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Wednesday, 11 April

18:00

Joint committee advises govt to change its foreign donations bill "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Coalition told to rewrite foreign donations bill in unanimous report
Joint standing committee on electoral matters says Turnbull government should remove contentious elements of bill, Guardian,  
Paul Karp, 9  Apr 18, 

The Turnbull government should rewrite its foreign donations bill to narrow the definition of political expenditure and make it less likely to harm advocacy by civil society groups, the electoral committee has recommended.

In a unanimous report released on Monday, the joint standing committee on electoral matters sought to preserve the consensus to ban foreign political donations by calling on the government to strip out more contentious elements of the electoral funding and disclosure bill GetUp characterised the report as a major backdown and argued the bill is unworkable but the Liberal senator Linda Reynolds, the chairwoman of the committee, told Guardian Australia it could be passed with adoption of mostly minor changes

Major parties close to deal on charities and foreign donations. In the majority report, the Coalition and Labor members recommended political expenditure should be defined as spending to influence voters to take specific action as voters, so as not to capture non-political issue advocacy.

The changes would allow higher reporting requirements to be imposed on campaigning groups such as GetUp while making it less likely they will capture charities and not-for-profits campaigning on issues such as increasing foreign aid or protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

It recommended dumping new proposed categories of third-party campaigners and political campaigners in favour of a new register for groups attempting to influence voters.

Joining the register could be done voluntarily but would be mandatory for organisations with significant political expenditure, which the report suggests would be the $13,500 threshold that triggers the requirement to submit a return to the Australian Electoral Commission.

The committee recommended the requirement for organisations to seek statutory declarations from political donors be reconsidered.

t also wants the government to reconsider changes to the definition of associated entity, which could see campaigning organisations classified as related to politica...

06:41

MACKAY Man busted carrying a handgun in busy shopping mall Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 11, 2018 at 04:00AM ,

Man busted carrying a handgun in busy shopping mall

April 11, 2018 at 04:00AM ,

The 23-year-old Andergrove man faced Mackay Magistrates Court for sentencing on Tuesday via videolink from prison. Bell pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a shortened handgun in public on November 3 last year an offence which carries a minimum penalty of a year in jail, and a maximum of

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01:00

Marine heatwaves have become 34% more likely over past century "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Marine heatwaves are now lasting longer and occuring more frequently across the world than in the early 20th century, a new study finds.

The research, published in Nature Communications, compiles a global record of marine heatwaves going back as far as 1925 for the first time.

The new dataset shows that marine heatwaves have become 34% more likely and 17% longer between the early 20th century and the early 21st century.

As global temperatures rise further, we can expect a continued global increase in marine heatwaves in future, with important implications for marine biodiversity, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Scorching seas

As with a heatwave on land, a marine heatwave is an extended period of unusually high temperatures. But while terrestrial heatwaves regularly make headlines around the world, their oceanic equivalents receive relatively little attention.

Yet heatwaves in recent years have had considerable impacts on the marine environment.

The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has seen four mass coral bleaching events in recent years caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs). A marine heatwave in 2010-11 caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay a globally significant store of carbon in Western Australia.

Other impacts of these heatwaves include mass die-offs of marine species, shifts in range and structure of marine communities, and the need to restrict or close fisheries.

The new study quantifies, for the first time, the long-term changes in frequency and length of marine heatwaves as the climate warms.

The researchers uses a definition of a marine heatwave that was recently agreed by an international working group, explains lead author Dr Eric Oliver, an assistant professor in physical oceanography at...

Tuesday, 10 April

23:51

Stingers & Swimming Cairns

Hi all!

Was planning a trip up this month between the 20th and early May. I read that this is generally stinger season and wanted to ask if that means beaches/swimming are off limits or if it's only at certain locations?

Thanks for any advice :)

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20:43

Sunday Specials at Rockhampton Airport - Australian Army MRH-90 A40-034 & RAAF KC-30A MRTT A39-003 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

There were a couple of nice military visitors into Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 8 April.

During the middle part of the day, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-034 noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  After taking on fuel, it departed to RAAF Base Amberley.  A40-034 was heard to be flying as "Pegasus 88".


A40-034 passes through Rockhampton Airport only a couple of weeks ago  (File photo)

Meanwhile, a little later in the day, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-003 completed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It had earlier flown North from Amberley and while returning South, completed the missed approach at Rocky.  It then returned to Amberley.  A39-003 was heard to be flying as "Dragon 16".

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 10 April, fellow RAAF KC-30A A39-005 "Dragon 31" completed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It flew up from Amberley and then completed airwork (possibly re-fuelling) off the South-East Queensland coast before returning to Amberley.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

17:13

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Late on Wednesday 4 April, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted calling into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Brisbane.

File photo

It appeared to complete a medical evacuation flight and departed back to Brisbane some time later in the evening.

VH-URR was also scheduled to visit Rockhampton Airport but this did not occur.

UPDATE!  Late on Thursday 5 April, fellow LifeFlight LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" popped into Mackay Airport also on a medical evacuation flight.  It arrived from Brisbane and departed to Townsville some time later in the evening.

Photo taken by The FNQ Skies Blog 

15:58

MACKAY Moranbah man charged with burglary, fraud behind bars Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 10, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Moranbah man charged with burglary, fraud behind bars

April 10, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

THE lawyer of a Moranbah man locked up on charges including burglary and possessing housebreaking gear told a magistrate her client risks serving too much time in custody. Steven Leonard Morris, 33, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on April 5. Morris has been

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15:58

MACKAY Man pleads guilty to bloody Christmas beating Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 10, 2018 at 06:37AM ,

Man pleads guilty to bloody Christmas beating

April 10, 2018 at 06:37AM ,

The older man suffered a fractured wrist and abrasions to his face and knees in the attack, prosecutor Nathaniel Gillis told Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. Gesche, who has a history of alcohol-fuelled violence, fronted the court with his mother and partner in support, pleading guilty to assault

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15:58

MACKAY Four motorists caught doing almost double the speed limit Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 10, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Four motorists caught doing almost double the speed limit

April 10, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on April 30. Nine other motorists were detected for speeding in excess of 20km/h above the posted speed limit. Police are urging all motorists to remind themselves who they are sharing the road with and said they will continue, if not increase, their efforts to

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02:05

MACKAY Drug charges, Farleigh Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 09, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

Drug charges, Farleigh

April 09, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on April 23. Police continue to encourage residents who may have drug-related information to share it anonymously if necessary through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or you can download the free Crime Stoppers app and share information from

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02:05

MACKAY Same day, same time and sadly similar results, Eton Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 09, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Same day, same time and sadly similar results, Eton

April 09, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

On many occasions in the past Eton police have shared results from their very early morning road safety patrols. Despite performing these patrols at the same static location on the same day of the week repeatedly for well over a year, results remain consistently poor. This morning while most of us were

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02:05

MACKAY Four-day drug blitz nets $50000 in marijuana Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 09, 2018 at 02:07PM ,

Four-day drug blitz nets $50000 in marijuana

April 09, 2018 at 02:07PM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on April 23. The other two people that have been charged in this drug blitz is a 45-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man. Police continue to encourage residents who may have drug-related information to share it anonymously if necessary through

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