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Wednesday, 12 July


TAS Lochaven Fatal Industrial Accident Burnie "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 2 October 2014 6:02 pm.

Just before 2pm on Thursday 2nd October 2014 emergency services were called to an accident at Lochaven Produce, located at Mount Street, Burnie.

An 18 year old male operating a forklift died at the scene as a result of the forklift rolling on him. Ambulance Paramedics were unable to revive the male.

Investigations are continuing and Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

Workplace Standards also attended the scene and are assisting in the investigation.

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TAS Assador Mekonen Hinsta "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 4:36 pm.

Police are urging Assador Mekonen HINSTA, 25 years of age, who resides in either Launceston or Devonport, to contact Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) to assist them with ongoing inquiries.

Assador Hinsta is described as being 186cm centimetres tall (six foot two inches), short or shaven black hair, brown eyes, and slim build.


If members of the public see Assador Hinsta, they should contact Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch through the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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TAS Police apprehend Shop Ram Raiders "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 2 October 2014 4:05 pm.

At 6:10 am this morning (2 Oct 2014), a blue Subabu Impreza stolen from Claremont, reversed into the shop front of the Ashbolt Store at Ashbolt Road, Lutana. Three men entered the store and attempted to make off with the cash register and food goods prior to being challenged by the store owners who reside on site. Approximately $3000 damage was caused to the shop front and a small amount of money stolen.

The men fled the store in the stolen motor vehicle, that was later set alight and completely destroyed at the northern end of Bowen Road, Lutana. Uniform Police from across Southern District coordinated a response that led to the arrest of three men a short distance from where the motor vehicle was set alight.

Detectives from Glenorchy CIB conducted further investigations and subsequently interviewed a 31 year old man from Glenorchy, a 25 year old man and a 17 year old youth from Bridgewater. All three were jointly charged with Motor Vehicle Stealing, Unlawfully Set Fire to Property, Burglary and Stealing; and will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court in November.

Police would like to thank members of the public that assisted police with their investigations and request anyone that observed suspicious activity in the vicinity of Ashbolt Crescent at 6:00 am on Thursday morning to please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Burglaries in Sisters Beach area "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 10:07 am.

Police are urging people to lock their cars and to keep valuable items out of sight following reports of at least 12 motor vehicle burglaries in the Sisters Beach area last weekend.

We have repeatedly asked people to lock their vehicles and yet in this case at least 12 vehicles were found to be unlocked by the offenders and a variety of portable property was taken, said Det Acting Inspector Chugg.

Three young men and a teenage girl were spoken to by police on Sunday in relation to these offences.

The offenders relayed that they had no interest in cars that were locked, they were specifically targeting vehicles that were unlocked and had valuable items left visible to passers-by, he said.

Detectives searched four properties in relation to the thefts and recovered a large amount of property valued in excess of $10,000.

As a result of police investigations, charges were laid against an 18 year old man from Sisters Beach, a 19 year old man from Cuprona, and an 18 year old man from Ridgley.

A 14 year old girl was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Police are encouraging vehicle owners to secure their cars and trailers and to report any suspicious activity in the area. Police can be contacted on 131 444 or reports can be left with Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Men Charged over Hobart Waterfront Disturbance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 26 September 2014 5:03 pm.

Three men have been charged by Detectives from Hobart CIB following a disturbance on the Hobart Waterfront in the early hours of Sunday morning, 21 September 2014.

A 19 year old man from Glenorchy, an 18 year old man from Moonah, and a 21 year old man from New Town have been charged with wounding and have been bailed with conditions to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court at a later date.

A group of men were involved in an alcohol fuelled fight on the Hobart waterfront and as a result six men were hospitalised, said Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel.

Uniform police initially responded to the disturbance and arrested 12 men. Some of the men sustained injuries consistent with being hit with a glass bottle, he said.

Investigations are continuing to identify the other men who were involved in the fight and more charges may follow.

Investigators would like to thank those people who have already provided information to help identify the men involved, he said.

Police will step up patrols over the Grand Final weekend in and around the Waterfront areas, said Acting Inspector Joel.

Anyone who might have seen the disturbance or who can provide information about the other men involved is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Firearm Offences at Devonport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 2:53 pm.

A 20 year old man will face firearms related charges in relation to an incident at Devonport yesterday evening.

The man was preparing to board the Spirit of Tasmania ferry for the 7.30pm sailing to Melbourne on the evening of 23 September 2014, when his vehicle underwent a routine check by a police officer and security staff.

As a result, the vehicle was searched. Parts of a firearm and ammunition were located in the vehicle. The items were not capable of being discharged. Five knives were also located.

The 20 year old man was travelling alone, returning to his home in South Australia.

He has assisted police with enquiries. He has been charged with:

  • Possess ammunition when not the holder of the appropriate firearm licence,
  • Possess firearm part,
  • Possess an unregistered firearm; and
  • Unlawfully possess dangerous article in a public place,

and was bailed to appear in Devonport Magistrates Court at a later date.

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Queensland's Adani/CFMEU/Labor Government in cloud cuckoo zero emissions land "IndyWatch Feed National"

Zero emissions. No fires - no aeroplanes - life will be grand! Sorry, no breathing either. Queensland Labor Like This Page 5 hrs JUST ANNOUNCED: The Palaszczuk Labor Government today set a target of zero net emissions by 2050. This sends a clear message that Queensland will be...


TAS Disturbance on Hobart Waterfront Six Men Treated at Hospital "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 3:59 pm.

Hobart CIB Detectives are investigating a disturbance which occurred in the area of Morrison Street, Hobart about 3.20am on Sunday 21 September 2014.

It is understood that a physical confrontation occurred between two men who were known to each other, however the incident escalated with others becoming involved.

As a result six men were treated at the Royal Hobart Hospital for injuries including lacerations, a broken nose and concussion. One of the men remained in hospital since the incident, but is expected to be released later today.

Uniform Police responded to the incident and 12 people were arrested for behaviour related offences, which occurred after police arrival. It is clear that there were a large amount of witnesses to the disturbance.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed what occurred to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Assault at Woolworths "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:07 pm.

Police are investigating an alleged assault of a staff member at approximately 4pm on Saturday 30 August 2014 at Woolworths in the Wellington Centre, Argyle St Hobart.

The staff member received minor injuries and did not require treatment. However there were several members of the public in the vicinity at the time of the incident.


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Police would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident and particularly the man pictured.

The man or anyone knowing his identity is asked to contact Hobart CIB on 61732659 or through Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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And Australian federal politicians wonder why they are held in such low esteem "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The majority of those Teflon-coated, masters of entitlement sitting in the Senate and House of Representative in Canberra wouldnt even make the gesture

Fewer than a quarter of federal politicians have agreed to commit to new ethical standards devised by legendary corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald - and there is not a single Turnbull government MP among them.

The former judge teamed up with the left-leaning Australia Institute think tank to survey every federal politician on their values as part of a plan to clean up Canberra and build momentum for a federal anti-corruption body.

The Queensland QC  who presided over the Fitzgerald Inquiry that ultimately led to the resignation of former state premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen  developed the questionnaire to test MPs about their attitudes towards accountability, integrity, nepotism, deception and the spending of public money.

But the response from MPs was underwhelming, with just 53 of the 226 signing up to the so-called "Fitzgerald Principles". Thirty-six refused to commit and 137 did not reply to repeated requests to participate.

"The refusal of a majority of politicians to commit publicly to normal standards of behaviour puts the need for an effective anti-corruption commission beyond doubt," Mr Fitzgerald said. 
"The major parties surely realise that the public wants politicians to behave honourably and that ...


"Water Is Life" anti-fracking campaign hit Australia's highways on 8 July 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some images from the Water Is Life anti-fracking event held along the nation's highways on Sauturday, 8 July 2017.



TAS Stranger danger advice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 22 September 2014 6:13 pm.

Police have asked parents to remind their children to be wary of strangers after a student in Smithton reported being approached on his way home from school today.

The child was walking home from school along Wedge St, Smithton, with an older sibling and a friend. He detoured behind a property to avoid dogs, where he encountered a man who emerged from the bushland and approached him.

The child screamed and ran to join the other children. He was upset, but not hurt.

Police checked the area but did not locate the person, who is described as skinny, about 180cm tall, pale, wearing black jeans, a black or blue leather jacket, black boots and a hood over his face. He is described as about 30-35 years old, and was wearing a ring on the little finger of his right hand. Police would like to speak to the man to ascertain his intentions.

Police have advised local schools of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 131 444.

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TAS Two men charged following serious assault at Queenstown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 20 September 2014 2:56 am.

Police have charged two men aged 43 and 33 years following an altercation and dispute in Lovett Street, Queenstown.

Police were called to the Lovett Street address at around 1.30pm on Friday 19 September in relation to a disturbance.

A 50 year old male received serious head injuries and was treated at Queenstown Hospital before being transported to the North West Regional Hospital in a stable condition.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and ask that anyone with information please contact Constable T WALKLEY at Queenstown Police Station or call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Tuesday, 11 July


Indonesia sues Thai energy giant PTT for $2B over 2009 oil spill "IndyWatch Feed National"

JAKARTA -- Indonesia is suing an arm of Thailands biggest energy group, PTT, for the equivalent of more than $2 billion over a 2009 oil spill the archipelago country says damaged its environment and the health and livelihoods of local people. For the first time in the marine realm, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry has invoked the principle of strict liability, previously used to hold plantation firms accountable for fires that occur on land they control. [caption id="attachment_192992" align="alignright" width="450"] The Montara wellhead platform in the Timor Sea, near Indonesia and Australia's maritime border. Map by Tim Henry for Mongabay.[/caption] Last month, palm oil and paper industry lobby groups filed their own lawsuit with Indonesias highest court, asking it to abolish the concept of strict liability from the nations forestry and environment laws, although the business associations subsequently withdrew the suit, claiming they needed more time to study the rules. This is a first for marine issues because were mostly dealing with forest fires, said Jasmin Ragil Utomo, the ministrys dispute settlement director. But we are more than ready. Indonesias lawsuit against the state-owned oil and gas giant comes eight years after a leak in the Montara offshore drilling platform it operated gushed tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the Timor Sea, a body of water shared by Australia and Indonesia. While the firm admits that oil from the spill reached Indonesian waters, and acknowledges that mistakes were made that should never be repeated, it continues


VIDEO - Turnbull's liberal, progressive Sir Robert Menzies in support of the White Australia Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turnbull selectively quotes Menzies, He wanted to stand apart from the big money, business establishment politics of traditional conservative parties so styled of the right, as well as from the socialist tradition of the Australian Labor Party - the political wing of the union movement. Menzies said at the time:...


What Gough did "IndyWatch Feed National"

101 years ago today, Gough Whitlam was born. This is what Gough did:

- Introduced universal healthcare
- Introduced no-fault divorce
- Introduced Racial Discimination Act
- Introduced the Trade Practices Act
- Established Family Court
- Established Legal Aid
- Made unis free
- Sewered poor suburbs
- Abolished (federal) death penalty
- Replaced God Save the Queen with Advance Australia Fair
- gave the NT and ACT representation in the Senate

International stuff
- Scrapped the draft
- Freed those guilty of refusing the draft
- Ordered home all Aussie troops in Vietnam
- Started relations with China
- Forbid whites only sports teams
- Voted for sanctions on apartheid South Africa at UN
- Granted independence to PNG
- Scrapped White Australia policy
- Established Multiculturalism policy
- Got France to stop Nuclear tests nearby

- Reopened the equal pay case at the Arbitration Commission
- Set up womens shelters
- Made The Pill easier to get
- Introduced single-mum welfare support
- Established a Womens Adviser to the PM (first in the world!)

- Funded arts bigtime
- Raised minimum local content standards
- This meant more Aussie stuff on TV/movies/radio/stage
- Established Triple J, multicultural radio stations and FM radio.
- Established Australian Film Commission
- Established Australian Council for the Arts
- Established National Gallery of Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- Established Department of Aboriginal Affairs
- Funded existing Aboriginal Legal Services
- Set up new ones
- Gave the Gurindji people deeds to part of their land
- Pushed for more ATSI land reform

- Introduced environmental protection laws
- Ratified World Heritage Convention
- Established protections for the Great Barrier Reef
- Established Australian Heritage Commission

That aint even all of it. Thank you Gough Whitlam.


Problems with ATMs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I see from the Moree Champion that Moree's Balo shopping centre has lost its only ATM. The National Australia Bank decided not to renew its lease on the spot.

Given the size of the shopping centre, the decision is a little surprising. One side effect has been a big increase in people asking for cash out from Coles to the point that Coles is no longer giving cash out from the cigarette counter as too many people were taking time away from customers who were buying something from the store.

The decline in ATMs is the latest in a series of changes that tend to affect country areas more than the city, although there are city problems too. We have seen how bank closures carried out in the name of efficiency and cost savings adversely affected country regions in particular. The spread of ATMs represented a partial compensation, giving country people continued access to cash. Now the spread of new payment mechanisms with consequent decline in use of cash is leading to a decline in ATMs.

This trend is already creating its own problems Again, the country is likely to be most affected. There are more older people, cash usage is higher, while fewer shops have the new payments mechanisms or provide them for free. .


Australian Journalist Chris Uhlmann Demolishes Trump After G19 and Prostestors "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Putin and Trump at the G20 by Dee McLachlan The Guardian reported: Australian journalist demolishes Trump at G20: biggest threat to the west. An Australian journalist demolishes Trump? And now Uhlmanns commentary (a YouTube) of the American president has gone viral. He says Trump is a man with no desire and no capacity to []


Slater and Gordon cashes in the insurance policies and bots a few million to appease shareholders "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the conditions to the junk-bond purchase of the shattered Slaters shell was settlement of shareholder claims made over Slaters management's statements. In many ways old Slater and Gordon management is a bit like a punter who's looking at a sure bet but doesn't have the bank to get...


Turnbull's UK speech - Islam, Muslims and how he runs Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

What a small man is Turnbull. It's easy to lose sight of what Turnbull's speech in London was supposed to be about - due to his glee in getting a few whacks in on Tony Abbott over conservative v liberal heritage. A free society. Trump had less of an entree...


Astralia - The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Council floats statement on Fluoride

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released for community consultation a draft public statement on the addition of fluoride to public drinking water.
The Council made it clear the draft statement reaffirmed its support for fluoridating water supplies, which it said played a positive role in reducing tooth decay.
The NHMRC said that, following a thorough review of the evidence, it confirmed that adjusting the natural level of fluoride in drinking water supplies helped to reduce tooth decay for everyone.
The benefits of community water fluoridation in reducing and preventing tooth decay are supported by over 60 years of research, the NHMRC said.
NHMRC invites public comment
The studies reviewed by NHMRC show that community water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 26 to 44 per cent in children, teenagers and adults.
It said community water fluoridation was seen as one of the top public health achievements and had been approved by major health organisations in Australia and internationally.
Chief Executive of the NHMRC, Professor Anne Kelso said the Council had found no reliable evidence that community water fluoridation at current Australian levels caused health problems.
Studies implying harms from water fluoridation are largely from overseas countries that have much higher levels of fluoride than the levels used in Australia, and were done in ways which make their results scientifically unreliable, Professor Kelso said.
She noted that, despite the backing of a substantial body of scientific evidence, about 10 per cent of the Australian population lived in areas without water fluoridation...


Amazon Gets Green Light from India to Invest in Domestic Food Retail "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE PHOTO: Employees of Amazon India are seen behind a glass bearing the company's logo inside its office in Bengaluru, India, August 14, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File Photo

Employees of Amazon India are seen behind a glass bearing the companys logo inside its office in Bengaluru, India, August 14, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File Photo

Mumbai: Online retail giant Inc has secured approval to stock and sell food and groceries in India, potentially expanding its business in the fast-growing economy where it is in a battle with home-grown rival Flipkart.

Amazon confirmed winning government approval for its plan to sell food products, but it declined to provide further details.

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Amber Harrison, Seven West court case adjourned while scandalous statement rewritten "IndyWatch Feed National"

If Seven Media had any sense of decency and fair play, theyd pay for Amber Harrison to have legal representation.

Amber Harrison has no money so shes be eligible for legal aid.

Hardly fair that Seven Media can bully her in this way.


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Amber Harrison, Seven West court case adjourned while scandalous statement rewritten

11 July 2017


The former lover of Seven West Media boss Tim Worner will no longer address the New South Wales Supreme Court today after most of her statement was ruled inadmissible.

Key points:

  • Amber Harrisons statement on costs has been put-off until 2:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday)
  • Sevens counsel objected to around 90 per cent of her proposed statement
  • Lawyers for Seven argued it contained detail about the to and fro of negotiations

Amber Harrison had been due to make a statement about the issue of legal costs in the case, after earlier agreeing to a gag order banning her from discussing the affair with Mr Worner or releasing confidential company documents.

Seven Wests lawyers objected to the content of her statement, saying 90 per cent of it related to confidential and inadmissible material, and she has been allowed to redraft it and read it in court tomorrow.

Earlier this morning, Seven Wests counsel had requested a written copy of the statement so it could check whether it contained scandalous material covered by the gag order and unrelated to the issue of costs....


