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06:30

Don McGlashan Australian Tour October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sunday 28th Oct, 7.30pm 10.00pm, The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine
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Tuesday, 21 August

23:30

Peter Dutton 'knocks off' Ipswich Mayor's hooker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Front page of tomorrow's Courier Mail! The Ipswich Mayor''s alleged liaison would normally be a big front page lead. Not now in Queensland!

23:21

THE LIST. Who voted for whom in Round One of the Turnbull water torture. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The list as revealed to a Fairfax prophet in a cave near Canberra. TURNBULL (48 votes) Malcolm Turnbull Craig Laundy Ken Wyatt Paul Fletcher Dan Tehan Kelly ODwyer Christian Porter Julie Bishop Scott Morrison Mitch Fifield Christopher Pyne Mathias Cormann Marise Payne Simon Birmingham Michaelia Cash Josh Frydenberg Alex Hawke...

23:04

South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are planning a trip to South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe at Xmas to create a short dance video to include the 12 local language groups we will be meeting along the way similar to this. PM if you are interested !

The attached spreadsheet is the main planning tool.
Dates are not yet fixed in stone but I will be there from mid December to mid January, others will be joining and leaving at various stages.
In the spreadsheet you will see the 2 maps of the provisional route.
The worksheet Africa calculates distances and rough dates when we will be in each place.
The worksheet Summary calculates costs you can either enter the dates you will be there or the countries you wish to visit and the costs will be calculated.
Options include #of people and vehicle type (the Landy is more expensive but carries 5 people).
There are a few projects planned by various parties on the Expedition, which we are still trying to crystallise into a plan!
In no particular order :
Exploring the ancient megaliths and sound resonance technologies with Michael Tellinger
Creating a short dance video to include the 12 local language groups we will be meeting
Trying to visit as many safari parks as possible, experimenting with the Expedition Drone to find wild animals !

Please let me know if you have any questions or new ideas to add to the plan!

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It would be amazing to have you  along !

22:16

Texas firefighters get cancer, not workers compensation "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Firefighters & firefighter families recall colleagues & loved ones lost to Occupational Cancer

It has been said that firefighters have 2 families. The one at home, and the one at the firehouse. Although these families differ in many ways, they both suffer the same grief when their colleague or family member is lost to occupational cancer.

This video was produced by the Boston Fire Department with the support of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. It is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the need for proper protective gear for firefighters. Studies have proven that firefighters are exposed to cancer causing carcinogens when engaged in firefighting operations, and further studies have shown that cancer rates in firefighters are significantly higher than that of the general public as a result of this exposure.

This video was presented as part of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts 41st Biennial Convention in June 2015.

By Todd Denton in the USA:

Texas firefighters denied workers compensation for cancer

21 August 2018

More than 90 percent of Texas firefighters have been denied workers compensation for cancer treatments and missed time at work, according to a report released earlier this year by the Texas Department of Insurance.

Despite the passage of legislation in 2005 that was supposed to guarantee firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) health care and paid sick leave, these workerswho have an annual mean wage of $53,480 and a starting salary of just $27,500face financial ruin even as they fight for their lives.

More than a decade ago the Texas legislature voted unanimously to grant a presumption of cause to firefighters and EMTs,...

22:02

Here Comes the Avalanche, Part 4: Cathi Morgans Research "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newborns (photo nashvillebreastfeeding.org)

by Cathi Morgan

Editors note: This intriguing article was previously published on Cathi Morgans blog, which contains superb research: https://cathki.wordpress.com/

The Roots of Mass Programming

Post World War One, many measures were put in place in the UK to control the population, one such project was to ensure the controlability of each individual by traumatising them at birth and disrupting the mother-child bonding process.

Pavlov was a scientist using dogs to explore conditioning in Russia and his techniques were applied to humans. Specifically, they were used to set up the Communist school system (Watt) to indoctrinate all future Russian citizens. Pavlov noted that in humans, trauma results in personality fragmentation.

Subsequent intensive research in the West revealed that this would massively enhance susceptibility to mind control techniques using television and other tools of social...

21:46

Concetta's Letta "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'll leave you with a little Giacomo Puccino, Maria Callas sings O Mio Babbino Caro

21:29

Julian Hill MP quotes Shakespeare for country members "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sadly this highlight missed the cameras today. Marvellous to see a little wit returning to the chamber. Yesterday we brought you news of Christopher Pyne's Duchessing at Hamlet. Good to know that Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition was on the ball, perhaps reading our website. This is Labor's Julian HILL, the...

21:21

Burn out, fade away "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Coalition has two choices going forward, and both depend on the Labor Party. This means that the leader of the Labor Party, Bill Shorten, is more powerful than the current Prime Minister and more powerful than any Liberal who might replace him (Dutton, Abbott, Bishop, Morrison, take your pick).

Shorten's first option

Turnbull could reach out to Labor to pass a bipartisan NEG. It is possible that Shorten would play a cat-and-mouse game with him, and send Turnbull back to his party room with a deal he cannot sell, but this is not consistent with our experience of him. Shorten's behaviour as a union leader and as a minister under Rudd-Gillard-Rudd suggests that he will surprise observers not by demanding his opponents meet him halfway, but by offering the other side pretty much everything they want and then getting his side to back the eventual compromise. If you accept the idea that a Labor victory at the next election enables Shorten to reshape or abolish the NEG, then he loses almost nothing by giving Turnbull what he said he wanted last week. He even looks like the guy putting some steel into the spine of a weak leader, buttressing his claim to be a Hawke-like healer and uniter, and diminishing Liberal framing of him being a schemer and wrecker (certainly in contrast to Abbott). Whatever triumph Turnbull puts forward will never fully be his own, because Shorten will own it too.

Abbott, Dutton, and the para-Liberal right (e.g. Joyce, Bernardi, Hanson, Sky News, 2GB) will frame this compromise as selling out. As the Liberals start preselecting candidates for the coming election, the party at its grassroots will debate negotiating tactics in its deliberations over who they choose to participate in these negotiations. This debate will override any dictate from the leader's office or from a party-room vote. Turnbull has not done the work at the party's grassroots to make this debate work in his favour: he is not a grassroots politician even among Liberals, he is a politician who gets the lead players into a small room and hammers out a deal, the very outcome that will not work here. The wider Liberal Party will look like chaos, it will not be able to be contained by the party's gatekeepers, and Abbott is the Liberal Party's lord of misrule.

Turnbull cannot claim that any Liberal who supported the no-policy status quo is finished politically. The evolution of the Nationals away from being a farmers' party toward being a general non-metropolitan conservative party demonstrates this. The shadowy political support mechanisms provided by Gina Rinehart toward failed politicians Sophie Mirabella and Adam Giles, not to mention Cory Bernardi and Pauline Hanson, negate the idea that political aspirations end once the major parties are done with you.

Remember how big business groups like the BCA and Ai Group lobbied Liberal MPs to agree to something...

21:17

Businessman killedin seaplane crash leaves 41m to Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oxfam is to receive a 41m legacy from a businessman who was killed with his family in a seaplane crash in Australia, it has been reported.

21:07

#KIDSOFFNAURU appeal to Australian government "IndyWatch Feed National"

A group of about 30 NGOs has called for Australia to move refugee and asylum-seeker children from the island of Nauru, after the Australian Medical Association demanded action.

20:37

Ice Age Farmer Report: 'Seismic' geopolitical changes as Ring of Fire explodes in activity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Powerful seismic activity around the Ring of Fire, as Russia offers 2.5mil acres to China for growing soybeans. What a nice gesture..? Meanwhile, New Zealand is trying to keep China (and others) OUT of their farmland. Temps have dropped but the drought in East Australia persists - it's big news, and has kids emptying their piggy banks to feed cattle. Christian breaks it down. Sources

19:46

Australia abandons emissions targets agreed at Paris climate change conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

Embattled Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned plans to set a new emissions reduction target, following a revolt by MPs in his own government amid a potential leadership challenge. Mr Turnbull's signature energy policy - the National Energy Guarantee - contained a pledge to cut Australia's emissions by 26 per cent, based on 2005 levels, by 2030. The laws would have helped the country meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement. But after rebel Liberal Party MPs led by former prime minister Tony Abbott threatened to vote against the legislation - which would have triggered a crisis of confidence in Mr Turnbull - the PM decided to back down.

19:38

The Loveliest Leadership Challenge Where Everyone Sang Kumba Ya! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

After deciding that the overwhelming support of the party room wasnt enough to pursue the policy endorsed on Friday, Malfunction decided that he needed to change the policy because overwhelming support isnt the same as enough support. He changed it yesterday. Moving on Sky News told us today that some Coalition members called for an

The post The Loveliest Leadership Challenge Where Everyone Sang Kumba Ya! appeared first on The AIM Network.

19:23

Red-legged Crake, Blue-winged Pitta in Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Red-legged Crake
We had a 3-day stopover in Singapore en route to Africa, staying at the Robertson Quay Hotel. The first morning we hooked up with Martin Kennewell, a well-known local birder, who took us to a spot in north-west Singapore, in Lim Chu Kang. Here we eventually got on to a Blue-winged Pitta that had been hanging around for a couple of weeks in a small patch of regrowth forest. This species is usually rare in Singapore at this time of year and one Bill and I had both missed previously in Asia, so we were pretty chuffed. Unfortunately it didn't pose for an image.

Red-legged Crake
The next morning we were off to Singapore's Botanic Gardens, probably the best place in the world to see Red-legged Crake, another much-wanted bird both of us had missed previously. We found one exactly where Martin said - just south-east of Lake Symphony. It was strutting around among the Heliconia patches between the lake and forest - quite in the open and oblivious to the many passers-by. It was in fact no less shy than the White-breasted Waterhens that were about. Evidently it is only relatively recent years that the crakes have moved in to the gardens.

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19:17

Americans Are as Spacey as Ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

The white race and I mean Israeli, Iberian, Slovak, Anglo-Saxon, Caucasian, and the lot of us is crazy. We do not need Susan Sontag to declare the white race as cancer on the world to ramify the point, since its been more than 50 years since she declared:

If America is the culmination of Western white civilization, as everyone from the Left to the Right declares, then there must be something terribly wrong with Western white civilization. This is a painful truth; few of us want to go that far. The truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, Balanchine ballets, et al., dont redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history; it is the white race and it aloneits ideologies and inventionswhich eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself.

The zenith of this insanity, of course, encompasses the world leaders of all those European nations, the UK, Australia, that demented cabal in Tel Aviv, the amazing daft of Americanos, and the entire lot who works the wormhole of destruction and continuing hollowing out with that soft shoe power of money, might and ethos that states we dont need no stinking ethics . . . and we kill the world at will.

Im working daily with homeless veterans, and the reality of what it means to have Trump or Clinton or Bernie or any of them in the leeching single party of Demons-RepubliRats running the show is that its a prostitutes game of the highest order: homeless with property debts, evictions, miles and miles of contracts to pay back worthless schooling (degrees), mental health not being treated, crimes invented and prosecuted against them, endless toil in lines of bureaucracy, the trauma of substance abuse and then sobriety, the end game of just wanting to get a cheap house to call home to fortify against the constant chatter of the money launderers and repo men.

Reality is Americans in large part are broken, man, and their progeny are a hop, skip and a jump from disability classification, as each new birth is a crap-shoot of this or that physiological, genetic and mental impingement. Debilitating and lifelong scarlet letters of Double D-B-C-E at birth stitched on their Triple X sleeveless Budweiser T-shirts.

Disabled/Debt-ridden, Broken/Blank-Bankrupted, and Crippled/Corrupted, Epigenetic/ER-prone, at birth, as the psychological torturers bring to us more and more hormone-disrupting, DNA-warping, mental-draining and spiritual-tapping goods and services that have shackled us to a sy...

19:15

No Recovery For Crypto Markets as Altcoins Dump Again "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

FOMO Moments

Markets are receding again; EOS and Tezos falling, Iota and Lisk staying afloat.

In a pattern we have witnessed countless times this year the market rally could not be sustained and cryptos have dumped again. Red dominates the boards this morning as total market capitalization wipes out the last few days gains and drops back below $215 billion.

Bitcoin has remained stable and has not dropped with the rest of the altcoins. It is still trading at $6,470, the same level it has been at for the past couple of days. Consequently BTC market dominance has crept up again to 52.6% as its brethren suffers. Ethereum has been kicked again dropping 3.6% back to $285, its lowest level for almost a year.

The altcoins are all in the red with EOS taking the biggest hit in the top ten dropping 5% back to $4.90. Stellar and Cardano are also losing over 4% on the day and the rest between 2 and 3 percent. Further down the chart at the top twenty only Iota is in the green at the moment with a 1.7% gain to $0.528 which is still massively down over the year.

After its pump yesterday Tezos is dumping 13% today dropping the coin back to $1.35. Dash and Neo are also dropping back 4% as gains go out of the window once again. The rest of the top twenty is declining 1-3% at the time of writing. This pattern is repeated down to the top thirty coins with only Lisk showing a gain. LSK is up 2.5% to $3.92 which is also very low for this altcoin which topped $30 just seven months ago.

Newcomer to the top one hundred, Eternal Token, is pumping at the moment, up 28%. Power Ledger is also doing well climbing 6% on a listing on Australias BTC Markets exchange. On the red end of the scale is Veritaseum dumping 14% with Bitcoin Private and Kucoin Shares not far behind.

Total crypto market capitalization has fallen back after almost a week of gains from its 2018 low last Tuesday. With $212 billion markets have shed 1.8% over the past 24 hours, trade volume has remained low at $12 billion indicating that there is more of this to come.

Nothing seems to be able to give the markets the lift they need at the moment, there have be no hacks or negative news prompting the plunge. Any good news is having a negligible impact on the whole ecosystem, just the odd pump and dump for individual altcoins. The 2018 down trend...

