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Tuesday, 15 May


Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, NEO and Ripple "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week, Bitcoin Cash hard fork should be the focus of the week. Maybe its bad coincidence but this is a hard fork happening right in the middle of a strong bear market. Mind you, despite Bitcoin Cash being a []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, NEO and Ripple appeared first on The Global Mail.


It doesn't pay to tell outright political lies on national television.... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

.... because there are bound to be old election campaign warriors watching.

Australian Treasurer and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison, ABC Insiders interview, 13 May 2018, telling an untruth:

You tell me when a government in their budget has ever provided detailed costings, post the forward estimates up to the medium term. Its never happened.
..we don't provide within-year estimates on the cost of expenditure items 

Hawker Britton Managing Director Simon Banks, Twitter, 13 May 2018, showing Coalition Government costings in 2014-15 Budget:
It is amusing to note that Scott Morrison was a member of the Coalition Government when that 2014-15 Budget was handed down. 

In fact he was a Cabinet Minister being then the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, so he would have more than a passing understanding of what went into those particular budget papers....


The reason Peter Dutton is looking so smug lately "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Peter Dutton, 4 May 2016
Photo: Stephanie Peatling

Already a sitting member in a predominately 'white bread', somewhat politically disengaged Queensland electorate with a relativley large workforce and a stable employment rate, Liberal MP for Dickson, Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton is exuding confidence bordering on arrogance.

Well he might - the Liberal Party having strongly lobbied the Australian Electoral Commission in last year's redistribution thereby slightly increasing the slim margin by which he holds the seat of Dickson, with ...

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Monday, 14 May


Ecuador May Soon End Asylum for Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuadors foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities.

On March 28, under immense pressure from the British and U.S. governments, Ecuador imposed a complete ban on Assange having any Internet or phone contact with the outside world, and blocked his friends and supporters from physically visiting him. For 46 days, he has not been heard from.

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa stated in a Spanish-language interview on Wednesday that her government and Britain have the intention and the interest that this be resolved. Moves were underway, she said, to reach a definite agreement on Assange.

If Assange falls into the hands of the British state, he faces being turned over to the U.S. Last year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that putting Assange on trial for espionage was a priority. CIA director Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, asserted that WikiLeaks was a non-state hostile intelligence service.

In 2010, WikiLeaks courageously published information leaked by then Private Bradley [now Chelsea] Manning that exposed war crimes committed by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. WikiLeaks also published, in partnership with some of the worlds major newspapers, tens of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, exposing the daily anti-democratic intrigues of U.S. imperialism and numerous other governments.

Read more on Julian Assange

For that, Assange was relentlessly persecuted by the Obama administration. By November 2010, it had convened a secret grand jury and had a warrant issued for his arrest on charges of espionagecharges that can carry the death sentence. The then Labor Party government in Australia headed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard th...


PERTH Arrest after evade police incident, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Arrest after evade police incident, WA .

May 13, 2018 at 09:48PM .

A 41year old man from Ellenbrook is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 May 2018 after an overnight incident. Just after 10pm last .



PERTH Arrest for Gosnells Armed Robbery, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Arrest for Gosnells Armed Robbery, WA .

May 13, 2018 at 07:33PM .

A 25 year old woman from Mundijong has been charged with Armed Robbery and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 May 2018. .



Bitcoin in Brief Monday: Belgium Expands List of Fraudulent Crypto Platforms, Plot to Kill Vinnik Uncovered in Greece "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin in Brief Monday: Belgium Expands List of Fraudulent Crypto Platforms, Plot to Kill Vinnik Uncovered in Greece

In Mondays Bitcoin in Brief, Belgiums financial watchdog, which earlier this year published a warning about potentially fraudulent platforms promising fast and easy profits to crypto investors, has just expanded its blacklist. In Russia, reports have surfaced of a plot to assassinate Alexander Vinnik in Greece, where he fights an extradition request from US authorities accusing him of laundering billions of dollars, including funds from the hacked Mt. Gox. Elsewhere, Australia allocates budget for blockchain research, and Dubai-based exchange Bitoasis suspends dirham withdrawals.

Also read: This Week in Bitcoin: Ghost Scares Markets, Facebook Mulls Coin

Belgium Expands List of Fraudulent Crypto Platforms

Belgiums Financial Services and Markets Authority has expanded its list of unauthorized and potentially fraudulent crypto companies operating in the country. The financial watchdog has recently published a new warning noting that the FSMA is receiving an increasing number of consumer complaints regarding investments in cryptocurrencies [and] once again warns the public about these platforms, often operated by fraudsters who are now resorting to cryptocurrencies to swindle consumers. The regulator also said th...


Kangaroo - A love Hate Story - Mornington Peninsula screening May 25, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greensbush Association is screening the new international film about Kangaroos in Australia at 5.30pm May 25th at Main Ridge Community Hall, Main Creek Road, Main Ridge, (Mornington Peninsular) Victoria. This film has been screened and reviewed widely around the world to stunned reviews and I have not found any negative ones. It is not so well known in Australia, of course, because it challenges what governments and corporate press have to say about kangaroos. The Association screening this film is named after Greensbush Mornington Peninsular National Park, which is one of few places where kangaroos might now dwell in comparative safety, were it not for people on neighboring properties who treat them like pests and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning which encourages this redneck approach to wildlife. Victorians will be concerned to hear that this film tells how the West Australian Commercial Kangaroo Meat industry is running out of kangaroos and planning to open up in Victoria. Of course the grubby Victorian Government is looking for any excuse to get rid of our wildlife. Turn up to this film-screening and maybe you can network with fellow wildlife warriors. The kangaroos need all the help they can get. If you doubt this, check the film out. Donations to cover the cost of the film and venue hire. All welcome! Map to venue at end of article. You can hire this film, host a screening, from

"Essentially, the film examines how the roo industry - both for meat and skin - has stealthily and very profitably capitalised on two words - pest and plague - to run itself in a chaotic, slipshod, unhygienic, inhumane and seriously under-regulated fashion. We are introduced to whistle-blowers, activists and politicians who are advocating not so much for revolution as transparency, while farmers and industry reps are also given their say.

The film does have a point of view, though, and a strong one, and will doubtless cause some consternation among those who dont want their ways challenged. The thing that shines through, however, is the integrity of the McIntyres: they didnt set out to....


Guest post: Climate change is already making droughts worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Benjamin Cook is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Few areas of the world are completely immune to droughts and their often-devastating impacts on water resources, ecosystems and people.

Regions as diverse as California, the Eastern Mediterranean, East Africa, South Africa and Australia have all experienced severe and, in some cases, unprecedented droughts in recent years.

As with other climate and weather extremes, such as storms and floods, these events have spurred strong interest in questions surrounding the impact of climate change. For example, is climate change making droughts more frequent or severe? And can we expect climate change to contribute to increased drought risk and severity in the future?

The most recent research shows climate change is already making many parts of the world drier and droughts are likely to pack more punch as the climate warms further.

Defining drought

Droughts are among the most expensive weather-related disasters in the world (pdf), affecting ecosystems, agriculture and human society.

The scale of the impacts underlines how important it is to understand droughts and how their likelihood and severity can be made worse by climate change.

But this is easier said than done. For a start, drought is fundamentally a cross-disciplinary phenomenon it extends across the fields of meteorology, climatology, hydrology, ecology, agronomy, and even sociology...


Australian Health Service Provider Asked to Pay $15,000 Bitcoin Ransom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cyber attacks are a very big problem in day and age. In a lot of cases, such threats are designed to steal sensitive information from companies and service providers. Australias Family Planning NSW recently fell victim to such an attack which saw thousands of patients almost having their sensitive details exposed. The criminals demanded a Bitcoin ransom for the sum of AU$15,000.

The Family Planning NSW Attack Explained

Family Planning NSW is one of the largest sexual health providers in Australia. They serve thousands of clients throughout the country. It also means the organization wields a lot of sensitive information, which poses a big target for hackers and other criminals. A recent cyber attack exposed a few weaknesses in the organizations website, which left their databases vulnerable. To this day, it remains unclear if anyone effectively had their details exposed in the process.

According to company officials, the attack was never about data theft. Instead, the hackers demand a Bitcoin ransom after infiltrating the website. With numerous attacks happening around the time period, the ulterior motive remains rather unclear. In the ransom message, the attackers threatened to shut down the Family Planning NSW website altogether.

Paying AU$15,000 in ransom is a rather steep amount. There was a timer on the website which showed the amount of time left to make the payment. It is unclear if the ransom has been paid at this stage. The Family Planning NSW website has been shut down to prevent any future attacks or discrepancies. The security weakness used for the previous attack has been addressed as well.

Bitcoin Ransom Requests Remain an Issue

Over the past few years, there has been an influx of criminal activity demanding a Bitcoin ransom. This trend has become most apparent in the malware industry. Various strains of ransomware will lock users out of their computers and wont....


Commonwealth Bank CFO Leaves Financial Sector in Favor of EOS "IndyWatch Feed National"

The financial is slowly becoming a career stepping stone rather than a final destination. A lot of people working in this industry eventually move on to completely different things.T his has become especially apparent when it comes to the cryptocurrency industry. The CFO of Commonwealth Bank is now the COO and Group President of the EOS project.

Commonwealth CFO Jumps Ship

A very peculiar trend is forming in the financial sector. Various Wall Street experts are flocking to cryptocurrency as of late. This booming industry offers a lot of new opportunities waiting to be explored. It now seems this trend is taking place in other parts of the world as well. In Australia, Commonwealth Bank CFO Rob Jesudason is leaving the firm in favor of EOS.

Jesudasons main tasks at Commonwealth Bank include auditing, treasury, and investor relations, among other things. His addition to the EOS team as Chief Operating Officer will create a lot of waves in the industry. He is joining EOS as a member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, he will become the projects Chief Operating Officer and Group President. CEO Brendan Blumer explains Jesudasons role as follows:

Rob has a proven track record of success in global financial services, where he has been involved in industry innovation and facilitated regulatory advancement enabling the adoption of new technologies. His alignment with our organizational priorities of creating compliant, high-performance blockchain solutions, is an ideal fit for, and is an exciting conclusion to our thorough search for the right individual.

The Allure of Blockchain Technology

EOS is a project focusing on developing scalable blockchain software. Their high-performance project will enable secure data transfer and decentralized application support. It is considered to be the first performant blockchain platform for developers. At the time of writing, the project is valued at just over $12bn.

Blockchain technology can affect many different aspects of peoples daily lives. With a strong focus on low-cost, fast, and scalable solutions, EOS has a competitive advantage over some other solutions on the market. Parent company acknowledges the project is....


The man with the plan "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

All that was old is new again with the potential re-emergence of the US Cold War strategy of offshore balancing
Commentator and counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen is always worth reading. Here is his latest piece  for The Australian on this subject.
It is a well-tried and well-documented strategy whereby an offshore power counters a rival by backing opposing coalitions in a region of strategic competition, supporting local allies indirectly (with weapons, money, advisers intelligence or diplomatic cover), and using proxy military muscle, regular and irregular, to prevent any one rival dominating the region.

Maritime powers (including Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the US for much of its history until 1945) historically used offshore balancing to counter land-based rivals while lowering their own costs and avoiding decisive commitment. To succeed, the offshore power does not need to control a region itself, merely to prevent a rival doing so. As such, this is a low-cost approach something military planners call an economy of effort strategy that reduces exposure and preserves freedom of action.

