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Tuesday, 03 July


UN racism expert blasts cynical refugee politics; hears call for urgent Senate Inquiry into medical neglect in offshore detention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overnight, the UN expert on racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia delivered a major report condemning the rise of toxic and hate-filled refugee and migration politics around the world. The report makes specific reference to the cynical politics surrounding the treatment of refugees in Australia.

The UN Special Rapporteur warns that right now around the world:

  • Political parties and leaders have shown increasing and disturbing tolerance formessages of hatred and intolerance in their political platforms,
  • Countries that have long celebrated immigration as central to their national identity have now taken steps to vilify and undermine immigration and
  • That the rise of populist nationalism and right-wing extremism has delivered a devastating blow to racial equality, especially in the global North. Non-citizens, including refugees and stateless persons, have been the most vulnerable

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, is in Geneva to advocate at the UN Human Rights Council. Mr Webb addressed the Council on the need for an urgent Senate Inquiry into the recent spate of deaths and medical neglect cases in the Governments offshore detention camps.

The UN expert warns that even in countries with a long history of welcoming new arrivals there are some cynical politicians who will deliberately harm refugees for their own political ends. This is exactly what is happening in Australian politics right now, Mr Webb told the Council.

Just this week urgent legal action was needed to force the Turnbull Government to provide proper medical care to a toddler with potentially fatal encephalitis.

The denial of essential medical care has become the latest political tactic used against the refugees indefinitely imprisoned on Manus and Nauru. The consequences have been fatal.

Fariborz Karami was just 26. He had his life ahead of him. But after five years of detention hed lost hope and become acutely unwell. His doctors. His mother. And even his 12 year old little brother all pleaded with our Government for help. But they were all ignored. And a few weeks ago Fariborz was found dead inside the mouldy tent our government imprisoned him in for the last five years.

The Australian Government has also tried to force a 63 year old refugee with terminal cancer to die a slow and agonising death on Nauru instead of bringing him to Australia for palliative care. It even fought in our courts to deny proper treatment to a 10 year old child who had repeatedly tried to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.

Before anyone else dies, our Parliament needs to do its job and hold an urgent inquiry into these deaths and the deliberate, deeply cynical medical neglect...


Fairfax Media cover-up sexual harassment / assault allegations by staff exposed during #MeToo campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Staff members at Fairfax Media have made sexual harassment / assault complaints against senior Fairfax Media employees and Fairfax management are covering it up. That is the only conclusion that can be drawn by the article published by Tracey Spicer on The Saturday Paper website and the questions that I sent Fairfax Media and their responses. []


David Leyonhjelm's non-hysterical response to the hysterics "IndyWatch Feed National"

"She infers, if not out-right says, that they're (men) all rapists. She's got some apologising to do in my opinion." Outspoken independent Senator @DavidLeyonhjelm is refusing to apologise for sexist comments about the Greens' @sarahinthesen8. #auspol #7News 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 3, 2018 PS - it's lovely...


Australians to soon get myGovID single government identity "IndyWatch Feed National"

NOTE: A single Government digital identity works perfectly with a cashless society where you will receive credits from Big Brother for designated work duties within the incoming green cities of agenda 2030. Read More


Koala genetic code discovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2016 video from Australia is called KOALA RESCUE: Passing bikers stopped to help pull a drowning koala from a river. Video by Mario Orcon.

From the University of Sydney in Australia:

Cracking the genetic code of koalas

July 2, 2018

Summary: The koala genome has been sequenced in a world first, by an international consortium of conservation scientists and geneticists. Considered to be the most complete marsupial genome sequenced in terms of quality on par with the human genome the highly accurate genomic data will provide information to inform habitat conservation, tackle diseases and help ensure this iconic animals long-term survival.

A team of Australian and international scientists, led by Professor Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute and Professor Katherine Belov, University of Sydney, have made a significant break-through successfully sequencing the full koala genome, with the findings published today in Nature Genetics.

Considered to be the most complete marsupial genome sequenced to date, it is in terms of quality, on par with the human genome. The highly accurate genomic data will provide scientists with new information that will inform conservation efforts, aid in the treatment of diseases, and help to ensure the koalas long-term survival.

The Koala Genome Consortium has been an ambitious journey affording us great insights into the genetic building blocks that make up a koala one of Australias, as well as the worlds, most charismatic and iconic mammals, Professor Johnson said.

This milestone has come from our vision to use genomics to conse...


Former Malaysian PM Najib arrested - faces corruption charges in court tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Malaysia's Star Online. Najib arrested NATION Tuesday, 3 Jul 2018 4:21 PM MYT PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been arrested. Updated: MACC: Najib to be charged tomorrow He was arrested at his residence in Langgak Duta at around 3pm Tuesday (July 3). Malaysian...


Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced to 12 months detention for child abuse cover-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are some videos in this article on-line


ABC News Australia

Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced to 12 months detention

for child abuse cover-up

3 July 2018

Adelaides Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has been sentenced to 12 months detention for concealing child sexual abuse.

Magistrate Robert Stone adjourned the matter to August 14 while Wilsons home detention order is assessed for suitability.

He will be eligible for parole after six months.

In May, the 67-year-old was found guilty of concealing the sexual abuse of children between 2004 and 2006 at the hands of paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in the 1970s.

Wilson is the most senior clergyman in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex abuse.

In sentencing, Mr Stone said there is no remorse or contrition showed by the offender.

I am of the opinion the sentence should not be suspended. It does not support the terms of general deterrence.

On that basis, the only available remaining option is full-time imprisonment or home detention.

Archbishop Wilsons sisters home will be assessed for home detention ahead of a decision next month.

The court can request an assessment for home detention after sentencing an offender to a term of imprisonment of no more than 18 months.


Video shows pit water continues to grow "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This latest video of the Maules Creek coal mine shows the pit water continuing to grow. Time lapse footage from @PlanetLab shows 3 months of consistent increase in the mine pit lake starting around the first week of March.




Trumps Understands the Real Enemy is Within "IndyWatch Feed National"

by G5

Trump is economically destroying America by talking it up. The ploy of the bullshit salesman, believing that it baffles brains.

The Stability promised by Wilsons Fed and the IRS 16th Amendment, produced what?

Trumans essential CIA, produced what? The incessant and nauseous continuum of: Invasions, Regime Changes, instigated and fueled Civil Wars, pilfering and plundering, and leaving one destroyed, soft target nation state after another, produced what?

There was never any empire to attain. Empire is not annexation, attachment, or devastation and subjugation. And when these grave errors return what they will, a continuum of plundering under puppet regimes, will...


Australian archbishop convicted for child abuse cover up "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 26 May 2018 video about Australia says about itself:

Archbishop Philip Wilson case: letter that led to his downfall

The handwritten letter that led to the downfall of Archbishop Philip Wilson: Former altar boy reveals he told the Catholic official he had been abused by a priest 30 YEARS before he [Wilson] was found guilty of concealing child sex abuse. An emotional two-page letter written by a sexual abuse victim has been credited with helping convict an Australian Archbishop of concealing such crimes dating back decades.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

1 year in prison for Australian archbishop who covered up abuse

Today, 3:13

The Australian archbishop Philip Wilson has been sentenced to a prison sentence of 1 year. He covered up abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in the 1970s.

Wilson (67), now Archbishop of Adelaide, is the highest placed clergyman in the Catholic Church who has been found guilty of covering up abuse. In May he was found guilty for this, now the sentence has been determined.

The judge ruled that Wilson would be entitled to a reduction of the sentence at the earliest after 6 months. He does not have to go straight to jail, because next month it will be determined whether he can serve his sentence at home.

Abuse by priest

The clergyman i...


High Court asked to review dangerous and unfair alcohol laws in the NT "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre has today asked the High Court to review a decision by the Northern Territory Court of Appeal regarding an Aboriginal man who was charged 28 times for breaching misguided and discriminatory alcohol laws.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the heavy-handed laws in question in this case were like many in the NT short-sighted, ill-conceived and used excessively against Aboriginal people.

Criminalising a health condition like alcohol dependence is one of the most irresponsible, short-sighted things a government can do. Charging people and locking them up because theyve been drinking is cruel and dangerous support and health services are needed, not punishment. No Government whether in the NT or anywhere should be so careless with peoples lives and liberty, said Ms Walters.

The case centres on a man named Dennis Munkara, who suffers from alcohol dependency. He was arrested in Darwin for stealing a bread roll, some sandwich meat and an orange juice valued at $4.20 while intoxicated.

At the time of the arrest the police issued him with an Alcohol Protection Order an absurdly named order that exposed him to prosecution and prison for drinking or being in particular public spaces, including some supermarkets, restaurants and sporting venues.

Although the charges for the theft where ultimately dropped, Mr Munkara was charged 28 times for breaching Alcohol Protection Orders.  

Over 85% of Alcohol Protection Orders were issued against Aboriginal people. A key argument in this case is that the laws were not valid because they were inconsistent with Australias Racial Discrimination Act.

This case involves the High Court looking at whether the laws were even valid when they were used against Mr Munkara. More broadly, the case is vitally important for testing when laws that disproportionately capture Aboriginal people will fall foul of Australias racial discrimination protections, said Ms Walters.

Alcohol Protection Orders have since been scrapped by the Gunner Government, but Mr Munkara still faces the risk of being fined and going to prison because of a health condition that meant he couldnt refrain from drinking while on an Alcohol Protection Order.

Alcohol Protection Orders are gone, but there are still other problematic and discriminatory laws, like paperless arrest laws, that wrongly assume that we can police our way out of really complex social and health problems. Put simply, we cant and the Northern Territory Government knows this, said Ms Walters.

For media inquiries:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, HRLC: 0419 100 519


(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1606: Corporate Media Just Flipped on the Economy | Coordinated Effort to Create Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published on Jul 2, 2018

The property bubbles in Australia and Canada are now popping, this will spread and cause problems in other countries. US manufacturing slumps as orders decline. The US has shipped the majority of manufacturing overseas, it will take time to bring it back. The corporate media have started the push to say their is going to be a recession within 2 years. Most likely they will push the recession right before the Presidential elections, it looks like this is what they have planned, but on the other side the economy could come down many other reasons and the central banks will not be able to control it.

Published on Jul 2, 2018

Jeff Sessions is rewriting the Asylum laws. Soros held a meeting with the PM of Spain and the discussion revolved around immigration. USS Truman is headed towards maritime security operations in international waters and the deep state is using this to say that the ship is headed near Russia to fight their aggression. The President of Iran is headed off to Austria to talk about the nuclear deal. Damascus and the Kurds are talking peace. Bolton is now saying Iran must leave Syria instead of Assad must go. Trump sends Putin signal by stopping the funding and support of the rebels in the South. The FBI caught a man who was planning to stage an event during the 4th of July. Q drops some more bread crumbs and lays out the indictments.


FixedIt: Its not sex when its a crime "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Townsville Bulletin reported that a 34 year old man has pled guilty to multiple charges relating to the rape and sexual abuse of his niece and step-daughter, as well as raping his young sister when she was a child and assaulting his own children.

The man was sentenced to 17 years in prison with a requirement that he serve at least 80 percent of that term in custody.

Despite the severity of the crimes, as indicated by sentence, the Townsville Bulletin still referred to his lifetime of violently criminal behaviour as sex, albeit with the word crimes stuff in afterwards. It might sound like its getting down into the weeds here but it isnt. Sex and rape are not the same thing.

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.

Children cannot have sex. It is ludicrous and abhorrent to describe any attempt to abuse a child so young as sex.

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 dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults....


Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce On the Coffs Coast NSW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce. Serving businesses & the community in Urunga, Mylestom, Bellingen & Coffs Harbour region. Mid North Coast NSW, Au.

Source: Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce On the Coffs Coast NSW


"A Look to the Heavens: Under The Namibian Sky" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Namibia has some of the darkest nights visible from any continent. It is therefore home to some of the more spectacular skyscapes, a few of which have been captured in the below time-lapse video. We recommend watching this video at FULL SCREEN (1080p), with audio on. The night sky of Namibia is one of the best in the world, about the same quality of the deserts of Chile and Australia. 

Visible at the movie start are unusual quiver trees perched before a deep starfield highlighted by the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. This bright band of stars and gas appears to pivot around the celestial south pole as our Earth rotates. The remains of camel thorn trees are then seen against a sky that includes a fuzzy patch on the far right that is the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. A bright sunlight-reflecting satellite passes quickly overhead. Quiver trees appear again, now showing their unusual trunks, while the Small Magellanic Cloud becomes clearly visible in the background. Artificial lights illuminate a mist that surround camel thorn trees in Deadvlei. In the final sequence, natural Namibian stone arches are captured against the advancing shadows of the setting moon. This video incorporates over 16,000 images shot over two years, and won top honors among the 2012 Travel Photographer of the Year awards.


Coal Will Rise Again, Claims Perplexingly Ambitious Australian Article "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres life in the carbon-polluting coal industry yet, claims The Australian newspaper. Greenpeaces Jonathan Moylan is not so sure, about the claims or the agenda of the paper.

On Monday, The Australian newspaper published a stunning story following the release of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Sciences Resources and Energy Quarterly.

To believe the contents of the report by political editor Ben Packham, thermal coal is on the way up, powering our economy as it eyes a glorious future. The article quoted the Minister representing the coal industry, Senator Matt Canavan, and had all the hallmarks of a concerted campaign by the beleaguered Minerals Council of Australia.

The only problem with the article is that it was almost completely wrong, to the letter.

In fact, the conservative forecast expected that following a recent short-term spike in value due to contracting supply in China, the thermal coal industry would drop in real value by 2.5% next year and a staggering 16.1% drop in financial year 2020.

It also claimed that the report was a boost for Adanis controversial mega-mine, which is still facing a series of legal hurdles and required approvals.

The reality is that the report named only the Mount Pleasant coal mine in the Hunter Valley as a new thermal coal mine likely to be producing coal this year.

