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Thursday, 10 May


MACKAY Caught red-handed with break-in gear, police allege "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Caught red-handed with break-in gear, police allege

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Appeal for information over armed robbery near Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are appealing for public assistance following an armed robbery at a property in the states north on Wednesday afternoon.

About 2.30pm (Wednesday, 9 May 2018), police have been told a woman, armed with a knife, broke into a property in Arthur Road at Corndale, about 17km north of Lismore.

The woman stole personal property and attempted to steal a car before fleeing the scene.

No one was injured.

Officers from Richmond Police District have established a crime scene and are investigating.

Investigators wish to speak with a woman who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

She has been described as being of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, with black hair, and was last seen wearing a black one-piece swimsuit and a brown shirt.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Lismore Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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Eight years on a family look back at how the flu vaccine left their baby daughter disabled as thousands of Aussies line up for the jab "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thousands of Australians are preparing for flu season by receiving their annual jabs, eight years after a vaccine left a toddler severely disabled. Read More


Crypto Technology Gives Art Dealers an Edge in International Sales "IndyWatch Feed National"

Artwork and cryptocurrency are more alike than most will realize at first think. Both are somewhat conceptual by nature, they have a value that can vary greatly according to the taste of the times and they remain outside of the mainstream commerce. This may be why some online companies are finding ways to integrate the two.

Cryptocurrency Payment Systems Bring Artists and Buyers Together

As reported in The South China Morning Post Art Stage Singapore which is the largest art fair held in the city-state had a payment system called Aditus on hand to handle transactions in numerous virtual currencies this year. One Singapore based collector Joe Nash is selling parts of his collection via Visionairs, an online gallery based in Paris that also accepts digital money for payment.

When asked about the shifting market prices of Bitcoin and alternative currencies Nash said

 My paintings are priced in three anchor currencies: euros, US dollars, and Australian dollars. It is easy to check the real-time exchange rate against cryptocurrencies,

In the global scope of the art market using cryptocurrency also allows payments to be made faster and without the red tape of changing currencies and sending money across borders.

Terrence Chung, a Vancouver based collector from Hong Kong, appreciates the ease of buying work from all over the world online and using crypto to pay for it. He has bought paintings from Romania and France on an online market for luxury goods which only accepts Bitcoin.

Blockchain Authentication is the Future for the Art world

For galleries and purveyors of paintings and some other luxury goods blockchain technology provides the potential to eliminate questions in the future about provenance.

Mark Lurie is the founder and chief executive of Codex Protocol, one of a number of companies that are using blockchain technology to create title banks for collectibles. Just as cryptocurrency transactions are recorded so will the ownership of a piece of art be stored in the Codex ledger which can....


Etsy for Mothers Day "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Considering were trying to cull our belongings, Im not wanting or expecting any gifts for Mothers Day. But I admit, I am very looking forward to croissants and coffee, handmade cards and an afternoon nap.

The not wanting a gift is a new thing for me and I admit, its a really nice place to be. I used to be a bit of an over-achiever when it came to spending; and all that spending was driven by so much wanting. Over a year ago, when work significantly slowed, I curbed my spending habits out of necessity and subsequently stopped looking for things to buy.

Granted, there were still things I saw that I really, really liked but instead of instantly buying them Id step back, think about them, consider whether they were worth the money, and, in most cases, decide I didnt need them after-all.

I think this might be conscious consumerism. Close to it, anyway.

But the necessity bit? Well, no doubt its a common story for many of you. Because when youve got a bit of spare cash, theres usually a long list of things that are required before you buy yourself something; we do tend to come after the outgrown kids shoes, seasonal clothing necessities, school requirements etc

So when the fabulous team at Etsy reached out to see if Id like to give away a $100 voucher, I knew that it would be perfect for one of my readers.

Because spoiling yourself on something handmade would have to be one of the best Mothers Day gifts, dont you think?

To enter, just tell me in the comments what you would buy with the voucher and why you want it.

Me? I think I would get myself something from NotPerfectLinen I think this dress or maybe this simple top.

Ill announce the winner on Sunday morning so if you do get a chance for some Etsy perusal on Mothers Day, you can have yourself a little spending spree.

Good luck!

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Iran targets Israeli bases across Syrian frontier, Israel pounds Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israel said it attacked Irans bases in Syria after Isreali positions were fired upon  Dozens of Israeli missiles hit a radar station, Syrian air defense positions and an ammunition dump in Syria

An combo of images released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) early on May 10, 2018 purportedly shows what the official news agency said was air defense systems intercepting Israeli missiles over Syrian airspace, without specifying the location. (SANA / AFP)

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT: Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011.

The attack on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, just past midnight, marked the first time Iranian forces have hit Israel from Syria, where they have deployed along with Iran-backed Shiite militias and Russian troops to support President Bashar Assad in the countrys civil war.

Dozens of Israeli missiles hit a radar station, Syrian air defense positions and an ammunition dump, Syrian state media said, underscoring the risks of a wider escalation involving Iran and its regional allies.

I hope we finished this chapter and everyone got the message, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said at the Herzliya security conference, near Tel Aviv, on Thursday morning.

Israel said 20 Iranian Grad and Fajr rockets were shot down by its Iron Dome air defense system or fell short of the Golan targets. The Quds Force, an external arm of Irans Revolutionary Guards, carried out the launch, Israel said.

It was commanded and ordered by (Quds Force chief General) Qassem Soleimani and it has not achieved its purpose, military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

Israel struck back by destroying dozens of Iranian military sites in Syria, Conricus said, as well as Syrian anti-aircraft units that tried unsuccessfully to shoot down Israeli planes.
We do not know yet the (Iranian) casualty count, he said.

But I can say that in terms of our purpose, we focussed less on personnel and more on capabilities and hardware to inflict long-term damage on the Iranian military establishment in Syria. We assess it will take substantial time to replenish.

Israeli schools in the Golan H...


Police recover stolen property Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have recovered property believed to have been stolen following a search warrant at Nimbin on Wednesday.

About 10.45am, (Wednesday 9 May 2018), police attached to the Richmond Target Action Group executed a search warrant at a house in Gungas Road.

Police allege they located power tools, personal items and clothing including a NSW Fire & Rescue helmet. Police also allegedly located nearly 200grams of cannabis.

Police are currently investigating possible links to a number of break and enters in the area.

A 47-year-old man was arrested at the house and taken to Lismore Police Station.

He was charged with two counts of steal property in dwelling house, break and enter, goods in custody, possess prohibited drug, attempt to dispose of stolen property and dispose of stolen property.

He was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court Thursday, 10 May.

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Drugs seized during search warrant Northern NSW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The drugs located following a search warrant on a house in Goonellabah. Photo supplied.

Officers from Richmond Police District have arrested a man following the execution of a search warrant in the states north today where an amount of drugs were located.

About 9.20am (Thursday 10 May 2018), detectives from Lismore Police Station executed a search warrant at an address in Goonellabah.

Police will allege in court that during the search they located a quantity of methylamphetamine (believed to be ecstasy and ice).

A 32-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Lismore Police Station. He is expected to be charged with supplying commercial quantity of prohibited drugs namely MDMA (ecstasy) and possession of a prohibited drug namely methylamphetamine (ICE).

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Drugs detected Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dozens of people were detected with illicit drugs during a three-day event at Nimbin last weekend.

Approximately 10,000 people attended the Nimbin MardiGrass event held in the township of Nimbin, from Friday 4 May 2018 until Sunday 6 May 2018.

A police operation involving officers from Richmond Police District, along with the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, and the Dog Unit, was conducted at the festival to ensure public safety and uphold the law.

Eighteen people have been placed before the courts for drug offences, and 19 people have been issued with cannabis cautions.

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Dreams are weird "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I've written this here before but I'll write it again: dreams are weird

This morning I awoke thinking about a retreat. It was led by Laura, who has led previous retreats I've been on but we were in a high school science class.

Laura and I talked about a scary feeling we were getting from the darkened corner of the science lab. She suggested that a woman at the retreat might use her spectrometer to investigate.

This woman drew an old SLR camera from her bag and took a photo. As the flash lit the dark area it revealed a bear skeleton lumbering towards us.

When I told my partner Jo about this dream, she suggested I should look up the symbolism of bears.

Some sources see them as symbols of earth, others as representing transformation for the way they seemingly die when hibernating and spring to life again.

Anyway, it was a great scene.

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Great white shark research and conservation "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2015 video is called Australia. The Great White Shark | Full Documentary.

From the Monterey Bay Aquarium in the USA:

White shark researchers tap data from electronic tags to gain insights into survival rates

May 9, 2018

Summary: Researchers have tagged juvenile white sharks for nearly two decades, tracking their movements in coastal waters of the Northeastern Pacific. Now theyve tapped those data in a new way, gaining the first empirical estimate of annual survival rates for young white sharks and quantifying the role fishing plays in the rate of white shark deaths.

Tagging in Southern California and Mexico shows most shark deaths are due to unintentional capture in fishing gear, highlighting the value of best practices that support protected species recovery. The results are published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Researchers in the United States and Mexico have tagged juvenile white sharks for nearly two decades, tracking their movements in coastal waters of the Northeastern Pacific. Now drawing on methods used to study mountain lions, coyotes, moose and other terrestrial animals theyve tapped those data in a new way, gaining the first empirical estimate of annual survival rates for young white sharks and quantifying the role fishing plays in the rate of white shark deaths.

The study, Juvenile survival, competing risks, and spatial variation in mortality risk of a marine apex predator, published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology, confirms that uninte...


BitFlyer Cherry-picks Wall Street Experts to Dominate Crypto Market "IndyWatch Feed National"

BitFlyer founder is poaching Wall Street executives to fill the roles he sees necessary to build a crypto empire in the developing institutional market.

BitFlyer Hires Talent Away from Banking Giants

Yuzo Kano, a former Goldman Sachs trader himself, has been hiring talent away from Wall Street and other high finance addresses to create depth of experience in his own ranks as he looks to expand bitFlyer into the emerging institutional crypto market.

Regulation reform throughout early 2018 has made Japan the prime location for expanding crypto exchange services globally as the government has given the go-ahead missing in most other countries including the US and Britain. This regulatory OK makes the transaction from traditional banking to the crypto world a less daunting move for mid-career experts.

Bloomberg reports,

Kanos team, which includes a former fixed-income desk head at Barclays Plc and an ex-senior private banker at Credit Suisse Group AG, has doubled to more than 150 people in the past six months and is on pace to top 300 before year-end.

BitFlyer has tripled its users since 2017 to 2 million and thanks in part to Bitcoin margin contracts that have proven popular with Japanese day traders the exchange has averaged about 2 billion a day through April into early May. The exchange already has offices in Tokyo, San Francisco, and Luxembourg and is considering expansion that would include locations in Africa, Australia and other countries in Asia. Kanos expansion plans reach further than new offices and beyond crypto trading to banking services like digital payment and advisory services for investors and startups interested in launching ICOs.

Kano Expanding bitFlyer into Institional Market

Speaking to Bloomberg from his offices in Tokyos Midtown Tower about his hiring spree among the worlds largest banks Kano said I need to grow headcount. And those with the best skills come from global banks. before adding My target is to be number one in the world,

BitFlyers high end editions are only a small part of its expanding team though as the company seeks coders who regardless of educational background, as long as they have proven skills, can make $...


The Final Straw Radio: 8th Anniversary Episode "IndyWatch Feed National"

Welcome to the 8th anniversary podcast mini-sode special!

Originally published by The Final Straw.

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

The Final Straw Radio: 8th Anniversary Episode

The Final Straw has an irregular tradition of using our anniversary to air conversations with other projects that produce anarchist media. In past episodes, linked in the notes for this special, you can find chats from past anniversaries. This time around, we are featuring two interviews.

First, youll hear audio from the regular host of the ItsGoingDown podcast. The IGDcast is a weekly podcast produced by Its Going Down which features interviews with participants in social movements, struggles, rebellions, projects, thinkers, and organizers, mostly focused on anti-capitalist, anarchist, antifascist, autonomous and anti-colonial activities in North American. For the interview, we talk about the past of the IGDcast, what it covers, the state of radical media and mainstream interventions and some of their plans for the future.

Then we bring you a chat with Linda Rose, the main host of Subversion1312. Subversion1312, inheritor of The Anarchy Show, airs in Brisbane, Australia on 4zzz radio. Linda Rose and I speak about the history of the show, which has run in various forms for over two decades, anarchist approaches in Australia to anti-colonial struggle, spaces and scenes in Australia, feminism interventions against so-called Mens Rights Activists, with a special a...


Cheryl Axleby: Budget ignores solutions and damages our communities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yet again, our people have been let down with this years Federal Budget. The investment in our communities is more eroded, our quality of life more diminished, our voices and needs more blatantly ignored.


Australia - Anti-fluoride group to hold weekly info and costing meetings "IndyWatch Feed National"

WE'RE HER: Every Tuesday the fluoridation committee will be available to speak to community members who require more information.THE committee opposing fluoridation of Oberon's water supply will meet with community members every Tuesday afternoon at the Oberon RSL Club from now until the issues goes back to an Oberon Council meeting.
The committee is offering free information on fluoride and an easy way to let your council representatives know your stance on the issue.
Spokesperson for the committee, Veronika Cvitanovic said a letter box leaflet has gone to every household in the Local Government Area and another is yet to follow.


NT Government kick starts law reform to end cruel and inhuman treatment in youth jails "IndyWatch Feed National"

Children in the Northern Territory will be better protected from Don Dale-like abuse behind bars with the Gunner Government today passing landmark laws that will prohibit harm to children. The laws will solidify key recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre who spent years representing children in Don Dale, said this is a crucial step towards tackling the systemic and shocking failures in NTs youth jails.

"The culture and permissiveness of the Territorys youth detention centres enabled the systemic abuse of children. Abuse that included chokeholds, tear gas, spit hoods, handcuffs and restraint chairs. Australia was shocked when confronted with the horrific images of child abuse within our youth prisons. These laws are a significant first step to ensure children behind bars are safe," said Ms Musk.

