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Saturday, 18 August

17:03

Child abuse, Roman Catholic ecclesiastical law not working "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Pope Francis I and child abuse survivor Peter Saunders when he joined papal commission in 2014

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Although the Roman Catholic Church has its own legal system, it is unsuitable to prosecute suspects of sexual violence, says Peter Saunders. He was one of the two victims of abuse who took part in the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, set up by Pope Francis.

Last year he and the other victim resigned, partly because they got obstruction from the Vatican. Ecclesiastical courts do not take the victims into account, and if they come to a conviction, then they impose far too light penalties, eg, a life of repentance, says Saunders. A prison term is not an option.

In Pennsylvania, for the first time in history, from outside the church the seriousness and extent of ecclesiastical abuse has been established in a United States American state. It is only one of the fifty states, but it is a beginning.

Soon, the powerful cardinal George Pell will also have to stand trial in Melbourne. Recently, the Australian was the number three man in the Vatican, and he seemed untouchable.

Many Chilean clergy are accused of absuse and the covering....

17:01

16:36

W&J leaders call on Qld Govt not to extinguish native title "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MEDIA RELEASE

18 August 2018

 

Traditional Owners vow to continue to defend their land rights against Adani

~ W&J leaders say appeal pending against court decision favouring Adanis land grab

~ Request no action from Queensland Government on extinguishment of native title

~ Senior Counsel advice says the State not obliged to wipe out land title

~ Appeal to UN for urgent action on failure of Australian law to protect the right to free prior informed consent

~ Adani ILUA proves Native Title system needs major reform

 

In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA,  Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely confirms the limitations of the na...

16:00

The Weekend Quiz August 18-19, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

Only one of the following propositions is possible (with all balances expressed as a per cent of GDP):

  • A nation can run an external deficit and equal government surplus while the private domestic sector is saving overall.
  • A nation can run an external deficit and equal government surplus while the private domestic sector is dissaving overall.
  • A nation can run an external deficit and a larger government surplus while the private domestic sector is saving overall.
  • None of the above are possible as they all defy the sectoral balances accounting identity.

The best answer is the second option A nation can run an external deficit and equal government surplus while the private domestic sector is dis-saving overall.

This is a question about the sectoral balances the government fiscal balance, the external balance and the private domestic balance that have to always add to zero because they are derived as an accounting identity from the national accounts.

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as...

15:13

Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM Back at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 16 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was back at Rockhampton Airport, touching down from the Sunshine Coast.  It had flown down there from Rocky on Tuesday 14 August - as posted below.

VH-KXM at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

After spending the night, VH-KXM was noted departing Rockhampton Airport for the Toowoomba-West Wellcamp Airport before it flew back to the Sunshine Coast.  It then flew North to Cairns and Vanrook Station before returning to Cairns.

And just to complete the 'deja-vu' of our BLog post below, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ once again this week, completing yet another medical evacuation flight out of Mackay Airport.  Early on Friday 17 August, it flew down from Townsville and then departed to Brisbane.

Finally, on Thursday 16 August, the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was noted departing Mackay Airport for Brisbane.

Photo taken by IAD  

15:06

That'd do me for attempted murder "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A police officer on a motorcycle had a lucky escape yesterday after a motorist allegedly deliberately swerved into his path at Harlaxton before driving away at high speed. https://t.co/JMw5LIQoSA pic.twitter.com/QhLdqooX02 Queensland Police (@QldPolice) August 18, 2018

13:08

The glass very full "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On HODL...

A double-shot Friday, with speeches from both Reserve Bank Governor Lowe and Assistant Governor Luci Ellis.

Lowe's speech effectively confirmed that the inflation target is asymmetric.

Although 'committed' to the 2 to 3 per cent inflation target, the next move in interest rates will be up, he noted, even though inflation is yet again set to fall below the target.

As energy and fuel price pressures ease the rate of inflation will likely drop over the second half of the year.

That's good to the extent that it eases pressure on household budgets, of course.

