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Duesseldorf, Germany #NoPolGNRW: 20.000 people took the streets against new police law in NRW Enough is Enough! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

About 20.000 people took the streets in Dsseldorf, Germany, against the new police law on Saturday. The resistance against the formation of the authoritarian state is growing across Germany. A report back. Published by Enough is Enough. Writen by Riot Turtle. Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing

via Duesseldorf, Germany #NoPolGNRW: 20.000 people took the streets against new police law in NRW Enough is Enough!


Medani Bakery ~ Israeli - Bondi Junction "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Medani Bakery is bringing out fresh bread and falafel along Bronte Rd, Israeli style. Bronte Rd runs from Bondi Junction toward Waverley with a changing mix of shops and apartments. Medani Bakery is a recent addition, bringing an in-store wood fired oven to bake fresh bread, pita and bagels. This Israeli store has a mix of breakfast, brunch, lunch or linner options. You can choose


MACKAY Mackay police allegedly uncover huge child exploitation haul "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Term 3 starts next Tuesday - all details in the flier!

Hope to see you there!!



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Inflated temperature record in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Tom Quirk probably could have been a rocket scientist because he trained as a nuclear physicist, attended Harvard Business School and has been a fellow of three Oxford Colleges (is that like being an Oxford Scholar?). More to the point of Climate Change: The Facts he has been involved in electricity generation including a founding directorship of the Victorian Power Exchange.

His chapter Taking Melbournes Temperature charts the history of the temperature record in Melbourne from 1856. The bottom line of the story there has apparently been a rise in temperature of 0.3C per century since that time. This challenges the official records which show a much larger increase, especially after 1998.

Melbourne was founded in 1835 as an outer suburb of Launceston by two Tasmanian explorers, Batman and Faulkner. Their names are perpetuated by the Batman Faulkner hotel/hostel in Launceston, close to the heart of the small city near the Transit Centre and a stones throw from The Grumpy Piper that houses a bagpipe museum and a whisky tasting bar.

The point of the paper is to explain why there was a jump of 0.6C recorded after 1998. This is attributed to a combination of the urban heat island effect (indicated by the difference of 0.6 compared with the country town of Laverton) and specific factors affecting the microclimate in La Trobe Street.

The key point to note is that the maximum temperature break is coincident with the screening of the La Trobe weather station from southern southerly winds by the construction of the very tall City Gate building This is a fifteen storey apartment tower completed in 1997 and to its east is a further apartment building completed in 1998.


Community Billboard 10th 17th July "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

The post Community Billboard 10th 17th July appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Indonesia to sign landmark $5.5b deal to increase stake in Papua mine to 51% "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Indonesia to sign landmark $5.5b deal to increase stake in Papua mine to 51%
Wahyudi SoeriaatmadjaIndonesia Correspondent

JAKARTA - The Indonesian government plans to announce on Thursday (July 12) that it is paying less than US$4 billion (S$5.5 billion) to get the majority stake in one of the worlds largest mining operations based in Papua from US Freeport McMoran and partner Rio Tinto.
The move would be a political boon to President Joko Widodo ahead of the general election next April.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati will hold a press conference at 4pm (5pm Singapore time) to disclose details of the sale and purchase agreement of the Grasberg mine, located in the Indonesian province of Papua.

ndonesian state mining holding company Inalum is taking over the majority stake in the world's second-largest copper mine, which also yields gold, after a long-heralded acquisition negotiation.



[ Thursday, 19 Jul; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. ] Remembering Dark Town: Experimental History, Decolonisation and Archival Activism at Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden Presented by Dr Kate Wright Date: Thu 19th Jul 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm Location: Oorala Lecture Theatre, UNE, Building E22 Contact: Dr Sophia Waters ? 3318 The Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden was established in 2015 as an experimental research site, and a decolonising activist platform, to experiment [...] full article 


Throwback Thursday: VitaBeats BoomBox "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Because today is Thursday and alliteration is cool, weve decided to share a throwback Thursday banger with you. Today we share the iconic 1985 track BoomBox by VitaBeats, Its a verified funk atomic bomb, and were pretty sure youll love it!

VitaBeats Boom Box

This track was released as part of the Sydney based duos debut album Spot The Spanner in 1985 and reached the top 5 in the Aussie charts back in the day. The totally 80s video reached the number 1 spot at one point as well. With makeshift breakfast instruments and a dancing BoomBox its definitely worth a watch.

Comprised of husband and wife Andrew and Lissa Barnum, VitaBeats released new music in 2013. Andrew also still releases his own music as well, his most recent album Little Phoenix came out in February this year.

VitaBeats formed when the couple moved to Sydney from America in 1982. They also had success with the BoomBox follow-up single Audrey, also taken from Spot The Spanner. The video directed by Lissa is described as a style, story and art direction tour de force.

Both tracks are certified bangers, and Lissa is credited as one of the first female rappers in Australia. Audrey includes a Spanish verse at one point, referencing her Mexican heritage.

Lissa still sings on a lot of Andy Bs songs, as does their daughter Cayenne, a true family affair. The style of music may have changed a fair bit in recent years, but they still know how to throw out a banger.

Watch: Vitabeats Audrey


New Zealand outlet positively reviews Disaster Capitalism film "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

My film Disaster Capitalism with director Thor Neureiter continues to spread around the world. Thor was recently in Melbourne for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and the film is screening soon in Australia, the UK and elsewhere.

New Zealand outlet Foreign Control Watchdog has published a review of the film written by Jeremy Agar:


The years roll by but the news from Afghanistan scarcely changes. From the dry hills in landlocked Asia we glimpse mad mullahs shooting their rifles into the air. We see Humvees straining up a mountain pass and wait for the ambush. Underneath the banner news rolls through: a suicide truck has blown up a dozen pedestrians in Kabul.  

Few of the many disasters that our information screens send our way are as wearying as the scenes from this war, the one that 30 years ago was dubbed the forgotten war because sometimes, back then, it wasnt getting much air time. These days were all too likely to hear the inevitable soothing words that follow from the President, but whoever he is this time, no-one is listening.

On comes an American general. Just a few more troops, he assures us, and all will be well. Just a few more years and well deliver you a shiny new democracy. Be patient. Rome wasnt built in a day.But despite the assurances of the nation builders, peace in Afghanistan hasnt been built in centuries. The waste, the futility of it all has a cartoonish quality: the US Army as Homer Simpson; the jihadi as Jihadi. Boring. We flick the channel to the newest cooking show.

Its the lack of any of this tedium that makes Antony Loewensteins analysis so welcome. By steering clear from clich were allowed to see Afghanistan as the sort of place an open plain, not some dizzying crag that is not all that different from some parts of Loewensteins native Australia, perhaps, or America. He gets driven just an hour from the capital and talks to some quite normal locals. They were promised decent jobs and social development from a mine. It becomes clear that the foreign corporation never intended to make good on the deal, and that the Governments undertaking to hold the company to account was similarly fraudulent.

Back in Kabul Loewenstein seeks answers from the bureaucrats who oversee the mining industry, No, Mr X is unavailable; Mr Y is busy. Mr Z? No, it is not possible. Leave the building. In other words, standard obstruction, standard corruption.....


Hunters Hill Barber Saga Over: Apparently, commonsense did not prevail "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The ridiculous saga of a Hunters Hill barber who politely declined to cut a girls hair in his mens salon, only to have her lawyer [more]

The post Hunters Hill Barber Saga Over: Apparently, commonsense did not prevail appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Sovereign Hill Accommodation for families "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

We recently visited Sovereign Hill in Ballarat Australia. Sovereign Hill is the most popular of Ballarat attractions. Sovereign Hill Ballarat is also one of Victorias top attractions. Most people visiting Sovereign Hill stay in Ballarat for a few nights. There are many Ballarat tourist attractions for you to enjoy during your stay.

Finding Ballarat accommodation within a close vicinity to Sovereign Hill is quite easy. We are about to make it easier by reviewing 3 Ballarat hotels in easy walking distance to Sovereign Hill. We have family accommodation Ballarat covered for you. The only thing now is to grab your Sovereign Hill tickets and off you go. We will show you later where to get your Sovereign Hill Tickets.

Accommodation near Sovereign Hill Ballarat

Main Road Ballarat ( Dont be surprised if it says Golden Circle instead of Ballarat ) lies next to Sovereign Hill. This means accommodation on this street provides the easiest access to Sovereign Hill. As far as accommodation near Sovereign Hill goes Main Road is the best choice for families. Main Road Ballarat is within easy walking distance to Sovereign Hill. This takes out the hassle of how to get to Sovereign Hill. Takes out the hassle of getting a car park.

Let us take a look at Ballarat Motels and Hotels for you.

Mercure Ballarat


Location: 613 Main Road, Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia

Mercure Ballarat has 88 comfy, guest rooms.  The hotel is a single story establishment with all rooms having easy access. For families and larger groups, there are  9 self-contained two-storey apartments at Mercure Ballarat. These apartments come in one or two bedroom configuration. This provides great options for family accommodation Ballarat options.

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APRadio podcast July 12 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry Palmer- We feature in todays APRadio podcast the great work being done by the Volunteer Fire Fighter Association in bringing the voice of those yellow angles who are the backbone of bushfire control, and who have had enough of the Rural Fire Service in NSW ignoring their input preference to academic bookworms. Harry and Mike discus the alphabet people out of step and dictating to the establishment and more.

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Look who is sponsoring the ACTU Congress? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

What ever happened to the sole purpose test that legally governs the behaviour of trustees of superannuation funds?  You know, the one that means that the retirement incomes of the members are the only focus of the activities of superannuation funds.

When did sponsoring the ACTU Congress, to be held in Brisbane next week, fall into the category of maximizing the retirement incomes of the members?

The Royal Commission might care to take a look at this issue.  And in the meantime, what the hell is APRA doing that it just turns a blind eye to this misuse of members funds?

ACTU thanks all our Sponsors and Partners for supporting the 2018 ACTU Congress in Brisbane 17 and 18 July 2018.


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Cats in Tarra-Bulga National Park "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Although they are not often seen by visitors, feral and domestic cats are established predators at Tarra-Bulga National Park and our remote camera results suggest they are becoming more common.

