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Thursday, 16 August



PERTH Two men face court for a string of charges after Greenfields pursuit "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men face court for a string of charges after Greenfields pursuit .

August 15, 2018 at 11:07AM .

The Halls Head man is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday on the charges of: Two counts of fail to stop in circumstances .


PERTH Pair charged after WA police cars rammed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pair charged after WA police cars rammed .

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A 28-year-old Halls Head man will front Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being charged with 11 offences including assaulting police, .


PERTH Two men charged over Mandurah pursuit "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men charged over Mandurah pursuit .

August 15, 2018 at 08:26AM .

The Halls Head resident is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. A 27-year-old man from Coodanup has been summonsed on the .


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Wednesday, 15 August


Report: Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed National"

A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law.

The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince Edward Islands, located in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of Africa. At the time, a double flash of light was recorded by an American satellite named Vela 6911, a sign thought to indicate that a nuclear test had taken place. Theories have speculated since that the flash could have been caused by natural phenomena, for example by a meteor shower, but the journals new study claims to have proof that this was not the case.

The new research, led by Christopher Wright of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Lars Erik de Geer, a former member of the Swedish Defence Research Agency, claims that a few weeks after the mysterious flash, traces of radioactive Iodine (I-131) had been discovered in several dead sheep in Australia. Samples from the sheeps thyroid glands were then sent for tests in the United States, but the tests results were never made public, Ynet reports.

It is thought that due to stormy weather at the time the double flash was recorded, the fallout from the alleged nuclear test was scattered throughout parts of Australia. The study believes the sheep in question may have eaten some grass in the affected area, causing them to become radioactive. If the journals theory is correct, this marks the most concrete evidence to date that Israel conducted illegal nuclear testing during the height of the Cold War. That this was done in cooperation with South Africa, at that time ruled by an Apartheid regime, will likely raise further eyebrows.

Israel has long sought to conceal its alleged nuclear capabilities, neither confirming nor denying its possession of nuclear weapons. However, it is widely believed that Israel possesses nuclear WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognised by the international Non-Proliferation Treaty. The other three are India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israels forays into the nuclear arena came under the spotlight in July when an expos by the Wall Street Journal(WSJ)...


Thanks Buzzfeed for this list of Senator Fraser Anning's huggers/kissers/etc "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's a list of the politicians who shook hands / hugged / kissed Fraser Anning after his speech calling for an end to Muslim immigration. Minister Mathias Cormann Minister Bridget McKenzie Minister Nigel Scullion Minister Conchetta Fierravanti-Wells Minister Matt Canavan Assistant minister James McGrath Assistant minister Anne Ruston Steve Martin...



New Dawn FM News

The Catholic people of Hahela Parish have been challenged not to play double standards with their lives.
Hahela Parish Priest FR. WESLEY MANU said that the life of the faithful must be the same in church and outside.
He said if inside the church is different and outside the church is different then there is corruption there.
FR. MANU said that corruption in all levels of the communities must be stopped and people must be following the teachings of Jesus Christ and the church.



New Dawn FM News

The Minister for the Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU says that the date of the Referendum cannot be finalized unless two things are done according to the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
He said that the two important issues are the weapons disposal and the second autonomy review that the United Nations will carry out soon.
MR. PUNGHAU said that these two issues will now set the stage for the two governments to set the date for the actual referendum.
He said when that is not yet done, all preparation work is based on the target date of June 15th, 2019.





New Dawn FM News

The Special Joint Supervisory Body Meeting(JSB) which was called by Prime Minister, PETER ONIEL at the Arawa JSB will now be held in Buka on August 24th,2018.
This was announced by the ABG Minister for Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU at a press conference in Buka today.
MR. PUNGHAU who just returned with a team of ABG Ministers who went with the ABG Vice President, RAYMOND MASONO to meet with their PNG Counterpart Ministers ahead of the Special JSB.
Minister Punghau said that his team has for the first time made good progress when talking directly with the Deputy Prime Minister and setting agendas that the Special JSB will address.
He said in the past the Joint technical team were setting the stage for the Prime Minister and the Ministers to just say yes or no during the JSB.
MR. PUNGHAU said that the JSB was set up during the initial negotiations as an avenue for the leaders of both governments to meet and iron out issues that was encountered during the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
He said that the Special JSB will address the Questions or question to be put in the referendum ballot.




Reference to the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program found in a 2018 issue of the US 'Congressional Record.' "IndyWatch Feed National"


In a blog post dated 28 June 2018, titled 'New US congressional hearings on UFOs?' I brought together several pieces of information which suggested that at least one US Congressional Committee (and maybe more than one) was looking at conducting hearings on the topic of UFOs, stimulated by the news about the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program/Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AAWSAP/AATIP.)

In that blog post, I suggested three possibilities for which committees might be involved:

1. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

2. The House of Representatives Science, Space and technology Committee.

3. The Senate Armed Services Committee.

New research

Recently a group of collaborating researchers, composed of Roger Glassel from Sweden; Curt Collins from the USA; Paul Dean from Melbourne, Australia, and myself from Adelaide, South Australia, have been following up on this subject area. The group has found a very interesting item, in the US 'Congressional Record.' 

The 'Congressional Record' is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published by the United States Government Publishing Office.

Volume 164, Number 56, dated Monday, April 9, 2018 of the 'Congressional Record'  page H3062 included the following text:

'4381. A letter from the Chief, Congressional Relations Division, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, transmitting a list of all products produced under the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program contract for the Defense Intelligence Agency to publish; to the Committee on Armed Services.'



Surprising Discoveries About Real-Life Star Wars Midchlorians Previously Not Found in Nature "IndyWatch Feed National"

By The Daily Galaxy

Just as cars need fossil fuels to power their engines, the living cells that make up our bodies use food as a fuel source. To harness the energy in food every cell in our bodies contains microscopic biological machines, known as mitochondria, which convert food molecules into energy.

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have made a fundamental discovery about of the atomic structure and function of the biological factories in cells that make energy, providing a new means to target the machines within factories for drug treatments.

The research, published today in Nature, was led by Professor Nenad Ban from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, in collaboration with researchers from UWAs School of Molecular Sciences and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research: Associate Professor Aleksandra Filipovska, Head of Mitochondrial Medicine and Biology, Associate Professor Oliver Rackham, Head of Synthetic Biology and Drug Discovery and their Ph.D. student Richard Lee.

Professor Filipovska said mitochondria were microscopic, energy-producing factories found in all eukaryotic cells, or cells containing a nucleus enclosed within membranes, representing all forms of life that are visible without a microscope.

Mitochondria contain a set of genes that are used to make key protein building blocks that enable mitochondria to produce energy, she said. These proteins are essential for energy production however little is known about how they are made. The recent discovery of the atomic structure of the machine that makes these proteins (the mitochondrial ribosome) has revealed how they are made.

Surprisingly, this machine blocks itself from making the proteins until it is precisely located where these proteins are required within mitochondria. This is highly unusual and previously not found in nature.

Professor Filipovska said as well as providing a new means to target this molecular machine for drug treatments, the discovery also demonstrated the power of cutting-edge technology to reveal how living systems had evolved to function under different energy requirements.

Defects in mitochondrial function underlie many common diseases such as neurodegenerative, metabolic and heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and ageing, she said. Therefore molecular discoveries provide the much-needed knowledge that enables us to make the leap to disease treatments and drug discoveries.

The next step was to delve deeper into the role of the mitochondrial...


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-001 Calls into Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Thursday 9 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted arriving into Longreach Airport as "Wisdom 5" direct from Melbourne (Tullamarine).  It had earlier flown down from Canberra and is believed to have brought the Federal Labor Party Leader Bill Shorten to town.

File photo

A37-001 was later noted departing Longreach Airport for the East and is believed to have landed at Barcaldine Airport where it will possibly spend the night.  Media reports suggest that Mr Shorten will continue and visit Emerald on Friday 10 August.

UPDATE!  On Friday 10 August, A37-001 "Wisdom 5" was heard to depart Barcaldine Airport for Emerald Airport before it later departed back to Tullamarine.

Meanwhile, also at Longreach Airport but late on Tuesday 7 August, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-651 "Beaufort 07" arrived from Canberra and RAAF Base East Sale.  It later departed to RAAF Base Richmond.

Finally, a couple of light General Aviation (GA) visitors into Longreach Airport over the last few days has included Moree-based Cessna 206 VH-ZEU which arrived from Charleville also on Thursday 9 August.  While Australasian Jet Piper PA-31-325 VH-ZMJ called into Longreach Airport on Wednesday 8 August for fuel while flying from Cairns to Bourke in New South Wales.

And over the weekend on Saturday 4 August, FlightTech Air Logistics / Townsville Airlines AeroCommander 500-S VH-WZQ flew North from Ballarat to Thargomindah and Longreach Airport before continuing to Cairns.  It had flown South to Melbourne from Cairns back in June.

Photo taken by AC 


Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM Pops into CQ Airports - Plus LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" Back at Mackay Airport Twice More! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was back at various CQ Airports.  It has regularly been flying between Cairns and Vanrook Station on recent days after flying North from Bankstown during the latter part of July.

VH-KXM at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

On Monday, VH-KXM was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from Cairns before it soon departed to Vanrook Station.  Then on Tuesday, VH-KXM flew into Gayndah Airport from Vanrook Station.  After spending the day on the ground, it departed to Rockhampton Airport before later departing Rocky for the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, after completing a couple of training flights to Proserpine Airport on Friday 10 August, the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ, completing what appeared to be a pair of medical evacuation flights out of Mackay Airport on both Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August.  On both flights, VH-VVI arrived into Mackay Airport from Townsville and departed to Brisbane.

Photo taken by IAD  


MIT computer model from the 70s predicts end of civilisation by 2040 with major change in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed National"

An apocalyptic computer model, processed by one of the world's largest computers in 1973, has predicted the end of civilization by 2040. The prediction came from a programme nicknamed World One, which was developed by a team of MIT researchers and processed by Australia's largest computer. It was originally devised by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, after he was tasked by the Club of Rome to develop a model of global sustainability. However, the shocking result of the computer calculations showed that the level of pollution and population would cause a global collapse by 2040. This shows that the world cannot sustain the current level of population and industrial growth for more than two decades. Australian broadcaster ABC has republished its original report from the 1970s, since there is just two years until a major change is expected according to the computer model.


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI Does Training at Proserpine before a Midnight Med-evac Flight to Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Friday 10 August, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI was noted completing a pair of training flights around the Whitsundays, flying South on both occasions from to Townsville and eventually landing at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport both times for a short period of time.

File photo

After the second trip to Prosie and after it had returned to Townsville, VH-VVI then had a busy afternoon and evening operating a pair of medical evacuation flights first to Mount Isa and then to Mackay Airport where it then departed back to Townsville once again but now in the wee small hours of Saturday 11 August.  At this time, VH-VVI was again using its familiar radio callsign of "Ambulance 451".


$11 Million: Identitii Launches Australias Second ASX Blockchain IPO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Identitii Limited, a blockchain-based digital identity management innovator, has launched an $11 million IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The Australian company aims to sell 14.6 million shares at the rate of 75 cents per unit. The proceeds will be used for the additional development and marketing of Identitiis anti-money laundering solution, Serra. The

The post $11 Million: Identitii Launches Australias Second ASX Blockchain IPO appeared first on CCN


Steve Keen, "Oz economy no more diverse than Uganda's" - Boom Bust interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

Interview begins around 9.40 minutes into the show.Gung-ho interviewer, Bart Chilton, apparently hoping to recommend investing in Australian stocks, found out that Australia's economy is about as diverse as Uganda's and Ethiopia's, that it consists of holes and houses, and that Australian governments have stupidly marketised energy, making costs too high for Australian manufactures. "Energy and telecommunications are both being disastrously mishandled." Banks and mines dominate the Australian stock exchange, which reminds Keen of when they dominated the Japanese stock exchange - just before the 1990 bubble burst, with no important banks situated in Japan anymore. Our stock market is trivial compared to our bond market. Dr Keen also mentions the , which is worth a look.

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Witness Statement by Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivor, Fiona Barnett "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITNJ Witness Statement

My name is Fiona Barnett. I was born Fiona Rae Holowczak, on 28 October 1969, in Sydney, Australia. I am a victim of CIA child trafficking, Luciferian ritual abuse, and Project MK-ULTRA.

Child trafficking is run as a single integrated world operation. This operation is coordinated by the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian intelligence services. Retired NYPD Detective James Rothstein was appointed to the first US taskforce to investigate this child trafficking operation which, he found, went all the way up to the Whitehouse. Detective Rothstein found that the CIA were behind a blackmail operation in which child prostitutes were used to honeytrap and compromise politicians, military brass, top businessmen, and key government officials. Rothstein, who arrested the key Watergate perpetrator, said Watergate solely concerned this human compromise racket, and specifically was an attempt to obtain a list of compromised pedophile VIPs and their proclivities that was held at the Democratic National Headquarters. I spoke with Rothstein who said he knew of an identical VIP pedophile ring that existed here in Australia, and that an Australian intelligence officer named Peter Osborne knew the details of this.
The Australian wing of this child trafficking operation is coordinated by ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation). During the 1970s and 80s, Labour Party politician, Kim Beazley Sr. headed ASIOs child trafficking operation. Under Kim Beazleys administration, I was prostituted, at age 6 years, to a pedophile orgy at Parliament House in Canberra, where I was r...


