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Monday, 12 February


Richard Weston: The gap wont close until we address intergenerational trauma "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Richard Weston is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait and is the CEO of The Healing Foundation. He has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for more than 20 years, 14 of these in Indigenous controlled health services in Far West New South Wales and Queensland I remember on the day of ...


Dameyon Bonson: Closing the Indigenous LGBQTI health Gap "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Dameyon Bonson, a Mangarayi and Torres Strait Islander man, based in the Kimberley. He has a keen interest in social enterprise and value based market economics. His expertise includes Indigenous suicide prevention and strategising Male health engagement. He is the founder of Black Rainbow Living Well and YFRONTS. Lets dive straight in: What it heterosexism? It is the ...


How many women has Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce bedded while married? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The question is no longer if Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce had other affairs with staff and associates but how many and when will the old media report it. Whats worse is that there are also unchallenged allegations of sexual assault by Barnaby Joyce and in one case that Barnaby Joyce stalked a 17 year-old-girl []


Countering the Quad: Chinese-Pakistani Relations "IndyWatch Feed National"

February 12, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The US recently included India in its shifting Asia Pacific policy, as part of its Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (often referred to as the "Quad"). The Quad also includes Australia and Japan along with the United States itself.

The nascent alliance is openly arrayed against China, with member states openly declaring their intent to contribute toward containing Beijing's activities in the region and compete against Chinese efforts to establish greater ties with its immediate neighbors. This includes Japan and Australia pledging to more aggressively patrol the South and East China Seas.

For India's part, it seeks to become a greater power within the Indian Ocean. Additionally, New Delhi has increasingly postured its military against China against the backdrop of greater tensions along the Chinese-Indian border.

China appears to be pursuing its own strategy to break out of the Quad's containment policy, including measures to place India in check.

Beijing's Pakistan to Washington's India  

Part of this strategy includes growing ties between Beijing and Islamabad. This includes a number of major joint infrastructure projects across Pakistan. Collectively known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ambitious network of projects connects Gwadar port in Pakistan's Balochistan province on the Arabian Sea with the Pakistani-Chinese border near the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Railways and roads provide China with access to the Arabian Sea, eliminating the need to move certain goods past Singapore and through the Strait of Malacca.

CPEC also includes a gas pipeline fro...


UK, Australian Government Websites Cryptojacked by Mining Malware "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mining malware is spreading like wildfire, every week now we run another story on some platform or other falling victim to it. As cryptocurrencies become far more lucrative than ransomware or identity theft incidents of exploits will only increase. Various governmental departments in Australia and the UK were found frantically calling the tech guys over the weekend as their websites were compromised.

According to the Guardian as many as 5,000 websites were infected with a variant of the Coinhive mining malware. In the UK they included websites of National Health Services, the Student Loans Company, and several English councils in addition to the UKs data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioners Office. They have all been taken offline to deal with the issue.

Compromised plugin

The malicious miner came from a compromised plugin called BrowseAloud which enables blind and partially sighted people read content on websites. The script had the same operation as has been seen many times before; hijacking the machines hardware to mine for Monero. XMR is the number one crypto currency for criminals now since it is encrypted and anonymous leaving no trace to the destination wallets.

Plugin authors, Texthelp, took their own website offline to patch the compromised software;

The company has examined the affected file thoroughly and can confirm that it did not redirect any data, it simply used the computers CPUs to attempt to generate cryptocurrency, The exploit was active for a period of four hours on Sunday. The Browsealoud service has been temporarily taken offline and the security breach has already been addressed, 

The security consultant who documented the attack told media;

This type of attack isnt new but this is the biggest Ive seen. A single company being hacked has meant thousands of sites impacted across the UK, Ireland and the United States. There were ways the government sites could have protected themselves from this. It may have been difficult for a small website, but I would have thought on a government website we should have expected these defence mechanisms to be in place.

Australian government websites using the same plugin were also compromised. They included the Victoria parliament, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Queensland ombudsman, the Queensland Community Legal Centre, and the Queensland legislation website.

Porn perps



Australia Day, Invasion Day or Possession Day? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What a great way to celebrate the beginning of Martial law (something the mainstream media has not mentioned yet) on this continent by wrapping it up in a  'consumer' friendly "Australia Day" slogan where it's celebrated with barby and beer in hand by the herd population, where the (very learned) legal community should know otherwise.

Some people even refer to the 26th of January as Invasion Day, marking the arrival of the convicts from the First Fleet.

Let's not worry about the 'other' 26th day of January the one of 1808, which was the one of the Rum Rebellion.

The 26th of January may not be that important as people make it out to be, where another action occurred approx 8 years earlier where no spot light has be put on it.

 "The history of New South Wales as a British possession commenced on 28th April 1770, when Captain Cook accompanied by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander, landed at Kurnell on the southern shore of Botany Bay, and took possession of the country in the name of King George the Third"

as seen in screen capture below from the book;
New South Wales the Mother State of Australia, which was issued by "THE INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENT" by authority of the government of the state of New South Wales.

SO how did this taking "possession" occur?

1). Was there any bartering with the people of many 'nations' who already were living on the land?
2). Was there the "meeting of the minds" for an agreement of some sort?
3). Was it just plain and simply taken or in criminal law, stolen?

Now that would not be very honourable if it was stolen would it?

We asked the Australian people's most popular read news site the Rupert Murdoch's Herald Sun publication to comment on this in an email but no response was given, see screen capture of email sent to Herald Sun


MACKAY Drink driver caught without mandatory interlock blames judge "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ward appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5, pleading guilty to driving a car not allowed under an interlock condition at Benholme on January 21. Prosecutor Anna Ellis said Mirani police were patrolling as part of a statewide traffic operation when they came across Ward. Officers found the

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James Bulger killers today "IndyWatch Feed National"

So, apparently these photos are of James Bulger's killers from the late 2000's.

Jon Venables (top)

Robert Thompson (bottom)



Citizen Science conference hears about air pollution in NW NSW mining towns "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Citizen Science group based in Maules Creek, near Narrabri, has been in Adelaide presenting at the national Australian Citizen Science Conference about the air pollution problems in coal mine affected communities in the NorthWest.

The Leard Forest Research Node has conducted dust monitoring in the vicinity of Maules Creek coal mine and Boggabri township, concluding that the current self-reporting by Whitehaven Coal does not reflect the lived experience of residents who experience excessive dust from open cut coal mines and uncovered coal train wagons.

Like other environmental groups, the LFRN has been critical of the high number of negative dust readings reported by Whitehaven Coal at its Maules Creek monitoring station, sometimes being up to 30% according to LFRN researcher Ms Amelie Vanderstock who last year won the University Medal for Science at the University of Sydney for her work on mine dust pollution in the Maules Creek-Boggabri area.

My research revealed that more dust was deposited on the leaves of tomato plants along a 12 km transect closer to the Maules Creek, than was deposited further from the mine, she said. Yet Whitehaven argues that the dust is coming towards the mine from farms, forest and the outback.

Another controversial aspect of Maules Creek mine reporting is the very high number of negative dust readings, which the NSW EPA appears to condone.

The excuse for this high number of negative readings is that the air is too clean and causes the equipment to malfunction, said Ms Vanderstock. However the number of negative values at Shenhuas Breeza proposed mine where there is currently no mine is less than half of that at Maules Creek. Obviously the air too clean theory requires further investigation

The 24-hour average PM10 concentrations self-reported by the company are often significantly low. Looking at all the monitoring data collected by the EPA in 45 locations around NSW, there are very few 24-hour average PM10 concentrations as low as Maules Creek, even in agricultural regions that have no open cut coal mines, said Ms Vanderstock.

There are many troubling question marks about the companys self-reporting. The community has taken matters into its own hands and is now obtaining answers via the independent community science we do at Leard Forest Research Node, said Ms Vanderstock.

Keynote Speaker at the conference was the Australian Chief Sc...


New Green shoots beginning to emerge "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

If dying rock stars was the worst thing about 2016 then things must have been very comfortable back then. 2017 has been a bit of a shocker. It could not have been a worse start really with the hapless Trump maladministration getting underway. Trump and his rapidly disintegrating band of cronies has been [...]


Student Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)


Program Manager "IndyWatch Feed National"

phn Central QLD, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast


Raymond Crake - fraudster who bodgied up $500K in WA workplace reform funding - now in Bali with GoFundMe campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

The fraudster Raymond Ernest Crake appears to be a piece of work. He was recently convicted in Western Australia over a $230,000 false invoicing fraud. The judge said Crake's conduct "involved significant corruption and large amounts of money - the corruption was very high". Now he's popped up in Bali...


Tough gig(abyte) for telecommunications consumers in regional SA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 12 February 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service has today released its latest Cost of Living Update which shows that South Australians in regional areas are not getting the full benefits of the digital revolution.
While expenditure on telecommunications in regional areas is less than Adelaide, regional consumers are getting around 30% less value for money.


Electric shock: South Australians spend more on telecommunications than on their power bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 12 February 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service has today released its latest Cost of Living Update which shows that South Australians spend more on telecommunications than on electricity - and that like electricity costs, the cost of telecommunications hit those on the lowest incomes hardest. 
The SACOSS report, which is based on the official ABS Household Expenditure Survey data, shows that while telecommunications prices have been decreasing (unlike electricity!), telecommunications expenditure has increased with higher demand as government, businesses and culture all increasingly move online.


Countering the Quad: Chinese-Pakistani Relations "IndyWatch Feed National"

b8a1e23be78edd2c61c1a8491c6dd75The US recently included India in its shifting Asia Pacific policy, as part of its Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (often referred to as the Quad). The Quad also includes Australia and Japan along with the United States itself.

The nascent alliance is openly arrayed against China, with member states openly declaring their intent to contribute toward containing Beijings activities in the region and compete against Chinese efforts to establish greater ties with its immediate neighbors. This includes Japan and Australia pledging to more aggressively patrol the South and East China Seas.

For Indias part, it seeks to become a greater power within the Indian Ocean. Additionally, New Delhi has increasingly postured its military against China against the backdrop of greater tensions along the Chinese-Indian border.

China appears to be pursuing its own strategy to break out of the Quads containment policy, including measures to place India in check.

Beijings Pakistan to Washingtons India  

Part of this strategy includes growing ties between Beijing and Islamabad. This includes a number of major joint infrastructure projects across Pakistan. Collectively known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ambitious network of projects connects Gwadar port in Pakistans Balochistan province on the Arabian Sea with the Pakistani-Chinese border near the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Railways and roads provide China with access to the Arabian Sea, eliminating the need to move certain goods past Singapore and through the Strait of Malacca.
CPEC also includes a gas pipeline from Gwadar to Nawabshah which will eventually enable gas imports from Iran.

Beyond CPEC, China is also building power plants across Pakistan, developing stronger ties between various Chinese and Pakistani industries and institutions and developing closer Chinese-Pakistani military ties.