19:06

Reclaiming our sense of collective and community Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

My home town (where I was born and still spend a lot of time) is Melbourne, Victoria. It is a glorious place, at least the inner suburbs within about 3-4 kms of the city centre where I hang out mostly. It recently lost its top place in the Economist Intelligence Units Global Liveability Index (most pleasant place to live) to Vienna (Source). One wag thought it might have been because the Economist got confused between Australia and Austria. Economists are easily confused! But the reason I mentioned this is because it is symptomatic of how neoliberalism has reconstructed our realities and degraded our sense of community. The competitive narrative, even though firms go all out to use power and deception to fix and rig markets in their favour, now dominates our perception. While I identify with Melbourne and would think a significant part of my identity is linked to that identification, the neoliberal narrative with its distinctive language, aims to reconstruct the community and communities of Melbourne, not as social and cultural artifacts, but as products competing with other cities of the world for supremacy. I was thinking about this as I scope out the structure of the next book that Thomas Fazi and I will publish next year as a follow-up to our current book Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, 2017). Thomas and I have advanced our ideas and we will, in part, be focusing on how communities and the nation state work together to advance progressive outcomes. In our first book together, we set out how nation states can operate from a technical perspective and what they should do to provide for a progressive future. In the next book, we will dig deeper into the ways people and their communities have to re-empower themselves. Language, construction, vocabulary, and framing are all significant in this regard.

When I was a post graduate student I was often thinking about the idea that technology is more than an engineering capacity. It also has an ideological dimension.

The debates in those days (and the great Austrian writer Andr Gorz was central to them) often were centred on whether a socialist state should use capitalist mass production technology and Taylorism, which alienated the worker from their product.

I disagreed with Gorz over his advocacy of a basic income guarantee. But he knew that these innovations were the key to the capacity of early capitalists to take control of production from skilled labour and increase the exploitation rate.

In turn, it spawned the push for mass consumpt...

18:47

Life expectancy declines in USA, Britain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: British Medical Journal

By Kate Randall in the USA:

Studies: US life expectancy drops as mortality rises among younger adults

21 August 2018

While most high-income countries experienced a drop in life expectancy in 2015 for the first time in decades, only the United States and the United Kingdom saw that disturbing trend continue into 2016.

The recent declines in American life expectancy are due in part, but not exclusively, to drug overdoses, suicides and alcoholism. Deaths among middle-aged Americans over the past decade and a half were also attributed to heart, lung and other organ diseases, as well as to mental and behavioral disorders.

These were the findings of two studies published last week in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). The continuing decline in US life expectancyand the increase in mortality among younger adults and across all ethnic groupspoints to systemic social causes driving this crisis.

The first study, by sociologists Jessica Ho of the University of Southern California and Arun Hendi of Princeton University, examined trends in life expectancy across 18 so-called high-income countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the US and the UK.

The study focused on 2014 to 2016, because previous research has shown life expectancy dropping significantly between those years. Ho and Hendi found that 14 of the countries experienced declines in life expectancy for both men and women from 2014 to 2015. Only Australia, Japan, Denmark and Norway did not.

The decline in life-expectancy was generally attributable to an unusually severe influenza season in 20142015. Leading causes of non-US deaths in this period included influenza and pneumonia, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers disease, as well as mental and nervous system disorders. Most of these deaths occurred in the over-65 population.

But while many of the co...

17:38

Taiwan says China out of control as it loses El Salvador to Beijing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Taiwan vowed on Tuesday to fight Chinas increasingly out of control behavior after Taipei lost another ally to Beijing when El Salvador became the third country to switch allegiances to China this year.

Taiwan now has formal relations with only 17 countries worldwide, many of them small, less developed nations in Central America and the Pacific, including Belize and Nauru.

Speaking in Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan would not bow to pressure, describing El Salvadors decision as further evidence of Chinas efforts to squeeze the island, which have included regular Chinese bomber patrols around Taiwan.

We will turn to countries with similar values to fight together against Chinas increasingly out-of-control international behavior, Tsai said.

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters earlier that Taipei was not willing to engage in money competition with its giant neighbor.

He said El Salvador had been continuously asking for massive funding support since last year for a port development, but Taiwan was unable to assist with the unsuitable project after assessment.

Pressure from China would only make Taiwan more determined to continue our path of democracy and freedom, he said.

 

Chinas rude and unreasonable behavior will certainly have negative impact to cross-strait relations. This is also not how a responsible country should behave.

Beijing considers Taiwan to be a wayward province of one China, ineligible for state-to-state relations, and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.

In Beijing, the Chinese governments top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said El Salvador had made the right decision.

Wang Yi

Im confident that the people of El Salvador will feel the warmth and friendship of the Chinese people and derive tangible benefits from its cooperation with China, Wang told reporters alongside his El Salvador counterpart, Carlos Castaneda, shortly after the pair signed an agreement establishing ties.

El Salvadors president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, announced in a nationally televised speech that his government had...

17:33

FixedIt: Hes not accused of raping a suburb or an outfit "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Telegraph reported that the 32 year old man charged with kidnapping and raping a 12 year old girl and exposing himself multiple times to another girl, 11 years old.

The court must determine his guilt or innocence, this commentary is only about the way the charges against him are described in the media.

The media has a long history of sensationalising crime, particularly sexual crimes. A recent review of research on media reporting of violence against women found sensationalist reporting of sexual crimes was common. When white men are charged with sexual violence against women or children they dont know (and therefore cannot be vilified by race) they are turned into monsters. They are clearly segregated from normal men and stranger danger myths are significantly over inflated to again make clear that men who commit these crimes are deviant monsters, not the bloke who lives next door or plays in your footy team on weekends.

Nicknames for rapists are a common means of dehumanising the victim, the perpetrator and the crime.

In this case the alleged victims are not even mentioned in the headline, theyre replaced by the name of a suburb and the style of clothing the accused man was wearing during the alleged rape. Theyre children and should not be invisible in this process.

The perpetrator has the right to the presumption of innocence but the public has a right to a clear understanding of the charges against him. He was not accused of raping a suburb or an outfit. He was accused of raping a 12 year old girl and exposing himself to an 11 year old. Those basic details of the charges against him belong in the headline.

There is a reason headlines matter so much.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive...

17:31

People in government committing the Commonwealth offence of tampering with mail "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


With the help of this invention called social media on the government carriageway called the internet, the general population have been able to share information at blistering speeds, something the colonialists would never have dreamed of during the early days of this penal colony.

While during the early days of the internet, people may have written to various government departments for example, inquiring as to whether the Bill of Rights is valid in whichever state they live in, this information remained with the authors and maybe few others. 

Today this information can be shared all around the world instantaneously. 

As a result of this quick information sharing, this has led to other people asking questions that people in government do not want to answer, keeping in mind that the people in government are there to represent their constituents.

We have obtained documentation that the people within the doors of the business we call the Parliament of Victoria (ABN: 57 505 521 939) are tampering with Australia Post with regards to receiving letters that contain questions that they do not wish to answer.

Keep in mind that some of the better government information is the documentation that they do no want the general population to see. 


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17:17

Refugee Activists statement - SHOCKED evil DUTTON replaced by evil MORRISON "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well, there's one upside! Media Release - 21.08.18 - updated Morrisons Return Shocks Refugee Activists Key Refugee and Anti Racism Activists have reacted strongly to the news that draconian Dutton has been replaced as Minister by his predecessor Scott Morrison. Grassroots refugee activists have commented on Morrisons ascendance to Home...

17:00

Charisma and Banality: Kofi Annan and the UN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Being the head of a creature essentially without spine, and, even more to the point, with vague form, must be something of a challenge. Part of the failing of the United Nations probably lies in its disparate existence, a scattered composition of bureaucratic entities that, when they come together, supply a perfect picture of inertia.

The post Charisma and Banality: Kofi Annan and the UN appeared first on The AIM Network.

16:58

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #608 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 21 - 27 August 2018Newsletter | #608 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 21st August 2018 to Monday 27th August 2018 A Walk In The Park | Parkinson's Victoria Book Week 2018 Chiltern Antique Fair Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show German Auto Show | Deaf Children Australia Hearing Awareness Week Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Open Day Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 Paperific Craft Expo Retro Nostalgia & Collectables Fair Rocky Horror Show (last days) Super 70s | Fashion Exhibition Animal Rights March West Projections Festival World Junior Motocross Championship Parma For A Farmer | Victorian Pubs The Australian Creedence Show & Dinner BABBA - Australia's Premier ABBA Show The Shaggy's - Friday Night Live Music Live Jazz: Frances Madden & Band Melbourne's Free Art Galleries Enjoy #Melbourne Paperific Craft Expo Friday 24 August 2018 - Sunday 26 August 2018 Papercraft Lovers set aside a whole day and expect Heaven on Earth. Paperific Craft Expo 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival 24 August to 2 September | Melbourne Get amid the best writers and performers of our generation, as they tackle matters of life and death. See them on stage and in bars, and go with them as they venture into new terrain a cemetery, an animal church, museums and more. Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Sunday 26th August 2018 | 10am - 4pm | Night Market 4pm-8pm Catch a steam train to Hurstbridge Wattle Festival, enjoy a fabulous and extensive array of entertainment, events and activities for all the family, many of them free. Hurstbridge Wattle Festival 2018 Drought Relief Appeal Victorian pubs doing Parma For A Farmer for Rural Aid's drought relief. $1 from every plate will be going to help drought-stricken farmers all over the country. --> Victorian Pub List...

16:58

Turnbulls last chance for greatness "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Since he first entered the Australian political scene as a leading proponent of republicanism, Malcolm Turnbulls career has been one long series of disappointments, which involved failing (more or less steadily) upwards.  Barring a miracle, his career is now effectively over. In the unlikely event that he survives as PM to the next election, he is assured of electoral defeat and subsequent oblivion.

But, he has one last chance for greatness. Its now clear that  many of his Liberal colleagues and, almost certainly, a majority of coalition MPs, want to hand the country over to an overt racist, bigot and climate denialist*. Yet it would only take 75 votes on the floor of the House of Representatives to stop this from happening.  A handful of genuine liberals in the Liberal party would be enough*.*

If Turnbull led such a group, he would be reviled by his own side, most of whom hate and/or despise him anyway, but he would finally justify the hopes of millions of Australians (including me) who actually believed he could change politics for the better.

Even if the requisite handful could not be found, Turnbull could resign his seat and recontest it as an independent, or support someone else pledged to oppose Dutton.  That would give at least some electors a chance to have their say.

Of course, this is all said in bitter jest.  Turnbull has never stood for anything and never will. He will hang on to the last possible moment, then capitulate meekly.

*  I mean Dutton, though his puppetmaster Abbott fits the bill also. In his inglorious run as PM, he at least paid lip service to racial equality and climate reality, but that has now gone out the window.

** Somewhere between one and five depending on how the independents and fringe parties went. I assume that any confidence agreements made with Turnbull would lapse.

16:46

Liverpool Plastered With Women Dont Have Penises Stickers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has vowed to remove anti-transgender stickers which have been plastered throughout the city. Dozens of the pink stickers with the words Women dont have penises have been placed on Anthony Gormleys famous cast iron sculptures. The group behind the stunt, Liverpool ReSisters, is unhappy about the right of transgender people ...

The post Liverpool Plastered With Women Dont Have Penises Stickers appeared first on QNews Magazine.

16:30

Full text of Shorten's speech on the handover of the prime ministership "IndyWatch Feed National"

I move that this House has no confidence in the Prime Minister. Today it is clear that we have a Prime Minister in name only. He is a Prime Minister without power, he is a Prime Minister without policies. He has scraped home at the last election with no authority...

16:30

#LibSpill, NEG or NBN? It's not poor MALsplaining Malcolm Turnbull's fault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

#LibSpill, NEG or NBN? It's not poor MALsplaining Malcolm Turnbull's faultThe MSM needs to stop making for excuses for Turnbull's failures and subject him to the same scrutiny endured by Julia Gillard. read now...

15:28

Bill Shorten giving a rousing speech - hard to disagree with what he's saying - he's been made by Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

I don't disagree with much of what Shorten's said. He was given a second life by Turnbull. And he used it. Shorten wouldn't be in his job, let alone the parliament, it Abbott had stayed in place. This is all down to Turnbull. Now Turnbull is saying what he should...

15:15

Peter Boettke on F A Hayek "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Peter Boettke is a prolific writer and a Professor of Economics and Philosophy at the George Mason University at Fairfax, Virginia. He was elected President of the Mont Pelerin Society for 2016-2018.
He has written a major work on the contribution of F A Hayek and these are the chapter abstracts.

Enjoy!

Chapter 1. Friedrich Hayeks ideas played a fundamental role in all major debates over economic policy-making throughout his lifetime and beyond. They were developed in a precise historical context and were the result of the intellectual influence of his teachers and colleagues. Unfortunately, they are surrounded by the following misconceptions: his economics was atomistic; he believed markets to be perfectly efficient and government plays no role in a market economy; and he thought any government intervention will lead to totalitarianism. Due to their importance, these ideas demand careful consideration to go beyond the misconceptions in order to engage them fully and employ them to make sense of Hayeks ideas and how they apply to our world today.

A minor quibble on Chapter 7 Hayek belongs to a long tradition of social scientists who saw themselves as contributing to the invisible hand theorizing of Adam Smith. Years ago my late friend Roger Sandall made me read a (then) recent biography of Adam Smith. This may have referred to the hidden hand that Smith once or twice mentioned and it is surprising that the hand is so often regarded as the leitmotif of Smiths thought because the overwhelming impression from this book was that Smith was relentlessly engaged in institutional analysis.

Apparently he envisaged a Newtonian synthesis in the human sciences in four volumes. He completed the first two on the moral system and the economy but he did not get past preliminary work on politics and the law. Ironically one of the things that diverted his time and energy from the great task was his diligent work on a committee concerned with tariffs. He directed that all those drafts and notes should be burned when he died.

Something like the Smithian synthesis might have emerged from the joint efforts of von Mises, Talcott Parsons and Karl Popper in the 1930s if they had pooled their resources instead of working in different directions. For example in 1944/45 Popper briefly signalled the need for social and institutional analysis to explain scientific and industrial progress but he didnt follow up the insight (Sections 31 and 31 in The Poverty of Historicism).

15:12

Gay Men Urged To Take Care After Antibiotic Resistant Shigella Outbreak "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Health experts in New South Wales have warned of an outbreak of a multi-drug-resistant strain of Shigella among gay men around the state. Shigella is a bacteria that causes a bowel infection which can result in vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, fever and nausea. ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said infection takes place when tiny particles of ...

