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Friday, 15 September

20:03

How Far Away is the Tipping Point To World Sanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Note the curvature and the word flat has been blocked from this post

By Dee McLachlan

With the new website up, I reflected on why we keep chipping away. Why stay committed?

For a very long time humanity has been ruled by a small war-mongering elite, that have used violence and deception, including a debt based money system to controlling governments. They have also been using earths precious resources for created wars and they seem to have no regard for the planet, or its people. Please correct me if Im way off the mark.

So when will this madness end?

Mary Maxwell wrote an important article about two weeks ago. In Call To Action she concludes:

The hour grows late. We are making a huge mistake in tolerating the cabal, the evil ones, or whatever you want to call them.

Well if you read alternative sites, many declare that more and more people are waking up and that the world is undergoing a Paradigm Shift (towards a better world). For several years I had thought so, but sadly, I am not so sure. I do think a percentage of the population has had a huge awakening especially in the last decade (including myself) through accessing information through the internet.

But, for another percentage, it has had a devastating dumbing down effect. This is partly due to media control, and now how Facebook and Google algorithms serve up more of the same information.

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15:37

Sawmill Purchase Means Time For Excuses Is Over The Wilderness Society

Friday, 15 September 2017 - 3:03pm


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


More information

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

13:29

Join Global Hobos Writing Workshops in Bali "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month on an island paradise in Indonesia learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Travel to the hip Balinese surf town of Canggu with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, a team of word-savvy hobos will be given intensive writing and blogging tutelage focused on travel and digital media, as well as cross-cultural training with a local language school. In their free time, hobos will be exploring every nook and cranny of southern Bali so they can put together a comprehensive online destination guide in teams. Theyll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published online either for Global Hobo or elsewhere  which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.

If youre a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subjects credit. And if youre not studying and youre just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some real-world industry experience.

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13:25

Intelligence sharing a threat to democracy: privacy and human rights organisations launch international campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government must ensure transparency of its intelligence sharing with other countries to safeguard Australian citizens' private information, a coalition of privacy and human rights organisations said with the launch of a new campaign.

An international coalition of 30+ organisations led by Privacy International (PI) have written to national intelligence oversight bodies in over 40 countries, including Australia, seeking information on the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

Countries, including Australia, may be using secret intelligence sharing arrangements to circumvent international and domestic rules on direct surveillance. These arrangements can also lead to the exchange of information that can facilitate human rights abuses, particularly in countries with poor human rights records or weak rule of law.

National intelligence oversight bodies hold intelligence agencies accountable to the public by exercising scrutiny over the legality, propriety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the intelligence activities of their governments. Recently it was revealed that intelligence from the Pine Gap base in Alice Springs is being used by the US in its deadly, covert drone strike program that has caused significant civilian casualties overseas.

Specifically, organisations are seeking more information about whether these national oversight bodies:

  • Are informed about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can independently oversee the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can access all relevant information about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can review decisions by their governments to share intelligence and/or conduct independent investigations into the intelligence sharing activities of their governments; and
  • Cooperate with other oversight bodies to supervise the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

A deadline of 31 October 2017 has been given for each national oversight body to respond. PI has created an interactive map, which illustrates the countries included in the campaign and the national intelligence oversight bodies that have been contacted in each country. The map will be updated when responses are received.

PI has also provided national oversight bodies with a briefing highlighting the international human rights implications of intelligence sharing arrangements betwe...

11:54

New law for Centrelink to punish people for being unemployed "IndyWatch Feed National"

The administration of the penal colony called Australia can even use brute force against the tax slaves of this country.

What the people in government do, is import (more) slave labour who take jobs from Australians.

The Aussies that are 'forced' out of work, in order to apply for welfare, must do so with a company called Centrelink.

They are then being punished for being unemployed, a 'welfare problem' the people in government created in the first place.


Centrelink (together with a host of Job Network Agencies) has been 'punishing' people for being unemployed for quite some time, whereas now it's going to be 'legal'.

