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Friday, 13 July


Na DAS ist ja mal ein Schulterschluss: Seehofer demonstriert ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Na DAS ist ja mal ein Schulterschluss: Seehofer demonstriert Einigkeit mit den Auslnder-Raus-Innenministern von sterreich und Italien. Italiens Innenminister Salvini, wir erinnern uns, lie sogar die eigene Kstenwache nicht in den Hafen einlaufen, weil sie aus Seenot gerettete Flchtlinge an Bord hatten. Und mit solchen Leuten stellt sich Seehofer hin und die bringen dann Sprche wie

"Wir werden aus dieser Kooperation der Willigen auch eine Kooperation der Ttigen machen."
Und auch Seehofer wollte da nicht zurckstehen: "Das eint uns total. In Europa ist in der Migrationspolitik in den letzten Wochen einiges in Bewegung gekommen." Das habe mit den drei Lndern sterreich, Italien und Deutschland zu tun, erklrte er.
Ja super!

Aber hey, vielleicht muss man das positiv sehen. Seehofer hat endlich jemanden gefunden, neben dem nicht er wie der schlimmste Nazi im Raum aussieht!


Five to face Brisbane court over serious breaches of environmental law "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It is thought that up to 320 square kilometres of agricultural land around Chinchilla may be at risk from contamination by chemicals and gases, due to alleged mismanagement of underground burning by Linc Energy Limited.

In November  2016 former Linc Energy chief executive Peter Bond along with four former staff members Donald Schofield (managing director), Stephen Dumble (chief operations officer), Jacobus Terblanche(chief operations manager) and Darryl Rattai (former general manager) were summonsed for breaching environmental law.

However their matters were adjoined until after The Queen v. Linc Energy Ltd was concluded and are all five are now due to face a committal hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this month.


ABC News, 11 May 2018:



How Trump's corporate tax cuts played out in the US economy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast", 10 July 2018:

Evidence is now emerging of just how extraordinarily wasteful Donald Trump's trillion-dollar corporate tax cut has been as the results -- or lack thereof -- filter into the real US economy.

It's now well-established that the bulk of the tax cuts have gone into record-breaking share buybacks and increased dividends by US companies, with hundreds of billions of dollars flowing or set to flow back to investors. But not a lot of the rest is flowing into extra investment -- the raison d'etre of company tax cuts. New investment data shows US equipment investment fell in the first quarter of the year compared to the final quarter of 2017. How about wages, which are supposed to increase due to company tax cuts (at least according to Mathias Cormann)? In June, monthly wage growth in the US fell to 0.2% from 0.3% in March, lower than expected and leaving wage growth at 2.7% for the 2017-18 year. Inflation in the US was 2.8% for the year to May, suggesting US workers are actually going backwards after inflation.


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Thursday, 12 July


Bank of Queensland Rules Out Crypto Purchases With Mortgage Funds "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian foreign exchange has revised its own contract terms to prohibit borrowers from using loans like mortgages to buy cryptocurrency. According a report by Australia Finance Review on Thursday, Bank of Queensland, that will be publicly traded on Australias stock market and one of the nations oldest retail banks, has supported the shift of the loan arrangements, which now state any loan purpose which involves the acquisition of usage of cryptocurrency is unacceptable. The move is the consequence of concerns over latest price volatility of the cryptocurrency marketplace, in addition to Australian authorities increasing scrutiny within the nascent distance, the report stated.

As previously mentioned by CoinDesk, Austrac, the nations financial intelligence agency, announced a brand new rule mandating know your client steps across crypto exchanges in Apr of this year. The Australia Taxation Office has also been seeking public opinions on how exactly should best tax gains made from cryptocurrency trading. Bank of Queenslands decision comes as many other creditors in Australia are discouraging borrowers from using real estate mortgages to create high risk investments. Citing an anonymous broker in the market, the report stated lenders within the country are monitoring borrowers accounts for signals funds are being used to trade or buy cryptocurrencies.

Theyre concerned since the Australian Tax Office, the Treasury, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Austrac are running all over it, the agent was quoted as stating. More broadly, major banks internationally like JP Morgan Chase, Citi and Bank of America have lately moved to prohibit users from using credit lines to buy cryptocurrency over worries that a volatile marketplace could depart borrowers struggling to repay their debts. Contract signing picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the greatest journalistic standards and complies with a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Bank of Queensland Rules Out Crypto Purchases With Mortgage Funds "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian retail bank has revised its loan agreements to prohibit borrowers from using mortgages to purchase cryptocurrency.


MACKAY Mackay police allegedly uncover huge child exploitation haul "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mackay police allegedly uncover huge child exploitation haul

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THOUSANDS of images and videos of children have allegedly been found on one computer of a Mackay man with police expecting to uncover more.

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The Self-Healing Revolution Energy Psychology Explained "IndyWatch Feed National"

In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel laureate in Medicine

By Brendan D Murphy

Better Ways to Heal Through Energy Psychology

A self-healing revolution is upon us and it turns the standard Western healing model on its head, putting the patient back in the drivers seat, not only making them an active participant in their own healing, but moving beyond the band-aid solutions that pervade mainstream psychiatry and psychology.

The current paradigm shift presupposes that, with the right approach, just about anything can be healed or reversed, and that a pain- or drug-addled existence of managing symptoms and eking by is no longer the best option, nor a fait accompli.

This is the revolution that Big Pharma and institutional psychiatry hope you never hear about.

The emergence of energy psychology (EP), including methods such as EFT (emotional freedom techniques), TFT (thought field therapy), Psych-K, and Matrix Reimprinting (to name a few) means that, for millions of people suffering from phobias, self-limiting beliefs, or even major emotional and/or physical traumas, expensive and often ineffective traditional therapies can be eschewed (bypassed) in favour of more affordable (or free) and very often spectacularly successful new methodsthat can achieve better results in a fraction of the time.

energy psychology

What is Energy Psychology?

Energy psychology describes a collection of novel psychological interventions that balance, restore, and enhance human functioning by stimulating the human subtle energy system, which includes the acupuncture meridian system, chakras, and nadis. These techniqueshave been observed to catalyze rapid, dramatic, and lasting changes in feelings, beliefs, mental states, and behaviors, as well as physiology and biochemistry.  Thus, EP techniques involve stimulating energy, whether by tapping, touching, or intention.[1]

EP therefore traces its roots not just to Chinese medicine and...


With Apologies to Hans Overbeeke "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Broad Arrow Cafe

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

About a month ago Gumshoe received an email from a person who signs his name Johan (Hans) Overbeeke, which I assume came from the real Hans Overbeeke. He wished that people like Mary would stop rambling on.

I didnt know I had rambled on about him. After a search, I found references to the name Overbeeke in four articles.  All by the said Mary. In each case I was relying on Stewart Beatties deduction that Mr Overbeeke, father of two sons Benjamin and Warren, was at PA (Port Arthur) that day April 18, 1996 as part of ASIO, or some such.

I Apologize to the Overbeekes

I am glad to have been given the stimulus to communicate wit...


Philippines should support freedom of navigation in South China Sea to protect own rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

In March, the French Navy announced that Floral-class surveillance frigate Vendmiaire conducted a patrol in the South China Sea to assert French presence in the region.
French Navy, File
Audrey Morallo ( July 12, 2018 6:12pm

MANILA, Philippines The Philippines should encourage freedom of navigation and overflight operations in the South China Sea as these could strengthen the enforcement of the historic arbitral ruling, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Thursday.

Carpio explained that the operations enforced the core legal effect of the 2016 ruling of the United Nations-backed tribunal.

In effect, these operations enforce the core legal ramifications arising from the Award- that there are high seas in the South China Sea, and aroud these high seas are the exclusive economic zones belonging to the adjacent coastal states, including the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea, Carpio said in a forum organized by the Stratbase ADR Institute in Makati City.

READ: US to continue operations in South China Sea despite Chinas dissent Pentagon chief

The acting chief justice said that China would not be able to transform the South China Sea into its mare nostrum with these operations.

Carpio said that immediately after the release of the ruling naval powers such as the US, the UK, Australia, France, Canada, India and Japan conducted their naval and aerial operations in the region.

The tribunal in the Hague invalidated in 2016 Chinas expansive claim to the South China Sea, which was based on its so-called nine-dash line.

The ruli...


Australia: Crypto Exchange Bitcoin.Com.Au Appoints Ex-Exec of Accounting Giant PwC as CEO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former consulting giant exec has become the CEO of exchange, plans to bring crypto investment products into areas like company pension plans



[ Thursday, 19 Jul; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. ] Remembering Dark Town: Experimental History, Decolonisation and Archival Activism at Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden Presented by Dr Kate Wright Date: Thu 19th Jul 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm Location: Oorala Lecture Theatre, UNE, Building E22 Contact: Dr Sophia Waters ? 3318 The Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden was established in 2015 as an experimental research site, and a decolonising activist platform, to experiment [...] full article 


Expert Bets $8.5 Million That Bitcoin Will Reach $280,000, Surpassing Birkshire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Though Bitcoins market price has been anything but inspiring of late, as it lingers at 70% below its all-time high, one wealthy Australian Bull still believes enough to put it up against Warren Buffets Berkshire Hathaway.

Bitcoin Punter Puts up Against Berkshire Hathaway

One of the land down unders leading Bookmakers, Tom Waterhouse, tweeted That a well-known crypto expert ( who is choosing to remain anonymous) has requested a bet that by 2023 one Bitcoin will exceed the price of one share in Berkshire Hathaway. This well-known expert is showing a very bullish disposition as the amount of the requested wager is $AU8.5 million, which if it pans out will pay off at $AU 1.2 billion.

At the moment Bitcoin has a lot of catching up to do as Berkshire Hathaway currently trades at $288,481, over 45 times the amount of BTC. Waterhouse who recently moved on from his position as chief executive of CrownBet-owned William Hill Australia reportedly put the prospective gambler in touch with a large syndicate.

The outlandish wager may be emblematic of Australias enthusiasm for all things blockchain related, marked just last week by Huobi Global opening their Australian operation. Which took the occasion to launch ten fiat to crypto trading pairs in celebration.

The gambit could also be a potentially costly provocation of the famous Omaha based holding companys leaders. Both Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger have been openly vocal about their distrust and even disgust of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, even as they have confessed their combined ignorance about the technology that powers them.

Price Predictions Big and Small

Whatever reasons the secretive crypto expert has for...


Shanghai Stock Exchange Explores DLT Use In New Research Paper "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shanghai Stock Exchange, among the worlds biggest securities trading places by market capitalization, is eyeing the usage of dispersed ledger technology in the securities market. The SSE published a research paper on Tuesday, which examined the usage of DLT in a variety of phases of a security transaction, like the pre trading client registration, securities issuance and trading, and post trading settlement. It moved on to outline some key advantages of adopting DLT in Chinas fiscal infrastructure, like increasing the payoff efficiency by replacing the current T+1 model, under which a transaction can only be settled one business day after an order is executed.