The post Gay Men Urged To Take Care After Antibiotic Resistant Shigella Outbreak appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:53

Peter West: Restoration as revolution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

About a week ago, Steve posted the article Jordan Peterson trashes the left once again. He quoted from an article by Joy Pullman, called (big breath) The Left Is Actually Afraid Of Jordan Peterson Because Hes Leading A Revolt Against Their Corruption. It was published in The Federalist. Pullman starts her article by commenting on an earlier piece from The Atlantic, by Caitlin Flanagan . I had previously read, with amazement, Flanagans article.  It seemed to me to be schizophrenic.  The quote that Pullman utilises in her second paragraph encapsulates its central weirdness. Ill quote her here again.

They began listening to more and more podcasts and lectures by this man, Jordan Peterson, she writes. The young men voted for Hillary, they called home in shock when Trump won, they talked about flipping the House, and they followed Peterson to other podcasts to Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan. What they were getting from these lectures and discussions, often lengthy and often on arcane subjects, was perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives.

When I first read it, I could not credit it.  How could you watch the dismantling of the rationale of the modern left and yet vote for Clinton?  It made no sense to me at all.  To me it had seemed self-evident that identity politics, in all its vituperative glory, was the primary driver of Democratic politics, and that to undermine its foundations was to undermine the entire rationale of the Democratic Party.  Democratic voices opposed to the identity politics that dominated the media, mainstream and social, were never, as far as I could tell from here, heard.

It also seemed self-evident that the Democratic Party was, by virtue of these emphases, not a centrist party, but a party of the left.  Yet Flanagan, author of the above remarks, titled her article, Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson, and throughout she makes it clear that she, and her Peterson-listening, Clinton-voting sons, are not now, nor have they ever been, on The Left.  Jordan Peterson, and the intellectual dark web are offering kryptonite to identity politics, yet Barack Obama [is] the poet laureate of identity politics. So, was Obama on The Left?  The producers of Today, and Good Morning America and CBS This Morning did their bit by not giving Peterson a platform to promote 12 Rules for Life, presumably because these programs are voices of The Left.  But not Flanagan....

14:44

Kiwis migrating to Oz again "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Choice

After a 3-year hiatus, it seems that more Kiwis are heading to West Island again (as opposed to the other way around). 


Australia is winning in the permanent and long term migration Bledisloe Cup, at least.

It's interesting to note that the unemployment rate has been lower in New Zealand than in Australia for quite some time.

And there were some one-off factors, such as the post-earthquake Christchurch rebuild. 

But maybe the tide is turning just a little now back in favour of Australia. 


Special visa class for rugby players, anyone?

14:41

Saving history from the Ramsay Centres warriors "IndyWatch Feed National"

How did we end up here? Where the well-funded public defenders of our embattled civilisation put so much energy into the culture wars and so little into the culture? Where the defenders of free thought want to send operatives in to run health checks on free academics? The Ramsay Centre debacle has been almost too tiresome to even engage with: the usual battle lines, the familiar sense of righteous paranoia, that same elite anti-elitism.

14:30

The ATAs Cheap Energy Guarantee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ATA is inviting coalition MPs to sign up to their Cheap Energy Guarantee.

01 Scrap The Paris Mandate
Utilising Behavioural Economics not mandates to achieve Paris Targets.

It is proposed that the National Energy Guarantee would ensure 18% of energy emissions be sourced from renewable sources and that techniques learned from behavioural economics be used to ensure voluntary compliance to bridge the gap to 28%.

This is a significantly superior model to that currently proposed of leaving emissions reduction quotas to the discretion of future Energy or Environment ministers, a model which puts electricity consumers at risk and causes great investment uncertainty. Households and businesses who have a commitment to renewable energy would be able contribute additional funds to ensure Australia matches or exceeds its commitment under the Paris Accord, thereby offsetting their carbon emissions and even leaving a negative carbon footprint. This is more economically efficient and also matches liberal values of individual choice and personal responsibility.

A model based on the most cutting edge behavioural economics research will facilitate compliance.

02 Provide Certainty For Gas & Coal Investment
Ensuring investment certainty through codifying regulatory compensation.

A key factor in increased prices is the barrier to investment due to regulatory uncertainty. As a result, investments in certain types of power generation is not made, and prices of existing generators are significantly inflated due to a perceived shorter lifespan. Codifying a system of regulatory compensation will guarantee companies significant payouts for losses if the regulatory environment is changed. This will provide certainty and will drive down costs in a manner that remains true to free market principles.

03 Abolish All Green Subsidies
Treat all sources of energy generation equally by 2020.

Levelling the playing field by bringing forward the elimination of market-distorting subsidies and green energy programs to 2020 will save considerable taxpayer funds which may be invested elsewhere, while simultaneously stabilising investment opportunities driving down costs to consumers. While the federal government plans to abolish the Renewable Energy Target and phase out subsidies by 2020, states and territories including Queensland maintain their own Renewable Energy Targets.

These do not just hurt consumers within those jurisdictions, but hurt consumers in other states and territories who share the collective National Energy Market grid and have no say in the matter. Where these policies are proven to negatively impact electricity p...

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD
Converter

13:47

Now renting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Starting to see just a bit more of this in Brisbane now.

Source: Harcourts

The coming infrastructure boost will help.

13:33

FixedIt: Invisible alleged perpetrator on invisible attempted murder charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

MYGC reported on a man who was charged with attempted murder, contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO, break and enter dwelling, inflict grievous bodily harm, and two counts of common assault. His ex partner is in hospital with life threatening head injuries.

This commentary is not about his guilt or innocence, which can only be determined by a court. This is about how the charges against him are (or are not) described..

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you w...

13:20

The Third Industrial Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I belong to a degrowth group on facebook. The owner of this group posted a link to a youtube video titled The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy. I downloaded it sight unseen so that I could watch it on my TV while its Jeremy_Rifkinpissing down with rain outside and I frankly have nothing else better to do. luckily for those up North in terrible drought, well be sending some your way next weekend. Ive never liked Jeremy Rifkins crazy ideas, and had I realised he was the star attraction of this film, I probably would not have downloaded it in the first place, but having done so, and under the abovemnetioned weather conditions, I went ahead anyway

The first half hour was for me the best part, because he clearly explains with some crucial left out items why were in deep shit. What really leaves me flumoxed is how someone who clearly understands thermodynamics and entropy cannot come to grips with their repercussions.

A Third Industrial Revolution Would Seal Our FateWhy Jeremy Rifkin is Dead Wrong

For me, it was extraordinarily hard to find where to start my criticismnot because of the lack of strength of his arguments, but simply because it is just plain hard to even know where to start! E...

13:10

Warning. Social justice warriors at work in our ABC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A nice pickup from None at 10.57 on the Dutton Challenge thread. History teachers at two Sydney universities contributing to the Religion and Ethics section if you please. Warning, vested interests are misreading modern history and undermining the welfare state. They write:

At a time when conservative governments, the Murdoch press and their corporately funded think-tank supporters run down university departments of history in this country, the need for careful interpretations of the past has never been more evident.

Indeed!

13:00

In which the pond gets around to the Caterist ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


As everyone should know by now, truth isn't truth, and so there's no point reading the Caterist in the hope of finding truth, because there's no truth in the Caterist world, just the warm, cosy feeling of government cash in the paw


Now that little sugar hit is way better than truth, and surely a path to some kind of epiphany

The pond had to put aside the epiphanic Caterist earlier in the day in the hope of witnessing a slaughter, but even though the near death experience has passed for the moment, his piece reads as a piece of sublime irrelevance, as if the NEG still had some kind of life and substance


To be fair, the Caterist was blessed with a Krygsman, thereby guaranteeing cult status, though the pond was torn between seeing Dave and the mutton Dutton in the picture

As for the rest, it's the usual sly innuendo of Caterist climate science denialism at work. The way this goes down is that the furtive sociology student and van driver slinks around, never actually tackling the science, but instead muttering about HAL, computers, modelling, and dropping waggish hints...

13:00

The Private Suppression of Public Expression "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Today we interrupt your regular market insight for something a little different.

Theres a sinister trend developing in the digital world.

Im starting to think that no one is safe.

At best, it threatens your freedom to obtain information.

At worst, it threatens your freedoms.

For years, The Daily Reckoning Australia has warned that governments around the world were out to limit your personal liberties.

But this growing threat is more powerful than any government could ever hope to be.

Thats because Western governments are elected. To get votes, they must pander to voters. So change is often slow. Freedom-suppressing legislation takes generations to become enshrined in law.

Thats why the real danger lies with private companies.

Im talking about the trillion-dollar tech sector.

The one controlled by a handful of powerful and unelected CEOs.

The internet to the 21st century is what the steam engine was to the industrial age.

It has revolutionised our ability to discover, consume and share information like never before.

A natural extension of the digital age is social media. As our lives moved online, so did our social habits.

Through this, the world had created a forum for people to express their thoughts and find like-minded individuals to interact with.

Yet in less than a decade, this social revolution has morphed into oppression of the masses.

We began to witness this a few years back. Companies like Facebook, Inc. [NYSE:FB] and Instagram became overzealous in policing the pictures of breastfeeding mothers.

Given the prevalence of lewd material on the internet, this policy reeked of double standards.

Facebook and Instagrams insistence of removing such photos and in many cases shutting down peoples profiles was the canary in the coal mine.

About a year ago, Facebook started issuing warnings to people who they felt werent using their real name in their profile. It threatened suspected accounts with closure.

This was seen as a sign that Facebook was pushing to remove anonymity online.

It was also the point at which the canary in the coal mine snuffed it. And yet few were paying attention.

The price we pay is that social media companies now control us.

Engineering public opinion

Two weeks ago, American radio host Alex Jones was cut off from all social media.

If you havent heard of Ale...

12:52

Southern Business Womens Network turns 20 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Southern Business Womens Network celebrated a 20 year milestone on Thursday night.
In 1998, a small group of women developed an idea to support women in business.
This network would be based on similar trade associations.
Now it is 2018 and the network has 300 members.
The network is thriving. It truly was an idea that would flourish through time, network president Dana Hughes said.
Around 180 attended a celebratory dinner at the Inverloch RACV Resort on Thursday night.
As well as local business women, guests included South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt, South Gippsland councillors Ray Argento, Meg Edwards and Alison Skinner, Bass MLA Brian Paynter, Labor candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale and sponsors of the network.
The network covers businesses from Phillip Island right through to Welshpool.
Ms Hughes said the network was about forming connections, developing opportunities and stepping out of comfort zones.
Often, members are inspired by guest speakers sourced by the networks leadership team.
We run 12 dinners a year and over the last 20 years we have offered 8000 opportunities to network, she said.
The network has grown steadily over the past five or six years.
On Thursday, those who attended the dinner were inspired by guest speaker Andrew Griffiths.
Mr Griffiths was a member of Richard Bransons Melbourne Dream Team.
He shared a story that started from humble beginnings to success in business.
I have been in business for 35 years. I am here to offer advice for entrepreneurs about how to survive and thrive in business, he said.
Through my story, I share strategies to take on and use in business. I have travelled extensively, recently to London and Iran, and observe what is happening in business internationally and provide advice in forums like these.
Ms Hughes said the network has also been largely successful in providing employment opportunities, and contributing new ideas and concepts for businesses across South Gippsland.

Special occasion: from left, guest speaker Andrew Griffiths, Southern Business Womens Network president Dana Hughes and Bass MLA Brian Paynter were thrilled to celebrate the networks 20 year milestone on Thursday at Inverloch RACV Resort.

...

12:51

Gate closes on local produce "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A LOCAL fresh produce business has finished indefinitely in the face of challenging barriers to entering a market dominated by major supermarket chains.
FarmGate Online, a local food distribution company which operated from distribution points along the Bass Coast and South Gippsland, ceased operating recently.
Leaving no debtors in its wake, FarmGate Online owners Aladair Moodie and Karen Vincent said they went into the fresh produce industry committed to locally sourced, fair priced produce.
The economics were still tight to be playing a sort of equal game with the major supermarkets that bring stuff in from offshore, Mr Moodie said.
We are closing out of this operation knowing we will pay everybody we committed to. So ethically that sits well with me.
Its certainly not satisfying to walk away but there is a point where you have to say, If I keep doing this Im going to drain my bank account and we just had to make that call.
The end of local coolstores over the years limited options for growers who are limited to selling commercial quantities to supermarket giants who have distribution of scale, and delivery networks well-established and well financed.
Although a small scale operation, FarmGate Online operated on a delivery model whereby people purchased their food from the company website and it was delivered to a farm gate a collection point.
This allowed regional and rural customers to purchase Australian grown produce and a percentage of the purchase was donated to the not for profit farm gates.
This business closure follows a worrying trend in the industry with the sudden closure of Aussie Farmers Direct earlier this year which left franchisees and other debtors severely out of pocket.
Ms Vincent said she had been resistant to closing indefinitely because she could not bear to see that the business could not work.
I really enjoyed putting the boxes together and communicating with customers. I love going to market its a fascinating place to go, she said.
Unfortunately there are so many hurdles especially now with the wholesale market (in Epping) being so far away it proved too challenging, she said.
Mr Moodie said since their move into South Gippsland, the couple would continue to network and seek partnerships in the fresh produce industry.

12:50

Crowds rush to Burra Brewing Co. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BURRA Brewing Co. has opened the doors to its brewery on Commercial Street in Korumburra, with its own craft beers on tap.
Burra Brewing Co. is owned and operated by locals Kim Nicholas, Anthony Dempster, Luke Jones, Narelle Jones, Phill Dempster and Ange Dempster.
All the brewing of Burra Brewing Co. beer is done onsite at the Korumburra location by head brewer Phill Dempster.
Currently, the brewery is producing a light summer ale, a mid strength golden ale, a pale ale and a dark ale.
The bar has Burra Brewing Co. beer on tap, as well as several guest taps, which will be used to support other craft breweries.
Beers on tap are Summer Sale, Pale Ale, Dark Ale and Golden Ale, with more speciality beers coming.
The brewery offers a great selection of pizzas, all day dine or take away. Functions are available for parties of 20 to 150 people, and bookings are required.
The beer hall can cater for up to 65 people on share tables, with bookings not required. Growlers and squealers available to take away beer made by Burra Brewing Co.
The brewery uses local suppliers: Gippsland Wine Co for wine, BEANd for coffee and Gippsland Jersey for milk.
Contractors involved in the construction of the brewery were Blogg Bros Plumbing, Wired Up Electrical Contracting, Kyle Constructions, Korumburra Cabinet Makers, ProCo, Taranto Windows and Doors, and Burra Garden Supplies.
All contractors mentioned they enjoyed working with Burra Brewing Co. and wish the brewery every success.
Many of these contractors are long established businesses in Korumburra and are happy to see the town going ahead.