This comes in the wake of hugely expensive and largely unsuccessful efforts by the US to dominate a region directly through direct military intervention and subsequent entanglement that left it neck deep in the big muddy to quote political activist and balladeer Pete Seeger. It was a maximalist approach that had adverse consequences in terms of lives lost, funds wasted, credibility eroded and loss of freedom of action (particularly after 9/11, as the US became bogged down in self-inflicted wars of occupation).

But, offshore balancing requires a cool nerves, a steady hand and deft footwork.

Bad timing and miscalculation can increase the risk of wars that the US neither wants or is prepared for. And in inexperienced, needful, and impetuous hands, it could render the US vulnerable to being played by its partners. Kilcullen notes that a body of opinion in the US intelligence community,  and also, within Israeli intelligence,  holds that the threat from Iran has been overstated, that Irans ability to dominate the so-called land bridge from Afghanistan to the Golan Heights is overblown, and that no regime in Tehran would be suicidal enough to consider a nuclear strike on Israel, Saudi Arabia or any of its other regional rivals.

But it would appear that Israeli Prime Minister Ben...


The hidden inequalities of tax concessions- all the money we do not see "IndyWatch Feed National"

In May each year the reigning government hands down the budget live to air as media and community groups emerge from their respective lock-ups to witness the spectacle of the Treasurers carefully crafted speech and the passing of the Appropriations Bills.

What is less well known is that apart from the spending decisions which must be appropriated through legislation and passed by both Houses, there is another set of data required by the Charter of Budget Honesty. That data is from the annual Tax Expenditures Report (TES for short). Taxation expenditures include tax exemptions, tax deductions, tax offsets, concessional tax rates or deferrals of tax liability. Structural features like the effects of changes to marginal tax rates (just announced) are not counted as tax expenditures nor are estimates of the costs of non-compliance with tax law.

Revenue estimates published in budget papers and the taxation statistics made available by the Australian Taxation Office focus on incomes that are subject to tax and the revenue the Government collects. The Tax Expenditures Statement (TES) complements this information by primarily focusing on revenue the Government doesnt collect [original emphasis].

Far from singing the praises of the policies documented within, the annual Tax Expenditure Statement pulls no punches claiming up to half of all tax expenditures [should] be abolished or modified a curiously strong stance for a government agency to take to their own policies!

Among the long list of criticisms are the erosion of the revenue base and the evasion of monitoring and analysis due to the lack of a requirement for tax concessions to be approved by the legislature or listed in agency annual reports as occurs with spending decisions.

Despite the term foregone revenue implying that these deviations from the normal tax rules imply a cost to budget revenue and the opinion of the Parliamentary Budget Office being that:

The rationale for reporting on tax expenditures is based on the proposition that providing assistance to taxpayers through the tax system is equivalent to providing the same value of assistance through budget expenditure..

Treasury is at pains to discourage punters from concluding that rem...


Flooded Valleys And Burning Forests, The Global Face Of Renewable Energy (Part I) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Geoff Russell brings you the first of a three-part series on the global renewable energy revolution. The first article in the series will look mostly at the big sources of renewable energy; hydro and biofuel. Part II will look at wind and solar and consider Australia as a special case. Part III will consider alternatives.


Are renewables clean?

There was an interesting scientific paper published late last year called How green is green energy?. The last author named on many research papers is often the senior academic and mentor on a research project. In this case it is Bill Laurance; an international environmental protection giant. Go on, click the link and check him out.

So did you see Bill or lead author Luke Gibson on Q&A, Today Tonight, 7.30, The Drum, The Project or anywhere else talking about the paper? You can expect more papers like this as researchers get to work dissecting the renewable revolution. But you can also expect them to be studiously ignored by both mainstream and alt-anything media.

What do you think of when you hear about the rapid revolution in renewable energy? Probably solar panels, perhaps a wind turbine. Thats like thinking of skateboard accidents when someone mentions the road toll. Heres a figure that puts the global renewable corporate vision into perspective.

In the real world, the renewable revolution is mostly about flooded valleys and burning biomass.

Who remembers the fight in Tasmania to save the Franklin and Gordon rivers from a 180 MW hydro-electricity project? In 1983 the battle culminated in a High Court decision that the river must not be dammed, lest it be damned. It will be the 35th anniversary of the decision in a few months. And my, how things have changed.


Hydro power

Hydro-electricity is typically claimed as renewable, despite flooded valleys being rather hard to restore. Hydro is a key component in Stanford Professor Mark Jacobsons plans to power the US (and the planet) with water, wind, and sunshine. Jacobsons work has been heavily criticised for...


Julian Assange Is In Immense Danger - By James Cogan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuadors foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities. On March 28, under immense pressure from the governments in the US, Britain and other powers, Ecuador imposed a complete ban on Assange having any Internet or phone contact with the outside world, and blocked his friends and supporters from physically visiting him. For 45 days, he has not been heard from. [Article first Published May 13, 2018 at "Information Clearing House"]

Ecuador Hints it May Hand Over Julian Assange to Britain and the US

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa stated in a Spanish-language interview on Wednesday that her government and Britain have the intention and the interest that this be resolved. Moves were underway, she said, to reach a definite agreement on Assange.

If Assange falls into the hands of the British state, he faces being turned over to the US. Last year, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that putting Assange on trial for espionage was a priority. CIA director Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, asserted that WikiLeaks was a non-state hostile intelligence service.

In 2010, WikiLeaks courageously published information leaked by then Private Bradley [now Chelsea] Manning that exposed war crimes committed by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. WikiLeaks also published, in partnership with some of the worlds major newspapers, tens of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, exposing the daily anti-democratic intrigues of US imperialism and numerous other governments.

For that, Assange was relentlessly persecuted by the Obama administration. By November 2010, it had convened a secret grand jury and had a warrant issued for his arrest on charges of espionagecharges that can carry the death sentence. The then Labor Party government in Australia headed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard threw Assange, an Australian citizen, to the wolves. It refused to provide him any defence and declared it would work with the US to have him detained and put on trial.

On June 19, 2012, under conditions in which he faced extradition to Sweden to answer questions over fabricated allegations of sexual assault...


Administration Assistant required! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is a collaboration of organisations and individuals working towards a food system in which everyone has the opportunity to access, create, and manage their food supply from paddock to plate. AFSA is seeking an enthusiastic and organised administration assistant to help us build a food sovereign future in Australia. Passion for food sovereignty and agroecology is a must!

Commitment: 8 hours a week (flexible) working from home. Youre also expected to attend two retreats with the AFSA Committee through out the year.

Remuneration: $25.00/hour


  • Strong communication skills
  • Very organized & able to work independently
  • Experience managing social media platforms
  • Website management desirable but not essential
  • Finance savvy
  • Basic graphic design skills desirable but not essential


  • Respond to admin emails & forward to committee members as appropriate
  • Organise committee meetings, write agendas, and take minutes
  • Manage facebook, instagram and twitter
  • Manage membership database, provide monthly membership reports and communicate with members as needed
  • Assist with events and fundraising
  • Manage the wordpress website, email domains and create content for blog
  • Collate monthly newsletter in Mailchimp
  • Assist treasurer in managing finances- reconcile accounts in Xero and generate financial reports
  • Invoice and send receipts as required

Please email your cover letter and resume to by Monday 21st May.

The post Administration Assistant required! appeared first on Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.


'Gun laws slipping': WA massacre puts spotlight on Aust gun control "IndyWatch Feed National"

We NEED to stop talking about more firearms restrictions and start talking about WHY people are getting killed!!! I dont give a rats arse what they are killed with, car, knife, hammer, gun, they are dead! Why aren't concerned groups & people asking why are people killing? AND What can be done to stop the killing? Are they all brain dead???!!!
The family at the Margaret River property that got shot needed help, but they did not get that help, & IF what the police are saying is true, that the shooter was the Grandfather, then it is pretty obvious that they did need help!

 Three guns found at the Margaret River property shootings, I have more than three guns & I haven't killed anyone! Hell, I am not legally allowed to use my guns to defend the lives of my family or to save my own life! What is a matter with people, & it is people, not just the government. People who call for disarmament! Don't they understand that criminals do NOT obey the laws???!!! They can confiscate the guns totally from all the law abiding licenced gun owners in Australia, & the criminals will still have guns, people will still be killed. When they realise this will they give our guns back to us? Hell no! What is done is done!


Visit by Indonesian Trade Unionists "IndyWatch Feed National"

We were proud to briefly host comrades from Indonesia and Union Aid Abroad APHEDA at the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative factory in Morwell this week. We were visited by Darisman and Subono from Local Initiative for OHS Network (LION) Indonesia and SERBUK Union (an Indonesian union with coverage of Asbestos factory workers). It was powerful to []


Torture by word-list: the art of teaching in the Australian classroom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Even once you fix the technology and buy a sensible set of textbooks, it is easy for teachers, who are often in a state of high-alert for most of a lesson, to forget how the class is actually being seen by those in the hard plastic chairs.


ABC Australia radio interview on US embassy move to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the Trump administration officially moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, opening shortly, tensions in the Middle East are moving from high to extreme.

I was interviewed about it all on ABC Radio Australias The Signal news show. The segment starts at 6:03:


Meet Redgum, the New Co-op Kids on the Block "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earthworker is proud to report that the Redgum Cleaning Co-operative is off to a great start after launching in February this year! A fully worker-owned green cleaning enterprise, Redgum sprung like a mushroom from Earthworker"s network of cooperatively minded members after two years of development. Its five members are now running its operations, providing safe []


Tax Tweaks Cant Solve Stagnant Wages "IndyWatch Feed National"

The governments hoped for budget bounce has not transpired. Economist with the Australian Institute Jim Stanford explains why.

As the country gears up for a federal election, a diffuse but powerful sense of discontent has settled over middle Australia. For several years now, millions of lower- and middle-income Australians have confronted a gritty, precarious labour market. Its a painful change from the heady 2000s, when jobs were plentiful and wage gains reliable.

Indeed, the unprecedented stagnation of wages since the investment boom peaked in 2012 is the most potent indicator of the sea change in fortunes for Australias battlers. Real wages have not grown at all since then and for those in insecure jobs (including part-timers, casuals, and nominally self-employed gig workers) incomes have declined. Its been the worst five-year period for labour incomes since the Great Depression. And its the crucial ingredient in a simmering, volatile brew that will decide the outcome of the next election.

The potent politics of working-class disaffection were demonstrated by Donald Trumps election and the Brexit vote in the U.K. And strategists of all political stripes are now casting wary eyes on how that latent frustration will be expressed here.

From the left, its fuelling the most ambitious wave of grass-roots activism since the protests that ushered John Howard from office in 2007. Last weeks mega-rally in Melbourne to Change the Rules is a taste of whats ahead, as unions and Labor both work to channel simmering anger among working class households.

But conservatives also see potential, and danger, in this mainstream disaffection. In fact, this was the main motivation for a clear rhetorical shift in Treasurer Scott Morrisons 2018 federal budget delivered last week. Morrison knows working Australians are losing faith in the supposed trickle-down benefits of business tax cuts, budget restraint and free trade agreements. So he opted for a more direct appeal: the centrepiece of his budget is a plan to deliver some monetary relief directly to lower- and middle-income workers.

The optics may be politically astute. But Morrison has a fundamental problem: there isnt nearly enough real value in his tax measures to meaningfully repair the ongoing damage of stagnant wages and job insecurity.

