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Monday, 19 March


Greens members on notice over Batman loss "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Greens plan to track down members who sabotaged the partys campaign for the federal Melbourne seat of Batman and expel them.

Leader Richard Di Natale says the small group of people who ruined the partys chances at Saturdays by-election should be kicked out.

They had a very deliberate agenda and decided to leak a number of things to the media in an effort to undermine us they set us an impossible task. I think thats grounds for expulsion, he told ABC TV on Sunday night.

The people responsible for this have no place in our party. They should be expelled.

The Greens unexpectedly lost the seat to Labors Ged Kearney.

Mr Di Natale said members needed to support each other not leak and sabotage.

He said the party would meet to put processes in place to make sure it never happened again.

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Three-hour police chase, man charged "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will appear in Lismore Local Court this morning after a three-hour police chase at Casino on Friday.

The 19-year-old man is accused of evading police after he allegedly breached bail in February.

Trains had to be stopped during the chase as police searched the rail corridor.

Schools were warned to keep students indoors until they could be accompanied home.

The man was arrested at around 6.30pm.

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Confusion the enemy of sun-smart message "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians are unknowingly increasing their risk of skin cancer because they dont know when they need sun protection the most, the findings of a national survey suggests.

The latest National Sun Protection Survey, released by Cancer Council Australia, found fewer than one in 10 adults understood that sun protection is required when UV levels are 3 or above.

Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) is a major cause of melanoma the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in Australia and levels can remain high during autumn despite the temperature drop.

The survey also suggests Australians remain confused about weather factors and sunburn.

In summer 2016-17, 24 per cent of those surveyed incorrectly believed that sunburn risk was related to temperature, while 23 per cent incorrectly cited conditions such as cloud cover, wind or humidity.

Heather Walker, chair of Cancer Council Australias National Skin Cancer Committee, says the knowledge gap is concerning and it is time for the federal government to step up and invest in a new national sun protection campaign.

This new research shows that Australians are still very confused about what causes sunburn, which means people arent protected when they need to be, said Ms Walker.

Melanoma rates have dropped in the under 40s age group due to the success of past slip, slop, slap campaigns.

But the sun protection message needs to be continually reinforced, says Ms Walker.

If its not, then younger generations will continue to be affected by the deadly skin cancer because the suns not going anywhere, the UV levels in Australia are always going to be high, she warned.

Ms Walker says the last federal government-funded sun protection campaign was nearly a decade ago.

I think its a really important time for the federal government to step up and contribute to a national campaign, she told AAP.

Some of the countrys experts in the field will meet at the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Centre in Brisbane on Monday in the hope of developing new educational strategies .

Professor David Whiteman, head of the Cancer Cancer Control group at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, says one particular focus will be the role of sunscreen.

It seems many Australians still appear to be confused about when they ought to be wearing sunscreen and it seems levels of use in some sectors of the population are less than we would like, said Prof Whiteman.

He says even if there are new emerging and effective treatments for melanoma prevention is always better than cure.

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70 homes lost in NSW coastal town bushfire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Up to 70 homes and other buildings have been destroyed in a ferocious fast-moving bushfire that ripped through a picturesque seaside town on the NSW far south coast.

The 1000-hectare blaze around Tathra, east of Bega, started on Sunday and was fanned by very strong winds and high temperatures in the states east.

It burned through several kilometres of bushland and crossed a river before it reached the township and is still out of control.

As the sun rose on Monday, authorities have begun to assess the area.

Our early indications are that the number of buildings impacted is likely to climb above 70, but we will confirm that with the work of the building impact assessment teams this morning, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told Network Seven on Monday.

We have this awful situation throughout the community of Tathra, where we have damaged buildings, damaged homes, and infrastructure, he said.

Hundreds of residents in the town, with a population of about 1600, slept in an evacuation centre in Bega.

Communication was affected after a mobile phone tower collapsed, making it difficult to determine how many people remained in the town.

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State targets make energy plan immaterial "IndyWatch Feed National"

State governments are already driving enough investment in solar and wind power to cut the electricity sectors emissions by more than the Turnbull government wants, rendering its new energy policy near-useless.

Energy analysts RepuTex say the effect of state renewable energy targets, especially in Victoria and Queensland, means the proposed national energy guarantee will have a negligible impact on the market.

It says the do nothing scenario modelled for the Commonwealth understates the investment in renewables because it doesnt take into account state government targets despite assurances they will remain.

Queensland is aiming for 50 per cent renewables by 2030 while Victoria has legislated to reach 40 per cent by 2025 and South Australia has already nearly met its 50 per cent target.

This means the modelling from the governments advisory Energy Security Board starts with a higher baseline of emissions against which to measure the impact of the national energy guarantee.

Australia has committed under the Paris Agreement to cut its overall emissions by 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, and the federal government has anticipated applying this cut equally across all sectors.

The boards model predicts the electricity sector will cut its emissions by 19 per cent by 2030 without the new national energy guarantee.

But RepuTexs own modelling, released on Monday, says once you incorporate existing state renewable energy targets, emissions from the electricity sector will actually drop 29 per cent.

It says this renders the national energy guarantee, details of which are due to be finalised by energy ministers in April, immaterial to the market.

Unless the target is more ambitious than where emissions are projected to be without the NEG, there is little need for the administrative complexity of the scheme, RepuTex associate research director Bret Harper said.

Already, state targets have driven investment in renewables fast enough that three times more new generation will join the system by mid-2018 than the ESB predicted.

The arms race between the states for renewable investment is well under way, with or without the NEG, Mr Harper said.

And state targets will stay the dominant signal for new generation unless the emissions cuts under the NEG is lifted.

Many say electricity generation should bear a heavier load of reducing Australias emissions because its one of the easiest areas to make changes and it can drive faster cuts in other sectors, such as transport, once they become more reliant on electrical power.

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March 19 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1790 - HMS (His Majesty's Ship) Sirius was popping over to Norfolk Island with a bite to eat when it had a nasty mischief on a reef and went belly up.

1803 - Laurence Dempsey was Hanged for feloniously entering the house of Thomas Neal of Richmond Hill.

1836 - Marvellous, wonderful and simply splendid David Scott Mitchell was pupped today. Mitchell spent most of his life and a small fortune collecting Australiana, which he donated to the NSW State Library on his death. Old Four Hours was the nickname the hansom cab drivers gave him due to his habit of spending 4 hours every Monday searching through second hand book shops.

1839 - Land prices plummeted and the locals upped sticks and decamped... settlement began at Port Lincoln.

1839 - Honey bees were landed upon Kiwi soil for the first time.

1840 - Thomas Whitton was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Hawker and arson at Oak Park, Crookwell. Whitton had earlier murdered John Kennedy Hume, brother of the explorer Hamilton Hume.

1849 - George Waters Ward was Hanged at Maitland for the murder of Richard Connolly (or King) at Muswellbrook.

1852 - Adelaide was rolling in it after the first gold escort rocked into town from the Mount Alexander goldfields with over 5,000 oz of the glittery stuff.

1856 - The very first secret ballot in the whole wide world happened in Victoria because the pollies had Secret Mens Business to deal with.

1856 - The Victorian Railways Department was created as part of and by the Victorian Government...and no, they weren't crocheting sardine cans with shoe-horns, why do you ask?

1858 - The Newcastle Branch Railway Line (NSW) was thrown open for the shunting business of train travel.

1858 - Edward Cardana (alias John Nelson alias Michael Ferrara) was Hanged for the murder of John Armstrong at Long Gully.

1866 - At the ripe old age of 20 years John Dunn danced his way into the great wide beyond at the end of a rope for taking up bushranging with Ben Hall as a career move.

1866 - James Jones was Hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Dr Julius Saenger, committed at Scarsdale.

1894 - Ernest Knox was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Isaac Crawcour whilst in the act of burglary at Williamstown.

1904 - The inaugural Henley-on-Yarra boating race was held in Melbourne, what-oh, to be won by the august Ballarat team.

1907 - At Bonnievale in Westralia miner Modesto Vareschetti was trapped in a flooded mine for 9 days. He was eventually rescued by Frank Hughes who had repeatedly brought him food in a diving suit.



Man charged with gun, traffic offences "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A has been charged with several firearms offences after a vehicle stop near Ballina on Saturday (March 17).

About 8.20am, police attached to Ballina Highway Patrol stopped a Ford Territory in relation to minor traffic matters on Skennars Head Road at Skennars Head.

When the officer examined the mans licence, it was found to have expired, and the officer returned to the police vehicle to conduct further checks.

