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Thursday, 22 September


Looking back on the Abbott-Heydon politically motivated fizzer "IndyWatch Feed"

Professor John Quiggin writing at, 10 September 2016:

When Dyson Heydon delivered the report of the Royal Commissioner into Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, he claimed that his findings represented “the tip of the iceberg”. At the time, I commented that, given nearly $50 million of public money and lengthy hearings with the exceptional powers of a Royal Commission, the Australian public was entitled to expect the whole iceberg.

It turns out that I was too charitable. In the months since the Commission reported, a string of the charges he recommended have been thrown out or withdrawn In fact, six months later, there has only been one conviction, resulting in a suspended sentence. The only big fish to be caught since the establishment of Heydon’s star chamber has been the Commission’s own star witness, Kathy Jackson.

And the bills keep coming in. The last budget allocated $6 million more for the AFP-Victorian Police taskforce, which currently has outstanding cases against a grand total of six unionists. By contrast, taskforce Argo in Queensland, focused on child exploitation, has a budget of $3 million.

For another contrast, here are a few of the cases of alleged wage fraud, misappropriation of worker entitlements and so on that have emerged since Heydon’s Commission was launched: 7-11 ( million underpayment), Queensland NickelPizza HutMyers and Spotless, and lots of small employers in the agricultural sector. That’s on top of the general run of sharp practice, ...


Some thoughts on the Clarence Valley Council mayoral election on 27 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed"

The Daily Examiner, Letter to the Editor, 19 September 2016, p.11:

Heal the distrust

Well the results of the Clarence Valley local government election have been announced and while congratulating each of the nine councillors, I feel that some facts should be noted.

Firstly, only two of the councillors seeking re-election this September increased their first preference vote tally over that received in the 2012 council election. These were Karen Toms and Jim Simmons.

Of course one re-elected councillor had no yardstick with which to measure performance, as he was elected unopposed in a 2015 by-election and this was the first time he had to face the Clarence Valley electorate.

If those underperforming re-elected councillors are genuinely seeking to adequately represent residents and ratepayers over the next four years, they need to lift their game - and a good way to start would be to avoid attempting to explain away a demonstrable level of unpopularity by erroneously blaming "scare" campaigns or a difficult election campaign.

Most Clarence Valley voters are not fools, and underperformance along with a growing lack of connection with the electorate had been noticed for years, not just during the election campaign.

Secondly, in addition to the reduced incumbent vote, the large candidate field and the successful election of three new faces appears to indicate a desire on the part of the valley electorate for a change of style and approach.

As all nine councillors will soon be meeting to vote in the mayor and deputy mayor, I would hope that at least four councillors will nominate for each position so that there is a genuine choice to be considered.

This month offers a chance for councillors to elect a mayor and deputy who are perceived to carry no excess baggage and who might begin to heal the mounting distrust of local government. I would further hope that those who had either been mayor or deputy mayor previously would give local government renewal a chance and not nominate this time round.



Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 22nd, 2016 By Tracy Kolenchuk Guest writer for Wake Up World Have you heard the latest âŹÜmedical wisdomâŹ"? ItâŹ"s become a mantra for chronic diseases, from arthritis, to diabetes, to depression to dementia. âŹSLearn to live with your disease.⏠But itâŹ"s a lie. What is really being said is âŹSAccept the fact that you are ...Continue Reading - Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease


Pivot to Asia: Ongoing U.S. Militarization of Pacific an Alarming Trend "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 22nd, 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing writer for Wake Up World The Pivot to Asia, which is really the US militarization of the Pacific Ocean in preparation for war with China and Russia, is a highly disturbing trend. Not so much attention has been paid to it, yet it is an arena which will determine the future ...Continue Reading - Pivot to Asia: Ongoing U.S. Militarization of Pacific an Alarming Trend


Time and Space Are Not What You Think "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The ‘Legal Name’ Game – and How It’s Used Against You "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 22nd, 2016 By Pao L Chang Guest writer for Wake Up World The legal name game is one of the greatest âŹScon games⏠ever invented. The controllers of the New World Order use the legal name to trick you into (unknowingly) consenting to give away your natural rights, to federal government. Once you do this, everything that ...Continue Reading - The âŹÜLegal NameâŹ" Game ⏠and How It's Used Against You

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Wednesday, 21 September


Concerning HoaxteadResearch.WordPress.Com and Their Agents Provocateurs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Look, let me point the OBVIOUS out. Angela Power Disney- Sabine McNeil- Neelu Berry- THESE ARE ALL BAD GUYS working DIRECTLY with HoaxteadResearch to seek out survivors and kill their support. They ingratiate themselves into victims lives- do all kinds of crazy stupid shit- which the Hoaxtead people then LOUDLY PROCLAIM- and suddenly ALL THE VICTIMS SUPPORT DISAPPEARS. Angela whined after I blocked her- but let me tell you why.

She would Skype me- and she ALWAYS wanted me to talk about Aquino. Two things happened at the end. She called me on Skype but I didn’t answer with video- basically because I was sitting on the toilet and didn’t want to be on video taking a shit. As a result- she FREAKED THE FUCK OUT. Second- she suddenly wanted to get me in touch with Doug Dietrich.

Dietrich and Aquino were best friends. Aquino wouldn’t give me the public debate that I was asking for- so I then focused on Dietrich. Yeah- he might mention my name- but what he DOESN’T say is that he REFUSED to publicly debate me. So anyone who thinks this guy is “supporting” me and my efforts is a moron.

So I did my interview with Shatter Boys UK and GUESS WHAT GROUP HAS SUDDENLY GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO INGRATIATE THEMSELVES INTO THEIR LIVES. These men are actually DOING SOMETHING- and MAKING A DIFFERENCE. OF COURSE this group of government trolls would like to fuck that up. But the Shatter Boys UK men aren’t stupid- and I have already explained to them in detail my concerns.

So for those of you who are wanting to reach out to this group- DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. And when the shit goes down- and you find yourself standing alone- just remember one thing- I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO.


Ghastly parody honours French presidential pariah François Hollande as 'World Statesman' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The nonsense is flowing thick and fast from the mainstream news media. Still haunted by the psychopathic performance of Samantha Powers screaming that Russia was to blame for what America had done in Syria, next I hear that the US is categorically blaming Russia for explosive attacks on aid trucks to Syria. Now I have discovered that François Hollande, possibly the most unpopular French President ever,[1] an undignified, unrepresentative globalist, anti-socialist socialist, and general little fat fraud, has been awarded (not by the French of course) but in New York, the 'World statesman Award' by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, 1999 World Statesman honoree, delivered an address and the laudation at the Awards Dinner." (See

This is probably the best that Hollande can hope for before he loses the next election. A prize from world bullies for Hollande's odious actions in depriving his countrymen of their hard-won civil and industrial rights.

Comments from the French about the award demonstrate disbelief. Here is a typical one from Hennir33: "Grotesque! It is as nonsensical as it would be to give the Nobel Peace Prize to the president of North Korea." See

But then, dear me, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama, who has gone on to pulverise the Middle East and taunt Russia. So why not to Kim Jong-un, who says, anyway, that he's only responding to the threat from U.S. military bases all around South Korea.

As an indication of Hollande's outrageous perfidy, he was recently spotted slipping a 'legion d'honneur' to Saudi Prince Mohamed ben Nayef, the Crown Prince responsible for the terrible war on Yemmen.

"The awarding by François Hollande two days ago of the Légion d'honneur to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed ben Nayef, was roundly criticised by several politicians.

It was condemned particularly by the far right but also by the socialist deputy of Haute-Garonne, Gérard Bapt, who wrote that 'political-commercial realism should not lead to two different speeds on moral positions.' Mediapart journalist, Laurent Mauduit, condemned the award of the medal and, at the same time, new arms deliveries from Paris to Ryad."[2]

Who's Who among the self-appointed world statesmen

"The invocation [for François Hollande's award] was delivered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and the benediction by Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of Greek Orthodox Church. Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corporation, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone, and Jerry Speyer, Chairman of Tishman Speyer, are the Chair...


Dr M Is Right – Sirul Is Too Scared To Reveal All "IndyWatch Feed National"

How do you tell a man, detained for almost two years in Australia for entering the country for not telling the authorities that he is a convicted murderer, that in Australia, the individual can decide his own fate by the things he does in mitigating the circumstance of the crime he had committed? How do […]


A day in the life of Barack Obama "IndyWatch Feed"

If he isn’t the least informed, least capable president in history, he must come close. Reading almost anything he says or does is a trial on the nerves. How do others take it? A sample from today:

Obama at U.N.: A walled-off nation ‘imprisons itself’

At United Nations, Globalist Obama Condemns ‘Crude Populism’ Sweeping the Planet

Obama won’t acknowledge terrorism — and it’s great news for Trump

Days after attacks, Obama pitches more refugees

Obama led the world downward into chaos

88 senators press Obama to uphold US policy to veto one-sided UN resolutions

White House: ISIS Doesn’t Represent Islam In Fight Against West

Armed forces chiefs confirm sense of Obama distrust

Obama Admin ‘Laundered’ U.S. Cash to Iran Via N.Y. Fed, Euro Banks

It’s hard to work out whether his ignorance is more significant than his far left beliefs, or whether it is the other way round. But whichever it is, he cannot be gone soon enough. In ’08 I thought anyone but Hillary, so this was the answer and I learned my lesson. Although not much better, she would have been better. That he is still the apple in the eye of the media is all you need to know about the American media, who are Obama clones in every way that counts.


Australia, Canada, UK Issue New Travel Advisories for India "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mumbai airport. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Mumbai airport. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi: Australia, Canada and the UK have issued fresh advisories to their citizens travelling to India to avoid visiting parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the India-Pakistan border, barring the Wagah border.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also warned their citizens about the recent Cauvery dispute-related violence.

On September 16, the FCO updated its travel advisory cautioning its citizens “against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of travel within the city of Jammu, travel by air to Jammu and travel within the region of Ladakh.” It also advised “against all but essential travel” to Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

The advisory said, “The tourist destinations of Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonmarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advises against all travel.”

The same day, Global Affairs Canada also advised its citizens against travelling to “Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of Ladakh via Manali or by air to Leh, due to sporadic terrorist activity and violent demonstrations.” Besides, “areas within the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab, due to the possibility of landmines and unexploded ordnance, as well as unmarked border areas.”

It said, “The Wagah border crossing and towns farther from the border, such as Amritsar in Punjab and Bikaner and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, are excluded from this advisory.” FCO also kept Wagah out of the advisory.

In the case of the north eastern state, the countries’ advisories have asked their citizens to either cancel or reconsider their visit to these states citing recent militant attacks: the shooting of 14 people in a market in Assam’s Kokrajhar district this past August and the killing of 18 soldiers in Manipur’s Thoubal district last year.

Global Affairs Canada advised against “non-essential travel” to “Manipur and the areas of Arunachal Pradesh that border with Myanmar, due to the threat of insurgency” besides advising travelers to also avoid areas in Assam bordering Bangladesh and Nagaland bordering Myanmar “as they are significantly affected by insurgency.”

A large number of tourists from these three countries visit the north east every year, particularly Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned rhino.

In 2013, a similar travel advisory was issued by Australia. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said, “We continue to recommend Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in India overall because of the risk of terrori...


PFOA INTERVENTION 20th September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed"


As reported by the Intercept, an internal study by DuPont found higher than expected number of kidney and other types of cancers in male workers at one of its factories in the US.

Here is a key document: Cancer Incidence and Overall Mortality Rates


“Thank you Madam Chair, my name is Mariann Lloyd-Smith, from the international public interest NGO, IPEN but I will also give this statement on behalf of numerous communities who have lost their health, homes and security due to this persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemical. Across USA, Sweden, Australia, China, Italy and others, PFOA has polluted communities and harmed residents’ health. Their story serves as a warning to this Committee because of the way an industry repeatedly manipulated science to deceive the regulators and the public.

For example, this week the Committee will be making decisions about PFOA persistency but internally, 3M knew PFCs such as PFOA were persistent in 1976. After performing its own studies, the company concluded, “perfluorinated compounds have rarely or never been shown to undergo natural degradation.” They kept this information to themselves and proceeded with production. Publicly, 3M described the product as a, “groundbreaking, invisible wonder.”

The industry has also known since at least 1961 that PFOA is toxic.

DuPont did not disclose to regulators or the public, the results of an in-house studies that found birth defects among its workers’ children and in 2005, they were fined $16.5 million for failing to report the birth-defect findings and other data to the US EPA.

This week, POPRC may hear claims that the chemical has been used for over 50 years with no effect on workers but Dupont’s own internal documents released through the US courts, have shown that is not true – and that the company had documented elevated rates of certain cancers, including kidney cancer in workers and had known that exposed workers suffered more frequently from endocrine disorders.

Many years later, independent studies have confirmed these links and shown that PFOA exposed residents have suffered increased risk of kidney as well as testicular cancers, and women with higher levels of PFOA have higher risk of the endocrine disorder, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

In 2004, DuPont was forced to settle a massive class-action covering 80,000 people affected by PFOA contamination of their drinking water, something that the company had covered up since 1984. Importantly, the settlement included the establishment of a health project to collect medical information on this exposed population; 69,000 people took part. After 8 years, based on that extensive health investigation, the C8 Science Panel completed its work concluding likely connections to six diseases including ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, thyroid disease; testicular cancer and kidney cancer.

There are now 1000s of residents pursuing legal action; in fact, there are currently 3,500 personal injury claims against DuPont alone. Earlier this year, in one of the first personal injury cases, DuPont was found responsible for a man’s testicular cancer and ordered to pay $5.1 million in associated damages. Furthermore, the court found Dupont committed actual malice meaning that they had “knowledge that the information was false”.

As the POPRC deliberates on the adverse impacts of PFOA and PFOA related chemicals, you may hear arguments that the human health impacts are still unknown or inconsistent...


Would we benefit from a giant nuclear waste dump in SA?  – James Glenday "IndyWatch Feed"

In an era where short-term populist thinking prevails, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is pushing forward a project that is not only ridiculously long-term but has proven to be political dynamite.

So, Mr Weatherill would have to pull off something that has never been done anywhere else, a project even Finland thinks is too hard, one that could prove a major political headache, all to dump hazardous spent radioactive fuel Australia does not even use?

Weatherill glowWhy Jay Weatherill is in Finland to investigate Australia’s nuclear future, ABC News ANALYSIS By Europe correspondent James Glenday In case you missed it, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is in western Finland.


To investigate whether his state should build a high-level international nuclear waste dump to store radioactive uranium deep underground for at least 100,000 years.

The industry aficionados call it a “final repository”, but basically it is a big tomb-like system of tunnels built into solid bedrock where spent fuel rods are encased in steel, copper and clay.

Why should you care?

In an era where outrage is the cheapest commodity and short-term populist thinking prevails, the Premier is pushing forward a project that is not only ridiculously long-term but one that has proven elsewhere to be political dynamite.

A number of scientists believe a dump could be safely built and many economists think it could make South Australia $100 billion.

But it is also important to point out there is no pressing national need for this facility.

Australia does not produce high-level nuclear waste.

So, why is he in Finland?

Somewhat by chance, Finland is leading the world in the construction of a high-level waste facility 420 metres below Olkiluoto Island on the country’s west coast.

The company building it, Posiva, has been working on the idea since the 1970s, but quite reasonably assumed bigger nations like the United States, Britain, France, Sweden or Germany would come up with a solution they could copy.

But community opposition and controversy has killed, crippled or delayed plans for several radioactive dumps.

So, despite a couple of cost blow-outs, Finland has found itself at the front of the line.

And why do the Finns love the idea?

On a national level, opinion is actually mixed.

But around the “final repository”, the tax cuts, welfare increases, community facilities and jobs the nuclear industry has funded got the dump over the line.

Locals near Olkiluoto Island said, because they have benefited from nuclear energy, they also have a responsibility to safely manage the waste.

Currently, it is in a series of pools.

So, why not build an international dump then?

Ah, here is where we hit Finland’s “red line”.

According to Posiva executives, it would be “politically impossible”.

“Finland doesn’t want to become the waste dump of the world,” one said.

It is also against federal law.

Is it not also against Australian law?

Yes, it is.

But putting the politics aside, Posiva thinks it could help South Australia design and construct a high-level facility within 15 to 20 years.

Unsurprisingly, they are keen to try to sell their success to the world……R...


European countries cannot afford nuclear decommissioning and waste disposal costs "IndyWatch Feed"

antnuke-relevantEU auditor sees nuclear decommissioning funds shortfall, Reuters,  By Alissa de Carbonnel, 20 Sept 16,  | BRUSSELS European Union plans for financing the decommissioning of nuclear plants in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia are inadequate and more resources need to be put aside, the European Court of Auditors said in a report.

The report criticizing costly delays and warning of technical hurdles ahead shines a spotlight on the challenges facing Germany and other nations within the bloc that are planning to retire their nuclear reactors.

The EU’s spending watchdog said the estimated cost of decommissioning the three Soviet-era plants closed more than a decade ago had risen 40 percent since 2010 to at least 5.7 billion euros ($6.4 billion) by 2015. That figure doubles if the cost of disposing spent fuel once and for all is included.

The EU auditors said while the bloc’s budget covered the vast majority of the costs of shutting down the reactors in the three member states, significant funding was still needed to take the plants offline completely.

They said the reactor buildings at Bulgaria’s Kozloduy, Lithuania’s Ignalina and Slovakia’s Bohunice had yet to be dismantled and no solution had been found for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel……..

The only repository for spent fuel being dug deep underground in Europe has been under construction in Finland for nearly 40 years and won’t be ready until after 2020…….

A working paper by the European Commission, seen by Reuters in February, showed the bloc was short of more than 118 billion euros needed to dismantle its nuclear plants. ($1 = 0.8945 euros)(Editing by David Clarke)


Finland companies keen to market their nuclear waste technology to South Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

nuclear-marketing-crapFinland’s Onkalo nuclear waste disposal facility want to export the technology to South Australia, The Advertiser Daniel Wills, Helsinki, Finland, The Advertiser September 21, 2016 OPERATORS of the world’s most advanced nuclear disposal facility want to export the technology to South Australia and form an alliance to help the state develop its own commercial facility to take waste from around the world.

At a briefing with Premier Jay Weatherill at Finland’s Onkalo nuclear waste disposal facility, Posiva Solutions Oy managing director Mika Pohjonen said his company would be willing to licence intellectual property and engineering solutions to SA if it were to proceed with expanding the local nuclear industry.

Posiva is a joint venture owned by two of Finland’s biggest energy companies — Teollisuuden Voima Oyj and Fortum Power and Heat. It is set to become the first organisation in the world to bury a canister of spent nuclear fuel when they begin inserting them into the bedrock from 2020. Mr Pohjonen said SA could hope to move from site selection to burying canisters within about 15 years, less than half the time taken by Finland, because the Scandinavians had already undertaken the slow work of proving the technology………

The Onkalo disposal site is about 10 times smaller than that conceived by SA’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.……

Mr Weatherill will by the end of the year declare a formal State Government position to Parliament on expansion of the industry………

“The next major step is a threshold question about whether we maintain our prohibition against a facility for spent fuel or whether we take a step to explore it further.”-  Mr Weatherill said ….

Weatherill nuclear dream



South African govt will be made to reveal companies seeking to sell nuclear technology; (What about Southy Australian govt?) "IndyWatch Feed"

text-cat-questionSouth Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission has kept secret the names of companies submitting to it, wanting to sell their nuclear wares to South Australia.  Surely the Nuclear Royal Commission should com eclean on this?

flag-S.Africaantnuke-relevantMinister will have to release all nuclear-bid information’, IOL News, NEWS / 21
September 2016,  Craig Dodds Cape Town –
The chairman of Parliament’s energy oversight committee is to write to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to request all documents related to nuclear procurement by October 11, after she refused to release them on the basis that they were “sensitive”.

This comes after a legal opinion sought by another parliamentary committee confirmed that it had the right in terms of the National Assembly rules to “summon any person to produce any document it requires in carrying out its functions”………

In a written reply to a request from Mackay earlier this month, Joemat-Pettersson refused to provide a number of key documents related to nuclear procurement.

 These included the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure review by the International Atomic Energy Agency; terms of reference for the National Nuclear Energy Executive Co-ordinating Committee (NNEECC); the phased decision-making approach of the NNEECC for implementing the government’s nuclear programme; and a 2004 bilateral international agreement with the Russian Federation…….

Majola said the National Assembly rules provided a mechanism for the committee to deal with confidential documents, which gave the chairperson of the committee, and not the minister, the authority to determine what should be kept from public view, and how.

“We will have to ask for the documents. We will go through legal advice to see which of the documents can be dealt with by the committee differently, not which of the documents will not be seen by the committee,” Majola said.

He committed to write to Joemat-Pettersson immediately, requesting that the department furnish the committee with all the documents.


