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Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

With no clear international achievement to his name, his major accomplishment in foreign policy has been provoking significant global backlash almost across the board. [Journalist Andrew Hammond writing about US President Donald J. Trump in The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 March2018]


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Friday, 16 March


Chief Commissioner of police job description before becoming CEO of Victoria Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

One from the archives:

Ken Lay (photo above) was the first Chief Commissioner of Police to become a CEO of the business commonly referred to as Victoria Police, as per the new law enacted in 2013.

He was in office from 11th of November 2011 to 31 January 2015.

Here is the job description from 2011 for Commissioner of Police:


PERTH Bulgarians arrested in $51m WA meth bust "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bulgarians arrested in $51m WA meth bust .

March 16, 2018 at 11:46AM .

He appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court charged with possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell/supply. On Tuesday organised crime squad officers executed a search warrant at a property in Armadale seizing 527 grams of methamphetamine, two hand guns and more than $50,000 cash. .



PERTH Nun-Chucks at Northam "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Nun-Chucks at Northam .

March 15, 2018 at 12:03PM .

Northam Police have released details of a disturbance at the Boulevard Shopping Centre involving a set of nun-chucks on Wednesday March 14. Police will allege that an argument between two people took place at a motor vehicle parked in the carpark, causing members of the public to intervene. .



PERTH Ex-Docker acquitted of unlawful wounding "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ex-Docker acquitted of unlawful wounding .

March 14, 2018 at 01:56PM .

He was due to stand trial in Perth Magistrates Court but was acquitted after police prosecutors conceded there was no prospect of a conviction. Defence counsel Luka Margaretic described the complainant as opportunistic, pointing out they hadnt come forward until long after Yarran had been drafted to .



PERTH Residents call for Shire of Mundaring CEO to be investigated for decision to prosecute two dogs "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Residents call for Shire of Mundaring CEO to be investigated for decision to prosecute two dogs .

March 15, 2018 at 11:52AM .

A three-day criminal trial in the Perth Magistrates Court between the Shire and Simon Hey ruled on January 30 that lawyers acting on behalf of the Shire were unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr Heys dogs, Two Sox and Floyd, had committed the offence. Handing down his decision .


PERTH Significant Meth Seizures Across WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Significant Meth Seizures Across WA .

March 16, 2018 at 01:45PM .

The concealment was detected after the luggage was scanned by the WA Police Force Meth Truck. The man appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court charged with possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell/supply. At a residence in Armadale on Tuesday Organised Crime Squad officers targeting .



PERTH Perth court news "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth court news .

March 16, 2018 at 10:40AM .

who then took him to the Perth Magistrates Court to answer an accusation that he had Magna Structural Systems Inc. Perth & Kinross Court hears allegations of bizarre classroom jotter struggle at primary school More news for Perth Court This website uses cookies. Men arrested over Joondalup .



PERTH Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mackay supreme court list .

March 16, 2018 at 05:44PM .

Perth Magistrates Court was told Court of Appeals Division One: Party-Case Index Bailiffs of Magistrates Courts Queensland, may be contacted at the Magistrates Court addresses listed below during normal Business Hours. Mackay district. Malky Mackay and Iain Moody have been reported to the FA .



Compelling New Book: Vaccination Panic in Australia by Professor Brian Martin "IndyWatch Feed National"


Brian Martin is an emeritus professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and vice president of Whistleblowers Australia.

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Indonesia pushes for Southeast Asian patrols of disputed waters "IndyWatch Feed National"

REUTERS | Published  Friday 16 March 2018

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Indonesias president Joko Widodo holds a cabinet meeting on a warship off the Natuna Islands, in what has been called Indonesias strongest message to China over assertion of the South China Sea.

SYDNEY: Indonesia has lobbied Southeast Asian countries to carry out maritime patrols in the disputed South China Sea, claimed in most part by China, to improve security, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Friday.

Indonesia says its a non-claimant state in the South China Sea dispute but has clashed with China over fishing rights around the Natuna Islands and expanded its military presence there, and also renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone, asserting its own maritime claim.

Austalian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defense Minister Marise Payne held talks with their Indonesian counterparts Retno Marsudi and Ryacudu in Sydney, ahead of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

Australia is hosting the meeting, despite not being a member of the 10-nation bloc, as it seeks to tighten political and trade ties in the region amid Chinas rising influence.

For the South China Sea, I went around to friends ASEAN defense ministers so that each country that faces the South China Sea patrols up to 200 nautical miles, around 230 kilometers, Ryacudu told reporters at a joint press conference.

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HMAS Ballarat (center) conducts a passage exercise in the South China Sea with Japanese maritime self defense force ships,  June 2017

Indonesia is focusing on three areas, notably the Sulu Sea, the Malacca Strait and the seas around the coast of Thailand, Ryacudu said, referring to existing cooperation with Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.

If we look at the (borders) from Vietnam down to Indonesia and to the Philippines, we can see we have secured almost half of the South China Sea (in areas) we are already patrolling.

China claims most of the South China Sea, an important trade route and which is believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas, and has been building artifici...


Platypus milk saving human lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

Scientists discover unique protein in platypus milk that could save lives

14 March 2018

CSIRO molecular biologists working with Deakin University researchers have isolated the monotreme lactation protein structure for the first time, identifying a novel three-dimensional fold that the researchers say could lead to the creation of a new type of antibiotics.

From CSIRO Australia:

Saving lives with platypus milk

March 15, 2018

A breakthrough by Australian scientists has brought the introduction of an unlikely hero in the global fight against antibiotic resistance a step closer; the humble platypus.

Due to its unique features duck-billed, egg-laying, beaver-tailed and venomous- the platypus has long exerted a powerful appeal to scientists, making it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology.

In 2010 scientists discovered that platypus milk contained unique antibacterial properties that could be used to fight superbugs.

Now a team of researchers at Australias national research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Oganisation (CSIRO), and Deakin University have solved a puzzle that helps explain why platypus milk is so potent bringing it one step clos...


MACKAY Beaconsfield woman arrested on warrant to stay locked up "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A BEACONSFIELD woman arrested on a warrant will stay behind bars due to the risk she wont show up for court. Tiahrnie Jade Davis, 20, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday in custody, after she was arrested on a warrant issued March 7. Davis has been charged with car theft and three

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MACKAY Refrigeration business blues led to owners ice addiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Refrigeration business blues led to owners ice addiction

March 16, 2018 at 07:08AM ,

Parnicott faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, pleading guilty to two counts of possessing drugs exceeding Schedule 3 (but less than Schedule 4), four counts of possessing drugs and one count of possessing drug utensils. Solicitor Philip Bovey, of Cairns firm Philip Bovey & Company Lawyers,

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Protectionism is a dead-end, embrace free trade: Malcolm Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

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SYDNEY: Countries must embrace free trade and not retreat from it, and they must do so on the basis of strong and transparent rules, fair and open competition, and non-discriminatory legislation, said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday (Mar 16).

He was speaking at a conference for small and medium-sized businesses held on the sidelines of the first ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.

Open markets, together with democracy, have been two of the most powerful forces in human history, and they have led to worldwide growth and prosperity, said Mr Turnbull, giving the assurance that Australia will continue to work with its closest neighbours in the region.

You dont grow stronger by closing the door to other markets. Protectionism is a dead-end. It is not a ladder to get you out of the low-growth trap its a shovel to dig it much deeper, added Mr Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull could be alluding to US President Donald Trumps controversial move to impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminium, which could potentially affect Australia.

He described the free trade agreement inked with ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand (AANZFTA) as a demonstration to the world of what can be done by sharing ideas, expertise and new technologies for mutual benefit.

On the note of forging closer ties with ASEAN, Mr Turnbull announced that Australia will be working with the regional grouping to develop digital-trade standards, particularly for SMEs, in this age of technological advancements.

Nowhere is the potential for digital trade greater than in our region, said Mr Turnbull, who cited Google estimates of almost 4 million new users from Southeast Asia coming online every month, making it the fastest-growing Internet market in the world.

But he noted that the scale and pace in which things are changing is putting enormous pressure on existing regulations.

The ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards joint initiative provides both sides with a consistent framework to deve...


The Whitlams "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Whitlams


The Whitlams will tour nationally in May and June 2018 in their classic four-piece configuration to
bring their 25th year to a rowdy finale.
Starting the anniversary year in May 2017 selling out concert halls in each state capital with 60
piece orchestras, they end it with a jaunt through their favourite pub gigs around the country. They
are ditching the conductor and the charts, and are back to the common muscle-memory of 1000
shows and six albums.
The Whitlams' line up of Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick
Hornby on bass and Terepai Richmond on drums will be delivering the sort of sprawling,
rambunctious set they have become famous for.
We are looking forward to eight weeks straight and delving deep into the catalogue, said Tim
Freedman. We are going to prepare some rarely played album cuts from the first two albums
Introducing' and Undeniably' and Im sure theyll suit the pubs as well as they did 25 years ago.
The Whitlams are proud to announce that they are picking up a few other stars of the 90s to make
these nights especially memorable Alex Lloyd and Deborah Conway will join the bill in Sydney,
Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.
The band's career achievements include seven albums, three multi-Platinum and three Gold, and
three ARIA Awards including the Best Group presented by Gough Whitlam in 1998. In 2011
Eternal Nightcap was voted 27th on the ABC's My Favourite Album poll, and more recently
earned the 17th spot in Triple Js Hottest Australian Albums of All Time.

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Blues Uke Night "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This months UKE NIGHT at Club Mullum from 6:30pm on Thursday 22 March (a week earlier that usual), Miss Amber and Stukulele are presenting a tasty selection of Ol Time BLUES tunes with all its forms and sub genres for you to strum and or sing along with.

Special guest vocalist Shelly Brown is back as is hubby Dan Brown on keys and Kate Gittens is back on the wind type instruments.

Always a great night out! Join the mailing list for the monthly songbooks @

Entry Adults $12.50 kids under 16 $2.50

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Facebook bans Britain First - compare and contrast - multiple Hizb ut-Tahrir "Kill The Jews" Facebook pages "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook has banned Britain First and its leaders. Why is it "taking action against Britain First" who preach for peace when it takes no action against Hizb ut-Tahrir who preach the Mohammedan command to Kill The Jews? March 14, 2018 Taking Action Against Britain First People come to Facebook...


Holy By-Election Batman: Labor, Greens Square Off In A High Stakes Race "IndyWatch Feed National"

Much is at stake in tomorrows Batman by-election, for both Labor and the Greens. Ben Eltham reports from his home electorate.

The inner-Melbourne seat of Batman is unusual in many respects. Stretching approximately 10 kilometres in a concrete ribbon north from Clifton Hill to the middle ring suburbs of Preston, Reservoir and Bundoora, it encompasses much of Melbournes diversity and dynamism.

On one analysis, Batman is the most left-leaning seat in the country. According to the ABCs Vote Compass, the seat scores the most leftwards on political philosophy of all 150 federal electorates. The demographics are a rainbow coalition of white and blue collar workforce, second generation Greek and Italian immigrants, with a large swathe of Melbourne hipsterdom and LGBTIQ voters predominant.

The seats retail artery, High Street, is an epicentre of Melbourne gentrification. Served by the famous (or should that be infamous) 86 tram, old shops are being knocked down and high-rise apartment blocks are sprouting. Just a decade ago, Thornbury was a sleepy middle-ring suburb known mainly for Italian grandparents. Now its one of Melbournes hottest restaurant and bar districts, with wood-fire pizza and small bars on seemingly every block. Men with beards and women with tattoos are everywhere.

In the centre of Batman lies the suburb of Preston, where I live. Made famous by Courtney Barnett in her song Depreston, Preston is a fast-changing mix of bucolic bungalows in cul-de-sacs, old factories and warehouses, and new apartments, cafes and bike repair shops. Depreston depicts a young couple considering purchasing a house out further from their usual digs in the inner city.A poignant four minute elegy to suburban anomie, the song describes Barnetts travails house-hunting, a rite of passage all too familiar to Batman voters.  We dont have to be around all these coffee shops, Barnett tells her partner in the song.



The Canberra Times Big Stoush: Read All About It (From One Perspective) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Canberra Times is engaged in a ding-dong battle with the ACT Chief Minister, and if you believe the letters to the editor page, it has staggering levels of support. John Passant is not so sure.

The Australian Capital Territorys Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, recently made some private comments about the mainstream media recently that have provoked massive outrage, at least in the letters page of the particular newspaper outlet involved, The Canberra Times.

First, some background. In the ACTs 25 seat Legislative Assembly there are 12 Labor Party members, 11 Liberals and 2 Greens. One of those Greens, Shane Rattenbury, is a Minister in the Barr Government. This ensures there is a functioning government. The arrangement gives an ALP/Greens majority on major issues.

What is it that Barr said that has so outraged the people of the ACT? To help explain let me publish in New Matilda my letter to the Canberra Times on the subject, sent on Tuesday 13 March and, as of Friday 16 March, still unpublished. I wrote:

Amid all the pro-Canberra Times letters expressing outrage over the comments of our chief Minister, I had been looking forward to reading a number defending Andrew Barrs fairly truthful analysis of our modern mainstream media. The fact that they have not been forthcoming suggests one of two things. Either every Canberran is incensed by Andrew Barrs comments, or The Canberra Times is exercising a benign censorship over the letters page. It would be interesting to see an analysis of pro- and anti-Barr letters submitted versus the number published.

I find it hard to disagree with this from Barr:

Im over dealing with the mainstream media as a form of communication with the people of Canberra. What passes for a daily newspaper in this city is a joke and it will be only a matter of years before it closes down

He then went on to say that the circulation of the print edition of The Canberra Times was less than 15,000.

