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Friday, 15 September


Creative Rebellion "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
3:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us and participate in a festival of creativity on Sat 28 October.

As part of Jura's 40th anniversary celebrations we would like to host a celebration of creative rebellion on Saturday 28 October. Were calling for proposals from musicians (acoustic), poets, actors, comedians, jugglers, video-makers, artists, DIYers, vegan cupcake bakers, and anyone else with creative talents, to be part of this participatory celebration.

The act of creating or performing something for our own pleasure and the enjoyment of our community can be a profound act of rebellion against the consumerism and commodification prevalent in contemporary society. We know that Juras community of supporters is full of talented people. We are seeking people to fill a 10 or 20 minute slot with something creative that can be shared with others. Why not join us on 28th October and share your creative spirit with like-minded people?

The festival is planned to run from the afternoon into the evening, with a presentation by Melbourne poet TTO as the anchor event in the evening. The purpose of inviting proposals is for programming. Apart from TTO, the program will depend on proposals received.

To get involved please email your proposal to with these details:

  •     Your name & contact and names of any co-collaborators
  •     Type of creative activity (eg music, poetry, talk, video, workshop, etc)
  •     Time required generally a 10 minute or 20 minute slot, but we're flexible
  •     Any preferences you have for a timeslot between 1pm and 6pm
  •     Any special equipment / set-up you need, and if you can provide it yourself
  •     Any other details that may be relevant


Gay Greens and GetUp to call the gay marriage shots "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Larry Pickering, the last surviving iconic commentator, journalist and cartoonist 

Its got me stuffed. Australians hardly ever pass changes in the law by ballot. They have on only 8 of 44 occasions, and although this survey is not a referendum, or even a plebiscite, the survey if successful, will lead to fully gazetted legislation. So why are 70 per cent of citizens going to vote yes? But is it really 70 per cent? Or is it really about the question the pollster asked?

More likely it is the question, a highly biased question designed to evoke only a YES answer: Do you agree with marriage equality?

That question will almost always get a yes, and the GGGGLL will ride a wave of confidence all the way to where they want it to finish and where they want it to finish they dare not tell you.

I read the question on the survey paper and it asks if you want the Marriage Act changed to accommodate gay marriage. That is not what will happen if a yes vote gets up. 

In fact the Marriage Act will be abolished completely and a new gender neutral Act will be drafted by the Gay Greens in the Senate, an Act that will please only the wind chime and bong manufacturers in the inner suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, Byron Bay a...


$3.6 Billion in Injury Payouts Is Not Enough Reason to Debate Immunisation "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Has Minister Jill Hennessy (L) seen the light? while Dr John Piesse (R) wonders why he can no longer provide Inform consent

by Dee McLachlan

Following allegations that Dr John Piesse had helped families avoid compulsory childhood vaccinations, his practice in Mitcham was raided last week by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and police officers last week. I wonder on what legal grounds?

Was Dr Piesse just following the (Hippocratic) Oath he gave when becoming a doctor? Ill ask him next time I speak to him, whether he said, help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury

Then yesterday the Medical Board of Australia suspended Dr John Piesses registration making it illegal for him to treat patients.

The Herald Sun quoted Minister for Health Jill Hennessy:

The fate of Dr Piesse should stand as an example to rogue clinicians who tout lies about vaccination. This decision is long overdue It is completely irresponsible for clinicians entrusted with the health of our community to ignore the science and encourage parents not to immunise their children.

There is no debate around immunisation. The science is clear: vaccinations save lives,

Vaccination may save lives, but the real question in this debate is: Do vaccination cause injury?

Vaccine Injury

Why has $3.6 billion been paid out for injury in the US, if there is no debate?



Roundup 15 Sept "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Check out the Coal Tracker especially Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, India 217, Indonesia 145, Turkey 71, Vietnam 84, Japan 43, Australia 0. To a total exceeding 1500. Numbers subject to change.

Ideas at the Centre for Independent Studies. Fiddling the numbers for spending on education, Australias most expensive building (guess which state).

Books and Art. The fine art of business. Education. Accuracy in Academia, Berkeley faculty vs free speech. The university that has proudly proclaimed itself to be the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement may also become its graveyard.

Libertyworks. Further erosion of free speech and Finkels defective economics. Culture. Intellectual Takeout: Odds and ends of interest.

For nerds. How George Orwell become the prophet of our times. A Roundup from the past. Still of interest, see the piece on multiculturalism and the one on global warming.



Maybe Angry Train Guy should leave the laps to the octogenarians?

The post DONT WORRY ABOUT ME, ITS ALL GOING SWIMMINGLY appeared first on The Westsider.


Multi-Storied 13 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Miles Franklin award winner Sofie Laguna talks about her new novel The Choke; Writer Sophie Cunningham explores the art of writing celebrity profiles; Beth Driscoll from the University Of Melbourne talks about the impact of Amazon on the Australian publishing and book retail sector.


With presenter Elizabeth McCarthy.


3 amazing day trips from Lisbon "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

I have said it over and over again I love Lisbon, Portugal. I love everything about it and I hope that we will return one day to see it again. There are so many reasons why we love Lisbon, the people, the food and the amazing scenery but until our last trip, we had not really even been out of the city much. This time we decided that we needed to some day trips from Lisbon to somewhere we have not been in the area which was Evora and we needed to revisit Sintra. Both of the places we visited were spectacular (we had visited Sintra on our previous trip and loved it) and to add another to our list we asked our friend Marta to tell us about the amazing Cascais another of the day trips from Lisbon where we hope to visit next time.  So here are our 3 amazing day trips from Lisbon and the best part is if you dont have a car they are all day trips from Lisbon by train! We hope you get to see them all!

Day trips from Lisbon Sintra

Sintra is an amazing UNESCO town that has so much to see in one spot and is roughly a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon. We have visited it on two occasions now and I dont think it is enough at all. We spent the whole time out there looking at our favourite thingcastles. You see Sintra was the town where the Royals built their palaces and went during the summer months It is here that they build some of the most amazing places. If it was not the Royals out there it was the rich that liked to follow them and they didnt mind building something amazing either. Here we talk about some of our favourite Sintra day trips places and what you should not miss on your Sintra tour.

Quinta da Regaleira

day trips from Lisbon

This amazing mansion sits in one of the largest, most stunning gardens we have ever seen and was number one on our Sintra tour last time we visited. The Regaleira Palace and its gardens are home to so many intriguing places like a gorgeous chapel, grottos that go behind small water features and guard towers that look like they are straight out of a fairy tale covered in moss. You can have a look inside the mansion to see how the people who lived here really did have the finest things in the la...


WALKING FISH: AFRO CATCHES "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

No stranger to Eastside Radio after guesting many times on programs like Vibez Brasil and The Vinyl Frontier, Alex Barry has an insatiable record collecting habit. Part of the Afrobrasiliana DJ collective where hes known as Walking Fish   when not playing records or trawling for more, Barry is immersed in the world of filmmaking. Below he tells us about combining both loves on a recent trip with a National Geographic film crew to Benin in West Africa, and shares five of his best catches. No doubt youll hear him spinning a few of them at Global Rhythms Festival on Sunday September 24th.

Alex Barry Walking Fish Afrobrasiliana

In 2016 I spent four months in Benin filming a documentary series about a medical charity. It was full on work that left me virtually no time to hunt for records, but I did manage to take two whole days off and undertake a whirlwind guided tour of the small handful of collectors and shops still selling vinyl in Benin. My guide was a Ghanaian guy called Augustin, who I am eternally indebted to. I would have been lost without him. I came home with about seventy LPs and thirty 45s. I love every single record, but here are 5 of the best.

Fela and Afrika 70 ALBUM: Sorrow Tears and Blood LABEL - Kalakuta Records 1977, Nigeria

Fela and Afrika 70   Sorrow Tears and Blood (Kalakuta Records, 1977 Nigeria)
Finding original Fela records in good condition in Africa is tough. European and American collectors have been cleaning out the continent for decades. I was lucky enough to be introduced to a collector who had the motherlode. Big Joe in Porto Novo hosted me in his home for a very long and hot, and rather overwhelming, day and night of manic digging. He had thousands and thousands of records. It was about 40 degrees. Local moonshine and pure joints were passed around on a seemingly endless rotation. It was hard to focus. After several hours I had selected about thirty LPs and ten 45s. There were some gems in there like William Onyeabor, Lijadu Sisters, African Brothers International, but no Fela. We negotiated a price for the lot and celebr...


State government purchase of ailing timber mill should complete transition out of native forests "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Andrews government purchase of the ailing Heyfield timber mill should now complete the transition out of native forests into plantations, environment group Friends of the Earth has said.  

The purchase of the mill gives the government an opportunity to decisively act to protect forests and prevent the extinction of endangered wildlife. The next step is to urgently complete the transition of the logging industry out of native forests and into plantations and create the Great Forest National Park, said Friends of the Earth campaigner Ed Hill.


Recent logging within the proposed Great Forest National Park - Chris Taylor


Egret flaps, Ibises stand out, Neon Bee shines "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Oops, toes too long, twigs too tiny, Intermediate Egret fights for balance in the Town Common today.

But casting shadow of its head on inside of wing is a nice touch.

Sharing fast-dropping small pool with the egrets, Australian White Ibis stands shadowed in shallows.


Sawmill Purchase Means Time For Excuses Is Over "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Friday, 15 September 2017 - 3:03pm

Andrews Government must protect forests and create the Great Forest National Park.

Following todays announcement that the Andrews Government has finalised purchase of the Heyfield native forest sawmill, apparently resolving long-running uncertainty, Premier Andrews must now act decisively to protect forests.

The Andrews Government was elected on a platform of delivering outcomes for forests, workers, industry and wildlife. The Wilderness Society has been repeatedly informed that uncertainty over the Heyfield sawmill was preventing action on protecting forests, said Amelia Young, Victorian Campaigns Manager with The Wilderness Society.

Now that the Heyfield sawmill sale has been finalised, Premier Andrews must immediately commence a process to create new national parks in this term of office.

The government is on the record saying the Great Forest National Park will be created this term of office. Now, the Victorian community needs to see good government action to deliver.

The Andrews Government must also take urgent action and place an immediate moratorium on logging in special forestsso that spectacular forests are not destroyed before they have a chance to be permanently protected.

The government has indulged industry and union interests while important forests are unprotected and being logged, pushing wildlife closer to extinction and costing sustainable jobs. Now, its time to even the ledger and protect important forests in the Central Highlands and East Gippsland.

