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Wednesday, 12 December


GOING TO HELL! Found guilty of hideous crimes this week but media banned from revealing truth about high-profile Australian criminal with mass following "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANALYSIS: One of Australia's highest profile individuals with a worldwide reputation and a mass following has this week been found guilty of committing awful, heinous crimes. While several overseas media publications are now reporting the news, the nation's local media is forbidden from revealing even the barest of details in what is one of the biggest outcomes in Australian criminal legal history. True Crime News Weekly's Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, reports on this travesty of open justice in the digital age. [READ MORE]


Orwell An Insider? Part 2: Food Control at Animal Farm "IndyWatch Feed National"

Orwell feeding his goatOrwell feeding his goat, named Muriel

by Mary W Maxwell

Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland
Beasts of every land and clime,
Hearken to my joyful tidings
the golden future time.

Soon or late the day is coming,
Tyrant Man shall be oerthrown,
And the fruitful fields of England
Shall be trod by beasts alone.

Part 1 of this series (November 29, 2018) presented the takeover of the farms population by Napoleon the pig. A most significant part of his power was the band of 10 growling dogs whom he had secretly trained from infancy.

Now we move to a further assault on the animals, one that incites me to call Orwell an insider. Here is the issue is not control by the dogs (though that is always in the background) but control by food.

Yesterday, mainstream media in US gave us the briefest of glances at the starvation of tens of millions of Yeminis. (The newsreader described this as resulting from four years of civil war.) It was a far-away shot but still you could see that peoples arms were as thin as wire.

Henry Kissinger many years ago said the way to control the population is by food.  Of course that is correct. I feel sure we are all in for this treatment.  And after a short period of starvation no one has the energy or the confidence to fight the overlords.

Hint: the time to do it is before the food shortage, hint, hint.

So now for the text. Clover and Boxer are cart-horses, Mollie is a mare, Muriel is a goat, Benjamin is a boar. Not all animals are equal.

Chapter 7 of George Orwells Animal Farm (1945) unabridged, but some underlining by Gum...


Report highlights the need for better protection of protest rights in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The need to better protect protest rights in Australia has been highlighted in a major new report by the Human Rights Law Centre.

Launched today at NSW Parliament House, Say it loud: Protecting Protest in Australia, criticises recent attempts by governments to undermine protest rights and outlines ten principles to better protect our rights.

From winning the right to vote for women to saving the Franklin River, the power of protest has been vital in achieving positive change in Australia. Yet governments around Australia are increasingly trying to undermine our rights to gather together and speak out about the issues we care about. This has to stop, said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

Against the backdrop of the remarkable student strikes across the country for action on climate change and rising community activism on issues from the Adani mine to changing the date of Australia Day, protest rights will be increasingly significant.

Our rights to protest and free speech will be under even great pressure as exploitation of our planet increases in the coming decade. This report shows governments how we should be protecting protest in a healthy democracy, said former Senator Bob Brown.

The report criticises governments in NSW, Tasmania and Western Australia for introducing or trying to introduce harsh and unnecessary anti-protest laws with severe penalties, excessive police powers and broad, vague offences. The laws prioritise vested business and government interests over peoples democratic rights.

While the Tasmanian laws were struck down by the High Court last year, the Hodgman Government has promised to try and resurrect them. NSW anti-protest laws, with penalties of up to 7 years jail for interfering with a mine, including coal seam gas sites, remain in force.

Protest rights are absolutely essential to a healthy democracy. When governments chip away at our protest rights, they erode our democracy. This report provides a blueprint for a democracy where protest rights are protected and promoted, said Mr de Kretser.

The report will be launched at NSW Parliament House at 12.30pm. Speaking at the launch will be:

  • Former Senator, Dr Bob Brown who has dedicated his career to protecting the environment and who, together with Jessica Hoyt, successfully challenged the Tasmania anti-protest laws.

  • Broadcaster and journalist Julie McCrossin, a life-long LGBTI rights advocate who attended countless demonstrations, was arrested many times and participated in the first Mardi Gras....


Aboriginal tent embassy removed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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The Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Sandon Point Bulli. PHOTO: Green Left.

Work has started on the removal of structures from the Sandon Point Tent Embassy site at McCauleys Beach today.

Council has been asked to remove the structures from the site with the exception of the one known as The Pod by the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement.

The removal of structures relates to environmental and cultural rehabilitation of the site.  For safety reasons, the occupant has been asked to leave site while these works take place.

While the work is underway, there will be representatives from the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage present.

This work follows the placing of non-permanent fencing around sections of the site earlier this month at the request of the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement partner organisations to protect the area, and continues the work started in April to make changes at the site.

The agreement partners include the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and four local Aboriginal community organisations.

The Sandon Point site is a dedicated Aboriginal Place and one of very few in our State. Council continues to acknowledge the cultural significance of the Sandon Point McCauleys Beach Aboriginal Place and the...


Researchers Develop Cheap, 10-Minute Test That Can Detect Cancer Anywhere in the Body "IndyWatch Feed National"

An extraordinary discovery which can be made simple and universal.  Best yet it separates those with a current problem.  No effort need be spent on false leads.   

With that the patient can start anti tumor protocols and also track the bodies response until it all goes away.  with CBD coming into its own this may well be as simple as having a course of CBD oil..

In fact this makes it possible to imagine it been part of an annual checkup and possibly the whole industry literally going away.  Nothing has ever promised this.

Researchers Develop Cheap, 10-Minute Test That Can Detect Cancer Anywhere in the Body

Australian scientists are being hailed for possibly developing a quick and easy test that can detect any kind of cancer in a matter of minutes.

Cancer is an extremely complicated and variable disease and different types of cancer have different signatures. Up until now, the scientists have had trouble finding a simple signature that was distinct from healthy cells and common to all cancers but the team was finally able to identify a unique biomarker that was common...


The U.S. industrial terrorists? "IndyWatch Feed National"

There's been a lot of noise with regards to the communications side of the information technology world basically started by the administration of the United States focusing on consumer electronics coming out of China, in particular by Huawei.

