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Sunday, 28 January


Destroying US democracy from within "IndyWatch Feed National"

My book review in The Australian newspaper:

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Rights Stealth Plan for America

By Nancy MacLean

Scribe, $35, 368pp

As Hurricane Irma was pounding the US, President Donald Trump made a major announcement. He wanted huge tax cuts for the wealthiest members of society.

Standing alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Trump said that, I think now with whats happened with the hurricane, Im gonna ask for a speed-up.

Most of the mainstream media virtually ignored the announcement, rightly focused on the catastrophic weather disaster. But as Nancy MacLean, the William Chafe professor of history and public policy at Duke University, writes in the introduction to this extremely timely book, theres an attempt by the billionaire radical right to undo democratic governance, and Trumps desires fit perfectly.

Despite running as a political outsider during his contest with Hillary Clinton, Trump has appointed more economic reactionaries from investment bank Goldman Sachs, senior executives at the heart of the 2008 global financial crisis, than presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama combined.

Defending his decision to surround himself with economic advisers hed criticised a few months earlier, Trump said he wanted great, brilliant business minds so the world doesnt take advantage of us I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just dont want a poor person.

Nobel prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan, a largely unknown man who inspired a generation of ultra-rich Americans that democracy was the enemy of progress, is the focus of MacLeans investigation. Buchanans vision, pushed today by the billionaire Koch brothers, was designed to disenfranchise the bulk of the population because, as MacLean told US news show Democracy Now! in June, democracy must be, in effect, shackled to prevent the majority will from being expressed because it would take too much from people of great wealth and that would be a problem for them.

To understand the threat to democratic norms...


MACKAY Revealed: Criminal backgrounds of Rocky jail escapees "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Revealed: Criminal backgrounds of Rocky jail escapees

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PERTH Perth man charged with stabbing dog "IndyWatch Feed National"

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for emergency treatment, where it was stabilised and treated for stab wound injuries to its head, left shoulder and left torso. The man has been charged with animal cruelty, being armed in a way that may cause fear, and breach of bail. He is next due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on February 15. .


PERTH Man accused of horror dog stabbing was on bail, police say "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The 39-year-old man accused of the barbaric attack has since been charged with animal cruelty, being armed in a way that may cause fear, and breaching bail. He was refused bail and appeared briefly the Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday where he was ordered to reappear on February 15. .



Finals on the cards for Grove "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Several Ocean Grove pennant teams in both Midweek and Saturday competition will stake their claims in coming weeks for a finals opportunity.
With only four matches remaining in the home and away competition in Midweek, five teams remain in contention.
Last years state champion side has strung two wins together since the break which has been crucial to the teams chances of defending its title. Sitting fifth only three points out of the four, next weeks home match against Lara will be an important one.
Division 3 and 8 sit fourth while Division 6 is fflying along in second spot. The Sevens have an opportunity to reach the big stage in coming weeks and are currently fifth and only one game out of the four.
Round 14 of the home and away season could be one of the biggest for the Ocean Grove Premier Division team.
On the road to compete against Victoria and currently second on the ladder it will be crucial to the chances of consolidating a top two position. Following on from a hard fought home win against Eastern Park in round 13 where the rink of Gary Burkett, Faye Richardson, Rod Brehaut and Tony Joel led the way for the home team with a match winning performance outscoring their opposition 38-17 to ensure the 10 match points got added to this seasons total.
Keith George had 500 reasons to smile on Saturday night after receiving the badge for the milestone of that many matches in the Ocean Grove outfit. George and his team mates made sure it was one to remember as their Division 8 side returned to the scales winners by 16 shots against Eastern Park with the rink George was playing second along with Heather Quilty, Robin Brache and David Harvey stealing the show earning the King of the Rinks drinks 38-13.
George, as part of the celebrations for the day, along with Bob Nicol (300) Barry Hair (100) Bob Poole (100) and Tony Joel (100) all received their milestone badge.
The road to the semi-finals are in full flight and the next few weeks will tell a big story of how many Grovers will taste Saturday pennant finals. Seven sides sit in the top four after 13 games with Division 8 an outside chance with five weeks to go. Garry Redford, Jeff Howarth, Terry Thomas and Rick Webb kept the hopes alive for Division 1 to finish top two with dominating performance on the carpet at Lara. 33-13 the final result.
Tom Bramwell, Col Anderson, Peter Patterson and John Izzard were on a mission from end one in their match against Point Lonsdale in Division 3. Never allowing their opposition to get any feel for the green they powered to victory 39-8.
Top side in Division 4 and another strong performance at Portarlington ensured their stand as top of the table side. Ian Turner plus 12 and Lorraine Kirk also plus 12 led the way following on from last weeks rink win of 51-13 to Adele Rya...


Outright points in the bag "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

Collendina climbed into second spot on the BPCA A Grade ladder after a bonus outright victory over Queenscliff on Saturday.
The 10-point result sees Collendina occupy a top-two spot (40 points) after Anglesea (42 points) defeated Drysdale (36 points) by 50 runs in their top-of-the-table clash.
The Cobras had sewn up first innings points on day one after the visitors bowled out the Coutas for 87.
Resuming at 6/143 Collendina declared before the start of play and sent the Coutas back in for a second dig.
Collendina coach Corey Walter (71) led the charge with a fine half-century.
Jye Hearps (5/15) was the chief destroyer and collected a five-wicket haul.
To Queenscliffs credit it made a promising start to its second innings after a 56-run deficit and at one stage was 0/51.
Once star bowler Charlie Lamb broke through the top order, the Queenscliff wickets tumbled.
Lamb took nine wickets and achieved his best figures for 2017/18 in Queenscliffs second innings with 7/38 from 28 overs which added to his 2/34 on day one.
The Coutas lost their last 10 wickets for 52 runs and were all out for 103 from 60 overs, which meant Collendina needed a further 48 runs to claim maximum points.
Cobra coach Corey Walter said it was a hard-fought outright given the hot weather and home sides resilient top order batting.
Collendina achieved the bonus points in the final overs on day two.
It is a fine line because dont know how they (opposition) come out and approach it, Walter told the Voice.
If we had batted 10 overs on day two and were 120 or 130 runs in front are we going to bowl out them out? Have we left ourselves enough overs?
So we thought if we at least declared before the start of play we are only losing three overs with the change over and not six overs.
Their top five bats can all bat really well I think four of their top five batsmen have made A Grade hundreds.
Collendina now faces a crucial two-day clash at home this Saturday against cross-town rivals and fourth-placed Ocean Grove in a game which will shape the A Grade finals mix.
A win for the Cobras would secure a top-four finals berth.
They (Ocean Grove) have got some good quality players we have got to keep putting pressure on them and we have won the last few times we have played them, Walter said.
In B Grade, Queenscliff defeated the Cobras on first innings.
Queenscliff was dismissed for 129 from 52 overs in the first innings and all out for 99 from 46.1 overs in its second dig.
Collendina effectively was all out for 50 from 17.5 overs in its first innings despite only losing eight wickets.
The Cobras were 3/71 from 25 overs in its second innings.
St Leonards won on first innings against Collendina in their C Grad...


Kent helps deliver victory "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

Ocean Grove Cricket Club coach Paul Jubber praised young all-rounder Jackson Kent after he helped bowl the Grubbers to victory over Winchelsea on Saturday.
Kent claimed his best A Grade figures and finished with 4/11 from 11.2 overs with six maidens.
Ocean Grove A Grade won by 43 runs after they dismissed the visitors for 109.
The Grubbers now sit in fourth position on 33 points after eight rounds.
Jackson was again fantastic with the ball, Jubber told the Voice.
His bowling this season has gone to another level.
Jubber said all bowlers played a role after the Grubbers were defending mediocre score on day one.
Winchelsea gained the upper hand on day one after bowling out Ocean Grove for 152 and was 1/32 in reply at stumps.
Defending 152 is always a tough task, Jubber said.
All of our bowlers this week were disciplined and played to their strengths.
Ocean Grove dominated on day two after the final eight Winchelsea wickets fell for only 47.
Spinner Thomas Kent (2/15) picked up two scalps while Dan Roddis (1/19), Sam Jubber (1/26), Lindon Giuffrida (1/18) and Paul Jubber (1/0) all claimed one each.
Sam Jubber (50) scored a timely half-century on day one, while Winchelsea trio Daniel Johnson (3/39), Dean Hampshire (3/20) and Jamie Doyle (3/21) all took three wickets.
The win set up an enthralling clash with second-placed Collendina this Saturday at the Snake Pit.
Weve been waiting for this opportunity, Jubber said.
They have some outstanding talent.
In B Grade, Ocean Grove scored a big 232-run victory over Winchelsea.
Batting first Ocean Grove finished at 8/425 from 75 overs.
Four Grubber batsmen made half-centuries including opener Dylan Thorley (55), Nathan Taylor (73), Isaac Saunders (77) and unbeaten 70 not out from Jake Taylor.
Ocean Grove opening batsman Nathan Madden contributed 40.
Winchelsea was all out for 193 thanks to a three-wicket haul from Billy Foord Engelsman (3/33) off 14.4 overs.
Ocean Grove had a bye in C Grade and this Saturday will face bottom side Collendina.
The Grubbers won by 10 wickets in their D Grade one-day game against St Leonards.
Batting first St Leonards was all out for 76 from 27.3 overs thanks to a four-wicket haul from Ben Hughes (4/13) while Troy Wiseman took 3/15.
Ocean Grove finished at 0/89 in reply with an unbeaten 54 from Paddy McMahon. 

The post Kent helps deliver victory appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Family swim proves popular "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove locals took the ocean water plunge at this summers popular inaugural Queenscliff180 Family Swim on Saturday.
Warm conditions, blue skies and clear water treated male and female competitors in the 600m and 1km events held at Queenscliff Pier.
Formerly the Queenscliff Blue Water Challenge, the new Queenscliff180 Family swim was the brainchild of co-organisers Liam Petrie-Allbutt and Sam Sheppard, a seven-time winner of the Pier to Pub.
The idea was to bring parents who could normally swim 500m to 800m potentially with the current and have a go at a 1km swim, while their kids have a go at the 500m swim to get more participation happening, said Petrie-Allbutt.
Excellent conditions attracted 400-plus competitors.
Ocean Grove based Stewart Owen said the family-based swim was an enjoyable experience.
The full 180-degree arc makes probably definitely more of a family friendly swim, Owen said.
It is a great course and it was always beautiful swim here the water is always really clear and clean and is terrific.
Owen, who finished in 12:49 in the 50-59 age group 1km swim, competed at the former Queenscliff-based swim organised by the Boroughcoutas Swimming Club in recent years held across the Australia Day weekend.
Ocean Grove local Mark Stone came fourth in 10:02 in the 50-59 age group in the 1km swim.
It was a double celebration for Melbourne-based ocean swimming champion Kelly Stubbins.
Stubbins won the 1km Swim Open age female section in a fast time of 09:10 and also took out victory in 09:19 in the 1km swim 30-39 age category.
Male winner James Mace recorded the fastest race time with 08:36 in the 12-17 age category, while Darius Schultz came second in 08:54.
William Boyton (06:07) won the 600m in the 13-15 age category while Caitlin Matthews was the first female across the finishing line in 06:17. 

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Jay wins road race "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Queenslander Jay McCarthy became the first Australian to win the UCI WorldTour Elite Mens Race day on Sunday.
The 25-year-old won the title in 4h04:00 ahead of a first-class line-up including 12 WorldTour teams.
Ive been poking my head out of the hotel window all week looking at the finish line thinking about thisit worked perfectly for us, McCarthy said.
With the help of team mate Daniel Oss, he was able to hold off Italian great Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) who finished second and South African favourite Daryl Impey third.
The hot and humid conditions, which reached 41 degrees out on the 164km course, which included Barwon Heads, suited McCarthy.
Its more humid than normal down here. We get humidity and heat in Queensland and the two together worked well for me, he said.
The race, more commonly known as the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, drew thousands of spectators from across the region. The race passed through Cadel Evans home town of Barwon Heads.

The post Jay wins road race appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


VIDEO EMERGES! Police caught on tape brutally manhandling Indigenous boy during wild carnie violence on Aussie Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Video has now emerged of a young Indigenous boy being manhandled by several NSW Police officers at the Husky Carnival on Australia Day where a mass brawl sparked by rival local youth gangs took place involving up to 100 people. The troubling vision shows NSW Police officers brutally manhandling a slender 16-year-old boy, now

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When Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal People Talk, thats a Problem for the Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mr Dungay, Ms Dhu, TJ Hickey. All these people were murdered  and the government did nothing!

In Redfern, 26 January, Indigenous activist Gavin Stanbrooks voice booms across The Block. Silence envelopes a pause in his speech, until someone among the thousands-strong crowd cries, Disgrace!

Shame! Gavin reciprocates. Because they dont care about Aboriginal lives. For them, theyre happy enough to wipe us under the rug.

A Gumbaynggir man, Stanbrook is one of a few courageous speakers at Sydneys Invasion Day 2018 rally, where he decries the state governments response to Aboriginal deaths on behalf of the Walker family of the Bowraville Three.

The three names he cites  whose deaths are linked to police brutality evoke a dark past, a darker present: the ceaseless failure of Australias leaders to end the injustices suffered by the black community.

Behind Stanbrook, the black-yellow-red stripes of the Welcome to Redfern terrace mural pulse in the sun, while a million silver gum leaves shiver in the sky. Birds sing. Electricity runs through the crowd. This is an Australia Day I havent yet experienced.

Divisive and politically fraught, Australia Day hosts the tension of our founding history: 26 January marks the day that British colonists first raised the Union Jack in Sydney Cove, rendering Aboriginal people dispossessed.

The vastly varied beliefs about Australias history explain the heightened security in Sydney and Melbourne on Friday. They explain the Hottest 100s new date. They explain Julia Gillards missing shoe in Canberra, 2012.

Australias national identity crisis also explains why the former director of Ausflag, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, cant foresee the removal of our flags Union Jack, a position backed by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.



Very hot but down to work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast for my home city of Melbourne today was for a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius. It is currently sitting on 37.7 degrees. So, with the kids in the swimming pool I have had some time to work on this blog post.

Firstly, a word about my style of writing blog posts. As an academic I write papers for publication in refereed professional journals all the time. So for this blog I'd like to adopt a much lighter tone, sometimes even humorous (my sense of humour is legendary at work and at home.) Above all I aim to provide factual information, and be readable. My initial perspective will be that of someone reactivating a dormant interest (which of course is true.)

As my blog profile states, I enjoy watching science fiction movies. A recent favourite was 'Passengers' - highly recommended as a love story set on an almost 100 year long interstellar trip. On the other (serious) hand I retain an interest in hard science - keeping up with developments in astronomy particularly in the area of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Well today I have started to look around at today's UFOlogy, by reading a number of websites. The current range of views is very broad indeed. In one place I read the views of individuals who believe they are 'star seeds' - part human, part alien. In another place people recount their solid belief in the existence of reptilian creatures who abduct humans. Elsewhere, there are collections of individuals sharing accounts of their nightly sky watches - and the 'UFOs' they regularly see. Buried amongst all this are 'scientific ufologists' providing hard data and analysis.

It's going to take me a while to digest everything on my UFO search 'menu.' I guess I am on the entre course at the moment.

I'll look to publish a weekly post, probably each Sunday.

Must away, my youngest is hungry from all the pool work out!


Safe, but scared. How Victoria became a state of fear "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

There's something weird in the crime section of the report on government services released on Thursday.