Necrophilia is harmless: Greens candidate calls for legal sex with corpses in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tom Raue, who was pre-selected by the Greens for the seat of Summer Hill last week, also wrote an article for a student newspaper in 2012 campaigning to change the law to allow bestiality. But he now claims he also was just joking when he wrote an article

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Shortlist for the 2018 VU Short Story Prize "IndyWatch Feed National"

While wed like to thank all 863 entrants who worked hard to submit this year, the four judges for the 2018 competition writer Sarah Schmidt, writer and editor Michelle Cahill, writer and VU academic Tom Clark, and writer and Overland fiction editor Jennifer Mills have now decided on a shortlist of thirteen outstanding stories.


The devil is in the detail of government bill to enable access to communications data "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Australian government has released a draft of its long awaited bill to provide law enforcement and security agencies with new powers to respond to the challenges posed by encryption. Read More


Karen Wyld: Put away your ball, this is not a game "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fraser Anning's "Final Solution" speech, demonstrates that the close minded and ignorant have more to learn from the world, than the world has to learn from them.


Radioactive sheep boost claims of secret Israeli nuke test "IndyWatch Feed National" Russia Today with Supporting Material: Radioactive isotopes discovered by scientists in Australian sheep have added gravity to longstanding claims that a mysterious flash above the Indian Ocean 39 years was actually an illegal Israeli nuclear weapon test. On September 22, 1979, US satellite Vela 6911 detected a double flash near the Marion and Prince []


What About Australia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: It is clear our government seems to be going crazy. I know you use to live here in Sydney. We met many times when you did conferences here. I also know you once said you would like to retire in Australia. Has that changed?


ANSWER: Well, my dreams of retirement have not been working out. It seems the world is conspiring against me to go quietly into retirement. Yes, I love Australia. I have traveled all over and even went to Kakadu for two weeks and lived off the land fishing for Barramundi. I still keep a painting I love of the gum trees by a local artist. Here is me in the desert in Palm Valley. That was spectacular with herds of wild horses running free.

As always, there is a difference between the government and the people. There are socialists who support the government and others who are upset about stalking their children, creating their  Black Economy Taskforce to imposing the burden to collect Australian taxes upon companies mailing things to Australia. These are simply not NORMAL in a free society. No country can order others to collect their taxes and if someone is following your children, they are in plain clothes and readers have expressed concerns about how do you distinguish a pervert from a government agent?

No m...


Bundesbank Demands Explanation for Requests for Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

The German central bank, the Bundesbank, has significantly expanded its ability to control and access cash transactions in the hunt for taxes. They have required statements and assurances from cash-demanding commercial banks for the purpose of the intended business requiring cash. The Bundesbank has declined to comment on the new policy. The Federal Association of German Banks has also refused to explain. What is clear is that we are witnessing a growing trend to reduce cash and like Australia, just adopt the position that cash is for criminals.


Anning calls for urgent referendum on immigration "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

United Nations sycophants of ALP, Greens and LNP decry Senator Annings remarkable maiden speech which is reproduced in full at the bottom of the page

The dominant left wing of national broadcaster, the ABC is frothing at both ends over Senator Fraser Annings maiden speech.

Cairns News has perused the speech and discovered it is not nearly as volatile as Pauline Hansons in the maiden speech stakes.

Brainless shock jock Senator Derryn Hinch, naturally a Victorian and ALP atheist Penny Wong  have joined the choirmaster ABC along with the Jew, Josh Frydenberg, unremarkably spluttering the views of the Liberal Left.

KAP Senator Fraser Anning takes on the UN sycophants of the ALP and LNP

It is a terrible blight on the jaundiced, national Marxist education system, that a supposed government Minister is unable to rely on normal comprehension to understand the meaning of Senator Annings quite acceptable speech.

Readers can decide for themselves but the new senator leaves us in no doubt a national referendum on immigration should happen quite soon.

Below is a statement from Senator Anning:

Senator Anning has dismissed criticism of his use of the words final solution in regards to immigration as an effort by the left to shut down debate.

Claims that the words meant anything other than the ultimate solution to any political question is always a popular vote are simply ridiculous.

Anyone who actually reads them in context will realise this...


Bill Shorten lecturing on "Good Australians" and presumably "Bad Australians" "IndyWatch Feed National"

What makes a good Australian? Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August 15, 2018


ADF's report into the beheading and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet - Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lest We Forget our heroes. Aussie commando sergeant Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice - and below, 2 years later in the hands of the Japanese. ADF report on the execution and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet by Michael Smith on Scribd


Shit happens when good men do nothing "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australia has been deceived as this great patriotic song tells how we have been sold out by our parliament. Our manufacturing is gone, we are but a consumer to the world we once contributed.


Why the governments $444 million grant wont save the Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Wed 15 August 2018

As the leading charity and independent voice for the Great Barrier Reef for over 50 years we wanted to address the controversy surrounding the recent government funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Our leaders too often underestimate the sheer love we Australians have for the Reef; and the standards to which we Australians from Cairns to Kalgoorlie will hold them in looking after it.

It is no wonder that the Australian Government is under pressure for giving $444 million to a foundation instead of one of its own government agencies. It is no wonder they are being attacked for improper process and for ducking the Reefs biggest threat.

The outsourcing of nearly half a billion dollars of taxpayer funds to a foundation to protect the Great Barrier Reef is unusual by any measure. AMCS believes that there needs to be independent scrutiny and full transparency over how the funding is spent.

But while the media spotlight remains fixed on who got the money and how, the question that really matters is going unexamined: will this money address what the Reef really needs? The answer is no.

Funding to tackle poor water quality and coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish plagues is welcome, but it will be wasted unless tough action is taken to mitigate climate change which is the single biggest threat to our Great Barrier Reef. Without getting to the root of the problem and taking strong climate change action the Turnbull Government is gambling with half a billion dollars of public money.

During the summers of 2016 and 2017, our Great Barrier Reef suffered two unprecedented and severe marine heat waves, resulting in the death of about half of all its shallow water corals. If we continue burning fossil fuels at our current rate then severe bleaching events are likely to hit the planets reefs annually by the middle of this century. That would spell the end of the Great Barrier Reef as we know it. The Reef is a core part of who we are as a nation. We can not let this happen.

Australia needs to move beyond thermal coal, stop Adani, stop supporting other new big mines and switch rapidly to renewable energy if our Reef is to have a future. Other developed countries are already well progressed down this path yet Australia, the custodian of this global natural wonder, has an emissions reduction target so weak that if every other country made a commensurate level of effort all the worlds reefs would die.

Our politicians should be in no doubt; the controversy around the Great Barrier Reef Foundation funding shows how much Australians care about our Reef. Yet as a...


Armee De L'air Francaise Casa CN-235M 065 F-RAIC "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

CTM1163 F-RAIC 065 CN35 Noumea-Cairns-Darwin

F-RAIC 065 CN35 at Cairns.


The final solution "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no amount of legalese at ones disposal that could possibly obscure the coded messages that so often come rising to the surface in the Australian Parliament.


MSMs Fake War, Part 3: Corralled Journos and Hunting Packs at Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

This Part 3 of this Fake Media War series was inspired by comments from yesterdays article, and refers back to the reporting of the Port Arthur massacre. Ill assume that the reader has some familiarity with the case, but if not please see my short video below.

If we have fake news today, it must be because the media has been rehearsing for decades. Today, if journalists did what they did at Port Arthur, we would recognize it immediately as blatant fakery, but in those days 1996 Australians were innocent.

This article will mainly quote from sources that reflect on the reporting of the massacre, plus a personal reflection from ABCs Judy Tierney. As I rummaged through these sources I thought How could dozens of journalists have been herded through a tour of the crime...



Red-backed Kingfisher, possible Black Falcons at Maryborough - Hervey Bay Rd reported by Elliot Leach on 15-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

RBKF seen on powerlines two days in a row now near -25.3306, 152.7977. Just a bit further down the road towards Maryborough, where the big powerlines cross the road, I saw two falcons mating on the line above the freeway. Wrong giss for Brown Falcon; when the male flew off and the female followed they looked massive. Colouration and everything looked good but I couldnt stop to confirm.



Join the Human Rights Law Centre team "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre believes in a future where human rights are universally understood, upheld and protected. We secure law and policy change that eliminates inequality, abuse and injustice and builds a society grounded in decency, compassion and respect. We are currently recruiting for two people to join our diverse team who have a strong, shared commitment to creating a better, fairer Australia. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lawyer, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Rights

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and collaborative lawyer to work as part of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights team. Our vision is that Australias laws and policies uphold and affirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples fundamental rights to equality, dignity and self-determination. Advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is one of our nine key focus areas and is essential to our mission.

This is a 12 month full-time, fixed term position based in Melbourne. (We will consider Sydney also.)

Download a recruitment pack here.

Lawyer, Democratic Freedoms

This position will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of our democratic rights and freedom work. This work is both responsive and agenda-setting, working closely with Australian civil society to identify and address systemic issues. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our dynamic team.  

This is a full-time, ongoing position based in Sydney.

Download a recruitment pack here.


Victoria Police keen to promote new series of The Bachelor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't forget to indicate when you're on the way home tonight to watch #Bachie. #DriveSafely #TheBachelorAu @TheBachelorAU Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) August 15, 2018


Turnbull, Shorten, Burke and others on behalf of Muslims against Senator Anning "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well said Alan. Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) August 14, 2018 The disgraceful and divisive comments by Senator Anning yesterday were a low point for our parliament. But this morning's contribution from @SenatorWong is a reminder that there is plenty of good in this place. Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August...


Adani knew about pollution risk and the Queensland authorities were aware of it "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Contributed from Queensland

Not too much of a surprise really, but the revelation that  both Adani and the Queensland government were aware in advance, that polluted water could be released from the companys Abbot Point coal terminal during cyclone Debbie in 2017, has still sent a little shock wave around the country.

When it came, the Caley Valley wetlands near the Abbot Point terminal, were polluted.

The Adani licence was amended after the, fact, to allow more pollution in other areas, which includes the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.

As if this was not enough, Adani was caught breaching the new licence by more than 800 percent. It forced the authorities to issue a penalty notice.

All this was in emails obtained by the Mackay Conservation Group, under Queenslands right to information laws, and reported by the ABC last week. Adani unsuccessfully fought the release of the emails.

Particularly sinister, is that Adani knew that its contaminated water was well above the total suspended solids (TSS) normally allowed is 30mg/L and Adanis special conditions, which allowed up to 100 mg/L. The fact that the water contained in the range of 500 to 900 mg/L, was communicated to the department that administers the licence on 28 March.

There was a clear breech and Adani was fined the $12,190. For a multi-billion-dollar company this is nothing and makes a mockery of the law. At the very least, the licence should have been suspended.

Adani fought the fine and release of the emails, because of the fear that they would damage the companys reputation.

Peter McCallum, coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, said the emails show the company knew the pollution could occur.

These documents that Adani didnt want released to the public show they were fully aware there was a high concentration of pollutants in the water that would be released, he said.

A company proved to disregard the conditions of its licence is only encouraged, if allowed to effectively get away with it. The Queensland government promised safeg...


Malaysian insiders call for graceful exit from TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 15, 2018: Professor K S Jomo, a member of new Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamads Council of Eminent Persons, has publicly called for the new government to decline to ratify the TPP-11, officially titled the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Writing in The Star, Professor Jomo said, With negligible real trade gains from the original TPP, the US withdrawal has made benefits from the regional agreement even more trivial, with advocates becoming more desperate for US participation.

Thus, its current proponents are using the CPTPP to try to re-engage the US as hegemon in the region.

He argued that the TPP-11 has committed Malaysia to further trade liberalisation, accelerating de-industrialisation, besides constraining the growth of modern services, development finance and policy space.

Malaysia can eventually opt out of the CPTPP simply by not ratifying it. Such a diplomatic approach should not embarrass Japan, Australia, Singapore and others remaining for geo-strategic or other pretexts, Prof Jomo wrote.

On the same day, the Straits Times published a longer commentary on the TPP-11 by Martin Khor, adviser of the Third World Network, also arguing against Malaysias ratification of the TPP-11.

Khor explained that the TPP-11 obliges Malaysia to abide by many new rules that are not about trade, and would intrude into the freedom and space of the country to formulate and implement policies, laws and regulations. He highlighted the new rules on investment policy.

Conditions that are sometimes imposed on investments, such as technology transfer and use of local materials, are disallowed or restricted. The foreign investor must be treated at least equally as locals, Khor said.

The foreign investors can also sue the government in an international tribunal (usually the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington DC) if they feel they are not given fair treatment.

This covers claims that they would lose future revenue and profits if government policies are changed or if contracts are re-negotiated, or if the investor claims his bid for government projec...


