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Wednesday, 11 July


Former head of Australia's Border Force is still under investigation for corruption "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It appears that Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister for Home Affairs and Liberal MP for Dickson Peter Dutton's captain's pick is still under investigation.

ABC News, 4 July 2018:

The former head of Australia's Border Force is still under investigation for corruption despite being sacked more than three months ago.

Roman Quaedvlieg was one of Australia's highest-paid public servants until his unprecedented dismissal for helping his girlfriend land a job with the agency.

The termination came after inquiries were launched by the Prime Minister's Department and the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI).

The ABC has now learned the ACLEI probe is still underway more than a year after the Commonwealth watchdog was told of Mr Quaedvlieg's alleged misconduct.

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Tuesday, 10 July


BBQ and Bluegrass Festival 2018 Pickers Competition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Pickers Comp is a way to showcase some of the great musicians that are hiding in the hills and vales of our great Northern Rivers region.

First Prize $250! For no cost to enter for genuine pickers you can enter into any of the 4 Competition Categories:

  • Banjo
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Fiddle

We know you dont get much of a chance for a showing, so this is your chance to share the stage with some of this countries best Bluegrass talent and get noticed.

This region has an amazing array of musical talent, so wed like to show some of that off! Enter the competition today and show us what youve got! Its a great day of music and BBQ for everyone!

A Few More Guidelines

1. The pickers comp consists of 4 categories:

  • Banjo (5 string picking or frailing)
  • Mandolin
  • Fiddle
  • Guitar (flat picked 6 string standard tuning capo is allowed).

2. Heats will be run in between band performances throughout the day 3 contestants per heat and as many heats per category as necessary.

If you win your heat, you go through into the finals. Winners of the finals go into the Grand Final. The Grand Final will consist of the winners of the finals for each category.

This means there will be 4 Grand Finalists, each on a different instrument. If the same contestant wins more than one category, they must select their preferred instrument to enter the Grand Final with. The category(s) they dont select will see the runner-up compete.

3. During a heat or a final, each of the three contestants will twice play a 16 bar instrumental solo over a pre-arranged standard progression, played live by the house band (guitar and upright bass).

These tracks are available for streaming or download on Soundcloud (

Competitors have the ability to establish knowledge of their relevant backing track and prepare accordingly.

All contestants will play for the same amount of time over the same backing track (played live by the house band).

4. Guitar and Ban...


More Lies and Misinformation from Gun Control Australia!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

"But the fact is that the laws put in place after the Port Arthur gun massacre have been steadily chipped away for decades through pressure on politicians by a well-resourced, well-connected NRA-style gun lobby here in Australia." 
Samantha Lee, Director of Gun Control Australia (GCA).

As I understand it there has been no weakening of our present gun laws in Australia, & from what I understand, the blame for this last shooting where a father shot his two teenage children lies with the NSW Firearms Registry & a certain gun club, both failed to follow proper procedure & because of this a person who should not have been allowed to own a gun was in fact issued with an "H" class restricted gun licence!!! But who will pay the price for this incompetence? Well us of course, the law abiding licenced gun owners of Australia!!! And what are we going to do about that? Well nothing of course, this is Australia not America!
I have in the past started two petitions regarding poor firearms policy that I wanted changing, & very few licenced gun owners could be bothered to sign those petitions. So, the ball is now in your court. You can continue to sit back & say "she'll be right mate" & lose further freedoms & human rights, or you can get off your backsides & start petitioning the government & fighting for our Human Rights!
"Gun Control Australia (CGA)" may well be concerned with public safety, but the problem is that they know very little if anything about firearms, & they can't see past their mandate to disarm law abiding licenced gun owners. Instead of looking at the problem sensibly & using some common sense, they con......


Endlessly travelling into the dusk a Claude Lanzmann obituary "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1974, when Lanzmann had started filming his 350 hours of interviews, Holocaust cinema was the domain of European filmmakers such as Liliana Cavani, Louis Malle, Lina Wetmuller and Joseph Losey, pondering amnesia, conformism, class, and deep Freudian studies of the effects of totalitarianism on the psyche.


Remembering and remedying "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Heidi Norman writes for IndigenousX about the importance of discovery Australias true history in order to remedy the present in all its complexities.


Aboriginal First Nations and Australia's 'pro-nuclear environmentalists' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal First Nations and Australia's 'pro-nuclear environmentalists'

Jim Green 10th July 2018
Teaser Media


Trump is a Caretaker of a Sinking Ship in a Parallel Universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

by G5

The White House (WH) controls NOTHING. There are illusions concerning the Military, the Government, and the Economy.

After the 9/11 Lie, the handlers of GWB put the US under Martial Law (the DHS-TSA), and this was followed by Obama (44) destroying Americas economic foundation. Yes He Could; and HE DID. During 44s unlawful WH occupation, he gave them all what they wanted hence the trillion dollar a year deficit, ABOVE ALL INCOME. The deficit that doubled in eight years out to an admitted (and sleight of hand) twenty-one trillion. In reality, its in excess of one hundred and sixty-five trillion dollars due to no allowance for future debt, including the already stolen (44) pension funds.

Debt and Treasury Bonds...


Correspondence: IPA on their membership of the Atlas Network "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some weeks ago, a helpful person on Twitter (whose handle escapes me) pointed out that the IPA is a member of the Atlas Network. See notes from my database -links are under the info icon.

On June 21, I sent an email to Mr Mulholland, the media contact at the IPA requesting to know in which year they joined the Atlas Network:

Hello Mr Mulholland,

I would like to know in which year did the IPA become a partner or member of the Atlas Network?

thank you
Rosie Williams

As with my last email to the IPA (asking for the list of donors they promised to publish back in 2008), I have received no reply.

As is my practice, when no response is received I post my correspondence publicly so my efforts to find out useful information are publicly documented. Sometimes it comes to light that my email went astray and a response is forthcoming, as it did with the ACNC. Sometimes people just insult my intelligence.

On a brighter note, I did get a useful response to my query to the Charles Koch Institute about which organisations they recruit for. Turns out The Atlas Network is on that list.

Onward and upward


Gamers and managers vs workers: the impossible (and gendered) standards imposed on game developers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, videogame studio ArenaNet fired two of its employees. After a mild Twitter altercation in which narrative designer Jessica Price called out someone for mansplaining her job back to her, a hateful mob of misogynistic gamers mobilised to complain about her abusive behaviour.


Mullumbimby group seeks to establish human rights charter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Annie Kia receiving her activist of the year award from Gillian Triggs at Ngara Institutes annual lecture on June 30, with MC Pratima Mumford at the microphone. Photo supplied

Richard Hil

During her recent Ngara Institute annual lecture, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs threw out an intriguing idea.

The good denizens of this region, she suggested, should consider putting together a Mullumbimby Charter of Human Rights, that could potentially lead the way to forming an Australian Charter of Human Rights, which as yet does not exist.

This idea seemed to fire the imagination of audience members and soon went viral on Facebook.

In no time at all, a meeting was called, with prospective participants encouraged to put in their two bobs worth about what should be included in such a document.

Templates already exist and, of course, there will be many competing ideas out there about what should go into this seminal charter.

If youre interested in trying to alter the course of Australian history, head to the Mullumbimby Civic Hall, 6-8:30pm, on Monday, July 16.

Entry is free, with tea/coffee by donation and hot soup available.

For more info go to or the Ngara Institute Facebook page.

Richard Hil is convenor of the Ngara Institute


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SteveJ with some advice from the work-bench for Sarah Hanson-Defamation-Litigant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steve J said: If this gets to Court the cross examination of Hanson Young will be a Hoot! The truth of the statement will be an issue. So does she shag men (plural). How many and when? This would also be relevant to any assessment of damages if she won....


Labor slams govt over Centrelink, NBN waits "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

ALP candidate for the federal seat of Page, Patrick Deegan. Photo supplied

If you dont recognise the face of Labors Page candidate Patrick Deegan, you soon will. Hes out and about around the electorate today, tackling the government over issues including long waits for Centrelink clients, patchy mobile reception and an inadequate NBN rollout.

Hes already been on the beat , in Lismore with shadow minister for regional services, Stephen Jones to condemn what the pair described as Centrelinks staffing crisis.

In the face of planned cuts to Centrelink staff, they called on the sitting Page MP, the Nationals Kevin Hogan, to guarantee no jobs would be lost at the Lismore office.

Mr Jones said figures show that Centrelinks average call wait times for older Australians have blown out to 23 minutes and processing times for the age pension have increased to 49 days.

Yet at the same time, Page MP Kevin Hogan is sitting by while more jobs are being cut from Centrelink offices like this one in Lismore. This is a disgrace.

Despite these waiting times, in this years budget, the Turnbull government announced it would cut 1,280 jobs from Centrelink, and it has outsourced a further 1,250 jobs to labour hire, he said.

27,000 on pension

Mr Deegan said there are more than 27,000 people in this electorate on the age pension one of the highest in the country.

Older Australians who have worked all their lives are being made to wait, on average, for two months just to have their age pensions approved. This an insult to them, Mr Deegan said.

Thats why Im calling on Mr Hogan to give a guarantee there wont be any job cuts to the Lismore Centrelink, Mr Deegan said.

Centrelink centres help people when they need it the most processing aged care pensions, child care support, disability support pensions and carers allowance payments.

Centrelink is a vital regional service and staff here do their best under pretty difficult conditions but this Governments cuts and neglect mean locals arent getting the service they deserve.

It is important that Centrelink has permanent, full-time staff who are properly equipped to manage the complex issues facing income support recipients.

Instead of wasting time on the dist...


Murdoch journalists linked to unlawful news-gathering in the United Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following published by Byline Investigations  on 7 July 2018, outs senior figured in Murdochs media empire in the U.K., who have been named as being involved in unlawful news gathering activities. Evidence provided in the High Court in London is the source of the information. This exposure is important, because it provides a window into the modus operandi of the media giant, which is not confined to only one country. There have been calls for an investigation into whether similar methods have been used in Australia. Perhaps this will contribute to bringing more pressure for this to come about.

 Fifty serving or former Rupert Murdoch journalists many very senior allegedly used a private investigator to unlawfully gather information, the High Court in London has heard.

Many of those said to have used the services of Steve Whittamore, who was convicted of data theft in 2005, have gone on to become some of the most powerful people in the British media landscape.

