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Thursday, 12 April


Blockchain uses beyond cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Blockchain technology is the driving force that makes cryptocurrency work and industries outside of the digital currency community are starting to take notice and implement it for their own use. The technology can be described as an open, distributed ledger []

The post Blockchain uses beyond cryptocurrency appeared first on The Global Mail.

How to buy Verge coins "IndyWatch Feed National"

Verge is one of the leading cryptocurrencies, and it is listed among the Top 50 coins by market capitalization. Verge gives the user the benefit of anonymity of transactions, and instant transfers are supported. Since the details of each transaction []

The post How to buy Verge coins appeared first on The Global Mail.

Blockchain startup aims to securely store genomic data "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shivom, a new blockchain startup, is looking to provide a platform for the mass storage and subsequent analysis of genetic data. It follows in the steps of many other industries that want to make use of blockchain technology.  From the []

The post Blockchain startup aims to securely store genomic data appeared first on The Global Mail.


Coming Missiles Over Chemical False Flags in Syria Can Only End Very Badly "IndyWatch Feed National"

The plan in a Pentagon memo in 2001 was to destroy seven countries in five years. Ret. General Wesley Clark disclosed this in 2007, and Syria was on the list. As Paul Craig Roberts writes:

There is no longer any doubt that the criminally insane government in Washington is driving the world to the last war.

Did a (false) briefing to Trump incite the tweet: Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart!?

The Russian military have dismissed the reports that the Syrian government had carried out a chemical attack in Eastern Ghoutas Douma. Major General Yury Yevtushenko, head of the Reconciliation Center in Syria, said in a statement on Sunday:

We strongly refute this information We declare our readiness, after Douma is liberated from the militants, to immediately send Russian radiation, chemical and biological protection specialists to collect data that will confirm the fabricated nature of these allegations.


How can we trust our politicians in the US, UK and Australia? They seem so confused, blinded, and incapable of making rational decisions?

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Wednesday, 11 April


Project Brief: Papua New Guinea Earthquake Response Common Service "IndyWatch Feed Niugini" | April 1, 2018

Click for a full PDF report

On 26 February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the highlands region of Papua New Guinea, resulting in a Government-declared state of emergency for Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Enga provinces. Some 465,000 people are estimated to be affected with 247,000 requiring immediate assistance.

The affected areas have significant access challenges. Majority of humanitarian items must be flown in as roads are not always reliable. In terms of communications, there are limited radio towers and existing FM radio has limited range due to mountains.

With affected communities desperately needing information on aid and assistance, humanitarian actors quickly mobilised to establish a coordinated approach to communicating with communities to more rapidly respond and reach a greater number of affected people with the limited collective resources available. With this, a Communicating with Communities Working Group coordinated by the United Nations Resident Coordinators Office under the Protection Cluster was formed.

To reach communities with life-saving messages and alerts, an information line was established using audio streaming over mobile phones essentially turning mobile phones into radios - with support from Digicel and UN Women. Community members can dial into the information line to hear short updates from humanitarian agencies - 50,000 text messages to be sent twice weekly to promote an information line and share key messages. An additional 10,000 automated calls will be made to the affected area, playing the short messages once the call is connected.


Aussie Silicon Valley: Hunter Energy Partners IOT for Blockchain Hub "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSWs Hunter Valley region is where wine is embedded into the culture, and now it may be transforming into a cryptocurrency mining hub, too. Australias Hunter Energy and publicly traded IOT Group have inked a partnership to develop a blockchain center at the dormant Redbank power facility, which is located a couple of hours outside of

The post Aussie Silicon Valley: Hunter Energy Partners IOT for Blockchain Hub appeared first on CCN


Bust looms for Sydney's apartment developers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Apartment boom over

Both new residential building and renovation activity declined significantly in 2017, with total seasonally adjusted dwelling starts down to 52,600 by the final quarter of the year, well down from the peak of 62,300 in the first quarter of calendar year 2016.

The drop was driven by a 17 per cent year-on-year decline in attached dwellings, with Brisbane's inner city apartment market the prime culprit. 

Sundry indicators suggest that activity across Queensland should now trend moderately upwards, spurred on by a healthier spread of boutique developments, 'plexes, and townhomes.

But inner Brisbane's new build high-rise sector is absolutely cactus as the renters move in. 

Interestingly, despite the extremely high level of apartment starts through this cycle, total dwelling completions continued to decline for another quarter, suggesting that all is not well in developer-land. 

Crunch looms for developers

By the end of the year there were still some 150,000 attached dwellings under construction. for the seventh consecutive quarter.



PNG LNG terminal expected to restart in May after earthquake shut down - executive "IndyWatch Feed Niugini" | April 11, 2018

SINGAPORE, April 11 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil expects to restart production from its PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea at the beginning of May after it was shut following an earthquake in February, Exxon LNG Vice President Emma Cochrane said on Wednesday.
The liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal may not be able to produce at full capacity at first and will likely ramp up gradually, said Cochrane on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum.
The May target for a restart is ahead of schedule, she said. 


No need for research to tell us Australias political and business leaders overwhelmingly Anglo-Celtic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Racism so deep, that its structural, institutional. In 1983, I wrote that despite an increasing number of overseas born culturally diverse Australians, that they and their Australian born children did not reflect in the demography of the nations parliaments and boardrooms. I have been writing about this for three and a half decades. More than []


Australia: Regulator Says Cryptocurrency Exchange License Will Strengthen Confidence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Image strengthening and data sharing are first and foremost among Australias aims as it launches crypto exchange license. #NEWS


Australia Rolls Out New Cryptocurrency Regulations "IndyWatch Feed National"

A lot of things are changing in Australia. This is especially true when it comes to cryptocurrency. A new law has been introduced to bring additional regulation to this industry. Service providers need to adhere to the new guidelines introduced by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC). It is the first time such regulations have been introduced to this industry.

AUSTRAC and Cryptocurrency

In a way, it is not surprising AUSTRAC introduced additional cryptocurrency regulations. More specifically, the institution has kept a close eye on this booming industry. Rather than try to oppose it, they seem to bring more legitimacy to cryptocurrencies. Introducing additional guidelines for providers and exchanges will help achieve that goal.

All digital currency exchanges providers need to register with AUSTRAC. This measure is quite similar to how Japans FSA approaches the cryptocurrency industry right now. Anyone not registered with the organization will be in violation of this new regulation. Additionally, companies have to meet governmental AML and CTF (anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing) compliance. That also includes reporting strange activity taking place on their respective platforms.

These new laws are not designed to prevent cryptocurrency from succeeding. In fact, AUSTRAC aims to achieve the completely opposite goal. They want to strengthen compliance in this industry and bring criminal activity to an end once and for all. As of right now, the connection between cryptocurrency and crime still remains rather apparent.

The Future of Bitcoin in Australia

While this is the first type of regulatory effort by AUSTRAC, it may not be the last. It is all part of an ongoing reform to help protect digital currency exchanges from money laundering. Moreover, the agency seeks to gain a better understanding of how Bitcoin and altcoins are used in Australia.

These developments come at a critical time for the industry as well. Vario...


The Human Rights War on Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Damascus (AHT) The perfidious role of human rights organizations in the war on Syria has been exposed again with the Amnesty International report on Syria for 2017/18, followed by an equally tendentious article in the Melbourne Age newspaper by Claire Mallinson, Amnestys national director for Australia.

In the name of human rights, these organizations have actually worsened the crisis in Syria. They have never dealt honestly with its primary cause, the determination of the US and its allies seven years ago to destroy the government in Damascus, as part of a bigger plan to destroy the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah strategic axis across the Middle East. Democracy, human rights and the best interests of the Syrian people were never on the agenda of these governments. They were cold-blooded and remorseless in what they wanted and the means by which they sought to get it.

By calling violent armed groups rebels and the opposition, these human rights organizations conceal their true nature. By calling the Syrian government a regime, instead of the legitimate government of Syria, representing Syria at the UN and representing the interests of the Syrian people, they seek to demean it. By accusing it of carrying out indiscriminate attacks on its own civilian population, on the basis of what they are being told by their tainted sources, they seek to demonize it. By accusing it of carrying out chemical weapons attacks, without having any proof, they perpetuate the lies and fabrications of the armed groups and the governments that support them.




US Democratic Party should be dissolved "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tomorrow, I will consider the furore that has arisen in the last few days after the US Congressional Budget Office released its latest forecasts, which showed the US deficit will rise, and, because they still insist in matching the deficit with bond-issuance to feed the corporate welfare machine, public debt will also expand. With an on-going jobs gap and depressed labour force participation rate, the rising deficit if properly targetted would be desirable. The rising public debt is a negative but only as a result of its unnecessary corporate welfare dimension rather than any concerns about capacity to pay etc. But today, given it is Wednesday and a blog light day for me now I have only one related observation to make, which will contextualise tomorrows more detailed discussion. For today though I am mostly engaged in revising the final manuscript of our new, upcoming Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) textbook after receiving edits from the publishers, Macmillan.

There is a need for a new political force in the US

The US Democratic Party has lost its right, in my view, to attract the progressive vote.

The CBO Report, which I will discuss in technical terms tomorrow, really just estimated that the latest policy shift under Trump will increase the US fiscal deficit and public debt ratio.

The main game should have been on debating whether the the composition of the US fiscal deficit was beneficial to all Americans or not, rather than running a hysterical political response about the need to cut deficits and stop the public debt sacrificing the prosperity of future generations.

It should also attack the public debt issuance in terms of its corporate welfare aspects and the fact that the US government spending is not reliant on raising revenue from either taxes or debt-issuance.

Unfortunately, the Democrat leadership do not seem to know any better than just mouthing the neoliberal refrain.

Here is the Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi on the CBO statement (April 9, 2018) Source):

The CBOs report exposes the staggering costs of the GOP tax scam and Republicans contempt for fiscal responsibility. In their craven haste to give corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent massive tax breaks, Republicans saddled our children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars of debt

The American people cannot afford Republicans fiscal hypocrisy Democrats will continue to fight for real action to create good-paying jobs, reduce the deficit and grow the economy for everyone

And then there was the response from the Democrat Sen...


Joint committee advises govt to change its foreign donations bill "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Purge, The Movie. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The purge is about the government reducing the population, mostly the poor & disadvantaged. They came up with a scheme that would appeal to all the sickos like themselves! An annual time of the year when you could kill with no legal consequences. 

I thought this was a great movie, full of action. A few loopholes, things you & I would not do, but on the whole worth watching. The scary part is that I can see this could easily happen here in Australia. We have a totally corrupt to the core government who is actually paying the Indonesian government to kill our WW2 Allies in West Papua. This is the genocide that the world in ignoring! So yes, I think our sick government is quite capable of turning on Australian citizens if it means gaining more power, control & wealth. Remember, it is now illegal in Australia to purchase, own or carry anything for use in self defence of for the defence of others!!! Think about that!


Confronting the national narrative "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the wake of Invasion Day 2018, two works Warwick Thorntons Sweet Country and Richard Lewers exhibition The History of Australia highlight Australias desperate and increasing need to confront its foundations. Here are two art projects that swipe and paw at Australias historical consciousness and demand that we do better.


Australias Blockbid Exchange Granted Cryptocurrency License by Austrac "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias Blockbid Exchange Granted Cryptocurrency License by AUSTRAC

Blockbid is now registered with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac). This makes it only the third company granted permission to legally operate as a cryptocurrency exchange in Australia since new regulations came about last week.

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BSP appoints Regenvanu to lead operations in Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bank South Pacific (BSP) continues to build its greatest asset;  Human Resources, through mentoring and building young professionals to lead the biggest bank in the Pacific.
This week, BSP's Group CEO, Robin Fleming announced the appointment of Nik Regenvanu to lead the BSP operations in Vanuatu, as the new Country Head.

Hailing from Uripiv Island, Malekula, the Group CEO was also pleased to recognise Mr Regenvanu, as the first Ni-Vanuatu to lead the business and will bring a deep knowledge of the market and strong stakeholder relationships to the role.

Mr Regenvanu has over 15 years of banking experience having served in various capacities including most recently as Head of Business Banking in Vanuatu. Prior to Westpac acquisition, he was the Senior Relationship Manager of Westpac Vanuatu and was also Senior Relationship Manager of ANZ Bank Vanuatu before that.

He takes over the reins from Stuart Beren, who was instrumental in supporting and leading the BSP Vanuatu team through the Westpac acquisition and integration into BSP. Mr Regenvanu will be overseeing the operation which includes 95 staff.

Mr Fleming thanked Mr Beren for his worthy mentoring, leadership and guidance and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.

Last month BSP also announced the appointment of Haroon Ali, of Fijian heritage, to head the BSP Fiji operations as Country Head.

"We will continue to develop our local talent at all levels in all the countries in which we operate," said Mr Fleming.


Gun Control Fail Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

"no valid reason why handguns greater than 38 calibre should be restricted for use in practical shooting competition". You think that it stupid, did you know that muzzle-loading pistols are restricted?! I can own an antique flintlock but it is illegal for me to shoot it?! (actually the legislation uses the word "use" instead of "shoot", so any police officer can interpret this in any way they wish!!!  And we the shooting community in the whole of Australia allowed this to happen why???  



NEC Approves New Energy Policy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PC Online

THE National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the National Energy Policy.

With the motto of Harnessing Energy for Life and covering all aspects of the energy sector, the main objective of the policy is to deliver electricity services for economic growth and rural development.

Minister for Communication and Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil said electricity in the country has only reached 13 per cent and successive governments have ignored the importance of an energy policy which drives the development and utilisation of our renewable natural energy sources.

Energy policy which fully utilises our renewable energy resources to provide the energy needs of our people and the economy is well overdue. Indeed it has taken more than 40 years since independence for such a policy to be adopted for our country.

The new policy provides for development and utilisation of these sources of energy, including hydro, solar, wind, biomass, biogas, ocean, coal, geothermal and downstream petroleum products to generate power.

Specific sub-sector policies will be developed to ensure that each source of energy is given appropriate government attention in realising its potential in meeting the energy needs of our country and even exporting some of our energy overseas, Mr Basil said.

He said this policy sets the roadmap for reforms in the energy sector including the electricity services industry, setting in place new institutional and regulatory arrangements, to harness the full economic potential of our natural energy resources.

