IndyWatch All AU Local News Feed Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch All AU Local News Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch All AU Local News Feed was generated at Australian News IndyWatch.

Thursday, 21 June

18:14

MT Gargoyles "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


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

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


The LNP's favourite Pissing Boy sculpture, Christopher Pyne

18:01

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


2) Letter on Indonesias New Counterterrorism Law


3) Prabowo accuses Jokowi govt of weakening TNI

--------------------------

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

17:16

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

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

File photo

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

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

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

Photo taken by 'IAD' 

15:42

Queensland AIDS Councils Executive Director Resigns "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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

The post Queensland AIDS Councils Executive Director Resigns appeared first on QNews Magazine.

15:29

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

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Update: Police officer injured, Mackay

June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2018/06/21/update-police-officer-injured-mackay/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGd4KXwI8a6gXYEFoMncg0yMeoLsA

,

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/29477056 ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld ,

https://crimeview.wordpress.com/search/user1ouenvdy/ ,

15:29

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

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Man arrested after Slade Point manhunt charged

June 21, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/man-arrested-after-slade-point-manhunt-charged/3447658/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF4y0fEXP2VMRIk-nWQiuuBOJBXPg

,

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/29477056 ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld ,

https://crimeview.wordpress.com/search/user1ouenvdy/ ,

13:46

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

Population growth rate: slowing from higher-highs

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

That means that the population clock is now projected to hit 25,000,000 in August, a 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). 


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 for four consecutive quarters, with the three most populous states now easing, if you take these figures at face value. 

The auditor in me has a sneaking suspicion that there might be a cut-off issue with some of these numbers. However, it does seem that the pace of immigration could be slower this year than last, for a range of reasons as better explored by Signor Pascoe at the SMH and the New Daily. 
...

13:17

Winter Solstice Festival Raffle "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

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

The post Winter Solstice Festival Raffle appeared first on Northey Street City Farm.

12:39

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

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

12:01

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

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

Ballina Labor candidate Asren Pugh. Photo supplied

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

Greens MLC Dawn Walker. Photo supplied

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

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

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

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

11:39

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GET TICKETS

The post...

11:06

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

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

The post New Rainbow Crossing For Sydneys Taylor Square appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post Byron firefighters needed, info night tonight appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:50

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:34

Byrons Video Connection to close "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post Byrons Video Connection to close appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:20

Google no substitute for libraries "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The state governments contribution to libraries has decline...

10:13

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

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

The post Lismore LGBTIQ Group Tropical Fruits Is Looking For A Club Manager appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:05

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

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

The post Its Time to Ditch Dutton, Before Its too Late appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

09:59

ENSLAVED & SLSTAFIR "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

 

ENSLAVED

With very special guests SLSTAFIR

Australian Tour 2018

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

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

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

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

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

I have seldom seen more ecstatic fans than...

09:57

Recognising the hidden homeless "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

Every wondered what it would be like to be homeless?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09:20

NSW budget and you "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Hans Lovejoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

09:19

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

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

The post NSW Passes Stronger Child Sexual Abuse Laws, But Priests Remain Protected appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

09:05

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

Source: A Current Affair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09:00

My friend the goat "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

FrostieMore-4

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

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

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

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

...

08:32

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

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

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

...

08:25

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

Andrew Polidano in flight. Photo supplied.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post Powered paragliders reach the snow-capped crest of Mt Kosciuszko appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:20

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

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

Infrastructure boom yet idle labour

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

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

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

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

08:05

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

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

The post Tan Frances Mum Thought Queer Eye Was About Turning Straight People Gay appeared first on QNews Magazine.

08:00

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07:44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post Court issues warrant for arrest of o...

07:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

07:29

Man arrested over outstanding warrants Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore police station. File photo

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

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

Police executed four outstanding warrants for domestic and parole offences.

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

The post Man arrested over outstanding warrants Lismore  appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:10

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


2) Indonesia Hopes to Flex Diplomatic Muscle With Security Council Seat
3) When Indonesia sits on the Security Council
-----------------------------

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

07:04

Stars winners over Warragul "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

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

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

07:00

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

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

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

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

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

Officers from Richmond Police District were alerted and commenced investigations.

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

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

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

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

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

06:54

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

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.pressreader.com/australia/daily-mercury/20180621/281672550664787&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHMECn-tUcn-fZ4xqjrbP84V7sT_Q

,

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/29477056 ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld ,

https://crimeview.wordpress.com/search/user1ouenvdy/ ,

06:54

MACKAY mackay watch house "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://m.dailymercury.com.au/topic/mackay-watch-house/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEcWj9RX5MAzYlk3QvtCAjcV5Ry3A

,

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/29477056 ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld ,

https://crimeview.wordpress.com/search/user1ouenvdy/ ,

06:00

A sunny day at Joyces Creek "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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

Australian Pelican, Joyces Creek, 18th June 2018

06:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05:55

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Downloadable at:

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

04:09

Hawksbill Sea Turtle release "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Hawksbill Sea Turtle. (supplied)

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post Hawksbill Sea Turtle release appeared first on Echonetdaily.

00:16

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




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

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

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

00:15

Trump's Truth "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Trumps truth









The Truth
...

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch All AU Local News Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Wednesday, 20 June

23:46

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

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

23:46

Visions for Armidale Creeklands AGM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

23:36

Prickly Problems Project launch "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

23:16

VIDEO: Save Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

22:51

Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Untitled-2

Concertina Bookbinding Creations for Kids

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

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

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

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

Ages 6-7: 10am 12pm
...

21:59

Focus on Ability Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Untitled-2

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

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

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

21:48

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

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

21:08

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

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

By Sarah Joseph

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

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

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

What is the Human Rights Council?

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

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

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

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

The HRCs functions include the d...

21:06

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Untitled-2

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

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

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

20:32

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

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

20:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out Total Paces 73:

Total Paces Debut Show

With Electric Zebra

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

20:04

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

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

19:55

Surveys protect Yellow Bellied Glider habitat "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

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

Read the GECO survey report here. 

18:01

1) Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Catholic Church leader at Sentani secure the Eid al-Fitr prayer
3) PNG admits there is still a lot of smuggling on the border of Wutung



-------------------------------------

 1) Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua
No Follow-Up to Official Invitation to Troubled Region
What is the Indonesian government hiding in Papua?


