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Wednesday, 17 October

00:04

PERTH Tegan Sapwells Tweet Barry Urban is yet to appear in Perth Magistrates Court to face fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Tegan Sapwells Tweet Barry Urban is yet to appear in Perth Magistrates Court to face fraud .

October 16, 2018 at 12:02PM .

Barry Urban is yet to appear in Perth Magistrates Court to face fraud charges. He was due to appear at 9am. If hes not here by 10.30 the Magistrate

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Tuesday, 16 October

22:29

Audi car corporation fined for fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler arrested over dieselgate scandal | Auto Expert John Cadogan

19 June 2018

Rupert Stadler, the boss of Audi, was arrested by German prosecutors on Monday.

Sunday June 10th was probably Professor Stadlers last happy full day. Investigators invited themselves into his private residence a week ago Monday (imagine his delight senior execs love that: We were driving past and saw your light on; just thought wed drop in) wherein they found interesting documentation relating to fraud and false advertising, allegedly.

The Financial Times says the information at Chateau Stadler helped them uncover another 20 suspects in the biggest public health scandal of the decade.

Big Rupie enjoyed that first date at his place so much that a week later he went back to their place to assist with enquiries, as tradition has it, and now it seems hes moved in.

Audi has confirmed Gassy Ruperts new domicile, while many news outlets say hes been remanded in custody because they dont trust him not to tamper with the evidence.

Youd think an advanced society like ze Chermans would have laws against perverting the course of justice

Anyway, Isaac Newton said so famously about the mighty: such a long way to fall. From boardroom bigwig to polisher of Bubbas big bratwurst behind bars in the Bavarian big house. Something of a literal and metaphoric comeuppance.

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22:17

MACKAY Dog cops blame for P-platers power pole smash "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 16, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Dog cops blame for P-platers power pole smash

October 16, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

However, appearing before Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, a deeply regretful Manning admitted to Magistrate Damien Dwyer that he had not

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22:17

MACKAY Andergrove Convenience Store Break In "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Andergrove Convenience Store Break In

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stealing and possession of cannabis and a utensil. The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing.

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21:58

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 Departs Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

After arriving the previous day from Townsville and then seemingly suffering a maintenance issue after departing of Oakey, causing it return to Rockhampton Airport, on Tuesday 16 October, the visiting Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 was photographed completing a test flight before it eventually departed back to its Townsville base.





21:51

A Quick Fleet Update of Flyon Helicopters at Mackay Airport Operating Agusta A109 Helicopters "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


The Mackay Airport-based Flyon Helicopters has recently undergone some changes to their fleet with their Agusta A109 helicopters.  A109E VH-ZCF - which has previously operated for the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter Service - returned to Mackay Airport after being repainted at Melbourne (Essendon) over the previous couple of months.

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VH-ZCF was noted returning to Mackay Airport on Saturday 8 September from Redcliffe, Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Gladstone Airports.  It had left Essendon the previous day.  It looked to complete its first flight back with Flyon Helicopters on Sunday 9 September when it completed a flight from Mackay Airport to the Blossom Banks and back.

Another Agusta A109E, in the form of VH-RUA, was noted departing Mackay Airport on Saturday 29 September for Gladstone Airport and Redcliffe.  It is assumed that it has entered the maintenance hangar at Redcliffe.

While after arriving in July and being operated by Flyon Helicopters on their flights to the Blossom Banks and back to Mackay Airport, Aviation Utilities (New South Wales) Agusta A109S helicopter VH-XPB was noted heading South from Mackay Airport to the Gold Coast via Gladstone Airport and the Sunshine Coast on Saturday 6 October.  It continued to Bankstown the next day.

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21:47

Mehreen Faruqi lectures, "What has a place in Australia" "IndyWatch Feed National"

The white supremacy the Government voted for yesterday has no place in Australia. My speech in the @AuSenate just now #auspol pic.twitter.com/IfkA15Wmbn Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) October 16, 2018

21:19

Air Alsie Dassault Falcon 8X Bizjet OY-SKK Departs Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Saturday 13 October, the visiting Danish registered Air Alsie Dassault Falcon 8X bizjet OY-SKK was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport for Cairns.

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It had arrived into Hamo on Tuesday 9 October after a big day of flying all the way from Billund Airport (Denmark) via Don Muang International Airport (Thailand) and Darwin.  OY-SKK was again heard using the flight number and callsign of 'MMD22' / "Mermaid 22".

Meanwhile, on Thursday 11 October, Homada Pty Ltd Cessna 560XL Citation XLS bizjet VH-XCU was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from Melbourne (Moorabbin) via Melbourne (Essendon).

UPDATE!  On Sunday 14 October, VH-XCU returned to Moorabbin via Essendon.

And back in the early hours of Wednesday 10 October, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting Longreach Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to Townsville.

Finally, on the lighter side of some interesting movements, also at Longreach Airport, also on Saturday 13 October, AirServices Australia / Pearl Aviation Hawker Beechcraft B300 Super King Air VH-FIY "ADA 3" called in while returning to Brisbane from RAAF Base Tindal near Katherine where it appears to have spent most of last week operating.

While at Emerald Airport, also on Saturday 13 October, Wettenhall Air Service (of Deniliquin in New South Wales) AeroCommander 500-S VH-MAV called in from Bowen Airport before later departing to Bourke and Deniliquin.  It looked to fly North earlier in the week and operate in Far North Queensland before flying from from Cairns to Bowen Airport on Friday 12 October.

20:55

NSW Registry Manager to Test Land Conveyancing on a Blockchain in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The land registry manager of New South Wales in Australia has partnered with a blockchain technology firm with a view of applying distributed ledger technology to property conveyancing. According to the Financial Review, a proof of concept on a selected number of use cases will be conducted by the New South Wales Land Registry Services Continued

The post NSW Registry Manager to Test Land Conveyancing on a Blockchain in Australia appeared first on CCN

18:13

PNG Facebook MPs cannot call for Nationwide Strike "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary 

Papua New Guinea Opposition Facebook MPs can not call a strike as an Elected Leaders - Floor of Parliament is the right place to debate with Govt

A nation wide strike is not the way to mislead people into disrepute on the 11th hour of the APEC. Every elected leaders and responsible Papua New Guineans will do everything at this time to ensure that the APEC is delivered without any domestic political fuse to dispute what is wrong and right. We have committed too much to the APEC and this is not an event that one politician in this great country to politicise.

Political leaders have parliamentary avenues to exercise democratic rights on behalf of the people. The public servants and the business community are supporting the APEC and remaining committed until the APEC is delivered. We request every responsible politicians to be one in supporting this historical world meeting event in PNG and postpone all other interests after APEC. These kind of concerns can be expressed after the APEC not now because international media can portray security issues when we are couple of weeks away from the arrival of the APEC World Leaders in PNG.

Ilegal strikes motivated by poltical jealous and hatrate. As long as it is always for politcs there is nothing good for the country. We have done lots of strikes and protests in the past but what have we achieved. Only loss of lives, disruption of schools and student education, stop business and chaos. Politicians fight for their own political agenda using students, activists, public servants on Facebook is illegal and out of political sights. It wont change anything. Only when piliticians change for the good of PNG will see change.

We will not be moved by Kramer or Juffa or Bird. They emotionalise issues but never provide anything concrete and long term solution. You are not different to Don Polye, Ben Micah and many other politcians who thought they could easily oust a sitting Prime Minister by strikes and protests. You have worked so hard to bring Peter O'Neill and PNC done during the 2017 elections but he is back in power by the mandate of the people to serve the people of PNG. Stop cooking up lies. When you say you want to do for the future of the children by organising a violence and protest, can't you see what Peter O'Neill and his government is doing for the Children over the last 7 years with free education. The statistics proof that they are many children in the class room than ever before. Of course they are issues and challanges but it is a reality that th...

17:04

Calls for nationwide strike after PNG government buys 40 Maseratis for Apec "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinean opposition MPs have called for a nationwide strike this week amid growing anger at the governments decision to buy 40 Maseratis for its APEC forum next month.

The PNG government which as well as hosting Apec is also dealing with a devastating earthquake recovery, a nationwide medication shortage, a polio outbreak and worsening TB rates in addition to generally high rates of poverty last week imported 40 of the luxury vehicles via charter plane from Italy.

In defence of the purchase of millions of dollars worth of cars, members of government including the prime minister, Peter ONeill, claimed it would cost the government nothing and the cars would all be sold on to the private sector in a public tender after the APEC leaders meeting next month.

Observers were doubtful of the ability of the government to sell 40 Maseratis which had never been seen in PNG before for the same price at which they were bought, and in a city with record high rates of carjackings. Four-wheel drives are a more common vehicle in PNG, where the roads outside of cities like Port Moresby and Lae are often otherwise impassable.

The opposition MPs Bryan Kramer, Garry Juffa, Allan Bird and Sir Mekere Morauta have called for a two-day strike this week. People are right to be disgusted by the information that is now coming to light, and they are fully entitled to express their opposition to this blatant fraud, said Morauta, who also called for an independent inquiry into the purchase and the involvement of the ONeill government and APEC authority.

He pointed to other controversial APEC-related spending, which he said had all proceeded at the expense of the health system, the education system, rural infrastructure, law and order, government finances and the economy, and employment. Why are we importing luxury cars for Mr ONeill and his wantoks [extended family] to ride around in when children are dying of polio, tuberculosis and other preventable diseases? he said.

Last week, PNGs minister for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, said the cars were selling like hotcakes and the governments costs would be totally reimbursed.

ONeill reacted to criticism of the decision to buy the Maseratis, saying all APEC hosts provided appropriate cars for leaders and it would not have been appropriate to use Land Cruisers, reported the news website Loop PNG.

Jonathan Pryke, the director of the Lowy Institut...

16:59

PNG Tourism industry caught offguard by cancellation of visa on arrival "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The suspension of visa on arrival will have devastating effect on the struggling tourism industry especially in the peak tourism season in PNG.

But late Monday, Tourism Promotion Authority chief executive officer Jerry Agus said he would meet with Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha today to find a way forward in ensuring PNG continues to facilitate for genuine bona fide tourists.

The temporary suspension for a period of almost a month will definitely affect our tourists because they buy their tickets six months in advance to get special fares, so because of this suspension it will definitely affect our tourists, especially bona fide tourists coming from long haul markets like United States, Europe and Australia.

Agus said the industry members have expressed concerns that this will send a wrong signal to the tourism industry but these issues would be ironed out today.

Immigration has agreed that this decision will affected the industry but we will come with a way forward for TPA and Immigration to closely work together to make sure these tourists will continue to come especially the ones that are already paid for accommodation, tickets so that no hassles are created and we will fine tune how we will facilitate for them, Agus said

Kantha in response reassured the industry that Immigration and Citizenship Authority would provide all the necessary assistance and support to ensure pre-arranged trips by tour organisers and tourists are not severely affected

Sir Peter Barter in an exchange of correspondence between the PNG Dive Associations Max Benjamin and Chief Migration Officer Kantha said the effect will go beyond the dive sector, it will affect most hotels throughout PNG who also struggling due to the effect APEC is having in deterring tourists.

Most tourists secure their visa after they have purchase their tours from international and local tour operators, they then pay a deposit and final payment just a week or so before they travel. At this time they would request their tourist visa, and many assume that tourist visas will be issued on arrival.

When they cannot get a visa, the operators then have to apologise and refund on FOREX which again is another challenge that is certain to cause problems. Sir Peter said

Tourism in PNG is not only Port Moresby, it affects all of PNG and to introduce such a policy at short notice is bound to cause problems for operators in selling PNG as a destination, in short it is totally irresponsible and unaccep...

16:57

PNG visa on arrival suspended for one month ahead of APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea government has suspended all visa on arrival for one month as security measures leading up to the APEC leaders week next month.

The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority announced the temporary suspension of visa on arrival as part of enhanced border security measures in the lead-up to the APEC Leaders Summit.

The suspension will be in effect from October 30 to December 1.

Chief migration officer Solomon Kantha said the announcement regarding VoA was a continuation of Immigration and Citizenship Authoritys (ICA) activity to prepare for APEC Leaders Summit and a necessary step to ensure the highest levels of security was maintained....

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS/PNG Today

16:56

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16:52

Japan raises concerns over Pacific Island debt to China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Japan's foreign minister raised concerns Monday about the high levels of debt accrued by some Pacific Island nations and said his country wants to help resolve the problem.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the comments while visiting New Zealand, where he met with his counterpart Winston Peters.

Some observers have become alarmed at the growth in Chinese lending in the Pacific and worry that small countries such as Tonga and Vanuatu are becoming beholden to China because of their high debt levels.

Kono didn't mention China specifically in his comments. But he said the Pacific region was important in a strategic sense to both Japan and New Zealand.

Peters said New Zealand was also concerned about the loans and the ability of small island nations to repay them.

We're looking very seriously at that, saying 'What does it mean for us when those nations may forfeit the very asset value that they've sought to develop, and have it owned by some other country? he said.

Peters said neither Japan nor New Zealand had gone so far as to offer to repay the loans directly.

We understand the problem, Peters added. We've got our eyes wide open.

Kono's visit to New Zealand was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in five years. It marks a warming relationship between the two nations over the past year since Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand's prime minister.

Kono thanked New Zealand for deciding last month to deploy a maritime patrol plane to Japan as part of an effort to enforce U.N. sanctions against North Korea.