But, in the spirit of Mr. Micawber, it is hoped that eventually inflation will pick up again.

Amazon might have something to say about that as retail price deflation again rears its head.

Rates on hold

Whether you agree or otherwise, at least it's been made clear: the cash rate is going to be set at 1.5 per cent for a long time!

Probably a very long time.

Lowe also delivered an interesting interpretation of housing credit dynamics, noting that the slowing of the housing market had reduced demand for credit by investors, in doing so citing low mortgage rates as evidence that the reduced supply of credit has not been the main story.

The plural of anecdote is not data, but that's not quite the feedback we've been getting from mortgage brokers. 

Semantics, maybe, given the reflexive nature of such things.

Luci on lags

Assistant Governor Ellis also presented an interesting speech on lags, showing how the unemployment rate has been improving (if not very much for the long term unemployed).
...

11:24

A Pair of RAAF British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 Jets Heard Flying Around Fraser Coast "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

During the afternoon on Monday 13 August, a pair of  Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 jet training aircraft were heard flying around the Fraser Coast region and specifically Maryborough.

A pair of Hawks depart Rockhampton Airport in 2016  (File photo)

While it appears that the Hawks were at no stage able to be photographed, after being heard in the Maryborough area, they flew South via Fraser Island and exited the area.

Both Hawks were heard to be using the radio callsign of "Bobcat".

Photo taken by Scott Harris 

11:09

MACKAY Drugs, firearm, cash and snake found by raids in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 18, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Drugs, firearm, cash and snake found by raids in Mackay

August 18, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

ELEVEN people will face the Mackay Magistrates court after a slew of drug related charges were made in Mackay this week. Police working with the

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11:09

MACKAY Drug Enforcement, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 17, 2018 at 04:22PM ,

Drug Enforcement, Mackay

August 17, 2018 at 04:22PM ,

She was remanded in custody to re-appear on September 6 in the Mackay Magistrates Court. A 24-year-old man from Mackay was arrested and

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MACKAY Worker steals nearly $20K from Mackay business "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Worker steals nearly $20K from Mackay business

August 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Lirije Citaku, 37, spent around $120,000 through what the Mackay Magistrates Court was told was her gambling addiction, pouring her hard earned

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MACKAY Mackay police officer faces court "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Mackay police officer faces court

August 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

A MACKAY police officer accused of accessing the police computer system data to provide information to others faced Mackay Magistrates Court

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MACKAY Man, 81, crashes car after bowls club drinking session "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 15, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Man, 81, crashes car after bowls club drinking session

August 15, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Luigi Berardi, of West Mackay, pleaded guilty to drink driving in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. The court heard he was driving home last month

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10:16

Drought, wind and heat: Bushfire season is starting earlier and lasting longer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ABC News, The Conversation By Owen Price 17 Aug 18 

08:54

Sapphire renewable energy hub wins approval solar and storage to come RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

CWP Renewables wins planning approval to add 200MW solar plus battery storage to existing 270MW wind farm at Sapphire in northern NSW. The post Sapphire renewable energy hub wins approval solar and storage to come appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Sapphire renewable energy hub wins approval solar and storage to come RenewEconomy

07:00

Reverse Alchemy ... STT turns forest gold into more chips and debt "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Even after the 2017 fire sale of the states hardwood plantations, it is without doubt that STT will incur a net debt again over the past financial year. Regardless of what the balance sheet reveals in October, native forest logging in Tasmanian will continue to be a retrograde step both economically and ecologically. So what is the future for this out-dated industry ... ?

