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23:32

This is a romance novel, not journalism. The Guardian is shit, but this is the next level. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to reader JM for the tip on this "news" report from The Guardian. 'I will be unemployed if I lose': Ged Kearney and Labor's uphill fight to save Batman Bill Shortens star candidate is fighting for every vote while defending Labors stance on Adani and asylum seekers Calla Wahlquist...

22:27

The only winners in the Barnaby Joyce scandal are social media users who flexed their muscle "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Barnaby Joyce scandal is not going away just because he announced he will resign on Monday (26-2-18). The sexual harassment complaint will make sure it is front page news for weeks if not months to come. The real danger for Barnaby is that other women might come forward if other rumours are true as []

21:10

Donald Trump backs joint naval exercises in South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian, Singaporean and Malaysian navy ships during exercises in the South China Sea.Australian, Singaporean and Malaysian navy ships during exercises in the South China Sea. Julianne Cropley

US President Donald Trump said he would love the Australian Navy to join the United States in freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea.

Australia has previously diplomatically avoided directly participating in the exercises, which represent statements against Chinas incursion into the international waterways and crucial maritime trade routes.

Asked if the United States would like to have Australian naval ships join the exercises, Mr Trump was effusive.

We would love to have Australia involved and I think Australia wants us to stay involved, he said.

Mr Trump again warned of war if sanctions failed to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear campaign.Mr Trump again warned of war if sanctions failed to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear campaign. PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop last week said US warships, positioned in Darwin as part of the building US presence in Australias north, could conduct freedom of navigation exercises from there. But she again stopped short of advocating a direct role for Australian ships, something which would irritate Beijing.

Mr Trump extended the offer during a joint press conference with Mr Turnbull at the White House on Saturday.

The pair had just met for 90 minutes to discuss the usual issues of regional security and trade.

They swapped platitudes about the ongoing strength of the relati...

20:30

Bitcoin Is Finding Its Way into High Schools "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin Is Finding Its Way into High Schools

Over the past few years, colleges and universities all over the world have been creating courses revolving around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Now the subject is slowly infecting the halls of high school students who want to learn about these emerging technologies. Because of the increased student interest, this week a Business and Personal Finance teacher from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey announced plans to add the topic of cryptocurrencies to his course next semester.

Also read: Ross Ulbricht Denied Post-Conviction Relief Extension

Younger Generations Are Becoming Very Interested In Bitcoin

Students all over the world are interested in cryptocurrencies and the subject is being taught throughout many college campuses. However, the trend is starting to find its way into high school classrooms as younger scholars are fascinated by this technology. Just recently news.Bitcoin.com reported on a high school in Brisbane Australia where students had such an interest in bitcoin that it prompted students to create a cryptocurrency information night. This week the students at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey are also curious about digital currencies and the schools Business and Personal Finance class plans to add cryptocurrencies to the course next semester.

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20:17

PERTH Woman attacks police after Perth stair run "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman attacks police after Perth stair run .

February 24, 2018 at 01:33AM .

the woman, it will be alleged she punched and kicked an officer. The officer suffered scratches to the face, as well as bruising to the face and legs, police said. The 46-year-old Thornlie woman has been charged with assaulting a public officer and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today.

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PERTH Sydney brothel madames brother is arrested and charged in connection to $1billion meth bust "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sydney brothel madames brother is arrested and charged in connection to $1billion meth bust .

February 24, 2018 at 08:45AM .

The brother of former brothel madame Jameile Lahood is the fourth person in New South Wales to be arrested in a $1 billion drug bust. Jabour Anthony Lahood was arrested in his home in Sydneys north-west on Thursday, according to The Daily Telegraph. His sister is the former owner of Stilettos,

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20:17

PERTH Man arrested in connection to biggest drug bust in history "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man arrested in connection to biggest drug bust in history .

February 24, 2018 at 08:30AM .

THE brother of a former Sydney brothel madam has been arrested in connection to the biggest drug bust in Australian history worth more than $1 billion. On Thursday police arrested Jabour Anthony Lahood at his Dural home in Sydneys northwest and charged him over his alleged role in importing 1.2

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PERTH Woman charged after driving vehicle into staircase at Elizabeth Quay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman charged after driving vehicle into staircase at Elizabeth Quay .

February 24, 2018 at 01:33AM .

It didnt end there, police say an officer was set upon by the woman when they approached her. Police were called, and found the woman walking away from the auto. The woman, from the southern suburb of Thornlie, was charged with assaulting a public officer and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court

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19:45

The Craig Emerson expose on his relationship with GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's the intro at the top of The Australian's home page. And here's the start of the 2,483 word piece authored by Emo in The Weekend Australian Magazine. 2,483 words, promoted as Emo opening up on his relationship with Gillard. So what did he say about that matter? In Canberra...

17:56

MACKAY Man alleged drove at a group of people at West Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 11:16AM ,

Man alleged drove at a group of people at West Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 11:16AM ,

A MAN has been charged after a car was allegedly driven at a group of people in West Mackay, injuring a man. Preliminary information suggests at around 3.10am a vehicle was allegedly driven into the front yard of a Perry Street address and directly at a group of men and a woman. The car allegedly

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MACKAY Dangerous operation, West Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 01:56PM ,

Dangerous operation, West Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 01:56PM ,

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 26. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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MACKAY Intoxicated man drives car at group outside Mackay home hitting one, police allege "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

Intoxicated man drives car at group outside Mackay home hitting one, police allege

February 24, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance (alcohol) and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. A police spokeswoman said investigations into the circumstances surrounding the alleged hit-and-run were

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MACKAY Man charged after allegedly driving at group of people in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

Man charged after allegedly driving at group of people in Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

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16:00

The Tragicomedy of Russiagate "IndyWatch Feed National"

The whole election-meddling distraction is remarkable in both comic and tragic ways. The tragedy can be summed up in three words: New Cold War. At a time when the U.S. and Russian governments ought to be working toward nuclear disarmament, relations are deteriorating dangerously. As the estimable Australian writer Caitlin Johnstone, notes, despite Donald Trumps Continue reading "The Tragicomedy of Russiagate"

The post The Tragicomedy of Russiagate appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.30 AUD
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15:41

The websites of two Australian UFO groups "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

As I write this my home City's temperature is sitting on 23.3 degrees centigrade, which is rather comfortable, compared to a hot week ahead for my former home town of Adelaide which is bracing itself for several days around 38-39 degrees centigrade. 

Overseas, you hear of Australia's beach culture, and one of the reasons is indeed our hot climate, especially during February - traditionally our hottest month.

So with a glass of Victorian chardonnay at my side, and hubby looking after the kids, I sat down to take a look at the websites of two of the biggest UFO organisations in Australia. Here are my observations.

1. UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated.

Up front I must say that I am far more interested in the quality of information provided on a website, than how it looks to the viewer. I found this website to be extremely easy to navigate, having just four main areas, namely 'events;' 'sightings;' 'membership;' and 'archives.' It opens up to the 'events' page.

Here we find current events - details of the group's upcoming monthly meetings, with speakers and a summary of what they will be talking about. Over the last few years, under the leadership of Mariana Flynn (recently retired as President) a large range of overseas speakers have appeared at the group's meeting, together with a diverse range of Australian researchers. Here you can also sign up for notifications of events by email. 

The 'sightings' area opens up to (a) report a sighting; (b) UFO sightings guestbook and (c) UFO sighting reports. Individuals wishing to report a UFO sighting can choose to either complete an on-line report form, or write a guestbook entry. When I checked out the guest book, I found reports dated between 1958 and 2017. Many of these appear to be of mundane objects, and it would hav...

15:40

The website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated. 

UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'

I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.

Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.

My main  interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.

As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.

As...

15:40

The website of Victorian UFO Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

The family is out for the day, so it's now my time to indulge in my hobby - UFOlogy. 

Today's post is continuing my look at websites of Australian UFO groups. After several years away from the topic of UFOs, this is one way to re-acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy. So after looking at New South Wales and Queensland it is time for my home state of Victoria, and the sole UFO group website I could find, that of Victorian UFO Action.

A few general observations

Interestingly unlike UFO Research (NSW) Inc. and UFO Research (Qld) Inc. VUFOA does not have the word 'research' in their name. I was therefore interested to see just what it is that the group does?

I mentioned in previous posts that I don't usually bother about the appearance of a site, being more interested in the content. However I am going to make an exception for the VUFOA website. It is cluttered; and visually overwhelming to my eyes. It scrolls down and down and down, unlike most website home pages which are short and to the point. Coloured letters and lots of icons don't make for a good first impression with me.

Tabs

There are nine tabs along the top of the home page,  'Home;' 'About us;' 'donations;' 'members pages;' 'search VUFOA;' 'guestbook;' 'report a sighting;'seek support' and 'more.'

'Home' of course is the home page.

'About us' opens up into 'contact us;' 'team members' and 'media releases.' 

'Contact us' brings up a preformatted form w...

15:15

March In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"

March, the month named after Mars, the Roman God of War, is an excellent month to wage war on your patch. Be it ripping out the weeds, mulching up a storm, or popping in a plethora of plants, March is the ultimate time to launch a full scale (but well planned) attack on you patch! So, all you weekend warriors March into action!

Warm Areas

Frost free or occasional light frosts (North from about Coffs Harbour and all the way across to the west to Geraldton)

  • Okay, its still pretty warm out there, but you could certainly consider popping in the following incredible edibles, especially towards the tail end of the month. Consider cabbage, Asian greens, rocket, silverbeet, cauliflower, beans, peas, spring onions, leeks, radish or cucumber.
  • Whack some lettuce in but consider popping them under a shade cloth tent if the days are still quite warm.
  • Hop into the herb patch with coriander (try a slow bolting variety if its still very warm), sweet basil, lemon grass and oregano.
  • Feeling fruity? Go Carmen Miranda with some strawberries, watermelon, citrus, rockmelon, pineapple and passionfruit!
  • Plants feel the need for a feed at this time of year. A seaweed tea, or any low environmental impact liquid fertiliser, is perfect for giving them a kick start as they establish. Apply to the soil early in the morning and in the concentrations mentioned on the packet.
  • Ave a go with an avocado!
  • Begin to prepare your potato beds now.youll be glad you did come April!
  • Pretty up the patch with these flowering fancies- marigolds, sunflowers and pansies, cornflowers, violas, snapdragons, stock, verbena and lavender (non-invasive varieties of course!). Popping these in around your veggies will give some colour and interest to the patch, and act as beneficial insect attractors!
  • Consider a green manure crop to add some life and love to an overworked patch. At this time of year, try millet, oats, lupins or field peas. This will improve your soil incredibly, and, as a bit of forward planning, youll find it well worth the effort!
  • Water smarter at this time of year. Water first thing in the morning, and instead of quickie irrigation, a nice, deep drink a couple of times a week is far more beneficial!
  • Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds, especially important for weed suppression at this time of year. A hot tip is to mulch after watering the p...

