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Friday, 24 May

05:00

Foster & Allen Australian Tour 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 23rd May, 7.00pm 9.30pm, Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre
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Monday, 25 March

04:00

Luka Bloom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sunday 24th Mar, 5.00pm 7.00pm, Meeniyan Town Hall
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Sunday, 17 February

13:52

Former SAS trooper John Anon on the threat from illegal people-smuggler boats "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Former SAS operator John Anon boarding an Indonesian vessel at sea) Our parliamentarians don't understand the threat posed by boats John Anon Just observing the political fiasco going on in Australia over illegal boat arrivals recently makes my blood boil, and I have great fears that our UN-proxy parliamentarians have...

13:24

Hammer time "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Sentiment picks up

The highest auction clearance rate for 9 months in Sydney, according to CoreLogic, being the provider the most comprehensive results.

I saw higher results elsewhere, but I'd trust CoreLogic more, tbh:


Source: CoreLogic

A change in interest rate expectations is one possible factor.

It can't be stressed enough that these numbers should be taken with caution, as while some parts of the Sydney market have picked up - such as in some parts of the eastern suburbs - others really have not.

I haven't looked at the sub-regional figures, but just from browsing the results it's quite clear what's selling and what's not.  

Another thing: there were only 521 auctions in Sydney this week, and there'll be more next week.

The AFR lead article ran with 'Huge sentiment shift', which itself probably adds to the feedback loop.

A missing piece of the housing market puzzle is banks that will actually write timely loans, but that might fall into place as 2019 rolls on. 

13:12

February 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1803 - Matthew Flinders met up with some Malay Praus (ships) from Macassar near Cape Arnhem and discovered that there were 60 ships trading with the Aboriginal people as they fished for trepang and that this was a very long established practice. [1]

1805 - Thomas Brown, a free settler, was sent to the Parramatta gaol for striking an Aborigine [sic]. [2]


1815 - Thomas Hassall reported that the Cundorah (Gundungurra) had attacked Macarthurs farm at Camden. [3]

1816 - The Sydney Gazette shared on its front page that the first Ceylonese family banished to Australia had arrived on board HM Kangaroo. [4]

1846 - The free Aborigines on Flinders Island in Bass Strait wrote a petition addressed to Queen Victoria concerning the mistreatment of indigenous people. [5]

1848 - The magnificent Mater of Henry Lawson, Louisa Lawson, was pupped today. [6]

1873 - There was Russian-phobia running amok in both Oz and NZ, but the editor of the Daily Southern Cross newspaper used his imagination to cook a hoax about the supposed Russian invasion of Auckland from the ship Kaskowiski (cask of whisky) who nabbed the gold and the Mayor. [7]

1881 - The Taranaki Herald was being very diplomatic when it quietly announced that the Aussies had been knocked over after a pitiful 154 runs (and no sandpaper in sight!). [8]

1885 - Author of a somewhat dubious tome about Aboriginal people Daisy Bates was a little absent-minded today when she got legally hitched to John Bates, a drover.
I say absent-minded as she seems to have forgotten that she was already married to Breaker Morant.
S'ok, she had another brain fart 4 months later and got married for a 3rd time. [9]

1942 - Margaret Lilian Jeffrey, NSW Policewoman, was commended by Police Commissioner William MacKay for the capable and tactful manner with which she had treated a woman who was assaulted on the North Coast mail train in the previous September. [10]

1958 - At a meeting in Adelaide, activists from all mainland states formed a national pressure group: the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement (FCAA). Its goal was the achievement of 'equal citizens' rights' for Aboriginal Australians. The first two goals of this new body were:

1. Repeal of all legislation, federal and state, which discriminated against the Aborigines.
2. Amendment to the Commonwealth Constitution to give the Commonwealth government power to legislate for Aborigines as with all other citizens. [11]

1965 - The Freedom Rides reached Boggabilla, on the border between the homes of the Bigambul and Gamilaraay people.
We...

12:38

Who is the prime minister? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This isn't a scientific study, but it rings true as reflecting the studied indifference of a large slab of our population about politics. Who is the Prime Minister of Australia? I asked some people no wonder they don't use this as a first aid question anymore. #Auspol #turnbull #paladin...

12:30

Labor on boat turnbacks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Great to hear from Stu of NT with these reminders!

11:15

Education on nuclear matters? Dont let the nuclear industry be in charge of this! theme for February 19 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Would you go to British Tobacco for education on how to have healthy lungs?

Would you trust the Sugar Industry for education on healthy teeth?

So why on earth are we letting the nuclear industry run the education on the most important aspects of nuclear power the ones that affect humans, all species, and the environment?

The nuclear experts are big on their technical stuff, how to build a new reactor etc, (but very quiet on how to get rid of its radioactive trash)

But dont let them be the education authorities on ionising radiation a cause of cancer, birth defects, genetic effects, environmental effects.

Dont let them be the education authorities on dealing with climate change.

Dont let them be the education authorities on prevention of war.

Dont let them be the education authorities on the supposed economic benefits of nuclear power.

Above all, dont let the nuclear industry control education about HISTORY   about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, atomic testing, about Urals disaster 1957, Mayak, Three Mile Island, Church Rock, Chernobyl, Fukushima.

And dont let them get at our kids with their propaganda.

...

11:09

The dangers of smart phone 'computing' "IndyWatch Feed National"


One of the best self sponsored surveillance devices is the mobile phone.

Previously your location via tower triangulation was contained within the telecommunications company where at least officially a warrant was needed for other government actors to access this information.

With the advent of smart phones a new level of surveillance and location accuracy can be obtained with the addition of cameras and GPS chips and other sensors within the consumer grade device.

This data has now become easily harvested from the device with the help of apps or programs.

The respective app stores by Apple and Google have been around for over a decade, where programs contain 'malicious' code detrimental to the user's privacy and security, but only just recently this is being addressed.

Governments are promoting their services via Android / Google app only choices therefore putting the user's privacy / security at risk, where the more cost effective solution would be a device independent browser based service.

Since the agenda of governments is to monitor and control the movements of the serf population, more data can be easily harvested by a government controlled app, like the whereabouts of a Centrelink 'customer' claiming unemployment benefits from a holiday resort via their smartphone app, than from a more secure platform on a personal computer, with anonymising software and no inserted GPS chip.

An example...

08:06

How Instantly Improve Your Restless Nights "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Sleep is very important, but dont you hate it when you have an important business meeting or when you have important matters to attend to in the morning, yet you cannot fall asleep? Your mind races, your body tenses, and you become anxious after all of the futile attempts to let yourself fall into a comfortable slumber in hopes of feeling refreshed when you wake up.

Most of us have experienced nights like those and it is one of the most frustrating feelings when you cannot successfully go to sleep, night after night. It becomes a dreadful routine when you wake up hours before your body is ready.

We know how you feel, and for the sake of your sanity we are going to go over a few simple but effective ways to help improve your nights so you can get a fuller, more restful sleep on a regular basis. Some of these tips can be used immediately after reading.

1) Sleep-inducing environment
Most people like to watch television, read books, and finish paperwork while they are in their bedrooms. It has been proven that activities like these while inside of your bedroom can damage your sleep patterns. Your brain will begin to see your bedroom as a room for work instead of a place to rest. What you can do is separate any activities that have nothing to do with sleep from the bedroom, and make the bedroom strictly for rest.

2) Balance fluid intake
Drinking liquids like water is a great way to stay hydrated before bed, but too much of it can make you uncomfortable as your body works overtime trying to digest it all. Constant bathroom breaks are not ideal either. Only drink enough to stay hydrated at night, and not too much so you wont have to use the bathroom every hour.

3) Create a sleep schedule
People do not realize that their body is highly adaptable and it likes to create patterns. When you are choosing different hours of the night to go to sleep, your body will feel overwhelmed and confused. The best way to change of this is to set a predetermined time you will go to sleep each night so your body will know what time to begin winding down.

4) Cold Showers
This one may scare a lot of people away, but as of recent cold showers has been an interesting topic among scientist. When people take colder showers, or are in colder climates daily their body temperature balances out, and increases your energy during the day. If you have more energy during the day, you will naturally begin to feel tired at night. Burning off this energy is important.

5) Exercise
This one is very traditional, but has been a staple to good habits for as long as mankind has been in existence. Daily exercise will burn fat, encourage a healthy body, and increa...

08:00

A Universal Basic Income will work "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A Universal Basic Income will workRemembering how the Government assisted those in need decades ago, it's apparent that the only barrier to a working UBI is capitalism. read now...

07:34

In which the reptiles promote the steam age, and Dame Slap reminds everyone to harden the fuck up ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

At last the caravan is back on the road, at last the reptiles have got their act together and are chanting in unison


Of course it would have to gather steam. Where would the world be without dinkum Oz clean coal fired machinery? Whatever happened, where did we go wrong, how did we lose steam engines and steam ships?

See how the reptiles steam and fume at the top of the digital page and in the opinion section, hurling down thunderbolts and delivering stern curses, whirling in unison like a murmuration of starlings ...

 

How far could a reptile go? The bouffant one was on hand to help


Say what? Follow in the path of the Donald? 

Was it only yesterday that the reptiles were trying to compete with the New Yorker by borrowing a bland sto...

04:38

President Trump on borders "IndyWatch Feed National"

pic.twitter.com/f6Jd2FzayZ Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2019

00:15

Will the House and the Senate manage to roll back that infamous $487 million grant to a greenwashing charity, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Last year mainstream media reported that Australian Prime Minister & Liberal MP for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull (former director Goldman Sachs), Minister for Environment and Energy & Liberal MP for Kooyong Josh Frydenberg (former director Deutsche Bank Australia) and Chair of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation & Member of the Business Council of Australia John Schubert (former chair Commonwealth Bank) met on 9 April 2018 to discuss the allocation of a grant valued at in excess of AU$487.6 million to the foundation.

The grant had not been advertised or put to tender.

It was further reported that Great Barrier Reef scientists were told they would need to make trade-offs to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, including focusing on projects that would look good for the government and encourage more corporate donations, emails tabled in the Senate reveal.

A Senate report of the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Partnership Program has just been published here...

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Saturday, 16 February

22:38

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, his best mate David Gazard and the $50 billion submarine scam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Scott Morrisons best mate and closest political advisor, David Gazard, is profiting $millions from the $50 billion submarine contract Australia finalised this week with the French state-owned shipbuilder Naval Group. Naval Group is still under investigation for bribing Malaysias former leader Najib Razak US$128 million. What is becoming clear is that the $50 billion submarine []

22:33

Weekend must reads! "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Must read articles of the week

Here you go, comin' atcha from Property Update:


Some great reads there on the Royal Commission and what's coming next for housing markets.

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22:31

On Troll Hunting (Ginger Gorman) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Troll Hunting by Australian journalist Ginger Gorman is a new book which examines the world of online hate and its human fallout. Along with interviews with a small number of trolls and general reflections upon this hateful world, Gormans book Continue reading

19:30

Refugees as Business: The Paladin Group Contract "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Despair breeds profits; disturbances supply opportunity. The genius and venal nature of human nature will always see a possible buck from an impossibly cruel situation. Globally, a study should be done about how many billions goes into the supply of contracts, tenders and sweetheart deals to companies with a hand in the business of stopping

The post Refugees as Business: The Paladin Group Contract appeared first on The AIM Network.

19:29

Barrie Cassidy goes in to bat for Labor - no ads on the ABC? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bias what bias? #THEIRABC really are off the leash. Barrie Cassidy is making advertisments for the Labor / Greens Party on our $'s.@PeterDutton_MP is SPOT ON. Maybe Barrie never stopped working for Bob Hawke? This alone should be reason enough to shut the ABC behemoth down. pic.twitter.com/yXSJYc0Nw4 Jill (@1Swinging_Voter)...

18:28

Jo Nova responds to the latest abomination from the BOM "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Headlines today announce that the Bureau of Meteorology has upped the rate of warming in recent times. Jo Nova and others have been on this case for some time. Her latest commentary.

See also some of the series of posts on Climate Change: The Facts 2017 last year like this one documenting some of the games that the BOM plays.