As the worlds fourth biggest stock exchange with a market cap of $5.12 trillion as of December 2017, the SSE is a nonprofit organization directly administrated by the China Securities Regulatory Commission. With reference to existing work concentrated on the subject completed by its counterparts in other financial markets like Hong Kong and Australia, the SSE identified two possible areas in the report where DLT can be beneficial in China, saying: The overall worldwide consensus is that DLT will be a brand new revolution to the financial industry. The very first application use cases will be on the counter securities issuance and trading, as well as order book post trading settlement. .

That said, the research paper indicated that a possible deployment of DLT in the Chinese stock market may still face a string of regulatory hurdles, as its in conflict with the current centralized registration and settlement system. For example, the SSE currently uses a 3rd party middleman as a custodian and for settling post trading transactions, yet the usage of DLT could basically eliminate that system. To do this, the market needs a new legal framework issued by regulators and central government agencies. The author of the paper concludes: The regulation should adapt to evolving technology. We suggest regulators handle the subject of DLT as a vital study area moving ahead.

To be able to develop a strong regulatory framework for adopting the fiscal innovation. . Shanghai Stock Exchange picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Marvel at Chairman Mal holding the phone while he basks in the Thailand rescue limelight "IndyWatch Feed National"

See how Chairman Mal holds the phone. The view from Chairman Mal's window. Chairman Mal's facial reactions. Invaluable insight into Chairman Mal's role in the rescue.


Sarah Hanson-Young defamation fund-creator apologises for defaming innocent man "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 23/3/2018 I published a tweet concerning @drjoesDIYhealth, a speaker at this year's @GFNicotine. It was retweeted by @ProfGlantz, @BathTR and @andrea_ppm. I retract my comments and apologise to Dr Kosterich for the harm they caused. Simon Chapman AO (@SimonChapman6) July 11, 2018


New Zealand outlet positively reviews Disaster Capitalism film "IndyWatch Feed National"

My film Disaster Capitalism with director Thor Neureiter continues to spread around the world. Thor was recently in Melbourne for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and the film is screening soon in Australia, the UK and elsewhere.

New Zealand outlet Foreign Control Watchdog has published a review of the film written by Jeremy Agar:


The years roll by but the news from Afghanistan scarcely changes. From the dry hills in landlocked Asia we glimpse mad mullahs shooting their rifles into the air. We see Humvees straining up a mountain pass and wait for the ambush. Underneath the banner news rolls through: a suicide truck has blown up a dozen pedestrians in Kabul.  

Few of the many disasters that our information screens send our way are as wearying as the scenes from this war, the one that 30 years ago was dubbed the forgotten war because sometimes, back then, it wasnt getting much air time. These days were all too likely to hear the inevitable soothing words that follow from the President, but whoever he is this time, no-one is listening.

On comes an American general. Just a few more troops, he assures us, and all will be well. Just a few more years and well deliver you a shiny new democracy. Be patient. Rome wasnt built in a day.But despite the assurances of the nation builders, peace in Afghanistan hasnt been built in centuries. The waste, the futility of it all has a cartoonish quality: the US Army as Homer Simpson; the jihadi as Jihadi. Boring. We flick the channel to the newest cooking show.

Its the lack of any of this tedium that makes Antony Loewensteins analysis so welcome. By steering clear from clich were allowed to see Afghanistan as the sort of place an open plain, not some dizzying crag that is not all that different from some parts of Loewensteins native Australia, perhaps, or America. He gets driven just an hour from the capital and talks to some quite normal locals. They were promised decent jobs and social development from a mine. It becomes clear that the foreign corporation never intended to make good on the deal, and that the Governments undertaking to hold the company to account was similarly fraudulent.

Back in Kabul Loewenstein seeks answers from the bureaucrats who oversee the mining industry, No, Mr X is unavailable; Mr Y is busy. Mr Z? No, it is not possible. Leave the building. In other words, standard obstruction, standard corruption....


Joyce/Campion parliamentary expenses report - "We'll take your word for it Barnaby" "IndyWatch Feed National"

This report finds a "substantial change" in the number of days Barnaby Joyce spent in Canberra during non-sitting days BMC (Before Ms Campion) compared to AMC (Anno Ms Campion). Mr Joyce spent 58 nights in Canberra in 2017 when Parliament wasn't sitting - compared to 12 nights in 2015 and...



After months of flu last year, I was very excited when Ben Hanrahan from Greening Australia offered help with planting our new Glossy Black Cockatoo area on the steep gully behind the house.

Its been a dry year so far, with only scattered amounts of rain making the soil just moist enough for planting.  Mostly weve had sunny days and warm temperatures.



Australia bans foreigners from parliament internships after unease about China "IndyWatch Feed National"

Foreigners have been banned from working as interns for Australian members of parliament, a spokesman for the Senate said on Thursday, in a reform apparently aimed at blocking Chinese prying into Australian affairs.

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The program placing young people in a much-prized position working for a federal legislator for a three-month stint had been open to all nationalities, as long as the applicant did not have a criminal record.

Internships at Parliament House are restricted to Australian citizens, said a spokesman for Senator Scott Ryan, president of the Senate, which oversaw the change.

The spokesman declined to comment on what prompted the alteration or if it was made to block Chinese interference.

Late last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused China of meddling in domestic affairs. China denied the accusation which led to a strain in ties between the important trading partners.

The Financial Times newspaper reported in September that a New Zealand citizen who had previously interned at an Australian parliamentary committee had links to a Chinese military spy school.

That report prompted a review of the intern system, which concluded standards should be bought in line with the rest of the government.

Chinese students had often applied to the program and many worked as interns over the years.

A spokeswoman for the Australian National University (ANU), which provides many of the interns, said it had been informed of the change in the eligibility rule late last year.

The change was only publicly disclosed some months later when the ANU amended the rules it posted on its website.

Last month, Australia passed legislation designed to prevent interference by foreign governments, a reform Turnbull said was needed to combat Chinese meddling.

Under the law, lobbyists for foreign countries will be required to register and they will be liable to criminal prosecution if they are deemed to be interfering in domestic affairs.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Robert Birsel


See also:

China ambassador urges Australia against bias and bigotry




Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


This is the third national report on the 21 Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with updated data available to report on 14 measures. It shows that while the mortality rate from cardiac conditions is falling among Indigenous Australians, it is still much higher than among non-Indigenous Australians. And while access to cardiac-related health services is improving the incidence and recurrent rates of acute rheumatic fever among Indigenous Australians continue to be much higher than in non-Indigenous Australians.  Press release (AHHA): Come a long way, long way to gocardiac care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people









Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00012 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.85 AUD


The four signs that Australias property market may be on its knees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A year ago, I wouldve said house prices were too high. And Id lament that I couldnt find an affordable place to buy.

But my outlook has changed.

Lately, property prices have fallen just enough to make a modest unit affordable.

I check out new properties frequently.

But I rarely get past the garage.

Before I even set foot inside a property, I measure the height of the car parking space. Unless it cracks that 2.4-metre mark, I turn and walk away.

Ive left dozens of puzzled real estate agents in my wake.

Look, my giant 4WD probably doesnt need its own house at night. But street parking for big cars is hard to come by. If I buy a unit with a shared driveway, its going to create problems for me and the neighbours.

Finding a new place has been a 12-month mission of mine.

The good news is that things are different a year on.

Around this time last year, one or two properties a month fell into my price range.

Nowadays, I can go to one inspection a week.

Its not because there are more properties on the market. In fact, the number of new homes for sale in Australia is down 28% in the past year.

But the properties I inspected last year that were out of my price range are now well within it.

While that may be good news for me, its a rather ominous confirmation that cracks are beginning to show in the Aussie housing market.

Four signs of a rickety housing sector

In Tuesday Daily Reckoning Australia, I reasoned that theres a mortgage debt reset coming our way as $400 billion worth of home loans move from interest-only to principal-and-interest repayments.

Turns out, thats just the start of the debt reset story.

Real estate website Domain claims that one-third of the 1834-year-olds cant refinance their homes due to falling property valuations.

Domain puts the blame for this squarely at the feet of property valuers, suggesting that they dont know how to how value properties during a market downturn.

Domain calls it the experience gap a younger generation of valuers being too conservative because property prices have dropped a few percentage points.

I disagree. In my view, assessments lowering the value of properties remove the hype that was partly responsible for driving up prices in the first place.

But there are other reasons to explain why Australias property market is rickety.....


Diamonds bite back: a response to Robert Wood "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wood manages to turn a review of Kent MacCarters recently released collection California Sweet, published by Five Islands Press, into a jeremiad bemoaning an apparent crisis of opportunity instigated by his own experience of rejection from a nationally prominent, poetry-specific publishing house. Inauspicious, but it gets worse.


Tony Abbott's speech to the Heritage Foundation about President Trump, energy and the things that......... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Even 18 months into his presidency, the world is still having trouble coming to grips with Donald Trump, the most unconventional president ever. Still, hes not a bad dream from which America will soon wake up, or a fool to be ridiculed. For someone the legion of critics say is...


Meerschaum Vale misses out on low-noise highway surface "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) with some of the Meerschaum Vale residents affected by highway noise. Photo supplied

Residents of the once-sleepy area of Meerschaum Vale never expected noisy freeway construction within earshot of their homes, let alone suffering extra ongoing noise from the road that other nearby residents will miss out on.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith  (Greens) visited the construction site on Wednesday (July 11) to discuss residents concerns about the proposed road surface for the highway being built near their houses.

While the RMS confirmed last week that a low noise or stone mastic asphalt pavement will be used on other parts of the new Pacific Highway, Meerschaum Vale residents have not been told what the surface will be like in their area, despite numerous requests dating back 18 months.

People living near the Woodburn interchange, the area east of the Broadwater township and the area near Coolgardie were given the good news about their quieter road surface by RMS last week after it released an operational noise review for the Woolgoolga to Ballina stretch of the highway.

But, Meerschaum Vale residents have received no such assurances.

Many Coolgardie residents live near the existing Pacific Highway and have experienced noise from it for years and will get the low noise road surface. It seems only fair that Meerschaum Vale residents should also get the same low noise pavement, especially since until recently none of them expected to be living near a highway, Ms Smith said.

Most Meerschaum Vale residents bought their houses in the expectation of a very quiet life or perhaps to retire there. Residents have had to cope with the decision to put the upgrade through their neighbourhood and this year a massive increase in dust, vibration, construction noise and heavy machinery traffic.

A noise-reducing pavement is the least the RMS can do for these residents, said Ms Smith

Dust and noise

One resident, Col McAndrew, lives just 200 metres away from where the finished highway will be.

