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Friday, 22 June

22:09

Paedophile spared prison to prey on victims in market stalls in Queensland. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



If there's ever a failure of 'justice' to the victims of paedophiles, this is just one example.

Bundaberg judge Keith Dodds supports paedophiles like Bob Fordham (Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/bob.fordham ) being among the community.

If they become repeat offenders, it's more 'business' for the courts.

If you're a paedophile in Bundaberg, you'd want Keith Dodds to 'judge' you, right?

Do you really want to be 'friends' with a paedophile who will have access to your photos that you put up of your children?

See article from 27 Mar 2009 by news-mail.com of the headline:

Fordham gets suspended sentence


DESPITE admitting to owning a collection of child pornography that included videos of children as young as five being raped, Bob Fordham was yesterday allowed to walk free from the Bundaberg District Court.

The former AFL Bundaberg Wide Bay (AFLBWB) president received two cumulative jail sentences, one with parole and one suspended, after pleading guilty to two child porn charges.

In Fordham's sentencing yesterday morning, crown prosecutor Kylie Ward told the court that police, who were acting on information from an international child pornography operation, found a collection of 10 child pornography videos on Fordham's computer last June.

The videos, some of which were more than 25 minutes long, included children aged between five and 14 performing sexual acts on adults.

Ms Ward asked the court to send a strong message to child predators by jailing Fordham, but Judge Keith Dodds sentenced him to a 12-month suspended jail sentence for knowingly possessing child pornography and an 18-month jail sentence, with immediate parole, for using a carrier service to commit the crime.

Another man arrested in the same operation pleaded guilty to possessing more than 900 child exploitation images which included infants being sexually abused - but was released immediately on parole and probation.

Fordham 'jaded'

Former AFL Bundaberg W...

19:35

Victory! South Korean Court Rules That It Is Illegal To Kill Dogs For Food "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By Amanda Froelich,

South Korea is one step closer to outlawing the consumption of canines. In a landmark decision, a South Korean court ruled that the killing of dogs for meat is illegal.

On Thursday, the city court in Bucheon reviewed a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator. Activists accused the man of killing animals without proper reasons and for violating building and hygiene regulations. The man was convicted and fined 3m won (2,050). Most noteworthy is that the court said meat consumption is not a legal reason to kill dogs.

Said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer for Care: It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself. She added that the precedent is paving the way for a total ban in South Korea.

Dog meat has been a part of South Korean cuisine since first century AD. Every year, approximately 1 million dogs are eaten in the country. But in recent years, the tradition has been challenged by animal rights activists and younger generations in the country. To crack down on dog farms, as well as appease the public, authorities have invoked hygiene regulations and some animal protection laws. There is still no specific ban against the consumption of canines, though.

According to a survey conducted last year, approximately 70 percent of South Koreans do not eat dog mean. Yet surprisingly, only 40 pe...

19:22

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

 

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

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

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18:57

Pledge to vote for refugee rights "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Take the pledge here I will only give my first preference vote to a party that: (1) supports bringing the refugees detained on Manus and Nauru to Australia, and offering them permanent protection, (2) ensures people seeking asylum have access to education, employment and income support, allowing them to live with dignity, (3) ends the(...)

18:47

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

James Cogans speech at Sydney rally to free Julian Assange

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18:22

MEDIA RELEASE 17/6 | REFUGEES LEAVE FOR THE US, AS NAURU GRIEVES "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A bitter sweet moment on Nauru as 21 refugees leave Nauru for the United States today Sunday 17 June (photos attached), only two days after a beloved asylum seeker died in a suspected suicide. The 21 leaving Nauru are from Myanamr, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The group includes two families (one from Myanmar and(...)

16:00

The Weekend Quiz June 23-24, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. A rising household saving ratio combined with a rising external deficit that drains aggregate spending, doesn't necessarily mean that the government deficit has to rise to maintain current output growth.



2. If the European Commission relaxed the fiscal rules restricting Member State governments under the Stability and Growth Pact (3 per cent deficit to GDP ratios and 60 per cent public debt to GDP ratios) then the solvency risk that several EMU members faced during the GFC would have been resolved.



3. Mainstream economists have argued that the large scale quantitative easing conducted by central banks in recent years - so-called printing money - would be inflationary. They based their predictions on the Classical Quantity Theory of Money which links the growth of the money stock to the inflation rate (too much money chasing too few goods). The fact that inflation has not accelerated sharply indicates that this mainstream economic theory should be discarded.

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15:34

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

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

14:46

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR COCO CREATIONS & FLORISTRY BOUTIQUE "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Coco Creations & Floristry Boutique



Your name: Crystal Gladman

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Coco Creations & Floristy Boutique 
https://www.facebook.com/followyourdreamscoco/ 

The suburb/town you live in now: Mackay/ Eimeo

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make unique custom dreamcatchers & flower crowns. I also hire dreamcatchers for weddings , birthdays etc. All products are handmade by me with love ..