The new policy also establishes a licensing system for supply of electricity by undertakers in generation, transmission, distribution and retailing of power to the consumers. Review of legislation is necessary to ensure there is no conflict of laws in the implementation of it.

Legislation is required to ensure that power supply through main power grids and off-grid systems are operated under appropriate laws on level playing fields and in accordance with international standards, Mr Basil said.

Further reforms through the new policy will result in the transmission, distribution and retailing of power supply markets open for competition.

A new tariff system will be introduced for power supply generated from renewable energy sources. Appropriate tariff and possibly other incentives for each renewable energy source is vital for encouraging the development of each renewable energy source.


CONSPIRACY CASES: The Port Arthur Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does this sound much like the recent Parkland, Florida shooting?! More & more these shootings at Port Arthur & Parkland are looking like orchestrated shootings to encourage more gun control. In Australia this worked, we had certain guns confiscated. What we have to think about now is, will there be more orchestrated shootings by our government or anti-gun lobbyists??? How desperate are they to take the rest of our guns???


Syrian gas attack is a reminder of the weapons of mass destruction lie "IndyWatch Feed National"


This contribution is a response by a group of individuals, to a flood of disinformation over the current events in Syria.

There is a real danger that history may repeat in Syria, after the allegation that the Syrian Bashara Assad led government has used chemical weapons against civilians, and the subsequent reaction of the United States, Great Britain and France.

What seems to be lost in all the hype, is that no evidence of the deed has been produced. There are supposed to be accounts of witnesses and photographs. But given a history of unreliable unnamed witnesses, and stage-managed photographs, this is not good enough.

If there is hard evidence, it must be put forward. Failure to do so, is an echo of the weapons of mass destruction claim, that led to the invasion of Iraq. It proved to be a lie, which resulted in widespread death and misery for millions,  and played a big part in creating the refugee crisis that continues today.

It should never happen again.

From time to time, allegations have been made against Assad, and like him or not, they have never been backed by proof. But this has not stopped using the allegations to step up air strikes by the three western powers and support for military action on the ground.

The accusation is so transparent that it has failed to get support for intervention in the United Nations. Both Russia and China have warned the western powers not to strike and called for a greater to find an end to the conflict through talks.

This is not to say that civilians have not suffered from poison gas. The question is where did it come from? According to the Syrian government, the fundamentalist and once Islamic State aligned group Jaish al-Islam, had been holed up in this part of Douma, which is near the Syrian Capital Damascus, had set up a facility to manufacture the gas.

The explanation is plausible, because Jaish al-Islam was being squeezed in an ever-diminishing encirclement by Syrian army, in a desperate situation, militarily defeated and looking for a way out. No one disputes this.  The Syrian government had nothing to gain from deliberately attacking the civilian population. They had already won the battle. One thing has been proved. The Syrian leadership is not stupid. If they were, they would not have lasted for so long.

Jaish al-Islam had something to gain by creating a diversion, or pressuring immediate military intervention from the West. But it remains that in the absence of specific evidence, the release of the gas could have been either deliberate or an accident.

Nevertheless, making the allegation that Assad ordered the gassing makes some sense, in the context of a proxy war against...


Dr Malau appointed as ESP administrator "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National Executive Council made the decision

Dr Malau took over from the acting Administrator Richard Kombo.

Dr Malaus credentials include being PNGs Health Secretary from 2007 to 2011, working with the World Health Organization in Fiji, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Divine Word University and his role in helping to strengthen health systems in Timor Leste.

Dr Malau prior to his appointment said he was motivated to support a leader like East Sepik Governor Governor Allan Bird in his aspirations to make a difference for the people of the East Sepik Province and be an example to the rest of PNG.

He said he is capable of taking up the provincial administrators position despite a background in health due to his credentials with Harvard University.

Malau added that Harvard public health taught him the values of humanity: Fairness, justice, equality, and using evidence for decision making in public health practice.

Dr Malau said this opportunity of being a provincial administrator therefore, excited him to go beyond the health focus and manage other factors that enable all our people to be happy, healthy and wise.


Can more be done by RT, PressTV to hold the military-industrial-media warmongers to account? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian and Iranian English television broadcasters need to issue invitations to Teresa May, Boris Johnson, Niki Haley, Macron, Donald Trump et al, to defend their aggressive stances against Russia, Syria, and Iran, says candobetter.nets James Sinnamon. Unbelievable accusations against sovereign states are issuing from the governments of the United States, Australia, the UK and Europe. We are talking about the lines run by US-NATO on the Scripal spy poisonings and the so-called chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, which they have refused in the UN to investigate on the ground. Despite the total implausibility of these stories, the western corporate press, which includes ABC Australia and SBS, promote them uncritically. Yet the purpose of these stories is to provide excuses for war. The only beneficiary of the promotion of war is the military-industrial-media complex. The only thing working against this complex is the alternative media, which happens also to include English programs run by Irans Press TV Iran and Russia RT. Why are these programs so popular, especially RT? It is because they appeal to intellectuals because they are so much more complex and nuanced than the frustratingly illogical confabulations that pass for mainstream news in the Anglosphere. Press TV Irans The Debate is an especially robust forum.

World leaders like jealous giant children

In a stunning abuse of power, one of the main theatres of initial promotion is the United Nations. The US ambassador, Niki Haley, continues to make outlandish claims in the bullying style of her predecessor, Samantha Power. It is like watching gangster molls with airs, who do not realise that they are being live-broadcast as they threaten plans to assassinate or otherwise remove presidents, invade countries, and bomb cities, all based on totally fabricated enemy profiles of popular elected leaders as bad guys. In fact, if war-profits were not a consideration, you would be reminded of jealous children in a playground bullying their more popular colleagues.

Major threats

The major threats to modern civilisation: war, overpopulation, overconsumption, a...


To facebook or not 7 tips for risk management "IndyWatch Feed National"

The news from Cambridge Analytica has many people up in arms #DeleteFacebook has been a source of debate and discussion. But here is the thing the horse has bolted. Although people impacted by Cambridge Analytica are slowly being informed (there are only 50 or so in Australia apparently, more info here and specifics about how to find out here), there is heaps of other information you have likely shared.

Your information is already out there, and pressure on facebook to change its practices is critical. So we dont get another 14 years of Zuckerberg saying Sorry Not Sorry.

We believe, as many others do, that it is a vital organising and networking tool, and is particularly helpful for people in remote locations, those living with a disability or anxiety, chronic pain, or anything that keeps folks housebound and for people to stay connected and network across borders. For some folks deleting facebook would cut them off from support networks.

Digital security is something most progressive organisations and activists are very bad at, let alone the general public. We too are learning as we go, however, we are getting better and are taking seriously our duty of care, as we train and support activists to develop better practices. For more general resources on DIGITAL PRIVACY we have updated our resource collection.

We can all get better at this, and although it seems very overwhelming sometimes, there are organisations who have done a great job of breaking the information down and giving you support to improve your practices.

We would also welcome the progressive sector in Australia having more uncomfortable and in-depth discussions about how much data they gather on members and supporters, how easily hack-able it is, and what practices we could encourage in volunteers and organisers to protect privacy.

Obamas campaign, long held up as the dream organising model, happily exploited big data, and pioneered some of the work, that has been since used for arguably illegal and dodgy activity.

To minimise access to your data, you should think about personal practices as well as digital tools. This is an extended piece from a workshop we recently did for student activists on digital secur...


Factoring the Pacific into Australias approach to China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Chinese-in-the-Pacific dilemma has once again hit the headlines in Australia, this time with a proposed naval base in Vanuatu. It was promptly rejected by the Vanuatu government, but the likelihood of having Chinese military hardware on a long-term basis in the Pacific has raised significant discussion on the strategic implications for Australia and its allies.

Australia has long maintained a well-established and enduring relationship with the people of the Pacific. But Chinas influence is undeniably increasing. Its investment in soft power in particular has been a success, not only in economic terms but also in the lives of ordinary people. Chinese infrastructure projects, while not always successful, have enabled access to government services, giving people a sense of modernity and development. Chinas growing diaspora in the Pacific is also increasingly active in community engagements and maintain a close influence on local politics.

Chinas people-to-people relations continue to expand as it becomes a first responder to disaster relief efforts, shows goodwill through local charities, and provides scholarships for Pacific students to prestigious Chinese universities. To bridge the cultural gap, China is currently considering building Chinese language schools in the Pacific, beginning with Papua New Guinea.

Australia believes, as part of its strategic policy, that a secure Pacific means a secure Australia. Chinas emergence in the Pacific is seen by some as a threat to this state of order.......


IPC General Meeting Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tammi Jonas, AFSA President

Katarina Munksgaard, International Liaison

The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) consists of a plethora of civil society organisations from all over the world that are all social movement led. They are representatives of peasant and family farmers, landless, rural women and rural youth, fishers and fish workers, agricultural workers, hunters and gatherers, pastoralists and herders, indigenous peoples and food consumers. Since 2003, the role of the IPC has been to provide the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) with expert advice, general input as well as demands relating to the FAO mandate on the right to food. The IPC does this through the principles of food sovereignty.

The various working groups within the IPC have successfully partnered with the FAO in developing voluntary guidelines for member countries on topics such as sustainable small scale fisheries, agroecology and land tenure. In the past decade, the IPC has supported civil societys engagement with other processes as well, such as the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) that relates to the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and with the UN Human Rights Council on a Declaration on the Rights of Peasants. IPC members across the globe have worked for many years to secure recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples and their right to self-determination.

The IPC emphasise the fact that food sovereignty is a prerequisite for true food security. Agroecological farming is promoted as the practical solution that can aid in achieving this. The goal of the IPC is to influence local and global policies, forge networks and solidarity among allies within the movement, and to have strength in numbers. AFSA has been a member of the IPC since 2013 and has attended the last three general meetings.

The 2018 general meeting of the IPC was held near Cape Town in the regional town of Paarl, South Africa from the 12th to the 17th of March 2018 and attended by delegates from all regions of the globe. AFSA President Tammi Jonas and International Liaison Katarina Munksgaard attended the meetings on behalf of AFSA. The FAOs commitment to supporting civil societys engagement extends to funding delegates travel and accommodation to attend the general assemblies as well as the FAO conferences...


Seabed mining opposition is pro-development says Church "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Carolyn Ure | PNG Loop | April 10, 2018  

While the Catholic Church in the Oceania Region has joined the global fight against seabed mining and climate change, the Church is in no way opposing development.

These were the words of Bishop Charles Drennan from New Zealand.

He is part of the 80-man delegation that is in the country to attend the Assembly of Federation of Catholic Bishops Conference Oceania.

The vast ocean is the common home of countries and people in the Oceania Region. The sub-theme; A Sea of Possibilities, captures the interdependency between the ocean and the people.

The land and the sea depend so much on each other and therefore for the well-being of us and the future generations, said Bishop Charles.

A sea of possibilities is a hopeful statement, the Bishop pointed out.

While the negative impacts of deep seabed and other marine industries are evident, Churches also recog...


Syscoin and its SYS coin: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Syscoin is a decentralized cryptocurrency and it also offers a decentralized platform as a global marketplace. On the Syscoin blockchain, businesses can leverage on a trusted infrastructure to drive the exchange of goods and services. What is Syscoin Syscoin was []

The post Syscoin and its SYS coin: A starters guide appeared first on The Global Mail.


PNGFA President steps down "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

President of Papua New Guinea Football Association, David Chung, has resigned from his position effective immediately.
In a media conference today, PNGFA Senior Vice President John Wesley Gonjuan confirmed that David Chung has resign as President of PNGFA when he resign as President of OFC and Senior Vice President of FIFA.

David Chung
Gonjuan offers his gratitude and thankyou to the outgoing PNGFA President for developing number of projects including National Soccer League, Education Centre, Under 19 youth development project under the Besta Sponsorship, instrumental in pushing for two slots for OFC in the FIFA Youth Championships (U17 & U20 men), initiated with the current FIFA Executive to increase-in funding to FIFA member association and bringing the U-20 Womens World Cup to Papua New Guinea.


PNG government to sue BHP Billiton over alleged environmental damage "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Children playing in tailings downstream from the Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea, 2009. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

ABC News | 11 April 2018

Papua New Guineas government says it will sue Australian mining giant BHP Billiton for alleged environmental damage in the Western Province when the company was operating the countrys largest copper mine in the 1990s.

Its not the first time legal action has been touted.

In 2004, a massive law suit representing thousands of PNG landowners, was dropped after settlement was reached, which included compensation.

PNGs Prime Minister Peter ONeill says the government will also initiate an independent commission of inquiry into the PNG sustainable development program, which has been a subject of a court case in Singapore.

Former PNGSDP Chairman and Oppositi...


Musk Lorikeets at Windemere Rd Park, Alexandra Hills reported by Katherine Clark on 10-04-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Flock of about 8 birds flew into large eucalypt tree near dog park. Heard high pitched calls. Flew to a nearby gum. Then after a while a flock of about 20 flew off to the north. Distinctive smallish green lorikeet (bigger than Little Lorikeet) , with large bright red patch on head above bill and red bar behind eye with yellow in front of wing. Distinctive high chattering calls. Rare for the Redlands - In recent years only one eBird record of 1 bird last year.


Commission Of Inquiry Into OK Tedi "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Ok Tedi river was destroyed by Australian miner BHP

Post Courier | April 11, 2018

A COMMISSION of inquiry into the OK Tedi issue, the environment damage and the establishment of the PNG Sustainable Development Program will be set up.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill announced this in Parliament yesterday.

Papua New Guineans deserve to know the truth, not just colouring of the truth so that it suits somebodys interest, they deserve to know the truth and thats why I have decided to establish a commission of inquiry, he said.

Mr ONeill said he would get an independent person, possibly an Australian judge, to carry out the investigation.

He also said the State had also engaged the biggest environmental law firm in Australia, Slater and Gordon, to review the case that was done by Rex Dagi so that the PNG Government itself takes out the court case against BHP.

We have to sue this company for the substant...


Smoking gun shows that the unemployed and pensioners are not the bludgers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The Turnbull governments war against Centrelink benefit recipients is based on the lie that they are imposing a burden on those who have a job.

It is this painting of Australians not able to find a job or not able to work, as spongers on the rest of society that has been used as the cover to impose humiliating processes, public attacks and denial of payments on hundreds of thousands of victims. This sort of profiling is reprehensible and shows just how far any concept of basic human compassion has gone missing, as far as our political leaders are concerned.