His house currently looks out at a batch site, a huge pile of dirt being used as foundation for the highway, that trucks start hau...


The Last Bastion of Political Critique in Iran: The Humble Taxi "IndyWatch Feed National"

Midday was drawing near as the air conditioning unit began to choke in the corner of the underground restaurant Id taken refuge from the heat in. The temperature outside in the city of Shiraz in Irans south-east was 45 degrees, and set to get even hotter.

The broken air conditioning was no problem for the 20 or so other diners whom, despite it being the holy month of Ramadan, were feasting on lamb, bread and dates while sipping away on orange juice and water. I paid my bill and passed a group of women, seated separately from the men, who had slightly lowered their hijabs in a casual manner. Flickers of their thick Persian hair was on show an unthinkable act in public.

Walking up the stairs and out of the restaurant, I thanked the manager who was vigilantly keeping watch on the street, protecting his patrons from the prying eyes of the secret police who enforce religious traditions of which he, and all his patrons were breaking as well as political dissent with a resolute iron fist. Unwilling to fight the scorching heat in my black jeans (hobos beware: shorts are not an option in Iran), I contacted a driver who I met the day before to take me out to Persepolis, a collection of 2500-year-old ruins.



Ten koala deaths in three days on North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At least a dozen sick, injured and dead koalas have been taken to the Friends of the Koalas care centre this week. Photo FOK

Friends of the Koala reports that despite its campaign to prevent koala extinction on the North Coast, 12 sick, injured and dead koalas were brought to its Care Centre within the space of three days this week.

On Sunday and Monday eight animals were brought to FOKs East Lismore centre.

Yesterday two more dead animals came in and another two were brought in on Tuesday.

Only two of the animals are is still alive.

Two of the dead animals were at peak breeding age, according to FOK president Ros Irwin.

Two were hit by cars one in Wyrallah Road, Lismore, and one on Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay.

Call-out to contain dogs

Marley, vet nurse at FOK, said of the remainder most were infected with chlamydia and one adult male had suffered multiple dog attacks.

Almost all were either dead on arrival or had to be euthanised.

Just two animals, dubbed Glow and Eli, are in a condition to be re-released.

Glow was found in a mango tree, with no koala trees around. Hes fine and will probably released somewhere close, Ms Erwin said.

Eli was also found in the wrong place here in Lismore, she added.

Ms Irwin made a special call-out to people contain their dogs at night.

Its horrific, generally theres not much we can do because they shake them around so much, she said.

The dead koala found on Ewingsdale Road. Photo Linda Sparrow

Horrific car strike...


Man found carrying ice after baseball-bat attack bailed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 22-year-old Goonellabah man arrested on Wednesday (July 11), following an attack on a woman with a baseball bat two days earlier, was found to be carrying methamphetamine (ice) on and in his body.

Police allege that on the morning of the July 9 the man assaulted a woman known to him with a baseball bat, striking her four times.

The victim was taken to hospital suffering from two broken bones on her arm, two broken fingers and body bruising.

The 22-year-old was arrested in East Lismore on Wednesday and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was refused bail and handed over to Corrective Services.

During a strip searc,h Corrective Service officers discovered a glass pipe in his underwear, a bag of ice taped to his leg and a bag of ice in his anus.

He was taken back into police custody and charged with bring prohibited drug into place of detention, possess prohibited drug and possess implements to administer a prohibited drug. He was again refused bail but later given bail by the court.


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New native planting guide will help gardeners make savvy choices "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed Council bushland officer John Turnbull shows off the recently completed online native plant guide. Photo TSC

Home gardeners, landscape architects and those who are passionate about bush regeneration can now jump online and use the new Tweed-Byron Native Species Planting Guide to choose the right plant for the right place.

The online guide, which allows home gardeners and professional landscapers to build native species planting lists for projects ranging from landscape-scale restoration to back garden planting,

It complements the hard-copy My Local Native Garden booklet, which is available for a gold coin donation from Council offices.

Tweed Shire Councils bushland officer John Turnbull said the interactive resource, which was developed in conjunction with Byron Shire, allows the user to view a colour photograph of each plant and explore its characteristic features to improve the chances of a successful planting in any setting.

We have included more than 1550 locally occurring native species in the online guide including their physical attributes (height, habit and flower colour), environmental tolerances (sun, frost, salt and wind hardiness), ecological relationships (key fauna food, butterfly and bird attracting), soil types where they occur and broad landscape locations.

Species are also assigned to vegetation mapping types and have a nursery availability score, Mr Turnbull said.

While the guide is relatively easy to use and already available online at, Tweed Council will hold some short training courses in how to make the most of it.

To register your interest in attending one of these sessions, please contact Mr Turnbull by telephoning Council on 6670 2400.

The Native Species Planting Guide was funded by the NSW Governments Environmental Trust Education Grant Program of 2015 with the support of Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc., Tweed Landcare Inc., local garden clubs and other support groups.




Video: Tell gas companies to get the frack out of the NT "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Australian Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and its surprisingly honest and informative.

Video from The Juice Media


Visit the NT Honest Government Ad

The Australien Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and it's surprisingly honest and informative. Tell gas companies to get the frack out of the NT: Ways you can support us to keep making videos: Become a Patron: Tip us on PayPal: Shout-outs to our Patreon Producers: Neville Fryar, Brian J Saville, Dirk Kelly, IDontHaveTimeToWork, Amel Tresnjic, Waeress, Nicholas-B, Richelle-R, Anna Hathis, Rumpole c cat, Tom Mettam, Anon-H. Produced by Patrons of the Juice Media.

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Second live sheep export licence suspended "IndyWatch Feed National"

The shocking conditions of live animal export ships like the Al Shuwakih. Photo Channel Nine

CANBERRA, AAP A livestock export company linked to the disastrous Awassi Express voyage has had its licence suspended, leaving tens of thousands of sheep in limbo.

The federal Agriculture Department suspended Emanuel Exports licence last month after revelations of thousands of animal deaths in sweltering conditions.

Now its sister entity, EMS Rural Exports, is believed to have been denied a permit to ship sheep to the Middle East.

In a statement, the department said the company remains responsible for the sheep, which are in a feedlot, and that veterinarians have determined they are in good health and well-cared for.

EMS wanted to take about 45,000 sheep from Fremantle to Kuwait on the Al Shuwaikh, but will now face a full review following the suspension.

A separate smaller sheep shipment to the Middle East was expected to follow.

Animals Australia say theyre relieved by the decision after earlier threatening to stop the export with Federal Court action.

The possibility of these sheep being exported by an affiliate of suspended exporter Emanuel Exports, has had both the public and politicians shaking their heads in dismay and disbelief, Animals Australias Lyn White said.

Footage from the Emanuel Exports-chartered Awassi Express sparked outrage in April, after it showed thousands of sheep dead, dying and suffering in their own filth and extreme heat on their way to the Middle East.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud cited legal advice showing he had no powers to interfere in regulatory decisions other than closing down the entire live export industry.

Last time this happened was 2011, when Labor did so. The resulting lawsuit continues to this day and many farming families still struggle with the personal and mental cost of that decision, he said.

I will not make Labors mistake again.

Animal welfare activists and farmers clashed outside Emanuels office on Wednesday over sheep exports.

Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Tony Seabrook said up to 66,000 sheep stranded in a feedlot had to go somewhere.

The post...


Karen Wyld: Wild Women and Rebel Girls "IndyWatch Feed National"

Karen Wyld goes back in time to acknowledge some of the strong Aboriginal women that continue to give us strength. #BecauseOfHerWeCan


Lone Goat Gallery presents Maggie Schreiber: Pretty Vacant Opening 6 8pm Friday 13 July Showing until 08 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

What is real is not the external, but the essence of things.Brancusi

Lone Goat Gallery



I am looking for a voice for the mystery, the metaphysical background forever obscured.

The pieces stand as a code, an alphabet, using non-traditional, poor materials; concrete, rubber, tape, rope. Drawing the viewer simply to that moment, a moment between time where the viewer is simply just viewing.

Relationship is purely to the substrate, the materials, the movement, the shape, joining to form a sentence, although silent, for nothing.

For empty, for void.
My work is more process than a piece.

Maggie Schreiber 2018

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Work underway on new Mbah digital learning centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Turning the sod. L to R: Mohammad Zreika (Patterson Building Group), Austin Curtin (Nationals Candidate for Lismore), Thomas George (current Member for Lismore), Susie George (TAFE NSW), Graham Avery (TAFE Murwillumbah). Photo supplied

Lismore MP Thomas George has turned the first sod of the multi-million-dollar Murwillumbah Connected Learning Centre (CLC), which he says will significantly increase and expand the number of courses available.

Greater training and course options for students so they can live and learn in their local community is a step closer with the NSW Government commencing construction of the TAFE NSW Murwillumbah CLC, he said at the launch.

The move follows the roll out of CLCs in other rural areas including Tenterfield and Glen late last year.

But Mr George failed to mention that the CLC will replace the Murwillumbah TAFE, which is set to be sold off despite years of protests from students, teachers, Labor and the Greens.

Murwillumbah is a perfect example of how the NSW Government continues to invest in TAFE NSW to grow as a world-class, innovative and flexible public education provider, is how Mr George put it.

The first four CLCs to be built have demonstrated students receive more personalised learning experiences and better access to teachers both on and off-site, including the most in-demand courses linked to job outcomes.

Number of courses doubled

These CLCs doubled the number of courses available to their local communities, which paints a bright future for the people of Murwillumbah and the surrounding communities.

The expanded course offerings mean less need for travel to bigger centres for local students, so students can live and learn in their local community.

Regional NSW is central to our modernisation of TAFE NSW. The Murwillumbah CLC will equip students with the skills, knowledge and connections to employers that are needed to support our local economy, he said.

No substitute for a campus

But that isnt quite how the Lismore Labor c...


Byres prepares for rainy day (but outlook remains fine) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lenders gonna lend

There were nervous onlookers aplenty as APRA Chairman Wayne Byres prepared to speak in Sydney today on prudential lending standards and sound lending practices.

They needn't have been quite so fearful, in the event, as Byres reassured markets that while heightened scrutiny had uncovered some displeasing practices, most of the heavy lifting has already been done with regards to tighter lending standards.

For subscribers to our market reports, a number of familiar themes raised: tightening standards have been applied incrementally over a period of several years (rather than overnight as often assumed), a new focus on comprehensive credit reporting to better capture pre-existing debt commitments of borrowers, and some very useful analysis of lower loan-to-value ratios and the decline of interest-only loans. 

While much has been made of a potential 'credit crunch' - mainly by interests hoping to see a credit crunch, it must be said - Byres reiterated how in aggregate annual credit growth has continued to track at 'very healthy' levels, especially for owner-occupiers at about 8 per cent.