Cleanup costs after explosion at nuclear waste dump massively over budget "IndyWatch Feed"

WIPPWIPP nuclear waste accident will cost US taxpayers $2 billion. Ecologist, Dr Jim Green 20th September 2016    The clean-up after the February 2014 explosion at the world’s only deep underground repository for nuclear waste in New Mexico, USA, is massively over budget, writes Jim Green – and full operations won’t resume until at least 2021. The fundamental cause of the problems: high level radioactive waste, poor regulation, rigid deadlines and corporate profit make a dangerous mix.

An analysis by theLos Angeles Timesfinds that costs associated with the February 2014 explosion at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) could total US$2 billion.

The direct cost of the clean-up is now estimated at US$640 million, based on a contract modification made in July with contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership.

The cost-plus contract leaves open the possibility of even higher costs as the clean-up continues and, as the LA Times notes, it does not include the complete replacement of the contaminated ventilation system (which failed after the 2014 explosion) or any future costs of operating the repository longer than originally planned.

The lengthy closure following the explosion could result in waste disposal operations extending for an additional seven years, at an additional cost of US$200 million per year or US$1.4 billion (€1.25b) in total. Thus direct (clean-up) costs and indirect costs could exceed US$2 billion.

And further costs are being incurred storing waste at other nuclear sites pending the re-opening of WIPP. Federal officials hope to resume limited operations at WIPP by the end of this year, but full operations cannot resume until a new ventilation system is completed in about 2021……….

GAO identifies a host of problems

An August 2016 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the federal Department of Energy (DOE) did not meet its initial cost and schedule estimates for restarting nuclear waste disposal operations at WIPP, resulting in a cost increase of about US$64 million (€57m) and a delay of nine months.

Worse still, mismanagement of the clean-up has involved poor safety practices. Last year, the DOE’s Independent Office of Enterprise Assessments released a report that found that WIPP clean-up operations were being rushed to meet the scheduled reopening date and that this pressure was contributing to poor safety practices.

The report states: “The EA analysis considered operational events and reviews conducted during May 2014 through May 2015 and identified a significant negative trend in performance of work. During this period, strong and unrealistic schedule pressures on the workforce contributed to poor safety performance and incidents during that time are indicators of the potential for a future serious safety incident.”

The report points to “serious issues in conduct of operations, job hazard analysis, and safety basis.” Specific problems identified in the report include:……….

the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) – a semi-autonomous agency within the DOE – is itself a big part of the problem of systemic mismanagement of nuclear sites. A June 2015 Government Accountability Office...


Nuclear industry and International Atomic Energy Agency’s conflict of interest, downplaying accident risks "IndyWatch Feed"

conflict-of-interestNuclear industry, watchdog downplaying accident risks WHIPPLE September 20, 2016 The risks of nuclear power are being significantly underestimated because of systematic under-reporting of accidents by industry bodies with conflicts of interest, scientists have said.

The largest analysis of the risks of nuclear accidents has calculated a Fukushima-magnitude event is “more probable than not” in the lifetimes of people born today.

The British government gave assent last week to the construction of the £18 billion ($31bn) Hinkley Point C reactor, the biggest nuclear investment in a generation. However, scientists from Britain and Switzerland said its true cost may not have been calculated correctly because of risks may be underestimated. They also called for greater transparency in the nuclear industry, saying its estimates were hampered by “flawed and woefully incomplete” data.

Much of the data is meant to be held by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which collates national reports of nuclear accidents and rates them for severity. However, the scientists wrote in the journal Risk Analysis, the IAEA does not publish a historical database, which they said was “astonishing”. They also argued the scale used underplays the severity of large events.

“Given that the IAEA has the dual objective of promoting and regulating the use of nuclear energy, one should not take the full objectivity of the … data for granted,” they wrote.

The French regulator is known to report hundreds of events every year deemed “significant to nuclear safety”, yet few turn up on the IAEA public records. Only 216 safety events since 1950 were available for the most recent analysis, but more than half had to be gleaned from press reports and other public data.

Benjamin Sovacool, of the University of Sussex, said the IAEA had a conflict of interest, dating back to the Cold War, for encouraging civil nuclear power.

“It relates back to ‘Atoms for Peace’,” he said. “The goal was to show that the atom could be a force for good, not just evil. Because of that, the IAEA has a strong promotional arm.”

National agencies were hugely under-reporting accidents, some involving millions of dollars of damage, Professor Sovacool said. “In Japan, incidents where people got killed only came up years later. China has a strong interest in exporting nuclear technology and in keeping secrets,” he said.

One consequence of under-­reporting is the true costs of plants such as Hinkley Point C cannot be calculated. The analysis found more than $1.7bn should be budgeted each year for dealing with nuclear accidents globally.

Professor Thomas Rose, from University College London, who was not involved in the research, said it showed that more openness was essential.

“The secretiveness around nuclear event data is a huge problem,” he said. “Especially when investments like Hinkley Point have to be discussed and decided. Because of the international treaties, it is probably impossible to get the data from the IAEA.”

Professor Sovacool agreed. “It’s a matter of the industry not reporting to national regulators, regulators not reporting to the IAEA, and the IAEA not reporting all.”

A spokeswoman for the IAEA said: “The IAEA neither regulates nor pro...


180 nuclear transport mishaps in UK nuclear weapons convoys "IndyWatch Feed"

radiation-truckUK nuclear weapons convoys ‘have had 180 mishaps in 16 years’ Vehicles carrying nuclear weapons have had collisions, breakdowns and brake failures, disarmament campaign says, Guardian, , 21 Sept 16Military convoys carrying nuclear weapons through Britain’s cities and towns have experienced 180 mishaps and incidents, including collisions, breakdowns and brake failures during the last 16 years, according to a report produced by a disarmament campaign.

The incidents catalogued in the report – based on official logs released under the...


80 % of ABC North and West listeners oppose South Australia’s nuclear waste import plan "IndyWatch Feed"

text-NoNuclear waste storage proposal draws ire of SA regional community on the ground ABC North and West By Angela Smallacombe, 20 Sept 16,  Plans for a high-level nuclear waste dump being touted by the South Australian Government have found strong opposition at ground level, according to an unofficial ABC poll.

The ABC North and West breakfast program, based in Port Pirie, asked listeners whether they were for, against, or undecided regarding the State Government’s proposal to import nuclear waste from other countries and store it in South Australia.

Eighty per cent of respondents were against the nuclear plans, 15.29 per cent were for the plans, and 4.71 per cent were undecided.

Votes were taken via text messages and phone calls, with 85 responses to 10am, but the “no” responses continued for hours afterwards.

The results came from listeners in the regional area that holds nuclear sites Maralinga, Radium Hill, Roxby Downs and Beverly Uranium Mine.

Listeners were also in areas previously mooted for nuclear waste facilities at Kimba, Woomera and aproperty near Hawker that is still being considered for a federal project to house domestic nuclear waste……..


Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) lodges appeal against Federal Court’s approval of giant Adani coal mine "IndyWatch Feed"

coal CarmichaelMine219 September 2016  “The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has lodged an appeal to the Federal Court’s decision which found the approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine to be lawful.

“ACF disputes the Environment Minister’s argument in court that the burning of coal from Carmichael mine will not have an impact on global warming and the Great Barrier Reef.

““This is a profound moment in the history of protecting Australia’s environment, as we attempt to stop a coal mine that would create 4.6 billion tonnes of climate pollution if it is allowed to proceed,” said ACF’s President Geoff Cousins.

““Australia’s system of environment laws is broken if it allows the Federal Environment Minister to approve a mega-polluting coal mine – the biggest in Australia’s history – and claim it will have no impact on the global warming and the reef.

““If our environment laws are too weak to actually protect Australia’s unique species and places,they effectively give companies like Adani a licence to kill.

““Be in no doubt, Adani’s Carmichael proposal is massive and will lock in decades of damaging climate pollution if it goes ahead, further wrecking the reef. … “


Russia worried that UK’s costly Hinkley project will discredit the global nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed"

scrutiny-on-costsRussia issues Hinkley nuclear warning, climate news,network  September 19, 2016, by Terry Macalister  State-owned Russian nuclear corporation says the industry’s credibility is at risk if building the new UK power plant is delayed or runs over budget.

LONDON, 19 September, 2016 – A major nuclear developer has warned the French energy giant EDF that it must deliver the Hinkley Point project in the UK on time and on budget or risk damaging the credibility of the wider industry.

In an exclusive interview with Climate News Network, Kirill Komarov, first deputy chief executive of Russian state-owned corporation Rosatom, expressed fears that problems at other EDF schemes − such as Flamanville in France andOlkiluoto in Finland − could be repeated.

Rosatom believes the decision by the UK prime minister, Theresa May, to give the go-ahead to the first new nuclear reactors in Britain for over 20 years was a major step forward, but knows that the eyes of the world will now be on a good performance at the Hinkley power plant in southwest England.

Komarov said: “It’s a good signal that the government confirmed its commitment to nuclear. At the same time, record-high cost and the risks of possible delays and cost overruns might undermine the reputation of the sector.”

The Russian group, which is constructing nuclear reactors in China, India and the Middle East, believes its own prices are up to 30% lower than EDF’s…………

Rosatom believes the UK should be wary of the potential delays attached to the new European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) designs that are being trialled at Olkiluoto, Flamanville and soon at Hinkley.

The company also reckons that the 1600 megawatt capacities of EPRs may be too large for the needs of the modern world. It believes its own VVER-designed 1000-1200 MW reactors are more suitable, especially in developed countries where power demand is unlikely to grow too much, because of energy efficiency and demand reduction policies.

Rosatom is clearly keen to sell its reactors in the UK, which has relatively tight regulations and is seen by EDF and others as a good shop window for the world


Our safety betrayed by ugly cover-up over refugee program "IndyWatch Feed National"


Rioters’ ethnicity must be exposed

Andrew Bolt writes: SATURDAY night’s race riot at Moomba proves our refugee program has made our streets unsafe, and the police and media cover-up must end. Read More


Trump Might Adopt Many Canberra Politicians If He’s President "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan The idea that Donald Trump might become President of the United States frightens most Australians. I was at a script meeting last week, and during a brief segue from our fictional story, someone mentioned Trump. When asked, I suggested that both Presidential candidates were a poor choice, but I’d reluctantly tick “Trump.” […]


The Deep State Institutions That Couldn’t Care Less Who You Vote For "IndyWatch Feed National"


By Dylan Charles

The American people are again fully enthralled in the puppet show of national elections, and while arguments grow ever-more heated and partisan, the fact remains that no matter which way we vote there will remain a deeper state which represents the real and unchanging forces driving the destiny of this country and of the world.… Read More


Study in Australia with 2 Years Post Study Visa! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you want to study in Australia with 2 years post study VISA or other countries like Canada, UK, USA, UAE and New Zealand? You can start your own inspiring journey to success by attending the PFL International Education Exhibition in October 2016. Do not miss this opportunity to meet one on one with seasoned […]


First Peoples workshop with Minister Scullion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Bodies met with Minister Scullion to workshop progressing the Redfern Statement. The meeting provided an opportunity to develop a greater degree of understanding and mutual appreciation of the complexity of the Indigenous Portfolio which requires a whole of government approach.  

First Peoples called on the next steps to include:

  • A meeting between the Prime Minister and the leading signatories of the Redfern Statement;
  • At least an annual National Summit with the Prime Minister and his cabinet to share knowledge between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Government representatives;
  • A whole of Government approach to co-construct policies to ensure that our pathway forward is co-designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Government; and
  • A commitment from the Government to develop intergovernmental mechanisms to ensure First Peoples have a voice at the highest levels of Government to ensure the Government’s focus reflects our values and priorities.


Pip 6 pics from around Australia! "IndyWatch Feed National"

We’ve had a huge response to our callout to Pip Readers to show us their Pip Issue 6! It’s not too late to share your pic: use the hashtag #pipmag6 and you’ll go into the draw to win a fab pack of Honey Bee Wraps. We’ll be picking the winner soon though, so hop to it!

Thanks to these wonderful folk who’ve shared their beautiful snaps so far…

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Zarautz: Karlos Arguinano "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get there: Mendilauta Kalea 13
Cost: About €1.80 for a Spanish-tasting coffee. That’s all we bought.

You might think that a review of an obviously-placed waterfront cafe signals the beginning of the end for Global Hobo’s edge. Hold your horses, discerning readers. As you will know, the #digitalnomad lifestyle can be a hard one to sustain. The search for a venue with both reliable wifi and accessible powerpoints is liable to see you visiting McDonald’s every time you need to circle-jerk over each other’s Instagrams. Zarautz has no McDonald’s, but we found the next best thing – Karlos Arguinano (jk, he’s actually a Spanish celebrity chef). Lunch with the well-dressed locals, survey the beach-goers and practise your Spanish/Basque/social skills with the staff as you work on your latest protein-powder-sponsored vlog. Di nada.

Back to Zarautz


Zarautz: Gran Camping Zarautz "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get there: Calle Monte Talai-Mendi
Cost: €7.10 a night for a 2-person tent. A more comprehensive price list can be found here.

Don’t let accommodation in Basque country bleed you drier than a dead dog’s foreskin – trade the hostels for glamping at Gran Camping Zarautz. There’s surfer babes of myriad nationalities, hot showers, and the cleanest toilets you’ve seen in a while (toilet paper included – your bikini bottoms need not stink of urine any longer!). Perched atop the headland, Gran Camping offers sunset and ocean views far superior to those at any hotel you can afford. Zarautz beach is a leisurely scenic stroll down the hill, and the waves are appropriate whether you’re actually talented or just wobble around on a longboard trying to keep your tits in your bikini. The walk back up to camp is treacherous, but the calf-burn provides an excuse to stop for surf-backed selfies. Stay away from the BoardX surf camp plot, those cheeky groms are mostly jailbait.

Back to Zarautz


Under capitalism, even atheist artists have saints "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was 6 August, the inaugural Feast Day of Santonatron, the artist’s saint. Largely unheard of outside a small group of artists in Puebla, Mexico, the saint has already sparked controversy. Despite historically being known as a bastion of conservatism, Puebla already has its fair share of unofficial folk saints, with the Catholic Church often condemning their followers as heretics at best, cults at worst. At first glance, Santonatron may look no different.


Barnaby Joyce, acting PM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barnaby Joyce has been scratching his head in preparation for the big move to Armidale


Is there a case for a basic income guarantee – Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed"

This is Part 2 in the mini-series discussing the relative merits of the basic income guarantee proposal and the Job Guarantee proposal. The topic of a basic income guarantee seems to evoke a lot of passion and in all the discussions I rarely read anyone going carefully through the macroeconomic implications of bringing in a scheme. I get lots of E-mails accusing me in varying degrees of politeness of being on a moral crusade in my opposition to basic income proposals. I wonder how much of my work over the years such correspondents have read. Not much is my conclusion. Whatever you think of the morality of having a system where some people work while others are supported in one way or another without having to work, even though they could (so I exclude the aged, sick, severely disabled here), the fact remains that a policy proposal won’t get much traction from me if it has a deep inflation bias and adopts neo-liberal explanations for economic outcomes like unemployment. I will also never support a proposal that absolves the national government from taking responsibility for providing enough work via its currency capacities and treats individuals expediently as ‘consumption units’ – to be maintained at minimum material levels. Anyway, we explore a few of those issues in this blog.

What is the problem that needs to be addressed?

How we construct the problem conditions the way we attempt to solve it. Mitchell and Watts (2004: 3) say that “It is easy to pose a ‘false problem’ and then develop rhetoric to ‘solve it’.” We sketch their argument in what follows (page references are to their article).

In a public policy setting, it is crucial to construct the initial problem in a meaningful way to ensure the solutions are effective. So in advancing the debate between basic income proponents and Job Guarantee proponents what exactly is the nature of the problem that they are seeking to address?

In the first instance, and the debate in fact goes well beyond this, both proposals clearly aim to address the problem of income insecurity.

There is no doubt that poverty rates have risen in many countries as a result of the GFC and the auterity policies that have been pursued by misguided governments in its aftermath.

Many researchers and policy commentators seize on this type of data as the basis of their advocacy for the introduction of a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) as the primary policy weapon against poverty.

They highlight the fact that there is a lack of employment alternatives available to citizens in poor nations and that the introduction of a BIG would seem to be an easy way to eliminate poverty.

The provision of an unconditional BIG, set at a ‘liveable’ level and payable to all citizens, is advocated by a number of public policy theorists as a means of addressing income security.

But an effective solution requires that we understand “the underlying rather than proximate causes of income insecurity” (p.3).

But it goes further than this. To assemble an array of possible solutions, we also have to understand the power that a currency-issuing state has in terms of solving the underlying causes. If we have an ill-informed understanding of those capacities we are prone to define the possible policy set too narrowly and thus exclude preferred solutions.

We argue that this failing is endemic to the basic income proposal.

It is obvious that the basic income advocates attempt to solve the income insecurity directly but, in so doing, fail to address its underlying causes – namely unemployment.

But even more telling is that basic income proponents, in general, categorically fail to understand the realities of modern money in fiat currency economies. Accordingly, they operate within the false belief that such governments are financially constrained.

This, in turn...


Is it possible to trade South Australia for New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed"

A long, long time ago, in 1890, the Federation Conference was held in Melbourne.  Politicians from the 6 Australian Colonies and New Zealand got together to discuss creating a Federation, a Common Wealth.

It came to pass that the 6 colonies got together to form Australia, but New Zealand decided to sit it out.

He is a photo from the 1890 conference.  The fellow, standing second from the left, the one with the stand out light suit, was New Zealand’s representative, Captain Russell MP, Colonial Secretary.  The fourth fella standing from the left, with the white bushy beard was Sir Henry Parkes.


Now, thanks to Judith Sloan’s reference in one of her earlier posts, I now regularly read the blog of Dan Mitchell from the Cato Institute.  In his latest post, Mitchell writes about the 40 year economic transformation of New Zealand.

Cats can read it for themselves, but I just wanted to highlight Mitchell quoting Maurice McTigue, a former New Zealand parliamentarian and Minister.  If anyone happens to know the direct email’s of Australia’s Prime Minister and/or Treasurer, perhaps they might forward either this or the Mitchell post.  Perhaps also the Ministers for Health, Education and Industrial Policy (ie Pyne).  This is McTigue talking about New Zealand’s program of shrinking the size of government:

When we started this process with the Department of Transportation, it had 5,600 employees. When we finished, it had 53. When we started with the Forest Service, it had 17,000 employees. When we finished, it had 17. When we applied it to the Ministry of Works, it had 28,000 employees.  I used to be Minister of Works, and ended up being the only employee.

This is McTigue talking about privatisations:

…we sold off telecommunications, airlines, irrigation schemes, computing services, government printing offices, insurance companies, banks, securities, mortgages, railways, bus services, hotels, shipping lines, agricultural advisory services, etc. In the main, when we sold those things off, their productivity went up and the cost of their services went down, translating into major gains for the economy.


500 Test Matches… and a Heap of Mediocrity "IndyWatch Feed National"

A stroll through the statistics of India’s performances over history.

The Indian test team following their match against West Indies in August. Credit: BCCI

The Indian test team following their match against West Indies in August. Credit: BCCI

India goes into its 500th Test match tomorrow against a combative but not frightening New Zealand XI. The national expectation is that Virat Kohli and his lads will win, making it India’s 130th Test victory. A cooperative pitch is expected to play its part: it’s not called “home advantage” for nothing. In Indian cricket at least, ‘atithi devo bhavah‘ – the Upanishadic principle that says the guest is God – is blithely ignored. It’s more like ‘Ashwin devo bhavah’, in homage to India’s sharpest spin bowler.

India’s being at number one in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings from November 2009 to August 2011 has led the younger generation of fans to be starry-eyed about their team in Tests. The team was briefly number one again in January, February and August of this year; and but for last month’s foul weather in Port of Spain – and the fouler drainage at the ground – it would still be at the top. India currently sits in second place, a point behind Pakistan, and would return to pole position if it beats New Zealand in the forthcoming series.

Recent Test performances should not blind us to the truth that India has historically been a mediocre, and often poor, Test side. It has a better head-to-head record against only four out of the nine other Test-playing countries. Two of those are Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, teams largely undeserving of their Test status. Sri Lanka and New Zealand are the other sides against which India has prevailed more often than it has lost; but of those two, the Kiwis have the worst overall win percentage – 20.68%  – of any major Test team, so they don’t provide a basis for a boast. And Sri Lanka’s total win percentage against all sides is actually better than that of India. So while India is superior head-to-head, the islanders fare better on average, against everyone else, than India does.

The point of this short piece, therefore, is an appeal for modesty. Let us not thump our chests in the modern Indian manner, but remember that for long stretches of its Test history, India has been a soft opponent. Its overall percentage of victories is a mere 25.95%, the second-worst among the major Test nations (comprising England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Only New Zealand has a poorer record. Australia has won a dazzling 47.20% (or nearly half) of its Tests and every other team has won a third, or thereabouts. India wins only one match in four.

We need a word, here, about the West Indies, and the manner in which its recent decline has inflated India’s Test record. The two have played each other in 94 Tests since 1948, of which the West Indies has won 30 and India 18 (with the rest drawn). But a whopping 11 of those Indian wins have come after 2002, the last time the West Indies won a Test series against India. Put aside the single Test India won in...