The table below shows results from five years of remote camera monitoring carried out by the Friends of Tarra-Bulga Park. Cat numbers as a percentage of total species recorded rose dramatically from 0.7 to 3.9%.

Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
No. of Cats Records 16 33 64 59 41 64
Total Records 2208 2898 4827 3804 1352 1638
Percentage of Cats 0.7% 1.1% 1.3% 1.6% 3.0% 3.9%

The impact these cats are having on the birds, small mammals and reptiles is a real concern. Although there are many variables in the ways we set up our cameras, the general trend in the last few years is for them to be detecting greater numbers of cats and less small native mammals (e.g. Antechinus and Bush Rats). Sadly we have also been detecting less of the smaller birds such as Pilotbirds and White-browed Scrubwrens. (For a summary of sightings of others species download this Percentage of sightings per year for commonly detected species captured in remote camera photos )

The gallery below shows that cats in Tarra-Bu...


Not the Fucking News Again "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Welcome subverters. Its been a while as Linda was sick but a new podcast is finally here.

During this podcast we premiere the new segment Not the Fucking News, talk about whats not news and report on the filthy cops in Bad Cop No Donut.

In Australia its a national week of celebration for indigenous people so 40% of the music we play is from Aboriginal or Islander musicians.

Download from Radio4all.

The read Not the Fucking News.

We also mention.. A t-shirt company in the US tried using the shocking image of Dylan Voller strapped to a chair in a youth detention centre. (we play the song Fool by Dylans sister Kirra during the show)

And the verdict is in plastic bag bans benefit the shops bottom line more than the environment.

Bad Cop No Donut features a piece by Riot Turtle from Enough is Enough about protests against new police powers in Germany.



Dramaturg Alana Valentine on Bangarras Dark Emu "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo Credit: Daniel Boud

  • Alana Valentine :: Interview with Lucy Smith on Mornings

Alana Valentine, dramaturg on the latest Bangarra Dance Theatre production Dark Emu, lets Lucy in on how to turn a history-changing work of non-fiction into a powerful dance experience.

Dark Emu is based on a book by Bunerong clan writer Bruce Pascoe, which challenges the common characterisation of Indigenous groups at the time of European colonisation as nomadic hunter/gatherers, and instead paints a picture of a people employing highly sophisticated land management, architectural and agricultural techniques. Alana says the books message is a powerful one.

Its a history-changing book people read it and say weve been lied to'.

Alana praised artistic director Stephen Pages vision and collaborative approach in tackling the difficulties inherent in translating a non-fiction account into dance. Many cultural consultants worked on the production, and traditional song and story from the areas represented were integrated; the team working, as is Bangarras MO, with the communities it seeks to represent on stage.

Dark Emu refers to the dark spaces between the stars, explains Alana. It encourages us to look in a new way and this production, in seeking to interpret the relationship that Aboriginal people have with land and represent it through movement certainly does that.

For her part, Alana takes Lucy through the ins and outs of what a dramaturgs role is on such a production. She describes the relationship with Stephen Page as a collaboration which helps in  continually evaluating the fidelity of the project to the central ideas, assisting Stephen to get to the deepes...


Cross-Cultural Same-Sex Couples Wanted For SBS Wedding Series "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

SBS is filming a new series of documentary TV series Marry Me, Marry My Family and theyre encouraging same-sex couples to apply. The shows first season, screened earlier this year, profiled couples whose marriages meant uniting several often-clashing cultures. The show explores what happens when people from two different cultures exchange vows, and how the ...

The post Cross-Cultural Same-Sex Couples Wanted For SBS Wedding Series appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Not the Fucking News "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Our new segment giving you news most mainstream media have decided is not news.


Approval has been given for a 6 metre baby Trump blimp to fly over London when Trump makes his first visit there as US president on Thursday.

The approval came after thousands signed a petition and a crowdfunding campaign raised more than 16 000 pounds.

There are strict rules around the flight and organizers still have to meet with police and civil aviations authorities to finalise plans to ensure the stunt goes ahead.

The anti fascist group who have organised the balloon say it will hold up a huge mirror of truth to the world and describe Trump as a dangerous excuse for a president

Theres also a huge stop Trump march scheduled for Thursday in Central London.

Baby Bully Tactics

In an interesting example of the way trade and money affect world health issues the US has bullied countries at the World Health Assembly into supporting their changes to a resolution on breastfeeding.

America wants to protect the profits of companies that make infant formulas so they sought to remove terms which worked against this aim.

Discounting decades of research and actually just common sense that breast milk is best for infants.

According to diplomats and government officials when the US didnt get their changes through they resorted to threats.

Ecuador was the first of a list of South American countries which folded after being threatened with punishing trade measures and the withdrawal crucial military aid.

Poor African...


Criminal Laws Only Deter When They Are Seen as Just "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Politicians often invoke tough-on-crime rhetoric to win votes playing to popular perceptions that penalties are too weak and that, when dealing with defendants, magistrates and judges should lockem up and throw away the key. There is also a popular view that the tougher the penalty, the less likely

The post Criminal Laws Only Deter When They Are Seen as Just appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Christine Anu Talks New Role In Grease And The Special Meaning Behind Her New Single "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Christine Anu is an iconic voice in the Australian music scene. Originating from Queensland, shes known for everything from her classic hits My Island Home and Party to her extensive time on the national stage. Most recently, she took to the stage for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and ...

The post Christine Anu Talks New Role In Grease And The Special Meaning Behind Her New Single appeared first on QNews Magazine.


SA Liberals Intensify War Against Cannabis Users "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Recreational cannabis will be legalised nationwide in Canada on 17 October. In the US, smoking pot is now permitted in nine states. And back in April, Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale launched a campaign calling for the plant to be legalised in this country. However, South Australian attorney general Vickie Chapman hasnt been paying attention. Last

The post SA Liberals Intensify War Against Cannabis Users appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Meerschaum Vale misses out on low-noise highway surface "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) with some of the Meerschaum Vale residents affected by highway noise. Photo supplied

Residents of the once-sleepy area of Meerschaum Vale never expected noisy freeway construction within earshot of their homes, let alone suffering extra ongoing noise from the road that other nearby residents will miss out on.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith  (Greens) visited the construction site on Wednesday (July 11) to discuss residents concerns about the proposed road surface for the highway being built near their houses.

While the RMS confirmed last week that a low noise or stone mastic asphalt pavement will be used on other parts of the new Pacific Highway, Meerschaum Vale residents have not been told what the surface will be like in their area, despite numerous requests dating back 18 months.

People living near the Woodburn interchange, the area east of the Broadwater township and the area near Coolgardie were given the good news about their quieter road surface by RMS last week after it released an operational noise review for the Woolgoolga to Ballina stretch of the highway.

But, Meerschaum Vale residents have received no such assurances.

Many Coolgardie residents live near the existing Pacific Highway and have experienced noise from it for years and will get the low noise road surface. It seems only fair that Meerschaum Vale residents should also get the same low noise pavement, especially since until recently none of them expected to be living near a highway, Ms Smith said.

Most Meerschaum Vale residents bought their houses in the expectation of a very quiet life or perhaps to retire there. Residents have had to cope with the decision to put the upgrade through their neighbourhood and this year a massive increase in dust, vibration, construction noise and heavy machinery traffic.

A noise-reducing pavement is the least the RMS can do for these residents, said Ms Smith

Dust and noise

One resident, Col McAndrew, lives just 200 metres away from where the finished highway will be.

His house currently looks out at a batch site, a huge pile of dirt being used as foundation for the highway, that trucks start hau...


New Program Set To Benefit Toowoombas LGBTIQ Community "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

PFLAG Toowoomba have welcomed the announcement of a new program from counselling service Lifeline aimed at improving the mental health of the Darling Downs LGBTIQ community. Lifeline Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield said the organisation had applied for and secured a $40,000 grant to pioneer the Leading The Change program. Its a conversation thats long ...

The post New Program Set To Benefit Toowoombas LGBTIQ Community appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Interview: Handbag and Chill with Rebecca Hatch "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

  • Rebecca Hatch :: Interview with Eddy Diamond on Mornings

Rebecca Hatchs nomination for The Next Big Thing at the 2017 SMAC Awards is looking pretty prescient right now the emerging soul singer spent the last year filling her resume with awards and firsts all at the age of 17. She took a minute out of her hectic schedule of NAIDOC week performances to talk with Eddy Diamond on Mornings.

The 2017 Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative award-winner made history as the first person to sing in a native Indigenous language (Durrawul) on live television, and she stays connected to community as a crusader for youth engagement.

Theres a lot of really talented people in our youth and I think its important to give them a voice and a chance to showcase themselves

Her music is infused with a deep sense of her personal history, and Hatch often cites her Aboriginal and Pacific Islander heritage, and upbringing in Campbelltown, as influences on her music-making. Influential too, is the support system of young creatives, like producers and photographers, that she has been able to collaborate and grow with.

Its hard to come to terms with the fact that Hatch is only 17, as she discusses some of the funny obstacles that arise from balancing a musos lifestyle with an HSC-students schedule (can you rock a bad-ass show with the rents backstage?)

Theres all these people in their crazy costumes and then theres my mum just chilling with her handbag

Listen in to the whole lot up top.

WHAT: NAIDOC Week Block Party
WHO: Rebecca Hatch, Nooky, Kobie Dee, Mi-kaisha, Dobby, Lilla Lowanna, Kyra Banton, Sonboy, Muggera dancers & more
WHERE: The Landsdowne
WHEN: Sunday 15th July, from 5:00PM

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start - [Talks] added 2018-07-30 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Next Meeting 30th July 2018 Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone (03) 9380 9569


WestConnex Forum tonight "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

As raised at last nights ARAG Meeting, the Labor Party is holding a WestConnex forum at 6pm tonight (12 July) at Alexandria Town Hall Matt Thistlethwaite and Tanya Plibersek will be there to hear you have your say.




What happened to a free Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The nation urgently needs a Donald Trump clone, to Make Australia Great again



Female Villawood detainees stage protest hunger strike "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Around 40 female detainees in Villawood are staging a protest hunger strike from 11.00am today, Thursday, 12 July.