The proportions of Victorians who feel "safe" walking at night has dived from 50 to 45 per cent in 2016-17. The proportion of NSW residents who feel safe has also dived, but from 54 to 49 per cent. The figures are for 2016-17. Victoria is now easily the most scared state in the nation, suddenly even more fearful than the traditionally scared states of Western Australia and Northern Territory.

The proportion of NSW locals who feel safe in their own homes at night remains unchanged at 90 per cent, but the proportion of Victorians who feel safe at home has dropped from 87 to 79 per cent, making Victorians now also the most scared on this measure, sharing the honour with Northern Territorians.

The (dated) figures for actual crime released in the Productivity Commission report show an increase in assaults per 100,000 Victorians during 2015-16, but to nowhere near to the level in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Victoria is far from Australia's most dangerous state on the figures published, but Victorians seem to think it is.

It's understandable. We're more attuned to changes than absolute levels. The more dangerous states are no more dangerous, while the not particularly dangerous state of Victoria has become more dangerous. And the newspapers, especially the most tabloid of them, have been scaring Victorians for months.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton lent legitimacy to their campaign when he said Victorians were "scared to go out to restaurants", a claim he might have clarified by saying that the risk of assault in Victoria (2490 assaults per 100,000 people) is little more than the Australian average (2420 per 100,000 people).

It'll doubtless lead to more police. Victoria already has more than NSW (297 per 100,000 residents compared to 256) without noticeably better outcomes.

NSW residents are more law abiding when it comes to seatbelts (only 2 per cent drive without them compared to 5.6 per cent) and less law abiding when it comes to speed (61 per cent drive more than 10 km/hilometres per hour over the speed limit compared to 53 per cent).

The most lawless part of Australia by far is the Northern Territory. One in 12 of its drivers drive without seatbelts and one in nine drive over the alcohol limit, compared to one in 17 in NSW and Victoria. The Territory has almost twice the rate of assaults as Victoria and more than twice the ratio of police: an extraordinary 732 per 100,000 residents.

An outsized proportion of the....


Julia GILLARD and Hillary CLINTON consorting again as CLINTON sends message to "activist bitches supporting bitches" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Delightful. A message "to all the activist bitches supporting bitches" by the inimitable @HillaryClinton. Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) January 27, 2018 EXCLUSIVE JANUARY 27 2018 SAVE PRINT Julia Gillard and Hillary Clinton join forces to confront bias against female leaders Julia Gillard and Hillary Clinton plan to work together...


35 YEARS ON ITS PARTY TIME! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Melbourne Jazz Co-operatives 35th Anniversary celebration, Sunday 28 January from 12.30pm to 8.30pm, Moreland City Band Hall, 16-22 Cross Street, Brunswick East

To celebrate its 35th Anniversary, the MJC is holding an eight-hour event (and party) featuring eight outstanding groups, with some of our leading improvisers:

The line-up for this big-arse Sunday (remember those?) equivalent is as follows:

12.30pm Andrea Keller



The Connections between the Aurora Massacre, The Sandy Hook Elementary Hoax, The Boston Marathon Bombings and the Kiev Uprising "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Andrew MacGregor. Retired police, Victoria, Australia

Terrorism is defined within the 1934 Oxford Dictionary as:

Terrorism n, systematic intimidation as a method of governing or securing political or other ends.

Terrorism is also referred to in the Reesian Theory of War as Low Intensity Operations.  Terrorism can also be called, Politically motivated Violence.

The Aurora Theatre Massacre

In July 2012, Hillary Clinton and the American State Department were debating the possibility of a United Nations treaty on firearms.  Right on cue on the 20th of July 2012, a spontaneous eruption of terror occurred at the Century Movie Theatre at Aurora Colorado.  The suspect for this event was one James Eagan Holmes.  However, witnesses claimed that there were more than one person involved in the shooting, including a person sporting a beard who opened the fire-exit door to permit the gunman to enter as well as the fact that the tear-gas grenades were thrown from a different direction from where the gunman was standing.  

When the local police chief, Dan Oates was being interviewed in regard to this event, the media also captured a person smirking in the background. That person was quickly identified as FB...


DFAT promoting Muslim "modest fashion" - the inference appears to be anything else is immodest. Uncovered meat a la Grand Mufti. "IndyWatch Feed National"

DFAT has swallowed the poison by accepting and reusing the "modest fashion market" characterisation to describe mandatory Islamic coverings for women. If this clothing is "modest" - what are normal clothes, immodest? Hussy? There are echoes of Sheik Hilaly of uncovered meat infamy here. How does Julie Bishop continue to...


January 28 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Having hosted the party 2 days before, Captain Phillips, now doffing his Governor's hat, founded the penal colony at Botany Bay. The neighbours weren't impressed...

1788 - French ships L'Astrolabe and La Bussole under Commanders De la Perouse and De d' Angle anchored in Botany Bay. Assisted into Botany Bay by Lieut. Henry Ball of HMS Supply.

1825 -
Thomas Hudson Hanged at Hobart for murder.
William Allen- Hanged at Hobart for murder.
Francis Oates- Hanged at Hobart for murder.

1826 - Henry Ausher, in government service charged with having soldiers necessaries in his possession....Brennan a soldier states - I missed a pair of trowers and a shirt this morning when I came off Guard. I was told that one of my comrades had sold them. After some enquiry I found the trousers in the possession of Ausher. Ausher admits having purchased the trousers, states he was not aware it was contrary to orders. Henry Ausher sentenced to solitary confinement for one fortnight.

1826 - James Edwards, in government service, charged with insolence to Sergeant Kelly (57th regt) in the performance of his duty. Sergeant Kelly states - I accompanied Brennan in search of some necessaries belonging to hi which had been made away with. A pair of Trousers were found in the possession of Henry Ausher. Edwards was present and said I had only gone there to extort money, that it was a common practice. Edwards admits having made use of improper language and expresses himself sorry for having done so. James Edwards sentenced to solitary confinement for one week.

1846 - A meeting was held at the Newcastle Court House to discuss capability of Newcastle Port.

1852 - The Crow-eaters in South Oz passed the Bullion Act along with the brandy snifters and cigars which allowed for the pretty little gold ingots to be used as legal tender for a whole year.

1863 - Derrimut, partially blind, with weak lungs and a paralyzed arm, eloped from the Melbourne Hospital after being subjected to a rough bath. Derrimut at this time was bitterly complaining about the sale and subdivision of the Mordialloc Aboriginal Reserve and the ploughing up of Boonwurrung bones buried on the site.

1885 - John Duffy was Hanged at the Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Sultana McGann.

1893 - The Federal Bank of Australia, located in Melbourne, was no longer located anywhere after this date as it went belly-up, taking most banks with it in a game of dominos.

1906 - Cairns and Innisfail, Qld, were severely damaged by a cyclone.

1914 - A mere 18.46 miles of train track opened up the line between Chillingollah and Manangatang (Vic).
Stations in between are Chinkapook (originally birthed as Christmas Tank) and Cocamba.



Charles Ortel on Radio Sputnik with a comprehensive discussion of Hillary Clinton/Obama et al email scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's Charles: I have been giving interviews with several excellent investigators---here is one that, immodeslly, I might argue is pretty good. In it, I take people through the real investigatin of HRC/others mishandling classified infrormation that started 10 July 2015. Knowing this, one has to question why she was even...


In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, January 26, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical forests EU blamed for tardy response to death of forest activist in Kenya (The Guardian). Baby okapi to greet visitors at Los Angeles Zoo (The Seattle Times). Gabon arrests 10 in ivory trafficking probe (AP/ABC News). Higher carbon dioxide boosts flowering in tropical forests ( Florida State University). The business of forest restoration and reforestation (Digital Journal). Massacre stimulates overhaul of logging laws in Senegal (AFP/News24). Willfully ignorant consumers avoid or forget information about where the products they buy come from (Woodworking Network). Mexican activist who took on loggers murdered (Los Angeles Times). Hundreds of containers of logs seized by Brazilian authorities (Reuters). Scientists use genetic information to tease apart frog species in Gabon (Smithsonian Insider). Study tracks the biggest threats in protected areas (Thomson Reuters Foundation News). Finland under pressure to cut funding to Kenyas forest service after alleged human rights abuses (REDD-Monitor). Other news Trump administration could still seek to drill for oil off Florida (The New York Times). New emissions monitoring program takes off in France (The Conversation). Australia floats $60 million to save Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Tea and elephants collide in Indias Assam state (BBC news). Public and private funding necessary to meet sustainability goals: Davos report (The Guardian). Global list of invasive species will help in the battle against extinction, scientists say (The Guardian). Japan to upgrade whaling mothership in sign that the country will continue whaling (The Guardian). Early signs of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Record-warm year

Earthquake swarm in progress along the coast of NSW, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A seismic swarm is in progress along the coast of northern New South Wales, Australia since Friday, January 19, 2018, raising fears that a bigger earthquake might hit the region. Authorities say that while they can't rule out a bigger one, they don't see it...... Read more

Stellar to Set Up Decentralized Exchange (SDEX), Implement Lightning Network "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the past few months, Stellar has not only shot up in price but also achieved a market cap of around $11 billion. Several developments surrounding XLM have also emerged recently, both official and unofficial. On 25 January 2018, the []

The post Stellar to Set Up Decentralized Exchange (SDEX), Implement Lightning Network appeared first on The Global Mail.


Australian Gold Refinery Announces Plan to Develop Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Gold Refinery Announces Plan to Develop Cryptocurrency

Perth Mint, Australias largest gold refiner, has announced plans for the development a cryptocurrency backed by physical gold. If successful in developing the altcoin, it will join a long list of virtual currencies seeking to entice cryptocurrency investors to experiment with commodity-backed virtual currencies, including Venezuelas soon to be launched petro.

Also Read: Venezuela Considers Selling Its Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency With a 60% Discount

Australian Gold Refinery to Develop Cryptocurrency

Australian Gold Refinery Announces Plan to Develop CryptocurrencyThe chief executive of Perth Mint, Richard Hayes, states that the company has identified a significant opportunity in bring[ing] investors back to precious metals after a boom in alternative investments such as cryptocurrencies, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

I think as the world moves through times of increasing uncertainty, youre seeing people look for alternate offerings, Mr. Hayes stated, adding And youre seeing this massive flow of funds into the lik...


Is Your Tea Sustainable? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tea has been a favorite beverage of many cultures for centuries. Drunk originally in China for medicinal purposes it is now mainly drunk to get a lift. But there are now dozens of different teas from many plant sources and all come in different types of packaging, loose, in cans or boxes or in little bags. We can also grow teas at home even in Australia. These different methods of obtaining tea differ in their sustainability and maybe grow-your-own is best.

The black and green teas we are accustomed to are derived from Camellia sinensis subsp. sinensis and Camellia sinensis subsp. assamica1. Tea drinking originated in China around 1500 BC, primarily as a medicinal drink. The effects of its caffeine content gradually led it to become a popular drink in the Tang Dynasty (618907) and its use spread to neighbouring countries. It was first imported into Europe by the Dutch East India Company in the early 1600s. Its use then spread to France, Germany and Great Britain in the mid-1600s. Initially only drunk by the wealthy because it was expensive, it became more widely used when more was imported and the price fell to the point where it could be regarded as a typically British beverage2.

Growing Tea

Most tea production has been in humid areas with rich, acid soil and high rainfall. It grows well in tropical and sub-tropical climates with partial shade, but in other areas it needs full sun as long as it receive sufficient water. Pesticides are used in many tea-growing areas3,  but their levels are reduced in the final products if the tea leaves have been washed during processing.

In Australia, tea is grown in many regions from north Queensland through to Vic...


Next month British judge to decide on Assange's bid for possible freedom "IndyWatch Feed National"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for over five years because he fears extradition to the United States, will learn next month if he has succeeded in having a warrant for his arrest dropped. Assange, 46, fled to the embassy in the wealthy Knightsbridge district of the British capital in 2012 after skipping bail to avoid being sent to Sweden to face an allegation of rape, which he denied. The Australian-born Assange had feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of a large trove of classified military and diplomatic documents - one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.


USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts in Largest Ever Air War Drill "IndyWatch Feed National"

USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts In The Western US During Largest Ever Air War Drill

Published January 26, 2018

Source: Silveristhenew

The United States Air Force is launching its largest-ever three-week premier set of air war drills, called Red Flag 18-1, starting on Friday and will conclude February 16, saidthe 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs.

On January 26, the air war drill, known as Red Flag, officially kicked off at Nellis Air Force Base, 20-miles outside of Las Vegas. Base officials have warned residents of increased military aircraft activity due to aircraft departing from Nellis Air Force Base twice-a-day to conduct war drills on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

Were trying a few new and different things with Red Flag 18-1, said Col Michael Mathes, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. Its the largest Red Flag ever with the largest number of participants, highlighting the balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness.

The drill involves a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft as well as participants from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and Marine Corps. Foreign participants include Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Air Force.

A video from the 2015 Red Flag drill is shown below.

Red Flag 18-1 primarily is a strike package focused training venue that we integrate at a command and control level in support of joint task force operations, said Mathes. Its a lot of words to say that we integrate every capability we can into strike operations that are flown out of Nellis Air Force Base.



Rental Properties and Small Spaces as Productive Oases "IndyWatch Feed National"

As population and cities grow, houses on traditional quarter acre blocks are becoming more expensive and you may only have the option of renting or choosing a living space with a smaller footprint. For many this might mean forgetting about a garden, but it doesnt need to be so. It is possible to have verdant growth and even a thriving veggie patch in small spaces and in ways that allow moving it all when you need to live elsewhere.

A Garden Full of Pot(s)

Great for veggie and herb growing, pots allow you a moveable feast, meaning that if your lease expires or you move to a larger property, you dont have to give the plants up. It also means that you can move plants in and out of shade as the seasons change.

The problem is, glazed and terracotta pots can be pricey, especially if you need a few of them, and plastic pots can be .well ugly! So, whats to be done? Never fear, there are many economical solutions! And the word for the week is scrounge

Glazed and Confused

First stop the local pot shop. Have a look in their seconds area, or even ask them if they have some gear they are throwing away. Youd be amazed how much decent stuff gets marked down to virtually nothing in garden centres and pot retailers, and what little gems you can find. Cracked and broken pots should be snapped up cracks and chips can be turned to the back, and pots broken in half can be excellent vessels for trailing plants (like, oregano, thyme, and strawberries). Do look out for massive pot clearance sales, as you can often pick up some unbelievable bargains here also.

Be aware though that some glazed and terracotta pots can have huge environmental footprints, and may not be the most sustainable solution!

Next place to visit the local tip! This may not be the most appealing idea, but tips can be amazing and you would be astounded at the range of gardening gear you can pick up for almost nothing! Think pots, sleepers, containers, sinks (if you find a cheap kitchen sink grab it!!), bits of wire and shade cloth, stakes, ornaments, lattice whatever you think you could work into your garden. The photo to the right shows what can be collected from a tip in just one (cheap) trip. And youre pulling stuff out of landfill, going for the full reuse, reclaim, recycle on hard rubbish super sustainable a...


Water Warriors, Puyallup Tribe & Tacoma Residents Seek To Pass Resolution Opposing Fracked Gas Plant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Currently, Puget Sound Energy, the company building the plant, has been building a massive fracked gas storage facility at the Port of Tacoma without obtaining all of its permits for construction and have not engaged in consultation, nor received consent, from the Puyallup Tribe whose lands the facility is being built upon. PSE, who is owned by Canadian and Australian investors, wants to build a 140 foot, 8 million gallon LNG storage tank with production capability of 500,000 gallons LNG per day. LNG is fracked natural gas in a liquid state. To reach the liquid state, the fracked gas is cooled to -260 degrees Fahrenheit (F). The fracked gas LNG plant has been subject to intense protest for the past year and a half.


