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Wednesday, 13 June


On Her Shoulders "IndyWatch Feed National"

*A fictional account of the kind of  real life stories behind the walls of a domestic violence shelter.

Bridget heard the crunch of stones on the pathway two seconds before the knock on the door. Two seconds that gave her time to turn off the television, position herself behind the curtain and pretend she wasnt home.  Her visitor knew she was in there of course and after her first lyrical tap on the screen was ignored she called out Hey Bridget, you may have forgotten, just want to remind you, its group day today. Theres childcare on site and we are having morning tea. You are very welcome to join us.

Bridget looked over at her sleeping baby, hoped he wouldnt wake up and then returned her attention to the slight gap in the curtain. She hadnt left her unit since arriving at the shelter four days ago, refusing to respond to the weekend staff and their invitation to join the group for Saturday brunch and Sunday lunch in the meeting house.
Bec, the newest team member expressed her concern during the handover with the Monday shift,  I think we might need to use our key to check on Bridget, she hasnt made contact all weekend and she might have self harmed or overdosed in there. Tricia, the site manager, smiled and responded with, Its fine Bec, we know Bridgets okay her lights are on in the evening and staff saw her taking rubbish out to the bin on the weekend.

The familiar frustration that came with the feeling that she was not being heard washed over Bec, her chest tightened, her heart started beating faster and to her great annoyance she could feel her cheeks begin to go red. Tricias answer did little to appease Becs growing concern for Bridget. Okay she responded, frustration tightening her voice, but can we document it in her file that I have expressed a concern please?

This was a familiar scenario for Tricia, managing passionate social workers, fresh out of university, who insisted on ensuring that every detail is documented.  They...


Trump versus the world "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

US President Donald J. Trump attended all photo opportunities on first day of the G7 Summit in Canada, but reportedly appeared inattentive during some of the working sessions, arrived late for a working breakfast and left the country before dinner on the second day of three day gathering

His early departure avoided further climate change discussions, challenging interactions such as this image caught on camera and, being still physically at the summit when he publicly refused to sign the 44th G7 Communique set out below.


Bill Clinton, "Norms have changed in what you can do to somebody against their will" "IndyWatch Feed National"

ICYMI: Bill Clinton with @JudyWoodruff: "I think the norms have really changed in terms of, what you can do to somebody against their will" Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) June 11, 2018

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Tuesday, 12 June


Fiona Barrett: Australias Satanic Pedophile Network "IndyWatch Feed National"

Satanic Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia (Just like in the USA)

Australian woman Fiona Barrett showed a ton of courage in going public at a Sydney press conference in October 2015 and naming names. Fiona, a former victim of Satanic ritual abuse and part of an international VIP pedophile ring, not only exposed the existence of the Satanic pedophilia network and its international child trafficking ring, but actually named 3 former Australian Prime Ministers and 1 former US President as perpetrators. She reveals that this network, composed of famous actors, celebrities, judges, politicians and other high-flyers, has infiltrated all the key organizations and institutions in Australia just as it has in the US and Britain.

See video, read full full article.

See Especially:

Robert Steele: Overview on Pedophilia (Pedopredation) for the London Hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse

ITNJ Judicial Commission of Inquiry London Hearings

Review: Trance: Formation of America

See Also:

Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

Donald Trump: January 2018 Is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month



Outcome of Assange Case Could Undermine the Rights of Millions "IndyWatch Feed National"

LONDON As the sixth anniversary of his extended stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London approaches, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange is faced with increasingly limited options. Barred from communicating with the outside world and from receiving most visitors, Assanges only hope of avoiding extradition to the United States on trumped-up espionage charges comes down to the governments of the two countries of which he is a citizen: Australia and Ecuador.

In an unexpected move last week, the Australian government sent officials to meet with Assange and later confirmed that Australia would finally extend consular assistance to the Australian-born journalist after years of failing to do so and even threatening to revoke his Australian passport. The Australian government, in the past, has attempted to argue that it can do little to help Assanges situation, asserting that it was unable to intervene in the due process of another countrys court proceedings or legal matters.

It has also failed to publicly comment on the UNs finding that Assange has been subjected to arbitrary detention by the United Kingdom asserting, as recently as last week, that the governments position on the matter is confidential, and deflecting responsibility by claiming that the UNs findings are directed at the United Kingdom and Sweden, not at Australia.

However, given the fact that Sweden has dropped all legal proceedings against him, and with his protected status at the Ecuadorian embassy in question, Australia is now coming under unprecedented pressure to act. And the political pressure the Australian government is facing involves the broader implications the Assange case holds for Australian citizens as a collective, not just for Assange as an individual.

As recently noted by Richard Hoffman at WSWS:




In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media. In its place there is a propaganda ministry for the ruling elite.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

It is strictly impossible for a non-citizen to be guilty of treason. It is strictly impossible under the US Constitution for the reporting of facts to be spying. The function of the media is to expose and to hold accountable the government. This function is no longer performed by the Western print and TV media.

Washington wants revenge and is determined to get it. If Assange were as corrupt at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, etc., he would have reported the leaker to Washington, not published the information, and retired as a multi-millionaire with Washingtons thanks. However, unfortunately for Assange, he had integrity.

Integrity today in the Western world has no value. You cannot find integrity in the government, in the global corporations, in the universities and schools, and most certainly not in the media.

After leaving Assange, an Australian citizen, to Washingtons mercy since 2012, belated pro-Assange protests in Australia forced the US vassal state to come to Assanges aid before the new corrupt president of Ecuador sells him to Washington for multi-millons of dollars by revoking his asylum.

When the story was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incompetent or brainwashed, or bought-and-paid-for journalist, Nick Miller, wrote:

Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012, after he had exhausted his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and....


Grey seals freed after reconvalescence "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 30 May 2018 video from Texel island in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

Five seals from our [Ecomare museum] shelter were able to return to the sea today! Among them were the two seals that had ended up in the shelter because they had become entangled in pieces of fishing nets. Co and Lenja, and the other three gray seals Monster, Brechje and Funny are now strong and healthy enough to be able to continue independently. The seals almost went into the water at the same time a new future. Read more about it here.


Alerta Antifascista!!! : Solidarity with Flemington estate arrestees "IndyWatch Feed National"

As previously noted, a number of people have been charged with various offences arising from the Milo Yiannopoulos counter-protest outside Melbourne Pavilion in the Melbourne suburb of Kensington in December last year. While tour organisers and venue owners (Damien Costas/Penthouse Continue reading


Politically correct Victoria Police insist they DON'T have an African gang problem despite the blight of Apex, an officer being kicked in the face and 100 'South Sudanese' youths trashing an AirBnB "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria Police insist they don't have an African gang problem in Melbourne after an officer was kicked in the face at a shopping mall and 100 youths of Sudanese appearance trashed an AirBnB house.

The comments from Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald came after a boy kicked a police officer in the head as he crouched down attempting to arrest a 16-year-old youth for alleged shoplifting on Boxing Day.

The scuffle at Highpoint Shopping Centre, at Maribyrnong in Melbourne's west, was caught on CCTV on Tuesday afternoon.

However, Superintendent Fitzgerald said this latest incident involving African youths was not a sign there was an ethnically-related gang problem, amid a spate of crime linked to Apex gangs.

'We have problems with youth crime across the state and it's not a particular group of youths we are looking into. It's all youths. It's youth crime,' she told reporters.

Superintendent said 'youth crime in general' was to blame - a week after police were pelted with rocks after being called to an AirBnB house at Werribee, in Melbourne's west.

Officers were forced to retreat from the house, trashed inside by a party, when more than 100 youths of primarily South Sudanese appearance turned on them.

Photos taken from inside the house show walls kicked and punched in, mattresses thrown on top of furniture and pepper spray splattered across bedroom curtains.

Neighbours say they were left terrified when youths from the house started roaming the streets, throwing rocks and smashing cars.

Less than a week later, a police officer was kicked in the face as he crouched down trying to arrest a 16-year-old boy for alleged shoplifting at Highpoint Shopping Centre.

The scuffle, which was captured on CCTV, unfolded in front of shocked Boxing Day shoppers before the assailant ran from the centre into the car park.

The senior constable sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital as the youth who assaulted him remained at large. 'It could have been a lot worse and I'm pleased to report he's returned to work today,' Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald told reporters on Wednesday. 'He's got bruising to his eye but is in very good spirits.'

A 16-year-old Flemington boy was arrested over the alleged theft but he was released pending further inquiries.

Police are wanting to speak to a teen who is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana.

In June, at nearby Footscray, a man was struck in the head with a tomahawk as a gang of 15 African youths burst into a barber shop and began rioting.

In April, a gang of five Sudanese teenagers allegedly bashed their autistic classmate, i...


Shock union claims: detective breaks silence on fraud scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The retired detective who led the police investigation into the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal has broken his silence, calling for a fresh probe into an alleged conspiracy between former union officials and executives from construction giant Thiess that he claims extended to Julia Gillards old law firm.

In an extraordinary development in the long-running affair, former West Australian major fraud squad officer David McAlpine claims his investigation into the AWU slush fund 20 years ago was subverted due to political interference.

He said that in August 1998 the WA Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had abruptly ordered him to remain in Perth as he was preparing to fly to Melbourne to execute search warrants on key players, including Ms Gillards then employer, law firm Slater & Gordon.

Mr McAlpine said he had retained key documents including letters, memos and telephone notes from his two-year investigation and he was willing to swear an affidavit and give evidence in any court about his knowledge of the $400,000-plus fraud. The fact that I was lied to and this investigation was subverted and people appear to have given false evidence at a royal commission, it needs to be reinvestigated because the simple fact is the Australian people need to know the truth, he said.

Mr McAlpine retired from WA Police in October 2016 after 42 years of service and is now living in Thailand.

In a written statement and audio recording sent to The Australian, Mr McAlpine claimed former Thiess senior executives might have misled the trade union royal commission in 2014 about alleged secret commissions paid to AWU officials Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt.

Mr Wilson has admitted to extracting large sums of money from Thiess for a slush fund he set up in the early 1990s with legal assistance from Ms Gillard, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Money from the AWU Workplace Reform Association was used to partly fund the purchase of a house in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in 1993. The association was supposed to promote training and safety on construction sites.

Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon recommended in 2015 that Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt face prosecution for fraud-related offences connected to the fund.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied knowing the fund was to be used in a fraud.

The royal commission found that she had been casual and haphazard in her work at Slater & Gordon but had not committed offences, and was not aware of Mr Wilsons conduct.

Mr Heydon rejected Ms Gillards denials that she was the beneficiary of cash sums from Mr Wilson for house renovations. The commission found that the builder, Athol James, who recalled the wads of cash, and a union staffer, Way...


Victoria police 'caught using and trafficking meth and ecstasy - as two officers joke over texts about going to work after a cocaine bender' "IndyWatch Feed National"

No wonder they cannot control the African teenagers who aree running riot

Police partying on ice, cocaine and ecstasy would meet up with known traffickers, peddle drugs themselves and return positive tests, says an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission special report.

The report takes in three investigations into claims of drug possession, trafficking and use by police since 2014 and says allegations against eight officers have been substantiated.

Operation Apsley revealed a group of police were using drugs regularly in their social lives - including one who used cocaine 'most days' for four months last year.

The officer, known as Senior Constable A, and a friend, Senior Constable B, used and trafficked drugs and were 'cavalier about the safety risks', the report says.

Both told IBAC they would not work if affected by drugs, but messages between them refuted these claims, including this exchange after a night out using cocaine:

Senior Constable A: 'Feeling slightly average but okay. Gonna be a long shift. Rad night.'

Senior Constable B: 'Kill me, I wanna lay down.'

Another senior constable messaged a civilian associate about putting MDMA powder into capsules - 'Now that you run a sophisticated drug syndicate you will be... essstremely bizzy' was the reply.

Two other IBAC operations also exposed regular drug use with one that focused on a constable leading to that officer's brother being arrested by federal and interstate police on drug offences.

While IBAC says allegations against eight were substantiated it says they were likely just 'snapshots of a more widespread and serious problem for Victoria Police'.

Of those eight officers, two were charged with giving false evidence, misleading or attempting to mislead IBAC, and inciting a witness to mislead IBAC, and one was charged with criminal drug offences.

One has been dismissed, three have resigned, three are suspended and one returned to work after an admonishment notice.

There are systemic deficiencies in Victoria Police's illicit drug prevention and detection, IBAC concludes.

'Police officers cannot be selective in choosing which criminal laws they will obey,' IBAC Commissioner Stephen O'Bryan QC said in a statement.

'While most of the police officers investigated were aware they were engaging in illegal conduct, they rationalised their off-duty criminality as being separate to their obligations as police officers.'

Victoria Police's alcohol and drugs policy says illicit drug use is not tolerated but there is ambiguity about the consequences, IBAC says.

Police have accepted the recommendations...


Former police officer found not guilty of misconduct after leaking footage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The vindictive prosecution of a whistleblower who should in fact have been praised casts a dark shadow over the reputation of the QPS.  It shows the police as having no morality at all.  They were furious that Flori revealed the ugly truth about them and desperately wanted to get back at him.

Now that their prosecution has failed, it is surely time to ask some very challenging questions of Ian Stewart, the Queensland police chief.