The legislative changes include: 

  • Prohibiting the use of solitary confinement and clearly defining the circumstances and ways in which children can be separated when in detention;
  • Prohibiting routine strip searches and clearly limiting and defining the circumstances when strip searches can be conducted; 
  • Prohibiting the use of force, restraints and isolation for the purposes of disciplining a child in detention; and
  • Clearly defining and limiting the circumstances as to when and how force and restraints can be used on children in detention.

The Royal Commission made specific recommendations about the circumstances in which force could be used on a child so as to set clear and binding limits. The Commission highlighted that where laws are broad and involve subjective judgements, this can also lead to results that contravene human rights standards. This can also lead to the abuse of power over vulnerable children who are often physically small and very young.

"Too many children, families and communities have been harmed by our punitive and ineffective child protection and youth justice systems. These laws show the NT Government is serious about providing humane facilities that protect childrens rights," said Ms Musk.

The majority of states and territories in Australia currently have laws that allow children to be routinely strip searched, held in solitary confinement and be subjected to excessive restraints. Ms Musk said that other jurisdictions must follow the Northern Territorys lead. 

"All children should be treated with dignity and respect. But across Australia we know that children continue to be abused behind bars. Every single state and territory must change their laws and prohibit cruel and inhuman treatment. How we treat children today sha...


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Sundance Institute Selects Erica Tremblay and MorningStar Angeline Wilson for 2018 Native Filmmakers Lab "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Published May 10, 2018

Fellows and Creative Advisors Gather May 13-18 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

LOS ANGELES  Two emerging Native storytellers, Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga) and MorningStar Angeline Wilson (Navajo, Blackfeet, Chippewa Cree) will participate in the 2018 Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab, continuing the Institutes year-round work in the discovery and development of artists from diverse backgrounds.

The Lab takes place May 13-18 in Santa Fe, NM. During the Lab, Fellows work with a cast, crew, and supervising producer to shoot workshop versions of scenes from their short films under the expert creative mentorship of Program alumni and other established industry professionals and Program staff. The Lab encourages Fellows to hone their storytelling and technical skills in a hands-on and supportive environment. After the Lab they will receive targeted support from supervising producers, grants to fund the production of their short films and will attend the annual Native Forum at the January 2019 Sundance Film Festival for ongoing support on their projects.

N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache), director of the Institutes Native American and Indigenous Program, said, The Lab creates a unique environment nurturing creativity and collaboration among these talented Native and Indigenous storytellers and advisors. The Institute has a long history supporting Native filmmakers and we are happy to continue that tradition with Erica and MorningStar to help their short stories come to life.

The Native Program has built and sustained a unique support cycle for Indigenous artists through grants, labs, mentorships, fellowships, the platform of Sundance Film Festival, and screenings in Native communities to inspire new generations of storytellers. The Institute has established a rich legacy of commitment to Native filmmaking, supporting more than 300 Native and Indigenous filmmakers over the years, including Taika Waititi (Te Whnau--Apanui), Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek Nations), Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo), Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iupiaq), Aurora Guerrero (Xicana), Sydney Freeland (Din), Blake Pickens (Chickasaw Nation), Ciara Lacy (Kanaka Maoli),Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota/Din), Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe) and Shaandiin Tome (Din).

The filmmakers serving as Creative Advisors for this years Native Lab include: Danis Goulet (Cree/Mtis) (Wakening, Wappawekka), Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo) (Shimasani, 5th Wor...


MACKAY Crime spree accused switches lawyers in face of 140 charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Crime spree accused switches lawyers in face of 140 charges

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Appearing before Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink on Wednesday, Hodgetts solicitor, Antoinette Morton withdrew from the case. Solicitor Phil Rennick, of Rennick Lawyers in Townsville, will be taking the reins on Hodgetts case, Magistrate Mark Nolan was told. Hodgetts charges will likely be

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MACKAY Alleged gunman nabbed on Middlemount property "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A NEW South Wales man has been charged after allegedly walking onto a property with two rifles and a silencer in Middlemount. A resident of a large rural property on May Downs Rd identified a person allegedly unlawfully on his property and rang police due to suspicions that the person may have

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The house John Doe built: the hidden history of prison labour in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a first for the inmates of Rimutaka Prison one of New Zealands largest carceral sites located thirty kilometres north of Wellington a house constructed with prison labour was recently added to the stock of Housing New Zealand. The house was lifted over the razor wire and out of the prison compound by crane, and politicians and prison officials were on hand to make the most of the moment.


Marx at 200 Robespierre at 260 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This year is the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx (1818-1883). A recent biography of Marx (reviewed here) places him very much as a man of his time. It is a sign of the success of Marx that his legacy is still so debated; it is a sign of his failure that defending Marx involves separating him, and his ideas, from the record of mass murder and tyranny of regimes calling themselves Marxist.

The latter line of apologia has a major problem: the prescient predictions of various of his contemporaries about where his ideas (and his praxis) would lead. If perceptive contemporaries could perceive the potential for disaster in his ideas in advance, it seems a bit otiose to deny the connection in retrospect.

Conclusions becoming premises
Part of the problem is that Marx was not ideologically consistent. His ideas of proper social goals become somewhat more grandiose and totalising over time. So, one can cite earlier writings as a defence against the implications and influence of the later writings. Which leads into the good intentions defenceif we cite Marxs morally engaging statements, we can then claim that clearly he has nothing to do with what was done in his name (see here). Marx, after all, did famously state that he was not a Marxist.

But neither was Freud a Freudian, or Kuhn a Kuhnian and so on. This is the progression pointed out by Etienne Gilson (1884-1978)the conclusions of the master are the premises of the disciple. Which is a very old pattern. When Philo of Alexandria used Greek natural law theory to effectively re-write the tale of Sodom and Gomorrah (...


Trio charged over $100m ice shipment "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer places a bag of crystal methamphetamine on a table before a press conference at the AFP headquarters in Sydney, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Two Taiwanese nationals and a Chinese man are behind bars after more than $100 million worth of the drug ice disguised as tea was found hidden inside metal lathes. Australian border officials discovered the drugs in a container that arrived in Sydney from Malaysia on April 21. Each lathe contained packets marked as tea but were filled with 200 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in what authorities described as a highly sophisticated concealment. (AAP Image/David Moir)


Two Taiwanese nationals and a Chinese man are behind bars after more than $100 million worth of the drug ice disguised as tea was found hidden inside metal lathes.

Australian border officials discovered the drugs in a container that arrived in Sydney from Malaysia on April 21.

Each lathe contained packets marked as tea but were filled with 200 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in what authorities described as a highly sophisticated concealment.

The trio two men aged 22 and a 29-year-old man were arrested on Wednesday after authorities tracked the shipment to a warehouse in Kingsgrove in Sydneys southwest.

Federal police believe the men came to Australia specifically to facilitate the distribution of the drugs as part of an international crime syndicate.

They are due to face Central Local Court on Thursday on drug importation charges.

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Vic child protection staff burning out "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some 731,300 children or 17.4 per cent of all children in Australia are living in poverty. Photo: Shutterstock


Victorias child protection system is so under-resourced it would take $352 million a year over four years to fix case worker shortages.

Case workers were so stressed by workloads and inadequate organisational support in 2016/17, half of WorkCover claims were related to mental health, a Victorian Auditor General report shows.

(Department of Health and Human Services) is not meeting its obligation to ensure that (child protection practitioners) are maintaining good mental health, the report released on Thursday said.

The primary risk affecting CPPs management of their mental health is unreasonable workloads.

The department needs about twice as many CPPs to make workloads sustainable, the report continued.

Its most recent estimates are that about $352 million is needed annually over the next four years to address the workforce shortage, the report says.

The report was released hours after the state Labor government championed an improvement in wait times for calls to its after-hours children-at-risk hotline.

On average, callers to the After-Hours Child Protection Emergency Service waited 25 seconds, according to records collected since mid-2017.

Its an improvement from the average wait time of seven minutes, recorded in 2014, and has been put down to better technology and more staff.

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New York Times attacks Mike Pompeo for absence - while he was retrieving 3 US hostages from North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Trump has The Left's measure. Congratulations to Mike Pompeo on the return of the 3 men. And good on President Trump for his 2AM visit to the tarmac to welcome them home!


Tweed museum glitters with new display "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A small sample of Adrian Smiths collection. Photo supplied.

A little bit of glitter has descended on the Tweed Regional Museum with the donation of over 500 mineral specimens and 300 gems. They were donated to Tweed Shire by members of the Smith family in memory of their father Adrian and will form part of there museums permanent display from Wednesday May 16.

The exhibition features prime mineral specimens from Adrian Smiths extensive collection and features special samples and specimens from the full spectrum of known minerals, said museum director Judy Kean.

Speaking on behalf of the Smith family, Adrians son Max said that family members, Cynthia Beattie, Denise Evans, Robyn Miani, Ashley Smith and Deb Randall were delighted that the memory of their father, and his passion for minerals, would have a lasting legacy.  

Our wish is that our fathers collection has a strong educative value, particularly for children, Mr Smith said.

All specimens on display have been professionally photographed and included in a screen interactive which will offer visitors the opportunity to view each specimen in detail.

There is a great deal to learn and admire for those who already have a passion for rocks and minerals or those without prior knowledge, continued Ms Kean.

Weve approached the display scientifically and will continue to promote its educative value as well as the context it can provide to the Tweeds own geology.

For more information visit the Museum website at

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Assistant Director "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Department of Human Services


Local agriculture to be given a voice through employment of new council officer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire Council is set to employ an officer to represent the local agriculture industry.

Following months of lobbying by local farmers and industry representatives, council staff told a meeting of representatives on Wednesday night that the position would finally be filled.

The Executive Officer of Future Feeders, Joel Orchard, said he and others at the meeting were told the position would be three days a week initially but could later be increased to full-time.

They said they had put in an application for State Government funding to make the position full-time, Mr Orchard said.

We were very pleased about the result getting a designated agriculture officer had been on standby for too long.

It indicates that the council is open to agriculture as an industry in the Shire and to giving that industry a voice.

The promise from staff came after a petition with 150 signatures was delivered to the council, along with a letter signed by 25 local farmers and agriculture industry representatives.

Council had also hired two consultants to investigate the state of agriculture in The Shire and how it could be assisted.

Mr Orchard said he expected the officer would help to address ongoing conflicts between agricultural and residential land use such as noise, the use of sprays and livestock.

He also expressed the hope that the officer would also help to support the concept of a local food system a model in which the community generates its own sustainable food sources rather than relying on the traditional unsustainable supermarket supply chain.

As we have seen in the last couple of years, our food system is basically dependant on long supply chain logistics and wholesale distribution out of the centralised markets, he said.

Any break in the line creates huge food supply and security issues as we have seen in the last couple of years during cyclone season when the supermarket shelves are emptied in a matter of days.

We have a huge opportunity in the Northern Rivers with perfectly suited conditions, soil and rainfall to grow a wide variety of crops all year round to serve our local food needs and position ourselves as a key producing region for the large urban populations in...


Assistant Director, Indigenous Strategy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Department of Human Services


Civilian Rocket Range in Arnhem Land Or Something Very Different "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Editors Note: The Turnbull government is setting aside $50 million to launch Australias national space agency in the 2018 budget. This is a follow up of Tonys article Australias Top End Americas 51st State.]

by Tony Ryan

Is this easy money for Gumatj clan? Or is this a development that might alarm, not only Arnhem Land people, but all Australians.

Despite widespread suspicions, details about the evidently broader military function of the Arnhem Land rocket base will never be accessible until it is too late to alter the cou...


Programme Officer, Indigenous Strategy "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Renal unit one step closer for Murwillumbah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Work has now started on the satellite renal unit in Murwillumbah. Photo supplied.

Site works are underway for a satellite renal dialysis unit at Murwillumbah District Hospital.

Patients in the Tweed Valley will benefit from the networked service enabling residents to access dialysis in the heart of Murwillumbah without needing to travel to Tweed Heads.  

This is a fantastic service, not only for the Murwillumbah community, but for the entire Tweed Valley, said Member for Lismore, Thomas George.

The additional capacity provided by this satellite renal unit will create benefits for all patients in the region, as its designed to meet projections for future demand.

Tweed Shires growing and ageing population contributes to a high occurrence of kidney disease compared to elsewhere in NSW. Satellite dialysis is considered a contemporary model of care with many patient benefits.

 Planning and consultation for the design of the $1.1 million unit has been undertaken by Northern NSW Local Health District Management in conjunction with clinicians from Murwillumbah District Hospital and Tweed Hospital. Funding for the project comes from the NSW Governments Rural Health Minor Works Program.

 The unit is expected to be completed in mid-2018.

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Dedicated legal advice service for diggers visits Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Free advice for current and former members of the defence force and their dependants will be available in Lismore on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23.

The free, confidential and expert legal advice about pensions, disability claims, compensation and other benefits will be run by by Legal Aid NSWs dedicated veterans entitlements service.

We regularly see veterans who have suffered significant injuries as a result of their service and do not realise that they are entitled to claim a pension, or are entitled to more than they realise, Legal Aid NSW senior advocate Esther Rice said.

Legal Aid NSW can advise those who have served their country about what claims they may have and how to take those claims forward. If you are considering making a claim and are not sure where to start, you should speak to the experts first.

We also offer practical support, including help to complete forms and questionnaires, and assistance lodging pension claims.

The service is open to veterans who served at home, in peacekeeping forces, or in armed conflict at any time, whatever their age.

No veteran is too old or too young to benefit from our help, Ms Rice said.

Last financial year, the dedicated Veterans Advocacy Service at Legal Aid NSW provided more than 2500 free legal advice and assistance services to veterans and their families.

The free clinic will be held on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 at Legal Aid NSW, Level 4, Westlawn Building, 29 Molesworth Street, Lismore.

Appointments are essential call (02) 9219 5148 to secure your place.