Phelim Kine 

Deputy Director, Asia Division
Thats the question raised by the governments ...

17:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:36

Is government spending on tertiary education getting more progressive? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

One long-made argument against tertiary education subsidies is that they are regressive. University students tend to come from more privileged backgrounds, and therefore receive a disproportionate share of government spending on higher education.

Based on gross household income, ABS data on the distribution of government benefits released today confirms that this is still true, as the chart below shows, although the ratio between the highest and lowest income quintiles is lower now than in the past.

Slide2

On an equivalised income basis, which takes into account household size, the distribution of spending is more even. This reflects the fact that although students tend to come from relatively affluent households, these also tend to be relatively large households containing a couple and their children. Making it disposable income makes it more even still, given progressive taxation. Even...

14:30

Dumb as Bucks "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Language is a organic thing.  Words evolve and words disappear, and they disappear from the lack of use.  So it is important for all of us, that when certain words that used to be often used start disappearing, that we all join together to keep them alive.  This is part of the reason for this post.

Yesterday, the NSW Government delivered its 2018-19 budget showing a $3.9 billion surplus.  For those who live outside NSW, a surplus (pronounced sur-pluhs, -pluhs) is when the Government plans to spend less money than it collects. A novel concept for most Australian, but as shown in NSW, it is more than a theoretical possibility.

Any Canberra residents out there reading this, please repeat after Spartacus:

  • sur-pluhs, -pluhs
  • sur-pluhs, -pluhs
  • sur-pluhs, -pluhs

Not surprisingly, the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet has been out selling and promoting the budget.

Spartacus has not be following particularly closely where the Treasurer has been, but one imagines that he needs to speak to informed and ill-informed citizens.  And on the theme of the ill-informed, Treasurer Perrottet popped in for a chat with the geniuses, the Apostles of Emma-nomics at the ABC.

Interviewed this morning by the leading minds of Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, came the following observation from Buck:

The Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is with us this morning. Of course he handed down the state budget yesterday. There was a lot of money being thrown around, although not a great deal of money it appears being thrown it into climate change relief.

Yes.  You read that correctly.  The ABC journalist, whose salary is paid by the tax payers, observed that there was not a lot of money thrown into climate change relief as part of the NSW budget.  Buck then followed with the following quality question:

Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?

Without transcribing Perrottets exact....

14:18

New Art Award Dedicated To Queens Ball Founder Sybil Von Thorndyke "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new art award dedicated to the founder of the long-running Queens Birthday Ball event will be awarded next year. The award will be established with the proceeds of an upcoming book immortalising the history of Brisbanes Queens Birthday Ball, the worlds longest running LGBTIQ event. It will be known as the QBB Founders Award, ...

The post New Art Award Dedicated To Queens Ball Founder Sybil Von Thorndyke appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:55

The Block: Social Renovation? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Places evolve. The cycle of fortune is etched everywhere. The buildings, the people, the artwork, all hold DNA from the past. St Kildas eco-system has morphed and yo-yoed over the years. For 40,000 years prior to colonisation, it was the aboriginal territory of Euroe Yroke, a rich swampland where various tribes roamed. European settlement drained these []

13:40

Planning panel put on notice over West Byron developments "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tuesdays (June 19) meeting of the Joint Regional Planning Panel hearing submissions from the community into the proposed West Byron developments. Photo Aslan Stand

Chris Dobney

If any member of the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) was in doubt that Byron residents are in total opposition to the plans of two groups of developers to carve up the West Byron wetlands into 667 housing lots, they would have been thoroughly disabused after four hours of passionate and informed speeches by opponents at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Tuesday evening (June 19).

Out of the 30-odd speakers there was not a single speech in favour of the proposal.

The meeting had been a long time in coming and was the first opportunity for residents to have their say in four years, following the much maligned 2014 community consultation that was described at the meeting as a farce.

The five-member panel that will ultimately decide the fate of the proposals consists of: chair Garry West, a former National Party government minister; former bureaucrats Stephen Gow and John Griffin; and neighbouring councillors Katie Milne (Tweed Greens mayor) and Vanessa Ekins (Lismore Greens councillor).

Cr Ekins sent her apologies but Mr West told Echonetdaily she would be provided with the recordings of the sessions and all of our notes.

Signs of protest outside Tuesdays (June 19) Joint Regional Planning Panel meeting. Photo Chris Dobney

Unsuitable site

Ecologist Dailan Pugh and biologist Mary Gardner opened with speeches...

13:38

Can Your Coffee Order Make A Difference? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

by Paris Newman Drink your milk if you want strong bones! Drink your milk to achieve a balanced diet! Drink your milk to maintain your health! Such expressions surrounding dairy milk are drilled into our consciousness within the early stages of childhood. Yet, could it really be possible that such widespread idioms are detrimental to []

13:11

The Pledge "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

by Adam Murie That day was so cold I wore tracky-daks under my jeans while promenading along the boardwalk of St Kilda beach in winter. Theres no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing but this day was proving otherwise because I was appropriately dressed and it was still freezing. The foreshore was empty []

13:04

Eco Centres Neil Blake OAM, Baykeeper of the Watch "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Text & image by Neil Blake & Kerrie Pacholli pationpics.com In 1992 Robert Mate Mate, a dear friend and creative collaborator introduced me to Neil Blake as the Penguin Man. At that time Neil devoted a big chunk of energy studying and protecting the Port Phillip Penguins that come to roost every night at []

12:34

Funny People Of Fitzroy St "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A whimsical, nostalgic look at the characters, identities and funny people of  1950s Fitzroy Street. by Robert Chuter Saturday, 12 February 1955 In Fitzroy Street, dilapidated terraces of houses, like shabby denial Victorian Dowagers have long rubbed shoulders with modern hotels and flats.  But cabarets, clubs and restaurants with menus as varied as the []

12:02

Best drone for kids DJI Tello "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

You would best describe the dji Tello as a mini drone. I for one could not believe how small this drone was. I won a Tello in a contest and my initial thoughts were this will be an excellent kid-friendly drone. Will it be the best drone for kids? If its pedigree is anything to go by it certainly will with dji (the world leader in drones) standing behind it along with an Intel (computers) chip in it.