Higherside Chats: Steven Strong | Out Of Australia, Dreamtime, & The Pleiadians "IndyWatch Feed National"

Join host Greg Carlwood of The Higherside Chats podcast as he talks the Out of Australia theory, Dreamtime, and the Pleiades with guest, Steven Strong.

Many alternative researchers, archaeologists and scholars of history have dedicated countless hours pouring over ancient sites and remains in hopes of piecing together humanity"s hidden origins.

And while the secrets of our past still stand shrouded in mystery, researchers like today"s guest, Steven Strong, have spent decades peeling back the layers in an effort to reconstruct the damaged human psyche. And, thanks to his well-established relationships with the Original Elders of Australia and their willingness to share their sacred oral history, we now have a growing body of recently unearthed evidence to help bring the secret knowledge of mankind"s making to the light.
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Uncovering Japans Zentai Fetish Scene "IndyWatch Feed National"

What is it that drives a particular fetish? As I pondered this question, I stood in the glorious Tokyo humidity, sweating in my poorly chosen chinos and button up shirt. I was at a subway station just outside of Shinjuku, waiting for my guide to take me to a dedicated zentai party, where I would hopefully find an answer. Boy, was I in for something different.

In addition to being known for ramen, anime and the Shibu Inu, Japan a place so far culturally removed from the west it has spawned websites dedicated to its epic weirdness is famous for its left-field kinks and sexual oddities. Theres kigurumi  dressing in animal onesies, which has applications outside the fetish community; hentai, the international catch-all term for anime porn (honestly, Rule34 has nothing on some of the manga porn in Japan), and the usual BDSM whips-and-chains and gimp masks. Many westerners have some knowledge of these, but stumbling across what I can only describe as human skittles writhing around on a blow-up bed one late night on YouTube had me sold. I had to know more.

Zentai which is a contraction of the term zenshin-taitsu, meaning all-over tights began in Japan sometime in the mid-90s. An invention of enigmatic Japanese photographer Marcy Anarchy, the phenomenon reached a level of relative popularity all over the world. As a fetish though, it still remains a very underground practice. Commercial offshoots such as morphsuits are now readily available in all colours, patterns and national flag designs. Nary has a cricket match gone by without rowdy Australians covered head-to-toe in spandex heckling the other team. Cosplayers regularly pick up Spidey costumes from websites such as ZentaiZentai, and even triple js Tom and Alex wore Zentai suits one morning on their breakfast show.

But I wasnt interested in exploring this more sensible side of zentai. I wished to delve into the colourful spandex pit, headfirst. I would bounce back up equally baffled and intrigued.



Pascalls Saviour? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australias premier award for criticism, the Geraldine Pascall Prize, is now administered as one of two arts focused awards by the Walkley Foundation, responsible for the major awards in Australian journalism.

It brings to an end a stand alone prize that conferred recognition (and no small amount of cash) on some of Australias best and most highly regarded critics and reviewers. It also invites renewed discussion about the value given to arts and cultural criticism in Australias media.

A film, food and wine critic, every pen portrait of Geraldine Pascall seems to reference her flamboyance and enjoyment of life. Having worked for The Australian since 1970, she died following a stroke, aged 38, in 1983.

Some origin stories of the Prize in its early years had it that she died intestate, and that her friends and colleagues established the Foundation and Prize to use her estate to honour her.

However, it is clear from other records that her father, who died in 1988, was initially responsible for administering her Estate and entered into a Deed of Arrangement with the trustees of the Foundation in 1986. The core of the trustees would remain with the Foundation for the life of the stand alone prize in Pascalls honour.

Her home in Woollahra was her principal asset and was said to have sold for around $250,000 in 1985 around $771,000 in todays money. (A salutary lesson in Sydneys real estate values: the house would be sold again four years later in 1989, for $790,000 $1.6 million today; and most recently sold for $3.7 million in 2016).

Initially the prize was to recognise and reward an individual who has created an outstanding and original voice in Australian writing, with an award to be made every two years to the value of $25,000. Defining creative writing broadly (allowing for theatre and film) and a system of open nominations reportedly made for an eclectic range of nominees for the first award including Patrick White, Paul Hogan and Derryn Hinch.

The first shortlist was made up of Helen Garner, David Malouf, Frank Moorhouse, Louis Nowra, and Eric Rolls, with the first award going to Malouf in May 1988.

Before a second award could be made in its original incarnation, the Pascall Foundation changed the criteria.

In April 1990, the trustees announced that the prize would be awarded annually, with the value of the prize lowered to $15,000.

However, to make the prize more in keeping with the lifestyle, work and times of Pascall, the prize would now be made to critics of the arts and aspects of the culture who wrote regularly for an Australian newspaper or periodical or broadcast regularly on television or radio.

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We Must Stop Jumping at Every Hero That Presents Them Self "IndyWatch Feed National"

When an advocate comes out of nowhere and is suddenly everywhere- that should be a big red flag

Info on the Protection Orders against me

No. 174-00303
No. 174-00304

MRJC Courthouse
401 4th Ave N
Kent, WA 98032

Phone: 206-205-9200


Australian government wants its own definition of what backdoor means "IndyWatch Feed National"

When the good guys use backdoors, theyre not backdoors, understand?


Malcolm Turnbull There should be no ungoverned space on the Internet. 
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Duttons White Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

We will determine who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come. I remember hearing this soundbite from John Howards speech in 2001. I was thirteen at the time, but was already acutely aware of the subtext of the statement.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0003 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 3.10 AUD


MACKAY Soldier turned mining fitter trying to build muscle mass "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 11, 2017 at 08:30AM ,

Soldier turned mining fitter trying to build muscle mass

July 11, 2017 at 08:30AM ,

Kristjian James Rodier, 37, pleaded guilty to possessing steroids he bought online when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court. Jordan Philp

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MACKAY QLD man charged with receiving ransomware funds "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 11, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

QLD man charged with receiving ransomware funds

July 11, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

He will appear before the Mackay magistrates court on August 3. Mackay police warned people not to take unexpected calls from unknown individuals

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MACKAY 75yo Mackay man charged with embezzling over $1M "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 10, 2017 at 05:50PM ,

75yo Mackay man charged with embezzling over $1M

July 10, 2017 at 05:50PM ,

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MACKAY Money laundering charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Money laundering charge, Mackay

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A map that fills in a 500-million year gap in Earth's history "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, with life first appearing around 3 billion years ago. To unravel this incredible history, scientists use a range of different techniques to determine when and where continents moved, how life evolved, how climate changed over time, when our oceans rose and fell, and how land was shaped. Tectonic platesthe huge, constantly moving slabs of rock that make up the outermost layer of the Earth, the crustare central to all these studies. Along with our colleagues, we have published the first whole-Earth plate tectonic map of half a billion years of Earth history, from 1,000 million years ago to 520 million years ago. The colors on the map in the YouTube video below refer to where the continents lie today. Light blue is India, Madagascar, and Arabia, magenta is Australia and Antarctica, white is Siberia, red is North America, orange is Africa, dark blue is South America, yellow is China, and green is northeast Europe. The time range is crucial. It's a period when the Earth went through the most extreme climate swings known, from "Snowball Earth" icy extremes to super-hot greenhouse conditions, when the atmosphere got a major injection of oxygen and when multicellular life appeared and exploded in diversity. Now with this first global map of plate tectonics through this period, we (and others) can start to assess the role of plate tectonic processes on other Earth systems and even address how movement of structures deep in our Earth may have varied over a billion year cycle.


Philip Morris ordered to pay millions to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Tobacco multinational, Philip Morris, has been ordered of pay Contributed by millions of dollar to the Australian government by the in Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore.

The case had first been taken to the Australian High Court in 2013, where the company sought $US4.2 billion in damages and the removal of plain wrapping laws that the Gillard government had just brought in.

Philip Morris responded by using its Singapore based Asian arm for a new court challenge there, using international investor-state settlement procedures, contained in an obscure Hong Kong-Australia investment treaty that is still on the books.

The case also failed after 6 years. Although the amount of the payment order has been kept under wraps, it is believed to be as high as $50 million, based on Australian estimates of the cost tabled by the government.

The significance of the ruling is that it has in effect been recognised that Philip Morris has abused legal process. They are not only ones that do this. Tying down opposition in ongoing legal circuses is a means by which many corporations can secure their advantage. For once, money did not buy justice.

This case has brought attention to her practice and at best has provided a precedent that might just make it a little harder for others to follow in the same footsteps.

Evidence that tobacco is a major killer is incontestable, and it is reasonable that a government should act to safeguard the health of citizens. This should not be denied on the grounds of freedom to trade. After all, we all have responsibilities to others.

The lesson should be applied to all areas where sectional private interests harm the well being of people. Unfortunately, there is not much evidence of this coming from todays Australian government.

This is something we should all think about.

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The third Bello Winter Music wraps up a sell-out success "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Street Parade 01 by Alex ClarkeIn its third outing, Bello Winter Music (6-9 July) was once again a sell-out success that saw thousands of patrons of all ages fill the halls, cafes, clubs and streets of the Mid North Coast town of Bellingen. Thirteen different venues within the town played host to a diverse line-up of more than 90 international, national and local musicians.

The little secret that is Bello Winter Music has definitely got out and were thrilled that the festival has sold out again, with many patrons returning from previous years and bringing their friends and family with them, said Festival Director Glenn Wright Wed like to thank all the volunteers, the owners and management of the venues and the entire community of Bellingen who embrace the festival so wholeheartedly and make it special.

International singer songwriters Joe PugBen Ottewell and the stunning Courtney Marie Andrews kept capacity crowds enthralled while the packed crowd at Aotearoa dub and bass pioneers Salmonella Dub gave the sprung floor of the historic Bellingen Memorial Hall a good work out. Other highlights included Husky on opening night, Mama Kin SpenderTinpan OrangeBec Sandridge and our favourite Russian mens choirDustyesky. Word on the street was buzzing about festival discoveries The Teskey BrothersUkulele Death SquadGold MemberLeah Senior and Radical Son. Youth Mentorship winners Ryan Kemp, Leah Besley, Akashya Leopold and sisters...


Tough times for first homebuyers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


A pretty solid result for housing finance in May with seasonally adjusted total finance rising by 1.3 per cent to just over $33 billion. 

Looking at the smoother trend figures, total housing finance has been fairly flat now for about two years, since macroprudential measures first kicked into gear. 

The value of investors loans continues to moderate - with home loans by and large picking up the slack - and this rebalancing has manifested itself recently in rising rents in Sydney and Melbourne. 

First homebuyers accounted for 14 per cent of commitments in May, a slight rise. 

But the difference between the average loan size for first homebuyers at $318,000 and non first-homebuyers, which has surged again to $390,100, has blown out to its widest ever margin.

Even smoothing the figures for the last year shows the dichotomy, and it's making life challenging for first homebuyers. 

Homebuyer commitments are trending higher in the two most populous states, largely offsetting corresponding declines in investor loans.



A Woodsrunner's Diary: Building a nawi "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Building a nawi:


Arts Wednesday 12 July 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mark Robinson returns with Part 5 of our series on Percussion and this week we look at Timpani, a session we also recorded on the stage of the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House.

My special guest at 11:00 am is celebrity GP, Dr Ginni Mansberg, making a welcome return to Arts Wednesday, this week addressing the topic of Biotics: Anti-, Pro- and Pre-.

Music this week follows my recent trip from France, to Ireland and to Iceland.

As always, I look forward to your company!


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Byron drug-dealing teen escapes jail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay's Flynn Brown outside the Lismore courthouse today. (picture Rodney Stevens)

Byron Bays Flynn Brown outside the Lismore courthouse today. (picture Rodney Stevens)

Byron Bay teenager Flynn Brown has escaped a custodial sentence and will serve a two year intensive corrections order in the community after pleading guilty to supplying drugs to an undercover police officer in 2016.

The former Byron Bay High School student appeared in Lismore District Court this morning for sentencing before Judge Laura Wells and was represented by his barrister John Weller.

He was supported at court by his father.

Mr Brown came to police attention in mid 2016 for supplying drugs including cocaine, ecstacy and cannabis.

Over a period over several months, an undercover officer met with Mr Brown on more than one occasion to buy drugs, which was recorded and used as evidence.

Text messages and phone surveillance also formed part of the police evidence against Mr Brown.

Following an investigation and police surveillance over several months, Mr Browns fathers unit was raided on December 7, the court heard, with officers seizing cocaine, ecstasy, viagra and cannabis.

He was arrested and taken to Byron Bay police station where he was charged with five counts of possessing a prohibited drug, seven counts of supplying a prohibited drug and one count of ongoing supply of a prohibited drug.

After being refused bail by police, Mr Brown spent three days in custody before he was released on conditional bail.

At Lismore District Court this morning Judge Wells said Mr Brown had improved himself by staying off drugs and undergoing ongoing counselling.

She sentenced him to complete a two year intensive corrections order.

Whether he wears an electronic ankle bracelet tracking his movements will be at the discretion of the Probation and Parole service, Judge Wells said.

Mr Brown must report to the Probation and Parole service within seven days.

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Australian Government Begin Microchipping Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government have announced plans to microchip cash, in a move to track the circulation of cash with pinpoint accuracy.  The Orwellian move will start with $100 and $50 notes which will be implanted [...]


Renewed push for funeral services in Lismores Eat Street "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A funeral parlour was established in Lismore's CBD and now the proponents want to hold services. (file pic)

A funeral parlour was established in Lismores CBD and now the proponents want to hold services. (file pic)

Almost two years after being told there would be no funeral services at a funeral home approved in Magellan Street, Lismore, the proponents are trying to change that condition.

The Lismore City Council will this evening consider an application to modify the development consent for the funeral parlour to allow 50 funeral services each year.

Back in 2015, the council approved an application for the funeral home in the old  Gundurimba Shire Council building in Magellan Street, which is widely regarded as Lismores Eat Street.

But following concerns from nearby traders, councillors decided that no actual funerals would be held in the building, but would instead be held off-site.

The proponent then had requested only 30 services a year.

The application to modify that consent says that a maximum of fifty (50) Private Family Services would be undertaken from the subject premises per annum, with each private family service having a maximum capacity of fifty (50) people.

In particular, the application states that the Private Family Services are for family and close friends, will be attended by invitation only, there will be no public advertisements of the Private Family Service prior to the service and that there will be no procession of cars following a hearse after the service.

This evenings application goes before the full council following requests from Crs Vanessa Ekins, and Elly Bird.


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Australian medical marijuana company gets green light "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sixty per cent of Americans support marijuana legalisation. (file pic)

Australian firm The Hydroponics Company has been granted a licence to grow and refine medicinal cannabis products for the Australian market. (file pic)

Chris Dobney

An Australian-owned company that plans to grow, refine and produce medicinal cannabis products has this morning announced it has been approved to go into production and envisages it will have products on pharmacy shelves by next year.

Sydney-based The Hydroponics Company (THC) has secured a medicinal cannabis research licence, which will allow it to grow its exclusive protected cannabis sativa strains.

THCs chairman, Alan Beasley said, THC is now among the first ASX-listed cannabis companies to have secured a research licence and I commend the team for their diligent efforts throughout the approval process.

Speaking to Echonetdaily, company secretary Henry Kinstlinger said that the company was unable to confirm whether any of its contracted growers would be located on the Northern Rivers.

Were not at liberty under the conditions of the licence to disclose the location of our facilities, he said.

What we have achieved with the grant of the licence is something that will affect Australia as a whole.

Mr Kinstlinger said the medications the company would researching would treat, different ailments, depending on the composition of the treatment, ranging from pain relief, epilepsy, arthritis and a large number of other common ailments.

However, before they are able to be prescribed, we have to go through a series of testing thats part of the research process and we will engage with collaborative partners in order to roll those out, he saide.

Mr Kinstlinger said products could be available for prescription as early as 2018.

Were looking to do our trials through an accelerated path were quite confident well have product out in the market during 2018.

But he added that none of the products the company is currently working on would be over-the-counter medications.

All product were developing will be under the pharmaceutical line and will be only available through a doctors prescription in compliance with the various regulations that the drug control office establishes, he said.

Mr Kinstlin...


Historic Lismore railway bridges threatened "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Northern Rivers Railway Action Group has called an urgent public meeting for next week after learning there are moves to delist railway bridges in North Lismore from the states historical register.

The group claims that John Holland, a Chinese-owned company responsible for maintenance of the Casino to Murwillumbah line is looking at delisting bridges at Terania St and Alexandra Parade in North Lismore so they can remove them.

NRRAG president Beth Shelley said the bridges were built more than a hundred years ago over three years using hard labour and bullock teams to build this line and these bridges.

The group will be holding a community consultation meeting at the Lismore Workers Club on 19 July from 1pm to 2.30pm to discuss the issue.

We would like to see as many people as possible come along to support the heritage status of these bridges, she said.

More to come.


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Turnbull reinventing history "Liberals are not a conservative party" - tell that to John Howard. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turnbull's speech starts just before 40 minutes in. Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper describes John Howard as by far the most successful conservative politician to have held office, anywhere in the world, in the 21st century. John Howard: Conservative at one with the common man John Howards career and his...


Are Malcolm Turnbulls days numbered? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The Malcolm Turnbull leadership saga continues and it may be that over the last week or so, it has entered the start of a new phase.