These comments appear to me to have the ring of truth about them. So tell us, CT, what is the circulation of the print edition, and does management think it is in terminal decline? Is it making a profit or a loss? If it is making a loss what are the long-term plans for the paper if it continues its loss making ways?

Every move by the Canberra Times to address these issues such as the Fairfaxisation of the paper and now its Murdochisation only appears to exacerbate the fall in paid hard copy readership.



The Demolished Building in Kentucky Challenges MSM Fake News Yet Again (Building 7) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The tallest building in Kentuckys capital was demolished on Sunday 11 March, 2018. 38 floors came crashing down in a controlled implosion Sunday, delighting thousands of onlookers.

I gave a talk at a high school the other day about how conspiracies are formed. Nearly all of the enthusiastic students that packed the auditorium had heard of the Kennedy assassination. All knew of the collapses of the twin towers. Yet, almost no student was aware that a third skyscraper, Building 7, had collapsed on the 11 September, 2001.

The Fake News mainstream media have done an excellent job of deception. A deception that resulted in the murder of over a million people.


The wonderful thing about Fake News, is that it keeps germinating into new episodes of Fake News. Easily cloned and manufactured.

Photo sourced from Christopher Brooks Facebook page.




The Weekend Quiz March 17-18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend 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. Start from a situation where both the external surplus and the fiscal surplus are equal to 2 per cent of GDP. If the fiscal balance stays constant and the external surplus rises to be 4 per cent of GDP then national income has to rise and the private domestic balance moves from 0 to 2 per cent of GDP.

2. If all bank loans had to be backed by reserves held at the bank then this would act as a brake on the capacity of the banks to lend.

3. Assume a nation's central bank successfully maintains a zero interest rate policy and recession keeps the inflation rate at zero. Under these circumstances a program of fiscal austerity can reduce the public debt ratio even if the movements in the automatic stabilisers reduce the growth of tax revenue.



East Timor - A Debt of Honour. For Della, Wayne and the boys. "IndyWatch Feed National"

"I dunno if we're the best infantry in the world, but we're pretty bloody good!" Understatement of the century.


Tax Preparation San Diego California Fleetridge Financial, Inc. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fleetridge Financial, Inc. is a local accounting and tax preparation services office in Mission Valley San Diego California.


Tax Preparation San Diego California Fleetridge Financial, Inc. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fleetridge Financial, Inc. is a local accounting and tax preparation services office in Mission Valley San Diego California.


The current state of Australian UFOlogy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

Today's post is being typed as I lounge by the backyard family swimming pool with a glass of Victorian Chardonnay at hand. It is a personal reflection of my recent review of several Australian UFO websites; over 60 Australian UFO Facebook pages; several Australian blogs belonging to individuals, and private email discussions with a number of selected high profile Australian 'researchers.'


No, not the android character from the Star Trek franchise, but pieces of information. Sightings of things in the Australian sky are reported to a large number of Internet sites. These range from overseas based organisations such as MUFON, to Peter Devonport's NUFORC, to local sites such as UFOR (NSW) Incorporated, and UFOR (Qld) Incorporated. Both Sydney and Perth observatories receive sightings, as do dozens of Facebook pages.

I can't find anyone who regularly monitors this vast area of data; collects it in one place and attempts to analyse it. The one exception to this statement is that for a period of 12 months, Melbourne based researcher Paul Dean and my co-blogger Keith Basterfield (on a long term break from UFO research at the moment) did just that. However, it is interesting to note that almost no Australian UFOlogists commented that they found it of any value to them!


Readers of my last few columns will be aware by now that the question of lack of interest in analysis of sightings by Australian UFO 'researchers' is a pet peeve of mine. Raw sightings contain valuable information about the UFO phenomenon. When was the last time you saw a table of numbers of reports versus time of day for Australian sightings? Or a breakdown of types of Australian sightings under the J Allen Hynek classification system, ie nocturnal lights, CE 1, CE2 etc? Or the number of witnesses per type of sighting? On the la...


On guns and why I don't trust governments the way I trust the people I know "IndyWatch Feed National"

I agreed with John Howard after the Port Arthur massacre. When he set up the buy-backs and gun amnesties I handed in our .22s and a shotgun. I thought he was right to ban semi-automatic weapons. I spent 8 years in the army and was awarded the crossed-rifles "Skill At...


Causes of death patterns and people's use of aged care "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Nearly 245,000 older people (Indigenous Australians aged 50 and over, and non-Indigenous Australians aged 65 and over) died between July 2012 and June 2014. This report presents information on the cause of death patterns, and any aged care services they used before their death. This is the first time this analysis has been done in Australia.

The leading causes of death for these older Australians were Coronary heart disease (14% of deaths), Dementia (9%), Cerebrovascular disease (stroke) (8%), Lung cancer (5%), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (5%) and Diabetes (3%).

These 6 conditions also account for more than 40% of the total burden of disease for older Australians.

4 in 5 (80%) of people in the study cohort had used an aged care program sometime before their death. Cause of death patterns differed somewhat between this group and people who had not used any aged care.

Coronary heart disease (14%) was the leading underlying cause of death for people who had used aged care, followed by Dementia (11%). For people who had not used aged care, Coronary heart disease was also the leading underlying cause of death (16%), but this was followed by Lung cancer (9%). Cancer-related causes were more common among those who had not used any aged care.

Causes of death patterns and people's use of aged care.


NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service provides expert clinical guidance and support to NSW doctors considering prescribing a cannabis medicine for their patient.Based at John Hunter Hospital at Hunter New England Local Health District, the Service offers expert clinical advice to NSW doctors on whether cannabinoids may be an appropriate treatment option for their patient, available clinical evidence, known contraindications and risks, available products, and monitoring requirements.

The Service is part of the NSW Government $21 million commitment to advance our understanding for the safe and appropriate use of cannabis medicines to treat serious and debilitating symptoms. It is available to NSW doctors and health care professionals. It is operational Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm snd can be contacted by email> or by telephone (02) 4923 6200.

The Service can assist with:

* understanding the latest evidence around cannabis medicines
* understanding the regulatory requirements for cannabis prescription
* considering tools to monitor a patient's progress whilst using cannabis medicines
* provision of protocols to facilitate cannabis medicine prescribing
* information about dosing and titration in individual patients


FixedIt: What was the inquest told? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC reported on the inquest into Kerry Michaels alleged murder.

A number of quotes from the inquest were included in the article. Any one of them would have been a reasonable focus for a headline.

Kerry Michael, 44, had been repeatedly bashed with a rock and left about 200 metres from the summit of Mount Roland, in Tasmanias north, in 2015.

Detective Bryan said Michael told him he was just trying to hurt her, I was hitting her with rocks and stuff I was like a deranged lunatic.

Dr Lawrence said she was struck between three to eight times, with at least one of the blows delivered while she was lying on the ground.

Instead, the ABC chose to use the jealous husband snapped angle. This language has been highlighted in a huge number of reporting on how the media fails to report violence against women accurately. There are too many to list them all, but here are quotes from a few of them:

ANROWS: Media representations of violence against women and their children: Final report

Myths and misrepresentations still find their way into reporting. 14.8 % of incident based reporting offers excuses for the perpetrator, like he was drinking, using drugs, jealous/seeking revenge, snapped or lost control.

Though we know the news media can be a powerful source of information for women looking to leave a violent relationship, only 4.3 % of news reports included help seeking information (1800RESPECT or others).

Victorian Council of Social Service: Five Things Men Say to Justify Violence Against Women

An all too common barrier to change can be the perception that our behaviour is out of our control at times. Many men I work with are reluctant to describe choices of violent behaviour they have made, instead using language that suggests a lack of responsibility; I just snapped, just lost it.

Ombudsman Western Australia: Understanding family and domestic violence

The research literature suggests that perpetrators of fami...


Cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia data visualisations [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new web report with data visualisations:

Cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia presents the latest available information on national population screening programs, cancer incidence, survival, prevalence and mortality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, compared with non-Indigenous Australians. Information is available to explore by sex, age, state and territory, remoteness area and trend.

Latest findings:
* Between 2009 and 2013, an average of 1,279 new cancer cases were diagnosed each year in Indigenous Australians
* Between 2011 and 2015, there was an average of 551 cancer-related deaths each year for Indigenous Australians
* In 2007-2014, Indigenous Australians diagnosed with cancer had a 50% relative chance of surviving five years
* In 2009-2013, Indigenous Australians were 1.1 times as likely to be diagnosed with cancer as non-Indigenous Australians
* In 2011-2015, Indigenous Australians were 1.4 times as likely to die from cancer as non-Indigenous Australians
* In 2007-2014, Indigenous Australians had lower five-year relative survival compared with non-Indigenous Australians

Download web report: Cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia.

Media release: Indigenous Australians more likely to be affected by cancers associated with preventable risk factors and are 1.4 times as likely to die from cancer as non-Indigenous Australians.


Saffin to run as Labor head office intervenes in Lismore, Ballina pre-selections "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Janelle Saffin is hoping to be the next state representative for Lismore. Tree Faerie


Labors head office in Sydney has intervened in local branch pre-selections for the state seats of Lismore and Ballina to ensure it has a greater chance of winning the Federal seat of Page from Kevin Hogan.

Ballinas Deputy Mayor is now hoping to be the next Labor candidate for Page. Photo supplied

In Ballina, deputy mayor Keith Williams has chosen not to nominate for the state election despite announcing his intention to do so last month.

And in Lismore former Federal MP Janelle Saffin has put herself forward, and will fight it out against local Lismore woman Jasmine Knight-Smith.

Lismores mayor Isaac Smith withdrew from the race after pressure from Labors head office in Sydney which wanted a female candidate.

Ballinas Cr Williams decision not to run also followed an approach from  Labors assistant general secretary George Simon who told him that Labor had bigger plans for him as the potential candidate for the Federal...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00010 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.05 AUD


14 Fake Olive Oil Brands To Avoid + 6 Ways to Know If It is Real or Fake "IndyWatch Feed National"

Olive oil is something that is used by people all over the world, not just for its rich and robust taste but for its numerous health benefits. What people do not realize is that a lot of the commercial olive oil brands are not olive oil at all.  If you are getting fake or even rancid olive oil you arent able to reap any of those benefits.

When it comes to picking out your olive oil you should be looking at quite a few different things. If you are getting good quality legitimate olive oil it will taste completely different from the rest. You have to be sure you are without a doubt getting what you are paying for. Below you will find a list of things you should know when it comes to picking out your olive oil and/or deciding if the olive oil you have should be thrown out.

At least seven of the biggest olive oil manufacturers here in the United States have been cutting their products with inferior oils. Oils like sunflower oil or canola oil. They are doing this in order to cut back on the cost of production but for people who try to use olive oil as a healthy alternative to other oils, this is a huge slap in the face.

The oil is mixed, fragrance, and flavored before being shipped out to stores. It is marketed and sold as extra virgin. Testing done in Australia found that in 2012 none of their brands labeled extra virgin were pure olive oil. This finding led to a study carried out by the University of California.

In this study 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil were tested and over seventy percent of the samples were proved to be fake olive oil. Just which brands were shown to be fake and which brands were real?

Fake Olive Oil Brands That Failed The Test

Antica Badia
Felippo Berio
Whole Foods

Real Olive Oil That Passes the Test:

Kirkland Organic
Corto Olive
Bariani Olive Oil
Olea Estates
McEvoy Ranch Organic
California Olive Ranch
Combram Estate

6 Ways to Know Whether or Not Your Olive Oil is Real:

1. Are you able to buy directly from the source?

If you dont live in an area where olive oil is produced you cannot go directly to the source. However, if you do live somewhere you can go directly to the source, do so. Find out if the olives are processed within 24 hours of being harvested and see if it tastes right. If things taste mol...


Preparing for disruption by driverless and electric cars "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

MOST governments and regulators will admit they were taken by surprise by Uber, yet with many car companies expecting to have driverless cars in the early 2020s (two years away), a lot of questions remain unanswered. The chief executive and commissioner of the National Transport Commission, Paul Retter, acknowledged as much at the Australian Logistics Council Forum in Sydney last week. Equally, electric cars (driverless or not) present a major tax question. Smart governments would be preparing for the disruption.

Australias position is made worse because it is a federation. The states jealously guard several key things: revenue from car registration; power over traffic enforcement; power to set the traffic rules; and power over compensation for personal injury on the road.

The last one is particularly contentious as the present ACT jury studying the system attests. Governments are sensitive to high premiums (which many motorists confuse with government-imposed registration fees). And they are concerned by the powerful insurance lobby which in the early years of this century successfully browbeat state governments to cut victims compensation rights.

Now emerging technology presents an opportunity to sweep away this mish-mash of eight sets of driver licensing, vehicle registration and injury compensation schemes overlaid by a national fuel tax and national vehicle importation rules.

Now there is no domestic car industry and all vehicles are imported, it would be sensible to have federal vehicle registration based on the federally mandated standards for imported vehicles.

There is so much integration now with the state demerit-points systems and the road laws, we may as well have one Australian driver licensing and road-law scheme which the states can continue to administer.

The Feds might be able to use its international trade power to do this, but it would be better if the states co-operated.

How do we get the states to agree? By the usual two methods the Feds get the states to agree on any uniform action: bribery and blackmail. Join the scheme or your funding dries up.

Enter the technology. Telematics are so sophisticated now...