The prosecution was undoubtedly stressful for Flori -- as would have been intended -- but there was a silver lining to his dark cloud. After her own victory over a crooked cop and his QPS defenders, Renee Eaves has done a lot to help other innocent victims of the police. So she flew to Fiori's side when his prosecution was announced and has given him support ever since. And as well as a her strength of character and iron will, Renee is absolutely gorgeous. A former bikini beauty, she is a dream walking. Having her nearby would soothe most troubled male souls.

You see her walking beside Fiori below.  I had the great privilege to help her once when she badly needed it

A FORMER Queensland police sergeant who leaked footage of officers bashing a handcuffed man in a Gold Coast station basement has been found not guilty of misconduct.

Rick Flori, 47, was acquitted of the charge by a majority 11-1 verdict by a jury on Wednesday following a six-day trial at the Southport District Court.

Flori, who has since resigned from the Queensland Police Service, says he released the footage of the January 2012 arrest to cast a spotlight on illegal practices within the force.

Flori released footage of police at the Surfers Paradise station bashing a handcuffed man, Noa Begic, in a basement car park in January 2012.

Once the footage was run by The Courier-Mail, an internal investigation lead to a search of Floris home where the footage was located on an SD card.

Flori told investigators hed acquired the footage for training purposes and denied knowing anything about the email address used to arrange the leak with a journalist.

Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller said Flori was upset at being overlooked for a promotion to senior sergeant in 2011.

Once he realised the footage included the man who had been given the promotion at his expense, Senior Sergeant David Joachim, hed set about leaking it to discredit his rival, Mr Fuller argued.

Mr Fuller said in the email sent to the journalist, Flori failed to mention any of the other officers involved except for Sen Sgt Joachim, despite Senior Constable Ben Lamb being the man who kneed and punched Mr Beg...


This is the shocking moment police officers refuse to give their badge numbers after tasering a driver 'for no good reason' and arresting him. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The driver and his wife were heading to dinner with a friend at Fremantle, south of Perth, when his Jeep was stopped and served with a defect notice.

After being tasered, as he tried to drive off, the motorist's friend turned on his camera phone and repeatedly demanded the three officers give him their badge numbers.

To make matters worse the female officer, Senior Constable Arnold, repeatedly put a hat over her face as the driver's friend filmed the encounter in March 2017. 'You are not the person being spoken to,' she said.

When the driver's friend asked her again, explaining it didn't matter that he wasn't the one being arrested, she doubled down on her refusal to comply with the law.

'You're not the person that we're dealing with. You have no right.'

Earlier in the four-minute video footage, a male officer Constable Keenan repeatedly told the driver to 'get out of the car' before holding the taser pointed towards him

The state watchdog blasted the officers for using 'unreasonable and oppressive force'.

'The incident involved a driver, his wife and friend who were heading to a Fremantle restaurant for dinner but ended up with the driver being tasered in his vehicle for no good reason, arrested and locked up,' it said.

When the man was told by police to turn around to be cuffed, Constable Keenan then used force to twist his arms behind his back and press him against his four-wheel drive.

'I'm not resisting, mate,' the man told the officer.

'You were under no threat when you tasered him,' the friend behind the camera added.

He was then placed under arrest for disobeying the directive of a police officer.

A subsequent internal police review cleared Constable Keenan of any wrongdoing, however the Crime and Corruption Commission has found his actions 'unlawful, unreasonable and oppressive.'

Constable Keenan has not been charged with any wrongdoing but has been stood aside, one year after the incident. The female officer, Senior Constable Arnold, was criticised by the CCC for preventing the filming and has since been charged.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the police would be brought to justice.  'Police officers in this instance have done the wrong thing, they have been found out, and they will need to cop the consequences,' she said.

Ms Roberts said officers should be kept accountable with the use of body cameras, and WA traffic police could be trialling the devices by the end of 2018.



Labor tax plan to hit home prices "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Our research with RiskWise at the front of the Fin Review today (paywall).


Victoria Police 'deficiencies' found in IBAC report on internal reviews "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog says there are "concerning deficiencies" in the way Victoria Police reviews serious incidents, including those that kill or injure members of the public.

IBAC found police failed to consider evidence that should have been included, such as witness statements, in more than half of the cases.

About two-thirds of the reviews also failed to address human rights, while almost a third were not adequately supervised.

The audit also found Victoria Police failed to notify IBAC of 16 deaths and nine serious injuries resulting from police contact.

"The audit identified concerning deficiencies in Victoria Police's oversight, which require immediate attention," IBAC commissioner Robert Redlich QC said in a statement.

"Police have significant powers, the community rightly expects them to use these powers responsibly and perform their duties fairly, impartially and in accordance with the law."

A review is held when a member of the public dies or is seriously injured after contact with police to see if it was preventable.

The watchdog also looked at how thoroughly incidents were investigated, whether reviews were impartial and whether conclusions were justified.

It found a "general overreliance" on police statements and a failure to critically examine the accuracy of police accounts by seeking independent statements or CCTV recordings.

Drunk person found dead after being taken home by police

In one instance, an individual was taken home by police after they were discovered intoxicated, sitting on a public bench.  The police officers decided to take them home after discovering that they were not drunk enough to be arrested.

The individual was discovered hours later dead on their front lawn after falling through a glass frame near their front door.

IBAC found police CCTV inside the police van did not record the incident, and there were inconsistencies in the statements provided by the two police officers who drove the person home.

"The deceased's next of kin expressed concerns about the transparency and truthfulness of the police investigation of the incident," the report said.

It found conflicts of interests were often poorly identified and managed and more than a third of reviews took longer than they should have.

One case IBAC investigated included an alleged family violence incident where a person killed themselves in the days after police involvement in the matter.

The review file was allocated to the same region where the incident took place and the person overseeing the review admitted to having known one of the officers involved "since childhood".
Despite the a...


Byron Bay cop is slammed by the police watchdog for 'intentionally inflicting pain' on a naked teenager he hit with a baton 15 times "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is often difficult to get insane and drug-affected people to co-operate

A Byron Bay police officer involved in the beating of a 16-year-old boy with Asperger's has been blasted by the police watchdog for being too violent after he baton-struck a disoriented teenager more than 15 times.

The head of the independent Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, Michael Adams, criticised the officer's violent use of force during a hearing in Sydney on Thursday.

He questioned the number of blows delivered, along with officer E's failure to consider his actions whilst he was striking the boy.  The officer's motive appeared to be to inflict pain, he said.

The commission is examining the conduct of officers involved in the apprehension and detention of the drug-affected teenager.

Police arrested the teenager, who was found naked, sweating profusely and pacing up and down in a Byron Bay laneway, in the early hours of January 11.

Bystander video taken from a nearby balcony shows a police officer, known as E for legal reasons, striking the 16-year-old more than 15 times as he lay on the ground surrounded by up to three other officers.

Officer E said he began using his baton after earlier attempts to subdue the 16-year-old using pepper spray and a Taser had failed.

He said the boy - labelled AO by the commission - tried to get up after a baton blow to his knee had brought him to the ground and he also resisted officers trying to handcuff him. 'He needed to be compliant. He needed to be restrained,' he said

But LECC Chief Commissioner Adams questioned whether the officer had warned the boy that his attempts to resist being handcuffed would be met with baton blows. He said the number of strikes appeared excessive given the boy's mental state and the number of officers at the scene.

Officer E said the baton blows were assisting the other officers, who were struggling to handcuff AO as he wriggled around and pulled his arms under his body.

'This guy had been sprayed, had been Tasered twice and that's why I deemed that ... I was of the opinion that it needed more,' he said.

He rejected the commissioner's suggestion that other methods of control may have been more effective and said despite his small size compared to the officers, the boy was strong. 'He was very violent, at no point did I feel we had control of him,' he said.

Officer E rejected claims he had sworn at and threatened bystanders for videoing the arrest. 'I was the officer who approached people ... I would have liked footage of it,' he said.



Why did a police officer give out a woman's address to her abusive ex? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Queensland Police officer has managed to keep his job after he deliberately and callously leaked the address of a woman fleeing intimate partner violence to the abusive ex-husband she was trying to escape.

Senior Constable Neil Punchard had found Elizabeths (not her real name) address using the confidential police database, and directed the man to just tell her you know where she lives and leave it that. He then joked with Elizabeths ex that she would flip out when she realised her ex who had a string of domestic violence orders against him had her address and will explode.

Sickeningly, SC Punchard is also said to have offered advice to the man in dealing with the Family Court, and offered to liaise with other police officers to assist him in any complaints.

If she gets the police, he told the man, tell them to contact me or give me their names and I will contact them. I wont hinder the investigation, but I will give them a heads up on what has happened.

As Elizabeth said back in 2016 when the case was first brought to light, Knowing an officer had not only aided and encouraged a perpetrator to not only stalk me but many other horrible things, its really left me feeling very unsafe and I really would like to know why the police commissioner has not stood this person down.

In April 2017, Elizabeth received a letter from the assistant commissioner who informed her that an investigation had found sufficient evidence to support the allegations made by you, which is to say that SC Punchard had deliberately leaked details that put Elizabeth and her family in fear for her safety. Despite this acknowledgment of fact, Elizabeth was informed that the constable wouldnt be charged and that, following an internal disciplinary hearing, the matter has been addressed [and] I do not intend to take any further action and now consider this matter closed.

Yes, you read that correctly. A senior constable who colluded with her abusive ex-partner to reveal a woman's private location and facilitate further harassment and fear really did just get a little slap on the wrist while being allowed to keep his job. A job, by the way, that places him in the path of other victims fleeing the abusive men he very clearly feels kinship with.

This isnt the first time something like this has happened. In February 2017, a woman reported that her ex had been accidentally informed of her address due to an apparent clerical error, despite having breached several intervention orders and having threatened to kill the womans children.

As Sherele Moody reports here, Queensland public servants have handed out womens addresses to accused DV perpetrators three times in the past twelve months.

Its another damning indictment on police serv...


Former ASIO officer sues police for $750,000 claiming he was wrongfully arrested, put in a deadly chokehold and told by an officer 'they could shoot him and get a medal' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gold Coast police again.  They are deep-dyed thugs. No part of this is appropriate police behaviour

A former federal security and police officer is suing Queensland Police for $750,000 claiming he was put in a deadly chokehold in a wrongful arrest.

Paul Gibbons alleges officers were excessively violent, abused him and threatened him on his honeymoon at a hotel in the Gold Coast.

He claimed he was confronted by police because they were allegedly annoyed at him taking 10 seconds to open the locked door to the hotel lobby.

One reportedly told him they could shoot him and receive a medal according to papers lodged to Brisbane District Court show, the ABC reports.

Mr Gibbons, who previously served in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), has taken the State of Queensland to court.

He is claiming damages for assault, battery, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

Footage from a security camera inside the hotel lobby shows the moment he is wrestled to the ground after police surrounded him when he started filming them on his phone, Mr Gibbons alleges.

The ABC reports Mr Gibbons claims the officers threatened to arrest him for obstructing police, who were at the hotel for another matter.

The former ASIO agent, who also served in the Australian Federal Police, says when he questioned why they required entry, a police officer pointed to his gun saying the weapon was his authority.

The court heard the officer allegedly said: 'When we tell you to do something, you don't ask questions. You f***ing do it. 'Hell, we can put a bullet in your f***in' head and get a medal.'

One of the officers said the recording on Mr Gibbons phone would be 'easily remedied' flashing a torch directly into the camera.

The CCTV footage shows Mr Gibbons handcuffed on the floor while an officer scrolls through the device.

Mr Gibbons said he felt as though his throat would be crushed by one of the officers when they squeezed him during the incident in 2016.

The same officer is alleged to have later said: 'I'm going to kill you c***. When we get you out to the truck, I'm going to smash your f***ing face in c***.'

Part of the claim also includes $50,000 for potentially missing out on selling the footage from his phone to the media after it was deleted.

The state government, who is representing police in the case, has not replied to the lawsuit. A spokesman for the Queensland Police Service said the force could not comment while the matter was being dealt with in court.



The sexual, racist and homophobic remarks that got a police officer booted from the force "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Victorian police officer has been dismissed from his post in the transit safety division after a decade of derogatory and racist remarks were revealed during a disciplinary hearing.

The man, whose identity isn't revealed, allegedly told a constable she had a 'cracking a***', offered to slap another's 'just once' and made comments about public service officers not being Australian or greeted them as 'homos'.

When she replied that she had, he continued with: 'Don't worry if I want you, you will know about it,' the Herald Sun reported.

While the officer contested his dismissal upon reviewing the comments Police Registration and Services Board Victoria upheld the decision.

While the police officer was later diagnosed with mental health issues, he made a point of saying his actions were only an effort to promote camaraderie.

The board said his unprofessional and repeatedly disrespectful conduct was made worse by the fact he didn't appear willing or able to alter his behaviour.



Vile trolling, disgusting brutality and now 258,000 fake breath tests: As Victoria's cops are busted in ANOTHER scandal people ask, who polices the police? "IndyWatch Feed National"

After allegations of brutality and the sacking of a top officer earlier this year, Victoria Police has been rocked by revelations more than 258,000 breath tests were faked.

An external investigator will be brought in to examine the falsified tests, in which officers blew into RBT straws themselves or placed fingers over the holes.

The fake tests were discovered just weeks after the force was hit with allegations of excessive violence, with the beating of a disability pensioner caught on camera.

The incident involving six officers allegedly beating the mental health patient with batons, verbally abusing and pepper spraying him was caught on camera. Police were referred to oversight body Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) over the incident.

