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Thursday, 22 March

00:48

Kirsten Banks:Im following the footsteps of my Aboriginal ancestors, the first astronomers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post I like to talk about astronomy a lot. No, scratch that, I love to talk about astronomy. All. The. Time. Thank goodness I do just that for a living. Ive worked at Sydney Observatory for the past two years as an astronomy educator, which is essentially my glorified term for a tour guide. My favourite part about being ...

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Wednesday, 21 March

23:15

Mongoose: Australian Pedophile Judges The Noose Tightens "IndyWatch Feed National"

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NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson protects his paedophile mate Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and 17 others

On Wednesday, the 21st June I was charged by the NSW police for breaching telecommunications laws for an email that I sent in September 2016 to all the judges of the NSW Supreme Court asking questions and giving them an opportunity to respond to allegations which is nothing more than journalists do around the world every day of the week.

The email in question shows up in an article I published last year titled Paedophile priest gets 3 months jail for raping 3 boys by NSW Supreme Courts Justice Hoeben and the article was also filed in court on the 4th of May as part of my defence. 

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Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: President Donald Trump has, in the NSA database of all emails and telephone calls captured at a 99% level for the past ten years, all that is needed to indict, convict, and incarcerate all dirty cops, dirty prosecutors, and dirty judges and all elite pedophiles from Prime Ministers and Presidents through judges down to media mavens, world-wide. This is going to be the front line of the battle between God and Satan in the next decade not world war or other false conflicts promoted by...

22:40

Leopards could reduce rabies by controlling stray dog numbers in India, study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leopards are among the most widespread of all big cats, with a historical range covering large parts of Africa and Asia. Though humans have whittled away about 80 percent of that area, the big cats still overlap with some of the worlds largest concentrations of people. That convergence can be a recipe for conflict, but a recent study finds that leopards in India could be helping to keep people in India safe from rabies-laden dog bites. While leopards often conflict with people over livestock like cattle and sheep and are frequently persecuted throughout their range, we show that these unique predators can also be beneficial to human societies, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and co-lead author of the paper, said in a statement. Stray dogs in Mumbai. Photo  Steve Winter/National Geographic. Dog bites exact a heavy toll on people in India, leading to perhaps 20,000 deaths each year from rabies, according to the World Health Organization. OBryan and his colleagues were curious about whether Indian leopards (Panthera pardus fusca) had any influence on stray dog numbers in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which sits in the midst of Mumbai. With more than 20 million people, Mumbai is the fourth-largest city by population in the world. The team mined past studies for clues about what leopards living in the city park ate, and discovered that stray dogs made up about 40 percent of their diets. Only about 41 leopards are thought to live in the parks vicinity. But according

21:54

Health facilities devastated by PNG quake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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March 21, 2018

21 MARCH 2018, PORT MORESBY - A third of all health facilities have closed in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces as a result of the Papua New Guinea earthquake.
On 26 February, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, triggering landslides, affecting water sources and wiping out houses, health facilities, people and crops.
More than 190 aftershocks have been recorded, according to the United States Geological Survey, including one as recently as 20 March.
Results of a joint National Department of Health (NDOH) and World Health Organisation (WHO) assessment show that 25 out of 77 health facilities in the two worst-affected provinces are no longer functioning.
The total number of closed facilities is potentially higher, as data from eight health centres remains unavailable due to access constraints.
This disruption to health service provision comes at a time when people are most in need of care, said Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative to Papua New Guinea.
 As aftershocks continue, affected communities are dealing with injuries and psychological trauma.
"Were also worried about potential outbreaks of epidemic-prone diseases.
"We must move swiftly to restore health services.
Overcrowding in informal camps and a lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation increase the risk of disease outbreaks.
Vaccination coverage was low prior to the earthquake and the country was already facing outbreaks of malaria, pertussis and measles.
Roads, rivers, airfields and bridges have been impacted by the earthquake in a part of the country prone to violence and insecurity.
Access to affected communities has therefore been extremely challenging.
Responding to the health needs in Papua New Guinea is definitely not easy, said Dr Luo.
But were determined to find ways, alongside our partners, to deliver life-saving health services to even the hardest to reach communities.
WHO is supporting the National Department of Health (NDOH), provincial health authorities and partners with information management, technical guidance and logistics.
As the Health Cluster lead agency, WHO plays an active role in coordinating the activities of 25 health partners in order to align efforts, fill gaps, avoid duplication and ensure that response efforts reach those most in need.
The organisation is also supporting the strengthening of disease surveillance and has pre-positioned medical supplies in preparation for potential outbreaks, including seven diarrhoeal disease kits and rapid diagnostic tests for dengue.

21:28

More Australian humanitarian assistance to Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Media release
20 March 2018

Today during a visit to Port Moresby, I announce additional support for recovery and reconstruction efforts in Papua New Guineas highlands region following the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake on 26 February.
Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop


More than 125 people were killed by the earthquake and its aftershocks and the UN estimates 500,000 people have been affected.

Australia has been helping with relief efforts through emergency supplies and specialist personnel, transport and distribution in affected areas, helping to restore electricity and supporting vulnerable women and children.

The ADF has played a vital role by providing a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and three Army CH-47F Chinook helicopters to support humanitarian activities.

These have enabled ADF members and their PNG Defence Force counterparts to deliver food, water and medicine to remote and badly affected communities.

My visit to Papua New Guinea will also give me the opportunity to meet and thank Australian Defence Force members who have been supporting the humanitarian relief effort.

The Australian Government is now providing an additional $3.4 million in assistance to help affected communities re-establish their livelihoods, repair and rebuild infrastructure and restore water and sanitation, with a specific focus on the needs of women, girls and people with disabilities.

 We have also deployed a three-person Australian Medical Assistance Team to assess health needs and determine what additional assistance may be required.

This brings our humanitarian aid for the earthquake response to $5 million.

Australia and PNG have a close and enduring friendship and we stand ready to provide further support to affected communities, if require...

21:11

antifa notes (march 21, 2018) : nazis, patriots, drama, murder the usual "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yeesh: talk about drama. Party for Freedom /// Neil Erikson Nick Folkes micro-Party for Freedom (PFF) has undergone some settling of contents over the course of the last few months. Gone is George Jameson and Penny Louise/Tridgell, along with a Continue reading

20:21

Gina Rinehart, Australias richest person, recites I love a sunburnt country "IndyWatch Feed National"

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I love a sunburnt country

Gina Rineharts version

I love a sunburnt country to dig my massive mines,
A land of sweeping plains to excavate,
Of ragged mountain ranges to level
Of droughts and flooding rains to wash all the top soil away
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea full of coal-dust and coal slag
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown excavated land for me! I love a sunburnt barren country. A land of sweeping plains for me to place my diggers. I love to dynamite vast mines across her vast horizons. To tame her natural beauty and her terror, to frighten all her marsupials to hell, to dispossess her Aboriginal for peanuts. A wide brown dug up vast denuded Australian Outback for me.

 

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19:26

Minneapolis cop acted 'recklessly' in fatal shooting of Australian woman, prosecutor says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minneapolis cop acted 'recklessly' in fatal shooting of Australian woman, prosecutor says | 21 March 2018 | A Minneapolis police officer acted "recklessly" last summer when he fired a shot that killed an Australian woman who had called 911 to report a suspected rape, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Officer Mohamed Noor, who was charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond, "clearly...violated the rules and deserves to be charged," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said during a news conference. Noor turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the case, his attorney confirmed.

19:00

PNG Hunters : Gotuno in, Morris out "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Brandon Gotuno will become Hunter No.60 when he debuts on the wing for the SP Hunters against Sunshine Coast Falcons in Round 3 of the Intrust Super Cup 2017 grand final replay in Brisbane this Sunday. Gotuno replaces Buttler Morris.

The 20 men Hunters squad that will take on the Sunshine Coast Falcons in Brisbane were named this afternoon by Coach Michael Marum.

Mr Marum said some players had to be dropped after the last weekends loss against Northern Pride.

Regarding this Sundays match against Sunshine Coast Falcons, he said its going to be tough because theyve done a lot of changes to their line up and a lot of their boys from last year are no longer there.

All we want is our players going out there and making sure they give it their 100% said coach Marum.

Other adjustments to the line up include Stargroth Amean making his return to the starting line up at fullback and Adex Wera moving to the centres while Nixon Put starts in his usual second row position.

Rhadley Brawa will also be moved to start at lock in place of the injured Adam Korave.

Coach Michael Marum said Adam got concussed after the match last Sunday and wasnt given clearance form QRL and the team doctors so he wasnt allowed to train or be named for the squad.

Silas Gahuna, William Mone, Michael Yei and Patrick Morea have been included in the extended bench.

The 20 man squad is:

1. Stargroth AMEAN
2. Wawa PAUL
3. Adex WERA
4. Willie MINOGA
5. Brendon GOTUNO
6. Ase BOAS- Captain
7. Watson BOAS
8. Moses MENINGA
9. Wartovo PUARA
10. Dilbert ISAAC
11. Nixon Put
12. John ANDY
13. Rhadley BRAWA

Interchange

14. Charlie SIMON
15. Ila ALU
16. Sailas GAHUNA
17. Mekenzie YEI
18. William MONE
19. Junior RAU
20. Patrick MOREA

The final 18 man travelling squad will be named on Friday and the team flies for Brisbane on Saturday for the Sunday game at 3pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Head to Head- 9 Games
- SP Hunters 3 Wins (Home), 4 wins(Away), 1 Loss (Home), 1 loss (Away).

PNGFM

18:57

Basil maps out Energy way to light up PNG Homes using renewable Energy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Minister for responsible for Energy Honrable Samuel H Basil yesterday mapped out the ONeill Governments way forward on the Energy Sector to light up PNG households and power industrialization to modernize the country.

At heart, the focus is to harness Papua New Guineas readily available renewable energy sources and to open up the market for power generation, transmission, distribution and retail for investment in public private partnerships including landowners.

Referring to the recent Cabinet endorsed (01/02/18) National Energy Policy 2018-2028 Harnessing Energy for Life, Mr Basil told the 2nd Papua New Guinea Petroleum and Energy Summit delegates that the policy is in line with the Vision 2050, PNG Sustainable Development Plan and the Alotau Accord I & II as outlined in the 100-day plan.

We have a lot of catching up to do. Electricity became publicly available about 54 years ago. But electricity access to consumers at this present time is only 13%, said Mr Basil.

The big challenge of the Energy Policy is for us to mobilize and focus so we can meet our national targets: 1) of electricity access to 70% of PNG households from all forms of energy by 2030; 2) 100 % of all households through power generated from renewable energy by 2050.

Mr Basil added: The main focus of the energy policy is renewable energy to mitigate climate change, but it does not remove the ongoing dependence on fossil fuel. All renewable projects will be required to include climate changes considerations to comply with international obligations. The focus on household energy is vital not just for lighting up homes but also for cottage industries involving and empowering women. The third focus of the policy addresses the need for energy for industrialization.

The Minister said that PNG needs affordable energy to power industries to produce cement, metals for construction, downstream processing of timber, plastic, glass and other resources including agriculture and fisheries, which are all vital in building a modern state.

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Phone +675 327 511/3277514

The key focus areas (of the energy policy) includes: access, reliability and affordability of Energy in the country, he said.

Specific policies for each source of energy such as hydro, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and coal will be developed as the need arises...

17:03

Ailing Hilary should be drained with the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

What is going on with Trump?

by Brent Wordman

If were to believe the mainstream media, in particular the ABC, the Trump administration is a chaotic mess ruled by an egomaniacal despot.  But appearances can be deceptive.

Trump always had the mission to go to Washington as a populist, to kick heads and drain the swamp i.e. radically change the political landscape of Washington DC with its entrenched, corrupt interests and the anti-American neo-liberal globalist agenda of the wealthy east coast aristocracy (e.g. Rockefellers).

Trump also has to deal with a corporate elite called the Senior Executive Service highly-paid bureaucrats who essentially decide what governments should and shouldnt do, based upon their corporate expertise. The SES also exists in Australia, and probably many other countries as well, e.g. to provide APS (Australian Public Service) wide strategic leadership of the  highest quality that contributes to an effective and cohesive APS in other words make the APS more self-serving than public-serving as it should be.

So undoing a highly controlled corporatocracy is no easy job, which is why Trump is reported to have approached the matter military style with the help of the US military e.g. former marine and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Encoded details of Trumps operation are being leaked out on Twitter (deliberately I guess) by an anonymous source called variously QAnon or QAnon8chan.
Veteran journalist Jerome Corsi has spent time decoding the messages (like the decoded one below) and the picture has emerged of the highly organised Trump operation to drain the swamp.

In fact it was revealed early this year that Trump had invoked emergency powers under an anti-human trafficking executive order.

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15:08

[WGAR-news] 'Participants in the remote CDP are contg to be hit with penalties at a much higher rate..' A NewReport by ANUresearcher LisaFowkes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: http://groups.google.com/group/wgar-news

// Social security penalties applied to participants in the
Community Development Programme to September 2017


Lisa Fowkes, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU
Lisa.fowkes@anu.edu.au

'A new report by ANU researcher Lisa Fowkes has shown that
participants in the remote Community Development Program (CDP)
are continuing to be hit with penalties at a much higher rate
than people in mainstream employment services.

'Even though participants in the CDP program make up
less than 5% of of all of those who are subject to mutual obligation,
they receive more penalties than the other 95% of Australians combined.

'The vast majority of those being penalised - ninety percent (90%) - are Indigenous people.
The main reason for the extraordinary rate of penalties being applied is that
people in the CDP scheme have to do around twice as many hours of
Work for the Dole as other Australians.

'The hours are inflexible - so that people have to attend 5 hours each day, every day of the week.
They have to do appointments and job search on top of these hours.
And, as we know, access to health and other services in many remote communities is poor,
so many people who should have reduced hours for health reasons cant get them.

'Unfortunately the Government has refused to acknowledge the damage being done
to people by these harsh penalties in some of our country's poorest communities.'

Read Lisa Fowkes report, under the following topics/headings:

* Key Points,
* Background,
* Total financial penalties,
* Penalties applied for failing to attend Work for the Dole,
* Serious Penalties,......

15:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.20 AUD
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14:59

PERTH Italian tourist needed 300 stitches after alleged mobile phone robbery in Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Italian tourist needed 300 stitches after alleged mobile phone robbery in Perth .

March 21, 2018 at 09:15AM .

officers found him lying unconscious on the pavement. He remains in a serious but stable condition. The alleged attacker was arrested in the city about half an hour later and has since been charged with one count of acting unlawfully with intent to harm. He faced Perths Magistrates Court on Monday.

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

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14:24

NOFX have released a Stephen Hawking tribute they wrote last month "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Punk icons NOFX are getting ready to kick off their Aussie tour tomorrow night in Brisbane, but that hasnt stopped the group dropping a brand new song, which just so happens to be a tribute of sorts to the recently-departed physicist Stephen Hawking.

Released via the Fat Wreck Chords YouTube account, Theres No Too Soon If Time Is Relative is a rather tongue-in-cheek to the noted physicist, who passed away on March 14th at the age of 76.

While some might assume that the track is in poor taste to have been released so soon after his death, the video for the track makes special mention of the fact that the tune was actually recorded last month, on February 10th.

Of course, the track has been met with some criticism by fans, with some in the YouTube comments section claiming the tracks content (which includes jokingly calling him so lazy he could only write A Brief History Of Time) is a little bit too harsh compared to some of their other humorous tributes.

Others however have claimed its as a perfect continuation of one of the greatest punk rock groups of all time, while NOFX seem certain that Hawking would have loved the tune, noting I bet in heaven theres a computer voice laughing its ass off.

NOFX are set to hit up Brisbane tomorrow night (who knows, maybe if you request this one, it might get a debut airing!), before they play Sydney on Friday, and wrap up their Aussie tour with an appearance at the inaugural Download Festival in Melbourne on Saturday. Tickets to all these shows are still on sale, so make sure you dont miss out on seeing one of punks most famous bands live!

Check out NOFXs Theres No Too Soon If Time Is Relative:

NOFX 2018 Australian Tour

(With Hot Water Music, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Dad Religion)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets: Sele...

14:15

Fiji winning green bond award "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 Emerging markets and other sovereign nations are becoming a significant new force in the global green bond market attracting millions of dollars to help combat climate change by reaching a new class of investors through sovereign green bonds, according to a new report by IFC, a sister organisation of the World Bank.

The report, Guidance for Sovereign Green Bond Issuers, focuses on lessons from Fijis historic making move in being the first emerging economy to issue a sovereign green bond.

In recognition of that leadership, Fiji has just been awarded a prestigious Green Bond Pioneer Award at the Climate Bonds Initiatives conference in London. And in another first, Fiji will debut its first Fijian dollar bond on the London Stock Exchange next month.

We are seeing clear momentum building following Fijis bond with other emerging market economies moving to create a new market for climate finance through sovereign green bonds, said Alzbeta Klein, IFCs Director for Climate Business.

These new players from emerging markets could be gamechangers for the green bond market, which will hit new record highs this year. The bonds can also help countries demonstrate national leadership on the green agenda and deliver on their commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The Guidance for Sovereign Green Bond Issuers, developed by IFC, says theres significant appetite for international issuances of green bonds from environmental, social and governance focused investors, as well as institutional investors.

Fijis sovereign green bond attracted interest from both local and international investors, with the foreign investor participation a first for Fijian dollar denominated bonds, said the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Ariff Ali. Fiji has shown that small economies, under threat from climate change, can deliver effective, credible and innovative ways to finance climate work, and its hoped other nations will learn from Fijis experience that its possible to pursue new markets for climate action.  

The report says while there are additional costs involved for international issuances of sovereign green bonds, compared to standard government bonds, they do allow countries to reach new classes of investors. It says transparency at every step of the process is critical to the success of the green bond market, so resourcing and expertise needs to be applied to both monitoring and reporting on the us...

14:07

PTI NZ brings Melanesia on Path to Pasifika Business Market "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will be part of this years new Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) NZ Pasifika Business Market at Aucklands Pasifika Festival.
More than 35 companies from 12 Pacific Island countries will be at Pasifika as part of PTIs Path to Market programme.  The Pasifika Business Market is located beside the Samoa Village in front of Western Springs stadium.
For some businesses it is their first Pasifika Festival and a first glimpse of the New Zealand market.
But they will also introduce their own authentic locally made products using local resources reflecting their own individual countrys culture, unique foods and products.
PTI NZ Trade & Investment Commissioner Michael Greenslade said, This years engagement by Pacific Trade Invest is our third year in a row.  The growth over the last two years has been significant and this year we will have 40 different companies coming from 11 different countries.
Mr Greenslade said the concept of widening ATEEDs Pasifika festival to engage the commercial sector had worked and PTI have combined the Path to Market programme Pasifika as a basis for Pacific Island companies to build awareness of the New Zealand market.
Last year we had 24 stands, this year we have 40.  The Path to Market programme also involves several capability-building workshops and direct introduction to buyers outside the Pasifika event.
Its a huge undertaking but has the potential to pay huge dividends for the Pacific companies and their countries over time.
PTIs Pasifika Business Market is part of the Pasifika Festival managed by Auckland Councils ATEED.