Photo from New European/Facebook: Dominic Mohan (1) with Outside Organisation founder Alan Edwards last month at Londons Liberal Club, celebrating the 100th edition of The New European newspaper

The list includes Rebekah Brooks, the current chief executive (CEO) of Murdochs British publishing arm News UK and serving Sun on Sunday editor Victoria Newton

Also named are former editor of The Sun Dominic Mohan, and the papers former showbiz reporter James Scott, who today run some of the most influential public relations businesses in the country.

Photo from Tom Newton Dunn/ Twitter: Newton-Dunn is among Rupert Murdochs most important UK journalists as incumbent Political Editor of The Sun. The documents suggest he used Whittamore while in his previous employment as a reporter for tabloid ri...


When Itchy Feet Turn Cold "IndyWatch Feed National"

Uncomfortably curled up between two armrests, I hear the pilot announce that in just under seven hours, Ill be landing back home. The weight of a months worth of travel weighs on my shoulders and eyelids, forcing me into a much-needed but interrupted sleep. Each time my eyes flutter open, Im a few minutes closer to home. The thought of being in my own room with my own spacious bed allows me to endure a few more hours of the armrest bulging into my lower back.

For the first time in a long time, I land at the airport with little knowledge of when Ill return. I flick open my passport and smile at the pages of stamps and visas that are starting to fill the book.

As I board the first train leaving the airport, I relish in the raindrops streaming diagonally along the window. The cool air comes as a welcomed change after four weeks living in sweltering humidity. My feet are getting cold. Luckily I brought some socks. Theyll keep my toes warm and hide that brand new ink from my parents. The image that reminds me to be present wherever I am in the world. Even in the comfort of my home.

There are so many places I want to see, from ancient ruins to manic cities and views that strike the words from your mouth. Ive done my fair share of travelling. Last year I went overseas three times in eight months. When I returned from that last trip, I didnt have a plan of the next place I would visit. I didnt have much money to be making elaborate travel plans, but I also didnt have anywhere in particular in mind I wanted to go to next.

Almost 12 months later, and Im still not sure when the next time is Ill be leaving the country. Two years ago, this would have stressed me out. I would constantly be searching for deals on flights, flicking through travel guides and brainstorming ways to make a quick buck and get out of the country tout suite! But it seems my travel bug that illness that makes your feet start to itch, changes your Facebook ads to exclusively flight deals and causes your bank account to go into lockdown mode has been somewhat alleviated.

So what happens when youve done your roaming, youve returned home and suddenly your itchy feet have turned cold? Has the bug been cured? Or are you in even more dire straits?

There is a lot of emphasis put on travel being a definer of somebodys worth. If someone hasnt travelled abroad by the time they reach their mid-twenties, they can often be seen as less cultured, less intelligent and less adventurous than their peers.



Chet Raymo, Speaking of Water "IndyWatch Feed National"

  Speaking of Water
by Chet Raymo

How many water molecules- H2O- are there in the world's oceans? This is the kind of time-wasting calculation I love doing, but I will leave it as an exercise for one of you.

Look up the mass of a proton in grams. A water molecule has essentially the mass of 18 protons (hydrogen=1, oxygen=8 protons + 8 neutrons; remember, this is an order of magnitude calculation). A cubic centimeter of water has (by definition) a mass of one gram. Divide for the number of water molecules in a cubic centimeter of water.

How many cubic centimeters in the oceans? Look up the radius of the Earth (in centimeters). The area of a sphere is 4r2, and about three-quarters of the Earth's surface is ocean. The average depth is about 4 kilometers, or 4x105 centimeters. You're home free. Make it easy. Use powers of ten and round off generously.

And what did you get? A very big number indeed. A number so big it is essentially meaningless. Its meaning is its meaninglessness. Its meaning is the almost incomprehensible gulf between the world of our senses and the world of atoms. Between what we are and what we are made of. Why even do such a calculation? Only to show that the human brain can frolic in the world of atoms and molecules with a pencil on the back of an envelope. Go for it. Have fun.
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Sarah Hanson-Young raises $30K in GoFundMe to sue David Leyonhjelm "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been enormous expression of public outrage about a comment made by Senator David Leyonhjelm to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young when he said to her during a division in the Senate chamber on Thursday, June 28, You should stop shagging men, Sarah. On Sunday, July 1, Leyonhjelm expanded on his...


Palestinian leader "Australia (should be) spat on - we don't want to declare war, but....." "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Australian today Australia worthy of being spat on: Nabil Shaath condemns decision to cancel $10 million in aid Senior Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath. Picture: AP The Australian 12:46AM July 10, 2018 A senior Palestinian Authority official has condemned a decision by the Australian government to cancel $10...


Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America appeared first on It's Going Down.

Long running anti-prison podcast Kite Line returns with a new episode on anti-detention occupations happening around the world.

Listen and Download HERE

In light of the ongoing struggles across the country against deportations, family separations, and ICE detention centers, we are sharing an interview we did last year about struggles in Australia against refugee prison camps. In 2002, imprisoned refugees inside Australias remote Woomera immigration prison coordinated protests with 2500 supporters who had pitched a No Borders camp outside the facility. This cooperation allowed the prisoners to stage a mass breakout. This is the first of two episodes dedicated to this story, from an interview with Aren Aizura, a participant in the solidarity camp.

We were drawn to Arens story by the fierceness of the resistance within the detention center, and the solidarity and coordination between supporters on the outside and those inside the walls of Woomeras detention center. Its a vital reminder than in an age of escalating American nationalism and xenophobia, fences can be torn down and connections can be forged across walls.

As we air this episode, there are occupations underway at ICE detention facilities or offices in Portland, Tacoma, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Wichita, Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Louisville, with more popping up every week. Each of these are spaces for both direct struggle against xenophobic imprisonment and for experimenting with new kinds of community that are not defined by legal status, borders or race. Given the high stakes of this struggle the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and refugees including thousands of children, not to mention the hardening precedent of family separations and other kinds of racial targeting we must learn from previous experiences of occupation and organizing such as Woomera.


Byron Bay Writers Festival 2018: Hot-topic sessions you wont want to miss "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Exploring the issues that shape our world

A swathe of conversations at the 2018 Festival will discuss some of the most important issues facing the modern world. Here are just a few of the hot-topic sessions you wont want to miss each day

Friday 3 August


Fridays program will delve into How Immigration Influences Our Culture; the good, the bad and the necessary with Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) founder Kon Karapanagiotidis, theatrical heavyweight Future D. Fidel, first Muslim federal parliamentarian Anne Aly and Irish immigrant and crime author Dervla McTiernan.

Foreign Correspondents Peter Greste, Chris Hammer and Debbie Whitmont will be talking about the world at large and the delicate and sometimes dangerous work of reporting news from afar.

For matters we can take into our own hands, we ask economist Richard Denniss, Woman in the Wilderness Miriam Lancewood and Christine Milne How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World.



How One Man Accidentally Found A Loophole in the ATM and Stole a Total of $500K "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo source:

Dan Saunders was a lonely bartender with $3 to his name. He was penny pinching every single day of his life because he had to. When he really needed the extra cash, he would use his credit card. That was his life he couldnt afford to splurge. Life was expensive and he had no choice but to watch what he spent on. Then in February 2011, he decided to let lose one night and have a drink or two with his friends.

This was when fate took a turn for the often hard-up 29-year old. He stumbled upon an ATM loophole that changed his life

Running Out of Cash

Photo source:

Saunders was throwing back a few drinks with some of his buds at the Bulls Head Hotel in Wangaratta, North-Eastern Victoria. They were having fun, but as always, he didnt have enough cash on him. So, he decided to leave the bar for a moment to withdraw more cash from the National Australia Bank (NAB) ATM. Then, he realized that he only had $3 left, which meant that he didnt have enough to buy one more drink. So, he resorted to another method.


Is Australia Racist? Today Show Trolls Everyone, Pleases No-One With Worlds Dumbest Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

You might think it was all supposed to go another way or you might not, depending on your perspective, of course.

Overnight, the Today Show warned viewers via its Facebook page that it would be asking if Australia is a racist country on this mornings show.

Its always good to warn your audience when youre about to do something especially stupid gives them time to switch off. or switch on. Again, depends on your perspective. Its also a curious question from a show quite renowned for its casual racism but well bite is Australia a racist country?

Well, people of colour (and many whiteys) are overwhelmingly claiming yes in the comments that follow the post. And those claiming no usually go on to explain why while saying something ignorant and racist.

This is one of the better ones, from a muppet called Callan Kennedy: No were just frustrated at the amount of people Australia lets in. Causing extremely bad traffic and making it hard to find a job. An MCG amount of people every year into Melbourne. By the way how bad are Asian drivers?


In any event, the answer if youre interested is clearly Yes but its actually just all about the clicks. But it begs an even better question literally as in, what would be a better question?

Pretty clearly thats this: Is the Today Show A Steaming Pile Of Poop?

Comment below.

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Got A Pulse, A Conscience And A Funny Bone? Then You Need To See Hannah Gadsbys Nanette "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you have Netflix, and a beating heart, then set aside an hour and watch Australian comedian Hannah Gadsbys new special, Nanette.

Were not going to review it for you. Were not going to spoil any of the punch lines. Were just going to tell you Nanette is some of the best, most powerful comedy ever produced. Its also probably the bravest comedy ever made, and will make you laugh and cry at the same time a craugh.

It will also likely inspire the absolute shit out of you, which helps explain why the performance has received five star reviews across the globe, and has won Best Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Gadsby herself also won Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards.

You can find out more details by clicking here.

And heres the official trailer.

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Andrew Baldock (offered his land for nuclear waste dump) dismisses objections to the plan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Andrew Baldock  Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Economics Re Proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (Submission no. 38)

I am a 4th generation farmer in the Kimba District with all 4 of my grandparents being from pioneering farming families of the district. I farm with my wife Dale and soon to be 4 children as well as my brother and his wife and children, my sister and her husband and children, along with our parents.

Our family has been involved in this process from the outset with our family nominating a parcel of land in the initial round of applications which failed to progress to the technical assessment stage due to a lack of neighbouring support. We have since offered up a number of parcels of land to the community renomination process of which one site Napandee was put forward to support the community in re-entering the NRWMF assessment process as a result of strong community and neighbouring support.

