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Friday, 16 December


Did the tax office steal your super? Charge them, sue them "IndyWatch Feed National"

So, apparently this is how the story goes:

Theft / stealing (of whatever) is a criminal offence in Australia, no doubt according to common law, putting aside the 'cause no harm' motto (see example in photo below).

Let's take a simple scenario, where a member of the herd populace walks into a stationary franchise called Officejerks (name may have been changed to protect the innocent) and eyes a beautiful pack of 100 paper clips with the retail value of fifty cents and decides to pilfer it.

If that person walks out of the store undetected, then they have gotten away with that criminal offence.

If, by chance, that person gets caught stealing those paperclips worth fifty cents, briefly describing; a due process of law occurs where the necessary paperwork is completed where a charge is alleged, and later a criminal conviction is recorded against that person, upon successful prosecution.

So lets look at another scenario;

You have cash in an account which the government calls superannuation, and it's left there for a reason, because you cannot touch it, as mandated by a corporation conglomerate called 'government'.

After a period of time this corporation conglomerate calls YOUR cash 'unclaimed' and then STEALS it.

How does it do that? By the okay of a person called Malcolm Turnbull.

He states that it is okay to steal YOUR cash, after a period of time.

Since when can a politician override a 'common law' crime?

Obviously in a penal colony he can.

If you had your superannuation stolen by an (unlawful) organisation called the Australian Tax Office (ATO), file a criminal charge of theft against the head of the thieving organisation, currently Chris Jordan. Sue him (his 'person'). Sue the company. Sue the government.

If YOU take no action, 'they' get away with THEFT.

If you wish to find who's who in the ATO zoo you can click on this link:



Blatant coaching for Julia Gillard in the witness box "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julia Gillard was being examined about this advertisement in the West Australian newspaper, 6 March, 1992. Ms Gillard was trying to say she knew nothing about the ad, what was in it, or how it got in the paper - but she was getting tied up While she was struggling...



BubbleBurst-1Documents released by Friends of the Earth today reveal that:

  • Taiwan will not pay SA to accept high-level nuclear waste if that requires investing in waste storage and disposal infrastructure.
  • Taiwan would not send nuclear waste to Australia unless and until a repository is built and operating.
  • Taiwan would not send nuclear waste to Australia in the face of widespread public opposition.

Dr Jim Green, national nuclear campaigner with Friends of the Earth Australia, said: “Taiwan’s power utility Taipower states clearly and repeatedly that Taiwan will not pay for nuclear waste storage and disposal infrastructure in SA. Yet foreign investment in that infrastructure is central to the state Labor Government’s plans. Preliminary and exploratory studies could cost up to $2.4 billion and Premier Jay Weatherill must now come clean on whether he intends to gamble billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on this project.”

Taipower’s statements are directly at odds with statements made by Martin Hamilton-Smith. Opposition treasury spokesman Rob Lucas is quoted in this morning’s Advertiser saying that Hamilton-Smith “stands condemned for misleading everyone” about Taiwan’s views.

Dr Green continued: “Taiwan would not send nuclear waste to Australia unless and until a repository is built and operating. Yet the Final Report of the Royal Commission clearly states that unless nuclear waste is imported prior to the establishment of a repository, the project would not be profitable.” [See p.300 of the Royal Commission’s Final Report.]

“Taiwan will not send nuclear waste to Australia in the face of widespread public opposition. A clear majority of South Australians oppose...


Taiwan rejects claim that it would help South Australia to set up a nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed"

scrutiny-on-wastes-sa-bankruptOne of the major criticisms of the SA nuclear proposal by the SA Liberals and green groups has been the risk of spending state taxpayer money up front with no certainty of future revenue.

Opposition treasury spokesman Rob Lucas said Mr Hamilton-Smith “stands condemned for misleading everyone” about Taiwan’s views

Taiwanese energy firm rejects Martin Hamilton-Smith’s claim it would help set up SA nuclear waste dump Daniel Wills, State political editor, The Advertiser 14 Dec 2016

TAIWAN’S state-owned energy company has bluntly rejected Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith’s claim the country would consider paying to help set up a nuclear waste dump in SA, saying in a letter that it “hereby declares this is a false information”.

Just days after Premier Jay Weatherill’s citizens’ jury last month overwhelmingly dumped on plans for nuclear storage in SA, amid concerns about trust, Mr Hamilton-Smith insisted he had met with Taiwanese officials who expressed a “clear message” of interest in investment.

“There’s clearly a demand and our neighbours may be in a position to put hundreds...


British PM Theresa May keen to promote nuclear power, to quietly subsidise it "IndyWatch Feed"

may-theresaany UK financing would be “off balance sheet” to avoid inflating public debts.

The UK’s willingness to consider government involvement reflects a change in thinking since Theresa May replaced David Cameron

Public finance sought for Welsh nuclear plant Hitachi in talks over state funding for Wylfa in Anglesey , 16 Dec 16 by:  and  in London, 

Hitachi is in talks with the Japanese and UK governments about potential state financing for the multibillion-pound nuclear power station it is planning to build in Wales.

Government equity, loans and credit guarantees are among the options being explored by the Japanese conglomerate and officials in London and Tokyo, according to people briefed on the matter.

Any UK public finance for the power plant at Wylfa in Anglesey would represent a major change in policy; the British government has for years resisted the idea of exposing taxpayers’ money to the heavy expense and high risks involved in building nuclear reactors.

Philip Hammond, UK chancellor, i...


Japanese tax-payers to provide huge subsidy for Britain’s Wylfa Newydd nuclear project "IndyWatch Feed"

Tax - payersflag-japanJapan to pay 1 TRILLION yen to build Wales’ new nuclear power station Wylfa Newydd
Hitachi is closing in on a deal with the Japanese Government
WalesOnLine, BY, 15 DEC 2016 

A trillion yen (£6.79bn) funding package looks set to be...


The impact of indigenous high school protest against uranium mining "IndyWatch Feed"

antnuke-relevantflag-canadaHow a high school student helped block Quebec’s uranium industry Financial Post, Damon van der Linde, Dec. 15, 2016, MISTISSINI, Que. — Hunting grouse on a snowy road that cuts through the forest north of his home in the Cree community of Mistissini, Justice Debassige reflects on why, as a 17-year-old high school student in 2012, he started a petition against a uranium exploration project 215 kilometres away.

“I read research on how it damages the land and the water, so that was what drew me in,” he said, while searching for birds down the road towards the now-shuttered site owned by Boucherville, Que.-based Strateco Resources Inc. “It’s somethin...


Scientists to preserve climate data: fear that Trump will destroy it "IndyWatch Feed"

trump-burning-booksScientists backing up climate data over fears it could be erased under Donald Trump, ABC News 14 Dec 16  Scientists in the United States are making copies of federal climate and environmental data over fears it could be erased under Donald Trump’s administration.

The mass action — being coordinated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Program in the Environmental Humanities (PPEH Lab) — has been dubbed a “data rescue” and has brought together academics from across the country and in neighbouring Canada.

It aims to safeguard data “vulnerable under an administration which denies the fact of ongoing climate change” by storing it on an independent server.

Researchers are also collating a spreadsheet of the research they deem to be at risk once the President-elect takes office on January 20.

The movement was spurred by a tweet from meteorologist and journalist Eric Holthaus, who became worried after Mr Trump announced he would be appointing Exxon-Mobil Corp chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state…….

news that Oklahoma attorney-general Scott Pruitt will lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has further inflamed tensions.

In a statement, Mr Pruitt was described as “a national le...


Al-Assad, The Caucasus, Tsarnaev, and a Grateful Heart "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Montse Alarcón Flix An open letter: Mr. President Bashar Al-Assad, First, greetings and peace to you and your family and I wish prosperity for your country. The main purpose of this letter is to thank the “Syrian Electronic Army” on behalf of persons who read the hashtag #Tsarnaev. We are folks around the world who […]


Greens urge Queensland government to reject $1 billion taxpayer-funded loan for Adani coal rail line "IndyWatch Feed"

coal CarmichaelMine2NAIF funding: Greens call for Queensland government to put stop to Adani loan, SMH. Felicity Caldwell, 12 Dec 16.  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk should reject a $1 billion taxpayer-funded concessional loan for the Adani Carmichael mine’s rail line, the Queensland Greens say.

The Greens say the Premier has the power to reject funding under the federal government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility………Last week, Ms Palaszczuk met with Mr Adani and announced Townsville would be home to the Carmichael mine’s regional headquarters.

The Greens’ statewide campaign calling on the government to reject the NAIF loan and protect the reef will start in the electorate of Mount Coot-tha, targeting Environment Minister Steven Miles’ seat.

Billboards will be erected in the electorate and will be accompanied with online videos and a doorknocking campaign.



Sydney Lord mayor Clover Moore orders decisive action on climate change "IndyWatch Feed"

climate-changeSydney mayor Clover Moore orders urgent action on climate change Lisa Visentin
The Paris Agreement commits signatories, including Australia, to “hold average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees and pursue efforts to keep warming below 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels”.
As the Turnbull government struggles to implement a clear and effective climate change policy, the City of Sydney will redouble its efforts to reduce emissions in a bid to bypass the federal impasse.Lord mayor Clover Moore, who returned from C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico earlier this month, said the climate conference had alerted her to the scale and urgency of the action required by cities to address climate change. Cr Moore said she now believed the city needed to do “twice as much in half the time” and, at Monday night’s council meeting, called on the council to accelerate its existing targets and re-allocate funding if necessary.

“It was clear from the conference that we need bolder action at a faster rate if we are to play our part in meeting the...


Germany’s practical negotiations with its closing nuclear industry companies "IndyWatch Feed"

antnuke-relevant“The stickers with the picture of the sun laughing became a symbol for a successful energy policy,” Gabriel said, promising that Germany would safely dispose of nuclear waste rather than simply exporting it to other parts of the world

Bundestag approves nuclear waste deal with industry, DW, 15 Dec 16 An overwhelming majority in Germany’s parliament has given the go-ahead for a reponsibility-splitting deal to clean up nuclear waste. It’s the final chapter in a decades-long story. The deal will require four of Germany’s largest energy providers to pay more than 23 billion euros ($24.1 billion) into a state-administered fund to deal with the aftermath of nuclear power in return for legal immunity. The deal was passed with the votes of the ruling coalition of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Green Party by a margin of 581 to 58.

The agreement is the latest step in Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear energy, which was made after the Fukushima disaster in 2011. Addressing the Bundestag before the vote, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel harkened back to the beginnings of the “no-nukes” movement among private citizens in Denmark, Germany and other parts of Europe in the mid-1970s.

“The stickers with the picture of the sun laughing became a symbol for a successful energy policy,” Gabriel said, promising that Germany would safely dispose of nuclear waste rather than simply exporting it to other parts of the world……..

Under the terms of the deal, power companies will only bear part of the costs of the clean-up. The German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin (DIW) estimates that...


Rich Nations Urged to Resettle More Syrian Refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

People walk as they gather to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 15, 2016. Credit:Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail

People walk as they gather to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 15, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail

London: Less than 3% of Syrians who fled the civil war crossing into a neighbouring state have been resettled to a rich country, a charity said on Thursday, urging wealthy nations to take in a more equitable share of refugees.

Nearly five million Syrians uprooted by fighting are hosted in just a handful of bordering countries, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, according to UN data.

Their presence has strained public services in host nations, which in some cases already faced high unemployment and poverty rates, but developed countries have done little to ease the burden, British charity Oxfam said in a report.

Oxfam said 130,701 Syrian refugees have been relocated since 2013, under resettlement programmes from Syria’s neighbours to one of 28 rich nations analysed in the study.

The figure did not take into account Syrians who reached Italy, Greece or other destinations on their own often embarking in perilous journeys by sea.

“The UK and other rich countries need to do more to help people forced to flee the almost six year war in Syria,” Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring said in a statement.

Only Australia, Canada, Germany and Norway had resettled more than their “fair share” of Syrian refugees when considering the size of their economy, the report said.

Canada, for example, resettled about 35,000 Syrians in the last ye...


$5.2 Trillion divested away from fossil fuels "IndyWatch Feed"

Fossil Fuel Divestments Now Represent $5.2 Trillion, Climate Central : December 12th, 2016 Investing heavy weights are moving their assets and funds out of fossil fuels at a record pace.

A network of local governments, pension funds, faith organizations, philanthropies and wealthy individuals representing $5.2 trillion in assets have committed to — and in some cases already started — divesting from fossil fuel companies, according to a report released on Monday. That’s a huge sum of money for a movement that started just four years ago on U.S. college campuses and its growth is likely to continue as the world strives to reach its climate goals.

“It’s pretty clear that the growth trajectory is enormous,” said Ellen Dorsey, the executive director of the Wallace Global Fund. In the past 15 months alone, the assets represented by the fossil fuel divestment movement have doubled. As of December 2016, there are 688 institutions and 58,400 individuals across 76 countries who are on board with divesting from fossil fuels, according to the report. The analysis was completed by Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy services firm.

Those divesting include Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, Germany-based financial services giant Allianz, and Amalgamated Bank, which in September became the first U.S bank to divest. Private businesses represent $4.6 trillion in assets being divested, nearly 90 percent of the overall total……


What to do with Beeliar Wetlands? "IndyWatch Feed National"

beeliarImage shameless stolen from Rethink The Link website

The Beeliar Wetlands have always been a site of controversy. Of course, in the past it wasn’t talk about biodiversity or Aboriginal heritage. Instead the question was whether they were to be a tourist attraction or drained and put to agricultural use.

As early as 1905 there were suggestions that Bibra Lake should be beautified as a ‘pleasure resort’ for picnickers, and given to a committee to run. It took three years for Fremantle Roads Board to get control of the place and start planning fences and some clearing, together with improved roads, so it could become the main tourist spot in the district.

But that same year, 1908, also saw calls for the wetlands to be drained and turned into grazing land for cattle, along with commercial crops. After all, said one commentator, what were the wetlands good for except “myriads of frogs and the growth of bulrushes”? Not much sign of biodiversity think there.

The government took this suggestion very seriously and started to consider whether the Beeliar Wetlands could be successfully drained. Whether it was just too expensive, or for some other reason, the area was left alone for day-trippers and Fremantle continued to work on the place. By 1913 Bibra Lake began to see work on a carriage drive, band rotunda, kiosk and shade houses, fernery, pavilion, couch grass...


The Turnbull’s population credibility collapses under Dick Smith barrage "IndyWatch Feed National"

Article by Leith van Onselen. Dick Smith is a national treasure. Yesterday he used his own money to fund an ad in Australia’s major newspapers challenging Lucy Turnbull – the chief commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) – on mass immigration, and asking her what her eventual plans are for the population of Sydney – querying whether it could be 16 or even 100 million.

Below is the ad:

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The response from Lucy Turnbull’s office was pathetic. From The Australian:

The Australian sought comment from Ms Turnbull, through the Greater Sydney Commission. Commission chief executive Sarah Hill responded that Sydney’s rate of population growth was the “hallmark of all successful cities around the worldâ€, and the group based its planning on a middle range of growth forecast, prepared by the state’s demographers.

“More than half of this growth is through natural increase,†Ms Hill said. “Our responsibility is to plan for this to make our city more liveable, sustainable and productive, rather than to debate the facts.â€

So, “more than half of this growth is from natural increaseâ€, according to the GSC? Not according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). As shown in the below charts, net overseas migration (NOM) into NSW (read Sydney) accounted for 67% of population growth in financial year 2016, and has done so on average over the past 30-plus years:



Extraordinary systemic and individual failure at the heart of Ms Dhu tragedy "IndyWatch Feed National"

National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today called for immediate action to address the systemic and individual failures in the justice system, in light of the Ms Dhu Coronial Inquest findings.

ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan, said he was deeply disturbed by the video footage showing the inhumane treatment of Ms Dhu, and that the findings of the Inquiry demonstrate that urgent action is required to prevent such cases occurring again.

“It is beyond all comprehension that Ms Dhu, a victim of family violence needing assistance was imprisoned for unpaid fines, treated in a manner in custody that the Coroner herself described as ‘inhumane’, and was deemed medically fit on multiple occasions by the hospital to be held in custody.”

“A young woman is now dead because of those complete failures on the part of the system, and on the part of individuals who could have kept her alive.”

“The system must be changed, and those responsible should be prosecuted,” he said.

“The Inquest findings highlight the desperate need for better responses to victims of family violence, including the provision of appropriate support services. There is also need to address poor police responses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of family violence,” he said.

Mr Meehan noted that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women can expect to be hospitalised as a result of family violence at 34 times the rate of other women,...


Introduction to Modern Monetary Theory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An Introductory Course in Modern Monetary Theory When: Monday, January 16 & 23 Time: 6:30pm Where: 64 Harcourt St, North Melbourne Cost: Free Registration: email Do you understand the monetary system? Want a deeper understanding of unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy and the banking system? Jesse Hermans will present an introductory course in Modern Monetary […]


I missed it! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I missed the third and final super-moon of 2016 on Tuesday. Well, when I say missed it, I did see it from my backyard and muttered to myself “Wow check out the moon. It looks better than the supposed super-moon in November”.

I did take a few shots of the clouds passing it last night (better late than never) but disappointed I didn’t do my homework better and catch it on Tuesday.  Who knew there was a 3rd phase?



This photograph below is a-la-natural.



Gillard in the Royal Commission loading up Ralph with the forged letter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gillard did more than give advice on incorporation of the association. After the initial application was refused Gillard made a written appeal to the Minister. The association was incorporated on the Minister's direction. Gillard is covering up for her true role by using a forged letter to stitch up Ralph...


Benzina launches Italian motorcycle style "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Benzina is a fledgling motorcycle accessories brand that has launched exclusively on the new MotorbikeWriter shop site.

The Brisbane-based brand will feature an array of innovative and stylish products from non-scratch keyrings to numberplate holders that guard against theft.

Benzina means “fuel” in Italian. The brand is the brainchild of an Italian immigrant who has worked in the automotive industry (mainly European cars, motorcycles and scooters) for 30+ years. 

The industry veteran has long wanted to establish his own brand of stylish and innovative motorcycle and scooter products.

Benzina is starting with leather keyrings and a wallet. However, they will soon add stylish leather jackets, motorcycle gloves and even a classy numberplate holder.

Benzina motorcycle leather jacket

Numberplate theft is rife around the world with tens of thousands stolen every year in Australia.

This clever invention features a base plate which can be secured in any position thanks to its many sighting dimples for screw holes.

That allows you to drop it down, or lift it up above the present plate position. Benzina motorcycle secure number plate holder

Then, screw your number plate to the base plate using the special snap-off screws, leaving a blunt end that thieves cannot undo.

Not only that, but it tidies up your bike’s rear end and prevents you scratching your hands when cleaning around the plate.

The plates will be coming soon at just $29.95. They can be painted exactly the same colour as your bike, or you can have them in black or a chrome look. You can also add a $4.95 branded decal fo...


The Weekend Quiz – December 17-18, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz, which used to be known as the Saturday Quiz! The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. During the American Civil War, the Confederate states experienced rising inflation as a result of their war spending in 1861. The Confederate Government could have eased the inflationary impact of this spending by issuing more bonds than it did.

2. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) does not reject the claim that government spending can crowd out private spending.

3. If there is an external (current account) deficit, then government deficits are required if private households are to save.



Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.0009 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 1.05 AUD


Submission to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Free Speech in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANTaR is deeply concerned that the Government is seeking to weaken protections against racial discrimination at a time when it may be increasing, and threatening what Australia prides itself on – a vibrant and open multicultural society.


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Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Adelaide’s Timberwolf released his new single “Washed Out”. Details here – The National Folk Festival added 33 more acts including Harpeth Rising, Bortier Okoe, The Changing Room, SVER, Apodimi Compania, Gilly Darbey and Vikki Clayton, The Sauerkrauts, Alan Reid and Rob Van […]


Holiday Fun at Castlemaine Art Museum "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Families are invited to visit CAM between 14 January – 26 February 2017 to explore our two exhibitions Groove is in the Heart by Minna Gilligan, and World Without World by Michael Doolan.

To celebrate these artists and their shared exploration of play and imaginary worlds, CAM has created opportunities for our younger visitors to enjoy the work of these two contemporary artists.

Children (and the young at heart) are invited to explore our exhibitions through engaging hands-on activities that are educator designed including ‘flower power’ stickups and groovy moves collages using retro papers and figure silhouettes.

Parents and guardians who are looking for new ways to keep their kids entertained over the summer holidays can bring them along and they can explore their creativity at CAM.

Dates: 15 January – 26 February 2017 | Opening Hours
Address: 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Admission: Child Free / Concession $8 / Adult $10
Special offer/Family Pass: Two Adults and Children: $16.00
Members Free  Join Now

CAM’s School Holiday programs are designed for kindergarten and primary school aged children with a supervising adult. All materials are supplied. Suitable for children aged 3–12.

All children’s activities are included in the admission fee.

For more information please contact CAM staff on 5472 2292 or



CAM Holiday Workshops are proudly sponsored by Robertson Hyetts Solicitors.


Coastal Pathway Master Plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Recent addition to coastal pathway-Warana. Edge effects from weeds & struggling revegetation apparent

The Sunshine Coast Council has released the Coastal Pathway Master Plan for comment until 23 December.

While elements of a coastal pathway have merit, some proposed sections along the 73km alignment represent unacceptable environmental and amenity impacts and should not be destroyed simply to fulfil the “vision” of a continuous, mostly concrete, pathway.

SCEC has assessed some of key northern links from Stumers Creek in Coolum to Birrahl Park, Yaroomba and prepared this pro-forma submission  with specific comments to assist you.

See the full draft Master Plan here 

If you have any specific thoughts or views, we would love to hear your feedback.  Please contact Narelle or call 5441 5747


The post Coastal Pathway Master Plan appeared first on Sunshine Coast Environment Council.


Will Shepparton lose a specialist family violence solicitor in 2017? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

portrait-1634421_640More than 70% of our casework features an element of family violence. In the 2015-16 financial year our service helped with 435 Intervention Order cases. And we assisted 30 Indigenous women at court with Intervention Order matters.

We were recently pleased when the Victorian government provided us with an additional $47,000 to allow us to continue supporting people experiencing family violence. This funding boost will allow us to extend our Family Violence Program to Mansfield.

But in 2017 our ability to provide a frontline family violence service will be tested. As of 1 July 2017, the Federal government will cut Community Legal Centres funding by 30%. In our case, this funding cut represents the loss of at least one family violence lawyer position.

Rather than providing ongoing funding to allow for service planning, early intervention and working collaboratively with other support services in our region, we are looking at going backwards. Rather than being funded to assist victims with related family law, child protection and financial matters, so that victims have a real chance to escape the violence and thrive, we are being funded to fail.

Without continuity of funding, even more family violence victims will go without legal advice and support at one of the most challenging times of their lives.

We urge all our supporters to raise this issue with Federal politicians to ensure that funding for our frontline family violence service matches the government’s rhetoric on the need to tackle family violence and protect women and children. If you are on Twitter, you can follow the issue via the hashtag #FundEqualJustice



South Bank’s Christmas Markets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You haven’t quite experienced Christmas in Brisbane until you’ve marvelled at the lights artfully hung on the trees and overhead the custom-built, pedal-powered Christmas tree in Stanley Street Plaza. The festive adornment marks the centrepiece for South Bank’s Christmas Markets, which line the cobbled streets over eight nights in December. Offering a range of traditional […]


Productivity and Prosperity? Yes Please! "IndyWatch Feed"

Last month, the Productivity Commission delivered a damning assessment of Australia’s productivity performance over the last 12 years in the discussion paper Increasing Australia’s future prosperity. They asked for submissions with fresh ideas. Prosper has a few: • Attack rent seeking at its source by taxing land rents through a land value tax • Unwind […]


Are young Australians (mostly) Christians ? "IndyWatch Feed"

Regular readers will know that I’m not a great fan of analysis based on generations (Boomers, X, Millennials and so on). Most of what passes for insight on this topic consists of the repetition of unchanged cliches about the rigidity and hypocrisy of the old, the laziness and irresponsibility of the young, and so on, applied to whichever cohort happens to be old or young at the time.

But there are some genuine differences between cohorts, typically determine by the time they have entered adulthood. One of these is religion.

According to the 2011 Census, just under 52 per cent of Australians then aged between 15 and 34 (todays 20-39 year olds) declared a Christian religious affilation. Given that religious affiliation drops significantly in early adulthood, it’s safe to conclude that only a minority of 20-40 olds will have declared such an affiliation in the most recent Census (if it ever comes out). By contrast for those aged 55-74 (now 60-79), the 2011 proportion was 75 per cent, and that probably hasn’t changed much.