Red Ice Live – First Ever All Hijab Show at New York Fashion Week "IndyWatch Feed National"

Henrik & Lana discuss the hysteria over the first all hijab runway show during New York Fashion Week and the push to get White European women to wear a hijab.… Read More


Video of the Day: World’s first manned solar helicopter flight "IndyWatch Feed"

University of Maryland students say they have achieved an aviation first, getting their manned, solar powered helicopter off the ground.


New Report Says Key to Environmental Sustainability in U.S. Is Reduced Immigration "IndyWatch Feed National"

“It’s completely disingenuous for anyone who is truly concerned about this nation’s sustainability and carrying capacity to continue to ignore the jet engine driving U.S. population growth: immigration.†- Dan Stein, President of FAIR

(September 20, 2016, Washington, D.C.) – One of the most important factors in achieving environmental sustainability in the U.S. is to reduce immigration, finds a new report,“U.S. Immigration and the Environment,†by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).  America’s rapidly growing population is one of the biggest impediments to meeting critical environmental goals, and immigration is by far the largest factor driving U.S. population growth.


“It’s completely disingenuous for anyone who is truly concerned about this nation’s sustainability and carrying capacity to continue to ignore the jet engine driving U.S. population growth: immigration,†said FAIR President Dan Stein. “Immigration fueled more than half of U.S. population growth in the last 50 years, and will generate three-quarters of it in the next 50 years,†he added.


The U.S. has the largest ecological footprint in the world, measured by emissions of greenhouse gases and resource consumption. Adding to that footprint is the growing number of human feet, largely a result of mass immigration, which continues to undermine our efforts to minimize America’s impact on the global environment. All of the gains that have been made through conservation and improved efficiency have been wiped out by continued immigration-driven population growth. 


“It is simply impossible for t...


New Zealand’s zombie miracle "IndyWatch Feed"

Twice in the last couple of days, I’ve bumped into the seemingly unkillable zombie idea that the New Zealand economy is doing well and ought to be a model for Australia. Checking Wikipedia to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, I found that, as of 2015, NZ income per person was 30-35 per cent below that in Australia, as it has been ever since the miraculous reforms of the 1980s and 1990s. NZ is down with Italy and Spain on most rankings, while Australia is comparable to Germany (above on some rankings, below on others).

This wasn’t always the case. Before the reform era, New Zealand and Australia had almost identical income levels, among the richest in the world. NZ took a bigger hit from British entry into the EU in the early 1970s but after 50 years, that can scarcely serve as an excuse (and of course, no one is predicted that Brexit will be a gigantic benefit to NZ; rather the reverse)

Then there’s migration. I dealt with this here, but I’ll repost crucial points over the fold.

The current period of approximately zero net migration doesn’t mean New Zealand’s labour market is outperforming Australia’s in any absolute sense. As a result of migration flows over the past thirty years, there are around 650,000 New Zealand citizens living in Australia, equal to around 15 per cent of the citizen population of New Zealand. The number of Australian citizens living in New Zealand is far smaller, at around 65,000.

It may reasonably be assumed that a substantial proportion of expatriates, given comparable economic opportunities, would prefer to live in their home country. So, if the New Zealand labour market offered prospects comparable to those in Australia, we would expect to see a substantial net flow from Australia to New Zealand.

Importantly, New Zealand citizens are not eligible for Australian unemployment benefits. Thus, at any time when the Australian labour market is in a cyclical slowdown, as it is at the moment, the option of moving to Australia is unattractive except for those who have strong employment prospects. Conversely, the option of returning to New Zealand makes sense for unemployed New Zealanders, regardless of their prospects at home.

This cyclical pattern of variation has been observed ever since the opening up of migration in the 1970s. Initially, it was quite common for the long-term net flow from New Zealand to Australia to reverse in response to cyclical conditions. But as the gap between the two economies has widened, the long-term trend has dominated. Even as New Zealand has recorded one of its best performances in years, and Australia one of its worst, the flow has merely paused, with no clear evidence of a reversal.

For much of the twentieth century, Australian political discussion was dominated by the “colonial cringe,” the belief that only ideas from Britain, and later the United States, were worth talking about. Apparently, all that has changed, and now New Zealand is on the list too. In reality, though, Australia has done a far better job of economic management than any of these countries. •


Australia could, should make wind turbines, says Suzlon chief "IndyWatch Feed"

Suzlon Energy's Tulsi Tanti says making wind turbines in Australia would be a "win-win", but market must first demonstrate stability, growth.


The spread of superbugs that are resistant to all known drug treatments. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise, and in the future, many infectious diseases will once again be untreatable, forcing more people into poverty and costing nations dearly, a World Bank-led study warned.


AGL encourages community to have their say on Coopers Gap Wind Farm "IndyWatch Feed"

AGL is encouraging local residents to have their say on the proposed Coopers Gap Wind Farm project.


EthosEnergy successfully completes $2m overhaul for Origin Energy "IndyWatch Feed"

EthosEnergy has been successfully completed a $2m major overhaul of a gas turbine and generator for Origin Energy.


Against more gas "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the first things National did on entering office in 2008 was to repeal Labour's ban on new thermal electricity generation. They've got away with it so far because their stagnant economy and worries about the potential shutdown of Tiwai Point has flattened electricity demand, meaning that old fossil fuel stations like New Plymouth and Huntly A & B haven't needed to be replaced as they shut down. But now it is under threat, with plans by Nova Energy to build a new 360MW gas-fired power plant in Otorohanga.

This will be a disaster for the environment. The new power plant will emit rougly half a million tons of carbon dioxide a year, reversing a decade of declining electricity sector emissions. Worse, that pollution will be locked in for the lifetime of the asset, twenty to thirty years. And given the current state of the climate, those are the exact twenty to thirty years we need to be reducing emissions, not increasing them.

We should not be building this plant, or any other fossil-fuelled power plants in future. We have excellent renewable energy resources, and it would be perfectly possible to meet that demand with geothermal or wind instead. National's repeal of the thermal ban and its support of more pollution is condemning us to a future of drought and floods. But they don't care, because the greedy old wankers will be dead by then.

The Greens are running a petition campaign on this issue; you can sign it here.


South Korea give boost to energy storage as part of renewables spending spree "IndyWatch Feed"

South Korea to provide incentives for utility-scale solar operators to install energy storage units as it outlines plans to invest $US27 billion in renewable energies over next five years.


GM’s Bolt to take on Tesla, Norway and Germany link wind with hydro storage "IndyWatch Feed"

GM is set to take on Tesla with its Chevy Bolt electric car. Meanwhile, big developments in offshore wind and battery storage.


All-Energy Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

With more than 150 industry speakers, more than 100 exhibitors, two networking events and seven conference streams, the All-Energy Australia Conference and Exhibition is back and bigger than ever.


Justice for Iraq "IndyWatch Feed"

In 2003, British soldiers threw Iraqi teenager Said Shabram off a jetty into a Basra canal. Now, they may finally face justice for their crime:

Three British soldiers could be taken to court over the death of an Iraqi teenager who died in military custody 13 years ago despite having been cleared of any wrongdoing in a 2006 inquiry.

Said Shabram,19, drowned in the Shatt al-Arab river after allegedly being forced into the water by British troops in a practice known as “wetting”.

The soldiers, including a decorated major as well as two current serving personnel, were originally cleared by an internal military investigation in 2006 with the family of Said Shabram later receiving £100,000 in compensation from the Ministry of Defence in 2011 in an out-of-court settlement.

However, The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat) which was set up by the Labour Government in 2010 to investigate allegations of murder, torture and abuse by British servicemen against Iraqi civilians has since reviewed the case and recommended prosecution of the soldiers to the Director of Service Prosecutions.

[Links added for context]

Pretty obviously, that 2006 internal investigation was a whitewash and cannot be trusted. And yet, a Conservative MP is calling the potential prosecution a "betrayal". To the contrary, it is attempting to shield people who extrajudicially murder civilians from justice that is a betrayal, of the values the UK purports to stand for. But I guess he's just worried that if war criminals are held accountable for war crimes, they might stop committing them or something.


In which the pond's favourite eau de parfum finally returns ... "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the things that happens with Blogger is that changes are unilaterally announced and introduced ... it's the price of free, which is not the same as the price of freedom ...

Some of the changes are handy - like the ability to drag a jpg or similar directly into the post, others affect end users. Either way, all the pond can do is go with the flow ...

And so to the good news. She's baaaaccckkk ...

Truth to tell the pond had been developing an extreme case of Miranda the Devine withdrawal - not a blog peep after July 24! - and with the return, thought the best way to ameliorate the toxic shock might be a goodly supply of New Yorker cartoons ... remember you can get your fix direct at source here ...

Well that sort of serves as an introduction to the Devine, though it's as if she's never gone away, or as if, having gone away, she returned with the same singular inflexibility and incapacity to think outside the fundamentalist Catholic box ...

Poor old Baird government ... the Terrorists really have it in for Mike and his mates ...

The Devine is obsessed, of course, to the point of pure batshit crazy ...

Now you can imagine the pond's distress. No Devine illustration! Couldn't they have come up with something, anything?

Poor old Baird governmen...


How the jaw-dropping fall in solar prices will change energy markets "IndyWatch Feed"

The jaw-dropping bids for a massive solar plant in Abu Dhabi will help change the thinking about the future of energy markets. The price offered is one third the cost of local gas generation, and one fifth of the cost of the proposed new nuclear plant in the UK.


Let’s talk about the elephant in the room "IndyWatch Feed National"

In order to do this we need to look at what it takes to be a writer, and admit that some writers advantage from a ridiculous amount of privilege, while upholding several myths around being a writer – myths that help us all pretend that the writing world has an open-door policy, even as it shuts the majority of people out.


Member's Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Its another Member's Day, and it promises to be a fiery one - though not because of the member's bills. Instead, its a local bill, the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill, which is likely to be contentious. The bill allows leaseholders of stolen Maori land in Waitara, the nexus of the land wars, to buy the land their ancestors stole. While some local hapu have agreed to this, others have not, and so it is likely to be highly contentious.

Following on from that we have the first reading of Catherine Delahunty's Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, which aims to prevent a common source of Treaty of Waitangi breaches. The House should also make a start on Shane Reti's Consumer Guarantees (Removal of Unrelated Party Lender Responsibility) Amendment Bill, and if it moves quickly, might get to Chris Hipkins' Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill. There should be a ballot for at least one bill tomorrow.


Australia facing 1 billion tonne emissions shortfall on current policies "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia will likely miss its Paris climate commitments by around one billion tonnes of greenhouse emissions by 2030 if it continues with its current policies.


Earning that reputation again "IndyWatch Feed"

Today's "big" political news is a spat between New Zealand First and National over the House's extended sittings this week. Originally the Business Committee had agreed to hold a special sitting on Friday to finish off some Treaty settlement bills. National had also apparently received agreement for a voice vote on those bills. However, NZ First wanted its opposition to Treaty settlements to be on the public record, so have said they will not allow a voice vote - and in a supreme act of petulance, Gerry Brownlee has now cancelled the entire thing, with much finger-pointing and public blaming.

But this isn't just a case of MPs being petulant little brats, there's an underlying issue: having a party vote rather than a voice vote means that MPs actually have to turn up for work instead of skiving off and relying on a procedural trick to cover their absence. But instead of disrupting the weekend plans of a single government MP, Brownlee would rather throw a public tantrum and disrupt the travel plans of hundreds of Maori instead.

...and then politicians wonder why the public think they're lazy, self-interested wankers. In this case, as in so many others, they have no-one but themselves to blame.


Dr Alexander appointed GV Health interim CEO "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dr Alexander appointed GV Health interim CEO

TAKING ON LEADERSHIP ROLE… GV Health has appointed Dr Max Alexander as the interim CEO. Photo: Emma Hillier.

AFTER the departure of former GV Health CEO, Dale Fraser on July 1 this year, GV Health has just announced Dr Max Alexander to be its interim CEO.

Dr Alexander will be taking on the leadership role for the next few months, while the hospital continues the recruitment process for the permanent position.

Dr Alexander (MBBS, MBA, FRACMA, GAICD, FRACGP) was chief executive of the Southern NSW Local Health District for the last five years and has a strong record for delivering exceptional financial, clinical, operational and employee performance. He is medically trained and has extensive experience working in senior positions for a range of healthcare organisations, including Western Health, Barwon Health, ACT Health and Bayside Health (Alfred).

GV Health Board chair, Peter Ryan said, “We welcome Dr Alexander to the interim role. His experience and expertise will be invaluable and complement our already strong executive team while the recruitment process takes place.

“He is passionate about leading organisations to achieve high performance and a strong culture – working in partnership with staff and the community.

“The board and I also wish to acknowledge the significant work undertaken by Fiona Brew over the last three months in her role as interim CEO. We are very grateful for the outstanding job Fiona has done, leading the team in the interim period and maintaining high quality service delivery. Fiona is returning to her very important role as executive director innovation and performance and chief nurse and midwifery officer at GV Health – a key position in our executive team.”


A healthy gold star win for Campbell’s "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A healthy gold star win for Campbell’s

ZERO LOST TIME… From left, Campbell’s Soup manufacturing coordinator, Darren Kelly, site coordinator and return to work coordinator, Heather Holmes, canning manufacturing manager, Shane Lowe and Soft Tissue Centre managing director, Dr James Murray. Photo: Supplied.

CAMPBELL’S Soup Australia’s Lemnos factory has won the first Soft Tissue Centre (STC) Gold Star Award for employee health and wellness, with the company having zero lost time injuries for each of the past three years.

Soft Tissue Centre founder and managing director, Dr James Murray said, “The Campbell’s Soup Australia site at Lemnos, in the Goulburn Valley region, had

zero lost time injuries for each of the past three years (no productive work time lost due to injury), and just one reported injury for each of the past two years.

“Our approach is the sports model, keeping everyone on the field for the duration of the game. Campbell’s Soup Australia is certainly doing that. This is an outstanding result and proof that it can be achieved.

“There can be health, wellness and productivity in the workplace. It is achievable. Commercial success does not have to come at the expense of employee health. In fact, employee health and wellness are the key to success.”


Entries coming to a close for prestigious literary prize "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ENTRIES for the 2016 Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize writing competition are coming to a close on October 14, and local writers are being encouraged to get their entries in before they miss out.

Now in its 24th year, the literary prize was inaugurated in 1993 to commemorate 150 years since the birth of Joseph Furphy. Under the pen name of Tom Collins, Joseph Furphy wrote a number of books and articles. His best known work is Such is Life. The Furphy Foundry Pty Ltd generously donates the prize money for this annual writing competition.

Poetry entries may be on any subject, and in any style, and will be judged in two sections. The youth section is for entrants up to 18 years of age and carries a prize of $75 for a poem of up to 30 lines. The open section carries a prize of $150 for a poem of up to 40 lines.

Entries for the short story competition will be judged in three sections.

The junior section caters for entrants up to 12 years of age and carries a prize of $50 for a story of up to 2,000 words. The youth section, for entrants 13 to 18 years of age, carries a prize of $100 for a story of up to 3,000 words. The open section carries a prize of $300 for a short story with a maximum word limit of 3,500 words.

Entry forms are available from all branches of Goulburn Valley Libraries, or may be downloaded from

For further information, contact the event organiser, Jan Sutton on 1300 374 765.


First stage of Byron ‘rainforest estate’ sold out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A shot of the Seacliffs estate provided by developers Unison Projects.

A shot of the Seacliffs estate provided by developers Unison Projects.

Developers of the Seacliffs estate, set in ‘a pristine rainforest just minutes from the beach’ behind Suffolk Park, say the first stage has sold out and they are embarking on developing the second and third.

Unison Projects’ $20 million development boasts 34 elevated lots in the 16-hectare estate, including some with ocean views.

According to sales agents McGrath Byron Bay, three land-only packages are selling for around $600,000.

Aerial view of Seacliffs estate provided by the developers Unison Projects.

Aerial view of Seacliffs estate provided by the developers Unison Projects.

‘Embracing 16 hectares, this prestigious estate is limited to only 34 homesites, leaving the remaining 13 hectares in its natural state,’ the agency’s PR maintains.

Unison Projects’ Jonathan Levy said stage one of eight completed lots on Hayters Drive, Suffolk Park, has been sold while three house-and-land packages are due for completion early in 2017.

‘Seacliffs has been a long time in the making as the project was initially held back by the global financial crisis (GFC) and then had to meet environmental approvals from Byron Shire Council,’ Mr Levy said.

‘But the response to the estate since it was launched has been tremendous and highlights the demand for residential land in Byron Bay.

Mr Levy said 75 per cent of the estate will be maintained as rainforest.

He added that he didn’t expect the eight lots of stage two to stay on the market for very long, with four already sold.

Mr Levy said civil works on stage three of the development have been brought forward ‘to meet the market demand’.

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Soil testing carried out to prepare for new SAM project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Soil testing carried out to prepare for new SAM project

OVER the coming two weeks, ground condition testing will be carried out at Victoria Park Lake’s Con Palling Reserve, which will form part of the Shepparton Art Museum Architectural Competition stage two design brief.

Subsurface geotechnical investigations are to be undertaken within the area to determine the physical characteristics of the subsoil.

The site works will comprise borehole drilling below the subsurface and soil testing. Boreholes will be undertaken consecutively by a mobile drilling rig and take approximately one to two days each.

Greater Shepparton City Council Acting Manager Projects, Darren Buchanan said, “This information will enable competition entrants to develop their design concepts with as much information as possible about the soil types in the lakeside area.

“To ensure the safety of park users, each borehole site will be established and enclosed by temporary site fencing for the duration of the activity. On completion of the works, each of the boreholes will be suitably and safely backfilled.

“The surrounding trees will not be impacted by the works.

“We aim to keep all facilities, including the barbeque and toilets, open for use but there may be some temporary inconvenience in the area. We ask that the community comply with all signage and instructions from the site manager during the works,” Mr Buchanan said.

If any member of the public has questions, contact project engineer, Saleem Shaikh on 5832 9700.


Wine by Sam takes Wine of Show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wine by Sam takes Wine of Show

Dookie Wine Show Dinner pays tribute to ‘First people’

A FEELING of a connection to country flowed through the McIntosh Centre last week, as 186 people took in the tastes, sights and delights of the 2016 Dookie Wine Show Dinner.

From the table centrepieces to the decorations, right down to the five course gastronomic Dreamtime menu featuring traditional ingredients such as possum, kangaroo and emu and paired with local wines competing in the competition, the night’s theme was evident. But it was the announcement of 2016 Wine of Show that everyone was anticipating.

With 92 entries this year, it was Wine by Sam who came out on top with their Victorian Shiraz 2015.

Made from fruit grown in the Strathbogie Ranges and them made in Seymour, Wine by Sam’s winning Shiraz was well received by those who attended the dinner.

Dookie Wine Show chairman, Paul Phillips said, “Being a 2015 wine, the Wine by Sam Shiraz is a young, vibrant, fresh fruited red and has plenty of potential in the bottle for years to come.

“This wine goes through a slightly different process to be made. The winemakers used some whole bunches of grapes in the fermentation process, so it gives the wine more depth of colour and softens out the tannins on the back palate.

“It’s the first I’ve heard of the method used to make this wine being done in central Victoria.

“This year’s theme was great. There was a lot of culture and the decorations and table settings set the theme perfectly. It really made you feel as though you were in the bush.

“10 years ago, 80 percent of entries were red, but something we noticed this year is that we were closer to 50/50.

“Overall, the white wine classes are increasing in numbers and also, wine judge, Simon Killeen has noted over the last four years he has been involved with the show, the quality of white wines has risen.

“Traditionally in this area, we have been known for Shiraz and somewhat Cabernet, but white wines are starting to come into their own in the area and consumers are taking note of that, which is very encouraging.”

GOTAFE have been involved with the Dookie Wine Show for the past 12 years, and utilise the event to provide learning outcomes for students who are studying hospitality, tourism, events and cookery.

GOTAFE events trainer, Claire Taylor said, “In developing the concept for this year’s Dookie Wine Show, our students wanted to afford some real change and have acknowledged the winemakers’ connection to country and how it is shared with those of the Yorta Yorta nation in our own community.
“This year we acknowledged, explored and celebrated our ‘First people.’ We sought assistance from local Indigenous partners including artist, Ross A. Morgan, Corey Walker from Academy of Sport Health and Education and Merle Miller from Yorta Yorta Nation, to bring together an event that accurately and respectfully showcased the world’s oldest living culture.

“The event also explored the story of Biami the Creator Spirit, who formed the river Dungala, also known as the Murray River.”


Councillor election race is on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Councillor election race is on

THE race for the nine seats available as a councillor on Greater Shepparton City Council has begun. Over the coming weeks, The Adviser will be offering each candidate the opportunity to answer four questions on some of the hot topics in the community at the moment, to give the people of Greater Shepparton the chance to get to know their prospective councillors.


Rod Schubert

Campaign message:

To actively connect, engage, listen and learn from ratepayers, whose feedback and input is crucial.


What is your plan of action to give the people of Greater Shepparton the things that they believe are important?

