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Friday, 27 October

01:28

Magnetic north "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Unemployment ticks down

There's been no shortage of people on hand to announce that the end of the world is nigh for Sydney. 

No-one seems to have gotten around to telling the Greater Sydney economy just yet, though, as employment growth continues to surge and the city's annual average unemployment rate just keeps on falling, and falling...and falling, towards historic lows. 


The median duration of job search in Sydney has tightened to 13 weeks in September 2017, down from 18 weeks a year earlier.

There have also been notable improvements in the unemployment rate in Adelaide and Hobart lately.

Magnetic north

Perhaps the standout statistic from the detailed labour force figures, though, has been the synchronised upswing in Queensland employment. 

Now the monthly numbers are noisy, there's no question about that, but even when plotting the figures on an annual average basis you can't help but notice the rebound. 

Brisbane's recent employment growth has evidently been punctuated mainly by part-time jobs. 

But one pleasing thing to see is that the state's full-time employment rebound has been spread widely across the state, from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba, and up to the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns in the far north. 

In aggregate, Queensland's regional employment growth is now tracking at levels not seen in a decade. 

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Thursday, 26 October

12:29

Surprising Picks For This Years Russian Resurrection Film Festival "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Outside of Russia, the Russian Resurrection film festival remains the largest and most respected Russian catalogue in both Australia and New Zealand. Running in Brisbane from 1st 8th November at the Event Cinemas in the Myer Centre in Brisbanes CBD, this years line-up will serve 14 select titles throughout, as well as celebrating the ...

The post Surprising Picks For This Years Russian Resurrection Film Festival appeared first on QNEWS.

11:20

MACKAY Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges

October 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Caitlin Schimke, 17, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday on the charges which also include stealing, shoplifting, possessing tainted

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MACKAY Former truck driver faces four charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:52AM ,

Former truck driver faces four charges

October 26, 2017 at 05:52AM ,

Hodgetts case was mentioned by defence solicitor Antoinette Morton, Fisher Dore Lawyers, in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Ms Morton

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MACKAY Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday

October 26, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Mackay residents are calling on the Council to install swimming enclosures after a 2 and a half metre long crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach

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MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:00AM ,

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017

October 26, 2017 at 05:00AM ,

The local man appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court charged with grievous bodily harm. A new map has been released that combines all the rules

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11:15

QLD federal redistribution draft released "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Ive been quite busy recently and hadnt had time to deal with the recent draft released for the Queensland federal redistribution.

To be honest its the least interesting redistribution Ive encountered in the nine years I have written for this blog. Queensland is maintaining its 30 federal electorates after a series of rapid redistributions which repeatedly increased its seat numbers. Twelve electorates were left entirely untouched, and most of the others underwent very minor changes.

Antony Green has analysed the boundaries and made estimates for the electoral boundaries. No seat flipped party, although a few have a changed margin.

You can now download my boundary map for this draft proposal.

I have also recently updated a number of other maps: the final Tasmanian federal map, the final NSW local government boundaries as of 2017, and the New Zealand electoral map updated to reflect the results of the 2017 election. You can download them all from the maps page.

08:56

Manus Island refugees fear for lives "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A trip to the supermarket can be an exercise in dicing with death on Manus Island, according to a new report.

An Iranian asylum seeker claims to have been attacked by local men who left him unconscious after fracturing his skull with a metal rod as they robbed him of his mobile phone and money.

He was flown to Brisbane for treatment.

The incident is highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 40 refugees and asylum seekers who live at the Manus Island immigration detention centre or in the community.

The detention centre is slated for closure on Tuesday and more than 600 people are refusing to leave over safety fears.

The report claims young intoxicated local men have been robbing and attacking refugees and asylum seekers using sticks, machetes, rocks, knives and screwdrivers.

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker claimed a man put a knife to his throat when he went to the nearby Lorengau township to buy a chicken.

He required medical evacuation to Port Moresby.

A Rohingya refugee from Burma told the rights group he was too scared to leave the detention centre compound.

The locals have no understanding of people from other countries, he said.

We are walking around in nice clean clothes with mobile phones. The locals dont know what it means to be a refugee. They only know we are prisoners. They were told we are bad people.

The report says refugees have stopped informing police because incidents are not investigated or they are arrested for disturbing local people.

The Australian government insists arrangements are in place to accommodate all refugees and asylum seekers at nearby Lorengau after Tuesday.

Services including mental health services will continue to be provided at the alternative accommodation.
The immigration department has previously insisted any allegations of refugees and asylum seekers being victims of crime on Manus Island are a matter for the PNG police and government.

The post Manus Island refugees fear for lives appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:53

Medicinal cannabis forum set for Brisbane "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis.
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A Queensland mother whose ill son became the first person in the state to be given the right to medicinal cannabis will address a forum on drugs policy.