The protest follows abrupt changes announced on Monday that confine all women to the Lima compound. The changes isolate the female detainees and deny them access to previously communal areas, and communal activities.

On Tuesday, 9 July, Serco guards enforcing the new Border Force rules brutally arrested one woman who tried to take food back into the Lima compound, a previously allowed practice, now outlawed.

Guards tried to prevent detainees filming the arrest on Tuesday; but the exposure of the guards use of excessive force has resulted in a noticeable politeness from guards since the exposure.

The changes in Lima are just the latest move by Border Force imposing arbitrary controls on detention centres, in the wake of them taking overall control of the detention regime.

Among the changes introduced are changes to visiting that require elaborate visitor e-accounts to be established and require cumbersome application and five days notice of request to visit, designed to severely restrict visits to the detention centres.

The ban on mobile phones, now overturned by the Federal Court, was also pushed to prevent scrutiny of the detention regime and create the most punitive possible conditions inside the detention centre.

The women in Lima are demanding an end to the discrimination against them, the return to the previous conditions that applied in Lima, and an inquiry into the brutal arrest of a single female by nine male guards last Tuesday, and the arbitrary powers of the guards.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Female Villawood detainees stage protest hunger strike appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


Hammonds released from jail after Trump pardons them for staging a siege against the US Government and Obama "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

One protestor killed in cold blood by troopers

President Trump on Tuesday pardoned the father and son ranchers from Oregon whose imprisonment for setting fires on federal land sparked a 41-day takeover of a wildlife refuge in the state.

Trump signed the order granting clemency to 76-year-old Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven Hammond, 49, who were convicted of arson in 2012 for fires that burned on federal land in 2001 and 2006.

Steven and Dwight Hammond have been released from jail after President Trump issued a pardon for holding a 41 day siege involving hundreds of farmers and the FBI. One protester was shot in cold blood by police.

Morgan Philpot, an attorney for the Hammonds, confirmed to Fox News that his clients were released from a federal detention center south of Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, the Hammond family said they were grateful to the president and all who worked to make this possible, and to bring this about We are very anxiously looking forward to seeing Dwight and Steven home.



These Farmers Are Stripping Off To Raise Money For Rural Mental Health "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A gay couple from Nimbin are among a group of Australian farmers to take part in a nude charity calendar to raise money and awareness for rural mental health. The Naked Farmer campaign was started in 2017 by Victorian grain and sheep producer Ben Brooksby (pictured above, left) to get people talking about farmers health. ...

The post These Farmers Are Stripping Off To Raise Money For Rural Mental Health appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Ten koala deaths in three days on North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At least a dozen sick, injured and dead koalas have been taken to the Friends of the Koalas care centre this week. Photo FOK

Friends of the Koala reports that despite its campaign to prevent koala extinction on the North Coast, 12 sick, injured and dead koalas were brought to its Care Centre within the space of three days this week.

On Sunday and Monday eight animals were brought to FOKs East Lismore centre.

Yesterday two more dead animals came in and another two were brought in on Tuesday.

Only two of the animals are is still alive.

Two of the dead animals were at peak breeding age, according to FOK president Ros Irwin.

Two were hit by cars one in Wyrallah Road, Lismore, and one on Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay.

Call-out to contain dogs

Marley, vet nurse at FOK, said of the remainder most were infected with chlamydia and one adult male had suffered multiple dog attacks.

Almost all were either dead on arrival or had to be euthanised.

Just two animals, dubbed Glow and Eli, are in a condition to be re-released.

Glow was found in a mango tree, with no koala trees around. Hes fine and will probably released somewhere close, Ms Erwin said.

Eli was also found in the wrong place here in Lismore, she added.

Ms Irwin made a special call-out to people contain their dogs at night.

Its horrific, generally theres not much we can do because they shake them around so much, she said.

The dead koala found on Ewingsdale Road. Photo Linda Sparrow

Horrific car strike...


Samoa seizes all MMR vaccines after two infants die minutes after receiving the vaccine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News

TV1 in Samoa is reporting that two infants have died within minutes of receiving the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Tala Fou brings you breaking news on the death of two young children both aged 1-year-old from the villages of Safotu and Sasina in Savaii. Both children died within minutes of being vaccinated with the MMR vacine at Safotu Hospital on Friday morning the 6th of July.

Our News Reporter Alisa Faamaoni met with both families in Savaii today. The parents of the first child Marietta and Samuelu Tuisuesue of Sasina explained in detail to Tala Fou that within three minutes of their 1-year-old daughter Lannacallystah Samuelu being injected with the MMR vacine by a nurse she was dead. (Source.)

Two one-year old infants died minutes after being injected with MMR vaccine. The Samoan Government has confiscated all vaccine supplies to prevent any more vaccine injuries.

What is so tragic, and has this island nation in such an uproar, is that the parents of the second child who died had reportedly already learned about the first infants death a couple hours earlier and declined to have their child receive the same vaccine. The mother reports that the nurse administered the MMR vaccine against her consent, leading to the childs immediate death...


Man found carrying ice after baseball-bat attack bailed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 22-year-old Goonellabah man arrested on Wednesday (July 11), following an attack on a woman with a baseball bat two days earlier, was found to be carrying methamphetamine (ice) on and in his body.

Police allege that on the morning of the July 9 the man assaulted a woman known to him with a baseball bat, striking her four times.

The victim was taken to hospital suffering from two broken bones on her arm, two broken fingers and body bruising.

The 22-year-old was arrested in East Lismore on Wednesday and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was refused bail and handed over to Corrective Services.

During a strip searc,h Corrective Service officers discovered a glass pipe in his underwear, a bag of ice taped to his leg and a bag of ice in his anus.

He was taken back into police custody and charged with bring prohibited drug into place of detention, possess prohibited drug and possess implements to administer a prohibited drug. He was again refused bail but later given bail by the court.


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Karen From Finance Is Headlining Cairns Tropical Pride 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australian drag star Karen From Finance is set to headline this years Cairns Tropical Pride festival in October. Cairns Tropical Pride is north Queenslands largest LGBTIQ festival, celebrating the diverse people and places of the region each year. This years festival will take place across three days, from October 12 to 14. The hilarious Melbourne ...

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Australian Government is Causing Humanitarian Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Turnbull government recently began cutting off financial support to a new cohort of people seeking asylum, leading refugee advocacy groups to warn that this cruel policy has the potential to cause a humanitarian crisis on Australian streets. On 27 June, the Department of Home Affairs began distributing letters advising

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New native planting guide will help gardeners make savvy choices "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed Council bushland officer John Turnbull shows off the recently completed online native plant guide. Photo TSC

Home gardeners, landscape architects and those who are passionate about bush regeneration can now jump online and use the new Tweed-Byron Native Species Planting Guide to choose the right plant for the right place.

The online guide, which allows home gardeners and professional landscapers to build native species planting lists for projects ranging from landscape-scale restoration to back garden planting,

It complements the hard-copy My Local Native Garden booklet, which is available for a gold coin donation from Council offices.

Tweed Shire Councils bushland officer John Turnbull said the interactive resource, which was developed in conjunction with Byron Shire, allows the user to view a colour photograph of each plant and explore its characteristic features to improve the chances of a successful planting in any setting.

We have included more than 1550 locally occurring native species in the online guide including their physical attributes (height, habit and flower colour), environmental tolerances (sun, frost, salt and wind hardiness), ecological relationships (key fauna food, butterfly and bird attracting), soil types where they occur and broad landscape locations.

Species are also assigned to vegetation mapping types and have a nursery availability score, Mr Turnbull said.

While the guide is relatively easy to use and already available online at, Tweed Council will hold some short training courses in how to make the most of it.

To register your interest in attending one of these sessions, please contact Mr Turnbull by telephoning Council on 6670 2400.

The Native Species Planting Guide was funded by the NSW Governments Environmental Trust Education Grant Program of 2015 with the support of Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc., Tweed Landcare Inc., local garden clubs and other support groups.




West Village buzzing with green activity "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

West End has been a hive of activity this week with 160,000 workers moving into new rooftop premises at the 2.6ha, $1 billion West Village development. Brisbane bee man Jack Stone, from Bee One Third, has installed four hives atop the Westpac Bank building in Boundary Street as part of the greening phase of the []

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Lone Goat Gallery presents Maggie Schreiber: Pretty Vacant Opening 6 8pm Friday 13 July Showing until 08 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

What is real is not the external, but the essence of things.Brancusi

Lone Goat Gallery



I am looking for a voice for the mystery, the metaphysical background forever obscured.

The pieces stand as a code, an alphabet, using non-traditional, poor materials; concrete, rubber, tape, rope. Drawing the viewer simply to that moment, a moment between time where the viewer is simply just viewing.

Relationship is purely to the substrate, the materials, the movement, the shape, joining to form a sentence, although silent, for nothing.

For empty, for void.
My work is more process than a piece.

Maggie Schreiber 2018

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Why Australia Does Not Need A Religious Discrimination Act "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Luke Beck, Monash University Social Services Minister Dan Tehan called in a recent speech for a federal Religious Discrimination Act. While Liberal Senator James Paterson has backed the call, backbench Liberal MP Tim Wilson warns such a law may be a smokescreen to allow discrimination against LGBTI people. Tehans speech attempts to set the ...

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Work underway on new Mbah digital learning centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Turning the sod. L to R: Mohammad Zreika (Patterson Building Group), Austin Curtin (Nationals Candidate for Lismore), Thomas George (current Member for Lismore), Susie George (TAFE NSW), Graham Avery (TAFE Murwillumbah). Photo supplied

Lismore MP Thomas George has turned the first sod of the multi-million-dollar Murwillumbah Connected Learning Centre (CLC), which he says will significantly increase and expand the number of courses available.

Greater training and course options for students so they can live and learn in their local community is a step closer with the NSW Government commencing construction of the TAFE NSW Murwillumbah CLC, he said at the launch.

The move follows the roll out of CLCs in other rural areas including Tenterfield and Glen late last year.

But Mr George failed to mention that the CLC will replace the Murwillumbah TAFE, which is set to be sold off despite years of protests from students, teachers, Labor and the Greens.

Murwillumbah is a perfect example of how the NSW Government continues to invest in TAFE NSW to grow as a world-class, innovative and flexible public education provider, is how Mr George put it.