The Great Forest National Park, in the Yarra Valley and Gippsland area, will provide a sanctuary for critically endangered wildlifeincluding the Leadbeaters Possum, which is facing extinction, and the Greater Glider, which was added to the states endangered animal list earlier this year.  Logging threatens these and other forest-dependent wildlife. The Andrews Government can and must do more to help these species by removing logging from the forests where they live.

Years have been wasted with industry and union in denial about wood realities, which bit hard earlier this year. Credible conservation outcomes are long overdue, Amelia Young said.

More information

For further comment, please contact Amelia Young, Victorian Campaigns Manager, on 0404 074 577.


Won Ton Noodle House ~ Dixon House Food Court - Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

We've been revisiting the older school Cantonese stalls in Chinatown's food courts, because you just never know how long they will be around. This time we visit Won Ton Noodle House in Dixon House Food Court. A key feature of Won Ton Noodle House is the ever-smiling bob haired auntie at the front counter who has been there longer than we can remember. She is the hardest working front person in


Gallery: Unity, the Equality Campaign concert at The Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Unity: Marriage Equality Concert

A huge line-up of Australian music legends came together at the Enmore Theatre to show the love and raise funds for Marriage Equality. Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby, Jack Colwell, Andy Bull, Mojo Juju, Lonelyspeck, The Jezabels, Killing Heidi and Frenzhal Rhomb provided live music for the event that showed support for the LGBTQIA community in the spirit of saying yes to equality.

All photos by Mikki Gomez, 12.09.17.




Spring Update 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Were in a wild and windy start to spring. 25 degrees one day and snow flurries the next. Spring bursts through with every new bud, leaf and flower. Wheres mayhem at the Sydney airport, with planes unable to land. Up here in the gardens, the gardens have weathered conditions without any giant tree falls so far.

Hot sun followed by strong winds strip moisture from plants and soil alike.We do observe some petals turning brown at the edges and falling off quickly.  Is it sun damage, or wind?

Did the bees and other pollinators get into them or were they, like planes in Sydney been grounded?  Well look for signs of pollination in the coming weeks.

Blue mountains community gardens katoombaToday the breezes are mild, blossom flowers dance in our sharp bright sunlight. A perfect backdrop! Sarah fills up watering cans to haul up to the northern gardens, to replenish them after hot and dry conditions.
Blue mountains community gardens katoomba

Lets give the garlic a drink!

Getting water to plants at the north end of the garden has always been a hard slog here. Jeds working on putting in a small structure to collect water, so eventually, gardeners wont have to do the hard yards anymore.
Blue mountains community gardens katoomba

Spring blows in new flows of people to the gardens. Today, Tanya, works with Blue Mountains City Council, stopped by to say hello to garden volunteers. Shes pictured here with Fred and Sarah at the tea shed. Tanyas joined Landcare for the Blue Mountains working with Eric Mahoney. Tanya worked with community gardens in Hornsby before moving to the mountains. We hear theres a lovely community garden there. Perhaps worth a visit one day.



Thank Folk Its Friday 15th September "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Bush music legends The Bushwackers released their new single Waltzing Australia featuring guest vocals from Sara Storer and John Williamson. Details here The Mullum Music Festival has announced the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala lineup including Mama Kin, Harry James []


Climate inaction has cost Australia 'thousands of jobs and billions of dollars' "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Taking action on climate change presents a huge opportunity to make society wealthier, healthier, and happier; but a failure by Australian politicians to lead on climate is costing the country, said experts at a recent event in Sydney.


When the Bankers Tremble at Artificial Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Get used to hearing about machine learning and artificial intelligence. Theyre going to seep into everything.

Heres one example

Agricultural heavyweight Deere & Company is going to pay US$305 million to buy a tech company called Blue River Technology.

Apparently, Blue River has successfully applied machine learning to spraying equipment.

This means herbicides can be used in a more targeted way. One benefit is the reduced input costs for the farmer. Smart machines will help make decisions about every plant.

Blue River Tech happens to be based in Sunnyvale, California. House prices are skyrocketing there. If you think Sydney or Melbourne is going crazy, a place in Sunnyvale just sold for US$800,000 over the listing price.

Its nothing particularly flash, either.

But that whole part of California is so drenched in tech money that anything remotely near the offices and schools is pure gold for whoever owns the land.

And theres people out there who think the US economy is teetering.

Madness. The place is booming.

Anyway, more on machine learning

Artificial intelligence is coming to your workplace

The John Deere brand isnt alone investing in this space. Companies like Monsanto are teaching machines how to farm, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Apparently, computers helped choose corn plants growing in the US this year. These are the best strains in terms of yield and sturdiness. Algorthims are also analysing US weather data to anticipate crop threats.

Another handy tool is computers that can identify plant diseases early on, before they spread to the rest of a crop.

Its early days yet, but surely this can only get better.

Theres plenty happening right here in Australia, too. The Australian Financial Review says banks and law firms could save a fortune if they can teach algorithms to plough through all the paperwork they need to do.

Having said this, you have to stay wary of this kind of thing, too. A while back, investors were going nuts for companies involved in the cloud.

I cant help but feel that, very soon, every CEO will feel compelled to introduce some sort of AI strategy for their company, or will start spruiking it to give the share price a boost.

Investors will duly bid up the shares, probably u...


WA Considers Separating from the Rest of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Western Australia has long debated whether to withdraw from federation, and the issue is once again on the agenda. At the WA Liberal party state conference on September 3, members voted in favour of a motion to investigate whether to secede from the rest of the country. The non-binding

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APSI Spring Sessions 2017 at Perisher "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The 16th & 17th of September will see the Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors (APSI) Spring Sessions happen at Perisher.

It will be two days of awesome clinics planned with some of Australias top trainers.

For further info & to book in, call the APSI on (02) 6456 1255 or visit their website here

On Sunday, the team from Wilderness Sports will have a demo tent full of new gear for you to try out, including Alpine Touring, 75mm telemark and NTN.

They will also have the new EVA snowshoes by Crescent Moon and available to try out.



ALBUM REVIEW: Daniel Romano Modern Pressure "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Shapeshifting songwriter Daniel Romano has covered wide stylistic ground, from his post-hardcore band Attack in Black through to his run of top-notch solo albums that take in classic country, folk and psychedelic variations of the aforementioned. Now with Modern Pressure hes consolidated his sound, corralling all those Americana variations into his consistently best album to Continue reading


What is going on in academia? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

But what is going on?

In the last 24 odd hours, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University offered a visiting fellowship to Chelsea Manning:

the former military intelligence analyst who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified government secrets.

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convict and jailed under the US Espionage Act after leaking a quarter of a million documents.  Manning was sentenced to 35 years, but was released after around 5 years following a sentance commutation by President Obama.

Any other convicted criminals to be offered academic fellowships?  What is Manning expected to teach or advance knowledge in?

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus


Watch the New Mitch Power Video Do It Till I Die "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Mitch Power Back at the start of August Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Mitch Power released his live album That Live and Lonesome Sound. The album was recorded at the Amelia Shaw in Melbourne and was produced and engineered by Damian Cafarella and Lachlan Bryan. Mitch Power has been touring pretty solidly throughout []


Breakfasters - 11 - 15 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Nilaja Sun came in to talk about her new show Pike St, a new theatre work about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York, now showing at Arts Centre Melbourne. Anne Edmonds talked about her new show on ABC The Edge Of The Bush, and Lachlan Carter reviewed the CSIRO Australian Bird Guide. They also talked about words and sayings that you hate to hear, and the worst people to sit next to on public transport and planes. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.


LIGHT PAINTING night photography workshop "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

New LIGHT PAINTING night photography workshop has only a few spots left.
Sat Sept 23rd 6-11pm in Byron Bay.

$59.50 includes all lighting equipment & expert tuition, BYO camera (with BULB setting), remote shutter release, tripod & head torch.

Lets venture out into the darkness of a New Moon, star gaze and light up the landscape with a new array of specialized light painting tools that my amazing assistants and I will expertly handle and demonstrate for you to enjoy and creatively photograph with long exposures. All details in the link above. Photo Credit : The amazing Stewart Dodd.

The post LIGHT PAINTING night photography workshop appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Blazes burning on in New South Wales and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

New South Wales is still feeling the heat, with 70 bushfires still burning and 20 out of control. Photo from Flickr.

Residents have been warned to prepare their homes and have a fire plan until the situation resolves.

Dry weather and high winds have caused higher fire dangers but conditions are expected to improve on the weekend, allowing firefighters to start controlled burn offs, before declining again on Monday.

Children lacking swimming skills at risk

Ahead of the Surf Life Saving Queensland annual Coast Safe report, the organisation is addressing the decline in school-aged children with basic swimming skills as the greatest challenge.


Birthday Boy Gives Guests Biggest Gift by Cancelling Party at Last Minute "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

plans 2

The guests of a man who was set to celebrate his birthday tonight are quietly rejoicing after he sent out a group Facebook message announcing hed cancelled the party.

A party always sounds like a great idea when its a few weeks away but, inevitably, on the day it finally rolls around, I never feel like going, one would-be guest admitted. Im looking forward to heading straight home after work for a quiet night on the couch with a case or two.

Another guest described the birthday boy cancelling as the best-case scenario for everyone involved.

Its a universally acknowledged law that its a dick move to cancel on someone elses birthday but this is a game-changer, he said. This legend has not only been thoughtful enough to invite us all to his party so we could impress people with talk of our cool Friday-night plans, but then to take the extra step of cancelling at the last minute so we dont actually have to follow through its just next level, he said.

In his message cancelling the event, the birthday boy explained that hed only organised the party in the first place because he felt obliged and hed decided to call it off after realising he was getting too old for this shit.



The opportunity cost of the Melbourne Grand Prix "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Last Sunday, my wife Nancy and I had a great weekend in Mooloolaba, where I took part in the Ironman 70.3 event, along with a thousand or so other competitors from around Australia and the world as well as hundreds of spectators. As Nancy said, even though the Sunshine Coast isnt far from Brisbane, wed never get around to going if there werent an event like this, but the beautiful setting makes us keen to return.

While I was there, a friend mentioned that the Melbourne Ironman event had been cancelled because the date of the Grand Prix had changed, producing a clash. That got my mind away from transition times and back to economic policy.

The Grand Prix is subsidised to the tune of $60 million a year, a payment justified by the supposed benefits of tourism, estimated at 35 000 interstate and international visitors. Every serious economic analysis Ive seen suggests that the net benefits are nothing like $60 million.

But, although Im always banging on about opportunity cost, this particular example hadnt occurred to me. In addition to the subsidy cost, the Grand Prix costs Melbourne events that would otherwise attract visitors without any subsidy**. The last Melbourne Ironman attracted over 2000 entrants, of whom a large share would have been visitors with accompanying family. Its probably not the only event lost to Melbourne because of the Grand Prix. Add to that the potential visitors who choose an alternative destination to avoid the noise and congestion of the race, and youve cancelled much of the tourism benefit attributed to the Grand Prix.