Treasurer Sc...


Prosecutors Seek Complete Ban On Media Reporting Of Cardinal George Pell Trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

After Wednesday you may not hear about the trial of one of the worlds most senior Catholic Church officials again, until its over. And you wont even hear about why youre not hearing about it. Chris Graham reports.

On Friday, the Victorian Department of Public Prosecutions lodged an application with the Country Court of Victoria for a super injunction against media coverage of the trial of Cardinal George Pell, who is accused of a number of historical sexual offences.

Cardinal Pell the Vaticans treasurer and the third highest ranked Catholic in the world was committed to stand trial a fortnight ago.

The orders being sought by the DPP, which will be decided on Wednesday morning in the County Court in Melbourne before Chief Judge Peter Kidd, are:

(1)      Publication is prohibited of any report of the whole or any part of these proceedings and any information derived from this proceeding and any court documents associated with this proceeding.

(2)     The prohibition on publication applies within all States and Territories of Australia and on any website or other electronic or broadcast format accessible within Australia.

(3)      For the purpose of this order, publication has the meaning attributed to it by s3 of the Open Courts Act, that is to say, it means the dissemination or provision of access to the public by any means including, publication in a book, newspaper, magazine or other written publication, or broadcast by radio or television; or public exhibition; or broadcast or electronic communication.

(4)      The order will expire upon a jury verdict in respect of the charges on the final indictment, or by further order of the court.

Ordinarily, an injunction against media reporting of a trial prevents outlets from reporting the details of the trial. But they can report the existence of the injunction and explain to readers why theyre not reporting the matter.

The order that the DPP is seeking in the Pell matter is so broad that it will operate as a super injunction. The suppression order would be any part of the proceedings, meaning the trial could not be reported, nor could media report the fact theyre not allowed to report. If Wednesdays application for a super injunction is successful, this story will have to be removed from publication.

While super injunctions have, traditionally, been a relatively uncommon mechanism in the courts, theyre becoming increasingly popular, particularly in Victoria.

Cardinal Pell, aged 76, is the most senior Catholic charged with sexual offences anywhere in the world. Cardinal Pell has...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.10 AUD


Art and protest If a tree falls "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eloise joined our team this year, and writes about her experience as an invited artist, to Tarkine in Motion

This year I attended Tarkine in Motion, ran by the Bob Brown Foundation, who are campaigning for 450 000 hectares of forest and coast to be declared a National Park and World Heritage Area. The event, now in its fourth year, sees artists venture into the north west corner of Tasmania, to document, experience, and be inspired by the beautiful wilderness that is the Takayna/Tarkine.

At the Arthur River camp the first thing I can hear is the distant roar of the ocean. Its the end of the day and sunset isnt far off, but I really want to go down to the waves. Slipping away before anyone can follow me, I crawl through the knotted scrub near the camp, climb over a fence and start following a freshly cleared fire track. In my heavy steel cap boots I run towards the sound of the waves, feeling energised but  also worried that its getting dark. Im not sure if Ill even make it down to the shoreline, the ocean could be much further away than I think, and the fire track seems to be turning away from the beach. I keep running until the short trees give way to low scrub and grass, and then eventually to huge sand dunes, and Im sure that Ill make it. I scare birds and wallabies hiding in the scrub as I run, sending them flying away. I tread a little lighter, listening for the birds whistling away in the tall thick grass. There is a little fresh stream of of water appearing out of nowhere, its course covered in bright green water weed and moss, and I follow it down to where it trickles out onto the beach, running under a huge pile of drift wood. I leap across the pile from trunk to trunk and jump off onto the flat smooth beach, walking down to where the water licks at the sand. Waves are crashing past mammoth boulders far out in the surf,  and the wind roars with the waves. I watch a tiny sand piper shuffle comically along the shoreline, stopping every few meters and eying me off. I feel absolutely joyous, and a laugh escapes me. I walk a little further up the beach to inspect an oddly coloured rock that looks like a seal. I want to stay to play on the piles of massive drift wood piled up at the high tide line, explore the little streams of water running across the sand and sit still for a while to wait for whatever creatures will come by. But its getting close to sunset, and I dont want to be the idiot who gets lost in the dark on day one of Tarkine in Motion.

The main reason I chose to be based at Arthur River, along the coast, was because of the opportunity to connect with the indigenous heritage and culture there, and learn from some Palawa women. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to visit...


Tweed holiday-let owners claim discrimination by council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

La Masion Pacifique (aka 6 Beason Court, Casuarina) has closed its doors to short-term holiday-let tenants following a Tweed Shire Council action. Photo

Owners of a Casuarina property that bills itself as offering private beach-front luxury for the discerning traveller are shutting their doors, claiming they have been specifically and unfairly targeted for legal action by Tweed Shire Council (TSC) as a result of complaints.

Sally and Chris Johannsen, owners, La Maison Pacifique, say their property at 6 Beason Court is one of 15 that TSCs May 3 Planning Meeting identified as short-term holiday lets (STHL) operating without approval.

Of these, the Johannsens say only their property has been targeted for legal action to end their operation.

We are devastated to advise that the Tweed Shire Council has issued us with a prohibited use notice as a short-term holiday let . We will be closing, effective immediately and permanent letting our beautiful property, they said in a statement last week.

We have been specifically (and we feel unfairly) targeted for legal action by TSC as a result of complaints, they wrote.

By way of clarification, our complaints have been unable to be substantiated by either any police action, (including noise or parking infringement notices), nor (in the case of noise) been outside the allowable hours set by TSC.

We employed Tweed Coast Security to monitor our property and guest behaviour (since December 2014) and no adverse reports have been filed by them ever. We are the victims of a vexatious campaign by two neighbours who are vehemently opposed to STHLs in their street.

We are at a loss to understand TSCs actions given that STHLs allow them to follow their own policies in relation to tourism and employment and are an excellent way for them to meet their strategic goals particularly given it appears that no new large tourism accommodation infrastructure projects appear to be on the horizon. Tourism is the largest industry in the Tweed Shire, they wrote.

Separately, why are Tweed Shire Council acting now, in the full knowledge that the NSW Parliamentary Enquiry into Short Term Hol...


Dr. Colm Kelleher and the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications program "IndyWatch Feed National"

To the Stars Academy

The other day, I was re-reading the list of team members of the To The Stars Academy (TTSA) , to refresh my memory of who was on the team. One of the members is Dr. Colm Kelleher. The TTSA website states that Dr. Kelleher is their "Biotech consultant" and provides the following information:

"Dr. Colm Kelleher is a biochemist with a twenty-eight-year research career in cell and molecular biology currently working in senior management in the aerospace industry. He served as Laboratory Director at biotech company, Prosetta Corporation, leading several small molecule drug discovery  programs focused on viruses of interest to the United States Department of Defense. He worked for eight years as Deputy Director of the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) a research organization using forensic science methodology to unravel scientific anomalies.

From 2008-2011, he served as  Deputy Administrator of a US government funded threat assessment program focused on advanced aerospace technology. Dr. Kelleher has authored more than forty peer  reviewed scientific articles in cell and molecular biology, immunology and virology as well as two best selling books, "Hunt for the Skinwalker" and "Brain Trust." He holds a  Ph.D in biochemistry from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Note, part of the statement
What caught my eye this time around was the statement "From 2008-2011, he served as  Deputy Administrator of a US government funded threat assessment program focused on advanced aerospace technology." This strongly suggests that he worked on the Defense Intelligence Agency's Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications program.
I visited the LinkedIn website and looked at Dr. Kelleher's profile, and found:
Deputy Administrator
2008-2012 4yrs


Half a century of words but racialised imprisonment continues to increase world record high "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its half a century of words on Australias world record high rates of jailing of its First Nations descendants. One in four of this continents First Nations adult males have been to prison. More than 100,000 First Nations persons have been to prison an abomination. Not just a national shame or national disgrace but []


Greg Buck Questions Why We Pay Tax "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greg Buck questions why we pay tax when debt is conjured up out of thin air, and governments deficit spend.



MP calls for permanent protection of Brunswick Heads pines "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Terrace Reserve camping which, residents say has contributed to the protected trees dying off. Photo Sean OMeara

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens), is calling on the state government to take action to protect the iconic Coastal Cypress trees on crown lands at the Brunswick Heads Terrace Holiday Park.

Locals have long disputed the holiday park trusts use of the area for camping and its claims the trees are being responsibly managed.

In the face of a recent report that claims some of the trees could be up to 400 years old, Ms Smith has called on the state government to, step in and take charge of a fiasco that is unfolding in the holiday park.

She has called on Lands Minister Paul OToole and Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to step in and save the trees, and use Save Our Species funding to ensure their ongoing protection.

It is now clear that there has been historical damage to a stand of trees that includes some that may be 400 years old and many aged at least 200 years.  The Coastal Cypress Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) is identified in NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and must be protected according to the governments own legislation. The Crown land park is managed by a State-appointed trust that intends to continue destroying and endangering this rare stand of trees, said Ms Smith.

A report undertaken last year by local ecologist, Dr Robert Kooyman, identified the value of the EEC and noted that the Brunswick trees represent a significant continuous stand of this poorly represented species and it is therefore critically important that it be protected and made recommendations for the ongoing management.

Dr Kooyman has advised that the most ecologically sound management of the area would include the removal of all camping and infrastructure in the south of the park and restrict all activi...


Government should reject Trumps threat to affordable medicines through TPP and other trade deals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release, May 14, 2018: US President Donald Trumps policy to end freeloading and force trading partners to increase prices they pay for US pharmaceutical exports is a direct threat to Australias policy of ensuring affordable medicines through our Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

This policy results from the US pharmaceutical companies absurd and unproven argument that if other governments abandon their affordable medicine policies and agree to higher prices, the companies would then lower their prices in the US. Both Canada and New Zealand have strongly rejected this push. There has so far been no reported response from the Turnbull government. We call on the government to reject this policy, said Dr Ranald.

The US policy is a direct attack on Australias Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which keeps medicine prices down by regulating for lower wholesale prices to the pharmaceutical companies and then subsidising the retail price to consumers.  Trumps strategy for higher prices could be achieved through US bargaining to re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or through bilateral talks based on the 2005 Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. The government should make clear that this is unacceptable, said Dr Ranald.

The clauses in theTPP-11 relating to higher prices for biologic medicines were only suspended after Trump pulled the US out of the TPP in 2017, and could be revived if the US re-joins the deal. None of the other 11 TPP countries wanted these clauses, but they agreed to them in the original TPP-12 deal in exchange for some increased access to US markets for their products.

The suspended biologics clauses in the TPP-11 should be deleted and the Australian government should firmly reject the absurd argument that Australia and all other countries should change our regulation which ensures access to affordable medicines. The Trump policy shows how trade agreements are being used to make global rules that favour corporations over people's needs, said Dr Ranald.

The US is the only comparable industrialised country which does not have a comprehensive system for regulating medicine prices, and it is trying to use tra...


Flame tattoo "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It's been about a decade between tattoos but last Friday I got a new one

The design has been with me for even longer.

It might've been 15 years ago that I tore this graphic out of a magazine.

My Facebook friend Sally had posted a little while ago that she was looking for opportunities to work on skin, so I started thinking about what I might want to wear.

Then, while camping recently and looking at the flames, I remembered the design and pondered the significance of fire.