February In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"

As your summer crop is having a little bit of a last hoorah, its time to start preparing your garden for autumn planting. This months newsletter has loads of tips and ideas of what to do NOW that will ensure your patch is ready to go. Wait until the heat of the day is off and then spend some lovely time in the garden.  


Weeding is a great job to do at this time of year. Cut down the competition between your tasty treats and these space invaders, and tidy up your patch. It may sound tedious, but its incredibly rewarding!


Top up the mulch on your vegetable patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds.  This is especially important if you are heading away or caught up in the bustle of back to school.  A hot summer tip is to mulch after watering the patch, to a depth of about 7cm. Keep mulch clear of plant stems, especially young seedlings. Choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch (this means different things in different areas), one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down.

Time to think about what wonders you will whack into your patch come April. Preparing beds and plots now means that when autumn planting time rolls around, your garden will be ready and waiting. Removing spent plants, clearing areas of weeds and topping up organic matter is an excellent February job. A nail rake, some good organic compost and lovely sustainable mulch is the perfect recipe for productive patches of the future.


 Shade for your plants
On non-gardening days, why not head out to the shed, and construct a couple of shade cloth tents. They dont have to elaborate, just a simple, moveable structure that you can pop over the top of some of the sun sensitive veggies (like eggplant, capsicum and others) as the heat becomes more intense. Pop these around where required, especially on high UV days, windy days, and during your holidays.

Water smarter at this time of year and always first thing in the morning. A nice, deep drink a couple of times a week is far more beneficial than frequent, short watering.

 Green Manure
Consider a green manure crop to add some life and love to an overworked pat...

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Tikkun Magazine "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Destructive Power of Nationalism

Eric D. Weitz
A review of:
Anatomy of a Genocide:
The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz
by Omer Bartov
Simon & Schuster, 2018

"Human life is cheap" in Casablanca, says Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt) to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in the renowned film. In Buczacz, human life was cheap, and then some --  expendable, worthless, targeted for obliteration. As Omer Bartov shows in his extraordinary new book, Buczacz, an isolated, backwater town in what is today western Ukraine, was crisscrossed by all the pathologies of twentieth-century political movements. The consequences were  devastating for the inhabitants, Jews especially, but Ukrainians and Poles as well. Not that they were the passive victims of abstract political forces or of the actions of the major powers, Habsburg Austria, Imperial and Nazi Germany, and Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, that variously dominated the town and region. Perhaps the prime achievement of this book is that Bartov brings to life the people of Buczacz and shows their involvement in mass murder on a devastating scale, including some Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. No one could be a mere bystander amid the various occupations and destructions of two world wars and hyperactive Ukrainian nationalism, Polish nationalism, Soviet communism, and Zionism. Precious few were the heroes and heroines in Buczacz.
Bartov has pored over diaries, letters, interviews, trial transcripts, Jewish memorial books, and more on four continents (even Australia shows up) in an array of languages -- German, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, English. The sources mirror the town. Buczacz, until 1945, was a classic East European multiconfessional, multilingual, and multiethnic place. Bartov, true to his purpose, tells us, in effect, that if we want to understand how the Holocaust occurred, we need to deploy all these languages and sources over decades and centuries.
The town'...


Australias paedophile epidemic being covered-up by judges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has an epidemic of paedophiles and as a country we need to face up to it and deal with it. The courts are a key area that the paedophiles are getting support and protection from and I will give multiple recent examples in this article as finding the examples is not hard as there are []


PERTH Bikie gang member charged over weapons, medicine "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bikie gang member charged over weapons, medicine .

January 26, 2018 at 07:11PM .

A Rebels bikie has been charged with multiple offences after guns and stolen goods were allegedly found during a raid at his Perth home. Police say they arrested the 33-year-old in a Rockingham shopping centre car park and found he was carrying a loaded handgun and methamphetamine. .



Pauline Wilson returns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

For those of you who have been reading this blog since its inception and who have a long memory, you may remember me (Pauline Wilson) as the person who started off the blog. After a while I got married, things became very busy and so I handed over the blog to Adelaide researcher Keith Basterfield.

Last month on an impulse I checked on the blog, and was pleasantly surprised to find it still going, with an excellent track record of posts. I then read Keith Basterfield's post advising that he was taking a break from UFO research. I approached him with the thought of writing the occasional post, and he agreed.

I will take some time to acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy, and then start posting. I have a few year's worth of catching up to do!  

One new website I have already visited is The Australian UFO Archives  - check it out. 


Australia - Letter | Why revisit the follies of fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed National"

FELLOW residents, the time has come again to discuss the states controversial fluoridation policy. The Oberon people decisively rejected state government backed fluoridation of our water four years ago, and it may be time to dust off and have at it again, as council have decided to decide whether or not to review the original decision. 
Back in the day good dental health in children was a parental responsibility, not a government one; and the government ought to butt out of this one permanently. The state may spruik the high number of fluoridated precincts in NSW, but cant deny 23 Queensland councils have voted to remove it. Why is that? Or that first world governments such as Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Hungary, Japan and Israel have openly rejected it. Why? 
Why is NSW Health so far behind on this issue? Cant they read what is accepted mainstream news/policy outside of our national media? Fluoride should have gone the way of thalidomide, thimerosal, Ritalin and other terrible government approved ideas of the past. 


BOGAN PRIDE! 100 drunk White youths celebrating Australia Day attack children & parents at kids carnival "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: A mass brawl involving up to 100 drunk bogans and rival youth gangs, largely from Anglo and Caucasian backgrounds, has taken place on Australia Day at a fairground on the NSW South Coast. The Huskisson Carnival at Shoalhaven is meant to be a family-friendly event that runs for the summer school holidays until January

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Puppy Was Being Sold In Exchange For An iPhone But People Saved Her Just In Time "IndyWatch Feed National"

The puppys owners didnt want her anymore. What they really wanted, they decided, was an iPhone.

Earlier this month, a friend of Emma Haswell, founder and director of Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Australia, was scrolling through Facebook when she came across an ad.

A friend found [the puppy] advertised on Facebook to swap for a phone, Haswell told The Dodo. She let me know, and I said if she collected her we would take her in.

Credit: Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Haswell, who regularly rescues dogs and farm animals, wasnt too surprised by the ad. She often sees dogs and puppies being advertised for sale online although this was the first time she saw an ad trying to swap a puppy for a phone.

To make the situation worse, the puppy was only 14 weeks old.

It saddened me that she was in this position of having no value as a loved, living being, Haswell said. Commonly these puppies are bought and then re-advertised for sale weeks later.

Haswells friend didnt waste a minute  she got in touch with the seller and asked for the puppy, who is now named Possum. While she had to front some cash to get Possum, she refused to pay the full price of an iPhone.

Credit: Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Once Possum was safe, Haswell settled her into a foster home through the Brightside Farm Sanctuary network. She spayed and vaccinated Possum so she'd be ready to find a new family the kind of family that wouldnt trade her for anything.

Possum didnt have to wait for long. The very first family she met fell in love with her, and quickly decided to adopt.

She is now so adored, Haswell said. She adores the little boy in the family. As soon as he set eyes on her he called her my puppy. The family also adopted a beagle cross puppy [at the same time], but...


Sheep Are Packed Into These Crates For The Worst Reason "IndyWatch Feed National"

The sheep were packed into crates like lifeless cargo. They had no food. No water. And they had a terrifying plane journey ahead of them.

Earlier this month, photographers in Australia got access to an undisclosed airport runway, and took photos of crated sheep as they were being loaded onto cargo planes. While its unclear exactly where they were headed, Kelly Dinham, spokesperson for Suffering Souls, the animal welfare group that published the photos online, doesnt think theyre going anything pleasant as they're some of Australia's many victims of live export.

Credit: Suffering Souls

This particular MASkargo [part of Malaysia Airlines] flight did not provide their destination location on the flight tracker app as planes normally would, Dinham told The Dodo. However, it is likely that they went straight to Malaysia as we [Australia] are sending more sheep there recently.

Once the sheep reached their destination, theyd be slaughtered, probably in a very horrific and inhumane way.

Credit: Suffering Souls

But this is nothing unusual. Each year, Australia exports millions of sheep, cows and goats to Asia and the Middle East. Once the animals reach their destination, often in countries that dont have the same welfare standards for slaughter as Australia, theyre either painfully killed in slaughterhouses or sometimes sacrificed in ritualistic ceremonies.

Most animals leave Australia on live export ships, large vessels in which thousands upon thousands of animals are packed into tight quarters. Many of those animals die due to stress, sickness or heat exposure, w...


Dog Decides To Hitchhike Across Australia All By Himself "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is an awfully big continent, but one little dog is doing his best to explore it all on his own.

Credit: Laura Scudamore

Earlier this month, an Australian terrier named Rusty took the road trip of a lifetime, hitching a ride with a truck driver from his home in Goondiwindi, Queensland to South Australia a journey of over 1,500 kilometers (more than 930 miles).

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The 3-and-a-half-year-old pup usually spends his days on his familys property, romping around with his two Border collie buddies. His thrill-seeking spirit often inspires Rusty to explore outside those boundaries.

Rusty and the work dogs will sometimes disappear around the property looking for adventure, Laura Scudamore, Rustys owner, told The Dodo. They will also sometimes find themselves on the nearby highway having a stickybeak [being nosy].

Credit: Laura Scudamore

When Rustys family is away, however, and hes under the care of his in-laws, who own the property, his curiosity can get Rusty into hot water.

A year and a half ago, Rusty first evaded his caretakers and ran to the highway where he caught a lift to Chinchilla, two and a half hours north of Goondiwindi. His cuddly nature endeared him to a local family, who took him...


Libs, Labor and Greens set to Bail In your Bank Deposits? Its already a Done Deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Phil Hingston

Whats a Bail In, you may well ask? Read on and be horrified!

A big kerfuffle is quietly raging over whether our esteemed politicians will grant wide-ranging powers to The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) to appropriate (steal) your bank deposits.  Hidden behind the usual gobbledygook, bankster-speak drivel, the title of the proposed legislation sounds harmless enough.

Its meant to, so you dont notice it.

Titled the  Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers and Other Measures) Bill 201...


PERTH Steroids, a jet ski and $17000 cash seized as Rebels bikie is arrested carrying a loaded handgun "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Steroids, a jet ski and $17000 cash seized as Rebels bikie is arrested carrying a loaded handgun .

January 27, 2018 at 01:33AM .

A Rebels bikie has been charged with multiple offences after guns and stolen goods were allegedly found during a raid at his Perth home. Police arrested the 33-year-old in a Rockingham shopping centre car park and allegedly found he was carrying a loaded handgun and methamphetamine. .



SOTT FOCUS: Australia Day: Change the Date? Absolutely "IndyWatch Feed National"

An issue swirling around Australia's national holiday over the last few years has been the movement to 'Change The Date'. To summarise the issue, it's that Australia's indigenous population considers celebrating today, January 26th - the anniversary of the British First Fleet officially beginning the British Empire's colonisation of New Holland/Gondwana, called 'Invasion Day' or 'Survival Day' by many Aussie Aboriginals - to be offensive. This issue is really about two things: Aboriginals' valid historical grievance over the mass-murder and expropriation that accompanied British colonisation. Like Native Americans reluctant to celebrate Columbus Day, it's understandable that Aboriginals don't feel like throwing a party on January 26th. And the rest of the population isn't too attached to the date either: Australia has had many 'national holidays' and only settled on today's date in 1994. Aboriginal protests against that date began shortly thereafter, but it's only recently that secondary issues have been grafted onto what is really just a request for a change of date, with the usual suspects from campuses and leftist organizations vigorously rubbing salt into the historical wound in an attempt to convince the indigenous population to weaponise their victimisation and strike at the heart of White GuiltTM, in the hopes of accruing power and wealth to themselves. They really couldn't care less about the Aboriginals, but they'll appropriate their cause, thank you very much.


People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia invasion day sign 2018

Marching in Melbourne Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us

Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to...


We killed it: Australia Day is officially dead "IndyWatch Feed National"


Mistrusting modern medicine, Endocannabinoid deficiency, hyperthyroidism, healing digestive issues, Tide pod madness, Big pharma CBD, Toxic docs revealed, Paul Barattiero, hydrogen water update, teenager challenges and MORE! "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 26, 7-9PM ET

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

People Mistrust Modern Medicine? Gee I Wonder Why?

Modern medicine infected by the virus of mistrust A rising tide of suspicion amplified by social networks has eroded public trust in modern medicine, leaving scientists and health officials scrambling for ways to shore up its credibility, experts say. Especially in rich nations, faith has waned in vaccines that have saved millions from the ravages of polio, tetanus, small pox, influenza and many other once rampant and deadly diseases. The level of confidence is not what it was twenty years ago, French immunologist Alain Fischer told AFP. It is crumbling. The scale of scepticism is startling.

 Got Cannabis?

What Is Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency? The endocannabinoid system is a wide-reaching biological system with many effects in the body. It responds to the cannabinoids in marijuana, as well as the bodys own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. The two most well-studied endocannabinoids are anandamide and 2-AG. These endocannabinoids are responsible for regulating many systems in the body, playing a crucial role in appetite, metabolism, pain, and sleep, among other functions. The endocannabinoid system is thought to play an important role in many illnesses. Researchers have proposed that a lack of endocannabinoid system activity could play a part in certain disease...


January 27 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1802 - Matthew Flinders was feeling a tad peckish when he plonked himself upon what he named, through a mouthful of mutton sanga, the Great Australian Bight.

1808 - Tedbury or Tjedboro, son of the famous Pemulwuy, arrived in Sydney, armed with a bundle of spears. He had been friendly with John Macarthur, who lives at Parramatta. Finding Macarthur safe at his town cottage, Tedbury exclaims, Master they told me you were in gaol.
Well Tjedboro, what has brought you here with your spears? asks Macarthur, who was gaoled for a few hours the previous day. He replies, with eyes flashing, To spear the Governor.

1815 - Attorney William Henry Moore, the first free solicitor in NSW, arrived in Sydney as a passenger on the transport Marquis de Wellington.

1820 - Finding that any old dollop of dirt just didn't do the deed for the dead The Powers That Be had the Sydney Burial Ground, later known as Sandhills Cemetary, consecrated.
It was known even later than that as Central Station.

1830 - George Augustus Robinson set out from Hobart for Port Davey to conciliate the Aborigines.

1845 - Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached Depot Glen (the site of Milparinka, SA). where they were forced to remain for six months owing to the lack of rain.

1847 - Jeremiah Connell was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Edward Martin at Buninyong.

1848 - The first marriage in South Australia between an Aborigine, Kudnarto, and a European, Tom Adams, was solemnised on this day.

1859 - The grand old gutter of Australia aka the Darling River became a highway on this day when the paddle steamer ship "Albury" debuted on the watery road, heralding the beginning of the popular (and rather rheumatic romantic) means of transport.

1875 - Foundation stone was laid for Sydney's The Great Synagogue in Elizabeth Street.

1876 - For the third time in nine years, the flour mill of Walter Duffield in Gawler burnt to the ground.

1881 - The NSW Government invited offers from English companies to build a bridge across Sydney Harbour.

1883 - Ah Kett was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Foo Ah Moy  at Cheritah Station, Roebourne.

1883 - John Collins was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of John King at the Kalgan River near Albany.

1903 - The Cessnock Railway Branch line (NSW) was opened from Weston - Abermain.

1906 A cyclone damaged Cairns and Innisfail in Queensland.

1908 - Australia's first Lifesaving Club carnival was held on Manly Beach, NSW.