I was reminded of this by Peter Dutton’s attempt to refight the War on Christmas, prompted by a talkback radio caller whose grandchild‘s school eschewed traditional carols for a secular celebration (emphasis added). It’s noteworthy that the call did not come from the child’s parents, who might reasonably expect to have a say in the way their children’s school is run, but from one of their parents/parents-in-law, who should have no such expectation.

This is one issue where, based on age cohorts, parents and grandparents are likely to have difffent views. As we’ve seen, the age cohorts in which we find most grandparents are overwhelmingly Christian. But in an average school, parents will be about evenly divided between Christians and non-Christians. Assuming that Christians are over-represented among parents choosing explicitly Christian schools, that means that they must be in the minority among parents at state schools (the story doesn’t make it clear, but the natural inference is that the school in the talkback call was public).

Of course, many non-Christians are attached to the standard Christmas tradition, itself a mixture of pagan relics, Christianity and consumer capitalism. But not many would want to impose explicit Christian religiosity on parents and children of other religions or none.

So, the obvious policy question is: should non-parents (of the children in question) get to dictate school policy as Dutton seems to think? If so, does this go both ways? Would a future non-Christian majority (likely by the 2030s), be justified in imposing secul...


Open wounds to beautiful scars: the transfiguring literature of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some of the strongest new work of late circles around psychic wounds – wounds of social injustice, or legacies of formative childhood traumas. Four books I read this year share a sense of wounds as instructive, and a hope that pain might be transfigured through acts of intimacy or of art.


Australian Judge Orders ISPs to Block Pirate Sites "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that ISPs will have to block access to piracy sites and divert Australians towards a web page created by movie studios, the Federal court ruled on Thursday afternoon.

In a case that covers more than fifty Australian internet service providers [ISPs], Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court in Sydney ruled in favour of movie studios, including Roadshow Films, Colombia Pictures, Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox.

The movie studios must now create and host a website within five days, to which Australian ISPs will direct any user who tries to connect to (initially) the SolarMovie pirating site. The content owners will also have to pay the ISPs $50 for every site they want blocked.

[...] In his decision Justice Nicholas said there were 61 sites that infringed Australian copyright laws by making films available online without licence from the copyright owners.

In relation to The Pirate Bay he wrote: "I am satisfied that the facilitation of the infringement of copyright is flagrant, and that the operator of the The Pirate Bay sites has shown a blatant and wilful disregard for the rights of copyright owners".

[...] Hollywood studios tried to get ISPs to crack down on piracy in 2012, but failed after the High Court found internet providers are not liable for copyright infringement.

VPN use is already taking off in Australia. This will just increase the uptake.

Australia's Federal Court has handed down a decision to block piracy websites but sided with the ISPs that the content holders should foot the bill. The means of blocking is to be agreed on by the content holders and ISPs.

Media Reports:


Annual police speed crackdown begins "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Police around the country are again abusing statistics to issue their annual warning to motorcyclists that they will be out in force this Christmas.

This follows a rise in motorcycle fatalities this year, including six in Queensland this past week.

As a result, we can expect all available mobile speed cameras and police patrols to be deployed to scan the roads for revenue – sorry, speeding motorists.

This will be followed by daily police reports on the number of speed offences which will be used by compliant mainstream media to shock the public.

Police can also be expected to name speed as the cause in most crashes and media will lap it up without asking how they reached that conclusion.

Annual stats don’t stack up

However, the road toll statistics just don’t stack up.

For example, Queensland Road Policing Command Inspector Peter Flanders says the 59 motorcycle deaths so far this year is the highest it has been since 51 in 2012.

What he doesn’t mention is that motorcycle registrations have increased 16.5% from 170,260 in 2012 to 198,468 this year.

Meanwhile, the relatively small number fatalities cannot realistically be presented as highest and lowest or rates because they are so small.

It’s a similar situation in other states, but let’s stay with the Queensland example.

In 2011, there were 41 motorcycle fatalities, rocketing to 51 in 2012. What police fail to mention is that motorcycle fatalities were down in 2013 and 2014 to 43 and 35.

With such small figures, of course they are going to fluctuate wildly from year to year.

If you want statistics, we could say that fatalities have actually risen 1% less than the increase in motorcycle registrations over the past five years.

So let’s stop misusing and abusing statistics and start looking for new solutions, rather than more and more speed cameras.

For example, what have...


Billions wasted in economy sapping energy regulations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Each year the energy regulator, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), publishes data on the make-up of electricity costs for households.  This breaks down costs into three categories: environmental, regulated networks and wholesale/retail.

In Queensland federal environmental policies cost the average household $63 and state based schemes a further $128, adding 7 per cent to household electricity bills.  NSW consumers get off more lightly: Commonwealth environmental schemes cost them $72 with state schemes a further $37.  Victorians pay only $48 in subsidies for the Commonwealth schemes and $33 for the state schemes, while South Australians pay $62 for the Commonwealth schemes and $93 for those of the state government.

But these are only the direct costs.  The environmental regulations bring three other classes of cost.  The first of these is resulting in the closure of coal-fuelled power stations because increasing amounts of volatile subsidised “must-run” wind forces them into stop-start operations.

This undermines the economics of generators designed to provide stable supplies of base load power.  The latest forced closure is the Victorian Hazelwood facility.  Hazelwood’s shut down is estimated by the AEMC to bring about wholesale price increases of 55 per cent next year in Victoria and Tasmania, and lesser price rises in other jurisdictions.  That comes to about $200 per Victorian household.  The renewables subsidies will drive further such closures which will add to these costs.

The displacement of fossil fuel supply by more expensive wind and solar is causing other problems.  The progression of the South Australian system to third world reliability standards is just one of these.

But further costs are entailed.  Among these is spending to augment transmission in order to link remote wind installations and to allow the remaining stable supplies of fossil fuel generated electricity to back-fill the reliability of increasing amount of unreliable wind and solar.

AEMO estimates it must spend $2.2 billion to allow the Victorian renewable energy scheme to operate.  The wind generators want to locate in areas where there is very weak transmission capacity at present.  Gone by the board is the original national market plan under which new generators would be required to pay any additional transmission costs their location entailed.  Hence, the costs will be charged to consumers.

The AEMC also foreshadowed additional new costs from a new ancillary market that is to be created to provide...


Survival, Then and Now. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Survival, Then and Now.
What do you think has changed  in the last 300 years regarding our survival needs? Anything? Whether it be long term wilderness living as it was for the New World settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries or whether it be a lost in the bush survival situation, I don’t see as though anything has changed. Our requirements are still the same, sensible tools, good survival provisions and primitive survival skills. Yet here we are in 2016, and people are obsessed with using dryer lint. stubby so called “bushcraft knives”, camo clothing, ferrocerium rods, pop-up nylon tents, RAT packs and freeze dried foods, special hiking boots, fuel stoves, battery operated equipment and no skills to speak of except invented ones like “battening”, making Vaseline cotton balls and other “homemade” fire starters and inventing new ways to lay a fire so they can take photos of it for their favourite forum!
300 years ago the main tools you needed to survive were the gun, the axe, the knife and flint and steel for making fire. You could even survive without the flint and steel if you had to because you could use the lock on your flintlock gun to make fire. You needed skills such as trap making and the knowledge of trapping. You packed only the essential equipment and provisions, and if you made mistakes in packing too much useless gear, then you ditched it along the track and learnt a hard lesson. Generally you asked experienced people for their advice, some ignored that advice to their own peril, and others profited by it. Today many so called survivalists and preppers also seek advice on internet forums, or at least they appear to. Most though have already made up their minds, and really all they want to do is share on the forum what they have chosen and carry. Giving correctional advice to these people is usually a waste of time, and in some cases you will be answered with rudeness and ridicule. Most of us, who have been there and done that, had a lot of experience in long term wilderness living simply ignore this and perhaps go to the persons profile and click the “Ignore” button. After all, we don’t have to put up with abuse...


Christmas Carols "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Cutest Local Annual Picnic & Carols Sing Along & Carry On!

Hutchison Place Park.

Lets gather together and celebrate the years end with some ye old carols, 
beverages and snacks in the park. 

From 5pm this Sunday 18th December 

Bring your loved ones, voices, instruments, rugs and a picnic to share (we’ll bring a BBQ). 


NORPA’s Dreamland reaches out to new audiences "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NORPA’s latest theatre work Dreamland, performed at Eureka Hall, has wrapped up a sell-out three week season and is being hailed by critics and patrons alike as one of NORPA’s best original works, attracting new audiences to original theatre created in regional Australia.

“We had over 1800 people attend Dreamland making it NORPA’s biggest selling show in our 2016 Season,” said NORPA General Manager Patrick Healey “10% were first time ticket buyers and 20% second time ticket buyers. 45% came from outside Lismore’s Local Government Area. We’re thrilled with the feedback we’ve received from audiences and are exploring the possibility of a return season in 2018.”

Directed and devised by NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis with writer and long time collaborator Janis Balodis along with the multi skilled cast, Dreamland was developed in association with Arts Northern Rivers ‘If these Halls Could Talk’ project. Dreamland combined physical theatre, dance, live music and drama to tell the story of a small country hall and the communities who have gathered there since it was built in 1906. Performed on site at the Eureka Hall in the Byron Bay hinterland, Dreamland was an intimate, immersive event seating less than one hundred people each performance.

“Dreamland opened a window into stories that were inspired by our research into the local community around Eureka and its small hall, “ said Julian Louis “People shared with us their personal memories and associations with the hall, its history and the part it still plays in the life of a small, regional community, embracing its past and its changing nature. This show was not just one story – it’s was a heightened and fictionalised impression of a place and what it has witnessed.”

“In many ways Dreamland is a follow up to NORPA’s production of Railway Wonderland which was also site-specific. My collaborator, Janis and I were interested in replicating the structure and style of Railway Wonderland when developing Dreamland. We aimed to entertain, using local stories that are influenced by associations with a specific place, and so give expression to universal themes.”

“Thank you to the Eureka Hall committee, and all the members of the Eureka community who gave their time to this project, our Dreamland partners in particular Arts Northern Rivers, and of course all the people who stepped into the dreamland we created at Eureka Hall.”

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Putin’s War in Syria: A Case Study in Fake News "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does that seem crazy? Well that’s the entire point of gaslighting, and these days, with our ubiquitous access to information combined with conflicting interests’ abilities to propagate it, encouraging the masses to doubt the veracity of absolutely everything is a relatively simple task; feeling insane is the new normal for anyone with the propensity to dig deeper and consider views conflicting to our own. Just make the mistake to delve into the comments section of almost any news article shared on social media and you’ll be confronted with conflicting opinions each presented with as much certainty as the last, replete with condescension, indignation and seemingly sound supporting evidence.

The conflict in Syria, and the victory in Aleppo by Syrian troops and their Russian enablers, is a perfectly contentious topic to enter into the horrible world of hyper-contrariansim and its attendant self doubt. For every Guardian article on civilian suffering there are manifold commentators claiming that it’s all bullshit, or that it’s contradictory of western mainstream news outlets to be running stories like this when America and its NATO allies started the war/created and still fund ISIS/are responsible for the civilian deaths. Many of these commenters come forth with links to offer proof and, amongst all the YouTube links (why do conspiracy theorists love YouTube links?), there seem to be some pro-Assad, anti-NATO stories coming from news outlets.

This is ironically anecdotal, but in my experience the vast majority of actual articles espousing this contrary view of the siege of Aleppo are either Russian government news outlets (RT News), Russian sponsored surrogates (Sputnik), maliciou......


The Fed’s ‘Debt Monster’ Is Calling the Shots "IndyWatch Feed"

The Fed will never lead interest rates to a neutral position. It can’t. It has created a debt monster. It must feed this Frankenstein with easy credit.

The post The Fed’s ‘Debt Monster’ Is Calling the Shots appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.


Blockchain: The Tech at the Heart of the Future of Finance "IndyWatch Feed"

Debit cards were our first big step toward a cashless economy…Blockchain technology now lies at the heart of the second step.

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Follow the Money "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the great Richard Russell's most common phrases was ‘follow the money’. It’s the best advice you can get. Money isn’t biased.

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Waax, I Know Leopard & More Lead 2017 Mountain Goat Valley Crawl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Waax, I Know Leopard & More Lead 2017 Mountain Goat Valley Crawl

Man, Brisbane really knows how to throw a party. The organisers of the annual Mountain Goat Valley Crawl have just announced their lineup for their February 2017 event, which is set to take over the city’s glorious Fortitude Valley on Saturday, 11th February, and it’s a cavalcade of top-shelf musical talent.

If you’re unfamiliar with the unique Brisbane landscape, those lucky Brisbanites basically have a goldmine of music venues all within walking distance of each other. It’s called the Fortitude Valley and this magnificent musical hive is home to famous venues like The Brightside, Woolly Mammoth, The Zoo, The Foundry, and Black Bear Lodge.

All of these venues will be participating in the 2017 Mountain Goat Valley Crawl, hosting performances from the likes of Melbourne’s Alice Ivy, The Ocean Party and Pearls as well as Sydney’s I Know Leopard, Polish Club, and These New South Whales. Oh, and did we mention that all of these incredible performances will be absolutely free?

Yes, you’ll be able to zig-zag between some of Brisbane’s best live music venues, watching free live music, and sinking bevs for one glorious night. What could be better? Check below for the full lineup and all the details.


Alice Ivy
Angharad Drake
Average Art Club
Evan Klar
Future Haunts
Gill Bates
I Know Leopard
Luke Daniel Peacock And Band
Max Chillen + The Kerbside Collective
Miss Blanks
Moses Gunn Collective
Polish Club
San Mei
Sweater Curse
The Ocean Party
These New South Whales
Top Dollar

Saturday, 11th February 2017
The Brightside, Woolly Mammoth, The Zoo, The Foundry, Black Bear Lodge


Rate rise amid fears of amalgamation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Council road crews regraded the gravel surface of the busy Minyon Falls Road recently after rain caused more ruts and potholes.

Council road crews regraded the gravel surface of the busy Minyon Falls Road after rain caused more ruts and potholes.

Byron Shire Council has forged ahead with the Special Rates Variation (SRV) amid fears of amalgamation at Thursday’s council meeting. The SRV is primarily aimed at fixing the Shire’s roads.

Following comments from the public that were against the rise, councillors took around an hour discussing how the increase could be reduced for residents and the possibility of the burden being more equitable with tourist operators sharing more of that cost. 

Councillors called into question their commitment to transparency when nominating a new member to the Regulatory Working Group (RWG) for North Byron Parklands festival site at Yelgun. Councillor Alan Hunter called the process ‘sloppy,’ in nominating a third member of the RWG. Cr Paul Spooner pointed out due process had been done in nominating the two sitting community members and both opposed the motion. 

The appointment was supported by the Yelgun progress association said Cr Cameron.

While  there was no mention of alternatives, the obvious solution was to call for a tender for the third the position in the RWG.

Councillor Basil Cameron with the support of all other councillors – Cr Hackett absent – went ahead with the appointment. 

Councillor Hunter’s development application (DA) before council was refused with Crs Hunter and Spooner declaring a conflict of interest in the DA. Councillors voted to let the trail period of his current DA run to its end and consider the review of the overall operations required at that point.

Having looked into the support for evening council meetings, Cr Sarah Ndiaye proposed that two meetings be held in the evening over the next year to facilitate broader community access. This motion was passed with Crs Hunter and Jeanette Martin opposing. These evening meetings will take place on February 23 and August 24 at the Mullumbimby council chambers. 

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The military's Hornet fighters are falling from the sky "IndyWatch Feed National"

A US Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet crashed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan on Dec. 7, 2016, killing the pilot Capt. Jake Frederick. It was the sixth crash of a US military F/A-18 in just six months. The Canadian and Swiss air forces each also lost a Hornet during the same period. That's a lot of crashes. And there's a good chance the recent incidents are just the beginning of a dangerous new era for the dozens of American and allied squadrons flying the aged, overworked twin-engine fighters. The Pentagon still possesses hundreds of the 1980s- and '90s-vintage "legacy" F/A-18s -- not to be confused with newer and more modern, second-generation Super Hornets. Besides Canada and Switzerland, US allies including Australia, Kuwait, Finland, Malaysia and Spain also operate old, first-gen F/A-18s.


SONYA’S SORROW "IndyWatch Feed National"

On January 3 2017, with New Year hangovers barely abated, bailiffs from the local Sherriff’s office, accompanied by staff from the State Housing Authority, will drive as a funereal convoy to an old house situated on the fringes of a small country town called Pinjarra, an hour’s drive south of Perth, Western Australia. Their arrival […]


Australia fines banks for attempt to rig Malaysia’s forex market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia’s Federal Court has ordered ANZ Bank and the Macquarie Group to pay AS$9 million and AS$6 million respectively for attempts by the banks’ traders to rig a key benchmark rate in Malaysia’s foreign exchange markets, reports the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH). The fines are reportedly the result of an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission […]


Vince Jones Retrospective – Till Now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vince Jones and The Basement are synonymous with the best that jazz has to offer and it’s at The Basement that Vince can recall remarkable nights with exceptional bands and joyful audiences. “Retrospective – Till Now” sees Vince re-visiting songs born of this decades long artist/club relationship.

Songs co-written with some of the Australia’s finest musicians – Barney McCall, Doug De Vries and Paul Grabowski; songs from the Great American songbook and songs from recent departures Mose Allison and Leon Russell. And as always, exciting players – in this case, Matt McMahon (MD/piano), James Hauptman (drums) and Karl Dunnicliff (bass).


Australia’s leading jazz vocalist, Vince is also a remarkable interpreter and composer of songs in a contemporary jazz style – a style that appeals equally to listeners and his musical peers. As a vocalist he resists showing off technique to the detriment of feel – he’s confident in his musical literacy and sings like there’s nothing to prove. It’s a refreshing approach that gives us, the audience, the chance to be really moved. Vince Jones also plays trumpet and over the years his style has developed a distinctive reserve and subtlety – he plays a little less and draws a good deal more from it than he did in earlier days. A brief, thoughtful solo from Vince is worth a hundred notes played with less discretion.


Who: Vince Jones Retrospective – Till Now



The Nudist Beach Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

They surrounded me. Ten legs standing, five fingers – pointing, three penises waving, four tits swaying – all wrinkled and dry, turned to leather from the sun. “Take your pants off or get the fuck off the beach,” one mouth yelled. I stood there, silent, taking the abuse and sharing it between my ears. “What, you can’t get naked? Are you scared? Hey everybody, this guy is scared to get his dick out!”

My back was aching from carrying a heavy bag full of beers up and down the beach, the day was overcast and I had drunk more than I had sold. I took it off, placed it on the sand and took a breath while carefully preparing my defence (or attack – call it what you will) and then released. “You are all fascists, why do you want to see my dick so badly? I’d prefer it if you took me out to dinner first.” The words came out carved and sculpted, edited to perfection. I had known this was coming for over two weeks now and I was prepared. “You call yourself hippies, constantly preaching notions of free love and acceptance, yet you stand here and tell me that I cannot be on this beach if I am not naked… seems like hypocritical discrimination to me.”

One older woman stepped forward from the injured pack. Her body was brown and biggish, yet free from cellulite. I found her vivaciousness arousing; she made me glad that I was still wearing pants – later, when I finally got naked, I would find myself slurping jelly shots from her cavernous belly button. “Look hon, everyone else is doing it. If you want to sell beer on this beach you have to get naked as well. If us old wrinkly farts can do it, so can you – you’re young and gorgeous, what have you got to hide?”

As appealing as she made it sound, I was not going to be forced into getting naked – call it pride, ego, even ignorance – I didn’t care, cos it was bullshit. “I’ve watched you guys for the last two weeks terrorising ‘textiles’ in your attempt to gain imperialistic control over liquor vending on this beach based purely on your ability to get nude. There is no way I am going to succumb to this violent tirade of madness.”

One tall, broad-shouldered, large-penised man entered the ring. “Fucking get the fuck off this beach or I am going to make you.” His articulation apparently hadn’t undergone the same rigorous selection as my own; however, it wasn’t long before it dragged mine down with it and we soon found ourselves in a nonsensical exchange of abuse. “Fuck you cunt,” I yelled, “I’ll do whatever the fuck I want on this beach.” His two large feet stepped forward, his eyes glazed over and his fists clenched preparing for attack. “So now you’re going to fight me because I won’t get...


$1.1m Lismore cycleway under construction "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

: Inspecting a new section of the cycleway outside Lismore Public School are (l-r) John Alexander from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Lismore MP Thomas George, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay and Lismore City Council’s Assets Manager Scott Turner and Assets Engineer Anthony Magarry. (supplied)

: Inspecting a new section of the cycleway outside Lismore Public School are (l-r) John Alexander from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Lismore MP Thomas George, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay and Lismore City Council’s Assets Manager Scott Turner and Assets Engineer Anthony Magarry. (supplied)

Stage one of an 11.6 kilometre cycleway in Lismore is under construction and expected to be completed by May next year.

Stage one, which is costing $1.1 million, is part of a three-stage project that will run from Richmond Hill Road right down to the central business district.

The project will include a mix of widened footpaths to accommodate cyclists as well as new off-road and on-road cycleways.

It would connect the elevated suburbs of Richmond Hill, Goonellabah and Lismore Heights to Lismore’s CBD and provide missing links and new connections to a number of locations including Southern Cross University, TAFE, schools, commercial/retail areas, aged care facilities and recreational facilities.

The final destination of the shared path and cycleway is the Lismore Transit Centre, which is the main hub of public transportation in Lismore.

The Lismore Transit Centre includes showers, public toilets and lockers and would be a place where cyclists can safely store and lock their bicycles.

Lismore City Council’s assets engineer Anthony Magarry said the $1.1million funding from the state government was ‘fantastic news’.

The money will be used to construct stage one, which will run from Ross Street in Lismore Heights to the Lismore Transit Centre.

 The other two stages are yet to be funded.

‘The program aims to provide more convenient and safer infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians,’ Mr Magarry said.

‘This funding will support the growing number of people who are walking and cycling.

‘This initiative promotes a more sustainable transport option for the community and encourages active lifestyle choices.’

Work on the project began in October.

The council hopes to complete Stage...


Murwillumbah supermarket robbed by knife-wielding man "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Murwillumbah supermarket yesterday afternoon in which a female staff member was threatened with knives.

The incident happened around 5.55pm when a man armed with knives entered the Brisbane Street supermarket and threatened the staff member while demanding money.

The man left the store with a quantity of cash and cigarettes and was last seen running north along Brisbane Street.

When last seen, the man was wearing a hooded jacket over a cap and dark sunglasses.

Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Newton – Violet Road "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With a songwriters poise and a natural sense of folk and country musicality, Violet Road is a far superior collection of songs to Sam Newton’s debut Set In Stone, which hinted at his potential. Newton focuses on a couple of themes on the album. Most prominently there’s a trio of songs (‘Hold You Down’, ‘Homesick’ … Continue reading


INTERVIEW: Nick Payne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Taking the leap from being part of a band to standing on one’s own feet as a solo performer had never occurred to Dear Orphans’ Nick Payne. When it was suggested, he decided to approach the Rise Up Like A River project with 100% commitment and passion. As a founding member (with partner Lyn Taylor) … Continue reading


Looking back on 3 months at Eastside "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hey Eastsiders,

It’s Hannah again with rather sad news this time: I’m leaving. Leaving Sydney, leaving Eastside and also leaving Australia in one month. Even though I really look forward to seeing all of my friends and my family again when I’m back home, I’m pretty sad not to stay longer. Because apart from the slightly better weather here in Australia (having the -5 degrees in Germany right now in mind, I enjoy the beach even more), I will also really miss the whole Eastside community.

During the whole last 3 months, I have enjoyed all the presenters’, other interns’ and volunteers’ company incredibly much. I had great laughs as well as deep and interesting conversations. I got to know great music and artists, ate delicious food as well as… Vegemite. I learned how to present my own program on air and I learned how to use a TimTam as a straw. I talked to both presenters as well as some of our incredible listeners. I met the most amazing people, having a great time with both 20 and over 70-old persons. But most of all: I learned the value and the fascination of voluntary work. With all of our presenters being volunteers, I could always be sure to look at motivated and happy faces as soon as I come in at 9 o’clock in the morning. With all of us having our own ideas and music preferences but working for a common thing, something that all of us shared and that all of us dedicated ourselves to: Eastside Radio.