Response to Manipulative population interactive on ABC that tries to normalise the babyboom "IndyWatch Feed National"

The page I am writing about is on the Australian ABC website, entitled, "You decide Australias population, well show you how it looks," by journalist Inga Ting, Mark Doman, Ri Liu and Nathan Hoad. The arguments presented are a kind of demographer's fantasy. Demography is not population science; it is maths and statistics. Maths and statistics are not themselves science. They can be used as much for population science, to test theories, as they can be used for advertising and propaganda. Demographers are often also economists and they usually try to establish trends in population numbers in isolation from the environment, social values, or deep history. What they call population science is usually only economics, which many people think is now practised as a dogma. They do not tend to challenge propaganda and, for this reason, they are very useful for governments and corporate media that want to push peoples' thinking in a certain direction about population.[1] This interactive article on the ABC gets the reader to make certain decisions, comes up with biased feedback, and then invites the reader to change their minds. To be unbiased, this interactive would need to list the positives of lowering population growth. It fails to. It does mention some as opinions, but it does not employ related arguments in its presentation of demographic trends in Australia.

The message of "You decide Australias population, well show you how it looks," is that if we choose low immigration, the size of the population over 64 will be greater than the size of the population under 15 yrs old. It compares the size of the post WW2 baby-boomer population, as if this were a norm, with the projected elderly population.

"In 2101, one in eight Australians will be children, compared to nearly one in three in 1960. At the same time, one in three will be 65 or older, compared to one in 10 in 1960."

There are a number of flaws in this.

1. The baby boomer population was the first of its kind, and should not be used as a norm.

2. There is an insistence on maintaining and increasing our current population in Australia and, by implication, everywhere else, but our current populations are the largest by an order of magnitude that have ever existed. They are not 'normal'. They are out of proportion to all human h...


Changes to over-the-top secrecy laws dont go far enough "IndyWatch Feed National"

Proposed amendments to the Turnbull Governments secrecy laws are a step in the right direction but dont go far enough, the Human Rights Law Centre told a parliamentary committee this morning.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is holding an inquiry into the proposed espionage and foreign interference legislation, which would overhaul Australias secrecy offences, and introduce a range of other national security offences.

Following strong criticism by the Human Rights Law Centre, Law Council and other organisations, the Attorney-General, Christian Porter, has proposed a range of amendments. However people who expose government misconduct would still face up to 20 years in prison under the bill.

Dr Aruna Sathanapally, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that while the amendments respond to some of the serious concerns, others are yet to be addressed and the laws are still not fit for a democracy that values healthy public scrutiny of government.

"Whistleblowers shouldnt face imprisonment of 10 to 20 years for exposing government wrongdoing. This is not the message we should be sending to conscientious public servants, civil society or the press. Thats not the type of country we want to be," said Dr Sathanapally,

The Attorney-General has proposed improvements to the defence for journalists, and cut back on some of the excessive protection of government information with little connection to national security or public safety. The changes would also introduce separate criminal offences for public servants, and for those outside the public service, such as the press, civil society or the general public.

However the new laws would still criminalise the mere receipt of government information classified as "secret", with no requirement that any harm was caused to national security.

"It is deeply troubling that a member of the public could still face a prison sentence merely for receiving classified information, for example, as an anonymous tip off to an advocacy group," Dr Sathanapally said.

The amendments largely leave the other offences in the bill untouched, including broad espionage offences and the expansion of the definition of "national security" to include Australias economic relations.

"These new laws risk capturing legitimate international cooperation on global issues, and activities in the regular course of journalism, research or advocacy. They need to be comprehensively reworked."

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is due to deliver its report on the proposed laws in April.



Arts Thursday 15 March Introducing Cement Fondu "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Arts Thursday 15 March 2018, presented by Bronwyn Rennex


Megan Monte (left) and Josephine Skinner (right) Directors of Cement Fondu in the project space that was a collaboration between Studio A artist Emily Crockford and artist Rosie Deacon.



I speak to Josephine Skinner and Megan Monte, Co-Directors of a new contemporary art space in Paddington called Cement Fondu.

Cement Fondu will present a multi art form program of curated exhibitions, featuring visual arts, performance, dance and music by Australian and International artists.

The inaugural exhibition takes a fresh look at SUBURBIA through the eyes of a culturally and geographically diverse selection of artists. It will include collaborations with other organisations including Studio A  who tackle the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists and Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement who are devoted to empowering groups and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through training and employment in creative and critical writing initiatives.

My music selection for the show has a suburban feel.



The whole program can be heard through the Arts Thursday page by clicking on the date 15 March 2018.And watch out for individual podcasts at a later date.

Join Bronwyn Rennex fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday.

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MACKAY Car theft accused returned to cells by annoyed magistrate "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A SARINA man accused of car theft was barely out of his cell for a minute before an annoyed magistrate ordered him back to Mackay Watch-house. Kurt James Dobson, 29, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Magistrate Damien Dwyer began reading out charges eight counts of receiving

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MACKAY Disqualified driver back in court on fresh charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Disqualified driver back in court on fresh charge

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But less than two months later Ebony May Blage was back in court in Mackay, facing charges of driving without a licence, disqualified by court order, at Andergrove. The 23-year-old faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, alongside lawyer Geoff Govey (of Taylors Solicitors), and did not enter a

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The strange case of alleged sexual predator Malka Leifer in Israel "IndyWatch Feed National"

My investigation in the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age:

The legal pursuit in Israel of alleged sexual predator Malka Leifer took a strange turn this week.

As she fought extradition attempts by Victoria Police over 74 charges of child sexual abuse, the 54-year-old first gained, then lost the support of influential Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman.

Grossman is a highly respected rabbi in Israel. He was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement in 2004  Israels highest cultural honour  and hes the founder and head of Migdal Ohr, a major NGO that helps children and underprivileged teens across Israel.

But last week, in a surprise appearance before the Jerusalem district court, he pledged to monitor Leifer under house arrest if the judge agreed to her release from police custody.

It was humiliating, he claimed, for Leifer to remain incarcerated, and bad for her mental health.

The court apparently agreed and authorised her release.

Leifer is a former teacher and principal at Melbournes ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school, who fled Australia with the aid of the Adass community after her alleged offending was revealed.

One of Leifers alleged victims, Melbourne-based Dassi Erlich, was gutted at the courts decision.

We are trying so desperately to hold onto hope and trying to desperately see justice. We want to hold onto the fact that we will see her back in Australia one day, she said.

However, early this week, Grossman reversed his position and withdrew support for Leifer, citing the perception that his backing had been interpreted as supporting an attempt to avoid trial.

There are many confounding aspects of this case including the role of Rabbi Grossman.

Grossman has assisted accused sexual predators before, including Breslov Rabbi Eliezer Berland who fought extradition to Israel from South Africa.  Grossman went to South Africa twice and...


Australian Taxation Office Reports Scammers Collecting Bitcoin On Its Behalf "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Taxation Office warned public to beware of scammers requesting tax payment via Bitcoin, crypto. #NEWS


Cost of Healthcare in the U.S. vs. Outcomes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Your what hurts? Via: JAMA: In 2016, the US spent 17.8% of its gross domestic product on health care, and spending in the other countries ranged from 9.6% (Australia) to 12.4% (Switzerland). Life expectancy in the US was the lowest of the 11 countries at 78.8 years (range for other countries, 80.7-83.9 years; mean []


Saving the world one development at a time "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Chair of Rainforest Rescue Madeleine Faught with reseach assistant Melissa Bautista celebrating their cassowary award. Photo Aslan Shand.

Rainforest Rescue may be based in Mullumbimby but their work of protecting rainforests stretches around the world with a significant amount of their work focussing on the Daintree low land rainforest. The primary aim for the organisation is purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforest and preserving its biodiversity.

In recognition of this valuable work they recently received the prestigious Thorsborne Award at the 2018 Wet Tropics Management Authoritys Cassowary Awards night in Cairns.

Named in honour of Margaret Thorsborne a renowned environmental activist, now in her 90s, known for throwing herself in front of bulldozers the award is in its 30th year.

Margaret was a forerunner in dedicating her life to saving the wet tropics, said Madeleine Faught who is chair of the board of Rainforest Rescue.

Madeleine attended the ceremony with her partner Dr Robert Kooyman and was honoured to share the award with Dr Karen Coombes an internationally recognised scientist who works with tree kangaroos.

We were the only out off state organisation nominated for an award, continued Margaret.

Were are so hands on and there is so much passion behind what we do. I felt gratified and so excited that our long years of dedicated work were recognised by such a prestigious award. I was felt honoured to have the stage with so many other passionate people focussed on conserving and preserving the world heritage values of the area.

Since their beginning in 2004 Rainforest Rescue have purchased 30 properties. The primary criteria for property purchases are around the significance of the remnant rainforest on the property as well as connectivity corridors for animals like the endangered cassowary.

Many of the properties they buy are on the market to be developed an...


Narcissism isnt what it used to be "IndyWatch Feed National"

While it is a popular assumption that millennials have developed an over-inflated sense of ego thanks to their digital technologies, todays brand of narcissism is radically different and detached from that of the 1980s yuppie narcissism familiar in books such as Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho and films such as Wall Street, which turned 30 in December.


Asbestos test kits on offer for Tweed householders "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed householders will soon be able to use asbestos test kits at $45 per kit to allow them to sample material for identification.

Tweed Shire Council is set to place on public exhibition its plan for the testing kits in a scheme which other northern rivers councils are participating in.

If the test does identify asbestos containing material (ACM), council says residents may then make an informed decision when undertaking any renovation or repairs at their home.

As part of updating its waste policy, council is also proposing to introduce smaller (140-litre) mobile bins for organics collection with a $75 so residents have a choice with the larger 240-litre green-lid bins available since July last year at an annual fee of $80 for 52 collections.

Council staff say that since introducing the service, it had received a number of requests for a smaller 140-litre organics bin from people generating small quantities of organic waste or who had difficulty handling the larger 240-litre bin.

They say the contract rate for collection of the 240-litre organics bin is 74 cents per collection, while the 140-litre organics bin will be 73 cents per collection and processing costs at the Stotts Creek Resource Resource Centre.

The proposed bin costs-recovery charge was placed on public exhibition and received one submission in relation to the 140-litre green bin.

In their report, staff said this submission was from councils supervisor of customer service who recommended some additional bin size options and improved operational efficiencies.

They said councils waste management unit will negotiate those recommendations with its waste collections contractor who will be supplying the 140-litre organics bin and coordinating any uptake of the service.

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Bill Shortens profoundest legacy can be his immediate resignation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Shorten had his time as a government and we saw his wares. We experienced what he was about. He sold himself as someone from within a union championing minimum standards for the worker. But he sold out this sell when he was the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation. He []


Tweed set to manage its flying-fox camps "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Council is set to adopt a plan which aims to protect flying foxes while addressing community concerns over the 16 known active flying-fox camps in the shire.

In the past, flying fox camps near residential areas have caused some angst with residents, with some considering them a nuisance and taking their own action to get rid of them or stop them from settling there.

But others including conservationists say the two species of flying fox (Black and Grey-headed) are listed as vulnerable or protected under state and federal law and should be looked after.

The state government in 2015, through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), released its flying-fox camp management policy to provide councils and land managers guidance to work with their local communities in managing the impacts of the camps on surrounding communities.

The council plan is in accordance to that policy in recommending shire-wide or regional camp management
approaches to address the movement of flying-foxes, seasonal relocation of camps and implications of management actions for humans and flying-foxes.

At its meeting next Thursday, Tweed councillors will consider adopting its own camp management plan.

Its stated aims are: to support councils ability to respond to community concerns regarding flying foxes; ensure positive conservation outcomes for flying foxes in the shire; enhance community awareness and understanding of flying-fox ecology and behaviour; and facilitate streamlined camp management approvals and actions where appropriate.

The plan, endorsed by council in late 2016, was put on public exhibition late last year and received seven submissions from organisations and individuals.

Council staff says some of the key issues raised by the submissions included:

* Support for the objectives, comprehensive camp information and conservation strategy of the plan.

* Recognition of the importance of education and support for the education strategy within the plan.

* Recognition of the critical and unique opportunity presented through strategic land use planning to avoid creating situations of conflict by not locating residential development near existing flying-fox camps.

* Concern that the plan does not adequately prioritise people affected by flying-fox camps and that the plan states a preference for the management of flying-fox camps in situ.

* Recommendations for increased buffer distances and increased use of buffer zones to reduce conflict between people and flying-fox camps.

In their report, staff say all the Tweed camps are seasonally variable in relation to the...


Tropical cyclone expected to form off Northern Territory coast, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

An intensifying tropical low north of the Tiwi Islands is moving southeast across the Arafura Sea and is expected to turn south towards the north coast of the Top End on Friday. This system is expected to reach Category 1 tropical cyclone intensity on March 16 and...... Read more


Shark nets continue to kill harmless marine life "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

One of two rays found caught in shark nets off Ballina beaches. Photo Sea Shepherd

Only one of 56 animals caught in shark nets along the north coast was a target shark species, according to new data.

Humane Society International marine scientist Jessica Morris said the data proved the nets do not work and continue to kill harmless and threatened marine life.

Figures from January and February show out of 56 caught animals 15 were killed, including dolphins, rays, and hammerhead sharks which are harmless to humans. Only one of the animals captured was a target shark species, Ms Morris said.

Last seasons shark net trial on the North Coast caught 9 target sharks making up only 3 per cent of the total catch, with the remaining 97 per cent comprising harmless marine animals, including a critically endangered grey nurse shark, four dolphins and 11 threatened marine turtles.

The NSW North Coast net exemption allows shark net trials to continue until 31 October 2019, despite the shocking marine animal death statistics and negative community feedback after the first trial concluded last year.

How many more months of damning data will it take for government to finally realise this experiment is an utter failure, and shut it down?

Non-lethal alternatives to nets are available and we cannot afford to keep killing harmless and protected species for the next 18 months or more..