PTI NZ have worked closely with ATEED to stage the new Pasifika Business Market as part of its Path to Market programme.  PTI NZ has brought Pacific Island businesses to the Pasifika Festival since 2016 as part of Path to Market placing them in various villages.
PTI NZs Path to Market is a 7-stage programme aimed at helping Pacific Island businesses understand the New Zealand market.  PTI NZ works with its in-country partners to host a Path to Market workshop as the first stage of the programme.  Potential exporters are identified and invited to attend Aucklands Pasifika Festival as part of the programme.  A Gap Analysis workshop, Site visits and one to one business meetings are held in Auckland after Pasifika.
The PNG companies are Namalu Coffee and Gray Caf; Oshin Organics Skincare and handicrafts from PNG Artisan Culture...

14:02

Celebrating Forests and Sustainable Cities : UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mr. Gianluca Rampolla , UN Country Coordinator 
We often hear people talk about the forests of Papua New Guinea. How these forests remain among the largest in-tact forests in the world. How these forests are home to approximately 7% of the worlds biodiversity. How these forests are a living resource.
What we shouldnt forget is the responsibility that Papua New Guinea has to protect these forests.
Why? Because they are a global good. Because they are critical to help the world mitigate against climate change. Because their conservation and protection is one way Papua New Guinea can demonstrate to the international community its capacity for global leadership.
This years theme Celebrating Forests and Sustainable Cities reminds us that we can balance development with conservation. That both can comfortably co-exist. That we need not choose between one or the other.
Forests have played a major role in influencing patterns of economic development. They have and continue to support livelihoods. They have helped structure economic change and been key to sustainable growth.
For millennia, forests were the source of land for cultivation and settlement, of construction materials, of fuel and energy, and of food and nutrition. As humans however, it has taken us a long time to learn that the over-exploitation of forest resources is of no benefit to anyone.
In the last fifty years, changing views on the importance of forests and their relationship to humans have been associated with corresponding changes in how forests are managed. With this change, has come the recognition that the economic benefits of forests are larger and more sustainable when these forests are protected from over-exploitation.
Papua New Guinea has much to be proud of. Not only has it managed to conserve much of its forests, but it has done so under the stewardship of its communities. It has led the way in recognising the connection between humans and forests. With over 90% of Papua New Guineas land under customary ownership arrangements, the approach to forestry conservation is unique and highlights the important role that communities...

13:44

Free Your Mind, And Your Time: Step Away From Social Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever heard of a timesink? You possibly came to this article via one. Dr Glen Anderson explains.

There have been recent accusations that a political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, used the Facebook profile information of millions of Americans to finesse Donald Trumps 2016 Presidential victory.

This comes hot on the heels of accusations of social media interference (also known as computational propaganda) by Russian-backed troll factories in the same election against Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Many observers are aghast, but just as many are unsurprised.

The primary purpose of free social media platforms is to gather data from individual users, which can then be repackaged for a profit for, guess who the social media company and its shareholders.

Increasingly, profits are being earned by marketing at the granular level, meaning that individual users are exposed to their own augmented social media realities.

The harvesting of Facebook profile information for political purposes should not, therefore, come as a shock. It is a natural extension of the platforms commercial function.

The deeper question, however, is why are so many people obsessed with Facebook and social media? I have to confess that I find it all rather boring. So boring, in fact, that I walked away from Facebook years ago. The whole experience was visually invasive and informationally bizarre. I got tired of millions of food photos, miserable people posing for happy snaps, and the general tendency of everyone to compete with everyone else to try and project the image of their own social and material utopia.

Perhaps more deleterious to myself was the amount of time it took to maintain the Facebook account. It required an integration of innumerable electronic devices most pervasively, the smartphone and very little of any substance came out of the whole process.

In my job as a law lecturer, I am often called upon to provide career advice to law students. Of course, I stress that they must study hard to increase their chances of realising high marks. They must then land their first job, and work diligently to develop specific competencies in that position. They must also learn to work constructively with others and admit when they do not know the answers to novel and complex problems.

But, as an adjunct to this time-honoured advice, I increasingly stress the need to avoid the excessive expenditure of time and energy on Face...

13:07

Borderforce raids huge solar farm to inspect imported Chinese labour being paid with taxpayer funds "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

21 March 2018: KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has joined forces with Mick Robinson and Grant Harridine from the CFMEU in North Queensland to deliver a scathing attack against the state and federal Governments funding the construction of three solar farms in Central Queensland, after hearing news that one of the farms was visited by the Australian Border Force, a move that could only be associated with the interstate and foreign labour the farms engage.

It is reported that the Australian Border Force officials entered one of the solar farm sites, RCR Collinsville, late last week to monitor and observe operations.

Imported Chinese construction workers at the Collinsville solar facility have taken hundreds of Australian jobs while being paid a reported $15 per hour with Federal and State Government grants. A great deal of the wages paid to the Chinese workers will be sent back to China.

Mr Katter said this was just another example of how foreign fly-in workers are disadvantaging Australians.

Our Party, KAP, has a close relationship with the CFMEU because they are the only mob in Australia fighting against the 640,000...

12:53

Lonely Lamb Decides Family's Dog Is His New Mom "IndyWatch Feed National"

When a little lamb named Jerry first entered the world, he was a disappointment. 

The runt of his litter at the Ontario farm where he was born, his mom rejected him in favor of his bigger, healthier siblings. Then the farmer decided it just wasn't worth the effort to bottle-feed him, which is what he would need to survive. 

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

"He would never get big enough to be 'worth it' [for the farmer]," Megan Mostacci, cofounder of Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary, told The Dodo. 

So that's how Jerry came to live with Mostacci and her husband at their sanctuary. But it wasn't easy at first.

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

"We got him and soon realized he also had a bad respiratory infection and a septic infection in all his joints," Mostacci said.

They rushed him to the vet for medicine and nursed him back to health with the help of their dogs, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever named Drake and an Australian shepherd named Lincoln.

Drake, particularly, was extremely attentive to Jerry on his first night at the sanctuary. "He was cleaning him, cuddling with him ... just being there with him," Mostacci said. 

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

Thankfully, the medicine kicked in and Jerry recovered a lot of his strength. He was even well enough to meet some of the other rescued residents at the sanctuary. 
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12:44

Cwealth Games: Crisis rocks NTTF over womens exclusion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federation boss, Tikom, exits sports forum in anger   The exclusion of women in Nigerias table tennis team to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia took a new dimension on Tuesday when the ministry of sports stated that there was no request made by the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation for extra slots.   []

The post Cwealth Games: Crisis rocks NTTF over womens exclusion appeared first on Newtelegraph.

12:38

NT Government moves towards righting historical wrongs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today the Northern Territory Attorney-General, Natasha Fyles, introduced a bill to allow people charged under unjust laws against homosexual acts to remove the convictions from their criminal records. 

Dr Dino Hodge, a long-time LGBTI community advocate, said, "If this bill passes, it would mean closure. It would mean full equality when it comes to laws which criminalised us for who we are. After 30 years, we have finally achieved the justice we had been seeking."

Lee Carnie, lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, "Sex between consenting adults should never have been criminalised. This is an important step towards addressing the wrongs of the past."

The Bill has been welcomed by LGBTI advocates who remember the impact of these archaic laws well past decriminalisation.

"There were even cases of continuing police persecution after decriminalisation, when community attitudes had changed but police practices had not. Gay couples who were harassed and charged by the police, but the charges were dismissed by Magistrates, because the police had gone out of their way to harass people for being gay and having consensual sex in private. Those men were highly traumatised, they paid a lot of money to get legal representation and sadly they left the Territory afterwards," said Dr Hodge.

The Bill would allow people with charges and convictions for consensual same-sex activity to clear their names and remove the need to disclose these past convictions on employment or volunteering checks or visa applications.

"These unjust convictions did great and continuing harm. This reform will allow people to clear their names and also remove the barrier that came from having to disclose convictions when wanting to volunteer, drive a taxi, apply for a job or travel overseas. Its great to see the NT Government moving forward to ensure equality for all," said Lee Carnie.

All other states and territories have introduced similar bills. The WA Government is currently considering a similar bill which has passed the lower house but is yet to pass the upper house.

Advocates called the NT Chief Minister to also deliver a state apology for the far-reaching impact of laws which criminalised same-sex activity in the Territory.

"While expungement is welcomed, there is also a need for an apology to help heal past wounds still felt acutely today by so many people," said Dr Hodge.

For interviews or further information, please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

Photo: long-time LGBTI community advocate, Dr Dino Hodge (centre), with Hon Sandra Nelson MLA, and Hon Chansey Paech MLA

12:34

Beautiful One Day, Wordy The Next: $2k Award For Qlds Next Great Young Writer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Iconic Aboriginal writer Tara June Winch has won it and now other young Queenslanders get a shot.

Entries are now open for the State Library of Queenslands annual Young Writers Award, with $2,000 going to the winner of the popular short story competition.

For more than 20 years the competition has helped launch the literary careers of the next generation of great Queensland writers. Leeanne Enoch, is the Queensland Minister for The Arts and herself an Indigenous Australian (shes a Quandamooka woman, the traditional custodians of Meanjin and Minjerribah (Brisbane, and Stradbroke Island, the latter of which is where New Matilda is now based). Enoch said the competition has a solid history of identifying and nurturing talent, linking young writers to professional networks and publishing opportunities.

The impressive list of past winners and finalists from Rebecca Jessen and Christopher Currie to Shastra Deo and Tara June Winch demonstrates the quality of writing produced by young people in Queensland, Enoch said.

But sorry folks not from the Sunshine State the competition is open to Queensland residents only, aged 15 to 25 years and is divided into two categories: 15 to 17 years (1,500 words) and 18 to 25 years (2,500 words).

Queensland Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch.

The winner of the 18 to 25 years category receives $2,000 prize money, and the winner of the 15 to 17 years category receives $500. Runners-up and highly commended entrants are awarded prize money and book packs. All prizewinners receive a membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Entries close 5pm on Friday 30 April, with the winners announced at the Young Writers Conference at State Library in July.

Queenslands State Librarian (and CEO) Vicki McDonald said the annual competition not only provides recognition for talented young Queensland writers, but also helps writers find their voice and launch their literary careers.

With over 300 entrants last year, the State Library hopes the competition will continue to encourage connection and expression through creative writing and story across Queensland, she said.

The Young Writers Award is presented by the State Library of Queensland with support from Queensland Writers Centre. Visit ...

12:09

BSP Supports National Planning Consultative Summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


BSP PNG, 19th March, 2018 | Bank South Pacific is pleased to support the National Planning Consultative Summit scheduled in Lae, Morobe Province, from 20th - 22nd March, 2018, with a sponsorship of K50,000.BSP Retail General Manager, Paul Thornton presented the cheque to the National Planning Minster, Honourable Richard Maru, in Port Moresby.

In presenting the cheque, Mr Thornton said: "As a leading bank in PNG and the South Pacific, BSP is happy to provide support for such events, that encourages planning for economic growth in future. BSP plays an integral role in development of financial services in PNG and is the only licensed financial institution with operations in all Provinces of PNG.  Indeed, with 44 branches, 45 sub branches and 300+ agencies we are also represented in most Districts in PNG servicing nearly 1.5 million customers."

"We look forward to participating in these discussions this week at the Lae International Hotel. Themed "Securing Our Future through Inclusive Economic Growth," we hope to forge good relations and partnerships at this summit."

The event will also feature speakers from around the region namely Malaysia, India, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and United Nations.

In receiving the cheque, Minister Maru said, "On behalf of the Papua New Guinea Government, I want to thank BSP for coming forward with a silver sponsorship of K50,000 for the upcoming Summit to be held in Lae, Morobe Province.

He said that this would be the third time in 15 years that a National Development Plan for the country will be written, and within that time the Private sector, Civil Society and international experts were not included.

"With the Theme for this Summit in 2018 - "Securing Our Future through Inclusive Economic Growth," we are including the Private sector, Civil Society and international experts in discussions that are aimed at formulating a plan to improve the future of PNG's economy. We need to share ideas and find out from these countries and key stakeholders on what they have done to be successful, and that is what this Summit is about," added Mr Maru.

Mr Thornton also added that BSP would be is also supporting and/or participating in various conferences this year such as the APEC.

12:03

We've asked Slater and Gordon to explain what happened to the AWU Workplace Reform Association file "IndyWatch Feed National"

I sent this email to Slater and Gordon's media manager earlier today. On 7 September 2012 Mr Ralph Blewitt's lawyers wrote to your firm asking for a copy of "all documents" held by Slater and Gordon regarding the AWU Workplace Reform Association. On 24 September 2012 your firm's external lawyers...

11:36

PNG Treasury Minister still happy with the countrys economic outlook "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

THE countrys economic outlook remains positive despite export commodity market performing below expectations, says Treasurer Charles Abel.

AbelCharles Abel- Treasury Minister

The National reported that Mr Abel said private sector activities had also been hampered by the foreign exchange imbalance and restrictions on government domestic expenditure in recent years.
Abel told the PNG Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby that despite the setbacks, PNG was looking ahead with optimism.
He said total real growth this year was projected at 2.2 per cent.
Growth will be driven by the non-mining sectors, feeding off the impetus from Apec-related spending across the non-mining sectors, he said.
He also said continued improvement in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector reflected an expected good year for coffee and increased copra and copra oil production due to higher global copra demand.
Abel said in the medium term, the PNG economy was also conservatively expected to grow at an average rate of 2.4 per cent.
However, the current projection does not take into account major pipeline projects such as the Papua LNG, Pynang, Wafi-Golpu, Frieda Mine and Solwara 1, which once in the construction phase will provide a sig...

11:36

More melting tar problems identified "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Melting tar which caused a least one motorcycle accident on famed Mt Glorious behind Brisbane has been identified in several new areas and is now being treated thanks to lobbying by a group of local riders.

After several months of pressure on State MPs and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Motorcycle Advocacy Group spokesman David White says the original problematic 160m section of Northbrook Parkway on the western side of the mountain is now safer.

However, TMR has now identified other areas on Northbrook Parkway and across Mt Glorious Rd that have similar bleeding tar problems.

New roadworks on Mt Glorious melting tar(Photoshopped sign just for fun!)

In an email to David, department spokesperson Leah McKenzie says their contractor has continued to monitor the bitumen seal on the other sections of Mount Glorious Road:

We identified that the seal is now showing signs of bleeding in other areas, with high daytime temperatures contributing to the problem.

On 5 January 2018, extra signage was placed in both directions on Mount Glorious Road and the speed limit was reduced from 80km/h to 60km/h to alert motorists of the changed conditions.

On 8 January 2018, during night works TMRs contractor conducted surface texturing on Mount Glorious Road to treat some areas of bleeding seal. I can report that this work had some success in treating the bleeding seal, and improving overall grip on the road surface.

Further surface texturing was conducted during night works on 1 February 2018.

I am pleased to advise that more surfacing treatment works are planned for the coming fortnight.

In the meantime, TMRs contractor is on site daily,...

11:16

Exxon Mobil MD confident of PNG govts financial capacity for Papua LNG project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

EXXONMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry is confident of the governments financial capacity to take part in the Papua LNG project.

Andrew_BarryAndrew Barry- Managing Director, Exxion Mobil PNG

The National reported that Mr Barry made the statement when answering a question from Facts Global Energy Group chairman Dr Fereidun Fersharaki during the PNG Petroleum and Energy Summit on Monday.

The government is expected to contribute about 22 per cent equity to the total cost of the project construction.
That is one of the things that we are collectively working through together and working with the government on different options in the financing activities, Barry said.
I am confident that between ourselves and our partners and the government that we will find a solution.
Barry noted that the upcoming negotiations with the government and partners were important milestones for the project.
The real next big step for our perspective will be the negotiations around the gas agreement and the fiscal certainty once we get into that FEED. And once y...

11:01

Victorian Ombudsman finds 21 ALP MPs used taxpayer funds to pay for "well organised ALP political campaign" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trust in our politicians is declining and risks diminishing further with allegations of misuse of public funds, Ms Glass said. The public debate in this case confirms the importance of having an independent body, able to investigate allegations without fear or favour and to give short shrift to the...

10:35

Opinion: What businesses must watch out for when dealing with foreign exchange "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There are many pitfalls for the unwary when dealing with other countries money says Stephen Massa, Head of the PNG Office for law firm Dentons.

Dentons Stephen Massa warns businesses to be careful about foreign exchange laws Source: Dentons

Although there is no legal limit on the amount that can be transmitted out of Papua New Guinea, there is limited availability of foreign currency at the moment and, as a practical matter, it is difficult to transmit large sums of money out of PNG.

Generally speaking, the larger the amount ordered, the longer the wait. Here are several pointers about the formal guidelines.

  1. A contract between PNG residents denominated in a foreign currency requires PNG Central Bank (Bank of Papau New Guinea) approval. An entity is deemed to be a PNG resident for the purposes of PNGs foreign exchange controls if it carries on commercial activity in PNG. This includes PNG branches of foreign incorporated entities.
  2. Even where BPNG approval is obtained for PNG residents to contract in a foreign currency, PNGs foreign exchange controls clearly state that settlement must be in kina in PNG.
  3. Prior authorisation of the Central Bank is needed before an offshore account, as well as an onshore foreign currency account, can be opened. The Central Bank, if it gives its approval, will generally limit the use of those accounts to the extent necessary to comply with the contracts submitted to it.
  4. The Central Bank is limiting the ability of PNG companies to open offshore accounts or onshore foreign currency accounts. Without an offshore account or an onshore foreign currency account, all payments received by the borrower in a foreign currency will be converted by the receiving PNG bank into kina for depositing into the kina account held with the receiving PNG bank.
  5. When a company has approval for an offshore account, it will need to provide monthly foreign currency reporting of actual cash inflows and outflows through the offshore account.
  6. An exporter...

10:30

K660m in royalties from Lihir "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Loop PNG | March 20, 2018

The people of New Ireland have received K660 million in total royalties from the Lihir Gold Limited (LGL) since 1997.

Of the total royalty payments made between 1997 and December 2017 (K660m);

  • New Ireland Provincial Government (+ districts) had received K330,057,253
  • Nimamar Local Level Government had received K198,034,351
  • Special Mining Lease Block Owners had received K132,022,902

From January to December 2017, Lihir Gold Limited royalty payments to the people of New Ireland have added to a total of K75,065,077 as highlighted (in yellow) in the table below.

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10:12

Oil Search sees Gobe plant operational this week after PNG quake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tom Westbrook | Reuters | March 20, 2018

Australias Oil Search Ltd said on Tuesday that it expects its Gobe processing plant and oil export pipeline in Papua New Guinea to be operational later this week, after a deadly earthquake hit last month.

Oil Search said the Gobe facility and its export pipeline were largely undamaged in the magnitude 7.5 quake that struck on Feb. 26.

The company said its condensate handling facilities, part of the giant PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, were also ready to receive PNG LNG condensate once production at the Hides gas conditioning plant comes back on stream.

