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Friday, 29 June


Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the backdrop of Expedia Ssilently booting Bitcoin as a payment method, Facebook reversing their stand on crypto ads and Volkswagen (VW), the German car maker serious about transitioning to autonomous systems leveraging on IOTA"s Tangle, the market is yet []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin appeared first on The Global Mail.


FixedIt: a survivors disability is never an excuse for violence "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Warwick Daily News reported that a 64 year old man was convicted of slapping and shoving his partner who has a disability.

The magistrate said the circumstances were not an excuse and described the attack as cowardly. Despite this the Warwick Daily News still included the abusers attempt to blame his victims disability in the headline.

According to a fact sheet from Women With Disabilities Australia, which summarises evidence based research from around the world, women with disabilities are 40% more likely to be the victims of domestic violence than women without disabilities, and more than 70% of women with disabilities have been victims of violent sexual encounters at some time in their lives.

The World Health Organisation has also concluded that people with disabilities are at much higher risk of violence than their non-disabled peers and this is because of their vulnerability and the difficulty they have being heard and believed if they attempt to report the violence they have experienced.

All too often however, the media presents disability as a cause or an excuse for violence.

As Stella Young wrote so eloquently about Greg Hunt murdering his wife and children, When we hear of a crime like this, we quite rightly recoil in horror. And yet, when we hear that a murdered wife is also a woman with a disability, we can find ourselves a little bit less horrified. As though her status as a disabled woman gives us a little more empathy towards the perpetrator of violence. Its victim blaming at its very worst.

Victim blaming in the media is sometimes overt, but usually it is implied. Excuses for violence, sympathy for abusers, highlighting victims actions or characteristics over the choices made by abusers. If anything, the implicit nature of this kind of victim blaming is more damaging than directly blaming victims because it endorses and perpetuates subconscious bias that constantly remove responsibility for violence from the men who perpetrate it.

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



As the lava continues to flow residents look to their future "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

My sister Sophia and I overlooking the lava flow from Mauna Kea. Photo Nicolette Douvris.

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George and Stephanie Douvris with their children Nicolette, Sophia and John lived in Tuntable Falls from 2008 till 2010 where they reopened the Tuntable Store hosting monthly dinners with all sorts of entertainment from musicians and performers. Nicolette also spent three years working with local children at the Byron Busy Kids childcare centre.

But they had no luck getting Australian citizenship and eventually moved back to Hawaii where they were able to buy a beautiful 20 acres.

The whole family immediately fell in love with the property. It was already loaded with acres of sugar cane, giant avocado trees, banana patches, jackfruit forests and other tropical lusciousness.

We have always gardened on a smaller scale and this was the perfect opportunity to put our skills and love into a place we could finally call home, said Nicolette as she recalled the farm that has recently been devastated by the eruptions of lava on Hawaiis Big Island.

George and Stephanie Douvris with their children Nicolette, Sophia and John on their farm in Hawaii before it was destroyed by lava. Photo supplied.



Win a free place on an Outward Bound course "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kayaking: a typical Outward Bound activity. Photo supplied

Tweed Year 10 students keen to make a contribution to the environment could win a free place on a three-day Outward Bound course designed to help them develop and undertake an environmental initiative in their school setting.

Tweed Shire Council will pay for up to 18 students in the shire to attend the course at Outward Bounds northern base, near Kunghur, from September 26 to 28.

Students will be taken out of the classroom and into the Tweed wilderness to learn skills in leadership, communication and collaboration, building their confidence and giving them the tools to take on an environmental project or initiative on their return.

The group will be led by an experienced outdoor instructor, accompanied by a Tweed Shire Council environmental leader and a high school teacher.

After the camp, the students will be mentored by Outward Bound staff and Tweed Shire Council staff to design and implement an environmental initiative within their school, such as: a campaign to minimise landfill waste; an energy or water-saving initiative; a campaign to encourage active travel; organising a teen clothes swap; tree planting or regenerating a garden; or, a community campaign to stop domestic animals killing wildlife.

We want the students to have fun, connect with the incredible natural environment we live in, hear from others in their age group and take action on environmental opportunities that matter to them, Councils Sustainability Program Leader Debbie Firestone said.

Our aim is to have one or two students from each of the 12 secondary schools in the Tweed attend, Ms Firestone said.

All Tweed Shire Year 10 students are invited to apply for a free place on this course. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 6 August 2018. Successful applicants will be announced after 13 August 2018.

General Program Information and Application Forms are available online at or from your schools Year 10 Year Advisor.

For more information, contact, Outward Bounds Hayden Goldstraw by telephoning 0427 290 594 or emailing


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June 29 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1754 - Marie Louise Girardin was pupped, a cross-dressing French lass who, disguised as a bloke, served as a ship's steward with the French expedition of d'Entrecasteaux and was probably the very first European sheila to set foot on the Apple Isle of Tassie.

1799 - Storeship Albion arrived at Port Jackson with Capt. Eber Bunker aboard. He subsequently went whaling.

1836 - St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, was consecrated by Bishop John Bede Polding.

1846 - The first river steamer service, the Experiment, began tootling between Brisbane and Ipswich, Qld.

1865 - St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, was destroyed by fire.

1865 - The first Horse Race Meeting held in Mackay.

1869 - The foundation stone for St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide,  was laid on St Peter's Day by Bishop Short in the presence of more than 1000 people.

1869 - Chippendale station, between Sydneys Central Station and Railway Square, originally opened as Mortuary Station and transported the dead and the grieving to their final resting place, Rookwood Cemetery.

1877 - Two young German Lutheran missionaries from Bethany, SA, reached the Finke River, NT, and prepared to establish Hermannsburg, a mission to the local Aborigines.

1881 - Ballarat was graced with His Graces on a Royal visit from Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence & Prince George, Duke of  York (George V).

1907 - In order to prevent the introduction of fruit-fly to Victoria, the Minister for Agriculture announced that regulations were to be passed immediately to prevent any fruit from New South Wales entering Victoria unless it had been packed in the orchard where it was grown and passed by the inspector stationed in Sydney. Additionally Queensland citrus was to be stored for a week before shipment south.

1912 - W.E Hart, the first to get his pilot's licence in The Land of Oz, won Australia's first air race (from Botany to Parramatta, 25 kms) when he beat the American daredevil A.B 'Wizard' Stone, who landed, lost, at Lakemba.

1914 - The Kulwin Railway Line (Vic) was extended from Sea Lake to Nandaly.

1918 - The Enoggera-Terrors Creek Railway Line (QLD) was extended from Mitchelton to Samford and was officially opened at the Samford Railway Station & Goods Yard.

1918 -  Cairns and Innisfail agreed the new Rugby League code had to be adopted for an inter-city game scheduled for the 29th June 1918 with a view to implementing the code for Club games in both Cairns and Innisfail for the 1919 Season.

1922 - The Strzelecki Railway Branch Line (Vic) was opened from  Koo Wee Rup  to Strzelecki.

1942 General Thomas Blamey reorganised the army for the defence of Australia.



Three charged over Ballina death "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

One of the three people arrested on Thursday June 28 in connection the the murder or Aaron Marks in Ballina on May 13. Photo NSW Police

Updated: Friday, June 29: Strike force detectives have charged three people over the death of a man in Ballina last month.

Aaron Marks, aged 38, was found unconscious with serious head injuries on River Street at about 2am on Sunday May 13.

The Iluka man was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital where he died three days later.

Strike Force Bulgundara was formed by detectives from Richmond Police District, assisted by the State Crime Commands Homicide Squad, to investigate his death.

Following inquiries, detectives executed a search warrant at a home on Swift Street, Ballina, at about 7.30am yesterday (Thursday June 28).

Two men aged 27 and 21 and a 47-year-old woman, were arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station.

The 22-year-old man was charged with manslaughter, assault causing death and supply prohibited drug.

The 25-year-old man was charged with manslaughter.

The men were refused bail and will appear at Ballina Local Court today (Friday June 29).

The 47-year-old woman was charged with hinder investigation serious indictable offence.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Ballina Local Court on Thursday July 19.

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:

The post Three charged over Ballina death appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Man wanted over body in barrel could be on Gold Coast "IndyWatch Feed National"

34-year-old Zlatko Sikorsky who is believed to be travelling in a silver 2014 Holden Commodore with Queensland registration 966 WKB. (AAP Image/Queensland Police)

BRISBANE, AAP The father of a tattooed man being hunted over the discovery of a body of a teenage girl in a barrel says hes a good person.

An intensive manhunt is continuing for Zlatko Sikorsky, 34, whos wanted over the disappearance of 16-year-old Larissa Beilby and police say he could be armed.

A body was found stuffed into a barrel in the back of a black ute Sikorsky used flee from police on Wednesday.

He later dumped the badly damaged vehicle at a residential estate at Stapylton on the northern end of the Gold Coast, where he threatened a resident who saw an arm poking out of the barrel with a shotgun.

Sikorskys father told The Courier-Mail people need to wait for police to do their job.

Hopefully all of this is nothing but rubbish, he he said. My son, he is a decent person.

Sikorsky, who has a criminal history, remains at the centre of one of the most intensive manhunts Queensland has seen in recent years.

He was last seen leaving Stapylton in a silver 2014 Holden Commodore with Queensland registration 966 WKB.

Police have not yet formally identified the body found in the barrel.

But they have said Sikorsky knew Larissa, who went missing from Sandgate on Brisbanes northside on June 15.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out today.

Sikorsky has distinctive tattoos around his neck, with the hunt for him centred on the Logan and Gold Coast areas. Police say anyone who spots him should immediately call Triple 0 and must not approach him.

A resident of the Stapylton estate has told how a man roared up to the front gate on Wednesday and demanded to be let in.

He pulled out a shotgun and said to me and my partner Ill give you two grand if you let me in the gate right now, said the woman, who did not want to be named.

As they lifted an entry gate at the front of the complex, the woman said she saw a blue barrel in the tray with an arm flapping out.

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NAIDOC Week films to honour Aboriginal women "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nan & A Whole Lot Of Trouble

The 11th annual Arakwal NAIDOC Week 2018 film night on July 10 is dedicated to showcasing the lives and impact of Aboriginal women.

With the theme Because Of Her, We Can, this years program will take you on a special journey with some incredibly funny, powerful and strong Aboriginal women whose uplifting stories will inspire and delight.

The filmmakers have become some of the leading lights in indigenous filmmaking, blazing brightly on Australian screens and stage.

Curated from Flickerfest favourites, the program includes: Warwick Thorntons multi award winning comedy short film Nana; She Say and Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun by amazing writer/director and actress Leah Purcell; plus Nan and a Whole Lot Trouble and Hush, two delightful comedies by the very talented writer/director Dena Curtis.

The event is fundraiser for the Arakwal Corporation and is supported by the Indigenous Coordination Centre.

11th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Film Screening 2018
Presented by Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest & iQ Inc
Tuesday July 10, 6.30pm The Byron Theatre
Tickets: The Byron Theatre, or at door $10 / $8 con
Program details and info:
Phone  0414 779881

The post NAIDOC Week films to honour Aboriginal women appeared first on Echonetdaily.


CSIRO and Lithium battery success wins right to stage international conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A team of Australian experts have succeeded in winning the bid to hold the twenty first International Meeting on Lithium Batteries.  The event will be hosted by the CSIRO in Sydney during 2022.

This is a prestigious recognition of the ground-breaking work carried out by the organisation. In particular, world leadership in developing electrolytes based on ionic liquids a technology used for making the lithium batteries that power our laptops, mobile phones and electric vehicles safer and more efficient.

Further advances are being made on advancing lithium-ion batteries, and even the best advice for charging your batteries. Together with the building of the Tesla batteries, it shows there is a  top-class research community in Australia.

This deserves recognition by the wider Australian community. Once again, this shows the existence of the capability of being world class, and hopefully, this time around, those doing this important work will get the support they help they need.

It has not often been the case. Advances made by researchers have usually had to be sold overseas, because of the lack of needed funding.  They could have been applied to building leading edge industries. They became  advantages for others instead.

CSIRO funding has been whittled down, especially when it comes to research on matters that are relevant to building of clean technologies. But researchers have doggedly persisted under difficult circumstances.

The rise of the lithium battery is important to improving the capacity to store energy, as well as to bringing an end to dependency on fossil fuel-based transport. Vehicles on the road using the old technology, are a major emitter of global warming and other pollutants into the atmosphere. In any strategy to reduce the risk of global warming, lithium batteries are going to play a part.

Working on new technology can do a great deal to help Australia transform our economy, towards the new industries of the future. Failure to give our pioneers sufficient support will eventually hold them back and lock Australia into the past. This would come at an economic cost.

Achievements made on the lithium batteries are pulling in the other direction. The more support that it gets, the greater the benefit for the nation and the world.




Apparently NSW Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole thinks voters are gullible fools "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When approached by ABC journalists sometime before publication of this online article concerning recent changes to regulations under the NSW Crown Lands Management Act 2016, a spokesperson for NSW Minister for Lands and Forestry, Minister for Racing and Nationals MP for Bathurst Paul Toole stated the new provisions were:

"substantially the same as the provisions in the existing Crown Lands By-law 2006."

Adding words to the effect that the suggestion that new regulations were designed to ban protests was wrong.

It appears that the minister and his staff think that voters across the entire state (and particularly those living in the Northern Rivers region) never learnt to read, write or comprehend simple sentences.

What other reason could there be for such a bald-faced political lie?

This is the by-law referred to in the spokesperson's statement supplied to ABC News.



Hillsong Film Flops At US Box Office 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stephanie Valentine
You can defend Hillsong all you like. Its not going to change the mind of those who know the truth behind this fraudulent company, Hillsong.
Comment under article below

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Hillsong Film Flops At US Box Office

Sep 20th 2016 | 9:38am | Staff Writer
Australian mega-church Hillsongs new documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise has flopped at the US box office, making only US$1.3 million on opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

The film, which chronicles the journey of the churchs chart-topping band Hillsong United as well as the rise of the church itself, opened in a limited amount of theatres (only 816 in the US) and averaged $1,663 per theatre, reportedly less than expectations.

Directed by Michael John Warren, the man behind Jay Zs Fade To Black doco, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise went up against Blair Witch, Snowden and Bridget Joness Baby, the latter of which opened to a whopping US$3...


Forcing People Into Camps Has ALWAYS Been the Nazi Way "IndyWatch Feed National"

Putting people in camps has historically been the Nazi way so we shouldnt be surprised at what is happening on the border. And there is no doubt we are seeing a rise in fascism. The Neo Nazi rally planned in August across the street from the White House is a apt example of that.

Putting people in camps has always historically started small- beginning with the most disenfranchised. It has always been justified as legal and just- exactly as we are seeing now. And they have always constituted a us vs them mentality. Just as we are watching.

The issue with this is that appeasement has never worked with fascism. That whole adage of give an inch and they will take a mile comes to mind. It never works and it NEVER stops with one group.

These tax cuts that have recently provided more wealth for the 1% are beginning to have their effect on the common man. Harley Davidson is a good example. How many will lose their jobs- thus their income to this one situation alone? And this is in no way isolated. These tariffs that have recently been imposed are creating havoc for business owners- thus their employees. And it is exponentially getting worse. But only for us common folk.

Eventually there are going to be layoffs where more and more people will lose their jobs- thus their incomes- thus their ability to provide for themselves and their families.

Yeah- they claim there are plenty of jobs right now- but this WILL change and considering the fact that no where in the 50 states can people generally afford a two bedroom apartment- the quality of these jobs could be questioned. If they dont adequately afford housing- what about health care? Or more importantly food?

Considering all of this- it doesnt take a rocket scientist to realize that people are soon going to get hungry. Plenty of people are already starving but this is going to get worse. And it is known throughout history that starvation breeds desperation. And desperate people commonly do desperate things as a result.