17:59

If orangutangs can work it out why cant socialists? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

You know, that incentives are necessary to promote productive activity and that an economy must encourage the supply-side of the economy if output is to grow. The article is about how Orangutans make complex economic decisions. As they conclude:

Optimality models suggest that orangutans should flexibly adapt their foraging decisions depending on the availability of high nutritional food sources, such as fruits, said Josep Call, researcher at the University of St. Andrews. Our study shows that orangutans can simultaneously consider multi-dimensional task components in order to maximize their gains and it is very likely that we havent even reached the full extent of their information processing capabilities.

Meanwhile Alexandria O-C and her Green New Deal think this is a worthwhile idea: if you are unwilling to work they will still pay you an income.

Interestingly this particular proposal is unanimously rejected by the students in this video, once they are told whats in the GND.

The students interviewed are big on buzz-word ideologies they know virtually nothing about, but still with a few elements of common sense if more is explained. There is hope for us after all, slim as it may be. Perhaps these kids are smarter than the average orangutang, but they would be a rare breed on the left.

17:51

Trump trolling the dems "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last night President Trump announced his plans to circumvent Democrats who're holding up his southern border wall. Shortly after he followed up with this gem! Can't say the guy doesn't have a sense of humour. pic.twitter.com/BliAo5YDqb Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2019 And true to form, shortly after...

17:07

If eternity should fail "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Never taking a backwards step

Australia has famously gone 27 years without a recession.

But what if that doesn't continue?

Here are 7 reasons we'll be OK over the medium term.


17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 16-17, 2019 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

Which scenario represents a more expansionary outcome:

(a) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP (including the impact of automatic stabilisers equivalent to 1 per cent of GDP).

(b) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP completely structural in nature.

(c) A fiscal deficit of equivalent to 3 per cent completely cyclical in nature.

(d) You cannot tell because of the different cyclical and structural components in the previous options.

The answer is Option (c).

The question probes an understanding of the forces (components) that drive the fiscal balance that is reported by government agencies at various points in time and how to correctly interpret a fiscal balance.

In outright terms, a fiscal deficit that is equivalent to 3 per cent of GDP is more expansionary than a fiscal deficit outcome that is equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP irrespective of the cyclical and structural components.

In that sense, the question lured you into thinking that only the discretionary component (the actual policy settings) were of interest. In that context, Option (b) would have been the correct answer.

To see the why Option (c) is the best answer we have to explore the issue of decomposing the observed fiscal balance into the discretionary (now called structural) and cyclical components. The latter component is driven by the automatic stabilisers that are in-built into the fiscal process.

The federal (or national) government fiscal balance is the difference between total federal revenue and total federal outlays. So if total revenue is greater than outlays, the fiscal position is in surplus and vice versa. It is a simple matter of accounting with no theory involved. However, the fiscal balance is used by all and sundry to indicate the fiscal stance of the government.

So if the fiscal position is in surplus it is often concluded that the fiscal impact of government is contractionary (withdrawing net spending) and if the fiscal position is in deficit we say the fiscal impact expansionary (adding net spending).

Further, a ris...

16:28

Rob Messenger highlighting some important and worrying concerns about ASIO "IndyWatch Feed National"

I can understand why we need laws to protect sensitive security intelligence organisations like ASIO- but Rob Messenger raises concerns that go much further than that. Rob's involved in a workplace related court case. During the course of the matter he met with ASIO (the workplace issue included death threats...

16:01

Full judgement in the "Australian Muslims v Sonia Kruger" case "IndyWatch Feed National"

No vilification because Muslim/Islam is not a race - but a frightening insight into how much legal drama one person can kick up over the public discussion of ideas. Muslims living in Australia... by on Scribd

14:55

What the planet needs from men "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Brisbane Times, by Elizabeth Farrelly, 15 Feb 19women arent the only victims. Nature too bears the brunt. The world is being shoved off a cliff not by masculinitys strength but by its terrifying fragility.Fragile masculinity is fear pressurised into rage; fear of losing control of liberated femininity, of mysterious nature, of a world bucking its traces, of chaos. The anger is a desperate attempt to reinstate that control, illusory as it may always have been.

Weve just endured a series of 40-plus days across much of the country, last month was the hottest on record. We joke. Thirty-six is the new normal, haha. I gaze with cold-envy at Antarctica, minus 29. But see this for what it is. This is the will-to-dominance: fragile masculinity in action.

Tasmania incineratesRiver systems shrink to nothingFish die in their millions. In Queensland up to half a million head of cattle lie rotting in the mud. In the Northern Territory, the soil itself has begun to ignite and thermometers melt in bare ground. On Tuesday, ploughing-induced dust storms obscured Parliament House. Globally, were witnessing catastrophic insect extinction, the start of the sixth mass extinction in the planets history. The evidence is insurmountable....

14:54

Australian Election 2019 Guide 1: Refuting the Rhetoric "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Some time in the first half of 2019, the third conservative Australian prime minister in five years will be compelled to call an election, which his Coalition government will lose. That man is Scott Morrison, the dodgily-selected member for Cook, representing one of the whitest and most racist areas of Sydney.

The career best of Scott Morrison is a thing called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) which h e co-designed with former army general and now Senator Jim Molan, a man repeatedly and credibly accused of war crimes in Iraq. The multi-billion dollar policy rests on the entrenched false assumption that refugees who arrive by boat to seek asylum are a threat to national security.

There is literally no evidence for the proposition. None.

Like his predecessor, Morrison took the office in August 2018 by a secret ballot in the Liberal Party room. He ascended from chief persecutor of refugees via the Human Services ministry and its vicious and lethal cashless welfare and Robodebt policies; and Treasury, in a government that has doubled the national debt to over $350 billion. His government allocates vast sums of public money, in blocs of up to $500 million, to private sector interests, shell companies, charity fronts, and white nationalist legacy projects which I wrote about here, like $498 million to a war memorial which does not honour the Frontier Wars and $100 million on a single general in France.

Apart from the monumental waste represented by these fiscal facts, we have the grotesque spectacle of a parliamentary press gallery absolutely wedded to continually reproducing and disseminating the received wisdom that Coalition governments are stronger on the economy and border protection. Their pretzelesque reasoning? Polls indicate that voters believe these lies, so the media can and should keep publishing, rather than refuting, the same lies.

...

14:32

In this time of critical drought, water shortage, South Australias govt lets BHP expand its water-guzzling Olympic Dam uranium mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

Why does BHP get this water for free?

 

SA boost for Olympic Dam expansion  https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sa-boost-for-olympic-dam-expansion  15 Feb 19, The South Australian government has granted the expansion of the Olympic Dam project major development status.  BHPs plans for a $3 billion expansion of its Olympic Dam project in South Australias north have been granted major development status by the state government.

The governments move, gazetted on Thursday, clears the way for the company to...

14:30

Northern Territory passes law on nuclear wastes, reiterates opposition to NT nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

NT moves to clarify offshore oil, gas industrys nuclear waste obligations http://m.miningweekly.com/article/nt-moves-to-clarify-offshore-oil-gas-industrys-nuclear-waste-obligations-2019-02-15
15th February 2019 BY: ESMARIE IANNUCCI  CREAMER MEDIA SENIOR DEPUTY EDITOR: AUSTRALASIA PERTH   The Northern Territory has passed the Nuclear Waste Transport Storage and Disposal (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, providing the offshore oil and gas industry with a blueprint of their obligations around the management of nuclear waste.

The nuclear waste covered by the Bill included naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMs) that could be incidentally generated from offshore oil and gas activities and subsequently brought into the Northern Territory, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Eva Lawler said.

The Bill demonstrates the Northern Territory governments commitment to protecting the Territorys environment, while listening to and responding to concerns raised by the offshore oil and gas industry about the ambiguities in the regulatory environment.

The Amendment Bill addresses ambiguities in exemptions for nuclear waste, including NORMs that may be created as a by-product of industry activities.

NORMs are widespread in sands, clay, soils and rocks and many ores and minerals, commodities, products and by-products.

Lawler said that the amendments to this Bill became necessary after uncertainties were raised by industry about whether NORMs were exempt from the Act. The Amendment Bill reframes the exemptions while maintaining the Parliaments original intention when passing the original Act.

...

14:26

Matt Canavan hijacks native title fight on Adani "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The system, the native title system, Tony McAvoy, SC, Australias first Indigenous silk said, coerces Aboriginal people into an agreement. Its going to happen anyway. If we dont agree, the native title tribunal will let it go through, and we will lose our land and wont be compensated either. Thats the position were in.
They can either agree to an ILUA, in which case the mine goes ahead and they get something out of it, or they can refuse, in which case the mine almost certainly goes ahead anyway, and they get nothing.
The mining company and its political backers engaged in a process of manufacturing consent by exploiting dissent.
The appeal is expected to be heard in May. The docket should read David v Goliath, given the relative resources of the parties involved. On one side the multibillion-dollar mining conglomerate, backed by the federal government and aided by a legislative regime skewed in its favour, and on the other, a relative handful of impecunious Indigenous custodians.

Its a big case, not only for the W&J people, but for an entire, overheating planet.

14:19

Propagandists for nuclear fusion deceive the American Association for the Advancement of Science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ITER Promoters Pull Wool Over Eyes of AAAS  http://news.newenergytimes.net/2019/02/14/iter-promoters-pull-wool-over-eyes-of-aaas/Feb. 14, 2019 By Steven B. Krivit

Three of the four panelists who will speak on Friday, Feb. 15, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting have contributed to the worldwide misrepresentation of the mission and design of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The panelists will be part of a workshop that is financially sponsored by the ITER Organization.

One of the panelists will be science journalist Daniel Clery, who works for the Associations magazine Science. Clery has, almost certainly unknowingly, helped promote the ITER fusion deception, now in its second decade. Hiding the power that the ITER reactor is designed to use and employing deceptive wording, fusion representatives have greatly exaggerated the expected power output of the reactor. In order to produce fusion particles of 500 MW, according to its design, ITER will require at least 300 MW of electricity. Thats not wh...

14:17

Casks of nuclear waste still there stranded, decades later, and posing a safety threat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

These dumpsters of old nuclear waste are costing taxpayers a fortune, They were ...

14:07

The danger of dry casks storage of nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Future Of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station: Radioactive Waste And Many Questions By Sarah Mizes-Tan WGBH, 

14:03

A fearful future for Australias one big river system the Murray-Darling basin "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Murray-Darling Basins outlook is grim unless it rains, authoritys report warns, Guardian, Anne Davies


Focus for year ahead will be on providing drought refuges and avoiding irreversible loss of species 
The outlook for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin, particularly in the north, is extremely challenging and there will be almost no scope for environmental flows for the remainder of the 2018-19 year unless it rains, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has warned.It says the focus will be on providing drought refuges and avoiding irreversible loss of species.

Releasing its environmental watering outlook for 2019-20 the authority warns that there are almost no reserves of environmental water in the northern basin and that, as a result of above-average temperatures and low inflows over successive years, some important wetlands and floodplain forests have not received water for long periods.

It says conditions in the Coorong, a Ramsar-listed wetland in South Australia, are deteriorating, as are conditions in the Narran Lakes, despite the federal government paying $80m for water rights aimed at restoring them. The Macquarie Marshes and floodplains along the Murray are also deteriorating....

14:02

The world cannot afford to wait for Bill Gates nuclear power dream to come true "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Consumers, businesses and utilities all win with this new distributed clean utility because renewables plus efficiency and batteries is available as a very resilient, near-zero carbon solution to providing power when and where its needed at the lowest cost. As these technologies continue to scale, they continue to experience steep cost declines, making the idea of a nuclear alternative vanishingly unrealistic.

Tens of billions of dollars have been spent developing different nuclear power plant designs, and even with enormous government subsidies and guarantees, corporations and utilities do not want to invest in nuclear power. Gates is a large investor in a nuclear firm, Terrapower, which hopes to build a prototype by 2030. If this target is achieved and a prototype is demonstrated by 2030, it could move toward commercial deployment in the 2030s. But we cannot afford to wait 15 or 20 years to scale very-low-carbon energy and, fortunately, we dont need to.

Renewable energy has more than doubled in the last decade to provide 20 percent of U.S. electricity, as much as nuclear.

Bill Gates quixotic ques...

