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Wednesday, 18 July


New species of venomous snake discovered by accident in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A team of biologists researching sea snakes in the mining town of Weipa in Australias remote Cape York Peninsula have accidentally discovered a venomous snake thats new to science. The black-and-white snake, now named Vermicella parscauda or the Cape York bandy-bandy, belongs to a group of snakes called bandy-bandies that live in burrows and feed on a specialized diet of blind snakes. So far, scientists know of only five species of bandy bandies, all found in Australia. The hoop snake (Vermicella annulata) is the most commonly encountered bandy-bandy, the researchers report in a study published in Zootaxa. Since bandy-bandies are burrowing snakes, the sight of a small one on a concrete block by the sea surprised Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, and his colleague Freek Vonk from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands. We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble [that was] waiting to be loaded onto a ship, Fry said in a statement. Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, searching for snakes near Weipa, Queensland. Image courtesy of Bryan Fry. Frys team found another snake of the same kind near Weipa, and spotted another dead individual that had been run over by a car near the bauxite mine. They found two more specimens of the snake in museum collections, resulting in five specimens from the same small area. On examination by my student, Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually

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Tuesday, 17 July


Skyfall? "IndyWatch Feed"

Live on Sky News tonight discussing the housing market and what happens next.

If you miss it, catch the repeat on Saturday, or catch up with it all online at the Sky News Australia app.


The abdication of the Left redux Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed"

This is the second and final part in my response to the Social Europe article by Stuart Holland (July 11, 2018) Not An Abdication By The Left where he attempts to eviscerate various writers who have dared to suggest that the social democratic Left in Europe has run out of ideas or that there has been an intellectual abdication by the Left. He uses his experience as an advisor to Harold Wilson in the 1960s and to Jacques Delors in the early 1990s as an authority for his rejection of the claims that the Left has abandoned its social democratic remit. He holds the likes of Delors and Antnio Guterres has shining Left lights. In Part 1, I showed that the view that Delors and Guterres are beacons of Left history and that the social democratic Left has not sold out to the neoliberal orthodoxy (particularly at the political level) is unsustainable. Holland distorts history to suit his argument and is in denial of the facts. In Part 2, I trace the argument further by examining the 1993 Delors White Paper, which was meant to be the European Commissions response to the mass unemployment that was bedevilling the Continent at the time (and remains, by the way) and later propositions that Holland was associated with in relation to Greece during the GFC. They further demonstrate that Stuart Holland is attempting to maintain an indefensible position.

The Delors White Paper

As part of his claim for progressive credentials but also more generally to claim that the likes of Jacques Delors and the privatising Antnio Guterres were part of the grand social democratic Left tradition throughout their working lives, Stuart Holland refers to the Delors White paper Growth, competitiveness, employment: The challenges and ways forward into the 21st century which was published on December 5, 1993 as the European Commissions response to mass unemployment.

The White Paper was published in the following context.

The graph shows unemployment rates in 1993 (red triangles) and 1994 (blue bars) for a selection of nations, mostly comprised on what would become the Eurozone.

The data is from the OECD and while the Euro area was not yet in operation the OECD provided estimates post Maastricht of that bloc in addition to the entire OECD membership.

I included Japan and the USA for comparative purposes.

The point is that mass unemployment was at very high levels in many European nations and was rising between 1993 and 1994 in most.

It coincided with a major recession in the early 1990s, which impacted on most nations. However, while, for example, th...


Bill Browder: British investor singled out by Putin at Trump summit says Russian leader rattled "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bill Browder has described himself as Putins No 1 enemy. Now the Russian president had added weight to that claim by singling out the British investor at his controversial summit with Donald Trump on Monday.

The UK-based financier appeared to be part of what the US president called an incredible offer by Vladimir Putin to assist American investigators in their prosecution of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking crimes during the 2016 presidential election season.

He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people, Mr Trump told reporters during a news conference in Helsinki following his joint summit with

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ABC News (Australia)

The man who helped blow the whistle on rampant corruption in Moscow and has been described as Vladimir Putins number one enemy has blasted Donald Trumps meeting with the Russian President, saying Mr Putin should be severely contained, not engaged.

Bill Browder who is the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management once ran Russias most successful investment fund, but in 2005 he was declared an enemy of the state for his part in exposing massive corruption to the tune of more than $300 million.

Now Mr Browder who is a lobbyist for the Magnitsky Act, a law that punishes Russian human rights violators  has found himself at the centre of negotiations between Mr Trump and Vladimir Putin...


Theyre Disappointed Because President Trump Did Not Shirtfront President Putin "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Photo The Economist)

by Dee McLachlan

Presidents Putin and Trump met for about two hours in Helsinki, Finland. It was a cordial and cooperative meeting. But the MSM and their followers wanted Trump to draw blood. With the World Cup over, they wanted a Shirtfronting as Tony Abbott had promised, but failed to deliver, back in 2014.



The Andrew Leigh-Sinclair Davidson company tax debate "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In March, there was extensive media coverage (e.g. in the Guardian Australia) of shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leighs company tax research which found companies paying lower effective company tax rates (i.e. actual tax paid/profits) did not create more jobs than those paying higher effective tax rates, and may actually create fewer jobs. The research paper was published in Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), the online journal of the Economic Society of Australia (QLD) of which Im Vice President, although this is a personal comment on my part, and I am not on the editorial committee of EAP.

I am very pleased that RMITs Sinclair Davidson has converted his critique of Andrew Leighs paper, originally published at Catallaxy Files, into a submission to EAP. Davidsons paper has been published along with a reply by Andrew Leigh, which in my view doesnt effectively counter the major criticism Davidson makes, that Leigh has used a mis-specified econometric model. The abstract of Sinclair Davidsons comment is:

The paper presents a critique of the recent paper published in this Journal by Dr Andrew Leigh (Do firms that pay less company tax create more jobs? Volume 59, September 2018, Pages 2528). Besides the model misspecification, omitted results and data availability bias of the regression used to inform the overall results, there are no controls for confounding factors that influence the effective marginal tax rate. These omissions are detrimental to the validity of the paper. This paper seeks to illuminate the sources of those errors and argues that the paper is sufficiently flawed that no weight should be given to its analysis when considering the potential consequences of a company tax rate cut.

I agree with Davidsons conclusion. Indeed, as Judith Sloan pointed out in the Australian, it does not make sense to relate jobs created to the effective tax rate paid by companies in the way Andrew Leigh did, because the effective tax rate can differ from the statutory rate (i.e. 30% for large companies) for a variety of reasons, some of which would affect employment growth. So it would not be possible to say there was a one-way causal relationship going from the effective tax rate to jobs growth. A firm could have a low effective tax rate and low or negative employment growth for the same underlying reason (e.g. a previously poor financial posi...


MACKAY Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield

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MACKAY Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub

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MACKAY Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield

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The fireworks were seized by police and the 24-year-old was issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7, to have the

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MACKAY Drug enforcement Bowen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Drug enforcement Bowen

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MACKAY Man found on CBD roof looking for money "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Man found on CBD roof looking for money

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AN ALLEGED trespasser found on the roof of a Mackay CBD business claimed he was up there looking for money. In a bizarre incident on Saturday

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The conversation we dont have but desperately need "IndyWatch Feed"

By Sean Hurley We need to have a conversation about economics. Not the prototypical economic conversation; theres no need to discuss regulation, interest, inflation, derivatives, or even the type of money we use. Our conversation should instead address the foundation of our modern economic system. Examine our economy from a broad perspective, without getting bogged

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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #603 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 17 - 23 July 2018 Newsletter | #603 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 17th July 2018 to Monday 23rd July 2018 Healthy Body and Soul Festival Melbourne Property Buyer Expo 2018 The Nose | Theatre Works Friday Night Live At London Eleven European Friday Night Market Ballarat Winter Festival 2018 Decor + Design 2018 Docklands Firelight Festival Healthy Body and Soul Festival Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2018 Luna Park Hot Dog Eating Competition 2018 Maddies Match | Saints v Tigers Melbourne Tartan Festival Moonee Valley Winter Fest 2018 National Pyjama Day 2018 National Sports Convention Sport and Recreation Expo Series Mania | Television Festival Shot In The Heart Of Melbourne 2018 SpotJobs Career Expo 2018 Stadium Stomp MCG 2018 Enjoy #Melbourne Healthy Body and Soul Festival Sunday 22nd July - 10am to 4pm - Brunswick Town Hall An intimate and boutique event connecting you with the finest selection of Exhibitors, Psychics and Therapists. Healthy Body and Soul Festival Melbourne Property Buyer Expo 2018 Free Entry | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Listen to leading industry speakers and exhibitors all under one roof. Melbourne Property Buyer Expo 2018 Theatre: The Nose Tue 31 Jul 2018 - Sun 5 Aug 2018 @ Theatre Works Energetic, hilarious and uncomfortable Winner of the Sydney Fringe Festival Directors Award brings its antics to the free market. Snot for the faint hearted. The Nose | Buy Tickets Friday Night Live Music Live At London Eleven is a licensed venue in Bayswater featuring a variety of great live music shows every Friday night. Friday 20th July - Hard Edge Friday 27th July - Blues Brothers Tribute Show Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here European Night Market Every Friday night in July - 5pm - 9pm Expect to be transported to the finest European hotspots with fabulous food and live entertainment every Friday night. European Night Market 2018 | Madame Brussels Lane Whisky, Wine and Fire Thursday 19th July - Sunday 22nd July | Caulfield Racecourse Melbournes newest festival dedicated to all things malt and grape has just dropped their menu line-up and its a whisky-lovers dream. Whisky, Wine and Fire | Food Festival | Buy Tickets Docklands Firelight Festival Embrace the chill in a month-long celebration of food and fire, music pop-ups and eclectic entertainment. Docklands Firelight Festival 2018 This Weekend Ballarat Winter Festival, Decor + Design Expo, Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, Luna Park Hot Dog Eating Competition, Ma...


Multiple opportunities at TEQSA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency


In which the pond enjoys a postprandial Caterist disruption to its usual torpor ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The reptiles continued during 'the day' to attempt to cope with 'alternative reality', like 'Russian spies' , but the pond felt the need, with the sun over the yard arm, for a hit of distilled essence of Caterism

The valiant lad, taking a break from sucking on the teat of the Australian taxpayer, was blessed by a Krygsman which distilled the essence of Caterist thinking floating in mid-air ...

The pond has no idea why anyone might be agitated. Sue 'em!

More Graudian cartoons here ...


Burglars snatch motorbikes, $9000 cash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THREE MOTORBIKES and $9000 cash were stolen from the Tas Mini Motors dealership last week. Proprietor Malcolm Marks confirmed his Alfred street business was burgled...


Letter-winged Kite, Birdsville Track & Flinders Ranges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Letter-winged Kite roost at sunrise

Following our visit to Diamantina National Park, we (myself, Bernie O'Keefe and Scott Baker) headed west towards Boulia, turning south at Springvale Station towards Coorabulka Station. Having had some excellent encounters with Grey Falcon, we were looking forward to another raptor treat. A gathering of Letter-winged Kites had been reported recently (I believe Jannette Manins first found them) at Whitewood Creek, between Coorabulka and the Kennedy Developmental Road.

Letter-winged Kites

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Barnaby's 'Leave Me Alone Tour' continues at Canberra Writers Festival "IndyWatch Feed"

Barnaby's 'Leave Me Alone Tour' continues at Canberra Writers FestivalFormer Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is the headline event at this years Canberra Writers Festival. read now...


ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading I "IndyWatch Feed"

Cats will recall that Chris Berg and I recently calculated that ABC journos are nearly 5 times (precisely: 4.74 times) more likely to vote Greens than the general Australian population. I wrote about it recently here at the Cat.

To remind ourselves this is what Chris and I did:

What Chris and I did was match that peer reviewed research with data from the Australian Electoral Commission results for the 2013 election and then report that ABC journalists were almost 5 times more likely to vote Greens than the general population.

This has caused a huge kerfuffle and now is the subject of an RMIT-ABC Fact Check analysis.

Their conclusion: Flimsy.

Now it isnt quite clear what flimsy means Im sure they would have loved to have concluded False, Wrong, Misleading etc. Anyway lets have a look at what the ABC Fact Check unit did.

It is important to have a clear understanding of what Chris and I did: we compared results from a peer-reviewed survey of journalists (conducted by Folker Hanusch) to the actual election results. When the ABC Fact Check unit asked me what we had done I explained that to them, sending them a link to the Cat post where I described it, and also a cut and paste from our book where we discuss it.

Okay so what did they do?

Step 1: Ask psephologist Kevin Bonham is this is a valid comparison. He suggests that rather than compare voting intentions to an actual election that we should have compared the voting intentions to Newspoll.

Dr Bonham suggested using an average of the Greens primary vote taken from the Newspolls conducted in the period in which Professor Hanuschs survey took place.

Step 2: Ask Associate Professor Jake Olivier about that comparison. What comparison you ask? The comparison that Chris and I did, or the comparison suggested by Kevin Bonham? Well look at the answer Jake Oliver gives (emphasis added):

I think the quality of the data makes it difficult to draw strong conclusions here. This is compounded now by comparing results from very different surveys (Hanuschs versus Newspoll). 

Just to...


July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

via July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

Global Antifa Prisoner List

NYC Antifa is keeping an updated Global List of Antifascist Prisoners in order to facilitate solidarity with antifa prisoners year round. We urge all people to not only write these comrades, but to also continue their work on the outside.

While we will do our best to keep up-to-date information on current and future antifascist prisoners on this list, we suggest that you confirm any address provided here with the support site listed for them, as prisoners often move around.

If you know of an update on a prisoners situation or there is an antifa prisoner who is missing, please e-mail us at with the details. Thank you.

No Pasaran!
Until all are free!

[Note: List was last updated July 2, 2018]

Global List of Antifascist Prisoners


Roman Bogdan

Roman Bogdan was arrested on April 15, 2015, as part of the long-going state repression of anti-fascists in Brest, stemming from a fight between anti-fascists and fascists on May 8, 2013. In October, Roman was sentenced to 8 years in a penal colony and must pay 3500 Euro in damages. On December 15, 2015 a regional appellate court commuted his sentence by 2 years.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Roman Bogdan
ul. Pervaya Zavodskaya, 8,
IK-17, otryad 12
213010 Shklov
Mogilevskaya obl.

Vadim Boyko

Vadim Boyko was arrested on March 22, 2016, on suspicion of participating in a fight that took place on June 29, 2014 between anti-fascist supporters of FC Partyzan and right-wing soccer hooligans from FC Torpedo. The arrests in 2014 were not followed up until 2016, when a special political department decided to start the case with a ser......


Spoils shared at 2018 Evans Petroleum Cup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gippsland League and Wonthaggi Power under 16 Harrison Dawson got up for this hanger at the Evans Petroleum cup on Wednesday.

The Gippsland League under 18s team claimed the title with another very impressive performance. Despite being defeated by the West Gippsland team, were still able to generate enough percentage to finish the carnival on top.

