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Saturday, 24 February

00:14

Tommy 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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Friday, 23 February

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.

22:44

'Incapacitated' Pilot Sees Emergency Landing by First Officer of Pel-Air SAAB 340A Freighter VH-KDK at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Early on Friday 23 February, Pel-Air SAAB 340A Freighter VH-KDK was approaching Mackay Airport while operating the week-daily cargo flight from Brisbane and Rockhampton as PFY7416/7418.


After being forced to hold to the South of Mackay Airport due to the inclement weather - including rain storms - which was passing through the region, the Pilot of the SAAB suffered a 'medical episode', forcing the First Officer to make an emergency landing at Mackay Airport.  The SAAB came to a stop on the main Runway, closing Mackay Airport for a period of time while the Pilot was evacuated from the aircraft and transported to hospital.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) confirmed that a single patient, understood to be the pilot of a the SAAB, was transported to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.  It is believed that they were later flown to Brisbane by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The First Officer was also reportedly later transported to hospital.

VH-KDK was later towed away from the active Runway at Mackay Airport and parked on its 'usual' spot on the main apron where it should remain parked for the weekend - as shown above in the photo taken later on Friday 23 February.

Meanwhile, it wasn't a good couple of days for Pel-Air with fellow SAAB 340A Freighter VH-EKT seemingly breaking down at Rockhampton Airport after arriving from Brisbane early on Thursday 22 February as PFY7416.


22:42

Socrates Update World Share Market Indexes "IndyWatch Feed National"

These are the World Stock Indexes Included in the Basic Level


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AEX (Dutch) Index Cash
AEX All Share (Netherlands)
All Ordinaries (Australian) Index Cash
Athens Stock Exchange General Index (Greece) Cash
Austrian Traded Index Cash
BEL20 (Belgium) Index Cash
Bist National 100 (Turkey)
Botswana Stock Exchange DMS Companies Index (Botswana)
Bulgaria Stock Exchange Sofix (Bulgaria)
CAC-40 (France) Index Cash
CAC-40 (France) Index Futures
CBOE SPX Volatility VIX (United States)
Colombia Igbc Index (Colombia)
Colomb...

22:31

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

Giacometti
Giacometti
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...

22:07

Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 Bizjet VH-DAA Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus a Couple of Other Bizjets Around CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Wednesday 21 February, Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 bizjet VH-DAA was noted arriving at Biloela / Thangool Airport from its Archerfield base.  After overnighting, on Thursday 22 February, VH-DAA continued up to Rockhampton Airport where local plane spotter 'IAD' photographed it resting on General Aviation (GA) Apron.


On Friday 23 February, VH-DAA returned back to Archerfield.

Meanwhile, over the latter part of this week, a couple of other familiar corporate and medical bizjets were also noted popping into various CQ Airports.

On Friday 23 February, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna S550 Citation SII bizjet VH-JLU flew North from its Sunshine Coast base and completed airwork at Gladstone Airport.  After a period of time and completing several missed approaches, VH-JLU returned to the Sunny Coast.

Also on Friday 23 February, both LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjets VH-VVI and VH-CXJ were both noted at CQ Airports.  It appears that VH-VVI possibly completed a training flight from Brisbane to Bundaberg Airport and back, while in the afternoon, VH-CXJ looked to call into Mackay Airport from Brisbane on a medical evacuation flight as "Ambulance 452".  It later departed to Townsville.

Finally, back on Tuesday 20 February, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO visited Hamilton Island Airport once again.  As usual, it arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

Photo taken by 'IAD' 

21:27

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 Missed Approach at Emerald and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Friday 23 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 was heard to complete airwork at both Emerald and Rockhampton Airports. 


It had earlier departed Townsville - where it arrived yesterday - and flew towards Emerald where it completed airwork, including at least one missed approach at Emerald Airport.

From Emerald, A41-210 - which was flying as "Stallion 44" - flew West towards Rockhampton where it also completed airwork, including a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.




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

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

Barnaby Joyce quits as Australian deputy prime minister and National party leader "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Barnaby Joyce has finally caved under pressure and sensationally stepped down as leader of the Nationals and as Deputy Prime Minister.

After a tumultuous month for the beleaguered politician, Joyce announced his resignation in a dramatic press conference in Armidale this afternoon.

Pressure has been mounting on Joyce ever since it was revealed that he had an affair with his staffer Vikki Campion, who is now his partner. They are now living together and their baby is due in April.

The member for New England confirmed he would remain in the seat but would be moving to the backbench

Can I say right from the start, this is never about me, he said in the press conference. Its about the person in the weather board, something that manifestly expressed what the National Party is about.

Its about the person in many places, their right to transcend through the economic and social stratification of life.

Joyce said it has been an incredible privilege to serve as Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

It went from bad to worse for Joyce this week. Thursday, he denied claims of sexual harassment against him as spurious and defamatory as he faces fresh questions about an 11-day road trip he undertook in December.

The Deputy PM said there has been a litany of allegations none of which have been sustained.

Might I say right here, any person in any political party always says, the leaking, the backgrounding, all that, it will destroy not only our government, it will destroy any government, he said at the press conference today.

Now, might I say, with the last allegation that was in the paper today, I have asked that be referred to the police. Ive asked for the right of the person whos made the allegation and Ive asked for my right of defence that be referred to the police, he said.

But its quite evident that you cant go to the Despatch Box with issues like that surrounding you.

Joyce said the media attention was completely and utterly unwarranted.

He said he came to the decision to step down following the allegations describing it as the straw that broke the camels back.

Obviously, it was confirmed by the allegations that I read in the paper. I just thought that has to be the straw that breaks the camels back, he said.

Just hours ago, Nine N...

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...

18:15

Cyber Ghosts and False Hopes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary By Sam Basil

Enough time has passed to discuss the issues at the centre of my recent decisions. I did not take any steps without considerable thought of the future of my political party and my country.

I spent each day imagining the wishes and aspirations of millions of people who advocated for revolutionary change in PNG in 2017. I knew that my job was to deliver on some of the dreams expressed to me in emails, blogs, and private conversations and even in popular songs.

However, when everything was said and done many hundreds of thousands of people did not follow through with the support that appeared to be pledged to me mainly through social media.

I too was misled into believing that the growing rhetoric would match the end result.

Like any other Papua New Guinean ahead of the 2017 General Election, I had expectations and high hopes for a result I knew I had worked vigorously to achieve with few resources.

I too rested my hopes on the support of millions of people who embraced my messages. I optimistically led a team of committed people who witnessed the expanding crowds and teams of women and children who rallied around our campaign to grant this country the change it was longing for.

I was there I led the charge. But this spirit was not reflected in votes.

My district and my people sacrificed politically so that I could be the voice for the entire country. The people of Wau-Bulolo District accepted the limitations of having their MP in opposition for 2 terms.

They understood that the resources that developed their infrastructure and delivered services to them came from my own innovation and my willingness to find new and creative ways to access funds and roll out programs in my district with very limited resources from opposition.

Today many voices and faces that were given a chance to commit to lasting change are criticizing my recent decisions and direction. Importantly, I too had beliefs in those in all electorates in PNG that are criticizing me now.

My expectation was that they were going to help me to create change with confidence. Many social media campaigners will never do anything more than sit in the luxury of a virtual reality and criticize.

They will use the thin veil of online chat rooms to analyse and theorize without ever risking anything, not even a vote in a secret ballot....

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....

16:40

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.

16:27

City transport draft plan ignores motorcycles "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Motorcycles are not mentioned once in the 128-page Brisbane City Council draft transport plan, yet bicycles are mentioned 25 times.

It is indicative of continued government ignorance of the advantages of motorcycles to traffic flow, air pollution levels, parking accessibility and less strain on existing infrastructure.

However, not all councils are as ignorant as Brisbane.

Melbourne City Councils transport plan actually encourages motorcycling as a sustainable form of transport, which assists in reducing traffic congestion.

And the Motorcycle Council of NSW worked with the City of Sydney to develop a transport policy that addresses the needs and concerns of riders in the CBD.

Footpath parking threat bays planFootpath parking in Melbourne

Council contact

Motorbike Writer contacted several relevant Brisbane councillors and planning, transport and infrastructure committee chairs to ask why motorcycles are ignored in the plan while bicycles are targeted.

So far, the only reply is from Chairman for Infrastructure Cr Amanda Cooper who says submissions are accepted from all transport users, including riders.

She didnt address why motorcycles were not mentioned in the draft plan.

MRAQ comment

Motorcycles Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says it is extremely disappointing that motorcycles and scooters are again ignored in another level of Government planning.

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.30 AUD
Converter

15:56

Brisbane Biz - Bubbles, Budgets, & Betting | An Exclusive Interview "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Brilliant video with Dan Petrie of DataDigger and Stephen "the Kouk" Koukoulas of Market Economics. 


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...

14:55

Takes time to gather in Koel family "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Three Koels frequenting Townsville Common entry area refused requests to gather for family portrait and it's taken some time to get them together even singly. Above, male, less often seen than female (below).


Seen least often, juvenile. Probably raised by Torresian Crows, but not seen until being fed by Mum.

Well able to feed itself, juvenile Brown Honeyeater hard at it yesterday morning.

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.

13:41

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

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 Capricornia"

MACKAY February 23, 2018 at 11:30AM ,

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.

There are now many commentators and journalists presenting the truth in alternative internet sites in the West, and in public broadcasters in the non-West such as on RT, Al Mayadeen, Press TV and Xinhua.net, and at some po...