How could they get this so wrong?

A lump of coal. (IMAGE: Alexander G, Flickr)

While Townsvilles unemployment rate lingers at an unacceptably high 8.5 per cent, Mr Canavan continues to beat the drum of a dying industry while opportunities in new and existing industries pass by.

Queenslanders have every right to be furious at a government that continues to serve the interests of large companies while ignoring its own constituents.

The good news is that the coal industry is on the way out, here and around the world. South Korea is charging ahead in its ambition to be coal and nuclear free, and India is looking to phase out coal imports within three years. Misleading articles by The Australian do nothing to help us shift gears into the 21st century.

The challenge is that the transition is happening nowhere near fast enough to protect places like the Great Barrier Reef and prevent rising salinity in the Pacific as sea levels continue to rise. A government genuinely looking out for the public interest woul...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD


Man Steps Into His Garage And Suddenly Feels Like He's Being Watched "IndyWatch Feed National"

What began as just another normal day for one homeowner in Australia last month quickly took a rather alarming turn. While heading out to his car in the garage to drive to work, the man was struck with the uncanny feeling that he was being watched.

He was right.

Credit: Facebook/Brisbane Snake Catchers

There, above him in the garage, was a 6-foot-long coastal carpet python curled comfortably among the rafters. Perhaps awoken by the man's presence, the scaly surprise visitor apparently decided to pop her head out as if to say, "Good morning to you."

That little greeting, however, was not so well-received.

Credit: Facebook/Brisbane Snake Catchers

In an instant, the man's plans suddenly changed. He simply couldn't muster the courage to walk beneath the snake to reach his car effectively making him a hostage in his own home.

So, rather than heading to work as usual, the man was instead on the phone with Stewy Lalor from Elite Snake Catching Services in Brisbane. The python, meanwhile, seemed a little perplexed by all the commotion she'd caused.

And she had good reason to be confused.

Credit: Facebook/Brisbane Snake Catchers

As Lalor the snake catcher pointed out later, coastal carpet pythons might look a little scary, but they pose no threat to humans. He went ahead and escorte...


FixedIt: Idiotic ideological battles are not an excuse for violence "IndyWatch Feed National"

The West Australian reported that a man allegedly tried to choke a woman who works at Woolworths last Saturday in Mandurah.

The matter has been referred to police and it will be up to them to investigate the incident. This is not about his guilt or innocence, its about the way the alleged incident was described by The West Australian.

The article detailed a number of other incidents where customers had been abusive to staff after the ban on plastic bags, staff were called money-grabbing scum and had shopping thrown back at them.

This might sound a little odd to people who dont understand why a heavily promoted change in the way we consume disposable plastics should be such a big deal. Those people may not have seen all the commentators on News Corp site whipping up anger over how the plastic bag ban is just a profit grab (CN: Miranda Devine), was disgusting (CN: Courier Mail) and of course,  will kill people (CN: Andrew Bolt).

After a week or two of this kind of rhetoric News was then shocked that men were getting violent with women in supermarkets and absolving the violent men themselves of all blame, they then presented choking a woman in her workplace as an entirely understandable outcome of asking people to bring bags for their shopping when they go to Woolies.

There is not ever an excuse for violence. Not even News Corp columnists. But inciting hatred and then expressing shock that hatred has manifested itself is at best, disingenuous.

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War Powers Cases, Part 4: Maxwell v Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nuclear Explosion (photo

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In this series I am recounting the history of war powers cases and analysing them. The second-most recent case is the 2016 filing by Captain Nathan Smith (see Part 1).  The most recent case is mine, as far as I am aware. Case number 18-1127.

I filed in the United States District Court of New Hampshire in November 2017, and after it was dismissed on January 5, I filed an appeal of that dismissal in the First Circuit, United States Court of Appeals.  To see the entire 30-page Appeal Brief,...


Allegations of bullying, financial malpractice at FSG "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Chris Dobney

Some management staff of collapsed disability service provider FSG were paid out in cash before the organisation moved into voluntary administration, according to a whistleblower.

And staff are coming out of the woodwork with allegations of bullying by managers, the Services Union says.

The unions QLD executive president Jennifer Thomas told Echonetdaily that while it didnt have evidence of the alleged payouts, rumours were rife inside the organisation and we understand the Queensland Government is alerting ASIC regarding management practices.

She added forensic accountants working to uncover the reasons for the companys collapse had also been made aware of the claims.

We have called on the Queensland Government to investigate allegations of bullying by management, she said.

FSGs directors appointed John Park and Joanne Dunn of FTI Consulting as Voluntary Administrators, effective at 30 June and a first meeting of creditors will take place on July 11.

But the whistleblower who spoke to Echonetdaily on condition of anonymity claims management knew two months ago that they were going to go into administration.

Managers were advised not to pay contractors, and those connected with FSG property assets were advised there would not be funds available about 30 days beforehand, according to the insiders allegations.

Letter to staff

The union was also scathing of the official farewell from the company that came in the form of a letter from chairperson Lady Barbara Hickey.

On behalf of your FSG Board of Directors, we wish to thank each and every one of you for your care, commitment and passion for those that YOU have walked along side for so many, many years, she wrote.

We understand how difficult, confusing and heartbreaking these past few weeks have been for so many of you and for those you care for.

We can only hope that you continue with the same attitude and strength of character that you have displayed at FSG in whatever you chose to do in the next phase of your life.

We will never forget you and FSG and hope that our paths will cross sometime again in the near future, she concluded.

The union member who forwarded the email said it was a pity none of the board had the decency to meet with workers directly or turn up to the Fair Work Commission in person or answer any questions!

They may all have to answer to ASIC now.



Welcome to our News / Blog page Bellingen Weather "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

With Facebook changing the way it works it will likely get harder to get to see all our postsso starting now we are going to be posting them onto our news page (at

Source: Welcome to our News / Blog page Bellingen Weather


July Forum: How can I help? 7:30pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 5 Jul; 7:30 pm; ] With many new refugees now becoming part of our Armidale community, SLA is hosting a forum with the key players involved with their resettlement. Find out whats happening, whats proposed and how you can get involved and help. A panel of speakers will include Samantha Airs, the Community Engagement Coordinator from SSI (Settlement Services International), Lance [...] full article 


SLA 2018 AGM 7pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 5 Jul; 7:00 pm; ] The AGM will be held before the July forum with office bearers elected and Convenors of Action Groups endorsed. A brief year in review by Action Group convenors and vision for the future year will be presented by the current convenor Iain MacKay. The AGM will start at 7 pm at Kent House on Thursday 5 July. [...] full article 


Climate Matters: Armidale Community Garden "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Six years ago a group of enthusiastic volunteers took up the challenge of turning six abandoned tennis courts into a community garden. Armidale Community Garden lies just across the creek behind the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), and although still very much a work in progress, it has come a long way since those [...] full article 


I Call Bullsh*t On Australia Claiming Victim Status In Philippines Basketball Brawl "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias response to an ugly brawl overnight during an international basketball match says something pretty important about our nation, writes Chris Graham.

I dont know a lot about basketball. I used to play a bit, but Im no expert. But you dont have to be an aficionado to know what very bad sportsmanship, violence and shithouse, partisan sporting commentary looks like.

Welcome to last nights World Cup qualifier basketball match between Australia and the Philippines, which has made global headlines this morning after a particularly ugly brawl.

The commentary in Australia is overwhelmingly that we were the victims in the fracas. I dont think its stretching the imagination to think that the rest of the world wont be so sympathetic, in large part because theres these things called television cameras, slow motion replay and simple common sense, which, when applied, will leave the viewer in no real doubt about who the bad guys are.

Long story short, its us.

You can view the footage here. Or watch it below and make your own mind up.

But if your mind does happen to come to the conclusion that Australia is not at fault and the commentary is not spectacularly inaccurate and willfully blind then watch it again and if youre still not convinced, then maybe accept youre part of a very long sporting tradition in this country of accepting exceptionally bad behaviour, followed by a general refusal by Australians to accept said behaviour, unless, like in the case of the recent ball tampering scandal in cricket, the behaviour is so obvious and bad that theres simply no other way out.

Which is what clearly should be the case on this occasion. Lets break it down shall we.

Ten seconds into the video, a Philippines player commits a clear offensive foul on an Australian defender. The referee calls the foul.

A few seconds later, Australian player Daniel Kickert rushes in and unleashes a flying elbow on the Filipino player. Yes, a flying elbow, like you might see in an MMA match.

If you want to see the actual force of Kickerts strike, skip ahead to 2:40 for the overhead shot. Its quite something to behold.

So is the behaviour and commentary that followed.

After assaulting at least two other Filipino players, and then turning and running as hes chased across the court, Kickert manages to escape to the safety of some officials, but not before turning and dancing and gesturing at the Filipino players to come and have another go.

Again, its there on video clear as day, right there at the 30 second mark. The instigator of the brawl became the first to flee the fight, only to turn arou...


Bellingen | Bellingen Gelato "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Bellingen Gelato Bar 101 Hyde St. Bellingen. NSW 2454 Ph. 6655 1870 Summer Opening Hours Mon  Sun        10am 6pm Winter Opening Hours Monday            Closed Tues Thurs

Source: Bellingen | Bellingen Gelato


Father of killed son killed at work calls for an industrial manslaughter Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

Safety at work continues to be a serious problem in Australia, which calls on a concerted and united effort to make it a scourge of the past. It shouldnt be the case in this day and age, that the toll in those killed and injured surpasses the road toll. The Victorian government is doing the right thing, in shifting towards supporting an industrial manslaughter law. The Liberal and National parties have not yet come on board. Most accidents are the result of unsafe workplaces, and it is wrong to pretend that they are accidents. In these circumstances, the employer is responsible and should be held to account. Failure to do so, only encourages the continuation of unsafe workplaces. Nothing brings the reality of tragedy more sharply than the human story. David Rickets explains what happened in 2015 to his 26-year old son Ron. This is his story.

My son Ron was an athlete who just a few years prior was at the peak of his sport of lacrosse in the hope of representing his country one day.

He was electrocuted at work and died, just shy of his 26th birthday.

On 12 November 2015, about mid-morning I got a phone call from my youngest son, Darren. He said, I think Rons had an accident.

I asked where and when, but he had no detail and said he would call back. He did and said, it sounds serious, apparently they are trying to revive him. Another couple of calls to find out where and I was on my way. I immediately thought the worst and as I left my colleagues I said, I think my son has died.

My diary note on that day says simply, I attended the site and was informed by police that Ronald had died.

Darren and I waited on site for more than three hours to see our son and brother. He was still lying on the roof. He looked so peaceful in the afternoon sun, big and strong, as though asleep. We both lay down next to him and gave him a hug and kiss and said goodbye.

I am no longer the same person that I was, my family torn apart by grief but somehow still together. This needless and preventable loss of life has also affected all our extended family and friends, still grieving to this day.

This is why we need industrial manslaughter laws.

We need these laws so its no longer just a cost of doing business for companies to allow unsafe work practices to continue.

They need to be held to account and not be able walk away with a pithy fine after forever changing the lives of the many families connected to this one life.


David is asking e everyone to sign the petition at Megaphone, calling on the Victorian opposition to support an industrial manslaughter slaughter law.


#PlasticFreeJuly #ReduceYourUse watch World Wildlife Fund video "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Plastic. Its become such an essential part of our lives, and the statistics are staggering. On average, Australians use 130 kg of plastic each year, but only 12% is recycled. More frightening still, up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into the ocean. The good news is that we can all start making [...] full article 


State Oral Health Plan Information Workshop "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 - 9:00am


SACOSS is hosting an information session where you can to learn more about the SA Oral Health Plan, discuss the issues, share experiences and learn how to provide these as input into the consultation.

Further information including the consultation paper can be found online here and submissions should be emailed by 27 July 2018 to


Petition to end deforestation in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Last week, the Wilderness Society wrote to the UN asking them to investigate the alarming deforestation crisis in Great Barrier Reef catchments and its international news. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which is the body set up to look after World Heritage Properties including the magnificent Reef, is meeting in Bahrain. Along with the Australian Conservation [...] full article 


Humans of Bello Shire: Tom Guranich I Love Bello Shire "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Humans of Bello Shire interview with Tom Guranic, a nonagenarian living at Bellingens Bellorana Nursing Home. Tom shares his history and his short story.

Source: Humans of Bello Shire: Tom Guranich I Love Bello Shire


Send in the Troops! Deploying the ADF against Rioters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Such moves should trouble any constructive dissenter and civil libertarian: the vesting of powers in a military force to be used against domestic disturbances.  While the United States has a troubled history with it, posse comitatus still remains something of a letter restricting the deployment of the US armed forces on the streets of the countrys cities. That doctrine has effectively seen an expansion of the FBIs role to occupy what might have been seen in the past to be traditional military roles.

In Australia, no such reining in powers and impediments exist, though States have been hamstrung by the requirement of making a request to the Commonwealth to initiate military action in the event that their police forces lack the means to protect themselves or the Commonwealths interests.

This has left the prospect of enlarging the armys role in civilian life disturbingly possible in times of perceived crisis.  Utterings since the 2014 Lind Caf hostage taking by Man Haron Monis, absurdly described as a siege by the counter-terror fraternity, combined with other foreign terrorist incidents that call out powers be broadened have become regular.

Last week, the Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter, who occupies a position where this sort of thing shouldnt happen, announced that members of the Australian Defence Force would be vested with shoot to kill powers to be used only in reasonable and necessary circumstances to protect life.

Porters arguments give the impression that such military operations will be governed by the protocols of good sense and reason, notwithstanding that the ADF is a killing rather than justice machine.  Matters of evidence matter less than those of expediency.

The use of force by the ADF in a battle situation off Australian soil in a war zone is somewhat different and this is a much higher and more stringent standard, and the same standard in effect the police have been operating under for many decades in our variety of jurisdictions.

