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Sunday, 28 January


MACKAY Revealed: Criminal backgrounds of Rocky jail escapees "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 28, 2018 at 02:52PM ,

Revealed: Criminal backgrounds of Rocky jail escapees

January 28, 2018 at 02:52PM ,

An attack at the Capricornia Correctional Centre had resulted in Tapim needing two metal plates to be inserted to mend a broken jaw. For the surgery he was transported to Brisbane, where he was again assaulted. Earlier this month, Tapim faced Mackay Magistrates Court on 18 charges which included

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Safe, but scared. How Victoria became a state of fear "IndyWatch Feed"

There's something weird in the crime section of the report on government services released on Thursday.

The proportions of Victorians who feel "safe" walking at night has dived from 50 to 45 per cent in 2016-17. The proportion of NSW residents who feel safe has also dived, but from 54 to 49 per cent. The figures are for 2016-17. Victoria is now easily the most scared state in the nation, suddenly even more fearful than the traditionally scared states of Western Australia and Northern Territory.

The proportion of NSW locals who feel safe in their own homes at night remains unchanged at 90 per cent, but the proportion of Victorians who feel safe at home has dropped from 87 to 79 per cent, making Victorians now also the most scared on this measure, sharing the honour with Northern Territorians.

The (dated) figures for actual crime released in the Productivity Commission report show an increase in assaults per 100,000 Victorians during 2015-16, but to nowhere near to the level in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Victoria is far from Australia's most dangerous state on the figures published, but Victorians seem to think it is.

It's understandable. We're more attuned to changes than absolute levels. The more dangerous states are no more dangerous, while the not particularly dangerous state of Victoria has become more dangerous. And the newspapers, especially the most tabloid of them, have been scaring Victorians for months.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton lent legitimacy to their campaign when he said Victorians were "scared to go out to restaurants", a claim he might have clarified by saying that the risk of assault in Victoria (2490 assaults per 100,000 people) is little more than the Australian average (2420 per 100,000 people).

It'll doubtless lead to more police. Victoria already has more than NSW (297 per 100,000 residents compared to 256) without noticeably better outcomes.

NSW residents are more law abiding when it comes to seatbelts (only 2 per cent drive without them compared to 5.6 per cent) and less law abiding when it comes to speed (61 per cent drive more than 10 km/hilometres per hour over the speed limit compared to 53 per cent).

The most lawless part of Australia by far is the Northern Territory. One in 12 of its drivers drive without seatbelts and one in nine drive over the alcohol limit, compared to one in 17 in NSW and Victoria. The Territory has almost twice the rate of assaults as Victoria and more than twice the ratio of police: an extraordinary 732 per 100,000 residents.

An outsized proportion of the...


Outings for February 2018. Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog

Dear all,
A quick email to advise of our first outings for February 2018.
On this coming Saturday, the 3rd of February, members have a choice of outings. Both outings will meet at 7am.

The first option is to join Ken Cross and Robyn Combes at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve [MCSR] for a walk there. This walk is also open to members of the public and continues our commitment to Sunshine Coast Council and the MCSR. Please RSVP to me at friarbird43@bigpond.comif you plan to attend the MCSR outing.

The second option is to join John Malings and, no doubt others, at the Maleny Golf Course for a walk around the Maleny Precinct. Meet at the car park adjacent to Pattermore House [opposite the Maleny Golf Course]. If you are attending this outing no RSVP is necessary.

Further outings are planned throughout February [all meet at 7am] ;
MCSR Wednesday the 7th Steve Grainger and John & Julie Eley
Kureelpa Falls Track Wednesday the 14th Vince Lee and John Kooistra
MCSR Saturday the 17th Steve Grainger [if anyone else is keen to assist Steve please email me!]
MCSR Wednesday the 21st Russ Lamb and Robyn Combes
Scarfe Road Reserve at Glenview Saturday the 24th Ken Cross and John Birbeck

More informationwill be provided on these outings as they approach.

If you could assist with guiding MCSR outings in March please contact me. One outing currently has no one and Robyn Combes if flying solo for many. The dates are as follows;

03/03/18 Saturday Ken Cross, Maggie Overend, Robyn Combes
07/03/18 Wednesday  Robyn Combes
17/03/18 Saturday Robyn Combes
21/03/18 Wednesday
31/03/18 Saturday - Robyn Combes

In addition, and I appreciate that this is a fair way out we need a leader for a mid-week May 16 outing to Ferntr...