1911 - The Land newspaper was first published.

1941 Following the capture of Tobruk, two brigades of the 6th Australian Division under Major Gene...


The Bumpy Road Down, Part 4: Trends in Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

IrvMillsIrv Mills has just published part 4 of his Bumpy Road Down series of articles..

This time Im going to look at some of the changes that will happen along the bumpy road down and the forces and trends that will lead to them. If you followed what I was saying in my last post, youll have realized that the bumpy road will be a matter of repeatedly getting slapped down as a result of going into overshootexceeding our limits, crashing, then recovering, only to get slapped again as we go into overshoot yet again.

Along the way, where people have a choice, they will choose to do a range of different things (some beneficial, others not so much), according to their circumstances and inclinations. Inertia is also an important factorpeople resist change. And politicians are adept at kicking the can down the roadpatching together the current system to keep it working for little while longer and letting the guy who gets elected next worry about the consequences.

Because the world will become a smaller place for most of us, well feel less influence from other areas and in turn have less influence over them. There will be a lot more dissensuspeople doing their own thing and letting other people do theirs. I expect this will lead to quite a variety of approaches, some that fail and some that do work to some extent. In the short run, of course, working means recovering from whatever disaster we are currently trying to cope with. But in the long run, the real challenge is learning to live within our limits and accept just enough rather than always striving for more. Trying a lot of di...


Eat Less Meat Ignores the Role of Animals in the Ecosystem "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Lifted from Civil Eats its fortunately what we were taught at the Small Farm Planning course, and its mercifully slowly catching on. My neighbours cows are currently on my land, building soil and reducing fire danger all at the same time.

Given the concerns over resource-intensive industrial meat production, youd think the resounding message would be, dont buy cheap meat, buy good meat.

Instead, a rule of thumb that has emerged in environmentalists circles is simply eat less meat. This statement frames meat as an indulgence rather than 1) the end result of an essential and timeless ecological process (the biological breakdown of vegetation, which feeds the soil and removes dead grass so that new vegetation can grow) and 2) a fulcrum in the way land across the world is managed or mismanaged.

As a grazier and land manager, Im part of a growing group of people who have committed our lives to restoring the health of environments directly, through exquisitely precise grazing on sensitive land, and who depend on the support of our communities to do this work.

Eat less meat is a well-intended caveat amongst woke environmentalists (a group who is, after all, my cohort) but it has also become a primary barrier to me and others like me doing our work. And its hard to not take that personally. Because what could be more personal than the health of my watershed and the kingdoms that inhabit it? If these things arent personal to you, we have a bigger problem....


Blind fish discovery in Chinese cave "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 26 January 2018 video says about itself:

Blind Cave-Dwelling Fish Found in Otherworldly Cave | National Geographic

Chinese and French scientists found a rare blind fish during a recent expedition.

This fish species is the golden-line barbel.


Julie Bishop's $44M PA "Australia seeks to align its support with the Palestinian Authoritys (PA) objectives" "IndyWatch Feed National"

I could not believe this when I read it. But there it is in black and white on the DFAT documents about our $44M per year to these savages: Our Aid Investment Plan aligns with the Palestinian Authoritys (PA) National Policy Agenda. Australia seeks to align its support with the...

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Brisbane Airport to Launch In-Terminal Cryptocurrency Payments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's Brisbane Airport is to roll out digital currency payments within the terminal shopping area.


Letter from NSW Labor leader Luke Foley - announcing a NSW Government treaty with Aborigines if Labor wins power "IndyWatch Feed National"

Luke, if this is the only way you can find fulfilment you need to get out more. Dear xxxx On this day 230 years ago the first British colony in Australia was settled at Sydney Cove. This was the beginning of New South Wales as we know it today. The...


PERTH Bikie gang member charged over guns, drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bikie gang member charged over guns, drugs .

January 26, 2018 at 07:11PM .

a loaded handgun and methamphetamine. They searched his home where officers found a semi-automatic rifle fitted with a silencer, another rifle, $17,000 cash, a stolen jet ski, steroids and other items of interest. The man has been refused bail to appear in Perth Magistrates Court later on Friday. .


PERTH Rebels bikie arrested with loaded handgun in Rockingham carpark "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Rebels bikie arrested with loaded handgun in Rockingham carpark .

January 26, 2018 at 04:56PM .

A REBELS bikie gang member arrested in a Rockingham shopping centre carpark yesterday was allegedly carrying a loaded handgun and methylamphetamine. Police allege a semi-automatic rifle fitted with a silencer, another rifle, $17,000 cash, a stolen jet ski, steroids and other items of interest were .



People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

These left-wingers and disenchanted who do these marches on Australia Day should get over it.

We who are living today are not responsible for the injustices of the past.

These left-wingers adopt one cause after another and are never happy.

The Guardian Australia

People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us

Invasion Day protest in Melbourne

Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to watch the official proceedings.

That was then. On Friday, when the Invasion Day march reached the barricades that had been pushed aside after the parade moved on, it significantly outnumbered the Australia Day event.

Crowd estimates were between 40,000 and 60,000 people. It stretched the lengt...



Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE FEARS FOR TWO-WEEK OLD REFUGEE BABY ON NAURU There are serious concerns for the welfare of a two-week baby boy on Nauru. The baby was born to Iranian refugees on 12 January. The baby has a seriously infected umbilicus that has been left untreated since Thursday after the babys mother(...)


Kolkata, India: International Anarchist Solidarity Action with Villawood Hunger Strikers "IndyWatch Feed National"


Received on 25.01.18: 

On 24 January, 2017, we, a group of anarchists from 3 different continents, undertook an action in support of the hunger striking prisoners in Villawood Detention Centre, so-called Sydney, Australia.

The solidarity action, which was undertaken in Kolkata, Bengal, India, involved a protest street theater action outside the Australian Education Fair. The aim of the action was to inform the general population, and prospective students considering study in Australia, of the vile racist policies of the government in relation to its ongoing treatment of refugees. Our goal was also to challenge the dominant rhetoric of Australia, as &#822...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.35 AUD


Dog With 'Human' Teeth Helps Her Mom Make Friends Everywhere She Goes "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a member of the fastest dog breed on the planet, the quick pace of city life agrees with Salty the greyhound.

The white dappled dog is a fixture in coffee shops and pubs around Melbourne, Australia, and her mom, Lucy Percival, is happy to encourage her social spirit.

Credit: Lucy Percival

We live in Melbourne, which is famous for its bars and cafs, and Salty is a true Melbourite as she loves them, too, Percival told The Dodo. Saltys favorite things are catching the train to go to a bar, or walking to our local cafs for a puppuccino. If she chooses her walk route, she always chooses to walk to the train station!

Most dogs would prefer to head to the dog park rather than a bar but Salty isnt like most dogs, for a number of reasons.

Credit: Lucy Percival

Whenever Salty is contentedly sitting at her favorite spot, something odd happens: She reveals her pronounced front teeth and her jaw starts to chatter. This behavior can draw curious, even concerned, stares from her fellow caf patrons.

Some people think the shaking is because shes sick, scared or cold, Percival said, but she is definitely healthy, happy and warm in the Melbourne summer!

Chattering (chittering or knitting) is one trait that makes greyhounds special. Unlike humans, where teeth chattering is an involuntary form of shivering, greyhound teeth chattering is usually a sign of happiness or contentment, similar to a cats purr.

Though Saltys chattering is not especially uncommon for greyhounds, it still draws attention and can get quite noisy.
Salty chatters a lot! She chatters when its breakfast or dinner time, she chatte...


A defining act of healing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today ANTaR and many of its supporters will pause to reflect on the anniversary of the invasion that started the dispossession and oppression of Australias First People. We will join them in mourning what they have lost to the colonisation of their lands and honour their survival after years of fighting for justice, rights and respect.

Each year ANTaR works to educate and build awareness on the tragic legacy of January 26 and what it means for First People. We encourage the national conversation about our national holiday, knowing that these debates can bring Australia closer to reconciliation.

We believe Australians can rethink our national holiday and that if it helps relieve deeply held trauma and anxieties experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we should move it too.

Please sign the Sea of Hands Pledge and join us in building awareness.

Thinking of how to mark the day? Weve collated some of the events and rallies led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are being held on the 26 January. View the list here. 

Many in our community may think the hurt and the scars held by First People can be overcome. How can we expect this when weve not experienced the ongoing disadvantage that has risen from the legacy of frontier wars, massacres and old racist government policies.



Grubbers into T20 semis "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove progressed to the semi-finals of the Bendigo Bank T20 Big Bash by defeating Little River in the 2nd round.
The Grubbers will play a semi-final on 11 February at Barwon Heads in a bumper weekend of T20 cricket.
The two semi-finals will be played simultaneously on both Barwon Heads ovals with the final to be held immediately after on RT Fuller Oval.
Grove batted first and made 8/156 with Isaac Saunders making 41 and Jackson Kent 22.
In reply, Little River was dismissed in the 20th over for 124 with Dan Roddis and Tom Kent the best of the bowlers.
Ocean Grove will play Portarlington and Barwon Heads will meet Anglesea in the semi-finals.
Collendina was eliminated in the second round of the knockout stage by a rampant Anglesea.
Collendina felt the full wrath of Anglesea skipper and young gun Ned Cooper. Cooper made 90 for the Roos in their total of 3/180.
In reply, only Max Sutton reached double figures with 28 as the Snakes were bundled out for 83.

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MACKAY Slade Point robbery accused faces extra charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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AN 18-year-old man charged in relation to the alleged armed robbery of a convenience store in Slade Point on Sunday has been further charged with breaking into an Airlie Beach home and unlawfully driving a car. Josiah Isaiah Simon Tapim, of Hay Point, faced Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday but

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MACKAY Inebriated man was on way to solve indigestion "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A BRISBANE geologist who was caught driving while almost three times the legal alcohol limit had been on his way to buy Quick-Eze, the Mackay Magistrates Court has been told. Christopher John Smallwood, 35, of New Farm in Brisbane, pleaded guilty to mid-range drink-driving on March 31 last year.

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A comment on border walls "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is based on a comment I made here.

The success of Israel and Hungary in putting up border barriers has been cited as evidence in favour of President Trumps proposed Mexican border wall.

West Bank barrier

A counter-argument raised against such citing is that those walls are much smaller than the Trump proposal. It is true that the US-Mexican border is 3,201km long, while Israel has 1,004km of border barriers (708km on West Bank, 245km on Egypt border and 51km on Gaza border) and the Hungarian border barriers are 523km (175km on Serbian border and 348km on Croatian border)actually, slightly less if one includes natural barriers.

What is missing in this simple comparison is relative populations. Israel has 1,004 km of border wall with a population of 8.5m, so 8,500 people per km of wall.

Hungary has 523km of border wall with a population of 9.8m, so 18,700 people per km of wall.

Hungarian border barrier

The US-Mexico border is 3,201km long and the US has a population of 325.7m, which would be 101,800 people per km of wall.

Given that Americans are also, on average, richer than Israelis and Hungarians, the proposed Mexican border barrier is, in fact, smaller with respect to population and GDP than either the Israeli or Hungarian cases.


Another argument sometimes mounted against border barriers or border enforcement is that a significant amount of illegal immigration...


Nuclear power proponents fighting a losing battle to get any role in Australias energy future "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Safety risks stall nuclear role in Australias energy mix, SMH, 25 January 2018, Cole Latimer Australia is to hit its Paris climate change targets and lower carbon emissions it needs to think seriously about nuclear energy, lobbyists say, but the safety risks coupled with its economic viability have former supporters doubting its future in Australia.

Australias commitment to the 2015 Paris climate agreement which aims to reduce emissions by 5 per cent below 2000 levels has increased the pressure to reduce the electricity industrys emissions levels, and nuclear energy has been put forward as a way to reach decarbonisation of the network.

Robert Parker, who is a current committee member and former president of the Australian Nuclear Association, said nuclear energy could play a major role in Australias decarbonisation if it is used along with renewable generation such as wind, solar and pumped hydro storage.  Mr Parker said there was the potential to replace Victorias brown coal-fired power stations with nuclear reactors once they had reached the end of their operating life. He said the infrastructure was already in place to rapidly build and operate a nuclear power plant..

Friends of the Earth national nuclear campaigner Dr Jim Green said the cost of nuclear power had made it unviable.

With the possible exception of carbon capture and storage, nuclear power would be the most expensive and least effective way of reducing emissions in Australia, Dr Green told Fairfax Media.

The estimated cost of reactors under construction in the UK is $20 billion each. The estimated cost of reactors under construction in France and Finland has risen to $16 billion each. Energy efficiency and conservation programs, coupled with renewable energy expansion, can sharply reduce emissions in Australia far more quickly and cheaply than nuclear power.

Ten years ago, there might have been a debate to be had over the economic merits of nuclear power, when the Switkowski inquiry estimated that a reactor could be built for $4 billion to $6 billion. The Switkowski panel was out by a factor of three and even Ziggy Switkowski himself now acknowledges that renewables are a more economically viable choice.

Nuclear physicist and NBN chairman Ziggy Switkowski, who once said Australia needs 50 nuclear reactors across the nation, believes the window...


Oz Day Rotary style "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Rotary Club of Ocean Grove turned back the clock 20 years with a free sausage sizzle in Ocean Grove, on Australia Day.
The free snags were gleefully snapped up from 9am to 11am on The Terrace.
Busker Isaac Wright entertained the crowd and there were fake tattoos, face transfers and balloons courtesy of Helloworld Travel. People also enjoyed games, soft drinks, and of course, free sausages offset with onions for those who indulged.
Dean Mawby told the Voice he was visiting for a long weekend from Castlemaine and son Alexander Mawby and Jack Saunders were thankful for a free sausage in bread.
The event was sponsored by RTEdgar (Bellarine) Real Estate and is yet another example of Rotary doing good for the community. 

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Kiata wind farm to strengthen Victorias energy network RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A new wind farm in Western Victoria will power more than 20,000 households as part of a jobs boom in Western Victoria with six projects underway or proposed in the area.

via Kiata wind farm to strengthen Victorias energy network RenewEconomy


Australia Day, Invasion Day or Possession Day? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What a great way to celebrate the beginning of Martial law (something the mainstream media has not mentioned yet) on this continent by wrapping it up in a  'consumer' friendly "Australia Day" slogan where it's celebrated with barby and beer in hand by the herd population, where the (very learned) legal community should know otherwise.

Some people even refer to the 26th of January as Invasion Day, marking the arrival of the convicts from the First Fleet.

Let's not worry about the 'other' 26th day of January the one of 1808, which was the one of the Rum Rebellion.

The 26th of January may not be that important as people make it out to be, where another action occurred approx 8 years earlier where no spot light has be put on it.

 "The history of New South Wales as a British possession commenced on 28th April 1770 by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander, landed at Kurnell on the southern shore of Botany Bay, and took possession of the country in the name of King George the Third"

as seen in screen capture below from the book;
New South Wales the Mother State of Australia, which was issued by "THE INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENT" by authority of the government of the state of New South Wales.

SO how did this taking "possession" occur?

1). Was there any bartering with the people of many 'nations' who already were living on the land?
2). Was there the "meeting of the minds" for an agreement of some sort?
3). Was it just plain and simply taken or in criminal law, stolen?

Now that would not be very honourable if it was stolen would it?

We asked the Australian people's most popular read news site the Rupert Murdoch's Herald Sun publication to comment on this in an email but no response was given, see screen capture of email sent to Herald Sun


Redating Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

The date of our national day is a cruel joke, writes Dean Frenkel.

Political correctness is the biggest obstacle to changing the date of Australia Day.