14:32

The Arms Race Furphy: How the Soviet Union Really Collapsed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this week, New Matilda published a story from economics columnist Ian McAuley on why Donald Trumps strategy of boosting the military was a poor one. He linked it to the arms race that preceded the collapse of the Soviet Union. Iliana Nikolova, a US-based academic, responds.

One of the most intriguing questions of modern history is: Why did the Soviet Union collapse? The dominant narratives offering an answer to this question are two.

  1. One comes from the so-called Western anti-imperialist camp which attributes the collapse of the Soviet Union to the simplistic but popular when-in-doubt-blame-the-CIA theory. This stipulates that the collapse of the Soviet Union was as a result of a CIA orchestrated coup detat in order to clear the way for the American neoliberal/neoconservative agenda.
  2. The other answer is that offered by the Western/American pro-imperialist camp that attributes the collapse on the Soviets themselves, accrediting the demise to the vile mix of a socialist dictatorial regime and the Soviet states deranged obsession with the arms race. This ultimately led to miserable living conditions for the people of the Soviet Union, who, following Western prescriptions for democracy, at some point in the 1990s got enlightened, took to the streets, and the evil socialist regime loss its legitimacy and collapsed.

Both narratives are incomplete and erroneous. Incomplete because they dont take into consideration the historical context and the irrevocable correlation between American imperialism (a by-product of the end of World War II) and the rise of the Soviet Union as a superpower (also a by-product of the end of the World War II). Erroneous because they aim to explain the collapse of the Soviet Union without a critical analysis of global capitalism and its implications on world economic dynamics.

St. Basils Cathedral, Red Square in Moscow. (IMAGE: Flickr, Seth Morabito)

The imperialists narrative is not new, it is the same narrative that their predecessors the colonialists have been using to explain why people around the world were colonized it is their fault, they are backwards, they are aggressive, they cant manage themselves, they live in primitive oppressive societies, they subject the...

14:30

When Citizens Set the Budget: Lessons from Ancient Greece "IndyWatch Feed National"

Politicians assume that voters cannot face the financial truth. To democracy experts this is just wrong. Involving voters results in better budgets as shows history from ancient Greece.

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Pamphlets for participatory budgeting processes in New York , a system that dates back to ancient Greece. Credit: Daniel Latorre/Flickr, CC BY

Today elected representatives take the tough decisions about public finances behind closed doors. In doing so, democratic politicians rely on the advice of financial bureaucrats, who, often, cater to the political needs of the elected government. Politicians rarely ask voters what they think of budget options. They are no better at explaining the reasons for a budget. Explanations are usually no more than vacuous phrases, such as jobs and growth or on the move. They never explain the difficult trade-offs that go into a budget nor their overall financial reasoning.

This reluctance to explain public finances was all too evident during the global financial crisis.

In Australia, Britain and France, centre-left governments borrowed huge sums in order to maintain private demand and, in one case, to support private banks. In each country these policies helped a lot to minimise the crisiss human costs.

Yet, in the elections that followed the centre-left politicians that had introduced these policies refused properly to justify them. They feared that voters would not tolerate robust discussion about public finances. Without a justification for their generally good policies each of these government was defeated by centre-right opponents.

In most democracies there is the same underlying problem: elected representatives do not believe that voters can tolerate the financial truth. They assume that democracy is not good at managing public finances. For them it can only balance the budget by leaving voters in the dark.

For decades, we, independently, have studied democracy today and in the ancient past. We have learned that this assumption is dead wrong. There are more and more examples of how involving ordinary voters results in better budgets.

In 1989, councils in poor Brazilian towns began to involve residents in setting budg...

14:13

An ecological and humanistic response to Breunig & Fabian's defense of massive immigration to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

I found what struck me personally as egregious growthist propaganda dressed up as an academic research article on The Conversation, yesterday: "Blaming immigrants for unemployment, lower wages and high house prices is too simplistic." [February 23, 2018 11.26am AEDT]. The article was headed up by professor of economics, Robert Breunig from the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and co-authored by Mark Fabian, Postgraduate student, Australian National University. Professor Breunig disclosed that he receives funding from the Productivity Commission, which I think is a leopard with continuously changing arrangement of spots according to whatever political background it needs to blend into for survival. Leith van Onselen's debate with Migration Council's CEO Carla Wilshire of the on the ABCs National Wrapdocumented here, seems to illustrate this, but for all I know the professor and his student actually believe what they write.

Jobs! The plaintive refrain and the crocodile tears...

Criticising ex-PM Tony Abbott's extremely belated calls for reducing Australia's immigration-fed overpopulation problems, Breunig and Fabian write, But migrants also bring capital, investing in houses, appliances, businesses, education and many other things. This increases economic activity and the number of jobs available. It sounds like they are describing molecules in a heated gas.

Increasing economic activity increases impact on our environment and politically disempowers us

Increasing economic activity increases impact on our environment and politically disempowers us. Massive population growth in this country is removing our choices of what we can buy with money, whilst inflating the cost of the reduced amenity and shelter that popualtion growth is causing. Thats impoverishing. Just on the business side, the cost of premises and paying wages so that employees can afford housing makes Australian businesses globally uncompetitive and provides an explanation for their mysteriously high rate of failure.......

14:00

Coral Reefs at Risk of Dissolving as Oceans Get More Acidic, Finds Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ocean acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs.

A man snorkels in an area called the Coral Gardens near Lady Elliot Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Bundaberg town in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015. Credit: Reuters/David Gray/File Photo

Oslo: Coral reefs could start to dissolve before 2100 as man-made climate change drives acidification of the oceans, scientists said on Thursday.

Acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs....

13:22

Cannon fodder mentality - Instant reward vs future reward "IndyWatch Feed National"

So, here is a 'social experiment' carried out by Mark Dice where he is offering the herd population / everyday people / citizens / cannon fodder / members of the 'public', a choice of ;

1). a chocolate bar, or
2). a 10 ounce silver bar.

The experiment conducted by Mark Dice was done approximately 2 years ago where currently there is 1.6M views.

The current price of silver in Australia from the Perth Bullion Shop is from $22.87 - $25.02 per ounce, therefore a 10oz silver bar would be from $228.70 - $250.20

In this experiment there were 8 (eight) 'winners'....



See where they fit in according to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:


13:14

AFN Cwealth Games list: We want to develop home athletes Adeleye "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Technical Director of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Sunday Adeleye, has said the reason for listing more homebased athletes for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, was to develop the talents back home and also expose them to international competitions. The AFN on Thursday night released its team of 37 athletes that []

The post AFN Cwealth Games list: We want to develop home athletes Adeleye appeared first on Newtelegraph.

12:21

We Want Water Sovereignty for Australia! "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the process of formulating the MDBP was long and fraught with governance issues, the four affected states (QLD, NSW, VIC & SA) agreed to implement it in 2012 for the health of the river and its many and diverse communities and uses.

It appears that lobbying from Big Ag in particular the cotton industry, which by its own admission uses a staggering 26% of all Australian agricultural irrigation water and then exports 99% of their product resulted in the proposed amendment to take 70GL out of the system further upstream instead of retaining this resource downstream as environmental flows.

Withdrawing more water upstream against community sentiment is deeply flawed and a rejection of the tenets of water sovereignty because its allowing commercial use to quite literally ship our scarce water resources overseas for profit.

When we export cotton, rice, beef, wine any agricultural product we are exporting our water.

Environmental flows control the timing, quality, and volume of water flows to sustain river ecologies and the communities that depend on them. Calling them environmental seems to be part of the problematic discourse that allows governments and the media to pit greenies against farmers, instead of enabling a holistic discussion that acknowledges the importance of healthy river ecologies to all life, including that sustained by farmers.

Removing a further 70GL of environmental flows for the benefit of cotton farms and other big water users (Im looking at you, rice farms) is a threat to the very existence of those downstream. Broken Hill is running out of clean drinking water the issue is critical, and not even about the more complicated questions around water rights for commercial activities and how to balance these with ecological health, recreational use, and basic human needs its the basic human need at stake here.

In a related but separate current issue around the MDBP, works have commenced to run a pipeline from the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth 300km north to supply fresh drinking water to Broken Hill which f...

11:40

You Need to Ask Yourself Why a Nobody Such As Myself is Garnering So Much Attention from Trolls "IndyWatch Feed National"

People are probably wondering who I really am- considering all the tripe that is out there about me. The articles, the videos, and the army of trolls- all of them anonymous who claim to know everything about me who are over eager to tell everyone what they think of me.

The question I have is how many other non famous people do you know who have the same attention on them as I do.

Entire YouTube channels have been designed about me- most notably that by John Kilrush aka Doug Mesner aka Doug Misicko aka Satanic Temples Lucien Greaves aka all the OTHER names this idiot claims. The dude believes he is the Legion of the internet. But with all the crap in his life- it seems his sole focus is on me.

If this dude and his Satanic Temple followers arent threatened by me- what other reason would they spend so much time focused on discrediting and attacking me? And attacking my supporters? And anyone who would listen to me?

They will claim I am crazy- but in two months time- I put my house up for sale and sold it- bought another- packed up everything I owned and moved 1/2 way across the country. And I did this alone- all by my lonesome. Does this fit the image of a disorganized crazy person? And since none of these anonymous trolls are actually in my life- except for trying to constantly intrude on it- how would they really know?

Esp considering I do my best to avoid them like the plague. The answer is they dont obviously. But they sure do share their opinions like they do.

Which again begs the point as to why? What other non famous nobody garners the attention that I do? And I am their ONLY focus. They are solely and ONLY focused on me.

Again it begs the question as to why? Why do they feel I am so special? What makes me warrent so much of their attention and focus?

If I do a video- within minutes they are commenting on it- generally before I can even finish. Every time. What makes me so special that they lie in wait for me? And how do they find the time to do so every time?

Obviously there is more to them than meets the eye- esp considering all of them are ALWAYS anonymous. Doug Mesner- who is actually Doug Misicko- has a myriad of aliases- which also begs the question why- not to mention how can you trust someone who constantly lies about his own name.

I am a nobody. Ask 100 people out on the street who I am and not one of them will know. So again you need to ask yourself why is all of this obsession being placed on me?

The answer is simple. It is because I am telling truth that they are desperate for others not to know. There IS no other reason.

So one last time I will beg the question as to why?