The arrest of a Sudanese-born Melbourne man who allegedly robbed and trashed a chemist in 2016 was also reported to the IBAC.

Footage showed the man being punched 11 times and hit with a baton before one of the officers stomped on his back in a two-and-a-half minute ordeal.

That incident followed a complaint by Jia Meeks, who was seen on CCTV been thrown into a cell door at Bendigo Police Station.

Mr Meeks, who was arrested for allegedly swearing at police and acting aggressively, was left bleeding from facial injuries and suffering a bruised wrist after the alleged incident.

The allegations of brutality followed the resignation of Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin over a series of offensive online posts made under a pseudonym.

Mr Guerin, was was the head of Victoria Police's ethical standards body, quit the force in February after being referred to the anti-corruption commission.

Using the alias 'Vernon Demerest', Mr Guerin made a series of racist comments on Youtube.

'The jigaboo runs riot and out of control. The 'boo needs the lash,' read one of the vile comments.

'Wonderful to see greasy, diving, cheating dagoes get their just reward. Bitter, lingering defeat,' said another posted on a soccer video.

The comments were exposed a week after he publicly apologised last week for making graphic references to former police commissioner Christine Nixon.

In March the IBAC delivered a damning report accusing the force of failing to investigate dangerous incidents.

The IBAC itself has been criticised for its handling of complaints about Victoria Police.

Lawyers told a parliamentary inquiry in February they do not recommend complaining to IBAC, as more than 90 per cent end up handed back to police to investigate.

Victoria Police is now in discussions with IBAC about the roadside breath test revelations, which occu...


Global Realities and Handshake Theatre Trump and Kim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump (photo

[Editors Note: The news today focused on the meeting with Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump signing their historic document in Singapore. A WEEK AGO I received an email from G5 which commented on North Korea, Russia and the US military. I have posted an extract below.]

by G5  (5 June, 2018)

The Korean Unification was set by Russia some five years ago.

Team Trump has been playing the on again off again charade to balance for herd effect prior to November 6, 2018. [Today it was on again.]

As with the Syrian routing of American proxies by Russia, the Korean Affair is also a Russian initiative. American interests are in a state of confusion to sell the narrative that they are in fact the managers of the events. Those who believe that are American voters and sycophant Nation State Actors.

Having North Korea denuclearize, is like Seal Team Six killing bin Laden in Pakistan, the Twin Towers falling by kerosene fires, or Oswald killing JFK.

Money poured into the Iranian Nuclear deal from America and Europe. There are parallels with the test runs of Iran-Contra, Fast and Furious etc. The American m...


Researchers Explore the Relationship Between Spiritual Emergence, Psychosis and Personality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Request for research participants on behalf of researchers at the School of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, University of New England, Australia.

The research aims to explore the relationship between spiritual emergence, psychosis and personality. Spiritual emergence is a process of integrating spiritual awareness and experience (e.g., mystical and paranormal phenomena, unusual emotional and physical sensations), which generally facilitates positive transformation and growth. However, if the process occurs very rapidly or is triggered suddenly (e.g., via a traumatic experience), it may become unmanageable and an individual may experience states of crisis (involving psychological distress, coping difficulties, and a lack of understanding by self and/or others). Severe cases may exhibit symptoms commonly diagnosed as clinical psychosis. Investigating spiritual emergence in relation to psychosis and personality may offer insight into possible predictive and protective factors.

Participation is open to any member of the general population aged 18 years or over and proficient in English. You do not need to have experienced spiritual emergence to participate. 

If you wish to participate in this research, the link below will guide you to an anonymous online questionnaire. The questionnaire takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. Your participation in this research is highly valued and will contribute to a deeper understanding of spiritual emergence and its relationship with psychosis and personality.

Questionnaire and more information 


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The Watergate Break-in was Pedogate "IndyWatch Feed National"


June 8, 2018

Source: Pedophiles Down Under

The Watergate break-in was strictly based on one thing the pedophile records that were being kept at the Democratic National Headquarters. Det. James Rothstein, NYPD, Retired

In October 2016, I presented at a Trauma and Dissociation conference in Seattle, USA. Following my talk, one attendee approached me in the hotel lobby where my fellow presenters sat at their merchandise stalls. All this! she shouted while sweeping her arm across the sideshow alley of over-priced books, stickers and fridge magnets, All this is shit! You have the real stuff! Wheres your book?! Tears welled in her eyes. Write a book! Please write a book!

Yes, I have the real stuff. Im not some arrogant academic pretending to understand what its like to be a victim of the most heinous crimes. I lived it. I spent my developmental years trapped in a mind control labyrinth. I then spent my adult years navigating a way out. I eventually achieved what few victims have, true integration. I may therefore declare with authority what does and does not work.

I prefer the term victim to survivor because the latter implies my ordeal is over. My ordeal will likely never end. As Dr Reina Michaelson warned, Fiona, I think this is a life sentence. I serve a life sentence for crimes committed against me, with the full knowledge and blessing of the Australian government. I am constantly harassed by police, paid agitators, pedophile payroll academics and journalists, DID sleeper cells, perpetrator relatives, fake victims, fake advocates, professional social media trolls, and retired intelligence community thugs hired to do the dirty work of the VIP pedophiles who dare not overtly attack me since that would attract media attention to their role in the international child trafficking operation.

Recovery from extreme abuse begins....


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At last, progress on inequality for women - a computer designed by women, for women "IndyWatch Feed National"

Magnificent work there, I'm sure there was behind-the-scenes input from the command-module.


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President Trump and Chairman Kim "IndyWatch Feed National"

I hope this post grows during the day. It's started well, even CNN couldn't bugger it up.


New information on GILLARD and Commonwealth Criminal Code offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've been forwarded some material from a barrister which may represent a turning point in the life of Julia Gillard. Ms Gillard made many denials about the AWU matter while she was the Prime Minister. If any of her denials, made whilst Prime Minister, are proven to be dishonest, and...


A Recession Is Comingand the Fed Cant Stop It "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Is the Federal Reserve ready for the next recession?

The answer is no.

Extensive research shows that it takes between 300 and 500 basis points of interest rate cuts by the Fed to pull the US economy out of a recession. One basis point is 1/100th of 1%, so 500 basis points of rate reduction means the Fed would have to cut rates by 5%.

Right now the Feds target rate for Fed funds the so-called policy rate is 1.75%. How do you cut rates 35% when youre starting at 1.75%? You cant.

Negative interest rates wont save the day. Theyve been tried in Japan, the Eurozone, Sweden and Switzerland, and the evidence is that they dont work to stimulate the economy.

The idea of negative rates is that theyre an inducement to spend money; if you dont spend money, the bank takes it from your account the opposite of paying interest.

Yet the evidence suggests people save more with negative rates in order to meet their lifetime goals for retirement, healthcare, education, and so on.

If the bank is taking money from your account, you have to save more to meet your goals. That slows down spending or what neo-Keynesians call aggregate demand.

This is just one more example of how actual human behaviour deviates from egghead theories.

Zero means zero

The bottom line is that zero means zero. If a recession started tomorrow, the Fed could cut rates 1.75% before they hit zero. They would then be out of bullets.

What about more quantitative easing, or QE?

The Fed ended QE in late 2014 after three rounds known as QE1, QE2 and QE3 from 20082014.

What about QE4 in a new recession?

The problem is that the Fed never cleaned up the mess from QE1, QE2 and QE3, so their capacity to run QE4 is in doubt.

From 20082014, over the course of QE1, QE2 and QE3, the Fed grew its balance sheet from US$800 billion to US$4.4 trillion. That added US$3.6 trillion of newly-printed money, which the Fed used to purchase long-term assets in an effort to suppress interest rates across the yield curve.

The plan was that lower long-term interest rates would force investors into riskier assets such as stocks and real estate. Former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke called this manipulation the portfolio channel effect.

These higher valuations for stocks and real estate would then create a wealth effect that would encourage more spending. The higher valuations would also provide collateral for more borrowing. This combination of more spending and lending was supposed to get the economy on a sustainable path of higher growth.



La Pocha Nostra Intensive Workshop in Byron Bay, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


1 5 October

Public Act Theatre 69 Jonson Street Byron Bay

More Info and Tickets

The Pocha workshop is internationally recognized as an amazing and rigorous artistic and anthropological experiment in which carefully selected artists from several countries and every imaginable artistic, ethnic, multi-cultural, and gender persuasion begin to negotiate common ground. Performance becomes the connective tissue and lingua franca for our temporary community of rebel artists.This year, members of La Pocha Nostra (Guillermo Gomez-Pea, Saula and Balitronica Gomez) with local producer Public Act Theatre will hold one of their legendary international performance workshops in Byron Bay, Australia. We consider our workshop intensives to be La Pochas most important pedagogical adventures of the year.

This workshop intensive will take place over 5 days at a private venue in the Byron Shire. With daily workshop sessions and exercises, we will explore radical spirituality and the creation of alternative communities through performance.

About the Pocha workshop:

The summer school involves 5-days immersed in performance art with a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. We will also place particular emphasis on the relationship between the human body and environment and have multiple sites to play with. This amazing cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-generational laboratory will host up to 24 participants.

As always, space will be limited and is expected to fill quickly. Responding to the economical challenges of our times, notifications of acceptance will be given within two weeks of having submitted your application, this will help you to plan in advance. La Pocha Nostra will help you with official letters if you need them. We encourage all interested applicants to submit your application as soon as possible. Application guidelines included below.

What will be taught?
The exciting 5-hour per-day workshop will offer two parallel processes: Participants are exposed to La Pocha Nostras most recent performance methodologies, an eclectic combination of exercises borrowed from multiple traditions including performance art, experimental theater and dance, the Suzuki method, performative rituals, performance games and live jam sessions. Parallel to this hands-on process, the group will analyze the creative process, the issues addressed by the work, its aesthetic currency, cultural impact and political pertinence.

Who should attend?
Performance artists, experimental actors, dancers, theorists, activists and students intere...


For graduates of Victoria Police Academy - powers of arrest and the definitive "finds committing" "IndyWatch Feed National"

(32 years after graduation, comparing battle scars - if you'll permit me the rare indulgence!) Her Majesty's Constables of Police in Victoria will recall the first week of training at Glen Waverley and the Friday morning exam on Powers of Arrest. Two words struck terror into us at exam time....


Therapoeia: the hive heart of online poetry "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Pound structured poetry into three forms in the 1930s (melapoeia, phanopoiea and logopoeia), its unlikely he could have anticipated the confessional, tag-and-shareable, anti-intellectual iteration of online poetry in the 21st century. #instapoetry, Pinterest poetry and Tumblr poetry, often created by the same individuals and shared across platforms, push a direct, targeted meaning which is arguably without poetic or intellectual interference.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD


Ronald Reagan just gets better and better with time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember the Ideas Boom? Chairman Mal was going to transform our economy with Innovation. Turnbull is such a bad choice to lead Australia. He's never known adversity and struggle. Now compare a real statesman talking about the world's largest economy and the freedoms that allowed its people to do so...


Mullumbimby student wins WA wearable art award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Oceannas winning costume Morphette. Photo supplied

A Mullumbimby student has won a national wearable art prize for her costume made entirely of plastic bags.

Since the age of 12, Shearwater Steiner School student Oceana Pearl has been making winning wearable art pieces for the schools annual WAVE event.

Now 17, Oceana is in her final year at Shearwater. With the encouragement of her teachers, she decided to enter the Western Australian wearable arts show in Mandurah.

Her wearable art work, Morphette, was chosen for the show and, over the weekend, was awarded first place in the under 18 youth section.

The winning piece was made from hundreds of plastic bags, which were sewn and sculpted into the piece.


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Fraudster tricking Ballina retail staff "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A trickster has been ripping off Ballina shops by bamboozling staff while they are giving him change.

Ballina police report the man uses the age-old technique of buying a very cheap item with a large note and asking for change.

In one instance, he tried to buy a bottle of water with a $100 note.

When the staff member gave the man the change, he then said that he could pay with change that he already had.

By confusing the staff member, asking for his original $100 back, then asking for change of a $50 note and apparently being on the phone, the man ended up leaving the location with $190 plus the original $100 note and the bottle of water.

The trick was replicated twice more over the weekend and all three cases are now being investigated.

These tricksters generally target junior staff and will try to rush and confuse them as much as possible, a police spokesperson said.

If you feel that someone is playing this trick on you, stop the transaction and get help from the store manager. You are not obliged to offer change, especially if you think someone is trying to defraud you.

Anyone who was a victim of this scam over the weekend is requested to contact Ballina Police.


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Those Defense Intelligence Reference Documents "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eric W Davis interview

In a Coast to Coast radio interview on 28 January 2018, between journalist George Knapp and Eric W Davis, Davis outlined his sub-contractor role within the Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS)  program for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP.) At the Institute for Advanced Studies, based in Austin, Texas, his job was to provide broad scientific advice, and recommendations. He did not get into any data analysis, video analysis or witness interviews.

He was tasked with looking into the future - around 2050 - to set up a series of expert studies - and produce a series of Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs.) To look at a variety of topics and get experts to write a DIRD on that subject. Authors were asked to imagine our earthly technology, extrapolate it to 2050 and compare what we might have by then against what we see of the phenomenon today. Davis stated that 38 such papers were produced, with two being classified.