The first four CLCs to be built have demonstrated students receive more personalised learning experiences and better access to teachers both on and off-site, including the most in-demand courses linked to job outcomes.

Number of courses doubled

These CLCs doubled the number of courses available to their local communities, which paints a bright future for the people of Murwillumbah and the surrounding communities.

The expanded course offerings mean less need for travel to bigger centres for local students, so students can live and learn in their local community.

Regional NSW is central to our modernisation of TAFE NSW. The Murwillumbah CLC will equip students with the skills, knowledge and connections to employers that are needed to support our local economy, he said.

No substitute for a campus

But that isnt quite how the Lismore Labor c...


Melbourne construction boom scales new heights "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne construction boom

An intriguing set of building activity figures as ever for the March 2018 quarter. 

The most interesting point of note was how thousands of building approvals in the Victorian pipeline were kicked off as dwelling starts in the first three months of the calendar year (recall how Melbourne saw nearly 10,000 townhouses and apartments approved in only  two month period in October and November last year).

In New South Wales, on the other hand, there are more houses and apartments approved but not yet commenced than ever before, as developers grapple with tighter financing and languishing apartment pre-sales. 

Following on from the above, there was a near-explosion in the number of quarterly dwelling commencements in Victoria, to a seasonally adjusted 22,150, well over double the equivalent figure from a decade earlier.

Melbourne's population growth has been tracking at record highs, and demand for housing is high.

This alone was significant enough to send the national trend for dwelling commencements northwards. 

In Queensland more houses are being commenced in response to strong demand from interstate migrants, but the number of attached dwelling starts continues to moderate as the Brisbane apartment market rebalances. 



Garage Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



Sunday 15th 10am - 2pm 

Emptying out our shipping container - kids clothes, games, furnishings, books, building materials much more!

32 Outlook Road, 
Coburg North.


Byres prepares for rainy day (but outlook remains fine) "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Lenders gonna lend

There were nervous onlookers aplenty as APRA Chairman Wayne Byres prepared to speak in Sydney today on prudential lending standards and sound lending practices.

They needn't have been quite so fearful, in the event, as Byres reassured markets that while heightened scrutiny had uncovered some displeasing practices, most of the heavy lifting has already been done with regards to tighter lending standards.

For subscribers to our market reports, a number of familiar themes raised: tightening standards have been applied incrementally over a period of several years (rather than overnight as often assumed), a new focus on comprehensive credit reporting to better capture pre-existing debt commitments of borrowers, and some very useful analysis of lower loan-to-value ratios and the decline of interest-only loans. 

While much has been made of a potential 'credit crunch' - mainly by interests hoping to see a credit crunch, it must be said - Byres reiterated how in aggregate annual credit growth has continued to track at 'very healthy' levels, especially for owner-occupiers at about 8 per cent.

Of course, there are many unknowns about how this will all play out from here. Some parts of the housing market will fare well where demand from homebuyers is high, and others will struggle where the opposite holds true.

Caveat emptor.

Computer says no credit crunch

As Byres was busy adjusting his tie pre-speech in Sydney, financial markets were digesting the latest housing finance figures for the month of May.

Supporting what Byres would go on to say in his speech, there was a seasonally adjusted increase in the number of mortgages written across all loan categories, defying market expectations, and a corresponding increase in the total value of lending.

The 'trend' figures are still shaping lower, but at $31.9 billion the seasonally adjusted housing finance figures were pointing to anything but a credit crunch, especially for the homebuyer cohort.



Reid an All-Australian "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

LEONGATHA and Gippsland Power defender Kyle Reid capped off a great showing in the under 18 national championships, being named in the under 18 All-Australian team.
Key defender Reid was one of only two players from the winless Vic Country to make the team, alongside midfielder Sam Walsh, who claimed the Larke Medal as the best player of Division 1 after averaging 29 disposals.
Reid will now turn his attention back to the Gippsland Power who are currently sitting second on the TAC cup ladder and will welcome back the return of key players Sam Flanders, Matt McGannon and captain Xavier Duursma.

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Free supermarket opens its doors in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed from Victoria

Melbournes popular not for profit restaurant Lentil As Anything has operated for years, based on using excess food that would otherwise be wasted, and charging customers only a voluntary donation, based on what they think the meal they have eaten is worth.

Lentil As Anything has now come up with another initiative, and that is, the opening last Sunday of a not for profit supermarket in Thornbury, an inner Melbourne suburb. It goes by the name of the Inconvenience Store.

Like the restaurant, it bases itself on the recycling of excess produce that would otherwise have gone to the tip as landfill. The stock is donated. Here too, customers only pay a donation, based on what they think the produce is worth.

This might be a small initiative, in the face of the 20 billion dollar problem in Australia, according to waste expert Karli Verghese, from RMIT University.

Its importance lies in that it is setting an example, to show that by people getting together and taking action, they can contribute to solving the problem. If they can do it, so can others.

This is especially important at a time when food security is a growing problem for many Australians. Food insecurity is when one is in a position where three meals a day can no longer be guaranteed.

More customers at the Inconvenience Store

The idea was to make a difference in the food waste crisis, project coordinator Astrid Ryan said.

We wanted to provide people access to nutritious fruit and vegetables.

When people are in financial crisis or difficult situations, its probably the thing they have least access to.

The food is free, at the Inconvenience Store.

Customers can stock their bags with food, ranging from fruit and vegetables to bread and some packaged items. People are just asked to make a donation to keep the store going and to consider volunteering some of their time to help.


Earthworker Co-ops "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Earthworker is establishing a network of worker-owned cooperatives committed to sustainable enterprise throughout Australia. They believe social and environmental exploitation are intertwined, and that the problems of climate change, job insecurity and growing inequality must be tackled simultaneously, through greater grassroots economic ownership.

They have already established Redgum, a worker owned cleaners co-operative in Melbourne, and are in the final stages of establishing the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative (formerly Eurekas Future).

We had a yarn with Katherine Cunningham from Earthworker. Find out more about Earthworker at

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Don't expect your residential electricity costs to come down anytime soon "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In three years time the amount of revenue electricity network companies can charge customers will be reduced, which according to the Australian Energy Regulator in its Draft Rate of Return Guideline "could [not would] result in household customers bills decreasing by around $30 to $40 per year".

Remembering all the other failed assurances that the cost of residentail electricity would come down, it is a brave individual who takes this latest prediction at face value.

The Australian Energy Regulator has moved to significantly cut the amount of revenue electricity network companies can charge customers in a bid to take the pressure off households and businesses enduring high power prices.
AER chair Paula Conboy said it would reduce average household electricity bills by about $30 to $40 a year.



One for the history buffs out there "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), The NSW Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board 1883-1969 Map

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Powershop "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


I know of a lot of folks who are currently Powershop customers and I just found out that they are now offering 100% carbon neutral gas for Victorian customers. 

Have a look and consider the switch:



The Footscray Edge ensemble is a community youth theatre project, run by not-for-profit organisation, Western Edge Youth Arts

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Fundraising screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on Friday, July 20 at The Sun theatre in Yarraville

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Kids Up Fronts drama classes and holiday camps aim to help build childrens performance skills and confidence daily.

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Daughters of the West physical and mental health sessions delivered by Brimbank City Council in partnership with Western Bulldogs Community Foundation

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Rod Culleton APRadio interview update on court proceedings "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry Palmer had this exclusive interview with Senator Rod Culleton with an update to his challenge of the senate president and attorney general orchestrating his removal from the senate on politically motivated agenda misinformation. Rod has now officially been granted a hearing in the Court of Disputed Returns with a dynamic legal team and an Australian leading QC....


Funds for Foster "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

MINISTER for Regional Development Jaala Pullford was in Foster on Monday to announce $50,000 in funding for new tiered seating for the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre. After a brief afternoon []

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Wilsons Promontory National Park to close temporarily "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Annual conservation program in action WILSONSPromontory National Park will be closed from Monday, August 20 until the morning of Friday, August 24, 2018 to conduct the annual program for hog []

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Laneway transformation continues "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE transformation of the laneway between Foster Foodworks and Foster Seafoods is continuing apace, with a roof scheduled to be attached in the coming days.  A frame is already in []

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SALON July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

COVER JULY 2018: Penny BYRNE, I Heart Nauru 2017, repurposed porcelain figurine, enamel paints. H x 140mm W x 90mm D x 90mm. Image credit: Matthew Stanton. All We Cant See: Illustrating the Nauru Files, part of Melbourne Art Week, Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (VIC), 31July 11 August 2018 |

1. Myuran SUKUMARAN, Self-Portrait, Time is Ticking, 25 April 2015. Oil on canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street Bendigo (VIC), 7 July 16 September 2018

2. Diane ARBUS, United States of America, 1923 1971, Lady bartender at home with a souvenir dog, 1964, New Orleans, United States (printed after 1971 by Neil Selkirk, New York), gelatinsilver photograph, 35.7 x 36.0 cm (image); Roy and Marjory Edwards Bequest Fund 2005, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Diane Arbus: American Portraits, Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide (SA), 14 July 30 September 2018

3. Goggomobil Objet Dart, Goggomobil Dart 1960s classic Australian sports car with drawing and paintings by Robert Clinch, in a collaboration with car...


loon pond "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The pond weakened, broke, shattered on the ground after all, its mission in life is to keep up with the crusading reptiles in relation to the crisis in Western Civilisation, and naturally anything little Johnny had to say on the matter was distilled essence of precious Western Civilisation bodily fluids

The pond's only excuse was that it tossed the muck into the late arvo slot so that innocent minds might be spared ...

Strangely, however the reptile coverage was a tad terse

This wasn't compelling and was all the more bizarre for being headed how the west was won

But the pond finally worked out the covert message, celebrating little Johnny as the deputy sheriff

Kill all the Indians, or the Iraqis, or whatever and how pleasing, if  inevitable, that little Johnny would have some affection for Ulster unionists. Kill all the Catholics too ...

Still, it was a little short, and the pond thought it might be a whiz to compare and contrast the Fairfaxian coverage which can, it has to be said, be found ...