Best beer: Burra Brewing Co. head brewer Phill Dempster was thrilled with the turn out to the official opening on Saturday, August 11.

12:49

Readying Knives: The Mortality of Australian Prime Ministers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The opinion poll prime ministership is a modern Australian disease.  Not only does it suggest an ailing in the Westminster system, but a profound contempt for the democratic sensibility on the part of party representatives, hacks and the industry that supports them.  Prime Ministers are merely the icing, to be whipped off and replaced on going stale.  Little wonder that the Australian politician can never be permitted to be an authentic representative, ever hostage to sentiment and the astrological deceptions of polling.

This conditioning is so total it has even bewitched the journalistic classes, who have also done their best to feed the complex of the short-term prime minister.  Twenty-four hour news tends to do that.  A veteran ABC journalist let it slip on Monday morning that the elections were about the party strategists, the politicians and the polls. It was easy in such an assessment to avoid the Australian voter, whose relevance has declined as the influence of party brokers has risen.

A canon of politics is that support expressed with fervent enthusiasm in the public domain is bound to reverse behind closed doors.  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has the firm support of numerous members of his front bench, expressed publicly.  This is exactly why he should be worried. Such enthusiasm could be lethal.

Even potential challenger, the one-dimensional oafish Peter Dutton of the Home Affairs portfolio, has claimed Turnbull has his support, though he has left a tantalising morsel for political observers.  If my position changes that is, it gets to a point where I cant accept what the government is proposing or I dont agree then the Westminster system is very clear: you resign your commission, you dont serve in the cabinet.

Finance minister Matthias Cormann has attempted to adopt the nothing to see here approach while giving the Canberra press gallery every reason to presume that something is afoot.  He claims to have heard no talk about conservatives pressing Dutton to mount a challenge to Turnbull.  This, despite four 5.30 morning walks with Dutton, a fellow hardline conservative with whom he keeps on good terms with.  To Sky News, he claimed that, We are both very committed to the success of the Turnbull government and to wining the next election.

Turnbull had done himself no favours.  He remains weak but more to the point, has appeared to be weak.  He took his party to the last federal election and received a thumping which imperiled his majority.  He has been unsuccessful holding the sniping conservatives within his ranks at bay while embarking on an obsessive campaign to wound the opposition leader, Bill Shorten.  The latter aspect of this strategy failed to materialise in the last round of by-elections which saw no Coalition gains, notably in the Queensland seat of Longman.  As Queensland promi...

12:46

Stronger demand at store sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

YARDING of 1800 head was consigned to last weeks VLE Leongatha store sale from Cooma, Bombala, Bega, Sale, Giffard, Yarram and local areas.
The South Gippsland Stock Agents Association reported demand was generally stronger from local re-stockers and a few domestic lot feeders for a better quality yarding of cattle than the previous sale.
The yarding comprised more better bred types of weaner cattle and less crossbred and Friesian types.
Demand for the steers improved $30 and up to $80 in places. Heavy steers were in limited supply compared to previous sales and sold to firm demand.
Heifers sold to modest competition and were generally firm, however some well bred European cross heifers attracted strong competition from the domestic feedlotters and grass finishers .
Plainer lines were still hard to sell and met limited demand.
In the cow and calf section, young angus cows with autumn drop calves made to a top of $1580. A run of mixed aged Hereford cows with young calves at foot made to $1000.

Taking it in: from left, Kevin Morgan of Traralgon, Alan Fraser of Loch and Eddie Hams of Landmark Leongatha observed the proceedings at VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday.

12:45

Enova launches microgrid for Byrons Arts & Industry Estate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

L to R: Energy minister Don Harwin, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and Enova Energy MD Tony Pfeiffer. Photo Chris Dobney

Enova Community Energy today announced it will build a microgrid in the Byron Bay Arts & Industry Estate as a pilot project to encourage locally generated, stored and distributed power.

The grid, which will be funded by the state government through an $85 million program for clean energy projects, is expected to involve 20 -30 participants and will take place over approximately two years.

When finalised in October 2020 Enova hopes it will lead to the formation of a wider, self-sufficient microgrid for the entire estate.

Community microgrids such as this are the way of the future, Enova Energy MD Tony Pfeiffer said.

The Byron Arts & Industry Estate Microgrid is the first of what we hope will be many self-sufficient electricity microgrids Enova helps to roll out.

We aim to develop a model that can be replicated by communities across NSW and ultimately Australia starting with industrial estates and similar commercial areas, and eventually residential areas.

Flying in for the announcement at Enovas Centennial Circuit offices, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said the $30 million program would enable communities across the state to build their own local clean energy projects.

A further $55 million would help the private sector develop and accelerate clean energy technology for regional communities, such as pumped hydro.

Tackling high energy costs is a top priority for our government and this significant investment puts further downward pressure on energy bills for homes in regional NSW, she said.

Energy and utilities minister Don Harwin said the government was lowering barriers for investment for the emerging energy projects of tomorrow.

Participants in the pilot will have individual devices installed to measure power inputs and outputs. The resulting data will help work out a new pricing structure based on sharing locally-generated power.

Mr Pfeiffer said one of the aims of the pilot was to work out just how much cheaper it is to use local renewable power sources rather than bri...

12:44

Equipment performance, longevity weigh in Gallaghers favour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOR Duaringa Station Grazing Co., detailed records on individual animals is a must.
The Donovan family has run the integrated cropping, commercial beef breeding, backgrounding and feedlotting business for decades, with Bruce and Beryl Donovan taking over in the 1960s.
The operation is spread across three properties in Central Queensland: a property at Gogango runs up to 1100 Droughtmaster breeders, with a backgrounding property north of Dingo, while Duaringa Station Feedlot is ideally situated between the two, just off the junction of the Mackenzie, Dawson and Fitzroy rivers.
Sarah Donovan, who is secretary at Central Queensland Carcase Classic Committee, manages the feedlot that her parents Bruce and Beryl set up in the late 1990s.
Duaringa Station is about 8000 acres (3240 hectares) of cultivation, or cropping country, 4000 acres (1620ha) of tableland country and a 3000-head feedlot. We produce a variety of coarse grains wheat, sorghum, corn and well as pulses, cotton and silage, she said.
My parents built the feedlot in the late 1990s. It was never part of the original plan for Duaringa Station, but when sorghum prices kept falling and went below $100 a tonne, it pushed them to diversify.
The accredited feedlot has a capacity of 3000 standard cattle units and custom feeding now represents, on average, half of their feedlotting operation.
Its our intention to grow enough grain to supply the feedlot, but being a dryland farming operation, the weather really does dictate whether we need to buy in more grain or not, Ms Donovan said.
Predominantly our ration includes dry rolled wheat, but it can also include other grains, such as sorghum and corn, depending on availability.
Running an accredited feedlot comes with a host of requirements.
Ms Donovan said, One particularly is recording the treatments each animal has received, including the dosage and their withholding periods. Administering the correct dosage of each treatment is made far easier by being able to use accurate weights. This, in turn, saves us money and allows the treatment to work well.
To that end, Ms Donovan said Duaringa Station Grazing Co. has used Gallagher weighing systems for many years.
Weve used a Gallagher W810 for quite a while. Its proven to be a very reliable, durable and highly transportable system, which has allowed us to successfully weigh and draft cattle across our three properties including our feedlot, Ms Donovan said.
But after many years of use, we finally needed to replace our W810 towards the end of last year. We didnt really consider looking outside the Gallagher product range, be...

12:41

Local volunteer wins state award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE most outstanding members of Life Saving Victoria have been recognised at the 15th annual Awards of Excellence night, with Kimberly Gee of Venus Bay SLSC picking up a prestigious honour.
Kimberly was awarded Volunteer Training Officer of the Year in her role as director of education and training at the club, something that came as a shock to her.
I was excited but also pretty surprised, Kimberly said. It was great to win but it was even better for the club to be recognised. The award was a really nice one for the team.
Kimberly was credited with fostering a positive environment that allows for personal growth and development. Its the second time in three years that Kimberly has taken out the award after previously being bestowed the same accolade in 2016. That year, Kimberly went on to win the national award, something shes looking to repeat again when she travels to Sydney for the Surf Life Saving Australia awards in October.
I hope I win. Our club did a lot of great things again this year and had some really good statistics.
Venus Bay SLSC president Craig Watson praised Kimberlys efforts during the 2018 season, saying her position is the most important aspect of the whole club.
Our job is to save lives and in order to do that we need our lifeguards to be properly trained, which is where our trainers and Kimberly come in, Mr. Watson said.
Kimberly is very committed and experienced, and we are very lucky to have her here. She was recognised as the best trainer in the whole country two years ago. She has initiated a lot of new projects that other clubs have built around.
In addition to her position at Venus Bay, Kimberly undertook a new role as the training and assessment officer for the Bass Coast in 2018. She was tasked with mentoring, overseeing, and implementing new training strategies across several clubs. Kimberly also worked closely with schools and other organisations to ensure proper beach safety training in the region.

Well deserved: Kimberly Gee of the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club accepts he...

12:39

Korumburras top guns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KORUMBURRA Gun Club members Jack Stockdale from Koonwarra and Charlie Cook from Dalyston have returned from the NSW Clay Target Association state skeet carnival on top.
Jack, 18, won the overall 20 gauge skeet title, and came first in the AA grade skeet doubles and second in the AA 100 target skeet championship as well as the overall high gun championship.
At the end of the weekend, Jack also became the ninth person in Australia to achieve the grand slam.
To achieve the grand slam in skeet, a competitor needs to shoot 200 straight in 12 gauge, 100 straight in 20 gauge and 100 in doubles.
I had the 12 gauge and the doubles, and in NSW I achieved the 20 gauge section, he said.
Jacks skeet shooting skills will be tested even more in early October, when he heads to Texas in the United States to compete in the 2018 World Skeet Championships.
It will be Jacks second time competing in America, but his first time wearing the coveted greet jacket, only given to Australias top five skeet shooters.
I am looking forward to the competition and shooting for Australia. Making the Australian team is pretty incredible, they only take the top five people, he said.
My goal when I first started was to get the Australian shooting jacket. In skeet, that is really hard to do.
Jack is the third shooter from the Korumburra club to receive a green jacket.
While there are plenty of competitions between now and then, in November 2019, Jack will head to Christchurch in New Zealand as part of Australias Glenn Trophy team.
The Glenn Trophy is an annual skeet event between Australia and New Zealand.
Charlie, 16, competed in the junior competition of the NSW shoot, winning the junior 410 gauge championship and the junior high gun championship.
Charlie will travel to Tasmania and New Zealand later in the year to compete.
He said his major goal was the make the Glenn Trophy team once he turns 18.
I am also working towards making the open Victorian team next year and want to win the junior high gun championship this year as well, he said.
Charlie recently picked up a sponsorship deal from Perazzi.
He said it was great to have a gun from Perazzi to compete with for the next two years.
I would like to thank Perazzi and Leigh Roberts. Leigh has coached me along the way and helped me get to my best, he said.
I also want to thank mum and dad, Bill and Caroline.
Jack had sponsors Blaser, Briley, Remington and Mialls Gun Shop to thank, as well as his parents, Judy and Tim.
Korumburra Gun Club president Trent Tobias said it was imperative for competitive shooters to get support, because it was an expensive sport.
In a week, they could spend over $100 just in ammunition for practice. Add a competition on top of that and it would easily be doubled,...

12:26

Another statement to pause and reflect on "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Following on Mark Kennys article in the other part of the Fairfax stable, SMH/AGE, was the following comment in the comments section from someone called Malcolm in the Muddle:

To repeat  Now, after 5 long years, we can return to sensible government!

And another statement to pause and reflect on.

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12:13

Malcolm Turnbull survives Peter Dutton leadership challenge for now "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The home affairs minister resigned and went to the backbench after winning 35 votes to Turnbulls 48 in leadership spill Politics live, Guardian here Morrisons Return Rocks Refugee Activists Facebook Ministry of Satire: Duttons early years and background ...

12:10

Cairns Artist To Share The Art Of Rainbows At This Years Brisbane Pride Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Kuku Midigi man of the eastern Cape York Rainforest, Arones first art training was of a traditional nature, learnt from his grandfather and other elders. The First Nations peoples of the Cape York rainforest lived in the most densely populated area of Australia prior to the arrival of Europeans. Their numbers were decimated in ...

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12:10

Support for families and friends of LGBTIQ community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Same-sex marriage was supported in late 2017 with over 61 per cent of the country voting in favour. For many people it felt like they could now move forward positively accepting each others choices of love and sexual identities. Unfortunately this is always not the case and the revitalisation of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians And Gays) Northern Rivers is highlighting the fact that support and education are still needed.

Originally started in 1998 by Robyn and Richard Grzegrzulka the group has provided a range of support, counselling, education and advocacy over its 20 year history.

While there have been huge changes in attitudes toward LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, intersex, bisexual, queer, transsexual) people in the 20 years since weve had our first stint running PFLAG, its all too easy to assume that its no longer an issue, said Richard.

The Yes vote was a fantastic and positive confirmation of that change. The vote also revealed a very large, active and well-resourced opposition who do not regard gays or their families as fully human. Just recently, a revelation of a church approved to teach scripture lessons at primary school, taught year 3 and 4 children that homosexuality is a sin and sinners deserve death.

PFLAG Northern Rivers will be celebrating 20 years of supporting families and friends of LGBTIQ people this Sunday 29 August at The Tropical Fruits Fruitopia fair at Lismore Showgrounds, 11am till 2pm.