Hal Puthoff interview

In another 28 January 2018 Coast to Coast interview by George Knapp, this time with Hal Puthoff, Puthoff stated that his role within the AATIP was mainly to look at the physics. He had had 38 papers written

Six DIRDs by Eric W Davis 

On the Earth Tech International Inc. website there is a list of six DIRDs prepared by Eric W Davis. These are:

1. Davis, E.W. (2010), "Laser Lightcraft Nanosatellites," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Defense Futures, DIA-08-1011-001, Technology Warning Division (DWO-4), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

2. Obousy, R.K. and Davis, E.W. (2010). "Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1004-001, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

3. Davis, E.W. (2010), "Concepts for Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1004-007, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning office, Directorate for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

4. Davis, E.W. (2010), "Antigravity for Aerospace Applications," Defense Intelligence Reference Document, Acquisition Threat Support, DIA-08-1003-018, Acquisition Support Division (DWO-3), Defense Warning Office...


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


Lennox fig may have Aboriginal cultural significance "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lennox Head fig tree protectors Sherrie Yeomans and Lois Cook. Photo supplied

Members of the Castle Drive Fig Protectors in Lennox Head are quietly celebrating a small win after Ballina Councils planned removal of the tree has been put on hold following a claim of Aboriginal cultural significance.

Group spokesperson Sherrie Yeomans told Echonetdaily that the fig was placed into a register of items of Aboriginal cultural significance, overseen by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), in 2012.

Ballina Council has paused its plans to remove the tree until the claims have been fully investigated.

Ms Yeomans said local Aboriginal woman Lois Cook has taken up the issue over the last week.

OEH confirmed no request had been made from council to cut down the fig nor permission given, Ms Yeomans said.

According to the legislation there is a $1 million fine if anyone attempts to cut down a tree on the register, she said.

Once we became aware of the situation we emailed all councillors with request to hold off the destruction.

We requested a response. So far only Keith Williams Jeff Johnson and Sharon Parry are the only councillors to have responded, she said.

Deputy mayor Keith Williams wrote back to the protesters on Sunday, saying, I can confirm that Council will not proceed with removal of the fig tree until the issues raised in your email are resolved with the Office of Environment and Heritage.

My best wishes to you and all the Castle Drive Fig Protectors. Thank you for standing up for our heritage, he wrote.

Council staff told ABC radio this morning a check of its Aboriginal Information System had turned up no data about the tree.

They need to look harder, Ms Yeomans told Echonetdaily.

Both Ballina Shire Council and OEH were contacted by Echonetdaily but were unable to respond by deadline.

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Understanding the impact of raising Clarrie Hall Dam "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mt Warning from Clarrie Hall Dam in the Tweed Valley.

Aquatic habitat in Doon Doon Creek and the Tweed River will be mapped over the next year by scientists from EcoLogical who are looking at how the raising of Clarrie Hall Dam may impact on fish and other aquatic species.

Scientists from EcoLogical will undertake the field research, both walking and in canoes, to map critical habitat features such as pools and riffles (rocky or shallow part with rough water) and determine the number of species within the impacted waterways and the population of each species.

The field work will be undertaken for several days every season over the next year, starting on Monday 18 June.

Property owners adjoining Doon Doon Creek and the Tweed River downstream of Clarrie Hall Dam are advised they may see a small team of scientists working on and at the waters edge. The scientists schedule is:

Monday 18 June walk Doon Doon Creek to the start of the Tweed River

Tuesday 19 June canoe from start of Tweed River to Lange Road bridge

Wednesday 20 June canoe from Lange Road Bridge to crossing (north of 886 Kyogle Road)

Thursday 21 June canoe from crossing to Bray Park Weir.

The field work will continue into the night, as the scientists identify and count frog species.

From the field data collected, EcoLogical will attempt to identify measures to mitigate any impact the dam has and, if raised, will have on the aquatic environment.  It is hoped measures to improve the present aquatic environment can be found and implemented.

The methodology to be used by t...


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Malaysia to reconsider TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed National"

June 12, 2018: Malaysias new Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir, last Friday made a brief but stunning statement in a media conference in Japan that he will review the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP-11.

Dr Mahathir said he believes weaker economies like Malaysia are at a disadvantage under the current terms, "It is important to take into consideration the level of development of a country."

He said Malaysia would have little to sell and much to buy in a purely free trade environment. "Small, weaker economies must be given a chance to protect their products," he said.

Dr Mahathirs remarks reflect strong community opposition to the TPP-11 in Malaysia.

The TPP-11 will take effect once ratified by at least six member countries, which requires passage of the implementing legislation by parliaments. So far, only Mexico has ratified the agreement.

In Australia, there are currently two parliamentary inquiries which will report before Parliament votes on the implementing legislation, a joint committee dominated by the government and a Senate inquiry achieved through community campaigning, on which the government does not have a majority. AFTINET is campaigning for the majority of ALP, Greens, Centre Alliance and others to block the implementing legislation.  See more information here.


Inhumane government and corruption are two sides of the same coin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Adam Carlton

Corruption among Australias top politicians is all the talk now.  The common wisdom is that corruption drives the wheels of the Australian political system.

When we hear about this problem in other countries, the retort is often that this just like in Australia.

Prominent human rights barrister and QC, Julian Burnside, says that Australias politicians are somewhat lacking in humanity and have no compunction over breaking the law to meet  ends.

I think its pretty clear that Australian prime ministers and immigration ministers are guilty of criminal offences against our own law, he says.

Burnside adds that the problem is that no one can bring a prosecution for those offences without the approval of the Attorney General. Take a lucky guess what the Attorney General

Out of his concern, Julian Burnside has been involved in a new documentary about the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.  It is called Border Politics.

Australia has been a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2002, and in the time since, has been guilty of a series of offences [in Australian law] that mirror the offences over which the ICC has jurisdiction.

The treatment of people who arrive in boats on Australian shores provides an insight, as to how far the political establishment has been prepared to go, to act unlawfully, when to do so is convenient. This is an attitude that easily transfers into cutting corners, when it comes to such things as acquiring funds for re-election and making deals for personal gain.

A long line of politicians have found themselves compelled to stand down in recent years, because they have been found with their hands in the till or pocketed some cash when they shouldnt have. The line is not getting any shorter.

There is something even more damning than the mountain of evidence of wrongdoing. There is so much of it, that a new story makes the headlines almost every day.What is worse, is that very few will ever end up before a court. If by any chance, they happen to be one of the very few charged and tried, they can be certain to let off with the proverbial slap on the wrist.

Virtual immunity from serious consequences is an incentive for wrongdoing.

Explaining away corruption as the doings of a few dishonest individuals, goes nowhere near coming to terms with the problem. Our top politicians exist in an environment of raw capitalism, where the handshake in a closed room is the normal way of doing business. Match this with a dependency on a well-oiled lobbyist industry, working for wealthy corporations and making a living out of setting up meetings with politicians, where promises are made and deals struck....


In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support "IndyWatch Feed National"

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012. Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks.


Time for a Royal Commission to examine the Developers' World "IndyWatch Feed National"

How dare the Urban Development Institute of Australia tell the State Government that it should set housing targets for each council to cope with Melbourne's rapid population growth and then if we don't meet the targets they set we will be victimised. [1] They even specifically mentioned Boroondara and Stonnington as not pulling their weight and referred to NIMBYs. As a resident of Boroondara I can assure the Development Institute that Boroondara is being flooded with buildings to such an extent that the whole neighbourhood character is being ruined, what on earth do they want. High rise on every suburban street?

The real problem is that Melbourne is getting too many people coming to the city. Even Planning Minister Wynne is quoted as saying that Melbourne has the highest growth rate of any city in the developed world. We have been saying this for years as we see it's livability being wrecked. People all across Melbourne are complaining as they see their areas being overcrowded and over developed. The Federal Government must reduce immigration - tell them we are full to bursting. Do they want to turn us into a dense third world city with polluted gridlocked streets?

Many of us are saying, having watched the Royal Commission into the Banking World, that it is time for a Royal Commission to examine the Developers World.


Below is the article that caused the suggestion that we need a Royal Commission into how development is conducted in this country.


"Develop or be punished," by John Masanauskas. (Herald Sun, 2 June 2018.

A DEVELOPER lobby has called for suburbs which dont pull their weight on housing supply to be punished with less investment in infrastructure.

Urban Development Institute of Australia state CEO Danni Addison said the state government should set housing targets for each council area to cope with Melbournes rapid population growth.

That new housing stock, if delivered, should be accompanied by infrastructure investment from government, she told a UDIA event yesterday.



Teven Tintenbar residents say No bloody way "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents in the usually peaceful Teven Valley are reeling from a proposal to build an asphalt plant in the midst of their rural properties.

The proposal, from multinational Fulton Hogan, is for a twenty-four hour a day seven day a week petrochemical plant. Fulton Hogan recently announced their intentions via a Community newsletter delivered to only six properties.

An asphalt plant is not an unknown said Josh Browne, Teven resident and President of the Teven Tintenbar Community Association. It is a highly toxic invasive activity which has garnered international agreement regarding its profound effects upon health.

Browne encourages everybody to do their own research and google the dangers of living near an asphalt plant. Cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems, skin irritation the list of documented impacts goes on and on he said. Add to this the unbearable smell, vastly increased truck movements on roads already struggling with dangerous trucks and general loss of amenity from a precious natural environment to a hazardous industrial zone.



Theres No Such Thing as an Irrational Market "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the mid-90s a man called Alan Greenspan was Chairman of the US Federal Reserve. Thats the central bank over there.

Under his watch, American stocks were bubbling along nicely.

In 1990, the NASDAQ was valued at just over 600 points. By 2000 it had rocketed to 5,000 points.

Thats a 733% rise.

But it didnt last.

The market popped spectacularly at the summit. And over the next three years, the NASDAQ would plunge to 1,000 points.

Unlike most, Greenspan had seen it coming. And he actually tried to warn everyone.

He delivered his now infamous Challenge of Central Banking in a Democratic Society speech in December 1996. It was during this talk that he coined the term irrational exuberance.

Greenspan explains:

But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over the past decade?

To answer his question, most people didnt know. They were too high on irrational exuberance to see it.

Of course, hindsight reveals that the stock market went completely overboard on the upside, before contracting.

The age of irrational exuberance, as Greenspan termed it, had set in.

But what was it exactly?

Rational irrationalism

Theres no easy way to describe irrational exuberance.

Partly, thats because its self-explanatory. It describes a baseless giddiness about a rising market. One that acts like a vacuum, sucking investors into its vortex.

But it doesnt tell you everything about whats really happening.

When dealing with psychology, many people view human behaviour as unpredictable.

Yet while people are indeed irrational, theyre often rationally irrational.

We all operate through identifiable patterns of behaviour. You can just about guess what someone will do in any given situation knowing very little about them.

In the case of the dotcom mania, investors were at first overjoyed as stock prices boomed to high heaven. Predictably, more capital piled into the market on the back of this.

They then became dismayed as they watched their wealth go up in smoke.

We saw this play out again in the crypto market late last year.

It shouldnt have been a surprise. This is what people do. They get swept up in the moment. And allow emotions to take over.

Greenspan wasnt wro...


Melbourne market terror plot exposed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Terror target: Melbournes Queen Victoria Market. Photo

MELBOURNE, AAP A terrorist plot to blow up Melbournes Queen Victoria Market was foiled by members of a British family who pretended to be a willing recruit.

A man, who claimed to be part of an overseas terrorist network, sent encrypted texts and voice files with instructions on how to set off a bomb at the market to the recruit over five months.

But the recruit was actually a British-based family of amateur jihadi hunters and the correspondence was forwarded to the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police, The Herald-Sun reported on Tuesday.

A Victoria Police spokesman said the matter was assessed and it was determined they posed no threat.

Our teams regularly receive information from various sources and carefully assess that information based on validity and risk, the spokesman said.

These matters were assessed earlier this year in accordance with that process and it was determined that they pose no threat in Australia.

The plot apparently involved making a car bomb and driving it at a crowded corner of the market.

Queen Victoria Market chairman Paul Guerra said the plot came to its attention on Monday.

Were in very close contact with Victoria Police, he told Melbourne radio 3AW.

They alluded to this yesterday but there is no credible threat, theres certainly no immediate threat.

Mr Guerra said the market had its own security team but also worked closely with police.

Its a number one international tourist destination for the whole of Melbourne therefore we have a close working relationship with Victoria Police, he said

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Join the conversation about mens health in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Whether its with other men, women or their GP, men are often reluctant to talk about their concerns.

Many men experience problems with their reproductive health, and these can be linked to other problems such as heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and depression.

But having knowledge about potential problems is a good way to help avoid them.

As part of Mens Health Week, the group Andrology Australia has planned a range of events in Lismore that they hope will get men talking.

It all begins today (Tuesday, June 12) with a morning tea launch, titled Its Healthy to Talk in Lismore with Mayor Isaac Smith, Simon von Saldern, CEO of Andrology Australia and local health district staff at Lismore Square from 11am.

Its Healthy To Talk In Lismore aims to break stereotypes surrounding mens health and encourage open conversation by showing the rest of the country that its healthy and necessary to talk about your issues, problems and health concerns.

Throughout the week the men of Lismore will be given the opportunity to talk about their health and wellbeing, and to educate themselves on what to look out for and when to take action.

Other events during the week will include:

Wednesday 13: Hurford Hardwoods and Norco down tools for smoko because Its Healthy To Talk.

Thursday 14:  Barbecue Lunch and open discussion at the Mens Shed

Friday 15: Crossfit Lismore Its Healthy To Talk Challenge plus Q&A at Lismore Square with Simon.

