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Wednesday, 12 September

02:40

New AUSTRAC boss Nicole Rose shocked by 'depth and breadth' of money laundering "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia's financial intelligence czar Nicole Rose says she is shocked at the depth of money laundering in the economy involving organised crime, child exploitation and drug importation. "I thought coming from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission that I had a pretty good handle on serious and organised crime," she [said]. "I didn't appreciate the depth and breadth of involvement with private entities and banks. I didn't appreciate how many industries it does actually touch. There's a misperception that money laundering is a victimless white collar crime. It has a massive impact on everyday life whether that's child exploitation, serious and organised crime or drug importation. It all involves money laundering." A career public servant specialising in anti-terrorism strategy, Ms Rose was appointed chief executive of the Australian Transactions Reports & Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) in November last year. Ms Rose, a former deputy head of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, inherited AUSTRAC's high stakes case against the Commonwealth Bank which is fighting almost 54,000 allegations that it broke anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws. While not commenting directly on the CBA case, Ms Rose said she was confident that all Australian banks are now aware of the money laundering risk. However, Ms Rose was uncertain when the $10,000 reporting threshold on cash transactions would be extended from financial institutions to other high-risk sectors.

Note: Explore an eye-opening article by Fiona Barnett, which claims the Watergate break in's real purpose was steal a list of high level political pedophiles from both parties. As reported in this Sydney Morning Herald article, Ms. Barnett testified to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on being a victim of a high level pedophile ring. More on this is available in this article from the UK's Daily Mail.

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Tuesday, 11 September

22:56

ABC News story on what happens when you hold in a fart. Seriously. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The ABC spends $1 Billion+ of your money every year. Apparently the staff decide how it'll be spent. Some genius at ABC News turned up to work yesterday and decided this question needed answering. In the news. Better an empty house than a bad tenant.

19:15

Beam me up. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

beams

After staring at my large 200200 mm beams drying in the shed for over two years, they were finally raised into position yesterday. It might only be three pieces of timber, but they are critical to the rest of the construction.

It took me well over a week to establish exactly how I would join the mammoth lumps of wood, even, as you might remember, going to the trouble of going to a workshop on how to make framing joins. The advice I received there was worth its weight in gold, and in truth, it wasnt that much more effort to make a tapered tenon rather than just a straight one. And Im stoked with the quality of the join, the gaps being no more than about 3mm I even oiled the internal join surfaces with linseed oil to protect the wood from the inevitable water ingress from the next rain event.

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14:58

Media Release 11/09 | REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE CONDEMNS LATEST FORCED DEPORTATIONS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Refugee Action Collective Victoria (RAC) has condemned the Immigration Departments attempt to forcibly deport of over a dozen refugees last night and called on refugee supporters to mobilise against deportations. According to Aran Mylvaganam of the Tamil Refugee Council, most of the men are Tamil refugees who had had been held in detention centres(...)

14:57

Tamil Refugee Council Media Release 10/09 | MEDICAL REPORT: DETENTION MAKING BILOELA CHILDREN SICK "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned the ongoing detention of a Tamil family removed earlier this year from their home in Biloela, central Queensland, after a new medical report noted emerging behavioural problems in the children. The family Priya, Nades and their infant daughters Kopiga, 3, and Tharnicca (Dharuniga), 14 months has been(...)

13:50

Independent investigation exonerates Greens MP "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Exonerated: Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham Photo David Lowe.

An independent investigation has cleared Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham of any wrongdoing after a complaint was lodged in May 2018 alleging inappropriate behaviour dating back to August 2011.

While saying he was glad the day has finally arrived, Mr Buckingham launched a broadside against the complainant, former Greens staffer Ella Buckland, and the ABC which he said aired her views without giving him the opportunity to rebut them.

The recommendation by the independent investigator at Workdynamic recommends, The Greens NSW resolve this matter with no adverse finding against you with respect to sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour towards Ms Buckland.

Ms Buckland made her allegations public on the ABCs 7:30 program before the confidential investigation had been finalised.

Jeremy Buckingham said it had been incredibly difficult and damaging to have these false allegations made public and used by certain people to try to destroy me.

Having false allegations aired on national television is incredibly distressing and a very serious breach of investigation process. Allegations of this nature should be handled confidentially and sensitively and not be used for a trial by media.

The politicisation and breach of confidentiality of these processes makes it less likely that people with genuine complaints will come forward.

If you abuse a complaints process then people lose faith in it, he said.