New report highlights ripple effects of the Stolen Generations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stolen Generations and their descendants have been telling us for many years about the extent of trauma caused by the forced removal of children from families. Today we publish statistical evidence of that lived experience and the pain our people have had to endure over a lifetime.


Chairman Mal says electricity industry want less revenue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does anyone believe the electricity generation industry wants lower profits and less revenue? Listen carefully to what this lying ego-in-a-suit says.


Norway to Map Deep Sea Mineral Deposits "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Maritime Executive | 12 August 2018

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is readying to map potential deep sea mineral deposits in the Norwegian Sea, with an expedition due to get underway this month.

The Directorate has engaged Swire Seabed, which partners with Ocean Floor Geophysics, to carry out mapping of potential sulfide minerals on the seabed over the Mohns Ridge in the western Norwegian Sea. This is a spreading ridge in the Atlantic Ocean that separates two oceanic plates, where potential valuable minerals have been formed through hot volcanic sources. The focus of the expedition is not the active hydraulic systems such as black smokers, but rather non-active extinct systems that are now left as mineral-rich piles of gravel on the seabed.

The mapping will be carried out using an autonomous underwater vehicle, a Kongsberg Hugin AUV, which will map the seabed using a bottom-penetrating echo sounder, multibeam bathymetry, synthetic aperture sonar data, magnetometry and spontaneous potential field data.



Senator Fraser Anning's first speech - quotes Churchill - gets canned by almost everyone "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's not a bad indication of how far we've fallen. This appears to be the bit of his speech that has upset the usual suspects: In order for us to remain the nation that we are now, those who come here need to assimilate and integrate. Those who are most...


Cairns real estate agents want foreign ownership of family homes "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Jim OToole

Real estate agent and principal of the Cairns RE/MAX franchise Tony Williamson is heading to South Korea to flog off yet more Cairns property to Asian buyers.

Diverters of social cohesion such as Williamson have helped force up the price of homes keeping young Australians, not Asians out of the market.

Cairns real estate agent Tony Williamson wants to sell our homes to Asians which will keep young Australians out of the home owners market

We do not want greedy real estate agents like Williamson and his entourage of fellow agents hawking our homes to foreign buyers.

About 30 other Remax agents will attend the global networks Asia Pacific convention in Seoul.

Mr Williamson is quoted as saying he wants to turn the global spotlight onto the Cairns property market

Mr Williamson and the entire Remax franchise would do well to hark the recent immigration speech of Senator Fraser Anning.

We do not want any more foreign ownership of any Australian property, Mr Williamson.



Mayur set to drill Feni Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Field mapping at Matakangkaka Creek

PNG Industry News | 13 August 2018

MAYUR Resources says it is ready to mobilise a team do begin a drill program at its Feni Island copper-gold project in New Ireland Province.

This follows the completion of a detailed field mapping and sampling programme within the Matangkaka Creek area at Feni Islands EL2096.

The company says Matangkaka Creek is an eastern tributary of the Nanum River and is rated as one of the top three gold bearing streams in the Feni Island group. It is also near and upstream from the Kabang structure that hosts a 650,000 ounce gold resource.

The trip was undertaken by Dr David Lindley, Mayurs veteran expert geologist who has decades of experience on Feni, Mayur said.

Mayur has correlated this new information with historical data to finalise a drilling programme of up to 2400m. The programme of up to seven holes is focusing on the gold mineralisation in structures beneath a...



Government owned telco, Bmobile, provided the biggest embarrassment for Papua New Guineas APEC aspirations for greater digital access and an inclusive economy.
It did this by doubling and tripling data rates for its new merger acquired Telikom 4G network. Since taking over APEC responsibilities, Papua New Guinea, has been echoing the call by APEC member states for a shared future of greater digital access. For the Papua New Guinean, it meant cheaper mobile data costs enabling the development of e-commerce, better disaster reporting and poverty alleviation through the digital economy.

In terms of affordability PNG ranked 163rd out of 169 countries in 2013 according to the International Telecommunications Union, the National Research Institute (NRI) said in a discussion paper titled Why are internet prices high in PNG?
It is against this backdrop of high prices that Telikom's previously low data packages were important and essential to realise PNG's APEC aspirations.

In pre-merger 2017, when Telikom and Digicel expanded their 4G networks, SMEs felt encouraged to embrace the digital future. In that short period, empirical evidence showed a marked increase in high definition professional and user generated video content. There was also an evidential shift in favorable attitudes towards the perceived older player in the industry Telikom.
Where was Bmobile? According to PNG Maths Blogspot which also comments on communications related topics, Bmobile worked on reviving its struggling state.
The partnership with Vodafone gave it the much needed oxygen. Today it needs another major CPR.
That CPR came in the form of the merger which has given it an additional 4G network as well as user rights to Telikoms infrastructure. While the government has explained the proposed restructure in terms of a wholesale-retail concept, the move has also stripped away an important growing revenue source for the Telikom.

Then in one blow, Bmobile destroyed the credibility of Telikom 4G while at the same time levelling the competition playing field upwards. The move has also put previously affordable data bundles out of reach for many Papua New Guineans.

The flow on effect? Higher costs and a loss of credibility for the PNG Government in the face of APEC countries talking wider access and lower...


Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australias legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle.  Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document, remains silent on many important liberties; the common law is relied upon to fill in gaps (think of that conjuration known as the implied constitutional right to freedom of communication on political subjects). Parliament, mystically wise, is meant to be the grand guardian.

In terms of citizenship, Australias parliament has been rather cavalier on the idea of citizenship, exploiting the absence of any specific reference to the term in the arid document that grants it legislative powers.  In 2015, national security considerations became the basis for legislation stripping individuals of citizenship in certain instances where terrorism was an issue.  While citizenship can be lost in certain instances common to other countries, the arbitrary revocation of citizenship via executive fiat is possible under the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth).

The relevant minister, goes the wording of s. 35A, may determine in writing that a person ceases to be an Australian citizen in various instances involving convictions for certain offences, including terrorism.  But convictions might not be necessary; the minister might deem it against the public interest for the person to remain an Australian citizen. This is all made ever vaguer on the issue of what constitutes recruitment and the status of foreign fighters.  We remain at the mercy of security considerations.

Parliament did stop short of rendering citizens stateless, making the provisions apply to dual nationals.  But it yielded two outcomes: that the relevant minister would be effectively governed by the consideration that the Australian citizen might have citizenship of another country, however tenuous that link would be, and that any powers to deprive that person of Australian citizenship could be exercised to limited review.

This curiously venal formulation was always problematic; for one, such laws are not, specifically, with respect to aliens or with respect to immigration, terminology that is to be found in the constitution.

Khaled Sharrouf became the debutant to lose his Australian citizenship under the amendments, his reputation marked by a spectacularly gruesome display of images sporting his son holding a severed head.......


Papuan authorities shut mine over labour hiring dispute "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Photo: Mark Agnor 2014

Radio New Zealand | 14 August 2018

Authorities have closed a gold mine in Korowai in the southern part of Indonesias Papua province, following uproar over the company hiring newcomers ahead of local tribe members.

The Jakarta Post reports the mine was closed on Friday by the Papua Governor Soedarmo, along with the police and military chiefs.

Two helicopters that were to be used to transport workers to the mine site, were sealed at the Tanah Merah airport in Boven Digoel regency.

The mine is understood to employ about 3000 workers..

Separately a Papua councillor, John Jose Gobay, said the mine should be managed by the local residents of Korowai, as stipulated in the 2014 law on local administrations.

He urged the Papua governor to propose to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to hand the mining site over to the local tribe.


Radioactive Sheep, an Anomalous Flash, and a Nuclear Mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Brett Tingley

With as many nuclear weapons as there are out there in the world, its amazing there havent been more mishaps, accidents, or rogue detonations. While there have been a few close calls like the 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash in my home state of North Carolina, so far weve been lucky not to have any major incidents. That we know of, that is.

Although its kind of hard to hide a mushroom cloud. Unless its underground or underwater

While a nuclear weapon detonation would be pretty difficult to conceal, unexplained clouds of radiation circling the globe over the last year or two might suggest that someone is testing weapons on the sly. While in this most recent case theres little to go on other than anomalous radiation detection, a still unexplained incident from 1979 came complete with an unidentified double flash of bright light. The American-operated Vela Hotel satellite detected two anomalous bright flashes of light near the Prince Edward Islands off the coast of Antarctica. It was determined at the time that the flashes likely came from a secret nuclear detonation yet the perpetrator remained unknown.

Now, new research conducted by scientists at the Otago University at Wellington add to the suspicion that the Vela incident was indeed a nuclear detonation. The researchers examined previously unpublished studies of sheep thyroid glands conducted by U.S. military researchers in Australia following the incident and discovered abnormally high levels of iodine-131, a byproduct of nuclear weapons. According to their publication, these findings support the theory t...


Federal integrity commission needed: Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justine Elliot MP for Richmond, Mark Dreyfus QC MP and Craig Elliot, NSW Labor candidate for Tweed. Photo supplied

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labors plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).

While NSW has its own independent integrity commission ICAC the federal government does not.

Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot said, In recent years there has been a loss of faith in the ability of politicians and the public service to properly represent and serve the public interest.

All Australians deserve to have confidence in the integrity of their government, their parliament, the public service and our public institutions.

While there is not substantial evidence of widespread corruption at a federal level, that is not a reason to do nothing.

A bipartisan Senate inquiry has shown that Australias current federal anti-corruption framework is uncoordinated, inconsistent and confusing. While many agencies have some partial responsibilities in this area, their work is haphazard and overlapping.

Its clear we need to strengthen and simplify our anti-corruption framework to weed out serious and systemic corruption, promote integrity, and restore the trust of the Australian people in their representatives and institutions.

Local residents can show their support for the National Integrity Commission by signing Labors petition at:

The post Federal integrity commission needed: Labor appeared first on Echonetdaily.


300 Pennsylvania, USA, priests abused at least 1,000 children "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 August 2018 CBS News video from the USA says about itself:

Live: Dioceses of Pennsylvania | Grand Jury Report on Catholic Church Priest Abuse Released

Pennsylvania officials have released a landmark grand jury report that identifies more than 300 predator priests who molested children in six dioceses. It also accuses church leaders of taking steps to cover up the abuse. The report emerged from one of the nations most exhaustive investigations of clergy sexual abuse. The report echoes the findings of many earlier investigations of the church around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials concealment of it.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Report: 300 priests in Pennsylvania have abused over a thousand children

Authorities in Pennsylvania have published a court investigation revealing that 300 priests in six dioceses have abused more than a thousand children. Its about victims who have been proven to be abused by clergymen. Probably there are many more cases.

The report, over the period since the mid-1950s, also shows t...


Construction Work Halted on Site of Fraudulent SABLs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fraudulent SABLs that the government has failed to cancel despite the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry are still causing conflict and injustice - see stories below.

This is what the Commission of Inquiry said about the SABL over Portions 2465C and 2466C.  

There was misrepresentation and fraud involved in the whole process [Report p164]

Landowner signatures were forged in a criminal act [p150].

The whole process was riddled with defects and flaws [p157] and it was obvious that officers from DLPP [including] Romily Kila-Pat deliberately decided to ignore and by-pass the existing protocols and practices [p153].

Those responsible must be held accountable for their unlawful conduct and actions [p165]

Read more about the CoI findings.


Source: Grace Auka Salmang, Post Courier

Enough is enough, was the plea made by landowners of Papa and Lealea villages of Caution Bay, Hiri during a peaceful protest on their land.

The locals peacefully fronted up at the Konekaru site yesterday where a construction was taking place and demanded the workmen conducting the earthworks to stop and move out of their customary land.

Chairman of the Papa delegation committee Pastor Joseph Baeau said several calls through peaceful protests have been made and yet controversial acquisition of land portion 2465C, 2466C and 2485C portions in Konekaru area still continuing.

There is no respect for the law. The subject land portion 2465C and this title where Konekaru Holdings Limited (KHL) and CJ Ventures Limited is holding is illegal, according to a commission of inquiry findings.

Mr Baeau and his committee are calling on Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko and his customary land advisory committee to fast track the COI recommendations, stop further illegal land grabbing and remove aliens from Papa customary land....


Real Unemployment accounts for over 18 percent of the workforce "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

According to the latest statistics from Roy Morgan, unemployment stood at `10 percent in July. The Morgan rate differs from the 5.4 stated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for June, because it considers all those who would work, if they had the opportunity, and does not consider one hour of work during the survey week as being employed. The Roy Morganram is therefore much more accurate.

Part of the reason, is that the size of the workforce has increased by 167,000. But Far more important, has been the growth of underemployment to 1,350,000 Australians. It accounts for 8.6 percent of the workforce. Ans uinderemployment at a given time is only a small part of the scale of precarious work existing today in Australia.

Roy Morgan considers part-time work separately. There are 4,256,000 working part-time. If this is included in the calculation, the real level of unemployment is even higher.  The real total number of people looking for work now stands at around 18.6 percent of the workforce, or 2.48 million Australians.

If all this is not considered and just the overall statistic is used, it is possible to claim that the number of real jobs has increased over the last year by 167,000; something that the Turnbull government has been quick to claim. The whole picture makes it clear. The claim is a lie.