11:32

A Diet of Illusion For The Herds, While Trillions Are Looted Annually "IndyWatch Feed National"

by G5

I dont write much about Australia. It lost its interest for me, long ago. It is now firmly entrenched in my nausea file. I observe this study in still life screwed every which way yearning to be the next American state. It officially deceives at every turn.

Idiot Black Rap, Hideous Basketball, reversed and side sat peak hats, youth attending uniformed schools with the shirts out, no hats, and the shoes unpolished, with untied laces, rushing to MuckDonalds for nourishment after a hard day at school learning about Gender, Diversity, and Climatology, illusional ethics, revisionist history, art and sports, optional English, Mathematics and perhaps optional Science. All part of being fully informed and regurgitatively credentialed in the modern digital age. With optional use of a writing instrument.

The Lost World of The Progressive Age. Where illusions of a quality education for all...

10:32

Corrupt Victoria Police "Professional Standards" head Brett Guerin to resign? "IndyWatch Feed National"



Corruption, misconduct and criminal activity is rife within Victoria Police, where it can come in many forms, such as, but not limited to; entrapment, falsifying evidence, theft, drug dealing, fraud, false statements in court, destruction of court documents.

This is a problem not necessarily for Victoria Police but rather for the general community, as a majority of the criminal actions are carried out against the general population.

In many instances the judiciary turns a blind eye to the corruption within Victoria Police.

Now, now, there is not need to quote Austlii case law regarding the few matters that are on the public record with regards to action against Victoria Police, as there are many times more non reported matters than reported ones, due to threats of violence, harassment on the roads, among other tactics used by members of police.


The burgeoning question could be what else has Brett Guerin done or not done what the brotherhood asked of him, that may not make it out into the 'public' arena.

From last obtained information Victoria Police pays approximately $250,000 per week in 'compensation' to those who choose to take action against Victoria Police, information which the mainstream media does not report on.

Please note;

In any investigation, Victoria Police are under no lawful obligation to tell you (the "private citizen*") the truth, where even if directed to do so in a "court of law" evidence, statements in most cases are falsified by police to various degrees depending on what's at stake.

* - as stated by Brett Guerin

08:59

More jobs & growth "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

More jobs

We've seen plenty of evidence that the labour market is picking up through 2017.

And that continues in 2018, with the trend skilled vacancies now heading up for 16 consecutive months. 

Skilled vacancies increase by +10.6 per cent to 183,600 over the year to January 2018, according to the Department of Employment after notching yet another monthly gain. 

The index is now +31.4 per cent or +43,900 vacancies higher than at the October 2013 low point and rising solidly. 


There were robust gains around the states, although the trend for South Australia has been meandering a bit. 


Easier to find work

The median duration of job search also now looks to be falling. 

The fastest city to find a job in has been Sydney for some time (now down to 9 weeks in January), but Melbourne (9 weeks) and Brisbane (9 weeks) also joined Sydney this month. 

Job search figures are highly seasonal, so this will be a trend to watch as 2018 rolls on. 

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08:36

Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

See here on how Melbourne's suburban house prices have continued to rise.



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08:04

Australias Housing Market Isnt Broken, Its Working Perfectly For Some "IndyWatch Feed National"

While public housing wait lists blow out in some regions to a decade, in just three years elite property developers have increased their wealth by a staggering 56%. The Australian housing market is working precisely how it was intended to, writes Senator Lee Rhiannon, the Greens federal spokesperson for housing.

Housing is rigged in Australia.

This week Tony Abbott has called for Australias immigration intake to be cut in order to address housing affordability.

This is a classic tactic in the conservative-rights handbook. Find a serious social and economic issue then use it in an attempt to block the movement of people who dont fit the right-wing view of what a good and proper person is.

mew matilda, tony abbottFormer Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaking in Afghanistan. (IMAGE: US Embassy Kabul Afghanistan, Flickr)

Its a wonder anyone listens to anything Mr Abbott has to say anymore, after his policies and budget were so wholly rejected by the Australian people. Still, I felt compelled to respond and point out that, obviously, its not migrants who are causing housing unaffordability, its those who are reaping huge profits from housing (backed by the Liberal party to boot).

It is common to hear of the housing system in Australia being broken, or governments failing to fix it. But the current market-driven system is no accident and not a policy failure. For those who profit from housing, the system is working very well.

My office commissioned research from the federal Parliamentary Library into just who it is that is benefiting from our rigged housing system.

Property developers on the BRW Rich List (graph above) have increased their wealth by 56% in just three years.

Stamp duty (residential land related transfer duty below) and budget surpluses have gone through the roof while spending on social housing remained flat-lined.

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08:00

February 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1802 - Flinders and his crew fell over Port Lincoln, on the southern end of what later became known as the Eyre Peninsula.

1815 - Rev. Samuel Marsden left NZ for Port Jackson in Oz bringing with him chiefs Te Morenga and Te Pehi.


1817 - The sadly named Barron Field, who masqueraded as a Supreme Court Judge when not penning prose, rocked up to Sydney.

1820 - Governor Macquarie shot off an email but failing to find an NBN connection he scratched out a letter to Earl Bathurst regarding the surveyors Oxley and Meehan at Illawarra.

1828 - Alexander Stewart popped in to Illawarra as a convict, where he was assigned to Edward Corrigan.

1830 - John Oxley was Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Susan Corfield.

1838 -  The 9th Governor of NSW Guv Gipps trotted into office.

1842 - A Native Police Force was established at Narre Warren with 25 Aborigines trained and under the command of Henry Dana, who moved the force to the banks of Meri Creek the following month.

1842 - Muston's Creek Massacre took place; when six big brave white men rode up on horseback and opened fire killing 4 Indigenous women (1 who was pregnant) and a child, with a 5th severely wounded woman dying later.

1859 - Cruising for some sightseeing the paddle steamer Gemini popped up the Darling River to Brewarrina.

1860 -  William Meuct was a convict who was a little less than lavish with his praise towards his prison guard at Geelong Gaol on this day; silly Meuct was charged with being insolent and was given 24 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water.

1875 The SS Gothenburg struck Old Reef off Ayr, Queensland and sank with the loss of 102 lives.

1876 -  A deputation of Coranderrk Aborigines led by (William) Beruk Barak travelled to Melbourne to call on the Colonial Secretary to request Superintendant Green's reinstatement.
They were unsuccessful.

1888 - Louisville, Kentucky, became the first government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms).

1896 - Victoria was all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15, Jarvis 4-27,
It's a cricket thing.

1905 - Fanny Cochrane Smith, a Tasmanian Aborigine famous for the recordings of her language and songs, died on this day.

1908 - A confused and troubled soul going by the name of Benjamin Harvey did a bunk from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria, dressed only in his shirt.
Whilst on the run Harvey called at a farm where he asked if he might sharpen some knives on the grindstone. Harvey explained that he had escaped from the Ballarat Gaol, where he had nearly killed a warder by kicking him. He also told them he knew that the police were pursuing him, but that he did not intend to be...

06:59

Barnaby Joyce Was Fair Game, But There Still Needs To Be A Privacy Line We Dont Cross "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this week, we published a piece by Melissa ODonnell arguing that the private lives of elected leaders should not be entirely off limits. Melbourne-based philosopher Janna Thompson replies.

Is Barnaby Joyces affair a private matter that should not be publically discussed? To answer, I think we need to make a distinction between two issues.

  1. Is it fair that Barnaby Joyces privacy be respected when the private lives of public women are regarded as legitimate objects of scrutiny and judgment (as in the case of Cheryl Kernot)?
  2. Should we prefer a social and journalistic convention that keeps the private lives of both women and men in politics out of the public eye?

It is possible to answer yes to the first question (as ODonnell does) and yet believe that scrutiny of private lives ought, in most cases, to be kept out of politics. It is possible to approve of the exposure of a hypocrite who claims to stand for family values while still resisting the practice of publicising the private affairs of politicians.

Politicians are not paragons of virtue. There are many, many examples from recent history of politicians who had affairs, slept around or divorced their partners. Some of these were good leaders, or at least effective in getting things done. We are better off for their being in politics.

To make private lives the object of scrutiny, and private faults or vices a reason for condemnation, is to make virtue a requirement for holding political office. This would be bad for many reasons. It would keep out of politics talented people who do not want their private lives scrutinised, for whatever reason. It would turn the press gallery into a gutter press, concentrating on exposing and discussing the latest sexual scandal rather than focussing on the business of the nation. It would turn politics into soap opera.

Barnaby Joyce and wife Natalie (they are now separated) at the 2017 Mid-Winter Ball.

Most of us are not all that virtuous, or not all the time, and insisting on virtue in all private lives would ensure that politicians would find devious, secret ways to sin to the detriment of the people they are involve...

03:54

This Instagram Features The Most Depressing Sounding Places In The World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Damien Rudds Instagram account Sad Topographies features very sad (and very real) places like Hopeless Pass, Termination Point, and Dead Women Crossing.

While searching for something on Google Maps, Damien Rudd happened upon Mount Hopeless in Australia. Intrigued by such a dour sounding place, Rudd began searching for locations with synonyms for sadness. A few searches and screenshots later and the Instagram account Sad Topographies was born.

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03:52

Find or Create a Chapter or Affiliate "IndyWatch Feed National"

World Beyond War allows volunteers to create (and assists in the creation) of new local organizations that we call World Beyond War chapters. If you cant find one near you below, you can create one. Its easy!

We also let existing organizations become affiliates. You can do that too. We do not include as affiliates groups that support war or other major forms of violence or injustice. But we do not expect to agree on every topic with every affiliate. An affiliate must be an organization working with us on ending war. If your organization or business wants to endorse ending war without becoming an affiliate, please sign here.

You can also vounteer to be a Country Coordinator.

Heres are some resources and guidelines for chapters and affiliates.

CHAPTERS, AFFILIATES, AND COUNTRY COORDINATORS:

Afghanistan
Country Coordinator: Samira Abrar
Affiliate: Rehabilitee Organization for Afghan War Victims

Australia
Country Coordinator: Robert Salerno

Cameroon
Chapter: World Beyond War Cameroon

Canada
Country Coordinator: Bob Fantina
Chapter: World Beyond War St. Johns
Chapter: World Beyond War Toronto
Affiliate: Canadian Peace Initiative
Affiliate: Anutek Developments Inc.
Affiliate: World Without Fear

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03:07

PERTH Sydney madams brother extradited over $1b WA drug bust "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sydney madams brother extradited over $1b WA drug bust .

February 23, 2018 at 08:52PM .

THE brother of a former Sydney brothel madam has been arrested in connection to the biggest drug bust in Australian history worth more than $1 billion. On Thursday police arrested Jabour Anthony Lahood at his Dural home in Sydneys northwest and charged him over his alleged role in importing

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-madams-brother-extradited-over-1b-wa-drug-bust/news-story/76edc557b717092ba36f7a21816f1a2a&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGXV33yroQ4nP1g9pgF-GL8hESOIA

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PERTH Woman attacks police after Perth stair run "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman attacks police after Perth stair run .