Thus my initial focus on these camps. Our powers that be are NOT going to just willingly sit back and allow society to crumble. They are not just willingly going to sit back and allow their power to be usurped. We are seeing that now- as our leaders are complacent in allowing things to unfold in order to keep their positions of power. And that doesnt look as it is going to change anytime soon.

Desperate people do desperate things- and starvation enacts desperation- so in order to provide order- and keep their seats of power- their only choice will be to start containing people in camps. And it will all be done under the rule of law. Laws for lawlessness sake basically.

Unfortunately we are returning back and reenacting that old poem focused on Germany during WW II:



Stop shagging!! Do they still serve grog at parliament house? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leyonhjelm told Hanson-Young to stop shagging men Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Picture: AAP The Australian 12:00AM June 29, 2018 Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm has confirmed he told the Greens Sarah Hanson-Young to stop shagging men and then swore at her when she confronted him. Senator Hanson-Young yesterday told...


Adani Group At Work: using backroom political deals & big money to make fools of us all "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Wangan and Jagalingou Peoples registered a Native Title application on 5 July 2004 and their interests are often presented to the media via the Wangan and Jagalingou Family Council

According to ORIC Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC was originally registered on 5 July 2011 as Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation and its name changed on 6 March 2013 and, according to ASIC Juru Enterprises Limited was registered on 23 April 2012.  

On 11 July 2014 and 26 June 2015 the Juru Peoplewere granted Native Title by the Federal Court over land in north Queensland.

Then foreign multinational resources and energy corporation, the Adani Group, went to work...... 

The Wangan and Jagalingou people gathered two weeks ago at a convention centre in Carseldine north of Brisbane.


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Thursday, 28 June


New US congressional hearings on UFOs? "IndyWatch Feed National"


In their 21 December 2017, I-Team report, titled 'Pentagon UFO study catches attention of Congress,' George Knapp and Matt Adams, reported that:

"Former Nevada Senator Harry Reid thinks it might be time to hold Congressional hearings into the mystery surrounding UFOs."

Politico Magazine

"Politico Magazine," one of the two December 2017, US mainstream media sources to almost simultaneously publish the original story about what was then called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), recently launched "Politico Space." "Politico Space, the weekly must-read briefing on the policies, programs and personalities shaping the second Space Age in Washington and beyond."

On 12 April 2018, Bryan Bender and Jacqueline Klimas of Politico, hosted a panel which included House of Representatives, Representative Ami Bera, and Representative Randy Hultgren, both members of the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

The following is my transcription of a video recording of the panel.

Bryan Bender: "I thought I would get all of you to weigh in on something that's a little bit out there, but we reported, as others did, late last year that the Pentagon for a number of years had run a UFO research office, that Senator Harry Reid got funded. Something he thought was important. Reports from military pilots of - they don't call them UFOs anymore. I think the term is unexplained aerial phenomenon. But I am curious of your take. I mean, you hear these reports. We have been hearing them for decades. From many credible people. Other countries take it more seriously. They have dedicated researchers in government who in the open, not in secrecy, try to explain the unexplainable. Maybe all three of you. Should we be doing more? Or is this just crazy sci-fi stuff that is a waste of time?"

Representative Bera" "Certainly piqued my interest, and I mean, I think it piques a lot of the public's interest. So yes, I got to talk to the Chairman of the subcommittee Brian Babin, as well as Lamar Smith, Chairman of the full committee. I said we ought to have a hearing on this. We ought to bring som...


Cunning Stunts proudly presents CURIOUS evenings of Cosmic Osmosis "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When: Saturday 7th July, 6:00pm Midnight

TICKETED ENTRY limited tickets available
Where: The Byron Bay Brewery
What:   CURIOUS A new concept night from the team behind Nudge Nudge Wink Wink. Taking over the outside and indoor spaces of the Byron Bay Brewery.

Taking you to a higher concentration and feeding nutrients into your souls, DJs will be playing epic sets with live guest musicians;

NZ born Rhythms In Action aka R.I.A.s unique gift is to traverse effortlessly across multiple genres of music from global bass to deep house, ebbing and flowing her set to energetically charge the listener. Joining her is Melbourne born Adaja Black on vocals. Adaja is a femme fatale, fearless and foremost limitless in her vision, creativity and eclectic style. RIA has played at Burning Man, Byron Spirit Festival, & Splendour in the Grass, whilst Adaja has released music with Oscar G aka MURK and on Nervous Records New York.

ExPecT tHe UnExPeCtEd when Adajas freestyle powerhouse vocals mix with deep rhythm activation from RIA delivering an intoxicating, sassy, sexy, flow-state, inspired by an alchemical fusion of genres.

Jed Stone aka The Piano Man is an English Olympic boxer, championship athlete, musician, piano teacher, piano technician, tuner and expert.  Jed has played piano with notable bands and artists David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab (Jed was Davids first pianist), Adam Faith and the Urchins, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and countless more.  Ensuring auditory dIvErSiTy Jed will be caressing the keys in an interactive molten set with Lord Sut, the founder of Cunning Stunts & co-resident DJ of their epic Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Charity FUNdraising parties.

A Balearic rollercoaster is being plotted for their set. Check out a...


Byron Writers Festival Announces authors for Writers on the Road "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Writers on the Road authors announced!

Byron Writers Festival to bring Sarah Armstrong, Ben Hobson, Kri Gslason and Jesse Oliver to NSW regional towns.

Byron Writers Festival is thrilled to announce writers Sarah ArmstrongKri GslasonBen Hobson and Australian Poetry Slam Champion Jesse Oliver will board the Writers on the Road bus, headed for NSW regional towns Kyogle (27 July), Alstonville (28 July), Tenterfield (29 July), Bonalbo (30 July) and Brunswick Heads (31 July) in the lead up to the annual Festival.

Since 2014, Byron Writers Festival has shared the love of all things literary by sending out authors from the main program to bring a taste of the Festival to regional towns. This year, thanks to the generous support of the Create NSW Regional Cultural Fund, Writers on the Road rides again!

The love of books and storytelling is huge in regional NSW, but not every reader can make it to Byron Writers Festival, so Writers on the Road is arts equity in action, says tour manager, Zacharey Jane. We can take the program that has been curated by the Festival and extend it to...


Feature Events offer the Best of the Fest! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Feature Events are separately ticketed events outside of the main Festival program. Featuring a curated selection of guests and interviewers, these performances and intimate conversations will have you laughing, crying and truly inspired.

Seats are filling fast, so grab a date and book now! Read on for details and booking links.

Lemn Sissay in conversation with Richard Fidler 
Lemn Sissay will take us from a tough beginning as a child of the state, to a life of triumph as the poet of choice for major international cultural events. As Chancellor of Manchester University and alumni of TEDx, hes a man of influence. With Richard Fidler leading the conversation, get set for an enthralling evening with one of Englands great performance poets.

Date: Friday 3 August
Time: 7 8pm
Venue: Byron Theatre
Cost: $30


The Saturday Papers Bedtime Stories
Catch Tim Rogers  as MC to Bedtime Storieslast years smash hit returns with four Festival authors retelling their books in the style of a childrens bedtime story. Entertaining, funny, heartfelt and of course a little comforting. Curated by The Saturday Papers Erik Jensen, this years event will feature literary great Tom KeneallyThe Trauma Cleanerauthor Sarah KrasnosteinThe Guardian columnist Brigid Delaney and asylum seeker advocate Kon Karapanagiotidis.

Event Partner: The Saturday Paper
Date: Friday 3 August
Time: 8.30 9.30pm
Venue: Byron Theatre
Cost: $30


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Turnbull AG handballs complaint from DETSGT responsible for Gillard/Wilson/Blewitt criminal investigation "IndyWatch Feed National"

No one, state or federal liberals, in govt or opposition want to take any responsibility for this at all, everyone either writes this or has simply ignored me..... That's in an email from Dave to me today. As a Detective Sergeant, Dave McAlpine was used to the WA DPP interfering...


Roger Griffin on the fascist ultra-nation (extract) "IndyWatch Feed National"

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FixedIt: Which quote did you choose? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 new reported Darin Wheeldon, 42, was convicted on four counts of rape and one charge each of false imprisonment, intentionally causing injury and theft, after he kidnapped a woman and held her prisoner for a terrifying three day ordeal.

He whipped her, raped her multiple times, assaulted her and left her bound and gagged in a motel wardrobe.

The article says the judge in the case refused to accept that his feelings of rejection were relevant.

Its nothing more basic than he thought she was property and he could deal with her as he wanted. Why shouldnt I take that view? she asked.

Despite this, for some incomprehensible reason, Channel 9 decided to headline the article with an excuse for a man who committed rape, kidnapping and torture.

The report was an AAP report which was also picked up by the Herald Sun. While the Herald Sun also put the article under a headline sympathetic to the rapist, they did at least include AAPs report about the victim:

I felt defiled, violated and helpless, she said in her victim impact statement during Wheeldons earlier pre-sentence hearing.

She now suffers post-traumatic stress, anxiety attacks, nightmares, paranoia, adrenal fatigue and other difficulties.

But she said her spirit remains unbroken.

I will never forget the pain and hurt you caused me, she said.

But I forgive you for my own sake, so I can move on.

I pray I will never see you again, and I will build my life back to what it was.

Channel 9, in another incomprehensible decision, removed the victim report from their article, which was centred on the sensationalised aspects of the horrific crimes Wheeldon committed and the excuses made for him by his lawyers.

If anyone ever wanted an example of everything media should NOT do when reporting rape, this is pretty much it.

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


Fanfiction is womens work "IndyWatch Feed National"

The most frequent criticism levelled at fanfiction is that because of its connection to source material, it is derivative and unimaginative. In the words of science fiction author Robin Hobb, Fanfiction is to writing what a cake mix is to gourmet cooking. But where does this leave professional authors of bound-and-printed literary homage and pastiche who also draw upon someone elses source material?


Time travelling with microfilm. "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's like travelling in a time machine. The innards of a large building Perth is home to thousands of small film containers. Put one into the micro-film machine and it's like sitting down to a coffee with the paper - only back in time. I've been interested in 1992, when...


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Constitutional Recognition

It is shocking to me that in 2014 we are still a country that has ties to our racist past, of the darker periods in our nations history, such as the White Australia Policy that had at its core the destruction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and culture.  Australia no longer stands for these attitudes. By recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and removing discrimination, we are sending a powerful message about the way we wish to see ourselves as a nation, as Australians.

We are saying that we truly believe in equality, in a fair go and in non-discrimination for all Australians. We are saying that we truly respect and honour the 60,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history that is currently missing from our nations founding document.Mick Gooda, Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture 2014



By the end of August 1992, Minister Yvonne Henderson was pleased Mr Wilson's problem was sorted "IndyWatch Feed National"

One thing stands out about Minister Henderson's files. Volume! Every contact received a letter, no matter how small. And every touch leaves its trace. More coming.


WA Anti-Corruption Chief accuses police of going easy on corrupt politicians "IndyWatch Feed National"

The date of that story? 6 March 1992 The same edition of the newspaper carried the advertisement that kicked off the grandmother of all corruption scandals! Here's the story in more detail - you can file it away in the Karma Truck is Coming file! Lots, lots more to come...


Trump must be stopped from coming to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

While in Washington last year, Malcolm Turnbull invited American president Donald Trump to visit Australia, while he is on his way to the APEC in Papua New Guinea in November.

A big deal is going to be made of it. Trump will use this for his political schemes and Australia will be locked into more firmly into the Trump and Wall Street backed vision of American of global domination.

Most Australians want no part of this vision, and this means that Turnbull and his government do not act for us. We do not want to be used by someone who is quickly becoming a global pariah, seen as the biggest threat to world stability and peace, a threat to democratic rights and leading efforts to prevent the cutting of the greenhouse emissions that are threatening our planet.

There is worldwide revulsion over the way he is treating migrant children, through forceful separation from their parents and putting them in internment camps. This comes on the back of his treatment of women and support of the gun lobby, not to mention economic policies that take from the poor to give to the very rich.

There are good reasons why Donald Trump has now become the most unpopular serving president in American history.

It is only proper that Australians who want no part of this to pressure our politicians to pull the invitation. Other leaders and governments around the world have dont want Trump. Britain, under Conservative prime minister Theresa May did it, after more than a million signed a petition.

Surely the same can happen in Australia and stop our country from becoming a joke around the world.

A petition is now circulating. Sign it via this link at Megaphone, and pass it onto your friends.

If by any chance the visit is not stopped, Trump needs to hear the message load and clear. He must be told to get out of Australia.




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Through a glass, darkly: unanswered questions about police body-worn cameras "IndyWatch Feed National"

The world is in the grips of what some are calling a police body camera revolution and Australia is in the thick of it. This might be an unalloyed good if we were confident that all body-worn cameras do is improve police behaviour and community safety. Unfortunately, its not quite that simple.


Support West Byrons demise a cabaret for better planning "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

From left Mark Swivel, Gabriel Otu, Raphaelle and Yael.
Photo Jeff Lived In A Cabaret Since 1986 Dawson.

Where else can inappropriate development go but cabaret?

Put on your sequins the Cabaret for West Byron is a fundraiser for Byron Residents Group and will celebrate the Shires unique diversity on Saturday June 30.

Byron Lighthouse Band will perform their anti-West Byron hit song, provide solid rock music and have a surprise for the audience with a new song planned to deepen the audience/band synergy.

Live music

Expect amazing dance leaps, drumming and singing when Gabriel Otus Happy Africa follows with a drum jam. Yaels bellydance group will shimmy and glide to live music. Mark Swivel will bring on the laughs.

It will be held at the Community Centres Cavanbah Room, which is located at 75 Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Starts from 7pm.

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Community no longer support logging native forests "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Opponents of Regional Forest Agreements protested outside sham consultation sessions. Photo NCEC

The North East Forest Alliance maintains that submissions to the NSW Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) show that the logging of public native forests has lost its social licence and that the community do not support the NSW and Commonwealth Governments proposals to extend the RFAs for 20 more years.

Of the 5,425 submissions to the RFAs only 23 supported the governments proposal to extend the RFAs for 20 years and give additional five-year rolling extensions after each future five-yearly review, and nearly all these were from the industry.

The so-called Independent Review of NSWs Regional Forest Agreements was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament on 25 June 2018.

Low economic return

The review notes The majority of submitters would like the state to cease native forest logging on public land, indicating it damages biodiversity, environmental values and environmental services such as water, carbon capture and amenity, and provides a low economic return.

The Regional Forest Agreements have no credibility, their only purpose is for the Commonwealth to avoid its legal obligations for threatened species and heritage under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

The NSW and federal governments commitment to provide 20-year extensions to Regional Forest Agreements was given well before this sham review, so it is no surprise that irrespective of the results they will proceed regardless.

Exemplifying the governments contempt for their RFA obligations the first five year review was nine years late, the second one was 8 eight years late and now the third one is three years late. The reviewer considered this reflects poorly on the transparency, commitment and accountability of the RFA process.

The reviewer identified that only 110 of the 200 commitments given in the RFAs have been achieved, and we believe he was being very generous.

Even the industry body Timber NSW identified that 35 of the 44 sustainability indicators were inadequately reported upon for one or more reasons, identifying they are data defi...


NAIDOC week celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NAIDOC week 2018.

People are invited to join together and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at our annual NAIDOC Celebrations with a celebration day in Lismore and a week of events taking place in Ballina.

In 2018 the theme is Because of her, we can which celebrates the essential role that women have played and continue to play as active and significant role models at a community, local, state and national level.


The annual NAIDOC Celebration Day at the Lismore Showground is a chance for people from all cultures to enjoy learning about the worlds oldest living culture through sharing, fun and friendship.