Years too late, the ACCC recognises the failure of the NEM "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The latest ACCC report on the National Electricity Market is an incoherent mess, reflecting the breakdown of the neoliberal/market liberal assumptions on which both the ACCC and the NEM are founded. But I can at least endorse this statement

There are many causes of the current problems in the electricity market. At all stages of the supply
chain decisions have been made over many years by many governments that set the NEM on the
wrong course.

As I said in a report to the Electrical Trades Union in 2014

The National Electricity Market was implemented in the context of National Competition Policy and at a time when faith in competitive markets was at its peak. The [resulting design flaws  have led, over 20 years, to the failure of the NEM These failures are not accidental. Rather they can be explained by fundamental and incurable flaws in the NEM model of pricing, regulation and incentives for investment. Marginal adjustments such as those being proposed at present will inevitably prove inadequate.

Back then, as I recall, the idea of that the NEM was a failure was not so popular. Rather, the only obstacle to complete success was said to be the remnants of public ownership in NSW and Queensland.


Anti-Vaxxers provide new model for the world in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom... And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there (see here and here). Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution. In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...


Gin & Sonic "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Were throwing a Gin & Sonic Party and youre all invited!

Join us for this one-off event at the old Margots Wine Bar!

Your chance to try out the three signature small-batch, hand-crafted gins concocted by Kynetons very own Animus Distillery!

-PLUS DJs spinning tunessss!!!
-Local beers and wines also available.
-Fine foods available for purchase

DJ sets:

5:30-7:30 Luke Jacques (from Luke Warm Cocktail Hour, Fridays 3-4pm on 94.9MAINfm)

7:30-9:30 DJ Chou-Fleur (from Dont Feed After Midnight, Thursdays 10pm-midnight on MAINfm.)

9:30-onwards Mystery DJ from outer space.

All proceeds raised go to the best little station in the nation: MAINfm!


All That Glitters "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Carats from Cartier

by Inga Walton

Cartier: The Exhibition has been dazzling patrons at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (until 22 July, 2018). It is by far the most impressive display of the jewellers art to be exhibited in Australia, eclipsing even Italian Jewels: Bvlgari Style at the National Gallery of Victoria (2016-17). Based on the earlier exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century (2014-15) at the Denver Art Museum, the new iteration features over 280 pieces produced between 1900 and 1976. Curated by Margaret Young-Snchez, and Simeran Maxwell (NGA Curator of International Art), the exhibition has also secured significant loans from private lenders, and includes new content tailored to the national audience.

Louis-Franois Cartier (1819-1904) was employed in the Paris workshop of jeweller Adolph Picard when, in 1847, Picard moved premises and left the capable Cartier to run the business. By 1853, Cartier had set himself up in a new store as a jeweller and gem-setter, but also selling direct to the public. It was an exciting time in the trade, Emperor Napoleon III (1808-73) had just married the Spanish aristocrat Doa Eugnie de Montijo (1826-1920), and several firms were engaged to rework jewellery for the new Empress. Cartiers first important female client was Comtesse Thcla (1810-84), wife of Alfred milien, Comte de Nieuwerkerke (1811-92), a sculptor and Surintendant des Beaux-Arts. The Comte was intimate with Princess Mathilde Bonaparte (1820-1904), the Emperors cousin, who was estranged from her Russian husband Prince Anatoly Demidov (1813-70). Through the Nieuwerkerke connection, Cartier started to receive commissions from Princess Mathilde, his entr into Court circles. In 1859, possibly at the Princess instigation, the Empress Eugnie ordered a silver tea-service from Cartier.

Flushed with his social success, Cartier moved his business to the more fashionable Boulevard des Italiens, and brought his son (Louis-Franois) Alfred Cartier (1841-1925) into the firm. In 1870 France was defeated by Prussian forces, and the subsequent fall of Napoleon III led Alfred to seek refuge in England (1871-73), where he established a temporary boutique and began to supply jewels to the Court of St. James. Alfred returned to Paris and took over the business in 1874, but the connections he established during his period of exile would prove beneficial in future decades. During the economic upheaval of the 1870s, characterised by power struggles between royalists and republicans, Cartier continued to supply wares to both royalty, the nobility and the wealthy bourgeoisie. Alfreds sons all joined Cartier: Louis-Joseph (1875-1942), an innovator whose vision was to play a crucial role in shaping the firms design philosophy and public image; Pierre-Camille (1878-1965), a connois...


Locals step up to help refugees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents gather every Thursday outside MP Kevin Hogans office to protest the federal governments asylum seeker policy. Photo supplied

The plight of people who have tried to seek asylum in Australia but have ended up detained on Nauru and Manus Island is once again being highlighted on July 19 outside Kevin Hogans office in Lismore from 4 till 5pm.

The 5 years too many vigil marks the fifth anniversary of the speech by Kevin Rudd when he stated that any people seeking asylum who arrive by boat will never settle in Australia thus resulting in the terrible situation on Manus and Nauru, said Gunela Astbrink, president of the Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R).

Working to assist both refugees in Australia and those stranded on Nauru BR4R have formed both the Nauru friendship group and a homestay program.


The Nauru friendship group is a way to support women in Nauru by being in regular contact and building meaningful, supportive relationships.

Quite a lot of the women have been there for five years in mouldy tents and challenging conditions, said Gunela.

There are about ten women locally who are in contact with women in Nauru using things like WhatsApp, texting and Facebook.

It involves talking to women and being a friend and support sharing photos and reaching out. This is very important for people who feel they have no end in sight and no-one cares, said Gunela.

Weve just received a call to help a severely depressed man in Nauru to get a friendship link here. We are always keen to have more local men and women to assist.


The main activity of the BR4R is a homestay program that provides refugees on bridging visas with a chance to have a holiday. The recent fundraiser by the Ballina Players raised around...


Picture House puts shout out for upgrade funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North Coast parliamentary secretary, Ben Franklin with Bruns Picture House crew
Pete Castaldi, Chris Chen and Brett Haylock. Photo Jeff Dawson

An enthusiastic crowd gathered on Wednesday (July 11) at the Brunswick Picture House to hear producer Peter Castaldi introduce its plans to seek a combination of government and private funding for a renewal of the popular venue.

Planned works include a new roof, a disabled-access toilet block and, to the delight of the crowd, more comfortable seats and air-conditioning.

Owner Brett Haylock said hundreds of thousands of dollars had been spent so far on the long-term project, pointing particularly to a $60,000 fire hose, and thanked the local community for their strong support despite attempts from some quarters to derail their plans.

There are very few secrets around the Picture House; we tend to shout loud and proud about everything we do. But one thing most people are not in any way aware of, is that we are not-for-profit and that my partner Chris Chen and I have brought in significant private sector investment and this has funded all the works to date, Brett said.

For the first time the Picture House will now be making applications to Regional Arts NSW, and other government agencies for the next phase of a long-planned capital works program.

Chris Chen said that in order to fully fund detailed future venue improvements, we will now need to expand our financial support base to both government and private sectors.

The total cost of the new fit-out is estimated to be around $1 million.

An animated and passionate Ben Franklin MLC addressed the crowd, vowing to give 100 per cent of his effort to support the venues funding applications, telling Echonetdaily that the unique, creative venue was exactly what this local area needs.



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Victorian CDC bus drivers strike for better wages "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Contributed by Ugly

Yesterday, About 600 bus drivers have walked off the job for 24 hours in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong, disrupting regular services on more than 70 routes.

CDC Victoria workers and members of the Transport Workers Union, walked off the job at midnight.  Pickett lines were set up at depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat, where the drivers were joined by their families, members of other unions and other supporters.

They are after a 4 percent Wage rise and management is offering only 2.5 percent. According to the union, this stoppage is part of an ongoing campaign, which if need be will involve further stoppages this Friday and \at the beginning of next week.

TWU national vice president John Berger said 95 per cent of members had voted in favour of the strike action, which was the first such action by bus drivers for 20 years.

The reason behind the campaign for a wage increase is that these drivers are the lowest paid in the industry, getting just $26 to $28 an hour. The claim is a benchmark that will be taken over to other companies.

The union has publicly apologised to commuters for the disruption that the industrial action has caused and may cause in the days ahead. Inconvenience has not stopped public sympathy from coming in.

A message from the union stated:

The buses stopped today because CDC TWU members decided to fight for a fair and reasonable wage rise a fair share of the fare.

While the rest of Victoria was sleeping, these staunch members gathered in the freezing cold on picket lines from 4:40am at CDC depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat. Many are still out there right now.

They would rather be working in the comfort of a heated bus or home with their family than out in the elements and inconveniencing some commuters.

But there comes a time when you have to look after yourself and these TWU members have drawn a line in the sand.

The fact they have gathered in great numbers to picket today tells you how serious this issue is, how insulted they were by the companys latest sub-standard wage offer and how determined they are to dig in. So get behind their fight for the Victorian Bus Industry Agreement, and We must stand together and will show CDC and the rest of the Victorian Bus Industry that you are worth more than the current sub-standard CDC offer.

And never forget that this is not just a fight between CDC members and the rich multinational, but a fight for the 2018 Bus Industry Agreement.

Many ordinary people are unhappy about the condition of wages in Australia and dont think it is fair that the worker is receiving a shrinking share of the income,...


UK Government Confirms Only 174 Pardons Issued Under Turings Law "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Only 174 pardons for historical gay sex convictions have been issued in England and Wales since Turings Law was passed last year. The law, which followed a posthumous pardon issued to wartime codebreaker Alan Turing (pictured) in 2013, allows the thousands of men who were convicted of historical gay sex offences to apply for a ...

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MACKAY Drug Enforcement, Andergrove "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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She will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on July 25. As seen by yesterdays efforts, we will be relentless in our operations against drug related

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MACKAY Woman charged after police allegedly find drugs in raid "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 11, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Woman charged after police allegedly find drugs in raid

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A 21-year-old woman was issued with a notice to appear following the search and will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on July 25 for the offences

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Happier pets, happier people! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Edgars Mission - dog, Hip Hop Bob, Pam, pig, red barron, rooster, Ruby

Huge shout out of thanks to our good friends at Happier Pets for their generous donation of treats for our animal friends. Red Baron, Hip Hop Bob and Ruby particularly enjoyed the spoils of this kindness. If you would like to help us ensure our animal friends are well stocked with happy treats, you couldnt make us happier than by heading over to Happier Pets page, you can find it here.