* There are also nebulous benefits said to be gained from global TV viewers, who are supposed to be attracted to Melbourne by hours spent on the couch watching fast cars doing laps of Albert Park, interspersed with a promo clips/coffee break opportunities. Im dubious.

** Various tourist bodies are listed as event partners for Ironman, but as far as I can tell, the monetary value of their support is trivial.


Samsung wont partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Samsung wont partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia
  • by  on 14 September 2017
  • Under fire from watchdogs and consumers of its smartphones, Samsung said i...


Lack of Treatment Leads to Reoffending "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Victorian prisoner population has been on the rapid increase since the late 1990s. In July 1998, there were 2,876 adult prisoners in the states correctional facilities, whereas in July this year, there was 7,152 inmates, according to Corrections Victoria figures. This marks a 148 percent increase over a 19-year period. And over recent years, this

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Greens: taxpayers should fund international expansions of media organisations...and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Image credit: Wikimedia The Greens have accused the Turnbull government of double standards, saying Australian taxpayers should subsidise the expansion of multinational media companies by extending a new fund for regional media outlets to the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian.

As part of the media ownership reforms, a $60 million fund has been promised to boost independent and regional publishers and young rural journalists.

Currently, the program is restricted for Australian run outlets with a turnover of between $300 thousand and $30 million a year.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson Young says that journalists investing in Australian journalism, regardless of the country the outlet is from, deserve backing as much as anyone else.

School urges community to vote no in SSM survey


Man goes wild at Lismore soup kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 28-year-old Goonellabah man will appear in the Lismore Local Court today after allegedly threatening and assaulting people at the Five Loaves Soup Kitchen in Lismore yesterday.

Police said the man attended the food van at the Lismore Transit Centre about 6.15pm while holding a glass bottle.

He has approached people and tried to start fights, and then started abusing volunteers.

Police allege he also punched a person in the face twice, and chased other people while turning over crates of food.

After the man was arrested, police say he kicked a senior constable in the thigh back at the police station.

The man was charged with Affray, Assault Police and Resist Police. He was bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.




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Artists pay homage to calderas natural beauty "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jennifer Porter, Receding flood 2017, oil on canvas, 81x54cm

Jennifer Porter, Receding flood 2017, oil on canvas, 81x54cm


Greg Mulheran, Lost & lonely 2017, linoprint with watercolour, pen and ink, 60x45cm

Andrew_Wadsworth_will_open_his_hem162833Works by six artists passionate about preserving the Tweeds rich natural beauty will be on show next week as part of Caldera Art 2017 exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery.

This unique biodiversity within the regions shield volcano (caldera) inspired the works, on exhibition from 22 September till 3 December.

Gallery director Susi Muddiman said the varied interpretations of Kim Godfrey, Janet Hauser, Heidi Ledwell, Greg Mulheran, Greg Newland and Jennifer Porter all seek to gene...


North Coast shark nets evade scientific scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Mobula Ray caught in a shark net off Shelly Beach. Photo contributed

A Mobula Ray caught in a shark net off Shelly Beach. Photo contributed

An environmental group has accused the Federal Environment minister of invoking a rarely-used national interest exemption when shark nets were installed on the north coast last year.

And the group says Josh Frydenberg has once again ignored science by his decision not to include shark culling programs in a list of priority nominations he wants his scientific committee to assess for their impact on threatened species.

Humane Society International head of campaigns Nicola Beynon said her group had nominated shark nets and drumlines for listing as a Key Threatening Process (KTP) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).

But when Mr Frydenberg announced his final list of things to be examined by the committee, shark nets and drumlines were not included.

Lethal shark nets and drumlines are killing threatened species in significant numbers warranting urgent scientific assessment, Ms Beynon said.

There have been 23 critically endangered grey nurse sharks killed in NSW nets in the last five years alone.
This is not the first time the Minister has allowed shark nets to evade proper scientific scrutiny. Last year the Minister invoked a rarely used national interest exemption so that the installation of lethal shark nets on the NSW North Coast did not have to undergo usual environmental impact assessment processes. Humane Society International considered that an abuse of the exemption.

Now, with the enormous public controversy and concern over the impact of lethal shark nets and drumlines, it would have been appropriate for the Minister to respond by referring them to the Threatened Species Scientific Committee for priority scientific assessment..

The NSW Shark Meshing Program is already recognised as a Key Threatening Process under NSW threatened species laws for its impact on the critically endangered grey nurse shark. The criteria for listing a key threat under Commonwealth law is very similar and would include consideration of the impact of culling programs in both NSW and Queensland.

Shark culling programs in Q...


Watch the New Angus and Julia Stone Video Chateau "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Angus & Julia Stone Angus & Julia Stone have just dropped the latest video from their new album Snow, the dreamy Chateau. The video is set in Mexico City and features Australian actors Courtney Eaton and Dacre Montgomery. Check out the video for Chateau below: The upcoming tour from Angus & Julia []


Sustainable and futuristic home designs on show "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Nina Bishops passive solar home.

Four sustainable and cleverly-designed homes and gardens around the northern rivers will be open to the public this weekend as part of Sustainable House Day.

Sustainable House Day, a national event that showcases sustainable building materials, household goods and practices that can be used in everyday home and lifestyle, was established in 2001.

This year, two events celebrate the event in the northern rivers, the open homes day on Sunday, 17 September, and the Living for the Future Home Expo tomorrow (Saturday, 16 September) at the Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads West.

As part of this annual open-home showcase, the four open-day homeowners will share their stories and tips to create sustainable homes that are comfortable to live in, cheaper to run and better for the environment.

Sustainable House Day co-ordinator Andia Cally said the event was invaluable for anyone looking for practical, sustainable solutions and information on what works, what doesnt, and how to transition toward greener living.

Included in this years showcase is Michael Leungs six-star energy rated family home, SkyFarm, recently featured in Sanctuary magazine: Michael Leung and his company Balanced Earth won this years Energy Efficient Building Award at the Master Builder Awards in NSW for another hempcrete-designed home in Possum Creek.

Leung and his partners used a blend of recycled timber, natural paints and finishes, and hempcrete rendered with non-toxic lime and clay to create a breathable, termite resistant, non-toxic home in Mullumbimby that has great thermal properties and is brimming with character, Ms Cally said.

Also in Mullumbimby, Andrew Wadsworth will open his hemp house at Tallowwoods Estate. Designed by Jaye Irving from Barefoot Sustainable Design, the three-bedroom house features the best of passive solar design and sustainable building materials made by local hemp builder Xylosinuous.

Also on display will be the recently added studio and permaculture gardens.

Over on Brushbox Drive in Mullumbimby, Nina Bishop will be ho...


Ali Alizadehs Last Days of Jeanne dArc "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Ali Alizadeh, The Last Days of Jeanne dArc (Giramondo 2017)

jeanne.jpgI have a number of St Joans in my head.

Joan of Arc was one of the array of saints who populated my Catholic childhood. She did stand out from the crowd, but I dont remember being much impressed that she was a cross-dressing, gender-bending, sword-wielding, authority-defying young woman  her armour was no odder than the flowing robes of many male saints, her defiance of authority was mild compared to Jesus, and even her death was no more terrible than, say, St Laurence roasted on a spit or St Maria Goretti stabbed 14 times when she rejected a young mans sexual advances.



Asylum seekers face detention in PNG and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Asylum seekers in Manus Island detention centre may face indefinite detention in Papua New Guinea. Photo from Flickr.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said approximately 200 men, who have been found "not to be refugees", will be moved to an alternative detention centre.

This comes after the PNG Supreme Court ruled to close the detention centre, stating it is against the countrys constitution.

The detention centre is due to close on October 31st.

Chermside building fire

Residents of a Chermside building were forced to evacuate overnight due to a fire in one of its units.

Flames first broke out on Thursday afternoon and were extinguished.


Aust Catholic Church lags on child safety "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Catholic Church in Australia lags behind other countries when it comes to safeguarding children. Photo: Shutterstock

The Catholic Church in Australia lags behind other countries when it comes to safeguarding children. Photo: Shutterstock

The Australian Catholic Church lags behind rather than leads other countries in protecting children from sexual abuse, research into the global tragedy of immense proportions has found.

The Australian church has been pushed into acting and still has much to do to catch up to the likes of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, the researchers say.

It has lagged significantly behind other comparable countries in developing policies and protocols to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, the study of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church worldwide has found.

While many steps have been taken to address the problems associated with abuse, the Australian Catholic bishops have not, despite proclamations to the contrary, been in the lead in implementing child protection measures, the report by Melbournes RMIT University said.

Any suggestion that the Catholic Church in Australia has led the way in child protection is not sustainable in face of the initiatives in other countries nor has there been much accountability or evaluation in Australia.

The researchers said there would most likely have been minimal movement on the part of the official church if not for the work of the child abuse royal commission, state inquiries, the media and the determination of abuse survivors themselves supported by their families and advocacy groups.

The report, released on Wednesday, said the Australian Catholic Church has not imitated the preventative measures of other countries.

These include regular audits, putting safeguarding mechanisms in every parish, better monitoring and training mechanisms and initiatives such as hotlines or helplines.

Report authors Professor Des Cahill and Dr Peter Wilkinson, both ordained Catholic priests who resigned from the ministry in the 1970s, noted there has been a substantial decline in clergy child abuse worldwide since the 1980s.

They warned this did not apply in developing countries where the veil of secrecy has not been lift...


Feds give $2m for new flood-proof Byrrill Creek bridge "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byrryll Creek bridge south of Uki has been reopened to traffic, after council salvaged much its frame for a temporary repair. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Byrryll Creek bridge south of Uki was reopened to traffic after the March floods which washed it away, but council salvaged much its frame for temporary repair. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council has welcomed more than $2 million in federal funding to help build a new bridge across Byrrill Creek  to replace one damaged in the march flood.

The new bridge will replace a temporary one-lane timber bridge washed away by this years big flood which council staff managed to salvage in part and rebuild.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne welcomed the news saying council had wanted to replace the timber bridge for many years, and now with the federal funding contributing half the cost of $4.35 million, we can get on with providing this upgraded link for the community.

The announcement was made yesterday by Nationals Senator John Williams and involved funding from the Australian governments Bridges Renewal Program.

The timber bridge fording Byrrill Creek at Terragon was washed away in the 30 March floods. Not only did the bridge lose its deck, but parts of the abutments also went downstream.