The Hides plant was shut down after the quake by operator ExxonMobil, which said earlier this month the PNG LNG project would be shut for about eight weeks for inspections and repairs.

Oil Search said it expects its central processing facility at Kutubu, another oil and gas field, to be progressively restored from late March, while its Moran oil and gas field would take longer.

The Agogo processing facil...

10:05

Workplace dictators and the free market: reading Private Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Amanda Lohreys Primates, the first story in the collection Reading Madame Bovary, the unnamed corporation for which the first-person narrator works is undergoing a dreaded restructure. Her manager, Winton, is attempting to introduce Theory Z, the Japanese business equivalent of a Danish lifestyle trend. It promises to get rid of hierarchies and bureaucracies in favour of a clan mentality with a high state of consistency in their internal culture.

10:05

Australia to give more humanitarian Aid to PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced a further AUSD 3.4 million package that will bring the total Australian humanitarian assistance to K12.5 million.

Bishop who is on her 6th visit to Papua New Guinea as Foreign Minister said a portion of the funding will go to supporting women, girls and the disable who are most vulnerable in disasters.

On her arrival yesterday she had meetings and was briefed by Prime Minister Peter ONeill and Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato on the impact of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Southern Highlands and Hela provinces on 26 February.

She later visited the Australian Defence personnel at the Air Transport Wing and was given a brief by the Australian Defence Force and also Finance Minister and Tari Pori MP James Marape, Southern Highlands Governor William Powi and Immigration Minister and Koroba Kopiago MP Petrus Thomas.

The devastation that has affected a lot of families and communities and we send our deep-set condolences to those that lost love ones and also to those that have been injured, Ms Bishop said.

I am pleased today to announce Australia will be able to provinde additional AUSD3.4 million dollars to help rebuild livelihoods, restore and rebuild infrastructure and also to restore water and sanitation supplies.

This will bring the Australian governments total humanitarian response 5 million dollars or K12.5 million and we have also been working very closely with the PNG government in making sure that the support is provided to those that most need help.

I understand that the earthquake and the aftershocks have certainly caused immense damage and it will take some time to rebuild livelihoods. I want to thank the Australian Defence Force and the men and women who are here to assist with the delivery of supplies.

As you can see we have a RAAF C130 transport plane that has been taking much needed supplies to Southern Highlands and parts of the country affected by the earthquake and we also have three Chinook helicopters to ensure supplies reach the most remote areas. We also have had an Australian medical assistance team and together with the ADF personnel, representatives from Geo-Science Australia supporting PNG on the seismic activity and NGOs assisting.

So we stand with solidarity with our brothers and sisters here in Papua New Guinea, we grief with you the loss of life and we are here to work with yo...

10:00

The Simple but Questionable Role of Japans Men in Blue "IndyWatch Feed National"

An eager young cop kits up, does his hair, knocks back a not-so-fresh brewed caf latte from 7/11 and trots off to Tokyo Station, where a day full of adventure and enforcing law awaits him. By 3pm, however, hes completed his fifth lap of the Imperial Palace gardens. His only dose of action saw him whistle and yell at an Australian traveller who j-walked, and was completely oblivious to everything around him. He also refined his tacky tourist photography game by taking the same picture of more foreigners in front of that same old gate.

Welcome to the life of a Japanese policeman.

Meanwhile, I wake to an obnoxious siren on a cold Saturday morning in Tokyo. Not quite sure if its an earthquake or if someone has pressed the siren button instead of play on their newest J-pop album, I look out the window to see another police car whizz past, as if The Tokyo Drift Club were back in town causing a ruckus. No need to get all worked up, I think. Its most likely just an unchained bicycle stolen, without a trace, by some drunk Yank looking for a joy ride after missing the last train.

I make it to the historic Imperial Palace that day, and spend the morning taking it all in. I spot a young officer and wonder like me did he always want to be a cop, especially in a country with so little crime?  I then stop and, upon further inspection, realise hes been staring down and kicking that same pile of ice on the ground for almost a minute. I watch the feud a little longer. Still puzzled, I eventually grow impatient, walk over and force conversation.

Officer Hipeo Kurata is colloquially known as Omawari-san (Mr Walk-around). His polite warm smile eventually peels off and grows emotionless after I ask what he would be doing with himself in another life. Hipeo had goals of becoming an engineer in school, but the 25-year-old found himself suddenly enrolling as a man in blue. Three years have gone by, and like his fondness towards me, his dream grows ever so faint.

Japan may well be one of the safest places on earth. It records among the lowest rates of street crime, drug felonies and violent crimes. No wonder poor Hipeo is depressing to talk to. So, no matter how stupid, bad at planning and keeping track of your belongings you are, youll be alright! Your wallet will have every last Yen you left in it as it waits for you behind the bar you left it in last night.

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09:47

Hela Government casts doubt on PNG Earthquake Report "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ONE PNG | The National | 20 March 2018

Hela Governor Philip Undialu has cast doubt on an Australian government report which cleared resource companies of blame for the recent earthquake.

The report by Australian government agency Geoscience Australia cleared mining and hydrocarbon companies of any wrongdoing over the 7.5 magnitude earthquake which caused much devastation in the Highlands. Undialu and Hela provincial administrator William Bando were given copies of the report by Oil Search staff in Moro last Saturday.

He said an independent investigation must be conducted into the earthquake under the terms of reference of the Hela government.

The report said there was significant public concern that industrial activities such as mining or hydrocarbon exploration and production in the Highlands, could have contributed to the earthquake.

The report said:

While the Feb 26 earthquake was the largest earthquake in the Highlands since 1900, its occurence was consistent with the known seismic characteristics of the region;...

09:42

HIV drug PrEP to qualify for govt subsidy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The cost of a drug aimed at stopping the spread of HIV is about to be slashed.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily drug recently recommended for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which would significantly reduce its price.

It is 99 per cent effective in preventing the transmission of HIV among gay and bisexual men and from April will be available to high-risk general patients for just $39.50 a month.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunts announcement on Wednesday amounts to a government subsidy of $180 million.

Until now access to PrEP has been patchy, prohibitively expensive and mainly accessed through clinical trials, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations says.

This will drive a substantial reduction in transmission and allow us to turbo-charge the Australian HIV response, federation CEO Darryl ODonnell said in a statement.

The federation argues investment in HIV prevention also makes excellent financial sense, with each averted transmission of HIV saving the taxpayer one million dollars in lifetime costs.

Under the listing, patients will receive a three-month prescription and a sexual health check on each visit to the GP.

The post HIV drug PrEP to qualify for govt subsidy appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:39

Likely Aussies caught up in data scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its likely Australians have been caught up in a scandal involving a political consulting firm and Facebook, Australias cybersecurity adviser believes.

Cambridge Analytica is facing claims it used data from 50 million Facebook users to develop controversial political campaigns for Donald Trump and others.

Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is looking into the claims and is making inquiries with Facebook to see whether any personal information of Australians was involved.

National cybersecurity adviser Alastair MacGibbon says online giants like Facebook need to start acting in line with community expectations.

If you do some simple maths Id say its likely that Australians are caught up in this, he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

Increasingly the public is saying, Hey I have given you a lot of data. I expect you to treat it with respect, he said.

But you cant make $13 billion a year monetising that data and then tell those same customers thats just from advertising by the way that youre treating their data with respect.

Mr MacGibbon refused to offer Australian political parties advice on using firms such as Cambridge Analytica.

But everyone, of course, needs to make sure theyre careful about where the information theyre using comes from, he said.

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast City Council plans to mine the Facebook data of Commonwealth Games visitors who use the social media network to log into free wifi, but says use of the information will be limited.

The post Likely Aussies caught up in data scandal appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:38

Independent mining consultant questions Papua New Guinea government role as both shareholder and regulator "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mining consultant Jerry Garry (centre) on site in Sierra Leone. Source: Jerry Garry

Kevin McQuillan | Business Advantage PNG | 20 March 2018

To remain impartial, the Papua New Guinea Government should not be a shareholder, but only maintain regulatory oversight of mining projects, according to geologist and mining consultant, Jerry Nombri Garry. He tells Business Advantage PNG there are other ways for the country to derive healthy revenues from mining projects.

Simbu-born Jerry Garry has worked in some of the toughest mining environments in the world: Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Afghanistanand PNG.

After returning home in 2013 to work as Country Manager for Crater Gold, he describes the PNG mining industry as mature and operates upon a very stable regulatory framework and friendlier tax regime compared to other jurisdictions.

But he believes some regulatory processes and legal requirements require fine-tuning to ensure that projects are established quickly and provide fair and equitable revenu...

09:12

Exxon Mobil buys LNG to chill quake-hit Papua New Guinea project: traders "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jessica Jaganathan and Oleg Vukmanovic | Reuters | 20 March 2018

ExxonMobil Corp has bought a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to keep its Papua New Guinea plant cold after a powerful earthquake triggered a production halt last month, several trade sources said on Monday.

The cool-down cargo could be a first step toward restarting LNG production at the facility ahead of schedule or it may simply be needed to maintain operational readiness, traders said.

Stopping the liquefaction process which condenses gas into a liquid at minus 162 degrees Celsius causes LNG plants to warm up, requiring cargoes to be imported to keep cryogenic tanks and equipment operational.

If LNG is loaded directly into warm tanks, the tanks will crack, an industry source said.

Exxons Papua New Guinea project was shut in late February after an earthquake disrupted feed-gas supplies from the gas-producing Highlands region.

Exports were to resume by early May.

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08:50

Workers at XXXX in Brisbane to strike over jobs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Close to a hundred workers at the XXXX plant at Milton in Brisbane plan to walk off the job over job security and threats to lower working conditions.

About 40 jobs have been lost in recent years already, and Damien Davie, spokesperson for United Voice Queensland the union that represents these workers, said that company management needed to talk, otherwise disruption to beer supplies for the Commonwealth Games will come about.

We want everyone to be able to drink XXXX while theyre enjoying the Commonwealth Games, he said.

But management needs to come to the table, or theyll risk disrupting beer supply at this important time.

The walk off the job is expected to take place next Monday.

Tensions have been building for some time, and the turn towards industrial action is no surprise. Lion, the company that owns the brewery has for several years been trying to outsource labour. Rather than employ workers directly,  is opting to push in a system where a labour hire company supplies a casual workforce.

By doing this, agreed wages and conditions can be undercut, and the prerogative of management to hire and fire at will extended.

Damien Davies explained that XXXX management is threatening to shut down our legendary Milton brewery, if they dont get their way on shipping in cheap labour from over the border.

It this is true, Lion is determined to bring on the change, and the workers and their union are pushed into a major battle against it.

Lion claims that the union has been lying. It does however admit to be pursuing more flexibility in the use of labour, and the use of contractors when required.

It is obvious that the Commonwealth Games is a strategically good time for this workforce to engage in industrial action, and to take advantage of it maximises their bargaining strength.

Like other similar disputes, it is a mixture of existing industrial laws and more militant employers, urged on by the major employer organisations and government that has given rise to the situation.

The position of wage earners has been deteriorating in Australia, while corporations have been able to skim billions of dollars. Raising the pace of work, while decreasing the reward for doing it, is stepped up exploitation.

Nothing is more geared to raise the anger of the workforce. This is what has happened at XXXX.

These workers have an advantage,  If this turns out to be an ongoing dispute, they are in a good position to gain the sympathy of the public. This would cost Lion heavily, in terms of reputation and lost business. It is what Carton and United Breweries in Melbourne found two year...

08:29

Doug Mesner, the CIA, Child Trafficking, and Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

religion: a master and slave relationship

I recall Doug Mesner telling me the C.I.A. had asked him to write some private reports for them, maybe in my most paranoid state I could run with and ramble about the possibilities there More likely, The Satanic Temple is just the act of a group of social and career climbers using slick psychological marketing tricks in the tradition of Edward Bernays to meet their ends. But at the least, I think anyone could question and everyone should question the intent of a guy from wealth and without ties to the occult as to why he has decided to fund a Satanic religion while pulling the strings of a guy who has such a brilliant mind, who has studied the science of the mind at one of the top learning facilities in the world, and maybe, just maybe you could come up with the same conclusion I have, that The Satanic Temple has ulterior motives above and beyond helping mankind or making a movie.

No one really knows what the CIA does for definite. They are about as secret as secret organizations go- much like the Russian KGB. But one can assume it is about the same as Russias crime ridden KGB.

However- I am well aware of some of what Doug Mesner aka the Satanic Temples Lucien Greaves
is involved with.

I first had to deal with this narcissistic sociopath on Amazon- as he was combating and attacking anyone and everyone who claimed they were victims of Satanic Ritual abuse as a child.

Going as karmakaze and many variables of this same name- he attacked, discredited, and threatened anyone who spoke out. I, along with Pat Goodwin- fought him and his group for years in the comments sections in books such as Sybil Exposed and 22 Faces on Amazon. He and another who called themself Critthink .

Critthink aka Menagerie aka Amber Vollaton dropped out of the picture after the murder of Lori King which you can read about here

davidshurter.com/2017/05/05/coming-clean-with-my-investigation-into-the-murder-of-lori-king/

Doug has given seminar after seminar trashing survivors of ritual abuse- claiming putting your penis in a babys mouth does it no neurological harm- when he isnt exposing himself in public after doing weird rituals for the late Westboro Baptist Ministers dead mother to make her gay in the afterlife or getting a non for profit in 10 days for hi...

08:29

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO, and other Major Coins "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the news Perhaps the news making the most headlines this week had to do with CoinBase e-Money license acquisition from UK"s FCA and the EU. With the license, it means CoinBase customers in the UK can make Faster Payment []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO, and other Major Coins appeared first on The Global Mail.

Cryptocurrency, blockchain and NASA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cryptocurrency and its blockchain technology has been around for a couple years now but it has just recently been thrust into the mainstream spotlight, and now, its headed for space. Blockchain and NASA In late 2017, NASA awarded a three-year []

The post Cryptocurrency, blockchain and NASA appeared first on The Global Mail.

08:00

March 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

DO YOUR BIT!!!
If we all adopt a country footy /netty club and take out even 1 membership it will help small country clubs.
And let's call a spade a fecking shovel here, boys and girls - once the footy team folds, the netball clubs go and then it's like a set of dominoes and towns disappear.
Don't let that happen to our fabulous country towns!!!



1792 - In a letter he jotted to the good Rev William Morice about the coastal Eora people coming in frequently to the convict settlement at Sydney Cove, Captain Richard Johnson stated,
" A Number of the Natives, both Men women, and especially Children are every day now in the Camp - Two native Girls I have under my roof,"

1802 Matthew Flinders was a busy chap, trotting off and finding all sorts of things on his explorative travels, like today's Show and Tell subject Kangaroo Island.
Yes, we have so many of the hoppity critters we had to name a whole lump of dirt after 'em.

1816 - After two years of severe drought, the Gundungurra (Gandangara) came down from the mountains to attack settlers in the outlying Cow Pastures (Camden) district, burning houses and sheds, spearing cattle and plundering crops. They killed four men employed by George T Palmer (son of Commissary John Palmer) at the Nepean River and three of Mrs Elizabeth Macarthurs stock-keepers at Camden.

1829- Windradyne, known to European settlers as "Saturday", was a warrior and resistance leader of the Wiradjuri people; he passed to the stars on this day following a tribal fight at the Macquarie River.

1855 - Raffaello Carboni was tried for treason over his involvement in the Eureka Stockade.
Of course he found not guilty.

1863 - Thomas Pedder was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Thomas Sweeny, a shepherd, at Irwin River.

1864 The very first hansom cab turned up in New Zealand with its driver asking for directions as his Sat-Nav was on the blink.

1895 - The Chickybabes Suffrage Act got the gong from Queen Vicky in South Oz when it twas Gazetted, thereby giving the gals the right to vote and to stand for Parliament.

1917 Infamous,wonderful author Frank Hardy, brother to the equally talented entertainer Mary Hardy, was pupped today.

1918- Dunolly-ite made good; Harry Lawson, pupped in Dunolly, assumed the position as Premier of Victoria.
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07:51

Time to bring Queenslands abortion laws into the 21st Century "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Queensland Government should demonstrate its commitment to womens health and equality by upholding an election commitment to modernise the states woefully outdated abortion laws.

In a submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commissions inquiry into abortion laws, the Human Rights Law Centre has called for the decriminalisation of abortion and for new laws that respect womens right to choose what happens to their bodies. It also renewed its call for the creation of safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that Queenslands law currently falls well short of accepted medical standards and community values.

"The current laws reflect completely outdated views about women and sex. The majority of the Queensland community have said they want to see the laws change. The medical profession want to see the laws changed. Its time for Queensland to bring abortion laws out of the 19th century and into line with community expectations, clinical practice, and common sense," said Ms Walters.

Polling in Queensland in 2017 showed that over 80 per cent of people think that it should be legal for a woman to decide to terminate her pregnancy in consultation with a medical professional.

Abortion is still a part of Queenslands criminal law, despite a wealth of evidence that criminalising abortion is bad for womens health.

"Criminalising abortion does not stop women having abortions, it just causes confusion and fear for women and doctors. It forces women to travel interstate or risk unsafe clandestine abortions. Women should be empowered to make the best decision for their lives in consultation with their doctor, and without fearing criminal prosecution," said Ms Walters.

The submission calls for the creation of safe access zones around abortion clinics to stop anti-abortionists from harassing and intimidating women as they enter.

"Women shouldnt have to run a gauntlet of abuse and harassment just to see their doctor. Queensland must ensure that all women can access health services without suffering harm," said Ms Walters.

The Human Rights Law Centre submission is available here.

For interviews or further information please call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

Photo: Shari Birse

06:46

There will be an inquest over Joshs suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

At last there is some positive news regarding the suicide of Josh Klumper. The seventeen-year old took his life, after being denied the timely help he needed at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of his mother Ursula Skjonnemand, supporters and an online petition, a coroners inquest will take place, although a date has not yet been set.

Josh, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder), was not coping and desperately needed help. On 2 September last year, he went to the hospital with his grandmother.

But instead of immediate assistance, he was made to wait for four hours and told that he could not be seen on that night. For someone suffering from severe mental health stress, this can be a disaster, and the hospital should have known this.

Agitated, Josh walked out. The hospital did not follow up until three days later. It was too late. He had attempted to take his life and eventually died in hospital.

In a health system that is working properly a failure of duty of care like this, would not happen. A process to deal with in would be in place. The fact that the failure occurred, indicates that the hospital lacks the resources and the staff the training needed. The inquest must uncover the details of this.

This has not been the only failure. It is a disgrace that Joshs mother and supporters had to battle to be heard. An inquest into a death in such circumstances should be routine. The reason why this didnt take place should be explained, and the criteria for the intervention of the coroner changed, so that there can be a quick and adequate response.

It begs the question. How many others have been treated in a similar way at the Gold Coast University Hospital and through the Queensland health system?  This needs to be answered as well.

Ursula Skjonnemand told ABC Radio Brisbane she had fought for an investigation to make sure Joshs story could be a learning experience for others.