Video: Humans are the main cause of climate change "IndyWatch Feed National"


Why do 97 percent of scientists agree that humans are causing global warming?

Video from its Okay to be Smart PBS



97% of Climate Scientists Really Do Agree

Do 97% of climate scientists really agree that humans are the main cause of climate change? Yep! Heres what the 97 percent statistic *really* means.

Posted by It's Okay to be Smart PBS on Monday, May 7, 2018

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Land-clearing policy failed to stack up but approved anyway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Documents released under FOI reveal the federal government approved new NSW land-clearing laws despite significant areas where the offsets policy failed to meet commonwealth environmental standards. File photo

The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO NSW), representing Humane Society International Australia (HSI), has successfully argued the public has a right to know that the Australian Government decided to accredit the NSW land-clearing offsets policy despite concerns it failed to meet national environmental standards.

Documents released under Freedom of Information law (FOI) show that the Australian Government identified significant areas where the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects, which assesses whether and on what basis projects can undertake broadscale land clearing, failed to meet the environmental standards of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Despite this, the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment agreed to accredit the NSW policy, allowing projects that impact on threatened plants and animals to be assessed under the lesser standard.

The objective of FOI legislation is to promote better-informed decision-making by increasing scrutiny and discussion of Government activities. Despite this clear mandate to make important information available to the public, HSI, a not-for-profit environmental organisation, faced an unnecessarily drawn-out legal process in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, as the Department of the Environment continued to object to the release of information.

David Morris, CEO of EDO NSW, stated: It is appalling that the Australian Government put our client, HSI, through more than two years of litigation, only to release all the documents requested.

EDO NSW will always fight, as long and as hard as necessary, to advance the interests of our clients, who in this case were seeking to uphold crucial democratic rights which ensure transparency of government decision-making.

Alexia Wellbelove, Senior Program Manager at HSI, stated: This is a major victory for freedom of information, one that shows the serious implications for handing over environmental decision making to the States and Territories. The Australian public has a right to know...


FixedIt: Murder is a choice "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC reported that the father of the children killed at Margaret River last Friday held and impromptu press conference about the shooting. The Facebook lead for this article blamed the murder of two women and four children on heartbreak.

Heartbreak does not cause murder. There is only one thing that causes murder the choice to kill someone. It is never ok.

I know It isnt easy for journalists to report something like the public statements made by Aaron Cockman. A grieving father who wants to tell his story should not be ignored, but its also impossible to believe that he has had time to process the murder of his ex-wife and four children only a few days ago. Hes is shocked and grieving, it would be grossly unfair to expect he should have thought through all the implications of every word and phrase he utters.

Journalists cannot rephrase or add to his statements. They can, however, provide some context and at the very least, include the suicide helpline information as per the APC standards for reporting on suicide.

The context required is a reminder that men dont own women and children. Men who decide to suicide are not entitled to also take the lives of their wives and children. Those lives are not theirs to take.

Murder is never justified. Men who kill women and children because they think they are entitled to take them with me are not tragic heroes or loving fathers. No responsible media outlet would call a suicide bomber who killed children a passionate political activist. Theyd call him a terrorist and there would be no mercy in the comments section for anyone who tried to defend him.

A suicidal man who kills women and children is no less abhorrent than the suicide bombers we so unhesitatingly label as terrorist. Being related or married to women and children does not give any man the right to take their lives. There is no excuse. There is no justification. A man who kills women and children, even if he then kills himself, is a murderer and an intimate terrorist. He does not get a pity pass.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron



On money-laundering, ABC double standards and Sudanese welfare recipient's $1.5M house "IndyWatch Feed National"

This story published by their ABC raises some questions beyond that posed in the ABC's opening paragraph: How did then 22-year-old Ngouth Oth Mai manage to buy a $1.5 million property in Melbourne upfront in 2014 when he had only ever earned welfare payments and lived in housing commission? The...


How MH370 pilot avoided being detected by radar for HOURS to ensure plane was never found - as aviation experts reveal chilling discoveries about flight's final moments "IndyWatch Feed National"

How MH370 pilot avoided being detected by radar for HOURS to ensure the plane was never found - as aviation experts reveal chilling discoveries about the flight's final moments | 13 May 2018 | World renowned aviation experts say the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was a planned and deliberate criminal act. It's been four years since the flight vanished en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014. What happened to the Boeing 777 and 239 people on board, including eight Australians, remains one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. A panel of internationally renowned aviation experts all agreed that the probability of it being an accident was 'one in a trillion' and that pilot captain Zaharie Amad Shah 'deliberately' brought down the plane...Former Australia Transport Safety Bureau head Martin Dolan said: 'This was planned, this was deliberate, and it was done over an extended period of time.'


Trump threatens Australias affordable medicines through trade deals "IndyWatch Feed National"

May 14, 2018: US President Donald Trump last Friday ordered his Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to end freeloading and force trading partners to increase prices they pay for US pharmaceutical exports.

This policy results from the US pharmaceutical companies absurd and unproven argument that if other governments abandon their affordable medicine policies and agree to higher prices, the companies would then lower their prices in the US.

Both Canada and New Zealand have strongly rejected this push. There has so far been no reported response from the Turnbull government,.  AFTINET has called on the government to reject the Trump policy.

The US policy is a direct attack on Australias Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which keeps medicine prices down by regulating for lower wholesale prices to the pharmaceutical companies and then subsidising the retail price to consumers. Trumps strategy for higher prices could be achieved through US bargaining to re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or through bilateral talks based on the 2004 Australia-US Free Trade Agreement.

"It's time to end the global freeloading once and for all. I have directed US Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer to make fixing this injustice a top priority with every trading partner," Trump said during a speech at the White House Rose Garden.

"We have great power over the trading partners; you're seeing that already. America will not be cheated any longer, and especially will not be cheated by foreign countries," the president added.

The clauses in theTPP-11 relating to higher prices for biologic medicines were only suspended after Trump pulled the US out of the TPP in 2017, and could be revived if the US re-joins the deal. None of the other 11 TPP countries wanted these clauses, but they agreed to them in the original TPP-12 deal in exchange for some increased access to US markets for their products.

However, Trumps demands last Friday were far more sweeping, encompassing prices for all medicines imported from the US, where five of the worlds largest ten pharmaceutical companies are based....


Mothers Day Durrumbul style "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Celebrating Mothers Day at Durrumbul Public School. Photo Aslan Shand.

Durrumbul Public School enjoyed a sunny Mothers Day morning tea in their beautiful playground on Friday morning with mums, dads and grandmothers all showing up to enjoy pancakes, tea and a chat as they met the new relieving principal, Janet OShannessy.

Janet has 20 years of experience working in a variety of schools, in the Northern Rivers as well as in western areas such as Bourke and Dubbo. Her previous school was Ballina Public school where has been the assistant principal for seven years.

I feel very much at home and everybody has made me feel so welcome, said Janet.

Although her previous school was much larger, Janet said she has settled into the routines of a small school beautifully. She is teaching the Echinda room with K1/2/3 students and they too have adjusted to the change with ease.

The school wish departing head teacher Brev Belleville, who has moved to Crabbes Creek as principal, all the best with his new appointment and thanked him for his many years of dedication to the school said vice president of the P&C Ewan Willis.


PNG miners to present in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Drilling at Edie Creek

RAPID-FIRE presentations by four companies with interests in Papua New Guinea will be delivered in Australia on Thursday at the inaugural ResourceStocks Sydney conference.

PNG Industry News | 14 May 2018

Kingston Resources is first up at 11.45am, followed by Geopacific Resources, Kalia and Niuminco Group. Each company has a 15-minute slot at the event, which is to be held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre over two days, May 16 and 17.

Kingston Resources has the advanced exploration Misima gold project which has 2.8 million ounce resource which Kingston aims increase. Misima Island is 625km east of Port Moresby in the Solomon Sea and was operated as an open pit gold mine from 1989 to 2004, producing 3.7Moz gold at an average cost of $218/oz. Kingston owns 49% of Misima and is earning in to 70% and the joint venture partner PPC, is owned by JX Nippon Metals and Mining (66%), and Mitsui Mining and Smelting...


State Dept Gets Busted Protecting Child Trafficking and ONCE AGAIN Our Govt Turns a Blind Eye "IndyWatch Feed National"

The reason why child trafficking is such an issue is because even with stories like this- and the Pentagon downloading tons of child porn- our government NEVER investigates nor comes close to prosecuting any of it. And obviously it involves the elite- because if these people were like you or I- we would ALREADY BE IN JAIL!!!

What is it going to take to get people to care enough to bring this to an end?


Norco milk off the menu in local hospitals "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Locally produced Norco milk has been replaced in North Coast hospitals by the foreign-owned brand Dairy Farmers. Photo

Almost all of the 17 hospitals on the North Coast have severed their contracts with locally based milk producer Norco in favour of a company that sends its profits to Japan.

The move follows a tender by NSW HealthShare, which runs the kitchens of most of the local hospitals, in which Norco lost out to the overseas-owned Dairy Farmers.

And while the dairy co-operative says it wont affect its viability, CEO Greg McNamara said he was gutted it had lost the contract.

It makes me disappointed that we cant supply those people in hospital when they are at their lowest point, he told local media.

The company has said it would fight the decision but Lismore MP Thomas George (Nationals) said its a done deal but he will lobby the health minister to change the tender process for the future.

What Im asking the minister to look at, the possibility when any tenders go out from government by HealthShare or any other department that we do provide a local weight for local companies to apply for these tenders and [they be] looked at with a favourable decision, he told ABC radio.

But opposition North Coast spokesperson Walt Secord and shadow Primary Industry Nick Veitch (Labor) have slammed the new arrangement.

We have the worlds best milk produced on the North Coast by the worlds best farmers from the worlds best cows; and the state government decides to buy its milk from across the border rather than from just up the road, Mr Secord said in a statement.

Mr Veitch said the National Party should be putting local jobs first and showing their solidarity with farmers and local Norco workers.

Lismore is proud of its heritage as one of the nations best known dairy regions; and we should be supporting local products.

Norco is selling its milk and ice cream to China,...


President Trump delivers on promise to move US Embassy to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Road signs go up for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem! God Bless President Trump. God Bless America & Israel George W. Bush & Jihadi Obama both promised as candidates to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital & move our US Embassy to Jerusalem. They BOTH Lied, NOT TRUMP!


May 14 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1794 - On the 14th a party of two soldiers and an Aborigine set off from Sydney on an excursion south of Botany Bay, returning on the 20th. They travel to a small harbour "about twenty miles to the south of Botany Bay". It is unknown whether they reach as far south as Illawarra, though the report states: "The country they described as high and rocky in the neighbourhood of the harbour, which, on afterwards looking into the chart, was supposed to be somewhere about Red Point." Red Point, modern day Hill 60 at Port Kembla, is actually located about 50 miles south of Sydney. The party may actually have visited Wattamolla Bay, north of Stanwell Park.

1798 HMS Nautilus arrived in Sydney, carrying missionaries from the London Missionary Society.

1803 - Sir Henry Browne Hayes held a meeting on this day which is regarded as the foundation day of Freemasonry in Australia.