Within weeks, council purchased additional bridge girders and recovered sufficient quantities of the washed-away bridge to build a temporary one-lane structure to restore access for the residents of Byrrill Creek and Cedar Creek roads.

Council then applied for funding under Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Program, knowing the temporary bridge also would be prone to flooding and a more permanent solution was needed for the residents who use this bridge every day, Cr Milne said.

The new concrete bridge will be two metres higher and will be designed to allow floods to go over the deck without damaging the structure.

It will be built downstream of the existing timber bridge and construction will start around 2019.

The bridge will be 40-metres long, have an 8.2-metre-wide deck (two standard-width traffic lanes plus shoulders) and traffic barriers on either side.

The alignment of both approaches to the bridge will be improved.



MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 15th September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY $100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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$100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid

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Police will allege the break-and-enters had occurred for a number of months. The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday

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MACKAY Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games

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But he had a different story when facing Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to contravening a domestic violence order earlier this year.

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MACKAY Ice addict, burglar released from prison on probation "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Byron snake catcher racks up 10,000 serpents "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


George Ellis has relocated thousands of deadly eastern brown snakes, many of them from Byron Bays CBD. Photo

By Rod Stevens

When George Ellis rescued a carpet python from the road and tucked it inside his jacket in 1996, he never imagined he would wrangle thousands of highly venomous reptiles and respond to 10,000 phone calls for assistance.

This Tuesday marked the 10,000th call out milestone for the 65-year-old Byron Bay based snake catcher, who saved a family of Guinea Pigs from being a carpet pythons lunch at Bottlebrush Crescent, Suffolk Park.

But Mr Ellis would never have relocated a reptile if he didnt visit renowned snake catcher Russ Maslen for advice after capturing his first carpet python, only to learn he had retired.

Concerned about who would serve the community and help out elderly people with snake issues, after training and mentoring from Mr Maslen, Mr Ellis responded to his first call out on November 8, 1996.

His task, to relocate the worlds second most venomous snake, an eastern brown, from a property at McAuleys Lane, Mullumbimby.

I still remember that call, there were three brown snakes there, Mr Ellis said.

Since that baptism of fire, for almost 21 years, Mr Ellis has relocated more than 10,000 snakes from around the Byron shire.

Often when I am called out I find there are two snakes that need to be relocated, he said.

Delving into his records reveals Mr Ellis has caught various species of snakes that measure a total of almost 15km in length, on more than 6,000 days, including almost 4,000 eastern brown snakes.

All of the snakes Mr Ellis catches are relocated locally, in a safe spot, close to where they were caught.

With its restaurants and cafes attracting a favoured food for eastern browns, rodents, Byron Bays CBD is a hot spot for the deadly serpents.

The busiest area for brown snakes is the Byron Bay CBD and in descending order Jonson, Marvell, Lawson, Fletcher and Middleton streets and Gillmore Crescent, Mr Ellis said.

The Byron Bay CBD and the greater Byron area has more than twice a...


FixedIt: Trent Thorburn did not have sex with Tiahleigh Palmer "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Trent Thorburns sexual abuse of Tiahleigh Palmer and her subsequent alleged murder have been widely covered in the Australian press.

Tiahleigh was 12 years old when her 18 year old foster brother committed the crime of incest against her, for which he pled guilty yesterday. He also pled guilty to perjury and pervert the course of justice and was sentenced to four years jail.

The Guardian reported that Tiahleigh Palmers foster brother confessed to having sex with the 12-year-old.

The Brisbane Times reported he was sentenced after confessing to having sex with the 12-year-old.

The ABC reported Thorburn had sex with Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer before her alleged murder.

The Australian reported Thorburn had also admitted his sexual relationship with Tiahleigh in a Facebook Messenger conversation with his cousin.

The Courier Mail reported Trent Thorburn was 18 when he became sexually involved with his young foster sister.

Yahoo 7 reported hed had a sexual encounter with 12-year-old Tiahleigh.

Other variations of this reporting happened in The Daily Mail, The Queensland Times, News Mail,...


Recommendation Sought "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Draftsperson recommendation sought.

We are planning a small extension (moving the bathroom), kitchen renovation (internal wall removal), and a deck.  

We know what we want to do but are looking for a draftsman who can draw up plans for Moreland City Council. 

Please email us:


Newlands Friends of the Forest "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"


Newlands Friends of the Forest @ the Preston Market this Saturday 9-3.

Come to the Preston market this Saturday and visit our stall where we will there for you and your family to find out more about Greater Gliders, Leadbeaters Possums,  our wonderful forests and what we all can do to protect them.

It will be fun - we have been busy making little Greater Gliders (because the real size wouldn't fit) and little Leadbeater Possums to put up on a really tall tree.

We are thrilled that Artist Sue Matayas has been working hard to make all of the art work that we have used for the....


Support after suicide group starting in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A support after suicide group will be starting up in Lismore from late September to mid-December. Photo supplied.

A support after suicide group will be starting up in Lismore from late September to mid-December. Photo supplied.

Lifelines Northern Rivers centre will be offering a Support After Suicide group in Lismore from late September to mid-December this year. They are encouraging people of adult age who have experienced the loss of someone close to them through suicide to contact Lifelines Lismore office if they are interested in being part of such a group. Anybody interested in joining will have an opportunity to discuss their situation and get more information about the group during an individual conversation with the group facilitator before the start of the program.

The aim of the group is to help people bereaved by suicide to work through their grief, to manage their emotions and to better cope with everyday life by sharing, listening and giving mutual support in an understanding, safe and confidential environment. Complex feelings that may emerge following the sudden and traumatic suicide of someone close to you can include sadness, guilt, fear, relief, confusion, rejection and isolation; it is often felt that only someone who has gone through a similar experience can fully understand the depth of emotions felt by family and friends.

The group will be led by a trained facilitator with significant experience in working with groups of this kind, additionally the group will also be supported by another trained counsellor. The group will meet on Saturday mornings at Lifelines Conway St. Counselling Centre in Lismore.

These workshops have received financial support from Lismore City Councils Community Grants Program.

 For further information call Jan Fedley on 6622 4133 or email

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Breakers smash Wonthaggi 4-1 "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

An action shot of the womens match between Drouin Dragons and Leongatha Knights. Photo: Margie Matheson

Kathy Zacharopoulos from the Leongatha Knights sends the ball forward in her teams Womens semi-final win against Drouin at Newhaven on Sunday. Photo: Susan Carmody.

A HARD fought seniors game for the Breakers as a determined Wonthaggi put the heat on as it surged forward at Phillip Island.
The first goal went to the Breakers following several chances that went just wide.
Wonthaggi then converted to level the scores after Matt Lowe blasted on past the Breakers defence and keeper.
The Breakers then showed everyone why they are undefeated and began to dominate with their strong passing game, opening up the Wonthaggi defence to put another two goals in the back of the net before half time.
During the second half, the game got a bit heated and several yellow cards were given, followed by a second yellow to Alex Hambert which seen him sent from the field with 15 minutes remaining. Final results 4-1.

Phillip Island Breakers were under pressure from the start as Inverloch took control.
However as Inverloch struggled to find the net, the Breakers made a counter attack to open the score.
The score was then levelled as Eddie snuck one past the Island keeper.
Not to be outdone, the Breakers young guns lifted a gear and Cameron Boulton slammed a second goal in before half time.
The second half was a different story with the Breakers getting their passing game going, Inverloch tired and the youth dominated with a convincing 4-1 win.

The Leongatha Lady Knights travelled to Phillip Island to play the Drouin Dragons in the first semi-final, playing for a spot in the Soccer Grand Final.
It was a strong, competitive match showing determination from both sides.
Composed passing from the talented Tammy to Hayleigh to Kathy, gav...


Traffic lights already stopping traffic "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

PUTTING up a set of traffic lights at Wonthaggis most difficult intersection isnt as easy as it might seem.
Over the weekend, preliminary works were stepped up a notch with a major power upgrade going on, associated with the traffic lights.
New, taller high voltage poles and lines were being erected while traffic was carefully guided through the works area, helping to maintain traffic flow while also safeguarding workers.
The works went ahead for most of the weekend but will have to be scaled back significantly when Wonthaggi hosts the first grand final of the new-look West Gippsland competition this Saturday.
The $3.765 million project is expected to see lights controlling the intersection by mid-to-late next year, which does seem an awful long time to wait.

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Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles. Photo supplied.

Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles. Photo supplied.

The Northern Hotel Rams Reserves reserved their place in next Saturdays Football Far North Coast Grand Finals with a thumping 4-0 win over Lismore Thistles at the Rec Grounds on the weekend.

Despite completely outclassing the young Lismore crew from the opening whistle, it took the Rams until the last minutes of the first half to find the net. After countless runs on the Thistles goal, a neat side foot cross from Herick Schuenemann to WIll Ennis and an unstoppable finish from the Golden Boot finally broke the drought.

Fifteen minutes into the second set, Toms do Prado Coelho finished a sweet flanking combination with a curling, long range strike into the top right corner to give the Rams a2-0 lead. With 15 to go, Jono Pierce made a flanking run and drove another long ball from out wide that skimmed the inside of the far post, rolled back across goal and  finally turned into the net to make it 3-0. With three minutes on the clock Pierce snapped a cross to his brother Nolan on the penalty spot. Nlans shot was deflected by the keeper onto the feet of Sam Owens who buried goal four for the Rams.

The win sends the Reserve Grade Rams into their fifth consecutive Grand Final, joining the Prems and the Byron Second Division in triple header.

With Oakes Oval being renovated, this years Grand Finals will be held at Lismore Workers Richars Oval Next door to Lismore Square. The Seconds meet Lennox Head at 11am, the Reserves take on Rovers at 3pm and the Premiers do battle with fiery neighbours Bangalow Bluedogs at 5pm.

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1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media
2) 2017 Pacific Forum summit quieter
3) A wrap up of the 48th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting
4) More of the same: human rights in West Papua, July-September 2017
5) Papuas last Dutch pastors

1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media
From Dateline Pacific, 3:03 pm on 14 September 2017...


Australian governments continue to trip over their own hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast", 4 September 2017:

The forests of the Amazon basin are often referred to as the lungs of the Earth, nurturing life through rich, tropical biodiversity. Although often overlooked, its equally fitting to consider the jungles of the Asia-Pacific as the Earths heart. After all, they contain 20% of the worlds plant and animal species, and by some measurements make up six of the worlds 25 biodiversity hotspots. Australia adds to the variety, with its wealth of native vegetation. Each one of these areas is unique and plays an integral part in the worlds interrelated ecological systems.

The positive news is that the international community recognises them as such. Last month marks the one-year anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Brunei-Darussalam, an initiative set up in 2014 to discuss the...


Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 11:50pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

More silliness:

FEDERAL Member for Page Kevin Hogan took to social media to explain why he voted in favour of banning full facial coverings at the Nationals conference in Canberra last Sunday.

"It was to ban full facial coverings in certain public places. Many countries have already done this, including Germany, France and Belgium, to name a few, Mr Hogan wrote on Facebook.

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This Apple fanboy set up camp outside Apple store to be the first one to buy iPhone X "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This man in Australia has been camping outside Apple Store for 10 days, wants to be the first to buy new iPhone X

Apple fanboys have a reputation for being very, very loyal to Apple and iPhone. But do Apple fanboys really just buy anything Apple sells or they just make noise? Do they sing the praise of anything and everything Apple does?

Apparently, the answer to all the above questions is yes. Over the years since Apple introduced its first iPhone, we have had news of Apple fanboys doing amazing things to get their hands on the latest Apple product and 2017 September is no different.

This years Apple iPhone X launch saw one such Apple fanboy, Mazen Kourouche from Australia. Mazen owns a YouTube channel which has videos of various Apple products. This year as Tim Cook was launching iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) in Cupertino, Mazen was doing something absolutely unbelievable. Mazen has been perched outside Sydneys flagship Apple store for a whopping 10 days to lay his hands on the new iPhone when it goes on sale on September 22 in Australia.

Mazens craziness about laying his hands on the new Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone X can be deduced from the fact that he refused $50,000 to give his perch to another Apple fanboy. Yes, Mazen refused $50,000 to give his seat in the line outside Apple Flagship Store in Sydney as he wants to ensure that he is the first customer not only in Sydney but in the world to buy the newly launched iPhone

What is more, Mazen has been live streaming his stay outside the Apple Flagship store on his YouTube channel.  He is also being helped by two of his friends who are making sure that Kourouche doesnt lose his spot as the first customer in line.

Yes, likes of Mazen do exist. Such is their love for Apple products that Samsung built a marketing campaign that portrayed iPhone users as mindless idiots. There is even a phrase Apple sheep used for Apple fanboys by Android users. Even Merriam-Webster got in on the action earlier this year when it used Apple fans as an example to illustrate the definition of the word sheeple.

We wish Mazen the Sheeple best of luck for his endeavor.

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Toxicon drop a metal cover of Confidence Mans Boyfriend (Repeat) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Last year, a mysterious supergroup known as Confidence Man burst onto the scene. Hailing from Brisbane, the group revealed very little about themselves, except for the fact that they make a unique brand of electro-pop, which was made abundantly clear when they dropped their single Boyfriend (Repeat).

Following the groups performance at Splendour In The Grass this year, triple j made the controversial claim that the band were the best up-and-coming live band in Australia. This of course drew much criticism from, well, just about everyone, including a number Facebook commenters such Taya Chani, who claimed they were so shocked I couldnt even type when they said that Confidence Man is hands down the worst shit I have ever heard in my life. I am completely dumbfounded, speachless.


Confidence Man 'Boyfriend (Repeat)' live at Splendour

Best up-and-coming live band in Australia? We <3 Confidence Man.

Posted by triple j Unearthed on Saturday, 22 July 2017

Melbournes Toxicon uploaded their cover of Boyfriend (Repeat) to YouTube just a couple of days ago with the tongue-in-cheek caption of Australias best up and coming cover.

In a statement issued to Music Feeds, Toxicon explained their decision to cover the track. Recently there was quite the upset over triple js call on the Best up and coming live band with their song Boyfriend (Repeat), they said. Maybe it wasnt everyones cup of tea but but surely there must be s...


1) Apia confrontation highlights sensitivity over West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Special Autonomy provides for rights justice, says Papuan legislator
3) Churches unimpressed by Indonesias comments on West Papua
7) Gama Plantation: Building on deforestation and conflict


Im fine, Tonys here "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Possibly the most misunderstood person in politics today: Hunter Valley Bushfire: Hunter Valley homes at risk, Tony Abbott joins fire fight.

Tony Abbott has been hailed as a hero after saving a house from ember attack while battling a bushfire burning near his Sydney northern beaches electorate of Warringah.

This afternoon embers from the Beacon Hill bushfire ignited local resident Barry Cafes fence.

Mr Cafe told local paper the Manly Daily that it wasnt every day that a former prime minister saves your home.

I told everybody, Im fine, Tonys here, he said.

Hes a top bloke We couldnt do without them (the Rural Fire Service).



Were packing up the beer truck and cruising South.

This spring as the weather heats up, were taking Clyde (our trusty beer truck) on an East coast road trip from Byron to Sydney. Dropping in on coastal towns along the way, well be spreading good vibes and putting on a few Karma Kegs for the locals

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Clydes set to attend over 10 epic events from 20 September 27 October. Kicking off the tour in Yamba, hell be rolling into towns for tap takeovers, a few festivals, beer dinners, frothy catch-ups and one grand finale at this years Sydney Beer Week (more details to be announced).

Clyde Event Vibes

Come and escape the grind, gather a crew and join Clyde as he cruises the coast! With the promise of cruisey live tunes, delicious tucker, cold frothies and a few Karma Kegs to support local charities, join us as we welcome the warmer months


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Premiere: Pastel shades and declarations of love in Felix Lushs Juliette video "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Photo by Alex Wall

Since his time in Bearhug and Claire & the Cops, Felix Lushs bedroom-pop has recieved big love. With his new material, he continues to take us into an 80s synth pop dreamworld. This is on full display in his new video for Juliette, which were stoked to be premiering here.

Returning after his 2016 debut EP State of Mind, this wonderfully romantic synth jam sees Felix Lush get sentimental with a mega-sweet ode to his love for IRL girlfriend and the songs namesake.

Of the new track, he says:

The song is my love song dedication to my girlfriend. Sometimes I think people are worried about being outright about love but its important to tell that special someone how much they mean. Juliette is for every dorky kid out there who just wants to tell their partner how much they mean to them.

*heart eyes*

Featuring Felix Lush together with Juliette herself, the accompanying video, directed by Courtney Brookes, is a pastel-filled visual delight. It flicks us through channels featuring other, slick looking familiar faces of local music, including Hamish Dobinson of Flowertruck, David Gauci of Death Bells and Spike Vincent. This is put together with darling couple montages and florals out of some kind of candy coloured daydream.

We definitely feel the love, and think you will too.

Felix Lush is on the road supporting The Creases in Melbourne and Sydney and is set to tour with I Know Leopard and These New South Whales. Check out the video and tour details below.

WHO: The Creases with Felix Lush
WHERE: The Lair at The Metro Theatre Sydney


The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Headliners for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Co-chel South Australias premiere folk festival, the Fleurieu Folk Festival, has announced a bunch of really exciting headliners for its 2017 event. This years Fleurieu Folk Festival will feature Kristina Olsen (USA), Ken Nicol (UK), Greg Champion, Co-chel (above), The BordererS, Tom Richardson, Alan Gogoll and Fiona Ross (UK). There obviously a []


Mens cricket squad gearing up for next years tour of England "IndyWatch Feed"

AUSTRALIAS most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The national Indigenous mens squad played matches over eight rounds, playing against Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Victoria and the national performance squad. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian. He has been busy overseas, first helping Notts win the NatWest T20 final in England, and then being drafted by the Tinbago Knight Riders, who won the Carribean Premier League (CPL). Christian next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.


Conference: Social cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking back, looking forward "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

La Trobe University, partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, presents Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking back, looking forward, a conference to revisit the issues explored in the 2007 event Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony: the Goulburn Valley Experience.   Conference Theme The 2017 conference will ... Read more...


Chinny Charge sold out "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

For the first time in 16 years the Chinny Charge is on again!

This Saturday September 16, 500 people will be running and walking up Mount Chincogan to win prizes or in many cases just to enjoy the view.

While places are now fully booked, those running are reminded that there are to be no dogs or smoking on the mountain.

The race will start at the Mullumbimby Memorial Petria Thomas Swimming Pool at 2pm. It will be started  by race winner Colin Creighton, who won the  second Chinny Charge in bare feet with four stitches in his big toe in 1967.

After doing the mountain dash, the keenest of runners will charge back into town and cross the finishing line at the Mullumbimby Post Office.

Dont forget you can confirm your place in the race from 12 noon at the Mullumbimby Swimming Pool.

If you would like to win a $200 prize from Mullumbimby IGA you can try and guess the winning time. Fill out the form (on page 10) and make your best guess.

Pop your entry into the box at the IGA and the Mullumbimby Newsagents. The entry box will move to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on the day. You will be able to submit your guess up until the beginning of the race.

Special effort

Do you know anyone who is running the race who deserves recognition for special effort and encouragement of others? If you do, or if you are in or watching the race and notice anyone who does something that makes you think they should get recognition for their actions, then let the organisers know.

You can give them suggestions in writing at the table where the race begins or where the race ends.

Kevin Moran Memorial



The Economist published my letter! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In the letters section of this weeks Economist

You dont Say

The term Says Law, (Economics brief, August 12th) was invented by the American economist, Fred Taylor, and popularised in his introductory text, published in 1921. Moreover, the phrase supply creates its own demand is not classical in origin, but was first used in print by another American economist, Harlan McCracken, in a text that John Maynard Keynes is known to have read while he was writing the General Theory. Jean-Baptiste Say neither invented the concept nor was he its most staunch defender.

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Melbourne, Australia


Sparkling sun halo seen over central Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Agnes & 1770 residents were left marveling at a strange weather pattern which formed a "halo" around the sun over the Discovery Coast yesterday. Ruth Geck took these photos and shared them on Facebook, prompting excited reactions from others who had seen the phenomenon. Some blamed it on "geo-engineering" - but meteorologist Annabelle Ford, from the Bureau of Meteorology's Brisbane office, confirmed it was an entirely natural effect. "This is a good example of a 'halo'," Ms Ford told The Observer after seeing the pictures.


Hyla Roll Out New Record "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Its been three years in the making but Melbourne via Perth band Hyla are finally releasing their debut record Osaka.

Written entirely during a stint in Japan, frontman Alex Hayes released first taste of the album Fraction leaving us wanting more.

He joined Axel Carrington on Breakfast with Taylah for an unplugged tune and talks on the new record.