Straight out of the box the first thing you realise is, that there are no accessories or parts to put together which is great for kids (and for us adults truth be told).  There is no remote control, there is no attaching the propellers, there is no attaching the guards. There is just the drone, 1 set of replacement wings and 1 battery. If you want to talk a about mini-drone the dji Tello is it. The lack of accessories in the box is what makes this one of the best drones for kids straight away as there is nothing to lose parts wise.

The one thing kids will need to have is a phone or tablet to download the Tello app to fly this little machine. The Tello app is where the magic begins and the fun takes over allowing you to take off do tricks and land. I will say there is the option to buy a wireless remote control if downloading the app is not for you or you do prefer to have a control (like a PS4 controller which will allow you to fly the drone that way).

Let us look at some of the Tello dimensions:
  • 9.8cm  x 9.2cm x 4.1cm (3.8 inches x 3.6 inches x 1.6 inches) in size
  • Weighs 80g or 0.17 pounds (propellers and battery included)

This makes the Tello small enough to fit in a backpack or carry on suitcase and light enough that its not a burden for the kids to carry around. One thing you dont like as a parent is to be carrying around any more stuff for your kids. The weight and size make this a great drone for kids.

So, what can a top drone for kids do?

Auto Takeoff & Landing makes a good kid-friendly Drone

Open the app and simply hit the takeoff button to initiate the takeoff and the land button to initiate the landing. There are different landing modes: Tap to land and palm land. In Tap to Land the aircraft lands automatically. Put the Tello in Palm Land and place your palm under the aircraft.  Tap to confirm and the aircraft will land in your hand and stop its motors.

Tip: Make sure to have your palm flat, you dont want your fingers to get whacked by the blades. It wont do any damage to your finge...

11:54

Hannah Mouncey Warns She May Take AFL To Human Rights Commission "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Trans footballer Hannah Mouncey has said she may take her case to the Human Rights Commission if the AFL dont put in place a policy for transgender players soon. Mouncey is currently playing in Victoria in the VFLW with Darebin but is still in limbo about her eligibility of playing AFLW next year. The AFL ...

The post Hannah Mouncey Warns She May Take AFL To Human Rights Commission appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:51

Byron Bay Pop-Up Science Centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Saturday at 10 AM  3 PM

Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay

Spin yourself until youre dizzy, compare your reflexes to a Formula 1 driver and see your fingertips under the microscope with the Shell Questacon Science Circus.

Cavanbah Centre will be overflowing with exciting hands-on science exhibits when the Science Circus and their colourful semi-trailer roll into town for an exhibition of their pop-up science centre.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy over 40 interactive science exhibits and watch spectacular science shows as Science Circus presenters hold fire in their hands, lie on a bed of nails and levitate beach balls.

Admission:
Adult $6, Students/Concession $5, Family $18, Children under 5 and Q Club Members FREE.

There will be a small shop. Children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

MORE INFORMATION

The post Byron Bay Pop-Up Science Centre appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

11:46

Queensland Winners Celebrate At Inaugural Pride In Sport Awards "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Queenslands water polo community is celebrating wins at the inaugural Australian Pride in Sport Awards in Melbourne on Tuesday night. The awards recognise exceptional efforts in making Australian sport more inclusive of LGBTIQ people. Jeremy Archer (pictured, third from left), the Brisbane Tritons first president and now Water Polo Queensland Diversity officer, took home the ...

The post Queensland Winners Celebrate At Inaugural Pride In Sport Awards appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:33

All-Energy Australia 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Australia's most comprehensive clean and renewable energy event, All-Energy Australia will run from 3 - 4 October 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

11:28

How to Write a Character Reference for Court "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

For those who are pleading guilty to a criminal or traffic offence, it is a good idea to arrange for the preparation of up to three character reference letters for the court to consider during the sentencing process. References that are prepared by the right people and which contain relevant information will be considered by

The post How to Write a Character Reference for Court appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

10:59

Anti-Gay Countries Missing Out On Billions In Tourism And Investment "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Countries with anti-LGBTIQ laws are sacrificing billions of dollars in potential tourism and investment, according to a new report. The Economic Cost of Homophobia report, published by advocacy group The Peter Tatchell Foundation, also argues that the countries are also sacrificing the economic power of their own LGBTIQ citizens. The global LGBTIQ travel market is ...

The post Anti-Gay Countries Missing Out On Billions In Tourism And Investment appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:56

Splendour in the Grass 2018 Arts Program "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

 

 

Sacrifices. Graveyards. Ritual burials. Just another day at The Barn with artist ANDY FORBES!  Influenced by the realms of religious cults, fetish and socio-political taboos, get ready for some graveyard boogie with spooky DJs in the barn window, audience interactive comedy, and sacrifices when Andy returns to present THE WITCH HUNT and PICKLES FAMILY FUNERALS.

Meet THE CLEANERS! Presented by SHOCK THERAPY PRODUCTIONS, the scene begins with a completely white living room that sits 7 metres above the ground. Two cleaners in white uniforms take great pains to maintain the rooms perfect whiteness. On the ground below sits a giant slingshot. Beside the slingshot, a large collection of mud-filled balloons. Let the games begin. Fights, meltdowns, existential crisis; who knows what will unfold.

With head spinning geometric patterns that are like mind-bending optical illusions,...

10:53

NSW Police Officer Avoids Prison After Filming and Publishing Sexual Act Without Consent "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A New South Wales police officer has been spared prison time after filming a colleague without consent while they were having sex and sharing it online to boast to colleagues. 28-year old senior constable Timothy Patterson filmed a sexual encounter with a fellow off-duty officer at a city hotel

The post NSW Police Officer Avoids Prison After Filming and Publishing Sexual Act Without Consent appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

10:52

Sydneys Archibald prize exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The annual prize fest of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes  at the Art Gallery of NSW, offers a rich diversity of Australian art practice. First awarded in 1921, the Archibald portrait prize reflects how portraiture has evolved since then and the subject matter is an insightful reflection of contemporary life. There is also a Young Archie competition which has mazing works by school children. The Wynne focusses landscape and figure sculpture and the Sulman for best genre or subject painting.