What inspired you to start your business?: I have always been very creative and love creating beautiful things for people, my family also inspired me to do something I'm really passionate about:-) 
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14:43

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BURNING WITH HAPPINESS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Burning with Happiness





Your name:  Lisa Benton

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Burning with Happiness.    
The suburb/town you live in now:  Ballina.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  ...

13:52

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:51

Part 49. Australias irrelevant Crimes against humanity. Who knew? The Kingsford Legal Centre knew. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Kingsford Legal Centre, part of the University of New South Wales, is the 2nd legal organization to be named in a series of WHO KNEW videos exposing legal groups, mass media entities, politicians and public servants who ought to know that Australias welfare policies and practices are recklessly dangerous, blatantly unconstitutional genocidal abuses of power.

This postings  shortlink: https://wp.me/p1n8TZ-1dF

In my last posting, Part 48 of the irrelevant holocaust series, I posted the text of an email to the Financial Service Royal Commission. This posting contains the text of an email sent earlier today to Anna Cody, the Director of the Kingsford Legal Centre.

The purpose of this posting, like every other posting in this series, is to enable welfare recipients to file criminal charges against those responsible for the worst cases of mass fraud and serial murder in the history of the Commonwealth of Australia.

METHOD IN THE MADNESS:  The fundamental duties of a solicitor, i.e. a lawyer, are set out in the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules.

Article 3 of those rules states:.

PARAMOUNT DUTY TO THE COURT AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

3.1

A solicitors duty to the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty.

If a lawyer knows that people are being menaced, intimidated, exploited, defraUded, endangered or murdered, that lawyer MUST REPORT WHAT THEY KNOW; they cannot remain silent.

 -

THE KINGSFORD LEGAL CENTRE EMAIL

To:      Ms Anna Cody

Director

Kingsford Legal centre

Law Building,

University of New South Wales,

Kensington NSW 2052

Dear Ms. Cody,

 

Re: The role of the KLC in Australias worst cases of systemic fraud and serial murder.

A  month ago, Magistrate Robert Stone told the court he did not accept (Arch Bishop) Wilson could not recall a 1976 conversation with the victim.

Just 3 days ago, Crown prosecutor Gareth Harrison told the court Seeking a prison term for Arch Bishop Wilson, arguing it was the only way to send a strong message.

...

11:39

The bureaucratic absurdities of teaching in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Public schools rely on the unpaid overtime labour and emotional blackmail of teachers. Ive lost count of the amount of times Ive challenged why we are expected to complete an arbitrary task in our own time only to be told we dont get into teaching for the money and we go that step further because its what is best for the children.

11:26

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

Thats the title of my latest piece in the Guardian.
Opening paras

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

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

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

10:10

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

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09:28

Tas Councils: Is The Deputy Election System Dudding Us? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This article is not so much brought to you as provoked by Hobart's Lord Mayor Ron Christie, who today caved in to a campaign from sectors (by no means all) of the Tasmanian and interstate religious right.  Following an outcry about upside-down red crosses on the Hobart waterfront, Christie criticised the Dark Mofo music and art festival, suggesting it was no longer "family friendly" (was it ever?) and that the Council may cease funding this very successful visitor drawcard.  It doesn't appear Christie necessarily speaks for the Council on this matter, and certainly nor did he when he became remarkably keen on a proposal for co-naming Hobart "nipaluna" (a stance rather at odds with his opportunistic criticism of Mike Parr's three-day burial performance by the way, given the intended meanings of that artwork).  The Ron Christie I knew a little in the early 2000s was quite the zany freethinker and I suspect would have loved Dark Mofo to bits.  I can only wonder what has occurred!

Christie's strange performances as Lord Mayor brought to my mind the issue of how he came to be Mayor in the first place despite achieving very little voter support at the 2014 Council elections, and reminded me of an issue I've considered now and then before with the way Deputy Mayors are elected in our local government system.  I believe that the way in which we elect Deputy Mayors, while simple to follow, is letting our Councils down in situations like this, and that there are probably better solutions.  As an introduction for readers unfamiliar with the system, candidates for election as councillors (aldermen) can run for Mayor or Deputy Mayor, but not both.  A single preferential election is held for each of those positions, with the constraint that the winner must also claim a seat on council in the multi-member Hare-Clark election for Councillor seats.  In 2014, for the first time, candidates for Mayor and Deputy were no longer required to have served on a council before.

Ron Christie is Lord Mayor until October because Sue Hickey resigned the position on account of her election to State Parliament.  When the Lord Mayor resigns close enough to the next election, no by-election is held.  The existing Deputy Mayor is promoted and a new Deputy is elected "Rats In The Ranks" style by fellow Councillors.