Australia, Canada and the United States are also helping Japan monitor offshore ship-to-ship transfers of oil allegedly involving North Korean ships, which would violate U.N. sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

Regarding the situation in North Korea, we reaffirm our cooperation to achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible disposal of all the weapons of mass destruction and the ballistic missiles of all ranges, Kono said through an interpreter.

Kono said he was concerned about the developing trade war between the United States and China, and hoped the issues could be resolved through the World Trade Organisation.

Kono met with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne last week before traveling to New Zealand.

SOURCE: AP/PACNEWS

15:37

Calm before storm as Asian stocks drift higher "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asian shares drifted marginally higher on Tuesday following another volatile session on Wall Street but a perfect storm of risks hovering over the global economy curbed investors enthusiasm.

Hong Kongs benchmark Hang Seng market led the gains, rising by half a percentage point, while equities in Japan scraped into positive territory after suffering stiff losses the previous day.

Chinese stocks opened essentially flat while markets in Australia and South Korea were fractionally in the green.

AFP | Traders are looking at a plethora of risk factors

Global markets have been rocked in recent days as traders fret about spiking oil prices, rising US long-term interest rates and an attack by US President Donald Trump on his own central bank and its policies.

After a see-saw session on Wall Street, the Dow Jones closed down 0.4 percent and the broader S&P 500 was down just more at 0.6 percent.

Investors have now entered a stalemate period to rethink the plethora of looming market uncertainties, ambiguities and flat out worries, said Stephen Innes from OANDA trading.

But this relative calm belies the building storm clouds on the horizon.

Gains in Tokyo were sparked by a technical rebound after a sharp fall yesterday, said analysts at Okasan Online Securities.

The oil price continued to climb amid ongoing geopolitical tensions surrounding Saudi Arabia, with accusations that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Kingdoms consulate in Istanbul.

Trump said overnight he would send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to find out first-hand what happened, what they know, whats going on.

Turning to foreign exchange markets, the pound suffered further falls in early Asian trade as the possibility of a no deal Brexit looms.

EU President Donald Tusk said he remained hopeful and determined that Britain and the bloc could clinch an amicable divorce deal.

However, he added: We must prepare the EU for a no-deal scenario, which is more likely than ever before.

Key figures around 0230 GMT

Tokyo Nikkei 225: UP 0.2 percent at 22,318.69 (open)

Hong Kong Hang Seng: UP 0.5 percent at 25,568.84 (open)

Shanghai Composite: FLAT at 2,567.76 (open)

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.155...

15:24

Medium Term Development Plan for Papua New Guinea points to sharp economic stimulus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Government is planning to sharply increase its economic stimulus, according to its newly-released Medium Term Development Plan III, 20182022. It envisions a strategic shift in Budget allocations that will see more than a doubling of expenditure on economic growth areas.

Papua New Guineas GDP per head (yellow) has lagged other middle income countries. Source: MDTP, World Bank

The plan, which was released late last month by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, suggests that the austerity that the PNG Government has observed over the last three years may be replaced with a more stimulatory package.

Government revenue collection is forecast to increase from K10.98 billion in 2017 to K16.25 billion in 2022

The economic sector will be given prominence in the medium term, the plan says.

The MTDP says the share of investments by government that is directed at economic growth areas will increase dramatically from the current 5 per cent of the total capital expenditure to 12 per cent in the next five years.

The MTDP also outlines a plan to improve the governments revenue collection.

Revenue shortfalls is one of the critical factors contributing to mixed results and poor development outcomes, it argues.

Government revenue collection is forecast to increase from K10.98 billion in 2017 to K16.25 billion in 2022, a rise of 48 per cent.

Targets

Other targets for 2022 are:

  • State-owned enterprise revenues to increase from K10 billion to K15 billion.
  • The annual employment growth rate to increase from 3.4 per cent to 7 per cent.
  • More bankable land available for productive use: from l...

15:23

New treatment prevents transplant rejection "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A new treatment strategy could increase the success rate of stem cell transplants, according to University of Queensland researchers.

The approach removes the need for donor matching and the use of immunosuppressant drugs to prevent rejection, and could make stem cell treatment accessible to more patients.

UQ Diamantina Institute researcher Dr Jatin Patel said researchers found immunosuppressant drugs had a negative impact on the transplanted stem cells.

15:16

ABAC identifies Papua New Guineas fisheries as outstanding growth area "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea has significant opportunities for employment and foreign exchange from its fisheries, but only if it can develop the necessary policies and infrastructure. That was the conclusion from meetings of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Fisheries processing plant. Source: MTDP

Speaking at an ABAC breakfast earlier this month in Port Moresby, ABAC member Wayne Golding said that PNGs fisheries industry has the potential to generate US$1 billion a year in revenues.

The industry is also labour intensive, he noted, claiming an additional 250,000 people could be employed.

These two things can be achieved in 18 to 24 months. It is in your backyard, you own it.

Globally supply would not be able to keep up with demand.

Sixty per cent of the tuna in this region comes out of our own waters.

Working groups

ABACs Wayne Golding. Source: ABAC

Golding said two ABAC working groups looked at issues like global demand, price elasticity and industry direction.

The conclusion was that globally supply would not be able to keep up with demand.

What we have is a diminishing supply chain against demand for wild fishes.

So the world is moving more towards aquaculture fisheries in order to bridge the difference.

It means that in PNG we have to engage with our resources to con...

15:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:54

People moves: Steamships "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Board resignation

The Board of Directors of Steamships Trading Company Limited (Steamships) has announced that Peter Aitsi has resigned from the Steamships Board,  effective October 10, 2018. He had served on the board since November 2014.

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

14:53

In brief: Visas-on-arrival suspensions for November, and other business news "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Visas-on-arrival suspensions to hit tourism, Bougainville referendum question agreed, and  rice imports slammed. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in brief

Papua New Guinea is suspending visa-on-arrival arrangements for the month of November. The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority said the temporary suspension is part of enhanced border security measures around the APEC Leaders Summit in the middle of next month.

The suspension of visa on arrival is expected to have a negative effect on the struggling tourism industry, especially in the peak tourism season in PNG.

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Leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea have finally agreed to the question that will be asked in next years independence referendum. The referendum, tentatively scheduled for June 2019,  will mark the end of a 20-year peace process that followed the end of the Bougainville civil war in the 1990s. The question is: Do you agree for Bougainville to have: (1) Greater Autonomy (2) Independence?

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About K800 million is spent annually on importing rice to feed the eight million people of Papua New Guinea, says North Fly MP James Donald. He reportedly said this when witnessing the delivery of 12 solar-powered rice milling machines to farmers in Markham in Morobe.

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The proposed Coal Power Plant Project to ease the power burden in Lae city could create more than 300 jobs for locals and cost an initial K300 million to set up the project, according to Communications and Energy Minister Sam Basil. Mayur Resourc...

14:45

October in fiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian letters is like a microcosm of Australia itself: culturally diverse, politically varied across different states, tense and conflicted or humorous or affecting in turn. If there is one thing we may say about our literatures it is that there is a common thread of darkness underneath. Whether that thread references an unvoiced violence or subsumed toxic masculinities, or a wilfully forgotten colonial past, it is traceable in much of our writing, especially in the short story form.

14:44

ABC 7.30 Report population special (Part 1) - by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC 7.30 Report last night aired part one of its three-part population special, which included me as the economist. While I will reserve judgement until the final two-parts have been aired, my initial gut reaction is disappointment. The main problem I see with it so far is the ABC has inferred that a population of more than 40-million mid-century is inevitable rather than a direct policy choice. Nowhere did The ABC clearly show how the federal government massively increased Australias immigration intake from the early-2000

By Leith van Onselen

ABC 7.30 Report last night aired part one of its three-part population special, which included me as the economist.

While I will reserve judgement until the final two-parts have been aired, my initial gut reaction is disappointing.

The main problem I see with it so far is the ABC has inferred that a population of more than 40-million mid-century is inevitable rather than a direct policy choice.

Nowhere did The ABC clearly show how the federal government massively increased Australias immigration intake from the early-2000s:


Nor how immigration is the defacto driver of Australias population increase both directly as migrants step off the plane, as well as indirectly when they have children (then counted as natural increase). This was made explicit by the Productivity Commissions 2016 Migrant Intake Australia report, which showed that Australias population would barely increase without immigration:

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14:39

Destructive tornado, tennis-ball-sized hail hit Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe thunderstorm hit parts of Queensland, Australia on October 11, 2018, producing a destructive tornado and dumping heavy rain and extremely damaging, up to tennis-ball-sized hail. The hardest hit was South Burnett where authorities are still determining...... Read more

14:04

Queenslands North Shines At This Years Cairns Tropical Pride "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

LGBTIQ Australia descended on North Queensland over the weekend for this years Cairns Tropical Pride. The festival kicked off with Friday nights Community Heroes Awards, hosted by festival headliner Matthew Mitcham at the Tanks Arts Centre. The Pat OHara Award for Lifetime Achievement was accepted by Dave Weston on behalf of his late partner Brendan ...

The post Queenslands North Shines At This Years Cairns Tropical Pride appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:30

Sir Mekere: PM, Tkatchenko should start telling the truth on APEC scams "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

It is time for the Prime Minister and APEC Minister to start telling the truth about the APEC luxury cars scam and other APEC spending, the Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said this morning.

What we have got so far is half-truths, distortions and contradictions that amount to a cover up of their use of APEC as a money rain scheme and vehicle to divert money for other purposes, he said.

 Two half-truths dont make a fact.

I am now hearing that the illegal purchase of 40 luxury Maserati cars is not the end of the story.

"Peter ONeill, Justin Tkatchenko and Christopher Hawkins have a lot more explaining to do.

Sir Mekere said he had been told that even more luxurious cars are on the way to Port Moresby, and documentation has been provided to him that appears to confirm the allegations.

"Papua New Guineans have a right to know whether the following allegations are correct:

"Three super-luxury Flying Spur V8 Bentleys, possibly more, are on their way to Port Moresby for Mr ONeill, Mr Tkatchenko and others including Chinese cronies, to ride around in.

" According to official documents, the price for three is $US695,238.30 (K2,363,810.22), duty- and excise-free.

"The outright purchase by the State is said to have been approved by NEC.

"Have they been procured by competitive public tender as required by Section 21 of the APEC Authority Act?

"Has the arrangement been approved by the APEC Probity Auditor?

"Does the APEC Probity Auditor even exist, and if so who is it?

"80 luxury Mahindra XUV500 vehicles bought outright at a cost of $US2,442,000 (K8,302,800.00).

"Are these cars going to be sold after APEC or are they being retained by the Government?

"Was this purchase conducted by public competitive tender and was it subject to the scrutiny of the APEC Probity Auditor?

"Can the Prime Minister, Mr Tkatchenko or their outrigger Mr Hawkins confirm that the Mahindra XUVs were also purchased through a car dealer in Colombo, Sri Lanka?

" What were the arrangements for the purchase of the Bentleys?

"There is also a rumor of Lamborghinis being bought.

" Is this so?

"Information I have been provided indicates that all the APEC cars have been brought into PNG free of duty and excise, and that this very valuable benefit is to be passed on to private sector buyers.

"What is the total value of the excise and duty forgone?

" Why are the nations wealthiest businesses and individuals receiving benefits that ordinary Papua New Guineans can only dr...

13:20

Sir Mekere calls for inquiry into APEC scams "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta has called for a full independent inquiry into government spending on APEC, the behavior of the APEC Authority including the letting of contracts, and the cost to the nation of holding the event.

Over the past few days, with the revelations about the importation of luxury Maserati cars by the APEC Authority, it has become clear that corruption surrounding APEC is out of control, he said.

We need to get to the bottom of it, and hold the guilty parties to account.

Sir Mekere said the first step should be for the Fraud Squad and the Ombudsman Commission to investigate the Prime Minister, the APEC Minister, and APEC Authority officials in relation to the major discrepancies in the Maserati purchase, and contradictory statements by all involved.

"In the meantime, APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko and APEC Authority CEO Christopher Hawkins should stand down.


The Maserati purchase is a scandal, he said.

There is no other word for it.

"The most basic legal and financial procedures appear not to have been followed, and it looks to me as if there is a discrepancy of several million kina in the transaction.

"Why would the Government buy vehicles from Italy via Sri Lanka?

The Prime Minister must explain in detail the entire transaction, and he must account for every toea of the peoples money that has been spent.

"For example, he must publicly provide evidence that a competitive public tender was held for the purchase of the cars, as required by section 21 of the APEC Authority Act.

"Was the purchase approval given by NEC, as required by the Act?

He must cease the secret sale of the cars to PNC cronies and others in the private sector, and conduct a proper tender under Section 21.

"Mr Tkatchenko says the cars are selling like hot cakes to private buyers.

"What is the price? What are the terms and conditions? Who is buying them?

"And yet the Prime Minister says there will be a public auction for the vehicles after APEC.

"Whom are we to believe PM or Justin? 

"They are both trying to deflect all questions, and in the process are contradicting each other.

Did any part of the transaction go before the APEC Supply and Tenders Board?

"Did it go before the Indepen...

13:10

Russian Collusion, Khashoggi, Declassification and the Australian Connection "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Donald Trump is planning to declassify various documents and text messages related to the Russia investigation. So is there an FBI report concealing information that shows Trump never colluded with Russia?

And did Australia (Alexander Downer) and the UK participate in trying to disrupt the 2016 American election? (Around 2 to 7 minutes in the X22 Report.)