Next, select the treat from those listed at the bottom of the page, then select Edgars Mission as the recipient. Happier Pets will ensure the treats make their way here and do keep an eye on our Facebook page as we show you just out happy you made the gang!


Fixing Stuff With Sugru "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Fixing is good, right?! If we can make the stuff we own last longer, less of it will end up in landfill. But there's heaps of stuff in our homes that's difficult to fix, so keeping those items out of landfill and circulating in the economy is a challenge. In this post I experiment with Sugru mouldable glue - it's the world's most versatile glue and I love the ethos behind the brand.


U.S. judge allows lawsuits over Monsantos Roundup to proceed to trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

From Robert Kennedy Jnr. Great news in our federal case against Monsanto (not to be confused with DeWayne Johnsons case in California Superior Court which we are currently trying before a San Francisco jury)!! The federal case consolidates some 300 cases of our clients who claim that Monsanto s herbicide Roundup caused their non Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL). Monsanto filed a so called Daubert motion for summary judgment dismissing our case on the basis that we failed to prove General Causation. In other words, that our theory that Roundup exposure causes NHL is not established science. Federal District Judge Vince Chhabria found that we had met our burden and gave us the green light to go on to the next phase, which is presenting our scientific and medical evidence on specific causationie demonstrating that our clients got their NHL from exposure to Roundup. We still have some discovery to complete before those cases go to trial. Meanwhile, both sides completed opening statements yesterday in DeWayne Johnsons case and we put our first witnesses on today.

The full article can be viewed here.

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The Path of resistance Public Event "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Path of resistance

First Nations solidarity and the Wangan & Jagalingou
Traditional Owners fight for their future



6:30 Pm to 8:00 PM, 16th JULY 2018

State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1, Level 2,

Stanley Place, South Brisbane 


This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international symposium.

The four-day symposium bringing together national and international Indigenous rights thinkers and activists is being held at the University of Queenslands Global Change Institute.

This important evening event at the State Library will be hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australias first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and will feature

~ Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson

~ Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson

with special guests

~ Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.

~ Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

~ Lisa Wade, Council Member, Naydiniaa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)

~ Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor

Hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples resistance to mining and resource projects that would destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.

Guests will speak of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adanis Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders will affirm the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right...


Audio: How to use drones without stressing wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On this episode of the podcast we discuss the increasing use of drones by wildlife lovers, researchers, and businesses, how that might be stressing animals out, and how drone hobbyists can make a meaningful contribution to science while avoiding wildlife harassment. Listen here: Our guest is Alicia Amerson, a marine biologist, drone user, and science communicator. She tells us why its critical to have best practices for drones in place not only to guide hobbyists making videos of whales or birds, but especially before companies like deploy fleets of drones in our skies. After getting a Masters degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, Amerson spent two seasons on a research project flying drones over mother whales and their calves in Australia. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are a hot topic in conservation research these days. Theyre used to monitor coral reefs and wildlife for instance, and can actually be used to produce wildlife population counts much more quickly and accurately than traditional methods allow. But when Amerson returned home to California from Australia, she noticed the use of drones on the coastline was becoming much more common, especially among drone hobbyists and wildlife lovers. She was alarmed: wildlife like seabirds, seals, and sea lions on the California coast are often disturbed by humans, and the drones were just adding another level of disturbance. Thats when Amerson convened a group of experts to develop


Helicopter funds will stay on North Coast after court battle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At the official handover of one of the new, larger aircraft bought for the new helicopter service.

An out-of-court settlement between the old and new operators of the Westpac Helicopter Rescue service will see community-raised funds intended to support the former service stay on the North coast.

But the compromise will see some money raised for the old service being distributed to local Surf Life Saving Clubs.

The wrangle was complicated by the involvement of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), which auspiced the original Northern Region SLSA Helicopter Rescue Service Pty Ltd (Northern) for 35 years.

When Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service Limited (NNSW) took over the running of the service last year, they argued funds raised should stay in the region they were raised and applied specifically to the helicopter service.

NNSW commenced its new operations covering the larger North Coast, Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands region from a new base at Lismore Airport on April 27 last year.

In September, NNSW began proceedings to ensure Northern did not distribute funds away from the service.

NNSW CEO Richard Jones said at the time that he believed the board of the old service was on the brink of distributing money to Surf Life Saving Clubs and other charities outside the region after Northern ceased its operations.

The parties have now settled the proceedings, with the funds being distributed to NNSW and SLSA to be applied to support the helicopter rescue service and Surf Life Saving programs in northern New South Wales.

Northerns chair, Warren Tozer OAM, said he was pleased that the matter was resolved in accordance with Northerns constitution and contractual obligations.

Graham Ford AM, President of SLSA, said it was satisfied with the outcome and was pleased that settlement could be reached through mediation between the parties.

Volunteer fundraising

Surf Life Saving members and hundreds of local volunteers have spent many thousands of hours supporting the helicopter rescue service in the Northern region during the past three decades and, this settlement ensures criti...


Railway Park rotunda on the move "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An image from the Byron Bay master plan, which shows a possible redevelopment of Railway Park, with no rotunda in sight. (supplied)

Aslan Shand

The development and beautification of Railway Park in Byron Bay is once again under the microscope as Byron Council, the Masterplan Team and the Byron Environment Centre (BEC) try to negotiate an outcome that is acceptable to the community.

Tension was originally sparked following a notice of eviction sent to the BEC management team in October 2017 and the removal of several mature trees from the park. These events occurred without the knowledge of councillors under the alleged auspices of the Byron Masterplan team. The Masterplan Team then categorically denied that they had any knowledge of the plan and the then-general manager Ken Gainger issued a public apology over the handling of the situation.

Currently Council are looking at moving the BEC rotunda either out of the park or re-locating it within the park. However, this has been coupled with the resolution to seek expressions of interest from other community groups to manage the rotunda.

BEC communicating with the community in Railway Park. Their eviction was originally slated for December 13 last year. Photo supplied.

Council: BEC has no licence

Byron Shire Council told The Echo that the BEC was not approved by Council and there is no record of any licence, lease or other documented authorisation for occupation of the structure.

This is disputed by BEC president John Lazarus, who says that after BEC saved the structure from demolition for a community asset...


John Cameron Mitchell Talks The Origins of Hedwig And The Angry Inch "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Twenty years ago John Cameron Mitchell dared to do what no one else would tell the story of an East German punk-rock singer and her botched sex change operation. Originally a musical, the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch was released a few years later to critical acclaim and quickly achieved cult status within ...

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Mobile video footage reveals abuse by Villawood guards "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Refugee advocates are calling for a full inquiry into an incident recorded on mobile phone footage inside Villawood detention centre revealing nine male guards using unnecessary force arresting a single female detainee.

Towards the end of the footage, the guards can be seen holding her on the ground, and probably (although it cannot be discerned), restraining her with handcuffs or flexicuffs, the use of which is also standard detention operating procedure.

The woman in the video was taken from female compound, Lima, to an isolation cell in Hotham Compound around 12.00 midday, Tuesday, 10 July.

Tensions have risen in Lima compound since Monday, when, without warning or explanation, Border Force officers announced that Lima would be effectively locked down and separated from the Villawood complex. Female detainees are now confined to the Lima compound, and are only allowed out of the compound if they are escorted by guards. Confinement to the compound was previously used as a punishment; now all women are confined.

Under the new regulations, Border Force is preventing women taking their food on a tray into the Lima Compound; they must scrape the food on the tray into other bowls. When she attempted to take her tray of food into Lima compound she was pushed back by the guards, upsetting the food tray. Guards then seized her and dragged her out of Lima compound.

The footage is a small glimpse of what usually is unseen by the outside world, of the completely unaccountable but total control that guards exercise over people inside detention centers. Capricious rule changes, arbitrary brutality and punishment are a routine part of daily life in Australias detention centres.

This footage exposes the real reason that Peter Dutton tried to ban phones from detention centers, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition,

He wanted to prevent any scrutiny of the abuse that is integral to the detention regime. Border Force has a program of self-justification, ridiculously militarising the detention centers and introducing restrictive visiting arrangements, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

Serco and ABF officers are a law unto themselves. Detention centers are worse than prisons. There is no oversight of the conditions in detention; no review or limits on prolonged detention.

We are...


Look again its Smokin and Jo "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Edgars Mission - Kid, Smokin _ Joe

Causing us to do a double take recently was the arrival of two orphan kid goats. Whilst their circumstance of rescue (found poorly directing traffic on a busy country freeway) caused our hearts to skip a beat, it was their similarity to our funky little kid goat duo, Cheech and Chong, that caused us to believe that everyone really does have a real-life double.

Cheech and Chong

Cheech and Chong

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And then there was Ray Ray. "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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This photo means so much to me for so many reasons.  Let me explain. It was a day I had planned to be a quiet day (that in itself a rare thing indeed), spent inside catching up on tasks, reading a bit and maybe, just maybe, watching a movie.  Alas, I hadnt read the tea leaves very well for it was anything but.  Due to some unexpected circumstances, the warmth of my bed and Jessica Kitten cuddles were replaced by the chills, biting wind and rain that are typical to a midwinters day here in Lancefield. Wrapped up in my woes, my day just kept heading south. Along with the temperature, I must add.  None of this was helped when I misjudged the protection my gumboot could offer versus the depth of a puddle by a millimetre as cold, muddy water soon enveloped my sock and inched its murky way between my frozen toes.  Adding yet another degree of delight to my day was my runny nose that saw me devoid of a tissue, although it probably would not have mattered that much as my tingling hands were frozen into the most useless of positions.  Chocolate, I need chocolate, my soul cried, as I limped my way back to the house to oblige, granting myself the smallest of mercies.  And then there was Ray Ray. And it all just melted away.

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Ray Ray, with her head pushed through the bars of the hay feeder, holding her ground against the other lambs and two cheeky little kid goats suddenly reminded me of all that was good in this world.  Ray Ray, a blind lamb who a kind soul, putting her own comfort aside, drove halfway across the country to save, was eating sweet hay from a hay feeder, both made possible by the selfless donations of people who so wholeheartedly believe in our work. Ray Ray and her buddies, warmly clad in bright and cozy jackets, kindly sent to us with loving messages that often relayed the quirky nature of the previous wearer who was sadly no longer with...