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Australia Outlaws Cash Transactions "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has outlawed citizens from using cash to buy expensive goods as part of a crackdown on money launderers and organized crime. From now on, anybody trying to purchase goods or services that [...]


Kabuki Economics "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the first budgets I covered as a journalist spelt the end of the career of the man who delivered it. John Dawkins, who had been finance minister in the formidable first Hawke cabinet Read more


Mullums Biggest Morning Tea "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Scott Cooper, Manager of Mullumbimbys Mitre 10 supporting long time employee Jo Devine who id running a stall for Australias Biggest Morning Tea. Photo Aslan Shand.

Australias Biggest Morning Tea is taking place all over the country right now and is celebrating 25 years. In Mullumbimby Jo Devine is selling cakes, tea and raffle tickets to once again raise money for the Cancer Council outside Mitre 10.

I started doing the Biggest Morning Tea after I had breast cancer, said Jo.

My employees, Mitre 10, were really amazing and supportive of me when I had breast cancer and it is all the Mitre 10 staff who have made all the cakes and cooking, she said with a smile.

Last year Australias Biggest Morning Tea raised $11.9million and through the Cancer Council helps fund research, support services, prevention programs and advocacy.

Each year Jo raises between $600 to $800 dollars as people come to buy a cake, have a cuppa and a chat. If you are quick, you can still pop down and support her shell be there til about 11.30am.

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Bigelow Aerospace advert for AAWSA jobs found "IndyWatch Feed National"


In a previous blog, I reported on the contents of a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)  "Solicitation" dated 20 August 2008, which sought bids from outside bodies for work that the DIA wished to undertake for the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications (AAWSA) program, which later became the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which its second program manager, Luis Elizondo, acknowledged worked on studying UFOs. 

We now know that Bigelow Aerospace was awarded the contract to work on the AAWSA program, and that this occurred after the "solicitation" closed on 5 September 2008.

A step back

Before moving on to the main thrust of this blog post, I wish to point out four aspects of the "Solicitation" which have a direct bearing on what I have just found. These are:

1. "It is expected that numerous experts with extensive experience (minimum of 10 years) in breakthrough aerospace research and development will be required to meet the demands of the above program."

2. "Contractor company and personnel proposed shall be clearable and able to obtain a security and facility clearance upon award of the contract. All requirements specified in this SOO may be based on materials classified at or below Top Secret with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information...The contractor shall ensure that each individual assigned to this contract shall be identified, cleared, and approved through DIA/DAC-3 PRIOR to granting that individual access to, or authority to generate classified material in association with this effort."

3. "It is anticipated that travel will be required for this contract."

4. "At least one member of each analytical team must have a PhD."

Keep these requirements in mind as you read on.

Bigelow Aerospace subsidiary

We also already know that Bigelow Aerospace created a subsidiary company to operate the AAWSA contract, which was called Bigelow Advanced Aerospace Space Studies (BAASS) in 2008.

New information

I can now reveal that by September 2008 BAASS were advertising that:

"Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS), a sister company to Bigelow Aerospace, is a newly formed research organization that focuses on the identification, evaluation, and acquisition of novel and emerging future technologies worldwide as this specifically relates to spacecraft. BAASS is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"We are seeki...


Australias high earners will benefit most from the income tax reforms "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Gareth Hutchens and Katharine Murphy ( The Guardian 10 May 2018) backs the growing realisation that Tuesdays federal budget is a con, pretending to give to the battlers. The authors use research carried out by the Australian Institute and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (Natsem), to show that in the fine print, most of the handout is to the rich. A person on $200,000 earns five times more than someone on $40,000, but their tax cut will be 16 times higher, research claims. The income tax package is designed to continue the reverse the traditionally progressive aspect, where the higher the income, the lower the tax.

The Turnbull governments plan to pursue billions of dollars in income tax cuts over the next seven years will radically alter Australias progressive income tax system, shifting more than 80 percent of workers to a flat tax, according to analysis.

The analysis shows the major beneficiaries of the governments plan will be Australias highest income earners, with the top 10 percent of earners getting 40 percent of the value of its tax cuts, while the bottom 30 percent of earners will get just 7 percent.

The research, from the progressive think tank, the Australia Institute, comes as the Turnbull government is attempting to persuade crossbench senators to support its budget centrepiece, which was introduced to parliament on Wednesday, and before the Labor leader Bill Shortens budget-in-reply speech on Thursday night.

A separate analysis by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (Natsem) of the budgets tax and transfer changes also suggests high-income earners will benefit most from Tuesdays nights budget.

Natsems modelling shows that a two-parent family with both parents earning $100,000 and two school-aged children will be $1,022 better off in 2018-19 compared to 2017-18. This will increase to $4,280 by 2024-25.

As the Turnbull government has unleashed the traditional post-budget hard sell, it has faced pressure to reveal detailed costings of its tax plan.

The treasurer Scott Morrison stonewalled on Wednesday when asked to produce a year-by-year estimate of the cost beyond the forward estimates, with the costs escalating in the latter part of the package, which benefits high income earners.

With the high...


Climate Change? What Climate Change: The 2018 Budget "IndyWatch Feed National"

If a governments budget is a measure of its beliefs and priorities, then clearly the Turnbull government still thinks climate change is not real and we need more carbon. Jonathan Moylan explains.

Hours before the doors swung open on the budget lock-up, the bright sparks on Twitter had already started a new meme. #KeepMyTenDollars was a reminder that Australians would gladly forgo an extra few bucks a week for to see the governments prioritise spending on health, education and renewables, not corporate and high-end tax cuts. It was certainly funnier than Scott Morrisons bizarre attempt at humour.

What have you achieved? would have been an odd opening line to the governments pre-election budget speech, were it not coming from the mouth of the man who famously waved a lump of coal around in Parliament to declare his love for the toxic fuel. The joke was lost on the rest of us, but it was the punch line that betrayed the confusion of the government.

The worlds leading economists have been warning for decades that the damage caused to the climate by burning coal, oil and gas poses one of the most serious threats to the global economy. The cost of destruction in agriculture, tourism, finance, insurance, property, and even mining caused by sweeping floods, droughts and bushfire caused by distorting the worlds life support systems is nearly unimaginable.

Indeed, its hard to imagine a sector that will not be severely impacted by climate change. But collapsing costs in renewables and a rising global movement against pollution is changing the headwinds not that our Government seems to have noticed.

You would think that a Government that waxes lyrical about intergenerational equity would have at least a primary school grasp on climate change. Yet the forbidden words were nowhere to be seen in the budget speech, save for a small reference to the Governments plans to walk away from innovation in the renewables sector (whatever happened to that dogged commitment to jobs and innovation). The devil, as always, was in the detail of the budget papers.

Budgets are a statement of values that mark the principles of legislators. In this years budget, the Governments values were laid bare, with climate spending slashed by almost half, falling further to $1.2 billion by 2022. Analysis by the Australian Conservation Foundation found that the under-resourced Department of Environment and Energy will have an axe taken to its bottom line, with spending slated to plunge by 43 per cent on 2013 levels (when the Government took office) by 2022.

The Renewable Energy Target will be abolished by 2020. Taxpayer largesse will continue to flow to the Governments friends in fossil fuel companies, with $30 billion in diesel tax subsidies pouring into private companies over the forecast period. No additi...


Blockchain use on the rise despite Gartner survey showing otherwise "IndyWatch Feed National"

A study released by the American research and advisory company Gartner on May 3, 2018, revealed that a vast majority of surveyed Chief Information Officers (CIOs) reported their companies having little to no inclination towards adopting blockchain technology. A mere []

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Pacific Island trade deal diminished without PNG and Fiji and could cause harm, says report "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Report on the PACER Plus trade deal between Australia New Zealand and nine Pacific Island countries admits that the absence of Papua New Guinea and Fiji significantly diminishes the value of the deal, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today. It also acknowledges many of the issues raised by community organisations that could have harmful impacts in vulnerable Pacific Island economies.

Pacific Island economies already have tariff free access for their exports to Australia, so the main impact of PACER Plus is to reduce tariffs and improve access for Australian and New Zealand exports and investment.

PNG and Fiji form over 80% of the combined GDP of Pacific Island economies, but both have declined to join. Both have said that the deal offers more benefits to Australia and New Zealand than it does to them. This is significant because these are the only two economies with enough bargaining power to actually refuse the deal. Others may share this view but the deal is tied to the aid budget, explained Dr Ranald.

The Report noted the absence of any independent study of economic impacts and repeated previous recommendations that such studies should be conducted for all trade deals.

The report also acknowledges the concerns raised by AFTINET, the Public Health Association of Australia and ActionAid about potential negative impacts on small and vulnerable Pacific Island economies. Most are still local farming and fishing economies, with dispersed populations and high transport costs, and are dependent on import tariffs which make up 10 to 20 per cent of government revenue.  The World Bank has said these factors can prevent these economies from developing new industries and employment to offset the impacts of increased import competition. The loss of government revenue could also result in cuts to essential government services in areas like health and education. said Dr Ranald.

The Reports executive summary reflects these concerns about the impacts on public health, saying  that the combination of the impact of reduced revenue on public health capacit...


Final Straw: 8th Anniversary Podcast Special "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Final Straw: 8th Anniversary Podcast Special appeared first on It's Going Down.

Long running anarchist radio show and podcast The Final Straw celebrates its 8th anniversary 8 years! Happy birthday Final Straw!

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Heya listeners. The Final Straw has an irregular tradition of using our anniversary to air conversations with other projects that produce anarchist media. In past episodes, linked in the notes for this special, you can find chats from past anniversaries. This time around, we are featuring two interviews.

First, youll hear audio from the regular host of the ItsGoingDown podcast. The IGDcast is a weekly podcast produced by Its Going Down which features interviews with participants in social movements, struggles, rebellions, projects, thinkers, and organizers, mostly focused on anti-capitalist, anarchist, antifascist, autonomous and anti-colonial activities in North American. For the interview, we talk about the past of the IGDcast, what it covers, the state of radical media and mainstream interventions and some of their plans for the future.

Then we bring you a chat with Linda Rose, the main host of Subversion1312. Subversion1312, inheritor of The Anarchy Show, airs in Brisbane, Australia on 4zzz radio. Linda Rose and I speak about the history of the show, which has run in various forms for over two decades, anarchist approaches in Australia to anti-colonial struggle, spaces and scenes in Australia, feminism interventions against so-called Mens Rights Activists, with a special appearance by Mark, the international pop sensation and occasional co-host.



What are T3 and T4: The Complete Guide to Your Thyroid Hormones "IndyWatch Feed National"

T3 and T4 are hormones that are secreted by your thyroid gland and have a major impact on your health. T4 is the thyroid hormone thyroxine and T3 is the hormone triiodothyronine, and they affect almost every organ in your body. T4 and T3 levels in your body are regulated by the thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH for short. Thyroid tests to check thyroid function usually check for abnormal levels of TSH and T4 hormones.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) are usually associated with low levels of T4 and T3. This can cause you to feel fatigued, have difficulty losing weight, feel tired, and have hair loss. An underactive thyroid is also associated with high TSH levels and low T4 levels.

An overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism is caused by high T4 and T3 levels in your bloodstream. When your thyroid secretes too much thyroid hormones you can feel restless, suffer from sleep problems, have frequent digestive upset, and increased sweating. If you suffer from hyperthyroidism, your thyroid test results will usually show low levels of TSH hormone.

This article contains a complete guide to your thyroid hormones and thyroid function. You will learn what T4 and T3 hormones do in your body and what the target range of T3 and T4 is. I will also explore why testing for free T4 levels is sometimes better than a TSH blood test.

The Thyroid Gland and What it Does

Your thyroid is an important hormonal gland in the body that has a direct impact on your metabolism. Your thyroid sits in the front part of your neck just below your voice box and is shaped like a butterfly.

Dr. Carol DerSarkissian on WebMD says that the thyroid releases hormones into the bloodstream. Your thyroid releases triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), and calcitonin (produced by the parathyroid glands). From these, Dr. DerSarkissian says that T4 is the main hormone that affects growth, metabolism, and brain development.1

What is TSH?

Your thyroid function depends on hormones that are released by glands at the base of your brain. The hypothalamus releases thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) which then stimulates the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland then secretes TSH that stimulates the thyroid to produce T3 and T4 hormones which are released into your bloodstream.

Doctors from the Cleveland Clinic explain that TSH levels can fluctuate depending on T3 and T4 levels in blood serum. For example, if your thyroid doesnt produce enough thyroid hormones (underactive thyroid), messages are sent to your pituitary gland to increase TSH levels. On the other hand, high levels of T4 and T3 hormones caused by an overactive thyroid can signal yo...


May 10 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1811 - Martin Egan was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Cooney. After being executed his body was handed over to surgeons for dissection and anatomisation.

1822 - At Illawarra Robert Jenkins died from a fall from his horse in George St, Sydney; his wife Jemima took over the Berkeley Estate consisting of 1,000 acres. A further 2,000 acres was granted to Jemima Jenkins in 1834.

1824 - Sir John Pedder, an eleventy hundred X great uncle of this mad old cow, started shining the seat in his office as Chief Justice of Tassie.

1824 - The Supreme Court in Tassie flung open it's doors to begin a business that has never run out of demand for the overwhelming supply left on it's doorstep.

1832 - Richard Cunningham was appointed the position of colonial botanist and superintendent of the Sydney Botanic Garden at a salary of 200.

1836 - John Wales (also called Watt) was hanged at Sydney for the assault and putting in bodily fear of Constable Daniel Riley near Bong Bong.

1836 - Timothy Pickering was hanged at Sydney for the assault and putting in bodily fear of Daniel Riley near Bong Bong.

1841 - Sir George Grey , explorer, governor and politician, arrived in Adelaide to take up his new appointment as Governor of South Oz.