Of course, there are many unknowns about how this will all play out from here. Some parts of the housing market will fare well where demand from homebuyers is high, and others will struggle where the opposite holds true.

Caveat emptor.

Computer says no credit crunch

As Byres was busy adjusting his tie pre-speech in Sydney, financial markets were digesting the latest housing finance figures for the month of May.

Supporting what Byres would go on to say in his speech, there was a seasonally adjusted increase in the number of mortgages written across all loan categories, defying market expectations, and a corresponding increase in the total value of lending.

The 'trend' figures are still shaping lower, but at $31.9 billion the seasonally adjusted housing finance figures were pointing to anything but a credit crunch, especially for the homebuyer cohort.



Aquino- Despite Your Lackeys Opinions- I Dont Hate You But Rather Feel Pity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Your lackey IEatBabies claims spells dont work. But we both know otherwise. Thanks for training me with your secret knowledge- which is the definition of occult. What they think, feel, or believe is inconsequential. In the end we will all see for ourselves.


Free supermarket opens its doors in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

Melbournes popular not for profit restaurant Lentil As Anything has operated for years, based on using excess food that would otherwise be wasted, and charging customers only a voluntary donation, based on what they think the meal they have eaten is worth.

Lentil As Anything has now come up with another initiative, and that is, the opening last Sunday of a not for profit supermarket in Thornbury, an inner Melbourne suburb. It goes by the name of the Inconvenience Store.

Like the restaurant, it bases itself on the recycling of excess produce that would otherwise have gone to the tip as landfill. The stock is donated. Here too, customers only pay a donation, based on what they think the produce is worth.

This might be a small initiative, in the face of the 20 billion dollar problem in Australia, according to waste expert Karli Verghese, from RMIT University.

Its importance lies in that it is setting an example, to show that by people getting together and taking action, they can contribute to solving the problem. If they can do it, so can others.

This is especially important at a time when food security is a growing problem for many Australians. Food insecurity is when one is in a position where three meals a day can no longer be guaranteed.

More customers at the Inconvenience Store

The idea was to make a difference in the food waste crisis, project coordinator Astrid Ryan said.

We wanted to provide people access to nutritious fruit and vegetables.

When people are in financial crisis or difficult situations, its probably the thing they have least access to.

The food is free, at the Inconvenience Store.

Customers can stock their bags with food, ranging from fruit and vegetables to bread and some packaged items. People are just asked to make a donation to keep the store going and to consider volunteering some of their time to help.


RSPO fails to deliver on environmental and social sustainability, study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

JAKARTA Oil palm plantations that adhere to the worlds leading certification scheme for the crop show no difference in environmental, social and economic sustainability than non-certified estates, a new study has found. The study carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), both in Australia, and Borneo Futures is the first of its kind to assess how effective the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is in achieving its sustainability goals by comparing certified and non-certified concessions. To do that, they created the most comprehensive map and dataset yet of RSPO-certified sites in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. They then used the map and dataset to assess how effectively these plantations delivered on six of the eight central pillars of the RSPOs principles and criteria: conservation of biodiversity, responsible development of new plantings, responsible consideration of communities, consideration of social impacts, economic viability, and commitment to best practice. Not very well, as it turned out. No significant difference was found between certified and non-certified plantations for any of the sustainability metrics investigated, the researchers wrote. In fact, the only area where RSPO certification made a positive impact was in higher yields and share prices for certified companies. [O]ur results suggest that low confidence in the [RSPOs] mechanisms for improving overall industry sustainability appears warranted in all but very narrow and economically-oriented interpretations of sustainability, the researchers concluded. Global demand for products like


Chairman Mal going on about "climate policy" as if he can dial up the global temperature "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia needs reliable, cheap energy. We've got coal, mines and railways to ship it - so what are we waiting for? What we don't need is feel-good, expensive, UN-friendly, trendy schemes to appease the climate-gods. Turnbull has as much chance of changing the global climate as he does changing global...


Tokyo: Tattoo-Friendly Sento and Onsen "IndyWatch Feed National"

As tame as your Live Laugh Love tattoo may be at home, in the Land of the Rising Sun, skin ink has traditionally been associated with the Japanese gangsters known as the Yakuza. But obviously not everyone with tatts is into organised crime, and the government is starting to chill out about it too in the interests of social progress and tourism.

However, you will still find many sento (public bathhouses) and onsen (natural hot springs) that wont let you bathe in their fiery warmths if youre tattooed. Though you can cover up with band-aids and try to make a pass, its best for everyone involved if you just check out these tattoo-friendly joints instead (and less gross for the other bathers, who probably dont want to share bathwater with someone who looks like theyre covered in open wounds).

Entry for all sits at around 460 yen thanks to the Tokyo Sento Association (yes, such a thing exists), with a bit extra for a towel and shampoo if you forget yours.

  • Togoshi Ginza Onsen in Shinagawa-ku
    • Here youll find a blend of old and new elements, and the baths on offer vary between open-air, cold-water, herbal and even one with ultrasonic waves, whatever they may be. The alkaline thermal water is supposed to be super good for your skin too.
  • Takaban-no-Yu in Gakugei Daigaku
    • Takaban-no-Yu has loads of baths, including a cold (read: freezing) one and an open-air bath. Theres also a sauna. Gakugei Daigaku is pretty close to Shibuya if youre staying in the thick of it,
  • Hisamatsu-Yu in Nerima
    • This joint has a super slick aesthetic, and all the mod-cons. Even the floor is heated! Here youll find natural spring sodium water coming from deep beneath the ground, and in addition to the main bath, a few jacuzzi-style and electric massage baths.
  • Kugahara-Yu in Ota
    • Like many sento in Tokyo, Kugahara-Yu boasts a big mosaic of Mt Fuji. Theres an outside bath with black onsen water, amongst others, and even a carbonated bath you can watch TV from. The sauna is free too, which is cool.
  • Asahi-Yu in Sendagi
    • Here, there are three baths, all steaming hot. One is herbal and leaves you smelling delicious;...


Tokyo: Visit Senso-ji, the Citys Oldest Temple "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: 3-1 Asakusa 2-chome, Taito-ku.

Majestic, colourful Senso-ji is swarming with tourists every day of the week. In fact, its main temple, Kannon-do, is the most visited spiritual site in the world, but for good reason: its incredible. According to legend, in 628AD, two brothers fishing in the Sumida River found a golden statue of the Buddhist deity Kannon. Whenever they tried to get rid of it, it would come back, so eventually, someone built a temple to house it.

Once you walk through Sensojis Kaminarimon entrance gate, youll encounter a centuries-old shopping street called Nakamise, which groans with wares like masks, yukata, fans and tasty local snacks. After passing Denpoin (another temple), youll enter a second gate swathed in wafts of incense. This is the sign that youve reached Kannon-do.

Climb the stairs and, once inside, admire the beautiful interior and look upwards, as much of the ceiling is adorned with art. Its also a great chance to find out what the future has in store for you. Along the walls are stacks of wooden drawers marked with Japanese characters. Post 100 yen in the slot, then shake the small box of sticks whilst making a wish. Once you pull a stick out, match its number with a drawer, and inside will be a paper fortune written in both Japanese and English. If your future is good, well fabulous; if its bad, simply tie the piece of paper to what looks like a small clothesline next to you, and leave it there, successfully evading any bad luck that may have otherwise followed you home.



Why youve been drafting your Privacy Policy all wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, copy that privacy policy from your competitor at your peril.


Did you suffer a flurry of Weve updated our Privacy Policy emails recently, many from organisations you dont even remember dealing with in the first place?

Or have you been forced to click Accept on some updated T&Cs just to keep accessing services or apps you have been using for years?

Frustrating as hell for the customer, as well as being hypocritical, spamming us about privacy.  Blame the GDPR!

Or, actually. not so much the GDPR, as misinformation about the GDPR.

There seems to have been a widespread misunderstanding that the commencement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe required companies to send everyone on their mailing lists a request to re-consent to stay on their mailing lists.  What a marketing nightmare!  Just imagine how many companies have decimated their contact lists in recent months, having now deleted anyone who didnt actively opt back in.  (Well, I assume they are actually deleting the records of anyone who didnt opt back in, otherwise the whole exercise would be even more pointless and customer-trust-destroying than I first thought.)

And the parallel misconception about GDPR which prompted all those annoying messages was that as long as an organisation gets its customers to agree to its new T&Cs or Privacy Policy, it now has consent to do what it likes with their data.

In other words, the twin common reactions to GDPR were:

OMG we need to get consent from everyone on our mailing list before 25 May or we wont be able to do anything ever again, and

Hey lets get consent by making people tick this box before they can even log back in.

Both of these statements are wrong.

If you have read the GDPR, you will know it doesnt say anything of the sort.

(But BTW if you havent read the GDPR, I dont blame you.  Its no John Grisham page-turner, let me tell you.  Its dense and unstructured.  Europeans could learn a lot about legislative drafting from we Aussies.)

The GDPR does not require consent for every marketing message, or for every other instance of using personal data.  Just like Australian privacy laws, there are plenty of grounds on which an organisation can collect, use or disclose personal data, without needing to seek the individuals prior consent.

But if you do need to rely on consent well, unfortunately the GDPR does not allow you to obtain consent via mandatory T&Cs.

So where do we start sorting out this mess?

First, there are privacy principles (the APPs in Australia, and Article 6 of the GDPR...


Don't expect your residential electricity costs to come down anytime soon "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In three years time the amount of revenue electricity network companies can charge customers will be reduced, which according to the Australian Energy Regulator in its Draft Rate of Return Guideline "could [not would] result in household customers bills decreasing by around $30 to $40 per year".

Remembering all the other failed assurances that the cost of residentail electricity would come down, it is a brave individual who takes this latest prediction at face value.

The Australian Energy Regulator has moved to significantly cut the amount of revenue electricity network companies can charge customers in a bid to take the pressure off households and businesses enduring high power prices.
AER chair Paula Conboy said it would reduce average household electricity bills by about $30 to $40 a year.



One for the history buffs out there "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), The NSW Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board 1883-1969 Map

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World Cup 2018: Five times VAR made a difference "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following factbox details five times a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made an impact at the World Cup. France 2-1 Australia June 16, 2018 Group C Frances first game against Australia was the first time VAR was used to award a penalty at the World Cup. Antoine Griezmann was through on goal and inside the []

The post World Cup 2018: Five times VAR made a difference appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Australian scientists perform experiment succesfully wiping out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes "IndyWatch Feed National"

In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland. The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika. In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast. The sterile male mosquitoes didn't bite or spread disease, but when they mated with wild females, the resulting eggs didn't hatch, and the population crashed.


Fairy Meadow man on drug charges "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A FAIRY Meadow man is before the courts after being charged by Strike Force Raptor South with drug and firearm offences in the Illawarra region.