CNN has reported that the Saudis are going to admit that the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, was killed by mistake during an interrogation. In this interesting X22 Report, Dave also mentions a possible game changer: that Russia allegedly has the S-600-700 missile system that will disable any plane around the world.

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12:55

Sir Mekere supports national stop-work "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, supports a call for a nation-wide strike in protest at continuing corruption by and within the ONeill Government.

Astonishing revelations in the last couple of days about the crooked contract to buy luxury Maserati cars for APEC, and then secretly sell them to private sector cronies, is the last straw, he said.

People are right to be disgusted by the information that is now coming to light, and they are fully entitled to express their opposition to this blatant fraud.

Sir Mekere also called for an independent inquiry into the Maserati fraud, concocted by the APEC Authority and the ONeill Government.

This latest episode in the ONeill Governments corruption, waste and mismanagement needs to be investigated and the facts put before all Papua New Guineans, he said.

He said Papua New Guineans, and politicians with a conscience, should join with respected MPs Bryan Kramer, Gary Juffa and Allan Bird to express their disgust by staying home from work on Thursday and Friday.

"It is not good enough for the Prime Minister, Mr Peter ONeill, and the APEC Minister, Mr Justin Tkatchenko, to make statements in social media that are clearly incorrect, contradictory and designed to mask the smell of corruption and wrong-doing.

The APEC Authority has broken its own laws with the purchase of the Maseratis and the Prime Ministers proposed sale of them.

The Prime Minister and Minister Tkatchenko have connived with the authority and are trying desperately to hide the truth.

But we are not fools.

 This is just another chapter in the monumental abuse of APEC contracts, which I and others have exposed.

"Look at all the over-priced and unnecessary roads and buildings constructed by PNC cronies to glorify the Prime Minister.

These projects, and the multi-million-kina Maserati scam, have proceeded at the expense of the health system, the education system, rural infrastructure, law and order, Government finances and the economy, and employment.

Why are we importing luxury cars for Mr ONeill and his wantoks to ride around in when children are dying of polio, tuberculosis and other preventable diseases?

There is no medicine in hospitals and clinics.

" Schools are closing all over the nation, and teachers are being robbed of their pay by this Government.

Sir Mekere said the ONeill Governments corruption, waste and mismanagement had brought international shame on Papua New Guinea.

"The whole world is looking on and asking why Mr ONeill, Mr Tkatchenko and others are spending this money when Papua New Guinea...

12:23

Throw Your Leg Over Tasmania guide book "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Whether its a clockwise or anticlockwise lap of Tassie you are planning to do, make sure you pack a copy of the guide book Throw Your Leg Over Tasmania.

Its the second book from authors/riders Bridget Hallam and Alan Cox. The first was Throw Your Leg Over South East Queensland & Northern New South Wales

Throw Your Leg Over Tasmania Bridget and Alan Throw Your Leg Over authors motorcycle travel book

Like the first book, this also comes with GPX files for your motorbikes satnav.

Buyers can elect to receive the files when ordering ether of the $29.95 books online or by emailing them from the blue card inserted in the book, if buying from one of their stockists.

Alan says they can also give readers scan codes in a pdf for BikeGPX app. Riders simply scan from the app (available for both iPhone and Android).

There are also updated QR scan codes from the book to download maps and videos.

Throw Your Leg Over for a chance to win

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12:03

Australian Jews Condemn Morrisons Plan To Move Our Embassy To Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian rights group Jews Against The Occupation has strongly condemned yesterdays announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Australia would consider moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The announcement was made as Morrison tours the electorate of Wentworth, which heads to a by-election on Saturday following the resignation of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Wentworth is a wealthy electorate, and also has a high proportion of Jews around 13 percent of the electors.

The highly provocative move would align Australia with the United States, which moved its Embassy in May, but put us out of step with the rest of the world the international convention has been to locate embassies in Tel Aviv, a recognition of the contested status of Jerusalem between Israel and Palestine.

In a written statement, Vivienne Porzsolt from Jews Against the Occupation a Jewish-based Pro-Palestinian organisation based in Sydney said Morrisons move was an insult to the Jewish community of Wentworth, and predicted the stunt would fail.

Jews against the Occupation absolutely condemns the Prime Ministers raising the possibility of moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem, Ms Porzsolt said.

This is a provocative move which reveals complete disregard for international law and for efforts to achieve justice for Palestinians and a peaceful resolution of the conflict for both Israelis and Palestinians.

In the last-minute dash for the imminent Wentworth by-election, it is a blatant appeal to the so-called Jewish vote.

This is an insult to the Jewish community which encompasses a much broader range of views than is reflected in the pronouncements of the Jewish leadership in lockstep with the State of Israel.

Such transparent electioneering is an abuse of policy-making processes. It should persuade the voters of Wentworth to support any other candidate to send a message of No Confidence to the current government.

Currently, only the United States and Guatemala house their embassies in Jerusalem, recognition of the fact that when Israel was established in 1948, the United Nations resolved Jerusalem would be given the status of special international city, with future plans for it to be jointly controlled by Israel and Palestine given its importance to Islam, Christianity and the Jewish people.

A succession of wars between Israel and its neighbours has delayed the foundation of the Palestinian state, and East Jerusalem (Palestinian land) has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six War Day.

Under international law, it is illegal for an occupying power to move their own citizens into occupied territory. Israel has already established more than...

11:45

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Firearms Regulations. Public Safety, Ignorance, or... "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Firearms Regulations. Public Safety, Ignorance, or...: Firearms License Categories NSW Australia. Take a look at the various guns in these categories. Why are muzzle-loaders placed on a B...

11:38

US-China trade war creating uncertainty in forestry sector, says Papua New Guinea Forest Industry Association "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The forestry sector is keeping a close eye on the US-China trade war, which has created uncertainty in the market, according to Bob Tate, Executive Director of the Papua New Guinea Forestry Industry Association. He told Business Advantage PNG that China remains PNGs dominant export market.

Bob Tate claims the timber processing sector is in decline. Credit: Cloudy Bay Sustainable Forestry

With 88 per cent of Papua New Guineas timber exports sold into China for processing and on-selling into the US, the sector is keeping a close eye on the US-China trade war, says PNG Forestry Industry Association Director, Bob Tate.

Of PNGs total timber exports of 3,260,501 cubic metres in 2017, 2,869,240 cubic metres went to China.

Over the last year, he says, volumes rose slightly and prices are averaging out at around the high $US90 per cubic metre.

So far, those trade wars have not directly affected forestry nor forest products, he told Business Advantage PNG.

But theyve created a high degree of uncertainty and caution in forest products markets.

The US, Russia, Canada and New Zealand are the four biggest exporters of logs into China.

It has been talked about that the US in particular would impose tariffs on Chinese imported manufactured wooden products. Of course, that tends to disregard or ignore the fact that the US is significant exporter itself of forest products, particularly logs, to China.

Exporters

The Forest Industries Associations Bob Tate

Tate says the US, Russia, Canada and New Zealand are the four biggest exporters of logs into China.

Much of those imports are remanufactured into finished products and shipped from China back to the US to Home Depot and similarly large chains.

I think it has more to do with US domestic employment and s...

11:09

Opinion: A free trade zone in Papua New Guinea could create investment, revenues and jobs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea could attract significant investments and derive large revenues from a free trade zone, according to Tony Restall, President of the consultancy Development Services International. He says the necessary legislation is already in place.

Free trade zone advocate Tony Restall

A free trade zone (FTZ) is a geographic area where goods are generally not subject to customs duty and other incentives may be offered such as lower taxation.

The free zone history of PNG goes back to the year 2000 when the Free Zone Act was released through Parliament in its efforts to stimulate a secondary economic revenue stream.

The Act itself was no easy process to present to Government; nevertheless it was eventually released.

Although not a perfect document, if the supporting rules and regulations are activated it would enable the Free Trade Zone to become an effective investment tool attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country.

Dubai

Dubais FTZ has no personal or corporate income tax and allows 100 per cent business ownership and capital repatriation.

In the late 1970s the then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum, was concerned about the short-lived wealth created by an oil-based economy.

He was worried what would happen to his people when the oil ran out.

Last year the value of free trade revenues through Dubai exceeded US$500 Billion.

He exploited an idea from neighbouring Sharjah (part of the United Arab Emirates) which was never implemented for fear of upsetting Abu Dhabi, the largest oil and gas producing Emirate and the largest contributor to the UAE Economy.

Dubai embarked on a two-pronged investment program. Many predicted it would end in failure.

The first step was the construction of the largest man-made port in the world: Jebel Ali, a 67 metre deep water port.

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11:07

Libs say they will protect Mornington Peninsula from overdevelopment "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Only the Liberal Party will protect the amenity and character of our neighbourhoods and rural hinterland," says Russell Joseph, Liberal Candidate for Nepean. We don't often publish statements from the major parties, but this is the first one we know of that looks at protecting the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is an incredibly biodiverse part of South-Eastern Australia, hardly explored to date in terms of paleontology, rapidly losing its native fauna and flora. The undeniable fact that governments since Jeff Kennett have promoted destructive population growth here makes any policy to protect it extremely important. We will publish statements from any other political party that has a plan to protect the Mornington Peninsula from overpopulation.

"In 2014 the Liberal government introduced the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement to help protect our unique coastal, rural and conservation areas of the Mornington Peninsula townships and hinterland. However under Labor our General Residential Zone has been ruined and will now become a location for 3-storey apartment-style developments regardless of the established character of our neighbourhoods," he states.

Joseph describes the Andrews Labor government as having, without any consultation with local residents, communities or council, "replaced existing 9 metre height limits with an 11 metre limit and as of right approval for three storey development."

He adds his opinion that,

"Labors changes affect over 24,000 house lots across the Mornington Peninsula and this comes with further increases in traffic congestion and unsustainable pressure on an already stressed public transport system."

Joseph claims that a Liberal government will fix these planning changes and fund improved bus connections to the Mornington Peninsula, including service route changes and frequency improvements to both the 788 (Portsea) and 783 (Flinders) services. He says that a Liberal government will protect the Mornington Peninsula and reject the Labor-Greens solution to Melbournes chronic urban congestion by pushing the population down to us.

He concludes,

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10:45

Stormy Daniels defamation against Trump dismissed - Trump awarded costs "IndyWatch Feed National"

JUST IN: A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by Stormy Daniels against President Trump, rules Daniels is liable for the president's attorney's fees. pic.twitter.com/47cS2Mb5In Fox News (@FoxNews) October 15, 2018

10:44

Its OK to Whitewash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indigenous people across the country deserve better than this staggering ineptitude and support for white Australia policies.

10:13

What Happens Once Youve Found Yourself? "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all go through a Mulan phase. Not so much the cross-dressing our way into the army, saving China and cosying up with mega dreamboat Captain Li Shang part. Its more like looking in the mirror and offkey singing, Who is that accumulation of cells and bad-choices I see / staring straight back at me?

Yes, thats magical, and I could serve as your personal Mushu to guardian you through it all (okay, Ill stop with the Mulan references). But what happens next? What happens when youve returned home from your grand adventure, slightly tanner and found, only to seamlessly slip back into your humdrum daily life? What happens once Mulan defeats the Huns (I lied) after Happily Ever After?

Once Upon a Time (the start of this year), a Princess (thats me) booked a solo trip to some castle (Japan) to find Prince Charming (herself). The main motivation was because I had the money and the time or more accurately, had half the money, was two weeks late to start university and was very naive.

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10:04

What Australian pig farmers feed their livestock "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supermarkets stock a lot of carcinogenic products, where for good health the confectionery aisles should be empty like in the illustration below 24/7, and not just at the moment in time the photo was taken.


In many instances the general population would not be aware of what goes into the feed that is used to nourish livestock before it is killed for human consumption.

We have obtained information from a source within the industry that wishes to remain unnamed for obvious reasons, that products manufactured by the Mars confectionery company that are of substandard quality to be packaged and sold to the general population are sold to our Aussie pig farmers for their livestock to consume.

It's amazing who they'll sell their junk products masquerading as food to.

Would you really want to be consuming pork that was fed on junk?
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09:53

Hillsong Founder the pedophile Frank Houston and boy victim WNZ1, the first known Wellington New Zealand boy victim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brian Houston: I'm sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I'll remember them in my prayers. Sorry I can't help the victims more.

Pastor Brian Houston the head of Hillsong Global Church. Heartless. Refuses to help the boy sexual  abuse victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church in any way. Hid and sheltered his secret lifelong pedophile father Frank Houston for five years from 1999 to 2004 from the NSW Police and in doing this deprived the boy victims of Justice. Facing looming pedophile protection charges  Brian Houston: Im sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. Ill remember them in my prayers. Sorry I cant help the victims in any way.

09:34

Blessed Be The Populists, For They Know Not What They Do "IndyWatch Feed National"

Race-baiting populism isnt helping Scott Morrison, writes Ben Eltham. Its not even popular.

What sort of government is Scott Morrison running?

Its a question worth asking. Morrison is the Prime Minister of Australia, the holder of the highest elected office in the land. And yet he came to office with voters knowing almost nothing about his political agenda.

Morrison has not faced a general election as his partys leader. He has not been opposition leader. He has not presented a policy platform to voters, nor explained in any detail whatsoever what a Morrison government will stand for. Indeed, he cant even explain why the Liberal Party got rid of Malcolm Turnbull.