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Listen to the New John Butler Trio Single Bully "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio The John Butler Trio recently released their latest, stand-alone single Bully. The track was recorded back in 2016 and was released as the John Butler Trio work on their new album. In the wake of the recent deplorable and gut wrenching event in Charlottesville, Virginia USA and Australias []


earthcore in the park nsw crew takeovers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Our first earthcore in the park 2017 NSW crew stage takeover announcements are in!

boss bass

Introducing Boss Bass who will be hosting the Basscore 2017 in the NSW Courtyard! Best known for their 5 year strong monthly Chinese Laundry Friday night residency, Boss Bass have hosted some of the biggest and best names in the business.
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hypnotic events

Known for their large scale indoor events and previously unattainable lineups, Hypnotic Events follow on from Zac Slades highly successful brand Sydney Trance offering the Sydney club scene a taste of psychedelic music, lifestyle & culture.
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Our legends in the running for sporting riches "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Two Ocean Grovers have been named as finalists in the Viva Energy Club Legend competition.
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs David Renton and Surfside Waves Soccer Clubs Kevin Bowers were named in the 20 finalists for the award, which recognises a sporting player or volunteer who helps to make their local club great.
The 20 finalists are in the running to win $5000 with the runner-up receiving $2000 and all finalists receiving $1000. The clubs of the finalists will receive the same amount.
With total prize money exceeding $50,000 the Viva Energy Geelong Refinery really is strengthening its ongoing commitment to the local community.
All winners will be honoured at the Club Legend Awards Dinner hosted by Viva Energy at Simonds Stadium on 16 October.
The public will decide the eventual winners. Go to to vote. Voting closes 4 October.

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Pushing the audience: the Sydney Underground Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

SUFF seeks to program independent international and local films that wont make it to a cinema. But this does not mean that they are all low-budget, lo-fi or unheard of. Weve had films from Cannes, weve had films from Berlin and South By Southwest these are films that have played at major world festivals its not the sideshow part of the film festival. Here, they are marginalised.


MACKAY Airlie painter spat half-eaten sandwich at hospital worker "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Woman accused of making, sharing child exploitation material "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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JUNGLE LOVE LAUNCH PARTY "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


By now the Jungle Love have crew shown time and time again that they know how to throw a damn good party and they also love any excuse to do it. The main event of the year is Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival which is taking place for the fourth time ever from November 30 to December 2 at Borumba Deer Park. So to build the excitement our team is taking over The Zoo and Winn Lane in Fortitude Valley on October 14 for the Jungle Love Launch Party: The Zoo and Winn Lane Takeover.

The Jungle Love community has a knack for making every night together a night to remember. Last years launch party was held at The Triffid, featuring an outdoor electronic stage. Organisers were advised by venue staff that people wouldnt dance on as theyve never had any luck getting a dance floor happening outside before. But alas the venue staff were proved wrong. The Jungle Lovers proceeded to fill the entirety of the dance floor, making for one of those many delicious nights to remember.

This years launch will feature seven stellar live acts including one of Bigsounds most talked about artists, Clea , a special reformation of the much loved insane asylum LeSuits who split up two years ago, rising stars and recent Triple J Unearthed winners Fight Ibis and some of the finest craftsmen of indie pop, The Jensens . Two acts making their way up from Melbourne for the special occasion are the soulful Squidgenini and one of the most hilarious performers around, Stingray .

Winn Lane will be pumping all night with a selection of sounds curated by the fine tastemakers A Love Supreme who will be mixing up the soul, funk and much, much more. The Winn Lane stage will feature the likes of ALS Soundsystem , Deejay Bossman , Nathan Sellin & Jaeden Birch and El Discotheque .

Punters will be able move between the two spaces via the backstage access from the Zoo to Winn Lane. So punters who havent been backstage at the Zoo before will have the chance to see the plethora of stickers and layers of history left behind by iconic bands that have played at the venue over the past 20 years.

And not to forget that it wouldnt be a Jungle Love party without an array of live performance art and the odd surprise in store.

Full Lineup in alphabetical order:

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Sydney Fringe Festival 2017 Interview with Betty Grumble "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Performance Artist Betty Grumble joined Bibi & The Big Blue to talk about her recent tour of International Fringe Festivals around The Globe. They also discuss the wider Global Community in relation to Australia; our development as a modern society reflecting and practicing equality & a Fair Go for All Citizens Betty & Bibi touch on the contrasts in our local societywhere the old conservative ideas are currently reflecting a fear of change.


Bibi & The Big Blue (Thursdays 23.00 00.30)

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Medicinal Cannabis for the Elderly: An Interview with Canna Nanna Karen Burge "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Therapeutic Goods Administrations Special Access Scheme (SAS) is a formal arrangement that allows patients to import unapproved therapeutic goods into the country. There are two main pathways to access imported medicines via this scheme: category A and category B. Category A allows terminally ill patients fast access to imported products, as a doctor only

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Last chance to catch the SWELL "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fifty sculptures line the beautiful stretch of beach at Currumbin on the Gold Coast until September 17. The SWELL sculpture festival is celebrating its fifteenth year as it transforms the golden sands of Currumbin Beach into a dazzling landscape of interactive and inspiring public art amid a carnival atmosphere of live entertainment, street food, artist talks and masterclasses for all ages.

There are up to 50 Australian and international artists who are displaying thought-provoking works plotted along a 1km stretch of coastline, highlighting a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues.

Sculptures by local artists Alison Allcock, Jeanette Krohn, Gabriel Rosita and Lance Season form an important part of the exhibition.

Make sure you take the chance to head up the coast and feast your eyes on these fantastic works.


The Weeping Willows Announce East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of The Weeping Willows Hard working Melbourne bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows have announced plans to head out on a massive East Coast tour from the middle of this month. On the tour The Weeping Willows will be providing support for Skyscraper Stan and Georgia State Line at Bella Union in Melbourne, Carpenter []


EPA stops logging at Limpinwood for inspection "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed Shire Council has found unauthorised clearing in the Environmental Protection Zone in Limpinwood by landowner, Hewittville Holdings.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have confirmed with Echonetdaily that they have asked the landholder to cease logging operations on the property, said an EPA spokesperson.

The EPA has become aware of recent allegations about the harvesting operation, and will be conducting a joint site inspection with Tweed shire council as soon as it can be organised.

Locals had raised the alarm in early September and Tweed shire council then unanimously supported action to ask the EPA and state government to investigate the site on September 7.

Concerns were raised about logging in environmental protection zones, specifically in relation to koala habitat trees being felled, previous unauthorised works by the landholder creating significant environmental damage and noise and dust impact on neighbours from the logging trucks.

The EPA has stated that they have been monitoring the operation since it started and it has included three site visits since May 2017.

Site inspection

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) inspected the property on September 9 and documented logging and roading within the 7(d) Environmental Zone and roading and tree removal within the 7(l) Environmental Zone. Extensive operations had occurred within the 7(d) zone and they were still active, they said in a statement today.

NEFA also found that there was grossly inadequate drainage of roads and snig-tracks, with extensive erosion and stream pollution likely in the next rainfall event. The EPA had also apparently not noticed the widespread failure to implement erosion mitigation works, and that was their responsibility.

NEFA have identified high use koala trees, extensive use of grey gums on the site, the presence of a mother and baby identified by scat sizes, marbled frogmouths and a masked owl. On September 12 a koala was found on a nearby property near Boormans Road that has no surrounding forest or koala trees. Friends of the Koala were notified to ensure the koalas safety along with the previous koala, Paris, that was also displaced...


The University of Queensland to Ban Smoking on Campus and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Queenslands largest university will become a smoke-free zone as of July 1, 2018 (Image source: Public Domain Pictures)

Announced yesterday, The University of Queensland sates their campuses will adopt the policy after consulting with the state government and health experts.

Director of occupational health and safety at UQ, Tim Carmichael, says the smoking ban reflects evolving societal norms.



Taco Bell heads to down under

Mexican-style american fast food giant Taco Bell is set to open its doors in Brisbane.

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Lismore flies the rainbow flag in support of equality "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers. (supplied)

Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers. (supplied)

The Lismore City Council has this morning raised the rainbow flag in support of marriage equality while an unauthorised rainbow crossing has appeared in Nimbin.

The council decided at its 13 June meeting to raise a flag as part of a broader resolution on marriage equality that included lobbying Federal MPs and political parties.

The raising of the flag comes as Australians wait for their postal survey on the issue.

Councillor Darlene Cook, who moved the motion, said raising the rainbow flag was an important gesture.

As we head into the yes/no campaign for marriage equality and the postal survey, there is no better time for our LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex)
community to know that Council supports their fight for equal rights in our society, Cr Cook said.

This is a clear statement that Council embraces our LGBTQI community and believes they should have the right to marry who they wish. This debate is a no-brainer. Love is love.

A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.

A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.

The flag-raising resolution followed earlier attempts by Greens councillor Adam Guise to have a rainbow pedestrian crossing installed somewhere in the CBD.

But that motion failed as the state authorities claimed that such a crossing could be a traffic hazard.

Obviously that note was not passed on to the residents of Nimbin.

Sometime this week, someone has created a rainbow crossing in the main street of Nimbin, which proudly proclaims One Love.


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The Adani Factor in the Queensland Elections: Changing to a More Sustainable Coal Export Model "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Denis Bright seeks discussion on the implications of the Adani Carmichael Coal Project on the forthcoming state elections. The electoral impact zone of the Adani project will be in the marginal regional state coastal electorates between Townsville and Rockhampton as well as some leafy suburbs of Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. The latter attracted

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Leafy laneways to criss-cross West Village project "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbanes growing affection for city laneways and off-street surprises will soon receive a major boost with the creation of four new public laneways at West Ends West Village project. Developer Sekisui House will construct the new, landscaped walking and cycling spaces across the 2.6ha site. West Village Project Director Andrew Thompson said the integrated residential []

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10th Mullum Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ten years ago the first Mullum Music Festival pioneered a very different type of music event. No gates. No big headlines. No VIP areas. Basically a No hassle festival. A festival where artists and performers mingled, where shows are held in halls, clubs and pubs rather than tents, and instead of driving hours to park in a field and trudge on site, patrons became enmeshed in the spirit of a vibrant village. It worked.

Its not just about one act, but rather all the performers says Festival Director Glenn Wright. Mullum Music Festival is about the experience. Everyone knows that. Its all about the people. All of the people. Everyday People!


This year the Festival tips its hat to the line up ten years on by including many of the artists who were on the first bill. Its a Festival Homecoming with patrons Suzannah Espie, Mama Kin and Harry James Angus all returning to perform along with Tinpan Orange, Jojo Smith, Liz Stringer, Hussy Hicks, Oka and a swag of acts everyone has grown to love.

In the decade since its inception Mullum has a reputation for booking new acts. Many of these acts have gone on to play bigger stages all over the world. Like NZ artist Marlon Williams who has been selling out shows throughout the US, UK & Europe and returns for this years program with his beloved Yarra Benders.