The administration of the U.S. told people* of this planet not to use Huawei's routers.

What's all the racket really about?

Let's put aside the fact that Huawei refuses to patch their routers to communicate via the so called secure protocol https, instead of http, as mandated a few years back.

Colonialists are all about control, whether it be on a local or global scale, it's all about control, where this policy is adhered to by the administration of the colony labelled as the "land of the free".

In 2013, the Fairfax publication wrote an article on Huawei of the title 'it's the biggest company that no one has ever heard of'.

In 2015, uSens Inc also wrote on Huawei being 'The Biggest Smartphone Company You Never Heard Of'.

The electronics and telecommunications company was founded in Shenzhen in 1987, where it started out with a total of 20 employees in Australia in 2004.

Today it has customers in over 170 countries, where its technology serves more than a third of the population of the planet

Huawei has knocked off Apple from its perch in terms of smartphone sales.

On the 'global stage' Huawei is a threat to the dominance by U.S corporations, like Apple and Google, based products.


Video: West Papuans arrested for calling for an end to human rights abuses and raising the morning star flag "IndyWatch Feed National"

As West Papuans celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December and took part in ceremonies, where the independence Morning Star flag was raised, theIndonesian occupation forces came in and arrested dozens. So far, about 130 areknown about. A together about 500 people have been arrested over the past week,as the occupation authorities tried to clamp down on the growing frequency of protests.

The morning Star Flag

Human rights day was used to speak out against human rights abuses, and to hand over a petition, urging the Indonesians top accept fact finding missions by the United Nations and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Signing the West Papua petition

The Australian government has been giving support to the occupation and training its forces, which which carried out systematic murder has carried out systematic murder, torture and detentions. It is time for this  to stop this assistance and support the West Papuans to decide their own future.

Video by Free West Papua TV

Video by  thejuicemedia

The post...


See Top Secret Bunker Where 7,000 Americans Will Go in Event of Nuclear ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Climate Change Disaster! In as little as 60 years life above ground may not be possible, where will the wealthy & government officials survive?!


Melanoma Is a Disease of Office Workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this interview with the late Dr. Robert Heaney, Creighton University professor of medicine and renowned researcher in the field of bone biology and vitamin D,1 he admits that an embarrassing secret in the field of nutrition is the lack of knowledge of what is really normal.

When the approach to measuring vitamin intake is determining the amount needed to avoid triggering a disease or establishing the highest amount before you experience toxicity, then you dont achieve what is optimal to support biological function.

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone your body produces with the help of cholesterol when you're exposed to the sun. This critical nutrient interacts with a number of different systems in your body and is vital to cell DNA expression. One of the best ways to optimize your blood level is to get sensible sun exposure, taking great care to never get burned.

Although deficiency is very common, not only in the U.S. but also around the world, many believe they are not at risk simply because they eat foods fortified with vitamin D. With advancing technology and research it has become clear vitamin D deficiency is rampant and significantly impacts the development of several health conditions and chronic diseases.

In fact, research estimates2 85 percent of children in industrial cities, and well over half of adults and the elderly, suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Lack of sun exposure has likely been driven by the fear of developing skin cancer. However, office workers actually develop melanoma at greater rates than those who spend more time outdoors.3

Office Work May Increase Risk of Malignant Melanoma

For decades, the message from the medical community has been to avoid direct sun exposure and apply sunscreen when spending any amount of time outdoors. Australia's long public campaign4 to curb skin cancer rates has resulted in 31 percent of Australian adults being deficient in vitamin D, which in turn is linked with a number of deadly conditions, including cancer.

The application of SPF 30 can reduce the production of vitamin D by 97 percent. However, while it's important to reduce your potential for sunburn, it's been known since the 1970s that office workers have a higher risk of malignant melanoma than those who work outdoors.

Interestingly, melanoma appears on body parts that d...


Travelling a darling river "IndyWatch Feed National"

We came from Melbourne up over the Great Dividing Range to be atop the Barrier Range. Then onward to a river camp in the corner country of northwest New South Wales. The idea was to travel once more to the desert, starting at Broken Hill, then camp, explore, immerse ourselves and stay awhile, not just hop from roadside postcard photoshoot to national pretty park, not to blithely pass through.


Paris: Yellow Vest protest continues despite government scrapping fuel p... "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is what people power can do if the people have the guts to stand up & say "ENOUGH, NO MORE". What a pitty the majority of Australians don't have what it takes!!! They are so gutless they are prepared to let THE END OF THE WORLD happen without even trying!!! Pathetic!!!


Tanks, Talbot "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

We will be at Talbot Farmers market on Sunday selling the rest of our garlic come and get yours or help sell ours and enjoy the historic surrounds of Talbot plus two busy pre-xmas markets Thanks to the Gs Gayle, Garry, Gillian and Gen for assisting at Clunes last Sunday. Continue reading Tanks, Talbot


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00021 BTC
0.00100 BTC = 4.80 AUD


(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1738: Economic Structure Change | Military Tribunals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published on Dec 11, 2018

Europe insists that the BREXIT deal will not be renegotiated, it is either the people take the EU deal or else. Australia is warning of a housing crisis. World's largest cleaning service ISS is now laying off 100,000 employees, they number of employees has been declining for years. Trump reports very productive talks with China, big new coming soon. The central bank is trying to control the narrative, you can see via the MSM. The entire economic structure is about to change, prepared and ready for the transition.

Published on Dec 11, 2018

Broward commissioner on elections will do an audit. Nadler pushes the campaign violation, it was not a violation. Obama was fined for a violation in 2013, Trump's occurred before he was running. Trump tweets out that Comey knew the dossier was paid for by the D's.Jim Jordan grills Google. Yellow vests reject Macrons concessions. Q drops more bread, the wall will be build using military funding. The raid on the CF whistleblower was needed, name leaked to unseal docs. Can civilians be on military tribunals, history says yes. The DS is panicking, they cannot impeach the President because the senate will try the impeachment, the target was the Senate.