THE West Gippsland Football Netball Competition secured a famous victory at Wednesdays Evans Petroleum Cup junior representative football carnival at Yinnar.
West Gippslands under 16 team won all four of its games, including the final game of the day against the previously undefeated TRFM Gippsland League team to win the title for the first time.
It marked the first time since 2015 and only the second time in the past nine years that the Gippsland League has been defeated.
West Gippsland ruckman Mitch Nicholas was named player of the carnival, as voted by the umpires, while tall forward Nick Prowd was named West Gippslands best player.
Kye Benson was awarded the medal as Gippslands best player, with Jayden McCormack, Bailey Stephens and Jai Hayward best for the Mid Gippsland, Ellinbank and District and East Gippsland/Omeo District teams respectively.
West Gippsland also came within a whisker of upsetting Gippsland in the under 18 competition.
Gippsland opened proceedings with a 20-point win against North Gippsland, before fighting back from three goals down to defeat Ellinbank and District.
West Gippsland also defeated Ellinbank and District, but a 15-point loss to North Gippsland in its second game proved costly.
Going head to head in the final game, West Gippsland at one stage moved ahead of Gippsland on percentage.
However, late goals to Gippslands Nic Bulmer and Burkeley Macfarlane ensured that while West Gippsland handed the Gippsland under 18 team its first loss in any competition since 2013, the five point final margin...


When is a record not a record? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been  cold here in Brisbane for the last few days, at least by our subtropical standards, with overnight minimums of 6 degrees in the city, and negative temperatures in  towns like Stanthorpe in the nearby Granite Belt. That occasioned lots of news coverage, with the observation that this was the coldest temperature weve had since 2014 and one of the coldest since 2000. The same was true for much of Eastern Australia. Melbourne had its coldest morning in several years, and  a couple of towns in NSW had the lowest minimum for several decades.

All of these are records in the trivial sense that we record the temperature every day, but none of them are records in the commonly used sense of lowest (or highest) value in the relevant record. That didnt stop the usual denialist suspects claiming a RECORD (all caps in original) and evidence of global cooling. The Daily Mail  claimed Australias east coast shivers through its coldest EVER morning even though the sub-headlines made it clear this wasnt true.

Whats striking here is that the same people who are willing to claim that the Bureau of Meteorology is part of a world-wide warmist conspiracy to doctor climate records are eagerly credulous about any piece of data that suits their case. Next time we get record heat, the conspiracy theories will be wheeled out again, but for now the Bureau is an unquestionable source of scientific evidence.

To take this news a little more seriously, its important to remember that there are vast numbers of records that can potentially be broken on any given day highest and lowest maxima and minima, for a given month, in any location where weather is recorded. That means we need either to confine attention to a limited number of records most obviously mean global temperatures or look at statistical measures, such as the relative frequency of new records for cold and heat. Both of these measures give the answer that is by now obvious* from experience: the climate globally and Australia is getting warmer.




Do you need a free winter jacket? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shanti Town in Mullumbimby are giving away jackets for anyone who needs a little winter warmth. Photo Aslan Shand.

Winter is in full swing and Shanti Town, a local business in Mullumbimby, have put a clothes rack outside the shop with jumpers and jackets on it for people to take for free. Shanti Town owner Leora Sibony put the rack out a few weeks ago so that anyone who couldnt afford a jumper to keep warm could get one for free.

Initially there were only a few jackets, and mostly people were taking them but now more people are bringing jackets in to put on the rack, said Kirsten Burke who works at the shop.

Its not just for people who cant afford a jacket. One day a lady asked how much they were as she had forgotten her jacket. I told her they were free and she asked if she could borrow one while she was in town and bring it back later. I said that was fine.

So if you have a few jumpers or jackets that you no longer need pop them onto one of the spare coat hangers outside Shanti Town for someone who does.

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That classic 1957 Mt Stromlo observatory sighting - explained? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Astronomers and UAP

Those who haven't bothered to conduct any research, often state that astronomers never report seeing UAP. One of the sightings which is used to counter such arguments is from November 1957; by astronomers at the Mt Stromlo observatory, near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

UAP periodicals as sources for the account

The APRO Bulletin, January 1958, page 3 carried the following:

'Canberra, Australia, 9 November. Four astronomers of the Commonwealth Observatory, Mount Stromlo, observed a bright pink object in the sky at about 3am. The object was observed for about 8 minutes as it moved across the western horizon, then disappeared. No aircraft in the sky at the time. Astronomers could not identity the object. Sputniks, meteors and the like were ruled out as possible explanations by the astronomers themselves.'

My comments:

1. The Bulletin cites no source for their information, and places the date of the sighting as 9 November, presumably 1957.
2. The time of observation is stated to have been about 3am. 

Flying Saucer Review, January/February 1958, page 3:

'Astronomers see pink UFO

The London Times , of November 7 reported that...hundreds of people at Bathurst, near Sydney, Australia...saw a metallic object over the town...on the previous day...However, on the same day, four astronomers at the Commonwealth Observatory, at Mt Stromlo, near Canberra, Australia on "sputnik watch" reported a strange object mo...


Islams weapon for world dominance is birth control "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Story Source: Ron Owen Gimpy Queensland

This of course is not all of the problems that the Non Muslims will face, as while the Muslims moon and star ascends into dominance the different sects will fight it out for ascendancy in the new world and before 2040 (when Im 92, and if alive, will be past caring much), the world will be ripped apart with the biggest wars that it has ever seen.

Islam family of 19 on taxpayer welfare includes 4 wives

Just one family of 19 supported by our taxes, but the real problem is that like London in 2040 they will be in the majority. What was once your country will be Theirs.

Africa and the Middle East have gone already, Israel will fight hard but eventually will succumb. France and Germany then Britain, then all of Europe will be ripped apart in huge civil wars. Russia will follow, then the United States. Australias only hope will be the Indians and Chinese, but we will have to contend with being on the doorstep of the largest Muslim country, (by population) in the world Indonesia, as well as our own imported problems. Thats why our traitorous politicians are giving them $500 million a year plus all our hand me down defence equipment. Defence equipment for us and war equipment for them, our politicians think they can buy them off.

I have never been a Prepper, I have always campaigned for people to speak out now an alleviate the coming danger, one of the readers of this tome, recently sent me copies of articles that I published in the 1990s. One was called, SOME HAVE CONFUSED ANONYMITY WITH FREEDOM where I advocated people not to bury their guns and heads in the sand but to protest and stand up and be counted against the impending doom. Unfortunately few people took any notice, and semi trailer loads of plastic drain pipe were distributed throughout Queensland. Unless, many thousands of Australians protest and prevent Muslim immigration and stop the free for all encouragement of the Muslim birthrate with out taxpayer welfare paying for Muslim men with sixteen kids and four wives to support, we dont have a chance. If that does not happen, look for a quite defendable spot with its own water, and food sources.

The people in the city and suburbs will suffer the most as soon as the power goes off, the supermarkets will be empty the supply of...



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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD


No Room At The Australian Inn For Gileads Handmaids "IndyWatch Feed National"

The promise of sanctuary offered to Gileads refugees on arrival across the border is a sad fiction for real women fleeing persecution in todays world, writes Katie Robertson.

This season of The Handmaids Tale has made for brutally compelling viewing. Edge of your seat, white knuckled, gut-wrenching viewing.

The attempts by the lead characters to flee Gilead throughout the series have been some of the most agonising and suspenseful plot lines to endure. Each time we thought a pregnant June might just make it weve been left shaken and deflated (not least when she divided viewers by refusing to get into the escape vehicle in last weeks season finale).

We share Emilys elated disbelief as she realises shes going to get out. We held our breath last season as Moira made the final sprint over the Canadian border and slumped down with exhausted relief in the snow.

These women endure unspeakable horror, violence and repression Under His Eye. But if theres one glimmer of hope that exists throughout the monotonous brutality of The Handmaids Tale, it is the characters ever-present assumption that sanctuary can be found in a fictionalised neighbouring Canada, if only they can make it across the border.

But what if this assumption was wrong? What if the Handmaids were prevented from crossing the border, not by the Guardians of Gilead but by the Canadian Border Force, mandated to push them back from where they came? Or if they did manage to make it across they were immediately imprisoned on their arrival, separated from their children or forcibly removed and indefinitely detained on a small desolate island in the middle of the ocean?

Asylum seekers on Nauru protest their indefinite incarceration.

Theres no doubting this adaption of Margaret Atwoods 1985 novel has resonated with huge audiences, particularly women, who have been both captured and horrified by the eerie dystopian world it so masterfully depicts. The show grips us so tightly because although Gilead seems alien at first glance, the gradual changes that we see evolving in pre-Gilead America are frighteningly recognisable....


Statistical Officers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics


Pay more attention to forests to avert global water crisis, researchers urge "IndyWatch Feed"

Australias Murray Darling basin covers more than a million square kilometers, 14 percent of the countrys landmass. Its the site of tens of thousands of wetlands, but increasing demand for water has stretched its resources to the limit. Many of the basins wetlands and floodplain forests are declining several former wetlands and forests have even been consumed by bushfires, which are becoming more frequent every year. Yet when Australian officials sought to introduce strict water allocation rules, they met with fierce resistance from farmers in the region who depend on irrigation for their livelihood. This is just one example of the ongoing conflicts over ecological water allocations featured in a new report released by the Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Forests and Water, an initiative led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). More than seven-and-a-half billion humans currently occupy planet Earth together with an estimated three trillion trees, and both of these populations require water. According to the GFEP report, the growing human population and climate change are exacerbating a looming global water crisis that has already hit home in places like the Murray Darling basin but the crisis could potentially be averted if humans paid more attention to the links between forests and water. This international effort to highlight the interlinkages between forests, water, people and climate is very timely, given the pressures we now face on both human society and natural ecosystems, Caroline Sullivan, an environmental economist at Australias Southern Cross University


Report Recommends Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Queensland government is considering a recommendation by former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 years to 12 years. The minimum age that a child can be criminally prosecuted in Australia is currently 10 years, despite psychologists long expressing the view

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How China Could Cripple the US Dollar "IndyWatch Feed"

How does the US solve a problem like China?

More to the point, how does China solve a problem like the US?

Tensions between the two biggest economies in the world are high.

President Trump appears keen to tariff China into submission.

Chinese authorities, on the other hand, have taken a reactive approach to Trumps attacks.

Meanwhile, the media fixates on the misguided idea that Trump has the upper hand in the tit-for-tat trade war. Thats due to the trade imbalance that exists between the two trading partners.

The US buys a massive $631 billion from China. Thats three times the $155 billion of goods China imports from the US.

But what if Trump and the media at large has vastly underestimated what China can do to retaliate?

No, China may not be able to out-tax the US. But the Middle Kingdom can take seemingly small actions that could have catastrophic consequences for the US dollar.

The unofficial trade war became somewhat more official a fortnight ago when Trumps $45 billion in proposed tariffs on specific goods went into effect.

Within hours, China made good on its promise to fire back, implementing $45 billion in retaliatory tariffs.

But there could be more to come.

Bloomberg reports that Trump is reloading his tariff war bazooka and has another $291 billion in duties lined up.

While President Trump has denied that the spat is a trade war claiming it a matter of national security the application of one tariff followed by a retaliatory tariff is in fact the technical definition of a trade war.

With another $291 billion in tariffs on the cards, China doesnt have as much room to continue with retaliatory tariffs.

Or does it?

Sinking a currency to win a trade war

Early in Trumps election campaign, he was keen to label China a currency manipulator.

And hes not wrong.

The yuans value is fixed to the US dollar. But Chinas central bank, the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), allows the yuan to rise or fall 2% from the previous trading days closing price. If the yuan looks like moving more than that in either direction, the PBoC has the power to step in and halt trading.

Thats currency manipulation, irrespective of how Chinese authorities choose to dress it up.

In August 2015, the PBoC reset the yuan to start the trading day 1.9% lower than the day before. This was the biggest one-day yuan reset in memory. That one instance of interference caused global markets to tumble for the rest of that month....


Reshaping Justice in Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project was featured as the cover story of the Law Society of NSW Journal, June 2018 issue. Jane Southward writes that there are clear signs that justice reinvestment is an approach that is working for the Bourke community. Southward writes about the Daily Check-Ins at Maranguka Community Hub, where police report any incidents or concerns from the past 24 hours, allowing an early intervention to connect members of the community with service providers.

Southward talks about the first community report card, highlighting that youth crime and domestic violence reoffending have dropped. District Area Commander Greg Moore said, people tell us that the feeling of the town when they walk around has changed. Not only is there less crime, but they feel a sense of pride and cohesion within the community.

Other key points include that 114 people in 2017 obtained their drivers licence with assistance from Maranguka Hub and Birrang Enterprises, and Bourke High School has partnered with Maranguka to run an Our Place Program, which led to increased attendance and reduced suspensions.

The article also refers to an announcement by Attorney-General Mark Speakman of a grant of almost $250,000 for Just Reinvest NSW to share the success of the Maranguka Project in communities across NSW.

Read the full article here: Reshaping Justice in Bourke

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Bishop's DFAT fails FOI re her "numerous representations" to North Korea on our MIA servicemen. "IndyWatch Feed National"

DFAT was due to respond to me by cob yesterday, 16 July. There's been nothing. Just crickets and tumbleweeds. Here's their 19 June 2018 email acknowledging my application and setting out the timeline for their response. Some of my articles on this matter are in the links at the tail...


Senior Project Officer, Data "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sexual Harassment In Hospitality: How Bad Is It? And How To Stop It! "IndyWatch Feed National"

You wont believe the rates of sexual harassment of hospitality workers in Australia. Cassandra Taylor breaks it down.

The pay packets of Australias hospitality workers took a hit last fortnight as a further drop in penalty rates came into effect on 1 July. For the second year in a row, these penalty rates will be reduced as a result of a controversial Fair Work Commission decision last year, which also impacted the pharmacy, fast food and retail industries. The practical impact of this change is that some of Australias most vulnerable workers will become more reliant on tips and, in turn, more likely at risk of workplace sexual harassment.

A recent survey by HospoVoice revealed that 89% of hospitality workers have been sexually harassed at work, and 19% have been sexually assaulted. For many who have worked in hospitality, including myself, it may even come as a shock that 11% were spared this humiliation.

Whilst at university, I worked in a shoe store, a caf, a restaurant, a bar, a bowling alley and a pub. I had my arse grabbed by my boss, received an unwelcome kiss from a customer and was subjected to more inappropriate comments than I can recall. I smiled and laughed it off, never complained, and received great tips.

The culture at one venue I worked at, on and off, for six years was particularly sexually hostile. We were told to only keep CVs handed in by attractive girls, and throw all others in the bin. Every December, we had to wear tight red t-shirts with Merry Christmas written across the bust in green. There were usually only sizes small and extra small to choose from, and the extra small ones were always left to the unlucky last picks.

Working in the gaming room, our job was to flirt with creepy old pokie addicts, bring them free food and do whatever we could to keep them playing. We always got the best tips in the gaming room and, at the time, this seemed enough to justify the wandering hands we were subjected to.

Looking back, I sometimes wonder why I put up with it. I think part of me didnt think it was serious enough to make a big deal of it happened almost every shift, and I witnessed my workmates experience far worse. But part of me kept quiet because I knew that if I spoke up, I would lose my shifts to someone who didnt. Besides, I knew that grinning and bearing it resulted in better tips and, as a uni student, every dollar counted.

The normalisation of sexual harassment in the workplace for the many men and women who start out their working lives in the hospitality industry has flow on effects for all Australian workplaces. There is a real misunderstanding of the types of behaviour that amount to sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, and this acts as a barrier to reporting.