Officers from the Criminal Groups Squads Strike Force Raptor South commenced an investigation into the ongoing supply of and distribution of methylamphetamine.

Following inquiries,...


Capitalising on disaster in the Trump era "IndyWatch Feed National"

My latest book, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, remains continually relevant especially in the Trump era (just a few examples in the news recently include Blackwater founder Erik Prince still obsessed with privatising the Afghan war and a CIA-linked military contractor making money from housing refugees in the US).

UK publisher Taylor and Francis, working with Routledge, recently launched a collection of essays around the issue of disaster capitalism across the world. My essay is adapted from the introduction to my book and updated to include the ongoing threats to making money from misery in the age of Trump.


Janine Mohamed: #BecauseOfHerWeCan "IndyWatch Feed National"

CATSINAM CEO and Narrunga Kaurna woman, Janine Mohamed celebrates NAIDOC week and the extraordinary Aboriginal nurses that have worked to serve their people.


Book endorsement for new work by Palestinian writer Dr Olfat Mahmoud "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was recently asked to endorse the new book by Palestinian writer Dr Olfat Mahmoud whose work is called Tears for Tarshiha. Published by Wild Dingo Press, heres the books blurb:

Olfat Mahmoud, a stateless refugee, is a descendant of the forgotten Palestinians, forced from their homes by the Israeli military in 1948. A former nurse, NGO director and academic, Mahmouds confronting autobiography asks when the world will deliver on its promise and allow her people to return home.

Heres my endorsement:

For too long, Palestinians have remained largely invisible in our media and demonised as terrorists. Its therefore wonderfully refreshing to read the history, reflections and passions of Olfat Mahmoud and understand what exile still means for millions of Palestinians around the world, refused access to their former homeland. I commend this book for its humanity and quest for justice. The Middle East will not see peace until these issues are resolved.
Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, film-maker, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe and My Israel Question


ORIMA Research submission re nuclear waste dump siting- all about their survey methods "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ORIMA Research Submission to Senate Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  (Submission No 108)

We are aware that a number of submissions have been made to the Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia which have been questioning or critical of the surveys ORIMA Research conducted for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

 We find this quite understandable given the sensitivity of the subject matter to many people in the communities involved, and the quite technical nature of the work that we conducted. However, as specialist providers of these services, we remain very confident that the methodologies and processes we employed delivered the most reliable indicators of sentiment in each community possible within the constraints of the situation, which was our brief.
It is important to note in considering the comments made about the surveys to the inquiry that they relate primarily to just one of the five communities which the sentiment survey covered, Barndioota in SA. The five communities had quite different characteristics in terms of population, geography and potentially relevant boundaries. The Barndioota site was located in the smallest of the five communities, a fact which is relevant to considering some of the points raised about the survey in the submissions and responded to below.
ORIMA worked to the requirements of the Department (and the Independent Advisory Panel, IAP) to design and deliver a methodology that could be consistently and reasonably be applied to all five communities simultaneously (and indeed, with consideration to the potential need to replicate the methodology to produce comparable results in other communities in the future if necessary). In practice, this meant that the standardised methodology applied is not necessarily the same one which would have been used if a single community had been the sole focus. The use of different methods across communities would have failed to deliver on the key requirement of the Department to have reliable, comparable data. This is important, because it means that any methodological suggestions that could have been considered for Barndioota would also have had to be practical in the four other communities for them to have been viable for the task and this is the primary answer to some of the questions raised around the method specifically for Barndioota (such as around sampling and data collection methods).
While we understand that in each of the communities surveyed there will inevitably be individuals displeased by the results (whichever way they fell), the processes put in place were intended to provide the fairest poss...


Name withheld (No 89)- another repetitive pro nuclear submission re nuclear waste dump siting "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Name Witheld To: Committee Secretariat, Senate Standing Committee on Economics Subject: Proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility (submission no 89)

 We have been residents of Kimba all our lives. We were born here, went to school here, married and have two young sons also born and raised in Kimba.
We are happy to provide the Committee with this submission relating to the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba.
 Personally, we have no objection to hosting a national radioactive waste facility on the two sites that have been nominated for selection in our Kimba District. The process seems to have been fair, information has been good, which leads us to feel we are making the right decision for our Community.
As young parents we feel the need for the community to broaden its horizons so that our children get the best schooling possible and, in future years, the employment opportunities needed to keep them in the area we love.
We have had ample time to avail ourselves of information about this facility, and if we need more information there is an office based in the town which is staffed two days a week. The staff from The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in this office are always happy to chat and provide information to answer our questions.
 There has been numerous meetings, several town meetings, and a French Delegation visited Kimba to give insight into living near a nuclear facility. There have been several meetings with Departmental members, some community members have had meetings with Minister Canavan, and there have been several opportunities for funded trips to ANSTO to learn more about waste storage.
Overall, there has been ample media coverage, newspaper, social media radio and television.
 We dont know what the community will decide in the end. We have had a vote to decide whether more information was required and we voted in favour of that. We needed the chance to learn more.
There has been talk of broadening the boundaries for a vote but what is happening in our community is for our Community and only our community. It is our back yard no one elses. We are residents here. We all have our opinions and feelings on this matter but have always been a close community and feel it always will be.
 We can only see positive outcomes for our town 
New jobs: This, mig...


Dolores Wells: nuclear waste dump will save Kimbas future: Shame on Vocal Anti-Nuclear Critics! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dolores Wells. Submission to Senate standing committee on Economics Re Proposed Radioactive Waste Management Facility

My husband and I lived, worked and began our family in Kimba over 45 years ago and we still regularly visit Kimba to stay with family on their farm at Cortlinye (north of Kimba). This farm has been in the family for 3 generations and is currently owned by our son-in-law and our daughter. Any decision to grant the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to the Kimba district will not discourage or negatively affect our future visits to our family. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate Committee to answer further questions on the Kimba processes with particular reference to:

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

I believe the financial compensation offered is not excessive and would be only a small percentage of future earnings from cropping and mixed farming and is in fact only a piece of an overall farm holding. No farmer would be a willing party to a perceived health risk for his family or future livelihood.

Over 45 years ago when my husband worked as Stock and station agent in Kimba it was a thriving country town and it is now in dire need of another industry to drought proof and ensure the continuation of this wonderful rural community. We have observed the trend of the small farmers struggling to survive (with the high cost of machinery, chemicals etc) and the larger farmer...


Kerri Cliff shows a touching faith in Rowan Ramsey and the whole ANSTO pro nuclear propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Kerri and Trevor Cliff Submission to Senate Inquiry re Selection Process  for Nuclear Waste Dump Site. (Submission No. 65)  I have lived in Kimba for the past 34 years as part of a family that has farmed in the district for 100 years and am proud to see our children continuing that tradition into the fourth generation. I live on our family farm which is currently cropping over 4,000 hectares annually, with my husband, son and full-time and part-time employees. We are fortunate to still have his parents take an avid interest in our business (and this issue) in their declining years. Our home is only 8km from one of the two Kimba sites and we also farm land within 12 kilometres of the other site. We have nothing but support for the proposal that one of these properties may become the successful host of the facility.

We are passionate about our community and are involved with a number of community organisations and are pleased to hereby submit 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.

The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia, noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community, with particular reference to:

We are very proud to see the Kimba community embraci...


Tokyo: Go Back in Time at Yanaka Ginza "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: 3 Chome-13-1 Yanaka, Tait. Nippori is the closest JR station, but you can also get there easily from Sendagi station.

Central Tokyo is great, but once you get sick of all the anxiety-inducing neon and crowds of people filming Shibuya Crossing, head to Yanaka Ginza for a slice of old-time quaintness that you may not have expected to find in the big smoke. Yanaka was largely missed by the Allied bombings of WWII, meaning so many of its buildings (among them, dozens of beautiful Buddhist temples) are original and traditionally styled.

Yanaka Ginza its central shopping street or shtengai is riddled with clothing, trinket and snack stores: think rice crackers, crab c...


Tokyo: Animal Cafs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its an unfortunate reality that most animal interactions you dreamed of as a child from swimming with dolphins to posing for selfies with a tiger are actually downright cruel, and the same is true of Tokyo (and greater Japans) animal cafes. So although you might rack up a hundred likes on the gram for cuddling up to a cute hedgehog, that hedgehog is actually a nocturnal creature whose natural habitat is not the bright lights of a caf, and she does not reciprocate your affection (nor that of the hundred others who squeeze, hold and drop her each day).

Dog cafs select pure breeds only and often dress them in nappies; owl cafs are an obvious no, and you can argue that cats enjoy being cuddled, but the felines on display are all picked for temperament and cuteness. Theres actually an (outdoor) park in Ikebukuro you can check out thats kind of an unofficial hub for friendly stray felines, so if you really need to get your fix, head there its northwest of Sunshine City.

Back to Tokyo


Years too late, the ACCC recognises the failure of the NEM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The latest ACCC report on the National Electricity Market is an incoherent mess, reflecting the breakdown of the neoliberal/market liberal assumptions on which both the ACCC and the NEM are founded. But I can at least endorse this statement

There are many causes of the current problems in the electricity market. At all stages of the supply
chain decisions have been made over many years by many governments that set the NEM on the
wrong course.

As I said in a report to the Electrical Trades Union in 2014

The National Electricity Market was implemented in the context of National Competition Policy and at a time when faith in competitive markets was at its peak. The [resulting design flaws  have led, over 20 years, to the failure of the NEM These failures are not accidental. Rather they can be explained by fundamental and incurable flaws in the NEM model of pricing, regulation and incentives for investment. Marginal adjustments such as those being proposed at present will inevitably prove inadequate.

Back then, as I recall, the idea of that the NEM was a failure was not so popular. Rather, the only obstacle to complete success was said to be the remnants of public ownership in NSW and Queensland.


Tokyo: Swim in the Ome River "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: Train to Ikuabata, Sawai or Mitake Station

At the peak of summer, being in Tokyo is much akin to being inside a giant, sweaty armpit. Due to social conventions, its largely inappropriate for adults to frolic in public fountains, and relief only comes when you duck into the airconditioning of a konbini to buy your fifth ice-cream of the day.

Enter the Ome River, which is actually the Tama River, but the Ome section of it. For just 1000(ish) yen, you can jump on a couple of trains for two hours and end up in the other-worldly rural paradise that is Ome and its surrounds. Here, mountains coated in pine forests hug a crystalline blue river perfect for swimming in or picnicking at, or for the more extreme, bouldering alongside, fishing in and canoeing down.

Our favourite section is wedged Ikusabata and Mitake Station, with the main swim spot in front of the restaurants near Sawai Station. The river walk is also gorgeous, and a stroll will take you past beautiful gardens and farmlands peppered with honesty boxes for homemade jams, veggies and bags of tea l...