PFLAG is aimed at anyone who has a BGILQT family member or friend, said committee member Gordon Haynes.

Although much of the northern rivers population is relatively enlightened and accepting of BGILQT people, and Australia now has legalised gay marriage, since the changes to the Marriage Act there has been reported an increase in homophobic acts perhaps as retaliation by those who lost the gay-marriage vote.

The change in the legislation has not stopped young BGILQT folk from being ejected from their homes, taunted at school and in public, self-harming and even suiciding. In fact, I am aware of three young gay people who, since last November, have committed suicide over their rejection by family and acquaintances so there is still a need for PFLAG, even here in the northern rivers region.

PFLAG is there for any such folk who need information or support in dealing with their feelings, attitudes and b...

12:00

Dutton, Turnbull and the #libspill that never really was "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Dutton, Turnbull and the #libspill that never really wasIt is folly for Peter Dutton, whose seat is held by a two per cent margin, to run as a prime ministerial candidate. read now...

11:59

Giants win the flag "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Korumburra-Bena Youth Girls are the first Giants team since the change of club colours in 2015 to bring home a premiership flag after a tough match against Wonthaggi Power on Sunday, August 19.
A blast of winter couldnt hold back the determined, skilful Giants in a 4.4.28 to 4.1.25 victory.
Korumburra-Benas U14 boys team stood strong against its unbeaten Wonthaggi Power opposition.
Korumburra-Bena ranked third coming into the finals but fought their way to grab a spot on grand final day.
The Powers first-class skills were too much for the mighty Giants who were defeated 53:13.
The club returned to Korumburra to hold its annual presentation day to celebrate the endeavours of all its teams, volunteers and supporters.
In the past three years, the Korumburra-Bena Junior Giants have grown from two teams to four teams plus hosting AFL AusKick.
Player numbers have more than doubled to almost 100 players.
During the presentations, club president Gavin Furness pointed out that 50 volunteers were required to operate every home game.
From coaches, runners, trainers, managers to score-keepers, umpires and canteen staff, many hands make light work.
This demonstrates the enormous commitment that parents and supporters make to the communitys youth each week.
Coaches presented medallions and team photos to all U10 and U12 players.
In the Youth Girls, coaches Wendi Rahilly and Mick Whiteside presented awards to Seanan Trewin (best and fairest), Emily Lesjak (runner up best and fairest), Grace Matser (most versatile), Brooke Whiteside (most consistent), and MacKenzie Findlay (most improved).
In the U14s, awards were presented by coaches Craig Walker and Matt Whiteside to Kodie Walker (best and fairest), Joel Cuman (runner up best and fairest), Lachie Smith (most consistent), Luke Walker (best team man), and Alessi Green (most improved).
Korumburra-Bena Junior Football Committee will hold its annual general meeting on Monday, September 10, at 6 pm in the Amenities Complex.

Premiers: Korumburra-Bena Youth Girls won the flag after coming up against Wonthaggi Power in the grand final on Sunday.

11:56

Kangaroos through to a fourth straight grand final appearance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FISH Creek have hopped into the grand final with a dramatic two point win in extra time on Saturday at Meeniyan.
The predicted weather held off and big game was underway under bright sunshine, Fish Creek took the early ascendancy kicking the first two through Hunt and Shaw.
Hargraves for Fishy was repelling Stony Creeks attacks, his ball use dynamite.
Hutchison for the Maroons was composed cutting off the poor entries from the Roos as they cut a path through the middle kicking there first and only goal for the stanza.
Fish Creek had plenty of inside 50s but could not convert.
Stony Creeks defenders in Sigeti and Logan stood tall marking the long bombs in from the Roos.
Fish Creek was up by 14 points at quarter time.
Zuidema v. Manne in the ruck was proving pivotal.
Fishy onballers through Harfield-Park and Ethan Park doing the grunt work seemed to be getting on top willing the ball forward and the Roos kicked goals from Cooper, Wilson and Hunt.
The other big match was Bergles v. Hayes.
Bergles, the five time leading goal kicker, had his ears pricked slamming on two for the quarter.
Fish Creeks inaccuracy at goal was preventing them from kicking away.
A strong Stony Creek defence only allowed the Kangas long shots at goal.
The Roos had Stony where they wanted them going into the second half, 18 points in front.
Its a big ground at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, however and Stony Creek were using it very well, stretching the Fishy boys from side to side.
The Maroons came out with a take the game on mantra and it worked with goals through Bergles and Byrnes that saw the margin trim up.
Hargraves into the middle for Fish Creek gave the Roos a bit more run.
Hutchison with his pin point ball use was setting up the Maroons at will.
The dreadlocked Atkins was becoming busy around the stoppages along with Marriott and Newton receiving a lot of outside ball.
A late goal to Bergles gave Stony a sniff and it was game on at three quarter time with the Roos up by nine points.
Fish Creek attacked time and time again, but Logan for Stony stood tall taking towering marks and with his long kicking set up goals for Bergles and Nolan.
Manne was intercepting everything across half back, but Stony Creeks ability to turn the footy over enabled them to attack kicking three for the quarter.
As scores drew level the bell rang and it was extra time.
Unbelievably this would be the second year in a row the second semi would be decided after normal time.
Harfield-Park received a free kick 60m out and bombed it long to the square where the big man Adlington took a mark and put the Roos a goal in front.
At the change of ends the next five mins would decide who went through to the big dance.
The Roos held....

11:55

Phillip Island claim minor premiership "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AIDED with a strong wind in the opening term, Phillip Island opened up an early buffer that would never be bested in its clash with Inverloch-Kongwak to decide the minor premiership.
The Bulldogs managed to secure a 23 point advantage at the first break, with Jack and James Taylor breaking an early deadlock with goals midway through the first term. The Sea Eagles were content to head into quarter time down just two goals after going against the strong wind before a late goal from the Bulldogs via Zak Vernon broke the game open.
The Sea Eagles had opportunities to respond in the second term after locking the ball in their half of the ground but inaccuracies in front of goal cost them. Clint McCaughan got Inverloch on the board with their first goal but the side managed to kick just four behinds the rest of the half. Phillip Island poured on another three majors in the term to head into half time with a 33 point advantage.
With the rain coming down in intervals, the Bulldogs were buoyed by the play of Jarred Andreatta in the middle and Hayden Bruce off halfback. James Taylor kicked another two goals for Phillip Island as the Bulldogs got the opening four majors of the quarter to put the game away for good. Corey Casey was a shining light for the Sea Eagles on an otherwise dreary afternoon, winning the tough ball on the inside and laying an abundance of tackles. Kicking into the wind in the last term, IK managed to hold the Bulldogs to just two points, but managed to kick just 1.8 as the game lost its steam in the wet. Phillip Island went on to claim a 36 point victory and with the win, secured the minor premiership. Inverloch-Kongwak, who started the afternoon in top spot, were relegated to fourth heading into finals.
The day was also marked with a special ceremony remembering the life of Samantha Fraser, who lost her life in Cowes recently. More than 1000 participants from both clubs walked to the ground to raise awareness of domestic violence and shared a moment of silence prior to the match.

Tackle: Inverlochs Matthew Miller and Phillip Islands Alexandrew Redmond battled for the ball on Saturday.

11:52

Parrots crunch Bairnsdale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A NEAR full strength Leongatha outfit went a long way to atoning for its recent shock loss with a huge win over Bairnsdale on Saturday.
The fired up Parrots did not give Bairnsdale a sniff as it went on a goal kicking rampage, kicking 25 goals to the Red Legs five to take out a 131 point win.
Cade Maskell played a brilliant match for the Green and Gold, marking and kicking well finishing with nine goals for the game.
Going into the match Leongatha welcomed the return of Col Sanbrook and Tom Marriott with only Jack Ginnane the only senior player still on the sidelines, but he is expected back as soon as this week.
The Bairnsdale oval was dry and hard. Conditions stayed warm until a big change came through, plummeting the temperature considerably with some rain passing through in the second half.
The Parrots were relentless and charged at the ball hard and entered the forward 50 with regularity.
In the opening term Marriott charged out of the blocks and booted the opening goal in under three minutes.
Julian Lockwood marked and goaled soon after which set the tone for a big afternoon for the Parrots adding further goals through Ryan Olden, Chris Dunne and a second to Julian Lockwood.
Maskell was getting his hands on the ball too but so far wasnt rewarded for effort with three behinds-that would soon change! At quarter time it was Leongatha 5.8 to Bairnsdale no score.
While Bairnsdale hit the scoreboard with three goals in the second term Leongatha showed no mercy bagging 10 goals of its own.
Maskell was awarded a 50 metre penalty and when he goaled it set the tone for the quarter as he kicked four more in a great individual effort.
Ben Willis was doing well in the ruck while Jack Lloyd was getting hands on the footy on the forward line, booting one this term. Half Time saw Leongatha 15.12 to Bairnsdale 3.3.
Brok Davidson was feeding the ball in well into the forward zone this term with Leongatha booting three more as Bairnsdale lifted to kick two even though the match was well and truly iced. Three quarter time Leongatha 18.17 to Bairnsdale 5.5.
The Parrots wanted to finish this game with a huge last quarter and this they did, hammering Bairnsdale seven goals to two behinds.
Leongatha had many good players across the board as the entire team lifted.
Pat McGrath did well across half forward, Brok Davidson linked well, Col Sanbrook across half back and Hayden Browne on the ball all in the play.
The only negative was the head knock suffered by Chris Verboon early in the game. It is expected the knock was minor but the club decided to leave him on the bench for the rest of the game; he should be fit for this Saturday.
The last match of the home and away season takes place at Parrot Park this Saturday in what should be a cracker of a contest which pits second placed Leongatha....

11:45

A statement to pause and reflect on "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In todays AFR, published before the leadership spill this morning, Phil Coorey wrote:

Labor is now the undisputed free market party in Australian politics.

Once upon a time such a statement would have been laughable and Coorey ridiculed.

This is no longer the case.  Such a statement now gives cause to pause and reflect.  And for that, all Australians will pay the price.

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11:40

Government Promises Not to Abuse its New Powers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter is adamant that neither the current nor any future government would ever use the proposed expanded Defence Act powers to call on the defence force for domestic purposes. The Defence Amendment (Call out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 was introduced into Federal Parliament

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11:40

Baz Luhrmanns Dance Classic Strictly Ballroom Coming To Ipswich Stage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A cast of talented Queensland performers will don countless sequins for the Ipswich Musical Theatre Companys upcoming production of Baz Luhrmann musical Strictly Ballroom. From September 14, audiences will be able to experience the magic of the 1992 romantic drama film on the stage, following the story of Scott Hastings, a maverick ballroom dancer who teams ...

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11:27

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR EMMA WILLIAMS DESIGNS "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Emma Williams Designs




Your name: Emma Williams

Your business name: Emma Williams Designs
The suburb/town you live in now: Maryborough
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade earrings using materials such as Fabric, Wood, Clay & Tassel



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11:19

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR NATIVE GARDENS BEEKEEPING & PURE HONEY "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Native Gardens Beekeeping & Pure Honey




Your name: Joanne & Bruce Murphy

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Native Gardens Beekeeping & Pure Honey

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11:08

NEGative thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

I was asked by Bloomberg to comment on what the future holds for Turnbull and the NEG. My comments:

Its an established convention in Australian politics that a narrow victory in a leadership challenge implies the need for a subsequent challenge in which the incumbent invariably loses. So, I think Turnbulls future is either on the backbench or early retirement from politics.  Even if he hangs on, the NEG is now finished.
 It remains to be seen whether the various ad hoc interventions announced or canvassed over the past few days take place. My guess is that most will require legislation and that getting this legislation through the Parliament will prove impossible.
  I think nothing much will happen until Turnbull is replaced, presumably by Dutton. I cant forecast what will happen after that.
This followed some comments I gave yesterday about rightwing opposition to the NEG (over the fold)

1.  This is primarily a culture war issue.  The immediate cause of the crisis is the refusal of the climate denialists in the government to accept any serious response to climate change.  As is evidenced by the case of the Trump Administration US, this refusal would be just the same even if power prices had not risen significantly.   Supposed concern about power prices is used as a political talking point, to support policies that may or not lead to lower prices.
2.  The increase in prices reflects the comprehensive failure of the market-oriented reforms introduced in the 1990s, including privatisation, the creation of the National Electricity Market and the introduction of retail competition.  The big cost increases have reflected the increased rate of return on monopoly transmission and distribution assets and the large retail margins that have emerged following the introduction of competition
3. Rather than undertake the necessary fundamental reforms the government has bolted on a series of emergency measures including the constantly evolving National Energy Guarantee, ad hoc intervention in the market for gas, and the current price cap proposal
4. The retail cap measure is desirable in itself but undermines the logic behind the National Electricity Market as a whole.
5. It would be preferable to renationalise the transmission, distribution and retail sectors, and use power purchase agreements in place of the spot market. Obviously, this would be a long road and is unlikely to happen. My expectation is that we will continue to see more and more fudges, at least fo...

11:04

More great news on the Gillard/Wilson/Thiess slush fund "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Detective Sergeant Dave McAlpine and I will make a joint announcement about a major development in the GILLARD matter in the next few days, after receiving a letter from WA Police today. More to come.

10:58

MULLUM MUSIC FESTIVAL FINAL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We are excited to announce a 3rd round of mighty acts to join our already brilliant lineup!  
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Diversity. Community. Equality! Thats the vibe that underpins Mullum Music Fest, the popular small town festival thats on every music lovers bucket list. With headline acts like Nigerian Bombino, Guyanas Mad Professor,...

10:57

How to move energy policy models beyond bias and vested interests "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

How to move energy policy models beyond bias and vested interests

How to move energy policy models beyond bias and vested interests

File 20180820 30593 fmzgin.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Modelling should be a chance to test your assumptions, not just confirm them.
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Shirin Malekpour, Monash University and Enayat A. Moallemi, UNSW

The Turnbull governments flagship energy plan, the National Energy Guarantee, was intended to end a decade-long stalemate on energy and climate policy in Australia.