She wants this investigation to result in Queensland health taking measures that will ensureother receive the help that her son missed out on. This is an opportunity to save other lives.

The case has prompted Health Minister Steven Miles into a meeting with high-level public servants from the Health Departments mental health wing and deputy director-general of clinical excellence Dr John Wakefield. Hopefully, this will contribute towards bringing about some change.

But it must be remembered that any action required a push, and it should not have come to this.

The post...

06:45

The Antidepressant Wars in the Post-Truth Era "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes there are advantages to being outside the mainstream media. Australia dodged a bullet when the UK press announced claims about antidepressants. There was some coverage, but its comforting to hope that when the press releases came this way, our astute journalists were aware that during the previous months our press had already just run a competing big medical story: Prescription pills killing more people than street drugs.1

But the February 2018 UK press releases were all the more potent because they were attributed to such hallowed sources as Lancet, Oxford University and the BBC.2 British tabloid press was even more florid with interpretations such as GPs should prescribe anti-depressants to over a million more Brits, experts claim, citing an Oxford University study that supposedly found pills were up to 113 per cent more likely to tackle depression than no treatment at all despite previous claims that they did not work.3 Even at face value it seemed unlikely The Lancet would have used the words pills and tackle.

At a New Zealand conference, overseas visitors went even further. One headline virtually accused critics of mass-scale negligent homicide: Claims that antidepressants dont work are dangerous and akin to climate change denial, mental health professionals and experts say, citing supposed overwhelming evidence supporting the view that mental health problems were caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.4

Yet at the same time across the Tasman Sea a Professor of Psychiatry, former Australian of the Year, was assuring ABC listeners in response to a question about chemical imbalance that this was attributable to the drug companies, the DSM, the FDA American psychiatrists 40 years ago now no one believes that any more. If you talk to any modern researcher in neuroscience or psychiatry no one would say that is the explanation. But when you go to a GP or even some psychiatrists they will still trot out that very simplistic explanation to people.5

The big stakes in this are not being exaggerated. As Dr. AJ Frances put it: We have a medical system tha...

06:06

With Friends Like These, Australia Doesnt Need Enemies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our nations history of internal slaughter is world-beating. Its perhaps matched only by our support over the decades for regimes that also kill their own. Michael Brull explains.

In the image above, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seen shaking hands with Hun Sen during the ASEAN Summit in Sydney last week. Smiling. Hun Sen is the dictator of Cambodia, which he has ruled since 1985. Under the reign of Pol Pot, Hun Sen served as a battalion commander in the Khmer Rouge army.

It is worth underscoring what this means. Ben Kiernan wrote a book, The Pol Pot Regime. Kiernan is the founding director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. He found that the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of some 1.7 million people. That is about one fifth of the entire population, wiped out by its own government.

That makes Hun Sen a triumphant and reigning dictator from one of the most murderous governments of the 20th century.

Cambodians in Australia have protested the welcome extended to Hun Sen by our government. I was alerted to this issue by someone who came to Australia as a refugee from Cambodia. Dozens of family members, on both her mother and her fathers side of the family, were murdered by the Khmer Rouge.

Cambodian dictator Hun Sen arrives in Canberra for the ASEAN Summit, March 2018.

As if to underscore his commitment to despotism, Hun Sen has responded to protesters in Australia by saying I wan...

06:06

Very heavy rainfall for central parts of NSW coast, warnings issued "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting very heavy rain for central parts of the New South Wales coast over the next few days, with dangerous conditions expected to develop. Many places are expected to get their normal monthly rainfall for March in just...... Read more

06:00

Resettlement never a viable option: govt must exercise sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Watna Mori
Watna Mori

WATNA MORI | The Interpreter | Lowy Institute

PORT MORESBY - In mid-2015 I was approached to work as a claims assistance provider at the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Initially, I was hesitant because I did not want to be part of an arrangement I believed was morally, if not legally, reprehensible.

The processing of asylum seekers was of concern enough, but that the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments actually agreed that resettlement of those found to be refugees was possible in Papua New Guinea was astounding.

I remember my prospective employer asking me during our early meetings what I thought would happen at the end of processing.

I told her of my experience with seven West Papuan asylum seekers in 2013 who had raised the Morning Star flag in West Papua with the support of Australia activists. Raising the Morning Star is a crime in Indonesia, and the seven young men (one was a child) were pursued by the Indonesian military as a result.

They fled West Papua by trekking into PNG, where they spent less than 48 hours, before making it to the Torres Strait islands by boat.

The men handed themselves over to the Australian authorities on arrival and were subsequently sent to Port Moresby by aircraft. In PNG, they were given a week within which to either make an asylum claim or face deportation to Indonesia.

Australia stated that its actions were determined by a 2003 memorandum of understanding with PNG relating to migration, refugees, irregular migration, and people smuggling. That MOU allowed for irregular arrivals to be sent back to PNG if they transited in that country for more than seven days.

When it was put to the then Australian minister for immigration Scott Morrison that the young men were in PNG for less than seven days, he responded that, in this case, PNG had granted a concession.

Much effort and government funds were spent by both Australia and PNG to ensure that the seven West Papuans made their asylum claims in PNG and were not deported; however, the West Papuans refused to make asylum cla...

05:58

Breaking: Cop Who Killed Justine Damond Charged With Murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last July is now behind bars and has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Justine Damond was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor last summer after she called 911 to report hearing a noise near her home.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach, on July 15 minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Damonds death drew international attention, cost the police chief her job and forced major revisions to the departments policy on body cameras.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman planned a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss the charges.

As of the time of this reporting, the criminal complaint remained sealed. But according to the jail roster, Noor was booked on a third-degree murder charge for perpetrating an eminently dangerous act while showing a depraved mind. The second-degree manslaughter charge alleges he acted with culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk.

If convicted of third-degree murder, he could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, though the presumptive sentence is 12 years. A judge could issue a sentence ranging from about 10 to 15 years. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but the presumptive sentence is four years,  the Chicago Tribune reports.

The charges reveal more details about what happened that night, reports the Star Tribune:

There is no evidence that Officer Noor encountered, appreciated, investigated or confirmed a threat that justified the decision to use deadly force, charges said. Instead, Officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun from the passenger seat, a location at which he would have been less able than Officer Harrity to see and hear events on the other s...

05:20

Market Talk- March 20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Having seen a weak US session most Asian indices opened in the red. However, that was not to last and most recovered by the close. The SENSEX took less than an hour before it was trading positive whilst the ASX and Nikkei never actually managed a recovery. The key sector that has led the Nikkei higher have been the culprits during the decline. Technology weighed on both sentiment and confidence, but declines were halted as talk of Bank of Japan buying of ETFs helped to support prices. We do have a Japanese national holiday Wednesday and so volumes were light as the FED decision will be known by the next cash open. Worth keeping an eye on the Yen as it has rejected the mod 105s and is comfortably trading mid 106s. This could be crucial once the FED decision is known as the Yen has plenty of negative room that will aid stocks on an international basis. Australian All Ords finally closed the day down -0.4% but given that the A$ remains heavy, it was not a great day for international money invested there. Chinas Shanghai and the Hang Seng both turned positive in afternoon trading and are continuing via futures as the US markets recover.

Europe took much of its momentum from the US again today as it appeared to wake only once the US were in. Dont forget, we are on short lunches this week until the UK moves their clocks spring forward their one hour due March 25th. Therefore, US markets are heavily influencing European especially as the FED has such a prominent decision this week. Markets are happy to let the US lead still with the majority expecting a 25bp hike. All core closed around +0.6% firmer with the DAX leading via banks, insurers and tech bouncing back.

A healthy bounce today following yesterdays 300 point decline and especially ahead of tomorrows FED decision. Utilities and rate sensitive stocks tended to drag their feet, but that shouldnt be a surprise. Treasuries seeing a parallel shift across the curve, which is assisting the DXY; so worth keeping an eye on the Dot-Plot for a while yet! Lets see how we react after tomorrows announcement, but stocks are becoming accustomed to rate hikes whether we are talking three or four throughout 2018. Not since 2011 have we seen stocks r...

05:18

Australian Man Has Tracked Down Missing Flight MH370 With Google Earth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Flight MH370 was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Bejing on March 4th of 2014 when it literally disappeared. On that plane were 239 people, and until recently, this plane was nowhere to be found.

That being said, a man is currently claiming to have managed to track down this missing plane all on his own. He used Google Earth to track its passage and may have located the plane. The search that went on for this plane was one of the biggest in history. It ended up costing millions of dollars and involved China, Malaysia, and Australia. While the search was basically called off/suspended last year small pieces of the plane did manage to wash up on shore around several islands in the Indian Ocean as well as on the coast of Africa.

Peter McMahon is the man who believes he has managed to do the impossible and locate this plane. He is an Australian mechanical engineer with over 25 years experience in crash investigations. He has found what he believes is the outline of a plane below the surface of the water about 10 miles south of the islet. McMahon told DailyStar that he sent his findings to the Australian Transport and Safety Burea and that they did, in fact, confirm that this might be the missing plane.

McMahon/DailyMail (Google Earth)

 

McMahon also went on to tell the DailyStar that US officials who are supposed to be working now to find the plane instructed those searching to stick to their assigned areas and not investigate where he had shown them the plane might be. It seems four Americans were sent to Australia to oversee the findings of MH370 and that while it could easily be there something fishy is going on.

He said as follows:

They have made sure that all information received has been hidden from the public, even our government but why?

McMahon claims that authorities do not want it found as its full of bullet holes, finding it will only open another inquiry.

Does this sound like some kind of cover up to you? What really happened to flight MH370? We can only hope that the truth abo...

05:07

Three Newspolls To Midnight: A Dangerous Exercise In Pub-Test Populism. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Ministers sometimes get it wrong, and some more than others. That should be the reason for their demise at an election, not their removal by a party obsessed with polls, writes Tom Haskell.

Its three Newspolls to midnight on Turnbulls leadership doomsday clock. The infamous 30 Newspolls in a row reasoning for challenging Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party, and thus the Prime Ministership, must be something that haunts Malcolm every day. Indeed, it should be something that haunts us all. Not because Turnbull is a great leader (he isnt) or because the alternatives in the Liberal Party are any better (they arent), but because losing another Prime Minister to opinion polling does nothing but affirm a worrying trend of pub-test populism in Australian politics.

If not through an electoral loss, our leaders should be ousted for fundamental failures of leadership to those they lead and represent. It should be because they have failed the Australian people to a critical extent that they be relieved of their duties.

Sometimes governments and, indeed, leaders make unpopular decisions; sometimes they need to do so for the good of the Australian people. Licking your finger and testing the winds of your constituency is not a suitable way to lead, and thankfully the voters in South Australia realised this with their fierce rejection of the populist Nick Xenophon.

South Australian senator Nick Xenophon.

However, as an example of opinion polling leading poor policy outcomes, the newly elected Liberal government in South Australia is set to deregulate shop trading hours. According to opinion polling, 75% of South Australians support this.

Interestingly, small businesses in Adelaide are fearing having to close shop if these changes come through due to being unable to compete with the supermarket giants that can stay open indefinitely. It of course sounds like a common-sense initiative to keep the shops open for longer, it would mean shops could earn more money and employ more workers due to flexible trading hours, right?

Unfortunately not, the effects will be devastating for workers and small-business owners. Businesses unable to compete in a deregulated market will have to shut up shop, workers will lose their jobs and those who dont will work unsociable hours without penalty rates on the odd chance that someone wants t...

05:00

Back to the future is the world lurching into a new colonialism? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chris Overland
Chris Overland

CHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - I recently read a book by the late Professor John Bowle entitled The Imperial Achievement: The Rise and Transformation of the British Empire (Book Club Associates, 1974).

The book represents a conscious attempt by Bowle to place on record a scholarly and dispassionate reassessment of the British Empire, where the very real and often remarkable achievements of the those he calls the Anglo-Saxon colonisers are given more consideration than is now deemed politically correct.

In essence, Bowles argues that it suited both the formerly colonised and those who, broadly speaking, come from the left of the political spectrum, to characterise the imperial era as entirely racist, exploitative and destructive.

The facts, he argues, do not support this simplistic and frequently self-serving notion and he proceeds to compile a formidable case to justify his position.

I am not going to discuss Bowles central thesis here. He has devoted some 460 pages of densely argued and sometimes difficult scholarship to do that.

My interest lies in trying to understand how what was for millennia a small, obscure and relatively poor island off the coast of Europe could somehow contrive to acquire the largest maritime empire in human history.

Also, in doing so, I am trying to understand what relevance this may have to the world today which, while ostensibly decolonised, may in fact be ushering in a new era of insidious economic colonisation.

This latter point is relevant to Papua New Guineas post-colonial experience and, I think, across the wider developing world as well.

The first point that becomes apparent from Bowles book is that the British government rarely had any overt policy of seizing colonial possessions. In essence, its policy was to expand British trade wherever and whenever possible across the globe. It aimed to do this by dealing with the ruling regimes in place in other countries, not taking them over.

The British government did not like assuming responsibility for distant colon...

04:58

Minneapolis: Muslim cop who shot unarmed woman charged with murder, turns himself in "IndyWatch Feed National"

Islamophobia kills. We saw this again in Minneapolis, when a 40-year-old Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, was killed by a rogue cop, Mohamed Noor. It is a cherished fiction on the Left that there exists an Islamophobia Industry, a well-funded group of propagandists who spread hatred of Muslims solely to line their pockets. This is []

04:12

Satanic Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia It Starts at the TOP, Just Like in the USA and UK "IndyWatch Feed National"

The New World Order cult that rules the world administers a Satanic Pedophilia Network, including top-level politicians like Australian Prime Ministers and US Presidents.

The Satanic Pedophilia Network which underlies the New World Order was again exposed in the last few months by another brave whistleblower. Australian woman Fiona Barnett showed a ton of courage in going public at a Sydney press conference in October 2015 and naming names.

Fiona, a former victim of Satanic ritual abuse and part of an international VIP pedophile ring, not only exposed the existence of the Satanic pedophilia network and its international child trafficking ring, but actually named 3 former Australian Prime Ministers and 1 former US President as perpetrators.

She reveals that this network, composed of famous actors, celebrities, judges, politicians and other high-flyers, has infiltrated all the key organizations and institutions in Australia just as it has in the US and Britain.

Warning: what follows is graphic and requires a great deal of maturity to swallow, but if youre interested in the real truth of whats going on in the world, read on.

Fiona saw it all Satanic ritual, rape, torture and murder but actually says the way Ive been treated for reporting the crimes Ive witnessed and experienced has been far worse than my original abuse experiences.

That speaks volumes about peoples collective denial and amnesia, doesnt it?

Pedophiles Running Rampant Down Under

Fiona proclaims that Australia is a pedophile haven. She explains how Australia took in a large nu...

04:00

Work ethic & reliability of Pacific island workers is commended "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Seasonal worker information session at Applethorpe
Queensland Agriculture project manager Karen George with managers Melissa Denning (Timor-Leste), David Haro (PNG), George Tuti (Solomons) and Sakeo Talemaimaleya (Fiji) (Jonno Colfs)

STAFF REPORTER | Warwick Daily News (Queensland)

WARWICK - THE prospect of being able to hire a reliable seasonal workforce drew strong crowds to a seasonal worker program information session at Applethorpe.

International delegates from Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Fiji and Papua New Guinea plugged the value of their workers to growers and other stakeholders from Stanthorpe and beyond.

Growers heard testimonials from Thulimbah apple growers and Darling Downs vegetable growers about their experiences of hiring workers from Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa.

The common thread was reliability, strong work ethic and a genuine desire to work - qualities all growers seek in their staff.

The international delegates represented four of the 10 participating countries in the federal government-funded seasonal worker program.

In 2016-17, Australian employers hired 477 workers from Timor-Leste, 190 from Fiji, 139 from Papua New Guinea and 87 from Solomon Islands compared with 2,690 from Tonga and 2,150 from Vanuatu.

Growers were informed of opportunities to diversify recruitment sources across the countries, reducing the impact on the main sending countries.

The aim was also to ensure growers knew there were other options when some Pacific Island countries were hit by cyclones and could not send workers.

Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network project manager and southern Queensland officer Karen George said interest was strong.

"Securing a reliable and returning workforce can be a significant challenge for growers, and having more labour supply choices gives growers a greater ability to ensure their long-term viability, she said.

"The strong turnout and solid engagement at this information session shows growers are hungry to learn more about how the seasonal worker progra...

03:35

Kyra Kum-Sing: If equality can happen for marriage, it can happen for Indigenous people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post 7 December 2017 saw Australia become the 25th country to legalise marriage between people of the same sex. Love essentially won. Images of my uncles and partner during the celebration on Oxford Street in Sydney filled me with feelings of jubilation and success. Australians voted in favour of love and so was born a defining moment written ...

03:17

Luke Pearson: Harmony Day is the perfect day to water down racial discrimination laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photograph: TimeOut  Photograph: TimeOut Share this Post We are so harmonious that we can lock up innocent asylum seekers in detention camps offshore to ensure we stay a harmonious society.  We are so harmonious that we can refuse to address the impacts of racism on criminal justice, suicide rates, life expectancy, and all other adverse outcomes faced by Indigenous people ...

02:33

Chelsea Bond: *A white woman took my baby* "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Dr Chelsea Bond, is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland and one half of the #WildBlackWomen program (with Angelina Hurley) on Brisbanes 98.9FM Lets Talk every Thursday from 9am-10am. Black people had to do a lot of work last week and it wasnt even Invasion Day, Sorry Day, or NAIDOC Week. Blackfullas had to turn up after ...

00:52

Does Australia Believe in International Law: The Case of Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

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One of the most common phrases heard from senior Australian government officials including the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister is Australias belief in what it is pleased to call the rules based international order. This phrase is usually used in the context of implied or explicit criticism of another nation with whom Australia is in disagreement. For example, Australia is very prone to criticizing Russias annexation of Crimea, or Chinas assertion of its claimed rights in the South China Sea.

The inference one is expected to draw is that other countries may breach international law but Australia is a model of probity by comparison. This claim looks slightly tattered in the light of Australias manifest breaches of international instruments that it is a signatory to in its treatment of refugees, or the bullying of East Timor over the development of maritime resources.

As serious as these matters are they pale in comparison with the waging of a war against another sovereign nation. The history of Australias involvement in the waging of a war against the sovereign government of Syria is a case in point.

On 16 September 2014 the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave an interview to the ABC. In the interview he expressed as reservations about Australia becoming involved in a war that was being conducted by the United States, mainly through its support of proxy terrorist groups who it was financing and arming in conjunction with its allies Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The legalities he said, of operating inside Syria are quite different from the legalities of operating in Iraq at the request and in support of the Iraqi government.

Two weeks after that interview the Australian government received legal advice dated 30 September 2014 that it failed to disclose or even indicate that it had received such advice. Abbott was overthrown in an internal coup by Malcolm Turnbull on 15 September 2015.

One week prior to the coup Australia had written a letter to the United Nations Security Council on 9 September 2015. In that letter Australia claimed that the United States was justified in making military strikes against Syria on the basis that Syria was unwilling and unable to prevent the use of its territory to conduct terrorist attacks against Iraq.