I have personally invited ratepayers to phone me directly with their thoughts and ideas to make Greater Shepparton even greater. The rate money is their money. Ratepayers are actually shareholders in council and therefore must receive a positive return on investment. I will ensure all towns receive their fair share of funding and push for a more ‘can do’ attitude from council.


What is your opinion on the Maude Street Mall?

The mall area is a sleeping giant that we should set alive as the vibrant heart of the central business and retail district. Given the history of the Maude Street Mall, I will seriously and objectively research and examine, in-depth, the pros and cons of the best options available to revitalise not only the mall but the whole CBD. However, it’s not a matter of reinventing the wheel, it’s a matter of cost effectively applying what is proven to work.


Where do you stand with allowing a larger supermarket to be constructed along Numurkah Road?

It is early days. I will wait and consider my point of view if and when rezoning goes ahead. Then, a planning permit will have to be considered by council. I will consider and scrutinise every element to ensure fair, open and honest outcomes in the fairest interests of all parties. However, the North end of Shepparton is growing and we must best facilitate the services that residents and businesses need at this end of the city. We must also protect those who have invested in this area.


What is your vision for Greater Shepparton?

For council to be dynamic, proactive, open, transparent and loved and to provide incentives for business, development, growth and opportunity. Best practice business principals will be a part of council’s operations. Free car parking for shoppers in the CBD is a matter of importance. I would like to see all local roads in good condition, as well as the completion of the GV Bypass and GV Health’s new facilities, including radiotherapy services.

We need improved passenger rail services to Melbourne and inclusion in the high-speed rail service. A thriving Shepparton Art Museum will capture the interest and engagement of all persons. What we don’t need is more expensive investigations or wasteful use of costly consultants.



Bruce Giovanetti

Campaign message:

Cut the waste and cut the red tape.


- What is your plan of action to give the people of Greater Shepparton the things that they believe are important?

To listen to the ratepayers and determine what they consider as priorities for the new council. Over my 35 years in senior management positions, proper planning is the key to any decision being made. This must be a pre-requisite for...


Nominations closing this week on lead up to anticipated gala dinner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nominations closing this week on lead up to anticipated gala dinner

WITH nominations for the 2016 White King-Pental 95 3SR FM Business Awards closing this week, be sure you get in early to secure your ticket for the annual gala dinner night next month, where the prestigious awards will come to a spectacular end for 2016.

This week, Cardamone Real Estate received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign Award category, Wanganui Park Secondary College IT technician, Cody Healey took out a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award category, John Morrow Refrigeration received a nomination under the Customer Service Award – Trade Services category, Corbetts Chartered Accountants & Advisors took out a nomination under the Business Award – Professional Services category, Black Crown Tattoo received a nomination under the Best New Business Award – Under Two Years category, Poolwerx took out a nomination under the Customer Service Award – Retail Services category, Fusion Tinting received a nomination under the Best New Business Award – Under Two Years category, Greater Shepparton City Council economic development officer, Rohan Sali took out a nomination under the Young Professional of the Year Award category, Barbeques Galore Shepparton received a nomination under the Business Award – Retail Services category and Australian Hearing manager, Paige Madgwick received a nomination under the Young Professional of the Year Award category.

The 2016 White King-Pental 95 3SR FM Business Awards will culminate with its 21st annual gala presentation dinner on Friday, October 21 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners from each category will be announced and the illustrious hall of fame winner will be named. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Tickets for the dinner must be purchased before 5pm on Wednesday, October 19 through the Riverlinks Box Office at 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton, by phoning 5832 9511 or visiting


“Best new business” in just two months "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

“Best new business” in just two months

OUTSTANDING TRANSFORMATIONS… From left, Vinden Landscaping business partners, Evan Viney and Rod Densworth. Photo: Emma Hillier.

WE only get one life and in that life, it’s hoped that you love what it is you spend most of your time doing. Driven by creative expression, a love of the outdoors and the sheer joy of developing and creating beautiful transformations, Vinden Landscaping was born.

Still in its infancy having started in July this year, Vinden Landscaping has already achieved a nomination for “Best New Business Award – Under Two Years” from the 2016 White King-Pental 95 3SR FM Business Awards.

Business partners, Rod Densworth and Evan Viney bounce ideas off each other and draw from one another’s area of expertise.

Rod said, “I’m the gardener and Evan’s the landscaper and we work really well together with each of us bringing ideas to the table.

“In our work we aim to achieve outstanding results that not only manage to meet the client’s brief, but results that proudly leave our creative stamp.”

Currently, Rod and Evan are enjoying working on the outdoor play area at Wyndham Early Learning Centre childcare centre and are eager to continue to build their business.

For landscape and gardening queries, contact Evan on 0448 512 811 and Rod on 0418 342 261.


Krueger’s gives back after birth of baby Felix "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Krueger’s gives back after birth of baby Felix

GIVING BACK… From left, Krueger’s Fine Meats and Smallgoods co-owners, Martin and Emma Krueger who have just welcomed little Felix into the world, standing with GV Health Foundation director, Carmel Johnson. Leading up to Felix’s birth, Martin and Emma held an in-store competition where customers made a donation of $5 to guess the sex of the baby, with all donations going to the GV Health Children’s Ward. Photo: Emma Hillier.

IT’S one of the happiest moments in life when you welcome a new bundle of joy into the family, and having just welcomed baby Felix into the world, Krueger’s Fine Meats and Smallgoods co-owners, Emma and Martin Krueger decided they wanted to do something special to give back.

On the weeks leading up to the birth, the new parents were still unaware of the sex of their baby, and decided to start a competition in-store for customers to guess whether it would be a boy or girl, but to do so they had to make a $5 donation, with all proceeds collected to go to the GV Health Children’s Ward.

Emma and Martin said, “As part of the donation, everyone who was correct in the sex of the baby were offered a $5 discount on their next order. Many said they didn’t want the discount and were just happy to make a donation. We helped raise $560 and 52 people guessed correctly. We are so thankful to our customers for being so generous.

“We decided to donate the money to the GV Health Children’s Ward because it’s a local organisation and we’re all about supporting locals, and of course it made sense to donate it to benefit children.”

And, in keeping in the spirit of the birth of a child, Emma and Martin are reminding customers to start thinking about Christmas, and get in early with orders to avoid disappointment when sharing the wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Emma and Martin said, “Now is the time to start getting prepared for your Christmas lunches and dinners and we have the best quality meats and smallgoods you will need to make it an unforgettable meal.

“With Christmas coming up fast, get in early to guarantee your best quality Christmas meats and beat the last minute Christmas rush.”

To start preparing your family filled, unforgettable Christmas meals now, visit Krueger’s Fine Meats and Smallgoods today at 22 Colliver Road, Shepparton or phone 5821 5414.


Choosing preference votes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Choosing preference votes

KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES… Better Local Government Association president, Gordon Hamilton is inviting candidates for the Greater Shepparton City Council councillor elections to attend the Council Candidate Forum to be held this Thursday. Photo: Emma Hillier.

CAMPAIGNING is underway for the Greater Shepparton City Council elections and the Better Local Government Association (BLGA) is eager to encourage people to attend their forum.

Candidates for Greater Shepparton City Council’s councillor elections will be attending the BLGA’s ‘Council Candidate Forum’ to share their vision for Greater Shepparton and to learn more about their potential team members.

BLGA president, Gordon Hamilton said, “Preferences will play a huge part in these elections and this meeting will be an excellent opportunity for candidates to share their thoughts and to network among peers.

“Preferences close on September 23 and this meeting will be a great opportunity for candidates to decide who they’d like to preference and who they’d like to be preferenced by.”

The Council Candidate Forum will be held Thursday, September 22 from 7:30pm at the GV Hotel, High Street, Shepparton. For further details contact Gordon directly on 0427 353 265.


Win $5,000 toward a holiday! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Win $5,000 toward a holiday!

SERVICING THE GOULBURN VALLEY… From left, Landmark Harcourts Land and Water personal assistant, Lauren McCabe, water broker, Simon Weatherald, rural sales consultant, Kynan Onions and real estate agent/water broker, Michael Downie. Photo: Emma Hillier.

WHERE would you go if you had $5,000 to spend on a holiday of your choice? It’s a pretty fantastic amount of money and is up for grabs to one lucky customer who lists their property with Landmark Harcourts Land & Water (LHL&W) between September 1 and November 30, 2016.

Specialising in rural real estate and water broking, LHL&W are based in Shepparton servicing clients throughout the greater Goulburn Valley.

Real estate agent and water broker, Michael Downie said, “We don’t just sell rural properties, we assist both residential clients and farmers with all of their assets including conducting clearing sales and trading of their water entitlements, which they own. Our team has recently expanded and we’re happy to have Simon Weatherald now assisting Lauren McCabe and myself with water trading. We also welcome Kynan Onions as a new member to our real estate sales team.

“Established in 1846, we’re really proud to be a part of Landmark which is one of the largest agribusinesses in Australia. With the combination of Landmark and Harcourts, our clients gain exceptional exposure locally, nationally and internationally. Our company has excellent networking capabilities and widely uses multimedia to help spread the word gaining sales far and wide.”

If you have any interest in listing your property residential or rural, now’s a great time to get in to the draw to win $5,000 toward a holiday of your choice. Drop in to Landmark Harcourts Land & Water at 295 Benalla Road, Shepparton, call them on 5833 0221 or have a look at their website at


A breath of fresh air "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A breath of fresh air

TRANQUILITY SURROUNDS… The serenity at 20 Grinters Road, Nathalia could be yours, with the 57 acre property going under the hammer next month. Photo: Supplied.

OXBOW literally means – “Piece of land surrounded by tranquil water” and that is exactly what you get at Oxbow Park, which is surrounded by the tranquil water and majestic gums of the Broken River.

Featuring 57 acres of creek frontage country divided into seven paddocks, with 52.2ML of high security water, a fully developed flood irrigation system, 10 acres of established lucerne, a barbeque area, shed, enclosed garage area, manicured gardens, a lockable shearing/machinery or workshop shed, bore water at the house as well as sheep yards, cattle yards, a chook house and cool room, this is a must see property that is going to auction soon.

Ray White Rural Southern Riverina rural property specialist, Jason Haines said,

“This beautiful property also features a three bedroom, fully renovated home that is extremely well maintained and a very comfortable place to put your feet up and relax. It has a wood fire, two bathrooms, a dining room, barbeque area and plenty of room to entertain.

The property will be open for inspection on Saturday September 24 from 11am-1pm. If not sold prior, Ray White Rural will be holding an auction on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 1pm at the property, 20 Grinters Road, Nathalia, Victoria, 3638.

For further information on this slice of tranquillity, contact Jason Haines on 0488 594 450.


Far from virtual fun "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Far from virtual fun

ACTIVITIES GALORE… Fun City IT manager, David Jinks with the new virtual reality game. Photo: Emma Hillier.

VIRTUAL reality has hit Shepparton and kids and adults alike are loving the experience. Fun City Shepparton is the largest indoor entertainment complex in Victoria boasting many top class attractions.

Activities include Haunted House, Formula E Go-Karting, Bungee Run, Balladium Ball Blaster, a huge new Darkzone Laser Tag Arena, a Massive 12m high Rock Climbing wall, Motion Thrill Rides and the latest virtual reality experience on HTC VIVE.

Fun City business co-owner, Angie Shaw said, “Our all day pass is available every day of the school holidays from 11am to 5pm.

“For those eight years and over you get two go-kart rides and unlimited use of all our other activities for $55 per person for Non Members and $49 for Members. If go-karts are not your interest we have the all day pass with just activities for $39 per person. We also have our newly extended playground for the little ones at $5 per child and can be used all day long.”

For birthday celebrations, Fun City has six pre-set children parties available in addition to the ‘Fun City Party’ in which you build your own party, choosing games and activities to suit your family.

The new website has all activities, prices and a customable party plan available. Drop in to Fun City at Riverside Plaza, 8025 Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla, Next Door to Harvey Norman. Keep an eye out for our school holiday activities by searching for ‘Fun City Shepparton’ on Facebook.


Clean up your act Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) handed out more than $6.5M in fines to more than 15,000 Victorians during the 2015-16 financial year for discarding litter from their vehicles, with 67 offences being recorded in Greater Shepparton.

Of the 67 offences, 36 were for depositing lit cigarettes, 24 were for unlit cigarettes and seven were for small items of litter, with EPA litter fines ranging from $311 for a small piece of rubbish or unlit cigarette, right up to $622 for a lit cigarette.

About 60 percent of offenders reported were male, with the most common names being Michael, David and John respectively. The top reporters of littering to EPA were also Michael and David, who were joined by Andrew in the top three, while John was fifth.

Drivers of Holden, Toyota and Ford vehicles were identified as the biggest culprits during 2015-16, while more than 75 percent of reports made by the public to EPA were for people discarding cigarettes from their vehicles.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio said, “It doesn’t matter what your name is, the car you drive or the suburb you live in, we all have a responsibility to keep Victoria beautiful.

“Victoria’s total litter count is 47 percent lower than the national average but we need to stay vigilant to stay a national leader.”


Get in your high quality spring clean "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get in your high quality spring clean

SERVICE AND QUALITY… Kärcher Center LTS Equipment sales manager, Brendan Drage. Photo: Emma Hillier.

NOW’S the time for spring-cleaning and if you’re going to do the job, you need to do it right. Kärcher products are backed by a two to five year warranty and the brand has earned a great reputation for their service and quality.

Kärcher Center LTS Equipment (KLTS) is a full Kärcher centre with a huge range of Kärcher domestic and commercial products.

KLTS business manager, Brendan Drage said, “Kärcher is the global leader in cleaning equipment. Most people know Kärcher for their pressure cleaners but they actually offer a huge range of products including steam cleaners, vacuum cleaners, wet and dry vacs, carpet cleaners and more.

“On-site at KLTS we have test tanks and stations for our clients to try out the Kärcher Home and Garden products. This way customers can experience Kärchers simplicity, quality and effectiveness for themselves.”

Get in to Kärcher Center LTS Equipment at 72 Mitchell Street, Shepparton to give Kärcher a try.


Your home, your mindset "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Your home, your mindset

EXPRESSION THROUGH DÉCOR … Provincial Home Living can help you express yourself through decorating your living space. Photo: Supplied.

THE way in which we decorate and arrange a living space is not only a potential form of expression, our home environment can nurture mindsets and attitudes, moods, emotional wellbeing and clarity of thought.

Provincial Home Living CEO, Jade Kammergruber said, “We believe your home should be a place that evokes pride and passion, as well as a place that invites relaxation and harmony. Provincial Home Living helps you create your sanctuary with homewares and furnishing that is distinguished by its reliable quality at an affordable price. We pursue timeless style that transcends any passing fashion or trends from provincial destinations around the globe. Designed in Melbourne, manufactured around the globe, Provincial Home Living will nestle in your heart.”

In just 13 years, Provincial Home Living has grown from one small country store to a large business with 29 stores in four states of Australia and the aspiration to open more superstores – and proudly, still family owned and managed. Inspiration for the evolving range of furniture, accessories and home wares is taken from around the world, focusing on enduring classics and timeless, understated elegance to design pieces that transcend oceans and centuries to fit into modern lifestyles. The pieces are beautiful but not precious, designed to be used and enjoyed daily by the whole family.

Drop in and explore Provincial Home Living’s beautiful creations at 290 Benalla Road, Shepparton.


Dodger’s ‘Black Beauty’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dodger’s ‘Black Beauty’

LOCAL resident, Len Welsh’s (Dodger’s) 1951 Ford Custom is a real beauty, in fact it’s a ‘Black Beauty.’

From the grunting rev of the engine to its side valve V8, beautifully designed dash, American sun visor and Ford twin spinner on the bumper, the Custom’ certainly is something to treasure.

Dodger said, “I got her 14 months ago from a women who owned it in Sacramento in America. It had been in her family since it was rolled out of the factory and they called it Black beauty, so I kept the name.

“This is the second one I have owned. It’s a really nice looking model and very rare to find in original condition like this.

“The 1951 Ford Custom was the last one made with a side valve V8 before Ford went into releasing cars with an overhead valve in 1955. They only made this type of car for eight months. It was the side valve V8 that really made old Henry Ford.

“It’s the only black one in the Goulburn Valley and she’s my pride and joy.”


More than half NSW solar homes headed for FiT shock: survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

A survey by the NSW pricing regulator has revealed some interesting data about rooftop solar households in the state, and has confirmed what the battery storage industry has been predicting for months now – that the market for residential energy storage is set to boom in NSW as a huge percentage of solar households come of premium feed-in tariffs.

The survey – conducted by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in 2015 and the results published on Tuesday – found that an average of 20 per cent of NSW homes had installed rooftop solar.screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-10-08-19-am

The highest uptake of rooftop PV in the state was in the state’s Riverina and North Coast regions, with penetration as high as 30 per cent in those areas. Uptake was recorded to be lowest in eastern Sydney, at just 12 per cent of households.

Interestingly, a vast majority – 75 per cent – of NSW’s solar systems were found to have been installed more than 18 months before the 2015 IPART survey.

And of all the households that have solar in the state, between 40 and 60 per cent of NSW them were found to be on a subsidised feed-it tariff of somewhere between 20c/kWh and 60c/kWh under the now closed state Solar Bonus Scheme. According to IPART, “significantly  more  households said they received 60c/kW than 20c/kWh.’

It is this sort of statistic that Australia’s battery storage industry has had its eye on, with many players predicting a surge of residential battery adoption in the state as these households come of the premium FiT and experience the shock of getting just 5-6c/kWh for their solar exports, after years of getting paid as much as 60c/kWh.

(As a side note – and as you can see in the chart below – an alarming proportion of the IPART survey respondents “didn’t know” what rate they were getting for the solar they exported to the grid, ranging from 22 per cent in Eastern Sydney to 9 per cent on the North Coast.)


The IPART survey notes, those NSW solar households not on the premium FiT – between 22 and 43 per cent of households – are receiving a voluntary unsubsidised tariff of between 6-8c/kWh.

As RenewEconomy has reported, NSW has the dubious honour of having some of the lowest solar FiTs in Australia after a series of cuts by IPART, taking the voluntary recommended retail rate to as low as an average 4.8c/kWh in August last year.

This rate was nudged up by IPART in June this year, however, from 4.7-6.1c/kWh to 5.5-7.2c/kWh – a rate that is still not compulsory and that is...


New police highway patrol vehicles being ‘rolled out’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Police highway patrol vehicle. Photo Police Media

New police highway patrol vehicles have been ‘rolled out’ to crash hotspots across NSW, including Tweed, Lismore and Byron. Photo Police Media

Speedsters watch out!

Byron, Tweed and Lismore police have each recently received new highway patrol vehicles intended to crack down on speeding and dangerous drivers.

The $4.8 million statewide fleet of 28 vehicles is funded through the Community Road Safety Fund where speed and red light cameras fines go.

North Coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has welcomed the move, saying the new high visibility vehicles are being deployed to ‘key crash hotspots on major routes and highways’.

‘We’ve lost more than 280 people on our roads so far this year because of speed related crashes,’ Mr Franklin said.’

‘This is an investment in greater safety for our community and additional resources for our Traffic and Highway Patrol officers.

‘We are seeing an increase in fatal crashes right across the state, and in particular on regional roads.

‘To address this spike, many of these vehicles will be rolled out to the regions.

‘Drivers who continue to disobey the law while families are torn apart by loss of life on the road will have no excuse when they are caught – irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated on NSW roads.

‘The high visibility cars will be out on highways right across NSW where speeding is most likely to have devastating consequences.

‘Speeding kills and now those who flout the law have another 28 reasons to think twice about their driving behaviour or risk being caught,’ Mr Franklin said.

The new Highway Patrol fleet will include seven brand new 4WD vehicles which will be used further afield on regional roads, where standard highway patrol vehicles cannot go.


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Preparing for some time away "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Preparing for some time away

EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE… Solar City Caravan Services service man/mechanic, Leo Langdon. Photo: Emma Hillier.

SOLAR City Caravan Services pride themselves on their extensive experience and knowledge on caravan repairs, maintenance and safety.

Owner, Craig Collins and the team can carry out all facets of maintenance and repairs to your RV and are also authorized service agents for Jayco, Dometic, Thetford and many more companies.

When contemplating your next outing, call the team at Solar City Caravan Services for your peace of mind and happy motoring.

Solar City Caravan Services can be found at 25 to 27 Apollo Drive, Shepparton or can be reached on 5831 4712.


Bushrangers charge into TAC Cup grand final "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bushrangers charge into TAC Cup grand final

VICTORY PUTS BUSHRANGERS IN FINAL… After coming out on top against the Oakleigh Chargers at the weekend, the Murray Bushrangers are going up against the Sandringham Dragons at the 2016 TAC Cup grand final this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

THE Murray Bushrangers (15.12.102) have charged into the 2016 TAC Cup grand final after a brilliant 44 point victory over the Oakleigh Chargers (8.10.58) during the preliminary final at IKON Park, Carlton on Sunday.