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.

12:53

Botten: 2018 a pivotal year ahead for Oil Search "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

2018 is expected to be a pivotal year for Oil Search, with many activities reaching important milestones, Mr Botten said when releasing the companys full year results for 2017 today (February 20th, 2018).

The companys net after tax profit rose 236% to $US302.1 million, buoyed by strong oil and gas prices, and record production.

Oil Search reported a net profit after tax of $US302.1 million, 236 per cent higher than the net profit in 2016, Mr Botten said.

Sales revenue benefited from the rise in global oil and gas prices, with the average realised oil and condensate price increasing by 24% to US$55.68/bbl and the average realised LNG and gas price 21% higher, at US$7.67/mmBtu. This more than offset slightly lower sales volumes, driving a 17% increase in total revenue to US$1.45 billion.

Unit production costs remained highly competitive, at US$8.67 per boe, and the Companys operating margin was a healthy 73%. Other operating costs increased from US$131.7 million to US$141.1 million, primarily reflecting the impact of higher sales on royalties, levies and selling expenses as well as a provision for redundant warehouse stock. Depreciation and amortisation charges of US$11.95 per boe were significantly lower than in 2016, reflecting the impact of higher 2P reserves following the recertification of the PNG LNG Project fields.

Speaking about LNG expansion, Mr Botten said: Productive, high level meetings were recently held between Oil Search, ExxonMobil and Total to discuss the results of the downstream development options that were received by the PRL 15 joint venture partners last December.

The partners have reached broad agreement on the preferred development concept, which will be presented to the PNG Government and other PNG LNG and PRL 3 joint venture partners for endorsement. The development concept that will be proposed is likely to comprise the construction of three LNG trains, with total capacity of approximately 8 MTPA.

Two of these trains are likely to be dedicated to Papua LNG, supplied with gas from the Elk-Antelope fields, with an additional expansion train underpinned by gas from the existing PNG LNG fields and the Pnyang field. We expect negotiations on cost sharing arrangements and the principles governing integration to commence shortly, which will enable the completion of downstream and upstream technical studies.

Oil Search expects that discussions...

12:52

Recognising Oil Searchs brilliant women in science - introducing Velencia Komun, Oil Search Graduate Geoscientist "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Recognising Oil Searchs brilliant women in science - introducing Velencia Komun, Oil Search Graduate Geoscientist


You can be a scientist too!"

Geology was considered a purely male discipline in the 1800s. During that time, women had limited access to educational resources such as libraries, and even classrooms, if men were already seated in them. Those were challenging times for women, but Florence Bascom pursued her love of science and went on to make innovative contributions to the field of geology and is considered to be the first American woman geologist.

Bascom paved the way for women everywhere, including graduate geoscientist Velencia Komun from Western Highlands, who recently joined Oil Search through its graduate development programme.

I was inspired to become a geologist after I read about Florence Bascom, the Pioneer of Women Geologists. Even though she lived so many years ago in America, her legacy lives on to this day, said Velencia who achieved a milestone for herself and her highly supportive family by graduating with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Geology from the University of Papua New Guinea.

Not only was it a significant milestone for me, it opened doors to so many opportunities, each a milestone in itself such as this opportunity I now have with Oil Search, added Velencia who has been affiliated with the Company since 2016.

Little did she know she would also create history for herself by traveling to the country where Bascom was born to experience an exciting area of geological research which included work on structural geology: something that also fascinated Bascom.

Velencia mentioned in an earlier interview that an understandi...

12:23

Weekly APRadio Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry Palmer introduces a new book SILENT INVASION by Clive Hamilton exposing Chinese government campaign of espionage and influence peddling is leading to the erosion of Australian sovereignty. He relates to QLD Government non concern at the endemic killer crocodile infestation killing people and harming tourist trade. Mike Holt will return next week Click here to listen

12:01

Entries Now Open For The MELT Festivals Beauty Pageant And Portrait Prize "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Entries are now open for two of the upcoming queer arts festival MELTs most popular events. The MELT Festival is the Brisbane Powerhouses annual extravaganza of queer arts and culture, showcasing local and international actors, rock stars, dancers, photographers, artists, comedians and circus performers. And one of the festivals most popular events, the MELT Beauty ...

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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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11:22

The journalist, the Human Rights Commissioner, the Prime Minister and the abuses. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By PNG Echo It is, by now, well known that, last weekend, this journalist was refused entry into Papua New Guinea (PNG) by order of the Prime Minister. It was heavy handed, provocative and ultimately an exercise in futility. May I remind the Prime Minister that there have been very successful revolutions enacted remotely the Ayotollah Khomeini effected the Iranian revolution from enforced exile in Paris, for instance.   In PNG, political revolution is not called for the government was democratically elected and ought to be free to do its job. Its the fact that this government is not doing that job; that it is falling down badly in some areas of concern affecting the human rights of half its population. The ill-fortune of women in PNG will not change (and it surely must) until there is effective political leadership with a Prime Minister whos committed to the Continue reading The journalist, the Human Rights Commissioner, the Prime Minister and the abuses.

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...

11:03

Resource owners welcome industry removal from MRA Board "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Resource Owners Have Thanked The Government For The Many Laws That Give Rights To Them In The Country.

Post Courier | February 23, 2018

The Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea, which has been campaigning for the removal of the industry representatives from the board of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), is pleased with the government for finally amending the Mineral Resources Authority Act 2005, to remove the mining industry representatives from the board of the authority. The presence of the mining industry representatives on the board of the MRA had caused the public to distrust the Authority and its decisions, even if those decisions were proper.

MRA is the States regulatory institution, whose function is to administer the mining laws of PNG.

Federation President Jonathan Paraia said it was utterly improper and unlawful for representatives of the industry, who are the subjects of the mining laws to have had a hand in the enforcement of the laws against themselves for the last seventeen years or so. He said their presence has been an impediment to the rule of law being applied impartia...

10:57

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

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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...

10:18

Broncos arrive in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Brisbane Broncos team arrived today to a packed crowd waiting for them at the Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.
They were greeted outside the terminal by die heart fans who waited at the airport for 2-3 hours just to get a glimpse of their favourite players and offcourse the man behind the team Wayne Bennett.
Broncos Captain Alex Glenn was overwhelmed with the reception they received at the airport and he was even surprised to see a placard with his name on it.
As we were coming out, I looked up and there were hundreds of people behind the fence, I saw this small fellow holding an Alex Glenn flag and I was pretty stoked
He said he felt like a rock star walking out of the airport and the atmosphere just gave him that feeling of being an important person.
As soon as we walked out of the doors, we could hear everyone screaming, clapping and the big smile on their faces with hundreds of cameras everywhere, it was a rock star moment
Meanwhile the captain believes it will be a very physical game against the PNG Hunters this Saturday.
I played with the Cook Islands against PNG in the Pacific Test Match and they were very physical and very tough and they played with lots skills, it just not going to be an easy match PNGFM

10:14

PNG Government imposes tough penalties for Illegal Use or Possession of Firearms "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG PM O'Neill
People illegally using or possessing firearms will face jail terms of up to ten years and fines of up to K10,000 under strict new laws to be presented to Parliament in April.

The Prime Minister, Peter ONeill , has announced that the National Executive Council has formally endorsed amendments to the Firearms Act that will increase penalties for offenders, and will work with the Governments commitment to modernise the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister said there is no excuse for the illegal use of firearms, so criminals caught with weapons will be sentenced to long periods in jail and pay a significant amount of money in fines.

I am sick and tired of reports of people illegally using weapons who are not sent to jail, the Prime Minister said.

This is not good enough for our families and our communities, so under the changes the law will get tough on weapons offenders.

The illegal firing of a gun, dealing in illegal weapons, or making homemade guns will attract a range of penalties of between one and ten years in jail, and fines of up to K10,000.

Papua New Guinea, and countries around the world, face similar problems with the illegal use of weapons, and we must take action to stop the criminals.

Our Government earlier directed an audit of penalties, and the recommendations are that we must create real deterrents to the illegal use of firearms.

So when the amendments to the Firearms Act are passed into law by the Parliament, anyone holding an illegal gun, or anyone who knows about an illegal weapon, better be ready for serious jail time when they are caught.

The same goes for any misuse of weapons that will bring hefty fines and jail time.

PM ONeill said the review of Firearms Act is also in line with the Governments program to modernise the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

A review of the entire police force is underway that will deliver recommendations for NEC to consider.

This review goes to core element...

09:57

Manager, Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

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09:54

Student Success Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Murdoch University Perth Western Australia

09:28

Used Cars "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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09:26

Best earnings growth since 2014 (led by NSW & QLD) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Pay gap closing

It's been a pedestrian half-decade for salaries, especially if you're a man.

And that continued in 2017, with the average pay for males growing by about +2 per cent for ordinary time earnings. 


An awful lot of energy is directed to blaming immigration for this, but as with many other data releases the figures have generally followed a pattern of being very upbeat before the peak of resources construction, and then far more modest as we've come down the other side. 

That's particularly been the case in the resources states such as Western Australia, South Australia, and Queensland where average earnings growth was very strong up until 2012, and then cooled. 

This dynamic is perhaps most evident in full-time male total earnings. 


At the sectoral level, unsurprisingly mining was the weakest performing industry, with earnings essentially flat over the year to November 2017 - or down in real terms - although mining remains the highest paid sector of the economy with an average wage exceeding $134,000. 

