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Friday, 14 July


TAS Shaun David Cousins Charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 21 November 2014 8:51 am.

A 43 year old man from Mount Nelson will appear in the Hobart Magistrates court this morning on the following charges:

  • Indecent Assault x 4
  • Assault with indecent intent x 7
  • Aggravated sexual assault x 3

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TAS Shaun David Cousins Missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police are currently investigating reports of a missing person and ask you to share this information.

Shaun David Cousins, 43 years from the Mt Nelson area, was last seen at approximately 10.40pm, last night (Sunday 9th November 2014) at his home address. Mr Cousins is described as being approximately 182cm, medium build, short light brown hair, and clean shaven.

Police and State Emergency personnel are currently conducting a search on foot of bush land in the Mt Nelson area.

The Westpac Police rescue helicopter will head out shortly to assist in the search.

There are concerns for Shauns welfare and police ask anyone who may have seen Mr Cousins recently or can provide information in relation to his current whereabouts, contact police on 131 444.

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TAS Assault on 24 year old woman in Collins Street Image "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 4:48 pm.

Police have been investigating an alleged assault of a woman which occurred at approximately 12.15pm on Wednesday 8 October 2014 in Collins Street, Hobart.

The woman concerned was not physically injured during the incident.


Police have recently obtained an image of a man who was seen at the Village Cinema complex earlier in the morning and believe that he can assist with their enquiries relating to this matter.

The man, or anyone knowing his identity, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Top 100 fossil fuel companies produce nearly 1 trillion tonnes of global greenhouse gas emissions "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

All 100 fossil fuel companies in this study collectively accounted for 72% of global industrial GHG emissions.

Coincidentally the fossil fuel and mining sectors are some of the most heavily government-subsidised sectors globally - as well as featuring prominantly in lists of multinational corporations paying little or no tax in the countries in which they operate.

Top 50 fossil fuel companies accounting for half of total global industrial GHG Emissions in 2015

Saudi Arabian Oil (Aramco)
National Iranian Oil
Coal India
Shenhua Group
Rosneft OAO
China National Petroleum Corp CNPC

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Thursday, 13 July


TAS Driver Charged for Hit And Run Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 13 November 2014 9:48 pm.

Members of the Western District Road and Public Order Services have today interviewed a 29 year old Devonport man in relation to the hit and run crash, involving cyclist Macey Stewart.

As a result of their investigation, the man will be proceeded against for a number of driving charges, including failing to remain at the scene of a crash, and he will appear in Court at a later date.

Tasmania Police would like to thank the members of the public who came forward with information.

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TAS Unlawfully Set Fire to Property "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 13 November 2014 4:21 pm.

Around 3:35am on Thursday 13/11/2014 a passing motorist observed a light aircraft ablaze on the Lyell Highway Bronte Park, approximately 400metres west of the intersection with the Marlborough Highway.

The aircraft was being used to drop fertilizer on nearby properties during the day, Wednesday 12/11/2014 and was being stored overnight at the property at Bronte Park. The estimated cost of damage is $150,000.00.

The fire is believed to have been lit intentionally and the matter is currently being investigated by members of the Bridgewater Criminal Investigation Branch.

Police wish to speak with anyone who has any information in relation to the fire. Any information can be given anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Dr Tim Anderson has some funny friends "IndyWatch Feed National"

[I stumbledupon this vid again the other day, courtesy of the scallywags of Anti Fascist Action Sydney (see : With Friends Like These Tim Anderson & NSWs Fascists, May 2, 2017), so I thought I may well as chuck it Continue reading


TAS Update on Structure Fire at Remount Rd Mowbray "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 13 November 2014 1:25 pm.

At approximately 4.40am on Thursday 13 November 2014 police and fire crews attended to a structure fire at a wood yard on Remount Rd Mowbray. Police and Fire Scene examiners have remained at the scene all morning and the fire has now been determined as deliberately lit.

The structure was a large shed used to store timber. It is valued at approximately $100,000.00 and the contents valued at approximately $40,000.00. No-one was injured.

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Launceston CIB Detectives are currently investigating the fire and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or saw anyone or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area at the time.

Reports can be made to Launceston CIB on 67773910 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Industrial accident at Woolston Printing Western Junction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 5:02 pm.

Police responded to a call for assistance to an industrial accident, at Woolston Printing, Boral Road, Western Junction this morning at about 9.25am.

A 43 year old man had been using a machine to compress paper waste into bins.

Another employee found him trapped inside the machine. Staff rushed to assist the man. He was rescued from the machine and attempts were made to resuscitate him.

Ambulance attended and conveyed the injured man to the LGH where he was admitted to ICU. Sadly he passed away at about 2.45pm this afternoon.

Police and WorkSafe Tasmania are conducting an investigation to establish the cause of the accident and will speak to witnesses as part of the ongoing investigation.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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TAS Police appeal on dangers of rock throwing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 5:00 pm.

Police are calling for witnesses following two disturbing incidents of rocks being dropped on moving vehicles from the Westbury overpass last night.

The two damaged vehicles were being driven towards Launceston on the Midland Highway between 9.10 and 9.20pm last night.

The potential consequences of these illogical actions are just frightening, said Inspector Johnston.

These actions are assaults against people, it is incredibly stupid behaviour and those responsible need to understand that.

Police are investigating these incidents and urge anyone with information to contact them on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Road Rage Incident at Sheffield "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 4:16 pm.

On the 11th November 2014 between 12.00 and 12.30pm, a road rage related incident occurred between two vehicles heading South on Main Street, Sheffield.

Police are seeking witnesses who observed a blue coloured Mitsubishi Lancer or a silver coloured Toyota Landcruiser driving erratically on this road around midday.

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Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Devonport Police on 64784036.

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Four Bees: Archaeology in and Around Gosford "IndyWatch Feed National"

Four Bees: Archaeology in and Around Gosford

By Steven & Evan Strong

Warning: This Article mentions the Name of a Deceased Australia Original Elder

For some time our focus has been on the larger Standing Stones and smaller marked and magic rocks, so much so that it may seem we are obsessed by rocks. Our critics, and some more sympathetic, have most certainly suggested we look elsewhere. To allay concerns that we only do rocks, we have selected four sites which do break that tradition. So it is out with rocks that stand or are mobile, to be replaced by stationary markings on four rocks/platforms. Instead of talk about markings on rocks as before, we now intend to investigate four sites that contain markings on rocks.

No doubt there may be a few readers who may see a contradiction in abandoning the study of marked rocks preferring instead to investigate marks on rock, at first glance it all seems the same. Not from our perspective, we are always looking on the margins, the rocks we are now discussing are unable to move, the rocks studied before can be moved or were illegally removed and hidden behind a curtain of apathy. It is a fine pedantic distinction in deleting an s" when wading neck deep in rocks of every type, nonetheless any change in course, be it ever so slight, will be welcomed and claimed as such.

All four sites under consideration are found in the Gosford/Blue Mountains area, to be any more specific unless the site is well known achieves no purpose beyond making it a target for vandals and those who wish to hide the past. The information to be presented spans six years,  beginning with some incredibly important historical facts found within some Original wisdom that was filmed and recorded by the Ancient Aliens" crew barely a year ago, but was lost on the editor"s floor. The other three are older, but were never fully understood at the time and with the gathering of so much more knowledge and rocks, deserve an up-date and the chance to be put into proper context. The four sites to be discussed were chosen for two reasons, each challenges fundamental historical assumptions that is not just local but global, but more importantly, they pay homage to the very beginning of a hybrid between one type of hominid residing in Australia and beings from a distant constellation. Secondly, even if by one degree of separation, all sites share a connection to the letter B.

The first of the four to be examined is the oldest from our selection. It was chosen to lead off as it serves two purposes in confirming amazing technology was being used in this country long ago, and questions where the knowledge and inspiration came from.

B****r*** (This site is also the geographical name of the area where an ancient sett...


Yet Another Massive Pedophilia Network Busted in Germany: 87,000 Member Dark Net Exposed "IndyWatch Feed National"

darkpedoIf you arent already gob smacked by the number of pedophilia stories that have continually come to light in recent months, you will be now.

The ink is hardly dry on the story exposing massive sexual abuse and child trafficking by one of the worlds most prominent Vatican officials, and now investigators have stumbled upon a massive Dark Net pedophilia network that has bene in operation since 2016, with almost 90,000 active members.

According to German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the Dark Net, a portion of the Internet where normal search engines dont categorize information or sites, there has been a massive network of pedophilia action taking place using advanced encryption software.

Almost all of the 87,000-plus users of Elysium were from Germany and Austria.

With story after story of pedophilia rings running underground, it can become mind-numbing to consider the unsettling ways in which the elite have been keeping their puppets in check. By forcing children younger than toddlers into a life of oppressive abuse they are easily manipulated later for political and psycho-social special interests, as their psyches are so utterly damaged.

Just a few of the latest pedophilia busts reported include:

  • FBI/Europol case, 350 pedophiles busted shortly after the arrest of Playpen creator, Stephen Chase. Chase will now spend at least 30 years in prison.
  • Cardinal George Pell, the Vaticans 3rd highest ranking official is linked to child pornography and pedophilia, and must return to his native Australia to defend himself against the charges.
  • 70,000-member...


Ryan Griffen: Imagine the untold stories well find with more people of colour on television "IndyWatch Feed National"

We have a huge pool of multicultural talent in this country, says Ryan Griffen Share this Post Growing up, I loved my television, it was something I could get lost in or something that I could go outside and re-enact after watching. But the older I got, the more I started to realise that I couldnt see myself on the ...


An open letter to Bob Kernohan on the AWU Scandal - Part One "IndyWatch Feed National"

- Dear Bob, Its great to see you and so many Facebook friends maintaining the rage over The AWU Scandal. Its so important we dont let that passion dissipate until the whole truth is laid out for all to see. I share that passion too. Having seen your recent posts...


Part 44 D. Australias irrelevant Crimes against humanity. The 3rd letter to justice Macaulay pointing out that the Manus Island nolle contendere settlement may have wide-ranging unintended consequences. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Put simply, some 250,000 are dead, because politicians lied to us and there needs to be an accounting for the Run, Hide, Call harm cause by that lie.

The deaths of Kirsty Boden, Sara Zelenak and Faysal Ishak Ahmed are all direct consequences of the Iraq has weapons of Mass Destruction deception of the Liberal-National Coalition in 2002 and 2003. These deaths, along with approximately 250,000 other deaths since the March 2003 illegal invasion of Iraq raise serious questions about the legal liability of John Howard and his Cabinet in regard to the deaths that coroners inquests in the United Kingdom will have to consider because of the Chilton Reports finding that there was never any evidence that justified the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

NOTE: The short link URL for this posting is:

In Australia, the nolle contendere settlement of the Manus Island class action could also have further legal implications that add extreme complexity to the legal quagmire that surrounds the issue of legal liability for decades of human rights violations by the Australian Parliament.

Please note: this letter to Justice Macaulay is almost 21,000 words in length and contains numerous case law references and citations or quotes. If you are a victim of the Robo-Debt fraud, you should attempt to read it. Likewise, if a breached family member or a family member who was a victim of Robo-Debt died as a consequence of these criminal acts, you should read this letter.

From: Ronald Medlicott []
Sent: Saturday, July 1, 2017 9:53 AM
Subject: Attention: Justice Macaulay -re Cardinal Pell implications in Australias irrelevant crimes against humanity and the need for a public hearing into the Manus Island settlement

Attention:     The Honourable Justice Macaulay  Victorian Supreme Court.

Your Honour,

The public interest factor in my two previous emails concerning the Turnbull Governments nolle contendere settlement of the Manus Island class action has been given a quantum boost in relevance by the decision to prosecute Cardinal George Pell for alleged child abuse offences that allegedly occurred decades ago. The previous emails, and this email, which I have been working on part-time since Tuesday, will be forwarded to Cardinal Pell via the local Catholic Church community.



Gillard's taxpayer funded Chief of State Bruce Wolpe says Trump Russian meeting is "smoking artillery piece" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wonder what he makes of this? Five steps to Gillard's $14M donation to the Clinton Foundation Monday, 28 November 2016 STEP ONE In February 2008 Penny Wong announced the Clinton Foundation would get access to Australia's taxpayer funded CSIRO carbon accounting package. STEP TWO From 2008 to 2012 The Rockefeller...


Warning on FINANCIAL OMBUDSMAN SERVICE "IndyWatch Feed National"

We have obtained information from a reliable source with regards to customers who have had issues with banks who are being referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service (Ltd) ABN 67 131 124 448.

  • The FOS is a corporation that is funded and maintained by the banks.

  • The FOS is a public company, i.e. a NGO (Non Government Organisation).

  • The FOS is not a decision making authority.
We do not recommend conducting business with FOS, but rather use the ACCC or ASIC with regards to your qualms with your friendly banking institution.


Derryn Hinch dragged into Amber Harrison v Seven stoush "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amber Harrison: too hot for Derryn the Human Headline and Australian Federal Senator who has had a liver transplant. Amber is definitely red-zone material for Derryn.

There are rumours that Derryn Hitch and siren Amber Harrison are having an affair. Derryn denies it saying I should be so lucky.

Derryn Hinch, known as The Human Headline and now a respectable Australian Federal Senator, has had a liver transplant.

An affair with young Amber would not only be highly improbable, it would be red-zone heart attack risk for elderly Derryn.

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Australia needs to lift its game if it wants to play leadership role on worlds top human rights body "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia needs to improve its human rights track record at home and internationally if it wants to play a true leadership role on the UN Human Rights Council.

Responding to reports that France has withdrawn its candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council meaning Australia and Spain can be elected to the worlds peak human rights body unopposed Emily Howie, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said Australia has work to do in order to fulfill the duties of a Council member.

A seat at the table is one thing, but Australia will want to be taken seriously as a global leader and unfortunately Australias credibility is badly damaged by its track record at home, particularly the treatment of refugees in offshore detention. Australia should prepare for its new position by getting its house in order, said Ms Howie.

The Human Rights Council addresses the gravest abuses facing the world, including in North Korea, Syria and the Central African Republic. However, Australia has at times shown a willingness to turn a blind eye to foreign human rights abuses, particularly where it involves abuses in countries with which Australia relies on to implement its deterrent based asylum seeker policies. Australia has also stubbornly refused to accept advice from Council experts and other UN human rights bodies that Australias treatment of people seeking asylum breaches various aspects of international human rights law.

It is absolutely critical that Council members stand up for victims of human rights abuses, wherever they may be. For the Council to properly protect victims, it needs those strong members who want to uphold human rights to step up, and not just when its in their national interest to do so, said Ms Howie.

Australias position on the Council comes at a time when the United States is retreating from its role as a leader on human rights, and following criticism of some other Human Rights Council member states such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela for their extremely poor human rights records.

It is more important than ever that countries like Australia play a strong leadership role on the Council. With the US retreat and other countries attempting to spoil attempts to protect victims of abuses, it is incumbent on middle powers like Australia to do some heavy lifting, said Ms Howie.

Australia is a candidate for a seat on the Human Rights Council for the term 2018-2020. It was originally one of three candidates, including France and Spain, for two seats vacant for the Western European and Others Group. With France withdrawing, Australia is virtually guaranteed a spot, subject to a vote by the UN General Assembly in October 2017.


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Fluoride: Tasmanian council says towns should be able to decide what is added to drinking water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most Australian towns have fluoride added to their water but one council in northern Tasmania is pushing to give towns a vote on whether or not that continues.

Key points:

  • At present Government decides whether fluoride is added to drinking water
  • Fluoride is added water to help keep peoples teeth strong
  • Dr Tsai says both water fluoridation and reduction in sugar consumption is important

Tasmania was the first state in the country to put fluoride into drinking water, back in 1953, with the purpose of helping to keep teeth strong.

At present it is the Government who makes the decision on whether fluoride is added to the states drinking water.

But Kentish Council Mayor Don Thwaites said they wanted that decision to be handed over to councils.

The motion is that councils be allowed to have a vote on whether they want fluoride added to the public water supply or not in their area, he said.

Its not about whether fluoride should be added or not, we believe that thats a debate that can happen after its decided whether we can actually have a vote on the subject or not.

Mr Thwaites said the decision came out of a response to concerns from the community, expressed to them by councillors.

The issue of water fluoridation will be discussed at a statewide meeting of Tasmanian councils later this month.

Benefits have long been acknowledged

Water fluoridation has long been common practice in Australia, and in Tasmania almost every person who has access to treated drinking water receives a fluoridated supply.

Dr Carrie Tsai, a paediatric dentist and lecturer at the University of Sydney, said the benefits have long been acknowledged.

Community-water fluoridation has actually proven to be one of the top public health achievements, according to the Centre for Disease Control in the US, in reducing rates of dental caries especially in children, she said.

Dr Tsai said daily exposure of teeth to fluoridate made them more resistant to decay.

In a sense it makes them a bit harder, and resistant to acid attacks and sugar that comes from the diet, she said.

We definitely advocate it as being a public health measure to decrease the risk for dental caries.



Culture Guide July 10 16: Joycity, colouring books + the ultimate Kate Bush experience "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Fluoride: Tasmanian council says towns should be able to decide what is added to drinking water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most Australian towns have fluoride added to their water but one council in northern Tasmania is pushing to give towns a vote on whether or not that continues.
Tasmania was the first state in the country to put fluoride into drinking water, back in 1953, with the purpose of helping to keep teeth strong.

At present it is the Government who makes the decision on whether fluoride is added to the state's drinking water. But Kentish Council Mayor Don Thwaites said they wanted that decision to be handed over to councils. "The motion is that councils be allowed to have a vote on whether they want fluoride added to the public water supply or not in their area," he said. "It's not about whether fluoride should be added or not, we believe that that's a debate that can happen after it's decided whether we can actually have a vote on the subject or not." Mr Thwaites said the decision came out of a response to concerns from the community, expressed to them by councillors.

The issue of water fluoridation will be discussed at a statewide meeting of Tasmanian councils later this month..............