January 28 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1788 - Having hosted the party 2 days before, Captain Phillips, now doffing his Governor's hat, founded the penal colony at Botany Bay. The neighbours weren't impressed...

1788 - French ships L'Astrolabe and La Bussole under Commanders De la Perouse and De d' Angle anchored in Botany Bay. Assisted into Botany Bay by Lieut. Henry Ball of HMS Supply.

1825 -
Thomas Hudson Hanged at Hobart for murder.
William Allen- Hanged at Hobart for murder.
Francis Oates- Hanged at Hobart for murder.

1826 - Henry Ausher, in government service charged with having soldiers necessaries in his possession....Brennan a soldier states - I missed a pair of trowers and a shirt this morning when I came off Guard. I was told that one of my comrades had sold them. After some enquiry I found the trousers in the possession of Ausher. Ausher admits having purchased the trousers, states he was not aware it was contrary to orders. Henry Ausher sentenced to solitary confinement for one fortnight.

1826 - James Edwards, in government service, charged with insolence to Sergeant Kelly (57th regt) in the performance of his duty. Sergeant Kelly states - I accompanied Brennan in search of some necessaries belonging to hi which had been made away with. A pair of Trousers were found in the possession of Henry Ausher. Edwards was present and said I had only gone there to extort money, that it was a common practice. Edwards admits having made use of improper language and expresses himself sorry for having done so. James Edwards sentenced to solitary confinement for one week.

1846 - A meeting was held at the Newcastle Court House to discuss capability of Newcastle Port.

1852 - The Crow-eaters in South Oz passed the Bullion Act along with the brandy snifters and cigars which allowed for the pretty little gold ingots to be used as legal tender for a whole year.

1863 - Derrimut, partially blind, with weak lungs and a paralyzed arm, eloped from the Melbourne Hospital after being subjected to a rough bath. Derrimut at this time was bitterly complaining about the sale and subdivision of the Mordialloc Aboriginal Reserve and the ploughing up of Boonwurrung bones buried on the site.

1885 - John Duffy was Hanged at the Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Sultana McGann.

1893 - The Federal Bank of Australia, located in Melbourne, was no longer located anywhere after this date as it went belly-up, taking most banks with it in a game of dominos.

1906 - Cairns and Innisfail, Qld, were severely damaged by a cyclone.

1914 - A mere 18.46 miles of train track opened up the line between Chillingollah and Manangatang (Vic).
Stations in between are Chinkapook (originally birthed as Christmas Tank) and Cocamba.



Is Your Tea Sustainable? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tea has been a favorite beverage of many cultures for centuries. Drunk originally in China for medicinal purposes it is now mainly drunk to get a lift. But there are now dozens of different teas from many plant sources and all come in different types of packaging, loose, in cans or boxes or in little bags. We can also grow teas at home even in Australia. These different methods of obtaining tea differ in their sustainability and maybe grow-your-own is best.

The black and green teas we are accustomed to are derived from Camellia sinensis subsp. sinensis and Camellia sinensis subsp. assamica1. Tea drinking originated in China around 1500 BC, primarily as a medicinal drink. The effects of its caffeine content gradually led it to become a popular drink in the Tang Dynasty (618907) and its use spread to neighbouring countries. It was first imported into Europe by the Dutch East India Company in the early 1600s. Its use then spread to France, Germany and Great Britain in the mid-1600s. Initially only drunk by the wealthy because it was expensive, it became more widely used when more was imported and the price fell to the point where it could be regarded as a typically British beverage2.

Growing Tea

Most tea production has been in humid areas with rich, acid soil and high rainfall. It grows well in tropical and sub-tropical climates with partial shade, but in other areas it needs full sun as long as it receive sufficient water. Pesticides are used in many tea-growing areas3,  but their levels are reduced in the final products if the tea leaves have been washed during processing.

In Australia, tea is grown in many regions from north Queensland through to Vic...

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Saturday, 27 January


Australia - Letter | Why revisit the follies of fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed National"

FELLOW residents, the time has come again to discuss the states controversial fluoridation policy. The Oberon people decisively rejected state government backed fluoridation of our water four years ago, and it may be time to dust off and have at it again, as council have decided to decide whether or not to review the original decision. 
Back in the day good dental health in children was a parental responsibility, not a government one; and the government ought to butt out of this one permanently. The state may spruik the high number of fluoridated precincts in NSW, but cant deny 23 Queensland councils have voted to remove it. Why is that? Or that first world governments such as Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Hungary, Japan and Israel have openly rejected it. Why? 
Why is NSW Health so far behind on this issue? Cant they read what is accepted mainstream news/policy outside of our national media? Fluoride should have gone the way of thalidomide, thimerosal, Ritalin and other terrible government approved ideas of the past. 