February 23, 2018 at 11:52AM .

leaving a child less than two years old in the car. She then allegedly attacked two officers, punching one of them in the head and kicking the officers legs. The woman, from the southern suburb of Thornlie, was charged with assaulting a public officer and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-5424987/Woman-attacks-police-Perth-stair-run.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNE2NyGMLxfQCoXq8Fc8lRc9m5ojZw

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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03:07

PERTH Woman allegedly drove through Elizabeth Quay, assaulted police "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman allegedly drove through Elizabeth Quay, assaulted police .

February 23, 2018 at 10:56AM .

The officer received scratches to the face and bruising to the face and legs. Witnesses told 9 News Perth there were about 50 people close by when the incident occurred. A 46-year-old woman from Thornlie was charged with assault public officer. She will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/woman-allegedly-drove-through-elizabeth-quay-assaulted-police-20180223-h0wjcg.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEcnTbYpYHs8RyfxukWmTOAqbS09g

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Car Stuck On Steps In Bizarre CBD Incident "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Car Stuck On Steps In Bizarre CBD Incident .

February 23, 2018 at 11:52AM .

A woman is due in court today, accused of punching a police officer after getting a car stuck on some steps in Elizabeth Quay. Its alleged the 46 year old drove the car along a walkway and attempted to drive down some stairs when the vehicle became wedged between the rails. Its believed a toddler

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.hit.com.au/news/perth/car-stuck-on-steps-in-bizarre-cbd-incident&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGjJ5i2Db5cr6xJEKTufUWZytcC3w

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Stoneville man cleared for firing shotgun to protect daughter from being attacked by dog "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Stoneville man cleared for firing shotgun to protect daughter from being attacked by dog .

February 23, 2018 at 11:52AM .

STONEVILLE resident David Cramer has been found not guilty in Perth Magistrates Court after he fired his shotgun to protect his daughter from being attacked by a neighbours dangerous dog on his property in 2016. Handing down his decision on February 20, Magistrate Andrew Maughan said he

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/hills-gazette/news/stoneville-man-cleared-for-firing-shotgun-to-protect-daughter-from-being-attacked&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGRbB6a58B2YmD1YFar5phW-WJOVg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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02:33

Woman severely injured after being bitten by shark off Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A woman is severely injured after being bitten by a shark off the coast of Sydney. The swimmer was in the water at Congwong Beach in La Perouse at 7pm on Friday when she was attacked by what is believed to have been a shark. In the wake of the attack, the local council has announced all beaches in the area will be closed on 'for at least Saturday'. The woman, who is aged in her 50s, was taken to St George Hospital where she is being treated for severe lacerations to one of her legs. A NSW Ambulance spokesman said it was unclear what species of shark had bitten the woman.

00:46

Sustainable Population Australia comments on Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton on migration "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has no coherent population plan other than to inundate the major cities with people. Instead of a well though-out population policy, the strategy has been to stoke overall economic growth to support big business. This suits the property industry and retailers but GDP per capita growth is stagnating while ordinary Australians are worse off.

Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott have both recently called out for a reduction of immigration to Australia. To quote Mr Abbott: "At the moment weve got stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, clogged infrastructure and there is no doubt the rate of immigration impacts on all of these things.

We support Mr Abbott's comments but it's unfortunate he didn't consider this while he was Prime Minister. Australia is suffering cumulative economic and environmental damage from unconstrained growth.

It is incorrect of Peter Dutton to suggest that in the Labor years the number peaked at about 305,900 in one year which was an enormous number, weve got that number down now below 190,000

While it is true that net overseas migration (NOM) which includes both permanent and temporary long-term residents peaked under Labor (at 315,700), it was still running at 245,500 as at the year to June 2017.

Most importantly, Peter Dutton failed to mention that Australias permanent migrant intake has never been higher than under this Coalition Government, set at nearly 210,000 a year currently.

Currently 60% of Australias growth is skilled migration whereas the humanitarian intake is less than 10%.

Foreign aid has also been significantly cut whilst the coalition has been in power. This is particularly true for overseas family planning services and the access to education that is required to empower women to choose the size of their families.

Paul Hawken, who was the keynote speaker at Melbournes Sustainable Living Festival, stated that family planning and access to education are together the most significant global responses to addressing climate change.

SPA calls for a fundamental change to population policy that addresses population issues both nationally and globally. This should involve reducing total migration to around 70 000 per a...

00:14

Tammy Solonec: Kids in cages 300 days in an isolation unit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post 300 days is a long time to spend in an isolation unit, like a caged animal. Ive interviewed two boys who have spent long periods in isolation in the Intensive Supervision Unit (ISU), previously called the Harding Unit, at Banksia Hill Detention Centre, Western Australias only childrens prison. Tammy Solonec is the Indigenous Rights Manager at Amnesty ...

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23:30

Millions of People Taking Statin Drugs Will Continue to Have Far Greater Chance of Harm than Benefit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Millions of People Taking Statin Drugs Will Continue to Have Far Greater Chance of Harm than Benefit

By Paul Fassa

Two recent articles published in the UK mainstream hard copy and online newspaper Express revealed theres something wrong with cholesterol-lowering statin drug prescription policies, quoting several doctors who claim statins cause more harm than benefit.

Dr. Rita Redberg, a cardiologist professor at the San Francisco Medical Center, states:

Unfortunately, until all data is available and discussed with patients, millions of people taking these [statin]drugs will continue to have far greater chance of harm than benefit. (Source.)

Dr. Rita Redbergs name might be familiar to our readers, because she appeared in an Australian two-part TV news documentary that has often been featured in several Health Impact News articles. Both parts were connected thematically and produced by Dr. Maryanne Demasi, Ph.D.

And it was Dr. Demasis British Medical Journal (BMJ) article and study review that the Express article was reporting rather favorably with quotes from other doctors supporting her findings. The articles focus was on the controversy it had ignited regarding the widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

Dr. Demasis Determination to Expose the Harsh Realities of Statin Drugs Was Underestimated

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A few years back around 2013/14, Dr. Demasi produced two Catalyst science show productions on the ABC Australia TV network. Its as mainstream as it gets down under.

Part one, Dietary Villains, of the two-part series, The Heart of the Matter, exposes the big fat lie of heart disease, the li...

23:15

Tiny Graphene Membrane Creates Supercharged Water Purification In One Simple Step "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kevin Samson

Fresh water supplies continue to be assaulted on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment is the unfolding disaster in Cape Town, South Africa which could be completely without water by June. According to some, this is as much the result of politics as it is the result of a three-year drought.

At the same time, clearly man-made disasters like the corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity has been Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. One look at how this is manifesting in Mexico at the moment should make it clear who gets most severely penalized for this policy.

Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 1/3 of the planets population is directly threatened by unclean water. Finding a solution to this ongoing plague should be of paramount importance; it is for this reason that I have repeatedly focused on novel new ways that we can take back control over our water supply and ensure that it is as clean as possible (see here and here).

A new filtering technique might just hold the largest promise yet for being able to access even large bodies of water across the planet that have become terribly polluted. Australias Syndney Harbour is one such place. Comprising more than 10,000 acres at depths of up to 35 feet, the Harbour is so polluted that scientists saw it as the perfect challenge to test their research.

The system that scientists at CSIRO have created is called Graphair, named after the microscopic graphene film that developers say will stop pollutants completely in a single step, as opposed to the m...

23:14

AUSTRALIAS PAEDOPHILE EPIDEMIC BEING COVERED-UP BY JUDGES "IndyWatch Feed National"

AUSTRALIAS PAEDOPHILE EPIDEMIC BEING COVERED-UP BY JUDGES

Australia has an epidemic of paedophiles and as a country we need to face up to it and deal with it.

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23:06

BILL SHORTENS ALLEGED CRIMES ARE FRAUD, THEFT, ADULTERY AND RAPE TO NAME A FEW. SHOULD HE BE PM? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shortens history covers everything from major fraud and theft when he was Victorian and National Secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), raping another union member at a camp, branch stacking to become a politician and improve the power of the AWU and getting one of his staff members pregnant. Read More

23:02

Some favourite painters and sculptors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Blue Poles

Jackson Pollocks Blue Poles in the National Art Gallery, Canberra, Australias capital

 

I live in Northern NSW. I lived in Sydney for about 30 years. Im very familiar with the New South Wales Art Gallery in Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra.

When I was a wealthy prince in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs I was a Foundation Member of the NSW Art Gallery with my name on the board in the lobby. I wasnt a big donator. More an entry-level player. As a lover of art and an artist I believe in supporting the visual arts.

It was also a ticket to the life of privilege. To be invited with special creative invitations in the mail to all the nice stuff. Previews, Opening Nights and all the special events. Private viewings of exhibitions with champagne and hors doeuvres. No bustling with all the plebs on opening nights, although theyre fun too. Especially for major exhibitions and the annual Archibald Portrait Competition..

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is situated beside Lake Burley Griffith in the heart of Canberra. If youre ever in Canberra, and love art, the National Library, not far from the NGA has some beautiful works of art from the 1970s, including a large brass sculpture by Tom Bass mounted on the ceiling of the portico, beautiful large tapestries and a magnificent large stained glass window.

Tom Bass was very successful from the 1950s to the 1970s as a public sculptor. Later Tom established the Tom Bass Sculpture School which I attended for over 8 years. Its an old-school journeymans sculpture school where there are no exams or certificates and your qualification is your acquired abilities. Tom Bass believed that your developed talents as a sculptor are your certificate and signature.

22:42

Socrates Update World Share Market Indexes "IndyWatch Feed National"

These are the World Stock Indexes Available in the Basic Level


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22:31

Giacometti Exhibition Art Gallery New South Wales 2006 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sculptures, prints & drawings from the Maeght Foundation
Art Gallery of New South Wales
18 August until 29 October 2006

One of the most original and inventive artists of the 20th century

The Art Gallery of New South Wales brings to Australia for the first time an exhibition of some 79 works by Alberto Giacometti. Renowned for his relentless investigation of the human figure and his unique and singular vision, Giacometti stands beside Picasso and Matisse as one of the towering masters of 20th century art.

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The 35 sculptures, 22 prints and 22 drawings in the exhibition span the two most intense phases of Giacomettis career the surrealist period from 1929 to 1934 and the post World War II period from 1947 to 1965, when he produced the thin and unnaturally elongated figures for which he has become best known.