Deep In The Heart of Texas "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Americas Future is Texas, by Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, July 10 &17, 2017:

Texas is as politically divided as the rest of the U.S., but a recurrent crop of crackpots and ideologues has fed its reputation for proud know-nothingism and retrograde thinking.
This is a cracker. And a must-read for political junkies and all who are fascinated and frightened by the absurdities of recent US politics.

This is a cracker. And a must-read for political junkies and all who are fascinated and frightened by the absurdities of recent US politics.

I havent enjoyed a lengthy American fly on the wall opinion piece since Variety despatched a writer to spend time with Lyndsay Lohan on the set of the The Canyons, her doomed porno-thriller (in case you are tempted, and it is indeed a hoot, theres a link to it below).

Lawrence Wrights piece reads like a tragicomical dystopian thriller, and indeed, Thomas Pynchon and Michael Chabon would find some great storylines here. His tale becomes increasingly surreal as the author charts the passions, policies and personalities that collude and collide in this chronicle of the recent legislative session of Texas State House.

It is full of stories short and tall, quips and quotes, and daring and dastardly deeds that would be hilarious and worthy of the best political satires if only they were not actually true! An Austin newspaper columnist recounts the story of an absconding representative: the police tracked him to earth at his mommas house, where he was found hiding in the stereo cabinet. She added, He always did want to be the Speaker. A wannabe Republican candidate for the State Board of Education posts on Facebook that Barack Obama had worked as a male prostitute in his twenties: That is how he paid for his drugs, she reasons, (and) went on to assert that climate change is a ridiculous hoax, and that dinosaurs are extinct because the ones on Noahs Ark were too young to reproduce. Another representative tweets: Top priority for Travis GOP: beautiful Big Titty women!! A former governor once said of then presidential nominee, George H. W. Bush. He cant help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth. She wore designer suits but picked her teeth, and she cleaned her fingernails with a Swiss Army knife. Successively opposing the placing of a Christmas manger scene in the state capitol, she said Im afraid soand its a shame, because its about the only time we ever had three wise men in the capitol.

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Google Custom Site Search Discontinued "IndyWatch Feed National"

Google will be turning its Google Custom Site Search off for this site on July 13, 2017. It has already been disconnected from most of the sites that have used it.  The current software will automatically default to Google's free Custom Search Engine product, which sadly comes with unwanted advertisements.

I have had a quick look at a replacement but the costs seem exorbitant so I will just have to see how the Google's free replacement goes. Google Site Search  required a block of code to be placed in each web page. I assume other search software providers require the same. As I have about 1000 pages this is a daunting task.

I would be grateful for any comments or suggestions anyone has.


Dystopia on film: an Overland-MIFF panel "IndyWatch Feed National"

6.30pm, Thursday 17 August The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Drawing on MIFFs Sci-fi retrospective and looking at how cinema harnesses contemporary anxieties to show us where we might be headed, some of the best minds around dissect the darker corners of the future in this panel discussion about Dystopia on Film.


QOTSA are DJing a free party in Sydney next week with pizza and beer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you love the songs of Queens Of The Stone Age, then their DJ set at Frankies on Friday night is probably the last place in the world youll hear them, to be honest I cant imagine them sliding their own tunes into a DJ set, can you?

The guys are obviously in town for their show the following night at the Hordern, and although main Queen (dont call him that) Josh Homme isnt billed on the poster, whats he going to do while in Sydney? Not turn up at his mates DJ gig? Doesnt sound like Josh.

DJ set starts from 8pm, and its free, free, free. Heres the FB event.

qotsa at frankie's sydney


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0003 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 3.15 AUD


North Korea: The Hobbesian Dilemma Coming Full Circle? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), and Kim Jong-Un (b. 1984) by Mary W Maxwell, currently a candidate for US Senate Thomas Hobbes came up with a theory to which I fully subscribe that war, or at least the preparation for war, is unending. What if your country is peace-oriented, genuinely having no desire for war, no []


Investors doubling down on Sydney (again)? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ScoMo's scalpel

Australia's largest mortgage aggregator Australian Finance Group (AFG) reported that APRA's cooling measures had clipped investment lending back to a 31 per cent market share in the March 2017 quarter, down from 40 per cent at the market peak.  

This will doubtless be welcome news for the regulator. 

The average mortgage size, while typically higher through broker channels than for the wider market, has also declined marginally over the past six months. 

Indeed, only Queensland recorded an increase in the average mortgage size in the June 2017 quarter.

AFG reported that non-major lenders have helped to close some of the void left by the main players, accounting for 35.2 per cent of market share, up from considerably lower levels across recent years. 

Refinancing was also well down, and more borrowers sought to fix their loans, which fixed rate products jumping to 23.7 per cent of new mortgages written.

Radioactive Sydney



MACKAY Popular volunteer avoids jail after rigging club competition "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Popular volunteer avoids jail after rigging club competition

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MACKAY Claims cop passed data onto mates "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Claims cop passed data onto mates

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How we win the West "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Walking for Country Film will be showing tomorrow (Friday 14th) in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Documentary film festival at the Nova, Lygon st, Carlton. Get along and check it out!!!

Thursday 3rd August at the Fremantle Town Hall from 6pm.
Entry is by donation and we are urging all to come down, be inspired and motivated to see how we are going to win the west from mining uranium!  The night will include the official WA premiere screening of Fremantle film maker, Reza Nezamdousts Walking For Country  a 20 minute documentary of the 2015 Walkatjurra Walkabout, which has been doing the international film festival circuit for the past year and screens this month at both the No Nuke Film Festival in Taiwan and Melbourne Documentary Festival.

Highlighting the rich vein of music talent running through the Goldfields, Marcus McGuire will be performing his original music all the way from Kalgoorlie.  Director of the Conservation Council of WA,  Piers Verstegen will officially launch the Supreme Court Action to stop Yeelirrie uranium mine...


Sci-fi marathon at the Melbourne International Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

Screening of Dead-End Drive-In From 9.30pm, Saturday 12 August at The Astor, Melbourne In the spring issue of 1972, Overland published the short story Crabs by a then little-known writer from Bacchus Marsh, Peter Carey. In 1986, Crabs was made into the film, Dead End Drive-In. To celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of the story, Overland has teamed up with the Melbourne International Film Festival.


Who watches the watchers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the National Justice project

Aboriginal citizen journalists to use social media to hold police accountable and make communities safer.

A new program has been launched to run training in Aboriginal communities about using mobile phones to document harassment by authorities.

The project known as Copwatch has been developed by the National Justice Project (NJP), a human rights law firm, in response to complaints about over-policing and police abuses in Aboriginal communities. The NJP is currently seeking crowdfunding in order to send human rights lawyers and media professionals to deliver training on using mobile phone technology, social media and the law around safely filming police interactions and other authority figures. Over $20,000 has already been raised in over a week, and the campaign shared over 8000 times on social media.

Training will be provided on invitation only basis, with several Aboriginal communities already expressing strong interest in participating.

Darumbal woman and journalist Amy McQuire said:

Over the course of my career in journalism, I have spoken to countless First Nations people who have been left deeply affected by police brutality and over-policing in their communities.

There are historical reasons why there is such a tense relationship between Aboriginal people and police, and it is not going to be solved by tokenistic platitudes and the occasional good cop. There needs to be justice. There has never been one police officer convicted over a black death in custody, and this is keenly felt across Aboriginal Australia. Copwatch is one way we can begin to help inform Aboriginal communities of their rights, and will give us the tools to keep the police accountable, and help make our communities safer, said McQuire.

End Black Deaths in Custody campaigner Shaun Harris said: I hope that Copwatch will educate and empower our community to enforce rights that everybody has in this country. Anything that amplifies the voices of Aboriginal peoples can only be regarded as positive and part of getting justice for my niece Ms Dhu.

Marwari man Des Jones who heads up the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly in Western NSW states:

we hear a lot about zero tolerance on crime, Aboriginal peoples need to start having zero tolerance on racism entrenched in government, non-government and industry. We need to use all legal and political avenues available to expose and eradicate racism and abuse, and to bring perpetrators to justice.

National Justice Project Principal Solicitor George Newhouse said Copwatch is a...


Australia's population should be just 15 million "IndyWatch Feed National"

Should Australia have a population of 15 million?
AUSTRALIAS population should be far lower, academics say. They claim although our economy is growing, our wellbeing peaked 40 years ago.


Questions surround AFPs response to metadata breach "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article by John Power (The New Daily 12 July 2017), should raise concern from anyone who values the right not to be put under the microscope of big brother, through a law that gives almost unfettered access to metadata. This means the details of who one communicates with on the internet. Although the law certainly targets the right of journalists to protect their sources, it affects everyone. Reported here, is the case of a breach that has has avoided even the meager safeguards that the government has had to put in place and the inadequacy of the response.

Forty-eight hours before Federal Police assured Australians they had amended internal rules to stop unlawful access to sensitive metadata, they were apparently still operating under guidelines that had led to at least one serious breach.

Written correspondence, obtained exclusively by The New Daily under freedom of information laws, suggests the Force was either telling Australians one thing publicly while doing another internally or that they hastily re-worked guidelines amid public and political pressure for change.

On April 28, AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin told media that the agency had made significant changes to its internal practices after revealing that an investigator had breached metadata law by accessing a journalists phone records without a warrant.

Commissioner Colvin described the incident as a case of human error.

The AFP had raised the level of internal authorisation needed to access such information, limited the number of officers authorised to approve requests and boosted training to do with officers legal obligations, Commissioner Colvin said.

But in a letter sent just two days earlier, on April 26, AFP Deputy Commissioner Ramzi Jabbour told Commonwealth Ombudsman Doris Gibb that its Aide Memoir outlining the procedures to obtain a Journalist Information Warrant (JIW), issued in 2015, remained accurate.

While stating that internal procedures have been reviewed, the letter makes no reference to any of the reforms publicly announced two days later by Commissioner Colvin.

Instead, it informs the watchdogs office of the AFPs intention to add a prompt to the application form for the specialised warrant. This prompt, according to the letter, would ask the officer if the request is to identify a journalists source, directing him or her to existing guidelines for obtaining a journalist warrant in such cases.

Asked to explain the apparent discrepancy between the letter and public statements, and to clarify what changes had been made, an AFP spokesperson told The New Daily: The process for authorising access to me...


HESTA Community Sector Award Nominations "IndyWatch Feed National"



Do you know a community sector worker with a story worth celebrating? Recognise those making exceptional contributions to social justice in South Australia by nominating them for the 2017 HESTA Community Sector Awards. 

Presented by HESTA in association with the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the national Awards recognise excellence in service provision, advocacy and leadership in the community sector. Anyone can nominate an individual or organisation working in the community sector, with nominations closing on 4 August 2017. Winners will receive $10,000 in a ME Everyday Transaction account towards further education or team development.

HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey, said the awards are an opportunity to recognise the invaluable impact those working in the community sector have in building stronger, more inclusive communities across Australia. For more information and to nominate, visit the awards website.

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Low rainfall, high $A hurts agriculture "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lake Hume on the Murray River, drying out in 2007. Photo Suburban Bloke, Flickr

Lake Hume on the Murray River, drying out in 2007. Photo Suburban Bloke, Flickr


The driest June on record for many of Australias productive agricultural regions has hit Australias wheat production, and the high value of the Australian dollar is impacting the return on wine exports, says agricultural banking specialist Rabobank.

In its Agribusiness Monthly report for July, Rabobank says wheat yields have been downgraded in cropping regions in Western Australia, South Australia and northern NSW as crops face moisture deficits.

Meanwhile, although the Australian dollar has slipped considerably against the US dollar since 2011, its rise against the currencies of other wine exporters such as Chile and New Zealand has given Australias competitors a cost advantage.

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Part 44 C. Australias irrelevant crimes against humanity. The 2nd national interest letter to Justice Macaulay. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Below is the 2nd national interest letter to Justice Macaulay, the Victorian Supreme Court judge who was given the task of presiding in the Manus Island Class action against the Commonwealth of Australia. My viewpoint is that there should be a formal public inquiry into the human rights atrocities that the Manus Island concentration camp detainees endured.

NOTE: The shortlink URL for this web page is:


Your Honour,

Re: A public interest Facts and Issues submission pertaining to the proposed $90 million settlement of the Manus Island class action.

Further to my previous email on 23rd June 2017 in which I point out that the proposed settlement in the Manus Island class action is not in the public interest and if you have not ratified that settlement, that you should not do so, I submit the following precedents and points of law for your consideration.

Case Law:  Precedents from: The Amalgamated Society of Engineers v Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd (HCA 54; 31st August 1920)

In paragraph 9 of his findings in this case, Justice Higgins stated:

In connection with this subject, much argument has been addressed to sec. V. of the Constitution Actwhat we call the covering sections of the Constitution. It provides that that Act and all laws made under the Constitution shall be binding on the Courts, Judges, and people of every State notwithstanding anything in the laws of any State. I take sec. 51 of the Constitution as defining subject matters for legislation, and covering sec. V. as defining the persons who are to obey the legislation. Once we find a valid Federal lawsay, a law as to trade and commerce with other countriesthe Courts and Judges and people of every State must obey it, whatever the State laws may say to the contrary. Organized bodies of persons, such as incorporated companies or municipal corporations or States, are not mentioned: for they always act through peoplehuman beings: and these human beings have to obey the valid Federal Act, whatever the State law says. The State law is to have no efficacy for them...


Essos Longford labour hire dispute is still on "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The union dispute at Essos Longford gas plant in Gippsland (Victoria), has been on for weeks and from the worker and union side, the determination to maintain their a presence outside the plant until for a breakthrough, remains as strong as ever.

Essos plant services the companys offshore facilities and platforms in Bass Strait.

A dispute arose, after management told its workers that they had to sign up with MTCT Services, which is a labour hire subsidiary of UGL. This meant the prospect of being re-employed on lower wages and inferior conditions.

An organiser with the Australian Workers Union (AWU) said:

Theyre offering the guys their jobs back but with pay cuts of between 15 per cent and 30 per cent.

Members of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union are also involved in the dispute.

Esso is owned by the worlds biggest oil company, the American based Exxon Mobil. This is the sixth biggest company in the world.

About 200 face the loss of their jobs and for those that remain, in addition to a lower pay rate, there would be new two week fly-in, fly-out rosters in the new system, replacing the current one week in, one week out rosters. The concern is that this will have a big negative impact on family life.

There is also a reduction of allowances, including less annual leave loading.

The Esso offer was not accepted and this led to a dispute.

Esso used a legal loophole to try and bring in the contract labour system by suggesting that employees of the contractor in Western Australia had voted for it. Technically, they only need three people to do so. Thus, the situation was set to put pressure on those working at Longford on a one to one basis.

This dispute is like the CUB dispute in Melbourne last year that resulted in a more than 6-month standoff. Management had tried to impose a similar labour hire system. Widespread support for the CUB workers and loss of sales eventually forced the company to back down. And when those who had been on the picket returned to worked they did so under the old collective agreement and on better conditions.

Being another test case for major corporations, to lift the use of labour hire firms as a source of cheap labour, means that this dispute also has wider ramifications.

The battle at Esso could be building up to be the next CUB.

In line with this, the union strategy is to build the base of wider union and community support.

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Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed National"

The melting of Antarctic ice sheets and how this affects future sea-level rise will be investigated at the new research centre. Photo CSIRO

The melting of Antarctic ice sheets. Photo CSIRO


One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up.

The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey.

The iceberg has been close to breaking off for a few months. Throughout the Antarctic winter, scientists monitored the progress of the rift in the ice shelf using the European Space Agency satellites.

The iceberg is one of the largest recorded and its future progress is difficult to predict, said Adrian Luckman, professor at Swansea University and lead investigator of Project MIDAS, which has been monitoring the ice shelf for years.

It may remain in one piece but is more likely to break into fragments. Some of the ice may remain in the area for decades, while parts of the iceberg may drift north into warmer waters, he added.

The ice will add to risks for ships now it has broken off. The peninsula is outside major trade routes but the main destination for cruise ships visiting from South America.

In 2009, more than 150 passengers and crew were evacuated when the MTV Explorer sank after striking an iceberg off the Antarctic peninsula.

The iceberg, which is likely to be named A68, was already floating before it broke away so there is no immediate impact on sea levels, but the calving has left the Larsen C ice shelf reduced in area by more than 12 per cent.

The Larsen A and B ice shelves, which were situated further north on the Antarctic Peninsula, collapsed in 1995 and 2002, respectively.

This resulted in the dramatic acceleration of the glaciers behind them, with larger v...


Victoria's new road rules 'interesting' but are not law "IndyWatch Feed National"

The buffoons in government have apparently had a brainstorm and implemented new rules on Victorian roads.

The good people of Australia are told that laws are to be made for "peace, order, and good government" (from a law called the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act).

Thankfully road rules do not fall into any of the above mentioned categories (i.e peace, order or even a law).

The very next day after alleged implementing a road 'rule' that drivers must slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency vehicles a collision occurred on the Western Highway.

So how is that for "peace, order, and good government"?

Well it's not.

It (a road rule) is not even a 'law', i.e. something that you must abide by.

Failure to abide by these road rules apparently carries a fine.

It seems like it's a cash grab from the struggling population.

We recommend any lawful / natural 'person' that obtains a fine from any of the new rules in place to challenge them in a court

See article from 12th of July 2017 by the Fairfax publication of the headline:

The changes to the road rules you might not know about

For the first time in eight years, Victoria has a new set of road rules.

And while most of the do's and don'ts remain the same, there have been a few nips, tucks and tweaks.

Some of the changes have been widely publicised, such as the 40km/h speed limit for driving past emergency vehicles and the new $476 on-the-spot fine for cyclists who use a mobile phone while riding.

Other alterations are a little harder to spot.

At 547 pages long, the full book of traffic regulations is a hefty read. However, the eager beavers at the RACV have helpfully gone through all 408 rules to find what others might have missed.
Here's what they found:

Road rule 300 - Use of mobile phones

As mentioned earlier, bicycle riders and those mounted astride a wheeled recreational device (such as a skateboard or scooter) are now not allowed to use a mobile phone.