While I stayed here in Sydney, I met lots of different people, groups and communities. But Eastside Radio is definitely one of the most special things about my stay here in Australia. At this point, I’d also like to thank some people: Thank you Tony for having me here, for being so laid-back and understanding all the time. Thank you Sylvia for showing me how actually present on the radio and for the great arts interviews – I really enjoyed listening. Thank you David for taking us interns to the opera house for one of the most interesting performances I’ve ever seen. Thank you Mel for being so patient and friendly with me every time I had to ask again how something works. Thank you Anna for becoming one of my best friends here in Sydney. And finally, thank you Paul for all of the Tuesday talks and laughs.

It’s been awesome three months her...


Buffalo Wings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Who has the best Buffalo wings in town? Tried a few places recently but they have been average.

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Sticky Carpet Film Screening and 3CR Party "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

3CR's Music Matters, Burning Vinyl and Let Your Freak Flag Fly celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mark Butcher's film Sticky Carpet. Featuring interviews and scorching live performances by The Dirty Three, The Stabs, Bored!, I Spit on your Gravy, The Sailors, Love of Diagrams, Pisschrist and more, the film documents the raw and vital Melbourne music scene in 2006. It also features 3CR's own Matt Gleeson and Michael Smith!


$40m Ballina High School proposal on display "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Artist's impression of the new Ballina High School. (Supplied)

Artist’s impression of the new Ballina High School. (Supplied)

The NSW Department of Education is calling for public feedback on the proposed $40 million development of a new high school in Ballina.

The proposed school will cater to 1,000 students on the existing Ballina High School site, and will combine students from Ballina High will years 7-12 students from K-12 Southern Cross School.


The government yesterday released the environment impact statement for the proposed development, and submissions can be made from today (Thursday) to Tuesday, 31 January, 2017.

The proposal includes:

  • the demolition of the majority of the existing Ballina High School buildings;
  • retention of the existing Marine Discovery Centre, aquaculture building, 
existing sports courts, and an existing building to be used for future 
  • new buildings varying in height up to three storeys and including a new 
outdoor sports court;  construction of a new vehicle entry off Swift Street with loading zone and 
support drop-off zone;
  •  construction of associated stormwater management system, services and 
  • and 
removal of an existing 32 space sealed car park to make way for future 
development options.

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said the local community always has an opportunity to share their views.

‘Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive,’ the spokesperson said.

‘This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.

‘It’s easy to participate by going online and we encourage everyone to take a look and have their say.’

To make a submission or view the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), visit

People wishing to make a submission are encouraged to use the online form if possible. 
The form can be found at exhibition.

Department of Planning and Environment
Attn: Director – Social and Other Infrastructure Assessments GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001

The application and EIS are also available to view...


ALBUM REVIEW: Daniel Lanois – Goodbye To Language "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Daniel Lanois has long been associated with some of the biggest names in popular music such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, U2, Brian Eno and Emmylou Harris and though his own music is quite different in scope and form, it still shares the core aesthetic values of intellectual creativity and the desire to find something … Continue reading


Probiotics don't just benefit the gut "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Intestinal bacteria are the focus of intense research by scientists worldwide. They play a significant role in causing and preventing hundreds of diseases. According to a new systematic review and meta-analysis, probiotics have several advantageous effects on mental health by lessening the psychological symptoms of perceived stress, depression and anxiety. There are over 400 species of bacteria in your belly right nowthat can be the key to health or disease. The genomes of the bacteria and viruses of the human gut alone are thought to encode 3.3 million genes. Published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the study reviewed the results of seven previous studies which tested for symptoms in over 300 healthy volunteers both before and after supplementation with a probiotic. Researchers from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, wrote: "Interest in the gut-brain axis and emerging evidence that the intestinal microbiota can influence central nervous system function has led to the hypothesis that probiotic supplementation can have a positive effect on mood and psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety.


Premieres: Punk And Funk Trio Breizers Drop Their Debut EP ‘Killjoy’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Premieres: Punk And Funk Trio Breizers Drop Their Debut EP ‘Killjoy’

Today we’ve got a fresh slab of funk from Breizers, a three-piece punk and funk fusion outfit from Berowra on Sydney’s North Shore.

Having emerged with their single ‘Party Drunk’ and followed it up with ‘I Don’t’, they’ve now dropped their debut EP Killjoy. Recorded in just two days in Sydney’s Jungle Studios, the record straddles the line between genres, merging crunchy guitars and singalong choruses with seriously sexed-up funk influences.

Killjoy is out today, and you can give it a listen below. If you’re keen to cop a dose of Breizers’ raucous jams in person, the band will be piling into the white wagon for a string of East Coast shows throughout December and January, dates below.

Killjoy EP by Breizers

Breizers Tour Dates

23rd Dec, The Chippo Hotel, Sydney
28th Dec, Rad Bar, Wollongong
5th Jan, The Brass Monkey, Cronulla
6th Jan, Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
7th Jan, Club Old Bar, Old Bar
8th Jan, Ric’s Bar, Brisbane
11th Jan, Pier On Clarence, Port Macquarie
13th Jan, Coffs Harbour Hotel, Coffs Harbour
14th Jan, Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin
27th Jan, Lost On Barkly, St Kilda
29th Jan, Bar Open, Melbourne


$5,000 reward offered after pig attacked, chickens killed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Polly the Pig. (supplied)

Polly the Pig. (supplied)

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person, or people, responsible for killing chickens and attacking a pig at a permaculture farm in Nimbin.

The attack on the animals at  Djanbung Gardens early Wednesday has outraged the community and shocked staff at the farm.

Six chickens were killed and another had to be put down, and the farm pig, Polly, was injured in the attack. The latch on the chicken house door was damaged and three Balinese-style sickles were missing that were stored in a box on the roof of the pig house.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia said the reward was being offered for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.

Campaign coordinator Claire Fryer said ‘because animals cannot report abuse and can do little to fight back, they’re often used as ‘practice’ victims by those who tend towards violence’.

‘Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans,’ she said.

‘As long as the perpetrator of this crime is at large, other animals – including humans – might also be in danger.

‘Animal abusers are cowards.

‘We’re appealing to anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for this cruel act to come forward so that the perpetrators can be put where they belong: in jail.’

Cruelty to animals in New South Wales carries a penalty of up to $22,000 or five years’ imprisonment under the Crimes Act 1990 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979. Anyone with information about this case should call the RSPCA on 1300 278 3589.


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Tourism lobby slams push for Byron bed tax "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia’s powerful tourism-accommodation lobby has come out against a push for a bed tax in Byron Bay.

The proposal for a levy as a way of funding the popular holiday town’s infrastructure is central to a call by councils affected by big tourist numbers.

Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson says it’s popular with ratepayers faced with 1.5 million tourists a year visiting their town, and a no-brainer for rising much-needed funds rather than unpopular rate rises.

He says many countries around the world have adopted the bed tax successfully.

But the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAA), as many expected, has come out strongly against the bed tax, saying it would oppose any move to impose it in popular tourist destinations.

Cr Richardson said the reaction by the AAA is predictable, despite the tax in other countries not affecting tourism industries in holiday destinations.
‘It’s something that most visitors fully expect to pay and have the capacity to pay,’ he told media.

AAA chief executive Richard Munro said a bed tax was a ‘risky move’ as not just accommodation outlets but food and other businesses thrived from high visitor numbers spending locally.

‘If you start putting levies on the consumers, you’re going to find that people are going to start looking around; people are price-sensitive,’ Mr Munro told ABC North Coast.

Cr Richardson said the fear that visitors would be scared off with such a tax was ill-founded as ‘most of the world does it’, with no negative impact on tourism.

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Thai man denies raping Australian "IndyWatch Feed National"

File photo of Thai police officers in Bangkok. AP Photo/David Longstreath

File photo of Thai police officers in Bangkok. AP Photo/David Longstreath

Ron Corben


A Thai man accused of sexually assaulting an Australian woman has turned himself in to police but denies the allegations.

Ekburut Ritrakkhaphan, 32, surrendered on Thursday after police obtained a court-issued warrant for his arrest following their examination of CCTV footage in the area where the attack on the 23-year-old allegedly took place in the early hours of December 5.

The tourist, who has not been identified, told officers the assault happened after a night of heavy drinking in the Khao San Road precinct, popular with backpackers.

The woman initially claimed she had been assaulted by a tuk tuk taxi driver and one other person after being taken to an isolated location near an abandoned building.

Thai police said images of Ekburut were captured on CCTV and the Australian was also seen riding the motorbike as a pillion passenger.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Sanit Mahathavorn said on Thursday investigations were continuing, with the case being treated as sexual assault after the woman underwent a medical examination.

But Thai media reported Ekburut denied the rape during interrogation by investigators and claimed the woman had consented to sex.

He told police she waved him down and asked to be taken to the Taling Chan area on the outskirts of Bangkok. She had then ‘hugged and fondled him’.

Ekburut said they travelled to the deserted building in the district where they had sex and he then left without her.

Thai police moved quickly to investigate the case amid concerns about its impact on the tourism industry.

It’s understood the Australian woman arrived in Thailand on December 2 and is due to depart for home on December 19....


Eddie Obeid spends first night behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Judith Obeid, centre, the wife of former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid, leaves the NSW Supreme Court in Darlinghurst on Thursday after Mr Obeid’s sentencing. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Judith Obeid, centre, the wife of former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid, leaves the NSW Supreme Court in Darlinghurst on Thursday after Mr Obeid’s sentencing. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts


From suits to prison greens – disgraced former NSW minister Eddie Obeid has spent his first night behind bars after being jailed for corruption.

His Silverwater cell is a far cry from the lavish multi-million dollar Hunters Hill mansion Obeid woke up in on Thursday.

Hours later the one-time Labor kingmaker, credited with the rise and fall of three NSW premiers, was sentenced to a minimum three years’ jail for wilful misconduct in public office.

His spectacular fall from grace comes after Obeid was found guilty in July of lobbying a senior public servant, in a 2007 phone call about a series of lucrative Circular Quay leases without revealing his family’s stake in them.

His offence was not failure to disclose those interests but in communicating with the public servant for the purpose of advancing his or his family’s pecuniary interests, Justice Robert Beech-Jones said in handing down the maximum five-year sentence.

Premier Mike Baird says his government will move to amend legislation next year to ensure the former Labor kingpin is stripped of his $120,000 a year parliamentary pension.

The corruption scandal, which has plagued NSW politics for years, had made ‘everyone sick to the stomach’, Mr Baird said on Thursday.

‘My hope is it never happens again,’ he said.

Former Labor premier Kristina Keneally, who was dogged by the accusation she was Obeid’s puppet throughout her leadership, welcomed the sentencing saying ‘justice has been done’.

While her predecessor Nathan Rees, who was rolled in 2009 after losing Obeid’s support, was one of several t...


Father and son take regional golf titles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WHEN they look back in history and see Chris Buckland’s name and also his father Craig’s name on the South Gippsland District Golf Association Singles Championships Trophies for 2016, they’ll wonder how it happened.
And the fact that there was a relatively small field entered at the Buckland’s home course of Meeniyan won’t matter.
You can only beat the competition assembled on the day and that’s just what the father and son combination did – Chris winning the main open scratch event, incidentally from another promising junior, 13 year old Isaac Batty of Phillip Island who is another champ in the making.
A change in arrangements and a hastily prepared event caused some of the issues with a smaller than usual field but there was nothing wrong with young Chris’s score of 76 off the stick to claim both open and junior singles titles.
Craig Buckland won the Minor Championship for those on a handicap of 10+.
Results: South Gippsland District Golf Singles Championships. Event No South Gippsland District Champion – 18 Holes C. Evans Shield Chris Buckland (Meeniyan) 76. Event No 2 South Gippsland District Junior Champion – 18 Holes C. Mc Lean Shield Chris Buckland (Meeniyan) 76. Event No 3 South Gippsland Minor Champion – 18 Holes Scratch (10+) R. Carruthers Memorial Shield Craig Buckland (Meeniyan) 82.

Other results:
Event No 4 18 HOLES HANDICAP (0 – 9) Isaac Batty (Phillip Island) 72. Event No 5 18 HOLES HANDICAP (10 +) Peter Gornell (Meeniyan) 67 on c/b from Rob McGeary. Event No 6 9 HOLES HANDICAP (Out) Rob Mc Geary (Meeniyan) 31. Svent No 7 9 HOLES HANDICAP (In) Alan Hayes (Welshpool) 38. Event No 8 Nearest the Pin – 2nd HOLE Bob Mc Geary (Meeniyan). Event No 9 Nearest the Pin – 11th HOLE Alan Hayes (Welshpool).
Balls down the line 18 holes P Gornell 67, R Mc Geary 67, Craig Buckland 69, Chris Buckland 71, Isaac Batty 72, Alan Hayes 74.

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Dolphin-watching sites causing harm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A dolphin-watching site in Bali. Photo Gilbert Sopakuwa

A dolphin-watching site in Bali. Photo Gilbert Sopakuwa

Stuart Layt

Brisbane [AAP]

Dolphin-watching sites in six countries are now at saturation point and risking harm to the animals, according to an Australian expert.

Dr Putu Liza Mustika from James Cook University was part of an international team of scientists who observed popular dolphin-watching sites in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines between 2008 and 2014.

She says they found almost without exception that the market is saturated.

‘At this point, the industry ceases to be profitable for individual boatmen who enter it; there are too many players,’ Dr Mustika said.

Having so many boats involved also becomes stressful for the animals people are there to appreciate, she said.

‘We know that having too many boats around is not good for dolphins. They can’t rest and their feeding is disrupted.’

Dr Mustika said practices maintained by Australian dolphin-watching operators, especially controlling the number of boats and how close they’re allowed to come to the animals, can be used in developing countries to improve outcomes for tourists and dolphins alike.

The popularity of dolphin-watching in Southeast Asia is growing rapidly. Researchers say there are now double the 850 operators who were working in the region in 2008.

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War on cash continues: Australia seeks to remove $100 note from circulation "IndyWatch Feed"

War on cash continues: Australia seeks to remove $100 note from circulation

Australia looks set to follow in the footsteps of Venezuela and India by abolishing the country’s highest-denomination banknote in a bid to crack down on the “black economy”.

Speaking to ABC radio on Wednesday, Revenue and Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer flagged a review of the $100 note and cash payments over certain limits as the government looks to recoup billions in unpaid tax.

Monday’s midyear budget update will include the appointment of former KPMG global chairman Michael Andrew to oversee a black economy taskforce. The black economy accounts for 1.5 per cent of GDP, given many cash payments are untaxed.

Ms O’Dwyer told the ABC not only is the lost revenue owed to the Australian people for schools and hospitals, but it’s also critical for those who do the right thing and pay tax.

“The whole point of this crackdown on the black economy is to make sure we close down any potential loopholes,” she said. Despite the broad use of electronic forms of payment, Ms O’Dwyer warned there are three times as many $100 notes in circulation than $5 notes.

“It does beg the question, ‘Why?’” she said.

There are currently 300 million $100 notes in circulation, and 92 per cent of all currency by value is in $50 and $100 notes.

The minister would not rule out the removal of the $100 note, saying it was up to the expert panel to provide recommendations. “There’s nothing wrong with cash per se, the issue is when people don’t declare it and when they don’t pay tax on it,” she said.

The taskforce will draw on the experience of countries like France, where the government banned cash payments of more than 1000 euros. “I’m not going to put a limit on what the taskforce will look at,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm hit out at the proposal, saying “the only people who are distressed by the cash economy are the government and the public servants who want to spend taxes”.

“The incentives for a cash economy would be a lot reduced if taxes were a lot lower,” he told “It’s a reaction to the level of taxes we pay.”

Mr Leyonhjelm said Australia was...


Mass Extinction and Mass Insanity "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I was very taken and moved by this article from the Automatic Earth, written by Raul Ilargi Meijer….

I’m too busy setting up my market garden right now to write anything, so a big thank you to Raul for this content you should all read.


Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back …

Springsteen, Atlantic City

“Erwin Schrodinger (1945) has described life as a system in steady-state thermodynamic disequilibrium that maintains its constant distance from equilibrium (death) by feeding on low entropy from its environment – that is, by exchanging high-entropy outputs for low-entropy inputs. The same statement would hold verbatium as a physical description of our economic process. A corollary of this statement is that an organism cannot live in a medium of its own waste products.”
Herman Daly and Kenneth Townsend


What drives our economies is waste. Not need, or even demand. Waste. 2nd law of thermodynamics. It drives our lives, period.

First of all, don’t tell me you’re trying to stop the ongoing extinction of nature and wildlife on this planet, or the destruction of life in general. Don’t even tell me you’re trying. Don’t tell me it’s climate change that we should focus on (that’s just a small part of the story), and you’re driving an electric car and you’re separating your trash or things like that. That would only mean you’re attempting to willfully ignore your share of destruction, because if you do it, so will others, and the planet can’t take anymore of your behavior.

This is the big one. And the only ones amongst us who don’t think so are those who don’t want to. Who think it’s easier to argue that some problems are too big for them to tackle, that they should be left to others to solve. But why should we, why should anyone, worry about elections or even wars, when it becomes obvious we’re fast approaching a time when such things don’t matter much anymore?

The latest WWF Living Planet Report shows us that the planet is a whole lot less alive than it used to be. And that we killed that life. That we replaced it with metal, bricks, plastic and concrete. Mass consumption leads to mass extinction. And that is fully predictable, it always was; there’s nothing new there.



No more lawless logging - email Premier Andrews "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Originally published at: 

Since the late 1990s the logging industry in Victoria has been exempt from adhering to federal environment laws that protect our nationally threatened wildlife.

Image from Goongerah Environment Centre
Only native forest logging gets this special exemption known as a 'regional forest agreement' (RFA)

In February 2017 the East Gippsland RFA will expire.

It should not be extended.

Goongerah Environment Centre, Environment East Gippsland and Fauna and Flora Research Collective are calling on the Victorian government not to extend the East Gippsland RFA and ensure that native forest logging is assessed under federal environment laws in the same way as every other industry.

Join with us by emailing Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Read more about Regional Forest Agreements here




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Nutritional or Brewers Yeast: What You Need to Know before Buying "IndyWatch Feed National"

brewers yeast in a bowlNutritional or brewers yeast is a popular supplement today, particularly among vegetarians. It is an excellent source of B vitamins and can be high in the minerals selenium or chromium depending on how it is processed.

Brewers yeast was originally discovered when people realized that the leftover sludge from beer making actually contained nutritional value for both people and livestock.

In Australia, this thick, moist, yeasty-smelling, black residue is sold in jars as Vegemite. Used as a popular sandwich spread, this cultural tradition was made famous by the band Men at Work in the 1980s with their #1 hit Land Down Under. The comparable food product in the UK is known as Marmite.

The difference between the food form and supplement form of brewers yeast is simply the state of the yeast. Supplement forms are dried and deactivated, whereas the moist food form found in jars is typically not.

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Less education doubles heart attack risk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Seyed Mostafa Zamani

Image Seyed Mostafa Zamani

Sarah Wiedersehn


The lower your education the more vulnerable you are to suffering a heart attack or stroke, according to a new Australian study.

The Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study, published in the International Journal for Equity in Health, found Australians who leave school without a school certificate are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack as those with a university degree.

Lead researcher Dr Rosemary Korda says the findings of the five-year longitudinal study are ‘disturbing but clear’.

Researchers investigated the links between education and cardiovascular disease events – such as heart attack or stroke – by following more than 276,000 men an women in NSW aged over 45.

In adults aged 45-64 years, heart attack rates among those with no educational qualifications were more than double those with a degree.

The risk was about two-thirds or 70 per cent higher for those with some tertiary qualification, such as that obtained for a trade, just not a university degree.

Dr Korda says a similar pattern of inequality existed between household income and cardiovascular disease events.

She also noted there are lots of complexities to this study and their findings could reflect a number of factors.

‘It could reflect different lifestyle behaviours, so different levels of smoking in the community, different levels of obesity, so those risk factors that increase your risk of heart attack of stroke.’

‘It could reflect healthcare, so we know that there could be differences in the uptake of the use of preventative medication to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke.’

What these differences in cardiovascular disease rates between more and less disadvantaged groups show is just how much cardiovascular disease in the population can be prevented, said Dr Korda.........


Ballina nursing home killer jailed for 27 years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballina nursing home killer Megan Haines. Photo Facebook

Ballina nursing home killer Megan Haines. Photo Facebook

UPDATE:  A former nurse has been jailed for at least 27 years for murdering two residents at a Ballina aged-care facility by injecting them with lethal doses of insulin.

Megan Haines, 49, was found to have murdered Marie Darragh, 82, and Isabella Spencer, 77, in May 2014 at Ballina’s St Andrews Village, after learning they had made complaints about her.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Peter Garling described the murders as “particularly serious”, noting the vulnerability of the victims and the registered nurse’s significant breach of trust.

Haines had previously been suspended after complaints about her in Victoria and had only recently started work at Ballina while she was subject to reporting conditions.

The judge said Ms Darragh had complained about Haines refusing to give her a cream to soothe an itch, while Ms Spencer said she had refused to help her reach the toilet.

Hours after learning of the complaints, Haines went into the medication room between midnight and 1am, removed two syringes, drew up two injections of insulin, and administered them to the women, probably as they slept.

In jailing her for a maximum of 36 years, the judge described her offences as “deliberate and calculating”, and a flagrant abuse of her power.

Outside court, Ms Spencer’s brother Donald said he was “over the moon” about the sentence.

‘I knew I would lose my sister sooner or later, but not in those circumstances,’ he said.


A former nurse is due to be sentenced for murdering two residents at a Ballina aged-care facility by injecting them with insulin.

Megan Haines, 49, was found guilty of murdering Marie Darragh, 82, and Isabella Spencer, 77, in May 2014 at Ballina’s St Andrews Village on the NSW north coast.

Haines had learnt of complaints about her refusals to help Ms Spencer reach the toilet and to give a cream to Ms Darragh to soothe an itch
The Crown submitted that Haines decided to “eliminate” the cause of the complaints as they were potentially career-ending given her prior suspensions.

Justice Peter Garling is expected to sentence her on Friday in the NSW Supreme Court.

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Why You Should Avoid Asian Seafood "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Modern intensive agriculture relies heavily on antibiotics to ward off disease in animals. We all know the dangers: microorganisms build up resistance to antibiotics evolving into superbugs. These get into the […]


Video: Canadian Journalist on lies about Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eva Bartlett, an independent journalist, held a press conference at the United Nations in New York on 9 December 2016. She exposed western lies over...

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Armed man tried to rob woman at Kingscliff ATM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man allegedly armed with a pair of scissors attempted to rob a woman withdrawing money from an ATM at Kingscliff on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they’re investigating the incident which happened around 5.15pm when the 44-year-old woman was at an automated teller machine on Pearl Street when approached by the man.

The offender was described as being Caucasian in appearance, about 173cm tall with a chubby build, light brown short hair and wearing a white T-shirt and coloured shorts, was armed with a pair of scissors and threatened the woman.

He made demands for the woman to withdraw cash from her bank account while holding the scissors at her waist.

The woman tried to run and the armed man pursued, before two men came out of a nearby bank to help the woman.

The armed man then ran from the area.

Police would like to speak with anyone who may have information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


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Why Pauline Hanson’s demolishing of duopoly establishment is succeeding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This United Patriots Front chairman Blair Cottrell video affirms political correct police are prosecuting Australians freedom of speech feeding the Hanson supporters rise to power of government next election. This is Nazis Germany control all over again and we all know how that ended. Cottrell presents a constant threat to the Victorian and federal spineless establishment has a black and white career that agenda driven media colored to their masters instructions does not dismiss facts in this video.


Government backs down on threat to sue campaigner for use of Medicare logo "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Victoria The Department of Human Services has backed down from a threat to sue a public health campaigner for allegedly misleading use of...

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Video: Underpaid journalists compelled to write anti-union stories "IndyWatch Feed National"

From LBC, which stands for the London Broadcasting Company, a London-based national talk and phone-in radio station and the UK’s oldest licensed commercial radio station....

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Vatican: Tolerance can’t be set against Religious Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vatican official Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, undersecretary for Relations With States, gave one talk at the opening of at the Conference on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, held Dec. 14 in Vienna. Mgr Camilleri concludes that the Church serves all, despite religious affiliation, and that religious freedom is an essential element of a thriving society ... Read more...