2014: Who Hobart Voted For

At the 2014 Hobart City Council election, Sue Hickey was elected as Lord Mayor, narrowly defeating incumbent Damon Thomas.  The other mayoral candidates were former Deputy Lord Mayor Helen Burnet (Greens), Green alderman Philip Cocker, and newcomer Suzy Cooper (who won an aldermanic seat but resigned mid-term).

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09:02

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

Manufacturing picks up

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

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


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

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

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


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

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08:28

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

Population growth rate: slowing from higher-highs

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

08:00

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1899 - Essendon....

06:32

The Australian guilty of contempt over construction union leader "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Murdoch flagship the Australian has been waging a long running campaign against the construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), and especially its Victorian leader John Setka.

The years of character assassination have been to try and destroy a union, which is seen as the leading edge of the movement, and in the way of the Murdoch empires dream of the de-unionisation of Australia.

Murdochs vendetta against the union and its leaders is part of a much wider agenda, to impose on   a particularly vicious brand of politics on Australia, based on race hate, the denial of basic rights and concentration of power. With its collection of like minded writers, the media empire has been molded as the propaganda arm of this political ambition. Given the resources at its disposal, this is a dangerous organisation.

A month ago, the newspaper took the vendetta a step further, by publishing stories about Setkas prior convictions, and used the by lines, the only thing bigger than his biceps is his police rap sheet, and that he had been convicted or fined over 40 of those convictions, including for theft, assault by kicking, criminal damage and assaulting police.

They are grossly misleading claims, which do not mention their connection with an ongoing political battle with Murdoch and the government, widely regarded to be political in nature, rather than about criminal behaviour. The Australian has never been reputed to be hugely accurate with its news.

Another article referred to claims by the prominent Turnbull minister Michaela Cash, about Setka not being fit to exert political influence, because of his excessive criminal history. It did not mention that the government is partisan, and has shown its desire to remove the union leader from office.

Warnings from the Office of Public Prosecutions over publishing material in these stories had been ignored.

In a pivotal case, Setka and the unions president Shaun Reardon had been charged in December 2015, with blackmail over alleged threats made to executives of concrete company Boral two years earlier. The case collapsed in May this year.

Following this, the Director of Public Prosecutions launched proceedings against the Australians owners and Nick Cater, who is a former editor of the weekend edition of the newspaper and executive director of the Liberal Party associated Menzies Research Centre.

Cater was accused of having a tendency to prejudice or interfere with the due administration of justice in the prosecution of John Setka.  In a story, published just a month before the collapse of the Setka Reardon trial, Cator wrote a story with the heading Shortens just a puppet wholl do what he is told, in which he claimed...

06:15

A Tourism Apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

What a delightful scene for tourists wishing to visit the epic sites located on the Great Western Tiers NOT! Zoom off the boat at Devonport, compete with Double Bs along the deplorable Bass Highway with visual scenes to the south of the formidable ramparts you have been reading about in tourist guides, weave your way through the delights of Deloraine, over the bridge (any platypus down there?) and five kilometres down the road to Highland Lakes Road and BINGO!

06:07

Damn, dash, bother ... ! "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Damn, dash, bother! Couldnt plunge into the icy Derwent this year ... cause Id forgotten I had to register for The Solstice Swim. Wont happen next year ...

06:00

Trump pisses on the Statue of Liberty ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

*Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission: https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner

03:59

Daytime meteor fireball jets across Toowoomba, Queensland sky "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

An unexplained bright light was seen travelling across the sky above Toowoomba earlier this morning. There may be an innocent explanation for it but it brings forward the age old question - are we alone in the universe? It is something that divides people all across the world and when unexplained flashes of light or objects are snapped in the sky, the question is again brought to the forefront of people's minds. Most of the time they can be explained, but sometimes they can't. This morning Nathan Murphy shared a photo he snapped of the puzzling light moving across the sky at 6.30am.

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20:24

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

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

File photo

File photo

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

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

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20:15

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

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

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

Sources:
coindesk.com
announcement
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Schiphol airport
strict set of editorial policies

19:58

Ex Hamel 2018 - RAAF Search and Rescue Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 32" Lands at Rockhampton Base Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Tuesday 19 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 32" was spotted landing on the Rockhampton Base Hospital heli-pad.


It appeared to come into Rocky from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) where it is presently based in support of the joint Military Exercise Hamel 2018.

It also comes a day after Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 completed a medical evacuation drill by also landing on the Rockhampton Hospital heli-pad on Monday 18 June.

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Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 19 June, there were a couple of other helicopter visitors into Rockhampton Airport in support of Ex Hamel 2018.

An unidentified Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter popped in briefly during the morning as "Hustler 11", while during the afternoon, another called in as "Warhorse 31".  Later still, another MRH-90 believed to be A40-041 also visited Rockhampton Airport but as "Kraken 11".