The next highest paid roles tend to be in IT, where the average wage is now approaching six figures, and finance & insurance at just over $97,000. 

Pay gap closes

There was some...

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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09:08

APEC to promote foreign plunder of PNG resources "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrests Ian Kemish signed the agreement with Chairman of PNG ABAC Secretariat, Wayne Golding

Australian mining giant, Newcrest, paying K841,000 to sponsor the APEC CEOs meeting in November tells us all we need to know about who stands to benefit from the APEC pantomime in PNG this year.

It sure as hell is not going to be PNGs 3 million farmers or 7 million customary landholders!

First platinum sponsor for APEC CEOs Summit

Freddy Mou | PNG Loop | February 22, 2018

Seven platinum sponsor spaces are yet to be lled, with nine months remaining for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEOs Summit in November this year.

Newcrest Mining Ltd was the first company to sign an agreement with the APEC Authority in Port Moresby today for the platinum sponsor. ...

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.

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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 Qld"

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 

08:13

Townsville City Council censors documentary about Adani coal megamine plan "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Anti-Adani documentary screening axed for safety reasons, not politics, council says, ABC News, 21 Feb 18 By Josh Robertson   Public safety concerns, not politics, were behind the axing of the screening of a documentary on the Stop Adani protest movement, a north Queensland council says.

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...

06:43

PNG hosts APEC on illicit timber while allowing illegal logging "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

IMAGE: Map showing new logging roads and tree cover loss in 2017

SOURCE: Global Witness

The Papua New Guinean (PNG) government has disregarded a decision by its Supreme Court and allowed loggers found guilty of flouting PNG law to continue operating, new research by Global Witness reveals. The revelations come as APEC countries meet in Port Moresby this weekend, February 24-25, to discuss measures to tackle illegal logging and the trade in illegal timber. Global Witness is calling on the PNG government, this years APEC host, to show leadership on the issue by following through on past commitments to shut down illegal logging operations.

Hosting the 2018 APEC Summit is a historic moment for PNG, but this risks being overshadowed by land grabbing and deforestation driven by the governments failure to enforce its own laws, said Lela Stanley of Global Witness. The PNG government has been promising for years to crack down on illegal logging but continues to turn a blind eye while its forests are raided by foreign logging interests.

New Global Witness analysis of satellite imagery and export data reveals loggers have recently extended a major forest clearance operation declared illegal by PNGs Supreme Court. The Court ruled in August 2016 that a land lease used as a pretext to clear forest in East Sepik Province was invalid, and that any associated logging and oil palm development was illegal. It found that the logging operation violated the legal rights of indigenous communities to their land and forests by failing to gain their consent.

However, the PNG government failed to stop the logging, and in February 2017 its National Forest Board quietly granted a new forest clearance permit to the Malaysian loggers responsible, allowing them to continue cutting down the same forests. Global Witness findings show that by the time the new permit was issued around 930 km of logging roads had been built and logs valued at roughly US$65 million exported under the illegal operation. In 2017, more than 70 km of new roads were added and at least US$5 million of timber exported under the new permit.

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06:15

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.

06:00

The delicate balance between perception & accountability "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sam Koim
Sam Koim - public perception is not always a reflection of reality

SAM KOIM

PORT MORESBY Papua New Guinea is so politicised that even our simple-minded people are quick to perceive that every decision by any public authority is influenced by politics regardless of its merits.

So too has corruption become so rife in public life in PNG that our people tend to attribute governance decisions to an invisible hand of corruption at play.

Well, unfortunately, such is the state we have come to be in.

Those perceptions have evolved overtime with our unsavoury experiences. Every time decisions on public interest matters are made, we may unwittingly see them as possessing these biases.

We all have our personal prejudices but the one I am talking about is kind of 'national syndrome' of cynicism.

And because we immerse ourselves in such a syndrome, many who are subject of accountability inquiries easily draw out politics and corruption cards to deflect and mask the real issues.

Although these malodorous incidents may cry to high heaven for accountability, the resistance is always ingrained in this syndrome.

It happens everywhere in the world, and I have personally had many experiences to attest to it. Those who are pliable easily fall prey to such perception manipulations. Such manipulators pin our attention to peripheral issues whilst they spin themselves away from the real issues.

Public perception is healthy as it keeps government authorities in check when formal institutions fail.

The unintended consequence, however, is that it can become a source of indecision for those managing and working in public institutions.

Those who fear public perception will never make tough decisions, though the facts may be compelling. Leadership is about decision-making.

I prefer making informed decisions, uncontaminated by private or parochial interests, because that is the best defence against challenge.

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.

05:00

PNG CEOs reveal problems & hopes: foreign exchange still critical "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby CBD
Port Moresby CBD - CEO's say forex a big problem into third year but security & communications big improvers

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA The annual Business Advantage International (BAI) survey of 100 chief executives in Papua New Guinea has found that the shortage of foreign exchange remains the top problem facing business in the country.

The PNG 100 CEO Survey, conducted each year since 2012, included senior executives from a representative sample of PNGs largest companies across all sectors of the economy.

Each year, the survey asks CEOs to identify the important issues they face and also provide information about anticipated profit levels and expectations for investment and recruitment in the year ahead.

For the third consecutive year, access to foreign exchange was the most significant impediment to business, being nominated by 71% of respondents as a first order issue, up from 60% in 2017.

It is considered a critical issue by 42% of respondents and very important by 29%.

Other issues considered to be critical are lack of government capacity, shortage of expertise and skills, unreliable telecommunications, and security and law and order, although telecommunications and security were said to be much improved from 2017.

However, business leaders remain generally optimistic despite the varied economic conditions. Two-thirds believe profits will rise this year, with less than 10% anticipating lower profits.

Investment and employment intentions are useful indicators of business confidence and the survey found that two-thirds of respondents were planning to increase investment this year, despite subdued economic conditions.

Over half were also planning to increase employee numbers this year.

BAI has been involved in promoting business in PNG and the Pacific since 2005. On 6 and 7 August it will host the PNG Investment Conference in Brisbane.

04:55

Amnesty International: Indonesia 2017/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/asia-and-the-pacific/indonesia/report-indonesia/

Amnesty International Report 2017/2018

INDONESIA 2017/2018

Indonesia failed to address past human rights violations. The rights to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly and of association continued to be arbitrarily restricted. Blasphemy provisions were used to imprison those who peacefully exercised their rights to freedom of religion and belief. At least 30 prisoners of conscience remained in detention for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression or of religion and belief. The security forces carried out unlawful killings and used excessive force during protests and security operations. Two men were caned in public in Aceh after being convicted by a local Sharia court of same-sex consensual sexual relations.

Background

Indonesias human rights record was examined in May under the UN UPR process. Although Indonesia accepted 167 out of 225 recommendations, it rejected, among other things, calls to investigate past human rights violations and to repeal blasphemy provisions in laws and regulations. These included several provisions of the Criminal Code and Law No. 1/PNPS/1965, which imposed restrictions on freedoms of expression and of religion and belief. 1

Impunity

Despite commitments made by the President, Indonesia failed to address past human rights violations. In February, the Administrative Court in the capital, Jakarta, overturned a decision by the Public Information Commission ordering the government to publish a report on the 2004 murder of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib, which reportedly implicated senior intelligence officers. The Court made the decision on the grounds that the current government had not received the report from the previous government. In August, the Supreme Court upheld the Administrative Courts decision.

During the UPR, Indonesia promised that the Attorney General would finalize a criminal investigation into alleged gross human rights violations in Wasior in 2001 and Wamena in 2003, both in Papua region, and forward the case to the Human Rights Court established under Law No. 26/2000. However, this had not happened by the end of the year.

Freedoms of assembly, association and expression

The authorities continued to prosecute those participating in peaceful political activities, particularly in areas with a history of pro-independence movements such as Papua. Prisoner of conscience...

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"

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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 Continued

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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.

02:29

Artist Arranges Natural Objects Into Ephemeral Patterns and Designs "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

 

Yorkshire-based artist James Brunt has become well-known for his land art, temporary works made from carefully arranged natural objects like leaves, sticks, and stones.

While the artworks themselves may only last for a few hours, the pieces live on in photographic form. After studying Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, Brunt worked for galleries and had a long stint in Arts Development. He now lives and work with his family in Yorkshire, also running the arts organisation, Responsible Fishing UK.

For those curious, James recently shared his working code of practice when creating his art and adds that it is in constant development. You can read his code of practice on his blog. For prints, James has recently launched an Etsy store and you can keep up with his latest works at the links below.

[via Colossal]

 

JAMES BRUNT
Website |...

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...

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23:59

Sydney unemployment rate keeps falling "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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. 

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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. 

22:16

Barnaby Joyce: The Very Model Of A Modern Major Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barnaby Joyce and the affair that refuses to quit. Literally and figuratively. Against his better judgement, Ross Hamilton enters the fray.

I was going to stay right out of the Barnaby Joyce kerfuffle. Mr B. Rooter has done an excellent job of providing plenty of fodder for better writers than me. But the Purple Vegetables latest press statements make one thing clear. The Leader of the National Party, our Deputy Prime Minister, simply Does. Not. Get. It.

From the moment the news broke about Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, his hypocrisy has been blatant. For all his blather during the Same Sex Marriage debate about the sanctity of marriage and so forth, he was having it off on the side with one of his staff.