13:59

Global events, as well as Australian politics, may spell doom for Australias coal industry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australias coal future under threat as more changes hit fossil fuels globally, ABC 

Key points:

  • Germany wants to exit coal power by 2038, which could have implications for Australian coal producers
  • Renewables last year overtook coal as the key source of energy in the European nation
  • Environmental groups are pushing candidates to outline their position on climate change ahead of the upcoming federal election

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed the country would exit coal power by 2038.

In New South Wales, a court knocked back an application for a new coal mine on the grounds it would increase greenhouse gas emissions at a time when they need to be cut.

Neither will immediately derail the freight train that made Australia $66 billion in export earnings last year, overtaking iron ore as our most valuable traded commodity, but both decisions are a snapshot of large and incremental changes in policy and legislation that are hitting the coal sector.

We want to be out of coal in 2038, Chancellor Merkel told students in Tokyo last week, after a government-appointed commission released its 20-year plan to completely shut the coal-fired power plants that currently provide almost half the countrys electricity.

Politics may dictate a shift

Australia is months away from a federal election where senior Liberal Party figures including Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and former prime minister Tony Abbott are being threatened by independents who support a rapid shift away from greenhouse-gas-producing fossil fuels like coal.

Even people who cannot vote, but feel passionately about the impact of climate change, are entering the debate.

School student Maiysha Moin helped found Climate Voices to amplify the concerns that prompted a strike by thousands of students last year.

...

13:45

Justice Now for David Dungay: An Interview With Leetona Rose Dungay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

David Dungay Jr called out that he couldnt breathe a total of twelve times, as six prison guards held him face down on a bed in the prone position. One of the officers said, If you can talk, you can breathe. However, medically-speaking, this isnt the case. The disturbing CCTV footage of the 26-year-old Dunghutti

The post Justice Now for David Dungay: An Interview With Leetona Rose Dungay appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

13:15

Brainwashed Iranian kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

Iranian Children at Revolution Anniversary Rallies: "Death to America;" We Stand Behind Khamenei, Willing to Pay With Our Lives pic.twitter.com/Lm8PSKVg3C MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) February 13, 2019

13:13

Malcolm Turnbull's memoir "to be published globally" if he's not distracted with other matters "IndyWatch Feed National"

How many employees do you reckon work for Hardie Grant books? Hope they have more luck than last time Chairman Mal was in a manuscript mood - from "Rise of the Ruddbot" by Annabel Crabb.

13:06

Douglas S Kurth; and the BAASS/MUFON relationship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paco Chierici - 2015

On 14 March 2015, aviator Paco Chierici, wrote an article, "There I was: The X-files edition," about the November 2004, USS Nimitz encounters, on the Fighter Sweep website. In that piece, there is a mention of an individual named Lieutenant-Colonel Kurth (callsign "Cheeks.") In writing about Kurth he said:

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-kurth-25195b145/

"At the same time FASTEAGLE flight was wrapping up its scheduled training, the CO of Marine Hornet squadron VMFA-232 Lieutenant-Colonel "Cheeks" Kurth, was completing a post maintenance check flight not too far away. He was the first fast mover contacted by Princeton. The communication was strange and intriguing. He was asked to investigate an unidentified airborne contact. This wasn't a terribly unusual request while a Strike Group was in transit or deployed far away from home waters, but it was more than a little strange practically in sight of the San Diego homeport. To add to the unusual communication, he was queried as to what ordinance he had on board.

"None."

While Princeton was communicating with Cheeks, they were also attempting to hand off the AAV [Anomalous Aerial Vehicle - KB] contact to the Air Wing's E-2C Hawkeye.

As Cheeks approached the spot he was being vectored to, Princeton advised him to stay above 10K as the section of Super Hornets were approaching the target. His radar picked up the FASTEAGLE set-up but no other contacts. A moment later Princeton directed him to "skip it" and return to the ship. Since he was so close, he decided to fly over the action , and sneak a peek.

The sea was calm, almost glassy smooth and it was late morning on a beautiful Socal day. Perfect conditions. As Cheeks flew over the spot he saw a disturbance on the surface of the ocean. A round section of turbulent water about 50-100 metres in diameter. It was the only area and type of what he called "white water" describing that it looked as if there was something below the surface like a shoal or what he'd heard a sh...

13:02

It's taken their ABC 5 months++ to get the ball rolling for a new managing director "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 24 September last year the ABC Board released this statement on sacking Michelle Guthrie as managing director. The Board said: The decision follows discussions over several months that concluded when directors resolved that it was not in the best interests of the ABC for Ms Guthrie to continue to...

12:00

Tough trade talks with European negotiators who broke the Brits over Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Tough trade talks with European negotiators who broke the Brits over BrexitTensions rose between Europe and Australia over trade with the EUs head man in agriculture talking tough here this week. read now...

11:54

Opportunity cost and new coal mines "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Opportunity cost provides the best way to think about the recent decision to reject a new coal mine at Rocky Hill. Thats the central theme of my latest piece in Inside Story and also of my forthcoming book, Economics in Two Lessons. Given a tight budget of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases we can afford to emit while stabilizing the global climate, every new source of emissions comes at the opportunity cost of an existing source. Since phasing out coal is among the cheapest options any new coal mine comes at the expense of faster closure of existing mines. Almost invariably, its more costly to open a new mine, than to maintain production at an existing mine. So we should not start any new mines and, in general, not expand old ones.

11:46

February 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1856 - Infamous Lola Montez opened at Ballarat in a series of sketches; greeted by packed houses she invited miners to shower nuggets at her feet as she danced. [1]

1881 - (Lady) Alice Maud Sewell was born; was the first woman to win the Wyselaskie scholarship in classical and comparative philology and logic. With Ethel Osborne, she was a founder of the Lyceum Club, Melbourne. Active in the Country Women's Association, she chaired the handicrafts and home industries committee in 1937-40, and was appointed a member of honour. She was also a member of the Victoria League and the Ormond Women's Association. In 1937 she was awarded the Coronation medal. [2]

1952 - Former Police Tracker Sergeant Isaac Grovenor, 52 year veteran of the NSW Police and recipient of the Imperial Service Medal passed. As a token of respect the Commissioner of Police, Mr. J. F. Scott, provided a mounted police escort to lead the funeral cortege from the funeral parlours in Crown Street along a portion of the route to the cemetery. Mrs. Grovenor and family expressed their deep thanks for the Commissioners kindness in providing the mounted escort and those of us who were so closely associated with Ike at the Police Depot and elsewhere know how the kindly old gentleman would have appreciated such a tribute from the Department to which he rendered such valuable and lengthy service. [3]

1965 - The Freedom Rides reached Moree home of the Gamilaraay people.
The mission had much better housing etc. than we'd seen anywhere, but there was a manager in control who was apparently very disliked and seemed rather unpleasant.

Ann Curthoys' diary from the Freedom Rides

We did the picket, but nobody much came around, and we all boiled, it was very hot. Then we went to the swimming pool. The manager refused to let the six aboriginals in and so we held up our posters and signs. After about 25 mins they let the boys in. Then Charlie arrived with a bus load of 21 aboriginal boys and they had to be all let in.
Ann Curthoys' diary from the Freedom Rides

We went back to the hall, had tea, and then went off to the Memorial Hall for the public meeting we'd arranged. There were over 200 people there and at first the atmosphere was very hostile, with lots of jeering and interjection."
Ann Curthoys' diary from the Freedom Rides

Jim Spigelman spoke first, about who we were and how we came to be there. Then John Powles, on the survey. Then Charlie. The questions were sometimes antagonistic but there were some very sympathetic ones too. Then a Mr Kelly got up and moved that the clause in the statute books about segregation in the swimming pool be removed. This was seconded by Bob Brown, and accepted 88 v...

11:23

100 per cent renewable electricity: the next steps "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Ive spend the last few days at a workshop on the transition to a renewable energy supply for Australia, which focused primarily on electricity. The presentations should be available soon, and Ill write a longer post if I get time, but here are a couple of quick points I took away.

  • Adding storage to a system that is at or close to 100 per cent renewable will cost around $25/MWh, that is, about 2.5 cents/kWh
  • The big problem for Australia is transmission, to connect solar and wind resources to the grid. AEMO and AEMC are in denial on this. My view we need to renationalise transmission immediately, and replace the current NEM alphabet soup with bodies that will plan for a rapid transition

11:00

Royal commission or banker slapstick show? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Youll have to give me a moment. I still havent recovered.

After a year of reporting on Europes unfolding financial crisis, Ive seen some funny stories reported in the press.

I laughed out loud when Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini was called a Horrorclown by the German media.

And had a good chuckle when one Italian Member of the European Parliament took off his (Italian made) shoe to stomp over the EU document that announced the rejection of his countrys budget.

But when it comes to comedy, Australias coverage of the royal commission just takes the cake. Youll have to excuse my outbursts of laughter as I take you through an article from The Australian about the latest developments. Because theyre just hilarious.

Heres the first paragraph that put me in stiches. Its about Ken Henry, former Treasury Secretary, ASX Chairman and outgoing NAB Chair (emphasis is mine):

He also clearly thinks that while NAB has a long way to travel to meet community expectations it is heading down the path, telling The Deal: I will prove him [Ken Hayne] wrong. That was on the Tuesday last week, before stepping down two days later.

Bahaha!

Ill show you! he says, two days before quitting

Im not sure how Henry plans to reform NAB from the outside

But get this. According to The Australian, Henrys downfall has nothing to do with his disastrous performance at the royal commission. The real reason is even funnier than his post-threat resignation:

As Treasury secretary Henry was regarded as one of [the] great public policy minds in the country but even friends say he was a polarising character because he knew he was the smartest person in the room.

This perceived attitude may have played a part in the fateful royal commission testimony late last year.

Bahaha!

Henry was too clever to be a banker!? What a hoot!

But at least NAB has plans to refo...

10:00

A philosopher defending the merchants of alarm "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

my view is that philosophers do better to paint a picture in which we urge trust in the consensus of the scientific community,based on features of that communitys social organization. (Winsberg p. 161)

Philosophy and Climate Science (Cambridge 2018) appears to be the first book of its kind, promising a thorough and rigorous investigation of the philosophical and methodological issues that arise in the problematic and controversial field of climate science. It is long overdue because the scholars in the history and philosophy of science have by and large neglected this particular science. The two outstanding exceptions are Philip Kitcher and more recently Eric Winsberg, Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida.

Philip Kitcher recently retired from Columbia College NY with a claim to the title of the premier philosopher of science of his generation due to his list of publications and the chairs that he has occupied. With Evelyn Fox Keller he wrote The Seasons Alter that portrays a dystopian future in a warming world that probably represents Peak Alarmism. Any advance on a pandemic that kills billions of people?

In a similar vein but less flamboyant mode Eric Winsbergs Philosophy and Climate Science is a sustained defence of the methods and conclusions of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and those who share its mission to promote alarm about the future of the planet. Consequently this book is not a solution to the apathy of the philosophers of science in the face of the shortcomings in the mainstream of climate science but instead it is part of the problem. This book cannot be recommended even at a remainder price unless you are looking for yet another example of the failure of the academic dogs to bark a warning.

to be continued

09:58

The Bellinger River Snapping Turtles dj vu "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Bellinger River Snapping Turtles were almost wiped out in 2015. What is the state of health of their home catchment today ?

"Water quality testing on the Bellinger, Kalang and Never Never Rivers earlier in January found elevated phosphate and low levels of dissolved oxygen at 9 out of 15 sites.

A combination of low rainfall, hot weather and nutrient run-off from fertilizers and animal waste (including humans).

The Australian standard is for available phosphate levels to be under 0.06mg/L but water testing near Gleniffer Hall on Tuesday revealed current levels are 0.37mg/L, which is six times higher." (Post-holiday season 'tourist drive' without toilets?)

Riverwatch testing finds high phosphate levels, The Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun, 14.02.2019
Bellinger Landcare Inc

Image:
Adolf Von Hildebrand, Boy drinking, 1870/1873

09:48

1) Experts recommend military withdrawal from West Papua region "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) UN Human Rights office continues negotiations for West Papua visit
3) Protesters demand 'Free West Papua
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1) Experts recommend military withdrawal from West Papua region

By Catherine Graue on Pacific Beat

Audio
Calls for the West Papua region to be granted independence continued this week as activists took to the streets in various Australian cities, calling for the Federal government to support an independence referendum.
Melanesians who call the region home have been pushing for independence for decades.
A referendum was held in July 1969, overseen by the United Nations.
It was called the Act of Free Choice but it has been heavily criticised......