The Hunters and the Hunted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spring and early summer are the time of garden shows in the valley. For those with the taste for European gardens, roses seem to be the showy flower of choice. But whilst visitors walk around admiring the blooms, right under their noses, on the millimetre scale, nature’s life and death struggles continue unabated. Most gardeners, […]


The sights and sounds of summer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Summer is … listening to the insect-like trills of Rainbow Bee-eaters as they hunt in the skies around their nesting tunnels … and watching Sacred Kingfishers ferrying all manner of prey to hungry nestlings.


The Loddon River @ Newstead, 14th December 2016


Canberra showing us the Renewable Energy future #auspol "IndyWatch Feed"


Canberra Struts Its Renewable Energy And Emissions Reduction Stuff
A new report from the ACT Government highlights its many actions during this year to drive down greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate uptake of renewables.
An annual climate action report states the ACT Government has slashed emissions from its operations by 17% since 2012-2013. The Government has committed to being emissions-free in the next four years.
In addition to its world-leading and award-winning 100% renewable energy target, there has also been a push for improved energy efficiency among Canberra’s households.
Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS) initiatives have now reached 70,000 households and through the use of items such as high efficiency light globes, standby power controllers and door seals, 670,000 tonnes of abatement has been achieved in the nation’s capital.
Also highlighted in the report is a battery storage initiative that will see more than 36 MW of new-generation solar batteries…

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Rising Ocean Acidification #Auspol "IndyWatch Feed"


How Rising Ocean Acidity Could Send Us Into A Downward Spiral.
Our oceans are getting more acidic, and it’s having big effects on some very small animals—with worrying implications.
Ocean acidification, a result of excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, can disrupt plankton blooms, according to new research published in Nature Geosciences. It’s a troubling finding, scientists say, because those blooms are helping mitigate some of the effects of carbon dioxide pollution.

The plankton in question are coccolithophores, single-celled organisms smaller than the pixels on your monitor that make their energy with photosynthesis. Coccolithophores are known for their scaly armor of round calcium carbonate plates, the stuff of sea shells. They produce about half of all the calcium carbonate in the oceans.
Calcium carbonate, as the name suggests, is part carbon. Animals like coccolithophores get that carbon by ingesting carbon dioxide, which dissolves from the atmosphere into seawater. That’s where…

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1) Indonesia urged to address press freedom violations in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Association Calls for Freeport’s Copper Refinery

3) Declaration of Indigenous Papuans affected by Forestry, Plantations and Mining.


1) Indonesia urged to address press freedom violations in West Papua

Observers call for improvement ahead of World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta



Should Queensland legalise recreational marijuana use? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

My friend and fellow economist Dr Stephen Thornton of Bluegreen Economics has released a report advocating for the legalisation of marijuana for recreational use in Queensland. While the Queensland Parliament has recently passed a law allowing medicinal marijuana use, we could go further and allow its recreational use, as is done in Colorado and Massachusetts, for example. Stephen’s report is timely, following the news earlier this week that Canada is likely to legalise cannabis for recreational use, with some regulations on production and distribution, in the next few years (see this Globe and Mail article).

Stephen provided me the following summary of his report, which I found very interesting reading:

…the Queensland government is likely to receive tax and fee revenue of around $90 million/year in the medium term (three to five years) and achieve significant savings in terms of decreased police, court and prison costs, with new jobs created in a new legalised cannabis industry.

Cannabis consumers would no longer have to purchase from sometimes unscrupulous dealers operating in the black market, with the added benefits of no longer being fined and imprisoned with the associated police record and social stigma limiting their future job prospects. As well, consumers would also be confident of what they were purchasing as products would be tested and labelled for increased safety. They would also benefit as prices decreased over time in a competitive, market environment.

The community would also benefit, largely through a decrease in crime-related activities like break and enter and property theft crimes as the price of cannabis fell and people purchased product legally and more affordably. They would also benefit from government being able to spend more in other areas and/or being able to pay down government debt.

While there would likely be some additional costs to the state government and some consumers in terms of a small increase in mental and physical health issues associated with new consumers or existing consumers who increase their usage, these could be mitigated by a public education campaign.



Coral Not Coal - Australian Activists Fight To Save the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian politicians are putting the Great Barrier Reef at risk by approving one of the world's largest coal mines, say activists and marine scientists. MAXINE NEWLANDS reports


What the MSM Isn’t Telling Us: A Real Journalist Warns us WWIII with Russia, China is Already Underway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


by Isaac Davis

“How many of us are aware that a world war has already begun? True. At present it’s a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction and of censorship by omission. That can change overnight.” ~John Pilger

Australian journalist John Pilger is one of the few establishment journalists who uses the platform to uncover and promulgate truth, often railing against mainstream media and their role in brainwashing and propagandizing the world on behalf of the war-mongers among us. Earlier in 2016 he spoke at a conference in Sydney, shedding light on the critical subject of nuclear weapons and the build up to World War III, which he rightfully points out as already being underway, as both Russia and China are strategically encircled by the U.S. military.

Few are willing to speak out against the insanity and inherent destructive nature of imperialism and the proliferation of state-owned weapons of mass destruction, and Pilger’s sentiments are both highly relevant and shockingly prescient as the Western media forces itself into a conflict with Russia, baiting the public with claims of Russian interference in the election.

As hot conflict becomes increasingly inevitable, Pilger reminds us that the Nobel Peace Prize president, Barak Obama, has one of the bloodiest legacies of any American president, commenting that after wining the peace prize, The Obama administration,

“… almost immediately launched a program to build more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any other American president. The cost over thirty years is estimated at $1 trillion.” ~John Pilger

The shocking truth is that in the last two years, the largest military build up since World War II has been taking place along Russia’s Western front, an effort led by the Unites States.

This is extremely important to remember as the U.S. media wages a nasty campaign to vilify Russia as a covert influencer of the U.S. presidential election, even when no clear or hard evidence of proof of this claim has surfaced. The entire anti-R...


White Sage Meaning Magic And A Sacred Space "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Spiritual Magickal and metaphysical healing and medicinal benefits of White Sage. Smudging uses and practise of this amazing sacred herb. by Linda Philip & Psychic Medium Ian Scott


Hoaxtead Research Finally Gets the Balls to Call Me Out By Name And Stop Referring to Me as “He Who Must Not Be Named” and Other Stuff… "IndyWatch Feed National"


So I post what I do about Paul Bonnaci- and NOW Hoaxtead posts THIS in the comments… claiming that Noreen Gosch is a victim.

so compare the comments in this article…

with THIS article written by Mark Grishpun and see what you think. NOREEN GOSCH: The Deceiver, the Liar, and the Gatekeeper

So- is she a victim- or not?



So obviously they are watching me now- cool- I like that. Hoaxtead Research is having QUITE the conversation about me today. I guess it is my ego but I have been pretty amused..

But Justin- you probably should realize that I have TOTALLY come out against Bryant- in fact- on the last phone conversation I had with him- which was BEFORE I ever met him in person- I made him cry on the phone. So PLEASE stop using your disinfo agents to prove your point that there were are no disinfo agents in all of this- because it is pathetic.

The power NEVER left the Bush family. Are ANY OF THEM facing charges for ANYTHING that they have done? And that isn’t just with this shit- but with ANY OF IT. 911- Iraq- the weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist and the lies that have lead to millions of lives murdered and a few people getting INORDINATELY RICH in the process? And these are FACTS.

And although books influencing people in the way you people claim is COMPLETELY FUCKING RIDICULOUS- at this point it is a moot fucking point because people don’t READ books anymore. And claiming that the internet has made people STUPID instead of informed is NOT an argument that you are going to get many to agree with.

As far as all of the other comments on Hoaxstead- my wish concerning all of you is that you NEVER get what I am saying. And I can pretty much gues...


Will the Abbott-Turnbull policy horror stories never stop? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Liberal and National parties blindly driven by ideology and riddled with far-right extremists have altered existing social policies (sometimes out of all recognition) or created new punitive policies, which are increasing the distress of the old, the disabled, the sick, low income earners, the unemployed and indigenous people.

Here is yet another bad news story about the effect of these policies……..

ABC News, 3 December 2016:

The Federal Government's remote work-for-the-dole scheme is devastating Indigenous communities, with financial penalties causing insurmountable debt and social division, a report has found.

The Australian National University researchers described Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion's Community Development Programme (CDP) as a "policy disaster".

ANU researcher and co-author Dr Kirrily Jordan said financial penalties were being applied unfairly and an example of this could be found in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia.

"The rental arrears across the whole lands, across 12 communities, have gone up from $50,000 to $350,000, in the short space of time since CDP's been introduced," she said.

ANU researcher Dr Inge Kral said she had spent 30 years working in remote communities and the latest scheme had left people struggling to feed themselves.



The last Question Time of 2016 and the last hurrah for Malcolm Bligh Turnbull? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 4 December 2016:

Parliament ended the year with a mixture of bang and whimper.

The whimper was the legislative “fight”. It says a fair bit about the way the government is travelling that the big political issue was the backpacker tax (important as it is for farmers, it is not one that should have caused such grief) and the passing of the Building and Construction Commission legislation. This has been so laughably altered from its original intent that the main issue for unions is ensuring the ABCC does adhere to the legislation – such as the requirement that the commissioner performs his or her functions “in an apolitical manner”.

The bang was a protest that disrupted question time.

There was, of course, a lot of hand-wringing over the protest – there always is when the left protests in Australia. After all, we had much the same response about disruption of democracy from the powers that be a couple years ago when students protested against Christopher Pyne during an episode of Q&A.

The protesters certainly did disrupt the proceedings of parliament, but they did no one any harm and were no danger to anyone. Their putting a stop to the proceedings of question time actually produced a net benefit to the nation’s IQ, even if only for three-quarters of an hour.

That’s not to say question time is unimportant or always brain dulling in its idiocy. There are times, mostly by accident, when something worthwhile does occ...

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Mullumbimby’s steet art celebrated "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby. 

I was so disappointed when the Popular cafe closed down, not only for the loss of wholesome, cheap food, but also because of the destruction of the iconic mural of Mullumbimby and surrounds, including a man on the thunderbox, by Len Hend.

His wonderful art popped up again on the True Wheel Cycles shop, which we appreciate every time we drive by.

I am thrilled to see the big, local-scape mural tradition living on with his son, Daniel Hend. Now the Mullumbimby Co-Op is a work of art at which I notice something new every time I go. It’s like a groovy, arty virus springing to life colourfully on the town’s alley-way making walking around Mullum like being in an art gallery. One day they are dingy, daggy, dusty laneways, next they’re vibrant visuals of what makes this area so beautiful to live in.

I hope eventually every alleyway is affected. Thank you to Daniel, what an amazing artist you are, and to those who must be sponsoring him in these public displays of fabulousness.

Mullumbimby is certainly becoming a town to visit, just to wander around wondering at the amazing art, as well as the natural beauty of Mount Chincogan overlooking this little town. Oh, and everything else, of course.

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Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club Inc. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The club trip to Tamboon 9-11/12/2016
Kevin,Doug and myself arrived on Thursday although Doug wasn't sure which weekend he had booked or whether his booking started on the Thursday or the Friday !!
I set up camp quickly and was out on the water soon after but only got as far as the first green buoy when the motor stopped and I had to hail a passing boat for a tow home--great start to the weekend which I had been looking forward to for 12 months.
Luckily I was able to spend most of my fishing time in Kevin's boat except for Saturday morning when I set off with Doug.
Kevin and I spent Thursday afternoon lure fishing with some success as we caught 4 bream and 4 Flathead, two of the bream which Kevin caught (and released ) were 42 cms. These turned out to be winning fish for the weekend.Doug returned without having a bite.
Friday saw Ian and Shawn turn up as well as a howling gale which lasted all day and most of the night.
Saturday  morning I went with Doug to do some bait fishing as Kevin was still into lure fishing. We had minimal luck despite touring all over the lake and even tried a short way up the river. By this time the wind had got up and on the way down the river Doug got drenched -- he had fallen backwards into a foot of water earlier in the day - but refused to have a nice hot shower when we got back.
The Myer's boat -Shawn's new tinny-- managed one fish courtesy of Shawn as usual.
Saturday night was the "club dinner" which consisted of burgers,sausages,hot potato chips and carrots followed by fruit salad and cream all washed down with the odd beer or glass of wine.
Sunday morning was very calm which made lure fishing very difficult as their was barely a ripple on the water.
Kevin and I found a 'Hole" a kilometer or so up the river which was full of fish from which Kevin managed one bream but then things deteriorated as he also caught a large skate which did a few laps of the boat before Kevin accepted it was not a very large bream or Flathead and cut it loose.
Due to the miserable weather Kevin and I decided we wouldn't stay until Monday so we all apacked up and headed for the highway.
Robin Widdowson


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



In very good condition, only selling because I no longer use it.

- Has removable head rest (see photos)
- Extra wide (compared to normal massage tables)
- Measures 1.8m (+30cm including head rest) x 70cm wide
Extremely sturdy, metal legs which lock into place.
Portable with carry handle

Pick up from Coburg
SMS Frances 0417 169 434


Thank you.



Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi all, 

Does anyone have a super 8 projector (that works!) that I could hire for a couple of nights?
I have some old super 8 footage I shot and I would like to have a look at it.
My number is 0431 998 175 if there's someone with one.

Thanks KT.


On The Stoop at Venue 505 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With a second album on it’s way, this 7 piece horn driven powderkeg is fresh from playing a bunch of festivals and a gig at The Sydney Opera House.

Mariachi, Balkan, New-Orleans swing, Spaghetti-Western, Cabaret, Film Score, Cumbia, Punk-Rock are all represented in this adept ensemble featuring some of the finest musicians around.

Their latest single State Trooper, a cover of the Springsteen classic, received massive support from 2SER and FBi and the band are set to release some even tastier offerings. 


“I’ll bet the audience are dancing on tabletops and certainly defying the black night. The music is fast, raucous, furious, beguiling,  enjoyable and bewildering.”  Peter Winkler, The Music Trust

Some of the bands sharing members with On The Stoop include The Rhythm Hunters, Watussi, Waiting For Guinness, Fat Yahoozah, Facemeat, Mikelangelo , Dr Kong and The Stem Cells, Chronology Arts Ensemble and a host of others.  

The music careers between Ennnio Morricone, Nino Rota,  Balkan, rock, ska and a few other as yet unidentified genres. On The Stoop are making an outstanding noise that is singular and always unpredictable.

Who: On The Stoop.

When: Saturday 17 December

Where: Venue 505  Surry Hill 

To find out more CLICK HERE

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The Real Numbers And Truth Of Measles In Australia – Fear Mongering By The Mainstream Media "IndyWatch Feed National"



By someone anonymous on Facebook.

Since Australia is in the middle of this “Measles” catastrophy. Someone decided to do a little research.… Read More


Murdoch Conceals Coalition’s Disastrous Economic Woes With #Fakenews "IndyWatch Feed"



Murdoch and its unthinking “echo chamber” in MSM caught in clumsy con trick to conceal the Coalition’s disastrous real news with “fake news” about Labor’s handling of the GFC.

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Trapped inside (Part 2): Bond University exposed "IndyWatch Feed National"



Bond Uni has been in the news recently with criminologist lecturer Professor Paul Wilson facing court on child abuse charges. Former student Fiona Barnett says the rot at the University goes deep. Read More


1) MSG police and security ministers meet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Tantowi seeks to clarify Papua issue in NZ

1) MSG police and security ministers meet
t6:28 pm today 
A Solomon Islands cabinet minister says the Melanesian Spearhead Group, or MSG, countries need their police forces aligned because of their shared goals of economic growth, sustainable development, good gov...


Community Billboard 16 December – 23 December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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

The post Community Billboard 16 December – 23 December appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


The Middle East and the Mainstream Media: Why is the Truth so Difficult? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by James O’Neill*                         A measure of how far the integrity of the public broadcasting service and the mainstream media have diminished is exemplified by their coverage of recent events in Syria and Iraq. The Syrian government forces have recently recaptured all but a very […]


First Brexit then Trump. Is there a change in the wind? Firearms Legislation & Australians. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For The Week
A Christmas Read. This is a long one take your time, read it over the Christmas break, then please distribute the information. Its Good News and everyone deserves to hear it.
“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” Sun Tzu, 6th Century B.C.
Sun Tzu, the most famous Chinese philosopher of war correctly identified this principle 2500 years ago.  We firearm owners are in for a battle, not an Adler battle, but a battle to correct a corrupt decision by our countries so called leaders. They made a decision that impacts on our sport and way of life, based on a lie, there was no evidence to base the Adler decision on, no logical reason, not even a glance to look at the facts, no checks no consultation. No lever action shotguns have been used in a crime, no investigation, or thought on this huge fact.

When our politicians can knowingly make a decision on a lie to push the ideological view of their financial masters banning the Adler then none of our property is safe. Our political leaders have shown that they can concoct fear, lies and misinformation and present it as an acceptable method of creating legislation. I suspect that most of them realise that the Adler out come – will be the catalyst that removes them from government, but they are so dependent on party donations from the international trust funds, that they will commit personal political suicide to save their status quo party.


Pro Shoey TN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

History has been peppered with great meetings of minds. Where would we be without the collaborative power of Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera or Abbi and Ilana? Enter two of the world's most prominent contemporary thinkers, Eshaygram and Gatorbeug, who have collided grey matter and released the Pro Shoey TN. Move over Pinky and the Brain, the world is about be taken over by hundreds of lads and lad-enthusiasts skarfing bundy and coke out of a ceramic sneaker.

The multi-purpose, ceramic objet d'art can function as a decoy actual shoe for you to 'shoey' from, an ashtray or a quaint vestibule to propagate tiny ~magic~ seedlings in. The Pro Shoey TN holds 750ml of liquid, that's a whole bottle of wine, so you could essentially sip from it for an entire party. It's so versatile. And, I know you have at least three people in your mind who would die from happiness if they got one of these under their chrissy tree.


Any ant-keepers in Townsville? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As title says. Is there anyone on here who keeps an antfarm or is trying to like myself? I've caught 4 breeding queens in that last bugswarm (same source as all the bloody flies) and with all 4 laying eggs and 2 already hatching I'm on track to make my first formicarium and finally fill my childhood SimAnt dreams.

Assuming all goes well, I'm going to have 3 more than I need if someone was looking to get into the hobby or I'd love to chat with someone who has experience.

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Dutton, cringeworthy and (literally) un-Australian "IndyWatch Feed"

Peter Dutton’s attempts to promote an “uprising” in support of Christmas, and against “political correctness gone mad” are un-Australian in all sorts of ways, but most obviously in the stunning cultural cringe they reflect. He’s borrowed the catchphrase of a British tabloid in an attempt to import a US culture war campaign that has been going on so long it’s a Christmas tradition in itself (I observed that it was old stuff, back in 2004). This guy is the best the Trumpist faction of the LNP/ON can come up with?


Jazz Made In Australia Monday 16th December Susnjar ‘Moth to Flame’, Karlin ‘Trace’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

‘Moth to Flame’ is Daniel Susnjar‘s second release of his very popular Afro Peruvian jazz ensemble and is equally, drawing accolades, as did his first ‘Su Su Nje‘. Accolades such as ‘Susnjar radiates a joyful energy’ from the SMH and ‘Susnjar has created a fresh and bright thing’ from Australian

This recording was also recorded in Brooklyn NY and Dianel has collected a most impressive line up of American, Peruvian, Portuguese and Australian musicians, including, once again, the indefatigable cajon drummer/percussionist and the vocal sounds of Huevito Lobaton.


Since I spoke with Daniel last year on the release of Su Su Nje, the recording and he as an individual have gone on to win more awards. Winner best drummer/percussionist 2016 West Australian Music Awards, Best Jazz Act 2016 WAM awards, Best Australia Modern Jazz Album Su Su Nje in 2015 National Bell Awards, winner Australian Jazz Song ‘Forte Pulse Torte’ 2015 National Bell Awards.

I will open the program with a track from this latest release Moth to Flame, but later in the programme I have something from another release and it’s saxophonist/composer Rafael Karlin’s recording Trace.

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Leaf Supply "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you're like me, you often envy the sills and desks of those who can keep indoor plants alive for longer than a month. Also, you're constantly wondering how they just seem to know where to source them and how to care for them. Are green thumbs genetic or something? Man, the trope of “I can barely keep a plant alive! Let alone a child/cat/dog wacka wacka” is getting a bit tired isn't it, but, yep it's often pretty true. Luckily a coupla plant experts have just launched Leaf Supply for people just like you and me and the world.

Leaf Supply specialise in delivering a ready to love indoor plant directly to you and they even offer kind guidance for the botanically challenged. Each month they select the lush goods and you choose how you'd like it to be delivered. You can choose an elegant calico wrapped plant, a ceramic pot or a super-special handmade doozy like the irresistible echidna pictured above. They're also collaborating with Yevu for the festive season, and have a range of great print sheaths if you wanna opt to use Leaf Supply for gifts. Each delivery has a detailed instruction pack on how to care for your leaves once they've arrived and they've included their contact too, in case you need further guidance because you are a dumb baby that kills everything.

Leaf Supply is perfect for last minute gifting, especially because lugging a plant to the party yourself is always more annoying then you anticipated. Let them lug for you. Let them basically take the entire shopping process out of your hands, as you can see by their on-point aesthetic you'll be the envy of your housemates, workmates and your former dumb baby self.


Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi Role Helicopter A40-038 "Destria 38" Spotted at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Thursday 15 December, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-038 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport.  It flew in from the South via overhead Bundaberg.

After taking on fuel, A40-038 departed to Townsville.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Destria 38".

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©


NBN has been designed to meet Murdoch’s interests "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero A tax is going to be imposed on city National Broadband Network (NBN) that will cost the average customer about $7...

The post NBN has been designed to meet Murdoch’s interests appeared first on The Pen.


John Leslie OBE: A man who loved Sale will continue to watch over it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here at Greater Gippsland we'd like to acknowledge the passing of John Leslie, and pay tribute to a tireless worker for the community, by sharing these words released today by Wellington Shire Mayor Cr Carolyn Crossley.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of John Leslie OBE, Freeman of the City and Patron of the Gallery and of Sale.
This very modest and gentle man left his beloved city of Sale last night.
He will be sadly missed, not only by his extended family but by the broader community of Wellington Shire.
His patronage extended across many interests, from the arts to sporting facilities. John was present at many of our recent announcements of funding for new community facilities, as he, through his trust had contributed significantly. No other community in Regional Victoria has had such a generous Patron.
John Leslie has been an integral part of the Sale, and wider Wellington community for many years. The Leslie Stores were as famous in Sale as Myers is in Melbourne. He will forever be remembered as one of our community’s most important sons.
Over decades, John Leslie has been a vibrant asset to the city of Sale. His sense of joy and community spirit sits at the very heart of Wellington Shire.
Though today, John is known for his great philanthropic works, it is important that we remember too that John was a great businessperson and a generous employer. His generosity of spirit extended throughout his entire life.
Mr Leslie played a fundamental role as a Sale City Councillor during the 1960s and was Mayor from 1961 to 1964.
The biennial John Leslie Art Prize, one of the most prestigious landscape art prizes in Australia, has only been possible thanks to his ongoing generous support. John has long been an esteemed Patron of the Gippsland Art Gallery as well as its benefactor.
Not only was John a patron of the arts, he has played a central role within our local arts community.
People know of his philanthropy but he did so much more. We must remember that John played a fundamental role in the establishment of the Gippsland Art Gallery; it was Mr Leslie that convinced Sir Rupert Hamer of our need here for a regional gallery.
John generously supported many Council initiatives. Most recently, Stage 2 of the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex received a generous $1 million donation from John to assist the project get off the ground and without John’s support of $1.5 million, the Port of Sale Cultural Hub would not be possible.......


Gallery: FBi Presents Elefant Traks 18th Birthday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FBi Presents Elefant Traks 18th Birthday | Photo by Elisha May

Whatever you did (or plan to do) for your 18th birthday, don’t go comparing it to Elefant Traks. The local legends threw a massive party to celebrate almost two decades in the game, with live performances from lots of the EF family. Secret guests Hermitude wrapped up the night, following on from The Herd, B Wise, L-FRESH The Lion and The Last Kinection.


All photos by Elisha May | Max Watts, 10 December 2016


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RAAF C-17 Globemasters - A41-211 & A41-208 - Complete Airwork at Emerald Airport - Plus a RAAF Wedgetail A30-003 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Wednesday 14 December, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft were noted completing airwork around the Emerald area.  They were identified as A41-211 (flying as "Stallion 32") followed by A41-208 (flying as "Stallion 31").