Chinese-Pakistani military tie...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.15 AUD


Letter to the QLD Premier there should be no extinguishment of Native Title "IndyWatch Feed National"




On 22 December 2017 the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council wrote to

The QLD Premier,

The Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and

The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy


The W&J Council received its most recent mandate at a meeting of the W&J claim group on 2 December 2017. The letter informed the Government that the W&J claim group opposes the Adani Mining Pty Ltd project because of the damage that it will cause to the culture, and the lands and waters, of the Wangan and Jagalingou People.

W&J council also oppose the registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani Mining Pty Ltd purported to be authorised by the Wangan and Jagalingou People in controversial circumstances (the Adani ILUA).



Australia the best place in the world for white collar criminals, eg politicians? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Words spoken have got nothing on loud actions, apparently so much so that there is even a saying for it, or maybe a meme or seventeen.

Apparently also every single person is equal in the eyes of law, or so they tell the masses, but again reality is a different story.

If a member of the tax slave population is accused by Centrelink that the person has defrauded taxpayer's funds then the alleged amount must be returned promptly, where if it is not returned, cash is then taken out of that person's account or assets taken, or even the person is incarcerated.

The 'building' (in reference to Australia's Parliament in Canberra) knew of the affair between Barnaby Joyce and his girlfriend, Ms. Vikki Campion for quite some time and tried to keep a lid on it, where this matter now became public knowledge.

While some people may think that getting your 'girlfriend' pregnant is a bit of a bugger, it's a bit worse when your wife did not know about it.

So much for being 'faithful', and an understanding of Commonwealth law, the Marriage Act of 1960.

During this matter it was also revealed that Mr. Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce, Ms Vikki Campion and others including Australia's Prime Minister Mr. Malcolm Bligh Turnbull  were involved in fraudulent activity, in ripping off tax payer funds for various a...


Paul Gray: We cannot wait another decade to take meaningful action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Dr Paul Gray is a Wiradjuri man and Executive Leader of Strategy, Policy and Engagement at AbSec (Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat), the peak body for Aboriginal children and families in NSW. Prior to working at AbSec, Paul worked in various roles with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. He was an inaugural ...


Interviewing Pink Floyds Roger Waters about Palestine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last Friday night in Melbourne, I interviewed Pink Floyds Roger Waters alongside Palestinian writer Randa Abdel-Fattah. The event was organised by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. Waters is in Australia on his massive Us and Them world tour (which I saw on Saturday night and it was one of the most spectacular music performances Ive ever seen).

The Q&A was a unique public event, over 500 people attended, and we discussed the Middle East, Donald Trump, Palestine and his politics over decades. He was frank, funny and refreshingly down to earth. Full video is coming soon but in the meantime heres a story from popular music website, Noise 11, about the evening:

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters gave his time for the Australia Palestine Advocate Network in Melbourne on Friday and while explaining the issues between Palestine and Israel also took aim at a number of his fellow artists Elton John, Thom Yorke, Steven Tyler, Steve Van Zandt and Nick Cave.

Roger Waters has been working tirelessly since 2006 to try and bridge peace between Palestine and Israel after being confronted by Israeli fans at one of his concerts in Tel Aviv after calling on them to make peace with their neighbours 12 years ago.

Ever since he has campaigned for musicians to boycott performances in Israel and recently praised Lorde for doing so. However, he hasnt had the same reaction from others.

In Melbourne, Roger Waters sat down for a Q&A for the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN).

During his talk for APAN Waters called Thom Yorke a self-obsessed, narcissistic, drippy little prick and Elton John Queen Mum. He also called out Nick Cave for saying he was bullying him, said fuck you to Steve Van Zandt and referred to Steven Tyler as an old lady.

Waters has been spreading the message to help mend the Middle East situation after that personal confrontation at his gig.

About Thom Yorke he said:

Thom Yorke said that Ken Roach and I were throwing mud at him. No we werent. We were trying to engage him. I had a long email exchange with Thom Yorke and in the end he said thats it Im giving up the music business, you have finally convinced me. He was just bein...


Swimmer rescued from Brunswick rip "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve at New Brighton. Photo OEH

A lunchtime swim nearly ended in disaster on Monday after a woman was caught in a powerful rip before being rescued by lifeguards north of Brunswick Heads.

Two women believed to be in their 30s were swimming at New Brighton Beach when they got into difficulty shortly before 12:30pm.

One of the women was able to scramble back onto the bank and make her way to shore but the second was not so fortunate and was carried out almost 150 metres by a powerful current.

The first swimmer who had escaped the rip was able to raise the alarm by contacting emergency services, with the State Operations Centre notified of the incident shortly afterwards.

Lifesaving assets were immediately tasked to the scene including the Australian Lifeguard Service jetski from Byron Bay, the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) from Brunswick Heads SLSC, the Far North Coast Support Operations jet ski, as well as police and paramedics.

Lifeguards were able to locate the woman and get her back to shore safely.

She was assessed by paramedics but did not require further treatment and emerged from her ordeal relatively unscathed.

Conditions at the time have been described as potentially unstable with the moderate swell a challenge for swimmers.

Far North Coast Duty Officer Jimmy Keough praised the responding agencies for their prompt response, and said lifesavers are bracing themselves for a busy week

With the hot weather expected over the next couple of days our lifesaving assets are on standby for a busy time on our beaches.

We would like to encourage everyone thinking about making the most of the conditions to swim at Main Beach Byron Bay, Lennox, or Kingscliff which are the only three Far North Coast beaches currently patrolled by lifeguards during the week, Mr Keough said.

How to spot a rip current?

  • Rips are complex, can quickly change shape and location, and at times, are difficult to see. The things to look for are;
  • Deeper, dark-coloured water.
  • Fewer breaking waves.
  • A rippled surface surrounded by smooth waters.
  • Anything floating out to sea or foamy, disco...


ABC Radio National interview on Disaster Capitalism film "IndyWatch Feed National"

My film Disaster Capitalism, with director Thor Neureiter and co-producers Media Stockade, is screening publicly soon.

Last weekend I was interviewed by Hugh Riminton on Australias ABC Radio National Sunday Extra program about it:

When war or disaster strikes, we assume our aid contributions are life-saving, or at the very least will help rebuild countries and shattered communities. But some say trade works better than aid. Antony Loewenstein spent six years examining nations that have been pulled apart by conflict and disaster, and hes produced Disaster Capitalism, a documentary currently being shown on limited release.


Peter Fitzsimons backs Kim Beazley as Her Majesty's Governor for Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Fitzsimons and mate - opposed to a constitutional monarchy, unless it comes with a free house and car package Kim Beazley backed by Peter FitzSimons to be new governor or WA Kim Beazley during the WA Labor Launch at Perth Arena. 19 FEBRUARY 2017 Picture: Danella Bevis The West...


The bond vigilantes saddle up their Shetland ponies apparently "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last week (February 8, 2018), we witnessed the US Senate spectacle with Rand Paul embarrassing himself with his lack of economic knowledge but also embarrassing both major parties the Republicans for their gross hypocrisy and the Democrats for their gross idiocy. The Congressional Record of Pauls speech (starting S817) is a classic. Also, last week, the stables were stirring apparently, as the bond vigilantes were strapping on their saddles and getting ready to make the US government suffer for its so-called fiscal ill discipline. These characters apparently emerge out of the darkness of fiscal profligacy to defend our interests and force the government to run surpluses. Fantasy stuff all round. In fact, Rand Paul should resign and get a job he is more suited for (which would be?) and the bond vigilantes should make sure their Shetland ponies are not to wild for them. These bond traders play this elaborate game of bluff and pretend they have the power over the government. In fact, they are mendicants queuing up for their daily dollop of corporate welfare and the government could play them out of the game anytime it chose to. The problem is that the bluff works because governments are captive to the neoliberal nonsense that my professsion preaches.

Before addressing the vigilantes, consider the ravings of Rand Paul, which allow us to articulate key Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) principles.

1. Paul said among other things:

The reason I am here tonight is to put people on the spot. I want people to feel uncomfortable. I want them to have to answer people at home who ask: How come you were against President Obamas deficits, and then how come you are for Republican deficits? Isnt that the very definition of intellectual dishonesty? If you were against President Obamas deficits and now you are for the Republican deficits, isnt that the very definition of hypocrisy?

Answer to both questions: YES.

That was quick. No discussion is required.

2. Then he said:

Dont you remember when Republicans howled to high heaven that President Obama was spending us into the gutter, spending us into oblivion? Now the Republicans are doing the same thing.

No, they are not. Obamas stimulus saved jobs as well as lined the pockets of the rich. The current stimulus is just lining the pockets of the rich.

Gutter? Which gutter was that? I thought the US economy grew out of the GFC on the back of the stimulus.

Oblivion? Which oblivion is that?

3. Channelling George W. Bush, Paul said:



Tweed council staff injured by toxic rubbish "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed council is urging people to dispose of their toxic waste at the tip.

Three Tweed Shire Council workers received minor injuries while picking up dumped toxic rubbish last month, prompting an appeal from the council for people to do the right thing with their rubbish.

The workers were splashed with and inhaled fumes from a chemical, thought to be hydrochloric acid, while removing an illegally dumped pile of rubbish along Clothiers Creek Road.

The chemical involved in the incident was stored in a plain, white, 5L plastic container with no warning labels.

On inspection after the incident the container was found to be bubbled and showed signs of chemical reaction.

The councils Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney said the incident, which occurred just prior to Christmas, could have resulted in tragic outcomes for those involved.

Thankfully on this occasion these workers avoided severe injuries but that doesnt alter the fact that this substance could have been taken to the tip by the residents and disposed of safely for free which would have avoided all risks, Mr Mackney said.

He pointed out that Tweed residents can take up to 20L of household chemicals to the permanent chemical collection facility at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre for free, all-year-round.

Products such as pesticides, herbicides and poisons, solvents and household cleaners, pool chemicals, acids and alkalis and hobby chemicals, are accepted at Stotts Creek and then sent away to be processed safely, with some broken down and recycled for use in other products.

The councils Coordinator Waste Management Rod Dawson said the number of illegal dumping issues they have been dealing with were stretching the council resources.

We dont have crews standing by to pick up illegally dumped rubbish which means these workers are pulled off other jobs, Mr Dawson said.

Im sure the ratepayers of Tweed Shire would rather they were doing what they are being paid for than picking up rubbish and causing delays to community projects.

He said households with red wheelie bin services which require a kerbside bulk rubbish collection can call 02 6670 2400 or book online at

A full list of ma...


Turnbull lemmings in gushing press release - "NBN continues to deliver" - What? Shit-house, expensive, sluggish service. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why do they endorse this disaster? What a stupid strategy. Turnbull owns this now - he could have and should have walked away from it. Every day we fail to reverse course costs us dearly. NBN Co Limited continues to deliver, with strong half year results MC 08/18 Senator the...


Beyond startups: supporting Australian videogame culture "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian game industrys reaction to the government response has been primarily one of frustration. While many senate inquiries receive no response at all, and the Abbott and Turnbull governments have never shown interest in supporting Australian videogame developers, the response nevertheless disappointed a burgeoning industry that has long struggled for recognition.


thoughts on ethical fashion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


I wear the Danny Dress by zino ama (gifted) / Poet wears Pippa Dress by fabrik / Marigold wears Tortoise and the Hare cap, Printebebe smock and Wattle Bloomers

I dont think we can ignore the fact that fast fashion is an exploitive and environmentally detrimental business. Statistics show that were buying and subsequently discarding more clothes than ever before.