1809 - Viscount Castlereagh to Governor Macquarie 14th May 1809 -
It has been represented to me that upon the arrival of a ship with female convicts in NSW the unfortunate females have been given into the possession of such of the inhabitants, free settlers, and convicts, indiscriminately, as made a demand for them from the Governor. If a practice so extraordinary and disgraceful has not been abolished, you will be no means suffer it to continue, and I am to desire you will take the proper means for having the female convicts upon their arrival, kept separate till they can be properly distributed in such a manner as may best encourage attention to industry and character....The female convict, it is stated, is seldom apprenticed, and she lived indiscriminately, first in one family, then in another.

1814 - First issue of Van Diemens Land Gazette and General Advertiser.

1814 - Gov Macquarie offered an amnesty to all bushrangers in Van Diemen's Land if they surrendered before December 1st...coz the Apple Isle was simply bursting at the seams with the lawless buggers...or so popular rumour said.

1829 Aboriginal mission on Bruny Island was opened by George Augustus Robinson.

1838 -  Convict John Hayter was killed at New England by Aboriginals.

1853 - Alexander Stuart was directed by the board of the Bank of NSW to head to Maitland as manager taking with him a clerk, a supply of notes and coin plus office supplies.

1855  - Australia's first branch of the Royal Mint (London) commenced operations in Macquarie St, Sydney.

1858 - Explorer John McDouall Stuart set out with an assistant, an Aboriginal tracker and provisions for four weeks to explore beyond Lake Torrens and Lake Gairdner and to look for grazing land.

1859 The Melbourne Football Club, Australia's oldest football club was founded.

1861 - The Moreton Bay Courier b...


Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Volcano erupts next to campers cooking breakfast at foot of Mount Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia ABC News (@abcnews) May 13, 2018


MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accomplice avoids being sent to jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Burglary accused denies spate of property crime allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Deanne Carson Has Pink Hair. How Dare She Advocate For Consent! "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANALYSIS | Chris Graham

The internet has been in meltdown for days, as Nappy Consent-Gate rebounds around the world.

In case you missed it, last week ABC television in Melbourne featured an interview with sexuality expert or sexuality expert in scare quotes if you work for one of the major media outlets Deanne Carson on the issue of creating a culture of consent.

It was in response to an ABC 4 Corners episode on Tuesday night which profiled the ongoing furore around the sentencing of a young Australian man, Luke Lazarus, who was jailed for rape, and subsequently released amid a debate about sexual consent.

By the weekend, the story had appeared in newspapers from the UK to the US, Canada and New Zealand and most western speaking countries in between. Even Breitbart News, once edited by the extreme right-wing Trump adviser Steve Bannon and the original home of fake news, has taken up the issue, in the style you might expect.

Its difficult to track where the meltdown began, but as early as Wednesday last week, sacked right-wing shock jock Michael Smith was covering it on his website after it was brought to his attention by contributor Jill Jacks.

Below is an edited, 30-second clip of the lengthy interview Carsons comments about asking consent for babies to change their nappies are what have sent the globe into a spin. What a lot of media havent reported is that Carson prefaced the comment with we teach parents from birth. It was clearly intended as a way to start parents thinking about how to create the culture of consent.

On the upside, its sparked some pretty extraordinary discussions around consent. Social media has lit up with the story trending on Twitter and Facebook, and while much of the commentary focusses on Carsons appearance she has pink hair, shock horror fascinating debates about issues like bodily autonomy are springing up everywhere.

Its not all that different albeit more intense in an age of social m...


Last-minute funding call for billy cart derby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalows billy cart derby is on again this Sunday (May 20). Photo Eve Jeffery

Bangalows annual Billy Cart Derby is on for young and old again this Saturday but extra costs have prompted the towns Lions Club to set up a crowdfunding campaign.

Organiser Chris Hayward told Echonetdaily that while a few sponsors had dropped away the main reason for the $1740 fundraiser was to extend the safety barriers running down the side of the street.

For the safety of the derby weve extended the fenceline this year, he said.

Its so natural for onlookers to sit on those bales of hay, which are actually put in place to protect the riders.

If you have an accident, with the barriers down there are potentially a whole heap of hassles.

Mr Hayward hastened to add that the site is covered by the Lions Clubs insurance but we dont want to have trouble with injury.

The GoFundMe campaign is currently halfway to target. You can donate here.

Mr Hayward said any extra money raised on the day will go back into the community.

People can enter right up to the morning of the event. All the rules are on the website.

Entrants assemble in hotel lounge. Every cart is scrutinized before they are allowed to run, he said.


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Faces of evil "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the "family" responsible for yesterday's triple bombings in Surabaya.


A Universal Basic Income would protect everyones right to an acceptable standard of living "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The concept of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been gaining currency in recent years. Its proponents argue several reasons to justify it. It provides the best means to enable the unemployed to find work; builds community cohesiveness; promotes the economy through more spending; and the right to an acceptable standard of living should be regarded as a fundamental human right.

Opponents wrongly suggest that it is a disincentive to look for work and rewards the lazy, that the cost is prohibitive and that it will lead to lower wages and casualising of even more work.

A few countries are currently trialing their own form of a UBI. The experience so far, suggests that the fears of opponents are not well founded. In any case, the number of people out of work in western societies is larger than it used to be, has become entrenched, and is just as true for Australia. When there are more out of work than there are jobs, blaming the unemployed misses the point.

This alone calls for a fresh way at looking at the problem. The method of paying an unemployment benefit is punitive and based on purposely paying an amount that ensures there is not enough to meet basic needs. This creates poverty and hardship for a lot of people. If this is not enough, the unemployed are also branded with a stigma and regarded as unworthy, even if the situation is not their fault. This provides a justification to hound them and use them as a source of cheap labour with few rights.

The old saying suggests that a society is judged by how it treats its least fortunate.Clearly, society is not doing so well by this measure.

Perhaps,  if the unemployed are not marginalised and provided with the means to participate and contribute as equals to society, they would be in a much better position to change their lives for the better.

A UBI is not only about the unemployed. A large and growing proportion of the workforce has been pushed into insecure and part time work. Many of those in this type of work also live precariously. The working poor is a term increasingly used in our society. A UBI, which sets the minimum income that a person in this position is entitled to, would certainly be a help.

Then there are those who are involved in unrecognised and unpaid work. Women keeping the home, volunteers and artists who contribute to society. A UBI will show that their work is recognised and valued.

But a UBI is more than the sum of those it benefits. It is a means for the redistribution of the wealth of the nation in a more even and fair way. The truth is that it has been increasingly skewed...


Drug-dog search leads to stolen goods "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police conducting a drug-dog search at the Chinderah Bay Hotel on Saturday (May 12) got more than they bargained for when they searched one customers car.

Officers say that the 28-year-old Chinderah males behavior during the drug-dog search is what led them to use his keys to also search his white Suburu Impreza in the nearby car park.

Inside the vehicle they allegedly found a quantity of methyl-amphetamine, power tools, knives, a knuckle-duster, computer equipment as well as various forms of identification in other peoples names.

The man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with supplying a prohibited drug, possession of a prohibited drug, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a knife, goods in custody suspected of being stolen and possessing ID with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (May 14).

Hoodie bandit nabbed

It was a case of third time lucky for Tweed police on Sunday (May 13) when they finally nabbed a hooded man they suspect of stealing from several properties in the area.

The 24-year-old male from Banora Point first caught their attention at about 11pm on Saturday (May 12) when they spotted him entering the driveway of a Banora Point property.

The man, who allegedly had a hoodie over his head and was wearing dark clothing, fled on seeing the police.

About 45 minutes later the same male was seen walking along Johnson Street, Banora Point, pushing a small motorcycle. Upon seeing police the male again ran off, leaving the motorcycle behind.

At about 2.15am Sunday (May 13) the male was spotted walking from a property in Banora Boulevard.

He was arrested and a search allegedly revealed he had a mobile telephone, an amount of cash and an iPod.

Police searched the yard of the nearby property he had allegedly come from and located a laptop computer and a Canon SLR camera.

The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with goods in custody suspected of being stolen.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (May 14).

Inquiries are on-going into the owners of the property.


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Vale Brigadier JJ "Jim" Shelton DSO MC "IndyWatch Feed National"

RIP Sir. You were the soldiers' soldier. Lachlan Irvine 15 hrs My commanding officer in Vietnam, J J Shelton, sat up in his hospital bed to watch the service for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral on TV today, and then slipped quietly...


PNG told to think again about gas reliance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Exxon Mobil PNGs LNG plant near Port Moresby Photo: (C)2014 Richard Dellman/AdvantagePNG

Radio New Zealand | 11 March 2018

There are calls for Papua New Guinea to re-think its emphasis on oil, gas and minerals.

The human rights NGO, Jubilee Australia, has published two damning reports on PNGs ExxonMobil-led LNG project in the past month, saying it has brought few positives to the country.

In the latest report called On Shaky Ground, Jubilee said the people of Hela province, where the project is centred, were angry and frustrated that the promised benefits had not been delivered.

Jubilees Luke Fletcher said the PNG government could re-negotiate the deal and improve the flow of royalties.

But the report also encouraged people to reconsider reliance on extracting resources, he said

In a general sense I think the report is also encouraging PNG to think about gas as the answer to it solving p...


Raising money for Byron Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wayne McInerney, manager of the Woolworths in Mullumbimby draws the Hospital Auxiliary Mothers Day raffle with Jenny Moore, secretary of the Mullumbimby Hospital Auxiliary. Photo Judy Ryan.

The Mullumbimby Hospital Auxiliary continues to tirelessly to raise funds for the new Byron Hospital with their latest raffle raising $480.

Wayne McInerney, Woolworths Mullumbimby manager was privileged to draw the Mothers Day raffle last Friday. First prize went to Kylie and second prize to Bev Woods.

Part of the money raised by the Auxiliary will be directed towards buying specialist stethoscopes for the Byron Hospital midwives to use. 

We really appreciate all the local support that we get in raising money to help upgrade the equipment at the Byron Central Hospital, said Jenny Moore, secretary of the Mullumbimby Hospital Auxiliary.

Later in the year the Mullumbimby Hospital Auxiliary will be looking at running a garage sale to raise money to support the new Byron Central Hospital.

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Killary bitches to Aussie crowd: 'In my country' there is fear and rage when women seek power "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke in Melbourne Thursday with Australia's first female prime minister Julia Gillard. The two discussed misogyny in politics and Clinton yet again blamed sexism for her 2016 loss, implying that the U.S. just couldn't handle a leader who is a woman. "There is still a very large proportion of the population that is uneasy with women in positions of leadership," Clinton told Gillard, "and so the easiest way to kind of avoid having to look at someone on her merits is to dismiss her on her looks." Gillard compared the chants of "lock her up" that Clinton faced during the election to "the Salem Witch Trials." "There is this fear, there is this anger, even rage about women seeking power, women exercising power and people fall back on these attacks like you're a witch or you should go to prison," Clinton agreed. "It's not a majority, thank goodness, it's not, but it's a very vocal minority at least in my country. And sometimes these tropes are very much part of the press coverage." Clinton continued to insist that her opponents who claimed not to be against women have since shown that they are misogynists.


Anna Von Reitz -- Shills, Shillings, and the King's Shillings "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Shills, Shillings, and the King's Shillings

Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

Ever wonder where the slang use of the word "Shill" came from, as in, "He's a shill." --meaning that someone was acting in a dishonest capacity?

A couple hundred years ago, disguised King's Officers haunted the pubs of England, Ireland and Scotland. They would offer to buy rounds as people still sometimes do -- only they would slip coins -- British Shillings -- into the bottom of the tankards. And when the victims got to the bottom of the glass they would find "the King's Shilling".