Anti-Vaxxers provide new model for the world in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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 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 The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there (see here and here). 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...


Locals step up to help refugees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents gather every Thursday outside MP Kevin Hogans office to protest the federal governments asylum seeker policy. Photo supplied

The plight of people who have tried to seek asylum in Australia but have ended up detained on Nauru and Manus Island is once again being highlighted on July 19 outside Kevin Hogans office in Lismore from 4 till 5pm.

The 5 years too many vigil marks the fifth anniversary of the speech by Kevin Rudd when he stated that any people seeking asylum who arrive by boat will never settle in Australia thus resulting in the terrible situation on Manus and Nauru, said Gunela Astbrink, president of the Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R).

Working to assist both refugees in Australia and those stranded on Nauru BR4R have formed both the Nauru friendship group and a homestay program.


The Nauru friendship group is a way to support women in Nauru by being in regular contact and building meaningful, supportive relationships.

Quite a lot of the women have been there for five years in mouldy tents and challenging conditions, said Gunela.

There are about ten women locally who are in contact with women in Nauru using things like WhatsApp, texting and Facebook.

It involves talking to women and being a friend and support sharing photos and reaching out. This is very important for people who feel they have no end in sight and no-one cares, said Gunela.

Weve just received a call to help a severely depressed man in Nauru to get a friendship link here. We are always keen to have more local men and women to assist.


The main activity of the BR4R is a homestay program that provides refugees on bridging visas with a chance to have a holiday. The recent fundraiser by the Ballina Players raised around...


Unfunded excellence: on the mid-career crisis for Australian artists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Access and sustainability go hand in hand. The harder it gets to sustain a career in the arts, the more we will only see work made by the young and privileged, and a narrow band of established artists who slot easily into funded or commercial success.


Picture House puts shout out for upgrade funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North Coast parliamentary secretary, Ben Franklin with Bruns Picture House crew
Pete Castaldi, Chris Chen and Brett Haylock. Photo Jeff Dawson

An enthusiastic crowd gathered on Wednesday (July 11) at the Brunswick Picture House to hear producer Peter Castaldi introduce its plans to seek a combination of government and private funding for a renewal of the popular venue.

Planned works include a new roof, a disabled-access toilet block and, to the delight of the crowd, more comfortable seats and air-conditioning.

Owner Brett Haylock said hundreds of thousands of dollars had been spent so far on the long-term project, pointing particularly to a $60,000 fire hose, and thanked the local community for their strong support despite attempts from some quarters to derail their plans.

There are very few secrets around the Picture House; we tend to shout loud and proud about everything we do. But one thing most people are not in any way aware of, is that we are not-for-profit and that my partner Chris Chen and I have brought in significant private sector investment and this has funded all the works to date, Brett said.

For the first time the Picture House will now be making applications to Regional Arts NSW, and other government agencies for the next phase of a long-planned capital works program.

Chris Chen said that in order to fully fund detailed future venue improvements, we will now need to expand our financial support base to both government and private sectors.

The total cost of the new fit-out is estimated to be around $1 million.

An animated and passionate Ben Franklin MLC addressed the crowd, vowing to give 100 per cent of his effort to support the venues funding applications, telling Echonetdaily that the unique, creative venue was exactly what this local area needs.



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Victorian CDC bus drivers strike for better wages "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Yesterday, About 600 bus drivers have walked off the job for 24 hours in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong, disrupting regular services on more than 70 routes.

CDC Victoria workers and members of the Transport Workers Union, walked off the job at midnight.  Pickett lines were set up at depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat, where the drivers were joined by their families, members of other unions and other supporters.

They are after a 4 percent Wage rise and management is offering only 2.5 percent. According to the union, this stoppage is part of an ongoing campaign, which if need be will involve further stoppages this Friday and \at the beginning of next week.

TWU national vice president John Berger said 95 per cent of members had voted in favour of the strike action, which was the first such action by bus drivers for 20 years.

The reason behind the campaign for a wage increase is that these drivers are the lowest paid in the industry, getting just $26 to $28 an hour. The claim is a benchmark that will be taken over to other companies.

The union has publicly apologised to commuters for the disruption that the industrial action has caused and may cause in the days ahead. Inconvenience has not stopped public sympathy from coming in.

A message from the union stated:

The buses stopped today because CDC TWU members decided to fight for a fair and reasonable wage rise a fair share of the fare.

While the rest of Victoria was sleeping, these staunch members gathered in the freezing cold on picket lines from 4:40am at CDC depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat. Many are still out there right now.

They would rather be working in the comfort of a heated bus or home with their family than out in the elements and inconveniencing some commuters.

But there comes a time when you have to look after yourself and these TWU members have drawn a line in the sand.

The fact they have gathered in great numbers to picket today tells you how serious this issue is, how insulted they were by the companys latest sub-standard wage offer and how determined they are to dig in. So get behind their fight for the Victorian Bus Industry Agreement, and We must stand together and will show CDC and the rest of the Victorian Bus Industry that you are worth more than the current sub-standard CDC offer.

And never forget that this is not just a fight between CDC members and the rich multinational, but a fight for the 2018 Bus Industry Agreement.

Many ordinary people are unhappy about the condition of wages in Australia and dont think it is fair that the worker is receiving a shrinking share of the income,...


PERTH Police car stolen as officers chase alleged Cloverdale burglar "IndyWatch Feed National"

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PERTH Youre nicked! Police car stolen by opportunistic thief while cops were chasing a suspected robber "IndyWatch Feed National"

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He is expected to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today in relation to the offences. As the identity of the car thief remains unknown, police are .


PERTH WA Police car stolen by opportunistic thief as officers chased alleged burglar "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The 29-year-old Ascot man is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court later today. Police are continuing to search for the car thief and have urged .



PERTH Man whose body was discovered by police at his rental home was tortured before being murdered "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man whose body was discovered by police at his rental home was tortured before being murdered .

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The owner of the house, Dominic Calabro, was charged with Trans alleged murder and made a brief appearance in Perth Magistrates Court on .



MACKAY Drug Enforcement, Andergrove "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Woman charged after police allegedly find drugs in raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

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U.S. judge allows lawsuits over Monsantos Roundup to proceed to trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

From Robert Kennedy Jnr. Great news in our federal case against Monsanto (not to be confused with DeWayne Johnsons case in California Superior Court which we are currently trying before a San Francisco jury)!! The federal case consolidates some 300 cases of our clients who claim that Monsanto s herbicide Roundup caused their non Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL). Monsanto filed a so called Daubert motion for summary judgment dismissing our case on the basis that we failed to prove General Causation. In other words, that our theory that Roundup exposure causes NHL is not established science. Federal District Judge Vince Chhabria found that we had met our burden and gave us the green light to go on to the next phase, which is presenting our scientific and medical evidence on specific causationie demonstrating that our clients got their NHL from exposure to Roundup. We still have some discovery to complete before those cases go to trial. Meanwhile, both sides completed opening statements yesterday in DeWayne Johnsons case and we put our first witnesses on today.

The full article can be viewed here.

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The Path of resistance Public Event "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Path of resistance

First Nations solidarity and the Wangan & Jagalingou
Traditional Owners fight for their future



6:30 Pm to 8:00 PM, 16th JULY 2018

State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1, Level 2,

Stanley Place, South Brisbane 


This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international symposium.

The four-day symposium bringing together national and international Indigenous rights thinkers and activists is being held at the University of Queenslands Global Change Institute.

This important evening event at the State Library will be hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australias first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and will feature

~ Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson

~ Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson

with special guests

~ Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.

~ Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

~ Lisa Wade, Council Member, Naydiniaa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)

~ Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor

Hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples resistance to mining and resource projects that would destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.

Guests will speak of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adanis Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders will affirm the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right...


First walk with me: on our assumptions about refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

We none of us have understood what dreams meant, none of us have had childhood, none of us have understood what life is, none of us have had wishes, because we have all been struggling to find some place to breathe, to stay alive, to fill our empty stomachs.


Helicopter funds will stay on North Coast after court battle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At the official handover of one of the new, larger aircraft bought for the new helicopter service.

An out-of-court settlement between the old and new operators of the Westpac Helicopter Rescue service will see community-raised funds intended to support the former service stay on the North coast.

But the compromise will see some money raised for the old service being distributed to local Surf Life Saving Clubs.

The wrangle was complicated by the involvement of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), which auspiced the original Northern Region SLSA Helicopter Rescue Service Pty Ltd (Northern) for 35 years.

When Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service Limited (NNSW) took over the running of the service last year, they argued funds raised should stay in the region they were raised and applied specifically to the helicopter service.

NNSW commenced its new operations covering the larger North Coast, Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands region from a new base at Lismore Airport on April 27 last year.

In September, NNSW began proceedings to ensure Northern did not distribute funds away from the service.

NNSW CEO Richard Jones said at the time that he believed the board of the old service was on the brink of distributing money to Surf Life Saving Clubs and other charities outside the region after Northern ceased its operations.

The parties have now settled the proceedings, with the funds being distributed to NNSW and SLSA to be applied to support the helicopter rescue service and Surf Life Saving programs in northern New South Wales.

Northerns chair, Warren Tozer OAM, said he was pleased that the matter was resolved in accordance with Northerns constitution and contractual obligations.

Graham Ford AM, President of SLSA, said it was satisfied with the outcome and was pleased that settlement could be reached through mediation between the parties.

Volunteer fundraising

Surf Life Saving members and hundreds of local volunteers have spent many thousands of hours supporting the helicopter rescue service in the Northern region during the past three decades and, this settlement ensures criti...


Railway Park rotunda on the move "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An image from the Byron Bay master plan, which shows a possible redevelopment of Railway Park, with no rotunda in sight. (supplied)

Aslan Shand

The development and beautification of Railway Park in Byron Bay is once again under the microscope as Byron Council, the Masterplan Team and the Byron Environment Centre (BEC) try to negotiate an outcome that is acceptable to the community.

Tension was originally sparked following a notice of eviction sent to the BEC management team in October 2017 and the removal of several mature trees from the park. These events occurred without the knowledge of councillors under the alleged auspices of the Byron Masterplan team. The Masterplan Team then categorically denied that they had any knowledge of the plan and the then-general manager Ken Gainger issued a public apology over the handling of the situation.

Currently Council are looking at moving the BEC rotunda either out of the park or re-locating it within the park. However, this has been coupled with the resolution to seek expressions of interest from other community groups to manage the rotunda.

BEC communicating with the community in Railway Park. Their eviction was originally slated for December 13 last year. Photo supplied.

Council: BEC has no licence

Byron Shire Council told The Echo that the BEC was not approved by Council and there is no record of any licence, lease or other documented authorisation for occupation of the structure.

This is disputed by BEC president John Lazarus, who says that after BEC saved the structure from demolition for a community asset...


