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Friday 10th Aug, 8.00pm 11.30pm, Meeniyan Town Hall

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Friday, 13 July


Na DAS ist ja mal ein Schulterschluss: Seehofer demonstriert ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Na DAS ist ja mal ein Schulterschluss: Seehofer demonstriert Einigkeit mit den Auslnder-Raus-Innenministern von sterreich und Italien. Italiens Innenminister Salvini, wir erinnern uns, lie sogar die eigene Kstenwache nicht in den Hafen einlaufen, weil sie aus Seenot gerettete Flchtlinge an Bord hatten. Und mit solchen Leuten stellt sich Seehofer hin und die bringen dann Sprche wie

"Wir werden aus dieser Kooperation der Willigen auch eine Kooperation der Ttigen machen."
Und auch Seehofer wollte da nicht zurckstehen: "Das eint uns total. In Europa ist in der Migrationspolitik in den letzten Wochen einiges in Bewegung gekommen." Das habe mit den drei Lndern sterreich, Italien und Deutschland zu tun, erklrte er.
Ja super!

Aber hey, vielleicht muss man das positiv sehen. Seehofer hat endlich jemanden gefunden, neben dem nicht er wie der schlimmste Nazi im Raum aussieht!

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Thursday, 12 July


Bank of Queensland Rules Out Crypto Purchases With Mortgage Funds "IndyWatch Feed"

An Australian foreign exchange has revised its own contract terms to prohibit borrowers from using loans like mortgages to buy cryptocurrency. According a report by Australia Finance Review on Thursday, Bank of Queensland, that will be publicly traded on Australias stock market and one of the nations oldest retail banks, has supported the shift of the loan arrangements, which now state any loan purpose which involves the acquisition of usage of cryptocurrency is unacceptable. The move is the consequence of concerns over latest price volatility of the cryptocurrency marketplace, in addition to Australian authorities increasing scrutiny within the nascent distance, the report stated.

As previously mentioned by CoinDesk, Austrac, the nations financial intelligence agency, announced a brand new rule mandating know your client steps across crypto exchanges in Apr of this year. The Australia Taxation Office has also been seeking public opinions on how exactly should best tax gains made from cryptocurrency trading. Bank of Queenslands decision comes as many other creditors in Australia are discouraging borrowers from using real estate mortgages to create high risk investments. Citing an anonymous broker in the market, the report stated lenders within the country are monitoring borrowers accounts for signals funds are being used to trade or buy cryptocurrencies.

Theyre concerned since the Australian Tax Office, the Treasury, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Austrac are running all over it, the agent was quoted as stating. More broadly, major banks internationally like JP Morgan Chase, Citi and Bank of America have lately moved to prohibit users from using credit lines to buy cryptocurrency over worries that a volatile marketplace could depart borrowers struggling to repay their debts. Contract signing picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the greatest journalistic standards and complies with a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Refugee advocates are calling for a full inquiry into an incident recorded on mobile phone footage inside Villawood detention centre revealing nine male guards, using unnecessary force arresting a single female detainee. (Link to cideo clip attached.)   Towards the end of the footage, the guards can be seen holding her on the ground, and(...)


Treble for apprentice as De Villiers kicks out "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE midwinter race meeting is not usually a biggie for the Central Warrego race club. But the Qld country race series event on Saturday drew...


Chief birdie pulls up lame as wind chills championships "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A CHILL southeasterly cramped the style of golfers playing club championships at the weekend. Allen Monk Wharton hit 117 and 111 over 54 holes to win...


Barry Wakelin asks those very hard questions about the Kimba/Hawker nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed"

request the Australian National Audit Office to examine the use of taxpayers money at Kimba and Hawker for the purpose of encouraging the locals to see things the governments way on nuclear waste.

Any one who treated the government view with other than a YES was treated abysmally and certainly with not one cent of taxpayer largesse to make the alternative case. It has been a disgrace to our democracy.

Is it reasonable for the government to claim as has been made within the process, that Kimba can become a 300 year government supported town based on nuclear waste?

the government moves their Campaign Office in to the Main Street, to promote the propaganda of the benefits of a dump, which no one else in Australia wants.

Barry Hugh Wakelin Submission TO THE SENATE ECONOMICS COMMITTEE REFERENCE COMMITTEE SUBMISSION TO SENATE ENQUIRY ON THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Senate Committee submission by Barry Hugh Wakelin Section 10 Hundred of Barna, County of Buxton from the District Council of Kimba, South Australia. (Submission No.23)

My name is Barry Wakelin, I was born at Kimba in 1946. Raised on a wheat/sheep farm at Kimba, Schooled to Year 10 at Kimba, first job as a bank clerk at Kimba, labourer, shearer, share-farmer, farmer and Federal MHR for 15 years in Kimba, W.A. and Australia. Have a farm with my wife a few kilometres from a nuclear dump site at Kimba. I am committed to Kimba and farming from a love of the place; local government backed us to have a reliable electricity supply when we had nothing other than their trust in us as c...


Bank of Queensland Rules Out Crypto Purchases With Mortgage Funds "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian retail bank has revised its loan agreements to prohibit borrowers from using mortgages to purchase cryptocurrency.


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

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A lucky country run by second rate people? The ACCC and rooftop solar "IndyWatch Feed"

Donald Horne wrote it many years ago.

Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other peoples ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in all fields) so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise.

A bit of a journalistic exaggeration actually but never more true than now under the influence of warming hysteria and the war on CO2. The ACCC has discovered, late in the day, that the rooftop solar subsidy scheme transfers wealth from poor to rich. Can you bear it?

An important comment in the thread under Jo Novas post, a report on 56 days monitoring the contribution of different sources of power, the main point being the absurdly small amount of power from Wind and Other.

I have been doing this new Series for eight weeks now, so 56 days.

There have been 14 of those days (and thats one quarter of that time) when ALL the wind power, ALL the solar power from commercial plants and ALL the rooftop solar power have delivered LESS THAN 2% of the power required at the evening Peak, and five of those days have been lower than 1%, with the lowest at 0.3%

That evening peak is the highest power consumption we have, and it happens every day at 5.30/6PM, and over those eight weeks averages for those peaks have been between 28500MW and 32000MW.

Now, the point here is that even though the Country is consuming the most electricity it actually can consume, on those 14 days, ALL OF IT was actually being delivered from coal fired power, natural gas fired power, and hydro power.

From the low point of 0.3% (100MW of that Peak) to the high point of 2%, (600MW) is between one and three Units at a gas plant just waiting for the call already to fire up.

The fact that those three main sources have already proved they can handle it is an indictment on the total and utter uselessness of wind power, solar power, and rooftop solar power.

There could be none of it, and we would still get by.



The Self-Healing Revolution Energy Psychology Explained "IndyWatch Feed"

In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel laureate in Medicine

By Brendan D Murphy

Better Ways to Heal Through Energy Psychology

A self-healing revolution is upon us and it turns the standard Western healing model on its head, putting the patient back in the drivers seat, not only making them an active participant in their own healing, but moving beyond the band-aid solutions that pervade mainstream psychiatry and psychology.

The current paradigm shift presupposes that, with the right approach, just about anything can be healed or reversed, and that a pain- or drug-addled existence of managing symptoms and eking by is no longer the best option, nor a fait accompli.

This is the revolution that Big Pharma and institutional psychiatry hope you never hear about.

The emergence of energy psychology (EP), including methods such as EFT (emotional freedom techniques), TFT (thought field therapy), Psych-K, and Matrix Reimprinting (to name a few) means that, for millions of people suffering from phobias, self-limiting beliefs, or even major emotional and/or physical traumas, expensive and often ineffective traditional therapies can be eschewed (bypassed) in favour of more affordable (or free) and very often spectacularly successful new methodsthat can achieve better results in a fraction of the time.

energy psychology

What is Energy Psychology?

Energy psychology describes a collection of novel psychological interventions that balance, restore, and enhance human functioning by stimulating the human subtle energy system, which includes the acupuncture meridian system, chakras, and nadis. These techniqueshave been observed to catalyze rapid, dramatic, and lasting changes in feelings, beliefs, mental states, and behaviors, as well as physiology and biochemistry.  Thus, EP techniques involve stimulating energy, whether by tapping, touching, or intention.[1]

EP therefore traces its roots not just to Chinese medicine and...


Blood on all their hands "IndyWatch Feed"

In the 2010 federal election, the Liberal Democrat Party in New South Wales polled around 96,000 votes. In 2013 their first-placed candidate polled around 416,000 votes. This analysis shows that the party increased its vote by over 50 times, or 5000% between 2007 and 2013.

Wow! That party is on the up and up! It must be quite something, right?

Well, no. According to the winning candidate, some people voted for us because we were first on the ballot paper there is always a sizeable number of people who dont care Then there are some people who mistook us for the Liberals, probably the Liberals, but they could also have mistaken us for the Christian Democrats or even the ordinary Democrats.