Photo taken by Gordon Clark 

19:13

Ex Hamel 2018 - Photos of Australian Army MRH-90 and ARH Tigers "Warhorse-Angry Combined" at Rockhampton Airport Late Monday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As we posted below, during the latter part of the afternoon on Monday 18 June, some nice helicopters of the Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) popped into Rockhampton Airport in association with Exercise Hamel which is currently underway in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).


Local plane spotter 'IAD' was on hand to capture some great photos as a flight of one Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter - A40-034 - was accompanied by a pair of Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters - A38-007 and A38-020. 




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17:00

TRC Media Release 21/6 | BILOELA REFUGEE FAMILY REMAINS AT RISK OF DEPORTATION AFTER LEGAL SETBACK "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Tamil Refugee Council today again criticised the federal governments immigration laws, following the failure of a Tamil familys Federal Circuit Court appeal to be granted the right to stay in Australia. Priya, her husband Nades and their two daughters aged 1 and 3, born in Australia have now spent more than 100(...)

15:29

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

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Update: Police officer injured, Mackay

June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

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

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15:29

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

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Man arrested after Slade Point manhunt charged

June 21, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

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

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MACKAY Escapee recaptured after police car rammed, officers foot run over "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY June 20, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Escapee recaptured after police car rammed, officers foot run over

June 20, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A 26-year-old Andergrove man was charged with two drug offences. Both were remanded in custody to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on

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14:59

A little installation at Legacy Beach, Coningham "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Click through to the site to view the cartoon.

11:30

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bright spiral galaxy NGC 3169 appears to be unraveling in this cosmic scene, played out some 70 million light-years away just below bright star Regulus toward the faint constellation Sextans. Its beautiful spiral arms are distorted into sweeping tidal tails as NGC 3169 (left) and neighboring NGC 3166 interact gravitationally, a common fate even for bright galaxies in the local universe. In fact, drawn out stellar arcs and plumes, indications of gravitational interactions, seem rampant in the deep and colorful galaxy group photo.
Click image for larger size.
The picture spans 20 arc minutes, or about 400,000 light-years at the group's estimated distance, and includes smaller, dimmer NGC 3165 at the right. NGC 3169 is also known to shine across the spectrum from radio to X-rays, harboring an active galactic nucleus that is likely the site of a supermassive black hole.

11:15

Court coal mine decision reveals failure on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Stock images of coal in the Hunter Valley region, Tuesday, July. 15, 2014. AAP Image/Nikki Short.

A Court decision has exposed serious flaws in NSW planning laws. The Courts finding is that the States planning laws do not require decision makers to consider the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and Australias status as a signatory to the Paris Agreement when considering the approval of coal mining projects in NSW.

The Land and Environment Court has upheld the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decision to approve the extension to Wilpinjong open-cut coal mine near Wollar in the Hunter Valley, despite a challenge on climate change grounds from the Wollar Progress Association, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDONSW).

EDO NSW argued in a February 2018 hearing that the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and the Commonwealth Governments commitment to the Paris Agreement were relevant policies that the PAC was required but failed to have regard to when considering the downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal from Wilpinjong, a substantial proportion of which will be burnt at Bayswater Power Station in NSW.

In light of the finding, EDO NSW CEO David Morris emphasised the need for reform:

This is certainly not the judgement that we, or our clients, wanted. But perhaps its the judgement we needed. We now know that aspirational policy statements, like those contained in the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, fail to have any meaningful application to NSW mine approvals. Its these approvals and the coal which is consequently mined and burned that represent NSWs greatest contribution to global climate change. The Government can no longer claim, or proceed under the illusion, that their policies on climate change have an on-ground effect. They dont the Courts judgement shows they are merely words that do not translate to action.

This decision adds weight to the need for law reform to make climate change a critical factor in determinations about projects which will contribute to it. This...

10:55

Australia's health 2018 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-welfare-overview/australias-health/overview Australia's health 2018  is the AIHW's 16th biennial report on the health of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summarises the performance of the health system against an agreed set of indicators.

 

Australia's health 2018: in brief  is a companion report to Australia's health 2018.

 

https://www.aihw.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/2018/june/our-health-report-card-is-in-and-here-s-what-we-ca Media Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:47

"Life Is Like A Deck Chair..." "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

"Maybe I can put it another way. Life, Charlie Brown, is like a deck chair."
"Like a what?"
"Have you ever been on a cruise ship? Passengers open up these canvas deck chairs so they can sit in the sun. Some people place their chairs facing the rear of the ship so they can see where they've been. Other people face their chairs forward. They want to see where they're going! On the cruise ship of life, Charlie Brown, which way is your deck chair facing?"
"I've never been able to get one unfolded..."
- Charles M. Schulz

08:35

Groundswell of zero waste living "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Australia is getting ready for Plastic-Free July the countdown started today with a major supermarket chain stopping its handing out free single-use plastic bags.