Australia has a significant problem in finding enough work for those who need it, and that there should be a constructive approach to dealing with the problem.

This is not happening, because government policy is to leave it to the forces of the market. The markets response has been to not only fail to provide enough work, but to utilise the fact, to create precarious work. Unemployment pressures existing working conditions downward. This may suit employers in the short-run, but it is disastrous for the economy and society.

To boost its assistance to the market, the Turnbull government has been busy vilifying those who are out of work, blaming them for their situation, systematically punishing and cutting away services. In doing this, it is assisting the creation of a source of cheap labour.

This comes together with the reality of stagnant wages overall.

If Australia is going to move in the opposite direction, a real job creation program is required. Government intervention is needed,  through enough works programs, designed to build a better foundation for the economy. More infrastructure is called for. For instance, people could be put to work in building new clean energy sources, to help the growth of a new sustainable economy.

The government could grow new manufacturing industries. Greater attention could be paid to cutting down waste and improving the supply of water. Better t...


MACKAY Ordered to pay up for punching a pub door "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Ordered to pay up for punching a pub door

August 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Mackay Magistrates Court was told he opted out of a fight at the tavern and took out his frustration on the door. Dwyer told the court he attempted to

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MACKAY Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 14, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown

August 14, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

AN Eimeo man was found to be three times (0.169) the legal blood alcohol level while driving through Beaconsfield at the weekend. Kurtis William

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MACKAY Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 01:00PM ,

Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St

August 13, 2018 at 01:00PM ,

He refused the opportunity for legal advice and pleaded guilty to all matters before him. The pair will reappear in Mackay Magistrates Court today for

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MACKAY Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street

August 13, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

TWO men from southeast Queensland have been charged after allegedly brandishing weapons in Sarina on Sunday. Sarina police were callted to

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MACKAY Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina

August 13, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Both men will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today, August 13, to have the charges heard. If you have information for police, contact

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Facebook Exec Threatens News Outlets in Private Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were partly confirmed after F...


In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets To Cooperate Or End Up Dying In Hospice "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." "We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook."  Judd Legum, ThinkProgress. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read "Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


Cooperate Or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

By Jake Johnson and cross-posted from Common Dreams


During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerbergthe social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets..........


With their cultural center bombed, Gazas artists are now picking up the pieces "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amjad Yaghi

For the past 15 years, famed Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin has headed dozens of theater productions at Al-Meshal Cultural Center. Among them were classics such as Anton Chekovs The Bear, while others focused on childrens rights, womens rights, and the right to education.

All that came to a halt last Thursday, when the Israeli Air Force bombed Al-Meshal, one of the Gaza Strips most important cultural facilities. They claim that the building  which comprises of two theaters, three large halls, and a department serving the Egyptian community living in the Strip was being used by Hamas internal security services. The attack was condemned by various Palestinian NGOs operating in Gaza.

Upon seeing Al-Meshals destruction, Abu Yassin was crushed. This center has been our home for years. We have lost the only home for artists in Gaza, he said.

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gaza's Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gazas Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Since its establishment in 2004, Al-Meshal served as a home for hundreds of plays, ceremonies, exhibits, musical performances, and national ceremonies. The idea for a cultural center began in 1996 with Said Al-Meshal, a Palestinian businessman living in Australia, who sought to bolster culture and science in Gaza. The cen...


A sense of loss: The disappearance of traditional bilas "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The traditional bilas parade - could this be the last time this wonderful tradition is ever witnessed?


KUNDIAWA I never realised how fast traditional bilas would disappear until recently it dawned on me at a local beauty contest.

On a Saturday night late in July, Miss SME Simbu was crowned at the Mt Wilhelm Tourist Hotel. The participants were mostly girls from the nearby Kundiawa Lutheran Day Secondary School.

Im not a keen follower of beauty quests so when my daughter Natasha broke the news that she was listed to participate I was caught off-guard. But I eventually gave her my consent.

One of the events was a parade of contestants in full traditional bilas. It took place at Dicksons field when 14 beautiful Simbu lasses paraded in full magnificent Simbu bilas. It was the highlight of the entire contest.

But in spite of the brilliance of the parade, something surfaced that had been obscured from me, and I believe other Simbus. And that was the diminishing popularity of traditional bilas and the threat of its imminent disappearance.

While dressing the contestants in traditional bilas was a requirement, strangely I did not have any traditional bilas, not a single item, in my suitcase or wardrobe.

Thanks to some Simbus who kept complete bilas sets for hire, I was able to equip my girl to parade in the required costume. But the reality I discovered was the danger of permanently losing this tradition.

It had been a different scenario amongst the Simbus 40 years ago.

In the 1960s and 1970s, every home and family had in its possession articles that constituted the traditional bilas set. Some of these items had tremendous value, especially the Bird of Paradise plumes, which were part of the familys wealth and treasure.

They were used as gifts, bride price payments and for trade as well as their primary use as body adornments.

These beautiful items were manually crafted and their manufacture was squeezed into the busy routines of their subsistence owne...


A compelling story of the time when the kiap was king "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Robert Forster at Bundi 1968
A young Robert Forster at Bundi in 1968 - milling timber before he became a kiap


WABAG The just published memoir, The Northumbrian Kiap, is a skillfully written book about Papua New Guinea during the sixties, before the time when people knew what self-government and independence meant.

It clarifies many questions and doubts of the people who lived and grew up during that time the present day sons and daughters of primitive tribesmen who had just witnessed with awe these men known as kiaps lead long lines of carriers with armed police escorts as they penetrated the hinterland and its traditional tribal lands.

These strangers established encampments, built patrol posts, constructed roads, hospitals and schools as they demonstrated there was another perhaps a better - world far beyond the high mountain ranges and the raging rivers.

But life comes and goes. Just like ancient civilisations left behind monoliths, pyramids and relics, the kiaps left a legacy. They went and much of what they accomplished was abandoned and left to decay.

Robert Forster, the British-born author of The Northumbrian Kiap, was a kiap for most of the seven years he lived in pre-independence PNG.

When he arrived in PNG in 1968 there were places still to be explored and mapped and in the most remote valleys there were people who had no contact with outsiders and for whom knowledge of a rapidly changing world was passed on by word of mouth from ridge to ridge and across rushing streams.

Forster is now a journalist and puts his skills to good effect. There is opinion as well as description and analysis. For example, he believes PNG gained independence too soon. He documents his observations and experiences in an entertaining manner,.

He provides fresh insight about that time when kiaps were most active, they had taken government into the bush and in a sense they were a government unto themselves. The problems they faced, the solutions they sought to bring to feuding tribes, their interaction with local peopl...


Truth telling and cultural amnesia in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre of 1838
The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre of 1838

JUDITH WHITE | Culture Heist

TWEED HEADS -  Truth telling was the theme of this years Garma festival, held in northeast Arnhemland on the first weekend of August. Its also a crucial element in the Statement from the Heart made by the indigenous National Constitutional Convention at Uluru last year but rejected by the Turnbull government.

Telling the truth should be a simple matter, shouldnt it? Yet when it comes to the nations history, for those in positions of power it seems to be the hardest ask. No government has yet given it a place among the much-vaunted but ill-defined Australian values. Kevin Rudd said sorry for the stolen generation, but didnt go so far as to address the issue of the British invasion.

Politicians of both major parties are at fault. They hold that the Australian electorate will not support recognition of indigenous history. I believe they are wrong. A simple constitutional change, recognising the millennia of prior occupation of the land and Aboriginal culture, would have majority support in all states when put to the vote. The main proposal of the Statement from the Heart for a Makarrata (coming together) Commission to bring about agreement does not require a vote, just leadership.

Most nations that consider themselves Western have a long way to go in confronting their history. Neil MacGregor, former head of the British museum and now inaugural director of Berlins Humboldt Forum, which opens next year, has found modern Germany to be a painfully admirable exception. Unlike the British, he says, the Germans are determined to find the historical truth and acknowledge it however painful it is.

Compare that approach with the furore that greeted the opening of the National Museum of Australia in 2001 when then Prime Minister John Howard, his cronies and the Murdoch press attacked its privileging of Aboriginal history. Howard, who labelled invasion stories the black armband view of history, st...

Tuesday, 14 August


In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or Die "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were part...



New Dawn FM News
In the absence of the Bougainville Referendum Commission the BRC Transitional Committee has already recruited two Deputy Chief Referendum Officers and the first ten line Managers that will work under the secretariat.
This was also revealed by the Co-chair for the BRC Transitional Committee and Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU yesterday.
He told Reporters that his team was working behind the scene to make sure preparation for the referendum continues.
MR. MANU said that the officers have been recruited on secondment as the law requires for the two Commissioners to release their officers on secondment.
He said the full seven member Bougainville Referendum Commission will be established once the Chairman arrives and also the National Government is yet to appoint the two National Government representatives that is one male and one female.
The ABG has already appointed the former ABG Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA and MS RUBY MIRINGKA.
As soon as the fully pledged Bougainville Referendum Commission is established then the Transitional Commission will be disbanded.



New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville House of Representatives parliamentary committee on gender equality will be meeting this Friday August 17th to discuss two main agendas concerning the current status.
The date of the meeting has been fixed by the committee chairlady and Deputy Speaker, FRANCESCA SEMOSO.
The proposed agendas to be discussed are, One, draft motion on name change of the committee and Consultation on human rights issues and proposed training with UN experts on human rights.
The clerk of Parliament, ROBERT TAPI said that the committee will be working very closely with human rights experts from the office of human rights commission to consider and endorse the motion and agree on the name change of the committee.
The proposed name the committee wants to adopt is the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Gender Equality.
The Committee members are FRANCESCA SEMOSO chairlady, David Braun Vatavi Deputy and members Marchelline Kokiai, Isabel Peta and Clarence Dency.




New Dawn FM News

Good news for Bougainvilleans who have been calling on the ABG to put out the reserved Bougainville Business List to the public and also start implementing it.
The Department of Economic Development has started consultations with the people of Bougainville on the more than 85 Businesses that only Bougainvilleans will be restricted to operate.
The first consultation in which New Dawn FM has been invited to attend will take place at the HAHELA YC Hall on Thursday 16th August between 10 and 12 PM.



New Dawn FM News

Bougainville is currently experiencing strong winds and heavy rain throughout the region.
Rains started one month ago but strong winds started yesterday and New Dawn FM received reports from many areas that many houses had their roofs removed last night.
The National Maritime and Safety Authority also made warnings on sea travellers throughout Bougainville not to travel out until further advice.
The warnings for Bougainville waters was that the South Easterly winds could get strong up to 35 knots including isolated thunderstorms and showers.
Even before the notice was sent out a Boat loaded with building materials travelling from Buka to Nissan island capsized near Madehas island yesterday.
No one was hurt in the accident.





New Dawn FM news
In preparation for the Referendum vote scheduled for June 2019, all 33 Bougainville constituencies will be declared as voting districts with all PNG Provinces becoming voting districts for the referendum.
Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU revealed this to reporters in Buka yesterday.
He said when that is done Bougainvilleans living in other Provinces can enrol at the PNG Electoral establishments in Provinces which they are living in whilst in Bougainville all enrolments will be made by the ward recorders of the Community governments.
MR. MANU said that this is to make sure no one is left out in the common roll update.
For verification purposes all Bougainvilleans in Bougainville will have to confirm their names with their ward recorders whilst Bougainvilleans living outside Bougainville, their names will have to be confirmed by the ward recorders in their respective Community Government areas.
Example if a person living in Lae says he is from SUIR then he will have to be confirmed by his community Government before his or her name is entered into the roll.
MR. MANU said that the Bougainville Referendum Commission Transitional Committee has also recommended that the polling period is two weeks but again once the Bougainville Referendum Commission is fully established they can decide to cut it to One week.
And during counting three counting centres will be established at BUIN, BUKA and Arawa with a Central Tally Room to monitor all Counting.
MR. MANU also said that for BOB three counting centres will be established in Port Moresby, Lae and Rabaul.



Good to see Australia's senior infantry soldiers celebrate being soldiers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Served with Shane Caughey at the beginning of his career 30 odd years ago in 2/4 RAR. He was good to his men,good at his job and we had no doubt he would go all the way to the top. Hope Shane goes into public life. Australian asset. Good luck...


Daniel James: Put your dog whistles away, the final solution is here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fraser Anning's speech is the latest step in a downward spiral towards blatant racism and intolerance in Australian politics.


Their Game is to Present People and Situations That Can be Discredited to Discredit Everything as a Whole "IndyWatch Feed National"

It isnt a new game as it has been used extensively and has worked very effectively in the past.

In the 80s, in the US, it was McMartin- which, at the time, was the longest and most costly court trial in US history. Resulting in zero convictions- it was the case that shut everything down.

Along with FBIs Kenneth Lannings report stating there was no evidence of Satanic Ritual abuse.

Now, in the UK- the Hampstead case is being used the same way. It even has a website connected to it called Hoaxtead Research which is solely based to close down whistle-blowers of this mess like Melanie Shaw and Hollie Gregg- whose claims preceeded Hampstead.