1845 - Explorer John Roper, ("Brash, no bushman and 'at all times foolhardy' according to John Gilbert) got lost in the bush more than once and on this day was kicked in the chest while trying to catch his horse by its tail.
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1854 - Edward Stone Parker, assistant protector of Aboriginals who had established the Aboriginal station of Larnebarramul (Jim Crow) at Franklinford ,  delivered a lecture on this day to the John Knox Young Men's Association which was later published as The Aborigines of Australia.

1855 - The first draft of the Constitution Bill for Victoria was introduced into House of Commons.

1855 - Gustavus Vaughan Brooke, acclaimed Irish actor and theatre owner, began his season at the Victoria Theatre in Sydney with Othello.

1860 - Julius Baker was hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for shooting with intent at Port Arthur.

1861 - Arthur Yates, he who has tempted many a backyard Aussie gardener with those brilliantly photographed seed packets, was found in the cabbage patch.

1865 - Under the Felons Apprehension Act, passed in April, individuals could be proclaimed outlaws, whom any person was permitted to shoot without warning; proclamations declaring Ben Hall and his companions outlaws were to be gazetted on this day.

1865 - After much debate a basis of union was drawn up and on this day the Presbyterian Church of South Australia was formed, uniting the three denominations into one P...


Budget 2018: Panicked And Providing Privileges For The Already Privileged "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Budget is a proposal for an unashamed handout to the already privileged that cannot be justified on economic grounds. It has nothing to do with the national interest; rather it is a desperate political bid by a panicking government, writes Ian McAuley.

What does it mean for me? was how the Treasurer introduced the budget. Its not about the nation or the community. Rather its a pre-election pitch to the privileged.

A figure you wont find in the Murdoch Press is the cost to revenue of tax breaks for earnings from superannuation funds. This year its budgeted to cost $23 billion: thats more than twice the governments budget for education. And its growing at 11 per cent a year, making it one of the fastest growing items in the budget.

These are the tax breaks that allow a well-heeled retired couple to enjoy a tax-free income of $200,000 a year, as I explained in an article last month. That income would attract $53,000 income tax if it were taxed in the same way as the income of working Australians is taxed.

Thats the story of this budget a story of tax not collected because of breaks and privileges given to the already privileged. Some of these breaks appear in the budget papers. Many more do not, such as the $3 to $4 billion annual subsidy to the well-off who avoid paying the Medicare Levy Surcharge, because they hold private health insurance. Nor does the budget list the cost of tax evasion, a practice shared by huge multinationals and small businesses ripping off young workers, secure in the knowledge that the Government has no intention of putting a tough cop on the beat.

What the budget does expose, however, is an extraordinary re-structuring of the tax scales. In part it is an upward shift in the brackets at which higher levels of tax kick in. Thats an uncontentious move because some of these brackets have not moved since 2013.

But the other part of the proposal is to do away entirely with the 37 per cent tax bracket, which in plain terms, means that someone with an income of $40,000 would face the same marginal tax rate as another person with an income approaching $200,000. Under the same re-structuring someone with an income of $40,000 would be paying $200 less in tax than they do today, while someone with a $200,000 income would enjoy a tax reduction of $7,000.



Trumps walkout on Iran agreement is wrong and isolates the United States from world opinion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Although following a traditional game plan, American president Donald Trump is blundering over Iran. The tactic and timing of his walking away from the Joint Commission Plan of Action which his country signed in 2015 and the intent to impose even more sanctions, is already backfiring. The world is not happy about a move that stands to hold back progress on the nuclear issue and dampen down the global threat of the Korean hot spot.

This is also about  Iran being a sovereign nation, and as such, having the right to make its own decisions, as long as they dont hurt the rest of the world. And it is motivating opposition to any  move that might strengthen Irans claim to sovereignty. Washington wants what it calls regime change. In plain language, this is that Iran must have a government that Washington approves of.

It must be remembered that the present regime in Tehran rose on the wave of a popular revolt against the brutal Shah, who was kept in power for a long time by support from the United States.  Iran was regarded as a virtual colony. This attitude of being an American possession has not changed.

Notions of American right over Iran are strengthened by countrys strategic position.  To the west, it has a long border with Iraq. To the east is borders Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The aim has been to secure control of these territories, and include Syria in the bundle.

This would bring control over the northern entry into and exit from the Persian Gulf, which could be backed by a major naval presence in the south.  With this, would come undisputed control over the regions oil and gas, alongside a boosted potential to move towards Chinas borders in the east and Russias towards the north. Washingtons strategy is to cause conflict, because it is only through conflict that this can come about. To achieve this, hostilities must be maintained.

A game plan like this is extremely dangerous. No nation that sees this as a threat, is going to just stand by and watch it happen.  A standoff brings the real danger of an arms escalation. Anything that lowers the level of tension and pulls the world away from the potential brink is in the interests of us all.

No matter what opinions have been in the past, today Iran is contributing to this. It is a big ask, considering that it is threatened by a ring of American military bases near its borders. Agreeing to dismantle its nuclear program, when its adversary points nuclear weapons at it, and from point blank range. It takes as lot of courage to move in this direction.



Food fest feasts on government grant "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin with Ballina Food & Wine Festival Chair Col Lee and Exhibitor Coordinator Julie Lee.

Ballinas share of the pie just got a little bit bigger after with the announcement of $20,000 in state funding for the 2018 Ballina Food and Wine Festival.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin described it as a wonderful community event which showcases the very best of our local produce, restaurants and culinary expertise.

He added the funding would also support and promote our local food and hospitality industries as well as premium wines, craft beers, cider and spirits.

Mr Franklin said the funding will go towards assisting the event organisers in marketing this years festival.

The festival has continued to grow each year with this year being the ninth year. This success is owed to the members of the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond for their incredible work in organising the Festival as well as the wider community for really embracing the event, said Mr Franklin.

This years festival will be held on Sunday, July  1, at the Ballina Jockey Club. There will also be a gala dinner on Friday, June  29, at the Ballina RSL Club.

Proceeds from this years event will go towards the Ballina Shire Rural Fire Service.

I encourage everyone to come and enjoy some of our local produce and products and premium wines and craft beers at this years Festival, Mr Franklin said.

The funding is part of the Regional Flagship Events Program.


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Wayne Swan's manifesto - why he wants to be National President of the Labor Party "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive put my hand up for the National Presidency of our Party because I have the experience, time and conviction needed to lead the battle of ideas. I intend to use the role to build up our party further so we can fight inequality more effectively and fiercely. Australia is...


Tourisms Climate Footprint Expands "IndyWatch Feed National"

Previous estimates of tourisms climate footprint have fallen far below the mark. Between 2009 and 2013 it increased four times more than earlier estimated, according to a comprehensive new study.

By 2013 the worldwide tourism industry was spilling an estimated 4.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributing about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. World tourism is now growing faster than international trade.

Scientists from Australia, Taiwan and Indonesia who explored the link between leisure and global warming report in the journal Nature Climate Change how they calculated the carbon footprint of the tourism business, in what must be one of the most complex studies of the global holiday sector ever undertaken.

Our analysis is a world-first look at the true cost of tourism including consumables such as food from eating out and souvenirs its a complete life-cycle assessment of global tourism, ensuring we dont miss any impacts, said Arunima Malik from the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

This research fills a crucial gap identified by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and World Meteorological Organisation to quantify, in a comprehensive manner, the worlds tourism footprint.

Ironically, researchers have identified the cost of global warming to tourism, directly, in the case of winter sports, and in particular to the travel industry.

They have warned that some airfields may become too hot to permit takeoff:  they have warned that more atmospheric turbulence promises bumpier flights; and that stronger headwinds could increase fuel costs. But there has been less focus on the holiday industrys impact on global warming.

Souvenirs and shopping

To complete the accounting, the researchers looked at data from 160 countries and what they estimate to be around a billion supply chains: that is, they counted among many other things the food grown and animals reared to feed tourists, the building undertaken to shelter tourists, the climate costs of road and air transport and the souvenir-and-shopping trades associated with tourism.

They used two different accounting techniques and some advanced mathematical analysis to predict the growth of the travel and leisure busin...


Julie Bishop sides with Iran over the United States "IndyWatch Feed National"

Where's the disappointment with Iran? Where's the support for Prime Minister Netanyahu or President Trump? This video must be seen to be believed. Bishop bows with her hand on her heart while Iran's good ole boy stares at her breasts.


Before everyone gets too excited about those personal tax cuts in Budget 2018-19 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

According to the Turnbull Government Budget 2018-19 papers, eligibility for the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (aka personal income tax cut) will assist over 10 million Australians, with about 4.4 million taxpayers with incomes between $48,000 and $90,000 receiving the full $530 benefit for 201819.

The non-refundable offset is calculated on taxable income which is equal to an individuals assessable income (such as salary and wages and interest from bank accounts) minus their allowable deductions.

The announced tax cut has a life of four financial years and technically ceases after 2021-22. 

It will not see actual tax rates change and will not see the dollar amount in wages paid on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis alter.

The 'tax cut' will be applied by the Australian Taxation Office and form part of any tax refund due after tax returns are lodged in 2019.

The bottom line is that any person with a taxable income of less than $20,548 will not receive the announced personal tax cut according to the Budget 2018-19 website income tax calculator.


NSW Police Taser Cam shows Ihsas Khan just moments after he allegedly attacked his neighbour in Minto "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to Jason Morrison of Channel 7 in Sydney for the vision which was played in court yesterday. Terror attack accused Ihsas Khan compares stabbing Sydney neighbour to 'eating a Picnic bar' By Kathleen Calderwood RELATED STORY: 'They killed our people, he should be killed too': Terrorism accused on trial...


Daily Telegraph's 1,000 word picture on Shorten's Foreign Legion "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Labor Party has the strictest processes in place to ensure all candidates are compliant with the Constitution prior to their nomination"


Controversial Australian science journalist admits to duplication in her PhD thesis "IndyWatch Feed National"

A prominent (yet controversial) journalist in Australia has admitted to duplicating three images that were part of her PhD thesis a practice outside experts agreed was acceptable, if not ideal, at the time, according to a report released today. As part of an inquiry, the University of Adelaide convened an expert panel to investigate Continue reading Controversial Australian science journalist admits to duplication in her PhD thesis


Sumatra to Pilot Blockchain App for Decentralised Decision-Making "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian startup is launch a blockchain application in Indonesia that could possibly enable citizens to vote in elections. The aviator project in Horizon State is likely to start on the island of Sumatra in July, with the roster expected to continue until December, the platforms co founder, Nimo Naamani, told CoinDesk through email. The blockchain based platform will be made accessible to locals by means of a mobile program and is originally aimed to help provide decentralised decision making and community involvement, according to Naamani. In the end, the startup hopes the program could expand to voting to cancel fraud and address local electoral challenges, in addition to other services.

Naamani explained: throughout the platform, we may provide communities with tools to improve engagement and discussions. Through our partners, we may offer the constituency with additional benefits like access to financial services at the micro level something that is not so simple with existing banking infrastructure. Should the Sumatra aviator prove successful, Horizon State is expecting to expand the project throughout the country. When this is done, I think additional expansions into more states and communities will occur through 2019. He explained. Whilst the Indonesian government isnt involved with the effort however, he noted that the company might be in the position to approach the government over a wide range of use cases, including elections, following the Sumatra roll outside.

We are seeing an increase in interest from organizations that are looking to utilize blockchain based community participation to push progress forward, Naamani explained. For the aviator, Horizon State will be cooperating with cryptocurrency fund startup MCV CAP, in addition to another partner to be announced within the next couple weeks, in accordance with the co founder. The news is as Indonesia is much more broadly eyeing blockchain technology. According to Reuters, the nations Financial Services Authority, which regulates the finance sector, has set up a team assigned to study the technology and its possible benefits.

In addition, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawat told the news source that her department was eyeing blockchain for various use cases including subsidies and micro loans. Sumatran town picture via Shutterstock. A leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.



Sumatra to Pilot Blockchain App for 'Decentralised Decision-Making' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian startup Horizon State is launching a blockchain app pilot in Sumatra that could eventually allow citizens to vote in elections.


Saying "Thank you"...... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A letter from mum and dad


We will never forget certain things from this journey ever in our lives. On March 22, 2018 our lives changed forever.

Watching our baby Emerald (7 months old) go into cardiac arrest and multi organ failure one hour after arriving at our local hospital, me just taking her because I thought she was sick, then it all went downhill from there. The NETs retrieval team was called in to take us to Westmead; Emerald suffered a seizure in Grafton from low blood sugar that resulted in a brain injury and fluid on her brain, needing life support. It took NETS another six hours to stabilise her to get on the plane. Emerald was blue and lifeless and no one thought she would make it; in that moment I thought my baby had died, then the next day eight hours after arrival at the childrens hospital, we had a diagnosis of a very rare CHD called ALCAPA that Emerald had been silently fighting for seven months and was never picked up. They took her for major open heart surgery at 8am on March 23; the longest day of my life. They told me to be prepared for the worst as they expected Emerald to come back on the ECMO (the double bypass machine for lungs and heart).

3pm came and Emmy was about to come out of surgery and she wasnt on the machine! When the head surgeon sat me down and pretty much told me no one told him about her low blood sugar and Emerald suffered another seizure creating a complication for the surgery, yet she still didnt come back on that machine, they kept telling me that she would end up on it to give her heart a rest; the next week was very touch and go, we almost lost our girl three more times but still no ECMO; Emerald was fighting so hard
And the doctors telling me that her liver and kidneys wont make it; she was so puffed up with fluid and so yellow from the jaundice and that they thought she had more seizures, but couldnt tell becau...