In The Sustainable Hour on 20 June 2018, we talk with Linda Grant, an education officer based in Hamilton for the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, who has also started a zero waste group in South West Victoria called War on Waste Southern Grampians and Katie Traill and Meg Odgers from Towards Zero Waste Geelong.

Before they enter  16 minutes in Colin Mocketts global outlook takes us from Scandinavia over India to a festive event at Rokewood Hotel, where Pat Simons from Yes2Renewables gave a speech as the local community celebrated World Wind Day on 15 June 2018.

Every journey st...

08:32

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

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

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

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08:20

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

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

Infrastructure boom yet idle labour

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

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

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

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

08:00

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07:15

Long Live our gracious Aunty ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I am far too old not to feel a shiver of time-worn apprehension snake down my spine when I hear Finance Minister Mathias Cormann uttering his latest pronouncements, especially when I have long come to realise it is mostly propaganda and bullshit that flows with his soporific guttural. My contemporaries, Im sure, experience similar vertebral vibrations when they hear that accent, of which the senator himself is reported to have once said: With my accent, no one would vote for me if I tried to get a seat in the [House of Representatives] Labor: Libs cant be trusted with our ABC Michelle Grattan, ABC via The Conversation: The threat to the ABC is not sale but more bullying SMH: Footage from Liberal Party meeting reveals who voted to sell the ABC The divisive Liberal Party vote to privatise the ABC was backed by at least four of the partys top federal officials, according to footage that also shows the idea gained support from at least one federal Liberal MP Greens: Premier Busted by Photo Finish on ABC Sale Push Labor: Premier Hodgman lied to Parliament Fairfax: We are not your punching bag: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie hits back at the Liberal Party Greens: Liberals Committed to Trading Heritage Treasure for Trinkets Peter Gutwein: Labor-Green hypocrisy over Treasury Building First Dog on the Moon: Ian the Climate Denialist Potato wants to flog off the ABC SMH: ABC motion reveals immaturity at heart of Liberal Party

07:07

Im nearly 100, I saw 1945 refugee crisis firsthand. I need people to listen to my warning. Vid "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I cannot sit back in good conscience while the world my generation built is left to turn feral in the hands of right-wing populists and indifferent capitalists

07:00

The (austere) golden age of Peter Gutwein "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Public hospitals are in permanent crisis. School retention rates remain the shame of the nation. There are 16,500 Tasmanians unemployed but looking for work. Another 26,800 people are under-employed, needing more work than they have. The rate of labour under-utilisation the key measure of labour market slack stands at 16.7%. Homeless people face a winter sleeping rough at the showgrounds because theres nowhere else to go. Despite the crippling funding shortfalls for essential government services, Mr Gutwein has permanently reduced the states revenue base by decreasing payroll tax. Decent funding for hospitals, schools, child protection and housing is further away than ever. Golden age? What on earth could he have meant ? Peter Gutwein: Budget Reply will be a failed policy scrap heap Greens: Premier Busted by Photo Finish on ABC Sale Push Labor: Premier Hodgman lied to Parliament Fairfax: We are not your punching bag: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie hits back at the Liberal Party Greens: Liberals Committed to Trading Heritage Treasure for Trinkets Peter Gutwein: Labor-Green hypocrisy over Treasury Building Labor: Gutwein refuses to answer the simple budget questions

06:54

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

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 03:03AM ,

Prison escapee case heard in court for first time

June 21, 2018 at 03:03AM ,

PRISON escapee Levi James Brown will remain behind bars after facing Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. The 25-year-old sat quietly in the dock

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06:54

MACKAY mackay watch house "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

MACKAY June 20, 2018 at 05:13AM ,

mackay watch house

June 20, 2018 at 05:13AM ,

Mackay child grooming accused to stay behind bars. Crime Sydney man appears in Mackay Magistrates Court. Prison escape accused faces Mackay

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06:45

Cable car proponents threaten legal action over protest website "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) has threatened legal action and is currently attempting to forcibly acquire the domain of an anti-cable car website - mtwellingtoncablecar.com.au owned by a local community member. The owner of the domain, South Hobart resident Louise Sales says nine months later, no legal action has been taken so it appears the letter was sent simply to intimidate. I am not intimidated and I call on the cable car company to stop threatening people for having their say

06:37

French Bulldogs, Faberge and the Romanov Family "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Part II: The Romanov family and their bulldogs Contemporary photographs suggest that three generations of the Imperial Family owned at least 13 individual French bulldogs between 1867 and 1918: Tsar Alexander II (3); his sons Tsar Alexander III (1), the Grand Duke Vladimir (1) and his wife, the Grand Duchess Marie (3), and the Grand Duke Alexei (2) and his mistress Elizabeth Balletta (1); and finally Tsar Alexander IIIs granddaughter, the Grand Duchess Tatiana (2)