A41-208 completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport recently  (File photo)

They reportedly flew North from RAAF Base Amberley and descended to below 5000ft, completing airwork around the Emerald area flying from the southeast to about 20 miles to the northwest.  From there, both Globemasters continued towards Mackay before heading further North to Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 14 December, RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-003 was spotted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.


Dunkirk Trailer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I've always thought Kenneth Brannagh should spend the latter half of his career remaking the great British war movies, including Zulu. (How good would Jason Statham be as the gnarly Sgt Major!?!)

Dunkirk isn't a remake, of course. And it's more Private Ryan than Dam Busters.

But it proves my point about Brannagh.


Next time government says it can’t afford to build, wave this IA report in their face "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia has a problem: we can’t build roads, rail and schools as fast as population is growing with current government financing methods. Failing to keep up with our current needs – let alone investing for an uncertain future – puts the living standards of everyone at risk. We and our ancestors worked very hard to […]


Celebrating Bourke’s Safe, Smart & Strong Kids "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Bourke community gathered to celebrate all the work they have achieved through the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project on Friday 9 December 2017.

Bourke’s Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia. It aims to reduce offending and incarceration rates in the community of Bourke through community and service collaboration and reinvestment in early intervention and prevention initiatives that assist families and young people.

The celebrations focused on highlighting Bourke’s safe, smart & strong kids at Davidson oval. Kids enjoyed a BBQ, Zooper Doopers galore, arts and crafts, snow cones, a giant inflatable movie screen, and a waterslide attracting a solid line of 25+ kids for 4 hours straight.


Over 100 members of the Bourke community attended, including a variety of local participating organisation including PCYC, Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation, the Family Referral Service, Brewarrina Butchery’s, Tennant Support and Education Project, CareWest, Community Corrections, Youth Off the Streets, CentaCare, Bourke Fire Brigade, with live music by Tangled Weed and John Keally as Santa Claus.

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An awards ceremony was held earlier in the day at Diggers on the Darling to thank everyone in the Bourke community that is contributing to the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project, including the working groups, the Bourke Tribal Council, the Bourke Shire Council, justice support team, Prime Minister and Cabinet, NSW Police Force, Birrang Enterprise Development Pty Ltd, Bourke Olympic Swimming Pool’s Management and other organisations supporting the Project.


The celebration...


Fear of a cuck planet "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you’ve made even a vaguely, politically left-of-centre remark in a public forum online in the last couple of years, chances are that you’ve been hit with the more or less official insult of the alt-right nerd Nazis, and been called a ‘cuck’. As an oft-invoked paraphrase from the I Ching goes, there is wisdom to be drawn from the abyss if you keep your eyes open, and surely the ubiquity of this phrase makes it a void worthy of investigation.


Men who love Jane Austen "IndyWatch Feed National"

A chance encounter with a review on Goodreads has led me to discover a whole new world – men who love Jane Austen. The review was for Pride and Prejudice, and it was very concise.

I was forced to read this by my future wife. I was not, however, forced to give it 5 stars.


Why You Should Be Avoiding Telcos "IndyWatch Feed"

There are some great companies in the telcos sector. It’s just a matter of working out which ones are able to take advantage of growth opportunities...

The post Why You Should Be Avoiding Telcos appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.


LAST CHANCE! Stop the Government sneaking untested, unlabelled GMOs in our food "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia’s gene technology regulator is proposing changes to its gene technology regulations that would allow products derived from genetically modified (GM) plants, animals and microbes untested and unlabelled into our food.

If the OGTR deregulates these new GM techniques there will be no monitoring or surveillance. Anyone from amateur biohackers - to industry - to terror groups would be free to use them to genetically modify plants, animals and microbes. Entirely new diseases and poisons could be made. And they could enter our food chain and our environment with no safety testing and no labelling. The results could be catastrophic.

We’ve got until this Friday (16th December) to make the case why these new GM techniques should be regulated.

Take action HERE! 


A Case For a Floating Solar Farm in Townsville’s Ross River Dam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A study on the viability of a Floating Solar Farm on the Ross Dam This is a guest post by Elly Hanrahan, an intern for the North Queensland Conservation Council. All views expressed are representative of Elly and not necessarily of the NQCC. Townsville is currently experiencing its driest 11-month period since records began in 1841. With … Continue reading "A Case For a Floating Solar Farm in Townsville’s Ross River Dam"


Funny Money Is Getting Funnier "IndyWatch Feed"

Funny money is getting funnier and funnier. Our challenge is to figure out who the butt of the joke is.

The post Funny Money Is Getting Funnier appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.


Tear Up That Financial Goal "IndyWatch Feed"

If you decided to become a full-time trader, how would you set your goals? Typically, with a goal, we start at the end goal and work backwards from there

The post Tear Up That Financial Goal appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.


Amazing high-resolution animation examines powerful 1997/98 El Niño "IndyWatch Feed"

An amazing high-resolution animation of the largest historical El Niño has been produced by the scientists from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the ARC Center of Excellence for Climate Science, Australia. A detailed animation which took 30...... Read more »

Wenn es so aussieht, als gäbe es ein Problem, hilft ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wenn es so aussieht, als gäbe es ein Problem, hilft es häufig, das mal quantitativ anzugehen.

Zum Beispiel "Immer mehr Moslems kommen nach Deutschland", das wird ja von vielen Leuten als Problem gesehen. In Umfragen schätzen die Deutschen den Moslem-Anteil an der Bevölkerung für 21%. Tatsächlich sind es 5%.

Bei Homophobie gibt es ein ähnlich krasses Missverhältnis.

Die Deutschen denken, ein Drittel der Menschen hierzulande würde homosexuelle Partnerschaften ablehnen. In einer Umfrage zum Thema gaben jedoch nur acht Prozent an, sich gegen gleichgeschlechtliche Beziehungen zu stellen.
Ich weiß ja nicht, wie es euch geht, aber unter 10%? Das ist so meine Grenze für "dann wenden wir uns mal besser den anderen Problemen zu".


Victorian cops using and trafficking drugs according to anti-corruption investigations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Victorian police have been caught using, possessing and trafficking illicit drugs amid systemic deficiencies within the force, an anti-corruption report says. Picture: File, 7 News

Cops partying on ice, cocaine, LSD and ecstasy would meet up with known traffickers, peddle drugs themselves and return positive tests, three Victorian anti-corruption investigations have uncovered.

Victoria’s anti-corruption commission on Tuesday tabled a special report concerning serious misconduct including illicit drug use by Victoria Police officers.

The report exposed evidence of illicit drug and identified serious deficiencies in the handling of drug issues by the force, according to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).
The Commission conducted three operations into the possession, trafficking and use of illicit drugs by police officers since 2014, as part of investigations Operation Apsley, Hotham and Yarrowitch.

The IBAC report exposed illicit drug and identified serious deficiencies in the handling of drug issues by the force. Picture: IBAC"Police officers cannot be selective in choosing which criminal laws they will obey," IBAC Commissioner Stephen O'Bryan QC said in a statement.

"Our investigations found that while most of the police officers investigated were aware they were engaging in illegal conduct, they rationalised their off-duty criminality as being separate to their obligations as police officers.”

The commissioner called illicit dr...


Men back in fashion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

TARGET has reversed its decision to stop selling menswear at its Ocean Grove store.
Target initially said it was discontinuing selling menswear from its Target Country store on Presidents Avenue as part of a trial, but customer feedback was overwhelming in its disapproval.
The store started rolling in menswear to its shelves from 12 December.
“Over the last few months we have been trialling a new space and range for Target Ocean Grove and have received some great feedback from our customers about the new look store and the current offering,” a Target spokesperson said.
“Based on some of this feedback we have decided to extend the range and include men’s casual tops and bottoms, which includes fleece and knitwear as well as men’s underwear.”
When Target pulled its menswear from the shelves of its Ocean Grove store, it left the town with no place to buy men’s clothing apart from two surf clothing shops on The Terrace – The Green Room and Strapper Surf.
Elderly customers were forced to travel to Geelong for basic menswear.
The Ocean Grove Community Noticeboard Facebook site was flooded with disgruntled customers voicing their disapproval at Target’s decision back in late October.
Ocean Grove Business Association president Ty Simons welcomed Target’s decision.
“It is wonderful news to hear that Target are reinstating the men’s clothing department,” he said.
“I have spoken with a few locals who are very happy that Target have listened to public opinion. Let’s just hope that people now make an effort to buy some socks and undies and support our local Target store.”

The post Men back in fashion appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Artspace Finissage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Capping off a fruitful year, Artspace threw a multi-faceted closing event over the weekend. Campbell flitted about and captured the talks, drinks, and music at the gallery's finissage.


Mayur Resources: Polye was briefed "IndyWatch Feed"

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Post Courier | December 14, 2016

Mayur coal power generation Company of Australia says Opposition leader Don Polye has been personally briefed on the Enviro Energy Park (EEP) proposal and he (Polye) was supportive of it. Mayur managing director Paul Mulder made this remarks brushing aside Polye’s criticism of the EEP clean coal fired power for PNG.

Mr Mulder in a statement said:

“The Opposition leader has been personally briefed on the EEP and was supportive of it following the detailed explanation and information provided on how the EEP will achieve a far superior environmental outcome and the nation changing impact of cheaper, more reliable power that will dramatically improve living standards and reduce energy poverty for the people. It is very disappointing that it has now been politicised.”



Australian labour market – weak and in need of fiscal stimulus "IndyWatch Feed"

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Labour Force data – for November 2016 shows total employment barely increased and the ABS said the trend to part-time work remains. Over the last 12 months, Australia has produced only 84.9 thousand (net) jobs with 107.2 thousand of them being part-time jobs. In other words, full-time employment has fallen by 22.2 thousand jobs over the same period. This status as the nation of part-time employment growth carries many attendant negative consequences – poor income growth, precarious work, lack of skill development etc. The teenage labour market remains in a poor state and was treading water in November. It requires urgent policy intervention. Overall, with weak private investment now on-going and real GDP contracting (in the September-quarter), the Australian labour market is weak and there needs to be a policy shift. We will learn next week when the Federal government makes its Mid-Year Fiscal statement whether they have taken heed of the message in the data over the last few months. Australia needs a rather sizeable fiscal stimulus. My bet is that the Government will not have the good sense to introduce this required boost to total spending. But the deteriorating data is staring us all in the face now! There is no room for nuance. It is at the stage where the Federal treasurer should resign and admit his failure (see below).

The summary ABS Labour Force (seasonally adjusted) estimates for November 2016 are:

  • Employment increased by 39,100 (0.3 per cent) with full-time employment increasing by 39,300 and part-time employment decreasing by 200.
  • Unemployment increased by 17,000 to 725,300.
  • The official unemployment rate increased by 0.1 points to 5.7 per cent.
  • The participation rate rose by 0.2 points to 64.6 per cent. Its behaviour has been quite erratic over the last 6 months. It remains well below its November 2010 peak (recent) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked decreased 10.4 million hours (-0.62 per cent).
  • The latest quarterly broad labour underutilisation data was published this month. Underemployment fell by 40.7 thousand since May 2016 and was 8.3 per cent of the labour force. The total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) fell by 0.2 per cent to 14.1 per cent. There were 1,059.4 thousand persons underemployed and a total of 1,784.5 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.
  • The monthly (unadjusted) broad labour underutilisation data for November 2016, however, showed that since October, total underemployment was 1,088.2 thousand persons and the underemployment rate had risen by 0.5 points...


A Bull Market Remix "IndyWatch Feed"

In one of the most long-awaited interest rate hikes in history, overnight, the US Federal Reserve bumped up the Fed funds rate by 25 basis points.

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The Hoodoo Gurus’ Dave Faulkner On The Sonics, Music Journalism And The Lockouts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Hoodoo Gurus’ Dave Faulkner On The Sonics, Music Journalism And The Lockouts

35 years since they formed, the legendary Hoodoo Gurus are still well and truly alive.

The Sydney rockers took the world by storm ever since their debut single ‘Leilani’ in 1982. From the start they’ve defied convention, bursting onto the scene as Le Hoodoo Gurus with three guitars and no bassist, all while fusing infectious pop with the punk vibes from their years in separate bands.

Despite changing their lineup quite significantly over the decades, the band’s energy and raucous yet melodic sound extends from ‘84’s debut release Stoneage Romeos, drawing huge attention in America, to latest record Purity of Essence (2010).

It’s no surprise that the Gurus were inducted into the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame, and even after six years apart from 1998 to 2003, they couldn’t help but come back together again.

Fast forward to next year, and the iconic group are hitting the Melbourne Zoo Twilights series in February alongside fellow heavyweights The Living End and Killing Heidi, and a new generation of big names like The Rubens and Ball Park Music.

Contemplating the show, frontman and founding member Dave Faulkner laughs heartily “Well we’ve never played a zoo before, and we feel like we’re in one ourselves sometimes.”

Yet it’s soon this year’s A Day on the Green, featuring fine wine and killer music in stellar locations since 2001, that Faulkner’s reflecting on. The band appeared alongside the likes of fellow legends Died Pretty and the Violent Femmes, and the vocalist has nothing but fond memories.

“The highlight definitely was the finale in Perth, and we basically decided to try and get everyone to jam on one song. So we all did Jonathan Richman’s ‘Roadrunner’, with Jeremy Oxley (the Sunnyboys) on guitar and Ron Peno (Died Pretty) on backing vocals… All my favourite people up on stage together. It’s an easy song, but also a great one to play with a lot of people.”

Rewinding further back to 2015, the Gurus’ show at the Powerhouse Museum during festival mainstay Vivid was a celebration of long-time drummer Mark Kingsmill’s last official show with the band. Having to retire due to medical issues, he’s been in and out of the group, and as Faulkner asserts, “It’s up to him how much he wants to play and for how long, but we’ll take whatever he’s prepared to give us.”

“That gig was kind of sad because we had all the old members...


Correspondence with government (ABS & NSS) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Response to email to the ABS requesting a list of the information that is created about individuals at unit record level from the Multi Agency Data Integration Project received Oct 28, 2016

Dear Ms Williams,

Thank you for your enquiry about the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP).

MADIP is in the early stages of development and the ABS and other partner agencies are working through the details of how we will safely make this important public data more widely accessible, including to researchers for statistical analysis. Until the ABS and partner agencies finalise the approach to MADIP, examples of CURF level data will not be available. All data involved in MADIP is subject to the Census and Statistics Act 1905, so no information can be released outside the ABS in a manner that is likely to enable the identification of an individual – all data will be anonymised.

The datasets pr...


Correspondence with government (Prime Minister & Cabinet) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reply to email sent to Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet regarding the change in governance of cross portfolio data linkage projects received Oct 28, 2016

Hi Rosie

Thank you for your follow-up enquiry, in early 2015, PM&C led an in-house study which sought to identify how the Australian Public Service (APS) could make better use of data (link to PM&C report). On investigation, they found that the existing governance structure for data matters within the APS was fragmented, with overlapping governance bodies, working groups and committees.

In response to these findings, the Report recommended that the Commonwealth should streamline the existing governance structures (Recommendation 6(c)) and put out a call for Data Champions (Recommendation 1(c)).

In implementing these Recommendations, three primary groups were established:

  • Secretaries Data Group – guides transformation issues and drives data leadership and work across the APS to overcome...


Correspondence with government (Senate Economics Committee-CensusFail Inquiry) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reply to email to the Senate Economics Committee relating to the process of the 2016 Inquiry received Oct, 27 2016

Hi Rosie

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you.

Every submission is read before it is accepted by the committee. Public hearings are used by Senate Committees to clarify, and if necessary expand up, received in written submissions. There is some information on the operation of public hearings on the Parliament’s website. If you would like further detail Odgers’ Australian Senate Practice is the best resource to consult. Chapter 16 considers the work of Senate committees.

Your other questions go to deliberations and decisions of the committee which I am unable...


Tegan’s tips for run classic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Tegan Philip, Rip To River Classic Ambassador

RIP to River Classic ambassador and Australian netballer Tegan Philip provides insightful running tips for this month’s iconic beach run.


Before run
IT is important to make sure you are well hydrated and this starts the day before the race.
Plenty of water the day before as well as a good healthy meal the night before.
On the day, as it is in the morning it is individual preference whether to eat the day before.
No doubt I will be having a banana or something similar.

Warm up
Important to get your muscles warm and ready before the run whether you are running the 5km or 10km.
So I recommend a light jog to warm up initially followed by stretching (hamtrings, quads, calves, hip flexors, etc.) to prepare your muscles.

Following the run, a cool down is also important.
More stretching, and take your time when doing this! Hydrating is a must, whether this is done with water or sports drinks.
And finally, it is important to eat following your run.
Some form of protein would be of benefit, I reckon I’ll be having for some eggs and avocado on toast.
Hydration and eating will allow you to fuel your body appropriately.
These little tips will hopefully mean you will pull up the next day better.
Good Luck!

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Ripper launch for swim event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club launched its iconic Rip to River event recently.
Rip to River ambassador Tegan Philip was at the club to help promote the event, which is now in its 37th year.
Philip is an Australia netball star and a Melbourne Vixens gun.
The Rip to River will be held on 31 December.
The event attracts about 1500 runners with the 10km Classic Run (start time 8am Point Lonsdale Beach below the lighthouse), 10km Walk (7.30am Point Lonsdale Beach below the lighthouse), 5km Beach Run (7.30am Ocean Grove Main Beach) and 1.4km Ripper Nipper (8am Ocean Grove Main Beach).
Online registrations close 10am on Friday 30 December and attract a $5 discount off paper-based registrations. Go to
With Philip was Sam Sheppard, who is the ambassador of the Ocean Open Water Swim Festival.
The swim is on 29 January and Sheppard is a six-time winner of the famous Lorne Pier to Pub.
Starting and finishing at Ocean Grove Main Beach, the swim is open for experts and novices – 400m (Junior, 7-14 years minimum), 600m (Novice (15 years minimum), 1.2km (Classic, 12 years minimum) and 2.5km (Enduro, 12 years minimum).

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The season to serve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Ocean Grove Tennis Club’s Christmas party drew about 160 people recently.
All sections of club turned out from veterans, juniors, ladies, men and Saturday comps.
There was a jumping castle and a Santa pinata – that came in handy for serving practice.
Dinner was served and then traditional carols were sung, led by Paul James and Kylie Thomas. Who would have thought ’Eagle Rock’ was a Christmas carol?
The club has grown to a whopping 360 members.
Competition resumes on 4 February.

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Grovers enjoy the festive spirit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OCEAN Grove got into the Christmas spirit at the annual Carols in the Park on 11 December.
It was another successful night with people in full voice amid a festive atmosphere at the pavilion in Ocean Grove Park.
Carols in the Park has become one of the most important dates on the local calander and is the largest community gathering in Ocean Grove with many local business getting right behind the night.

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Sydney’s Best Artists of 2016: Interviews with FBi SMAC Award Nominees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Brendan Maclean performing at the FBi SMAC Awards 2014. Photo by Joel Carrett.

Introducing the nominees for Best Artist in the 2016 FBi SMAC Awards: the masterminds behind the installations and performances that stayed with us long after the exhibit closed.

From alternate reality dating apps to cross-cultural examinations, and mass installations that retrace forgotten moments in Indigenous history. These five artists represent the breadth of Sydney’s art community. If you’re not familiar with their work, consider this a crash-course in why they matter – and why we’ll be paying attention to whatever it is they do next.



Angela Tiatia, Walking The Wall, 2014, courtesy of Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.

Angela Tiatia

Two people throw each other against a wall, again and again. Earlier this year, the visceral sound of bodies slapping echoed throughout Alaska Projects when Angela Tiatia performed Soft Power with artist James Nguyen. The sheer physicality – a continual rhythm and dance between two individuals – is an excellent introduction to the evocation of Angela’s work; feats of physicality based on the exploration of power – socio-political, cultural, sexual – often informed by her Samoan heritage.

Angela places her own and other bodies on the line. She takes you along with her, both live and in video performances like Holding On, where her floating body is engulfed by waves off Tuvalu, a Pacific island likely to be submerged by rising sea levels. Feminine strength, the weight of cultural expectations, the performance of rituals and the larger socio-political climate are all at play in Ang...


Exposed: Nuclear Waste Dump Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed"

Documents released by Friends of the Earth today reveal that:

  • Taiwan will not pay SA to accept high-level nuclear waste if that requires investing in waste storage and disposal infrastructure.
  • Taiwan would not send nuclear waste to Australia unless and until a repository is built and operating.
  • Taiwan would not send nuclear waste to Australia in the face of widespread public opposition.

Dr Jim Green, national nuclear campaigner with Friends of the Earth Australia, said: "Taiwan's power utility Taipower states clearly and repeatedly that Taiwan will not pay for nuclear waste storage and disposal infrastructure in SA. Yet foreign investment in that infrastructure is central to the state Labor Government's plans. Preliminary and exploratory studies could cost up to $2.4 billion and Premier Jay Weatherill must now come clean on whether he intends to gamble billions of dollars of taxpayers' money on this project."

Taipower's statements are directly at odds with statements made by Martin Hamilton-Smith. Opposition treasury spokesman Rob Lucas is quoted in this morning's Advertiser saying that Hamilton-Smith “stands condemned for misleading everyone” about Taiwan’s views.

Dr Green continued: "Taiwan would not send nuclear waste to Australia unless and until a repository is built and operating. Yet the Final Report of the Royal Commission clearly states that unless nuclear waste is imported prior to the establishment of a repository, the project would not be profitable." [See p.300 of the Royal Commission's Final Report.]

"Taiwan will not send nuclear waste to Australia in the face of widespread public opposition. A clear majority of South Australians oppose the nuclear waste dump plan. A statewide consultation process found 53% opposition compared to just 31% support. A recent poll commissioned by the Sunday Mail found just 35% support. Two-thirds of the Citizen Jurors rejected the dump plan 'under any circumstances'. The Premier himself has acknowledged the 'overwhelming opposition of Aboriginal people'.

"It is unlikely that any country would send nuclear waste to SA in the face of widespread public opposition and overwhelming opposition from Aboriginal people. It is unlikely that any country would pay for waste storage and disposal infrastructure in SA. It is unlikely that any country would send waste to SA in the absence of a b...



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Gold and silver no battle for local taekwondo students "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gold and silver no battle for local taekwondo students

CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY… From left, Koryo Taekwondo students, Alyssa Quigg and Josie Logan, coach, Sammy Rachele and student, Olympia Lada have returned victorious after competing in the Oceania Taekwondo Championships in Fiji recently. Photo: David Lee.

THREE students at Koryo Taekwondo have come home victorious after competing in the Oceania Taekwondo Championships in Fiji recently.

Running over two big days, the championships saw contenders from across the world come together to battle it out for top spots in their class, with Koryo Taekwondo students, Alyssa Quigg receiving two gold in the yellow belt division before being put up to the red belt division where she took out silver, Josie Logan won gold for technical ability and Olympia Lada received a gold for her fighting ability and silver in technical.

Coach, Sammy Rachele said, “The kids did a fantastic job and this is a great result for their first international competition.”


Multi-purpose sporting field opens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Multi-purpose sporting field opens

NEXT STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT COMPLETED… From left, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem and Federal Member for Murray, Damien Drum at the opening of the completed multi-purpose synthetic field at the Greater Shepparton Sports Precinct. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THE $1.06M new multi-purpose synthetic field as part of the Greater Shepparton Sports Precinct development was officially opened last week.

Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash said the Coalition Government is investing $7.19M towards upgrading the entire sports precinct due for completion in early 2017.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and improved sporting facilities definitely helps do that.

“Redevelopment of the sports precinct will support future growth in junior sports participation which is vital to building successful communities,” Minister Nash said.

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum said the new redevelopment would market the precinct as a national venue for sporting events and championships, providing an important boost to the local economy.

“The new multi-purpose synthetic field will be ideal for a number of sports including hockey and soccer, providing the region with an all-purpose wet weather training venue.

“I look forward to seeing the final stages of the entire redevelopment unfold, improving the sporting facilities in Shepparton to a world class standard,” Mr Drum said.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said the new field would be of great benefit to the hockey association, sporting community and Greater Shepparton as a whole, providing a training venue for local clubs.

“The new field has also provided the opportunity for the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association to expand their junior competition and provide more opportunity for senior participation, a great result encouraging individuals to stay and play in Shepparton,” Cr Adem said.