Opinion divided over Mullumbimby sewer trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant. Photo Contoltek Services

Paul Bibby

Byron Councils decision to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a low-pressure sewerage system trial in Mullumbimby has produced an angry response from residents who say it flies in the face of expert advice and common sense.

But the council says the low-pressure system has been used very effectively in New Brighton and offers the best value for money.

The council voted in favour of the 20-house trial at its last meeting on June 21 as part of a $500,000 project to address the chronic issues of inflow and infiltration into the sewerage system in Mullumbimby.

Unlike the existing gravity-based system currently being used, low-pressure sewers use a small pump station located at each house to move wastewater through.

Data gathering

The Mullumbimby trial would also involve gathering data from each house about precisely how much sewage is produced each day.

Proponents of the trial say this would allow Council to get the clearest indication yet of how much water is getting into the towns aging, earthenware sewers.

But some locals living in and around Mullumbimby strongly oppose the trial and are calling on the council to abandon it and undertake a proper comparative analysis of the different possible solutions.

Resident Patricia Warren said that this type of comparative study had been undertaken by Council staff prior to introducing a low-pressure sewer system at New Brighton, and that they had recommended against pursuing this option.

The report concluded that a vacuum system was the best option, Ms Warren said.

Instead, a low-pressure pump system was installed.

Property owners [in New Brighton] have been unaware of electricity charges being connected to their power bills and a number of pumps have had to be replaced within what would otherwise...


NAIDOC week celebrations continue in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bundjalung Bunyarra Dubay dancers Ellie Davidson, Indira Arnold Freire, Belle Arnold, Delta Kay, Minyani Webber, Nickolla Clark and Rikkara McGuiness launched NAIDOC week at Mondays Council HQ flag raising. Photo Jeff Dawson

There is plenty still going on during the remainder of NAIDOC week around the Byron Shire, giving everyone the chance to understand and appreciate our Australian heritage and culture.

The theme for this year is Because of Her, We Can an acknowledgement of the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in communities around the country.

The Aboriginal Art Exhibition is showing at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall till July 8. The Mullum family fun day is on Wednesday 11 July from 10am at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.

The Bundjalung of Byron family cultural day will be held on Thursday 12 July starting at 10am in Railway Park with celebrations continuing  at Dening Park, Byron Bay, between 11am and 2pm.

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Using 3PP data to understand three-cornered races "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I was recently alerted to a new source of data on the AEC website. The AEC has always published the distribution of preferences at the seat level, as well as a more detailed dataset showing the flow of preferences from each candidates primary votes to the two-candidate-preferred count. They have now published this data at the booth level. This means you can see how many votes in each booth flowed to other candidates as the count progressed. Until now, the only booth-level data we had was the primary votes and the top two count.

You could probably use this data to make some interesting maps (how the flow of Greens or One Nation preferences shifts across a diverse electorate) but thats for another day. Im finding it most useful now because it allows us to recalculate a three-party-preferred count for electorates that have been redistributed, and there were two in particular I wanted to look at.

The Greens were not far off getting into the top two in Melbourne Ports in 2016. While the Greens candidate trailed Labor MP Michael Danby on primary votes by 3.21%, this gap shrunk to 1.12% after preferences from minor candidates were distributed. We already knew that this primary vote gap had narrowed in the renamed seat of Macnamara following the redistribution, but until now I havent done a 3PP count.

The new seat of Canberra has a big question mark floating over it. The best Greens areas in the ACT were previously split between Canberra and Fenner, but the new inner-city seat (confusingly taking the name of Canberra, while the old Canberra was renamed Bean) now concentrates these areas in one seat. My primary vote calculations put the Greens 14.1% behind the Liberal Party, but with over 4% of the vote going to the Bullet Train party. I was curious to know whether that gap would narrow once those Bullet Train preferences were distributed.

The answer is below the fold:

Firstly, here are the numbers. I havent bothered to calculate the figures for all of Victoria, since I had to download the data one seat at a time, but it was just as easy to calculate for all three ACT seats, so thats what I did. Ive shown the relevant stats for the pre-redistribution and post-redistribution seats:

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Why should we be standing up for Standing Rock? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Standing up for Standing Rock. Photo Angus Mordant

The Standing Rock protests in the US against the construction of 1,886 kilometre underground oil pipeline has garnered international support. Part of the proposed pipeline cuts through contested Indian Sioux territory and there are concerns a leak could have severe environmental impacts.

While the Northern Rivers has a history of political activism stretching back to 70s with saving the Terania Creek rainforests through to the CSG-free protests at Bentley just a few years ago the Dakota Access Pipeline is 14,000 kilometres away from here.

Coinciding with Angus Mordant: Standing Rock photographic exhibition currently at the Lismore Regional Gallery, tomorrow nights Thursday Night Live! Asks Why does it matter to us?

Presented by the gallery and Southern Cross University, Thursday Night Live! is a monthly talks program putting critical, thought-provoking topics in the spotlight.

The panellists are Dr Shawn Wilson, an Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada and Southern Cross University academic; human rights activist Dr Cristy Clark from the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross; and Elly Bird, a Lismore City councillor and one of the leaders of the Gasfield Free Northern Rivers campaign.

Protest or home invasion?

Dr Shawn Wilson said with Standing Rock evolving into an international protest movement, it called into question the difference between a protestor and someone who is defending themselves from a home invasion.

In the West we have partially embraced the concept free and informed consent, with the exception of when there is a corporate profit to be made: then we all become aware of how profit outweighs any balance between risk and benefit especially when that risk is diffused. So corporate profit comes ahead of risks to the environment, community cohesion, or cultural continuity.

But when a community stands up for themselves against the government or big corporations, how is it framed in the media?  Are they defending themselves and their homes or are they protesters pushing their own agenda? questioned Dr Wilson.




Decolonization in the Pacific-The Struggle of the Kanak People & New Caledonias Independence Referendum "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Decolonization in the Pacific
The Struggle of the Kanak People & New Caledonias Independence Referendum
With Daniel GoaPresident of Union Caldonienne (UC) & Leader of FLNKS &Charles WeaFLNKS Representative in Australia & DTP Alumnus
Date: Friday 13th July @ 1pm Location: UNSW Faculty of Law Level 2, Staff Common Room

RSVP: By 12/7/2018
New Caledonia Votes
In accordance with the 1998 Noumea Accord, New Caledonia will vote in a historic referendum on self-determination, on 4 November 2018 the latest phase in a long struggle for independence in response to French colonial rule.



Inclusive Brisbane Party To Mark International Non-Binary Day "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

An inclusive Brisbane event will be held this Saturday to celebrate International Non-Binary Day. The day is recognised on July 14 every year, and one of the events organisers Jade Mirabito said the event came about in response to transphobia and to give Brisbanes gender diverse community and their allies a safe, inclusive place to ...

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Welcome to Byron: iconic homestead dying of neglect "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Higgins Homestead in Ewingsdale, at the Gateway to Byron Bay. Photo Jeff Dawson

Simon Alderton

Do you believe in love at first sight? Many people love Byron, but at first sight turning onto Ewingsdale Road you pass The Farm, the hospital and then lot 101 an abandoned homestead on a beautiful elevated piece of land with a few grazing cows. You cant miss this house, it stands out for miles as you drive the main road into town and looks most unloved.

Driving past every day I often imagined this historic homestead in all its glory. What a stunning entry into one of the most unique, character filled towns in Australia. Then, I wondered how on earth this amazing property was allowed to fall into such disarray?

My curiously led me to ask questions about the Higgins Homestead on the Byron Facebook page and an avalanche of responses followed. Stories going back into Byrons history, music videos showing the pop group Dope Lemon dancing around the quintessentially Australian verandah and of course, lots of angst from local residents about the sad tale of its contemporary demise.

Many locals know that this property is currently owned by Belbeck Investments, part of the majority Chinese owned McDonalds beef empire with an interest in property. In 2013 they sought rezoning of the 15-hectare precinct for a proposed 200 or so unit retirement village on the site; the Higgins Homestead was to be restored, but lost in amongst the urban sprawl.

Council deemed the development inappropriate and knocked it back and the house has been left to the elements ever since. The doors and windows disappeared and internal features vandalised.

It is understood that Belbeck currently has the heritage listed house on the market and are currently in negotiations with a potential buyer with the hope that the property will be going under contract soon. It is interesting that the real estate agent advertised the property as a development site, yet the house and farm are still zoned as rural.

Happier days

In happier days before investors held the title deeds, this house was inhabited by the Higgins family until 1967 and then the Grisell Family until 1993, when the homestead was last inhabited.

Edward Higgins bought the property...


Gender diversity "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In todays Australian, Janet Albrechtsen reminds us that efforts to enforce gender quotas and the like are examples of good old rent seeking by a small number of rich elite white women. Do you notice the lack of diversity in organisations such as Chief Executive Women? I doubt any live in the western suburbs of Sydney. As Albrechtsen notes, no one would think of insisting that 50% of all surgeons be female. Yet the Australian Government is now insisting on a quota (sorry, targets) for barristers

The Turnbull governments new equitable briefing policy, released last month by Attorney-General Christian Porter and Minister for Women Kelly ODwyer, requires all commonwealth agencies to meet targets 25 per cent for female silks and 30 per cent for female junior barristers when awarding legal work. No more asking for the best person.

Targets are the preliminary for of quota whats the use of a target if it isnt monitored, and actions taken to move towards that target?

As for those precious men male champions of change how many are resigning their positions to allow a female to take over? Why is it that they take on such a role only after benefiting from their male privilege? What do they think their junior male colleagues should do? Not apply for promotions perhaps?

Recently the Thai cave rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach has enthralled the world. All of the scuba divers who rescued the boys were men, selected purely on merit not on quota. Would we have seen such a happy outcome had the gender police been in operation and selected female divers purely by gender rather than merit?