I am pleased to be able to provide information to the inquiry on the appropriateness and thoroughness of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) site selection process in Kimba SA. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate committee to answer any further questions on the Kimba process with particular reference to:

a) the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines;

The fi...


Koalas destined for extinction unless we do something "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Friends of the Koalas new media campaign.

Lismores Friends of the Koala (FoK) says its not too late to prevent koalas going extinct in the wild on the North Coast but our window of opportunity is rapidly closing.

Australia has one of the worlds worst records of modern extinction (54 species) and longest lists of threatened species (909).

And with koalas listed as vulnerable to extinction, FoK says it is human actions that perpetuate this shameful situation and human actions that can halt it.

The registered volunteer group, which is arguably rescuing more koalas than any other in NSW, warns that koalas will disappear from this part of the world unless behaviours change.

Group president Dr Ros Irwin is calling one a community effort to help us prevent a local extinction.

Dr Steve Phillips, one of Australias leading Wildlife Ecologists who has studied koala populations extensively, said vulnerability usually precedes the inexorable slide towards endangerment and the chance of a localised extinction event, the rate of which is only determined by societys willingness to intervene and demand the necessary change.

Plummeting populations

Habitat loss is a core driver of the koalas march to extinction. In north east NSW, koala populations have declined by approximately 50 per cent due to residential, commercial and infrastructure development.

Look at the enormous development planned for West Byron, Dr Irwin said.

Theyre talking about a huge increase in Byron Bays population with a development facilitated by legal amendments to prevailing land-use planning on primary koala habitat. Thats happening in a coastal strip which is home to a dwindling population of less than 240 koalas. Going ahead with this development will support an ongoing litany of habitat clearing and fragmentation thats slowly driving koalas to extinction.

Other coastal estimated populations under pressure include Tweeds now less than 100 koalas and Ballinas 285-380.

Even Lismores estimated population of around 1,800 is following suit.

Every tree counts, according to Dr Phillips.

With 0.34 koalas per hectare, south-east Lismore has the highest density of koalas weve recorded anywhere on the far north NSW coast, and a very high occupancy of up to...


Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport July 9, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don"t Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote


Byron raises almost $50k for Cancer Council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Stars of Byron Shire Dance for Cancer: Michael Berti and the Byron Bay Nippers. Photo NSW Cancer Council

Byron Shire community fundraising efforts in 2018 helped the Cancer Council take us one step closer to a cancer free future.

At the very least, people in treatment will now have more efficient and comfortable transport options than they have until now.

Over 250 people were involved in the councils key local fundraising effort, the 2018 Stars Of Byron Shire Dance For Cancer at the Byron Bay Surf Club.

Thanks to their efforts and the wider community the local Cancer Council office is able to begin implementing a Ballina to Lismore Transport to Treatment Service. This service will aim to fill gaps in current transport services to meet the needs of people who are affected by cancer who are transport disadvantaged.

The stars of the gala fundraiser are business owners and other Byron celebrities dancing with some of our local and fabulously talented dance teachers!

The whole community kicked off their heels, had a laugh and enjoyed a sparkling night of entertainment, excellent company and great food!

Hannah Brooks, Cancer Councils community relations coordinator in the Far North Coast said the group aims to lessen the burden for people affected by cancer by providing information and support when they need it most.

Thanks to everyone involved in this years event, we are able to continue in our mission, she said.


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A Green Light For Fake News: What The Rebel Wilson Case Means For All Of Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last month, Australian courts overturned a record defamation payout to actress Rebel Wilson for a series of junk stories published about her. The end result hurts us all, write Hannah Marshall and Danielle Kroon from Marque Lawyers.

Rebel Wilsons defamation suit is not actually about Rebel Wilson. Its about what claptrap the tabloids, and by association the press generally, can get away with publishing.

At trial, when Wilson won the biggest defamation damages award in Australian history, the judge made some damning findings about Bauer Media, which published the defamatory stories.

He said that Bauer knew the stories were false. They did it to maximise commercial opportunities (translation: to make more money), and as part of a campaign to take down Wilson. Oh yeah, there were also the insulting and harassing messages sent to Wilsons family.

When Wilson won it was a big deal. The press was, frankly, crapping itself. Bauer appealed the damages award. It had to, because of the broader implications of the case. Of the $4.5m in damages, $3.9m related to income that Wilson allegedly lost out on because of the publications. But lost income, lost profit, (economic loss in the biz) are amorphous concepts because they involve hypothesising about what might have happened were the defamation not published.

For the press, the issue was how much (or little) Wilson had to prove to get that massive damages award. It wasnt much. The trial judge took a few facts, applied some inferences and this thing called the grapevine effect, and out popped $3.9m.

Bauer appealed. A bunch of other publishers tried to join in because they were all worried about the precedent. The court wouldnt let them though; it said that Bauer would make the same arguments as them. So a lot rested on Bauers shoulders.

On appeal the whole $3.9m was overturned. And the other $650k for hurt feelings and damaged reputation was reduced to $600k.

Bauer won because the appeal court said that Wilson hadnt sufficiently proved that she suffered financial loss because of the defamation. There were too many gaps or problems with the evidence to infer that Wilson had lost an opportunity to work on f...


Your old rags can become Vinnies riches "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cutter and sorter Kaylene Rugendyke, Lismore and operations manager Angelo Grande pictured at the Matthew Talbot Clothing Recycling Centre, Goonellabah.

Robin Osborne. Photos: Jacklyn Wagner

Some workplaces, like Southern Cross Universitys School of Arts, get through less than one pack a week, others, like Lismore Nissan & Kia, use nearly one per day, preferring flannelette because its ideal for removing the polish from their spotless vehicles.

Whatever the purpose, from polishing cars and high-class furniture, to mopping up paint or grease in workshops, or cleaning valuable plates used in print-making, recycled rags made from donated clothing are prized by North Coast businesses.

Marketed as Vinnies Bag O Rags, they are also an important fundraising source for St Vincent de Paul Society, which processes and packs huge quantities of them in its clothing recycling centre in Goonellabah. The 1600-square metre centre is named after Matthew Talbot, a 19th century Dublin ascetic who is an inspiration for ex-alcoholics worldwide.

Were the largest such facility in regional NSW, handling one-fifth of the states total clothing donations, says Vinnies recycling and waste manager Angelo Grande. He explains that while the pick of the donations are sold in Vinnies bargain shops, the lesser quality wearables are exported and the remainder turned into usable rags.

Its the ultimate recycling operation, he says, proudly, adding that his team of 20 remove all buttons and zippers You wouldnt want to polish your car with a zipper!  and then blade-shred the rags for compacting into packs weighing from 5kg up to 200kg pallets.

Materials are mixed cotton, flannelette, cotton t-shirt and the top of the range, white cotton, that retails for $16 per 5kg pack.

Long-time users like Lismores McKeeCo General Engineering and Lismore Nissan & Kia speak highly about the humble product that supports local workers as well helping Vinnies community projects and local people doing it tough.

SCUs artists are other fans, using the pure cotton on easily damaged copper pla...


Jessica Morgans enthusiastic endorsement of ANSTO and the nuclear waste dump plan for Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jessica Morgan. Submission to Senate on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia. (Submission no. 37)

My husband and I live and work in Hawker and are raising our three children here, our two oldest attend Hawker Area School and our youngest will be three this year. I have lived here for ten years and my husband over 20, we welcome this project. We believe it is a wonderful opportunity for our community and believe firmly in the benefits of increased employment. We also believe that this facility will ensure other essential services in our town, such as the hospital, police, and improved mobile phone coverage. We also hope that this project may assist in increasing student numbers at the school. In June 2016 when on a personal trip to Sydney I had the benefit of visiting ANSTO, I was taken on a tour which included going to level 13 and visiting the waste storage areas. I have stood next to and touched the canister containing the intermediate level waste with my 9 month old baby in a carrier on my chest, feeling totally confident of my own safety and that of my child. I left ANSTO very impressed not only in their contribution to our first class medical system, which Australia is so fortunate to have, but also the work in other areas of science and technology. Having seen the waste storage areas I saw first hand the need for the national waste facility to be located at another site. I also learnt the vast difference between the reactor at Lucas Heights and nuclear power reactors in other countries, with the main reactors coming to mind being Fukushima and Chernobyl. Nuclea...


Mosquito experiment could save lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adult female Aedes aegypti mosquito. Photograph by James Gathany, Center for Disease Control Public Health Image Library.

SYDNEY, AAP A successful mosquito experiment in northern Queensland could hold the key to saving millions of people from being infected with diseases including the deadly Zika virus.

Australian scientists have wiped out more than 80 per cent of the Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) population in three locations around the sugar town of Innisfail during a three month trial, the CSIRO announced on Tuesday.

The Aedes aegypti is responsible for infecting almost 400 million people globally with diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

The landmark research involved the release of three million sterile male mosquitoes that mated with females who laid unfertilised eggs, causing the population to crash.

A group of CSIRO researchers worked with an international team using technology from Verily, an American organisation, to breed mosquitoes and infect them with a bacteria that doesnt allow them to produce offspring.

Its an exotic mosquito, we want to get rid of it. Its not an important part of the environment and its a major spreader of diseases around the world, CSIROs Paul De Barro told AAP.

Dr De Barro, Research Director in Health and Biosecurity, said the team had to work closely with the local community to gain their support.

Thats as much an achievement as working out how to use the technology, he said.

In densely populated urban areas, the research could be crucial in the event of an outbreak, especially as climate change and warmer temperatures mean mosquitoes are no longer bound to tropical areas.

We are now looking at where we would apply it in a real context, Dr De Barro said.

One of the ideas is to potentially use it in the Torres Strait to eradicate yellow fever mosquitoes and the Asian tiger mosquito and we could also create a wider buffer around Brisbane by using it in parts of Queensland.

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Eight out, five more to escape Thai cave "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indian students pray for boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

MAE SAI, AP The generals and other officials overseeing the desperate operation to rescue 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave labyrinth in Thailand were only half joking when they quipped that success was in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun.

They were celebrating a second day of stunning triumph after divers guided four more boys on Monday through tight passages and dank flooded caverns to safety.

Two days, eight Boars, read a Facebook post by the Thai Navy Seals of the dramatic rescue that began on Sunday, more than two weeks after the members of the Wild Boars soccer team were trapped.

Another five still await rescue, including the teams 25-year old coach.