06:30

Looming Disaster for Norfolk Island "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Economic Impact of Modern Award System on Norfolk Island With just a brief two-year transition period from 1 July 2016, the Modern Award System (MAS) will take effect on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2018, representing the largest single impact on the Norfolk Island economy at a time of declining visitor numbers (-11% in last 3 months), severe economic contraction, and on top of a raft of new Federal and local Government taxes, rates, fees and charges. Despite repeated warnings of loss of employment, severe increase in business costs, reduced business viability, and damage to tourism, the Department of Regional Development & Cities (DIRDC) has not conducted any economic assessment, which many consider to be reckless, even irresponsible

00:02

Around the world, people have surprisingly modest notions of the ideal life "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It seems reasonable that people would want to maximize various aspects of life if they were given the opportunity to do so, whether its the pleasure they feel, how intelligent they are, or how much personal freedom they have. In actuality, people around the world seem to aspire for more moderate levels of these and other traits, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Our research shows that peoples sense of perfection is surprisingly modest, says psychological scientist Matthew J. Hornsey of the University of Queensland, first author on the research. People wanted to have positive qualities, such as health and happiness, but not to the exclusion of other darker experiencesthey wanted about 75% of a good thing.

Furthermore, people said, on average, that they ideally wanted to live until they were 90 years old, which is only slightly higher than the current . Even when imagined that they could take a magic pill guaranteeing , their ideal life expectancy increased by only a few decades, to a median of 120 years old. And when people were invited to choose their ideal IQ, the median score was about 130a score that would classify someone as smart, but not a genius.

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23:46

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

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

23:46

Visions for Armidale Creeklands AGM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

23:36

Prickly Problems Project launch "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

23:16

VIDEO: Save Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

21:48

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

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

20:04

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

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

09:20

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie explains economic benefit of the ABC to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

ABC contributes as much to the economy as it costs the taxpayer: Michelle Guthrie, https://theconversation.com/abc-contributes-as-much-to-the-economy-as-it-costs-the-taxpayer-michelle-guthrie-98553?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton    The Conversation,  Michelle GrattanProfessorial Fellow, University of Canberra  June 19, 2018 

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has hit back against critics with a Deloitte Access Economics assessment that the public broadcaster contributed more than A$1 billion to the Australian economy in the last financial year.

This was on a par with the public funding of the organisation, she told the Melbourne Press Club, in an address coming days after the Liberal Federal Council urged the ABC be privatised a call rejected by the government.

Far from being a drain on the public purse, the audience, community and economic value stemming from ABC activity is a real and tangible benefit, she said. The Deloitte study was commissioned by the ABC; Guthrie said its report was still being compiled and would be released next month.

Of the $1 billion, more than a third is economic support for the broader media ecosystem. Far from being Ultimo-centric, the ABC is boosting activity across the country, she said, giving as examples the filming of Mystery Road in the Kimberley and the production of Rosehaven outside Hobart.

Deloitte calculated the ABC was helping sustain more than 6000 full-time equivalent jobs across the economy. It means that for every three full-time equivalent jobs created by the ABC, there are another two supported in our supply chain local artists, writers, technicians, transport workers and many more.

In hard figures, the research shows that the ABC helps to sustain 2500 full-time equivalent jobs in addition to the 4000 women and men who are directly employed by the public broadcaster.

When broken down this equates to more than 500 additional jobs in production companies, over 400 jobs elsewhere in the broadcast sector, and close to 300 full-time equivalent jobs in the professional services.

Amidst the debate over the ABCs purpose and its funding we should all remember that there are 2500 jobs outside public broadcasting at risk in any move to curtail our remit and activities.

Addressing the critics argument that the ABCs about $1 billio...

06:47

Budget buffer? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"


The Treasurer is winning the post budget arguments because those who question his mastery arent acquainting themselves with the true situation.

The Treasurer is setting the agenda. We have fixed the budget mess he claims. There are surpluses as far as the eye can see.  Are there surpluses? Yes. Does this mean the budget is fixed? No.

The corporate world is littered with the corpses of companies which showed profits one day and went belly up shortly thereafter. Profits or net operating surpluses in this case, often coexist with cash deficits. Yet most people, innocently accept the Treasurers claim about future surpluses thinking he means cash surpluses, and respond by saying why not spend them now?  The Treasurers answer is essentially to say, no, they are needed to provide a buffer for the future.

This is the point where the Treasurer crosses the line from an arguable position, namely the existence of surpluses, to a baseless assertion that he is creating a future buffer.