The Morrison government is a ship of state adrift without a chart or a rudder. There is no articulated policy agenda beyond some quick fix barnacle scraping: a $4.6 billion handout to the Catholic and independent schools (incidentally abandoning former education minister Simon Birminghams painstakingly constructed needs-based schools funding model), and a dollop of drought relief.

Not only is there no grand vision for the future of the nation, there isnt even a legislative agenda. Since Morrison took the top job, the government has run out of bills to debate in the Senate, and cancelled a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments.

A look through Morrisons speeches and media transcripts since taking the prime ministership is instructive. Theres almost nothing there.

His very first cabinet meeting gave us a flavour of what Morrison wanted his government to stand for: nationalist clichs. On August 28th, the new Prime Minister told journalists he wore an Australian flag lapel pin because it reminded him whose side he is on. Im on the side of the Australian people, he explained, which is not altogether surprising for a prime minister of Australia.

Morrison added that believes in a fair go for those who have a go. Morrison said he would redefine what fairness means in this country. Fairness would no longer mean a fair go for all. Fairness means a fair go for those who have a go.

Passing over some uncomfortable absences from the meeting such as Peter Dutton, wh...

09:21

PM Morrison speaks with Israel's PM Netanyahu on moving to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

I spoke today with Australian PM @ScottMorrisonMP. He informed me that he is considering officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel & moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem. Im very thankful to him for this. We will continue to strengthen ties between & ! Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu)...

07:59

Bill Thompson outs climate hypocrite Jeffrey Sachs "IndyWatch Feed National"

.@JeffDSachs takes @SenPaterson to task on sloganeering and foreign aid #QandA pic.twitter.com/KGbqWiyB8a ABC Q&A (@QandA) October 15, 2018

07:58

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07:49

Scott Morrisons Desperate New Low: An Australian Embassy In Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Whats a Palestinian life worth in Australia? Not much, if Scott Morrisons new low is anything to go by. Chris Graham explains the ramifications of the Prime Ministers promise overnight to move Australias embassy in Israel.

In a deeply cynical bid to woo voters in the seat of Wentworth, Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday flagged the idea of following the United States lead by moving Australias embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The story might sound innocuous, and it may barely rate a mention in media reporting leading up to the by-election of the seat of Wentworth, but it could have a profound affect in the electorate (13 per cent of whom are Jewish) and even more profound implications globally, particularly in the Middle East.

Its not a flawless comparison, but to give you a rough Australian context, moving Australias embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be like the Australian Government seizing Aboriginal land as part of the Northern Territory intervention (which it did), refusing to hand that land back, and then establishing a new city around Uluru.

The situation in the Middle East is more complex, but as part of ongoing efforts within the global community to broker peace between Palestine and Israel, the international consensus had been to locate embassies outside Jerusalem.

The reason for this is surprisingly simple. When Israel was formed in 1948, the United Nations designated Jerusalem a special international city, meaning sovereignty was essentially to rest with more than just Israel, given the sites importance to the Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths (an area known as the Old City in Jerusalem includes some of the most holy sites of all three Abrahamic religions).

Israels capital was established in Tel Aviv instead, and international embassies were located there as well.

The United Nations intent had always been to form a Palestinian state bordering Israel, and for the management of Jerusalem to be shared between the two. But this never happened the formation of Palestine was stalled by multiple wars between Israel and its neighbours, including the occupation of East Jerusalem (Palestinian land) by Israel since 1967.

US president Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

In November last year US president Donald Trump...

07:47

Australia should be 'exporting sunshine, not coal', economist Jeffrey Sachs tells Q&A "IndyWatch Feed National"

US analyst criticises successive governments for defending coal in wake of alarming IPCC report on climate changeEconomist Jeffrey Sachs has criticised successive Australian governments for defending a 19th or 20th century industry rather than taking decisive action on climate change, saying Australia should be exporting sunshine, not coal.Make a plan, make a timeline, tell the world how you're going to decarbonise, and then we'll all be happy to hear from Australia that [...]

07:35

Demographer slams overdevelopment in Melbourne - Video and text "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Bob Birrell [1] calls for better planning to stop over-development, sustainable population policy reform at a Sustainable Australia Party event. "Net overseas immigration is completely dominating the figures." The politicians tell us, "We just have to get used to it, and the way we're going to deal with it is to throw literally billions at it ... and ... eliminate suburbia." "That's what they say. But rezoning and high density doesn't actually work. The houses are too expensive. The reason is site costs. The more people the more demand for housing. If you increase the opportunity for housing on the same site, the site values go up higher.... It doesn't work." "Nor does the high rise 'solution'. You know there are tens of thousands of these being completed. When we checked the 2016 census, what we found was, that in the two areas of greatest density, CBD and South bank, only 5% of all those appartments were occupied by families with children. Well, what are we going to do about it? We have to deal with high NOM (Net Overseas Migration), it's not inevitable - and this is the key point. The high levels of NOM at present are due to government policy or government non-policy. They are a deliberate consequence of government policy. Not inevitable. For example, overseas students. It is a fact that the biggest source of growth in Net Overseas Migration in Melbourne is overseas students. There are more overseas students coming in on a student's visa each year than are leaving holding a student's visa. Okay, we don't object to students coming here for an education. the problem is that, once they get here and complete their education, they can stay on, more or less forever. Our governments have deliberately encouraged them to do so. By providing, as of right, a two year stay here, with full work rights - even if your degree is in cultural studies - and, when you've done that, you can get another student visa. Or you can become a tourist, or you can get a working holiday visa, or you can apply for a 457 temporary visa. Or you can apply for a permanent entry visa. And, as a consequence, a big chunk of overseas students are just spinning out ... over the years. So, we can change that and that would have a major impact. There are many other areas we could change. I'll just give you one or two to finish, which you may not know about. You've probably heard a lot about 'regional policy' - 'maybe we'll put people in the bush, rather than let them stay in Melbourne or Sydney. Well, currently, there's a program near 30,000 visas strong for state and regional sponsorship. The problem...

06:16

Bruce Wilson - "Gillard flew to my rescue" in May 1992 "IndyWatch Feed National"

FORMER prime minister Julia Gillard flew from Melbourne to Perth in 1992 to iron out legal trouble over a union association, her then boyfriend Bruce Wilson told an inquiry yesterday. Mr Wilson, then a senior Australian Workers Union official, told a Royal Commission Ms Gillard flew to his side when...

06:00

Exams defer national strike until Thursday 25 October "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

KEITH JACKSON

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Gov Gary Juffa, Gov Allan Bird and Bryan Kramer - Planning a nationwide boycott for Thursday 25 October

PORT MORESBY Opposition members of parliament have deferred  a nationwide strike in Papua New Guinea until Thursday of next week because the protest would have clashed with this week's Grade 12 examinations.

The boycott is to protest against the O'Neill government colluding with overseas opportunists to steal from our people.

At a meeting last night, the organisers decided to avoid the strike conflicting with the major national exam, which is sat by 28,000 students.

In the wake of the continuing Maserati scandal, Oro governor Gary Juffa, East Sepik governor Allan Bird and Madang MP Bryan Kramer together with former prime minister Sir Mekere Morauta, now an MP, issued a call to people to join in the strike by staying home in a show of a nonviolent defiance.

Their call resonated even louder today when The Australian newspaper revealed that three new Bentley Flying Spur limousines worth a total of over $960,000 (K2.5 million) had been added to the APEC luxury vehicle fleet. The newspaper had obtained an invoice for the Bentleys made out to PNG's APEC CEO Chris Hawkins.

We are disgusted. We have heard [peoples] views and expressions on social media and we share the same concerns about the corruption and scandals led by the ONeill government, Mr Kramer said. "We could no longer sit back and watch you struggle to put your children through school in the hope of a job that will never exist.

This afternoon the Opposition said it would use the week before the Thuesday 25 October strike to meet with union, civil society and church leaders to "solicit their support in protest of the systematic corruption crippling the country".

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05:36

Government must be stopped from allowing schools to discriminate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

In a bizarre effort to turn reality upside down, the Ruddock so-called inquiry into religious freedom has recommended allowing private schools, to turn away gay students who are gay or have a different sexual orientation,  has become the talk around this country. Closely associated is the call to also allow these schools to get rid of gay teachers and adopt discriminatory employment practices

The term so-called is justifiably used, because this inquiry was never meant to have anything to do about protecting people from exercising their religion. It has always been about imposing the will of some, to discriminate against those they consider not their type of people and force privilege for some at the expense of others.

People have fought for generations to improve the lot for all. It has been tough. But society ultimately progressed towards greater fairness and inclusiveness. Certain elements now want to turn the wheel back. They manipulate the insecurity of some, to distort it and create the monster of bigotry. The decisive victory over marriage equality last year, raised the determination of some to raise their counter crusade to a new level.

It is suggested that being inclusive locks out the faithful.  It is never explained how this can happen. Inclusiveness means respecting the beliefs and differences of others. It is based on the acceptance that although each of us have certain rights, we also all have responsibilities to the wider community.

Calling for allowing discrimination, as a necessity for the right of people to apply their faith is false. All faiths talk about compassion towards fellow human beings. Where has this gone?

Its perpetrators are not calling for freedom of speech and religion, but the exclusive right to ram their demands down the throats of others. They are calling for the right to be custodians of all truth. They want other voices silenced, and anyone who doesnt fit into their world view, to be punished for it.

This is what exposes the truth behind it. A political agenda of those who would divide our community by promoting prejudice, to impose a new order that consolidates the power of a few over the many.

It is no different than manufacturing that asylum seekers arriving by boat deserve to be punished and that Muslims are a threat. Setting up scapegoats to blame and hate, promotes and normalises inhumanity, and creates a platform for those who would take us down a dark road.

The good thing is that the proposal is already  causing a backlash. Much of the Australian community is horrified and wants it stopped. it is even causing significant division within the governments ranks. Labor and the Greens are calling for an amendment to the law, which will make it even harder for schools...

05:32

Telstra's real dads "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Real Dads of Melbourne enjoying big screen vibes with the @SamsungAU Galaxy Note9 on @Telstra pic.twitter.com/2qs4LXkL5p Telstra (@Telstra) October 5, 2018

05:02

Gay penguin couple breeds egg "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 11 October 2018 video from Australia says about itself:

Sphengic on the ice Sphen and Magic

Same-Sex [gentoo] penguin couple at Sea Life Aquarium Sydney

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The gay couple were first given a fake egg in their nest, so they could practice breeding. That went so well that they got a real egg. That egg came from the nest of another penguin couple that had two eggs.

Natural talents

In the wild, gentoo penguins can usually only raise one youngster. So, the chick from the second egg will die. The biological parents did not even realize that an egg had been taken away by the caretakers, says [keeper] Hannan.

According to Hannan, Sphen and Magic are real natural talents as future parents. They change jobs on a daily basis, says Hannan. One of the two is sitting on the egg and the other bird makes sure nobody can get around to steal stones from the nest.

This 11 October 2018 video from Australia says about itself:

#LoveWins Sphen and Magic Penguin Couple

Penguins Breeding at Sea Life Sydney 2018

05:00

Report highlights govt's multiple breaches in SABL land grab "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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PORT MORESBY - The appalling human rights abuses being suffered by the victims of the huge SABL land-grab in Papua New Guinea are the focus of a report published yesterday.

The SABL Land Grab: Papua New Guineas Ongoing Human Rights Scandal highlights the devastating impacts on people living in rural communities and gives a voice to those who have suffered the illegal loss of their land to logging and oil-palm plantations.

One of them is Peter Tai, who says people were threatened, beaten and turned away by armed police and the army when they tried to stop the logging and oil palm planting on their traditional land

When the company uses the police and army, they twist the law and beat us up very badly, to the point where we are afraid to attempt stopping the company again, Mr Tai said.

It is not only violence that people have suffered.

A landowner from Pomio explained: We the people have lost our God-given birthright to our land for 99 years, and significantly our traditions, cultures, customs, virgin forest and friendly environment, the eco systems we depend on and our peaceful community living and life setting.

The report highlights how the SABL land grab, as well as breaching PNGs own land laws and Constitution, has breached a whole raft of international laws and conventions.

These include the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and many of the fundamental human rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The report has been published by the UK based charity, War on Want, and PNG based community advocacy group, Act Now!

The two groups are calling for immediate action by the PNG government to end the land grab and cancel the leases and are also asking the international community to be more proactive in pressuring for action by the authorities.

We are calling on the UN special rapporteurs who have already written to the government expressing their concerns about the human rights abuses to come to PNG to see the impacts first hand and speak directly with the government.

We are also calling on China and the other countries taking logs and palm oil from the SA......

04:54

Can we buy our way out of the sixth extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Money, its said, makes the world go round. The old adage appears to be true in conservation, too: A paper in Nature tracked $14.4 billion spent on conservation programs over a 12-year period around the world, and found that it was money well spent. All the money we have been spending on conservation has actually made a difference, says Anthony Waldron, lead author of the paper and research fellow at the National University of Singapore. To understand if spending was effectively making a difference in conservation, the authors compiled a dataset that took into account both species decline and conservation funding per capita in 109 countries. The researchers also looked at how development population growth, industrial expansion, and agriculture contributed to biodiversity loss. The model found that while development and GDP growth affected biodiversity negatively, money spent on conservation greatly reduced those impacts. In the 109 countries studied, all of them signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the researchers found a median average reduction of 29 percent of species loss per country as a result of the billions spent in the period from 1996 to 2008. If we hadnt spent the money, we would have lost a third more biodiversity than we did, Waldron tells wildlife.org. The researchers also found that nearly two-thirds of global biodiversity loss during that period was concentrated in just seven countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, India, Australia and the United States (the latter

04:00

Pauline Hanson, dysfunctionality & the politics of profligacy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Albert & Maserati
Dr Albert Schram, pictured here on his Sunday hike in Italy, knows a Maserati when he sees one.