The most recent telephone survey conducted by...


Brisbane Pride Festivals Memorial Garden To Be Planted This Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbanes LGBTIQ community are all invited to pay their respects to community members who are no longer with us at the planting of the annual Memorial Garden. The Memorial Garden was first launched in 2012, and each year has been a free event allowing the community to come together in remembrance. We will be planting ...

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Fans Campaign To #SaveWentworth After Cancellation Rumours "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fans of Australian drama series Wentworth have mobilised after persistent speculation the show has been cancelled. Season seven of the prison series will wrap up production in Melbourne on July 27, and screen next year. It was filmed back-to-back with season six, which premiered on Foxtel on June 19. But Foxtel has admitted there are ...

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In which reptile Stewart updates the pond on his update ... "IndyWatch Feed"

An interesting thing happened today a change in the air, a mood swing, though the bromancer seemed to have gone missing and the Caterist decided it was wiser to bob up and talk about Brexit than mention the Donald

The pond even made a rare visit to the Bolter to see how he was reacting, but everything was running on empty as usual there

It was left to Cameron Stewart to chart the sudden change in the mood for the lizard Oz.

Here he was early on, doing the usual Fox schtick

It seemed the auguries were right, the Donald was upbeat, Vlad the impaler not so sour ...



WO1 John Franklin (manages Honours and Awards Chapter in Army Dress Manual) on Longman LNP candidate "IndyWatch Feed National"

I joined the Army with John in 1978 and have been in constant contact with him since - he's a great soldier, a patriot and not at all political. John has been tireless in outing imposters - the last thing he'd do is downplay the misuse of honours or awards.


The Spiritual Evolution of Animals "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Article by Stuart Wilde. Have you wondered if an animal has a soul and an even afterlife? My old teacher said that animals have group souls, one for each species or subspecies.....


Work commences on Ballina Airport expansion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

L to R: Ballina mayor David Wright and Nationals parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin launching the start of construction at the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Terminal on Tuesday (July 17). Photo supplied

Ballina mayor David Wright and North Coast Nationals MP Ben Franklin were at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport this morning to kick off new works that will extend the departure area, with a new caf, bar and retail outlet as well as energy efficient design features.

The project, announced in last months state budget as part of the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, is expected to cost around $6 million.

The NSW Government will spend $4.5 million while the council is putting up a co-contribution of $1.5 million

Size will triple

In 12 months it will be fantastic, Cr Wright told Echonetdaily.

Were tripling size of departure lounge extending out the front moving the undercover drop-off area and, in a separate project that council will fund, looking at covered car parking with solar panels.

Every year were spending a combination of federal, state and council money on what is now the third biggest airport in the state, he said.

Cr Wright added the upgrades were possible because major airlines are committed to being part of it for the long term.

Half a million passengers

Mr Franklin said the airport currently caters for up to 520,000 passengers each year, and this number is continuing to grow.

The airport is the key arrival and departure point for many tourists to our area, as well as an important air travel access point for our community.

We want to ensure passengers can pass through this airport with easy and comfort and can have a memorable start and end to their holiday.

These extra facilities are going to make our airport even better, and I look forward to contraction being complete in 2019, Mr Franklin said.

$6 million fed project

The terminal enhancements will complement the $6 million Airport Boulevard project, which attracted $3 million in federal funding last...


Mean mad white men: the allure of Jordan Peterson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peterson is urbane and respectable, emblematic of what British writer Olivia Laing has called the endless malice of the polite right. Just crazy enough, in Jon Ronsons phrase, to ensure media interest, but sufficiently intellectual-sounding to attract an audience for whom a brazen bigot like Yiannopoulos would be on the nose.


FSG collapse leaves disabled clients without carers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The collapse of the disability service provider FSG has led to clients being left without carers over the weekend and Monday. While the administrators, FTI Consulting, and CPL have been working out how to transition both staff and clients to CPL, frontline staff have been left confused about whether to show up for shifts and if they were going to be paid.

According to one staff member, who didnt want to be named, staff received a text on Thursday morning that informed them that if they werent going to accept the offer from CPL they shouldnt turn up to any future rostered shifts. In some cases this meant that staff had less than 48 hours to accept an employment offer.

A CPL spokesperson stated, Our understanding is that some staff did not show up but that didnt mean they were left without care.

Echonetdaily understands that there were clients left without care and in some instances staff who were not accepting CPLs offer nonetheless showed up, even thought they didnt know if they were going to be paid, to ensure clients werent left without care.

CPL and the administrators FTI Consulting have now confirmed with Echonetdaily that FSG will continue to pay staff until midnight on Tuesday 17 July with CPL taking over the payroll on Wednesday July18.

They have until midnight tonight (Tuesday July 17) to progress their employment with CPL, said a CPL spokesperson.

There has been quite a high number of people who have taken up employment with us. There will be further correspondence around pay and how they get paid.


A spokesperson for the administrators told Echonetdaily, Staff who have not had or have declined the offer from CPL will be paid out what they are owed in relation to wages.

However, all other entitlements such as long-service leave (that can also be claimed by casual employees) needs to be lodged with the administrators.

Outstanding entitlements will be paid in due course, continued the spokesperson for the administrators.

Staff will be required to lodge a claim. If the company (FSG) goes into liquidation then staff will be paid via the federal governments Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

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Helsinki Theatrics: Trump meets Putin "IndyWatch Feed"

The first official meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Donald Trump was a fairly casual, unpeopled affair, absent bureaucrats and note takers. This was what both wanted in Helsinki, men who believe in the gold weighting authority commands. According to Masha Gissen of The New Yorker, their meeting reflected their shared understanding

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Exxons Papua New Guinea Gas Project Is Dead In The Water "IndyWatch Feed"

Tim Daiss | Oilprice | 16 July 2018

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets mature, trying to establish itself against decades of crude oil dominance, developments far removed from most of the action are taking unusual turns that could in time impact the entire LNG value chain.

Until recently, tiny Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the envy of the worlds LNG producers. Not only did its PNG LNG export project come online without much delay but it also avoided the quandary, affecting nearby Australia whose LNG development has been marred by budget over runs running into the billions, continual project start delays and industry troubling feuds between worker groups and project developers.

PNG LNG project loses its shine

The ExxonMobil-led $19 billion PNG project came online in mid-2014 and started shipping LNG to markets in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 72 percent of all global LNG demand. By 2017, the project was producing some 8.3 million tonnes of LNG, an increase of 20 percent from the original design specification of 6.9 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

By last year, ExxonMobils PNG p...


New Economy Infrastructure for Philanthropy and Social Good "IndyWatch Feed"

The RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub and Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation is hosting a full day conference on Blockchains and Philanthropy. The objective is to explore new blockchain technology and how it provides new economic infrastructure and business models for the charity and philanthropy sector.

The event will cover topics such as Blockchain 101, Crypto Altruism and Social Impact, Blockchain and Public Finance, Blockchain Application in organisations.

Click here for the program.


Football victory for France reverberates worldwide "IndyWatch Feed"

Football victory for France reverberates worldwideEven at the end of the Earth, or at least a most far-away point from France, they stayed up all night to revel in the countrys great victory. read now...


Sydney vacancy rate jumps "IndyWatch Feed"

Sydney vacancies rising

The latest building activity figures confirmed that the record number of apartments under construction in Sydney is now morphing into a surge in completions.

June is always a seasonally soft month for rental markets, but the latest release from SQM Research recorded a vacancy rate jumping all the way to 2.8 per cent for Sydney.

That's well up from 2 per cent a year earlier.

Vacancies were very high in the Hills District at 4.9 per cent.

But the inner suburbs have by no means been immune as apartments complete across the city. 

There's a certain seasonal aspect to this.

Indeed, Australia's capitals are becoming more seasonal than ever with net overseas migration peaking in the warmer months, and hundreds of thousands of international students coming and going in recent years - but there's also high level of new supply for the city to deal with.

Around the traps

Melbourne's vacancy rate was just 1.6 per cent in the month of June 2018.

However, Melbourne now has more dwellings under construction than at any time in its history, as well as a range of transport, infrastructure, and commercial projects. 

Nationally, the vacancy rate declined from a year earlier from 2.5...


Grants totalling $250,000 enhance community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MORE than $109,000 was handed out to 21 organisations last Wednesday night, in round two of this years South Gippsland Shire Council Community Grants Program.
The 21 supported applications were chosen from a pool of 40 with a total of around $250,000 handed out across both rounds 2017/18.
The contribution of council funds will support projects with a total value of around $595,000.
South Gippsland mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt was full of praise for the successful community groups.
Congratulations to all the community groups that received funding in what was a highly competitive pool of applications, she said.
The commitment of the South Gippsland community to make this a better place for all of us is outstanding. Everyone should be proud of their efforts.
Over the past 11 years, council has distributed around $3.5 million to community groups through the grants program, with around $290,000 of that given out in 2017/18.
Applications for round one of the Community Grants Program for 2018-19 are open from now until August 31.
Changes have been made to the application process and applicants are advised to take time to read over the guidelines.
If applicants are seeking more than $5000, they must contact a member of the community strengthening team before applying.
For photos of sporting club grant recipients, see this weeks sport pages.
Grant recipients were: $7000 to the Stockyard Gallery for a flooring replacement and upgrade; $10,000 to the Foster Art, Music and Drama Association for retractable seating; $5048 to the Welshpool and District Advisory Group for carpet replacement at the Rural Transaction Centre; $2500 to the Manna Community Garden for water saving disability garden beds; $1800 to the Sandy Point Community Group for a defibrillator cabinet; $3500 to the Poowong Community Consultative Committee Inc for a barbeque shelter extension and community logo board; $5000 to the Loch Public Hall for sealing of car park and crossover at Loch Public Hall; $2000 to the Leongatha Painters Group for a pop up art exhibition; $6000 to the Mirboo North Playgroup and Toy Library for a nature playground; $4000 to the Leongatha Community Preschool Centres Inc for a solar system at Allora Kindergarten; $5000 to the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Leongatha Daffodil Street Festival; $5000 to the Leongatha Senior Citizens Centre for South Gippsland seniors week activities; $1000 to the Berrys Creek Hall Committee for a laptop; $1000 to the Loch and District Bowling Club for new scoreboards; $5000 to the Nyora Recreation Reserve Committee Inc for the design and specifications for social club and change rooms; $4000 to the Korumburra Cricket Club to replace the cricket wicket; $10,000 to the Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club for a storeroom extension to clubrooms; $10,000 to the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve Committee In...


Spending time in the great outdoors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ANOTHER successful program was run at Allambee Camp these school holidays.
Although it may be winter and a lot of people shy away from being outdoors, last week a number of children were rugged up and ready for activities at Allambee Camp.
The children really thrived in the outdoor environment and there were no requests to go inside, Allambee Camp instructor Vanessa Taylor said.
They zoomed on the flying fox, went high on the giant swing, raced on the billy carts, kept their balance on the low ropes course, painted rocks which they had named, popped balloons on the archery target and did many more fun activities.
When asked on the last day what was the best part of camp the variety of answers was huge.
The variety of activities meant that there was something for everyone. But there was more to camp than the great adventurous activities.
The program also allowed for children to grow in a number of areas.
Many children did not know each other and therefore they really worked on the social skills, everyone was friends by the end of the three days, she said.
For some of the children it was their first time going to a camp, they showed independence and strength when it was lights out time.
A number of children had never roasted marshmallows on a campfire, these children got to learn something new.
Ms Taylor said their imagination through outdoor play increased and we have had comments from parents saying that their children will not stop talking about camp.
Grade 6 students from Trafalgar Primary School who are part of the Rotary Junior Community Awards Program were also invited to come and progress their leadership skills.
These students were given the opportunity to lead a group each, run games with the children, assisting the instructor on activities and helping out with morning and afternoon tea.
It was amazing to see them looking after the younger children of the group and developing their skills, Ms Taylor said.
The camp instructors were sad to see the campers go and are already looking forward to their next visit.


JP honoured for 40 years of service "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

JUSTICE of the Peace (JP) John Fleming was honoured for his 40 years of service at the Wonthaggi Police Station last Wednesday.
An award in recognition of his service was presented.
Born in Essendon and spending his early years in Northcote and Doncaster Mr Fleming eventually found himself in Bass Coast.
His long marriage to Diana resulted in two daughters, and two grandchildren.
He established himself as a motor mechanic, and became a Holden motor car dealer for the district on April 1, 1961.
Mr Fleming had a number of businesses service the community. These included a Wonthaggi taxi service from the close of this dealership in 1983, and a leading gas and plumbing business through to 1994.
Mr Fleming was always socially consious, and was an active member of the community.
He served as mayor for the community and was a foundation member of the Wonthaggi Lions Club.
He held a significant role as senior officer with the Country Fire Authority in 1961, and was honoured with a life membership.
On top of this, Mr Fleming received the National Medal of Australia with three bars.
Through this community service, Mr Fleming became involved with Victoria Police in Wonthaggi.
Mr Fleming was involved in the Bass Coast Safety Ambassadors, where police asked nominated JPs to carry out safety and security assessments of elderly citizens homes and report back.
Appointed an Honorary Justice in 1977, Mr Fleming started bail and out-of-sessions duties at Wonthaggi Police Station.
In 1977, he started sitting on the bench of the second division of the Magistrates Court; a duty he continued through many years.
He eventually became chairman of the bench.
Since the inception of the Department of Social Services, Mr Fleming reliably attended all manner of certification, totalling thousands of instances where the public were served and much police time was saved.
Recently, Mr Fleming voluntarily resigned from attending the roster at the police station, having served both the community and the police service with honour and dedication for 40 years.

Awarded: Wonthaggis Senior Sergeant Peter Shallard (left) and coordinator of Justices Gippsland South Terence Shannon (right) thanked Justice of the Peace John Fleming for this 40 years of s...


Teddies explore the Wonthaggi library "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TEDDY bears went on an adventure to the Wonthaggi library on Wednesday.
The library held its first teddy bear sleepover as part of its school holiday program.
Children were encouraged to bring their teddies to the library for an afternoon of fun before leaving their teddies to stay overnight at the library.
During the afternoon, the children sang songs, read stories and enjoyed arts and crafts with their teddies.
The library staff also set up an exciting bear hunt, in which the children and their teddies got to explore the library through forests, seas, mud and snow.
After the bear hunt, it was time for the children to tuck their teddies into bed for the night and head on home.
The children learnt some new lullabies to ensure their teddies were off to sleep.
However, the teddies got up to a bit of mischief overnight, and the children were able to pick up the photo evidence of their teddys adventures the next day.
The photos showed the teddies doing a range of different activities, including enjoying a feast, playing games, playing with the photocopier, playing the Xbox, checking out books, and hiding in the returns chute.
The librarys programs officer Jenny Temple said the sleepover was a lot of fun, and the children were excited to participate.

Songs and stories: Cape Patersons Adelaide, Chloe and Chem Jones sang along together at the teddy bear sleepover on Wednesday.