In his own words, David Leyonhjelm was elected by the donkey vote, lazy Liberal Party supporters, a few illiterate Christians, and someone who forgot that the Democrats disappeared in a puff of GST smoke (watch that space).

Here is the same information in formal logic terms. There are correlations between the facts exponential increase in the vote, the number one spot on the ballot papers (which is drawn from a hat), the apathy of rusted-on Liberal Party voters from which we can draw conclusions. Correlation is not causation. Correlation can, if researchers have sufficient context and skill, be evidence of causation. What this means is that there are plausible reasons correlated facts that explain what probably, in all likelihood, ahead of other random non-correlative or non-fact based explanations, caused the outcome.

Of particular note: the candidate posits that he was not elected on his policies or abilities or appeal, but due to the party name and its lucky ballot paper placement. He is an elected representative who is not representative of the electorate. In the parlance of liberalism, his achievements are not on merit.

This pro-gun, anti-feminist, aging white male libertarian nevertheless took a seat in the Australian parliament on the recently increased backbencher salary of $203,020 a year (plus expenses). Not bad for a lazy liberal constituency and some donkeys. At the same time, penalty rates have been cut for some of Australias most insecure and lowest paid workers. The government has legislated future income tax c...


With Apologies to Hans Overbeeke "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Broad Arrow Cafe

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

About a month ago Gumshoe received an email from a person who signs his name Johan (Hans) Overbeeke, which I assume came from the real Hans Overbeeke. He wished that people like Mary would stop rambling on.

I didnt know I had rambled on about him. After a search, I found references to the name Overbeeke in four articles.  All by the said Mary. In each case I was relying on Stewart Beatties deduction that Mr Overbeeke, father of two sons Benjamin and Warren, was at PA (Port Arthur) that day April 18, 1996 as part of ASIO, or some such.

I Apologize to the Overbeekes

I am glad to have been given the stimulus to communicate wit...


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Inflated temperature record in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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

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

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

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


Community Billboard 10th 17th July "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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


Philippines should support freedom of navigation in South China Sea to protect own rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

In March, the French Navy announced that Floral-class surveillance frigate Vendmiaire conducted a patrol in the South China Sea to assert French presence in the region.
French Navy, File
Audrey Morallo ( July 12, 2018 6:12pm

MANILA, Philippines The Philippines should encourage freedom of navigation and overflight operations in the South China Sea as these could strengthen the enforcement of the historic arbitral ruling, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Thursday.

Carpio explained that the operations enforced the core legal effect of the 2016 ruling of the United Nations-backed tribunal.

In effect, these operations enforce the core legal ramifications arising from the Award- that there are high seas in the South China Sea, and aroud these high seas are the exclusive economic zones belonging to the adjacent coastal states, including the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea, Carpio said in a forum organized by the Stratbase ADR Institute in Makati City.

READ: US to continue operations in South China Sea despite Chinas dissent Pentagon chief

The acting chief justice said that China would not be able to transform the South China Sea into its mare nostrum with these operations.

Carpio said that immediately after the release of the ruling naval powers such as the US, the UK, Australia, France, Canada, India and Japan conducted their naval and aerial operations in the region.

The tribunal in the Hague invalidated in 2016 Chinas expansive claim to the South China Sea, which was based on its so-called nine-dash line.

The ruli...


We need to protect dolphins from mining "IndyWatch Feed"

Correction: The Conservation Minister had no role in granting this permit. I had assumed that, as on land, exploration would require an access arrangement, which would have required her approval. But thanks to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011's "no-one owns the seabed" position, the Crown Minerals Act was amended so that you don't need an access arrangement to explore or mine in the common marine and coastal area. And thanks to Taranaki District Council's "drill, baby, drill" policy, exploration is a permitted activity despite the entire area being a marine mammal sanctuary, so there's no RMA process either. There will be an RMA process for actual mining at least, but that won't stop the disruption from exploration.

As for how to fix this, the Marine Mammals Protection Act allows activites within Marine Mammal Sanctuaries to be regulated, and this is already used to prohibit mining (but not oil drilling) in part of the West Coast North Island Sanctuary. That area could be expanded, and further oil drilling banned. But in the long term, there seems to be no reason to distinguish between onshore and offshore wildlife sanctuaries, so they need to be added to Schedule 4.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage MBIE appears to have quietly granted a permit to explore for ironsands in a Marine Mammal Sanctuary:

A mining exploration permit has been quietly granted inside a marine sanctuary set up to protect the endangered Mui dolphins.

The decision has shocked conservation groups who were unaware of the move and the Department of Conservation has significant concerns about the safety of the dolphins if mining were to go ahead.


In May, permission to explore a 220-square-kilometre section off the coast of New Plymouth that falls within the sanctuary was granted to a company that wants to dredge the ocean floor for minerals.

Ironsands Offshore Mining Ltd will now be able to carry out tests, including drilling, to assess the viability of the project.

Its an appalling decision, and a pointless one: while the impact of exploration may be low, it is difficult to imagine a full mining operation being approved. But like the Otakiri Springs water decision, it may be a case of the Minister's hands being tied: marine mammal sanctuaries enjoy no special protection from mining, while the...


Australia: Crypto Exchange Bitcoin.Com.Au Appoints Ex-Exec of Accounting Giant PwC as CEO "IndyWatch Feed"

Former consulting giant exec has become the CEO of exchange, plans to bring crypto investment products into areas like company pension plans


World Cup footie update "IndyWatch Feed"


That's about all I can muster for today, sorry!


New Labour Account framework in Australia provides new insights "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released a new labour market framework on Tuesday (July 10, 2018) Labour Account Australia, Quarterly Experimental Estimates which will improve statistical analysis and allow new conjectures to be examined against the evidence. This blog post is really an exploration on my behalf of this new dataset and I know it is rather dry. But that is part of my work and it has to be done to build an evidential basis for the claims I make about this and that. I am still exploring the framework and will obviously use it to advantage (hopefully) in the future but for now here are some of the compelling insights that emerge from it. The first obvious new insight we can gain is to divide total filled jobs (employment) into Main and Secondary jobs. This allows us to assess the quality of the change in overall employment. Up until now we have considered employment in terms of persons employed. But now we can work out how many persons are employed in more than one job and where those jobs are. It provides an excellent check on statements made by politicians etc about the number of jobs being created and their quality.

What is it?

Labour market statistics, particularly headline figures such as the unemployment rate, are among the most closely watched and widely reported of all economic information available.

They are input on a regular basis to the political process and drive policy debates.

The problem, however, is that the current methods of collecting labour market information (via household and establishment surveys) etc are not without significant limitations in the depiction they provide of the state of the labour market and what it means for the overall economy (and society).

It is obvious that a focus on the unemployment rate (a narrow measure of labour underutilisation) may lead to flawed assessments when, for example, underemployment is rising and casualisation of employment is rife.

Statisticians have long identified the limitations in this respect and have increasingly published broader measures of labour wastage to give a better diagnostic of what is happening.

But the development of the Labour Account framework seeks to go beyond those more easily solved issues.

The ILO publication Labour Accounts: A Step Forward to a Coherent and Timely Description of the Labour Market sets out the ILO thinking on how to proceed with the development of this integrated framework and what it hopes to achieve.

They say that the limitations of the cur...


Because of them, everyone can have a fine time "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

WOMEN HAVE been front and centre of the districts Aboriginal community presumably since the dreamtime. About time the annual national indigenous commemoration caught up. To...


Fruit and veg hawker squeezed out of railway site "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ANYONE who stepped out to go shopping at the Team Fruit & Veg truck in front of the railway station this week was bound for...


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

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

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

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


Greg Bannon demolishes the case for Kimba/Hawker nuclear waste dump, in a trenchant Submission "IndyWatch Feed"

This is a National issue and a National problem. Small, remote communities, whether at Kimba, the Flinders Ranges or anywhere else, should never be expected to make the decision alone to accept the toxic by-products of one industrys lifetime production.

Nuclear Medicine: It was impressed on the community that a primary reason for the NRWMF is the need to dispose of Australias radioactive medical waste. DIIS is the only official source of information, some of which implies that procedures such as CAT scans, X-Rays, and cancer treatments require the  use of radioactive isotopes. Plain scans, X-Rays and a vast majority of cancer treatments do not use such isotopes.

It is a genuine and valid concern that ILRW may become stranded at this facility for any number of reasons.

ILRW has been the elephant in the room from the Day 1 of this process. The emphasis has been on Low Level Radioactive Waste and, even today, people in our community say it is a low level waste dump.

Submission from: Greg Bannon, Resident of Quorn, Flinders Ranges Council Region, Barndioota Site to SENATE ECONOMICS REFERENCES INQUIRY National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (Submission no. 85)   13 attachments

I have connections to this region that go back to the late 1950s. My family first visited Wilpena Pound on a holiday in 1958. The following year, on a return visit to Wilpena with some overseas friends, my younger...