...

10:39

Dumb Things! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Described as an ultimate bad feminist Amanda Jane Pritchard makes her international debut this August at Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her comedy/cabaret show All The Dumb Things, but not before shows in St Kilda, Sydney and London (as part of Camden Fringe). Coming to you from a backyard somewhere in sunny St Kilda, Amanda Jane []

10:22

Carte blanche for developers on old Byron sewage plant site? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire Councils sign at the entrance to the old South Byron STP site. Photo Patrick Campbell

Aslan Shand

Questions are being raised around how the process for the remediation and future outcomes of the South Byron sewerage treatment plant (STP) are being delivered, with a key concern being the opportunity for community input. 

The site, at 1 Broken Head Road, was decommissioned in November 2005 and has since had around half the remediation work required done, according to councillor Paul Spooner. 

However, since its closure it has been adopted by wildlife and birds as well as becoming a clam and magic place for locals and visitors alike said local biologist Dr Mary Gardner. 

This Thursday, Council will most likely go into a confidential session to discuss the nine expressions of interest (EOI) that have been put in to council that will most likely determine the future of the site. 

The reason the site has been able to go straight to EOI without community consultation is because it is classified as operational land not community land, therefore it doesnt require a plan of management (PoM), according to Phil Holloway, director infrastructure services. 

Council understands there is a community desire for the property to be redeveloped into parklands and community open space but we do not have the money to do this and then maintain into the future, Mr Holloway said.

While he states that Council would like to maintain the land for  the provision of public open space for community and environmental benefit he also highlights that council could put...

10:02

Catallaxy Exclusive ABC and Sydney Uni to offer Emma-nomics Degree "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In exclusive and breaking news, it can be reported that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will establish a new foundation, the Ultimo Centre for Intellectual Vapidity (UCIV).  The ABC will seed the UCIV with an initial $20 million from savings from the axing of Peppa Pig programs.

UCIVs first investment will be to establish the School of Emma-nomics within the University of Sydney (USyd).  The School of Emma-nomics will be housed within the USyd Department of Italian Studies with the object to teach students about contemporary leftist economics and mathematics.  Courses such as calculating company income tax on revenue from an indigenous perspective will be offered, as will courses on how to win a debate by calling your opponent dog f**cker, Nazi and terrorist.

UCIV will fund academics and scholarships for this program.  However, to avoid using the gender loaded title of Bachelor ascribed to most undergraduate academic degrees, the award for graduates of this program will be know as the Special Paper Epi Walkley (SPEW).

The inaugural head of the USyd School of Emma-nomics will be Professor Emma Alberici who has been seconded from the ABC.  Professor Alberici said:

In 2001 I was a @walkleys finalist for a story on tax minimisation #justsaying.  I am thus well qualified to teach and speak on Emma-nomics.

Professor Peter Van Onselen will also be delivering courses on journalism and politics.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus
Subscribe to the Sparta-Blog at eyamspartacus.wordpress.com

09:26

Byrons new shopping mall just months away from opening "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An artists impression of Mercatos facade. Image www.mercatoonbyron.com.au

Paul Bibby

A shiny, new creature is gradually emerging from the earth in downtown Byron Bay.

For the past 18 months, workers have swarmed over a large building site next to the Jonson Street Woolworths, creating a rolling soundtrack of construction noise that most locals are now used to.

The town is no stranger to development of course, but this project heralds something quite different Byrons first major shopping mall.

In approximately five months time, the doors will open on Mercato on Byron a multi-level centre complete with basement car parking, a cinema complex, and shiny shops catering to your every want and need.

Some see it as a welcome addition that will attract more visitors and create local jobs, while others bemoan a further Gold Coastification of the Shire.

So what are we actually going to get?

At 7,895m2 set over two levels, not including the carparks, the combined floorspace of the development is much smaller than a Westfield-style mega mall.

Its design is less sprawling than the older-style centres at Tweed and Ballina, thanks to a double-level, 321-vehicle underground carpark directly beneath the shopping and entertainment area.

Cinemas

Plans for a bowling alley went by the wayside somewhere during the planning process, so the malls main entertainment feature will be a nine-theatre cinema complex.

Much like its three-cinema predecessor, the new facility will be run by Palace Cinemas, with its international and independent offerings.

There was due to be an art gallery included in the complex. However, this now appears to have morphed into an open space for artisan market/gallery and performances. Exactly what this is remains to be seen.

That leaves the shops an as...

09:25

A story to raise suicide awareness "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullumbimby-based writer and filmmaker Jesse Blackadder.

Organisers of a suicide prevention and awareness project are calling upon those who have recovered from suicidality to join an eight week group starting in August, with two award-winning authors who will help them write and publish a book of their stories.

Story Circle project manager Heather Ellemor-Collins says the group will be a safe and encouraging forum where people who have been suicidal can explore their experiences and recovery through creative writing. No previous experience of writing is necessary.

Renowned authors

Ellemor-Collins says, We are delighted...

09:20

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

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...

09:00

And then there were fourmeet Tweanie. "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

_01I8703

With a Facebook post alerting one of our supporters to the plight of the day-old little Dorper lamb we were to name Tweanie, our lamb clan of 2018 quickly rose to four! Feeding times now consist of four little dancing tails matched by the dexterity of our carers as they juggle four bottles and monitor intakes. When feeding orphan lambs, it is critical not to overfeed the hungry babies, tempting as their little bleats are for more. The resulting scours from overfeeding such immune-compromised babies can often prove fatal; hence our diligent recording of each feeding, all logged with love regardless of the hour of day (or night).

_01I8737 _01I8766

08:53

A Giant Dark Emu Roams "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

We may not see wild emus in our bush around Newstead, but there is one vast dark one that now strides across our sky. The dark lanes and dust of the centre of the Milky Way galaxy become visible as galactic centre rises on winter evenings. Aboriginal astronomers did not limit their descriptions to bright stars as the Arabic and subsequent European astronomers did, but include the dark shapes of the night skies into their science.