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Hundreds still displaced from homes after floods "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A flooded Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

A survey of of more than 2,500 Northern Rivers people affected by the 2017 floods shows that four per cent of residents are still displaced and a fifth of residents were still distressed.

As the anniversary of the floods approach, a study has found that the flood had a significant impact on mental health and wellbeing.

The University Centre for Rural Health will release the initial findings of the After the Flood survey at a seminar on Thursday March 22.

Across the Northern Rivers region more than 2,500 people responded to the survey, providing valuable insights into the extent of flood damage and how it affected them.

Project Co-ordinator Dr Veronica Matthews said almost everyone who did the survey reported being affected by flood damage.

Our findings show that the mental health risk was higher for people who had a number of places flooded, and the risk increased the longer someone was displaced from their home.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the survey, and we know it was challenging for some people to think back on their flood experience.

We will have more survey findings in the future on aspects such as the impact on specific groups, and factors that may build resilience.

UCRH Director Ross Bailie said it was important that the information from the survey was used to help prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

We promised to report the survey results back to the community, and the research seminar at UCRH on 22 March is part of this process.

We have briefed our State MPs and other community leaders about the initial survey findings, and highlighted the importance of mental health impacts of natural disasters to planning and policy making.

Our community advisory groups, made up of representatives of business, residents groups, volunteers, government and non-government agencies have begun working on responses to this research, Mr Bailie said.

The initial findings will be presented at a health research seminar at the University Centre for Rural Health on Thursday 22 March 2018 at 5pm.

The post...


Indonesia supports Aust inclusion in ASEAN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indonesias President Joko Widodo has indicated his support for Australia to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ahead of a special summit in Sydney.
I think its a good idea, he told Fairfax Media in an interview published on Friday.
The president said it would be better for stability, economic stability, and also political stability. Sure, it will be better for the region.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull responded to the interview by saying he looked forward to discussing that with President Jokowi if he raises it with me.
Mr Turnbull will on Friday open a special leaders summit in Sydney at a business forum attended by the 10 ASEAN member country leaders.
The summit marks a coming of age of Australias relationship with Southeast Asia, he said on Thursday.As a bloc the 10 ASEAN member countries make up Australias third-largest trading partner, worth almost $100 billion in 2016/17.
Australia is not a formal member of ASEAN but maintains a role as a strategic partner and takes part in the biennial leaders summit first instituted in 2016.
Mr Turnbull hopes this years meeting will help to unlock new opportunities for trade and investment that will support jobs in Australia and across the region.
Mr Turnbull is particularly keen to see Australian small businesses get a piece of the action amid a rapidly expanding middle class in the region.
By 2030, there will be an estimated 161 million middle-class households. The region is expected to grow by at least 5.4 per cent for the next decade, significantly higher than the global average.
Mr Turnbull will on Friday hold bilateral talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after the pair dined together on Thursday night.
Mr Widodo arrives in Sydney on Friday and is expected to have dinner with Mr Turnbull at his Sydney harbourside home in the evening.
The two countries hope to sign a free trade deal on the sidelines of the summit after failing to meet a deadline late last year, although negotiations are ongoing.
AAP understands 95 per cent of the deal has been finalised.

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No SAfrica farmer double standard: Bishop "IndyWatch Feed National"

South Africa has demanded Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton withdraw comments suggesting persecuted white farmers need protection from a civilised country.

Canberras high commissioner has been hauled in for a meeting with officials in Pretoria after Mr Dutton said the farmers deserved protections under special visas from Australia.South Africa has rejected his suggestion that white farmers are facing horrific circumstances.

I do think, on the information Ive seen, people do need our help and they need help from a civilised country like ours, Mr Dutton had said, suggesting an announcement could be made soon about special visa support.

But Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has defended Mr Duttons remarks, denying theres a double standard in him speaking up for white South African farmers but not Palestinian farmers persecuted by Israel.

I reject that what we do in our humanitarian visa program is assess visas on their merits and thats what Peter Dutton as home affairs minister does everyday, she told ABC radio on Friday.

But she said she and Mr Dutton were working to determine if any changes were needed to the offshore humanitarian visa program.Ms Bishop wouldnt comment on High Commissioner Adam McCarthy being hauled in for a meeting, but said he was in regular contact with the South African government about Australian concerns.

She said Australia wanted the nation to ensure the safety of all citizens, and ensure any changes to land ownership wont disrupt the economy or lead to violence.

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Australians No Longer Care About Other Australians. Brainwashed by the Australian government? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Homeless people are people with no permanent home, they sleep in cars, family garages, in doss houses or perhaps a family member's home.

People living rough live on park benches under bridges, anywhere they can find where they hope they will be safe.

The Australian government DOES NOT CARE about these people, & the majority of Australian citizens do not care about these people. Just think about that, is this what we have become as a nation, as a people? Do we have no honour at all? No caring attitude towards fellow Australians in need?

We have the power to put things right, it is quite obvious that the government is not governing Australia properly, it is quite obvious that the care & welfare of the Australian people is not their priority. Oh you may be fine, you may have a good job & a nice home so why should you care about other Australians who have nothing?! What does this say about you as a person who is not willing to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!


Sacred Fire of Liberty, Jonathan Emord, Kim-Trump summit, tax cut triumph, Hillary blame game, Tillerson tweet firing, space travel DNA, Homeopathy action alert, Indiana CBD bill, surfing for PTSD, Klingon language course and MORE! "IndyWatch Feed National"

March 15, 2018 7-9PM ET

Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show: Live from SanTan Brewing Company in Chandler, AZ

Sacred Fire of Liberty!

Its that time of the week where we get to explore the political healing that this country needs so desperately! Jonathan Emord is here to help us dissect the latest political news thats fit to print:

North Koreas foreign minister visits Sweden amid talks of Kim-Trump summit North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho is making a rare and surprise visit to Sweden amid speculation that Stockholm might be the location of the planned summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sweden is the diplomatic liaison between the U.S. and North Korea. Swedish officials have offered their country as a possible summit site. Talks will focus on Swedens consular responsibilities as a protecting power for the United States, Canada and Australia, the ministry said in a statement, but they also will address the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.

The big lesso...


Staus of Bellingen Road as at March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

from " The MyRoadInfo website"

Bellingen Road [Closed]
Road remains closed to the public from Byrnes Bridge. Designated as a Fire Trail Access only for emergency services vehicles and not maintained by Council. Vehicles travelling on this road do so at their own risk.


Tropical storm Fifteen is forecast to strike Australia at about 06:00 GMT on 16 March. - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thomson Reuters FoundationTropical storm Fifteen is forecast to strike Australia at about 06:00 GMT on 16 March.Thomson Reuters Foundation... * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Tropical storm Fifteen is forecast to strike Australia at about 06:00 GMT on 16 March. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon ...and more 


March 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Close the Gap Day
An annual event to raise awareness of the health experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Evidence indicates that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a life expectancy approximately 10 years less than other Australians. The day aims to promote health equality within a generation.

1774 - Cat lovers, unite and celebrate with some fermented catnip!
Or purchase a Catshead apple tree from Rippon Lea to mark the occasion!
Matthew Flinders, explorer, navigator, author and faithful servant to his cat Trim, was pupped on this day in Lincolnshire.

1787 - The (rabble was rousing) First Fleet was gathering at Mother Bank off the Isle of Wight.

1791 - The first bush blocks land grants were made to free men ie those without either type of ball and chain.

1826 - saw the establishment of the Australian Subscription Library, which morphed into  the Sydney Free Public Library which in turn became the State Library of NSW.
Go and celebrate at a library today!
Or at least return those overdue books.

1836 - Down in Tassie a wooden tramway was completed where convicts hauled the trucks between Port Arthur and Norfolk Bay.
Lucky buggers, think of the stunning views they could have enjoyed!

1839 - William Hamilton a Presbyterian Minister appointed by the Presbytery of NSW wrote,
" The Aboriginal natives are not very numerous yet a few are found everywhere. I believe they have very much decreased since the settlers with their convict servants came among them and they are likely to decrease, not that they are now frequently killed by the whites in these parts which have been for some years settled but because they have few children or at least few that are seen growing up."

1841 - Edward Davis, who was not the Messiah but just another naughty bushranger handing out his booty to the poor, was "hanged by the neck until he was dead". Yep, that'll do it!

1914 Fourteen people died in a train accident at Exeter, New South Wales.

1928 - The Stony Crossing Railway Line was opened for its whole 63 kms from Murrabit (Vic) to Stony Crossing (NSW).

1932 - The first flashing light signal for road traffic crossing railway tracks was installed at Mentone in Moorabin Road.

1940 - Girls, steady yourselves!
Jockey Y fronts went on sale in NZ stores.

1949 -  A patronising paternalistic pat on the head to Aboriginals who'd served in the armed forces and allow them to FINALLY have the right to vote in their own country.

1949 - The 'esteemed' ASIO was established.
Ho, hum.

1961 - Monash University went into business of knocking knowledge into craniums...


Fall in violent crime rates across the Shire contradicts crime wave claims "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

If the News Limited tabloids are to be believed the Byron Shire has been in the grip of an ice-fueled crime epidemic, with assaults and robberies virtually the norm.

But the latest crime statistics suggest this is far from the truth.

Figures released this week by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research indicate that violent crime has fallen over the past five years.

While statistics never tell the full story, the numbers do suggest that rumours of our descent into chaos and vice have been somewhat exaggerated.

In the five years to December 31, 2017, violent crime fell 4.7 per cent in the Byron Shire.

Further, when compared to the average crime rate in NSW over the past 12 months, the Byron Shire has not experienced a significant increase in either violent crime, theft or fraud.

This is significant because it shows that our region is no better or worse than the rest of the state, contradicting tabloid media reports that we have become a haven for ice-addicts intent on wreaking havoc.

Detective Inspector Brendan Cullen, the Crime Manager of the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command, said the figures were encouraging.

Certain isolated incidents have gained a lot of media exposure but theyre not indicative of the overall picture, Detective Inspector Cullen said.

Over the past five years weve worked really hard to address alcohol-related crime particularly in the Byron CBD.

But were not resting on our laurels. Were continuing to focus on violent crime and engaging with local community groups such as the chamber of commerce to make sure we get it right down there.

Detective Inspector Cullen also said that police were attempting to reconnect with the Byron community following two highly publicised incidents in which officers used force while arresting young people.

Were reconnecting with e community and opening lines of communication to assure them that they live in a safe area. We want people to be safe thats our goal.

Sydneys Daily Telegraph and others in the News Limited stable ran a series of articles earlier this year declaring that Byron was in the grip of an ice epidemic and had been ripped a...


New report details health risks of fracking "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article published in Rolling Stone (13 March 2018) and penned by Justin Nobel, looks at the latest evidence in the on the health risks to human beings associated with coal seam gas extraction (fracking), and it does provide grounds for serious concern. The story concerns the United States, but is just as applicable to Australia.

The most authoritative study of its kind reveals how fracking is contaminating the air and water and imperiling the health of millions of Americans

Our examinationuncovered no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health, states a blistering 266-page report released today by Concerned Health Professionals of New York and the Nobel Peace Prize-winning group, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Drawing on news investigations, government assessments and more than 1,200 peer-reviewed research articles, the study finds that fracking shooting chemical-laden fluid into deep rock layers to release oil and gas is poisoning the air, contaminating the water and imperiling the health of Americans across the country. Fracking is the worst thing Ive ever seen, says Dr. Sandra Steingraber, one of the reports eight co-authors, a biologist who has worked as a public health advocate on issues like breast cancer and toxic incinerators. Those of us in the public health sector started to realize years ago that there were potential risks, then the industry rolled out faster than we could do our science. In recent years, the practice has expanded from rural lands to backyards, farms, and within sight of schools and sources of drinking water. Now we see those risks have turned into human harms and people are getting sick, says Steingraber. And we in this field have a moral imperative to raise the alarm.

Grant Township, Pennsylvania, population 741, has became the front line of a radical new environmental movement  and theyre not backing down

The researchers behind the report, titled Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking, are quick to point out that fracking, or unconventional oil and gas extraction, extends far beyond the idea of a single well obediently gurgling up natural gas or oil. Fracking is part of a complicated extraction process with a spider web of infrastructure that extends many miles from the well pad. At virtually every turn, the process contains public health hazards. Residents living near an active site breath air laced with carcinogens, including benzene and formaldehyde, and research has shown an increase risk of asthma, a decrease in infant health and worrisome effects on the development of a fetus, such as preterm births...


Dutch Finance Minister Joins Australia in Warning Public of Cryptocurrency Scams "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amid the rising number of crypto-related scams that are coming about with the ever-increasing popularity of cryptocurrencies, Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra outlined his concerns over the recent rapid boom in the popularity of the coins in a six-page letter to the Dutch House of Representatives and the Senate.

Hoekstra argued that there has been little time to understand and react to the changing landscape, and that the current supervision and regulatory framework is ill-equipped to deal with it; because of the cross-border nature of the technology and markets, closing those gaps requires a unified approach across governments and borders.

Like many other policymakers, Hoekstra sees the value in promoting and developing the technology behind cryptocurrencies  specifically blockchain technology. However, in addition to the concern over fraud and hacking, the minister also expressed concern over the immature and unregulated nature of the market and how to better inform consumers of the potential risks.


The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has also issued a warning to the public: be wary of scammers impersonating the ATO and demanding Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies as a form of payment for fake tax debts. Officials in other countries are calling governments and citizens alike to be wary of cryptocurrencies, too. According to a statement from the agency, so far, $50,000 has been paid in Bitcoin to scammers claiming to be its representatives and this number is sure to increase.