With former leader Tony Abbott sniping from the sidelines and yet another unflattering opinion poll, coupled with shots being fired from the Murdoch media, the bloodletting within the Liberal Party is rising once again.

If an election were to be held today, Labor would romp in with a landslide. The reason would be less about what Labor is offering than the Coalition repeatedly shooting itself in the foot. They are on the nose.

Within the party and government there is no shortage of finger pointing and blaming, as the key protagonists and factions accuse each other of being the problem.

What they fail to come to terms with, is that that their problem goes much deeper than the contesting faces.

A party that likes to cast itself in the mold of its founder Robert Menzies and conservatism and has very little in common with either in what it does, is eventually going to find itself in some bother. Even more, when in government and when the economic and social challenges are greater than they have been for decades.

The Coalition with the Country Party (now the Nationals) was nothing like the Coalition of today. Especially with the relatively progressive Nationals led by Jock McEwen, this was not a government of cuts to services and privatisation. It oversaw a major expansion of the welfare system, an unheard of building of schools and hospitals, an ambitious public housing program and the creation of the government owned Commonwealth Bank.

Any comparable economic program would send the present Coalition to hiding under beds. The Liberal Party and the Coalition during the time of Menzies was not conservative. It was reformist. To explain this, one only needs to look a little further back in history.

The Liberal Party emerged out of the United Australia Party, based a split away from Labor (opposing the Scullin governments handling of the depression) and a disparate collection of other groups and individuals. The Country Party was itself in part, the result of a...


Watch the New Fallon Cush Video Long Shot "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Fallon Cush Sydney based rock and alt-country band Fallon Cush have just released their new single and video Long Shot. The song was written last November when singer-songwriter Steve Smith was going through the form guide trying to pick a winner for the Melbourne Cup. I subsequently discovered everybody loves a long []


The GMO agenda takes a menacing leap forward with EPA's silent approval of Monsanto/Dow's RNAi corn "IndyWatch Feed National"

Without much more than a whisper from the mainstream media, Monsanto's newest Frankenfood has received full EPA approval and will be arriving on dinner plates by the end of the decade. The implications of this are harrowing, to say the least. While you may not have made up your mind on the dangers of GMOs, you likely feel entitled to know when you're consuming a food that is the product of laboratory research. For this reason, I am reporting on Monsanto's latest food technology, unfortunately, already in the pipeline. And quite silently so. I write this with a certain degree of solemnity, if not also a tinge of regret, because, for three years, I have heard rumblings of Monsanto's next project - RNA interference technology. It was actually the late Heidi Stevenson, my friend, colleague, and founder of the platform Gaia Health, who first alerted me to the dangers of RNA interference-based tinkering with our food supply when she reported on the near disastrous approval of GMO wheat using RNA interference technology in Australia. Thankfully a few brave scientists and informed public stood up and, together, averted the disaster. But since then, both the dangers and the breakneck speed of development of this technology have gone largely ignored, even among activists deep in the non-GMO movement. In order to truly appreciate the gravity of the situation, and why the EPA's approval of RNAi corn intended for human consumption, is so concerning, it will first require a little background information on the fascinating topic of non-coding small RNAs, and their formidable relevance to our health.


Get some mental health first aid in Lennox "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August, Lennox Heads first Mental Health First Aid Course will be held at the Lennox Community Centre. File photo

On Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August, Lennox Heads first Mental Health First Aid Course will be held at the Lennox Community Centre. File photo

Even if we havent done one, most of us know whats involved in a first aid course: mouth to mouth resuscitation, heart compression and how to make a splint.

But what might mental health first aid consist of?

It is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis.

On Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August, Lennox Heads first Mental Health First Aid Course will be held at the Lennox Community Centre, supported by Ballina Shire Council.

As we now know, one in three people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime, according to Trent Chapman, the course co-facilitator at Mental Health First Aid Australia.

So it has become the responsibility of everyone in the community to educate, empower, and support ourselves and each other, he said.

Participants in this course will learn skills and gain confidence to assist friends, family and co-workers experiencing mental health problems, including signs and symptoms, where and how to get help, and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

The 12-hour course covers topics including depression, anxiety problems, psychosis and substance use problems, as well as suicide and other mental health crises

Graduates are elligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

The Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA) is part of a community mental health education program that has spread worldwide. Over half a million Australians have now completed MHFA training since it began in 2001. MHFA courses are open to all members of the community aged 18 years and above.

The Mental Health First Aid course will be held at Lennox Community Centre on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August from 9:30am 4:30pm.

Registration is essential and costs $330. Limited places available. For more information and to register...


Obesity not epidemic, sedentary is. Emphysema remedy, ECHO H2 water, gluten-free communion? Dr. Buttar, cancer immunity, flu shot fails, Aussie vaccines! "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 10, 2017, 7-9PM EDT

Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show: 

Professor says there is no obesity crisis and regular exercise is more important than weight. Ummm, what?? Could this be another RSB I Told You So validated by science? Tune in and find out!

Also, how is it that FOX News is allowing a new host, Steve Hilton (former senior advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron), trash Big Pharma, Republicans and Democrats, the FDA all in one show? The Next Revolution features a segment called Swamp Watch and in it he laid into Republican Billy Tauzin and Democrat Max Baucus for their cronyism against the American people! Wow! Wonder how FOXs pharmaceutical advertisers are going to respond?


Calling in with a question 1-866-939-2355: Sam and Trish from Missouri on gratitude for Synergy Science and Echo Water!


Hello Dr Bell.
I have been diagnosed with emphysema and I am currently taking albuterol sulfate nebulizer solution,Proair HFA & Spiriva. I was wondering if Colloidal silver by nebulizer would have any benefit ?

Thank You




Hi Robert, I dont have a question this time. My comment is one of thanks. You have no idea what youve done for me. I have been dealing with the knowledge of my hep c dx since 1993. You have helped me to realize that, contrary to what several doctors have told me, if I try really hard to clean up my environment inside and out, I have a fighting chance to beat it and be well. You have given me priceless advice numerous times and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You speak from your heart and you dont have an agenda. You dont sell product you offer wonderful health guiding advice based on your experience and education...


Al Gore urges Aust to embrace renewables "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former US Vice President and climate change activist Al Gore. Photo Wikipedia

Former US Vice President and climate change activist Al Gore. Photo Wikipedia

Former US vice president and environmental campaigner Al Gore has praised South Australias deal to build the worlds biggest battery and hopes the entire country will embrace renewable energy.

Mr Gore describes the plan for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musks Tesla to build to the 100 megawatt lithium ion battery as extremely impressive, saying it will make South Australia a world leader.

The reason its so important is that the sun doesnt shine at night and the wind doesnt blow all the time so if you can store it and use it when you need it then the cheaper cost of renewable electricity can be enjoyed around the clock, he told AAP on Monday.

Mr Gore is in Australia promoting his latest documentary about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, that opens in cinemas in August.

The film comes a decade after his Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth shocked people worldwide into action on tackling the threats posed by climate change.

Renewable energy will be high on the list of topics Mr Gore will discuss with state premiers and local mayors during meetings this week in Sydney and Melbourne, where the 2000 presidential candidate will also address the Ecocities Summit.

Mr Gore said given the availability of solar, wind and batteries as renewable energy sources and their dramatic fall in cost, it makes economic sense for countries to switch from heavy polluting fossil fuels.

He hoped Australia would put shifting to renewable energy at the top of the list of priorities to tackle climate change, saying not only would the move help reduce greenhouse gases, it would create jobs.

Those countries that take a leadership role will benefit most from the new jobs that are being created, Mr Gore said.

The fastest growing jobs in the world are in renewable energy. In my country solar jobs are growing 17 times faster than other jobs in the economy.

And if you look at what Chinas doing and what Indias doing they are turning away from coal.

Theyve shut hundreds of coal burning generating plants, they are cl...


More Aust voters want gay vote: Newspoll "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newly married gay and lesbian couples pose outside Old Parliament House last year, shortly before the federal government overturned ACT law allowing gay marriage. Photo Crikey

Newly married gay and lesbian couples pose outside Old Parliament House last year, shortly before the federal government overturned ACT law allowing gay marriage. Photo Crikey

More Australian voters now want to go to the polls on same-sex marriage, rather than let politicians have a free vote in parliament on it, a new poll suggests.

A Newspoll in The Australian published on Tuesday shows 46 per cent of surveyed voters want a plebiscite versus 39 per cent who want politicians to decide, while 15 per cent are undecided.

That marks a shift from September last year, when 48 per cent wanted politicians to decide, and 39 per cent backed a national vote.

The latest survey comes amid news West Australian senator and Liberal backbencher Dean Smith is working on a plan to end the embarrassment of the nation and legalise same-sex marriage through a conscience vote in parliament, defying his own governments policy of a plebiscite on the issue.

Senator Smith, who is gay, said his private members bill was well advanced and he intended taking it to the party room for discussion in the near future.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dismissed the plans, saying government policy remained to hold a plebiscite on the issue.

Only last month, the prime minister was forced to rule out a parliamentary vote, even though he was a supporter of same-sex marriage.

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Whale watchers on lookout for Migaloo "IndyWatch Feed National"

The white whale that has been spotted moving north has been confirmed as Migaloo. (AAP)

The white whale that has been spotted moving north has been confirmed as Migaloo. (AAP)

BRISBANE, AAP Gold Coast whale watchers will be out in force to see the famous white humpback Migaloo enter Queensland waters for the first time this migration season.

Migaloo, who received a Parks and Wildlife escort on his way to the Great Barrier Reef 12 months ago, is tipped to surface off the coast as early as Tuesday after passing Port Macquarie on the weekend.

The whale and other humpbacks are currently making their way north to calve and mate as part of their annual northern migration to warmer waters from the Antarctic.

They cant have the calves in the cold water because they are born with no fat on them, Sea World Gold Coast Marine Sciences director Trevor Long told AAP.

Mr Long has seen the rare white whale many times.

To be able to see any animal such as Migaloo, its like a neon light underwater, he said.

Its just amazing.

The whale was believed to be between three and five years old when he was first spotted off Byron Bay in 1991.

He was dubbed Migaloo, the Aboriginal word for white person.

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Community welcomes Planning Department ruling out winter forest clearing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Maules Creek Community Council (MCCC) has welcomed a Department of Planning and Environment decision to prevent Whitehaven coals Maules Creek coal mine from clearing in winter a section of the Travelling Stock Route (TSR) that is adjacent to the Leard State Forest.

The designated clearing window between 15 February and 30 April is in place to prevent vulnerable fauna from being harmed or killed due to hibernation, nesting or raising young. said Ros Druce.

The company had plans to renege on its 2014 undertaking and sought permission to carry out limited clearing of 11 Ha of native vegetation in exceptional circumstances outside the mandated clearing window.

We do not believe that clearing 11.9 Ha of a crucial element of the Biodiversity Corridor can be considered in anyway limited. Nor do we consider the circumstances to be exceptional.

The 2014 undertaking by Whitehaven was agreed to by the MCCC and the Dept of Planning. The Dept said about the undertaking on the 23.10.2014:

The Department has welcomed the mining companys changes to the (environmental) plan, which incorporate advice from the Office of Environment and Heritage to strengthen environmental protections and address community concerns.

The decision to prevent Winter Clearing follows an Independent Audit1 which shows that Whitehaven coal was not compliant with 61 conditions of its planning and environmental approvals.

This is a warning to residents who live near the proposed Vickery coal mine. Years after the decision to go ahead, the company is still not compliant with the so-called strict conditions and it is constantly working to water them down.

The problem for the impacted community is that it is like living on shifting sands. Nothing that the company says or indeed, the planning approval requires, can be taken as certain.



Channon protest at Indias growing intolerance "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sunday's (July 9) protest against the erosion of democracy in India at The Channon Market. Photo Harsha Prabhu

Sundays (July 9) protest against the erosion of democracy in India at The Channon Market. Photo Harsha Prabhu

A pop-up demonstration was held at The Channon Market on Sunday to highlight what protesters described as the growing intolerance in India which has seen attacks on minorities, including Muslims, Dalits, Christians and tribals.

These attacks include lynchings, mob violence, arson, the spreading of fake news, propaganda and hate speech and had already resulted in several deaths, according to activist Harsha Prabhu.

Speaking at the rally Mr Prabhu pointed out the BJP government of Narendra Modi seemed incapable of dealing with the crisis.

Indeed, Modi and the BJP are part of the problem, with their project of turning India a secular democracy into a Hindu nation ruled by a fascist ideology called Hindutva, whose heroes are Hitler and Mussolini, he said.

Mr Prabhu and other activists reminded passers-by that intolerance and narrow nationalism are not just an Indian problem but a trans-national phenomenon, adding  fascism knows no geographical boundaries.

While in the US Trump was building walls to keep Mexicans out, Adani, one of the main backers of the Modi government, was  bent on destroying the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef by building a coal port, in collusion with the Australian government, Mr Prabhu said.

Just like the Indian government, which is fighting a resource war against its own first people, the Australian government too was busy mining for coal and uranium against the wishes of the traditional custodians and environmental best practice.

Instead of addressing critical issues like climate change the Australian and NSW governments were more intent on harassing grandmothers for growing pot.

Similarly, unrepresentative and unelected bodies like the G20 were deciding the fate of the earth.

Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet and people of the Rainbow Region who have a history of  fighting for sustainability and grassroots democracy wished to send a clear message to fascists, environmental vandals and governments everywhere...


Byron Writers Festival Feature Events "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It is a tradition of Byron Writers Festival to present a plethora of satellite Feature Events across the NSW Northern Rivers region to complement the jam-packed 3-day Program at the Festival site at Elements of Byron. Each Feature Event is separately ticketed and many are free.

With so many writers, thinkers and commentators in town we like to keep the conversations going well into each evening with a wide variety of thoroughly entertaining special events with creative connections, says Edwina Johnson, Festival Director. We partner with local arts organisations in wonderful hinterland venues, collaborating to share and highlight guests from the Festival.

Intimate, in-depth conversations

At Byron Theatre the master of conversation Richard Fidler will interview biologist and tree whisperer David George Haskell about natures great connectors and The Song of Trees (6:30pm, Friday 4 August).

From trees to seas, that conversation will be followed by Charlie Veron, known as the Godfather of Coral introducing a special free screening of the lauded documentary Chasing Coral in which he stars (8pm, Friday 4 August). Chasing Coral has received standing ovations at film festivals around the world and we are honoured to be able to screen it at Byron Writers Festival.

On Saturday evening Australian Book Industry Award winner and rock icon Jimmy Barnes will discuss his bestselling, critically acclaimed memoir, Working Class Boy with Matt Condon at Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre (7pm, Saturday 5 August). Earlier in the day 70s pop star and Australian Idol judge Mark Holden will delve into his memoir My Idol Years with charismatic arts journalist and provocative performance artist Bec Mac at Byron Library (1pm, Saturday 5 August).

Richard Fidler returns to Byron Theatre on Saturday evening to interview actor, director, childrens author and illustrator Richard Roxburgh, who plays our favourite ruffled rogue, the bed-hopping barrister in Rake (6:30pm, Saturday 5 August).

Bec Mac will also send sparks flying with razor-sharp satirist John Safran exploring Depends What You Mean By Extremist at NORPA at Lismore City Hall (6:30pm, Friday 4 August). Another hinterland jaunt worth making is to the delightful Moller Pavilion in the Bangalow Showgrounds for one of the kings of crime writing, Michael Robotham in conversation with Mick ORegan (2pm, Thursday 3 August).

Literary dinners

For those who relish fascinating dinner conversations over delicious food and wine, Byron Writers Festival is presenting two Literary Dinners. ABC TVs Q&A presenter Tony Jones will reveal all about his debut novel and political thriller The Twentieth Man in conversation with Matt Condon at the sumptuous Byron at Byron resort (7pm, Friday 4 August).



TAS Richmond Bakery Attempted Robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 19 September 2014 2:48 pm.

Detectives investigating an attempted armed robbery at Richmond Bakery are seeking witnesses who may have seen a Gold 2000 model Toyota Camry sedan in the area on Saturday morning.

The vehicle (like the one in the attached image) is believed to have been parked in the Richmond Bus Interchange off Franklin Street, Richmond. The attempted armed robbery was committed at 10.45am and the vehicle left the area shortly after.

The suspect possibly ran from the Bakery toward Forth Street and the river front and then along the river front toward the Richmond Bridge and back to the bus interchange.

Offence Details

About 10.45 am on Saturday September 13, 2014 a man entered the Richmond Bakery armed with a hammer. He approached staff, grabbing hold of one male staff member, demanding money. Two members of staff managed to overpower the offender and force him out of the bakery. The man managed to escape from the staff members and fled through the court yard in the direction of Forth Street.

The offender is described as:

  • Male
  • Early 30s
  • Fair skin with freckles
  • Approx 183 cm (6)
  • Wearing sunglasses
  • Black beanie
  • Light grey hooded top
  • Light coloured cargo pants
  • Black and white scarf or t-shirt around neck and lower face


Police would like to speak with any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the offence.

Witnesses are asked to call Bellerive Criminal Investigation Branch on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Stolen Farm Equipment at New Norfolk "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 9:51 am.

New Norfolk police are currently investigating the stealing of excavator buckets and other farm equipment from the Tickleberry Farm on the Lyell Highway, New Norfolk.