This is a wrong that calls out to be righted. It is also evidence of the kind of politics that has raised its head in our society. When politicians pick up a knee jerk habit to justify whatever they do, by signalling out a defenceless section of our community as the cover, something is seriously wrong. This is what we must pay attention to.

Research commissioned by Anglicare and carried out by Per Capita, has its results published in a report called The Cost of Privilege. It shows that the drain on taxpayer money is not those who go to Centrelink, but the wealthiest households that are given a staggering $68 billion a year.

The system of subsidies and loopholes allow the following examples.  The wealthiest households get, $40 billion for Capital gains Tax exemptions, $20 billion for superannuation concessions and $3 billion for private education and health care. There are also the generous negative gearing provisions for investment properties, and a whole array of other loopholes existing in the taxation system.

A weakness in the report is that it concerns the wealthiest 20 percent of housholds and does not tell the full story that even here the benefit is skewed sharply upwards. The top 5 percent, for example, get much more. They send their kids to the most expensive private schools, have the resources to gain the most from negative gearing and capital gains tax, and can take much better advantage of the tax avoidance opportunities.

Compare this to the little under $11 billion total cost of Newstart for the unemployed and under employed, and this is the costliest service provided by Centrelink.



Papua New Guineas vanilla sector success relies on education and regulation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea was the second-largest global grower of vanilla last year, producing about 250 metric tonnes, but leading processor and exporter, Paradise Spices, is calling for regulation of the sector to resolve supply and quality issues. Karina Makori, the companys General Manager tells Business Advantage PNG that inflated prices have halted production of vanilla products for the past nine months.

Unable to access the necessary volume and quality of vanilla beans, Paradise Spices, a subsidiary of PNGs largest food manufacturer, Paradise Foods, is calling for regulation of the sector to resolve supply and quality issues.

Concerned the sector lacks sustainability, Paradise Spices General Manager, Karina Makori, says local vanilla bean farmers need training to help guarantee its long-term success.

Paradise Spices Karina Makori


Paradise Spices recently consulted a local aggregator to help solve its supply and quality issues by assisting the company with buying vanilla beans for its vanilla products.

The company produces a range of 100 per cent pure vanilla products, including vanilla paste, vanilla powder and vanilla extract.

Makori says the aggregator has a good relationship with growers in the Sepik region, and will help ensure regular...


MAF orders up to seven Cessna Caravans for Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Kerry Lynch,
April 10, 

Textron Aviation received an order from the Mission Aviation Fellowship International (MAF) for five Cessna Caravans that will be used to transition the MAF fleet in Papua New Guinea.
Mission Aviation Fellowship Cessna Caravan at Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen on. This is one of three MAF planes actively involved in earthquake disaster relief work.

The order, which Textron Aviation said is the single largest aircraft investement made by MAF, includes an option for two more. The Caravans on firm order will be delivered this year and placed into service in Papua New Guinea by mid-2019.
 The aircraft will join three existing Caravans in the region as MAF transitions to an all-Caravan fleet there, Textron Aviation said.
With an all-Caravan fleet powered by the dependable PT6 engine, significant gains in reliability and mission impact will be achieved, said William Nicol, MAF International aviation director.
The Caravan provides capability that ensures an effective, efficient, and sustainable operationa critical consideration when operating with limited infrastructure in challenging conditions, where remote access often becomes a matter of life and death.
MAF has served the isolated communities of Papua New Guinea since 1951, bringing in aid workers, long-term development specialists, mission workers, doctors and nurses, teachers, and water engineers.
The missions have delivered food, medical supplies, and relief, water, and education to those living in remote areas.
MAF has gradually expanded its Caravan operations over past decade, Textron Aviation said, noting the turboprop single has now been operated into 95 percent of more than 230 remote bush airstrips.


Six questions for Philippe Blanchard, Managing Director, Total E&P PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guineas second LNG project is expected to be ready by 2023/24, according to Total E&Ps Managing Director in PNG, Philippe Blanchard. He tells Business Advantage PNG the company is also keeping its eyes open for other energy projects in PNG.

Business Advantage PNG (BAPNG): At what stage is the Papua LNG project?

Philippe Blanchard (PB): At the moment we are in the pre-feed stage and we need to finalise the final development scheme. We had initially considered a standalone LNG plant. But, since the partnership change in February 2017 and in order to improve project cost-effectiveness, weve been able to work more in detail with our partners on the feasibility of locating the Papua LNG liquefaction process within the existing PNG LNG plant. One of these options was disclosed to the market in February 2018.

So, we still have other options available, but that one is the most interesting one. It would mean having a total of five trains within the existing LNG plant.

Were still aiming to target the early 2020s window to be on the market. During construction, we expect to employ 20003000 staff in the Gulf Province.

BAPNG: What about infrastructure in Gulf Province? Have you made any decisions about what youll need to have in place?

PB: People often ask me about the infrastructure that will be needed. We will have wells, and what we call trunk lines, which are smaller pipelines just to run from the wells to what we call the central processing facility.

If there are other opportunities in Papua New Guinea well try to grasp them. We have not come to Papua New Guinea only for one project.

Gas and condensate production will be firstly processed in this plant, and from there we will send production by pipeline to the liquefaction facility.

In addition, we will have a logistic base managing goods transferred by river, and including also an airfield for personnel transportation. It will be used to bring in food, supplies, and...


Papua New Guinea Commerce Minister wants stock exchange opened up to attract more foreign investment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commerce and Industry Minister, Wera Mori, says the government is focusing on new laws to open up Papua New Guineas capital markets to attract foreign investment. He also told business leaders in Port Moresby that the government alone cannot rebuild the countrys economy and has called for a new bond between the state and the business community.

Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori. Credit: Loop PNG

Commerce Minister Wera Mori says the government wants to open up PNGs capital markets to attract foreign investment.

He indicated this would be done through the Port Moresby Stock Exchange (POMSOX), which would be opened up to include listings of investment trusts like special-purposes entities (SPEs).  

Clearing house

He later told reporters the SPEs would be used for large infrastructure and development projects. SPEs are independent companies owned by many shareholders from the public or private sector.

Mori said the Act would ensure the Exchange would become a clearing house for foreign equity and foreign direct investment and indicated the Securities Commission Act would be revived.

I am working with my department to eradicate loopholes preventing direct foreign investment.

Increased dialogue

Mori also urged greater dialogue with the business community to achieve what he called the mammoth task of creating 500,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by 2030.

It means, he said, creating an average of 40,000 SMEs annually for the next 12 years.

Mori also called on stakeholders in the agriculture sector to begin talks on how to improve national development and open up food export markets.

He said there had been over-emphasis on the non-renewable extractive industries and the lesson has been not to put all our eggs in one ba...


In brief: Foreign exchange reserves to be about US$2 billion by years end, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rise in foreign exchange reserves expected, K1.3 billion required annually for road maintenance work, and Ramu nickel project to have 35 year life. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Foreign exchange reserves are expected to be at about US$2.2 billion (K7.1 billion) by the end of 2018, according to the Bank of Papua New Guinea March Monetary Policy Statement. This compares to US$1.735 billion (K5.607 billion) at the end of 2017. The increase comes from more mining and petroleum tax, dividends, and royalty and development levy from the PNG LNG Project, it said. Governor, Loi Bakani, said the balance of payments recorded an overall surplus of K350 million in 2017 and in 2018, the balance of payments is expected to record a higher surplus of K1.533billion.


Works Minister, Michael Nali. Credit: Post-Courier

Works Minister Michael Nali has told Parliament he needs about K1.3 billion annually to repair and restore national roads to acceptable conditions. He also said he needs K7...


Highlands loses first round in Frieda River arbitration "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Protest outside the Highlands Pacific offices against the Ramu nickel mine marine waste dumping. Nov 2010.

Esmarie Swanepoel | Mining Weekly | 10 April 2018

ASX-listed Highlands Pacific is facing a $12.4-million bill relating to the Frieda River copper/gold project, in Papua New Guinea, after the first stage of arbitration found in favour of project partner PanAust...


Former Liberal minister calls for live animal export ban "IndyWatch Feed National"

Protesters outside the offices of Emanuel Exports in Perth, Monday, April 9, 2018. The death of 2,400 sheep on a live export ship has led to renewed calls for an end to the live export trade. (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)

CANBERRA, AAP A former cabinet minister has called for live exports to be phased out, declaring enough is enough for the embattled industry.

NSW Liberal MP Sussan Ley has broken ranks with the government after shocking footage emerged showing sheep dying in horrific conditions on a ship to the Middle East in August last year.

Time to pick a date by which all live sheep exports must end. We can work with industry and farmers to make this happen, the former health minister said on Twitter.

The industry is under pressure from animal welfare groups after 2,400 sheep died in horrific conditions on the Emanuel Exports voyage.

Australias Livestock Export Council has defended the majority of operators, saying exporters are largely adhering to worlds best practice.

Enough is enough with these ships of shame. Saying other countries would be worse is a lazy non-argument, Ms Ley said.

Time for these monsters to face prosecution.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has announced a veterinarian-led review into exporting livestock during the northern-hemisphere summer.

Hes also commissioned an audit of his own department, but resisted calls for a ban on the trade in northern summer.

Mr Littleproud and Labors agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon both support live exports, which they say are important for farmers livelihoods.

But the government wants to see major cultural changes in the industry, with Mr Littleproud vowing to get tough on people responsible for cruelty.

I dont give a rats about a guy thats done the wrong thing because well nail him, he said.

The minister called on the exporters council to show us the colour of their eyes in response to the footage which has revived calls from animal welfare groups for the industry to be shut down.

The post...


April 11 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1806 - Declaration of war against Spain was received by the ship William Pitt.

1838 - The Broken River Massacre or Faithfull Massacre occurred today as a group of 18 stockmen were searching out new pasturelands near Wangaratta when they were attacked by 20 Aboriginal people as a reprisal for an earlier killing of several Aboriginals at Ovens; at least one Aboriginal and 8 Europeans died in this attack, with further reprisals taking place in the following months and years.

1856 - During a public chat session in Melbourne Dr Thomas Embling coined the phrase "Eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest" which was later incorporated into most industries (and the world didn't fall apart).

1862 - The North Geelong to Ballarat Railway Line (VIC) was opened.

1896 - Today saw the closing of the registration process to vote for the chickybabes in South Oz (including NT) and, although married sheilas were encouraged to list their marital status as their occupation, many bold hussies actually listed their paid occupations such as teachers, nurses, hotel keepers !

1897 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was closed from Jct (Dargans Deviation) to Clarence (1st), opened from ct (Dargans Deviation) - Newnes Junction, Newnes Junction - Newnes Junction (1st), Newnes Junction (1st) - Clarence (1st).

1904 - A Victorian Royal Commission into the butter industry was established, coz we all know it's a rich, slippery, deliciously addictive substance that Needs Looking Into.

1914 - GJ Coles opened a "Nothing over a shilling" store in Collingwood (and the world didn't fall apart).

1916 - The Campsie to Flemington Goods Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1917 - First battle of Bullecourt, Western Front.

1921 - Bert Hinkler broke his aviation record from Sydney to Bundaberg then taxied the plane down the street to his mothers gate (and the world didn't fall apart).

1924 - The Red Cliffs to Werrimul Railway Line (VIC) was opened.

1934 Charles Ulm successfully delivers the first airmail from Australia to New Zealand.

1943 - Australia (II) received a report of a Japanese landing on the south east shore of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Although subsequent investigations proved negative, it appeared likely that the Japanese were either establishing fuel caches for submarines or aircraft or both, or landing small parties of men as commandos or coast watchers.

1948 - Adelaide was ripped apart by a tremendous gale that saw roofs and trees ripped up, massive damage all over the shop and a mere 72 mm of cloud juice falling. The coastline was hardest hit with large pieces of the Glenelg and Brighton jetties swept away to sea, leaving one man stranded at the end of the Glen...


Disgraced David Chung leaves PNGFA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Ola Bjerkevoll,
April 10, 2018

After first leaving his posts as President of the Oceania Football Confederation and Senior Vice President of FIFA, David Chung has now also resigned from the President role at the Papua New Guinea Football Association.
David Chung is now gone from all positions he held less than a week ago. Photo credit: OFC
The PNGFA confirmed the news earlier today in a statement.
The resignation comes after a week where Chung first stepped down from the OFC and FIFA citing personal reasons, but has later come under a cloud of suspicion surrounding corruption in regards to the building process of the OFCs Home of Football in Auckland.
 The OFC are preparing to investigate the matter and a committee well be put in place at the next congress in June.
Vice-President John Wesley Gonjuan thanks Chung in the statement released by the PNGFA for the work he has done for football in the country.
The statement continued with Gonjuan assuring that everything will go as normal at the PNGFA:To ensure good governance and accountability at all levels, the Executive Committee of PNGFA will adhere to the status of Papua New Guinea Football Association and comply with the process in electing a new President of PNGFA.
In the meantime, its business as usual at PNG Football Association, we will continue on with the planned activities for the year which includes, National Soccer League, National Youth tournaments during the school holidays, Besta FA Cup Regional & Finals, Womens Regional Tournament, Referees & Coaching development programs, PNGFA Football Development Programs and Education Centre Program.
The statement also touched upon the matter of the breakaway rebel football association, the Football Federation Papua New Guinea (FFPNG), started a little over a year ago, which have been in conflict with the PNGFA and Chung in particular since they broke off from the orig...


Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Francis H&SLet's buy Francis Nii a laptop & keep him writing good stuff for PNG & the world

Francis Nii the noted Papua New Guinean author whose home in those misty highlands is the Kundiawa Hospital has had a major laptop malfunction. Total screen failure and somehow hes making do.

Anyway, weve started an appeal to buy him a new Lenovo laptop to use from his hospital bed. This is available in Kundiawa and it has the added advantage of being packaged with an inkjet printer. We need to raise $1,000.