09:40

Morrison: Drop Everything And Start Talking About Boats, Not Votes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

People have a tendency to expect history to repeat itself. Of course, it often does, but that doesnt suit the point Im making, so Ill pretend Im Tony Abbott and just ignore history so that I can make my point. Quite simply what people like one moment, can be unappealing later on. For example, when

The post Morrison: Drop Everything And Start Talking About Boats, Not Votes appeared first on The AIM Network.

08:57

The Crime of Judicial Kidnap Can Accessories Be Punished? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

There can be no doubt that judges in various countries are feeding children to the pedophiles.  In Australia they can do it by writing orders, under the Family Law Act, to place the child in the care of a bad person. We have now heard of many cases that fit a pattern. (Of course I dont mean to include instance where the removal of the child from a parent is truly warranted.)

I call this the crime of judicial kidnap, but on the books it is just the crime of kidnap. I am very interested in seeing how the law can crack down on any judge who commits this crime. But a separate matter to consider is the punishment of various other persons that help the crime.

Clearly a judge could not carry off the whole deal without assistance. Below I will suggest that some of the occupational groups on which we find potential helpers are: police, lawyers, psychologists, and social workers.

Note: It does not matter that the judge wasnt physically present at the crime scene. You can commit a crime by ordering it. This is...

08:15

The Reason Why I Am Being Threatened and Attacked "IndyWatch Feed National"

For those of you who wonder why I am being threatened and attacked- here is what started it all

Original EXTENDED Version of Rabbit Hole- Under the Name Confessions of an Antichrist

My family was involved with child trafficking in Omaha in the 80s at a time this was reported in the national news as engulfing the Republican party going all the way up to the George Bush Sr/Ronald Reagan White House.

They are trying to shut both my sister and myself up to prevent what we know from ever coming out.

And as hard as we have tried- no one in authority has been willing to help investigate anything.

08:07

Brisbane back in balance "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Brisbane fills up

An interesting series of charts was posted by Simon Pressley of Propertyology, showing how a number of Brisbane construction hotspots have seen the rental supply tightening back into balance.

Pressley showed tightening vacancy rates in Nundah (1.6 per cent), Bulimba (2.8 per cent), and Chermside (2.2 per cent) as a few prime examples, while West End and Fortitude Valley were still chewing through the their glut in January 2019. 

A bit closer in here's New Farm and Teneriffe, with the rental supply at the tightest level since 2013, and the chart courtesy of SQM Research:


Source: SQM Research

Hamilton also recorded its lowest vacancy rate since 2013.

Commencements and units under construction have levelled off, and new approvals continue to slide back towards historic averages.


And while not all internal migrants head to the capital cities, as I write this interstate migration to Queensland is at its highest level in about 13 years, those heady pre-crisis days when when the mining boom was in full swing. 

...

08:00

Wren's week: Abbott's fantasy world, Wilson's corruption and Medevac "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Wren's week: Abbott's fantasy world, Wilson's corruption and MedevacThis week, John Wren catches up on Tony Abbott, gives us the details on Tim Wilson's corruption and also the Medevac Bill passing. read now...

07:16

In which the pond is faced by tales of denialism, obsession and dreams of the everyday hausfrau ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The pond would have skipped the latest bout of climate science denialism from Lloydie of the lizard Oz, except for the poignant juxtaposition the digital subs managed to produce

 

The pond also left in that plea, "subscribe for lies you can mistrust", but as it's a screen cap, it'll likely only frustrate wretches inclined to click on it

The story itself is just fodder reheated from the IPA and one Jennifer Marohasy, the IPA's resident climate denialist, active for some time, and reliably to be found in stories in The Graudian, as here

How long has this been going on, these lizard Oz attacks on the BOM? Well Michael Brown reported on it in The Conversation back in August 2017 here

Frankly the pond is disappointed. Clearly there's not enough happening by way of boat arrivals for the reptiles to be forced into routine climate science denialism for the weekend edition

Meanwhile, speaking of subs at play, the pond was delighted to see the Terror exposed yet again - a good reason for not paying attention to the rag - in the Graudian's Weekly Beast here, while our prattling Polonius also came in for some whimsy

...

03:04

Saturday, 16 February 2019 - 3:04am "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As I am pushing, or perhaps being shoved towards, fifty years of age, I find myself becoming compulsively autobiographic because I am starting to properly appreciate the sweep of history in those fifty years, and perhaps more so in the fifty previous years.

01:32

The Rise of Islamic Finance on Chinas Belt and Road "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The BRI in the Gulf has given rise to Chinese investment in developing the Islamic financial sector.

00:15

Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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23:59

PERTH Woman charged with manslaughter over death of motorcyclist in Welshpool crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Woman charged with manslaughter over death of motorcyclist in Welshpool crash .

February 15, 2019 at 08:30PM .

She has been refused bail and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday. Police first attempted to stop the car the woman was allegedly

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-15/woman-charged-with-manslaughter-over-fatal-welshpool-crash/10818152&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFEd2f7QmqBwe-teB-XQTTyNHJvSQ

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22:35

What's in a median? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Brisbane now has 27 million dollar suburbs, apparently!

But what does that actually mean?

Here are just a few considerations.



22:26

How Washington has created chaos in Honduras "IndyWatch Feed National"

Honduras is a key nation in the US-backed war on drugs. I visited there to report on what this meant for civilians, many of whom flee in fear to the US.

Heres my story in the new US outlet, Filter, covering drugs domestically and globally, on the grin reality in Honduras and why so many of its citizens are leaving in despair:

Trump Should Know How US Drug Policy Drives Migration From Honduras

 

22:18

The Nation interview on Afghan resources and peace prospects "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

US magazine The Nation recently published my investigation into the Afghan mining industry. I was interviewed about the story, and the ongoing peace talks between the US and Taliban, on the popular Nation podcast, Start Making Sense:

21:20

Rafes roundup Friday 15 Feb "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New Publications from the Centre for Independent Studies.

Post of the week. Jo Novas commentary on Australias dash to disaster, leading the world in the Green Energy race (to the bottom).

The Australian Taxpayers Alliance. Campaigns.

The German Green Energy Transition. Higher prices, unstable grid, negligible reduction in CO2 emissions. The German Trifecta of Failure.

Libertyworks. Nationalisation of lobsters in Western Australia (great picture of a lobster btw).

Stephen Hicks is coming.

Join Dr Hicks on a journey to advance civilization

From the Enlightenment, to neo-Marxism through to 3rd generation postmodernism: diagnosis, perils and overcoming the obstacles

The program for the tour in four states and more information. See his contribution in The Spectator just out.

The Portal to Our partners

In no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks. On Line Opinion.
Still building and looking at more specialised sites.

Overseas..........

20:58

David Leyonhjelm guest post. Motley parliaments "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In the years to come were going to have plenty of motley parliaments, with fewer major party parliamentarians and larger crossbenches of independents and minor parties holding the balance of power. We better get used to it.

At the Commonwealth level, the minority Coalition Government is dealing with eight crossbenchers in the House of Representatives and 19 in the Senate, each holding the balance of power.

The number of crossbenchers in the House will probably be unchanged after the federal election, so while most observers expect the federal election to deliver a Shorten Government, a poor result for Labor might mean it only wins minority government and still requires the votes of crossbenchers in the House.

In the Senate, Labor is expected to pick up seats at the expense of the crossbench thanks to the 2016 deal between the Coalition and Greens to change Senate voting rules, but it will still fall well short of a majority. And the crossbench will still have a significant green-tinge despite the plunge in voter support for the Greens party.

Minor party voters who oppose the Greens will go for one of the Liberal Democrats, One Nation, the Christians, Conservatives or Katters party. Regrettably, most of these voters will fail to preference all the anti-Green parties with the result that, under the new Senate voting rules, its more likely none of these parties will gather enough votes to beat the Greens for the last Senate seat, at least in some states.

Its clear why the Greens wanted these new Senate voting rules, but why the Coalition wanted them is anyones guess. (Note to voters: if you dont like the Greens, fill in a lot of preferences for non Green parties!)

At the state level, motley parliaments are the new norm. One in seven state parliamentarians is a crossbencher, and these crossbenchers hold the balance of power in each of the state upper houses. At the upcoming NSW state election the size of the crossbench is set to swell with minor party candidates like Mark Latham and me looking to join the ranks.

The cause of this swelling of the crossbench is clear; voters are turning off the major parties.

For more than three decades the internet has allowed far-flung people to form new connections. Increasingly, people identify with niche groups rather than a mass movement, and also support niche parties. This includes single issue parties like those focussed on science, the arts, seniors, anti vaxxers, animals, marijuana and assisted suicide.

The formula of the major parties of attempting to appeal to everyone and offend no-one by being heavy on platitudes and light on principle doesnt cut it anymore.

Whether the overall influence of crossbenchers is positive or negative depends on the quality of the...

18:34

Reveille - August 31, 1931 - AIF Aborigines : How Many? "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was going through some Reveille magazines that were inherited when my grandmother died years ago. The article titled A.I.F Aborigines : How Many appeared in the issue of August 31, 1931. A link to a copy of the article is here.

A second article titled Lever on Britain : Prisioners Suffer appeared in the December 31, 1931 issue of Reveille and refers to Douglas Grant. The article is available here.

18:00

Sitting astride the barbed wire fence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By 2353NM  The human mind is a wonderful thing. We all have different interests, ideas and methods of doing what is needed to stay alive. We also have different beliefs. Some will tell you that the contrails left in the sky following the passage of aircraft are a 24/7/365-day aerosol assault over our heads made of

The post Sitting astride the barbed wire fence appeared first on The AIM Network.

17:59

The Legal Industrial Complex Stand up Philosophers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Ok.  TAFKAS reckons this post will set the cat amongst the pigeons.

In the 1995 movie the Usual Suspects, character Roger Verbal Kint made the most profound of observation:

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didnt exist.

When people consider powerful and pernicious unions, most minds default to organisations like the CFMMEU.  Well think again.

If the purpose of a union is to use all tools available to improve the pay, conditions, power and competitive positioning of its members, often (but not always) at the expense of non-members, then the CFMMEU cannot hold a candle to the big 3 the Pharmacy Guild, the medical unions (AMA and various specialist colleges) and the various legal unions (law societies and bar associations).

If the CFMMEU and the ACTU want a lesson on how to use best practice political and regulatory capture and how to impose restrictive work practices, then they really need to better study these organisations.

Strategy number one dont let people think you are an industrial organisation but rather a professional organisation.  Strategy number two present yourself as always acting in the best interests of the community and the nation.

TAFKAS will write about the pharmacists and the doctors another time, but let us just consider the legal profession and consider 2 particular work practices that have long disappeared from industrial sites:

  • No ticket no start you cant act as a legal practitioner without being a member of the relevant association.
  • Demarcation lawyers cant throw on a black cape and wig and act as barristers, unless they join the bar and vice versa.

Oh.  And if you want to ply your trade in another state or jurisdiction, you cant just show up.  You need be recognised by the local union (professional organisation).  Even doctors can work cross state border.

And how do you measure the success of a union?  Start with looking at the pay and conditions of its members and the operation of the market for member labour.  One would imagine that if there is an area of the economy earning supernormal profits, those profits would be eroded away by new entrants.  According to the AFR, in 2015, there were 41 law schools in Australia and:

The number of law graduates has reached a record high with 14,600 graduates entering a legal jobs market comprising just 66,000 solicitors.

But so...

17:49

Free buying guide "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Well, it's Friday - have a freebie on us.

Download your free buying guide here.