Immediately, they would be clapped in irons by waiting Marines and press-ganged into the King's Navy using this excuse.

Well, obviously, this is insane, dishonest, and pseudo-legal chicanery. The acceptance of what was advertised as free beer does not logically add up to a pledge to serve without pay in the King's Navy for a period of years --- nonetheless, this is what this horrendous government did to its own people.

And despite worldwide sanctions against slavery and involuntary servitude and the outlawing of press-ganging, they are still doing it and they aren't even content with preying upon their own people. Oh, no, they had to export it worldwide.

In America, they have conscripted our doctors using a false licensing process and forced them to act as "shills" -- just like the purveyors of "free beer". They are forced to register "berths" in the King's Merchant Marine Service and "Social Security Accounts" for each new American baby born -- giving rise to the thoroughly false legal presumption that they are "volunteering" to be and act in the capacity of British Subjects.

The same sneaky, dishonest, fraudulent claims have been mad...


Hells Angels Bikers Hunt Down Rapist & Violently Attack Him "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hells Angels Biker Gang in Australia captured a Muslim migrant who was harassing a vulnerable Australian woman & hunted him down & violently set upon him & violently attacked him for sexually assaulting a woman. From Around the Web


False Flag Pandemic Followed by UN Imposed Medical Martial Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no shortage of potential pandemics that are coming our way. Major organizations and prominent people have warned us that the big one is coming and is coming soon.

The following article will expose the contrived, false-flag nature of the humanitys greatest threat. And at the heart of it all is the United Nations

Major Health Threats

Virtually Untreatable Flesh Eating Virus Spreading in Austalia

The of our control flesh eating virus spreading, unchecked, through Australia, is first characterized by a painless lump on their skin resembling an insect bite.

As the infection penetrates deeper into the fatty layer between the skin and muscle lining, the infection destroys the tissue and enters the body.  it encounters on the way before erupting through the skin again as an ulcer. The pain is unbearable, but the major risk is organ penetration and the person risks death.

The virusis caused by the Mycobacterium ulcerans bacterium, and is similar to leprosy and tuberculosis. Sometimes, antibiotics seems to provide an answer for some people, but other less fortunate patients need l...


Here we are on the NSW North Coast living amid remnants of the splendor that was Australia in 1788..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

....and it is fading and dying before our very eyes, while the Turnbull Coalition Government follows in the footsteps of the Abbott Coalition Government by turning its back on us and our concerns.

North Coast Environment Council, media release, 7 May 2018:


Malcolm Turnbull's Government has launched yet another offensive on the environment, with the announcement it was sacking dozens of scientists.

The rivers of cash that the government has to splash around don't extend to environmental protection, said Susie Russell, North Coast Environment Council Vice-President.



Aboriginal elders calling for NSW Berejiklian Government to commit to expanding the youth Koori court program "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Guardian, 7 May 2018:

Aboriginal elders have called for the NSW government to commit to expanding the youth Koori court program after an evaluation found it halved the amount of time young people spent in detention. The court began as a pilot project at Parramatta childrens court in February 2015 but has not received ongoing funding. A University of Western Sydney evaluation has found it cut the average number of days spent in youth detention, as well as helping address underlying issues such as unstable accommodation, lack of engagement in education and employment, and disconnection from Aboriginal culture. Elders said it reached children who had little family support and were isolated from the community. 

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War On Cash Goes into Full Effect Purchases Over $10,000 ILLEGAL in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jay Syrmopoulos Canberra, Australia The Australian government announced that it will soon be illegal to use more than $10,000 cash to purchase anything,...


South China Sea: The Philippines Sees A Growing Reality: We are the ones who are being left behind here. "IndyWatch Feed National"

China holds on to the Islands the Philippines claims it owns. Who is the winner?

The Philippines says it owns Subi Reef But a huge Chinese military base there might make the Filipinos just dreamers.

 / 05:14 AM May 13, 2018

Malacaang has taken strong exception to a report in this paper, quoting observations by local officials and international experts alike, that the Philippines appears to have been left behind by rival claimant-countries in developing territories it occupies in the South China Sea

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The Philippines says it owns Mischief Reef, but there is not one known Filipinos living there. China has militarized the South China Sea even though they have no legal claim. This is Mischief Reef, now an extensive Chinese military base one of seven Chinese military bases near the Philippines

Carlyle Thayer, a Southeast Asia security expert and professor emeritus at the University of New South Wales Australian Defense Force Academy, for instance, noted that the Philippines appears to exercise a form of self-restraint in allowing some of its facilities to fall into disrepair and in not undertaking new construction to keep China from exerting diplomatic pressure.

President Dutertes spokesperson Harry Roque was quick...


Australian MP Danielle Green caught out using hate speech against health freedom activist "IndyWatch Feed National"


Labor MP Danielle Green has been caught out using hate speech against her constituents. Activist Prue Neiberding was appalled when merely voicing her opinion on the Facebook post of the MP flu shot promotion resulted in abuse from the personal Facebook account of the MP Danielle Green. Read More


Her Majesty The Queen's consent to Prince Harry's marriage to Ms Markle "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Instrument of Consent is drafted by the Crown Office and is, in the case of Prince Harry's marriage, hand-written and illuminated on vellum by one of a panel of scrivener artists retained by the Crown Office. Vellum is used only for important State documents. The design to the left...


Australia on brink of prescription painkiller epidemic, doctors say "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fentanyl made headlines in 2016 when popstar Prince was one of 64,000 people in the United States who died from a drug overdose, with opioids largely to blame.

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Pain specialist Jennifer Stevens is among some doctors who fear Australia is on the verge of an epidemic of its own.

We are not quite there yet but we are about four or five years behind the situation in the United States, she said.

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Tony is HIV positive and takes opioid medication, like fentanyl, for chronic pain relief.

Opioid usage in Australia

  • Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine
  • It is prescribed for cancer and acute pain
  • Just 0.25 milligrams of fentanyl can kill......



Pete Evans wants to turn your pet paleo too "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pete Evans has come under fire from nutritionists for his claims about the so-called paleo diet and other health advice. "How do you know someone is paleo? They'll tell you," and Australia's paleo king, Pete Evans, can certainly attest to that.
Not content in his bid to inspire the nation to turn against grains, legumes, refined sugars and dairy, the My Kitchen Rules favourite and healthy living advocate, 45, is now on a mission to transform the eating habits of our furry little friends too.
Pete Evans with his dog Shikoba promoting his new range of cat and dog food, called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans.
Pete Evans with his dog Shikoba promoting his new range of cat and dog food, called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans.

Evans has launched a new range of cat and dog food called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans in the hopes that the extended members of our family lead healthier, balanced lifestyles by eating paleo diets specific to their species.
A keen animal lover, Evans lives on his north NSW farm with a dog Shikoba, a cat Anais, over a dozen chickens, 20,000 bees, and horses and said he has had the idea to enter the pet food world for "many years".
"So many pets are suffering the diseases of modern day humans cancer, diabetes, joint issues, skin issues and a lot of that can be taken back into what we feed our pets," Evans told Fairfax Media this week.

He continued: "If you look at what's out there on the market, so many are filled with these really dodgy fillers, such as grains and legumes and other things, it's completely crazy."


Queensland, unconstitutional since 1922? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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How to cheat Centrelink and not go to prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Whale-watching season gets off to early start as humpback whale population soars in east coast Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Whale-watching season gets off to early start as humpback whale population soars

13 May 2018

The phenomenal growth in the humpback whale population has resulted in some of the giant beasts of the ocean beginning their migration north almost a month early.

Whale-watching season for tourism operators such as the Sunshine Coasts Whale One traditionally begins on the first weekend in June.

But a number of sightings off Caloundra and Alexandra Headland in the past two weeks has prompted Whale One owner John Matterson to bring his season forward by a week.

The whales have come up very early this year, Mr Matterson said.

There have been quite a few reports and particularly ones in close from Caloundra to Point Cartwright and Alexandra Headland. It is very unusual.

Southern Cross University Marine Ecology Research Centre founding director Peter Harrison said whales were moving earlier because their numbers had grown so large.

Whale numbers were decimated between 1959 and 1961, mostly by illegal whaling, until there were only a couple of hundred left.

This season, about 33,000 whales are expected to make the 5,000km migration north from the Antarctic to Queenslands warm tropical waters.

Whale population grows to highest level

Professor Harrison said the humpback whale population had grown so large, it was now the biggest it had ever been.

As far as we know, the population is now larger than it was prior to whaling, he said.

Researchers have gone back to look at catch records and our best estimates are the whale population [pre-whaling] was hovering around 26,000 for the natural population size.

That was al...


PERTH Ellenbrook man arrested after high-speed chase "IndyWatch Feed National"

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AN Ellenbrook man was arrested on Saturday night after a high-speed chase through several Perth suburbs. It is alleged the driver of the Holden .



Suicide bomber rides into Indonesian Catholic Church on Mothers' Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier today, Sunday the Catholic Sabbath in Surabaya, Indonesia's 2nd largest city.


Important Facts on Appendicitis: Types, Symptoms and Treatment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Of all the organs inside the human body, the most misunderstood one is probably the appendix. Its often described to be useless and unimportant, and is thought to be a remnant of human evolution. Charles Darwin concluded that it may be an organ that cavemen used to digest tree bark and other fibrous plant materials.1

Today, when talk of the appendix arises, most people tend to think of it as a good for nothing body part that may potentially lead to painful inflammation. But theres actually more to this organ than what most people think.

What Is the Appendix and What Does It Do?

The appendix is found in the lower right portion of your abdomen. This slimy, finger-shaped organ is attached to the cecum, a small pouch thats part of the intestines (the cecum is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine) and is part of your gastrointestinal tract.2

The appendix is thin and small, measuring only 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) long.3 For a long time, the appendix has been regarded as an organ that does not serve any function, and that removing it will not harm a person. But now, research has made it clear that it may be useful after all.

According to scientists in France and Australia, the appendix may actually play a role in your immunity, as it has an important function for your gut bacteria.

Published in Nature Immunology, their study showed that the appendix with the help of white blood cells known as innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) works as a reservoir for good bacteria, which are essential for good gut health and healing from infections.4 When certain diseases eliminate the healthy bacteria in your gut, the appendix works as a safe house for some of these probiotics.

The researchers say that these findings should make people rethink whether the appendix is irrelevant to their health.Once the bodys immune system has gotten rid of the infection, the bacteria will emerge from the biofilm of the appendix, and then recolonize your gut, bringing it back to its healthy state.5 According to Gabrielle Belz, a professor at Melbournes Walter and Eliza Hall Institute:

"We've found that ILCs....


9 killed, 40 wounded in triple Indonesian suicide bombings targeting Christian Churches today "IndyWatch Feed National"

3 locations in the Eastern Javanese city of Surabaya - 2 Christian Churches and one busy street. Click on the youtube link below for rolling live coverage (in Indonesian) I happen to be in Bali for meetings with my Australian lawyer. The triple bombing is in Surabaya, about 300 kilometres...


The Old Courthouse, Frankenstein and Ancient Greece "IndyWatch Feed National"

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What connects Frankenstein to Perths Old Courthouse? What links the columns at the entrance to Ancient Athens? And why hasnt the courthouse been turned into a small bar like every other old building in the city? Answers to two of these three questions will follow.