Legendary Kangaroo Who Just Passed Away Is Getting So Much Internet Love "IndyWatch Feed National"

The world is currently mourning the passing of Roger the kangaroo, a resident of The Kangaroo Sanctuary and a beloved public figure for many years. He passed away over the weekend at the age of 12, which is a good, long life for a kangaroo. 

Pictures of Roger and his incredible physique he was 6 feet, 7 inches tall and extremely muscular have been impressing and delighting the internet for years, and this strong, handsome kangaroo is going to be missed by so many people. 

Credit: The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Chris Brolga Barns, the founder of The Kangaroo Sanctuary, announced the news of Rogers passing in a sweet tribute, and ever since then, everyone who loved Roger has been posting their own tributes to him on social media. 

The tributes ranged from sweet

to nostalgic  



Hiker Spots Something Crazy On Forest Floor "IndyWatch Feed National"

A woman in Australia was taking a hike on Mount Majura recently when she spotted something that some people could find very alarming.

But Erin-Claire Barrow writes and illustrates fairy tales about brave female protagonists facing their fears and so when she saw a huge, almost mythical spider on the ground, she was curious rather than terrified.

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Barrow even got closer so that she could take some photos.

"My friend was saying, 'Be careful, what if it jumps!?'" Barrow told The Dodo. "I got really close to take the picture ... I thought it was kind of cute with its little face!"

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Closer inspection revealed the large wolf spider was a mother and dozens of tiny baby spiders were catching a piggyback ride on her back. 

Barrow reflected that even though she was willing to get close to the mother spider, she wouldn't trade places with her: "I wouldn't like for those babies to be crawling on me!"

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Some people who have seen Barrow's photos didn't think the little family was quite as cute as she did.

"I've seen so many awful comments on Facebook about killing spiders in response to the pic," Barrow said. "I love the comments about her being cute and maternal she's not hurting anyone!"


The Hobo Guide to Foreign Currency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like prizing a half-full goonie from the embrace of a comatose friend, getting a hobo to part with their money can prove to be a difficult task. If its not gonna go towards the elongation of an overseas adventure, then chances are, we dont wanna spend up.

So, with a certain level of arrogance that all writers must embody when writing a list of travel tips, Ive compiled a few small nuggets of advice that may help save the average hobo a few pesos.

This is neither a definitive doctrine nor an essential creed, but rather a compilation of information that might come in handy for anyone (everyone) looking to be savvy with their cash on their travels.

Should I get currency exchanged before or after I arrive at a destination?

To be honest, often it doesnt make a big difference what country you take your money out in. But it does make a huge difference what agency you use. Or rather, the location of that agency.

Places in the centre of a town or city, where there is plenty of competition, are always a safe bet. Supply and demand. Thats basic economics that even an arts graduate can understand.

Similarly, youre likely to get ripped off if youre gonna swap currency over in the middle of nowhere. So its best to be prepared with at least a little bit of cash before you reach your new destination.

Never change over money at an airport, unless its your last resort. The rates are astronomical. The devious hustlers at Travelex and their ilk will prey on the unprepared and those uninitiated in the ways of the Global Hobo.

I recently fell asleep in Barcelona El Prat Airport after a bender and missed my flight to Liverpool. Ten hours and 350 later, I arrived in London with about 12 in cash and the rest of my money tied up in euros. Stanstead Airport tried to give me 62 for 100. You dont need to check to know that rate is daylight robbery.

Moral of the story: I fucking hate airports. But also, do not swap your money there.

Is my bank gonna be, like, super chill about everything?

When I set out on my first overseas adventure, all dewy-eyed and ready to face the world head on, ANZ froze my cards. The cards were not authorised for overseas transactions, and th...


Seeing the International Space Station through a lens "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GLIMPSE INTO SPACE A long exposure photo of the International Space Station taken by local resident, Jason Hayward when it recently passed through our skies. Photo: Allie James Photography.GLIMPSE INTO SPACE A long exposure photo of the International Space Station taken by local resident, Jason Hayward when it recently passed through our skies. Photo: Allie James Photography.

A CHANCE occurrence took place recently for locals Jacqui and Jason Hayward, who just couldnt miss the opportunity to look to the skies and snap a long exposure photo of the International Space Station when it passed through the skies over Shepparton while a spacecraft was attempting to dock to it.

Travelling at 27,000km/h and orbiting roughly 400km from Earth, the International Space Station is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000. It has been inhabited continuously since that date.

It is possible that Jacqui and Jason captured the moment that NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos joined Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), Serena Aun-Chancellor of NASA, and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos aboard the International Space Station.


A fond farewell to Sue Nalder "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GETTING TO KNOW SUE Sue Nalder is this week stepping down from her role as La Trobe University Shepparton head of campus. Photo: David Lee.GETTING TO KNOW SUE Sue Nalder is this week stepping down from her role as La Trobe University Shepparton head of campus. Photo: David Lee.

WITH La Trobe Universitys outgoing head of campus, Sue Nalder bidding her role farewell this week, The Adviser sat down with her for one last chat about some of her favourite things in life, her time at La Trobe and what her plans for the future are.

What is your favourite food?

A really good barbeque with friends and family, but I am particularly fond of the many wonderful different salads.

What is your favourite football team?

Ill have to say the mighty TigersRichmond.

What is your favourite book?

Over the past few years I havent read too many books, mainly articles for the university, but I do love autobiographies.

Is there a particular person that has been your biggest inspiration in life?

I would have to say my mum. She is 92 years of age. I have always been inspired by her strong work ethic and how she makes the most of each day. She always supports and encourages her family and friends.

If you could holiday anywhere, where would you go?

Our favourite spot the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It has beautiful beaches and surf. I would love to go to Poland and explore one day though.

What has been your favourite moment at La Trobe?

It would be the turning of the sod of the new building at Fryers Street and its opening. It was symbolic of so many opportunities for our community in gaining a higher education. Its been a real community business where everyone has worked together to make it all happen.

What has been your biggest achievement?

With La Trobe it would be building up the school of business accounting department at the Shepparton campus. Personally, it would Ian and I having our five children and seeing them hap...