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


Nutbush line-dancing record at big red bash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title was broken this morning with the largest number of people line dancing to Nutbush City Limits. To continue reading, please...


Expert Bets $8.5 Million That Bitcoin Will Reach $280,000, Surpassing Birkshire "IndyWatch Feed"

Though Bitcoins market price has been anything but inspiring of late, as it lingers at 70% below its all-time high, one wealthy Australian Bull still believes enough to put it up against Warren Buffets Berkshire Hathaway.

Bitcoin Punter Puts up Against Berkshire Hathaway

One of the land down unders leading Bookmakers, Tom Waterhouse, tweeted That a well-known crypto expert ( who is choosing to remain anonymous) has requested a bet that by 2023 one Bitcoin will exceed the price of one share in Berkshire Hathaway. This well-known expert is showing a very bullish disposition as the amount of the requested wager is $AU8.5 million, which if it pans out will pay off at $AU 1.2 billion.

At the moment Bitcoin has a lot of catching up to do as Berkshire Hathaway currently trades at $288,481, over 45 times the amount of BTC. Waterhouse who recently moved on from his position as chief executive of CrownBet-owned William Hill Australia reportedly put the prospective gambler in touch with a large syndicate.

The outlandish wager may be emblematic of Australias enthusiasm for all things blockchain related, marked just last week by Huobi Global opening their Australian operation. Which took the occasion to launch ten fiat to crypto trading pairs in celebration.

The gambit could also be a potentially costly provocation of the famous Omaha based holding companys leaders. Both Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger have been openly vocal about their distrust and even disgust of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, even as they have confessed their combined ignorance about the technology that powers them.

Price Predictions Big and Small

Whatever reasons the secretive crypto expert has for...


Shanghai Stock Exchange Explores DLT Use In New Research Paper "IndyWatch Feed"

Shanghai Stock Exchange, among the worlds biggest securities trading places by market capitalization, is eyeing the usage of dispersed ledger technology in the securities market. The SSE published a research paper on Tuesday, which examined the usage of DLT in a variety of phases of a security transaction, like the pre trading client registration, securities issuance and trading, and post trading settlement. It moved on to outline some key advantages of adopting DLT in Chinas fiscal infrastructure, like increasing the payoff efficiency by replacing the current T+1 model, under which a transaction can only be settled one business day after an order is executed.

As the worlds fourth biggest stock exchange with a market cap of $5.12 trillion as of December 2017, the SSE is a nonprofit organization directly administrated by the China Securities Regulatory Commission. With reference to existing work concentrated on the subject completed by its counterparts in other financial markets like Hong Kong and Australia, the SSE identified two possible areas in the report where DLT can be beneficial in China, saying: The overall worldwide consensus is that DLT will be a brand new revolution to the financial industry. The very first application use cases will be on the counter securities issuance and trading, as well as order book post trading settlement. .

That said, the research paper indicated that a possible deployment of DLT in the Chinese stock market may still face a string of regulatory hurdles, as its in conflict with the current centralized registration and settlement system. For example, the SSE currently uses a 3rd party middleman as a custodian and for settling post trading transactions, yet the usage of DLT could basically eliminate that system. To do this, the market needs a new legal framework issued by regulators and central government agencies. The author of the paper concludes: The regulation should adapt to evolving technology. We suggest regulators handle the subject of DLT as a vital study area moving ahead.

To be able to develop a strong regulatory framework for adopting the fiscal innovation. . Shanghai Stock Exchange picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Marvel at Chairman Mal holding the phone while he basks in the Thailand rescue limelight "IndyWatch Feed National"

See how Chairman Mal holds the phone. The view from Chairman Mal's window. Chairman Mal's facial reactions. Invaluable insight into Chairman Mal's role in the rescue.


Throwback Thursday: VitaBeats BoomBox "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

VitaBeats Boom Box

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

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

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

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

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

Watch: Vitabeats Audrey


Sarah Hanson-Young defamation fund-creator apologises for defaming innocent man "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 23/3/2018 I published a tweet concerning @drjoesDIYhealth, a speaker at this year's @GFNicotine. It was retweeted by @ProfGlantz, @BathTR and @andrea_ppm. I retract my comments and apologise to Dr Kosterich for the harm they caused. Simon Chapman AO (@SimonChapman6) July 11, 2018


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Joyce/Campion parliamentary expenses report - "We'll take your word for it Barnaby" "IndyWatch Feed National"

This report finds a "substantial change" in the number of days Barnaby Joyce spent in Canberra during non-sitting days BMC (Before Ms Campion) compared to AMC (Anno Ms Campion). Mr Joyce spent 58 nights in Canberra in 2017 when Parliament wasn't sitting - compared to 12 nights in 2015 and...


Speaking of onion-munching freeloaders, as the reptiles often do ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The reptiles were wildly excited early in the day about the chance of implementing the agrarian socialist   dinkum clean Oz coal oi oi oi five year plan (or as we know it here at the pond I , ), and naturally trotted out zealot Dame Groan in enthusiastic support

But call the pond what you will - many do - the pond is loyal, and this sighting of onion muncher turned full Trumpian distracted the pond from such coalian weighty matters.

There's a reason that the pond keeps the onion muncher at the top of the page, and it's not just loyalty. Of recent times, the move to full Trumpist is as piquant as the arm-breaker's shift to full Hansonism, with bonus racism

The reptiles love the onion muncher, oh they adore him, and they faithfully transcribe every thought, as if they'd discovered old Joe Smith dictating the contents of his gold plates

Indeed, indeed, and the pond looks forward to the day when dinkum Oz lads - led by the onion muncher from his lounge chair - will crush the Chinese like the gnats they are, and without any help from anyone (damn you useless kiwis, person up).



UNTHINKABLE WEATHER "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After months of flu last year, I was very excited when Ben Hanrahan from Greening Australia offered help with planting our new Glossy Black Cockatoo area on the steep gully behind the house.

Its been a dry year so far, with only scattered amounts of rain making the soil just moist enough for planting.  Mostly weve had sunny days and warm temperatures.



Submission from Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) tells how good ANSTO is "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the
site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia (Submission No 58)


(This submission does not seem to address the Terms of Reference directly. )

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is Australias national nuclear research and development organisation, and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. ANSTO operates a large proportion of Australias landmark research infrastructure, including the OPAL multipurpose reactor, the Australian Synchrotron, the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, and the Centre for Accelerator Science. This infrastructure places Australia at the forefront of research and innovation for the benefit of public health, industry and the environment, and is used by universities, researchers andindustry from around Australia and internationally.

ANSTO applies its unique expertise to the production of lifesaving nuclear medicine as well as research into areas of national importance. Research areas include the environment, climate change, water resource management, materials engineering and human health.

ANSTO welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Economics References Committees inquiry into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) at sites near Kimba and Hawker in South Aust...


Australia bans foreigners from parliament internships after unease about China "IndyWatch Feed National"

Foreigners have been banned from working as interns for Australian members of parliament, a spokesman for the Senate said on Thursday, in a reform apparently aimed at blocking Chinese prying into Australian affairs.

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The program placing young people in a much-prized position working for a federal legislator for a three-month stint had been open to all nationalities, as long as the applicant did not have a criminal record.

Internships at Parliament House are restricted to Australian citizens, said a spokesman for Senator Scott Ryan, president of the Senate, which oversaw the change.

The spokesman declined to comment on what prompted the alteration or if it was made to block Chinese interference.

Late last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused China of meddling in domestic affairs. China denied the accusation which led to a strain in ties between the important trading partners.

The Financial Times newspaper reported in September that a New Zealand citizen who had previously interned at an Australian parliamentary committee had links to a Chinese military spy school.

That report prompted a review of the intern system, which concluded standards should be bought in line with the rest of the government.

Chinese students had often applied to the program and many worked as interns over the years.

A spokeswoman for the Australian National University (ANU), which provides many of the interns, said it had been informed of the change in the eligibility rule late last year.

The change was only publicly disclosed some months later when the ANU amended the rules it posted on its website.

Last month, Australia passed legislation designed to prevent interference by foreign governments, a reform Turnbull said was needed to combat Chinese meddling.

Under the law, lobbyists for foreign countries will be required to register and they will be liable to criminal prosecution if they are deemed to be interfering in domestic affairs.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Robert Birsel


See also:

China ambassador urges Australia against bias and bigotry




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

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

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


Regional Development Australia Far North sits fairly firmly on the fence regarding nuclear waste dump sit selection "IndyWatch Feed"

There are approximately 1,770 residing in the broader community area, and this original survey result now only represents 16.5% of the population.

the views of the wider population who visit, pass through and stay in these areas could be considered in the overall picture as an element in a broad consultation process.

whilst a Statewide viewpoint has a role, it should not be a deciding factor



Background Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North) is a not-for-profit incorporated association governed by a volunteer Board comprised from local people with a skills mix across industry, business, government and community.