Donations gratefully received at this bank account from which the money will be transferred to Francis in PNG:  Keith Jackson, BSB 082-302, Account 50-650-1355. (Drop me an email here to let me know you've donated). Thanks so far to Garry Tongs, Ed Brumby, Donna Harvey-Hall, Kerri Worthington, Lindsay Bond, Murray Bladwell, Chris Overland, Phil Fitzpatrick, Keith Jackson, Toowong Rotary Club , Jim Moore


GateHub review: A payment platform and wallet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gatehub is one of the major players in the cryptocurrency industry. It allows you to trade and store your cryptocurrencies. The payment gateway allows you to make instant payments at an attractive cost. Overview What is Gatehub? GateHub is a []

The post GateHub review: A payment platform and wallet appeared first on The Global Mail.


PERTH Perth court listings "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Find out about upcoming court cases through the daily law lists. perth court listings Perth Magistrates Court . No Records Yet. Business contact details for Midland Courthouse including phone number, reviews & map location TrueLocal Rockingham Magistrates Court WA, Perth Metropolitan, WA, view .



MACKAY Man busted carrying a handgun in busy shopping mall "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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

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Genesis Vision and its GVT token: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Genesis Vision and its GVT token present a unique solution for people who suffer from overbearing limitations and a stagnant environment. Brokers and account managers currently have large barriers to entry, which often prevents investors from changing managers much less []

The post Genesis Vision and its GVT token: A starters guide appeared first on The Global Mail.

Wanchain and its WAN token: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wanchain is creating a distributed infrastructure for digital assets that will act as a bridge between different blockchains and a be platform for financial services. Wanchain: Need to know Wanchain is a fork of Ethereum that adds privacy features and []

The post Wanchain and its WAN token: A starters guide appeared first on The Global Mail.


Having regard to the many difficulties and unknown factors..... The Bougainville memorandum that might have been written "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Memo-8-march-2012CHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - The recent article by William Nakin MP about Bougainvilles forthcoming referendum on its political future made me wonder just what sort of advice may have been given to Peter ONeill about what he should or should not say on such a sensitive issue. With this in mind, I used some of my rusty bureaucratic skills to write an imaginary briefing note on the subject to Mr ONeill. It is, I think, a useful device for making explicit some of the complications involved that neither Mr ONeill nor Mr Nakin seemed willing to articulate. Perhaps this may stimulate some of our PNG colleagues to consider the problems that will arise irrespective of the outcome of the referendum in June next year - CO



TO:                 Prime Minister
FROM:           Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister
SUBJECT:      Bougainville


You have sought advice on the options available for dealing with the possible outcomes of the referendum on independence planned for Bougainville on 15 June 2019. There are a number of significant policy considerations for the government, irrespective of the outcome, which are discussed below.


Bougainville has been inhabited for at least 33,000 years. Its people speak languages belonging to three language families whose origins are unknown and presumably ancient, together with languages of the Austronesian family, which arrived from western areas with migrants of the more recent Lapita culture about three millennia ago. Bougainvilleans have developed an identity distinct from other ethnicities in Papua New Guinea.

Germany established control over Bougainville and Buka, Choiseul, Shortland and the Treasury islands in 1885, as part of European colonization in the Pacific. The British Empire established a protectorate in 1893 for the southern Solomon...


Zambia turns to tourism as economic stimulus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Early morning on the Zambezi River, a popular tourist destination [Preuss]

The Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) is hosting more than 60 international buyers and media this week ahead of the Zambia Travel Expo (ZATEX) from April 12 to 14 in Lusaka.

There are three familiarisation tours which feature a trip to a game reserve, but the one common feature is that all three tours include a visit to Livingstone, the Zambian city closest to the Victoria Falls.

No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight, David Livingstone wrote on November 12, 1855 when he first saw the falls that locals called the smoke that thunders.

The ZTA is more ambitious and has buyers from Africa, America and Asia as it believes that the tourism gems of Zambia should have a wider exposure, while at the same time stimulating the local economy.

A survey by Travelzoo, a popular US-based travel portal, showed a record high (more than 60 per cent) number of Chinese respondents who plan to travel in-depth in 2018 and want to visit Africa this year.

In-depth travels is a term used by travel websites in China to describe the type of trips that involve more unconventional journeys beyond the typical tourist experience.

For the very first time, Africa moved up to first place as the top in-depth travel destination Chinese travelers hope to visit in 2018, dethroning the ever-popular Japan and Australia.

According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said that Chinas tourists have had the worlds strongest purchasing power since 2012.

Most Chinese tourists traveled to Asian and European countries, accounting for 75 percent of overseas tourists in those countries, but there is now renewed focus on African destinations.

This shows that BRICS countries are a key tourism market for the Zambian tourism industry.

In the meantime, Chinese firms are building a new terminal building at Lusaka airport, which will open in January 2019.

The BRICS Post regular contributor Helmo Preuss was hosted by the Zambia Tourism Agency in Lusaka, Zambia


And now the sports report the last bastion of fair play gone "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


1982 Games
Stamp from 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games - 36 years later, has sport lost its way?

TUMBY BAY - Ive been especially careful this week to avoid television sets, but its been harder than I thought.

Everywhere I go they are there; be it the local supermarket, airport or doctors surgery.

And theyre all showing the same program, the Commonwealth Games: an endless, mind-numbing cavalcade of running, jumping, swimming, pedalling and throwing of objects.

Ive got nothing against sport; if it turns you on thats well and good.

Its a great equaliser and a great substitute for more violent tendencies, like warfare.

Indeed, if our great religions made sport a mandatory part of their faith the world might be a much more peaceful place.

Well, in theory at least.

While sport is supposed to be about fair play and teamwork it is also used as a training ground for a certain sort of militancy. It is said it teaches boys to be men. What does that mean if not to be aggressive? Most football codes extol aggression in players.

Looking at ball sports, I never cease to be amazed at the infinite variety of on field targets that have been invented for the purpose.

Teams compete to put a ball through all sorts of arrangements of posts, bars, nets, sticks and little hoops on poles. The sexual message is overwhelming. Men being men and maybe some women being men too.

Ocker Australia loves sport. In what other country would you get two solid weeks of headlines about a couple of dopey cricketers sandpapering a ball?

Im still not sure the public was mesmerised because the players were cheating or because they were cheating and got caught.

Sport is full of cheats. Life is full of cheats. Sporty types take drugs to cheat. Who knows what else they do to cheat?

Winning has become paramount. To simply compete is not enough. People who lose are seen as failures.

The unstated truth is that, if you have to cheat to win. so be...


China in Talks for a Military Base in Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed National"


Reports surfaced this week that the Chinese governments is in negotiations with the small South Pacific archipelago nation of Vanuatu to host a new PLA military base. The reports have since been denied by the government of Vanuatu, which maintains that it has never discussed a military base and plans to remain a non-aligned nation.



The prospect of a Chinese military base in the South Pacific comes as a shock to the Australian establishment, even drawing comment from Prime Minister Turnbull himself, who declared we would view with great concern the establishment of any foreign military bases in those Pacific Island countries and neighbors of ours.

Vanuatu, an archipelago of some 80 islands with a GDP per capita of approx. USD $2,800, is located some 2,000 km away from the northeast coast of Australia.

The post China in Talks for a Military Base in Vanuatu appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


Marine heatwaves have become 34% more likely over past century "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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

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

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

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

Scorching seas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pastor Murray Averill of Nexus Church, Everton Park, Brisbane formerly Northside Christian Church has been sacked by his church and replaced by corrupt pedophile protector Pastor John Lewis "IndyWatch Feed National"

The article below was written by me and published on this site on 8 December last year.

Pastor John Lewis, a senior Assemblies of God (AOG) pastor is now the pastor of Nexus Church in Brisbane, Australia. The AOG is called ACC or Australian Christian Churches in Australia.

John Lewis is a corrupt ACC pastor who colluded with Pastor Brian Houston, Hillsong head pastor, to protect Brians pedophile father Frank Houston from the police and authorities from 1999 to 2004 Pastor John Lewis a pedophile protector of note.


Stingers & Swimming "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi all!

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

Thanks for any advice :)

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Australian minister launches Adventist project in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Darren Yorio,
April 9, 2018

ADRA initiative seeks to improve water supply, climate resilience, and adult literacy.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop launched an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Papua New Guinea (PNG) community empowerment project in the Kavieng District, New Ireland Province, on March 21, 2018.
Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop with Florence of Naliut, who shared her experience as beneficiary of ADRA PNG's literacy program. Photo: ADRA PNG

The ADRA-managed Inclusive Community Empowerment Project (ICEMP) will provide a clean water supply, greater resilience to climate change, and improved adult literacy for more than 12,000 people in the area.
The event was significant as it was the first time that a PNG Incentive Fund project is officially launched in the country by an Australian Federal Minister.
The Incentive Fund provides grants to high-performing organisations to improve service delivery and provide economic opportunities for the people of PNG.
 It is funded by the Australian Government.
The official launch included the signing of the project agreement by Australian High Commissioner to PNG Bruce Davis, and ADRA PNG Board chairman and Papua New Guinea Union Mission pr...


FIFA corruption concerns prompt Oceania probe into David Chung "IndyWatch Feed Niugini" | April 9, 2018

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) said Monday it will investigate "potential wrongdoings" after a FIFA audit into construction of its lavish new Auckland headquarters raised corruption concerns.
The move comes after the sudden resignation of OFC president David Chung two days before a meeting to discuss the FIFA findings.
Chung resigned on Friday citing "personal reasons", but FIFA subsequently revealed its audit had uncovered "potential irregularities" in the Auckland project.
FIFA said it had temporarily suspended OFC funding, part of a zero-tolerance approach to corruption introduced in response to numerous scandals that have tarnished its reputation in recent years.
The OFC said it agreed to meet all FIFA requirements to resume funding, conduct a forensic audit of the case and carry out its own investigation.
"The OFC Executive Committee has appointed an external lawyer to lead an internal investigation into potential wrongdoings and to take legal action if required," it said in a statement.
The FIFA audit raised concerns about construction of a sports hub in Auckland that Chung said would become "The Home of Football" in the Pacific region.
With a reported budget of NZ$15 million ($10.9 million), it was a pet project of Chung, the head of Papua New Guinea football who had led the OFC since 2010.
The New York Times reported that Chung and former OFC general secretary Tai Nicholas awarded contracts for the scheme without tender to companies with no track record in the area.
It claimed the audit showed many of the companies were set up just before the contracts were awarded and questioned their relationship with those driving the project.
The newspaper alleged the OFC's executive committee was planning to suspend Chung for "gross dereliction of duty or an act of improper conduct" at a meeting on Sunday before he fell on his sword.
Nicholas quietly resigned in December, also citing personal reasons.
The OFC has long had issues with governance and transparency.
Chung's predecessor Reynald Temarii of Tahiti was forced out in 2010 after being implicated in a vote-selling scandal during an undercover newspaper sting.
In November, former Guam FA president Richard Lai, who served on FIFA's auditing body, was barred from football for life after admitting to accepting almost $1 million on kickbacks.
OFC's current headquarters in Auckland, opened only eight years ago, is named after former president Charlie Dempsey, who created an uproar in 2000 during the vote to award the 2006 World Cup.
Dempsey had been instructed by Oceania to vote for South Africa b...


Accessing traditional land for development: How its done in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Accessing customary land for development in Papua New Guinea continues to be a challenge, while difficulties remain with securing finance against that land. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Maori landowners are forging ahead with joint ventures, using leases as security and pooling financial resources. Kevin McQuillan investigates how its done, in the first of a two-part series.

The JV Mokai geothermal plant. Credit: Tuaropaki Trust

Theres nothing like seeing success to build even more success, says Jason Paul Mika, Lecturer in Maori Entrepreneurship and Management at Massey University in New Zealand.

Not since the burgeoning tribal economies of the first half of the 19th century, when surpluses from hapu-based (sub-tribal) enterprises sustained settlers and tribes, has entrepreneurship been viewed as an appealing possibility among Mori, he tells Business Advantage PNG.

Bankers, investors and suppliers are drawn to Mori enterprises as potential partners, eager to understand how to modify their offerings and methods with this market in mind, he says. More than 21,500 small and medium-sized enterprises now manage NZ$50 billion (K117 billion) in assets.



Child Protection is Everybody's Business. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Child Protection is Everybody's Business.

Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics


A snapshot of data describing child protection activity in Australia. The data presented is a summary of the data provided in Child Protection Australia 2015-16 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2017a) and the supplementary data that comes with this report (AIHW, 2017b).


In Australia, state and territory governments have the statutory responsibility for protecting children from child abuse and neglect. Having separate jurisdictions can result in some children "falling through the cracks". This recognition has seen the development of a National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 (Council of Australian Governments, 2009). The Framework provides a shared approach with national leadership as reflected in its title, Child Protection is Everybody's Business.


This is a move from the crisis-driven system that has existed in the past to a public health model focused on universal support for all families, with more intensive, or targeted, responses for families that need additional support. Under this framework, crisis-driven or "tertiary" responses should only be used as a last resort for the most vulnerable children and families.


Since 1990, the AIHW has compiled annual national figures for child protection activity. Prior to the implementation of the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set (CP NMDS) in 2013, definitions of what constituted child abuse and neglect and the collection of child protection data varied across Australian states and territories.


It was previously difficult to obtain consistent and comparable national statistics, since the implementation of the CP NMDS, state and territory departments responsible for protecting children now collect and report data according to a set of agreed technical specifications.

This means that unit record level (child-level) data have replaced aggregate data in all jurisdictions except New South Wales (aggregate data are supplied instead).


The collection of unit record level data substantially improves the quality of information available on child protection, and will benefit nationa...


Oil Search continues mobile Medical Clinics in earthquake affected areas in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Oil Search continues to help the sick and injured, six weeks after the devastating earthquake on February 26th in Papua New Guinea .

The Companys medics have again covered Yalanda, Kekero, Huiya, Dodomona and Walagu villages attending to over two hundred sick men, women and children.

Working in makeshift aid posts, the team treated patients with muscular pains, diarrhoea and respiratory infections.

Crowded conditions in care centres can lead to an outbreak of diseases and its important we are treating these mild cases and decreasing the risks, said Dr Robert Imambu, Oil Search Medical Officer.

The mobile clinics also ensure roll out of vaccination for fiveyear-old children who have not been immunised since 2017 to prevent gastrointestinal diseases, tuberculosis and malnutrition.

Oil Search Foundation will support an immunisation program to the affected areas over the next month recognising the risks in the outbreak of diseases such as whooping cough and measles among the young population in crowded conditions.