With big headlines like Jon Cleary the funkiest of the funkiest (I mean hes from Funky town New Orleans) bringing his Absolute Gentlemen, a four-piece riot of gospel harmonies and foundation rocking grooves.

Perhaps nothing typifies the unconventional joy of the program more than All Our Exes Live in Texas. A festival favourite, these four songwriters with four unique voices return to deliver their four-part indie slice of folk heaven.

Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford brings her smooth, opulent and electric voice to our 10th Mullum Music Festival, Mama Kin Spender feeds the soul when she delivers heart stopping ballads and percussive beats, this time around in collaboration with Melbourne musician Spender. From tender to brooding, the...


Union threatens boycott of Lismore Base Hospital ward openings "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

A health union has threatened to boycott the opening of two wards at the Lismore Base Hospital unless staffing levels are increased.

The Health Services Union is demanding that an extra thirteen hospital positions are created, including security people, wards people and X-ray operators.

Greens MP Dawn Walker has raised the issue of staffing at the Lismore Base Hospital in state parliament following safety concerns raised by the union.

Its appalling that the NSW Government is failing to listen to concerns about excessive staff workloads at Lismore Base Hospital, which is risking patient care, stretching the capacity of hospital staff and jeopardizing the opening of new wards at the Hospital, Ms Walker, who is the health spokesperson for her party, said.

When I questioned the Government over staffing at Lismore Base Hospital on Wednesday, they failed to even answer the question. Yet we know that under-resourcing of hospital staff is an ongoing problem at Lismore Base Hospital.

Only last month mental health nursing staff were forced to consider closing beds due to major concerns over patient safety following planned cuts to clinical nursing staff levels.

The Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment should position the Hospital as a state-of-the art facility for the North Coast, but the Liberal-National Government seem determined not to resource it adequately.

The Government and Northern NSW Local Health District must consult with the Health Services Union, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association and other bodies over staffing levels so patient care isnt compromised..


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Local asbestos program nominated for award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Jeanie McKillop, Coordinator of North East Waste and and Tash Morton, North East Waste project co-ordinator. Photo supplied.

Photo Jeanie McKillop, Coordinator of North East Waste and Tash Morton, North East Waste project co-ordinator. Photo supplied.

The increase in DIY household renovations has highlights the importance of how to identify asbestos. It was the increasing quantity of asbestos that was unknowingly being taken to waste facilities in the northern rivers that lead to the development of the North East Wastes Household Asbestos Testing Program. Delivered to six local councils the program is now a finalist in this years Local Government NSW Excellence in Environment Awards.

Home owners undertaking their own renovations were turning up at the landfill unaware that the materials they had removed contained asbestos. This was not only a posing a health risk for the home owners but also the staff at the waste facility who sort the waste, said Tash Morton, the North East Waste project co-ordinator.

The asbestos testing program was an extension of the Household Asbestos Disposal Kit program that was initiated in 2015 to assist householders with disposing of small quantities of asbestos safely. Both programs are now run by Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Clarence Valley and Richmond Valley Councils.

Residents are provided with a mask and sample bags, instructions and a pre-paid satchel to post their samples to the asbestos testing company. The results of the test are then emailed to the resident with information.

The program is the first of its kind in Australia being run by Local Government Im incredibly proud of the work Tash has done and happy to be recognised for our initiative, says North East Waste coordinator, Jeanie Mckillop.

For further information on where to pick up the household asbestos testing or disposal kits contact your local Council or visit the council websites. You can also contact

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Sydney Has The Second Most Unaffordable Housing In The World "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Australian Governments Panadol and rest approach to the growing housing affordability crisis will do nothing to ease the headache, writes Greg Budworth.

Each year Demographia publishes housing affordability data from over 400 cities across the world using a measurement called the median multiple (sometimes called the price-to-income ratio.) The median multiple is derived by dividing the median house price in a particular city by the median household income for the same area. For example, a median multiple of four means that a median priced dwelling costs four times the median household income.

Demographias analysis suggests a median multiple of three or less is a sign of a healthy market. A median multiple of between three and five meanwhile, means the market is moderately unaffordable and a score of more than five means housing is severely unaffordable.


While Demographia doesnt distinguish between scores above five, one could argue for a new category extremely unaffordable that would be applied beyond a score of seven or eight. Using this measurement, the most unaffordable housing market in the world is Hong Kong with a median multiple of 18.

Second on the list is Sydney at 12, followed by Vancouver at 10.5 and Auckland at 10. Melbourne is tied with San Jose with a median multiple of 9.5.

How did it come to this? After all, for most of the last century, the average Australian home could be had for roughly three to four times the average income. Clearly something has changed, but what?

Last week saw the release of a report the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) about how to fix the housing crisis crippling Australias cities. The report, like many before it, contained a series of thoroughly worthy recommendations, but will achieve very little given the absence of a national housing strategy within which its proposals can be prioritised and measured.

Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)

Its critical we get this right because the lack of affordable housing in our major capitals is fuelling a social and economic dislocation that risks undermining their reason for existence.

The reason cities create value, and the reason so many of us choose to live in them, is be........


Miles the one who smiles "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Miles arrived at Edgars Mission on this day in back in 2013. At such a young age he had already seen more hardship than one should endure; orphaned, weak and in desperate need of warm and helping hands.

Today Miles is a handsome and gentle fellow, who loves nothing more than the affection of his human carers. Among all the love and care sent his way, Miles is also being treated for Epilepsy we believe he is the only sheep treated for the condition in Australia.

Miles is part of our Best Friends monthly donor program, if youre able and would like to sponsor him, you can find him in the Sheep Shack here!


Turnbull Government's Australian Building and Construction Commissioner resigns ahead of court sentancing contravening the Fair Work Act "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It appears that the Abbott and Turnbull federal governments chosen anti-union attack dog has feet of clay.
This is what the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has to say about its agency head as late as 12 September 2017:
Nigel Hadgkiss, APM, became the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner on 2 December 2016 with the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).  Nigel has held a number of high-profile roles in both state and federal government agencies with a focus on both law enforcement and construction industry regulation, including:
Director Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC);
Director, Construction Code Compliance, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance;
Executive Director, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW;
Deputy Commissioner, ABCC;
Director, Building Industry Taskforce;
National Director of Intelligence, Australian Crime Commission; and


Alleged Lismore stalker was jailed for assaulting two females "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Lismore man who was arrested last week for allegedly stalking three women who live in the vicinity of Lismore Shopping Square has been previously jailed for assaulting two women.

Shane Andrew Mitchell did not appear in Lismore Local Court this week via videolink from prison but was represented by solicitor Tom Trembath.
The 35-year-old is charged with three counts of stalking and intimidation and five counts of entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.
His alleged stalking began on September 4, when he was reported stalking a Lismore woman between 8.45 pm and 9.45 pm.
Three days later it is alleged Mr Mitchell was stalking another Lismore woman at her home between 7.45 pm and 8 pm.
Then on September 9, Mr Mitchell allegedly entered a Dalziel Street property without the consent of the two women and a man who lived there.
From 10 pm until about 10.50 pm it is alleged Mr Mitchell stalked another woman at the Dalziel Street residence.
When the woman called police, they attended and Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.
In refusing bail police cited Mr Mitchells lengthy criminal history.
The accused has previous charges for entering the homes of females he does not know and committing assault upon these women, police wrote when refusing Mr Mitchell bail.
He has been sentenced to a fixed term of imprisonment for assaulting young women on two separate occasions in 2016.
The risk to the community is too great, police wrote.
This week Magistrate David Heilpern heard Mr Mitchell was seeking a section 33 assessment under the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990.
He adjourned Mr Mitchells matters until September 19 when he is expected to appear in court via videolink.

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Casino father who allegedly groomed 15-year-old girl for sex remains on bail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 30-year-old Casino man is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 for sex. (File pic)

A 30-year-old Casino man is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 for sex. (File pic)

Expert computer evidence will be given against a married Casino father who allegedly used social media to groom a 15-year-old girl for sex from his home.

Jacob Lee Benn appeared in Lismore Local Court this week and was represented by solicitor Peter Walsh.

The 30-year-old father is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years for sex.

Police allege between November 20, 2016, and the day before his arrest, June 14, Mr Benn sent various message via Facebook messenger to the 15-year-old girl with the intention of having sex with her.

During their communications, it is alleged Mr Benn told the girl not to reveal his identity.

After the girl complained to police an investigation was launched and Mr Benn was arrested by detectives from the State Crime Commands Child Exploitation Unit on June 15.

He was granted strict conditional bail to reside at Casino and not to contact or approach the girl or go to her school.

Mr Benn must not use the social media websites Facebook, Snapchat, Facebook messenger or Instagram for any reason what so ever.

He was also ordered not to have direct contact with any person younger than 16 except for his immediate family.

This week Magistrate David Heilpern heard police were waiting for an electronic exhibit to be prepared and expert evidence to be given on the case.

Mr Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by October 23 and adjourned Mr Benns matters until November 13.

He was excused from appearing at court on the next occasion by Magistrate Heilpern if legally represented.

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Wardell woman nabbed by find my phone app "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Wardell woman was arrested for stealing after one of the victims used the find my phone app to track down their stolen iPhone.

Police will allege that the 21-year-old woman broken into two vehicles at the Wardell Caravan Park and stole property in the early hours of September 12.

A short time later the woman broke into a cabin which was occupied by a sleeping victim. It is alleged that the woman has stolen an iphone and other property.

Police said the victim had a find my phone app installed on the stolen phone, and was able to tell police where the phone was.

Ballina police then executed a search warrant at a Wardell address where they located the 21-year-old and the stolen property.

The 21 year old was charged with aggravated break, enter and steal, and two counts of steal from motor vehicle. Bail was refused.

Police said if the victim did not have a phone finder app installed on her phone police may not have been able to make the arrest and return the stolen property.

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Lionel Murphy: an innocent man "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Remembering Lionel Keith Murphy 30.08.1922 21.10.1986   Lionel Keith Murphy, of William an Irish immigrant and Lily born Murphy, Sydney 1922.   Outstanding student, budding larrikin  early scholastic achievements encouraged his questioning, sharpened his tools for the liberation of the spirit.   An oddity? an early resister? a Jew-lover? Or simply a man destined

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Third city council dumps Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump official Australia Day celebrations, with one councillor calling the day grossly insensitive.

But Moreland City Council will continue to hold citizenship ceremonies on the date to avoid losing its right to host them altogether.

The inner-north Melbourne council voted in favour of dropping all references to Australia Day and to join the push to change the date on Wednesday night.

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton said hosting ceremonies and events on January 26 was grossly insensitive to indigenous people.

It would be like celebrating the Nazi holocaust, Ms Bolton said in the meeting on Wednesday.