Kath Anderson, the Assistant Commissioner of the ATO, describes the situation as follows: Cryptocurrency operates in a virtual world, and once the scammers receive payment, its virtually impossible to get it back. Scammers are constantly adapting their methods to maximize their chances of picking your pocket. Unfortunately, it was inevitable that scammers would target cryptocurrency given its current popularity and anonymity..........


Australia is losing $90 billion in taxes not paid by oil and gas companies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

In one of a suite of new submissions to a Senate inquiry, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies academic Juan Carlos Bou warned that unless Australia radically overhauled its fiscal regime, it would mean the second lowest share of government revenue from oil and gas in the world.

Most Australian gas is exported, and by 2020, Australia expected to become the worlds number one exporter. At present only Qatar exports more.

But as little as $600 million is expected to paid back to Australia this year. In contrast, Qatar, which will export slightly more than Australia will get $26.6 billion. This is a huge difference, and there is no way to justify it.

The 30-year-old petroleum resource rent, provides oil and gas companies with generous concessions,  allowing them to offset the cost of exploration and claim tax credits on decommissioning plants in the future. Only 5 percent pay any resource tax at all. Taxpayers are therefore subsidising a generous portion of their operating costs.

In addition, energy prices have  climbed by six times the average pay rise on Australias east coast. Oil and gas companies are taking a slice of this bounty. Oil prices have surged since 2000, because the Australian government tied domestic prices to international prices, while continuing to allow tax avoidance.

Carlos Bou singled out Australia and the United Kingdom for having an alarming downward trend in petroleum and gas revenues.

Using loopholes in the system, these companies have been part of the practice of transferring revenues to tax free havens.

The Senate inquiry will hear about allegations that US multinational Exxon Mobil, which controls 19 percent of east coast LNG gas, deliberately misled the Senate by not revealing its Dutch parent company had based some of its operations in the tax havens of the Bahamas.

Tax Justice Network spokesman Jason Ward said the company earned $7.2 billion in revenue in 2016 but only a recorded an operating profit after tax of $38 million after paying interest and finance...


Neglected Sheep Was Buried Alive Under 40 Pounds Of Fleece "IndyWatch Feed National"

Koky the sheep was 4 years old, but his fleece had never been shorn which nearly cost him his life.

Pam Ahern, founder of Edgars Mission, a sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, had gotten a call about Koky from local officials.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

He was surrendered to them after reports [circulated] from members of the public concerned for his welfare, Ahern told The Dodo. Due to the overgrown state of his fleece, they [the council] knew his level of care required more than they could provide, so he was directly handed to us.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

Seeing Kokys overgrown fleece in person was a shock to Ahern.

Nothing could have prepared us for what we saw in the back of the stock crate when he arrived, Ahern said. His fleece was 18 to 20 centimetres [7 to 8 inches] thick. You could lose your hand in there! It was heartbreaking.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

Having such thick fleece wasnt just uncomfortable it was dangerous.

The weight of it causes problems, especially so if the animal lies down and rolls, and it can make getting up very difficult, Ahern said. If a sheep falls down and cant get up, she explained, they may get bloat  a dangerous condition caused by a buildup of pressure on a sheeps stomach organs. This can lead to a sudden, unpleasant death.



Jack Latimore: Five figures in the history of First Nations Media you should know about "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post This year, on the 6th Birthday of IndigenousX we were keen to acknowledge some of the figures, organisations and publications on whose shoulders we stand. There are many, and to be frank, without them we wouldnt be doing what we do today. So, with that in mind Im going to have a crack at my first listicle ...


Rapper Lil Wayne threatens concertgoers with guns after fan throws water bottle on stage "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hey fool, put down the Purple Drank From NY Daily News: Lil Wayne changed his tune on stage after a fan threw a water bottle in his direction. The rapper was performing at the Jumanji Festival in Sydney, Australia, over Continue reading


What a farce is the Dept of Home Affairs under Peter Dutton "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In early July 2017 it was reported that Roman Quaedvlieg the head of the federal government's Australian Border Force had taken indefinite leave on full-pay since May following an external investigation by the Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.

Despite a rather sordid tale coming to light coyly wrapped in phrases like 'inappropriate behaviour relating to a personal relationship' Mr. Quaedvliegrefused to resign and the Prime Minister continued to sit on the results of two reviews of the investigation and his conduct in office.

To date Roman Quaedvlieg has been paid in excess of $500,000 while on leave.

It wasn't until details of the PM&C review were leaked to the media and Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister for Home Affairs Dutton felt a need to sweep the decks clean ahead of the forthcoming federal election that the Governor-General was finally requested to sack Quaedvlieg and the announcement was released on 16 March 2018.


With a royal commission having found that all major religions house and protect paedophiles we still find Liberal Party MPs seeking to extend the influence of priests & ministers in the Australian school system in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dozens of federal Liberal MPs have reportedly signed a petition calling for a 25 per cent funding increase for the controversial National Schools Chaplaincy Program. 

Whether the budget can afford the funding increase or whether the money would be better spent elsewhere are interesting issues. The bigger legal issue is that the way the chaplains program operates is illegal.

The High Court has struck down the chaplains program as illegal twice already. In 2012, the High Court ruled the program illegal because the federal government was paying for the chaplains program without any legislation authorising the spending. To overcome the High Court decision, federal Parliament quickly passed legislation to authorise the spending.

The chaplains program again was struck down again in 2014. Federal Parliament can only pass legislation dealing with certain subject matters. The High Court ruled that school chaplains do not fall within any of those.

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Hang glider crash "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

police 2POLICE have responded to a serious injury incident after a hang glider crashed at Stanwell Park earlier this week.

Police believe that a 52-year-old man was intending to hang glide from Bald Hill to Stanwell Park Beach at 5pm on Monday.

Emergency services were called to area after the crash and officers from Wollongong Police District were told that the hang glider appeared to stall and then clipped trees that stand about 30-40 metres high at the northern end of the park.

The hang glider then fell from a height of 20 metres to the ground.

Paramedics and council lifeguards treated the man at the scene for suspected head, jaw and lung injuries. After being stabilised, the man was airlifted to St George Hospital in a serious condition.

Inquiries into the incident continue.



The dark side of fluoride explored "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dark side of fluoride explored

Dr Robert C Dickson is a community physician in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied.

Dr Robert C Dickson

In both Canada and Australia, pro-fluoridation advocates have had a field day, citing claims that seemingly support their position to fluoridate water. Many of those claims are misleading or erroneous and incorrect.
In the early to mid 1900s, dentists noticed several communities where people, and particularly children, had white and brown staining on their teeth and fewer cavities. Their water contained natural calcium fluoride, which is ub...


Terry Crowley and the cracking of the mystery of the Anaiwan language "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In Australian National Indigenous Languages Convention - a New England perspective (28 February 2018) I mentioned attempts to revive the Anaiwan Aboriginal language spoken on the southern parts of the New England Tablelands.

Last year I wrote a series of columns in the Armidale Express on Terry Crowley and the Anaiwan language. The language was something of a mystery to linguists because it did not seem to be related to other Aboriginal languages. It was Crowley as a young postgraduate student who cracked at least part of the mystery by showing that it was related to coastal languages.

Over at the New England history blog, I  have now created an entry page so that you can follow the series through in sequence. .


Australia Warns of Scammers Collecting Taxes in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias official tax authority has warned the public of scammers purporting to be tax agents demanding cryptocurrencies like bitcoin for tax payments. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is alerting citizens of fraudsters impersonating the tax agency to seek payments of faux tax debts from unsuspecting victims in cryptocurrency. The scammers who purport to be ATO Continued

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How Oil Drives The South China Sea Conflict "IndyWatch Feed National"


South China Sea


While its no secret that China has been intensifying its building frenzy, including military installations on islands, reefs and inlets in the heavily disputed South China Sea, it is also becoming increasingly clear that Beijing is not afraid to draw a line in the sand over these mostly dubious claims.

Late last week, while downplaying his countrys geopolitical ambitions, Chinas foreign minister Wang Yi still couldnt resist plugging the party line.

Beijings resolve to protect the peace and the stability of the South China Sea cannot be shaken, Wang said, adding that the problems in the region are due to foreign forces which have sent fully armed warships and fighters to the South China Sea to flaunt their military might.

His reference to so-called foreign forces include increased freedom of navigation voyages by the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea, which is for all intent and purposes, an U.N.-mandated international waterway.


Lately, Australia and even the U.K. have started to challenge Beijings claims in the troubled water way. China, which has over-lapping territorial claims in the South China Sea with the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei, claims nearly 90 percent of the sea in what is commonly referred to as its nine-dash line.


Figure 1: Chinas Nine Dash Line in South China Sea, Source: US Central Intelligence AgencyRelated: UK Gas Crisis: Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire

Taking a step back from the constant rhetoric and even at times sabre rattling over the matter, its fair to ask why would the worlds newest super power and second largest economy be willing to jeopardize its reputation and standing with not only its neighbors in the Asia-Pacific region, but also its image before an increasingly alarmed and watching international community? The an...


Julie Bishop Refuses To Help Australian Journalist Imprisoned in Cambodia! "IndyWatch Feed National"

I know, this is nothing new, we know that money & power come first before the people's welfare. They have totally ignored the genocide of our WW2 West Papua Allies. This journalist was just doing his job, but perhaps because of something he saw he is now in prison & our government true to it's total corruptness is going to leave him there to die!
I have asked this many times over the years, "when are the majority of Australians going to get up on their hind legs & say ENOUGH, we are not standing for this anymore". I suppose in their own way, the majority of Australians are also corrupt. They have it sweet, & they don't want to rock the boat. I find that hard to swallow. We have come a long way from the Eureka Stockade!!!

Julie Bishop refuses to help dad - but is meeting Cambodian PM!
Roxanne Holmes
Sydney, Australia


Gillard's "under the table" legal work for Wilson and Ludwig commenced in 1990 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prior to posting the second instalment of our work on Slater and Gordon's work on the sackings of Mick Baker, Sue Ellery, Len Gandini et al, I thought it might be useful to refresh our memories on GILLARD's "under the table" legal work for Wilson in the "stalking" of AWU...


March 15 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1806 - Sealers from the ship George massacred Aborigines at Twofold Bay.

1806 - Things were crook in Tallarook... and everywhere else after the Hawkesbury River ran a banker and washed away houses, stock and crops which left the colony to face a savage diet reduction starvation.

1821 - At the Native Institution, Parramatta, Michael Yarringuy, a native constable at Richmond, wed Polly, while Robert Naringguy [Bobby Nurragingy], son of Nurragingy or Creek Jemmy, married Betty Fulton. Both girls are from the Native Institution, now at Black Town.

1824 - Dig up those tins of pennies under the patio, Aunty Maud...The Bank of Van Diemen's Land opened its doors for business in Hobart.

1848 - Ohhh no need to throw away the injured and dying now that the Melbourne Hospital was open.

1870 - After Captain Charles Sturt swanned through the area with the help of local Wiradjuri guides a mere 41 years later Wagga Wagga was incorporated as a municipality.

1877 - The first cricket Test was fought between Oz and England at the MCG with the home grown colonial lads showing the visitors how it was done with a win of 45 runs.

1887 - A group of blokes (who obviously didn't get out much) got all hot and bothered over some other blokes sheep shearing machine thingie.
Yeah, men and their sheep....

1901 - The Australian Historical Society had its first knees up.
Was later dubbed Royal Australian Historical Society.
But the cream teas never lived up to that first meeting.

1901  - The (Hysterical) Historical Society of NSW held its first meeting.

1909 - The Toronto Branch Railway Line (NSW) was closed.

1924 - The squadron of British warships, which had been visiting Adelaide for four days, sailed for Melbourne. The two battleships, Hood and Repulse, and five light cruisers, Delhi, Dauntless, Dragon, Danae and Dunedin, were on a ten-month world tour. The two huge battleships had to anchor off Glenelg, but the cruisers were berthed at Outer Harbour and open for inspection.

1927 - Today the Register, a South Oz newspaper, related the tale of how the nickname "Crow Eater" came to be dubbed onto those from the state of South Australia.
" The following is the most feasible explanation, and is, I believe, the correct one: In 1851 my father and uncle travelled overland to the Bendigo diggings. On their arrival they were accosted with the words, 'some crow-eaters.' It appeared that a short time before they arrived, a party of South Australians had arrived in a very hard-up state, being   without food and looking very much knocked up. While crossing the 90-mile desert they ran out of tucker, and were forced to shoot crows for food, as nothing better could be obtained. On relating the...


The radical potential of a universal basic income: a reply to Ben Kunkler "IndyWatch Feed National"

An increase in leisure time once a central goal of the labour movement is sorely needed in western societies. In Australia, working hours for full-time employees increased throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and have only declined slightly since, despite significant increases in productivity. To add insult to injury, workers real wages in Australia are no longer rising in line with increased output.


Friday mental health forum: Coping during drought "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

DROUGHT is not isolated to the northern parts of the country. In fact, the Hunter region has been severely affected of late, and other parts of NSW continue to dry off at a rapid rate.

During Fridays Friday Forum at 12pm, The Land and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) are partnering to bring together the Rural Resilience Workers, RAMHP, NSW Farmers and a researcher to answer your questions, including the warning signs someone isnt coping; how to prepare mentally for drought; signs of depression; practical ways to stay mentally healthy, and getting farmers to talk openly about mental health.
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Democracy Is The Biggest Victim In Turnbulls War On Charities "IndyWatch Feed National"

The intent of stalled legislation being pushed by the federal government is clear to weaken the capacity of charities, particularly environmental groups, to oppose government excesses. Dr Kyla Tienhaara and Professor John Dryzek explain.

Reasonable people dont associate charities with espionage and other cloak-and-dagger activities usually reserved for spies and foreign agents.