Theatrical group to celebrate 50 years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WONTHAGGI Theatrical Group is turning 50 in 2019.
To celebrate, the group has a massive calendar of events planned.
The milestone year will kick off with a concert and the launch of a history book in February.
Local writer Gill Heal has been working on the book for three years, collaborating with many former and current members of the group.
The history of the group will be presented in the book through personal stories from people with varying levels of involvement in the group.
The book will be launched at a concert set to be held at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from February 15 to 17. The concert will reflect the groups past, and will feature a range of performers.
In April, the group intends to run a performance camp at its studio at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine.
Professionals from Melbourne will be involved in the camp, which will be a five day experience, free of charge.
The major musical for the year will be Les Miserables.
This production was first tackled by Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in 2008, and is now considered a turning point.
Director Karen Milkins-Hendry, who will also be directing the 2019 production, said she was almost too scared to go through with the performance in 2008.
It was musical director Kirk Skinner who will be filling the post once again who inspired her to believe a performance of this magnitude in Wonthaggi was possible.
Kirk had returned home after his success as a musical director with the Victorian State School Spectacular, and he convinced me that this iconic show was possible, she said.
With his experience, he worked with our group of singers and it was such a success. It was so markedly different to what we had done before.
The information session for Les Miserables will take place on October 11 this year, with the performance scheduled for a season in May and June.
The group will be putting on two plays by local playwrights, and in the July school holidays there will be a costume exhibition at the groups studio.
Ms Milkins-Hendry said the secret behind the groups 50 year success was the valued volunteers.
I have been working with Gill while she puts together the book, and it has been interesting hear the stories, she said.
Our volunteers had the resilience to build us a home, and it has benefitted our community.
The group has a huge skill base as well, and we respond well to each other with our diverse concepts and opinions. We have been able to build and connect well with each other.
Ms Milkins-Hendry said the group had also been greatly assisted by talented powerhouses, who had had professional careers, and have come home to help their community.



Putin - $400M was unlawfully sent from Russia to fund Hillary Clinton campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Bill Browder. "Vladimir Putin is effectively a war criminal - this is a guy who should be contained, not engaged" - watch the full interview with 'Putin's number one enemy' @Billbrowder tonight on The World's special coverage of the Donald Trump/Vladimir Putin Summit. @bevvo14 #ABCTheWorld ABC...


Dig deep and support a Korumburra family "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE 2018 Elders Annual South Gippsland Charity Golf Day will be held on Friday, July 27.
This year Elders Korumburra and Leongatha will be supporting a local family who unfortunately have been affected by Leukaemia.
Noah Belvedere from Korumburra is a 10 year old boy who lives at Korumburra with his parents Rob and Deb and his three siblings Evan 8, Flynn 5 and Emily 5.
Noah loves his sport and especially loves playing football, cricket and basketball.
In early June Noah and his family received devastating news that he had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, an aggressive cancer of the blood cells.  Noah commenced treatment at Monash Childrens hospital immediately, which consists of chemotherapy injected intravenously and into is spinal cord, and blood transfusions to increase his blood cells which deplete from his condition and the treatments.
The treatments continue for a minimum of three years to beat this insidious disease.  Noah cannot attend school during this current phase of treatment due to the risk of infection, as he virtually has no immune system, so any infections can be life threatening.  Noah wants nothing more than to beat his leukaemia and return to his normal life and get back to enjoying his sport.
Elders is also looking for your support; so if you would be generous enough to donate money or prizes for the family or for the raffles and auction, please contact them.
This annual event is proving to be quite popular and each year Elders have had a full field, so please be quick to book in and make your team payment.
For those not wanting a hit or for those just wanting to come along and support we have limited seats available at $30 a ticket to be a part of the barbecue lunch, presentation and raffles/auction.
Please note: If you require a golf cart please make your own bookings through the Golf Club direct.
This year it is going to be a footy theme, so make sure you wear your teams colours to be in the running to win some of the great prizes on offer for best dressed!
Elders is also looking for sponsors, so if you would be generous enough to donate money or prizes for the raffles/auction, please contact them.
Last year Elders and everyone involved raised a massive amount of $16,655.94 and over the last six years of running this event a total amount of $72,058.98 has been raised.
Elders looks forward to great success again this year and to providing help and support to a local South Gippsland family, during this difficult time.
Please contact Elders at Korumburra 5658 1894 or Leongatha 5662 3523, with any questions or if you would like to donate.


Works underway for new youth hub "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IT may not look like much now, but the old Wonthaggi CFA building will soon be transformed into a vibrant youth hub.
Project manager Michael Feehan said it is anticipated the youth hub will be up and running by the end of September.
Young people aged 12 to 25 will be able to access the hub.
There is still work to be done in the lead up to the grand opening.
The centre will be fitted out with kitchen and office space, as well as a disabled toilet and ramps for accessibility.
There is also a lot of painting to be done. Once initial paint works are complete, the experts will be called in to create a mural project.
Local artists Patrice Mahoney, Safina Stewart and Darren Marx will undertake the mural projects alongside a number of talented young artists.
Some of these young artists were involved with the Wonthaggi streetscape project, and helped to paint the murals featured in a number of local laneways.
The youth hub is sharing the space at the old CFA building located in Watt Street with the Wonthaggi Boxing Club.
Already up and running, the boxing club is well supported by locals and has had local builders in to transform the space and increase functionality.
Once the youth hub is operational, it will offer specific programs for different age groups. The hub will be supported by a number of agencies including Anglicare, Salvocare, Yooralla and Maxima.
Young people will be able to receive help in making education and employment decisions, and have access to health and wellbeing information.
There will be a space for homework, and it will be a hang out space.
Anglicare youth worker Emily Jolly said it would be great to run movie nights at the hub.
This is a community led project. The young people of Wonthaggi have been saying for a while they need somewhere to hang out, she said.
Its great to see this happening. Its a great central space, and the need is definitely there.
However, Mr Feehan said the hours the youth hub will be open will depend on staffing.
Bass Coast Shire Council has supported us greatly, and provided funding to keep this project going, he said.
We will need to look at options to see how often we can have staff here. Ideally, we will be open before school so we can run things like breakfast clubs.
Mr Feehan said the location of the new hub is ideal given its proximity to the current Wonthaggi Secondary College and the developing education precinct and there has already been a lot of support given by community groups.


Firefighters to honour John Sparks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Wonthaggi CFA will honour the life of former member John Sparks in France on August 18.
Twelve brigade members and descendants of Mr Sparks family will make the journey next month.
During the move from the CFAs Watt Street station to White Road, the brigade had the opportunity to reflect on its memorabilia.
The captain of the time Kim OConnor took particular interest in a framed photo of firefighter John Sparks, which led to further investigations about Mr Sparks life.
Early on, Mr Sparks lived in Dollar but later made his home in Wonthaggi.
He was a wheeler in the coal mines and a volunteer firefighter in Wonthaggi.
In August, 1914, Mr Sparks enlisted in World War One and was in the 8th Battalion.
He passed away on August 18, 1916.
Mr OConnor asked former CFA captain Bill Watson to bring the project together.
Mr Watson made contact with Mr Sparks descendants, and conversations began regarding a visit to his graveside in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, France, to pay the tribute to him that he never had the honour of receiving.
The 12 CFA members attending will pay their own way to France, and an invitation has been extended to the Albert council and Albert fire brigade to join.
A rehearsal of proceedings will be held on August 17, with the official ceremony to be held on August 18.
We believe from the information we have received from France that they are more than happy to accommodate us. We are likely to hear more from France in the next four weeks, Wonthaggi CFAs Debbie Parkes said.
Mr Sparks medals were donated to the Wonthaggi CFA late last year, and are proudly displayed beneath the portrait of Mr Sparks at the station.

Paying tribute: from left, Greg Parkes, Garry Moz Wilson, Debbie Parkes and Theresa ODea are among the Wonthaggi CFA members who will journey to France to honour former firefighter John Sparks.


Tricky intersection hits raw nerve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

HUNDREDS of people have commented on a video about the best way to navigate through arguably one of the most confusing intersections in central Leongatha.
The short video on The Stars Facebook page shows traffic plotting its way through the T-intersection of Anderson, Roughead and McCartin streets across from the Leongatha courthouse.
The intersection was constructed last year as part of multi-million dollar works for a heavy vehicle bypass route and the Give Way sign was where Anderson Street formed a T-intersection there.
One Facebook user, Karen Fowles who commented on The Stars Facebook page said she had nearly experienced a collision at the intersection, whereas most users said they avoided the intersection at all costs, citing long waiting times to turn into Anderson Street from the Give Way sign at McCartin Street.
Despite these claims of near-misses and high potential for collisions Leongatha Police Sergeant Dale McCahon said according to police data, it is not a high collision intersection.
Anecdotally it appears to me that the rate of collisions has dropped off, he said.
Although not perfect yet and it never will be the number of people not using their left indicator correctly when travelling south and proceeding straight into McCartin Street has improved also.
If people concentrate, obey the big Give Way signs and show some courtesy by using their indicators when approaching the intersection, there is no reason any collisions should occur.
According to data from VicRoads, only one collision that resulted in an injury has occurred since the new intersection was constructed, other data reveals three casualty accidents have occurred.
Data from collisions with no injuries is not collected by police or VicRoads.
The Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate route was estimated to remove about 600 heavy vehicles a day out of the Leongatha Central Business District.
It included works to a number of major intersections including the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Ogilvy Street and the South Gippsland Highway.
VicRoads eastern regional director Scott Lawrence said community concerns regarding turning movements and pedestrian safety were raised following the commissioning of the new signals in 2016.
Changes to the operation of the signals were implemented in 2017 to improve safety at the intersection, he said.
South Gippsland Shire Council is planning future redevelopment to Bair Street. There will be significant changes to the traffic volumes at this intersection following the redevelopment.
VicRoads will reassess the operation and reprogramming of the signals at that time.
Two casualty crashes occurred at this intersection in August 2017.



House prices grow with demand "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STRONG demand from buyers wanting a quieter lifestyle has seen median property prices lift in South Gippsland and Bass Coast significantly in the past 12 months.
People are flocking to rural towns like Korumburra, Kilcunda, Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Venus Bay, with demand often outweighing supply.
Adam Leys from Stockdale and Leggo Inverloch said since the start of 2017, median house prices in Inverloch had increased by over $100,000.
He said there were a number of factors driving the price increase.
One significant factor is an influx of buyers coming from the Mornington Peninsula who are seeing great value in our market, he said.
They are tired of the traffic and general crowding on the peninsula and prefer the more relaxed vibe of Inverloch.
Mr Leys said another factor was a shortage of vacant land, making homes in new estates hard to find.
This drives people to buy in more established areas which come with higher price tags, he said.
Mr Leys said a consistent decline in available properties had caused a degree of urgency among buyers.
Buyers in our market are used to having plenty of time to consider purchases, but now they are seeing the places they like sold before they are in a position to make an offer themselves, he said.
This results in a shorter time on the market than we have seen in previous years. I dont see this situation changing in the near future.
Anything within two hours drive of Melbourne is highly sought after.
Alex Scott and Staff Venus Bay director Daniel Lawrie said the median price for property in Venus Bay had increased by around $35,000 in a short period of time.
He said with a median price of around $310,000, Venus Bay was still very affordable compared to other coastal locations such as the Mornington Peninsula and Inverloch.
It is good news for the area, our permanent population is building and that means more people to be active in the community and down the track, could mean more infrastructure, he said.
It is very positive news for us down here.
PBE Wonthaggi director Adam Mabilia said the whole Bass Coast region was benefitting from real estate demand.
With an increase to the median property price of around $28,000 in Wonthaggi and $51,000 in Kilcunda, he said buyers from Melbournes south east still find properties in Bass Coast affordable.
There is a big wave at the moment and there is no sign of it slowing down in the future, he said.
Stock levels are short through every town in Bass Coast at the moment and that is not likely to change. It is healthy for the region.
Real estate manager at Elders Korumburra Don Olden said the median property price in Korumburra has lifted around 10 percent in the last 18 months.
He said strong demand means that properties are selling shortly....


Warren Mundine's complaint to ABC MD Michelle Guthrie over Paul Bongiorno "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 July 2018 Dear Ms Guthrie Im writing about the conduct of RN Breakfasts weekly commentator, Paul Bongiorno. Mr Bongiorno is a regular contributor to ABC Radio National on the RN Breakfast program and promoted by the ABC as key talent on ABCs website: On 8 July 2018, in...


Tourist rail may make comeback "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TRAINS could run between Korumburra and Leongatha within 12 months, as the Southern Rail Preservation Group plans to invest $5 million to reinstate the tourist railway.
Eventually, the group plans to return a rail service along the full 58 kilometres of line between Leongatha and Koo Wee Rup.
Southern Rail president Stuart Gilbert said the project was in its early stages, but was hoping the model they were planning to adopt would ensure its success.
He said the funding needed to get the project started was being provided by a private investor.
The tourist railway that operated previously between Korumburra and Leongatha stopped running around two years ago.
It will be more community focussed this time around, we want the local businesses to get involved to provide services for passengers, Mr Gilbert said.
There will be a consultation process with interested businesses to get their input.
Mr Gilbert said the railway line between Koo Wee Rup and Leongatha was one of the most scenic in the country.
He said coupled with the decent infrastructure already in place, it could become the longest, most scenic heritage railway in the world.
That is a great selling point, he said.
Mr Gilbert said the group is currently knee deep in paperwork, but was positive any hurdles will be overcome and work should be able to start soon to get the track up to standard.
He said the railway was in good condition between Leongatha and Korumburra and would need minimal work to get it up and running.
We have been talking to a large rail maintenance contractor who is keen to give us a hand, he said.
We are working on striking up a deal with training rail workers to get the work done at a discounted rate. We get the work of a main line standard and they get certified.
The proposed extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail could be impeded by the return of trains, but Mr Gilbert said he didnt see any reason the trail couldnt be built alongside the railway line.
We see the benefits of both, he said.
It seems ludicrous to pull up decent infrastructure. Once it is removed, it will never return.
Once the trains are running between Leongatha and Koo Wee Rup, Mr Gilbert said it could create up to 40 jobs.
Initially most of the work will be done by volunteers, but we will be pushing towards employing people, he said.
How long that takes will depend on how popular the service is. With the marketing model we have, there are enough attractions down here to warrant it.
Mr Gilbert said their marketing model was largely aimed at tourists from Asia.
The group plans to run both steam and diesel engines on the line, starting with diesel and eventually, the line could incorporate a passenger service as well.
Mr Gilbert said they had all but secur...


Wooreen to remember 100 years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOON it will be 100 years since the Wooreen community planted 35 oak trees in memory of the local soldiers who served in World War I.
Although nearly half of the trees didnt survive, 15 were replanted at the 90 year anniversary of the Wooreen Avenue of Honour 10 years ago.
Wooreen Avenue of Honour organising committee member Nicole Pouws said the community had worked tirelessly to ensure the small area of Wooreen continued to be recognised and for its avenue to be restored.
Its a beautiful place to drive through and to live in. The committee has been making sure we are prepared to mark the upcoming centenary commemoration, she said.
The South Gippsland Shire Councils parks and gardens coordinator Steve Missen and his team has been very proactive in the planting 10 years ago and also for getting it ready for the centenary.
It really has been a group effort and its very exciting to hold this commemoration.
The public is invited for the solemn commemoration on July 29 at 9.30am at the Avenue of Honour on Leongatha Yarragon Road, Wooreen and for a gathering afterwards at the Hallston Hall at 10.30 for light refreshments.
Former Victorian RSL president Major General David McLaughlin (retired) will return for the event, having visited 10 years ago to mark the planting of the saplings at the avenue.
Committee member and retired commander Matthew Ferguson who is researching soldiers who enlisted for WWI from the area, said it was a lengthy process but at this stage he had found four names of people who had served.
For more information on the event or to attend, please contact CMDR Ferguson on 0402 671 221.