Sheed retains seat "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SEAT REMAINS INDEPENDENT Victorian Electoral Commission Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian congratulated the re-elected Independent Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed when the results were announced last week. Photo: Supplied.SEAT REMAINS INDEPENDENT Victorian Electoral Commission Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian congratulated the re-elected Independent Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed when the results were announced last week. Photo: Supplied.

RESULTS were announced last week for the Victorian State Election for the seat of Shepparton, with Suzanna Sheed retaining the seat as Independent Member for Shepparton District for another term.

Following the announcement of her re-election, Ms Sheed said, Im excited to announce I have been re-elected as the Independent Member for Shepparton District and have been given the privilege of being your representative in the Victorian Parliament for another four years.

A big thank you to the community for entrusting me to continue to advocate and deliver the outcomes we seek for our wonderful communities.

Id like to thank the Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian and VEC staff for their ongoing efforts over the past few weeks.

I would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank my family, friends and volunteers for the great effort and support they have shown over my last term of parliament and the campaign period.

Running a campaign is a huge undertaking that requires an enormous amount of commitment and hard work. Id like to congratulate Cheryl Hammer, Peter Schwarz, Bill Heath, Murray Willaton and Nickee Freeman for putting up their hands and taking on the task.

While we may represent differing political views, I applaud all candidates who care deeply about their community and seek to make a positive contribution.

Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer said, I congratulate Suzanna on being returned as the Member for Shepparton. I look forward to her delivering everything she has told us an independent could d...


Community Christmas display towers towards the stars "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

EXCEPTIONAL ARCADE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD committee person, Wendy Crow admires the awesome Tower Arcade display. Photo: Katelyn Morse.EXCEPTIONAL ARCADE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD committee person, Wendy Crow admires the awesome Tower Arcade display. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

A BRILLIANT array of new Christmas displays has been expertly executed for all to enjoy in the Shepparton Tower Arcade. The gorgeous decorations, compiled by the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, utilises stunning window displays from local artists and community groups.

The Tower Arcade window displays are proudly submitted by Shepparton Textile Artists Inc., Goulburn Valley Quilters, Eastern Goulburn Country Womens Association and the Goulburn Valley Rail Club.

Also featured in the window displays is a unique textile design by local resident Ella Egan, titled Partridge in a Pear Tree. The delightful window display is an absolute eye-opener, made from Japanese maple wired and bent into shape, silk fibres, a felt trunk, homemade silk paper, hand-embroidered partridge and pears shaped out of fabric.

In addition to the window display, Wendy Crow from the chamber has utilised the glass roof by crafting star stencils that allow the skylight to pass through, to unique effect. There is also a stunning, enormous tree display on the western end of the arcade and bouquets and other displays utilised throughout.

The entire arcade showcases the spectacular efforts of many within the community and is absolutely worth visiting.


$5B for Future Drought Fund "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Coalition Government recently introduced legislation to establish a new, secure, revenue stream for drought resilience, preparedness and recovery, which will grow to be worth $5B.

The fund will help give out farmers tools to prepare for, manage and sustain their businesses through drought and will deliver infrastructure projects, promote the adoption of new technology and help improve environmental and natural resource management on farms.

Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud said the Future Drought Fund was a forward-looking policy which will pay off for decades to come.

Were guaranteeing long-term revenue to build drought resilience, Minister Littleproud said.

Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Mathias Cormann said the fund would start with $3.9B, growing to $5B over the next decade.

From July 1, 2020, $100M will be directed annually to fund a wide range of drought resilience projects, while the balance is reinvested the fund.

A predictable funding stream for drought resilience will enable Australias $60B agricultural industries to fulfil their potential.

The government will develop and publish the Drought Resilience Funding Plan to ensure a transparent and consistent approach to funding drought resilience projects.

The plan will be informed through public consultation and reviewed at least every four years to ensure it captures emerging priorities, Minister Cormann said.

More information on drought support is available at


Pre-Christmas appeal launched for drivers "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

VICTORIANS are being urged to keep each other safe on the roads this festive season with the Andrews Labor Government and road safety authorities launching a pre-Christmas appeal to drivers, knocking on doors.

The devastating death knock that police make when a person is killed on Victorian roads is at the heart of a new Transport Accident Commission (TAC) campaign and road safety plea.

While the 195 lives lost so far this year is a record low for the start of December, it is no comfort for the families and friends facing Christmas without their loved ones.

With almost one person killed every day between the start of December and Christmas last year, drivers are being urged to slow down, plan their trips and make safe choices when hitting the road these holidays.

The campaign was developed to remind people about the tragic outcomes of risk-taking behaviour on the roads and urges people to think about the ripple effect of the choices made.

Last year, 23 people died on Victorian roads from the start of December to Christmas Day, and six people lost their lives between Christmas and the New Year.

The police and the TAC will have a strong presence across the state these holidays, with extra police shifts and community information campaigns to curb the number of people being killed on country roads.

TAC lead director road safety, Samantha Cockfield said, The festive period is a busy, high-risk time on Victorian roads with people taking longer trips, and attending social events, so our message is to avoid fatigued driving, drink and drug-driving, distractions, and slow down.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

For more information on how to register for your Community Connect listing contact The Adviser via email at Please note listings are to be fewer than 55 words.


MUSIC FOR HOSPICE will be held on Thursday, December 13 at the Cricketers Arms Hotel, Mooroopna with guest artist Marke Kelly.


THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CONGUPNA TALLYGAROOPNA LANDCARE PROJECT at the former Tallygaroopna Railway Station Site will be held on Saturday, December 15. Commencing at 10am with a look around the park and morning tea before the opening. Note, the Seymour Heritage Train will also be coming through around this time. For more, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.


NEW YEARS EVE DANCE NIGHT will be held on Monday, December 31 at the Sir Ian McLennan Centre, Mooroopna. The dinner dance will run from 6pm to 1pm. A two course cold buffet and dessert will be held at 6:30pm. The cost including tea/coffee is $26. Entry after 7:30pm is $10. Tickets must be pre-booked and paid for by Sunday, December 15 with through Trish on 5412 6744. The music will be by guest artists, The Kendells, Joyce Yates, Merri Winter and invited guests.