A shed on the property was unlawfully entered between 5 August and 12 August 2014 and the property removed.

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Any person who has information surrounding the stealing, or witnessed suspicious activity in the area is asked to make contact New Norfolk Uniform on 62302111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Goonellabah man wanted on outstanding warrants "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Allen O'Brien, 35, of Goonellabah, is wanted on outstanding warrants. Photo NSW Police

Allen OBrien, 35, of Goonellabah, is wanted on outstanding warrants. Photo NSW Police

Police from Richmond Local Area Command are appealing for assistance to locate a man wanted on several outstanding warrants.

Allen OBrien, aged 35, is wanted on an outstanding warrant for several offences including firearm, traffic and assault.

He is known to frequent the Goonellabah and Ballina areas.

He is described as being Caucasian in appearance, about 160cm -165cm tall, 65kg-75kg, of a thin build, with brown hair, and brown eyes.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of this man is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

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Mixed report for Tweed River health "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

New water assessments have found varying results in the health of the Tweed River. Photo supplied.

New water assessments have found varying results in the health of the Tweed River. Photo supplied.

Variations in the health of the Tweed River have been found during a four year study of the river.

Tween councils waterways program leader, Tom Alletson, said Down towards the river mouth, the lower estuary is a healthy and well-functioning ecosystem and gets an A for water quality compliance. In contrast, the Rous River and creeks feeding the broad waters have poorer water quality.

The council commissioned study conducted between 2012 and 2016 examined compliance with aquatic ecosystem protection targets for the Tweed River and Terranora-Cobaki Broadwaters.

Water samples were collected monthly at approximately 30 sites, from the river mouth to Murwillumbah, up the Rous River to Kynnumboon, and from Boyds Bay up into the breakwaters, Mr Alletson said.

Degradation of small streams and the quality of runoff from developed land in the upper catchment has a negative impact on water quality downstream while the water in the lower estuary is highly influenced by the ocean during daily tides.

This study will complement last years survey of community values and uses of the river. Together, they will ensure a broad range of management actions can be devised and implemented through the new river management plan, continued Mr Alletson.

The Water Quality Assessment includes strategies to improve water quality in the Tweed River estuary over time, and increase public awareness of the issues.

Actions to be considered for inclusion in the management plan include:

  •  Working with floodplain land owners to improve the quality of water in agricultural drains
  •  Reducing the discharge of nutrients from the Murwillumbah Wastewater Treatment Plant into the Rous River
  •  Community education about high-risk times for swimming because of water quality
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Wild girls, wild girls, whatcha gonna do? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cliff top wild girls seeking adventure. Photo supplied.

Cliff top wild girls seeking adventure. Photo supplied.

What do the wild girls do? Your chance to find out is coming to Byron Bay on Tuesday, July 18 with the screening of the Dirty Girls Adventure film tour.

Nine short films over 90 minutes will take you on a wild adventure through the lives and experiences some of the best outdoor and adventure sports women in the world.

There have always been lots of women doing amazing things in the outdoors but they more often wrote books, said Adventure Reels director, Jemima Robertson.

But in the last 12 months we have had a lot of women filmmakers and they tell their story differently. So this is an opportunity to showcase their work.

The idea came from the desire to showcase strong, inspirational, adventurous women continued Jemima.

You will be taken from mountain heights to the Arctic ice and onto the Sierra Nevada before the ride ends so get along to this all ages, all inclusive event is packed full of inspiration at the Byron Theatre from 7pm.

To get a taste of the adventure view the trailer here.   

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Drivers at risk after battery theft "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The slip on Hogans Road photographed immediately after the March floods and once protected by traffic lights. Photo supplied.

The slip on Hogans Road photographed immediately after the March floods and once protected by traffic lights. Photo supplied.

Thieves are putting drivers in Tweed shire at risk as they continue to steal the batteries from solar powered traffic lights.

Residents of Hogans Road, Upper Duroby, are again at risk of a serious accident after the batteries were stolen out of the temporary traffic lights near a landslip on Saturday night.

Replacement of the batteries and fixing the damage done by the thieves could take up to a week.

Council has provided what protection in can to motorists by installing a give-way sign at the end of the section that provides the greatest sight distance of the road ahead, plus placed small blinking lights at either end of the landslip. The landslip also is barriered off.

The only other alternative we have is to close the road at the landslip, forcing residents to make a long detour around, said Acting Senior Construction Engineer Bob Hanby.

This is the sixth pair of batteries that have been stolen from temporary traffic lights and electronic sign boards over the past two months.

Every time this happens motorists are placed at risk of meeting another vehicle head-on on a one-way section and being forced out on to a landslip area that may not hold.

The community should be outraged that these thieves are placing them at a heightened risk of having a serious accident or being unduly inconvenienced by a road trafficable under one-way conditions being closed due to safety concerns.

Report all suspicious behaviour around worksites and depots by phoning Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Councils after hours number 1800 818 326. Dont confront the thieves, just make that call and give what information you can to the police.

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This Trait Shared in Common by Internet Trolls and Politicians is Why We Cant Have Nice Things "IndyWatch Feed National"


Sport to some, digital bullying to others whether you abide online trolling or find the inflammatory, sometimes cruel, practice repulsive the Internets myriad disparate troll armies are apparently here to stay.

Seeding malcontent, disputation, division, needless provocation, and, often, chaos, trolls merit their characterization by the hordes as the bane of the Internet.

But, upon examining the psychology of these ruthless keyboard provocateurs, their likely detriment to civil discourse already evinced in the mimicry of youth sounds a warning not to be ignored.

Trolls, researchers found, possess a worrisome psychologic profile, laced with psychopathy and sadism, as well as a dearth in empathy all of which they employ in online manipulation to sow mayhem, an ultimate reward for their mischief.

Researchers at Federation University in Australia queried 415 participants, approximately two-thirds of them female, with a median age of 23, to determine their levels of psychopathy, sadism, and empathy such as gauging trolls agreement with the statement, People would enjoy hurting others if they gave it a go.

Of the study, CBS News reports,

In terms of empathy, the researchers looked at a number of different forms that trait can take. For instance, cognitive empathy is the capacity to recognize and properly identify another persons emotions. Affective empathy goes farther, referring to the ability to experience, internalize and respond to those observed emotions. Global empathy refers to the reaction one has when directly observing anothers life experience.

The researchers found that trolls tend to show higher levels of trait psychopathy and sadism, as well as lower levels of affective empathy, according to the study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.



TAS Damage to Hobart hotel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 15 September 2014 4:54 pm.

A 45 year old man has been charged by Detectives following damage caused yesterday at Hotel Collins, 58 Collins Street, Hobart.

Its alleged the man activated sprinkler equipment inside the Hotel, causing nearly $100,000 damage to carpet, plaster and electrical fittings, said Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel.

Staff at the Hotel acted quickly to prevent further damage and it is to their credit that no guests were injured in the damage spree.

The damage caused significant disruption to Hotel operations and 46 guests have been relocated to other accommodation in Hobart.

The man has been charged with causing damage to property and committing a nuisance. He will appear in an out of sessions court tonight.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to telephone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


BURGLARY. A 13 year old boy has been charged with the burglary of a house in Alamo Close in Blackmans Bay yesterday. The home owner disturbed the youth in the laundry of the house, who then fled. Uniform and CIB Detectives attended and commenced investigations. The boy will appear in court later today.

BURGLARY. A 35 year old man was charged with committing burglaries in Newtown over the last month. A house, business and then a motor vehicle at Bridgewater was burgled, and goods stolen. Police allege the man stole a wallet and cash. The man has been remanded in custody and will appear on 29 September 2014 by video link.

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TAS Man charged with Bellerive burglaries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 15 September 2014 4:17 pm.

In the early hours of 13 September 2014, five dwellings in Bellerive were unlawfully entered and a number of items stolen consisting largely of prescription medication, mobile phones and cash.

Glenorchy CIB charged a 33 year old man from the Glenorchy area with the burglaries and the stealing of two motor vehicles from the Bellerive area.

The man appeared in an after- hours court sitting on Sunday 14 September 2014, and was bailed to reappear on 22 September.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen any suspicious people or vehicles in South Street or Alexandra Esplanade, Bellerive, in the early hours of Saturday 13 September 2014. Any information can be forwarded via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Attempted armed robbery at Richmond "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 15 September 2014 12:51 pm.

About 10.45 am on Saturday 13 September 2014 a man entered the Richmond Bakery armed with a hammer.

The man approached staff, grabbing hold of one male staff member, and demanded money.

Two members of staff managed to overpower the offender and force him out of the bakery. The man managed to escape from the staff members and fled through the court yard in the direction of Forth Street and St Lukes Church.

The offender is described as; a man in his early 30s, fair skin with freckles, approx 183 cm (6) tall. He was wearing sunglasses, a black beanie, light grey hooded top, light coloured grey or khaki jeans and a black and white scarf.

There were several customers in the bakery and nearby at the time. No one was hurt.

Police would like to speak with any witnesses to the incident or anyone who may have seen the man or any suspicious vehicles in the area at the time of the offence.

Witnesses are asked to call Bellerive CIB on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Pedestrian and Vehicle Crash on Huon Road "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 13 September 2014 10:37 pm.

A 16 year old Warrane youth is in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Hobart Hospital after being struck by a motor vehicle on Huon Road at South Hobart about 3.50pm on Saturday the 13th day of September 2014.

The 16 year old youth was walking east bound along the edge of Huon Road when he was struck by the front passenger corner of a blue Volkswagen sedan which was being driven in a westerly direction by a 39 year old woman. In the area of the crash there are no dedicated footpaths.

Impact with the pedestrian has occurred in the west bound lane. The driver of the vehicle and her young daughter were not injured but the driver was clearly shaken.

Crash Investigation Services and Forensic Police attended the scene which was marked and photographed.

Excessive speed was not a factor in this crash. Traffic flow on Huon Road was interrupted for approximately 3 hours whilst investigations at the scene took place.

The investigator, Sergeant Rod CARRICK, would like to hear from any member of the public who may have witnessed the incident or seen the pedestrian or vehicle beforehand.

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TAS Police Incident at Pelverata "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 13 September 2014 1:21 pm.

Approximately 6.30pm Friday 12 September, Tasmania Police were called to attend a rural property in Middle Road Pelverata, in relation to a male person who had made threats to harm himself.

Police negotiated with the male person who was taken into custody around 7am Saturday 13 September.

Tasmania Police are continuing investigations into the incident.

Tasmania Police advise that during the incident there was no danger to any members of the public.

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TAS Charges for Rare Bird Thefts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 12 September 2014 2:33 pm.

Two Devonport men will be charged in connection with the theft of $10,000 worth of rare birds from a bird breeder in Port Arthur.

But the 17 birds have not been recovered and police are appealing for information from anyone who may know where they are.

One bird, a Lutino Rainbow Lorikeet is worth $1,500 and is one of only about five in the State.

Constable Damien McVilley said: The birds were taken on August 26 when the owner was away from home.

It is possible that someone has them but doesnt know they were stolen.

Were keen to hear from anyone who has information about the theft or who thinks they might know where some or all of the birds are.

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The two men, aged 26 and 48, will appear in court at a later date.

Police would like to thank members of the public who provided valuable information that led to the identification of the two men.

Information can be passed to the Bellerive Criminal Investigation Branch on 61732318 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000. Quote report number 495494.

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TAS Vehicle Fires at Derwent Park Trade Clearance Centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 2:42 pm.

Glenorchy CIB are currently investigating a deliberately lit fire which destroyed three vehicles and damaged others at the Derwent Park Trade Clearance Centre located at 70 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park.

The fire started in one of the vehicles and quickly spread to surrounding vehicles.

The fire was extinguished by Tasmania Fire Service, however had already caused serious damage.

It is believed that the fire was started at around 11.45pm on Monday night 08/09/2014.

Police are seeking any information from the public who may have seen anyone suspicious in Derwent Park Road or Sunderland Street at the relevant time, to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Glenorchy CIB.

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Can't live on the wage you bring home but can't get a raise from the boss? Here's the reasons why "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In 2016 an est. 3.89 million people living in New South Wales had a personal weekly income of between $0 and $644 per week, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

In Tasmania an est. 1.03 million people had way less than $573 per week.

Between March Quarter 2016 and March Quarter 2017 wages growth remained at record lows.

So this should come as no surprise

Industrial relations lawyer Josh Bornstein writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 July 2017:

When Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe recently declared a "wages crisis" following a prolonged period of low wages growth, it appears to have caught the federal gover...


TAS Structure Fire at Old Abbotsfield Road Primary School "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 2:00 pm.

Police are investigating an arson reported at about 11:50pm last night, Monday night, 8th September 2014 at the Old Abbotsfield Road Primary School at Claremont.

The site is no longer used as a school and the buildings have been vacant and boarded up for some time.

Entry was gained to a wing of the building and once inside the offenders have set a fire inside. The fire has spread throughout a western wing causing extensive damage.

Tasmania Fire Services attended the scene shortly after as did uniform, CIB and Forensic Services officers. An inspection of the building by the Fire Scene Examiner indicates that the fire has been deliberately lit.

There were no injuries.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information.

Any information can be forwarded via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Tens of thousands of innocent greyhounds have been killed over the last 50 years in this death camp for dogs. "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the worst places for dogs on the planet is going to finally shut down forever.

The Canidrome, a brutal greyhound racetrack in Macau, a territory in southeastern China, holds about 700 greyhounds at a time in its cramped cages and euthanizes about 30 each month for not winning enough races.
 "The Canidrome is truly the worst racetrack in the world, Christine Dorchak, president of GREY2K USA Worldwide, one of the advocacy groups that has been working since 2012 to get this track shut down, told The Dodo. There is no adoption program. No dog gets out alive and tens of thousands of innocent greyhounds have been killed over the last 50 years at this death camp for dogs.

Already winding down operations this year, the track has been ordered to close by the Macau government and is expected to completely shut down by July 2018.

Credit: GREY2K USA Worldwide

The dogs were often imported from breeders in Australia, and lived very short lives at the Canidrome. If a dog finished fourth or worse in five sequential races, hed be euthanized. It was estimated that every greyhound who arrived at the Canidrome would die within three years.We welcome the news that the Chinese government has ordered this atrocity to end, Dorchak said. GREY2K USA Worldwide is already working with ANIMA, a shelter in Macau, to help find homes for the estimated 650 dogs retiring from the track. The first few lucky dogs have already been released to safety. 

Once the track is closed, it has been proposed that schools for local children be built there instead.



TAS Incident Cedar Street Newnham "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 8 September 2014 5:47 pm.

A Newnham man in his 30s is assisting police with enquiries after an incident in Cedar Street this afternoon.

The man had barricaded himself in his home. He was alone at the time.

Police closed the street as a precaution. After four hours, during which police talked to the man, he agreed to leave the property and was taken into custody.

Police searched the home and recovered two firearms.

No one was injured in the incident.

Investigations are continuing and no charges have been laid at this time.

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TAS Hobart Man Charged With Vehicle And Home Burglaries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 8 September 2014 9:42 am.

On Thursday 4 September, Hobart Detectives arrested and charged a man for two vehicle burglaries, 10 aggravated home burglaries and 10 counts of stealing.

The 30-year-old man from Mt Nelson was detained to appear in court on Friday 5 September 2014.

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Anyone who witnessed these crimes or who has information that may help the police investigation is asked to contact the Hobart Criminal Investigation Branch on 61732616 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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MACKAY Qld man, 75, charged over computer scam "IndyWatch Feed National"

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TAS Damage Caused By Small Explosive Devices "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, 7 September 2014 4:15 pm.

Tasmania Police have concerns in relation to two incidents which occurred overnight.

Both incidents, one at Mt Nelson and one at South Hobart involved the use of what appears to be small explosive devices, being placed in letter boxes. The device placed in the letterbox at Mt Nelson detonated destroying the letter box. The device placed in the letter box at South Hobart failed to detonate. The device was subsequently found by the home owner.

Inspector Hodge of Hobart Police Station stated: Both incidents are concerning as they have involved the use of small explosive devices, placed in letter boxes. The device that detonated at Mt Nelson caused significant damage to the letter box. Our concern is that the home owner finding such a device and not knowing what it is or persons passing by such a device when it detonates could suffer serious injuries.

Uniform Police and a member of the Bomb Response Group attended and will be investigating the design of and parts used in the device located at South Hobart. The device was rendered safe and was forensically examined.

Acting Inspector Hodge stated that These devices appear to be used as a nuisance factor and to cause damage to property. However, the concern is that there is a chance for injury to occur. Anyone who may locate a similar device in their letter box is advised not to touch it and to contact Police.

Police would like to hear from any members of the public who may have any information that will assist in identifying the persons responsible.

Police can be contacted on 131 444 or through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Witnesses to Home Burglary Required "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 12:31 am.

On the 2nd September at approximately 2:30pm police received a report of a burglary at a private residence in Pirie Street New Town.

Police are seeking witnesses to two males who were seen leaving the residence via Calway Street and into Cross Street.

Police are particularly interested in speaking with a male witness who spoke to police at the corner of Cross Street and New Town Road and alerted them to a male person who had run into Woolworths supermarket at New Town.