Honoured: Wooreen Avenue of Honour committee members from left, Matthew and Denise Ferguson, Deb Brown, Nicole Pouw and Tom Daffy who made the daffodils for the event.


Saputo chief fronts farmers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SAPUTO has explained its low opening price to suppliers in a series of meetings held across the region last week, which company CEO Lino Saputo Jnr came from Canada to attend.
In what was the first round of supplier meetings since the company made its opening price announcement, the Leongatha meeting was held last Tuesday.
Mr Saputo said the main purpose of the meeting was to explain why Saputo opened at $5.75 per kilogram of milk solids.
The meeting covered why we chose that price and what our expectations are for the balance of the year, he said.
Leongatha South dairy farmer Gordon Vagg said the meeting on Tuesday was quite good.
Mr Saputo explained why it wasnt the best opening price. He explained he doesnt take gambles and wanted to show that Saputo was a stable company, he said.
Mr Vagg said it was great to see Mr Saputo come from Canada to attend the meetings and thought he put forward an interesting message.
He talked about loyalty and balancing out the needs of all the stakeholders in the business, not just the shareholders, he said.
I think the Murray Goulburn board got one thing right, it sold to the right company.
Saputo now operates the former Murray Goulburn factory in Leongatha and Mr Saputo said the company planned to invest capital in the plant.
He said expansion of the Leongatha facility was possible.
Right now, the Leongatha processing facility is being underutilised. Once it is running at a higher capacity, we can consider (investing in the factory), he said.
In order to increase the utilisation of the Leongatha factory, Saputo needs to increase milk supply.
It will take time for us to get suppliers back on board. While the (opening) price is important, at close we have had the leading price for the past five years, Mr Saputo said.
The opening price is just an indication of the season ahead, it is the closing price that matters.
Mr Vagg said many in attendance at the meeting wanted to know how Saputo planned to increase its milk supply.
One guy said Saputo didnt open high enough to get suppliers back. Mr Saputo said the only way to get suppliers back was by restoring trust, he said.
Mr Saputo said it was more responsible than opening high. He said the worst thing would be to open too high and be unable to maintain that price.
Mr Saputo said he agreed farmers were not being paid enough for their milk.
Suppliers inputs are going up, yet their revenue is going down. We want to take a leadership role in the industry and encourage suppliers to grow our base.
Once the balance between supply and demand is there, the economy will be much better for dairy farmers.
The future of the dairy industry is good all over the world. Consumption is consistently growing 2.5 percent per year, dairy is in g...


Local councils escape fast-track townhouse code for now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Medium-density housing developments on the North Coast, such as this one, will be fast tracked in 20 days once a new code comes into effect. Image NSW Dept of Planning & Environment

Three North Coast shires have avoided being required to implement a new state-based housing code that would require them to fast-track two-storey apartment and townhouse proposals in urban residential areas within 20 days.

Tweed, Byron and Ballina shires have been given a 12-month period of grace until July 1 next year.

For all other local government areas, including Lismore, the Low Rise Medium Density Housing (MDH) Code commenced on July 6 this year.

Under the new code, low rise medium density housing becomes a complying development where if it is already permitted under a councils local environmental plan (LEP).

The delay in implementation will give councils time to re-examine their LEPs and make changes if necessary.

For example, dual occupancy, manor house and multi-dwelling developments are currently permissible in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone in the Tweed Shire.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said this would have been a significant departure from the current levels of consultation and assessment for these more intense developments.

No chance for comment

I think anyone would be shocked to find a multi-dwelling apartment going up next to them without having a chance to comment or raise concerns about impacts on their amenity, Cr Milne said.

The deferral provides councils with 12 months to consider the application of the code in their residential areas and, if necessary, to pursue amendments to their LEPs to regulate or prohibit medium density housing in locations where they do not want to the Code to operate, she added.

The deferral of the MDH Code and the resulting effect that all medium density development in Tweed, Ballina and Byron shires still requires development consent from Council until such time as the MDH Code becomes operational in those local government areas.

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New Zealand should ratify the Kampala Amendment "IndyWatch Feed"

In 2010, the parties to the International Criminal Court agreed the Kampala Amendment, which finally gave a formal, legal definition to the crime of aggression (you know, the one they convicted the Nazis of), allowing the court to prosecute it. 35 states have since ratified the amendment, and it finally came into force today. But strangely, New Zealand wasn't one of them. Writing in Stuff, lawyer Roger Clark and former Green MP Kennedy Graham argue that we should ratify:

Should New Zealand join? Of course it should. If it is good enough for the German chancellor and the prime minister of Samoa to be accountable under law for aggression, it is good enough for our own leaders. New Zealand signed on to the Kampala Amendment back in 2010. Liechtenstein ratified in 2012, Germany in 2013. New Zealand could also have done so then. No reason to delay further.

In the New Zealand Parliament back in 2009, a member's bill making aggression a crime was given a first reading debate. The penalty for a New Zealand leader could stretch to 10 years in prison, a sobering consideration. The bill was voted down, but the vote was close 64 to 58.

It is time for the Kampala Amendment to be brought into the House, and for that vote to be reversed.

And they're right. New Zealand's fundamental foreign policy position is for a peaceful, rules-based international order. But such an order is impossible where aggression is legal. As a small country, all we have is our voice. So if we want a peaceful, law-governed international order, we need to put our money where our mouth is, agree to be part of one, and do our bit to strengthen and spread those norms. I'm actually boggled we haven't done so already, but I guess that's what happens when you have a previous government obsessed with grovelling to the aggressive US...


Horsing around "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A PROPOSAL to build a new exhibition and equestrian centre at Stony Creek has been turned on its head.

The South Gippsland Shire Council has resolved to consider other locations within the shire for an exhibition/equestrian centre, despite years of campaigning for a facility to be built at Stony Creek.

After changes were made to the council plan at a special meeting on May 30, the council will abandon the progression of a business case to assess the establishment of a centre at Stony Creek.

It will now undertake a feasibility study into establishing a multipurpose exhibition/equestrian centre within the shire.

This is despite a 2016 South Gippsland Shire OurSay forum showing the idea garnered the most community support with over 500 votes, 300 clear of the next suggestion.

Former council manager sustainable communities Chris Van Der Ark said at the time The OurSay responses are extremely useful. Council will use these to inform its decision making on future capital works programs and applications for funding.

Stony Creek Exhibition Centre committee member Janine Bullock said it was a shame council had decided to look elsewhere within the shire, after so much work had been done on the Stony Creek proposal.

Stony Creek is central. A facility such as this needs to be in the centre of the shire so the entire region benefits, she said.

The economic benefits of an undercover facility will be the highest if its located in the centre of the shire. There is no use putting it on the fringe.

Ms Bullock said there was a strong case to build an exhibition centre at Stony Creek due to existing facilities and utilities.

Power and water are already available at Stony Creek, she said.

It is not just about horse events, everyone in Meeniyan is for the facility because it would be a multipurpose building.

Ms Bullock said there had already been interest from different industries, which would benefit from an undercover location to hold events.

She said things like cattle shows, judging competitions, working dog trials, markets, machinery demonstrations and field days are just some of the options for the facility, if built.

These sorts of things need an undercover facility to run, particularly during South Gippsland winters, she said.

The original plan also featured conference facilities, and the proximity of Stony Creek to the Great Southern Rail Trail is a huge benefit.

A council spokesperson said the council plan amendment requires a different scope of works to the consultancy tender recently advertised and a suitable consultant will be sought to complete the feasibility investig...


Julian Assange wins a legal victory but for now remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Julian Assange has won a significant new victory in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in Costa Rica. The Court handles cases relating to human rights relating to members of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Assange benefits  from this. The Court determined that it is the duty of nations to allow the passage of successful asylum seekers from embassies to the mainland territory of the state.  That has granted the individual asylum.

It means that both Ecuador and Britain have a legal duty to allow Assange to leave the Embassy in London, without arrest, and be guarantee safe transit to Ecuador.

The decision is based on the American Convention on Human Rights and article XXVII of the American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Man. The Court concluded, that the right to seek and receive asylum and receive protection in a foreign country are human rights. Refugee status is defined under United Nations Instruments and corresponding national laws. The court rules that the conventions also apply to third states.

There is no guarantee that Britain will comply. Prior decisions made by international bodies over the Assange case have been ignored. the policy to arrest him and hand him over to the United States has remained, to be tried for treason remains. The fact that Assange is not an American Citizen has not made any difference. What might make some difference is that as government reeling form internal division, its mishandling of Brexit and immensely unpopular, does not need further international embarrassment. At the least, the case to pursue Assange has been weakened further.

But it might be important in regard to how Ecuador is going to react. When Julian Assange first entered the Embassy, the government of this country was sympathetic, allowed him refuge and gave him Ecuadoran citizenship. The current government is much less sympathetic, has a warmer relationship with the United states, and is being pressured by the United States, Britain and Spain to hand him over. A decision has been eminent.

The ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights means that Ecuador is now pressured, to not hand over Assange. At the very least, the stalemate looks like continuing.


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REVIEW: Moody Norwegian Lesbian Drama Thelma Echoes Carrie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A coming-of-age tale but not as we traditionally know it, Thelma places a fresh, dark twist on the genre to dazzling effect. At the core of Joachim Triers seductive film lies a recognisable story one of sexual awakening and discovering ones true self but a haunting supernatural element placed on the material allows ...

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Have you seen Patricia? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Patricia Jung, missing from Fernleigh since Monday, July 16, 2018. Photo supplied

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman reported missing from Fernleigh, near Newrybar since Monday (July 16).

Patricia Jung, 65, was reported missing after she was last seen getting out of a car on Fernleigh Road, near Troughtons Lane, at about 11am.

Despite a search of the area, she has not been located.

Mrs Jung has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of a slim build, with blonde/grey hair tied in a ponytail, and with blue-green eyes.

She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved bright red shirt, track pants, zip-up short boots, and a green shoulder-length bag.

Anyone who sees Mrs Jung or has any information on her whereabouts are urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


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Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America, Part Two "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Anti-prison radio and podcast show Kite Lines continues with coverage of ongoing occupations of deportation facilities.

Listen and Download HERE

Last week, Aren Aizura guided us through the history of colonialism in Australia, including racist measures to control non-white immigration, and later, in the 1980s, the implementation of mandatory detention for refugees. He focused on his experiences in an occupation outside the remote Woomera Detention Center, and the way that supporters on the outside grew in numbers, intensifying pressure on the authorities. Now, he walks us through the 2002 mass breakout of refugees there, all the way through the following standoff and its aftermath.

As we reflect on the inspiring actions at Woomera, we are also tracking the occupations underway across the US right now. Occupy ICE in Portland has been subjected to a brutal eviction, during which police shot occupiers with pepperballs at close range. Likewise, there was a mass arrest in San Francisco, following more than a week of occupation outside the ICE regional headquarters which halted all deportations in northern California. Occupations continue in Los Angeles, Tacoma, and Louisville, as well as many other cities.


Australia rallies to Protect Our Winters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An Australian chapter of Protect Our Winters (POW) will be officially launched this week, with a visit from pro skier Chris Davenport.  Chris is a POW board member and will be visiting Thredbo and Mt Buller as part of his trip.

Chris will speak at Mt Buller on July 24 and at Thredbo on Friday July 27. There will also be a Hike for POW to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko during the day on the 27th.

The following media release comes from POW Australia:

With snow flurries across the Australian Alps this week its an apt time for the launch of the Australian chapter of the global environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW).

The official launch of POW Australia this week will be followed by a visit from two-time world champion pro skier Chris Davenport.  Davenport is a POW board member and is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today.  Among his many mountaineering achievement Chris was the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorados 14,000 foot peaks in less than a year.  He has also guided and skied on Mt Everest.

Chris is visiting Mt Buller and Thredbo resorts during his time in Australia, spreading the word on why we need winter and will speak at the Mt Buller cinema on Tuesday 24th July 2018. The talk will be followed by a screening of the new Teton Gravity Research film Rogue Elements in which Mt Buller Mitch Reeves features.

Thredbo will then build on the program with a Hike for POW to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko on Friday 27 July  and a speaker program that evening in resort.

Protect Our Winters activity in Australia started in 2017 when professional snowboarder and POW Founder Jeremy Jones and his family were invited to Mt Buller by long-time friend Tony Harro Harrington. The Jones family came to Mt Buller and Thredbo where Jeremy established the first Australian POW resort alliance at Thredbo.  This kicked off the the charge towards positive climate action within the snow industry with Falls Creek now also involved and more resorts expected to formalise their participation in the program.

Since founding POW 10 years ago, the organisation has grown to a global network of over 130,000 supporters and engaging with 60 million+ snowsports enthusiasts across the world, a following that is fast growing momentum in Australian alpine communities.

Leading the campaign in Australia is a passionate group of advocates including Tony Harro Harrington, Rhylla Morgan, Josh Fletcher and Kerris McLiver based at Mt Buller, all who have extensive experience in the snow and outdoor sports industry.

At the heart of it Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry br...


Arts student helps to highlight science festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Charly Crossing, winner of the 2018 Arts Vs Science Festival poster design competition. Photo supplied

Out of eighty colourful posters created by Southern Cross University design students, one eye-catching design has been chosen as the official poster for Augusts upcoming Arts Vs Science Festival.

The festival brings together artists and scientists, and everyone in between, from some of the Northern Rivers leading education, research and action institutions for Lismores big National Science Week event in August.

Winning entrant Charly Crossing, who is in her first year of digital media and communications at Southern Cross, responded to the news enthusiastically.

Now I have had my poster chosen I will definitely have to attend the festival! Charly quipped.

Southern Cross University visual communication lecturer Dr Louise Kolff said students responded in so many different ways, producing wonderful posters for the Festival, while learning a lot about design principles along the way.

Three exhibitions across Lismore will feature these posters leading up to the Arts Vs Science Festivalon Saturday August 18 at The Quad.

Posters will be exhibited at Southern Cross University Lismore Campus Library from August 20, and in the Lismore Regional Library from July 30. Then shortlisted posters will be featured in an exhibition on the day of the Festival in the Lismore Regional Gallerys event space.

Cultivating the collaborations that form the core of The Quad and the Northern Rivers Science Hub, the...


Cher Says Shes Done An Entire Album Of ABBA Covers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cher has revealed shes recorded an entire album of ABBA covers, after performing the groups classic Fernando for the Mamma Mia sequel. After I did Fernando, I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did, she told US Today Show host Kathie Lee Gifford. But she teased ...

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Australian miners in firing line of PNG law shake-up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The streets of Sydney are paved with Papua New Guineas gold

Jewel Topsfield | Sydney Morning Herald | 17 July 2018

Major Australian mining companies face the prospect of higher royalties, tough restrictions on fly-in fly-out workers and the potential nationalisation of assets under reforms under consideration by the cash-strapped Papua New Guinea government.

The proposed law changes have sparked warnings from the countrys peak mining body that they would pose significant deterrents to investment in future projects and threaten the existing operations of current mines.