This rule even applies...


Flood-ravaged Mullumbimby pool to be opened by 1 September "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Mullumbimby pool should be ready in Spring.

The Mullumbimby pool should be ready in Spring.

The Byron Shire Council is using a filtration system from Melbourne to ensure that the Mullumbimby Pool will be open for the spring swimming season.

The Petria Thomas Pool complex was inundated with flood water after Cyclone Debbie, and the council has now received the go-ahead from its insurers to get on with repairs.

Its estimated the cost of damage caused by the flood was $66,000.

Byron Shire Councils Open Space Facilities Coordinator, Pattie Ruck, said a mobile water filtration unit was now operating at the pool and was filtering approximately 200,000 litres of water a day.

The pool holds 1,825,000 litres of water so this is a big job but already we are starting to see the water quality improve, Mrs Ruck said.

He said the mobile filtration unit from Melbourne was able to process 140 litres of water a minute.

We did try to get a filtration unit from a local supplier but the nearest one was on the Gold Coast and they were too busy to help us, Mrs Ruck said.

He said the kiosk was also being repaired after it was damaged by water inundation and that work was expected to be finished in August.

We are aiming to have the pool open on 1 September and the water crystal clear for the first day of the swimming season, Mrs Ruck said.

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Vance Joy is back with new single Lay It On Me, and a tour with Gretta Ray "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Riptide singer Vance Joy is back with new music, just in time for his appearance at Splendour in the Grass. But if you missed out on tickets to the sold-out festival, all good hes just announced a tour with emerging talent Gretta Ray.

Hes just released new single Lay It On Me, and announced dates at Melbournes Forum Theatre on Wednesday November 22 and Sydneys Enmore Theatre on Thursday November 23, with tickets on sale now through Frontier Touring. Hell also be making an appearance at this years Spilt Milk Festival in Canberra, but with Drive singer Gretta Ray along for the ride on these solo shows, its a double-header definitely worth catching.

If you want to grab tickets, the Frontier member presale starts at 4pm AEST on Monday July 17, with general sale tickets out Wednesday July 19 find out more here. Until then, check out his latest clip below.


Government handouts to coal mining company "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supplied undated image obtained Wednesday, July 2, 2017 of the relinquished area from a proposed coal mine in the Liverpool Plains area in northern NSW. The NSW government says it will protect fertile farmland in the Liverpool Plains from the activities of a Chinese-owned coal miner. It has an agreement to refund $262 million to Shenhua Watermark in exchange for a controlling 51.4 per cent stake in an exploration licence covering the affected region in the state's north. AAP Image/NSW Ministry for Resources.

Supplied undated image obtained Wednesday, July 2, 2017 of the relinquished area from a proposed coal mine in the Liverpool Plains area in northern NSW. The NSW government says it will protect fertile farmland in the Liverpool Plains from the activities of a Chinese-owned coal miner. It has an agreement to refund $262 million to Shenhua Watermark in exchange for a controlling 51.4 per cent stake in an exploration licence covering the affected region in the states north. AAP Image/NSW Ministry for Resources.

Liverpool Plains farmers have reacted angrily to the NSW governments buy back of 51.4 per cent of the Shenhua coal exploration license at a cost to tax payers of  $262 million.

Having purchased the exploration license eight and a half years ago for $300 million the license expired in October 2016 and the company has asked the state government for a renewal of the license according to shadow minister for resources, MLC, Adam Searle.

A clause in the exploration license states that if the license holder fails to commence substantial development of a mine within 8 years of the awarding of the original exploration license the Minister may cancel any title in place.

While Shenhua Watermark is free to pursue a new lease, even on a smaller parcel of land, the NSW Government is under no obligation to pay them any money, said Mr Searle.

NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley said The license holder has not commenced substantial development of a mine, despite receiving an exploration license almost 9 years ago....


Sources: ANZ Bank nears deal to sell RHB-AmBank stake to KWAP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is near a deal to sell its Malaysian banking stake to a pension fund and exit the Southeast Asian nation, sources familiar with the matter said, in a transaction that could be worth around US$900 million. ANZ has been pursuing a sale of its 24 percent stake in its []


Endangered sea turtle to be released at The Pass "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tara has gained a kilogram since being in the care of Australian Seabird Rescue.

Tara has gained a kilogram since being in the care of Australian Seabird Rescue.

A critically-endangered Hawksbill sea turtle will be returned to the sea tomorrow after being in the care of the Australian Seabird Rescue crew at Ballina for six months.

Nicknamed Tara, the sea turtle was rescued at Yamba on Spooky Beach and after being examined was found to have float syndrome, which is caused by ingesting plastic.

ASR general manager Keith Williams said despite being hungry, the sick turtle was unable to eat for the first week in care.

Tara quickly became known as our fussy eater and whilst in care enjoyed copious amounts of blue pilchards and prawns, Mr Williams said.

Since coming to us in January, Tara has put on close to 1 kilo and is since rid of her float syndrome after being in care for six months.

Mr Williams said Tara would be released at The Pass in Byron Bay on Friday at 10am.

We look forward to watching her swim back out to the ocean towards Julian Rocks where there is plenty of rocky reef and vegetation for her to enjoy, he said.

Mr Williams said the there would be no tours at the Ballina ASR facility tomorrow. Instead, people are invited to join rescuers at The Pass to watch Taras return to the ocean.

Meanwhile, he said Australian Seabird Rescue would be hosting a training workshop for new volunteers on Sunday, 16 July. Anybody interested in becoming a volunteer should attend.

He said the work of the ASR was largely undertaken by volunteers.

Taras rescue, rehabilitation and release could not have happened without them, he said.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact Mr Williams on 0418504644.




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Justin Trudeau's impact on the G20 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Canada's Conservative Party is having a field day with their male-model Prime Minister Call-Me-Justin. Chris Uhlman apparently didn't notice Call-Me-Justin was a bit friendless at the G20. It's embarrassing to acknowledge it, but one of the model's look at me tricks involves patterned socks. What a cack hey? Does this...


Polar bear cub is a girl: Sea World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Polar bear cub with its mother Liya at Sea World on the Gold Coast. Sea World's polar bear cub is on the move, with footage from inside the animal's den at the Gold Coast theme park showing it taking some wobbly first steps. The nearly two-month-old cub's strength is progressing and it has begun getting up onto its feet to start exploring the den it shares with mother Liya. AAP Image/Sea World

Polar bear cub with its mother Liya at Sea World on the Gold Coast. Sea Worlds polar bear cub is on the move, with footage from inside the animals den at the Gold Coast theme park showing it taking some wobbly first steps. The nearly two-month-old cubs strength is progressing and it has begun getting up onto its feet to start exploring the den it shares with mother Liya. AAP Image/Sea World


Sea Worlds polar bear cub is a girl and now the Gold Coast theme park wants the public to name her.

The cubs gender had been unknown until recently as shes been closely cared for by mum Liya in a den, but Sea Worlds Trevor Long confirmed the 10-week-old cubs gender on Thursday.

The park, which anticipates moving the cub to a public display some time in September, is now seeking input from the public for a name for their latest attraction.

The little bears gender will also be a significant boost to Sea World staff given her twin also female died in May.

At the time Mr Long said female cubs were prized due to their breeding potential and the cubs death was even more sad due to her gender.

The surviving cub is a half-brother to Henry, the male cub born to Liya at the theme park in 2013.

Henry has since been relocated to a Canadian polar bear habitat with the long-term aim of becoming part of an international breeding group.

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Funeral services approved for 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 almost two years ago and now the proponents will be allowed to hold services. (file pic)

The Lismore City Council has approved an application from a funeral parlour in Magellan Street to hold up to 50 services a year despite concerns that the business was not suitable for the area.

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.

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.

On Tuesday evening however, the councillors voted unanimously to approve an application to alter funeral parlours operating conditions to allow for 50 services, with each private family service having a maximum capacity of fifty (50) people.

The application stated that the services would be for family and close friends, would be attended by invitation only, there would be no public advertisements of the service and that there would be no procession of cars following a hearse after the service.

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith said although there were a few concerns expressed the decision was unanimous.

Its been operating for over a year with viewings and families coming and going and there have been no complaints so it didnt seem to be an ongoing issue, Cr Smith said.

Cr Smith said the modified consent would be reviewed in two years and could become permanent so long as the funeral home complies with the terms of the consent.

Conditions include that the funeral parlour must keep records of the number of private family services held at the subject premises each calendar year and the number of people that attend.

Also, no funeral services are to be held outside the approved hours of any approved weekly markets or other scheduled and lawful events undertaken in Magellan Street.

The post...


Ballina to allow dual occupancy on rural land "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina councillors have voted to allow secondary, unattached dwellings on rural properties, despite a staff recommendation against it. File photo

Ballina councillors have voted to allow secondary, unattached dwellings on rural properties, despite a staff recommendation against it. File photo

Chris Dobney

Ballina Council has voted unanimously to move ahead with plans to allow detached secondary dwellings on rural properties despite a staff recommendation not to proceed.

The move brings the council into line with Lismore and Byron, which have both allowed detached secondary dwellings for several years, arguing they allow aging in place of older farmers, expanded family accommodation and potential rural rental income.

Ballina planning staff preparing the report to council offered four options: the first being to commence drawing up a planning proposal; the second, to take no further action; the third, to introduce a secondary dwelling category but remove the existing category for rural workers dwellings; and the fourth, to investigate further.

At its March meeting, staff recommended the council take no further action, but councillors demurred, and in its June report staff took the unusual step of recommending the first option while indicating to councillors that they still preferred not to proceed.

In conclusion the recommendation is as per option one, as outlined. However the council staff preference remains option two, as was recommended in the March 2017 meeting report, the staff report stated.

Option two has been the long standing position of this council and from a whole of community perspective it is considered that council has managed rural land use conflicts relatively well, with generally speaking, limited conflicts in use, it read.

But councillors were not to be deterred, with a motion by Cr Cadwallader and seconded by Cr Smith unanimously agreeing to endorse the preparation of a planning proposal which proposes to permit dual occupancy development (attached and detached) with development consent within the RU1 Primary Production and RU2 Rural Landscape zones under the provisions of Ballina LEP 2012.

Coming to terms with reality

Cr Cadwallader told Echonetdaily that while staff were reticent on the issue, the move was simply an attempt to come to terms with what was alr...


Dr Goebbels mastheads: on antisemitism and News Corp "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few years back, News Corp was warning, almost every week, about antisemitism in Australia. Invariably, the claims were bogus: more about slating the Greens and the BDS movement than genuinely exposing bigotry. Today, with a small but significant coterie of genuine antisemites raising their heads, we find News Corps again in the thick of the action: not calling out the racists, mind you, but providing them with political cover.


Muslim kids wag school for end of Ramadan, miss school photo so they sue the school. And win. "IndyWatch Feed National"

(imagine telling your primary school teacher he'd made a mistake he'd live to regret by organising the photographer for a day you wanted off. "That'll be $10,000 please Sir, for my pain and suffering".) A court in The Netherlands has found that Maria Montessori school in Wateringse Veld, Den Hague...


Increasing number of regions Aboriginal people being jailed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The number of Aboriginal people from the northern rivers who are ending up in prison is increasing. (Pic: Shutterstock)

The number of Aboriginal people from the northern rivers who are ending up in prison is increasing. (Pic: Shutterstock)

There has been more than a 50 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal people from the Northern Rivers who have been sentenced to jail in the past four years, according to NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics.

The increase has prompted the NSW Greens to describe the situation as a justice system in growing crisis.

Greens MP and Aboriginal Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge said when almost one in four Aboriginal people can expect to find themselves in jail at some time in their life this is proof the criminal justice system is broken and appallingly damaging.

The report shows that more Aboriginal people are facing courts and a greater percentage of those facing court are receiving a custodial sentence. Time in custody is also increasing and a significant driver of this is the ongoing District Court backlog and broken bail laws.

Major categories of offences like violence offences are seeing 50 per cent to 133 per cent increases in the number of Aboriginal people locked up on the North Coast. What are known as Justice Offences are seeing between 18 per cent and 90 per cent more Aboriginal people in prison in the area.

Every time the Coalition Premier and Labor opposition demand tougher laws and longer sentences remember this, the first and and harshest impact will be on our first peoples, Mr Shoebridge said.

The Coalition has been directly responsible for much of this increase through brutal bail laws and under-resourced courts that leave hundreds of Aboriginal people in jail awaiting trial.

Pretty much the only answer Premier Berejiklian has to this crisis is to build more and bigger jails. This isnt the answer, in fact its the very problem

At a time of record surplus this Government is making deliberate choices to invest in locking up people in this state, rather than working to lift them up and help them on their way.

This data shows a need for comprehensive investment in community programs on the North Coast. This means spending money on education, health and hou...


A Final Word on the Controversial Bull Running Festival of Northern Spain "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a definitive opinion, as nobody in the world knows the Pamplonean festival of San Fermin as intimately as I do from such a well-rounded position.

My credentials: more than a decade of visiting this festival first as an ignorant drunkard, then as an exploitative business-minded drunkard, and most recently as amateur documentarian drunkard. Sangria, beer, wine and sometimes sangria have been the bolstering agents of each epoque.

Further: even in my ignorant phase, I was never too keen on animal violence. Ive been known to remove a cockroach rather than squish it, but always slap down mosquitoes. I have been to two bull fights: one out of curiosity, and one professionally whilst being shown the best parts of a city, and have walked out before the first death on both occasions. In my current job documenting Spains bizarre tradition of fiestas patronales, we have opted to leave out any bull-related events, of which there are hundreds, but have included San Fermin because, a) its week-long celebration is the biggest and most well-known Spanish festival, and thus attracts the most foreign visitors. This provides an interesting dynamic for us, and b) the people want to fucken see it, and being a nobody gnat of a production company, were in no position to be making moral stands.

Moreso: Im an omnivore, because I acknowledge animal fleshs role in the development of human beings, and furthermore see earthly existence as being little more than a murderous rampage from cradle to grave, by weeds and whales, of stealing the suns energy from one another. I grudgingly respect the vegetarians ability to supercede their genetic preprogramming and chose to morally override the entirety of their ancestry and evolution to date its just not for me.

The impetus: the plethora of neither new nor well considered boycott the bulls voices levelled at me either online, in person, or via implicit voodoo juju. Been onces or never beens, high-horse vegans and moral superiors. This is a very nuanced debate that has to take into account the cultural significance of not just the bull run, but the fiesta itself and the culture of fiesta in Spain in general. It also has to take into account how much fun I want to have, and also the meagre profits that I might make from the event.

The reality: overwhelmingly, the people we interviewed, especially the young Spaniards, Basques and Pamplonians (whats the fucken term for them?), told us that they were there for the fiesta and the fiesta only and that they were utterly opposed to the toros....


Compare & contrast Clinton's clandestine Communist China communications with Trump's Russian rendezvous "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why aren't the same standards placed on the Democrats. Look what Hillary Clinton may have gotten away with. Disgraceful! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017 Never have the different standards in news reporting been clearer. If it's about Clinton/the Left and it's bad - it's not newsworthy. If...


Lismore man on trial for alleged murder in sight of hospital "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A photo outside 37 Uralba St Lismore where an alleged murder took place in December 2014

A photo outside 37 Uralba St Lismore where an alleged murder took place in December 2014

A Lismore man is standing trial in the Supreme Court for the alleged December 2014 stabbing murder of a man on Uralba St within sight of Lismore Base Hospital.

The trial of Birri Morris began on Monday at Lismore before Justice Stephen Campbell.

Supreme Court trials are held at Lismore when the facilities are available, as it costs Justice NSW less than paying for numerous witnesses and legal practitioners to travel to Sydney and be accommodated.

Mr Morris and 56-year-old Nicholas Roberts were at a party on Uralba St on the evening of December 21, 2014, police said following the incident.

Inspector Nicole Bruce told media police will allege 27-year-old Mr Morris and Mr Roberts, who were both known to each other, left the party about 6.30pm and a serious assault occurred.

It was alleged Mr Roberts suffered a fractured skull with severe brain hemorrhaging, a fractured right arm and fractured left shoulder, as well as a stab wound to the back as a result of an incident between the pair.

Emergency services were called while Mr Roberts lay in a critical condition outside the Uralba St premises, within 250 metres of Lismore Base Hospital.

He was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Brisbanes Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

Mr Morris was arrested at the scene and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged with attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was refused bail and remanded in custody.

For almost two weeks, Mr Roberts fought for his life in intensive care until he died in hospital on January 2, 2015, at 7.40pm.

When detectives went to interview Mr Morris about the incident they found he had been transferred to the Metropolitan Reception and Remand Centres Mental Health facility.

On January 27, 2015, the charge of attempted murder against Mr Morris was upgraded to murder.

The trial, which is set down for two weeks, continues today.

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Housing supply dashboard "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dashboard check

Over the year to March 2017 Victoria delivered an impressive 66,085 new dwellings, 31,337 of which were attached dwellings of one sort or another. 

Yet annual population growth has exploded to +146,600.

In short, you can basically forget any chance of an oversupply in Melbourne until population growth comes down from the stratosphere. 

It's not happening, and indeed Melbourne's vacancy rates appear to be approaching decade lows.

Different dynamics

Annual population growth has ramped up in New South Wales too at +116,400.

But with 64,824 new dwellings delivered over the year this crude ratio has shifted favourably towards the supply side after ten years of relative under-building in Sydney.

With some 82,836 dwellings under construction across New South Wales there's plenty more to come too, in spite of dwelling starts now finally having ...