SHEPPARTON PRESBYTERIAN PARISH will have Christmas Day services on December 25 in Shepparton (168 Hayes Street) from 9:30am and in Kyabram (Church Street) from 9:30am.


MONDAY EVENING AUSSIE CROQUET will be held at the Shepparton Croquet Club, 37 Winston Street, Shepparton commencing from Monday, January 7, 2019 from 6:45pm for a 7pm start. Cost per person for each day of play is $6 for members, $10 for non-members and school children free. All equipment is provided. Wear flat soled shoes. For enquiries, phone Gwen on 5821 546.


ROTARY CLUB OF MOOROOPNA would like to introduce the developing Rotary Satellite Club of Mooroopna which, when fully formed will be the Rotary Club of Kialla. The club meets each Wednesday at 6:30pm at McGuire College, Wilmot Road, Shepparton (no dinning). You are welcome to visit and get to know the members.



ESHCOL DAYLIGHT LODGE meets from 10:30am on the fourth Monday of every month. New and unaffiliated members are welcome to join and partners are welcome for lunch. For further information or enquiries, phone 5824 1274 or 5825 2142.


SHEPPARTON SOROPTIMIST CLUB meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Peppermill Inn, GV Highway in Kialla from 6pm for a 6:30pm...


Prepare and plan ahead with GMCU "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

HERE TO HELP From left, GMCU Shepparton loans manager, Rob Chaston and branch manager, Dallas Moore are encouraging everyone to plan ahead for the new year. Photo: Katelyn Morse.HERE TO HELP From left, GMCU Shepparton loans manager, Rob Chaston and branch manager, Dallas Moore are encouraging everyone to plan ahead for the new year. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

CHRISTMAS is a great time of year for spending time with family and friends. It is also the perfect time to reflect on the year that has been and to begin planning for the year ahead, something GMCU Shepparton are experts in assisting with.

If you are planning to buy your first or next home in 2019, starting now is a great way to ensure you are well prepared and ready to buy when you find the ideal property.

When looking at possible purchases, make sure you have researched the area you are buying in. How are the surrounding suburbs expected to grow in value? Are there any proposed developments that may impact the area? Look at the comparable properties in the area to work out how much youre prepared to pay.

Another important first step is to think about how much you might need to save for your deposit, or to understand how much equity is available in your current home. Talking to your financial institution early is a good way to make sure you are on the right track. They can also help you understand the different finance options available and the best ways to boost your savings.

GMCU Shepparton branch manager, Dallas Moore said, At GMCU, we recognise that buying a home is much more than the process of getting a home loan. Supporting our members throughout the whole buying experience is an important part of what we do, right from the earliest stages of planning for purchase.

Our team are always only a phone call away if you have any questions at any step along the way.

GMCU has ten branches located throughout the region, each with experienced lenders who can help homebuyers with their choices, including branches in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kyabram, Benalla, Echuca, Numurkah, Euroa, Seymour and Kilmore. Visit the website at or contact the Shepparton GMCU branch on 5821 903...


Join the 2019 headspace advisory committee "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

APPLICATIONS for the January intake for the headspace Youth Advisory Council (YAC) are now open.

The YAC Members do so much for not only the local centre, but also for our local youth and wider community audience. Youth members get to work on a number of different projects while learning to develop confidence, public speaking skills and to be a voice for youth mental health.

The YAC will have six volunteer positions, with each position offering a different skill set. The volunteer roles are perfect for young people who are looking to work in the helping people profession, events, and or, young people just wanting to be involved in helping other young people. People between the ages of 16-25 can now apply.

Applications are open until January 7, 2019. For more information or to apply, visit


Santa delights at Capeview Mitre10 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHILE some of the younger visitors to Santa Claus at Capeview Mitre10 Leongatha found the experience a little terrifying, most children were delighted to see him.

HitFM Gippslands Santa On Tour program was in Leongatha on Saturday and will continue on to various locations across the region to celebrate Christmas.

Visitors came to have their photo taken with Santa and do Christmas shopping while they were there.


Seasons greetings: from left, Santas elf Tiana Revill, Aidan and Kynan Staley and Santa Claus who visited Capeview Mitre10 Leongatha for HitFM Gippslands Santa tour across Gippsland on Saturday.


Christmas cheer in Korumburra "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Korumburra community is set to celebrate the Christmas season during the towns annual celebration Christmas In Korumburra on its main street on Saturday, December 15.

An initiative of members of the Korumburra Business Association (KBA) and supported by the Koringal Womens Service, Lions and Rotary clubs of Korumburra, the event caters for families and is free.

KBA president Noelene Cosson said the focus was for children to wander through Commercial Street and enjoy free activities including lolly jar guessing games, a CFA display and music.

Its not really a Christmas celebration without Santa Claus so children are welcome to have a free photo taken with him during the day, Ms Cosson said.

We are very pleased to be organising this free event and are very grateful for all the assistance from the community groups.

Not to be missed will be the South Gippsland Concert Band and the school choirs from Korumburra and St Josephs primary schools.

The event from 9am to midday is expected to draw a number of visitors to the towns centre on Commercial Street and unite the community to celebrate the Christmas spirit.


Tree cheer: Korumburra Business Association secretary Shirley Arestia and president Noelene Cosson welcome the community to the upcoming Christmas In Korumburra celebration.


Former MG chief Gary Helou to pay $200,000 penalty "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Federal Court has ordered former Murray Goulburn Co-operative managing director Gary Helou to pay $200,000 in penalties for being knowingly concerned in Murray Goulburns false or misleading claims about the farmgate milk price it expected to pay dairy farmers during the 2015-16 milk season.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Mick Keogh said, The penalty imposed against Mr Helou reflects his seniority at Murray Goulburn and involvement in misleading representations about the farmgate milk price.

Murray Goulburn admitted to making false or misleading representations in breach of the Australian Consumer Law when it represented to farmers in Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales on February 29, 2016, and subsequently until April 27, 2016, that it could maintain its opening milk price of $5.60/kg of milk solids.