Several Australian Securities Exchange listed companies including Newcrest, Highlands Pacific and St Barbara Limited operate mines in Papua New Guinea, which has significant resources including gas, gold, copper, cobalt and nickel.


Why were highway subcontractors left without pay for almost a year? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some subcontractors working on the Pacific Highway upgrade have remained unpaid for almost a year following the collapse of contractor Oswald Bros. Photo RMS website

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, has welcomed reports that Pacific Highway subcontractors affected by the collapse Oswald Bros last year would finally be getting financial assistance from the NSW Government for work they did on the upgrade.

But he has lashed out at the amount of time it has taken the government to organise the payout.

These 23 local subcontractors were left over $7.2 million dollars out of pocket when Oswald Bros collapsed into administration. Some have already lost their homes, jobs and businesses, Mr Pugh said.

They were left unprotected after the NSW Government and the Nationals failed to fully implement the recommendations of the Collins inquiry.

NSW Nationals leader and deputy premier, John Barrilaro, met with the group yesterday, promising financial assistance.

Mr Barrilaro admitted to local media there had been delays but blamed them on legal complexitites.

The final report of the Independent Inquiry into Construction Industry Insolvency, chaired by Bruce Collins QC, was released in January 2013.

But Mr Pugh says the government has yet to commit to fully implementing recommendations that would have protected small businesses.

This announcement has been a long time coming and it should never have come to this. I am glad that these small businesses will be getting some financial assistance and I will be following up to make sure they are happy with the outcome. Mr Pugh said.

This stuff up by the Government has already cost many of these businesses too much, with some forced to sell machinery on the cheap, some forced to sell their homes and others put under extreme financial hardship. It has now cost the NSW taxpayer too.

Labor has stood by these subbies until they got paid, taking their plight up in the media, running a community petition and meeting with them in parliament. This is what effective oppositions do, they stand up for those that are dealing with an uncaring and incompetent government.

It is now time for the Nationals to make sure this never happens again. It is time to change the law to protect subbies like these, Mr Pugh said.

Speaking on...


Symmetry of sorts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

These images were made last week in a nice patch of bush that I havent visited before, an area of public land just to the east of Green Gully. Birds were scarce Scarlet Robins and Varied Sittellas were the highlight but I suspect there is more to be discovered.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Green Gully, 12th July 2018


Dodgy data from the Bureau of Meteorology "IndyWatch Feed"

Several chapters of Climate Science: The Facts raise really serious issues about the temperature records maintained by the Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau). In addition to the adjustment (homogenisation) of records and the trashing of old files investigators met bureaucratic obstruction to keep the management processes out of sight.

One of Tony Abbotts last moves as PM was to set in train an investigation into the operations of the Bureau but that initiative was aborted by the incoming PM Turnbull. This is understandable given the importance of fake science and fake news to sustain the push to destroy the electrical grid of the nation.

Joanne Nova described mysterious revisions to Australias long hot history that were located by a team of well qualified and experienced volunteer citizen scientists. The story really has to be read to get the full flavour. For example they found that thermometers accurate to a tenth of a degree were being adjusted by as much as two degrees. The records now indicate that the hottest day recorded in modern history was at Albany on the coast of WA rather than in the baked arid zones of Oodnadatta or Marble Bar. The temperature reported in Albany on 8 February 1933 was 44C and 8 decades this was adjusted by 7C to 51. This pipped the 50.7 that was recorded for Oodnadatta on 2 January 1960.

New electronic thermometers were widely installed in the 1990s and many ran alongside the old system which would permit comparison of the old and new systems but the data are not available to the public and are routinely deleted as a part of normal practice. It is likely that the new system generates a step up in recorded temperatures but it appears that the trashing of records has eliminated the possibility of a proper investigation.

Early explorers were trained to record temperatures and there are masses of newspaper records that indicate weather patterns around the nation with many accounts of temperatures around 125F in the shade translating into 52C. On 3 January 1909 an observer recorded 125F at Bourke. The handwritten entry was underlined as one might do for a remarkable reading. Decades later this was declared an error for two reasons: it was taken on Sunday when the observers didnt normally work and the temperature at some other towns in midwestern NSW only hit 113F. On the first point, why would an observer NOT make an effort to record a potentially record-breaking temperature? On the second, a newspapers reported a figure of 123 at Brewarinna which is the nearest town to Bourke.

This team joined forces with Senator Bernardi to ask for an audit of the historical re...


Make the switch and ditch the plastic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Are you ready to become a Plastic Free Champion?

It is time to Make the Switch. Byron Shire his leading the charge and is encouraging businesses to become plastic free with Plastic Free Byron leading the campaign to reduce single-use plastics in the Shire.

Currently, Plastic Free Byron are working within the food, markets and events sectors, to reduce six key items that are commonly found in the litter stream, said campaign co-ordinator Coral Latella.

Plastic water bottles, straws, coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, foodware (cutlery, cups, plates) and plastic bags are all being targeted for removal.

All of these items have readily available reusable or compostable alternatives, our job is to work with businesses to show them what the alternatives are and how they can get them.

In collaboration with Plastic Free Byrons 31 Actions in 31 Days initiative for Plastic Free July, Make the Switch encourages individuals and businesses within the Byron community to take action against single use plastics and sign up to the program today.

Bayleaf caf in Byron has already become a Plastic Free Champion. Photo supplied.

Plastic Free Champion



Miracle: dog saves joey instead of attacking it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Atlas (right) with Isla, in the care of WIRES after being found in his dead mothers pouch by a dog. Photo Tricia Griffin

WIRES all too frequently receives calls about wallabies that have been attacked by dogs. Sadly, the outcome is almost always tragic. So in March this year when the WIRES Hotline was phoned about a joey that had been brought in by a dog, WIRES expected the worst.

Dubbed Atlas after the dog that found him, the little swamp wallaby was delivered by the caller to a Byron Bay vet, who called WIRES. He was flat and non-responsive, and neither the vet nor the WIRES carer expected Atlas to last the night.

But this little joey was a fighter and, after a week of intensive care, he started to turn the corner.

Once he was on the way to good health, his WIRES carer contacted the member of the public whose dog had brought the joey in to update them on progress and to find out what really happened. Only then did the miracle of the story become clear.

As it transpired, a dead wallaby had been seen some four or five days beforehand on the periphery of the callers property. Their dog, a Belgian Shepherd named Atlas, had been seen sniffing at the body days before, but it was assumed the wallaby was long dead and no one went to check.

Far from attacking the joey, Atlas the dog was curious about the small joey that was no doubt struggling and calling inside its mums pouch. In a remarkable show of compassion, Atlas finally took the joey out of his dead mothers pouch and carried it to his humans, laying him at their feet. In fact, Atlas the dog saved this little joeys life, as without him the joey would perished unfound in the pouch.

Atlas the joey is going from strength to strength and in a couple of months will be released back into the wild. He is pictured here (on the right) with Isla (on the left) who came into care about the same time.

Please always check the pouch of any dead wallaby or kangaroo you see on the side of the road, even if you are unsure if it has been dead for a while. You might just be saving a little life. Once you have checked the pouch, drag the body away out of sight so others dont need to re-check.

Of course, not all dogs are as wildlife friendly as Atlas. Please always keep dogs contained and never let them chase wi...


Fourth whale snaring prompts call to end Qld shark nets "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Supplied photo of a ten meter humpback whale tangled in a shark net off Main Beach on the Gold Coast on Thursday, July 5, 2012. The Sea World rescue team, along with the DPI Boating and Fisheries Patrol, spent three hours cutting the sub adult female whale free from shark nets in rough seas. (AAP Image/Sea World)

A whale rescued from a shark net off the Gold Coast yesterday is the fourth humpback whale entangled in Queenslands shark nets this winter, prompting Humane Society International to call for their abolition.

Head of campaigns, Nicola Beynon, said the society was relieved to hear that the whale trapped on the Gold Coast has been freed, but extremely concerned by the distress it will have suffered.

Whale entanglements show the extreme folly of shark nets, because entangled whales can actually attract great white sharks to the area. Whale entanglements also pose a serious safety risk to the rescuers who work to free the animals, which defeats their purpose as a public safety measure, she said.

Commenting on the latest rescue, Sea Worlds curator of mammals and birds, Mitchell Leroy, said the rescue operations carried out by Sea World and the Department of Fisheries were incredibly dangerous.

The animal can panic and lash its tail out. They are massive heavy things and its very easy for them to destroy a boat and severely injure, if not kill people.

The society predicts more whales will be ensnared before the end of the migration season. After wintering in Queensland waters, the humpbacks are at even greater risk of shark net entanglement on their return journey when accompanied by their new-born calves and swimming closer to shore.

Last year there were eight humpback whales caught in Queensland shark nets, including a stillborn calf that was found after its mother was entangled in a net off Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast.

Ms Beynon said there are more effective ways to protect both marine and human life than lethal shark nets.

The Queensland government is stuck in the dark ages on this one, she added.

Whales are a star attraction for the Queensland tourism economy. The least the Queensland government could do is give them safe passage by removing these death traps, continued.



Thoughts For The Week By Ron Owen of Owen Guns. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For the Week By Ron Owen of Owen Guns.
This Newsletter is published by Owen Guns 24 McMahon Road, Gympie Ph: 07 5482 5070.

This week I became aware that our defence forces, from General Staff to infantry are now totally dependent on electrical power, mains to battery packs, yet without it, their rifle sights, Weapons systems, GPS, communication, information are non-existent. Without batteries our infantry will not know where they are themselves, or where the enemy is nor will they be able to be a fighting force. E-bombs (electromagnetic bomb) are not science fiction, small ones have been used since 2003, large ones are in other countries arsenals plus now they have the means to focus them to specific areas and different powers.
Modern Warfare, turn off the power and the people start...


Multiculturalism is a description of Australias reality and not a policy "IndyWatch Feed National"


Contributed by Joe Montero

The usual suspects are now chorusing that multiculturalism has failed Australia. It is curious that every horse in the Murdoch stable has come out with this one at the same time.

Perhaps its something to do with backing one of News Corps favourite sons, Tony Abbott, and his campaign to cut immigration and population growth. Or its to do with getting other issues of the headlines. Australia is heading to a series of by-elections that might prove to be bit of a defining moment.

There is a sound argument for limiting the growth of Australias population. This is the driest continent on the planet and most of the land is not particularly fertile. This means that our water and food security are not limitless. And there is the matter of our collective impact on the environment.

These are worthy topics. They deserve comment elsewhere. The focus here is on multiculturalism. To come out and boldly state that the campaign against multiculturalism is stupid, is a good way to start. It is stupid, because it pretends that multiculturalism is some sort of policy that has been forced on Australia. It was never a policy, but a description of the reality of Australian society.

Multiculturalism is a term that came into common usage during the movement that emerged in the 1970s among Australian born, or whose parents were born overseas. It sought to overcome barriers to full participation in society. For many, English was a second language. It was hard to negotiate the prevailing social norms, deal with institutions and discrimination coming from some quarters. They fought for a range of services to help level the playing field and recognition of their contribution to Australia. They fought for a more inclusive Australia. Most of the population was no longer of British heritage. This is the time when the word multiculturalism came into common usage.

This does not mean that the Anglo-Celtic tradition should disappear. It is also part of who we are as a people and should be valued. But it exists within a context, and this too must be recognised.

In fact, Australia has been a society of mixed cultures since the First Fleet arrived and made contact with those who were already living here. The first settlement was built in a multicultural setting. Even among the Indigenous people there were a range of tribal and language groups, with their own cultures and traditions.

Diversity continued to expand. By the time of the Eureka rebellion, the mix had become far more complex. Irish, Italians, Chinese, Northern Europeans, and even a group of African American former slaves were there.

Sometimes it is a challenge to accept difference and change. But looking over the sweep of history, it is not hard to see...


Not dead but not moving either "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the years Judy from Limestone has contributed several interesting photos to this blogsite and as previously noted they all involve dead things. Her latest contribution is a photograph (below) of the inside of a wasps mud nest which had accidentally been knocked off a wall. This time the creatures inside are not dead, but []


MUNGO MACCALLUM: Latham, Hanson and Leyonhjelm will end in tears "IndyWatch Feed"

MUNGO MACCALLUM: Latham, Hanson and Leyonhjelm will end in tearsLatham, Hanson and Leyonhjelm are 'The Three Stooges' incarnate, but they are indicative of Australia's dysfunctional politics. read now...


In which dashing Donners rides in on Rocinante to save the day ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond hadn't bothered to stay up to see the Donald commit treason, safe in the knowledge that the bromancer would be on the case early in the morning.

It's not just the FBI, of course, it's the CIA and every other American of the Mueller kind with some passing relationship to the facts and the real world and surely there must be some sort of pee tape somewhere ...

But please, allow the reptiles to keep a proper perspective. 

You see, the reptiles aren't in any sense republican. They love their kings, they love the divine right to rule, they love their lifetime monarchs

A courtly, kingly triumph.

And that's why the reptiles ordered their affairs this morning to celebrate monarchists and dicta...


Australia's worst drought in 116 years is decimating animals and livestock "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A severe drought gripping much of rural Australia has become so intense that even native animals - fully adapted to the harsh environment - are starving to death. It has been the worst drought in 116 years for parts of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, leaving paddocks bare and drying up dams. And it isn't just the sheep and cows struggling to survive in the record dry - the Australian fauna which is supposed to thrive in Australia's dry climate is being hit hard. 'This is the worst drought I have seen in 40 years. Droughts come and go but this one is severe,' the farmer said. Tamworth has had 93.4mm of rain so far this year, which is a quarter of the average.


1) HoA with Freeport is big step, Jokowi argues against critics "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Government oversells PT Freeport Indonesia agreement
3) Contrasting accounts of Indonesian genocide and betrayal in West Papua
4) Provincial health team takes more rest than work, says Kopkedat
5) SKP HAM urges the government to open democratic space for Papuan students

1) HoA with Freeport is big step, Jokowi argues against critics



Good morning Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Not a bad day on the windfarms the bird-killing factories, apart from Qld (1), too early for solar but Wind and Other are cranking out 8% of demand! Interesting to see the demand building up in the last few minutes.

Work in progress on a post about the fake data supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology, one of the requirements along with fake science to support the policies that are destroying the electricity grid of the nation.

At 9 demand has gone up but Solar is kicking in and Solar and Other are delivering 11.5% of demand.

1.30pm Demand down to 21GW Wind and Other up to 4 19% of demand! What a relief, we might only need six or seven times as much (and storage).

5.00pm Demand is up to 25GW (heaters going on, early dinner?) no wind in Qld and the sun is setting. Wind and Other deliver 2.7GW 11% of demand.


Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEO, and XRP "IndyWatch Feed National"

The crypto market is back to green after months of registering reds, dipping from their all-time highs. In reality, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Ripple did register decent register gains over the weekend. NEO also inched higher despite not getting []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEO, and XRP appeared first on The Global Mail.


Aid coordination: its all about keeping up with the Kardashians "IndyWatch Feed"

Recently I was asked to participate in the Great Debate, an academics versus students comedy debate that is part of ANU Asia Pacific Week, on the topic of Does foreign aid do more harm than good. Myself and the other academics were on the negative team, and managed to keep the crowd on side (who were already supportive of aid at the beginning).