Australians throw away six tonnes of clothing every ten minutes. Once in landfill, fabrics like polyester and lycra (hello, activewear!) can take up to 200 years to decompose, releasing harmful methane gas in the process. Entire waterways in Asia are blue because of the excess dye leaching from denim manufacturers. These fast fashion clothes are made by underpaid labourers who work in awful conditions. There is a multitude of ethical and environmental problems with this scenario. It is, most definitely, an eco-crisis.

Social media has worked wonders for prompting transparency in the fashion industry. Hence Ive been reading up on everything #ethicalfashion of late, a natural progression from my research on single-use plastic and food waste.

And so here I am, more intent than ever to purchase #clothingwithaconscience, take care of every item in my wardrobe and ultimately lessen my fas...


MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 12th of February, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. He allegedly broke into the home in eye-me-oh on Saturday night assaulting the occupant and threatening him with a knife. A Mackay man corners councilors over the lack of a swimming enclosure at Bucasia Beach. The man questioning

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MACKAY Whipped partner with soiled underwear "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Whipped partner with soiled underwear

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A BLACKS Beach man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a deplorable assault against his former partner and a neighbour who intervened to help her while he was on parole. John Rex Palmer, 34, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, contravening a domestic violence order

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Kimchi snacks? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Following on from the last couple of posts, I googled "Kimchi snacks" and they exist!


BARRISTER GOES BERSERK! Elite Melbourne lawyer under police investigation over alleged homophobic rage at cabaret club "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: A high-profile Melbourne barrister and member of the Victorian Bar, Peter H Clarke, is currently under police investigation while a restraining order has also been sought against the lawyer following an alleged homophobic assault last December, a day before new laws were enacted in Australia allowing gay people to get married. As well as

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Hope for a handful, but further limbo and despair for more than 1800 still left behind on Nauru/Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

After nearly five years of fear, violence and limbo, 22 refugees yesterday left Nauru to fly to safety in the United States as part of the US refugee resettlement deal. However, over 1800 people - including 150 children - are still languishing in desperate and dangerous conditions across Manus and Nauru, a situation the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called a humanitarian crisis of Australias own making.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

The tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesnt end the suffering of those left behind. Its great that these 22 people will tomorrow wake up in freedom and safety. But over 1800 others will awake to the same painful limbo that has confronted them every morning for the last four and a half years, said Mr Webb.

These 22 people deserve their freedom and safety. But so do the 1800 others still languishing in limbo.

This is the fourth group of refugees to be given safety under the fraught deal, which has been dogged by delays, confusion and travel bans and resentment from US President Donald Trump.

In signing the US deal our government was rightly conceding that it couldn't just abandon people on Nauru and Manus forever. It is our Governments responsibility to make sure not a single person is left behind,

Earlier this year, the UNHCR reported on a worsening sense of helplessness and hopelessness among asylum-seekers and refugees at all facilities on Manus Island.

More than 1600 refugees have formally expressed interest in being resettled in the US, and the UNHCR have endorsed applications for over 1200 men, women and children. It has widely been reported that only 1250 places will be offered but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

This dark chapter in our history does not close - this painful chapter in their lives does not end - until every single man, woman and child tormented on Nauru and Manus for the last four years is finally safe. Over 1800 innocent people - 150 children - have had four and a half years of their lives ripped away from them. It is the Australian Governments responsibility to ensure they have a future, said Mr Webb.

Background: approximate numbers

Number of people left in PNG according to today's numbers
Approximately 742 people  

Number of people left in Nauru according to today's numbers
Approximately 1,048 people


Bill Shorten's Kevin Rudd moment - promises to close Manus and Nauru - report from Clifton Hill Labor (Batman) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Shorten promises Nauru and manus detention centres will be closed under a Labor government. #ged4batman #BatmanVotes Clifton Hill Labor (@CliftonHillALP) February 11, 2018


Residents rally against West Byron development "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Protestors at the West Byron development rally. (Jeff Dawson)

It was just after 10am on Saturday and around 150 protestors were assembling to make their voices heard to what can only be described as a catastrophe in waiting the massive West Byron development, which would be located opposite the Arts and Industry estate.

A car screeches to a halt on the always busy Ewingsdale Road after local journalist-activist Jim Beatson sat down, obstructing traffic.

The driver of a shiny, dust free large late model SUV with QLD number plates begins honking. Then in a fit of rage, the driver jumps out of his expensive spotless car and screams, Im a local too! Beatson asks him to drive around him, which he then does, aggressively.

Such a scene sums up how divisive the West Byron project is, and later on protestors gathered on the road to remind motorists what they could expect when the development is approved.

A development application (DA) by a group of local and QLD developers to plonk a massive high density suburb on wetlands has been roundly criticised there are no assurances by the developers own traffic report that Ewingsdale Road will not become more congested as a result.

Additionally, many key principles of Byron Shire Councils planning have been ignored says former mayor and MLC Jan Barham. Those planning instruments were remarkably over ridden by the state government in an attempt to give the developers a clear passage to completion.
There has been no investigation yet into the relationship between the developers and the NSW state government.

Local MLC Ben Franklin (Nationals), whose government interfered against community wishes, is yet to reply to Echonetdailys questions.

The two development applications (DAs) on public exhibition for the West Byron have been extended by Council until March 30.

One DA is from local landowners, while the other is from QLD-based corporation Villaworld, whose DA was previously rejected.

Submission on DA 10.2017.661.1 and on the re-exhibited Villaworld DA 10.2017.201.1 need to be made by March 30. Submissions should also be clearly marked with the DA number. Email

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Tyagarah residents pleased with response to nude-beach policing "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tyagarah residents at the beach. Gwen Gould, far left, says she still gets hassled going skinny dipping, even though shes about to turn 77. Photo Jeff Dawson

Tyagarah residents told a meeting on Thursday they are pleased to see the change in behaviour at the areas clothing-optional beach, which they say had become a hotspot for sexual predators.

But activist Dean Jefferys, who organised the meeting with police, residents, naturists and Byron Shire Cr Sarah Ndiaye, said the police needed to show more tolerance towards people skinny-dipping outside Byrons only clothing optional area.

Skinny dippers hassled

Tyagarah resident Gwen Gould, herself a skinny dipper, told Echonetdaily, Im 77 in two weeks and I get hassled.

The police presence and actions have improved things majorly. We as locals all feel really grateful to the police for the job they are doing. People are asking for discretion  but then that makes [the police] judge and jury, she said.

Nude aint rude but sexual harassment is unacceptable.

Since becoming clothes-optional Tyagarah beach has become a parade ground of overt aggressive sexual display and harassment, unsafe for ordinary folk just wanting to enjoy time at the beach.

Ms Gould said police were now making every effort to make it safe again and have the support of the Tyagarah residents.

We want our beach back again free of predators.

As locals we need to respect what the police are doing for us, she said.

Right now they have to come down hard because of the history of the area and even thought it is so much better there are still sexual predators there.

It will take time to resolve all these issues and make the are safe for everyone again and the police are doing a great job, Ms Gould said.

Mr Jefferys said police indicated they had to come down hard early on to make an impact.

Weve heard they dont want to be arresting people naked on the beach but they want to create the biggest possible impact, letting the perpetrators know that they wont tolerate it anymore, he told Echonetdaily.

I wouldnt be surprised if they back down a little bit.

Tyagarah worst spot



Vale Sir Nicholas Michael Shehadie AC, OBE - Wallaby skipper, Lord Mayor of Sydney and old school gentleman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sir Nicholas Shehadie improved everything he was involved with. He improved rugby as Wallaby captain, improved our city as Lord Mayor and even managed to improve SBS as its chairman. He radiated warmth and was perfectly at home in a boardroom or a bar. 1/2 Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) February...


Kevin Rudd (still no Order of Australia) on the Jihad just launched by the Government of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kevin "self-confessed-global-genius" Rudd has been kind enough to offer us some guidance today. By the way, have you noticed he doesn't have an AC and Julia Gillard does have an AC? How did that happen Kevin? Does it annoy you mate?


West Papuan leader appeals for support on eve of Summit "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following message has been sent to the people of PNG, by Benny Wenda, who chairs the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). Next week there is going to be an important summit in Port Moresby. This should also be of interest in Australia, because our nation has been involved in the situation in West Papua, and because the Melanesian peoples are our close neighbours. Our government should stop supporting the Indonesian occupation.

As Chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and on behalf of your Melanesian brothers and sisters just across the border, I am appealing to all activists and solidarity groups in PNG for your urgent help.

The ULMWP will be representing our people at the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit taking place in Port Moresby next week and seeking full Membership for West Papua. The time is right to see the Melanesian community welcome their brothers and sisters in West Papua as equals and we need you to raise your voices in solidarity to ensure our message is heard.

The West Papuan people continue to suffer brutality at the hands of our oppressors daily. International experts are in agreement that what is taking place is nothing less than a genocide against indigenous Papuans. Without intervention, our people will not only soon be a minority, they will also be in very real danger of being wiped out entirely. I urge you to join with us as Melanesians to do everything in your power to stand up for the survival of West Papuans, for the children of the next generation, before its too late.

The MSG has long been founded on the principles of advocating for the right to self-determination of all Melanesians and pioneered support for our brothers and sisters in Kanaky to have their voices heard in an independence referendum. We call on them now to also acknowledge the political aspirations of the West Papuan people, who have, in vast numbers expressed their will for self-determination and assistance from the international community, via their petition to the United Nations. Our people risked their lives to add their names and to have their cry for freedom heard. Please hear this cry and rise up with us- your brothers and sisters need your help and are relying on the compassion of the people of PNG, and our Melanesian family.



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Close the Gap Reset Urgently Required "IndyWatch Feed National"

In his 2005 landmark Social Justice Report, Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma called for a generational campaign to address the appalling gap in health between First Peoples and other Australians, that sees a baby born to an Aboriginal mother twice as likely to die before the age of four, and elders lives cut short by more than 10 years compared to non-Indigenous Australians.

Were just two years off the halfway mark of the nationally agreed target of closing the health equality gap by 2030, yet the Federal Government is taking us backwards. Only three of seven targets is considered on track, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child mortality is slipping backwards.

Thats why we were in Canberra last week joining our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners in calling for a reset of the close the gap approach.
Close the Gap 10 Year Review Launch: Left, Tom Calma Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner speaking. Right, The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader listening with June Oscar Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and others.

We told the PM that he had effectively abandoned the closing the gap strateg...


How much is free speech and free expression worth "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How much is free speech and free expression worth?  USD$17,000 apparently.

It seems that charging university associations for the cost of security is an increasingly common phenomenon.  Its not just a University of Sydney thing or an Australian thing.

Yes the University of Sydney charged the Conservative Club a security fee to protect them from the individuals trying to stop the gathering.

Yes the University of Washington charged the College Republicans $17,000 for a similar security fee.