The Bushrangers’ conceded the first goal of the game and from that point, took control of the contest, kicking 12 of the next 14 goals to book a grand final berth against the Sandringham Dragons.

The first term saw Trent McMullan and Nick Richards kick goals after Oakleigh’ kicked the match opener. The quarter time break saw the Bushrangers’ lead by seven points. The pressure the Bushrangers’ were applying across the ground forced errors from the opposition and the pace and run of the Bushrangers’ were a highlight for the large crowd of supporters in attendance.

The second term belonged to the Bushrangers,’ with Todd Marshall superb in his marking efforts. Damon Hemphill kicked a goal following three on the trot from Lachlan Tiziani, which saw the Bushrangers’ bow the lead out to 30 points in 21 minutes of play. The half time scoreboard saw the Bushrangers’ lead out to five goals with superb defence and rebound from Ryan Garthwaite and Daulton Langland’s spring board to the midfield run of Fletcher Carroll, Isaac Wallace, Will Brodie and Ben Paton drive the ball forward with pace.

The third term saw Oakleigh’ open the scoring but Max Lynch in close to his best game, as the Bushrangers’ stretched the margin again after superb marking up forward complemented his grunt work in the ruck. The Bushrangers’ extended the lead to 50 points after 16 minutes with contributions from every player in the team. The lead for the Bushrangers’ at the last change saw them lead by 55 points, with a spot in the grand final within reach.

While Oakleigh’ kicked the first goal of the final term, the Bushrangers’ were able to counter when Tiziani kicked his fifth goal and then sixth to shut Oakleigh’ out of the contest. Although Oakleigh’ kicked the next four goals, Damon Hemphill added the icing to the preliminary final to see the Bushrangers’ win by 44 points.

The Murray Bushrangers will play Sandringham Dragons in the 2016 TAC Cup grand final this Sunday morning at Etihad Stadium starting at 11:05am.


Jacobson scores three out of three "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jacobson scores three out of three

A CLEAN SWEEP… Local motor racing driver, Garry Jacobson has come away from the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with a clean sweep, winning all races. Photo: Supplied.

SHEPPARTON based motor racing driver, Garry Jacobson has made an outstanding cameo appearance in the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit over two big days.

After setting pole position by more than a second over the entire field, the Dunlop Supercar Series front runner then continued his outstanding maiden Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series form with a storming victory of the opening 10 lap race, setting a new lap record on his way to an unchallenged victory in the MW Motorsport prepared McQuinn Electrical FG Falcon.

Jacobson’s victory on Saturday, September 10 ended a nine race winning streak by regular Australian V8 Touring Car Series driver, Taz Douglas. It follows Jacobson’s double race victories at Phillip Island and overall round win of the Dunlop Supercar Series round held there in mid April.

On Sunday, September 11, Jacobson’s two races saw another two superb victories, making his island visit a clean sweep. Race two on Sunday was faultless from pole to the chequered flag, but the third and final race of the event came with its challenges. Jacobson spun after running off the road on the second lap at the high speed first turn. Despite this foray costing him the lead and three track positions, the Dunlop Supercar Series title contender spent the next seven laps (out of 13) working his way back into the lead and going on to score the perfect Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series trifecta.

“Competing at this event was a great opportunity to get back into the racing mode again and at a fast and exciting circuit that has been extremely good to me. The varying weather and track conditions of the weekend were ideal preparation for Sandown. It was humbling to be back on the top step of the podium again and to have set new Phillip Island lap records in both the Dunlop Supercar Series and the Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series this year.

“I am more than ready for the Sandown Dunlop Supercar Series round this weekend and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel again. Thanks to McQuinn Electrical for the opportunity and to the team at MW Motorsport for giving me such a great car for my first Australian V8 Touring Car Series race,” Jacobson said.


Leaked letter shows Mayor Tom Tate and planning chair misleading GC Council "IndyWatch Feed"

Leaked letter shows Mayor Tom Tate and planning chair misleading GC CouncilA leaked letter from the Queensland State Government appears to show Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and another councillor deliberately misleading the Council over a development proposal. read now...


FixedIt – Murder is not protection. Abuse is not a relationship. Rape is not sex. "IndyWatch Feed National"

With a single headline, The Daily Mail turns an alleged child murderer into a loving father protecting his son, and an alleged child abuser into a romantic lover.


Killing to “protect” someone is self defence, killing a child to cover up your son’s crime is murder.

Rape is not sex.

Abuse is not a relationship






Liberal Democrat politician says schools should be able to suggest PROSTITUTION as a career to pupils "IndyWatch Feed National"


  • Dennis Parsons compared prostitution with accountancy at a conference
  • He questioned why schools are not mentioning prostitution as a career
  • Lib Dem leader Tim Farron distanced himself from what Mr Parsons said 

A Liberal Democrat councillor has told a party conference that schools could suggest prostitution as a career to pupils.… Read More


Artefacts moved from quarry site: opponents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yillah, Malakai Williams and Rob Williams. (Photo Leisa Webb)

Yillah, Malakai Williams and Rob Williams. (Photo Leisa Webb)

Opponents of a basalt quarry near Kyogle are visiting the Kyogle museum today after being told Aboriginal artefacts were donated by the quarry landowner.

An archeologist and Robert Williams of the Githabul Elders Tribal Council will inspect the artefacts after being told by the landowner yesterday that he removed them from the site and donated them to the museum.

The NSW Land and Environment Court last week granted an injunction to allow for the archeologist to inspect the quarry site after appeals from the Aboriginal opponents who claim the site is highly significant.

EDO solicitor Sue Higginson told Echonetdaily that the injunction meant that no further work could take place at the site until November to allow for a proper archeological assessment to take place.

Opponents contend that the quarry was granted permission to operate without the proper assessments taking place.

The controversial quarry has been the site of ongoing protests in recent weeks, with tempers boiling over recently when a security guard allegedly removed an Aboriginal flag from the gate and doused it with diesel oil.

In another incident, Robert Williams was arrested by police after the landowner accused him of trespassing on the site.

The Githabul tribal elders and the Save the Cedar Point group believe that proper procedure was not followed in the approval of the basalt quarry in 2012.

They also claim that the scars on trees at the site are evidence of where, for thousands of years, boys-turning-into-men made their first axes out of basalt. Previous excavations have shown that the hill also contains water, and opponents believe there may be buried sites which would be disturbed if the quarry owners were allowed to carry out blasting.


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Australia will take Central America refugees-PM "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)


Australia will take refugees from Central America as part of a US-led program, and maintain its plan to increase overall resettlement numbers to almost 19,000 in two years.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull will make the announcement during a speech to US president Barack Obama’s invitation-only high-level summit on refugees and migration in New York on Tuesday.

The initiative will be revealed alongside a commitment by Australia to maintain its increased refugees resettlement intake at 18,750 from mid-2018, up from about 14,000 now.

‘We will also participate in the US-led program to resettle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica,’ Mr Turnbull will say, on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting.

Australia will also commit a further $130 million dollars over three years to support peace building and assistance to refugees, forcibly displaced communities and host countries.

This will build on an already announced $220 million commitment to humanitarian and resilience needs in Syria and its neighbouring countries.

In his speech, Mr Turnbull will urged world leaders to do more to address the underlying causes of displacement, including providing more assistance in home countries.

He reiterated Australia’s successful attempts to halt stop asylum seekers trying to reach the country by boat, saying it paved the way for one of the world’s most generous humanitarian regimes.

‘Allow public trust to erode and the mutual trust that binds us will similarly falter,’ he will say.

‘As leaders, we must always choose laws and policies that develop strength and unity over weakness and division.’

Australia’s humanitarian intake will to rise to 18,750 in 2018-19, in addition to 12,000 places from Syria and Iraq.

The government doesn’t have medium term plans to increase that figure, but could if circumstances change.

President Obama wants the gathering to agree to increasing funding for humanitarian organisations and global appeals by at least 30 per cent, boost resettlement options and increase opportunities for refugees through education.

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PM’s ‘frank meeting’ with Saudi crown prince "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Naif. Photo EPA/Jason Szenes

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Naif. Photo EPA/Jason Szenes


Malcolm Turnbull has had a ‘frank discussion’ with Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister about how to fight Islamic State and its propaganda machine.

The prime minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif discussed IS during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nation’s general assembly in New York on Tuesday.

Mr Turnbull raised the need to challenge extremist propaganda, especially on social media.

The discussion also focused on the difficulties of creating a clear path towards a political settlement in Syria.

The prime minister also reiterated Australia’s commitment to negotiating a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Earlier, Mr Turnbull told reporters he would be discussing a range of issues with the crown prince.

“In recent times I’ve had very detailed, frank discussions with President el-Sisi of Egypt, President Erdogan of Turkey,” he added.

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Video: Whistleblower Edward Snowden interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

Interview by filmmaker Gen Greenwood in Hong Kong shortly before Snowden escaped capture.  

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Bishop cautious on Syria aid bomb blame "IndyWatch Feed National"

A handout picture made available by Syria Civil Defense volunteer group (The White Helmets) shows the remains of the humanitarian convoy organized by the Red Crescent and the Red Cross that was bombed in an air-strike a day before, Urum al-Kubra town, Aleppo, Syria, 20 September 2016

A handout picture made available by Syria Civil Defense volunteer group (The White Helmets) shows the remains of the humanitarian convoy organized by the Red Crescent and the Red Cross that was bombed in an air-strike a day before, Urum al-Kubra town, Aleppo, Syria, 20 September 2016


Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says there’s no point in prematurely pointing the finger of blame over the deadly bombing of a United Nations aid convoy in Syria.

The UN has suspended all aid missions in the beleaguered nation after 21 people died in what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called a ‘sickening, savage and apparently deliberate attack’ on vehicles delivering aid.

Ms Bishop said the incident was appalling and shocking.

‘However, as was indicted by Russia and the United States, we must allow investigations to take their course – there’s no point in making accusations until the facts are known,’ she told Sky News on Wednesday.

The minister represented Australia at the International Syria Support group meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.

The sit-down, co-hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, comes after the Syrian army declared an end to a week-long ceasefire.

It also followed significant air strikes in Aleppo and the bombing of an aid convoy carrying UN-supplied food.

‘There was a unanimous view in the room that the ceasefire must hold in Syria,’ she later told reporters.

Ms Bishop said there was an acknowledgement some people in Syria want to see the ceasefire fail.

‘However, there was an absolute resolve of all present that we must do whatever we can to cease hostilities in Syria so that humanitarian work can be undertaken.’

She said Australia’s view was all options should be on the table to ensure a ceasefire is in place so humanitarian relief can be supplied.

The group will reconvene later in the week to put a plan in place.

Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov met prior to the broader gathering and resolved their differences so there was an united front to support the cessation of hostilities, Ms Bishop said.

As investigations into recent attacks get underway, neither was laying blame at the other, she added.

Americans blame Russia

Two Russian Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes were in the skies above the aid convoy at the precise time it was struck, two US officials now say, citing US. intelligence that has led them to conclude Russia was to blame.

Russia has denied its aircraft or those of its Syrian government allies were involved in the incident.

The strike appeared to deal a fatal blow to Syria’s fragile week-old ceasefire.

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The Anarchists of Athens "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first thing I notice about Athens is the dogs. They roam the streets in packs while old men sit in front of souvlaki shops drinking coffee and arguing. In Monastiraki, African migrants offer bracelets and flowers in the name of “peace and love”. They also want money. People park wherever they feel and the streets are filled with politically charged street art. The police just stand around smoking and chatting to women. Anarchists rule these streets, or so I’ve heard.

The sun was setting on a warm spring day when I met Athens university students Anny, 20, and Nefeli, 18, at a rooftop bar of a dingy hostel in Monastiraki. The former is a political science student and the latter is a journalism student. Both are disillusioned with the present economic crises plaguing Greece; both are Greek goddesses with iPhones. We chatted over some cheap beers.

The current eco-political climate is spawning a generation of politically disenchanted Athenian youths – some are quietly disgruntled while others actively gather to fight the powers that be. I had heard of a place in particular where the more radicalised youths congregate – the “anarchist district” of the city. After a few beers at the rooftop bar, I decided to ask the girls if they knew anything about this supposed anarchist district. “Exarcheia,” they both responded in unison. Apparently it was well known. Apparently it was only two stops away on the metro. Apparently it was best to stay away.

We finished our beers and headed for the notorious neighbourhood. It was dark by now and the girls seemed nervous, more for me than for themselves. I strode confidently, figuring it couldn’t be that bad. After all, I’d been to Broadmeadows before. As we walked from the metro station we passed a few interesting pieces of street art. One wall particularly grabbed my eye, it featured the face of a young boy.

Aalexios (1)

“Here, on 6th of December of 2008, the youthful smile of innocent 15-year-old Alexios Grigoropoulos was eliminated by the bullets of unrepentant killers,” says Anny, solemnly translating the Greek script. “That’s why cops don’t come here,” adds Nefeli. “Exarcheia is the place where Alexis was shot and killed by police for no reason,” she adds. I ask Anny to translate another piece of graffiti. She examines it for a while and looks me in the eye. “The police will pay with blood.”

The slaying of Alexis triggered massive protests in Exarcheia which soon escalated into riots in many Greek cities. Demonstrations were held in other cities across the world as far reaching as Sao Paolo. The Greek newspaper Kathimerini labelled the riots: “The worst Greece had seen since the restoration of democracy in 1974.” The shooting of Alexios was the spark the anarchists needed to start actively voicing their discontent at the economic woes afflicting the country. The protests turned violent as demonstrators confronted police with Molotov cocktails and trashed the streets. The protesters were fighting blatant corruption within the country’s state institutions and a rising youth unemployment rate.

“Every 6th of December people demonstrate for Alexios,” Nefeli tells me. The protests are rarely peaceful and it is not uncommon for local stores to get trashed amongst the clas...


What cities are we creating for the future? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article by Jed Smith first published on, came to us via Friends of Public Housing Australian cities are becoming segregated along lines...

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Titans’ Bird in alleged drunken incident at Bruns pub "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Greg Bird of the Gold Coast Titans. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Greg Bird of the Gold Coast Titans. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

The NRL career of Gold Coast star Greg Bird is under a cloud after revelations he is being investigated over an alleged drunken incident at the Hotel Brunswick.

The Nine Network reported on Tuesday evening that Bird was refused entry at the pub last weekend and had an altercation with security staff.

The Titans have confirmed the governing body has begun looking into the incident, which is believed to have occurred during Titans winger Anthony Don’s bucks party.

‘The club is aware of an investigation currently underway by the NRL integrity unit regarding an alleged incident at a hotel in northern NSW last weekend,’ the Titans said in a statement.

‘At this stage, those investigations are yet to be completed so the club is not in a position to comment further until the outcome has been determined.”

The NRL said the Titans would decide on a course of action for their player.

‘Integrity unit investigators will prepare a report on the incident and provide it to the Gold Coast Titans, who will determine what, if any, actions is required,” a NRL spokesperson told AAP.

The latest drama could be another strike on a long list of off-field indiscretions involving Bird, which includes being stripped of the Titans’ captaincy in 2014 for urinating beside an unmarked police car.

He was also one of seven Gold Coast players charged with, but later acquitted of, possession and supply of cocaine early in 2015.

Bird, 31, is contracted to the Titans until the end of 2017 however has been linked with moves in the off-season to Newcastle and Manly.

He has denied any wrongdoing in an Instagram post.

Bird said footage shows he left the premises after he was part of a group that was refused entry, before a person from his party got into a physical altercation with security.

‘Me along with everyone else in the group ran into separate the two involved and no one else threw any punches,’ Bird posted.


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McIvor Farm Grass & Graze 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

McIvor Farm Grass & Graze 2016 Come along to learn about how we grow GRASS at McIvor Farm and farm our pigs to regenerate the land. Then come and GRAZE with us on our delicious products plus scrumptious salads by Masons of Bendigo.


Flaming guitars not on band’s playlist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thousands of dollars of musical equipment went up in flames when this ute caught on fire last Sunday. Photo contributed

Thousands of dollars of musical equipment went up in flames when this ute caught on fire last Sunday. Photo contributed

While driving back from a gig in Stanthorpe last Sunday, and en route to their next gig in Billinudgel, Heartworn Highway band members Diego Zaragoza and Trent McNamara suddenly felt an intense heat on their backs. They turned around to see the tray of Trent’s ute engulfed in flames.

Quickly pulling off the highway, the boys jumped out of the ute, rang triple zero, and frantically began pulling flaming guitar cases from the tray. Within seconds the flames hit the fuel tank, and minutes later the ute was gone.

Local business owners Diego (Valiant Music, Brunswick Heads) and Trent (Little Pocket Vintage, Mullumbimby) were travelling with thousands of dollars worth of stock for their respective businesses, which the fire claimed, including extremely rare and treasured musical instruments and equipment.

A fundraiser gig will be held this Sunday September 25 at the Brunswick Picture House 1–4pm featuring a one-off reunion show by the Starboard Cannons as well as performances by Andrew Morris and Heartworn Highway. Tickets $20, available at the door or through Valiant Music, 33 Fingal Street, ­Brunswick Heads.

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Paula scoops Simple Pleasures’ big prize "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Winner of the Children's category Jayalilly Haim with Poeple's Choice and overall winner Paul May. Photo Tree Faerie.

Winner of the Children’s category Jayalilly Haim with People’s Choice and overall winner Paula May. Photo Tree Faerie.

Over the years the judges of the Simple Pleasures Photo Competition have seen more sunsets than a summer of Sundays so it was bound to happen that one year one would win – 2016 is that year.

Reflecting Into Another World was the only frame taken by Paula May Humphries on her Nikon D610 after a disappointing result at Brunswick Heads. ‘I was in the right place at the right time’, she says.

‘I originally went down to the beach to take photos of the sunset but there were too many people about to get the right shot. So I started walking back to town and I saw the sunset reflecting on the water and had to stop to get a shot!’

Paula’s photo won her both the People’s Choice award and the overall competition prize, which were awarded during a ceremony at the Bruns Bowlo on Sunday.

Paula’s shot was one of over 150 entered into this year’s comp, the standard of which was particularly high. Categories winners were: School – Sam Pfeil; Children – Jayalilly Haim; Youth – ­Keshava Prema Head; Adult – Daniela Andre and the Mayor’s Choice – Shey Ivanov.

To see more of Paula’s work visit her website:

Below is a gallery of finalist’s and winner’s photos.


Landholders wanted to enhance koala habitat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore City Council wants to hear from property owners who are interested in improving koala habitat. Photo

Lismore City Council wants to hear from property owners who are interested in improving koala habitat.

Landholders in the north west of the Lismore local government area are being invited to take part in a project aimed at improving koala habitat.

The landholders will be assisted to manage, enhance and protect biodiversity on their properties as part of the ongoing Rural Landholder Initiative, which is a key part of Lismore City Council’s biodiversity management strategy.

The council is calling for expressions of interest from property owners in the Nimbin, Stoney Chute, Blue Knob, Georgica, Mountain Top and Terania Creek areas.

Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer Angie Brace said the council wanted to hear from landowners in koala corridors, or who have evidence of resident koalas.

‘We are offering people in the north west of the LGA the chance to improve habitat for local koalas by planting trees on their property or by having work done in areas where weeds are restricting the ability for koalas to access food trees,’ Ms Angie Brace said.

‘Doing this targeted tree planting and weed removal allows us to link up existing habitat and create corridors for the local koala population.’

Successful landholders will have koala habitat on their property improved through work undertaken by contractors that would be supported by a Green Army team made up of 10 participants and one qualified team leader.

The Green Army is a six-month program for 17-24 year olds to train and work in the environment.

For more information phone 1300 87 83 87 or to complete an expression of interest, visit

Applications close at 4pm on Wednesday, 5 October.

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In which the pond celebrates with Dame Slap the oppression-busting radicals of the 1960s ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond is always beguiled by nonsense.

The notion that Dame Slap had some sympathy or interest in the activities of the "oppression-busting radicals of the 1960s" is such a sublimely nonsensical hook that the pond was immediately drawn back into the gravitational forces of planet Janet ...

It was the google splash that belled that cat with a clearer indication of the Dame's approach ...

But the reptiles were clearly infatuated with the Dame's story and put it at the top of the tree killer edition, alongside the fab four, who famously led the Dame to do many acid trips and meditate with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh back in those wild 60s ...

Ah, those were the days, but speaking of stifling orthodoxies, as one does in company with the Dame, what to make of this prime example of front page mother Grundy, wowserish tut tutting and cluck clucking?

That's the way it goes in Murdoch la la land. Talk of stifling orthodoxy, followed by a Mary Whitehouse front page, which is beyond the valley of the stifling and the orthodox.

We could, in this world, be treated to a thousand front pages excoriating Mrs Murgatroyd Murphy of Moonee Ponds for failing to give up the fags ...

But if we're going to indulge in stifling orthodoxy, isn't there something uniquely obscene about an island state boasting of its border protection policies and blathering on about how it's going to take in 19,000 or so a year - apart from the ones in its own special gulags - while elsewhere the problems faced by land contiguous countries zooms into the millions, and given recent shameful events in Syria, only likely to get worse ...