Our role is to foster and enhance a robust, diversified, vibrant and growing economy across Far North SA through the timely and professional provision of economic development services.

RDA Far North maintains a neutral position in regards to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility proposal being considered within the region we cover. T...


Sovereign Hill Accommodation for families "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

Accommodation near Sovereign Hill Ballarat

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

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

Mercure Ballarat


Location: 613 Main Road, Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia

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

Mercure Ballarat

Mercure Ballarat facilities:


APRadio podcast July 12 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

Click Here to listen of download this podcast


Kimba District Council seems mainly concerned about getting finances and services, in return for hosting nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed"

District Council of  KIMBA Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No.19) 

(I was not able to copy this submission, so have just put an excerpt here with the main points. )

Kimba council addresses Term of Reference e) Whether wider Eyre Peninsula or Statewide community views should be taken into consideration, and if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring.

 Council remains of the view that its Local Government area represents the best reflection of the wishes of its community.

Kimba has been visited by  a multitude of experts..  Associate Professor Geoff Currie believed that Kimba was now one of the most educated communities in the country on radioactive waste.

Council would expect that the Australia Government would provide specificity on what financial and service benefits it will provide, and how these will be administered through the National radioactive waste Management Act (2012) before a final ballot occurs.

Without this information available, Council does not believe the community would be in a...


How do you spell conflict of interest? "IndyWatch Feed"

AustralianSuper head of property Jack McGougan is seeking damages of $491,000, plus end of term bonus.There is a very interesting story in the Fin this morning about the former head of property at AustralianSuper, the largest industry super fund, being forced out of his job.

And dont you just love the excuse: not a team player?

Here it is:

A former executive at AustralianSuper has accused top officials at the countrys largest superannuation fund of pressuring him to funnel investment into a union-linked property trust despite conflicts of interest.

The funds former head of property Jack McGougan made the accusations in a multi-million-dollar Federal Court action launched this week against AustralianSuper.

Mr McGougan claims he was forced out of his $500,000 a year job for opposing moves by chief investment officer Mark Delaney and director Brian Daley to invest in industry-fund controlled developer ISPT.

He alleges that when he raised concerns over the funds poor management of conflicts of interest in relation to ISPT AustralianSuper chief executive Ian Silk told him you have to drop this.

ISPT is an unlisted property fund and developer set up in 1994 by former ACTU assistant secretary Garry Weaven and co-founded by AustralianSuper.

The allegations thrust the $140 billion industry super fund into the spotlight just as the Hayne royal commission called on more than 30 superannuation funds to appear in hearings next month to examine governance issues.

Mr McGougan was made head of property in 2011 and drove a strategy to invest members funds in property offshore. He was given authority to buy and sell assets up to $200 million.

However, he says...


South Australian Branch Australasian Radiation Protection Society seems unaware of Intermediate Level Waste for planned dump "IndyWatch Feed"

South Australian Branch Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS)  Submission to Senate Inquiry: Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  (Submission No 66) __________________________________________________________________________________ The Australasian Radiation Protection Society is a professional society that promotes the principles and practice of radiation protection. It establishes and maintains professional standards amongst its members and advises on safe use of radiation for its many applications in industry, research and medicine.

Until now the Society has not had direct input to the National Radioactive Waste Management Project. It has viewed the public consultation process as one carried out between the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the local communities who have put forward sites for consideration under the project.

This submission relates to points (b) and (e) of the Terms of Reference, ie in relation to the discussion around the definition of broad community support and the question as to whether the community views of the whole the Eyre Peninsula or the whole of South Australia should be taken into consideration.

While the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry are narrowly targeted to the site selection process it is important that this process is viewed in the light of two major aims of the Project:

  • For Australia to meet its responsibilities...


South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) supports the plan for nuclear waste dump for Kimba or Hawker "IndyWatch Feed"


South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) Submission to Senate re the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (submission No 69)

The South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics selection process for a national waste management facility in South Australia.

 By way of general comment, SACOME recognises that a majority of residents in Kimba and Hawker have expressed their support for the proposed facility; and that the site selection process continues to be rigorous and focused on genuine community engagement.

SACOME notes that the Commonwealth Government has clearly stated that it will not impose a national radioactive waste facility on an unwilling community and expresses strong support for this position as a guiding principle in the site selection process. SACOMEs specific comments are limited to the following terms of reference:

  1. e) Whether wider (Eyre Peninsular or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring.

 SACOME views the site selection process as one that is specifically relevant to those local communities identified as possible site locations. As such, the views of the wider community are secondary to those of...


Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


This is the third national report on the 21 Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with updated data available to report on 14 measures. It shows that while the mortality rate from cardiac conditions is falling among Indigenous Australians, it is still much higher than among non-Indigenous Australians. And while access to cardiac-related health services is improving the incidence and recurrent rates of acute rheumatic fever among Indigenous Australians continue to be much higher than in non-Indigenous Australians.  Press release (AHHA): Come a long way, long way to gocardiac care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people









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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Grattan goes denialist "IndyWatch Feed"

Reading the reactions to the incoherent report on electricity pricing from the ACCC, I was struck by this quote from Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute, writing in the Oz 

Australians need energy policy that is driven by neither green evangelism for renewables nor a deep-seated fear to protect the role of coal for baseload power.

Green evangelism is rhetoric straight out of the denialist camp, associated with the bogus claim that climate change is not science but a religion   The content of the piece bears this out. Wood opposes any form of subsidy for renewables and (by omission) any price on carbon emissions. He advocates a policy that is the policy is indifferent to the technology mix, whether new-build or the extension of the operating life of an existing, newer coal-fired plant.

This is centrism at its worst. Faced with a choice between an evidence-based response to climate change and culture-war proposals to actively subsidise the destruction of the global environment, Grattan has gone for the middle course of doing nothing whatsoever about climate change.



Not the Fucking News Again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

Download from Radio4all.

The read Not the Fucking News.

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

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

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



Dramaturg Alana Valentine on Bangarras Dark Emu "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo Credit: Daniel Boud

  • Alana Valentine :: Interview with Lucy Smith on Mornings

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Not the Fucking News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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


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

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

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

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

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

Baby Bully Tactics

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

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

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

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

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

Poor African.....


Surfer Privilege "IndyWatch Feed"

How high of a standard of living did young baby boomers enjoy, especially those of us fortunate to grow up on the then lightly populated West Coast? That question kept coming to mind while reading the acclaimed 2015 memoir of a youth spent at the beach in California and Hawaii, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan, now a veteran war correspondent for The New Yorker.

Comedian Garry Shandlings most reliable joke was about taking a drive in the country and doing what everybody does when he first sees a cow: rolling down the window and shouting, Moo. But, Shandling asked, Whats the cow thinking?

Oh, look, theres a cow driving a car. How can he afford that?

Similarly, while reading Finnegans account of his quintessential boomer life of freedom, security, and opportunity enjoying himself in some of the most desirable real estate in the world, I kept asking from my 2018 perspective: How could he afford that?

Surfing may be even more addictive than its counterparts, such as skiing, mountain climbing, and golf. While the waves are free (which, I learned from Barbarian Days, causes surfers no end of grief), the real estate values of adjoining coastal property have only gone up and up over Finnegans lifetime. The roll call of places where Finnegan surfed as a boy and young manMalibu, Newport Beach, Topanga Canyon, Santa Barbara, Honolulu, Santa Cruz, Maui, Australias Gold Coast, Cape Town, and San Franciscoreads like a real estate speculators fever dream.

From a supply-and-demand perspective, the answer to Shandlings cow question is obvious: Finnegan could afford to spend thousands of hours surfing in various slices of paradise because he was born in 1952.

Granted, the best year of all to be born was 1946. Following the long baby bust of 193045, the country was desperately short of young men. So those born in 1946 went through life with little competition ahead of them. (See the fabulous careers of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump, all born in 1946.)

But 1952 wasnt a bad birth year for boomer entitlement either: Supply and demand were still in your favor. Moreover, Finnegans working-class Irish-American parents had the good sense to white-flight from New York City to spacious Woodland Hills, California.

Before overpopulation, womens lib, and immigration, America, especially California, had needed its young men, and would therefore put up with a lot from them....


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00012 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.85 AUD


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

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

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


Brexit as a natural disaster "IndyWatch Feed"

Something bad is about to happen. The government has plans to stockpile food and medicine to ensure continued supplies, and to float thousands of generators on barges in the irish Sea to provide electricity to Northern Ireland. A hurricane, earthquake, or asteroid strike? No - all this is preparation for Brexit:

MINISTERS have drawn up secret plans to stockpile processed food in the event of EU divorce talks collapsing - to show Brussels that no deal is not a bluff.

Theresa May has ordered no deal planning to step up with the government poised to start unveiling some of the 300 contingency measures in the coming weeks.