17:36

MACKAY Drive without due care and threatening violence, Dysart "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 15, 2019 at 08:52AM ,

Drive without due care and threatening violence, Dysart

February 15, 2019 at 08:52AM ,

As a result, a 34-year-old Townsville man was issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on March 13 for drive without due care

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17:36

MACKAY Man allegedly makes threat with hammer "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 15, 2019 at 09:03AM ,

Man allegedly makes threat with hammer

February 15, 2019 at 09:03AM ,

A Townsville man, 34, was issued with a notice to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on March 13 for drive without due care, attention and

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/man-allegedly-makes-threat-with-hammer/3648479/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG3Su6HbRtFiTFOkf3fUPHFOFN4dw

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17:35

1) Demonstration Papuan People ask KPK to stop intimidating Papuan Governor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



2) Pro-independence activists say Papuans won't take part in elections
3) Golput the most sensible choice for West Papua: Filep Karma
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1) Demonstration Papuan People ask KPK to stop intimidating Papuan Governor
 Published    2 hours ago on 15 February 2019



 Papuan people in the demonstration to defend Papuan Governor Lukas Enembe who allegedly intimidated by the KPK. Jubi/I...

17:12

CO2 may be responsible for more destructive forest fires "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland was hit by forest fires, and the Queensland Premier was at it, blaming climate change (and the Australian government): If you want to know what caused those conditions, Ill give you an answer its called climate change, the Queensland premier told reporters. It is only the LNP who could watch Queensland burn and []

17:06

Lawyer X / Informer 3838 where the others include "IndyWatch Feed National"


The recent publicly exposed scandal of 'Lawyer X / Informer 3838' shows the general population the dodgy state of the police force as well as the legal profession, not limited within the state of Victoria but rather in Australia as a whole.

Without any elaboration with regards to the corruption of Australia's judicature in cahoots with the police force, we'll get straight into the 'others' but not necessarily the only ones, who are involved in the current scandal that has made its way into the public's eye.

A source has named the following people, excluding Nicola Gobbo;

  • Altman, Marita
  • Brand, Anthony
  • Casey, Scott
  • Challinger, Michael
  • Peady, Eleanor
  • Perry, Kate

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17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 16-17, 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Which scenario represents a more expansionary outcome:
  • (a) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP (including the impact of automatic stabilisers equivalent to 1 per cent of GDP).
  • (b) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP completely 'structural' in nature.
  • (c) A fiscal deficit of equivalent to 3 per cent completely 'cyclical' in nature.
  • (d) You cannot tell because of the different cyclical and structural components in the previous options.





2. If net exports are running at 2 per cent of GDP, and the private domestic sector overall is saving an equivalent of 3 per cent of GDP, the government must be running a surplus equal to 1 per cent of GDP.


...

16:45

Byron Bay Surf Festivals Music Line-Up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 2019 Byron Bay Surf Festival is kicking off Wednesday 20th February, chock full of sustainability, music, art, surf and culture. Wow. Say hello to annual favourites including the Surf Art Markets, Surf Legends Lounge, live music at the Beach Hotel and Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions at Wategos Beach. Meet this years epic line up of special guests including surfing World Champions, female leaders, inspiring musicians, photographers and artists.

Byron Bay Surf Festivals Music Line-Up

Friday 22nd February

9pm 12am Beach Hotel

Invite your pals, enjoy a cold Stone & Wood Pacific Ale for a funky Friday at the Beachy. Catch the head nodding goodness of local legends Drop Legs and soulful beats of solo loop artist from Victoria Tones & I.

Saturday 23rd February

9am 4pm The Surf Art Markets
Take a break from the markets and relax as Queenslands Tay Oskee performs a stunning acoustic set, complimented by performances from Byrons own Nick Cunningham and Sophie Ozard.

9pm 12am Beach Hotel

A big Saturday night, grab your crew, plan your outfit...

16:40

Debunking: You cant talk about violence in Aboriginal communities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this week the PM made reference to the abuse of Aboriginal children and immediately followed it up by saying were told we shouldnt talk about it. More accurately though, were told that were told that we shouldnt talk about it, but no one is actually saying we shouldnt talk about it. We are told that any non-Indigenous person who ...

16:30

Farmer Protection GM inquiry fails GM-free farmers and consumers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Media Release The report delivered by the parliamentary committees inquiry into mechanisms for compensation for non-GM farmers has disappointed consumers and GM-free farmers alike. While we are grateful for the opportunity to have this inquiry we are dissatisfied by its findings and find it astonishing that there are no recommendations at the end of this

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16:30

Lessons from the Murray-Darling disaster run deeper than water "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Lessons from the Murray-Darling disaster run deeper than waterEnvironmental mismanagement runs deeper than the ecological tragedy gripping the Murray-Darling Basin. read now...

15:56

Uber Marks Valentines Day By Calling For Rainbow Heart Emoji "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Uber has chosen an inclusive heart as the symbol for a Valentines Day campaign in India to recognise the Indian Supreme Courts ruling to decriminalize gay sex in the country. The transport service provider also added a rainbow background to its route map. The company announced the inclusive gesture via Twitter, urging everyone to express ...

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15:30

New Music Through Old Ears: Metallicas Backstreet Regionals "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

New Music Through Old Ears: Metallicas Backstreet RegionalsAfter a hiatus worthy of The Descendents, entertainment editor John Turnbull returns with a bunch of new music worth your attention. read now...

15:03

A river of people moving north: sketches from the migrant caravan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Walk and wait, wait and walk. They only have one purpose on this trip and its to reach the United States. Their life, for the time being, centres on migration.

15:00

Sickness and Paranoia: The Morrison Governments Refugee Problem "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The passage of amendments to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) by the Australian House of Representatives and the Senate this week was less a case of celebration than necessitous deliverance. The mental well-being of asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, or lack thereof, has been documented extensively from Australian legal representatives to members of Mdecins

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14:39

Prime Minister's 2019 Statement on Closing the Gap "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The long and short of the PM's Closing the Gap Report and speech this morning is that we have gone backwards on closing the gap in the last 12 months. One year ago, as a nation, we were on track in 3 out of the 7 targets.

This year the PM announced in his annual report to Parliament that there are now only 2 targets that can be considered on track - efforts to close the gap in early childhood education and Year 12 attainment seem to be on track but sadly, child mortality has once again slipped.

Beyond the bland (and depressing) reporting on such limited success, the PM spoke about the current and hopefully game-changing efforts to form a genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to determine how to fix this national strategy.

Now, as much as ever, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander friends, family, colleagues and fellow citizens need us to be standing with them to call on our governments to make fundamental changes.

I'll be saying more on all of this in the coming days and weeks.

For more Close the Gap campaign background and resources visit on our website.

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NEW ANTaR BLOG OUT NOW

To mark the start of our campaign for National Close the Gap Day 2019 we've started a new blog. ANTaR President Dr Peter Lewis, Former President Janet Hunt and I have brought together a range of perspectives on the status of Close the Gap and where the focus should be in 2019.

Enjoy the further reading and please do send any thoughts, comments and feedback my way, I'd love to hear from you.

Where are we at with Closing the Gap? - Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

A Reminder of Unfinished Busines...

14:38

Mardigan People Native Title Authorisation Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"


The claim area is roughly centred around Quilpie, Queensland.

The Mardigan People who are members of the native title claim group for the Application are currently described as the biological descendants of the following people:

Charlie Zouch;
Mother of Fred Collins, Jesse Dixon, Jack Dixon, Nancy Colin and Tom Napoleon
Charlotte Wandilla
Mary Darrie
Henry Clive (also known as Harry Clive)
Mary Rebel
Judie and Tinker Wells
Paddy Murphy
Tommy Conbar
Henry Goodyenee Tilbooroo
Nellie Ardock

The purpose of Authorisation Meeting #1 is to:
(1) Consider anthropological materials and legal advice relating to an individual described as Jenny, mother of James Pegler and her descendants;
(2) Subject to (1) above, authorise the amendment of the claim group description for the Application to include the descendants of Jenny, mother of James Pegler.
Appeared in the Koori Mail dated February13, 2019

Notes

Nancy Pegler H/C was residing in Cunnamulla with her husband James Pegler H/C, Station worker, and two children in 1941.

Nita Pegler died at Tinapagie Stn, N.S.W. on 27. 7.1935 

Ward, Mayneside - Letter (21.12.1911) to Mr J Payne, MLA regarding working conditions, agreements and wages of Aboriginals which he notes 'is little better than slavery'.
Attached to this letter are two lists, one being a List of Halfcastes. Among the Names mentioned is Jimmy Pegler (of Thargomindah).

13:34

Brisbane Queer Film Festival Unveils Its 20th Anniversary Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Brisbane Queer Film Festival is this year celebrating its 20th birthday and has unveiled its 2019 program of queer feature films, documentaries and short films. This years theme of the long-running festival is Reflection to highlight the power of films to create awareness, change and acceptance not just within the mainstream society, but within the queer community ...

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13:27

The Rock of Ages "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Rock of Ages

By Steven & Evan Strong

Special Thanks to Rocks Previous Guardian

The Smithsonian Institute has conceded that Ros" Rock 1 is unique and of great significance, as have many academics and researchers. Even so, in many respects, this most recent arrival surpasses the credentials of Ros" Rock 1. We are of the opinion that this rock is even more sensational in the implications involved and revisions demanded. Irrespective of our flights of fancy, what cannot be disputed is that this rock is utterly unique, there is nothing like it here or anywhere else on this planet. That much is certain but with one caveat, that it is the genuine article.

And that is the only elephant in the room." It has to be a fake; that is the only respite remaining in these turbulent seas. Otherwise nearly everything assumed to be factual when it comes to the evolution of humanity and literally, all that followed up to the most recent surge in technology, has to be wrong at almost every level. This engraved rock has to be inspired by mischief, motivated by duplicitous intent or idle hands. If it is genuine, then that contains an obligatory admission that the sophisticated technology on display is only available to specialists today, but was also being used in Australia in pre-Cook times.

The engraved SChuringa Stone was collected," along with some associated Original artefacts of highest quality and power, in the 1860s kept in a cave located in the dry centre of this continent, at a time before any substantial mining enterprise or reason to establish commercial farming, very few non-Original people were living in the area. Every day was difficult and an eternal drain and strain on people unfamiliar with the land. Staying alive, eking out an existence, was the only imperative, anything else was a luxury and creating such an elaborate exact testimony with no financial gain is pointless and illogical.

Even if we mistakenly dismiss these reali...

12:47

Why is Labour subsidising bad employers? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The government has declared a seasonal labour shortage for Hawke's Bay, effectively subsidising employers with cheap migrant labour. But why do they have a labour shortage? Perhaps those same employers' attitude to wages have something to do with it...

Fruit may be left on trees and businesses face closure as steep rises in the minimum wage hit labour-intensive industries such as horticulture.

Many exporters were facing higher costs due to employment law changes and the minimum wage lifting to $17.70 an hour on April 1, an increase of $1.20, a survey of 400 exporters by ExportNZ has found.

Businesses with 75 to 120 staff said the minimum wage increase would add an extra $120,000 to $800,000 to wage costs a year.


This "labour shortage" is a shortage of labour at the price employers are willing to pay. The solution is for them to offer better pay and conditions to attract the people they need. Instead, a "Labour" government has given them a regulatory subsidy to stop them from having to increase wages.

Bad employers shouldn't be subsidised. If they can't make a profit when paying decent wages to their workers, they don't deserve to be in business. It is that simple.

12:00

PRESS GALLERY SKETCH: No questions on Closing the Gap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

PRESS GALLERY SKETCH: No questions on Closing the GapOut of all the questions asked during Question Time, pressing issues concerning Indigenous Australians were overlooked. read now...

11:57

Supreme Court Justice Criticised for Divisive Remarks About Islam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Remarks made by NSW Supreme Court Justice Desmond Fagan in relation to the interpretation of hostile passages in the Quran have caused outrage amongst the local Muslim community, as well as sparked calls from the NSW legal profession for greater understanding of Islam. Justice Fagan said on the 31 January that a number of NSW

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11:50

Rainbow Flag On Brisbane Churchs Sign Defaced With Swastika "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vandals have spray-painted a Nazi swastika over a rainbow flag on signage belonging to the LGBTIQ-friendly Metropolitan Community Church in New Farm, Brisbane. The churchs senior pastor Alex Pittaway said the vandals had painted the large grey swastika over the flag on their street-facing sign on Wednesday night. He told QNews Magazine hed reported the ...

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11:47

Being a Lismore thespian just got cooler "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore Theatre Company President Sharon Brodie, Vice President/Artistic Director Jennie Hicks and Secretary Elyse Knowles can now use the theatre in summer thanks to the Annual Community Grants Scheme and a welcome pair of air conditioners. Photo supplied.