So why is the Turnbull Government trying to jam through legislation that treats all of these actors alike, in much the same way as many authoritarian countries do?

Stranger still, why are they doing it while ignoring the more obvious threats to our democracy like well-funded corporate lobbying groups who not only interfere in policy-making, but also brag about forcing the government to bend to their will?

Governments in Australia have been waging a not-so-silent war on the not-for-profit sector, and particularly environmental NGOs, for some time. Tactics have ranged from attacks on the charitable status of groups to efforts to criminalise protest.

But in recent months, the battle has become more covert and more insidious with the introduction of a suite of foreign interference laws that has the potential to substantially disrupt the ability of NGOs to engage in political advocacy.

Proposed bills currently before Parliament include: changes to the definition of espionage that make it broad enough to capture the normal activities of international NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and Greenpeace; a ban on foreign donations to certain NGOs; and extensive limitations on the administration and use of foreign funding by registered charities.

There is also a new requirement for charities that receive any kind of support or donation from outside Australia to register in a Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (a phrase that would be at home in a dystopian novel like 1984) or face serious criminal penalties.

The purported justification for this suite of bills is the need to curb foreign influence over the political system, particularly in the wake of the Chinese donations scandal that resulted in the resignation of Senator Sam Dastyari. However, numerous legal experts have pointed out that, in their current form, the bills are unlikely to properly address corruption or foreign influence.

Former Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.

In fact, the legisla...


The dark side of fluoride explored "IndyWatch Feed National"

In both Canada and Australia, pro-fluoridation advocates have had a field day, citing claims that seemingly support their position to fluoridate water. Many of those claims are misleading or erroneous and incorrect.

In the early to mid 1900s, dentists noticed several communities where people, and particularly children, had white and brown staining on their teeth and fewer cavities. Their water contained natural calcium fluoride, which is ubiquitous in the Earths crust. They concluded fluoride must be good for teeth.

Fast forward to WWII and the Manhattan Project. Large quantities of fluorine were essential to produce atomic weapons. Yet workers in these facilities, and plants and animals around them, were doing poorly, some even dying.

This created an unusual liaison between the military, medical and dental establishment, and the industries saddled with disposing of their highly toxic and regulated by-product, hydrofluosilicic acid (HFSA).

Their solution was to enlist the master spin doctor of the 20th century, Edward Bernays, whom the tobacco companies had hired prior to the war to convince women that smoking was good for them.

Within a very short time, studies were set up and cherry picked, and doctors and dentists bought into the new wave of science fluoride is good for kids! The sacred cow of water fluoridation was born.

The chemistry

There are essentially three types of fluoride: natural calcium fluoride, found in much of our rock and rivers and in most of the Earths crust; pharmaceutical-grade sodium fluoride that is in most toothpastes, fluoride rinses, prescriptions, and dental office treatments; and HFSA, the highly toxic waste product scrubbed out of industry stacks in the southern US, China and other parts of the world along with traces of lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and other highly unsavoury and harmful toxins.

It is HFSA that is used to fluoridate water in virtually all jurisdictions in Australia, Canada, the US and NZ.

This is a huge boon to industry which, instead of paying dearly to dispose of this toxic by-product, now sells it to municipalities to dispose of in our water supply. It therefore ends up in our bodies, or flows unchecked into the environment after washing our cars and flushing our toilets where it was not allowed originally by strict law.....


Australian Tax Office Warns Public About Bitcoin Scammers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ATO has officially warned the public to beware of scammers demanding fake tax payments in the form of Bitcoin.

ATO Doesnt Take Bitcoin Yet Mate

It is a scenario that is most often related to the elderly. A scammer calls on the phone and delivers a line about back taxes or some tax refunds due, then asks for a credit card number to go ahead and clear up the problem. The old scam has taken on new currency though as reported by the Australian Tax Office on their official website.

Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson was quoted in the online notice as saying We became aware of scammers seeking payment in Bitcoin last year. So far we have seen over $50,000 paid in Bitcoin to scammers claiming fake ATO tax debts,

Though it should seem obvious that the tax office isnt yet taking cryptocurrency to settle debts the site lists even stranger, less legitimate ways people have been tricked into making payments. Some of the other most frequently reported methods people have been hoodwinked into paying with are iTunes, pre-paid Visa gift cards, and even direct deposit into third-party bank accounts.

Even more concerning at the moment is that more than half of all losses are a result of scammers convincing taxpayers to make deposits or transfers directly into third-party bank accounts. Roughly $1.2 million was reported lost in this way in 2017.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies prove to be especially popular with online scammers due to the anonymity inherent in the transactions from one owner to another. Once the coin has been transferred it is almost impossible to track down either the location or the identity of the recipient.

Scammers Prey on Greed

There is a whole online economy now based on crypto scams which mostly entail convincing someone that are going to increase their Bitcoin holdings overnight somehow.

Two prevalent scams are Bitcoin flipping and Bitcoin pyramid. Flipping scams usually will offer holders of Bitcoin the highest possible rate in cash for their coin after a small registration fee is paid. The cash, of course, is never paid and very often the Bitcoin is stolen as well.

Bitcoin pyramids work like any other pyramid scheme except the pay in is in Bitcoin, the payout is nothing except for the scammer that started it and then it is everything. Bitcoin or any of the top cryptocurrency names are often used as bait...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00010 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.05 AUD


Stephen Hawkin made a huge contribution to the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The death of Stephen Hawkin is significant loss to the world. His contribution to understanding physics and how the how the universe works is outstanding. No one has equalled his stature since Albert Einstein.

His work led to a turning point in modern physics, playing itself out in the closing months of 1973, when Dr. Hawking set out to apply quantum theory, the weird laws that govern subatomic reality, to black holes.

In a long and daunting calculation, Dr. Hawking discovered to his befuddlement that black holes those mythological avatars of cosmic doom were not black at all. In fact, he found, they would eventually fizzle, leaking radiation and particles, and finally explode and disappear over the eons.

Not quite so well known known, is that Stephen Hawkin fought through his life as a defender of science, against the ignorance peddled by those forces, wanting to discredit science for other purposes. Science, he believed, should be regarded as a resource to be used to lift humanity, and its opponents as agents of backwardness.

He took issue with organised religion when it acts to promote ignorance and deny the existing evidence. And he had little tolerance for those who like to cherry pick and claim this proves their argument. True science depends not on picking what suits at the moment, but on consideration of the whole weight of evidence.

For instance, he railed against those who insist that human activity is not warming the planet, pointing out that the scientific evidence is overwhelming. Deniers were accused of trying to discredit science, to push an agenda. He attacked US President Donald Trump over the withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

From the BBC News

To Hawkin, science lifts the understanding of the world we live in. It is neither good or bad. It is how human beings use it that determines its effect.  The effect is determined by human beings.

Unlike the science caused apocalypse often portrayed by Hollywood, or the claims that technology destroys jobs and causes poverty, the great physicist argued that science can be applied to have positive effects.

He said, the problem is not in the knowledge, but in the greed that has become the driving force of society. This is why only last week he told a Reddit  session, that economic inequality will skyrocket  as more jobs become automated, because the rich owners of the technology will refuse to share the wealth that is created.

It is therefore a case of who is in control. If the knowledge is owned by......


Worlds Highest Capacity Grid Battery Might Be Built in Colorado "IndyWatch Feed National"

300 MWh. Via: Electrek: After breaking a few energy storage records with its battery system projects in Australia, Tesla looks to come back to the US to build a new worlds largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado. In South Australia, Teslas 100MW/ 129MWh Powerpack project is known as the most powerful battery system []


Australia To Offer Asylum To White South African Farmers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is ready to offer special visas to white South African farmers who are currently being tortured and murdered as their corrupt government illegally seize their land.  Peter Dutton, Australias home affairs minister, said his [...]


Satanism Is the Ruler of the World and Needs Mind Control To Do It "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell

If you live outside South Australia you should be speaking to your travel agent about coming here to the Adelaide Fringe on Sunday, March 18, shouldnt you? The play at 2.30pm is called My Best False Memories. It is meant as a refutation of the academic theory known as False Memory Syndrome. FMS was a ruse the CIA came up with in the 1990s it quite effectively persuaded the public not to listen to the astonishing tales being told by survivors.

The play in Adelaide (or to be exact, in the Burnside Library this weekend), wont be a rip-roaring coverage of Satanism. It is a very dignified presentation by three survivors of MK-Ultra and two targeted individuals as played by actors.

You will find great satisfaction in the way the survivors shirtfront an academic named Bob. I call him a generic academic. He refers to the M...


What it means to turn back a boat "IndyWatch Feed National"

We applaud the Sri Lankan Governments devotion to human rights and their devotion to democratic pluralism, Abbott said flatly, after touching down in Sri Lanka. Just days before, the BBC had released the culmination of four years of research: an hour-long report on the human rights nightmare that was the final push of the Sri Lankan Civil War. As a result, even close allies felt compelled to condemn Sri Lankas human rights record. That is, except for us.


Videos from our recent forum on women and the TPP "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 March, 2018: On International Womens Day AFTINET and ActionAid Australia hosted a successful forum on the impact that the TPP would have on women across the globe. The forum was moderated by Jill Biddington from APHEDA- Union Aid Abroad and Dr Patricia Ranald (AFTINET), Michelle Higelin (ActionAid Australia) and Jane Brock (Immigrant Womens Speakout Association) all gave short presentations. A video recording of the full forum has been posted here, thanks to ActionAid Australia.

Michelle screened a video featuring ActionAid Vietnam Country Direct Hoang Phuong Thao, which discussed labour rights, unpaid care work, public services and privatisation. The video is available online to watch here.


New parking restrictions will be in force from Monday, March 26 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Council workers are currently installing new parking signs in Mullumbimby. Photo Aslan Shand.

Parking signs are currently being erected in Mullumbimby as part of a councils revised parking management scheme that includes a change to parking times in Brunswick Heads, Bangalow and Mullumbimby.

The parking restrictions will then come into effect on Monday 26 March.

Increased visitation by locals and visitors and limited car parking spaces has driven the need for a different approach to parking management in our townships, Councils Director of Infrastructure, Phil Holloway said.

Once these new parking schemes are in place, we will be monitoring and reviewing their effectiveness and reporting the results back to Council by June 2019.

The new parking schemes do not affect Pay Parking or the use of E-Permits in any way.

Councils compliance officers will be active across the Shire in coming weeks to inform and educate people about the new time restrictions.

For more information, including maps, see Councils new website or contactByron Shire Councils project engineer, Dominic Cavanough on 6626 7242. 

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TV show explores murder of Lismores Lois Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A supplied picture of Lois Roberts, whose murder remains a mystery.

The death of Lismore woman Lois Roberts has haunted people of the Northern Rivers region for almost twenty years, myself included.

As a reporter for The Northern Star back then, I was there the day police cordoned off a bush grave where her body was eventually found by bushwalkers, up a fire track in the Whian Whian State Forest.

Her body was bound in electrical cord, and police believe Lois was held captive and kept alive for around ten days, during which time she was tortured and sexually abused before being killed.

Photographer Darcy McFadden and I were returning to the office at the end of our shift when we heard a brief report on the police radio that a body had been discovered up Whian Whian.

Thinking it could be Lois, we raced up into the bush and drove around for an hour trying to locate the police. We had all but given up and were heading back to Lismore when we came across a police officer trying to get mobile reception on an isolated road.

After initially being told to piss off, the officer eventually agreed to allow us to take a quick photograph of the bush grave.

That photo ran on the front page the following day, but it was to be another day until formal identification was made.

It was a case the whole region was talking about, and one we felt closely associated with.

At the urging of her twin sister Rhoda Roberts, six months earlier we had run stories appealing for information after Lois disappeared while hitch-hiking between Nimbin and Lismore in July 1998.

A witness had seen her getting into a white car, and she was never seen again.

When NITV reporter Allan Clarke began investigating the murder for a documentary, I was one of a number of local people approached for an interview.

Mr Clarke also spoke with Rhoda Roberts, as well as Lois brothers Phil and Mark Roberts and nephew Gilbert Laurie, along with Nimbin locals and some of Lois friends.

And although Lois went missing almost twenty years ago, I had no problem remembering the pain on her mother Muriels face she had spent weeks sitting by the phone waiting for news since her daughter disappeared.

That image remains a...


Keeping a lighthouse was a family affair "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Coordinator of the Cape Byron Lighthouse North Room Museum, Lee Middleton (NPWS) with James Jimmy Smith who spent his younger years growing up at Lighthouses across the state including Cape Byron where he resided in the 1950s. Photo Sean OShea.

Working together as a team was key to keeping the lighthouse light beaming out into the night and the newest exhibition in the Cape Byron Lighthouse shines the light on the lighthouse keepers and their families who kept the lighthouse going for almost a century.

It was an incredible experience uncovering a lot of historical information about the Byron community, said Lee Middleton, National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) coordinator of the Cape Byron Lighthouse North Room Museum.

We have a lot of information on the technical side of the lighthouse but not on the lighthouse keepers and their families they were not really represented and we decided to look into the social history.

There wasnt a lot of information in the lighthouse records so we had to get in contact with the local library and historical societies and the lighthouse keepers to gather these stories.

The permanent exhibition in the base of the light tower focuses on role the families played as a team to keep the light shinning night after night.

We often romanticise about the life of the lonely lighthouse keeper however, their families also played a crucial role in ensuring the lighthouse functioned day in, day out, year-round, NPWS area manager Sue Walker said

Harry Handicott, Cape Byron lightkeeper 1958 and headkeeper 1973 to 1974 is quoted as saying, we worked as a team. We always knew it was a partnership.
Everyone knew the light was the priority. Each family had different stories to tell, different feelings and experiences, but the nature of the job was all encompassing and everyone played a part.