Lanai Carters son Lindsay, 19, has a brain tumour and suffers from epilepsy.

He was recommended cannabis oil and dried flowers as part of his treatment by doctors in the US, but the family has not been able to obtain the same product in Australia.

Thats due to the complexities of importation laws, production licences and the availability of supplies and it has left Ms Carter worried about the treatment available for her son.

At Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital a trial using CBD cannabinoid products is underway, but research from Israel shows oils containing THC work better for people with epilepsy and brain tumours, Ms Carter said.

Theyre already starting to narrow what can be prescribed, she told AAP.

Its very frustrating.

Ms Carter said some states in the US had an effective, tailored approach to medicinal cannabis and fears Australian regulators will create a less effective pharmaceutical method with a limited range of products.

The compassionate access available to a very limited number of pediatric epilepsy patients, 30 in this state, which has cost taxpayers $6 million, is only supplying a single-molecule product, she said.

(It) has had limited success compared with full plant extracts, which include the full spectrum of cannabinoids.

Ms Carter and Dr Alex Wodak are due to speak on the issue at a forum in Brisbane on Thursday evening.

The post Medicinal cannabis forum set for Brisbane appeared first on Echonetdaily.

03:40

Ten People Face Court Over Efforts to Stop Adanis Dangerous Coal Mine "GroovUs Feed Anews"

from Frontline Action

Bowen, 24th October: Ten people will face court in Bowen and Townsville today for participating in peaceful civil disobedience to stop mining giant Adani building their mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

Three people are facing charges of failure to move on after they peacefully occupied Adanis Townsville Headquarters, five people are facing trespass charges for blockading the road into Adanis Abbot Point coal port and two women are facing railway interference charges after they blocked the rail line into the port.

Speaking about why he occupied Adanis offices, grandfather and former business-man Garry Kelly said:

I must do whatever I can to ensure my children and grandchildren arent forced to endure a future that has been wrecked by the corporate greed of the fossil fuel industry.

Joel Rosenzveig who occupied Adanis headquarters said:

The approval of and taxpayer loan to the Adani mine speaks to a corrupt, impotent and irrelevant political class wholly compromised by the fossil fuel lobby. I stand by my actions in Townsville, but regret that they seem the only avenue left in helping to protect our national interest. I hope that history will reveal who are the real criminals in this struggle.

Emma Briggs, who blocked the rail line into Abbot Point, said:

Australia and the world cannot afford to allow Adanis coal mine to go ahead and it has been left to the ordinary citizens of this country to show our leaders the way forward to a sustainable existence on this planet.

John Ross, a nurseryman from Coramba, near Coffs Harbour, said:

India and the world do not need or want Adanis coal and the majority of Australians do not want this disastrous mine. I am...

01:07

MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

The 24 year old male is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning to have the charges heard. If you have information for police,

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01:06

MACKAY Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault

October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

A man is expected to face Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon on a charge linked to an alleged assault at a South Mackay unit complex.

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01:05

MACKAY Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest

October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

A 24-year-old Mackay man was then arrested by City Insp Haughton and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. It would be

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01:05

MACKAY Update: Assault, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

Update: Assault, South Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

A 22-year-old South Mackay man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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Wednesday, 25 October

21:13

Holypeak Pty Ltd Challenger 604 Bizjet N360SL at CQ Airports - Plus More! Central Queensland Plane Spotting

Over the course of this week, Holypeak Pty Ltd Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet N360SL has looked to complete a 'tour' of Queensland and was noted visiting several Central Queensland Airports.


On Tuesday 24 October, N360SL was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  After spending the night, N360SL was then noted visiting Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airports during a busy day of flying on Wednesday 25 October.  And at the time of writing, it appears to be flying towards Sydney from Hervey Bay.

Of interest, N360SL was spotted at Darwin Airport (pictured above) on Monday 23 October.

As well as the Challenger, there has been a few other local corporate bizjets that have been noted visiting Central Queensland Airports over the last couple of days.

Also on Wednesday 25 October, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was noted making an early morning visit to Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane.  And while not quite a bizjet, Bontrail (Strahman Farms) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-SJJ was also noted departing Bundy also on Wednesday 25 October heading to Archerfield and Toowoomba.  It had arrived into Bundaberg Airport from these places the previous day.

Noted completing airwork at Gladstone Airport also on Wednesday 25 October was the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU which also flew up from Brisbane but via the Sunshine Coast.

On Monday 23 October, the Mackay Airport-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was noted returning home to Mackay after flying South back on Thursday 19 October - see Blog post below.

Up the road at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport, on Monday 23 October, Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF was noted departing to the Sunshine Coast after earlier arriving from Coen.  It originally arrived into Prosie back on Friday 20 October from the Sunny Coast and had departed to Coen on Saturday 21 October.