The people who politicise complaints for political gain should be ashamed. They trade important principles of justice for base political manoeuvring and for personal political advantage.

Mr Buckingham said he had lodged a comprehensive complaint against the ABC 7:30 program alleging extreme bias and multiple, serious breaches of the ABC Code of Practice and MEAA Code of Ethics.

I am pursing a number of civil actions to seek justice and restore my reputation.

Id like to thank everyone who did not...

13:25

MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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11:11

Conjuring Up the Next Depression "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Chris Hedges

During the financial crisis of 2008, the worlds central banks, including the Federal Reserve, injected trillions of dollars of fabricated money into the global financial system. This fabricated money has created a worldwide debt of $325 trillion, more than three times global GDP. The fabricated money was hoarded by banks and corporations, loaned by banks at predatory interest rates, used to service interest on unpayable debt or spent buying back stock, providing millions in compensation for elites. The fabricated money was not invested in the real economy. Products were not manufactured and sold. Workers were not reinstated into the middle class with sustainable incomes, benefits and pensions. Infrastructure projects were not undertaken. The fabricated money reinflated massive financial bubbles built on debt and papered over a fatally diseased financial system destined for collapse.

What will trigger the next crash? The $13.2 trillion in unsustainable U.S. household debt? The $1.5 trillion in unsustainable student debt? The billions Wall Street has invested in a fracking industry that...

09:36

"If You Have Come To Help Me...." "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 "If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. 
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, 
then let us work together."
- 1970s Aboriginal activists group, Queensland

09:30

FixedIt: alleged sexual assault is not the same as being kissed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The ABC reported that a Sydney man was charged with stalk/intimidate with the intent to cause fear, trespass and common assault after he allegedly broke into the ABC Sydney studios, grabbed and assaulted presenter Genevieve Fricker.

Kissing someone can be romantic, passionate, affectionate, sexual and loving. Assaulting someone is none of those things and is in fact a crime. These are not words that can be used interchangeably.

Its both abhorrent  and inaccurate when news outlets describe an alleged assault using language that indicates romance, but its even more staggering when they do it about one of their own staff members. Genevieve Fricker is not alleging the man kissed her, she is alleging that he assaulted her and she should at the very least be able to rely on her employer to understand her allegations as a claim of violence.

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06:27

Superb Fairy-wren at Wyaralong Dam. Mt Joyce Recreation Area reported by John Price on 07-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This wren appears to have 4 eyes? (Moderators note: on closer inspection the second eye is the rear end of a tick)

02:58

Perfectly Healthy Man Dies After Flu Shot, Doctors Admit To Covering It Up "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

39-year-old Lindsey Day is said to have been perfectly fit and healthy just before he received immunizations for the flu and whooping cough. Just three days following the vaccines, the Sydney man passed away. The family is blaming the vaccines on his death and considering legal action.

Day was given the vaccines as a prep for his stepdaughters baby arrival. As is common practice, doctors recommend that all adults receive both a whooping cough and flu vaccine before handling a newborn baby.

According to the autopsy obtained by 9news, Day began experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccines on April 28. He took cold and flu tablets to treat his symptoms.

However, Days condition rapidly deteriorated over the course of the next two days. On day 3, Day attempted to go to work, but returned to his house and told his partner Vanessa that he was too sick to drive his car. Seconds later, Day experienced a seizure and stopped breathing.

After being rushed to the ER by paramedics, Day was pronounced dead.

The autopsy claims Day died from acute respiratory distress syndrome, or possibly, acute interstitial pneumonia.

Sarah Amituanai, who is the sister of Days partner, Vanessa, said that the entire family is baffled by the circumstances surrounding Days death. She even claims doctors have admitted to her that the vaccines caused Days death but none will ever admit to it.

Lindsey was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. He was just really active. Always doing his lawns, he even did my lawns.

He was a hard worker and just a typical Aussie. He loved life, to have a few beers on....

01:55

Starfish-Killing Drone Could Protect Coral Reefs "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Robot drone could protect Great Barrier Reef by killing crown-of-thorns starfish

An underwater drone that can keep watch over the Great Barrier Reef's health and kill invading species is ready to be put to the test.

Researchers from Queensland University of Technology say their robot reef protector can monitor coral bleaching, water quality, pest species, pollution and sediment buildup. It has also been trained to detect crown-of-thorns starfish with 99% accuracy and can inject the coral-eating starfish with vinegar or bile salts, both deadly to the invasive predator.