Ironically, since its unveiling in October 2017, the debate has heightened considerably, with the result that the government has now walked away from the emissions-reduction component of the policy.




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10:45

Abolish the Joint Committee on Human Rights? We should be strengthening it instead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Adam Fletcher

Last week, Coalition members of the Commonwealth Parliaments Joint Committee on Human Rights called for the Committees abolition. In scrutinising the potential effects of their governments legislation on various groups, the MPs allege that the Committee has elevate[d] the rights of deadbeat dads and child sex offenders while failing to consider the safety of the community.

This call should be resoundingly repudiated by Australians who care about rights.

...

10:41

Here Comes the Avalanche, Part 3: South Africa Cant Get Out of This One "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bird Island off the coast of South Africa

by Dee McLachlan

This is a story of suicides, murder and a pedophilia ring.

In South Africa, I had a good friend in high school whose father was a member of parliament, John Wiley. In the 1980s, that man committed suicide, and it was a shock for everyone. I never heard the reason or whether it was really a suicide. Amazingly the story now comes out pedophiles in high places, and disposable children, just as in the UK.

We have been running the Avalanche series at GumshoeNews with a main focus on Australia. I shall now change the planned order of art...

10:30

NEG guarantees nothing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Stephen Fitz All the debate, all the policy, all the smoke screens and diversion, all the pain and all the suffering inflicted on energy consumers, and for what? What it boils down to is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuel, the key components driving elevated global temperature and subsequent climate change. And,

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10:29

Turnbull is one SUV away from losing his job "IndyWatch Feed National"

One 7-seater SUV. Get on the phones Dutto. Some analysis from reader Alan RM Jones on his Facebook site Alan RM Jones Perspective: Julia Gillard won her first challenge from Kevin Rudd 7131 (69.6%) was defeated in the second. Bob Hawke won his first ballot 66-44 (60.0%) was...

10:27

Participants Wanted For Research Into Trans Experiences In Queensland Prisons "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland are seeking formerly incarcerated transgender, gender diverse and non-binary people willing to discuss their time in Queensland prisons. The researchers say the project is aiming to identify transgender- and gender diverse-specific needs that are not currently being met and ways to improve access to quality health services and ...

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10:22

Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cancer is the third leading cause of fatal burden of disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are, on average, 40% more likely to die from cancer than non-Indigenous Australians. Healthcare that is patient-focused and that is respectful of, and responsive to, the preferences, needs and values of patients, is critical to good health care outcomes.

The Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer provides health services and health professionals across all sectors in Australia with principles and guidance to ensure that care is responsive to the needs of Indigenous people.

Cancer Australia is calling on health professionals and health services involved in the delivery of cancer care at every level to read, use, adopt and embed the Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer into their practice.

The Optimal Care Pathway is accompanied by consumer resources, which outline what patients should expect on the cancer pathway, and the care they should be offered, from tests and diagnosis, through to treatment and care after treatment, management of cancer that has spread, and end-of-life care.

 

Optimal care pathway for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people with cancer

Media Release.

10:16

Govts waterways funding ignores cause of problem: NEFA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Damage caused to waterways at Gibberagee State Forest. Photo NEFA

The North East Forest Alliance has described as misdirection the claim by the National Party that their spending of $45.7 million under the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy will result in an improvement in the water quality of North Coast rivers.

They say any benefits will be overwhelmed by the deterioration resulting from their intention to open up for logging some 22,000 ha of stream buffers in headwaters north from the Hunter River.

Throwing money at the problem will have no effect until they address the causes, and one of the most significant causes of stream degradation is loss of riparian vegetation, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

The National Party are giving with one hand while taking away with the other. Once again they are using money hand-outs to distract from the real and lasting damage they intend to do to our environment, this time by distracting from the massively increased damage they are doing to our rivers vital headwaters.

There are some 46,000 kilometres of streams on north coast State Forests from the Hunter River to the Queensland border, of which 34,300 km (75 per cent) are in headwater catchments less that 20ha in size.

The governments intent is to reduce already inadequate buffers around headwater streams on State Forests from 10 metres wide down to a measly 5 metres. This will result in the loss of some 22,000 hectares of currently protected stream buffers.

To get access to more timber they are also removing 30 metres of riparian buffers around recorded [habitats of the] threatened Giant Barred Frog, Fleays Barred Frog, Stuttering Frog, and Golden-tipped Bat.

The headwaters of our rivers are vital to their health as this is where most of the interaction between the land and waters occurs. The retention of undisturbed buffers around streams is essential to trap sediments from entering waters, stabilise stream banks, shade waters, provide food and other resources to the aquatic environment, and maintain riparian habitat.

The scientific evidence is that stream buffers should be at...

10:14

7 Liberal MPs save Turnbull from being dumped as PM "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turnbull called the spill declaring his position vacant this morning. He and Dutton nominated. Turnbull - 48 votes Dutton - 35 votes Perennial bridesmaid Julie Bishop was - as is now Liberal Party tradition - unchallenged. It will only take 7 MPs to wake up to themselves and Turnbull's place...

10:07

Motorcyclist dead in Alstonville crash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A motorcyclist has died at the scene of a crash with a van at the intersection of Ballina Road and Bruxner Highway, Alstonville, yesterday afternoon (Monday August 20).

About 4.30pm, a Nissan Elgrand van travelling south on Ballina Road and a Triumph motorcycle travelling east on the Bruxner Highway collided at the intersection.

The rider, a 39-year-old man, was thrown from his bike and suffered critical injuries. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he died at the scene.

The driver, a 33-year-old woman, was taken to hospital for mandatory tests.

Inquiries are continuing by officers from the Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit.

Police are appealing for anyone with information, dash cam footage or any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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10:00

The seats youve been talking about "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With the federal election guide now complete, I decided to check in on which seats have been attracting the most comments. Comment sections are now open for all 159 federal contests, and some of these pages have been quite active.

These are the seats with the most comments. Theres some obvious marginal seats but also a few surprises.

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Seat Comments
Hume 49
Ryan 44
Macnamara 39
Lindsay 38
Cooper 36
Cook 33
Brisbane 28
Higgins 27
Lilley 23
Reid 22
Casey 20

09:56

From Bangalow to Bingara with love "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The people of Bingara are doing it tough in the drought, so Bangalow residents are digging into their pockets to help. File photo

While the Northern Rivers is technically in drought, Bangalow still has green paddocks and the towns burghers have decided to take some of their generosity out west.

Chamber president Jo Millar says that rather than scatter the towns charity to different places, we thought Bangalow should adopt another town, Bingara (5.15 hours south-west of us). This way we can apply all our efforts to supporting one farming community, in an ongoing basis.

Initially this will consist of a convoy heading west to Bingara on this coming Sunday.

We envisage a convoy of two trucks, and a number of smaller 4wd/vans with trailers and floats to fill. Anyone in the local community happy to pay for their own fuel and accommodation is welcome to join us. The group will not only deliver much needed assistance stay in the town, supporting the local businesses by their visit there.

The Bangalow Lions club are working with us on this initiative and will be responsible for distributing money to the families in need in Bingara and surrounds.

Fundraising

The Bangalow Chamber of Commerce has set up an account for this fundraising, Ms Millar said..

We would like to continue this relationship for at least the next six to 12 months. We believe regular animal feed convoys, and cash donations are needed, along with community spirit measures.

Bangalow Public School are currently having all classes write letters of encouragement to farmers, which we will deliver in our convoy to the town to be despatched to farmers.

The group will conduct a Christmas present drive in early December to donate to Bingara.

They have also invited Bangalow residents in October to a jazz by the river evening with farmers and anyone who wishes to travel out, to mingle our communities in an uplifting event.

Its another opportunity for our community to spend money in theirs as well., Ms Millar said.

Other initiatives include Sparrow Coffee giving 50 cents from every coffee served on Tuesday, August 21, and donation tins being placed in shops all over Bangalow.

We would really love to pull together as many of the charitable hearts c...

09:54

Spill! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It's on! Turnbull vs Dutton.  Unfortunately because they are already in the party room, we don't get the wonderful drama of retinues of supporters walking the corridors behind their leader and so on.

Turnbull has defeated Dutton 48-35 but generally a margin that small is not sufficient to ward off a future challenge, which in this case could well happen soon.

Julie Bishop has been retained unopposed as Deputy Leader.

It is worth bearing in mind that with the exception of Malcolm Fraser (who was unsuccessfully challenged by Andrew Peacock) no Prime Minister who has faced a spill has remained in the job til the next election.  (Fraser lost).  Other PMs who have been challenged have all failed to make it to the next election: Gorton, Hawke, Rudd, Gillard and Abbott.  In four of these five cases it took two goes to get rid of the incumbent (it is little-known that Gorton was unsuccessfully challenged after winning the 1969 election with a disappointing margin). 

09:40

The Tribe Has Spoken "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Its no wonder that this current Australian Government cannot get its foreign policy settings with China correct; they seem to have no understanding of the basics of Chinese numerology.  As Spartacus has previously written, the number 4 is bad luck in Chinese and the number 444 is particularly bad.

So lets get to the details.  It looks and smells like Prime Minister Turnbull might be deposed any day now.  Now as Spartacus has previously disclosed, he is not a member of any political party, but Spartacus does not believe that the Parliamentary Liberal party (or any parliamentary party) should remove a Prime Minister.  That job should be left to either the population as part of a general election or at the very least to the general party membership.  The Parliamentary party has long surrendered its authority to appoint and remove leaders by virtue of not supervising or nudging their current and prior leader.

(As an aside, the appointment of a parliamentary leader by the party membership is an idea long advocated by John Ruddick but recently co-oped and claimed by others.  Ruddick is soon to publish a book on this subject and the reform of the Liberal Party).

But no matter what happens to Prime Minister Turnbull, there are 2 people in Turnbulls Cabinet who should resign immediately and start planning for their post politics career.  Those 2 people are Josh Frydenberg and Julie Bishop.

Julie Bishop, the Minister for Fashion Shows and First Class travel has been the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party to 4, count them, 4 Liberal leaders:

  1. Brendan Nelson
  2. Malcolm Turnbull 1
  3. Tony Abbott
  4. Malcolm Turnbull 2

She has failed ever single time to perform the duty of a deputy.  Where is the current DEPUTY Leader of the Liberal Party?  What is her view on the NEG?  What is her view on the current political turmoil.  Not a peep.  Perhaps she has read the tea leaves an is already filling in an application for a role with the Clinton Global Initiative.

John Frydenberg, Minister for Surreptitious Carbon Taxes also has to go.  The NEG is his second attempt to sneak through a carbon tax by another name; the previous effort being his Energy Intensity Scheme.  Couple these two stuff ups with his $444 million (note the number) Barrier Reef boondoggle with is abject failure...

09:32

Google collaborating with Chinese censors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Who would have thought? Fortunately there is unrest among the staff.

The internal furor began after The Intercept earlier this month revealed details about the censored search engine, which would remove content that Chinas authoritarian government views as sensitive, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. It would blacklist sensitive queries so that no results will be shown at all when people enter certain words or phrases, leaked Google documents disclosed. The search platform is to be launched via an Android app, pending approval from Chinese officials.

The censorship plan code-named Dragonfly was not widely known within Google. Prior to its public exposure, only a few hundred of Googles 88,000 employees had been briefed about the project around 0.35 percent of the total workforce. When the news spread through the companys offices across the world, many employees expressed anger and confusion.

Now, a letter has been circulated among staff calling for Googles leadership to recognize that there is a code yellow situation a kind of internal alert that signifies a crisis is unfolding. The letter suggests that the Dragonfly initiative violates an internal Google artificial intelligence ethical code, which says that the company will not build or deploy technologies whose purpose contravenes widely accepted principles of international law and human rights.

09:21

Peter Dutton challenges Malcolm Turnbull for leadership "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its on.

Liberal leadership declared vacant

PoliticsNow: Malcolm Turnbull has declared the leadership of the Liberal Party vacant in this mornings partyroom meeting.

UPDATE: Malcolm Turnbull wins partyroom ballot against Peter Dutton 48 35

09:01

Queer Eyes Antoni Porowski Marched With Justin Trudeau In A Pride Parade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski has marched in his hometown of Montreals pride parade alongside Canadian Prime Minister and Justin Trudeau. Foodie Antoni took to social media to share photos of himself and fellow Internet heartthrob Trudeau waving rainbow flags in the streets during the parade on Sunday. Thank you Montreal for opening your streets ...

The post Queer Eyes Antoni Porowski Marched With Justin Trudeau In A Pride Parade appeared first on QNews Magazine.

09:00

Dont feed the trolls "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Ever since Internet blogs allowed comments, there has been a particularly nasty, vile group of people that visit the comments sections of blogs, post inflammatory comments to provoke others and move on when they have derailed the conversation. Usually the rationale for doing this is to disrupt the blog or to get some publicity for

The post Dont feed the trolls appeared first on The AIM Network.

08:52

Pope vows no more cover ups on sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pope Francis greets two children at a special Holy Year audience with the armed forces in St. Peters Square in 2016. Photo EPA/Giorgio Onorati

VATICAN CITY, RAW Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out this culture of death and vowing there would be no more cover ups.

In a highly personal letter addressed to the people of God, Church language for all members, the pope appeared to be launching an appeal for all Catholics to face the crisis together and not let it tear the Church apart.

The Catholic Church in the United States, Chile, Australia, and Ireland where the pope is making a two-day visit this weekend are reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors. Numerous surveys have pointed to plummeting confidence in the Church in those countries and elsewhere.

In his letter, the pope referred to the suffering endured by minors due to sexual abuse at the hands of a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.

The Vatican said it was the first time a pope had written to all of the worlds some 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse. Past letters on sexual abuse scandals have been addressed to bishops and faithful of individual countries.

We have realised that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death, he said.

Quoting a Gospel passage that says If one member suffers, all suffer together, Francis added:

(Those words) forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.

With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realising the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them...

08:47

Democracy and rights under threat in corporate police state "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its time we had a good hard talk about the corporate assault on democracy that is unfolding all around us. Globally, democracy is not faring well, with emergent authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China gathering strength whilst existing democratic states in Australia, US and Europe and UK struggle against a persistent attack [...]