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AACSGaM & Progressive Cinema: Sacrifice Zone "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 10 May; 7:00 pm; ] Armidale Action on Coal Seam Gas and Mining and Progressive Cinema present Sacrifice Zone. 'Sacrifice Zone' the film of the threat posed by Santos' CSG proposals for the Pilliga. When: Thursday 10 May, 2018, 7-9pm Where: Arts Theatre 2, University of New England Anne Kennedy will be there! see a video of her below. [embed width="520"][/embed] The [...] full article 


Nonviolence Film Festival 2018 enviro film: Blowpipes and Bulldozers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 10 May; 1:00 pm; ] Peace Studies presents the Nonviolence Film Festival 2018 7-11 May - Oorala Lecture Theatre, UNE Mon 7 May: Winter Go Away (2012, 82 mins) Tues 8 May: My So-Called Enemy (2010, 90 mins) Wed 9 May: Concrete, Steel & Paint (2009, 55 mins) Thurs 10 May: Blowpipes & Bulldozers (1989, [...] full article 


They keep coming back Boomerang Bags "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Saturday, 12 May; 9:00 am; ] Saturday 12th May, 9pm, The Jacaranda Room out the back of Kent House is the location of Armidale Boomerang Bags third sewing bee. Join us to help reduce the use of plastic by sewing cloth bags. If you can't sew, no problem, we can help you or there are non-sewing tasks also. Great company, great food and [...] full article 


Climate Matters: How does climate change affect our health? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

For some of us, climate change is a problem in the future. But the health impacts of climate change are already evident. Climate change is a problem right now. Worldwide, weather-related disasters have increased by 46% since 2007. Australia itself has experienced more severe droughts, bushfires, heatwaves and floods over recent years. The New England region is [...] full article 


North West NSW residents: Santos response to EIS submissions weak, inadequate "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Santos Response to Submissions for the Narrabri EIS fails to address the many problems that experts and community groups have raised, leaving major data gaps that increase environmental risks. The report provides a detailed breakdown of the submissions, confirming that over 23,000 people made submissions, with 98% of submitters objecting to the project and only [...] full article 


Hillary Clinton says Chinas foreign power grab a new global battle "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former US presidential candidate says experts are sounding the alarm in Australia and New Zealand

Chinas attempt to gain political power and influence in foreign countries is a new global battle, Hillary Clinton has warned.

Speaking to an audience in New Zealand on Monday night, the former US secretary of state and presidential candidate said Chinese interference in domestic policy was apparent in Australia and New Zealand as well as the US.

In Australia and here in New Zealand experts are sounding the alarm about Chinese efforts to gain political power and influence policy decisions, Clinton said.


[Academic] Anne-Marie Brady of the University of Canterbury has rightly called this a new global battle, and its just getting started. We need to take it seriously.

New Zealands prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, told reporters Clintons statements about Ch...


antifa notes (may 9, 2018) : aryan nations, murder, right wing resistance, muzak "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Update (May 10) : It appears as though Hellraiser IX will no longer be taking place at The Last Chance as the venue has removed the gig from its Facebook page.] Briefly: Ordinary Mums & Dads Yesterday, Perth couple Robert Continue reading


Australian Government Budget Injects $700,000 for Blockchain Research "IndyWatch Feed National"

The government of Australia has allocated AUD $700,000 (approx. $520,000) from its federal budget to its Digital Transformation Agency to research blockchain applications in government services. Announced as a part of its 2018-19 federal budget, the government will use the funds from the Agencys existing resources over the next four years. An excerpt from the Continued

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Young Husband Mysteriously Collapsed In Shower, Wife Finds Him Unresponsive And Frantically Dials 911 "IndyWatch Feed National"


When two people choose to spend the rest of their lives together, they truly believe that this means it will be until they are both old and grey. So what happens when, in a blink of an eye, all your dreams and lifelong aspirations go down the drain, and you cant do a single thing about it? Sadly for one family, the head of their little unit, the father, the one who was supposed to love and protect them forever, lost his life too soon.

Thankfully one friend is doing what he can to help them pick up the pieces of their shattered life.

Jaye Goss And Katrina McRae


Jay Goss and Katrina McRae were from Buderim, in Queensland, Australia. They had met, fell in love, and like most young couples, wished to spend the rest of their lives together forever.


Police seek woman over Corndale break-in "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are appealing for public assistance following an armed robbery at a property at Corndale at about 2.30pm on Wednesday (May 9).

They that report a woman, armed with a knife broke into a property in Arthur Road, Corndale, about 17km north of Lismore.

The woman stole personal property and attempted to steal a car before fleeing the scene.

No one was injured.

Investigators wish to speak with a woman who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

She has been described as being of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, with black hair, and was last seen wearing a black one-piece swimsuit and a brown shirt.

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

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Obama's UN Ambassador Samantha Power still pretending that Iran can be trusted "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nikki Haley is a hard act to precede. Here is President Trump's announcement: QUOTE The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING AMERICA FROM A BAD DEAL: President Donald J. Trump is terminating the...


MACKAY Trespass and weapons charges, Middlemount "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bus trial supported but no extension yet "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Blanchs is running a six month trial of buses between Lismore and Byron Bay. (Blanchs Bus Company).

While it appears both the local Greens and National Party state representatives support an extension of the commuter bus trial between Byron Bay and Lismore, a commitment from the minister for transport, Andrew Constance (Liberal), is yet to materialise.

With the trial expecting to end shortly, Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has urged the minister and Nationals parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin to extend the trial for at least an extra six months.

Rolling in money

She said, This is a government supposedly rolling in money but for public transport infrastructure this is all weve had in the last decade!

I was told that because the tender went to a bus company outside of the Lismore electorate, the National Party arent interested in it despite the fact that Thomas George spruiked it in the beginning.

This trial came out of the hard work of advocates in our community and our community has in good faith supported the service.

Its time now for the government to actually listen to us and extend the trial to a full year.

We lost our public transport infrastructure and it is the number one issue for us all when it comes to supporting jobs growth, independence for our young people and connectivity for everyone.

When it comes to the long term, recurrent infrastructure spending for public transport for our region we are not actually on the LNPs map. 

Nationals parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin told The Echo, The service has been a great asset to our community in providing transport and greater access to services in the region, particularly the Lismore Base Hospital and Southern Cross University.



WA Police Commissioner says former MP Barry Urban faces criminal charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Australian's WA guru Andrew Burrell Good. Former WA MP Barry Urban faces criminal investigation over serial lies Former West Australian MP Barry Urban is now facing criminal charges. The Australian 2:03PM May 9, 2018 Police have launched a criminal investigation into disgraced West Australian MP Barry Urban after...


100,000 Victorian workers march for better pay "IndyWatch Feed National"

100,000 workers blocked off part of Melbournes CBD on Wednesday (May 9, 2018) as part of a nationwide campaign demanding better work conditions and pay. Photo AAP Image/Joe Castro

MELBOURNE, AAP A hundred thousand workers have shut down part of Melbournes CBD, saying the federal coalition can keep its slated tax cuts for low-and middle-income workers.

Wednesdays march is part of a nationwide Change the Rules union campaign to demand better pay and work conditions.

The latest action comes after the federal budget on Tuesday unveiled a tax offset of between $200 and $530 for workers earning up to $90,000 a year, from July.

But Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Luke Hilakari likened the measure to throwing crumbs to workers.

The $10 tax (a week) relief for poor and working people is just not good enough. They can keep that $10, he told reporters.

What we actually want is a large pay rise. We dont want a tax cut.

An estimated tens of thousands of workers began marching from Trades Hall to Flinders Street Station, disrupting traffic and public transport.

Bureau of Meteorology employee Cameron Henderson said he and his coworkers were starving for a fair pay deal.

We havent had a pay rise in nearly five years, Mr Henderson told AAP.

Over that time, CPIs gone up 10 per cent and were being offered a deal that would see us remain at 10 per cent CPI until the end of 2021.

University of Melbourne employees earlier staged a rally in support of academic and intellectual freedom, and against a plan to put academic and professional staff on two separate workplace agreements.

ACTU secretary Sally McManus said workers would keep fighting increased casualisation, low wage growth and inadequate job conditions.

At the moment, profits are going up and so is productivity. But wages arent, she said.

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Pyrrhic Victory: Judge Rules For Channel 7 But Sympathises With Amber Harrison "IndyWatch Feed National"

The latest chapter in the never-ending Channel 7-Amber Harrison saga is out, and while its a technical victory for Channel 7, if you were a shareholder youd be wanting to know precisely at what price.

And if youre Amber Harrison, youre probably dancing a jig right now and feeling pretty bloody vindicated.

Channel 7 sued Harrison in the NSW Supreme Court earlier this year for contempt of court, after she defied an earlier ruling that restrained her from ever talking publicly about the network.

It stemmed from a long-running dispute after Ms Harrison entered into a contract with her former employer, following an affair with CEO Tim Worner went sour. But Channel 7 never kept its side of the bargain, so Harrison blew the whistle publicly.

It led to Seven winning the gag order on Harrison in July last year, only for Channel 7 executives to emerge from court and start publicly attacking the former Executive Assistant, thinking she was prevented from publicly responding.

A screencap from an ABC 7:30 interview with Amber Harrison in 2017.

Harrison threw caution to the wind and the court gag order and came back swinging, leading In part to the latest court battle.

Today, Supreme Court Justice Michael Pembroke handed down his findings in the case.

This is a contempt application by the plaintiffs. They seek a declaration that the defendant was in contempt of court for breaching certain Court orders made on 18 July 2017. They do not seek any order that the defendant be punished for contempt. Nor do they seek a costs order against her.

Although I retain a discretion, there is no sound reason for not making the declarations sought. The facts are beyond reasonable doubt.

The original court order almost unprecedented in its scope prevented Harrison from ever publicly discussing anything related to her former employer, or even encouraging someone else too.

Justice Pembroke appeared to have quite a bit of sympathy for the predicament Ms Harrison found herself in.

I am quite satisfied that the defendant contravened Order 1 on multiple occasions. Lawyers like to call it contumacious disobedience but it simply means that the defendants conduct was willful. She was angry, perhaps understandably so, and felt that the court system had let her down and that the plaintiffs had bullied her. What she did and why...


Massive turnout in Melbourne boosts Change the Rules campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial comment

What a day. A hundred thousand supporters of unions hit Melbourne streets today, to kick off the national wave of stoppages and marches of the ACTU led Change the Rules campaign.

As the street-wide mas of people crossed the centre of the city, banners and flags moved through the centre of the city, more were taking off from the starting point outside the Trades Hall building in Carlton.

A turnout of this size is a big blow to Malcolm Turnbull and his government. Nothing could make it clearer that public opinion is shifting decidedly against them, and this is likely to cast a shadow on any sympathy the government might have got from yesterdays budget.

Stoppages and rallies move to other state capitals over the next week. Actions will also take place in regional centres, and they are likely to be big too.

Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary Luke Hilakarii addresses the crowd

The main concern is that todays industrial relations system has been increasingly weighted against the worker. It is causing a backlash. Not only shown in the numbers coming out in Melbourne, but in the level of anger shown in the streets.

Anger was also shown by the range of speakers. While it was repeatedly said that the rules must be changed, it was done so, in terms that showed the understanding that the only guarantee, is to make it happen on the ground. A better Australia means a stronger union movement.

It was more than this too, as was expressed into the popular slogan union Power. This means that working Australians need to rely on their collective strength to assert their interests.

Halfway through the march, the crowd stopped outside the Magistrates Court, to show support for the two union officials, John Setka and Shaun Reardon, on trial today.

The case underlines the nature of the industrial relations system now operating in Australia. It is deliberately designed to deny union activity and criminalise it, to de-unionise the workforce.  And this is to decimate wages and working conditions, expand the causualisation of work, and create an army of desperate people, whose dignity has been stripped away and who are forced to become virtual slaves for a pittance.

Setka and Reardon are on trial, because they insisted that an employer must fix a health and safety issue in the workplace.



3 Labor MPs & Rebekha Sharkie, Member for Mayo - gone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Katy Gallagher - gone. Labor MP Susan Lamb, Queensland seat of Longman - gone, by-election. Justine Keay, Tasmanian seat of Braddon - gone, by-election. Josh Wilson will attempt to hold onto the West Australian seat of Fremantle in another by-election. So much for Bill Shorten's rigorous Labor candidate assessment promises.


Shopping for love on the meat market "IndyWatch Feed National"

On several dates, usually between the fourth and fifth beer, my companion and I have found common ground over our mutual disdain for the whole hellish ritual of online dating, only for one of us to ask resignedly, But how else do you meet someone these days? It feels impossible to stave off the inexorable force of the ever-encroaching market.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.25 AUD


10 Year Anniversary Art Show | Rock of Ages Tattoo Parlour "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

2 June 6pm to 9pm

At A Spot of Genius, 7 Marvel Street

From humble beginnings in 2008, Rock of Ages continues to go from strength to strength, having established itself as the most renowned tattoo studio in the Northern Rivers region.

Milly, Josh, Tom and the rest of the crew would like to invite you to help us celebrate 10 years of good times and great tattoos.

Well have original pieces by all our artists for sale, music by Marshall OKell, nibbles and drinks sponsored by Young Henrys.

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Fmr SASR trooper and WAPOL DET SGT goes in to bat for this beautiful family "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kevin Otway is a mate of this website. His daughter is making her mark as a champion swimmer. Here's Kevin talking about a family that wants more work: I call these people true friends of our family. The parents Omar and Helen are great kind loving people who need help....


Eye-rolling a human right "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Flash mobs of Olympian eye-rollers preparing to demonstrate. File photo

A Byron Bay Vinnies vollie was advised this week that eye-rolling is against the Vinnies code of conduct, according to Echo astrologer Lilith.

What next? Forbidding nostril flares?  Outlawing eyebrow-raising?  Banning the pout?

Facial freedoms are being eroded, and flash mobs of Olympian eye-rollers preparing to demonstrate against this human rights violation.

Not hearsay, Lilith insisted, I was the vollie.

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Shannon Foster: Because of her I cant the rematriation of her(story) in his(story) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Shannon Foster Shannon Foster Because of her, I cant.  Because of her, I cant succumb to colonisation, assimilation, and genocide. Because of her, I cant submit to the perpetual colonial and patriarchal forces that want me to forget. I cant forget who I am and who I come from. Her name was Eliza Foster, she was a ...