The works have been drawn from the Marguerite and Aim Maeght Foundation in the south of France, which holds one of the most significant collections of Giacomettis work. In 1947 the Maeght family opened a gallery in Paris specialising in modern French art and were passionate advocates of Giacomettis work, holding exhibitions in the 1950s and early 60s. Aim and Marguerite Maeghts remarkable collection, which also includes work by Bonnard, Braque, Matisse, Miro, Chagall and Calder, is now on permanent display at the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul in the south of France.

Edmund Capon, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and curator of the...

21:18

Barnaby Joyces sexual harassment accuser upset complaint now public "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Barnaby Joyces sexual harassment accuser upset complaint now public

23 February 2018

The West Australian woman who made a sexual harassment complaint against Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is upset her concerns have been made public against her wishes.

Key points:

  • Barnaby Joyce seeking legal advice after sexual harassment allegations
  • Joyces spokesman says allegations are spurious and defamatory
  • Woman behind allegations has a high profile in WA

A spokesman for...

21:06

Barnaby Joyce to quit as Nationals leader after sex harassment claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian

Barnaby Joyce to quit as Nationals leader after sex harassment claims

23 February 2018

 Barnaby Joyce steps down as Deputy PM

Barnaby Joyce announces that he will resign from his position as Nationals leader in Armidale. Picture: Hollie AdamsBarnaby Joyce announces that he will resign from his position as Nationals leader in Armidale. Picture: Hollie Adams

 

  • The Australian
  • February 23, 2018

21:04

Media Release 21/02 | PNG POLICE FORCED REMOVAL OF REFUGEES FROM PORT MORESBY TO MANUS REVEALS RESETTLEMENT FARCE "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE PNG POLICE FORCED REMOVAL OF REFUGEES FROM PORT MORESBY TO MANUS REVEALS RESETTLEMENT FARCE In the early hours of Tuesday, 29 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge. They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem(...)

20:57

Media Release (Tamil Refugee Council) 23/02 | FORMER TAMIL TIGER DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Tamil Refugee Council press release FORMER TAMIL TIGER DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA 23 February 2018 The Tamil Refugee Council condemns the Australian government for deporting to Sri Lanka a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers). Santharuban, who fled the country in 2012, last night was taken into custody(...)

20:37

Australia - Dentists urge big picture view of fluoride in shire water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesdays decision that council would be fluoridating the remainder of the shires public water supply met with heated debate both inside and outside of the councils chambers. 
There were loud disruptions in the chamber with Mayor Kristy McBain rising on several occasions to ask for respect from the public members. Then, only a few hours later, online forums lit up with support for the decision, but also some anger and consternation.
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19:22

Stealing China's thunder: the Quads' counter project to the Silk route "IndyWatch Feed National"

The United States has formed a new Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD), which is known as the Quads. This is an anti-Chinese group composed since 2007 of Japan, Australia and India. Following a change in government, Australia had left the group, making Washington's strategy a failure, returned to it in 2010. The Trump Administration is preparing a project to steal China's thunder. The initiative the Chinese have in mind is to create new communication routes along the model of the former (...)

18:46

Podiatric Laboratory Orthotech Podiatric Laboratory "IndyWatch Feed National"

Otrhotics manufacturer and supplier in Australia, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and South East Asia.

18:21

Australia: Former Tamil Tiger Deported to Sri Lanka "IndyWatch Feed National"

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FORMER TAMIL TIGER DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA

23 February 2018 

The Tamil Refugee Council condemns the Australian government for deporting to Sri Lanka a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers).

Santharuban, who fled the country in 2012, last night was taken into custody for questioning in Colombo, the capital, on arrival just after 10pm local time.

He had been handcuffed and removed from the Broadmeadows detention centre (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) on Tuesday evening and was driven to Sydney escorted by four guards, one Border Force agent and one doctor where he was detained.

Early Thursday morning, he was asked to sign a deportation document. He claims that when he refused, Border Force agents grabbed him by the shirt and threatened to handcuff him, tape his mouth shut and drag him onto the plane.

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18:16

Rescued Singapore Shipbuilder Buckles Under Debt Woes Otto Marine has $877 million in liabilities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bloomberg

By Andrea Tan and  David Yong

February 22, 2018, 11:50 PM EST
  • Otto Marine has $877 million in liabilities, it tells court
  • Provider of offshore support vessels has potential investor

A Singapore shipping company rescued by its chairman just over a year ago faces collapse unless the courts step in, a sign that an earlier slump in oil prices is still reverberating.

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Saddled with $877 million in liabilities and creditors demanding payment, Otto Marine Ltd. is asking the Singapore High Court for protection. The shipbuilder wants to turn itself around under the courts supervision and fend off creditors while it restructures its debt, according to its Feb. 20 application for judicial management, which was obtained by Bloomberg News.

I cannot be expected to continue shouldering the financial burden and injecting fresh capital into the company, Executive Chairman Yaw Chee Siew said in the application.

Yaw, took full control of the ailing firm in October 2016 and is the single biggest creditor with $208 million due to him and affiliates, the papers show. The financial collapse of the group is imminent unless the High Court provides breathing room, he said.

Otto Marine made its case for an interim judicial manager in a closed door hearing on Friday. The company will release a statement after the outcome of the hearing is known, Mark Ortega, legal counsel, said in an email on Thursday.

Oil and Gas Struggles

The shipping company is among many in the oil and gas services industry struggling to meet financial obligations after a plunge in crude prices caused contracts to dr...

16:47

The Pursuit of Medical Patents and Medical Profiteering "IndyWatch Feed National"

A spread in The Australian

by Dee McLachlan

I was inspired to complete this article after reading what Eddy told us in GumshoeNews comment yesterday (February 21, 2018).

Back in the early 1900s great strides had been made in understanding the body and medicine. There was a wide range of practices, including naturopathy, homeopathy, eclectic medicine (botanical and herbal medicine), holistic medicine, etc....

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
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15:15

The website of the Australian UFO Research Network (AUFORN) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

Unexpectedly I have a day off work today; the kids are at school and hubby is interstate on a business trip so this post is early.

I am still looking at websites operated by Australian UFO groups, in order to update my self after several years away from the field. These reviews are simply my own opinions of what the websites offer. Someone else checking out the same website may come away with a different view than mine. That's to be expected. However if Australian UFO groups want science or even government to treat the subject in an objective way, then they need to present their website material in a far better manner.

AUFORN

I used a smart phone to access the AUFORN website. The home page states that AUFORN has been around since 1998 - 20 years this year. This would make the website the oldest Australian UFO website. Well done. 

However, you then notice the words 'The most up to date Australian UFO web page on the Internet' but this is immediately followed by the words 'Updated April 19th 2014' which is rather contradictory.

Tabs

The home page has nine tabs namely: 'About us;' 'public meetings;' 'UFO sighting reports;' 'online report form;'UFO hotline;' 'articles;' 'what's on;' 'links;' and 'contact us.'

About us

We learn that 'AUFORN was formed to continue the work of ACUFOS defunked in 1992/93' and was established by Diane Harrison and Robert Frola. 'We believe there is enough circumstantial evidence to prove the existence of UFOs.' Then 'Our objective in the coming years will be to provide...

14:41

Barnaby Joyce resigns as Nationals leader "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barnaby Joyce speaks to media during a press conference in Armidale, New South Wales, Friday, February 23, 2018. Mr Joyce has resigned from the leadership of the Nationals Party as his party investigates an allegation of sexual harassment which he denies. AAP Image/Marlon Dalton.

CANBERRA AAP

Barnaby Joyce will step down from the Nationals leadership, as his party investigates an allegation of sexual harassment he denies.

Mr Joyce told reporters in Armidale on Friday that he will throw open the leadership at a meeting in Canberra at 8am on Monday.

To give these people in the weatherboard and iron, in those regional and small towns the best opportunity, this current cacophony of issues has to be put aside, Mr Joyce said.

The deputy prime minister has spent 16 days fighting off accusations of improper conduct over his affair with his now-pregnant former staffer Vikki Campion, and she was moved to two other political offices.

Over the last half a month, there has been a litany of allegations. I dont believe any of them have been sustained, Mr Joyce said.

But he believes the government and his family needs a circuit breaker to stop the flood of stories.

This has got to stop. Its not fair on them, he said.

He said the final straw was a sexual harassment allegation revealed on Thursday, which he has asked to be referred to the police.

Mr Joyce has not directly told Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull he is resigning, but he said he spoke to Mathias Cormann, who is acting in the role while Mr Turnbull is overseas.

He also says he wont snipe from the back bench.

I want to assist my colleagues, where I can, to keep their seats and also, quite naturally, in April, a baby will be born. Ill have other things on...

14:32

Barnaby's announcement - resigning commission as Deputy Prime Minister and as leader of nationals "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Monday morning I will step down as the Leader of @The_Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. I would like to thank everyone for offering their support to me, especially the people of New England. Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) February 23, 2018 I will continue to fight for the...

14:21

A novel ending "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have finally finished shredding my novel. It had been the work of many days, feeding it into the machine sheet by sheet and watching the pages re-emerge as linguine. Its not surprising the story was bad. I wrote it soon after my husband died, leaving me with three young children, so the raw ingredients by weight were exhaustion, desperation, false hope and uncertain talent. It was a testament to one thing only: the discipline of writing every day.

14:18

Augie March "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

Augie March

Supported by Rowena Wise

AUGIE MARCHhas unveiled details of their forthcoming new album BOOTIKINS (Caroline Australia), also revealing the albums title track and captivating lyric video today.

BOOTIKINS represents another extraordinary chapter in the life of this acclaimed Australian group, as they prepare to release their sixth studio album. Recorded between Hobart and Melbourne, it was produced by Tony Cohen, who came out of retirement to make good on a promise to himself to work with the band. Following his sad passing, a final track was recorded with Cohens good friend John Olson at the helm, with the band, Robin Mai and Paul McKercher mixing the record between them.

The first single to be lifted from the album is euphoric title track Bootikins, a psychedelic extravaganza which displays all the passion, energy and drama that weve come to expect from Augie March in a blazing return to form.

Says Glenn Richards about the songs inspiration,

The dynamic needed to match the manic nature of the words, the furious utterances, and the bloody rush of thought that occurs in the mind of any man who has dispensed with the rational or the compassionate in favour of the diabolical. In that spirit I didnt give contemplation much sway in the process and went largely with instinct. Its a very strange song for very strange times.

The Bootikins single is accompanied by a wonderful lyric video conceptualised by Richards himself.

The band will play the new album BOOTIKINS in full for the first ever occasion on album release day, Friday 23rd February, at the Velvet Room at Thornbury Theatre. The audience will have the opportunity to watch and listen up closeas Augie March road test this set of challenging and diverse material, and theres sure to be a good deal of high level tin...