Serious cases identified in the villages were medivacked to Oil Search Moro Medical Clinic where they were treated and monitored before being repatriated back to their respective villages.

Oil Search is focused on playing its role in supporting the communities, providing urgently needed help in terms of medical support and the mobile clinics will continue to assist the people in the affected areas.

These efforts are being coordinated by Oil Search and its Foundation staff.

We can't do it all but we are doing our bit in helping the people recover from this disaster, Oil Search Managing Director Peter Botten said.


PERTH Perth man missing since 2016 is likely dead: WA Coroner "IndyWatch Feed National"

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April 10, 2018 at 03:36PM .

Mr Flanders was charged with disorderly behaviour and obstructing a public officer, and was granted bail when he appeared in Perth Magistrates Court the next day. He then retrieved his car from the airport, but it later became bogged in sand and a tow truck was called. That was the last time anyone .



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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


The Best Defense Is an Offense: Bryant Can Sue for Injuries "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In this article I present the bare-bones of a lawsuit that Bryant could conceivably file, having to do with injuries he received just before he was arrested. He had spent the night in a cottage called Seascape, and in the morning it burst into flames. Although he was accused of having set that fire, that is a foolish charge. He ran out with his back aflame.

Claim for Personal Injury in a Fire

For: The Supreme Court of Tasmania

Martin Bryant, plaintiff. v John Doe, defendant
Civil Case number: ___________

I. The Parties 

  1. The plaintiff P is Martin Bryant, born May, 1967, resident at Risdon Priso...


Israel Folau a strong role model despite saying gay people go to hell, Rugby boss Raelene Castle says "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is a video on-line of Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle talking about her meeting with Wallabies star Israel Folau and his manager into his social media post saying gays are going to hell if they dont repent and turn to God.

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Israel Folau a strong role model despite saying gay people go to hell, Rugby boss Raelene Castle says

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle has described besieged Wallabies star Israel Folau as a strong role model despite his social media post saying that gay people were going to hell.

Full-back Folau, a devout Christian, said homosexuals would go to HELL unless they repent their sins in a comment on Instagram on April 4.

He met rugby hierarchy today in Sydney to discuss social media policy, after he had been widely criticised for his comments.

Folau, 29, is one of the biggest names in Australian rugby.

We are in a negotiation with Israel to extend [his contract] and we would really like him to stay in rugby, thats hugely important to us, he is a great player, he has delivered some great outcomes for us and has been a really strong role model in the Pacific Islander community and we would like to see he stays in rugby, Castle said.

When asked if Folau understood the pain his comments could cause, Ms Castle replied: Yes, and I think Israel has acknowledged that maybe he could have put a positive spin on that same message and done it in a more respectful way.



Video: Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria? An Open Source Investigation "IndyWatch Feed National"

No sooner has the idea of a US withdrawal from Syria been floated than Assad launched a chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus...or so we are being asked to believe. But this is not the first time we have been lied to about chemical weapons claims. What is the evidence about this situation, and what are the latest developments with regard to the international response? Corbett Report members are asked to contribute to this open source investigation by posting information and links about this breaking news event. [Editor Thank God for the alternative press. We here at are so tired of listening to the uncritical warmongering on the ABC, SBS, CBN, and in parliament. Are they all suicidal? Please write in if you hear anyone on the MSN or in politics in Australia question this warlust.]


'High risk of disease outbreaks' in earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Two UN agencies have warned of the high potential of waterborne and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks in earthquake-hit areas of Papua New Guinea.


Tucker Carlson alone of MSN dares to question US Syria policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carlson is a real performer, but he also asks real questions. About the so-called chemical weapons purportedly used in Syria. He seems to be alone in the United States mass media - and the Australian mass media - to ask crucial questions about the gung-ho attitudes of US-NATO members, who treat war like a video game and believe they have the right to assassinate and murder whom they wish. In this video Carlson interviews Roger Wicker, Mississipi senator, on the subject, affording us an intriguing view of a psychopathic politician sleepwalking it through the questions, believing that everyone in the audience is too stupid and brainwashed to care. After that interview he talks to Theo Padnos, a journalist who was held hostage for two years by takfiri terrorists in Syria. And after that, he interviews Douglas MacGregor, retired army colonel and author. Each interview affords a different perspective and I didn't agree entirely with any of them, but I sure admire Tucker for asking those questions. Right at the end he also interviews a lawyer who is running for political office in San Francisco, on the issue of illegal immigrants and the flight of the middle classes from California.

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Jimmy Kimmel just made the perfect video to share on Facebook "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the wake of Facebooks Cambridge Analytica scandal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be feeling a little friendless. Not only is he being hauled before Congress to answer questions this week, but Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak deactivated his Facebook account, and Mexico and Australia are lining up to put Zuck in the hot seat next. Jimmy Kimmel, though, wants

In the wake of Facebooks Cambridge Analytica scandal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be feeling a little friendless. Not only is he being hauled before Congress to answer questions this week, but Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak deactivated his Facebook account, and Mexico and Australia are lining up to put Zuck in the hot seat next.

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Australian Christian Churches should remove and ex-communicate Brian Houston and Hillsong for corruption and not preaching and adhering to Assemblies of God doctrines "IndyWatch Feed National"




Australian Christian Churches (ACC) pastors and members should remove Hillsong Church from being part of the ACC movement.

The Australian Christian Churches was known as the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until Pastor Brian Houston renamed it in 2007.

The ACC is a Pentecostal movement and Hillsong isnt Pentecostal in any way.

None of the core Pentecostal doctrines of the great International Assemblies of God Movement, of which the ACC is a part, are practiced at Hillsong Church.



Estimated K500m is lost in wage theft, says PNG Trade Union Congress "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNG Trade Union Congress has condemned what it termed as wage theft in Papua New Guinea.

PNG Trade Union Congress general secretary John Paska said wage theft occurs when a job is undervalued or where a person is not paid the full amount for the position he or she is held against.

He said both instances constitute wage theft.

It is criminal and amounts to daylight robbery. It denies workers what is due to them and its bad for the economy because much of what is stolen is repatriated offshore, he said.

He said non-payment of legal minimum wages, overtime I allowances, superannuation and other benefits and entitlements all amount to wage theft.

Many employers for instance currently pay K2.50 (US$0.77) as opposed to K3.50 (US$1.08) minimum rate per hour. This means employees are being denied K1 (US$0.30) per hour or K80 (US$24) per fortnight over an 80 hour pay period.

Translated for 70,000 minimum wages earners in the country and it amounts to a staggering K145.6 million (US$44.9 million) in a year or K728 million (US$224 million) over the last 5 years stolen since the last minimum wage determination in 2013, Paska said

Throw in overtime allowances, undervalued jobs, superannuation and the magnitude of the problem becomes mindboggling.

Its wrong and amounts to stealing. While there are good conscientious employers, there are many bad employers who undercut good employers by stealing from their employees.

The worst offenders in PNG are those who pay below the legal minimum rate. Shop assistants, security, construction and plantation workers are the most abused.

Wage theft is an international phenomenon not unique to PNG. Billions of dollars are lost to wage theft in America alone, Paska said

We estimate K500 million (US$154 million) is lost yearly to wage theft in PNG. At this rate we have lost K21 billion (US$6.4 billion) but say K10 billion (US$3 billion) on a count back to wage theft alone since Independence.

Paska said the magnitude of the problem made wage theft one of the biggest problems confronting PNG today.



Concerns as China in talks with Vanuatu about South Pacific military base "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has said she is not aware of any Chinese plans to establish a military base in Vanuatu.

Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday that China was eyeing a base in the Pacific nation. China has diplomatic relations with many Pacific nations and is a major backer of development projects in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.

Fairfax reported there had been informal discussions between China and Vanuatu, but no formal offer, about a military buildup.

Bishop told the ABC she remained confident that Australia is Vanuatus strategic partner of choice.

It is a fact that China is engaging in developing infrastructure and investment activity in places around the world, but to date there is only one military base that China has built, and thats [in] Djibouti in northern Africa, she said.

We must remember that Vanuatu is a sovereign nation and its foreign and defence relations are a matter for Vanuatu. The government of Vanuatu has said there is no such [Chinese military] proposal.

Bishop said Australian engagement with South Pacific nations was one of our highest foreign policy priorities and that Australia had partnered with China on development projects in the region, for example an anti-malaria project in Papua New Guinea.

The head of the national security college at the Australian National University, Prof Rory Medcalf, said any foreign power establishing a foothold in the South Pacific would represent a long-term failure of Australian policy.

For the first time since the 1940s, a foreign power with the potential to put Australian interests at risk would have a military presence in the South Pacific, he said.

I think theres no question that Australia needs to redouble its efforts to persuade Vanuatu and other Pacific island nations that Australia is and should remain their preferred security partner and development partner.

Perhaps its time for New Zealand to get more worried about the implications of Chinese power in the South Pacific as well.

Medcalf said a Chinese military base on Vanuatu would pose significant problems for Australian interests.

I dont think China would be doing this specifically or solely to harm Australian interests, but there would be harm to Australian interests as a major side-effect o...


High Risk of outbreaks in Earquake hit areas in PNG : UNICEF, WHO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PORT MORESBY, 9 April 2018 UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have cautioned about the high potential of waterborne and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks in earthquake-affected areas of Papua New Guinea.

Major concerns include watery diarrhoea due to water contamination from landslides, poor sanitation and personal hygiene management; and the vaccine-preventable diseases due to already low immunization coverage in the Highlands region. According to the National Department of Health (NDOH), about 70-80 per cent of children in the severely-affected provinces are not protected against preventable diseases with routine measles coverage in Southern Highlands and Hela provinces in 2016 was just 18.2 per cent and 27.6 per cent, respectively.

At this stage of the emergency response, it is critical to restore the delivery of basic health services to the affected communities, such as immunization of children, said Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative in PNG. We will continue to work closely with the NDOH, Provincial Health Authorities and partners to respond to these risks and to prevent a secondary emergency arising from disease outbreaks.

Karen Allen, UNICEF Representative for PNG, said that the current situation that children and families are experiencing now is a perfect situation for the emergence of disease outbreaks.

We are really worried because a majority of children in the affected areas already have low immunity, Allen said. And now, as they are living in the crowded shelters with poor-hygiene conditions, inadequate clean water and little knowledge to protect themselves, children are becoming much more vulnerable to diseases, including vaccine-preventable and water-borne diseases.

The February 26 earthquake of 7.5 magnitude and its hundreds of aftershocks have caused severe damage to nearly 65 per cent of health facilities in Hela and Southern Highland provinces. About 13 per cent of health facilities remain...


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

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

File photo

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

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

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

Photo taken by The FNQ Skies Blog 


Vanuatu denies Chinese approach to establish military presence "IndyWatch Feed National"


SYDNEY (Reuters) Vanuatus Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu on Tuesday denied a media report that China wanted to establish a permanent military presence on the Pacific island nation, easing fears of several regional countries concerned about Beijings rising assertiveness.

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Australias Fairfax Media, citing unnamed sources, earlier on Tuesday reported that preliminary discussions to locate a full military base on Vanuatu had been held.

The prospect of a Chinese military outpost so close to Australia has been discussed at the highest levels in Canberra and Washington, Fairfax said.

Regenvanu, however, rejected the report.

No one in the Vanuatu Government has ever talked about a Chinese military base in Vanuatu of any sort, Regenvanu told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

We are a non-aligned country. We are not interested in militarization, we are just not interested in any sort of military base in our country.

Fairfax reported that Chinese naval ships would dock to be serviced, refueled and restocked at a Vanuatu port, with the agreement eventually leading to a full military base.

We would view with great concern the establishment of any foreign military bases in those Pacific island countries and neighbors of ours, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Brisbane.

Vanuatu, around 2,000 km (1,200 miles) east of northern Australia, was home to a key U.S. Navy base during World War Two that helped beat back the Japanese army as it advanced through the Pacific toward Australia.

Any future naval or air base in Vanuatu would give China a foothold for operations to coerce Australia, outflank the U.S. and its base on U.S. territory at Guam, and collect intelligence in a regional security crisis, Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at the Australian National University, said in a report for the Lowy Institute think tank in Sydney.

China opened its first overseas military base in August 2017 in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. Beijing describes it as a logistics facility.

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Djiboutis position on the northwestern edge....


Dino Corporation (American Air Charter Inc) Dassault Falcon 900EX Bizjet N124GD Departs Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After arriving just before the weekend, on Monday 9 April, Dino Corporation (American Air Charter Inc) Dassault Falcon 900EX bizjet N124GD was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport for Adelaide.  Local plane spotter Tony H managed to capture a great photos of the smart looking bizjet as it rested at Adelaide Airport early on Tuesday 10 April.

Meanwhile, late on Monday 9 April, Cirrus (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SQY was noted making a late night arrival into Mackay Airport from its Bankstown base.  It then flew to Hamilton Island Airport, touching down just after midnight on Tuesday 10 April.  VH-SQY then returned to Bankstown.

Also at Hamo, also on Tuesday 10 April, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO made another visit to Hamilton Island Airport, arriving from and later departing back to its Bankstown base.

Also at Mackay Airport, also on Tuesday 10 April, Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ arrived back from Brisbane after departing to there on Saturday 7 April.

Finally, noted visiting Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 9 April was LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" which looked to complete a medical evacuation flight arriving and later departing back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes 


An agricultural uprising: on Call of the Reed Warbler "IndyWatch Feed National"

Massys vision for a new agriculture is to move away from industrial inputs and land clearing, and instead raise productivity by encouraging biodiversity and healthy soils. His book is so important (and long, and dense) that I keep the librarys fresh copy for far too long. Its reported missing, but Im spurred on to finish it, to reread it and lend it out, so I pay for it, and peel off the barcodes. My friends mum bought her a copy, only to flick through it, begin reading and realise she could not give it up. I bought you another one, she tells her daughter. Its too important.


MACKAY Moranbah man charged with burglary, fraud behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 10, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Moranbah man charged with burglary, fraud behind bars

April 10, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

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

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MACKAY Man pleads guilty to bloody Christmas beating "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 10, 2018 at 06:37AM ,

Man pleads guilty to bloody Christmas beating

April 10, 2018 at 06:37AM ,

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

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MACKAY Four motorists caught doing almost double the speed limit "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 10, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Four motorists caught doing almost double the speed limit

April 10, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

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

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Keith's "holiday" concludes "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a previous post dated 20 December 2017, I advised that I was taking a break from UAP research. I have now been absent from UAP research for just over three months, and am returning mentally refreshed. Each break I have taken, has allowed me the ability to pursue other interests during that time. I have renewed my long-term enjoyment of astronomy, meteorology, and SETI, which I will continue alongside my UAP research.