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TUMBY BAY - In her simplistic way, the extreme right wing politician Pauline Hanson says that if Papua New Guinea can afford forty luxury Maserati vehicles it doesnt need Australian aid.

It is the same sort of logic that many people use when arguing for a cut to welfare payments. The argument goes that if they just spend the money on cigarettes, booze and poker machines and refuse to get a job they dont deserve to get it.

We all know that most people forced onto welfare struggle to make ends meet and carefully manage their money.

It is just the irresponsible minority that gives them a bad name and forces more and more strictures on everyone.

The Papua New Guinea government has now further and decisively demonstrated that it is a similar irresponsible minority.

The Maserati purchase is now a fecund symbol of the unbridled extravagance and irresponsibility of the ONeill government.

By remaining uncritical the Australian government is complicit and its aid program suspect.

I suspect that this story is going to play out for some considerable time, both before and after APEC.

I also suspect that as the narrative evolves and the symbolism strengthens there will be a backlash.

This will be especially so if politicians are spotted driving around Moresby in the vehicles after APEC finishes. Nobody would be that stupid, or would they Mr Tkatchenko?

Aid donors, particularly Australia but perhaps even China and others, will now think twice about giving Papua New Guinea more money to splurge on questionable programs.

In political terms this might be a good thing but in practical terms for the Papua New Guinean people it will be another setback.

With a government up to its eyeballs in debt, reduced aid money will only mean that the trickle that actually gets spent in rural areas will be diminished.

Inherent in Pauline H...

03:30

Refugee families ripped apart by Australian Government take their case to the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

63 mothers, fathers and children permanently separated between Australia and indefinite offshore detention on Manus and Nauru have taken their case for family reunion to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

The group includes:

  • five babies born in Australia whose fathers are indefinitely detained on Nauru;

  • a father detained on Manus Island for five years whose wife and children are living in Sydney and whose daughters are studying at University; and

  • husbands and wives, children and parents, and brothers and sisters, who remain permanently separated because they arrived and sought protection in Australia on different dates.

The complaint, made on behalf of the families by the Human Rights Law Centre and barristers Kylie Evans, John Maloney and Marion Isobel, is one of the largest UN actions ever brought against the Australian Government and comes during the Governments first year as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

These families just want what every family in the world wants to be together with the people they love the most. But instead they are being needlessly ripped apart and go to bed every night with a massive knot in their stomach not knowing if or when they will ever see each other again, said Mr Webb.

Every one of these families has a heartbreaking separation moment - a moment when they realised our Government was permanently tearing them apart. One of the dads told me he felt like his entire body froze. He said he couldnt move or even breathe and just collapsed to the floor and had to be carried away.

Ripping apart these families is cruel, harmful and clearly illegal.

The UN case contains detailed evidence of the harm being caused to the families by their indefinite separation, particularly the harm being caused to the children who are separated from one of their parents.

The medical evidence is harrowing. Some of these kids are permanently grief-stricken in their minds every single day its like someone they love has died. Imagine being a child and growing up permanently grief stricken, hearing your mum crying in bed every night because she doesnt know if you will ever get to meet your dad. Its just brutal, said Mr Webb.

The families, who have been separated for up to five years, have made repeated requests to the Government to be reunited. Each time they are just ignored or told to go back to offshore detention.

Were talking about a handful of families. Instead of forcing people to choose between the c...

03:22

FBI Concealed Evidence That Directly Refutes Premise Of Trump-Russia Probe: GOP Lawmaker "IndyWatch Feed National"

After hinting for months that the FBI was not forthcoming with federal surveillance court judges when they made their case to spy on the Trump campaign, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe (R) said on Sunday that the agency is holding evidence which directly refutes its premise for launching the probe, reports the Daily Callers Chuck Ross.

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Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe provided Sunday the clearest picture to date of what the FBI allegedly withheld from the surveillance court.

Ratcliffe suggested that the FBI failed to include evidence regarding former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, in an interview with Fox News.

Ratcliffe noted that the FBI opened its investigation on July 31, 2016, after receiving information from the Australian government about a conversation that Papadopoulos had on May 10, 2016, with Alexander Downer, the top Australian diplomat to the U.K. Daily Caller

While Australias Alexander Downer claimed that Papadopoulos revealed Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton, Ratcliffe who sits on the House Judiciary Committee suggested on Sunday that the FBI and DOJ possess information which directly contradicts that account.

Hypothetically, if the Department of Justice and the FBI have another piece of evidence that directly refutes that, that directly contradicts that, what you would expect is for the Department of Justice to present both sides of the coin to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to evaluate the weight and sufficiency of that evidence, Ratcliffe said, adding: Instead, what happened here was Department of Justice and FBI officials in the Obama administration in October of 2016 only presented to the court the evidence that made the governments case to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate.

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02:23

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

some pictures from the siara celebration

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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS and the Regional member for Bougainville, JOE LERA and the local ABG member for Selau, JOSEPH WATAWI yesterday attended the Siara local women celebrations organized with the Nazareth Centre in Chabai and some of their partners who came in from overseas.

In this celebrations the women displayed many activities from dancing to the bamboo beat and displaying their cultures to the visitors who were invited to attend.

These activities also had the women displaying their gardens to the visitors as part of food security for the people of SELAU.

They also had many songs and stories highlighting the need to protect women and children from abuse within our societies.
The celebrations ended in the afternoon.

One interesting thing from this ceremony was that all food and drinks were sold and there was no free food and drinks even for the invited guests.

Most of the items sold were locally produced food.

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Caption f one of the clan members explaining her attires

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02:06

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Pictures from the welcome dinner

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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

some pictures at the welcome dinner

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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Listening to welcome song by Yumi Yet Bamboo band

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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Washing of feet on arrival at Buka

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01:50

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

161018BRC TRANSITIONAL COMMITTEE MET IN BUKA
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The Bougainville Referendum Committees Transitional Committee met in Buka for the first time yesterday since the committee was appointed by both the ABG and PNG Governments.
The arrival of the Chairman and three term Prime Minister of Ireland BERTIE AHERN was announced by the Prime Minister PETER ONIEL at the Special JSB meeting in Port Moresby last Thursday.
The Prime Minister also announced PNG governments appointees to the Bougainville Referendum Commission as the former Chief Secretary to Government, ROBERT IGARA and DR THOMAS WEBSTER from the National Research Institute.
ABG had earlier announced its appointees as the former ABC Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA and the head of the Bougainville healthy community concept, RUBIE MIRINGKA.
During the absence of the Bougainville Referendum Commission a transitional committee co-chaired by the PNG Electoral Commissioner, PATILIUS GAMATO and the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU have been working in making preparatory work for the Bougainville referendum.
The team led by the BERTIE AHERN and were welcomed at the Buka airport by a cultural group from HAKU.
They met several people including the ABG President and the ABG Speaker during their two days stay in Buka.
They returned to Port Moresby yesterday.
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Pictured is Bertie Ahern welcomed by the ABG Protocol Officer Belinda Sali Picture by Aloysius Laukai

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01:06

Netflix Animation Pushes Gross Pedophilia and Child Pornography "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to Vanity Fair, the child frequently masturbates with her favorite childhood toy, a stuffed worm. In 2008 an Australian man was convicted of possessing child pornography, fined $3,000 and required to enter a two-year good behaviour bond in relation to each offence. The pornographic content in the mans possession comprised of a series of cartoons []

00:35

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lera On Community Based Initiatives
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Community based programs to raise revenue within small rural communities can have a definitive impact on Bougainvilles economy.
Regional Member for Bougainville, Joe Lera says that only twenty percent of Bougainvilleans pay tax that contributes to Bougainvilles revenue.
Bougainvilles revenue at the moment stands at K20 million which is derived from cash crops and taxes collected from goods and services and income taxes.
Mr Lera says that encouraging rural based economies will also have an impact on the eighty percent in the rural areas who will be able to pay taxes.
He stressed that people in the rural areas must be empowered to participate in development and sustaining the political outcome of the referendum.
With an overwhelming number opting for independence creating a strong economic base for the Bougainville is a priority.
The ABG has so far banked on the mining industry to save it from its economic woes but mining remains a sensitive and unstable issue on Bougainville.
He says focus must be brought back to the basics like sports, arts and crafts and the agricultural sector to allow people to make something of themselves in society.

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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Momis Acknowledges Women
New Dawn FM
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The resilience of Bougainvillean women has been acknowledged by the Rural Womens Day at Siara Village in the Selau Constituency.
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis says that Bougainvillean women are proud and confident of their identity and their traditions.
He says women play an important role in society without any recognition but they continue to strive to better society.
President Momis acknowledges their contribution and encouraged them to keep helping to move Bougainville forward.
Momis also encouraged people present at the day to adhere to social justice principles, respect law and order, recognising human rights and ensuring peace prevails within communities.
Momis stressed the need to adhere to human rights and respecting our fellow man especially in the lead up to the referendum in the next couple of months.
He says it is the responsibility of Bougainvilleans to respect and promote human rights as they prepare for the referendum.

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23:51

Is America reaching its end phase ? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Empires dont last forever [1]. America empire may be now reaching its end phase.

1. Signs of American end phase.

American Congress is now in the hands of half-citizens (each congress member with dual citizenship has only half-loyalty to America) and is under tremendous pressure from lobbyists.

Congress and Supreme Court are fighting hard to take-over Presidential power: Supreme Court tries to incapacitate Executive power (as granted by the Constitution) on many cases then gives Congress the final says on those cases.

American politicians are now denouncing populism of their own President Donald Trump and of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban[5] . They are

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21:50

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 "Pegasus 9" at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 15 October, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 was noted landing at Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  It was heard using the radio callsign of "Pegasus 9".



After taking on fuel, it departed to the Oakey Army Aviation Centre but a few miles out of Rocky, it was heard to return to Rockhampton Airport with a technical problem.

At the time of writing, A40-020 remains at Rockhampton Airport.

Later on Monday 15 October, fellow Australian Army MRH-90 A40-021 was noted also arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville as "Warhorse 244" seemingly on a rescue mission to assist A40-020.

UPDATE!  A40-021 "Warhorse 244" has since departed Rockhampton Airport for Oakey.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Trevor H for taking the time to send through this information and photos!

All photos taken by Trevor Hardsman 

20:26

Japan raises concerns over Pacifics debt to China "IndyWatch Feed National"

Japans foreign minister has raised concerns  about the high levels of debt accrued by some Pacific Island nations and said his country wants to help resolve the problem.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the comments on Monday while visiting New Zealand, where he met  his counterpart Winston Peters.

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Japans Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, with his counterpart Winston Peters in Wellington on Monday.CREDIT:AP

Some observers have become alarmed at the growth in Chinese lending in the Pacific and worry that small countries such as Tonga and Vanuatu are becoming beholden to China because of their high debt levels.

Kono didnt mention China specifically in his comments. But he said the Pacific region was important in a strategic sense to both Japan and New Zealand.

Peters said New Zealand was also concerned about the loans and the ability of small island nations to repay them.

Were looking very seriously at that, saying What does it mean for us when those nations may forfeit the very asset value that theyve sought to develop, and have it owned by some other country? he said.

Peters said neither Japan nor New Zealand had gone so far as to offer to repay the loans directly.

We understand the problem, Peters added. Weve got our eyes wide open.

Konos visit to New Zealand was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in five years. It marks a warming relationship between the two nations over the past year since Jacinda Ardern became New Zealands prime minister.

Kono thanked New Zealand for deciding last month to deploy a maritime patrol plane to Japan as part of an effort to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea.

Australia, Canada and the US are also helping Japan monitor offshore ship-to- ship transfers of oil allegedly involving North Korean ships, which would violate UN sanctions imposed over the Norths nuclear and missile programs.

Regarding the situation in North Korea, we reaffirm our cooperation to achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible disposal of all the weapons of mass destruction and the ballistic missiles of all ranges, Kono said through an interpreter.

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20:00

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - More Photos of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '734' Operating at Rockhampton Airport as "Condor" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Also on Sunday 14 October, the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport aircraft '734' was photographed arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) after completing one of its many sorties in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Condor".





19:41

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - New Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLE Back at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After departing late the previous evening, during the afternoon on Sunday 14 October, Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLE was back at Rockhampton Airport, again touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport but this time as RBA4271.






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19:21

Evacuating Nauru: Mdecins Sans Frontires and Australias Refugee Dilemma "IndyWatch Feed National"

MSF, at least in its operating protocols, is meant to be solidly neutral and diligently impartial.  But neutrality tends to be compromised before the spectacle of suffering.  Bearing witness disturbs the mood and narrows objective distance.  On June 17, 2016, by way of example, the organisation stated that it could not accept funding from the EU or the Member States while at the same time treating the victims of their policies! Its that simple.  Central to this, as Katharine Weatherhead explained in an analysis of the organisations stance, is the ethic of refusal and tmoignage, the idea of being a witness to suffering.

Australias gulag mimicry a prison first, justice second mentality that governs boat arrivals has done wonders to challenge any stance of distance humanitarian organisations might purport to have.  To see the suffering such policies cause is to make converts of the stony hearted.  What matters in this instance the MSF condemnation of Australias innately brutal anti-refugee policy on Nauru is its certitude.