The ADF will also be given pre-authorised power to respond to threats on land, at sea and in the air, and given expanded powers to search, seize and control movement at the scenes featuring terrorist incidents. This power would also apply to quelling riots.

Porter also uses the...


MACKAY Buddhist refuses blood test after car crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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July in nonfiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you have ever sought a book about the rise and consequences of capitalism that is both deeply, morally serious and a rollicking good read, then search no more. This narratives truly global sweep is a welcome antidote to triumphalist, anglocentric tales of the Protestant work ethic and suchlike, and the central argument about the role of nature in human economic activity is persuasive.


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Byron schoolkids receive a gift from outer space "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Luxe Godfrey-Assert, Abe Tasker, Georgia Sponder and Jesse Barwick touch something that is not of this world. Photo: Jeff Starlet Dawson.

Students from Byron Bay Public School received a gift last week that was literally out of this world. The Star Stuff festival of space, science and astronomy donated an iron meteorite weighing half a kilogram that fell to Earth almost 5,000 thousand years ago in Argentina. It would have felt like an atom bomb at the time of impact and left a crater 14km wide.

Since then about 300 tonnes of the Campo Del Ceilo meteorite has been retrieved and this piece came from the collection of Geoff Notkin (USA). Geoff is a meteorite expert best known for his work on the TV series Meteorite Men and he will be speaking at Star Stuff this weekend after being invited by local organiser Dylan ODonnell from the Byron Bay Observatory.

Geoff personally selected the piece after I asked for one that could be handled by several generations of children, Mr ODonnell said.

We both wanted the school to have a piece that could be experienced not just locked up behind glass. A literal touchstone.

For many kids this will be the first time theyve been in contact with something that didnt come from Earth.

Star Stuff is a two-day weekend of space, science and astronomy with 11 speakers also including Fraser Cain (Canada), Amy Shira Teitel (USA), Dr Alan Duffy, Greg Quicke (aka Space Gandalf) and many more. Mr ODonnell has been an advocate for space tourism in the region as it is low-impact and relies on the preservation of dark skies a precious natural resource that is threatened by urban development. 

For tickets and details see Star Stuff festival.

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RCEP Ministers struggle to conclude negotiations in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 3, 2018: Last Sunday, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade ministers met in Tokyo in an effort to maintain political momentum to reach an agreement by the end of 2018. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried to take the initiative in the RCEP away from ASEAN as desperation deepens about the mounting trade war initiated by US President Donald Trump.

Singapore's Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said at the opening: "We all also know that if we miss this moment, it will be very difficult for us to sustain the momentum going forward, because various countries will face various domestic circumstances that might not allow us to sustain this momentum easily."

Prime Minister Abe coined a new slogan, saying that our future depends on whether we can keep hoisting our flagship principle of free and fair trade. The equation of heightened corporate power with fair is Orwellian. However, the remark was aimed at Trump.

RCEP negotiators will meet in Bangkok on July 17-27, and were ordered to improve their market access offers to enable an outcome to be announced at the November ASEAN Summit in Singapore.

Negotiations for the proposed RCEP began in 2013, and have struggled over tariffs, trade in services and investment rules, as well as protection for intellectual property rights. Many chapters have included wording from the discredited Trans-Pacific Partnership, which increase corporate monopoly rights on medicines and include investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) to allow foreign investors to sue governments over public interest laws and policies.

The 16 countries engaged in the RCEP have widely different levels of economic development. The Ministerial Statement recognised the individual and diverse circumstances of the participating countries, but at the same time demanded that negotiators achieve improvements over the existing ASEAN+1 FTAs.

However, India is unwilling to open up its manufacturing sector to Chinese competition and is resisting stronger medicine monopolies, ASEAN nations are wary of Indian demands for access to their services sectors, and China is more focused on it...


EMP Effects on Vehicles Report. "IndyWatch Feed National"

We tested a sample of 37 cars in an EMP simulation laboratory, with automobile vintages ranging from 1986 through 2002. Automobiles of these vintages include extensive electronics and represent a significant fraction of automobiles on the road today. The testing was conducted by exposing running and nonrunning automobiles to sequentially increasing EMP field intensities. If anomalous response (either temporary or permanent) was observed, the testing of that particular automobile was stopped. If no anomalous response was observed, the testing was continued up to the field intensity limits of the simulation capability (approximately 50 kV/m).
Automobiles were subjected to EMP environments under both engine turned off and engine turned on conditions. No effects were subsequently observed in those automobiles that were not turned on during EMP exposure. The most serious effect observed on running automobiles was that the motors in three cars stopped at field strengths of approximately 30 kV/m or above. In an actual EMP exposure, these vehicles would glide to a stop and require the driver to restart them. Electronics in the dashboard of one automobile were damaged and required repair. Other effects were relatively . Twenty-five automobiles exhibited malfunctions that could be considered only a nuisance (e.g., blinking dashboard lights) and did not require driver intervention to correct. Eight of the 37 cars tested did not exhibit any anomalous response.
Based on these test results, we expect few automobile effects at EMP field levels below 25 kV/m. Approximately 10 percent or more of the automobiles exposed to higher field levels may experience serious EMP effects, including engine stall, that require driver intervention to correct. We further expect that at least two out of three automobiles on the road will manifest some nuisance response at these higher field levels. The serious malfunctions could trigger car crashes on U.S. highways; the nuisance malfunctions could exacerbate this condition. The ultimate......


Greens want new hospital built in Tweed Heads "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North Coast based Greens MP Dawn Walker is calling for the new Tweed hospital to be built in Tweed Heads. Photo contributed

In a departure from the governments plan to build on Cudgen state significant farm land, and the oppositions plan to locate the hospital in a koala corridor at Kings Forest, Greens North Coast MP Dawn Walker has called for the new Tweed Hospital to be re-developed on its existing site in Tweed Heads.

The Greens believe that Tweed desperately needs a new hospital to support our growing population and ensure the region receives access to quality medical services. However, we want sites in Tweed Heads to be considered for the new Hospital.

Ms Walker included in that the existing site in Tweed Heads, which is close to the Tweed Heads population centre, existing allied health services and could be expanded through acquisition of adjoining properties to the west of the existing hospital.

She queried why there was such a push from Labor and the Nationals to build the new hospital south of the Tweed River on fertile farmland or a greenfield site with a regional wildlife corridor that is a long way away from the population centre of Tweed Heads.

Its appalling the way the National Party have sold-out local farmers with their plans to concrete over the state-significant farmland on the Cudgen Plateau and push for intense development on this fertile food producing land. They need to go back to the drawing board and talk with the community about re-developing the new Hospital in urban Tweed Heads where it belongs.

The last thing we want to do is bring Gold Coast sprawl south of the Tweed River and leave thousands of Tweed pensioners a long way from the new hospital; many of whom chose to retire in Tweed Heads due to its close proximity to medical services.

I will be pressuring the government to come clean on why they arent re-developing the existing Tweed Hospital site for the new hospital when parliament resumes Ms Walker said.


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Pair arrested after smashing car into Tintenbar store "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men will face court today after allegedly breaking into a house, brandishing a knife at a female resident, stealing her car keys and later using the car to ram a Tintenbar shop, then making off with alcohol and cigarettes

Police allege that at 11:30pm on Thursday (June 28) a 25-year-old Ballina man broke into the womans Ballina home armed with a knife, which he used to forcibly steal a number of items before making off in her car.

Later that night, police say he and a 27-year-old Kempsey man used a crowbar in an attempt break into a store at Tintenbar. Unable to gain access, they allegedly rammed the recently stolen car into the front of the store. They entered the store and stole alcohol and cigarettes.

On Monday police raided a property in Biala Place, Ballina, where the 25-year-old was found hiding in a bedroom, lying on top of a large knife.

The Kempsey man- who also had six outstanding warrants was found hiding in the roof cavity. Proceeds from the alleged break-in were also recovered.

The Ballina man was charged with armed, aggravated breaking and entering, stalking stealing a car and resisting police.

The Kempsey man was charged with aggravated breaking and entering, stalking stealing a car, possession of stolen goods and resisting police. Six outstanding warrants were also executed.

As a result of further investigation during the search warrant, a 20-year-old Ballina woman was charged with resisting police, hindering discovery of evidence, dealing with the proceeds of crime and concealing a serious offence.

All three were were bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.




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Former youth prisoner at the UN calls out Turnbull Government for failing Indigenous children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indigenous advocate, Keenan Mundine, a former youth prisoner and principal consultant of Inside Out Aboriginal Justice Consultancy, has travelled to Geneva to address the UN Human Rights Council about the Turnbull Governments failure to stop ten year old children being sent to prison.

I have spent more than half of my life behind bars, and I want to make sure this will not be the same future for my children. Right now, children as young as ten are still being locked away in prisons across Australia. This year alone, around 600 children under the age of 14 were taken from their families and imprisoned. This injustice must end, said Mr Mundine.

Two years after the ABCs Four Corners program exposed horrific abuse of children in the Don Dale prison, pressure is mounting on Australian state and territory governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years.

Mr Mundine told the Council the worlds peak human rights body of which Australia is now a member that the Turnbull Government must stop ignoring human rights abuses at home.

I have travelled from across the world to address this Council because I want my sons to grow up in a country that treats them fairly. This one simple change to our laws, will make a very big difference. Indigenous children in Australia deserve what I was denied - equality and freedom, said Mr Mundine.

In joining this Council, the Australian Government promised to uphold human rights and champion Indigenous peoples rights. For as long as Indigenous children are 25 times more likely to be sent to prison than non-Indigenous children, these will be hollow promises, said Mr Mundine.

The Turnbull Government called for the Northern Territory Royal Commission into the horrors of Don Dale in 2016, but has failed to deliver a key recommendation for reform raising the age at which children can be charged, hauled before the courts and sent to prison.

Australia has one of the lowest ages of criminal responsibility in the democratic world. The average age in Europe is 14 years.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, the Human Rights Law Centre, Amnesty International and other medical, Indigenous and human rights organisations have been pushing all Australian governments to commit to raising the age of criminal responsibility.

Cheryl Axleby, Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, said in addition to raising the age to 14 years, more support was needed for Indigenous-led programs.

Australian youth prisons are institutional racism in action. Criminalising the behaviour of young, vulnerable children who are mostly Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander - creates further disadvantage and traps children i...


The 2018 Australian Historical Association Conference Begins! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of historians have gathered in Canberra for the 2018 Australian conference. During this week over 350 papers will be delivered. I am in Canberra attending the conference and will be tweeting and blogging from here all week. The welcome Continue reading


Deaf, Mostly Blind Senior Dog Stays With Toddler Overnight, Leads Rescuers To Her Location "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 17-year old, deaf, and mostly blind Blue Heeler named Max spent more than 15 hours in the treacherous Australian bushland keeping a lost 3-year old little girl safe and ultimately leading rescuers to her location. Three-year-old Aurora was reported missing about 3:00pm Friday when she wandered away from her Queensland, Australia home. The toddlers []


Australian Government forcing you with biometric ID "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Rupert furthers strategy to crash into social media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Rupert Murdochs battle with giants like Facebook amazon and google and Netflix, over ultimate control over social media seems to be a bigger bight that might have first seemed to the 87-year old.

It has always been a big ask to tackle these relative newcomers, who can count on huge resources to protect their turf. The response from the mega tycoon has been, to sell a significant part of his business empire, as a means of raising the funds to compete against his rivals.

Murdoch also has a special close relationship with president Donald Trump and they are reputed to talk on a weekly basis, and sometimes even more often. This connection means that this may be a good time to make the move into social media. This would hardly be the first time Murdoch has used political connection to his advantage.

Soon after Murdoch left a meeting, with the Disney company chief, Bob Iger, at his Moroga Vineyard in the Bel Aire hills of Lois Angeles in august last year to work out the sale of 21st Century Fox, Trump is reputed to have called to offer his congratulations. Such is the strength of the connection between the two.

Holding back the deal has been the possibility, that it may contravene United States anti-trust law. But on 21 June, the Department of Justice gave the deal the go ahead. Removal of ownership on paper has bee nused as a vehicle o get over these anti-trust barriers, because Murdoch can show he is divesting himself from from major Fox and Skye News outlets.

What happened is that a large part of the Murdoch business was transferred to Disney. At the same time, under the deal the Murdoch family retains a significant stake in the new entity. But the shift in assets was able to raise $US 70 billion for the Murdoch ware chest. An unintended effect has been that the deal has attracted a bidding war from company called Comcast, the company which among its other holdings owns rival NBC. This has raised share prices and the value of the shares on the table has risen from $US90 billion to $US119 billion. Murdoch is not going to pay out of his pocket.

This could be put into effect and combined with the already existing power bases in conventional media and...


New Ballina boat ramp open, Bruns next in line "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin and Parliamentary secretary for regional roads, maritime and transport Kevin Anderson (Nationals) at the new boat ramp facility at Keith Hall Road.

Three local projects have increased the length of waterways accessible to Ballina boaties threefold in the last 12 months.

And a new project at Brunswick Heads has been announced for next year.

Parliamentary secretary for regional roads, maritime and transport Kevin Anderson and Nationals parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin posed for a photo-opp at the most recently completed project funded by the NSW Governments Boating Now Program, at Keith Hall, south of Ballina.

Mr Anderson said the state has invested $375,000 for three projects with a further $500,000 grant for the upgrade of Brunswick Heads boat ramp in the works, with work expected to start next March.

Mr Anderson said the NSW Government provided $225,000 towards the Keith Hall project, which involved building a new boat ramp and pontoon and providing some trailer parking for boaties.

Mr Franklin said an upgrade project was completed in February at the Fishery Creek boat ramp where a new pontoon was installed to improve safe access to the existing southern pontoon.

This $100,000 investment was made possible with funding from the NSW Government of $50,000, Mr Franklin said.