Acclaimed feminist Mary Wollstonecraft died shortly after giving birth to a daughter. Her grieving partner didnt feel able to cope with a new baby, so she was brought up for several years by friends, who had a young boy named Henry Reveley. This led to a life-long friendship between the young girl and Henry. She would grow up to become Mary Shelley and write the classic Frankenstein.

Henry became an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, and comrade of Marys partner, the poet Percy Shelley, whom he even saved from drowning on one occasion. Unfortunately, Henry also persuaded Percy to invest in an expensive engineering project which came to nothing, and this must have put some strain on the friendship.

After a brief stay in Cape Town as colonial engineer, Henry was recruited by James Stirling and travelled with him on the Parmelia to help found a new colony in Western Australia. He was now responsible for all public works, under which circumstances he had to be less engineer and more architect. One of his buildings which still survives is the Old Courthouse.

Opening in 1837, this building was controversial from the start. Due to a lack of funds, Henry was instructed to erect something which could serve as both court and church. In America this would have been a clear violation of...


New Matildas Response To Brian Walters QC on Cate Faehrmann "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday morning, we published a reply to Brian Walters QC, who took up the case for Greens NSW pre-selection candidate Cate Faehrmann. Editor Chris Graham promised a reply to Mr Walters article. This is it.

Contrary to popular opinion, the key job of a lawyer is not to get to the facts. Its to construct a convincing argument around a set of facts which might be open to different interpretations. As you might expect, Mr Walters has done exactly that. He is, after all, a very competent, very well respected QC.

New Matildas brief, however, is quite different. Ours is to get to the facts. Its also to provide political opinion and analysis. Thats what we did in the three-part series recently written by Michael Brull, which has been the subject of ongoing outrage among supporters of Greens NSW member Cate Faehrmann (and later Jeremy Buckingham).

Walters article is laced with hyperbole. Indeed it was submitted with the headline Michael Brull spits the dummy. Its not the considered response I would ordinarily expect from a Queens Counsel, but then this whole saga has provided a series of responses that I wouldnt ordinarily expect from Greens politicians, or their supporters. So I guess we live in a brave new world.

Well let the hyperbole fly through to the keeper for now, because the main charge by Walters is that Michael Brull bases his farrago on a bizarre series of falsehoods. To put not too fine a point on it, no, he does not.

Walters writes: In the middle of an internal Greens pre-selection, Michael Brull, a Greens member, has written for New Matilda a series of articles attacking a candidate Cate Faehrmann. As he must know, candidates for pre-selection are not permitted to speak to journalists, and therefore have no right of reply. It is an archetypal act of cowardice to attack a person who is unable to defend herself.

Thats very chivalrous of Mr Walters, and also nonsense. Cate Faehrmann is and was more than capable of defending herself, and did so in a private Facebook group with 800 Greens members (printed in part below), albeit muddying the waters and misleading as she did.

But that aside, the Greens NSW policies are the Greens NSW policies. They can do with them what they will. What I wont do with those policies is allow them to prevent New Matilda from publishing on matters of public interest when they occur, and particularly when those matters of public interest occur at crucial times, such as party pre-selections to nominate people to receive taxpayer funded positions of substantial influence. That is precisely the time when additional scrutiny should be applied.

Constructing a cowardly attack on a defenceless woman narrative, while colourful, does Mr Walters no credit whatsoever.

Regardless, Cate Faeh...


Happy Mothers Day to Special Needs Mums "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell

Anne Dachel, at, gave new statistics on May 10, 2018. I have abridged that list here to show rates of special education children in US schools and in some other countries. I am posting it today for Mothers Day, as every mother of a special needs child has to work twice as hard as normal mums who are already working hard enough!


National official average is 13 percent.

Hazelton, PA: 15 percent of students are sped.

Sioux Falls, SD: 15 percent of students are sped.

Baltimore, MD: 15 percent of students are sped.

New Haven, CT: 15 percent of students are sped.

New Bedford, MA: 15 percent of students are sped.

New Hampshire Public Schools: 15 percent of students are sped.

Spokane, WA: 16 percent of students are sped.

West Virginia: 16 percent of students are sped.

Montclair, NJ: 17 percent of students are sped.

Duluth, MN: 17 percent of students are sped.

Fort Fairfield, ME: 18 percent of students are sped.

Red Wing, MN: 18 percent of students are sped.

Juneau, AK: 18 perce...


Australian Government want you to work for them for free "IndyWatch Feed National"

How very 'unAustralian'

SO, let's get a couple of things out of the way;

1). People should comprehend that the television is quite simply an advertising medium, where in between entertainment programming, a show case of products is shown for people to purchase, i.e. to commit to an action in commerce,  and not a 'public service announcement' message board, where that would be better left to SMS alerts from the president or official warning bureau. 

2). If it's 'advertised' on (Australian) television you should  know / feel / comprehend it's dodgy.

Current spate of television commercials include messages from all the junk food giants for you to purchase their carcinogenic products.

Surely that's not 'good' for you is it?

At other times of the day the air waves are littered with messages for you to purchase life insurance from some dodgy company whose first goal is not to pay your 'loved ones' out, due to some microscopically written clause or some terms and conditions that you may have allegedly agreed to 'online' where you have no access to this thing called 'online'.

For some time now, the corporation conglomerate known as the Australian Government is in the busi...


May 13 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1756 - The Dutch were having a bit of a Captain Cook around the place, with one ship, the Rijder , having hung about Wednesday Island for a bit waiting to catch up with the ship, Buijs, but which then put out to sea on this day.

1787 The First Fleet choofed off from Portsmouth, England, for New South Wales, with the intention of establishing the first European settlement in Australia.

1789 - John Caesar aka Black Caesar, a convict who obviously didn't like the table service, did a runner into the bush with arms and ammunition.

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

1819 - Margaret Catchpole, the infamous female convict who had a few well chronicled adventures, passed into the great beyond.

1837 -   Joseph Bradbury, John Newman, Soloman Wakefield, John Hewitt and David Williams admitted to Newcastle gaol from Merton. To be sent for trial before the Supreme court for robbery.

1837 - Judge Sir John William Jeffcot held the first criminal sessions in the province of South Oz.

1839 - In letters to General Secretaries of the Wesleyan Methodist Mission Society Joseph Orton stressed that Aborigines around Geelong had been reduced to pilfering starving obtrusive mendicants, a tax upon the [European] inhabitants.

1845 - The Portland Bay Examiner fishwrapper ceased to exist after a whopping 4 months.

1855 - The immigrant ship Nashwauk, only 18 months old, and carrying some 300 Irish girls, crashed ashore south of the mouth of the Onkaparinga at about 3 a.m. The passengers were able to be taken off the stricken ship and were cared for by local people. The following morning the steamer Melbourne and Government schooner Yatala were sent from Port Adelaide to pick up the stranded passengers. However, some of the immigrants were reluctant to board ship again and were taken to Adelaide in bullock wagons.

1857 - St Kilda Junction to St. Kilda Railway Line (Vic) opened.

1861 John Tebbutt, of Windsor, New South Wales, tripped over what would become known as the "Great Comet of 1861".

1867 - The first South Sea Islanders arrived aboard the ship "Prima Donna". 70 arrived to start work as indentured labourers on plantations around Mackay.

1870 - Ohhhh the humanity....the Port Adelaide Footy Club was founded in South Oz.

1872 - Alberto Zelman first conducted opera in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre for the performance of Lucia di Lammermoor in the Cagli-Lyster Italian opera season.

1873 -  Customs Officers fired upon Kaiadilt people fishing at Sweers Island.The officers kidnapped a young Aboriginal boy during th...


Federated Colonies of Australia A Failed State | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federated Colonies of Australia A Failed State | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty: 'Australia is not a nation formed under the customary international law. The Aboriginal Nations, however, were formed properly under that ancient system. Australia is an administratively formed country by the United Nations, designed to give Britain more votes in the General Assembly. In the light of Australias non-conformance with UN Human Rights Treaties and Conventions, it is reasonable to hold that this administrative creation of the Nation of Australia is a failure, and Australia is a true failed state.


Crooked Hillary: Clinton attends another event with massive scarf to cover up what seems to be a back brace "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clinton has donned yet another massive scarf during an appearance in Australia after earlier photos indicated she might be trying to hide a back brace. The 70-year-old draped the $1,100 patterned Hermes cashmere blend shawl around her shoulders when she met with Australian former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne on Thursday. Her scarf was tied high around her neck and covered the top of her navy blue jacket. It comes after social media users pointed out earlier in the week that Clinton was mostly likely opting for the style choice to hide a possible back brace. She was photographed coming out of her daughter Chelsea's apartment in New York last week with a strange protrusion coming from underneath her jacket.


Horrific Mass Shooting In Australia Proves Gun Bans Dont Work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seven people have been found dead with gunshot wounds at a rural property in what is reported to be Australias worst mass shooting for decades, proving that gun bans do not magically stop all gun [...]


78-foot wave is the largest ever recorded in Southern Hemisphere "IndyWatch Feed National"

An eight-story monster wave that crashed down in the Southern Ocean off the coast of New Zealand has set a record. It's the largest known wave to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere, according to New Zealand scientists. Nobody actually saw the 78-foot-tall (23.8 meters) wave crash down, but a buoy moored by New Zealand's Campbell Island managed to log the amazing wonder on May 8, according to MetOcean Solutions, a subsidiary of the Meteorological Service of New Zealand. The colossal wave eclipsed its record-breaking predecessor by nearly 6 feet (1.77 m). That wave - a 72.2-foot (22.03 m) swell recorded by an Australian buoy, reared up just south of Tasmania in 2012, MetOcean Solutions said. "This [new wave] is a very exciting event and to our knowledge it is [the] largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere," Tom Durrant, a senior oceanographer with MetOcean Solutions, said in a statement. "This is a very important storm to capture, and it will add greatly to our understanding of the wave physics under extreme conditions in the Southern Ocean." In this case, a deep, low-pressure system and high winds exceeding 74 mph (65 knots or 120 km/h) helped to create the perfect conditions for the enormous wave. "What is interesting about [Tuesday's] event is the storm speed appears to match the wave speed, allowing wave heights to grow dramatically as the system tracks eastward," Durrant said.


Hawaii Volcano Has Scientists Looking to Mainlands West Coast "IndyWatch Feed National"

SPOKANE, Wash.The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific Ring of Fire has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on Americas West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.

The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes, from Washington states Mount Baker to Californias Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose spectacular 1980 eruption in the Pacific Northwest killed dozens of people and sent volcanic ash across the country, and massive Mount Rainier, which towers above the Seattle metro area.

Theres lots of anxiety out there, said Liz Westby, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. They see destruction, and people get nervous.

Kilauea, on Hawaiis Big Island, is threatening to blow its top in coming days or weeks after sputtering lava for a week, forcing about 2,000 people to evacuate, destroying two dozen homes and threatening a geothermal plant. Experts fear the volcano could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air.

Here are some key things to know:

What Is the Ring of Fire?

Roughly 450 volcanoes make up this horseshoe-shaped belt with Kilauea situated in the middle. The belt follows the coasts of South America, North America, eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Its known for frequent volcanic and seismic activity caused by the colliding of crustal plates.

Americas most dangerous volcanoes are all part of the Ring of Fire, and most are on the West Coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Besides Kilauea, they include: Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington; Mount Hood and South Sister in Oregon; and Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic Center in California.