We all know that being a thespian is cool, but things just got cooler for the Rochdale Theatre.
The Lismore Theatre Company members and guests will experience a cool change this year thanks to Lismore City Councils Annual Community Grants Scheme.

The group received a $9700 community grant last August to purchase two large air conditioners for the auditorium. The cast can now rehearse and perform all year round and theatre goers can watch the shows in comfort.

Lismore Theatre Company President Sharon Brodie says the company do a Christmas panto but would leave the theatre vacant after that until March because of the heat. It would get up to 42 degrees in the theatre and the conditions were horrendous, she said from the cool of the new space. Wed decided not to put on a Christmas panto in 2018 if we didnt get the grant.

People have had to leave the show in the past it was simply too hot for the actors, the families and children, and the guys in the sound and lighting box.

These air conditioners have made such a difference the Christmas panto last year was a wonderful success and no-one was fainting in the aisles!

We are really excited that we have a summer show this year and it can be enjoyed in air-conditioned comfort.

The Lismore Theatre Companys current show Breast Wishes runs until March 3. It is an uplifting musical featuring a series of touching, personal and funny vignettes about breasts. It was developed by Anne Looby and written by an impressive array of Aussie writers including Wendy Harmer and Richard Glover.

The theatre company will donate 10% of all proceeds to Jodies Inspiration, a local charity that supports the families of those experiencing breast cancer.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available through the Annual Community Grants Scheme and 2019 applications open on 1 April.

There is a Community Information Session for interested people on Wednesday, 20 March at the Lismore Council Chambers and representatives from local community groups and associations are invited to come along, find out more information and ask questions.

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11:21

Laws Empowering Government to Revoke Citizenship May be Unconstitutional "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Morrison government announced late last year it would be passing legislation to lower the threshold for stripping Australians suspected of terrorist activity of their citizenship. The Federal Labor Party has now signalled its intention to oppose the measure after receiving legal advice that the new legislation may be

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11:11

February 15 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1795 - HMS Reliance and HMS Supply set sail from Portmouth for Sydney. On board were Capt John Hunter to take up his appointment as Governor of NSW, Master's Mate Matthew Flinders, Surgeon George Bass, with his boat, Tom Thumb, and Bennelong. [1]

1796 - John "Black" Caesar, the first bushranger and escaped convict, was shot by a settler at Liberty Plains (Strathfield). [2]


1802 - Twenty crew of the brig Lady Nelson, the first ship to enter Port Phillip Bay, met five Boon wurrung men on the beach near Arthurs Seat. They exchanged greetings and danced, but that afternoon violence erupted and contacts ceased. [3]

1822 - Elizabeth Henrietta Macquarie sailed forth into the sunset aboard the ship Surrey towards home in England. She managed to drag her little-known hubby, some bloke calling himself Gov Lachlan Macquarie, back home with her. [4]

1898 - Kathleen Margaret Maria Sherrard, geologist, was born today at North Carlton, Melbourne. After passing the senior public examination in December 1914, Kathleen entered the University of Melbourne (B.Sc., 1918; M.Sc., 1921), graduated with honours, and won Kernot and Caroline Kay research scholarships.
Her colleagues named Monograptus sherrardae in honour of her pioneering work in the study of graptolites. [5]

1930 - Dr Masako Izumin was born today at Sendai, Japan. Masako for some years was senior research fellow at the ANU in the Department of Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences. After due examination of her published work in the theory of Fourier Series and their summablility, she was admitted to the Degree of Doctor of Science in April 1976. [6]

1933 - A Torres Strait Islander was lucky to reach hospital after 2 days of travel after having been attacked by a shark whilst diving for Trochus at Barrow Point, 161 kms north of Cooktown. [7]

1934 Gra Gra aka Graham Kennedy was dropped off, not according to rumour by the White Crow but the stork.  [8]

1965 - The Freedom Riders protested outside the Walgett RSL Club because they had been told the club was not permitting entry for Indigenous ex-servicemen. They held signs that read: "Good enough for Tobruk - why not Walgett RSL?" and protested a womenswear store forbidding Indigenous women from trying on dresses.
Their presence was felt by the community and attempts were made to run the bus off the road as they left Walgett. [9]

1974 - The National Aboriginal Consultative Committee called for the Minster for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator Cavanagh, to be replaced. The....

10:59

Video: Australias summer heat records keep piling up "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate change is influencing extreme weather, globally and locally. Devastating droughts and floods; severe heatwaves; earlier, hotter and more dangerous bushfire seasons the list goes on.

And this summer is shaping up to be one of Australias angriest yet, with cities and towns across the country smashing countless temperature records during December and January. News just in confirms January 2019 as our hottest month on record, directly after our hottest December on record.

Overall, 2018 was the worlds fourth hottest year on record for surface temperature (Australias third hottest (2)), and the hottest on record for the worlds oceans. It was a year in which several Australian states endured relentless drought, while others copped a drenching, and unprecedented bushfires.

And its people on the frontline of climate change, like Jim McDonald, who are being left exposed to its ever more damaging effects.

Jim, a fourth-generation farmer and Governor Member of Farmers for Climate Action, wants the Federal Government to start taking climate action seriously.

Hes joining the rallying call for a credible climate policy that cuts to the core of whats exacerbating this increasingly weird, wild weather: climate change, driven by the burning of coal, oil and gas. Hear what Jim has to say.

Video from The Climate Council

Farmers on the Frontline

"Stop talking about a drought policy. We need a climate policy." Temperatures nudging 50 degrees and crippling droughts- this is the new normal for Australia and its being driven by climate change. Get the latest on the effects of climate change on extreme weather in Australia here: https://climc.nl/wgw18

Posted by The Climate Council on Monday, February 4, 2019

The post...

10:42

This government has never been about governing in the best interests of the country "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The last five years of government in this country have been characterised by the greatest waste of time and money in our history, a debasing of the standards of political discourse, and a singular lack of progress and achievement in the things that affect our day-to-day lives. In 2013, Tony Abbott promised to make your

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10:18

Friendly for fishes upstream on the Bruns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Durrumbul causeway. Photo supplied.

In a win for local finned earthlings, work has started on the installation of a new bridge to replace the Durrumbul causeway adjacent to Settlement Rd at Main Arm.

The installation of the new bridge is one of two causeway upgrades that are jointly funded by the NSW DPI Flagship Fish Habitats Grants Program ($274,600) and Byron Shire Council ($274,600) as part of the Bringing Back the Brunswick project.

Bringing Back the Brunswick aims to reinstate fish passage in the Brunswick River by removing fish barriers to open upstream habitat.

James Flockton, Byron Shire Councils Drainage/Flood Engineer, says the replacement of the Durrumbul causeway is the first stage of the project, which will not only see two causeways upgraded, but three other fish barriers removed.

These structures stop fish from moving upstream, said Mr Flockton. They can currently only migrate to the upper reaches of the Brunswick River around 10 days a year when the river is flooding.

Bringing Back the Brunswick will open up seven kilometres of upstream habitat and allow 27.4km of fish passage right down to the estuary mouth which will benefit all native fish species, particularly the Australian Bass, he said.

Byron Shire Councils Works Coordinator, Hank Spangler, said the new bridge replacing the old, concrete causeway will be the same height as the current crossing, but will go over the Brunswick River instead of through it as is the case at the moment.

This means that fish will be able to move freely under the bridge and its also good news for residents because the bridge will not be as susceptible to flooding, said Mr Spangler.

The installation of the new bridge and removal of the causeway is expected to take approximately two months.

The other causeway earmarked for replacement is on Johnsons Lane at Durrumbul with work to get underway later this year.

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10:15

The long road back to progressive politics: on Jeff Sparrows Trigger Warnings "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Trigger Warnings is a brave book, best read as a call for the left to re-examine its strategies during a period of immense danger, to take stock of its key resources and to align itself with the experience of ordinary people without lessening its focus on sexism, racism or homophobia.

10:09

Motorbike Response Crew keep traffic moving "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Motorcycles may soon be coming to the rescue of crash victims and broken-down vehicles on tollways around Australia to keep traffic moving.

It follows the Australian-first trial of a motorbike response crew on the Logan and Gateway motorways in Brisbane.

The trial is being run by Queensland tollway company Linkt, which is owned by Transurban that also operates CityLink in Melbourne and six tollways in Sydney.

Trial results

Trial results are expected in mid-2019. If it is deemed a success, it may be expanded to other cities.

As part of an Australian-first trial, experienced motorbike responders will get to breakdowns and incidents sooner, providing much needed assistance to affected motorists during periods of high congestion, and helping to keep traffic moving, Linkt says.

What makes motorcycles quicker to respond is their ability to legally filter through slow or stationary traffic.

So motorists will have another reason to be grateful for more motorcycles on our roads!

Motorcycle paramedics have been used in other states before, but this is the first by a private tollway company.

Linkt say their motorbike response crews are first-aid trained and equipped with fuel, water, jump kits, and more.

trafficLogan Motorway

Trial crew

Incident Response Supervisor Paul Hillman, who is an ex-paramedic and part of the motorcycle trial, says the crew have more than 20 years motorcycle experience.

To ensure thei...

10:08

Graham Norton And Alan Carr Are Judging On UK RuPauls Drag Race Spinoff "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UK talk show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr have been announced as judges on the upcoming UK spinoff of RuPauls Drag Race. The pair took to social media to share the exciting news, with Carr and Norton each posting a video. Becoming part of the Drag Race family makes me ridiculously happy! Norton said. ...

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10:00

SLSC upgrade open next week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The upgrade at Shelley Beach will be unveiled on Monday 18 February.

The final stage of the Shelly Beach SLSC upgrade is complete and the facility will officially open next week.

President Wilson Cregan on behalf of Surf Life Saving Far North Coast (SLSFNC) is inviting surf lifesavers and members of the public to the opening of the club on Monday 18th February 2019.

The facility upgrade has been made possible by a NSW Government Grant of $108,000 and the Honourable Troy Grant, Minister for Police and Emergency Services will be opening the upgrade.

According to SLSFNC, the Shelly Beach facility is an essential part of their long term plan to provide continued support operations as well as an education and training centre for the community and local surf life saving clubs on the Far North Coast.

The ground floor has additional space for mobile rescue equipment, ATV and Rescue Craft, a new First Aid area as well as an area in which to store drones and associated equipment.

SLSFNC provides services, training and programs for volunteer surf lifesavers to ensure safe beaches for locals and visitors, and to carry out emergency rescue operations as required. This upgrade also allows for the use of the facility by many community groups.

SLSFNC has 7,000 volunteers, and last year conducted about 130 rescues, took more than 6,000 preventative actions, performed 100 search and rescue operations and attended more than 80 after hours search and rescue call-outs.

Organisers look forward to seeing everyone at the ceremony to help them thank all those involved.

The event commences at 9.30am at 11 Shelly Beach Road, East Ballina.

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09:41

Fire risk a grave threat to cable car proposal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As the long debate continues about whether a developer should be allowed to build a cable car up the face of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Bernard Lloyd reminds us about the primary threat to the mountain, which is posed by wildfire. Regular fires on the mountain have huge implications for the proposal to build a cable car.

In terms of combustibility, the forest on the mountains eastern face carries the greatest fuel load. The cable car is planned to be built up the eastern face.

 

The Mountains Primary Hazard

When kunanyi/Mt Wellingtons Management Plan is read today in the eerie afterglow of this summers fires its pages reek of smoke. The word bushfire, like a rain of embers, is spotted more than 140 times. Bushfire, the Plan says, is the largest threat to the Park. This written in 2015.

The Plans brief history of fire on the mountain notes, blithely, the Park has experienced several large bushfires. That section can now be revised, not in the light of the 2018 fires (which have not touched the mountain), but the light of historian Maria Grists meticulously chronicled study of bushfires on kunyani (2019). As well as the conflagrations of 1851, 1897, 1914, 1920, 1940 and 1967, Grist documents over 60 other significant mountain fires. Her chilling conclusion is that over the past two centuries nearly every year at least one bushfire burned on the mountain.

This has catastrophic implications for the proposal to build a cable car all the way up the mountain.