As the officer waited for other police to arrive, the 28-year-old male driver attempted to speed from the scene, but was stopped by police a short distance away.

The man was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station.

The officers conducted further inquiries and a loaded .32 calibre revolver located on the side of Skennars Road.

A search of the mans nearby accommodation allegedly revealed a quantity of ammunition for the revolver and steroids.

The man was later charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, not keeping firearms safely, possessing an unregistered, unauthorised pistol in public place, possessing ammunition, dangerous driving, possessing prohibited drug and traffic offences.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday, March 18.

Inquiries into the incident continue.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

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Heavy dust storm hits Canberra, leaves thousands without power "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe dust storm caused by high northwestern wind engulfed the Australian capital Canberra on Sunday, March 18, 2018, leaving thousands of people without power. Wind gusts up to 82 km/h (51 mph) brought powerlines down, uprooted trees and caused panic among the...... Read more

Major wildfires rage in Australia, killing cattle and destroying homes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bush and grass fires rage in Australia's state of Victoria on Sunday, March 18, 2018, as hot and blustery conditions continue affecting the region. The fires are expected to get larger in size before firefighters place them under control. Dozens of fires in...... Read more


Africa's White Farmers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Of all the people of Africa, there is no question that Western governments and media are obsessed with the White Farmers in the continents.  They only seem to care about them.


Hottest autumn day in 78 years hits Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney has sweltered through its hottest autumn day in 78 years, with temperatures soaring past 40C on Sunday. The mercury hit 40.5C at Sydney Airport in the city's inner-south, a staggering 16C higher than the average March temperature of 24C. Even the eastern beaches saw temperatures as high as 39C as north-westerly winds counteracted any sea breeze. Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain told Daily Mail Australia the scorching temperatures were 'highly unusual'. Mr Brittain said wind gusts in excess of 90km tore through the New South Wales coastline, but brought little reprieve from the heat. He warned temperatures would likely remain high overnight. Sunbathers flocked to Sydney's beaches on Sunday amid the sweltering autumn heatwave. Bondi beach was packed with revellers in search of some relief from the scorching hot temperatures.


Devastated Horse Owners Launch $53 Million Lawsuit Against Vaccine Maker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Horse owners in Australia are coming to terms with the loss or injuries of their horses. But those terms have resulted in a $53 million dollar lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant, Zoetis Australia. The horse owners claim...

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Racial Preferences: Peter Dutton and White South African Farmers "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been the great misfit Australian policy since the 1990s: a refugee and immigration policy that shows itself to be scrupulously fair, calculable and clean.  Nothing shall be permitted to sully this presumption.  Even as refugees and asylum seekers gather dampness, decay and depression in Pacific camps, the Australian immigration policy shall remain, like Caesars wife, above reproach.

The comments of Australias Peter Dutton who resembles, with each passing day, a plumed and emboldened commissar, have given political figures pause for thought.  Openly, and without reservation, the Home Affairs Minister decided to bank for a particular racial group in the immigration stakes, namely those poor oppressed white farmers of South Africa.

This goes against the policy of ethnic caution and racial neutrality, albeit ensconced behind the customary prejudices typical of all stances on immigration.  Here was the most direct expression of race and culture as twin categories.

Dutton preferred the language of special attention for specifically white South African farmers suffering what he deemed to be horrific circumstances.  He spoke of damning footage and lurid stories.  They, he explained, needed protection from a civilised country.  South African farmers would be a good fit in Australia, integrating (note the stab against certain refugees) and avoiding the welfare rolls.  Perversely enough, the mantle of guardianship that of Afrikaners overseeing the civilising mission in South Africa seemed to have moved to the confused Dutton.

As a key proponent of apartheid, the South African prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd, would enunciate in February 1960, it was the white men who were the people who brought civilisation here, who made possible the present development of black nationalisation by bringing the natives education, by showing them the Western way of life, by bringing Africa industry and development, by inspiring them with the ideals which Western civilisation has developed for itself.

Duttons remarks fell on the ears of the furious.  Ian Rijsdijk of the University of Cape Towns Media Studies Centre found the remarks incredibly retrograde.  The majority African population regard a reference to civilisation, piped South African advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, as an insult.

Spokesman for South Africas Foreign Ministry, Ndivhuwo Mabaya, claimed in a statement that, There was no reason for any Government anywhere in the world to suspect that any South African is in danger from their own democratically elected Government......


Convenient excuse: May promises to ditch Russian gas "because Novichok" "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UK-Russian relations have quickly deteriorated over the past week after the UK said that a former double agent and his daughter were poisoned in England by a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. The spy poisoning scandal turned into a diplomatic row and now threatens to spill into energy issues, after UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that Britain was looking "to other countries" for its gas supplies. The UK has gas supply contracts with Russia's gas giant Gazprom, and although the British dependence on Russian gas supply is not as high as that of other European countries, the UK still relies on some Russian gas for its energy needs. The UK has also imported a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Russia's newly started Yamal project, and re-exported another LNG cargo originating from Yamal. For now, UK gas traders remain unconcerned that the UK could run short of nat gas supplies, even shrugging off Prime Minister May's comments that the UK would be looking for other gas suppliers. During question time in Parliament on Wednesday, May said that "I can reassure ... that in looking at our gas supplies we are indeed looking to other countries." May was replying to a question by Conservative lawmaker Stephen Crabb who said that "One way Russia seeks to extend its influence in Europe is by building relationships of energy dependence. Is she [Mrs May] aware that Britain has recently started to receive shipments of liquefied natural gas, and does she agree that Britain should not provide a market for Russian gas? If we need to bring in extra LNG imports, we have allies such as Qatar, Malaysia and Australia who are more than willing to sell it to us." Comment: Yep, the sure sign of an evil nation: one with many friends. It's amazing how backward the Brits can be. Russia makes deals because it likes having good relations with other nations. That benefits Russia and Russia's business partners. Everyone wins. But that "extended influence" is actually a sign of evil, according to the likes of Crabb. And with a name like that, maybe it's no surprise.


Trump brings out the knives in his effort to derail the FBI-Mueller investigation into Russian involvment in his presidential campaign "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

What occurred.....

Andrew McCabe became acting head of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after the sudden firing of James B. Comey on 9 May 2017 and, as acting head gave evidence before a US Senate committee in which he contradicted the WhiteHouses assertion that James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by PresidentTrump...had lost the support of rank-and-file F.B.I. agents.

US President Donald Trump's reaction was hostile across multiple tweets over the following months and he implied that McCabe might be fired before he could retire.  

On 15 March 2018 The New York Times reported:

WASHINGTON The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization in recent weeks to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to two people briefed on the matter. The order is the first known instance of the special counsel demanding records directly related to President Trumps businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president.



A year ago the Turnbull Cabinet decided to elevate "a fascist like Peter Dutton" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This is Peter Craig Dutton, Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, millionaire property speculator, alleged closet racist and former Queensland police officer.

Twelve months ago government and national intelligence circles were unhappy about his elevation to powerful Tsar

Dutton's portfolios are now under audit and review as they merge and grow.


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Sunday, 18 March


Three police officers who kicked a woman to the ground and punched a man 20 times face investigation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three West Australian police officers have been put under investigation after a disturbing video of an arrest was played in court.

The officers, known as Hitchen, Richardson and Thompson, originally claimed a woman grabbed one of their guns during the confrontation.

However, shocking footage captured by a witness shows otherwise, with the officers seen kicking the woman to the ground and unleashing more than 20 punches on another man.

Jacqueline Briffa faced three charges of assaulting a police officer and attempting to possess a firearm, with all thrown out in court after the video was played, The West Australian reports.

The incident occurred in Hamilton Hill, south west of Perth, and was filmed by witness Elise Svanberg, who described the scene as 'awful'.

The magistrate called the allegations Ms Briffa had tried to remove one of the guns as 'frankly nonsense' before throwing the charges out.

Meanwhile, the man who was punched multiple times walked away with a $100 fine after being charged with obstructing police.

The officers pictured in the video have been placed under review, but have been allowed to remain on full duties.



Thug cops still working in NSW police "IndyWatch Feed National"

A toy dinosaur could end up costing NSW about $500,000 after police settled a claim they had bashed two men in Queanbeyan in 2013.

The two officers have been promoted, one having made detective, and remain on the force after NSW settled the claim without admission of liability in August.

Court-tendered documents alleged Rickey Caton and Adam Antram were beaten by then-senior constable Todd Finnigan and then-constable Patrick Hicks in December, 2013 after Mr Caton pointed a toy dinosaur at senior constable Finnigan.