06:45

Reviewed! Eroding the Edges of Nature "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Book review by Geoff Holloway: Eroding the Edges of Nature by Kevin Kiernan. Fullers Publishing, Hobart.  ISBN 978-0-6482180-2-9 But tourism can be a double-edged sword. The quest for money that might be earned from tourism has the same potential to result in excess and over-reach as can occur in any other form of commercial enterprise. Its environmental consequences can be severe. An old axiom cautions that tourism is like fire, because while it can cook your food and keep you warm if managed properly, if poorly attended it can also burn down your house. The key determinants of whether good or bad is delivered by tourism are the degree to which the natural, cultural and social values present are recognised an observation that we can only hope all levels of government might heed  

06:36

MyHealth: everybody should be in "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THE furore in the past fortnight over whether MyHealth should be opt-in or opt-out misses the point. Once the security concerns are fixed, there should be no opt at all. Everyone who uses Medicare or the PBS should be in MyHealth whether they like it or not.

Australia seems to be increasingly infected with the US contagion of an instinctive distrust of government so strong that people believe everything government does is bad and that no government would be better than any government.

It is a very destructive position.

Data, kept by government or in the private sector, is more often a friend than a foe.

Yes, it can be misused. But the answer is not to block its collection and distribution, but to make sure its collection and dissemination are secure.

The advantage of MyHealth most often cited is that it provides accurate details about individual patients to health providers thus preventing, for example, the administration of drugs to which the patient is allergic, or administering incompatible drugs or other treatment that might clash with the patients past treatment.

But the value of MyHealth could be much greater. With modern computing power the data could reveal astonishingly useful stuff things like cancer clusters, the effectiveness of drugs, and geographic prevalence of disease. Even drug incompatibilities or bad side effects could be detected well before case-by-case events bleep on the radar.

Stripped of individual identification the raw data of every interaction between people and the health system would reveal correlations, possible causations, trends, and lines of further inquiry that could lead to better treatments and avoidance of bad ones.

However, if people are allowed to opt out or fail to opt in, the database would become biased. In particular, socially disconnected and disadvantaged people are unlikely to opt in, and careful, fretful people would opt out. The remaining database would then not be reflective of the whole population.

If anything MyHealth is not comprehensive enough. A lot of the record relies on the patient manually inputting events and treatments.

It should be more automated. Virtually every health transaction goes into a computer somewhere, so it should not be too difficult to have them all automatically transmitted to each patients MyHealth account.

The Australian Taxation Office does it using the same MyGov portal as MyHealth.

The ATO automatically gathers wage and salary information, interest payments from financ...

06:30

Did you know ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

How many people know that in mid-summer the very first light of each new day that touches the continental land mass of Australia, does so on the pinnacle of Mount Wellington? The deeply spiritual significance of this is without compare. Do we want that light to illuminate a place that should be sacred to all Australians, or would we rather it lit up a crass commercial project, devised primarily to loot the wallets of visiting tourists ?

04:13

An Australian schoolboy hacked into Apple Servers and stole 90GB of secure files "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

According to Australian media, a teen hacker broke into Apple mainframe and downloaded 90GB of secure files. He dreams to work for the Tech Giant.

I believe it is time for Apple to hire an Australian 16-year old schoolboy who hacked its computer systems. Yes, it is not a joke, according to Australian media the teen hacker broke into Apple mainframe and downloaded 90GB of secure files.

It is embarrassing, the young hacker targeted Apple system from his home in Melbourne.

Downloaded data included extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well as access multiple user accounts, Apple declared that no customer data was exposed.

When the authorities identified the young hacker, he explained that he attempted to hack Apple because he is a fan of the company and dreamed of working for it.

According to the Childrens Court of Victoria, the schoolboy hacked the companys servers numerous times in more than a year, only when Apple finally discovered the intrusion, the company contacted the FBI.

Feds with the help of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) blocking the hacker and identified him.

The Apple security team discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement.

[We wanted] to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised added Apple.

Apple hacked

The police raided the home of the schoolboy last year and found evidence of the hack, the agents found hacking files and instructions saved in a folder called hacky hack hack. The police also seized a mobile phone and hard drive.

Two Apple laptops were seized, and the serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems, a prosecutor was quoted as saying by Australian media The Age. A mobile phone and hard driv...