Of course they avoid cases like the childrens group home Shirley Oaks as it is hard to attack and dismiss 100s of survivors who have come together:

But the game has always been to prevent exposure by offering up people who make outrageous claims that end up getting discredited in order to completely discredit the situation as a whole.

Like Hamstead- where I am on record saying the ONLY thing real about that case were the children. But they needed this case when it came out that the UK covered up its allegations that came out in the 80s (at the same time the same allegations came out in the US and Australia).

History doesnt so much repeat itself but rather echoes itself and what is different this time is that we have the Internet. Pizzagate was the US attempt to curtail these allegations as well, in the belief that it would be discredited and that people would throw the baby out with the bathwater and turn away as they have historically always done.

But, for a large part, that didnt happen. In fact- it seems just the opposite has occurred.

Now they are throwing out fake advocates and sometimes victims to try and achieve what they have failed to do so far- who throw out accusations they realize will be able to be dismissed. Their game is to discombobulate and confuse the issues to such a degree that people will lose interest.

However, this time it is feeding the situation- peaking more and more peoples interest.

Thus Q anon and rumors of 45,000 pending indictments are being used in hope of placating people. But something tells me this is not going to be all that effective.

It is my opinion that God is fulfilling Heavens promise that all that has been hidden is being brought out into the light.

And it makes no difference how bad one believes themself to be- how much money they have- or how much perceived power they believe they have- NO ONE not man nor angel- has the ability to thwart the Will of God.



Finland just might have the answer to our growing homeless crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"


An article by Isabelle Lane (The New Daily 11August 20108), looks at the experience of Finland, which found an answer to a serious problem of homelessness, and this is to provide people with a permanent home, so that they can get on with the task of building their lives and contribute to society. Maybe this is something other countries should take on.

Australias homelessness and affordable housing crisis is worsening. But there may be a solution from a rather unlikely place.

Finland has the distinction of being the only European country where homelessness has decreased in recent years, and the rest of the world is starting to take notice.

Between 2008 and 2016, long-term homelessness in Finland was slashed by a staggering 35 per cent.

By contrast, homelessness in Australia rose 13.7 per cent over the five years to 2016, according to census data.

A decade ago, Finland decided to tackle chronic homelessness by providing permanent housing individual apartments rather than temporary shelter accommodation to rough sleepers and others in the grip of long-term homelessness. Its success has been remarkable.

The model is known as Housing First.

One of Finlands biggest advocates of Housing First is Juha Kaakinen, CEO of Y-Foundation, a social housing organisation which has provided more than 6000 homes to former rough sleepers, and 10,000 homes to low-income families and individuals.

Housing is the foundation for solving other issues. That was the change in thinking, Mr Kaakinen said.

You dont need to be housing ready, its not a reward after youve solved your issues. Its the basis for solving them.

The program has been both a social and economic success.

Providing a homeless person with permanent housing in a supported housing unit saves the government approximately 15,000 ($23,400) per person per year, according to an evaluation of the program by the Technical University of Tampere, with savings mainly coming from reduced use of health services and institutional care.

 Could Housing First work in Australia?

In Australia, funding for social housing has failed to keep pace with the countrys growing population.

Just 3.3 per cent of the population was accommodated in social housing in 2016, compared wit...


The Travellers Sacrifice "IndyWatch Feed National"

I just missed another friends wedding. A friend I have known since the age of 10. She sent me the invite months ago.

Absolutely no pressure if youre not, but do you think youll be in Australia in June? We have booked the date and I would love you to be there.

When she asked, I didnt even know where I was spending the next two weeks, let alone what country I would be in six months from now. So I had no choice but to decline.

This is a pretty regular occurrence when you are often jumping from one country to the next. Weddings, birthdays, baby showers. But as I dive shipwrecks in Egypt and hike mountains in New Zealand, I look around and, Ill be honest, I am not thinking of Kellies 25th that I clicked cant attend on the Facebook invite.

Sometimes though, constantly being on the road can be a bit of a lonely existence.

Dont get me wrong. I have made friends all over the world. There are many people whom I spent just a few days with in some foreign country that I still consider close friends today thanks to that wonderful thing called the internet coupled with the relative ease of international travel when you come from a country of first-world privilege.

But when you are not there for event after event, there is only so much that Skype and Facebook messages can do. The distance and time definitely taking a toll on the strong bond you once shared with travel friends and high school friends alike.

 Romantic relationships are difficult for the same reason. When youre doing long distance, eventually, all that chemistry is forgotten. I speak from experience. And when you dont know your own future plans, how do you add another persons into the mix? You meet someone you like. You end up dating. You stay long enough to build a routine a life with the person. Then you get restless. Your feet begin to again tingle with that familiar travel itch. So you eventually tell them it is goodbye. Because you choose travel every single time.

While your friends from your hometown progress in their career and save for houses, you work three-month contracts until youve saved enough for your next plane ticket. The idea of me ever owning a home is currently laughable. Sometimes, I find myself tempted by cute trinkets but then reality kicks in. Where am I going to put a lamp?

These things can get to a person sometimes. As I prepare to a...


Sustained decline in Brisbane rental vacancies "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Vacancies decline

Despite the high rates of apartment construction, strong population growth continues to absorb the rental stock.

The total number of rental vacancies in Australia has declined over the past year from 75,733 to 72,748, according to the latest figures from SQM Research.

This represents a decline from in the national vacancy rate from 2.4 per cent to 2.2 per cent - while construction is now set to slow.

SQM reported that Brisbane continues to experience a sustained 2018 decline in vacancy rates from 3.6 per cent in December to 2.9 per cent by July.

And this will likely continue as apartment construction falls away and migration from interstate picks up. 

Perth is also now through the worst with vacancy rates trending down (from 5.2 per cent to 4 per cent over the past year) and the oversupply of rentals easing a bit, after several years of rental price declines.

Meanwhile Adelaide tightened again into just 1.3 per cent - getting pretty tight down there now! - and Canberra...well, Canberra is heading for zero at this rate.

Sydney indigestion

In Sydney number of vacancies was down from 19,572 to 19,114 in the month - a tight rental market would be represented by more like 12,000 vacancies or fewer - but year-on-year the vacancy rate is considerably higher at 2.8 per cent. 

Sydney tends to be a much busier place in summer these days, so this trend will be one to watch with interest.


The fight for womens refuge "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first womens refuge in Melbourne opened in 1974. According to the Womens Liberation Halfway House Collective (WLHHC), the need for a Halfway House had been discussed for a long time in the Womens Liberation Movement, as the Womens Liberation Centre constantly received calls from women needing somewhere to stay for awhile, often in desperate circumstances. In April 1974, a meeting was called to discuss the setting up of a halfway house a halfway point for women between their old lives and new ones.


In brief: MYEFO released, and other business news "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mid-year economic and fiscal outlook released, pursuing certification of tuna fishing, and polio certificates required for international travel. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in briefThe Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Sir Charles Abel has released the mid-year economic forecast and fiscal outlook (MYEFO). It included the following: a real GDP growth rate of 1 per cent, adjusted from 2.4 per cent in the budget; a fiscal deficit of 2.4 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent; debt to GDP of 31.2 per cent, in line with budget estimates; inflation at 5.9 per cent, down from 6.9 per cent; and foreign reserves at US$2.2 billion expected by year end.


The Government will pursue marine stewardship council (MSC) certification of its tuna fishery, according to the Fishing Industry Association Inc (FIA). The body, which represents the countrys fishing industry, reportedly says the fishery will encompass all tuna caught in the exclusive economic zone and processed in the country.


Those in PNG applying for a visa to Australia may now be required to provide a polio vaccination certificate as part of their application. The Australian Department of Home Affairs said special processing arrangements were put in place after PNG was listed as an outbreak country by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in June. A fourth polio case was confirmed on Tuesday in the Eastern Highlands, according to Radio New Zealand.


The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has...


PNG Power MD outlines plans to cut tariffs by half and sharply increase access to electricity "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Power is aiming to cut tariffs by half and electrify 70 per cent of the country in the next five to 10 years according to Acting Managing Director Carolyn Blacklock. But to achieve those goals the organisation will require a new business model.

PNG Powers Carolyn Blacklock. Source: BAI

Speaking at Business Advantages PNG Investment Conference in Brisbane, Blacklock said the aim has been to live within our means and stop the cash haemorrhage.

She said other objectives are: increase the use of low cost hydropower, increase revenues through reliability, improve safety and improve governance.

They are very simple things that are hard to execute. But we are seeing green shoots emerging.

At present, we join around 1600 new connections per year.

To achieve 70 per cent electrification we will instead need to join 125,000 new connections per year.

Most of our staff use their own vehicles.

To achieve a 50 per cent reduction in tariff will require a new paradigm in energy supply with a return to low cost hydropower and other renewables.


Blacklock said one of the first things she did was spend two months on the road meeting most of the PNG Power team.

The problems our people have to contend with, just to do the minimum, is a story of long processes to obtain very simple approvals.

There is no fleet; most of our staff use their own vehicles, or there is expensive hiring going on.

Buildings and equipment are in a terrible state of disrepair, with many condemned.

PNG Power has been burdened by a legacy of poor management.

And yet, in amongst all this, is a group of people who are seeking a return to discipline and a sense of purpose and respect.

We formed a contract, them and I, that I would always tell them the truth, and they would dedicate themselves to the enor...


Public holidays declared in Port Moresby due to APEC summit, says CEO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The two days before the APEC Leaders meeting, November 15th and 16th, have been declared public holidays in the National Capital District of Port Moresby, according to Chris Hawkins, the Chief Executive Officer of APEC Papua New Guinea. He told an APEC summit briefing that road shut downs will be limited.

APEC PNGs Chris Hawkins

There will be interruptions, but only for a short period of time, he said, adding that the event really starts on the 12th of November (Monday).

Meetings on the Monday will take place at the International Convention Centre and there will be an APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meeting at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium.

But Hawkins said there will be no impact on business for the Monday and Tuesday (12th and 13th of November).

On the Wednesday, the ministers will begin arriving. On the Thursday, said Hawkins, there will be big motorcades.

Anyone who has seen that take place, imagine that multiplied by 20.

And you also have the Pacific Island leaders, who will be arriving on the Thursday as well.

State visit

Thursday will also see the beginning of the state visit from the President of China, Xi Jinping, said Hawkins.

A state visit is a big eventa lot of cars and a lot of peopleparticularly with an economy the size of China and its president.

Saturday is the big day.

So on the 15th and 16th there will be a lot of interruptions. That is why they are public holidays.

During that period it will be more like what you see in Christmasduring Christmas in Port Moresby it is very quiet.

There will be a lot of people who take advantage of it to travel outside of Port Moresby.


Saturday is the big day, said Hawkins.

That is the start of the APEC Leaders meetings. It begins with the APEC CEO Summit in the morning.

Saturday and Sunday are the only time road networks will be closed for extended periods. Alternative and feeder roads may be affected.

The Town area will stay open but there will be heightened security.

There will not be a lot of people on...


People moves: Nautilus Minerals "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Departure from Nautilus

Nautilus Minerals has announced the departure of President and CEO Mike Johnston. He will be replaced by independent Director John McCoach, who is also appointed as interim CEO.



The post People moves: Nautilus Minerals appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.


Asian Markets Steady, Oil Up Turkeys financial crisis causes traders to remain nervous "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turkeys lira remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday but markets in the region enjoyed a little more stability after the previous days turmoil.

Nervous investors are keeping an eye on developments in Ankara after Mondays bloodletting that saw the lira hit record lows against the dollar and euro, and equity markets go into freefall on concerns Turkeys financial crisis could spread globally.

In early Asian trade the Turkish unit was at 6.91 to the dollar and 7.89 to the euro, well off the 7.24 to the dollar and 8.12 to the euro seen Monday but still uncomfortably high. The unit is down about a fifth against the greenback since Friday.

AFP | The lira continues to face pressure as central bank measures were met with disappointment

The crisis has been sparked by a series of issues including a faltering economy the central bank has defied market calls for rate hikes and tensions with the United States, which has hit Turkey with sanctions over its detention of an American pastor.

There was some optimism from news that Donald Trumps national security advisor John Bolton met Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic to discuss the detention of the pastor.

Traders remain nervous, though, and the central banks announcement that it would provide lenders with liquidity and lower the amount of cash they needed to keep in reserve largely disappointed as it made no clear promise of rate hikes, which is what most economists say is needed.

Still, Ray Attrill, head of foreign-exchange strategy at National Australia Bank, was hopeful the crisis will not spread.

Its a large local difficulty, but so far the contagion has been relatively limited, he told Bloomberg Television.

Were seeing a little bit of signs of contagion within the eurozone, within the spreads of those government bonds in countries where the banking sector appears to have the biggest exposure as far as Turkey is concerned. Youd have to say that Turkey is relatively contained.

Combative mood

On equity markets Tokyo ended the morning 1.2 percent higher as the safe haven yen eased against the dollar, providing some support to exporters.

Sydney added 0.8 percent and Seoul was 0.1 percent higher, with Wellington and Taipei also up.

Shanghai was flat but Hong Kong slipped 0.6 percent.

Emerging market currencies, which took...