13:41

MACKAY Laundering accused to undergo mental health check "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 23, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Laundering accused to undergo mental health check

February 23, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

A MACKAY man charged with laundering more than $1 million as part of an international computer repair scam will undergo a mental health assessment. Joseph Cainero from Mackay Harbour faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. The 76-year-old is charged with money laundering recklessly

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MACKAY Moranbah man accused of selling stolen copper wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Moranbah man accused of selling stolen copper wire

February 23, 2018 at 11:30AM ,

A MORANBAH man accused of selling a large amount of stolen copper wire to a Mackay business has faced court on a range of serious charges. Steven Morris from Moranbah faced Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Monday. The 34-year-old has been charged with possessing instrument of

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13:13

Australian ABC needs to widen sources on Syria - letter to producer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Marina,

As producer of the segment this morning about the current campaign to liberate Eastern Ghouta from its terrorist besiegers, I would like to offer this alternative perspective on what is actually happening in Syria. I understand only too well that all Western governments, NGOs and UN organisations, including Amnesty International, speak with one voice, but they still present the situation in Damascus and its suburbs in completely misleading and false terms.

While these voices talk of a humanitarian disaster, and make many claims regarding deaths of children and attacks on hospitals and Syrian civil defence, their sources are not in any way trustworthy.

The armed groups who have occupied Damascus eastern suburbs since 2012, holding the local population under siege, are the very same groups who staged the so-called Sarin attack in Ghouta in 2013, distributing videos of kidnapped children they had themselves gassed through the sympathetic media networks supporting the Syrian insurgency.

Regardless of whether we believe this in the West, or dismiss it as propaganda from Assad apologists or Kremlin Stooges, the fact remains that the vast majority of Syrian citizens know it to be the case, along with most Russians, Iranians and Lebanese. Their media do not present videos produced by the White Helmets as credible evidence of crimes by the Syrian Army, but as evidence of the criminals behind the White Helmets organisation in Westminster and Washington.

And while our media and leaders just dismiss Russian opinion and expertise as invalid, and portray Russias role at the UN as criminal, it is only the media who actually believe this. There would not be an intelligence agency in the US/UK/French/Israeli/Saudi network who does NOT know the truth of what their countries are trying to do to Syria, which makes their crime in fomenting and sponsoring the war on Syria truly the crime of the century.

People close to Syria and Russia, including myself, have been trying to bring the truth to the attention of the media here for the last seven years, as it was apparent within weeks of the so-called uprising that it was not genuine and not supported by Syrians.

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13:12

All washed up - Assistant Commissioner Brett "Dean Martin" Guerin stood down "IndyWatch Feed National"

Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin gets some career advice from his alter-ego Vernon Demerest. Statement from Victoria Police UPDATE Here's Tessa Akerman in The Australian moments ago. Victorian troll cop stood aside over online comments Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin has been stood aside over crude comments. Picture: News Corp. The Australian...

13:08

Postcards from that cringy guy's family holiday in India - Trudeau the younger's face says it all "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yes mate, he is a dick. Justin Trudeau criticised on India visit Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, at the Sikh Shrine Golden temple in Amritsar. Picture: AFP HUGH TOMLINSON The Times 11:37AM February 23, 2018 Justin Trudeaus ill-fated trip to India has stumbled from bad to worse. The...

13:03

Final results of the 2017 Judith Wright Poetry Prize "IndyWatch Feed National"

The final results of the 2017 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize, as well as notes on the shortlist and a list of Highly Commended poems from this years competition.

11:46

The Turnbull government is trying to legislate discrimination in a new form "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Malcolm Turnbull and the rest of the gang in Canberra, are mounting yet another attack on Australians. This time it comes in the shape of a move to extend waiting times for migrants to access social security benefits.

By doing this, the government is trying to entrench open discrimination. A section of those whose home is in Australia will get less than others, and it will apply if the person cannot find a job, get sick or have a baby.

Waiting times and the assistance given are already a disgrace across the board, and for some, are about to become even worse, if the bill gets through.

Migrants will also be discriminated against, whether working or not, when it comes to family allowance.

Whjat is even worse than this, is that the government is promoting prejudice, and if successful, will have consequences that go far beyond having to wait longer to get some assistance from Centrelink. It is a threat to our national unity as a people and needs to be opposed all the way down the line.

If the bill becomes a reality, Australians will have been divided into seperate groups, and this will make it easier for the government to use divide and rule to pick us all off. Lower the entitlements to some and this will soon spread to all.

It is possible to fight back. A community backlash defeated the attempt to dismantle the Racial Discrimination Act last year. There is already a growing reaction against the bill and the same can be achieved again

GetUp, which is already in the governments sights, has joined the effort to make this discriminatory bill a dead letter and has launched an online petition. We should all sign it. This will help to pressure the politicians to back away.

GetUp says: Any government that is cruel enough to drum up discrimination against our migrant families, struggling to make ends meet, will face the force of our movement.

In the longer run though, effort must be put into changing attitudes in sections of our community that work to divide us from one another. Our strength as Australians is in our diversity. Those who seek to deny this, weaken us.

The challenge is to engage in practical ways, working together across ethnic communities, to make Australia a better place for ourselves and our descendants.

 

 

 

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11:45

FixedIt: Barista was VICTIM of attempted rape and it doesnt matter what she was wearing "IndyWatch Feed National"

News.com.au have gone beyond erasing perpetrators and written a headline that reads as if the victim was the perpetrator of attempted rape. Then, to add grotesque insult to inexcusable injury, the first word in the headline describes what she was wearing.

Seriously? The first word in a headline about a man who allegedly attempted to rape a woman at knifepoint is what she was wearing? How can any reasonable journalist even look at that headline and not have an immediate OH HELL NO reaction?

The woman was at work. The video shows a man climbing in the window of her workplace with a knife, attacking her and dragging her out the window. Nothing about her clothing, her actions or her choices are relevant to his choice to attack her. There is only one thing that causes sexual violence and that is the choice to commit sexual violence.

This headline, which erases the perpetrator, implies the victim committed the crime and blames her by describing her clothing is unbelievably irresponsible.

As I have written before, headlines matter and erasing perpetrators is bad journalism.

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11:05

More from Dave McAlpine in The Australian today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former WA minister linked to AWU fraud case Retired West Australian detective David McAlpine who investigated the AWU slush fund scandal. The Australian 12:00AM February 23, 2018 ANDREW BURRELL WA Chief Reporter Perth @AndrewBurrell7 The detective who ran the police investigation into the AWU slush fund scandal claims the entity...

10:57

PERTH Woman charged after car drives down steps at Elizabeth Quay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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after they attempted to stop her, punching them to the head and kicking their legs. The officer received scratches to the face and bruising to the face and legs. The 46-year-old Thornlie woman has been charged with assaulting a public officer and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today.

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10:52

A misconceived attack on libertarianism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay have produced a Manifesto Against the Enemies of Modernity. There is much to agree with in it but at least one part is thoroughly misconceived, which is the attack on libertarianism.

Such an attack is a strange thing to read in such a manifesto, for if any ideology seems a product of modernity it is libertarianism, an intense form of liberalism. The heroes of libertarianism are very much modern figures, with the earliest thinker being regularly invoked being C17th philosopher John Locke. Some of the more historically minded might cite the Salamanca School, but for their economic reasoning, and perhaps some of their natural law reasoning, not their Catholicism.

Indeed, the most potentially fruitful lines of attack on libertarianism would be to accuse it of being a particularly autistic manifestation of modernity. Dissident right blogger Zman lets loose with a blast along those lines here.

Yet Pluckrose and Lindsay line up the libertarians (or at least a significant strain of such thought) with the premodern right:

Premodernism valorizes simplicity and purity that it imagines in terms of Natural roles, Laws, and Rights. It feels these have been subverted by the growth of institutions and complex social structures. It also deeply distrusts expertise for a wide variety of complicated reasons, including a certain self-assured and yet self-pitying resentment of sociocultural betterment, the undermining of Natural roles, the questioning and challenging of traditional values, and engineering in the social, cultural, and political spheres.

In the case of libertarians, particularly, a major influence is the political theory of Friedrich Hayek, who saw the increasing centralized regulation by government in the more recent Modern period as a gradual return to serfdom which threatens to bring about totalitarianism. In The Road to Serfdom, he argues, mirroring the postmodernists, that knowledge and truth...

10:50

Promoter of war with China to be next US ambassador to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The United States has appointed Admiral Harry Harris to be the next ambassador to Australia, after his coming retirement from military service.

This should be of serious concern, given his recent call to the American Congress to prepare for the possibility of war with China.

A war to enforce ongoing American domination in the Asia-Pacific region is wrong.  It would bring immense destruction and suffering, and the appointment of a principal champion of the military path is a provocation to China and poses a threat to Australia.

Harris claims that Chinas military might could soon rival US power across almost every domain, and assesses that Beijing aims, to control the South China Sea. What he neglects to say is that up to now, the South China Sea has been under the control of the United States naval presence. To put this into perspective. This is one of the worlds most important shipping lanes, carrying one third of world shipping,  and extends to Chinas mainland border. The Chinese see that American dominance of this stretch of water, poses a major security threat to Chinas sovereignty and international trade.

It is not so strange that China should introduce its own military presence near the border of its own home turf. How would the United States react if the Chinese sent war ships into the Gulf of Mexico? This is no different. We saw during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis that the Gulf became a United States exclusion zone, although there are a number of other nations on the borders and inside the Gulf.

Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee that the US and its allies should tackle Chinas rising influence. He talked about the threat to the existing international rules based order.  What are these rules, other than those imposed by the United States after the Second World War, to underline its dominant position and global policing role?

It is clear that the old rules no longer apply and that a new mechanism for the settlement of territorial disputes needs to be put in place. This needs diplomacy and not military threat.

The world has changed, and the United States is a diminishing power. This means other nations are starting to assert themselves and the age of a single dominant power has come to an end. A section of the American elite cannot stomach this an...

10:22

Small-scale, regenerative grain growers not supported by the GRDC "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government's Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) recently released their Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan for the next five years. The GRDC's purpose is to 'invest in research, development and extension to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers'.

AFSA provided some feedback to the plan to ensure the plight of small-scale, regenerative grain growers are heard. It appears that the GRDC is only concerned with helping large-scale, industrialised and export oriented grain growers.

It was disappointing to find that the plan is solely focused on export markets and fails to address untapped domestic market potential. For example, there is a lack of 'heritage', single origin grains suitable for stoneground milling, wholegrain flours, sourdough baking and craft beer and whiskey production, among other uses. There's a shortage of Certified Organic and Biodynamic grains (such as cereal rye) for human consumption and stock feed (particularly for poultry and pigs). There is also an unmet demand for native grains like kangaroo grass and native millet. Native grains could provide a great opportunity for the industry to engage with the Indigenous community and contribute to a food system that empowers our country's Traditional Owners. Investing in native grains and other perennials is obviously also important for the health of our soils.