With no other museum space in Byron township reprinting the historic heritage of t...


Forum to tackle suicide to be held in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A forum to tackle suicide will be held in Lismore later this month. Photo Shutterstock

A forum will be held in Lismore later this month as part of a new statewide framework to reduce the rate of suicide in NSW.

The community consultation will take place at the Lismore Gateway Motel on 29 March from 10am to 12.30pm as part of the project.

Key mental health and other organisations will be represented.

NSW Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies announced the Strategic Framework for Mental Health this week saying it would help communities like the Northern Rivers face mental health challenges unique to the area.

Lismore MP Thomas George welcomed the initiative.

Suicide prevention is everybodys business and the NSW Government wants to make sure that no matter who you are or where you live, that youre getting the right help at the right time, Mr George said.

Mrs Davies said NSW Health and the Mental Health Commission of NSW were leading the work, and would develop the integrated suicide prevention framework.

No parent, friend, family member or community should have to go through the grief of losing a loved one to suicide, and the NSW Government is committed to optimising and coordinating care and interventions so support reaches those who need it, she said.

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey said the project importantly involves consultation with individuals, communities and mental health stakeholders.

We are particularly reaching out to those who have survived a suicide attempt or who have experienced the suicide or attempted suicide of a loved one, Ms Lourey said.

An online public survey developed by the Commission is also available to the public and will form a vital part of this work.

For more information on the online survey or the consultation go to

If you or someone you know needs crisis support please call Lifeline 13 11 14, MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78, or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800. For mental health services in the Northern Rivers phone NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511. 

The post...


Anti-vaxxers blamed for whooping cough outbreak "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

21 cases of whooping cough have been detected on the North Coast in the past four weeks. (file pic Shutterstock)

The anti-vaxxer movement is being blamed for an outbreak of whooping cough on the North Coast, which has so far affected 21 people in the past four weeks.

Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a serious respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness.

In babies, the infection can sometimes lead to pneumonia and occasionally, brain damage. Three babies have died from whooping cough in the last six years and all were unvaccinated.

As of March 14,  there have been 149 confirmed cases of babies struck down with whooping cough in NSW.

State Labor has accused the Berejiklian Government of being all talk and no action on fighting the anti-vaccinations movement.

Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord said he was extremely disappointed by the on-going failure of the government.

We just had the worst flu season on record and it is not even winter yet, but we are starting to get worrying reports about whooping cough in regional NSW, Mr Secord said.

Make no mistake, these outbreaks are due entirely to State and Federal governments allowing the nutcases in the anti-vaxxer movement to spout their lies, Mr Secord said.

Vaccination rates on the States north coast have dropped to dangerous levels.

I am angry that we are seeing outbreaks of diseases like whooping cough on the North Coast with increasing regularity.

What is most frustrating is that there are vaccinations available to prevent these illnesses and parents are not using them.

It is time State and Federal Governments said `enough is enough to the anti-vaxxer movement.

No one has a right to risk infecting their own child  or anyone elses child.

It is incredible that we see North Coast parents refusing to vaccinate their kids, yet in Africa and on the Indian sub-continent mums line up for hours in the heat to vaccinate and protect their children.

The Berejiklian Government must step up its efforts to increase the number of vaccinations in NSW.

Despite his talking tough on the anti-vaccination movement, Health Minister Brad Hazzard has failed and the vaccination message has not gotten through to the community.

The wors...


Rally for Refugees at Lennox Head "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An advocate group for refugees will be holding a rally at Lennox Head on 25 March to highlight the growing concern about the Australian governments treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

Ballina Region for Refugees is organising the rally, which will also be attended by members of the Lismore Amnesty group.

Organisers said the rally would also be an opportunity to learn more about the positive activities many groups in the region were involved to support refugees and asylum seekers, such as homestay programs, support programs and friendship groups.

The Ballina group is a member of Rural Australians for Refugees, a network of around 90 groups across Australia.

The rally on Sunday will start with guest speakers Ms Prudence Melom, a refugee from Chad, who is Toowoombas Young Citizen of the Year 2018.

Others attending include Ballina MP Tamara Smith, mayor David Wright, Cr Nathan Willis, Sister Jane Keogh, a lawyer working with refugees and refugee advocates, and Sister Anne Shay.

The rally will begin at 11am on the beach foreshore in Lennox Head, opposite the shops in Ballina Street.

Following the formal addresses people attending the rally will have an opportunities to talk to the speakers to learn more of their experiences and their insights into the refugee crisis.

The membership of Ballina Region for Refugee invites all interested people to partner with them in promoting understanding, compassion and justice for asylum seekers and refugees, a spokesman said.

Palm fronds may be carried at the rally as symbols of welcome and friendship.

All donations will be gratefully received for Sr Jane Keoghs work.


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The dark side of fluoride explored "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dr Robert C Dickson is a community physician in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied.

Dr Robert C Dickson

In both Canada and Australia, pro-fluoridation advocates have had a field day, citing claims that seemingly support their position to fluoridate water. Many of those claims are misleading or erroneous and incorrect.

In the early to mid 1900s, dentists noticed several communities where people, and particularly children, had white and brown staining on their teeth and fewer cavities. Their water contained natural calcium fluoride, which is ubiquitous in the Earths crust. They concluded fluoride must be good for teeth.

Fast forward to WWII and the Manhattan Project. Large quantities of fluorine were essential to produce atomic weapons. Yet workers in these facilities, and plants and animals around them, were doing poorly, some even dying.

This created an unusual liaison between the military, medical and dental establishment, and the industries saddled with disposing of their highly toxic and regulated by-product, hydrofluosilicic acid (HFSA).

Their solution was to enlist the master spin doctor of the 20th century, Edward Bernays, whom the tobacco companies had hired prior to the war to convince women that smoking was good for them.

Within a very short time, studies were set up and cherry picked, and doctors and dentists bought into the new wave of science fluoride is good for kids! The sacred cow of water fluoridation was born.

The chemistry

There are essentially three types of fluoride: natural calcium fluoride, found in much of our rock and rivers and in most of the Earths crust; pharmaceutical-grade sodium fluoride that is in most toothpastes, fluoride rinses, prescriptions, and dental office treatments; and HFSA, the highly toxic waste product scrubbed out of industry stacks in the southern US, China and other parts of the world along with traces of lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and other highly unsavoury and harmful toxins.

It is HFSA that is used to fluoridate wat...


Lets create an alternative to Adani: March 21 event "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Protestors outside the commonwealth bank in Mullumbimby last year asking the bank to withdraw all support for Adani. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Have you wanted to do something to show your support for the #StopAdani movement but cant quite come at tying yourself to the railway tracks?

A coalition of Byron Shire community groups is asking local artists and performers to donate some of their work for a special gathering in Mullumbimby on Wednesday, March 21 the autumn equinox!

Power On, Stop Adani Northern Rivers and Mullumbimby Commons (Wildspace) are organising an afternoon artisan market and celebration.

All funds raised will go towards a feasibility study for Australias first grassroots, large-scale community-owned renewable energy generator, (a concentrated solar thermal generator proposed by Sol Reflections co-operative in Proserpine).

The event will feature a welcome to country, food, local ethical and creative small businesses, a camp fire, a child-friendly atmosphere, music and a large community raffle to benefit the community-energy project.

To make this gathering a success, the group is seeking stallholders, artists and musicians to take part. The space is free of charge and you can keep your earnings; they are asking only for a handmade creation for their fundraising raffle to support this alternative vision.

Those interested can email Hanna Navara at or call Leon Hoffmann on 0431 755 220.

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Byron Bays hospital campaign seeks community input "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Input sought on old Byron District Hospital site. File photo

The campaign to retain Byron Bays old hospital for community use will have until the end of April to come up with a financially sound management plan.

A working group headed by Chris Hanley is keen to hear your ideas for the future use for the site and what skills people may be able to contribute to the submission ahead of a further meeting of the group.

It follows a recent visit by NSW Liberal health minister Brad Hazzard, where Mr Hanley told the minister that previous meetings have indicated the need for crisis accommodation, affordable accommodation on limited tenure and a facility that could deliver services similar to the now defunct Fletcher Street Cottage.

Mr Hanley told The Echo the building was still in good shape, despite being left vacant since the new hospital opened.

Options so far include finding a philanthropist to buy the site from the government, or explore a joint venture with Council where some some of the rental income offests services within the building.

Other serious options are to find organisations that want to provide important social and community services to the Shire, but cannot afford commercial rents. We are open to new ideas and proposals.

Its quite a large area, Mr Hanley said, at around 2,000sqm, which means various outreach services or health businesses could operate.

Ideas can be emailed to

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Roamer trots through the Shire "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Terra Roam is about to finish her around-Australia walk.
Photo Jeff Boots Are Made For Wearing Out Dawson.

Terra Roam is on her final leg of her 16,000km walk around Australia and has been traversing the northern rivers via Wollumbin, Huonville, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and Ballina over the last week as she does her final 800km to the finishing line in Newcastle, where she was born.

The walk began with a warm up lap around Tasmania in 2013 where Terra walked 1,250km in three months around the isle.

During that walk I experienced weather extremes from a blizzard to a Tasmanian heat wave of 28 degrees, said Terra with a gentle smile.

Striding over such as vast terrain was a daunting task, so Terra broke the walk down into safe seasonal sections and took each day step by step. She had planned to finish last year, but after breaking and dislocating her ankle walking down a slope in Binna Burra, less than 1,000 kilometres from the end, she was forced to postpone the final leg until now.

It took six months for the break to heal properly, said Terra enjoying a well earned break at a cafe in Mullumbimby.

Once Terra has completed the walk on May 2, she will become the first woman to have walked around Australia, including around Tasmania, alone and without a support vehicle.

When I was twelve, I read Robyn Davidsons book Tracks and I knew I was going to do something like that in the future. Walking through nature in solitude and being intuitively connected to nature was something I understood from a young age.

The Perth to Adelaide walk was 4,000km and from Perth to Darwin another 4,100km, with each section taking between seven and eight months to complete.


Terra has been raising awareness about Lifeline and suicide prevention and has raised more than $20,000 for Lifeline.

I use walking as a therapy to maintain my sense of well being, said Terra reflecti...


Qld town wants asylum seekers back home "IndyWatch Feed National"

The residents of a small Queensland town have banded together to bring an asylum seeker family back home.

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition to return Tamils Nadesalingam, Priya and their two Australian-born daughters to Biloela.

Border force officials removed them last week and put them in a Melbourne detention centre.

Tamil Refugee Council spokesman Ben Hillier said they were handcuffed and taken in separate vans to Melbourne Airport on Tuesday, flown to Perth and placed on a flight to Sri Lanka.

But a last-minute legal intervention resulted in them being removed from the plane before it took off.

Its understood the couple came to Australia separately by boat in 2012 and 2013, following Sri Lankas civil war.

They settled in Biloela on a bridging visa, which has since expired.

Biloela resident Angela Fredericks started the petition, which calls on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to let the family return to the town.

The community also held a vigil for the family on Wednesday night.A Department of Home Affairs spokesman said the familys case had been assessed over many years.

They have consistently been found not to meet Australias protection obligations, he said.

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Pollies probe NSW govts stadium plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

How the NSW government spends its money particularly the controversial plan for Sydneys stadiums could be on the hit list of an unlikely political alliance.

The two committees, made up of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party with support from Labor and the crossbench, will investigate capital works projects and the states finances.

The governments polarising $2.7 billion stadiums policy will likely fall into the sights of the capital works committee, marking another hurdle for Premier Gladys Berejiklians implementation of the project.

Meanwhile the second committee on public works has the scope to investigate the controversial WestConnex and light rail projects.

The premier brushed off concerns about the committee, saying the parliament already had the power to investigate such projects.

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Australia Warns of Fake 'Tax Collectors' Demanding Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Taxation Office issued a warning Monday alerting residents not to send cryptocurrencies to scammers claiming to be tax collectors.


Details of Pell case emerge in open court "IndyWatch Feed National"

A hearing about the historical sex offence charges against Cardinal George Pell is open to the public after several days of closed court evidence from his accusers.

Pell returns to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday for a committal hearing that will determine if he stands trial over charges involving multiple complainants.

The pre-trial hearing began on March 5 but was closed to the public as the complainants gave evidence as required by law in sex offence cases.

The hearing opened to public on Wednesday afternoon, with volunteer researcher and retired academic Bernard Barrett giving evidence about his work with victim advocacy group Broken Rites.

Defence barrister Robert Richter QC accused Mr Barrett of making up allegations and trying to pin historical sex offences on Pell.

You advocate publicly and you rile publicly against the Catholic Church in particular, he said.

You make up representations on the website and elsewhere accusing the church of covering up sexual abuse, is that right?

We dont rile or make up accusations, we just state the facts, Mr Barrett replied.

Mr Richter also suggested Mr Barretts volunteer work with Broken Rites involved trying to pin something on Pell.

Would you have considered it a considerable victory if you could pin something on Cardinal Pell as doing something wrong? Mr Richter said.

As many as 50 people, including the complainants, will be called as witnesses during the month-long hearing.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington will then decide if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial in the Victorian County Court.

Pell, 76, was charged on summons in June 2017 while he was in Rome.

He has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to return to Australia to fight the charges.

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The Real Know Before You Go "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres nothing better than taking the path less travelled. Our intrepid hearts strive for niche experiences that stray from the clich, and yank us right out of our cosy comfort zones. We push boundaries and cross borders both literal and metaphorical.

But what about when those borders are dangerous?