Now for a word about my co-blogger, Pauline Wilson. Pauline wishes me to advise readers that she is withdrawing from public UAP research, citing the lack of any real research efforts taking place here in Australia. You will have gathered from her posts since January, that after examining the current state of Australian UAP research, that she has become disillusioned with it. I fully understand her position, as many of her sentiments reflect my own views. I wish to thank her for her time in contributing to our joint blog, firstly in the late 2000's, and just recently. She has always preferred to work "in the shadows" and she is returning to that place.

I will shortly be recommencing contributing posts to this blog.


Messiah Udumbara -- Middle East Chaos Must Stop Now: Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Messiah Note

Middle East Chaos Must Stop Now: Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria

What is fake what is real news? Of course it is impossible to know since no real reporter on the internet.

Many prophet predict Messiah-Mahdi will come and help either Jewish or Muslim.

Why not both?

First Prophecy is just prediction, it is all up-on the Messiah, it could be true or false just like when you predicting any sport result, it up to sport/player in the playing field not the watcher-outsider.

Messiah will command from Israel?

From what position, In-Land or In-The-Sky? If from the Sky then he can come from any place on Earth via internet !!!

Messiah will bring Islam religion to the whole World?

Ok, but there is no Islam religion for it is all man-made, it only Islam practice.

Shia, Sunny, Iran, Saudi Arabia must stop the stupid kid-game

What ever history already shown to you I do not care. All of you better ban religion calling, instead only should talk about what your prophet teach & the meaning of each pratice.

Syria battle must be stopped now

Let assume all of you are fighting for the highest material prize a continent portal link to other continent like Antarctica.

Do you know that there are many other continent portals in Australia, America (both North & South), Africa, Greenland, Europe-Asia? If it not exist yet then you can setup it easily!

So all the portal/gates & the aliens must be removed & destroyed. For i...


Malaysians will go to the polls on May 9 "IndyWatch Feed National"

After many months of speculation and anticipation, Malaysias Election Commission has announced the date of the countrys 14th general election. Polling will take place on Wednesday May 9.

April 28 has been set as the day for nominations for the 222 parliamentary seats and 587 state constituencies.

The date for early voting for military and police personnel and voters living abroad is May 5.

On Friday last week, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (king) consented to the dissolution of parliament, which came into effect on Saturday. The Election Commission (EC) then met to set the election date.

While the EC has the final say in deciding nomination and polling dates, the ruling party usually suggests the timing.

An election that takes place mid-week suits the ruling party as voter turnout is usually lower than at the weekend. The large diaspora of Malaysian voters  for instance in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia  would be less likely to be able to come back to vote on a Wednesday than on a Saturday or Sunday.

The Bersih 2.0 Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections said it condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the choice of polling day.

Not only is the campaign period only the minimum 11 days, it said, but polling day is on a Wednesday, a working day

Bersih 2.0 has appealed to employers to give their workers time off to vote, with no pay deductions, as required under the Election Offences Act. It is regrettable that this cost is now forced upon employers, Bersih said.

The Education Ministry has declared May 9 to be a special school holiday....


Aliens Might Be Talking To the 0.0001 % elite on Earth Through Fast Radio Bursts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dont panic, but aliens might be trying to make contact with Earth.


Over the last decade, astronomers and scientists have been trying to discover the source of fast radio bursts, FRBs, which are unexplained cosmic energy waves.

New research from a group of Australian scientists concluded the temporary, random bursts of energy are coming from outer space, not Earth.

They could be anything from stars colliding to artificial messages or they could be aliens.

Professor Matthew Bailes from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne wrote in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society,

Perhaps the most bizarre explanation for the FRBs is that they were alien transmissions.

While we dont know for sure if extraterrestrial beings are trying to get in touch with humans, we have been able to pinpoint three likely locations of these mysterious signals thanks to the Molonglo radio telescope, which has a powerful focal length that was believed to be the main reason for locating them.

MailOnline quoted Professor Anne Green of the University of Sydney, who said,

It is very exciting to see the University of Sydneys Molonglo telescope making such important scientific discoveries by partnering with Swinburnes expertise in supercomputing. It is believed they originate from distan...


How To Trigger A Flood Of Right-Wing Troll Tears: Mention #changethedate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday, we shared a post on social media that argues for #changethedate. The reaction wasnt all that surprising, although it was still alarming. Chris Graham explains.

There are many ways to upset Australians. One, apparently, is to cheat in the cricket. But by far the most reliable way to short circuit the delicate sensibilities of a proud, red-blooded Australian (mostly) male is to mention #changethedate.

You know that argument the one about moving our national day to a date which doesnt coincide with the slaughter and dispossession of another people, done in our names, and from which non-Aboriginal Australians still benefit.

By way of example, a few weeks ago, in partnership with the Sparkke Change Beverage Company, New Matilda launched what is easily our most elaborate, labour-intensive love so far  a campaign to #changethedate. Or more specifically, a campaign to spark an immediate and ongoing national conversation about changing the date.

I say immediate and ongoing because anything would be preferable to our usual practice, which is to engage in a frenzied, almighty media shit storm the week before January 26, followed by a year of silence.

But since we launched the Great Aussie Beer Bash, the response has been interesting, and unfortunately a little instructive. There have been two dominant reactions deafening silence, and unbridled outrage. Ill deal with the latter first.

A Facebook post shared by the Sparkke crew yesterday, appears to have found its way onto the walls of a few conservative folk. Which is how this happened in the comments section.

Admittedly, some of the arguments put forward by the Patriots are quite compelling. Theres this from Dillon Rogers: Fuck off you brain dead fuck...


Video: University leader call on students to take up arms and kill Muslims "IndyWatch Feed National"

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. This clip fits the definition well. It shows,  Jerry Falwell Jr, the director of Liberty University in Virginia, call on students to obtain permission to carry weapons to kill Muslims. This university is a Christian college following the doctrine of TV evangelist Jerry Falwell senior, which includes support for the segregation of races. So, it is not too surprising that in his talk, the universitys director combines support for carrying weapons and the killing of Muslims. The worst part of it that he can do this with impunity in the United States of America.

Video from Hot Vines

The post Video: University leader call on students to take up arms and kill Muslims appeared first on The Pen.


Parliamentary committee report highlights major flaws in foreign donations bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre welcomed a Parliamentary Committee report which recognises major problems in the Turnbull Governments foreign donations bill as it applies to third parties (individuals and organisations that do not stand for office).

"The bill in its current form is incoherent, unworkable and a threat to our democracy. The Committees report makes key bipartisan recommendations that any foreign funding restrictions on civil society be limited to electioneering not non-partisan issue advocacy and public comment at large as is the case in the current bill. It also recommends that the compliance regime be vastly simplified. These changes are absolutely necessary," said Dr Aruna Sathanapally, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

"The Committees recommendations are welcome but do not address all the problems with the bill. No comparable democracy imposes a foreign funding ban on those who are not running for office that operates 365 days a year, every year. But thats exactly what this bill does.

"The Turnbull Government needs to now engage in proper consultation to get this right. If the Government responds to the threat of foreign interference in the wrong way, by clamping down on public debate and the sharing of information, it will be responsible for eroding Australias democracy, not China or Russia or anyone else.

"The Committee received extensive evidence from over 200 organisations and individuals, spanning charities, business, community groups, universities, think-tanks and churches, outlining how this bill would stifle their ability to speak about government and policy issues," said Dr Sathanapally.

The Committees recommendations include:

  • narrowing and clarifying the definition of political expenditure that attracts the funding ban;
  • vastly simplifying the compliance on organisations, like charities, who speak publicly;
  • allowing all Australian residents to donate to charities and others that engage in advocacy;
  • obliging the donor to identify that they are not a prohibited foreign donor (instead of the recipient); and
  • scrapping the extended definition of an associated entity, because of the absurd consequences identified in evidence.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission on the bill is here and its explain...


The Supernatural: Time Entanglement "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Waking Time | by Robert Torres

Have you ever felt like you've been here before or maybe you know what's about to happen, or maybe even something does happen and it seems like it was meant to be? These things have happened to me many times over and they were so weird that I was compelled to look for answers. Dj vu, Precognition, ESP, Synchronicity are just a few of a number of often memorable events that standout and we might categorize them as "supernatural" because there is apparently no logical or natural explanation for them.

But what if science had the answer all along? And if it happens all the time to so many of us then how could we still be calling it supernatural? It would be natural right? And I'd like to believe it's real and that we're remembering real events out of time "from the future." What? Yes. Through what I'll call neural or "neuronal entanglement."

So my idea is pretty simple and yes after much research, others have thought of almost the same thing too "almost." Although it is science based, much of the mechanisms involved like the science itself are still mysterious. And it has to do with entanglement but not just of subatomic particles "neurons." And even though it works the same way, because they are neurons they are directly connected to your consciousness.

How you think, your memory, space, time and much like many have proposed before as theory like "Entangled Mind," author Dean Radin, who believes in entanglement, can explain ESP. He suggests as I do, the connectedness of everything in the universe and like Bohm that everything is one with no separation. Also much like John Wheeler's extreme one electron theory, but I suggest just as many hypothesize that the entanglement is also through time as well as described by physicists at the University of Queensland "...


Lisa Vernon left Yumi Yet Limited after finding out about Fazilah Bazahri's corrupt intentions. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lisa Vernon was a founder member of Yu Yet, a company set up with the intention to encourage and support grass roots approaches to well-being and literacy in PNG. Lisa is a highly qualified management consultant and set up YuYet in order to offer management consultancy services.   Lisa invested considerable sums of her own money in the organisation, setting up a successful literacy training network WanpelaSkulimWanpela and offering training to literacy tutors and schools. 
She would like to make it clear that during this time she received only 1,000 kina for expenses from Caritas plus 15,000 kina from NCDC for the Walk for Life programme. A considerable part of this funding was spent on supporting, transporting and feeding the young people involved in the yoga programme. These funds also contributed to her secure accommodation for one month. For the reminder of her time working on Walk for Life and WanpelaSkulimWanpela, she was accommodated by friends and funded by herself.
In November 2015 Lisa resigned from the company due to her concerns about the skills of her business partner Fazilah Bazahri and her worries about corruption.  In December 2015 Lisa was threatened at gunpoint and subsequently left the country.  She has continued to support literacy development in PNG and she feels strongly that the money spent on the Yoga programme would be much better spent on literacy projects such as Buk Bilong Pikinini.  Lisa believes that Walk for Life should remain a grass roots programme led by local people and that Yoga is only one very small element of supporting the people of PNG to lead healthy and productive lives.
Lisa is not, nor has she ever been, in a relationship with anyone in PNG politics. Her private life is exactly that, private. She is a C...


How to help penguins (photos) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Penguins are found in the Southern Hemisphere and come in all sizes ranging from 13 to 48 inches in height. The smallest is the little penguin from Australia and New Zealand; the largest is the emperor penguin of Antarctica. While these birds cannot fly through the air, they are very adept at using their wings to propel themselves through the water. Some penguins can dive to depths of about 1,750 feet. Their dark and light feathers are tightly packed 70 feathers per square inch keeping them insulated in the cold conditions of the marine environment where they live. Chinstrap penguins are found in Antarctica and the worlds other southernmost islands. Changing ocean conditions affect their main food source, krill. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher / WCS Penguins are social animals that live in colonies like this one of chinstrap penguins characterized by noisy vocalizations. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher WCS Penguins are noisy and use various calls to attract mates, find their chicks, frighten off would-be predators, or just fuss with their neighboring penguins. Several species have distinctive calls. Magellanic and gentoo penguins bray. Chinstrap penguins scream, causing quite a cacophony in their colonies. Today, penguins are in trouble. They depend on the sea for food and coastal lands to nest, rear their chicks, and molt. Close to two-thirds of the worlds 17 penguin species face population pressures from threats like overfishing, oil spills, and man-made changes to the birds environment. Macaroni penguins are among the penguin species that


Academics confirm temporary migrant workers more exploited than permanent migrants "IndyWatch Feed National"

April 10, 2018:Sydney University academics Stephen Clibborn and Chris Wright argue in the SMH today that from the 1940s to the 1990s, Australias permanent immigration program and strongly enforced labour standards protected the workplace rights of permanent migrants.

But now the large numbers of temporary migrant workers tied to one employer are more vulnerable to exploitation because they can be deported if they lose their job. Clibborn and Wright suggest that rather than dwelling on the size of the permanent immigration intake, Australias political and community leaders need to fix the flawed policies that have allowed too many unscrupulous employers to steal the wages of temporary migrant workers.

They zero in on the range of temporary work visas which give undue power to employers to exploit; and on the restrictions on the right of unions to enter workplaces to police enterprise agreements and award standards.

However these authors do not mention the use of trade agreements to boost temporary worker numbers without any testing of the local labour market to fill the jobs.

Under the TPP-11 which is now being considered by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and a Senate inquiry, Australia would expand the number of countries which could supply temporary labor without labour market testing to include Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and Chile.

By including temporary migrant workers in a trade agreement, the government is blatantly treating them as tradable commodities, rather than as human beings.

We need both urgent action on union rights and a return to a permanent immigration program, and an end to the inclusion of temporary migrant workers in trade agreements like the TPP-11.


The sharks are circling a wounded Malcolm Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Malcolm Turnbull has certainly got himself into a mess. Thirty times and hes down for the count at Newspoll.

This is significant. Thirty times down is the excuse he gave for toppling Tony Abbott from the Liberal Party leadership and prime ministership of Australia. This leaves him in a considerably weakened position, and the sharks are circling.

Turnbulls low stocks mean something much more serious than whatever personal embarrassment may be involved. At the core of the problem,  is that he leads a political party and government that have a way of thinking and policies that are being rejected by society, compounded by Turnbulls considerable inability to apply them in full. It may not be all his fault. Any leader of the same party and government would face the same difficulty. Its just that hes there and he is the one wearing the flack.