The Sun can reveal that includes emergency measures to keep Britains massive food and drinks industry afloat - including stockpiling ahead of exit day on 29 March next year.

More than 22 billion worth of processed food and drinks are imported in to the UK - 97 per cent from the EU - in an industry that keeps 400,000 workers employed in the UK.

Similar stockpiles are also being prepared for medical supplies amid fears of chaos at British ports next year.

Its as if the UK is preparing for a state of siege. Except it will be one entirely of their own making. And it really makes you think that the Brexiteers' insistence on leaving the common market is a really, really bad idea.


$3.6m grant to boost 6.3m titanosaurs profile "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

WORK CAN proceed on the $6.6 million second stage of southwest Qlds dinosaur museum after the federal government stumped up more than half the cash....


Murweh increases rates 2% in $29 million budget "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MURWEH SHIRE today adopted a $29 million budget with an overall rates increase of about 2%. Mayor Annie Liston said the package, up from last...


The four signs that Australias property market may be on its knees "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A year ago, I wouldve said house prices were too high. And Id lament that I couldnt find an affordable place to buy.

But my outlook has changed.

Lately, property prices have fallen just enough to make a modest unit affordable.

I check out new properties frequently.

But I rarely get past the garage.

Before I even set foot inside a property, I measure the height of the car parking space. Unless it cracks that 2.4-metre mark, I turn and walk away.

Ive left dozens of puzzled real estate agents in my wake.

Look, my giant 4WD probably doesnt need its own house at night. But street parking for big cars is hard to come by. If I buy a unit with a shared driveway, its going to create problems for me and the neighbours.

Finding a new place has been a 12-month mission of mine.

The good news is that things are different a year on.

Around this time last year, one or two properties a month fell into my price range.

Nowadays, I can go to one inspection a week.

Its not because there are more properties on the market. In fact, the number of new homes for sale in Australia is down 28% in the past year.

But the properties I inspected last year that were out of my price range are now well within it.

While that may be good news for me, its a rather ominous confirmation that cracks are beginning to show in the Aussie housing market.

Four signs of a rickety housing sector

In Tuesday Daily Reckoning Australia, I reasoned that theres a mortgage debt reset coming our way as $400 billion worth of home loans move from interest-only to principal-and-interest repayments.

Turns out, thats just the start of the debt reset story.

Real estate website Domain claims that one-third of the 1834-year-olds cant refinance their homes due to falling property valuations.

Domain puts the blame for this squarely at the feet of property valuers, suggesting that they dont know how to how value properties during a market downturn.

Domain calls it the experience gap a younger generation of valuers being too conservative because property prices have dropped a few percentage points.

I disagree. In my view, assessments lowering the value of properties remove the hype that was partly responsible for driving up prices in the first place.

But there are other reasons to explain why Australias property market is rickety.....


Keeping the bromancer dream alive ... "IndyWatch Feed"

It will be recalled by faithful devotees of the reptiles that the bromancer was a keen Brexiteer and just as the British soccer team left ashes in the mouth this day, so the bromancer is now filled with despair

Naturally the bromancer is a Boris man, never no mind that Boris shamelessly lied in the Brexit campaign, though this isn't that surprising because he was a shameless liar before it, and a famously shameless liar after it

Naturally shameless populist lying and distortion of reality has an enormous appeal for the reptiles ...

Actually May was a reluctant remainer at the very beginning, but reaped the wind of the David Cameron goose, and then became an inspiration to all

More Rowson and Bell here


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

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

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


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

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

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


Diamonds bite back: a response to Robert Wood "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wood manages to turn a review of Kent MacCarters recently released collection California Sweet, published by Five Islands Press, into a jeremiad bemoaning an apparent crisis of opportunity instigated by his own experience of rejection from a nationally prominent, poetry-specific publishing house. Inauspicious, but it gets worse.


Tony Abbott's speech to the Heritage Foundation about President Trump, energy and the things that......... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Even 18 months into his presidency, the world is still having trouble coming to grips with Donald Trump, the most unconventional president ever. Still, hes not a bad dream from which America will soon wake up, or a fool to be ridiculed. For someone the legion of critics say is...


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

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

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

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

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

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

But, Meerschaum Vale residents have received no such assurances.

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

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

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

Dust and noise

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

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


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

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

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Interview: Handbag and Chill with Rebecca Hatch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Rebecca Hatch :: Interview with Eddy Diamond on Mornings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen in to the whole lot up top.

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

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

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


The Last Bastion of Political Critique in Iran: The Humble Taxi "IndyWatch Feed National"

Midday was drawing near as the air conditioning unit began to choke in the corner of the underground restaurant Id taken refuge from the heat in. The temperature outside in the city of Shiraz in Irans south-east was 45 degrees, and set to get even hotter.

The broken air conditioning was no problem for the 20 or so other diners whom, despite it being the holy month of Ramadan, were feasting on lamb, bread and dates while sipping away on orange juice and water. I paid my bill and passed a group of women, seated separately from the men, who had slightly lowered their hijabs in a casual manner. Flickers of their thick Persian hair was on show an unthinkable act in public.

Walking up the stairs and out of the restaurant, I thanked the manager who was vigilantly keeping watch on the street, protecting his patrons from the prying eyes of the secret police who enforce religious traditions of which he, and all his patrons were breaking as well as political dissent with a resolute iron fist. Unwilling to fight the scorching heat in my black jeans (hobos beware: shorts are not an option in Iran), I contacted a driver who I met the day before to take me out to Persepolis, a collection of 2500-year-old ruins.



Adoration and demonisation: Plastic bags, hysterics and a long romance "IndyWatch Feed"

Adoration and demonisation: Plastic bags, hysterics and a long romancePlastic shopping bags are so deeply integrated into our every day lives that saying goodbye may not be easy, writes Binoy Kampmark read now...


WestConnex Forum tonight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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




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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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

One protestor killed in cold blood by troopers

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only two of the animals are is still alive.

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

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

Call-out to contain dogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The dead koala found on Ewingsdale Road. Photo Linda Sparrow

Horrific car strike...


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

by Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News

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

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

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

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

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


Time to fix renting "IndyWatch Feed"

Renters United this morning launched The Plan to Fix Renting, a set of policy proposals building on last year's People's Review of Renting. Things like giving renters security of tenure by banning no-cause evictions and requiring landleeches to give reasons which can then be legally challenged. Reducing the degree to which landleeches or their property managers can intrude on their tenant's lives with inspections. Limiting rent increases to the CPI once a year, unless significant improvements are made. Requiring minimum standards for rental properties, and licences for property managers. And fixing the Tenancy Tribunal so tenants can actually use it without fear of being evicted and blacklisted.

These are all sensible proposals, and the government has already committed to implementing some of them (though that seems to be taking a while). Of course, the landleeches' union is outraged, and making their usual threat that they'll get out of the landlord business. Which is great - because one of the problems with our housing market is that there are too many greedy boomers hoarding houses so they can harvest tax-free capital gains, and playing landlord in between to pay the bills. If tighter regulation drives these parasites out of the market, we get a double benefit: the demise of bad landleeches, and more houses on the market, leading to a drop in prices. I fail to see any downside in this.

If you'd like to show your support for these proposals, ActionStation has a petition here.


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

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

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

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

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

He was refused bail and handed over to Corrective Services.

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

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


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

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

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Australian Government is Causing Humanitarian Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





breaches of the MOA, has caused negative impacts on the social, environmental and economic lives of the Porgera landowners

Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea Inc | 9 JULY 2018

Although the Porgera Joint Venture has recently applied for the renewal of their Special Mining Lease, a majority of the landowners whose lands are the subject of the mining lease, are maintaining a dispute for breaches of various agreements, laws and the constitution of PNG under the previous lease.

On 13th December 2013, the Porgera Special Mining Lease area landowners presented a position statement to the former Minister for Mining, Hon. Byron Chan, after Australian lawyers conducted a review in relation to the compliance of their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated 12th May 1989, with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The statement claimed that the landowners were owed more than four billion United States dollars (US$4billion) worth of unfulfilled contractual undertakings by the State.

The posit...


Video: Tell gas companies to get the frack out of the NT "IndyWatch Feed"


The Australian Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and its surprisingly honest and informative.

Video from The Juice Media


Visit the NT Honest Government Ad

The Australien Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and it's surprisingly honest and informative. Tell gas companies to get the frack out of the NT: Ways you can support us to keep making videos: Become a Patron: Tip us on PayPal: Shout-outs to our Patreon Producers: Neville Fryar, Brian J Saville, Dirk Kelly, IDontHaveTimeToWork, Amel Tresnjic, Waeress, Nicholas-B, Richelle-R, Anna Hathis, Rumpole c cat, Tom Mettam, Anon-H. Produced by Patrons of the Juice Media.