Well if that's stifling orthodoxy, or deploring the rancid Trump and his ratbag supporters, the pond must plead guilty and be given a Dame Slap dunce cap and sent to the back of the classroom ...


Tiahleigh’s foster dad to face Qld court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tiahleigh Palmer. Photo Newscorp

Tiahleigh Palmer. Photo Newscorp

GOLD COAST – 21/09/2016 07:12:17 AM [AAP]

Murdered schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster father is still expected to face a Queensland court, accused of killing the 12-year-old, despite being hospitalised after his arrest.

The foster father was arrested on Tuesday, but admitted to hospital in the night with an undisclosed, non-life-threatening medical condition.

The 56-year-old’s condition improved overnight and he will either appear at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court or be subject to a bedside hearing on Wednesday, police say.

Tiahleigh was last seen alive on October 30 when she was dropped off at Marsden State High School, south of Brisbane.

A missing person alert was only issued six days later, hours before an unidentified body was found by three fishermen on the banks of the Pimpama River.

Her foster father was one of the pallbearers at her funeral and a registered foster carer at the time.

Three other people, including Tiahleigh’s foster mother, were also taken into police custody on Tuesday.

A 20-year-old man related to the foster parents was arrested on charges of perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The foster mother, 54, was in custody on Tuesday night and later charged with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

‘She will be a key witness,’ Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said earlier on Tuesday.

‘All three of them are expected to be witnesses.’

A 19-year-old man was also arrested on the same charges as well as one count of incest.

Police knew Tiahleigh was planning to meet someone on the morning she disappeared but the breakthrough in the case happened last week when they seized a blue Ford sedan for forensic examination.

The revelation that the car was previously owned by Tiahleigh’s foster father came after her biological mother Cindy Palmer posted about it on Facebook.

The investigation was described by Det Insp Hansen as one of the most difficult cases he had ever worked on.

‘It was a real ‘whodunnit’ type of investigation,’ he said.

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What is Modern Monetary Theory and will it help? "IndyWatch Feed"

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is a macroeconomic theory for the current age in which governments have abandoned the gold standard and also floated their currencies. It is ‘macroeconomic’ and ‘monetary’ because many of its conclusions relate to the money supply in an economy. Does it offer scope for a new economic approach recognising people? Can it better assist responses to robotics and computerisation than current economic approaches?

Historically, gold was important because coins were minted from it (and silver). Even when coins were no longer minted in gold, the currency issued by governments was convertible to gold and governments needed to hold sufficient gold reserves to satisfy a potential demand from all holders of their currency — that was the gold standard. In that situation governments could not spend without first taking money from the economy (taxation) because the money supply was limited to match the quantity of gold. Following WW2, fixed exchange rates also meant that governments, through their central banks, had to defend the rate they had fixed by buying or selling their own currency in international money markets: that also affected the money supply in their home economy and also placed limitations on government spending. Floating currencies now allow central banks and governments to target domestic economic policy goals knowing that the floating exchange rate will resolve the currency imbalances arising from trade deficits or surpluses.

MMT points out that much economic thinking since the 1980s operates as though the gold standard is still in place — namely, that governments can only fund their spending by taxation and therefore deficits are bad — but some MMT proponents and supporters argue that this has ideological (neoliberal) rather than genuine economic underpinnings.

Since the abandonment of the gold standard, most countries, including Australia, now have a fiat currency — that is, it is created by government fiat (decree) — and it has no intrinsic value. My $50 note is not matched by $50 worth of gold any longer, nor is my plastic note worth $50 itself (in 2012 Australia’s polymer notes cost 34c each on average to produce irrespective of their face value). My note has value only because the government decrees it has and the government is the monopoly provider of currency: therefore it is the currency I need to participate in the economy and to pay taxes.

MMT places this new reality at the centre of its approach. A sovereign government issuing its own currency can never run out of money, never go bankrupt or default on its ‘debt’. That in a sense was Greece’s problem: as part of the Eurozone it was no longer an issuer of its own currency. In that circumstance, as for the states within a sovereign nation, the oft-used analogy of a household budget still applies but it does not apply to the sovereign issuer of a currency.

The ‘sovereign issuer of currency’ argument leads to probably the most well-known and sometimes controversial aspect of MMT, that a government can always ‘create’ money. The critics argue such printing of money — although these days it actually requires only a few keystrokes on a computer to create deposits in the private banking system — will lead to hyperinflation as in Zimbabwe or the Weimar Republic in post-WW1 Germany. MMT accepts that inflation is one factor that imposes a limit on government spending but that limit is not reached until all the ‘real’ resources of the economy are fully utilised — all human resources (full employment) using all available physical resources. If a government continues to spend after that, then dangerous inflation may result but, prior to that point, MMT argues that government sp.....


Qld court hears Dufty ‘withered away’ before disappearance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service


A friend of Greg Dufty says the father of two physically ‘withered away’ in the weeks leading to his disappearance and suspected murder in July last year.

Mr Dufty’s body has never been found, despite a search at a property at Rappville, south-west of Casino.

Brothers Lionel and Nelson Patea were on Tuesday committed to stand trial for the suspected killing of Mr Dufty in July on the Gold Coast.

The Pateas are among six people who have been charged with murdering the 37-year-old, and faced Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday in a brief committal hearing.

Reece Price, a friend of Mr Dufty’s for more than a decade, told the court while he never witnessed Mr Dufty use drugs, his appearance and behaviour had changed dramatically.

‘I noticed he was looking a bit skinnier and drawn,’ Mr Price said.

Police suspect Mr Dufty was murdered over an unpaid drug debt.

Mr Dufty’s de-facto partner Sharni Miller said she had once witnessed Mr Dufty using the drug ice.

Ms Miller said she’d split with Mr Dufty after leaving their Darwin home last January and had also witnessed a change in the time leading up to his disappearance.

‘He wasn’t sick but he wasn’t the way he used to be,’ Ms Miller said.

Tuesday’s committal means four of the six accused are now set to stand trial.

The remaining two accused – Aaron Crawford and Ethan Clarke – have had their matters adjourned until later in the year.

Lawyer Campbell MacCallum said outside court the Pateas intended to fight their charges and would most likely seek a separate trial from their co-accused.

‘Our view is the evidence against the Patea boys is particularly weak,’ Mr MacCallum said.

‘It relies on statements given by others who are obviously in a position where they’re trying to get sentences for their involvement which would be lighter than normally imposed on them.’

A date for the Pateas trial at Brisbane’s Supreme Court is yet to be determined.


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Community groups benefit from Splendour funding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Splendour in the Grass' annual distributions to community groups this year totalled more than $30,000.

Splendour in the Grass’ annual distributions to community groups this year totalled more than $30,000.

Eight north coast groups have received over $30,000 in funds from the Splendour in the Grass festival producers.

In Byron Shire, funds went to Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre  $8,000; Mullumbimby Showground Trust $4,750; Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels Service $3,500; Brunswick Nippers Junior Surf Life Saving Club $2,000; Byron Youth Theatre $1,000; and Ocean Shores Primary School $5,000.

Each year Splendour provides cash donations to worthy local community groups, totalling over $450,000 in grants throughout the Byron Shire since 2000.

Some of the previous recipients have included Shara ­Community Gardens, Byron Community Centre, Billinudgel Pets For life Animal Shelter, Brunswick Valley Landcare, Brunswick Valley Rescue and  Mullumbimby High School.

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Northern Rivers Big Band in Concert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Northern Rivers Big Band in Concert at Park Lane Theatre

Saturday 22 October 2016

Who’s coming along for a swing dance with the very fabulous Northern Rivers Big Band?

Appearing in concert at the Park Lane Theatre in Lennox Head on Saturday 22 October commencing at 7.15 pm the evening will feature cabaret style tables and a big dance floor.

We are excited to bring these classic and sublime melodies to a local audience; it is some of the best examples of music created in the 20th century. It will be a real pleasure to experience the sound of a large big band performing the best arrangements ever produced, so we encourage everyone to tell their friends and share a table for a fantastic evening of entertainment.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at

For table reservations telephone Sue Brennan on 0409 728 814

Tickets are limited. BYO food and drinks.

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Don’t look here, look over there. "IndyWatch Feed"

Now I am not a particular fan of ASX.  Their supernormal profits (EBITDA margins of more than 75% for the last 10 years) are a drag on the Australian economy and on superannuation.  But the reaction, particularly the bureaucratic (ASIC) and political (ScoMo) reaction, to their system outage of earlier this week is completely out of proportion.

Reported today in both Fairfax and Australian newspapers today, ASIC will be conducting an investigation.  But the cherry on top is that the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, who has extensive business and technology experience (ie none) is:

demanding answers to Monday’s stockmarket outage.

That’s right.  The Treasurer is demanding answers from a private business engaging in private business amongst other private businesses and citizens about what happened.

I don’t seem to recall such hairy chest thumping demands to know what happened with the ABS Census – you know, the agency that is within his Ministerial portfolio?

And that ASIC will be investigating.  Yeah right.  These people struggle to investigate matters they are supposed to be familiar with (Corporations Act matters).  Now they want to investigate matters they are completely unfamiliar with (technology matters).

Hmm.  What will they do?  ASIC will engage consultants to advise them and said consultants will come from the same gene pool of consultants that ASX probably be consulting.  Probably crowding out the ASX meaning that both ASX and ASIC will pay more than necessary for the investigation.  Which in turn means that Joe Public will be paying even more.

For heaven’s sake.  Get over yourselves ASIC and ScoMo.

What’s next.  ASIC will want to set up a technology compliance function, at a cost of millions, to check the technology of every Australian business?  And they will be verily supported by the Treasurer.

Hey ScoMo.  Clean up your own back yard before you start meddling in others.  Perhaps you start investigation what is going on in Government departments you have oversight over.  Why don’t you get ASIC to investigate the ABS.  What about the technology at the ATO?


Monju fast-breeder reactor operator insiders say project is a failure: survey "IndyWatch Feed"

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The Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, is pictured in this file photo taken from a Mainichi helicopter on Oct. 7, 2015

Employees of the operator of the troubled Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, which the government may decommission, say that the reactor is a failure or criticize the project in other ways, according to a labor union survey.

A survey conducted by one of the labor unions representing workers at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), the results of which the Mainichi Shimbun has obtained, shows that over half of the respondents said the government should consider decommissioning the trouble-plagued reactor.

The JAEA was founded in 2005 through a merger between the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute (JNC) and the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. (PNC). There are two labor unions within the JAEA — the Japan Atomic Energy Labor…

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Panel to examine options for wrecked Fukushima plant "IndyWatch Feed"

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A panel of experts will discuss reforms at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., including the costly plans to scrap its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Industry minister Hiroshige Seko said Tuesday.

The costs of decommissioning the plant, ravaged by the 2011 triple meltdown, is expected to far exceed the initial estimate of ¥2 trillion, prompting the government to review its financial aid to the utility with the help of the private sector.

The government-appointed panel will meet for the first time in early October and draft proposals by year-end, Seko said, as Tepco plans to revise its business plan, compiled in 2014, possibly early next year.

Members of the panel include Akio Mimura, head of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and other senior officials of major business groups. Tepco President Naomi Hirose will also join as an observer.

The utility’s business has been pressured by the…

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Fukushima unveils grand plan for alternative energy transmission line networks "IndyWatch Feed"

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A public-private sector consortium tasked with promoting alternative energy in Fukushima Prefecture will start building new power transmission networks next fiscal year.

The consortium, made up of central government agencies, the Fukushima Prefectural Government and electric power companies, met on Sept. 7. It formulated a plan to make the prefecture staggered by 2011 mega-quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster a pioneer in clean energy.

The prefecture has announced plans to create two new wind power generation zones.

The coastal zone, which is close to Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, encompasses the cities and towns of Minamisoma, Namie, Futaba, Okuma, Tomioka, Naraha and Hirono.

The other is the inland Fukushima Abukuma zone, covering Tamura and the villages of Kawauchi and Katsurao. Together, the zones are expected to be among the biggest bases for wind power in Japan.

But due to the lack of power transmission…

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In Fukushima, A Bitter Legacy Of Radiation, Trauma and Fear "IndyWatch Feed"

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Five years after the nuclear power plant meltdown, a journey through the Fukushima evacuation zone reveals some high levels of radiation and an overriding sense of fear. For many, the psychological damage is far more profound than the health effects.


A radiation monitoring station alongside a road in Namie, Japan.

Japan’s Highway 114 may not be the most famous road in the world. It doesn’t have the cachet of Route 66 or the Pan-American Highway. But it does have one claim to fame. It passes through what for the past five years has been one of the most radioactive landscapes on the planet – heading southeast from the Japanese city of Fukushima to the stricken nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daiichi, through the forested mountains where much of the fallout from the meltdown at the plant in March 2011 fell to earth.

It is a largely empty highway now, winding through…

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6th Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection Date: Friday, October 7 – Monday, October 10, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed"

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From the Reality of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Date: Friday, October 7 – Monday, October 10, 2016
Venue: Main Hall, Fukushima Gender
 Equality Centre 1-196-1 Kakunai, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, 964-0904

The Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection (CSRP), a politically, financially, ideologically and religiously independent non-profit organization, has been committed to keeping to minimum the damages on health and environment caused by the Tokyo Electric Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March 11, 2011.

CSRP has been inviting administrative officials, researchers, NGOs, member experts of governmental inquiry commissions and international organizations working on radiation protection, etc. Since around the 3rd CSRP, this approach has started to bear fruit, because scientists and other stakeholders with different positions and paradigms began to share the same table of discussion, thus gradually making possible constructive exchange of views.

In the course of this approach…

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Photos show nuclear tragedy’s toll on pets "IndyWatch Feed"

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They never came back because the radiation levels were too high. The animal rescue teams knew the animals were abandoned and left there, so they had three weeks to go in there to find them,” said O’Connor, who added that farm animals usually had to be euthanized.


Akira Honda, founder of Nyander Guard Animal Rescue, shows photos of animals left behind in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. The photos are on display at Ventura County Animal Services’ Camarillo shelter.

Shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 in Japan, nearby residents were immediately evacuated from their homes because of the risk of radiation exposure. They were forced to leave their animals behind.

Akira Honda, nicknamed Taicho, immediately raced to the disaster area from his hometown six hours away to help, and realized the need for an animal shelter near the radiation-contaminated…

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MoD says RAF Reaper drones used in Deir ez-Zour airstrike that killed 62 Syrian troops "IndyWatch Feed"

Ministry of Defence confirms British involvement in US-led airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops RAF Reaper drones were involved in the weekend airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops and threatened the fragile truce in the country, the Ministry of Defence has said. An unspecified number of weapons were fired from the drones capable of firing 500lb laser guided bombs and Hellfire missiles, it added. The British military said it was cooperating fully with an investigation by the US-led coalition into the incident, which led to dozens of soldiers being killed and injured, according to Syrian government reports. Australian, Danish and US air forces were also involved in the raid.


Meet Australia — America’s Latest Pawn on the Syrian Battlefield "IndyWatch Feed"


(ANTIMEDIA) Over the weekend, the United States did the unthinkable and targeted Syrian troops on the battlefield, killing over 60 servicemen and injuring at least 100 others. Outraged, Russia demanded a full explanation, noting that the aerial bombardment conveniently coincided with an ISIS offensive, further confirming to the Russian establishment that ISIS and al-Qaeda receive air support from the United States coalition.

Making the story even more unseemly, it was revealed shortly after the attacks that the planes conducting the strikes on Syrian targets were not only American and British — the bombing campaign also employed Australian jets.

Due to its support for U.S.-led wars in the region, Australia has experienced some blowback in the form of lone terror attacks. One could argue, therefore, that it is understandable why Australia would want to partake in the current military activity led by the United States — so they can eradicate the threat ISIS poses to Australian national security.

If that is the case, however, one is forced to ask how on earth Australian jets ended up bombing Syrian troops who were fighting against ISIS. The Australian air force essentially acted as air cover for ISIS militants battling the Syrian army, running absolutely contrary to the coalition’s stated goals and risking an all out war with Syria, Russia, China, and Iran.

What is Australia really doing in Syria? Are they merely a pawn of American foreign policy?

No one really knows the answer to these questions, but there is one person who is determined to find out. Kellie Tranter, a lawyer and human rights activist, is investigating Australian involvement in Syria based on the notion that Australians should have the right to know why their troops are fighting inside that country. She acknowledges that the Australian government’s decision to carry out airstrikes in Syria in September of 2015 was made without any U.N. Security Council mandate. Tranter decided to issue a Freedom of Information request to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to find out how this has happened.

The department responded by issuing some heavily redacted documents, which, in turn, pointed to a somewhat summarized explanation of Australian motives in Syria...


Huge sinkhole leaks waste into Florida drinking water, concealed for weeks "IndyWatch Feed"

Huge sinkhole leaks waste into Florida drinking water, concealed for weeks

A large sinkhole has caused contaminated wastewater to flow into an aquifer in Polk County, Florida in the US.

The sinkhole appeared at the Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant about three weeks ago, and 215 million gallons of water containing sulphate, sodium and gypsum, which contains low levels of radiation have drained into the aquifer since then, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The aquifer is the state’s main source of drinking water.

The 45 foot wide sinkhole appeared under a “gypsum stack” of Mosaic waste material, which is created during the process of producing fertilizer from phosphate.

Mosaic claims there is no risk. “Groundwater moves very slowly,” David Jellerson, Mosaic’s senior director for environmental and phosphate projects said. “There’s absolutely nobody at risk.”

The company says it started to divert the water as soon as the alarm was raised. The company became aware of the the sinkhole in late August, but kept it from the public as they said there was no risk. It did inform the Florida Department of Environmental Protection(DEP), but the DEP did not tell the public either.

“The department’s focus at this time is on the oversight of Mosaic’s first-response efforts in order to safeguard public health and the environment,” DEP spokesperson Dee Ann Miller told the Tampa Bay Times.

Mosaic, the world’s largest phosphate mining company,says it has been draining the contaminated water from the aquifer.

Locals say Mosaic – who only last year paid...


Denmark is also bombing in Syria--along with the rest "IndyWatch Feed"

"British, Danish and Australian warplanes took part in the U.S.-led coalition's airstrike Saturday that reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian government troops and threatened to unravel the "cessation of hostilities," military officials said Monday." (thanks Amir)


An “Update” for the Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a child- I was designed to be a shell. So that when the day came when I was needed- I could house what was to inhabit me. But Shamanism showed me how to transform myself from a shell into a DOORWAY. And I have opened that which can never be shut. How do you fight someone who can go on the other side- seek out your victims- and enlist them to completely fuck you? Because THAT is EXACTLY what I have done. And since the doorway is ALWAYS open and NEVER shut- they are able to come and go at will- with the one provision that they are too inflict as much pain and humiliation upon you as possible. Let me remind all of you that what you are fighting are PRINCIPALITIES- and this just happens to involve ALL OF HEAVEN. You are all completely fucked- and the most humorous aspect in all this for me is that YOU ALL KNOW IT! Mean- manipulative- overbearing- with no idea how fucking stupid sons of bitches you all really are. Deny what you taught me all you want- it will not change the truth. And it CERTAINLY won’t change the fact that I am going to completely fuck you in more ways than you could ever imagine- AND HAVE ALREADY.


Lone Waikato DHB board member says no to fluoride "IndyWatch Feed National"

A health board member has broken ranks to accuse his colleagues of pushing through what he calls a “rubber-stamp” statement supporting water fluoridation.

Andrew Buckley unsuccessfully opposed the re-adoption of the Waikato District Health Board’s position statement on fluoridation, dubbing it “flawed decision-making”,  but chairman Bob Simcock said the board was simply following the science and Buckley was a lone voice.

Local councils, not the health board, decide whether or not to put fluoride in the water. But many, including Hamilton City Council, have been the subject of campaigns to remove it and have looked to the DHB for a stance on it when making their decision.

The government has signalled a move to give the decision to DHBs and Waikato’s current policy is based on Ministry of Health guidelines.

Buckley claimed the policy was presented at a recent board meeting without any supporting evidence.

“I was elected to the board [for the first time] in 2010 and the first challenge I faced was when I asked for discussions around [fluoridation],” Buckley said.

“But I was told that it had already been discussed before and that was that. We were told we were not there to discuss it, we were there to endorse it.

“I believe that attitudes and statements like this are a serious threat to our democracy and move us closer to a place where faceless bureaucrats make major decisions without taking into account the voice of the community.”

Simcock said the policy was not pushed through and the board clearly took a position reflecting the consensus of health science.

“The reality is that there was some debate. The board members were very clear about re-supporting that position.

“I’m not sure if rubber-stamping meant that people don’t agree with him (Buckley), well, if it does then that’s the case.

“They were obviously of the view that that is the policy statement of the board and they’re comfortable with it. If they weren’t they would not have voted for it.”

“People of Hamilton have also expressed a similar view,” said Simock in reference to the 2014 city referendum where 70 per cent of respondents backed fluoridation.