According to the claim, the two officers then charged Mr Caton and Mr Antram with numerous offences, including assaulting an officer, in what is now known as "the dinosaur incident".

The case went ahead until a third officer who was present, constable Lucie Litchfield, testified in court to the contrary.

In total, the incident could cost NSW about $500,000. After police dropped the criminal charges against Mr Caton and Mr Antram in October 2015, they paid their $110,00 legal costs.

Their lawyer, Peter Bevan, expects the NSW government to pay over $300,000 in legal costs after a civil claim lodged by the men saw the police settle for $45,000 apiece with the two men in August this year.

An internal police investigation into the officers' actions that night concluded in June this year they had not acted improperly and no disciplinary action was taken.

The two officers have been promoted. According to unrelated court documents from September this year, Finnigan has been promoted to detective; another unrelated document from May shows Hicks is now a senior constable.

"Those two officers remain in the workplace with the full confidence of the commander," a NSW police spokeswoman said.

Ms Litchfield resigned from the force in 2015, then telling Fairfax Media she had been driven out. Ms Litchfield was contacted for comment for this article.

Mr Bevan has lodged a complaint to the NSW police watchdog, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, regarding the investigation's outcome.

A commission spokeswoman said they were reviewing the internal report. "Once the LECC has completed this review, further information will be sent directly to the complainant about the matter," the spokeswoman said.

Speaking for the first time since the settlement, ?Mr Caton and Mr Antram expressed frustration the two officers remained employed.  "It wasn't even about the money for me, I would have rather seen them lose their jobs," Mr Caton said.  "If it wasn't for Lucie we probably would be in jail."

According to court documents from the settled civil claim on December 21, 2013, police stopped Mr Caton, Mr Antram and two other friends on Morella Aven...


Milo Yiannopoulos promoters won't pay $50,000 Victoria Police bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

I can hardly believe how far left Victoria is veering: State police charging a conservative to protect him from Leftists. Charging protection money is what criminals do. The next step is refusing protection and letting harm happen. 

The whole rationale for government is that there are some things that should not be user-pays, but which the State should pay, like roads and infrastructure, defence, police, search and rescue, and emergency services, certain amenities ... etc. If the police don't think it is part of their job to prevent criminal assault, what are they good for?

The only consolation is that this is probably a try-on

THE ORGANISER behind controversial Milo Yiannopoulos' Melbourne event is refusing to cough up $50,000 to cover the cost of police after a violent protest broke out.

Penthouse publisher Damien Costas, the man who organised Milo Yiannopoulos's tour, told 3AW he had no intention of paying the five-figure bill from Victoria Police, following the Kensington clash.

I can't imagine we would (pay the larger bill)," he said. In Melbourne they were talking about a user pays model but a particular sergeant at our head of security we were dealing with said We'd like you to pay for the barriers, bollards etc'."

I think the entire thing was about five or $6000." I paid what I was asked to pay. Anything over and above that we can determine." This is actually asking the victim to pay the bill."

He said user-pay models were discussed in every state and he'd paid about $9000 for police in the Gold Coast and nothing in New South Wales.

Supporters of the far-Right figure were involved in violent clashes with left-wing protesters on Monday night in Kensington.
Hundreds of police were called in with some using capsicum spray to subdue rioters.

Mr Costas said the 3000 attendees didn't do anything wrong rather those uninvited threw rocks.

Police Minister Lisa Neville told the radio station on Wednesday the event's promoters would have to foot the bill, which would be at least $50,000. She said billing event organisers for police resources was commonplace.

For these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events there is an agreement around the costs," she said. Ms Neville said she was confident Mr Yiannopoulos would cough up.
(It's a) big call to say you're going to ignore a bill from Victoria Police," she said.

Mr Costas said the police presence was executed with military precision" and there were also 70 security guards at the event.



Hefty Yiannopoulos bill shows Victoria Police has taken sides with the Left "IndyWatch Feed National"

THE last group you'd expect to indulge in victim-blaming is Victoria Police. Our police force is meant to protect and serve, not fine victims of lawlessness for needing police protection.

That is essentially what happened last week when police command decided to send a hefty bill of at least $50,000 to the organisers of the Milo Yiannopoulos tour.

Not only does the decision set a dangerous precedent for free speech in Victoria, but it also reveals a perverse lack of fairness.

The enormous bill reflects the significant police resources that were needed last Monday night when feral mobs rioted for five hours in the streets of Kensington while trying to stop ticketholders from entering the Australian Pavilion.

Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane first threatened to fine the venue before it was determined that the organisers would foot the bill. Police Minister Lisa Neville said: For these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events, there is an agreement around the costs."

This attempt by the minister to compare the charges to what sporting bodies routinely pay is disingenuous nonsense.

A law-abiding crowd of 3000 attending a ticketed event would not require 300 police officers, including dozens in riot gear.

That came about purely because violent far-Left activists converged on the venue to try to shut down the event an all-too-regular occurrence in Victoria.  Not satisfied with hurling vile abuse, the protesters also threw rocks, sticks, bottles, and even street signs.

If it were the ticketholders rampaging, then I'd have no qualms about saddling the organisers with the bill.

However, the small number of police that would normally be needed, and paid for by organisers, at an event of this size ballooned to something entirely different thanks to the actions of extreme Left agitators.

Anyone who has seen footage of the mayhem would be surprised to learn that police arrested only two people that night.

Victoria Police may have created a rod for its own back by punishing the injured party and effectively rewarding the thuggish louts who want to use violence and intimidation to shut down events, meetings and rallies of their ideological opponents.

Today, the event organiser, Penthouse publisher and free speech advocate Damien Costas, spoke of his dismay over political grandstanding" in Victoria.

Our attendees did nothing wrong. They lined up quietly and looked on as the protesters that weren't invited and, frankly, weren't welcome, threw rocks and bottles at police," Costas told the Herald Sun.

We negotiated in good faith with the Victorian police and we reached an agreement as to what was required and what we...


Police face charges for 'leaving an overdosed teenager to die' - and he would have survived if they'd taken him to hospital "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Gold Coast cops have a very bad reputation

The death of a Gold Coast teenager from a drug overdose in 2015 could lead to charges against police officers who attended the scene.

Coroner Terry Ryan delivered his findings at Southport Courthouse on Thursday into the death of 19-year-old Charlie Robertson at his Miami apartment in June.

Mr Ryan found Mr Robertson's death was preventable and said police had 'acted inappropriately and incompetently' in their care for the young man.

Mr Robertson was unconscious in his bedroom when seven officers from the Gold Coast's Rapid Action Patrol raided the property, looking for one of his flatmates.

Despite being unable to wake Mr Robertson, the officers left without providing him with medical assistance despite the presence of paramedics at the property, the inquest heard.

The inquest found Mr Roberston would 'very likely' have survived had he received treatment.

'I consider that the attending police officers who witnessed Charlie's condition acted inappropriately and incompetently with respect to his presentation,' Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan added evidence given at the inquest that officers lifting a mattress the unconscious Mr Robertson was lying on was 'inappropriate' while laughter heard from officers when Mr Robertson fell from the mattress reflected 'very poorly' on the officers involved.

Mr Ryan said he will refer the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions, meaning the officers could be potentially be charged for their actions.

Charlie's father Graham Robertson told reporters outside court the inquest had shown his son would be '100 per cent alive today' had police acted 'accordingly'.

The inquest heard at the time of Mr Robertson's death, frontline officers had not been trained in recognising signs of drug overdose but that this training has since taken place.



Another disgraceful Sydney cop "IndyWatch Feed National"

An off-duty Sydney police sergeant who was found guilty of using her rank and authority to avoid being randomly breath tested by a junior colleague has been jailed in a Sydney court.

Sarah Louise Johnston, 50, drove away from the RBT site without having been tested after a short conversation with the rookie officer at North Sydney on January 8, 2016.

She wept in the dock on Friday as Judge Christopher Hoy sentenced her to 16 months in jail with a non-parole period of 12 months.

'I consider the offender's conduct was disgraceful,' he said at the Downing Centre District Court.

The trial heard Johnston drank at least one schooner of beer while celebrating the new year with colleagues from North Sydney Police Station at two nearby pubs.

She was driving home to the Central Coast when she was pulled over at a random breath testing site on the Pacific Highway at Crows Nest.

Two junior officers conducting the RBTs - Constable Cameron Brooks and Constable Tugcan Sackesen - immediately recognised her.

Const Sackesen gave evidence at the trial that Johnston first pulled her car up alongside Const Brooks but rolled forward towards him before Const Brooks could breath test her.