The students put forward some good arguments, particularly around the colonial history of aid, some of the failures of aid, the changes brought forth from non-aid economic growth and technological advancement. But one thing that really stood out, and that stands out time and time again when seeking to explain foreign aid to groups of people with limited knowledge of it even those who maybe have done a development studies class or two is that people dont really understand how aid gets from the developed country to the developing one.

There seems to be a popular misconception that aid is simply a transaction between two countries. That on 1 July each year, Australia opens its internet banking app, flicks Papua New Guinea half a billion bucks and just writes in the transfer description Frm Oz plz spend on health n ed.

This misconception is problematic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it fuels the idea that aid is just handed over to corrupt governments or dictators without any degree of accountability. Second, it doesnt give a clear sense that there are rules around what aid can and cant be spent on. And third, it really understates the complexity of the global aid system, which leads to sweeping generalisations about everything when one thing goes wrong.

So my goal in the debate was to try to get across the complexity of aid, especially to explain why some project failures dont mean that most aid is causing harm.

I started thinking of ways to describe the range of actors involved in the aid space. Having recently returned from a family funeral that has its own coordination challenges, an extended family immediately came to mind. And the worlds most famous extended family are no doubt the Kardashians.

So, imagine you are in a country called Calabasas, and every Kardashian-Jenner is an aid project. This is what youd be faced with (Ive added some Kardashian kontext for those who might not have been keeping up lately).

Kris Jenner (Kardashian-Jenner matriarch and momager extraordinaire) A very tightly run managing contractor (some might say micromanaged) that delivers results to its beneficiaries, even if the social benefit of its projects is questioned by some. The coun...


Government of the bureaucrat, for the bureaucrat, by the bureaucrat "IndyWatch Feed"

Who would have thunk it.  A government filled with no-one who has ever run their own business, has passed another virtue signalling law that will achieve nothing.  Nil, nada, nought, nuffin.

Which government you may ask?  The NSW Liberal-National government following the footsteps of the Commonwealth Liberal-National Government.

And when Spartacus says no-one who has ever run their own business, he is not referring to people who have worked in the private sector but rather people who have never run their own business, who receive nothing before the tax man and the salaries are paid.  The ones who have an ever growing bureaucratic compliance activity list which achieve nothing but keep the government active and busy.  The ones on whom layer upon layer of idiotic laws and regulations fall, distracting from, you know, the act of running a business.

You see, the NSW Government has just passed a law requiring companies to report on modern slavery:

the Modern Slavery Bill of 2018 (the NSW Act), which requires companies with employees in NSW and with an annual turnover of over AU $50 million to release an annual statement that details the steps taken to ensure their operations and suppliers do not engage in modern slavery.  The NSW Act has no effective date yet.  Implementing regulations are expected to further define the contours of this new law.

Bonza!  But wait, there is more:

NSW Act comes on the heels of a similar law proposed by the Australian federal government, raising questions of overlapping responsibilities on companies.  The NSW Act adds to the increasing number of supranational, national, and sub-national laws that place direct obligations on certain companies to report upon efforts to identify and mitigate human rights risks such as human trafficking, child labor, and other forms of forced labor often collectively described as modern slavery from their global operations.

The NSW parliament is not only dumb enough to pass such virtue signalling laws but too lazy to define Modern Slavery in the act, leaving it to bureaucrats to define it and subsequently re-define and re-define and re-define it as is their capricious desire?

Hey Bob, if you have nothing do to next week, can you work up a new definition of Modern Slavery and update the regs.  Not urgent.  Only if you have nothing better to do.  Gotta keep that budget ticking.

And what will this legislation achieve?  Other than of course stopping businesses from conducting business?   Perhaps nothing, nil, nada, nought, nuffin.



Time for a new US Air Force One "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Air Force One is a fleet of at least two highly customised Boeing 747-200 commercial jets which the US Air Force is currently replacing with 747-8s.

One of the websites illustrators lent a hand with visualizing a more American look.

These new aircraft are actually undelivered planes ordered by bankrupt Rusian airline, Transaero.


Investors Fret as Dutertes Popularity Slumps "IndyWatch Feed"

Will Duterte's crass and unpredictable style impact the Philippine economy?


The Winston Churchill of our times "IndyWatch Feed"

Our relationship had never been worse but that changed four hours ago: Trump hails direct, open, deeply productive talks with Putin

US President Donald Trump has come face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland

The pair made opening remarks to the media before reaching across to shake hands ahead of private talks

Trump said he hoped for extraordinary relationship with Moscow and praised Russias hosting of World Cup

Afterwards, Trump admitted ties between nations had never been worse but said the situation had changed

Putin said the Cold War was over and that the US and Russia now needed to solve problems together

The above from here with quite a bit more. The Russians are no longer an ideological enemy, but there are many who are.

As for those who must live in the past, this is what we say to them. And there are plenty among the insane, with the deep state comprised of the politicians of the left and their supporters, bureaucrats and public servants, virtually the whole of the media, and the academic social sciences left and not just social scientists. This is how they see things.

This instead is the new reality.

Trump winks at Putin during high stakes Helsinki summit
Putin declares Cold War is over
Body language expert analyzes
EU urges to protect global order
China watching
Journalist dragged out of press conference by secret service

Hardly peace in our time but greater safety and a collective focus, hopefully with the Russians, on those who really would do us harm.


The problem of single-use plastic pollution "IndyWatch Feed"

The problem of plastic pollution has come to the fore, thanks to the work of environmental groups who have highlighted the toll it is taking on the oceans and marine life. Much of the damage comes from the sheer volume of plastic items that are used just once and then thrown away. This website by a company called SLOActive that markets sustainable, eco-friendly swimwear has data on the harm that plastics are doing and what we can do to mitigate the damage. The numbers are staggering. About 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic are said to annually enter the worlds oceans via rivers.

The problem of microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are created near the end point of the plastic degradation process, is now coming to the fore. As the website says:

Scientific research surveys have revealed that microplastics are widespread throughout the worlds oceans, and are having a negative impact on marine life, as well as the health of humans who rely on seafood as a staple protein source. Polystyrene beads and plastic pellets are not easily digested so tend to accumulate in the digestive tract of marine animals who consume them. This can result in the animal feeling full, causing it to stop feeding, leading to emaciation and ultimately death from starvation, or it can cause an intestinal blockage that can also be fatal. When a predator feeds on a fish that has a gut full of undigested polystyrene or plastic, this is passed on to the predator who in most cases will also have problems digesting it.

In Australia , two major retailers have stopped issuing plastic bags and some states have banned them. An Australian senate committee has issued a report recommending that all single use plastics be banned by the year 2023. Some US states and cities are also taking steps towards the elimination of single-use plastics. In the US, Starbucks has made a big media splash by vowing to eliminate plastic straws from its stores by 2020.

The two targets currently in the news are disposable plastic bags and plastic straws. In the US, stores hand out these bags far too readily. If you buy even a single small item, the cashier will immediately slip it into a plastic bag and give it to you and I have to ask them to take it out again and just give me the item and keep the bag. If I know I will be buying....


Beyond NAIDOC 2018: Our responsibility to elevate and celebrate the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Aboriginal women are strong and resilient. They have wisdom and they have the answers, when will policy makers realise that #BecauseOfHerWeCan?


Liberals continue to behave badly - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Liberal local government councillor and a Berejiklian Government Liberal MP discovered conducting what appears to be some decidedly unparliamentary business by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption during Operation Dasha.

ABC News, 13 July 2018:

New South Wales Government MP Daryl Maguire has resigned from his role as a parliamentary secretary and will now sit on the crossbench after admitting before a corruption inquiry that he sought payment over a property deal.

Mr Maguire stepped aside from the parliamentary Liberal Party after the revelations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The corruption watchdog is investigating claims of improper conduct by former Canterbury City councillors Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi and today heard a tapped phone call between Mr Hawatt and Mr Maguire.


You cannot Change the Mind of those Who Believe in Global Warming because it is their Religion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; there are just people who refuse to believe that global warming is wrong. When there are cold spells like that here in Australia, they argue there are equally a number of warm spots. They are leading us down the tubes. They will not yield and even consider that they are wrong and if so, what is the consequence of such a mistake.


ANSWER: Yes, when something is against Global Warming that rebuts saying cold spots are not science. Some of these cold snaps have been very strange indeed. Yet when it is warm, suddenly it is science. It even got warm in Siberia. There are places that are normally a dessert that have suddenly burst with life. They refuse to consider the historical evidence that there have even been ice ages which implies that had to have also been warming periods way before the Industrial Age. They completely ignore the science of how ice ages are even created which takes place WHEN the ice at the North Pole melts and that allows water to evaporate and return as snow. They portray that when the ice melts, the oceans will rise and New York and Miami will be under water. They spin that as science which is just sophistry. In essence, they refuse to believe in the cyclical nature of everything. I suppose they al...

Monday, 16 July


Stefan Molyneux & Lauren Southerns hate-speech tour kicks off in Cairns (with a little help from the AFL) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yeesh. The Australian Football League (AFL) has been combating allegations of racism for some time now. Recent headlines include : Racist slur on footy field still hurts former Freo Docker Scott Chisholm, Steve Butler, The West Australian, July 13, 2018 Continue reading


PERTH Woman left fighting for her life after a collision in Dianella has passed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman left fighting for her life after a collision in Dianella has passed .

July 16, 2018 at 09:15AM .

A 24-year-old female passenger in the Hyundai also sustained serious injuries. The woman is next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on .



PERTH Man further charged with historical child sexual offences, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man further charged with historical child sexual offences, WA .

July 13, 2018 at 08:30PM .

He is next due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 July 2018. The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with any .



PERTH Teen charged over Ellenbrook triple murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Teen charged over Ellenbrook triple murder .

July 16, 2018 at 08:16AM .

A 19-year-old man has been charged with the murders of a mother and her two children in Ellenbrook. Police attended a home on The Broadway in .



Whistle blowing for the tax office for free? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

So, let's get a few fundamentals out of the way;

1). To pay or receive payment from the ATO (Australian Tax Office) in a personal capacity is a voluntary transaction.

2). Documents suggest that the ATO is not a legal entity.

3). The people in government, screw whistleblowers over with zero protection.

Due to the incompetency of the ATO, or maybe not so legal foundation, the buffoons at the office now want the people to work for them for free, with alleged protection within something called 'national privacy laws'.

The privacy of the general population within the colony called Australia is a joke, at the expense of the people's privacy.

Information is fairly easily obtainable on a person, if one knows where to look or who to ask.

Did you comprehend what happened to whistle-blower Queensland police officer Rick Flori when he reported criminal activity?

Did you read the documents whistle-blower Edward Snowden released?

So, the ATO allows multi-billion dollar corporations to pay negligible tax, while at the same time harassing  hard working Australians, where now they want you to work for them for free.

In what mind altering psychotic state, would one have to be to agree to this lunacy?
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Cougar Spirit Animal Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The cougar spirit animal a spiritual teacher of wisdom and greatness. Cougar animal totem and spiritual meaning, learn her power.

The post Cougar Spirit Animal Meaning appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


80 Amazing Uses of Tea Tree Oil "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival

May 21, 2013
By Gaye Levy

Essential oils have been used for healing and medicinal purposes for centuries and most certainly long before we had pills, capsules and big pharma to take care of our medical and first aid woes. And while there is a place for manufactured pharmaceuticals in our survival medicine kit, there exists the possibility that none will be available or that they will be in such scarce supply that they should be reserved for only the most dire of circumstances.

For that reason, many preppers and individuals seeking self-reliance are learning to use essential oils to manage the both routine and not-so-routine maladies that occur in daily life.

There are about a dozen or so essential oils that belong in every survival kit including Melaleuca (commonly known as tea tree), peppermint, lavender, clove, rosemary and lemon among others. All of these essential oils have healing properties but today I would like to focus on just one, tea tree oil.


It is believed that the Aborigines of Australia have been using the leaves of the indigenous Melaleuca Tree (whose leaves are used to make tea tree oil) in their medications for centuries. They inhaled the oils from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds, sprinkled crushed leaves on their wounds and used an infusion of soaked leaves to treat sore throats or skin ailments.

Use of the oil itself, as opposed to the un-extracted plant material, did not become common practice until researcher Arthur Penfold published the first reports of its antimicrobial activity in a series of papers in the 1920s and 1930s. In evaluating the antimicrobial activity, he found that tea tree oil was 11 times more active than......


West Australian Labor Govt set to ban scissors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A 19-year-old man has launched into a rambling outburst on his first appearance in court charged with the murders of his 48-year-old mother, her 15-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son in Perths north-eastern suburbs.


Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts (left) was charged after his mother, Michelle Petersen, and her son, Rua, were found dead and her daughter Bella was found critically injured at a house in Ellenbrook, about 30 kilometres north-east of the city centre, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers went to the house after they were initially called to a convenience store on The Broadway at 1:30am on Sunday.

Police allege Mr Petersen-Crofts had entered the store and asked staff to call police.

They then investigated the property and found the two bodies, and the teenage girl outside the house fighting for her life.

Later on Sunday morning, officers found a large pair of scissors lying in a verge garden bed about 30 metres from the house.

Investigators photographed the scissors before placing them in an evidence container and removing them from the scene.

Mr Petersen-Crofts was remanded to the Frankland Centre secure mental health facility at Graylands Hospital.

Cairnsnews is appalled at such wanton murders. The alleged culprit is obviously a nut case. His ethnic appearance should shed light on this tragic event. All our thoughts are with the families.




New snake species discovery in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Vermicella parscauda. Derez, Arbuckle, Ruan, Xie, Huang, et al., 2018

From Zootaxa today:

A new species of bandy-bandy (Vermicella: Serpentes: Elapidae) from the Weipa region, Cape York, Australia



Bandy-bandies (genus Vermicella) are small (50100cm) black and white burrowing elapids with a highly specialised diet of blindsnakes (Typhlopidae). There are currently 5 recognized species in the genus, all located in Australia, with Vermicella annulata the most encountered species with the largest distribution.

Morphological and mitochondrial analyses of specimens collected from the Weipa area, Cape York, Queensland reveal the existence of a new species, which we describe as Vermicella parscauda sp. nov.

Mitochondrial DNA analysis (16S and ND4) and external morphological characteristics indicate that the closest relatives of the new species are not V. annulata, which also occurs on Cape York, but rather species from Western Australia and the Northern Territory (V. intermedia and V. multifasciata) which, like V. parscauda, occupy monsoon habitats.

Internasal scales are present in V. parscauda sp. nov., similar to V. annulata, but V. intermedia and V. multifasciata do not have nasal scales. V. parscauda sp. nov. has 5594 black dorsal bands and mottled or black ventral scales terminating approximately 2/3rds of the body into formed black rings, suggesting that hyper-banding is a characteristic of the tropical monsoon snakes (V. intermedia, V. multifasciata and V. parscauda). The confined locality, potential habitat disruption due to mining activities, and scarcity of specimens indicates an urgent conservation concern for this specie...