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Second live sheep export licence suspended "IndyWatch Feed National"

The shocking conditions of live animal export ships like the Al Shuwakih. Photo Channel Nine

CANBERRA, AAP A livestock export company linked to the disastrous Awassi Express voyage has had its licence suspended, leaving tens of thousands of sheep in limbo.

The federal Agriculture Department suspended Emanuel Exports licence last month after revelations of thousands of animal deaths in sweltering conditions.

Now its sister entity, EMS Rural Exports, is believed to have been denied a permit to ship sheep to the Middle East.

In a statement, the department said the company remains responsible for the sheep, which are in a feedlot, and that veterinarians have determined they are in good health and well-cared for.

EMS wanted to take about 45,000 sheep from Fremantle to Kuwait on the Al Shuwaikh, but will now face a full review following the suspension.

A separate smaller sheep shipment to the Middle East was expected to follow.

Animals Australia say theyre relieved by the decision after earlier threatening to stop the export with Federal Court action.

The possibility of these sheep being exported by an affiliate of suspended exporter Emanuel Exports, has had both the public and politicians shaking their heads in dismay and disbelief, Animals Australias Lyn White said.

Footage from the Emanuel Exports-chartered Awassi Express sparked outrage in April, after it showed thousands of sheep dead, dying and suffering in their own filth and extreme heat on their way to the Middle East.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud cited legal advice showing he had no powers to interfere in regulatory decisions other than closing down the entire live export industry.

Last time this happened was 2011, when Labor did so. The resulting lawsuit continues to this day and many farming families still struggle with the personal and mental cost of that decision, he said.

I will not make Labors mistake again.

Animal welfare activists and farmers clashed outside Emanuels office on Wednesday over sheep exports.

Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Tony Seabrook said up to 66,000 sheep stranded in a feedlot had to go somewhere.

The post...


Extinct spectacled cormorant, new discovery "IndyWatch Feed"

Geographic locations of Bering Island and Shiriya. The red area indicates the possible past distribution of the spectacled cormorant, eventually residing only on Bering Island. Credit: Kyoto University / Junya Watanabe

From Kyoto University in Japan:

Giant, recently extinct seabird also inhabited Japan

Spectacled cormorants distribution much broader than previously believed

July 11, 2018

Scientists report that a large, extinct seabird called the spectacled cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus originally thought to be restricted to Bering Island, far to the north also resided in Japan nearly 120,000 years ago.

Writing in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, the team indicates that the species underwent a drastic range contraction or shift, and that specimens found on Bering Island are relicts remnants of a species that was once more widespread.

The global threat of human activity on species diversity is grave. To correctly assess related extinction events, it is imperative to study natural distributions before first contact with humans. This is where archaeological and fossil records play crucial roles.

The spectacled cormorant, a large-bodied seabird first discovered in the 18th century on Bering Island, was later driven to extinction through hunting, following colonization of the island by humans in the early 1800s.

Before our report, there was no evidence that the cormorant lived outside of Bering Island, explains first author Junya Watanabe of Kyoto Universitys Department of Geology and Mineralogy.

Studying bird fossils recovered from Shiriya, Aomori prefecture, Watanabe and his team identified 13 bones of the spectacled cormorant from upper Pleistocene deposits, formed nearly 120,000 years ago.

It became clear that we were seeing a cormorant species much larger than any of the four native species in present-day Japan, states co-author Hiroshige Matsuoka. At first we thought this might be a new species, but these fossils....


West Village buzzing with green activity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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Karen Wyld: Wild Women and Rebel Girls "IndyWatch Feed National"

Karen Wyld goes back in time to acknowledge some of the strong Aboriginal women that continue to give us strength. #BecauseOfHerWeCan


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

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

Lone Goat Gallery



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

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

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

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

Maggie Schreiber 2018

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RSPO fails to deliver on environmental and social sustainability, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

JAKARTA Oil palm plantations that adhere to the worlds leading certification scheme for the crop show no difference in environmental, social and economic sustainability than non-certified estates, a new study has found. The study carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), both in Australia, and Borneo Futures is the first of its kind to assess how effective the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is in achieving its sustainability goals by comparing certified and non-certified concessions. To do that, they created the most comprehensive map and dataset yet of RSPO-certified sites in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. They then used the map and dataset to assess how effectively these plantations delivered on six of the eight central pillars of the RSPOs principles and criteria: conservation of biodiversity, responsible development of new plantings, responsible consideration of communities, consideration of social impacts, economic viability, and commitment to best practice. Not very well, as it turned out. No significant difference was found between certified and non-certified plantations for any of the sustainability metrics investigated, the researchers wrote. In fact, the only area where RSPO certification made a positive impact was in higher yields and share prices for certified companies. [O]ur results suggest that low confidence in the [RSPOs] mechanisms for improving overall industry sustainability appears warranted in all but very narrow and economically-oriented interpretations of sustainability, the researchers concluded. Global demand for products like


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Number of courses doubled

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

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

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

No substitute for a campus

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


Plot thickens in East Timor espionage scandal "IndyWatch Feed"

Plot thickens in East Timor espionage scandalAn AFP investigation has begun over information disclosed regarding the East Timor bugging, but John Menadue believes it's a waste of time. read now...


The Inconvenient Truth: Geelong Star and Basslink ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

... Opportunity, motive, means ... The super trawler Geelong Star slipped quietly from our shores over a year ago.  More recently, Matthew Groom, the minister for energy, who presided over the disastrous Basslink Saga of Dec 2015, also slipped his political mooring for life in QANGO land I do not think there is any contest as to who the primary suspect should be. While Geelong Star may have sailed from our shores, I believe there has been no evidence forthcoming that the Geelong Star can be eliminated from the possibility of having damaged the cable


In which the pond goes on a war footing with the savvy Savva ... "IndyWatch Feed"


The pond has noted an increase in reptile hyperbole over the years, with relentless talk of "wars" the worst form of paranoid hysteria

Why do they do it? Over the years most of them have studiously avoided action in a real war so is it some kind of fervid substitute? As that immortal philosopher Jack Nicklaus is reported to have once said, "This is a game. That's all it is. It's not a war."

But sadly the pond has to report direct from Malware's office, that the siege bunker mentality has infested everyone, even the savvy Savva

It's wartime? The pond is living in a war zone? Who knew, but please, do go on because it seems the savvy Savva has been blessed with the cult status of a Lobbecke

Ah the pond fancies itself adept at decoding messages direct from the Malware bunker, and there, in all the fluff, and the cluck-clucking and tut-tutting about the treatment of Frank Brennan, a flip-flopping emerges in that line "court...


Melbourne construction boom scales new heights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne construction boom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Garage Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Sunday 15th 10am - 2pm 

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

32 Outlook Road, 
Coburg North.


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

Lenders gonna lend

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

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

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

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

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

Caveat emptor.

Computer says no credit crunch

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

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

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



Environmental damage at Chauncy Vale ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NEW STORY ... Yet again an attempt to dominate nature to protect minimal infrastructure, not dissimilar to protecting shacks while letting virtually irreplaceable wilderness burn. It would have been a wonderful opportunity to walk the walk and show we can live amongst nature without beating her into submission


Aquino- Despite Your Lackeys Opinions- I Dont Hate You But Rather Feel Pity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Your lackey IEatBabies claims spells dont work. But we both know otherwise. Thanks for training me with your secret knowledge- which is the definition of occult. What they think, feel, or believe is inconsequential. In the end we will all see for ourselves.


Reid an All-Australian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

The post Reid an All-Australian appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.


Addressing demand in prostitution, which political party has the courage to do it right in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While European countries have been moving towards society without prostitution and gender equality, Australia and NZ has been experimenting with various legislations but failed to address and diminish demand for it. While the focus of legislation has always been on the prostituted (vast majority of who are female), the buyers have not been scrutinised, but instead buying has been normalised, in effect signalling that buying another persons body is ok in our society


Economics of second best in energy policy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australias energy policy is such a confusing mess that the Australians economics editor Judith Sloan actually supports the ACCCs dubious call (in its Electricity Pricing Inquiry Final Report) for the Australian Government to act as a buyer of last resort for electricity, to help energy companies secure finance for new generation capacity. In her latest opinion piece, Sloan observes:

The one interesting recommendation of the ACCCs report is that the government should operate a program to contract for low fixed-price generation capacity around $45 to $50 per MWh for the later years of new projects. These projects would in effect be sponsored by large industrial and commercial users but would be underwritten by the government.

Now, as reported in todays Australian, the federal government is considering this proposal. Influential ministers, such as Queenslands own Matt Canavan, see it as a way to support the construction of new high efficiency, low emission (HELE) coal-fired power stations.

Such industry assistance could only be justified as the economics of second best: using one market distortion to correct the economic problems caused by other distortions. To me, it looks like bad policy. We would be better off fixing the distortions which caused the mess in the first place, including public ownership of generation capacity and costly environmental schemes such as the premium solar feed-in tariff (44c/kWh in Queensland) and Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).