See article from 12 Sep 2017 by aimn.com.au of the headline:

The Jobless Did Not Ask For This!


Who is responsible for jobs? Should we punish the jobless? Is welfare a right or a privilege? These are the questions the Government is too gutless to ask. By accepting the Governments answers to these issues without question, it may be shaping a future we havent asked for. The Jobless didnt ask for this!

The term welfare is often touted as synonymous with the word problem. The question we are not asked is, Is welfare a problem?

The Government is asking us to argue vehemently over answers to a question they are too gutless to ask. We should ask the Government questions.

Welfare Reform is a complex issue. However, the wider narrative has a huge impact on how we address reform in this space.
Welfare Reform

The Welfare Reform Bill currently before the house, is focused on using punishment as a blunt force to solve the welfare problem. The Government is quite brazen in no longer hiding punishment as a measure.

One system of punishment is a demerit point system. Another is drug testing. Therefore, the Government has predetermined, that the jobless do the wrong thing.

The Liberal National Coalition have successfully chipped away at society, along with the opposition in some respects. That is, to create a sub-human welfare class who society appears comfortable to punish.

Punishment sits well with a large section of society. This is due to continuous stigma aimed at the jobless. In the words of Erving Goffman, we have actively inflicted upon the jobless a spoiled identity.

The Labor opposition opposes these measures. However, since the late 1980...

09:55

Baw Baw Food Security Coalition "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Food security is an individual or communitys ability to access healthy, affordable and appropriate food.  Food insecurity can therefore be defined as having limited or irregular access to safe and secure nutritional food from a non-emergency source.

Food insecurity has been prioritised in the Central West Gippsland region in 2007. Subsequently, research and food system mapping was undertaken, which showed that the individuals found to be most affected by food insecurity in Central West Gippsland include the people on low incomes, older people, young people and people living in isolated areas.  The result of this research was a Food Security Recommendation Report which was published in 2012 and provided guidance on the types of interventions that the CWGPCP and its partners could implement in order to tackle food insecurity.  The Baw Baw Food Security Coalition was then developed to lead this work in the Baw Baw Shire."

Read more about the history and impact of the Baw Baw Food Security Coalition.

The post Baw Baw Food Security Coalition appeared first on Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.

09:01

Another liberal MP sucked in by the nuclear lobby Antinuclear

Liberal MP stands by nuclear energy option http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/liberal-mp-stands-by-nuclear-energy-option/news-story/d46a5e637cbf097b67d1b1d5e1094465

As the federal government considers a clean energy target, one of its MPs is looking to nuclear power as a long-term solution. Nuclear technology sits hand in hand with concerns about North Korea but one federal MP believes theres also room for it in the energy debate.

Assistant minister Jane Prentice on Thursday again flagged support for nuclear power as a long-term solution.

It is clean and I think there are opportunities, she told reporters in Canberra.

I think the new nuclear technology is much safer than the old one and I think it should be on the discussion paper if were serious about long-term clean energy.

The government is weighing up a clean energy target, the only recommendation it is yet to address from Chief Scientist Alan Finkels review of the national electricity market.

Of course, our problem at the moment is short-term power and making it affordable, making it sustainable and reliable, Ms Prentice said.

I always believe that you need a longer ter...

08:59

Massive jump in solar energy roll-out means scarcity fears unfounded: council Antinuclear

Official estimates of the risk of an electricity shortfall this summer are exaggerated because much more solar energy as much as six times current large-scale capacity is ready to be built, the Australian Solar Council says.
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/massive-jump-in-solar-energy-rollout-means-scarcity-fears-unfounded-council-20170914-gyhd8k.html


08:58

Australian government aims to get rid of Renewable Energy Target Antinuclear

No RET changes in overhaul
The government is aiming to exclude the renewable energy target from its looming overhaul of the nations power supply. .. (subscribers only) 
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/no-changes-to-ret-in-looming-power-supply-overhaul/news-story/8606b86fc5bdc8343adc47c979f525fa


06:53

There is conflict of interest in the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

The revelation that three out of the six board members of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Naif) are tied to mining. Australian governments have a long tradition of appointing corporate representatives onto bodies dealing with the concerned industry.