'Hi sergeant, you've just been stopped for a random breath test,' Const Sackesen told her. He said she replied: 'You're not going to breath test me are you?' 'Yes sergeant I am,' he said.

She allegedly said: 'No because that would be a conflict of interest.' 'Imagine if I blew over, which I won't, because I'm not.' He said she told him it would put him in an 'awkward situation'.

On Friday Judge Hoy said the experienced and well regarded supervisor set a 'disgraceful example' that night. He said she 'brought shame upon herself... and to all honest members of the police force'.

'This is misconduct the community would expect honest and upstanding members of the police force... to abhor, resist and report,' he said.

Judge Hoy commended the two junior officers for courageously reporting her misconduct. Johnston will be eligible for release in December 2018.



Politically correct Victoria Police insist they DON'T have an African gang problem despite the blight of Apex, an officer being kicked in the face and 100 'South Sudanese' youths trashing an AirBnB "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria Police insist they don't have an African gang problem in Melbourne after an officer was kicked in the face at a shopping mall and 100 youths of Sudanese appearance trashed an AirBnB house.

The comments from Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald came after a boy kicked a police officer in the head as he crouched down attempting to arrest a 16-year-old youth for alleged shoplifting on Boxing Day.

The scuffle at Highpoint Shopping Centre, at Maribyrnong in Melbourne's west, was caught on CCTV on Tuesday afternoon.

However, Superintendent Fitzgerald said this latest incident involving African youths was not a sign there was an ethnically-related gang problem, amid a spate of crime linked to Apex gangs.

'We have problems with youth crime across the state and it's not a particular group of youths we are looking into. It's all youths. It's youth crime,' she told reporters.

Superintendent said 'youth crime in general' was to blame - a week after police were pelted with rocks after being called to an AirBnB house at Werribee, in Melbourne's west.

Officers were forced to retreat from the house, trashed inside by a party, when more than 100 youths of primarily South Sudanese appearance turned on them.

Photos taken from inside the house show walls kicked and punched in, mattresses thrown on top of furniture and pepper spray splattered across bedroom curtains.

Neighbours say they were left terrified when youths from the house started roaming the streets, throwing rocks and smashing cars.

Less than a week later, a police officer was kicked in the face as he crouched down trying to arrest a 16-year-old boy for alleged shoplifting at Highpoint Shopping Centre.

The scuffle, which was captured on CCTV, unfolded in front of shocked Boxing Day shoppers before the assailant ran from the centre into the car park.

The senior constable sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital as the youth who assaulted him remained at large. 'It could have been a lot worse and I'm pleased to report he's returned to work today,' Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald told reporters on Wednesday. 'He's got bruising to his eye but is in very good spirits.'

A 16-year-old Flemington boy was arrested over the alleged theft but he was released pending further inquiries.

Police are wanting to speak to a teen who is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana.

In June, at nearby Footscray, a man was struck in the head with a tomahawk as a gang of 15 African youths burst into a barber shop and began rioting.

In April, a gang of five Sudanese teenagers allegedly bashed their autistic classmate, i...


Shock union claims: detective breaks silence on fraud scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The retired detective who led the police investigation into the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal has broken his silence, calling for a fresh probe into an alleged conspiracy between former union officials and executives from construction giant Thiess that he claims extended to Julia Gillards old law firm.

In an extraordinary development in the long-running affair, former West Australian major fraud squad officer David McAlpine claims his investigation into the AWU slush fund 20 years ago was subverted due to political interference.

He said that in August 1998 the WA Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had abruptly ordered him to remain in Perth as he was preparing to fly to Melbourne to execute search warrants on key players, including Ms Gillards then employer, law firm Slater & Gordon.

Mr McAlpine said he had retained key documents including letters, memos and telephone notes from his two-year investigation and he was willing to swear an affidavit and give evidence in any court about his knowledge of the $400,000-plus fraud. The fact that I was lied to and this investigation was subverted and people appear to have given false evidence at a royal commission, it needs to be reinvestigated because the simple fact is the Australian people need to know the truth, he said.

Mr McAlpine retired from WA Police in October 2016 after 42 years of service and is now living in Thailand.

In a written statement and audio recording sent to The Australian, Mr McAlpine claimed former Thiess senior executives might have misled the trade union royal commission in 2014 about alleged secret commissions paid to AWU officials Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt.

Mr Wilson has admitted to extracting large sums of money from Thiess for a slush fund he set up in the early 1990s with legal assistance from Ms Gillard, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Money from the AWU Workplace Reform Association was used to partly fund the purchase of a house in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in 1993. The association was supposed to promote training and safety on construction sites.

Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon recommended in 2015 that Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt face prosecution for fraud-related offences connected to the fund.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied knowing the fund was to be used in a fraud.

The royal commission found that she had been casual and haphazard in her work at Slater & Gordon but had not committed offences, and was not aware of Mr Wilsons conduct.

Mr Heydon rejected Ms Gillards denials that she was the beneficiary of cash sums from Mr Wilson for house renovations. The commission found that the builder, Athol James, who recalled the wads of cash, and a union staffer, Way...


Former police officer found not guilty of misconduct after leaking footage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The vindictive prosecution of a whistleblower who should in fact have been praised casts a dark shadow over the reputation of the QPS.  It shows the police as having no morality at all.  They were furious that Flori revealed the ugly truth about them and desperately wanted to get back at him.

Now that their prosecution has failed, it is surely time to ask some very challenging questions of Ian Stewart, the Queensland police chief.

The prosecution was undoubtedly stressful for Flori -- as would have been intended -- but there was a silver lining to his dark cloud. After her own victory over a crooked cop and his QPS defenders, Renee Eaves has done a lot to help other innocent victims of the police. So she flew to Fiori's side when his prosecution was announced and has given him support ever since. And as well as a her strength of character and iron will, Renee is absolutely gorgeous. A former bikini beauty, she is a dream walking. Having her nearby would soothe most troubled male souls.

You see her walking beside Fiori below.  I had the great privilege to help her once when she badly needed it

A FORMER Queensland police sergeant who leaked footage of officers bashing a handcuffed man in a Gold Coast station basement has been found not guilty of misconduct.

Rick Flori, 47, was acquitted of the charge by a majority 11-1 verdict by a jury on Wednesday following a six-day trial at the Southport District Court.

Flori, who has since resigned from the Queensland Police Service, says he released the footage of the January 2012 arrest to cast a spotlight on illegal practices within the force.

Flori released footage of police at the Surfers Paradise station bashing a handcuffed man, Noa Begic, in a basement car park in January 2012.

Once the footage was run by The Courier-Mail, an internal investigation lead to a search of Floris home where the footage was located on an SD card.

Flori told investigators hed acquired the footage for training purposes and denied knowing anything about the email address used to arrange the leak with a journalist.

Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller said Flori was upset at being overlooked for a promotion to senior sergeant in 2011.

Once he realised the footage included the man who had been given the promotion at his expense, Senior Sergeant David Joachim, hed set about leaking it to discredit his rival, Mr Fuller argued.

Mr Fuller said in the email sent to the journalist, Flori failed to mention any of the other officers involved except for Sen Sgt Joachim, despite Senior Constable Ben Lamb being the man who kneed and punched Mr...


Victoria police 'caught using and trafficking meth and ecstasy - as two officers joke over texts about going to work after a cocaine bender' "IndyWatch Feed National"

No wonder they cannot control the African teenagers who aree running riot

Police partying on ice, cocaine and ecstasy would meet up with known traffickers, peddle drugs themselves and return positive tests, says an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission special report.

The report takes in three investigations into claims of drug possession, trafficking and use by police since 2014 and says allegations against eight officers have been substantiated.

Operation Apsley revealed a group of police were using drugs regularly in their social lives - including one who used cocaine 'most days' for four months last year.

The officer, known as Senior Constable A, and a friend, Senior Constable B, used and trafficked drugs and were 'cavalier about the safety risks', the report says.

Both told IBAC they would not work if affected by drugs, but messages between them refuted these claims, including this exchange after a night out using cocaine:

Senior Constable A: 'Feeling slightly average but okay. Gonna be a long shift. Rad night.'

Senior Constable B: 'Kill me, I wanna lay down.'

Another senior constable messaged a civilian associate about putting MDMA powder into capsules - 'Now that you run a sophisticated drug syndicate you will be... essstremely bizzy' was the reply.

Two other IBAC operations also exposed regular drug use with one that focused on a constable leading to that officer's brother being arrested by federal and interstate police on drug offences.