The day features a formal Welcome to Country and information stalls from more than 30 local service providers as well as family activities including sports games, childrens activities, face painting, food stalls and a sausage sizzle.

There will also be Aboriginal business displays, a talent showcase by local schools and an Elders Tent with morning tea and lunch provided for local Bundjalung Elders.

NAIDOC Celebration Day is about providing a space where the whole community can proudly celebrate the richness of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, Councils event officer Leanne Clark said.

Coming together in celebration is an important and informal way to share culture and learn from one another. Events like this provide an opportunity for people to talk to one another, learn from one another, laugh with one another and ultimately, leave with a greater appreciation and understanding of one anothers culture.

NAIDOC Celebration Day runs from 10am to 2pm at the Lismore Showground on Thursday, 5 July. Entry is free and the whole community is welcome.



The revolution has always been in the hands of the young "IndyWatch Feed National"

No matter what young Aboriginal people do we will be labelled as the troublemaker in the eyes of the coloniser in our protests, writing, in school, as parents and as a community member.


West Ballina housing development gets green light from Land and Environment Court "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Plans for a 457-house residential development west of Ballina have taken a major step forward after the developer secured a court victory over Ballina Council last week.

Developer Intrapac is expected to begin subdividing lots on the 215-hectare site at Cumbalum known as Precinct A within weeks, after the Land and Environment Court judgment on June 22.

The town planner hired by Intrapac in relation to the project, Steve Connelly, said the courts decision paved the way for the project to go ahead.

Our guys will now prepare a construction certificate, said Mr Connelly, from Planners North.

After thats approved, bulldozers will turn up on site and convert the cow paddocks into building lots.

The decision marks the end of a long, drawn-out application process in which Ballina Council and Intrapac struggled to reach agreement over multiple aspects of the proposal.

Ultimately the dispute came down to just two environmental conditions which the Council wanted to impose on the project. These would have required future homeowners to take biodiversity stewardship over certain sections of the site, giving them responsibility for protecting and maintaining these areas.

The developer opposed the conditions, arguing that they were based on a mistaken interpretation of the ecological report made in relation to the site.

Land and Environment Court Commissioner Graham Brown found in favour of the developer.

Mr Connelly said his client was relieved at the decision.

Its been a long time theyre relieved to have development consent that will allow them to proceed.  

But it is unlikely everyone will be happy.

Precinct A is part of a broader residential development at Cumbalum that will bring thousands of new residents into the area, transforming its character.

Around 20 locals have formally objected to this change,...


Very big win for workers in the US - Supreme Court bans union closed shop payments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many Australians might think "What took them so long?" We might kid ourselves that we don't have closed union shops here. Our situation is worse and far more damaging to workers and the economy. There are two primary elements driving the damage to Australia: Union ownership of the Labor Party...


Tweed Council welcomes funding boost for Anchorage boardwalk "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The ageing Anchorage boardwalk bordering Keith Curran Reserve in Tweed Heads. Photo supplied.

The ageing Anchorage boardwalk bordering Keith Curran Reserve in Tweed Heads has now received the extra funding to replace the boardwalk at no cost to council.

The wooden walkway has been closed for some time due to safety concerns as several sections have reached the ends of their lives.

Built in the 1990s the 200-metre timber boardwalk bridges important mangrove habitat along the river and, when rebuilt, will again open this natural environment to the whole community not just Anchorage residents.

Initially Council received $685,000 in June 2017 from the NSW Governments Walking and Cycling Program (Cycling Infrastructure Fund), requiring it to fund the deficit of $225,000.

Thanks to an appeal from the State Member for Tweed Geoff Provest the government has now fully funded this project and we can start work with confidence, knowing we can meet the additional costs of the environmental monitoring we have to do throughout construction in this beautiful marine environment, Council general manager Troy Green said.

We also need to undertake construction in accordance with Fisheries strict guidelines.

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As grim five year anniversary for refugee children looms, Turnbull Government confronted with hard truths at UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following the UN Human Rights Chiefs condemnation of Donald Trumps brutality to children at the US border, the Turnbull Governments indefinite detention of 134 refugee children has been called out at the UN Human Rights Council overnight.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, told the Council that 19 July will mark five years of detention for 134 refugee children languishing indefinitely on Nauru.

These children have been detained for five long years for fleeing the same atrocities our government comes here and condemns, Mr Webb told the Council.

40 of these children have been detained for their entire lives. They are four and five year-old kids who have never experienced a single day of freedom in their lives. The only world they have ever known is inside a mouldy tent, behind a fence, in an island prison, said Mr Webb.

It is so easy for our government to come here to this Council and masquerade as standing for human rights. But really, no government can truly stand for human rights while choosing to destroy the lives of children, said Mr Webb.

The address was part of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council, Australias second as a member. The session began with the Trump Administration quitting the Council and has also seen the USA condemned condemned for its unconscionable cruelty to migrant children.

Mr Webb said that while the US exit was widely expected for many months, it did show that the very concept of universal human rights was facing an unprecedented threat.

Its clear Trump quit because he hates scrutiny and because he opposes the idea that all people are equal and deserve compassion and respect. There are some obvious parallels in Australian politics right now.

Trump quitting confirms that we are at a pivotal moment in the history of human rights. The crucial question for our government is whether they will keep being part of the problem gnawing away at the very foundation of human rights by doing things like indefinitely imprisoning children - or will they actually step up, own some basic moral principles and become part of the sol...


New Modern Slavery Bill lacks teeth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stronger oversight and compliance measures are needed to ensure the Governments new modern slavery legislation is effective in combating forced labour, the Human Rights Law Centre said today.

The Modern Slavery Bill, introduced to parliament today, will require organisations with a turnover of more than $100 million to publish annual public statements outlining the risks of forced labour in their supply chains and what they are doing to address them.

However, the Government proposes no sanctions for companies that fail to report, which was a key recommendation of last years Modern Slavery Inquiry. Other recommendations, including the appointment of an independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and publication of a public list of companies expected to comply with the laws also appear to have been ignored.

Keren Adams, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Centre, said the seriousness and scale of labour rights abuses heard by the Inquiry highlighted the urgent need for robust laws to address them.

Weve heard horrific stories of abuse linked to some of Australias biggest brands. Burmese migrants chained to Thai fishing boats supplying the seafood we eat. Australian surf wear made in North Korean sweatshops. And even here in Australia, people working on farms and in restaurants in slave-like conditions.

Its absolutely the right step for the Government to be introducing legislation to help flush out abuse, but todays bill is missing some vital ingredients that would make it effective in doing so, said Ms Adams.

Ms Adams was particularly critical of the Governments decision not to introduce financial or other penalties for companies that fail to report or provide misleading information.

A mandatory reporting scheme is not really mandatory if there are no consequences for companies that fail to comply. Without financial penalties - and with no independent Commissioner to help enforce them - the new laws will lack the necessary teeth to make sure the worst offenders lift their game.

The Government must urgently address the weaknesses in this bill and send a strong message to brands that profiting from abuse will not be tolerated, added Ms Adams.

The HRLCs submission to the Modern Slavery Inquiry is available here.

For further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


Police urge motorists to slow down following two crashes Northern NSW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District are urging motorists to slow down and take extra care on our roads after two crashes in the states north yesterday.

About 11am on Wednesday (27 June 2018), a Honda sedan and a Isuzu Bulk Carrier collided on Tweed Valley Way, South Murwillumbah.

The driver of the Honda, an 18-year-old woman, was trapped in the vehicle before being freed by emergency services.

She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital with injuries to her head, collar bone and ribs.

Police have been told her injuries are described as non life-threatening.

The 56-year-old male driver of the Isuzu was uninjured.

In another incident, emergency services were called to Tyalgum Road, Eungella, following reports a Holden Commodore had left the road and collided with a number of trees down an embankment, about 1.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 27 June 2018).

The 40-year-old female passenger suffered injuries to her head, pelvis and legs.

She was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital for mandatory testing.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District are investigating the circumstances surrounding both incidents and wish to remind the community to consider their actions while on the road.

Police will continue to target drivers for dangerous behaviours that have led to loss of life on our roads, including; speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use, and not wearing seatbelts.

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Telstra under fire over 4g tower installation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Work on building Telstras contested mobile phone tower at Mount Burrell. Photo LRTAG

A group formed to oppose a Telstra mobile phone tower being built on Lillian Rock Road, Mt Burrell, is alleging a range of breaches by the telco during its construction.

Allegations include that Telstra started construction while multiple investigations were underway, that the telco was encroaching on a nearby landholders property and that Telstra failed to take adequate precautions after smashing through an asbestos pipe on the site.

A spokesperson for the Lillian Rock Tower Action Group (LRTAG) said construction of the heavily opposed 50-metre tower commenced on June 5 despite an ongoing investigation by telecoms watchdog ACMA for breaches to the consultation process and abuse of its Complying Development Application.

LRTAG spokesperson Emma Toner said the Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman was also investigating in regard to a land imposition with an adjacent landowner, while Worksafe Australia and Comcare were looking into Telstras handling of what appears to be asbestos uncovered at the site.

But Telstra has hit back, saying local residents themselves called for the installation of the tower as part of the Mobile Black Spot program.

In response to Echonetdailys inquiries, a Telstra spokesperson has denied encroachment of its works, defended its treatment of the asbestos threat and accused protesters of stopping asbestos investigators from testing the material.

She said WorkCover NSW had verbally advised that the Mount Burrell site is compliant with regard to its treatment of the asbestos, adding  the telco was yet to formally hear from ACMA regarding the findings of their investigation.


And a Time to Rejoice: Elias Davidsson Wins Book Award "IndyWatch Feed National"

Counterfeiting Evidence

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Elias Davidsson was invited to London last week to receive a book award for his amazing tome, The Betrayal of India. It has to do with the false flag bombing of hotels in India in 2008, the purpose of which was, apparently, to lay the blame on Pakistan.

Just like the US used a false flag to blame Muslims and justify an invasion of Afghanistan.

Oh my.

Herr Davidsson, my favorite German sleuth and for that matter my favorite Jewish sleuth is all garlanded up now. The celebration of his work that occurred last week gives us a chance to forget, for at least a moment that the mainstream media is still clobbering the public w...


Big end of town wages class war on tax "IndyWatch Feed National"


Contributed by Ben Wilson

Labor Party leader Bill Shortens announcement that a government led by him will repeal existing company tax cuts to companies turning over between $10 and $50 million a year caused an immediate reaction. He has also committed to repeal the tax on companies turning over more than $50, if this gets through, as the Turnbull government intends. And he has added, that income tax cuts that see most of the benefit being handed over to the richest Australians will also go.

Shorten said: Fundamentally youve got to look at the priorities, and I just dont agree with Mr Turnbull that the four big banks deserve $17 billion in tax cuts over the next ten years. I would rather see $17 billion put back into our schools.

I dont agree with Turnbull that multinationals should get a tax cut, yet we are carrying out cuts to our hospitals and healthcare system. It is all a matter of values. Now, hes entitled to his opinion. Hes made it very clear that hes for the top end of town and Im for hospitals and school funding.

Some members of the Labor caucus might have their noses slightly out of joint over not having been consulted beforehand. But there is good reason to believe that many Australians are quite happy with it.

In contrast, the big end of town  is really angry and aims to put a stop to it.

The Business Council of Australia lashed out immediately. Its chief executive, Jennifer Westacott exploded on media, insisting that this meant an increase for business. If you stand for workers, you have to stand for business because we employ millions of them. She said.

None of this is true of course. But the words have a purpose. They represent a fight back using two themes. The main one is to convince the small business sector that itis in the firing line, despite the fact that its not true. Companies turning over less between $2 and $10 million a year, will keep their cuts. The other is that the road to more jobs, and failure to do this means fewer jobs. This is the trickle-down effect using other words. But we have already seen that the application of this has worked the other way around.

The Business Council of Australia does not operate in the interests of the economy and Australian society, but in the interests of the big  corporation that are its members members. The same ones that have been involved in tax dodging and money laundering among them. Nor does it operate in the interests of small business. Its pretending to defend small business is a cynical exercise, to create a smokescreen and confuse public opinion.

Other business organisations have been brought into the...


Were all going to die, so why not have a festival? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A celebration of our inevitable demise will be held July 5 till 7 in various Byron Bay venues. Pictured are some of the artists and organisers. Photo Jeff Till Death Do Us Part Dawson

A three-day mini-festival dealing with themes around fear and our inevitable death will be held July 5 till 7 across various locations in Byron Bay.

Co-organiser Stefan Jose says dont be fooled by the taboo name think of this event as an amusement park for your soul.

The festival will feature multimedia art, film, photography and immersive experiences, created by local and international artists.

Byron Bay venues for the festival include Studio Tropico, Pighouse Flicks, the Solar Train, Beach Hotel, Service Denim and the Byron Scout Hall.

Were All Going to Die came about after local Stefan Hunts search for perspective on his day-to-day fears around failure, rejection, judgment, and how to find certainty around these things when making life decisions.

Stefan says, After penning a poem Were All Going To Die, Hunt looked up and saw the clouds part.

He finally found the only guarantee in life death! Fast forward three years and the poem has been published into a book, been adapted into a short film and interpreted by over 100 local and international artists to create a festival that sold out in both Sydney and New Zealand.

Twenty-four Byron artists taking part include the Babe Rainbow, Brydie Watson, Brendan Eime, Claudia Smith, Courtney Hunt, Dan Marsh, DJ Retro Tile Vibe, Francisco Tavoni, Holly Graham, Kate Holmes, Kat Bak, Lisa Sorgini, Melody Jasmine, Ming Nomchong, Maggie Dylan, Max Finch, Matt Rabbidge, Matty Hannon, Ozzie Wright, Otis Carey, Paul McNeil, Stefan Hunt, Stefan Jose, Vanessa Marian and Vinnie Valdez.

On opening night, Thursday July 5, the Were All Going To Die book will be launched at the Byron Bay Scout Hall, Byron Bay from 6 till 8pm.



June 28 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1789  - Governor Arthur Phillip set out for a post-luncheon stroll to trace the course of the Hawkesbury River.

1790  - Mother of the Australian wool industry, Elizabeth Macarthur, first sailed into Sydney with the Second Fleet.

1824 - Cornelius Fitzpatrick was hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Bentley outside Newcastle.

1830 - William Dalton was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery of John Ellison near Parramatta.

1833 - Australia's oldest bridge on the mainland, Lennox Bridge, Lapstone Hill, NSW, was completed.

1836 - Snow fell in Sydney.
Just a trifle cool...

1837 - A public meeting, with David McLaren in the chair, was held to discuss the formation of a Mechanics Institute aka SA Institute.

1842 - Charles Ellis was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for "shooting with intent to maim or disable" ("The Plenty Trio").

1842 - Martin Fogarty Bushranger, was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for "shooting with intent to maim or disable" ("The Plenty Trio").

1842 - Daniel "Yankee Jack" Jepps Bushranger, was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for "shooting with intent to maim or disable" ("The Plenty Trio").

1845 - Explorer John Roper was wounded and lost an eye when the Ludwig Leichhardt-led Port Essington exploration tea-and-scones party was attacked by Aboriginals.

1845 - Near the Gulf of Carpentaria, explorer John Gilbert was killed by a flying spear when natives made a night attack on the Ludwig Leichhardt-led Port Essington expedition's camp, because some of their women had been molested by the two Aboriginals with the party. He was buried on the spot, a tree near by was marked, and a fire was lit over the disturbed earth in order to screen the grave; this, although much searched for, has not since been found.

1849 - The town of Wangaratta, Vic, was eyeballed and surveyed.

1855 -  Ballarat Times owner Henry Seekamp, sentenced for "publishing seditious libel",  was released from gaol, the only man to serve a prison term as a result of the Eureka Stockade.