08:44

Turnbull survives leadership challenge for now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime minister (for now) Malcolm Turnbull. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

CANBERRA, AAP Malcolm Turnbull has defeated home affairs minister Peter Dutton in a leadership ballot, but the danger isnt over yet for the prime minister.

Mr Dutton has resigned from the cabinet, leaving Mr Turnbull to consider a ministerial reshuffle.

But some Liberal MPs believe Mr Duttons failed challenge was only the start, and there could be another leadership ballot later this week.

Party whip Nola Marino said confirmed Mr Turnbull won 48 votes to 35 for Mr Dutton.

He thanked his colleagues for their support, Ms Marino said.

Julie Bishop retained the deputy leadership.

After Mr Turnbull called the spill, Mr Dutton put his hand up to challenge.

Despite Mr Turnbulls capitulation to energy policy rebels in his ranks, the threat to his leadership did not dissipate.

What we want to know is, where are this prime ministers convictions? Mr Abbott told the ABC outside Parliament House on Monday night.

Nationals MP Damian Drum has had a gutful of the former prime ministers interventions.

He vowed that he wouldnt be a wrecker, Mr Drum told reporters.

Thats exactly what hes been a wrecker, and he needs to get out of the joint.

Backers of likely leadership challenger Peter Dutton, the conservatives standard-bearer, insist his support levels are building rapidly.

But Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne says Mr Dutton told him the prime minister has his absolute support.

Im certain he is telling the truth, he told the Nine Network.

Mr Pyne described his Liberal colleagues stoking leadership tensions as cowards.

I think the public would react very negatively to another change of leadership without them having a vote.

A report in The Australian suggests Mr Turnbull has lost confidence of nine Liberal cabinet ministers half of the Liberal contingent and Mr Dutton could mov...

08:32

Wheels coming off out west "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One wheel off/axle broken

Sharper dwelling value falls now happening in a Western Sydney near you.

Chart art brought you via Cameron Kusher of CoreLogic.


Source: CoreLogic

Follow @cmkusher for top draw analysis.

I discussed the risks of Blacktown, Parramatta, the Hills District, and some Western Sydney suburbs in a bit more detail in this February 2017 podcast special with Business Insider. 

Prices are now down by more than 10 per cent in the Hills District SA4.

Median prices are also down by 8 per cent in Blacktown, and 7 per cent in Parramatta. 

More to follow...

08:25

Four major fires burning in Northern Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The fire at Ellangowan, near Casino. Photo NBN news

Of four bushfires burning in the Northern Rivers since the weekend, just one has been contained.

Two others continue to rage out of control, each having burnt out thousands of hectares.

And because of the cold weather, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) says smoke is trapped at low levels, causing potentially hazardous levels of smoke in some areas.

Ellangowan fire

One fire at Mothersoles Road, Ellangowan, 17 kilometres south-east of Casino, has burnt 3,047 hectares.

The fire remains out of control, according to the latest RFS report, despite earlier advice that it was being controlled.

The RFS has been working on strengthening and consolidating containment lines and says the immediate threat to properties has reduced overnight.

But the fire service adds, Winds are forecast to strengthen today, which could see gusts of 30-40kph across the fireground.

Buccarumbi fire

A fire burning in the vicinity of Old Glen Innes Road, Buccarumbi, about 30km south-west of Grafton, has burnt 1,582 hectares and is out of control.

The fire is burning in a north-easterly direction along Old Glen Innes Road. Firefighters are working to protect isolated properties near Setters Road, Weasel Road, Doboy Road and Glens Creek Road.

Firefighters are in attendance and are working with local residents. Waterbombing aircraft have been assisting firefighters on the ground.

As conditions allow, backburning operations will be undertaken by firefighters to build and consolidate containment lines. This will result in an increase in fire activity and smoke in the area.

Old Glen Innes Road is closed at the Doboy Road intersection.

Kippenduff fire

A fire burning in the Brewers Road, Kippenduff area, about 35km south-west of Casino, has burnt 255 hectares and is out of control.

This fire continues to burn in a west to north-westerly direction towards a number of isolated rural properties.

Firefighters remain on scene and continue to work on strengthening and consolidating containment lines overnight.

Winds are forecast to strengthen again tomorrow, which could see gusts of 30-40kph....

08:17

PERTH Woman to face child sex charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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08:00

PRESS GALLERY REPORT: Is Turnbull's leadership running out of energy? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

PRESS GALLERY REPORT: Is Turnbull's leadership running out of energy?IA's Canberra correspondent John Passant delivers his first report from the Press Gallery, just as Turnbull ditches the NEG over a #libspill. read now...

07:46

Dvds: Secret History Of Australia Available "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is an ancient land, with plenty of mystery and unexplained phenomena. Many thousands of years before any other civilisation came into being, Australia was inhabited by people who managed their ecosystem with an efficiency and harmony unmatched to this day. It is suggested that this physical harmony with nature was a reflection of their greater understanding of our multidimensional reality, and of the practical knowledge that can be derived. Nexus

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07:23

In which the onion muncher's stick in the ants' nest produces a reptile frenzy ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

 
 

So John Oliver picked up on Bob Katter and his dropkick sidekick, and had much fun with them, and once again made sure news of the ugly Australian spread through the United States!

So Media Watch last night had much fun with the racist loon from the deep north, whose family came from the Middle East

Sorry, that's so yesterday, today the reptiles are deep into the killing fields, and the onion muncher shoving his stick in the ants' nest day after day has finally worked, and he and climate science denialism have won, and now it's just a matter of burying the walking dead

Oh yes, already the fighting and the mutual abuse has begun, as noted at the ABC here...

07:02

Stand with Wangan and Jagalingou to defend country "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The following statement was made by Adrian Burragubba, Murrawah Johnson and Linda Bobongie, for the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council, after the Federal Court ruled against Native title rights and opened the way to hand traditional land over to private interests like Adani, who seeking to expand operations in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

Adani engineered it, the primary judge has now approved it though we have instructed our legal team to prepare an appeal to a higher court and the Government chose not to side with us. They refused to accept our decisions and interfered in our business. We are being subjugated.

This ruling says its legal to have our ancient law and culture, and our ongoing Tribal rights to land, merely voted away by a group of people who do not hold the cultural sovereignty to our Country. Australian lawyers and Native Title bureaucrats provide the paperwork for an act of betrayal.

We are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. Can you help by contacting one of these key decision-makers and telling them not to extinguish our native title before weve had the chance to appeal?

Once native title is gone, it is gone forever. It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not...

07:00

Papua military command beef up security after two soldiers killed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Papua military command beef up security after two soldiers killed

Nethy Dharma Somba
Jayapura | Mon, August 20, 2018 | 06:25 pm



                                     A map of Papua (JP/-)
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06:40

Researchers Suggest Manuka Honey May End Up Being Able To Kill More Bacteria Than Antibiotics "IndyWatch Feed National"

For those who do not know, Manuka honey is a special kind of honey. While there are tons of fakes on the market, once you find it, you will be glad you did.

Manuka honeys benefits have been well documented throughout the years and it has proven to be quite effective for a number of things. It has intense antibacterial properties and tastes fantastic as well. Manuka honey is found in New Zealand and Australia. It is derived from bees that feed on the manuka bush.

Research from around 2008 found that its healing properties were due to something known as methylglyoxal (MGO) which is a byproduct of the bees honey production in itself. To make this even better they also noted some Manuka honey actually contains over one hundred times more MGO than other kinds of honey.

Researchers published a body of work back in 2010 that proved further how beneficial this amazing honey could be when they actually put it to the test. This study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases and found that the honey itself was able to kill every pathogen or bacteria they introduced it to/tested it on. Also important to note is that none of these pathogens or diseases were able to build up immunity which is something we are battling with antibiotics in current times.

The abstract for this study goes as follows:

Clinical use of honey in the topical treatment of wounds has increased in Europe and North America since licensed wound care products became available in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Honey-resistant bacteria have not been isolated from wounds, but there is a need to investigate whether honey has the potential to select for honey resistance. Two cultures of bacteria from reference collections (Staphylococcus aureus NCTC 10017 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853) and four cultures isolated from wounds (Escherichia coli, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. epidermidis) were exposed to sub-lethal concentrations of manuka honey in continuous and stepwise training experiments to determine whether the susceptibility to honey diminished. Reduced susceptibilities to manuka honey in the test organisms during long-term stepwise resistance training were found, but these changes were not permanent and honey-resistant mutants were not detected. The risk of bacteria acquiring resistance to honey will be low if high concentrations are maintained clinically.

...

06:00

A new perspective on aid delivery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

It is rare to get a real insight into the differences within and between agencies in how aid is delivered. A new book, Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top-down Management of Foreign Aid Doesnt Work by Dan Honig, does this.

For most of us who have worked in aid-funded programs, it is a mystifying and frustrating business, especially when you have had the experience of working for different aid agencies as I have had (UNICEF, AusAid, USAID and the German aid agency (GIZ), as well as multilaterals such as the ADB).

After reading a highly favourable review by Lant Pritchett on the Building State Capability Blog, I purchased the book, not least because I noted that Dan had worked on a youth-related project in Timor-Leste, as I had done. The books insight is not a new one, but what is new is that it is built on two solid evidential bases: an econometric analysis of a huge database of delivery outcomes of aid projects and eight case studies in two countries of the differences between USAID and DFID (UK aid) modes of aid delivery.

Honigs main finding, with some qualifications, is that program outcomes are better where aid agencies allow and encourage their direct staff or contracted staff to have greater latitude to exercise judgement. I prefer to use the Australian spelling because the word judgment in an Australian context can refer to legal decisions, the opposite of what Honig is referring to.

The value of navigation by judgement applies especially when the operating context is unpredictable and where performance is difficult to measure. Judgement refers to the scope that staff have to make their own decisions within the broad parameters set by the program design. This is in contrast to top-down management, which in the words of the books fly leaf is problematic: Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximise the impact of foreign aid.

The econometric analysis is of evaluations of over 14,000 projects from nine international development organisations. Spoiler alert: no Australian aid projects are included. The analysis uses self-evaluated project outcomes as a measure of success. If you want to see Dan present the econometric results and more else besides, this video is well worth viewing.

In short, Honig finds that navigation by judgement is most helpful where environment predictability is lowest. The...

06:00

Frogmouth action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photographing Tawny Frogmouths during daylight hours rarely requires a fast shutter speed!

Our favourite local pair surprised me with an unexpected burst of action when I popped by to see them at the weekend.

Tawny Frogmouths, Newstead Natives, 19th August 2018

05:46

More than just engineering, science and money ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Earlier this year I visited an area in the Grand Canyon where a development akin to our own kunanyi/Mt Wellington cable car proposal was being debated Greens Move to Reject Major Projects Legislation and Enshrine Public Say on Planning Tasmania is at a crossroads, its environment and way of life under unprecedented threat from big development interests lured here by the Liberals open for business mantra and willingness to keep Tasmanians in the dark. The return of Parliament coincides with both the Hobart City Councils decision on the cable car tonight and the Town Hall meeting about the proposed Cambria Green development, and the future of Tasmanias East Coast tomorrow

05:36

Promoters of cashless welfare card really want to cut benefits "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Victoria

The National Party has called for every Australian under 35 on a parenting payment or Newstart should receive a cashless welfare card.

It came up at the party Federal National Council on Saturday. Those proposing the extended application of the card, suggested that people receiving these payments were spending too much money on drugs and alcohol.

Besides this being a blatant act of profiling, which suggests that that anyone on these payments is an undeserving malingerer.

The rational used to trial the Cashless Welfare Card is being used as an argument to extent it across Australia, and has immediately been championed by News Corp.

Just because it came up at the Nationals Federal Council, does not mean that it is automatically government policy. This is another item to the wish list, deliberately setting out to test the waters. If there is not a strong enough counter reaction, it is just a matter of time before it does become official policy.

Suggestions are being made that the trials in Kalgoorlie, East Kimberley and Ceduna have been successful. They have been. in terms of creating greater inequality and making the provision of necessities more expensive, because the cards can only be used in designated shops and this prevents holders from shopping around for better prices.They have been successful, if the goal is to ensure those in the trials wear the stigma. They have not been successful in lifting standards of living and creating a path to self-respect and creating work for those who need it.

The essence of what is being put by the supporters of the Cashless Welfare Card is that people do not have the right to an acceptable standard of living, if they do not have a job. Government payments are a form of charity paid by those who are better off, who should not be expected to foot the bill. This is the ugly and selfish side of our society. Few of those who take it up sing the same tune when it happens to them.

When they push this line of reasoning, the supporters of the card show that this is not about overcoming bad behaviour, but about cutting social security payments. Nor do they have anything to say about the generous tax loopholes for the wealthy and the corporate tax evasion industry. This is a case of double standards, if there ever was one.

Ours should be a caring society, where we look out for one another and give a helping hand to those less fortunate for ourselves.

Past generations fought hard to put into place the right o...