Bloody hypocrite.

No wonder even his daughters were allegedly telling people during the New England by-election to vote for anyone but him. The Australian also recently reported that the Nationals even considered dropping Joyce for the by-election because of his relationship with Campion.

There certainly is a morality issue here. And that is for Barnaby to sort out. Nor am I simplistic enough to think Joyce is the only MP or Senator having a bit on the side with staff or other inappropriate relationships. Where did Bill Shorten meet his second wife?

The Purple Vegetables story keeps falling apart. Take for example his freebie accommodation courtesy of his mate Greg Maguire. Joyce keeps insisting that he did not ask for that freebie, that Maguire was just helping him as mates do for each other. Yet other reports in other news outlets have Maguire denying he offered the accommodation but instead it was Joyce who approached him.

Other reports note that staff from Joyces office contacted Maguire on Joyces behalf. It also emerged that the townhouse the happy couple are living in was on the market for some three years only to be abruptly taken off the market for Barney and Vik to move in.

If Joyce or his staff did indeed ask Maguire for that freebie, then he was in breach of Ministerial standards, something he steadfastly denies. Yet Maguires denial adds considerable fuel to that particular fire under Joyces feet.

In 2017, in the period after Joyce says he became estranged from his wife, there were plenty of travel bucks being spent. But with Joyce claiming he was estranged from his wife, how much of that travel included paying for seats and accommodation for his girlfriend? Not looking good for Joyce, especially after the happy couple were spotted holidaying together around Christmas time. Of course, if Barney has only spent his own money on that, then that is just fine and dandy. But how often do our Federal pollies go anywhere without the public paying for at least part of it e.g. rental cars?

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22:11

EMF Readings in My House This Morning "IndyWatch Feed National"

They obviously didnt like my post yesterday but it wasnt only the truth- it was logical.

The only reason I can say that Im still standing is that our Father seems to be helping me. And considering Billy Graham just died- and Fiona Barnett called him out as one of her primary abusers like Anthony Kidman- seems God is finally fulfilling his promises and is now in the process of claiming them.

21:41

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

220218BOUGAINVILLE COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS GO URBAN
By Aloysius Laukai
Work has started to complete the Bougainville Community Government elections with the inclusions of urban areas left when the initial Community Government elections was conducted last year.
The urban areas were left as the Community Government elections did not need a common roll to conduct and to include the urban areas a common roll had to be used.
And to complete the election, the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission started this week to update and complete a common roll for urban areas of Buka, Arawa and Buin.
According to the media officer for the Bougainville Electoral Commission, WINTERFORD TOREAS work on updating the common roll started at Sohano island and will cover areas, Buka town,Kubu, Kukul,Ieta, Hahela and Hutjena.
Later they will cover other urban wards in Buin and Arawa before conducting elections in these areas to complete the Bougainville Community Government Election.

Ends

21:40

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

220218BOUGAINVILLE TECHNICAL SCHOOL TAKING STUDENTS
By Aloysius Laukai
The Bougainville Technical College, Tinputz is now accepting students for the 2018 academic year.
According to the Deputy Principal of the School, GABRIEL DAVE, Trade Courses the school is offering are WELDING,CAPENTARY,PLUMBING and LIGHT MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANIC.
The school is also offering two non-Trade Courses, BUSINESS STUDIES and TOURISM.
Enrolment days will start on Monday February 26th to Friday 2nd March, 2018.
And orientation week will be between, March 5th to March 9th, 2018.
School fees for 2018 are as follows, Boarding students for Trade Courses will pay K5,462 and for Non Trade Courses the school fees will be K5,462.
Day students will pay K4,554 for Trade courses and K4,505 for Non Trade Courses.
The school requires sixty percent as upfront payment from students before they are accepted into the School.
Sixty percent for Trade courses and boarders are K3,307.20 and for Day students K2732.40.
For Non Trade courses Sixty percent is K3,277.20 for boarders and Day students will pay K2,702.40.
The deputy Principal also said that students with outstanding schools fees will have to complete them too.
Students are also required to go to the School with their beddings and Plates and Cups plus Buckets and Knives and Grass knives.
For more information, you can call the deputy Principal on mobile number 70639199.

Ends

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...

21:25

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

220218CONTROL INCOMING PEOPLE SAYS HEROMATE
By Aloysius Laukai

A former senior Public servant in the Bougainville administration, PATRICK HEROMATE is calling on the ABG to make sure they control and monitor the movement of people into communities throughout Bougainville.
He told New Dawn FM in Buka that he was concerned at the influx and movement of people especially outsiders into communities without any reasons.
He said in the past District Managers were on 24 hours on call to monitor such movements to make sure the communities were protected from unscrupulous investors going directly into unsuspecting communities.
MR. HEROMATEs call came after a ship was seen trying to berth in the West Coast area last week.
He said drug dealers and other illegal activities can destroy Bougainville if the Government is not cautious of such activities taking place in the remote areas of Bougainville.
Ends

21:21

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

220218POLICE ON ROAD SAFETY
By Aloysius Laukai

The Bougainville Police is concerned at road safety on all Bougainville roads.
Buka Police Station Commander, Senior Sergeant John Popui told New Dawn FM yesterday that Police wants all drivers to make sure their vehicles are roadworthy and registered to be on public roads.
He said Police wants all drivers to make sure that they do not overload their vehicles and also over the speed limits.
The Police Commander said that Bougainville Police are making random checks on all Bougainville roads and drivers will be booked and charged for un-road worthy vehicles and overloaded vehicles.
He said that as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure so it is better to prevent accidents from happening and save lives.

Ends

20:03

How Barnaby could save us from this putrid billabong "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

 

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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...

19:26

Swiss Ball Fitball Therapy and Training "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fitball Therapy and Training Australia. Fitness in a ball for fitness, health, and wellness. Fitball Australia manufactures and supplies fitball exercise balls in Australia and worldwide.

18:48

PERTH Perth: Man appears in court on Perth train station fire charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Perth: Man appears in court on Perth train station fire charge .

February 22, 2018 at 05:30PM .

DONALD James Ranger (34) will face Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on February 28 on charges of setting fire to the Perth Train Station building this week. Police charged Mr Ranger with criminal damage, burglary and destruction of property after he allegedly set fire to the building about 3am on

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18:34

The day Billy Graham transfixed a massive MCG crowd "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres a video of the crowds and Bill Graham preaching at the MCG on-line.

ABC News Australia

The day Billy Graham transfixed a massive MCG crowd

22 February 2018

RELATED STORY: Billy Graham, evangelical preacher dubbed Americas Pastor, dies aged 99

It was the day the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground was truly sacred.

In 1959, evangelical preacher Billy Graham embarked on his month-long crusade of Australia.

But it was his appearance at the MCG on March 15, 1959, that was one of the true showstoppers, attracting more than 130,000 people.

To this day, it is the biggest crowd that has ever been recorded at the ground.

There were people everywhere, even spilling on to the grass. That was unheard of at the time, Ray Spriggs, 73, said.

It was quite extraordinary.

Mr Spriggs remembers boarding the special Billy Graham train as a 14-year-old with the rest of his family from his home in Reservoir in Melbournes north to make the journey to the MCG.

He recalls sitting high up in the stadium stands, and says the woman next to him offered him her opera glasses so he could take a closer look at the spectacle.

He does not remember much of Grahams sermon, but the magical sounds of the choir and the joyous atmosphere of the event have stayed with him.

I was only a kid of 14 at the time, but it was just great to see so many people together in the one place, he said.

I felt God speaking to me

For many people, seeing Graham preach at the MCG was life-changing.

Geoff Gawler, 68, went to see Graham with his family on his 10th birthday.

I do remember it because that was the time I made a deal with God. I decided to follow him that day, he said.

That was a big decision for a 10-yaer-old and I dont at all regret it, in all the years since.

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18:20

How much to have a boob job? Better to go overseas or local? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Considering a boob job. What are people experiences with going overseas - Bali, Thailand or can it be done here?

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18:11

Telstra mobile outage "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Anyone else got SOS only in Edmonton? Reported it to Telstra but got the run around on their 24x7 chat that it's my issue, not theirs. Not interested in the Telstra vs everyone else debate.

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17:03

Why Exactly Is It That We Cant Discuss Barnabys Actual Affair? "IndyWatch Feed National"

For a long time, the Australian gut reaction to revelations like those in the Joyce affair is thats private. Melissa ODonnell very much thinks otherwise.

Some three weeks into this Barnaby Joyce saga, the issue has been dissected every which way. From the political strings and taxpayer money he has used and abused; to the Ministerial codes of conduct that he somehow has not broken; and the hypocrisy of his supposed position on family values.

Yet there is one conversation we as a collective seem to have decided is wholly off limits, in that it cannot be raised without caveat and is invariably dismissed out-of-hand as a matter of his private life.

That is, a conversation about the affair itself.

In fact, therein lies one of the most frustrating aspects of this whole controversy. Namely, that the standards of what is private life and what is relevant to Mr Joyces capacity as a leader (and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, no less) are determined by what behaviours old (and not so old) white, heterosexual men consider meet and are relevant to those respective standards.

And, everyone else just falls into line behind that.

It is utterly repellent that this man can treat so many women so appallingly and still think it is his right to dig in his heels, call this a witch-hunt, play the victim card and not understand at all both the hypocrisy and the duplicitousness of his behaviour.