The natural cause of this frequent ravaging is in the bush itself, but the frequency of fires haunting the mountain is locational: the mountain not only rises out of a dense, wet eucalyptus forest, but over its shoulder are extensive areas of dry country to its north and north west: the directions from which most fires emanate in Tasmania. The management plan is most concerned with fire sensitivity. The peat bogs on the plateau behind the Pinnacle and the delicate alpine flora have the highest fire sensitivity and are thus at most risk; however, for combustibility, the forest upon the mountains eastern face carries the greatest fuel load. The cable car is planned to be built up the eastern face.

The natural proclivity of the bush is inflamed by the ignition culprits: usually male. The mountains pr...

09:30

Water the all important resource now and in the future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tweed Greens candidate Bill Fenelon at a recent protest in Uki. Photo supplied

Recent rains have done nothing to change the view that Australians should expect to face future crises in water supply. The mayors of several western NSW councils who face current water supply crises have asked the state government to stop water allocated for irrigation from being pumped out of the upper reaches of the Darling river system, and water supply shortages can be expected in many parts of Australia in the future.

Residents of the Tweed Shire have called for a halt to new water mining approvals in the shire, and that result appears to be a step closer after Councillors Milne, Cherry, Cooper and Byrnes voted to forward a planning proposal to remove water extraction for commercial water bottling from the Local Environmental Plan to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment at the February Council meeting.

Greens candidate for Tweed Bill Fenelon says the recent death of 1 million fish in the Darling River near Menindee Lakes is yet another wake-up call of the consequences from over-using and abusing our water systems.

According to an Environmental Defenders Office report, a river is like a piggy bank, if you keep taking money out without saving for the future you end up bankrupt, he said. The causes of this devastating fish kill include extracting too much water from the river, failing to set limits on extraction that take into account climate change, and prolonged periods without rainfall.

Fenelon says that similar principles apply to water mining.

You just cant keep taking water out of our aquifers without a risk of them drying up. Eventually the piggy bank will be empty.

Our aquifers are our buffer against the increasing threat of climate change and ongoing drought, he said. As our rivers and creeks dry up, we will be more reliant on our underground water supplies for domestic and agricultural use.

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09:06

Not one hectare more! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Yesterday the government announced that it was ending the farmer's rort of high country tenure review, under which over 350,000 hectares of public land has been corruptly privatised for next to nothing (and then frequently flicked on for 500 times more than farmers paid for it). But while this will protect most of the high country, there are still 30 leases in the process. The Minister has said these will be decided on a "case-by-case basis". But what should this mean?

Simple: it should mean not one hectare more. This is public land, and it should stay public. Unless the government has a binding contract, it should simply walk away from negotiations.

Can they do this? Largely, yes. The Crown Pastoral Land Act allows any tenure review to be discontinued at any time. If things have advanced further in the process, to a preliminary proposal, then that can be ended too - the language is discretionary: the Commissioner of Crown Lands may publicly notify a preliminary proposal, and (after consultation) may make a substantive proposal. It is only when the substantive proposal is accepted by a leaseholder that the language changes to "must" and imposes "an irrevocable authority to and obligation on the Commissioner to take the appropriate actions required".

How many leases are in this situation? According to LINZ's tenure review statistics (last updated in December), 8 properties have accepted substantive proposals (some as far back as 2016). So, we're stuck with those, unless we legislate. As for the rest, 8 preliminary proposals have been advertised for public submissions, 17 are currently being consulted on with leaseholders, and one is being explored. All of those processes can be stopped dead, and they should be. We should not surrender a single hectare more of public land to farmers.

08:53

Forestry Corporation says no fines issued at Gibberagee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dawn Walker at Gibberagee State Forest yesterday. One onlooker suggested that the harvest manager wasnt asking for Ms Walkers autograph. Photo supplied.

Yesterday Echonetdaily reported that NSW Greens MP, Dawn Walker had been fined for protesting against a logging operation that has been caught out destroying koala habitat in Gibberagee State Forest.

In response to that story, the Forestry Corporation of NSW has contacted Echonetdaily saying no fines were issued.

The Forestry Corporation has not issued any penalties or fines at Giberagee State Forest, said a spokesperson for Forestry Corporation of NSW.

Yesterday, (Wednesday, 13 February), community members entered a worksite that was closed to the public for safety reasons and our staff informed them they were in a closed area and asked them to move to a safer area.

Gibberagee State Forest is a regrowth forest with a long history of timber production. There are tight regulations around timber harvesting that ensure it is sustainable, that native flora and fauna are protected and that all harvested areas regrow into thriving, diverse, natural forests, and Forestry Corporation continues to operate in line with these regulations.

Recent changes to forest regulations use new, rigorous scientific mapping of potential koala habitat to ensure sufficient koala feed trees are retained even if koalas are not actually sighted, which only strengthens koala protections.

The new regulations have also increased long-term monitoring to ensure the rules in place are delivering the best environmental outcomes.

Harvesting Manager demanded name and home address

Echonetdaily contacted Ms Walker to clarify details of the protest.

08:31

Collaborators shoot to save magpie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This little maggie hung upside-down for several hours before being rescued. Photo Supplied.

The need to dispose of rubbish carefully has been highlighted recently with a young bird hanging for several hours entangled in twine.

Even small pieces of rubbish can cause untold suffering, according to WIRES this juvenile magpie had its leg entangled in twine and wire which then became snared in a branch high in a tree in Casino. In its panic to escape, the young bird ended up helplessly hanging upside down, flapping desperately.

The poor maggie hung suspended by one leg for at least 18 hours until a solution could be found. All the while a distressed adult magpie was worriedly keeping a close eye on the fledgling. WIRES bird specialist, Melanie, had grave fears that the magpie would suffer severe injuries to its leg.

The magpie was approximately two stories high in the tree, way too high to reach. After cherry picker options proved unavailable, WIRES made contact with Alistair from the RSPCA, who fortunately came to the rescue.

RSPCAs Alistair to the rescue. Photo supplied.

As a licensed shooter, Alistair carefully assessed the situation and decided it might be possible to bring down both the branch and the bird with a shot. It took incredible skill and three shots to get through the branch, before both the limb and magpie tumbled to the ground.

There was a moment of panic when the magpie became free while still attached to the rubbish and flew off, but it was caught again by Melanie.

Elizabeth at Central Vet Care Clinic, Casino, conducted an examination and fortunately there were no fractures to the magpies leg. It appeared to have a normal range of movement, despite being extremely sore.

After receiving some subcutaneous fluids to rehydrate, the magpie is now slowly recovering in WIRES care.

Where there is a will there is a way, and rescues such as this illustrate how important collaboration is in solving complicate...

08:30

Battle for West Byron returning to court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paul Bibby

The battle over West Byron will return to the Land and Environment Court next week after a compulsory conciliation meeting between the developer and Byron Council failed to bear fruit.

The developers responsible for one of two major proposals for the site, the R&D Group, took Council to court over its deemed refusal of their development application.

The court required the two parties to take part in a conciliation meeting on Monday to see if they could reach an agreement over R&Ds plans for a $40m 163-lot mega development.

Not surprisingly given Councils strong expressed opposition to the plan, the two sides were unable to agree, with a difference of opinion over expert evidence bringing the meeting to an early end.

The matter now looks set for a lengthy hearing in the Land and Environment Court, that could take months and cost both sides hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It is scheduled to return to the court on Tuesday for mention before Registrar Sarah Froh, at which point the applicants (R&D) will indicate whether they want an extension of time to respond to the legal arguments made by council during the recent conciliation meeting.

Stay tuned to Echonetdaily for updates!

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08:23

Valentine's Day Romance - Over the Moon Koon in Petersham "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fancy a beer and Chinese feed, love? Valentines Day done Petersham style. The Huntsbury Hotel in Petersham is a pub still pretty much rolling along much like it has for years.  It has that mix of RSL club carpet, dark wood and pool tables, nice and chrome free, there's plenty of sport on the screens and a friendly crew at the bar. And they pour a mean Reschs with a smile.

08:06

In which the pond ranges from Moorice to our Henry ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Dammit, will the reptile pain never end?

Just as they've successfully saved Western Civilisation - by shipping it to Wollongong - along comes a bloody bird

 

A bloody useless finch!

LAST-MINUTE REPORT? Well it's a completely meaningless step up from EXCLUSIVE.

Please, join the reptiles in chanting "kill the bird", or if you will, "kill the bloody bird", but a Bercow warning, anyone chanting "flip the bird" might well produce a brawl in the corridors of parliament

Well, the pond could go there, but it won't because above all, the pond is loyal, and when anything attracts the attention of one of the world's greatest climate scientists, the pond will follow


Now some might think that Moorice is stepping in prattling Polonius's hallowed ground - who but Polonius could expose the ABC? - but it should be remembered that Moorice cheerfully took his thirty pieces of silver from the broadcaster, and now has moved on ...

...

08:00

Art in the Heart helps you love Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Celebrating the success of Christmas Art in the Heart: Sprung artist Zac Mifsud, LightnUp Artistic Director Jyllie Jackson, Lismore City Council Manager of Economic Development Tina Irish, Christmas Art in the Heart Project Manager Sunita Bala from RealArtworks, and Sprung artist Katie Cooper-Wares. Photo supplied.

You might have noticed even more love in Lismore over the holidays thanks to the Christmas Art in the Heart project.

In this exciting concept that activated the Lismore CBD during the holiday season, Lismore City Council partnered with RealArtworks and Creative Lismore to enhance vacant shopfronts in the CBD and bring them to life.

The Christmas Art in the Heart project provided emerging and professional artists with a platform to showcase their art through installations, projections and window graphics.

Residents and visitors were bombarded with art in the CBD, from life-sized cut-outs of dancers from Sprung frolicking in a summer Christmas installation, to a community mural engaging pedestrians in Magellan Street and an Australian bush scene made with LightnUp lanterns.

The project attracted considerable interest outside of the Far North Coast with Accessible Arts viewing some of the art installations during a recent trip to Lismore. They are now keen to duplicate the project in other regional cities.

We are pleased that the feedback from Lismore CBD patrons and businesses has been really positive, said Sunita Bala from RealArtworks.

The CBD is a great place to work, socialise and relax. Working with empty shop spaces has seen some of these spaces now being commercially tenanted and thats a win for everyone.

The Art in the Heart concept also provides emerging and professional creatives with an opportunity to raise their profile and secure more opportunities to work with local businesses.

The project has continued to evolve with local businesses now keen to support a CBD empty shop installation for the Lismore Lantern Parade in June.

Local businesses have also pledged support for RealArtworks next creative endeavour, The (Un)usual, which is a Regional Arts NSW-funded trail of interactive art, live performance and installations linking The Quad through the CBD to the river.

The post...

08:00

Jake Shears And Courtney Act Added To Sydney Mardi Gras Party Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Singer Jake Shears and drag superstar Courtney Act have been confirmed for this years Sydney Mardi Gras Party. The Scissors Sisters frontman and Act will join the Brisbane boys from the Briefs Factory, HANDSOME, Paul Capsis and House of Sle as well as previously announced headliners PNAU and Kim Petras at the event, held after ...

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08:00

Tim Wilson clings to his seat for now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Tim Wilson clings to his seat for nowLabor has referred Tim Wilson to the Privileges Committee over his politicking over the inquiry into Labors franking credits policy. read now...

07:56

ACT redistribution submissions open "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The redistribution of ACT Legislative Assembly boundaries for the 2020 election has now commenced, with submissions opening last Monday and open until Monday 4 March.

The electoral map was radically drawn prior to the 2016 election, with the Assembly expanding from 17 to 25 seats, and with the number of electorates increasing from three to five.

This redistribution is likely to be less radical, but there have been some growing differences between electorates which will require some shifts in boundaries, increasing the influence of the northern suburbs of Canberra.

Elections ACT has calculated the projected population in each suburb as of 31 August 2018, and projected a likely population as of 17 October 2020 (the next election date). A quota has been calculated as one-fifth of the current population and the projected population, and this next table shows how much of a quota each current electorate makes up. Electorates are sorted from north to south.

Electorate Area Current quota Projected quota
Yerrabi Gungahlin and Belconnen 1.08 1.15
Ginninderra Belconnen 0.94 0.92
Kurrajong Central Canberra 1.04 1.03
Murrumbidgee Woden, Weston Creek, Tuggeranong 1.01 1.01
Brindabella Tuggeranong 0.93 0.89...