Saturday 16: Charity Rugby Match between Lismore City and SCU, complete with Andrology Australia VIP area to celebrate lots of talking and the end of Mens Health Week.

The events are open to all men regardless of age so dont hesitate, head on down.

For more information and to order free resources visit:


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June 12 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1789 The Hawkesbury River discovered Governor Arthur Phillip.

1822 -  Colebee from Richmond married Kitty, aged 13, from the Warmuli (Prospect Clan), a student at the Native Institution.

1826 -In the first recorded use of gas lighting in Oz, Pitt St, Sydney shopkeeper J.T Wilson blinded his rivals, and the general public, when he installed it in his shop.

1871 - NSW Government tossed a measly  30,000 for the fortification of Sydney Harbour.

1872 - The Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint began spitting out the coins and folding stuff.

1883 The first Australasian headquarters of the Salvation Army opened in Melbourne.

1886 - The Shearer's Union was formed during a meeting that was a tad more than tea and scones at Fern's Hotel in Ballarat.

1889 - The Australian Labour Federation was formed in Brisbane.

1902  - They knew when they were beaten, those men, so the Commonwealth Franchise Act came into force, which gave all the females of the species the right to vote in federal elections.
Except those gals who were aboriginal....or from any of the Pacific Islands....or Asia...or Africa...

1903 - A knees-up was held by a group of barristers in the chambers of the then Queensland Attorney-General, Sir Arthur Rutledge KC, where they resolved to form a Bar Association.
Not the liquid refreshment sort of bar.

1911 - Those delectable steam tram thingies began tootling along the Sutherland to Cronulla Tramway Line (NSW).

1912 - The Port Douglas and Mossman Record announced that Dick and Ernest C. Hannaford, who had a photographers studio further up Mill Street, were arranging for picture shows with their own apparatus in the hall, with occasional visits to Port Douglas.
Should we wonder at the 'apparatus'.....perhaps not.

1914 - The Illawarra Coke Company opened a set of sidings to serve their coke ovens on the other side of the main line, coal being supplied from the Coal Cliff mine by an overhead conveyor.
We won't comment on mainlining the coke....

1915 - Aspirin was first made in Australia by 31-year old Melbourne Pharmacist George Richard Rich Nicholas under the name Aspro.

1931 - Some silly bugger thought that the Northern Territory was too large to be governed. So in 1927 the Northern Territory was split into two territories, North Australia and Central Australia. However, on this day the two were reunited in Holy Matrimony as the Northern Territory.

1933 -  Twelve Police Cadets, the sons of serving Policemen, were appointed to the NSW Police Force and attached to various sections and metropolitan city stations.

1954 - The first engine of the Central Australia Railway...


Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is hiring! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is looking to employ a Senior Project Officer to be based in Bourke. Closing date for applications is 22 June 2018.

Become part of the community-led, justice reinvestment initiative in Bourke. The Project uses a collective impact framework that brings together a diverse range of organisations and services to work on a common agenda: to reduce youth offending and incarceration, build alternative pathways for young people, and increase community safety.

Maranguka and the Justice Reinvestment Project are amongst the most innovative, Aboriginal-led social change programs in Australia.

The Senior Project Officer (Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project) is responsible for facilitating and supporting the cross-sector collaboration needed to achieve the Projects goals relating to young people and their families, including:

  • Participating in the cross sector working group and working to embed the strategies to support young people and their families into all parts of the Bourke community;
  • Working in a small multi-disciplinary team whose role is to enable a whole-of-community collaborative response to achieve better outcomes for young people and their families with a particular focus on issues relating to the criminal justice system;
  • Ensuring that young people in Bourke participate in decision-making and evaluation;
  • Helping to build the communication strategy and processes to ensure the collaborators, partners and stakeholders are connected to and engaged with the Project.

This is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified position which is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorized under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

Salary Range: $72,000 $78,000 (dependent on experience, skills, qualifications as demonstrated in your application and interview)

For the position description see: Maranguka Senior Project Officer June 2018.

Please provide a brief cover letter addressing the essential criteria and your resume to

For any questions please contact Nicole Mekler, Coordinator, Just Reinvest NSW, 0412 483 170,

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Love after Love "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Love after Love

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the others welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give win. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

by Derek Walcott


Trump scuttles G7 agreement on global warming and trade "IndyWatch Feed National"


Contributed by Jim Hayes

In Australia, the final communique from the G7 meeting in Canada went almost unnoticed. The reason is that the Turnbull government decided to ignore it, because it is thoroughly secured to the coattails of the United States, which did not support the agreement.

Australia comes out, yet again, looking like the faithful puppy at its masters feet.

The G7, which in addition to the United States includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Japan,  agreed on the contents of the communique, which includes a reaffirmation of an intention to  implement  the Paris Agreement, and set a table for upcoming negotiations at the United Nations in Poland.

This will follow an environment ministers meeting in September, which will consider the progress that has been made by the G7 countries, on their commitments to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

The communique contains other issues besides the global warming threat. The other critical one is global trade.

This has led to a war of words between the United States and the other countries, with Donald Trump launching a tirade against his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau. Although he had first signed the document, despite his declared oppositon to the prat relating to global warming, he subsequently withdrew his support, over what he claimed are comments made by Trudeau in a media interview.

The words at issue are Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around. He was referring not to the agreement on climate change, but the other major issue in the communique, global trade.  Trudeau was responding to the threat of a United states imposed 25 percent tariff on steel from the start of July.

German leader Angela Merkel called Trumps action of the communique sobering and depressing. French President Emmanuel Macron said international co-operation could not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks.

Back in Australia, Malcolm Turnbull said nothing about Donald Trumps machinations.

Globall trade is important. Even more so than usual, in circumstances where global tensions threaten a drift towards trade war. International trade should be carried out through equal and peaceful relationships between countries and should not be regarded as a means to gain advantage over another and carve out spheres of influence. But this is the road the United States has embarked on more than anyone else.

Global trade should also provide a means to foster new sustainable national and global economies. At present, we are a long way from achieving this. Although climate warming and trade were the joint highlights in the communique, there has been no move to bring the t...


David Attenborough and wildlife of Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

David Attenboroughs Tasmania

Attenborough narrates the story of a vast island wilderness ancient forests, pristine rivers & spectacular coastline. Seasons vary from dry heat, strong winds & cold bringing wombats, wallabies & platypus out in daylight. Broadcast on Australian Broadcasting Corporation 7:45pm Sun 3 Jun 2018.


Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production shocks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Michelle Tigchelaar is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, currently investigating the impacts of climate change on global food security.

The 1972-74 food price crisis is the stuff of policy legend. At a time when grain prices had been declining for decades, the global price of wheat tripled in the space of just three years.

The trigger was a poor wheat harvest throughout the major breadbaskets of southeast Ukraine and southwest Russia, ravaged by an extremely hot summer with average temperatures 2-4C warmer than usual.

The effects of the resulting Russian Wheat Deal in which the USSR purchased 10m tonnes of US wheat rippled across the global food market and global grain prices soared.

Since the early 1970s, global food markets have only become more integrated. Just three staple crops corn, wheat and rice account for more than half of global calorie intake. For each of these crops, just three countries produce at least 40% of global production.

With growing demands for food, animal feed and biofuels, this leaves the global food market exposed to further price shocks. In 2007-08, for example, the overstretched grain market needed only relatively small crop losses in Australia (caused by heatwaves), record-high oil prices and poor policy choices to cause the world food crisis of 2007-08. The result was a doubling of cereal prices and...


Australia's emissions reduction target 'unambitious, irresponsible' "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Australia Institute paper finds neither Coalition nor Labor's pollution reduction targets would see us doing our fair sharePollution reduction targets for 2030 proposed by the Coalition and Labor will not see Australia contributing its fair share to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement, according to new research.A paper from the progressive thinktank the Australia Institute finds the Turnbull government's target of a 26-28% reduction on 2005 levels is [...]


In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media. In its place, there is a propaganda ministry for the ruling elite.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statute. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

It is strictly impossible for a non-citizen to be guilty of treason. It is strictly impossible under the US Constitution for the reporting of facts to be spying. The function of the media is to expose and to hold accountable the government. This function is no longer performed by the Western print and TV media.

Washington wants revenge and is determined to get it. If Assange were as corrupt at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, etc., he would have reported the leaker to Washington, not published the information, and retired as a multi-millionaire with Washingtons thanks. However, unfortunately for Assange, he had integrity.

Integrity today in the Western world has no value. You cannot find integrity in the government, in the global corporations, in the universities and schools, and most certainly not in the media.

After leaving Assange, an Australian citizen, to Washingtons mercy since 2012, belated pro-Assange protests in Australia forced the US vassal state to come to Assanges aid before the new corrupt president of Ecuador sells him to Washington for multi-millions of dollars by revoking his asylum.

When the story was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incompetent or brainwashed, or bought-and-paid-for journalist, Nick Miller, wrote:

Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012, after he had exhausted his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations.

Swedish authorities have since closed their investigation, saying it couldnt continue without Assanges presence in their country.



How the West deliberately continues to fatally misunderstand Russia & Putin "IndyWatch Feed National"

From a talk given to Australian National University (ANU) Business Students, 7 June Two and a half years ago, in Jan-Feb 2016, I visited Russia for a month. The result was this published book, a literary travel memoir, Return to Moscow. I returned in January-February this year, 2018. I gave a public lecture in the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Russian History. In the two years since I wrote my book, relations between Russia and the West have become worse. On the other hand, Russian relations with China, and with the whole vast Eurasian region bounded by China, Korea, Japan, the ASEAN countries, India and Pakistan, and westwards through Central Asia as far as Iran, Syria and Turkey, even with Israel, have correspondingly warmed and deepened.


12 June,1996 - SASR, 5AR. Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 12 June 1996 the Australian Army suffered shocking losses. Fifteen soldiers from the Special Air Service Regiment were killed. Three soldiers from the Army's 5th Aviation Regiment were killed. On the evening of 12 June 1996 two S-70-A9 Blackhawk helicopters from the 5th Aviation Regiment carrying SASR troopers collided...


How traffic signals favour cars and discourage walking "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We need more walkable cities and fewer cars! If aliens came to our planet they would conclude that cars are the dominant species!

Traffic signals give priority to motor vehicles over pedestrians. This inequality undermines many of the stated goals of transport, health and environment policy.

State and city governments say they want to encourage walking and biking for many reasons:


Ex-Muslim: Although I live in a western country, I have endured so much abuse and threats from the Muslim community where I live "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is highly unusual: an establishment media outlet noting (and at great length, too) the plight of people who leave Islam. Watch for ABC Australia to be inundated with charges of Islamophobia. The death penalty for those who leave Islam is based upon the Quran: They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you []


Royal Commission into banking and The Statute of the Jewry "IndyWatch Feed National"

People employed in businesses called banks have been committing criminal activity against the 'good' general population for quite some time, where only now a royal commission is being setup to investigate (and incarcerate?) those people committing criminal activity.

People should also note that this 'criminal' activity has deep seeded roots.

When a peasant commits a (criminal) driving offence, one's entire history is (unlawfully) put forward before the court since the person was legally in charge of a motor vehicle.

The people in charge of the banks, were oppressing the good people of England, to such an extent that to end this oppression the first Edward issued a law called The Statute of the Jewry in 1275.

When the Normans ceased to be strictly 'Normans' and became English in settlement as well as in domicile, the Jews were kicked out in 1290 AD.

So, can anyone point to this history being mentioned in today's royal commission?


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull supports an attempt by former prime ministers Howard and Abbott to impose an elitist world view "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Here is public comment on and by the main characters in what looks remarkably like an ill-considered and rather crude attempt at a beer hall putsch against academic freedom.

With one of the eight Ramsey Centre directors, Tony Abbott, giving the game away when he revealed that half of the proposed four-person Partnership Management Committee had an expectation that this committee would directly set the Bachelor of Western Civilsation curriculum and hire academic staff.

An expectation which appears confirmed by a statemet attributed to the Ramsey Centre CEO that; If we feel like its not going to go to appreciation of Western Civilization, then we can withdraw the funding.  

Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation vision statement:

Paul Ramsay was a leading Australian businessman who was passionate about education and wished to educate future generations in the traditions and practices of western civilisation: its history, philosophy, literature, science, theology, music, art and architecture.

He also wanted to create over time a cadre of leaders Australians whose awareness and appreciation of their countrys Western heritage and values, of the challenges that have confronte...