In West Ballina, work at the Faulks Reserve boat ramp was completed in January for the installation of a new pontoon, making it safer and easier to access the Richmond River, with a total of $100 000 provided by the state government towards the $175,000 project.


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Young boys, coach found deep in Thai cave "IndyWatch Feed National"

A relative of one of the missing soccer players holds a mascot at a vigil near the mouth of the cave. Photo EPA/Pongmanat Tasiri

MAE SAI, AP Twelve boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old soccer coach have been found deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for nine days, local officials say.

The group were exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non on June 23 when flooding brought by monsoonal rain blocked their path out of the complex cave system and continued rain hampered rescue efforts to find the group.

But late on Monday rescue teams finally located the group with Thai Navy video footage showing them huddled together quietly on a dry area inside the cave still wearing their soccer kit with their legs bent in front of them.

You are very strong, one of the rescuers says to them in English.

One of them asks what day it is, and the rescuer responds, Monday. Monday. You have been here 10 days.

It had been an international effort to find the team, involving cave diving experts from the Australian Federal Police, Thai Navy Seals and search and rescue crews from the US, China and Britain.

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn confirmed the group of 13 had been found but warned they were not out of danger yet.

We found them safe. But the operation isnt over, he said.

When the medics have evaluated the kids to see if their health is in good condition, we will care for them until they have enough strength to move by themselves, and then we will evaluate the situation on bringing them out again later.

Family members of the missing hugged each other as they cheered the news.

Rescue divers had spent much of Monday making preparations for a final push to locate the group.

In addition to divers, teams had been working to pump water out as well as divert groundwater, while other efforts focused on finding shafts on the mountainside that might serve as a back door to the blocked-off areas.

Teams have also been combing the mountainside looking for fissure that might lead to shafts.

Narongsak said they located the missing boys about 300 to 400 metres past a section of the cave...


US Republican renewables visionary set to inspire Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

R Rex Parris, mayor of Lancaster, aka the solar capital of the universe. Photo City of Lancaster

The Republican mayor who transformed his struggling Californian city into the solar capital of the universe has just been confirmed to visit Australia to inspire local councils to join the global renewable energy revolution.

Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster will headline the inaugural Cities Power Partnership Summit, Australias first national climate change summit focused on local government and grassroots solutions.

As Australias towns and cities increasingly take the lead in tackling climate change, Mayor Parris hopes to inspire council leaders to accelerate their communitys shift to renewable energy.

The issues of climate change and sustainability must be solved at the municipal level, and the City of Lancaster has proven it can be done, he said.

Over the last decade, since I was elected in 2008, Lancaster has launched its own energy utility, offering a number of renewable energy options, created a Zero Net Energy ordinance for all new homes built here, purchased 18,000 streetlights and converted them to far more efficient LEDs and will soon be home to the nations first fully electric bus fleet, Mayor Parris continued.

We have taken monumental steps forward in making Lancaster more sustainable, and we hope to show other municipalities that this is replicable in their own communities.

Mayor Parris, a leader in Californias astonishing solar boom, is credited with developing a renewable energy policy that sees the blue-collar City of Lancaster producing more solar power per capita than any other city in California, with the goal of producing more renewable energy than it uses.

The Mayor will headline a lineup of climate and renewable energy experts, industry and political leaders from around Australia, at the Cities Power Partnership National Summit, taking place 18-19 October in Kiama, New South Wales.

The event will draw together councils, community energy groups, climate and energy experts, academics and industry to focus on climate change mitigation at the grassroots level through renewable energy, sustainable transport, energy efficiency and other climate solutions.

Alix Pearce, Cities Power Partnership Director, says that the Summit w...


Not-So-Cocky David Leyonhjelm Eviscerated By ABCs Virginia Trioli Over Sarah Hanson-Young Slur "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was a decidedly more upbeat, dare I say it, cocky Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm who appeared on Sky News Paul Murray Live show last week to defend his comments about Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

During parliamentary sittings, Leyonhjelm yelled out across the chamber that Hanson-Young should stop shagging men during a debate about protecting women in the form of pepper spray and tasers, a debate ultimately sparked by the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne earlier in June.

Hanson-Young approached Leyonhjelm later to confront him about the comment. He confirmed he made it, then told her to f**k off.

But a week is a long time in politics. And that was last week. It was also a friendly political interview with a commentator known for, shall we say, some of the more extreme views in the Australian political landscape (Paul Murray Live is shortened to PML (Pissed Myself Laughing) for a reason).

Fast forward a few days, and the smile and cocksure nature appeared to have evaporated, as Leyonhjelm fronted up for a far less friendly chat overnight with ABC 7:30 host Virginia Trioli.

Indeed, it was a master class in withering, tough, uncompromising political interviewing.

With Hanson-Young confirming yesterday she was seeking legal advice for defamation, an uncharacteristically nervous Leyonhjelm stumbled his way through his interview on 7:30 (and later also on The Project), and seems to have decided that if he was in for a penny, he may as well be in for a pound.

Trioli opened the interrogation by noting Hanson-Youngs legal threat and inviting Leyonhjelm to withdraw his remarks.

No, bring it on, he replied.

After suggesting that Hanson-Young had described all men as evil, the enemy, rapists, sexual predators, Trioli asked Leyonhjelm to put up or shut-up specifically, to point to where Hanson-Young ever said an...


July 3 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Gov Arthur Phillip penned a note, (not with a thumbnail dipped in tar but who are we to judge?)  to the Marquis of Lansdowne...
"...a late excursion seen Smoke; which, with my having traced the Natives thirty miles towards these Hills, leaves no doubt but that there are Inhabitants in the interiour parts of the Country..."

1789 - Governor Phillip, accompanied by Captains Hunter, Collins and George Johnston and Surgeon White went for a Sunday punt on the water when they rowed approximately 12kms up the Colo from the Hawkesbury and stopped at the sand bank just east of the present day bridge on the Putty road.

1797 Following Aboriginal attacks on farms in the Hawkesbury region, Hunter dispatched a party of soldiers from the New South Wales Corps to protect settlers.

1807 - Joseph Eades was hanged at Sydney for robbing a cart of alcohol and clothing items.

1807  - John Higgins. Hanged at Sydney for robbing a cart of alcohol and clothing items.

1807 - William Morgan was hanged at Sydney for robbing a cart of alcohol and clothing items.

1807 - Robert Murray was hanged at Sydney for sheep stealing from the property of James Larratts.

1807 - Benjamin Yeates was hanged at Sydney for sheep stealing from the property of James Larratts.

1826 - William Cusack was hanged at Sydney for burglary at Campbelltown.

1826 - John Hossle was hanged at Sydney for burglary of John Blackman at Bathurst.

1827 - John Cruitt Hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.

1827 - Henry Oakley Hanged at Hobart for burglary from Mr Brodie on the Clyde.

1827 - Thomas Bidwell Child Hanged at Hobart for forgery.

1827 - John Wright  Hanged at Hobart for robbery at Old Beach.

1827 - John Clayton Hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.

1827 - George Dunning Hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.

1827 - William Longhurst  Hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.

1827 -Daniel McPherson Hanged at Hobart  "stealing in a dwelling house at noon-day".

1827 - Martin Higgins Hanged at Hobart for "stealing in a dwelling house at noon-day".

1841 - Mullan was hanged at the Windmill, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, for the murder of surveyor Granville Chetwynd Stapylton at Mount Lindsay.

1841 - Ningavil was hanged at the Windmill, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, for the murder of surveyor Granville Chetwynd Stapylton at Mount Lindsay.

1850 - Thank god for sod turning to break up the hangings!
The first sod of the railway from Sydney to Parramatta was turned by Mrs Keith Stewart (daughter of the Governor) at Cleveland Paddocks (an area between the souther...


UK Food Watchdog Trials Blockchain for Meat Inspection "IndyWatch Feed National"

The U.K.s Food Standards Agency, A safety watchdog, declared Monday that its successfully piloted a blockchain based distribution chain monitoring system. The trial monitored meat produced in an unnamed cattle slaughterhouse, providing enhanced transparency through the supply chain, based on a press release. The slaughterhouse and the FSA monitored data offered in the trial. FSA head of info direction Sian Thomas said in a statement that his bureau believed blockchain technology may add real value to some part of the food market. . A slaughterhouse particularly was selected because his job requires a whole lot of examination and collation of results, he said.

He added: Our strategy was to develop data standards with business which will create theory reality and I am delighted that we have was able to show that blockchain does indeed work in this region of the food market. I think you will find great opportunities now for government and industry to work together to expand and develop this strategy. . After the aviator, additional applications will be analyzed to provide farmers access to information about their animals in July. Although this trial can have been the very first time the regulatory agency used a blockchain to monitor food distribution chains, various retailers have already started experimenting with the use case.

Wal-Mart,, Alibaba, Cargill and CBH Group are only some of the companies that are utilizing blockchain to monitor food items. Supply chain picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Australian Biosecurity: here we go again..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources from 21.9.15 to 27.10.17 
and from 6.12.17 to 20.12.17 was Nationals MP for New England Barnaby 

The current Agriculture and Water Resources Minister since 20.12.17 is 
Nationals MP for Maranoa David Littleproud, a former banker who has been 
in federal parliament for less than two years.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from 23.12.14 onwards 
and Minister for Home Affairs since 20.12.17 is Liberal MP for Dickson 
Peter Dutton.

These three men between them have brought Australian biosecurity to its 
knees and kept it there.

Funding cuts, staffing cuts and poorly planned reorganisation made sure a 
failing biosecurity system ensued.


Japan finds threats and bribery not working as well as expected with member countries in International Whaling Commission will seek to change voting rules "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ive lost count of the times that Japan has threatened to leave the International 
Whaling Commission (IWC) and bribery allegations seem to have been floating 
around forever. 

However, it appears the Government of Japan is not satisfied with results to date 
and now want to see IWC voting rules changed so that it wont take as many 
threats and bribes to get its way and recommence large-scale commercial whaling.

Kyoda News, 27 June 2018:

Japan is set to propose resuming commercial whaling of some species at a 
meeting of the International Whaling Commission in September as a ruling 


PERTH Four males charged over an assault in East Cannington "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Four males charged over an assault in East Cannington .

July 02, 2018 at 09:37AM .

They will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on today. A 17 year old boy of Ashfield and a 17 year old boy of Bassendean have been charged .



PERTH East Cannington Assault Charges, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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East Cannington Assault Charges, WA .

July 02, 2018 at 10:33AM .

He will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on 2 July 2018. Read more: Charges laid over pursuits near Tweed Heads, NSW. A 17 year old boy .


PERTH Insurance broker guilty of defrauding clients "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Insurance broker guilty of defrauding clients .

July 02, 2018 at 04:33PM .

In Perth Magistrates Court last week, Sergio Amaranti pleaded guilty to seven counts of dishonest conduct, after legal action was launched by ASIC. .



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

How Bitcoin prices fluctuate is like a shadow that can either pump or dump altcoins prices. As the month comes to a close, we are seeing a short-term recovery of Bitcoin prices and the effect on most altcoins aside from []

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God is Our Constant "IndyWatch Feed National"

The one constant in my life of 61 years has been the Blessed Holy Spirit, otherwise known as the Lord Jesus and the Holy Father Creator God.

Yesterday, I published a very beautiful video with stills of creation and the universe with Australian worship leader George Bullocks song The Heavens Shall Declare playing.

I knew Geoff Bullock in the 1980s. I lost contact with him in 1983 when Geoff went with Brian Houston to found Hillsong in Western Sydney. Hillsong was called Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst in those days.

Brian Houstons father Frank founded Hillsong in Double Bay Sydney in 1977, two years before Brian and Bobbie Houston came to Australia. So Brian Houston and Hillsong media should stop saying Brian and Bobbie Houston founded Hillsong- a blatant lie.

Geoff Bullock openly says he suffers from panic attacks and depression.

Wikipedia extract- Geoff Bullock

Personal life

Bullock married Janine (born c. 1957, Lithgow) in 1980 and the couple had five children within a decade. Janine was choir master on some of Hillsong Musics releases, including Friends in High Places (July 1995). The marriage broke down in 1996 and he later recalled that It was over before I knew it. I was just too busy to even notice what was happening. People say, Werent there signs? Of course there were signs. But we just thought OK, well just have to work harder serve God harder well do more for God and he will bless us. We separated within weeks of leaving Hills. It was a very hard time and it got worse as the months went on. I had to face the fact of my failure as a husband and a father.

Bullocks second wife is Victoria, They have raised her two children from a previous marriage.

Bullock has described his mental health issues, including episodes of mania and long periods of depression. In 2003 he was diagnosed as having bipolar II disorder...


Court denies bail for Malka Leifer, alleged child molester wanted in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli court retains ex-principal, alleged child abuser Malka Leifer in the clink until her extradition hearing. She has been trying to escape extradition to Australia for child sex offences on her pupils in a Melbourne, Australia school for a long time.

Malka Leifer is soon heading in cuffs with Australian police in a plane back to Australia, to face her accusers, and do a long stint in the clink- maybe 10 years.I call Australia home. Not the type of home Malka Leifer was planning for her future, but you cant abuse children anymore and get away with it so easily as in former times. Even Roman Catholic priests are finding that out. Ask George Pell.

Times of Israel

Court denies bail for Malka Leifer, alleged child molester

wanted in Australia

Decision made despite defense claims that ultra-Orthodox former principal unfit to stand trial; extradition hearing scheduled for July 15


Great Barrief Reef fish and snakes "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Deadly Predators of the Reef: the Queensland Grouper and the Sea Snake | BBC Earth

30 June 2018

The reef is full of dangerous predators, including the giant Queensland grouper and the deadly sea snake.

Stretching a full 2000 kilometres in length and made up of 3000 individual reef systems and hundreds of islands, Australias Great Barrier Reef is breathtakingly beautiful. Given world heritage status in 1981 it is one of the wonders of the natural world.