Old post office could be resurrected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Old post office could be resurrected

REBUILDING HISTORICAL ICON… From left, Shepparton Heritage Centre vice president, John Dainton, education officer, Peter Matthews and Lost Shepparton Shop founder, Geoff Allemand. Photo: David Lee.

PRIOR to 1973, the old Shepparton Post Office stood dominating the skyline in Shepparton and excitement is beginning to build, after the announcement that it may once again become a feature of the city, with plans well on the way to see it resurrected.

Lost Shepparton Shop founder, Geoff Allemand said, “It is still a little way off from happening as we need to raise quite a lot of funds, obtain materials, furniture items and more, but, there is a great opportunity to make it happen.

“We found the original plans to the post office, which will allow us to re-build it the way it was.

“We’d like to rebuild it to as close to the original size as possible, but it will be scaled down slightly.

“The footprint we have available behind the Shepparton Heritage Museum would allow us to build a sizeable and impressive building and we plan on using as many of the original parts of the old post office as possible.

“I always thought we could possibly rebuild it and it wasn’t until real estate agent, Barry Jones and some of his friends discussed putting forward funding toward it and came to me, it helped spark the project’s potential for moving forward.

“If this goes ahead, we will be able to create a timeline of items that tells the story of Shepparton. We’d also like to recreate aspects of the old post office. The long counter was said to be pretty spectacular and we’d install a telephone exchange. There will be an audio-visual auditorium in the building and we are currently looking into possibilities of people being able to climb the inside of the clock tower.

“We have the ok from the Shepparton Heritage Centre Committee to rebuild it on-site and we presented the idea to council last week, where we had a very positive response.

“We are now awaiting confirmation from council to go ahead with a launch of the project.”


Long term CBD strategy critical – chamber "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Quick fix to mall not the answer

TENS of millions of dollars of business in the Shepparton CBD has and will continue to disappear if a long term strategy is not put in place urgently, Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president, Carl Hainsworth has told The Adviser.

“For far too long, in fact for many years, virtually no action has taken place to fix our CBD and in particular the Maude Street Mall,” Mr Hainsworth said.

“The biggest problem we have is the Maude Street Mall problems have been debated for many years without action. With the recent election of nine councillors, the chamber is hopeful of strong direction to revitalising the Shepparton CBD,” Mr Hainsworth said.

The chamber has been an advocate for opening the mall to slow moving one-way traffic, beautification and some parking, to help the city prosper again. The chamber is also keen to review parking and traffic flows in the CBD.

“We have such a fantastically wide Maude Street which could be thriving from Fryers Street to High Street, which if it was opened, could be cordoned off for special major events at various times of the year. It would be a triple whammy: There would be a big boost to shopping and activities in the heart of Shepparton, businesses would naturally gravitate to the heart of Shepparton again filling empty shops, and new additional car parks would be welcomed by both shoppers and business,” Mr Hainsworth said.

A presentation to council by chamber president, Leanne Hulm in July highlighted several success stories at other regional cities who have re-opened their malls and which have since thrived. As part of the chamber presentation, a list of more than 100 signatures of CBD traders and large businesses in favour of opening up the mall and revitalising the CBD was presented.

Also included in the comprehensive presentation was a floor plan for traffic, a tree lined boulevard and parking along the Maude Street Mall and Fraser Street by Shepparton architect, Ron Popelier.

In response to this week’s release of the Maude Street Mall activation draft, Mr Hainsworth said he was very concerned that it wasn’t a plan for the long term. It is designed for temporary activities, with shipping containers and pop-up food kiosks, a pop-up playground and a pop-up veggie patch. “We as a city are looking for a long-lasting strategy that encompasses, the CBD, beautification and car parking,” Mr Hainsworth said.

Mr Hainsworth said it was admirable that Spiire had come up with a draft to help the mall at no cost to the city but questioned the long-term benefits of such a plan.

The council and Spiire have asked the general public for new ideas for the mall. You can have your say by referring to Greater Shepparto...


Casino meatworker hospitalised after work injury "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 34-year-old male employee of the Casino Meatworks has been hospitalised after cutting device that he was operating kicked back and made contact with part of his body

NSW Ambulance was despatched to the scene at around 8.30am this morning.

A doctor attending the scene assessed the man and decided he needed to be taken to Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH).

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter went out at 9.30 and assisted with the transfer to the Gold Coast.

‘Remarkably, he is in a in stable condition and has now been successfully transported to GCUH,’ a Helicopter Service spokesperson told Echonetdaily.

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Apprentice of the year announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Apprentice of the year announced

TOP OF THEIR TRADE… From left (back), GOTAFE Board chair, Michael Tehan and GOTAFE Trade Awards winners from the Shepparton campus, Tayla Nevett (hairdressing), Matthew Shead (baking), Matthew Williams (automotive and Apprentice of the Year), Jacob McPherson (cookery/hospitality) and GOTAFE CEO, Paul Culpan. (Front), GOTAFE Trade Award winners from the Shepparton campus, Dylan Strudwick (building), Jacob Sanderson (plumbing), Jakob Williamson (electrical) and Nick Woods (engineering). Photo: Supplied.

50 take home awards

MORE than 220 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers were witness to 50 of the region’s outstanding pre-apprentices and apprentices being awarded last week, during the GOTAFE Trade Awards. But it was the announcement of the winner of the prestigious 2016 Apprentice of the Year that made the night, with automotive apprentice, Matthew Williams taking out this year’s top prize.

Awards were presented to those in their first, second, third and fourth years from the automotive, building and construction, electrical, engineering, hairdressing and beauty, hospitality, baking and plumbing learning areas.

Matthew recently completed Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle) (AUR30612) with GOTAFE and is now working at Williams Garage in Euroa.

Matthew said, “I started out farming and then joined the Airforce as an Aviation Firefighter for six years. After the Airforce, I worked at a fire safety business and in 2014 commenced my mature age apprenticeship with Williams Garage.

“I love my trade and doing what I’m doing. I’ve started to help out with the office work and developing my leadership skills. I am now able to work across every area of the family business.

“My GOTAFE journey was straight forward. The knowledge I gained from my trainers was excellent and I felt I could turn to them with any question. If they didn’t know the answer they would find out. I felt we were all treated equally, with mutual respect.

“If you are thinking about undertaking a mature age apprenticeship, I advise you to go for it. You can make it work.”

GOTAFE trainer, Joe Rachele found Matthew to be an eager student who was always ready to learn.

“Matthew is a good listener, very polite and is always willing to help oth...


Students showcase works at SAM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Students showcase works at SAM

SCHOOL ART… From left, Goulburn Valley Grammar School student, Annalise Foott, Shepparton Christian College student, Abram Rasmussen and Shepparton High School student, Mohammed Chapar at Shepparton Art Museum, where their works are among those on display as part of the SAM Local: VCE Art & Studio Arts exhibition. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

VCE ART and studio arts students from across the region have seen worth in all of their hard work, installing their pieces at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) for the SAM Local: VCE Art & Studio Arts exhibition, which is now open for voting for the People’s Choice Award.

Among those on display are from three students, each who made pieces themed around emotion.

Shepparton High School student, Mohammed Chapar’s work, titled ‘Sacrifice for Freedom and Struggle,’ displays two drawings, one of a woman and one of a man, which captures the emotion associated with struggle.

Mohammed said, “The two drawings represent the struggle of my parents as they left Afghanistan.”

Goulburn Valley Grammar School student, Annalise Foott’s work, titled ‘Distortion,’ weaves together two images to represent two different emotions depending on the angle you are viewing the piece.

Annalise said, “I wanted to focus on how different emotions can affect all of us and our personalities. As you move around the piece, it shows different images and emotions, the hidden emotions behind the public face.”

Shepparton Christian College student, Abram Rasmussen’s piece, titled ‘Facets,’ shows a group of figures depicting different emotions, with each one linked with a song that plays.

“Abram said, “I wanted to do something with music and show how different art forms convey the same emotions differently.”

Voting for the People’s Choice Award opened on Friday, December 9 and is set to close on December 20. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 21.

Alongside the VCE Arts & Studio Arts exhibit will be two other exhibits under the SAM Local banner, SAM Local: Spotlight and SAM Local: Best of Friends.

All three exhibitions opened to the public on Saturday, December 10 and will run until Sunday, January 15, 2017.


Local Bunnings to become second largest in state "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local Bunnings to become second largest in state

CONSTRUCTION ON SCHEDULE… The new Bunnings Warehouse building is right on schedule to be completed in mid-2017. Once it opens, it will become the second largest Bunnings Warehouse building in Victoria. Photo: Supplied.

CONSTRUCTION of the new $53M Shepparton Bunnings Warehouse is well and truly on track for opening in mid-2017, and once completed, it will become the second largest Bunnings’ in Victoria.

Currently under construction at 90 Benalla Road in Shepparton, the new Bunnings’ will see approximately 50 new jobs created following its opening, taking the team to approximately 180.

Bunnings Warehouse property general manager, Andrew Marks said, “On-site, the majority of ground works are complete with construction progressing to the erection of structural steel and concrete wall panels.

“Bunnings Warehouse Shepparton will have an approximate total store size of 18,000 square metres, ensuring an even wider range of products for local customers. The development will include a main warehouse, indoor timber trade sales area, building materials and landscape supplies yard and outdoor nursery, as well as an indoor playground and café and parking for over 410 cars.

“In line with Bunnings’ commitment to sustainability, the new Shepparton warehouse will implement a number of energy and water saving design features. These design features will include; energy efficient fluorescent and LED lighting, and rainwater harvesting tanks to irrigate the nursery and service the warehouse’s amenities. A solar boosted hot water system will also reduce energy consumption.

“Bunnings has been part of the Shepparton community for over 15 years and is looking forward to bringing a bigger and brighter offer with the new store.”


Twelve days of free Christmas entertainment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Twelve days of free Christmas entertainment

A MAGIC CHRISTMAS… From left, Scene To Believe set supervisor, Jason Farren, sales assistant Maddy Byron, Santa Clause and Shepparton Marketplace marketing coordinator, Danielle Tait. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

TYPICALLY at this time of year, Shepparton Marketplace is bustling with free and low cost activities for children and families, starting with photo opportunities with Santa every day from now until Christmas Eve. Photo packages start at $20.95 and are instantly printed on site for families to enjoy immediately.

This Christmas, be entertained with 12 days of free entertainment at Shepparton Marketplace until Friday, December 23. Meet and greet Christmas characters, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Reindeer and the Gingerbread Man plus enjoy free face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon twisting and jumping castles. There will be a different activity on offer every day.

Also, until Christmas Eve, have your gifts beautifully wrapped for a gold coin donation and help the Leukaemia Foundation find a cure. The gift wrapping station is located at the front of BIG W, near the Santa set.

For more information or a full list of trading hours, visit and have a happy Christmas from all of the team at the Shepparton Marketplace.


Paying back to the locals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paying back to the locals

MAJOR PRIZE WINNER… Fairleys SUPA IGA ‘Shop N Win’ promotion major prize winner, Craig Martin is congratulated by store manager, Craig Bramley on winning the Atomik Feral 110cc Quad bike. Photo: Supplied.

FAIRLEYS SUPA IGA North ‘Shop N Win’ promotion has just finished, with 31 lucky shoppers winning their grocery spend back in equal value vouchers. The grand total paid back was a massive $5,237.

The competition ran from November 9 and finished on December 11.

The shoppers were Community Rewards members with a “Registered Key Tag,” which qualified for them to enter the fantastic grocery give away promotion at Fairleys SUPA IGA.

Some of the lucky winners received hundreds of dollars back in vouchers and with Christmas just around the corner the timing was perfect. After spending a whopping $428.32 on groceries, lucky winner, Duncan Newham must have thought all of his Christmas’s had come at once when he received the amount back in vouchers.

This promotion was a great way to thank customers and reward Fairleys SUPA IGA Community Rewards tag holders for their contribution to the $180,000 they have helped raise for the community over the past few years.

Fairleys SUPA IGA also offered a major prize draw of an Atomik Feral 110cc quad bike, which was won by lucky local, Craig Martin.


Healthy summer alternatives "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Healthy summer alternatives

BRINGING NEW FOOD TO SHEPPARTON… From left, the service team at Mr Kumpir, Ebru Bolat, Tinah Elia, Eren Ozturk and business owners, Tim Ozturk and Mehmet Kasikci. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

SOME weeks ago, Shepparton city dwellers might have noticed that free baked potato samples were being handed out to the public as the city’s first baked potato cafe opened its doors. That was a wise move by Mr Kumpir owners, Tim Ozturk and Mehmet Kasikci who have seen customers coming back for more.

Tim said, “This is the first time Mr Kumpir has come to Australia and we’ve taken off with a flying start. We are really happy with the response we’ve had from the public and are widening our menu especially for children. Next month, we will also introduce a charcoal barbeque for our beef, lamb and chicken to get that delicious smokey flavour.”

On Friday and Saturdays when most of the city sleeps, Mr Kumpir is cooking up a storm until 3am and open for business again for breakfast and every other night the café is open until 10pm. Grab your Mr Kumpir loyalty card and enjoy your five percent discount each visit. Catering for Christmas is also available.

Whether it be fresh salads  and juices,  coffee and waffles or baked potatoes with your choice of ingredients, drop in to Mr Kumpir at 246 Wyndham Street, Shepparton to give them a try.


Meditation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Come and try - Meditation with Rachael.

Sunday the 18th 7.30pm At Autumn Retreat.  Cost $20 to attend.

 - book in for a 5 week course in 2017 and take $20 off the price.

Please visit my website to find out more about me and what I offer.

Rachael Millsom
Counselling, Meditation, Retreats and Circles
0431 290 174


Furious couple claim their son started suffering from 14 seizures a day after having a meningitis jab "IndyWatch Feed National"



NOTE: We can see the mongrel media & so called, Experts are desperately trying to cover over the massive vaccine damage that’s now starting to spill out everywhere.  Read More


Doubt cast over Byron sewer rate reduction offer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant. Photo Contoltek Services

‘Overloaded’: Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant. Photo Contoltek Services

Chris Dobney

A former Byron councillor says a recent announcement by the shire’s GM Ken Gainger that council is looking at reducing sewerage charges is nothing more than ‘a sweetener’ and will be ‘forgotten by 2017-18’.

Tom Tabart, a former Greens councillor and member of the Water and Recycling Committee, has been a strong critic of council’s handling of what he describes as its ‘malfunctioning STPs’ [sewerage treatment plants].

Earlier this week Mr Gainger issued a media release saying that the ‘75 per cent of Byron Council ratepayers who are serviced by council’s water and sewer services will get a reduction in their utilities (water and sewerage) rates to the tune of $100 per year beginning in the 2017/18 financial year.’

The offer follows ongoing debate – and outrage in some quarters – at the council’s plan to massively hike residential rates in order to remain ‘fit for the future’.

Mr Gainger, said the opportunity for a sewerage rate reduction had come about through ‘operational efficiencies’ and ‘revised strategic planning targets due to better asset management planning.’

‘This is good news for Byron ratepayers who are facing the prospect of their general rates being increased substantially to fund much needed infrastructure (roads) renewal across the shire,’ he said in the release.

Mr Gainger added that the impact of proposed increases to the general rates, which would see average residential rates increase by between $382 and $685 over four years depending on which Special Rate Variation option the council selects, would now be offset by the $100 per annum reduction in water and sewer rates.

Sewerage plants ‘overloaded’

But Mr Tabart has pooh-poohed the suggestion in the light of recent letters to the editor from himself and former council employee Alan Dickens, both of whom claim major problems with the sewerage mains in Mullumbimby, which they say is overloading the relatively recently completed Brunswick Valley STP in wet weather.

Mr Dickens is also cri...


Wangan & Jagalingou People | Traditional Owners construct ‘legal line of defence’ against Adani and Qld Govt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wangan & Jagalingou People | Traditional Owners construct ‘legal line of defence’ against Adani and Qld Govt: Leading Aboriginal rights advocate, primary W&J Traditional Owner and Council spokesperson, Mr. Adrian Burragubba, says, “We are constructing a legal line of defence because the Queensland Government and Adani are trying to bulldoze us aside. We will not stand by while they sing from the same song sheet about their grandiose but hollow plans. We are acting in the courts to stop this destructive project. Our people, the Australian community, and the world deserve better than this cavalier, unjust and outdated approach to our shared future”.

The move comes after the W&J Traditional Owners Council sought an urgent meeting with the Chairman of the Adani Group, Mr Gautam Adani, to raise directly with him their concerns about the conduct of his company during his sudden visit to Australia. No response from the Adani Group was received.


Greek Marinated Slow Roast Wallaby "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you are a vegetarian, probably better if you click away now.  But if you eat meat, I’d be interested to hear what you think.

We hit a wallaby on the way home a little while ago.  It was just on dusk, right when the wallabies become most active, and it just jumped out right under the van.

We stopped.  We always stop. I can’t bear the thought of an animal dying slowly and painfully injured on the road.   But this was a clean hit on the head at speed on the main road.  A fully grown but fairly young male red neck – the most common species in my area – in good condition.

I think if you eat meat, you have to accept that an animal dies.  This wallaby had a good free range life, and everything  becomes food for something, one way or another. Throwing it off the road didn’t seem like valuing the life. So we took it home and my partner skinned and butchered it into roasting pieces while I made a marinade.

Wallaby is very very lean meat with muscles that have done some work.  In some ways the meat is like wild goat meat, and so the kind of methods used in the Mediterranean countries to cook goat work well – curries, tagines, khoresh, and long slow roasts. It was the Greek slow cooked goat shoulder last week that prompted this post in fact.

For the wallaby, I decided on a Greek-style marinated slow roast, and invited 15 people for dinner the next night.

The Recipe:

Cut the wallaby into large roasting pieces and put them in a plastic container with a lid.  For a large wallaby, or a kangaroo, an esky makes a good container.

For this wallaby I made three cups of marinade.  Adjust to size.

Blend together:

  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup of fresh oregano, thyme, lemon thyme and rosemary (go easy on the rosemary and heavy on the oregano).
  • lots of garlic



New bridge to ease South Lismore traffic congestion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and Lismore MP Thomas George opening the Wilson Street Bridge. (supplied)

Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and Lismore MP Thomas George opening the Wilson Street Bridge. (supplied)

A new $2.45 million bridge over Hollingsworth Creek will provide an alternative route to the South Lismore Industrial Estate for heavy vehicles, commuters and shoppers.

The bridge, which links Wilson Street to Wilson Street South, will be open to the public by Christmas once the finishing touches to the bridge approaches are completed.

The bridge is 36 metres long, 13 metres wide, has a four-metre clearance of Hollingsworth Creek, and 200 metres of new road.

It was funded with $875,000 from the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, a special purpose grant of $875,000 from the NSW Government and $700,000 from Lismore City Council.

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith said building the bridge had been ‘a mammoth effort’ by the bridge building crew.

‘Their hard work and tenacity has ensured the new bridge will be open just in time for Christmas,’ Cr Smith said.

‘This is a great gift for all Lismore residents.

‘The South Lismore Industrial Estate is a key area generating heavy vehicle and freight movements through Lismore but is bisected by Hollingworth Creek.

‘The Bruxner Highway is the main connection however a significant pinch point exists where the highway is reduced from four lanes to two lanes at the Hollingworth Creek bridge.

‘The Wilson Street Bridge and link road should go some way to alleviating this problem and provide an alternative evacuation route during flood.

‘The project will also cater for future traffic demand as the industrial estate grows.’

The bridge was officially opened this week by NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay, Lismore mayor Isaac Smith, Page MP Kevin Hogan and Lismore MP Thomas George.


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Four arrested near Kingscliff in relation to thefts, drugs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kingscliff police have arrested a group of people they believe are responsible for stealing property from construction sites and unsecured vehicles in the area.

The arrests were made after police paid a visit to a holiday accommodation place south of Kingscliff in relation to reports of a stolen motorcycle.

Police recovered other items including computers, tables, phones, and a generator and a compressor.

While police were making inquiries at the location, one of the male offenders jumped from a third story balcony in an attempt to escape.

The man was quickly caught after a brief foot pursuit and taken to the Tweed Heads police station.

He was charged with numerous offences including possession of a prohibited weapon, prohibited drugs, and motor vehicle theft.

Two motorcycles, a Suzuki and a Kawasaki, are still missing.

The man was refused bail after pleading not guilty to charges and will appear in court again in the new year.

A second man was also charged with property and drug offences, while two women at the scene were issued with court attendance notices after quantities of drugs were found in their possession.

The women will attend Tweed Heads Local Court on 9 January.


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Greer pipped by Thatcher in power list "IndyWatch Feed National"

Germaine Greer Photo AAP Image/ David White

Germaine Greer Photo AAP Image/ David White


Australia’s Germaine Greer has been recognised as one of the most influential women during the past 70 years, the BBC says, as it labels Margaret Thatcher, known as the ‘Iron Lady’ for her steely resolve, as having the biggest impact.

Thatcher, who died in 2013, was Britain’s first woman prime minister and also the country’s longest-serving leader of the 20th century, governing from 1979 to 1990.

Her legacy included radically transforming the British economy along free-market lines and a role in the peaceful end to the Cold War.

Thatcher, who died in 2013, led the list of seven women compiled by BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour programme for its 70th birthday, the broadcaster said on its website.

Australian writer Greer – whose famous text The Female Eunuch was published in 1970 – was also on the list, which despite Thatcher being on top is not ranked in any particular order.

Bridget Jones, the fictional thirty-something singleton featured in British writer Helen Fielding’s novels as trying to make sense of life and love while bingeing on booze and chocolate, also joined the ‘Power List’.

The list also included US singer Beyonce and Helen Brook, who set up the Brook Advisory Centres in 1964 offering contraceptive advice to unmarried women.

Barbara Castle, a Labour lawmaker who brought in equal pay legislation in 1970, and Jayaben Desai, who campaigned against low pay and poor conditions for women workers, were also named on the list.

‘The list takes in a range of experiences across a range of ages,’ said BBC 5 live presenter Emma Barnett, who chaired the judges’ panel.

‘We hope the list inspires, educates and crucially shines a light on the work of some women who history may already be starting to forget.’


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Eddie Obeid to be sentenced for misconduct "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former NSW Labor MP Eddie Obeid is set to be sentenced for misconduct. File photo

Former NSW Labor MP Eddie Obeid is set to be sentenced for misconduct. File photo


Former NSW minister Eddie Obeid is about to find out today whether he will be sent to jail for a misconduct offence.

The 73-year-old, who claims to have a ‘constellation’ of medical issues and who suffered a stroke in August, is due to be sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.

In June, a jury found him guilty of lobbying a senior public servant about lucrative Circular Quay leases without revealing his family’s stake in the outlets.

At his sentence hearing earlier in December, the Crown submitted that full-time custody was the only appropriate penalty.

But his lawyer argued against a prison term, saying other options such as a suspended term were appropriate, contending that the offending was ‘at the bottom end of the scale of objective seriousness’.

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Greece on collision course with lenders as ESM freezes debt relief "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes As the European Union moves to freeze the 86 billion Euro debt relief deal, its relationship with Greece is cooling once...

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Japanese say sex slaves statue ‘promotes animosity’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ashfield Uniting Church minister Bill Crews speaks out on the role of the Korean 'comfort women' and the need for a memorial statue. Photo EPA/Yonhap

Ashfield Uniting Church minister Bill Crews speaks out on the role of the Korean ‘comfort women’ and the need for a memorial statue. Photo EPA/Yonhap


The Japanese community says a Sydney statue erected in memory of the sex slaves of Japan’s World War II army promotes animosity.

The Australia-Japan Community Network has lodged a complaint under section 18C of the federal racial discrimination act against the memorial, backed by the Ashfield Uniting Church.

‘We have a numerous number of reasons to believe this statue has been promoted as a political tool, causing unnecessary animosity and division to local communities,’ the group’s president Tetsuhide Yamaoka said in a statement.

Mr Yamaoka said the statue should be kept somewhere private and discreet ‘so that people who are interested can visit but still we can minimise the risk of causing unnecessary harm to the local community’.

The network claims to have explained its position to Reverend Bill Crews, who agreed to host the statue at the church, for the past six months.

‘However, so far our concerns have been flatly ignored. Hence we are forced to take a more formal action.’

Despite the complaint, Reverend Crews won’t be removing the memorial.

‘I just find it outrageous … bring it on,’ he told ABC TV.

Liberal MP and former human rights commissioner Tim Wilson said the fresh complaint under section 18C shows why that law needed to change.