India urged to protect its people and economy in RCEP talks "IndyWatch Feed National"

July 11, 2018: As the next round of negotiations in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership gets underway in Bangkok, the main dynamic is resistance by India to tariff reduction demands by Australia and New Zealand, and to medicine monopoly demands by Japan and South Korea. The RCEP involves the 10 ASEAN countries, plus China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

The Center for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society in India has published a Country Briefer that spells out the challenges for India, which, they argue, so far has come out second from free trade agreements with ASEAN, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

In the RCEP India made differential offers of tariff cutes to the ASEAN countries, and then to South Korea and Japan, and the smallest to China, Australia and New Zealand countries with which it has no existing FTA.

After 22 rounds of negotiations, India has doubled its tariff cut offer to China, Australia, New Zealand, but Australia and New Zealand are demanding more.

India has made greater access by its Information Technology professionals into the service sectors of RCEP countries a priority, but has made no apparent progress.

The author argues that the RCEP talks are shrouded in secrecy, no documents have been published, and leaks provide the only insights. India has made no public consultations with civil society, and the government faces widespread opposition and protests from trade unions, farmers, manufacturers and the generic medicine sector.

It concludes that India would be prudent to focus on domestic economic reforms, invest in trade infrastructure and to address the problems with its existing FTAs. In the RCEP negotiations, India should stand firm protect its domestic industries and sectors, and the rights and welfare of the Indian people.


Steve McMurrays Fantastic Research, Part 1: MK-Ultra in Australian Academia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steve McMurray

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

McMurray has blown academia open. Here are some of the names: Antony Kidman, Leonas Petrauskas, Martin Orne, Paul Ekman, Phil Sutcliffe, and Martin Seligman. This article can only skim the main points, but you can see Steves excellent interview with Jan Irvin on Youtube.

The Dreaded Martin Orne of Harvard

One day in 2010, Blanche Chavoustie and Rita (not her real name) were staying in my home in Massachusetts. Blanche asked Rita if she knew Harvard psychiatrist Martin Orne. She said no. I hadnt heard of him either, so I opened my laptop to Google him. Rita, sitting on the sofa next to me, saw Ornes photo. You should have seen the look on her face. It will be with me forever. It seems Orne was her trainer and she had never even known his real name.

We now know tha...


Audio: How to use drones without stressing wildlife "IndyWatch Feed National"

On this episode of the podcast we discuss the increasing use of drones by wildlife lovers, researchers, and businesses, how that might be stressing animals out, and how drone hobbyists can make a meaningful contribution to science while avoiding wildlife harassment. Listen here: Our guest is Alicia Amerson, a marine biologist, drone user, and science communicator. She tells us why its critical to have best practices for drones in place not only to guide hobbyists making videos of whales or birds, but especially before companies like deploy fleets of drones in our skies. After getting a Masters degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, Amerson spent two seasons on a research project flying drones over mother whales and their calves in Australia. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are a hot topic in conservation research these days. Theyre used to monitor coral reefs and wildlife for instance, and can actually be used to produce wildlife population counts much more quickly and accurately than traditional methods allow. But when Amerson returned home to California from Australia, she noticed the use of drones on the coastline was becoming much more common, especially among drone hobbyists and wildlife lovers. She was alarmed: wildlife like seabirds, seals, and sea lions on the California coast are often disturbed by humans, and the drones were just adding another level of disturbance. Thats when Amerson convened a group of experts to develop


Opinion divided over Mullumbimby sewer trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant. Photo Contoltek Services

Paul Bibby

Byron Councils decision to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a low-pressure sewerage system trial in Mullumbimby has produced an angry response from residents who say it flies in the face of expert advice and common sense.

But the council says the low-pressure system has been used very effectively in New Brighton and offers the best value for money.

The council voted in favour of the 20-house trial at its last meeting on June 21 as part of a $500,000 project to address the chronic issues of inflow and infiltration into the sewerage system in Mullumbimby.

Unlike the existing gravity-based system currently being used, low-pressure sewers use a small pump station located at each house to move wastewater through.

Data gathering

The Mullumbimby trial would also involve gathering data from each house about precisely how much sewage is produced each day.

Proponents of the trial say this would allow Council to get the clearest indication yet of how much water is getting into the towns aging, earthenware sewers.

But some locals living in and around Mullumbimby strongly oppose the trial and are calling on the council to abandon it and undertake a proper comparative analysis of the different possible solutions.

Resident Patricia Warren said that this type of comparative study had been undertaken by Council staff prior to introducing a low-pressure sewer system at New Brighton, and that they had recommended against pursuing this option.

The report concluded that a vacuum system was the best option, Ms Warren said.

Instead, a low-pressure pump system was installed.

Property owners [in New Brighton] have been unaware of electricity charges being connected to their power bills and a number of pumps have had to be replaced within what would otherwise...


Australians are showing signs of jacking up against rising poverty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Australia is in serious trouble. Wages have not only stagnated. They provide for less than they used to. Most find that it is getting harder to make ends meet, and many can only maintain their standard of living, by getting into ever growing debt.

Pensioners of all kinds, and especially the unemployed are finding survival even tougher. Indigenous Australians are the worst off.

Despite this harsh reality, there are still grounds for optimism. Concern about poverty and the economy have now become a priority for the Australian community. There is a stirring among those who do not want to accept it, and who, as individuals or members of groups, work to make a difference. It brings great potential to draw others into  building a powerful movement for change.

Activity founded on compassion and fighting for the right of everyone to have a decent life is having an impact. The truth is being uncovered. More people are speaking out. There is a higher level of anger, coupled with a growing realisation that the political system is failing and not providing answer to problems crying out for attention. Politicians are no longer trusted by most people, and this must inevitably lead to a search for alternative answers.

This ferment has been enough to pressure the media, to as least some recognition to the problems. Telling us that things are getting better, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, or we just have to wait for the trickle down effect doesnt wash. No one believes these things anymore.

On 3 July, an episode of Insight on SBS television exposed, just how tough life is for a considerable number of Australian, and that one out of five kids go without meals because of poverty. Mission Australia, the salvation Army and other welfare organisations have reported, that a rising number of older people are ending up homeless. Further reports show that young Australians are doing it hard and that women are particularly vulnerable.

Then there is the list of ongoing sagas involving Centrelink,  the rolling out of the Indue welfare card, and the terrible treatment of Indigenous Australians.

The Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) is battling against the odds, campaigning for a...


NAIDOC week celebrations continue in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bundjalung Bunyarra Dubay dancers Ellie Davidson, Indira Arnold Freire, Belle Arnold, Delta Kay, Minyani Webber, Nickolla Clark and Rikkara McGuiness launched NAIDOC week at Mondays Council HQ flag raising. Photo Jeff Dawson

There is plenty still going on during the remainder of NAIDOC week around the Byron Shire, giving everyone the chance to understand and appreciate our Australian heritage and culture.

The theme for this year is Because of Her, We Can an acknowledgement of the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in communities around the country.

The Aboriginal Art Exhibition is showing at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall till July 8. The Mullum family fun day is on Wednesday 11 July from 10am at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.

The Bundjalung of Byron family cultural day will be held on Thursday 12 July starting at 10am in Railway Park with celebrations continuing  at Dening Park, Byron Bay, between 11am and 2pm.

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AVO SUBJECTS FACE LIFE BAN ON GETTING GUN LICENCE!!! Open to abuse!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANYONE who has been the subject of an apprehended violence order would be banned from obtaining a gun licence under options being discussed by top police and the NSW government amid an estranged father murdering his two teenage kids.
The only problem with this is that some people request an AVO against other people just for spite & are in fact in no danger from a violent attack. So this would mean that if anyone wanted someone banned from getting a gun licence, all they have to do is action an AVO against that person. Right now, anyone issued with an AVO can have their guns confiscated!!! A close friend of mine had a false AVO issued against him from a neighbour who was in fact abusing his own wife!!! My friend was only able to keep his guns because I took them from his home & locked them in my own gun safe in my home.

This situation is simply not good enough, I totally agree that if an AVO is genuinely required because there is a genuine fear of violence being carried out by a person, then that person should not have access to firearms (he or she will have to use some other weapon!). But how are the police going to know what is a genuine request for an AVO & which is not?

In the case of these teenagers being shot by their father, the laws were & are already in place, the reason this man had these guns was because the NSW Firearms Registry & the gun club both FAILED to follow corre...


Why should we be standing up for Standing Rock? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Standing up for Standing Rock. Photo Angus Mordant

The Standing Rock protests in the US against the construction of 1,886 kilometre underground oil pipeline has garnered international support. Part of the proposed pipeline cuts through contested Indian Sioux territory and there are concerns a leak could have severe environmental impacts.

While the Northern Rivers has a history of political activism stretching back to 70s with saving the Terania Creek rainforests through to the CSG-free protests at Bentley just a few years ago the Dakota Access Pipeline is 14,000 kilometres away from here.

Coinciding with Angus Mordant: Standing Rock photographic exhibition currently at the Lismore Regional Gallery, tomorrow nights Thursday Night Live! Asks Why does it matter to us?

Presented by the gallery and Southern Cross University, Thursday Night Live! is a monthly talks program putting critical, thought-provoking topics in the spotlight.

The panellists are Dr Shawn Wilson, an Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada and Southern Cross University academic; human rights activist Dr Cristy Clark from the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross; and Elly Bird, a Lismore City councillor and one of the leaders of the Gasfield Free Northern Rivers campaign.

Protest or home invasion?

Dr Shawn Wilson said with Standing Rock evolving into an international protest movement, it called into question the difference between a protestor and someone who is defending themselves from a home invasion.

In the West we have partially embraced the concept free and informed consent, with the exception of when there is a corporate profit to be made: then we all become aware of how profit outweighs any balance between risk and benefit especially when that risk is diffused. So corporate profit comes ahead of risks to the environment, community cohesion, or cultural continuity.

But when a community stands up for themselves against the government or big corporations, how is it framed in the media?  Are they defending themselves and their homes or are they protesters pushing their own agenda? questioned Dr Wilson.




Welcome to Byron: iconic homestead dying of neglect "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Higgins Homestead in Ewingsdale, at the Gateway to Byron Bay. Photo Jeff Dawson

Simon Alderton

Do you believe in love at first sight? Many people love Byron, but at first sight turning onto Ewingsdale Road you pass The Farm, the hospital and then lot 101 an abandoned homestead on a beautiful elevated piece of land with a few grazing cows. You cant miss this house, it stands out for miles as you drive the main road into town and looks most unloved.

Driving past every day I often imagined this historic homestead in all its glory. What a stunning entry into one of the most unique, character filled towns in Australia. Then, I wondered how on earth this amazing property was allowed to fall into such disarray?