Sometimes it can be a bit hard to look past the personality and get to what lies behind what is going on. The reality is that the government is heading towards electoral defeat, because the whole of it is on the nose.

There is one solid reason for this. The government presides over a situation where the average person perceives that their position or is increasingly insecure is getting worse. There is little faith in the future. No matter how often politicians tells them how good it is, they the average person knows that it gets ever harder to make ends meet, and they are forced to live on debt to maintain a decent the standard they are accustomed to.

Meanwhile, they see fabulous salary hikes going to corporate chiefs, massive tax evasion being carried out by the biggest companies, outrageous charges handed down by the banks, Telcos and power companies, and all lining up for massive handouts from the government. Essential services are cut back for this.

Opportunities for finding good full time and permanent work are dwindling and wages growth is stagnant and does not keep up with rising costs.

There is a housing affordability crisis that shows no end in sight.

The government is seen to do nothing about any of these things. Matter of fact its even worse. They are seen to be part of the problem.

While they do deserve to be taken to account over their responsibility, the problems go back quite a way before the Turnbull government came into existence. Back in 1983, soon after the Hawke/Keating administration came into being, neoliberalism became the mantra of government in Australia.

One of its first expressions was the Prices and Incomes Accord, which contrary to the beliefs of many at the time, was about transferrin...


Geopacific kicks off Woodlark DFS in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Geopacific Managing Director Ron Heeks (left) on site in PNG

Matt Birney | The West Australian | 10 April 2018

Aspiring gold producer Geopacific Resources has kicked off its Definitive Feasibility Study for the Woodlark Island project in PNG and all things being equal, should have the completed document on the street by the third quarter of this year.

The DFS follows on from the companys encouraging Pre-feasibility Study results, which were announced in March, after an extensive work program throughout 2017.

The PFS supports the development of a conventional open pit operation delivering an average output of 100,000 ounces of gold annually for at least 10 years, with an all-in sustaining cost to produce of A$1100 per ounce.

Exhibiting very simple metallurgy, a high gravity gold content, low striping ratios, lowish CAPEX and a post-tax payback of just over 2 years, the Woodl...


Money Heist Illuminating The House of Paper Money Trick "IndyWatch Feed National"

The image and text used in the trailer of the Spanish TV series, MONEY HEIST.

by Dee McLachlan

I wonder if Alex Pina is aware that he might have created and produced one of the most important fictional pieces of entertainment in the last few years. That is: exposing the magic fiat money trick.

Pinas creation, the Spanish television series Money Heist is slick and entertaining. With 2 seasons now on Netflix, it is originally titled La casa de papel; literally The House of Paper.

The plot is about how a mysterious man, El Profesor, plans the biggest heist...


Another World Class mining company disaster "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The structure that caused the death of six Newmont Ghana staff

Newmont suspends all mining operations in Ghana indefinitely over deaths

GhanaWeb | 9 April 2018

Mining giant Newmont Ghana Limited has indefinitely suspended mining activities at all its sites in the country as investigations into the death of six of the firms subcontractor staff takes shape.

Six persons, all contractor employees of the construction services company, Consar Limited, died when the roof of a reclaim tunnel at the Ahafo Mill Expansion project, which is under construction, collapsed on them Saturday.

Two others who were with the six, escaped with minor injuries. They have since been treated and discharged.

The bodies of the six have since Sunday morning been retrieved from the tunnel, TV3s Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi who is at the site at Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo region reported.

Newmont, which commenced operation in Ghana in 2006 currently, operates two main mining sites at Akyem...


Blockchain startup aims to securely store genomic data "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shivom, a new blockchain startup, is looking to provide a platform for the mass storage and subsequent analysis of genetic data. From the company"s website, SShivom is creating a genomics ecosystem on the blockchain. We will offer an open marketplace []

The post Blockchain startup aims to securely store genomic data appeared first on The Global Mail.

Indonesia land swap, meant to protect peatlands, risks wider deforestation, NGOs say "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

JAKARTA A program under which pulpwood and logging companies in Indonesia must preserve and restore any peat habitats that fall within their concessions could lead to greater deforestation, NGOs warn. Up to half the land that could potentially be awarded to these companies under a land swap scheme is classified as natural forest, the groups say. This amounts to 9,719 square kilometers (3,753 square miles) of forest, an area roughly the size of Lebanon. We fear that vast areas of natural forest, especially in Kalimantan [Indonesian Borneo], Sumatra and Papua will be designated for land swaps and converted into pulpwood plantations in the name of peatland restoration, the coalition of NGOs said in a statement. The biggest concern among activists is Indonesias easternmost region of Papua, home to 35 percent of Indonesias remaining rainforest and the last untouched swaths of pristine forest left in the country. The land in sparsely populated Papua is already being targeted by the government and businesses as a new frontier ripe for logging concessions and oil palm plantations, which have already nearly depleted the forests of Sumatra and Kalimantan. The land swap program threatens to accelerate the pace of deforestation in Papua, the NGOs say. They calculate that Papua faces the biggest risk of deforestation under the program of any region in Indonesia: Up to 4,730 square kilometers (1,825 square miles) of natural forest, an area the size of Grand Canyon National Park, could potentially be handed over to pulpwood and timber producers under


Our territory is our life: one struggle against mining in Ecuador "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Members of Sinangoes guardia indigena established last year to protect their territory from miners and others. Photograph: Nicolas Mainville/Amazon Frontlines

The AI Cofan in the Amazon fight back against small-scale gold-miners invading their land and new, large-scale concessions upriver

David Hill | The Guardian | 9 April 2018

Three AI Cofan men were staring down at a pit of rocks, dead foliage and filthy water where two gold-panners were working. Beyond was a sluice and hoses running down to the rushing, green waters of the River Aguarico. To the right, there was mud, more rocks, more equipment, a makeshift tent and camp. Behind, to the left, a Hyundai excavator and a track running downriver.

No more than two weeks before, no track had existed and all this had been primary forest. Now that was gone. Only an area about 110 x 50 metres, you might say, but this is how gold rushes start.



High risk of disease outbreaks in earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea - UNICEF and WHO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PORT MORESBY, 9 April 2018 UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have cautioned about the high potential of waterborne and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks in earthquake-affected areas of Papua New Guinea.

Rihanna Sam (4 years old) is from Mendi and is suffereing an infection in her femur after her leg was broken during the earthquake. UNICEF/UN0184899/Mepham

Major concerns include watery diarrhoea due to water contamination from landslides, poor sanitation and personal hygiene management; and the vaccine-preventable diseases due to already low immunisation coverage in the Highlands region.
According to the National Department of Health (NDOH), about 70-80 per cent of children in the severely-affected provinces are not protected against preventable diseases with routine measles coverage in Southern Highlands and Hela provinces in 2016 just 18.2 per cent and 27.6 per cent, respectively.
At this stage of the emergency response, it is critical to restore the delivery of basic health services to the affected communities, such as the immunisation of children, said Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative in PNG.
We will continue to work closely with the NDOH, provincial health authorities and partners to respond to these risks and to prevent a secondary emergency arising from disease outbreaks.
Karen Allen, UNICEF Representative for PNG, said that the current situation of children and families is a perfect situation for the emergence of disease outbreaks.
We are really worried because a majority of children in the affected areas already have low immunity, said Allen.
 Now, as they are living in the crowded shelters with poor-hygiene conditions, inadequate clean water and little knowledge to protect themselves, children are becoming much more vulnerable to diseases, including vaccine-preventable and water-borne diseases.
The February 26 earthquake of 7.5 magnitude and its hundreds of aftershocks have caused severe damage to nearly 65 per cent of health facilities in Hela and Southern Highland provinces.
About 13 per cent of health facilities remain closed.
However, most of the health facilities that re-opened can only attend to emergency services.
The Government estimates that 270,000 people are in need of urgent assistance. About 125,000 of them...


I Found Home Half a World Away "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am part Indonesian, part German; in other words, I am Eurasian.

I grew up in Singapore, living there for most of my life. I walked the same streets every other day, met the same friends out by the park and ate the same food at hawker centres as cravings hit. I became familiar and comfortable within the only country I ever knew. Singapore was my home.

I talked as the locals did, acted as the locals did, did life as the locals did. The very essence of Singapore is its melting-pot culture one which came about thanks to the immigration of people from all over the world, one which made an amalgamation of lifestyles the norm, and one which greatly helped me assimilate into its way of life. Singapore is a great place for a person of mixed heritage to feel welcome and accepted. But as much as the country is home, I am only a permanent resident, with plans to return to either my father or mothers birth country one day.

Growing up, my parents never really made a conscious effort to make sure their mother tongues were spoken within the household. English, the language that initially made it possible for them to communicate with each other all those years back, was preferred. The only time I would hear them speak their native languages were when they communicated with family and friends back home.

In addition to a lack of proficiency in either language, I also lacked in exposure to either countrys customs. I didnt grow up in communities that embraced the strong cultures of Indonesia or Germany. I have never worn the traditional costumes, nor did I take part in any traditional celebrations. I also never joined any societies or clubs that allowed me to meet people in the same situation.

My upbringing, as much as I loved it, left me in a place where I could call myself neither this nor that; where I couldnt say I belonged here, nor there.

Travelling is something I have always loved, but every visit to Germany brings back feelings of anxiety.

Machst du hier einen Urlaub (Are you coming here on holiday)? the German immigration officers ask.

Entschuldigung, ich kann nicht gut Deutsch sprechen (Sorry, I cant speak good German), I sheepishly reply,

But youre from Germany you have a German passport. You should be able to speak German, comes the response, accompanied with a judgmental look....


On Realising Youre a Fuckwit "IndyWatch Feed National"

I realised recently that I had spent a large proportion of my young adult life as a fuckwit.

Let me define a fuckwit:

Someone who keeps a religious count of how many chicks theyve pulled and uses this number to gain social status. Someone who refers to going out with their male friends exclusively as hanging with da boiz. Someone who plays a relatively low level of weekend sport, but behaves like theyre just waiting for the call up to the international side. Someone who brags about fucking a Tinder date bareback, but because of their ego, wont admit to themselves theyre petrified theyve contracted an STI. Someone who complains about how many slags there are on the dance floor, then proceeds to attempt to go home with at least one of them.

You get the idea.

I think the decline from relatively innocent high school student into total fuckwittery began with University Games. It was advertised to me as schoolies, but you play sport during the day. 17-year-old me may have literally frothed at the proposition of schoolies with sport. I cant quite remember; the four years of excessive drinking and occasional drug use have probably affected my memory.

When at my first uni games I was named Team Slut, a role that required me to hook up with as many girls as possible, I felt pride at my selection. But I also couldnt help but feel sorry for the girls I was going to try and drunkenly mash faces with, because I knew they would be remembered as numbers on a list, and nothing more.

When I was the second of three guys a girl slept with in one night, I knew I would take part in the slut-shaming to follow. Despite knowing how wrong that was, I did it anyway.

When I crossed a red-head off my list on the couch of a hostel common room, I knew she had a boyfriend. I knew how shit he would feel when he found out, but I delighted in the act all the same.

Regrettably, the behaviour described above honestly isnt that abnormal for many Australian 16-to-20-something-year-olds. Toxic masculinity is gladly embraced by young men such as myself out of fear of being ostracised from the pack.

As someone who was raised on good old country values, this kind of behaviour was a fair stretch from what was expected of me. I could try to justify it by labelling this part of my life as just a rebellious phase. But that would be a cop-out. And it doesnt excuse shit, especially consi...


FixedIt: Who sexually assaulted her? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Telegraph reported police are investigating reports a woman was sexually assaulted while on working at a plumbing job in Townsville.

Its difficult to tell whether the word probe in the headline was a weak attempt at a pun or just a thoughtless use of words. Either way, its completely inappropriate.

As well as the distasteful language, the person police are hunting in relation to the accusation was erased from 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 aga...


FixedIt: She was not tortured and murdered by a family home "IndyWatch Feed National" reported that a man who brutally murdered his wife was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The details of the murder are recorded in the article. They are violent and graphic, so read with caution.

The man had been viciously abusing his wife and children, all them showed signs of long term abuse and neglect. The murder was described by the judge as grotesquely violent.

Despite the conviction and the nature of the abuse he committed against his wife and children, the man is invisible in this 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...


April 10 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1803 - St. John's Church, Parramatta was established.  It became the church of Samuel Marsden, the "Flogging Parson".

1811 Get your skateboard out, the Parramatta - Sydney Road was open for business after 21 convicts, with their bare hands and hand tools, had carved it out.

1816 - Punitive forays against Aborigines at Grose, Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers by a detachment under Captain Shaw and Captain Wallis of the 46th regiment.

1829 - Surveyor Knapp was instructed to select veterans grants at Dapto.

1837 - The Gov of NSW, Sir Richard Bourke, having swanned about BearBrass or Batmania as it was known declared today that the official name for the capital of the Port Phillip Colony shall be Melbourne (brown nosing to the then-PM of England William Lamb Viscount Melbourne) and that other place shall be Williams Town, named after the English King, William IV.
Think I'd prefer to be known as a Batmaniac myself...

1839 - Establishment of Port Lincoln ; The Port Lincoln Herald reported that the Special Survey of 15 000 acres of land adjoining Boston Bay at Port Lincoln, undertaken in February by Messrs Smith and Hawson, had already resulted in nearly 300 people settling in the area.

1847 The Maitland Mercury reported on this day about the BIG melon John Bell Squire managed to grow on his farm at Cockfighter's Creek, Warkworth (NSW) that measured 4 feet around its girth and weighed 66lbs (30 kilos).

1851 - The Anti-Transportation folks in NSW had got themselves into a right state about preventing further convicts from trotting Down Under so today in 1851 The NSW Association for Preventing the Renewal of Transportation emailed good Queen Victoria a petition to show they meant business.

1861 - George Dalrymple, Commissioner of Crown Lands, led an overland party to settle Port Denison (Bowen) which was funded by the Queensland Government that was hoping for more revenue by opening up areas for pastoral endevours. Dalrymples party travelled overland, while another bunch of party animals led by Captain Henry Sinclair travelled by boat. They met at Port Denison on this day and proclaimed the town of Bowen.

1862 - Sir Henry Barkley was in a party mood today when he officially opened the railway line from Geelong to Ballarat - so he joined the 500 guests and members of the Victorian Parliament in a grand banquet.