Given his now partner is due in April, given she was moved from his office April 2017, given she was the only member of his media team he kept when he became Deputy Prime Minister in July 2016 and given she broke off her engagement to her now ex-fianc just three months before their wedding in August 2016, it is reasonable to suggest that this affair has been going on for quite some time, in one form or another. And, it defies logic that other people have not known about it for a similarly inordinate period of time. All long before his wife and daughters knew. And certainly well before it was considered at all relevant for the Australian electorate to know.

But what part of this behaviour is not relevant to Mr Joyces character as a leader and politician?

While the assumption that half of Canberra is engaging in the same behaviour and therefore needs it to be similarly off limits is an explanation in part certainly Bill Shortens second marriage must come to mind, and its not an unreasonable view that it goes some way to explaining why hes not going half as hard as he could on this.

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16:48

Thinking of moving from Melbourne up north end of April "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Me and my girlfriend are thinking of moving from Melbourne up to Cairns end of April, is this a good time of year to be in cairns? What is the weather like at this time? and finally, how easy would it be to get private accommodation for like 6 months?

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16:21

More forced removals an offensive kneejerk reaction: There are much better ways to help kids in danger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 22 February 2018

By Ross Womersley, CEO of The South Australian Council of Social Service
 
In light of the heartbreaking alleged rape of a toddler in Tennant Creek the kneejerk reaction including in a prominent column in The Advertiser today has been to call for even more Aboriginal children to be removed from their parents. 
 

15:54

Consumers could be winners in energy election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service has welcomed the latest round of energy policy announcements today, and says that consumers could end up being the real winners in a state election focused on energy. 

Nick Xenophon today launched the SA Best Energy Policy  - which includes a community-owned electricity retailer as well as a move to review the energy concession - while the Labor Party announced interest-free loans for household solar energy.

15:36

What Happens When Doctors Discover the Delayed Effects of Cancer Treatments? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chart from Dr Armitages article (adapted photo Medadvisor)

by Mary W Maxwell

I am not a physician. I have absolutely nothing to offer in personal research about the delayed effects of cancer treatments. The article at hand is only a regurgitation of James Armitages 2010 article, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), plus a bit of commentary as to the sequelae of his publication.

My general theme is: even when it is noted that a treatment may have harmful effects, the medical industry does not publicize that fact.

Recently, a friend asked me to recall what I had said about delayed effects in my 2013 book, Consider the Li...

15:30

Rage, rage against the factory closure "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 1 May 2017, May Day International Workers Day Australian dairy giant Murray Goulburn announced that they were shutting factories across Victoria and Tasmania, slashing jobs and devastating communities. Faye and Julie, two National Union of Workers delegates working at the Edith Creek site in North-West Tasmania, shared their responses to the closure.

15:27

US Embassy in Montenegro under attack - the Embassy confirms "active security situation" "IndyWatch Feed National"

At 00:30, in front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the US Embassy compound. (1 of 2) Govt. of Montenegro (@MeGovernment) February 22,...

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

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15:07

My plans for the next couple of weeks. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I will be travelling from tomorrow until 0530 on Sunday. Over the next week or so I plan to meet with a couple of now retired former government officials. Like Dave McAlpine, they have plenty to say about The AWU Scandal - and they'll keep up the momentum for fresh...

14:58

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR GROW N GLOW BOUTIQUE "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Grow n Glow Boutique




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13:34

Pampers nappy scandal - babies crapping on squiggles that look like the Arab word Muhammad! "IndyWatch Feed National"

A MUSLIM group has called for the makers of Pampers nappies to be arrested after spotting Mohammed spelled in the whiskers of the brands mascot Frank Chung@franks_chung news.com.au FEBRUARY 22, 20181:07PM PAMPERS is facing a furry fatwa after a Muslim group claimed to have seen the word Mohammed spelled out...

13:18

The Coming Banking Crisis & The End of Bailouts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Behind the curtain, there is a growing concern about a serious banking crisis beginning once again in Europe. Many governments are talking about the crisis behind-the-curtain and we are now beginning to see steps that are being taken to end the TO-BIG-TO-FAIL policies that dominated the 2007-2009 Crash.

The United States is looking at a new radical bank rescue policy where the government is proposing to revise a central pillar of the idea of bailing out banks creating new financial regulation with a new Chapter 14 bankruptcy procedure. They are looking at eliminating the risk of taxpayers costs to bail out banks. They are investigating the means for an orderly resolution so that the taxpayers do not have to bail out the banks. This development is causing some concern among the high-flying Wall Street banks, for if that is the case, then another crisis as 2007-2009 will result in even Goldman Sachs closing. The proposal looks to shift the burden to the shareholders and creditors of that bank. This means depositors who are thus creditors.

In Australia, we see similar legislation being proposed. This is the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2017. This also authorizes bail-ins bringing an end to the bailout.

 

13:09

AWU Scandal #2 most popular story in The Australian online today "IndyWatch Feed National"

That's an outstanding reflection of popular sentiment, particularly given that the story is somewhat buried way down the page under The Nation tab. I reckon we could get Dave McAlpine admitted to honorary membership of the former Victorian coppers Old & Bold Guild - motto TJF.

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.

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

12:53

Unions respond to the publication of the full TPP text "IndyWatch Feed National"

22 February, 2018: Yesterday the New Zealand government published the full text of the Comprehensive Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement, which Australia and 10 other countries intend to sign on March 8 in Chile, along with a National Interest Analysis of the deal. As Fairfaxs Peter Martin writes, the Australian government will not release their analysis of the deal, done by the Department that negotiated it,  until after the signing ceremony. The government is still rejecting calls for an independent analysis.

However, NZ Council of Trade Unions (CTU) economist Bill Rosenberg says the New Zealand governments analysis of the deal is deeply flawed. There is no analysis of health or environmental risks posed by the CPTPP, and it assumes that working people will find new employment immediately when their jobs are displaced. Mr Rosenberg says:

Like previous studies, its estimates of gains in GDP are tiny - a one-off gain of between 0.3% and 1% of GDP in 16 years time. Even these small benefits are unlikely to be evenly spread. At the same time, citizens risk losing our ability to use government purchasing and our state-owned enterprises for the public good. We need to retain our ability to drive the economy towards higher wage, higher value industries like the local processing of New Zealand timber and other materials.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions made similar criticisms of the CPTPP. ACTU Assistant Secretary Scott Connolly said the deal puts corporate profit ahead of jobs and wages and will allow companies to exploit more temporary migrant workers and allow foreign companies to sue the Australian government over domestic laws. Yesterday AFTINET called for independent studies of the economic and social impacts of the CPTPP, and for a Senate inquiry that can critically assess whether the deal is in the public interest.

12:41

PNG police forced removal of refugees from Port Moresby to Manus reveals resettlement farce "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

This article comes from the Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney)  21 February 2018.

In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 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 with the plane. The refugees are now being held at another lodge in Port Moresby surrounded by up to 50 PNG police. Their mobile phones have been confiscated.

It is expected that the refugees will be moved to Manus Island once alternative transport can be arranged.

The refugees had been living at Aku for up to two years, after being moved from Manus Island, supposedly to be resettled in Port Moresby or further afield in PNG.

The refugees have simply subsisted in Aku since being relocated there no jobs; no welfare program; no trauma counselling not even the basic elements of what might comprise anything resembling a resettlement program. Essentially they became prisoners in the lodge, at risk of being robbed and assaulted if they ventured outside.

But their arrest and forced relocation back to Manus provides official confirmation that, contrary to the claims made by Minister Dutton, there are no PNG resettlement arrangements.

In 2016, there was an attempt to resettle six refugees in Lae. None are still living on Lae. Faced with the deprived circumstances in Lae in terms of jobs, health and safety three of the refugees actually made their way back to Manus Island and attempted to move back into the detention centre.

This forced relocation of refugees to Manus from Port Moresby puts the lie to the Ministers suggestion that refugees can be resettled in PNG, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, The Minister cant hide behind that lie any longer.

There is no resettlement in PNG, and the shonky US deal will not provide resettlement places for all the refugees on Manus and Nauru. There is an urgent need for all the asylum seekers and refugees to be brought to Australia, where they can get the safety and protection they need.

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12:40

Whodunnit to whom? A case for language preservation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dyirbal is now spoken by just twenty-nine speakers. Languages in decline have their own complexities. In their book Vanishing Voices: The extinction of the worlds languages, Daniel Nettle and Susan Domain explain how Dyirbal previously contained very specific terms which are now lost. Many terms for big existed, depending on what was being described. A big eel required a different term to a big turkey, different again was a big tree.

12:01

MACKAY Mackay man threatens to light petrol station on fire "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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11:57

American school students act and take lead on guns "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Contributed by Joe Montero

The young American students standing up against the ongoing epidemic of mass shootings in the United States are inspiring the nation and the world.

For years now, politicians, often bankrolled by the National Rifle Association (NRA) have been blocking any action to put a top to the carnage.

For the rest of the world it is bewildering how a nation that considers itself civilised can accept the manipulation of the legacy of the War of Independence, after which the right of citizens to defend themselves against aggression was written into the constitution, as a vehicle to make it alright for anyone to have and use weapons that are obviously designed for war.

But on the wake of the latest shooting in a Parkland High school in Florida, something new has happened. Young survivors have raised their voices. Tired of the cycle of condolences and prayers for the dead, talk about doing something to stop the killing and then nothing happening, they have had enough and are creating  movement to make the difference. What they are in fact saying is that they have lost trust in their political leaders and have come to realise that they must rely on their own efforts. Parents and teachers are backing the students actions.