The eight rescued boys were recuperating in a hospital from their ordeal huddled together on a tiny patch of higher ground where they had sought refuge after a rainstorm flooded the massive Tham Luan Nang Non cave complex as they were exploring it after soccer practice on June 23.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and international divers including Australians who, in pairs of two, executed the dangerous rescue mission, guiding the boys, who could barely swim and had no diving experience, through a treacherous four-kilometre-long escape route that twisted and turned through the cavern.

Chiang Rai provinces acting governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue, voiced confidence on Monday in the ongoing operation, provided the weather doesnt take a turn for the worse.

Narongsak said Mondays rescues involving 18 divers and a support team of 100 had taken nine hours, two fewer than the rescues on Sunday. We have more expertise than yesterday, he said.

But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned.

All preparations, including replacing the oxygen cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he said. The safety of the divers, who have meticu...


Vale Edith Franks a great environmentalist "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Edith Franks at her last Landcare planting bee. Photo supplied

Edith Evelyn Franks nee West (1926 -2018) has passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of all her family.

At 92, she died of having lived a life long enough, although not long enough for the many people who loved her. Her three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren will miss her beyond description, as will many others.

Edie arrived in Byron Bay on a steamship during the great depression as a baby. Her family, like many others, were very poor, times were hard and family life even harder.

After a brief time in the flood prone end of Lismore, Edies family relocated to Brunswick Heads where she spent her early years living in hessian-sack housing behind the dunes. These were the happiest memories for her and the place where her deep love of nature began.

Eventually the family moved back to Lismore where she attended high school and stayed until joining the navy late in WWII. Following the war, Edie spent a few years travelling up the east coast to Cairns, partying and working as she went.

Always ahead of her time she then travelled to her mothers birthplace of Denmark in the early 50s, an epic journey for the time, but one of many she would embark on in her long life.

She also lived in PNG for a few years in the 1950s, stories from those days were eye opening to say the least.

She married late, became mum to three beautiful children and raised her family in the suburbs of Brisbane, a place that stifled her spirit. Her marriage ended in the early 70s so Edie moved back to Byron where her mother still lived.

She set up the first youth hostel, Edies Place, in her home on Burns Street in the late 70s, a place where she befriended many travellers. This time opened doors to many more travels and adventures, all of which she embraced fully.

Edie spent the rest of her life fighting for the environment. A few of her big fights were helping to stop the Byron jet port and the Broken Head Academy. She then turned her sights on uranium mining and got herself to the Jabiluka blockade, getting arrested at 71 for protesting she is still wanted in the NT!



Open Letter to the University of Wollongong Re the Universitys Censorship of the Academic Debate on Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cc: Aaron Oakley; Adam Hodgkins; Alison Jones; Amanda Lawson; Andrew Herring; Andrew Whelan; Andy Davis; Anne Cusick; Antoine van Oijen; Benjamin Marwick; Brian Martin; Bridget Kelly ; Chao Deng; Chris Cook; Danielle Skropeta; Darryl McAndrew; David Garne; Dianne Jolley; Dominique Parrish; Eleanor Beck; Elizabeth Neale ; Flynn Hill; Glenn Mitchel ; Glenn Salkeld; Grapham Williams; Heather Yeatman; Helen Rienits; Ian Ring; Ian Wilson; Ian Wright; Jennifer Beck; Joanna Russell; Joanne Braithwaite; Judy Mullan; judy raper; Julie Steele; Justin Yerbury; Karen Charlton; Karen Walton; Kate Manderson; Kathleen Clapham; Kathy Eagar; Kylie Mansfield; Linda Tapsell; Louella McCarthy; Louise Wright; Lyndal Parker-Newlyn; Martin Engel; Martina sanderson-Smith; Michael Zancko; Michelle Moscova; Nagesh Pai; Nicholas Dixon; Peter McLennan; Robert Gordon; Roger Lewis; Ronald Sluyter; Russell Pearson; Sal Sanzone; Sharon Robinson; Shev Christian; Simon Eckermann; Teresa Treweek; Tim Marchant; Trish Mundy; Vinod Gopaldasani; Will Price; William Buttemer; Xiaoqi Feng; Yasmine Probst
Subject: FW: The Censorship of the Australian Vaccination Debate Conference in Sydney

Open Letter
9 July 2018

To UOW Vice- Chancellor, Paul Wellings, UOW academics and the concerned Australian Community,

Dear Professor Wellings and UOW academics/staff,

You can choose not to read this email but as many of you have already signed your names to the promotion of the governments claims about vaccines on the UOW website a misuse of the UOWs logo then you are already part of the debate and I would hope willing to provide the evidence or scientific arguments to address the communitys concerns. However, to date I note your silence to our concerns about the health information you are providing.

The promotion of government vaccination pol...


The Berejiklian Discount: Libs Save Taxpayers $35k Every Time A Child Is Murdered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who really pays when the powers that be finance punishment instead of supporting victims, asks Greens MP, David Shoebridge.

Five years ago, the NSW Coalition Government hacked into victims compensation. They said that the State simply couldnt afford a scheme that made moderate payments to victims of serious crimes. They were supported in this move by the Christian Democratic Party and the Shooters. These are the very same parties that often speak about how we need to get tough on crime to support victims.

Theyre happy to spend $3.8 billion to expand prisons following years of law and order auctions, but when asked to support victims directly they pretend there is no money.

The changes dramatically reduced the amount of compensation available to victims of violent crime. Victims of extraordinarily damaging, prolonged domestic violence saw possible payments slashed from $50,000 to as little as $1,500. Family members recovering from the homicide of a loved one now receive as little as $7,500. At the time of these cuts we knew this was deeply unfair, and victims would suffer.

A recent review of the savaged scheme was intended to track the changes, and consider any possible amendments. A broad range of stakeholders made submissions about their first-hand experience helping clients navigate the scheme. These stakeholders almost universally recommended an increase in compensation, what are now known as recognition payments. They had seen the trauma faced by their clients, the difficult path to recovery, and the importance of financial compensation for helping people get their lives back.

Despite this evidence, the changes presented to parliament following the review made only minor procedural amendments. The core unfairness remains.

The agency stakeholders know what their clients have gone through. They sit down with their clients and take their history they understand what happened to them but then they have to explain how grossly unfair the Victims Compensation Scheme now is. It is no exaggeration to say that it can be re-traumatising when somebody who has lost a loved one is told by a counsellor or lawyer that the sum the State puts on the loss of a partner for life is $7,500. And thats on a good day under the scheme.

NSW Greens MLC, David Shoebridge.

That the Government puts a price of $15,000 on the murder of a child...


Queensland tourist industry joins opposition to coal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

Opposition to Adanis Carmichael coal mine and associated coal threat to the Great Barrier reef, has been given a boost by tour operators.  They have called on all our political leadersto fight for the future of our reef.

In an unprecedented declaration, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO), together with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), has urged the phasing out of fossil fuel.

The declaration states, The carbon pollution from coal, oil and gas is heating the air and the oceans to dangerous levels, and that Its not too late to save our Reef, but time is critical.

Having the usually controversy avoiding marine tourist industry peak body staking a stand, means that the feeling of frustration and desire for some action must be very strong among its membership.

Dozens of tour operators have already put their names to the declaration and it is expected many more will soon do likewise.

Tony Fontes, a dive operator based in the Whitsundays since the 1980s, says, basically we need a mass campaign to protect the reef.

Although the declaration does not explicitly target the Adani project, the implication is clear.

The embattled Carmichael mine and associated Abbot Point terminal are now in an even more difficult position. Tour operators have a first-hand appreciation, not only in seeing the extensive bleaching of the reef, but also of the threat to Queenslands number one tourist industry attraction. In addition to the environmental threat, the economic cost is clear.

This runs counter to the claim that the projects will provide a boost to the regional economy.

The greatest impact however, may be that his signals the entry of at least a portion of the business sector into openly campaigning for sustainable development. Such is the depth of a movement, looks to be entering a new phase of its growth. An important part of this is the campaign to stop Adani.

Meanwhile, spokespeople for Adani continue to insist that the company remains as committed as ever to the projects, and that the required finance is going to be secured, even if no banks, are seeing that it in its interests to come up with the money.

This is testimony to  strength and reach of the opposition to Adani.

When even Ian Macfarlan...


EXCLUSIVE: Prince Louis 400 Godparents Announced By Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen close family friends including Wally Boop and Nicholas Rip van Winkle as godparents for their third sprog, Prince Louie The Fly (known colloquially in Australia as Kevin).

Overnight, Kensington Palace announced 200 godfathers and 200 godmothers for the baby prince, to pay tribute to the number of countries Britain has invaded and ruined over the course of human history.

The lucky godparents include Barry Biggun, The Lady Laura Lingers, Mrs. Robert Carter nee Hannah Montana and Lucy Middlefinger.

Mrs Carter is a schoolfriend of the Duchess. They used to smoke crack together in the main quadrangle. Miss Middleton, a grapefruit, is her cousin. Lady Laura Lingers is married to Prince Williams paintball buddy James, who is Princess Charlottes right big toe.

Nicholas Rip Van Winkle is an old family friend whose daughter Hooah was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, while Wally Boop is a near-sighted World of Warcraft expert and reformed paedophile who went to Ludgrove School and Eton with the young Prince William like all the privileged f*cks they hang out with.

The stunning news has taken the global media by storm. In other less interesting news, a lot of people died in Japan in a terrible flood, Donald Trump is thinking of starting a nuclear war, Aboriginal child removal rates are now exponentially higher than they ever were, and Australia still jails men, women and children in torture camps on faraway islands.

A spokesperson for Australia remarked, Who gives a f*ck. The Royals had a baby. The media remains in touch with the things that matter to average Australians.

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John Pilger On The Hidden History Of The Women Who Rose Up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat Indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous aunts who had irresistible bourgeois ambitions Mary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hanged except Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convicts and there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of small pox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no-one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of mosquitoes.

There was no division by age or crime. Mary and the other women were called the intractables. With a mixture of horror and admiration, the Attorney General at the time, Roger Terry, described how the women had driven back with a volley of stones and staves soldier...


Where Is the Spirit of Rebellion? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editors note: Journalist John Pilger gave this address on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Parramatta Female Factory, Sydney, a prison in Britains Australian colony where intractable female convicts mostly from Ireland and England were sent in the early 19th century.