Sublingual vitamin B12 compared to intramuscular injection in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with metformin. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  N Z Med J. 2016 Jun 10 ;129(1436):67-75. Epub 2016 Jun 10. PMID: 27355231 Abstract Title:  Sublingual vitamin B12 compared to intramuscular injection in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with metformin: a randomised trial. Abstract:  UNLABELLED: MAIM: To compare a single 1mg intramuscular hydroxocobalamin injection with a 3-month course of 1mg/day sublingual methylcobalamin supplements on serum vitamin B12 concentrations in participants withtype 2 diabetes treated with metformin.METHOD: Participants on metformin treatment with vitamin B12 concentrations below 220pmol/L were recruited through hospital diabetes clinics and primary care practices. They were randomised to receive either the injection or sublingual treatment. The primary outcome was serum vitamin B12 level after 3 months adjusted for baseline assessed by analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The trial was registered on the Australia New Zealand Clinical Trial registry (ACTRN12612001108808).RESULTS: A total of 34 participants were randomised; 19 to the tablet, and 15 to the injection. The mean (SD) age, duration of diabetes, and duration of metformin use were, 64.2 (7.3) years, 13.7 (6.4) years, and 11.6 (5.0) years, respectively. After 3 months, the mean (SD) vitamin B12 was 372.1 (103.3) pmol/L in the tablet group (n=19) compared to 251.7 (106.8) pmol/L in the injection group (n=15), ANCOVA estimated difference -119.4 (95% CI -191.2 to -47.6), p=0.002. After 6 months, the mean (SD) serum B12 was 258.8 (58.7) pmol/L in the tablet group (n=17) and 241.9 (40.1) pmol/L in the injection group (n=15); ANCOVA estimated difference -15.2 (95% CI -50.3 to 19.8), p=0.38. Higher metformin dose was associated with lower serum B12 at 3 months, but not at baseline or 6 months.CONCLUSION: Decreased serum vitamin B12 level in patients with type 2 diabetes who are treated with metformin can be corrected through treatment with either hydroxocobalamin injections or methylcobalamin sublingual supplements.

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Yet Another Massive Pedophilia Network Busted in Germany: 87,000 Member Dark Net Exposed "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you arent already gob smacked by the number of pedophilia stories that have continually come to light in recent months, you will be now.

The ink is hardly dry on the story exposing massive sexual abuse and child trafficking by one of the worlds most prominent Vatican officials, and now investigators have stumbled upon a massive Dark Net pedophilia network that has bene in operation since 2016, with almost 90,000 active members.

According to German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the Dark Net, a portion of the Internet where normal search engines dont categorize information or sites, there has been a massive network of pedophilia action taking place using advanced encryption software.

Almost all of the 87,000-plus users of Elysium were from Germany and Austria.

With story after story of pedophilia rings running underground, it can become mind-numbing to consider the unsettling ways in which the elite have been keeping their puppets in check. By forcing children younger than toddlers into a life of oppressive abuse they are easily manipulated later for political and psycho-social special interests, as their psyches are so utterly damaged.

Just a few of the latest pedophilia busts reported include:

  • FBI/Europol case, 350 pedophiles busted shortly after the arrest of Playpen creator, Stephen Chase. Chase will now spend at least 30 years in prison.
  • Cardinal George Pell, the Vaticans 3rd highest ranking official is linked to child pornography and pedophilia, and must return to his native Australia to defend himself against the charges.
  • 70,000-member pedophilia ring reported on by numerous media outlets, but only Veterans Today links members to the following organizations, via the Red Circle:......


Basscore "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bassheads gets excited because Basscore is cooking up a feast of tasty beat treats for earthcore in the park NSW, QLD and WA feat Plump DJs, Dirty Audio and The Freestylers!

This is going to be lit!

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TAS Unit fire at Nicholls Court Devonport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 8 November 2014 2:35 am.

About 8pm on Friday 7 November 2014, Tasmania Fire Services and police were called to a fire in a unit in Nicholls Court in Devonport. A neighbour alerted the fire service in a timely fashion and then made efforts to extinguish the fire.

The fire was extinguished quickly with only minor fire damage and some smoke damage to one room. The unit, owned by Housing Tasmania, suffered damage estimated at approximately $15000 to repair.

The scene was examined by a Fire Scene examiner who determined the fire to be suspicious. Police are currently following a specific line of enquiry but request assistance from the public for any information about the fire. Police can be contacted on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Stealing in Collins Street Man Arrested "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 6 November 2014 3:21 pm.

Further to a call for information in relation to the Robbery on Collins Street, Hobart on 4th November 2014, a 21 year old man from Warrane has been charged with Stealing.

Detectives from Hobart CIB would like to speak with anyone who was on Collins Street, near the Cat and Fiddle arcade entrance at around 9.35am yesterday morning.

An elderly man had just made a cash withdrawal at the Commonwealth Bank ATM on Collins Street, when an unknown man grabbed the cash from his hands and took off down Collins Street and into the Cat and Fiddle arcade.

In his haste the offender dropped a note which was retrieved by a passer-by and returned to the elderly man.

Police believe the offender ran through the mall and was last seen running up Elizabeth Street towards the Mid-City Hotel.

The suspect is believed to be late teens to early 20s, small build, about 5 4, of African appearance, wearing a black baseball cap with white motif on the front, and a check shirt unbuttoned at front.

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If you were the person that retrieved the dropped note or if you were in the vicinity and believe you have information that could assist the investigation, police would like to hear from you.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Hobart CIB on 61732624. Reference OR 500016.

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Erskineville, New South Wales, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!


TAS Wynyard Tulip Festival Damage Man Identified "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 3:44 pm.

Wynyard Police have interviewed a 19 year old Wynyard man in relation to portions of the damage caused in Wynyard on Tulip Festival night in October.

The man spoke with police after being identified from CCTV footage, and has admitted his involvement in causing damage to the roadway, a shop window, a garbage bin and a phone box.

At this stage it is intended that the man undertake restitution in the form of a Community Respect Order.

S/Sergeant Stewart said It is pleasing that the community came forward and assisted us in relation to this matter.

Enquiries are continuing into other damage caused on the night.

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TAS Armed Robbery at Derwent Park Pharmacy Images "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 3 November 2014 2:51 pm.

Police have released images of a man they would like to speak to in relation to the Derwent Park Pharmacy Armed Robbery.

The man is described as being 180cm tall, between 40 and 50 years of age wearing a grey hooded jumper, dark jeans, black sunglasses and a blue zip up jacket.

Armed with a firearm, the man approached staff within the pharmacy and demanded pharmaceuticals and money.




The man was last seen leaving in a car on Amiens Avenue.

Anyone with information in relation to the mans identity or the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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MACKAY Aspiring rifleman slugged stranger in street attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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TAS Armed Robbery at Derwent Park Pharmacy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, 2 November 2014 8:49 am.

At 7:50pm on Saturday the 1st of November a male offender entered the Derwent Park Pharmacy located at 254 Main Road, Derwent Park.

Armed with a firearm, the male approached staff within the pharmacy and demanded pharmaceutical medicines and money.

A female staff member handed the male a quantity of medication and cash before he left the pharmacy and walked west on Amiens Avenue.

No-one was injured during the robbery and the offender was last seen entering a vehicle on Aimens Avenue and driving away from the area.

The male is described as being 180cm tall, between 40 and 50 years of age wearing a grey hooded jumper, dark jeans, black sunglasses and a blue zip up jacket.

Any person with information in relation to this incident are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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TAS Police thank public for cycle hit and run info "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 31 October 2014 3:58 pm.

Tasmania Police would like to thank people who came forward with information following a hit and run of a cyclist in Devonport yesterday.

Macey Stewart, an 18-year-old star cyclist was hit during a training ride on Tarleton St in East Devonport at about 2pm.

Investigating officer, Constable Dean Wotherspoon, said the response to the public appeal for information had been fantastic.

We had a number of people come forward with information about what they saw.

As a result of this information weve got a specific line of enquiry that were looking into.

The best thing for the driver to do would be to come forward to police.

Thank you very much to those people who got in contact with us.

He said he had spoken to Maceys mother today.

Macey caught her flight this morning to the Australian Institute of Sport in Adelaide as planned.

Shes feeling bruised and sore but otherwise she is ok, Constable Wotherspoon said.

Anyone with any further information about the crash or the driver of the vehicle is asked to contact police on 131 444.

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SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS: Playing Times + Event Map + Lineup Change "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

And you thought waiting for the next season of Game of Thrones was tough! Yep, theyre here, your Splendour 2017 Playing Times and Event Map have landed.


Get comfy because its time to Splendour in the Grass mobile app and Chill. Download our official app for either iOS or Android, schedule the shit out of our playing times using the Festival Planner and say hello to a clash-free festival experience.

Splendour in the Grass has also received word that sadly, due to unforeseen scheduling issues, George Ezra is unable to make it to Australia this month. He sends his apologies to all his Australian fans.

Im gutted to have to do this at such short notice and apologise to all of you that have bought tickets and were looking forward to it. This was a shit decision to have to make, I hope you understand and youll still be there when we come back. George x

In light of Georges cancellation, Peking Duk will now take to the Amphitheatre stage on Friday instead of Sunday. That means more bangers on Friday!

And on Sunday both LCD Soundsystem and Sigur Rs will be treating us to extended sets on the Amphitheatre stage, so youll have more time to Dance Yrself Clean. Win win!

George Ezra die hards who no longer wish to attend Splendour 2017 can offload their tickets via the Resale Facility before 5.00pm on Wednesday 12 July.

Fans who purchased tickets to Georges Sydney and Melbourne sideshows will be contacted directly by Secret Sounds shortly. Options to reschedule the sideshows as soon as possible are currently being explored and there will be a further announcement made on this next week.



PERTH Mandurah detectives charge two in relation to Sutton Street burglary, assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mandurah detectives charge two in relation to Sutton Street burglary, assault .

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A 28-year-old woman from Yokine has also been charged with stealing a motor vehicle and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on July 12. .


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TAS Charges for attempted armed robbery of Caltex Moonah "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 31 October 2014 2:47 pm.

A 21-year-old man has been charged following an attempted armed robbery at the Caltex Service Station on Main Rd, Moonah in the early hours of last Friday morning.

Police were called to the alleged attempted armed robbery at 2.43am on Friday 24 October.

The man, from Moonah, was remanded in custody and will appear at the Hobart Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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TAS Champion Cyclist Injured In Hit and Run Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 30 October 2014 6:22 pm.

Multiple world cycling champion Macey Stewart has been injured in a hit and run crash, in Devonport.

At about 2.05pm on Thursday the 30th of October 2014, Macey was on a training ride and travelling south on Tarleton Street, East Devonport. Outside the Argosy Motel, she was hit by a car from behind and knocked to the road.

The vehicle that struck her stopped briefly at the scene, before leaving.

Macey was lucky to escape serious injury, and has since been released from hospital.

Police believe that they have found the offending vehicle and it is currently undergoing forensic examinations.

However, police would still like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the crash, saw a dark coloured sedan in the area or who may be able to identify the driver of the vehicle involved. Police would particularly like to speak to the driver of the north-bound truck that had to stop suddenly to avoid the fallen cyclist.

The investigating officer, Constable Dean Wotherspoon, of Western District Road and Public Order Services, can be contacted on 131444. If callers want to remain anonymous they can call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Antofagasta, Twin Metals, PolyMet and the Hidden Dangers of Modern High-Tech Copper Mining "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Gary G. Kohls, MD, guest to Natural Blaze

Over the past two days, I revised a previous Duty to Warn column about copper mining titled Corporate Sociopaths Out of Northern Minnesota and then I also revised another column about the infamous British/Australian copper mining giant Rio Tinto that has devastated so much of the earth. Rio Tinto, the corporation, was named after the Spanish river (red river) that was discolored because of previous underground copper mining pollution that released iron oxide (rust) into the river. The company began its worldwide operations in the part of southwestern Spain that has been mined for copper and other metals ever since the Roman Empire started exploiting the area for copper, gold and silver. I titled that column Rio Tinto, Still Polluting After All These Years.

The permanently poisoned and highly acidic Rio Tinto, downstream from...


TAS Damage To Council Property at Franklin Square "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 30 October 2014 12:13 pm.

Police are investigating malicious damage caused to the public toilets on Elizabeth Street at Franklin Square in Hobart approximately 6:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014.

2 males and 1 female were observed running from the area after severe damage was caused to the internal walls of the Council facility.

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Police are asking for the persons involved, or anyone with knowledge of the incident, to contact the investigating officers at the Public Safety Group by calling Hobart Police Station on 61732375 or Crime Stoppers on 1300 444 000 reference number 499702.

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TAS House Fire At Strahan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 9:06 pm.

An early morning fire today destroyed a 100 year old house in Lynch Street, Strahan. The fire was reported at 3.53am and the building was totally engulfed in flames when emergency services arrived.

The house was unoccupied and undergoing renovation at the time.

The scene was attended by Strahan Fire Brigade, Strahan Police and the North West Fire Scene Examiner. The fire is being treated as suspicious.

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TAS Assault at Salamanca Place "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 3:33 pm.

Police are investigating an alleged assault which occurred at approximately 3:15am on Saturday 11 October 2014 on Salamanca Place.

Police would particularly like to speak with the man and woman pictured as they believe they may be able to assist with their enquiries.



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Detective Gilbert from Hobart CIB is asking the man and woman, or anyone knowing their identity, to make contact with police on 03 61732614 or through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Ram Raid at Radio Rentals Invermay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 8:41 am.

Launceston Detectives are investigation a ram raid that occurred at around 3am this morning at Radio Rentals, 148 Invermay Road, Invermay.

Police believe an early model silver Mercedes has reversed at speed into large service roller door at the side of the stated business. This caused substantial damage, however nothing was stolen.

Police would like any person who has information or may have witnessed an early model silver Mercedes in the area at this time to contact Launceston Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Ice Seizure at Launceston Airport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 27 October 2014 10:03 am.

On Friday 24 October 2014 as a result of information received members of the Northern Drug Investigation Services attended the Launceston Airport and conducted searches of two people who had recently arrived on a flight from Melbourne.

As a result of the search police located approximately 500 grams of methyl-amphetamine (ICE) taped to the body of a 22 year old woman. She was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a controlled substance.

It will be alleged the ICE would have had a street value of $500,000.

A 40 year old man was also arrested on outstanding warrants.

Both people live in Melbourne and appeared in an after-hours court. They were remanded in custody until Monday 27/10/14 at 11.30am.

Detective Inspector FLUDE will conduct a media interview at 3pm today at Launceston Police HQ.

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TAS Aggravated Burglary and Theft of Firearms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 25 October 2014 6:26 pm.

At about 7:55am on Saturday the 25th of October 2014 an aggravated burglary and stealing of firearms occurred at a residence in Hungry Flats Road, Colebrook.

During the burglary a male person was assaulted and restrained. Offenders have forced entry into the premises and removed firearms from the property.

Police are seeking assistance from any person who has information or who may have seen a white hatch in the surrounding areas shortly after this time.

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

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Benutzt hier jemand Firefox?Die haben ernsthaft die ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Benutzt hier jemand Firefox?

Die haben ernsthaft die about:addons-Seite extern gehostet, ohne den Usern das zu sagen, und dann ist da auch noch ein Google Analytics drauf. Und weil es nicht wie http: oder https: aussieht, verhindert PrivacyBadger das nicht.


Leaked docs reveal Australian special forces under investigation for unlawful killings of civilians in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian elite special forces are under investigation for the possible unlawful killings of civilians in Afghanistan, including of a six-year-old child, according to leaked government documents. The papers also reveal details of a hand-severing incident involving the SAS. Details of the killings are included in leaked Australian Defence Force documents totalling hundreds of pages, many of which were marked "AUSTEO" (Australian Eyes Only). The documents were leaked exclusively to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and have been referred to as"The Afghan Files" by the news outlet.


Tendered exhibits about child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions investigated by Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) and the Society of St Gerard Majella published by Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, media release:

10 July, 2017

The Royal Commission has published documents relating to Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) and the Society of St Gerard Majella that were tendered during the public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Australia (Case Study 50).

The public hearing was held in Sydney in February 2017.

The CCI documents relate to investigations conducted by CCI into child sexual abuse claims to establish whether an insured Catholic Church authority had prior knowledge of an alleged perpetrators propensity to abuse.

The Royal Commission has published CCI documents relating to 22 alleged perpetrators.

The Society of St Gerard Majella was a Catholic religious institute founded in the 1960s. It was suppressed by the Vatican at the request of the Bishop of Parramatta in 1996, which had the effect of closing down the Society.

Please note that the documents in both exhibits (Exhibit 50-0012 and Exhibit 50-0013) contain redactions of names and identifying information that are subject to directions not to publish.


Pictures that tell 1,000 words - Part Three "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

US President Donald Trump at the Group of Twenty (G20) Hamburg Summit in Germany, 7-8 July 2017

Alone again, naturally.


Tax office now involved in hacking your phone? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems there are no boundaries when it comes to the monitoring of the corporate slaves or the inhabitants of a penal colony.

Not too long ago the people have been told that Centrelink hacks into their phones;

Now, even a non legal entity in Australia can (legally?) hack into your phone?

The Australian Tax Office is involved in developing / using software to ILLEGALLY hack into your phone.

Many people may not even contemplate the nefarious reason why Australia's authorities are pushing / mandating people to use smart phones in their communications.

Because they are easily hackable.

It is truly a shame that the herd population are not only compliant, but so eagerly possessing smartphones in order to be monitored, which also includes in their own private dwelling.

We do not recommend the use of smart phones (in particular Android / Apple) for communications purposes.

See article from 12th of July 2017 by of the headline;

New scandal hits the Australian Taxation Office



S Sorrensens Here & Now: The raw prawn "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Ballina. Tuesday, 1.05pm.

I remember when the Big Prawn was in an awful state. Feelers broken, shell peeling. Pale and graffitied, the poor prawn didnt even have a tail. Those were bad days for Ballina.

The Big Prawn is the symbol of Ballina, even more than the mobility scooter.

Built in 1990 to celebrate Ballinas prawning industry, it is a magnificent artwork in the realist tradition. If Michelangelo had been into prawns rather than boys, he would have sculptured the Big Prawn rather than David. But luckily for me he wasnt shrimpoerotic; I dont have to go to Florence to see this great art.

But the Big Prawn fell into disrepair, as unloved and neglected as the river it overlooked. It became a shabby shrimp, a dilapidated reminder of our flight from civic responsibility into individual gain.

I hated Ballina then.

