people but customers. The sole nexus in human relationships is about cash exchange for personal gain.

With the introduction of the Purchaser-Provider split under the Kirner ALP Government in Victoria back in the 1990s, the market based approach to the provision of health care sped along. This accentuated the increased commodifying of all around us.

People using health services are no longer called patients, let alone people. Instead, theyre loaded with titles reflecting the primary relationship, where all aspects of healthcare are reduced to commodities to be purchased. Customer, Client, Consumer, are terms used to describe those purchasing these services.

Recent changes in how Aged Care services are funded, are a further deform to healthcare changes. Instead of older people accessing their supports through established health networks, theyre now informed they have choices of who can deliver their care. Bureaucrats under both the ALP and LNP governments shave sung the same tune re choice. Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum.

Like the pink batts episode, where dodgy small business operators saw easy access to bucket loads of dollars, a whole lot of new private providers promising the world popped up. These parasites know how to rort the dollars when they can. Older people are offered levels of care they cant actually afford, are promised fast tracking through the system that wont happen, being  targeted by these unscrupulous operators.

Renata Saleci speaks of the tyranny of choice, (rates of anxiety in Australia). It is estimated over two million Australians or 14.4 percent of us, suffer from anxiety, our most prevalent mental health disorder. She speaks of increased choice being a contributing factor to the levels of anxiety.

Renata speaks about the mantra of choice being a cause of discontent; about making a choice, then being dissatisfied it is the wrong choice. But how do we make a correct/better choice?

Age Care, all healthcare, is not simply a product you choose to buy. Its about being able to live our lives to the fullest. Isnt it time where we moved beyond a world of making vacuous choices to a world where our needs are the priority?

 

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03:06

Man dies after falling 300 meters from Australia's Sydney Tower 'skywalk' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One of Australia's most dizzying tourist attractions, the Sydney Tower, has been shut down after a man reportedly jumped to his death from the 305-meter skyscraper. Famed for its observation deck and skywalk tours, the Sydney Tower is the second tallest building of its kind in the southern hemisphere. According to Australia's Seven News, a man took his own life at the high-rise building on Sunday evening. Local police say the unidentified person "jumped" and investigators are not treating the incident as suspicious, reported The Australian.

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Sunday, 08 July

05:15

At What Date Do You Wish to See A Dystopian World, Or Your Children or Grandchildren Dead? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Lately, when there is discussion of climate change there are two conversations going on; one pushing the need for reliable energy sources,  and the other being in relation to climate change. Climate change has to a great extent been subsumed by discussions in relation to energy. But, the lack of water, breakdown of crops, and sea level rise will lead to the creation of a dystopian world creating refugees by the score. Reticulated water problems have already been experienced in California, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia etc, a recipe for community breakdown. Lack of water resources have been stated to be a background influence in the Arab Spring.  Sea level rise has already been experienced in a number of locations New York Times Opinion: Abnormally hot ... CTV News: Amid extreme heat, 33 die in Quebec

05:00

Woodchip proposal in southern Tasmanian raises questions over truck routes, forestry deals ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A draft development application for a woodchip export facility near Dover reveals there would be truck movements every five minutes between Judbury and Strathblane 10 hours a day, six days a week Vica Bayley, Wilderness Society: DA undermines the claim Dover Port will be plantation-based Revelations this week that the Dover woodchip port will be initially supplied from hardwood plantations confirms the analysis that the project would be heavily reliant on native forest woodchips and require the passage of significant volumes of trucks carrying plantations through Hobart and down the Southern Outlet. An analysis of 2014 data supplied by Forestry Tasmania and Private Forests Tasmania (below) demonstrates that the 800,000 tonne export target simply cannot be economically supplied without drawing on native forests and plantations east of Hobart. While the DA discusses truck movements between Southwood and the proposed port (many hundreds each day) if contains no transparency about the supply of logs to Southwood, including those that must come though the main streets of Hobart Jenny Weber: Conservationists halt logging in Tarkine Today in Hobart and Melbourne, peaceful demonstrations will be held at Premier Hodgmans and Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs offices after a successful protest camp in Tasmanias Tarkine rainforests has halted logging Vica Bayley: Lake Malbena comment reopens ... over school holidays and after parliament rises In what smacks of another cynical attempt to limit public engagement and transparency, the additional information pertaining to the federal referral and assessment of the controversial Lake Malbena tourism development has been made available for 10 days of public comment, across the school holidays and the day the Tasmanian Parliament rises. After being called-out for withholding important assessment information when first published, additional information was yesterday published on the Department of Environment website and the public now has a ten day window to make a submission