South Gippslanders reacted to the penalty on The Stars Facebook page, with Darren McInnes writing, Disgraceful for a man who ruined the Devondale brand and Darren Eastwood saying, Petty cash for him.

Mr Helou has admitted he was involved in the misleading representations made by Murray Goulburn. This included not informing farmers of risks known to Murray Goulburn and making unfounded assumptions that Murray Goulburn could achieve its milk powder sachet sales targets.

Murray Goulburns misrepresentations meant farmers were not informed of the likelihood the final milk price would fall below the opening price. This was important information for farmers as it would have influenced the business decisions each farmer made, Mr Keogh said.

Farmers were denied the opportunity to plan for the impact of the reduced milk price on their businesses between February and April 2016, including implementing measures to reduce their exposure to a decrease in the milk price or shopping their milk around to other dairy processors.

The ACCC did not seek a penalty against Murray Goulburn because as it was a co-operative, any penalty imposed against it could end up being paid by the very farmers that were misled.

We were conscious not to seek penalty orders that would adversely affect farmers for the wrongs committed by Murray Goulburn, so we focused on obtaining appropriate orders against the individuals involved in the conduct, Mr Keogh added.

As part of the resolution of the proceedings, Mr Helou has undertaken to the court that he will not be involved in the dairy industry for three years.

In August 2018, the ACCC resolved its proceedings against Murray Goulburns former chief financial officer, Bradley Hingle, after he consented to an order that he pay a contribution to the ACCCs costs and gave an undertaking to the court that he wouldnt be involved in the dairy i...


Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" forecast to reform in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" crossed the coast near Port Douglas at 03:00 local time Monday, December 10, 2018. The storm brought heavy rain and damaging wind gusts to the north tropical coast of Queensland. Meteorologists say it's looking like it the...... Read more

Her Life's a Sprint, Legacy Long Running "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wilma Rudolph outran poverty, polio, scarlet fever and the limits placed on black women by societal convention to win three gold medals in sprint events at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. By the time brain cancer caught Rudolph, leading to her death Saturday at age 54, she had achieved a stature that made her legend and her sport greater in the long run. The 20th of 22 children of a porter and a cleaning lady, Rudolph lost the use of her left leg after contracting polio and scarlet fever at age 4. Doctors told her parents she never would walk again without braces, but she refused to accept that prognosis and began to walk unassisted at age 9. It wasn't long before she was outrunning all the girls and boys in her neighborhood. At 16, already under the tutelage of Tennessee State University coach Ed Temple, Rudolph won a bronze medal on the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Four years later, when she was the mother of a 2-year-old, Rudolph won the three golds despite running all three events with a sprained ankle. After being voted Associated Press female athlete of the year in 1960 and 1961 and the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete in 1961, Rudolph retired at 21, a decision that reflects an era in which lack of financial incentives kept most Olympic careers short. She turned to a variety of humanitarian projects, including goodwill ambassador to West Africa, coaching at DePauw University and working for underprivileged children through the Wilma Rudolph Foundation.

Note: The remarkable woman once commented, "My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother."


Leongatha turns on Christmas spirit "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

By Trudy Murphy


OH, what a night!

Saturday nights Carols in the Drome in Leongatha was a carols to remember with amazing performances from local bands, Leongatha Childrens Centre, local schools, Lisa Pellin Dancers, Combined Church Choir, South Gippsland Brass Band and drummers, Ashley Geary, Jackson Patterson, Adrian Darakai, Kiarna Smith, Britt Lewis, Kerryn Lockhart, Jen Holm and Jessica Stein, who delighted the crowd with her warm and friendly compering of the night.

The morning began with the decision to go ahead with the hope reports of wet weather were wrong. That paid off with a little help from above!

The attendance was fantastic with more than 1000 people and the new location near the LDNA netball courts was a hit with everyone. The close proximity of amenities and the roads made moving around the site easy.

New carols committee member Claire Williams passion for the community and enthusiasm lifted the quality of the childrens activities with go-karts, jumping castles and mini golf, all free for children to enjoy.

The carols stall with glow gear, popcorn, ice cones and fairy floss was busy all night, with all profits going towards next years carols.

This event wouldnt be possible without the wonderful support and help from community members and businesses.

The committee wishes to thank volunteers who helped on the night, Leongatha Mens Shed, SES, stage manager Matt Saario and Neil Warren.

Sponsors were South Gippsland Shire Council, Chairo Christian School, Ezyas Car Wash, St Peters Church, The Star newspaper, Aldi, Michaels IGA, Woolworths, Freeza, Leongatha Business Association, Country Cart, Ryans Trucks, SAFE Scaffolding, Leongatha Lions and Lyric Theatre.

Thanks to 1000-plus people who joined us for our community carols. It was a wonderful atmosphere and its really special seeing everyone having a great time enjoying the talents and expertise of our local people, the committees Trudy Murphy said.


Young talent: Tegan Denbrok (front) and Meg Richards of South Gippsland Brass Band performed admirably at Carols in the Drome at Leongatha on Saturday. They are with Doug Appleton, Brian Foster, Masina Ahokava and Ralph Christensen. Photo: Trudy Murphy.



Concert impresses "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

STUDENTS at St Josephs Primary School, Wonthaggi, wowed their friends and family with their annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 6.

The Christmas concert was based on John Burlands Christmas Star.

Christmas Star is a collection of songs and narration that retells the events leading up to and including the birth of Jesus Christ.

The concert was performed by the whole school with each student given the opportunity to play a role.

They performed a matinee to warm up, which was followed by a night performance on the same evening.

The students have worked hard to prepare for the concert since the start of term four.


Very sweet: Grade 1/2 students Mia, Isla, Ava and Izzy were dressed as angels for St Josephs Primary Schools Christmas concert in Wonthaggi.


Santa spreads joy to the world "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IF ever there was a more important job than spreading joy to children the world over, Santa Claus is yet to have discovered it.

Mr Claus hails from the Nordic, snowy regions of the North Pole. Each year on Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day, he delivers toys, with the help of his faithful team of reindeer and elves, to millions of children the world over, filling empty stockings hung in homes.