1858 - Anglican Bishop Matthew Hale opened a boys' college, Bishop's School, founded on the model of the Collegiate School of St Peter, Adelaide.

1861 - Robert O'Hara Burke, who for some unfathomable reason thought that after a career as a soldier, then as a policeman, then as a police superintendent he would be perfect as an explorer, was proved wrong when he starved to death on his famous road trip.

1870 - John Regan (46) was hanged at Launceston Gaol for the murder of his sixteen-year-old wife Emma on the Westbury Road.

1876 - Michael Connelly was hanged at Tamworth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Connelly at Carrol Gap.



Conservationists Alarmed at NSW Government Plans for our Forests "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Conservationists are alarmed about the NSW Governments proposals to increase logging intensity in our public forests.

And while the Government is proposing drastic changes weakening logging rules, it is avoiding holding meaningful public consultations about their plans. North Coast conservationists had wanted to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to visit local forests to see first hand the damage that has already resulted from the current logging practices. The EPA refused to participate.

This is probably not surprising given that the EPA, which is charged with monitoring and ensuring compliance of logging operations in the State Forests, has failed in ensuring that the current regulations have been adhered to.  And on those occasions when it has determined that there have been breaches, the penalties it imposed have been of the slap on the wrist nature. So it is no wonder that the current rules have frequently been ignored.

The North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) and the North East Forests Alliance (NEFA) are countering the Governments current consultation failure by holding their own meetings to explain to the community exactly what the Government has in mind for the future of our public forests. Several meetings have already been held on the North Coast with more planned, including one for Grafton at the Grafton District Services Club (upstairs) on Saturday June 30.

In a recent statement NCEC Vice-President Susie Russell outlined the consequences of the Governments proposed changes.

If the proposed rules are implemented, every population centre on the north coast will see its water yields drop as intensive land clearfell logging dries out the catchments. The...


So that champion of silvertails Malcolm Bligh Turnbull thinks mentioning his wealth in public is a form of class warfare? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

They want to attack me having a quidThey want to attack me and Lucy for working hard, investing, having a go, making money, paying plenty of tax, giving back to the community." [Malcolm Bligh Turnbull, The Guardian, 25 June 2018]

The honourable member has asked about my investments, which are set out in the members' interests disclosure.. If honourable members opposite want to start a politics-of-envy campaign about it, I don't think they'll be telling people anything they don't know.  
[Malcolm Bligh TurnbullHansard25 June 2018]

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Could Newcastle trams have come back? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nice piece by Mike Scanlon in the Newcastle Herald on the ending of Newcastle trams and the possibility but, for just one vote, they may have been returned.

At this point I am just recording the story for later reference.


Uralla Shire Council mayor Michael Pearce elected chair of the newly-formed New England Joint Organisation of Councils "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sophie Harris reported in the Moree Champion (25 June 2018) that Uralla Shire Council mayor Michael Pearce was elected chair of the newly-formed New England Joint Organisation of Councils at the groups first meeting in Moree on Monday.

The New England JO comprises from Moree Plains Shire Council, Inverell Shire Council, Narrabri Shire Council, Armidale Regional Council, Uralla Shire Council, Glen Innes Severn Council and Tenterfield Shire Council

At Mondays meeting, the JO established a charter which focuses on infrastructure development, economic development and social issues. The group will meet again in July to nut out any kinks and then after that Cr Pearce said its full steam ahead. Cr Pearce said the major advantage of the JO is that the member councils are in a better position to lobby the state government for investment opportunities as a group, rather than as individual councils. One of the big ticket items the JO plans to investigate is a waste to energy project which has the potential to involve the whole region.

The formation of the JOs is a State Government initiative to encourage collaborative working among councils. The membership of the JOs is set out in the table below.

The latest measure is one of a long line of initiatives from either councils or Sydney dating back to, I think, 1919. That history makes me cautious, although I hope that the new arrangements will have some positive results.

Joint Council Organisations in Regional NSW


MACKAY Ice pipe possession blamed on stress of murder charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ice pipe possession blamed on stress of murder charge

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MACKAY Drug driver who killed woman to be out of jail by January "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 27, 2018 at 08:22AM ,

Drug driver who killed woman to be out of jail by January

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The inhospitable university (or the machine of knowledge and ignorance) "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all know that universities produce research like banks produce money. They hoard knowledge, turn it into the ignorance of the rest of society that they might better arbitrate from above. Organise it into disciplined shapes that do not touch for fear that the meeting of different types of knowledge might produce something new, uncategorisable, unassimilable to the corporate plot (A thought would be ignited.).


Woman killed in single-vehicle crash near Casino "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A woman has died following a single-vehicle crash at Stratheden, about 20km north-west of Casino, this morning (Wednesday, June 27).

Just after 9am, emergency services were called to Stratheden Road, where officers from Richmond Police District found a car had crashed into a tree.

The driver, a woman believed to be aged in her 40s, died at the scene. She has not been formally identified.

The other occupant of the vehicle, a girl, was not injured. Her age is not known at this stage.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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:

Tyalgum rescue underway

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked at around 2pm Wednesday to a single-vehicle collision near Tyalgum.

Two occupants have been reported as trapped, with the vehicle two metres down an embankment.

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The 7 April 1992 advertisement of Gillard's intention to seek admission in WA on 4 May 1992 "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 7 April 1992 the following advertisement appeared in The West Australian. "Julia Eileen Gillard of 39 St Philips St Abbotsford, Victoria..... intend(s) to apply to the Full Court on 4 May admission as a practitioner.." The declaration made by Gillard was dated the day before, 6 April 1992....


How I Decided "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its a Sunday afternoon. Im home in Milan rolling in bed after my Saturday night shift. I receive a message: its my best friend Tommy, who lives in Australia. Hes texting me and Ivan, who lives in Berlin.

15:36 Asia on the 6th of January?

I answer instinctively. Yes, I wish.

Same, says Ivan.

A few weeks later, Im still thinking about it. I find myself actually trying to figure out a way to do it.

Another Sunday, another cigarette in bed, another message from Tommy.

14:21 I got the tickets. Ill be in Bangkok on the 6th at 8pm. Meet you there?

I check my bank account twice, then again. I answer back.

16:37 Sorry. Ill be little late, I land at 8:20.
16:42  Are you serious?

After I send Tommy a screenshot as proof of my seriousness, we both wait. We wait two days. Still nothing from Ivan. We talk about him in a private conversation: hes a bastard, hes heartless, hes a traitor. These are the words we use.

Then, its a Wednesday. Im preparing to start my shift. I get out of the shower and check the time on my phone. Theres a message.

15:36 Sorry guys for the late reply, Ive been busy with work lately, barely have had the time to book my flight to Bangkok. 8:40pm sound good?

In the following weeks, I work as usual. I dont tell anyone about the trip: not my parents; not my friends; not my girlfriend, not my bos. No one suspects anything. Its like an escape, I guess.

When I tell them that Im going away and Im not sure when Ill come back, its just a few days before Im supposed to leave. Everyone is upset, but with a different intensity. If I had to go from hating me to being happy for me I would write the aforementioned list in this order: my girlfriend, my boss, my parents, my friends.

They take me to the airport with a case of beer that finishes before we arrive at the departures terminal. We knock back whiskeys at the airport bar. We cry, and I go. I lose my ticket on the way to the gate. Someone finds it on the floor and gives it back to me.





WHEN: June 30 7.30pm 10.30pm


COST:$16 20


Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magic. (

            Daniel Champagne is established as a world class and internationally renowned performer. How many Australian-born artists can spend the majority of their year touring the globe and selling out show after show in North America, Canada and Europe? And doing it tour after tour after tour?

Not many is the answer.

              And in between Champagne finds just enough time to broaden his following in Japan, South America, Mexico and other countries. Oh yes, and then return to Australia and New Zealand for the sort of touring that virtually no other artist can do in 2018.

            This comes after Daniel completed a sold out Canadian tour,  was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and  officially showcased at the recent  Folk Alliance international conference in Kansas City.

            And this headlining national tour starts almost immediately after a run of Australian theatre shows as special guest with Rodrigo Y Gabriela.

Daniel Champagne is not afraid to and in fact loves playing both the biggest and smallest stages, cities and towns. Thats perfectly evidenced by his exhaustive April/May/June tour where he plays a seemingly endless array of diverse locations from capital cities to regional areas.

            Thats what Daniel Champagne does. He takes an astonishing live show he really is one of THE finest guitarists on the planet hops in cars and planes and takes that show to people who want to see him.

            Daniel Champagne has evolved naturally and through relentless hard work into a truly international performer with an intensely devoted audience people who love real music, astonishing guitar playing, great songs, and an art...


Law makers subservient to corporations to extort cash from people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some people (Aussies too) may be under the impression that they have elected a Member of Parliament in order to administer 'peace, order and good governance' for the people(?), and can now rest on their laurels and watch their favourite footy shows with plenty of beer on tap.

The reality cannot be further from the farce described above.

The people in government do not have the best interests of the general population in mind but rather are subservient to their corporate brethren where they 'govern' (restrict) the freedoms and movements of the general population.

This is done via something called consent, where your silence is acquiescence.

In this example let's look at how Microsoft runs the 'show',

from an article in under the headline:

Reasons not to use Microsoft

  • Microsoft is running a patent protection racket, threatening to sue users of free software.
  • Microsoft's principal wrong is distributing a nonfree operating system, Microsoft Windows.
    That system is jam-packed with malicious functionalities, including surveillance of users, DRM, censorship and a universal back door.
  • Microsoft tricked users into "upgrading" to Windows 10.
  • Microsoft Windows 10 forced software changes can sabotage the user terribly if Microsoft chooses an inconvenient time to do them. Since the article is in the mainstream media, it suggests only to buy another computer that serves a master that doesn't do this particular form of nastiness. It completely ignores the possibility of installing a free operating system in the PCwhich doesn't even require buying a new computer.
  • Microsoft tablets and phones impose censorshi...
  • ...


Cynthia McKinney and Gus Savage Harmed by AIPAC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rep Gus Savage (1925-2015), and Rep Cynthia McKinney, b 1955      

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In comments to a June 26, 2018 article at Gumshoe, Mal Hughes said of Zionists: These creatures, like the US that they have ruled for years, are in a disastrous situation of their own greedy making. Greed for finance and control.

I challenged him because I always go berserk when an ethnic group (Jews or otherwise) or an ideological group are said to be responsible for the mess we are in. I think we are all responsible.

However there is really no denying the fact that Congress kowtows to the lobby group known as AIPAC. (The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee.) I will show you a video below of th...


Teven asphalt plant plan canned "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Teven and Tintenbar residents gathered this morning (June 27) to celebrate the refusal of an asphalt plant by the owner of the nearby quarry. Photo supplied

Teven and Tintenbar residents were last night informed that an asphalt plant proposed for their area would not be proceeding after Holcim, the owner of the quarry site where it was to be located, withdrew its approval.

A letter to residents from Holcims NSW aggregates GM Stephen Mossie said the group had not been able to reach an acceptable business arrangement with [proponent] Fulton Hogan.

The letter went on to thank the Teven and Tintenbar community for their feedback.

Josh Browne, president of the Teven Tintenbar Community Association which spearheaded the protest, said, We live in a peaceful valley thats full of guardians who have just shown the world they will protect the paradise that is Teven.

The people of Teven and Tintenbar have shown their strength and proven their determination to safeguard the natural environment. You cant eat asphalt and you cant eat money, he added.

Holcims Teven Quarry site. Photo Holcim

Tintenbar resident and Ballinas deputy mayor Keith Williams said it was a relief for all concerned and he thanked the local community that came out in force, wrote hundreds of letters and made it clear to the proponents that it just wasnt worth proceeding.

As a community we made it clear that we would fight for as long and as far as it took. We had the resources and the expertise all living locally.

Id particularly like to thank the local management of Holcim, who responded to the strong community opposition.

Holcim and its predecessors have been in this community a long time. They sponsor numerous community and sporting groups. I think once they became aware of the potential cost of the negative pu...


KidzKlub July School Holiday Program presented by Kidzklub Australia & Byron Community Centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

WHEN: July 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm 4:00 pm
WHERE: Byron Community Centre Verandah Room (UPSTAIRS) 69 Jonson Street Byron Bay NSW 2481
COST: $25/child | Ages 4 12 years

Childrens July Holiday Workshops at Byron Community Centre

KidzKlub Australia and Byron Community Centre have combined to create a range of School Holiday Workshops. Starting on Monday 9th July, the workshops will run on Mondays to Wednesdays until Wednesday 18th July from 1.30pm to 4.00pm, at a cost of $25/child.

Catering for children aged 4 to 12 years, the workshops will consist of creative art and craft activities, with construction kits and games also on offer.  The kids can play freely and creatively with our fabulous equipment and materials or join in with the structured art session facilitated by our qualified staff.

The workshops have been curated by KidzKlub Australias CEO Trudi Luke. With a background in teaching, Trudi created KidzKlub from the ground up and has run her successful local business for over 12 years. The mastermind behind Little Splendour, Trudi also launched Farm Kids in early 2016.

For a full run down on KidzKlub and what we do checkout our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see just how much fun we get up to.

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Regulated rural weddings and events edge closer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Pop-up wedding venues in the Bryon hinterland could become a permitted use under proposed changes to the LEP. Photo supplied

Hans Lovejoy

Weddings, events and function centres in Byron Shires rural areas could be soon regulated after councillors voted last Thursday to send their planning proposal to the state government for Gateway determination.

If approved, the Byron Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 would be amended to permit function centres in the RU2 Rural Landscape Zone with development consent and subject to appropriate controls relating to site suitability and management.

Greens Cr Michael Lyon broke a deadlock between those in favour and against, after adopting mayor Simon Richardsons motion to proceed.

Cr Basil Cameron opposed proceeding because wedding function use and other uses [are] inconsistent with the zoning objectives for the RU2 zone as the proposed uses are not associated with primary production and environmental conservation.

And owing to the public feedback that was largely against the planning proposal, Cr Cameron sought to Engage with community and the wedding industry to develop a well managed and sustainable industry for all that particularly examines existing facilities in zones with objectives that can accommodate weddings and other functions.

Cr Lyons foreshadowed motion passed (Crs Coorey and Cameron voted against) and ensures that all amplified music will cease no later than 8pm; and that all event attendees will be off site no later than 8.30pm.

Originally, the mayors motion called for a 10pm curfew.

Under the proposal, function centres in the RU1 Primary Produce Zone will not be allowed.

Additionally, Council staff have been asked to Investigate the possibility of implementing a registration system for approved rural function centres.

During morning public access, Jane Magnus from the Byron Events Associa...


Terania Creek forest warriors project approved "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Terania rainforest logging protests preceded the famous Franklin River protests in Tasmania. Photo supplied

Trevor Reece

National Parks NSW has now assessed and approved the Nightcap Monuments Project and acknowledged the significance of the project to regional history and local communities.

A monument site has been identified within the Terania Creek area of the Nightcap National Park. The project timing also hopes to help to historically recognise the fortieth anniversary of the Terania Creek environmental actions of 1979.

The rainforest logging protests at Terania, and later at Mt Nardi, brought about the creation of the now World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park.

The Monuments Project has involved collaboration with the Brunswick Valley Historical Society Inc (BVHS), which is also sponsoring a new film on activism across the region.

The historical society is collecting and archiving historical materials coming through the project. Recently both a television reporter from the time and a police officer have unearthed some great historical material for the project. Look out for the Rainforest Warriors Historical Project Facebook page coming online.

A project master website is now under construction with associated social media platforms. The Monuments Development Program and artists brief with other project activities will be released soon on the Nightcap Monuments Project website.

The project is about to commence a dedicated fundraising program and will be seeking support from regional business, community groups and members, and philanthropic donations.