This does not refer to the brand of political correctness that right wingers bleat-on about, but an older form that has not been acknowledged but still dominates: right-wing political correctness.

Yet the case for maintaining the status quo and persisting with January 26 is empty.

In short their best arguments can be presented as questions: Why are Australians not allowed to celebrate their national day when every other nation is allowed to celebrate their national day?

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The answer: In simple terms, it is insulting, at best, and more likely an act of war to celebrate our national day on the anniversary of the invasion.

Why is patriotism in Australia so discouraged when it is perfectly acceptable in other countries?

The answer: Because love of country is far more substantial than politically correct expressions that descend into waving the national flag, and standing for the national anthem. Generally, Australians are too smart to fall for jingoist propaganda. Indeed, every time white supremacists wrap themselves in the Australian flag, the flag itself becomes synonymous with extreme right wing politics.

But isnt Australia a better place because of the invasion and occupation? Well, if we focus just on the environment, Australia has never been in such bad condition; more damage has been done in 230 years of modern occupation than in 60,000 years of Aboriginal stewardship. Many indigenous species are now endangered, and the absolute majority of Australian land has been exploited and irretrievably changed for the worse.

The arrival of the First Fleet marks the biggest change to Australian history since humans first inhabited Australia. From that day most Aboriginal people became dispossessed from 60,000 years of connection to country. And given their substantial connection with the land, it marked the beginning of the removal of Aboriginal people from their traditional culture. But most offen...


Invasion Day Is More Than Just A Day On The Calendar "IndyWatch Feed National"

Everyone has a view on changing the date. Teila Watson is hoping more people form strong views on ending the destruction of country.

Everyones talking about changing the date. I think its a cute sentiment, however it would be meaningless if the government continues to fail to cease and desist the colonial process that is occurring.

Also, where the reparations at? And give our land back and fund the reconstruction and adaption of our systems of governance and law.

See Invasion Day is about more than just a date in history to celebrate. They didnt just invade our lands and ethos, they invaded our logic and philosophy and stole the power of definition, taking our rights to be human and our rights to be respected and considered as people who know this continent and know how to govern ourselves and our eco-systems.


That has had as much a lasting effect as the genocide, rape, pillage and plunder. Invasion Day is about what is and isnt happening today, how we got here and how we cant move forward, regardless of a date on a calendar. Not only because what has happened and is still happening to First Nations people and lands and what is happening to non-Indigenous people in this country but because there is no safe or healthy model to govern this continent and move forward in an environmentally or socially sustainable way.

Science has proven that for more than 70,000 years First Nations people have been living in the continent now referred to as Australia. This means we lived through ice ages, sea level changes and other catastrophic events like volcanoes and major changes to land masses and climate. These major changes also affected social relationships between nations and required a form of social governance that was extremely effective in ensuring the health of people and land and also upholding the dynamic relationships each nation had with their lands.

So despite all the challenges for over 70,000 years, we found ways to thrive through observing, adapting and adjusting not only the way we went about daily life but the way that we governed our lands. Because when our climate is changing, forms of social and environmental governance should always change with it, as change is natural to life on earth, and life indeed, is a living thing.

And yet our government here in Australia, continues to face climate change and global warming with the same colonial view that has created then allowed these issues to prosper. All the while, First Nations people still have many of the scientific knowledge,...


The right to withdraw labour is a fundamental human right "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial comment

Responding to the order made by the Australia Fair Work Commission yesterday over its decision to order members of the Rail Bus and Tram Union in Sydney, to not go on strike next Monday and to lift their overtime ban, has brought to attention the difficulty that unions and their members have with an industrial relations system, become increasingly skewed to favour the employer.

Yesterdays article in The Pen was restricted and is therefore republished at the bottom of this page.

Not since the days of the master Servants act of the nineteenth century, has such a one-sided system been in place.

It marks a significant restriction of the democratic right of workers to have say in the conditions of their employment.

To suggest that there is equality before the law is nonsense. Big employers have the economic muscle and connections to impose their will, which means that the employment relationship is not one between equals. Unions emerged because of this. Only through acting together can workers be heard.

The Fair Work Act and the institutions that administer it, are designed to restrict this right. Nothing proves this more convincingly, than the rarity of orders made against employers, for bringing economic harm to those who work for them and providing an unsafe workplace.

The union peak body in Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, released the following statement yesterday.

ACTU statement

Todays decision by the Fair Work Commission to suspend the action by train drivers is further evidence of the broken rules in Australian workplaces that are driving down wage growth.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions today noted that the right to withdraw your labour is a fundamental human right, that is denied to most Australian workers, most of the time.

Quotes attributable to Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary:

The basic right to strike in Australia is very nearly dead.

Rail workers followed every single rule and law, and still the Minister of the day can get an order to cancel bans on working excessive overtime.

When working people and their union go through every possible hoop and hurdle and are still denied these basic rights, it is no secret why so many workers havent had a pay rise.

Working peoples wages in Australia are so stagnant because the rules are stacked in the favour of the employers.

We need to change the rules, because Australia needs a pay rise.


Sydney rail workers pus...


Australian aid to Palestinian Authority equals 86% cost of Mahmoud Abbas's brand new private jet! "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are mugs. While asking for aid from Europeans The PA has purchased a new private Jet for Abbas for 50 M $. The jet will arrive in the coming weeks and will land in Jordan Dana Weiss (@danawt) January 24, 2018 PA Purchases $50 Million Private Jet for...


Premier urged to stop koala-habitat logging near Bellingen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eight NSW environment groups have written to the NSW Premier urging her to intervene to protect an area of Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, vital to the protection of koalas in NSW.

Logging operations are planned in Gladstone State Forest where hundreds of koala scats were found by community groups in July and August 2017.

The groups say the planned logging operations, on top of operations carried out in August 2017, highlight how the regulation of public native forests is failing to protect koalas.

A National Parks Association spokesperson said that despite Forestry Corporations own ecologists finding extensive evidence of koala scats, and the hundreds of scats found last August by members of the Bellingen Environment Centre and Kalang River Forest Alliance, no steps have been taken to protect Gladstones koalas.

Polling in the north coast seats of Ballina and Lismore in December 2017 showed people were very aware of the plight of koalas, and highly supportive of new national parks for their protection, the spokesperson said.

North East Forest Alliances Dailan Pugh said koala populations on the north coast have declined 50  per cent  in the past two decades.

Logging has been proven to be contributing to this decline. We must protect the remaining breeding colonies to give koalas a fighting chance, Mr Pugh said.

Gladstone has been found to support a significant koala population, including a mother and her joey. This core koala habitat needs to be protected.

Nambucca Valley Conservation Association spokesperson Lyn Orrego said the state government has allowed Forestry Corporation to undertake intensive, clearfell logging, not valid under logging rules, of 23,000 hectares of high-quality koala habitat in our north coast public native forests over the past 10 years.

We implore the premier to take seriously our request for a stay of execution for the koalas of Gladstone State Forest, Ms Orrego said.

Unprecedented high levels of evidence of breeding koala populations in Gladstone State Forest have been found.

Bellingen Environment Centre spokesperson Ashley Love said this is exceptional evidence of occupancy and demonstrates this area of forest is entirely unsuitable for logging.

Forestry Corporations own ecologists have identified the importance of this area for koalas, yet no protections have been put in place. The premier must intervene, he said.

Frances Pike of the Australian Forests and Climate Alliance said not only is our forest wildlife getting hammered by logging, it is driving climate change too.

Forests are the best technology we have for drawing down carbon dioxide...


More soil building on the Fanny Farm "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I always try to source my materials as close to home as possible, and sometimes that can be frustrating.! My ever so knowledgeable neighbour told me some months ago that Dolomite was locally available, and dirt cheap at that. Of course, he has about seven times as much land as I do, and when he buys some, he gets, well  seven times as much as I need.. and it comes by truck of course, and all I wanted was one ute load. So I rang the guy who runs this enterprise, and the dolomite saga began

When I first rang him, it was next Monday. Luckily I rang first, and I got sorry, theres no one there today, but on Wednesday  Sounds like Tasmania all over.

Anyhow, I eventually got my Dolomite. The depot is inside Ta Ans sustainable plywood factory (!) whose trucks drive past my shed at least four or five times a day, and who knows how many during the night. The place never seems to stop with logging trucks going in the forest, as well as out. Dont ask, I dont know, and it could only occur in Tassie!

I had been on that road once before with Glenda many years ago while we were still investigating which part of the Huon we might choose. We only had a tourist map, and we somehow got lost in among the forestry roads that criss cross this logging area, and they werent on the tourist map, and I still didnt have a GPS. We eventually saw signs pointing to Geeveston, and at least I knew where that was! We even drove right past this place, not realising of course that one day wed own it. The poor little hire car took a pounding on the incredibly rough roads, the sort that shake the fillings from your teeth. So I knew what I was in for, except that an unloaded ute with 65psi in its tyres was even worse.



Changing date the key to national reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW Aboriginal Land Council chair Roy Ah-See. Photo courtesy Ourmob

Changing the date of Australias national celebration from 26 January is the key to resetting the national reconciliation process, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) said today.

NSWALC chair Roy Ah-See said any celebration of what it means to be Australian must include Australias First Peoples.

For Aboriginal people, 26 January is an annual reminder of our dispossession, discrimination and exclusion, Cr Ah-See said.

Every year, a growing number of Australians are also becoming increasingly uneasy about holding a national celebration on 26 January.

Cr Ah-See said the debate about changing the date would not disappear and he urged political and community leaders to initiate a process towards a more suitable celebration of Australia.

You would be hard-pressed to find people more patriotic about Australia than its First Peoples.

Weve cared for this country for more than 60,000 years and weve played a major part in Australias success.

Were not saying dont celebrate we want a celebration but on a day that we can all be comfortable with.

Change the date and well be the first to RSVP.

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January 26 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Two French frigates of the Laprouse expedition sailed into Botany Bay as the British were relocating to Sydney Cove in Port Jackson.

1791 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a party for no reason, the flag was flung up the mast to celebrate the beginning of the colony 3 years earlier.

1798 - Explorer George Bass transferred 5 escaped convicts from Glennie Island back to the mainland expecting them to walk back to Sydney.
Strangely they were never seen again....*cue alien music*

1798 - Something that was sighted, although they're fast disappearing, were the first koala and lyrebird near Bargo NSW, by John Price, Governor John Hunter's servant.
The animals didn't rate the Europeans very highly.

1808 - John Macarthur was arrested and gaoled, sparking the Rum Rebellion. Military officers forming the court demand Gov William Bligh granted Macarthur bail and stand down Atkins'; Bligh summons them to appear before him the next day; Major George Johnston signed an order for the release of Macarthur, proclaimed martial law, marched on Government House and arrested Bligh.

1818 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a public holiday for no reason, Governor Macquarie let the populace have a day off from hard slog to celebrate and to build up history and pride.

1818 - Not celebrating on this day was Richard Collyer who was Hanged on the Newtown road, Hobart, for the murder in 1815 of Carlisle and O'Byrne at New Norfolk.

1827 - A public meeting was held in Sydney to demand trial by jury, taxation by representation, and a Legislative Assembly elected on manhood suffrage.

1838 - Waterloo Creek Massacre took place 50kms south-west of Moree.
5 white men were killed while between 120-300 Aboriginal People of the Kamilaroi Nation murdered by police commandant Major James Nunn.

1838  - The foundation stone for Holy Trinity Church North Terrace was laid by GovernorJohn Hindmarsh.

1838 - The 50th Anniversary of the Colony was celebrated with a regatta on Sydney Harbour and a Public Holiday.

1844 - Governor FitzRoy pottered across to NZ and, despite the demands for revenge in the Wairau Massacre of 22 settlers, he decreed the Maori had been provoked by the Europeans' unreasonable actions.
So revenge was off the menu.

1849 The Australasian Anti-Transportation League was formed after a public meeting at Launceston, Tasmania.

1850 - Today saw the first issue of the Irish Exile: Freedoms Advocate newspaper in Tassie.

1855 - Work commenced on foundations of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

1858 - Adelaide was roasting nicely to the tune of 46.8 degrees C.

1858 - First t...


Australia Day should not insult the First Australians and honour a foreign flag "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Feedback from my previous article on Australia Day has attracted supportive feedback. Since it was published there has also been a build up of comment around Australia, revealing that support for changing the date is more widespread than had seemed to be the case.

Being 16 January, this is a good day to make some additions to the previous comment.

Before progressing to anything else, how in the world can the population be brought together on a date that insults a part of it? For the First Australians, the landing of Captain Cook symbolises the beginning of the brutal destruction of their society. On this point alone. It is divisive and should be changed.

There is also more to it, and if this part is appreciated too, it becomes obvious that sticking to 26 January does not make much sense for white Australia either, and this brings the possibility of coming together, as an irresistible force to bring about change. Building this unity must be a priority.

Those who continue to, do or die,  insist on this day, are missing the point. Australia did not emerge as a nation, or inherit democracy, because a sea captain planted the flag. Colonisation established a penal colony, destroyed the indigenous society and brought in marshal law in a system that soon took the form of dependency on the slave labour of the convicts.

This was hardly a bastion of democratic rights, kindly handed over by the British Crown.

Rights that developed  in Australian society through time, were won by those who lived here. Settlers fought hard to make a living and have a voice. The First Australians fought back and survived against the odds. Former convicts played their part.

The rise of a working class brought in a union movement that was ahead of its time and it led to working and other conditions that were the envy of many other countries. Australia was the first country to have the eight-hour day, introduced universal suffrage, led the world in giving women the vote and much more.

Collective effort forged the nation.

It is the efforts of those who lived here and new arrivals, despite some shortcomings, which managed to forge a truly multicultural society, where each part contributed to the mix and formed a uniquely Australian identity.

The decision that Australians must make is whether to celebrate the imposition of the British flag or the efforts made by generations of Australians, to make this a better place to live in.

The suggestion that Britain brought civilisation does not hold water. It also implies that there was no civilisation here before. This is clearly wrong.

Westernisation might have brought new technology and a new set of social r...


Celebrations and protests on Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Canberra [AAP]

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is urging Australians to embrace Australia Day to celebrate the rich history and culture of indigenous people and the contributions of migrants.

As disagreement intensifies over shifting the national day from the January 26 anniversary of the First Fleets arrival in 1788 and division widens amid growing Invasion Day rallies, Sir Peter reminded Australians to celebrate their diversity on Friday.

From the rich culture and history of our first Australians, to the many generations whove come here to make Australia home, to those people proudly taking the citizenship pledge and becoming our newest Australians today, our nation is stronger because of our diversity and the way we live and work harmoniously together, he says in his Australia Day address.

Citizenship ceremonies and backyard barbecues are bound to draw big crowds, but not all will be celebrating this year.

Thousands are expected at Invasion Day marches around the country, buoyed by Thursdays comments from Australian of the Year nominee Johnathan Thurston that the date will inevitable change one day.

More than 5000 are expected at a rally outside the Victorian Parliament and similar numbers will walk in Sydney, starting from The Block in Redfern.

Protests have already begun with a Melbourne statue of Captain Cook daubed in pink paint and the words No Pride on Thursday.

But Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge is among those to throw his wholehearted support behind keeping the date.

On Australia Day, we celebrate the big three pillars of our society; our Indigenous heritage, the British foundation and multicultural character, Mr Tudge said.

An Institute of Public Affairs poll released this week suggests most Australians agree with him, with 70 per cent of 1000 respondents saying the public holiday should remain on January 26, while 11 per cent disagree.