‘It is a classic example of what happens when you have a test that sets too low a threshold, where people seek to use the law to resolve their differences of opinion about matters that might offend or insult a different section of the community,’ he told ABC TV.

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Lismore retains land for multiple occupancies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Living communally on the land was a practice that defined the northern rivers region after the Aquarius festival in 1973.

Living communally on the land was a practice that defined the northern rivers region after the Aquarius festival in 1973.

The Lismore City Council will hold back – for now – on a proposal to reduce the available land for rural land sharing developments.

Cr Adam Guise successfully amended a motion that would have resulted in the amount of land available for rural land sharing being reduced from 19,000 hectares to 4,000 hectares under the council’s Growth Management Strategy.

In March, the council resolved to support amendments to the Lismore Local Environment Plan to allow the subdivision of approved and new rural landsharing communities (RLSC) using community title provisions, and to reduce the area of the Lismore Local Government Area (LGA) in which new rural landsharing communities would be considered.

The proposal would have reduced the available land by 80 per cent,.

‘This reduction of potential area for community title is significant,’ Cr Guise said.

‘Restricting rural land sharing development to just some of the LGA’s villages and not others – notably Larnook, Cawongla, Jiggi, Rosebank, Corndale etc – does not adequately acknowledge the character of these villages and the role they would play in supporting multiple occupancy developments.

‘While I certainly support the sentiment of taking pressure off our roads and infrastructure by preventing urban sprawl, as well as protecting farmland, my personal experience with rural multiple occupancies demonstrates them to be of a positive net benefit to agriculture, pest/weed management and environmental rehabilitation.

‘I feel we need more people – especially younger people – returning to the land in order to farm and manage it.

‘RLSC development potentially offers people lower cost housing; water, energy and waste self sufficiency; and a lifestyle that works more harmoniously with the environment.

‘Let’s use RLSC development to help Lismore achieve it’s namesake of ‘great garden’!’

Cr Greg Bennett has expressed concerns that 3,500 hectares being considered for rural land sh...


Sydney experiences hottest December night since 1868 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Weather stations in Sydney, Australia recorded the hottest December night in 159 years on December 13 and 14, 2016, breaking all weather bureau records for the city. The lowest temperature reached was 27.1 °C (80.8 °F) at Sydney Observatory Hill between...... Read more »

Benutzt hier jemand Storage von HP?A HPE storage network ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Benutzt hier jemand Storage von HP?

A HPE storage network that crashed on Monday caused the loss of 1 petabyte of data and the downing of the Australian Tax Office’s online services.
Immer schön Backups machen!


PBs after 205 Parkruns for Glenn and Bill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inverloch Parkrun regulars Glenn Sullivan and Bill Barry finish Saturday’s race in personal best times.

Inverloch Parkrun regulars Glenn Sullivan and Bill Barry finish Saturday’s race in personal best times.

And they’re off in the 120th Inverloch Parkrun in ideal running conditions.

And they’re off in the 120th Inverloch Parkrun in ideal running conditions.

THEY’RE got more than 200 Parkruns between them but neither Glenn Sullivan nor Bill Barry have ever run the 5km as fast as they did last Saturday morning.
In ideally cool but fine conditions, the two running mates pushed off at the head of the field of 90 runners and worked hard all the way to go within an ace of breaking 18 minutes for the first time.
For Bill, first across the line is was a super PB of 18 minutes right on the knocker while Glenn was two strides behind in 10:06, also his personal best for many months.
Both were spent after the run but finished in good style indicating a sub-18 minute finish is possible.
In fact there were 14 PBs in the field as times improve with the arrival of the finer weather.
The Inverloch Parkrun starts every Saturday morning at the Rotary Rotunda in Ramsay Boulevard at 8am. Register online, bring a copy of your barcode and be there, next Saturday.

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War On Cash Escalates: Australia Proposes Ban On $100 Bill; No Cash Within 10 Years? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Tyler Durden


Submitted by Michael Shedlock via,

Global financial repression has picked up steam. Australian citizens are likely the next victim.

AU News reports Government Floats $100 Note Removal.

SAY goodbye to the $100 note.

Australia looks set to follow in the footsteps of Venezuela and India by abolishing the country’s highest-denomination banknote in a bid to crack down on the “black economy”.

Speaking to ABC radio on Wednesday, Revenue and Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer flagged a review of the $100 note and cash payments over certain limits as the government looks to recoup billions in unpaid tax.

“The whole point of this crackdown on the black economy is to make sure we close down any potential loopholes,” she said. Despite the broad use of electronic forms of payment, Ms O’Dwyer warned there are three times as many $100 notes in circulation than $5 notes.

“It does beg the question, ‘Why?’” she said.

There are currently 300 million $100 notes in circulation, and 92 per cent of all currency by value is in $50 and $100 notes.

A report by UBS recommended Australia scrap the $100 note. According to UBS, benefits may include “reduced crime (difficult to monetise), increased tax revenue (fewer cash transactions) and reduced welfare fraud (claiming welfare while earning or hoarding cash)”.

“From the banks’ perspective there would likely be a spike in deposits — if all the $100 notes were deposited into banks (ignoring hoarded $50 notes), household deposits would rise around four per cent,” the report said.



Larnook woman charged with selling cannabis cake "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some of the cake police found at the Larnook address. (supplied)

Some of the cake police found at the Larnook address. (supplied)

A 67-year-old Larnook woman has been charged with selling cannabis cake on the streets of Nimbin.

The woman was arrested yesterday after a five-month investigation during which the woman was allegedly monitored selling cannabis cake several times on Cullen Street.

a container containing cannabis cake. (supplied)

a container containing cannabis cake. (supplied)

During a search of a Martin Road address at Larnook, police located at least 10 kilograms of cannabis and a large amount of cannabis cake.

The woman was charged with one count of supplying a prohibited drug with further charges expected to be laid in due course.


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Kidman wins SAG nod; Edgerton snubbed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nicole Kidman plays real-life adoptive mother Sue Brierley in the Australian biopic Lion.

Nicole Kidman plays real-life adoptive mother Sue Brierley in the Australian biopic Lion.


Nicole Kidman’s Oscar campaign continues to roar with the Australian actress adding a Screen Actors Guild nomination for her feted Lion role, but Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Joel Edgerton have suffered setbacks.

The SAG Awards, along with the Golden Globes, have become reliable tests ahead of January’s announcement of the Oscar nominations.

Kidman appears unstoppable in achieving what would be her fourth Oscar nomination and a decent chance of winning at the February 26 Academy Awards after she claimed a SAG supporting actress nomination on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Kidman will compete for the SAG prize against Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea).

Sydney’s Edgerton, for his lead actor performance in Loving, has also been cruising through Hollywood awards season with multiple nods, including Monday’s Golden Globes nomination, until his SAG snub.

While frontrunners Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Ryan Gosling (La La Land) received SAG lead actor nominations, Edgerton was squeezed out by Hacksaw Ridge‘s Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) and Denzel Washington (Fences).

The SAG Awards, as they only reward actors, have an ‘outstanding ensemble’ award instead of the traditional best picture category.

Gibson’s Australian-shot Hacksaw Ridge has been gaining momentum in its bid to score an Oscar best picture nomination after multiple nods, including Monday’s best picture-drama Globes’ nomination.

But SAG voters handed its ensemble nominations to Captain Fantastic, Fences, Hidden Figures, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.

It was also a blow to the Oscar best picture aspirations of Kidman’s Australian made Lion.

Lion‘s British acto...


Health chief welcomes improved services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nurses at Lismore Base Hospital.

Nurse attending a patient.

An independent report released last week revealed that Lismore had the longest waits in emergency department for patients in a rural and regional hospital. This coincides with the auditor-general’s report on health that highlighted state-wide ambulance response times, lack of security and the build up of excessive annual leave as issues.

Lismore Hospital also has some of the longest waiting times in the state for elective surgery according to the independent Bureau of Health Information (BHI) data for the July-September 2016.

Currently, there are 1,593 patients waiting for non-urgent elective surgery at the hospital; the median wait was 330 days.

NSW shadow health minister Walt Secord said patients wait at every stage to receive health assistance, whether it be an ambulance, outside or inside an emergency department. ‘They are [also] discharged too early to make way for another patient needing the bed,’ he said.

In reply, chief executive of Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD), Wayne Jones, told The Echo he welcomes the latest BHI quarterly report regarding emergency department (ED) performance across the health district, ‘particularly the improvements at Lismore Base Hospital (LBH) following the opening of the new ED.’

‘The new LBH ED opened in September this year, providing patients with access to the most state-of-the-art health care facilities in the region.


‘The BHI Report performance indicators show an improvement in waiting times following the transition to the new ED, and we expect further improvements as the new models of care are bedded down.

‘The new facility has contributed to an increase in the number of patients leaving the ED within four hours or less, as well as an overall decrease in the time taken for patients to be seen by a doctor, compared with the same quarter last year.

‘In particular, the wait time for patients to be seen by a doctor following arrival by ambulance has significantly decreased, as the new facility has delivered a more streamlined patient transfer system.

‘More than 99 percent of patients requiring urgent and semi-urgent elective surgery at LBH received treatment within the clinically recommended timefr...


Year 12 students wake to HSC exam results "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW HSC students are today being advised of their exam results by SMS. File photo

NSW HSC students are today being advised of their exam results by SMS. File photo


The wait is over for more than 77,000 Year 12 NSW students who are today receiving early-morning text messages relaying their HSC results.

The results began being delivered via email and text message from 6am on Thursday, from the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards.

Students with questions about their results will be able to call the HSC Inquiry Centre from 9am on Thursday on 1300 138 323.

Students will also be able to download their results from December 21, while HSC graduation certificates are expected to arrive by post from January 20.

On Wednesday, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli presented 129 certificates to 124 students from 74 NSW schools at a First in Course Awards ceremony.

“I wish all our 2016 HSC students every success in building on your outstanding achievements and urge you to make the most of your hard work, whether you choose to go to university, vocational education or into the workforce,” Assistant Minister for Education Leslie Williams said at the ceremony.

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Murdoch University staff facing massive cut to wages and conditions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from West Australia Murdoch University management has applied to the Fair Work Commission to terminate the enterprise agreement covering academic and general staff in...

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Here & Now 187: Merry shopping "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here & Now 187: Merry Shopping

Here & Now 187: Merry Shopping

Lismore. Tuesday, 4.35pm

I’ve made a Christmas resolution.

Yes, I know, you’re supposed to make a resolution on New Year’s Eve, but I gave that up years ago. It was always the same. By the time the midnight countdown had hit liftoff and I’m kissing a woman whom I’ve never met and then hugging a hairy man pressing his body a little too hard into my mine, the fast disappearing euphoria of drinking so much red wine always created the same resolution: I’m giving up drinking. This new year, I’d promise myself, I’ll be slimmer, superior, and will wake up in places I recognise.

The next day though, after a cleansing morning of orange juice and Panadol, I’d be offered a cold luncheon ale fresh from the bathtub. Inevitably my year’s resolution would have a lifespan of about eight hours.

So, I gave up New Year resolutions.

But this is Christmas.

Here, in Lismore Shopping Square, with a Christmas gift list in one hand and a hemp shopping bag in the other, I’m stalled in an eddy of shoppers outside the homewares shop. Where do I start? When do I stop?

If I buy a present for my grandchildren, should I buy a present for their parents (my son and his wife)? If I buy for my grandchildren, what about the children of my son’s half-sister?

It’s not that I hate shopping. I find it quite rewarding sometimes. I can spend an hour in a health food store pondering if the organic cheese covered in plantation wood ash would be better than the one marbled with Tasmanian ginkgo. And are gluten-free toasted bagel crisps the right accompaniment for such cheese.

After an hour I can happily walk out with my wallet $150 emptier and my hemp shopping bag almost a third full.

But that’s shopping I choose to do. I’m not being pressured to buy a lot of stuff just because Santa was born in a war zone manger the day after the last shopping day. I get anxious. My heart races and I pop too many Valium. Then I have to lie down.

So, I have just made a resolution: no Christmas presents this year.

Already I feel a sense of relief. I reckon I’ll wander over to the food court for something Japanese – and then get the hell out of here.

But it won’t be easy. Between me...


Gillard tells Royal Commission about the documents replaced by forgery "IndyWatch Feed National"

A confidential source sent me this in the very early days - not long after 2UE. Union re-election funds are common but only challengers worry about secrecy. Wilson had been secretary for over a year and Bill Ludwig was in it with him. They were worried because the Association should...


Up close and personable "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Patrick Kavanagh

Shiny Everlastings are a gift that keeps giving over spring and summer, both for invertebrates and macrophotographers. I was very pleased to find a very unusual fly on the substantial Everlasting crop in our front yard at Strangways. Eventually I tracked it down through the excellent site – it turned out to be a Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus possibly). These are a relatives of the Hoverflies and are in the same family Syrphidae. They also hover and take their name from the droning sound they make whilst so doing. Brown Paper Wasps are also visiting the flowers in good numbers. A few Common Grass-blue Butterflies Zizina labradus have been hanging around. But the big winners for sheer numbers at present are the Painted Lady butterflies Vanessa kershawi. I have never seen such numbers. It is such a treat to walk along the path and have hundreds of these beautiful animals rise from the flowers around me and then settle again as I pass.

Scarlet Mint Bushes have also been flowering for a long period this spring and delighting honeyeaters in particular. I was pleased when this Blue Skimmer Dragonfly perched on one and stayed put in spite of the camera being shoved in her face. They usually are a bit timid and hard to get good close shots of her.

I was also very pleased to find a few examples of a small creature that puzzled me greatly when I first photographed one a few years ago. The good folk at cleared the mystery up for me. Do you know what this last one is?


1) MSG Secretariat Inaugural Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Copper supply from top mine threatened as export ban looms

1) MSG Secretariat Inaugural Meeting
December 14 11:00 2016

The Melanesian Spearhead Group representatives and senior Police officers will today begin thorough discussions on Police and Security issues at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi.
The inaugural two days meeting will be chaired by Solomon Islands. The Fiji Police Force will also be making presentations on various progress reports.
The Minister for Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola last night welcomed the ministers and Police officers through a traditional welcome ceremony at the hotel.
The ceremony was followed by a cocktail.


New place to play for West End kids "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A free daily kids’ arts program aimed at both preschool and school children is creating a buzz in the heart of Bohemian West End for the Brett Whiteleys of the future. The program offers art, craft and educational activities each day of the week (including weekends), with the activities led by working artists and teachers. […]

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US Pacific Fleet Commander: US will confront China over South China Sea, satellite photos allegedly show militarization "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The top US military official in the Pacific has warned Beijing off taking control over the disputed South China Sea, while an American think tank has published photos it says prove that China has installed weapons on seven separate manmade islands in the disputed maritime route. "We will not allow a shared domain to be closed down unilaterally no matter how many bases are built on artificial features in the South China Sea," the commander of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, said during a speech in Sydney, Australia. "We will cooperate when we can but we will be ready to confront when we must." Washington has urged Beijing to comply with the ruling of the tribunal, assembled under the auspices of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which rejected China's historical claims on the water mass. Beijing does not accept the authority of the tribunal. Harris said that China "can choose to disregard the rule-based international order, or contribute to it as a responsible stakeholder." Harris, who was appointed by President Barack Obama last year, promised that America's "enduring interests"would not change after the inauguration of Donald Trump early next year.


How Sitting For Long Periods Is Killing You and Sabotaging Your Health "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How Sitting For Long Periods Is Killing You and Sabotaging Your Health | sitting-at-office | General Health

This goes out to all students, writers, office assistants, computer techs, dental hygienists, communication specialists and more, it’s time we have a serious talk about the health impacts of prolonged sitting.

That’s right, many are suggesting sitting is the new smoking, and too much of this sedentary action is causing us serious health problems.

About 80% of jobs today exclude any level of physical exertion, meaning 80% of people are spending on average anywhere from 5-10 hours a day sitting for prolonged periods of time. This statistic proves worrisome considering the slew of medical literature available today showing how inactivity, i.e., prolonged static sitting periods, significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function.

What’s surprising to note, however, is that even people who exercise regularly aren’t exempt from the health impacts of prolonged sitting.

The Cancelling-Out Effect: Something Gym-Goers Should Know

One study found that prolonged sitting has a counteractive effect for people who spend anywhere from 2-4 hours a week at the gym, no matter how vigorous a workout they take on. For example, if someone were to exercise for 1 hour in the morning, and then spend 6 hours sitting at work afterwards, many of the health benefits from the morning workout would be counteracted.

According to David Dunstan with the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, the lack of muscle contraction caused by static sitting decreases blood flow through your body, thereby...


The Global Move Towards a Cashless Society "IndyWatch Feed"

In many areas of the world, cash is still king. But, as in other parts of the globe, it appears as if its days could be numbered in Australia, which may be preparing to ride the building global demonetization wave.


Stolen Generations continue – cut ties with Governments – to sanction them "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Arrernte mother to a newborn recently reflected of her childhood, one where she was removed from her parents, aged 6, and instead raised in foster care and four years later until 19 years of age in the permanent care of a White couple. She has no issue with the White strangers who became her […]


Australia Seeks to Expand Global Cash Ban, Targeting the “Black Economy” "IndyWatch Feed"

Bitcoin’s blockchain may be bringing the world an unintended consequence of a loss of freedom and privacy as the financial world is getting in position to phase out cash in favor of a new digital economic system.


from CoinTelegraph.Com News


Australia Seeks to Expand Global Cash Ban, Targeting the “Black Economy” "IndyWatch Feed"

Bitcoin’s blockchain may be bringing the world an unintended consequence of a loss of freedom and privacy as the financial world is getting in position to phase out cash in favor of a new digital economic system.


Former Corporate Affairs Commissioner Ray Neal on the Gillard forgery "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mr Neal can give evidence about his own signature - but what about his signature stamp? He says he did not write the letter, would not be a party to it and could not legally have made the offer in it. Ralph Mineif is the only other staffer who could...


Study: Millions Still Clueless About Industrial Farming Practices "IndyWatch Feed National"


A new study found that a majority of those surveyed had no idea that female cows must be pregnant to give milk and that baby male chicks at egg farms are killed when they are just a day old.

For decades, meat has been a staple of the US diet with many Americans eating meat during every meal, every day. Though US meat consumption has declined slightly in recent years, Americans still consume about 198.5 pounds of meat per capita annually. Only Australians have a stronger appetite for meat. Despite the massive amount of meat consumed annually, many are impressively unaware of standard industry practices, many of which are barbaric, to say the least. A new study commissioned by UK-based vegan charity “Viva!” found that a majority of those surveyed showed little awareness of what animals endure on factory farms, even though 83% of respondents felt they were “clued in” about the process.

On industrial egg farms, for instance, it is standard practice to kill all male chicks born on egg farms when they are just a day or two old. However, two-thirds of people were unaware of this common industry policy. Interestingly, upon learning of the fate of male chicks, 69% of respondents believed the practice should be made illegal. In addition, a third of those surveyed did not know that dairy cows are sent to slaughter once their milk yield begins to drop. Yet, 60% did not even know that cows must be pregnant in order to produce milk. One in ten respondents wrongly believed “retired” dairy cows were sent to animal sanctuaries or lived out the rest of their lives on the farm.

Others were convinced that other common industry practices were illegal, such as the keeping breeding s...


Yet another attempt to reform Australia's political donation rules set for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ABC News, 7 December 2016:

Declared donations and payments to Australian political parties is about to top $1 billion, a new analysis of data shows.

But the true figure could be triple that because donations under $13,200 do not have to be declared.

"It's very hard to know because disclosure laws in Australia are very opaque, they're not transparent," Monash University's Dr Charles Livingstone said.

"I wouldn't be surprised if it was twice or three times as much as been declared, at least."

Dr Livingstone has studied political donations and in particular how donations made by the gambling industry have influenced public policy.

He says the current laws are "corrupt, they're opaque and they undermine democracy".

The new database has been compiled by The Greens from donations and payments declared to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) between 1998 and 2015.

The current funding and disclosure scheme has been in place since the 1984 election, but the electoral commission website only publishes returns from 1998 onwards.

An analysis by the ABC shows tracing the source of the donations is also difficult, because more than 20 per cent of...


In 2011 Australia had a Labor government and in 2016 it has a Liberal-Nationals Coalition government - see the difference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What a difference the philosophy a political party espouses makes to the physical and social environment in which they govern.


The Australian Federal Parliament was interrupted by a group of protesters shouting 'no carbon tax' during Question Time on 11 October 2011.

This is what the Parliament House looked like after that incident – barricade free.

Photograph by Tracy Best, Saturday 24 October 2011


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Responsibility in the Medical Profession, and a Word from Hippocrates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hippocrates 460BC – 370BC by Mary W Maxwell This article contains a speech given to medical students by their teacher when he was age 37. It was presented many years ago at the University of Adelaide, and though it will sound pretty “far out,” there really is no reason for it to be past its […]


Owning cash in Australia to be a criminal offence soon? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia is one hell of a unique continent / country.

The people in government are not in office lawfully in line with a document called the Australian Constitution.

A bit like, you know, some stereotypical dodgy military organisation of a South American country taken over office, using a private militia, ruling with force, intimidation, extortion violence including  threats of incarceration.

The 'authorities' advertise this country as a democracy / monarchy whereas in reality it is a fascist state / corporatocracy / police state, depending one's point of view and which reality one is looking at that being political or legal.

Australia as a 'monarchy' has two queens, one of the U.K. a true flesh and blood woman, and another an unlawful paper entity called the Queen of Australia.

Danger, Rhetorical questions ahead:

  • So, as a 'monarchy' who are the Australian people subjects of the U.K. Monarch or the Queen of Australia?

  • So, who does our judicature answer to the U.K. monarch or a piece of paper in the annals of some government department?

Do you know the difference between the invading British Empire's settlement of Australia and New Zealand?

In short when they came to 'New Zealand' they were met with fierce opposition and British monarchy made a treaty with the native peoples, called the Waitangi Treaty.

Queen Victoria even stated that there is a special relationship with the indigenous people.

On the Australian side, any opposition was quickly extinguished with gunfire and the land of the indigenous people was taken from them under arms by the 'Crown'.

Is the 'Crown' what you really think it is?

So many more questions for the Aussie bogan not to ponder over.

Australia's currency is even a huge scam.

Many a law 'researcher' has commented or documented on the validity of the current currency we have.

Why cannot one say that:

in short, Australia's 'cash' is a corporate promissory note by a hostile company in power over the people of Australia in breach of the Australian Constitution?

Is the push for cashless society is to monitor then control the movements of the slave population of this continent?

The apparent new law(?) / policy(?) to remove the current plastic $100 was to allegedly stamp out crime.

Apparently now it's to recoup billions in unpaid tax.

From who?

From the masses,

or the corporations that do not pay hundreds of millions each in tax per year, all year, every year?

With every law passed the people are being put further into slavery and subservience to c...


BREAKING: Admiral Says U.S. ‘Ready to Confront’ Beijing in South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We Are Change

By Caleb Stephen, Australia and Asia-Pacific Reporter

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (WeAreChange)  — A United States Admiral has declared his country is “ready to confront” Beijing in the South China Sea over ongoing disputed island claims that threaten to escalate tensions between the two global rivals.

China claims most of the resource-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims in the vast expanse of ocean.

Earlier this year, the U.S. called upon China to respect the findings of an arbitration court in The Hague which invalidated its vast territorial claims in the strategic waterway.

But Beijing continues to act in an “aggressive” manner, to which the United States stands ready to respond, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, said in a speech in Sydney on Wednesday.

“We will not allow a shared domain to be closed down unilaterally no matter how many bases are built on artificial features in the South China Sea,” he said.

“We will cooperate when we can but we will be ready to confront when we must.”

Harris’ comments further exacerbate the already tense situation between Beijing and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump who broke diplomatic protocol by accepting a telephone call from Taiwan’s president on Dec. 2 – a move that prompted a diplomatic protest from Beijing.

The United States estimates Beijing has added more than 3,200 acres (1,300 hectares) of land through dredging operations in the South China Sea over the past three years, building runways, ports, aircraft hangars and communications infrastructure.

Artificial Chinese controlled islands in the disputed South China Sea

Artificial Chinese controlled islands in the disputed South China Sea

In response, the United States has conducted a series of freedom-of-navigation operations in the disputed waters, the latest of which occurred in October.



Magnificent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ABC is reporting:

A memorial commemorating sex slaves of the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II has become the subject of a Section 18C racial discrimination complaint.