My curiously led me to ask questions about the Higgins Homestead on the Byron Facebook page and an avalanche of responses followed. Stories going back into Byrons history, music videos showing the pop group Dope Lemon dancing around the quintessentially Australian verandah and of course, lots of angst from local residents about the sad tale of its contemporary demise.

Many locals know that this property is currently owned by Belbeck Investments, part of the majority Chinese owned McDonalds beef empire with an interest in property. In 2013 they sought rezoning of the 15-hectare precinct for a proposed 200 or so unit retirement village on the site; the Higgins Homestead was to be restored, but lost in amongst the urban sprawl.

Council deemed the development inappropriate and knocked it back and the house has been left to the elements ever since. The doors and windows disappeared and internal features vandalised.

It is understood that Belbeck currently has the heritage listed house on the market and are currently in negotiations with a potential buyer with the hope that the property will be going under contract soon. It is interesting that the real estate agent advertised the property as a development site, yet the house and farm are still zoned as rural.

Happier days

In happier days before investors held the title deeds, this house was inhabited by the Higgins family until 1967 and then the Grisell Family until 1993, when the homestead was last inhabited.

Edward Higgins bought the property...


Hooyah!: Thai cave rescuers celebrate "IndyWatch Feed National"

A handout photo made available by Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page on 10 July 2018 shows the last four of Thai Navy Seals members, who stayed with the youth soccer team and their assistant coach inside a cave until they all were rescued, at the Tham Luang cave, Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, 10 July 2018.

CHIANG RAI, AAP Hooyah was the rallying cry of a nation as the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from the Tham Luang cave system in northern Thailand came to a joyous end.

The Thai navy SEALs chant rang around the media centre opposite the site when news filtered through around 6.30pm local time on Tuesday that coach Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, was the last to be extracted from the cave after more than two weeks.

The chant also greeted the head of the rescue mission Narongsak Osottanakorn as he entered a press conference three hours later to the glow of local and international media spotlights.

We did something no-one else thought was possible, he said as he thanked the Thai and international rescue team.

He was momentarily interrupted with cries of Hooyah! Hooyah! by jubilant support staff.

We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave, Thai Navy SEALs posted on Facebook, referring to the football team name. Everyone is safe.

Narongsak also paid tribute to Lieutenant Smaan Kunan, the ex-navy SEAL diver who died during a mission last week while delivering oxygen in the cave, saying his sacrifice would be remembered.

The astonishing rescue story has gripped Thailand and the world since the group was discovered alive by two British cave divers on July 2, nine days after disappearing while exploring the cave system.

It was a miracle they had survived and an even greater one that the rescue team, including international caving experts, were able to hatch a plan to get them out alive.

Australia played a vital role in the rescue, sending 19 personnel including six military divers and Adelaide doctor and diver Richard Harris who on Saturday assessed the boys health and cleared the way for the daring operation to go ahead.



Energy watchdog wants $40 power price cut "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, AAP The energy watchdog wants power companies to cut up to $40 a year from bills, as Labor argues they must also show why an energy royal commission isnt necessary.

Coalition backbench MPs and the Greens are pressuring the government for a major inquiry into the energy industry, which has seen prices skyrocket for households and businesses.

Labor is yet to formally consider whether it wants to hold a royal commission.

Its up to the companies and the government to show a royal commission isnt necessary, Labor frontbencher Jim Chalmers told Sky News on Monday.

The Australian Energy Regulator on Tuesday released its draft guidelines for the rate of return companies can expect from their energy investments.

If the rate of return is too high, over-investment could follow and customers pay more than necessary. If it is too low insufficient investment may result, risking reliability, AER chair Paula Conboy said on Tuesday.

Companies have 50 days to respond to the new draft guidelines.

If implemented, this draft guideline could result in household customers bills decreasing by around $30 to $40 per year, Ms Conboy said.

Cutting prices is the aim of the coalitions national energy guarantee policy, which is causing tension within the Liberal and National party rooms.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected calls for an energy royal commission, promising an illuminating Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report will be released this week.

Assistant minister Zed Seselja said he would wait and see if a another inquiry was necessary after the ACCCs findings.

The type of inquiry is not something Id get hung up on. What I want to see is maximum pressure put on (retailers), Senator Seselja told Sky News.

Hes confident Mr Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will get enough internal support to get the governments energy plan through the partyroom.

The Electrical Trades Union said report after report showed the Australian energy market was failing customers.

All of these reports continue to show us the laws that created this fabricated electricity market are a complete failure, national secretary Allen Hicks said.

Its unnecessarily complicated but deliberately so, so corporate interests can hide their profiteering.

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The Chinny charge is on again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Chinny Charge champ Colin Creighton who fired the starting gun at the 2017 event after a 16-year hiatus. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Chincogan Charge will be running again this year on September 8 following its successful re-launch in 2017 with 500 runners.

This year we are adding in childrens races for six-to eleven-year-olds, said Jenelle Stanford, president of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and the driving force behind the race.

The race will start and finish at the Post Office and the kids will run to the base of the mountain and back adults need to accompany children.

The afternooon will feature a-tug-of-war organised by the Brunswick Valley Historical Society.

There is a limit of six teams that can enter the tug-of-war and nomination forms can be collected from the Mullumbimby Newsagents.

The Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club will be sponsoring the professional runners prizes while The Echo will sponsor the first locals across the line.

They have just launched their website so find out more at:

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MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed National"

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It is time to celebrate Billinudgel "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wilfred Street Billinudgel will be the venue for a new spring festival. Photo

Billinudgel is reimagining itself and will be decking its streets in preparation for spring as it creates a new festival for the town this September 22.

After the devastating floods of Cyclone Debbie the people and businesses of the town are coming together to create a fun-filled family day that will showcase businesses from Billinudgel and the surrounding areas that were affected by the floods.

There will be street performers, music, historical demonstrations, delicious food and more for everyone to get involved in and enjoy. The afternoons fun will then culminate at the Billinudgel Hotel where there will be live entertainment throughout the evening.

Get involved

Currently the organisers are asking businesses, members of the community, stallholders and performers who would like to get involved in the day to fill out an expression of interest online at

The first preference will go to businesses and the surrounding areas, particularly those businesses that were affected by the floods many of who are still getting back on their feet said one of the organisers Damon Robbins. But everyone is welcome to apply

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As Deraa, Syria, is liberated, remember: This is where the jihadi revolution began "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Western powers present the battle of Deraa as a symbol of the failure of the combat they were supporting. This is absolutely exact, but not in the way they mean. Let's return to the events which triggered the hostilities. From 4 February 2011, a mysterious Facebook account called Syrian Revolution 2011 (in English in the original text) called for a demonstration every Friday against the Syrian Arab Republic. Using exclusively Sunni symbols, while pretending to speak in the name of all Syrians, it set the rhythm for events for several years. According to Al-Jazeera, on 16 February, 15 adolescents (and then 8 of their friends) were arrested in Deraa for having tagged slogans hostile to President el-Assad. They were allegedly tortured, and the local representative for state Security allegedly insulted their parents. To this day, although it has been confirmed that the minors were held in custody for several hours by the police, the torture and the insults have never been proved. The videos and the interviews broadcast by the Anglo-Saxon Press are terrible, but they correspond neither to the original Qatari reports nor to what was verified on site. John McCain is an elected US Senator, and is also president of one of the branches of the National Endowment for Democracy, one of the secret services of the Five Eyes (USA-UK-Australia-Canada-New Zealand) [1]. On 22 February, he was in Lebanon, where he tasked the transport of weapons in Syria to the Haririst deputy Okab Sakr. He also journeyed to Ersal in order to establish a future rear base for the jihadists.


Paranoid US senator after visit to Moscow: Putin is evil, Russian govt is mafia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A U.S. senator who traveled to Russia with a Republican congressional delegation last week said President Vladimir Putin could not be trusted and likened dealing with Moscow to "dealing with the mafia." Senator John Kennedy (Republican-Louisiana) also told reporters on July 9 that he warned the Russian government to "stop screwing with American elections." Comment: Alpha-male fail: when you puff up your chest and warn your opponent to stop doing something they were never doing in the first place or else something bad will happen to them. Made famous by Australian Tony "I'm gonna shirtfront Putin!" Abbott. Kennedy said the senators warned the Russians that if they interfere in U.S. midterm elections in November, lawmakers "will hit you with sanctions even harder than what we have right now." Comment: He said he told the Russians to "get out of eastern Ukraine and let them self-determine" and "to get out of Crimea and let Crimea self-determine." Comment: Self-determination - we do not think that word means what Senator Kennedy thinks it means. Kennedy added he also warned Moscow to "stop screwing around in Syria and help us settle the mess [and] do not allow Iran to get a foothold in southern Syria." Comment: Kennedy just might be the stupidest man in the U.S. senate... "Because if you do that, there's going to be another war," he added, speaking on Capitol Hill.


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

By Jon Rappoport

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, whic...

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Denmark bans burqa as Australian MPs fight to criminalise it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Senator Pauline Hanson will push to ban the burqa when parliament returnsThe garment, warn by Muslim women, covers the entire body and face European countries including Denmark and France have outlawed the veil Several Liberal and National MP's would reportedly privately support the move Australian MP's are pushing to ban the burqa in Australia again after Denmark became the latest European country to outlaw it. Senator Pauline Hanson recently announced she will be pushing forward with legislation to have the Federal Parliament prohibit the face-covering veil. The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria and Bulgaria are among the countries that have banned the burqa.


Black Swan Cygnets "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A local couple from Bawley Point on the mid south coast called WIRES to report they had two young Black swan cygnets contained in a box.

Their house backs on to a swampy area near Cormorant Beach where the water can run out to the ocean during very heavy rains.

They had just witnessed a female Black swan walking out onto Cormorant Beach with 4 very young cygnets following behind. The cygnets were only 2-3 days old and very small.

As they watched the mother swan fled to the ocean (as adult swans can do), possibly spooked by several people and their dogs on the beach. The cygnets tried to follow, but were unable to manage the ocean. 

The concerned couple contained two of the stranded cygnets and went back home to call WIRES, while another concerned couple locked their dogs up and returned to help. 

The other two cygnets were washed up on the beach and tragically witnessed a dog kill one of the young birds, the other cygnet fled over the sand dunes deep into a shrubby, swampy area backing on to private properties.

WIRES rescuer, Zora went out to collect the two rescued cygnets and searched the beach, dunes and area of the last sighting for the third cygnet, but found neither the mother swan or missing baby. 

The following night a friend called to report having found a swan cygnet. The three were immediately reunited, but the third cygnet had was considerably smaller and weaker and despite our best efforts it died after 5 days.

The original two cygnets are now almost 9 weeks old and have grown at a phenomenal rate from 125grams to over 3kg in that time!

They consume huge volumes of greens, and as you can see, they change rapidly. Every single day there are new feathers and visible changes in appearance.


The cygnets will need to be in care until they ca...

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