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Friday, 06 July

17:41

Conservationists halt logging in Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Today in Hobart and Melbourne, peaceful demonstrations will be held at Premier Hodgmans and Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs offices after a successful protest camp in Tasmanias Tarkine rainforests has halted logging.

HOBART 12:30 PM 11 PM, Executive Building, Murray St, Hobart

MELBOURNE 5 PM Minister Frydenbergs office, 695 Burke St, Camberwell

06:20

An Open Letter to Cassy OConnor, Rosalie Woodruff and Greens Party members ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

An Open Letter ... Dear Ms OConnor, Ms Woodruff and Tasmanian Greens Party members. Re: US Green Party leading in efforts to stop violence to women - why are the Tasmanian Greens lagging behind ?

06:10

Tony Mulder suspended from Liberal Party for running in Prosser "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A former MLC has been suspended from the Liberal Party after he ran as an independent candidate against the party in a recent upper house election

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Thursday, 05 July

20:13

Archbishop accused of free speech hypocrisy after priest silenced on marriage ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Archbishop Porteous only cares about free speech when he is the one talking. - Rodney Croome Martine Delaney: Tas gender law reform campaign to be launched tomorrow Martine Delaney: New group calls for overdue transgender law reforms

05:53

A critique of Noel Pearsons agenda and everything "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Last month, Leonard Colquhoun produced a short article on Noel Pearsons draft declaration: Three Stories that Make Australia ( http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php/article/noel-pearson-stories-from-the-heart-of-australia ). As one might expect from a man of Pearsons calibre, this narrative is both elegantly put and a politically astute document

Monday, 11 June

09:09

2030 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Im well aware of the fact that making predictions with actual dates on them is really taking a chance, but at least this one is a round number, so Id say +/- two or three years So what has prompted me to post this prediction?

Several sources in the know have published articles about Saudi arabia becoming a net importer of oil from 2030.. no its not a joke well it is a joke I guess, who will KSA be buying oil from? Regardless, a report by Citigroup has warned that Saudi Arabia could run out of oil to export by 2030, raising fears that oil prices may rise significantly in coming years. Never mind the price of oil, the price of petrol is currently the highest its ever been in Australia, (I recently paid almost $1.80/L on my way to Hobart Airport to pick up my better half) even though the price of oil was more than double todays in 2008 when the oil price of $147 triggered the financial crisis.

KSA consumes some 25% of its oil output domestically and oil accounts for about 50% of its electricity production..Saudi Arabia already has a higher per capita consumption of oil than most other industrialised nations, and that consumption is growing at a rate of 8% a year and is aiming to almost triple its power capacity by 2032 through new nuclear and solar instalations. But doubt has been cast on the nuclear plans, given problems of underinvestment (read growing debt bubble), safety fears over keeping reactors cool in the desert and the risk of cost overruns which have occurred on every single recent projects elsewhere. and besides KSA has no Uranium. This is turning out to be one of the best examples of the EXPORT LAND MODEL.
On top of its geological problems, KSA is deep in political turmoil, and may be on the verge of collapse, if not now, then some time between now and that fateful appointment with 2030.
I havent been posting much here lately, because theres a building boom happening on the farm, and a full report will go up soon, I hope.

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