In earlier times, before the Prawn Decline, when the Big Prawn was respected for the Ballina totem it is, and before kids looked at life through a touchscreen, I took my son up into its head (you could do that then, even without a helmet and appropriate footwear) and he looked at life through the eyes of a prawn. He found that exciting. (Boredom has its advantages.)

In 2009, Ballina Council voted to demolish the prawn. To gut it and discard it. Oh dear. Can you believe that government could be so dismissive towards things that matter?

But the people of Ballina rose in revolt. Well, they didnt so much rise as lift themselves with walking frame and Smokey Dawson chair. And it wasnt so much a revolt as a petition. Anyway, government, always responsive to a threat to its privileges, changed its mind. The Big Prawn would not be demolished.

Still, the prawn degraded day by day, becoming more peel than prawn, more trash than totem.

Business, always quicker than government when it comes to reading what people want, saved the day (and the prawn) when Bunnings bought the prawn as part of its invasion plan for Ballina. Hooray! Bunnings, with all the tools it needed at its disposal, renovated the crustacean. It added a tail and some paint, and made the Big Prawn better than ever. It was a great renovation job (especially considering that the technical advice, I assume, came from the staff).



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

Steven Strong: Out Of Australia, Dreamtime, & The Pleiadians

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 humanitys hidden origins.

And while the secrets of our past still stand shrouded in mystery, researchers like todays 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 mankinds making to the light.
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Video of Justin Biebers Latest Reptilian Shapeshifting Meltdown Goes Viral "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shocking footage has emerged of Justin Bieber that appears to show the usually-pint-sized pop star transform into a giant lizard. The incident took place in Sydney, Australia last week when  Full Article


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On Monday 10 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Sydney as "Consort 32".

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After staying for a short while, the Challenger departed to Canberra.

Meanwhile, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-339 continues to between Townsville and Rockhampton and points to the South as "Beaufort 02".

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TAS Missing person Rachel Funari "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 15 March 2011 9:52 am.

Tasmania Police advise of the following update information regarding the missing person Rachel FUNARI. Ms FUNARI was last seen at a shack at Adventure Bay about 4pm Thursday 3rd March 2011.

Police and SES together with volunteers today continued to scour bush surrounding the Fluted Cape walking track. The land searchers were assisted by a helicopter and Tasmania Police Marine officers.

No sign has been found of the missing person.

Police today obtained further description of clothing possibly worn by Ms FUNARI. She is believed to have been wearing a green polar fleece top, black trousers, and brown walking boots. She may have been carrying a small shoulder bag with mobile phone, and identification. A disposable camera, which she purchased on the day of her disappearance, may also be in her possession.


Inspector Doug ROSSITER, on behalf of Tasmania Police extends thanks to the SES, Hobart Walking Club, Essendon Walking Club, and the Tasmanian Climbing and Caving Club. All have had a major role in this land search.

Tasmania Police, by arrangement with NSW Police have sought deployment of a specialist tracker/detection dog unit. It is anticipated the unit will arrive tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday morning.

Search efforts will continue early tomorrow morning. Search teams will continue to focus on the Fluted Cape area of which approximately 50 percent has been searched.

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A few hours after Minister Michael Keenan says no anti-terror change - Turnbull says Homeland Security Office on the cards "IndyWatch Feed National"

Someone's told Turnbull that security and fighting terrorists is an area where the LNP has traditionally been ahead of Labor. So every chance he and his acolytes get they say something about it. Apparently it doesn't matter what they say - as this slipshod insight shows. Only 10 hours ago...


TAS Missing Person Matthias LEHMANN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 4 August 2014 9:45 am.

Matthias Lehmann was last seen in Devonport, Tasmania on 5 August 2012. He is believed to have boarded the Spirit of Tasmania. He frequently traveled between Tasmania and Victoria. Grave concerns are held for his welfare.


  • Last seen: Sunday, 05 August 2012
  • Year of birth:1974
  • Height:178 cm
  • Build: Slim
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Close cropped/shaven
  • Complexion: Fair

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$600 BN in debt and Turnbull wants an Australian Space Agency. Yes - like NASA. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nothing tells the world you're an Alpha Male quite like a rocket launch. Turnbull must be feeling a little inadequate. (Bill Shorten about on the money). This from The Australian just now. Australia to review future in space Australia is one of only two OECD nations without a domestic space...


Boys And Their Toys: The Growing Movement Against Nuclear Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The case against nuclear weapons has always been strong. Whats changing is a growing global resolve to eliminate them, writes Dr Sue Wareham*.

Nuclear weapons the only man made threat that could virtually destroy our planet in an afternoon have hit the news again, in two ways that represent polar opposites of the struggle to banish them forever.

In New York at the United Nations we have just witnessed historic progress towards realising the goal of a nuclear weapons free world. Late last week, the UN adopted the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, to prohibit states from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, stockpiling, transferring, deploying, stationing, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, under any circumstances.

Thats a fairly comprehensive thumbs down to the weapons, the strongest collective statement yet from governments that they are totally illegitimate in every respect.

Meanwhile, in Washington DC and Pyongyang, two people chronologically adults but in other respects displaying no signs of maturity are squaring off at each other, each with a finger on a button that can incinerate cities.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un display the very reason that the new UN treaty is so critically important, because it categorically rejects any role for any nuclear weapons in anyones hands. As Ban Ki-Moon, former UN Secretary-General said, There are no right hands for the wrong weapons.

US president Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)US president Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

The treaty leaves no doubt that its prohibitions apply not only to actually using nuclear weapons but also to their possession. The myth of nuclear deterrence, which tells us that nuclear-armed nations will not go to war against each other because the response from their adversary would make it a suicidal gesture, is exposed as being not only immoral but also fraught with danger.

Enter Trump and Kim Jong-un to demonstrate the point. If the deterrence theory holds true, why all the fuss now, when these two leaders clearly have it all under control?

Stable nuclear deterrence, that notion so beloved of Australia and a minority of other governments, might sound comforting, but in the real world a very messy place with some grossly deficient and unstable people its...


Australian government to track $100 notes with nano-chips "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government plans to crack down on the black economy by implanting $100 and $50 notes with hi-tech nano-chips so they can be surveilled. No this isnt a futuristic Hollywood movie, this is Australia in 2017. With around 300 million $100 notes in circulation carrying out such a task seems almost impossible to derive any


The Yasukuni Gambit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fresh off his election victory, Japanese Prime Minister Kobe as well as several of his cabinet members and top party officials, visited the Yasukuni Shrine outside Tokyo. As usual, reaction across Asia was hostile to the PMs visit to a shrine that honored Class A war criminals that had been part of an Imperial Japanese war machine that had slaughtered and enslaved millions in the run up to and throughout World War II. Nowhere was the anger more sharply felt than in Korea, whose 1100 years as an independent kingdom had been brutally ended by the Japanese in 1910, followed by a harsh occupation until the end of World War II.

This time reaction was even more strident than usual, probably aggravated by the fact that the new Japanese PM had been speaking ominously about Japan taking a more aggressive military stance and their recent joint military maneuvers with the US, South Korea and Australia had been the largest ever seen in the North Pacific. The heated rhetoric from Pyongyang had been dismissed as the ranting of their crackpot leader and the heightened military readiness and missile tests he had ordered had caused the normal condemnations from the US and it allies but little real alarm.

At 5 am three days after the PMs visit, North Korea launched three Taepodong-2 missiles at the Yasukuni site. All the missiles struck their targets and their high explosive warheads totally demolished the Yasukuni Shrine. Without waiting to organize a joint response with its US ally, Japan immediately launched a missile counter-strike on the North Korean capital, Pyongyang,  as well as at the nuclear power plant at Yongbyon. The reactor was seriously damaged and a massive radiation leak ensuedthere were serious doubts as to whether a complete nuclear meltdown could be avoided.

Meanwhile, the South Koreans sank two North Korean submarines that it claimed were trying to sneak special forces into its territories and the US placed all its forces in the region on high alert and ordered the Sixth Fleet aircraft carrier group to sail directly towards North Korea.

Then it happened! North Korea launched three more missiles that detonated 25km over Japan, including one near Okinawa, home to massive US bases. These were nuclear-tipped and the resulting electro-magnetic pulses had the effect of shutting down most of the Japanese electrical grid, caused extensive damage to the electronic infrastructure and, more importantly, degraded radar, defense and surveillance systems.

Within seconds of the atmospheric detonation of these missiles, twelve nuclear missiles were launched at Japan. Half of them were aimed at US bases in Okinawa and the others at Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto as well as Fukushima and two other nuclear power plants. Shorter range Rodong-1 nuclear-armed missiles were fired at Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Incheon and the nuclear power pl...


Australian special forces killed children in Afghanistan and covered it up 10 times "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of pages of secret defence force documents leaked to the ABC give an unprecedented insight into the clandestine operations of Australias elite special forces in Afghanistan, including incidents of troops killing unarmed men and children. The ABC can reveal that some of the cases detailed in the documents are being investigated as possible unlawful


Premiere: Sydney folk-rockers Wilder reveal their pristine debut single Ghosts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney folk-rock outfit Wilder have just released their anticipated debut single Ghosts, the first enticing taste of their upcoming EP, set for release later on in the year.

Deeply emotive from the jump, Ghosts is content to slowly build itself up around singer Will De Los Santos pristine vocals, gradually layering lush atmospherics as it sheds its intimate beginnings to reach a defiant peak. Described as an ode to lost love, and the look on someones face as they realise that their forever-love is leaving them, the track was written about the pain of watching his father leave his mother, and that personal battle is made clear in every bitter refrain.

Judging by the lead single, the EP is shaping up very nicely indeed not surprising considering theyve enlisted the production skills of Tim Carr, who you may recognise as the name behind the likes of local folk royalty like Matt Corby and Julia Stone.

While well need to wait a little longer to get our hands on the album, you can grab Ghosts tomorrow, and find out what else Wilder are capable of when they celebrate their debut with a free gig at the Della Hyde in Sydney on Friday 14th of July.


Hundreds turn out for highway protest "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullumbimby activist Radha Wilkinson targets motorists on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah on Saturday (June 8) as part of the annual Water is Life protest. Photo supplied

Mullumbimby activist Radha Wilkinson targets motorists on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah on Saturday (June 8) as part of the annual Water is Life protest. Photo supplied#

Hundreds of people from Grafton to the Queensland border flanked the Pacific Highway on Saturday (July 8) for the annual Water is Life protest action.

Locally there were groups at Tugun, Tweed and Tyagarah, as well as further south at Broadwater and Grafton.

The Bruxner Highway also saw its share of roadside protesters, with a contingent at Lismore.

Billed as Australias longest protest action, it is the third year that people have lined the nations highways to protest the impacts of CSG and coal mining, among others, on the nations groundwater.

According to local organiser Radha Wilkinson, the main issue this year is the threat to the Pilliga Forest from Santos CSG exploration there. A lot of people had stop gas in the Pilliga signs, she said.

But the groups concerns didnt stop there, with Ms Wilkinson saying there were fears that CSG licences could be reissued in the Northern Rivers, despite the state governments denial.

In June, Lock the Gate told Echonetdaily that the NSW Governments Strategic Release Framework for coal and gas exploration allows holders of expunged petroleum titles to reapply for areas where licences have been bought back or cancelled, including in the Northern Rivers.

Additionally you may already be aware that the federal Liberal/National government is demanding states lift bans or moratoriums in their push to further extract gas and roll it out across the country for the export trade effectively blackmailing states to do so otherwise they will prevent their access to vital GST funds for states, Ms Wilkinson said.


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Hillsong founder Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Frank Houstons pedophile activities. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Over 400 boy victims of Frank Houstons pedophilia. Self-confessed pedophile. Confessed to lifelong secret child sexual abuse of young little boys, preteens and teenagers. But mainly young boys aged 7 to 11. The worst Pentecostal pastor since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. Son of Lucifer. Frank Houstons eyes are black like Lucifers.

Note of 12 July 2017

Pastor Brian Houston, Frank Houstons son, and head pastor of Hillsong Global Church was recommended by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to face pedophile protection charges.

I have edited the article below reflecting current up to date information.

This article outlines the history of Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs secret sexual abuse of hundreds of little boys, pre-teens and teens over five or more decades, possibly for 70 years if you include his grandchildren and rent boys (underage male prostitutes).

This site is the most authoritative and comprehensive site on Hillsong corruption, Houston corruption and Hillsong pedophilia.


This article and its updates

This article was first published on this site on 9 September 2012 prior to the Australian Roya...


The Octopus and the Suicide of Investigative Journalist Danny Casolaro "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Journalist Gary Webb shot himself twice in the head when he suicided, and (R) Danny Casolaro  by Dee McLachlan Joseph Daniel Casolaro (June 16, 1947 August 10, 1991) was an American freelance writer who was found dead in a bathtub in the Sheraton Hotel in Martinsburg, West Virginia. His wrists were slashed 1012 times and a note []


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Late pregnancy is so different this time round.

Were in the thick of winter, heading towards the end of school holidays and Im attempting to nest and spruce and tidy. And yet doing this with three kids circling is ridiculous. Only a heavily pregnant nesting-like-mad woman would attempt it.

And yet I continue to wash clothes and tidy toys and pack and re-pack the hospital bag because these are the things that make me feel content r...


Man missing from Yamba can you help? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are seeking help from the public to find this man, Robert Macdonald, missing from Yamba since July 4. Photo NSW Police

Police are seeking help from the public to find this man, Robert Macdonald, missing from Yamba since July 4. Photo NSW Police

Police are appealing for assistance from the public to locate a man missing from Yamba since Tuesday July 4.

Robert McDonald, aged 62, was last seen in the Yamba area a week ago, and police and family have serious concerns for his welfare.

He is described as being Caucasian in appearance and about 150cm-155cm tall with a thin build. He has grey hair and a beard and moustache.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Robert should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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

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Get a taste of Poison in their heady mix for Body Promise "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Sydney legends DJ Plead and T.Morimoto have a new collaborative project called Poison, bringing thunderous rhythm patterns and microtonal keyboard shredding to the dancefloor. Its a sidestep from their other electronic music ventures BV and Thomas William respectively and FBi Radios own Body Promise have gotten right behind it.

With a 40-minute MIDI duel of original material recorded for BPs Tuesday Sunset show, the duo take us headfirst into their vortex of heady rhythms and relentless percussive movement. Its a whirlwind education for first-time Body Promise listeners from two producers with an uncompromising love of syncopation and grit. Get a taste.



Listen back to the full show here. Hear Body Promise on FBi Radio: Mondays 9-11pm

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This Vertical Farm Wants To Be An Agriculture Company, Not A Tech Company "IndyWatch Feed National"

FreshBox Farms is going big by focusing on harvests, not proprietary growing systems.

As the indoor farming industry has taken off in the last several yearsover the next 10 years, indoor farming is expected to account for 50% of leafy green production, and grow to a $42 billion industryits become apparent that its as much about technology as it is about agriculture. Bowery, a new startup operating out of an old warehouse building in Kearney, New Jersey, developed a sensor-based proprietary technology, called BoweryOS, specifically to support the venture by determining necessary nutrient levels, as well as when crops are ready for harvesting. And in South San Francisco, Plenty is growing produce via a tech-supported vertical farming model that has already received $26 million from tech investors like Bezos Expeditions and Innovation Endeavors.

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Australia buys back farmland sold to China for coal exploitation "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, Australia A state government says it will buy back most of a Chinese mining companys coal exploration license for 262 million Australian dollars ($201 million) to help protect some of Australias most fertile farmland.

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Harvesters process corn on the Liverpool Plains

The New South Wales state government said on Wednesday it will buy back 51.4 percent of state-owned China Shenhua Energys license covering the Liverpool Plains, northwest of Sydney.

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Australian subsidiary Shenhua Watermark Coal paid the government AU$300 million in 2008 for exploration rights over the prime farmland, angering local farmers and agriculture advocates.

Resources Minister Don Harwin says Shenhua will be left to explore the mountain ridges that border the flatland.

Shenhua said in a statement it has expressed its disappointment, but will continue with plans to mine the smaller area.


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The Failure of Peer Review "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

The defects in the peer review system have been the subject of a profusion of critical editorials and studies in the literature over recent years. The notion of peer review occupies special territory in the world of science. However, investigation of suppressed innovations, inventions, treatments, cures, and so on rapidly reveals that the peer review system is arguably better at one thing above all others: censorship. This can mean censorship of everything from contrarian viewpoints to innovations that render favored dogmas, products, or services obsolete (economic threats) depends on circumstances. The problem is endemic, as many scientists have learned the hard way.

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From Armidale to Bega: sharing the remarkable Hinton art collection "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Esther Paterson (1896-1971), The Yellow Gloves, also known as Portrait of Betty Patterson. Oil on board. Gift of Howard Hinton, 1939. This is but one of the Hinton paintings I remember from my childhood. 
Visitors to the exhibition Treasures of Australian art 1880-1940: the Howard Hinton Collection opening at 10am on Saturday 15 July at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery will discover one of the most significant art collections in regional New South Wales.

The exhibition will feature forty-four key works from the Howard Hinton Collection at the New England Art Museum (NERAM) in Armidale including paintings by Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Margaret Preston, Nora Heysen, Hans Heysen, Norman Lindsay, Elioth Gruner and Herbert Badham.

Howard Hinton was an extraordinarily generous man who gave away these fabulous artworks during his own lifetime and this exhibition is just a small selection of what is to be found here in one of the most significant art collections in regional Australia, said Robert Heather, Director of the New England Regional Art Museum. We hope that the exhibition inspires visitors to come and see more of The Howard Hinton Collection in Armidale.

Howard Hinton donated over 1200 artworks to the Armidale Teachers College between his retirement in 1929 and his death in 1948, said Mr Heather. Every year zinc lined packing cases would arrive bearing artworks and be opened by the staff, than the collection was hung in lecture theatres, offices, hallways and the library of the College, where the artworks stayed for over fifty years.


Cashless society closer than we think "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the Greeks rush to hang on to any cash they can find, Denmark has predicted it'll be the first country in the world to get rid of notes and coins altogether. They'll be replaced by plastic and tap and go technology as soon as next year. And Australia might not be far behind.