The exposure by Joshua Robertson   in the Australian edition of the Guardian (13 September 2017), raises the existence of conflict of interest. No argument. There certainly appears to be, when Naif is there to hand out up to $5 billion.

One example is Balla Balla Infrastructure Group (BBIG), which reportedly sought a  loan to help with its $6 billion Pilbara iron ore venture. Naif chair, Sharon Warburton, happens to be a director of this company. She is also a director of Fortescue Metals, which also mines iron ore in the Pilbara.

Another Naif director is Justin Mannolini. He is a partner in law firm Gilbert and Tobin, which has been working for BBIG to secure an agreement with the Western Australian government. He is also chair of Jindalee Resources, another Pilbara company. The third is Karla Way-McPhail. Her businesses provide services to the mining industry.

These three individuals play key roles in determining who gets access to taxpayer funded money. By any definition, there is a clear-cut conflict of interest. They should stand down or be removed. This is especially so, when it is claimed that Naif is an independent body.

Nor is it reasonable to pass this off as an accident. Appointments like this are not made so lightly. One justification that could be put forward is that these people bring knowledge of the industry. Perhaps. But this can be accessed if they are appointed as advisors. They should never be given the power to give money to ventures that they have a personal interests in.

Making it all the worse, is the lack of transparency over who makes specific Naif decisions. Warburton is reported as saying that directors had significant experience in deciding whether their personal circumstances give rise to an actual, apparent or potential conflict of interest, and that it is appropriate for them to be the ones to decide when to or when not to stand aside form specific cases.

At this point, there is no move by the government to change anything. Given this, Naifis poised  to blow out to a new headache for Turnbull to deal with.  More so, with an application coming in from Adani, asking assistance for the Carmichael venture in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

In May, there was the revelation that there is a connection between possible co...

04:35

Making Money With Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Making Money With Cryptocurrencies

Dear Reader,

Yesterday, I attended a blockchain conference in Houston, Texas. Its focus was on how to implement blockchain technology into energy businesses.

I heard from data scientists and engineers from Exxon Mobile, Chevron, BHP Billiton, Halliburton, and Microsoft.

In 2012, we profiled Bitcoin at $13. I remember attending a few conferences that year. At the time, it was a bunch of geeks and libertarians, and here I was in 2017, surrounded by Fortune 500 companies talking about Bitcoin and Ethereum.

By the way, I should take a moment to address this Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan) comment yesterday. Him calling Bitcoin a fraud was hilarious to me, and it shows you just how ignorant the mainstream media is about this entire space.

Jamie Dimon has been hating on Bitcoin since it was $50 its now $4,000.

His company, JP Morgan, is one of the principal investors in Ethereum, so what you really have here is a competitor of Bitcoin doing some trash talking.

The blockchain is the most certain investment Ive ever been a part of, and people like Jamie Dimon know it, which is why they are heavily investing into it both through blockchain implementation and Ethereum.

As of June 2017, there is now more money heading into this space than there is venture capital thats invested in other non-blockchain tech companies.

The U.S. Department of Defense is planning to use blockchain technology for secure communications.

Homeland Security even helped seed four security companies that will be using blockchain technology.

In Australia, Japan, Germany, Canada, and even here in the U.S. with the NASDAQ, all are either running prototypes or trial runs to do commodity and stock trading using blockchain technology.

The blockchain reduces costs, self-validates, is unhackable, secure, and eliminates settlement risk.

Here is a screenshot of some of the companies that are using the Ethereum blockchain platform.

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Thursday, 14 September

17:02

Trumps Five Biggest Moves Yet "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The next six months will be the biggest of Trumps presidency.

He will have to make five decisions that determine the economic future of the global currency system, let alone Americas economy.

Australias wealth is driven by exports priced in dollars and on American markets.