LITTLE BUTTON-QUAIL at 28 degrees07'17.49 south, 152degrees 40'22.52 east reported by Errol Stenzel on 14-01-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

A pair on grassy open ridge, white flanks showed distinctly when birds flew a short distance away. Only my fourth record of this species since 1990 in this area ( Boonah , Blackrock). was seen more often in the 1972 to 1988 period.


superb parrot at Karana Downs Queensland reported by Peter Griffiths on 27-01-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

AVIARY ESCAPE; First reported 25th January The bird returned today and I was able to take a photograph but I am unable to see how I attach it to this email. I have tried to attach the photo but am not sure that it has worked. I am a novice at this but I have not noticed this bird here before and from what I understand,it's habitat is in the inland of southern NSW and Vic, not South East Queensland


Dog Decides To Hitchhike Across Australia All By Himself "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Australia is an awfully big continent, but one little dog is doing his best to explore it all on his own.

Credit: Laura Scudamore

Earlier this month, an Australian terrier named Rusty took the road trip of a lifetime, hitching a ride with a truck driver from his home in Goondiwindi, Queensland to South Australia a journey of over 1,500 kilometers (more than 930 miles).

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The 3-and-a-half-year-old pup usually spends his days on his familys property, romping around with his two Border collie buddies. His thrill-seeking spirit often inspires Rusty to explore outside those boundaries.

Rusty and the work dogs will sometimes disappear around the property looking for adventure, Laura Scudamore, Rustys owner, told The Dodo. They will also sometimes find themselves on the nearby highway having a stickybeak [being nosy].

Credit: Laura Scudamore

When Rustys family is away, however, and hes under the care of his in-laws, who own the property, his curiosity can get Rusty into hot water.

A year and a half ago, Rusty first evaded his caretakers and ran to the highway where he caught a lift to Chinchilla, two and a half hours north of Goondiwindi. His cuddly nature endeared him to a local family, who took him...


444 Meaning Numerology Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

The metaphysical spiritual and symbolic significance of 444 meaning in numerology. Are the angels sending you messages? from psychic medium Ian Scott.

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Superb Parrot at Karana Downs reported by Peter Griffiths on 25-01-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

This bird visited our bird feeder (Wild bird seed mix) this morning and The bright yellow forehead and throat where what drew my attention to it, as I have never seen this bird before. Looking through a bird book the only bird that fitted what I saw was the male superb parrot but I did not notice a red patch under the yellow throat and the birds are supposedly native of southern Australia. The bird seemed comfortable in its surroundings but a young king parrot and a white cockatoo were already monopilising the feeders and after a few minutes watching, the bird flew off again. As it flew off the feathers in flight were not so much dark green as described in the book, but had a tinge of blue about them.


Australian Painted Snipe at Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel) reported by Robert Morris et al on 26-01-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Australian Painted Snipe (2) back at Tea Tree Wetlands (Arundel Gold Coast) yesterday afternoon (thanks for the update from Todd Burrows)


White-necked Petrel, Black Noddy, good numbers of Sooty Terns at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 26-01-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

A good summer's day out with a tropical feel - White-necked and Tahiti Petrels, Black Noddy (not annual off Southport), 3 White Terns and lots of Sooty Terns (some with juvies) amongst 15 species recorded.


Grey Ternlet at Mooloolaba reported by Greg Roberts via Matt Hervey on 23-01-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Bird found washed up on rocks, later died, 2 weeks after 1 seen on Mooloolaba pelagic. Pic by Matt Hervey


Black-necked Stork, Marsh Sandpiper at Wiggins Island Coal Terminal Rd, Gladstone reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 26-01-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

A single Black-necked Stork is staying for the last three days at the shallow storm water ponds located opposite to the Wiggins Island Coal Terminal Rd entrance. Pied Stilt are still breeding there. There also 3 Marsh Sandpipers, 28 Little Egrets and hundreds of ducks and other waders.