Prison watch dog finds WA Government likely in breach of Torture Convention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human rights lawyers are calling on WA Corrective Services Minister, Francis Logan, to categorically prohibit solitary confinement for children, in the wake of a report by the Independent Inspector of Custodial Services into alleged ill-treatment at the notorious Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre.

While the Inspector found that not all allegations of ill-treatment were proven, he found that two of the young men who were subjects of the inquiry were probably held in solitary confinement and if so the Department was in breach of the Convention against Torture. The Inspector described conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. For around ten days in 2017, the boys:

  • Did not get even one hour out of their cells every 24 hours;
  • Had extremely limited contact with peers and other people; and
  • Had virtually no access to television, radio, or reading and writing material.

Minister Logan earlier this year denied that children had been held in solitary confinement.

The Inspector concluded that the laws governing isolation practices are obsolete, outdated and inconsistent and that they fail to meet international minimum standards.

Shahleena Musk, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been a youth justice lawyer for children in both Banksia Hill and Don Dale youth jails, said that solitary confinement has absolutely no place in a fair and humane youth justice system.

Children should never be exposed to abuse or the trauma of solitary confinement. Todays report should act as a wake-up call for Minister Logan. It is clear that Western Australias laws are perilously broad and put children at risk of harm. The Minister must immediately heed the Inspectors calls to tighten the laws so that this mistreatment never happens again, said Ms Musk.

In calling for legislative reform to isolation practices, the Inspector found that improved legislation, that is anchored in international standards, will improve legality, clarity and consistency and that without [reforms], it will be hard to distinguish the lawful application of separation practices from abuse.

International law prohibits the use of solitary confinement on children because of the proven psychological, emotional and physical risks. International law defines solitary confinement as a person being locked alone in a cell for 22 hours or more a day without any meaningful human contact.

In the wake of the horrors exposed at Don Dale and the recommendations of the Northern Territory Royal Commission, the NT Government earlier this year passed new, landmark laws explicitly prohibiting solitary confinement and strictly regulating the use of separation.

Ms Musk said th...


Nuclear fallout detected in Australian sheep in 1979 has been attributed to a covert nuclear test "IndyWatch Feed National"

A RADIOACTIVE dust cloud swept over Western and South Australia. It wasnt the British. Nor the US or French. A new study says it was probably a covert test by Israel. IN 1979, a strange double flash was observed by a satellite as coming from between South Africa and Antarctica. It was a telltale cue. That kind of flash was usually a nuclear explosion. Almost 39 years later, there appears to be fresh evidence thats exactly what it was.


Cooperate or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook(CD)  During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has []


PNG to enjoy cheaper internet by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea (PNG)  will have a more reliable and cheaper cost of internet connectivity when the Kumul Domestic Submarine cable project is completed next year.

That is according to the Public Enterprise and State Investments Minister William Duma when he visited the Coral Sea Cable System Landing Site at Port Moresbys Kila Barracks and Gerehu Satellite Earth Station, both in Port Moresby, yesterday.

State-owned enterprise under Kumul Consolidated Holding, DataCo anticipates the drop of internet pricing by 20 per cent of the current rate.

The Exim Bank of China is funding the domestic project with cost just over US$250 million (K783.45m) and main contractor Huawei PNG is progressing well with the project on site readiness and marine survey.

Mr Duma described the project as a game changer and a new technology that will revolutionise the way PNG does business when he visited the Kila Barrack site in Moresby South where the Coral Sea Cable system will connect to Port Moresby.

Mr Duma said the PNG Government led by Prime Minister Peter ONeill is committed to ensuring the people receive quality and reliable internet service at much cheaper rates, and that will be through the Coral Sea Cable project.

While the Coral Sea Cable System will provide high speed international connectivity to Port Moresby, we would still have the challenge of connecting other parts of Papua New Guinea to Port Moresby to be able to enjoy the benefits of this cable by the majority of our people who live outside of Port Moresby.

The project will connect all the  15 coastal provincial capitals with this modern communications medium, fibre optic submarine cable. The project is currently underway, where preparations for the site are now advancing for the Port Moresby to Madang segment (via Alotau, Popondetta and Lae).

Last month an agreement was signed between the PNG and the Australian governments for a trilateral project to provide additional capacity for high speed broadband connectivity.

Mr Duma said the Coral Sea Cable will be a state of the art cable system between Sydney, Australia a...


America on trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport August 13, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) These wordsSocialism and Globalismare a mystery to most people. What do they mean? Why do they matter? They matter because, behind the mask, they indicate massive centralized power at the top of the food chain.


AATIP documents found on US website "IndyWatch Feed National"


On the morning of 7 August 2018 my attention was drawn to the existence of a number of documents, and videos about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP.) The story broke when Twitter user @Jay09784691 posted several tweets about them, thus placing them in the public domain.

The items

Below, I present a summary of the items. I have chosen not to post any of the images in this post, as some provide personal information about certain individuals. I will however use the names of individuals who have self identified themselves as members of the To The Stars Academy. 

An image of a package

There is an image of a white padded bag with on it. It has 'To: L. Elizondo handwritten on it in blue and 'Department/Mail Station.' It is 'From: [handwritten name I choose not to type here]'in blue ink,  then 'Date/time' printed on it. Below all of this is handwritten 'Chris Mellon 1600 9/7/17.'

Comment: This is suggestive of an internal DoD security package delivering items from [Unnamed] to Luis Elizondo, which then was delivered to Chris Mellon at 1600hrs on 7 September 2017.

An image of four coloured compact discs

There is an image of four green coloured compact discs. These are labelled 'Disc 1 of 4;' "Disc 2 of 4;' 'Disc 3 of 4;' Disc 4 of 4.' All of the CDs have printed on them 'This medium is Unclassified US Government Property.' By the printed word 'Date' appears the characters 9/5 handwritten.

Comment: If 9/5 is a date, meaning 5 September (2017?) then this fits in with the white package date shown as 7 September 2017.

AATIP brief

There are seven jpeg files, each labelled as aatip-brief-pdf-orig, numbered 1-4, then 6-8. Missing is a jpeg file number page5. When opened, the files appear as a series of briefing slide, labelled 1-4, then 7-9. Slides numbered 5 and 6 are missing. The contents of the slides are as follows:

Slide 1 - 'Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program.'

Slide 2 - 'Purpose'

* Inform the Deputy Secretary of Defense of ongoing activities relating to AATIP

* Request establishment of a Restricted Special-Access-Program with a Bigoted Access list for specific portions of AATIP

* Re-assign billets, resources, and recommended personnel to a dedicated DoD AATIP support office



'A Call to the Stars" by Beatriz Copello "IndyWatch Feed National"


Recently my attention was drawn, by an overseas researcher, to a 2016 ebook titled 'A Call to the Stars' by Australian author Beatriz Copello. Up until that point, I must admit, I had not heard of the book.

The Smashwords website, carried the following synposis of the book.

'A Call to the Stars tells the fascinating experiences of Alicia (Nor her real name), a woman, who established a relationship with aliens. The experiences are told through a serious of interviews with a fictitious psychologist. Alicia studied psychology to assure herself that she was not mad, that she really had been abducted by extra-terrestrial beings who also communicated with her telepathically.

Alice (sic) after many years of studying became a psychologist and built a successful career. Having worked closely with other psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other professionals no one ever doubted her sanity.

Alicia tells us about the nature of the aliens and their concerns about the way in which we treat our planet. Our destruction will, become a reality if we do not stop our wars and the causes of climate change. This (sic) messages commenced in 1967.

Alicia underwent a series of hypnosis regressions by the well known but sadly now deceased Leslie Bullock. He said: "I will always remember the first interview I had with a very charming, well dressed, obviously very intelligent woman who came along with an amazing story of a lifetime of having been contacted by extra-terrestrial beings. She had obviously come to the wrong person. I was a complete cynic about such things and had never read a book about the subject. I had been using hypnosis for over 50 years, and had been in full time practice as a professional hypnotist for more than 30 years. During 40,00 hours spent in personal consultations with clients with a wide range of problems, I had never encountered anything like this."

Who is Beatriz Copello?

The same Smashwords website has the following:

'Dr Betariz Copello is a psychologist, a poet and a fiction writer. Copello's poetry has been published in many journals and literary magazines. Her book of lesbian poetry Women Souls and Shadows, Bemac Publishing, 1992 was highly commended in the Wild and Wooley, 1993 awards. In November 1997 she received from the Australia Council, Literature Fund, and Emerging Writers Grant for Poetry. Her book of poetry Meditations At the Edge of a Dream was published by Interactive Publications - Glasshouse books, 2001, receiving excellent reviews. In 2003 she was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts Degree (Creat...


Columbia University study finds ISDS costs outweigh benefits for many governments "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 14, 2018: A recent study published by the Columbia University Centre for Sustainable Investment evaluates the costs and benefits for states of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in trade and investment agreements. It concludes that expected benefits in terms of increased levels of foreign investment have not clearly materialized, whereas the costs have been unexpectedly high.

ISDS claims brought under international investment treaties have risen steeply to over 800 known cases, with a broadening set of claims against public interest laws, and often seeking millions or even billions of dollars in damages for alleged breaches of fairly open-ended treaty standards.

The study shows that many governments around the world are thinking critically about their international investment treaties and international investment policy. States are considering whether any potential benefits in terms of investment flows outweigh the costs of these treaties in terms of litigation expenses, potential liability, reduced policy space, or other considerations; and whether there are other policies that are better tailored to meet their investment attraction and development objectives.

South Africa, India and Indonesia have cancelled many existing investment treaties. Brazil, which has attracted high levels of foreign investment without investment treaties, has developed an investment promotion strategy which does not include ISDS.


Muslims dont run the country: Fiji AG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Muslims dont run the country, says Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

His comment follows a question raised at the 2018/2019 National Budget consultation in Savusavu Monday.

He told those at the consultation that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was not a Muslim which proved the perception that Muslims run the nation wrong.

Savusavu resident Sheik Mohammed asked Sayed-Kaiyum whether the nation was controlled by Muslims.

A lot of rumors going on and what I want to ask you does not sound good, he said. First of all people are saying that this country is ruled by a Muslim.

And sir, a person is holding about six or seven portfolios and paid for all portfolios and I think its directed to you sir.

So can I have a clarification on that because through the media we can tell the people of Fiji.

In his response, Sayed-Kaiyum described the question as surreal.

In regards to the place being run by Muslims, no. The country is led by a Prime Minister and he is not a Muslim.

And people get appointed on merit. At one stage people like (Opposition MPs) Niko Nawaikula and (Mosese) Bulitavo were saying in a video that if you vote for Bainimarama Government, iTaukei people will live on reserve land.

Today, 91 per cent of land in Fiji is iTaukei Land and it has increased. Today we have a Constitution that protects iTaukei and forever. Sayed-Kaiyum added that his appointment was because his boss believed he could do the job.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Independent Commission Against corruption (FICAC) is investigating some political parties and political party agents for inciting racial discrimination and religious vilification.

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra confirmed this and they were not in a position to name those that are being investigated.

There are complaints with FICAC which has been reported by us and the supervisor and reports are being investigated by FICAC, Chandra said.

We are not in a position to name people involved, but these are all political party agents or campaigns done by political parties and themselves, but we confirm there are some cases being investigated.

Chandra said it was imperative political parties and their representatives keep their election campaigns clean and clear from...



Stallholder Profile for A Moment In Time Cast In Stone

Your name: Michelle Horne

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
A Moment in Time
My website domain is not yet working but a link to the current website can be found on my facebook page. 

The suburb/town you live in now:
I live in Tewantin, I will be moving to Southside (Gympie), once our house is built. 


APRadio latest podcast 14 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australian Patriot Radio
Harry Palmer- Features in todays APRadio podcast the China takeover of our now gone manufacturing, expertise in industry and now take our money to purchase the food and goods we once manufactured.. Harry and Mike discuss the Turnbull $444million to the Great Barrie Reef cartel patroned by his wife Lucy with a crooked merchant banker They cover the ADF now in the pink-  a laugh at association of Turnbull with Shorten in a pub together..

Listen to this podcast [...


AGL, with its record $1.58 billion dollar profit, received $225 million in government grants in the last year "IndyWatch Feed National"

The grant came from Turnbull's Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF). Isn't it lovely for some?


ABS Field Interviewers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics


Benjamin Netanyahu condemns Jeremy Corbyn over Palestinian terrorist wreath "IndyWatch Feed National"

The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorist who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone left, right and everything in between Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 13, 2018


Good night nurse, hello Jesus. God bless our nurses. "IndyWatch Feed National"

A now viral video of a Nashville nurse singing to a dying patient has touched the hearts of millions. Remember: Nurses, Doctors, Law Enforcement, EMT's, Dispatchers, and others. Michael Moates (@freedom_moates) August 12, 2018


Police state laws, a long time in the planning "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Papua New Guinea LNG production predicted to double within 10 years, reports Fitch Research "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BMIs Raphael Mok predicts a big jump in LNG production.

Papua New Guineas LNG exports will more than double over the next 10 years, as a result of the planned expansion works, according to Fitch Solutions Senior Country Risk Analyst, Raphael Mok. But, he tells Business Advantage PNG, the government must address landowners backlash against royalty payments.