The Australian government has taken the high, icy road and left the UN Refugee Convention in shambolic ruin; it insists, repeatedly, that refugees are to be discriminated against on the basis of how they arrive to the country; it also suggests, with a hypnotically disabling insistence that keeping people in open air prisons indefinitely is far better than letting them drown.  (We, the message goes, stopped the boats and saved lives!)

MSF, which had been working on the island since November 2017 primarily providing free psychological and psychiatric services, was given its marching orders by Naurus authorities last week.  Visas for the organisations workers were cancelled to make it clear there was no intention of inviting us back, explained MSF Australia director Paul McPhun.

A disagreement about what MSF was charged with doing developed.  The original memorandum of understanding with the Nauru government...

19:12

Video: Remembering the West Gate Bridge collapse "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Forty-eight years ago, today, a span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed, killing 35 and injuring 18.

The findings of a royal commission into the collapse, together with union efforts, paved the way for the strengthening of occupational health and safety laws in Australian workplaces.

Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living. We will never forget the workers that were lost that day.

Video from Australian Unions

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West Gate Bridge Collapse

48 years ago today, a span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed, killing 35 and injuring 18. The findings of a royal commission into the collapse, together with union efforts, paved the way for the strengthening of occupational health and safety laws in Australian workplaces. Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living. We will never forget the workers that were lost that day.

Posted by Australian Unions on Sunday, October 14, 2018

 

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19:06

House share "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I am a male working professional coming to Townsville in November and looking for a place to stay. Ideally in the North Ward area. I will be working in West End out of a friends office.

If anyone has a spare room or knows anyone then please let me know.

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17:41

Desperate Chinese middle class take big risks to move money, and themselves, overseas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Growing worries are pushing more wealthy mainlanders to seek property and long-stay visas overseas but for some, it has turned into a nightmare

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16:53

Never give up. Never, never, never give up. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael Smith National Australia Bank BSB: 084855 Acct No: 537650476 Dear friends, Over the past 6 or 7 years we've gotten to know each other pretty well. I think you know that when I'm travelling OK I don't ask for your help. When I have enough to live, I let...

16:32

Great Barrier Reef holiday "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey guys. Im from sydney and i really want to see the great barrier reef before it basically dies off from climate change. Im planning on going this summer or early autumn.

Ive heard that flying to cairns is the best option so ill do that. Otherwise, where is the best and most pure place to go diving in the reef?

Are there any other exceptionally beautiful places that i should go to?

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15:23

Australias death penalty abolition strategy welcomed, but more action needed to address complicity in deaths "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre has welcomed the Australian Governments new strategy for the abolition of the death penalty, but warned that further action is needed to avoid the risk of another tragedy like the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The strategy, released this morning in Canberra, outlines Australias whole of government approach to abolishing the death penalty.

We welcome the strategys unequivocal statement that Australia opposes the death penalty in all circumstances for all people. We are seeing around the world that in a time of populist politics established standards of basic decency can evaporate in an instant. Its vital to entrench our opposition to the death penalty in our laws, in our political culture, in our foreign policy and in our international reputation and identity, said Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

Disappointingly, the strategy excludes any consideration of Australias approach to police cooperation and information sharing in a death penalty context. Mr Webb said that omission meant that if the Bali Nine case happened again tomorrow, nothing would prevent the AFP from acting in exactly the same way and sharing information that ultimately facilitates executions.

It was a tip off from the Australian Federal Police that ultimately led to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran being arrested in Indonesia where they were sentenced to death. If the same set of circumstances were to exist tomorrow, there is nothing to stop the AFP doing exactly the same thing, said Mr Webb.

We must not facilitate what we abhor. We are not executing people, and we are telling other countries not to execute people, but our AFP is still sharing intelligence and information that can lead to executions we are still a link in the causal chain in executions around the world, said Mr Webb.

Figures obtained by Fairfax media under freedom of information laws in 2017 showed that Australian Federal Police assisted in nearly 130 foreign crime investigations, involving more than 400 people since 2015, where a successful prosecution could potentially lead to a death sentence.

In 2016, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recommended that the Australian Government seek assurances from foreign law enforcement agencies that the death penalty will not be sought before sharing information.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission to the inquiry is here.

15:10

Moon landing impossible with 1960s technology "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

The producer of the film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon, Bart Sibrel joins Sean Kerrigan to discuss Fake News, the Apollo Moon missions, SpaceX and YouTubes double standard regarding censorship and demonetization.

Sibrel believes that Alex Jones, for example was taken down to confer him with Street Cred to his millions of fans, in order to be trotted out to promote a big lie later soon.

YouTube hates Sibrels truth-telling about the Lunar Landings and they demonetize his videos. Meanwhile, they allow incredible violence and other violations of purported Community Guidelines by big corporate accounts.

Different shadow angles and NASAs admission it has never had technology to protect astronauts from harm if passing through the dangerous Van Allen radiation belt enroute to the moon have cast serious doubt man has never been there

 

Sibrel easily demonstrates how the photographs of the Lunar surface are fake because the shadows are pointing in different directions. This would not be possible on the Moon, due to the Sun being the only light source and the light being unidirectional. This is to say nothing about NASAs recent admissions that they dont have the technology to protect Astronauts from the enormous radiation of the Van Allen Belts.

Sibrel continues his analysis of motion picture evidence and uses deductive reasoning to show how NASAs claims that they destroyed their hardware and telemetry data as a basis for why...

15:05

Australia Turning Really Authoritative? Is this How a Dark Age Begins? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The greed of governments in their pursuit of money is the single greatest threat to creating a Dark Age. With New Zealand imposing a $5,000 fine for just landing there and you refuse to hand over your pen and passwords to your phone for them to search, now we have Australia going really nuts to the point that they risk tech companies simply banning the sale of their products in the country. The Assistance and Access Bill 2018 in Australia will force Google, Apple, Facebook, and other technology groups to help Australian authorities decode certain forms of encrypted communications on their systems, or face fines of up to AU$10 million. The government says the legislation will help protect against terrorism, fraud and child abuse crimes, claiming it aims to ensure criminals have no place to hide.

The problem that arises that failure to pay taxes they also call criminal. Hence, the hunt for money is greatly aided by this type of legislation far more than any other pretend criminal activity. While the government has stopped short of demanding backdoor access to tech companies systems that would allow the government to tap into end-to-end encryption services such as WhatsApp, it does demand access to data at points where it is not encrypted.

Apple, FOR INSTANCE,  would not be made to create a backdoor for their iMessage where every users encryption key is different. But the government could request access to the single encryption key for its iCloud services. When you send a message to a friend, its encrypted as it travels between the two devices, and when it arrives, its decrypted for your friend to read, which is when the government should get to read it. The Australian government is cleverly demanding not a backdoor, but a side door to gain access to whatever people are sending.

Naturally, the cybersecurity minister claims this will only be allowed under strict guidelines, with companies subject to three levels of escalation: an interception agency requesting the company voluntarily assist; a Technical Assistance Notice whereby the companies are instructed to help; and a Technical...

15:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:01

AFTINET remains opposed to the TPP-11 but welcomes ALP Bill for fairer future trade deals "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 October 2018: AFTINET welcome the pledges for progressive changes to future trade policy in shadow Trade Minister Jason ClaresBill  announced today, as the TPP-11 implementing legislation is being debated by the Senate. However we remain opposed to theTPP-11 because it restricts the right of future governments to regulate in the public interest and contains:

"We remain deeply disappointed that the ALP Caucus majority decided to support the TPP-11 implementing legislation" 

We welcome the pledge that Labor will attempt to remove ISDS and  reinstate labour market testing for temporary workers in the TPP-11 if it wins government.  But in practice a future Labor government, having endorsed the implementation of the TPP-11 in opposition, would have less bargaining power to negotiate such changes with the other 10 governments once the deal is implemented, and changes will be difficult to achieve, said Dr Ranald.

We welcome the Bills provisions for future trade agreements to ban ISDS and ban the removal of labour market testing for temporary workers, and to include fully enforceable labour rights. We also welcome pledges previously made to improve the transparency of trade negotiations, to publish negotiating texts and final texts of future trade agreements before they are signed, and for independent...

13:38

Leniency on motorcycle edge filtering rule "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland is the only state that allows edge filtering on some roads and now riders have been granted further leniency when the speed limit is temporarily changed.

Lane filtering was introduced in 2015 under the former Liberal State Government, thanks to lobbying by the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland.

The rules included the unique allowance for riders to filter on the edge of roads marked as 90km/h or higher.

Edge filtering anomaly

However, in a ludicrous anomaly riders were banned from edge filtering if the variable electronic speed limit was reduced for congested traffic just when you need to filter!

The MRAQ has been lobbying to fix the edge filtering anomaly for the past 18 months.

Last month the Labor Government changed the rule to allow edge filtering even when the speed is dropped, unless it is in a tunnel or through roadworks.

The ACT recently made lane filtering permanent after a prolonged trial. It joins all other states with lane filtering laws, except Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

However, rules vary across all borders.

Filtering amendments

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MRAQ president Chris Mearns says they have also been lobbying for other changes to Queenslands lane filtering rules....

13:11

Long live the gender whisperers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Part of what underlies this debate is that the Yes campaign for marriage equality in 2017, in its most formal organised form (under the banner The Equality Campaign), emphasised LGBTIQ equality in private family life, rather than broader public life. The campaign quite explicitly decided not to defend Safe Schools, gender diversity, or to confront the homophobia and transphobia stirred up by the No campaign.

12:32

Engine Block at Devils Leap Paluma "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Does anyone know the history of the engine Block caught between rocks at Devils leap crystal Creek? Saw it there again the other day, and it got me wondering how long it had been there, how it got there and whether there used to be more etc

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12:01

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham Threatened To Sue Teenager For Calling Him A Bully, Hypocrite "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just over a year after publicly railing about politicians misusing defamation laws, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham threatened to sue a teenager for posting comments critical of him in a closed Facebook group with less than 600 members. When the young woman offered to remove the post in exchange for Mr Buckingham agreeing to not sue, he told her it was not a negotiation and demanded she provide a contact email address so his lawyers could serve her with legal papers.

At the time, the young woman was sitting at the beside of her gravely ill mother in the Intensive Care Unit of a far north coast hospital.

And the comments which upset Mr Buckingham? He was accused of bullying, and being a massive fucking hypocrite.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, pictured in August 2011. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)

Mr Buckingham is coming under increasing scrutiny for his use of lawyers to threaten political colleagues, after launching legal action against four current/former Greens party members who commented on public allegations he sexually assaulted a Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, in 2011. The incident is the subject of an ongoing New Matilda investigation, although Mr Buckingham has strongly denied the assault occurred.

The young woman at the centre of the latest story Vanamali Hermans had met Mr Buckingham in 2014 while she was a Year 11 student on the NSW north coast. She joined the party soon after, but quickly became disillusioned. In December 2016, aged 18, Ms Hermans took to the closed NSW Greens Facebook group total membership less than 600 at the time to vent after being accused by Mr Buckingham of favouring other Greens politicians Facebook posts over his.

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Yep! I love that we have MPs and a wider membership that use young people as...

11:42

Don't use blu tack in Townsville "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Random as post.

Used blu tack to hang up a poster and obviously with the heat it fell down. That's not the bad part, the rest of the blu tack is stuck onto the wall, I tried using the existent blu tack to roll it off with little luck, a magic sponge, eucalyptus oil, that all didn't work. So I ended up using a chisel which I pulled some of our feature wall paint off. Had to repaint it.

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11:17

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

11:10

Gold Coast nurse swap a haymaker for Quilpie graziers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A WORK SWAP between a nurse from the Gold Coast and a colleague from Quilpie hospital has led to a truckload of hay for the...

10:59

Hillary on Monica & Bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clinton: Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky wasn't an abuse of power because 'she was an adult'https://t.co/ZHS00Chwfw pic.twitter.com/ozCMXmAg9g New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 14, 2018

10:58

APEC MINISTER CREATES JOB FOR LOVER SPOILS HIM WITH LAVISH GIFTS "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by ROBERT MARAPE

On the eve of APEC, Minister Justin Tkatchenko the Minister for Lands and APEC under the Peter O'Neill Government stands accused of nepotisim and promoting homosexuality, He brought over his lover and former EMTV News Presenter  Tukana Hasavi Jr on a very lucrative contract to the APEC Authority according to sources inside APEC.

Justin Tkathenko according to APEC Secretariat staff brought this gay lover Tukana Hasavi to APEC Secretariat and created a position that never existed on the structure and placed him on a lucrative contract, as sources tell us, Hasavi is an empty suit someone with no experience.

Tkatchenko rents an expensive apartment for Hasavi across the road off Boroko market, He has a collection of tailor-made suits handpicked and bought of course by his lover Minister Tkatchenko. He shops lavishly, he has a young family from a central wife but that is just a window dressing just like Justin Tkatchenko who is also married with a family but is highly involved in exploiting and having sex with young men from Papua New Guinea.

In 2015 Tkatchenko went under the spotlight again after a rape victim came out publicly to confirm legal proceedings have taken place to claim for damages done to him by the Minister while he was employed at the NCDC Botanical Gardens between 1998 - 2000.

The victim from Wapenmanda district in the Enga Province confirmed he been under duress and he's burdened with feelings of worthlessness, at one point even contemplating suicide and self harm after he was sexually abused by a man who is currently the face of PNG and the Pacific Games.