A high school friend of mine recently competed in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. A small group of my mates went to support him, brave the sub-zero temps, and live it up in the athletes village after his inevitable podium finish (Shout out to Matt Graham, the most successful thing to come out of Narara). Id been banking on going too, but my bank account said otherwise. I wanted to go to the Games, check out Seoul, and hang out in a region of Asia Ive never visited before. Maybe head up to North Korea, too. When I floated the idea with the group, it went over like a lead balloon.

North Korea?
Yeah, why not? Its just over the border.
Nah, Im right. All yours.

I couldnt wrap my head around why they didnt want to go. Wed be so close you may as well, right? What were they seriously worried about?

In 2015, 22 year-old American tourist, Otto Warmbier, was detained in North Korea, for allegedly attempting to steal an item that featured North Korean propaganda. After 17 months, Warmbier was released on humanitarian grounds after US diplomatic intervention. He died just days later.

Warmbiers travel companion, whose name has not been released, said in an interview with the Guardian that youd have to be a lunatic to travel there. Id heard tragic stories like this involving foreigners. Wrongful detention, strict laws and naive tourists. But I wasnt yet put off. I still wanted to visit North Korea.

Similarly, Ive always wanted to visit Egypt and the Middle East. How magical to see the Pyramids of Giza and float in the Dead Sea. But, it always seemed so far away, and so, the idea was shelved. That was until I finished a semester of study in London. Tel Aviv was five hours away,...


Lismore Base Hospital under pressure "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

Lismore Hospital is the most under pressure hospital outside Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle, says opposition health spokesperson Walt Secord, with 32.9 per cent of patients waiting longer than four hours.

This compares to 16 per cent for Byron Central Hospital, 16.6 per cent for The Tweed Hospital and 23.6 per cent for Ballina Hospital.

According to independent data from the Bureau of Health Information (BHI), for the October-December, 8,877 patients presented to the emergency department and 295 babies were born.

The median wait time at Lismore for non-urgent elective surgery was 326 days with 329 days for cataract removal, 329 days for total hip replacement and 335 days for total knee replacement surgery.

Furthermore, 10 per cent of patients waited more than eight hours and 27 minutes in the emergency department.

Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord said the data showed a health and hospital system under enormous pressure, buckling under lengthy waits and increased demand.

The NSW health and hospital system continues to be under growing pressure with long waits in emergency departments and long waits for elective surgery, he said.

The elective surgery lists are now the longest ever, with more than 76,000 patients waiting for elective surgery, he added.

There are now thousands of elderly patients waiting for cataract surgery and knee and hip replacements.

Unfortunately, every figure is an individuals different tale of pain and suffering: Patients unable to drive because they cannot get a cataract operation or an elderly person unable to walk with their grandchildren in a park because they cannot get a hip or knee replacement.

Sadly, patients wait at every stage in NSW; they wait for an ambulance; they wait in an emergency department; they wait for a hospital bed; and when they finally get a bed, they are rushed out of the hospital, risking re-admission due to infection, Mr Secord said.

Highest numbers in emergency

A massive 680,126 patients presented to emergency departments the highest ever for an October to December quarter up 2.1 per cent compared with the same quarter in 2016. This was an increase of 22.7 per cent over the past five years.

It also showed that 151,235 patients arrived by...


Kaikura, New Zealand UFO sighting still flummoxing locals 40 years later "IndyWatch Feed National"

Forty years on from an unidentified flying object (UFO) sighting that put Kaikura in the international spotlight, those who witnessed the strange occurrences are still confused by what they saw. Three bright lights appeared in the Kaikura sky in December 1978, bewildering those to witness it - including air traffic controllers John Cordy and Andy Herd. It was even caught on camera by an Australian film crew who was in the area trying to capture footage of them. Journalist Quentin Fogarty said they were transfixed by the mysterious lights, some of which were the size of a house.


Adani opponents hit by $80,000 worth of fines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Fourteen opponents of the Adani rail line shipping coal to Abbot Point, have been fined a total of $80,000, because on 18 January they took part in an action that blocked access to the terminal for several hours.

The rail access is part of the Carmichael coal mine project in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.

Four of the charged appeared in court yesterday in Bowen. They are Coffs Harbour locals from the Coffs Coast Climate Action Group. They had chained themselves to the project and fined $8,000 each.

Ella Skerrett, Daniel Skerrett, John Ross and Liisa Rusanen all pleaded guilty to three charges including trespass, interfering with port operations and contravening police direction.

When fines of this size are ordered against people, who have only protested what they consider a great wrong and have done nothing to put any other person at risk, the court has acted in a way that is grossly disproportionate. When this happens, one just has to ask, is it politically motivated?  On the face of it, the simple answer is yes.

It is not hard to see why this is the case. The whole Adani matter has been a great embarrassment to the Queensland government and the federal government in Canberra has affected too. Then there is Adani himself, well known for splashing around gifts and making friends in high places.

The truth of the matte is that the Adani projects are extremely unpopular, so much so, that even the banks have shied away from providing funding. They fear losing a lot of customers.

Given this context, the use of big fines is a means to try and intimidate activists. Perhaps Adani and his supporters hope that if enough are scared off, the wheels might fall off the campaign to stop the projects. It is not working.

Ella Skerrett, a horticulturalist from Bonville, said she was surprised by the size her $8000 fine

While Im disappointed with the fine, I feel it was worth the effort and personal sacrifice. The fine is nothing compared to the damage that coal is causing by fuelling climate change, she said.

For John Ross, nurseryman and bookshop owner, it was his second arrest protesting Adani.

The movement to stop coal is growing and I felt really well supported at todays court case. Im more determined than ever to find ways to push for stronger action on climate change, Mr Ross said.

With our government failing to take the action needed to stop climate change, ordinary people like us are taking peaceful direct action to keep coal in the ground. For the sake of my children and all of us who will suffer the consequences of the climate crisis, we have a duty to act, but were running out of time, Liisa Rusanen said....


White privilege "IndyWatch Feed National"

From my social media reading I know that plenty of people think that white farmers in South Africa are in danger of their lives and their livelihoods, and that a Zimbabwe-style persecution is starting there. 

It's not a story that the BBC has been particularly interested in but it's certainly caught their attention today. 

Why? Because Australia has said that it might provide visas for white South African farmers to help them escape that "persecution" - a move you could bet your bottom euro that the BBC would strongly disapprove of. 

And disapprove it quite clearly does.

The BBC News website report about it today puts the South African government's dismissal first and, very strikingly, uses this as its halfway sub-headline:

Note that it isn't even in quotation marks.

And then the BBC then lays out its own opinion (including a Reality Check ruling) under that very headline:

So that's the Australian government told!



Potential Illinois Bill Could Allow Tax Payments with Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bill introduced in Illinois could soon allow state residents to pay their taxes using cryptocurrency. Illinois State Representative Michael J. Zalewski introduced Ilinois House Bill 5335 on March 5. The bill, assigned to the states Revenue & Finance committee, []

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Australia: Call for Contributions Paper Chained 2018 Prison Writings Journal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paper Chained is a journal of writings and artistic expressions from individuals affected by incarceration. We are currently seeking
contributions from prisoners, ex-prisoners and family members of prisoners for our second journal publication. Please circulate this
callout throughout your networks.

If you are currently in prison, have experienced time in prison or have a loved one in prison, we welcome your contributions to this journal! If you know somebody who might be interested in contributing, please pass this information on to them.

Attached is an information sheet that can be printed and mailed to prisoners and a poster you are welcome to share on online media as well as print and display in your neighbourhood, workplaces, schools and other community hubs.

Read the first journal online:


More info:

in German


United Nations Censors Dissent, Censors Syria, Censors Facts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, the Western corporate media has been alight with insidious and downright absurd propaganda regarding the nature of the Syrian government, military, society, and, of course, its president. In Europe and Australia the propaganda has been heavily pushed as well. However, while the independent and alternative []

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All Fire and Fury in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed National"

The still decidedly volatile situation in Ukraine is worth revisiting for a number of reasons. With the fourth anniversary of the coup just gone, the sudden passing of investigative journalist Robert Parry and Consortium News founder/editor affords even greater impetus for doing so. This is especially given his incisive body of reportage on the crisis since 2014. Australian writer/blogger Greg Maybury reports.


My Conversation with Chris Blattman "IndyWatch Feed National"

The very very highly rated but still underrated Chris Blattman was in top form, here is the transcript and audio.  We had a chance to do this one when he was in town for a week.  We talked about the problem with cash transfers, violence, child soldiers, charter cities, Rene Girard, how to do an Africa trip, Battlestar Galactica, why Ethiopia is growing rapidly, why civil war has become less common, why Colombia and the New World have been so violent, the mysteries of Botswana, and Chriss favorite Australian TV show, among other topics, including of course the Chris Blattman production function.  Here is one excerpt:

BLATTMAN: Theres this famous paper on Vietnam veterans in the US where they find that being conscripted into fighting in Vietnam had positive effects on the wages of blacks and negative effects on the wages of whites. The reason was, it was really down to, what was your alternative labor market and training experience in the absence of this war?

We found something similar in Uganda, something eerily familiar, which is that the women economically werent so worse off. I wouldnt say they were better off, but they werent necessarily affected adversely in an economic sensethey were adversely affected in other ways 5 or 10 or 15 years down the roadwhile the men were.

It spoke to just how terrible womens options were. Being conscripted and abducted to be a rebel wife, to some degree, wasnt that different than what your marriage opportunities looked like if there wasnt a war.

For men, it just meant that you were out of the civilian labor market, getting a bunch of skills that had turned out not to be very useful. It was bad for them. A different war...


United Nations Censors Dissent, Censors Syria, Censors Facts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, the Western corporate media has been alight with insidious and downright absurd propaganda regarding the nature of the Syrian government, military, society, and, of course, its president. In Europe and Australia the propaganda has been heavily pushed as well. However, while the independent and alternative media have thoroughly debunked much of the propaganda coming primarily from the United States, UK, Germany, and Australia, little has been said of the propaganda coming from the United Nations.

Unfortunately, the U.N. has a reputation among many people of being a voice and a vehicle for peace. However, the United Nations is anything but, and instead has played an active role in the destabilization, breaking, and destruction of states in the aim of the same agenda that has taken full hold of governments in the West.

One such example of U.N. propaganda is the incessant droning on regarding the humanitarian catastrophe in East Ghouta while nothing but the sound of crickets comes from the U.N. in regards to the humanitarian condition of Damascus or virtually anywhere in Syria where terrorists occupy or have occupied.

This latest hypocrisy and obvious double standard in regards to situation in East Ghouta versus the situation in Damascus and other areas under siege by terrorists is both stunning and revealing. Take, for instance, the recent statement by the UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, entitled The War On Children In Syria: Reports Of Mass Casualties Among Children In Eastern Ghouta And Damascus. This statement stands as one of the least professional statements of outrage ever made on the part of a UN staff attempting to use emotion and marketing techniques to nudge public opinion to the anti-Assad narrative and support some heavier sustained isolation of the Assad government.

The statement contained no text, only blank lines after the preface which read No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones. In the footnotes, the report says UNICEF is issuing this blank statement. We no longer have the words to describe childrens suffering and our outrage. Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?

The UN offices report thus goes hand in hand with the insane and hysterical hyperventilation coming from the Western media outlets and the governments they serve regarding East Ghouta which has suffered under...


22 National Science Academies Urge Government Action On Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

As some of the world's biggest polluters resist efforts to address climate changemost glaringly, the United Statesthousands of scientists from countries that make up the Commonwealth of Nations say their governments need to take bolder steps to lower greenhouse gas emissions. On Monday, the national science academies of 22 Commonwealth countries, including from the UK, Canada, India and Australia, issued a "Consensus Statement on Climate Change," declaring that the "Commonwealth has the potential, and the responsibility, to help drive meaningful global efforts and outcomes that protect ourselves, our children and our planet." The statement comes one month before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, where leaders intend to discuss sustainability and climate change.

Wednesday, 14 March


Berejiklian Government allows open slather on wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Conservation groups and an increasingly aware public are aghast at the latest efforts by the Berejiklian Government to allow open slather on the environment and wildlife. Read More


A 2015 Take on the Website Obesity Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Maciej Ceglowski, proprietor of the Pinboard bookmarking site, spoke back on October 29, 2015, at the Web Directions conference in Sydney, Australia about the problem of increasingly bloated web pages. His talk describes the nature of the bloat problem, fake attempts at pretending to fix it, the bloat that advertisements contribute, mishandling of images, unreasonable crufty javascript frameworks, time wasting layouts, sluggish backends, and why it is important to address these issues. The reasons to do so go well beyond just aesthetics and efficiency.

Here's the hortatory part of the talk:

Lets preserve the web as the hypertext medium it is, the only thing of its kind in the world, and not turn it into another medium for consumption, like we have so many examples of already.

Lets commit to the idea that as computers get faster, and as networks get faster, the web should also get faster.

Lets not allow the panicked dinosaurs of online publishing to trample us as they stampede away from the meteor. Instead, let's hide in our holes and watch nature take its beautiful course.

Most importantly, lets break the back of the online surveillance establishment that threatens not just our livelihood, but our liberty. Not only here in Australia, but in America, Europe, the UKin every free country where the idea of permanent, total surveillance sounded like bad science fiction even ten years ago.

He closes with an appeal to address these concerns in order to improve general accessibility of the WWW, which correlates with its general awesomeness.

From The Website Obesity Crisis (transcript)
The Website Obesity Crisis (video)

[Ed note: Though some of the admin functions for SoylentNews use Javascript, the user-facing side is entirely Javascript-free; everything is done with straight HTML and CSS. --martyb]

[TMB note: I wish. We never could figure out a way to do collapsible comment trees how we wanted to entirely without Javascript and it's also required for subscriptions paid through Stripe.]

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