Professor Matthew Dunbabin said RangerBot was not only autonomous but could also stay under water three times longer than a human diver and operate in all weather conditions. "It's an impressive piece of technology, [it's] also deliberately low cost to allow production to be scaled up once the next level of operational testing is completed and all the necessary approvals are in place," he said on Friday.

Dunbabin said the team hoped to eventually launch the drones up the length of the 2,300-kilometre long reef.

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Monday, 10 September

21:01

Brisbane median house price rises to $673,000 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Brisbane closes the gap

The ratio of Sydney to Brisbane house prices recently came off a record high of 2.2, depending upon your preferred data source.

As this cycle progresses it wouldn't be surprising to see that ratio close back towards 1.

The REIQ reported today that Brisbane's median house increased by 0.9 per cent over the quarter and 2 per cent over the past year to $673,000.

That's the highest ever figure for Brisbane.

Brisbane's median house price has increased by just over 20 per cent over the past five years.

The figure for the Brisbane LGA was closer to 30 per cent. 

The median unit price increased by a somewhat slower 1.4 per cent over the most recent 12-month period to $405,000. 

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20:28

Brian C Houston of Hillsong on Instagram: I loved havi g breakfast with Savannah this morning and being at @hillsong_oc ..But Im so excited to be back in beautiful Sydney this week. We LOVE our Aussie church. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

POPE BRIAN HOUSTON OF HELL666$$$ONG: I loved havi g breakfast with Savannah this morning and being at @hillsong_oc ..But Im so excited to be back in beautiful Sydney this week. We LOVE our Aussie church.

I loved havi g breakfast with Savannah this morning and being at @hillsong_oc ..But Im so excited to be back in beautiful Sydney this week. We LOVE our Aussie church.
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18:56

Barn Owl at Minnippi Parklands reported by Stuart Pickering on 10-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1 near southern car-park, bird was constantly harassed by Miners & Butcherbirds. First site record, poor record shot attached

18:08

Liberals loss of Wagga Wagga will have nationwide repercussions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The massive swing against the Liberals in the Wagga Wagga by election is much more than a loss for the New South Wales government of Gladys Berejiklian. It has been clear rebuff of vote the federal Coalitions direction and leadership of Scott Morrison.

Having this occur in a seat that has not changed hands for more than 60 years is telling. It shows how widespread the dissatisfaction has become. A swing in the vote of some 30 percent is highly significant. So much so that it will have national implications.

This is a seat where a significant part has connection to the military and is traditionally died in the wool pro-Liberal. Not any more. Across thew board, locals see that their concerns have been ignored for far too long, and when the local member was found to be corrupt, it was the last straw.

Local factors were Important.  But they do not account for the size of the swing. If anything, even remotely like this is repeated throughout Australia, the Coalition is going to be decimated.

A state election is due in six months in New South Wales and a national election next year. Victoria Faces one this year. The coalition could not be in a  much worse place than this.

Independent, Dr Joe McGirr, is set to take the seat, unless preferences from the Fishers and Farmers Party, hand it over to Labor. As the counting continues however, this is becoming less likely.

New south Wales premier Berejiklian has berated her federal colleagues over the loss. Sher misses the point. All of them are part of the problem.

This nightmare for Scott Morrison is the result of a long-term decay, brought about by the pursuing of neoliberal economic and social policy, and the resulting dissatisfaction it has caused. The big picture is that the shift from trusting politicians, the traditional party system and institutions is continuing.

Currently, the Liberal and National parties are receiving the main blow. Australians are looking for new answers, and this political force is causing internal party divisions and warring factionalism.

Part of the fallout has been the emergence of maverick parties. Another part is that Labor and the Greens have been handed an historic opportunity to capture the mood and offer a new course. T

Whatever happens at the coming elections, there will be no return to the politics of the past.

People from all walks of life are paying the price for the damage of an unfair economic system, robbing those less fortunate to line the pockets of those at the top of the pile. It affects those depending on wages, those thrown into dependency on Centrelink, Indigenous Australians, small business owners and many of those trying to make a living in this....

16:15

Australian State Pilot Puts Driver's Licenses on a Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia's New South Wales government is turning to blockchain for a state-wide test of a driver license digitization program slated for November.

13:58

ETHIOPIA PART C Lake Langano and the Rift Valley "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Black-winged Lovebird

Following our visit to Awash National Park (see following post) we continued south to the very nice Harro Langano lodge on the south-east shore of Lake Langano for a two-night stay. Early the first morning we saw a pair of Yellow-fronted Parrots in the tall fig trees outside the lodge restaurant.