Double trouble for Lismore: departing GM and budget black hole "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Departing Lismore General Manager Gary Murphy made a valuable contribution to the organisation and the community, according to Mayor Isaac Smith. Photo supplied

Chris Dobney

Lismore Council is facing a budget shortfall of almost $2 million and a scramble to find a new GM of the calibre of Gary Murphy, who resigned this week.

Mr Murphy will take on the same role at the larger Central Coast Council.

Meanwhile, the council has admitted that its underperforming quarry, falling recycling incomes and a budgeting error of around half a million dollars has left it some $1.6 million worse off than forecast.

But Mayor Isaac Smith said that although the shortfall meant a rejig of priorities to ensure road and asset renewals go according to plan, he was overall happy with the budget process.

Unfortunately one thing is at the expense of another and this does mean some cuts to other services, he told Echonetdaily.

Cr Smith said there was never a good time to change leaders, especially as Garys done a great job, but that it was not surprising that hes been head-hunted by someone else.

Asked if he thought that Mr Murphys replacement would be seeking a higher salary, he added I dont know what the current state of the market is hes been with us for seven years.

Apart from the $40-$50k recruitment costs, I couldnt put a figure on it at the moment, he said.

Mayor Smith also commended the GM on his valuable contribution to the organisation and the community.

Under Garys management, Council has become a nationally recognised leader in waste management and recycling; he has implemented an innovative floating solar farm; set bold goals around self-generating 100 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2023; and delivered the Quad and art gallery; health precinct; and the Lismore Prospectus. His leadership and support during the 2017 flood helped the community and staff maintain resilience during a particularly difficult time.

I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank him for his years of great service to both the organisation and the city of Lismore.

Gary said he has loved his time in Lismore both personally and professionally, but was looking forward to a new challenge.

I have been General Manager for...


BEYOND ART: True Stories from the desert by senior Aboriginal men at the Tamworth Regional Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NEW LIGHT: Tamworth gallery director Bridget Guthrie with a new exhibition highlighting contemporary Indigenous art. Photo: Peter Hardin 300418PHE043

I am often frustrated that I simply cannot get in the car and drive to visit new New England exhibitions or celebrations. A case in point is the new display at the Tamworth Regional Galley highlighted in the Northern Daily Leader story  Tamworth gallery highlighting contemporary Aboriginal art.

The exhibition, BEYOND ART: True Stories from the desert by senior Aboriginal men, highlights the streak in contemporary Indigenous art that combines innovation with deep connection to country.The exhibition is open until 10 June. I would encourage you to visit if you can.

While I greatly support the exhibition and the work done by Ms Guthrie, I must admit to a feeling of pique, I would like to see, I would really like to see, a greater focus on current Aboriginal cultural activities across Northern NSW, my broader New England. It seems to me that because we don't exist in a formal legal sense, we get ignored. .


Canadian Court ruling sparks renewed criticism of ISDS in NAFTA "IndyWatch Feed National"

May 9, 2018: A Federal Court ruling in favour of  US company Bilcon, which is seeking $500 million in damages from Canada, has prompted environmental groups to renew their calls for Canada to scrap ISDS in the NAFA renegotiation talks with the United States and Mexico.

Bilcons proposed quarry in an environmentally sensitive area in Nova Scotia was rejected in 2007 on the basis of a recommendation by a joint federal-provincial government environmental assessment panel. Bilcon then used ISDS provisions in NAFTA to sue the Canadian government, and in 2016 won its case before the ISDS tribunal, which has yet to determine the amount to be paid in compensation. Two of the three-person tribunal found that Canada violated its own federal and provincial environmental assessment laws and did not accord procedural fairness to Bilcon.

The then Canadian Conservative government asked Federal Court to set aside the tribunals decision, arguing that the tribunal made its decision on matters about Canadian environmental law beyond the scope of the original Bilcon claim and is in conflict with the public policy of Canada.

On May 2, 2018 the Judge stated I accept that the majoritys Award raises significant policy concerns. These include its effect on the ability of NAFTA Parties to regulate environmental matters within their jurisdiction, the ability of NAFTA tribunals to properly assess whether foreign investors have been treated fairly under domestic environmental assessment processes, and the potential chill in the environmental assessment process that could result from the majoritys decision. She then concluded that nothing could be done because the ability of courts to review arbitration awards is remarkably constrained under federal arbitration law.

The Lawyers Daily reported that University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran, co-counsel for the intervener Ecojustice, said as environmentalists, our worst fears have been confirmed that NAFTA can override Canadas right to protect its own environment the NAFTA tribunal in this case went outside its realm of expertise to rule on a matter of Canadian law, and now Canadian taxpayers are on the hook for half a billion dollars to a single company.

Lisa Mitchell, a lawyer and executive di...


Coalition to deliver (small) surplus in a couple of years "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Budget trounces estimates

In recent years it's become common for commentators to dismiss Budget estimates and projections as far too optimistic.

And yet once again the Budget has outperformed estimates, and this time by a huge margin.

Why? A few reasons, as tracked here on this blog over the past year. 

Firstly, record jobs growth through 2017, and an assoicated moderate improvement in the number of unemployed persons. 

Then there has also been a rebound in commodity prices, record exports, and in turn a big surge in corporation tax receipts.

Exports notched another record high last month. 

This point is especially interesting because there has been a lot of talk about companies not paying their fair share of taxes (some don't) and yet a big reason for the beat has been the greater collection of company tax. 

Even much-maligned Qantas (ASX: QAN), rather unfairly criticised for not paying tax on its revenue, I thought, has absorbed its losses brought forward and thus will begin to cough up tax!

Wages growth has been tepid to say the least, but there are at last a few signs of improvement, with average earnings rising as their fastest pace since 2014, driven by Sydn...


I am not a number, I am Albie "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Albie was found shivering in the middle of a road, standing next to his mothers body, after she had been hit and killed by a vehicle.
WIRES volunteer Lisa, who is caring for him told me that he was traumatised and suffered symptoms of shock for 48 hours after the accident.

At the time of writing this a week had passed since Albies rescue and he was doing much better.

Blackheath was found cold, wet and alone in the middle of the road at night. 
Luckily, a passing motorist spotted him and stopped to help.

He has been in care with WIRES volunteers Jamie and Hayley for a few months, still being bottle fed twice a day. 
Hayley says Blackheath is a healthy energetic boy that is well on his way to release at the end of the year. She says he has an amazing personality, being playful, loving with a dash of cheekiness.

Every year, hundreds of animals lives are lost and many more are orphaned. Collisions with vehicles is one of the most common reasons for this, with many of the animals in need of rescue and ongoing care.

Incidents increase during the winter months due to our shorter days. The conditions mean a higher chance of contact with our native mammals when they are at their most active at dawn and dusk.

Animal collisions are most common in winter. The worst month is July.

They often feed close to the road where the food is plentiful and their behaviour can be unpredictable, making it impossible for some drivers to miss them.

These factors combined mean cars and trucks are one of the biggest dangers facing our wildlife today.

Joeys that come into care when they are very young can be with WIRES for two years, until they are self-sufficient and ready to go back into the wild.

Raising a joey takes an enormous amount of resources, not only the specialised formula, but time, energy and equipment.

Over the next three months WIRES will respond to calls of help for more than 200 Wombats and 1,500 Kangaroos and Wallabies.



Raw Actions sunrise shoot for a sane future "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Trevor Avedissian/

Paul Bibby

Six local women courageously stripped bare for a series of sunrise photos last week to express their concern for the environment and the future of their children and grandchildren.

The women, daubed in white paint to spell out the word Peace, were taking part in the sixth annual Raw Action.

Event organiser, writer and activist Iris Ray Nunn said she was inspired to do the human artwork by her participation in the famous 2003 anti-war action led by Australian singer Grace Knight.

In that action, the women spelled out the words No War with their naked bodies to protest Australias involvement in the invasion of Iraq.

Its all about inspiring people to radical action to protect and preserve the preciousness of life. Ms Nunn said.

To turn society away from power struggles, harm, hate, foolishness and complacency, and towards remembering to love and care passionately together for the living world, our natural habitat.

Local photographer and videographer Trevor Avedissian captured the recent protest and is turning the material into a mini-documentary that the group hopes will inspire others to take action.

These women are incredible, Ms Nunn said.

Some of them met for the first time 45 minutes before the photos were taken.

They just get called and decide they have to do it, knowing that its going to make a difference.

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Katy Gallagher ineligible to sit in Parliament - High Court Judgement here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Senator Katy Gallagher ineligible to sit in Parliament by Michael Smith on Scribd Full ruling and more to come.


The changing face of retailing in Mullumbimby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Members from the Made In Mullum Collective. Photo Jeff Dawson

Aslan Shand

Five years ago there were plenty of empty shops in Mullumbimby and there were several ways that local businesses looked at reviving the town.

Mullum is unique, it is a very community-based town with lots of diverse people and businesses, said president of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce Janelle Stanford, who also runs the Mullum Newsagency.

Stanford said, One of the reasons we started the Mullum Chamber five years ago was because there were around eleven empty shops in the town. It was important to come together and look at how we make the town thrive.

At about the same time longtime local business operators John Waterhouse and Jo Newman, who own Mullum InStyle Living, could also see a need for new businesses at the post office end of town as there were seven or eight empty shops.

Ms Newman says, We had a successful Allure Home and Lifestyle shop in Murwillumbah and decided that this would be a great opportunity to start something like this in Mullumbimby and rejuvenate that end of the town. We were worried the town was struggling with shops being empty.

As the town burgeoned with new shops opening, they decided it was time to meld Allure into Mullum In Style Living, but they wanted to see a good local shop take their place.

We traded really, really well over the years but with the influx of new shops selling similar quality products we decide it was time to meld the two businesses under the one roof, Ms Newman says.

We wanted to see a good local shop take the place of Allure and Made in Mullum seemed like the perfect fit.

They have a good range of things in the store. We are really happy to support them and have left them some of our fixtures and fittings, and gave them lots of support to take over the lease.

Made In Mullum have also been able to ensure that local be...


Mardi Grass And The THC-CBD Cha Cha Cha "IndyWatch Feed National"

In case youve never heard of it, Mardi Grass is an annual festival in Nimbin in NSW, celebrating all things pot. Harsha Prabhu went along. Youre probably not going to guess the rest its Mardi Grass, after all. Images by Kim Maree.

It is the Friday of the 26th annual Nimbin Mardi Grass & Cannabis Law Reform Rally & Gathering. Im in Nimbin, and the Medicine Buddha (MB for short) is late for his rendezvous with his favourite disciple.

Im loitering with intent at the Oasis Cafe and wondering how Im gonna score a smoke. Fer fark sake (as the Mad Irishman would say) its Mardi Grass! Just sniff the air!

I sniff the air, but, thus far, it seems criminally devoid of any whiff of strong THC. Instead, I smell lots of testosterone from squads of young members of the constabulary, who are parading around town looking lost for something to do and nervously chewing gum in anticipation of some action, like cow-cockies at a rodeo.

Black vans with RIOT SQUAD stenciled on them cruise the streets.

No doubt MB is even now negotiating one of the many police roadblocks, armed with his personal pharmacopeia of mints, aniseed oil, apple cider vinegar and ommanipadmes as a prophylactic to fool the roadside saliva drug testers. May the Four Dakinis of the Ganjarealms protect him as they have thus far. No doubt he will sail through with his usual, unholy imperturbability.

But how to satisfy the grinning ape of my THC addiction?

When in doubt, go to the top. I head for a certain building across the road. This is a hive of activity, flickering computer monitors, Jungle Patrol crew with dark blue caps with POLITE written in white (instead of POLICE, which they kind of are, except the Nimbin Mardi Grass version) and, in the midst of all the Mardi Grass last minute mayhem, good old Mr X, aka the Pope of Mardi Grass, at a computer terminal.

The Mardi Grass parade, in Nimbin in 2018. (IMAGE: Kim Maree)

I pounce on him: Mate, got a smoke for an old vet of the first Mardi Grass? I ask in my best wheedling voice, marinated in some 25 years of cadging smoko at all the Mardi Grasses Ive been to. He gives me the look, then decides its better to humour the ape than argue with him, and ducks into a room at the back.

I follow him till he says, You cant come in here. I look around and spot my friend Delightful Dorothea (DD) at another compu...


Whats in the budget for you? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Farmers, regional universities, and people needing to access aged care facilities have all seen benefit from last nights budget while the ABC, TAFE, schools and overseas aid have been cut.

As always with federal budgets, the devil is in the detail. Lucky for you we have combed through myriad commentaries to find out what really matters: will you get anything out of the budget?

Its thumbs down if you are a pensioner, a school or TAFE student and if you need specialist or public hospital treatment.


Richmond MP Justine Elliot (ALP) has condemned government cuts in these sectors, including: cutting the energy supplement, costing pensioners $14 a fortnight, and forcing people to keep working until they are 70; cutting $17 billion from schools, and $270 million from TAFE; plus a freeze on specialist rebates and no funding to improve hospital waiting times.

Labor will back the personal income tax measures that begin on July 1 this year because we know middle class and working class people are struggling with the cost of living. This modest tax relief doesnt make up for the massive cost of living increases under Malcolm Turnbull and the Nationals, or the cuts to penalty rates of up to $77 a week, she said.

Most of this package is off in the never-never its a hoax for Mr Turnbull to tell people they have to vote for him at least two more times before they get tax relief in 2024.

Funding just 14,000 new in-home aged care packages over four years is another cruel hoax, with funding being cut from residential aged care to pay for it. There are still 100,000 people on Turnbulls waiting list for in-home care, Ms Elliot said.


But Page MP Kevin Hogan said the local community was a winner from this years budget with money put back into family budgets, the creation of more jobs, a guarantee of essential services and more money for regional infrastructure.

By far the biggest ticket infrastructure item for the North Coast, weighing in at almost $1 billion, is the much-needed Coffs Harbour Bypass.

The tax relief for low to middle income earners will help almost 60,000 taxpayers in our community, Mr Hogan said.