07:50

Bob and Wendy farewell the Cape after 22 years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bob and Wendy Levett will be missed at the Cape and the Byron Lighthouse after donating 22 volunteer years as conservationists and guides. Photo supplied.

There are as many reasons as there are people when it comes to volunteering your time to a good cause.

Byron Bay locals, Bob and Wendy Levett have spent 22 really good years giving their time and knowledge to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), as guides at their much loved Cape Byron Lighthouse.

The work of these active members of the community will leave a strong legacy when they move to Sydney to be closer to family. Along with getting involved in NPWS conservation work, the retired teachers greet visitors at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, sharing their passion for history.

We love working for the Byron community, says Mr Levett. We are going to miss all the wonderful friends we have made along with meeting people from across the globe and learning about their cultures.

The lighthouse gained a special place in the hearts of the Levetts when they started travelling to Byron with their children for annual camping trips.

As we got closer, we would be waiting for our first sight of the lighthouse. It was like a sentinel, letting us know we had almost arrived.

The children would slide down the hill from the lighthouse on big pieces of cardboard as the local goats watched on.

Bob and Wendy are role models

NPWS Education Officer, Delta Kay says the Levetts have been role models for all the new volunteers who have joined the program in the Tweed Byron area over the years.

Bob and Wendy are engaging, kind, and they share their wealth of knowledge in a passionate way to enhance the experience for our visitors to Cape Byron Lighthouse.

They have been wonderful advocates for the volunteer program and our local community.

NPWS runs a state-wide volunteer program which allows people to embrace their passion for nature and make a positive difference to our environment and heritage.

Ms Kay and the rest of the Tweed Byron NPWS team are keen to hear from dedicated people, like the Levetts, who are interested in volunteering their time to support conservation in the region.

Volunt...

07:37

Murray-Darling Basin (SA) Royal Commission Report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Murray-Darling Basin
(SA) Royal Commission Report

It is not sufficient to make broad comments and recommendations about what should be fixed without recognizing and taking into account why and how such matters got to the stage of needing to be fixed.
For example, it is clear that the management of the Basins water resources in a complex multi-jurisdictional environment requires better co-operation amongst the Basin States and the Commonwealth.

However, it is manifestly inadequate to simply recommend that these jurisdictions should collaborate and take joint responsibility, without also taking into account and considering the historical context of why those jurisdictions failed to collaborate and take joint responsibility.

A problem can only be solved completely by understanding its underlying cause. Otherwise, any purported solutions will only, at best, address its symptoms. Bret Walker, Commissioner

07:34

Australian cosmetic animal test ban bill passes Senate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

In a move that will see thousands of animals a year saved from the pain and suffering of animal testing, the Australian Senate has passed the Governments Industrial Chemicals Bills 2017, including measures to prohibit reliance on new animal test data for chemicals introduced into Australia for use as ingredients in cosmetics.

Passage of the bill passed yesterday in Canberra, was made possible thanks to an agreement reached with Humane Society International (HSI) this week, which saw the Government commit to 11 substantial reinforcing measures to ensure that all cosmetic ingredients are captured by the ban, together with funding to support the development and uptake of modern non-animal test methods.

HSI, together with its #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign partner Humane Research Australia, have welcomed the essential commitments which will ensure the implementation of a robust ban on cruel cosmetics in Australia.

HSI are pleased to welcome milestone

Hannah Stuart, HSI Campaign Manager for #BeCrueltyFree Australia, said they are pleased to welcome this milestone in moving to end reliance on cruel and outdated cosmetic animal testing in Australia. This weeks commitments by the Government to further restrict the use of new animal test data for cosmetic uses, and to reduce reliance on animal testing more broadly as well, come as a product of nearly three years of intensive negotiations with Humane Society International.

Paired with the Governments additional commitments to HSI, this ban reflects both the global trend to end cosmetics cruelty, and the will of the Australian public which opposes using animals in the development of cosmetics.

We thank the Government for showing leadership on this important issue, and HSI will continue to work with them to implement the commitments and enforce a robust ban.

This is a huge win for animals, consumers and science.

Stuart also said thay negotiations between HSI and the Government to secure the essential commitments and passage of the bill were made possible through overwhelming public and cross-party support of #BeCrueltyFree Australias campaign for a robust national ban on cruel cosmetics, and in particular through the support of key Coalition MPs Jason Wood and Steve Irons, as well as the crucial backing of Senate amendment and motion co-sponsors Labor, the Greens, Centre Alliance Senator Stirling Griff, Senator Derryn Hinch, and Senator Tim Storer.

The Governments additional commitments to HSI and #BeCrueltyFree Australia include:

Further crucial provisions in the Ministerial Rules that accompany the bill which will prohibit....

07:30

Mad dogs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Last night the police were asked to help a mentally ill person in Hawke's Bay. They were meant to help him. Instead, they killed him:

A man - who police had been trying to locate because of fears for his safety - has been killed after crashing into a truck while fleeing officers in Hawke's Bay.

Police had been trying to find the man most of Thursday after concerns were raised about his welfare.

Police located his vehicle on State Highway 5 at Eskdale at 9.40pm last night, and signalled for him to stop.

He did not and a pursuit was initiated.

"After a short period of time, the vehicle crossed the centre line and collided with an oncoming truck," said Hawke's Bay Acting Area Commander Inspector Jeanette Park.

"The driver of that vehicle a silver Mitsubishi stationwagon died at the scene."


Its a perfect example of what is wrong with police pursuit policy. Rather than exercising any judgement - which in this case would have been to back off and try to contact them later - the police behaved like mad dogs in pursuit of a small furry animal. And the results were as predictable as they are tragic: they killed the person they were trying to protect.

The police have to stop killing people. This policy has to change. As for how, The Side Eye shows us the alternative, and it is a lot safer and more humane. The problem is that our police force is not interested in safety or humanity. All they want to do is kill.

07:20

Adani in hot water over wetland breach "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Adani Group are in hot water again after news that they have had their second licence breach in two years.

The breach saw coal-contaminated water overflow from their port at Abbot Point into the Caley Valley Wetlands during last weeks heavy rainfall in Queensland.

Adani is currently being prosecuted by the Queensland government for a previous pollution breach, when it spilt more than 800% of the allowable level of coal-laden water into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

On Tuesday, Adani admitted it had again exceeded its licence to pollute by almost double, releasing 58 mg total suspended solids (TSS) into the sensitive wetlands Adani is licensed to release a maximum of 30 mgs per litre of TSS.

A statement from Adani

In a statement from Abbot Point Operations Adani said: Abbot Point Operations today reconfirmed that flood waters moving across the site last week did not enter the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

However, flood water did enter the Caley Valley Wetlands via an authorized release point, as well as from the wetlands broader catchment area.

Flood water entering the wetlands from Abbot Point Operations authorized release point was sent for analysis to an accredited third-party, confirming the total suspended solids, or volume of other debris materials (like soil, plant material, dust and other particulate material) within the flood water, was 58 mg/L.

CEO of Abbot Point Operations, Mr Dwayne Freeman, said the flood water was not coal-laden sludge.

This is a very minor elevation in total suspended solids, following an extraordinary weather event that caused flooding and damage to much of North Queensland including many homes, businesses, and farms, said Mr Freeman said.

These preliminary test results are a testament to the infrastructure upgrade program and the tireless work of our dedicated employees. We are confident there will be no environmental impacts to the wetlands area, despite this unprecedented weather event.

Mr Freeman said that Abbot Point Operations is working closely with officials from the Queensland Governments Department of Environment and Science in relation to the flood waters entering the wetlands.

Once we found the flood waters had moved across the site and into the wetlands, we notified the Depart...

07:03

Corner Inlet boxers compete in Canada "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

During their trip to Canada, Corner Inlet Boxing Clubs Jarvis Bindloss (second from left), Lachlan Lewis (third from left), Scott Bindloss (middle) and Tyler Bindloss (second from right) trained at the St Catharines Amateur Boxing Club in Ontario, where they posed for this photo with some of the coaches.

MEMBERS of the Leongatha-based Corner Inlet Boxing Club had the chance to put their skills to the test on the world stage on a recent trip to North America.
Accompanied by coach Scott Bindloss, young boxers Tyler Bindloss, Jarvis Bindloss and Lachlan Lewis travelled to Ontario, Canada at the beginning of February to compete in the countrys largest amateur boxing tournament, the Brampton Cup, an annual event drawing over 250 junior, youth and elite boxers from 60 plus boxing clubs.
Competing in the 75kg open elite class, 19-year-old Tyler, in his first fight in two years, put in an impressive effort against a four-time Canadian national champion with 76 fights under his belt.
Lachlan, 15, came away with a gold medal after his fight in the 52kg junior category.
But 16-year-old Jarvis returned home with a less desirable souvenir after his fight in the 60kg youth section. He was headbutted, resulting in an injury to his face that required six stitches.
The boys also visited New York City as part of the trip, getting in a bit of sightseeing and training alongside world champion boxers at the famous Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn.
Scott, whos had plenty of experience attending international boxing events as a coach and team manager, said the aim of the trip was to take the up and coming Corner Inlet boxers skills to the next level, with a spot at the world titles the ultimate goal.
For them to be competitive on the world stage, the best way to develop their skills is to take them out and compete wherever we can, Scott said after touching down back in Australia last week.
This was their first taste of international competition and Im very happy with how they performed.
They were all very competitive and presented themselves really well.
Tyler had a really tough opponent a super sharp boxer whos represented Canada at the world championships. It was a hard fight but he wasnt far off him.
Jarvis was winning his fight when he got headbutted and it was unfortunate that they awarded the win to his opponent. But all the boys had a ball....

06:52

1) NGO Sams Leaders On West Papua Bville "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Hundreds of students flee violence in Papua - reports
3) Indonesia-New Zealand Friendship Council initiates diplomacy from grassroots level

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1) NGO Sams Leaders On West Papua B'ville

February 15, 2019

A non-government organisation has slammed two national leaders for pushing for independence for West Papua and to some extent Bougainville through the referendum question.
The PNG Millennium Good Governance Organisation general secretary Steven Andambo said NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Oro Governor Garry Juffa should be mindful of their position as leaders of this nation.
...

03:45

Rudds tangle over broadband legacy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Today in The Australian

Now that we are almost as abundantly endowed with ex-prime ministers as we are with coal, it is perhaps unsurprising that emissions from the former have grown to rival those from the latter. But even in a crowded field, Kevin Rudds claim that it was never envisaged that the NBN generate a commercial rate of return merits a special place in the greatest moral challenge facing mankind.

00:16

Minor parties mix it up over mobile phone after miners parliamentary dinner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


News.com.au - Senator Brian Burston (right) and One Nation adviser James Ashby. 
Picture: The AustralianSource:Supplied


Pauline Hansons One Nation (PHON) senior staffer and United Australia Party (UAP formerly PUP) senator were involved in an altercation near the Great Hall of Parliament House after a Minerals Council of Australia Parliamentary Dinner on the evening of 12 February 2019.

The senator was formerly a member of PHON who split from Pauline Hanson in 2018.

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00:15

Clarence Valley 2019: keeping the Clarence River Estuary healthy for future generations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


like other heavy fabricating sectors shipbuilding involves the use of materials and manufacturing practices that can impact on the environment, can contribute to climate change[OECD Council Working Party on Shipbuilding (WP6), November 2010]

Shipyards are dangerous construction zones with many worker hazards. Shipbuilding, repair, cleaning, and coating use toxic chemicals and hazardous or flammable materials. These activities also can pollute water directly or through runoff. Repairs may require emptying dirty water from a ships ballast and bilge tanks into the surrounding waters.. Shipbuilding and ship repair use toxic chemicals that include chromium, copper, lead,and nickel. Ship cleaning activities use chemicals that include copper, hazardous or flammable materials, heavy metals, and solvents. They release lead, particulate mattervolatile organic compounds, zinc, and other air pollutants....

Thursday, 14 February

21:43

Senate Inquiry Recommends Further Delay Of Student Anti-Discrimination Bill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Senate committee examining a bill to scrap legal exemptions allowing discrimination against LGBT students at faith schools has recommended a further review, continuing the political impasse on the issue. In its report released on Thursday, the government-led committee into the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018, introduced by Labor senator Penny ...

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