Yellow-fronted Parrot
We headed around to the west shore of the lake to check out the compound of the largely disbanded Simbo Lodge. Here were loads of excellent birds including Gymnogene, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Rufous Chatterer, Red-necked Wryneck, Bare-faced Go-Away-Bird and White-bellied Go-Away-Bird.
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13:35

Dr Joe McGirr, independent and supporter of climate action, is set to win Wagga Wagga by-election "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wagga Wagga by-election: Antony Green calls it for Dr Joe McGirr ABC News , By Nick Sas and Jennine Khalik  9 Sept 18, ABC election analyst Antony Green has called the Wagga Wagga by-election for independent candidate Dr Joe McGirr.

Speaking on ABC News on Sunday night, Green said he felt safe calling Saturdays by-election, slightly more than 24 hours after the polls closed.

He is a certain winner, Green said.

The race for the seat, which had been vacated by disgraced Liberal MP Daryl Maguire, became a two-man battle between Labors Dan Hayes and Dr McGirr after the Liberals were hit with a 29 per cent swing against them..

Dr McGirr, a medical doctor and academic at the University of Notre Dame Australia, has lived in central Wagga since 1991 and only decided to run for the seat three weeks agohttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-09/antony-green-calls-by-election-for-joe-mcgirr/10219584

13:23

My Time on The Bachelor India "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My name is Nirvana. I am 26 years old, and I am here to find the love of my life.

This is a sentence I never in my craziest nightmares thought I would say, but then I found myself on The Bachelor India. Shit.

After graduating from uni four years ago, I was stuck in a job that I despised. I had studied accounting because employment was secure, and I needed a way to fund my MDMA habit.

When I first started working at a swanky corporate firm, I dreamt of drinking martinis every evening surrounded by sexy men in crisp suits, laughing obnoxiously as we looked down at the peasants in the bar from our VIP lounge.

The reality was a bit different. I clung to any form of distraction from my horrid job. Two workplace booty-calls made Mondays ten times worse. I found myself in the darkest holes of YouTube, watching humans breast-feeding baby animals and a seven-part series about how Facebook was part of the Illuminati. I took regular breaks to cry or masturbate in the bathroom.

The last straw came right before Christmas 2017. I had been working at the firm so long I scoffed at young people and their dreams. My VIP martini days turned into drinking straight gin in dark alleyways. My hair started to fall out.

I was frantically trying to cover up how far behind I was on deadlines due to my unhealthy YouTube habit. On the morning of 21st December, as I sat sweating at my desk at 9:30am, coming down from being up for 24 hours straight on the weekend, I lost the plot. I tore off my silk Zara blouse, and went on a profound rant.

Dont you robots see how the system is eating our souls! We all hate each other and this fucking place! What are we doing? Waiting to die? I cant live like this anymore!

Thats what I said in my head. In reality, I just quit my job by email, and returned the faulty shirt to Zara.

I knew I had to take a long hard look at myself.  After a week of heavy partying I sat down to reflect on how I could end my quarter-life crisis and change my life. Sure, I lived in the most liveable city on planet Earth and had the money and freedom to do whatever I liked, but I was in such a dark place.

As I watched Eat Pray Love the answer came to me like how I imagine Beyonce would tell me that I slay at life. I knew my salvation would come if I moved to India and became yet anoth...

12:56

September 9 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World: Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit Organised by New York-based group 350.org, environmentalists held protests around the world demanding stepped up action on climate change, ahead of a summit in California. Thousands took part in Paris, days after Frances environment minister quit over perceived policy failures. [BBC] Dirty Reality Catching []

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11:18

Channel-billed Cuckoo at Gold's Scrub Lane (Lake Samsonvale) reported by Marie Tarrant on 10-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I heard the first raucous call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo for the summer this morning around Lake Samsonvale.

11:11

Australia's Home Affairs minister in office unlawfully? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

From the article of  9 Sep 2018 by  theage.com.au of the headline:

Labor push to refer Peter Dutton to High Court


Labor will attempt to refer Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to the High Court when Parliament resumes this week with new legal advice suggesting he faces constitutional difficulties on not one but two fronts.

Constitutional experts have previously raised questions about Mr Dutton's eligibility under section 44 because of a childcare centre run by Mr Dutton's wife. Mr Dutton is a beneficiary of the family trust that runs the centre.

But fresh legal advice by Matthew Collins and Siobhan Kelly suggests the thousands of decisions Mr Dutton made as minister from October 2016 onwards could be subject to legal challenge because of the questions surrounding his eligibility.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton during question time last month.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The legal advice, which was commissioned by the Labor Party, says "Mr Dutton's eligibility to sit as a member of the House of Representatives in the current Parliament has not been determined."