He added the government was also providing skills programs for workers over 45, allowing people on the age pension to keep more of what they earn, extending the Pension Loans Scheme, and allowing recent retirees to make further superannuation contributions.

I am also very happy that we are increasing the Child Care Subsidy from around 72 percent to 85 percent [and] removing the $7,613 annual rebate cap. These changes will directly help the 5,317 families in our community.

He added the controversial N...


Palestines Other Oppressor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pre-dawn raids are commonplace in this part of the world. Doors are battered down in the wee hours of the morning and stun grenades are lobbed inside, with authorities rushing in torches blinding those in their path to snatch an unwitting victim from their slumber. They are handcuffed, blindfolded and thrown in the back of an armoured truck for an interrogation, barrelling down the street with the pleading and screams from their distressed family members fading in the distance.

The raid is over in just a few minutes.

In many cases, a Palestinian suspect is thrown into the back of a truck with I.D.F (Israeli Defence Force) plastered on the side. However, theres also an equally sinister enemy: one that is betraying the human rights of its own kind.

The number of people arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA), currently headed by Mahmoud Abbas whose four-year term has now entered its 13th year is growing at an alarming rate. Worse still, Palestinians are being locked up for months, often without formal charges being laid against them for something as innocuous as a social media post.

Last year, Mahmoud Abbas government passed legislation that punished those found guilty of upsetting Palestines social harmony with up to 15-years of hard labour. According to David Yusef, an advocacy coordinator prisoner support and human rights association at Addameer, the passage of this legislation meant little more than the formalisation of pre-existing PA policies, which have been used to silence dissenting voices.

The law itself made the arrest and prosecution of dissenting voices much easier, and with an apparent air of reason, David warns. That said, the legislation, which can hardly be calling that since it is more of a decree coming directly from President Abbas, is a dangerous step in regard to the restriction on free speech.

One such individual on the receiving end...


Heard Budget Speech 2018, read this morning's headlines? Now hunt the dollars using this cheat sheet "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Because there is a great deal of sleight of hand in federal government annual budget announcements, to be sure that what the Turnbull Government is planning doesn't make life harder for you, your family and community everyone needs to read the fine print.

Budget Paper No. 1: Budget Strategy and Outlook- provides:
* information about the international and domestic economic outlook, including numerical estimates of key parameters such as gross domestic product (GDP) growth, employment, and the consumer price index (CPI)
* a statement of the Governments fiscal strategy and the fiscal outlook of the Commonwealth (that is, the Governments outlook and strategy for revenue, notably taxes)
* estimates of the revenues and expenditures of the Commonwealth, and their composition
* information on the proposed capital investment of the Commonwealth information on the assets, liabilitiesincluding contingent liabilities, or risksand debt held or owed by the Commonwealth, and
* historical information about the Commonwealths fiscal and debt position. 
Go to: 

Budget Paper No. 2: Budget Measures - contains information about the b...


The Stone-Hard Sell: A Play By Monty Fish "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a shiny new occasional New Matilda series, woman about town Monty Fish brings you an inside look at how Scott Morrison really came up with the idea for a $50 million statue and learning centre to commemorate the arrival of Captain Cook.


Scene 1.

A tattoo parlour. ScoMo has his pants around his ankles. A hand is touching up a faded Love it or leave it tattoo on his arse cheek. He is gritting his teeth in pain.

ScoMo: I bet Dutto doesnt have a tat. Hes all talk. I do the hard work, he swans in for the glory. Home Affairs Ministry! Pfffft. You know I stopped the boats?

The tattooist looks bored. Hes heard this a million times.

ScoMo: You know he has protestors? People climb buildings to tell him to fuck off! Theyre my policies, wheres my protestors? I deserve a fuck off more than he does!

Tattooist: Have you tried pissing people off?

ScoMo: Its harder than you think. The bar is so low these days, youve really gotta graze the gutter for material. I mean, Corporate tax cuts sounds elegant next to offshore torture camps. They give me nothing to work with! You know, I know this sounds paranoid, but its almost as though people just expect the Treasurer to be shitty so nothing I do surprises them.

Tattooist: Im surprised your saggy arse has a tattoo.

ScoMo: Not you, youre a pleb. I mean the people. You know, the 99% the people that tweet on Q&A and have publishable opinions.

Tattooist: Whatevs, dude. Dutto is the racist potato right?

ScoMo: He has a caricature?!

Tattooist: If you wanna steal back the limelight, out-racist the racist. Duh.

ScoMo pulls up his pants in a stupor. His eyes dazzling.

ScoMo: Thats brilliant! If you werent so poor, Id suggest you go into politics!

Tattooist: Id rather stick inky needles in politicians arses to be honest.

ScoMo: Enjoy it while it lasts. The Robots are coming.

Tattooist: Yes but robots dont vote.

But ScoMo has run out of the shop, cash flying out of his pockets in his wake. The tattooist scoops them up.


Scene 2.

ScoMo is pacing along his office corridor. The wall is an endless stream of Captain Cook paintings. He stalks the corridor. Suddenly he is stu...


Pilot youth employment project seeks to make a difference "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Students Ashton Morris and Rory Trugdon working with their group. Photo Jeff Dawson

Aslan Shand

Creating opportunities for young people in the area is the key outcome that the collective project, Northern Rivers Together (NRT), is aiming towards.

Currently it is functioning as a pilot project and is looking for funding for a five-year roll out.

Sasha Graham, who is co-ordinating the program, emphasised that though the area is an amazing place to live and grow up in, large numbers of young people have to move away to larger towns and cities for jobs and opportunities.


Unemployment rates of up to 20 per cent in some areas make this the second-highest unemployment region in NSW and if the project received funding for five years, one of its key outcomes would be to see a reduction of average unemployment to ten per cent.

Northern Rivers Together is a voluntary consortium of organisations working collaboratively to facilitate the creation of the necessary environment allowing for greater opportunities so more young people can stay in the Northern Rivers region and thrive within a vibrant, creative economy, said Ms Graham.

The current pilot project is rolling out two key events in May.

The first, which was held on May 4, aimed at year nine and ten students from Shearwater Steiner and Mullumbimby High School, and showcased successful creative and social enterprise founders, including FlowHive, Cumulus VFX and Skuff TV, Ms Graham explained.

A photo-voice competition will present photos and ideas around career aspirations and barriers which resonate for young people.

These emerging themes were explored during a facilitated and dynamic Hackathon, in which students formed groups and co-designed solutions to the opportunities and challenges.




Government defends ABC budget cuts "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, AAP The Turnbull government has defended funding cuts to the ABC the morning after delivering a budget focused on tax.

A three-year funding freeze will cut $84 million from the public broadcaster, following a decision to axe $43 million in funding for news and current affairs.

But Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the ABC would still receive $3.2 billion over those three years.

This is effectively equivalent to the efficiency dividend that applies to nearly all other government taxpayer-funded organisations, he told the ABC on Wednesday.

Nearly all other government-funded, taxpayer-funded organisations have to find productivity improvements and operation efficiencies.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said the ABC was one of the pet hates of the right wing of the Liberal party.

Because the ABC occasionally asks questions of the government theyre going to wind back $83 million, he told the broadcaster.

This government manages to find tens of millions of dollars for other media outlets.

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie says the cuts could not be absorbed by efficiency measures alone, as the broadcaster had already achieved significant productivity gains in response to past budget cuts.

The ABC is now more important than ever given the impact of overseas players in the local media industry and the critical role the ABC plays as Australias most trusted source of news, analysis and investigative journalism, she said.

Stable, adequate funding is essential if we are to continue to deliver for Australian audiences.

Ms Guthrie also rejected a proposed efficiency review as unnecessary given previous programs to scale back.

The government found $14 million for SBS to make up for revenue it lost when laws to ease advertising restrictions failed to pass federal parliament.

It will also get $3 million to help develop local film and television content.

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Lawyers Committee For 9/11 Throws Down The Gauntlet "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In most, probably all, of the 50 states of the US you can petition the foreman of your grand jury to investigate a crime that you have knowledge of. I think someone should take this approach in the three states that suffered a criminal attack on September 11, 2001, namely: New York, Virginia (the location of the Pentagon), and Pennsylvania.

However, a group called the Lawyers Committee For 9/11 Inquiry has decided to do a similar thing at the federal level. Thus, on April 10, 2018, they presented a petition to the US Department of Justice, asking that a federal grand jury look into the matter of crimes committed on...


Base Politics: A Clever Budget For Electoral Fortunes, And Full Of Missed Opportunities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scott Morrisons budget gives out a cool $26 billion in tax cuts, writes Ben Eltham. But will the fistfuls of dollars revive the Coalitions electoral fortunes?

Despite all the numbers presented, budgets are not really about dollars and cents. Theyre about policy priorities.

And judging by the details of Budget 2018, the governments priorities are clear enough: getting re-elected sometime in the next 12 months.

In order to do that, Treasurer Scott Morrison has crafted another clever and calibrated political statement. It provides just enough cover on the fiscal fundamentals to allow Morrison to hand voters fistfuls of money.

Whether that translates to political advantage, however, is still anyones guess.


Revenue is back

The economic data in Budget Paper 1 paints a very interesting picture. After years of bad news in successive budgets, were once again being surprised by unexpected growth.

Time and again over recent years, revenue has failed to live up to expectations, forcing crippling downgrades to the bottom line. Not so this year. A strengthening global economy and extremely healthy employment growth have tipped $20 billion into the forward estimates in just six months. Nominal GDP galloped along at nearly 6 per cent in 2016-17 a figure none of us thought wed see again.

And, to give the government its due, spending has been held fairly tight across most government line items (although not in Defence). There is still ongoing austerity in many aspects of the federal government: public servants continue to be retrenched, for instance, and many line departments are having their budgets cut in real terms. This has stored up problems for the future: in universities, in disability services, and in aged care, all of which are clearly underfunded and will require significant funding increases in future years.

As a result, the budget deficit is down to $14 billion this year, and should return to surplus next year. The budget papers say that the total turnaround in the underlying cash balance between 201314 and 202122 is projected to be about $65 billion, or about 3.8 per cent of GDP. Most of this improvement is due to revenue finally returning to levels not seen since the Howard years. This will keep the Murdoch newspapers happy, as well as the financial markets.


A healthy economy

The macroeconomic indicators, for whatever theyre worth, are pretty rosy too....


The 2018 budget covers that there is more take than give "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The big selling point in this years federal budget is the tax cuts. No doubt, much of Australia will appreciate having to hand over a little less of their income. This has the marking of a government, scared that it is in a terminal decline.

It is clear. The cuts are a bribe to hoodwink the public into believing that the government has changed its ways. But before we celebrate the few extra dollars in our pocket, it would be wise to look at the full context.

The second selling point, is the $24.5 billion boost to infrastructure spending. There is a big gap to be closed. More spending on transport is needed. There is no argument about this. Only that it is still not enough.

Just as important is spending on infrastructure that is linked to the growth of a sustainable economy. Shrinking our carbon footprint depends on this. So does building a modern and healthy economy. It is a pity that the government has turned a blind eye to this.

Then there is the $19.9 billion committed to home care for the aged, and the $83 million for mental health. This is all well and good. But what about funding for those not able to be cared for at home and the rising cost of health care?

Lets look a little more on the income tax cut. It is not all good. Far from it. In the first place, it takes the dismantling of the progressive nature of the income tax system another step. It is those earning at the higher end towards the $200,000 a year mark that get the greatest relief.

Bracket creep over the years, has brought in a measure of unfairness that needs correction. But a correction does not have to cut at the concept that those who can afford to pay a bit more, should do so. The income tax system is an important means, by which a more equal sharing of the nations wealth can be implemented.

Here is where the smoke and mirrors really comes in. Government policies have assisted in ensuring that wage growth is stagnant, penalty rates have been cut, work continues to be casualised, all those on pensions and unemployment benefits continue to be penalised and forced to live in poverty,  homelessness is growing, and government services have been pulled down across the board.

In this broader context, a hell of a lot more has been taken away from most Australians than is being handed down in this budget, and the taking is not stopping.

Another fiction is that that the income tax cut has been given, because the Australian economy is doing so well. The gov...


May 9 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1813 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie noted in his diary ,
"Mrs. M.'s complaint ceased this day and her health begins to improve."
Her 'complaint' was having suffered a miscarriage only 4 days earlier.

1829 - Henry Osborne and wife arrived in Sydney aboard Pyramus. Eventually they were granted 2560 acres at Illawarra.

1827 - Newcastle Gaol was found by Grand Jurors to be clean and in good order with wholesome provisions.

1836 - William Kitchen was hanged at Sydney for the murder of his wife Ann in Harrington St.

1848 - James Sullivan was hanged at Oatlands for shooting at Constable Kelly with intent to murder.

1848 - Patrick Shea was hanged at Oatlands for shooting at Constable Kelly with intent to murder.

1848 - James McGough was hanged at Oatlands for shooting at Constable Kelly with intent to murder.

1848 - John Shale was hanged at Oatlands for wounding John Connell with intent to murder.

1854 - Billy Palmer was hanged at Bathurst for the murder of Jane Bradley near Obley.

1854 - James McLaughlan was hanged at Bathurst for the murder of Sarah Atkins at Kikiamah, near Grenfell.

1855 - Francis James Shaw presented Rev. William Savigny at Newcastle with a testimonial of a silver salver and 40 sovereigns in gratitude for his ministerial labours and gratuitous devotion to service

1878 - John Pigdon, Mayor of Melbourne, laid the foundation stone of the Eastern Market with the 'usual formalities', followed by djeuner at the Council Chambers where 'many speeches were made, but politics were carefully eschewed'.

1892 -The Executive Council confirmed the death sentence of convicted murderer Frederick Bailey Deeming.

1900 The Sierra Nevada was wrecked off Portsea, Victoria; 23 lives were lost.

1901 - Needing an excuse for a knees up our ancestors celebrated the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament in the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne by the Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V).