Yes the Victorian Policy charged the promoters of the Milo Yianopoulos performance for security.

Its not exactly clear where or when this practice started, but there is a clear asymmetry in its application.

Were the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance charged for public security during their performance.  See the police in the picture?  Who paid for that?

It cannot be that expression is only free, free from security charges, if you are of the left.

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New paper examines Japans push for stronger intellectual property provisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

12 February 2018: The latest round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement have just concluded in Jakarta. Japan, the second largest exporter of intellectual property in the world, is leading the push for extended intellectual property protections. However Japan is facing resistance from India and some other members who are concerned about the impact that it would have on access to affordable medicines.

Dr Belinda Townsend (ANU), Dr Deborah Gleeson (La Trobe University) and Dr Ruth Lopert (George Washington University) have co-authored a timely new paper, Japans emerging role in the global pharmaceutical intellectual property regime: a tale of two trade agreements, which discusses how and why Japan has fought to increase intellectual property protections in the RCEP and TPP. The paper is summarised here.

Japan has been supportive of increased IP protections since at least 2013. The leaked draft text of the November 2013 TPP agreement proves Japan was supportive of the United States efforts to extend several IP provisions back then, and then pushed for the provisions to be replicated in the RCEP. The latest leaked version of the RCEP show many of these dangerous provisions remain. These provisions include extended patent terms, and mandatory minimum periods which ban companies seeking to sell generic medicines from relying on clinical trial data used by the original developer of medicines.

As some intellectual property provisions are among those temporarily suspended from the rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for TPP (CPTPP), pending the return of the US to the agreement, it is possible that extending IP measures in RCEP will now be more difficult.


Prisoners with disabilities are neglected and abused in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"


This article sent in from Human Rights Watch (7 February 2018), provides a glimpse of the mistreatment of disabled people locked up in Australias prison system.

People with disabilities in prisons across Australia are at serious risk of sexual and physical violence, and are disproportionately held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 93-page report, I Needed Help, Instead I Was Punished: Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia, examines how prisoners with disabilities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners, are at serious risk of bullying, harassment, violence, and abuse from fellow prisoners and staff. Prisoners with psychosocial disabilities mental health conditions or cognitive disabilities, can spend days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years, locked up alone in detention or safety units.

State and federal governments should end the use of solitary confinement for prisoners with disabilities, ensure that appropriate services are available to meet their needs, and more effectively screen prisoners for disabilities as they enter prison.

Being locked up in prison in Australia can be extraordinarily stressful for anyone, but is particularly traumatic for prisoners with disabilities, said Kriti Sharma, disability rights researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. The services to support a prisoner with a disability just arent there. And worse, having a disability puts you at high risk of violence and abuse.

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North Lismore Plateau developer still waiting for ecology report "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A view of the North Lismore Plateau. (Darren Coyne)

The Lismore City Council is keen to progress the development of the North Lismore Plateau but one of the two other private development groups are slowing up the process.

In a report to the council to be considered at tomorrows meeting, staff point out that while the council has provided the water and sewerage infrastructure to service the development, its internal infrastructure must be developed with agreements with the other two developers.

And while the Winten Group has lodged a development application for 433 residential lots and agreed to the proposed voluntary planning instrument required for the development to proceed, The Plateau North Group (TPNG) has not lodged a DA, and has not agreed to the voluntary planning instrument.

In correspondence between the councils solicitors and TPNG, the developers have been warned that the council will compulsory acquire easements for water and infrastructure if an agreement is not reached.

TPNG have responded saying they need more time to prepare their ecological report.

In the meantime, staff have recommended the voluntary planning instrument agreed to by the Winten group be placed on public exhibition to demonstrate a commitment to its previous resolutions regarding infrastructure provision for the NLP.

The council meets tomorrow evening from 6pm in the chambers in Goonellabah.



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Lismore Lake Pool back before council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Lismore Lake swimming pool as it was (file pic)

The Lismore City Council will tomorrow consider yet another push to re-open the Lismore Lake Pool, which has been targeted for demolition at a cost of $450,000.

Indeed, if the council votes to re-open the pool that $450,000 could be used as part of the $2,751,000 that a consultancy firm indicated last year it would cost to restore the pool.

Cr Greg Bennett has lodged a notice of motion for tomorrows meeting that calls for the restoration to be completed in the most cost effective manner possible and to the minimum standard required.

Items which are not absolutely necessary like the chemical storage shed shall be excluded.

He also wants the council to investigate outsourcing ongoing maintenance of the pool as a cost saving measure and to seek grants to fund all or part of the restoration.

To pay its portion of the restoration, Cr Bennett said the council could use surpluses, asset sales or in-kind contributions, but not new borrowings.

Lifeguards should only be considered if councils insurer is unwilling to underwrite the activity or standards require them, he said.

Staff have pointed out that if the council backs Cr Bennetts motion then sources of funding would have to be identified.

The most likely source would be the Federal Governments Building Better Regions fund, which would require a 50 per cent contribution from the council.

Finance manager Rino Santin has also pointed out the money earmarked to demolish the pool, $450,000, could be used in the restoration.

The council meets tomorrow evening from 6pm at the chambers in Goonellabah, although the meeting can be viewed online.



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The Steele Syndicate is hitting the road, taking the Funky Trombone for a highly anticipated tour down the east coast. Steele McMahons Brisbane-based octet will be getting down in Byron Bay on February 16. The tour, brought to you by Beats Cartel, is celebrating the Syndicates latest single Funky Trombone.

The Brisbane-based octet has an eclectic, genre-bending sound that reimagines elements of old school funk, reggae, ska and indie rock. Rich vocal harmonies blend with a roaring, four-piece horn section to create music that is energised and emotional, for dancing breathlessly and for pondering deeply.

The 8 piece band will be performing a free show at the Brewery with support by local punk/hip hop act Juxta Thought. Kicks off at 7:30pm.

The Brewery Byron Bay, 7:30pm FRIDAY Feb 16, Free entry

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In Defence of When I Was Overseas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Youve just arrived back from the trip of a lifetime your skin is bronzed, your legs are hairy and your head is whirling with new ideas (and maybe a bit of residual coke from your time in Central America).

Jetlagged but still buzzing, you arrive at a party back home and all your friends are there. Youve barely opened your mouth to tell your story about the night you almost got arrested when a mate shuts you down.

Nobody cares, they deadpan. Youve been overseas, we get it. Flicking their ciggy, they continue to talk about how fucked up they got on the weekend.

Once you get around to uploading your photos to Facebook, comments are generally something along the lines of a sarcastic, Did you go to overseas or something? or a recycled joke such as, How can you tell if someones been to India? Dont worry, theyll tell you about it.

But Im revolting against this incessant travel-talk bashing and standing in solidarity with those who have found hope on a mountain in Nepal, enlightenment in a caf in Amsterdam or love on the top bunk of a squeaky hostel bed in Barcelona, and damn well want to talk about it.

If travel has been your life for the past few months, how can your friends expect you not to breathe a word about it, but rather, pretend you never left your incestuous suburb and that you actually care about whos fucking who, and how much the tobacco tax is eating into everyones Centrelink money?

It seems as though when our friends return from overseas, their stories of life-changing experiences are so far removed from our own mundane lives that we cant help but belittle them to make ourselves feel better.

Dont take this as an invitation to get up on a soap box wearing 20 hand-woven anklets from Nepal and wax lyrical about how much better the nightlife is in the UK and how much hotter the guys are in Italy. It may be true, but nobody likes a bragger. There is a difference between bragging and telling a story, however, and the issue here is that the latter often gets mistaken for the former.

Instead of taking our worldly friends down a notch every time they bring up something that happened outside of our small reality, cant we just be happy for them? (Even if they did come back with dreadlocks and pubic lice.)

We Aussies have a habit of cutting down anyone we might vaguely suspect of being a tall poppy. But instead of cutting our friends down wh...


Michelle Landry: Politician, Dinosaur, But Still Hip To The Groove Of The Youth Of Today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michelle Landry is a Nationals MP so, you know bit of a dinosaur. And like all Nationals MPs, some things really offend her, like the movement to #changethedate of Australia Day.

Reports the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin:

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry addressed media yesterday about the proposed change, calling the change absolute garbage.

People have celebrated Australia Day on the 26th of January for decades. We have celebrated as a nation and we want to continue to do this, Ms Landry said.

Ms Landry said at this stage she hadnt really spoken to a lot of the aboriginal groups about their opinion on the date.

Well thats a surprise although this wasnt.

We have got this survey online and we are encouraging people to get online and voice their opinion. Do they want Australia Day kept on the 26th? What date would they like Australia day to be on?

So, Landry as a politician elected to represent the views of her electorate is running a poll to get peoples genuine opinions on an issue after describing one perspective as absolute rubbish.

Once a dinosaur always a dinosaur but at least Landry is trying to evolve in all things social media.

Over the weekend, she became the only Nationals MP to weigh in on the record over the scandal engulfing Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, and his affair with former Daily Tele journo Vicki Campion.

Landry was asked about the authenticity of a job Campion apparently won after being moved out of Joyces office. And what she offered up not only shows that shes still hip to the groove of the youth of today, mhomies, but its also quite possibly the quote of the year so far.

My office has worked quite closely with Vikki (Campion). She did a lot for the Nationals, getting us more hands-on with the Facebook and the Twitter.

And for her part, Campion must be worth her weight in gold. Landry now has a whopping 76 followers on her the Twitter account, although shes apparently been unable to work out how to get the official Twitter blue tick thus far, despite being a member of parliament.



Shark Shield a contender for prestigious international award "IndyWatch Feed National"

Surfer Tom Carroll with a Shark Shield-fitted board. Photo Shark Shield

A product for surfers developed by Australian company Shark Shield has been named a finalist in the Athletics, Sports & Recreation Injury Prevention category in the 2018 Edison Awards.

Named after Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards recognises and honours the worlds best in innovators and innovations, with the winners being announced at the 31st Annual Edison Awards held Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in New York City.

Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield CEO says, Were thrilled to be recognised by such prestigious awards. Our FREEDOM+ Surf product is just the start of things to come for the brand. As we speak our product development team are working on a range of new products with the potential to protect an entire beach front through to a boating product and even hand-held devices for recreational ocean users.

Shark Shields FREEDOM+ Surf is made for surfers. The product was designed in partnership with World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and the surfboard manufacturer Ocean and Earth.

It features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, and the company says it can easily be transferred from board to board.

Light in weight, they say it offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance.

Established in 1987 and often described as the Oscars of Innovation, the Edison Awards recognises and honours the worlds best innovations and innovators.

All nominations were reviewed by the Edison Awards Steering Committee and the final ballot sent to an independent judging panel.

The judging panel was comprised of more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organisations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines.

Shark Shield says its patented technology creates a three-dimensional electrical field which causes unbearable spasms in sharks sensitive receptors, causing them to turn away.


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Sex, Drugs and Ethics: My Experience with Hormonal Contraception "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just relax. Spread your legs further.

Above me, fluorescent lights flickered, an epileptic nightmare. I felt sick. The smell of disinfectant clouded my thoughts and I could feel a lump forming in the back of my throat. I was lying on my back. Tears made tracks sideways across my temples as I bled into the thin paper lining that covered the examination table.