We killed it: Australia Day is officially dead "GroovUs Feed Anews"


Video Friday: ANYmal in Davos, ISS Robot Upgrade, and WALK-MAN's Soft Hands "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: IIT/WALK-MAN Project

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

IEEE IRC 2018  January 31-February 2, 2018  Laguna Hills, Calif., USA
International Symposium on Medical Robotics  March 1-3, 2018  Atlanta, Ga., USA
HRI 2018  March 5-8, 2018  Chicago, Ill., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

ANYmal was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where it got cold feet.

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Robot arm maintenance in space is much more difficult than robot arm maintenance on Earth, but you get quite the view.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle of NASA conducted the first spacewalk this year Jan. 23 to replace a degraded latching end effector (LEE) on one end of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. There are two redundant end effectors on each end of the arm used to grapple visiting vehicles and components during a variety of operational activities.


This recently released video, part of a Humanoids 2016 paper, describes  inflatable impact-protection palms on...


January 27 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1802 - Matthew Flinders was feeling a tad peckish when he plonked himself upon what he named, through a mouthful of mutton sanga, the Great Australian Bight.

1808 - Tedbury or Tjedboro, son of the famous Pemulwuy, arrived in Sydney, armed with a bundle of spears. He had been friendly with John Macarthur, who lives at Parramatta. Finding Macarthur safe at his town cottage, Tedbury exclaims, Master they told me you were in gaol.
Well Tjedboro, what has brought you here with your spears? asks Macarthur, who was gaoled for a few hours the previous day. He replies, with eyes flashing, To spear the Governor.

1815 - Attorney William Henry Moore, the first free solicitor in NSW, arrived in Sydney as a passenger on the transport Marquis de Wellington.

1820 - Finding that any old dollop of dirt just didn't do the deed for the dead The Powers That Be had the Sydney Burial Ground, later known as Sandhills Cemetary, consecrated.
It was known even later than that as Central Station.

1830 - George Augustus Robinson set out from Hobart for Port Davey to conciliate the Aborigines.

1845 - Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached Depot Glen (the site of Milparinka, SA). where they were forced to remain for six months owing to the lack of rain.

1847 - Jeremiah Connell was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Edward Martin at Buninyong.

1848 - The first marriage in South Australia between an Aborigine, Kudnarto, and a European, Tom Adams, was solemnised on this day.

1859 - The grand old gutter of Australia aka the Darling River became a highway on this day when the paddle steamer ship "Albury" debuted on the watery road, heralding the beginning of the popular (and rather rheumatic romantic) means of transport.

1875 - Foundation stone was laid for Sydney's The Great Synagogue in Elizabeth Street.

1876 - For the third time in nine years, the flour mill of Walter Duffield in Gawler burnt to the ground.

1881 - The NSW Government invited offers from English companies to build a bridge across Sydney Harbour.

1883 - Ah Kett was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Foo Ah Moy  at Cheritah Station, Roebourne.

1883 - John Collins was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of John King at the Kalgan River near Albany.

1903 - The Cessnock Railway Branch line (NSW) was opened from Weston - Abermain.

1906 A cyclone damaged Cairns and Innisfail in Queensland.

1908 - Australia's first Lifesaving Club carnival was held on Manly Beach, NSW.

1911 - The Land newspaper was first published.

1941 Following the capture of Tobruk, two brigades of the 6th Australian Division under Major Gene...

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Friday, 26 January


Brisbane Airport to Launch In-Terminal Cryptocurrency Payments "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia's Brisbane Airport is to roll out digital currency payments within the terminal shopping area.


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-CXJ Calls into CQ Airports on Training and then Medevac Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Tuesday 23 January, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ had a busy day popping into some CQ Airports while on a training flight and then later, a medevac flight.

VH-CXJ initially departed Brisbane and was heard to complete airwork around Bundaberg Airport including at least two missed approaches.  After continuing to Towsnville, VH-CXJ later returned South and was noted arriving into Mackay Airport but as "Ambulance 452".  It later departed to Brisbane on what looked to be a medical evacuation (medevac) flight.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  


Grey Ternlet at Mooloolaba sunshinecoastbirds

Grey Noddy found this week at Mooloolaba - Pic by Matt Harvey
A second Grey Ternlet (Noddy) has turned up on the Sunshine Coast. This bird was found on January 23 on rocks at Mooloolaba and taken to Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue at Landsborough,  from where it was transferred to Australia Zoo's veterinary facility.

Unfortunately the ternlet had to be put down. According to Australia Zoo wildlife rescue worker Matt Harvey, the bird showed signs of extensive physical damage including a broken wing, head trauma and bleeding. The ternlet may have been seriously wounded during an attack by another animal, or it may have faltered at sea and sustained injuries when washed up on the rocks.