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Information can be forwarded to Detective Senior Constable Paul Smith at Hobart CIB on 61732647 or 61732603

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TAS Stolen Property charges relating to vehicle theft and fires. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 10:09 am.

Police have charged a 19 year old man from West Moonah with receiving stolen property.

The property included some items stolen from three of the motor vehicles burgled and/or stolen over the weekend.

Tasmania Police are continuing to investigate the series of motor vehicle thefts, motor vehicle burglaries, and motor vehicle fires which occurred in the Greater Hobart area during the evening of Saturday 30 August and the morning of Sunday 31 August 2014.

It is anticipated that further charges will arise.

If anyone has information relating to this incident, Police urge them to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact Tasmania Police on 131 444.

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TAS Attempted Murder Charge for Queen Street Assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 8:33 am.

Last night Detectives charged a 61 year old man with the attempted murder of a 52 year old man at a house in Queen Street, Sandy Bay, on Sunday night.

Police allege that the man struck the victim about the head with a press iron during an altercation inside the house on Sunday night said Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel.

The assault was particularly vicious and investigators would like to thank those members of the local community who have come forward with information that has helped police make an arrest.

The man was detained in custody and will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court today, he said.

The victim remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Detectives and Forensic personnel worked through the night and will continue investigations over coming days.

Anyone who might have seen or heard a disturbance in Queen Street, Sandy Bay, between 5 pm and 7.30 last night, Sunday 31 August 2014, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Disturbance at Queen Street Sandy Bay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 1 September 2014 2:49 pm.

A 52 year old man is in hospital in a critical condition after being assaulted last night between 5pm and 7.30pm at a house in Queen Street, Sandy Bay.

Detectives and forensic personnel, including scientists from Forensic Science Service Tasmania, are examining the scene and speaking to witnesses to determine what happened at the house, said Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel.

The assault appears to have arisen out of a dispute inside the house between the two men who are known to each other.

A 61 year old man is assisting police with their inquiries, he said.

Police have conducted door knocks in the area however encourage anyone who may have seen or heard a disturbance in Queen Street, Sandy Bay, between 5pm and 7.30pm last night, Sunday 31 August 2014, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Vehicle Thefts and Fires in Greater Hobart Region "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, 31 August 2014 5:25 pm.

Tasmania Police are investigating a series of motor vehicle thefts, motor vehicle burglaries, and motor vehicle fires which occurred in the Greater Hobart area during the evening of Saturday 30 August and the morning of Sunday 31 August 2014.

Suburbs affected included Hobart, Sandy Bay, West Hobart, New Town, Rokeby, Grasstree Hill, Moonah, Rosetta, Claremont, Austins Ferry, Chigwell, Granton, Old Beach, Bridgewater and Gagebrook.

During this time ten (10) vehicles sustained extensive fire damage as a result of deliberately lit fires, and substantial damage was also caused to other vehicles and property. A quantity of property was stolen from these vehicles, including golfing equipment, diving equipment, and computer related equipment.

Police are seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed these fires or any suspicious behaviour in and around the above suburbs during these times.

Of particular interest is anyone who may have witnessed a red 1994 Subaru Liberty station wagon and its occupants acting suspiciously in any of the above listed areas.

If anyone has information, Tasmania Police urge them to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact Tasmania Police on 131 444.

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Wind power disaster in Australia leads to impending economic crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

With laws mandated by elected officials but not supported by the populace of Australia for the wind power program which has seen 15% rises in kwH pricing over the last 12 months, what happens when food prices rise 30-50% over the next 12 months? The Australian economy is already on contraction, and when electricity prices rise further and everyone in the country pays more food, which part of the economy will be asking for bail outs first? There is no way people cannot eat. Individuals will find other ways to save more money for rising food costs, which means reducing spending. Look for Australia to be one of the first casualties in the G-20 as a result of grand solar minimum economic losses.


Vatican Cardinal Returns Home To Face Sexual Assault Charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official ever to be charged in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, returned home to Australia on Monday to stand trial. The 76-year-old faces multiple counts of [...]


TAS Male Charged with Armed Robbery of Devonport Taxi Driver "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:39 pm.

Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch have charged a 19 year old male from Devonport with the armed robbery of a Taxi Driver on Friday 29 August 2014.

At 1:30 pm on Friday a male was picked up by a taxi from a location in Devonport. The male requested that he be taken to the Devonport Football Oval in James Street, Devonport. At this location the male passenger has produced a knife and demanded cash from the driver.

The male has stolen a quantity of cash from the driver and has then fled on foot. The male has then removed articles of clothing to change his appearance.

Officers from the Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch located the male in the driveway of a property in James Street. The male was arrested and the stolen property and knife were located.

The male was charged and appeared in an out of sittings court at Devonport. He was remanded in custody to re-appear on Monday 1 September at 2:15 pm.

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Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a male running in the area of James Street and North Fenton Street on Friday between 1:30 and 1:45 pm. If anyone has information they can either contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Devonport CIB on 64784037.

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TAS Stolen Siberian Husky recovered and reunited with owner "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 22 August 2014 12:02 pm.

Paris, a Siberian Husky, stolen from her home in Bridgewater has been recovered by Bridgewater police and reunited with her owner.

Paris was reported stolen on 18th August. She is a Siberian husky of beautiful temperament and nature and a great companion to her owner.

Emily, Pariss owner who suffers from cerebral palsy, was distraught when she discovered her best friend was missing.

Bridgewater officers acted upon a tip-off they received and found the dog at 11pm on Wednesday night in Gagebrook. The husky was scared, dirty and hungry however in reasonably good health considering the ordeal.

No charges have been laid and investigations are continuing in relation to the dogs disappearance.

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How Energy-Rich Australia Exported Its Way Into an Energy Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

The worlds No. 2 seller abroad of liquefied natural gas holds so little in reserve that it cant keep the lights on in Adelaidea cautionary tale for the U.S.

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On a sweltering night this February, the worlds No. 2 exporter of liquefied natural gas didnt have enough energy left to keep its own citizens cool.

A nationwide heat wave in Australia drove temperatures above 105 degrees Fahrenheit around the city of Adelaide on the southern coast. As air-conditioning demand soared, regulators called on Pelican Point, a local gas-fueled power station running at half capacity, to crank up.

It couldnt. The plants operator said it wasnt able to get enough natural gas quickly to run its turbines fully. At 6:03 p.m., regulators cut power to 90,000 Adelaide homes to prevent a wider blackout.

Resource-rich Australia has an energy crisis, one that offers lessons for America as it prepares to vastly increase natural-gas shipments abroad.

Australia now exports so much liquefied natural gas, or LNG, it may overtake No. 1 exporter Qatar within several years. It exported 62% of its gas production last year, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy.

Yet its policy makers didnt ensure enough gas would remain at home. As exports increased from new LNG facilities in eastern Australia, some state governments let aging coal plants close and accelerated a push toward renewable energy for environmental concerns. That left the regions more reliant on gas for power, especially when intermittent sources such as wind and solar werent sufficient.



Its Too Late 7 Signs Australia Cant Avoid Economic Apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Joe Hilderbrand and John Adam

AUSTRALIA has missed its chance to avoid a potential economic apocalypse, according to a former government guru who says that despite his warnings there are seven new signs we are too late to act.

The former economics and policy adviser has identified seven ominous indicators that a possible global crash is approaching including a surge in crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin and the window for government action is now closed.

John Adams, a former economics and policy adviser to Senator Arthur Sinodinos and management consultant to a big four accounting firm, told in February he had identified seven signs of economic Armageddon.

He had then urged the Reserve Bank to take pre-emptive action by raising interest rates to prevent Australias expanding household debt bubble from exploding and called on the government to rein in welfare payments and tax breaks such as negative gearing.

Adams says he has for years been publicly and privately urging his erstwhile colleagues in the Coalition to take action but that since nothing has been done, the window has now closed and Australia is completely at the mercy of international forces.

As early as 2012, I have been publicly and privately advocating that Australian policy makers take pre-emptive policy action to deal with the structural imbalances within the Australian economy, especially Australias household debt bubble which in proportional terms is larger than the household debt bubbles of the 1880s or 1920s, the periods which preceded the two depressions experienced in Australian history, he told this week.

Unfortunately, the window for taking pre-emptive action with an orderly unwinding of structural macroeconomic imbalances has now closed.

Adams has now turned on his former party and says both its most recent prime ministers have led Australia into a potential economic apocalypse and Treasurer Scott Morrison is wrong that we are heading for a soft landing.

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TAS Arson at Johnson Street Moonah "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 18 August 2014 4:20 pm.

Detectives at Glenorchy are investigating four deliberately lit fires on a street in Moonah.

Between 25 June 2014 and 16 August 2014 there have been four fires at two homes in Johnson Street, Moonah.

The fires have caused significant damage to the residences. The buildings were unoccupied at the time of the fires.

Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police attended the fires, which are now being treated as suspicious.

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Detectives are appealing for assistance from members of the community who may have observed any suspicious activity or people in the vicinity of Johnson Street, Moonah between these dates.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Adams directly at Glenorchy on 62302639 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Charges for Huon Home Burglaries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 14 August 2014 5:17 pm.

Detectives from Kingston Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy following a four-month investigation into a series of burglaries in the Huon Valley and Kingston areas.

The investigation began in May 2014, after a deliberately lit fire at a home in Glen Huon.

The boy appeared in the Hobart Magistrates Court, Youth Justice Division, charged with a number of offences including aggravated burglary, burglary and stealing.

The total value of property stolen is alleged to have been in excess of $50,000.

Property including a motor vehicle, chainsaws, jewellery, firearms and ammunition has been recovered by police.

He was remanded in custody and will appear via video link at a later date.

Senior Sergeant Adam Mollineaux of Kingston CIB said:

The arrest follows a long and ongoing investigation.

Our enquiries are continuing with a view to further arrests.

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Australia's ABC Excoriating Reporting on Trump & the G20 "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've learned that Donald Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the United States as a Global Leader He managed to isolate his nation, to confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America


TAS Andrew Dennis Dare "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 4:31 pm.

Burnie CIB have charged a male person with aggravated burglary and aggravated armed robbery as a result of the burglary of a residence at Myalla during the early hours of 11 August 2014.

Andrew Dennis Dare, 31 years of Flowerdale appeared in a special sitting of the Burnie Court of Petty Sessions last night, charged with aggravated armed robbery and aggravated burglary. He was remanded in custody until the October sittings of the Hobart Supreme Court.

Detective Senior Sergeant Chapman said: Police will allege that the male broke into the house armed with a tomahawk and demanded cash and property from the residents, he stole a number of items of property It will further be alleged that he assaulted the 74 year old male resident by punching him to the face.

As the matter is before the courts, police are unable to release any further details but are pleased that this rare, but frightening incident was able to be resolved quickly.

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TAS Assador Mekonen Hinsta "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 4:36 pm.

Police are urging Assador Mekonen HINSTA, 25 years of age, who resides in either Launceston or Devonport, to contact Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) to assist them with ongoing inquiries.

Assador Hinsta is described as being 186cm centimetres tall (six foot two inches), short or shaven black hair, brown eyes, and slim build.


If members of the public see Assador Hinsta, they should contact Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch through the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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TAS Charges for assault at Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 8 August 2014 2:58 pm.

Two men have been charged in connection with an incident at Tapas Lounge Bar in Devonport last week when several people were assaulted.

Detectives from Devonport yesterday travelled to Hobart where they charged a 29-year-old Glenorchy man and a 22-year-old Moonah man with several counts of assault and one of affray.

The men were bailed to appear at the Devonport Magistrates Court on 30/9/2014.

Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Chugg said: We would like to thank members of the public for their assistance in this investigation.

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We would still seek to speak with anyone who was at Tapas last Thursday evening or who may have information regarding the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information that might help the investigation is asked to contact Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch on 64784036 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Damage to Motor Vehicles in Hobart Area "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 8 August 2014 12:06 pm.

Police are appealing for information after a number of vehicles were damaged in Hobart overnight on Friday 1st August 2014.

Seven damaged vehicles were reported to police, including broken windows and slashed tyres. The damage occurred in:

  • Forest Road, West Hobart
  • Lochner Street, North Hobart
  • Pitt Street, North Hobart
  • Cascade Road, South Hobart
  • Hillsborough Road, South Hobart
  • Davey Street, South Hobart.

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Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact police by calling Hobart Police Station on 61732375 or Crime Stoppers on 1300 444 000 and reference number 493766.

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TAS Arson Charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 28 August 2014 9:14 am.


Detectives from Bellerive CIB have charged a 24 year old woman from Warrane with arson.

The charge relates to an arson committed at a unit on Mockridge Road, Clarendon Vale on 15 June 2014.

The fire caused approximately $150,000 damage to the unit that is managed by Mission Australia on behalf of the state government.

The woman will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court later this month.

T.L.McCulloch, Detective Sergeant 1705

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TAS Bomb threat at New Town Kmart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 23 August 2014 2:48 pm.


At about 11.30am on Saturday 23rd August 2014 police were called to the Kmart store at Ridson Road New Town in relation to a bomb threat received by staff.

The caller is described as male between 20-30 years old.

The store manager made a decision to evacuate the Kmart store. Police assisted in the evacuation of the shopping complex.

Traffic control was implemented to prevent the public entering the area. A search of the store was conducted and no suspicious packages were located and the store was re-opened to the puclic some 30 minutes after the call was received.

Members of the Criminal Investigation Branch, will conduct an investigation into the bomb threat.

The situation has been categorised by police as a hoax at this time. Whilst there were no previous warnings, threats or calls relating to any suspect device in this area police would like to hear from anyone who may be able to provide further assistance in being able to identify the caller.

Members of the public are requested to contact Crime Stoppers on telephone 1800 333 000 if they have any information which may identify the person(s) responsible for this disruption to the shopping complex.

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TAS Theft of Jayco Van at Claremont "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 10:45 am.

Police are seeking assistance in the recovery of a 1980 model Jayco Dove Pop-Top Van (11 feet in length) stolen from the front lawn of a house at Claremont between 8pm on Sunday 27 July 2014 and 6am the following day.

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If anyone can assist with information regarding the location of the van, or assist in identifying the offender/s they are asked to call Glenorchy Criminal Investigation Branch on 62302881 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (quote Offence Report Number 493366).

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TAS Aggravated burglary Strickland Ave Hobart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 4 August 2014 5:21 pm.

Tasmania Police are investigating the report of an aggravated burglary in Strickland Avenue in South Hobart, which occurred around 11.30am this morning.

An elderly woman was at home in her lounge room, when two men broke into the kitchen. At that time, the womans daughter in-law arrived, and the men ran past her, out of the house. One of the men assaulted her as they ran past. The elderly lady was not hurt.

Plain Clothes and uniformed officers searched the surrounding areas for two males seen leaving the area by members of the public. The Police helicopter was used to perform an air search of surrounding bushland.

Police are seeking information from anyone who may have seen two males in the Strickland Avenue area around 11.30am on 4 August 2014.

One of the males is described as:

18-20 years of age, solid build, dark curly hair, wearing a chequered Blue/red/beige bush jacket and a grey cap.

The second male is described as:

Similar age and build, also with dark curly hair, wearing a dark long sleeved top.

Anyone who can provide information are asked to contact Tasmania Police via the Crime Stoppers phone number 1800 333 000.

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June crop losses you are not hearing about "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are so many crop losses happening globally, but the media focuses for less than a millisecond and back on to the next propaganda story. This is a list of losses I have been watching over the last month, Georgia peach crop loss, S.E. USA peach crop loss, fruit losses in USA and Europe, chickpea crop in Canada, frozen corn on the stalks in late June in the Dakotas, frost, hail, wind and drought seem to be the common theme globally this year. Asia and Australia are experiencing losses as well. Watch your food price skyrocket by the end of 2017, and the media will still be asking why instead of covering the effects of the intensifying grand solar minimum. Sources


TAS Launceston Man Charged With Murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 4 August 2014 2:25 pm.

A 27 year old man from Youngtown has been charged with one count of murder, by Detectives from the Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch.

The charge relates to the death of a nine week old baby girl from Deloraine, who passed away at the Royal Hobart Hospital on 6 February 2014.

The man was due to appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court at 2:15pm today.

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TAS Launceston Man Charged With Murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 4 August 2014 2:25 pm.

A 27 year old man from Youngtown has been charged with one count of murder, by Detectives from the Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch.

The charge relates to the death of a nine week old baby girl from Deloraine, who passed away at the Royal Hobart Hospital on 6 February 2014.

The man was due to appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court at 2:15pm today.

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TAS Police Seeking Information "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 4:30 pm.

Police would like to speak with anyone who may have seen a vehicle similar to the attached computer image, of a 1997 Mitsubishi Triton Ute, between the hours of 2.00am and 4.00am on Friday the 18th July 2014, travelling between Kingston and Goodwood.

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The vehicle may have been carrying a red trail bike.

Anyone with information please call Kingston CIB 61732078 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Philip Morris tobacco giant to pay Australia after losing arbitration over packaging "IndyWatch Feed National"

Philip Morris has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in compensation to Australia after unsuccessfully challenging the nation's tobacco plain packaging laws. The amount is being kept confidential but is estimated to be about $50 million. In 2012, Australia became the first country to adopt a law requiring cigarettes are sold in unappealing packets with graphic health warnings. Philip Morris tried to overturn the decision, but a court dismissed its claim in 2015. The company has now been ordered to pay Australia's legal costs.