Student David Hogg became the face of the new movement, after a video clip he recorded, while he and other students were hiding from the shooter in a classroom. The 17 -year old, appealed for something to be done about gun control and said the situation showed that the country was broken. The impact was immediate and the video went viral.

 

Photo by Steve DSousa CBC: David Hogg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students from Parkland and other schools around the country are organising rallies and other actions, and these are now dogging politicians and officials wherever they go.

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11:24

SABL petition anniversary marks PNG's greatest ever scandal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

21 Feb 2018 | ActNowDespite repeated promises from the O'Neill government to cancel the agribusiness leases in Papua New Guinea, stretching back to 2013, almost nothing has been done.

10:54

Mining Policies Need To Be Reviewed: Minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Minister For Mining Johnson Tuke Says The Policies Governing The Mining Sector In Papua New Guinea Need To Be Revisited.

Matthew Vari | Post Courier | February 22, 2018

Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke says the policies governing the mining sector in Papua New Guinea need to be revisited.

He said much of the legislations governing the sector are still from the colonial era.

Mr Tuke said with the strong support from Prime Minister ONeill and government caucus he is determined to take stock of benefits to landowners that make changes for the country to have a greater share in its own wealth.

I think all our mining policies are more or less colonial. Are we still in the colonial times? We are moving forward, Mr Tuke said.

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10:48

ONeill and Allan stitch up another huge land grab "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Philippines President Duterte and his Agriculture Secretary want to plant 1 million hectares of rice in Papua New Guinea by 2023

Prime Minister Peter ONeill and Agriculture Minister Benny Allan have promised the Philippines government at least one million hectares of land in Papua New Guinea for Filipino farmers to grow rice, according to media reports.

The 1 million hectares [10,000 square kilometres] will be leased to Filipino companies and thousands of Filipino farmers and agriculture graduates are expected to head to PNG, according to the countrys Agriculture Secretary, Emmanuel F. Piol.  

The Ph...

10:48

Ok Tedi workers sacked for peaceful protest "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mine group sacked

Shirley Mauludu | The National aka The Loggers Times | 22 February 2018

THE Ok Tedi Mining Ltd has sacked a group of employees who were staging a protest at the mine site on Tuesday, telling them in a letter that their action was illegal.
Some of employees, who arrived on a charter flight yesterday in Port Moresby, claimed there were 191 of them who were issued termination letters on Tuesday. They were told to leave the site on a charter flight yesterday.
Henry Kuso, a spokesman for those who arrived at Jackson Airport, in Port Moresby, yesterday, said the company arranged three charter flights yesterday out of Tabubil in Western.
Mining Minister Johnson Tuke was unable to comment when contacted yesterday.
Ok Tedi managing director Peter Graham could not be reached for comment yesterday. But he had confirmed with The National on Tuesday that the protest had not affected the company operations.
The industrial action was illegal since it did not follow the grievance process and was not supported by the union, he said.
Management is addressing the matter in accordance with company pol...

10:38

BEHIND BARS PART 4: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities: Overcrowding, No Medical Treatment, No Accessibility "IndyWatch Feed National"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 4 of this special 5-part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull looks at the conditions prisoners are forced to live in, exposed in a report written by Human Rights Watch. You can read parts 1, 2 and 3 here, here and here.

I have to wear a nappy every day. I dont feel like a man; I feel like my dignity is taken away. I cant use the shower without a carer. Last Saturday, I needed a shower and it lead to an argument with the officer because he refused [to help me]. He mocked: Poor me, poor me, guy in wheelchair and downgraded me wickedly. Aboriginal prisoner quoted in the HRW report.

The sadistic way Aboriginal people with disabilities are treated (part 1 and 2) in prison could be reformed and limited with basic reforms and proper training. Solitary confinement is used at least in part because prisons and prison guards are not equipped to deal with people with disabilities, though the criminal justice system has effectively criminalised many of them.

But what is important to stress is that a great deal of the problems ultimately stem from systemic underfunding of prisons. They are not funded in a way that allows them to properly care for the people they incarcerate. Many members of the public probably regard this with an indifferent shrug, whilst some would presumably feel a vengeful satisfaction at criminals getting what they deserve.

The result of this underfunding is major overcrowding. It is lack of accessibility for the diverse and sometimes complex needs of people with disabilities. It is the lack of medical services for people who need medical care. And it is staff who are under-trained, who are expected to control the inmates in overflowing prisons, rather than treating them humanely. Able-bodied and healthy prisoners may be able to cope with prison guards being inconsiderate, abusive, and worse. For people with disabilities, the results can range from humiliating, to dangerous.

 

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10:14

Dinosaurs and birds locomotion "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2016 video is called Dinosaur Walk Theory Video.

From PLOS:

Locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs might be predicted from that of ground-running birds

BIRDS Model uses just two inputs to predict terrestrial locomotion in extinct avian and non-avian dinosaurs

February 21, 2018

A new model based on ground-running birds could predict locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs based on their speed and body size, according to a study published February 21, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Peter Bishop from the Queensland Museum, Australia and colleagues.

Previous research has investigated the biomechanics of ground-dwelling birds to better understand the how bipedal non-avian dinosaurs moved, but it has not previously been possible to empirically predict the locomotive forces that extinct dinosaurs experienced, especially those species that were much larger than living birds. Bishop and colleagues examined locomotion in 12 species of ground-dwelling birds, ranging in body mass from 45g to 80kg, as the birds moved at various speeds along enclosed racetracks while cameras recorded their movements and forceplates measured the forces their feet exerted upon the ground.

The researchers found that many physical aspects of bird locomotion change continuously as speed increases. This supports previous evidence that unlike humans, who have distinct walking and running gaits, birds move in a continuum from walking to running. The authors additionally observed consistent differences in gait and posture between small and large birds.

The researchers used their data to construct the biomechanically informative, regression-derived statistical (BIRDS) Model, which requires just two inputs body mass and speed to predict basic features of bird locomotion, including stride length and force exerted per step. The model performed well when tested against known data. While more data are needed to improve the mode...

09:53

More Aircraft Maintanance Engineers (AMEs) return to Air Niugini "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Following the completion of their four year training at the Air New Zealand Aviation Institute in Christchurch, New Zealand, ten Air Niugini Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) including two females have returned to Port Moresby and joined the aircraft maintenance workforce at Air Niugini Engineering.

The AMEs include Patrick Misina, Melvin Paru, Breanne Ume-Taule, Simon Silas, Temuera Samuel, Dennis Kasup, Bernard Kari, Branden Boeha, Jeremy Camillus and Miriam Tai whose training was fully funded by Air Niugini under its Engineering Cadet Program. It cost the airline over K6million to train the ten AMEs.

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Foo in welcoming them home yesterday said the airline invests a lot of resources into training young Papua New Guineans and the results are very rewarding.

Mr Foo said Aviation is a highly regulated and compliant industry and we are serious about training, whether it is for engineers, pilots, cabin crew, or ground staff. Air Niugini invests about K600,000 in training each young Papua New Guinean engineer or pilot cadet. The achievement by these ten young people is something we at Air Niugini, their families and our country can be proud of.

Following a four year cadet program, it normally takes 12 to 14 months before the AMEs can get their PNG License.

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer(AME) is a trained person who does the maintenance requirements of the aircraft including aircraft servicing, parking, jacking, component replacements, inspections, defect, troubleshooting, modifications and repairs.

Air Niugini currently has 32 AMEs, 4 of them are female.

Mr Foo added that the Board and management of Air Niugini will be investing in hangar facilities at the Jacksons airport that will eventually allow heavy maintenance of aircraft to be carried out in Papua New Guinea, resulting in cost savings and further up-skilling of the Papua New Guinean work force.

In 2017, the first Dash 8 aircraft heavy check was done in Port Moresby and Air Niugini expects another to be completed mid this year.

This will reduce overseas expenditure as well as build the PNG Engineering staff capacity. These ten AMEs are fortunate to be among those who will be using this facility and they are the future of Air Niugini. Foo said.

Meanwhile, Mr Foo also said Air Niugini is working to improve and standardize its employ...

09:41

Julie Bishop talking with famous people at London Fashion Week "IndyWatch Feed National"

Talking sustainable fashion with Duchess of Cambridge at #BuckinghamPalace #FashionExchange bringing together designers and artisans from 53 #Commonwealth nations #LondonFashionWeek pic.twitter.com/R8IM5cTFnj Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP) February 21, 2018

09:06

Channel 7 News with more on the AWU Scandal conspiracy today "IndyWatch Feed National"

A retired police detective is calling for a fresh inquiry into an alleged conspiracy between former union bosses and construction executives. He says he was about to visit Slater and Gordon, @JuliaGillard's law office, when I was abruptly stopped. #AWU #7News pic.twitter.com/XXcqtyFbBQ 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 21, 2018

09:00

Business counts data show rise of Uber and start ups "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Yesterday afternoon, on his 612 ABC Brisbane drive time show (from 1:42:50), Steve Austin interviewed my colleague QEAS Director Nick Behrens on the still relatively weak wages growth figures released yesterday. Nick also covered more positive news regarding the state governments coal royalty revenue windfall and robust growth in business numbers. Nick was referring to business count data based on ABN registrations released by the ABS earlier this week. Business numbers were up 2.8% in 2016-17 in Queensland (and up 3.1% nationally). There was inconsistent growth in business numbers across local government areas, however, and while Gold Coast and Ipswich experienced strong growth, Mount Isa, Mackay and Rockhampton experienced falls, for example (see figure below).