03:11

16-year-old hacks Apple and steal 90GB of secure files "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Australian teenager hacks into Apples secure network and steals 90GB of data

An Australian teenager is facing criminal charges for repeatedly breaking into Apples computer system after the company contacted the FBI, reports The Age. The teenager who began hacking at the age of 16, reportedly hacked into Apples private servers and stole over 90GB of sensitive corporate information on multiple occasions over a year.

The teen, who cannot be publicly named, was well known in the international hacking community. He pled guilty in Australian Childrens Court on Thursday, with sentencing set for next month. The teenagers lawyer said in court that the boy was a big fan of Apple who dreamed of working for the company.

Hacky hack hack

During a raid on his family home in Melbourne, the authorities found downloaded files saved in a folder called Hacky hack hack. They also seized two Apple laptops, along with a mobile phone and hard drive. According to the prosecution, the two Apple laptops that were seized and their serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems.

Modus operandi of the teenager

Apparently, the boy downloaded tens of gigabytes of secure files and accessed authorized keys that granted login access to users. He then managed to use security keys that worked flawlessly to access Apples information. He also allegedly had a look at customer accounts. The teenager used a virtual private network (VPN) to disguise his location.

Apple last year alerted the FBI, when it detected the unauthorized access and blocked the source of the intrusions, who launched the investigation. FBI, then coordinated the case with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), after the source of the intrusions was traced to Australia.

It is unclear if any of the acquired data was forwarded to third parties. However, it is understood that the teen hacker used WhatsApp to communicate his intrusion to others. Also, there is no clarity on the extent of the breach, or what type of accounts or other information were accessed, and if the breach was only limited to Australia or was it worldwide.

Apple has not yet commented on the case.

The post 16-year-old hacks Apple and steal 90GB of secure files appeared first on TechWorm.

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Friday, 17 August

22:53

Age Of Debauchery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Join Adam for the crazz files podcast to discuss & break down the system around us.
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22:07

16-Year-Old Teen Hacked Apple Servers, Stole 90GB of Secure Files "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Well, there's something quite embarrassing for Apple fans. Though Apple servers are widely believed to be unhackable, a 16-year-old high school student proved that nothing is impossible. The teenager from Melbourne, Australia, managed to break into Apple servers and downloaded some 90GB of secure files, including extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well as

21:21

Apple hacked by 16-year-old who dreamed of working for firm "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Apple hacked by 16-year-old who

An Australian teenager has admitted hacking into Apples internal network and stealing 90 GB worth of files. The 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to breaking into Apples systems on multiple occasions over the course of a year, from his parents home in Melbournes suburbs.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

18:51

Threatened-Listed Species And The Proposed Cable Car "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The debate about the proposed cable car on kunanyi/Mt Wellington has already been a dismal spectacle of false claims and questionable standards on both sides.  On this site I have already dealt with claims that concern polling or other poll-shaped objects that claim to mention public opinion (see the rolling Polling on the Mt Wellington Cable Car Proposal article and the earlier Public Opinion and the Mt Wellington Cable Car.) 

Now it is time for me to post a new article covering the already suspect claims in the area of threatened species impacts, in the hope of deterring any more threatened species nonsense and encouraging everybody involved to actually do some research.  While this is mainly a psephology site, most of my professional income comes from working on invertebrates of the non-political kind, and I am Tasmania's only living expert on native land snails.  I also have a keen amateur interest in native orchids, and have worked on or surveyed for a range of threatened species of various kinds.

The catalyst for the current burst of threatened species claims is a proposal by the cable car proponent, the Mt Wellington Cableway Co, to have its proposed cable car depart from a site on Main Fire Trail.  This proposal includes a new road from McRobies Gully (see route maps here and here) in an area of bushland that includes extensive areas of a state-listed threatened vegetation community (Eucalyptus tenuiramis on sediments.)