Investigation Reveals 70,000 Dogs In Bali Murdered & Served To Tourists Every Year "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Alexa Erickson via Collective Evolution

Dogs are commonly referred to as mans best friend, with 62% of U.S. households having a pet. Theyre as smart as a two-year-old child, dream the same way as humans, have a sixth sense, and, according to science, release oxytocin when interacting with their humans, who also release the love hormone, suggesting that they love their owners just as much as their owners love them.

But not everyone appreciates the companionship of a dog. In fact, every year, 70,000 dogs are slaughtered in Bali, Indonesia. These statistics were revealed through an investigation spearheaded by Animals Australia (AA). The dogs are brutally killed, according to the findings strangled, bludgeoned, or poisoned before being fed to tourists who believe theyre eating chicken meat. According to AA, about seven times more dogs are killed in Bali on an annual basis than in the Yulin Dog-Eating Festival in China.

To uncover the reality of Balis inconceivable dog trade, an AA undercover investigator spent four months pretending to be a documentary maker. During this time, the man, referred to as Luke, was able to pinpoint the leaders of the industry, who eventually invited him to follow along as they stole, hunted, poisoned, and killed dogs.

Tourists will walk down a street, theyll see a street store selling satay but what they are not realizing is the letters RW on the store mean it is dog meat being served, said AA campaign direct...


The American Resistance has many faces and this is just one of them (10) "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

New York Magazine, 3 July 2017:

Until late last month, former federal prosecutor Hui Chen worked in the Justice Departments fraud section, ensuring that corporations followed federal ethics laws. She started the job in the fall 2015, but in the last six months it became impossible to conduct her duties without feeling as if she was shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic, she recently wrote on LinkedIn. So she quit, and she blames the White House:

First, trying to hold companies to standards that our current administration is not living up to was creating a cognitive dissonance that I could not overcome. To sit across the table from companies and question how committed they were to ethics and compliance felt not only hypocritical, but very much like shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. Even as I engaged in those questioning and evaluations, on my mind were the numerous lawsuits pending against the President of the United States for everything from violations of the Constitution to conflict of interest, the ongoing investigations of potentially treasonous conducts, and the investigators and prosecutors fired for their pursuits of principles and facts. Those are conducts I would not tolerate seeing in a company, yet I worked under an administration that engaged in exactly those conduct. I wanted no more part in it.

As a compliance expert in DOJs fraud section, Chen essentially served as a corporate crime watchdog. She helped ensure that companies made changes to the policies that resulted in their prosecution and then monitored the effectiveness of those changes.

Little surprise, then, that the Trumps...


IBM, Westpac and More Trial Blockchain for Bank Guarantees "IndyWatch Feed National"

A distributed ledger trial united IBM and two Australia-based banks in an effort to improve the commercial property leasing process.


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The Case for Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

(FEE)  A dozen countries out of the 28 European Union (EU) members had legal limits on cash transactions in place at the end of 2015. Portugal, the country leading with these limits, had an EUR 1,000 legal limit on all cash transactions. Additionally, the discussion about introducing more of these limits is ongoing in almost all EU member states and recently, a new European Commission initiative seeking to introduce a compulsory EU-wide limit appeared.

The European Central Bank even phased out the production of the 500 euro note and Australia started seriously considering putting an end to the 100 dollar note in November 2016. There are also many rumors that Sweden is getting ready to abandon cash altogether.

The Risks 

Being cashless is modern and progressive. You need an empty wallet to go with your Tesla, iPhone and neon handmade socks! An impression of a raceis created. But looking closer, the reasons to hold on to cash have nothing to do with backwardness. Cash helps to mitigate risks, which will not disappear in a postmodern society:

Control. Transferring your whole financial life into a bank means parting with your own control over one aspect of life. Locking your accounts takes seconds. It doesnt matter how rich you are or how big financial cushion you created. A simple bureaucratic mistake, a typo or a confusion of identification numbers by a bank, or a debt collector (not so unusual in Slovakia due to chaotic debt collection rules) can send you into deep financial problems overnight.

Middleman risks. Cash transfer is an immediate transfer of value between two parties. Electronic payments (with the exception of some cryptocurrencies) always involve a middleman and create a new layer of risk. The middleman has the power to override the payment in some cases and you cannot be sure if the transaction just conducted will really materialize.

Cushion against financial crises. You never really deposit money to your bank you lend it. Without cash, you do not have the option to exit the financial system and its risk at least with some part of your financia...


John Pilger On Why Palestine Is Still The Issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Almost six decades on, theres an enduring silence by those in the halls of power and in the media on Palestine, writes John Pilger.

When I first went to Palestine as a young reporter in the 1960s, I stayed on a kibbutz. The people I met were hard-working, spirited and called themselves socialists. I liked them.

One evening at dinner, I asked about the silhouettes of people in the far distance, beyond our perimeter.

Arabs, they said, nomads. The words were almost spat out. Israel, they said, meaning Palestine, had been mostly wasteland and one of the great feats of the Zionist enterprise was to turn the desert green.

They gave as an example their crop of Jaffa oranges, which was exported to the rest of the world. What a triumph against the odds of nature and humanitys neglect.

It was the first lie. Most of the orange groves and vineyards belonged to Palestinians who had been tilling the soil and exporting oranges and grapes to Europe since the eighteenth century. The former Palestinian town of Jaffa was known by its previous inhabitants as the place of sad oranges.

One of the many orange orchards seized from Palestinians in Jaffa. (IMAGE: gnuckx, Flickr)One of the many orange orchards seized from Palestinians in Jaffa. (IMAGE: gnuckx, Flickr)

On the kibbutz, the word Palestinian was never used. Why, I asked. The answer was a troubled silence.

All over the colonised world, the true sovereignty of indigenous people is feared by those who can never quite cover the fact, and the crime, that they live on stolen land.

Denying peoples humanity is the next step as the Jewish people know only too well. Defiling peoples dignity and culture and pride follows as logically as violence.

In Ramallah, following an invasion of the West Bank by the late Ariel Sharon in 2002, I walked through streets of crushed cars and demolished houses, to the Palestinian Cultural Centre. Until that morning, Israeli soldiers had camped there.

I was met by the centres director, the novelist, Liana Badr, whose original manuscripts lay scattered and torn across the floor. The hard drive containing her fiction, and a library of plays and poetry had been taken by Israeli soldiers. Almost everything was smashed, and defiled.

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TAS Assault at Murrayfield Court Glenorchy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:26 am.

At 10:45pm Monday 28 July 2014 police were called to Murrayfield Court, Glenorchy in relation to an assault.

A 22 year old Kingston man was located with facial injuries after being struck with a fence paling. He was transferred to the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance and remains at the hospital for treatment at this time.

A 19 year old Bridgewater man was arrested near the scene by police. He has been charged with one count of Criminal Code Assault and was detained to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court later this morning.

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Police are seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed or heard a disturbance in the Murrayfield Court area at the time of the incident or anyone who may have seen a group of around ten people, both males and females, aged between 15-25 years old in the Tolosa Street area around the time of the incident.

If anyone has information police encourage them to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Glenorchy CIB on 62302881.

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TAS Elimattah Hotel Fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 26 July 2014 1:21 pm.

About 7.45pm on Friday 25 July 2014, a patron entering the Elimattah Hotel reported a fire in Room 22 to staff. Tasmania Fire Service attended and extinguished the fire, managing to contain it to the one room which is adjoined to others and separate to the main Hotel building.

No person was injured in the fire, but there was extensive damage to the unit, although an estimate of damage can not be made until it is fully inspected in daylight.

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An examination of the scene was conducted and the cause of the fire was determined as deliberate. Police are conducting an investigation into the matter and appeal for any witnesses to contact Devonport CIB on 64784036 or to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Police would particularly like to speak to anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously around the time and area of the fire.

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TAS Ulverstone Jetty Vandalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 25 July 2014 5:01 pm.

Ulverstone Police are appealing for information following the vandalism of the jetty at the Ulverstone boat ramp in Flora St.

A section of the jetty was set on fire, causing damage valued at $10,800.

The damage occurred sometime between July 20 and July 22.

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Police would like to speak to anyone who may information about the vandalism, by either contacting the Ulverstone Police Station on 64786006 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Damage at Port Dalrymple High School "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 24 July 2014 8:45 am.

Between 4.30pm, Friday 18th July 2014 and 10.00am, Sunday 20th July 2014 offenders have caused significant damage to the gymnasium at the Port Dalrymple High School on Agnes Street in George Town.

Police are seeking information from the public in relation to this incident. Information can be provided direct to George Town Police Station or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.

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TAS Assault at Hobart Regatta Grounds Update "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 9:47 am.

Assault at Hobart Regatta Grounds on Tuesday 8 July 2014 Update

Police investigating an alleged assault at the Hobart Regatta Grounds are interested in speaking with anyone who may have had their vehicle parked in the vicinity of the public toilets later in the evening.

Police have information that there were several vehicles parked in the area at the time of the assault. The description provided of those vehicles included; a large white flat tray utility, a grey or black SUV sized vehicle, and a dark blue sedan.

Police are particularly keen to speak with the owners of these vehicles as they may have witnessed something or have information that could assist with the investigation.

Police have also obtained a description of the two alleged offenders in this incident which occurred between 8pm to 9pm on Tuesday 8 July 2014 in the vicinity of the public toilets located upon the Hobart Regatta Grounds.

The first male is described as:

  • Aged Late 30s to late 40s
  • Approximately 6ft 1
  • Dark average length hair
  • Stocky build
  • Australian accent
  • Wearing tradesman long sleeved green fluorescent shirt with dark blue sleeves, tradesman navy blue trousers, and dark lace up boots

The second male is described as:

  • Aged 55-65 years
  • Approximately 61
  • Fatter than average waist
  • Wearing mid-blue jeans, brown jacket.

Police would like to thank anyone who has already provided information in relation to this investigation and would encourage anyone who feels they have anything further to assist the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-LHN Pops into Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On Sunday 9 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-LHN passed through Longreach Airport while returning to RAAF Base Williamtown (Newcastle) from RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory.  It arrived from an overnight stay at Cloncurry and departed to Charleville and Moree in New South Wales where it will spend the night.

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It is expected that VH-LHN will continue to Williamtown on Monday 10 July.

VH-LHN is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia, and is one of a number of choppers used for RAAF Search and Rescue jobs. On this flight it was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Chopper 64".

VH-LHN is heading back to Williamtown following a deployment to the Northern Territory where it provided a support role during the RAAF's Exercise Diamond Storm.  The Exercise, hosted by the RAAF, is one of the practical components of the air warfare instructors course (AWIC), whose graduates are experts in Australian Defence Force (ADF) capabilities and integration across the services, and have technical mastery of their own roles, platforms and systems.

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Are there foxes in Tasmania? Follow the poop "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stephen Sarre, based at the University of Canberra in Australia, has made a career out of collecting and analyzing poop. Its a tough job, but someones got to do it. Part of his work is designed to answer a multi-million dollar question: Is Tasmania home to foxes, a pest that carries rabies and other diseases []

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TAS Teenagers charged with Aggravated armed robberies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 9:28 am.


On Monday 21 July 2014 there were two armed robberies during the early evening in Launceston. The first at the Himalayan Kitchen on Invermay Road, Mowbray and the second at Blockbuster Video at Kings Meadows.

On Tuesday 22 July 2014 Launceston CIB detectives charged a 17 year old Prospect girl and a 16 year old Invermay boy with their involvement in both aggravated armed robberies.

They were remanded to Ashley Detention Centre to re-appear at the Launceston Youth Justice Court this morning.

Launceston CIB would like to thank members of the public for their assistance in this matter.

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TAS Police Seeking Witnesses to Fatal Pedestrian Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 4:07 pm.

Police are seeking the driver or any passengers of a vehicle that was travelling north on the West Tamar Highway at Sidmouth, at 6.10pm on Friday 11th July 2014. Around this time a 15 year old Sidmouth girl was struck by a southbound Nissan sedan and died later that evening in the Launceston General Hospital.

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Just prior to the crash, police believe that a northbound vehicle was driven through the area and has then overtaken a small white Manions Coach south of Beaconsfield. Police believe the occupants of the northbound vehicle may be able to provide some witness information to assist with the investigation.

Police ask that if you were an occupant of, or driving the aforementioned vehicle, you contact First Class Constable Nigel HOUSEGO or Senior Constable Michal RYBKA at Northern Crash Investigation Services on 63363936 or 63363701.

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TAS Assault at Domain Soccer Ovals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:22 am.

Police have charged a 47 year old man in relation to the alleged assault on the domain soccer grounds on Friday 6 June 2014. The man will appear in the Hobart Magistrates court at a later date.

The Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter.

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Steven Olivers Poem On Aussie Racism Headed For 2 Million Views "IndyWatch Feed National"

A poem by Aboriginal writer and performer Steven Oliver which confronts Australian racism, hypocrisy, fragility and privilege has climbed to almost two million views on Facebook.

Oliver performed Real two years ago at the 2015 National NAIDOC Awards ceremony in Adelaide. The event was broadcast by National Indigenous Television (NITV), and the footage was shared on their Facebook page. Its been growing a fan-base ever since.

Oliver wrote Real in response to a discussion this country was having about who had the right to call themselves Aboriginal, yet most of those people had no connection to Aboriginality apart from their racist views.

We cant embed Facebook videos on new Matilda bug in the system but you can watch the same performance from Oliver below, on Youtube.

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Get Funked with Bay Collective Sessions "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Friday 14th July
Free Entry

Bay Collective Sessions is back at the Brewery this Friday to deliver their monthly dose of live music. Get ready for a night of funk that is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor.

To kick off we have local legends This is Living, a new project from the guys behind one of Byrons favourite party bands, Drop Legs.

A funk night in Byron wouldnt be complete without a set from local bass master Fergo. With a 5 octave vocal range that could melt butter, bass grooves like no other, and a love for soul, Fergo and his band The Burden, will take you on a musical journey. From warm low Barry White tones to soaring Jeff Buckley highs, this bunch of talented musicians are not to be missed.

Get down and get funked at The Byron Bay Brewery this Friday from 7:30pm, Free entry.

Learn more at

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The Situation in Syria Just Became More Dangerous "IndyWatch Feed National"

563334The military situation in Syria took a significant step for the worse on 19 June 2017 when an American fighter jet shot down a Syrian fighter jet carrying out operations against ISIS. That was the latest in a series of foolhardy moves by the Americans which have included the bombing of Syrian army forces in south eastern Syria causing more than 100 casualties, and the shooting down of an Iranian drone in the same region.

The Russian Defence Ministry immediately announced it was suspending cooperation with US forces, and that henceforth all kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets.. The obvious inference is that they will at risk of being shot down. David Wroe, defence correspondent for the Fairfax media wrote (SMH 21 June 2017) that the shoot down triggered a belligerent response from Russia. His article was entitled RAAF halts air strikes after Russian threat.

As is almost invariably the case with Australian reporting of the Syrian war, inappropriate language and a failure to report accurately on the issues is more often than not the case. Wroes article and other western media reports of the American action and the Russian response illustrate the point.

US General Joseph Dunford referred to the incident as justified under the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, (AUMF) a resolution passed in 2001 following the 9/11 events in Washington and New York of that year.

Dunford also used the term collective self defence of partnered forces. That neither the AUMF nor the term collective self-defence are remotely applicable to the war in Syria is never discussed in the Australian media. Their default position appears to be that if the Americans claim it, then it must be correct. There is similarly no discussion at all as to the right of the Americans or their coalition allies, including Australia, to even establish a base on Syrian soil.

The collective self defence justification was also used by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop when she was asked on ABC National Radio in late 2015 to explain the legal basis for Australias announced intention of intervening in the Syrian war. Her answer then was identical to that of Dunford. Neither of them was correct.



PERTH Man blames prescription medication for charity tin thefts across Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man blames prescription medication for charity tin thefts across Perth .

July 10, 2017 at 05:52PM .

John Paul Hellewell, 27, was sentenced in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday after pleading guilty to 20 counts of stealing between January and .


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PERTH Fathers accused killer appears in court charged with murder as its revealed victim called an "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Fathers accused killer appears in court charged with murder as its revealed victim called an .

July 10, 2017 at 02:30PM .

A man has faced a Perth court charged with murdering 27-year-old father of two Axel Boreski over the weekend. Mr Boreski managed to call himself .


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TAS Two Armed Robberies in Launceston "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:20 am.

Shortly after 8.30pm on Monday 21 July 2014 a young man entered the Himalayan Kitchen on Invermay Road Mowbray armed with a metal bar.

He demanded money while threatening staff with the metal bar. While the man was demanding money, his accomplice, a woman, entered the restaurant and then both offenders then left with a small amount of cash. They got in to an older model white Mitsubishi Magna sedan parked on the street with other people inside and drove off at speed.

Both the man and woman were described as being in the early teens.

At about 9pm two men entered Blockbuster Video at Kings Meadows with a metal bar and demanded cash from the attendant. One offender went behind the counter and took a small amount of cash from the till and the attendants mobile phone was stolen as the offenders were both leaving through the main door.