I felt the speculum twist inside me and the gynaecologist swam in my vision. I shut my eyes and let the darkness hold me.


There are three main types of hormonal contraception widely available to Australian women. These are the combined pill, hormonal implant (Implanon) and inter-uterine device. Each of these utilise synthetic hormones to stop the ovulation cycle of a woman and prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Reactions to hormonal birth control are unique to each of the women who use them. Many will find that these methods of control suit them perfectly. Others, however, wont be as fortunate.

The pill came first. Like many young Australians, I began taking the pill before I was sexually active. The combination of oestrogen and progesterone hormones is known to help relieve acne symptoms. I suffered an adverse reaction to the oestrogen levels, which gave me migraines and made me vomit. Every day. The acne didnt give a shit either like a bad smell, it stuck around.

When a friend experienced similar side effects on the Pill, her doctor later told her that he wouldnt ever consider another form of hormonal birth control for her again. My doctor wasnt so thoughtful.

I had an implanon next, more commonly known as the bar. An Implanon contains only the progesterone hormone at a higher dosage rate than the pill, and is usually used as an alternative for migraine sufferers. The bar is a sneaky arsehole though: blink, and your scales might just break.  Then youre depressed and youre not sure if its the progesterone or the extra 14 kilos youre packing. Then you lose your sex drive. Then youre just a fat piece of shit.

Or maybe you were a fat piece of shit all along. Who even knows? There comes a point when you lose all sense of reality and your sanity caves to the hormones.

Research suggests that the synthetic oestrogen and progesterone present in hormonal birth control potentially...


Have you seen Andy? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police and friends are concerned about the welfare of missing Byron Bay man Andrew Hutchings. Photo NSW Police

Police and friends are concerned about the welfare of missing person Andrew Hutchings, from Byron Bay.

Andy was last seen by friends on Wednesday, February 7, in the Byron Bay area.

Andy drives a four-door grey Toyota Rav4, with NSW registration number CMS76D, and is believed to be driving this vehicle.

Police have received recent information that he may have been in the Ballina area on Friday, February 9, around 3pm.

If anyone has any information please contact Byron Bay Police Station on 02 66859499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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NSW sharks leave beaches after tagging "IndyWatch Feed National"

So-called smart drum lines are deployed on the beaches along Byron.

Eighty great white sharks have been caught and tagged over five months during a trial of drum lines on NSW coasts and researchers say most swim away from beaches as a result.

The sharks, which were up to four metres long, were caught after 10 drum lines were placed between Coffs Harbour and Sawtell along with Foster and Tuncurry.

The trial finishes on Tuesday, however drum lines on the far north coast will remain until a similar trial there finishes.

Across NSW 320 white, bull and tiger sharks have been tagged and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair says the trial has provided invaluable insight for scientists.

We want to make sure we are continually testing the science, trialling world-first technology, while keeping our local communities part of the conversation, he said in a statement.

The trial has shown animals can be caught and released with minimal negative impacts.

The movement of tagged sharks away from the coast after release reduces risk over the following days and weeks, the department said.

Satellite tag data has shown that they mostly move offshore after release for extended periods.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was pleased with the trial.

The new technology is saving lives, but also now we see evidence that its actually preventing or deterring sharks from even coming close to those areas, she told reporters in Sydney.

If we can protect the environment but more importantly protect lives, of course we will look at those opportunities.

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Vast wealth of Catholic church revealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victorias largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.

Fairfax estimated the churchs Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.

The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the average payout by the churchs compensation scheme established by former archbishop George Pell 20 years ago was $35,000 or less for those who had been abused by clergy.

These figures confirm what we have known; there is huge inequity between the Catholic Churchs wealth and their responses to survivors, Helen Last, chief executive of the In Good Faith Foundation, which supports abuse survivors told Fairfax.

The 600 survivors registered for our foundations services continue to experience minimal compensation and lack of comprehensive care in relation to their church abuses. They say their needs are the lowest of church priorities.

The government is rolling out a redress scheme for survivors from July 1, fulfilling a key recommendation of the child abuse royal commission.

The Catholic Church, which had already promised to join the national redress scheme, urged the states and territories to act.

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VIDEO: Watch A Brisbane Building Explode (OK, It Doesnt Explode, But It Should Have!) "IndyWatch Feed National"

A spectacular storm swept through Brisbane overnight with more than 250,000 lightning strikes recorded in less than an hour, 130,000 people left without power, a man shocked while he was having a shower, and a building exploding in the CBD (not really).

Who even knew that was possible. Fortunately, the man was only injured in the strike, and Brisbane is back to normalcy (well, its Brisbane, so some sense of normalcy) this morning, although an estimated 60,000 homes were still without power.

One group of folks who didnt lose the lights and were still not sure how were those staying at the Park Regis Hotel on the edge of the Brisbane CBD.

New Matilda editor Chris Graham was filming the storm from his balcony in South Brisbane, when this happened.

Remarkably, the power to the Park Regis stayed on after the strike, although New Matilda was unable to confirm rumours that hotel management had to call in tradies overnight to deal with an overload on the plumbing.

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There is absolutely no justification for corporate tax cuts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As expected, The House of Representatives passed legislation for a company tax cut at the end of last week, from 30 percent to 25 percent by 2026.

It still needs to get through the Senate, and there is a great deal of lobbying being carried out to get support, by both sides on this issue.

Cory Bernardi, Fraser Anning and David Leyonhjelm have already backed the government.

Derryn Hinch has said that he may support the cut, if it comes together with a pay rise for workers. The three Nick Xenophon Team Senators remain opposed to parts of the package.

Pauline Hanson has turned on the company tax cut and this may well drag the three One Nation Senators against the legislation in its present form. Hanson says big companies should not get the cut, which should only be given to those with a turnover of less than $50 million a year.

Only Tasmanias Rebekha Sharkie is totally against any form of  company tax cut.

What is going to happen in the end is unclear. Much of the cross-bench is once again showing its potential for infinite flexibility, so long as the government offers them a few crumbs. It is on the cards that the self-styled crusaders for justice can be persuaded, if the price is right.

This piece of legislation is once again bringing out of the worst of the parliamentary political process in Australia. Not for the first time, the courage of principle, may be giving way to political opportunism.

For us mere mortals, either the lowering of company tax is right or wrong. It should not be something to be bargained with.

Australia should expect politicians to decide on this basis. But regretfully, it does not, because the manipulation of important issues, to bargain for concessions in other places, has become the rule rather than the exception. Politicians are expected to be opportunists, free of moral compass. No wonder that as a group, they stand in such low esteem.

But a shot should not only be fired at the cross bench. Coalition government members are engaged in their usual kneejerk reaction to anything in favour of their benefactors, the big end of town. For them, the company tax cut is mantra. But there is also the stench of a corrupt political system, that rewards what favours the richest and most powerful.

After all, there is no moral dilemma, when they reward themselves with lavish pensions and other perks, as they screw age pensioners the...


Couple rescued after kayak capsizes near Julian Rocks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man and a woman in their 30s who went on an early morning kayak trip to Julian Rocks on Sunday are counting their lucky stars after spending 90 minutes in the water without lifejackets when it capsized.

The event could have ended in disaster had it not been for the intervention of surf lifesavers who carried out a dramatic rescue effort.

The couple were part of a group of kayakers departing from The Pass for the short paddle early Sunday.

When the kayak capsized after taking on water, a second nearby kayak went to their aid but despite multiple attempts the group were unable to right it due to the huge volume of water inside.

The second group then paddled to shore to raise the alarm initially with Marine Rescue NSW at around 10:45am.

Lifesavers from Byron Bay SLSC and the Far North Coast Support Operations jet ski sighted the stranded man and woman about four kilometres from shore.

Both plucked from the water while their kayak, which was almost submerged by this point, was towed back to Main Beach.

Despite being in water for about 90 minutes, drifting with their kayak and suffering fatigue, the couple were none the worse for their ideal.

Neither of the kayakers were wearing lifejackets at the time.

NSW State Duty Officer Jimmy Keogh said the incident was a timely reminder about the importance of wearing lifejackets.

I would like to acknowledge the quick response from the IRB crew at Byron Bay who were able to get on-scene within ten minutes of the report coming it.

The two kayakers were extremely fortunate as this incident could easily have escalated had the conditions worsened.

It reinforces just how crucial lifejackets are regardless of the type of water activity youre participating it, Mr Keogh said.

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Is a Royal Commission into the Veteran Suicide Rate in Australia What We Really Need? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Note: The graph from is of US statistics)

[Editors Note: Former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are battling rates of suicide higher than the general population according to a report released in June 2017. That doesnt come as a surprise.]

by Felicity Hingston

Phil Essam Casey wants  a Royal Commission into the Veteran Suicide Rate in Australia. This is the petition he put up on

In 2017 , 80 plus Australian Veterans have lost their lives to suicide. This is a National Tragedy and somethin...


February 12 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1793 - John Macarthur ,being the brown nosed toadie that he was, was rewarded with a land grant of 100 acres near Parramatta that he dubbed Elizabeth Farm after his long-suffering hard-working wife who was the real energy behind the sheep breeding program.

1798 Having finished his homework early, Matthew Flinders explored the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait.

1814 - The Governor was all up in a tizz when he released an order from Government House announcing the most bodacious discovery of rich grasslands to the west. The announcement celebrated the fertile pasturelands, well-watered by numerous streams. The order also detailed the land grants awarded to Evans, the two free men who accompanied him, and the original explorers, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, who were too busy celebrating to return this reporters calls.

1826 - The Meth's were looking to drum up business with the opening of their first church in Tassie.

1851 - Kicking over the ground while leaving the missus to mind the store Edward Hargraves found a whole 5 specks of the glittery gold stuff at Summer Hill Creek.

1868 - Victorian Parliament created (yet another committee to look into it) the Dept of Hansard when they (pinched) recruited 3 staff from the Argus Newspaper.

1884 - The railway line from Mitiamo to Pyramid Hill (Vic) was opened.

1893 - Dickey was a steamship that was blown ashore in heavy north-easterly weather on Caloundra Head, Queensland. All passengers and crew were saved from Dickey. Dickeys hulk was visible for many years, lasting nearly a hundred years on the beach.

1900 - Pink Hill, held by Victorian, South Australian and British troops was attacked by a superior Boer force resulting in the deaths of seven Australians and the wounding of 22 others.

1901 - Premier of Victoria, Sir George Turner, retired (to his beach front condo on the Gold Coast) from politics after 86 days.

1901 -  Resident Magistrate of Daru Bingham Hely died of malaria whilst on leave at Thursday Is.

1901 - Alexander Peacock took up the reins and became Premier of Victoria.

1908 - The Bullock Island Branch railway line (NSW) was closed from Albert Street - Bullock Island.

1939 - Turua was a fishing vessel that was blown ashore and wrecked at Prion Bay, far south coast Tasmania. The crew were all saved. The remains of her engine still  mark the spot where she came to grief, now called Turua Beach. 