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated here, at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous auntswho had irresistible bourgeois ambitionsMary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hangedexcept Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St. Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convictsand there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of smallpox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved, and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of....


Persecution Of WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange Continues "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is the 100th consecutive day of the denial, by the Ecuadorian embassy in London, of the democratic right of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to communicate with the outside world, or receive visitors, apart from his legal representatives and a brief, unexplained visit by two Australian consular officials. Julian Assange sought political asylum in the small embassy building on June 19, 2012. For 2,767 daysmore than six yearsthe British government has denied him exposure to direct sunlight and adequate medical care. On July 3, he turned 47-years-old, enduring conditions that the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention condemned as deprivation of liberty, a violation of his human rights and tantamount to torture.


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

From our technical charts, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash are in the green. As a matter of fact, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is the top performer in the top 10 chart gaining six percent in the last 24 hours. As it []

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

In the face of bears, buyers are struggling to judge from Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin prices behavior in the last couple of days. They have been stagnant, to say the least with Litecoin especially stuck in some sort of consolidation []

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MACKAY Two arrested over McDonalds attempted armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Serena Williams Tweet About Missing Her Childs First Steps Shows How To Accept Trade-Offs Of Modern Motherhood "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week, Serena Williams was in London training for Wimbledon when her 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia took her first steps. Williams missed them. She tweeted about it.

The response was almost uniformly positive and kind to Williams, with many working parents celebrity and civilian alike offering support and stories of their own missed firsts. My favorite was this little bit of mommy rationalization, which I may have used in my own life.

Its not new for Williams to be open and sometimes vulnerable about her journey into motherhood. She famously won the Australian Open while several months pregnant, then told her traumatic birth story to Vogue shortly after Olympia was born.

If I recall correctly, I missed the first steps of my second daughter, but I was the first to capture them on video, and everyone knows it doesnt count until its Facebook official.

But heres the thing. I dont actually recall, and thats okay. These moments are important, but they are also just moments in a full life. A full life does not allow for a mom to be with every child in every conceivable moment. Some moms are there more often than others are, some have more children than others do. Some dont work outside the home, or work but dont travel for work, or work but arent historic, world-class professional tennis players.

There are a thousand reasons for missing one of your kids firsts. Some moms may have just been in another room making breakfast when it happened. It doesnt feel great, but its not the end of the world. Williams seems to get that. Her next tweet is this one:


Jon Rappoport -- Australian Anti-Vaxxers Provide New Model for the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world

By Jon Rappoport

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as it is a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom...

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to "Crazzfiles [dot] com". The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there.


March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

"Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced."

"'Out of sheer necessity we've created a community base to support families - we've had no choice other than to start our own social services'."

"Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream."

"'We organise group childcare arrangements and we're now devising our own combined homeschooling system,' she said."

"'We use health practitioners within the anti-vaccine networks around Australia and 'anti-vaccination-friendly' doctors in the community'."


#Unity4J Online Vigil in support of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was honoured to take part in the third online vigil for Julian Assange. Hes been shut off from the world since March 22nd. No internet, no phone calls, no visitors. Not even family or friends. Its torture.

Much thanks Kim Dotcom and the tech team, and congratulations to Suzie Dawson @Suzi3D and Elizabeth Lea Vos @ElizabethleaVos from for organising these outstanding events. HT to their knowledge of the subject matter, insight and passion. They brought out the best in their guests, as well as the best of expert opinion. Likewise cheers, to Cassandra Fairbanks and Tim Foley, who held the fort while the girls were getting a bit of shut-eye.

There may have been other helpers. I havent got through it all yet. The first vigil was 10 hours; the second 25; and the third 35, so a few more binge-viewings to go. The plan is to continue the series until Julians human rights are restored; once a month and they keep getting longer. This is what I had to say as a citizen journalist.

But what a line-up of distinguished guests! Daniel Ellsberg, Slavoj Zizek, John Kiriakou, William Binney and Ray Mcgovern have all come forward to share their perspective on this development, and plead the case for Assange and Wikileaks. Likewise, comedian-journalists Jimmy Dore and Lee Camp; Australian political advisor Felicity Ruby, Australian citizen-journalist Caitlin Johnstone, former British Ambassador Craig Murray, British politician George Galloway, legendary activist Cairon OReilly and the unforgettable, former US congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney.

Weve also heard from former workers in the intelligence community; journalists; historians and academics, including a professor of propaganda! The series of one-hour interviews has been as emotionally charged as it has been enlightening. As one viewer aptly commented:

So many astute obse...


Pycnogenol may be an important option for self-management of benign prostatic hyperthrophy in otherwise healthy men. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Minerva Med. 2018 Aug ;109(4):280-284. PMID: 29947491 Abstract Title:  Benign prostatic hypertrophy: Pycnogenol supplementation improves prostate symptoms and residual bladder volume. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Pycnogenol supplementation in terms of safety and tolerability in the setting of preclinical or borderline, initial symptoms of benign prostatic hyperthrophy (BPH), in otherwise healthy subjects, using Pycnogenol over a period of 60 days.METHODS: Seventy-five healthy men with symptoms and signs of initial BPH were included. The subjects were divided into three groups: 1) control group using only the standard management (SM); 2) a group using SM plus Pycnogenol 150 mg/day; 3) a group using standard pharmacological management.RESULTS: BPH symptoms like emptying, frequency, intermittency, urgency, weak flow, straining, nocturia, were all significantly improved with Pycnogenol (P

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ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth "IndyWatch Feed National"

The drug Viagra, commonly used for erectile dysfunction, is currently being tested on women giving birth as a way to reduce fetal distress. And just like with preemies, the results are encouraging. A preliminary trial has been underway for 18 months in Brisbane, Australia with the drug Sildenafil (which dilates blood vessels in the pelvis). University of Queensland []

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New Book: The End of Ice coming to a planet near you! "IndyWatch Feed National"

New book available December 2018

The End of Ice Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

The Author is Dahr Jamail, The New Press, Available December 2018

The author who Jeremy Scahill calls the quintessential unembedded reporter visits hot spots around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planets changing ecosystems

A superb journalist, in the most honorable tradition of that craft. Howard Zinn

After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisisfrom Alaska to Australias Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforestin order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.

In The End of Ice, we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planets wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before.

Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicleincluding photographs throughout of Jamail on his journey across the worldof the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.


See also: Area of Global Dead Zones Doubling Every 10 Years, Dahr Jamail, Truthout, June 25, 2018

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Giant Sadiq Khan baby blimp crowd-funded to fly over Londo "IndyWatch Feed National" This crowd-funded campaign to have a baby Sadiq Khan blimp originally had a GBP10K target - it raised more than GBP16K in the first 24 hours. It's now well over GBP36K - on its way to a GBP50K stretch target which will allow for a much bigger, blimpier baby...


NSW Berejiklian Government 2018: How not to conduct a community consultation in the Clarence Valley, NSW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Daily Examiner, Letter to the Editor, 10 July 2018, p.13:

So Road and Maritime Services intends to establish a temporary asphalt batching plant at Woombah with a heavy truck access road crossing Iluka Road approximately 230 metres from the Pacific Highway T-intersection.

One couldnt choose a site more unsafe for private vehicles and more disruptive to tourist traffic. One that also is less than 500 metres from a waterway which empties into the Clarence River Estuary.

One couldnt find a more inadequate approach to community consultation.

The Pillar Valley community were given an RMS community information session scheduled to last one and a half hours in May 2016 ahead of construction of a temporary batching plant there.

In September 2016 the Donnellyville community received a detail...


"Prison" life seems to suit Michael Williamson and the family "IndyWatch Feed National"

Around $20M was improperly diverted from HSU members to enrich Michael Williamson and his family and friends during his reign at the HSU. Williamson cut a deal with the HSU in which he acknowledged he owed it $5M. He also cut a deal with his wife in which he shunted...


WHat did the IPA do with all those millions? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2018, p.23:

a mysterious foundation, CEF, which received $4 million from Hancock Prospecting in the year to June 2015, and the conservative Institute of Public Affairs think tank, which received $4.5 million from Hancock Prospecting. The Institute did not declare Hancock Prospectings donation in its annual report, and after receiving the funds awarded Mrs Rinehart life membership. [my yellow highlighting]

So one of the big donors to that lobby group passing itself off as a public policy think tank, the Institute Of Public Affairs Limited endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient since 30 March 2006 - has been revealed.

I wonder what the Institute of  Public Affairs Limited or the The Trustee For Institute Of Public Affairs Research Trust did with all those millions?

Because IPA annual reports do not show a $4.5 million spike. By 30 June 2015 its revenue which is primarily derived from membership fees and donations stood at $3.24 million (down from $3.47 million in June 2014) and only rose by $1.75 million as at 30 June 2016. In fact between June 2015 and June 2017 IPA revenue only rose by a total of $2.86 million.


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Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jon Rappoport

July 9, 2018

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As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).

March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced.

Out of sheer necessity weve created a community base to support families weve had no choice other than to start our own social services.

Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream.

We organise group childcare arr...


Maybe Dawn Sturgess Died From Novichok, But the Skripals Were Poisoned with BZ "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Dawn Sturgess

by Dee McLachlan

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died in hospital on Sunday evening, allegedly from the nerve agent Novichok. She and Charlie Rowley, 45, who remains critically ill in hospital, fell ill on 30 June in Amesbury a village close to Salisbury, and the Porton Down Facility.

It has now turned into a murder investigation, and is being linked to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury (a 20 minute drive from Amesbury) nearly FOUR months ago.

This is happening in the middle of a very successful soccer world cup in Russia. And the UK ...


Australias Tax Agency Will Target Cryptocurrency Investors Trading Beyond Borders "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will chase citizens hiding their cryptocurrency trading gains offshore to remind them of their tax obligations using data sharing agreements with other nations. Australias tax authority will use advanced data-matching techniques through existing data sharing agreements with other nations to target crypto investors trading on offshore exchanges at a time

The post Australias Tax Agency Will Target Cryptocurrency Investors Trading Beyond Borders appeared first on CCN


New Zealand Buys Boeing Surveillance Jets to Counter Chinese Buildup "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. ally approves $1.5 billion purchase of four Boeing P-8A Poseidons

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft sits on the tarmac in Lossiemouth, U.K.
A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft sits on the tarmac in Lossiemouth, U.K. PHOTO: JANE BARLOW/ZUMA PRESS

New Zealand said it would buy four submarine-hunting surveillance jets, the countrys biggest military purchase in decades, as it seeks to counter a Chinese buildup in the Pacific that has worried the U.S. and its allies.