His intention is to bring to light what happened 16 years ago, The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons is a father of 4 kids is now in his forties.

When queried by PNGBlogs on the long delay in seeking justice he said he could not hide this anymore after his family and tribe asked him to speak out because on his Anorectal diseases or Anal Disorder, he has been living in shame from his family all these years but decided he has had enough and is seeking damages in Court.

We are told Justin Tkatchenko compensated the victim when the information came out.

10:56

PNGi takes Ockham's razor to APEC Maserati furore "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tkatchenko-Press-releaseSTAFF REPORTER | The Tokaut Blog

PORT MORESBY - A storm of public criticism and protest has erupted after the publication of photographs showing the delivery of 40 Maserati luxury supercars to the ONeill government.

The white-jacked Maserati Quattroporte cars were shown being off-loaded from two chartered Boeing 747 aircraft at Port Moresbys Jacksons airport.

The luxury cars have been brought to Port Moresby to chauffeur world leaders and other VIP guests around the capital for three days during next months Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The public furore has put the PNG government onto the back-foot as locals fume at the highly visible excess in a country where basic health, education and transport infrastructure and services are in a deplorable condition and public health outcomes are among the worst in the world.

The PNG government has made a number of claims to try and justify their apparent extravagance and to deflect criticism. Unfortunately those claims do not stack up to any serious scrutiny.

Lets start with APEC Minister, Justin Tkatchenkos first press statement on the affair.

It doesnt start well. It is dated 10 November 2018. Clearly a mistake. Perhaps someone was in a hurry or it had to be released ahead of schedule?

Maserati Quattroporte sedans have been secured and delivered, and are being committed to be paid for by the private sector, says Minister Tkatchenko in his signed statement.

Having vehicles paid for by the private sector is the smartest way to have use of the vehicles for APEC at no overall cost to the State.

The language is slightly tortured, but the message seems clear? The Maserati supercars have been paid for by some mysterious benefactors and bringing the cars to Port Moresby for use during the APEC summit is at no overall cost to the State.

However, it didnt take long for a different truth to start emerging; one that sheds considerable doubt on the veracity of the Ministers claims. And then, as his story started to unravel, so the Ministers statements to the press started to change

It costs about US$25,000 an hour to operate a Boeing 747. Flight time from Milan in Italy to Port Moresby is around 20 hours, plus a refuel......

10:42

New Bourke goatworks to kick into gear next week "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

CHARLEVILLES Western Meat Exporters faces a gleaming new competitor. The 22-year-old plant, the first in Australia to specialise in goats, is about to be usurped...

10:32

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10:29

Prince Harrys Invictus Games, Brought To You By Arms Dealers, Figuratively And Literally "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its one thing to celebrate the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Its another thing altogether to let the weapons manufacturers who helped create the adversity sponsor the celebrations. Nick Deane explains.

The Invictus Games will be familiar to all who watch the ABC, their promoter and sponsor. The Games will be taking place in Sydney in October, the participants being injured service personnel from 18 countries.

It is highly inspiring to see the human spirit triumph over mutilations of the human body. Who can fail but be impressed by the fortitude of the participating athletes? As the Story of the Games tells us, they have faced life-changing injuries but have somehow found the motivation not to let those injuries define them.

From what we can see, they appear to be in comparatively good health both mentally and physically, despite the terrible wounds they have suffered. This is wonderful. And it is entirely fitting that sport plays a positive role in their rehabilitation.

Admirable also is the skill and dedication of those who brought them back to comparative health and the ability to rejoin society the surgeons and nurses, the technicians who create the equipment and prostheses, and the carers and family members who keep them in their current state of well-being. There is clearly a whole team of people behind each, individual participant.

This part of the story is displayed for the general public in a brilliant light. Under it, we see the heroism of the individuals who have had to face extraordinary misfortune and feel pride in their accomplishments. We are, however, discouraged from exploring the shadows this light casts, where lie aspects that would otherwise complete the picture.

Of the wounded, we only see those who have, to some extent, prevailed over their disabling wounds. Others, out of the bright light, couldnt find the necessary motivation, or are so damaged that seeing them would horrify us.

Are they out of sight, so as to be out of our minds? Besides, there are probably some who are literally out of their own minds, suffering Post Traumatic Stress. We dwell, almost exclusively, on the heroes. An obsession with success takes our eyes away from those who cant or wont recover.

There is a whiff of triumphalism in this (it is in the name of the games). Their spirit may be unconquered, but they have, without exception, been severely beaten. Giving them a special name does not alter that.

All the participants have encountered life-changing trauma that they must endure as long as they live. Telling them they are admirable because they have suffered in the service of their country is inadequate compensation even with the promise of life-long medical and financial support....

10:05

STRIKE NOW OR LOSE YOUR COUNTRY "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by RYAN AWAI

You might argue that my son (or daughter) has an exam and I can not allow this strike, or that my manager will not allow me, or I have a vital meeting, etc, etc. BUT yet you want the best for your family, best for this country and always dream of good opportunities for your kids' education, their employment and their bright future....simply put it, you desire for the best socio-economic outcomes to happen ...... but can NOT afford to sacrifice something today against such a corrupt govt for the benefit of the very life you aspire to see today and the years to come?

Then you appear more like a weakling and a free rider on other people's sacrifices (period!). Others will pay the price and you flow through easily. PNG right now is in a desperate SOS or ICU condition and we DO NOT NEED YOU SU, H WEAKLINGS!!!

Bigger sacrifices (spilling of blood through horrible wars, civil unrest & revolutions etc) were made by others in this world for the good of their country and today they are enjoying justice and fairness.

Our three leaders (Juffa, Bird and Krammer) are only asking for a "stay at home strike", which is a NONE violent type and the MOST WISEST approach to take, yet certhe tain type of our population thinks that is too big a sacrifice for their personal plans or businesses?

Logic: What is my grade 8 and grade 10 certificate and my University degree worth if there is no future in education and job opportunities for me??? It's dumb stupid to continue seat quiet and allow our whole good future over the cliff and to allow our certificates and degrees to become a pile of trash.

Let me remind all of us again. When the blood of corruption is profusing out of every part of this govt, draining and emanating out of every public organizations and govt run authorities and the cry for change has reached maximum proportion where the incubator of daily stress and stupidity has become a normal scene here, then we CAN NO LONGER GIVE EXCUSES and not do anything to support this present momentum for a nationwide strike!!! You want to be obedient to this slavery type govt by using exams and private company laws, etc as excuses, so be it !

THE MAJORITY MUST STRIKE NOW! THIS IS THE TIME FOR IT AND IT WILL HAPPEN WHETHER OTHERS LIKE IT OR NOT !

Everyone now MUST sacrifice something to ga...

09:44

Quarter Of A Century Without A Recession. Shame About The Housing Affordability "IndyWatch Feed National"

Modern Australia faces a heart-breaking paradox. We continued our world record growth streak in May with 26 recession free years. But many arent benefiting from it, writes Andrew Cairns.

At the heart of the problem is housing affordability. Most of the time Australia was racking up record growth, housing affordability was declining.

Our politicians are digging in over corporate tax cuts. If they aimed a little bigger they could solve our countrys housing crisis. Serious tax reforms can put us on the path to a future with more affordable housing a fairer future for everyone.

But tax reform is hard. Politicians and vested interests make it a fight between rich and poor.

The most frustrating thing is, this fight is a lie. Our tax system can be reformed to benefit all Australians if we invest in solving the housing crisis, we can all reap rewards of stronger communities, local economies, and healthier, happier people.

Sound like a pipe dream? Its not.

As the Australian dream of home ownership spiralled into a nightmare of debt, more people gave up on the dream and started renting. But todays rental market offers little relief. Our May Rental Affordability Index showed extreme pockets of rental stress across the nation.

The housing crisis is undermining Australias economy. Housing stress is making it hard for people to make ends meet theyre being forced to choose between paying rent and essentials, like groceries or medicine. Thats the reality of what housing stress means for people. Do you think those who go without food and healthcare are healthy productive workers? Can they benefit from our economic growth?

What can be done? All politicians need to be brave and aim bigger.

We need serious tax reform with bipartisan and long-term funding commitments to a national plan to build more affordable homes.

Politicians need to wind back capital gains tax exemptions and only apply negative gearing to new builds. After years of declining housing affordability and property stock concentrating in fewer and fewer hands in Australia, this will put us on the path to a fairer future a more affordable future.

We need to encourage innovation in financing not only to build more social and affordable housing but also to enable those of us who are disadvantaged to realise the Australian dream. Innovation like Community Sector Bankings recently launched Unpack For Good pilot, which allows community housing residents to purchase their own home. The program allows residents to co-own their home with their housing provider sharing ownership lowers the cost of purchasing the home for residents, meaning they can buy a home that would otherwise be unaffordable.

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09:29

Australias Family Law System: Broken "IndyWatch Feed National"

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[Editors note: An exclusive report from journalist and broadcaster, Amanda Gearing.]

by Amanda Gearing

On Monday, October 22, 2018, six years after parliament decided to hold a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australias new prime minister, Scott Morrison, is going to make an apology to the many victims.

However, even while he is speaking, there is a small army of children who even today are living with someone of whom they are terrified.

Ten years ago, a child of seven left a phone message on my answering machine, delivering a plea so heart-breakingly despe...

08:17

Aussie kids call on PM to act on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

A group of young Aussie kids appear in a new advertising campaign pleading with the Prime Minister to save more than 100 young children in desperate trouble on Nauru.

Doctors who have visited the children are saying they will start dying if the government doesnt save them and bring them to Australia.

The former head of mental services on Nauru called their treatment a form of torture.

The ad has been with the Prime Minister for 10 days, with a request to meet with these children and explain why Australia is persecuting innocent children.

The Prime Minister has not responded to their request for a meeting, although its makers say they are hopeful he understands the message.

President of the Australian Council of Churches, Bishop Philip Huggins, and filmmaker Richard Keddie (Ride Like A Girl, Hawke, Little Fish, Oddball) have helped these children express their fears on film.

The is appearing on social media with the support of a vast network of community groups.

The children in the ad care desperately about the atrocious treatment being handed out by Aussies to innocent children.

A spokespersons said, many of the kids in the ad have been supporting the Nauru children from afar for a number of years and are deeply distressed that children in our care can be tortured like this and perhaps left to die.

They cannot understand that Aussies could do this, and want the kids saved, brought to Australia, where they can heal and recover the enchantment of childhood.

They do not wish to play politics. They just understand the difference between right and wrong.

 

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07:23

New report highlights human rights abuses caused by SABL land grab "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The appalling human rights abuses being suffered by the victims of the huge SABL land-grab in Papua New Guinea are the focus of a new report published by ACT NOW! and UK based charity, War on Want.

The SABL Land Grab: Papua New Guineas Ongoing Human Rights Scandal highlights the devastating impacts on people living in rural communities and gives a voice to those who have suffered the illegal loss of their land to logging and oil-palm plantations.

People like Peter Tai who says people were threatened, beaten and turned away by armed police and the army when they tried to stop the logging and oil palm planting on their traditional land

When the company uses the police and army, they twist the law and beat us up very badly, to the point where we are afraid to attempt stopping the company again. 

It is not only violence that people have suffered: 

We, the people have lost our God given birth right to our land for 99 years and significantly our traditions, cultures, customs, virgin forest and friendly environment, the eco systems we depend on and our peaceful community living and life setting, explains a landowner from Pomio.  

The report highlights how the SABL land grab, as well as breaching PNGs own land laws and Constitution has breached a whole raft of international laws and conventions.  These include the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and many of the fundamental human rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

ACT NOW! and War on Want are calling for immediate action to end the land grab and cancel the leases by the PNG government but are also asking the international community to be more proactive in pressuring for action by the authorities.

This includes calling on the UN Special Rapporteurs who have already written to the government expressing their concerns about the human rights a...

07:20

PNG International Nene McDonald joins the Cowboys "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea International, Nene Macdonald will join the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys on a three-year deal beginning in the 2019 season.

The 24-year-old arrives at the club on the back of a stellar season for the St George Illawarra Dragons, which saw him score 10 tries in 23 games.

After debuting for the Sydney Roosters in 2014, Macdonald has played 91 NRL games across six seasons for the Roosters, Gold Coast Titans and Dragons, scoring 31 tries.

A product of Cairns, Macdonald was originally contracted to the Dragons for the 2019 season, but the club agreed to release the winger to allow him to return closer to family.

Macdonald has also played Nine Tests for Papua New Guinea after making his international debut as a 19-year-old in 2013.

Cowboys head coach Paul Green said the club was excited to bring a prodigious North Queensland-bred talent home.

Hes a North Queensland kid and we like North Queenslanders representing this region, Green said.

Nene is going to offer plenty of depth to our backline and had a fantastic year for the Dragons.

I know him on a personal level after coaching him in the under 20s at the Roosters and am confident he will be a good cultural fit for our club as well.

Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said recruiting outside backs for 2019 was a major focus for the club after the departure of a number of long-tenured players in those positions.

Hes a very talented athlete and with the retirement of Antonio Winterstein we were keen to add to our outside backs and in particular the wing position, Parr said.

Nene fits the criteria we were looking for and he indicated to us that he had a desire to return home to North Queensland, so we made some inquiries with the Dragons and they have been very cooperative in helping us bring him back to North Queensland.