The price of iron ore, coal, agricultural commodities and much more depend as much on the fate of the US dollar as their own supply and demand. Not to mention the profitability of our exporting companies swing with currencies too.

But what are these decisions Trump will make?

Prolific author Jim Rickards, of our own Strategic Intelligence newsletter, explains the situation below.

In short, there is an enormous personnel change coming up at the worlds most powerful institution.

The majority of control is up for grabs.

And Trump decides who gets nominated to what post

Trump Owns the Fed

Jim Rickards

Donald Trump has the opportunity to appoint a higher percentage of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System at one time than any president since Woodrow Wilson.

President Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act during the creation of the Fed in 1913 when it had a vacant board. At that time, the law said the Secretary of the Treasury and the Comptroller of the Currency were automatically on the Feds Board of Governors.

But besides that, President Wilson selected all five of the other participating members.

Now Trump has the opportunity to fill more seats on the Feds Board of Governors than any president since then.

Thats pretty amazing when you think about it.

To review, the Federal Reserves Board of Governors is made up of seven appointees. That means they can make a majority decision with four votes. If youre reading about the Fed, you might also see reference to regional reserve bank presidents. These are roles within the Federal Reserve System, but the real power is found on the seven-member Board of Governors.

Heres the remarkable part:

As of last week, four of the seven Fed board seats are now vacant.

In fact, Im describing a 72-hour span last week as the most momentous three-day period in the...

16:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cuba Says Good Health in Bad Weather
Instructions for the National Health Service were clear: ensure the necessary conditions to continue providing medical services across the entire country, and protect material resources in hospitals and healthcare institutions

Lisandra Farias Acosta | lisandra@granma.cu
September 13, 2017 13:09:19

Firefighters working to clear water from the basement area of the Ameijeiras Hospital. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

Its just after 6pm on September 11, and theres an unusual sense of calm at the normally busy Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital.

There are currently no patients at the health center, located only a short distance from Havanas waterfront Malecon.

The Ameijeiras, hard hit by Irma, has been completely evacuated.

Its difficult to picture the reception area empty, except for one staff member at her work station graciously answering every phone call; explaining to the population why the hospital is closed, telling them to call back for updates.

I hope she knows that we have come to report on how one of the countrys principal health institutions is coping after Hurricane Irma. She stops answering calls for a moment to tells us that in the 19 years she has worked at the hospital, she has never experienced a situation like this before, and much less one that has caused the center to close. This is a first.

According to damage reports by the Ministry of Public Health, the basement of the building is flooded with one meter 20 centimeters of contaminated water, too much to pump out and affecting nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, clinical-laboratory, x-ray and out-patient surgery services.

The record level of sea water, caused by storm surges the principal cause of damage, even more than the wind to have penetrated the hospital since it was founded, was one meter 12 centimeters. But Irma surpassed all predictions. According to our most recent estimates, there is currently one meter 50 centimeters of water. The basement area is still completely flooded, and the polyclinics are practically inaccessible, stated Dr. Rigoberto Garca Gmez, deputy director of teaching and research at the Hermanos A...

14:42

Plantation fire sale a short-sighted subsidy for Hodgmans native forest logging The Wilderness Society

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 11:41am


The sale of publicly-owned plantations to pay down debt and fund the transition of the state logging agency amounts to a desperate and short-sighted fire sale of an important future resource of the industry, simply to prop up loss-making native forest logging, The Wilderness Society said today.

Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars was given to Forestry Tasmania to establish plantations, at great cost to the environment, and the Tasmanian Audit Office reports Forestry Tasmania acquitted its grants using a $3500/ha figure for establishment cost[i]. At this rate, the 29,000 ha plantation estate cost the taxpayer over $100 million to plant. 

"Flogging-off publicly-owned plantations, at a massive loss, to subsidise unviable native forest logging operations is a desperate last-ditch effort to hide the ongoing failures of Premier Hodgmans chaotic approach to forestry," said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society.

"Premier Hodgman has just privatised a publicly-owned asset in a fire sale, making a massive loss on taxpayer investment and divesting an important future resource for the timber industry to an unknown multi-national company.