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MACKAY Drug Enforcement Collinsville and Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 11, 2018 at 04:11PM ,

Drug Enforcement Collinsville and Mackay

June 11, 2018 at 04:11PM ,

He was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. An 18-year-old woman was also arrested and charged with possession of dangerous drugs

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MACKAY Child-grooming case one of the worst police has seen "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 11, 2018 at 03:48PM ,

Child-grooming case one of the worst police has seen

June 11, 2018 at 03:48PM ,

A MAN facing 46 child exploitation charges will be extradited from Sydney to Mackay today to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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MACKAY Man arrested over Mackay car theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 11, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Man arrested over Mackay car theft

June 11, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

MACKAY police have served a 21-year-old man, giving a notice for him to appear in court due to ties with car theft. After investigating the theft of a

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MACKAY New South Wales man charged with grooming 13-year-old Queensland girl "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 11, 2018 at 10:45AM ,

New South Wales man charged with grooming 13-year-old Queensland girl

June 11, 2018 at 10:45AM ,

He would appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with 46 offences including 28 counts of using a carriage service to cause child

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MACKAY Child exploitation charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 11, 2018 at 09:40AM ,

Child exploitation charges, Mackay

June 11, 2018 at 09:40AM ,

A 23-year-old New South Wales man will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with 46 offences including 28 counts of use carriage

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MACKAY Man extradited from NSW for allegedly grooming 13yo Mackay girl he met on gaming app "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 11, 2018 at 04:30PM ,

Man extradited from NSW for allegedly grooming 13yo Mackay girl he met on gaming app

June 11, 2018 at 04:30PM ,

A New South Wales man facing 46 child exploitation charges has been extradited to Queensland, accused of grooming a 13-year-old girl he allegedly

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MACKAY An alleged paedophile persuaded a 13-year-old girl to send him dozens of child porn pictures of "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 11, 2018 at 11:30AM ,

An alleged paedophile persuaded a 13-year-old girl to send him dozens of child porn pictures of

June 11, 2018 at 11:30AM ,

He will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court tomorrow. Police are encouraging parents to be vigilant and have a conversation with their children

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Australia: University student newspaper celebrates jihad mass murderer, refuses to apologize "IndyWatch Feed National"

Honi Soit is the weekly student newspaper of the University of Sydney, Australia. Published since 1929 by the Students Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Sydney and distributed around campus free for all students to read. In a media release published today, AUJS claimed the Queer Honi cover, which includes a graphic of a []


Ducking Hell: The Shocking Video Revealing How We Farm Ducks In Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shocking footage of duck farming in Australia has emerged showing day-old ducklings being dropped into an industrial shredder, adult ducks being kicked and thrown around a barn by workers, and ducks which should have been stunned before slaughter hanging by their feet on a conveyor belt while they bleed to death after having their throats slit.

The footage, depicted at the bottom of this story, was secretly filmed across three farm sites two in Victoria and one in NSW earlier this year. It was provided anonymously to Animal Liberation NSW and captures the entire farming process, from birth to death. Laws in NSW (and to a lesser extent Victoria) prohibit filming and distributing images of animal cruelty captured inside farms. The footage was provided to Animal Liberation NSW anonymously, but the provenance of the locations has been confirmed.

Adult ducks can be seen stumbling around barns crowded with thousands of other birds, many of them too weak to hold their own body weight after having lived a life never exposed to water. Some have deformed beaks, wings and feet, and some have gone blind or lost eyes. There is barely any natural light in the barns featured in the video.

Ducks on a NSW farm, with limited access to light, and no access to open water.

Animal rights activists say that the sheds are not cleaned for the entire 7-week cycle, making disease and fatalities common, and causing burns on the ducks feet. In one scene, the floor of one of the barns is virtually alive with maggots and insects, with corpses of ducklings and adult ducks filmed throughout the facilities.

Once their seven week growth cycle inside a crowded, dry barn is complete, the ducks are thrown into large crates and shipped by truck for slaughter.

The footage shows what happens at the slaughter house ducks are thrown around by their necks and then hung upside down by their feet onto an automated shackle line. Their heads are dragged through electrified water, which is supposed to stun them before their throats are slit. However, numerous ducks can be seen flailing wildly, upside down, while the conveyor belt continues. Theyre not stunned, but slowly bleeding to death.



Australia: Anti-Adani Protesters Target Construction Firm Wagners Over $30 Million Contract "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Ben Smee / The Guardian

Anti-Adani activists say they have launched an escalating disruption campaign against Queensland construction company Wagners, which is being targeted over a $30m contract to build an airstrip for the Carmichael coalmine.

Members of the group Galilee Blockade entered a Wagners industrial site at Pinkenba near the Port of Brisbane on Sunday afternoon, dressed as superheroes, as a precursor to further protests.

The company, which listed on the stock exchange in December, has previously said it would not be intimidated by activists if targeted for its role in the Adani Carmichael mine. Galilee Blockade has previously targeted contractors working with Adani on the project, and claims success for the decision by Downer EDI last year to back out of a $2.6bn construction deal.


Over 150 issues of VFSRS/VUFORS periodicals now digitally available "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Archives for the Unexplained

Last August I announced, that following work by Sweden's Archives for the Unexplained (AFU) ; UK researcher Isaac Koi; myself; Keith Roberts of Tasmania, and Bill Chalker of New South Wales, that a digital archive of Tasmanian UFO Investigation Centre (TUFOIC) Newsletters, and periodicals of the UFO Investigation Centre (UFOIC) had been created and was available for access.

Victorian UFO periodicals

Today, I am pleased to advise that following work by the AFU; Isaac Koi; myself, and a former official of the Victorian UFO Research Society (VUFORS), many digital copies of periodicals of VUFORS are now available for access.

VUFORS started life, as the Australian Flying Saucer Research Society (Victorian Branch) on 17 February 1957. Later that year it was renamed the Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society (VFSRS.) In 1968 VFSRS became the Victorian UFO Research Society.

The group published a number of periodicals, specifically the Australian Flying Saucer Review (AFSR) (joint editions with the UFO Investigation Centre (UFOIC) of News South Wales, and then separately as  AFSR (Victorian edition). In 1972 when high costs forced the closure of the AFSR, it produced issues of the Australian UFO Bulletin.

Thanks to the work of those cited above, the digital collection now contains all of the Victorian produced issues of the AFSR and most of the Australian UFO Bulletins (1968 - 2007.)

How to access issues

To access an issue of the VFSRS/VUFORS periodicals, simply click here, or paste the link below into a web browser, which will take you to the collection. If you click on any issue and open it up, then click on the ... symbol, you will then be able to download that issue. If you are unable to download for any reason then email me at and I will WeTransfer you that issue(s).



AUDIO: Academic Propaganda Protecting US Financial Imperialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias Renegade Economists radio show interviews US economist Michael Hudson (June 7, 2018). Prof Michael Hudson joins to review his critique of US financial imperialism in light of recent events. From the World Bank, IMF through to deep state strategy, Hudson is the best in the business at tying the economic pressures in our lives to the geo-political forces at work.


Air Force using live ammo in training runs this week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An F-18 Super Hornet, similar to the ones that will buzz the north coast this week. (file pic)

Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft are conducting operational training at Evans Head Air Weapons Range up until June 19.

Number 1 Squadron aircrew are conducting air to ground gunnery strafing and dry application bombing throughout the week. The morning waves will be practice strafe runs and the afternoon waves will be live between 1:00-4:00pm.

Aircrew will also conduct low-level flying during each mission within the range airspace as usual.

Additionally, RAAF Base Williamtown F/A-18A/B Hornets are scheduled to conduct test and evaluation activities involving air to ground gunnery on the 14-15 June, plus either 18 or 19 June.

For safety reasons, the Southern DPA (overwater) will be closed from 10:00am-5:00pm during these times.

Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Michael Kitcher, said local residents are advised operations on the range can change due to weather or other operational considerations so people are advised to heed the closure of the range overwater areas from 10:00am-5:00pm.

Air Force appreciates the ongoing input and long standing support the local community provides in terms of our operations, Air Commodore Kitcher said.

Local residents are advised access to the range (land areas) remains restricted regardless of any activities being conducted. This is due to the historical use of range and the possibility of unexploded ordnance remaining at the site, he said.

Defence personnel display Red Flags whenever live firing activities are conducted and carry out patrols to ensure people dont stray into the area, Air Commodore Kitcher said.


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Dangerous Leon King still on the loose "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Missing man Leon Edward King, whom police describe as dangerous, may still be on the run in the Northern Rivers. Photo NSW Police

Police say dangerous Leon King, who theyve been searching for over the last week on the North Coast, continues to evade them and they are re-appealing for public assistance to help locate him.

He is wanted over an alleged domestic violence incident.

Police issued a similar a public appeal for a 23-year-old woman police who held concerns for  and who it was believed may have been kidnapped by Mr King last week.

She was subsequently located on Tuesday (June 5).

But Mr King himself has not been seen since he was last spotted on Tuesday May 8 in South Lismore.

He is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Island appearance, about 190cm tall, of a large build with black hair, a black beard and moustache.

Police have information he may still be in the Northern Rivers region.

Officers are urging anyone that sights Leon King not to approach him, but to instead contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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


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Labor's Luke Foley would scrap the Queen's birthday & replace it with more aborigine stuff "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Luke, we don't have enough "welcome to country", sorry day, reconciliation week, aboriginal art and sundry other celebrations of aboriginal culture already? Aren't Labor people happy unless they're buggering something up?


Elite Atrocities: Australias Special Forces in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going up the Congo.

Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 9, 2018

They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors.  Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place for those abiding by armchair rules. Whether it was the Soviet army engaged in strafing operations indifferent to combatant and civilian, or those subsequent intruders of the Global War on Terror the forces of the US-led International Security Assistance Force and associated allies the complement of atrocities was only set to grow.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has had an eye on Afghanistan for some time for that very reason. In 2016, she claimed in a report that, Members of US armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014.

The Central Intelligence Agency was not to be left out sulking on the side, with Bensouda suggesting that 27 detainees in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Lithuania had been subjected to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity and/or rape between December 2002 and March 2008. A true smorgasbord of violence.

In November 2017, Bensouda concluded, after a seemingly interminable preliminary process, that all legal criteria required under the Rome statute [of the ICC] to commence an investigation have been met.  The investigation specifically into the conduct of forces in Afghanistan, she suggested, would cover the alleged perpetration of crimes against humanity including murder, targeting humanitarian workers, and summary executions.

Afghanistan has again become the site of interest for the maligned side of human nature, this time from the Australian angle.  The weekend began with Canberra in a tizz over allegations that Australias special forces have committed war crimes since commencing operations in 2001.

On Friday, Fairfax Media revealed certain contents of a report written by Defence Department consultant D...


Coming soon - another new type of Identified Flying Object "IndyWatch Feed National"

Airbus, a European aeronautical group, will soon be flying unmanned, Zephyr, high altitude pseudo satellites (HAPS) over Northern Australia. They will be based at Wyndham Airport, in northern Western Australia.

Each Zephyr aircraft weighs under 75 kilograms, and operates by charging its solar powered batteries during the day, which enables it to operate 24 hours a day.


It is projected to fly at 65,000 feet, with a flight duration measured in weeks.

It has been designed for a multitude of roles, including precision farming guidance; internet coverage in isolated localities, and military surveillance.

The anticipated date of deployment of the first operational aircraft is given as mid -2018, i.e. about now.

Yet another IFO to watch out for.


Shortest bible sentence "Jesus wept". Tony Awards speech "F**k Trump". "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Tony Award, formally the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are named after Antoinette "Tony" Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing. The Tony Awards are considered the highest U.S. theatre honor, the New York theatre industry's equivalent to...


Lone Goat Gallery Presents Jeremy Hawkes Carapace "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

1. The hard upper shell of a tortoise, crustacean, or arachnid.
1.1 Something regarded as a protective or defensive covering.

Oxford English Dictionary 2018

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Opening 6 8 Friday 15 June

Jeremy Hawkes is a Northern Rivers based artist with over 25 years experience exhibiting in Australia & internationally, and is a founding member of the artist-run group Epicormia Collective. This is his first exhibition with Lone Goat Gallery, and his first solo exhibition in over a decade.

Carapace is an exhibition of both recent works and a re-imagining of a number of pieces to reflect his current practice and ideas. As an artist who identifies as living with disability, Jeremy uses a variety of media including works on paper, paint, sculpture and digital media to explore identity, the body as a system of architecture in relation to technology and pathology.


Using a number of motifs with subjective meaning, the works in Carapace describe a period of increased involvement with pathologies. How does the self-respond to being identified as different, both physically and neurologically?

How does this inform a sense of self-identity and ways of examining the world? Whilst the Carapace is a protective and shielding measure, it is also a growth and an expansion of knowledge, a contingency and an evolution.



FixedIt: Who was charged with murder? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC reported that a 32-year-old man from Woodridge, south of Brisbane, was arrested on Monday morning and charged with murder of a five month old baby boy. No further details are available yet but The ABC chose to report this arrest under a headline that didnt even mention the man charged with the murder.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

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...


Top Cop in possession of illegal firearms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let's see Victoria Police sweep this one under the carpet and hide the name of the criminal.

Do 'community standards' dictated that charges not be laid ?

Will he even face court, like the peasants do for the same offence?

See article from 8 Jun 2018 by 3aw of the headline:

Exclusive: IBAC raid uncovers illegal firearms at high-ranking cops home


Neil Mitchell believes a high-ranking police officer has been suspended for allegedly possessing illegal firearms.

Sources told 3AW Mornings the superintendents house was raided, and that a pistol and rifle were found.

I am told neither was registered, Neil Mitchell said. And Im told the superintendent does not have a gun licence.

3AW Mornings believes the raid was organised by the states anti-corruption body, IBAC, regarding an unrelated matter.
If the allegations are proven, it does not tarnish the whole force. But, at a time police command are chasing illegal firearms down every second borrow, it would be immensely embarrassing.
Victoria Police are not having a good run at the moment.
-Neil Mitchell
Victoria Police later confirmed a superintendent from a corporate support area has been suspended with pay in relation to allegations of firearm and weapons offences on 5 June 2018.


Old & Gold glitters once more "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some much anticipated sunny weather and a little finger picking from the Sidewalk Stompers helped get crowds in the mood for Saturdays annual Old & Gold festival at Brunswick Heads.