Much of the policy action needs to occur at the state level, in Queensland in particular. For example, we need to break up our price gouging power generators CS Energy and Stanwell and ideally privatise them, as recommended by the ACCC.

I would prefer we fix our current energy policy settings before the Australian Government commits to underwriting new generation capacity, taking a significant contingent liability on its balance sheet, the risk it will have to prop up unviable HELE coal-fired power plants in the future. This contingent liability would crystalise if substantial global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions were agreed and followed through with in future decades.

I should say the ACCC deserves a high distinction for producing such a comprehensive analysis of electricity pricing in Australia and for generally sensible recommendation...


Australia broke the law in East Timor scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mr Wilkie said Australias unlawful use of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service to bug East Timors cabinet office during gas and oil negotiations had never been investigated and that must now be remedied. The Federal Government is going after Witness K, and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, but leaving the substantive matter unaddressed, Mr Wilkie said


First US land-farmed Atlantic salmon go on sale "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wisconsin land-based fish farmer and hydroponic vegetable grower Superior Fresh has begun selling its first Atlantic salmon in Festival Foods stores in the northern US state


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

Contributed from Victoria

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

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

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

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

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

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

More customers at the Inconvenience Store

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

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

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

The food is free, at the Inconvenience Store.

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


Earthworker Co-ops "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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Blacklisting seasonal workers "IndyWatch Feed"

This post examines the practice of blacklisting in seasonal worker programs such as Australias Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealands Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE). Blacklisting occurs when workers are permanently or temporarily excluded from programs. It can vary from two to five years, or be indefinite, depending on the offence. The practice of blacklisting is rarely highlighted, and should be discussed as there are implications for all stakeholders. This blog raises these issues in the context of ni-Vanuatu in the RSE scheme.

The main impetus for this post is to highlight what happens when workers are blacklisted, some of the reasons behind this, and how growers are affected when perceived problematic workers are not reported to government labour sending units in future seasons.

Deported seasonal workers are well-documented within labour sending units. Currently in Vanuatu there are 106 workers on the Employment Services Unit (ESU) ban list and a further 1300 on the stand-down list [1]. Although this number may seem alarming, it covers both the RSE scheme and the SWP since 2007. By contrast, inappropriate behaviour by workers is not always documented, and workers are often not penalised.

Impacts on workers

Blacklisting is a grey area. Although workers have been blacklisted for justifiable reasons, I have also documented cases of when they have not. Tanya Basok wrote extensively on how blacklisting was used as a threat to maintain compliant workers in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP). Many of these types of cases have been witnessed within the RSE scheme and SWP, especially the threat of being blacklisted, which is used to ensure workers are compliant while participating in the programs. If workers do not follow the rules of the program, or individual employers, then they are penalised through blacklisting: The controlled nature of their recruitment, their fear of losing an opportunity to participate in the employment program, makes workers acquiescent.

I have noted examples of these threats throughout my research conducted with workers in Australia and New Zealand. Examples include comments such as, If they dont like it, there are plenty more in the Pacific lined up to take their place (anon.); we just sent these guys to [another] farm because they were working too slowly, so keep the pace or you can be replaced too; and if you complain you can go home. Tipples and Rawlinson highlighted an RSE mediation case where the mediator stated, i...


Chairman Mal going on about "climate policy" as if he can dial up the global temperature "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia needs reliable, cheap energy. We've got coal, mines and railways to ship it - so what are we waiting for? What we don't need is feel-good, expensive, UN-friendly, trendy schemes to appease the climate-gods. Turnbull has as much chance of changing the global climate as he does changing global...


Tokyo: Tattoo-Friendly Sento and Onsen "IndyWatch Feed National"

As tame as your Live Laugh Love tattoo may be at home, in the Land of the Rising Sun, skin ink has traditionally been associated with the Japanese gangsters known as the Yakuza. But obviously not everyone with tatts is into organised crime, and the government is starting to chill out about it too in the interests of social progress and tourism.

However, you will still find many sento (public bathhouses) and onsen (natural hot springs) that wont let you bathe in their fiery warmths if youre tattooed. Though you can cover up with band-aids and try to make a pass, its best for everyone involved if you just check out these tattoo-friendly joints instead (and less gross for the other bathers, who probably dont want to share bathwater with someone who looks like theyre covered in open wounds).

Entry for all sits at around 460 yen thanks to the Tokyo Sento Association (yes, such a thing exists), with a bit extra for a towel and shampoo if you forget yours.

  • Togoshi Ginza Onsen in Shinagawa-ku
    • Here youll find a blend of old and new elements, and the baths on offer vary between open-air, cold-water, herbal and even one with ultrasonic waves, whatever they may be. The alkaline thermal water is supposed to be super good for your skin too.
  • Takaban-no-Yu in Gakugei Daigaku
    • Takaban-no-Yu has loads of baths, including a cold (read: freezing) one and an open-air bath. Theres also a sauna. Gakugei Daigaku is pretty close to Shibuya if youre staying in the thick of it,
  • Hisamatsu-Yu in Nerima
    • This joint has a super slick aesthetic, and all the mod-cons. Even the floor is heated! Here youll find natural spring sodium water coming from deep beneath the ground, and in addition to the main bath, a few jacuzzi-style and electric massage baths.
  • Kugahara-Yu in Ota
    • Like many sento in Tokyo, Kugahara-Yu boasts a big mosaic of Mt Fuji. Theres an outside bath with black onsen water, amongst others, and even a carbonated bath you can watch TV from. The sauna is free too, which is cool.
  • Asahi-Yu in Sendagi
    • Here, there are three baths, all steaming hot. One is herbal and leaves you smelling delicious;...


Tokyo: Visit Senso-ji, the Citys Oldest Temple "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: 3-1 Asakusa 2-chome, Taito-ku.

Majestic, colourful Senso-ji is swarming with tourists every day of the week. In fact, its main temple, Kannon-do, is the most visited spiritual site in the world, but for good reason: its incredible. According to legend, in 628AD, two brothers fishing in the Sumida River found a golden statue of the Buddhist deity Kannon. Whenever they tried to get rid of it, it would come back, so eventually, someone built a temple to house it.

Once you walk through Sensojis Kaminarimon entrance gate, youll encounter a centuries-old shopping street called Nakamise, which groans with wares like masks, yukata, fans and tasty local snacks. After passing Denpoin (another temple), youll enter a second gate swathed in wafts of incense. This is the sign that youve reached Kannon-do.

Climb the stairs and, once inside, admire the beautiful interior and look upwards, as much of the ceiling is adorned with art. Its also a great chance to find out what the future has in store for you. Along the walls are stacks of wooden drawers marked with Japanese characters. Post 100 yen in the slot, then shake the small box of sticks whilst making a wish. Once you pull a stick out, match its number with a drawer, and inside will be a paper fortune written in both Japanese and English. If your future is good, well fabulous; if its bad, simply tie the piece of paper to what looks like a small clothesline next to you, and leave it there, successfully evading any bad luck that may have otherwise followed you home.



Why youve been drafting your Privacy Policy all wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, copy that privacy policy from your competitor at your peril.


Did you suffer a flurry of Weve updated our Privacy Policy emails recently, many from organisations you dont even remember dealing with in the first place?

Or have you been forced to click Accept on some updated T&Cs just to keep accessing services or apps you have been using for years?

Frustrating as hell for the customer, as well as being hypocritical, spamming us about privacy.  Blame the GDPR!

Or, actually. not so much the GDPR, as misinformation about the GDPR.

There seems to have been a widespread misunderstanding that the commencement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe required companies to send everyone on their mailing lists a request to re-consent to stay on their mailing lists.  What a marketing nightmare!  Just imagine how many companies have decimated their contact lists in recent months, having now deleted anyone who didnt actively opt back in.  (Well, I assume they are actually deleting the records of anyone who didnt opt back in, otherwise the whole exercise would be even more pointless and customer-trust-destroying than I first thought.)

And the parallel misconception about GDPR which prompted all those annoying messages was that as long as an organisation gets its customers to agree to its new T&Cs or Privacy Policy, it now has consent to do what it likes with their data.

In other words, the twin common reactions to GDPR were:

OMG we need to get consent from everyone on our mailing list before 25 May or we wont be able to do anything ever again, and

Hey lets get consent by making people tick this box before they can even log back in.

Both of these statements are wrong.

If you have read the GDPR, you will know it doesnt say anything of the sort.

(But BTW if you havent read the GDPR, I dont blame you.  Its no John Grisham page-turner, let me tell you.  Its dense and unstructured.  Europeans could learn a lot about legislative drafting from we Aussies.)

The GDPR does not require consent for every marketing message, or for every other instance of using personal data.  Just like Australian privacy laws, there are plenty of grounds on which an organisation can collect, use or disclose personal data, without needing to seek the individuals prior consent.