1901 - Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman , surveyor and explorer,  was accompanied by eleven men when he penetrated previously uncharted territory in the Kimberley, north of latitude 17. His senior officers, Charles Crossland, second-in-command, Dr F. M. House, botanist, and Andrew Gibb Maitland, the government geologist, explored areas at right angles to the main route, thus reducing the exploration time schedule to six months and eighteen days. Leaving Wyndham on this day, the explorers followed the Pentecost River then pushed north-west through the Leopold Range to Walcott Inlet and returned along the Drysdale River on the 15th parallel to reach their depot on 26 November, having passed many Aboriginals en r...


Kambo ceremonies um, what about the frog? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Amazonian tribes extract frog secretion to heighten awareness and energy for hunting, as well as healing, and now that tradition is being appropriated in Byron Shire. Its also not much fun for the frog. Image Youtube

Heidi Greaves

For those not aware of the Kambo ceremony (also known as many other names such as Sapo, Kampu and Acate), it is a method whereby the secretion is scraped from the body of the South American Phyllomedusa Bicolour Tree Frog, then dried on sticks.

This is later rehydrated with water or spit, to be administered to shallow wounds burnt into the skin. As the secretion is absorbed, the human body goes through a severe physical reaction that people often say feels like dying.

Traditionally, Kambo is used to heighten the senses of hunters from Amazonian tribes, yet has been growing in popularity as a new-age alternative medicine since 1994, when the late rubber tapper Francisco Gomes took Kambo to the suburban streets of Brazil.

Another indigenous use is to lift panema an indigenous name for dark or negative energy.

Presently there are Kambo ceremonies being held in Byron Shire, and this is my experience of my treatment.

Alt medicine?

What the peptide-rich substance actually does in the way of healing seems yet to be confirmed.

Reading the many Kambo practitioners websites, it seems that the same information has been taken from a small handful of sites and repeated over and over, making it challenging to discern fiction from fact.

An increase in practitioners will mean an increase in customers and an increase in demand for Kambo.

I fear that the frogs will suffer as a direct result and the true spiritual purpose of this supposedly light-working ceremony will turn to darkness, like so many other beautiful things in this world. We need to make sure that does not happen with Kambo. ...


Pick-up empowerment for the alfalfa male "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dave McDermott

Paul Bibby

Its Saturday night in the hills outside outside Byron Bay and a community gathering is in full swing.

A man in his mid-30s stands a little awkwardly on one side of the hall, occasionally glancing at a woman chatting with friends near the dance floor.

He wants to walk over and speak to her but the fear of rejection or being seen as a predator keeps him rooted to the spot.

Eventually he returns to the safety of his own friends, quietly ruing another missed opportunity.

The experience is painfully familiar for thousands of men across the Shire.

With sensitivity around the sexual harassment of women at an all-time high thanks to the #MeToo movement (and rightly so), approaching women in an honest, non-sleazy way can feel more daunting than ever for men.

But it doesnt have to be this way according to one local.

Dave McDermott says it is possible for men to face their fears around approaching women without losing their integrity and going into the shady world of pick-up artistry.

The mens empowerment coach has developed a so-called conscious pick-up workshop in which men learn how to approach women with honesty, integrity and confidence.  

Two of the biggest things behind the fear men have are the fear of rejection and the fear of being seen as a predator, Mr McDermott says.

I help men learn to express their attraction towards women in an authentic way that allows the woman to feel safe.

Daves story

The 35-year-old came to the work of mens empowerment through to a personal journey that involved a lot of frustration and painfu...


Tree sonics backdrop for Renew Fest "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brisbane-based composer Luke Jaaniste. Photo supplied

The beautiful fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds have always been central to the Renew Fest experience, and they will be taking centre stage this year with a sonic installation from Brisbane-based composer Luke Jaaniste.

Jaaniste will be amplifying the ring of fig trees around the main stage of the festival, with large speakers helping to give the trees voice. He will be helped in this endeavour by local virtuoso violinist, Cye Wood (Cave In The Sky).

Its such a joy to be working with such a beautiful space, Jaaniste said. The trees themselves are amazing. We actually cried the first time we tried it out and gave them their full voice. It was such a special way to feel them.

The intention we have here is to bring people back to their place on the Earth, their physical environment, through the trees and the space they hold.

Jaaniste adds, Well keep the trees activated through the day, bringing the intensity up in certain places, and then Saturday night, Cye Wood and I are preparing something really special. Ive never collaborated with trees before. Im really grateful for the opportunity, and with the gear that North Coast Events are sponsoring, its going to be amazing.

Renew Fest takes place at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds on May 19 and 20, with a prelude performance at Wildspace on Friday May 18. For more info/tickets visit Special local price tickets are available through Santos Organics and the Mullum Farmers market prior to the festival.

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Australias Government Budgets Over $500K for Blockchain Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has allocated AU $700, 000 to its Digital Transformation Agency to research blockchain applications within government agencies. Officials earmarked the capital, that will be drawn from the existing Agency funds and allocated within the course of the next four decades, as part of its 2018 2019 budget. Launched in 2015, the Agency assists government departments experience digital transformation, in addition to leading its info and communication technology strategy. The Government will provide $0.7 million in 2018-19 for the Digital Transformation Agency to research areas where blockchain technology can provide the maximum value for Government agencies, the spending budget document states.

This isnt the very first time that the Australian government has committed funds to examining the blockchain. In 2017, his best research bureau issued two research reports on possible use cases and dangers associated with the technology. The authorities subsequently mentioned the technician in a consultation paper for its digital economy initiative. Similarly, in late 2017, the government announced its plans to supply more than AU $8 million worth of grants to a blockchain based clever utilities pilot job. Flag picture via Shutterstock. The leader at blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Hillary Clinton Panics Over Chinas Alleged Meddling in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sputnik 08.05.2018 As tensions in relations between the United States and China continue to rise, former US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton publicly speaks against what she describes as Beijings political interference in Australia and New Zealand. During her tour of Australia and New Zealand, former US Secretary of State and ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton []


Australia's Government Budgets Over $500K for Blockchain Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's latest budget allocates AU $700,000 to its Digital Transformation Agency for the exploration of government blockchain applications.


Their ABC - helping Australian babies consent to having their nappies changed "IndyWatch Feed National"

If this doesn't qualify for Lefty Lunacy .... I'm not doing this 'Outsiders Outsourced' job anymore. Jill (@Havingmysay2) May 8, 2018 From the incomparable Jill!


Lock The Gate back in court asking questions about "secretive deals" between NSW Coalition Government and Shenhua mining group "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Environmental Defenders Office(EDO):

Our client Lock the Gate is seeking access to information held by the NSW Government about secretive deals relating to the buy-back of the coal exploration licence for Shenhua Watermark Coal Pty Limiteds (Shenhua) controversial Shenhua Watermark Coal Mine in the Liverpool Plains in north central NSW, one of the nations most productive agricultural regions.

Lock the Gate argues that the public has a right to know about deals made behind closed doors in relation to the exploration and development of the proposed Watermark coal mine. Lock the Gate argues that accountability and transparency in this case are essential given the significant predicted impacts of the Watermark mine on the Liverpool Plains, the nations agricultural industry, local communities and the environment.

On behalf of Lock the Gate, we are asking the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal to decide that the release of this information is in the public interest.


Is Telstra selling customer location data? Did it ever specifically request permission from account holders? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Telstra is making money by on-selling location data from its customers' mobile phones in similar deals to a partnership with the Bureau of Statistics that caused a public backlash last week.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics came under fire for partnering with the telco for a study in 2016, which used mobile phone data showing how many people were in particular suburbs hour by hour.

Similar data is now available for a fee, after the Location Insights program was quietly launched by the telco in July 2016. The Australian Bureau of Statistics was the first licensee under the program, but has not used Telstra's Location Insights since then.
Data a...


Richard Dolan: Pentagons UFO program known as Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Richard Dolan

This episode of the Richard Dolan Show aired on KGRA radio April 30, 2018. The first hour is concerned with recent claims that the Pentagons UFO program known as Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) may in fact have gone under another name as well: Advanced Aerospace Weapons Systems Application Program (AAWSAP). It seems the study of UFOs is nothing without some controversy. Richard interviews two guests, first Chase Kloetzke, who has interviewed Luis Elizondo twice and provides her insights. Second, he interviews Australian researcher Paul Dean, who has concluded that AAWSAP is indeed related to AATIP. During the second half of the program, Richard discusses the implications of these developments as well as examining some darker implications of the strange phenomena of our world, drawing mainly from research of David Paulides and Whitley Strieber.

Listen live to the Richard Dolan show every Monday from 8-10 p.m. Eastern at

Visit Richard Dolans members site at
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Tuesday, 08 May


Philippines Learns A Hard Lesson About China: China Does Whatever China Pleases "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now there are Chinese missiles stationed inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

In May 2014, China installed an oil rig near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, an area also claimed by Vietnam.

Refusing to take the provocation sitting down, Vietnam fired off a strongly worded diplomatic protest: Vietnam demands China to withdraw the oil rig Haiyang 981 and all of its ships and aircraft from Vietnams waters and not to repeat similar actions, said its Ministry of Affairs.


Image result for Haiyang 981, photos

Additionally, Vietnam sent 29 ships to try to stop the rigs operations, with resulting confrontations and water-spraying incidents between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels.

Vietnam also attempted to rally support against Chinas actions at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, whose member-countries Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines have overlapping territorial claims with Beijing.

Vietnam even asked that the United States, its former enemy, lend a stronger voice against China.

Singapore, Japan, India, Russia, Australia, other countries and the European Union also issued statements of concern, urging caution against unilateral actions [that] could affect the security environment in the region, as the EU statement put it.

Beijing eventually bowed to the pressure. In July of that year, it quietly removed the oil rig a full month earlier than was first announced.

What does Vietnam have that the Philippines doesnt?

A leadership not the least bit beholden to China, for one. Vietnams sense of ownership over its claimed territories is such that it was willing to employ all possible actions diplomatic protest, international consensus, even physical confrontation with Chinese vessels to defend itself against the encroachments of its giant neighbor. And over an oil rig, mind in waters that were still officially undemarcated under international law.

Contrast that with the Philippine position, which won tremendous international legal and moral standing with its 2016 victory in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

That ruling not only invalidated Chinas so-called historic claim over almost the entire South China Sea, it also declared that Beijing violated the Philippines sovereign rights to fish and explore for resources in the West Philippine Sea, waters that were within the Philippines 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone.......


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Australian bitcoin exchange startup Nauticus thinks that trading cryptocurrencies should be no more difficult than ordering a pizza. Regional financial publication Stockhead reports that the Melbourne-based exchange operator which has raised nearly $17 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) has ambitious plans for its budding platform. In addition to its bitcoin exchange Continued

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Austinmers boatshed extension "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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AUSTINMERS lifeguards and lifesavers are one step closer to having improved facilities with the start of work this week on the extension of Austinmer Boatshed.

The project, that is expected to take about four months to finish, is part of an ongoing program to upgrade facilities in the Austinmer beach precinct.

The boatshed facility will be extended on the northern side and will incorporate a new Lifeguard surveillance room and amenities, as well as a small gym facility for Austinmer Surf Lifesaving Club members. There also will be minor improvements to where the Surf Clubs boats are stored.

While the work is underway, a site compound will be set up at the northern end of Austinmer Beachs carpark. There will be times, such as when heavy machinery is onsite, the compound will need to be expanded to take in the grassed area to the west of the boatshed for public safety.

The stairs from Lawrence Hargrave Drive down to the northern end of Austinmer Beach will remain open.

This is an exciting step for our local lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers as this will provide them with improved facilities, Wol...


2018 Budget Speech Transcript By Treasurer Scott Morrison "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A transcript of the 2018-19 Budget speech, delivered by Treasurer Scott Morrison on May 8, 2018.

Thank you Mr Speaker, I move that this Bill now be read a second time.

What have you achieved? What are you going to do now? What does it mean for me? These are the questions Australians want answered tonight. So let me get to it.

A stronger economy. More jobs. Guaranteeing essential services. The Government living within its means. That is what this Budget is about.

The Australian economy is now pulling out of one of the toughest periods we have faced in generations.

The Global Financial Crisis was significant. But coming off our once in a hundred years mining investment boom had an even bigger impact, ripping $80 billion out of our economy.

This directly impacted Australians and their families, including holding back wages.

During this difficult time, the Government has been working to strengthen the Australian economy and get the budget back on track.

And weve been making real progress.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that almost a million jobs have been created since we were first elected, as promised. This includes 415,000 jobs last year alone. More than a thousand jobs a day, three quarters of which were full time.

Businesses are responding to improved conditions by investing again, confidence is up. More new businesses are being started.

Weve backed small and medium sized businesses with legislated tax cuts and investment incentives.

We have invested at record levels to build the roads, railways, airports and energy infrastructure Australia needs for the future.

Landmark export trade deals are backing our farmers, miners, manufacturers and service industries to crack new markets.

We have made responsible Budget savings $41 billion legislated since the last election to get spending under control.

We are no longer borrowing money to pay for everyday expenditure like welfare payments.

We have retained Australias international AAA credit rating from all three agencies, one of only ten countries in the world to do so.

Our national economy is strengthening, but it is also true that the benefits are yet to reach everyone. This will take more time.

That is why it is important to stick to our plan. There is more to do.

We cannot take a stronger economy for granted.

We live in a very competitive world. If we make the wrong calls, other countries will cut our lunch.

There is a lot to gain and much to lose. We cant ease off.



Barilla Insieme Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barilla Group, in collaboration with The Consumer Goods Forum, will be hosting its first Asian-edition of Insieme Day on June 11th 2018 in Singapore. Insieme in Italian means together and is a critical element in how we need to solve urgent problems in today's food system. In its 10th year running, Insieme Day seeks to gather industry leaders and influencers, academicians, innovators and government representatives in the food space to discuss key issues and challenges pertinent to the food systems in the Asia, Australia, and Africa region. Discussions will center on two key themes: one - enhancing nutrition and wellbeing of people; two - enhancing transparency and traceability of supply chains.

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