Grey Noddy seen on January 7 off Mooloolaba
The find was almost two weeks after a Grey Ternlet was seen on the January 7 Mooloolaba pelagic just 20km offshore. The species is a very rare visitor to Queensland waters.

Matt also reports that a juvenile White-tailed Tropicbird was found in an emaciated condition at Sunshine Beach on January 21.


MACKAY Slade Point robbery accused faces extra charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 26, 2018 at 06:37AM ,

Slade Point robbery accused faces extra charges

January 26, 2018 at 06:37AM ,

AN 18-year-old man charged in relation to the alleged armed robbery of a convenience store in Slade Point on Sunday has been further charged with breaking into an Airlie Beach home and unlawfully driving a car. Josiah Isaiah Simon Tapim, of Hay Point, faced Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday but

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MACKAY Inebriated man was on way to solve indigestion "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 26, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Inebriated man was on way to solve indigestion

January 26, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

A BRISBANE geologist who was caught driving while almost three times the legal alcohol limit had been on his way to buy Quick-Eze, the Mackay Magistrates Court has been told. Christopher John Smallwood, 35, of New Farm in Brisbane, pleaded guilty to mid-range drink-driving on March 31 last year.

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Banzai for Victory Day! "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Tonkatsu Abbott-san, the first native sutorarian to be appointed a Deputy Assistant Governor of Imperial Nippon"s southernmost prefecture, has lauded the extension of The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere to the Chrysanthemum Throne"s vanquished enemy. Speaking today from the grounds of the royal palace on Yamamoto Harbour to mark the anniversary of the fall of Sydney in 1943, Abbott-san supported Victory Day remaining on January 26, the day the American war criminal Douglas MacArthur surrendered all gaijin forces on the antipodean continent to General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

Victory Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of the things we've achieved under the firm but benevolent guidance his Imperial Majesty, and of course his father before him, Abbot-san told the small crowd of dignitaries, including Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako of Takamado, the first of the blood Royal to visit sutoraria Prefecture and stay in the Harbour Palace. The Princess was attended by exalted representatives from the Diet in Tokyo and conquered prefectures throughout the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Guests watched a re-enactment of the moment Lieutenant Colonel Masao Kusunose led the 144th Infantry Regiment ashore to crush the few remaining enemy forces which had survived the collapse of the Brisbane Line.

"What happened on the 26th of January 1943 was on balance, for everyone a good thing, said Deputy Assistant Governor Abbott-san, because it brought civilisation to this country, it brought sutoraria into the modern world. All of the things that we know and love about modern sutoraria are the lineal descendants of the attitudes that came ashore with Lieutenant Colonel Kusunose on that day back in 1943.

He bowed in deep abasement to Princess Ayako and Members of the Diet to express the bottomless gratitude of all his countrymen for ending the rule of foreign devils in the great south land.

Cheering crowds later turned the Avenue of a Thousand Years into a sea of red and pink, as they waved banners and flags emblazoned with the Rising Sun, and threw cherry blossoms at the soldiers of the 55th Division, marching from the site of that historic landing under the shadow of the Yamamoto Harbour Bridge, up the grand avenue to Imperial Square in front of Central Station.

Most of the crowds were young families from the Home Islands and Manchurian Colonies, some of them celebrating their first Victory Day in sutoraria after successfully applying for the right to migrate and take up grants of land and property within this vast, underpopulated continent.

The loudest cheers, however, were raised for the small c...


Celebrations and protests on Australia Day "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Canberra [AAP]

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is urging Australians to embrace Australia Day to celebrate the rich history and culture of indigenous people and the contributions of migrants.

As disagreement intensifies over shifting the national day from the January 26 anniversary of the First Fleets arrival in 1788 and division widens amid growing Invasion Day rallies, Sir Peter reminded Australians to celebrate their diversity on Friday.

From the rich culture and history of our first Australians, to the many generations whove come here to make Australia home, to those people proudly taking the citizenship pledge and becoming our newest Australians today, our nation is stronger because of our diversity and the way we live and work harmoniously together, he says in his Australia Day address.

Citizenship ceremonies and backyard barbecues are bound to draw big crowds, but not all will be celebrating this year.

Thousands are expected at Invasion Day marches around the country, buoyed by Thursdays comments from Australian of the Year nominee Johnathan Thurston that the date will inevitable change one day.