Sleeping Among Picassos and Rembrandts "IndyWatch Feed National"

I camped in Dominions right of way for the ACP, among 300- and 400-year old trees in Bath County

Come join No Pipeline Summer: Camp to Save the Limperts Land

By Mike Tidwell

To fully understand the unbearable insanity of Dominion Energys plan to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, youve got to come here to Bath County, Virginia to see it. I arrived June 29th with half a dozen other activists to launch a colorful, determined and transparent camp of protest designed to last all summer long with hundreds of people like you. When I got here, I promptly set up my tent among 300- and 400-year old sugar maples, basswoods and hickory trees.

Bill and Lynn Limpert, staunch foes of Dominions $6 billion pipeline for fracked gas, own one of the most pristine stands of old-growth forests in all of Virginia. Some of the trees are as old as 500 years old. The jaw-dropping hardwood growth covers most of a 3000-foot-long Appalachian ridge that the Limperts appropriately call Miracle Ridge. For perspective, there are no old-growth forests like this anywhere in Shenandoah National Park, a crown jewel of the US National Park System. Let that sink in.  The Limperts 120 acres in Bath County, now in the direct pathway of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, is as pristine and wondrous as any forest in the state. Dominion wants to cut it all down and blow up all of Miracle Ridge the whole ridge for the pipeline.

Ive been lucky in my life. Ive seen the great Sequoias of California, the Baobabs of Africa, the towering tea trees of Western Australia. But theres a special magic to the Limperts ancient forest. Backpack in tow, I first visited Ona, a 300-year-old sugar maple who would be one of the first trees Dominion cuts down. Ona, an old Lithuanian name, has a staggering 15-foot circumference. You stand at her base and look up and see a seemingly infinite expanse of massive, gentle branches cradling entire ecosystems of birds and epiphyte plants and harboring the soft sound of leaves stirring from gentle summer winds. In Onas presence...


Pew, pew! China develops AK-47-sized low lethality laser rifle "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chinese Armed Police units may soon have a new weapon, a portable laser beam that can reach targets from a kilometer away and is powerful enough to set flammable things on fire.

Although classified as non-lethal, the infrared laser projector can burn through clothes in a split second If the fabric is flammable, the whole person will be set on fire, according to a South China Post report. The device is called ZKZM-500 and has been prototyped by the Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shaanxi province.

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Monday, 02 July


Benjamin Fulford: The revolution continues as old regimes collapse in Mexico and the EU, plus secret space program disclosure "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Benjamin Fulford

The criminal cabal that has been ruling the planet earth is being systematically removed from power, with the latest being regime change in Mexico and soon the EU.  Furthermore, the power struggle in Washington D.C. is definitely being won by the good guys.

Also, apparently some real disclosure is occurring about both the Roswell UFO incident and anti-gravity technology.  The two links below were sent to us by Japanese military intelligence and they say they are genuine (although this is not an area in which this writer has much expertise).  One appears to be a patent application for an anti-gravity craft, while the other claims to be a top-secret document stating that alien bodies and alien spacecraft really were recovered by the U.S. government.  We leave it to experts to determine if they are real.  If they are, though, it wont be long before flying saucers appear in the showrooms.

What is definitely real, though, is the ongoing revolution in the West.  Pentagon sources are now saying the number of sealed indictments in the U.S. is now up to 40,000 and that mass arrests are likely to start in the autumn.

For those who say the arrests will never happen, we can answer that many thousands have already been arrested or removed from power.  Over 50 congressmen and senators have resigned, and the top ranks of the Justice Department, State Department, FBI, and CIA have been thoroughly cleansed of Khazarian mob servants.  We have also seen the deaths of many of the top Khazarian mobsters, including David Rockefeller, Jacob de Rothschild, George Soros, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Bill Gates, etc.

What we are all waiting for now is to see some of the remaining top Khazarian mobsters like the Bushes, the Clintons, Barack Obama, and Benjamin Netanyahu (Mileikowsky) perp-walked in handcuffs in front of the world media.  That day is coming soon.

The Vatican is also continuing to clean up its act.  On that front, our Pentagon sources note that While Aussie Cardinal George Pell is on trial for pedophilia, Bill Clintons Cardinal Ted McCarrick in D.C. is charged with rape of a minor.

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Self-Proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto Says Bitcoin Book in the Works "IndyWatch Feed National"

Someone claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto has announced theyre writing a book about bitcoin and its history which will incorporate the personal stories of its creator, even though its uncertain if the person is the real inventor of the worlds first and biggest cryptocurrency. Last Friday, a site named submitted a letter by Satoshi Nakamoto the name of the writer of the notable 2008 bitcoin white newspaper, whose real identity still remains unknown. In accordance with the article, the book, if it ever comes out, will probably be broken in two parts and named Honne and Tatamae, in accordance with the results of a cryptopuzzle printed with the article.

An explanation in Wikipedia suggests that the name in Japanese means the comparison between an individuals true emotions and desires and the behaviour and opinions are displayed in public. Further, the articles writer claim that the book will contain info regarding the personal life of bitcoins creator, saying: But to be sure, there are countless discussions I discovered to be enlightening that I hope make it to be a part of the story. Therell be many new names and people appearing through the book in any case like its a narrative about my personal life . Published alongside the statement is an excerpt from the supposed book, which briefly recaps the evolution of bitcoin and addresses new problems which have emerged since the creation of bitcoin like scaling, the concept of blockchain and the birth of the application-specific integrated circuit miners.

The excerpt goes on to explain why the name Satoshi Nakamoto was chosen in the first place: I wanted the most typical name, which I knew no one outside Japan had any remembrance that Satoshi Nakamoto, was the equal of John Smith. It took time for the public to come to this decision, but most with direct access to me had figured it out long ago. . But whether the articles writer is indeed the real Nakamoto cant yet be verified. Craig Wright, an Australian entrepreneur and scientist in nChain, who promised to be Nakamoto in 2015, took to Twitter after the announcement of the book came into light, saying that its author cant get the dates technical details correct. . Bitcoin image via CoinDesk. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the greatest journalistic standards and complies with a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.



European Union, Australian anti-refugee policies "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Varoufakis Says Theres an EU Crisis, Not a Refugee Crisis

June 29 Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis discusses the European Union agreement on migration which he calls a fudge and complete failure. He speaks on Bloomberg Surveillance.

By Johannes Stern in Germany:

European Union intensifies campaign of terror against refugees

2 July 2018

The European Union summit at the end of last week marked a dangerous turning point in post-World War II European history. The measures targeting refugees adopted in Brussels have exposed the EU for what it is: a reactionary instrument of the ruling classes. The EU is being used by the European governments, their mounting differences notwithstanding, to intensify their policies of militarism, repression and social attacks on the working class. With the Brussels summit, the EU has shifted far to the right, with rabidly nationalist and far-right forces setting the agenda.

The monstrous persecution of immigrants is an international phenomenon. In the Unite...


Julie Bishop cuts AUS $$$$$ funding to Palestine - 6 months after we pointed to it funding terrorists "IndyWatch Feed National"

We reported this in January this year. Julie Bishop's $44M PA "Australia seeks to align its support with the Palestinian Authoritys (PA) objectives" Friday, 26 January 2018 I could not believe this when I read it. But there it is in black and white on the DFAT documents about our...


Malicious Android apps steal money by stealthily subscribing users to unknown services "IndyWatch Feed National"


Despite the fact that both Google and Apple take great care to make sure the Play Store and App Store are safe, secure, and the absolutely the only place you should be getting your apps, sometimes, some malicious software makes its way through the cracks.

McAfee security company now reports that a known cybercriminal gang AsiaHitGroup is at it again, using a repackaged piece of malicious software that it has used in the past on the Google Play Store.

It's called Sonvpay.C and it gets smuggled aboard the Play Store via a plethora of different innocent-looking apps, such as ringtone creators, flashlights, QR code scanners and the like. And it's a sneaky one to intercept, even if you are a savvy user.

Basically, once on one's phone, the malicious app will at some point trigger an "update" notification. However, that's not an update, but a reskinned subscription button, which will instantly sign the user up for an unknown paid service. Unlike previous versions of Sonvpay, this one does not use SMS messages. Instead, it employs WAP billing an over-the-air data message to a website , which means it can't be seen in the user's message history.

According to McAfee, the scam apps have been used in Kazakhstan and Malaysia, but if Sonvpay detects that the device is not in one of these regions, it'll still try to send off an SMS message to a premium service. Reportedly, the apps have been online since January of 2018 and McAfee calculates that AsiaHitGroup could have potentially made between $60,500 and $145,000 from unsuspecting victims.

Be careful what you download, folks!


SAMPLE FOOD FESTIVAL 2018 presented by GOLD COAST AIRPORT "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sample Food Festival is proud to announce Gold Coast Airport as the Presenting Partner for the eighth annual Sample Food Festival to be held in the delightful village of Bangalow in the Byron Bay Shire on Saturday 1 September 2018.

The one day event is a celebration of the diverse and rich produce, chefs, artisans and producers that the Northern Rivers of NSW is well renowned for. Sample has evolved into the largest gastronomic gathering in the Northern NSW calendar attracting 16,000+ locals, travellers, guest chefs and food lovers alike.


Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the airport was pleased to partner with the biggest one-day food festival in the Northern Rivers.

We are excited to increase our sponsorship support in northern New South Wales, which is a key tourism growth area for the airport, she said.

Sample Food Festival has become a landmark event on the regions calendar, and we are proud to be part of its continuing growth story.

The iconic foodie event includes 26 of the regions restaurants showcasing their unique menus with $5 and $10 tasting plates, 100+ cottage industry market stalls, designers and producers, live music, cooking demonstrations and childrens activities. To help cleanse the palate over the day, award winning local brewery Stone & Wood will offer a range of beers, alongside delectable wines and distilleries.

Festival Director Rose Taylor has said We are so thrilled to have the Gold Coast Airport on board this year as the Presenting Partner, it really highlights the growing interest in gastronomical travel and tourism for our region. Every year we have visitors travelling through Gold Coast Airport the largest gateway to our region to attend the festival from around Australia and overseas.

Indulge your senses at the eighth annual Sample Food Festival from 8am until 4pm at Bangalow Showgrounds. Tickets upon entry are $5 per person and children are free.

Visit for more information as well as tickets for the Sample season of events leading up to the festival;

Food Photography &...


No apology for LTCOL Dubsky from Turnbull's ADF Principal Payne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Headmistress Marise goes above and beyond to avoid saying sorry. The Defence Minister has avoided giving an apology to a soldier wrongly accused of taking part in the so called 'Jedi Council' sex scandal. Lieutenant Colonel Karel Dubsky has reached a settlement with the Army after he was removed from...


Court denies bail for Malka Leifer, alleged child molester wanted in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malka Leifer is soon heading in cuffs with Australian police in a plane back to Australia, to face her accusers, and do a long stint in the clink- maybe 10 years.I call Australia home. Not the type of home Malka Leifer was planning for her future, but you cant abuse children anymore and get away with it so easily as in former times. Even Roman Catholic priests are finding that out. Ask George Pell.

Times of Israel

Court denies bail for Malka Leifer, alleged child molester

wanted in Australia

Decision made despite defense claims that ultra-Orthodox former principal unfit to stand trial; extradition hearing scheduled for July 15

Former Australian principal Malka Leifer, who wanted in her home country for child sex abuse crimes is seen at the Jerusalem District Court on February 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Former Australian principal Malka Leifer, who wanted in her home country for child sex abuse crimes is seen at the Jerusalem District Court on February 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Jerusalem District Court denied bail on Sunday for a former principal of an ultra-Orthodox girls school in Melbourne facing extradition from Israel over allegations she molested dozens of schoolchildren.

Malka Leifer, who is wanted on 74 charges of child sexual abuse in Australia, was arrested in February following a police undercover operation to investigate her claim that she is mentally unfit to appear in court.

The defense team is expected to appeal Sundays decision, in which the judge ordered that the 54-year-old remain behind bars until a decision is reached regarding the extradition petition against her. The nex...


Tourists Go Home: Unsustainable Travel in Venice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fuck Air BnB.

Tourists go home.

Confronting messages sprayed across crumbling brick walls on the outskirts of Venice put a pit of guilt in my stomach.

Oh. Sorry.

Venice was not somewhere Id ever really desperately wanted to go. Id read more about the citys issues with rising sea levels than the best sights to see. But on my first journey through Italy, it was a logical stop to make. More or less a box on a list that could now be filled with a tick.

Although St Marks Square and the surrounding streets are riddled with tourists, a few blocks out, you can wander through squares and churches with ease and comfort, if you ignore the searing heat. Seeing this message of clear hate of and disgust for tourism so far from the central tourist area had me confused.

Surely the type of person these messages are aimed at wouldnt find themselves out here, I thought. Theres hardly anyone else around. But Im here. Is this directed at me? Am I a part of the problem?

The historical city of Venice has a declining population, currently sitting at around 55,000. On average, 60,000 tourists visit the floating city every single day. Tourists who arrive on intimidatingly mammoth cruise ships, crowd the narrow alleyways and spend their valuable tourist bucks on cheap knockoff souvenirs. Tourists who stay at boutique Air BnB apartments and drive the price of rent up so high, locals are forced to move. Tourists who discard their rubbish on the cobbled-stone streets and disrespect religious and cultural sites. Tourists who take over the city and completely force it to change from the place they thought they were visiting.

Hand-made ceramic, papier-mch or leather masks and hand-blown glasswares are local crafts that have been part of Venetian culture for centuries. But traditional artisans of these products are becoming more difficult to find, as Chinese produced fakes are sold for rock-bottom prices in hundreds of stores surrounding the city centre. A local tour guide pleaded with our group not to waste money on a Chinese fake. He insisted that its better to go home with no souvenir at all than a fake, as that business only encourages knockoffs and sends real artists packing.

Even traditional food, the most famous cultural aspect of Italy, is be...