Financial donations will be tax deductible and will be managed by the BVHS and Mullumbimby Museum. Project help is also sought with many tasks ahead.

You can contact the BVHS by phoning 6684 4367 or emailing project co-ordinator Trevor Reece at

The post...


Turnbull government fails transparency test on proposed EU FTA negotiations "IndyWatch Feed National"

June 27, 2018: On Monday, the European Union published its Negotiating Directives for its proposed free trade agreement with Australia, but the Australian government hasnt matched this level of transparency by publishing its own objectives.

The Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network has already requested in its submissions on the EU FTA that the Turnbull government release its own negotiating objectives, and release negotiating texts, and will continue to pursue the government to do so.

Following European Court of Justice decisions that ISDS is incompatible with national sovereignty and EU law, the EU Negotiating Directives do not include ISDS. The EU Trade Commissioner confirmed this in a media conference in Canberra on June 18.

But the EU Trade Commissioner in the same media conference also disclosed that the EU may be seeking stronger monopolies for data protection on biologic medicines of up to 10 years, compared with five years under Australias current law.  Pharmaceutical companies already have 20 years monopoly on these costly new medicines, plus five years data protection in Australia. Extending data protection to 10 years would delay the availability of cheaper forms of these medicines, costing the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme hundreds of millions of dollars per year. We need a clear statement from the Australian government about its negotiating objectives, and whether it will resist such demands.

The EU also wants other forms of stronger intellectual property rights, broader access to government procurement, and broader access to services.



The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is celebrating a win for small-scale pastured pig and poultry farmers and everyones access to food grown in ethical and ecologically sound ways with the Victorian Governments announcement of the long-awaited reforms to the planning scheme.

The reforms acknowledge the very low risk these systems pose to environment and amenity, and introduce a streamlined permit application process for low density mobile outdoor pig and chicken farms, with no requirement for referrals to other agencies nor a notice and review period.

While we still maintain that small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms should not have been required to obtain a permit to farm in the Farming Zone, just as their grazing counterparts are not required to, we have accepted this compromise as a way forward to give local councils and communities confidence that our intentions to raise animals responsibly and respectfully are matched by our farming practices, said AFSA President Tammi Jonas.

Up until 2015 small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms were advised by councils across the state that they did not require permits as they were generally considered to be extensive or grazing systems. However, a VCAT ruling in 2015 deemed free-range pig farm Happy Valley as intensive due to importing the majority of the pigs feed.

The decision triggered a process that has taken three years to address what farmers, councils, and the state government all agreed was an unintended consequence of an imprecise definition.

AFSA mobilized its members and partnered with other organisations across the state such as Slow Food Melbourne, Open Food Network, and the Victorian Farmers Markets Association, which led to an unprecedented 270 submissions made to Agriculture Victoria late last year calling for scale-appropriate, risk-based planning provisions.

We are delighted at this outcome after years of working with the Victorian Government, and optimistic that small-scale regenerative farmers have a seat at the table now that we have collectivized our voices in an organization that the Government recognizes as the voice of small-scale farmers, said AFSA President Tammi Jonas.

Whilst the new scheme is not perfect, it blends solid scientific principles with a pragmatic approach for planners to ensure that our sector can continue to expand rapidly while protecting environment and amenity. The Government and its departments are to be congratulated for recognising the emergence of our sector and asking for our help to formulate this new policy, said Bruce Burton of Milking Yard Farm.

"Regrarians Ltd applauds the Victoria State Government's process since it released its draft reforms in September 2017. Working with partner organisations such as AFSA, VFMA along wit...


Monsantos ghostwriting and strong-arming threaten sound science "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Discovery documents arising from thousands of lawsuits claiming cancer development after exposure to Roundup herbicide uncover the corporate capture of science, which puts public health, and the very foundation of democracy, at risk.

Carey Gillam and Leemon McHenry found three major trends in the discovery documents:
1. Ghostwriting. When the scientific literature did not yield the results Monsanto desired, the company talked internally about writing its own journal articles and paying outside scientists to list their names on the documents when they were sent for publication.

2. Influencing journal editors. The company used all of its influence to pressure a journal editor to retract a paper, against the wishes of its authors, that drew results Monsanto found disagreeable.

3. Corrupting government agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency persuade the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a toxicological arm of the Department of Health and Human Services, from carrying out its own assessment of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

The full article and further references can be found here.

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Council for Civil Liberties condemns regulations allowing for bans on public gatherings "IndyWatch Feed National"

The New South Wales government will on 1 July enact measures that will extend the ban any public gathering on state government owned Crown Land that it does not approve.  This shows it has something to fear over its policies and stream of current and emerging corruption scandals. The law, which has existed since 2006, will see an extension of the power of public officials and harsher penalties for non-compliance. The likes of this drift towards the outlawing of public assembly has not been seen since the days of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government in Queensland, and the response is such, that the government is been widely accused of orchestrating a major breach in democratic rights. The restriction on public gatherings has come together with rising police powers. Following is a statement, reproduced in full, from The NSW Council for Civil Liberties, as amended on 26 June. the statement is authorised by Stephen Blanks, the President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties

Following media interest, the NSW Council for Civil Liberties (CCL) has responded to criticisms from the NSW Government regarding the breadth of these regulations. CCL appreciates the governments engagement with our concerns. This statement has been amended to incorporate the Governments response, which is explained more fully in the final section of this statement. The regulations have also been provided at greater length, to explain other prescribed activities, and to set out penalties stipulated under the regulations.  CCL remains opposed to the regulations in question.

On 1 July, new regulations will come into effect, granting the NSW State Government incredibly wide powers to disperse or ban protests, rallies, and virtually any public gathering across approximately half of all land across the state. CCL strongly opposes these regulations. As is explained in the final section, the NSW Government has responded to our criticisms by arguing that the new regulations are broadly the same as previous regulations. This argument is factually correct, although fines that may be imposed under the new regulations have been increased. However, this does not answer criticism of the merit of the regulations.

Regulations which are potentially extremely broad in scope do not become good law simply because they have precedent. In the context of increased hostility to protest rights as demonstrated by anti-protest legislation, and the dispersal of Martin Place homeless protesters, CCL is concerned that this style of regulation can arbitrarily impede the right to protest. Such regulations need to be debated and brought to the attention of the public. CCL oppose...


Hemp Collectives winter harvest "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Maxine and Mike Shea from the Hemp Collective. Photo Jeff Hemp Me Up Dawson

After researching and developing their business model for a year and a half, Hemp Collective is now reaping the benefits of low-THC organic hemp with its first crop being harvested in Byron Shire.

While it looks like cannabis, the low-THC strain has no pyschoactive properties and is known for its superior fibre and health benefits.

According to Hemp Collectives Maxine and Mike Shea, it hasnt been an easy road to the point of harvest, with many obstacles to overcome, owing in part to the newness of the Australian industry.

Maxine says, But we are happy to have taken that amount of time to get it right!

We are striving to support regional and sustainable production, making safe and high-quality goods, and reinvigorate our society to return to a time when craftsmanship and quality are valued above over-consumption and standardisation.

Most importantly, we want to be able to build a sense of empowerment, transparency, community, as well as providing ethical consumption and cause-related purchasing to our customer base. Australian owned and made all the way!

Asked what motivated the couple to start the business, Maxine says it was owing to her health.

I have a rare TSH pituitary brain tumour (non-cancerous), she says, and we couldnt find a complete nourishing food that doesnt have crazy amounts of pesticides and herbicides, and which can be grown in natural conditions.

Spray free, organic

We have always supported eating organic, spray-free and certified organic foods. For us, hemp foods and products ticked our boxes. Hemp maintains our health and wellbeing! Hemp is an amazing source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 v...


Library funds slashed, say Public Libraries Assoc "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore Library. Photo Bruce H Kennewell

Claims that library services across the state will be axed by 18 per cent have been refuted by local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin, yet with new funding arrangements, the outcome for libraries appears still unclear. 

According to the peak body representing libraries across NSW, $5.275m in funding for local libraries has been slashed in the recently announced 201819 budget.

NSW councils manage library services on behalf of the state government, and NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA) president Dallas Tout says they represent a network of 368 public libraries across NSW.

Tout says, The annual grants program (previously known as Library Development Grants and over the past four years, Public Library Infrastructure Grants) administered by the State Library of NSW, has been completely wiped out, accounting for $4m of the funding reduction.

Yet local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin says the $5.275m figure claimed by NSW PLA is incorrect. He told The Echo, The Public Library Infrastructure Grants program provided $15 million in funding over four years for infrastructure projects at local libraries, with most funding going to regional libraries.

The Regional Cultural Fund will now fund public library infrastructure, he said. Applications for round two of the fund open in mid-2018, with $5 million committed to fund public library infrastructure.

The NSW Liberal and Nationals government remains committed to supporting local libraries, particularly in regional areas.

In reply, Dallas Tout said that under the proposed budget, the said infrastructure grants will only be open to regional applicants.

We are still waiting for clarification that this is a correct assumption. Other public organisations, for example museums, appear to have to now bid out of the same fund.

Theres no confirmation that the $5m is new funding....


June 27 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1789 - Ooooooooo, there was excitement plus, peoples, when Captain Tench and his party gallivanted upon the Nepean River.

1865 - Army commaner and engineer John Monash was found in the cabbage patch.

1874 - Victoria's mining unions amalgamated to form Amalgamated Miners Union.

1880 - Seige of Glenrowan Day 2 -
Most of the law abiding element of Glenrowans population had been rounded up by Ned Kelly and his gang and held hostage in Ann Jones Inn. This was so the Kellys could derail the train tacks and no warning of the trap towards the police and their special train coming from Melbourne. As the day wore n, and no police train appeared along the tracks, the tense atmosphere developed, and by late night, it appeared that there would be no train. The police train finally left Melbourne for Beechworth in North East Victoria, at 10pm, with police, horses and blacktrackers.

1891 - Floods destroyed property from Wagga Wagga to Queanbeyan, NSW.

1905 - The newspapers were full of the news that 3 West Oz Aboriginal men had been arrested, while a 4th escaped, after the discovery of two skeletons alleged to have been white fellas, while between 9 and 12 murders were being attributed to these men.

1909 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1911 - Australia's first military academy, Duntroon, opened within the Australian Capital Territory.

1916 - Those farmers in Yanac were mighty pleased with the opening of the Yanac-a-Yanac Railway Branch Line (Vic) from Lorquon.

1925 - The Mildura Railway Line (Vic) was stretched a little longer when it was extended from Merbein to Yelta...and became the Yelta Railway Line.

1927 - When the Duke and Duchess of York finally got home after their tour of Or-stray-lia they had 3 tons of gifts for their little girl, Elizabeth. Bet that copped them a fair fine for over-weight luggage!

1934 - Eight Aboriginal prisoners who had been condemned to death in the Darwin Courts for murder of two white prospectors had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment by the Governor-General.

1937 - In Dubbo, western NSW, trade unionist and Aboriginal politician William Ferguson launched the Aborigines Progressive Association, in opposition to the Aborigines Protection Board, after officials of the Board had arbitrarily used their powers to harass Aboriginal people.

1949 A coal strike involving 23,000 miners began. It lasted for seven weeks until Australian military forces were used to break the strike; the first time such a thing had happened in peace-time Australia.

1951 - The Country of Cumberland Scheme, which determines and controls the growth and planning of Sydney, became operational.

1974 - Eighty-e...


Gay hate behind 27 Sydney murders: police "IndyWatch Feed National"

Undated file photograph of Ross Warren, a 25-year-old television newsreader with WIN Wollongong who went missing near Marks Park at Tamarama in Sydney in July 1989. Senior deputy NSW Coroner, Jacqueline Milledge, found he and two other men were likely thrown off a cliff near Marks Park by violent gangs targeting homosexuals. (AAP Image/NSW Police Media)

SYDNEY, AAP A review of 88 suspicious deaths has revealed 27 men were likely murdered simply for being gay during a violent and dark period of Sydneys history.

The unsolved homicide unit is now examining 23 cases with fears homophobic killers may still walk the streets.

From the 1970s gay men were found slain in parks, homes or washed onto sharp rocks below Sydneys secluded gay beats.

The citys budding LGBTIQ community was being targeted while much of the community looked away.

The violence reached a bloody crescendo in the late 1980s and early 1990s fuelled by a moral panic triggered by the HIV epidemic.

Up to 20 assaults took place each day but unsympathetic elements of the police and judiciary meant most attacks were never reported or investigated.

NSW Police on Wednesday released findings from a three-year review of 88 high-profile cases from 1976 to 2000.

Strike Force Parrabells goal was to do all that is possible to heal the rift that grew between police and the LGBTIQ community in those decades.

A team of police investigators and independent academics from Flinders University looked at whether attackers had shown evidence of gay-hate motivation.

They reached different conclusions in some cases but agreed eight deaths were the result of gay hate.

All eight have been solved the killers were charged and convicted.

A further 19 deaths are suspected gay hate crimes and five of those remain unsolved.

Among them was 25-year-old newsreader Ross Warren whose keys were found at the base of a cliff at a Tamarama gay beat in 1989.

His body was never found but homophobic youths were known to be launching attacks on gay men i...



Pauline Hanson turns on company tax cuts for multinationals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Pauline Hanson is once again saying she is opposing the governments company tax cuts, unless there is an agreement to go after multinationals.

She says the cut must not apply to companies with more than $50 million in annual turnover.

There is sound reason for setting the bar at this amount. It would allow some relief to small businesses doing it hard in the present environment.

Whether the maverick leader of One Nation will stick to it is anyones guess. She does have a propensity to change her mind mid stride. But so long as she sticks to it, she is doing something right.

She says she wants a crack down on multinational tax avoidance and companies that use overseas call centres to be denied the benefit.

There is no doubt that this package will resonate with many Australians.

It will also appeal to One Nations membership and base, and is strategically sensible for Hanson. After one more public brawl and Senate defection, the partys fracturing has gathered pace, and needs something to pull it together to stop the unraveling.

Hanson has also done herself considerable damage by coming across as autocratic and incapable of listening to others. Her latest stance on this issue provides an opportunity to let her look like she is listening.

Regardless of any of this, opposition to Turnbulls push for the corporate tax cut to 25 percent is right, in terms of fairness and the needs of the economy. Corporate tax dodging is an even bigger issue, because it robs the Australian community of a great deal of capital that could be put to work, to make Australia a better place.

If One Nation continues to hold firm on this, it will mean the government is not likely to get the cut through the Senate. This would be a positive development.

But we should not rely on it. The governments corporate backers are determined to see it through. Immense pressure will be put on One Nation and Pauline Hanson personally, to back down.

And the company tax issue is not a stand-alone matter. It touches the bigger question of whose interests the Australian economy should serve. The trickle-down effect argument is dead and buried. Should the bulk of the benefit go to a handful of billionaires, or to the great majority of the population?

This also brings up the role of government. Should it play an important role in in the allocation of resources and distribution of income?

The priorities should be the creation of jobs and and building an economy that rewards all fairly.

For years now, we have been told that the government must cut back on what it provides, because it does not have the funds. Ensuring tha...


Australian Broadcasting Corporation concealing the dangers of Wi-Fi? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the article of the headline:

ABC retracts Wi-Fried?

On 16 February 2016, the ABC science program Catalyst aired Wi-Fried?, a program about the safety of wireless devices such as mobile phones.

The ABCs independent Audience & Consumer Affairs (A&CA) unit investigated complaints about the program and found that it breached the ABCs impartiality standards by unduly favouring a so called unorthodox perspective that wireless devices and Wi-Fi pose significant health risks.

The full Audience and Consumer Affairs Investigation report can be found here:

Following the outcome of this report, the ABC has retracted the program and removed it from its website. Dr Maryanne Demasi, the presenter, has been suspended.