While IBAC says allegations against eight were substantiated it says they were likely just 'snapshots of a more widespread and serious problem for Victoria Police'.

Of those eight officers, two were charged with giving false evidence, misleading or attempting to mislead IBAC, and inciting a witness to mislead IBAC, and one was charged with criminal drug offences.

One has been dismissed, three have resigned, three are suspended and one returned to work after an admonishment notice.

There are systemic deficiencies in Victoria Police's illicit drug prevention and detection, IBAC concludes.

'Police officers cannot be selective in choosing which criminal laws they will obey,' IBAC Commissioner Stephen O'Bryan QC said in a statement.

'While most of the police officers investigated were aware they were engaging in illegal conduct, they rationalised their off-duty criminality as being separate to their obligations as police officers.'

Victoria Police's alcohol and drugs policy says illicit drug use is not tolerated but there is ambiguity about the consequences, IBAC says.

Police have accepted the recommendations...


#Sydney, #Australia: Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

Images of a solidarity action in front of the Russian consulate in Sydney, Australia.

Submitted toEnough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Sydney, Australia: Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Prisoners

In response to a solidarity appeal from comrades in Russia, on the 18th of March, the day of the Russian elections, a group of anarchists in Sydney, gathered at the Russian consulate.

We distributed leaflets about the situation of imprisoned Russian anarchists and antifascists and chanted soligans against police, prisons and the Putin regime.



Malaysias Najib Says Rohingya Crisis Raises Regional Terror Threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a break from convention, prime minister criticizes a fellow Asean member at a summit

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at a reception on Friday as part of the Asean summit in Sydney.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at a reception on Friday as part of the Asean summit in Sydney. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

SYDNEYMalaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak identified the Rohingya crisis as a major security threat to Southeast Asia, a rare criticism of a neighboring nation at a conference meant to engender better cooperation on security in the region.

Speaking at a counterterrorism conference in Sydney ahead of a special summit of regional leaders with Australia, Prime Minister Najib Razak broke with Association of Southeast Asian Nations convention to avert internal criticisms, warning bluntly that the humanitarian crisi...


Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 8:12pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jack did it again. He was desperate to go out into the street this morning, where he's not generally allowed because of the neighbours' dogs - and, frankly, some of the neighbours. Stupidly I thought: old, arthritic, several vital organs clapped out (him, not me; well, actually probably both of us) - how far can he go?

Ten minutes later: no sign of him. I fall for it every couple of months. Calling for him every fifteen minutes, crawling around looking under cars, asking neighbours ("Yes, he's just out there Oh, he's gone").


Myanmars Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malcolm Turnbull and Aung San Suu Kyi

 Malcolm Turnbull and Aung San Suu Kyi. The Australian prime minister says everyone seeks to end the suffering in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

SYDNEY (AFP)  Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and force an outcome.

Suu Kyi has been under intense global criticism for her public silence amid a brutal military crackdown that has forced nearly 700,000 of the Muslim-minority Rohingya to flee Myanmars Rakhine state for Bangladesh.

The humanitarian crisis was one of the key topics at a three-day special summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia.

We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at the closing press conference.

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Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively, at some considerable length herself.

Its certainly an issue that has been discussed and it is fair to say very constructively, in our meeting.

Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is this years ASEAN chair, said Myanmars neighbours were concerned about the ongoing situation but could not force an outcome.

It is of concern for all ASEAN countries, and yet ASEAN is not able to intervene and to force an outcome, Lee said alongside Turnbull.

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Both leaders said they would back efforts to reach a long-term solution to end the crisis, and were supporting humanitarian efforts to help those displaced.

The 10-nation ASEAN prides itself on consensus diplomacy and non-interference in each others affairs.

But the exodus has sparked rare tension within the association, and Muslim-majority Malaysia has called for an independent ASEAN-led investigation into allega...


Stephen Dziedzic // ASEAN: Malaysian PM condemns inaction of Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya 'suffering' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed National"

ASEAN: Malaysian PM condemns inaction of Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya 'suffering' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The Malaysian Prime Minister's criticisms drew even more attention because Southeast Asian leaders typically avoid contentious subjects at ASEAN summits, in order to stop the group from fracturing.

Rohingya Muslims joined protests in Sydney yesterday to demand that Australia and ASEAN strongly condemn the violence in Rakhine state.

But most observers still expect ASEAN to avoid directly criticising Myanmar about the plight of the minority group.


Tropical Cyclone "Marcus" hits Darwin as Category 2 system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Marcus" formed March 16, 2018 as the 8th named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region tropical cyclone season. Marcus passed over Darwin as a Category 2 system on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale with sustained winds near...... Read more


President Putin An Enigma that Leaves Western Politicians Envious and Baffled "IndyWatch Feed National"

Boris Johnson with a present From Russia with Love (by gumshoenews)

by Dee Mclachlan

The 2018 Russian presidential election will take place today 18 March 2018.

Vladimir Putin is sure to be elected, again. And the West is confused, and seething. Almost every politician in the UK, US, and Australia are Putin-bashing and calling him dangerous. It is obvious they are following a script.

G5 wrote to me the other day saying:

Russia has been a fixation for a long time. Putin was brought to power by the Rothschilds through Yeltsin. Putin is a his...


March 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1804 - Jervis Bay Aborigines visited Sydney.

1816 - Macquarie advises Lord Bathurst in London: It is my Intention, as soon as I shall have Ascertained What Tribes Committed the late Murders and Depredations, to send a strong Detachment of Troops to drive them to a Distance from the Settlements of the White Men.

1820 - Macquarie scribbled in his journal on this day;
"I returned early this morning to Parramatta, accompanied by Commodore Vassilieff, and Lieut. Aveenoff in my own Carriage, and by Capt. Schessmareff, Lieut. Hall, and Lieut. Ignatieff, of the Russian Squadron. After Breakfast I walked all over the Town of Parramatta with these Gentlemen. Colonel Erskine came up from Sydney to dine with us, and Lieut. King R. Navy also made one of our Dinner Party. Capt. Piper kindly lent me his Carriage for 3 of the Russian Officers."

1825 - Helping Or-stray-lia feel more like Old Blighty the Sydney Turf Club was hatched.

1833 - Joseph Coleman was Hanged at Old Banks, Paterson Plains for the attempted murder of Edward Cory.

1834 - In England, six English agricultural laborers , the so-called Tolpuddle Martyrs ,were sentenced to seven years of banishment to Australias New South Wales penal colony for their trade union activities.

1840 - Talk about bringing down the house...the Royal Hotel and theatre were destroyed by fire but, fear not! Tales continue to be woven on the same spot in the guise of Dymock's book store in George St, Sydney.

1844 - St Patricks Church, Church Hill, designed by JF Hilly and built by Andrew Ross & Co, was ready for use. The parish priest was John McEncroe, an Irishman, which further cemented the church in the Irish community.

1850 - A red Letter day in some people's diaries - the birth of James Toohey in Melb, founder of Toohey's Brewery.

1863 - Alexander Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1863 - Charles Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1867 - William Henry Scott was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Anne Ramsden (Scott) in Sussex St.

1877 - Constable Thomas Collins, Victoria Police, was on patrol in the Wangaratta area when he fell from his horse. He received internal injuries and died on the 23rd March 1877, at the Wangaratta Hospital.

1878 - The famous Queen Victoria Market was flung open for business in Melbourne; from whence one can acquire fresh fruit, vegies, meat, seafood and cheap souvenirs whilst walking all over the 9,000 dead bodies still interred down below.

1887 - Excitement squirrel gripped the pub...


'Little tiger': Vietnam's cat meat trade exposed "IndyWatch Feed National"

A local cat rescuer, who wanted to be named only as Quyen, took the video in Ho Chi Minh City last month in a quest to raise awareness about the cruel trade. Known as "little tiger", cat meat is considered lucky and a source of strength and feline-like agility in the south-east Asian country. Some of the cats are wearing collars, suggesting they could have been snatched from loving homes before awaiting their fate of being killed, cooked and sold. One of the pictures shows the tragic animals being drowned in a cage which is submerged in water. Australian Michele Brown, the CEO of Fight Dog Meat charity, has now released the shocking pictures in a bid to raise awareness of the little-known cat meat trade.


Podcast IWD BNE Clusterfuck, Kurdish Women Unite, ACAB "IndyWatch Feed National"

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International Womens Day in Brisbane by all reports was an absolute clusterfuck. It is disappointing that so much effort has been put into building up the event, but the organisers chose to ignore the feelings of a section of the community.

Women who do not recognise the existence of transgender women (trans exclusionary radical feminists) were welcomed and even invited to the event.