While permission might in theory be given to destroy a threatened vegetation type through this area, the status of this forest means the chance of the proposed road gaining "social licence" from the residents of nearby suburbs is zero, and would be low even without a cable car at the end.  That an impression was originally given that the road would run along an existing firetrail, only to turn out that it would mostly require fresh clearing, hasn't helped.  The proposed road has run into further opposition from the Hobart City Council's Parks and Recreation Committee, which has not only not supported the proponent's request to conduct a flora and fauna survey, but has also recommended that the Council refuse to allow any use of its land on the foothills of the mountain for the project at all.  However a future Council could overthrow that decision, making the whole issue a magnet for political shenanigans on both sides in the leadup to the October council elections.

Not content with all that, some o...

18:15

This week in nuclear news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Abrupt thaw of permafrost beneath Arctic lakes is irreversible could accelerate climate change. Climate change is starting to pack an economic punch.

Nothing dramatically new in the nuclear news. Nuclear waste problems are still intractable around the world, while governments continue to promote new nuclear in what looks like a sad act of religious faith.

AUSTRALIA

Julian Assange may have to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, due to his poor health. BBC wants to place cameras in apartments opposite Julian Assanges refuge at Ecuadorian embassy. Julian Assange should be assured of immunity before taking risk of testifying to U.S. Senate.

CLIMATE.  Climate change is increasing Australias heat and drought.   At least 75 bushfires raging across New South Wales and Queensland. But hey!...

16:00

The Weekend Quiz August 18-19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Only one of the following propositions is possible (with all balances expressed as a per cent of GDP):





2. The more funds that commercial banks have on account with the central bank the more they can lend out to customers.



...

12:41

An end to 34-year saga:  Final stones laid at Aboriginal burial ground  at Moree Cemetery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Aidan Wondracz , 14 Aug 18

The Aboriginal burial ground at Moree Cemetery now stands completed,
after the final stones were laid at the site on Tuesday.

I finally feel like its a job done. It has taken me nearly 34 years
to see this part of the cemetery come to fruition,
Aunty Noeline Briggs-Smith OAM said.

The sandstone blocks were placed at the foot of the Ngindi Baababili Tubbiabri sign,
followed with a carpet of pebbles. Aunty Noeline said
the sandstone matched the type of rocks at the Tranquility Area.

The laying of the stones closes off more than a three-decade saga,
during which time Aunty Noeline has sought to restore identities
to more than 200 previously unmarked Aboriginal grave sites.

Its a relief to know all are now resting in eternal sleep
and that people from the community can come and visit
their relatives at the final resting places, Aunty Noeline said.
www.moreechampion.com.au/story/5584734/final-stones-laid-at-aboriginal-portion-of-cemetery/

10:34

No earthquake recorded in New South Wales, Australia, despite reports of rumbling "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Geoscience Australia spokesperson says there were no seismic events recorded for the area, despite residents reporting tremor-like activity on Tuesday, August 14. Around lunchtime residents from locations including the Camden Haven, Redbank, King Creek, Rosewood and Wauchope reported feeling their houses shake and some heard a loud rumble noise. A spokesperson from the Department of Defence said a single F/A-18 Hornet was conducting a navigational flight from RAAF Base Williamtown in the region on August 14. The spokesperson said the aircraft flew over during the lunchtime period. However the spokesperson said fast jets are authorised for supersonic flight no less than 37 kilometres (20 nautical miles) out to sea from the coastline.

09:45

Public land being sold under market value "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The sale of public land significantly under its market value in Woy Woy on the central coast by the NSW coalition government in 2015 has outraged the local community and led to questions about the ethics around the continuing sale of public land by the government.

Greens MP David Shoebridge has referred the sale of prime waterfront land in Woy Woy to ICAC saying the sale raises grave concerns about the integrity of the remainder of the $9 billion plus of public lands sales that have occurred under the NSW coalition government.

It is understood that the land sale was negotiated behind closed doors without going to market. Once the deal was done the proposed sale was only advertised in a distant newspaper in Batemans Bay, a five hour drive from the site, in breach of legal requirements under the Crown Lands Act.

The Act requires that the sale of public land is advertised either in a state wide newspaper or in a newspaper with prominent circulation in the area where the land is being sold said Mr Shoebridge.