The doubling of LNG exports from PNG from 2014-2017 has lifted PNG to be Asias fourth largest LNG exporter and is on track to surpass Indonesia by 2019, according to Raphael Mok, Senior Country Risk Analyst with Fitch Solutions, a subsidiary of Fitch ratings agency.

PNGs low-cost, high-quality gas and easy access to a number of high-growth gas demand markets in the region remain the subject of intense investment interest to international oil companies, he says, noting plans to further develop the Pnyang, Elk-Antelope and Western Province gas fields.

The PNG LNG project is due for a three-train expansion over the coming years, as ExxonMobil, Total and OilSearch pool their gas resources together to support an integrated expansion of the facility, as opposed to building a second standalone project.

Feed gas is likely to come from the combined assets of the two firms in the Western Province.

The plan will see PNG LNGs export capacity expanded to 16 mtpa at an estimated cost of US$13 billion.


Three new LNG trains are planned, one underpinned by gas from Pnyang and two based on gas from Elk-Antelope. The Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) works at both fields are expected to commence in the second half of 2018, and a final investment decision is due by 2020-2021.

Mok says the possible standalone Western LNG project is less certain. Horizon Oil and Chinas Balang Internatio...


World Bank appoints CBA for first bond deal on blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

The World Bank has turned to Commonwealth Bank of Australia to issue a bond using blockchain technology, in a deal that suggests a more transparent and lower-cost process for debt capital issuance is just around the corner.

Reflecting its antipodean roots, the innovative security is being referred to as a bond-i (blockchain offered new debt instrument). The World Bank says it is a world first for using blockchain to create, allocate, transfer ownership and manage a live bond deal.

Commonwealth Bank has been appointed sole lead arranger for the Kangaroo bond offer, which will launch on Friday and could raise around $50 million, part of the World Banks global funding program. It will mostly be marketed to Australian-based investors who have been working with CBA to understand the system, also referred to as distributed ledger technology (DLT).

The banks have created an automated processes for buying and transferring securit...


Audio reveals creepy details of UFO mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ally Foster

In 1966, over 300 children and staff from a Melbourne school reportedly witnessed multiple UFOs silently flying through the sky before landing in a nearby field.

It is the largest mass UFO sighting in Australia, yet hardly anything was reported on it at the time.

Over the years, there have been differing reports about the details of what happened on April 6 at Westall High School, such as people claiming there were three saucerlike objects, while some thought there was just one.

In the 52 years since, there has been wide speculation about what people saw, with some believing it was an alien encounter and others pointing the finger at the government testing new technology.

Throughout all the years of speculation, however, one particularly interesting piece of audio has been greatly overlooked.

An American physicist known for his research into UFOs, Dr. James E. McDonald, conducted an interview with a science teacher from the Westall school, Andrew Greenwood, who witnessed the event.

He then recorded himself describing their meeting and the creepy details Mr. Greenwood gave about his experience. Greenwood told me the UFO was first brought to his attention by a hysterical child who ran into his classroom and told him theres a flying saucer outside, Dr. McDonald said.

He thought this child had become deranged or something so he didnt take any notice, but when the child insisted that this object was in the sky he decided to go out and have a look for himself.

When he went outside, he noticed a group of children looking toward the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline.

Mr. Greenwood described it as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.

According to Dr. McDonald, the teacher then told him five planes came and surrounded the object as more people began gathering to watch the scene before them.

He called it the most amazing flying he had ever seen in his life, Dr. McDonald said.

The planes were doing everything possible to approach the object and he said how they all avoided collision he will never know.

Every time they got too close to the object it would slowly accelerate, then rapidly accelerate and then move away from them and stop. Then they would take off after it again a...


As Gas Boom Falters in Papua New Guinea, China Steps In "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A plant at the Exxon Mobil-led natural-gas project in Papua New Guinea. Government revenues from the $19 billion project, which began production in 2014, have fallen far short of estimates.

Faced with revenue crunch, country is relying on Chinese loans to develop ports, airports, roads and power stations; Beijing expands influence in Pacific

 Rob Taylor and Rachel Pannett | Wall Street Journal | August 11, 2018

When Papua New Guinea joined the ranks of the worlds significant energy exporters four years ago, the government was betting on a revenue windfall it hoped would transform the impoverished South Pacific nation better-known for jungles, violence and corruption.

But the payday from a $19 billion Exxon Mobil Corp. -led natural-gas project has so far been a trickle, crimped by a downturn in gas prices that allowed Exxon and its partners to claim losses against royalty payments.

To bridge the...


Election petition against Maru dismissed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Member for Yangoru Sausia and Minister for National Planning Richard Maru said he is a relieved man now after the court dismissed an election petition in its entirety by runner up and rival candidate Peter Wararu Waranaka this morning 

The dismissal of the petition will allow the member to carry out his mandated duty as the duly elected leader for Yangoru Sausia to bring in services and development freely.
I am absolutely relieved today that the petition against me by the former member and my rival in two elections Peter Wararu was dismissed today by the Supreme Court, said Mr. Maru.

The Supreme Court this morning dismissed a leave application for review which means that the case is now over and Mr. Marus election cannot and will not be challenged further in any court of law.

I am free now and able to concentrate my attention on my job as National Planning Minister and also as member for Yangoru Sausia and I can focus on delivering goods and services to my people in the district and offcourse throughout the nation. said Maru.

Lawyer representing Mr. Maru, Paul Mawa said the petition basically challenged MP Richard Marus return on 3 grounds including bribery, illegal practice and errors and omissions but was unsuccessful and dismissed by the National Court.

Petitioner Mr. Waranaka, aggrieved by the decision filed an application for leave in the National Court trying the challenge the decision of the National Court.

We made an application in the Supreme Court for one reason: the applicant for review Peter Wararu did not comply with the Supreme Court rules in relation to the appeal to review and also that the grounds raised by the applicant did not raise reasonable grounds to set aside the decision of the trial judge, Mawa said.   PNGFM/PNG Today


Korean Week Celebrated for the first time in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The occasion was celebrated to experience the Korean culture that featured the introducing and disseminating of rich Korean culture, the screening of Korean cinema Ode to my father an international box office hit portraying Korean sentiments, and the delicious Korean dishes.
The Korean Embassy also displayed beautiful exhibitions called the Photos from Korea to promote the countrys culture and for tourist attractions.

Korean Ambassador his Excellency Kymgu Kang said he was honoured to witness the meaningful occasion as it was the very first Korean Week festival.

I am truly happy and delighted to be with you all at this Korea Week. This is the very first Korea week festival held in PNG and Im honoured to witness this meaningful occasion and I believe the feelings mutual, said his Excellency Kymgu Kang. 

The Republic of Korea and PNG have been working together since 1976 were they co-operated in the field of bilateral, multilateral and private sector.

The event served as a foundation cherishing the friendship between Korea and PNG.


MSMs Fake War, Part 2: Pullitzers, Walkleys, Ankle-Biters, and Foot-Shooters "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Russian soldier guards the fake news factory, the Boston Globe (photo manipulation by DM)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Editors note: This article continues the series that I began yesterday as a counterattack on the proposed national effort scheduled for August 16, 2018 in the US. There, the mighty powers of the press will turn their guns on the president for having accused them of creating fake news.

In a Comment, yesterday, to Dee McLachlans article, I stated that the press...


Wafi Landowners Slam Kokopo Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mine consultation meeting in East New Britain has left Wafi-Gulpu landowners feeling betrayed

Post Courier | August 13, 2018

The landowner group from Wafi-Golpu mine in Morobe Province has described the consultative meeting in Kokopo as political maneuvering.

Paramount chief and landowner for Babuaf tribe Ezra Kwako said such political maneuvering is a disgrace to the Wafi landowners.

Mr Kwako accused the meeting of being hijacked over to Kokopo, East New Britain Province between the government and the miner, Wafi Golpu JV.

He questioned why the sharing consultative meeting was moved to Kokopo and not held in Lae.

He said legitimate landowners were left out when the meeting was moved to Kokopo.

He said only a few of their paper landowners attended the Kokopo and have ill-documented the...


Peter Nathan: Self-determination is community control "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pita Pita man and Save the Childrens Domestic Campaigns Co-ordinator writes, many Aboriginal organisations are raising the bar (and their voices) to ensure community-controlled services are not just a pipe dream, but rather the preferred model. This is self-determination.


One in seven students are literally starving to study "IndyWatch Feed National"

One in seven university students are going without food to complete their study. File photo

One in seven university students regularly go without food and other necessities because they cannot afford them, the latest national financial survey of Australian university students has found.

This rises to one in four Indigenous students and almost one in five students from the poorest quarter of Australian households, including those who are also shouldering the costs of raising children.

The Universities Australia Student Finances Survey 2017 released today surveyed more than 18,500 university students about their cost of living and day-to-day financial reality.

While the financial circumstances of students overall appear to have improved slightly since the last survey in 2012, this is because students are spending less while their incomes have stalled.

A significant proportion are still doing it tough with students from poorer backgrounds, Indigenous and regional students hardest hit.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said financial hardship is hurting students education, with many students deferring studies or reducing their course load for financial reasons.

Students studying full-time are only living on $18,000 a year thats well below the poverty line, Ms Jackson said.

Education is meant to come first when you are studying, but we know that for some groups of students who live life on the financial edge, thats just not their reality, she said.

Many students are trying to get rent and bills paid, and some are trying to keep food on the table for their own children, while juggling paid jobs and their studies.

Our students should have the basic financial security and stability to perform at their best. Yet thats simply not the case for many students from disadvantaged groups.

National Union of Students President Mark Pace said there were countless students who forfeit food or experience homelessness while they study.

One in a million students choosing between food on the table and their education is too many, let alone one in seven, Mr Pace said.

There hasnt been an increase to Newstart in real terms for 24 years. The single rate of Newstart is $278...


Man awarded $289 million after court found Roundup caused his cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dewayne Johnson in court. (Josh Edelson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

A California jury has awarded former school groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million for his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The jury found, on all the scientific evidence uncovered during the month-long trial, that his exposure to Roundup (glyphosate) weedkiller caused Mr Johnsons cancer.

Roundup manufacturer Monsanto, the defendant in the case, has said it will appeal the ruling.

But if the jurys decision is upheld, thousands of other victims of Roundup are waiting to have their cases heard.

Another case already in the US courts alleges that adverts for Roundup falsely claimed the mixture does not impact human health but glyphosate residues harm human gut bacteria on which our health depends.

The UNs International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found in 2015 that Roundups active ingredient glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. But Monsanto sought to discredit the committees members and their findings about the worlds most used agricultural chemical.

Bob Phelps, the director of Australian anti-GM group Gene Ethics, said the Johnson judgement raises thorny questions for Australians too.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) rejected IARCs findings and judged Roundup to be safe, if the label guide is followed. Yet Roundups label says nothing about safe use, health impacts, or the need for safety protection, Mr Phelps said.

After the IARC report, the insurance and work safe industries issued warnings that employers using Roundup, such as farm owners, local councils, LandCare etc. may be liable if the health of workers, volunteers or the public is affected. These organisations should now cease their weedkiller use or risk being sued for breach of care to workers and citizens.

There are safe alternatives to kill weeds.

Roundup is available from most hardware shops and supermarkets. Retailers should review their liability for selling an unsafe product and take it off their shelves.

Farmers, land managers, gardeners or citizens exposed to Roundup or its residues who now suffer non-Hodgkins lymphoma may also have a strong case for compensation.

Farm use of Roundup, especially as a pre-harvest crop spra...


Herman Wainggai West Papua Documentary "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


WITH SATURDAY MORNING SHORTS SELECTIONS 10:30AM Encounter the struggle, suffering, and injustice in West Papua through the eyes of Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Herman Wainggai a former political prisoner and escapee living in exile. His visceral and emotional experiences convey the brutal realities of the hidden genocide currently taking place in West Papua. Recalling his early childhood, his prison time, and his dramatic escape from the West Papuan border, relive the journey Herman has taken to freedom. Filled with faith, determination, tragedy, and resilience, Hermans eye-opening narrative reveals to the world a genocide masked by deception, and silenced by oppression.



Herman Wainggai Promoting Human Rights in the Pacific West Papuan Struggle for Self-determination and Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Seventeenth Annual University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law International Human & Peoples Rights Law Program Human Rights on the Hill in collaboration with the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights and the Four Freedoms Forum will take place from July 23 27, 2018.

By Herman Wainggai, Former Political Prisoner, Leader of Nonviolent Struggle in West Papua. And West Papua Representative to the United Nations.


Thank you so much for the invitation and for giving me the opportunity to address you today on a very important issue and one that is very personal to me Promoting Human Rights in the Pacific. Im going to talk about Human Rights in the Pacific; particularly in my part of the Pacific, the Melanesian region, more so the issues we West Papuans are facing today with the government of Indonesia and how Human Rights violations in West Papua is being ignored by the Indonesian government and the International community. I will also a few suggestions to this issue. It is a very complex issue, but I will try and summarize it.