More than 5000 are expected at a rally outside the Victorian Parliament and similar numbers will walk in Sydney, starting from The Block in Redfern.

Protests have already begun with a Melbourne statue of Captain Cook daubed in pink paint and the words No Pride on Thursday.

But Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge is among those to throw his wholehearted support behind keeping the date.

On Australia Day, we celebrate the big three pillars of our society; our Indigenous heritage, the British foundation and multicultural character, Mr Tudge said.

An Institute of Public Affairs poll released this week suggests most Australians agree with him, with 70 per cent of 1000 respondents saying the public holiday should remain on January 26, while 11 per cent disagree.

And not all Aboriginals are boycotting celebrations with indigenous performers including the Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers and the KARI Singers opening Fridays festivities in Sydney which is expecting a crowd of around half a million into the city.

The harbour will be the focus of celebrations, including ferry races, an aquatic ballet and evening fireworks.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be in Canberra for a citizenship ceremony and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will attend events in his Melbourne electorate.

Almost 13,000 people from 129 different nationalities are due to become Australian citizens in ceremonies across the country.

Cockroach races in Queensland and native animal cook ups in the Northern...


Sydney unemployment rate lowest since 2008 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sydney on fire

The ABS released its Detailed Labour Force figures for the month of December 2017.

Greater Sydney created a massive +101,000 extra jobs in 2017.

That took total employment in Sydney to a record high 2,714,700. 

And with job vacancies across the state soaring to their highest ever level, that's set to continue in 2018.

The annual average unemployment rate for Sydney fell to just 4.6 per cent.

That's the lowest level since December 2008. 

In fact, things generally improved around the traps in 2017.

The improvement in the southern states has also been marked, with Adelaide's unemployment rate falling quite sharply now, and Hobart recording an annual average unemployment rate of just 5.6 per cent in 2017. 

What else was news last year?

Elsewhere, it was a big year for employment growth in Queensland, with the mining sector turning around after a prolonged slump. 

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Australia Bound? Brisbane Airport Accepts Cryptocurrencies in a World-First "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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Brisbane airport will soon be accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies at various retail establishments for travelers arriving or departing the airports terminals. In an unprecedented move, Brisbane Airport (BNE), Australias third-busiest airport, will introduce cryptocurrency payments at a number of terminal retailers where travelers can make retail purchases with digital currencies. In its official Continued

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PERTH Hamilton Hill man charged over Perth train brawl that left another man fighting for his life "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Hamilton Hill man charged over Perth train brawl that left another man fighting for his life .

January 25, 2018 at 11:18AM .

A 19-year-old Hamilton Hill man had been charged over a brawl on the Armadale train line that left another main fighting for his life with a serious brain injury. Kensington detectives said the 19-year-old man was with friends when he boarded an Armadale-line train at Perth station at about 6.30am on .



2017 Site Review "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Another year down in the just-over five-year history of this site.  2017 did not have either a federal election or a Tasmanian state election but there was still a fair amount of interest, especially in the Queensland election.  Indeed traffic by unique pageviews was only down 40% on last year despite the lack of a federal election, and up 25% on the last year without a federal or Tasmanian election (2015).  Moreover, there were more total pageviews than in the last state election year, 2014! Here's the activity graph for the year (the units are sessions per week):

The major event of the year on the site was the Queensland election, and quite aside from Queensland elections being always so interesting, I think the real reason for this is that the flow of information from official sources was very poor.  Other spikes included two rounds of Tasmanian legislative council elections and the Marriage Law Postal Survey, but there was also a continuing run of Section 44 fun that meant there was generally something to talk about in the second half of the year.

In 2017 I published 77 articles, down nine on 2016.  The main reason for the slight drop is the reduction in the number of Poll Roundup articles, of which ten came out this year, compared to 18 in a federal election year the year before.  I expanded out Tasmanian Legislative Council previews so that each seat had its own page, but on the other hand I only did one post-count thread for Queensland.  As well as poll roundups, the same-sex marriage postal vote (ten articles) and Queensland (nine) were covered fairly heavily.  I'm pleased to have been able to keep the volume somewhere near previous years in a year when my professional workload again increased.

As usual a number of things got partly written but never finished, sometimes for lack of time or sometimes because I thought better of finishing them or lost my temper with the subject matter.  Pieces started but not yet (and in some cases probably never to be) finished included:

* The Lower House section 44 piece foreshadowed in the most recent Senate piece.
* Does Voting For One Nation Help Labor Win Elections? (Answer: Very rarely.  Somebody tell Turnbull that we do have preferences in this country.)