Another councillor, John Kavanagh, did not support the move and said it was a decision for the federal government to make.

The federal government last month stripped Yarra and Darebin councils of their right to host citizenship ceremonies after successful votes to shift them to another day.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month described Yarra City Councils decision to change the way it commemorates the day as utterly out of step with Australian values.

On Australia Day, we recognise the greatness of our achievement as Australians, Mr Turnbull said in parliament.

To change the date would be to turn our back on Australian values.

Moreland in 2015 moved its annual citizen awards ceremony to October.

The Australia Citizenship Ceremonies Code says local councils should hold ceremonies every two to three months and notes that Australia Day along with Australian Citizenship Day on September 17 are significant days in the calendar when local governments and community organisations can play an important role in raising awareness of citizenship.

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Third Melbourne Council Abandons Australia Day Celebrations and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A third Melbourne council has voted to abandon official Australia day celebrations. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Moreland city council has now passed a motion stating that the council believes it is not an appropriate date for an inclusive national celebration, as January 26 marks the beginning of the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands and oppression of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Moreland city council has now joined neighbouring councils Yarra and Darebin in dropping all references to Australia Day on January 26.

Kevin Rudds Godson Physically Attacked Over Defending Marriage Equality Posters


Einstein A Go-Go - 10th September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

In the studio this week Dr Shane is joined by EAGG colleagues Dr Jen & Chris KP.

The team kick things off with some science news; sharing updates on A.I developments on Facebook, news from Saturn and Pluto and the 40th anniversary of Voyager.

First Guest: Associate Professor Conor Hogan - Latrobe Institute of Molecular science.

Connor and the EAGG team discuss the exciting new world of Molecular measurement and other scientific development using mobile phones.

Second Guest: Dr Jeremy Silver & Associate Professor Ed Newbigin - Pollen count group at University of Melbourne.

What is the Pollen count group, what is new in the world of pollen and how exciting do they use their research?

Third Guests: Rosemary Millen - PHD Candidate at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & St Vincent's hospital.

Rosemary joins the team in the studio to discuss the immune system and more specifically it's effect on Cancer cells and vice versa.

Remember,.. Science is everywhere!

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Australian government moves to cover coal as banks pull out "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

As people campaigning against the Adani Carmichael coal mine rallied again in Brisbane, Steve Ciobo, the minister for trade, complains that activists are stopping the banks from financing the project and are pushing them into pulling away from the coal industry altogether.

He therefore suggests that the government must step in to fill the market gap. In other words, government should subsidise the industry through taxpayers money.

The generosity is likely to include the Adani mine.

Ciobo openly admits that money from the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), will be handed out and the lending criteria of the corporation will to be changed to enable this.

The minister said in parliament:

Im increasing the scope of Efics statement of expectation, so that Efic has got more ability to finance onshore resource projects.

Now what are some of the radical groups doing that is threatening this? The fact is that we are seeing a campaign. Weve seen, for example, the stepped-up campaign of activist groups which is discouraging our major retail banks from financing otherwise viable exporters in the coal sector.

But its not just about coal, its also about what we can do in other sectors within resources, he said.

Adani is already seeking a loan of up to $900m from Naif, to help build a rail line between the mine and the Abbot point coal terminal near the Great Barrier Reef. Adani may nowapply for more and be given what he wants.

Although opponents are having have an impact, they are not decisive in causing the banks to pull away. Public opinion is and this has turned against an industry widely regarded as dirty, in terms of creating carbon emissions. So much that the industry has launched a major advertising campaign to win people back to coal.

The government refuses to acknowledge this, and in turn, this feeds the growing perception that its actions are being driven by...


Baby Great White Shark Washes Onto Shore And People Know Just What To Do "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In the past, when sharks have washed onto the beach, it hasnt always ended well for the animals. Selfie-obsessed people have been known to drag them onto the sand to pose with them in front of cameras, which often kills the sharks. But when a juvenile great white shark washed onto a popular beach earlier this week in Sydney, Australia, beachgoers knew exactly the right thing to do.

After finding the male great white shark (estimated to be 2 or 3 years old) flopping around on the sand, people contacted Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, a conservation center that rescues and rehabilitates ocean animals. A rescue team quickly arrived to help the distressed shark.

Sharks cant breathe without swimming, so getting the shark back into water was of the utmost importance. At the same time, the team needed to make sure the shark wasnt injured or sick, so they didnt want to put him right back into the ocean. Instead, they moved him into a nearby ocean pool, which was filled with natural seawater.

Credit: Nick Dawkins

Rob Townsend, the life sciences manager at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, started calling the shark Fluffy as a joke but soon everyone was doing it. That was me just chatting to some kids on the side of the pool and it just stuck, Townsend told The Dodo.

Credit: Nick Dawkins

While Fluffy swam around the sea pool, Townsend made sure a diver was always there to babysit him.

White sharks prefer the open oceans and do not do well within the confines of captivity, which is why you dont usually see white sharks in aquariums, Townsend said. We needed the divers to guide him away from the walls so he didnt further injure himself....


Birthday cake for Invy parkrunners "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE Inverloch parkrun completed a milestone itself last Saturday when the event celebrated its third birthday in style, fluoro style.
On a cool September 13 day in 2014, Inverloch parkrun was launched after months of work by a core group who put in the planning to get the event up and running.
On that morning there were 94 runners with Mack Clarkson the first runner across the line and Fiona Crozier the first female in 11th place. Mack ran the event in an incredible 17:08.
In the past three years, Inverloch parkrun has had 2493 participants who have completed 14,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,990 km, including 2711 new personal bests.
Last Saturday, 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 12 recorded personal bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.
And they enjoyed a piece of birthday cake afterwards.
Thanks go to volunteers Heather Sullivan, Kate Lew Ton, Heidi Peterson, Macy Peterson, Billie Peterson, Luisa Cester, Wayne Walker and Louise McCall. A massive thank you was delivered to everyone who has volunteered at Inverloch over the past three years.
This week there were visitors from Lismore, Traralgon, Churchill, Pakenham and Chelsea. The first over the line was Michael Tripodi from Traralgon in 18:11. The first female this week was Alycia Marotta, in 13th overall, running a new PB of 22:32 and beating her son Jake by 25 seconds. It was Alycias sixth parkrun and her first time as winner.
The theme for the birthday was fluoro and there were some great outfits to go with a delicious fluoro cake. Emma Sullivan and Brett Scorah were electric in their fluoro coordinated outfits and Leah Baud was as bright as ever while Julian Walker had some great fluoro hair and with special mentions to Shirley Dell and Ebony Knox.
There were a number of milestones this week with three running their 50th parkrun.
Michael Giles, Greg Dell and Joanne Parsons all reached the milestone. Kate Lew Ton reached her 25th volunteer and Nathan Castle ran his 150th parkrun, a fine effort by both.
There were 12 personal bests which is a pretty good effort given the cold air and wind. Noel Farmilo, Damien King (starting the push to sub 20), James Barry, Simon Harris, Layla OReilly, Lani Cropley, Nicki Liefting, Lyn Harris, Luke Ransom, Rhonda Castle, Shannon Hallam and Alycia Marotta all PBd. Well done!

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A Wise Heart For The Modern World "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Internationally renowned Tibetan Buddhist Master, Geshe Tenzin Zopa presents a series of public talks and guided lessons at Langri Tangpa Buddhist centre, on September 15-17, October 20-22 and December 17 to teach on the topic of A Wise Heart for the Modern World. An extremely prolific teacher and writer, Geshe Zopa is fluent in English and has []

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Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs "IndyWatch Feed"

An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer who hails from Brisbane, Australia, is the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post. Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little...

Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs "IndyWatch Feed"

An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer who hails from Brisbane, Australia, is the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post. Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little...


Are banks and insurance companies misusing personal health information and medical files? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

After an insured has made a claim against their policy, the insurer obtains access to and reviews the insureds medical records. PIAC has seen instances of insurers obtaining an insureds complete medical history, including from doctors that treated the insured during childhood, before deciding a claim.

PIAC has found that insurers often rely on matters discovered during the review of the insureds medical records to allege that the insured has breached their duty of disclosure.

Often the conclusions drawn by the insurer from the insureds medical record about their experiences of mental health are inconsistent with the insureds medical record and the opinions of their treating medical practitioners.

PIAC has represented individuals who have had a policy avoided because the insurer has relied on medical records to impute a medical condition that either did not exist or that the insured did not know existed at the time of applying for insurance.

In PIACs experience, it appears that consumers are being disadvantaged by the reforms to the remedies available to insurers (as set out above), or at the very least, are not seeing any benefits flowing from the increased flexibility. [Public Interest Advocacy Centre, 18 November 2016]

On 14 September 2016, the Senate referred an inquiry into the life insurance industry to the Joint...

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Wednesday, 13 September



In a media release on September 6 the Australia Institute revealed that Australia's peak scientific body the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) was paying $10,000 a year for associate membership of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), a mining lobby group known for its campaigns against effective action on climate change.

The Minerals Council has been on the fringe of the climate and energy debate in Australia, opposing policies that would tackle emissions effectively, Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Ben Oquist said.

It defies commons sense that the CSIRO, an organisation that researches climate change and develops renewable technology, gives money to a lobby group that campaigns against effective climate policy and against policies that would increase renewable energy.

One of MCAs main functions is to lobby to change government policy. In its 2013 annual report the MCA boasts it was at the forefront of the debates over the carbon and mining taxes; and their abolition (expected after July 2014) will be in no small part due to the councils determined advocacy on both issues.

The MCA lobbies against renewable energy policy, such as the Renewable Energy Target and more recently the Clean Energy Target as recommended by Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel.

The Minerals Council has also been involved in recent attempts to hobble the advo...


Recommendation "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Highly recommend Sam from Melbourne Domestic Appliances for any fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, stove or oven problems you may have. 

He came to fix our dishwasher same day we called. $85 call out fee would have been it if we didn't need a part. Including part was $160. Compared to others we contacted that was a very reasonable price and he was a really lovely man as well! I will certainly use him for any future appliance problems.

Other reviews for his business here

Cheers, Susie.





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Former Deputy Mayor of Hunters Hill is the new Independent Mayor of Hunters Hill. After Ross Williams preferences were distributed Mark Bennett secured 3995 votes to Liberal candidate Zac Miles with 3350. Membership of Hunters Hill Council is now North Ward Ross Williams, Ben Collins (Liberal) and Elizabeth Krassoi and South Ward Justine McLaughlin (Independent), Zac Miles []

Monday, 11 September


COMPOST CRAZY! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Bernadette Thomas is a western suburbs local who owns six compost bins and a worm farm.

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