1942 - Australian Army Command ordered the evacuation of the nursing sisters from the three Australian hospital units at...


Two arrested during drug deal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have been charged with drug offences in Byron Bay on Friday (February 9) while apparently in the middle of a drug deal.

About 3.30pm , officers from Tweed/Byron Police District were patrolling Gilmour Crescent, Byron Bay, when they observed two men at a parked car.

Police approached the car and spoke with the men before conducting a search.

During the search, officers allegedly located cash, scales, snap lock bags and drugs.

The men, both aged 30, were arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station where one of the men was charged with possessing a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 12 February 2018.

The other man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, supplying a prohibited drug, dealing with proceeds of crime and an outstanding arrest warrant.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Saturday 10 February 2018).


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How about showing us the TPP we're about to sign? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

What's in the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership deal for Australia? There's no way to tell until we've seen the text, and we won't see it until after it's signed, in Chile on March 8. Really. That's the way things normally work.

After that, there's still time to back out if we don't want to ratify it, and there's a precedent. All 12 would-be members signed up to the original Trans-Pacific Partnership in February 2016. Barack Obama found himself unable to get it through Congress and Donald Trump didn't try.

As best as we can tell, the new deal, TPP-11, is the old one with fewer bad bits. Twenty of the most contentious provisions included at the insistence of the US have been "suspended" until the US decides to join. They include enforced protections for the owners of pharmaceutical patents and extensions to copyright law.

There's no guarantee they would come back if the US did decide to join. Each of the 11 other members would have to agree.

Still in the agreement, although somewhat weakened, are the investor-state dispute settlement provisions insisted on by the US and Korea. They will allow private companies to sue national governments in extraterritorial tribunals, as Philip Morris did over Australia's tobacco plain-packaging laws using the terms of an obscure Hong Kong investment agreement.

John Howard successfully resisted having them in the US-Australia agreement and the Abbott government managed to avoid them in the Australia-Japan agreement, but we have apparently agreed to them now, for Japan, Korea and eight other nations.

The upside is that our companies will also be able to sue governments.

The best guess as to what the trade and investment concessions do for Australia financially, from the respected Peterson Institute, is "not much". Australia's national income would eventually be 0.5 per cent higher, a gain of less than half of one-tenth of a per cent per year.

The Productivity Commission wants to do the numbers itself, performing a proper cost-benefit analysis. Under Labor it would, for all future agreements. It's hard to think of a good reason why it shouldn't do it now.

In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald


It Seems Someone Came Into My House Last Night "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scary thing is I was upstairs in bed.

The campaign of harassment continues. I should have paid attention to my dogs- who were alerted but I made them lay back down.

They let me know in not so subtle ways as it was pretty blatant. But who can I tell?

Considering my only friend in Seattle was found without a heartbeat yesterday and now is in a coma- it seems they are going full out to try and fuck me up.

Something tells me they are upset I put my blog back up. They will stop at nothing to try and stop me from talking. Going after me and anyone I care about- their obsession with me never stops.

It could be coincidental- but I have to wonder.


Thailand arrests alleged 'Dark Web' boss "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Russian national is accused by U.S. authorities of running an online cybercrime marketplace. Police in Thailand announced Friday they have arrested a Russian national accused by U.S. authorities of running an online cybercrime marketplace where everything from stolen credit card information to hardware for compromising ATM machines could be purchased. Police said that Sergey Medvedev was arrested at his Bangkok apartment on Feb. 2 at the request of U.S. authorities. The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday announced indictments against 36 people accused of being active in the Infraud Organization - founded in 2010 and operated under the slogan "In Fraud We Trust" - which was an anonymous online forum that the department described as a "one-stop shop for cybercriminals." It said it had nearly 11,000 members who traded more than 4.3 million credit cards, debit cards and bank accounts worldwide, leading to losses of more than $530 million for legitimate users and businesses. The U.S. indictment described Medvedev, 31, as the group's co-founder along with Svyatoslav Bondarenko, and said he had operated a payment system for the forum's members. It said Medvedev became the website's owner and administrator when Bondarenko went missing in 2015. Thai Police Maj. Nuthapong Rattanamongkolsak, the arresting officer, said U.S. officials had tracked the group for several years but only recently started to make arrests. "Before the operation could be ready, they had to recheck their targets in various countries," Nutthapong said, adding that the case against the Infraud Organization began in 2014 when a U.S. Homeland Security officer sent an undercover agent to sign up as a member of the Dark Web forum. On Thursday, 13 of the wanted persons were taken into custody across the globe, including in California, New York and Alabama. Suspects arrested in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Kosovo and Serbia are awaiting extradition. Medvedev will be extradited to face prosecution in the U.S., Nutthapong said. A Thai police statement said they seized 29 electronic items from Medvedev's Bangkok apartment, while the Infraud Organization's main servers were seized Tuesday in Paris. The police statement said officers were able to arrest Medvedev by performing stakeouts, behavioral analyses, and by investigating his online activity. Nutthapong said Thai police are tracking several other similar online syndicates. Last year, Thai authorities arrested the alleged operator of Alphabay, a massive Dark Web marketplace where illicit items such as narcotics and guns could be sold or purchased by anyone, unlike Infraud, which vetted its members. The alleged Alphabay administrator, 26-year-old Canadian Alexandre Cazes, was found dead in his Thai prison cell shortly after his arrest, a suicide by hanging, according to Thai police.


SOTT FOCUS: The Truth Perspective: Radical Leftist Ideology and Totalitarianism "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's pernicious, it's dangerous, and it's spreading everywhere. No, not the flu. We're talking about the other virus - the Mind Virus of Radical Leftist Ideology. From university campuses, it has spread through media to infect whole education systems, corporate sectors, politics and beyond, creeping into every facet of culture from the US West Coast all the way around the world to the Australian Gold Coast. Many people are beginning to notice some of the ugliest manifestations of this very dangerous ideology, but the pernicious and subtle ways that it takes hold of and twists people's minds are many and varied. So there is still time before this 'mind virus' really takes hold and the pure, destructive force it carries is unleashed on society. Ideally, sanity will prevail before we reach the point of no return. Join us this Sunday 11 February from 12-1:30pm EST / 5-6:30pm UTC / 6-7:30pm CET on The Truth Perspective for the antidote! Running Time: 01:55:21 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!


Assange scoffs at buffoon Newsweek journalist duped by fake Twitter account "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange has issued a savage rebuke to Newsweek journalist Michael Hayden for being duped by a fake Twitter account impersonating the Wikileaks founder. Hayden had responded to a tweet supporting US president Donald Trump from Assange impersonator @TheRealJulian. The fake account wrote: "Keep doing what you're doing Mr. President and know that the entire world is behind you!" Despite the nature of the comment being completely out of character, Hayden took it at face value and he accused the Australian of being "one of those MAGA randos that rushes into Trump's replies to kiss up".


Australia: Family of Muslima stabber say theyre shocked: Shes a brilliant student "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ms Shoma has been charged with one count of engaging in a terrorist act, with police alleging she was self-radicalised.' How do police know that? Because the family says theyre shocked? Have police simply accepted what the family said at face-value, or have they conducted an informed and thorough investigation of what the family believes []


AUSTRALIA CARD MARK II: no national digital ID number will mean no access to any Australian federal government services "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When signing up to the platform for the first time, users will be asked to provide their name, email address, and phone number, and verify their details via email or SMS. They will then be asked to provide information from three identity documents, which goes through the exchange to the identity provider for verification. The exchange receives encrypted details back which it passes on to the government service the user wants to reach, which then grants the user access.  [IT News, 20 March 2015]

IT News, 8 February 2018:

The Department of Human Services looks set to become the federal government's exclusive manager of digital identities after being selected to build the identity provider solution that will be used for the Govpass platform....


Monique Grbec: Letter to my mum "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Lachlan Browns Lunar Inheritance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lachlan Brown, Lunar Inheritance (Giramondo 2017)

Lunar-Inheritance At the beginning of 2013, the Carriageworks in Sydney hosted Song Dongs extraordinary art installation, Waste Not, in which we were invited to walk about in the skeleton of a small house, along narrow pathways among the neatly arranged items that were found in the artists mothers house when she died. The hundreds of duplicate humble household items cakes of soap, hairbrushes, spectacles, shoes, plastic bowls, eggbeaters had an uncanny power, like mute witnesses of a life lived with scrupulous thrift. As Song Dong says in the video below, the installation struck a chord with Chinese viewers: This is not just your home. It is our home too.

Lachlan Brown invokes that work in an epigraph to Lunar Inheritance*, and as we read on we realise it is a literal reminder of his own Chinese grandmothers hoarding, as well as a rich metaphor for his own co...


Revised plans for Austi pavillion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


WOLLONGONG City Council held a community information session at Austinmer on Saturday morning to provide an update on plans to renew the beachs historic amenities building.

At the session, people were able to view the revised design for the building, which was altered following a community outcry over the previous plan in October-November.

Last year we asked the community what they thought of a proposed design to update and refurbish this ageing building and we received lots of feedback, which was terrific, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

Through our consultation the community made it clear they consider this building as much more than an amenities building. They did not want the wood composite material and large cut out male and female figures on the front of the building. We welcome this feedback, and have adjusted the plans while also taking into account the buildings heritage significance.

This Saturday well be on site at the amenities building between 10am and 12 noon to let people know what has been changed in the design and to run through the next steps in the process of refurbishing this building.

The key changes to the design following community engagement include the removal of the cladding and the large male and female figures denoting the toilets. Weve also added more seating on the buildings northern and southern ends, and w...


antifa notes (february 11, 2018) : The Radical Right in Australia / Aryan Nations On Trial in Perth &tc "IndyWatch Feed National"

1) The Radical Right in Australia OUP has published an essay on The Radical Right in Australia by myself and Aurelien Mondon which you can read online or download for free here. The chapter is one of many in The Continue reading


Child Trafficking Is Real Despite What Some Would Claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is an ugly truth_ one that is not all that hard to figure out if one could only be honest with themselves.

The fact that a group of parents who were accused of child molestation and horrible abuse got together and formed The False Memory Syndrome Foundation and gave us the two phrases false memories and satanic panic shows this.

Unless you believe all of the people who came forward were liars and the only ones telling the truth were the accused. And there were A LOT of parents coming forward in the 80s claiming their children were being abused in their daycares- thus the word PANIC. It was everywhere in the 80s.

In the US- in Australia- and in the UK- who, incidentally- got busted for covering THEIR allegations up. If the claims were so bogus- why spend the time, money, and effort to cover them up?

Our rich elite feel they are entitled to anything and everything they want. This includes the buying and selling of your children. It is a scary thought but none the less truth.

And they will murder anyone who tries to stand in their way. And the question shouldnt be if our governments lie to us but rather do they ever tell us the truth?

And dont for a moment think you are immune. I am a nobody and LOOK at the campaign they have going against me. It tells you anyone who falls within their sites is expendable. Is this activity- and those who engage in it- really the ones you want to put your allegiances with?

They serve themselves- and ONLY themselves. To protect them is to put your own children in danger. Is that how any of you truly want to lead your lives? REALLY?