"This is not only short-sighted, but it maintains the Hodgman Governments heavy subsidisation of Forestry Tasmania, coming on the back of a  $30 million equity transfer from TasNetworks in 2015 and recent government absorption of expensive Forestry Tasmania liabilities, like staff superannuation.

"According to the Tasmanian Auditor General, these plantations cost the taxpayer over $100 million to establish. They offer a future resource for the logging industry and yet, Premier Hodgman has offloaded them at a loss, simply to subsidise state-sanctioned native forest logging."


More information

For further comment, please contact Vica Bayley on 0400 644 939.

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10:34

Under his Eye: income management and the surveillance state "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article was originally published at Independent Australia with the title Cashless Debit Card: income management and the surveillance state under a Creative Commons Licence.

Philosophically speaking, debate for and against income management of welfare recipients typically balances the belief in the right to freedom of choice against the argument that freedom of choice and right to a private life can be limited when that freedom and privacy brings substantial harm to the self or others.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is the body in Australia with responsibility for evaluating new legislation against International Human Rights, reporting on whether any identified limitation of a human right is justifiable according to the limitation criteria(pii).

They do this with reference to the information provided in Explanatory Memorandum to Bills and find that where limiting the right to a private life, the existence of a legitimate objective must be identified clearly with supporting reasons and, generally, empirical data to demonstrate that [it is] important.

And that;

To be capable of justifying a proposed limitation of human rights, a legitimate objective must address a pressing or substantial concern and not simply seek an outcome regarded as desirable or convenient. Additionally, a limitation must be rationally connected to, and a proportionate way to achieve, its legitimate objective in order to be justifiable in international human rights law. (Twenty-Seventh Report of the 44th Parliament, 2016, p21)

08:45

Uniting Church calls for increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Western Australia

Showing a bit of leadership, the Uniting Church in Western Australia has called on the Federal Government to make an immediate commitment to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance payments to allow thousands of vulnerable Australians to live in dignity above the poverty line.

The call came out of the latest Annual Synod of the Church, held over the last weekend and came as a contribution to Anti-Poverty week, which will occur next October.

Rev Steve Francis, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA, said the current rate for Newstart and Youth Allowance was significantly below the ACOSS poverty line and change was needed urgently to help people break free of the poverty cycle.

At Synod, we unanimously agreed to lobby the Federal Government to commit to an immediate process to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance payments to provide recipients with the resources to live above the poverty line, Steve said.

This increase is essential in order to safeguard the health and well being of individuals and families currently receiving these payments. Living in poverty is stressful and forces people to choose between essential items and services.

Governments can afford a welfare system that isnt below the poverty line when tax is paid by those who can afford it and we encourage efforts to ensure that all individuals and businesses pay their fair share of tax.

The proposal was jointly brought by the Uniting Church Western Australias Social Justice Commission and community services agency, UnitingCare West.

We acknowledge that there are growing pressures on WA households that are particularly challenging for people living below the poverty line, including the low minimum wage, rental affordability and rising electricity, water and public transport costs.  The Social Justice Commission and UnitingCare West will continue to advocate for vulnerable people in the WA community to have fair supports provided, Steve said.

A report released by the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) in October 2016 showed there were 731,300 children or 17.4 percent of all children in Australia living in poverty at the time, an increase of 2 percent over the past 10 years, from 2004 to 2014. The report found that nearly three million people were living in poverty in Australia in 2014, or 13.3 percent of the general population.

According to the Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS), in 2016, Figures indicate that 240,000 Western Australians live below the poverty line, with a further 150,000 at risk of financial hardship.  These figures are likely to be an underestimate, as they do not take into account higher living costs in Western Australia.

 

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07:55

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

Contributed by Jim Hayes

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

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

The generosity is likely to include the Adani mine.

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

The minister said in parliament:

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

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

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

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

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

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

07:51

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

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

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

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

Credit: Nick Dawkins

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

Credit: Nick Dawkins

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

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

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