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23:41

Solomon Islands Police destroy crocodiles in Western Province "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Police Response Team (PRT) of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) destroyed two crocodiles at Kolombangara Island in the Western Province on 13 March 2018.

Director of the RSIPF National Response Department, Chief Superintendent Stanley Riolo says, PRT members were deployed in an operation to Western Province from Honiara following information from the people of Kolombangara that crocodiles were seen in the coastal area and rivers on the Island and were a danger to people there.

As a result two crocodiles measuring from three to three and half meters long were destroyed by PRT members at a river in the Lolu Village on Kolombanga Island, says Chief Superintendent Riolo. 

 He adds: My officers will continue to respond to requests to destroy crocodiles from communities as the reptiles become a danger to their members.

The process of requesting assistance by the communities includes:

Submit a formal request through the office of the Provincial Police Commanders (PPC) or to your nearest police station, stating very clearly where the crocodile or crocodiles have been sighted.

The request form must bear the name of a community leader, date and signatory of the leader giving permission to the police to carry out the destruction of crocodile/s;

The community leader who makes the request  must also declare that no claim of compensation may be laid against the RSIPF for destroying crocodile/s within the surrounding area of his/her community; and

If the community leader wishes to cancel the request to destroy the crocodile/s, they must do so in writing to the same PPC that they have made the original request.

In the event you are unable to make a written request, ask for help from other members of your community to do it on your behalf or ask an officer of the RSIPF to assist you write the request.


23:38

European Union brings relief to the victims of powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby, 09 March 2018 Following the 7.5-magnitude earthquake which struck Papua
New Guinea on 26th February, the European Union is providing 110 000 (PGK 438 610) to
channel emergency assistance to the affected communities in the heavily impacted areas of
Southern Highlands and Hela provinces.
Moreover, an expert in water quality and waste management has also been deployed through the
EU Civil Protection Mechanism, to provide expertise to the UN Disaster Assessment and
Coordination Team. Additionally, the European Union activated the European satellite mapping
system Copernicus, which has provided 13 maps of some the worst-hit parts of the country.
"Thousands of people are in urgent need of aid after the earthquake hit the country. The European
Union is providing emergency assistance to support the work of the first responders on the
ground," said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
This EU-funding supports the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society in delivering live-saving aid
through the distribution of emergency shelter and essential relief items, such as tarpaulins,
blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, and hygiene kits, whilst also ensuring first
aid kits and health assistance are provided to those in need. In light of the difficulty in accessing
some of the affected areas and the breakdown of communication systems, the assistance also
supports aerial assessments and the deployment of volunteers to impacted localities. The funding
is part of the EUs overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Overall, as many as 143 000 people are estimated to have been affected, including some 500
injured and 17 000 others displaced, according to IFRC. Some health facilities and schools are
reported to have sustained severe damage. The full extent of the devastation however remains
unclear as road accessibility and lines of communications in the already hard-to-reach areas have
been broken off, gravely hampering efforts to conduct assessments and provide immediate
support. At least 70 aftershocks have rattled the country since the earthquake, including one of
6.4 magnitudes on March 6th in Western Province, which killed a further 18 people. A state of
emergency has been declared in the impacted provinces, namely Hela, Southern Highlands,
Western, and Enga provinces.

23:37

New Pacific Partnership addresses gender equality and violence against women "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Thursday 8 March 2018 (Pacific region) This International Womens Day, a new EUR18.2 million
regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced.
The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) brings
together governments, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender
equality, prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), and increase access to quality response
services for survivors.
The programme is funded primarily by the European Union (EUR12.7m) with targeted support from the
Australian Government (EUR4.9m) and UN Women (EUR0.6m). It will be jointly implemented by the
Pacific Community (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
(Forum Secretariat) and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO).
His Excellency Ambassador Julian Wilson, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation for the Pacific
said: The European Union is strongly committed to gender equality, the empowerment of women of all
ages and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls around the world.
We are proud to be funding this new and important partnership programme through the 11th European
Development Fund in the Pacific, to address the causes of gender inequality and violence against
women, said Ambassador Wilson.
It starts today on International Womens Day and aims to deliver concrete results over the next years,
turning each day into a womens day, he said.
Australia's High Commissioner, John Feakes, said Australia is very pleased to support the new Pacific
Partnership through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program.
Recent surveys indicate that over 60 per cent of women in the Western Pacific Region have experienced
gender-based violence, Mr Feakes said.
Women and girls who experience violence deserve accessible and high quality essential services
including health, police, justice and social services to help them recover. Through the Pacific
Partnership we will also work with individuals and communities to consider the influence of social norms,
attitudes and behaviours in preventing violence against women and girls, he said.
The Pacific Partnership aims to transform the social norms that allow violence against women and girls to
continue; to ensure survivors have access to quality response services; and to support national and
regional institutions to meet their commitments to gender equality and the prevention of violence
against women and girls.
Speaking about the new programme, Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum,...

23:36

Former PNG leaders to carry unity message to Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A team of former Papua New Guinea prime ministers is to go to Bougainville with a message of unity.
Sir Julius Chan, now a provincial governor, is to lead the team which also includes Sir Rabbie Namaliu and Paias Wingti.

The Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has reportedly welcomed the offer to try and convince the people on Bougainville to remain part of PNG when they hold a referendum on independence next year.

Sir Julius said his message would be that they really wanted Bougainville to stay part of Papua New Guinea.

All three former prime ministers headed the PNG government during the ten year long Bougainville crisis.

Sir Julius said they wanted to see a united PNG and believed PNG could give Bougainville what it wanted, while independence would do little good.

Sir Julius is also seeking autonomy, within PNG, for his New Ireland Province.  RNZ

23:22

Australia First, Hong Kong Next? Worlds 6th Largest Stock Exchange Eyes Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) is tapping into the expertise of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in implementing blockchain technology for core processes. After two years of rigorous testing, the Australian Securities Exchange became the worlds first major exchange operator to turn to blockchain technology for its post-trade settlement process, a core feature, in Continued

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23:04

Reconciling the thoughts of a liberal on the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive written a long essay/memoir in the latest edition of leading Australian literary journal, Meanjin, on Judaism, Israel/Palestine, human rights and modern identity.

22:39

Hong Kong Stock Exchange Seeks Dialogue With Australian Counterpart For Blockchain Advice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market seeks advice from Australian Securities Exchange for Blockchain implementation #NEWS

22:37

Request for an Inquest into the Death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Open Letter to Mindy Hull, MD, Medical Examiner for Massachusetts, 720 Albany St, Boston, MA 02218

Dear Dr Hull,

Greetings.

When you were appointed Chief Medical Examiner five months ago (October 24, 2017), you said

The Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is made up of a team of tireless and dedicated individuals who are responsible for investigating, documenting, and understanding the unexplained, unattended, or mysterious deaths that occur across the Commonwealth. Whether it is providing families with closure, evidence to the courts, or a statistical overview of the well-being of our communities  I am honored to be chosen to lead this office and I approach this role with a deep sense of responsibility.

Dr Hull,...

22:34

83% of Australian Cryptocurrency Investors are Male, Study Shows "IndyWatch Feed National"

A study of Australian cryptocurrency traders has discovered that 8 out of ten are men. The study examined data from seven cryptocurrency trading exchanges spanning a period of 12 months. More than 83 percent of the registered 312,633 traders were male, according to the work by the Australian Digital Commerce Association and Accenture (ADCA). Whilst the Continued

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22:33

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-034 Passes Through Rockhampton Airport Heading Home "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Tuesday 20 March, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-034 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the South.  It was heard to be flying as "Destrier 66".






22:30

Hong Kong Stock Exchange Looks to ASX for Blockchain Equity Settlement "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is looking to follow its Australian counterpart in developing a blockchain settlement system.

22:06

Meningococcal disease is serious and deadly: Fiji Health Ministry "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The public is advised to seek urgent medical attention if they see signs and symptoms of Meningococcal disease as Fiji's Health Ministry has declared an outbreak.

Acting National Advisor Communicable Disease, Dr Aalisha Sahukhan says this shouldnt be taken lightly as its a life threatening disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitides.

Dr Sahukhan says they have seen an increase in cases since 2016 which causes infection in the lining of the brain and in the blood, or both.

She says the Ministry is taking immediate nationwide action to counter this as it can be treated if detected early.

The signs and symptoms are sudden fever, vomiting, headache, and stiff neck/backache. Other symptoms include nausea, eyes are sensitive to light, confusion, rash red/purple spots in the skin. It can be difficult to notice the symptoms in babies, or they may not be there at all.

Some of the symptoms that you should be alert for in babies are; high fever, unusual crying, refusing to eat or drink, vomiting, floppy/drowsy, changes in sleeping patterns, seizures or Fits and rash red/purple spots on the skin.

Dr Sahu Khan says meningococcal disease is not easily transmitted but spread from person to person.

You can pass it via saliva or spit so this can happen when you are kissing on the mouth, sharing cups or utensils often I think in our culture we often share things a lot so cups at social gatherings you may be having a party and there may be alcohol and there tends to be sharing of cups in that situation.

Prior to 2016, there was one to ten cases reported per year.

However, in 2016 there was 29 cases, and in 2017 48 cases were recorded.

This year there have been 18 cases as of 21 February .

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS

20:44

NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson protects his paedophile mate Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and 17 others "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chief Justice Tom Bathurst has already started calling in favours to have me stitched up for a frivolous and vexatious criminal charge for outing paedophile judges and judicial bribery and NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson has been more than happy to help his mate. I sent the below email to NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson []

20:15

How termites recognize queens, kings "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2009 video says about itself:

Her Majesty, The Termite Queen | National Geographic

Journey to the center of thetermite nest? Hard to believe this termite queen will produce almost 165 million eggs in her lifetime!

From North Carolina State University in the USA:

Termite queen, king recognition pheromone identified

March 19, 2018

Summary: Forget the bows and curtsies. Worker termites shake in the presence of their queens and kings. New research explains how these workers smell a royal presence.

Researchers at North Carolina State University have for the first time identified a specific chemical used by the higher termite castes the queens and the kings to communicate their royal status with worker termites. The findings could advance knowledge of termite evolution, behavior and control.

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that a wax-like hydrocarbon a chemical consisting of only carbon and hydrogen atoms called heneicosane on the body surface of subterranean royal termites is used to enable worker termites to recognize and care for them. ...

19:31

Australia - Fluoridation petition signatures lacking "IndyWatch Feed National"

Water worries: The Kentish Council are hosting a petition in regards to the Fluoridation Act 1968, the petition is lacking in signitures. Picture: Files
 Water worries: The Kentish Council are hosting a petition in regards to the Fluoridation Act 1968, the petition is lacking in signitures. Picture: Files
...

19:30

Australian mother publishes book exposing dangers of vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"

New book reveals the light on the vaccine industry in Australia. Photo: Supplied

An Australian mother has published a book detailing the dangers of vaccinations, revealing new information about subversive aspects of vaccines into the public arena, while shining a spotlight on how propaganda, consensus science and fraudulent information has sold a corporate product as safe. Read More

18:03

Leaked video shows police brutally bashing young handcuffed father Noa Begic "IndyWatch Feed National"

A matter all too reminiscent of Corinna Horvath where she was brutally bashed by Victoria Police to an inch of her not remembering her name.

From the article by abc.net.au from 18 Mar 2018 of the headline:

Queensland Police in leaked bashing video were subject to dozens of brutality complaints




A Queensland police unit on the Gold Coast generated dozens of brutality complaints and a longstanding reputation among colleagues for excessive force before several of its members were publicly exposed in a leaked video.

The failed prosecution of former police officer Rick Flori over the leak opened up former members of so-called Surfers Paradise "Team Two" to interrogation over their disciplinary records, which revealed internal investigations of 21 allegations of serious misconduct.

Team Two was one of a number of patrol units operating out of Surfers Paradise police, each with a membership of 12 to 15 officers at any one time.

The ABC can reveal there were at least 21 other complaints of excessive force against another two officers within Team Two in the years leading up to the unjustified assault of Noa Begic in the police station car park in January 2012



Photo: Mr Flori was cleared over leaking police video in February this year. (ABC News: Josh Robertson)


A Police Ethical Standards Command (ESC) report from 2010, obtained by the ABC, noted the "inordinately large number of excessive force allegations", with ESC issuing a "med...

17:49

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

 March 19 at 2:34 AM
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Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hold a joint press conference at the end of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) special summit, in Sydney, Sunday, March 18, 2018.

RICK RYCROFT/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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BEIJING A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:___EDITORS NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.___AUSTRALIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA CALL FOR SEA RESTRAINT

Southeast Asian leaders and Australias prime minister called for non-militarization and a code of conduct in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where China has become increasingly assertive.

A joint statement was issued Sunday by leaders at the first summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to be held in Australia, underscoring Canberras growing involvement in regional security issues, despite Chinas opposition.

We emphasize the importance of non-militarization and the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may complicate the situation, the statement said.

China and the five countries that have conflicting territorial claims over the South China Sea, including four ASEAN members, have been moving ahead in negotiations for a code of conduct for the busy waterway aimed at reducing the risks of armed confrontations in the contested areas.

The ASEAN nations are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos...

15:54

FixedIt: who are police looking for? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Newcastle Herald reported that police are searching for a man in relation to the sexual assault of a 17 year old girl.

Despite this being the purpose of the article, the man does not exist in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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15:43

FixedIt: sexual assault is not a fetish "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 News reported that a 42 year old man is in court on  three charges of aggravated sexual assault and one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm of one woman and one count of sexual intercourse without consent of a second woman.

The case is currently before a magistrate. This commentary is relevant only to how the charges against him are described. It is up to the court to determine his guilt or innocence.

The man was not charged with having sex because sex is not a crime. It is only a crime where there is no consent. He was charged with sexual assault and rape (ie: sexual intercourse without consent).

A presumption of innocence, which he is absolutely entitled to, does not preclude accurately describing the charges for which he is in court. No one would describe someone charged with stealing a car as being accused of driving. This is no different.

Words matter. Accuracy matters. Using words accurately is supposed to be what journalist do.

As I have written before, headlines matter and using sex and rape interchangeably is both wrong and bad journalism.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99

15:41

Dwelling prices up 5pc in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Prices gain ground

Dwelling prices increased by +1 per cent in the final quarter of 2017, to be +5 per cent higher over the calendar year. 

This is a slower pace of growth than the +7.7 per cent increase reported for calendar year 2016. 


The quarterly gains were again driven by Melbourne (+2.6 per cent) and Hobart (+3.9 per cent), while notably Perth (+1.1 per cent), Brisbane (+0.9 per cent), and Canberra (+1.7 per cent) notched quarterly gains. 

Darwin prices fell -6.3 per cent in 2017, with the declines continuing throughout the year. 

Hobart's annual gain increased to +13.1 per cent. 

The Tasmanian capital is small city with a population of under 225,000 and building approvals kicked off 2018 by rising to the highest level since 2011, but new supply takes time to be delivered and the housing market remains very tight.  


Sydney house prices declined very marginally for houses in the fourth quarter, while the attached dwelling price index was flat, leaving the city's index down -0.1 per cent for the quarter (though up +3.8 per cent for the year). 

15:26

Kingston Resources MD says company is looking to extend Misima and develop new sites "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Work on preparing and drilling new prospects at the Misima gold project in the Solomon Sea has commenced, with Kingston Resources planning to extend the current resource and develop new mining areas.  Kingston Resources Managing Director, Andrew Corbett, tells Business Advantage PNG he expects drilling programs to commence in April.

Kingston Resources Andrew Corbett. Credit: Kingston Resources

Misimas 2.8 million ounce resource base is a great starting point and has helped de-risk the project, he says.

Corbett adds that the Misima resource represents a head start and on top of that we have a number of new prospects to be drilled.

Kingston has contracted a Papua New Guinean-based company to carry out the drilling program, which will commence in April and is expected to continue until the end of 2018.

The junior explorer is planning to drill around 10,000 drill metres this year.

Misima operated as an open-pit gold mine from 1989 to 2004 and produced around 3.7 million ounces of gold.

Mobilisation of the drilling rig, consumables and equipment, via a barge from Lae, will commence in the coming weeks. Preparations for earthworks for drilling platforms are underway.

While there is no formal timeline, Corbett hopes to be looking at mining studies towards the end of 2018.

Capital raising

Misima operated as an open-pit gold mine from 1989 to 2004 and produced around 3.7 million ounces of gold.

The pedigree of this project, and that it successfully operated under Placer Dome and later Barrick Gold, further de-risks the venture and gives Kingston and its shareholders confidence.

Kingston raised A$4.3 million (K10.7 million) in February through an oversubscribed capital raising to fund the drilli...

15:13

FixedIt: Alleged murderer who beat his wife not a successful banker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professional white men are just as likely as any other men to commit violence against women. Shooting police detectives is still a crime even if you wear a tie to work.

Yahoo news reported that Christian McCall has been arrested and charged with one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder, first-degree criminal domestic violence and four weapons charges. Police allege McCall punched his wife and hit her head against bricks, grabbed her wrist and pulled her hair, all while their 15-year-old daughter was in the home. Police also say he shot at detectives trying to find him. York County Detective Mike Doty was killed and three other police officers were wounded.

The first two paragraphs of the article:

A banker suspected of killing a police officer and wounding three others after a domestic dispute two months ago spent eight years in the Army and had a successful professional career making nearly $86,000 a year.

The burst of unusual violence stunned family, who said they didnt see any signs of looming problems or a violent breakdown.

The allegations against him have no relationship to his career or how much he earned. His family probably are stunned but again, that has nothing to do with the crimes of which he was accused.

The article also includes a quote from the family about what a loving Christian and great family man he is. It did not mention anything about the family of the murdered police detective or the wife he allegedly assaulted. the victims were not humanised or presented sympathetically, that was saved only for the man arrested for alleged crimes against them.

This is bizarre reporting, even for Yahoo.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
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15:01

The turn to industry: what happened when left activists joined the working class? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the late 1970s in New Zealand, a group of young people in their twenties left their middle-class lives and got working-class jobs, joined working-class unions and lived in working-class communities. Why? They were activists and communists and they wanted to bring radical politics to the working class, to shift their focus from the university campus to the industrial workplace.

15:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.15 AUD
Converter

Justine Damond shooting: police officer Mohamed Noor charged with murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July has been booked on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

14:12

Indonesia WTO case may delay Australian FTA "IndyWatch Feed National"

March 20, 2018: Indonesia has initiated a WTO dispute alleging that Australias anti-dumping tariffs on Indonesian A4 copy paper break WTO rules, which allow anti-dumping measures if exports are priced below their real costs of production.

Australias Anti-Dumping Commission found that Indonesian paper was priced below its real cost because of Indonesian government subsidies, and Australia imposed tariffs of 13 per cent to 33 per cent on five Indonesian paper producers last week. Indonesia is challenging the method of calculating costs used by the Anti-Dumping Commission.