Because I belive we are all better than that personally.


What goes on tour needn't stay on tour - as this American engineer discovered in his Kentucky hotel this week "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Mr and Mrs Garrett and Haley Mager. Garrett's an engineer and he travels a bit for business. A couple of days ago he was staying at a hotel in Kentucky when this happened! To quote Neil Diamond - what a beautiful noise! Thank you Garrett for capturing the...


Mass surveillance and security on the Internet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Not five years ago, as Edward Snowden unveiled thousands of classified and secret documents, the world became shockingly aware of a covert, suspicion-independent and global mass-surveillance of the Internet and telecommunication networks, which had been operated by the so-called Five Eyes (Australia, Canada, New Zeeland, UK and the USA) at least since 2007. This surveillance relied on monitoring programs such as PRISM (with the more or less voluntary participation of Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype und Apple), XKeyscore (a system to perform virtually unlimited monitoring of anyone around the world using metadata and content), and Tempora (skimming and caching almost all Internet traffic directly from the network hubs and transatlantic data links). While the public outrage after Snowdens revelations was unprecedented, this has since largely subsided, and Intelligence Services enjoy once again nearly unhindered ability to siphon off, evaluate and store data on a large scale. With all probability, the methods of the Five Eyes a...


SHORT + SWEET Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Short and Sweet festival the biggest little play festival in the world is back for its 17th year in Sydney. Short+Sweet 2018 features 130 plays across 8 weeks, with 2 new programmes every week. The different programs feature new writers, directors and a totally new cast. Among the plays showing nightly this week is Monet, Monet, Monet! by Pauline Turner, and The Woman Who Thought She Thought A New Thought by Carol Dance.

In Monet Monet Monet, when a Monet disappears from an art gallery wall, an eccentric woman is arrested for art theft on the evidence of surveillance video. But is the footage the truth or just an impression of it? It stars Steven Tait, Eveline Schubert, Carolina Portugal and Katia Moors and is produced by Andrew Cohen.

Writer and Director, Pauline Turner, is my guest today.


In The Woman Who Thought She Thought A New Thought, a woman sings as she showers. A new thought pops into her head. Can she remember it? Will the thought she thought be lost forever? It stars Julia Dance and Sasha Dance.

Writer and Director, Carol Dance, is my guest today.

SHORT + SWEET February April 2018

Tom Mann Theatre

136 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills

Info / Tickets:

I look forward to your company 10.30am midday


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Important update on the promised GILLARD prosecution over The AWU Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the past few days there's been a major development in The AWU Scandal investigation. A very senior official who was as close as anyone could be to the centre of the scandal in the mid-90s has now retired from public service. An intermediary contacted me last week to explain...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.10 AUD


Update on the prosecution of Ralph Edwin Blewitt in The AWU Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

In late 2012 Victoria Police set up a task force with up to a dozen detectives to investigate The AWU Scandal. Over the next few years they executed at least a dozen search warrants, spoke to scores of witnesses and seized a large volume of evidence. Five years down the...


Former BCITF chief Raymond Ernest Crake's conviction for false invoicing training scam "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions website. Wayne Edward COMBO and Raymond Ernest CRAKE Year: 2014-2015 Category: Fraud Location: Western Australia Two men, 57-year-old Wayne Edward Combo and 56-year-old Raymond Ernest Crake agreed to engage in dishonest conduct with the intention of obtaining financial benefit through positions...


WA taxpayers paid $500K to help get the Gillard AWU slush fund over the line "IndyWatch Feed National"

The future looked bright for Julia and Bruce in the summer of 1991. Within days of Bruce being confirmed as AWU WA Branch Secretary he and Julia signed contracts to purchase real estate. Bruce put his secretary in as tenant on his new investment property, increasing her salary by $200...


Is Flying Tigerair Worth The Lower Price? A Reader Crunches The Numbers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Flights occasionally get delayed and cancelled all the time. But for one reader, Tigerairs troubles and the way they handled them proved too much. But what do the actual statistics say? Vicky Moss weighs in.

After my most recent experience with Tigerair I decided that I would never fly them again! However, once I calmed down, I decided to analyse some data to see if I am just making an emotional decision, rather than one based on facts.

Over the last 4 years I have flown Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar & Tigerair depending on several factors such as the purpose of the trip, price, date/time, frequent flyer points available etc. No surprises, I find Qantas and Virgin more comfortable and they both have more flight options than the cheaper airlines, but I guess that is what you are paying for. However, I fly Tigerair most often because I am flying for personal reasons and they are usually the cheapest. My flights with Tigerair over the last 12 months are detailed below:

... ...
Booking Ref. Departure Date Departure Time Flight No. Departing From Arriving Rescheduled Delayed Cancelled
Q63xxx 19/02/2017 2:30PM TT373 Brisbane Sydney
R9Lxxx 11/03/2017 2:40PM TT372 Sydney Brisbane
R47xxx 2/04/2017


Scott Morrisons Job Creation Fantasy Is Just That Fantasy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull Government brags about strong employment growth. Ian McAuley points out that it will not be sustained unless we properly fund education, health care and other government services.

Like a Kommissar for Employment in a Stalinist centrally-planned economy, Treasurer Scott Morrison prattles on about the jobs the Coalition Government has created.

Since the Turnbull Government scraped into office, employment has indeed risen. Over the 15 months from August 2016 to November 2017 (the latest available data) employment has risen by 380,000 in seasonally-adjusted terms. Thats an annualised growth rate of 2.9 per cent, well clear of the 1.6 per cent annual growth of the working-age population.

But that doesnt give Morrison bragging rights.

For a start, it follows miserable employment growth over the previous three years. Over that period as the mining boom ran out of puff, employment growth struggled to keep up with population growth.

Second, and more fundamentally, there is little a government can do in the short term to create jobs. Government policy does influence economic growth and therefore it influences employment, but only with a lag. The new jobs emerging in 2017 or 2018 are more influenced by government policies stretching back decades, rather than anything done by the incumbent government.

Also there are strong international forces influencing the performance of the Australian economy, particularly the fluctuating demand for commodities. Morrison may have been too busy protecting Australia from same-sex marriage or from refugees coming by boat to have noticed that in 2017, the world growth rate, particularly in developed countries, picked up sharply.

Third, we learn a bit about the drivers of employment growth when we look at the composition of those 380,000 jobs.

The strongest growth has been in three sectors construction, health care and education. These sectors account for three quarters of the net employment growth over the 15-month period.

Rises and falls in employment by sector are shown in the graph below.

In view of the extraordinary breaks the Coalition has given to housing speculators, the construction boom is hardly surprising. A glance at the building skylines of our capital cities confirms that sectors strong activity. Also, in Sydne...


Why Scientific Peer Review is a Sham "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Peer review censorship exemplifies the neophobia in the world of science which serves to protect the status quo rather than improve knowledge by weeding out dubious epistemologies and results, as it is meant to. This supposed mechanism of quality control has resulted not only in the dismissal of much important and credible research, but it has also let fraudulent research and lots of it!be published at the same time. Papers that appear to support fashionable ideas or entrenched dogmas are likely to fare well, even if they are badly flawedor outright rubbish!

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TROPPO MAGIC "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Troppo Bob, The Ultranormalist, has performed all over Australia and the world now the one-man comedy magic act, Troppo Bob from Troppo Magic, will again delight young and old alike at Scotts Head food, wine, music & art festival. Troppo Bob delivers a refreshing mix of verbal and visual comedy along with friendly good-humoured []



NORPA Associate Artist Emma Saunders is in residence in the NORPA Studio developing a new solo dance work Dancing With Myself. As part of her research she is inviting guests into the space, including NORPA Associate Director Kirk Page, Josephine Saunders (her mum), and Kimberley McIntryre.

DANCING WITH MYSELF one womans journey through space and time, where she has no space, and is completely out of time with whats around her. This includes an extended abstract solo sequence where she is attempting to choreograph her instinct, and to explore further how movement can reveal its own narrative.

She is warm and welcoming, she dances, she shows off a little, she is out of time with others, she is left behind, she is lost, she is alone. She is manipulated, she is shown tenderness, she is free, she is pushed around, she pushes back, she fights, she is in time, she is in time with others, she is lifted and she has found herself again.

If youd like to see Emmas work in development you can go to a free work-in-progress showing on Friday 16 February, 3pm at NORPA Studio, Lismore City Hall.

If you wish to join Emma in her dance practice she is running free warm up classes for the public in the NORPA Studio WED 14 Feb, 10-11am; THU 15 Feb, 10-11am; FRI 16 Feb, 10-11am.

Emma Saunders
Dancing with Myself
A work-in-progress showing
Friday 16 February, 3pm
NORPA Studio at Lismore City Hall Free

Warm-up classes with Emma Saunders
WED 14 Feb, 10-11am
THU 15 Feb, 10-11am
FRI 16 Feb, 10-11am
NORPA Studio at Lismore City Hall Free

For more information email Valley Lipcer at

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Spicy snacks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The other day I was telling my grocer how much I've enjoyed eating the snacks he's imported from India

I've posted on here about the Kurkure Mango Achaari Triangles and Chilli Chatka, which are both hot in a way that discourages most of my kids from asking for some and gives me a nice buzz.

More recently I tried these chilli and lemon flavoured potato chips, which was a combination that hadn't occurred to me but can be found in many stir-fries.

Once again it was tasty and spicy in a way not normally found in the chips sold at Australian supermarkets.

Even though we've adopted many culinary influences in this country, there is a clear segregation at work in the "international' sections of the shops.

Sure, there are some chilli and sour cream flavours available but they are, as the expression goes, weak as piss.

Or so I thought until my last visit.

While buying Pringles for a child's birthday party I spotted this promising Chilli Sambal flavour alongside the "Aussie" varieties of chicken salt and meat pie -- the latter reminds me of gravy, so it could be a Sunday roast.

Pringles Chilli Sambal has a nice amount of spice and a vinegar finish that is a bit similar to the Lays shown above for a heat and acidity combination.

I'm still hoping that the manufacturers of rice snacks will incorporate curry flavours but it's great to see increasing spice and variety in the snack section at the supermarket.


Why must gun owners be punished for the actions of crooks? "IndyWatch Feed National"

But yet again, no mention of why flintlock muzzle-loading pistols are on a restrictive H class licence?!!! Crooks don't use these at all!!!
Firearms associations have failed Australian gun owners! We don't ask much, we just want a fair go & sensible gun laws that DO NOT punish/penalise law abiding gun owners.


February 11 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Having had a rough sleep the night before, the first court was convened at Sydney Cove.
Presiding was Judge Advocate Collins with 3 Naval Officers & 3 Marine Officers as members. A convict was sentenced to 200 lashes for hitting a marine with an adze. Another to 50 lashes for stealing some wood (later remitted ). A third convict who stole some bread was put in irons and marooned for 1 week ( on bread & water) on a small island in the harbour, Pinchgut.

1797 - That big pond of water between Victoria and Tassie was tripped over and named Bass Strait.

1799 - Left scratching their heads and asking "why?" the gaol at Sydney was *gasp* deliberately burnt down.