A buffer requires a build-up of cash reserves and/or increased ability to borrow and service borrowings. The opposite will occur. Cash reserves will decrease, and borrowings will increase.  This is not necessarily bad but is contrary to what the Treasurer is trying to get us to believe.  Past Estimates hearings show he doesnt fully understand his own figures, not grasping the difference between profits and cash flow.

The only buffer currently being created by the Treasurer is one between fiction and reality.

The net operating surplus of the general government includes infrastructure grants from the Australian government as income when received but excludes the amounts as expenses when spent because theyre capital expenses. Only operating expenses are included.

To be fair the government is only following government accounting standards. The government however is taking advantage of the opportunity to mislead. Even more misleading is dragging $40 million per year out of TTLine as special dividends which becomes income to the government. These comes from cash which TTLine has been accum...

06:41

March quarter resi prices (-0.7pc qtr, +2pc yr) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

ABS reports modest price declines

The ABS released its residential property price indexes for the March 2017 quarter.

Although these figures are retrospective, they are always instructive, and reflected tighter lending conditions this quarter.

The total value of the dwelling stock was a nick lower at $6.9 billion - albeit well up from $4.4 trillion in 2011 - putting the mean price of residential dwellings at $687,700, and leaving housing market equity of around $5.1 trillion or so.

At the national level there was a quarterly decline in prices of 0.7 per cent, now leaving prices just 2 per cent higher than a year earlier.


The quarterly price decline was mainly accounted for by the most populous city, Sydney, with Melbourne also posting a moderate 0.6 per cent decline. 


Zooming in on the New South Wales capital, from a year earlier attached dwelling prices in Sydney were still 0.4 per cent higher, but house prices were 0.8 per cent lower (though all dwelling types were below their respective June 2017 cyclical peaks).  


Over the year to March 2018 the strongest price growth was seen in Hobart at 14.1 per cent, and the weakest w......

00:15

Over $4 billion of taxpayers money being spent on Snowy 2.0 and they get what? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"


The Turnbull Coalition Government in Canberra and the Hodgman Liberal Government in Tasmania have laboured to produce two new energy schemes - Snowy 2.0and the "Battery of the Nation".

These schemes are being touted as clean energy providing stability across the nations power networks, supply into the future and cheaper consumer costs.

One small problem

Both are pumped hydro systems which will actually use more power than they generate as their electricity consumption will be high.

That is, the total megawatts of electricity from other sources required to pump the water into the hydroelectric plant will exceed the megawatts of electricity produced by the plant.

Not all the potential electricity produced by the plant is realised, because pumping water uphill and, the conversions of the potential energy to kinetic energy to electricity is less than 100% efficient across each stage of the entire process. It seems efficiency loss would run somewhere between 20% to 40%.

Then there are the environmental effects....

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Tuesday, 19 June

17:50

No more harassment at the doors of abortion clinics for NSW women "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

For the first time in 15 years, women attending the Surry Hill's reproductive health clinic did so today without being harassed, intimidated or filmed.

Safe access zones have become a reality around clinics that provide abortions in New South Wales, after the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Act 2018 entered into force.

Paul Nattrass, Practice Manager at The Private Clinic in Surry Hills, said that he was relieved that women could now enter his clinic safely and privately.

"Today, for the first time that I can remember, the streets were quiet outside our clinic. Patients entered without strangers intimidating or questioning their private medical decisions. Staff were able to focus on providing the very best healthcare possible to our patients without fearing harassment. We are just really grateful that the NSW Parliament passed the laws, said Mr Nattrass.

The laws create 150 metre zones around medical clinics that provide abortions, where it is now unlawful to harass, intimidate, obstruct or film people without consent, or to communicate about abortions in a manner reasonably likely to cause anxiety or distress.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the law is an important recognition and validation of women's rights and experiences.

Women fear harassment and intimidation in so many areas of life, but no longer do women in New South Wales need to fear this when accessing reproductive healthcare. No longer do women have to forgo their rights to safety, dignity and privacy just to see their doctor," said Ms Walters.

New South Wales joins Tasmania, Victoria, ACT and Northern Territory in creating safe access zones around abortion clinics.

The new laws do not however, decriminalise abortion. Abortion in NSW is still regulated by 100 year old criminal laws that cause confusion and place decision-making power in the hands of third parties at the expense of womens autonomy.

Ms Walters said the NSW Government must now end the criminalisation of womens bodies and respect women as capable decision-makers over their own lives.

"It is simply unacceptable that in 2018, women are still being told that they cant be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies and still run the risk of prosecution for seeking a safe medical procedure. NSW must take the next step and bring its abortion laws into line with community values, modern medical practice and womens basic rights," said Ms Walters.