The Waikato DHB resolved to “support fluoride, at accepted safe levels being introduced into non-fluoridated reticulate drinking water supplies to increase access to fluoridated water. Fluoride should be maintained in already fluoridated supplies.”

DHB’s director of public and organisational affairs, Lydia Aydon, said a renewed position statement was needed as it had expired and it gave the public health team the ability to advocate on the issue in the name of the DHB.

In April, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of district health boards, rather than local councils, should lead to more water supplies being fluoridated.

And in the same month, Hamilton City Council agreed to provide fluoride-free water at the Taitua Arboretum and the Claudelands Events Centre. The tap at the events centre cost $70,000.

The most comprehensive survey of research on fluoridation yet done was released in Australia this month and found it was safe.

The report from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council found fluoridation reduced tooth decay by 26-44 per cent in people in areas where it was conducted, with the only side effect minor tooth discolouration in some.


Law Council of Australia: further parliamentary scrutiny necessary of new counter-terrorism laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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15 Sep 2016 4:37 PM AEST - Special advocate regime a vital inclusion in new counter-terrorism bill, but further parliamentary scrutiny necessary

The Law Council of Australia has commended the Government for including a special advocate regime in new counter-terrorism laws introduced to the Senate today....


Upfield Bike Path Graffiti "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Upfield bike path goes through Brunswick and Coburg before running out at the northern end of Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park. There has been graffiti along the bike path for decades. It is interesting to observe the urban real politics of competing uses of this stretch of land that is maintained by Moreland City Council.


The city council built the bicycle track on land that is bounded between the train line controlled by VicTrack and the backs of private property.

Private property owners with walls backing on the bike path have been upgrading their property; the old corrugated iron sheds are being replaced with walls of concrete. This has created more and better walls for the graffiti writers extending further north. (See my post on The Commons Graffiti.)

The areas around the tracks controlled by VicTrack are the most neglected. This is not entirely due to utilitarian considerations and derelict railway buildings are allowed to decay without allowing them to be used as surfaces for graffiti.

The graffiti writers were there first, making use of the walls beside the train tracks. Their work has been slowly accumulating until it covers about six kilometres of walls on both sides of the tracks. Sometimes the same graffers will paint the same walls years later.

Then came the bike path and the cyclists and in the last couple of years the guerrilla gardeners.

If you want a way to prevent graffiti, the solution is to plant trees and vegetation in front of the wall. This has worked at Brunswick Station where all the graffiti is more than two years old now due to extensive planting by the “Friends of the Upfield Linear Park”, who have more extensive ideas for the whole area on their website.

Further north along the bike path the graffiti and the guerrilla gardening create a beautiful combination, growing simultaneously along the Upfield bicycle track just north of Moreland Station. Here a back laneway has blossomed, the colour of flowers mixing with the paints. Further enhancing this area is the solar powered lighting built into the fence separating the bike track from the railway. At this point there appears to be a balance between the competing interests but the situation is dynamic.

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Filed under: Coburg, Street Art Tagged: bike track, Brunswick, Coburg, graffiti, guerilla garden, Moreland City Council, VicTrack


DYI biohacking rears its ugly head in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gene Ethics, 8 September 2016:

DIY biohack threat

US biohacker Ellen Jorgensen, of Genspace New York, toured Australia in Science Week to promote DIY gene hacking, in informal labs, and to encourage untrained nerds to do genetic manipulation. The OGTR promised to tell her audiences that Australian GM laws require training, contained labs and expert supervision, but did not. The OGTR has also failed to define new 'gene editing' techniques and their products as GM, so they remain unregulated. We advocate tough laws banning any DIY genetic manipulation of living things. Humans invented computer programs but they fail, are hacked and virus infected for fun. Untrained, risk-takers, aspiring to be the next bio-Gates or Jobs, must be stopped.

University of Sydney, Faculty of Science:

Biohacking events at Sydney Science Festival
Get down with DNA
10 am, Thursday 18 August, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Stage 6 biology students and their teachers will meet Dr Ellen Jorgensen and spend the day exploring exciting DIY bio techniques and the amazing things biohackers do. The DIY bio movement gives bio-entrepreneurs low-cost access to facilities for proof-of-concept experiments. Hands-on science workshops will be delivered by Sydney’s leading science organisations including the Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Conservation Society, UTS Centre for Forensic Science and the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics. Students will also experience a behind the scenes tour of the Royal Botanic Garden’s Plant Pathology...


How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 21st, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Dr. Andrew Wakefield is largely known for the firestorm created by his 1998 Lancet paper, which found evidence of a possible association between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Critics of Dr. Wakefield are quick to point out ...Continue Reading - The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out


Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing – and How to Restore It! "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 21st, 2016 By Katrin Geist Contributing writer for Wake Up World Shit Happens, Easily ⏠Or Does It? It may come as a surprise: your intestines play a vital role in your good health. If somethingâŹ"s amiss there, youâŹ"ll know it. Sometimes malfunction expresses as mere inconvenience, other times it points to severe imbalance ...Continue Reading - Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing ⏠and How to Restore It!


Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 21st, 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World According to the FDAâŹ"s legal definition, a drug is anything that âŹSdiagnoses, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.âŹÂ The problem with this definition is that there are numerous substances, as readily available and benign as found on our spice racks, which have been ...Continue Reading - Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances

Tuesday, 20 September


Tallis Foundation, architecture, gardens and music/theatre. Melbourne is beautiful! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Within two hours of his ship (SS William Nicol) landing in Australia in Feb 1842, James Butchart had seen enough of the recently planned City of Melbourne to be confident about his future. He quickly wrote an excited letter to his father, back on the family farm in Fifeshire, Scotland.

Butchart certainly did well and built Beleura (c1860-1864) on land he purchased in Mornington, then just outside the edge of Melbourne. It still looks like a classical Italianate villa, designed for a Scotsman in semi rural Australia. Further Italianate elements came later eg the Corinthian colonnade veranda and balustrade parapet.

Beleura veranda

Beleura gardens

Beleura dining room

After Butchart’s death in 1869, the home was called the finest mansion in the colony and sold to Charles Edward Bright, son in law of Sir John Manners-Sutton, Viscount Canterbury  Governor of Victoria 1866-1873. Beleura thus became the unofficial summer retreat for the Governor and his family. Later the house was owned by a succession of rich, powerful and successful families.

Theatrical entrepreneur George Tallis purchased the property in 1915 as a summer retreat, was knighted in 1922 and , on retirement, developed it as a stud. Sir George was the first owner to add land to Beleura, giving it an estate sufficient to support a fine house. Lady Tallis died in 1933 so a very sad Sir George decided to use Beleura only as a summer retreat. He died at Wagga Wagga in 1948. Within a year, the estate was taken over by John Tallis, George's son. He soon dedicated his life to the preserv­ation of the estate. John Tallis died in 1996 and bequeathed Beleura and its considerable contents to the State. The property is now managed as a house museum by the Tallis Foundation.



A Gentle State of Mellow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Life is gentle and mellow at the moment. After a fairly tumultuous few years, it’s a joy to be able to kick back and take things a bit easier. Big Boy and I have started walking each morning – it’s amazing how interesting and beautiful our neighbourhood is at ground level… My aim is to get to 8,000 steps […]


Syria Solidarity Movement Statement on the US Attack against the Syrian Army at Deir ez-Zour "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations.

The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger than the number of casualties inflicted in any US bombing on any terrorist target in Syria since the US announced its "war on ISIS".

The bombing inflicted no known casualties on ISIS, which the US says was its intended target.

The US has produced no evidence that it notified its Russian counterparts, as required by agreement. In fact, joint action against ISIS was not expected for another two days. This leads to suspicions that the US attack was intended to preempt the provisions of the agreement.

Syrian soldiers report seeing reconnaissance drones the previous day.

ISIS fighters were poised to begin fighting the Syrian army units as soon as the US bombing raids ended. How did they know what constituted the end of the bombing?

Although the Russian military presence in Syria is legal because it came at the invitation of the sovereign Syrian state, the US presence is illegal and was never approved, either by the Syrian government or by the United Nations. All US military actions in Syria therefore constitute an illegal invasion of Syrian territory, and must end now.

We find the US explanation of "unintended" targets, and especially the belligerent performance of Ambassador Samantha Power at the United Nations Security Council, to be false, disingenuous and counterproductive. The only credible explanation is that the US attack on Deir ez-Zour was intentional. The US has never seriously tried to fight ISIS other than to defend Kurdish fighters, with rare and largely ineffectual attacks against ISIS fighters in their strongholds, and none during the ISIS campaign against Palmyra, when they were very vulnerable by air.

We believe that the US intention is to dismember the sovereign Syrian state, and that the Syrian army base at Deir ez-Zour constitutes an obstacle to this plan, and is therefore a US target. In accordance with this plan, the US does not mind if ISIS continues to occupy a large portion of the Syrian Euphrates valley, and in fact prefers to maintain ISIS as a destructive force that weakens Syria and is available as a proxy fighting force for other US regional designs, in partnership with their Israeli allies.

We are doubtful that the US intends to honor its agreement with Russia, and implicitly with Syria. US strategists are seeking to weaken and threaten Russia and not to form cooperative and mutually beneficial agreements. Accordingly, the only option may unfortunately be to make the cost to the US too high to be acceptable, and thereby to force a change in its priorities.

There is another and more constructive alternative, as follows.

The US should immediately issue a formal apology to the government of Syria and offer restitution for damages, both to the Syrian government and to the families of the dead and wounded.

The US should withdraw completely from all Syrian territory and end its support for all fighting forces there.

The US should enforce its end user agreements on the use of its arms supplied to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries, to prevent their use in non-defensive roles outside their territories, and in particular to prevent supplying them to subversive forces in Syria.

The US should use its influence in international banking and commerce to prevent the transfer of funds to ter...


Syria: Did U.S. Airstrike intend to help Daesh? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at

How does the international community handle a rogue-state U.S.A.?

What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:

SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...


With Concerns About Jacob Wetterling and My Father- Jacob’s Abductor… "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.

Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?

Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.


Shatter Boys UK on and "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Shatter Boys UK is a group of men who have come together because they have had enough of being silenced by taboos that exist in society myths that exist and the universal misconception that this doesn’t happen to boys and men.

We came together because we knew we would be stronger together as Survivors and unity was key a collective voice needed to smash this thing apart.

We knew from our own experiences that there is a distinct lack of support services for adult male Survivors of Childhood sexual and adult male rape.

This had to change as people are dying out there. People we knew, our peers , have taken over doses and committed suicide because they had no where to go.

We realized that mutual aid was the key what worked for us was one Survivor helping another.

We decided to plant Peer support groups across the UK so support would be available for free and accessible to men.

We are all about supporting men to empower them selves to move forward with there lives and have a voice.

We understand unity is the answer we aim to plant Peer support groups across the UK in areas where there is no support of which there are many.



RAAF Challenger Bizjet A37-003 Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Wedgetail A30-003 Completes Airwork at Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Monday 19 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Emerald Airport.

A37-003 was noted to be using the radio callsign of "Consort 25" and was believed to have brought acting Prime Minster Barnaby Joyce to town for some engagements.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 20 September, A37-003, again as "Consort 25" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.  It looked to fly from Townsville into Mackay Airport during the late afternoon.

Meanwhile, earlier on Monday 19 September, RAA) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft - A30-003 - was noted flying north as "Mitchell 01" and was intending to complete airwork at Rockhampton. However due to traffic, it turned back towards Gladstone and instead completed at least one missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.  A30-003 then returned to the south.

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©


Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopters A15-303 & A15-305 Back at Rockhampton Airport as "Chainsaw" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After passing through Rockhampton Airport earlier in the month, on Tuesday 20 September, the pair of Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters - A15-303 and A15-305 - were again photographed passing through Rocky.

This time, the two Chinooks, which are both operated by the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment (5 Avn Regt) 'C' Squadron based at Townsville, touched down from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley.

They then took on fuel and later departed home to Townsville.  As with their previous visit, they two Chinooks were noted to by flying together using the radio callsign of "Chainsaw".

Meanwhile, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprops were noted completing airwork at a couple of CQ Airports also on Tuesday 20 September.  A32-437 - flying as "Dingo 36" - was noted departing Townsville and completing airwork at both Mackay and Biloela / Thangool Airports before landing at Amberley.  While A32-436 - flying as "Hudson 7" completed airwork at Mackay Airport after flying North from the Gold Coast.

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Ha...


A Sneak Peek at the Planning of a 1996 Massacre (Satire) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB How did Australia get to where she is today?  I’ll play-act three scenes here of some 1990s “planning meetings.” The setting for this is a foreign land. I’ll pretend I am the boss, giving out assignments for an event to take place in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996. […]


Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned

Area Dipa The Jakarta Post
Tangerang, Banten | Tue, September 20 2016 | 05:23 pm
    The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), an international network of media assistance groups, is drawing attention to the Indonesian government’s policy to restrict foreign journalists from covering Papua. This concern is related to Indonesia’s appointment as the host country for World Press Freedom Day in 2017.
    “Papua is actually one of the issues that is on the list of issues that could be addressed, in which all access of foreign reporters should be better. Actually, it’s very interesting that local authorities are more nervous about journalism than authorities at the central government,” GFMD chairman Leon Willems said after the opening of the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development at the Nusantara Multimedia University in South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday.
    He said the presence of journalists in a country or area is important to help the public in carrying out social control. In a democratic system, public control through media is a fundamental prerequisite, he went on.
    Speaking on restrictions for the presence of journalists in a country or area, Willems said: “[With such restrictions] you cannot have accountability, you cannot have human rights, press freedom, freedom of expression or citizen rights to express themselves.”
    Willems further said international cooperation and pressures against restrictions of journalists to ruling governments could become an important part of efforts to realize the freedom of the press.
    He referred to the arrest of Khadija Ismayilova, a Free Europe Radio journalist who also worked for Azerbaijan Liberty Radio. She was arrested by her country’s government in December 2014 for airing corruption-related news involving Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s family. Since her release in the middle of 2016, Ismayilova had not been permitted to travel abroad until today.


    Sat 24 Sept 2016 – Launch of local eucalyptus identification guide "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    cover-single-page-euc-book1On Saturday 24 September, the new Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests publication, Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region, will be launched by Geoff Park, well known local environmentalist and author of the Natural Newstead blog.

    From the FOBIF website, “This 90 page guide aims to help the beginner train the eye to see the differences between eucalypts – and to appreciate how spectacular they sometimes are. It presents the commonest species of the Mount Alexander Region, generously illustrated, and clearly described in plain language. Though firmly based on one local area (the forests and reserves around the town of Castlemaine), it describes species common to the whole Box-Ironbark region, and would be useful to any enthusiast in that region, from Ararat to Chiltern.” (Click HERE and HERE to see further info from FOBIF on this topic).  For anyone living near or visiting the forest of central Victoria, this will be an valuable addition to their library or field kit.

    The CFNC has provided support towards the publication of this book, and one of the authors is CFNC life member Ern Perkins.  Of the other authors, Bronwyn Silver is also a CFNC member, and Bernard has given two popular talks at CFNC general meetings in recent years.

    The book’s cost is $10 and people buying it at the launch will receive a selection of free tree-related bookmarks and a FOBIF fungi poster. Proceedings will start at 10.30am sharp in the Castlemaine library foyer. Refreshments will be served.  No RSVPs are required, and everyone is welcome.


    Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective "IndyWatch Feed"

    Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective  by Susan Dirgham, July 2015 PART ONE Introduction Australians have had a connection with the people of Syria since the First World War, when…

    Source: Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective


    CFNC Wednesday Wildflower Walks – Spring 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Each Spring, the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club hosts a series of Wednesday afternoon wildflower walks.  With all of the rain over recent weeks and months, this is shaping up as being one of the best wildflower seasons in many years.  There are three more walks being held this year, all departing at 4pm sharp from the Octopus building car-park (Duke St, opposite the Castle Motel).  Members and visitors are welcome.

    Wednesday 21 Sept – Location: Pipeline Track.  Leader: Geraldine Harris

    Wednesday 28 September – Location: TBD.  Leader: George Broadway

    Wednesday 5 October – Location: TBD.  Leaders: Peter and Rosemary Turner


    Vaccine manufacturers paying out millions to victims while still claiming they’re ‘safe’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

    Vaccine injury


    (NaturalNews) Think about it: If vaccines are perfectly safe, then why does a federalVaccine Injury Compensation Program exist, and why are pharmaceutical companies paying out millions of dollars to vaccine victims?

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    Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

    One Step Off The Grid The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found. The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded […]


    THE WAR ON REALITY "IndyWatch Feed National"

    War on reality

    (NaturalNews) Dear fans, supporters and citizens of the world: It’s time to reclaim your mind from the globalist social engineers who are filling your skull with false narratives rooted in the failed philosophies of Big Government and social obedience.

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    Light Worker Update 9,18,27 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

    The challenges and spiritual meaning behind the shift of energies during the 999 open Vortex 2016. How to combat and relate to the unusual energy patterns. by psychic medium Ian Scott


    Gold Coast light rail study helps put a figure on value capture’s funding potential "IndyWatch Feed"

    by Dr Cameron Murray cross-posted from The Conversation Value capture actually can work when it comes to funding new transport infrastructure. My research on the Gold Coast light rail provides the figures to demonstrate the size of the gains to nearby land values, which were around 25% of the A$1.2 billion capital cost in stage […]


    OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #507 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Read Online What's On this Week | 20 - 26 September 2016Tuesday 20th September 2016 to Monday 26th September 2016 Go DOGGIES!!! School Holidays September 17 to October 2 2016 School Holiday Guide Royal Melbourne Show 2016 .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 17 to Tuesday 27 September at Melbourne Showgrounds Royal Melbourne Show | Buy Tickets Affordable Wedding Expo .nobrtable br { display: none } Sunday 25th of September 2016 | Malvern Town Hall Book Now Oktoberfest at Hophaus .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus brings Munich to Melbourne: 16 September > 23 October 2016 Hophaus Bier Bar Grill | Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct Australian Creedence Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Ramble Tamble Certified Gold Show Upcoming Show: Fri Oct 7th - Sandown Park Hotel | Book Online Gangsters and Flappers Ball .nobrtable br { display: none } A fabulous evening of 1920's stage shows and interactive theatre. Saturday 22nd of October 2016 | Ladies Love Bier Lunch .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus Bier Bar Grill Thursday 6th of October 2016 | Bookings Essential Markets This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Art Craft and Produce Markets open this weekend Market Guide Newsletter Read Online | SmartPhone Version | Last Week's Newsletter Calendar | Dining & Drink | Shopping | Things To Do Advertising | | Privacy Policy | Contact Us All Content Copyright © 2016 RIPEFRUIT. All Rights Reserved.


    Wollongong just got a little bigger "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

    MINISTER for Local Government Paul Toole today welcomed the decisions of the Land and Environment Court in relation to five council merger proposals.

    The court entirely dismissed Shellharbour Council’s action regarding its opposition to merging with Wollongong City Council. The court also dismissed the opposition to the merger of Hornsby Shire and Ku-ring-gai councils and Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde councils.

    Shellharbour has until September 27 to consider an appeal.

    The proposal puts to bed an unsuccessful attempt in the 1990s for the reinstatement of the former Bulli Shire Council, and for the northern suburbs to sucede from Wollongong. Shellahrbour will now join with Wollongong, and the northern beaches to form one major Illawarra local government area.

    “The Court noted that the complaints common to the five were without foundation,” Mr Toole said.

    Regarding the action brought by Mosman and Strathfield councils, the court found that the Delegate did not adequately consider one and two of 11 factors outlined by the Local Government Act respectively, meaning the proposed mergers remainin the hands of the Delegates.

    “The Government will closely examine the findings in relation to these Delegates’ reports,” Mr Toole said.

    The NSW Government proclaimed 19 new councils on May 12. Bayside Council was proclaimed on September 9 following the conclusion of legal action brought by the former Botany Bay council.

    A further three merger proposals remain subject to decisions of the courts.

    “The 20 new councils in NSW are already getting on with the job of delivering improved services and better infrastructure to their ratepayers,” Mr Toole said.



    Crows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Some crows I've been drawing working up to a commission - which will hopefully adorn a craft beer


    Holy Balm album launch with Enderie, Phone and Sex Havers DJs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Takes a special talent to get the rudest settings on a synth to work for you. Holy Balm have it. In fact their latest album Activity might just pitch-shift ya right into a glorious mind squiggle. Support from Enderie, Phone and Sex Havers DJs


    Trip to Newcastle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Trees from mum's backyard


    Waiting for a train to leave Sydney

    Corella and wood doves feeding


    Twisted Audio Crew Takeover "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    The cutting edge Melbourne crew Twisted Audio are no strangers to the broken beat scene with their all-star lineups feat drum & bass, glitch and dubstep royalty. Be sure to catch them taking over the Yellow Sunshine Stage at earthcore on Sun 27 Nov from midnight till 6am


    The post Twisted Audio Crew Takeover appeared first on earthcore.


    Bank Australia one of major sponsors of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Bank Australia is one of major sponsors of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives

    About Bank Australia

    As a customer owned bank we see the business of banking a little differently. We believe that banking can create mutual prosperity - for our customers, the communities they live in, and the planet we all live on.