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A significant contributor to recent business growth has been Uber, which has resulted in strong growth in businesses whose main activity is transport, as seen in the visualisation of industry growth rates for South East Queensland LGAs below. Other stand out sectors were Information Media and Telecommunications in Ipswich, which has grown off a low base and may have been associated with the establishment of...

08:45

Joyce tells Australia its time to move on "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, the mother of his unborn child, believe its time to move on after a tumultuous fortnight during which their relationship was made public.

In their first interview as a couple, Mr Joyce, 50, and Ms Campion, 33, also revealed theyll have to leave their rent-free apartment in Armidale, NSW, to protect their privacy.

The Nationals leader told Fairfax Media that questions about their private life had bordered on maliciousness.Its like I cant get you so Im gonna throw anything, he said.

Mr Joyce, who has four daughters with his estranged wife of 24 years, Natalie, also confirmed their baby due in April is a boy.

The one thing that has deeply annoyed me is that there is somehow an inference that this child is somehow less worthy than other children, and its almost spoken about in the third person, he said.

I love my daughters. I have four beautiful daughters and I love them to death. And now I will have a son.

Ms Campion, who refused to be photographed during the Fairfax interview, gave only one on-the-record comment to say her sons middle names would honour her two brothers.

She also rejected suggestions she was paid up to $190,000 while working for two Nationals MPs after she left Mr Joyces office in 2017 and produced pay slips showing she earned between $133,000 and $138,000, Fairfax said.

Mr Joyce is currently on personal leave as he fends off calls for him to step down as Nationals leader or leave politics after his extramarital affair was made public.

Acting prime minister Mathias Cormann again admitted the scandal has been a distraction for the government.

But he reminded people there are human beings at the centre, who are trying to move on.

Senator Cormann, who is filling in for Malcolm Turnbull who is in the US, said he has been able to speak to the deputy prime minister after first leaving him a voicemail.

We had a very good conversation. He was cooking spaghetti at the time we talked, he told reporters in Canberra.

Some of the public pressure is incredibly intense not just on Barnaby but also his family, his kids and his new partner, and yes its a distraction for the government but theres some human beings involved.

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08:42

Drinking soft drink linked to cancer risk "IndyWatch Feed National"

Soft drinks are being linked to cancer. File photo

People who regularly consume at least one soft drink a day, no matter the size of their waist, could be at increased risk of cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne analysed more than 3000 cases of 11 obesity-related cancers including breast, liver and prostate reported between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007 through The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study.

Published on Thursday, the study found a positive association between soft drink consumption and cancer risk independent of obesity after statistically adjusting for waist circumference.

The authors say the results justify the need to minimise the intake of sugar-sweetened soft drinks.Initially our hypothesis was that drinking soft drinks would cause obesity which would then cause an association with obesity-related cancers but we found that there was more beyond the affect of obesity, said lead researcher, Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division.

These particular cancers are commonly associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants, no matter their size, said Professor Hodge.

According to the research, the more sugary soft drinks participants drank the higher their risk of cancer.

However, this was not the case with those who drank diet soft drinks, suggesting sugar could be the key, says Professor Hodge.Professor Hodge says the surprising findings warrant further research.

We definitely would like to see these findings confirmed in other studies and then also to understand something about the mechanism and whether sugar could be a driver of this association, said Professor Hodge.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper says this new research provides another reason for Australians to avoid soft drinks and make the switch to water.

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

And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated with sugary drink consumption- including increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay.

Th...

08:37

PNGs losses from Solwara 1 currently over K350 million "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Solwara 1 is chewing its way through PNG taxpayer funds at an alarming rate

In 2014, the State borrowed US$120 million [K375 million] from BSP to buy a 15% stake in the proposed Solwara 1 seabed mine.

Nautilus Minerals says US$113 million from the loan was paid to the company in December 2014.

It is not clear what has happened to the other US$7 million, the balance of the funds borrowed, but at the moment the governments investment in Solwara 1 is not looking like a very good bet.

While the States partner, Nautilus Minerals is on financial life support and haemorrhaging senior staff, the State has written down its investment by over K260 million.

The latest financial report from Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limit...

08:25

Queensland high-rise boom unwinds apace "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Apartment building slowing

Residential building work done for non-houses dropped by some 25 per cent in Queensland in 2017.

And this construction trend will continue in 2018 as the sector continues to rebalance towards equilibrium.

Not quite so many cranes expected in 2018 then, at least in the residential sector! 


As construction slows Brisbane's apartments are gradually filling up, as I looked at in a bit more detail here, but it's taking time for the stock to be absorbed.

The figures for engineering construction have been all over the show across recent quarters with some wild spikes in Western Australia due to the import of LNG platforms.

Looking at the smoother trend figures brings positive news.

Post-mining boom engineering construction is no longer dragging back the economies of Western Australia and Queensland, paving the way for an economic recovery for the resources states. 


Good to see.

At the national level residential building work done fell by about 5 per cent in 2017 as supply and demand look to swing back into balance.

However, this was more than offset by the rebound in engineering co...

08:00

February 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1701 - Roebuck, the Royal Navy vessel on which William Dampier sailed to and explored the coast of New Holland including the Abrolhos islands and Shark Bay, was leaking and falling apart when she slowly and quiety sank in six metres of water at Ascension island in the Atlantic.

1791 - James Ruse was a clever little dicky-bird and proved he could sustain himself with the first land grant at Rose Hill on the bush block he dubbed Experiment Farm.

1796 -  Hawkesbury settlers agreed they will assemble for mutual protection when Aboriginal people were seen near their farms.
It has been intimated to the governor, that two white men had been frequently seen with the natives and
were supposed to direct and assist in those acts of hostility by which the settlers had lately suffered, writes Collins.
The two renegades, Wilson and Knight have shown the Darug that English muskets, once discharged, are useless until reloaded. This, says Collins, effectually removed that terror of our fire-arms with which it had been our constant endeavour to inspire them.

1805 - James Lovell was Hanged for forging and uttering (NSW).

1838 - William Moore was publicly hanged in High St Maitland for the murder of his master John Hoskyns.

1855 - There was order in the court for the trial of the 13 miners who lead the Eureka Stockade and who were charged with High Tea, High Tide and High Treason.

1867 - Royal Commission into the best means of clearing the Murray River presented its final report to Parliament.
Hmph, 5 mins in the country and they've soiled the mighty Murray already.

1874 - A number of Aboriginal men descended from the hill behind the Barrow Creek Telegraph Station and fatally speared the Station Master and a linesman.
The Kaytetye say the attack was in response to the theft of their land and the exploitation of the women by the new settlers. Reprisal was swift and severe and many innocent Aboriginal people were killed in the months following the event.

1879 - The Aussie artist, author and sculptor who scandalised society, Norman Lindsay, was found in a Bunyip nest.

1889 - Southern Cross was an iron steamship who was impaled amidships by an uncharted rock right in the middle of the fairway off Rocky Cape, north-west Tasmania, about half a mile offshore. Crew and passengers were saved with assistance from SS Herbert. It was hoped she may be saved with the rising tide, but it was not to be. Some gear was salvaged but all passenger luggage was lost.

1901 - Leading Aussie film pioneer Ken Hall was bumped into the world. Producing many films for both Aussie and overseas studios he gave us many Aussie classics that are still watched today.

1910 - The black hole in the ground, the W...

07:55

Typical government gun control FAILURE! Typical crime control FAILURE!!! Tougher sentences required! "IndyWatch Feed National"


Our government is quick to punish law abiding citizens if they use a gun for self defence, & they continue to hassle us with further useless & pointless gun control legislation. They say they want to stop crime & make Australia a safer place, but the proof of their lies is in the sentencing of real criminals.

07:00

CRIME CULTURE: Get Carter "IndyWatch Feed National"

After almost 50 years following its release, the crime-fiction film Get Carter is now regarded as both a gem of the noir genre, and also a treasure of British cinema. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, takes a philosophical look at a Michael Caine classic. [READ MORE]

06:06

An alumnus' call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week: 'I faced my Jewish racism. Will you?' "IndyWatch Feed National"

We need to talk about Jewish racism. I know what you're thinking. How dare I accuse us, a people who've suffered so greatly from prejudice, hatred and persecution, of holding racist attitudes ourselves? But it turns out that our past experience provides no protection and our communal memories can hinder, not help us. This particular conversation is about to become more urgent if you're a Jewish student on a campus in the U.K. or Western Europe, North America or Australia. The 14th annual 'Israeli Apartheid Week' (IAW) takes place around the world from the end of February through mid-April. There'll be talks, film screenings, and mock West Bank security checkpoints and Separation Walls to highlight the daily indignities of Palestinian life in the Occupied Territories. Thirty years after I graduated, I've been invited back to speak to students at Manchester University in the UK. It will be a homecoming - of sorts. But I've become a very different kind of Jew to the one who left there in 1988.

06:00

Despite repeated promises, PNGs greatest ever scandal continues "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SABLEDDIE TANAGO | Act Now!

PORT MORESBY - Today is the first anniversary of the presentation of a 10,000 signature petition to the Department of Lands demanding the cancellation of the SABL (special agriculture and business) leases.