Is this yet further evidence of industry muscle swaying scientific debate? Why is the independence of the ABC seemingly in the thrall of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)?

To read more about this spurious censorship, or to submit a comment, please go to:

If you missed out on seeing Wi-Fried?, and want to make up your o...


Council for Civil Liberties condemns regulations allowing for bans on public gatherings on public land "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Excerpt from New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties post, 20 June 2018:

NSW Civil Liberties Council (CCL) is appalled to learn that in 12 days, the NSW State Government will have incredibly wide powers to disperse or ban protests, rallies, and virtually any public gathering across about half of all land across the state.

On 16 March this year, the NSW State Government published the Crown Land Management Regulation 2018(NSW). Included was a provision which provided that public officials would have broad power to direct a person to stop Taking part in any gathering, meeting or assembly. The only exception provided for is in the case of a cemetery, for the purpose of a religious or other ceremony of burial or commemoration. Alternatively, public officials have broad discretion to affix a conspicuous sign prohibiting any gathering, meeting or assembly again, unless the public gathering was a funeral.

Police, Local Council officials, and even so-far unspecified categories of people or government employees could soon have the power to ban people from holding public gatherings on public land. The territory where these incredibly broad powers would apply are called Crown Land - land owned by the State Government. This includes town squares, parks, roads, beaches, community halls and more.


Investigation into the conduct of Public Service Commissioner & IPA member could be cut short and closed without findings once he leaves the public service in August "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

John Lloyd. Image: The Guardian, 4 June 2018

This close to a federal election will Turnbull & Co organise a whitewashing of any Australian Public Service Commission Code of Conduct finding relating to John Richard Lloyd?

The Guardian, 21 June 2018:

The outgoing public service commissioner John Lloyd is being investigated for an alleged breach of the public service code of conduct, in what Labor has called an unprecedented move.


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Criminal allegations and complaint against Westpac Bank Directors and CEO sent to NSW Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Directors and CEO of Westpac are facing a likely criminal investigation after Lawyers acting on behalf of fraud victims Lisa Anne Lambert and Thomas Patrick Hayes made a formal complaint to Detective Inspector Aurthur Katsogiannis who is the Commander of the NSW Police Force Cybercrime Squad. The complaint centers around the Directors and CEO []


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...


A UFO film - "The Nullarbor." "IndyWatch Feed National"


There are two Australian UFO cases, of which almost all researchers have heard. The first is the 1978 disappearance of Victorian pilot Frederick Valentich. The second, is the 1988 Knowles family encounter on the Nullarbor Plains of Western Australia, which is the subject of this post.


In the early morning hours of 20 January 1988, members of the Perth based Knowles family, were travelling by car from Perth to Melbourne, driving through the night over the isolated Nullarbor Plains near the Western Australia/South Australia border. They reported seeing an unusual light, near ground level, which they believed then attempted to lift their car off the ground, during an extended encounter.

Their story made headlines around the world, and locally was investigated in depth by members of UFO Research of South Australia. Now, the story is to be told in a full length feature film.


The International Movie Data base shows that a film titled simply, "The Nullarbor" is in pre-production. It is scheduled as a 90 minute, "action, drama, sci-fi." The plot given there is, "On a dark and lonely road an ordinary family encounter something extraordinary....


2018 True Blue Crew Aussie Pride / Flagwit Parade : All Aboard The Failboat Toot Toot! "IndyWatch Feed National"

tl;dr : LOL In Melbourne on Sunday, a small group of racists and fascists, assembled under the banner of the True Blue Crew (TBC), undertook a rally and march, ostensibly in order to celebrate Aussie Pride. The flagwit parade is Continue reading



Local independent brewery, Stone & Wood held their annual Festival Of The Stone at their Byron Bay brewery over the long weekend which celebrated the release of their 2018 Stone Beer and raised $17,000 for Big Scrub Landcare.

In the lead up to the festival, the clouds opened and as expected from previous years, torrential rain battered the brewery tin roof. It was set to be another evening of huddling under the tents braving the winter elements. However, the morning of the festival was a picture of clear blue skies and the sun came down to shine on Byron. This years Festival Of The Stone was another roaring success.

The managing director of Stone & Wood Brewing Co, Ben Summons said, As the village brewery we are proud of Festival of the Stones ongoing success. It has such a positive impact in our local community through money raised, and being able to invite locals to celebrate the release of our Stone Beer during the cooler months with family and friends.

Stone & Wood donated all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales to national not-for-profit Ingrained Foundation, a separate entity of Stone & Wood Brewery that was set up to extend upon the brewerys community program, to support and help local charities. Ingrained Foundation will donate all proceeds to Big Scrub Landcare who work to rejuvenate and protect the local Big Scrub rainforest.

In response to hearing the news of the donation, Shannon Greenfields from Big Scrub Landcare has said Big Scrub Landcare are overwhelmed with this outcome, these funds are a major contribution to our work in caring for our rainforest.

Highlights from the evening include the first kegs of 2018 Stone Beer being tapped to thirsty drinkers, and a mouth-watering food truck line up. Stone Beer was brewed eight weeks before the festival and honours the ancient techniques of brewing. By adding wood fired stones to the kettle to rouse the boil, the malt characters are intensified. Roasted caramel aromas are balanced with a warming, full bodied cocoa flavour perfect for a cold winters night!



14-year-old winched to safety from Mt Warning "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) had to perform a winch rescue on a 14-year-old boy who its believed suffered a medical condition while walking on the Mount Warning (Wollumbin) track on Tuesday (June 26).

A spokesperson for WRHS said that the boy had been successfully winched out and airlifted to Tweed Hospital.

His condition at this stage is still unknown.

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The Churches should pay their fair share of tax "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen Davis

Prime Minister Trumble has been prattling on about corporate tax cuts, even though it seems most of these corporations pay no or next to no, tax. But what about that other big group of wealthy rorters, the churches.

For example, the assets and cash holdings of the Catholic Church in Australia are estimated at around $30 billion. Its figures globally are hard to track, but the Vatican alone holds between $10 and $15 billion.

Church operations in Australia are tax-free based on the escape clause of advancing religion a statute dating back from Queen Elizabeth the First, and inherited from England when Australia was occupied.  Thats a long time ago and a lot of money has been circulated.

The exemptions mean that they dont pay income tax, GST, FBT, payroll tax, council rates, state government taxes, land and local government taxes.

Churches own private hospitals, schools, aged care centres and other commercial ventures that bring in lots of revenue. Sanitarium is the best known religious corporation in Australia wholly owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It had  a 2010 turnover of $550 million and a staff of more than 1500. Sanitarium paid no tax.

At the same time as the churches make lots of tax free money,  its worth noting only 8 percent of Australians attend church regularly. In the 2016 census 52.1 percent identified as Christians. Overall 60.3 percent of Australians identified as having a religious faith. 30.1 percent of said no religion and 9.6 percent refused to answer the question. Fifty years prior 88% of Australians identified as Christians. The proportion of identifying as having a religious faith is rapidly falling.

Section 116 of the Australian Constitution  precludes the Commonwealth of Australia (i.e., the federal parliament) from making laws for establishing any religion, imposing any religious observance, or prohibiting the free exercise of any religion. Section 116 also provides that no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth. Would a court considered Section 116 only protects religious observance from government interference; it doesnt allow a church(es) an exemption from paying their legal taxation requirements?

Even though religious observance in Australia is declining, is there a political party (politician) wiling to take up the fight to make the churches pay their way.



The post The Ch...


FixedIt: Only the murderer is to blame for a murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 reported that Ryan Christopher Hawke was convicted of murder a second time for the 2014 fatal stabbing of Mark Colin Koller.

Its almost impressive how many excuses and sympathy votes they managed to squish into a single headline.

Drug addled so it wasnt really his fault, the drugs made him do it

Father of three so hes really a Good Bloke, hes some little kids daddy

Over a threesome with his wife so shes sexually and therefore morally suspect and again, hes given a plausible excuse and a far more blameable figure than the ever-excusable middle aged white man.

And then theres this gem from the body of the article: He was very annoyed someone had done this with his woman, prosecutor Sean OSullivan said during his opening address in November.

His woman?

I couldnt get the transcript to check if Sean OSullivan really did say this  or if its just how the journalist heard it. Maybe there was intended irony that didnt translate into text? I hope so because if someone who prosecutes murderers thinks about women in those terms, the women of WA should be very concerned.

None of this, however nauseating, is new or even unusual.

Former Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said about recent research on this, There is a clear link between media reporting and community attitudes towards violence against women.

The way news media frame a story about violence against women can have a powerful impact on the way the public understands the issue. Who or what is selected to appear in the news and how those individuals and events are portrayed matters.

Blaming victims for the violence inflicted upon them, for instance, still happens in one in six articles about violence against women. Not only are people never to blame for experiencing violence, in society these views impact how many people report violent incidents and conviction rates.

Journalists have a responsibility to themselves, their profession, their readers and the victims of crime to report ethically on mens violence against women. Sensationalising a young womans murder is not fulfilling that responsibility.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent...


UK council wants to ban the movie Zulu. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UK's SSAFA is the Armed Forces Charity. It has one purpose. To relieve need, suffering and distress among the UK's veterans. As part of its fundraising efforts, it's going to show the movie Zulu this Saturday night. And that's where the drama begins. Folkestone (which is where tens of...


New Byron Shire Council GM announced "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

New Byron Shire Council General Manager (and former acting GM) Mark Arnold. Photo supplied

Byron Shire Council has announced its replacement for outgoing GM Ken Gainger. And if his face looks familiar, thats because it is.

Long-time senior staff member and acting Council general manager Mark Arnold has been confirmed in the role.

GMs are responsible for the Councils operation and staff, who enact policy that councillors vote upon.

Mr Arnold has worked for Byron Shire Council for ten years as the director of Corporate and Community Services and will offically replace Ken Gainger, who retired in January.

Mayor Simon Richardson said, I am pleased to announce that Mark was the successful candidate in a very strong field and I am really confident that he will be a great leader of the council over the next five years.

Byron Shire is well known for having a passionate and engaged community that is demanding of its council and Mark has a strong rapport with many community groups already and he is also highly respected by the staff, he said.

Mr Arnold, who this year notched up 37 years in local government, said one of his top priorities when he takes over as GM on July 2 will be to empower the community in Councils decision-making process.

Top priorities

The Byron Shire community is actively engaged and interested in the activities of Council and, as an organisation, we need to respect this and work with our community to make sure that what we do reflects the needs, desires and values of our residents, Mark Arnold said.

Theres never a dull moment in the Byron Shire and this is one of the things that I love about working here, Mr Arnold said.

There are a lot of exciting and innovative projects in areas like sustainability and renewables that are ready to go and I am looking forward to seeing these implemented.

The community can also be assured that there will be a major focus on continuing to improve infrastructure like roads, he said.

Mark Arnold began working for Council in 2008 after a being employed at Tenterfield Shire Council.

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July In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"

When you look outside this time of year the last thing you feel like doing is standing out in the cold, wet and windy weather, especially if you live in the cooler areas. Dont let this put you off. There is so much to do in the garden and a lot more to do in the garden shed. Get off the couch and put on the thermals, the beanie, a coat and your gumboots and warm yourself up with some winter garden love.

Of course, the following is just a rough guide, and many of you will find your situation varies from the above listing due to microclimates created in your garden, location in relation to your nearest major city, extremes of weather and garden type. But the one thing that remains the same for all zones and regions is this: improve your soil by adding organic matter, mulch and no matter the season, we can all garden more sustainably all year round.

Tool Time
Why not head out to the shed, and sharpen, clean, oil and maintain your garden tools. Sounds tedious, but its really rewarding, and will save you cash in the long run. Practicing tool hygiene will prevent the spread of disease.

Mulch your beds
Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds. Choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down. If in the southern states try to avoid Sugar Cane as it would have a high carbon footprint due to transport.

Green Manure
Green manure crops are good to go now improve that dormant veggie patch. In cooler to temperate areas you can use crops like like faba beans or field peas and for warmer areas try mung beans. Remember to chop and drop them before they flower.

Pruning & Weeding
Pruning and weeding is a great job to do at this time of year. Deciduous fruit trees love a big old haircut now, except your apricot!

Cool to Cold Areas

Low temperatures for extended periods of time (all of Tasmania, most of Victoria, the southern highlands of NSW, the ACT and a tiny southern bit of SA)

Its bare root season! Get your deciduous fruit trees in now, including apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. Deciduous exotic trees can also be planted now.

Theres still a bit happening in the veggie patch, especially if you love your brassicas, you could try spinach, carrots, sweet peas, broad beans, coriander and peas.

Temperate Areas...


The Benefits of Indoor Plants "IndyWatch Feed National"

On average, every Australian spends around 90% of their time indoors, be it at work, at home, at the shops or the local pub a figure that is quite astonishing.          But, if you think thats frightening a number of studies have found that the air indoors (where we spend most of our time) is generally more polluted than the air outside (where we spend about 10% of our time or even less in some months)!  Having plants growing indoors is an easy and attractive way of cleaning up this pollution.

A class of chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are the main indoor air pollutants. VOCs are present in many common office and indoor items including carpets, paints, wall panels, wood products (especially particle board) and furnishings, and can be pretty bad news. Including such baddies as formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and toluene, VOCs decrease the indoor air quality and are a significant contributor to sick building syndrome, a term used to describe a range of symptoms thought to be caused by the office or home environment.  Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide also pollute indoor air.

The CSIRO estimates that the health cost of poor indoor air quality could be as high as $12 billion annually1.  Indoor plants reduce the losses occurring through increased absenteeism and reduced productivity in the workplace.

If that happens in workplaces, just think of what happens at home!

How Plants Protect People

Plants indoors can significantly reduce both VOCs and carbon dioxide from the air, meaning cleaner, greener, happier and more productive homes and offices2.  But how do they do it?   Removal of VOCs from the air indoors is actually done by the plant as well as the millions of micro-organisms in the soil. It has been shown that potting mix alone was able to remove some level of VOCs from the air, although the amount removed significantly increased with a plant in the pot (due to the increased level of soil microbial activity that comes with having a real plant in the pot)2.  Having just three indoor plants in 10m of office space can go a long way indeed to improving indoor air quality.

When 28 different plants were compared the most efficient at removing VOCs were Hemigraphis alternate (red flame ivy), Hedera helix (common ivy) Hoya carnosa (porcelain flower or wax plant) and Asparagus...


Growing Apricots "IndyWatch Feed National"

Apricots with their luscious combination of sweetness and tanginess are, in my opinion, the tastiest fruit in the stone fruit orchard. Theres nothing like waiting for those first tree-ripened apricots, red-blushed on the side facing the sun, in December or January and taking a first bite of their sweet juicy flesh. Heaven!

Plant and Position Me Well

Although apricots are generally thought of as being only suitable to grow in warm temperate and cool temperate climates, there are some varieties with low chill requirements that grow in subtropical areas. Plant in winter when the tree is dormant. Choose a well-drained, fertile spot and dig a deep hole. Incorporating some slotted pipe down the side of the hole will make delivering water direct to the roots both easy and efficient later on during hot weather.

Select a tree that can develop 4 main branches and prune to a vase shape. When you plant, check the width the tree will grow to and leave ample space all the way around it (including appropriate distance from fences) as this will allow good air circulation and prevent a build-up of humidity resulting in fungal disease. And plant in full sun so that the fruit will ripen!