It is by no measure a mean feat to reward the worlds children with festive season gifts; and to that end, he concedes the busy delivery schedule requires a team effort from all involved.

It might sound obvious, but steering reindeer can be a little tricky at times, especially in snowy conditions. Thats why I love visiting Australian children during their summer Christmas without snow, I get to deliver far more goodies for the Aussie boys and girls, Mr Claus said.

Times have changed a little and I admit that our sleigh could do with a few upgrades to its navigational and compass equipment to aid flying around the world at top speed. Sometimes Dancer gets a little antsy in cool conditions.

But I have to say my wife Mrs Claus makes everything possible. Without her reindeer care, toy preparation and not to mention cookie production with my trusty team of elves, none of this would be possible. Its truly a team effort.

We would all like to extend our warmest wishes of appreciation to all our reindeer Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. To all our elves that make toys at our North Pole factory and care for our reindeer, we thank you too.

Mr Claus always gives his time to all, and The Star notes that of all the people he waved to during our interview, each and every person reciprocated the joy.

Is there anything about Santa Claus you didnt know? Perhaps its his red pyjamas worn to bed and when he gets up in the morning, he awakens to Jingle Bells.

He also credits his energy levels to a daily hot chocolate with a sprinkling of elf dust.

All in all, he reiterates that Mrs Claus always keeps him on his toes, though his knees have received a good work out throughout the years.

It must be all the well behaved children contributing to that.



Corporate Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)


Elliot defends supporting encryption law "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justine Elliot Labor Federal MP for Richmond. Photo supplied.

In the face of overwhelming opposition to the new backdoor encryption-access law, local federal Labor MP Justine Elliot has defended her rushed vote for the bill on the grounds of national security and keeping Australians safe.

Remarkably Mrs Elliot reasoned that the law needed to be rushed owing to Labor being wedged by the cross-bench and the coalition.

Instead of taking more time to deliberate, she said she wanted to ensure that our agencies have appropriate powers over the holiday period.

Law Council concerns

Whether that rhetoric stacks up is yet to emerge; major concerns have been raised by the tech industry and the Law Council, who say there will be unintended consequences for not properly scrutinising the bill and there is a possibility of intelligence agency and law-enforcement overreach.

Under the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be able to access encrypted private information without a warrant, as well as have the power detain individuals in certain circumstances.

Phone apps like WhatsApp and Telegram would no longer be secure.

After the bill passed on Thursday in federal parliament, a torrent of tweets from industry professionals roundly criticised the Bill, claiming among other things this will lead to Australias IT and software engineering sectors moving offshore.

Of all the Five Eyes counties, Australia has the most onerous and strict cyber laws and perhaps the weakest provisions for the protection of free speech and privacy. 

Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US. These countries are parties to a treaty for joint co-operation in signals intelligence.

This alliance became public knowledge after revelations fr...


Policy Officers (APS 5 & 6) "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Leafhoppers and leaping Mantis "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The leaves of our Box trees are sporting quite a few Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymphs at present. A nymph is an immature insect which, unlike larvae, look somewhat like their adult forms. The undeveloped wings are the sign of a nymph stage.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph on Grey Box leaf

Leafhoppers are bugs, which means they feed by tubes that they use to suck nutrients from their food source. In the case of Leafhoppers, these are leaves. On the same Grey Box sucker on which I found the nymph was this adult Spiny-legged Leafhopper. The name fits well, as they have spiny legs, live on leaves and hop! I think this one is a Brunotartessus species.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper (Brunotartessus sp?)

Spiny-legged Leafhopper adult

What really surprised me was a miniscule bit of white fluff with 2 long antennae crawling along the leaf stems of a Long-leafed Box, a bit further into our bush. Through the lens, I still couldnt see it properly, but guessed in might have been something like a Lacewing larva, which often camouflage themselves by sticking debris on their backs. When I downloaded the image onto my computer, I saw that it was another leafhopper nymph, but at the most 2mm long. I wonder if this is how they look just after hatching. Or is something else going on?

Leafhopper nymph

Leafhopper nymph

Elsewhere, on a Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) a few dark Praying Mantis nymphs were on the hunt. This one, about 15mm long, looked about to take a step into space.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis nymph




Build unity to get rid of the Coalition "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Dont get me wrong. Im all for Labor winning the federal election next year. The alternative of an ongoing Coalition government would be a disaster in many ways. More so, when it is hell bent on transforming the Australian political landscape into an ugly expression of entrenched inequality, exploitation and repression, which is far worse than anything experienced before.

In the course of backing Labor as the next government, sober heads dont have to buy into the hype that Labor would bring in any fundamental change in direction. It wont. The leadership has never claimed that it will. Deep down, they accept the general premise of the Coalition. This is that the fundamental force for the creation of wealth and building society is the big investor.

The departure point is that Labor stands, for a more equal distribution of wealth and a kinder, more benevolent form of government.  This is important, and if we are to go by the polls, most of Australia is agreeing.

Pulling back from the plunge into extreme neoliberalism and new depths of inhumanity would be a welcome change. At least, it would provide some breathing space for the millions of Australians, whose living standards and rights are heading south.

Besides, there is at present none else with the potential to form an alternative government next year. So Labor it must be.

The Greens are important. In many ways they are the conscience of society, and the greater the support for them the better. The Greens exert a healthy pressure on Labor. They are an important expression of the growing disillusionment with the traditional two-party system,  because it is not delivering what a large part of Australia wants. Other than this, there are a number of micro parties and individuals. They are also part of dissatisfied Australia.  

If we want to ensure Australia progresses towards a better future, it is necessary to do much more to break down tribalism and build unity around a common purpose. Broadly speaking, this is an economic policy that puts people first and building greater democracy as the alternative means of governing society.

To be honest, it must be admitted that Labor tends to be contradictory in a range of policy areas. It causes some internal schism. This might be evidenced in the coming federal party conference on 16-18 December. A stoush is shaping up over refugee policy, free trade, the level of Newstart,and the Adani coal mine.  This cannot just be put down to factional rivalries. Ultimately and most importantly, this is a division between the leadership and the ranks. It all boils down to the leadership wanting minimal change and others wanting more.  