And also over the course of the weekend, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting parts of CQ.  Late on Friday 20 October, it v...

20:28

A Pair of RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft Complete Airwork at Rockhampton Airport - A34-004 "Kaos 37" & A34-003 "Kaos 41" Central Queensland Plane Spotting

Over the course of Tuesday 24 October, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft were spotted completing airwork around Central Queensland including at Rockhampton Airport.


Around lunch time, A34-004 was spotted completing a low overshoot onto Runway 33 at Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to fly up from RAAF Base Amberley and following the airwork, it continued further North up to Townsville.  A34-004 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Kaos 37".

Then later in the afternoon, A34-003 was photographed completing a touch-and-go onto Runway 15 at Rockhampton Airport.  It too looked to fly up from Amberley and also following the airwork, it too continued up to Townsville.  A34-003 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Kaos 41".




This is only the third time that one of the RAAF's Alenia C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter aircraft has visited Central Queensland.  Ten...

14:47

Gardner fires in Ashes opener to help Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITS been a big month for Indigenous cricketer Ashleigh Gardner, with the allrounder starring for Australia in the opening Womens Ashes match against England and being named One to Watch award in the Health Women in Sport Awards. A thrilling cameo from Gardner carried Australia to an exciting win over England in the first one-day Ashes match at Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Gardner struck two thrilling sixes in her 18-ball innings of 27. Australia won with five balls to spare.

12:50

MACKAY Smashed into business on parole, gets community service "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Smashed into business on parole, gets community service

October 25, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Oosthuizen faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday from the dock in custody, sporting four stitches and a heavily bandaged hand, with a lengthy

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11:35

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11:08

THE ZOO 25 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

 

Brisbanes most iconic venue The Zoo is turning 25. To mark this silver anniversary, over 25 of Brisbanes most celebrated musicians are coming together to perform including:

Adele Pickvance & Ian Haug / Ben Ely / ISIS

Marcello Milani & Tenzin Choegyal / Sabrina Lawrie

Sissybones / Tim Steward & Kellie Lloyd

(With more to be announced)

 

Original owners Joc Curran and C Smith opened the the doors in December 1992 and the venue quickly became one of the focal points for the explosion of music, art and creativity in Brisbane in the 90s. Since then, bands too numerous to mention from all over the world have performed there, and literally hundreds of people have worked at The Zoo, many young artists, managers and musicians, all doing time on the bar, at the door, as a glassy or duty manager. Creating this breeding ground of creativity and strength of community has been the great achievement of The Zoo and is continuing into a new generation, helmed by new owner Pixie Weyand.

All of the artists performing at this event have long histories with The Zoo and have become stalwarts of the Brisbane music scene.

This event is also supporting two very worthwhile charities:

 

Support Act www.supportact.org.au

Support Act is a charity which helps Australian artists and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, mental health problems, injury or some other crisis. Since 1997, they have helped to pay rent, keep the power on, repair instruments, provide petrol, buy school uniforms and rehouse a prized vinyl collection.

Feed Music www.feedmusic.org

Feed Music is a not for profit website that enables touring artists and bands to use their location while on the road to pinpoint cafes and restaurants situated in their passing town, in which they can eat and drink at for free, promoting a better mental wellbeing.

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08:51

Grocons construction licence cancelled in Queensland "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Melbourne based developer, Grocon, has just taken a hit in Queensland, with its licence suspended by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), as an investigation into its finances continues.

It seems that the company has made a big loss on the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and apparently, they are $16.7 million in the red over two other projects, valued at more than $1 billion. The QBCC is not satisfied that the business is viable enough to merit taking on more jobs.

The political establishment has reacted to this with a wall of silence. If it had been anyone else, especially unions in the industry, the resulting condemnations would have driven many of them  hoarse within hours. In this case, the apparent laryngitis, comes from the habit of harbouring this and some other similar construction companies as allies.

Construction companies donate significant amounts to political parties and have therefore established useful political links. Grocon has relied quit a lot on building its links through a war against construction unions., which has germinated into a cosy alliance with the federal and state governments. Canberras industry code brought benefits, in terms of legal assistance to push down wages and conditions, punish workers and unions acting on this and providing government contract rewards, through the building industry code measures that a that bars employers reaching better agreements with their own workforce.  Industry  safety conditions  and public safety have been  major casualties.

Grocon has a track record in cutting corners and this has more than once exacted a heavy price on others. In August this year VicRoads sued for damage caused in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. In 2013 there was the Swanston Street wall collapse that killed three young pedestrians, over which it faced criminal charges.

These are two examples of cases of a long list of cases that have attracted a slap on the wrist at most.  Will it be the same for the Elizabeth Street incident? This was...