Ironically, the Indonesian dispute was lodged on March 16, on the same day that Prime Minister Turnbull met Indonesian Prime Minister Joko Widodo at the Sydney ASEAN summit and announced they hoped to conclude a free trade agreement soon.

The Australian Financial Review reported that the paper tariffs caused extreme frustration in Jakarta, and that Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Lembong made a more cautious statement saying that the FTA might be concluded by the end of this year.  The AFR also quoted trade law expert Brett Williams claim that the case could have implications for Australias current anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese steel, which used the same method to calculate the tariffs.

13:50

Think: Digital Futures interview on disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico "IndyWatch Feed National"

Think: Digital Futures is a great program on Sydneys 2SER radio. I contributed to its latest episode:

When you think about Puerto Ricodecimated by Hurricane Maria, a debt crisis and the longest power blackout in US historymost people see destruction. To a small group of cryptocurrency millionaires, its a chance to build a new type of society from scratch. A society built on blockchain technologies.

We chat to Dr Pip Ryan (University of Technology Sydney) and Nathan Waters (founder of Peerism) about what a blockchain based society might look like. Then we speak to journalist Antony Loewenstein about whether this is just a case of disaster capitalism in disguise.

http://antonyloewenstein.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/c3a5cb-3-02-blockchain-utopia-final.mp3

13:24

Independent mining consultant questions Papua New Guinea government role as both shareholder and regulator "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

To remain impartial, the Papua New Guinea Government should not be a shareholder, but only maintain regulatory oversight of mining projects, according to geologist and mining consultant, Jerry Nombri Garry. He tells Business Advantage PNG there are other ways for the country to derive healthy revenues from mining projects.

Mining consultant Jerry Garry (centre) on site in Sierra Leone. Source: Jerry Garry

Simbu-born Jerry Garry has worked in some of the toughest mining environments in the world: Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Afghanistanand PNG.

After returning home in 2013 to work as Country Manager for Crater Gold, he describes the PNG mining industry as mature and operates upon a very stable regulatory framework and friendlier tax regime compared to other jurisdictions.

But he believes some regulatory processes and legal requirements require fine-tuning to ensure that projects are established quickly and provide fair and equitable revenues.

He argues that in the interests of impartiality, the government should only play a regulatory role.

Government participation underpins confidence in the developer and financiers.

Whenever the state exercises its option to acquire a portion of the allowable 30 per cent equity in any mining project, it automatically becomes a player.

Government participation underpins confidence in the developer and financiers; [adopting a] dual role as operator/regulator can compromise enforcement of the laws and regulations.

Revenues

The aim, he says, is to maintain healthy revenues for the country.

Solutions could include negotiating increased royalties on a sliding scale at different benchmarks; introducing the compulsory participation of state-owned enterprises (SOE) in mining projects (e.g. PNG Power); or reserving a reduced equity percentage for PNG-based entities (such as super funds and investment companies).

The benefits of extinguishing equi...

13:13

In brief: Newcrest revises Wafi-Golpu plan, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest plans larger development at Wafi-Golpu, ONeill confident Papua New Guinea will recover from quake and loan to cover government superannuation debt. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Newcrest Minings plans for the Wafi-Golpu project will cost an extra US$200 million (K650 million) more to build under a revised plan for a larger, US$2.8 billion (K9.1 billion) development, with mine wastes being piped into the ocean. In an updated report this week. Managing Director Sandeep Biswas reportedly says capital spending over the life of the mine would rise to US$5.4 billion (K17.59 billion). Development of the mine is likely to be more than five years away, and development would take five years after a special mining lease is awarded.

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Prime Minister, Peter ONeill, has told the second Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby he is confident PNG will recover from the recent earthquake that rattled the gas industry. The Post-Courier also reports Petroleum Minister Fabian Pok has warned the Governments business partners the government will not tolerate those that have been given licences and continue to warehouse gas supplies.

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The Prime Minister has told the National Planning Consultative Summit that the government is reviewing all resource agreements. By 2020, we will stop all round log exports. There must be 100 percent downstream processing in two years. Watch EMTVs report here.

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Treasurer Charles Abel says the Government will settle its debt w...

13:08

People moves: Bank South Pacific, Credit Corp, Kutubu Special Purpose Authority, Oil Search, Westpac Outstanding Woman of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BSP appoints new General Manager for Pacific Islands, new board appointments at Credit Corp, new board members at Kutubu Special Purpose Authority, resignation at Oil Search and Westpac chooses its Outstanding Woman of the Year.

Bank South Pacific has appointed Daniel Faunt as General Manager, responsible for all of BSP banking operations in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Other appointments include Haroon Ali as the new Country Head, Fiji, to succeed Kevin McCarthy who is retiring at the end of 2018. Ali, who will be the first Fijian to head the banks business in Fiji, has held the position of Group Chief Risk Officer since July 2013 based in Port Moresby. Mike Hallinan, currently the Chief Credit Officer, will take on the role of Group Chief Risk Officer.

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Credit Corp has appointed William Lamur and Johnson Kalo as independent board members. Chairman Sir Wilson Kamit also says that John Dunlop will retire at the end of June.

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The Kutubu Special Purpose Authority has appointed Moses Mewayo as its new Chairman and Moses Kosi as Deputy Chairman. Mewayo replaces Norman Baabi, who has been the Chairman of KSPA for the last 15 years.

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Gerea Aopi, Executive Director of Oil Search, has resigned from the Oil Search board but will maintain his association with the company by serving as PNG Country Chair.

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The Westpac Outstanding Woman of the Year is Ruth Kissam, who rescues women and children from sorcery-related violence.

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The post People moves: Bank South Pacific, Credit Corp, Kutubu Special Purpose Authority, Oil Search, Westpac Outstanding Woman of the Year appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.

13:01

this debt is suffocating "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$18000
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 2 February 2018
Period debt occurred: 
June 2011
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I was slapped with 2 letters within hours of each other correcting amounts on my PAYG statements from 2013/2014 and 2011/2012.
A day later a letter without prior warning they claimed I owed $18,000 from "overpayments" made to me from 2011-2015! It's 2018!
There has never been a mention of this, no notifications and I worked really hard to ensure that I could support myself through casual work whilst I studied with a grad role in sight. With HECS, general living expenses, further study, health and medical expenses and fuel costs (I live regionally and travel almost 1800km a week for work and study) this debt is suffocating.

All my in...

13:01

MACKAY Violent offender avoids being sent back to prison "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Violent offender avoids being sent back to prison

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A MORANBAH man avoided being sent back to prison after abusing his partner, chasing a fellow with a broken bottle and speeding a motorbike through a crowded school crossing, all while addicted to ice. Zack Matthew Grove, 20, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on March 15 for sentencing.

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13:00

MOTHER GOOSE FINALLY COOKED! Justice at long last for victims of one of Australias worst suspected paedophile rapists, Robert William Symonds "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Having escaped justice for decades, the long-time suspected paedophile, Robert William Symonds, also known as 'Mother Goose', has finally been brought to account after being found guilty of child abuse charges by an Adelaide court. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]

12:40

March on Palm Sunday for justice for refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adelaide

2pm, Victoria Square, march to Parliament House Facebook event here

Armidale

Central Park, 11am Facebook event here

Ballina

Lennox Head Bus Station, Beachfront opposite the shops  11am

Bendigo

Rosalind Plaza, 12.30pm

Bowral

Corbett Plaza, 6pm  Friday, 23rd March

Brisbane

1pm, King George Square Facebook event here

Canberra

1pm Garema Place Facebook event here

Darwin

Nightcliff Foreshore, 5pm

Denmark (WA)

11am Strickland Street

Hobart

2pm Parliament House Lawns, Salamanca Facebook event here

Launceston

12.30pm BYO picnic, Princes Square, 2pm march via the city centre to City Park for a multicultural celebration

Lennox Head

11am Ballina Rd bus shelter at Nth end of shopping centre Facebook event here

Margaret River
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12:34

Tired Lion "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 

TIRED LION

Raw, visceral and loud.  The Music

Tired Lion have steadily climbed the ranks as one of Australias most talked-about bands.  Reverb.com

 They are, tbqh, just an excellent rock and roll band, and were lucky to have em turning out huge choruses like it aint no thang.  triple j

Perth rockers Tired Lion are set to hit some of the biggest stages of their career this June with the announcement today of the national Where Were You? headline tour.

The tour, which takes its name from their latest single Where Were You? is supported by triple j and will see the band play clubs in MelbourneAdelaidePerthSydney and Brisbane, beginning with Max Watts in Melbourne on June 1.

LISTEN TO WHERE WERE YOU? HERE

 After having a massive breakout year in 2017, that included releasing their critically-acclaimed, triple j Feature album, Dumb Days, Tired Lion has already had a huge start to 2018, playing sold out shows across regional Australia and performing at festivals like Party In The Paddock and the Pool House Party.

 Tired Lions Sophie Hopes says she and her bandmates cant wait to hit the road again, where they feel most at home. Were always looking for a good excuse to pack our suitcase and head off to play a bunch of shows. Weve managed to already tick off a tour of regional Australia this year and psyched to take it to the capital cities!

 

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11:57

10 Little Bill of Rights and Then There Were None "IndyWatch Feed National"

How is Great Britain and Australia a foreshadowing of what is going to happen here in the States? Is the President in Danger? China is now going on a Social Credit system, Do something unpopular and you will get demerits, enough demerits and you will not be able to use the train. Study of Twins

11:55

Australia & China on Pacific Ocean collision course & no ones talking about it "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia has ramped up anti-Chinese rhetoric, challenging Beijing over its growing influence in the Pacific. Trumps pick for ambassador to Australia, stalwart anti-Chinese Adm. Harris, paints a clear picture of whats to come.

In 1900, then-Senator Albert Beveridge famously said to lawmakers in Washington that the power that rules the Pacific, is therefore the power that rules the world.

As recent developments will demonstrate, this imperialist sentiment continues over 100 years later to the present day. The battle for control over the Pacific is taking place right before our very eyes and is placing both Australia and China in a precariously confrontational position, though the mainstream media refuses to pay due focus to the issue.

Australias recent attacks on China

It all went downhill at the end of last year when Australia went out of its way to accuse China of foreign interference, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stating that Australia would stand up to China against meddling in its national affairs. 

Later, Australia strained its relationship with China even further, after Australias Minister of International Development Concetta Fierravanti-Wells accused China of building roads to nowhere in the Pacific. She also claimed that China was constructing useless buildings throughout the region, and berated it for allegedly loading Pacific Island countries with mounting debt that they cannot afford to pay.

Not surprisingly, these verbal attacks were not necessarily received well by the countries that matter the most. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele found Australias critical remarks against China insulting, saying he did not really know that Australia is able to finance the kind of assistance provided by China.

At the end of last year, China signed a series  of infrastructure deals with Papua New Guinea (PNG), as part of Chinas One Belt, One Road initiative. Australia immediately responded negatively to this development, with opposition MPs voicing their concern that Australia had lost its leadership role throughout the Pacific whatever that means.

In a pre-emptive attempt to stifle Chinas relationship with PNG, Australia agreed to sponsor PNGs ambitious plan to host the APEC summit set to take place this year. In other words, Australias only real desire to involve itself further in the region is to combat Chinas expanding influence in the region. A...

11:54

PNG Oil and gas outlook positive "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The future outlook for the oil and gas sector is bright, according to the existing developers Oil Search, ExxonMobil, Total and Santos.

They told the second Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby Monday that they were planning to commercialise three new LNG (liquefied natural gas) trains of Pasca A, Pnyang and the Elk-Antelope developments.

The developers announcement comes as Mining and Petroleum Department seeks Cabinet approval on a White Paper to reform gas policies.

The Prime Minister Peter O'Neill assured the hundreds of energy buyers and investors at the summit that current changes in the economy indicated a turnaround and the future of the hydrocarbon industry is very bright.

ONeill said there was huge potential in the oil and gas sector which, the government wants to translate to real development especially with the upswing in energy prices.

We believe very strongly that PNG has great potential in offshore waters (and), we are on the very of significant discoveries in the waters of PNG and Australia and our government is encouraging greater participation in this area, Mr ONeill said, referring in particular the Gulf of Papua as well as the Bismarck Sea.

Oil Search Limited managing director Peter Botten said PNG was on the cusp of a significant change and major developments in the oil and gas industry.

PNG has an outstanding future for oil and gas development, there is opportunity to further grow our oil and gas here in a responsible way it brings both government and community along with it, Mr Botten said.

We are very much on the cusp of a new development and I dont believe you have really gone into FEED, and not quite to FYD but I want Andrew (ExxonMobil managing director Barry Andrew) and Philippe (Total managing director Blanchard Philippe) to describe it its a really, really smart capital efficient way of our next phase of LNG development.

Barry said that the Pnyang South2 well in Western Province represented a further multi-billion dollar investment and extended gas pipeline infrastructure into Western Province that would potentially create more jobs and revenue for the nation.

He said ExxonMobil was continuing to work with Total, as operator of Papua LNG, to support them in the development of the Elk-Antelope fields.

Barry said the joint venture partners were making good progress on alignmen...

11:49

We will rise up from the ruins: PNG PM "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill is confident PNG will recover from the recent earthquake that rattled the gas industry, the countrys major earner.

The country should do a turnaround, he said, adding that work with ExxonMobil was ongoing in order to restart productions as soon as possible.

ONeill told the participants at the second petroleum and energy summit underway in Port Moresby that PNG would no doubt recover and further promote the gas industry.

He also gave an update on the earthquake but could not confirm the death toll, adding that it stood at 150 and was increasing.

ONeill thanked the private sector and donor agencies, overseas governments; China, Australia, New Zealand, Asian Development Bank and World Bank for their support in relief efforts.

He particularly thanked Oil Search for its swift and effective action in demonstrating commitment in providing substantial funds and relief supplies to affected areas. He also acknowledged ExxonMobil for its contributions in relief efforts. He said the government had advanced plans for future resources sector particularly oil and gas sector that needed to be turned that into real growth and development.

We are aware that we are at the tip of the iceberg in the industry. There is a lot more to discover in the oil and gas potential, he said. He said with the upstreaming in energy prices, it was time to invest and ensure the next projects in this sector are developed on a timely basis.

ONeill said PNG has strong potential in offshore waters. We are on the verge of significant discoveries in the waters of Australia and PNG. The Government is encouraging greater investments in Gulf of Papua and the Bismarck Sea, he said.

ONeill also encouraged investors to consider PNGs long-term political stability.

He said in the last government during global financial crisis, PNG was able to conclude negotiations on the PNG LNG Project with partners ExxonMobil were able deliver the project. It has provided stimulation of jobs and advanced the SME sector.

He is encouraged with current negotiations with Total and other partners to deliver Papua LNG. I have no doubt we will deliver this on a timely basis, he said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

11:48

Students join hands for Earthquake relief drive "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The student body from all primary to tertiary institutions in the Eastern Highlands Province joined hands in an Earthquake Relief drive for the victims of the recent Earthquake in the Hela and Southern Highlands Province.

The Relief drive started last week and ended on the 16th of March with a wheelbarrow push around the town that saw the participation of students from the University of Goroka, Highlands School of Nursing, Goroka Technical College, Kamaliki Vocational School, including primary and secondary schools with their teachers.

Disaster Relief coordinator and Patron of the SHP & Hela Students Association (UOG) Mr Stanley Nandex said the perception and the response within EHP and around PNG was overwhelming.

We thank every individuals, kids, mothers, fathers and everyone from all walks of life have joined hands together for the appeal to raise more than K4,300 from public donation while the students contribution came around K1,200

I am quite impressed with the outcome and recognize the amount of support drawn in to this Disaster Relief Effort.

The members of the EHP Disaster Relief Committee consist of students and lectures representing each district in the two provinces and they were tasked to collect data & statistics which they did and that information will be used to purchase the much needed supplies in those areas.

Nandex said the relief supplies whatever it may be, will be will be deployed to those affected areas with the assistance from the Emergency and Disaster Relief office in Mendi.

On the same note the Disaster Relief executives have held meetings with Rotary International office Goroka to work together for the transportation of the goods and services to these affected provinces.

The Rotary International office in Goroka will be transporting the relief supplies to the affected provinces.

Student President of SHP/Hela Mr Ronald Martin stressed the risk of those supplies arriving at the right location and in the hands of the right people.

Ordinary students have sacrificed their lunch money to this relief effort, therefore we would like to see that there is transparency in handling these relief supplies and when they reach the people, we will be happy

Martin thanked the students from Goroka Technical College for the contribution of K450 in cash with 12 bags of cloths. He also extended his thanks to the st...

11:40

Loloata Island Resort gets a makeover "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Residents and visitors to Port Moresby will soon have a stylish new option for short-term business and recreational trips. Loloata Island Resort in Bootless Bay is getting a stylish makeover with the help of the Papua New Guinean super fund, Nasfund.

An artists impression of Loloata Island resort. Credit: Thomson Adsett

The old dive resort was sold in 2016, and a new resort is being constructed by local firm Lamana Development, which has considerable experience in building hotels and executive apartments in PNG and other Pacific nations, such as the Heritage Park in Honiara, Solomon Islands and the Grand Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

Superannuation fund Nasfund is a partner in the venture.

Australian company Thomson Adsett, which has long experience in resort and leisure architecture, is behind the design. (Its currently also developing an entertainment precinct in Suva in Fiji, and a Samoan resort.)

The new resort is due to open in early 2019.

Loloatas greatest asset, its accessibility, will be preserved.

We worked extremely hard with Lamana Development to create a resort that engages with the rugged natural landscape and carries its own distinct identity, yet still embodies the history of the original Loloata Island Resort, says Ben Kearney, Thomson Adsetts Director of Special Projects for the Asia-Pacific region.

Accessibility

Loloatas greatest asset, its accessibility, will be preserved, with day-trippers still welcomed.

New moorings will accommodate visiting watercraft as well as the resort-operated ferry, while a new water pavilion will rent kayaks, windsurfers and scuba-diving equipment.

Its resort has been popular for day trips and weekend getaways.

The island is a sinuous, narrow ridge of vivid green, fringed with palm trees and scalloped with coral beaches as white as washing powder.

Getaways

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11:10

Dutchsinse, Wikipedia and Lies Coming to Light "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to Dutchsinse for having the strength to come forward

10:47

Newcrest dealing with tailings challenges in NSW and PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest has two adjacent tailings dams at its Cadia mine in New South Wales. The wall of the northern mine suffered a minor breach last week.

the waste management plan that Newcrest is proposing for its ground-breaking mine in PNG would simply not cut the regulatory mustard in Australia or in a host of the other key mining constituencies

Matthew Stevens | Australian Financial Review | March 19. 2018

Newcrest finds itself uncomfortably poised at the polar extremes of the mining industrys relentless waste management dilemma.

Unhappy serendipity sees the accident-prone copper and gold miner working to recover the integrity of a thoroughly conventional tailings dam at a mine in distant western New South Wales while promoting plans for a big new mine in Papua New Guinea whose viable future relies on dumping waste directly into the Solomon Sea.

Production at the gold and coppe...