2018 also marks five-years since the SABL Commission of Inquiry exposed the full extent of the illegal land grab, which affects more than 10% of the whole country.

But, despite repeated promises from the ONeill government to cancel the leases, stretching back to 2013, almost nothing has been done.

The governments response to the illegal SABL land grab is the greatest scandal this country has ever seen.

Even the brave landowners who have struggled through the courts to have leases declared illegal, without any help or support from the government, or have stood up and defied the logging companies despite attacks from the police, still have foreign companies occupying their soil.

A list released two weeks ago by the Lands Department revealed that of 75 SABL leases examined in the Commission of Inquiry, only 10 have been cancelled, five of those were at the direction of the courts and four voluntarily surrendered.

Meanwhile, as the government delays get ever longer, most of the SABL files have disappeared from the Department of Lands.

Fifty thousand square kilometres of land, more than 10% of the entire nation given away illegally yet the government does almost nothing to undo the wrong and indeed is still allowing logging companies to plunder the forests.

With APEC leaders now preparing to visit PNG, the SABL land grab is a huge embarrassment for the nation.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights slammed the PNG government over its failure to protect its own citizens during his visit two-weeks ago, saying many communities have been forcibly evicted from their homes, often reportedly violently, with impunity and allegedly sometimes with the complicity of local police.

It seems the whole world knows about and has condemned the land grab but the government is either unwilling or unable to cancel the majority of the leases.

If the government wants to show we are still a sovereign nation, they must immediately give the land back to local people, evict the foreign companies and pay compensation to the communities for the losses and damage they have suffered.

05:38

The present study indicate that acute treatment with an extract of S. miltiorrhiza roots exerted robust anxiolytic effects. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  J Chin Med Assoc. 2017 Dec 26. Epub 2017 Dec 26. PMID: 29287701 Abstract Title:  Anxiolytic effect of an extract of Salvia miltiorrhiza roots in rats. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Preparations from roots of Salvia miltiorrhiza, a herb widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, have been reported to induce a series of central effects, including sedation. In the wake of this ethnopharmacological information, the present study was designed to assess the anxiolytic potential of an extract of S.miltiorrhiza roots.METHODS: To this end, rats were acutely treated with S.miltiorrhiza extract (0, 50, and 100 mg/kg; i.g.) and exposed to the Elevated Plus Maze (EPM) test. The effect of treatment with S.miltiorrhiza extract on Stress-Induced Hyperthermia (SIH; a physiological response to stressful events) was also evaluated.RESULTS: Treatment with 100 mg/kg S.miltiorrhiza extract produced robust anxiolytic effects at the EPM test; specifically, it increased (a) percent of entries into open arms, (b) percent of time spent in open arms, (c) total number of head dips, (d) number of unprotected head dips, and (e) number of end-arm explorations in open arms, without any alteration in spontaneous locomotor activity. Treatment with 100 mg/kg S.miltiorrhiza extract also suppressed SIH response. The anxiolytic effects produced by 100 mg/kg S.miltiorrhiza extract were comparable to those exerted by acute treatment with 1.5 mg/kg (i.p.) of the reference compound, diazepam.CONCLUSION: These data demonstrate the ability of an extract of S.miltiorrhiza roots to produce anxiolysis in two different rodent models of"anxiety".

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05:00

Singirok says control of lethal weapons entry has broken down "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Jerry Singirok

NEWS REPORT | PNG National Broadcasting Corporation

PORT MORESBY The chairman of the Guns Control Committee and former commander of the PNG Defence Force Major-General (retired) Jerry Singirok has said the Papua New Guinea government needs to invest heavily in border security.

The committee was set up in 2005 to come up with recommendation to address issues of gun violence in the country.

It made 244 recommendations but nothing was done by the government to address them.

Mr Singirok, speaking on the NBC's Morning Tru program, said stringent control measures should be taken at PNGs border entry points to monitor and curb deadly weapons.

"The other biggest issue is that we have a border security problem, he said.

The government has not invested much in security forces to ensure border control is enforced.

For example, Wutung-Batas, the Indonesian check point, is the weakest, weakest point.

04:00

Catholic-run family planning in PNG: assistance or oppression? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Family planningCATHERINE GRAUE | Pacific Beat | Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Extract

You can read the full article here

SYDNEY - Pressure is mounting on Papua New Guinea's Government to reconsider its contracts with health clinics run by the Catholic Church, amid concerns some are deliberately failing to meet their obligations of providing a full family planning service.

While advocating natural methods of contraception, the Church insists it also provides counselling and a patient referral system, which is a requirement of its contract with the PNG Health Department.

But family planning advocates claim items being provided to Catholic clinics by the Government go unused and are being destroyed, while others report spot checks are being carried out by senior church officials.

The Catholic Church officially promotes the natural "ovulation method", but the outspoken views of people like Rolando Santos, the Bishop of Alotau, point to a much harder line which is causing considerable anger among health professionals.

"They should not use artificial means in order to prevent the natural process from taking place," he told the ABC's Pacific Beat program.

"They have to respect the plan of God, of nature."

Family planning advocate Wendy Stein, who set up the NGO Spacim Pikinini which translates as "space your children" to provide implants to women living in remote PNG, has raised her concerns about the Catholic Church.

"They're out of touch and I feel like they're oppressing the indigenous people in PNG," she said.

"We've had instances where the bishops send teams out to villages with propaganda and discourage people, whether they're Catholic or not, about the implant."

She has had her own run-ins with Father Santos, who questioned the work of her NGO.

"I've had conversations with the Bishop here, he called me probably 18 months ago to have a discussion about it and told me stop what I was doing, it was wrong and that I'd go to hell," she told Pacific Beat.

Father Santos said his big concern is that NGOs like Spacim Pikinni...

03:57

About Vaxxed Are the Skeptics Trying to Provoke a Shooter? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is the Vaxxed Team Safe? Opinion by Deplorable  Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen The really interesting thing about the world-wide skeptic operation is that they try, desperately, to justify horrific actions against those they HATE actions unacceptable to normal people. We saw all that happen in Australia with the attack on the Australian Vaccination networks Continue reading About Vaxxed Are the Skeptics Trying to Provoke a Shooter?

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02:53

PERTH Man charged in relation to Perth Train Station fire which closed main entrance "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged in relation to Perth Train Station fire which closed main entrance .

February 21, 2018 at 10:30AM .

UPDATE: A 34-year-old man has been charged with lighting a fire at the Perth Train Station this morning. The man was charged with criminal damage, burglary and destruction of property. He was refused bail and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. 11am: THE main entrance to Perth train

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/guardian-express/news/perth-train-station-fire-closes-main-entrance&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGbcF-8Mc28Fo50Q2Dv9rq1A7vo2A

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

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PERTH Perth Train Station arson attack ends in $500k damage bill after office, bins set alight "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth Train Station arson attack ends in $500k damage bill after office, bins set alight .

February 21, 2018 at 07:44PM .

A man has been charged by police after a deliberately lit fire caused an estimated half a million dollars in damage to Perth Train Station. Police allege CCTV footage captured the man walking through the cultural centre and setting fire to several rubbish bins at the train station around 3:00am on

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-21/perth-train-station-arson-attack-leaves-%24500k-damage-bill/9471964&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNE9NvJSZ5WjkMUuU8YZ3cFXpwXbtA

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

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00:49

Indonesia says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/us-to-lift-ban-on-indonesian-kopassus-troops/news-story/54a4128144e2d34cef1924f1a948e170

Indonesia says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops

AMANDA HODGE,NIVELL RAYDA
The Australian12:00AM February 21, 2018
Indonesia says the US has undertaken to lift the remaining restrictions on engagement with Indonesias Kopassus special forces, ending a 19-year ban on the unit linked to civilian killings and human rights abuses in West Papua, Aceh and East Timor.

Former Indonesian military commander Moeldoko, now chief of staff to President Joko Widodo, said US ambassador Joseph Donovan had confirmed on Monday during a meeting at the presidential palace that the US would gradually lift the last restrictions on the military unit.

This follows a request last month from Defence Minister Ryacudu Ryamizard to his US counterpart Jim Mattis to end the ban, imposed in 1999, on US engagement with the unit.

Successive Indonesian governments have lobbied for the ban to be lifted, but have had only partial success despite support from the Pentagon. Former president Barack Obama in 2010 lifted the outright ban on US military contact with Kopassus, although its 6000 members are still banned from travelling to the US or training with US forces.

In a statement issued after Mondays meeting, General Moeldoko said Mr Donovan had emphasised the importance of co-operation between the two armed forces in preserving stability in the Asia-Pacific region and said the US intended to reopen the possibility of a military training co-operation, (beginning) with Kopassus.

But the US embassy in Jakarta appeared reluctant to confirm General Moeldokos statement yesterday, or give a time line for when US training of Kopassus might resume.

Instead an embassy spokesman said: As Secretary Mattis trip to Indonesia demonstrated, we are committed to deepening our defence co-operation with Indonesia and are seeking opportunities for further engagement in various areas. All engagement activities are conducted in accordance with US law.

We support Indonesias efforts to promote human rights and the rule of law, and we continue to discuss the importance of accountability for past abuses.

The move would be in line with the unveiling last month of a shift in US national security focus from counter-terrorism to contain the rising power of China and Russia.

American forces are prevented under the Leahy Law...

Wednesday, 21 February

23:45

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

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

 

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

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

 

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