The great dark emu rises above our place

The head, neck and body of the emu rise above our place at Strangways

sky emu pano labelled

And with some labels

The most impressive is the great emu that stretches across the winter sky, with its head at the base of the Southern Cross (unromantically called the Coalsack by Europeans) and feet well north in the constellation Aquila (the Eagle). The mighty body of this bird, thousands of trillions of kilometres long, is found in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius.

Picnic point on Lake Cairn Curran provided a great setting for photographing the centre of the Milky Way. Saturn adds an extra bright object to the spectacle. The Sagittarius Star Cloud is also easily picked out with the naked eye, but is a real treat with binoculars. The Lagoon nebula is also discernible with the naked eye and is one of the many star-creating bright nebulae in this part of the galaxy. Messier objects 6 & 7 are open star clusters and are recently born clusters of stars that have blown their gaseous nebula into space.

And rumour has it that Newstead is the centre of the universe.

Picnic Point nightscape mosiac

Milky Way central rises above Cairn Curran. Somewhere in there is a black hole millions of times the mass of our sun.

Picnic Point nightscape mosiac labelled

and some la...

08:34

Teven, Tintenbar residents say no bloody way to asphalt plant "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Front row, from left: president of the Teven Tintenbar Community Association Josh Browne, Greens MP Tamara Smith, Joshs wife and son, Ballina councillor Keith Williams and NSW Labor candidate Asren Pugh. Photo Caroline Desmond

Ballina Shire Council mayor David Wright has refused to state his support or otherwise for a petrochemical plant that residents fear would be built near their rural Teven homes.

While multinational Fulton Hogan are yet to lodge a development application (DA) before Ballina Council, residents and politicians converged on Saturday at Tintenbar Hall to discuss the project.

The No Bloody Way campaign against any proposed asphalt factory is headed by the Teven Tintenbar Community Association.

Mayor Wright, who was at the meeting, told The Echo, We as councillors cannot make up our minds before seeing the DA there is nothing for Council to consider. The proponent will need to lodge not just a DA, but an environmental impact statement (EIS) and undertake community consultation.

Anyone can apply to develop anything, he said, even of its not allowable.

Yet the mayor conceded that the project could be built within the zoning.

When asked if Ballina Councils planning laws reflect community expectations in this regard, he replied that they did.

I dont know anywhere else apart from an industrial estate where you would put such a plant, he said.

The mayor also questioned where residents got their information from, such as the claim it will operate 24/7. No similar plant in the area operates 24/7.    

And while residents are urging councillors to stop the process now, Mayor Wright expressed his fear that Council could be taken to court if they reject any proposal for the site.

Meanwhile the cause is bringing locals together. Resident Jo Mainprize said of the Saturday gathering, I know a lot of locals, but...

08:12

How the Ballina electorate fares in the NSW budget "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artists impression of the new Ballina High School. (Supplied)

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

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

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

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

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

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

$2,108,000 has been put aside for the planning and construction for the Byron bus interchange that includes improved ramps, toilets, seating, shelters, kiss and ride zones, bike racks, improved customer information and CCTV and lighting.

A Brunswick Heads boat ramp upgrade is pegged at $500,000, while $304,000 will go to the construction of a shared path along Balemo Drive in Ocean Shores

And do we get value for money from John Holland corporation who maintain the regions disused railways? Despite the state governments multi-electorate transport program, inspections and minor repairs for rail line in this electorate will cost the taxpayer $341,000 for this year.

An upgrade to the Ballina Byron Airport is pegged at $4,508,000 and falls under the Restart NSW Fund.

Bridge rebuilding around Bangalow will cost $2,589,000, while Brunswick Heads foreshore public reserve upgrades and improvements will cost $1,227,000.

Regional grants include the Byron Writers festival Story Board Road trip ($80,000), the establishment of Ignite Studios Lighting Sustainability upgrades and partnership development $158,000) and the Solar Art Ark, a solar powered mobile workshop/stage/stopre ($...

08:00

June 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1790 The Second Fleet materalised on the Holo Deck at Port Jackson.

1793 - The colony's administrator Lieut-Gov Francis Grose was empowered to assign convicts as servants to civil and military officers. He was instructed to prevent the secret and clandestine sale of spirits in the colony.
And, oh, how we laughed....

1802 - French explorer Nicholas Baudin washed ashore at Port Jackson aboard Le Geographe.

1808 - Michael Bagan was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1808 - Felix Donnelly was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1832 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Bong Bong to Wollongong road.

1839 - Robert William Newland and party shifted into Victor Harbour, SA.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1840 - First land sales held at Jervis Bay, NSW.

1843 - The first election in Victoria to vote in six members to represent the residents of Port Phillip in the NSW Legislative Council. Voters had to be male over the age of 21 and own freehold property worth at least 200 pounds. Candidates had to own property to the value of 2000 pounds. The vote for the Melbourne representative drew a total of 556 voters.

1846 - Brisbane 's first newspaper, the Moreton Bay Courier (later the Brisbane Courier, then Courier-Mail) began publication.

1866 Adelaide's Town Hall opened for the usual shenanigans.

1899 - The Perth Mint opened to convert the colony's glittery, glittery gold into gold sovereigns.

1911 - The narrow gauge Crowes Railway Line (Vic) was opened from Beech Forest to Crowes.

1916 - The 26 miles / 42 kms of Broad Gauge Heywood to Mount Gambier Railway Line (Vic & SA) was opened as far as Dartmoor, only 10 miles / 16 kms from the SA border.

1927 Film premiere of For the Term of his Natural Life.

1931 -  Forty NSW Police were involved in a bloody gun battle with 18 unemployed Communist squatters over an eviction order at 143 Union St, Newtown.

1932 - The Boggabilla Railway Branch line(NSW) was opened to those delicious steam locomotives from Camurra - North Star - Boggabilla.

1949 Lance Sharkey, chairman of the Communist Party, was convicted for sedition.

1961 - The book, The Trial of Lady Chatterley, was banned.
First they banned Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Then they banned the book of the trial.

1964 - The first Pioneer Valley show was held at Finch Hatton, Mackay.

1965 - The rail passenger service from Heath...