With up to 100 garage sales and four halls full of stalls, there was treasure to be found for everyone (depending on your definition, of course).

Local charity groups made some much needed cash, with Rotary...

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Former Byron GM receives Queens Birthday honour "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger is a recipient of the Public Service Medal. Photo supplied

Former Byron Shire Council General manager Ken Gainger has today been honoured for his contribution to local government with a Public Service Medal.

While his time at the council was not all plain sailing, Mr Gainger was credited with ensuring the council passed the state governments fit for the future test, thus avoiding the looming prospect of amalgamation.

He also set in train a strategy for long-overdue asset renewal that has recently seen an increase in rates and the controversial introduction of paid parking in Byron Bay.

Before working at Byron, Mr Gainger was GM of Lismore and Marrickville councils.

Wyrallah woman Lucy Kinsley was also a Public Service Medal recipient, which she was awarded for services to libraries in the region.

Also honoured in our region were Southern Cross University Professor Anne Graham, Byron-based world renowned musician Brian Cadd, Marist schools Regional Director Ross Tarlinton from East Ballina, and Goonellabah residents Allan Thomas and Barry Oaten.

It is more than a decade since singer-songwriter Brian Cadd was inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Australian Recording Industry Hall of Fame.

Hes been awarded an AM for significant service to the music industry as a singer, songwriter, performer, mentor and producer, and to professional associations

Prof Graham, who was awarded for services to higher education, especially in the area of childhood studies said she was deeply honoured and humbled to receive the AO title.

She added the award was also an acknowledgement of all who work to raise the status, participation and protection of children and young people in society, while recognising Southern Cross University as a trailblazer in the childrens rights space.

This is an award that is about we rather than me in that it also recognises all those who have worked alongside me over many years and those who work in the community tirelessly supporting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people using the research we have produced, Prof Graham said.

Mr Tarlinton, a former commissioner of the NSW Education Commission and current member of the School Education Committee for School...


Downer and Gillard - proof that birds of a Clinton Foundation Feather still flock together on the taxpayer ticket "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alexander Downer slipped a lazy $25M of our money to the Clinton Foundation. Gillard bought her Global Partnership for Education job via Hillary Clinton and the Foundation too - with our money of course. Isn't it lovely to see the two Friends of Bill and Hillary Chairing and Congratulating on...


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Adani opponents target airport construction company "IndyWatch Feed National"


Contributed by Ben Wilson

Its on again. After a fairly quiet few months, opponents of Adani are creatively building their campaign against a company, involved in building an airfield associated with the  Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

The company site at Pinkenba near the Port of Brisbane, was targeted by Galilee Blockade on Sunday afternoon, as part of an escalating campaign against the companys $30 million contract.

Originally a private Toowoomba based company,  Wagners was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in December. This usually happens when there is a plan for major expansion and the injection of substantial new investor funds. Waqners has the ambition of becoming much more extensively involved in international business and t is highly likely that involvement with Adani is seen as an important gateway to do this.

It is no surprise, that the company has vowed that it would not be intimidated by activists. All the bravado in the world cannot hide the reality that Adani and Carmichael are unpopular with the Australian public, and that this is a risky venture to become involved in.

A campaign by activists is going to hurt, ass other major businesses associated with Adani have found.  A list of them have discovered the wisdom of pulling out. For instance, Downer EDI, pulled out...


102,846 Australians killed in war to protect our way of life. YOU only have to watch this video. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is one more thing. After you've watched the video, please pass it on to a few friends and talk to them about it. Australia's not as badly affected as Europe - yet - but if Turnbull or Shorten get more time at the helm, God help us.


Richard Bourke In Brisbane: A Rare Australian Advocate Fighting The Death Penalty "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian lawyer working against the death penalty in the United States will be back in Australia next month to speak. Stephen Keim SC and Madeleine Murphy are hoping people wont miss the chance to hear what he has to say.

We are all going to die, and we have no choice about that, but we do choose whether to kill or not, concluded Australian-born capital defence lawyer, Richard Bourke, during a moving speech he delivered at a TedxSydney event in early 2015.

Since then, the effectiveness and availability of various drugs employed in the lethal injection protocols of various US states has again brought the debate about the death penalty to the fore.

In its June 2015 ruling (Glossip v Gross), a five Justice majority of the United States Supreme Court ruled that use by the State of Oklahoma of the sedative midazolam in the lethal injection protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. The finding was contrary to contentions by the Applicants that midazolam failed to render the person insensate (unconscious and without sensation).

In a dissenting opinion in which Justice Ginsberg joined, Justice Breyer wrote, Rather than try to patch up the death penaltys legal wounds, one at a time, I would ask for a full briefing on a more basic question: whether the death penalty violates the Constitution.

Recently, the United States Supreme Court has accepted for review, a challenge by a Missouri man to his death sentence on the basis that the combined effect of his particular medical condition and the drugs used in the lethal injection cocktail would result in a death which violates the same Eighth Amendment protections. That matter (Bucklew v Precythe) is due to be heard in the next sitting Term of the Court.

Richard Bourke is returning to Australia in July to speak at the Banco Court of the QEII Courts building in Brisbane in a joint initiative of Australians Against Capital Punishment, the Julian Wagner Memorial Fund; the UQ Law Alumni Association and the TC Beirne School of Law. Bourkes talk will be recorded for broadcast on the ABCs Big Ideas program.

Bourke often speaks of the dignity and humanity involved in the work of defending capital cases and it is certainly these words which come to mind when hearing his own story.



Toffs Clinic: A Place Where Dunblane Child-Killers Can Go for Treatment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Toffs Clinic

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

This article proposes that toff child-killers get sectioned to a special clinic, Toffs Clinic.

Toff is a British slang word for the upper class.  The etymology has something to do with eating toffee that sticks to the teeth and makes a person talk funny. The Aussie vocabulary has a fairly close equivalent plummy (you talk like you have a plum in your mouth). Americans dont have a snarky word for the upper class as they pretend there is no upper class.

I stumbled on the word toff when sleuthing the Dunblane massacre. Or should I say re-sleuthing it as I have long since written a review of Sandra Uttleys great bo...


Man caught driving 115k in 50k zone, Bangalow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

About 1am on Sunday (June 10), a police speed radar on Granuaille Road, Bangalow, detected a northbound vehicle travelling at 115km/h in a 50km/h residential zone.

Police drove after the vehicle and pulled it over.

Officers spoke to the male driver, who they allege was well affected by alcohol due to smell, speech and demeanour.

When requested to provide a breath test, however, he stated he would not do anything until he spoke with his lawyer.

The accused was arrested for failing to submit to the roadside breath test and taken to the Byron Bay police station where he continued to request to speak with his lawyer.

At 2:24am accused submitted to a breath test, which returned a positive reading of 0.114 grams (more than double the limit).

The accused indicated he was intending to drive to Robina when intercepted by Police. His licence was immediately suspended and he will appear at Mullumbimby Local Court on June 25.


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FixedIt: The doting father narrative "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last Friday a five-year-old boy was brutally stabbed and later died in hospital. The stabbing occurred in the family home and his 36-year-old father was charged with his murder.

Its too early to know circumstances and background of the murder and the fathers guilt or innocence will be determined by the court, not the media. Given that, it is as inaccurate and dangerous to describe him as a loving father as it would be to describe him as a brutal child killer. Despite this, a few outlets couldnt let go of the Good Man Who Kills People He Loves narrative.

The ABC devoted nearly a quarter of their report on the murder to commentary from neighbours about the man accused of murdering his son.

He said the father was an easygoing Aussie bloke and they would occasionally share beers and talk about cars and the footy.

He also described him as a doting father.

Its shocking, he said. He cared for that boy and held him and nursed him.'

The Australian, in an otherwise responsible report on the murder, also reported that a neighbour said the boys father was a lovely man who doted on his son. also reported on comments from neighbours: He cared for that boy, he was very patient with that boy and he held him and nursed him like he would his son. I cant imagine, Hank said.

The relationship between the father and the son next door was a doting relationship. He cared for that boy, you could see the boy run to the dad when he needed help.

The Daily Telegraph led with the loving father narrative: Neighbours of a five-year-old boy who died after being stabbed in his Carlingford home this morning said he was a bold, charming and happy boy who enjoyed a close relationship with his father.

If he is guilty, he is not a loving father, hes a man who stabbed his own child to death, taking an entire life and future from a child who deserved his love and protection, and leaving the boys mother and family dealing with unending horror.

If he is inn...


Whos Oppressing Muslim Women? On The State Persecution Of Moutia Elzahed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media and politicians have made a lot of noise lately about the oppression of women. But not all women, writes Michael Brull.

Moutia Elzahed, a Muslim woman who wears a niqab, was recently convicted of 9 counts of disrespecting court. Specifically, in 2016, the state government passed legislation imposing an $1,100 fine, or 14 days in jail, as maximum punishments for those who disrespect courts. This legislation was more or less in response to media hysteria at Muslims who purportedly disrespected the courts by not standing for the judges. As Gabrielle Upton noted, it was about widespread community concern at the supposed lack of respect shown to courts.

Elzaheds case relates to events in 2014. Elzaheds husband was convicted of recruiting people for ISIS. As one might imagine, this hasnt endeared her to media, which never tires of complaining about Muslims, and highlighting links between Muslims and terrorism. Thus, in counter-terror raids in 2014, police raided her home. Elzahed alleges that police assaulted her, and abused her and her family. She alleges that police punched her in the ear, eye and head. She alleges that she was handcuffed in an aggressive manner, called a bitch, and two of her sons were called terrorists by the police.

Elzahed sued the police for this abuse. However, her allegations essentially remained unheard, as the court refused to listen to her. District Court Justice Audrey Balla was offended at the notion of evaluating Elzaheds evidence whilst Elzahed wore a niqab. Originally, Clive Evatt, Elzaheds barrister, explained that she would only briefly show her face, and only to women. The NSW Police lawyer said Were content with that. District Court Justice Balla was not, saying Its not something I have to live with, and asked the lawyers Do either of you have something to say about that? Having telegraphed her opinion in advance of hearing submissions on the subject, Balla DCJ duly refused to hear from Elzahed whilst she wore a niqab.

After weighing up the allegations without hearing from Elzahed, but hearing the police account, Balla DCJ ruled that there was no evidence the police had assaulted Elzahed, and...


Jake/Ellwood now running the Australian Army - world's coolest general officer appointment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Magnificent work Jake! Congratulations on the appointment MAJGEN Ellwood! Only the Australian Army could put its deputy leadership in the hands of those two magnificent names - Jake and Ellwood! It's not a gee-up - here's the Jake Ellwood happy birthday message to Her Majesty! Wishing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth...


NSW drug dog uproar following festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

SYDNEY, AAP Activists say the security operation at a Sydney music festival was a serious abuse of police powers after ticket holders were denied entry and banned from the Olympic Park site for six months based on the reactions from drug detection dogs.

The Above & Beyond festival went ahead on Saturday evening after it was plunged into controversy this week by a NSW Police threat to ban revellers if a dog reacted positively, even if no drugs were found.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge says the Sniff Off campaign team had spoken to numerous people who were refused entry after being sniffed and searched, even though no drugs were found on them.

(They) were issued with banning notices preventing them from returning to the entire Olympic Park site for six months, he said in a statement on Sunday.

This is a serious abuse of police powers and has caused substantial distress to those who were unfairly excluded.

Two detection dogs were used on crowds on Saturday night in a search area beyond an initial entry point and out of the reach of media cameras.

The Greens claim sniffer dogs can get it wrong in up to 75 per cent of cases and argue police should adopt harm-minimisation tactics instead.

Mr Shoebridge said NSW Police had ignored public opinion and run right over well established civil liberties with heavy-handed punishment of concertgoers who were the victims of drug dog false-positives.

As well as the more than $100 for the ticket, many attendees have also paid for flights and accommodation, meaning the denial of entry has put them substantially out of pocket., he said.

The move was also criticised by civil libertarians and even a former Australian Border Force commissioner as an overreach.

Activist Tom Raue, who was at the concert, said officers ordered his volunteers to stop handing out pamphlets about the drug dog program, citing a 2012 regulation governing the entire Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

An attempt by Mr Raue and other plaintiffs to secure an injunction that would have prevented the police plan going ahead fell flat on Friday after a judge ruled they had no cause to complain about alleged injustices in advance.

The Greens said they would challenge the move by police in both the parliament and the courts.

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Pressure Builds On Australian Government To Act On Assange Stalemate "IndyWatch Feed National"

June 19 marks six years since Julian Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Kellie Tranter weighs back in.

Media reports that Australian government officials have visited Julian Assange in his Ecuadorian embassy refuge in London is welcome news. But the Turnbull Government still wont say whether or not it agrees with the 2016 findings of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

On 6 February 2016, referring to that report, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said:

I have now read the report and I am seeking legal advice on its implications for Mr Assange, as an Australian citizen.

The Foreign Minister sought that legal advice from her own Department. FOI documents recently produced by the Attorney Generals Department suggest that the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) emailed that advice to the Attorney Generals Office on 9 February 2016.

As I have previously reported, FOI documents revealed that on 12 February 2016 the Foreign Minister signed a Ministerial Submission from Jon Philp, former first assistant secretary Consular and Crisis Management Division and Anne Moores, acting executive director of the Australian Passports Office, which recommended that Julie Bishop:

not seek to resolve Mr Assanges case following the WGAD opinion, as we are unable to intervene in the due process of another countrys court proceedings or legal matters, and we have full confidence in the UK and Swedish judicial system.