US wants its own changes to WTO dispute settlement, but downplays WTO "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 12, 2017: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has told the US Senate Finance Committee on June 21 that he is working to advance each point of President Trumps trade policy agenda, which includes promoting U.S. sovereignty, enforcing U.S. trade laws, leveraging American economic strength, protecting U.S. intellectual property rights, and reducing Americas persistent trade deficit.

We have also been active in identifying countries that have serious problems with protection of intellectual property, and we are reviewing and amending our action plans to ensure that we can identify violations and take appropriate enforcement actions

For many years, the team at USTR has been engaged in the WTO dispute process regarding European Union subsidies for Airbus and EU claims of American subsidies for Boeing. On June 9, a WTO Compliance Panel rejected 28 of 29 claims made by the European Union. Make no mistake; this was a big victory for the United States.

I look forward to continuing the trend of defending American businesses against unfair claims from foreign nations. Further, we will not hesitate to file claims against nations that do not follow the rules

We expect to see meaningful changes in order to maintain the relevance of the system. Looking ahead to December, we are pursuing successful ministerial in Buenos Aires this December that reinvigorates the WTO. We do not advocate a meeting that seeks major deliverables or significant negotiated outcomes.



Women laughing: transgression and collective power "IndyWatch Feed National"

Instead of becoming the object of ridicule or humour, the laughing woman was an example of a new perspective in film that complicated the dominance of the male gaze. This happened when women laughed together. Womens laughter counteracts dominance when it constructs a counterknowledge, a counterknowledge that is collectively produced through female bonding across barriers of class and race.


TAS Missing Person Sven BAKLIEN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 3:54 pm.

Police are currently searching for a 27 year old male, Sven Ingemar BAKLIEN, who went missing in the Claremont area on the 9th November 2011. Police have concerns for his health and safety.

He is described as solid build, light brown hair, full beard, blue eyes and 175cm tall. It is not known what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance.


Mr BAKLIEN is not described as dangerous however due to health concerns, police request anyone who has information as to his whereabouts to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Missing person Matthew Strochnetter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 9:58 am.

Tasmania Police are seeking assistance from the public to locate Matthew Strochnetter, aged 35 who lives in Seymour on the East Coast.

Mr Strochnetter was last seen by his father at 5:30am on Wednesday 8 December 2010. Mr Strochnetter often goes woodcutting alone in his white 1993 Toyota Hilux ute, registration number DF1179. He regularly travels to Hobart and offers wood for sale from the back of his ute, in the vicinity of the Elwick Showgrounds.


His family have not seen or heard from him 8 December, and they are concerned for his safety.

If anyone has seen Matthew, or his vehicle in the last few days they are urged to contact police.

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What is a Wood Sniffer?

You can spot a wood sniffer by the way their eyes light up when they spot a piece of timber. Their rough hands run tenderly along the fibres and you can see the satisfaction when they take a big ol whiff. They have a grounded passion and appreciation in the potential of transforming a piece of local wood into something special

As a part of The Way It Should Be series, Stone & Woods latest film follows fifth generation wood sniffer, Andy Ceglinski from sawmill to surf.

Profiling people whove gravitated to the Northern Rivers for a more conscious lifestyle, the series tells the stories of locals and their connection to the local community, the environment and their craft

It seemed like such a rewarding idea to be able to mill the wood and handcraft this board then surf itIts a combination of all the things I love.

Andys sustainable approach is not to make a heap of surfboards to sell and pocket millions of dollars. Hed rather enjoy the experience of making a quality product, and hed be stoked if he could after it all, make a humble living from it.

Like any good honourable business, were trying to do good things for the community and for the environment.

For Stone & Wood, Andys story is not too dissimilar to their own. Many of the brewerys crew, have chosen to move to the Northern Rivers for the life it offers, to work with purpose and be a part of this special community. The area has helped bring to life the companys philosophies affirming what was great about village breweries, and what a conscious business should be.

Watch Andys humbling story through his approach to doing business and how he sees his responsibility as a leader in the community.



Reforming an ineffective and harmful youth justice system in the NT "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Northern Territory Government has been ineffective in its response to child offending and is failing to make communities safer, the Human Rights Law Centre told the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

In its third submission to the Royal Commission, the Human Rights Law Centre said that the Government must reform the youth justice system based on evidence of what works.

Shahleena Musk, a Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre and former senior youth justice lawyer in Darwin said, It is crucial that governments rely on the evidence of what is effective in responding to child offending instead of making it up as they go along. Children are fundamentally different from adults. Understanding and reflecting this difference is vital to addressing the issues with the youth justice system. A youth justice system modelled on adult prisons is a recipe for failure.  

Most of the children in the youth justice system have suffered significant disadvantage, trauma and health problems. For the vast majority of children who offend, detention is not an appropriate response and can harm the very objects we are trying to achieve rehabilitation and community safety, said Ms Musk.

The submission calls for changes to laws and for increased investment in community based alternatives to detention, including bail supports and rehabilitation programs, particularly Aboriginal community led solutions. 96 per cent of the youth detention population in the NT are Aboriginal.

The current youth detention model does little to address factors leading to child offending. Many children are leaving detention worse off than when they went in. The NT Government must shift its priorities away from shoring up failed youth detention centres that warehouse children towards proven community based options like education, training and drug and alcohol programs that help kids get their lives back on track, said Ms Musk.

If the Government wants to turn kids lives around, they must give them every opportunity to reach their full potential. Ever harsher and more punitive responses will crush that potential, added Ms Musk.

The HRLCs submission to the inquiry can be read here.

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TAS Missing Person Barry Petersen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:38 am.

Police are currently reviewing the investigation into missing person Barry John Petersen.

Mr Petersen was last seen approximately 11.00pm on 5 January 1992, leaving an address in Short Street, Glebe. Aged 37 at the time of his disappearance, Mr Petersen was described as being about 178 cm tall, of medium build, with wavy brown hair and hazel eyes, wearing green track pants, white running shoes and a jumper.

Mr Petersen has made no contact with family since his disappearance.


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There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Mr Petersen. This is a standard review being conducted in accordance with Tasmania Police investigative procedures, in relation to historical missing person cases, said Constable Elise Clark, of Hobart Police Station.

Anyone with information in relation to the disappearance or location of Mr Petersen is encouraged to contact Constable Elise CLARK, on (03) 62302111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Concerns for missing man Paul Wilson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 30 March 2012 4:35 pm.

Police have concerns for the welfare for an interstate tourist, 49 year old Paul Stephen Wilson, who went missing in the Hobart or Mount Field area around the 27th of March 2012.

He is described as being of slim athletic build, mousey brown hair (slightly longer than average), hazel eyes, Australian nationality, large operation scar on head and small scars above both eyes. He is believed to be wearing a sky blue outdoor fleece jumper, black cycling pants, a dark blue long sleeve thermal and runners.

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He is also believed to have been driving a white 1999 Hyundai Getz, B41DI, which has been located by police. Police are concerned for his welfare due to his current medical condition. Police request anyone who has information as to his whereabouts to contact them on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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In The Handmaids Tale, the future is now "IndyWatch Feed National"

But what if a discussion of The Handmaids Tale would be better served by viewing it in the context not of the Trump era or larger, historical traumas, but small daily terrors? What is most frightening about Atwoods novel and this television adaptation is how it represents a world for women not unlike the one we are currently living in; a world that is both familiar and unfamiliar.


Country of origin labelling not a level playing field Northern Rivers Food "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

New labels to be introduced include Product of Australia, Grown in Australia and Made in Australia. According to, there is a two-year transition period for the new labels, and food labelled from July 1, 2018 must follow the new rules.

New labels to be introduced include Product of Australia, Grown in Australia and Made in Australia. According to, there is a two-year transition period for the new labels, and food labelled from July 1, 2018 must follow the new rules.

Food producing businesses face enormous fines for non-compliance under new country of origin labelling laws, according to the peak body representing food producers in the region.

To be introduced on July 1, 2018, Northern Rivers Food (NRF) say the law will extend to even jams and pickles that are sold at the farmers market.

In response, NRF will hold a free workshop for food producers, to be held on Wednesday July 26 from 9am till 1pm at the Ramada in Ballina. It will feature Charles Fisher from Foodlegal, Australias foremost legal advisor to the food industry.

Country of origin labelling aims to present what percentage of Australian ingredients is contained in food and is being introduced by the federal department of industry.

Doesnt pass the fairness test.

While NRF say they believe completely in Country of Origin labelling, they have raised concerns, including non-identification of non-Australian ingredients and where they originate from.

Thats what consumers want to know, says chair of Northern Rivers Food, Pam Brook.

She says, If youre buying junk food, confectionery, soft drinks or chocolate, you wont know what Australian content there is, because those producers dont have to comply.

Its not a level playing field. If youre buying imported foods or Australian food sent overseas to be process...


Community Billboard 12th July-18th July "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the

future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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TAS Business and Home burglary charges in North West "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 24 October 2014 9:48 am.

Around $10,000 worth of property, a stolen motor vehicle and a number of firearms have been recovered by Devonport CIB Detectives relating to a number of business and home burglaries in recent weeks.

On Tuesday afternoon Detectives from Devonport CIB and Uniform Police attended an address in Penguin and took two men into custody.

A 19 year old male from Devonport was sought in relation to burglaries of businesses at Sheffield, Gunns Plains and Riana in early October as well as a series of burglaries from residences in Hawley and the Ulverstone area, specifically Lobster Creek Road and Preston.

He was subsequently charged with a number of counts of aggravated burglary, burglary, stealing and fraud related offences and remanded in custody to next appear at the Devonport Magistrates court on 19 November 2014.

A 25 year old Ulverstone man was charged with Dangerous Driving and was remanded in custody to appear at the Devonport Magistrates court on 6 November 2014.

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This series of crime is a timely reminder for business and home owners alike to reassess and where needed improve the security measures they have in place, especially when leaving their premises for extended periods of time. said Detective Acting Inspector Richard Chugg.

Anyone with information in relation to these matters is asked to contact Devonport CIB on 64784036 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Firearms Theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 17 October 2014 11:36 pm.

Police are currently investigating the theft of firearms from a private residence in Newstead. It is believed that the theft has occurred sometime within the past week.

Stolen in the burglary were a .250 rifle and a .45 home made percussion firearm. Both firearms were registered.

Police would like to hear from anyone with information relating to the burglary, or anyone who has knowledge of someone who has come into possession of any firearm.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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FixedIt: charged with sexual abuse of children, not child sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another man charged with sexual assaulting children, another headline about child sex. This one from the South Coast Register.

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 th...


Queensland premier faces howls over Adani mine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Protesters disrupting a Town Hall meeting held by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Brothers Leagues Club in Cairns, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Photo Twitter/#stopadani

Protesters disrupting a Town Hall meeting held by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Brothers Leagues Club in Cairns, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Photo Twitter/#stopadani


Opponents of Adanis vast new Queensland mine have howled at the premier after she told them they would not stop coal mining in the state.

Protesters interrupted Annastacia Palaszczuks town hall meeting in Cairns on Tuesday night, chanting no, no, no in opposition to the mine.

But the premier told them jobs were vital and coal mining would not cease in Queensland: Coal is going to be a part of our energy mix for many years to come, she said.

Rubbish! the protesters howled in reply.

They later interrupted the meeting by bursting into song.

The premiers comments came on the same day her government announced a plan to fight climate change and help protect the Great Barrier Reef by cutting Queenslands carbon emissions.

The plan includes aims to de-carbonise the states emissions-intensive energy sector.

But while that plan is being executed in Queensland, Adani will be allowed to mine and export the states coal so it can be burned in Indias power stations, with India to account for those emissions.

Mine opponents, climate activists and reef scientists say new coal mines like Adanis simply cannot be allowed to proceed when the dire state of coral reefs worldwide is already well documented.

This week, former US vice president and climate action campaigner Al Gore implored Australia not to build the mine, saying there was a choice to make between a huge new coal mine and the Great Barrier Reef.

Last month, former Australian Institute of Marine Science chief scientist Charlie Veron, whos credited with discovering 20 per cent of all coral species, said federal approvals for the Adani mine must be overturned.

Coal mining is the number one danger to coral reefs now in the whole world. If we wipe out coral reefs, we are going t...


TAS Burglary and Stealing Charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 4:28 pm.

Three people appeared in the Launceston Magistrates court this morning today in relation to a Burglary and Stealing incident that occurred yesterday at a complex on George Street, Launceston.

The 34 year old woman from East Launceston, 24 year old woman from South Launceston and 23 year old man from West Launceston, were jointly charged in relation to numerous burglary and stealing matters from the complex.

The trio were also charged with a significant stealing of property from a residential unit located nearby.

It is suspected that this incident would have occurred over a number of hours. We would like to hear from anybody who saw anything suspicious in the area of George and York Streets, Launceston, between the hours of about midnight and 5:30 am yesterday morning, said Detective Acting Inspector Ruth Orr of Launceston CIB.

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The two women were both bailed with the 24 year old man being remanded in custody. All three will appear in court at a later date.

Anyone with information in relation to this matter is asked to contact Launceston CIB on 67773911 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Missing Teenager Anastasia Ramanauskas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 4:35 pm.

Hobart police are asking teenager Anastasia to make contact with them after a missing person report was lodged earlier today.

Family contacted police earlier today after discovering the Anastasia was missing from home this morning.

Anastasia is described as being of medium build, with long black hair with dyed green tips. She is approximately 170cm in height.

When last sighted, Anastasia was wearing blue jeans, a t-shirt and a purple beanie.

Anastasia is believed to be in the Greater Hobart area and police would like to hear from anyone who may know her current whereabouts.

If you know Anastasia, or you have contact with her, please contact police on 131 444.

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FixedIt: Rape, kidnapping and child porn is not a Sleeping Beauty fetish "IndyWatch Feed National"

Binh Ben Chung, 43, was convicted of kidnapping, battery with intent to commit sexual assault, and four counts of sexual assault. He used ketamine to render his victims unconscious and filmed himself raping them. One of his victims was a teenage girl.

All these details are included in the article, but all we know from the headline on 7 News is that hes a Doctor (and therefore a respectable member of society) and that he has a Sleeping Beauty fetish.

Seems a bit unfair to put a guy in prison for 50 years just because he finds a cartoon character attractive, right?

Minimising and erasing sexual violence in headlines is insidiously telling the public that crimes like rape and kidnapping are not serious and deeply traumatic for the victims. Around 60 per cent of people only read the headlines, so most people who see this will never know the crimes this man committed.

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Turnbull "honoured" to "meet" Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia. #allaboutmalcolm "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turnbull has a bloody hide! He's posted this self-serving record of the "honour" he says he received today. As he describes it, the honour of "meeting" Her Majesty, "a" remarkable leader of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Turnbull you trumped up jerk, whether you like it or not, Her...


TAS Missing Mobile Phone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 24 October 2014 9:50 am.

Assault and Stealing at New Town 22 October 2014

Hobart CIB are currently investigating an assault on a woman at Cornelian Bay yesterday evening. It is alleged that the mobile phone from the woman was taken and disposed of in the New Town area (possibly near the bike track). The phone is described as a white Samsung phone with a pink flip cover.

A 24 year old Port Huon man has been charged over the incident and has been bailed with conditions to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court at a late date.

Investigators have been unable to locate the phone and ask that anyone finding a mobile phone in that area to contact police on 131 444.

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TAS Significant Recovery of Stolen Property "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 4:28 pm.

At approximately 5:30 am this morning, uniform police were called to reports of a burglary at a business premises on George Street, Launceston, formally the Roman Baths complex.

A 34 year old woman from East Launceston, a 24 year old woman from South Launceston and a 23 year old man from West Launceston, are all currently in custody and assisting police with enquiries.

Police located a significant quantity of stolen property in the nearby area and at other locations around Launceston. The stolen property consisted of household items and tools to an approximated value of over $50,000, said Detective Acting Inspector Ruth Orr.

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Detectives from Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch are currently investigating the matter, she said.

Police are asking for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity in the early hours of this morning, particularly in the area of York and George Street, Launceston, to please contact Launceston CIB on 67773911 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS 59 year old man arrested for Prohibited Behaviour in Margate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 4:15 pm.

On Saturday 11 October 2014, Police arrested a 59 year old man from Blackmans Bay in relation to his behaviour in the playground of the Margate Channel Christian School.

Its alleged the man exposed himself. Police were called; the man was arrested nearby and has been charged with Prohibited Behaviour.

Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Margate Channel Christian School on Saturday 11 October 2014 between 1pm and 5:30pm who may have observed a man about 177cm tall, slim build, with black hair and wearing a dark t-shirt and dark shorts.

Police would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen a red 1984 Toyota Corolla in the Dru Point, Margate area.

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Investigations into the matter are continuing and Police would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have relevant information. Bellerive Criminal Investigation Branch can be contacted on 61732318 or information can be left via Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Car carbon tax as likely as Elvis comeback "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minister for Environment Josh Frydenberg during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Minister for Environment Josh Frydenberg during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)


The federal government insists it has not made any decision to impose a so-called carbon tax on cars.

Reports suggest new hardline carbon-emission rules are being considered, which industry sources say could push up the price of a new car by as much as $5000.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in London on Tuesday he had not seen the reports.

Certainly no decisions have been made in that regard at all, he said.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg described the reports as a beat-up, arguing consultation on fuel efficiency standards has been ongoing since October 2015 and no final decision has been made.

There is as much chance of a carbon tax on cars as Elvis making a comeback, he told ABC TV.

The only thing the government is interested in is how do we reduce the fuel costs for families on their vehicles.

Peak motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association believes a policy that drives such a price rise would have the perverse outcome of stopping people buying new cars, instead forcing them to keep their older, dirtier vehicles.

Even the makers of the Toyota Prius would be penalised under the governments proposed emission scheme rules, chief executive Michael Bradley told ABC radio.

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Al Gore urges Australia 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 Indi...