BEST OF THE WEB: Assange RT interview: 'WikiLeaks did not receive Clinton emails from Russian govt' "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a John Pilger Special, to be exclusively broadcast by RT on Saturday courtesy of Dartmouth Films, whistleblower Julian Assange categorically denied that the troves of US Democratic Party and Clinton work and staff emails released this year have come from the Russian government. "The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything. Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That's false - we can say that the Russian government is not the source," Assange told the veteran Australian broadcaster as part of a 25-minute John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films. Assange, who spoke with Pilger at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been for four years, also accused the US presidential candidate of being a pawn of behind-the-scenes interests, and voiced doubts about her physical fitness to take charge of the White House. "Hillary Clinton is just one person. I actually feel quite sorry for Hillary Clinton as a person, because I see someone who is eaten alive by their ambitions, tormented literally to the point where they become sick - for example faint - as a result of going on, and going with their ambitions. But she represents a whole network of people, and a whole network of relationships with particular states."


Entrepreneurship, business, & building an empire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A recent podcast interview I recorded in Sydney with the inspirational Angie Zimmerman, author of Addicted2Success

Listen on i-Tunes here


Plastic Free July "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Good Newlands folk - wherever you are on your plastic journey come and be inspired and learn a little more. 

Plastic Free July Event at the Merri Clan this Wednesday 7.30.

Have you tasted the best mulled wine in Darebin? This is your big chance. The Merri Clan will be the gathering place for a Transition Darebin midwinter get together. It is Plastic Free July, so feel free to share some of your successes and struggles, or simply come along for a social chat.

We will be out the back in the large room (through the entrance and pub area, past the courtyard, to the gathering space). Dont forget to pick up your mulled wine on the way through!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Merri Clan @15 Gilbert Rd, Preston (just round the corner from Miller St and on the No.11 West Preston tram line).......


Room for Rent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Room to Rent Coburg- $200 (dog friendly).

Move in 23 August!

Hi, I'm a mature single woman in a long term rental, looking for male or female 30 50 to share my home.

The Space:
The room is light and breezy, polished floor boards, small med size.
Floor boards throughout, it has a spacious kitchen dining and lounge, split system, dishwasher, separate laundry, two toilets, large outdoor living area, large front and backyard with fruit trees, herb/vegie garden and outdoor living area. On a corner block, in Ohea St, on a bike and walking track, bus route and short walk to tram and train. Milk bar straight across the road and OHea's bakery at the end of the street.

I work locally, I like a friendly social home, with enough areas to have your own space.
I intend on adopting a dog in the next 6 months, I'm a chef by trade,  avid 3RRR and PBS listener, love gardening, cooking, live music and a good Netflix series.

Looking for a place to settle for a year or more, dog friendly, enjoys conversation and having a relaxed chilled home life. If you're into gardening, music, cooking thats a bonus!
Someone with an environmental and community conscience would be wonderful.


Energy Comparison Website "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


If you use the Victorian Government's energy comparison website (for gas and electricity providers) between 1 July and 31 December, they'll send you $50.


Nuclear high priest Dr Adi Paterson admits the REAL purpose of proposed South Australian nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed"

Tim Bickmore  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia. 16 July 18 When I was speaking to Adi Paterson, whos the CEO of ANSTO, I said, I dont really favour the intermediate-level waste coming here, because I worry about it becoming stranded waste if the political landscape changes.

He said: Why wouldnt you want the intermediate-level waste? Without it, theres no real economic benefit for the community. So the CEO of ANSTO is telling me that, without the intermediate-level wasteand this will in the long run just be a low-level waste facilitytheres no economic benefit.


Cameron Scott Kimba Consultative Committee rigged to justify broad community support for nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed"

Cameron Scott, Supplementary submission for the senate inquiry into the national radioactive waste facility siting process, Senate Standing Committees on Economics

Since my previous submission I have been trying to gain more information from CSIRO about the Waste and Storage Facility at Woomera. I have also asked them for their expert opinion on aspects of the facility using their international experience in Nuclear Facilities and processes. I have had direct contact with a Senior Principle Research Scientist at CSIRO who had previously presented to us when our Agricultural group went on a tour to ANSTO. During this Ag trip he told me that he would try and get me a tour of Woomera, since returning despite his efforts he was unable to gain access to the Woomera facility. He had been very forthcoming with his expert opinion and information until I was using the information he had giving me to question certain issues with the Department.

I have now been advised that if I want further information from CSIRO I will need to go directly to the Department of Industry Innovation and Science or via the Kimba Consultative Committee. It seems  that the only expert opinions we are allowed to have are those who read off the Department script.

I would like to take this opportunity to recall a conversation I had with Bruce Wilson on this same Ag trip where he assured us that the Kimba Consultative Committee would be made up of people with equal numbers for and against the facility. After my recent conversations with CSIRO I am concerned that the international models which this...


Common bird not so common views "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If there is one bird that epitomises our garden its the New Holland Honeyeater.

This noisy, bold and aggressive honeyeater can be found year-round dominating the foliage in search of insects and nectar. Ive even see it attempt to chase off Red Wattlebirds no mean feat.

Typical views of this bird will be familiar to readers of the blog this set of images capture some different perspectives.

New Holland Honeyeater, Newstead, 12th July 2018



Twenty-one refugees flew from Nauru to the US today, Sunday 15 July (photo of some of the refugees and their friends at Nauru airport is attached) . The group comprised mostly single Afghan men, but also included one Rohingyan, one single Iranian woman, and a Tamil family. The single Iranian woman was the first Iranian(...)


Tax Is Bad, Welfare Is Bad; However, Shorten Threatening My Cheque From The Government Is Worst Of All! "IndyWatch Feed"

Article from the Australian excerptEarlier this year Mr Shorten unveiled his franking credits policy to claw back nearly $60bn over 10 years by abolishing cash refunds for excess dividend imputation credits. Modelling from the listed investment companies sent to the ALP this week argues it would increase the tax burden on individuals with low marginal

The post Tax Is Bad, Welfare Is Bad; However, Shorten Threatening My Cheque From The Government Is Worst Of All! appeared first on The AIM Network.


Promoting Nuclear Waste Dump the sole purpose of Hawker Community Development Board "IndyWatch Feed"

Tim Bickmore  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia  So, it would seem that apart from dump promotions the HCDB has no other purpose.




Now that NAIDOC Week is over Rachael Hocking lists some of the actions you can take until next NAIDOC.


This Train is Bound for Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On a late-night train, there was a girl. I faintly recall a scarf, round cheeks and bangs long enough that they caught on her eyelashes. Her hands fluttered to the cadence of her voice. Her leg was warm against mine.

I dont remember her name.

One of the senior girls from Osaka Universitys karate club had approached me and a fellow exchange student after Friday practice, explaining in simple Japanese that she and her friends were going out for dinner, and would we like to join them? At two months, we were the freshest white belts. We fumbled through pre-practice greetings and stilted conversation in the changing rooms, slowly picking up on the rhythm of punches and kicks that marked warm-up period. The members had been patient, but distant it was the first time theyd reached out outside of practice, and we took the chance eagerly.

Dinner was filled with half-understood questions and clumsy replies, mutual curiosity mowing away at any lingering awkwardness. By the time the December cold chased us into the last train home, we were conquering the space around us in an easy sprawl.

The only light were flashes. Passing houses and glowing signboards left shadows of blurred people. The bright interior of the train struck my brain. It became a place where time was irrelevant and place arbitrary.

I sunk into the heated seats like falling into the haze of sleep. A shoulder breached the invisible bubble I wore around me as the awkward foreigner.

Tell me more about your experience in Osaka.

My first impression of her in our glancing interactions was that she was shy. Sometimes she would make eye contact and then abort the mission. It seemed inevitable then, that our dinner conversation opened tentatively and small.

What are you majoring in? she asked. She handed me a pair of chopsticks. I nodded politely.

Comparative Literature, I replied, thankful Id had this conversation many times. Her eyes widened in obvious question.

Im taking a class in modern Japanese literature.

Recognising the olive branch for what it was, she peppered me for more details, filling in with yes and no questions so I could answer easier.

Oh, is the class interesting? Yes. Is the text in Japanese?.......


Donald J. Boudreaux: The Myth of Predatory Pricing "IndyWatch Feed"

Economic reality is enormous and complex. Each and every moment brings countless actions, reactions, course corrections, and unexpected discoveries. To make sense of it all requires sound theory and a healthy knowledge of history.

Among the important tasks that sound theory and knowledge of history enable us to perform is to distinguish whats merely possible from whats probable. The range of all that is possible is vast. It includes, for example, your discovering next month a vaccine for cancer while modifying a recipe for turtle soup.

It is indeed possible that cancer will be prevented in this way. Yet no one in his or her right mind would leap from a recognition of this remote possibility to the conclusion that all medical research into cancer should end.

Nearly everything that is possible will never happen. Never.

The Theory

This truth is important when discussing so-called predatory pricing. Prices are said to be predatory when they are both below cost and used as a means of monopolizing a market. Superficially, fears of predatory pricing make sense. After all, if a firm today charges prices below cost, not only does it forgo profits today, its low prices also threaten the existence of its rivals. Once the predatory firms rivals all go out of businessvoila!the predator has a monopoly and then jacks up prices to monopoly levels. Consumers suffer unwarranted harm.

Its possible. But this outcome is no more probable than your stumbling upon a cancer vaccine while cooking turtle soup. The reasons are many. Here are just some.

The Reality

For a firm to drive its rivals out of business by charging excessively low prices, it must not only cut its prices but also expand its sales. Remember, the objective is to take so many sales away from rival firms that they all go bankrupt. But when a firm increases its sales at below-cost prices, that firm necessarily incurs huge losses. The predators rivals, while they might all be obliged to also sell at prices below cost, have an advantage that the predator doesnt: they can reduce their sales during the price war in order to keep their losses to a minimum.

Basic economic theory makes clear that a firm that tries to monopolize a market by charging prices below cost inflicts on itself losses larger than those it inflicts on any of the firms its trying to bankrupt.

Basic economic theory makes clear that a firm that tries to monopolize a market by charging prices below cost inflicts on itself losses large...


Australian Government aid contracts given to crooked company "IndyWatch Feed"

comment from Brett Stokes Jacobs, the company that bought out SKM Jacobs MCM were paid by the Scarce Royal Commission to produce a business case for nuclear waste imports. Same mob?

the firm was bought out by Californian contracting giant Jacobs. The government continues to award contracts to Jacobs on defence-related projects.

Australia handed out millions in aid contracts to company accused of bribery, Guardian , Sinclair Knight 15July18Merz, a donor to both Labor and Liberal parties, won contracts worth $489m for Asia-Pacific projects.

The Australian government awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid contracts to a company that was found to have been systematically bribing high-level Vietnamese officials.

Australian consulting firm Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), a donor to both the Labor and Liberal parties, was a significant corporate player in the governments foreign aid program for more than a decade, winning 83 contracts worth $489m for projects across the Asia-Pacific.

But Guardian Australia can reveal evidence of widespread corruption by the firm as it operated in one south-east Asian nation and allegations over dealings in another.

In Vietnam, the firm was found to have repeatedly bribed public officials to secure work on three aid projects funded by the World Bank.

[The firm used] comparably sophisticated means of affecting and covering up the illegitimate payments through the use of third-party agreements, ghost contracts, and fake invoices, the World Banks independent integrity arm alleged, according to a sanctions decision.

Different SKM subsidia...



UK government advisers tell ministers that renewables are a better bet than nuclear "IndyWatch Feed"

New figures released by energy analytics firm EnAppSys show renewables have already overtaken nuclear for electricity generation. Wind, solar and biomass power stations supplied 28.1% of power across April, May and June, with nuclear at 22.5%, the third quarter in a row that renewables have outstripped nuclear.



Is the world swerving extreme right? "IndyWatch Feed"

By Ad astra Are you as alarmed as I am when you see on our TV screens, or hear on the radio, or read in our disappearing newspapers about the deteriorating state of democracy in Europe, Asia, the United States of America, Africa, the Middle East, even in our own country? Do you see, as

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Trump Low Expectations For Putin Summit; Calls EU Foe; Head Of EU Council Tweets That US And EU Are Best Friends And Whoever Says Otherwise Is Spreading Fake News Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed"

Trump maternal island in the UK. Why didnt the UK keep him? Or, his paternal home of Germany? If in 2004 the Bush administration worked with Canada and France to kidnap and deport the legitimate, democratically elected, President of Haiti Jean Bertrand Aristide, and take him to a foreign country, across the Atlantic, then []

via Trump Low Expectations For Putin Summit; Calls EU Foe; Head Of EU Council Tweets That US And EU Are Best Friends And Whoever Says Otherwise Is Spreading Fake News Mining Awareness +


Why Does NuScale SMR Look Like a 1964 Drawing of Swiss Lucens Nuclear Reactor (which suffered a major meltdown in 1969)? Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed"

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : Whatever NuScale is, or is not, it clearly isnt new. The Bible must have foreseen the nuclear industry when it said that there was no new thing under the sun. While there might be something new about it, certainly its scale is not. And, it seems mostly a remake of

via Why Does NuScale SMR Look Like a 1964 Drawing of Swiss Lucens Nuclear Reactor (which suffered a major meltdown in 1969)? Mining Awareness +


Clean energy award finalists shine brightly during unprecedented year for industry RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

The worlds biggest battery, a ground-breaking greenhouse project to grow tomatoes in the desert and a solar schools challenge in Western Australia are among the finalists announced in the 2018 Clean Energy Council Awards.

via Clean energy award finalists shine brightly during unprecedented year for industry RenewEconomy



Australia has 35GW of solar farms in development pipeline RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

After a record 2017, there is now more than 1900MW of solar PV farms under construction across Australia, and 35GW in various stages of development.

via Australia has 35GW of solar farms in development pipeline RenewEconomy


Power prices wont drop till energy industry removes smoke and mirrors RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

ACCC report identifies too little competition in market, but chooses to leave status quo in place. That wont help energy prices.

via Power prices wont drop till energy industry removes smoke and mirrors RenewEconomy


Anna's table "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I've been making a few tables and benches from the stacks of Australian hardwood and oregon out the back of the Junkyard Gallery. This is one for Anna - a standing desk with an oregon and cedar top (Australian red cedar and western red from old staircases) and red hardwood 4x2 legs

Our kitchen bench


Development approval for 300MW solar farm near Gladstone RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Development approval given for 300MW solar farm near Gladstone, yet another sign of transformation of the states coal industry centre.

via Development approval for 300MW solar farm near Gladstone RenewEconomy


Poets, we want your writing about the internet! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland is seeking poetry submissions for a special online edition Tribulations of the digital frontier to be guest edited by long-time Overland volunteer, Mitchell Welch.


1) Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) West Papuans tired of ongoing political conflict

1) Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga
5:30 pm today 


Opt-Out Period Begins For My Health Record Amid Privacy Concerns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australians are being warned to consider potential privacy issues with the new digital My Health Record system as the three-month opt-out period for the scheme begins. Peoples medical records will be stored on a national database under the federal government scheme, to be viewed by patients, GPs, specialists, pharmacists and hospital staff. The records will ...

The post Opt-Out Period Begins For My Health Record Amid Privacy Concerns appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Santos Narrabri Gasfield CCC Meeting Agenda "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The attached Draft Agenda for the 34th Narrabri Gasfield Project Community Consultative Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday the 17th of July 2018 are provided below for the information of the community.

The state government have developed CCC guidelines which can be found here. Under Section 6 Communication with the broader community, the guidelines say;

Committee members are encouraged to discuss concerns and disseminate information about the project to the wider community, including stakeholder groups.

34th CCC Meeting Agenda 2018 July Meeting Agenda_Draft.pdf

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