08:42

Senator Canavans ambitious plan for a State of North Queensland "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Senator Matt Canavan, a friend of mine from my Canberra days, is not wasting any time while he is temporarily out of the Cabinet. He is making plans for a new State of North Queensland. With his background as a Productivity Commission economist and as the former Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Canavan has the expertise and experience to come up with a credible and convincing plan for a new State of NQ. The Senator made some very interesting observations to the Townsville Bulletin last Friday:

Ive often said were big enough and strong enough and wealthy enough to represent ourselves, he said.

I reckon wed get more things going if we didnt have the handbrakes put on us by Brisbane and Canberra.

Senator Canavan said Tasmania had 12 senators with 500,000 people but North Queensland has only two and we have more than one million people.

I utterly reject any notion that we couldnt stand on our own two feet, he said. Our average per-person economic output in North Queensland is 30 per cent higher than in southern Queensland. All the money seems to get spent in Brisbane.

Senator Canavan is absolutely right about NQs higher economic output per capita (see chart below based on the most recent official estimates from Qld Treasury), although this is a result of the disproportionate contribution of mining to NQs economy. A lot of the income generated in NQ is earned by mining companies, and the bulk of it ends up leaving NQ, with a good proportion of it going overseas. The average NQ resident does not earn a higher income than the average SEQ resident. That said, the large economic contribution of mining (e.g. around two-thirds of North West Qlds economy, half of Mackays, and one-third of Fitzroys) means that a new State of NQ would earn healthy royalty revenues. Of course, as currently happens with Queensland, this healthy royalty revenue would count against NQ in the distribution of GST revenue.

While I concur with the Senator that a State of NQ would be economically viable, Id be careful about rushing into it. The set up costs would be large, and there may be trouble filling senior public service positions, given the vast majority of current Queensland public service SES positions are in Brisbane. Also, as Ive posted on previously, Im unsure NQ gets such a raw deal from Brisbane (see my post Is NQ under-funded relative to SEQ?). That said, I am v...

06:07

Adani posts weird video to fend off Carmichael criticism "GroovUs Feed Anews"

 

The following article by Michael Slezak and Nick Evershed (The Guardian 21 October 2017) is about Gautam Adani and his social media blitz to counter the massive opposition he is facing in Australia, over his controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The Adani Group has promoted a bizarre video advertisement on Facebook, in which the Indian company responds to revelations its Australian coal operations face growing financial risks.

The video, targeting people in Melbourne, flashes up text on the screen, backed by fast and upbeat percussive music. It displays allegations, which are labelled as lies, followed by attempts to set the record straight. It also misspells Abbot point, its coal terminal.

The video was uploaded along with a long post that contains strange defenses of its operation, including the false claim that the entire allegations about the company are based on just one screenshot of random text.

The Facebook post had more than 580,000 views on the video statistics at the time of writing.

Tim Buckley, a financial analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, made many of the allegations Adani was attempting to refute. Aired in an episode of ABCs Four Corners program, the institute claimed Adanis operations in Australia were unprofitable and required the Carmichael mine to bail them out.

Buckley described the video as a desperate attempt to try and counter some of the facts with loud music and flashing lights and a sign that the campaign against Adani in Australia is having an impact.

In one respect it shows that Adani is taking it seriously, Buckley said. The whole campaign in Australia is doing enormous damage to the social license to operate of Adani.

Facebook ads are sponsored posts that an advertiser has paid to push into the news feed of a specifically targeted pool of people. Unless the ad appears in your feed, there is no easy way to determine that a post has been sponsored. This makes it difficult to keep track of political advertising on the social network.

Facebook advertising is considered effective because it allows...

04:56

Exodus! "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Census findings

Further interesting news from the 2016 Census has been released.

Some of it is rather open to interpretation. For example, there was lower employment in the younger age bracket, comprising 15-24 year olds.

But, on the other hand, 22 per cent of the population now have a degree or higher level of qualification. 

That's up +3.2 per cent from 2006-2011, replicating the same percentage increase as five years earlier, according to ID, the population experts.

Employment opportunities were certainly curtailed by the financial crisis and resources downturn, but we're also studying longer, so it's a somewhat mixed picture.

Exodus!

Similarly, there's quite a bit been said on the apparent mass exodus from Sydney.

Again, there's a strong element truth to this story.

But it's equally important not to take away the wrong visual image from this. 

The fact is, New South Wales always loses people interstate, and it always will, largely to Brisbane, south east Queensland, and even to Melbourne.

In reality, though, the numbers leaving the state on a net basis were dramatically lower in the 2011-2016 Census period than they were in the preceding five years.

And they were much, much lower than they were in the five years before that, with net interstate migration tracking at way under the half the rate of seen from 2001 to 2006.

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