05:34

NATION: Dutton circles Turnbull sensing blood in the water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fifty years ago Australia was a cohesive, predominantly Anglo-Celtic nation. Most people thought of themselves as Christian of some sort, although most of us didnt go to church all that often. Everyone, from the cleaners to the captains of industry, had a shared vision of who we were as a people and our place in the world. They did? In 1968 when anti-Vietnam demos were at their height here? A year of seismic social and political change around the world? A time when single, aged and invalid pensioners were grateful to get another whole dollar rise to fourteen dollars a week? When a quarter of the population lived on less than $58 per week? Bear with Fraser; nostalgia isnt what it used to be. Behind him, Tory Cory Bernardi nods agreement. Corys part of a tinpot Oz-Tea Party troika with Fantasy-fabulist Anning and deluded David Leyonhjelm. They have a lot in common. We want stronger families, limited government, lower taxes ... we want to re-install personal responsibilities front and centre of public life, Bernardi claims. Seriously? Is this code for Leyonhjelms slut-shaming, now the subject of a defamation case in which, as he admits, he told Sarah Hanson-Young that she should stop shagging men? In the topsy-turvy, inside-out and back-to-front world of our upper house of mirrors, reality is bent, shrunk and stretched while ignorance, bigotry and even crypto-fascism, defy government tax-cut theory to trickle up. And up Guardian Oz: Government dives in the polls as leadership speculation swirls Crikey Worm: Bitter Spill The Age repors that supporters of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton say he is leaning toward challenging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the top job, believing the government is now in an unwinnable position. On Sunday, Turnbull held a dinner with party colleagues to stave-off a leadership challenge. However, The Courier Mail ($) is reporting that Dutton only arrived to the crisis talks post-dinner. The Australian ($) reports that a number of MPs spoke with Dutton at the weekend to pledge their support if he were to challenge Turnbull. In light of the speculation, a Fairfax-Ipsos poll has the Coalition trailing the opposition 45 to 55 on a two-party preferred basis ABC: Faith in Australian governments falls amid corruption concerns Trust and confidence in all levels of Australian government is continuing to slide as calls intensify for the establishment a national anti-corruption agency Guardian Live: Bill Shorten calls Turnbull a white flag prime minister Malcolm Turnbull PM says Dutton gave him absolute support. Leadership speculation Coalition dives in the polls. Comment:  MPs must set aside ideologies in climate endgame SMH: Leadership twist as report claims Peter Dutton could be ineligible to sit in Parliament Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton may be ineligible to sit in Parliament due to his familys financial interests in the Commonwealth, according to an explosive repo...

05:15

I am not a Woman - Transsexuals and Transgender Women Speak Out "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This article is Part 3 in the series Silencing and Censorship in the Trans Rights Debate Today, the dominant discourse in the transgender rights debate insists that transgender women are women.  It is not uncommon to hear the argument that, because they are women, their biology is female and it is transphobic to suggest they are biological males. The term lady penis is often used to describe their genitalia, without a trace of intellectual embarrassment, by trans rights activists and others who style themselves as trans allies EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... Silencing and Censorship in the Trans Rights debate (1) Silencing and Cencorship in the Trans Rights debate (2)

04:45

Future of the East Coast in focus Hobart public meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In response to an unprecedented wave of development pressure and calling for a strategic and consultative approach to planning the future of the East Coast, fifteen community groups are hosting a public meeting to raise their concerns and seek leadership from all levels of Government ABC: Development proposals on Tasmanias east coast alarm community groups

04:28

Mount Wellington cable car backers vow to push on after Council land setback "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Mount Wellington cable car proponents are vowing to push on, after the Hobart City Council voted to deny the controversial proposal access to council-owned public land

04:16

Prof Robert Jensen: There Clearly Is No Decent Human Future Possible in Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the silence of Western media and governments regarding the massacre of the people of Yemen by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the strategic ally of the US ?

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00:53

You could soon spend 10 years in Australian jail if you don't hand over your phone passcode to authorities "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Australian bill introduces some of the toughest legislation anywhere in the world for refusing to hand over personal data, while other Western countries are scrambling for their own solutions. Existing legislation already allows for imprisonment for up to two years for failing to give investigators access when serious crime is involved, but the new Assistance and Access bill, which has gone out for public consultation, before being voted on later on this year, raises the punishment to 10 years. The Department of Home Affairs says the document is seeking a "reasonable and proportionate response" to such violations.

00:46

Humankind Is Rapidly Exiting Its Safe Zone, New Climate Report Finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Offering a stark warning to the world, a new report out Monday argues that the reticence of the worlds scientific communitytrapped in otherwise healthy habits of caution and due diligenceto downplay the potentially irreversible and cataclysmic impacts of climate change is itself a threat that should no longer be tolerated if humanity is to be motivated to make the rapid and far-reaching transition away from fossil fuels and other emissions-generating industries.

In the new reporttitled What Lies Beneath: The Understatement of Existential Climate Risk (pdf)authors David Splatt and Ian Dunlop, researchers with the National Centre for Climate Restoration (Breakthrough), an independent think tank based in Australia, argue that the existential threats posed by the climate crisis have still not penetrated the collective psyche of humanity and that world leaders, even those demanding aggressive action, have not shown the kind of urgency or imagination that the scale of the pending catastrophe presents.

While the report states that a fast, emergency-scale transition to a post-fossil fuel world is absolutely necessary to address climate change, it bemoans the fact that this solution continues to be excluded from the global policy debate because it is considered by the powerful as too disruptive. However, the paper argues, it is precisely this lack of imagination and political will that could doom humanitys future.

As Splatt and Dunlop summarize at Renew Economy, their paper analyzes why:

  • Human-induced climate change is an existential risk to human civilisation: an adverse outcome that will either annihilate intelligent life or permanently and drastically curtail its potential, unless dramatic action is taken.
  • The bulk of climate research has tended to underplay these risks, and exhibited a preference for conservative projections and scholarly reticence.
  • IPCC reports tend toward reticence and caution, erring on the side of least drama, and downplaying the more extreme and more damaging outcomes, and are now becoming dangerously misleading with the acceleration of climate impacts globally.
  • Why this is a particular concern with potential climatic tipping points, the passing of critical thresholds which result in step changes in the climate system. Under-reporting on these issues is contributing to the failure of imagination in our understanding of, and response to, climate change.

Climate change is now reaching the end-game, reads the forward to the report by Hans Joachim Schellnhu...

00:16

William Fraser Anning - an ugly aspect of far-right politics in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Sydney Morning Herald, Fraser Anning

William Fraser Anning then a member ofPauline Hansons One Nation Party was declared elected to the Australian Senate on 10 November 2017,as a replacement for the recently disqualified dual citizen Malcolm Ieuan Roberts.

Less than seven months later he had joined Katters Australian Party.

In the 2016 general election Anning had received a grand total of 19 votes (59 if transferred votes are counted) out of a possible 2.72 million Queensland ballots cast. The Queensland electorate had firmly rejected him.
...

00:15

Great Barrier Reef: $487.63 million to do little more than sit by the bedside of a dying reef system? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has had some good fortune that few environmental NGOs could count on. The $444 million it was granted by the government earlier this year dwarfs its previous budgets by a large multiple. Having worked in two small environmental charities of a similar operating budget and staffing to the pre-windfall foundation, I can confirm getting so much money without even applying for it is far beyond anyones wildest dreams.

Still, the biggest questions about the GBRF windfall dont relate to its good luck in an opaque government decision, or even its connections to the fossil fuel industry. 

These are entirely valid concerns, but they risk eclipsing the bigger significance of the governments move.

What we also need to ask is: what does the foundation do? What are its outputs, its...

Monday, 20 August

23:37

Poll Roundup: Here We Go Again? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2PP Aggregate: 52.8 to Labor (+1.2 since last week) by last election preferences
52.2 to Labor with One Nation adjustment
Labor would comfortably win election held "right now"

That escalated quickly ...
Last night's Ipsos poll has produced a big blowout in my polling aggregate, wiping out all the Coalition's gains since June. However, Labor had already made modest gains in the wake of the Super Saturday results even before that.

Normally I put out a Poll Roundup every second Newspoll.  Last week's Newspoll had some points well worthy of comment so I was considering bringing this one forward (but got distracted by another issue).  Now with this extreme Ipsos result hitting the stands, I think it's worthwhile going one week early - especially with the noises being made in media and a feeling about that leadership problems could blow up into a challenge quickly.  Whether or not that happens, at the least we have another round of serious leadership speculation, and even if the Ipsos was twaddle it will probably turn out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Events have developed quickly, with the PM shelving emissions targets in the National Energy Guarantee on Monday followed by news of possible Section 44 issues for Peter Dutton, which it seems the Dutton backers are intent on ignoring.  As I write the word is that Dutton backers think they have enough support and are deciding whether to go right away or wait until September.  In the past these things have often come to a head very quickly.

This all started with the Coalition's defeats in the Super Saturday by-elections, and especially the woeful primary vote result in Longman.   Had expectations on the right about the by-election results been more cautious, these results would by now have been a humdrum footnote in electoral history, and the Longman disaster would have been mostly written off as caused by candidate factors.  But because Liberal hopes of a victory in Longman and/or Braddon were boosted so high, especially by far-too-credulous reporting of unreliable and close electorate polling, the result has been seen as a disaster....

23:20

Pope on Sex Abuse: We Showed No Care for the Little Ones "IndyWatch Feed National"

VATICAN CITYPope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church.

Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to root out abuse and cover-up. He blasted the clerical culture that has been blamed for the crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children.

With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives, Francis wrote. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.

The Vatican issued the three-page letter ahead of Francis trip this weekend to Ireland, a once staunchly Roman Catholic country where the churchs credibility has been devastated by years of revelations that priests raped and molested children with impunity and their superiors covered up for them.

Priestly sex abuse was always expected to dominate the trip, but the issue has taken on new gravity following revelations in the U.S. that one of Francis trusted cardinals, the retired archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, allegedly sexually abused and harassed minors as well as adult seminarians.

In addition, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania last week reported that at least 1,000 children were victims of some 300 priests over the past 70 years, and that generations of bishops failed repeatedly to take measures to protect their flock or punish the rapists.

In the letter, which was issued in seven languages, Francis referred to the Pennsylvania report, acknowledged that no effort to beg forgiveness of the victims will be sufficient but vowed never again.

He said, looking to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.

Francis didnt, however, provide any indication of what concrete measures he is prepared to take to sanction those bishops in the U.S. and beyond who covered up for sexually abusive priests.

Francis several years ago scrapped a proposed Vatican tribunal to prosecute negligent bishops, and he has refused to act on credible reports from around the world of bishops who have failed to report abusers to police or otherwise botched handling cases, and yet remain in office.

Francis also has kept on his nine-member kitchen cabinet a Chilean cardinal long accused of covering up for pedophiles, a...

22:59

Senator (fmr General) Jim Molan receives his briefings from Turnbull via "media reports" "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have never encountered so pathetic a leader as Turnbull. But bad leaders cannot operate without weak followers. Jim Molan is not a weak man. But he's keeping very, very bad company. Too many of our Canberra crew have succumbed to the "Disunity is Death" mantra. The Labor Party lives...

22:39

Did you hear the one about Waleed Aly being retained by the AFL to consult on rule changes??? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It'd be hilarious if it was just a joke. Don't get me wrong - it's a joke. But it's not just a joke. It's also real. The AFL has actually done it. TV host Waleed Aly has been hand-picked by the AFL to consult on proposed rule changes: >> https://t.co/hU9vC51d9q...

22:30

22:30

New Partnership Enables Automatic Bill Payments Using Bitcoin in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australians wishing to pay their bills in cryptocurrencies do not have to be held back by the fact that their utility or service provider is stuck with traditional methods of payment. This follows the formation of a partnership between two financial technology firms, cryptocurrency exchange Cointree and automated billing platform Gobbill, allowing the payment of

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22:27

John Constantine: Great Safe Cow Cull "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How the Cull of grazing animals to meet turnbulls Paris treaty will work.

In Australia, stocking rates depend upon the access to water, the original settlers drove their herds from water source to water source, and the expansion of grazing enterprises always depended upon innovation and infrastructure making water supplies more plentiful and reliable, even in desperate times.

Only under our New Class has Australia turned its back on abundant and cheap water supplies, and began the long march returning to the dry and dusty rewilding of the interior, just like our back has been turned on cheap and reliable electricity as we walk away from industry.

Central planning control of the rivers of the Murray Darling Basin now sits in Canberra, and Turnbull has borrowed billions to buy central planning control of the water of the Snowy River for Canberra as well. Plus the treaties to save the Great Barrier Reef, which open the way for central planning control of the waters that flow from Queensland farmland to interact with the Reef.

The State will not send squads to shoot the sheep and cattle, when the time comes, they will simply squeeze the supply of water off, and market forces will respond with a slow and remorseless destocking.

Control the water supply and you control the number of stock that can be depastured.

Australias livestock drinking and fodder growing water is now centrally controlled by a New Class that has the political will to use this control as a tool to enforce their transnational treaties.

The rainfall deficiency created droughts can be managed, but the lefts treaty and paperwork created droughts will be inescapeable and eternal.

22:20

Greg Chapman: Mornings with Jon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Good morning this Monday morning the 18th of August. This is Jon Fabian, and what a morning for news we have today. The tragic shootings in the Sydney gay nightclub over the weekend by a man identified by police as Hasaan Ali, who apparently was draped in an Islamic State flag and who shouted Allah Akbar before firing on the crowd, and left behind a note that said homosexuality is a sin against Allah, but as the police minister said, we must not jump to conclusions about the motives behind this attack. Indeed, I think we will never know the motives since this person of interest was shot dead by police.

In light of this attack, we are very fortunate to have Waleed Ali, an expert on terrorism, not that we know that this was an act of terrorism. Waleed will share his favourite halal recipes, and will be able to answer all your questions on how to prepare them. If we have time, he may also provide us with an opinion on whether the police allowed this man, Hasaan Ali, his human rights. I should mention, that Waleed isnt related to the terror. sorry the alleged person of interest in the Sydney attack.

Also today we will be looking into the unprecedented heat wave in the UK with a palaeontologist who has literally written the book on giant wombats, Professor Tim Flannery. This month they had temperatures as high as 35 degrees, not seen since 1976. Isnt this proof of climate change? And just to have a balanced debate on this matter here at the ABC, Tim will be debating with fellow climate expert, Sarah Hanson-Young, two people with strong opinions on this topic. I will do my best to moderate this discussion as objectively as I can. It likely to get very heated.

Then of course we had the launch of a missile by North Korea sinking a Japanese navy frigate in the Sea of Japan. I will be speaking with our special geopolitical correspondent Yassmin Abdel-Magied who has been following this story closely, and has written in the Guardian today how this is the fault of President Trump and why he should visit Pyongyang to apologise to the North Koreans.

Look, I have just received breaking news from Sydney at the Premiers press conference on this weekends events. While the conference was mostly to do with the weekend attack, our reporter was able to ask a question of the Premier I am sure will be of great interest to ABC listeners and I can reveal that the Premier has indicated that Parliament will be considering introducing laws that will allow gays to adopt children, providing important context to the news today since this anti-gay discrimination may be a contributing factor to the tragedy yesterday, something that has been totally ignored by all other media at the press conference. All the news you want to hear, only on your ABC.

With just a minute or so before the ne...

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