The Australia-Japan Community Network is lodging the case, claiming the Sydney memorial promotes racial hatred and division.

Quite right too. Vilifying Japanese-Australians is an unacceptable form of racism that has no place in multicultural Australia. In the meantime, well done to the Australian Japanese community for highlighting the absurdity of 18C.

I suspect, however, that s18D will operate.


Dick Smith Media Statement - Wednesday 14 December 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dick Smith queries Lucy Turnbull’s Perpetual Population Growth Plan. In a half page advertisement featuring in major newspapers tomorrow morning, including the Daily Telegraph in Sydney,
The Sydney Morning Herald, the Financial Review and The Australian, Dick Smith is asking Lucy Turnbull, the chief planner for Sydney, just what her eventual plans are for the population of Sydney – querying whether it could be 16 or even 100 million.

Dick Smith says, “All of the major political parties, including The Greens, spruik perpetual growth. It is easy to see why Pauline Hanson’s policy to reduce immigration from 200,000 per year to a more sustainable 70,000 is gaining more support.â€

Dick Smith also asks Lucy Turnbull, “How are we going to find jobs for these extra people?†Pointing out that with modern robotics and automation there are going to be less jobs.

Dick Smith asks Lucy if we are going to come up with a final plan for population, or are we going to “leave it for our children or grandchildren to solve.â€

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Light Display "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I am writing to let you know of a fantastic large christmas light display in Adnette Court, Coburg North.  I have spent almost 3 months putting the display together including constructing a sleigh that kids can sit in and get a photo with the reindeer and polar bear that are full life size as well. Christmas village music, laser show and the largest inflatable santa you'll ever see. He has to be seen to be believed.

I am taking donations for Guide Dogs Victoria which I do every year and donation boxes are provided. Don't know what much else to say about it, first time I have done it in Coburg North as I moved into the area in Feb but have been doing large displays for 5 years now.

Thought the local schools and people with kids or young family members would like to come along and enjoy what I love doing and if they wish to make a donation it is greatly appreciated but I am also happy for people to just come and enjoy.

Lights turn on at 8:30. After 9pm is the best time as all the solar stuff is on and the lights are on every night until January the 5th.

Kind Regards,
Chris James.


Art Classes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


with Jacqui Stockdale

Just write 'xmas' for $20 discount when you book online.
Limited places.
Gift Vouchers available. 


Movable Collage by Greta Latham-Demant.


Bridge Opening "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


De Chene Bridge Opening
Celebrate the completion of the De Chene bridge in Coburg.

Event details:

Monday 19 December 2016
7 - 9 am
De Chene Bridge, Coburg
This link across the Merri Creek is popular with people who walk and cycle the Merri Trail, or who simply want to catch public transport at the corner of Nicholson and Bell Streets, Coburg.
After 4 years of consultation, design and construction, the old bridge, which was damaged by regular flooding events, has been removed.


Investigators Begin Final Sweep of MH370 Search Area "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 31, 2014. Credit: Reuters

The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 31, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Sydney: Investigators looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are making their last sweep of the search area in the Indian Ocean, Australian authorities leading the search said on Wednesday.

Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board, most of them Chinese, en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Its whereabouts have become one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

The search is set to be wrapped up in January, Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said in a statement.

Malaysia, Australia and China agreed in July to suspend the search if the plane was not found or new evidence uncovered once the search area had been scoured.

Australia is leading the search for the plane at the request of the Malaysian government.

Search vessel Fugro Equator on Monday left Fremantle in Western Australia for its last journey to the 120,000-sq-km  patch of sea floor that has been the focus of the 1,000-day hunt for the vanished Boeing 777, the JACC said.

The vessel will revisit sites of previous sonar contact to examine them more closely with a submersible drone.

Chinese involvement in the search diminished this week, as that country’s sonar-equipped vessel ended its role in the hunt and turned for Shanghai.

The Dong Hai Jiu 101 joined the search in February, initially contributing deep-sea sonar scans before being reconfigured in October to conduct dive missions with its own remotely operated submersible.

China continues to take part in ‘regular consultation and briefings’ regarding MH370, a s...


Pubs of the Goulburn St & Barrack St Intersection, Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here is something a little different to usual that I discovered whilst reading through one of noted Hobart historian Donald Howatson’s sensational books about the backgrounds of many of the streets across Hobart, Bellerive & Battery Point. They are well worth your time to seek out as they are all such a wonderful resource full of historical facts and interesting stories.

This is about the intersection of Goulburn Street and Barrack Street in central Hobart. Goulburn Street was well known for the large number of Pubs and Inns that have operated along the length of the street and the intersection with Barrack Street is particularly interesting as there have been pubs operating on all four corners over many of the early years of Hobart. In fact, some of the original buildings still exist in one form or another although none of them currently operate as licensed premises.

Starting on the north west corner of the intersection, was the home of the Black Swan which was the first of the pubs to be licensed. A very early pub, the Black Swan operated between 1822 and the early 1830’s. The building pictured above stands on this corner today but I’m not sure if there’s anything of the original pub remaining.



Lightworker Update 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For lightworkers spiritual healers and the attuned. An update of what to expect spiritually as we go into 2017 by psychic medium Ian Scott.


Surry Hills Santa "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On the way to the supermarket this morning, I ran into Santa. It’s worth noting, however, that in Surry Hills, Santa looks a little different. The Surry Hills Santa was young, good looking… Continue reading


2017 Will Be The Year Of Inflation "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Tyler Durden

With crude oil prices up over 50% YoY (the most in 6 years), and retail gas prices up over 10% YoY (the most in 5 years), Bloomberg’s Garfield Reynolds suggests the Saudis have sealed it then, 2017 will be the year when inflation takes over from disinflation. That’s certainly the tale the market is telling us right now and any devils out there are tucked well away in the details.

The bottom looks to be in for oil. Thanks to OPEC’s capacity to agree among themselves and with “NOPEC,” it’s likely we’ve seen the last of Brent or WTI with a 4 handle at the start of the price for a while.

The new question will be how far up Saudi Arabia is willing to let crude go — it won’t want to encourage shale oil producers to resume building capacity. Still, a new, higher equilibrium price would restore one of the foundations for inflation.

As UBS shows below, if oil tracks its forward curve then inflation will likely meet (or exceed) ECB and Fed mandates next year…

Those foundations were already looking more stable as indications of stronger U.S. economic outlook, especially labor markets, hint the Fed would finally get the classic, wage-driven PPI and CPI increases it wants.

Chinese factories look to again have power to raise prices and are doing so at the fastest clip in five years.

Metals are also climbing, and were doing so even before the latest oil surge.

Bonds are taking a hammering; Australian 10-year yields look to be heading back above 3% to join their New Zealand counterparts and Treasuries cracked 2.5% yesterday.

Bond-market inflationary expectations are going with them, with U.S. CPI seen averaging 2% a year again for the first time since 2014. European inflation swaps are up for a sixth-straight month, something that hasn’t happened since at least 2004.

* * *

There are a few note...


Lapoinya goes to full High Court hearing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Release 14 December 2016


The challenge to the Hodgman government's anti-forest-protest laws is finally set to be heard by the full bench of seven High Court judges at a date in the new year yet to be fixed.

This follows the Tasmanian government, last week, dropping its contention that Bob Brown was trespassing at the time he was arrested. Tasmania originally intended to argue he did not have standing to take the action before the court. Brown had maintained that he was in a forest reserve when arrested. Earlier the state also dropped charges against him under the anti-protest legislation, and then against Brown's fellow plaintiff and former Lapoinya resident Jessica Hoyt. Both were arrested in January when clearfell logging operations began in the Lapoinya Forest.

Dr Brown told a Hobart Town Hall meeting today that the Hodgman laws cut across Tasmanians' rights to political expression and should be struck down as unconstitutional.

Today, the Bob Brown Foundation launched a Pozible crowd funding campaign to raise $100,000 towards any costs that could be incurred by Bob Brown and Jessica Hoyt in taking the case to the High Court.

More information at

Media contact

Steven Chaffer
0408 855 261


Happy New Year! The Privacy Officer’s guide to 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Season’s Greetings, dear readers!  It is almost time to start winding down, take a break … and then before the champagne has entirely worn off no doubt you will be taking stock, and planning ahead.  (Well, OK, maybe after a few days of restful time at the beach or cricket first.)

What will 2017 bring for privacy professionals?

First, for those in need of some holiday reading over the break, may I suggest that you could:

  • Catch up on some of our influential blogs. If you trust the wisdom of the crowd, you might like the most-read Salinger Privacy blogs from 2016, which were Taking Leave Of My Census (yes, that’s the one that went viral after being re-published by Fairfax, which also caused the Salinger Privacy website to crash in all the excitement, oops), Unlocking Public Data, and Individuation.  And our blog from 2015 offering 17 examples of why we need a statutory cause of action also kept getting readership well into 2016.   But for a gripping thriller, I would also suggest our blog on data analytics – it’s a longer read than most, but as well as a better understanding of the privacy risks of data analytics, you will also get to learn about how my cat’s water-wasting habit makes me look like a slum landlord.  (It’s fascinating, I promise.  And bizarrely relevant.)
  • Stuff your own stocking with goodies from the Salinger Privacy pre-Xmas sale on eBooks on topics like Big Data, Workplace Surveillance, and our flowcharts guide to the NSW Disclosure rules. (Use code XMAS15 at the checkout for a 15% discount, valid until Santa comes down the chimney.)

So what lies ahead for privacy professionals in 2017?  I shall be so bold as to make some wild predictions:

  • .........


XMess Party with Total Giovanni, András & Oscar, Confidence Man and Levins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dance quintet Total Giovanni will be bringing their sloshed-on-martinis approach to disco to Beach Road as part of the monthly live music showcases put on by Red Bull Sound Select. The suave vibes won’t end with Total Giovanni, they will be supported by András & Oscar Key Sung, Confidence Man and DJ Levins.

NOTE: RSVP to possibly only pay a $3 entry fee. Entry is first come first served up to capacity, regardless of RSVP. No plus 1s will be included either. See the Facebook page for details


Paradise Daily Records 2nd Birthday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Independent record label Paradise Daily are celebrating their second year of delivering primo music to our ear holes with a bevy of excellent musical acts. Featuring some of their very own; Holy Balm, Sex Tourist, Video Ezy and M.O.B., and some additional mates; Second Sight, La Suffocated, WDK and TRU. Not to mention the Sex Havers DJ’s. In addition to selling some fresh Paradise Daily T-shirts, they are also offering a free digital download of self titled debut Video Ezy cassette PD-003 with every pre sale ticket purchase. Get your elbows in people.


A Real Journalist Warns us WWIII with Russia, China is Already Underway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By WakingTimes

Isaac Davis, Staff Writer
Waking Times

“How many of us are aware that a world war has already begun? True. At present it’s a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction and of censorship by omission. That can change overnight.” ~John Pilger

Australian journalist John Pilger is one of the few establishment journalists who uses the platform to uncover and promulgate truth, often railing against mainstream media and their role in brainwashing and propagandizing the world on behalf of the war-mongers among us. Earlier in 2016 he spoke at a conference in Sydney, shedding light on the critical subject of nuclear weapons and the build up to World War III, which he rightfully points out as already being underway, as both Russia and China are strategically encircled by the U.S. military.

Few are willing to speak out against the insanity and inherent destructive nature of imperialism and the proliferation of state-owned weapons of mass destruction, and Pilger’s sentiments are both highly relevant and shockingly prescient as the Western media forces itself into a conflict with Russia, baiting the public with claims of Russian interference in the election.

As hot conflict becomes increasingly inevitable, Pilger reminds us that the Nobel Peace Prize president, Barak Obama, has one of the bloodiest legacies of any American president, commenting that after wining the peace prize, The Obama administration,

“… almost immediately launched a program to build more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any other American president. The cost over thirty years is estimated at $1 trillion.” ~John Pilger

The shocking truth is that in the last two years, the largest military build up since World War II has been taking place along Russia’s Wes...

A Real Journalist Warns us WWIII with Russia, China is Already Underway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Isaac Davis, Staff Writer
Waking Times

“How many of us are aware that a world war has already begun? True. At present it’s a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction and of censorship by omission. That can change overnight.” ~John Pilger

Australian journalist John Pilger is one of the few establishment journalists who uses the platform to uncover and promulgate truth, often railing against mainstream media and their role in brainwashing and propagandizing the world on behalf of the war-mongers among us. Earlier in 2016 he spoke at a conference in Sydney, shedding light on the critical subject of nuclear weapons and the build up to World War III, which he rightfully points out as already being underway, as both Russia and China are strategically encircled by the U.S. military.

Few are willing to speak out against the insanity and inherent destructive nature of imperialism and the proliferation of state-owned weapons of mass destruction, and Pilger’s sentiments are both highly relevant and shockingly prescient as the Western media forces itself into a conflict with Russia, baiting the public with claims of Russian interference in the election.

As hot conflict becomes increasingly inevitable, Pilger reminds us that the Nobel Peace Prize president, Barak Obama, has one of the bloodiest legacies of any American president, commenting that after wining the peace prize, The Obama administration,

“… almost immediately launched a program to build more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear facto...


How farms treat animals "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian politicians are seeking legalistic excuses for preventing public exposure of how farms treat animals.

Some US states have already done this with Ag-gag laws.

Farmers have two legitimate choices: either treat animals in ways the public finds acceptable, or convince the public to accept more. Finding excuses to stop the public from finding out about farm practices is not legitimate.

Now, if only the campaign could convince the public that farms' treatment of animals is a kind of sex…

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Exhibition Proposal Queries "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM) plans and develops its exhibition program two to four years in advance. Temporary exhibitions held at CAM are usually initiated internally, with staff leading the ongoing development of a balanced and varied temporary exhibitions program. The temporary exhibitions program is comprised of exhibitions which are scholarly, innovative, accessible, financially sound and focused centrally on public engagement.

As well as exhibitions developed by our in-house curatorial team, CAM works with selected partner institutions, guest curators and artists, on collaborative and touring projects. We work directly with artists or their estates in presenting their work at CAM. A limited number of projects are developed externally, usually by invitation, with other arts organisations, curators or artists. As such we are rarely able to support unsolicited proposals.

If you would like to submit an exhibition proposal to CAM we require the following information:

  • Covering letter marked attention to the Curator
  • Project outline, including description of artists/works and biographical information on the artist/s and curator
  • Proposed dates, timeline and funding
  • Other relevant information
  • Quality visual material – no more than 10 good quality images per artist (jpegs preferred)
  • Contact details

Please also note that we prefer electronic exhibition proposals sent via email.

It is strongly advised to undertake preliminary research on CAM’s exhibition program and spaces by visiting the website and/ or viewing the gallery spaces before submitting a proposal.

CAM cannot accept original artwork.

Due to the volume of material we receive we are unable to return exhibition proposals submitted to CAM. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your submission if you would like any hard copy material returned.

We are unable to provide specific feedback or respond to proposals that are outside the focus of the organisation. Proposals received by CAM are circulated to the appropriate staff for consideration. Appropriate proposals are then assessed by the CAM Exhibitions Committee at quarterly meetings.

As CAM receives a large number of proposals, a response may not be immediate, although we endeavour to respond to suitable proposals within two to three months.

Please note that we are unable to provide assistance in developing a proposal.

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What Does ASEAN Think About OPEC’s Cuts? "IndyWatch Feed"

Signs indicate that it is too early for optimism.

Monday, 28 November


6:30pm Dec 1 | Forum: The US Resettlement Deal: What does it really mean? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When: 6:30pm Thursday 1st December Where: Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne The Coalition government’s proposed resettlement deal with the US is an admission that Manus and Nauru are a dead end, but it is too shallow and too uncertain. The deal looks increasingly likely to only include small numbers of refugees at best.(...)


The Mountain Goats Announce Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of The Mountain Goats Having been announced for next year’s Bluesfest acoustic troubadours The Mountain Goats have revealed their first Australian headlinr tour dates for five years. The Mountain Goats will be making their way around the country visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide for their 2017 tour. Check out the full list […]


Despite A Few Hitches, Crowded House Made A Glorious Return To The Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Despite A Few Hitches, Crowded House Made A Glorious Return To The Opera House

“Don’t let them win”, sang Neil Finn, during the big old singalong that is ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’. He implored the throng to hold onto that thought, as it’s an important one right now, and everyone raised their voices a bit louder. And although this was not a political night in any way, this definitely is a thought we do need to hold onto so that the dream doesn’t end as the world enters very interesting times.

Yes, 20 years to the day and the fans have returned to the Sydney Opera House for the encore performance under the sails – albeit a paid affair for just over five thousand punters and not a farewell like 1996 with over 100,000 around the Harbour.

For some this was a chance to have a body memory of that performance two decades ago, and for others it was a chance to see Crowded House live for the first time as the band has been in dry-dock for the last five years.

The gorgeous sunset, the clouds, the coat hanger and the Opera House make for a beautiful setting for the campfire pop and rock of Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod. With the crowd buzzing over the first gig of a four-night stand, there was a great deal of pleasure rising into the night sky over Bennelong Point.

Kicking off with the same song they started with 20 years ago was sweet, and ‘Mean to Me’ had everyone warming up their vocal chords for the lengthy set ahead. Of course, outdoor gigs are not always the best for sound, and it was a bit muddy and low in volume at the start. Although the clarity improved throughout the night, the volume could have been much better, as hearing chatter throughout a rock and roll gig is not a good thing.

This is a minor quibble, as getting to hear songs like ‘Pineapple Head’, ‘Hole in The River’, ‘Fall at Your Feet’ and ‘Distant Sun’ live again made up for those issues. The community of souls in attendance singing along with ‘Weather with You’, ‘Chocolate Cake’ and ‘It’s Only Natural’ when Tim Finn joined the band definitely made for a nostalgic pop performance. The set list was a déjà vu of 20 years ago; not in the same order, but 18 of the 22 numbers played were rolled out in 1996. Definitely a nicely planned group of songs, but the flow and order just didn’t quite conspire to make it a perfect night.

But the throng loves Finn and his cohorts; they love to harmonise and the connection between Neil and Nick, and the crowd has not been dampened through the years. Of course, no Crowded House gig could be complete.........


Einstein A Go Go - 27 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Einstein A Go Go – 27th November 2016

Prof. Lawrence, Dr Krystal, Dr Lauren & Dr Shane

First Guest: Professor Richard Shine The University Of Sydney. “Teacher toad technology” and condition taste aversion. Northern Australia’s peak predators—snakes and lizards—are more likely to survive the cane-toad invasion thanks to the work of Professor Richard Shine.

Second guest: Prof. Lawrence Krauss School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and director of its Origins Project. Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe.

Third guest: Laura Mackay Doherty Institute. Winner - Young Tall Poppy Award winner 2016. Infections are generally acquired though barrier tissues such as the skin, gut and lungs. Combating infection at the earliest stages, whilst pathogens are still localised to these body surfaces represents the best opportunity for successful immune intervention and disease prevention.

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Spatial distribution of the supply of the clinical health workforce 2014: relationship to the distribution of the Indigenous population (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Spatial distribution of the supply of the clinical health workforce 2014: relationship to the distribution of the Indigenous population uses a new measure developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - the Geographically-adjusted Index of Relative Supply (GIRS) - to examine the geographic supply of the clinical health workforce in seven key professions with particular relevance to Indigenous Australians. These professions were general practitioners, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists and optometrists. Areas with lower GIRS scores are more likely to face workforce supply challenges than those with higher GIRS scores. The GIRS scores were compared with the distribution of the Indigenous population to assess the extent to which Indigenous people live in areas with lower relative levels of workforce supply.

Download report: Spatial distribution of the supply of the clinical health workforce 2014: relationship to the distribution of the Indigenous population


2017 AFSA Committee Members "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Sally Ruljancich

Sally Ruljancich has worked in fundraising for over 8 years at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to this position, she was a research assistant at the University of Melbourne for The Encyclopaedia of Melbourne and a postgraduate in the field of history. Her PhD thesis [incomplete but never forgotten] was on the regulation of the food supply of Melbourne, circa 1860-1920.

Sally is also one half of Colin and Sally’s Organic Lamb and Beef, a direct to consumer, grass-fed and certified organic farm-to-fork business. Together over the last three years they have built Colin and Sally’s, farming on 81 acres of their own land and leasing two other farms nearby.

Starting their business was a way to more fully engage with a community of conscientious meat eaters and has increasingly alerted Sally to the need for thoughtful advocacy around issues of the rights of small producers, food sovereignty and food hubs.


Vice President:

Chris Balazs

Chris is a first generation farmer. Starting with a small herd of Herefords, Chris has expanded his paddock to plate business (SageChoice) to run a sustainable business supplying ethically raised grass fed beef and lamb through a network of like-minded farmers to the local community. Passionate about ethical livestock farming and ethical meat consumption - you will find him at VFMA markets talking and advocating the need for people to understand where their food comes from and how consumers have the power to change the food paradigm for the better. Chris comes from a corporate background having worked in a large pharmaceutical company for over 18 years. Now having left the corporate life behind, Chris is primarily focused on the farming and food production. Trained and educated as a scientist, Chris is also passionate about continual education having recently completed a MBA, he brings fresh thinking to traditional farming. Years of business, management and science experience is being used to help improve and create a sustainable farming future.


FFFU Chair:

Tammi Jonas 

Current AFSA President Tammi Jonas is nominating for Chair of Fair Food United (FFFU) for 2017 to continue to lend her strong female farmer’s voice to the fight for food sovereignty in Australia.

Tammi considers herself an ethicurean farmer, mindful meatsmith, and agrarian intellectual. Along with her hypercompetent husband and three #orsmkids, she raises rare breed Large Black pigs, a motley crew of cattle, and Australorp chickens on the volcanic soils of central Victoria at Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths.



Cyclotrons for medical isotopes needed in other States, not monopolised by ANSTO in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Medical isotope productionTrisha Dee  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 28 Nov 16 ANSTO want to pick up where Canada has stepped off. Canada used to provide a significant part of the world’s radioactive isotopes. Now Australia wants to get in on this dying industry. They need to make room at Lucas Heights to do so. Hence their push to bury their toxic waste in the outback. There is no strong case for co-location.
 Noel Wauchope . The Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission recommended expanding a cyclotron industry in South Australia, to develop medical radioisotopes.


Cyclotrons for medical uses – a better option than Lucas Heights nuclear reactor "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

cyclotron - small partcle accelerator, CanadaA NEW REACTOR?  It’s the worst possible option! Nuclear Study Group  Sutherland Shire Environment Centre  1998 By R.D. (Bob) Walshe, OAM“…..There are attractive alternatives to a new reactor, especially cyclotrons. Why are they being ignored?

Dr Jim Green says, ‘There are several alternatives to a new reactor, including particle accelerators, spallation sources, and synchrotron radiation sources.’

But none of these were independently evaluated prior to the Federal Government’s 3 September 1997 statement of intention to proceed with a new reactor. Yet, says Dr Green, in all cases ‘the alternatives are preferable to a reactor, in relation to radioactive waste and safety’.

There is not room here to report the claims of all these scientific/technical alternatives, but the keenest contender, the cyclotron, suffices to demonstrate what is possible.

‘Particle accelerators’ are machines that charge particles to enormous velocities, whence they can be directed to hit a target and so produce the medical isotopes that ANSTO has led so many people to believe require a nuclear reactor. The cyclotron is at present the most useful of the accelerators.

Australia already has two cyclotrons, one in Sydney and a smaller in Melbourne. Dr Green says they are much cheaper to buy than reactors, cheaper to run, are powered by electricity not nuclear fuel, leave only a small quantity of low-level radioactive waste, and so avoid the intractable waste problem associated with a reactor.

Attractive indeed. How, then, to explain the churlish attitude of ANSTO to cyclotrons? The unavoidable answer is – because the nuclear industry fears it will be undermined by the cheaper, safer, electricity-based cyclotron industry.

Several authoritative voices have called for funds for cyclotron research; for example, the 1995 Senate Select Committee on Radioactive Waste was urged to recommend that $500,000 be spent over three years on cyclotron research – a fraction of the money lavished on the reactor – but none has been forthcoming.

The relatively cheap, safe and simple cyclotron undermines the case for a new, expensive, wast...


Eye Health web resource "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australian Indigenouse HealthInfo Net has set up an Eye Health Web Resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The tools and information on this page are set up to support health professionals and students of eye health in this group. They include links to programs and projects, reviews of the literature, relevant policies, health promotion resources and information about the workforce in this field - training, conferences and job opportunities.

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