And not all Aboriginals are boycotting celebrations with indigenous performers including the Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers and the KARI Singers opening Fridays festivities in Sydney which is expecting a crowd of around half a million into the city.

The harbour will be the focus of celebrations, including ferry races, an aquatic ballet and evening fireworks.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be in Canberra for a citizenship ceremony and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will attend events in his Melbourne electorate.

Almost 13,000 people from 129 different nationalities are due to become Australian citizens in ceremonies across the country.

Cockroach races in Queensland and native animal cook ups in the Northern...


The Gary Null Show 01.25.18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Suzanne Humphries is a board certified internist and nephrologist, licensed in three states.   In 2011, she left her conventional medical career to study vaccination and practice integrative medicine. Since then, she has traveled and lectured all over Scandinavia, USA, Australia and New Zealand on the subjects of vitamin C and vaccination. Suzanne is also the co author of the very important ...

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Slim Dusty Waltzing Matilda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Happy Australia Day all Aussies dont drink too much boozewear a sun hat its gonna be a hot one and be kind to everyone even those people you dont like much.

Slim Dusty now departed an Aussie icon as good as, maybe better than all country music youll hear these days



Narrm / Melbourne, So-Called Australia: Banner Action for Invasion Day 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Received on 25.01.18:

Banner drop. West Gate freeway. Melbourne. Solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.

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Government boosts Victoria market "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A new government scheme that will add to demand in markets such as Frankston, and Geelong, and Mildura.

From the Housing Industry Association (HIA): 


Jack Latimore: Its convenient to say Aboriginal people support Australia Day. But its not true "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Opponents to Australia Day are invariably criticised in two ways. The first is a favoured manoeuvre for establishment media pundits: claim the focus on 26 January is trivial while more pressing Indigenous issues are neglected. This routine is considered most effective if an Indigenous representative can be recruited to do the sowing. It adds conflict and sells copy, and ...


Ive Had It With Reporters Trying To Stamp Political Heresy Out Of Tennis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Not so long ago, tennis fans could watch a match and root for an underdog without having to worry about who he follows on Twitter or what he retweets. But in an age of ubiquitous social media and particularly since the toxic 2016 election, Americans can no longer remain blissfully unaware of how our athletic heroes feel about politics.

Sports reporters badger athletes about whether they would visit the White House, demand to know how they feel about national anthem protests, and scrutinize their Twitter activity looking for evidence of pro- or anti-Trump fodder to create headlines.

This week at the Australian Open, where an American named Tennys Sandgren came out of nowhere to reach the second round of the tournament, the press corps seemed less interested in his Cinderella story than the fact that his Twitter activity is awfully similar to President Trumps.

Caring More about Politics than about Tennis

Sandgren, a 26-year-old Tennessee native who had just two career wins at the Association of Tennis Professionals level coming into the tournament, had just scored the win of his life, beating No. 5-ranked Dominic Thiem. Then his apparent right-wing leanings were raised at a post-match press conference.

A British reporter asked why he had expressed support for Hillary Clintons debunked Pizzagate issue, and had re-tweeted and followed so-called white nationalists on Twitter. Sandgren denied being a member of the alt-right, and insisted that he didnt endorse the viewpoints of people he followed or retweeted.

But he also said he found some of the (alt-right) content interesting, and the press smelled blood. Elite news outlets around the world went ape, running damning pieces detailing the journeyman tennis players Twitter activity, focusing on dubious conspiracy theories common among elements of Trumps base.

I dont endorse Sandgrens opinions, nor am I a fan of the president. But make no mistake, the point here is to punish and embarrass him for being a Trump supporter.

I concede athletes help dig their own graves by making their viewpoints public on social media. But would journalists be scrutinizing Sandgrens every tweet and demanding answers if he had been following and retweeting Antifa activists, who have encouraged violence against the police? Would they be concerned if he had expressed support for baseless left-wing conspiracy theories? I think not.

Sandgrens political viewpoints have no bearing on the tournament. Twitter is like a religion to journalists....


Australia Bound? Brisbane Airport Accepts Cryptocurrencies in a World-First "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Brisbane airport will soon be accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies at various retail establishments for travelers arriving or departing the airports terminals. In an unprecedented move, Brisbane Airport (BNE), Australias third-busiest airport, will introduce cryptocurrency payments at a number of terminal retailers where travelers can make retail purchases with digital currencies. In its official Continued

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PERTH Husband accused of murdering wife, aged 83 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Husband accused of murdering wife, aged 83 .

January 25, 2018 at 04:00PM .

Homicide Detectives have charged an 85-year-old man with murdering his elderly wife, after she collapsed due to a medical incident. Harold Barclay was heard by the Perth Magistrates court this morning via telephone, in a bedside hearing. The cancer sufferer is under police watch at Royal Perth .


PERTH Hamilton Hill man charged over Perth train brawl that left another man fighting for his life "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Hamilton Hill man charged over Perth train brawl that left another man fighting for his life .

January 25, 2018 at 11:18AM .

A 19-year-old Hamilton Hill man had been charged over a brawl on the Armadale train line that left another main fighting for his life with a serious brain injury. Kensington detectives said the 19-year-old man was with friends when he boarded an Armadale-line train at Perth station at about 6.30am on .



Giant Freshwater Lobster "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Giant Freshwater Lobster puppet, currently under construction for debut at SLFs Big Weekend.

In a partnership between Bob Brown Foundation and Snuff Puppets, the construction of a 5 metre long, 2 metre high, giant blue freshwater lobster puppet began late last year. The puppet is a larger than life size replica of the Tarkines Giant Freshwater Lobster, a creature found nowhere else in the world other than a small number of rivers in Tasmanias northwest.

The habitat of this unique species is threatened by sediment and run off from logging of the Tarkines ancient forests that flank the river where this species lives, Tarkine campaigner Emma Wasson told the Festival.

So far the construction of this puppet has taken more than 300 hours, with time donated by a group of 20 volunteers who have become active in Bob Brown Foundations campaign to protect the Tarkine from Melbourne.

Festival Partner, the Bob Brown Foundation hopes this giant roving lobster puppet will highlight to Melbourne the plight of threatened species in Tasmanias ancient rainforests and that people at the festival will take lots of photos to share over social media using the handle #craycray.

Using our phone cameras and social media networks we can amplify the message that species like this are being pushed to the brink of extinction unless we stop destructive ancient rainforest logging, a practice well out of date in the 21st Century.

Currently there are activists in the threatened Sumac forests, defending them in tree sits, staying vigilant and ready to raise the alarm on logging activity which they hope to prevent again this summer. Tasmanias Tarkine is one of the last wild places left on Earth. The Bob Brown Foundations campaign in Melbourne to activate citizen participation in this urgent campaign is growing and they will have a big summer of action planned.

The creation of this giant Snuff Puppet will continue this month. Painting and puppet operation training for volunteers will begin in early February. The puppet requires two puppeteers to operate and a team of marshals who will accompany this giant through the festival grounds handing out campaign information.

If youd like to join the puppet team over the Festivals Big Weekend, you can RSVP for training here.

Snuff Puppets have a wonderful reputation in building giant puppets commissioned by the Nation Gallery of Victoria and have built their business through the grassroots environmental movement of Melbourne. Weve also had support from the Lush Charity Pot to aid the construction of this campaign prop.

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Industrial & Commercial Plumber Melbourne Leading Plumbing Solutions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hills District Podiatry, Podiatrist in Sydney, located in Rouse Hill and Baulkham Hills is your local expert podiatry service. We specialise in all foot and lower limb problems.


Being an ally on Jan 26 and beyond "IndyWatch Feed National"

First off. Listen.

That is what we are doing. And we arent writing this to centre our own experiences we are writing it because we take the time to try and follow and listen to a range of aboriginal voices, and we might have access to information that you havent come across. We want to take away from emotional labour of aboriginal people by supporting other allies with a collation of useful information.

So that is the first step. Its not about us, its not about you, its about mob. (Photos from Naarm Melbourne rally here)

And guess what they have got different views. Like white people, or people descended from Sudan, or Vietnam, or people all named Becky.

Please dont be like Friendlyjordies and attribute all aboriginal voices to one or two people. (Or maybe dont be like Friendly jordies at all on this one.)

What even do I call JAN 26 and what are people asking for?

Some people are calling to #ChangeTheDate and some people call it Invasion Day or Survival Day. In Melbourne (Naarm) they are calling to #AbolishAustraliaDay. Its likely this will mean different things to different people, but what does seem to be commonly shared perspective we shouldnt be celebrating genocide.

Which is what happened when the first fleet landed on the shores of this continent and occupied where hundreds of aboriginal nations had already been prospering for 1000s of years. First nations people in America (referred to as Turtle Island by some) have similar issues with Thanksgiving Day.

White Australias collective amnesia on this goes to the core of some of our current injustices. How can we talk about fixing things if we cant admit there is a problem in the first place?

And some mob dont support to Change the Date for that very reason they would rather structural injustices were addressed youth incarceration and suicides, health issues, legal discrimination, children removed from family, deaths in custody, land grabs for minerals and so much more.

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NSW Labor inviting nominations to fill Sam Dastyari's senate seat - $750 to nominate - form here "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Labor Party just going through the motions for appearances sake? Perish the thought. SPECIAL POLITICAL BRIEFING 1. NEW MEMBERS' EVENING A new members' evening will be held in March. Luke Foley, Leader of the Labor Party and Members of Parliament will be in attendance to welcome new members. The...


Victoria's anti and/or pro corruption commission deflects report involving John Cain Jr, the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE @MatthewGuyMP Dear Opposition Leader, Are you satisfied with the IBAC's response in this matter? Michael Smith News (@mpsmithnews) January 25, 2018 ENDS A practical way to think about conflict of interest is its effect on reputation in the eyes of a third party. Learn how to identify conflicts...


Podiatrist Annangrove Hills District Podiatry "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.40 AUD


Nightmare like and unreal: the letter from Pentridge "IndyWatch Feed National"

The letter was written secretly in my cell in A Division when I was a prisoner in Pentridge Gaol with two comrades, Brian Pola and Fergus Robinson. There was no shortage of time to write it, as we were in solitary confinement, in our separate cells, for sixteen hours each day.


Australia: Colonial statues vandalized on eve of Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

A STATUE of James Cook in St Kilda and the Burke Wills sculpture in the Melbourne CBD have both been defaced on the eve of Australia Day.

The sculpture of Captain James Cook, erected in the Catani Gardens in 1914, has had pink paint dumped over it and big red letters marked at the base saying No Pride.

The statue of Captain Cook is a replica of the one at his birthplace at Whitby in England.

Victoria Police took photographs of the defaced statue and dusted beer bottles found nearby for fingerprints in St Kilda this morning.

Another statue, Burke and Wills, has been splattered with green paint and the word stolen written across the plaque.

It is Melbournes oldest piece of public art and was made by sculptor Charles Summers.

The statue honours explorers Robert OHara Burke and Williams John Wills who...


Victoria's get-out-of-jail-free cards available to favoured "sons" via the Anti-ahem-Corruption Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Our lodestar: on Ursula K Le Guin (19292018) "IndyWatch Feed National"

For those of us seeking to write politically conscious fiction it should be clear just how important Le Guin is. This was what drew me to make the pilgrimage to Portland a little over fifteen years ago as I was researching my PhD. Le Guin suggested a hotel for me to stay at and I took a bus out from the city to find her house with the red door as she described it to me.


MACKAY Man who stole $40 worth of food gets 15 months probation "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Man who stole $40 worth of food gets 15 months probation

January 25, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

A MAN who stole $40 worth of food has been granted probation after he promised a magistrate he would stop buying drugs so he could feed himself. Matthew Luke Mason, 29, of South Mackay, was sentenced to 15 months probation by magistrate Damien Dwyer in the Mackay Magistrates Court

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MACKAY Identity of alleged Slade Point armed robber revealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Identity of alleged Slade Point armed robber revealed

January 25, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Josiah Isaiah Simon Tapim, 18, of Hay Point, appeared in dock of the Mackay Magistrates Court briefly yesterday dressed in a maroon T-shirt and black sports shorts. Magistrate Damien Dwyer adjourned the case for this morning for his lawyer Antoinette Morton of Fisher Dore solicitors to make a bail

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MACKAY Woman faces court after 100km/hr Mackay street race "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

Woman faces court after 100km/hr Mackay street race

January 25, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

A HAY POINT woman charged with street racing on a notorious stretch of road has told the Mackay Magistrates Court it was just a stupid decision. Stephanie Lauren Gelens, 22, of Hay Point, pleaded guilty yesterday to racing on Harbour Rd in North Mackay about 7.55pm on December 30. The court

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Now the sky is empty "IndyWatch Feed National"

I first read this poem, which prefaces Ursula Le Guins classic fantasy story A Wizard of Earthsea, when I was twelve years old. As with all her writing it has stayed with me for my whole life, gaining depth, translucency and wisdom. And now, after hearing of her death, Im reading it again, with a new dimension of sorrow and joy. It helps and it doesnt help. Her flight remains vivid, but now the sky is empty.


BALD FACED CON! Convicted fraudster tossed out of Sydney pub owing tens of thousands to bands after ripping off punks & bar staff "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION: A convicted fraudster who once faked his CV so he could unlawfully obtain almost $6 million from high-profile victims and banks is at the centre of a police investigation after being tossed out from running a trendy Sydney pub for failing to pay rent and allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars owed

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Plantar Fasciits Heel Pain & Heel Spur Sydney Heel Pain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heel pain and plantar fasciitis treatment clinic in Sydney Australia.


Stairs, boardwalks, ramps and tracks thats a lot of maintenance. "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Did you know that the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee manages over 80 beach access points between Torquay and Lorne?  Stairs, boardwalks, ramps and tracks that lead visitors to some of the most popular beaches in Australia.

Our coastal environment is unique and ever changing due to the tide, wind, storms, and climate change. As the sands shift we must also adapt to keep up with nature.

Thats a lot of maintenance throughout the year and at Whites Beach this week our foreshore rangers were busy repairing a set of beach access stairs near Aquilla Avenue, Torquay.

Exposure to the elements had weathered sections of timber in the stairs, and shifting sands at the base of the structure meant that support poles needed reinforcing. The timber in the landing has now been replaced with fresh timber, and the support poles have been reinforced with crossbars for extra stability as the sands shift over time.

Our rangers are a busy team who come from a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are skilled carpenters, horticulturalists, and land managers. One thing they all share in common however is a passion for the surf coast and arguably the best office in the world.


IMG_9110Foreshore Rangers John and Darryl prepare the timber for the new landing....


Brain farts "IndyWatch Feed National"

A certain Indigenous lady has advised that the Indigenous communities should "forgive" the invasion of Europeans into this country.
I don't think it's forgiveness that is at issue ; it is more the rampant racism, degradation, disrespect and all-out hatred shown towards Aboriginal people that is the problem.
The NT "intervention" still continues, along with the damn cashless welfare card.
By the way, those cashless welfare cards cost the taxpayer $10,000 EACH to maintain each year, so don't think it doesn't effect non-Indigenous Joe Blow down the street.