07:13

Cabrini medical team visits Madang "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Immediately upon arrival the Cabrini team they were welcomed by Professor Jerzy Kuzma from DWU and Modilon Hospital and were accommodated at the Madang Resort. The following day they were taken on a cruise of the Madang Harbourcourtesy of Sir Peter Barter.

The former Cabrini team leader, Dr John Griffiths visited PNG first in 1998, since then has been 17 times with the orthopedic mission working initially in Wewak and now in Madang.

Team leader Fr Adrian Trivett is on his second visit and the main purpose is to provide the support in development of orthopedic services in Madang. When Dr Trivett was asked What is the motivation behind your coming here? he stated laconically: we come to help, to teach and to work. Cabrini Hospital is committed to take an active part in the development of orthopedic and medical services along the Pacific region.

There is a long-lasting and close relation between Cabrini and Modilon Hospital that has resulted in has substantial advance of orthopedic services in Madang as well as other successful developmental programs.

Among these support projects, apart from the annual visits, Cabrini Hospital have supported the development of a new orthopedic ward at Modilon General Hospital, significant donation of orthopedic instruments, arthroscopy set and implants valued over K500,000, architectural and engineering design of the new operating theatre now in full operation and organizing histopathology examination critical for adequate cancer treatment.

In addition to the above, Cabrini have funded the extension of the dental section and renovations of administration building and hospital lecture room.

This time the team consists of two orthopedic surgeons Dr. Trivett and Dr Dalalana, anesthesiologists Dr Andeana and scrub nurse Sr. Thompson. They have worked for one week since their arrival on Oct 6 during which time they have consulted 38 patients and operated on 24 patients. Apart from saving many orthopedic patients from disability, by operating together with local surgeons they are passing skills and expertise on local doctors building in this way our capacity to upgrade orthopedic services in the country.

Professor Jerzy Kuzma, from DWU and Modilon Hospital thanked Cabrini and the visiting orthopedic team for their friendship and commitment to the development of orthopedic services in the country.

06:36

"WA Police Force can re-open investigations into all unsolved crimes if new information comes to light" "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the Western Australia Police Force Annual Report for 2018. In his foreword the new Commissioner, Chris Dawson APM tells us My first action was to return the agency to being known as the Western Australia Police Force . This change aligns the agency with the Police Act 1892,...

06:23

Change The Rules nationwide rallies "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele ONeil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.

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Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele O'Neil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.

Posted by Australian Unions on Saturday, October 6, 2018

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06:11

Strip Former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth Of His $640,000 Pension, Demand Survivor Rights Groups "IndyWatch Feed National"

A powerful coalition of survivor rights groups have joined forces to demand the Prime Minister change legislation to allow the stripping of government pensions from disgraced former officials, amid revelations former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth continues to collect a taxpayer-funded benefit worth well over half a million dollars a year.

Dr Hollingworth resigned from the Governor-Generals office in 2003 after it emerged he failed to take action against known paedophiles within the Anglican Church during his time as the Archbishop of Brisbane in the early 1990s. He was also adversely named in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, after being found to have mislead an earlier inquiry about paedophile priest, John Elliot.

Dr Hollingworth served less than two years as the head of state, but a decade-and-a-half on continues to be paid a substantial annual benefit. In 2016 alone, he was the beneficiary of $640,000, documents released through Freedom of Information reveal. $357,732 is paid as a salary, the remainder he receives to run a staff office, plus travel entitlements.

Under the current laws, a former Governor-General could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and still receive his or her pension.

The call also comes as the Morrison Government prepares to deliver a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse later this month, a key recommendation from the recent Royal Commission.

Scott Morrison is sworn in as the 30th Australian Prime Minister.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison published today, Bravehearts, the Blue Knot Foundation, Care Leavers Australasia Network, End Rape On Campus Australia*, Beyond Abuse and the Queensland Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Reform Council demand that he reform legislation so that a pension can be stripped if information comes to light which suggests it is not in the public interest.

We, the undersigned, ask the Prime Minister to immediately commit to introducing legislation to amend the Governor-General Act 1974 to include a Code of Conduct, and link ongoing payments to a Good Character/Good Conduct test plus a provision to cease payment of public money to a former Governor-General where that payment is deemed to no longer be in the p...

06:00

Was Silver Fox's crude attempt to censor citizen on APEC's behalf? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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David ('Silver Fox') Johnson's communications to Emmanuel Narakobi - was Johnson acting with the authority of APEC or as a freelancer?

BRYAN KRAMER MP

PORT MORESBY Last Wednesday, respected young entrepreneur Emmanuel Narakobi shared on Facebook an article showing the arrival of the controversial million kina Italian luxury cars at Jacksons International Airport.

He shared a post by airline company, Ajot, that flew the cars to Port Moresby. Minutes after posting the article he was in-boxed by a person with a Facebook account called Silver Fox providing his number and insisting Emmanuel call him immediately.

The message read - You must immediately take down posts of Maserati APEC security act will be inacted [sic].

The person then messaged Emmanuel on SMS - Need you to immediately take down FB posts concerning recent airport photos ... It is a security risk under APEC joint task force ... Please call me, David Johnson.

David JohnsonJohnson telephoned Emmanuel explaining he was part of APEC security and instructed him to take down his post. Emmanuel did take the post down and so did Ajot.

So who is David Johnson?

He is an Australian expatriate who arrived in PNG sometime in 2015. He resides in Lae providing financial advisory services. 

He later acquired a shelf company Karama Consultants, registering himself as the sole director and shareholder.

In August 2017 he registered two other shelf (start-up) companies, Karama Developments Limited (which claims to specialise in r...

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05:26

We need wage theft laws now "IndyWatch Feed National"

A pre-election campaign to to raise the need for laws against wage theft in Victoria is being directed at Liberal Party leader Matthew Guy. There is a petition out now, and you can sign it via this Megaphone link.

Everyone deserves a ob they can count on. And no-one deserves to have their hard-earned wages stolen by their boss.

We want the Victorian government to add a clause to the Crimes Act (1958) which makes deliberate, dishonest wage theft a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment.

Daniel Andrews has committed to introduce wage theft laws. Now were calling on Matthew Guy to step up and protect young workers by making the same commitment.

Why is this important?

Right now, some businesses are exploiting young workers. Instead of contributing to our community, theyre stealing from vulnerable young people, and conditioning them for a life of exploitation.

I was one of those young workers. I worked for a year at a cafe in Camberwell, just outside of the Melbourne CBD. During my time there, I was classified as a part-time worker. That means I should have had regular shifts and access to paid annual and sick leave but instead I was treated as a casual, at the cafes beck and call, and had no access to paid leave.

Over $8000 in wages and $700 in superannuation were withheld from me by my boss in just a year and it took months of negotiations and a review of my full roster history to get the wages I claimed back paid to me.

Im just one of thousands. Wage theft is an epidemic. At least a fifth of young workers have reported that their hard-earned wages have been stolen from them in scams; they are paid for fewer hours than they work, are illegally denied correct pay, have their superannuation stolen or their accrued leave withheld.

All these forms of wage theft are against the law, but they still happen. Bosses know that theyll only receive fines or warnings if they get caught- and that theyre not likely to get caught.

A series of audits by Fair Work in 2016 revealed that almost 58% of hospitality businesses (cafes and restaurants) and 39% of retail businesses were stealing wages. Thats potentially hundreds of thousands of cases of wage theft! But only a fraction of these cases ever end up in court. It shows that the current legal system is stacked in favour of bad employers who choose to underpay workers to increase their profits.

 

 

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05:00

Health crisis: Get those refugees off Manus & Nauru says UN "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Asylum seekers on Manus
Refugees on Manus - 1,420 are held in PNG and Nauru; another 500 in Australia for medical reasons

NAAMAN ZHOU | Guardian Australia

SYDNEY - The United Nations has called on Australia to immediately evacuate its offshore detention centres to prevent an unfolding health crisis.

Doctors from Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) were ejected from Nauru laston Wednesday and the UN high commissioner for refugees has warned that many asylum seekers who have attempted self-harm or have critical health issues now have no access to medical care.

Catherine Stubberfield, a spokeswoman for the UNHCR in Canberra, said healthcare was collapsing at the centres.

She said a pre-teenage girl doused herself with petrol in a suicide attempt last month, and remained on Nauru despite a doctors advice to have her evacuated.

She also said many asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea had attempted self-harm or suicide last month, and others were suffering acute physical and mental health issues but had not been treated by doctors.

On Thursday, MSF called for an immediate humanitarian evacuation of offshore detainees. It said there had been 78 cases of attempted suicide and self-harm in Nauru over the past year.

Speaking on Friday, Stubberfield said Australia had to face the responsibility of its offshore detention camps because it had designed, paid for and set up the system.

UNHCR does not agree with the government of Australias assertion that such cases are solely matters for Papua New Guinea and Nauru, she said. Australia [has] simultaneously designed, financed and managed the system.

She urged the Australian government to take up New Zealands offer to accept some of those held in detention.

About 1,420 people are being held in PNG and Nauru, and 500 have been transferred to Australia for medical reasons. The UNCHRs monitoring suggests that figure is significantly lower than the number of refugees in need of care.

In September this year more refugees and asylum seekers had...

04:35

Three injured after kangaroo attacks family in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

A woman is seriously injured after trying to protect her husband from a six-foot kangaroo in Australia. Linda Smith, 64, suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and other internal injuries after the male kangaroo attacked her husband Jim on Saturday evening. The couple have been feeding kangaroos and wallabies from their home in Millmerran, about 125 miles west of Brisbane, Queensland, to help them survive the region's drought. Mrs Smith grabbed a broom to fight the six-foot kangaroo off her husband - who suffered cuts and bruises - but the animal knocked the broom out of her hand and turned on her. She said: "Jim was on the ground and the kangaroo just kept at him.

04:06

Bird of the Day: White-faced Heron "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

White-faced Heron by James Zainaldin - La Paz Group

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

04:00

Liberian author is helping children become anti-corruption heroes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Robtel Neajai Pailey (Kate Lloyd)
Robtel Neajai Pailey

STAFF REPORTER | Transparency International

BERLIN - Robtel Neajai Pailey is an academic, activist and author from Liberia.

Having worked in in academia, the public sector, with international organisations and the media, she decided to combine her passion for social justice and gift for storytelling to write two anti-corruption books for kids.

Gbagba was published in 2013, and the sequel, Jaadeh! is on the way. Transparency International asked Robtel some questions about the books, her motivation and her vision on fighting corruption in the future

TI: When did you first experience or encounter corruption and decide you wanted to do something about it?

RNP: While living and working in Liberia from 2007 to 2011, I became increasingly troubled by how corruption permeated everyday human interactions. But there was an incident in 2010 that shook my centre of gravity.

At the time, I was chairing a Liberian government scholarships committee, and we embarked on a reform process to make awards merit-based, transparent, and gender-balanced. We discovered that a group of 18-year-old boys had forged their national exam records to become eligible for scholarships to Morocco, so we called them in for questioning.

After initially denying any wrongdoing, they eventually confessed. I was deeply concerned that these young men, in the prime of their adolescence and on the verge of adulthood, were prepared to get ahead by any means necessary.

Although my gut instinct was to rebuke the young men, I realised how self-righteous it was of me to expect them to miraculously develop scruples when the society in which we lived did not value integrity. So, I reasoned that we needed to start with 8 to 10-year-old children because it is at this stage that we begin to form an ethical core.

TI: How did you come up with the idea of Gbagba, your first childrens book illustrated by Chase Walker and published by One Moore Book to critical acclaim in 2013?

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01:55

On Suicide and Stock Images "IndyWatch Feed National"

CW: This article contains stock images that depict disabled people in suicidal poses.


Stock images of disabled people have always been a bit of a joke.


There are the inspiration porn shots; disabled women, arms far-flung in an attitude of ecstasy, wheelchair implausibly positioned on a beach or in a boggy field.


The portraits of tragedy; gloomy, silhouetted images of wheelchairs in dark corners or sad seniors with their faces buried in their hands.


It's all a bit of a giggle really - especially when you take into consideration that most of the 'disabled' people posing aren't really disabled at all.  Hit the button that says 'images with same model' and you'll see what I mean.  Suddenly the model is running through the same field with a kite.  It's crip blackface - annoying, but slightly amusing.


Disabled people have laughed about this for a long time, in a resigned kind of way. 


I'm not laughing any more.


Today I wrote a Twitter thread with the intention of talking about the hilarious text descriptions assigned to stock art images. 


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01:55

SUNDAY SCREENING: Voices From the Gasfields (2015) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the film the UK & Australian Governments do not want you to see.

This moving documentary by international activist Ian R. Crane chronicles the accounts of families living under the degradation of the Unconventional hydrocarbon industry, aka Fracking. Their testimonies reveal the day to day pollution of water, air, light and noise. Due to the blind eye of the authorities, Fracking drillers have devastated local environment of Southern Queensland, and further afield and this could be coming to your town next. This film should be distributed and shown as widely as possible so we can learn and act. Watch:

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Run time: 1 hour
Directed and Produced by Ian R. Crane
Distributed independently (2015)

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Forget coal wars, says Alan Finkel look at emission outcomes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chief scientist says Australia must use all available technologiesAustralia's chief scientist says the question facing the nation's energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy.In a prerecorded interview with Sky released on Sunday, Dr Alan Finkel responded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report, which warned that greenhouse gas pollution needs to reach zero by 2050 if the world is to have [...]

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