The findings of the WGAD seem to have been left in limbo by the Government, presumably in the hope that they would lose currency and be forgotten. However, Mr Assanges position has changed but not his detention, which still has the attributes that caused the WGAD to characterise it as unlawful and is in a state of flux. One significant change is that Sweden has now dropped any legal proceedings against him.



Daniel James: Small steps towards justice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres still a long way to go. To date, Victoria is the only state to formally introduce a Bill that details a process towards a treaty.


MACKAY News Headlines For Mackay And the Whitsundays, Monday 11th June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support

Paul Craig Roberts

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media. In its place there is a propaganda ministry for the ruling elite.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.
Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

It is strictly impossible for a non-citizen to be guilty of treason. It is strictly impossible under the US Constitution for the reporting of facts to be spying. The function of the media is to expose and to hold accountable the government. This function is no longer performed by the Western print and TV media.

Washington wants revenge and is determined to get it. If Assange were as corrupt at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, etc., he would have reported the leaker to Washington, not published the information, and retired as a multi-millionaire with Washingtons thanks. However, unfortunately for Assange, he had integrity.

Integrity today in the Western world has no value. You cannot find integrity in the government, in the global corporations, in the universities and schools, and most certainly not in the media.

After leaving Assange, an Australian citizen, to Washingtons mercy since 2012, belated pro-Assange protests in Australia forced the US vassal state to come to Assanges aid before the new corrupt president of Ecuador sells him to Washington for multi-millons of dollars by revoking his asylum.

When the story was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incompetent or brainwashed, or bought-and-paid-for journalist, Nick Miller, wrote:

Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012, after he had exhausted his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations. Swedish authorities have since closed their investigation, saying it couldnt continue without Assanges presence in their country....


Etihad Stadium wants you to choose the toilets that best fit your gender expression "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reader JM writes Even 5 years ago, this would have been considered a joke! This is beyond a joke.


June 11 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1770 - Jimmy Cook was having a sinking throw-out sale, scribing in his Dear Diary.
"Six of our guns ... our iron and stone ballast, casts, hoop staves, oil jars, decayed stores, and many other things that lay in the way of heavier materials ... are thrown overboard with the utmost expedition."

1795 - Collins revealed his private opinion about the inter-racial conflict to Surgeon Edward Laing:
The natives at the Hawkesbury are murdering the settlers Abbott & MacKellar with Co [New South Wales Corps] soldiers are in turn, murdering the natives (but it cannot be avoided).

1813 - William Davis was hanged for cutting and maiming William Mason with a knife during a drunken brawl at Ultimo.

1818 - George Gray was hanged at Hobart Town for murder.

1818 - William Trimm was hanged at Hobart Town for sheep-stealing.

1824 - Lachlan, of the former Governor variety, having said a leisurely farewell to the king, the Duke of York, Bathurst and others, preparatory to returning to Scotland, woke feeling ill, suffering a great deal of pain from his old bowel complaint and from strangury (a condition caused by blockage or irritation at the base of the bladder).
Ahh, an ill wind blows!

1828 - John Timmins was hanged at Sydney for robbery of Stephen Hunter at Cornwallis.

1828 - Thomas Ford was hanged at Sydney for robbery of Stephen Hunter at Cornwallis.

1832 - 'One of the Aboriginal women, fishing outside the South Head on Monday, had her leg bitten off by a shark,' the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

1845 - The good folk of Sydney said, "Bye Felicia!" to the not-so-good Gov Gipps.

1849 - A public meeting at Circular Quay protested against the arrival of convicts in the ship Hashemy.
The meeting was attended by few men of standing, but its vehemence was alarming.Gov  FitzRoy's quiet strengthening of the guard at Government House was blamed as a show of military force, and his cool reception of a deputation from the meeting was blamed as discourtesy.

1851 - Spreading our colonial lurve around the world San Francisco vigilantes lynched Aussie John Jenkins (aka John Simpton) on Portsmouth Square for stealing a safe. He was part of contingent of ex-con Australians known as the Sydney Ducks.

1854 - Today witnessed the consecration of the church to be known as Trinity Lutheran Church on - guess what? - the Feast of the Holy Trinity.

1855 - Those Batmaniacs aka Bearbrass-ians or garden variety peeps of Narrm (Melbournians) got a bit more culture than a yoghurt pot when the first Opera 'Norma' was performed in Melbourne at the Olympic Theatre.

1855 - Revelling in their wee yoghurt pot the Parliamentary Peeps assented to The Chinese A...


Byron Writers Festival Writers on the Road "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Writers Festival StoryBus is getting ready to roll out. Photo supplied.

The Byron Writers Festival has been taking Writers on the Road since 2014 and in 2016 they were able to add the StoryBoard Bus to include free creative writing workshops for schools. The annual Writers on the Road and StoryBoard Bus program takes some of Australias leading authors and storytellers throughout the region and provides free literary events for the communities and schools it visits.

On Friday the Byron Writers Festival received an $80,000 grant from the NSW governments Regional Cultural Fund that will ensure that the program will be able to run three tours during the up-coming 12 months taking visiting authors to regional towns and schools across the northern rivers.

Writers on the Road is arts equity in action, bringing a taste of Byron Writers Festival plus the hands-on schools program of StoryBoard to far flung communities that otherwise would miss out, said StoryBoard founder and Byron Writers Festival Board member Dr Jesse Blackadder.

The program has travelled from Kempsey in the south to Tweed Heads in the North, and west to Glen Innes and Tenterfield, with an array of leading Australian authors.

This year Writers on the Road will be visiting Kyogle on Friday, 27 July; Alstonville on Saturday, 28 July; Tenterfield on Sunday, 29 July; Bonalbo on Monday, 30 July and Brunswick Heads on 31 July. The writers will visit local schools to conduct free creative writing workshops with students from all stages. In the evenings they will meet local writers and readers to discuss their mutual love of storytelling.

Were delighted to be returning by popular request to Tenterfield, where the writers will take to the stage at the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of the Arts Theatre to debate the great Australian Myths, from Captain Thunderbolt to Peter Allen, said tour manager Zacharey Jane.

This funding boost means we can continue bringing this wo...


Average income is much less than we are being told "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

According to the government and reported by much of the media, the average adult in Australia has an income of $84,600. The so how does this match up with the reality that most seem to find themselves on the other side of this line?

Its all in how it is calculated. To get the above figure, just add all incomes and then divide this by the number of people in the workforce full time. This is what the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is briefed to do.

A big problem with it is, that although this interpretation of average income may be able to be used by politicians to spruik what a good job they are doing,  it does not give an accurate picture of the income that most of us really do have.

It is highly skewed. A few are on fabulous amounts and nearly half of the real workforce is in part-time and casual work. The level of declared and hidden unemployment is at least 12 percent. One hell of a lot of people are left out of the picture.

According to calculations carried out by the new Daily, using ABS figures and using the median, the average is somewhere around $50,000. The median was used, because it is estimated by determining what the typical person in the middle earns, and not the total income divided by the number of people. This eliminates a large part of the skewing.

Look at it this way. As independent economist Saul Eslake put it: If Bill Gates walks into a bar full of ordinary Australians, the mean income of the room has suddenly gone up a lot; but the median income hasnt changed at all. Using the ABS method in this case, would prove that everyone in the pub had suddenly become super rich.

An estimation from the Grattan Institute is that the medium income, which includes everyone, is $44,527 for 2017-2018. This is almost half of what we are being told.

ABS calculations do not include earnings from shares, rents and other sources, which do not all under the categories of wages and salaries. If these sources of income are included, the gap in earning between the top end and everyone else is much greater than we are led to believe. Including this part of the income reduces the median further. The is what Grattan Institute economist Danielle Wood has done and said to the New Daily. The method, she explained, was to look at what everyone had put in their income tax declaration.

A more accurate picture of what most actually take home in their pocket is important. It tells much more about how the economy is performing, who its performing for, and how the political leadership of Australia is performing. If we know these things, we are much better informed, and perhaps, even come to see that it can be different.


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Channel Ten's The Project sent Lisa Wilkinson to help Bill Shorten out "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lisa's very chummy with our next PM Bill and his 1st Lady Chloe! We learned that Bill wants to be PM "a great deal". But he doesn't want the job just for himself. Bill only wants to be PM to help billions (he said it) of our fellow Australians have...


Senator Tony Sheldon to continue Labor's tradition of rewarding rorters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Sheldon is to continue Labor's tradition of rewarding dubious characters with a seat in the Parliament. He has some hard acts to follow - Kimberley Kitching, Julia Gillard, Bill Shorten and Craig Thomson spring to mind - but Tony Sheldon really is in a class of his own. Here's...


PERTH Thornlie man charged after Mercedes rear-ended in Burswood "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Thornlie man charged after Mercedes rear-ended in Burswood .

June 10, 2018 at 05:18PM .

with aggravated fail to stop, reckless driving in an attempt to evade police; and no authority to drive, is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on .



FixedIt: What did the court hear? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Court reporting can be tricky. Journalists cannot include any commentary or opinion when theyre reporting on court proceedings. Such things could be prejudicial to the trial and possibly even result in a mistrial. Everyone suffers when that happens.

Its also difficult to cover an entire trial in one article. Murder trials can take weeks and journalists who report on the evidence given in one day can appear to be only giving one side of the story when all they are doing is reporting a single day of evidence.

The people who write headlines, however, can choose which statement or piece of evidence they decide to lead with. This report, republished on from the UK outlet The Sun, chose evidence that sensationalised the alleged murder of a 44 year old woman.

Research conducted by ANROWS and Our Watch showed that sensationalising stories through language or by disproportionately focusing on stories that fit key news values is one of the key themes in the way media reports mens violence against women. The research found Sensationalist news reporting, although open to a certain degree of subjectivity, can manifest in what stories are chosen to feature in the news, what facts are included and emphasised, what is omitted and the language used. Media reporting of the most salacious aspects of violence against women provides the public with a perspective that is provocative but not representative.

A woman is dead and a man is on trial for murder. This is not a subject for salaciously scrabbling through  the details of peoples lives. Doing so does huge disservice journalism, public understanding of violence and most importantly, to the lives of all the people affected by this womans death.

David Clark denies the murder and the trial is ongoing.

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Justin's eyebrows - brought to you by the Trudeau Vanity Project "IndyWatch Feed National"

Falsies! Justin's knocked the Trump hair for six in the strangeness stakes. What sort of bloke wears false eyebrows?


Trooping the colour 2018 - Happy Birthday Your Majesty "IndyWatch Feed National"

And it's HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's real birthday - 97 and he looks like there's a few more in him too. Wishing His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very Happy 97th Birthday! The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 10, 2018 The Australian military, presided over by...


Good coppers exude authority, lesser ones could at least muster some decorum. Until.......... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sorry but after seeing what went on in London today this makes me mad and no doubt confuses the public. Its time we took the uniform seriously in my opinion HMP Cop (@HMPCop) June 9, 2018


Terven Valley residents to meet concerning community objections to unwanted petrochemical plant in midst rural properties "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Echo NetDaily, 6 June 2018:

Community meeting will be at Tintenbar Hall on Saturday, 16 June 2018 from 3.30pm until 5.30pm.


The Turnbull Government is about to decide what is in the "public interest" and what is "fair and accurate reporting"... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

And how the Turnbull Government couches these definitions in relation to national security and classified information may decide if a whistleblower or journalist ends up spending two years in an Australian gaol.

Excerpts from National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017currently before the Parliament of Australia:

122.4 Unauthorised disclosure of information by Commonwealth officers and former Commonwealth officers
 (1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person communicates information; and
(b) the person made or obtained the information by reason of his or her being, or having been, a Commonwealth officer or otherwise engaged to perform work for a Commonwealth  entity; and
(c) the person is under a duty not to disclose the information; and
(d) the duty arises under a law of the Commonwealth.
           Penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years.
(2) Absolute liability applies in relation to paragraph (1)(d)

Sunday, 10 June


Remembrance Ride Oz "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remembrance Ride Oz
Born Rob Eade
Cessnock NSW 1945
Served in the defence force for 21 years 1965-1986
1st intake national service 1965/67 served two years and took discharge and completed 1 year in Royal Australian Emergency Reserve (RAER), re engaged full-time service 19/07/1968, served Vietnam 17/12/1969 to 12/12/1970 my posting in Vietnam 101 Battery 1st Field Regiment and continued with 107 Battery 4th Field Regiment both being Artillery units, my trade was that of a ( Cuisine Technician) Cook, continued my full time service until retirement 18/7/1986.
National Ride
New venture 2016 Im intending to ride my trike (motorised) towing a small trailer around Australia and place a small hand held Australian flag with the detail of service personnel who paid the supreme sacrifice from the Vietnam war through to the current war/conflict/s in their birth/enlistment town memorial. I estimate a possible three year journey to accomplish this endeavour . 18-06-2016 My first town will be Collie south east of Perth continue on southward thence up to Kalgoorlie cross the Nullarbor and continue through SA , Vic, Tas, NSW, Qld NT and finish back in Perth with the finale (of flag presentation) at King Park War Memorial and the ride officially finishes at the TPD Baldivis whence I started. It has been one hoop of a ride and very heart rendering in that the people I have met and the knowing the finish date has come 12 months earlier than first anticipated the completion date is now the 17-06-2018.


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