1822 - Macquarie introduced Bungaree to Governor Brisbane at Georges Head.
I gave him an old Suit of Generals uniforms to dress him out as Chief,writes Macquarie.
Governor Brisbane promised Bungaree and his people a new boat and fishing net.

1823 - George Brown was granted 500 acres at Illawarra.

1830 - Michael Best was Hanged at Hobart for murdering Richard Garner

1830 - After an epic journey which began on the Murrumbidgee River in November 1829, Charles Sturt and a small party, consisting of his deputy George McLeay, two soldiers and four convicts, reached the Southern Ocean.

1833 - Patrick Brady was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Daniel Stewart at Webb's Creek, Windsor.

1833 - John Walsh was  Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Henry Kenyon at Bathurst.

1833 - James Dwyer was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Henry Dawkins at Bathurst.

1840 - Charlie Bennet (Charles to his familiars) was not feeling the serenity when he was admitted to the Newcastle gaol, then sentenced to the Maitland Stockade iron gang for 12 months for absconding.

1847 - Having a REALLY rough night's sleep the Governor of Westralia, Andrew Clarke popped his clogs.

1849 - The first of several groups of German immigrants stepped ashore at Melbourne.

1851 - The first intercolonial cricket match between Tassie and Vic was a huge sell-out although security had to remove several louts for throwing horse shoes for good luck.

1856 - Books for the peasants ?! Extraordinary!
The Melbourne Public Library opened its doors.

1861 - Burke and Wills plonked their bums down at the Gulf of Carpentaria .

1867 - The three masted barque Zanoni sailed from Port Wakefield for London,  loaded with 15 tons of bark and 4025 bags of wheat. The weather was fine during the morning, but early in the afternoon a sudden squall from the westward 'came down with terrific violence; in fact a perfect cyclone' as it was later reported. The ship was struck so suddenly...


Apartheid State: Compensation For Sexual Abuse Victims, Betrayal For Stolen Generations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull Government has responded swiftly and justly to the final report into the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse. And then theres the response to the Bringing Them Home report, and the stolen wages scandal across two decades, and successive governments. The double standard is there in black and white, for anyone who cares to look. Chris Graham reports.

One of the really useful things about the #changethedate campaign is that it serves as an effective litmus test for our maturity as a nation. For how we see ourselves, for our capacity to honestly face our past, and our ability to empathise with a people who were brutalized in our names, for our benefit.

That we even have to debate celebrating a day which marks the dispossession and slaughter of another people speaks volumes about our national maturity. That we have a Prime Minister who then sees the political capital in assuring his base nothing will change while hes in charge; and that we have an Opposition leader who falls over himself to get in step quickly, adds to that sad picture.

But you dont have to look a whole two weeks back for the results of the national litmus test. You only have to go back to Thursday, when news broke that Malcolm Turnbulls Government has upped the pressure on the states and territories to get behind a Commonwealth scheme that will compensate child victims who were sexually assaulted while in government care.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (IMAGE: Dept. of Defence photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Flickr)

It follows the handing down in December last year of the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. There are 189 recommendations.

Turnbulls scheme was actually...


US to send 1,000s of troops to the East Pacific to counter Russia and China "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Pentagon reportedly plans a "major muscle movement" from the Middle East to East China, with thousands of extra Marines to be deployed. The goal is to "persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US" and not China. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US plans to boost its military presence in the East Pacific with rotating deployment of Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. An MEU is a group of about 2,200 Marines who operate from amphibious assault ships and have their own aircraft, tanks, heavy weapons, and other resources. A typical deployment lasts for seven months and may involve missions on the shore like patrols or military-to-military training. The report, citing military officials, does not say how many MEUs will be sent to the region. The US already has about 50,000 service members in Japan, almost 30,000 in South Korea, and 7,000 more in Guam. In a related move, the Pentagon will expand the number of Marines deployed in Darwin, Australia. At the moment, 1,250 troops are stationed there in rotating training assignments lasting six months each year. The WSJ said it was not yet clear how large the number of additional troops in Australia will be. The deployments will be made at the expense of the US military presence in the Middle East, and are in line with the new National Defense Strategy published earlier by the Trump administration, which sets countering Russia and China as a priority for the military. According to the report, the MEUs in East Asia will help the US "persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US."


Why so many voters are annoyed by Barnaby Joyce's statement* that his private life is a private matter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When it influences staff positions and even contributes to winners and losers in a reshuffle, Barnaby's affair with a younger staffer is not a private matter [Stephen Mayne on Twitter, 9 February 2018]

During the lengthy extramarital relationship with a member of his staff Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England Barnaby Joyce:

* arranged for a change of employment for the staffer in this relationship. She was employed at taxpayers expense by another federal minister, in a senior position specifically created for her with a six-figure annual salary;

* successfully sought a second staff position for his former staffer when that federal minister was forced to resign from the front bench while a dual citizenship claim was resolved. This second position was with the Nationals Chief Whip - resulting in him having two people in his office doing the same job at taxpayers' expense;



Poverty: American Style "IndyWatch Feed National"

In December last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued a statement on his 15-day fact-finding mission of some of the U.S.s poorest neighborhoods.   Alston, the author of the quoted phrase in the excerpt, is an Australian who is a professor of law at New York University.  During his mission, he visited Alabama, California, West Virginia, Texas, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. Alstons statement on American poverty and inequality has been overlooked by most of the mainstream media. Alston has a record of consistent impartiality, which makes his statement on American poverty all the more credible. He was critical of China in his report on that country (the Chinese government later accused him of meddling in its judicial system).


How to Use Critical Thinking to Spot False Climate Claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland Much of the public discussion about climate science consists of a stream of assertions. The climate is changing or it isn't; carbon dioxide causes global warming or it doesn't; humans are partly responsible or they are not; scientists have a rigorous process of peer review or they don't, and so on. Despite scientists' best efforts at communicating with the public, not everyone knows enough about the underlying science to make a call one [...]


The Holy Spirit what the Holy Spirit means to me part 55 The Holy Spirit and the Truth about Hillsong and the ACC (Australian Assemblies of God) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Lord Jesus

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:18

The Lord Jesus (God incarnate) when He was on earth said that when He left the planet earth, the Father (God the Father) would send the Holy Spirit (God the Spirit of Christ) to earth to be our (Christians) Helper.

John 14: 15-31

15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him. 22 Judas (not Iscariot) *said to Him, Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world? 23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Fathers who sent Me.

25 These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you....


Democracy Zindabad! A Day In The Life Of Anti-Coal Resistance In Indias Energy Capital "IndyWatch Feed National"

The controversial Adani mine has brought India strongly into Australias focus. Two countries could not be more different than Australia and India, one rich and industrialised, another rapidly industrialising but with high inequality. Australia with the worlds highest per capita emissions and India where the converse is true. Yet both are democracies and both rely on coal for energy. Needless to say, in two societies as disparate, the human and ecological impacts of coal-mining differ significantly. How do communities, if ever, win a struggle to stop coal-mining against powerful corporations and vested interests of governments in India? Against all odds! This is an account of one such rarely successful struggle from the heartland of coalmining, in Singrauli district of the Central India state of Madhya Pradesh. Ruchira Talukdar had the opportunity to visit the forested Mahan area in Singrauli with Greenpeace activists Priya Pillai and Akshay Gupta in April 2017. The time of her visit marked exactly two years since the controversial Mahan coalblock had been declared off limits for mining. It was a massive milestone for the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS); the Greenpeace facilitated local resistance, which had united people from the surrounding villages. Strengthened by its success, the movement was preparing to take on future challenges.

Its the 31st of March, and we are driving to Amelia village for a public meeting. As we approach, three little boys in oversized shirts run after our SUV shouting Zindabad, punching the air with their little fists. The Hindi word that literally means long live is commonly used at political gatherings as a shout of encouragement.

It is mid morning and the summer loo has already started blowing. We see dust blowing across the empty fields, and spot the billowing tent top, the setting for the days programme, in its midst.

Late spring is peak Mahua gathering season for forest dependent communities in Central India. This yellow flower with a clammy fragrance, growing on spreading branches of the Mahua tree, is the economic, cultural and spiritual nerve centre for various indigenous communities in Central India. Every year during the Mahua season in early summer, forest-dependent families in these parts leave home to camp in the forests for weeks on end. They collect, dry and sell the yellow Mahua flowers, needed for various herbal and medicinal products.

Priya is rightly anxious about the turnout. But her fears are allayed when the big top fills up with men, women and children numbering over 1,000 from the neighbouring villages fringing the Mahan forests.

It is the second anniversary of the peoples victory over coalmining in the Mahan forests, commemorating a resistance that spanned four years and forged an unusual allia...


In the same week Wall Street was finally spooked by the sheer weight of Donald Trump's inadequacies as the 45th US President..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

.....and the Dow Jones Index indicated that financiers and big business might be seriously worried about possibly higher than expected interest ratesrising national debt and the size of the US federal budget deficit Trump created in his first twelve months in office - he also rather unwisely performed in front of the cameras on the subject of treason.

YouTube, Time, 5 February 2018:

CNN, 5 February 2018:

 (CNN)President Donald Trump wasn't -- and, apparently, still isn't -- happy that Democrats in Congress didn't stand to applaud him in his State of the Union address last week.

"They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, 'treasonous.' I mean, Yeah, I guess why not? Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean they certainly didn't...


#Apology10: Gavin Moor & Chris Dunk "IndyWatch Feed National"

IndigenousX examines #Apology10 from IndigenousX on Vimeo.

Saturday, 10 February


Trump picks U.S. Pacific Command chief Harry Harris to be ambassador to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Japan Times
February 10, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris known for his strident views on Chinas military expansion and nuclear-armed North Korea to be the United States next ambassador to Australia.

The White House announced the move in a statement Friday, calling Harris a highly decorated, combat proven Naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership and geo-political expertise in the Indo-Pacific region and 39 years of experience in the U.S. Navy.

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Adm. Harry Harris shakes hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a courtesy visit to Tokyo in November. AFP-JIJI

Harris, who was the first Asian-American to achieve the rank of admiral in the U.S. Navy, could play a key role in promoting the Trump administrations strategy for a free and open Indo-Pacific region and ensuring a rules-based regional order in partnership with Japan, India and Australia.

Currently in the final year of his three-year tour as head of Pacific Command, Harris is due to retire soon. He has been known as an outspoken backer of a strong response to Chinas aggressive moves in the East and South China seas, coining the term Great Wall of Sand to describe Beijings strategy of building up and militarizing disputed features in the South China Sea.

He has echoed Trumps maximum pressure strategy for dealing with Pyongyang, saying in November that military-backed diplomacy is needed to deal with North Korea.

Appointing Harris as envoy to Australia will be seen as reassuring a key ally and strengthening the administrations Asia team, which remains full of vacancies more than a year into Trumps first term.

The admiral is known to have strong ties with military and political leaders in the country, having visited several times as head of Pacific Command.

Media reports have painted the Australian government as growing more and more concerned over the 16-month failure to appoint an ambassador after the previous U.S. envoy, John Berry, left the post in September 2016. Although the job has been filled by Charge....

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