This caused conflict during the event which could have been avoided by ensuring all women were comfortable at the event.

Some chose to protest the event, some chose to try to find a peaceful resolution by mediating between the two groups.

There has been some unfortunate targeting of individuals since the event which I have been thinking about a lot and even since this show show recorded my thoughts have changed a bit.

Now thinking about it I think the clashes here are partly due to a difference in tactics. The main conflict has been between people who dont want TERFs involved but chose different actions on the day.

I read a beautiful statement from Kurdish women to the world.

Let us turn the 21st century into the era of womens freedom!

From the mountains of Kurdistan, in the lands where society developed with the leadership of women, we salute you with our great freedom, passion, ambition, and unbreakable struggle. From Rojavas neighborhoods to South Americas forests, from Europes streets to Africas plains, from the Middle Easts valleys to North Americas plazas, from Asias mountains to Australias plateaus; with our love which knows no borders and with our most revolutionary feelings, we embrace all women who intensify the struggle for freedom and equality.

And in Bad Cop No Donut the police have been pretty busy fucking things up this w...


Trees roll down streets, powerlines explode and roofs are ripped off buildings as Tropical Cyclone Marcus smashes Darwin, Australia (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Darwin has been battered by 130km/h winds as Tropical Cyclone Marcus sent trees flying through the streets and brought down powerlines, prompting the rescue of people from a sinking boat near the city. The eye of the category two storm has now moved past the city but emergency services say it's still not safe to go outside. Marcus is now headed towards the Timor Sea and is expected to hit Western Australia's Kimberley Coast on Sunday, bringing wind gusts of up to 150km/h. The storm brought down hundreds of powerlines and trees and damaged property across Darwin and also affected the city's drinking supply. Residents have been told to boil drinking water as a precaution until further notice. Meanwhile, water police were called out to rescue two people from two boats that collided after one of them slipped its moorings in Sangove Creek as the storm struck.


Terrorists Digital Messages Target of ASEAN, Australia, pact "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Bloomberg) Terrorists operating in Southeast Asia will be targeted in a pan-regional pact designed to enhance intelligence sharing and disrupt potential attackers ability to communicate through digital messaging.

Terrorism is a truly global threat, as digital as it is dangerous, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday at the signing of a counter-terrorism memorandum of understanding at his countrys special summit with Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders in Sydney. The use of social media and encrypted messaging applications is a challenge for us all, and one we must tackle together.

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The nations committed to improve legislative and enforcement tools to combat the cross-border movement of extremists, including obtaining and using electronic communications evidence for prosecutions. They also pledged to increase legislative efforts to boost counter-terrorism financing and information-sharing between members.

Read more on whats next for ISIS

The move comes as concern in Southeast Asia grows about the influence of ISIS-inspired terrorists returning from the Middle East, with Indonesia and Philippines seen by some experts as vulnerable to further attacks. Australia,....


Around 31 grassfires sweep across Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Residents near raging fires west of Melbourne have been told it's not safe to leave their homes and to take shelter immediately. A warning has been issued by the Country Fire Authority said people should stay within their homes as it is 'not safe for you to leave'. Dramatic video footage shows massive flames and explosions emerging from a substation in Terang, while a grassfire burns out of control in Boorcan, 199km west of Melbourne. Nearby resident Brett Gasper told the Herald Sun the scene of the fire caused a 'red sky and smell of smoke' which was 'daunting'. A CFA spokesperson said people had been evacuated from nearby homes.


South Africas White Farmers Reportedly Being Murdered & Tortured Off Their Land "IndyWatch Feed National"

Violent attacks against South Africas white farmers are on the rise, according to Paul Toohey, a reporter from Australias Daily Telegraph, who traveled to the country. Last month, South Africas parliament voted to allow white-owned land expropriation without compensation. That followed South Africas new President Cyril Ramaphosas pledge to return the lands owned by white []


Human Rights Protests Surround ASEAN Summit in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Demonstrators have rallied against Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Cambodias Hun Sen. The protests have overshadowed a regional agreement targeting terror groups use of encrypted platforms.

Members of the Rohingya community gather in Hyde park to protest against Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Sydney on Saturday to protest Southeast Asian leaders gathering in the Australian city for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

We are here today in solidarity among the communities from Southeast Asia who are facing dictatorship and genocide, of course particularly in the Rohingya community, said Shawfikul Islam from the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization.

Read more: Myanmars Rohingya: A history of forced exoduses

Banners carried by protesters showed images of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi with a stylized moustache reminiscent of Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler, calling for her to return the esteemed prize. She has had several awards revoked over the military campaign.

Suu Kyi has been accused by Western governments and human rights groups of doing nothing to stop the Burmese military from implementing a brutal crackdown against the Muslim-minority Rohingya in western Myanmar. Many have called it a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Protesters rallying against Cambodia's Hun SenProtesters have.....


Australian personal investment portfolio profiles reveal a sjgnificant lack of diversification and a fondness for shares "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This is indeed the wealthiest retired generation ever in Australian history. Self-funded or partly self-funded retirees appear to enjoy a significantly higher standard of living than those who rely on the Aged Pension  [Australian Centre for Australian Studies, August 2016]

According to the Australian Stock Exchange in 2017 there were over 11 million investors across the country.

Given the many words being written on the subject of share dividend imputation and franking credits here is a broad breakdown of the investment types these people hold.

Sources of income during retirement

In 201617, there were 3.6 million persons, aged 45 years and over, who reported that they were retired from the labour force. This group comprised 1.7 million men and 1.9 million women. Just over half of all retired persons were aged 70 years and over (56% of retired men and 52% of retired women).


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Further pieces of the puzzle that Malcolm Turnbull abused the law in covering-up crimes by Kerry Packer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Further pieces of the puzzle have been revealed of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls corrupt conduct in the 1980s trying to conceal the crimes of Kerry Packer from the Costigan Royal Commission and later from the CDPP. Putting the pieces together it now seems certain that the former and first Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (1984-1989) []


Australian minister wants to help oppressed White South African farmers by bringing them to a civilized country - Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's Home Affairs Minister is investigating how to bring white South African farmers to Australia on humanitarian grounds. White farmers facing violence in South Africa "deserve special attention" from Australia, Peter Dutton said. He said he had watched television footage and read articles that convinced him the farmers needed help, and had ordered his department to investigate how to bring the farmers to Australia. He had "hope" some of the farmers could be settled in Australia, declaring: "We have the potential to help some of these people that are being persecuted." Violence on South African farms is a racially charged political issue. Afriforum, a rights group that mainly represents the views of the white Afrikaner minority, says white farmers are murdered at four times the rate of other citizens, but these figures cannot be independently verified and have been challenged. Mr Dutton said he wanted to explore whether the farmers could access visas or humanitarian programs. "People do need help and they need help from a civilised country like ours," Mr Dutton told News Corp.


Debate: Russia-UK poisoning row "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tired of the finger-pointing that the corporate media and the Australian government endorse as rational comment on the retired Russian spy poisoning affair? Worried that our leaders seem to think grandstanding on a pile of nuclear weapons is some kind of sport?
English language Press tv Iran conducts unusually frank and well-informed debates on international affairs all over the world, and this one is no exception. See how the non-Anglosphere perceives the UK poisoning affair. In this episode of The Debate, are James Jatras, a former US diplomat from Washington, and Jonathan Fryer, a writer and lecturer from London, to discuss London's claim about a Russian poisoning attack in the UK.

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Letter to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists "IndyWatch Feed National"

March 16th: A group of eminent doctors and psychiatrists write to the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) in response to a press release issued by the Royal College.

Dr Kym Jenkins
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

cc Mr Andrew Peters
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

16 March 2018
Dear Dr Jenkins

Reply to the College

We refer to the press release issued by the RANZCP on March 6th 2018, relating to recent press reports in New Zealand regarding the risks of antidepressants. The College has stated that questioning the efficacy of psychiatric medication is stigmatising of people who have been prescribed them, and that drugs are only ever prescribed in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits.

We believe there are difficulties with this view and that a more nuanced statement by the College would have been more helpful. The profession of psychiatry has an overarching duty to keep the community informed. The community is entitled to know that there is a large body of evidence that raises complex issues regarding the efficacy and the safety of psychotropic medications. The College statement appears to caution against open discussion of these issues, in part to avoid stigmatising those with mental health problems.

We are not aware of any evidence that informing the public would be stigmatising. We have not always been right about stigma. It was once held that the concept of mental illness as brain disorder was less stigmatising. In fact the reverse has been shown to be true: the brain disorder approach increases rather than decreases stigma.