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The men were seen getting into an older model white Mitsubishi Magna sedan which again sped off out of the car park with other people inside the vehicle.

Both men in this robbery were described as being in their mid to late teens.

Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch are investigating the robberies and are appealing for any witnesses to contact Launceston CIB 63363910 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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TAS Police officer faces assault charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 21 July 2014 5:31 pm.

A 43 year old man from New Norfolk has been proceeded against by summons after an incident in Herdsmans Cove on 28 February this year.

It will be alleged he assaulted a 19 year old man. The man was not injured in the alleged assault.

The 43 year old is a Constable in the Southern District. He was on-duty at the time of the alleged offence and was conducting a vehicle intercept.

He will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court on 22 August 2014.

The officer has been placed into a non-operational role.

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TAS Serious head injuries sustained outside Syrup Nightclub "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 21 July 2014 4:35 pm.

In the early hours of Saturday 19th July 2014, a 28 year old man received serious head injuries after an incident outside Syrup Nightclub in Hobart.

The man is in hospital receiving treatment.

Extensive investigations have been and are continuing into this incident to determine the full circumstances. Police can indicate however that assertions this incident was a king hit are not correct.

At this stage, no charges have been laid.

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Hobart CIB have interviewed a number of people and obtained video footage but would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has any information that will assist police investigations.

They are urged to contact Hobart CIB on 61732614 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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MACKAY Man charged after setting up bogus companies for overseas ransomware scam "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police charged him with recklessly engaging in money laundering and he was expected to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 3.

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MACKAY Qld man, 75, charged over computer scam "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Qld man, 75, charged over computer scam

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He is expected to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on August 3. Detective Inspector Nikki Colfs from Mackay Crime and Support Services said the

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MACKAY Its not ice officer, its my toe medication "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Peter Robert Winkcup, 49, faced Mackay Magistrates Court pleading guilty to driving under the influence of ice and marijuana, driving under the

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MACKAY 75yo Mackay man charged with embezzling over $1M "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Amber Harrison to address court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Amber Harrison to address court

Andrew Bell (R) described Amber Harrison as arrogant and malicious. Picture: Renee Nowytarger.
  • The Australian
  • 6:08PM July 10, 2017

    UPDATE: Justice John Sackar has told Sydneys Supreme Court he will give Amber Harrison the opportunity to make submissions on her case out of an abundance of caution. He instructed Andrew Bell SC, who is acting on behalf of Seven West Media, to get in touch with her to arrange a time for tomorrow.

Ms Harrison, a former executive assistant at network Seven, has been embroiled in a vicious court battle with her old employer after releasing details of her affair with Seven West Media boss Tim Worner last year.

A three-day hearing which commenced in Sydneys Supreme Court this morning heard that Ms Har...


Timon Simons on the #HamburgCityStrike at #NoG20 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indymedias Ray Grenfell speaks to Timon Simons on the social strike that shut down Hamburgs port.


Voices from the #NoG20 demonstrations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indymedias Raymond Grenfell was in Hamburg for the G20 Summit, covering the events for Indymedia. There were impressive demonstrations and riots throughout the summit including a Block G20 action that managed to delay delegations arriving and disrupt events, including stopping Melania Trump attending a G20 leaders spouse event. Saturday saw an estimated two hundred thousand []


TAS Armed Robbery at Pizza Hut Mowbray "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 21 July 2014 11:01 am.

At about 4pm on Saturday 19th July 2014, members from Tasmania Police were called to attend an armed robbery at Pizza Hut Mowbray.

A man entered the store holding a knife and demanded an undisclosed sum of money from a female staff member. The man was last seen running on Pleasant Street, Mowbray towards Target.

The offender is described as caucasian, 5ft 11, medium build, wearing a grey hooded jumper with a distinct logo, grey trousers and a dark coloured cap. He was also carrying a green supermarket bag.

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No injuries were sustained during the robbery.

Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch is appealing for any further information regarding the robbery, anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Launceston CIB (03) 63363915.

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TAS St Helens Shed Fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 19 July 2014 11:20 pm.

Tasmania Police and Tasmania Fire Service attended a shed fire in St Helens town centre at about 7pm on Saturday 19 July 2014.

The shed and contents, including children bicycles, were totally destroyed. Tasmania Fire Service prevented the fire from spreading to nearby houses.

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The fire is believed to be deliberately lit and police would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious around 7pm.

Witnesses can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or St Helens Police Station on 03 63761122

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TAS Assault at Hobart Regatta Grounds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 18 July 2014 4:37 pm.

Police are investigating an alleged assault by two men which occurred between 8pm and 9pm on Tuesday 8 July 2014 in the vicinity of the public toilets located upon the Hobart Regatta Grounds.

Police would like to speak with anyone who may have been in the area at the time, particularly anyone who had their vehicle parked in the vicinity of the public toilets later in the evening.

Anyone who may have information to assist police with their investigation is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Meteor fireball explodes over South Australia (VIDEOS) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Six days after a suspected meteor shook Streaky Bay and very briefly lit up parts of South Australia's night sky, the event remains the talk of the town. CCTV images of the spectacle show a bright light in the sky, lasting a couple of seconds, just before midnight on Friday, with locals reporting a thunder-like rumble a few minutes later. Those lucky enough to have witnessed the event have described an "orange fireball" which could be seen from across the West Coast and Eyre Peninsula and as far afield as Elliston, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Riverton and even Mount Barker, near Adelaide.


Gillian Triggs to launch Sam Dastyari's book "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gillian Triggs will launch @samdastyari's new book 'One Halal of a Story' next month. Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) July 10, 2017 How far up us do you really want to stick it Sam? How the Halal did we get here? What the Halal was I thinking? How the Halal...


Lone Goat Gallery presents Emily Imeson "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

19702091_1415425051867680_544358174380484955_nEmilys 2nd solo exhibition, Experienced Landscapes is the result of a painting led inquiry that investigates the diversity of environments around regional NSW, and involved journeying to Tenterfield, Tamworth, Hill End, Bathurst, and Nymboida.

Emily is the recipient of an Arts NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship, enabling her to explore regional NSW landscapes and connect with established artists and art foundations. Experienced Landscapes presents the current stage of Emilys ongoing investigation and project of professional development. Emily will continue her research and travels throughout NSW until mid-2018.

Emily has grown up in and around regional areas of NSW. From rural Orange, Emily moved to Tamworth for primary school, and began high school in Lismore, Northern NSW.

Growing up in regional NSW I have developed a deep appreciation for Australias great outdoors and am intrigued by nature. I am determined to mature these values into a comprehensive understanding of the natural world, articulated with brush marks and colours.

Utilising both en plein air painting techniques and studio work, Emilys arts practice documents her experience of being in the world.

Methods of embodiment, observations, and documentation, have created endless inspiration and guide new ways to re-connect with the land. Spending time in one place allows a truth to reveal itself; textures, colours, flora, and fauna are uncovered. Understanding these elements in multiple landscapes has allowed me to create and share a contemporary archive of regional NSW.

The project aims to develop images that pushed beyond the desire to create a visual sameness, encouraging a confidence to trust idiosyncratic mark making. I recreate and redefine the landscape as perceived by engagement, these paintings search to describe Australian geographical identities, and the c...


TAS Youth charged with graffiti offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 18 July 2014 4:26 pm.

A 15-year-old youth from Oakdowns was charged yesterday by Bellerive police with two counts of Destroy Property.

The charges relate to two incidents in Lauderdale where, on two occasions, 13 parked Metro buses were damaged substantially by graffiti inside and out.

The cost to clean the graffiti has been estimated at $15,000.

The youth has been bailed to appear in the Hobart Youth Justice Court at a later date.

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TAS Aggravated Armed Robbery at Valern Hotel Bottle Shop "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 17 July 2014 1:01 am.

Following the report of an Aggravated Armed Robbery at the Valern Hotel Bottle Shop at 7.30pm on Monday 14/07/2014, police investigations identified two (2) suspects who have been charged in relation to this incident. An 18 year old male from Risdon Vale and a 17 year old male from Gagebrook have been interviewed and charged by police. They were remanded in custody to appear at the Hobart Court of Petty Sessions on Thursday, 17/7/14. They will be jointly charged with aggravated armed robbery and offences associated with using a stolen vehicle during this incident.

Police investigations are continuing to identify the driver of the stolen vehicle (grey Toyota Rav 4) used during the robbery. That vehicle was located by police burnt out in Talone Street, Lindisfarne shortly after the robbery.

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If anyone can assist police in this ongoing investigation they are asked to call Glenorchy CIB on 62302881 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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TAS Aggravated Armed Robbery at Valern Bottleshop "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 1:33 am.

Around 7:30pm on Monday 14th July 2014, two males have entered the Valern 9/11 Bottleshop brandishing knifes.

The males have threatened the sole female shop assistant before fleeing the scene with cash and cigarettes in a stolen Toyota Rav 4 Registration B64VY.

This vehicle was later recovered in Talune Street, Lindisfarne.

Nobody was physically harmed in the Robbery.

The offenders are described as:

  • Male 1) 160cm to 170cm tall, slim build, late teens to early twenties, wearing a black hooded jacket with a white motive on the front, yellow dishwashing style gloves and dark pants, he covered his face from the nose down with a red scarf or similar.
  • Male 2) 160cm to 170cm tall, slim/medium build, late teens to early twenties, wearing dark pants and a layered hooded top with black hood and top section then white horizontal stripe and grey bottom half. his face was covered by the hoody section being pulled together.

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Anyone with information can contact Detectives directly at Glenorchy CIB on 62302857 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Northlane announce Aussie tour in support of new record Mesmer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just a few months on from the release of their surprise record Mesmer, Sydneys Northlane have surprised their fans yet again, only this time, its not a new record, its a national tour.

Having only just wrapped up their last national tour at the end of June, the metalcore outfit have decided that enough time has passed, and that they want to bring their music to the fans yet again.

The groups five-date October tour will see them hitting up Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Brisbane, only a couple of weeks after they perform at Wollongongs Yours & Owls festival.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, so if youre a Northlane fan, you wont want to miss seeing the group bring their intense live shows to your city. Lets also not forget, after their last tour announcement, the group dropped a surprise record, so who knows what theyll have in store by the time October rolls around.

Northlane Mesmer Tour Dates

Thursday, October 19th
The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Friday, October 20th
170 Russell, Melbourne, Vic

Saturday, October 21st
Amplifier Capitol, Perth, WA

Friday, October 27th
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, October 28th
Max Watts, Brisbane, QLD

Tickets available July 14th, via Live Nation


TAS Stolen Ambulance Crash at Mount Direction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 14 July 2014 1:30 pm.

At about 5.00 am today, members from Ambulance Tasmania responded to a call from a 30 year old man in George Town.

While enroute to the Launceston General Hospital the man became agitated and gained control of the ambulance. The two ambulance officers, who had been unable to restrain him, got out of the ambulance and called for police assistance.

The man then drove the ambulance for about 500 metres before crashing into an Armco railing, causing moderate damage. He was taken into custody by responding police and taken to the LGH.

Police are conducting an investigation into the incident; however charges have not been laid at this stage.

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TAS Hit and Run Car Crash at Derwent Park "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 11 July 2014 4:50 pm.

At 11:25am today, Friday the 11th of July 2014, a white Toyota utility was parked on the side of the south-bound lanes of the Brooker Highway Derwent Park, just prior to the Lampton Avenue intersection, when it was struck by an unidentified vehicle.

The offending vehicle failed to stop, and police are calling for anyone who witnessed or has information relating to this matter.

If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Constable Anna Page at the Glenorchy Police Station.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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TAS Thefts of motorcycles in Chigwell area "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 3 July 2014 4:55 pm.

Police investigators are appealing for public information about the theft of a motorbike in Chigwell in the early hours of Monday morning.

It is the third theft of a motorbike or motorbike equipment in the area in the last 10 days.

The orange and black KTM 300cc motorbike was stolen from a shed at a house in Chigwell sometime between 1am and 10am on Monday.

In the last 10 days a red Honda CRF450 motorcycle was stolen from a shed in Claremont and a motorcycle helmet, gloves, knee guards, armour and boots stolen from a shed in Berriedale.


Investigating officer, Senior Constable Jennifer Wood, said:

While any theft is unacceptable, this is a particularly concerning number of thefts in the same area in a short space of time.

There is nothing at this stage to suggest the thefts are linked but it is a clear reminder of the need to ensure sheds and garages are well secured.

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We would like to hear from anyone who might have information that could help our investigations.

Anyone with information is asked to call Glenorchy Police Station on 62302111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Australia Bureau of Meteorology hides record cold temperature data "IndyWatch Feed National"

New record cold temperature set in Goulburn Airport in Australia, @ -10.4C which broke the all time record, but magically the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) changed it to -10.0C so the old record was not broken. Confronted by Jo Nova and Jennifer Marohasy the BOM acknowledged the "error" and left the entry blank. They didn't update until the blogosphere erupted. What then came to light was the the BOM was entering high "low temperature values" so even if a new record was broken it didn't register past a certain point on the lows, but the highs are set unlimited. So there is an obvious agenda of temperature manipulation. Setting code so record lows don't fit the histogram and register as record lows. That's pure fraud, then the handling of the affair after it came to the public awareness was unprofessional to say the least. You are being tricked with computer programs to dis-allow record cold so we are not getting the full picture of temperatures in Australia.


Prof Justin O'Connor in "Smart Cities vs Creative Cities Symposium" "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Illustration from screen print of Prof Justin O'Connor's slide presentation.]The population and development behemoth is so multi-faceted that many of us feel like blind people trying to describe an elephant. Far richer than the bewildering 'policy porn' we are constantly subjected to by planners and growth merchants, the videos from this wonderful symposium provide vital clues to how we have been ambushed and sidelined by the nightmarish infrastructure juggernaut. "The Creative City attempts to mobilise culture and creativity for city branding, urban regeneration and cultural industries growth, which also point to new forms of urban planning and governance. It has been closely associated with the creative class and the creative- entrepreneurial city in ways that have frequently become divisive and exclusionary, focusing on arts flagships, photogenic CBDs, and real estate profits. So too, cultural production has been reformatted under the rubric of the creative industries in ways that foreground their contribution to economic growth. Increasingly calls have been for social justice, citizenship and the rights to the city, with a return of community and activist-focused arts activities, as well as new forms of post-capitalist production communities." Source: "Smart City - Creative City", which is where the video of which this article is mostly a transcript, comes from, along with four others. The symposium took place at the Chunky Move Dance Company Melbourne, Southbank, Australia on 15 June 2017.

Why the symposium was important

Professor Justin O'Connor, with US Associate Professor Mark Andrejevic hosted a symposium called "Smart City Creative City, whose city is it," at the Chunky Move Dance Company Melbourne, Southbank, Australia on 15 June 2017. OConnor is Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy at Monash University and a visiting Professor in the School of Media and Design, Sha...


Peer Reviewed: Science Losing Credibility As Large Amounts Of Research Shown To Be False "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Science today, in all fields, is plagued by corruption. Yet, more often than not, attempts to create awareness about scientific fraud  an issue that few journalists have been willing to address are met with the response, Well, is it peer-reviewed?

Although good science should always be reviewed, using this label as a form of credibility can be dangerous, causing people to dismiss new information and research instantaneously if it doesnt have  it, particularly when that information counters long-held beliefs ingrained into human consciousness via mass marketing, education, and more.

Unfortunately, its becoming increasingly apparent that we are being lied to about the products and medicines we use on a daily basis.

If youre one who commonly points to the peer-reviewed label, then you should know that there are many researchers and insiders who have been creating awareness about the problem with this label for years.

Who Says So? And From What Fields?

  • Climate Science

Many people have spoken up against the corporatization and politicization of science. For example, Professor Lennart Bengtsson, a Swedish climatologist and former director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, has voiced his concern that some scientists are, according to an interview given to the Daily Mail, mixing up their scientific role with that of climate activist. He claims that there are multiple indicators for how science is gradually being influenced by political views. (source)

Professor Joanna D. Haigh, a British physicist, professor of atmospheric physics at Imperial College London, co-director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, and former president of the Royal Meteorological Society, has also spoken up about the politicization of climate science. (source)

The Australian prime ministers chief business advisor has done the same, and so have other politicians, like Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the U.S. Sen...


Solo Female Travellers of the World, Unite "IndyWatch Feed National"

The negativity towards solo female travellers really cripples my nipple. The concern from loved ones, the biased portrayal from the media and that raised eyebrow you get from complete strangers really aggravates my inner urge to pipe up. Society just seems to think that females shouldnt travel alone.

At the ripe old age of 18, I ventured to Europe without a Contiki tour package. My best friend and I did it by ourselves: we saved the money and booked our flights and left, with no itinerary. We blew wherever the wind took us for six months. I understand the concern that this raised within my family and friends: it had nothing to do with age just the pure thought of two girls with no life experience exposing ourselves to the big bad world. But I was never going to gain that experience from books and lectures I wanted to put myself out there and learn from what was put in front of me.

When I was overseas, I was the lowest in the social feeding chain. If anyone wanted to take advantage of a traveller, their victim would more than likely be me. A white, baby-faced blonde with an open mind I was as vulnerable as a newborn baby. And I thought I was the luckiest person in the world because, in two years of travelling abroad, I never had that negative experience that everyone feared would happen.