07:44

MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 20th of June, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY June 20, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 20th of June, 2018

June 20, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

A NORTH MACKAY man has been arrested after allegedly blowing five times the legal limit. The 24 year old was allegedly driving down the highway

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.hit.com.au/news/mackay/local-news-headlines-mackay-the-whitsundays-20th-of-june-2018&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNH3-OtR0T9vV29TwJ51NcUzu4GPiA

,

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/29477056 ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld ,

https://crimeview.wordpress.com/search/user1ouenvdy/ ,

07:04

Local bodybuildings golden girl "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WONTHAGGIS Lucy Dicker took home gold from the All Female Classic bodybuilding competition this month.
Lucy won the Sports Model section, was second in Fitness Model, third in Fitness Open and third in Novice. Thats a place in every section she entered.
Following months of training and sticking to a strict meal plan, including eating seven times a day, her determination has paid off.
And Lucy says she wouldnt have achieved those places in the natural competition, held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse, without coach Luke Hynes.
With the right coach, you can succeed, Lucy said of Luke, a full-time Voyage Fitness coach.
Hes helped out so much, guiding me in the right direction. Lukes been bodybuilding for about 10 years.
His knowledge of bodybuilding is insane and hes so passionate about it.
Lucy spends countless hours in the gym each week with coach Luke, working up a sweat with cardio and weight sessions. Lucy works at her parents business, Wonthaggi Betta Home Living.
Luke used to work here and I remember when I was younger, Id see him in the lunch room with his egg whites.
Its all been lots of fun; the coaching, the competition, everything. Ill definitely be doing it again.
Each Sunday, Lucy sets aside three hours to prepare 21 meals for the following week.
Its important to listen to your body. I dont cut any food groups. Meal prepping makes it a lot easier to stick to a meal plan.
Lucys planning on entering the Rising Star and Rookie Show bodybuilding competition, held early next year.
Over the next few months, Lucy says shell continue to train, eat healthy, and build up more muscle.
Its a slow process, but I love it.

The post Local bodybuildings golden girl appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.

06:43

Thermal Inertia and the Climate Emergency "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

In my recent blog on the ocean warming and the large black marlin caught off the coast at Mallacoota I quoted at length from the Skeptical Science website on how thermal inertia works. Skeptical Science used the analogy of a boiling a pot of water on the stove. Even though there is an enormous amount of heat under the pot and a relatively small amount of water in it there is still a delay of some minutes before the water boils.

In the real world we have the opposite occurring. We have a human enhanced greenhouse effect warming the planet gradually in human time but almost instantaneous in geological time. And this increased temperature is acting on the vast oceans of the planet. Extra energy of the equivalent of four Hiroshima atom bombs per second is being added to our atmosphere and more than 90% of this heat is absorbed by the oceans. Even so the delay in the warming of the oceans is measured in decades and of which the 40 year delay is the mid-point of the scientific estimates of this extremely difficult calculation.

Factoring in the thermal inertia of the oceans has a number of consequences. One being that if we could somehow stop all greenhouse gas emissions instantly the warming would continue for 40 years and possibly a lot longer. But perhaps the big message is that mankind has already caused much more warming than we can possibly imagine. The warming of our oceans, the one degree temperature rise over the century, the Black Saturdays, the Millennial Drought, the heat waves, the record black marlin at Mallacoota and Bass Strait, are all just the start of bigger (and worse) things to come.

As I pointed out the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere in 1980 was 340 parts per million (ppm) whereas now it is over 410. If we assume the pre-industrial level was 280ppm then the additional 60ppm to 1980 has caused at least the one degree of temperature rise we are now experiencing and probably more. We note that in the last 40 years we have added a further 70ppm indicating that possibly a further degree of warming is already in the pipeline. Finally we can add the one or two ppm we are continuing to add to the atmosphere each year. Even these very rough lay...

06:14

WestConnex sale looms as bidding duel narrows to Transurban, industry funds "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The WestConnex project in Sydney has generated massive opposition form affected communities and led to the rise of community groups that are waging an ongoing campaign. This battle has contributed to the growth of a lack of confidence in government. This article by Michael West (18 June 2018) provides a rundown of the latest developments, which includes the moves to sell the projects resulting tollways to the private sector.

It is little wonder that trust in government is bruised by the day. The secrecy and dissembling over Australias largest infrastructure project, WestConnex, is a case in point.

To be fair, some sympathy might be conceded governments undertaking ambitious public works projects, especially when they entail tearing down peoples homes to build motorways and locking horns with angry residents groups. Even from the outset however, the $17 billion WestConnex project in Sydney has been handled more like an SAS mission than a public project requiring community consent and deliberation. As a suite of project deadlines looms, public confidence is running low.

The greatest flaw in this project has perhaps been the failure to consider, from the start,  whether rail might have been a better option than road. There was no Public Sector Comparator to contemplate a mass transit alternative which might be cheaper and more efficient. No public consultation or discussion. Just roads to be privatised, tolls to be had to juice up the sale price from privatisation.

Now, as the deadline for sale nears, the sale that is of a 51 per cent majority stake in Sydney Motorways Corporation (SMC) which houses the gargantuan WestConnex, questions over the project are hitting fever pitch. Does it stack up?

The latest concerns:

05:43

John Pilger: Bring Julian Assange home "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Australian government has an obligation to free Julian Assange, John Pilger told a rally in Sydney on June 16, marking Assange's six years' confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected. We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a U.S. extradition warrant is successful - a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture. I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smear engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him. In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated 8 March, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the U.S. Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the "feeling of trust" that is WikiLeaks' "centre of gravity". This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of "exposure [and] criminal prosecution" and a unrelenting assault on reputation. The aim was to silence and criminalise WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech.

05:38

Scotsman's letter proves the slaughter of Aborigines "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

An extraordinary letter home to Scotland from a young man who had emigrated to Australia in the 1830s has been made available to people trying to reconcile with Aboriginal history. James Graham wrote home to his family in Fife in 1839, a year after he had emigrated to Australia, and his letter contains proof that Aborigines were massacred by white settlers - studies have shown that up to 60% of Australians still do not believe such atrocities happen. During National Reconciliation Week earlier this month - seven days of promoting Aboriginal culture - the so-called Overland Letter by Graham was promoted by the University of Melbourne in its online publication Pursuit. The letter from the university archives is extraordinary for several reasons, not least because it is a rare example of the "criss-cross" style of writing which Victorians used in order to save paper - the most famous user of that method was the missionary and explorer David Livingstone. According to Pursuit, Graham's cross-writing horizontally, vertically and diagonally filled two large leaves of heavy paper with words that would later add up to forty pages of typed transcription.