Introduction to the Pacific (excluding New Zealand and Australia)

The Pacific Islands is made up of three ethnic groups: Polynesians who are occupying the majority of the Islands in central Pacific from Hawaii to Easter Island all the way down to New Zealand in the South. The Micronesians who live on the smaller Islands in Northern and western Pacific such as Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Kiribati etc. And then the Melanesians who occupy the Islands such as Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the New Guinea Islands. I come from the Western part of the New Guinea Island known to us as West Papua.

European Colonialism in the Pacific

Between the 1600s and 1800s, European powers arrived on our shores with weapons and declared our Islands as part of their empires. They forced our people to accept their laws, punished those who refused and forced our people to accept their ideologies. Britain colonized the Melanesian countries of Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. France colonized parts of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tahiti, and Wallis. The Island of New Guinea itself was divided up by these Europeans. The Eastern part of the Island was under Britain and was later administered by Australia till its independence in 1975. The northern part was briefly under the control of Germany. The Western Part, our homeland, was visited by the Portuguese, the Spaniards, and then it became part of the Netherlands in 1898 and remained the colonial power of West Papua until the late 1960s.

No one asked these Europeans to come! We didnt invite them to come and rule our people and impose their laws on us, they just did because they thought they were far superior and powerful.



Lack of clarity on due diligence for GBR Foundation grant is a major concern "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Todays Courier-Mail includes opposing opinion pieces on the Turnbull governments controversial $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which according to the author of the first opinion piece, Foundation Managing Director Anna Marsden, is the lead charity for the reef. The opposing opinion piece by Simon Black of Greenpeace Australia summarises the legitimate concerns that have been expressed over the wisdom of granting so much money without a tender process to a small not-for-profit, one which at the time had around six full-time and five part-time employees. Black reminds us that Foundation MD Anna Marsden once compared the grant to winning lotto. While the government rightly observes that it isnt the first government that has granted such a large amount of money without a competitive process, that of course doesnt excuse it. It is akin to the young childs defence that whatever he or she did is OK because Jack or Sally did it also.

Moreover, I am particularly concerned that the grant appears to have been inserted into the budget process late in the day, and was not subjected to several months of scrutiny from central agencies (Treasury, Finance, Prime Minister and Cabinet) and Expenditure Review Committee ministers. A strong giveaway of the lack of appropriate scrutiny given to the grant is the obfuscation in the answers provided in the Senate Budget Estimates hearings in May. NSW Senator Jenny McAllister asked very pertinent questions of Finance Minister Cormann at Estimates, which the minister had to take on notice (see Question on Notice 23 May 2018):

Senator McALLISTER: I might pick up on some of those issues around the payment to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. When was Finance first consulted on the proposal?
Senator Cormann: This is a proposal that is part of the budget process. Im quite happy to take on notice consideration of the date as to when this was first considered. But you would, of course, appreciate that, consistent with convention, Im not going to be at liberty to reveal the content of cabinet deliberations or deliberations of cabinet subcommittees.
Senator McALLISTER: Would it first have been brought to the Department of Finances attention before Christmas, as part of the portfolio budget submission?

McAllister was rightly trying to determine whether the grant would have been subjected to several months of rigorous scrutiny, or due diligence you may say, that many other budget proposals would have been subjected to. The answer eventually provided to the question Min...


Great Barrier reef money and the stink of corruption "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The Turnbull government has handed over $444 million to a shonky outfit, which falsely claims that it works for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and this has bounced back to hit the government in the teeth.

The longer this saga goes on, the more is exposed. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation did not even have to go through a tender process to get the money. It turns out that it is a private organisation employing only six people and is supported by major mining corporations like BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as Orica, and Google.

The government has  defended the money was provided and has  the method used, because this organisation was in line with government policy. This is corrupt, because money was handed over in the expectation of procuring an advantage.

Malcolm Turnbull first rubbed shoulders with the corruption industry as a young 29-year old lawyer, shutting down the Costigan royal Commission for media tycoon Kerry Packer, after it had turned its investigation towards corporate crime and Packers role in it.

This was not to be the end of the story. Todays Australian prime minister has something of a track record. A few examples can be mentioned. We will stick to the more recent ones.

Arrangements between the Turnbull and Murdoch families have seen millions of dollars passing hands.

Earlier this year, the Export and Finance Industry Corporation got a taxpayer increase in funding, to the tune of 400 percent. This is $3.5 billion, to use for funding the creation of a weapons industry. The argument is not that government money went into building industry , just who it went to and for what type of industry.

There is the implication that deals have been made here. This is a world dominated by a handful of well-resourced companies operating from a very few rich countries, with far reaching connections. To get into the game of arms exporting, Australia would have to get into bed with them, and second to none, they are up to their necks, in using corruption to grease the wheels of doing business. Something smells here.

Then Turnbulls association with Andrew Goodwin, who is among those alleged to have been involved in international graft and the payment of bribes, while working on the Snowy 2.0 project, has thrown up questions that have still not been answered. The...


US Supplying Massive Amounts of LNG Gas to Europe is More Hot Air than Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"


In his latest effort to present himself as bigger than better than all other presidents combined, in stark contrast to the likes of George Washington, Donald Trump has announced that the US will build more than 10 liquid gas ports in the EU. The trouble is, even if he did this, it would not be possible to sustain such a program.

What escapes critical attention is that the US does not have a large enough fleet of special ships to provide liquid gas to Europe. Even under the best scenarios, by the end of the decade the US will have not more than five major LNG export projects operational. Trumps claims are merely political rhetoric designed to keep the uninformed, and thus deprive them of the informed choice which is the fundamental component of democracy.

The LNG export market to Europe is dominated by Qatar and Australia, who are still serving their existing clients. The US needs long term contracts and economies-of-scale which will match price with continuity of supplyto deliver on Trumps promises. Those customers with real interests are already locked into long-term deals, and either currently have the necessary facilities for unloading and storage or are building them to meet price and real demand.

Yes, Europes consumption of natural gas is increasing, and domestic production is falling. Its imports have risen sharply in recent years, and will most likely continue to do so. But supplying gas from the US is easier said than done, and despite Trump saying that America has plenty of it to, the sea has lots of water, but can you drink it?

And where is the money coming from? Too many names are already in the hat for large-scale energy and port projects in the region. Ukraine is interested in maintaining and modernizing its own gas transport system and needs approximately 80 billion USD for reconstruction. This is small potatoes compared to what the US would need to spend to construct an alternative network, and Trump wont pay for that for ideological reasons. So which project would those with the cash rather invest in?

The US does know that all of this is just political promise and counter promise. Others are playing the game too: Jean-Claude Juncker has promised Trump that the EU will buy significant amounts of US gas as part of an....


Corruption is ONeills Biggest Failure "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

It is six years since Prime Minister Peter ONeill promised the country an Independent Commission Against Corruption. Yet that vision is no closer to being realised today than it was in 2012.

Peter ONeill has totally failed to live up to his promises in both the 2012 and 2017 Alotau Accords that the government would establish an ICAC.

The impact of not having a dedicated anti-corruption agency that is politically independent, fully resourced and that has full powers of arrest and prosecution has been devastating for our economic well-being and the quality of life for ordinary people.

Delegates at last weeks APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency workshop repeatedly spoke about how corruption inhibits development and is a serious threat to economic growth [1], yet PNG had almost nothing to show in terms of progress under the United Nations Convention on Corruption. [2]

In PNG we repeatedly hear that a large-proportion of the national budget is lost every year to corruption, taking money directly from health and education services.

We also hear about the high costs that businesses have to endure as a result of corruption. Costs which reduce profits, lower employment and limit investment. Yet the government has just dragged its feet for year after year over an ICAC.

While together, PNG, Australia and China are spending more than K1.1 billion [3] on the whole APEC extravaganza in Port Moresby, a tiny proportion of that money would have been sufficient to fund the operations of a robust, independent and well staffed ICAC for more than a decade.

Ridding PNG of the scourge of corruption would do far more to assist development in PNG and ensure the well-being of our citizens than a huge party for the worlds leaders and their entourages.

Perhaps in November, when the leaders from the worlds two biggest economies will be here in PNG, they will ask the Prime Minister why he has not established an ICAC and whose interests he is protecting.




New Dawn FM News
The newly appointed Bougainville Building Board members will be officially sworn in on the 22nd of August at the ABG administration conference room starting 0930 Bougainville Standard Time.
According to the Swearing in Program, the small but significant swearing in will have speakers from the ABG and the Department of National Works.
The Building Board and Physical Planning Boards are important boards that see towns and cities develop according to guidelines and standards set by these boards.
New Dawn FM understands one Physical Planning Board was sworn in some years back at the Hutjena United Church.



New Dawn FM News
The ABG member for Eivo/Torau, Clarence Dency has requested the Bougainville House of Representatives to consider looking into foreigners presence and their investment activities in his constituency.
The matter which was tabled in Parliament through a Private members notice of motion in July of 2016, called on the House, the Executive Government and the Parliamentary Committee on social and Economic Development to implement.
The Parliamentary Committee on Social and Economic Development has begun conducting public hearings from August 12 to 17 starting in Eivo/Torau and some parts of Central Bougainville and will conclude its hearing in Parliament.
Committee Chairman and member for Taonita/Tinputz, DAVID BRAUN VATAVI said that the committee will be inviting the public and lead ABG departments to make submissions or give evidence relating to the committees terms of reference.
Chairman Braun Vatavi said that the committee has just completed public hearings in the Teua Constituency following another petition which was presented by the member for Teua Charles Kakapetai last year.
Chairman Braun Vatavi stressed that these are important matters that must be addressed and that the people who are affected by these issues have the right to know and must have the opportunity to be heard.
He said that the government of the day must address any outstanding issues that may hinder the preparatory towards a successful referendum.
Meanwhile, the petition presented to the last parliament by the Ruko/Upe Council of Chiefs was also referred to this committee to make inquiries and report back to the house.
The committee met last Tuesday to adapt the committees terms of reference.



New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Referendum Commission is yet to start its work after its members are appointed and sworn in.
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU who is the co-chair of the Bougainville Referendum Commission Transitional Committee which has started the work of preparing for the Referendum made it known in Buka today.
The other co-Chair is the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner, MR. PATILIUS GAMATO.
MR. MANU told a Media briefing in Buka that the Transitional Committee has the same power and had already made some decisions on how the referendum will be conducted next year.
He said that all 33 constituencies ward recorders will be used in the updating of the Referendum Common roll to make sure no eligible voter is left out in the updated roll.
MR. MANU said the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission has already accepted his appointment and will be in Bougainville soon.
On the National Government nominees for the membership in the Commission are yet to be announced and gazetted.




New Dawn FM News

Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner is ready to conduct by-elections for the three ABG seats currently vacant.
They are the Kongara seat left vacant by the former member DOMINIC ITTA who resigned to contest the 2017 National Elections, the HALIA seat also left vacant when the former ABG Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA resigned to contest the Bougainville Regional seat in the 2017 National Elections.
The other seat for TAONITA TEOP was left vacant when the former member died in 2016.
This was revealed by the Commissioner for the Bougainville Electoral Commission, GEORGE MANU in a media briefing today.
He said that his office has been requesting for funds to run the election but although funds were allocated in the Budget his office is yet to access these funds.
MR. MANU stressed that his office has a duty to make sure all vacant seats are filled but again have to wait for funds to run the elections.
He said he hopes that the by elections will be held before the end of this year.
Last week a chief from Kehu village Inus, JOE PAIS warned of petitioning the office of the Electoral Commissioner for failing to run a by election after the death of their former member.




New Dawn FM News
The office of the Bougainville Disaster and Response Team is warning all boat owners, boat skippers and the general public who wish to travel by sea to the Atolls, Nissan, Carteret, the Solomon Islands from Buka not to travel at this time.
The notice states that Weather warnings from the National Maritime and Safety Authority for Bougainville waters for the next 68 hours is that strong winds are expected in these waters.
Bougainville is currently been hit by South Easterly winds with wind speed between 25 to 35 knots with isolated showers and thunderstorms.
The seas swells are expected at 1.5 meters to 3 meters high and could cause rough seas and very strong currents.


Stone tools provide new clues to Easter Island's statue builders "IndyWatch Feed National"

The remote Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui, lies 2,300 miles off Chile's Pacific coast, a mysterious place best known for its giant stone statues. The common narrative states that the enormous heads were built by Polynesian seafarers who, the story goes, then brought about the demise of their own society through internal squabbles and draining of the island's natural resources. However, a new study published in the Journal of Pacific Archaeology suggests the true story of early civilisation on Polynesia's easternmost outpost is more complex. Archaeologists found evidence of a sophisticated society where the people shared information and collaborated, by analysing the chemical make-up of the tools used to build the sculptures. "For a long time, people wondered about the culture behind these very important statues," says Laure Dussubieux, one of the study's authors and a scientist at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. "This study shows how people were interacting, it's helping to revise the theory." "The idea of competition and collapse on Easter Island might be overstated," adds lead author Dale Simpson, Jr., an archaeologist from the University of Queensland. "To me, the stone carving industry is solid evidence that there was cooperation among families and craft groups."

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