SKRIPAL AFFAIR: The Chilly Climate Change of a New Cold War "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Kevin
21st Century Wire

Introduction by David Macilwain: Former Australian diplomat and recent author of Return to Moscow Tony Kevin, submitted the article below to a mainstream Australian newspaper on Friday, following discussions with the opinion editor. As he described it after detailed discussion with her of its proposed themes and conclusions before writing it, they said fine, it is an opinion piece, we have discretion to publish well-argued contrarian views. But then, in what he sees as chilling Orwellian censorship, the paper found a chemist who fact-checked the article and found it lacked a strong foundation.

Tony Kevin then sent the article to John Menadue for publication on his blog Pearls and Irritations to which he has contributed for many years, until recently when his pro-Russian views seem unacceptable even there. Menadue obligingly published my recent article calling for Australia to disengage from the US in Syria, but perhaps that was the limit; I also submitted an article for Pearls and Irritations yesterday, covering some similar ground to Tonys, but was declined on the basis that some of the language and claims seem a bit over the top and without hard evidence.

I think we could say that about HMG in the UK, though more convincingly some of their language and claims are extreme and highly disturbing, and lacking in any substantial evidence whatsoever. But as Tony says: This is the climate of renewed Cold War in which we now live. It is very worrying.

Skripal investigation. Salisbury, UK. (Photo: Twitter)

Article by Tony Kevin:

Skripal Affair: Western allies line up...


Possum defends babies against monitor lizard "IndyWatch Feed National"

This BBC video, recorded in Australia, says about itself:

16 March 2018

A Lace Monitor Lizard eyes a Possums nest as an easy meal but doesnt count on the female Possum fighting tooth and claw to defend her babies.


Tropical storm Marcus struck Australia at about 00:00 GMT on 17 March. - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thomson Reuters FoundationTropical storm Marcus struck Australia at about 00:00 GMT on 17 March.Thomson Reuters Foundation... * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Tropical storm Marcus struck Australia at about 00:00 GMT on 17 March. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center ...and more 


Australias Dilemma: The Quad or its National Interest "IndyWatch Feed National"


In 2005 Japan raised the possibility of a separate grouping of four nations, Australia, India, Japan and the United States, as a potential counterweight to the growing power of China. It was an ill-considered notion then, and nothing has happened since then to make it a better idea. If anything, it is a worse idea now that was 12 years ago.

Notwithstanding the illogicality and counter-productive nature of the proposal we see the same four nations yet again raising the possibility of a Quad alliance. The one constant factor apart from the profound stupidity of the idea is that having an ambition to constrain China remains at the core. That Australia should even contemplate joining such an ad hoc alliance highlights the fundamental dilemma confronting Australias foreign policy.

On the one hand Australian foreign policy and defence commentators, strategists and politicians constantly reiterate that United States is the cornerstone or bedrock of Australias security strategy. The rhetoric surrounding this reached its apogee last year with Prime Minister Turnbull declaring that Australia and the United States were joined at the hip on defence and security issues.

On the other hand however, not only is Australia geographically located in the Asia-Pacific region, its trade and other relationships are increasingly integrated into what the Australian defence planners used to call Australias Near North.

The recently released trade statistics for the 2016-2017 calendar years are revealing. Of total exports of $291.4 billion, 71.8% went to the East Asia market (China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan). This compares with just under $19 billion for the whole of the European Union, and less than $17 billion for the whole of the Americas, from Canada to Patagonia. That latter figure was actually a decline of 5.9% over the previous year.

Conversely, trade with China rose 27.1%, Hong Kong 45.7%, Japan 17.4% and South Korea 15%.

In 2015 Australia signed both a free trade agreement with China, and also membership of the China initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

In December 2017 however, Australia was participating in a meeting in India, the so-called Raisina Dialogue, attended by the next US ambassador to Australia, well known Sinophobe Admiral Harry Ha...


Batman By-election (VIC) and South Australian General Election, Saturday 17 March 2018 - tally room links "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

SA Electoral Commission - South Australian General Election

Virtual Tally Room here - after 6.30pm Sydney time.

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Australian Electoral Commission - Batman By-election Victoria

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

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 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.

The answer is True.

This question applies the sectoral balances approach.

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI

To render this approach into the sectoral balances form, we subtract total net taxes (T) from both sides of Expression (3) to get:

(3) GNP T = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI T

Now we can collect the terms by arranging...


Q&A Critique & transcript for "A Big Australia" Monday 12 March, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Growth lobbyists outnumbered environment and democracy proponents three to two on Last Monday's Q and A on ABC 1, with Jane Fitzgerald (Property Council of Australia), Jonathan Daley (Grattan Institute) and Dr Jay Song (Immigration professional who arrived here two years ago) and Tony Jones (Compere) vs Tim Flannery (Population scientist and author of the famous Future Eaters) and Bob Carr, (journalist, environmentalist, and former Premier of New South Wales). The show started with a brilliant question from audience member, Matthew Bryan. He read it off his mobile phone, with a steely emotional intensity that only someone blinded by dollar values could have ignored, and all the growthists did, of course. Nonetheless since the ABC almost never invites representatives of the non-growth side, we could call this an improvement. Read on for a commentary on some of the highlights and lowlights of this historic confrontation between truth and lies and ignorance.

Most egregious in argument technique and substance was Dr Jay Song, described as an 'Immigration Expert'. Property Council of Australia's Jane Fitzgerald seemed to know enough to underplay the almost absolute power of the Property Council of Australia, which is on the way to running and ruining this country. Grattan Institute representative Jonathan Daley urbanely projected a dispassionate acceptance of growth as a given, and significant expertise in growth cliches.

Tim Flannery waved his hand like a man drowning at sea, yet often failed to get the attention of the moderator who seemed unaccountably fascinated by Dr Jay Song.

Water and the NBN

Flannery's suggestions for democratic decisions and common sense about Australia's vital resource poverty may have been overly sophisticated for the growthists and the commentator, who seemed unaware of the fact that we are 30% desert, 30% rangeland and only 4% truly fertile land. On the other hand, maybe they understand, but just didn't want to discuss anything real. Tony Jones actually implied that lack of water could be overcome by the rolling out of the NBN. Will we ever know if he was joking or serious?



Blue Camo Legging Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ben Hillier from the Tamil Refugee Council condemning an early morning raid of Tamil refugee family "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned an early morning raid in which a refugee family was given just ten minutes to gather belongings before being flown to Melbourne and detained at the Broadmeadows detention centre (MITA Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation). Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their daughters 9-month-old Dharuniga and 2-year-old Kopiga, born []


New England Stories - Camp Victory and the Casino Boys "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Netherlands East Indies troops march Melbourne 1943

Over the first part of 2017 I wrote a series of posts on my history blog telling a little of the story of Camp Victory and the Casino Boys.

The story begins with the fall of the Netherlands to the Germans and then switches to the Netherlands East Indies where the Dutch Government in exile and the Netherlands East Indies are trying to strengthen local defences in the face of a looming Japanese threat. With the fall of the Netherlands, elements of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) government and forces escape to Australia.

.In Australia a government in exile is created, the only official one ever created on Australian soil, and bases established. One, Camp Victory, was located outside Casino.

Among those who came to Camp Victory in 1945 were a group of young Dutchmen brought to Australia for pilot training. With the war winding down their training was constantly delayed.

As news of the Indonesian declaration of independence reached Australia , Indonesian soldiers serving as part of the NEI forces refused to continue service.

Now fighting to re-establish its control of the East Indies, the NIE gov...


Exposing Some Distortions of WWII History "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen and CIAs Gehlen Org recruits (photo ww2resource) Background Dresden

by G5

Once someone is a member of an Intel Community, they remain for life.

Intelligence Agency Internal Memos, Reports, and Files are usually fairly accurate. Particularly when it concerns Assets, Agents, and Operatives. And more so with regard to Trainee and new Field Operatives.

The politicising of released information, output, and activities, is a separate issue to what happens In House.



Victoria Is Not The Victim: Historic Queensland Defence Contract Showcases Australian Military-Industrial Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Without national discussion or debate and no hard questions from media Australia is pitching to become a major arms exporter. Dr Lissa Johnson weighs in.

On Wednesday morning I watched a live broadcast of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing the Australian Governments deal to procure $5.2bn worth of tanks (combat reconnaissance vehicles) from German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall. It has been hailed as the largest defence contract in Australias history.

In front of a brand spanking new tank stood Turnbull, a Rheinmetall executive, Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne. Together they sang the praises of their historic procurement project and Rheinmetalls state of the art combat vehicle.