Rather than focusing purely on exports, Australia would benefit from fostering local grain economies, like what's happening in the States and parts of Europe. Similar to wine regions, we could be celebrating the regionality of our grains, the hard work of our farmers, and exploring the potential for a terroir. It would revitalise our rural grain growing areas by encouraging tourism and creating a sense of pride through the farm to table connection. The local food movement provides a great opportunity for growers to get a better price for their produce. CSAs and other alternative economic models could be explored to ensure security for growers.

Disappointingly, the GRDC's plan ignores the impact of various social issues that...

09:57

Manager, Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

Murdoch University Perth Western Australia

09:54

Student Success Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Murdoch University Perth Western Australia

09:09

Angry Abbott returns serve after criticism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Abbott has penned a blistering retort to his colleagues after his calls for cuts to immigration were dismissed by the governments front bench.

In an opinion piece for The Australian on Friday, Mr Abbott names and shames critics of his calls for cuts to Australian immigration, and suggests they have not read his speech.

One thing I am not going to cop is gratuitous criticism from ministers who are only in government because I led them there, the federal member for Warringah writes.

It is the prime ministers right to choose his ministerial team and, given some of the policies of this government, Im happy to serve on the backbench.

The former prime minister lobbed a grenade into the immigration debate this week by calling for Australias permanent migration intake to be slashed by 80,000 places per year to 110,000.

That sparked a war of words with senior coalition colleagues all slapping down Mr Abbott, and continuing after his latest string of suggestions.

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo was among those who rejected Mr Abbotts arguments against migrants, labelling his position lazy and inaccurate.

Despite not wanting to get into a tit-for-tat discussion with Mr Abbott he spoke out again from Washington, where hes part of a delegation to the US led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He said housing issues raised by Mr Abbott were largely restricted to Melbourne and Sydney while other markets are experiencing price drops and only modest gains.

Lets not pretend this is about numbers of immigrants, the fact is Australia is a richer country because of immigration, he told Sky News.

Acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann and Treasurer Scott Morrison have also drawn Mr Abbotts ire.

Youd think a government thats lost the past 27 Newspolls might be curious about how it could lift its game, Mr Abbott wrote.

But no, ministers have gone out of their way to attack a colleague who knows more about winning elections than anyone in the parliament.

Australias population is expected to grow by 11.8 million people by 2046, which is equivalent to adding a new city roughly the size of Canberra each year for the next 30 years.

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09:06

Australia Announces Shut Down Of Dodgy, Anti-Vax Doctors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia continues its assault on parental rights. In an update to an already stringent mandatory vaccine law, (No Jab, No Pay), the Australian Parliament which disallows false statements from doctors who attempt to stop the production...

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09:01

Calls for drug education after overdoses "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are calls for better drug education in schools, as police continue investigations into the overdose of seven Gold Coast high school students.

Three of the St Stephens College year 10 students have been released from Gold Coast University Hospital, while the remaining four have reportedly recovered well and could be released on Friday.

All seven were rushed to hospital on Wednesday, with some in a critical condition, after ingesting an unknown drug.

Police are still awaiting the results of toxicology reports to confirm which drug was involved but were investigating reports it was the Russian designer drug Phenibut an anti-depressant used to treat anxiety and insomnia that may have been bought online.

The incident has shocked the Upper Coomera schools community, prompting calls for more action from governments to stop teenagers treating drug education like a joke.

University of Queensland drugs expert Jake Najman said information given to students on drugs should not be a half an hour school lesson.

Professor Najman said governments needed to invest in developing intensive, long-term drug education for students.

Its a much more systematic problem that needs real commitment and not just a headline saying, Dont do it, he told AAP.

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08:58

Coral reefs may dissolve in acidic oceans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coral reefs could start to dissolve before 2100 as man-made climate change drives acidification of the oceans, scientists say.

Acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs.

Corals already face risks from ocean temperatures, pollution and overfishing.

Coral reefs will transition to net dissolving before end of century, the Australian-led team of scientists wrote in the US journal Science.

Net dissolving means reefs would lose more material than they gain from the growth of corals.

Carbon dioxide, the main man-made greenhouse gas, forms a weak acid in water and threatens to dissolve the reef sediments, made from broken down bits of corals and other carbonate organisms that accumulate over thousands of years, it said.

The sediments are 10 times more vulnerable to acidification than the tiny coral animals that also extract chemicals directly from the sea water to build stony skeletons that form reefs, the study said.Coral animals will be able to keep growing and replenish reefs long after sandy sediments start to dissolve, lead author Bradley Eyre, of Southern Cross University, told Reuters.

This probably reflects the corals ability to modify their environment and partially adapt to ocean acidification whereas the dissolution of sands is a geo-chemical process that cannot adapt, he wrote in an e-mail.

The report said it was unknown if the whole reef will erode once the sediments become net dissolving and whether reefs will experience catastrophic destruction or merely a slow erosion.

Some reef sediments were already starting to dissolve, such as at Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii, where other pollutants were contributing.

Eyre said it was unclear if the dissolution of sediments could be a long-term threat to entire islands, from the Pacific to the Caribbean.

Other studies say that deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions can limit acidification.

Most studies show that acidification will be overwhelmingly bad for ocean life, also threatening creatures such as oysters, lobsters and crabs.

Another study on Thursday, however, found that it might help the growth of some plants.

An increase of carbon dioxide in the ocean theoretically could stimulate higher growth of kelp and seaweeds, Kasper Hancke, a biologist at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, wrote in a statement.

The post Coral reefs may dissolve in acidic oceans appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:30

We can change the world "IndyWatch Feed National"





No, nothing will change so long as we support corrupt governments by doing NOTHING! Australia & the US support the genocide in West Papua, the Papuans were our allies in WW2 & saved many of our servicemen. Nothing will change unless the corrupt governments are sacked & a better non corrupt governing system is put in place. This will never happen in Australia, but it may happen in other countries.

Keith.

08:15

Labors doublespeak about Adani coal mine plan "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Greens use Labors Adani indecision to ramp up Batman campaign
Activists seize upon Labors contradictory messages on Queensland coalmine in battle for inner-city Melbourne,
Guardian, Katharine Murphy Political editor @murpharoo 21 Feb 2018 

08:00

February 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1822 -   Henry Marsh penned a missive to the Colonial  Secretary regaling him with tales of the journey to the south coast.
Thrilling.

1849 - Things were so crook in Westralia that a public meeting in Perth voted itself off the island for to become a penal colony to help with the so-ill-if-it-was-a-horse-it-would-have-been-shot economy.

1863 - Lord Raglan mysteriously disappeared after leaving Liverpool for Hobson's Bay.

1872 - The brand-spanking-new goods trains sheds in Melbourne were tarted up for 1,500 guests to do the horizontal limbo tango at a gala ball.

1882 - The first four rail trucks carrying stone from the Mt Difficult quarry in the Grampians reached Stawell en route to Melbourne.
Considerable controversy broke out about the quality of the stone sent to Melbourne. It was found to be inferior to the samples originally supplied, exhibiting peculiar defects of an unexpected kind. The Public Works Department ordered work at Parliament House to cease.

1884 & 1994 Tambo Tambo, a Palm Island native, died  on this day in 1884 while working for Barnum and Bailey's Circus.
His remains were found in 1993 and today in 1994 he was given a decent burial on his home soil.

1900 - The Timaru Herald spread the word that a sailmaker in Sydney had popped his clogs due to Bubonic Plague...and kept up the cheefullness with news of a destructive fire in Flinders St, Melbourne.
Cheery, chaps, reeeealy uplifting...

1901 - 7,000 acres were gazetted for an Aboriginal reserve on this day, originally named Barambah it is better known as Cherbourg.
Salvation Army missionary, William J Thompson, was appointed the superintendent. He camped with small numbers of local people on the banks of Barambah Creek.
Little was done to develop the settlement ; Aborigines lived in bark humpies, Superintendent Thompson slept under canvas.

1902 - Mabel was a competitor in the annual Ocean Yacht Race from Hobart, around Bruny Island and back when she sprang a severe leak south of Bruny Island. Filling rapidly, the six crew beached her at Cloudy Bay on the southern end of Bruny Island, and were only just able to crawl along the mast to safety before she went to pieces.

1907 - The Star proudly proclaimed that Chamberlain's Cough Remedy did not contain poison.
Woot.
So, keep guzzling that little elixir without a care!

1911 - The first passenger flight, sans peanuts, took off today when Melbournian John Hammond (slung his missus in his crate) took his wife up in his Bristol Box Kite aircraft.

1926 - The Taralga Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Roslyn - Taralga.

1931 - The taste bud organza Peach Melba was birthed on this day by...

07:35

Australias Consumer Watchdog Received 1289 Crypto Complaints in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australis Consumer Watchdog Received 1289 Crypto Complaints in 2017

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed that it received more than 1,200 complaints relating to cryptocurrencies via its Scamwatch portal during 2017. In light of the number of complaints, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has issued a warning to potential investors outlining the risks associated with cryptocurrency investment.

Also Read: Tesla Hit by Hackers Who Used its Systems to Mine Cryptocurrency

Australias Consumer Watchdog Received 1,289 Complaints Relating to Cryptocurrencies Last Year

Australia's Consumer Watchdog Received 1289 Complaints About Crypto Scams in 2017The Australian Broadcasting Co...

06:22

Liberland, the Worlds First Country to Accept Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed National"

A newly formed country, known as Liberland", is doing what most other countries across the world are afraid of trying, which is to embrace bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Liberland, otherwise officially known as The Free Republic of Liberland is a small []

The post Liberland, the World"s First Country to Accept Cryptocurrencies appeared first on The Global Mail.

05:50

This is the Sound That is In My House "IndyWatch Feed National"

And obviously since an ap on my phone can pick it up- it isnt just in my head

05:34

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site: The pseudo-left organisation Solidarity organised a rally in Melbourne last week, purportedly to oppose a racist government-media campaign against so-called African gangs. The real agenda, however, was to promote the Greens and trade unions, and to cover up the Labor Partys role in the scapegoating of working class youth of African background.

The demonstration, held February 4, was attended by about 300 people, with what appeared to be only a small minority of African origin. Solidarity, a group affiliated with the British state capitalist Socialist Workers Party, provided a platform for the Greens and the trade unions. The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.