00:16

Majority believe that funding for all ABC services should be increased or maintained, according to Essential Research survey "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


In May 2018 the Turnbull Government 'slashed' the ABC's 2019-2021 funding by $84 million.

Is this another example of this federal government's tin ear?

Because the Essential Report of 19 June 2018 shows majority support for ABC funding levels to be maintained or increased:


Perhaps Turnbull and Co should stop listening to the Institute of Public Affairs and seek opinion from outside that fetid conservative hothouse and places other than Parliament Drive or News Corp headquarters.

00:15

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


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....

Tuesday, 19 June

23:40

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

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..............

22:39

HELP US RESTORE AUSTRALIAS PACIFIC VOICE "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

We have an opportunity, probably a last chance,  to restore Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio services to the Pacific region.

If you have a Pacific connection, act now.

The ABC shut down its shortwave radio transmitters to the Pacific last year, drastically reducing the reach of Radio Australia programs in the region.

Now the Federal Government is holding a Review of Australian Broadcasting Services in the Asia Pacific, raising hopes for a Radio Australia revival.

You can help by making a submission to the review.

 

Reporting the region

I spent a lively and personally rewarding decade reporting on the Pacific, six of those years with the ABC.

Three years living in Papua New Guinea, and a further three roving the other island nations, observing these relatively young democracies trying, sometimes imperfectly, to make a go of their independence.

Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting Rarotonga 1997 pic Michael Field

I had the privilege of helping the exchange of stories, culture and ideas between the Pacific nations, and between Australia and the region in which it lives.

Radio Australia was, in many places, the only available media service, often the only one reporting on and from the region.

It informed, entertained, crossed borders and political divides, and, in times of emergency, it saved lives.

Shortwave s...

22:20

FRIDAY 22nd at Le Club!! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Untitled-2

KASTORIA MUSIC CLUB  219 Elizabeth st Coburg North :
THIS FRIDAY 22nd June: This coming Friday has a change of pace when the worlds greatest performer Eugene Hamilton and the Money come North. Jet-setting in from The Pink Flamingo Casino Back Bar in Vegas, hell be landing the chopper 8.30 sharp for two sets of a Funktified, Countrified, Latin Soul Boogaloo Joyride Sounds good? Sounds really good!! Eugene makes an art form out of playing re-invented covers and his band the Money features the absolute cream of Melbournes musicians. Hell be dressed for success in excess and he will definitely impress. Dancing shoes highly recommended for this show folks and if you can drag out your lam even better still!

...

22:19

MACKAY Three arrested after police officer run over in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY June 19, 2018 at 09:15PM ,

Three arrested after police officer run over in Mackay

June 19, 2018 at 09:15PM ,

Mackay detectives investigating an incident this morning in which a police officer was run over have arrested three people, including wanted person

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2018/06/19/three-arrested-after-police-officer-run-over-in-mackay/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGggDtWR9UrnrK7ObeZTx610cwzPg

,

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/29477056 ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld ,

https://crimeview.wordpress.com/search/user1ouenvdy/ ,

MACKAY Mackay chosen for vital violence prevention project "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY June 19, 2018 at 02:52AM ,

Mackay chosen for vital violence prevention project

June 19, 2018 at 02:52AM ,

A total of 1456 protection order applications were made in Mackay Magistrates Court in the 2016/17 financial year. This is an increase from the

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/mackay-chosen-for-vital-violence-prevention-projec/3445636/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNETS9dkfOjxXM-e0WTVNxG-_9jGvg

,

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/29477056 ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld ,

https://crimeview.wordpress.com/search/user1ouenvdy/ ,

MACKAY REVEALED: Man sought in relation to officer hit-and-run "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY June 19, 2018 at 09:48PM ,

REVEALED: Man sought in relation to officer hit-and-run

June 19, 2018 at 09:48PM ,

POLICE are appealing for public assistance to locate Kiren Hazard, a 27-year-old Mackay man they believe can assist with investigations into the

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/revealed-man-sought-in-relation-to-officer-hit-and/3446408/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHA-5kY_x_Z7PydMp8018rCA3WF5Q

,

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/29477056 ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld ,

https://crimeview.wordpress.com/search/user1ouenvdy/ ,

MACKAY Major drink driving charge, Farleigh "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY June 19, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

Major drink driving charge, Farleigh

June 19, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

The driver was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of liquor and will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on July 10.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://mypolice.qld.gov.au/mackay/2018/06/19/major-drink-driving-charge-farleigh/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGM0PLZLyAVFrOszF8bFWD8bYVuvw

,

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/29477056 ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld ,

https://crimeview.wordpress.com/search/user1ouenvdy/ ,

22:12

Found Dog "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Untitled-2

Hello folks,


At 4:30pm on Tuesday in Boyne St, Coburg North, Gigi found a lost desexed brindle and white bull terrier with no nametag. 

Give her a call on 0458 357 035.


21:52

Warnings on zebra crossing "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

MOTORISTS are being urged to slow down and be mindful of pedestrians, as stories emerge of near misses on Fosters new zebra crossing on Main Street. South Gippsland Shire Councils []

The post Warnings on zebra crossing appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:48

Council slammed in survey "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has a moderate to weak reputation amongst ratepayers with the latest annual survey rating its performance at 46 out of a possible 100. Of the []

The post Council slammed in survey  appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:41

New Show secretary required "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE Foster & District Agricultural Show Society is once again in need of a Show Secretary.  After a couple of years in the job Roger Nicholson has had to resign []

The post New Show secretary required appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:32

Videos & Report on Melbourne Free Assange British Consulate protest today 19 June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Free Julian Assange protest outside the British Consulate at 90 Collins Street Melbourne started on time and was well attended. Julian Assange's father was there and thanked people for coming. We have to give credit to the organisers - the Socialist Equity Party (SEP). It seems that no-one else in Melbourne has been able to draw people together to protest about Julian Assange's persecution, although it is obvious that many people do care. A problem may be that people believe they need permission to hold meetings and rallies, but this is rarely the case. There were several speakers and we did not film all of them. The films uploaded here were filmed on a hand-held digital camcorder, more for the record than for art. We also filmed the surroundings and participants to give viewers an idea of the scene in Australia. Another protest was to be held tonight (19 June 2018) at the State Library, where the film, Collateral Murder, would be shown. We have embedded a copy of this chilling record of a night of murder for fun by US armed forces in Iraq, which is a document that Julian Assange published, and for which he has been pursued with murderous resentment by the United States ever since.