"Until those questions are authoritatively determined, the validity of every decision made by Dutton pursuant to the exercise of a power conferred on him as a Minister of State, and by his delegates, after 19 October 2016 will be attended with uncertainty....It seems to us that, while the present uncertainty subsists, further challenges are all but inevitable."

Melbourne's Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, confirmed to Fairfax Media last month that it was considering a legal challenge on behalf of its clients.

"This advice shows just how big the risk Scott Morrison is taking by keeping Peter Dutton in place as Home Affairs Minister while his eligibility is in doubt. If Mr Dutton is declared ineligible, thousands of decisions he has made as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection should be open to challenge and the entire immigration system could be thrown into chaos," Labor's attorney-general spokesman, Mark Dreyfus, told Fairfax Media.

"The decisions open to challenge could include deportation of criminals convicted of serious crimes. Is Mr Morrison really willing to take this risk? He has no choice - he must refer Mr Dutton to the High Court t...

10:15

Nigel Farage, Melbourne, Australia! Pts 1& 2 (Videos) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Nigel Farage, Melbourne, Australia! Pts 1& 2 Videos Part 1 Part 2

The post Nigel Farage, Melbourne, Australia! Pts 1& 2 (Videos) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

08:48

From savage attack on child to assaulting, abusing women "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A 22-year-old man who threatened to bash his girlfriend to death with a car jack once attacked a child half his age so savagely the...

08:45

Overworked Aussie Helpers chief admitted to hospital "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

AUSSIE HELPERS founder Brian Egan has been hospitalised because of overwork, his daughter has confirmed. Hes just worked himself into the ground, said Sam Price,...

06:51

06:03

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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05:14

Severe storm brings Sydney's wettest day in 2 years, flash flooding, traffic chaos and 1 000 lightning strikes per hour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A cold front swept through parts of Australia's New South Wales on Friday afternoon (local time), September 7, 2018, producing severe thunderstorms with 1 000 lightning strikes per hour and dropping heavy rain and a lot of hail. For parts of Sydney, it was the...... Read more

04:20

ETHIOPIA PART B Gelada Baboons to Awash National Park "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



Gelada male
Following our twitch of the restricted Ethiopian endemic, the Ankober Serin (see following post) at Gemessa Gebel, we chanced upon three fair-sized troops of Gelada Baboons on the edge of juniper forest near the cliff edges. This species, endemic to the Ethiopian highlands, has long been high on my wish-list. We watched them for some time, noting that they seemed largely unconcerned by us but quickly scurried off into the forest when herdsmen with goats appeared.

Gelada family group
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04:00

Dear politicians, get your heads out of the coal pit and into the real world | Peter Holding "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As farmers we're dealing with increasingly extreme weather as a result of global warming. We need meaningful action nowAs a third-generation farmer from Harden in New South Wales, I've weathered climate extremes my whole life. It's simply part of doing business in one of the most variable climates in the world.The truth is, Australian farmers are good at what they do, and we know when things are changing. Related: The land falls silent: Australian farmers battle life without rain Related: [...]

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Sunday, 09 September

22:53

If Chinas on the rise, why do many want out? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

For 33-year old Shanghai-resident Lucy Lu, it is her childrens education thats driving her towards Australia.
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Key points:
A recent vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents in China to express a lack of faith in the countrys inoculations
The Chinese Yuan has depreciated 6 per cent since June
Residents are only allowed to move more than $US50,000 out of the country each year
I feel Chinese education doesnt let people breathe. The pressure is huge, she said.

The mother of two, along with her husband, have employed a migration lawyer to plan a move to Australia, possibly to Melbourne.

They are attracted by the good environment, the more laid-back school culture and they have a relative who has lived in Australia for 20 years.

Lucy Ly sits next to her husband, who wears glasses. Two young children sit, one on each of their laps. 

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PHOTO: Shanghai resident Lucy Lu and her family are considering moving to Australia. (Supplied: Lucy Lu)

But they are also seeking respite from a country where tremendous economic progress has not always meant improvements in other areas.

Even though Chinas economy is very good, there are other aspects where we feel the flaws and holes are still quite large, Ms Lu said.

Ms Lu cites the hyper-competitive education system known for rote-learning rather than encouraging critical thinking and air pollution as her major concerns.

But in recent months, a vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents across China to express a profound lack of faith in the ability of authorities to ensure their children receive safe inoculations.