Feed Me Too

There is some contention about the best regime for fertilising apricots. Some experts say that autumn is the time to feed apricots and not spring and recommend fertilising after cropping has finished so that the tree and its fruit are nourished for the following spring and summer. They say spring feeding may result in lower crop quality. Others say that apricots should be fertilised in late winter, mid-spring and mid-summer if needed and NOT to fertilise late summer and autumn as this produces sappy growth prior to winter and increases the risk of infection. Both schools agree that a fertiliser high in potassium and phosphorous and low in nitrogen is best for apricots.  Composted chicken manure is ideal along with worm castings and worm juice.  Drinks of seaweed solution during the growing period are also helpful

Water Me as Well

Water is a must! Apricots need water during hot summers and after cropping so that their buds will develop well the following spring. Water around the trees drip line once a week or, as mentioned above, install slotted pipe at planting and water directly to the roots through summer and autumn. Apricots do not like wet or boggy ground so your site must be well drained. They also do not li...


Theres just no fix for this one. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Where do you even start with this one from The Townsville Bulletin, which was picked up from News Corp sites around the world, including, The Daily Mail and The Sun, although there did appear to be a bit of confusion about how old the victim was.

And it wasnt just News. The BBC ran it too.

Revenge porn of a eight year old child. Who even thinks in those terms? Revenge porn as defined as the distribution of sexually graphic images of individuals without their consent.

If the child was eight years old any images that fit this category are not porn, they are rape, abuse and exploitation. No one can have consensual sex with a child that young. Its incomprehensible that anyone could even think of graphic images of a child that young in terms of porn.

The Townsville Bulletin was a particularly egregious presentation, given that it appeared under a video still of an undeniably adult, lingerie clad female body. This is clearly a sensationalised story about sex, not a story of sexual abuse and exploitation of children uncovered during an investigation into sexual abuse and exploitation of adults.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependen...


Curious affection or monstrous affliction? Revisiting Patricia Piccinini "IndyWatch Feed National"

As Tobin Siebers observed, Art is the active site designed to explore and expand the spectrum of humanity that we will accept among us. Despite attempts to exclude disability from the art world, for Siebers it is central to the experience of aesthetics: how certain bodies make other bodies feel.


Aphids "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi, my name is: Aphid

Hobbies: Multiplying!!! Sucking sap; exuding honeydew; hanging out with ants which are attracted to the honeydew, encouraging sooty mould and passing viruses from plant to plant.  Youll often find yellow patches from these viruses on infected leaves.

Likes: Yellow flowers, warm moist environments, succulent new growth of just about every kind of plant (I really love roses, heaps of veggies, annuals and citrus trees).

Dislikes: Chives, coriander, garlic, onions, petunias and radishes. Soaps like home made chilli soap, neem oil (Azadarachtin).  Dont get along with Ladybirds or Lacewings, Braconid Wasps, Hover Flies or Praying Mantis! Oh, and I hate sticky traps!  These predatory insects seem to be attracted by companion plants like Alyssum, Yarrow and Dill.

Youll know youve met me when: all your plants new growth is seriously malformed; there are heaps of ants on the stems or plant parts are sticky from my honeydew. Oh, and yucky black sooty mold soon appears!

Breaking up aint hard to do if you:

  • Squash me and my mates by hand. Its icky but effective! Or pay your neighbours kids to do the deed- they love squashing us!  In my death throes I emit a chemical signal that makes the other aphids take off quick smart!
  • Stop my ant friends from coming around by growing tansy or other ant repellent plants! Ants tend to our every need and protect us from garden bullies. Without their protection we are very vulnerable to being eaten!
  • Irritate me by putting a flattened square of aluminium foil around the base of plants to bounce light on the undersides of leaves.
  • Spray me with a home made garlic or chilli soap. Or make an insecticidal soap (2ml liquid Castille soap per 100 ml water) and target the underside of leaves.  Some claim that including mint tea in the water can also be helpful.
  • ...


How big should Byron become? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Professor Nicole Gurran Photo Sydney University

How much is enough is the question posed for an upcoming forum that will consider how Byron grows into the future. 

The Community Alliance for Byron Shire (CABS) is hosting the event at the Byron Community Centre Cavanbah Room on Saturday July 7 from 10am till 1pm. 

CABS president Matthew OReilly says his group is honoured that University of Sydney Professor Nicole Gurran has accepted an invitation to present. Other guests are still to be confirmed, he says. 

Professor Gurran is an urban planner and policy analyst, whose research focuses on comparative urban planning systems and approaches to housing and ecological sustainability.

OReilly says, CABS has continued to receive feedback from its member organisations and Byron Shire ratepayers that excessive development is undermining the spirit and integrity of the Byron community.

A one size fits all approach to planning as advocated by the NSW State Government is inappropriate in coastal village based communities such as Byron Shire.

The upcoming Draft Byron Residential Strategy and Draft Byron Employment Land Strategy will set the scene for development in the Shire for the next ten to twenty years.

If we dont get the communities values, priorities and vision properly embedded in the planning framework we risk Byron becoming just another Tweed...


MACKAY Mother-of-two DUMPS a bag of poo on the counter of Chemist Warehouse when staff said her four "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mother-of-two DUMPS a bag of poo on the counter of Chemist Warehouse when staff said her four

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and was particularly stressed. She pleaded guilty to public nuisance and assault occasioning bodily harm in Mackay Magistrates Court on Sunday.

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MACKAY Disturbance at licensed venue, North Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 25, 2018 at 10:56AM ,

Disturbance at licensed venue, North Mackay

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He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on July 16. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information

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MACKAY Child grooming charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 25, 2018 at 01:45PM ,

Child grooming charges, Mackay

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A 53-year-old Ball Bay man will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on 10 July 2018 charged with grooming person under age of 16 years. Detective

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MACKAY City disturbance leads to two arrests and multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 25, 2018 at 11:41AM ,

City disturbance leads to two arrests and multiple charges, Mackay

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She is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on July 18. The man- a 22-year-old from Balberra- is due to appear the Mackay Magistrates

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MACKAY Qld man groomed trick-or-treater: police "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY June 25, 2018 at 05:07PM ,

Qld man groomed trick-or-treater: police

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got vigilant parents and trusted adults out there who prevent this going any further. The man will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on July 10.

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Over a Hundred Wars and Not an Ounce of Good "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian Stealth submarines (photo The National Interest)

by G5

Were all the wars, genocides and devastations since the end of WWII, somehow justified or merely the expressions of the abject insanity of a few? 

Vietnam was a tragedy that should never have occurred, and for which America was never made accountable. But true history is enduring and indelible. Why were there 550,000 American ground troops in Vietnam under Westmoreland? Why was Khe Sanh the busiest airport in the world? Why are there landmines in Cambodia, still murdering children to this day?

These are conscious and wilful human tragedies. Were the genocides of Agent Or...


Slater and Gordon now creating mechanisms for Australians to access justice "IndyWatch Feed National"

What does it mean to "..remain committed to creating mechanisms for Australians to access justice"? Creating mechanisms? When did lawyers start creating mechanisms? I thought they had clients, gave legal advice, advocated, represented people in court, were officers of the court etc. Creating mechanisms? Sounds very much like conduct unbecoming...


Lismore ant nerd congratulated for quick-thinking response "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Milo Yeigh with his award for spotting Lismores invasion of yellow crazy ants. Photo supplied

Milo Yeigh, the 19-year-old self-confessed ant nerd who first reported yellow crazy ants to the Department of Primary Industries, has been congratulated for his quick action.

Milo, who lives in East Lismore, was killing time at The Quad waiting for an appointment when he spotted the invasive ants and immediately rang the Biosecurity Hotline.

I wasnt sure what would happen because I hadnt reported anything to the hotline before, but the response has been phenomenal, he said.

The agencies and community groups working on the infestation of yellow crazy ants in Lismore have now jointly acknowledged his actions.

The award is very flattering and I certainly wasnt expecting it. I feel very honoured, Milo said.

Lismore Thomas MP George, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Local Land Services (LLS), Lismore City Council, Rous County Council, National Parks and Landcare representatives gathered in Lismore on Friday (June 22) to acknowledge the community response.

NSW DPI invasive species programs manager Scott Charlton said Milos action in reporting the ants to the NSW DPI was significant.

Im very pleased to be able to recognise the young man who essentially kicked off this all agency response, simply by being aware to his surroundings and caring enough to report it, Mr Charlton said.

When he noticed the ants on trees around the CBD, Milo did a bit of research to satisfy his own curiosity, but when he understood how serious their presence was he immediately contacted the Biosecurity Hotline.

We cant overstate how important his actions, and those of the wider community, have been in our eradication efforts to date, both by reporting sightings to help us map the infestations, and by following the movement restrictions to help minimise spread of the ants.

The yellow crazy ant is considered one of the top 100 examples of the worlds worst invasive species, with the potential to do serious damage to the local environment and agricultural production.

Following the first reports, NSW DPI and LLS immediately began undertaking surveillance work and developing a control strategy throughout May and June 2018, and have subse...


Three served outstanding warrants in Lismore police swoop "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have arrested two men and a teenager on outstanding warrants as part of a two-day operation targeting unserved apprehended violence orders, court attendance notices and outstanding warrants in Richmond Police District.

The operation ran from Sunday to Monday (June 24-25) and police arrested two men, aged 44 and 31 and a 16-year-old girl, serving a total of eight outstanding warrants.

Officers also made three drug detections, identified one breach of bail, served three court attendance notices and five AVOs.

The 16-year-old girl was refused bail to appear at a Childrens Court today (Tuesday June 26).

The 44-year-old man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today.

The 31-year-old was given conditional bail to appear at Ballina Local Court on Thursday (28 June 2018).

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Byron rail service not public transport "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay Railroad Company says it is not required to provide disabled access due to the heritage nature of its train.

Byron Bay Railroad Company is an accredited heritage rail service, not a public transport provider, the company has stated following claims it fails to provide disabled access to its train service.

A reader whose motorised wheelchair-bound friend wanted to use the service brought the issue to Echonetdailys attention, saying no wheelchairs can access the passenger carriages and the only place where a wheelchair can get on is in with the driver and then at the other end of the line the driver overshoots the platform so then he cant get out.

The reader questioned the legality of the service not providing disabled access, as require in public transport legislation.

But Byron Bay Railroad Company has responded that it is an accredited heritage rail service utilising heritage railway rolling stock not a public transport provider.

There is a government subsidised public bus service that operates a very similar route, a company spokesperson said.

In 1949 there were no disability provisions or legislation nor the same awareness of providing access to disabled persons as we have come to expect today. Accordingly the design and construction of the train did not make provision for wheelchair access, the spokesperson continued.

She added that even though the NSW Disability Act dates from 1993 and the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act from 1992, the NSW Government continued to operate these trains in daily commuter service until 2007. This is simply because their design doesnt lend itself to modification to accept wide wheelchairs.

She said that due to the heritage nature of the train, it was not possible or desirable to modify the original structure.

However she did say that, persons in wheelchairs less than 660mm wide can still ride on the train, including motorised wheelchairs...


New law to stop foreign interference is a dangerous fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

It seems the Australian parliament is set to pass a law, which is supposed to be aimed against  donations that aim at political interference by governments of other countries, but is in reality something entirely different.

The use of money and muscle to influence politicians and political processes in Australia by foreigners cannot be justified on any account. Neither should a faint towards a new McCarthyism, to be used to collectively vilify and punish a section of the community. This is exactly where we are heading here, in the shape of  tilting at  the Chinese bogey.

This fits in with a deliberate fanning of anti-Chinese feeling. Make no mistake, this is a racist campaign.  Although the main target is the Chinese nation, it also  affects our own Chinese community. Overseas and local Chinese are being blamed for everything from the cost of housing, to the loss of Australian ownership and the corruption of politicians. And the main conduit for these allegations has been the tabloid media.

It would be ridiculous to say that there are no wrongdoers in this community. But lets get this into perspective. No other race or ethnic group is being collectively tarred with the same brush and in the same way. Even where there is substance to an allegation, it is usually exaggerated out of all proportion.

In reality, most of the problem of money and corruption lies elsewhere.

When the  First Fleet colonised what became known as Australia, direct foreign interference was applied through military and economic means, and the indigenous society and economy were decimated. The tradition of foreign interference had begun.

Australia has remained  captive to and dependent of foreign investment. First from the United Kingdom and after World War two increasingly from the United States. Today, foreign investors own the controlling shares in just about every major listed and non listed company in the country. It is the core of big business here. Foreign investors are the backbone of the banks and the rest of the financial industry.As we know, they are not exactly clean skins.  In comparison to all of this, the level of Chinese investment is minuscule. On top of this, a significant part of it does not come from China but the broader Chinese diaspora. Focusing on the Chinese hides the big players. Perhaps this is one of the purposes.

Power over the money and economy means the power to exercise political influence. After all, we  still ha...


Byron resident tries eating like a Syrian refugee "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Melissa Allen shares her insights after a week on a refugee diet

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on rations? Melissa Allen from South Golden Beach has not only wondered but has just finished a week on a diet of rations that is designed to reflect, as closely as possible, the weekly rations of a Syrian refugee in Jordan.

During Refugee Week (June 1724), Melissa ate rations as part of the Act for Peace Ration Challenge that has been set up to raise money for food, medicine and education for refugees.

Melissas starter pack for her week of eating like a refugee. Photo supplied.

With a starter pack of rice: 420g, lentils: 170g, dried chick peas: 85g, tinned sardines: 125g, tinned kidney beans: 400g, vegetable oil: 300ml and two vouchers that allow you to buy 1.5kg extra rice and 400g flour, Melissa began her seven-day challenge to eat like a refugee while the rest of the family followed their normal diet. Having raised $324 Melissa was able to add an extra 200ml of milk and 50g of sugar to use over her seven days.

I had a direct experience of working with refugees when I did a six-month volunteer program working in a centre for refugees in Bolzano, Italy, back in 2002, said Melissa.

While there Melissa had spent a night in the living quarters of the refugees who live in the same building with 80 other families.

I also had the experience of sleeping rough next to a river with the other volunteers. We carried our cardboard box beds through the wealthy part of the town, past the bars we would have otherwise been in, in our pyjamas, without anything but a box and a blanket, recalls Melissa.

The six months in Italy closely connected me to the refugee experience each day was a seminal part of my life.

On day two of the challenge Melissa and her seven-year-old son went to the farmers market for their weekly shop.

Every Tuesday we do the...


Starstuff II Last Minute Change of Speaker "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Im really sorry to say that Terry Lovejoy has unexpectedly had to cancel his time at this years event. He sends his apologies and says he hopes to return again next year.

We only just found out so Ive had my thinking cap on for a few days and I sat down and wrote down a list of astronomers I could think of  who would be able to speak to us all along a similar theme the amateur contribution to astronomy. Lovejoys discovery of six comets is a wonderful story both technically and for its pure aspiration.

As I looked down at my list one name kept bubbling to the top for his skill and talent, his unique story and his similar contribution to the field from his backyard. So I reached out.

Michael Sidonio AKA Strongman Mike

Id spoken to Strongman Mike just recently on the phone about his discovery of a stellar nebula emission around the R Aquarii symbiotic star system, an amazing discovery for an amateur astronomer perhaps eclipsed only by the fact that he has already discovered a previously unknown galaxy NGC253-dw2 in 2016 which also resulted in a published scientific paper!

The range of speakers at Star Stuff II is incredible but hearing first hand from Michael Sidonio about his journey from leading the Australian Strongman team to making significant waves in the astronomy community is going to be incredibly special and Im so happy he said yes at such short notice!

If youve ever posted an astrophoto to Ice in Space, the Southern Hemispheres largest astronomy forums youve probably already talked to Mike online and remember him as being warm and supportive despite his stature in the community. Hes award winning and considered one of Australias Top 10 astrophotographers, though Id say hes...