For interviews with Adrianne Walters and Paul Nattrass or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

08:46

Call for change at Eurydice memorial vigil "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Crowds gather for the Reclaim Princess Park Vigil in Melbourne, Monday, June 18, 2018. The vigil is being held on wake of the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon on Tuesday 14th June in Princes Park. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

MELBOURNE, AAP Thousands gathered to remember comedian Eurydice Dixon on the Melbourne field where she was found after being raped and murdered, with hundreds of others across the nation joining them in solidarity.

A huge crowd, reportedly including up to 10,000 people, gathered at Princes Park on Monday night to pay tribute to the 22-year-old.

They spent a sombre 20 minutes in silence with the lights on the field switched off, illuminating candles that many had brought.

People could be heard sobbing during the quiet reflection, which was broken by a choir singing around a makeshift memorial, where flowers and other tributes have been building since Ms Dixons body was found at the site.

Expressing grief, celebrating Ms Dixons life and stressing the right women have to be safe anywhere and at any time was the focus of the Reclaim Princes Park vigil, one of its organisers Pia Cerveri said as the night began.

But Ms Cerveri said there will later be a greater push for changes to prevent such tragedies.

The time will come when we will regroup to work together to make positive change in our society and we ask that you join that movement later, she said.

Right now is not that time, for political demands.

At least 200 people gathered for a vigil in Sydneys Hyde Park, where the names of dozens of recent victims of gendered violence were read out, while more than 100 met in the rain on the lawns of Hobarts parliament house.

The vigils came five days after Ms Dixon was killed on her way home from a comedy show at the Highlander Bar in the CBD on Tuesday night.

Last week, Broadmeadows 19-year-old Jaymes Todd appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with her rape and murder.

Earlier on Monday, the makeshift memorial at Princes Park was graffitied with offensive markings, with Victoria Police investigating the vandalism.

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04:37

Poker machine fine for Canberra Raiders wiped ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

... How lovely it must be to be a pokies joint in Canberra Its outrageous that Raiders Belconnen now does not have to pay the $120,000 fine which the ACT gambling regulator had imposed for breaking the law in relation to Professor Laurie Brown

04:30

NATION: Can Trumps farcical Singapore Summit alert us to dangers we face in our own democracy ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A new story, a new beginning, one of peace. Two men, two leaders, one destiny. A story in a special moment in time. When a man is presented with one chance that may never be repeated, what will he choose? High-tech-sci-fi labs, fast trains and a slam-dunking basketballer flit across the screen as a bizarre, four minute US mobile-propaganda-video, set to a dramatic musical score, fires our national and international imagination this week

04:00

Trumps ultimate triumph? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Private and highly confidential sources close to US President Donald Trump have indicated that he expects to be given the Nobel Peace prize following what he considers to be a marvellous outcome in his Singapore discussions with North Korean Chairman Kim

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Monday, 18 June

06:09

Fragrance Towers in Elizabeth Street, Hobart ... Donate ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Fragrance developments at 234-250 Elizabeth St. are now out for public comment, closing on the 12th July. It is two towers, one 49.4 metres and one 46.8 metres, both in a heritage area zoned for 11.5 metres

Sunday, 17 June

17:40

July In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed Tas"


When you look outside this time of year the last thing you feel like doing is standing out in the cold, wet and windy weather, especially if you live in the cooler areas. Dont let this put you off. There is so much to do in the garden and a lot more to do in the garden shed. Get off the couch and put on the thermals, the beanie, a coat and your gumboots and warm yourself up with some winter garden love.

Of course, the following is just a rough guide, and many of you will find your situation varies from the above listing due to microclimates created in your garden, location in relation to your nearest major city, extremes of weather and garden type. But the one thing that remains the same for all zones and regions is this: improve your soil by adding organic matter, mulch and no matter the season, we can all garden more sustainably all year round.

Tool Time
Why not head out to the shed, and sharpen, clean, oil and maintain your garden tools. Sounds tedious, but its really rewarding, and will save you cash in the long run. Practicing tool hygiene will prevent the spread of disease.

Mulch your beds
Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds. Choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down. If in the southern states try to avoid Sugar Cane as it would have a high carbon footprint due to transport.

Green Manure
Green manure crops are good to go now improve that dormant veggie patch. In cooler to temperate areas you can use crops like like faba beans or field peas and for warmer areas try mung beans. Remember to chop and drop them before they flower.

Pruning & Weeding
Pruning and weeding is a great job to do at this time of year. Deciduous fruit trees love a big old haircut now, except your apricot!

Cool to Cold Areas

Low temperatures for extended periods of time (all of Tasmania, most of Victoria, the southern highlands of NSW, the ACT and a tiny southern bit of SA)

Its bare root season! Get your deciduous fruit trees in now, including apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. Deciduous exotic trees can also be planted now.

Theres still a bit happening in the veggie patch, especially if you love your brassicas, you could try spinach, carrots, sweet peas, broad beans, coriander and peas.

Temperate Areas......

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