It wasnt until I travelled my own country that I began to feel unsafe. I was alone in my van travelling the east coast of Australia when a group of inebriated males started abusing me through the window and shaking my car. They threatened ludicrous things like, Ill knife ya if you dont sleep with me, ya cunt. My car battery was flat and all I could do was sit inside and listen. I can blame myself for being parked in a public area and not having my curtains closed (and maybe falling asleep with the keys in the ignitionoops), but thats not what it should come down to. Its not my fault that a bunch of creeps threatened to knife me.

Female travellers are not purposely subjecting themselves to danger. We just have the ladyballs to take the risk because we understand that travelling is worth it. And if something does happen, its just another case of bad luck: it could happen to anyone, but today it was me.

Then again, Ive met so many lovely female solo travellers who wont get drunk or go to a hostel without good security and a 24-hour reception. They wont do certain things because theres a possibility of danger. They live with fear; its in the back of every action. I understand that this is considered a necessary pr...


Vatican treasurer returns home to fight sexual assault claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, has returned to Australia as he prepares to defend himself against sexual assault charges. The 76-year-old cleric, a top adviser to Pope Francis, was photographed at Sydney Airport early on Monday. He had arrived from the Vatican via Singapore. Police have said the accusations relate to alleged historical incidents. []

The post Vatican treasurer returns home to fight sexual assault claims appeared first on New Telegraph Online.


Byron Council pursues Butler St residents "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 3.27.05 pmIs Byron Shire Council trying to stifle the communitys rights to reject unwanted or questionable development?

The question has been raised by the peak body that represents progress associations and other community groups across the shire after they were informed that the council is pursuing court costs from Butler Street residents over their bypass challenge.

The residents recently lost their case against council over the validity to construct a bypass past their homes and associated works.

Community Alliance for Byron Shire (CABS) president Matthew OReilly says his group is questioning what impact such an action will have on other community organisations [and their] willingness to stand up for issues that are in the public interest. 

OReilly said, We understand that Council wants to avoid frivolous and vexatious legal challenges to its operations and planning decisions, but whether pursuing a community group who have no assets for costs best serves this purpose is unclear.

Echonetdaily asked the mayor is he supported the pursuit of this legal action against Butler Street residents.

He replied, Currently council has requested only half of the legal costs and there has since been a counter offer. I support accepting the counter offer and moving on. Obviously, council has a responsibility to ensure it can recover legal costs from vexatious lawsuits, however, council has in the past waived costs from legal proceedings brought about by community organisations.

No briefing

Meanwhile Councillor Paul Spooner told Echonetdaily there was no briefing from staff on the matter and he is unsure of where proceedings were at.

We are on recess at the moment, he said. Though, Id be very cautious of going down the path of litigation against community groups and would suggest it is not in our best interests.

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Chinas Crackdown On High Roller Promotions Means More Pokie Misery For Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Queensland Labor government seems content to saddle the state with more poker machines, and the heartache that comes with it, writes Greens Senator Larissa Waters.

The jailing of three Australian Crown Resorts employees for promoting gambling in China is likely to saddle Brisbanites with more dangerous, addictive poker machines.

Star Entertainment Group who are behind the Queens Wharf development, say theyll make one third of their revenue from VIP gambling. This will mean encouraging predominantly Chinese high-rollers to come to Brisbane and spend big money. But this very same activity has landed those three Australians in a Chinese prison, as the Chinese Government cracks down on the promotion of gambling to high rollers, to stop the rivers of Chinese money flowing offshore.

After the Crown staff were initially detained in October last year, the companys share price dipped 14 per cent in a single day. Star too was hurt by the news their share price dropped by more than 20 per cent and is yet to recover.

Clearly the business model of relying on high rollers for revenue is broken, so where does that leave the Queens Wharf mega-casino?

Without Chinese money, the project could very well topple completely, and Brisbane could be left with a half-excavated building site.

An artist's impression of the planned Queens Wharf development in Brisbane.An artists impression of the planned Queens Wharf development in Brisbane.

But much more likely is that Queens Wharf will rely on installing even more exploitative, addictive poker machines. That should worry all Brisbanites.

Nationally 40 per cent of poker machine revenue comes from problem gamblers whose addiction can lead to financial hardship, family breakdown, domestic violence and suicide.

Recent research suggests pokies inside casinos are even more harmful than those in smaller clubs and pubs.

Having granted Star permission for 2,500 pokies, Queensland Labor (cheered on by the LNP) are unleashing more of these hardships and miseries upon the people of Brisbane, so property developers and gambling companies can keep their billions in profits.

Why would they do that? Follow the money: Star Entertai...


Tesla to Build 129 Megawatt-Hours Battery Storage System in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tesla announced today that it will build the world's largest lithium-ion battery system to store electricity in Australia. The 100-megawatt installationmore than three times as powerful as the biggest existing battery systemwill be paired with the Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, operated by the French renewable energy company Neoen, in a deal with the state of South Australia. The Tesla battery should smooth out the variability inherent in sustainable power generation schemes.

"Cost-effective storage of electrical energy is the only problem holding us back from getting all of our power from wind and solar," says Ian Lowe, an energy policy specialist at Griffith University in Nathan, Australia, near Brisbane. The Tesla system, he says, will "demonstrate the feasibility of large-scale storage." It might also win over skeptics who doubt that renewables can match the dependability of conventional fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, says Geoffrey James, a renewable energy engineer at University of Technology Sydney.

[...] The battery installation will be a key feature of the state's aggressive move toward reliably generating half of its electricity from renewables by 2025. That drive suffered an image problem last September and again in February, when power blackouts hobbled the state. Conservative politicians were quick to blame South Australia's shift away from fossil fuels. "It's very easy to use a blackout to attack renewable energy," James says. Investigations concluded that the failures were not due to the reliance on renewables but rather to the collapse of transmission towers in one case and unexpected power demands in another. In addition to helping match renewable energy generation and use, James says, the battery facility's "high power capacity will be available in quick bursts" to keep the electricity's frequency in the right range in the event of grid disruptions and demand surges.

Also at BusinessInsider, The Washington Post, and Tesla.

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Katie Stubley co-director of the Social Impact Festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

Karun Cowper chats with Katie Stubley, co-director of the Social Impact Festival a platform for cutting-edge knowledge and ideas, celebrating initiatives creating positive change, and generating insights that address complex social problems. Running from July 18-28.


Government should release Philip Morris plain packaging case costs "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 10, 2017: Media Release: We welcome the international tribunal decision that Philip Morris tobacco company should pay the costs of its failed case against Australias 2011 plain packaging law. But it is absurd and unacceptable that the tribunal has not released the amount of the costs, which have been blacked out of the published decision, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

Dr Ranald said that the Australian public had a right to know the full costs of the failed case, which dragged on for over four years.

The failure to publish the costs exposes the unacceptable nature of the international tribunal system known as Investor-State Disputes (ISDS), which enables global corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments in international tribunals over public health and other public interest laws, said Dr Ranald.

She added that ISDS tribunals lack the proper legal safeguards of national court systems, having no independent judiciary, no precedents and no appeals, and wide discretion which enables absurd processes like refusal to release the amount of costs, which would not be accepted in a national court system.

Dr Ranald explained that Philip Morris, a US company, shifted some assets to Hong Kong and used ISDS provisions in an obscure Hong Kong Australia investment agreement because the Howard government refused to include ISDS in the US-Australia free trade agreement. But the current Coalition government has agreed to ISDS in the Korea and China free trade agreements which are in force, and in the failed Trans-Pacific partnership, which has not been ratified by the Australian Parliament.  The government is also supporting ISDS in other trade negotiations. This means there could be more cases against public health environment and other public interest laws.

Dr Ranald said that AFTINET, which is a network of community groups, had consistently opposed ISDS in trade agreements, and that the Labor opposition, Greens and Nick Xenophon team also had policies against it.

AFTINET calls on the Australian government to release the costs of the Philip Morris case immediately, and to oppose the inclusion of ISDS in all trade agreements, she said.



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Doing Lines Means Different Things at Public and Private Schools, Study Finds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Government funding for private schools is being reassessed this week after a new study revealed teachers have been giving students lines of coke rather than asking them to write out lines in books, a classic punishment used in public schools.

Private school teachers have defended their actions, saying that it was an easy mistake to make, especially after a few shots of gin at little lunch.

When the principal told me to give out lines to students who misbehave, I never dreamed she meant asking them to write things repeatedly that wouldve just required students to copy and paste a sentence on their new MacBook Pros, and I cant see the point of that, one teacher said.

Doing lines of coke, on the other hand, really helps some students to sharpen their focus and prepares them for the real world, where theyll need to be able to network with other private school graduates at exclusive clubs and parties.

Public schools have expressed some sympathy for the misunderstanding, with gym teachers noting they faced similar criticisms after giving ice to students with sprains.



From December 2015 - our story "Wilson and Blewitt would escape conviction on charges recommended by TURC" "IndyWatch Feed National"

We first published this article on 3 December 2015. Ralph Blewitt and Bruce Wilson will be almost certain to escape conviction on the primary charges recommended by the TURC Thursday, 03 December 2015 The Heydon Royal Commission has failed properly to investigate The AWU Scandal. While there are ancillary charges,...


Labor 53, LNP 47% - Thanks for that Chairman Mal, what's your next trick? Innovation? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tick Tick Tick #MalcolmTurnbull #TonyAbbott #ChristopherPyne #Newspoll #Auspol #Libspill #BillShorten #JulieBishop #EverCloser stuart (@stuwd) July 9, 2017 Mal doesn't want to peak too early... Mike OHare (@MikeOHare1552) July 10, 2017


What technology designers need to know to understand privacy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Privacy is contentious today.  Some say the information age has brought real changes to privacy norms.  With so much private data leaking through breaches, accidents and digital business practices, its often said that the genie is out of the bottle.  Many think privacy has become hopeless.  Yet in Europe and many jurisdictions, privacy rights have been strongly and freshly enforced, and for the very latest digital processes.

For technology designers and security pros coming to grips with privacy, the place to start is the concept of personal information also known as personal data in the EU, or PII in the US.  The threshold for data counting as personal information is low: any data about a person whose identity is readily apparent constitutes personal information in most places, regardless of where it came from, or who might be said to own it. This is not obvious to engineers without legal training, who may form a more casual understanding of what private means.  So it seems paradoxical to them that the words public and private dont even figure at all in laws like Australias Privacy Act!

There is a cynical myth that Technology outpaces the Law. In practice, it is the law that challenges technology, not the other way around!  The grandiose claim that the law cannot keep up with technology is often a rhetorical device used to embolden developers and entrepreneurs.  New technologies can make it easier to break old laws, but the legal principles in most cases still stand.  If privacy is the fundamental right to be let alone, then there is nothing intrinsic to technology that supersedes that right.  It turns out that technology neutral privacy laws framed over 30 years ago are powerful against very modern trespasses, like wi-fi snooping by Google, over-zealous use of biometrics by Facebook, and intrusive search results extracted from our deep dark pasts by the all-seeing Google. So technology really only outpaces policing.

One of the leading efforts to inculcate privacy into engineering practice has been the Privacy by Design movement (PbD), started in the 1990s by Ontario privacy commissioner Dr Ann Cavoukian.  PbD seeks to embed privacy into the design specifications of technologies, business practices, and physical infrastructures. As such it is basically the same good idea as building in security, or building in quality, because to retrofit these things too late leads to higher costs and disappointing outcomes.

In my view, the problem with the Privacy by Design manifesto is its idealism.  Privacy is actually full of contradictions and competing interests, and we need to be more mature about this.

Just look at the cornerstone privacy principles.  Collection Limitation for example can contradict the security instinct to retain as much data as possible, in case it proves use...



More problems for Beyond Blue - "Gillard's dangerous mind game" in The Australian today "IndyWatch Feed National"

More unnecessary bad press for Beyond Blue because of Gillard. Dr Oriel's well researched article highlights the gulf between the way professional entities conduct themselves - and Gillard. Mental health is being weaponised for political ends. The starkest case is the use of psychology to smear the US President and...


Otto Warmbier was a victim of capitalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The logic here makes it seem that Warmbier deserved what he got fifteen years of hard labour and torture for breaking the laws of a foreign country by stealing a poster. But it is not justice for one ignorant American to visit a totalitarian state and finally experience the suffering that so many others experience.


Turnbull allows another Aussie ship to sail over horizon "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)

The Turnbull Government must stand up for Australian jobs in blue water shipping after its administration of coastal shipping rules encouraged a major international employer to dump the crew on another Australian vessel.

The Canadian Steamship Lines (CSL) Thevenard recently sailed to China, purportedly for dry-docking, but the Aussie crew members were notified yesterday [4 July] of their sacking and given their flights home.

MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said the Turnbull Government could not allow the offshoring of jobs to continue by issuing temporary licences that allow cheap, foreign labour to be used instead of Aussie vessels and crew.

The MUA is disgusted at the Turnbull Governments willful indifference to the plight of Australian seafarers and the Transport Minister must immediately cease issuing temporary licenses under the Coastal Trading ACT, MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said.

The Government needs to act in the national interest by ceasing the destruction of the Bluewater shipping industry by allowing companies to use the cheapest, most highly exploited crews and a tax avoidance industry backing these ships.

The issuing of temporary licences is done by the Government of the day. They have the power to deny companies such as CSL and if Turnbull and his ministers wont do it then the Government needs to change in favour of one that stands up for Australian jobs.

Crumlin said exploited crew on Flag of Convenience vessels earn as little as $1.20 an hour, have less training and are often unaware of our fragile coastal environment. They do not meet national security screening applying to Australian resident seafarers and are directly making Australian seafarers unemployed in effectively taking their jobs under this industry of rorting and vandalizing Australian workers rights. Its a national disgrace.

Australian workers cannot compete with slave labour and systemic tax avoidance under the FOC system. We must maintain our blue water shipping industry on the grounds of national security, fuel security, protecting Australian jobs and the environment, he said.

ITF Cabotage Task Force Chair and Seafarers International Union of Canada (SIU) president James Given said: Despite pressure from shippers to decrease costs, CSL must provide international leadership and maintain decent standards of employment rather than engage in a race to the bottom.

ITF Maritime Coordinator Jacqueline Smith said: The conservative government in Australia clearly has no intention to support its national shipping despite the importance maritime has for Australia, however CSL has had a longstanding relationship with MUA and we expect them to return to engagement on...


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FixedIt: Another day, another, child sex headline "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another man charged with sexual assaulting children, another headline about child sex. This one from ABC news.

To be very clear, this man has not yet been to court. Nothing written here about the headline is relevant to his guilt or innocence, which can only be determined by a full hearing of the evidence in court. This commentary is solely about how we describe the charges against him.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trail are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and abuse are a choice made only by the perpetrator. The victim has no choice.

No child has ever chosen to be abused. No child has ever done anything that cause...


PERTH Man faces Perth court over murdered dad "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man faces Perth court over murdered dad .

July 10, 2017 at 04:08AM .

Michael Patrick Walker, 22, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday. He was remanded in custody to appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates .


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TAS Jail for Salamanca coward punch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 11 July 2014 3:00 pm.

A Hobart man who coward punched another man will spend the next three months in jail after he was sentenced at the Hobart Magistrates Court yesterday.

Kye Mathew John Langdon, aged 25, of Montrose, punched his victim so hard in the head he burst his eardrum.

Langdon fractured his own knuckles when he punched the man and required surgery.

The attack took place just after 3am on November 30, 2013 at the taxi rank in Castray Esplanade in Salamanca.

Senior Sergeant Craig Joel said: This was a completely unprovoked and cowardly attack on someone who was simply waiting for a taxi.

Violence of any sort is unacceptable and this sort of violence is particularly cowardly.

It shows that one punch can cause serious injury and it also shows that one punch can result in jail time.

The message to anyone who thinks its entertainment to hit someone else is to think seriously about whether you want to end up in jail, Senior Sergeant Joel said.

Langdon had been to a party at a bar in Salamanca before the attack.

Just a few minutes before he punched the victim he assaulted another man at the same taxi rank by pushing him over the railing and smacking him in the face.

He was also convicted of that assault.

Following the incident, CCTV images were circulated around police stations and in the media, resulting in Langdon being identified and arrested within just a few weeks.

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TAS Million dollar drug trafficking charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 10 July 2014 2:05 pm.

Six people have been charged and one million dollars in drugs seized following a three-month operation by Tasmania Police in Launceston.

During Operation Crimson, which started in April this year, methylamphetamine, ecstasy and LSD worth over a million dollars was seized by Police.

Two firearms, a revolver and a rifle, were also seized.

Operation Crimson investigated the importation and trafficking of crystallised methylamphetamine (ICE) in Tasmania.

Caine Robert Richardson, aged 25, of Mowbray, has been charged with 12 offences including aggravated assault, possession of a firearm and trafficking in a controlled substance.

Christine Vernessa Watson, aged 21, of Youngtown, has been charged with seven offences including trafficking in a controlled substance.

Watson and Richardson have already appeared in court.

Another man will appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court at 2.15pm today.

Three others will appear in court at a later date.

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