Morwell Factory Open, Bulk Buy Kicks off! "IndyWatch Feed National"

We were proud to open the doors of the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative factory in Morwell, to welcome in the community and to host the official launch of the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub this month. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily DAmbrosio toured the Earthworker Energy factory for the launch, which was []



Local residents and visitors to the Byron Shire can now look forward to locking their bikes on to locally designed bike racks inspired by the regions beautiful environment and fun lifestyle.

Installed this week at 4 different locations around town, the Byron Bike Rack Project is a community initiative by Stone & Wood Brewery and Byron Shire Council. The Byron Bike Rack Project aims to encourage the residents and visitors of Byron to ride rather than drive.

To celebrate the epic journey of the Byron Bike Rack Project and the installation of the sculptural bike racks designed by Bangalow landscapers; Larc Collective Stone & Wood have organised a community bike ride. Join us:


Meet at 10am at Apex Park
Ride the sculptural bike rack loop
Finish at the Stone & Wood Brewery for a refreshing cold beer
Bring your helmet, water and donation to our Karma Keg at the brewery
All proceeds going to the Ingrained Foundation

*Stone & Wood do not condone drink riding or driving. Come for one or get yourself a designated driver for the trip home

Luke Jones and David Thompson from Larc Collective Landscapes Architects won the Byron Bike Rack Project funding them $20,000 to bring their design Happy Hoops to life, creating sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron.

Happy Hoops are constructed using the highest quality stainless-steel, tube construction, powder coated in bright retro colours. Several bike racks are located at Apex Park, Johnson Street outside the Balcony Oyster Bar & The Great Northern, and at the new railway park.

Luke and David explain of their design, The suite of Happy Hoops consists of Peace Loop, Wave Window, Sun Follower and Rainbow Ring all eluding to the life we live in Byron Bay. The culture of Byron and Northern Rivers is deeply rooted around the beautiful environment we live amongst and each of the four elements reflect this. The functionality of each design has been key in its evolution pared back and simple, much like life in Byron Bay.

Byron Bike Rack Project was a public competition that ran for over 2 months at the back end of last year calling for local residents to enter their desig...


Oberon Australia - Letter | But where is the fluoride actually coming from "IndyWatch Feed National"

MICHEAL Czajba published his PhD paper in Chemistry, Applied Science at the university RMIT in 2014. 
The author declares that he has no competing interests. Through his paper are quotes. First: "Flexafluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate (a powder) or sodium fluoride (a powder - all highly toxic). However, water fluoridation is usually carried out Flexafluorosilicic acid which is a by-product of the aluminium and phosate industries. Second: "Fluoride is poison a lipid soluble neurotoxin and enzyme. Further in his study: "At 1ppm some sections of the population (eg infants) will ingest too much fluoride. A lethal dose for children is 5-15mg/kg. Thus as little as 35mg can kill a 7kg infant while 5-10g (32-64 mg/kg) can kill a 70kg adult."  
Fluoride accidents do happen in the water system with fluoride poisoning. Search the web; they are there.   
At the council meeting on June 19, Keith Sullivan (a former mayor) asked the mayor and council the same questions that many people, myself included, have been asking for months since this fluoride debate came up again back in November. 


China Will Lose The South China Sea Game "IndyWatch Feed National"

China wants to control the entire South China Sea. Every inch of it. Thats why will lose all of it, one day.

In the South China Sea game, China is one player playing against all the rest: The Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. China is also playing against the navies of US, Japan, France, the UK, and Australia. These navies seek to enforce the freedom of navigation in the vast trade waterway. Close to $5 trillion in merchandise moves through every year.

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Why is China playing against everyone else? For a couple of reasons. One of them is that the waterway is very important to its vision becoming the next global economic leader.

Its the beginning of Chinas maritime silk road.

Insofar as China is concerned, its maritime silk road begins from the South China Sea, says Vijay Eswaran, Malaysian entrepreneur and Chairman of QI Group of Companies.It sees itself playing a more significant role in maritime trade in the future.

Another reason is that China sees the South China Sea as its own property. Historically, China has always viewed the South China Sea (SCS) as its own, adds Vijay. All of it, and the resources that are hidden beneath, which China wants to exploit. Thats why it is building artificial islands.

And that feeds Chinese nationalism, needed to support and reinforce the political status quo.

What about the overlapping claims from neighboring countries?  China does not see any of the other overlapping claims from the neighboring countries to the South China Sea as a threat, adds Vijay.

And it uses intimidation to make sure that this wont happen. When China lost a United Nations-linked tribunal international arbitration to the Philippines on the South China Sea disputes a year and a half ago, Beijing took a couple of steps to make sure that Duterte wouldnt do anything with it.

The first step was to threaten Duterte with war should he dare to enforce the ruling. The second step was to promise a generous investment to help the Philippines deal with its many problems.

And it worked. Duterte quickly flip-flopped, and forgot all about the ruling, as was written in previous pieces here.



Did Satoshi Reappear to Write a Bitcoin History Account? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The mystery of the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has been a topic of discussion in the cryptocurrency community for years after he/she/they mysteriously disappeared. But a website, created on June 29th, states that Satoshi is back.

Satoshi Nakamoto: Bitcoins Decade-Long Mystery

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? That is the mystery that has plagued the cryptocurrency community for the better part of a decade.

For those who are unaware, Nakamoto is a pseudonymous name that has become integrally tied to the identity of the worlds most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Speculation has raged about the true identity of the programmer who created the Bitcoin code base. Some say it is Craig Wright, an Australian coder who has claimed to be Nakamoto, others say its a collective group of like-minded individuals. But to this day, no one knows for sure.

However, others have wondered if it is really necessary to figure out who Satoshi is, as Bitcoin was founded on decentralized principles. A lack of centralized figurehead only attests to the decentralized values Bitcoin was based upon.

After 2011, Satoshi disappeared, along with a reported one million Bitcoin, leaving many to speculate where he went.  Since then, the mystery has remained, with talk of the real Satoshi and Faktoshi arriving on a monthly basis.

The Nakamoto Family Foundation Website

However, the situation has unexpectedly developed, with a website claiming that Satoshi is back. The website, titled the Nakamoto Family Foundation, claims that Satoshi is writing an account of Bitcoin. The website notes:

I wanted the people and the facts to be known. Or as much of it. Im still saving most for the books, the best parts hopefully.

Keeping Satoshis affection for cryptography in mind, the owner of the website, Nakamoto or not, added a puzzle for users willing to try. According to ...


The Commonwealth of Thieves "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just a reminder of who assumed positions in office:


Australia Is Attempting To Contain China "IndyWatch Feed National"

China doesnt need to build bases in the South Pacific and risk militarily provoking the US and Australia when it can just continue employing economic and financial means to expand its regional influence. This approach might yield the short-term results that Australia and its allies are looking for.

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Melbourne men drop daks in cheeky coal protest "IndyWatch Feed National"

The anti-coal protest that stopped traffic in the Melbourne CBD on Saturday (June 30). Photo supplied

As part of a 30-hour demonstration at the Flinders Street Station intersection, members of Frontline Action on Coal Melbourne (FLAC Melbourne), showed their displeasure at the government by baring their backsides under the clocks at Flinders St Station.

The five men took the dramatic action to call on the government to put an end to all new coal mines. A spokesperson for the group said, Its time to draw a red line on the environmental destruction, corruption and lies of the coal industry.

We apologise to anyone offended by the image, but we are determined to do whatever it takes to end our use of fossil fuels. While some may find it offensive, we find the inaction by our government as even more offensive.

The Melbourne action was part of a widespread National Day of Action to finally draw a red line on all new coal projects, and comprised more than 20 simultaneous actions being staged across Australia on June 29 and 30, including banner drops, blockading of Wagners (Adani airport contractor), railway blockade (Acland), street parties, and rallies.

Tipping point crossed

The group (FLAC) is striving for a safe climate and the diverse and creative events were held over the weekend to demonstrate to the government and the fossil fuel industry that Australians have had enough of coal and want a safe and secure future environment.

We have crossed a climate tipping point and it will take concerted, nonviolent, civil resistance to tip it back. At the end of this financial year, Australians are drawing a #RedLine on coal.


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Need your help to get to the line with private prosecution in The AWU Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am in Western Australia and will soon be travelling to the East Coast. I'll be there to lay some groundwork - then to file a private prosecution in The AWU Scandal. That will be the only matter before the courts arising from these obvious crimes. Will you support me...


Couple in court after cop chase in stolen Merc "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Mercedes Benz 230E, similar to the one stolen. File photo

A man will face Tweed Heads court today (Monday July 2) on 11 charges, including: stealing a Mercedes Benz failing to stop for a police pursuit twice, plus carrying illegal weapons and housebreaking equipment.

Just after midnight yesterday (Sunday July 1), officers patrolling the Banora Point area allegedly attempted to stop a Mercedes Benz 230E on Darlington Drive for a random breath test.

The vehicle allegedly failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated; it was later terminated for safety reasons.

The Mercedes was later seen on Sexton Hill Drive and another pursuit was initiated.

That pursuit was also terminated due to safety concerns.

Following inquiries, officers attended a resort on Tweed Coast Road at Cabarita where police allegedly seized a firearm, vehicle keys, cannabis, and ammunition.

A 26-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

The man was charged with 11 offences, including: resisting police; car theft; dangerous driving; driving without a licence; possessing a prohibited drug; plus possessing a prohibited firearm, ammunition, housebreaking equipment and goods suspected of being stolen.

The woman was charged with possessing prohibited weapon.

Both were refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (Monday July 20).

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The Events featuring Catherine McClements and local choir Vox Caldera "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

WHAT : The Events
WHEN: Friday 20 & Sat 21 July, 7.30pm 
NORPA at Lismore City Hall The NORPA bar and diner open from 6pm
COST: $20-$54
TICKETS: or 1300 066 772

A Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company of South Australia Co-production

A mesmerising piece of playwriting generous, compassionate and subtle  The Events was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. For this Australian production, the brilliant Catherine McClements (Wentworth, Rush and Tangle) returns to the stage, joined by local choir Vox Caldera in an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.

Claire is a minister and the director of a choir that meets regularly in a local hall. Its made up of all sorts: the lonely, outsiders, strangers and the privileged, the comfortable. In short, she has built a community. But when a disaffected young man enters the hall and opens fire with a semi-automatic, this community and the ideals that formed it are blown apart.

After the event, a dialogue unfolds between Claire and a young man. She is unpacking the Pandoras box of herself her rage, her fears, and ultimately some hope. The young man is something else: the voice of the alienated, an enemy within, a lost generation. He plays many roles, but in an era of Port Arthur and Martin Place they all ask the same big question: How do we live together knowing it can all come apart in a moment?

The Events is performed with a different community choir in each location it is performed. For its NORPA season The Events will feature local Northern Rivers choir Vox Caldera, who also performed in NORPAs production of Railway Wonderland at Lismores abandoned train station.

The Events, in a co-production by the Actors Touring Company, the Young Vic Theatre, Brageteatret and Schauspielhaus Wien, was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2013.

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Combined mines CCC Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The attached Final Draft Minutes from the 16th of May 2018 for the Combined mines Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meeting are provided below for the information of the community.

Boggabri Coal mine expansion 10.6.2018

The state government have developed CCC guidelines which can be found here. Under Section 6 Communication with the broader community, the guidelines say;

Committee members are encouraged to discuss concerns and disseminate information about the project to the wider community, including stakeholder groups.

The combined minutes can be found here. Note that the Namoi Regional Air Quality Advisory Committee is still seeking members, 5 years after the mines were approved.



The Alexandria effect "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ocasio-Cortez showed that it is possible to run on a social democratic platform, against the machine, and win. Not everyone in DSA is all that committed to electoral politics. The meeting that heard back from the campaign also heard from direct action groups who work on housing justice and immigration, as well as those connected to the revival of Martin Luther Kings Poor Peoples Campaign which is mobilising the religious left. The DSA is a big-tent organisation.


New Security Legislation Could Come Back To Haunt Canberra "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

As I have noted previously, there is already a law to provide that a journalist can be jailed for years, for recklessly disclosing a special intelligence operation  even if that operation might be deemed by the Australian people to be treasonous.

And now there is new legislation.  I have only skimmed the lengthy bill and will write more later in the week, but here is my initial reaction.

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On Thursday night, legislation was rushed through Parliament (June 28, 2018). Its supposedly about restricting foreign political influence and people looking to disrupt Australias democracy. My first thought was Excellent! Maybe there is something in the law that can be used against the Canberra gang.

Past and present Australian politicians seem to have been frequently infected by foreign political influence and interference (especially by the US). They influenced us to join a war in Afghanistan and Iraq in which over 40 Australian soldiers died.

And think back to politicians like Trade Minister Andrew Robb encouraging the sale of the Port of Darwin,...


The Gillard/Wilson forgery - an important part of the prosecution against GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've examined the files of the former WA Office of State Corporate Affairs from the time of its creation (3 April 1991) until at least April 1993. Only one printed letterhead appears, used for both internal memos and external letters. This is the Trade Union Royal Commission's link to its...


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Kingscliff confirmed as site for new Tweed Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The red soils of the Cudgen plateau will be home to the Tweed Valley Hospital after all, following a second site selection process by Health Infrastructure NSW. Photo Tweed Shire Council

The controversial original Kingscliff site for the Tweed Valley Hospital has been reconfirmed following a reselection process by NSW Health Infrastructure.

Health minister Brad Hazzard announced on Saturday (June 30) the new $534 million hospital would be sited on existing farmland opposite Kingscliff TAFE, following extensive community feedback and support for the greenfield site.

The state body was forced to go back to the drawing board after Tweed locals protested theyd had little chance for input prior to the original announcement and the site selection process lacked transparency.

Many also opposed the Kingscliff site, which sits on the state significant protected farmland of the Cudgen plateau.

The ALP announced meanwhile it was throwing its support behind an alternative site at Kings Forest. But that also had its critics including Tweeds Team Koala, which said it straddled a koala corridor.