This was prime waterfront land on the Central Coast, but its proposed sale was only notified in a small, regional newspaper based in Batemans Bay, said Mr Shoebridge.

The prime public waterfront land on the NSW Central Coast was sold in 2015 for just $38,000, significantly below its real value, and despite internal valuations suggesting a sale price should be at least $120,000.

According to the ABC residents started asking questions about the sale shortly after the development application was lodged for a four-story apartment block for seniors on the site which also includes the local bowling club and sits at the edge of the waterfront with a playground, bike track and walking path.

This governments multi-billion dollar fire sale of public land has robbed New South Wales residents of public assets and a fair return, said Mr Shoebridge.

From the outset this was a contentious proposal that has seen a much loved local bowling club being sold off for development. For many residents of the area to then be excluded from even basic notification is an added insult.

Firstly, this is clearly a gross underpayment for the site and secondly, it is a gross breach of notification requirements.

It is quite literally unbelievable that the only notice given by the coalition of the....

09:27

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment

17 August 2018

Critical judgment in W&J Traditional Owners fight for their land rights against Adani

WHAT: Justice Reeves of the Federal Court delivers his decision in the case in which Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners have challenged the legitimacy of a meeting funded by Adani to authorise an ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), the certification of that purported ILUA by Queensland South Native Title Services, and the subsequent registration of the Adani ILUA by the National Native Title Tribunal. Further background to the case below.

WHEN: 4.15pm, Friday 17 August 2018.   

WHERE: Federal Court, Court No. 2, Level 7, Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane.

Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the five W&J applicants, and the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, is available for comment before and after the decision.

Mr Adrian Burragubba says: No matter what happens today, we are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. No matter who wins, we expect an appeal.

It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws.

We know its the Queensland Governments choice. Enough is enough. We have called on the UN for international scrutiny of whats happening here. The Government must bring itself into the modern era on our human rights and leave us to protect our country and chart a better future than coal mining.

Media enquiries: Anthony Esposito, W&J Traditional Owner Council advisor 0418 152 743

W&J website: http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/

W&J facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WanganandJagalingou/fBackground to the case

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09:00

Cloud-Based Genesis Mining to Drop Lower Tier Bitcoin Contracts "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As cryptocurrency mining profitability continues to suffer due to price decline, many cloud-mining services have been forced to cease operations. Today Genesis Mining announced they would be ending one of their bitcoin mining services.

Genesis Mining Drops Lowest Tier Bitcoin Contracts

Leading cloud-based cryptocurrency mining service Genesis Mining announced this morning via an official blog post that the firm would no longer be supporting its lowest tier Bitcoin mining contracts. The firm cited a combination of Bitcoins downtrend and a difficulty increase around April and May that reduced mining outputs.

Genesis Minings contracts include a clause that says if the cloud-mining contract returns less than it costs for Genesis to operate the service, the contact will move into a 60-day default grace period. During the grace period, if cryptocurrency prices dont improve to the point of profitability, the contract will be terminated.

Genesis Offering Users Upgrades to Five-Year Term Packages

Genesis wont be closing their doors entirely. The firm instead is offering users affected by the cessation of their lowest tier Bitcoin contracts a discounted upgrade to their new Radiant plans. Radiant tiers range from $285 for 1 TH/s to as much as $6,875 for 25 TH/s.

The discounted upgrade only applies to the cheapest Radiant Gold tier, bringing the total cost of the normally $285 plan, to a more affordable $180. However, the new Radiant contracts require a five-year term, which could deter signups given the uncertainty in the crypto market looking ahead five months, let alone five years.

Other Cloud-Mining Services Share the Same Fate

Its not just Genesis feeling the sting from the cryptocurrency bear market of 2018. Competitor HashFlare announced in July that they would be ending their SHA-256 Bitcoin mining contracts.

Days later, HashFlare announced via their Facebook that the services will be resumed and contracts would operate on....