MACKAY Man who stole $40 worth of food gets 15 months probation "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Man who stole $40 worth of food gets 15 months probation

January 25, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

A MAN who stole $40 worth of food has been granted probation after he promised a magistrate he would stop buying drugs so he could feed himself. Matthew Luke Mason, 29, of South Mackay, was sentenced to 15 months probation by magistrate Damien Dwyer in the Mackay Magistrates Court

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MACKAY Identity of alleged Slade Point armed robber revealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Identity of alleged Slade Point armed robber revealed

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Josiah Isaiah Simon Tapim, 18, of Hay Point, appeared in dock of the Mackay Magistrates Court briefly yesterday dressed in a maroon T-shirt and black sports shorts. Magistrate Damien Dwyer adjourned the case for this morning for his lawyer Antoinette Morton of Fisher Dore solicitors to make a bail

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MACKAY Woman faces court after 100km/hr Mackay street race "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman faces court after 100km/hr Mackay street race

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A HAY POINT woman charged with street racing on a notorious stretch of road has told the Mackay Magistrates Court it was just a stupid decision. Stephanie Lauren Gelens, 22, of Hay Point, pleaded guilty yesterday to racing on Harbour Rd in North Mackay about 7.55pm on December 30. The court

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Telltale rocks suggest that part of Australia was once part of North America "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Also known as Columbia, Nuna was a supercontinent that geologists believe existed from approximately 2.5 to 1.5 billion years ago. Now, theres new evidence as to how its various pieces once fit together Australian scientists have found rocks in northern Queensland, that match up with rocks from Canada.

The rocks, which have geological signatures that are unknown anywhere else in Australia, were found near the small town of Georgetown, which is located about 412 km (256 miles) west of Cairns. They are said to be very similar to rocks that are currently found in Canadas precambrian shield.

Our research shows that about 1.7 billion years ago, Georgetown rocks were deposited into a shallow sea when the region was part of North America, says lead scientist Adam Nordsvan, a PhD student from Australias Curtin University. Georgetown then broke away from North America and collided with the Mount Isa region of northern Austral...

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Wednesday, 24 January


Steel Horses rides rise in small clubs "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Steel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club is typical of how small, niche clubs are becoming more popular while larger motorcycle clubs are struggling to retain members.

With its emphasis on small membership, riding every Sunday, plenty of social meetings and fun, the Brisbane-based club is the antithesis of big, impersonal and political clubs.

Most of our members have come from other clubs that are just too big, says president Steiny.

A big club is not necessarily a good thing. They can be too cliquey. Youre better off with a good core of members. Steel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club

Steel Horses was started in Brisbane in 2009 by members of other motorcycle clubs. They wrote some rules and immediately incorporated the club for insurance reasons, so members knew they rode at their own risk.

It now has about 26 members and while they are always interested in new members, they see the club stabilising around an ideal 30 members.

Steiny says they did get a little too political at one stage, so they moved back to our roots of riding and social activities.

He says the club is an ideal size because everyone knows everyone else in the club and cliques dont develop like they do in bigger clubs.

Ride ride rideSteel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club

Steel Horses has an emphasis on riding with a long ride (300-500km) every Sunday even if it falls on Christmas Day, plus unofficial breakfast ri...


15 awesome gigs you cant miss this month "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Weve compiled the cream of the crop when it comes to summer street parties, festivals promoting promising emerging acts for a dime, and international touring acts to catch over the coming month in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

From shoegaze pioneers to Aussie party rock, theres something for everyone in this ol genre-blended gig guide.


The Marly Hottest 100 Party

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: Marlborough Hotel, Newtown

With the Aussie music-lovers biggest day coming up fast, Newtowns Marlborough Hotel has stepped up the game and dropped the details for an absolutely awesome day of celebrating the legendary  triple j Hottest 100.

Featuring DJ sets from Alex The Astronaut, Ball Park Musics Jen Boyce, and ex-triple j presenter Dom Alessio, youll be in good hands on the day, with countless Hottest 100 activities going down, along with plenty of amber fluid from local brewers. Needless to say, if ever you needed a way to count down the famed poll, this is definitely the way to do it.

Entry is free, find out more here.