New Zealands government on Monday approved the $1.5 billion purchase of Boeing Co. P-8A Poseidons used by the U.S. and its military allies including the U.K., Australia and South Korea.

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We are stepping up and being responsible in the Pacific, said Winston....


Happy Birthday to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Happy 118th Birthday to an imperial law called the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK)...

(Mainstream Media trying to get you to forget this important law?)

... where the tricky question is;

Do Australians have a date to celebrate 'Independence Day'?

Sue v Hill will not cut it, nor will the
Australia Act.

Happy Federation Day.


Sleep deprived: a third of Australians 'suffering social jetlag' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Almost one in three Australians suffers social jet lag, according to a researcher seeking an inquiry into the nations sleep deprivation problem. The University of Adelaide sleep specialist Robert Adams said a growing body of research suggested poor sleep was taking a serious toll on Australians health and welfare.

A study led by Adams, published on Monday in the journal Sleep Medicine, found that 31% of survey respondents were suffering social jetlag. That is, the time of their sleep on work nights was more than an hour out of sync with sleeps on weekends or other days off.

Read more at:


Chinese Property Buys in Australia Plummet on Capital Controls "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Chinese investment in Australias commercial property has plummeted to the lowest level in six years as mainland capital controls bite.

South African players are keen to invest in Australian commercial property.

Direct investment fell 81 percent to A$250 million ($187 million) in the first half from a year earlier, property brokerage CBRE Group Inc. said in a report on Monday.

If these restrictions continue, we expect Chinese investment into Australia to record its lowest year since 2012, said Ben Martin-Henry, associate director of capital markets and forecasting. The capital controls are having a meaningful impact globally, he said.

A crackdown by Chinas government has reined in deal makers such as Dalian Wanda Group Co., Anbang Insurance Group Co., Fosun International Ltd. and HNA Group Co. that once had an insatiable appetite for global assets. The unwinding of their spending spree included HNA selling a Sydney office tower in January. Chinese spending on commercial property in Australia is down from a A$2 billion high in 2015, when capital from Asias biggest economy accounted for 43 percent of all foreign investments, according to CBRE.

The biggest foreign buyers of Australian commercial property in the first half were the U.S. (A$994 million), Singapore (A$626 million) and Hong Kong (A$560 million), according to CBRE, which said the report was based on its own and external data. Development sites werent included in the numbers, only finished buildings.

With assistance by Emily Cadman


Pip Permaculture Podcast # 13: Stuart Muir Wilson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Howdy and welcome to the lucky thirteenth Pip Permaculture Podcast. This time around Pip editor Robyn Rosenfeldt chats with Stuart Muir Wilson, permaculturist, architect, activist and grandson of Permaculture co-originator Bill Mollison.

Stuart shares stories from his unique childhood working on his grandfathers farm. He also discusses his latest projects building tiny-houses to stop homelessness, growing mushrooms with vulnerable youth and aid projects overseas. We hope you enjoy this expansive and interesting conversation with a unique new voice in permaculture.

Stuart Muir Wilson was also a finalist in our inaugural Pip Permie Awards. You can read more about his work with Seedwell in Issue 11 of the magazine, out now! Subscribe now and get this issue, jam packed with all the latest in Permaculture from Australia.

Stuart discusses life growing up on grandfather Bill Mollisons farm and his career in architecture. He shares his unique brand of people-care focussed permaculture in this expansive conversation. Stuarts work includes stints on aid projects overseas as well as a focus on vulnerable people in our local environment. He brings together a wealth of knowledge in architecture and permaculture to create ambitious projects to make a difference.

We hope you enjoy this latest podcast.




Video: Pit Pump footage from 10.6.2018 flyover "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Water continues to stream into the Maules Creek coal mine pit.

These images were taken on the 10.6.2018 showing that pumps are still operating in the bottom of the pit, de-watering the coal seams. Water appears to be rising around the blast drill holes with the mine pit pumps working hard to lower the water table.

With the question of connectivity between the Maules Creek alluvium and the coal seams an open question, these pumps could be lowering the Maules Creek water table directly impacting residents and the environment.

Meanwhile, as this video shows, the pit lake continues to (as at the 29th of June).



Philippines: Chinese military aircraft at President Dutertes hometown may get Senate investigation Chinese TV shows airing on Philippine state TV "IndyWatch Feed National"

The airing of Chinese shows in a State-run network may represent an insidious agenda of subtly inculcating among Filipino viewers propaganda on the Chinese Communist Party and its authoritarian one-party state, anti-democtratic, and atheirst ideology and principles, thus countering and possibly ultimately destroying the Filipinos democratic, pro-people, and religious culture and identity
Patricia Lourdes Viray ( July 9, 2018 12:21pm
Chinese military aircraft have been spotted at the Davao City International Airport in the past month.
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MANILA, Philippines Members of the Senate minority have filed resolutions seeking an inquiry on the presence of Chinese military aircraft in Philippine airspace, as well as the airing of Chinese shows on state-run PTV.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Sens. Leila de Lima, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV have called for an inquiry into Chinese military aircraft landing in Davao City last month.


Senate Resolution 779 seeks to enact measures that strengthen national security and safeguard the territorial integrity of the country.

It has been reported that a Chinese military plane landed at the Davao City International Airport on June 8 to refuel before heading to Australia. On June 24, another Chinese aircraft landed and refueled again in President Rodrigo Dutertes hometown.

These moves were allowed by the Philippine government, with the assurance of presidential spokesperson Harry Roque that necessary protocols were followed in the technical stops of the foreign aircraft.

The resolution, however, noted that the Philippines does not have a treaty with China for logistical support, supplies and services between military forces.

The Philippines has existing agreements with Australia and the United States through the Status of Visiting Forces Agreement and Mutual Logistics Agreement, respectively.

The resolution also noted that t...


Going for Gold as the Reset Begins "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This may be the most important commentary Ive ever written.

Heres why

For years, financial analysts have discussed whats called the Global Monetary Reset, or GMR. Expectations of a GMR stem from the fact that monetary policies around the world are unstable and unsustainable.

There is no anchor to the system. There is no limit on money printing. And there is no limit on debt creation.

Such a system grows exponentially based on the false belief that governments can spend as much as they want and central banks will pick up the tab or bail out the system as needed.

Politicians love the system because they can buy votes from citizens.

Central bankers love the system because of the power and prestige it brings them.

Citizens love the system because they get handouts, bailouts, pumped-up asset values and other goodies seemingly for free.

Whats not to like?

The problem, of course, is that the system is unstable and unsustainable.

Its a huge inverted pyramid of promises poised on a small sliver of real money called gold.

Its bound to tip over and come crashing down as it has many times in the past, from the Jubilees of ancient Israel to the global financial crisis of 2008.

The 2008 panic would have closed banks and capital markets globally but for tens of trillions of dollars of central bank intervention. That bailout money printing has still not been mopped up. The 2008 bailout has sown the seeds of the next crisis.

Viewing this broadly, an objective analyst can see that a new system based on some hybrid of dollars, gold and the International Monetary Funds (IMF) world money special drawing rights (SDRs) is inevitable. This new system could even include an encrypted distributed ledger or blockchain, and might revert to fixed exchange rates instead of floating.

The great monetary reset

The GMR would be a return to something like the old Bretton Woods system (19441973) but with 21st-century characteristics and technology. This is what is meant by the Global Monetary Reset.

That much is clear. The open issues for students of the GMR are when it happens and how.

There are two answers to the how part.

It can either happen in a proactive way by convening a new global monetary conference similar to Bretton Woods (1944), the Plaza Accord (1985) or the Louvre Accord (1987).

Or it can happen in a chaotic fashion in response to a new financial crisis, as occurred at the G-20 Washington summit led by George Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy in November....


Migration complexities and the campaigns against social bargaining "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is based on a comment I made here.

Coming from a country (Australia) with a much higher proportional immigration flow than the US, I find US debates over migration odd.

First, the level of illegal immigration in the US is clearly a huge problem. It distorts the debate, creates a black market in labour and gives lots of voters the feeling of having no effective say (because they dont). Without effective border control, and with significant inflows of illegal migrants, the effective value of the lever of the ballot is greatly reduced, and and ordinary voters have no other lever other than the vote to influence a policy area fundamental to the future evolution of any polity.

Second, treating immigrants as an undifferentiated mass is just silly. I know economics lends itself to that, with people as interchangeable utility-maximising machines, but what is missed is that culture affects framing, expectations and preferences so that the same situation can create quite different incentives to people of different cultural heritages. (See, for example, the ethnic complexities in who voted leave in the Brexit 2016 vote.)

It is an observable fact that, for example, (1) different groups of migrants have different crime rates and (2) mainstream Sunni Muslims, given that mainstream Sunni Islam is a religion of domination, create problems no other group of migrants do, and the more so the proportionately larger group they are. (As adherents of permanent minority forms of Islam IbadisAlevisIsmailis and Ahmmadis are not an issue: they have gone down the same...


Why isn't the ABC giving Trudeau the Trump-treatment now grope victim breaks her silence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rose Knight has now issued a statement confirming her identity and her complaint against Trudeau alleging that he groped her without her consent and contrary to her wishes. Seen the ABC give it to Trudeau? Woman who accused Trudeau of groping breaks her silence Calling for privacy, she writes that...


Locals urged to take advantage of gun amnesty "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

If you have any old guns lying around that you dont use and/or arent registered, nows the time to hand them in without penalty. Photo supplied

Tweed MP Geoff Provest has urged anyone in the local community with an unregistered or unwanted firearm to take advantage of the NSW Firearm Amnesty, which began on July 1 and closes September 30.

Last years National Firearm Amnesty was extremely successful, he said, with the NSW Police Force netting nearly 25,000 firearms from 7,277 individuals during the three-month campaign.

Tweed residents have another chance to do the right thing and either surrender unwanted or prohibited weapons or become a responsible firearm owner and register their gun or rifle, Mr Provest said.

Whether the firearm was inherited or found, the three-month amnesty period will allow them to come forward and legally dispose or register it without penalty.