Three sites shortlisted

Minister Hazzard said that Health Infrastructure had shortlisted three sites based on independent expert advice adding the assessment process was overseen by an independent probity advisor.

These three sites were assessed against the original evaluation criteria and this, along with community feedback, has confirmed that the proposed site opposite Kingscliff TAFE remains the best site for the new hospital.

The basis on which the Kingscliff (Cudgen) site has been chosen will be released to the community in an updated site selection report which [Health Infrastructure] will make public in the next week or so, after it has met the shortlisted landowners and briefed them on the assessment.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said on behalf of the doctors and patients of the Tweed I am delighted that we can now get on with building our new Tweed Valley Hospital. From here on in its full steam ahead.

During community engagement sessions, more than 600 people were spoken to, and nearly 700 written submissions were received. Around 50 per cent of people spoken to supported the Kingscliff site; a further 25 per cent were neutral; and the remaining 25 per cent opposed, he...


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#MeToo: take note from a black Aboriginal woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Consider this.

  • How many opinion pieces of childhood trauma will excuse the author from years of trolling?
  • Just how pale would your skin have to be to be invited to excise black skin stories to make your coat of many colours?
  • How much self-appointed leadership would you need to serve to legitimize abuse and assault?
  • How many years of government funding validates bullying and exploitation?
  • How many tweets would you need to punch out to redeem yourself from polluting our world?

The lack of #MeToo stories within black Australia doesnt mean these wrongs dont exist.  A person of foresight would know one of the strongest deterrents of bad behavior has become the ticking time bomb of exposure and public shaming. 

The reluctance and the fear around not speaking up will inevitably collapse.  Its not a case of if, its a case of when will it happen. 

It got us this far, the rule of silence that protected the twisted ruin that hid in the shadows, and these days lurks on social media and nests in the remains of community myths.

It is the man who slinks around social media taking...


Human rights charter needed, Mullum meeting hears "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Knitting Nannas Lindy Scott (left) and Clare Twomey (right) with former Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs at Saturdays (June 30) lecture. Photo Tree Faerie

By Eve Sinton

Former Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs has called for an Australian charter of human rights.

Speaking at the Ngara Institutes annual lecture in Mullumbimby last Saturday (June 30), Professor Triggs said Australia is the only democracy without a bill of rights, and over-reach in executive power by successive governments in the 21st century was deeply damaging to the public.

We now need, as a matter of urgency, some form of legislated charter of rights to protect fundamental common law freedoms in Australia and ensure we meet our international human rights obligations that we as a nation have committed to by treaty over the last 70 years or so, she said.

It could be quite simple. We could draft one tonight the Mullumbimby Charter of Human Rights.

Gillian Triggs during her keynote speech at the Ngara Awards in Mullum. Photo Tree Faerie.

Prof Triggs said the current legal system is failing all Australians, especially the most vulnerable.

I date the regression of respect for human rights in Australi...


Unsealed FBI search warrants and more evidence against Hillary Clinton "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Charles Ortel overnight Amazing that Obama let HRC run, rig primaries...please note especially paragraph 28 on page 9 of the first part of the link---the FBI was able to get more than simply should be a gold mine, as might be the other domain. So how many people...


Paedophilia in Australia's entertainment industry 'coming out'? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Logies: Bert Newton criticised for gay slur as Grant Denyer wins Gold Logie

Newton's comments could be the end of his career, some social media users said.
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Australian television icon Bert Newton is facing a social media backlash over comments he made when presenting the Graham Kennedy Award for most popular new talent at the 60th annual Logie Awards.

His comments came on the night Grant Denyer was awarded the Gold Logie for most popular personality on Australian television, and Hugo Weaving (Seven Types Of Ambiguity) and Pamela Rabe (Wentworth) won most outstanding actor and actress respectively. Weaving and Rabe were not at the ceremony to accept the awards.

Having referred to himself using a gay slur, Newton joked that his former co-star Kennedy enjoyed "mentoring" young talent behind closed doors.

"Speaking of young talent, Graham Kennedy was always the sort of man who nurtured young talent," Newton said.

"He enjoyed giving young people a chance on television, he was a great mentor, he mentored a lot of young people.
"You knew if you went to his dressing room and it was locked, he would be inside doing some mentoring."
Film critic and entertainment journalist Giles Hardie said Newton's comments "didn't resonate well" in the era of the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse.

"Ultimately, this is an 80-year-old variety performer who got up and gave exactly the sort of routine he does," Hardie said.

"You've got to look at the producers where [the Logies] is a show that doesn't have a Welcome to Country.

"This is a show that only dealt with #MeToo in a musical number.
"I think they brought it on themselves saying, here's Bert and here's what he does."
Newton's comments also drew criticism from many social media users, with Australian TV and film critic Andrew Mercado saying someone should tell Newton about #MeToo.
"I suspect th...


Tesla Powerpack installed at Sydney depot, as part of Transgrid network trial RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

City of Sydney adds 500kWh Tesla battery to new solar council depot, both to make the depot self sufficient and as part of Transgrid demand management trial.

via Tesla Powerpack installed at Sydney depot, as part of Transgrid network trial RenewEconomy


New laws have diminished our rights and are not about taking on corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Since the end of last week two, incredibly important events occurred, and these will have ongoing repercussions. The mark a significant downgrading of human rights in Australia.

Given the spate of anti-democratic new laws in recent years, this is no mean achievement for the Turnbull government.

The first event was securing the passage of the foreign interference bills through both houses of  parliament in only four days. The contents of the Espionage and Foreign Interference (EFI) and Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (FITS) are horrific.

The EFI contains 45 new expanded offences, carrying prison sentences of up to life. It covers everything from treason, to what is deemed to harm Australian interests. This harm is not clearly defined, and therefore puts anyone critical of any government policy into a position where they are potentially contravening the law. Whether they are or not is now a political decision.  We have not seen such draconian laws since World War Two.

It is but a short step form here to criminalising all forms of political activity that the government of the day does not sanction. The threat is made more real, by the fact that the authors of the new laws see them as having a role, in setting a precedent that can be extended later.

The FITS Bill establishes a public register for political parties and other organisations deemed to cooperate with international or overseas entities. This carries long terms of imprisonment as well, from 10 to 20 years, for those who fail to register, or do not comply with complex and intrusive reporting requirements. Trying to impose this in an even handed way to everyone would be unworkable.

Particularly in the age of the Internet, there is no political, or other kind of organisation that at least does not receive information from a foreign entity. Under the extremely broad definition, this could be called cooperating with overseas entities.

This aside, Australias economic life is meshed with an extensive network of corporate connections. Multinationals are at the centre of the economy. It is their nature to liaise with foreign interests and political networks. Without this,they couldnt continue business a normal, whether it be accessing investment funds, carrying out core operations, marketing, or sending profits to tax free havens to avoid paying tax. All of this requires extensive arrangement with foreign entities. And it happens that the same corporations are the main source of funds for the Liberal and National parties.

But  corporations have been granted omission from the laws. The same applies to media outlets. The Murdoch empire, which controls the bulk of media in Australia, is an American based company, with extensive busi...


Leave Us The Fuck Alone "IndyWatch Feed National"

A mere four days after I set off on an adventure to the other side of the world alone, a woman was killed in her own town. In my town, actually, metres from her home, a few hundred from mine.

Before my trip, people kept telling me that I was brave for embarking on a solo journey into the unknown as a young woman. The reality is, I am not brave: I just want to see the world. I was also told me to be careful, not to travel to new places at night, arrive when its daylight, keep my wits about me when Im out drinking, not let strangers buy me drinks and not wander the streets alone at night.

As a result, I spent the weeks leading up to my departure anxious feeling anxious about the things I had been told and all that I should be wary of. Instead of being excited to experience new things and meet new people, I was scared.

Two weeks in, the fear hasnt left. When I heard what had happened to Eurydice Dixon, only a year older than me, I felt sick to my stomach. Only weeks earlier, I had been home, in a city where I felt safe, walking back to mine from the tram at night by myself with my headphones in, thinking that something like that would never happen to me. But to Eurydice Dixon, it did.

I am 21 years old and exploring countries and cities on the other side of the world renowned for their partying and crazy nightlife, yet because I am alone and I am a woman, I have spent most nights back in my hostel before dark. I havent been drunk or taken drugs. I am wary of most men, hesitant to chat, especially where there is a language barrier.

In Amsterdam, against my better judgement, I went on a date to a secluded spot by the wharf with a handsome stranger who smiled at me on the ferry. As soon as I got there, I immediately thought of everything that could go wrong and, as result, I didnt enjoy myself.

The thing about travelling alone is that you are forced to make friends with strangers, but that is pretty limiting when youre taught to be scared of half the population. It makes me angry, because I dont want to spend four plus months of solo travel missing out on experiences, drunken adventures, opportunities to kiss strangers or seeing cities lit up at night in order to feel safe.

The sad reality is though, while for me its just four months of my life of being alone and permanently feeling like I need to be on guard, for other women such as those in our offshore detention centres that feeling can last their whole lives. For Eurydice Dixon, it was just one night of being al...


Finally revealed: government legal costs of $39 million in Philip Morris ISDS case "IndyWatch Feed National"

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick last Friday succeeded in obtaining the total legal costs to Australia of defending its tobacco plain packaging laws in the case brought by Philip Morris tobacco company against the Australian Government under investor-state dispute settlement provisions.

The cost was $38,984,642.97.

Senator Patrick said he is blown away by this mammoth cost to the taxpayer. This is exactly why Australia must stop signing up to Free Trade Agreements with these insidious ISDS provisions in them."

In 2012 the High Court determined the tobacco plain packaging law was constitutional. But Philip Morris had also shifted some assets to Hong Kong, claiming to be a Hong Kong company, and used the ISDS provisions in an obscure investment agreement between Australia and Hong Kong to try to bypass the High Court's decision.

The case was heard by a tribunal of investment lawyers meeting in Singapore.

Thankfully Australia won the case because the tribunal found it was not truly a Hong Kong company, but only after four years and $39 million in legal costs," said Senator Patrick.

I accept the Government had to defend the matter, but if we hadnt signed up to the Hong Kong agreement with ISDS provisions in it then there would not have been a tribunal hearing. Imagine what health outcomes could have been achieved with that $39 million.

Senator Patrick ran the case in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal because both the Australian government and Philip Morris refused to divulge the costs at the time of the decision in 2016, and then the Turnbull government appealed the Information Commissioners decision that the costs should be revealed. Sydney Barrister Mandy Tibbey and Solicitor Stephen Blanks prosecuted the case pro bono.

The TPP-11 agreement, which is currently being examined by a Senate inquiry, has ISDS provisions. It exposes Australian taxpayers to tens of millions of dollars in legal fees and potentially billions in damages in the event that the Australian parliament makes changes to laws that dont suit foreign companies. The European Union no longer includes ISDS provisions in its t...


Dogs attack bush wallaby on Byrons beach "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Long time local Steve Medcalf rescued a bush wallaby from a dog attack last Wednesday on the beach near Elements Resort. Photo David Hancock.

Two dogs attacked a bush wallaby at the no dog area of the beach, approximately 250m north of Elements of Byron Resort, last Wednesday.

As I started towards the beach a wallaby burst out of the dune and about one to two meters behind it were two dogs barking and growling, said Steve Medcalf who walks on the beach every day.

The wallaby stayed on the dunes as much as it could with the two dogs on its tail until it got to the fence at Elements and then it went onto the beach and into Belongil Creek. From there the wallaby hopped out into the ocean and went about 100m out with the dogs in pursuit.

By the time Steve walked up the beach and was level with the wallaby one of the dogs had it by the ear while the other had it by the throat.

Steve headed into the water with a stick yelling out at the dogs who appeared to be border collie/kelpie crosses. One let the wallaby go and swam back to the beach while the one who had it by the neck kept a hold of the wallaby.

I got the other dog off, said Steve but pointed out that it is not the dogs fault. It is the people who own the dogs that are responsible.

The wallaby was being swept north towards Brunswick Heads and Steve realised he needed to get back into the water and save the wallaby.

I went out and got him he was pretty exhausted. Once I got hold of him he was pretty calm. By the time I got him back to shore he was getting pretty heavy.

With the help of his friend Louis they got the wallaby onto the dune and lay him down quietly and put a towel over him.

Then we made sure there were no dogs in the area.

They called WIRES and council to report what had happened.

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Ballina Vinnies puts dumpster divers on notice "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Vinnies Ballina store. Photo Google

The ongoing theft of quality donations from Vinnies bins in Ballina have forced the op shop to fit CCTV cameras to capture the thieves red handed and threaten them with punishment.

St Vincent de Paul Society said it is now taking strong action against people raiding donation bins in Winton Lane, Ballina adjacent to the Vinnies shop in Martin Street.

In recent weeks the problems have got much worse, according to Vinnies North Coast Executive Officer Michael Timbrell, who added the after-hours raids on the donation bins are seeing resalable goods being stolen and unwanted items strewn around the laneway or thrown over neighbours fences.

This illegal behaviour has a number of negative impacts. Firstly, its depriving us of valuable income that we use to fund our support services for disadvantaged people in the community. The shop is staffed by volunteers and all sales are allocated to running our programs.

There is also the negative impact on the shops neighbours who are increasingly contacting the Society to complain. Loud noise in the night, including arguing, fighting, swearing and threatening behaviour are among the complaints.

We fully understand our neighbours concern, even their anger, Mr Timbrell said, and frankly were angry too.

Our state-of-the-art CCTV in the lane shows people arriving by car, using hooks to pull clothing out of the bins, sorting through it and tossing the unwanted items aside, or worse over the fence.

Were fed up with this behaviour, which is clearly being perpetrated by people who are not part of Ballinas disadvantaged community. Their images, including their car rego plates, are captured on the infrared CCTV and from now on we will be providing the tapes to Ballina Police who agree that action should be taken.