And, finally, how are we to view all of the above in the context of the current review of the UKs Gender Recognition Act 2004? For it seems that this is to be liberalised by making it easier for people to declare their gender. If a person can be any gender, or no gender, it makes a mockery of the concept of gender. I can be Lucius today, Lucia tomorrow and back to Lucius the day after. Perhaps I wish to be referred to as he/him on Mondays, she/her on Tuesdays and ze/hir on Wednesdays.

Perhaps all of this is evidence of the decline of western civilisation we have moved beyond Maslows hierarchy of needs to some state where any fantasy can be entertained.


The Chinny charge is on again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Chinny Charge champ Colin Creighton who fired the starting gun at the 2017 event after a 16-year hiatus. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Chincogan Charge will be running again this year on September 8 following its successful re-launch in 2017 with 500 runners.

This year we are adding in childrens races for six-to eleven-year-olds, said Jenelle Stanford, president of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and the driving force behind the race.

The race will start and finish at the Post Office and the kids will run to the base of the mountain and back adults need to accompany children.

The afternooon will feature a-tug-of-war organised by the Brunswick Valley Historical Society.

There is a limit of six teams that can enter the tug-of-war and nomination forms can be collected from the Mullumbimby Newsagents.

The Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club will be sponsoring the professional runners prizes while The Echo will sponsor the first locals across the line.

They have just launched their website so find out more at:

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Time and Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

It is a sad fact that a large number of Gippslanders (70% to be precise) still incorrectly think that the current climate change we are experiencing is at least in part a natural process. The consequence of this is that there is nothing they can do about it and so either ignore the problem altogether or relegate it well down their list of priorities. But in this they are mistaken as it can be clearly demonstrated that our current warming is man-made now generally called the Anthropocene. This confusion often resolves around concepts of time.

Geological time is the process by which momentous events occur over inordinately long periods. Some examples include: drifting continents where the Australian plate is slowly drifting north at about the same pace as a fingernail grows; the laying down of the brown coal deposits of Gippsland over millions of years about 70-80 million years ago; the end of dinosaurs now fossilised in the cliffs near Inverloch 66 million years ago and even the total span of human beings on earth of about 3 million years. Natural climate change fits into this category with some ice ages lasting millions of years.

Even thousand year periods are hard to grasp. Ancient civilisations are about 6,000 years old. Gippsland was occupied by Aboriginal people 20,000 years ago (and probably a lot longer). Then Aboriginal people could, and obviously did at some time, walk to Tasmania. The end of the last ice age about 18,000 years ago meant as the ice caps melted sea levels rose. Bass Strait was created roughly 8-10 thousand years ago. The current Gippsland coastline formed about 6,000 years ago completing an average sea level rise of about 1 metre per century over those 10-12,000 years. The modern geological age the Holocene heralded the rise of human civilisation which occurred over the last 10,000 years when the carbon dioxide levels oscillated at or below 280ppm of carbon dioxide in earths atmosphere.

Human time by comparison is almost instantaneous. My mother lived to 98 years and the average life expectancy of Gippslanders is about 80 years. However for a child waiting for school holidays or a worker stuck in an unpleasant job waiting for the end of the day human time can appear exceptio...


MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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1) Solomons police defend removing Morning Star Flag "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) PNG PM delivers public lecture on Pacific Regionalism
3) RSIPF clarifies issue of West Papua flag at MACFest Melanesian Village in Solomon Islands


More Guidance Needed To Ensure Trans Australians Reproductive Rights "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Damien Riggs, Flinders University For any person needing medical care, informed consent is vital. Yet for transgender people, informed consent may be hindered by how medical professionals share information. This is especially the case in the context of reproductive health, where speaking about reproductive materials is often highly gendered. Both the World Professional Association ...

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Basketball trio back where it all began "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The local kids are put through their paces by three USA college basketball stars at a clinic in Leongatha last week. m032818

The local kids were delighted to get some expert tuition from USA college basketball graduates Pat Monaghan, Taylar Marston and Cameron Carter at the Leongatha Splash Stadium last week. m022818

THEYD come from the opposite side of the world to meet in Leongatha last Wednesday; Pat Monaghan, Taylar Marston and Cameron Carter.
And the thread that brought them together at Vermont Tech just outside Randolph, half an hour south of the capital Montpelier, and also at Leongatha, was basketball.
The trio, which includes Monaghan from Mardan, Marston from Mt Barker in South Australia and Cameron Carter from Atlanta Georgia, all played together for the Knights Basketball Team at Vermont Tech, figuring in one of the most successful eras ever to represent the green and white.
We were only the third team in 150 years to take it all the way to the Elite 8 Championships, said local boy Pat Monaghan.
Along the way Pat completed a degree in Construction Management and while he is working in building right now, construction management is a career hed like to follow in the future.
Yes, basketball will be pretty much a secondary thing for me now.
Not so Cameron Carter who took home the award as the best offensive player in the tournament from the 2017-18 Elite 8 Championship season.
Hes looking to continue his career with a South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) team in Victoria and maybe in Asia or Europe at a later date.
But at the invitation of good mate Pat Monaghan, Cameron and Taylar were visiting Leongatha, providing the perfect opportunity to run a basketball clinic for local kids at the Splash Stadium last Wednesday.
It all went over fantastically well and a group of 20 young local basketball...


It is time to celebrate Billinudgel "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wilfred Street Billinudgel will be the venue for a new spring festival. Photo

Billinudgel is reimagining itself and will be decking its streets in preparation for spring as it creates a new festival for the town this September 22.

After the devastating floods of Cyclone Debbie the people and businesses of the town are coming together to create a fun-filled family day that will showcase businesses from Billinudgel and the surrounding areas that were affected by the floods.

There will be street performers, music, historical demonstrations, delicious food and more for everyone to get involved in and enjoy. The afternoons fun will then culminate at the Billinudgel Hotel where there will be live entertainment throughout the evening.

Get involved

Currently the organisers are asking businesses, members of the community, stallholders and performers who would like to get involved in the day to fill out an expression of interest online at

The first preference will go to businesses and the surrounding areas, particularly those businesses that were affected by the floods many of who are still getting back on their feet said one of the organisers Damon Robbins. But everyone is welcome to apply

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Australian Anti-Vaxxers Provide New Model for the World "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Jon Rappoport

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).

March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so

Parents there have formed their own community, whic...


Former head of Australia's Border Force is still under investigation for corruption "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It appears that Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister for Home Affairs and Liberal MP for Dickson Peter Dutton's captain's pick is still under investigation.

ABC News, 4 July 2018:

The former head of Australia's Border Force is still under investigation for corruption despite being sacked more than three months ago.

Roman Quaedvlieg was one of Australia's highest-paid public servants until his unprecedented dismissal for helping his girlfriend land a job with the agency.

The termination came after inquiries were launched by the Prime Minister's Department and the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI).

The ABC has now learned the ACLEI probe is still underway more than a year after the Commonwealth watchdog was told of Mr Quaedvlieg's alleged misconduct.

Tuesday, 10 July


HAPPY HOLIDAY FUN: Scouts and Guides Gang Shows now on! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

More than 400 local Scouts and Guides are performing this week in Hornsby and Cumberland Gang Shows providing wonderful school holidays entertainment. Hornsby Gang Show [more]

The post HAPPY HOLIDAY FUN: Scouts and Guides Gang Shows now on! appeared first on The Weekly Times.


BBQ and Bluegrass Festival 2018 Pickers Competition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Pickers Comp is a way to showcase some of the great musicians that are hiding in the hills and vales of our great Northern Rivers region.

First Prize $250! For no cost to enter for genuine pickers you can enter into any of the 4 Competition Categories:

  • Banjo
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Fiddle

We know you dont get much of a chance for a showing, so this is your chance to share the stage with some of this countries best Bluegrass talent and get noticed.

This region has an amazing array of musical talent, so wed like to show some of that off! Enter the competition today and show us what youve got! Its a great day of music and BBQ for everyone!

A Few More Guidelines

1. The pickers comp consists of 4 categories:

  • Banjo (5 string picking or frailing)
  • Mandolin
  • Fiddle
  • Guitar (flat picked 6 string standard tuning capo is allowed).

2. Heats will be run in between band performances throughout the day 3 contestants per heat and as many heats per category as necessary.

If you win your heat, you go through into the finals. Winners of the finals go into the Grand Final. The Grand Final will consist of the winners of the finals for each category.

This means there will be 4 Grand Finalists, each on a different instrument. If the same contestant wins more than one category, they must select their preferred instrument to enter the Grand Final with. The category(s) they dont select will see the runner-up compete.

3. During a heat or a final, each of the three contestants will twice play a 16 bar instrumental solo over a pre-arranged standard progression, played live by the house band (guitar and upright bass).

These tracks are available for streaming or download on Soundcloud (

Competitors have the ability to establish knowledge of their relevant backing track and prepare accordingly.

All contestants will play for the same amount of time over the same backing track (played live by the house band).

4. Guitar and Ban...


Sizzler "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Construction, reaction, rotation

Brisbane's apartment construction cycle is clearly on its last legs now, with commencements falling away sharply. 

But all those new people arriving from down south or overseas also need supermarkets, shops and shopping malls, and schools, and six star hotels, and service stations, and sausage sizzles. 

This we're now moving into a different phase, with a number of major infrastructure projects and transport upgrades getting underway.

Less well publicised, there's also some significant investment in commercial development around the traps. 

And, yes, that includes the odd new Bunnings.

In the words of the old infomercials, Brisbane is a city on the move.


LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Emerald and Longreach Airports "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Late on Monday 9 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted visiting both Emerald and Longreach Airports after earlier departing its Brisbane base.

File photo

It reportedly completed a medical evacuation flight from Longreach and departed there for Thargomindah before later returning to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, back on Thursday 28 June, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" also called into Roma Airport from Brisbane via Townsville.  It later returned to the capital.

Finally, on Sunday 8 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport, arriving from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.

While as this post is being written, late on Tuesday 10 July, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has touched down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It is due to return to Brisbane later.

VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" also visited Bundaberg Airport last Thursday 5 July.

Photo taken by The FNQ Skies Blog 


Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

On Monday 10 July, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport.

File photo

It looked to arrive from Townsville and later depart to Brisbane.  A40-009 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Warhorse 244".

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

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