08:10

Turnbull Government secures savage cutbacks to Australias marine sanctuaries "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The cod hole at Julian Rocks, one of the most popular dive spots in the state. Photo Blue Bay Divers

The Turnbull government have halved the protection that was provided to Australias original network of marine parks set up in 2012. The marine parks were strongly supported by science and by Australians around the country when they were set up. 

The loss of protection is unequalled in Australian history. The total area removed from Australias marine sanctuary network is over 35 million hectares, an area twice the size of Victoria, equivalent to revoking every second national park on land.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) says the slashing of marine sanctuaries by the Turnbull government is a bad day for global marine conservation, as it represents the largest removal of environmental protection on Earth.

When it comes to slashing protection for our oceans, the Turnbull government is now the world champion, said Darren Kindleysides, CEO of the AMCS.

This is not an accolade of which Australians will be proud, particularly when our seas are under so much pressure from climate change, pollution and unsustainable fishing.

The cuts to marine icons around Australia are equivalent to removing every second national park on land, including one of our oldest sanctuaries at Lord Howe Island, a massive area off Ningaloo and the Kimberley, and worst hit the Coral Sea the cradle to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the last places on Earth where ocean giants still thrive.

The...

06:30

Reverse Alchemy ... STT turns forest gold into more chips and debt ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Even after the 2017 fire sale of the states hardwood plantations, it is without doubt that STT will incur a net debt again over the past financial year. Regardless of what the balance sheet reveals in October, native forest logging in Tasmanian will continue to be a retrograde step both economically and ecologically. So what is the future for this out-dated industry ... ?

06:07

Norfolk Bay Salmon Farm Shock Galvanises Locals "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Huon Aquacultures installation of salmon pens in Norfolk Bay, without public consultation or independent assessment of social and marine impacts, has angered and frustrated Southern Beaches and Tasman Peninsula residents

06:00

Government a joke after gag attempt ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Willy Hodgmans government in Tasmania is crawling with Christians and now we know that one of its God-fearing number dobbed in Angela Williamson to her employer, Cricket Tasmania, for the sin of terminating her pregnancy Michael Ferguson: Cricket Australia matter I welcome the finding by Tasmania Police yesterday in relation to the complaint from the Labor Party. As I have said all along, I absolutely refute any claims that I passed on private medical records or any information that was not in the public domain. I simply cannot have done so as I do not have access to Ms Williamsons private medical information Will Hodgman: No Code of Conduct breach Labor: Michael Fergusons explanation just not plausible

05:45

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23:11

Australian State Government Bans TV News Channel from Train Stations "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The state of Victoria, Australia has banned broadcasting of Sky News from the underground loop stations in Melbourne's train network.

The ban comes after Sky (owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp) broadcast an interview with far-right activist Blair Cottrell. Cottrell, the leader of the United Patriots Front, has convictions for arson, burglary and racial vilification, has advocated violence against women and has called for portraits of Adolf Hitler to be hung in school classrooms.

Victoria's transport minister, Jacinta Allen, has defended the decision against claims of censorship, stating that "Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community." ... "If people want to watch Sky News in their own homes, they can do that to their heart's content," she said. "Any material that uses our public transport assets to promote itself needs to be appropriate."


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20:52

Why is the corporate media actively covering up radical Islamic terrorism and pretending it doesnt exist? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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As the sham of political correctness spirals out of control, the corrupt mainstream media is now deliberately covering up radical Islamic terrorism. Over the last several weeks, multiple terror attacks have been carried out across Western nations yet reports on these tragic incidents have been few and far between. Nations affected by recent but unreported acts of terrorism include Canada, Australia and Sweden and in the United States, the growing threat from Antifa, a radical left-wing organization, is also widely ignored.

Writing for The Organic Prepper, Daisy Luther reports that multiple acts of terror are happening around the world, but that concerns about political correctness seem to be keeping the legacy media from actively reporting on the truth. [M]ainstream media outlets in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. are reluctant to report the stories without a pro-immigration bias, quietly glossing over the common thread in the attacks. Extremists with ties to Northern Africa seem to be waging a war, but you wont hear this from the media or the respective governments, she contends.