Images of lava flowing from the ground and homes going up in flames in Hawaii have stoked unease among residents elsewhere along the Ring of Fire. But experts say an eruption on one section of the arc doesnt necessarily signal danger in other parts.

These are isolated systems, Westby said.

When Will the West Coast Volcanoes Erupt?

No eruption seems imminent, experts say.

The Cascades Volcano Observatory monitors volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest and posts weekly status reports. All currently register normal.

But the situation can change fast.

All our mountains are considered active and, geologically speaking, things seem to happen in the Northwest about every 100 years, said John Ufford, preparedness manager for the Washington Emergency Management Division. Its an inexact timeline.

Some geo...


Seven people found dead in Australia's worst mass shooting in two decades "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mass shootings are not common in Australia, which has strict gun laws. However, guns still make their way into the country through organized crime rings. Seven people, including four children, have been found dead at a home near Margaret River in Western Australia in the worst mass shooting in more than two decades. The bodies of two adults with gunshot wounds were found outside and five others inside the house in the small town of Osmington, ABC News reported. Police are treating the incident as a murder-suicide and have confirmed they are not looking for any suspects. They are also trying to get in touch with the victims' relatives.


'They're trying to kill him': Pamela Anderson calls on Kanye to help free Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Actress-turned-activist Pamela Anderson has become one of the most vocal allies for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and now she wants Kanye West's help in setting him free. Cooped up in the confines of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the WikiLeaks founder has not set foot outside out of fear that he could be extradited to the US. Amidst all this, the UN has found that Assange's years inside the embassy amount to arbitrary detention. Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has been an unlikely ally for the Australian recently, and, in an open letter published online, the Canadian actress pleaded with fellow celebrity Kanye West for help in bringing Assange to freedom.


Growing older in Australia is becoming fraught with financial risk "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Guardian, 4 May 2018:

Half of the 51,300 older Australians affected by an increase in the age pension age would move on to Newstart or the disability support pension in the first year alone, new figures suggest.

The Coalition has long proposed increasing the age pension age from 67 to 70, kicking in from 2025-26. The change is likely to make Australias pension age the highest in the developed world.



Safer Pathway program becomes third government-led domestic violence initiative to be found ineffective by BOCSAR "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW Government domestic violence program rolled out between September 2014 and July 2015......

The safety and protection of victims and their children lies at the heart of It Stops Here: Standing Together to End Domestic and Family Violence, the NSW Governments Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform.

Safer Pathway proposes a fundamental change in how agencies and organisations support victims safety in NSW. Through Safer Pathway, the right services are provided to victims when they need them, in a coordinated way.

The key components of Safer Pathway build on the existing service response. These are:

* a Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) to better and consistently...

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Saturday, 12 May


Australian Ritual Abuse Victim Fiona Barnett, Cardinal George Pell, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian victim Fiona Barnett just posted a new article on her site detailing her fight to get her case investigated as she seems to be facing the same opposition that I am here in the US.

There are two things to consider in Australia right now. 1). Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to face criminal charges concerning child abuse. He is 3rd in control of the Catholic Church and is responsible for their financial affairs.

And 2). Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have just recently been to Australia to meet with the Australian Prime Minister. Could these events be related? Considering how hard the powers that be are trying to clamp down on any talk about elite run child trafficking rings it certainly cant be ruled out.

Esp. considering what victims are going through right now in their fight to seek justice

Demand NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller opens Fiona Barnetts VIP pedo case

Demand NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller opens Fiona Barnetts VIP pedo case

by Fiona Barnett on May 12, 2018

Sutherland Detective Belinda Abdy was in charge of the investigation into my complaints of a VIP child trafficking network based in Sydney. Police took 4 days of witness statements from me in 2014 and 2015, and promised to take at least 5 more days of statements in 2016. However, in between the last two days of witness statement making, I was pursued by four military looking thugs, and defamed by a British Intelligence agent on ABC Media Watch. Despite these attempts to silence me, I showed up to the 4th day of statement making but Belinda Abdy did not. In fact, I never heard from Abdy again.

Sinead Harper took the 3rd and 4th day of statements, and she was awesome. She believed me and responded appropriately to everything that transpired. Harper commenced an investigation into my allegations, went door knocking throughout McAlister Ave, Engadine, and attended my pedophile grandfathers house at 14 McAlister Ave with cadaver dogs and multiple officers. Neighbours told Harper that my account of the Engadine pedophiles was consistent with their childhood memories of various characters and incidents. However, Harper answers to a chain of command starting with Belinda Abdy.

Following my 4 days of witness statement making, NSW Police subsequently stonewalled me, ignored my emails and calls, and eventually told Victim Services that they never found any evidence supporting my case when they did. I know because the people she interviewed contacted me.

I am the first victim in Australian history who was child trafficked at the level I was, to come forward a...


Beijing winning the great South China Sea game "IndyWatch Feed National"

The security temperature in the South China Sea has ratcheted upward precipitously in recent weeks. On May 2, news outlet CNBC reported U.S. intelligence that China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on three fortified outposts in the Spratly Islands.

By Jansen Tham

This deployment follows the installation in April of jamming equipment that disrupts military communications and radar systems also on outposts in the Spratlys.


This continued militarization of South China Sea features that Beijing controls comes on the back of extensive land reclamation activities to the tune of 1,295 hectares of land since 2013; the contravention of a 2015 verbal agreement between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama not to militarize Chinese-occupied features; and Beijings blatant rejection of the Permanent Court of Arbitrations ruling in 2016 in favor of the Philippines.

Most worryingly, the deployment of missiles for the first time provides China with offensive power projection capabilities, augmenting its existing anti-access, area-denial (A2/AD) naval strategy against its primary rival, the United States.

All these developments, coupled with the lack of any concerted or robust response from the U.S. and its allies and partners in the region, point to the inevitable conclusion that the sovereignty dispute in the South China Sea has irreversibly become a foregone conclusion. Three compelling reasons justify this assertion.

First, China sees the South China Sea issue as a security matter of paramount importance, according it the status of a core interest on par with resolution of the Taiwan question. From Beijings perspective, the greatest threat to its national security stems from the U.S. and its naval dominance in the Western Pacific strengthened by the military capabilities of its Japanese and Australian allies.

Surveillance and control over the South China Sea allows Beijing to detect and deter Washingtons maritime coercion, should the latter choose to do so. The recent deployment of offensive missiles perpetuates the A2/AD strategy of preventing the U.S. Navys access to regional waters, while also permitting power projection far from Chinese shores. This safeguards Chinas security.

Seen through this lens, there is no chance of Beijing acknowledging the sovereignty claims of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia or Brunei. It is also wishful thinking to hope that it eventually dismantles the military facilities already constructed in those waters. The reality today is China possesses de facto control of the South China Sea and claimant states have little way to combat this fait accompli.

Second, the sovereignty of South China Sea wa...


Yoda: Judge Anna von Reitz Greatest Alt Reform Law Mind on the Planet? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Australia, this is.  Validated by experts on natural and common law that is above state organizational law.

Mr Steele, I am a very concerned Australian, which is why I am forwarding you these links. Each article has a piece of the puzzle.   Much has been discovered by Judge Anna and the Living Law Firm. They have in their possession documentary evidence of every crime committed by the Globalists / Satanists against the American People , the processes used and the People and Organisations involved.

They followed the money back to Buckingham Palace, The International Bar Association, Jacob Rothschild and the Vatican ( this could be the Holy See or the Roman Curia or the Vatican Chancery Court AKA Vatican Bank I am not 100% sure on this last point ). These are not all the people involved and the Pope has taken steps to reform the Vatican. I am not just asking you to read the articles I am providing links for I am begging you to read them because they are very important.  Whether or not you understand and accept them is up to you.

The articles are as follows

No 965 ,

No 966 ,

No 970          ,

No 971


US fed up with unfair, unprincipled behaviour by China, former ambassador warns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barack Obamas former top envoy in Australia has backed Donald Trumps tough approach to China, vowing the days of Beijing pursuing unfair, unbalanced, unprincipled rules of the road are over.

John Berry, the former US Ambassador in Canberra, told Fairfax Media that China could expect straightforward competition from the US on trade and strategic affairs.

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John Berry, the former US Ambassador in Canberra.

He was speaking after giving an address in Canberra on Thursday night in which he warned that the dreams are now over that as China grows richer it will become freer, more democratic and fairer in its trade deals and sovereignty disputes.

Instead, Communist Party rule under strongman Xi Jinping was more powerfully ensconced than ever, he told the Australian Naval Institute.

Mr Berry, who now heads the American Australian Association, said President Trump had pressured Beijing into finally talking about reducing its unfairly high tariffs.

Expanding his views to Fairfax Media on Friday, he said this was the way the US would deal with China now that it was clearly determined to compete with the US while refusing to play by international rules.

For years, China wanted it both ways. They wanted to be a world power and be treated equally as a world power and then whenever you wanted a level playing field, or you wanted to reverse and apply the same rules to them, they would suddenly cry, Oh no, no, no, were a developing power. Were so poor. We have so far to go.

Its a new world The way to be at the big boy table, they need to play fairly. Its going to be straightforward competition. The United States is going to demand that level playing field and the days of looking the other way because of the economic challenges they faced as they rose are now over.

He said the US would continue to co-operate with China where it could, but it will not be used as an excuse to continue unfair, unbalanced, unprincipled rules of the road that benefit them to the pain of democracies.

Mr Berry also pointed to Mr Xis vow during a visit to the US in 2015 that China would not militarise its artificial islands in the South China Sea.

President Xi said in black and white, in front of the world, th...


Wild winds, record rainfall and cold temperatures hit Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Extreme weather events have broken historic rainfall records, caused wild winds and prompted unusually cold conditions across most of Australia on Friday, with more yet to come. Parts of Gippsland in eastern Victoria are bracing for a month's rain - as much as 100mm - on Saturday as the low pressure system that made Friday a sodden, wind-lashed taste of winter does its worst. New South Wales and the ACT are also beginning to feel the effects of the complex system, as it brings damaging westerly winds to the NSW ranges and the Illawarra. Tasmania The island state's capital was brought to a standstill on Friday as record-breaking rainfall caused schools to shut down, legal proceedings to halt and businesses to be evacuated. In the 24 hours leading up to 9am on Friday, Hobart experienced its wettest day since 1960 with the CBD and surrounding suburbs receiving more than 120 millimetres of rain. Sarah Sitton, extreme weather meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, told The New Daily that by Friday morning, Mount Wellington had recorded 236 millimetres. "That was the second-highest-ever May rainfall in a single day for Tasmania. It was the highest rainfall that's ever been recorded at Mount Wellington," Ms Sitton said.

Friday, 11 May


They are claiming that I am the fraud. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 7 April 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This is my 4th year on Youth Allowance as I am studying in Melbourne and moved 2 hours to be closer to uni.

Two months ago I was asked to provide an audit, which I did straight away dating back to the 2015-2016 financial year.
The system glitched and deleted my audit, which leads me to sit on the phone trying to call the hotline which fails to have an answering system in place, so I was faced with having to redial and look at the 'user busy' screen for the entire morning, only to call over 100 times to be left on hold for hours.

Finally, once I was re-directed to different people because I had dialled the wrong number (the number they provided on the request for the audit) I had to do the audit over the phone.
Throughout this, the man was able to tell me that my audit aligned with the ATO.

Thinking all was well, I was faced with a $4090 debt!
This is when I became incredibly u...

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