Turnbull waxed lyrical about a robust, resilient and internationally competitive defence industry, exciting opportunities and leading edge capability. The arms executive talked about a world class Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Queensland. Turnbull described his ambition for Australia to become one of the top 10 defence exporters in the world.

The whole performance looked like a marketing event at a boat show, except the boat was a tank.

Turnbull proudly described the deal in the context of Australias plan to spend $200bn on new military equipment over the next decade. He said that the arms deal was good news for Australian steel, good news for jobs, good news for Queensland and good news for Australia (Victoria, which bid to host the contract, missed out).

Minister for Defence Industry The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and The Hon Malcolm Turnball, MP, Prime Minister of Australia inspect the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV). (IMAGE: Jay Cronan, Dept of Defence)

Turnbull and Pyne cited the Rheinmetall tanks superior lethality as a key selling point. The arms manufacturer likened it to a Swiss army knife.

As I watched the broadcast my stomach churned, making it difficult to digest my breakfast. I had a few thoughts. One was that even if this deal is good news for Queenslanders as hyped, the whole $200bn ar...


APVMA announces site for its New Armidale national headquarters "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 12 March the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)  named 102 Taylor Street and 91 Beardy Street as the site for the authoritys permanent office in Armidale. The site includes the former Armidale Club building and then extends at the back to Taylor Street.

The announcement was made on site by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. David Littleproud MP, the Member for New England, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, and APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker.

A purpose-built, two-storey office will be constructed by the Stirloch Group (Stirloch), a developer based in Queensland and Victoria that has considerable experience with large government developments.

This is a significant milestone in the APVMAs relocation from Canberra to Armidale, Dr Parker said.

The APVMA has made a long-term commitment to deliver agvet chemical regulation from regional Australia for the benefit of our clients and stakeholders. We have signed a 15-year lease with Stirloch, with possible extensions.

Our move to Armidale now has real momentum. We have 15 staff at the interim office at 246 Beardy Street, and that number will double by the end of March.

More staff will relocate from Canberra and more jobs will be advertised that I hope will attract local talent from Armidale and the surrounds to help us deliver robust regulation and top rate services to Australias agvet chemical industry.

The APVMA will have around 150 staff based at the permanent Armidale office once construction and fit-out is complete in mid-2019.


Australias tens of thousands of homeless children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Homelessness is actually 300,000 high and not only 116,000 homeless as according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. But what many of us have been barking about for years are both the number and the proportion of children aged 12 years and less who are homeless. Even according to the ABS figures there are 20,000 []


Why a popular prime minister was toppled "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat from Australia over the Dubai passports impropriety, Kevin Rudds days as prime minister would be numbered. The first two years of the Rudd/Gillard government were remarkable for their majority public support  and for overwhelming public support for Rudd as prime minister. They were []


March 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1808 Bishop Barker - the bloke not the beer glass - was pupped today. Fred Barker became the Anglican Bishop of Sydney and, in typical Aussie fashion, his tea-totalling ways were completely respected in the naming of the biggest glass of beer in the late 1800's.

1809 Bligh picked up his bat and ball and sailed, not for England as he'd promised those wiley NSW Corps, but for Hobart.

1826 Bushranger Matthew Brady, another naughty lad, was captured by John Batman near crystal ball tells me it'll all end in tears.

1843 Partying in style in Sydney during St Paddy's Day celebrations 2 Montgolfier balloons showed off gave an exhibition to wow the crowds.

1853 St Kilda road, Melbourne was the setting for many an armed hold up during the Victorian gold rush and today saw the last major robbery attempt...apart from the robbery real estate agents have been getting away with ever since.

1856 - The foundation stone of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide, was laid on this day.

1870 John Ross discovered and named the Alice Springs while exploring the route for the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

1908 A.W. Canning, a forward thinking type of bloke, set out to equip a stock route between Halls Creek and Wiluna in Westralia. It is now known as The Canning Stock Route, perhaps named after the chap who sunk 52 wells by the time he finished in December 1909.

1910 Beating Harry Houdini by 1 day but being over-looked in the magician's smoke and mirrors, Fred Custance flew the first powered flight in a Bleriot monoplane in South Oz.

1942 Gen Douglas MacArthur rocked up to Oz and set up shop in Melbourne.
Ahh, the hardships people must endure in war time...

1943 General Douglas MacArthur more than slightly miffed the Aussies when he claimed that before he graced Aussie soil with his presence the govt was ready to hand the northern part of Australia to the Japanese.

1943 The Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper ran the article in which the Trade and Customs Minister announced in the Senate that unless more barley was grown the Aussie beer output of 7,200,000 gallons per month would have to be cut.
What, no green ale?!

1962 Today saw the grand opening/airing of CBN 8 Orange (CBN = Country Broadcasting New South Wales) a TV station that is now affiliated with Prime7.
Where they, no doubt, had a few sherberts in the green hue.

1967 And they most probably raised a glass or 3 at the official opening of the Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station in Canberra on this day; this was the famous antenna that received, then relayed to the whole world, the TV images of Neil Armstrong taking a Sunday stroll on the Moon.



Offsets for emissions breaches prove Australia has a carbon market, Labor says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Industrial sites have spent millions on carbon credits under Direct Action's safeguard mechanism'Sixteen Australian industrial sites have breached government-imposed greenhouse gas emissions limits and had to buy millions of dollars in carbon credits to offset the infringement.The breaches came despite big emitters being granted generous carbon limits, in many cases above their highest previous pollution levels. Related: Emissions increases approved by regulator may wipe out $260m of [...]


DISGUSTING! GODFATHER OF BORDER SLEAZE! ABF chief Roman Quaedvlieg fired for giving job to god-daughter mistress "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: In an explosive political revelation where salacious and illicit misconduct meets with good old-fashioned corruption, True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that recently fired Australian Border Force chief, Roman Quaedvlieg, was conducting a clandestine sexual affair and giving out subsequent job favours to a young woman whose parents had named him her godfather. [READ MORE]


MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Aboriginal land councils ramp up push for NT treaty promised 30 years ago - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal land councils ramp up push for NT treaty promised 30 years ago - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "The 30-year anniversary of the Barunga Statement represents perhaps a unique opportunity to reset the process and ensure that Aboriginal people are leading front and centre when it comes to these kinds of things," Mr Morrison said.

He said an MOU would ensure Indigenous Territorians are driving the treaty agenda.

"We don't want to see governments and anyone else come up with ideas on behalf of Aboriginal people because we've seen the sorts of messes that unfold," he said.

Mr Morrison said the MOU should include formal recognition of past wrongs, and ultimately lead to a better future for Aboriginal people.

"I think there's a need for the levels of leadership in the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth to realise the deep injustices," he said.


Top officials in Australia call for emergency visas for white farmers facing violent attacks in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

A top Australian official has called for emergency visas for South Africa's white farmers, who are reportedly facing rising violence amid government calls for land expropriation in favor of black citizens. "If you look at the footage and read the stories, you hear the accounts, it's a horrific circumstance they face," said Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. "I think these people deserve special attention and we're certainly applying that special attention now."

Thursday, 15 March


Which Woodstock bands can you still see live today? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

August 1969 saw one of musics biggest events take place; Woodstock. Yes, the highly influential music festival took place from August 15th to 18th in New York almost 50 years ago, and since then has effectively been the standard to which every other music festival is held. While various revivals have taken place, nothing has come close to the brilliance of the original. However, did you know that you can still catch plenty of the bands that performed back then playing live today?

While the original 1969 Woodstock festival was held as a way to promote peace and love, while also protesting the ongoing Vietnam War, plenty of musics biggest names came out to play some landmark sets, including Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin.

Sadly, many of these names have either since passed on or broken up, but plenty of other acts are still out there, bringing their music to you on the live stage.

In honour of Canned Heats return to Australia for this years Bluesfest festival, as well as a few sideshows, weve decided to take a look back at some of the brilliant acts that played Woodstock that you can still catch today.

In addition to the brilliant blues-rock stylings of Canned Heat, acts such as The Who, Joan Baez, Santana, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and even the individual members of Crosby, Still, Nash & Young are still out on the road, playing live shows all over the road.

With Canned Heat set to hit up Australia next week for a series of sideshows before playing this years edition of Bluesfest, tickets are still available to see this phenomenal band perform live. Check below for ticketing details, as well as our roundup of some of the best acts that played Woodstock that you can still see live today.

Check out the Woodstock bands you can still see live:

Canned Heat 2018 Australian Tour

Thursday, March 22nd
The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Bluesfest

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