1885 - The Morwell to Boolarra Railway Line (VIC) opened.

1902 - During a debate in the Parliament it was stated that The Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902 denied the voting rights of Aboriginal natives of Australia unless so entitled under Section 41 of the Constitution. Garran advised that half-castes were not disqualified from voting but that all people in whom the aboriginal b...


Support for republic at 50pct: Newspoll "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, AAP Australias republican movement may have more work to do after a new poll revealed only half of citizens want a republic, in line with another poll conducted just eight months ago.

The Newspoll shows 50 per cent of voters back Australia becoming a republic, with 41 per cent wanting to retain a constitutional monarchy and nine per cent uncommitted, The Australian reported on Tuesday.

Those in favour of a republic if Prince Charles takes the throne is higher, with 55 per cent in favour, 35 per cent against and 10 per cent uncommitted.

The poll, taken between April 5-8 compares to the previous poll in August 2017 when 51 per cent were in favour of the republic, 38 per cent were against and 11 per cent were uncommitted.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ran the Yes campaign for the 1999 republic referendum, which delivered a resounding 54.87 per cent no vote.

Prince Charles has been visiting Australia last week and opened the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The post Support for republic at 50pct: Newspoll appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Adani struggling to find home for Carmichael coal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adani chairman Gautam Adani

Adanis proposed Godda Power project, designed to provide power to Bangladesh from Carmichael coal, would prove financially unviable and a poor strategic fit for Bangladesh, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

The IEEFA studyAdani Godda Power Project: Too Expensive, Too Late, and Too Risky for Bangladeshfinds also that the project is being promoted at least in part by Adani to justify its struggling Carmichael coal project in Australia.

Adani sees the Godda project as a way to provide an alternative destination for coal from Carmichael, for which it has so far failed to secure any funding, said Tim Buckley, IEEFAs director of energy finance studies, Australasia.

Mr Buckley noted that Carmichael coal was originally intended for Adani Powers import-coal-fired Mundra plant in India, which is failing.

More broadly, he said Godda would be a policy catastrophe for its target market. The plant is being proposed as a way for India to export power from Jharkhand State into nearby Bangladesh.

Godda would lock Bangladesh into expensive electricity with high emissions at a time when cleaner, cheaper alternative sources of energy are rapidly being deployed across India, Mr Buckley said. Importing coal from Australia and then railing it 700 kilometres past the largest coal reserves in India would simply make any electricity produced at Godda too expensive.

The report notes that Adani Australia Chief Executive Jeyakumar Janakaraj has pushed for a Carmichael-supplied Godda as a way to lift millions of Bangladeshis out of poverty.  Yet the power purchase agreement struck with Indias poorer neighbour is geared primarily toward assisting Adani companies at the expense of Bangladesh.

The logistics of the proposal can only work because the power purchase agreement allows Adani Power to pass the full cost of importing the coal onto Bangladesh, Mr Buckley said, noting that the estimated Godda tariff of Rs6.65/kWh (A$0.13/kWh) would be higher than Indian state-owned utility NTPCs thermal power tariff of Rs3.21/kWh (A$0.06/kWh).



Action taken over undermining of wages and conditions on the waterfront "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

A protest over the actions of Victoria International Terminal (VICT), will take place  outside the CFMEU office on Thursday 12 April. This arises out of concern over the the practrce high-level exploitation by the Philippine based multinational, which happens to be owned by shipping giant ICTSI.

This is the same company that provoked the dispute last November, by sacking a Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) delegate. It resulted in Webb dock being closed by an ongoing community assembly.

VICT were forced to retreat. But the company workforce and union assert that there has been insufficient real change in the companys style of operating.

Union sources say that management continues to try undermining wages and conditions at every opportunity. Promises made to pay proper wages and bring in employment permanency have been broken. Safety standards remain inadequate, and efforts by safety officers to make improvements have been overridden.

The treatment of workers from poorer countries is much worse than what has been tried on Australians. Evidence of underpayment and overwork, coercion and even violence being directed against union members has been uncovered. Employees speaking out become targets for attack.

This has prompted the International Transport Federation, which includes unions in Australia and other countries, standing up and calling out ICTSIs exploitation of workers and communities.

Last year, VICT acted with the covert backing of the Australian government and employer groups, wishing to use the companys methods to de-unionise the waterfront and introduce a cheap labour force.  This was an important wedge into the Australian labour market. But the widespread union and community response prevented this from happening.

This company continues to be a significant threat. It already has a track record of undermining conditions in the international shipping industry and is attempting to use every opportunity to bring the same into Australia.

The unions see that the best response is to take on the parent company and subsidiary with a coordinated international campaign.

Meanwhile, a dispute has been taking place, concerning  Webb Dock and operator Qube Ports, over an attempt to bring in a new agreement that would include an up to 56 percent cut in wages, through a change in the roster system and cutting pay rates from $52.78 an hour to $21.67.

A Solidarity Souvlaki Day was held at the dock this last Sunday (8 April), to provide an update on the dispute.


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Intel patent for bitcoin mining hardware aims to reduced electricity usage "IndyWatch Feed National"

A patent made public by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office March 29, 2018, reveals that Intel, the technology giant, may be interested in getting its feet wet with cryptocurrency mining. The application for the patent was first submitted September []

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Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Ripple, Litecoin, IOTA, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar Lumens and other major coins "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the News This week has been full of market moving events and attacks. Of course, Monero fork couldn"t escape our ears and the reason for the upgrade? Decentralization! It remains a fear that Bitmain ASIC miners would wreck havoc []

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Manus a tourist destination or a crime against humanity? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mungo MacCallum
Mungo MacCallum

MUNGO MacCALLUM | John Menadues Pearls & Irritations

OCEAN SHORES - My first reaction to the report that the Australian government was planning to boost tourism in Manus Island was one of disbelief and revulsion. This was the place well, one of the placesthat successive coalition ministers gloated was hell on earth.

The cynical myth of the so-called Pacific Solution as a tropical paradise of palm trees and beaches had been well and truly dispelled: Manus was a gulag, a prison camp where asylum seekers, whether genuine refugees or not, could be left to suffer and if necessary die in the national interest.

It was and is a monument to political brutality, opportunism and a jingoism that frequently crosses the border into racism. To turn it into some kind of pleasure resort would be an obscenity.

And yet perhaps there is a kind of sense to the idea. Perhaps the tourists would not come for the surfing and scuba diving, but for those all too recent memories.

Perhaps they would finally able to see for themselves the horrors that have been implemented in Australias name and understand the viciousness of the regime or regimes that decreed them.

After all, many of the more terrible sites of history are kept as monuments. Without making any direct comparisons, Auschwitz-Birkenau arguably the most memorial in history attracts hordes of visitors every year not in order to wallow in some kind of morbid curiosity but to bear witness to the Holocaust and determine never to repeat it.

Manus, of course, is not on that scale, but the motivation is uncomfortably similar: the obsession with national borders and security and the belief that those who do not meet the demands of the state can be considered disposable.

As far as we know, Manus has only killed six of its inmates to date, two of them allegedly recovering in Australian facilities. But the calculated negligence of Peter Dutton and his departmental goons makes it clear that this hardly matters, just as the hand-...


Parents plan sex-ed sit-out to fight schools' pornographic sex education curriculum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Often sponsored by special interest LGBT groups and disguised as anti-bullying programs... Parents across the nation plan to remove their children from public schools later this month in protest of a comprehensive, "pornographic" sex education curriculum taught under the guise of "anti-bullying." The "Sex-Ed Sit-Out" is taking place on April 23. It was launched by concerned mothers who shared their worries about the explicit nature of the sex-ed curriculum on social media. They have been able to coordinate their efforts with mothers from other nations, with similar demonstrations planned in Australia and Canada.


The Papua New Guinean voice is as important as any other voice "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Author Samantha Kusari - Papua New Guinean writing can stand proudly on the world stage

This message from the My Walk to Equality project team was presented by SAMANTHA KUSARI to the students of Paradise College, Port Moresby, to mark their annual writing awards ceremony

PORT MORESBY - Congratulations to all students for participating in the writing competition. It is so wonderful to hear from your staff member Samantha Kusari of this annual literary activity encouraged by your school.

Ms Kusari is a published Papua New Guinean author and you are quite so fortunate to have her literary talent so close by.

The 'My Walk to Equality' project team is a voluntary group of 45 Papua New Guinean women writers (including Ms Kusari) supported by two gentlemen who have spent over 12 years encouraging, publishing and distributing PNG-authored books.

They are Keith Jackson AM and Philip Fitzpatrick, co-founders of Papua New Guinea's annual national literary competition, the Crocodile Prize.

We have a vision of using literature to include the voices of Papua New Guinean women in the national conversation about all social issues.

We published an anthology in 2017 that has reached thousands of readers around the world. It is remarkable the reach and feedback we have received. The world is eager to read writing by Papua New Guineans.

Our team would like to encourage the students of Paradise College to take these points to heart:

Seek and appreciate the support of the teaching staff of Paradise College to develop your writing skills. Be excited about this writing competition every year.

Read - always read - because it is a big part of the developing your writing skills in school and throughout your life.

Write -  because the Papua New Guinean voice on paper is as important as any other voice in the world of writing and literature. On this point we'd like to especially encourage all female students of Paradise College.

Use every opportunity you can to get your writing published and shar......


Australia: The hidden cost of conflict "IndyWatch Feed National"

Article | Conflict and violence destroy communities all over the world and can have a devastating impact on the mental health of millions of people.

A Kiwi police sergeants letter home from Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

CRAIG THORNE | Bay of Plenty Times 

Sgt Craig Thorne and Bougainville kids
Sergeant Craig Thorne takes a selfie with boys from Buin

BUIN - For those of you who don't know, I am currently on a deployment from Waihi in New Zealand to Bougainville in a town called Buin which is as far south as you can go and is the most remote part of Papua New Guinea.

Without going into too much detail, New Zealand Police are here to assist the Bougainville Police Service and advise them on policing matters. This will eventually have them being self-sufficient and enabling them to police without our influence. Three NZ Police are based in Buin.

The country is still rebuilding from the civil war of 1988-1998 which ended with between 15,000 and 20,000 Bougainvilleans dead. This all started over the Panguna mine which in its day was the largest open cut mine in the world, rich in copper and gold.

I am now a month into my 12-month deployment - so what do I miss? It is not the material things or peanut M&Ms (well, I do, but can live without). It is my partner, close family and friends. I have learnt very quickly here that, at the end of the day, that is all that really matters.

I don't want for anything here. It has been a month since I've had a trim latte and I haven't gone crazy yet although I will be looking forward to one when I return.

We go to the market every second day or so and get fresh vegies and fruit. The pineapples and bananas are the sweetest I've ever tasted and you buy them for next to nothing.

In the downtime, we exercise with what very basic equipment we have and watch all the NRL games which I don't even get to do at home.

The weather here has a low of 24 degrees at night and during the day around 37 degrees, and yes, we wear uniform, including long trousers.

The roads you wouldn't believe - it is like driving on a river bed. It is only 98km from Buin to the nearest town of Arawa but this takes us just under three hours due to the condition of the road. There are also several river...


Gold Coast 2018: Ogunlewe, Adegoke miss out on 100m medals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seye Ogunlewe narrowly missed out of finishing in a medal position in the mens 100 metres final of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogunlewe recorded a personal best time of 10.19 secs in a photo-finish with Jamaican athlete Yohan Blake to place []

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Cryptocurrency scams survival guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The growth of the cryptocurrency markets and communities has had many consequences, both positive and negative with cryptocurrency scams being the primary negative. One example is the increased attention the scene is receiving from government authorities internationally, with regards to []

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MACKAY Drug charges, Farleigh "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 09, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

Drug charges, Farleigh

April 09, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

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

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MACKAY Same day, same time and sadly similar results, Eton "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 09, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Same day, same time and sadly similar results, Eton

April 09, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

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

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MACKAY Four-day drug blitz nets $50000 in marijuana "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 09, 2018 at 02:07PM ,

Four-day drug blitz nets $50000 in marijuana

April 09, 2018 at 02:07PM ,

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

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Monday, 09 April


OFC appoints lawyer to probe 'potential wrongdoing' by David Chung "IndyWatch Feed Niugini" | April 9, 2018

Amid fresh claims of financial misconduct linked to senior FIFA officials, the Oceania Football Confederation has appointed an external lawyer to lead an investigation into "potential wrongdoing."
The OFC announced the move Monday in fallout from a FIFA audit of the tendering process around a $20 million construction project at its headquarters in Auckland which caused David Chung to unexpectedly resign as president.
He also lost his position as FIFA's senior vice president.
The Malaysia-born Chung quit on Friday citing personal reasons, though after FIFA cut funding to Oceania, saying it found "potential irregularities" in the construction process.
Chung led the OFC for seven years and his resignation came only two days before the annual meeting of the 14-nation confederation's congress in Auckland.
In resigning, Chung gave up his positions as the most senior of FIFA's eight vice presidents and a member of its ruling council.
The OFC Congress decided at its weekend meeting not to appoint a new president, even on an interim basis, until it next meets in June, likely in Moscow ahead of the World Cup.
It said the confederation will be led by the executive committee until an election is held in June.
 The new president will serve until Chung's tenure would have ended in 2019.
The OFC said the lawyer it had appointed would lead an external investigation into potential wrongdoing and would take legal action if required.
"A forensic audit has been ordered to review, in detail, the processes taken in relation to the OFC Home of Football and the financial processes adopted by the OFC administration in past years," the confederation said in a statement.
 "The OFC Executive Council has pledged to cooperate with all relevant authorities throughout this process.
"OFC will set up a reform committee to review the current OFC constitution, policy and practice activity."
That committee will be confirmed in June. The statement said the OFC will make no further comment while various investigations are ongoing.
The OFC Home of Football was a project closely associated with Chung, a businessman now living in Papua New Guinea and head of the PNG soccer association since 2004.
 The confederation announced the project had a budget of $20 million, thought to be substantial for a project of its nature.
According to the New York Times, the FIFA audit found Chung and OFC secretary general Tai Nicholas, who resigned in December citing personal reasons, had hired, without issuing a tender, a company to construct the headquarters which had no experience of the work required.
The project would have included an office building, two soccer fields and other facilities.
Investigators are repor...

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