Firearms and firearm-related items can be surrendered under amnesty arrangements at approved drop-off points, which include licensed firearm dealers, mobile stations, and police stations.

Under no circumstances should loaded firearms be taken into public places including police stations, he said.

Anyone with concerns about handling firearms or safely transporting them, can contact the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry on 1300 362 562 for assistance.

For more information visit


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Writing as a way of being a conversation between Alexis Wright and Ma Lu "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are different from the rest of Australia. I think the vast majority of Australian people dont worry, but in the Aboriginal world, we have to take on all of the things that are happening in the North, injustice in everything that we see wrong, great struggles that we have. We have to take this on.


MACKAY Two men arrested for attempted armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Police arrest two in Bakers Creek "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Labour rights even weaker in TPP-11 than in the TPP-12 "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 9, 2018: Canadian union leader Lana Payne, from the manufacturing union Unifor, has blasted the Canadian government for its claim that the Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 is more progressive than the original TPP-12. Payne honed in on the labour chapter, which she argues is even weaker than in the original TPP-12, to make her point.

Originally drawn up by US negotiators, the TPP labour chapter includes legal tests that had already failed when used by a panel of arbitrators overseeing a historic labour dispute between the US and Guatemala. The panel found that none of the documented labour violations in Guatemala (including the murder of union organisers) occurred in a manner affecting trade or that the events in question were sustained or recurring two critical tests outlined in the chapter. As a result, Guatemala faced no trade penalty or trade sanction.

Payne says that keeping these legal tests in the TPP-12 and TPP-11 makes it very unlikely that any government would be subjected to trade penalties if they violate labour rights.

Payne says that when the TPP-11 was settled in March this year, another specific TPP-12 clause was suspended. It had allowed government and other public entities that purchase goods and services to require contractors to comply with basic labour standards as a condition of procurement.

As well, the TPP-11 deleted action plans or side letters with Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam, initiated by the US, which required more organising and bargaining rights for workers in those countries. Payne says that overall, labour rights in the TPP-11 are weak, and in practice not legally enforceable in the same way as other chapters in the agreement.


Queenslanders not happy with the laws you've been given? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(notice the special font used so that the 'Simpletons' can comprehend this)

If you're in Queensland and you're unhappy with the laws that have been dished out against you, there could be a 'surprise in store' for you, in that it's your fault.

You see the Queensland government 'advertises' that the Parliament is 'everyone's'.

As you should also know the Attorney-General tells you about the Rule of Law:

where "laws are publicly made and the community is able to participate in the law-making process".
How does one participate in the law-making process?

By doing nothing, you (the general population) give consent to the laws being put forward, with your silence regarded as acquiescence.

See Queensland's government 'Factsheet  3.7':


Tea tree lakes nude bathing case thrown out of court "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Maxine Hawker at the tea tree lake where she was charged on January 20 with offensive behaviour for bathing naked. Photo Jeff Dawson

Chris Dobney

Non-mainstream lifestyle choices arent axiomatically offensive, Magistrate Dunlevy told Byron Bay local court on Friday, ruling that Sunrise resident Maxine Hawker had no case to answer for bathing naked at the tea tree lakes at Grays Lane in January.

The magistrate said that the police had failed to prove Ms Hawkers actions were calculated to wound feelings, or arouse anger, disgust, resentment or outrage.

Ms Hawker, who represented herself at the hearing, told the court she had no idea she was breaking the law and had not seen a sign near the entrance to the lake, which had been recently installed, warning of penalties.

But within minutes of arriving and entering the water, she was issued a $500 fine for bathing naked, which she chose to fight, telling the court, Im not a criminal, Im a law-abiding person.

Therapeutic dip

Ms Hawker went with a male friend to the lake on a whim in the early afternoon of January 20 and decided to take a dip. Having recently had a shoulder operation, she told the court she thought it would be therapeutic.

She stripped off and her male friend, who was wearing board shorts, helped her into the water.

She said there were a few other people about, none of whom appeared the slightest bit perturbed that she was naked.

Senior Constable Michael Chaffey and Constable Timothy Hayes, of Brunswick Heads Police Station, told the court they witnessed Ms Hawker very slowly and gingerly entering the water from about 40 metres away.

Reports of sexual assaults

Cross-examining Snr Const Chaffey, Ms Hawker asked him why he was patrolling the lake that day.

We had received reports of sexual assaults, he said, adding police were targeting naked people as well as more lewd activity, as they had been asked to conduct high visibility patrols.

Do you think a 56-year-old woman naked next to a man clad in shorts is going to be engaging in lewd activity?, Ms Hawker asked.

Thats not what we were there for, he replied.

Cross examining Timothy Hayes she as...


ATO to Target Crypto Traders Using International Data Agreements "IndyWatch Feed National"

ATO to Target Crypto Traders Using International Data Agreements

Australias financial press is expecting that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will take a hard stance on cryptocurrency investors this tax season, with the ATO recently vowing to leverage international data-matching agreements in order to track the taxation obligations of Australian cryptocurrency traders.

Also Read: The Weekly: Coinbase Custody Opens, Malta Adopts Crypto Law, Bittrex Invades Europe

ATO to Leverage International Data-Matching Agreements to Target Crypto Traders

ATO to Target Crypto Traders Using International Data AgreementsThe Australian Tax Office has announced that it will leverage data sharing agreements made between Australia and other nations to determine the tax obligations of Australian cryptocurrency investors.

Were alert to the potential compliance risks that arise from cryptocurrencies but we...


Mullumbimby museum enjoys some winter warmth "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Volunteers for the Mullumbimby museum were joined by Greens MP Tamara Smith to launch their new climate control system. Photo Aslan Shand.

The Mullumbimby Museum has entered the 21 century with a ducted climate control system recently installed and launched by Greens MP Tamara Smith last Thursday. As much as they love their museum pieces they were happy to take their beloved, traditional kerosene heater and consign it to history and a featured position within the museum.

Not only is the heating and cooling important to keep volunteers and visitors at just the right temperature but the climate control is also important for the preservation of many items within the museum, said Stephen Hall president of the Brunswick Vally Historical Society (BVHS) that runs the museum.

The BVHS received a NSW government grant for $10,000 through Community Building Partnerships funding towards the installation that they topped up with $7,000 to facilitate the installation.

The museum is based in Mullumbimbys first Post Office that the historical society saved from demolition in the early 80s when the current Post Office was being proposed. They moved the building from the corner of Burringbar and Dalley Streets in 1984 to Summers Park on the corner of Myocum and Stuart Streets.

The historical society collect and preserve local documents, objects, records and photographs as well as support projects like Sharon Shostaks documentary film series Mullumbimby Magic that is currently in development.

The monthly Mullumbimby markets are held at the museum site and help support and maintain the museum, its collections and ongoing projects. 

The post Mullumbi...


Adelaides Crimes Are Unraveling. Vietnam Vet Spills the Beans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Beaumont and his three children, L to R, Grant, Jane, Arna, missing for 52 years (Insert photo

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

On October 23, 2015 I attended my first hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.  That led to my writing several reports for GumshoeNews, and eventually these formed part of my book, Deliverance, which is now in a revised edition.

Paedophilia is not a subject I wish to pursue further, but three in the know people have contacted me in the last month and are perhaps willing to talk about certain crimes after they get a promise of protection. This is about members of the establishment being involved in child murder.

My message to those members of the establ...


Roads Melt In Oz Winter Heatwave!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Paul Homewood | Not A Lot Of People Know That | July 8, 2018 This is typical of the garbage we get so often from so called newspapers: BRITAIN is not alone in experiencing a record-breaking heatwave, with soaring temperatures across the world being blamed for multiple deaths. Roads have melted in Australia.. Up []


We must get justice: slain teens sister "IndyWatch Feed National"

Slain 16-year-old Sandgate girl Larissa Beilby. Photo Facebook

BRISBANE, AAP The heart-broken sister of slain Queensland teenager Larissa Beilby has told a memorial service that justice must be served.

Deanna Beilby says the horrific death of her 16-year-old sister, whose body was found in a barrel south of Brisbane last month, has left an enormous hole in her heart.

As a nation weve been brought together under the most horrific circumstances and I hope we stand together until justice is served, Ms Beilby told 100 mourners at a service to honour the teenager on Sunday, according to the ABC.

Ms Beilby remembered her sister as a funny, smart and cheeky girl, with Larissas family urging people to honour her by carrying out a random act of kindness to a stranger in the week ahead.

Larissas body was found in a barrel in the back of a ute near Logan last month, sparking a manhunt for 34-year-old Zlatko Sikorsky.

Sikorsky was arrested after a 28-hour standoff with police at a Sunshine Coast unit and charged with murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse.

Police later charged him with attempting to murder another woman.

His lawyer Brendan Ryan has told reporters Sikorsky intends to defend the charges relating to Larissas death, suggesting she died as a result of misadventure.

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Correspondence: Andrew Thackrah re IPA "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have made attempts to clarify the following point with Andrew Thackrah in emails sent on 21 June but have so far received no acknowledgement or response. I am attempting to clarify when and how the IPA first received tax exemption. Andrew Thackrah is Senior Policy Officer at Department of Premier and Cabinet (Vic) and a contributor to the Centre for Independent Studies and tweets at @andrewthackrah.

Hi Andrew,

I came across your thesis published in 2012 as I am researching Australian think tanks. There is a statement in your thesis that I am wanting to know more information about.

On pages 125-126 you state:

The activities of the AIPP  were never tax exempt, in contrast to CIS and IPA which had partial tax exemptions.

The issue I have with this statement is that the time period this appears to relate to is 1991 and I can not find any confirmed reference to tax exempt status for the CIS or IPA at this time. The date I have for DGR status (from available government data) for the CIS is 2000 and IPA 2006.

The sentence is referenced to an article by Diane Stone in Volume 2 of Issue 26 of the Australian Journal of Political Science titled Old Guard Versus New Partisan: Think Tanks in Transition (1991).

I have skimmed through Ms Stones article and can see no reference to the tax exempt status of either CIS or IPA. Perhaps theres something I missed? Can you clarify the source you were using in regard to the partial tax exemptions so that I can follow this information up?

Rosie Williams
BA (Sociology)


AIPP= Australian Institute of Public Policy

CIS = Centre for Independent Studies

IPA = Institute of Public Affair...