I was in Chaddy with the hubster the other day when I spied a Muslim lady wearing the most cheery hijab, all white with thin black geometric lines and bold primary colours in some triangles, it looked light, airy and comfy.
I asked her where she bought it - apparently I must go to India or Pakistan.
A little later I spied an Indian lady wearing a lovely choli of deep blue edged with purples and gold. Again I asked where I might get one - Indian or Pakistan was the answer.
You know, sometimes tshirts and shorts are bloody boring and uncomfortable.
I may pilot the broomstick to India or Pakistan sometime....
*waves hello to ASIO monitoring any mention of another country*

The hubster and I darkened the doorway of our local hostelry after the Chaddy outing - one needed a $6 pint of the amber fluid to refresh and recover - when we got chatting with another local and proceeded to fix all the ails of the world with our opinions, one of which was improve the mental health system to prevent people self-medicating with street drugs & alcohol.
Popping out to the balcony for a ciggie (one has started, again, and one is not at all upset) we all  witnessed a lady being scooped up from the ground by a couple of policemen while a girl tried to mop up the blood on the lady's face. A few other locals joined us on the balcony and filled us in - apparently the lady is a regular who is on medication but occasionally drinks to excess to cope with life. An ambulance was called and she was taken away to recover.
We ambled home and I have since been attempting to paint up singlets for us to wear to Balit Narrun (Share The Spirit) Festival on Rum Rebellion Day in the Treasury Gardens.


Canadian Mic Drop "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Spartacus loves Canadia.  Not as much as he loves Australia or the US, but still.  Canadia is a wonderful and beautiful land.  But this assessment of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is just magnificent.  Truly.

Here are some highlights, but Cats must read for themselves.

In a Toronto Sun column, Lorne Gunter wrote everything Trudeau does is done because he is nave. The major problem with the columnists thinking is he is being too kind to the selfie-taking Sock Boy. As far as naivet goes, Trudeau is looking at it in the rear view mirror. The reality is he is simply not bright enough to hold any job requiring more intelligence than his work experience before entering politics required; part time drama teacher, snowboard instructor and bouncer.


It is much easier to label Trudeau as a liar with evil intentions. But like the child he appears to be, his words and actions can simply arise from a person who is not intelligent enough to do the job he has been elected to do.

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Sydney rail workers push ahead with industrial action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

Sydneys rail workers decided to go on strike, in a major escalation in their dispute with Sydney Trains.

Nearly 6,000 members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union will walk off the job on Monday. They have also put in place an overtime ban, which started today (Thursday 25 January).

The dispute is over dissatisfaction with an offered pay deal and ongoing overwork. A big part of the problem is a new timetable that includes 1.500 extra bus, train and ferry trips, without employing the extra people needed to cover them. Consequently, those who are there have been forced to work longer hours and lose days off, under declining working conditions.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union state secretary Alex Claassens told the media the industrial action was about, people being able to have their days off.

Anybody that runs a business knows you cant continually run it on overtime, and if were running a railway that requires people to work overtime, weve got real problem, he said.

The dispute goes to the Fair Work Commission today.

In a press release, the union has called on the minister to intervene and do what must be done to end the dispute.

Alex Claassens said, Members have made it clear that the offer put forward yesterday is not good enough, and that negotiations will need to continue before there is an offer that is up to scratch.

The onus is now on the Minister to bring the dispute to an end tomorrow by meeting the legitimate concerns of the workforce which is straining daily to keep the system operating under enormous pressure.

Strike action has always been a last resort and I remain hopeful that we can make progress over the next 24 hours.

Its disappointing that were in this position. The Transport Minister has unfortunately let it get to this. He could have averted this issue a long time ago, simply by putting forward a fair and reasonable offer for the workers back then.

Theres no doubt that a ban on overtime work will cause disruptions on the network and thats because the Transport Minister has allowed our services to get to the point where theyre reliant on people working their rostered days off in order to keep our trains running.

While these disruptions are regrettable, they are merely a sign of things to come if the Minister continues to run down the public transport system.

No one wants our transport system to run smoothly more than th...


Surfboard winner announced "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Leanne Henderson of Clifton Springs was the lucky recipient of a Coca-Cola branded surfboard when her competition entry was drawn at Piping Hot Chicken Shop & Burger Grill.
The competition, which required participants to purchase two 600ml Coca-Cola branded products, was drawn by Coca-Colas Tim OKeefe.
Hundreds of entries were received for the competition.
Its been the biggest one so far easily, Mr OKeefe said before drawing the winning entry.
When we set it up, there were already eight entries before we left the shop 15 minutes later.


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Plans to stop NSW rail strike in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney commuters are having to deal with the pinch of reduced train services as the NSW government makes a last-ditch effort to stop a 24-hour strike on Monday.

With trains operating on a Saturday schedule, services on Thursday have been cut by nearly half, meaning every 15 minutes rather than every eight.

Despite calling on hundreds of additional buses we are still unable to replace the full capacity of cancelled train services, Transport Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said in a statement.

Customers should consider whether they need to travel at all but if they do, should allow plenty of additional travel time, expect delays and travel outside the morning and afternoon peak periods, she said.

By 7.30am on Thursday trains heading into the city were jam-packed, according to social media.

T1 Line from Penrith-City. Cannot move, wrote Nine Network.

The state government late on Wednesday launched legal proceedings in the Fair Work Commission to stop the 24-hour strike scheduled for Monday and an indefinite ban on overtime work.

The application was adjourned until Thursday morning, just as the first disruptions of the overtime ban begin to hit the system.

No trains will run across NSW on Monday and all stations will be closed if the 24-hour strike goes ahead.

The possibility follows a poll by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union labelled illegitimate by Transport Minister Andrew Constance which asked members via text message whether they wanted to accept the latest pay package from management.

More than 6100 text messages were sent to union members asking whether a 2.75 per cent pay increase as part of a package that also includes free bus travel and a one-off $1000 payment was good enough.

Workers were required to reply yes to call off the strike, with a non-reply counted as a no vote.

Only 5.93 per cent about 360 workers responded in favour of suspending industrial action.

Just a couple of people said no, according to RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens, prompting questions over the polls validity.

Mr Constance slammed the unions SMS voting method and made an 11th-hour bid at the Fair Work Commission to prevent the strike.

The applications are due to be heard jointly at the commission at 8am on Thursday.

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Manhunt to find NSW lawyers attacker "IndyWatch Feed National"

A manhunt is underway as police search for the brazen attacker who shot dead Vietnamese criminal lawyer Ho Ledinh in a busy southwest Sydney cafe.

The 65-year-old was shot three times through the back at point-blank range outside Happy Cup cafe at Bankstown City Plaza on Tuesday afternoon in front of horrified witnesses.

Homicide squad commander Detective Superintendent Scott Cook says the investigation is in its early stages but officers are treating it as a targeted attack and will look into Mr Ledinhs clients.

Mr Ledinhs university friend and NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane said he was sickened and shattered by the attack.

Ho was a good father and a kind-hearted man. He wanted to help his community and the community respected him, he told NewsCorp Australia.

The news of his killing sickened me. I was shattered by it. He didnt deserve to die like this.

Police arent aware of any threats received before the shooting and there was no concern about reprisal attacks, Det Supt Cook added.

The attacker was wearing a dark-coloured cap, dark sunglasses, a high-visibility vest, dark-coloured pants and shoes, grey gloves and a raincoat that was either dark green or black.

Detectives on Wednesday sifted through rubbish bins near the cafe to find a possible link to the attacker.

Det Supt Cook said officers would continue canvassing the area and were searching for a man of Pacific Islander appearance.

He was last seen running down Stewart Lane at Bankstown and remains on the run.

Police have urged anyone with knowledge of the gunmans whereabouts to contact police but not to approach him.

Law Society of NSW President Doug Humphreys said hes shocked by the incident and will work quickly to appoint a manager to Mr Ledinhs Bankstown firm to ensure his clients continue to have access to legal representation.

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Earthquake shakes NSW mid north coast "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake which struck off the NSW mid north coast is one of many small tremors that have shaken the region in less than a week.

The quake hit just before 1.30pm on Wednesday near Nambucca Heads, with small seismic activity continuing in the area.

Geoscience Australia says it could be felt as far south as Port Macquarie, north to Coffs Harbour and inland to Armidale.

While there is no tsunami threat to Australia, the quake could have caused damage up to 6km away.

The area near Nambucca Heads has experienced several earthquakes ranging from 1.9 to 3.3 in magnitude since Saturday.

Wednesdays tremor was the strongest so far, seismologist Dr Jonathan Bathgate said.

Since Saturday a cluster of earthquakes has started and theyre starting to get relatively strong shaking, he told AAP on Wednesday.

It doesnt mean there is something larger coming, but its not something we can predict.

The series of small quakes isnt common for the coastal area, with the nearby inland area of Tamworth recording a bigger history of seismic activity.

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Nannas KNAG Deputy PM in Tamworth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Outside the deputy PMs office yesterday KNAGs Elizabeth OHara, Margaret Scheidler, Tania Marshall, Felicity Cahill and Pat Schultz had a clear message for Barnaby Joyce. Photo Supplied.

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Slap bang in the middle of Australias most iconic country music festival, and slap bang in the middle of town, the just as iconic Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) created a stir yesterday as they staged an event of their own for the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on his home turf.

As thousands lined the streets of Tamworth for the annual Country Music Festival, members and supporters of KNAG lined the street outside Australias 2ICs hometown office in Peel Street and sat down for a yarn.

Lismore KNAGs Margaret and Louise wanted Barnaby to se the cloths they had knitted for the generations they are trying to save the plant for. Photo supplied.

KNAGs from all around the countryside converged, aglow in their yellow splendour, from loops as far as Lismore, Drake, Gloucester, Taree, Sydney and Elands with one purpose in mind: to support the New England loop in their quest to send a strong and clear message to Barnaby Joyce about his role in office and his duty of care to farming, indigenous cultures, our wilderness areas and future generations.

The area in Minister Joyces electorate around Tamworth is under direct threat from gas and coal mining and the Nannas have come together to highlight this to the member for New England.

The Knitting Nannas say the  threat to the Great Artesian Basin from both coal and gas mining is enormous and irreparable and they are callin...


Nat Cromb: Australia Day 230 years of grand theft and trespass "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post On 26 January, 1788 the British Crown contravened its own law and prevailing international law  by laying claim to 7.692 million km of land that was already inhabited and cared for by over 200 First Nations, each with a sophisticated and ecologically-focussed system of governance. And the trespass continues. The effects of this trespass (and theft) ...


January 25 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1795 -  Cameragal (North Shore) elders officiate at the Erah-ba-diang initiation ceremony in Cadigal territory at Woccanmagully (Farm Cove), in which a dozen boys are made men. According to David Collins, Pemulwuy, a wood native, and many strangers, came in. No attempt is made to detain Pemulwuy.

1808 - John Macarthur was up to his old tricks, I see!
John Macarthur came before court on a charge of sedition over the Parramatta case. He challenged Judge-Advocate Richard Bowyer Atkins' impartiality in the case and the court adjourned in confusion.

1848 - The final convict ship to regurgitate the shackled sort into Victoria, "Marion", propped herself up at the bar at Port Melbourne.

1863 - James Morrill , a British citizen, ended years of living among Australian Aborigines after a shipwreck in 1846.

1865 - Australia, and Melbourne in particular, was in a lot of hot water when the US Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah sailed jauntily into Hobson's Bay and was slipped at Williamstown for repairs.  The US Consul demanded that the ship be seized as a pirate but she was allowed to go on her merry way on February 18.

1868 - The City of Melbourne was destroyed by fire.
No, not the city itself, you goose, the steamer ship named for the actual city.
Anyways, it was loaded with wool and all sorts of goodies while it was in Williamstown , then it got a tad warm under the gunwale, and went belly up.

1877 - Francis Dutton, former Premier of South Oz, did the soft shoe shuffle from this mortal coil.

1881 - An intercolonial conference imposed unilateral restrictions on the number of Chinese immigrants following ongoing trouble on Australia's goldfields involving Chinese miners.

1884 - James Francis, former Premier of Victoria, did the same as Frank Dutton. I'm seeing a pattern here....

1885 - The Melbourne-Sydney Express passenger train derailed near Bethungra (Cootamundra) , killing seven and injuring over 20. The cause was a washaway of a culvert over Salt Clay Creek during a period of heavy rainfall.

1886 - Deciding to have a proper knees up Mother Brown, the Federal Council of Australia held a wild orgy party conference in Hobart amidst the apples.

1900 - After all the tongues wagged about how well the wild orgy party conference went in Hobart, the State Labor pollies met in Sydney to repeat the trick with the apple formally found the Federal Labor Party.

1900 - Wash your bloody hands, yer dirty buggers!
Bubonic plague hit Sydney. 103 died horribly.

1901 - Severe cyclone at Semaphore (SA) damaged several homes....


Irene Watson: Why celebrate on the day that marks crimes of colonialism and genocide? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Irene Watson. Photo: Supplied. Irene Watson. Photo: Supplied. Share this Post Aboriginal Peoples and Nations are subjects in international law: always was and always will be. We have held our relationship to country from time immemorial and we are still here today. We survive under the duress of an ongoing colonialism, but we continue to maintain our relationships with land ...


Teachers and principals turn on Victorian Coalitions school curriculum changes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by a teacher in Victoria

The Victorian oppositions new policy to overhaul the school curriculum, has been given the thumbs down by teachers and principals, who say that it is based on ignorance about what goes on in the classroom.

The  School Education Values Statement, launched yesterday, by leader Matthew Guy and shadow education spokesperson Tim Smith, aims to strip back the state curriculum and impose greater emphasis on Western History, Australian values and national pride.

These words are a thinly veiled code, for the imposition of propaganda to instill in the young, notions of Western superiority, jingoistic nationalism and a narrow view of Australian history and society, which ignores the reality of what happened to the First Australians and that this developed as a land of people from many places and different races and cultures,who contribute to the melting pot of the Australia that is still emerging.

Insisting that Western tradition is somehow superior to others encourages racial and ethnic intolerance. is this what we want? Young Australians should learn about the Enlightment and the striving for more democratic forms of government. It is important.  But it should be studied in the context of the reality that this has been a battle against the existing power structures, which drew from many traditions. This is not what is being talked about.

In its place, is the claim that this land is an outpost of superior Western (read British) civilisation, and that Australian values were born out of participation in the empire and its wars, instead of by millions, battling it out at home, to make this a better place to live, and even rebelling from time to time.

Teachers know better and will resist it. They do teach Australian values. But these are of a different kind,  about respect, inclusiveness, an open mind and questioning.

Within the text, there is explicit criticism that what is taught in mainstream schools is too broad and that they get involved in areas that should be left to families or the community outside the schools. This concerns for example, learning about how babies are made and personal relationships, or learning about issues concerning harmful drug use.

It is subtler too. The division of what should be permitted in the school and what belongs outside, is about effectively outlawing concepts of Australian values that do not tally with what is prescribed.

The new policy, it is claimed, is also supposed to lift what is said to be declining student results. The Statement talks about an emphasis on doing more to lift literacy and numeracy skills. It neglects to mention that these are already at the centre of the curriculum.

This is not to deny that there are problems. There clearly...

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PERTH Third person charged over Manning bowling club attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Third person charged over Manning bowling club attack .

January 24, 2018 at 06:48PM .

assault of a cleaner at a Manning bowling club on the weekend. Kensington detectives today charged an 18-year-old Beechboro woman with causing grievous bodily harm, being armed in a way that may cause fear and burglary with intent. She is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. .



A republican is a criminal in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many people should be aware that currently the people in Australia live in a constitutional monarchy, which offers the good people of Australia privileges and protections.

People should also be aware that there is an ever growing republican movement in Australia.