In some instances, the mainstream media is simply referring to these incidents as gang violence.

Wave of terrorism strikes the Western world

On July 23, 2018, two people were killed and another 13 were injured in a Toronto restaurant shooting. CBS Newsreported that that officials had not ruled out terrorism as a motive, but that there was no indication it was a terrorist attack at the time. However, as Luther reports, it turns out that ISIS readily took credit for the attack, which was carried out by a man named Faisal Hussain. Hussains parents were Canadian citizens originally from Pakistan, though he himself was born in Canada. Hussain reportedly took his own life during a shootout with police.

A statement from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale d...

05:30

The sad story of St James, Montagu Bay ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This put St James in a very healthy financial position, also one of the long-term church members had passed away and left a generous bequest to the church. All up, using the reserve banks calculation tables, in today`s values the money was in the area of $100,000. Unfortunately for St James the financial position at St Aidans was rather bad and without the consent of any of the committee or indeed the treasurer, somehow the money was removed from the control of St James and has effectively disappeared. Since then St James has been the poor cousin of St Aidans with the entire collection going to St Aidans and very little being returned despite parishioner numbers steadily increasing

05:20

Jobs for the boyzzzzzzzzzz ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Hag has some news to report ... it seems former Minister for Energy Matthew Groom - who quit the government before the election and oversaw the disastrous and very costly Basslink failure which led to the importation of some 40 diesel generators - has a five-year sojourn on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ... Download the ABC report ... groom-abc-thurs.mp3

05:15

Anna Reynolds, Independent for Mayor ... not Green ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

So, why is Anna Reynolds running as Independent for Mayor ... rather than a Green?

05:09

Letter to Eric Abetz on UTAS properties ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Hi Mr Abetz* ... Im sure you will have plenty to say about this, how dare Ms Willsmore ignore a request by your esteemed colleague the Attorney-General Ms Archer. I also have some more bad news for you concerning Mr Bingham* the Integrity Commissioner, he told me he didnt have the power to investigate the extraordinary prices, involving $15 million, paid by UTas for CBD properties

05:00

Is NZ No Longer a Trout Fishers Paradise? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

New Zealands world famous trout fishery is at the crossroads. The warning comes from a noted American fly fisherman Howard West, just turned 71, who has made regular visits to New Zealand to fish its crystal clear streams and catch big trout. But now he says the Kiwi trout fishery is at a dangerously critical stage

Wednesday, 15 August

13:15

Wages growth up at a glacial pace "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wages growth a bit better

Wage prices increased by 0.6 per cent in the June quarter.

That was the best quarter since all the way back in March 2014, remarkably.

It was enough to pull annual wages growth reluctantly up to 2.1 per cent. 

Around the traps the best performers were Victoria and Tasmania at 2 per cent. 

And the worst performers were Western Australia and the Northern Territory at 1 per cent, reflective of the resources cycle.

Indeed, mining was the worst performing sector at 1.33 per cent, followed by retail at 1.46 per cent. 


The best performing sector was healthcare at 2.74 per cent.

Melbourne is set to be the best performing economy going forward, with construction and job vacancies exploding.

The above figures confirm that low wages growth is not just about immigration - in fact wages growth is higher where the migrants are heading (and vice-versa).

Low wages growth is rather a...

13:02

Reflections on a Queensland senators recent remarks "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I find Fraser Annings comments re banning Muslims from Australia, and the implied intolerance driving them, most distasteful.  But even more so, I find his ignorance frightening Senator Whish-Wilson calls on Bob Katter to expel Anning from his party

05:30

Sign a Petition: John Hawkins starts a petition ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Senator Erich Abetz and a Launceston to Hobart Chartered Flight. Why? Answer the question: As a Minister of the Crown, why was it required of you to charter a flight from Launceston to Hobart on the 8th August 2014 at a cost of some $1,850 ... ?

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