NSW Schools Introduce Pill Testing to Ensure Students are Sufficiently Medicated "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Schools across the state are set to introduce pill testing this month, in a bid to verify the quality of the wide variety of medications students are prescribed, ranging from mood stabiliser injections to peanut blockers.

A NSW government health spokesperson told The Sydney Sentinel that the move would save lives.

Unmedicated students are challenging to teach and can cause stress fractures or even death in teaching folk, she said. They ask intelligent questions, run around the joint at lunch and have far too much life in them. The only way well know if students are properly sedated for learning is if we test their medications.

Early learning experts have also backed the move, saying pill testing is in everyones best interests.

Kids are hard to teach. They tend to have their own ideas and annoying traits like creativity, which, fortunately, theyll grow out of, one expert said. Medication solves this problem instantly, but only if were giving kids a high enough dose. Pill testing will ensure theyre being looked after properly.


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TAS Concern For Welfare Brian George Moore "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 21 February 2014 8:57 am.

Police are seeking information in relation to the whereabouts of Brian George MOORE dob 3/5/1963 who was last seen in the Devonport area on Sunday the 16 February 2014.

Police do not believe that Brian Moore has access to a vehicle and is likely to be in the Devonport area.

Brian is described as 186cm tall of medium build with brown short hair, hazel eyes and a tanned complexion.

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Brian Moore or any other person who may know of his whereabouts are urged to contact crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or the Devonport Police Station 64784011.

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Queensland government could give Adani another helping hand "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Adani, the owner of the notorious Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, may be given another helping hand by the Queensland state government.

This is, if it allows the request made by the mining magnate, to only submit an operating plan to the end of this year, on order to raise up to $4 billion required for the next stage to build and run the Carmichael Coal mine in the states Galilee Basin. The deadline to secure the funding is the end of 2017.

Given the record of bending over backwards to accommodate, it is likely that the request will at least be given serious consideration. opponents are lobbying the government to not give its approval.

The problem with this it that there is no guarantee on what happens from next year on. Once the money is in and expanded operations taking place, there is no guarantee that there will be any meaningful oversight.

Tabling a plan for only six months for a mining operation is highly unusual. They usually cover a 5-year period. It should not be allowed.

Because it has been the Adani style in other places, there is genuine concern that the mine will not take off and the money raised will be siphoned off to Adanis tax haven in the Cayman Islands. Suspicion that something untoward might be going on was raised after the transfer of between $1oo million to $400 million to the parent company in India,  suggesting that not all the money is being used for operational purposes at the mine site.

The possibility is that after securing his money and selling out to other operators, Adani will walk away with a trunk full of cash. The extent of local and national opposition and lack of support from the Wangan and Jagaingou, the traditional owners of the land, has made it more likely that there will be a plan B.

Despite the evidence of the way the Adani companies operate and a string of convictions and pending cases outside Australia, the Queensland government seems determined to help in whichever way it can.

there is no ironclad arrangement to ensure the mine meets basic environmental conditions,whoever ends up as the operator.

In the 6-month plan there are no details covering either construction or operations.  There is no plan to restore the expected land disturbance or other damage, if it occurs after 2017.  A by-product of this is that Adani only needs to pay a much smaller bond than would be the case for a longer-term plan, which would be the case if operations were declared to be on a much larger scale.

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TAS Renewed concern for missing person "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 27 April 2012 10:02 am.

Police continue to have concerns for the welfare of Julian David Edward Mills.

The 25 year old New Town man was reported missing on 2 April 2012. He is described as being 187cm tall, slim build with fair complexion and dark hair. He previously had long shoulder length hair. Police investigations have now established that he now has a much shorter hairstyle.

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His last confirmed sighting was on 2 April 2012 in Launceston. At that time he was wearing a pale red polo top, red cargo shorts, black sunglasses and carrying a grey backpack. Police are concerned for his welfare particularly as he is without his required medication.

Anyone who has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Hobart Police on (03) 62302384 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Missing Person Julian Mills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 4 April 2012 4:18 pm.

Police have concerns for the welfare of Julian David Edward Mills, aged 25 years, of New Town, Hobart.

Mr Mills was last seen on or about 21 March 2012 at Hobart; and subsequently reported missing to police on 2 April 2012. Recent activity on Mr Mills bank account suggests he may be in the northern part of Tasmania.

Mr Mills is described as being 187cm tall, medium build, fair complexion and long brown hair.

Anyone with information in relation Mr Mills whereabouts is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Stayz warns of job losses over Byrons holiday letting policy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Online accommodation booking website Stayz has weighed into the holiday letting debate, warning that local government is now considering measures that could put local jobs at risk.

With Byron Shire Council forging ahead with plans to regulate holiday letting, it has also recently announced it will again pursue illegal holiday letting.

Jordan Condo, who is Stayz director of corporate and government affairs, told The Echo, Byron Bay could lose this source of jobs and economic growth by introducing measures that would penalise families who let out their holiday houses, who have been the backbone of Byron Bays tourism industry.

But Greens councillor Michael Lyon told The Echo, The greatest damage to our community that is happening right now, that has been happening increasingly over the last five years, is caused by holiday letting.

He said, With the expected expansion of Coolangatta Airport from six million to 16.6 million visitors per year and the upgrade of Ballina airport due shortly, there is no end to the increase in tourist numbers that we will see.

The answer is not to turn our town into one big holiday let and undermine the local long-term letting market.

The answer, if we wish to accommodate more tourists, is to provide more tourist accommodation in the form of motels, bed-and-breakfasts and the like. These can still be listed on Stayz, Airbnb etc and will provide more jobs than using our residential areas as holiday letting.

Also, to say that jobs are at risk is not a sound argument if the people doing these jobs have to travel an hour or more to get to work each day because there is no local accommodation. As a council, we have to focus on environmental concerns and residential amenity and balance these with the desires of the tourist economy.

Local govt levy?

The Echo asked Mr Condo how Council can keep roads and infrastructure in working order given the huge increase in holiday letting other countries have adopted a levy that is paid to local governments for Airbnb bookings, for example, so there is a contribution of sorts.

Is this supported by Stayz?

He replied, Punitive measures against homeowners like day restrictions and financial levies will discourage them from listing their properties and drive up the cost of accommod...


Officials shielded child migrant scheme "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The NSW justice system in the 1950s acted to spare the blushes of charity organisations when staff were charged with sexually abusing child migrants in their care, an inquiry in London has been told.

Expert witness Professor Gordon Lynch told the inquiry on Tuesday that Australian government officials were concerned about maintaining the flow of child migrants from the UK.

He said that prompted them to protect the reputation of the migration scheme and of groups such as the child care charity Dr Barnados and the Salvation Army when sexual abuse was uncovered at homes and farm schools.

In May the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse heard from former child migrants about the physical, mental and sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of church and charity group staff charged with their care.

It has also heard that the Australian government vigorously promoted the child migration scheme as a way of populating Australia with good white British stock.

Prof Lynch, from the University of Kent, has written reports on the child migration scheme and the abuse suffered by child migrants in Australia.

On Tuesday he described a sex abuse scandal surrounding Barnados school farm at Picton in NSW in 1958 which led to several convictions for sexual assault, including against the schools sports master.

Boys had also been sexually abused when sent to surrounding farms and there were cases of groomed older boys sexually abusing younger boys, the inquiry heard.

The scandal led to a ban being imposed by the Australian government on further child migrants being sent from the UK to Barnados homes.

But the ban was lifted when child welfare authorities in NSW concluded children in the homes were no longer at risk of sex abuse.

Prof Lynch said Australian immigration officials lobbied for the ban to be lifted while also encouraging Barnados to have more children sent from the UK.

He said Australian officials were sensitive about any adverse publicity about the child migration scheme and the church groups and charities involved.

Prof Lynch said that tied in with a practice within the NSW justice system to spare the blushes of groups such as BarnadoR...


Elizabethan Turnbull meets Queen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Darren Coyne)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Darren Coyne)


Staunch republican Malcolm Turnbull says 20 years ago he would have never imagined that he would meet the Queen as prime minister of Australia.

The final official event for Mr Turnbull before heading back to Australia after a trip to Germany, France and England was an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Speaking to reporters before the meeting, Mr Turnbull, who co-founded the Australian Republican Movement, said politics is full of unpredictable events.

Even republicans like myself can be, and in my case are, very strong Elizabethans, he said.

The prime minister paid tribute to the 91-year-old monarch as having embodied selfless public service, dignity, wisdom and leadership for longer and more magnificently than anyone alive today.

The Queen wore a diamond-encrusted wattle brooch while receiving Mr Turnbull on Tuesday.

The Queen has worn the yellow and blue diamond item many times, which was given to her early in her reign during the 1954 Commonwealth tour.

The monarch has been invited to open the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Asked whether he expected confirmation of which royal might attend, Mr Turnbull said: I may be better informed this afternoon.

Mr Turnbull has publicly advocated for a republic, but believes such a change would not be supported by Australians during the Queens reign.

ARM is pressing for a national vote in 2020 on whether people want an Australian head of state and how one should be chosen.

This would be followed by a full referendum in 2022 to change the constitution.

Mr Turnbull said in a speech in December his preferred model was an advisory plebiscite offering a choice between two republican models most likely direct election and parliamentary appointment.

Once the model is chosen at the plebiscite, the parliament would formulate the terms of the amendment in line with the peoples choice and present it at a referendum.

ARM called on the the prime minister to make clear to the Queen Australia would still be a commonwealth country if Australians vote to become a republic.

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TAS Missing man Geoffrey Bullock "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, 21 August 2011 8:47 pm.

Police Search and Rescue are today using trail bikes to search the bushland areas and walking tracks behind Rokeby, through Tranmere, for missing man Geoffrey Bullock.

55 year old Mr Bullock was last seen in the Rokeby area on Saturday 20 August at about 8.30pm.

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He is described as being 176cm tall, of slim build, with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey jumper and baggy blue jeans.

It is out of character for Mr Bullock to go missing and his family is extremely concerned for his welfare.

Police ask that anyone who has seen Mr Bullock in these areas or who may have any information on his whereabouts to contact them through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Groups differ over Brunswick Heads van park meeting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Stella and Spike Dodd hear how their grandfather, Darcey Omeara watered the Norfolk Pines in the Terrace Reserve Caravan Park when he attended Brunswick Heads Primary School. Photo Jeff Dawson

Stella and Spike Dodd hear how their grandfather, Darcey Omeara watered the Norfolk Pines in the Terrace Reserve Caravan Park when he attended Brunswick Heads Primary School. Photo Jeff Dawson

The outcomes of a recent meeting held between stakeholders and NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT) over management of the Terrace Reserve caravan park in Brunswick Heads has been described completely differently by progress association and chamber of commerce members.

While perennial activists Patricia Warren and Michele Grant again unloaded on mayor Simon Richardsons leadership and chairing of the meeting (see letters, page 11), the Brunswick Heads Progress Association (BHPA) have also raised their concerns over how the meeting was run and its outcomes.

Yet Zac Tooth, representing the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, holds a different view. He told Echonetdaily It was a positive for us, though it did get a little hostile at one stage.

He said, I thought the meeting was well handled by the mayor and was positive.

Meanwhile BHPA secretary Leigh Rees said the meeting, which media was not invited to, was vague and criticised it for a lack of a formal agenda.

She was also alarmed at the concept plans for the contentious Terrace Reserve caravan park, which contains a historical WWI memorial park planted around 100 years ago.

The NSW government-run NSWCHPT have stated their intention to develop and formalise camping around the Cypress Norfolk Pines, despite them being in poor health and it being opposed by some residents.

Other issues raised from the meeting, says Rees, include, disinterest shown by the Councillors present, and NSWCHPTs land grab, which the mayor sees as inevitable.

According to Rees, community reps were cherry picked and given 36 hours notice for the meeting.

It was called to discuss t...


Accommodation manager to face hearing over fake receipts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Lismore courthouse. (file pic)

The Lismore courthouse. (file pic)

The accommodation manager of Lismore and Ballina businesses who allegedly created almost $6000 of fake receipts will fight charges at a hearing to avoid paying the bill.

Belinda Catherine Nott was excused from appearing at Lismore Local Court on Monday but was represented by her solicitor Vince Boss.

The 38 year-old manager of Ballina Manor Motel and Wilsons College student accommodation at Lismore is charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

It is alleged Ms Nott made two false receipts to avoid paying Side Winder Advertising $5,720.

From early 2015 to mid 2016 no payment was received by Side Winder Advertising, despite bills being sent quarterly and multiple reminders by both mail and email, police facts stated.

Ms Nott said she would deposit the money into Mr Watsons Commonwealth Bank account on On June 9, 2016, but he received nothing.

When Mr Watson spoke to Ms Nott on June 13, she said she deposited two amounts of $2,860 at Commonwealth Bank Lismore on June 9, and said she would produce receipts.

After Mr Watson requested the receipts, Ms Nott emailed him copies on June 17.

As the receipts appeared to be genuine, Mr Watson complained to the bank and records indicated there were no deposits at Lismore to his account on June 9.

Police were informed and on October 18, when Ms Nott was interviewed, she said she sent a former female employee to deposit the $5,720 at Commonwealth Bank, Lismore on June 9.

She claimed when Mr Watson didnt receive any money she lodged a complaint with the financial services ombudsman, police facts stated.

The former employee, who had since returned to her home country of Canada, was contacted by police. She said she had never been to Wilsons College and never did any banking for Ms Nott.

It is alleged Nott, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, created false receipts by altering previous receipts.

On Monday Magistrate David Heilpern set down Ms Notts matter for hearing at Lismore Local Court on October 18.

She remains free on conditional bail until her next court appearance.

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Rail trail supporters raise more than $75k for plan "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NRRT members Nick Michaels, Di Campbell, Kristin Michaels, Geoff Meers, Marie Lawton. Photo Hilary Wise

NRRT members Nick Michaels, Di Campbell, Kristin Michaels, Geoff Meers, Marie Lawton. Photo Hilary Wise

Supporters of a rail trail between Casino and Eltham have backed the idea with their own cash, raising more than $75,000 in just four weeks.

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association has been running a crowdfunding campaign, with the money to be used to help fund an engineering plan for the rail trail.

Rail Trail supporter John Bennett told The Echo he was very pleased with the effort, which represented around 770 people donating on average $50 each. 

Lismore City Council and Richmond Valley Council will also contribute $50,000 each towards the plan, which will be submitted to the state government for consideration.

NRRTA spokesperson Marie Lawton said, There is $100 million available now, through RESART NSW Regional Growth-Environment and Tourism and there will be a further two rounds of $100 million.

Engineering study

The engineering study will help make the case for allocation of some of this money for the rail trail.

At the same time, Tweed Council are waiting for the results of their submission to state and federal governments for funding the other end of the trail at Murwillumbah.

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Melbourne needs a public transport system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Rail Tram and Bus Union Victoria (RTBU)

As November rolls around, the clock is ticking for the state government.

With contracts for the metropolitan trams and trains to expire on 30 November, the government must be prepared to shake up arrangements for how the system is run, how the information is shared and how accountability can be ensured.

Continuing to build the case for systematic overhaul that prioritises the public interest, the RTBU worked to facilitate a forum of different individuals, interest groups, experts and public transport workers, RTBU delegates and retired members, to build an account of public transport that reflects on 20 years of privatisation.

Held across the afternoon of 3 Jun, forum attendees discussed many issues in public transport from governance to maintenance and service delivery.

The three main topics were:

  • The perils and pitfalls of privatisation
  • The system under public administration
  • A new path forward

One of the first topics covered was the critical question of understanding why public transport was privatised in the first place.

Unsurprisingly, an overwhelming number of attendees acknowledged governance issues, performance and funding issues as being central to pushing the system into private hands. Many who worked closely with the system through the years leading up to privatisation, perceived a deliberate degradation of the system, in preparation for privatisation.

What became evident was that while privatisation was Kennetts response to a poorly governed public monopoly, he did little to address the underlying governance issues and just produced a poorly governed private monopoly.

To this day Victorians transport workers, taxpayers and commuters alike have been robbed of the transparency, consultation and oversight necessary for effective, well resourced public transport that is operated in the primary interest of the Victorian public.

Comparing the system under privatisation against public ownership, several notable differences arose. Training, career progression and organisational structure were identified as major differences:

  • Attendees reflected on how Victorian Railways was once a large trainer of highly skilled apprentices for the wider Victorian economy. As public responsibility has been eroded, the scope of service and value provided by the operator has diminished to boost profitability.
  • The railways used to operate as a more integrated system where freight, regional and metropolitan services would support each other and provide economies of...


TAS Concern for Welfare Toni Lee Cowen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 2 June 2014 4:29 pm.

Police in Glenorchy are investigating reports of a concern for welfare.

44 year old Chigwell woman Toni Lee Cowen has been reported missing and is believed to be driving around Southern Tasmania in a silver 2002 Toyota Corolla sedan registration number EO4855.

If anyone has any information in relation to Ms Cowens current whereabouts or sights her vehicle, they are asked to contact Police immediately on 131 444.


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LNP gives member one year ban for criticising Turnbull's leadership on Facebook "IndyWatch Feed National"

The party of ideas and free speech. The broad church. The progressive party, willing to make experiments, in no sense reactionary but believing in the individual, his right and his enterprise. Just don't criticise glass jaw Turnbull. LNP member gets one-year ban for criticising Malcolm Turnbulls leadership Sarah Vogler, State...


Married Casino father of two allegedly groomed 15-year-old girl online "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Casino father is facing charges of grooming a girl under 15 years old.(File pic)

A Casino father is facing charges of grooming a girl under 15 years old.(File pic)

Under the roof of his family home, a married Casino father-of-two allegedly created a fake social media profile to groom a 15-year-old girl for sex, court documents have revealed.

Jacob Lee Benn appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday and was represented by solicitor Peter Walsh.

The 30 year-old is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years for sex.

It is alleged between November 21, 2016 and June 14 this year, Mr Benn communicated with the girl on social media using a fake profile.

The sender did this with the intention of making it easier to procure the recipient to engage in sexual activity with the sender, court documents stated.