Life-Changing Food Seminar presented by Quirky Cooking "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

WHEN: July 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm 10:00 pm
WHERE: Byron Theatre 69 Jonson St Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
COST: Seminar: $50 | Seminar + Cookbook: $110

Need inspiration to get healthy? Quirky Cooking is visiting Byron Bay for a cooking demo and seminar from their new cookbook, Life-Changing FoodJo Whitton and Fouad Kassab will be sharing their stories of healing using a gluten-free, whole food diet while explaining the basic foundations of this healthy dietary approach. This will be followed by a demo of six healing and nourishing recipes from Life-Changing Food. The recipes are demonstrated with a Thermomix and are entirely gluten-free. The book contains conventional methods for the recipes too.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Gut health fundamentals
  • Simple healing recipes with lots of flavour
  • The benefits of fermented foods
  • Good fats, bad fats
  • Weight loss and weight gain without calorie counting
  • Recovering from chronic illness
  • Improving mental and behavioural conditions with food
  • Feeding fussy children
  • Making life in the kitchen easy again
  • and much more

Recipes (subject to change):

  • The Best Gluten-Free Bread Ever!
  • Apple Cinnamon Nut Porridge
  • Prawn & Sunflower Seed Paella
  • Chilli Bowl
  • Life-Changing Hummus (with tasting)
  • Nutty Chocolate (with tasting)
  • Buckwheat Crackers (tasting only)

Important Information

  • Event starts at 7pm sharp please arrive 15 or 20 minutes early if possible....


Wild Sea Dragon Spotted Floating By With Saddest Little Dress On "IndyWatch Feed National"

A video that's just 12 seconds long is a powerful statement about what's really happening beneath the surface of our oceans. 

Much of the plastic debris polluting the oceans is too small to be seen but what a marine biologist captured during an excursion underwater is a bleak reminder. 

Credit: Facebook/Sheree Marris

The video, shot by marine biologist Sharee Marris, shows a sea dragon, a kind of animal related to the sea horse, near Portsea Pier, a habitat off Australia famous for weedy sea dragon sightings. The animal is drifting along over a tangle of underwater grasses, caught in something that at first looks like a kind of garment that has become caught around his little body.

A closer look reveals the little dress to be a plastic bag.

Credit: Facebook/Sheree Marris

Scientists are still trying to understand how so much plastic in the oceans will impact ocean life and human health in the long term; it's expected that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

"We don't even know the long-term effects of microplastic getting into marine fish," Colby Loucks, senior director of the Wildlife Conservation Program at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), previously told The Dodo. "Microplastic gets into larger and larger fish as it is absorbed into smaller sea life. That's an issue that certainly needs more research. How that might impact larger fish and how it could get to us and affect us is an unknown."...


Decriminalise abortion, Australia told at the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian governments should respect a womans right to choose what happens to her body by removing abortion from criminal laws the Human Rights Law Centre told the UN Human Rights Council in a statement delivered in Geneva overnight.

The Council debated an expert report on discrimination against women during its current session, which warned about the heightened risk of death and injury for women when abortion services are restricted through criminal laws. The expert report describes the criminalisation of abortion as inherently discriminatory.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that as a wealthy nation and a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Australia should be a world leader on promoting reproductive health rights both in word and practice.

Its frankly outrageous that in 2018 in Australia, a woman still has to fight for the basic right to access a safe medical procedure. Australia has heard that the criminalisation of abortion stigmatises womens bodies and forces some women to turn to medically dangerous options, while causing many others distress and hardship, said Walters.

Australias reproductive rights record is being put under the spotlight on the world stage just as Queensland looks to modernise 119 year old laws and pressure builds for reform in New South Wales and South Australia. Only Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT have comprehensively decriminalised abortion.

Victoria and the ACT have led the way and shown that it is possible to reform abortion laws to respect a womans dignity and humanity. Those states dragging their heels, like Queensland and New South Wales, are exposing women needlessly to harm, said Walters.

Restrictive abortion laws, and womens privacy and safety when accessing reproductive health services, will also come under scrutiny when Australia faces the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women next week.

Most of us take for granted being treated as capable decision-makers when we see our doctor. But the law in most Australian states denies this basic decency when it comes to abortion. The vast majority of Australians support a womans right to choose whether to have an abortion in consultation with her doctor. Its time for laws across Australia to catch up, said Ms Walters.

This is the Australian Governments second session as a newly elected member of the Human Rights Council. The Government was elected to the Council last year on a promise to uphold womens rights.

In its incoming pledge to the Council, the Australian Government promised to approach its three year term "in a spirit of self-reflection with a view to improving our own human rights situation".

"Australia can show the world that it is a leader...


Australian IS terror recruit jailed in Texas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asher Khan, 21 of Texas, was living in Australia when he decided to travel to Turkey to fight with IS. Photo Facebook

LOS ANGELES, AAP A Texas mechanical engineering student enticed to fly from Sydney to the Middle-East by Australian Islamic State recruiter Mohamed Zuhbi has been jailed in the US for 18 months.

Asher Khan, 23, was living in Australia in 2014 when he acted on a desire to join IS in Syria.

He reached out online to Zuhbi, dubbed by US authorities as a foreign terrorist fighter facilitator based in Turkey.

On February 24, 2014, Khan flew out of Sydney for Istanbul.

Khans friend in Houston, Sixto Ramiro Garcia, also planned to join IS and flew from the US to Turkey at the same time.

When Khan landed in Istanbul his parents in Houston, Texas, discovered what he was doing and tricked him into returning to the US with a fake story his mother was in hospital.

Khan contacted Zuhbi and introduced him to Garcia.

Garcia later confirmed to Khan, who stayed back in the US, he had been delivered by Zuhbi and had trained at IS camps in Syria.

Garcias mother received an electronic message on Christmas Day 2014 explaining that her son had died, suggesting that he died while fighting.

Khan pleaded guilty in December last year to providing material support to IS and faced a maximum 15 years jail sentence when he appeared in the US District Court in Houston on Monday.

Zuhbi, who remains at large in Turkey or Syria, faces life in prison if captured and prosecuted in the US.

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Soft drink makers promise sugar cuts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian soft drink manufacturers have offered to reduce their use of sugar by 20 per cent over five years to fend off a sugar tax. File photo

SYDNEY, RAW Australias biggest soft drink makers, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi, have pledged to cut industry-wide sugar use by a fifth over seven years to curb obesity and fend off a sugar tax.

But the companies wont be removing excess sugar from their existing range, rather introducing and promoting new lower-sugar products and reducing serving sizes.

Australia has the fifth-highest rate of obesity in the developed world, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, a health condition that can exacerbate problems from diabetes to heart disease.

Beverage producers in Australia have already seen some consumers switch away from sugary drinks because of health concerns and they have pledged the reduction as authorities press for a sugar tax similar to one introduced in Britain in April.

We think this is a step in the right direction, said Geoff Parker, chief executive officer of the Australian Beverages Council, the main body representing non-alcoholic drink makers, an industry which generates A$5 billion in annual revenue.

Were certainly encouraging other sectors of the food supply, and indeed other categories to join with us to reduce sugar across the portfolio to help tackle what is a really a complex problem and that is obesity.

Companies will aim for a 10 per cent reduction in total sugar per 100 millilitres in their drinks by 2020 and a 20 per cent reduction by 2025, achieved via a combination of recipe modification and increasing sales of low-sugar beverages, the Beverages Council said.

The World Health Organisation said last year drinking fewer sweet drinks was the best way to curb excessive weight and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, although fat and salt in processed foods were also to blame.

It has pressed for governments to tax sugar.

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June 26 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1797 - Bass and Flinders explored Botany Bay and Georges River in the Tom Thumb.

1800 - Maj Joseph Foveaux was appointed Lieut-Gov of Norfolk Island, replacing Thomas Rowley.

1802 - The ship Hercules rocked up with 121 convicts. During the voyage 14 convicts were killed during a mutiny and 30 others died of sickness. It brought a consignment of meat which eased the food shortage.

1831 - Mokare, Aboriginal guide, was a Nyungar man of the Minang people, whose territory centred on King George Sound on the south-western coast of Western Australia.  Today he passed to the stars at the home of his friend Magistrate Alexander Collie.
Aborigines and Europeans assembled at Collie's house and walked to where the Europeans dug a grave. Mokare was laid to rest; his cloak and personal artefacts adorned the grave as those assembled cried and wailed. A short time later, the Aborigines left the settlement for a period of mourning. When Collie was dying in 1835, he asked to be buried alongside Mokare. The graves were disturbed during construction of Albany Town Hall in the twentieth century and some remains, presumed to be Collie's, were interred in the pioneers' cemetery, Albany. What happened to Mokares remains after the exhumation is unclear.

1845 - Today saw the last issue ever of the "Tasmanian and Austral-Asiatic Review"

1851 - Sale ( a town in Vic, not the Boxing Day Sale) was gazetted as a village.

1855 - Peter Connolly, Bushranger. Hanged at Hobart.

1855 - John "Rocky" Whelan, Bushranger. Confessed to five murders. Hanged at Hobart.

1855 - Edward Heylin .Hanged at Hobart for burglary.

1855 - John Parsons Knights . Hanged at Hobart for burglary.

1867 - William Peters was hanged at Bathurst for the attempted murder of eight-year-old Faith Perkins at Orange.

1880 - Siege of Glenrowan Day 1 -
Ned Kelly and Steve Hart rounded up the population of the small town of Glenrowan and locked them in Ann Jones Inn. Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly rode off towards Beechworth to find Aaron Sherritt once a friend now police informant. The Kelly Gang later forced railway workers to derail a section of the Melbourne to Sydney train line. This was done after the last passenger train passed at 9pm, and there would be no more scheduled services until the following Monday.

1880 - Aaron Sherritt was at home with his wife, mother-in-law and four policemen, Constables Armstrong, Alexander, Ducross, and Dowling. A neighbour, Antone Weekes, who had reportedly been handcuffed and held hostage by Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly, called out "Aaron" at the back door of Sherritt's hut. When Sherritt answered it, Joe Byrne shot him at point-blank range in the chest. The gang then held four police officers assigned to protect...


GMO Rice Approved "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra genes that produce a precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene.

The rice, which has been making headlines for nearly two decades, was widely touted as a solution to vitamin A deficiency, which affects 250 million preschool-aged children worldwide.1 As the leading cause of preventable blindness in children, its estimated that up to 500,000 children become blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency, and half of them die within a year of losing their sight.2

A form of rice that could potentially alleviate this devastating micronutrient deficiency, especially in low-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia does, indeed, sound like a panacea. However, despite its recent FDA approval, there remain many doubts surrounding Golden Rice, including its usefulness, practicality and effectiveness for its intended purpose: relieving vitamin A deficiency.

GMO Rice Approved

FDA Says Golden Rice Is Safe, but Cant Make a Nutrient Claim

The FDA based their decision to approve Golden Rice on data supplied by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the current makers of Golden Rice, who they have also tasked with ensuring the products safety in the future: It is IRRIs continuing responsibility to ensure that foods marketed by the firm are safe, wholesome, and in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.3

While IRRI does not intend to grow or market Golden Rice in the U.S. at this time, it sought approval because its expected that the product may be imported into the U.S., perhaps in other food products intended for animals o...


The Crown of England is Owned and Operated by the Vatican "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Pao Chang

The Vatican is one of the most powerful corporations in the world. It is powerful because it controls the Crown of England and nearly every church in the world, especially Catholic churches. Furthermore, the Vatican operates under Roman law and controls most of the Western courts and some Eastern courts.

In the USA today, nearly every U.S. court is controlled by the Crown Temple, a corporation controlled by the Vatican. This is why there is always a Crown agent in the courtroom during a trial. Any country that has Crown agents running its legal system is controlled by the Vatican/Rome to a large degree. This means that the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and countries that are operating under the Western legal system are all Roman colonies.

The Vatican is a religious corporation run by religious leaders who are loyal to the Roman Empire. In other words, Rome still rules the world! It rules the world through the Crown of England, the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican. They did not call it the ROMAN Catholic Church for no reason. It is right in your face and hidden in plain sight!

According to an article published by, there are an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world. This means that the Vatican/Rome has about 1.2 billion citizens, or more accurately slaves. Because nearly every Christian church is controlled by the Vatican to a certain degree, the Vatican/Rome has more than 1.2 billion slaves to exploit and sell. Do you innerstand now why Rome still rules the world?


The Definitive Treaty of Peace of 1783 says that King George was the Arch Treasurer and Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire and the United States of America.

This video goes through how the Roman Cult orchestrated the slave trade, then the War of Independence, then the War of 1812, then the Civil War, then WW1, WW2, and now they are building up to WW3.

All warfare is commerce, and all commerce is warfare. All fictitious entities operate under Roman Law.



Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong sisters Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw comment on this my blog-site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The writer Donald Elley

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia.

The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Brian Houston the current head pastor of Hillsongs sisters, on this, my personal blog site, on 18 and 19 September 2014.

These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.

Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, R...


Hyde Cafe Bellingen black-bans people: Jenny Bienfelt the owner an Australian Christian Churches Christian black-banned me 4 years ago "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Jenny Bienfelt the owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen on left. Jenny Bienfelt of Hyde Cafe is a dysfunctional black banner, pretend Fake Christian, Cult member, and errant hypocrite.


Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenny Beinfelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult the Australian Christian Churches group she is part of in Bellingen called House of Hope, formerly called Christian Life Centre located on Bellingens North Side.


Blog article 1 December 2014

It seems theres no end to the black-bans the cult churches of the Australian Christian Churches linked to Hillsong impose on those who dont agree with their view-point.

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Pastor John Woolhouse of Dorrigo Life Springs Church in Dorrigo NSW black-banned me from his Australian Christian Churches church in March this year.




Market Talk- June 25, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Shanghai was holding-in initially and even spent much of the day trading unchanged until late afternoon. Talk that President Trump could be planning additional Trade tariffs coupled with speculation of curbing Chinese tech investment wobbled markets. These rumblings hit all of Asian indices and also DOW futures as the uncertainty over the global trading position continues to unfold. In Japan the Nikkei drifted also as nerves spread throughout the region. As the currency was bid up, so the Nikkei began to sink. By the close the loss was not that severe (-0.8%), but it was the lows of the day and just ahead of month end. The Yen traded much of its day mid 109s, though it is starting to weaken late in the US trading day. The SENSEX trended weaker with the crowd closing down -0.6%, but made the day particularly dire as the currency INR was also weak. In Australia, news that CBA intended to break off some of its wealth management side hit its shares but also that of the sector.

The weakness rumbled into the European session and saw subsequently saw all markets open lower. Yet again it was the DAX and autos that led Europe lower, but the rest were not too far behind. The US trade concerns continue to drag on sentiment and that in-turn hurt miners and industrials as fears grow of yet another slowdown on an economy that has extremely limited escape routes. In Turkey Mr Erdogan was successful in the Presidential race, although markets have not reacted that positively today. Bonds were out over 40 basis points as fears spread throughout. Italy was again weak with those spreads widening over 10bp to German Bunds. Across the core most indices were down around 2.25% for the day. Core German confidence was also a concern today following the IFO report.

Core US industrials followed the weaker trend which finally resulted in a 328 point decline for the DOW. The NASDAQ was still the weakest finally giving back much of the recent outperformance. This uncertainty gave a bid to the VIX which rallied 26% today, closing a little over 17%. We did manage to bounce a little in the final 30 minutes of trading, but market-makers are not quite sure what to believe just yet and so were happy to wait for more confirmation.


Monday, 25 June


Record emissions keep Australia on path to missing Paris target "IndyWatch Feed National"

Annual carbon emissions, excluding unreliable data, higher than ever, report saysAustralia's emissions over the past year were again the highest on record when unreliable data from land use and forestry sectors are excluded, according to new data from NDEVR Environmental.If the country's greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory, Australia will miss its Paris target by a billion tonnes of CO2, which is equal to about two years of Australia's entire national emissions. [...]

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