    Being a 100% customer owned bank means we are able to put profits back into providing competitive rates and fees. Not having external shareholders means we are always looking to act in the long term best interest of our customers. We are also committed to keeping jobs in Australia and more than half of our staff live in regional towns such as Bendigo, Morwell and Moe – where we have a strong presence.

    Our Community Investments

    The Bank Australia Impact Fund distributes 4% of our after-tax profits to projects that create measurable outcomes in areas of interest for Bank Australia customers. Our cornerstone project is the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve - a 954 hectare property in Victoria's Wimmera region that provides a home for several endangered native species.

    We are also supporting a range of smaller projects through our Small Investments initiative such as the following:  

    • Lara Secondary College – The funding will be used to send six students to a cultural immersion program in Arnhem Land
    • Bendigo Sustainability Group – The funding will be used to install community owned solar PV on Bendigo Archives Centre
    • Hindmarsh Landcare Network – The funding will be used to deliver a planting project in collaboration with a local disability services organisation in the Nhill region.

    To read more about our commitments to people, planet and prosperity visit


    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    2) Benny Giay: Indonesia Should Reflect on Papua Human Rights Issue  

    3) How the UN Failed West Papua


    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police

    Thousands of Papuans rallying yesterday across Indonesia were reportedly dispersed by police and at least 75 were arrested.

    Photo: Supplied/ Whens Tebay


    The Greatest Composers Of All Time, With Jazz Punk Lachlan Mitchell "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

    The Greatest Composers Of All Time, With Jazz Punk Lachlan Mitchell

    Jazz is definitely an under-represented genre in the local music scene, but there’s one composer kicking around Melbourne keeping it relevant in pretty interesting ways.

    Lachlan Mitchell is a Melbourne-based artist and the leader of Uncomfortable Science, a unique project which involves him composing chord progressions on a whiteboard, which are then interpreted by a cadre of talented jazz musicians.

    Having piqued our interest with a pretty original style of off-the-cuff composition, we asked Lachlan for his thoughts on his own three favourite composers.

    “I could mention a whole bunch of sweet nothings about a great deal of bloody legends and waste way more of your time than I already have, but for now that is my pick of a couple of great composer type guys.”

    You can catch Uncomfortable Science tonight at Boney, and they’ll be wrapping up their experimental residency next week, so definitely check it out if you’re keen for some jazz with a twist. Or, as Lachlan puts it, “Come down to Boney on the next few Tuesday nights to see if I learnt anything at all of these dudes.”

    Frank Zappa

    As Zappa (was one of the many people to be credited to have) said, writing about music is like dancing about architecture. But I’ll give it a shot.

    For reasons obvious to some and not so obvious to others, Zappa was a dead set genius that composed some very complex and entertaining music. Beautiful, confusing and silly songs that jump from catchy hooks to dense mathematical fusion melodies to face melting solos. Some songs would have complex melodies that would journey on and on, never repeating itself, proving that Zappa was not short of ideas, nor shy to use them.

    The first album I got was overnight sensation and that has some corkers on it. Camarillo Brillo from that album is currently haunting my mind and distracting me as I try to write this. But one of the first songs I ever heard when I was a teenage wolf was village of the sun and that’s a down right  beautiful composition in my opinion.

    Charles Mingus

    He’s mainly only up here on my list because of the album ah um, which I’ve been cranking a lot recently. Not cranking as in crying and wanking, cranking as in turning up loud, get your mind out of the gutter. The horn melodies make me wonder how the hell it was written and the “huh? factor” is a big part of what makes me like music.

    The album has great energy, with unbridled and unpretentious horns that at times seem to be floating around autonomously while fitting perfectly together at the same time, Mingus occasionally hollering in the background like a mentally deranged hobo, and Charlie’s main boy, Danny Richmond, nailing the time changes with taste and gusto.

    Two of my favourite songs of mingus’ that are not on this album are the beautifully haunting “meditations on integration” which includes Eric Dolphy, another incredible composer, and “ecclusiastics”, featuring my all time favourite jazz guy, (why the hell aren’t I writing about him. I’m terrible at this) Roland Kirk.



    Besides USA, UK ,Denmark & Australia involved in the illegal airstrike which killed 60+ Syrian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed"

    US-Led Strike on Syrian Army Included British, Danish, Australian Jets British, Danish and Australian warplanes took part in the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrike Saturday that reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian government troops and threatened to unravel the “cessation of hostilities,” military officials said MondayFiled under: Al Qaeda, Australia, Denmark, ISIL, Syria, UK, US Congress, US […]


    Craft Xcellence- Celebrating 110 years of craft! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Craft Xcellence

    The Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW is celebrating 110 years since their foundation in 1906 with a special exhibition at the Society’s gallery, Craft NSW– an artist-run gallery where visitors can meet the makers of a diverse range of high quality Australian craft.

    As Australia’s oldest continuously running craft organisation, The Society has been located in The Rocks for the past 40 years.


    To mark the event, Craft Xcellence will showcase unique works which push the boundaries of craft techniques in fine jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood and more. The exhibition also includes a display of work from previous decades.

    The exhibition opens on Tuesday 20 September from 6 to 8 pm and from then on will be open everyday from 9.30 am to 5:30 pm until the 20 October!

    Craft Xcellence 2

    Pat Hayward, ceramic vessel

    What: Craft Xcellence Exhibition

    When: Tuesday, 20 September to 9 October, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (7 days a week)

    Where: Craft NSW, 104 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

    For more information click HERE.

    The post Craft Xcellence- Celebrating 110 years of craft! appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


    BuzzConf Technology Festival Showcase – talks from the festival’s presenters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


    Join us on 20th September for a very special BuzzConf Night…

    The Annual BuzzConf Technology Festival is just weeks away, so we’ll be bringing you a sneak preview of some of the amazing sessions to expect over the festival weekend. For the full festival lineup and more information check

    Held in The Savoy Tavern in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

    RSVP on


    6pm – Drinks and socialising
    7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
    8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party


    Previews of the following sessions…

    No More Free – a future of paid content enabled by blockchain – Nic Hodges

    Could blockchain technology enable a new model of media that shifts revenue from platforms to creators?

    The Future of Space Exploration: The next 400 years – Paul Fenwick

    Despite numerous technological advances, space exploration is often viewed as an academic endeavour. Not any more! Paul Fenwick will lead a discussion on the future of not just space exploration, but also industry and habitation.

    Preparing to be makers in a consumer-focussed world – Matthew Cengia

    In a world where everything is happening online, how do we facilitate our youth to take control of their technology and become hackers

    Biomedicine highlights of 2016 – Jacinta Richardson

    This talk will give you a walk through of some of the fascinating things that have come out of medicine in 2016.

    3D modelling, sculpting, and printing – Adam Purdie

    3D modelling using Blender, then you’ll have the opportunity to print your model!

    … and more to be announced soon …

    RSVP on

    The post BuzzConf Technology Festival Showcase – talks from the festival’s presenters appeared first on BuzzConf.


    Your motorcycle trip edited by pros "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

    Somewhere else tomorrow - film festival

    The annual Adventure Travel Film Festival in Victoria, in February, is offering adventure riders and travellers the opportunity to have their video professionally edited.

    While hours and hours of video may be of interest to you, a sub-10-minute film would be more palatable to the public and could be seen on YouTube by millions.

    To enter the filmmaker competition, adventure travellers have to submit a simple one-page synopsis of their travel video. A short list of entrants will be asked to submit up to a maximum of five hours of footage.

    A winner will be selected and the footage will be professionally edited to under 10 minutes by Killafish Productions and shown at the 2017 Adventure Travel Film Festival in Bright from February 10 to 12, 2017.


    Briggs, Tkay Maidza & More Join Huge Face The Music Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

    Briggs, Tkay Maidza & More Join Huge Face The Music Lineup

    Not only will the 2016 iteration of Melbourne’s national music conference Face The Music feature live music for the first time, but the list of speakers and performers is getting out of control.

    Adding already to the the first round of speakers which includes music critic Anthony Fantano, Bandcamp’s Andrew Jervis, and triple j’s Zan Rowe, are a sensational list of local artists.

    We’re of course excited to hear that Briggs will be joining the lineup. After dropping ‘January 26’ with his group A.B. Original, Briggs has become an almost household name as he has taken it upon himself to challenge Australia Day.

    Joining the hip-hop sensation is another Aussie rap champ in Tkay Maizda, whose latest collab with Killer Mike is leaving everyone frothing for her forthcoming debut album. There’s more, too, as prodigious producer Japanese Wallpaper will be joining them, along with a slew of other great artists.

    Face the Music will be held at Melbourne Music Week’s Hub, The State Library of Victoria, and is shaping up to be a great day for Australian music – and possibly the best Face The Music yet.

    Face The Music Lineup

    Anthony Fantano [The Needle Drop]

    Andrew Jervis [Bandcamp]

    Ricki Askin [VICE]

    Zan Rowe [triple j]

    Kim Ambrosius [Roskilde]

    Robert Forster

    Taylor Brode [Sacred Bones]

    Lorrae McKenna [Remote Control]

    Nai Palm [Hiatus Kaiyote]

    Ben Marshall [Vivid Sydney]

    Woody McDonald [Meredith Music Festival]

    Nic Kelly [Night High Records]

    Michael Hohnen [Skinnyfish Music]

    Emma Barnes [Emma Jane Management]

    Katie Stewart [Laneway Music Festival]

    Myf Warhurst [Double J]

    Samuel Wald [WME]

    Johann Ponniah [I Oh You]


    Tkay Maizda

    Japanese Wallpaper

    Jaime Gough [Native Tongue]

    Emily York [Penny Drop]


    Newly Discovered Wetland on Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    West Coolum Wetland
    While negotiations continue in the hope of resolving the future of the Yandina Creek Wetland, it has emerged that the Sunshine Coast Council owns a substantial parcel of land with similar wetland and grassland habitat.

    Google Earth image of West Coolum Wetland
    I stumbled across the area, located between the Sunshine Coast Motorway and Coolum Creek Reserve, while kayaking along Coolum Creek. I walked a somewhat overgrown track extending from an old cane train bridge that crosses the creek to the motorway.

    Sunshine Coast Council my maps of site

    I discovered that there are some nice birds in the wetland. In an extensive area of mangrove fern, I heard and saw briefly an Australian Spotted Crake - a very rare species in south-east Queensland that has also been recorded at Yandina Creek. I heard about 10 Spotless Crakes, seeing two.

    Spotless Crake
    I also heard 8 Lewin's Rails and saw one, along wit...


    Soapy Rocks restoration enters next phase "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    A $7,500 Coastcare community grant will allow restoration and rejuvenation works to continue at Soapy Rocks in Anglesea.

    soapy rocks 3
    The major weed infestation along the difficult coastal terrain has been awarded funding for a contractor to remove the large woody weeds to allow for the revegetation of the area with indigenous plants.

    ANGAIR applied for the Coastcare Community Grants Program which aims to fund projects with clear environmental benefits and supports the conservation of habitat preservation and revegetation.

    soapy rocks 2

    This grant is part of the ongoing coastal management works at Soapy Rocks outlines in the Anglesea Ecological Management Plan report in 2013.

    The Soapy Rocks coastal area has major weed infestations in difficult terrain which includes landslip areas.

    soapy rocks 1

    Contractors have removed large areas of Coastal Tea-tree and Sallow Wattle which will allow for indigenous revegetation in the area.

    Students from St Bernard Catholic College will continue to assist ANGAIR with the restoration of the Soapy Rocks area including tasks such as mulching and planting.

    Interested in joining the volunteering community? Check out what group is in your local area on our website! 


    Bruce Highway Upgrade-campaign update "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Caloundra Rd to Sunshine Motorway project

    Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey MP unveiled the final design and tender for this project on the Sunshine Coast on Friday 16 September. The efforts of the Minister and the Main Roads project team and their willingness to engage with the community to listen to and address justified concerns has seen an innovative, Australian first design which is a significant improvement on previous versions.

    Minister Mark Bailey-Environmental stakeholders briefing

    Minister Mark Bailey MP- briefing with environmental stakeholders

    One critical improvement is the reduction of clearing for the infrastructure footprint from 100ha in the Beerwah State Forest (the Mooloolah Logging Area section, locally known as the Steve Irwin Way Forest) just 3 years ago, to now between 6-8ha. However, environmental impacts which include the loss of core tracts of critically endangered lowland sub-tropical rainforest and 35ha of koala habitat cannot be ignored. Given the project has been granted state and federal environmental approvals, SCEC will continue to scrutinise compliance with the approval conditions to ensure these impacts are meaningfully compensated for and conservation gains achieved. Important cultural heritage matters are also finally being given the respect and consideration they deserve.


    Turnbull can’t hide Australia’s shame – Nauru fathers arrested following kids’ protest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Nauru’s detention regime has plunged further into crisis with the announcement that Connect will not re-tender to provide refugee services on the prison island. But the announcement is just one small symptom of a dysfunctional regime.

    The daily protests in the family camp have continued since 20 March and escalated on Sunday night, 18 September.

    Four men, fathers of asylum seekers and refugees, were arrested by Nauruan police last Sunday night following a protest by children who put rubbish on the road and threw stones at a bus going along the road between the family compound RPC 3 and the refugee camp, Anuiju.

    Around 25 Nauruan police descended on the family compound to arrest the children but after determined resistance from pregnant wives and families in the RPC 3, and children chanting, “Stop Torture. Freedom Forever”, police left the children, but arrested four men.


    Nauruan police car in Anuiju

    Refugee and asylum seekers who attempted to take videos or photographs of the police were threatened with arrest.

    It is understood that the men were released on the Sunday night after they signed an undertaking at the police station.

    “The incident points to the far wider issue of Nauru and offshore detention. In the guise of service providers, Connect has already been complicit in Australia’s systematic mistreatment of asylum seekers on Nauru. Connect have often used the police themselves rather than protect refugees from the arbitrary and often brutal treatment of an unaccountable police force,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition

    “But many refugees see the Connect decision as the end game that started when they were arbitrarily separated from family and other asylum seekers on Christmas Island in 2013.

    “Despite Turnbull and Dutton’s posturing in New York, the government will finally be faced with the need to bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia. The sooner, the better.”

    Refugee groups in Australia will hold solidarity vigils and protests to coincide with 200 days of protest on Nauru on 5 October.

    Sydney Solidarity with Nauru rally, Wednesday 5 October, 5.30pm. Town Hall. Supported by Refugee Action Coalition, Mums 4 Refugees, Teachers for Refugees, Doctors 4 Refugees, Australian Women Supporting Women on Nauru, Grandmothers Against the Detention of Children, People Just Like Us, Love Makes A Way.

    For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

    The post Turnbull can’t hide Australia’s shame – Nauru fathers arrested following kids’ protest appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


    HVC’s ‘dysfunctionality’ in full media flood ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

    The saga of the Huon Valley’s ‘dysfunctional’ council flowed on this past few days in a torrent of media releases. The rush started soon after Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein, offering no evidence, dumped on Mayor Peter Coad as the cause of all the trouble. One wonders if the Minister has ever got around to reading for himself the report of his Board of Inquiry, which, in June, found HVC dysfunctional and made 55 recommendations — most of which Gutwein seems to have decided can be ignored … IN TT MEDIA ... • Gutwein gives Huon Valley Council an ultimatum ... SACKED ... • ABC: Huon Valley Council to be sacked after infighting, Minister to appoint commissioner Huon Valley Council will be sacked after mediation failed to overcome bitter divisions between councillors and the general manager. Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein told the Tasmanian Parliament he had hoped the council would resolve its issues through mediation, but it had failed. “As this council is unable to work together for the benefit of the Huon community, they’ve left me no other option but for me to take the course of action I have outlined,” Mr Gutwein said. “They deserve to have strong leadership, goodwill and and good governance.” The council has been plagued with infighting. Last week, Mr Gutwein criticised Mayor Peter Coad for pulling out of mediation and told him to resign. But Cr Coad refused to go and called on Mr Gutwein to sack the entire council, in line with the recommendation of an independent investigation. Two other councillors have since pulled out of the mediation process … • Madeleine Ogilvie: Half a million dollars wasted in Huon debacle  Minister sat on his hands while dysfunction continued  Gutwein completely hands-off during critical mediation period  Ratepayers should not have been saddled with sorry state of affairs … • Peter Gutwein: Huon Valley Council It has been clear for quite some time that the Huon Valley Council has not been operating as well as it should. The Government believes that as a democratically elected council, in the first instance it is up to the councillors themselves to resolve their issues. We have assisted the council by appointing a Board of Inquiry to independently investigate a number of concerns and complaints that had been raised. The Board recommended that either the Council be dismissed or a mediation process initiated … • Rosalie Woodruff: Huon Valley Residents Suffer Gutwein’s Delay After three months, the Minister for Local Government has finally taken his Board of Inquiry’s advice on fixing Huon Valley Council’s toxic culture. Minister Gutwein’s decision to dismiss all the Huon Valley councillors, appoint a commissioner for at least 12 months, and then call elections at some point afterwards is a welcome relief. It took the withdrawal of three councillors and an online petition organised by Huon Valley residents to force the Minister to get his head out of the sand. We’re pleased he’s finally going to listen to his Board of Inquiry and address the dysfunction, but it shouldn’t have taken three months. It’s Huon Valley residents who have been left in limbo and who are suffering from Peter Gutwein’s poor process … EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... • How low can Huon’s council go?


    Seawall at McCauley’s "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


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    Beach storm damage after the last big surf at Bulli

    THERE’S still time to have your say about the proposed design of a seawall at McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul.

    Wollongong City Council is seeking feedback on a proposal to protect the embankment at the end of Corbett Ave which is eroding due to coastal wave action and storm events.

    Work to stabilise the embankment is now required to protect the road and maintain safe access to the public reserve and private property.

    Council has proposed constructing a gently sloping seawall of armour rock that will dissipate wave energy and allow seawater to percolate through the wall. The design has been reviewed by an independent coastal engineer and is not expected to impact the surf break. The wall will be above mid tide on the beach and will not be at the water’s edge in normal weather.

    Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Works, Mike Hyde, said the proposed design is not final and people are encouraged to have their say before submissions close on 30 September.

    “The work is designed to protect community assets not private property,” he said. “However, we have been liaising with local property owners due to the proximity of the works.

    “The work will also include constructing a permanent stairway from the public reserve to McCauleys Beach.”

    Once the design is finalised, it’s anticipated work will take about six months depending on tide, swell and weather conditions and will not commence until 2017.

    Council has liaised and satisfied the requirements of a number of Authorities including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Crown Lands) and the Regional Coastal Panel.

    For more information or to view the plans visit Council’s website.


    PIXIE DUST, KITES AND PINK HATS "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

    There’s nothing better than a beautiful day out on the hillside, unless it’s a beautiful day out with lots of lovely people planting trees.


    This year we had the wonderful team from Justin Borevitz’s lab at ANU, along with another hundred yellow box  (eucalyptus melliodora) that they raised from seed, genotyped and either pampered or subjected to all sorts of tests (drought strtrees-in-truckess, various sprays etc).  In the last two years we have planted 30 to 50 of these which despite some setbacks in the way of frost, not to mention last autumn’s endless dryness, have been doing well.   The main challenge is transporting the big pots (this year big sections of pipe) up to where they’ll be planted. The rest of our plants come from Murrumbateman Landcare, Greening Australia or Damian DiMarco’s nursery on Wallaroo Road, making as wide and balanced a range of species as we can manage.

    In the past few weeks we’ve been planting sections of this year’s big project – a new windbreak on Esdale.  Last weekend the army of pink covers finally peered over the hill where we can see them from the house.

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    Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

    The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.

    The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.

    The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).


    As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive for networks to duplicate infrastructure.

    The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.


    The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”

    The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”

    Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”

    The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.



    Mums give relay a run for their money "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    THE Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Supermums are at it again.
    The group of local women are again entering a team in the annual 24-hour Relay for Life, which will be held at Collendina Recreation Reserve from noon on 5 November through to noon on 6 November.
    It will be the fourth year that the Supermums will amble their way around the reserve for the relay, which raises funds for cancer.
    “We are a group of approximately 30 local mums wanting to raise money for cancer research, support and celebrate those in our team who have had cancer and to those who are still fighting their fight as well as remembering those we have lost,” Supermums team captain Rebecca Condon said.
    “I overcame Hodgkin’s Disease nine years ago so this event is very special to me as it brings our community together to stand tall against this dreadful disease.”
    The group got together and decided that they would have a second-hand clothes sale to begin the OGBH Supermums fund-raising campaign.
    This year the Supermums raised more than $1000 to kickstart the team’s fund-raising campaign.
    In 2015 the OGBH Supermums Relay for Life grand fund-raising total was $7800, qualifying them to a research award where they proudly put their efforts towards the Forgotten Cancer Project, supporting cancers such non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukaemia and brain cancer.
    Anyone who would like to join this year’s Bellarine Relay For Life as a participant or a new team, call 1300 65 65 85 or visit

    The post Mums give relay a run for their money appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

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