The recipient is someone who is under the age of 16 years, namely 15 years and the sender is at least 18 years, namely 30 years.

Police allege the online grooming escalated over the seven month period.

The accused continued to progress this offence over a prolonged period and he instigated the use of a false profile on the social media site to perpetrate this offence, court documents stated.

He also asked the victim to delete and cover the use of this profile.

Following an investigation, Mr Benn was arrested and taken to Lismore police station on June 15, where he was charged and granted conditional bail to reside at Casino.

Conditions of his bail include not to contact the victim by any means, not to go to the victims school, not to access any form of social media and not to contact any person under 16 unless they are immediate family.

The court heard the brief of evidence against Mr Benn was still being compiled by police.

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by August 21.

He adjourned Mr Benns matters until September 11 at Lismore Local Court.

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Donald Trump Jr releases email plans to meet Russian lawyer for Hillary Clinton information "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reuters/ ABC Australia

Donald Trump Jr releases email plans to meet Russian lawyer for Hillary Clinton information

12 July 2017
US President Donald Trumps eldest son has released an email chain showing he eagerly agreed to meet with a Russian government lawyer to obtain incriminating information on his fathers Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscows support for the then Republican candidate.

Key points:

  • The emails could provide ammunition in the probe looking into Russian-Trump collusion
  • Collusion itself is not a crime but abetting criminal actions could be grounds for charges
  • Donald Trump Jr met with a Russian lawyer but has said they discussed other things
  • Sources say the committee investigating Russian interference are seeking the emails

The Crown prosecutor of Russia offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father, said the June 3, 2016, email to Donald Trump Jr from publicist Rob Goldstone.

This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its Governments support for Mr Trump, according to the email posted by Mr Trump Jr on Twitter.

If its what you say I love it, Mr Trump Jr partly replied in the exchange, which he said represented the entire chain of his emails about the meeting, which eventually took place on June 9, 2016.

The email chain was between Donald Trump Jr, who posted it on Twitter, and Mr Goldstone, an intermediary who helped to arrange the meeting wi...


Vale Col Hadwell, a true son of the Bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Well known Byron identity Col Hadwell. Photo supplied

Well known Byron identity Col Hadwell. Photo supplied

Colin (Col) Hadwell tragically died on July 4 while riding his bike, which was his favourite pastime.

To Col, bike riding was a passion, whether it was his weekly rides to Brunswick for coffee and cake with friends, touring the Shire with the biking set, pedalling those 1,500 km trips with the Queensland Bike Association, touring with his wife Anne and friends in England, New Zealand and Slovenia, or touring by himself in Europe.

Our boy Col loved to ride his bike. Maybe Cols love of riding started as a boy growing up in the late 40s, 50s and 60s in the industrial town that was the Bay.

Shirley Street pack

As part of the Shirley Street pack he, like all his peers, roamed free-range around the town fishing off the jetty or Belongil, bird nesting, swimming, having fun, being part of a friendly and protective community, where his roots grew deep and strong and where he developed lifelong friends whom he kept close to his heart.

Col attended Byron Bay Primary School and Mullumbimby High School. He was a Cub Scout leader Akala, and a dedicated member of the Byron Bay Surf Club. Being a robust ranga, and strong young bloke, Col was a respected member of the Surf Boat crew, the R&R team and a strong participant in beach events.

He was a total Club Man, serving the Surf Club committee as secretary for many years, and contributed greatly to the research and writing of the history of the Byron Bay Surf Club. He also oversaw the construction of the current Surf Club, and even designed the stained glass windows.

Col laboured for NORCO in Byron Bay before training as a draughtsman with the DMR in Grafton. He then worked as an engineering assistant with Blayney Council, then for Rankine & Hill Sydney doing road design and traffic engineering.

In 1972, Col travelled Europe with three mates in a Kombi before returning home to Byron Bay in 1979 with his wife Anne and first child Matthew to commence work as the town planner for Byron Shire Council for the next 27 years....


Local Nats MLC concerned over West Byron DA "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North Coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin.

North Coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin.

Ben Franklin MLC (Nationals) has broken ranks with his NSW coalition party and has expressed concern about the 290-lot West Byron subdivision that will soon be before the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP).

The Echo asked if Mr Franklin supported this development in general, notwithstanding the failures and insufficient information supplied by the applicant. 

The Echo asked:  Is this a good proposal for Byron Bay, regardless of the many issues raised by residents and council? It appears throughout the process, the NSW planning minister and his department have intervened to ensure the project will happen while ignoring the wishes of the community and Council.

He replied, By 2036, the Byron Shire local government area is expected to be home to an additional 5,550 people, and an extra 3,150 more homes will be needed to meet the needs of these future residents.

However, like many other local residents, I have genuine and significant concerns about the proposed West Byron subdivision.

I note that the Department of Planning and Environment (DoPE) has no role in assessing or determining the current application. This application will be assessed by Council staff and determined by the independent Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP).

I also note Councils request that the JRPP hold a public meeting before they make their determination to allow them to fully appreciate all community views on the issue. I strongly support that request and believe that it would give them a firm understanding of community feeling on the West Byron development proposal.

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Work at SWOP; Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Outreach Officer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Positions Vacant; Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Outreach Officer

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TAS Missing Person Max Ostberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 15 August 2013 3:09 pm.

Max Ostberg, d.o.b 30/11/1989, was last seen at approximately 6:30am on the 14th August 2013 in the Liverpool Street, Hobart area.

Max is described as being 177cms tall, of athletic build, short sandy hair and wears glasses.

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Anyone with information to Maxs current whereabouts is asked to contact Constable Hawkins at the Hobart Police Station on 62302375.

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Meeting seeks solutions to youth violence "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Around 60 turned up on a cold Thursday night to discuss solutions to the increase in youth violence in the area, particularly at hall events held in Byron Shires valleys.

Byron mayor Simon Richardson, Mullum High School principal Donna Pearson, police representatives and youth workers all contributed to debate, as did locals.

The event was held at the Mullum Civic Centre and was brought together by local DJ and event organiser Duncan Shipley-Smith, who was assaulted by young men at a recent Durrumbull Hall dance party in Main Arm.

Shipley-Smith told The Echo, In the first instance I outlined the issues confronting our community with the incidents of youth violence, public safety, theft and property damage being paramount concerns and the key points on which the discussion was to be focused.

I also made it clear I was not there to play the victim or initiate a witch-hunt, but simply wanted to create an inclusive and productive discussion with a view to initiating positive change. 

Principal Pearson made the point that the majority of kids in the local schools are really, really good kids. 

Its important to work with community on this, she said, and explained the positive counselling and academic programs that are available, which are in collaboration with Byron Youth Service (BYS) and community health.  

We dont expect students know how to behave and we try to help them learn appropriate behaviour, she said.

Nicqui Yazdi from BUDDI (Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative) says she had been involved in youth activities for more than ten years.

She said, Very few parents got involved over that time, and that financially it was problematic. Theres nothing to do why arent we talking about youth events? 

We ran schoolies last year and we had a lot of problems with this group. We could identify them and told police. Its not been a problem in the past. The problems are local kids not schoolies.

Officer Gary Cowan from Tweed/Byron LAC also spoke, and said he agrees there are problems with youth violence. 

We need to look at what happens at home, he said, adding he has a keen interest in the area as he was based at the Mullumbimby station.



Bill Leak would have had a field day.  I'll bet they're pissing themselves in heaven! "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Australian today. Turnbulls Liberal Party legacy claim draws fire Malcolm Turnbull arrives at a business breakfast in London yesterday. The Australian 12:00AM July 12, 2017 Malcolm Turnbulls decision to invoke the legacy of Liberal Party founder Robert Menzies to defend his government has backfired amid warnings it will...


UK Counter Terror Police video - actions on terrorist attack - run, hide, tell - latter day "duck & cover" "IndyWatch Feed National"

UK Counter-Terrorism Police released this video yesterday. It all seemed much simpler with Bertie the Turtle.


TAS Disturbance on Waterfront Additional Charges Laid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 10 October 2014 12:54 pm.

Hobart CIB Detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident which occurred in the area of Morrison Street, Hobart about 3.20am on Sunday 21 September 2014.

Two men have been charged this week in relation to the incident. The men, a 23 year old man from Sorell and a 23 year old man from West Moonah have been charged with the crime of Affray and will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court next month. (Three men were previously charged with wounding on 26 September 2014 in respect of the same incident).

Hobart CIB are still appealing for anyone who may have witnessed what occurred in the area of Morrison Street, Hobart on Sunday 21 September 2014 to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Abduction and assault update "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 8 May 2014 2:13 pm.

Tasmania Police have released a photofit of a man in relation to the sexual assault of a child at Latrobe on Tuesday afternoon.

The image has been prepared with the help of the victim.

We hope the photofit will help someone remember seeing this seeing this man who is aged between 20 and 30 years old, said Det. Insp, Robert Gunton.

The man is described as thin build and about 175cm tall, with a pale complexion and clean shaven. The victim describes the mans grey hooded windcheater as having a grey check, with some black. The hood covered the mans hair.

The man forced the girl into his car, a dark grey people mover, which had a child car seat or restraint fitted to one of the rear seats.

The vehicle was driven to Old Deloraine Road at Latrobe where the offender stopped the vehicle on the side of the gravel road, where the assault took place.

The man then drove to Shale Road Latrobe where the child was released.

A witness has reported seeing the vehicle on Old Deloraine Road about 5pm, and we would like to hear from anyone else who saw this type of vehicle in the Latrobe area, said Det. Insp. Gunton.

Uniformed police officers are undertaking doorknocks in Latrobe seeking information. Plain clothed officers, as well as marked and unmarked police cars have been patrolling the area since Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone who may have seen the car or the man, or who believes they know the identity of the man, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The image has been prepared with the help of the victim.

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QAL Appoints Airline Executive To Management Team "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has appointed airline industry executive Adam Rowe as General

Manager, Business Development and Marketing to oversee the groups marketing efforts across its four airports.

Mr Rowe joins QAL, which owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports, after close to 10 years with Virgin Australia and more recently Tigerair Australia, where he was Commercial Director.

Mr Rowe has worked across numerous business functions in his career in aviation, including network planning, revenue management, sales, IT, communications, marketing and digital.

QAL CEO Chris Mills said Mr Rowe would work closely with QAL Executive General Manager Business Development and Marketing, Paul Donovan, to grow passenger volumes through QALs airports.

Adam brings to QAL an extensive and intimate understanding of how our airline partners operate, Mr Mills said.

He can see the challenges and opportunities from an airlines point of view and from our perspective that is invaluable insight as we seek to strengthen and expand our airline partnerships.

We are thrilled to welcome Adam to QAL and look forward to working with him.

Mr Rowe said he looked forward to working with the QAL team and its stakeholders to grow the groups market share and pursue new opportunities both domestically and internationally.

I have seen the QAL team in action over many years and I appreciate the company dynamic and its values, he said.

I look forward to working with Paul and his team to continue QALs great work in growing passenger volumes and promoting our airports and destinations.

Mr Rowe is a born and bred Gold Coaster, who attended Somerset College and the University of Queensland, and for the past 18 months has commuted to Melbourne for work at Tigerairs head office.

I have a 10 minute commute to work now, which is the shortest Ive had in my career, he said.

Im looking forward to the opportunity to spend more time with my family and enjoy the Gold Coasts wonderful lifestyle.

A record number of passengers moved through Queensland Airports Limiteds (QAL) four ports in the 2016 calendar year, with in excess of 8.2 million passenger movements across its airports. The result represents growth of 5.3 per cent compared to the 2015 calendar year.

QAL continues to roll out its capital investment program across all ports, including major projects underway and planned on the Gold Coast and in Townsville.

QAL is an Australian owned, Queensland based regional airport specialist group with a vision to engage customers, connect communities and provide exception...


TAS Missing Person Christopher WATKINS "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 5:14 pm.

Missing Person; Concern For Welfare; Christopher Dean WATKINS

Launceston police are investigating the disappearance of Christopher Dean WATKINS (dob 19/09/1984) from Mayfield.


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Christopher was last seen at approximately midnight on Tuesday 7th August 2013 in the Mayfield area, aged 28.

He is described as 170cm tall, of medium build with blue eyes and a shaven head.

Anyone with information in relation to Christophers current whereabouts is asked to contact Launceston CIB on 03 63363918 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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My debate with Tim Anderson on Syria: Reflections on the collapse of solidarity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Assad electionAnderson claimed that Bashar Assad -who inherited his throne from his father had been voted to power in an election.

By Michael Karadjis

On the evening of June 29, I went up against Dr. Tim Anderson, Australias most well-known and prolific propagandist for the murderous Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad, at the Gaelic Clubs Politics of the Pub evening. A packed house, and, as might be expected at a drinking gathering, stormy enough, the evening highlighted the severity of the challenge of reconstructing a viable, credible, emancipatory political left able to confront todays neo-liberal capitalist disaster.

Some may well say the issue is only Syria and we shouldnt generalize about the bad politics that some people have on only one issue. That is a valid enough point. Nevertheless, confronted with close to the greatest humanitarian catastrophe of our era not just any issue a dogged section of the western left has thrown overboard the politics of elementary human solidarity, without which, the bigger task I outlined above would appear to be a very long way away.

As usual, I had too much...


TAS Serious Assault upon 71 year old female in New Town "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 8:46 am.

A 71 year old woman who was assaulted in New Town on Saturday 4 October, has died in the Royal Hobart Hospital as a result of her injuries.

Bellerive Detectives have been investigating the serious assault which took place on the corner of Argyle Street and New Town Road at 8.50am on Saturday 4 October 2014.

A 50 year old Moonah man is in custody and will appear later this year in the Hobart Supreme Court, charged with Causing Grievous Bodily Harm. The two were not known to each other.

Investigators will now consider a more serious charge.

On behalf of Tasmania Police, Bellerive Detectives offer their condolences to the family and friends of the woman, and once again thank witnesses who assisted at the scene and others who assisted with the investigation.

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TAS Offender charged for Serious Assault New Town "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 6 October 2014 4:36 pm.

Detectives from Bellerive CIB arrested and charged a 50 year old man from Moonah following a serious assault at New Town Road, New Town, on Saturday morning.

On Saturday 4 October 2014 a 71 year old woman was seriously assaulted and she remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Witnesses to the assault provided police with a photograph of a person of interest, who was identified as the result of a post on the Tasmania Police Facebook site.

Later that afternoon the offender was taken into custody and appeared in an after-hours court. He has been remanded until later this year to appear in the Hobart Supreme Court charged with Cause grievous bodily harm.

Police would like to thank those people who assisted the victim at the scene and those who later contacted police providing the identity of the offender.

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60 Minutes Australia report on VIP pedophile network in UK and Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

60 Minutes Australia report on VIP pedophile network in UK and Australia

By Dr. Eowyn

60 Minutes (Australia) is an Australian current affairs program based on the U.S. 60 Minutes of the CBS network.

On July 14, 2015, Australias 60 Minutes TV program broadcasted the first episode of a stunning expos of a global VIP pedophile network involving the highest government officials of the UK and Australia, including members of the British Parliament, cabinet ministers, judges, diplomats and spies.

And yet, nearly two years later, the broadcast caused nary a ripple. Certainly, we in the U.S. did not know about it. Heaven forbid that CBS 60 Minutes or any other network would actually report this or rebroadcast the Australia 60 Minutesreport.

Below is the video, followed by my summary and transcripted excerpts from the first segment.

Reporter: Without question, the biggest political scandal Britain has ever faced will be exposed tonight. It involves a secret network of the highest office holders in the land past and current members of Parliament, cabinet ministers, judges, diplomats, even one of the countrys top spies. These men are accused of some of the most sadistic child sexual abuse imaginable, on hundreds of victims, some as young as eight.More confronting still are claims that children were killed in order to protect this network of predators, including one boy whose father worked at the Australian High Commission in London. For over 40 years, the evil child-predators acted with complete impunity, hiding behind the faade of respectability, but no longer.

They were children, often the most vulnerable, placed in the care of the state only to be betrayed, systematically trafficked to the most powerful men in the land. [] Tonight, three victims speak out. Claims of a monumental cover-up that children were murdered, one of them the 15...


TAS Escapees Lynch and Sampson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 23 January 2012 3:43 pm.

At approximately 7.30 pm on Saturday 21st January 2012, Police were advised that two prisoners had escaped from the H.M. Prison, Risdon.

The prisoners are:

  • Kyle Leslie LYNCH, (19) and
  • James Peter SAMPSON (21).

LYNCH is described as, 175 cm in height, slim build, short brown hair and blue eyes. He has a 1 inch scar running vertically underneath his left eye.

SAMPSON is described as, 180 cm in height, slim build, short brown hair and brown eyes. He has an incomplete tribal tattoo on his right forearm, a tattoo of a piston and two dice on his left forearm.

Both men were wearing white T shirt and either Khaki or green work pants when last seen. They may also be wearing either an orange or purple windcheater.

(Lynch) QQQ (Sampson)

Police advise that neither person should be approached if sighted. Anyone sighting either of the escapees is urged to ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00 or Police communications on 131 444.

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TAS Concern for welfare Andrew Jarman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 20 August 2012 4:59 pm.

Police are concerned for the welfare of a cyclist who failed to return home after going for a bicycle ride on Sunday 19 August 2012 in the Latrobe area.

The cyclist is Andrew John Jarman, aged 35 years.

Mr Jarman is 180cm tall of medium build. He has short dark hair with a moustache and beard with several days growth. He has brown eyes and a ruddy complexion.

He is believed to be wearing a white top with a red/white/blue jumper, dark blue pants and a cap with the letter b on it. He was riding a white Cyclops mountain bike and was wearing a red/black Met brand bicycle helmet.

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He was last seen at about 4pm riding out of the Warrawee reserve towards Latrobe.

Police have used 4WD vehicles to search bush and forestry tracks in the area both today and yesterday when Mr Jarman was reported missing. The search will continue tomorrow.

Any person who may have seen Mr Jarman is requested to contact Tasmania Police on 131444 or their local Police Station.

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