Ballina Shire Council will also be kept in the loop, as the neighbours have complained to their councillors as well, as they have every right to do. St Vincent de Paul Society has a very positive reputation in Ballina, and a strong and expanding commitment to the communitys wellbeing.

We cannot tolerate the continuance of this anti-social behaviour, and will do everything possible to see that it ends, with criminal prosecutions if necessary, Mr Timbrell said.

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Mullum Gateway Project gets thumbs up from Nats "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Mullumbimby Gateway team meeting Ben Franklin: Malcolm Price, Maggie Brown, Bob Gray, Ben Franklin, Richard Mordaunt

Organisers of the Mullumbimby Gateway project are feeling more optimistic about its future after spending more than an hour with North Coast Nationals Ben Franklin MLC at the Gateway site on Friday.

Project organiser Richard Mordaunt called the meeting to update him on the Gateway, adding he couldnt have been more receptive and helpful for our Stronger Country Communities funding application.

This is a Mullumbimby and Byron Shire Community Project and Ben was very encouraging and appreciative of what we had originally done in 1987 and the need now to rescue and refurbish

this important site at the entrance to Mullumbimby, Richard said.

Mr Franklin told the group, I wholeheartedly support the Mullumbimby Gateway project as an important community and cultural site and I encourage them to keep applying for grants, especially NSW Cultural Grants.

This is an important site and I will do everything I can to help in its refurbishment, Mr Franklin added.

The group has also launched a new website to explain the project and encourage tax deductible public donations.

Richard said the aim of the project is to bring the whole site back to life, repair the totems and the town sign, restand the standing stones with new plantings across the site.

There will be interpretive boards with local history, linking it with the town.

It is public safe space for youth and locals waiting for pickups and ride shares and there will be a new pathway from the bus drop off to the gazebo.

Weve invited Delta Kaye and the Aboriginal Corp to be involved and have suggested they could paint all the posts of the gazebo.
We also hope that Bharat and Tonus nature carving will become part of the Gateway, Richard said.

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July 2 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1841 -  First execution Brisbane at Windmill (Observatory) for murder of Staplyton and Tuck. (The First Execution).

1851 - The population of Ballarat exploded; not by the horizontal limbo shenanigans but by a shepherd finding the glittery stuff called gold.
Within days gold discoveries were made throughout Victoria prompting a huge explosion in the population. The colonys population of 76,162 in December 1850 rose to over 500,000 by the end of the decade.

1858 Possible birth date of King O'Malley, one of the more colourful characters of the early federal period of Australian political history. He claimed to have been born in Canada which would have made him a British subject, if he was born in Vermont, as was likely, he would have been ineligible for a seat in Australian parliament.

1858 - Smarty pants Crow Eaters were leading the way  yet again when the Torrens System of Land Conveyancing and Registration (The Real Property Act) came into operation in SA. This was adopted Qld. 1861, NSW, Vic, Tas, in 1862, WA 1874 and progressively around the world.

1860 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was tossed open with gay abandon from Maitland - Lochinvar.

1883 - The Robinvale Railway Line (Vic) was opened from Korong Vale to Boort.

1883 - The Port Fairy Railway Line (Vic) was tossed open from Colac to Camperdown.

1907 - The dual-line cables necessary for telephone conversations first linked the Sydney and Melbourne exchanges.
Carrier pigeon still remains the most reliable and fastest form of the interwebs.

1908 - James (Joe) Coleman was hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Constable Albert Ring at Glenelg.

1910 - A 3.5 mag earthquake was felt in the Macleay district, NSW.

1913 - Philatelists were contemplating a quiet, orderly protest just as soon as they'd finished cataloging their latest stamps....a furore erupted over the announcement that the image of a kangaroo on the penny postage stamp would be replaced by the bust of the king.
What a bloody liberty!

1919 - Britain, New Zealand and Australia signed an agreement for Australian administration of Nauru, located 4000 km northeast of Sydney. Australia had captured the island from Germany in 1914 and in 1920 the League of Nations designated it an Australian mandate.

1931 - Australian National Airways, heard of it?
I certainly hope you didn't buy tickets through them as they folded up on this day after their aircraft Southern Cloud disappeared over the Great Dividing Range.

1934 - Two large earthquake shocks were felt in Bathurst, Orange and surrounding areas, with windows,doors and iron roofing sheets rattling. Measured 4.0.

1936 - Royal Commission on the a...


CSIRO gene discovery unlocks mystery of immunity "IndyWatch Feed National"

CSIROs recently discovered C6orf106 gene. Can you think of a better name? Image CSIRO

Australias national science agency CSIRO has identified a new gene that plays a critical role in regulating the bodys immune response to infection and disease.

The discovery could lead to the development of new treatments for influenza, arthritis and even cancer.

The gene, called C6orf106 or C6, controls the production of proteins involved in infectious diseases, cancer and diabetes. The gene has existed for 500 million years, but its potential is only now understood.

Our immune system produces proteins called cytokines that help fortify the immune system and work to prevent viruses and other pathogens from replicating and causing disease, CSIRO researcher Dr Cameron Stewart said.

C6 regulates this process by switching off the production of certain cytokines to stop our immune response from spiralling out of control.

The cytokines regulated by C6 are implicated in a variety of diseases including cancer, diabetes and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

The discovery helps improve our understanding of our immune system, and it is hoped that this understanding will enable scientists to develop new, more targeted therapies.

Dr Rebecca Ambrose was part of the CSIRO team that discovered the gene, and co-authored the recent paper announcing the discovery in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Even though the human genome was first fully sequenced in 2003, there are still thousands of genes that we know very little about, Dr Rebecca Ambrose, a former CSIRO researcher, now based at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research said.

Its exciting to consider that C6 has existed for more than 500 million years, preserved and passed down from simple organisms all the way to humans. But only now are we gaining insights into its importance.

Having discovered the function of C6, the researchers are awarded the privilege of naming it, and are enlisting the help of the community to do so.

The current name, C6orf106, reflects the...


Afternoon tea to support Nimbin Preschools Mud Cafe "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Come and break some bread to support Nimbin Preschools Mud Cafe project. Photo Nimbin Preschool

The Nimbin Preschool is planning to create an outdoor mud kitchen in their veggie garden. A mud kitchen is an outdoor pretend play cooking area and is perfect for messy sensory play. Children learn best when they are outdoors and are connected to their natural environment.

The children at Nimbin Preschool are very enthusiastic about the project and have had input into all stages of planning. This gives them a sense of ownership and appreciation for another creative outdoor play area. They want to call it the Mud Caf. As it will be set in the veggie garden, there are opportunities for the children to develop a deeper understanding of the paddock to plate concept.

Nimbin Preschool has been overwhelmed with feedback from many locals who see the importance of this project as an integral part of early childhood learning and development, said Early Childhood Teacher Katie Pennant. The Mud Caf will be built with a sustainable, low-impact ethos by using locally recycled and reusable materials.

This project can only come to fruition through fundraising efforts, and there is currently running a raffle with some wonderful prizes including a $100 Maha She voucher; one-hour Kahuna Massage with Chrissy; $50 Daleys Nursery voucher; one-year subscription to Lunch Lady magazine  and more to be announced very soon via the Nimbin Preschool Facebook page.

To celebrate this project, you can purchase an afternoon tea of chai and cakes and raffle tickets  on Friday, July 6 at the Nimbin Preschool from 3 pm. There will be a lucky door prize of $150 of firewood.

If you would like more information about Nimbin Preschool or have other ways you would like to help this fundraising project, please contact the Nimbin Preschool on 02 6689 1203 or .


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Geoff Bullock, other musicians and scandals Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, an early name for Hillsong "IndyWatch Feed National"

I knew Geoff Bullock at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, an early name for Hillsong, in the 1980s.

I was there from 1981, and from memory Geoff was there from about that time.

There were some very good musicians there- Trevor King, Peter Fitzgibbon, Michael Driscoll, also a poet and a friend of famous Australian artist Brett Whitely, Rick Jelliffe and Peter Laughton, both now gays.

Michael Driscoll went back on heroin and suicided in Ireland in the 1990s- very sad.

Peter Fitzgibbon and Geoff Bullock composed some really good musicals.

From 1980 to 1984, Frank Houston founder of Hillsong aged 58 in 1980, had a secret homosexual affair with his young worship leader Peter Laughton asked 23. All very messy.

The whole thing was very messy, and filled with delusions and deceptions.

In hindsight. I was glad to get out of there in 1990. I returned for a couple of years from 1998 to 2000 when Geoff Beecham, also a capable musician- a drummer- was holding Catch the Fire meetings.

No one knew Frank Houston was a secret lifelong pedophile until 1999, although Id heard allegations of it back in New Zealand in the late 1970s.

Geoff left CLC Darlinghurst in 1983 to help Brian Houston found a CLC Church in Western Sydney. They renamed it Hillsong, and the rest is history.


The origins of the July 4 anti-U.S. demonstrations in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen Davis

July 4 demonstrations were an early feature of opposition to the undeclared war in Vietnam.
The first one conducted in Melbourne was held in 1965. there was a march to the outside outside of the United States (U.S.) Consulate. Speeches were made, a petition was handed to US consulate officials, and then people quietly wandered off into the Melbourne night.

In 1967 there were differences among the organisers, and there was a radical proposal for a planned sit-down and burning  a U.S. flag. Those pushing this approach, were persuaded by the majority to not press on with it for the time being.

Twelve months later it was different proposition. This year, it was going to be unlike any of the previous July 4 demonstrations.

Any expectations in 1968 that there would be another peaceful, quiet event were put to rest. As Bertolt Brecht would put it; wie esist, wird es nicht bleiben (as it is, it will not remain).

On a cold winter evening, the march started peacefully. As in previous year, two of the participants delivered a petition to consulate officials, calling for a cessation of the undeclared war. They were promised a response in the mail.

Others made speeches using megaphones, and National Liberation Front (NFL) flags flew. A crowd of thousands, the mood was heating up. This was going to be no mere stroll down St Kilda Road.

The Flag of the National Liberation Front, which were the forces fighting the U.S. led occupation in the south of Vietnam

The burning of a US flag indicated a different protest than was previously experienced. The police moved to apprehend those responsible for the act. Chants of, LBJ, how many babies did you kill today, and 1, 2, 3, 4, the NLF will win the war filled the air, as the demonstrators sought to make their position to the war clear to all.

Focus had changed, from a peaceful stroll on a cold winter evening, to a militant expression of anti-American imperialism.

Commercial Road, where the US Consulate then was, had been blocked off by a police barrier. This angered the crowd, who had been intending to deliver their massage all the way to the front door. A Group broke through the line. There were too many police on the other side, and they were roughly hauled back.

This as the signal for a major police offensive, and the polic...


Australias record on womens rights to be scrutinised on the world stage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government will face intense scrutiny of its treatment of women and girls today at the United Nations.

The UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women will meet and assess Australias progress on ending discrimination against women.

Australias record was last reviewed by the UN eight years ago, and while the Australian Government has made positive steps, the voices of some of the most marginalised women and girls continue to go unheard.

Its expected the Committee will question the Government about its cruelty towards women and girls seeking asylum and the dire situation on Nauru. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights previously criticised Australias policy of offshore refugee detention, condemning the Governments regime as unsustainable, inhumane and contrary to its human rights obligations.

The alarmingly high rates of women being siphoned into criminal justice systems and routinely strip searched will also go under the spotlight, as will criminalisation of abortion in a number of jurisdictions in Australia, and the treatment of LGBTI women and girls.

The question of why Australia still lacks a federal charter of human rights to ensure equality for all Australians, will also likely be asked.

Download report: Hear our voice: Equal rights for women and girls in Australia.

Stronger human rights protections

Lee Carnie, Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

Australia is the only Western liberal democracy without a Charter of Rights, or equivalent protection of rights. Every single woman and girl in our community should have their fundamental human rights to equality and dignity protected under law.

Womens reproductive health rights

Since Australia was last reviewed by CEDAW, reproductive health laws have improved, with the removal of abortion from criminal laws and the establishment of safe access zones around abortion clinics in some states and territories. However, a number of jurisdictions are lagging behind to the detriment of womens health.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

For far too long, women have had to travel interstate to terminate their pregnancy or run a gauntlet of abuse just to see their doctor. All governments must end this insidious discrimination against women by decriminalising abortion and implementing safe access zones across the country.

While there has been progress, abortion still remains on the c...


Dark Times "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dark Times

by Siv Parker

You can not be involved in any grass roots campaign without knowing about child sexual assault in Aboriginal communities.  You cant be a feminist without knowing about physical, mental and financial abuse of Aboriginal women. 

You cant call yourself an Aboriginal leader if you havent faced these issues head on.

You cant be a suicide prevention advocate without considering the link between abuse and violence to the high rates of suicide in adults of all ages and children under ten years old.

You cant be a black politician without being aware what runs deep in your community.  

You cant be a perpetrator without people in your own community your own family being aware of your behaviour.


Yet another 'temporary' asphalt batching plant rears its ugly head - this time at Woombah in the Clarence Valley "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It would appear that the Berejiklian Government is about to wish a temporary asphalt batching plant on the Lower Clarence River flood plain.

Running for two and a half years day and night.

Two years of bitumen odour from the holding tanks, lime dust from the silo, diesel fumes from the generator, sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides releasing during production all wafting on the breeze - along with the never ending rumble of dusty heavy trucks belching exhaust fumes.

Then a cleanup of the toxic waste left behind.

With not even the courtesy of a genuine community consultation.

Australian and NSW Government-RMS, June 2018:

The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Roads and Maritime Services Pacific Highway Project Office, Pacific Complete and its contractor partners are working together to deliver the upgrade.



NAIDOC Week 2018 - Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Under the theme - Because of Her, We Can! - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.



Cecilia Calenandro "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A performer so mysterious no details were provided and Google couldnt find her!  :)

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