10:24

President Trump hires Joe diGenova - who's been intimately involved with the Clinton Foundation investigations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Joe has been working closely with Charles Ortel and like-minded people for at least a year. This is a great hire from President Trump. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/379122-trump-plans-to-hire-lawyer-who-has-endorsed-idea-president-was-framed Trump hiring former federal prosecutor who's argued FBI framed president BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY - 03/19/18 01:18 PM EDT 3,181 President Trump is hiring longtime Washington...

10:23

Harmony adamant that can find funding for Wafi-Golpu project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Picture: PHILL MAGAKOE

Allan Seccombe | Business Day | 19 March 2018

Harmony Gold will have to find $1.41bn to fund its stake in the Wafi-Golpu copper and gold project in Papua New Guinea over five years once it secures a mining right, but management said it would keep the mine and that it was fundable.

Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp has since last year spoken of exploring options to realise value from the project, with deep scepticism from shareholders and analysts about Harmonys ability to financially participate in the project. The project has not been reflected in Harmonys share price.

The options Harmony was exploring included an outright sale of its 50% stake in the undeveloped Wafi-Golpu deposit, bringing in a partner to share the costs and rewards, or keeping its share, with the potential decrease in capital expenditure if the Papua New Guinea government exercised its right to a 30% stake in the venture.

On Monday, Steenkamp said it was a project Harmony wanted to keep and that the new feasibility study showed it to be one that Harmony could fund along with Australias Newcrest Mining....

09:50

Australian giant of HIV research dies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientia Professor David Cooper AO, inaugural director of the Kirby Institute at UNSW, has died after a short illness at the age of 68.

SYDNEY, AAP The academic and medical research community is mourning the loss of Australian pioneering HIV researcher, Scientia Professor David Cooper.

Dr Cooper, inaugural director of the Kirby Institute at UNSW, died on Sunday after a short illness leaving behind his wife Dorrie and daughters Becky and Ilana. He was 68.

He diagnosed some of the first cases of HIV in Australia and has been remembered as a giant in the research field and passionate LGBTI health advocate.

Dr Justin Koonin, president of ACON a health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health says Dr Coopers lifelong dedication to people living with HIV improved countless lives.

Davids contribution to the health and wellbeing of people affected by HIV and LGBTI people has been immeasurable, he said in a statement on Monday.

We have all benefited from his uncompromising principles and integrity, his passion, his fierce intelligence and intellect, his pioneering spirit and his compassion.

Michael Kirby, a close friend, said it was Dr Coopers huge intellect and heart that made him a leader in the global response to the AIDS epidemic.

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09:49

Slater and Gordon misled us and its former client on the Workplace Reform Association file "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 4 September 2012 Slater and Gordon acknowledged the request from Ralph Blewitt's lawyers for Ralph to have access to the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc file then held at Slater and Gordon. On 24 September 2012 Slater and Gordon's external legal firm, Arnold Bloch Liebler directly acknowledged that Slater...

09:48

15 Years On, The Failures Of The Iraq War Belong To Us All "IndyWatch Feed National"

The story of Australias involvement in Iraq isnt just about the failure of government, or a failure of our parliamentary system. We as a community also failed to do enough, writes Senator Andrew Bartlett.

Yesterday marked 15 years since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, in which Australia played a crucial role. This not just a time to lament the ongoing waves of death, conflict and misery this unnecessary and illegal war unleashed we should all do this. Nor is it enough just to say that the Australian community was right and the Australian government should have listened to our instinctive recognition that initiating this war was a seriously bad idea.

It is a time to reflect on why we, the Australian community, allowed our government to commit, and get away with, such a massive mistake when we knew it was a wrong and stupid thing to do.

In Brisbane, over 100,000 of us rallied. We told them this war would only lead to more conflict, misery and desperation. That it would only fuel the terrorism and misery of future generations. They didnt listen.

The rally was easily the largest anti-war gathering in Brisbanes history. Public transport into the city was at bursting point. The march started from King George Square, winding its way around city blocks to the River Stage in the Botanic Gardens. When the people leading the march arrived at the destination, there were still some at the starting point waiting to leave.

The River Stage area was full to bursting, with many others having to give up getting in. Simon Crean, the Opposition Leader at the time, spoke to the Brisbane rally. I also addressed the rally as Leader of the Australian Democrats party, the largest Senate crossbench party at the time.

Protestors during the 2003 anti-Gulf War march in Brisbane, pictured in Roma Street. (IMAGE: State Library of Queensland)

Addressing the sea of people was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The mood of the crowd was positive, yet defiant a giant instinctive collective shout of No War, No War, No War!

For many people, it was their first protest march, and for some their last. The millions of people who marched and protested in Australia and globally were contemptuously dismissed by John Howard and his government as the mob the views of George B...

09:47

Govt Pushing For New Gas Policy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier | March 20, 2018

A major policy paper to reform Papua New Guineas natural gas is now before Cabinet for endorsement, Petroleum Minister Fabian Pok announced yesterday.

Mr Pok gave his ministerial statement at the second Papua New Guinea Petroleum and Energy summit in Port Moresby.

He said this white paper on natural gas development is the first step in the important process to reform PNGs natural gas policies.

This is a major policy paper this government is pursuing and entails the inspirations and developing lessons learnt from the recently established and producing PNG LNG project.

It sets out the PNG governments vision and plans for implementing the necessary policies and legislative framework to match international best practice in order to support PNGs economic development and prosperity.

As our country transitions to these new policy settings, the government will not issue any new petroleum development licence, or enter into any gas agreement, until these policies have been implemented, Mr Pok said.

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09:34

Betts & Birrell: Australian voters views on immigration policy: Full Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the report that Bob Carr referred to in the Q&A "A Big Australia" program on Monday 12 March, 2018. "The survey found that 74 per cent of voters thought that Australia does not need more people, with big majorities believing that that population growth was putting a lot of pressure on hospitals, roads, affordable housing and jobs (Figure 4). Most voters were also worried about the consequences of growing ethnic diversity. Forty-eight per cent supported a partial ban on Muslim immigration to Australia, with only 25 per cent in opposition (Figure 3). Despite these demographic pressures and discontents, Australias political and economic elites are disdainful of them and have ignored them. They see high immigration as part of their commitment to the globalisation of Australias economy and society and thus it is not to be questioned. Elites elsewhere in the developed world hold similar values, but have had to retreat because of public opposition. Across Europe 15 to 20 per cent of voters currently support anti-immigration political parties. Our review of elite opinion in Australia shows that here they think they can ignore public concerns. This is because their main source of information about public opinion on the issue, the Scanlon Foundation, has consistently reported that most Australians support their immigration and cultural diversity policies." [Extract from Executive Summary, The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRIS)]

Download Full Report: TAPRI-survey-19-Oct-2017-final-3.pdf

Executive Summary: Australian voters views on immigration policy Katharine Betts and Bob Birrell

The Australian Population Research Institute Executive Summary Australias population grew by a massive 384,000 in the year to March 2017, some 231,900, or 60 per cent, of which was due to net overseas migration. Immigration is the dynamic factor in this population surge, reflecting a record high permanent migration program and generous settings for temporary-entry visas. The consequences are becoming obvious and are being reflected in increased public concern about quality of life and questions concerning ethnic diversity. The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) commissioned a national survey of Australian voters in August 2017 to assess the extent of this concern and its causes. The survey found that 74 per cent of voters thought that Australia does not need more people, with big majorities believing th...

09:24

Liberal government heading down the Chinese social score slippery slope using facial recognition to identify dissenters "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

Australia on track with Canada to catalogue its citizens

No sooner has Xi Jinping donned the mantle of Paramount Leader-for-life and ramped-up Internet censorship than the social credit system outlined in 2014 has been unleashed upon the Chinese public, with people now being barred from air travel or riding on trains if their social credit score is found to be lacking, under the Once untrustworthy, always restricted policy.

A few months ago, I researched a story about Chinas new Sesame Credit-powered social rating system, with Chinas answer to Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group Ltd. as one of its architects. The new Chinese social credit system merges individual credit and legal records and social media accounts, claiming to foster sincerity culture and traditional virtues to improve the honesty a creditworthiness of society as a whole.

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09:20

PNG gold and copper mine to cost JV partners an extra $1bn upfront "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest managing director Sandeep Biswas. Philip Gostelow

Darren Gray | Sydney Morning Herald | 19 March 2018

Newcrest Mining will plough an an extra $US1 billion ($A1.3 billion) in upfront capital into developing a new gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea.

Australias biggest gold miner released the estimate for the Wafi-Golpu project on Monday showing total capital expenditure for the life of mine,  situated about 65 kilometres south west of PNGs second-biggest city Lae,  would fall by about the same amount to $US5.38 billion.

The cost of the project will be split between Newcrest and Harmony Gold Mining Company.

The Wafi-Golpu project is a key part of Newcrests future, and is considered the companys top growth asset. It has an expected life of mine of about 28 years.The updated feasibility study estimates it would produce on average about 161,000 tonnes of copper per year, which is about double the groups copper guidance for fiscal 2018. The study estima...

08:58

Trade tensions between the European Union and the United States deepen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Economic tensions between the European Union and the United States have been raised a bit further, after the European Union made public a 10-page list of American products that are potential targets for retaliation, if President Trump refuses to exempt the allied bloc from his new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports , due to take effect on 23 March.

Both spheres of influence are increasingly moving into protectionist mode. Being the historical principal economic powerhouses on the planet, their ongoing poor performance put them into collision and this must have an impact on the global economy.

This is particularly marked for the United States, which is a declining power. Powerful American based economic interests are pushing for the opening up of Europe for capital export and as a market for commodities, as the main way to secure their interests. It is the jewel of the world and they want in. The last century saw btwo big wars fought on the continent, over who was going to be in control.

But the pressure to open  Europe, which does not want to be swallowed up, has caused a counter reaction, and the European Union is moving to protect itself, from penetration into its own turf.

The assumption of Donald Trump into the White House has aggravated the tension further. His own brand of home spun rhetoric against Europe has caused angry responses, as seen by the arguments between the American President and the German leader Angela Merkel.

Even the United Kingdoms Brexit is coloured by this rivalry. There is no doubt that it would not have come about, without the United Kingdom falling into the American orbit. Leaving Europe means opening the road to stepping up economic and political integration into the American sphere of interest. There is already a plan for a free trade agreement between the two countries. which more than anything else, facilitate a rise in American investment into the United Kingdom

This is the reason why Rupert Murdoch and other corporate interests standing to gain from this association pushe...

08:53

We Do Need To Be Concerned About Creating Another Stolen Generations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The removal of Aboriginal children from their homes and where to place them is complex and fraught process, and not fodder for politics or morning television. Jacynta Krakouer and Sarah Wise explain.

Recent comments by Federal Childrens Minister David Gillespie, that we need not hesitate to place abused Aboriginal children into adoption arrangements with white families, have been widely reported in the media, prompting both outcry and support among Indigenous and non-Indigenous commentators.

Gillespies argument that we need not be concerned about creating another Stolen Generations is completely unsound. What has failed to rate a mention in the coverage of this issue is the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are already placed in care with non-Indigenous families in large numbers.

Australias child protection systems are among the most risk-averse in the world. The state intervenes often into the realm of family to ensure the protection of Australias children, investigating 119,173 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect last financial year (2016-17).

More than 36% of all Australian children living in care are Aboriginal, and a sizeable proportion are being looked after by non-Indigenous carers. As one example, in Victoria a 2016 report by the Commission for Children and Young People stated that almost 50% of all Indigenous Australian children in care are looked after by non-Indigenous carers, many of whom lack cultural awareness training.

While placement in care may be necessary for childrens immediate safety, separation from family, community, country and culture places Indigenous children at risk of unstable and culturally inappropriate childrearing, cultural disconnection and subsequent social and emotional problems.

Turnbul government minister, David Gillespie.

Recent findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse also highlight the fact that children are not always safe in care. Of the 257 survivors who shared their painful histories, 66% stated that they had been abused in home-based care with either a foster or kinship carer, while 37% said they had been abused in residential care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are being removed from their families at inordinate rates; Indigenous Australian children are nearly 10 times more li...

08:39

4BC Dora the Explorer interview & ABC News coverage of my CBIC analysis "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Dora the Explorer interview with Ben Davis on 4BC

Yesterday afternoon I had an enjoyable chat with Ben Davis on his 4BC wireless show Brisbane Live regarding the state governments use of taxpayers money to lure the live action Dora the Explorer film production to Queensland:

Do subsidies work?

Note there is some great commentary from Ben on the relevant issues prior to when I come on at around 5 minutes in, although I do disagree with Ben on whether state government assistance should be provided. Heres the nice concise summary of the interview on the 4BC website:

The exact amount the Palaszczuk Government will subsidise the project is commercial in confidence, but former Commonwealth Treasury Manager and Principal at Adept Economics, Gene Tunny, has done the sums and believes the numbers extremely generous.

ABC coverage of my analysis of CBICs investment mandate

Today, my analysis of the City of Brisbane Investment Corporations investment mandate is featured in an online ABC News article by up-and-coming ABC reporter Tim Swanston:

Brisbane risking $270m in ratepayer funds with secretive investment strategy, economist warns

The article begins:

There are growing concerns that Brisbane City Councils investment arm is risking $270 million of ratepayer funds with an investment strategy kept at arms length from the citys residents.

Economist Gene Tunny is echoing the concerns of Opposition and independent councillors that the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation (CBIC) has concentrated its investments too heavily in the property sector, risking heavy losses in a downturn.

Relevant previous posts

Previous posts of mine on film industry assistance and CBIC include:

Weekend reading: CIS Policy mag featuring my article on film industry subsidies

Ragnarok in Brissywood

CBICs peculiar investment philosophy

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08:19

Miners want govt funds for nuclear, coal "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, AAP Australias mining sector wants the commonwealths green bank to help pay for nuclear and so-called new-technology coal power along with other low-emissions power sources.

The Minerals Council of Australia says the Turnbull governments new energy policy will only achieve its objectives of delivering reliable, affordable power with low emissions and without subsidies or taxes if it takes a truly technology-neutral approach.

Its submission on the national energy guarantee says current wholesale electricity prices are unsustainable for the mining sectors.

And the miners have threatened to close up and move offshore if their demands arent met.

Further increases would force mining companies to look elsewhere to invest and create jobs, and hurt families already struggling to pay their bills, the councils interim chief executive David Byers warned when making the submission public on Tuesday.

The council wants the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to be allowed to address gaps in financing for all new low emissions generation.

At the moment the CEFC is explicitly banned from investing in nuclear or carbon capture and storage technology, although the government is trying to persuade parliament to lift the latter restriction.

The MCAs submission also raises its concerns about how the proposed reliability and emissions guarantees in the new energy policy will work in practice.

Of particular concern is whether this contractually-based system will lead to a greater concentration of market power within the power sector, putting at risk the expected outcomes of the guarantee, it says.

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08:15

The Clinton Foundation implodes - several foreign governments moving towards prosecutions on pay-to-play "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leid StoriesClinton Foundation Implodes Amid A Global Sharpening of Prosecutorial Axes03.19.18 The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has imploded under the sheer volume of evidence, gathered by domestic and foreign investigating agencies, that the purported charity and its principals for years have been running a global criminal enterprise and...

08:15

Facebook data breach reveals corporations modify people's behaviour "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the article by news.com.au on 19 Mar 2018 of the headline:

Facebook is in the centre of yet another data-breach scandal

EVER felt paranoid youre being watched on social media? The latest scandal around Facebook wont make you feel any better.
Gavin Fernando



Facebook is once again facing criticism over data hacking and privacy breaches.Source:News Limited

EVER paranoid that youre being watched on social media? The latest drama surrounding Facebook probably wont help lessen those feelings.

The social media giant is currently embroiled in the largest data scandal of its history, following allegations that Cambridge Analytica tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million people without their permission.

The story was broken by The Guardian over the weekend, who reported the data may have been used to influence the outcome of the United States election in 2016.

WHAT IS CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA?

Cambridge Analytica is a British data analysis firm that offers services to businesses and groups wanting to change audience behaviour.

The firm, which is owned by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, says it can analyse consumer data including social media and its own polling in order to target people with marketing material.

It worked for both President Donald Trumps election campaign, and the campaign of Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

OK, SO WHATS THE SCANDAL?

Over the weekend, The Guardian revealed that the personal data of 50 million Facebook profiles was illegally harvested by Cambridge Analytica.


It all started in 2015, when a Cambridge psychology professor named Aleksandr Kogan created an app called thisisyourdigitallife.

The app was a personality quiz, described by Dr Kogan as a research app used by psychologists.

His company Global Science Research had a deal to share this information...

08:00

March 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1802 Matthew Flinders followed in the tradition of brown nosing naming new places after influential bods back home when he dubbed Spencer Gulf in South Oz after a bloke on the Admiralty Board.

1834 Arthur Orton, the butcher from Wagga Wagga who claimed to be the long lost heir to the Tichborne fortune, was pupped.

1838 - Patrick Cuffy was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1838 - John Toole was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1844 Oh , if only for that blue telephone police box to pop back in time...Flogging off the land selling the first blocks of land at Seymour commenced today.

1846 Just to make sure Melbourne's Princes' Bridge was going to be built, the foundation stone was laid.

1856 William Gocher, a journalist, newspaper publisher and reformer of beach bathing swimming laws (he broke 'em) was spawned. Read more about beach bathing Billy-boy HERE.

1872 Pack away your fur capes theatre lovers, the Theatre Royal in Melbourne was gutted by fire.

1873 Longwood to Violet Town railway line was opened.
Pretty little line, it might surprise some in State Govt to learn it actually did carry trains that transported people, odd though it may seem.

1878 Needing to fill up the not-so empty spot that was a cemetery, Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market was opened...yes, right on top of buried bodies, too. Roughly 10,000 are under your feet as you park the car and wander about looking for that extra special something....

1885 Ruby Lindsay, the adored, beloved and worshipped wife of Will Dyson, sister to the famous Lindsay artist brothers and artists in her own right, was born.

1893 - Cooperabiddy was hanged at Roebourne for murder of James Coppin, a half-caste [sic], at the Hamersley Range.

1903 Lightning Ridge Opal fields was a'booming when it was opened up today.

1912 The SS Koombana sank near Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a tropical cyclone, with the loss of at least 138 passengers and crew.

1912 - Const. Frank Buttle, WA Police, died whilst travelling on board the SS Koombana.

1915 Swimming between the flags took on a competitive edge when the first state Lifesaving Championships were held at Bondi.

1916 The Australian and New Zealand Army Cor...

07:50

Mandatory data breach notification for Australian businesses "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mandatory data breach notification comes into force this Thursday

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released new resources for the Australian public ahead of the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme on 22 February 2018.

The NDB scheme mandates that Australian Government agencies and the various organisations with obligations to secure personal information under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) notify individuals affected by data breaches that are likely to result in serious harm.

One of the new resources published by the OAIC, titled Receiving data breach notifications, provides useful guidance on what to expect when you receive a data breach notification, including how organisations might deliver notifications and when a privacy complaint can be made to the OAIC.

The other new resource, What to do after a data...