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21:18

888 Meaning The Secrets "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Triple number symbolic signs. Do you keep seeing 888 ever wondered its significance? The 888 meaning both spiritual and metaphysical.

The post 888 Meaning The Secrets appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

20:49

AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Calls into Mackay Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Friday 7 September, AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was spotted on the ground at Mackay Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Bankstown via Cessnock in New South Wales. 


After spending a couple of hours on the ground, VH-NEQ returned South to Maitland before heading back to Bankstown.

VH-NEQ usually calls into CQ Airports operating medical evacuation flights but on this occasion it was heard using its registration as its callsign suggesting it may have been operating a training or closed charter flight.

Meanwhile, over the course of Friday 7 September and Thursday 6 September, a corporate turboprop in the form of Edwards Coaches Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-OXY was noted visiting several CQ Airports (amongst other places).  On Thursday, it called into Emerald Airport from Cobar and Bankstown in New South Wales before departing to Biloela / Thangool Airport, Baryulgil and then the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.  Then on Friday, VH-OXY reversed its journey except it departed Emerald Airport for Roma Airport before it ended a busy few days of flying back at its Armidale base.

Finally, before dawn on Thursday 6 September, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ once again, calling into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.

Photo taken by 'JM' 

20:23

Wagga Wagga By-Election "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Ham (Lib) vs Hayes (Labor) vs McGirr (IND)
The Liberals have lost the seat, in all probability to Joe McGirr (IND)

A very interesting three-cornered state by-election tonight in Wagga Wagga (NSW) where the Liberals are trying to defend a 12.9% margin over Labor, but also to hold off an independent.  Obviously, federal carnage is a factor.  Seat polling has suggested the Liberal primary vote has collapsed to the point that the independent Joe McGirr or perhaps Labor could win.  This hastily erected thread will follow counting and post-count developments.  Refresh for updates.  Latest at the top (I've flipped that to make it easier.)
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Sunday

8:00 Enrolment and Absent votes were added cutting McGirr's primary lead to 52.

12:20 The addition of 1089 postals has seen McGirr's lead cut to 98 votes, so there must be some prospect Ham will finish first on primaries after the remaining postals are added.  I don't know how many more might be received.

The loss of a "safe" rural seat to an independent is nothing too unusual and shouldn't be treated as too much of a sensation alone.  What would be concerning is that the Liberals have also almost certainly lost the 2PP count to Labor, meaning that Labor might have won the seat without McGirr.  And if the Liberals fail to make the final two, that would be a very unusual result.  I have only been able to find a few precedents for this at state level from by-elections for which results are readily available, but full results of state by-elections are hard to track down online.

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11:07 The prepolls are up and we have McGirr on 11,450 (25.6%), Ham on 11,207 (25.06%), Hayes on 10,642 (23.79%).  So Labor will be third on primaries since they won't catch up on postals, but that doesn't mean they will stay third after preferences, as Ham must still be at serious risk of falling to third after preferences should the Shooters card hold to Labor to any degree.   The Liberals have clearly lost.  Hayes can still beat McGirr if the Shooters and Greens preferences flow more strongly to Labor than the Funnell preferences flow to McGirr (this is unlikely, a lot of Shooters voters will baulk at preferencing Labor).  However even if Hayes can get rough parity with McGirr after preferences of minor candidates, it is still implausible that Liberal preferences will break evenly between Labor and the independent.  So I think Labor's chance here is verging on unrealistic.

10:32 Antony Green reports he's been given some scrutineering numbers: "Just leaked some scrutineer numbers, Wagga pre-poll will boost McGirr in lead, Libs still second and Labor drops ba...

20:16

Also Completing Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Australian Army MRH-90 A40-009 & RAAF Super King Air A32-426 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A little earlier in the day, also on Wednesday 5 September, another pair of Australian Defence Force (ADF) aircraft were also spotted visiting or completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport.


Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 is pictured above arriving into Rocky from Brisbane as "Destrier 119".  After taking on fuel, it continued to Townsville.

While Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-426 "Beaufort 76" was noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport, looking to fly up from (or around) Tamworth and then continuing further North towards Mackay.

A32-426 "Beaufort 76" was also noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 4 September with it coming down from the North and then flying onward to the Sunshine Coast.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

20:07

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-001 Airwork at Rockhampton Airport as "Preacher 10" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Wednesday 5 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it completed airwork at Rockhampton Airport.





A30-001 had earlier flown North via an inland route and came down to Rockhampton where it completed two low-level missed approach and overshoots.