Yabun Festival 2018

When: Friday, January 26th
Where: Victoria Park, Sydney

What better way to spend your Australia Day (also known to many as Invasion Day) than to pay respects and listen to the First Nations people. Yabun Festival will be hosting some incredible talent from the likes of Baker Boy, Kardajala Kirridarra, Electric Fields, Troy Cassar-Daley and more. The best part? The whole festival is free!

Entry is free, find out more here.

Freedom 4

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst

But theres much more to celebrate on January 27 than just triple js hottest 100 Freedom are back at it at Oxford Art Factory with yet another gutful of stellar genre-diverse emerging acts, from the dreamy alt-rock of Good Boy to the twisted grooves of imbi the girl. Plus, the likes of Gusher DJs will have you dancing your mid-long weekend hangover away. Oh, and did we mention that this one is free too?

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Ellaspede Backroads blast a winner! "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Brisbane motorcycle custom shop Ellaspede is running a new event called Backroads or Bust where you could be a winner simply for showing up on time!

The ride is on March 3 from Brisbane to Byron Bay along the backroads over the border, but with a twist!

Its not the fastest to get to the destination who is the winner, but the rider who arrives at a precise elapsed time, says spokesman Hughan Seary.Ellaspede Backroads or Bust

Weve done a few checkpoint and standard time road rides before, but this is the first one with a cash prize for the rider who arrives closest to our standard time, he says.

The purpose of the event is just to have a big old road ride as we havent done one for a while.

Plus well be finishing up at The Department of Simple Things in Byron Bay, which is a rad mens shop that will be featuring some of the Ellaspede soft goods during the month of March.

Its typical of Ellaspede to organise unusual events such as their annual Dust Hustle.

Backroads or Bust fee

Riders pay $30 to enter which includes a coffee at Ellaspede in Brisbanes West End, coffee at the halfway stop at Iron & Resin Garage on the Gold Coast and a barbecue lunch at the finish point.Ellaspede Backroads or Bust

And $10 from each entry goes into a prize pool for the rider who arrives closest to the allotted time.

Riders will be sent off in waves and timed. The closest to the standard time previously recorded by Ellaspede riders obeying the route and legal speed limits.

Were currently sitting at just under 60 already registered and Id like to get at least 100 so that we can give away $1000 cash, Hughan says....

Tuesday, 23 January


RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Noted Arriving into Moranbah Airport - Plus FIFO Charter Flights Galore! "GroovUs Feed Anews"

On Tuesday 23 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was noted arriving into Moranbah Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It had earlier arrived into the Sunny Coast from Canberra.

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At the time of writing, it is unclear whether the RAAF Challenger remains parked at Moranbah Airport or has departed.

A37-002 was noted using the radio callsign of "Wisdom 44".

Meanwhile, as we've posted on our Facebook page, Tuesday seems to be a particularly busy day for Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights in and out of Moranbah Airport with at least eight flights noted visiting from Brisbane and one from Cairns during the afternoon and evening on Tuesday 23 January.

Fly Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation SAAB 340Bs VH-VEM, VH-VEO and VH-VEP all looked to complete return flights to Moranbah Airport from and back to Brisbane.

While QantasLink Dash-8-Q400s VH-QOD, VH-QOE, VH-LQF, VH-QOV and VH-QOP completed return flights to Moranbah Airport from and back to Brisbane and Cairns respectively.


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A prince of men "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sometimes i get tired of writing grown up columns. Then things like this happen:

Finally! Prince William got a proper haircut.

I"ve been urging the bloke to go the number one comb for some time now. It"s been obvious for many years that he was thinning out on top and as I said to him, Will, I said, we"ve got the rotten Frenchies where we want them at the moment, but you never know when the Dauphin or the Grand Constable is likely to start stirring up trouble around Agincourt again. You can"t expect the happy few to follow you into wanton slaughter if they"re distracted by your bald spot.

At Blunty.


How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get Into a Kusama Infinity Room? We Found Out "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Inside a Kusama Infinity room at the Tate Modern in London, 2012 (photo courtesy Dominic Alvess Flickrstream)

Of all the things we left behind in 2017, Kusama fever was certainly not one of them. If you missed her by-now legendary Infinity Rooms in Washington, DC, Singapore, and Seattle last year  whether because of incredibly long linescrashing websites, or mere inconvenience  youll have plenty of chances to experience at least one of Kusamas magical spaces in 2018.

The special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is currently open at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Australia, and the Broad in LA has an infinity room in its permanent collection, not to mention the newly opened Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo. Out of curiosity, we decided to find out just how long the waits are to see the various infinity rooms a...

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