07:17

Barred Cuckoo-shrike at Toowoomba--Redwood Park reported by Sue Lee & Sandra Gallienne on 19-03-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

There were at least 2 adults & 2 immature birds feeding in the trees at the concrete causeway. Entry is the eastern end of the park from the Warrego Hwy. Access is on the left & is just as the speed zone changes from 80 to 100kms / hr . Birds were found in the trees at the concrete causeway for a small creek not far from the picnic spot.

06:57

#timesup For NRL To Understand How To Respond To Violent Stars "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael Bradley weighs in on the growing furore over the National Rugby Leagues response to the violence of one its rising stars.

Matt Lodge is a 191cm, 118kg front rower currently playing professional rugby league for the Brisbane Broncos. He is a very large man with very large muscles and the kind of face you just know would break your fist if you were stupid enough to punch it. Hes every tattoo-covered inch the archetypal modern footballer. And hes only 22.

Lodge is also the owner of an impressive record of criminal violence, combined with professions of remorse and rehabilitation and no meaningful redress for his victims. All of this detail is known to his employer, the Broncos, and the National Rugby League which holds the ultimate power over players through its registration system.

It was known to them when the NRL re-registered him this year and the Broncos gave him a contract. As Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said in the pre-season, hes a footy player. Hes here to play footy. Nothing more to be said.

Except for that violent assault business and the increasingly loud calls from many quarters for Lodge to be rubbed out of the game altogether. Which begs the question: as we call #timesup on this ugly side of male behaviour with ever-growing determination, whats the correct consequence for the men in the cross-hairs? Is redemption a possibility for them, or must they be red-carded for life?

NRL star Matt Lodge, signed by the Broncos despite repeated incidents of violence off-field.

Lodge, to be clear, disgraced himself pretty spectacularly. In late 2015, he went on a violent rampage in New York in which he threatened to kill two women and their male companion on the street, chased the latter into an apartment building foyer, put a headlock on and repeatedly punched a male resident who tried to intervene, broke into the mans apartment and locked him out, then tried to punch his way through a locked door into a bathroom where the mans wife and child were hiding from him. Had he not been arrested at that point, we can only speculate what he might have done.

For that nights work, Lodge got a misdemeanor reckless assault conviction (on a plea bargain) and a verdict against him for $1.2m in civil damages to the family he assaulted. He has never apologized directly to them and has made no attempt to pay the verdic...

06:34

Burkitt Lymphoma: Why One Womans Cancer Diagnosis Shocked Doctors "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you could see Georgia McLennan in 2015, you would have never guessed that she was sick but she was. Thats the thing about cancer its a deadly disease that can grow quickly and silently without you knowing. From the outside, the then 21-year-old nursing student from Broadbeach, Australia appeared incredibly healthy. But on... View Article

The post Burkitt Lymphoma: Why One Womans Cancer Diagnosis Shocked Doctors appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

06:26

Melbourne wharfies walk off and defend jobs and conditions at Qube "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says members at Qubes Melbourne Bulk and General operation are facing a cut to wages by at least 40 percent and the removal of a range on work conditions that have been in place for decades.

the standoff resulted in a 48 hour strike this last weekend and if the matter is not resolved soon the dispute is set to escalate.

Qube is a  labour hire company for MIRRAT, which handles bulk car imports. It is a subsidiary of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the Norwegian/Swedish shipping multinational that carries five million cars a year around the globe, as well as 12 million cubic metres of high and heavy cargoes such as tractors, trains and general equipment that can be driven or carried off on wheeled trailers.

Company Ports Director Michael Sousa says that that maintaining conditions is uneconomical.  But MIRRAT has always seen the operation at the former Appleton Dock as a greenfields site. This means that preexisting conditions are not recognised.

The backdrop, according to those affected, is that management has continually been provoking its workforce by pushing excessive hours of work, ongoing victimisation, targeted sackings and the removal of rosters, till the pattern at Qube has been overwork, tiredness and a decline in safety.

Last year there was a major dispute on Web Dock over a situation that was not too different. It has now become apparent that the strategy has been adopted by more than one waterfront employer and fits into what is happening in some other industries.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has condemned the growing corporate practice of terminating existing agreements, as a vehicle to undermine wages and conditions and get this rubber stamped by the Fair Work Commission.

This has not been accepted by the work forces within many of the companies, and this has led to some major confrontations over the last two years.

An ongoing dispute at Cube could prove to be another landmark case.

The company has applied to Fair Work Australia to terminate the existing agreement, which had been negotiated over more than two decades.

Maritime Union of Australia Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said workers had introduced industrial bans and had restricted shifts to seven hours. Shifts had varied from four to 12 hours.

Excessive 12-hour shifts are not required now and are a fatigue issue, he said.

Mr Smith said workers would refuse to return to work if Qube was successful in its push to terminate the existing...

06:07

West Papua protest during Jokowi visit to NZ parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/352869/small-west-papua-protest-during-jokowi-visit-to-nz-parliament

West Papua protest during Jokowi visit to NZ parliament

6:43 pm today

Indonesias president was greeted by protestors calling for West Papuan independence when he arrived at New Zealands parliament this afternoon.

A sing-off on the steps of the New Zealand parliament between protestors and Indonesians during president Joko Widodos visit to Wellington. 19 March 2018 Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Johnny Blades
But the protestors were vying for airspace with a group of Indonesians who were there to cheer Joko Widodo in his flying visit.
It turned into a sing-off on the steps of New Zealands parliament.

Video footage
Dozens of Indonesians, buoyed on by a handful of officials, singing nationalist themes with great vigour as they awaited their president, known as Jokowi.
Alongside them, outnumbered but not diminished, around twenty people calling for an end to human rights abuses in West Papua.
Things became rowdy, but as the official Indonesian motorcade arrived, the protestors barely had time to make their point as Jokowi stepped out of his car and disappeared up the steps to parliament.

Indonesias president Joko Widodo disappearing up the steps and into parliament, as his foreign minister Retno Marsudi waves out. 19 March 2018 Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Johnny Blades
Today he has met with New Zealands prime minister Jacinda Ardern and other leading officials.
Papua was not expected to feature in discussions and, at the Indonesian governments behest, media opportunities to ask Jokowi questions were kept to a bare minimum.

Photo: Pool / Marty Melville


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12015588

2) Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Pukeahu National War Memorial
By: Derek Cheng 19 Mar, 2018 12:16pm

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been officially welcomed to New Zealand and has given a light-hearted speech, joking about New Zealanders love of coffee and its sheep.

Widodo had lunch with dignitaries including Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in which he gave a speech thanking them for the warm welcome and joking about "coffee diplomacy".

He said he noticed New Zealanders love of coffee...

06:00

Cash confusion the K570 million windfall the PNG govt ignored "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Paul FlanaganPAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics | Edited

CANBERRA Papua New Guinea is reported to have a cash crisis and this is having dire effect on both its economy and society.

A leaked central bank email in late February highlighted the difficulties in finding the cash to pay public servants. The response to the recent PNG earthquake has been hampered by a lack of cash for relief operation centres. Departments have been locked out of their offices due to non-payment of rents.

But in the context of this cash crisis, an extraordinary fact has emerged.

On 7 March the PNG government turned down K300 million in cash offered to it by the private sector. On 14 March last Wednesday - it turned down another K270 million.

Extraordinary treasury bill oversubscriptionsThese were funds offered through the weekly Treasury Bill auction less the amount the government actually accepted.

This K570 million excess funding (an oversubscription) by PNGs banks, financial institutions and superannuation funds is unprecedented.

And it represented an opportunity to collect some scarce cash to pay bills and help meet the needs of the disastrous earthquake.

It seems this opportunity has been squandered.

Someone should be held accountable for such decisions probably the Secretary of the Treasury and, if he informed the Treasurer, the Treasurer himself.

My view is that the ONeill government has been facing a major cash crisis caused by poor fiscal policy with a continuation of the worst deficits in PNGs history. The governments way out was a compliant central bank governor willing to print money - a very dangerous course...

05:45

VIDEO: John Pilger On The Carefully Constructed Drama Of Skripal Nerve Agent Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

Watch John Pilger in this commentary on Russia Tonight on the British Governments accusations against Russia over the poisoning of the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

The attack, Pilger notes, occurred not far from the Porton Down facility where chemical weapons are developed for the United Kingdom.

The post VIDEO: John Pilger On The Carefully Constructed Drama Of Skripal Nerve Agent Attack appeared first on New Matilda.

05:30

Trevor Tree of Bellingen Northern Rivers NSW Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

trevor tree 7

Trevor Tree of Bellingen died on Friday 5 May 2017 in Coffs Harbour Hospital.

Trevor died while doing something he really loved-surfing.

There is no way anyone would have predicted what happened to Trevor.

Of all the people in Bellingen in their late 50s to 60s, Trevor is the last person anyone would think this would happen to.

 

Trevor was aged 57 and was born on 25 August 1959.

 

...

05:26

John Parker The Tree Guru of Johannesburg, South Africa died November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

John Parker The Tree Guru

John Parker The Tree Guru of Johannesburg, South Africa died yesterday in hospital in Johannesburg from a short-term illness. His death was unexpected and a great shock to his family and friends.

John Parkers website

Professional Tree Consultation Service

Who is the Tree Guru?

John Parker is South Africas Tree Guru, an Australian qualified and South African experienced Arborist specialising as a consultant in the scientific care and management of trees and shrubs sometimes called woody plants.   John is a diploma qualified Arborist. He is also a Trainer, Moderator and Assessor under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).  He has practiced arboriculture since 1989 in Johannesburg, and has more than 25 years experience as a commercial Arborist.

From what to plant and how to prune it, to treating diseases, fertilization and insect attack, the Tree Guru has the qualified answers and expert solutions you need.  Whether you have a small, or large garden, or are tasked with managing or developing the gardens of a bigger estate, the Tree Guru John Parker will bring out...

05:00

Murderous politicians and their sins of omission "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Phil (crop)PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - It makes you wonder, does it not, about people who see other peoples ignorance or misfortunes as opportunities to exploit them and make money?

We tolerate this at a certain level even when the ethics have gone missing. Persuading people to buy things they dont need or which are harmful to their health. Convincing them to take loans and credit cards theyll never be able to pay off.

Those sorts of things are regarded as good business or clever marketing. Being convincing and persuasive enough to make a profit is regarded as a virtue by many people. In business, theres often a very thin line between a salesman and a shyster.

It was the American journalist, Daniel Schorr, who famously said of sincerity that if you can fake it, you've got it made.

Then theres out and out greed with no attempt to fake or hide anything.

In the United States, Martin Shkreli earned the nickname of the "most hated man on the internet" after he bought the rights to Daraprim, a drug used to treat those with weakened immune systems caused by illnesses like HIV.

Shkreli then hiked the price of the drug by 5,000% from $13.50 per pill to $750. Hes now in jail after being convicted of securities fraud over another matter.

Thats a pretty extreme example of the worst kind of human behaviour in a supposedly civilised context, but how does it stack up against other examples say, among politicians and their cronies?

Is there any real difference between a politician who awards a tender at an inflated price to a kickback-paying wantok (who, if he does anything, makes sure its cheap and nasty) and someone like Martin Shkreli?

What that politician is basically doing is using taxpayers money (or aid money) to rob ordinary people of their due. I would argue that building an inferior rural road that falls to pieces after a year is immoral in exactly the same sense that Shkreli was immoral.

And making money by taking bribes from shonky drug suppliers who provide inferior products is also immoral.

We now hear rumours that relief funds for earthquake victims in Hela Province are being diverted into the pockets of politicians and suppliers who are charging inflated prices. That is a special kind of immorality. How low can these fraudsters g...

04:29

Market Talk- March 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the start of what is expected to be a busy week, Asian markets closed mixed but with concerns over the weekends that President Trump had decided to remove the national security advisor expected to wobble markets. Consequently, the Nikkei took much of the brunt of the action after the Yen saw a fresh flight to quality, taking it to mid 105s. The -0.9% decline for the Nikkei was a disappointment as we had seen early gains for the index. Exporters and tech led much of the move but the whole markets remains vulnerable as concerns over Abenomics and the scandal persist. Most other core held in reasonably well give or take the odd 0.25% point. SENSEX was again hit after a brief opening hour in the sunshine. As the currency drifted so did stock enthusiasm and continued last weeks weakness. Worries over the potential trade wars with the US weighs on prices and given the DOWs decline today, Tuesday is expected to be another heavy session. All this news is also weighing on the A$ with it losing nearly 5% in a month. With the FED expected to move this week you can probably expect the Aussie to remain weak.

BREXIT was top conversation piece for much of todays European market hours. The UK and EU agree on a 21 month transition period and cable rallied 0.75% on the back of the news. However, it may be a little early to celebrate as we still have an anticipated rate hike from the FED, UK Retail Sales and the Bank of England announcing later tin the week. In UK domestic news, reputedly the UK government is restructuring Northamptonshire County Councils financial affairs due to terrible management. That didnt help the FTSE, which joined other European indices trading lower and closed down 1.7%. Energy and resources led much of the decline as DAX and CAC both also lost 1.25%. Markets closed on their lows influenced heavily by the lower US markets.

Week of March 19th is upon us and we have opened the week in negative territory. Concerns of an unsettled Trump administration, Trade War fears wobble Asia, sinking energy prices, G20 kicks off, FED and the BOE are imminent and the DOW is unchanged on the year. In todays sell-off the VIX has bounced 30% and was last seen trading 20.35, whilst treasuries play almost unchanged...

04:01

Energy market commission says electricity grid increasingly unstable "IndyWatch Feed National"

Instability attributed to changes in power mix that can leave grid at mercy of the weatherThe Australian Energy Market Commission says the national electricity grid is becoming more unstable, with 11 incidents in 2016-17, up from seven the year before and four the year before that.The instability is attributed to changes in the power generation mix, with thermal, synchronous generators leaving the system in favour of more renewable capacity, which can leave the grid at the mercy of the [...]

04:00

Paga Hill fellowship may herald a PNG literary festival "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Gudmundur Fridriksson
Gummi Fridriksson - a prominent supporter of the development of a modern literary culture in PNG

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA - A year after the publication of My Walk to Equality, Papua New Guineas first-ever collection of essays, stories and poetry written entirely by women, the Paga Hill Development Company has awarded a writers fellowship to the books editor, Rashmii Bell.

The inaugural award was made to mark International Womens Day by the companys chief executive, Gudmundur (Gummi) Fridriksson, a prominent supporter of PNG literature.

The six-month fellowship will enable Ms Bell to attend literary events in Australia and continue to engage with authors, readers and festival committees to promote PNG women writers, PNG literature and explore opportunities to stage a literary event in PNG later this year.

The MWTE team is grateful for Paga Hill Development Companys ongoing recognition and support for our voluntary literary project, Ms Bell said.

MWTEs overwhelming success indicates a readership wanting a balanced narrative from Papua New Guinea that conveys authentic insights often overlooked by the mainstream media.

We appreciate the continued contribution made by Mr Fridriksson and PHDC to assist contemporary PNG writers develop a sustainable national literary culture.

She described the fellowship as another milestone for PNG writers under the mentoring of PNG Attitude publisher Keith Jackson) and Pukpuk Publications publisher Phil Fitzpatrick, whose 12-year-long effort in publishing and promoting PNG-authored literature continues to yield positive outcomes.

The past three years have been terrific for the development of a large number of PNG writers, Ms Bell said. This has included increased exposure in PNG and internationally.

Hosting a literary event for our aspiring and established writers, illustrators, publishers, sponsors and literary administrators to meet, inspire and share ideas will be a real high point which will build momentum.

We urge the nat...

02:30

Commonwealth Games: Team Nigeria to depart March 24 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Team Nigeria athletes for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia are expected to depart for the games on March 24, an official of the Federal Ministry of Sports, Yemi Usikaye, said on Monday. Usikaye, the Deputy Director, Para-Sports and coaching department in the ministry, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that 56 []

The post Commonwealth Games: Team Nigeria to depart March 24 appeared first on Newtelegraph.

02:08

The Australian Crypto Scene Just Gets Better and Better "IndyWatch Feed National"

So far this year, crypto maniaas its often called by traditional news sourceshas continued to grip the masses as the prospects of blockchain technology become increasingly exciting. Some pundits called for a slowdown in ICOs this year, but nothing has been further from the truth. According to CoinSchedule data, ICOs have already raised 2.95 billion USD in 2018. This is a little more than three-quarters of the astounding 3.88 billion USD raised in 2017. If this incredible growth keeps up, 10 billion USD by years end is more than plausible.

ICOs have been surprisingly resilient to perhaps their biggest threat thus fargovernment regulation. China, the most notable opponent of cryptocurrencies and ICOs, is stepping up their game by using their state media arm to take aim at crypto trading and ICOs. A February report by the Xinhua News Agency detailed how crypto trading platforms domiciled outside of mainland China, but still open to Chinese investors, should be considered as attempts to bypass existing laws and regulations. These and other actions demonstrate just how serious China is about cutting out all crypto trading and ICO participation.

Cryptocurrencies and ICOs arent receiving much love from the West either. The US government, also a strong opponent of the new trend, is taking a more defensive stance against crypto trading and capital raising. The SEC claims to be a fan of blockchain technology, but also comments ICOs bring an increased risk of fraud and manipulation because the markets for these assets are less regulated than traditional capital markets. The SEC wants to use its favoriteand only tool to reign them in, namely regulation. It has also targeted online trading platforms in an attempt to deter crypto trading. Unfortunately, this stance is being p...

Monday, 19 March

16:23

13:15

Hockey Dad reschedule Brisbane show due to venues structural issues "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Hockey Dad were forced to cancel last nights performance at Brisbanes Woolly Mammoth following structural issues with the venue, but have today announced a rescheduled performance for those affected by last nights cancellation.

Currently in Brisbane as part of their sold-out Blend Inn album launch tour, Hockey Dad performed at the Woolly Mammoth on Saturday night, and were due to perform there again last night, on Sunday, March 18th. However, following their under 18s matinee performance yesterday afternoon, the group were forced to cancel both the evenings performance, as well as tonights scheduled gig.

Organisers for the Woolly Mammoth took to Facebook to explain the situation, noting that they had decided to cancel tonights show despite it being fully certified to hold more capacity then we had in the room, due to concerns over patrons safety.

We wont risk it if theres even slightest chance of damage, hence why were getting the engineers again tonight, to reinforce the structure, and make it 100% safe going forward, the continued, as attendees of the under 18s show posted videos of what appears to be a support beam dangerously shaking as the crowd continued to mosh.

Hockey Dad also took to Facebook, explaining their decision by citing unforeseen structural issues as the reason for the cancellation. However, the duo did promise that they would have further details coming today in regards to tonights scheduled performance at the venue.

Ahead of the bands final performance at the Woolly Mammoth tonight, Hockey Dad have announced that they have upgraded the venue to The Tivoli, turning last nights cancelled performance and tonights scheduled performance into one huge event. 500 extra tickets have also been made available to this evenings previously sold-out gig.

...

11:27

Suicidal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$18000
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

The goverment are killing low income peole trying to survive in this expensive world they have blood on there hands

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