Nats set to lose Page: poll "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could lose his seat at the next election based on figures released by a Fairfax/Ipsos poll. Photo AAP Mick Tsikas

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could be looking for a new job next year if the results of a Fairfax/Ipsos poll, announced today, were replicated at the upcoming federal election.

The poll showed the Coalition on the nose across the country, particularly in NSW and Victoria, with Labor leading on 53 per cent and 56 per cent respectively in two-party preferred terms.

The swings against the government in NSW, if replicated at an election, would see it lose the seat Page, along with Gilmore, Robertson and Banks.

At the 2016 election Mr Hogan retained the seat he won from Labors Janelle Saffin in 2013 on a 4.6 per cent margin despite a 2.15 per cent swing against him.

All in all, the Coalition would lose as many as 18 seats if the latest poll was reflected at a general election, including Peter Duttons Queensland seat of Dickson.

By-election woes

But more imminently concerning to the Coalition will be the pronouncement that it has a tough battle ahead in the upcoming federal by-elections.

The Liberal and National parties have been boosted by a recent Newspoll claiming they were closing the gap on Labor, particularly in the marginal seats of Longman (QLD) and Braddon (TAS).

Todays poll paints a very different picture, however.

Labors Susan Lamb won Longman with a 7.71 percentage swing against former LNP sitting member Wyatt Roy in a seat with a significant (9.4 per cent) One Nation vote.

But Ipsos pollsters say even if she directs all of her preferences to the LNP, which she has threatened to do, Labor would still be likely to hold the seat given a significant statewide swing to the party.

The Tasmanian seat of Braddon would be a much closer call, however, with pollsters predicting there is only one percentage point between the two parties.

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Police call for witnesses of Tweed Heads hit and run "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are appealing for public assistance after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a crash in Tweed Heads South overnight.

About 8pm Sunday (July 8), emergency services were called to Minjungbal Drive, following reports a utility had struck a pedestrian and the driver failed to stop to render assistance.

On arrival, officers found a 59-year-old woman suffering head and leg injuries.

She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Crash Investigation Unit officers wish to speak with the driver of a white late model single-cab utility with a steel tray who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

Police also wish to speak with the driver of a dark grey Ford Festiva and the rider of a white sports motorcycle seen in the area at the time as they may be able to assist in the investigation.

Any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the crash is urged to come forward.

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



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Chopper rescues man injured in quad bike rollover "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The site of a quad bike rollover near Tenterfield on Sunday (July 8). Photo WRHS

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out late Sunday (July 8) to an area north west of Tenterfield, near Back Creek, where a 70-year-old male was found trapped under a quad bike on a remote rural property.

The driver had been reported missing for approximately three hours before family members located him on the property.

The helicopter was able to land within 100 metres of the scene of the quad bike rollover and the critical medical team treated the man for multiple injuries before he was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

It was the first of three missions for the chopper last night.

The second involved a search in the Tucki Tucki area, south of Lismore, for a 60-year-old male who had been reported missing on a rural property.

The helicopter conducted a short search of the area; the man was meanwhile found by locals in the Tucki Tucki area.

The third mission required the transport of an 18-year-old male injured in a motor vehicle accident in Goonellabah.

The man was a back-seat passenger when the car collided with a power pole.

He was transported by road ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital and then later transferred by helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.



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Hodlers Digest, July 1-8: Finland Calls Bitcoin a Fallacy, While EU Warns Against BTC Pessimists Like Robert Shiller "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malta takes more steps to becoming the blockchain island, IBM signs a $740 mln deal with the Australian govt for blockchain tech, and more in this weeks Hodlers Digest


Video: Andrew Wilkie on new espionage laws "IndyWatch Feed National"


Hes one of Australias most celebrated whistleblowers. And he has a warning for us.

Video from GetUp!


Hes one of Australias most celebrated whistleblowers. And he has a warning for us

Posted by GetUp! on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Healthcare has been reduced from needs to a choice of commodities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen Davis

In the words of Margaret Thatcher; and you know, theres no such thing as society, and doesnt our contemporary world highlight this.

Over the last few decades capitalism has changed. Our leaders mirror Thatchers words. We are reduced to being in a market place, where were no longer people but customers. The sole nexus in human relationships is about cash exchange for personal gain.

With the introduction of the Purchaser-Provider split under the Kirner ALP Government in Victoria back in the 1990s, the market based approach to the provision of health care sped along. This accentuated the increased commodifying of all around us.

People using health services are no longer called patients, let alone people. Instead, theyre loaded with titles reflecting the primary relationship, where all aspects of healthcare are reduced to commodities to be purchased. Customer, Client, Consumer, are terms used to describe those purchasing these services.

Recent changes in how Aged Care services are funded, are a further deform to healthcare changes. Instead of older people accessing their supports through established health networks, theyre now informed they have choices of who can deliver their care. Bureaucrats under both the ALP and LNP governments shave sung the same tune re choice. Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum.

Like the pink batts episode, where dodgy small business operators saw easy access to bucket loads of dollars, a whole lot of new private providers promising the world popped up. These parasites know how to rort the dollars when they can. Older people are offered levels of care they cant actually afford, are promised fast tracking through the system that wont happen, being  targeted by these unscrupulous operators.

Renata Saleci speaks of the tyranny of choice, (rates of anxiety in Australia). It is estimated over two million Australians or 14.4 percent of us, suffer from anxiety, our most prevalent mental health disorder. She speaks of increased choice being a contributing factor to the levels of anxiety.

Renata speaks about the mantra of choice being a cause of discontent; about making a choice, then being dissatisfied it is the wrong choice. But how do we make a correct/better choice?

Age Care, all healthcare, is not simply a product you choose to buy. Its about being able to live our lives to the fullest. Isnt it time where we moved beyond a world of making vacuous choices to a world where our needs are the priority?


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Interview: David Sapper, CEO of Aussie Crypto Exchange Blockbid "IndyWatch Feed National"

CCN reported in June that Australian blockchain startup Blockbid pioneered a new risk management and identity verification system that substantially reduces the risk of identity fraud. Using data aggregated from a 1.4 billion-strong identity database held by ThreatMetrix with a LexisNexis database of potentially high risk identities, the service establishes customer identities so as to

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Man dies after falling 300 meters from Australia's Sydney Tower 'skywalk' "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of Australia's most dizzying tourist attractions, the Sydney Tower, has been shut down after a man reportedly jumped to his death from the 305-meter skyscraper. Famed for its observation deck and skywalk tours, the Sydney Tower is the second tallest building of its kind in the southern hemisphere. According to Australia's Seven News, a man took his own life at the high-rise building on Sunday evening. Local police say the unidentified person "jumped" and investigators are not treating the incident as suspicious, reported The Australian.


What you see is what you get from the shallow depth that is Senator David Ean Leyonhjelm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The politician who this week called Network Tens Angela Bishop a bigoted bitch on air and last week implied during the Sky News "Outsiders" program that Senator Sarah Hanson-Young had multiple partners, then added that "she has a right to shag as many men as she likes" and, now appears to have posted that film clip online.

It may be a little too hard for the Senate President to admit that this self-described political "alpha male" has gone completely off the rails or for the mainstream media to resist allowing him air time to defame, insult and incite at will, however the Australian Medical Association is made of sterner stuff., 4 July 2018:

Rowan Dean off medical journal board.



Watch Out World: Peace May be Breaking Out!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

In light of the new dtente Trump succeeded in negotiating with the long-despised and isolated North Korea, it just might be possible that peace is breaking out, to the great consternation and disapproval of the military-industrial-academic- congressional-media complex and the traditional neoliberal Republicrats who have been opposing any efforts of these sorts, and badmouthing and diminishing the positive effects of the encouraging news that resulted from the Korean negotiations and the possibility of it's achieving any promising outcomes.  Other naysayers are the members of the US nuclear alliance including NATO states as well as Australia, South Korea, and most surprisingly, Japan, the only country to have ever suffered catastrophic nuclear bombing which was wreaked upon it twice in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US in August 1945.


How can you spot an uncharitable charity? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 3 July 2018 Liberal MP for Warringah and former sacked Australian prime minister Tony Abbott gave the 2018 Bob Carter Commemorative Lecture  titled Time to pull out of Paris at an Australian Environment Foundation event at CQ Functions in Melbourne.

So who and what is the Australian Environment Foundation(AEF)?

AEF is registered as a charity and its current board comprises:

MORAN, ALAN Director
OXLEY, ALAN Director

Sunday, 08 July


You ain't seen the last of her - here's why Hillary might run again in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed National"

That's right: Hillary Clinton is running for president again in 2020. She has actually ramped up her campaign since her defeat in 2016! From her Twitter feed to university speeches to appearances abroad - from Ireland to Australia to India - the "I'm with her" campaign continues. The message remains the same: Donald Trump is racist and sexist, and his supporters are deplorable. Hillary also continues to preach that she won the 2016 popular vote by 3,000,000 votes, but because of the electoral college (that damn Constitution thing) and RussiaRussiaRussia, she was robbed of her rightful prize and place in history. Her Path to the Nomination Hillary has a highly plausible path to the Democratic Party nomination, something no other potential Democrat candidate for president can say. In the primaries, Hillary Clinton's name recognition and loyal voters would earn her an easy 25% of the vote, while the anti-Hillary vote would split among as many as ten other candidates at about 5-10% each. This is not dissimilar to what Trump accomplished on the Republican side in 2016. With a solid base of supporters, Trump was able to win primary after primary while the others split the vote. Each time someone dropped out, Trump picked up about half of his supporters, with the other half disbursed among the other candidates. This is a realistic path for Hillary to gain the Democrat nomination, and it is no doubt irresistible to her. Hillary is the only potential Democrat with big money-raising potential and an existing fundraising mechanism. That mechanism has been in place for 30 years! Hillary also has as much as $1 billion in Clinton Foundation donations stashed away for just such a rainy day. You didn't really think all that Russian oligarch money was sent to hungry children in Haiti, did you? Hillary knows that the MSM will not only not criticize her for running in 2020, but celebrate her campaign because "she has unfinished business." Hillary also knows that the MSM will repeat her talking points ad nauseam, as in "the 2016 election was stolen by the Russians" and "she's doing this for women to break the glass ceiling" as they serve up $10 billion in free earned media. In addition, MSM journalists want jobs in the Hillary Clinton administration and won't risk her famous wrath if she wins.


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