But if you do need to rely on consent well, unfortunately the GDPR does not allow you to obtain consent via mandatory T&Cs.

So where do we start sorting out this mess?

First, there are privacy principles (the APPs in Australia, and Article 6 of the GDPR...


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

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

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

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



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

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

Wednesday, 11 July


World Cup 2018: Five times VAR made a difference "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following factbox details five times a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made an impact at the World Cup. France 2-1 Australia June 16, 2018 Group C Frances first game against Australia was the first time VAR was used to award a penalty at the World Cup. Antoine Griezmann was through on goal and inside the []

The post World Cup 2018: Five times VAR made a difference appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Australian scientists perform experiment succesfully wiping out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland. The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika. In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast. The sterile male mosquitoes didn't bite or spread disease, but when they mated with wild females, the resulting eggs didn't hatch, and the population crashed.


Fairy Meadow man on drug charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A FAIRY Meadow man is before the courts after being charged by Strike Force Raptor South with drug and firearm offences in the Illawarra region.

Officers from the Criminal Groups Squads Strike Force Raptor South commenced an investigation into the ongoing supply of and distribution of methylamphetamine.

Following inquiries,...


Powershop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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

Have a look and consider the switch:



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

The post COMMUNITY YOUTH THEATRE PROJECT appeared first on The Westsider.



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

The post MAMA MIA! (HERE WE GO AGAIN) SCREENING appeared first on The Westsider.



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

The post A BOOST TO YOUTH CONFIDENCE IN YARRAVILLE appeared first on The Westsider.



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

The post JOIN THE DAUGHTERS OF THE WEST appeared first on The Westsider.


ABC chairman thinking of the children "IndyWatch Feed"

The ABCs chairman, Justin Milne, gave a speech today justifying the expense that is the ABC. That, and Michelle Guthries speech last month, is a gift that will give for some time. Today I want to focus on his dear-god-will-nobody-think-of-the-children ploy. In the speech he says:

Those who would cripple or even abolish the ABC would clearly exacerbate that consolidation, leading to further homogeneity of voices. That may mean that pretty soon our kids only see American stories and perspectives to mould their morals, culture and behavior as adults. And those same kids would need to give up any aspiration to work in a healthy domestic production sector.

Then later:

Perhaps we should leave the commercial media to entertain our toddlers, educate our students, define Australian culture, unite a nation, and serve regional audiences. Some would argue an enlightened private sector dominated by owners in the United States will find a way of marrying commercial and Australian national interest, and produce local content about the arts, sciences, religion or music. What could possibly go wrong?

Indeed what could go wrong? But, lets not digress.

Notice the snide anti-Americanism? Thats an attitude lefties take on thinking that it reveals their sophistication. But no.

Anyway what does the ABC serve up as childrens entertainment? I went to the ABC Kids website and checked out the schedule for today. (Im not going to carry on about the term kid being an Americanism itself). I dont know if Wednesdays are unusual viewing days or not. I then made a list of all of the shows and the country of origin for each show. Today, the ABC had 65 shows on its kids channel. Of those some were different episodes of the same show (for example Bananas in Pajamas aired more than once, as did Sesame Street). Those 65 shows were associated with 83 countries of origin some shows had more than one country of origin. Arthur, for example, is a joint Canadian/US show.

Four countries make up 73 of the different countries of origin; Australia (17), Canada (10), UK (34), and US (12).  Ignoring that many Australian shows are jointly produced, the Australian contribution to kids TV is just over 20%. Well behind the UK at 41%. So this whole Australian voices telling Australian stories and moulding Australian kids is just nonsense. But...


Local businessman, Dean Harris to launch Labor campaign for Warringah "IndyWatch Feed"

Media Release Dean Harris has announced that he is running as the Labor candidate at the next Federal election and will be holding a campaign launch at 7 pm on Wednesday the 25th of July at the Balgowlah RSL Club. Former Premier and now Senator for NSW Kristina Keneally will attend the official launch of

The post Local businessman, Dean Harris to launch Labor campaign for Warringah appeared first on The AIM Network.


Fiscal policy in Australia is undermining the future of our grandchildren "IndyWatch Feed"

Its Wednesday, so just a few short snippets that came to my attention, some comedy and some great music that has kept me company today while I have been working today. The first snippet concerns my revelation that fiscal policy in Australia is undermining the future of our grandchildren. Yes, an out-of-control government is spending our way to a future oblivion. The second snippet is my analysis of the latest INSA/YouGov German poll which shows that the euphoria if you can call it that which followed the formation of the GroKo has now dissipated and the AfD have overtaken the SPD in popularity. Which tells you that the progressive movements in Germany are failing. Why? Because they decided not to be progressive and, instead, decided to ape the conservatives. Not a good idea. The polls are showing why.

Fiscal stupidity undermines the future of our grandchildren

Yes, you read that correctly.

The fiscal policies employed by the Australian government are working against the future of our children and their children.

How do I know that?

The peak body representing Australian Universities Universities Australia (no less) released a statement yesterday (July 10, 2018) Government and business must rev up R&D or well risk national prosperity summarising its submission to the upcoming parliamentary enquiry into research funding.

We learn that:

1. But, over the past three decades, weve seen a worrying trend with Governments conducting less and less R&D and universities have had to step into the breach to maintain national capacity.

2. Australia now spends 1.88 per cent of GDP on research and development, well below the OECD average of 2.38 per cent.

3. for the first time since records have been kept, OECD figures show that Australias business R&D declined in 2015-16.

4. Even the austerity-trapped British government has set a target to spend 2.4 per cent of GDP on R&D.

5. Australias R&D spend as a percentage of GDP is less than Icelands. Thats a country with a population smaller than Canberra (our capital city).

The OECD data is available HERE.

They produced this interesting bubble chart showing total expenditure as a proportion of GDP on the horizontal axis and the Researchers, per thousand employment on the vertical axis.

That little green bubble is Australia. Look who are to the right and above Australia. M...


Capitalising on disaster in the Trump era "IndyWatch Feed National"

My latest book, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, remains continually relevant especially in the Trump era (just a few examples in the news recently include Blackwater founder Erik Prince still obsessed with privatising the Afghan war and a CIA-linked military contractor making money from housing refugees in the US).

UK publisher Taylor and Francis, working with Routledge, recently launched a collection of essays around the issue of disaster capitalism across the world. My essay is adapted from the introduction to my book and updated to include the ongoing threats to making money from misery in the age of Trump.


Janine Mohamed: #BecauseOfHerWeCan "IndyWatch Feed National"

CATSINAM CEO and Narrunga Kaurna woman, Janine Mohamed celebrates NAIDOC week and the extraordinary Aboriginal nurses that have worked to serve their people.


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

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


Book endorsement for new work by Palestinian writer Dr Olfat Mahmoud "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was recently asked to endorse the new book by Palestinian writer Dr Olfat Mahmoud whose work is called Tears for Tarshiha. Published by Wild Dingo Press, heres the books blurb:

Olfat Mahmoud, a stateless refugee, is a descendant of the forgotten Palestinians, forced from their homes by the Israeli military in 1948. A former nurse, NGO director and academic, Mahmouds confronting autobiography asks when the world will deliver on its promise and allow her people to return home.

Heres my endorsement:

For too long, Palestinians have remained largely invisible in our media and demonised as terrorists. Its therefore wonderfully refreshing to read the history, reflections and passions of Olfat Mahmoud and understand what exile still means for millions of Palestinians around the world, refused access to their former homeland. I commend this book for its humanity and quest for justice. The Middle East will not see peace until these issues are resolved.
Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, film-maker, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe and My Israel Question


Funds for Foster "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

The post Funds for Foster appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Name Withheld (Submission No 92) fears Barndioota might end up stuck with Intermediate Level stranded nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed"

Name Withheld (Submission No 92)To the Senate standing committee on Economics, re Selection Process for nuclear Waste Dump Site  Firstly I would like to thank the standing committee for the forum to express the communities thoughts on this process. I have been a resident of Quorn in the beautiful Flinders Ranges for the past thirteen years. I consider myself lucky to live in such a stunning and geologically fascinating natural environment.

 I would like to acknowledge that as a former resident of Woomera at the time when the current temporary low level nuclear waste was forced onto that community, that this current process is a significant improvement.
 However I still hold deep concerns and frustrations about this current process.
The fact that one person is able to offer a piece of land up for consideration and subject the whole community to this stressful process, is deeply unfair. The initial choice should come from the community as a whole, to undertake this process. One person should not be able to subject a whole community to such a divisive issue. Our communities are already under stress with the closure of the Leigh Creek mine and the Port Augusta power station. I also have concerns that in the Barndioota case, that the landholder has formerly been extensively involved with the Liberal party in the past. I consider that a conflict of interest that has undermined my trust in this process. 
This process has had a divisive affect on our communities. A divide has been creative between those that have concerns that are not being adequately...

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