05:29

Mystery as over 100 cockatoos are found dead in Hunter Valley, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over 100 cockatoos have been found dead in New South Wales' Hunter Valley. The Environmental Protection Authority is investigating the mass death of the sulfur-crested cockatoos. The authority was made aware of the deaths on Monday. The birds were found in a paddock off Jerrys Plains Road, near the Lemington Road intersection.

04:40

Recent Study Finds that Drinking Even One Soda Per Day Could Increase Your Risks for Cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

People across the globe drink soft drinks daily but is this a good idea? Sure, we know soft drinks are not necessarily healthy but there could be much more to it than we want to admit.

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and the University of Melbourne recently worked on a collaborative study that showed some shocking results. They analyzed over thirty thousand Australians who went on to develop little over three thousand cases of 11 obesity-related cancers. This including things like prostate cancer, breast cancer, and so forth. The reports they looked at were from the years between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007. Their findings were published not too long ago and showed an obvious association between cancer risks and the consumption of soft drinks.

According to their research, the more sugary sodas the participants consumed the higher their risks were of developing cancer. Somehow they did not note this in those who drank diet sodas but we all know there are different risks associated with those. With most people consuming at least one glass or more of soda each day this is quite alarming.

The Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Epidemiology and Intelligence Division who happens to be one of the authors of this study has stated as follows:

These particular cancers are common.y associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants no matter their size.

We were surprised to find this increased cancer risk was not driven by obesity.

Even people who were not overweight had an increased risk if they regularly drank sugary soft drinks.

Interestingly, though, we found those who regularly drank diet soft drinks were just as likely to be obese as those who regularly drank sugary soft drinks, which still carries health risks.

Todd Harper CEO of Cancer Council Victoria then went on to add as follows:

Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer,

And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated....

03:11

Shuttered Exchange BitFunder Founder Charged With Fraud, Perjury "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Shuttered Exchange BitFunder Founder Charged With Fraud, Perjury appeared first on CCN

The US securities regulator has charged the now-shuttered BitFunder with attempting to hide information about a major hack. Meanwhile, the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York simultaneously charged BitFunder founder,  37-year old Jon E. Montroll of Texas who also ran digital wallet service WeExchange Australia, with two counts of perjury and obstruction

The post Shuttered Exchange BitFunder Founder Charged With Fraud, Perjury appeared first on CCN

02:42

Community Blockades Detention Center To Protect Asylum Seekers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka. As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces. The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.

02:14

Nikki Haley was magnificent - again - at the UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

While Julie Bishop doles out money to terrorists: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2018/01/julie-bishops-44m-pa-australia-seeks-to-align-its-support-with-the-palestinian-authoritys-pa-objecti.html This is what they teach their kids. Kids mimic what they see. Hamas ensures a violent adulthood when it promotes this content on TV pic.twitter.com/uaeld68ZE2 IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) February 22, 2018 And this is how someone with character handles it.

01:09

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin - internet troll on our website - must be dismissed. Today. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin. Yesterday he admitted to Neil Mitchell on 3AW that he was the author of vulgar comments in our story concerning a win a good copper, Paul Mullet had in court over Christine Nixon. The Age reported that story yesterday. Guerin created a...

Thursday, 22 February

23:59

Sydney unemployment rate keeps falling "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sydney tightens

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate fell to just 4.58 per cent in January 2018.

The annual average has been lower, in 2008, when the unemployment rate briefly snuck below 4.2 per cent. 

In Adelaide the annual average fell to 6.49 per cent, in Perth it fell to 6.14 per cent, and in Melbourne to 6.1 per cent.

So there have been some improvements. 

However, only Sydney has anything remotely approaching a tight labour market on this evidence. 


The good news for Queensland is that both hiring and participation are picking up.

And it's happening not just in Brisbane, but right across the state.


Cairns and Townsville in particular are also now recording stronger rates of employment growth, after the downturn.


Meanwhile the coastal Queensland locations such as Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have been improving for some time on the back of the lower dollar. 

...

23:48

Civil society decries FSANZ approval of Golden Rice "IndyWatch Feed National"

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 

21:30

So-Called Australia: Break Away From Break Free A Critique of the Environmental NGO Model of Organizing Direct Action (PDF) "IndyWatch Feed National"

breakaway

Introduction

Two minutes after getting on a minibus headed for Newcastle, the person seated next to me tugged at their friends arm in mild distress.

Noo, I forgot the selfie stick!

Without putting any blame on this individual, this brief interaction had already captured the essence of this protest for me. Truthfully, I already had an idea of what it was going to be like from past involvement in actions run by groups such as Direct Action Melbourne and 350.org, as well as from the communications hype in the lead-up. But I had gone on this trip to find out if my suspicions were warranted.

We were going to take part in a mass flotilla of kayaks which would block a shipping channel in Newcastle, home to the worlds largest coal port, preventing coal ships from leaving and entering. Signups happened online when the invitation was initially shared through 350.orgs email list and facebook promotions. Since then we had been kept in constant contact about logistics, shown inspirational videos and excitedly told about the well-known musicians and politicians who would be there on the day.

As we headed towards the Hume, the driver tried to break the ice by gauging everyones spirits onboard. How are we all feeling this morning?

So happy!, Excited!, came the replies.

Yes Were creating histo...

19:30

Petro Gold Spawned After El Petros $735 Million Sales "IndyWatch Feed National"

Venezuelan president Maduro announces countries second commodity backed cryptocurrency Petro Gold the day after El Petros initial private sale raised $735 Million.

Maduro Doubles Down With Petro Gold

Once again President Nicolas Maduro took the podium to announce a government-owned cryptocurrency. This time instead of oil its the Petro Gold which is to be backed by precious metals.

Next week Im going to launch the petro gold, backed by gold, which is even more powerful, that will strengthen the petro, Maduro said in a televised speech. The Petro which launched on Tuesday is reported to have raised $735 Million dollars on its first day of private sales.

Scheduled to be capped at 100 million tokens with an initial sales price of $60 roughly the price of a barrel of oil the government could raise up to $6 billion if the Petro succeeds in selling out. So far 824 million tokens have been made available.

It is not yet clear whether the Petro Gold is to be backed by gold held in reserves or the countries gold resources. In fact, no details about the new currency were given besides that it would launch next week. This sudden announcement doesnt help the already highly criticized Petro and the Governments intentions for creating it.

Problems With The Petro

Widely seen as a poorly thought out solution to boost the floundering Venezuelan economy, where the fiat currency has been in a free fall for several years and inflation rates are as high as 600%, the Petro has been called a stunt and bogus currency by financial experts.

The Petro is really a top-down hierarchically controlled asset, and its much more akin to a new way to tokenize oil. When the first gold ETF appeared, they werent considered gold, but a different way of packaging the commodity. With Petro, we really have a new wrapper around oil.

Chris Burniske of venture capital firm Placeholder told Bloomberg.

Maduro himself now admits that the Petro was created in part as a way to skirt US backed economic sanctions against the country. While the US Treasury Department has warned investors that by buying the Petro they themselves could become subject to the same sanctions as creditors to the government.

The Petro Gold is not the first cryptocurrency backed by gold. The RMG backed by the Royal Mint in Britain was fi...

15:09

Big line up of speakers at rally to save trees in St. Kilda Road "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday between 1 and 1.30pm a rally was held to save the trees in St. Kilda Road destined for removal to make way for the new underground metro. It was organised by the combined forces of Planning Backlash, Protectors of Public Lands and Walk in St. Kilda Road and environs Approximately 80 people attended including the 9 speakers listed below. The M.C of the event was Mary Drost , Convenor of Planning backlash.Prof. Michael Buxton was unable to attend and Dr. Ernest Healy , Vice President of Protectors of Public Lands Victoria deputised by reading Prof. Buxton's speech. Feelings for the impending loss of ancient trees and for those already lost ran high. The general consensus from the speakers was that the damage envisaged for avenue of trees in Melbourne's beautiful boulevard, St. Kilda Road was not necessary to accommodate the project and that a better way must be found. A statement to this effect will be sent to Shadow Minister for Planning, to be read out in both houses of Parliament.

Rally for St. Kilda Road trees February 21st 2018

Speakers at the event

1. Kristin Stegley OAM, Chairman, National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

2. Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning, RMIT University (in Prof. Buxton's absence speech read by Dr. Ernest Healy)

3. The Hon. Barry Jones: a statement by himself and Tom Harley, nominators of St Kilda Road and Environs for emergency National Heritage listing

4. Dr Greg Moore, OAM, president of the International Society of Arboriculture, Australian Chapter; member of the National Trusts Register of Significant Trees from1988, Chair since 1996

5. Bea McNicholas, Director, Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs, Planet Ark National Tree Day

6. Senator Derryn Hinch

7. Dr Judith Buckrich, historian; author of Melbournes Grand Boulevard: The Story of St Kilda Road, 1996.

8. Jill Quirk, Protectors of Public Lands, Victoria

9. David Davis, MP, Shadow Planning Minister

The following speech was made by Hon. David Davis, Shadow Minister for Planning in the Victorian Parliament yesterday afternoo...

13:00

Bega Valley: Threat of legal issues fails to stop fluoride yes vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

General manager at Bega Valley Shire Council Leanne Barnes said council will be taking the next steps to have the fluoridation program extended to Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies following the council meeting on Wednesday, February 21.

We will now go back to the Secretary of NSW Health to say council has resolved to add fluoride to the water supplies, Ms Barnes said adding that while it may come back to council as an operational process it would no longer be a matter for debate.

The decision has been more than 10 years in the making and at the council meeting there was two hours of debate, and presentations by members of the community. The debate was marked by many loud interruptions from the gallery, with Mayor Kristy McBain rising on several occasions to ask for respect from the public members.

A presentation by Myron van der Waerden and subsequent Q&A session via mobile phone with Australian lawyer Michael Lusk raised the spectre of legal action in relation to Gunnedah where the council has voted to introduce fluroride.

John Bryson who told council he was a barrister of 34 years said it would be prudent to delay as there was a case pending that might have a significant effect.

Several councillors asked if any council had ever been prosecuted but no one was able to cite a case and councillor Sharon Tapscott pointed out that council already had a foot in each camp as it had fluoride in the Bega-Tathra water supply.

Several speakers raised the issue of the survey, saying the way the question was framed was biased, with Anthony Herford calling it one of the most obvious cases of push polling I have seen and Fraser Buchanan saying it was contrived.

Speakers also referred to safety fears for pregnant mothers and young babies ingesting fluoridated water but in her summing up Cr Kristy McBain referred to her own experience of growing up with fluoridated water, having healthy teeth and her own eight-year-old daughter, who despite regular brushing and flossing had four fillings and is drinking non-fluoridated water.

Councillors debate

In the debate by councillors, Cathy Griff called for a delay to see the results of the circuit court and the Gunnedah matter.......

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