12:22

Tasmanian Senate Major Party Preselections "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tasmanian major party (Labor and Liberal) Senate preselections are expected to be announced on Saturday 8 September.  I will be posting the results when I know them, and discussion of such voting details as emerge, but I will be out on a field trip for some of Saturday, and I don't yet know at what time the news will be revealed.  For starters then, this post looks at what different Senate placements for some of the candidates would mean.  It will be expanded to cover all relevant aspects of the preselections that emerge.

Before I get any further, I would like to say this: media should not denote any spot on the Tasmanian Senate ballot as "unwinnable".  Unwinnable, obviously, means it is impossible to win.  Lisa Singh was dumped to a so-called "unwinnable" spot in 2016, and won, as a result of below the line votes.  Clearly then her spot was not unwinnable!   It's embarrasing to hear intelligent journalists say stuff like "Lisa Singh was elected from an unwinnable position".   An acceptable alternative to "unwinnable position" is "position winnable only through below the line voting".  This description applies to all positions below 3 for either major party.

For the 2016 Senate election Labor dumped incumbent Lisa Singh to fourth as a result of a member/union/delegate ballot conducted according to a misconfigured implementation of the Hare-Clark system (see more here). This became sixth when a double dissolution was called.  Singh famously polled most of a quota on primary votes (6.12%), fifth-on-the-ticket John Short was eliminated, and Singh went on to reach her quota on below the line votes only (just) and even crossed the line just ahead of the fourth ALP candidate Catryna Bilyk.

On the Liberal side, ballots are conducted by sequential individual ballots of preselectors for each position.  In this process, moderate Richard Colbeck was demoted to fifth, partly as a result of new candidate Jonathan Duniam managing to win the third spot.  Colbeck also attracted a below-the-line campaign and managed just over half a quota below the line (3.97%).  After the initial eight surpluses, Colbeck was running tenth in the distribution of preferences.  However, he (like Singh) could only receive below-the-line preferences while his ticketmate David Bushby was still in the count.  As a result he moved slowly on preferences and was overtaken by Bushby, Labor's Catryna Bilyk, the Greens' Nick McKim and One Nation's Kate McCulloch.  He therefore finished 14th.  Colbeck got his seat back when Liberal #2 Stephen Parry was disqualified from the Senate, and is now again in the outer ministry.
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07:43

How parasitic is South Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

AND HOW LONG CAN IT LAST?

At 6 this morning there was a lot of wind around in SE Australia accounting for 14% of a low point of demand (16GW). Even the turbines at Woolnorth in Tasmania were generating over .1GW and the price was -$64. In SA the price was -$27.

At 7 the situation was unusual with Victoria generating more than the demand (0.5GW from Wind) so they were exporting to Tasmania (normally an exporter) where the hdro was turned down to about half the 1G demand. Momentarily the price in Victoria was down to -$107 (soon moving to -65) while Tasmania was steady near 60 and SA with 1G of wind was $0.00.

The point is to address the claim by our friends at Renew Economy that South Australia is still moving in the right direction under the new Liberal administration and showing the way to the future.

Indeed, the Steven Marshall-led Liberal government actually appears excited by the fact that the state will, according to AEMOs Integrated System Plan, based on current policies and building intentions, reach around 73 per cent renewables by 2020, and 100 per cent by 2025.

(The term 100 per cent renewables means generating the equivalent of its demand from wind and solar. It will, of course, remain connected to the rest of the grid, which means sometimes it will import power from other states, although mostly it will export).

The question is how much of the time does SA depend on coal-fired power in Queensland, via connectors between the states in between?.
This is not a rhetorical question, I just want to know the answer. SA has the luxury of connecting to reliable power in other states. How long will the supply in other states be reliable when they have more of the unreliable power that is coming on stream at a great rate over the next year or three?

Pursuing the crowdsourcing of research path, is there a Cat who can direct us to the single best source of information on Solar and Wind projects in each state at various stages from planning to approval and construction and recent projects on line? It is a volatile situation of course and there is information scattered all over the place.

The supply and demand situation has changed again of course, in case people want to check.

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Saturday, 08 September

14:12

Global Day of Action for Climate - Hobart Event "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Joining the Global Day of Action for Climate in Hobart this morning, market-goers were shown where the sea may be.

Sea levels have risen 20 centimetres around the world since 1900, due to global warming due to burning coal, oil and gas and the destruction of forests.