The Collateral Murder video (April 2010) (embedded below) was shown at a Free Assange Vigil from 6-8pm at Melbourne State Library on 19 June 2018.

The video below records James Cogan, National Secretary of the Social Equality Party's speech about Assange's predicament and the record so far of Australian prime ministers, among other things.

... ... ... ...
Attachment Size
Image icon safe-passage-assange-sign-tiny.jp...

21:07

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #599 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 19 - 25 June 2018 Newsletter | #599 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 19th June 2018 to Monday 25th June 2018 OINOFILIA | Greek Food and Wine Festival Circus Oz | Precarious The Big Bubble Show! Kids Magic Gala Ovariacting : A Period Drama Hobby Collectables Fair and Card Collectors Expo Moonee Valley Winter Fest Australian Woodturning Exhibition Bridal and Honeymoon Expo Where to watch World Cup Friday Nights @ NGV Maos Last Dancer Exhibition Low Light Festival | Art Music and Food Ice Skating Festival Enjoy Greek Food and Wine Festival OINOFILIA is a one day celebration of the food and New Wines of Greece on Sunday @ Meat Market. OINOFILIA | Buy Tickets Circus Oz | Precarious 29th June - 15th July | Circus Oz Big Top @ Royal Botanic Gardens Presenting a 70-minute non-stop spectacle of acrobatic mayhem for audiences of all ages. Precarious | ticketek.com.au Kids Magic Gala Featuring appearances by the best magicians for kids in a school holiday spectacular show in Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood. Kids Magic Gala | Buy Tickets Ovariacting : A Period Drama Join Jamie Boiskin (menstrual activist) as she explores the monthly nightmare in a show that fights the good fight at Chapel Off Chapel. Ovariacting : A Period Drama | Book Tickets Where to watch World Cup Denmark v Australia LIVE | Thursday 21 June 2018 FIFA World Cup 2018 Friday Nights @ NGV NGV Friday Nights returns with exclusive late-night access to the must-see MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. NGV Friday Nights | MoMA at NGV Moonee Valley Winter Fest 2018 30 June - 31 July 2018 Enjoy ice skating, movies, free music and loads of fun at venues across Moonee Valley. Moonee Valley Winter Fest 2018 Maos Last Dancer | the Exhibition A Portrait of Li Cunxin born into poverty during Maos Communist China Li grew up in a world few of us can imagine. Maos Last Dancer | the Exhibition | Immigration Museum Hobby Collectables Fair and Card Collectors Expo Sunday 24th June 2018 9am - 3pm Hobby Collectables Fair and Card Collectors Expo | Springvale Town Hall Australian Woodturning Exhibition Friday 22 June - Sunday 24 June, 2018 Outstanding display of wood turned artwork from across Australia showcasing what can be fashioned into exquisite pieces of art. Australian Woodturning Exhibition | Kingston City Hall Bridal and Honeymoon Expo Sunday 24th June 2018 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre The expo gives you the oppo...

20:55

Scientists confirm that mysterious radio signals from outer space are not made by humankind "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By 

The universes brightest signals are extraterrestrial in origin, Australian scientists have confirmed. Their report, published in Monthly Notices at the Royal Astronomical Society, was able to detect three specific radio emissions which definitely came from space.

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) were first recorded a decade ago. These are pulses of light that are the brightest scientists have ever seen. However, their origin has always been a mystery. FRBs have been linked to everything from alien communication to errors in measurement to interference from Earth. In fact, these signals were thought to be little more than anomalies after a famous 2015 controversy showed scientists supposedly receiving alien messages only to find out these were just interference from their own microwave. However, this new report puts an end to all the controversy: These bizarre signals are not coming from our planet.

This was confirmed after data were gathered from a giant telescope located 40 km outside of Canberra. Three such FRBs were recorded using the Molonglo radio telescope. This specific telescope features an enormous focal length, having a collecting area of 193,750 square feet (18,000 sqm) and a field of view of around eight degrees of the sky. The telescope is able to produce 1000 TB of data every day.

Conventional single dish radio telescopes have difficulty establishing that transmissions originate beyond the Earths atmosphere, said Dr. Chris Flynn of the Swinburne University of Technology. The Molonglo telescope was re-engineered to be able to gather more data.

Professor Anne Green of the University of Sydney added, it is very excit...

19:42

Young cormorants and darter in touching relationship "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Too chilly in Townsville this morning for birding in shivery shade. Riverbank by Palmetum Botanical Gardens promised desired east-facing warmth. And where were the birds? Sitting - several in clustered nests - along the sunlit Ross. Juvenile Australian Darter stands (below) in a nest touching two others holding pairs of Little Pied Cormorants (above) and close to another with three young cormorants.

Youth also on the water, with immature Comb-crested Jacana treading daintily across waterlily leaves.

Nearby, immature male Rufous Whistler shows breast and head markings about to become bolder mature colouring.

...

14:46

FixedIt: He didnt plead guilty to sex "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The Ballarat Courier reported on a 19 year old man who pleaded guilty to multiple offences related to sexual abuse and rape of children.

One of his victims was only 13 years old, another was 14. These girls are children. They cannot legally give consent so anything that happened between them and an adult man is not sex it is sexual abuse or rape.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by...

IndyWatch All AU Local News Feed Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch All AU Local News Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch All AU Local News Feed was generated at Australian News IndyWatch.

Resource generated at IndyWatch using aliasfeed and rawdog