So to spell it out quite clearly it (the republican movement) is not only an enemy of the crown but also a Commonwealth criminal offence as per section 24AA of the Criminal Act 1914 as shown in screen capture below:

See definition of "Republicanism in Australia" (Source: Wikipedia)


Generous locals step in to help "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

The generosity of a local carpenter and a national hardware chain has enabled an Ocean Grover to better care for injured and orphaned wildlife.
Layla Merritt, a veterinary nurse, was struggling to cope with her volunteer job as a wildlife foster carer due to inadequate enclosures to house the animals once they had grown bigger.
Thats where local carpenter Justin Baring stepped in.
Justin built several enclosures all in his own time over his Christmas and New Year break, completely free of charge. Bunnings Leopold also donated all the materials that were used for the build. Laylas friend Samantha Collins also organised a chocolate drive to raise funds.
As you can imagine that without these local people supporting me and my work I would be absolutely lost right now and my wildlife would have had no homes to be rehabilitated in, Layla told the Voice.
I was very lucky to have some amazing people help me.
Recently, Leopold Wildlife Shelter closed down after the sad death of one of the operators, Helen Burrell. It meant that the shelters carers were also lost, which meant that the Bellarine only had a few local wildlife carers.
Last spring I was full to the max with orphaned possum joeys that I had to hand raise, Layla said.
I also work full time as a vet nurse and during this time I was working around the clock. Wildlife carers do not get paid to take care of wildlife and in fact all costs for taking care of them are our own. I had all these babies and no homes for them to grow up in.
Layla came out to Australia from Essex in the UK 12 years ago after a love affair with animals that started when she was very young.
Im just so thankful to Justin and Karyn from Leopold Bunnings for what they did, she said.
People should know how lucky we are to have people like them.

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Sydney Podiatrist,Podiatrist Sydney,Podiatrist Sports Podiatrists at Sydney Podiatrist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney Podiartist specialises in sports podiatry in Sydney and the surrounding suburbs, with years of experience.


Wreck 2 Reef swim gearing up for bumper event "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Open water swim lovers, families, friends, locals and visitors alike will be indulged in one of the most spectacular bay races in the region with details of the 9th annual Wreck 2 Reef Open Water Swim Classic announced.
In the line-up is an exciting new 2.5km Open Swim.
The much anticipated event will be held on Sunday 11 February.
Initiated in 2010, the Wreck 2 Reef is held in the stunning, protected waters of Half Moon Bay at Indented Head which offers some of the smoothest and safest water available to competitors in Port Phillip Bay. With incredible views across the bay to Melbourne, the channel, You Yangs and further afield and local food and beverages to enjoy on the day  supporters will be spoilt as well.
In addition to the classic 1.2km swim, last year saw the introduction of a short novice 500 metre swim. There is also a 300 metre swim for juniors which includes a fun beach dig for cash and prizes.
The Wreck2Reef Open Water Swim Classic is hosted and co-ordinated each year by Indented Head Yacht Club.
John Walter of the Indented Head Yacht Club said the club was committed to bringing the joy and healthy activity of sailing to youth, especially where there may be social economic considerations which hinder affordability of purchasing a yacht and associated safety equipment to sail.
Book online to be guaranteed of a discount at Online entry fees are $45 for the 1.2km and 500 metre events and $20 for the Junior Dash. On-the-day fees are $50 for the 1.2km and 500 metre and $20 for the Junior Dash. The new 2.5km Swim event $55 Entry fee which includes Free entry into the 1.2Km event also, note online registration only for this event.

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15 awesome gigs you cant miss this month "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Weve compiled the cream of the crop when it comes to summer street parties, festivals promoting promising emerging acts for a dime, and international touring acts to catch over the coming month in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

From shoegaze pioneers to Aussie party rock, theres something for everyone in this ol genre-blended gig guide.


The Marly Hottest 100 Party

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: Marlborough Hotel, Newtown

With the Aussie music-lovers biggest day coming up fast, Newtowns Marlborough Hotel has stepped up the game and dropped the details for an absolutely awesome day of celebrating the legendary  triple j Hottest 100.

Featuring DJ sets from Alex The Astronaut, Ball Park Musics Jen Boyce, and ex-triple j presenter Dom Alessio, youll be in good hands on the day, with countless Hottest 100 activities going down, along with plenty of amber fluid from local brewers. Needless to say, if ever you needed a way to count down the famed poll, this is definitely the way to do it.

Entry is free, find out more here.

Yabun Festival 2018

When: Friday, January 26th
Where: Victoria Park, Sydney

What better way to spend your Australia Day (also known to many as Invasion Day) than to pay respects and listen to the First Nations people. Yabun Festival will be hosting some incredible talent from the likes of Baker Boy, Kardajala Kirridarra, Electric Fields, Troy Cassar-Daley and more. The best part? The whole festival is free!

Entry is free, find out more here.

Freedom 4

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst

But theres much more to celebrate on January 27 than just triple js hottest 100 Freedom are back at it at Oxford Art Factory with yet another gutful of stellar genre-diverse emerging acts, from the dreamy alt-rock of Good Boy to the twisted grooves of imbi the girl. Plus, the likes of Gusher DJs will have you dancing your mid-long weekend hangover away. Oh, and did we mention that this one is free too?

Entry is free,...


My Wife and I suddenly owe Centrelink money, despite neither of us having worked for years! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes but I lost
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Financial Stress
Financial Hardship

My Wife has a Disability and hasn't worked in years. I am suffering from Disability and Injury and haven't worked in years. They claim that I owe them over $4,000 from not declaring work I did in 2012. They say my wife was overpaid the exact same amount, for the same period.

Due to this, my health has deteriorated to the point where I use a cane daily and suffer often from Respiratory infections. I recently contracted Pnemonia and my memory and Cognitive abilities have suffered greatly. I have spent time in the hospital and can barely function some days. My speech is slurred, my coordination is way off and I have been accused of being drunk or affected by drugs. I have a pain problem, due to an old leg injury which is now a disability.

A far cry from the national level athlete I was in 2011.



RISE Press Release Re-Invasion day aka Australia Day in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We Refugees, Ex-detainees and Asylum seekers from RISE condemn any group or individual who claims to be pro-refugee but celebrates Invasion Day aka Australia Day on the 26th of January.

RISE represents over 30 refugee community groups in Australia and is the first (and one of the few) self-determined, registered, non-profit refugee organisations in Australia governed and managed by refugees, asylum seekers and ex-detainees. As Refugees seeking protection and freedom on this land we acknowledge that we live in occupied territories where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the traditional owners and where sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

We believe the systemic abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a result of over 200 years of discrimination as part of the white colonial genocide strategy that continues to this day and this template is now being used against our own refugee communities. How can we dismantle the white Australian governments refugee torture camps built within and outside its colonial borders without addressing the root cause of this criminal abuse?

Since RISE was established in 2009, we requested that Refugee organisations and advocates stop using the slogan Australia was built by boat people or the slogan We are all Boat people in pro-refugee campaign slogans erasing the existence of the Indigenous peoples of this land and conflating genocide and occupation with seeking refuge by boat. Unfortunately our requests were dismissed and in 2014 a mostly white run organisation called I am a boat person with a logo which resembles the first fleet of Ships that arrived from Britain, was established to advocate for refugees arriving by boat and they organised an event on Australia Day in front of Parliament House in Canberra using this slogan. Clearly our efforts were inadequate and that was the year when we first made a public declaration about our concerns that included a statement that we do not support the celebration of Australia Day.

To quote RISE founder and eX-detainee, Ramesh Fernandez As survivors of occupation, rape, torture and oppression we should not undermine the struggle for survival that other oppressed community groups face. We should respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their sovereignty. It is not a day to poster yourself on a billboard, dance, sing or wrap a flag around yourself that represents occupation, colonisation and genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

RISE fully supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sovereignty and self-determination and stands in solidarity with them everyday in our commitment to fighting for justice on this land on their terms.

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I couldnt believe it! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Period debt occurred: 
June 2017
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
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Newstart Allowance
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I received a robot call from Centrelink last October telling me I was overpaid and I owed around $2000!
I couldnt believe it! I was freaking out!

The girl said to me that its only $2000?
Really I said well if you feel that way maybe you should pay it!

Then I received a letter from them with a debt of $384.79?
Confused yes! Kind of relieved though. The debt is from 2011-2012.

I am now sitting on the phone on my day off trying to contact them! 35 minuets gone now!
I have received a couple of call robot calls say please hold you...


Dickhead Alt-Right Wankers - they walk amongst us! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The recent waffling bulltish in the mainstream media (MSM) about African gangs running riot through our streets and the Dunderhead Dickhead Dutton waxing lyrical on radio about how us Melbourne mob are too scared to go out at night for fear of the same African gangs has me mightily miffed.
Ok, alright.
I'm bloody pissed off.
What a load of crap.
There is a Neo-Nazi wanker floating around the south-east burbs with his Nazi arm band proudly displayed - albeit held on by a pair of rubber bands (such dedication!) - carrying a Confederate flag.
I witnessed this moron on Clayton station making many uncomfortable, standing amidst a sea of non-white faces who noticeably moved away from him.
I glared my anger at him but he played Mr Teflon and chose to ignore my blatant dislike.
We boarded the same train, we alighted at Oakleigh.
He was part-way down the ramp from the station when I made a point of standing on the station above him and GLARED again, catching his eye and this time he stopped.
He waited for me.
As I got closer he demanded,
"What's your problem?"
Well, dear reader, how could I refuse such a request?!
I let rip into him, how he was doing more harm than good, hurting people with his display of hatred - he interjected with waffle about how they do more for the community these days (insert much eye rolling and guffaws at this mind-bending bulltish) plenty of blather about the "blacks" coming into Oz, the Muslims, etc.
He tried to tell me that "The Jews" were responsible for WW2 due to the poor economy of Germany - I baffled the poor halfwit with history about how it was the combined signing of the Treaty at Versailles and the reparations demanded of Germany that had ruined the economy, thereby enabling the monster Hitler to rise and create WW2.
He dropped his eyes and couldn't cope with facts and history being thrown at him, instead he remarked on my shaved head, saying I should have more respect for myself, demanding to know if I was Jewish (I wear a pentacle around my neck, the idiot obviously couldn't tell the Star of David from a Wiccan symbol, such was the dedication to his cause...more sarcastic eye rolling).
I then began throwing song lines at him
"It;s hard to be humble, mate, when you're perfect in every way like me. I can't wait to look in the mirror cos I reckon I get better looking every bloody day"
He walked away, again remarking on my hair....
My final shot was,
"Hey, at least I don't have to grow my hair into a pony tail to cover up the male pattern baldness happening at the front - like you"
Didn't hear a peep from his departing back.
But it's the moronic MSM reports and the even more stupid remarks from parliamentarians who are giving carte blanche to these Neo-Nazi "patriot" scum who are uneducated and...


Dogs breakfasts success as community takes the pledge to help Hoodies "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast (FoHPSC) have successfully delivered four dogs breakfasts to help spread the word about Hooded Plover protections on the Surf Coast.

Friends of the Hooded Plover, Surf Coasts Sue Guinness said the breakfasts received great support from the community and dog owners who attended the breakfasts to hear more about responsible dog ownership and how we can all help the plight of the Hooded Plover.

It was fantastic to see so many people attend the breakfasts on the Surf Coast at Aireys Inlet, Urquhart Bluff, Anglesea and Torquay and take the voluntary pledge to help the Hooded Plover, as it is about learning to share the beach with our wildlife, said Ms Guinness.

Ms Guinness said the four breakfasts were funded through the Victorian Governments Coastcare Grants.

We received great support from representatives from Coastcare, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, Parks Victoria and Birdlife Australia.  Special thanks also goes to all the Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast volunteers for their support in delivering the events. Volunteers are doing an amazing job in helping educate and change beach-users behaviour to give our Hoodies the best possible chance of survival.

The Hooded Plover (aka Hoodie) is a little Aussie shorebird that faces many threats to its survival, including the disturbance of its beach nests by dogs and people. In Victoria, Hooded Plovers are classed as a vulnerable species.


It is hoodie nesting season on the Surf Coast! We currently have two active nests at Pt Roadnight, one with three eggs and one with a single egg.  Both of these hoodie pairs have had failed nests earlier in the season.  Unfortunately, recently the nest at Whites Beach, Torquay and the chicks at Aireys Inlet failed. Hopefully the pairs will nest again.

There are two chicks at Hutt Gully which are being watched over very carefully by their parents and the FoHPSC volunteers.

During this time please give the hoodies plenty of space by walking on the waters edge, and keep dogs on lead in signed areas hooded plovers are easily frightened and our presence can interfere with feeding and the protection of their nests. #savethehoodie

Want to get more actively involved? The Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast are looking for more volunteers.  To volunteer, contact Birdlife Australia at:

Media enquiries: David Petty 0437 557 960


January 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1777 - Capt. James Cook anchored the Resolution in Adventure Bay on his third southern expedition.

1788 - Playing tiggy is not the best thing for explorers hell bent on taking over the world as Jean La Perouse found when he popped into Botany Bay only to find Governor Phillip had pipped him at the post by 6 days.

1807 - John Kenny was Hanged and gibbetted at the scene of the crime in Parramatta for the murder of Mary Smith.

1807 - The first ship built in the colony by merchant Robert Campbell, the Perseverance, was launched at his shipyard on Sydney Cove. It sailed for China via Norfolk Island on 9th February.

1817 - Tinny bugger John Oxley got the lucky door prize of the first land grants in the Illawarra District. If he'd hung around he'd have seen Wollongong park itself on his bush block.

1822 - Macquarie visited the Native Village on the Richmond Road at Black Town on a tour of inspection with his successor governor, Sir Thomas Brisbane.

1828 - Governor Darling decided to pull the plug on the Sullivan Bay settlement at Westernport Bay so he sent the schooner - that's a ship not an Aussie beer glass size - to collect everyone.

1856 - Finally, something for those with small man syndrome to occupy themselves...the South Australian Jockey Club was formed.

1862 - Kewacan (Larry)  was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup.
1862 - Long Jimmy was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup .

1865 - The Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah steamed into Port Phillip Bay.

1865 - The SS Star of Australia left Sydney for Rockhampton and is never heard of again. 17 lives were lost.

1867 - The Illustrated Melbourne Post published a wood engraving by Samuel Calvert, titled "The aboriginal cricket match on the M.C.C. ground" with the following descrption,
A rare sight in 19th-century Melbourne - an Aboriginal cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1871 - The Plantagenet Road Board (WA) was gazetted on this day.

1883 - The bloke in charge of the native police in Cloncurry, Qld, Marcus de la Poer Beresford (try saying that mouthful with your back teeth floating in beer and no teeth in at all) and 4 police were ambushed and killed by Aborigines which caused more than a year of battles.

1895 - The first electric light illuminated Ballarat streets.

1903 - Kalgoorlie finally got a drop to wash their smalls (and bloodstains) when the 352 mile water pipeline opened.

1908 The Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club, now known as the Sydney Roosters, are formed at Paddington Town Hall.

1916 - John Jackson was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Constable D...

Tuesday, 23 January


Stop wasting my tax on this crap "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Period debt occurred: 
November 2015
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Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
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Spent 6 years at university living dollar to dollar and quite poor to finish and get a mediocre job.
In between paying back staggering amounts of tax and HECS debt I get lumped with this.

I am not exactly sure how they determined that i gave them false figures of income. I simply entered the numbers off my income into their system.
No BS, no lies no deception, between working credits, and fluctuations in payments I have no idea how they determined payments.

But I am not going to be held accountable for their flawed system when i answered their questions truthfully.



zombie debt that won't die "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Period debt occurred: 
January 2013 to June 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
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Have had this issue placed under review, only to receive no information from Centrelink for 6+ months.
Even contacted them to try and find out what was happening but no one could tell me.

Then today I received a call from a debt collector.
Advised debt collector I would not be paying them anything as the debt was supposedly under review and would be contacting centrelink.

Did so and have been advised that despite providing them with all information requested, no review had ta...

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