This sea levels rise presents a massive battering ram against coastlines whenever there is a storm. For years now, scientific assessments have shown the extensive erosion of Tasmanias coastlines as a result.

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Friday, 07 September

23:32

WA turns the corner "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Housing finance up...a bit

There was a moderate 0.4 per cent increase in both the seasonally adjusted number of commitments and the total value of housing finance in July 2018, with $31.4 billion of mortgages committed. 

Looking through the noise the smoothed trend figures show investment loans down by 17 per cent from a year earlier as credit has become noticeably harder to access for the purchase of rentals. 


The monthly rebound in the number of home loan commitments was driven by Western Australia and Queensland, with Tasmania and the ACT the only jurisdictions to record a solid year-on-year increase in activity. 


Despite the talk of a 'credit crunch' the average loan size has increased over the past year both for first homebuyers and for non-first homebuyers, with the upgrader market looking likely to be the strongest performing sector.  


The wrap

Overall, a slightly stronger result in July than for J...

11:38

Muddled Morrison's whale plan 'an insult' - Brown "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

PM Morrison has told his new Environment Minister she will not be representing Australia at the crucial International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil next week. Instead, he is sending lowly Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific. So Australia is sending a non-cabinet assistant minister, who has nothing to do with protecting the environment, to a vital meeting in which Japan, which has the chair, hopes to upend the global moratorium on commercial whaling. This is an insult to every Australian voter concerned about the protection of our whales, Brown said.

00:00

'Jatz' - Vulnerable Southern Myotis "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Jatz is a juvenile Australian fishing bat, otherwise known as the vulnerable Southern Myotis.

Myotis fishing bat-JatzShes a fluffy, salt-and-pepper coloured 10 gram microbat who skims waterways, using her extra-long toes to catch small fish and insects for food.

Jatz came into the care of WIRES in late March after crash-landing on a boat in the remote America Bay at Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Were not sure what Jatzs story is, but we do know she was found lying in a tangle of ropes on the boat, very underweight and in poor condition.

The couple who found her put her into an empty Jatz biscuit box (hence her name) to keep her contained, then rang WIRES.

Because the America Bay area is inaccessible to cars, Marine Rescue sent a boat to pick Jatz up and take her to Cottage Point, where she was handed over to a WIRES rescuer.

After being assessed for injuries, Jatz was sent down to the microbat aviary in Goulburn for rehabilitation and eventually, flight time.

Myotis are a difficult species to care for as they are vulnerable to stress and have highly specialised dietary needs.

Fortunately, Jatz adapted to the aviary surroundings reasonably quickly.

She put on weight, regained condition and after a couple weeks, began to fly well enough to consider release.

The carers set a target date in late April and began phoning anyone they could think of who might have a boat who may be willing to help get Jatz home.

Thankfully, the local Cottage Point publican offered his services.

Two days before release she was driven to Sydney, but poor weather and transport difficulties caused the plan to be postponed.

Worse, because of the stress of a changed environment, Jatz refused to eat.

There was no way they could release a bat that hadnt eaten for a couple of days, so a vaccinated carer drove up to Sydney and took her to Windellama where she returned to her previous routine of eating, flying and sleeping.

Weather charts were studied her release was rescheduled for four days later.

And then, the night before she was due to go home, the temperatures unexpectedly dipped again.

Given that the warm spell is over, her carers have given up on any thoughts of a pre-winter release as the odds of her surviving in the wild when temperatures and insect loads are falling are not good.

So, all fingers crossed that Jatz, the adventurous little bat on a boat, will make it safely through the colder months until spring! 

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Thursday, 06 September

11:45

Health Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis In Australia 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

New findings from a landmark research report show that while the number of Australians living with multiple sclerosis (MS) continues to rise now at 25,600 the course of the disease is shifting with more people able to stay in work and needing less care and support as a result of changes in treatment strategies.

On the other hand, costs for people living with more advanced MS are incredibly high, more than triple per person compared to those with milder disease (from $30,561 for people with no disability to $114,813 for people with severe disability). The quality of life impact for people living with severe disability is comparable to, or even lower than that reported for terminal metastatic cancer, chronic kidney disease and severe heart disease.

The Health Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis in Australia 2017 report, commissioned by MS Research Australia and prepared by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, is the first in nearly eight years to provide a comprehensive landscape analysis of MS in Australia. It shows how many Australians are now living with MS, the costs of the disease from an individual and societal perspective, and the quality of life indices for individuals living with MS.

Health Economic Impact of MS in Australia in 2017 Report

Health Economic Impact of MS in Australia in 2017 Report Executive Summary

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