This can make Bill Shorten and his team look like a bunch of fence sitters. Whi...


`None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.Johann Von Goethe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For The Week.
In 1981, frustrated at the propaganda produced hourly the mainstream media academics, I recognised the need for a magazine that could speak out on behalf of Australian firearm owners. With Malcolm Bone as editor, my father William (Bill) Owen thought up the name Lock, Stock, and Barrel, we registered it and our battles against the Oligarchy commenced.
(Definition, Oligarchy a form of government in which all power is vested in a dominant class or clique.)
The magazine produced articles such as the Benevolent Bureaucrat and produced stickers, stressing, Registration Precedes Confiscation. We were criticized even by our own contemporaries, other Australian shooting magazines. They never recognised that we could say, what they were thinking, but were prevented from publishing. The majority of firearm owners were oblivious to what was happening to our society and even 40 years later they still believe that they live in a free country.

`None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.Johann Von Goethe
If the idea of a dual party dictatorship was announced in advance, it would never happen! The people would resist, find leaders, rise up and stop it. But, of course, the loss of personal freedom never happens in one moment of time, but gradually, inch by inch, never moving fast enough to cause too much opposition, taking a backward step now and then, in order to take two forward steps later.
How do we recognise it? And what do we do about it? There is a hundred and on...


Australians will automatically have their organs donated after they die under a new proposal "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to a new policy currently being considered by MPs in Australia, unless youve filled out an official opt-out document, your organs will be automatically donated after you die. The changes are supposed to help curb the illegal organ trade. Under the new law, Australians who go overseas to receive an illegal transplant will be criminally prosecuted upon []

The post Australians will automatically have their organs donated after they die under a new proposal appeared first on Health Nut News.


Aussie property prices deflate -1.9pc over the year "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Home prices fall in Q3

The ABS released its residential property price indexes this morning.

The indexes showed capital city prices down by -1.9 per cent over the year to September 2018.

Dragging back the data series all the way back to their inception in 2003 you can see that - with Melbourne prices down by -2.6 per cent in Q3 2018 - surprise package Hobart is set to take the mantle of strongest performer over the full history of the data series.

That may seem an unlikely outcome, but there is more interstate and international capital around these days - especially from China - and Hobart has been relatively affordable until recently. 

Asian tourism is firing in Tassie, and the lower dollar has helped to turn around the exporting economy. 

Indexed housing market price changes in Brisbane and Adelaide continue to track each other remarkably closely in recording modest price growth, and there was also solid growth in Canberra over the year to September (+3.7 per cent). 

A significant decline over the year was again recorded in deflationary Darwin at -4.5 per cent.

Looking at the chart from 2003 to 2018 by capital city the most striking observation is just how similar price growth has been, despite the divergence of the resources capitals through the mining boom years (I've posted a few charts here - you can click on them to expand). 

Looking at the long run figures the case for a raging property bubble isn't an especially strong one, with the weighted average capital city price index slightly more than doubling....


Australia: Muslim teen buys knives, plots jihad massacre, screams you will be slaughtered at the hands of Allah "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justice Bellew also said it was clear the teenager had held and extremist and radical ideology which advocated violence from as young as 12. Who taught this young man Islam? Has his local mosque been investigated? Note that he was arrested in a Muslim prayer hall. Would it be Islamophobic to investigate that place? Are []


Market Talk- December 11, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following Wall Streets whippy session and especially their strong afternoon rally, many expected Asia to open firm. However, that was not what we saw and probably supports the view that capital is US bound. Australia did open higher but was almost back to unchanged by late morning trading. Core Asian indices are all suffering this year with only the SENSEX and Jakarta even showing any signs of performance. That however, could be explained by this years currency depreciation, as the INR is off over 13% against the USD YTD. The Nikkei did well to hang-on to unchanged levels, but closed down -0.35%. The Yen meanwhile lost another 0.25% and is back in danger of revisiting the 114 handle again. Both the Shanghai and Hang Seng indices managed a small positive, but only after both saw whippy trading conditions.

Europe took heart from Wall Streets rally and even managed to build on that in late trading. However, the US sell-off started following Europes close and so we must await Wednesdays trading for that interpretation. Closing up around +1.4% on average, it is reflecting earlier US strength. French OATs lost a couple of BPs earlier on the domestic unrest, which was probably the only reason why Macron offered a hike in the minimum wage. BREXIT is never out of the equation and today we hear that Theresa May is touring Europe in the hope of gaining some support, but judging by Sterlings performance she is not finding much! Cable is flirting with a 1.24 handle, levels not seen since early 2017. Back at home there was continued speculation of an imminent leadership challenge, but thats always been on the cards recently. Theres a lot of talk that the Old Lady has been a gentle bid under the Pound, but thats speculation the market hears. Trends remains lower for both Euro and GBP and could only accelerate in 2019.

Early strength was returned after uncertainty and further talk of European liquidations. The fear of a House shutdown also weighed on stocks, but then a tweet from President Trump of possible positive move on trade tariffs eventually helped restore confidence. The volatility is here for a while yet even as we enter the full final trading week of the year. Stepping back the trend remains capital pos...

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Thailand extends detention of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi "IndyWatch Feed National"


Former national team player, who claimed asylum in Australia in 2014, says he would be imprisoned and tortured if he is extradited to Gulf state


MACKAY Busker fined for his ill-fated charter to St Bees Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Busker fined for his ill-fated charter to St Bees Island

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The events of July 4-5 drew the attention of Mackay police, who breath tested Kay hours later, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Monday.

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PERTH Christ Church Grammar School psychologist slapped, threw water on child with autism "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Christ Church Grammar School psychologist slapped, threw water on child with autism .

December 11, 2018 at 03:03PM .

Dr Agni Angelkovska, 50, is on trial in Perth Magistrates Court, accused of slapping the 12-year-old boy in the face with his own hand and throwing a .



Ukrainian Village Distributes Dividends From Crypto Investment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Despite the market slump, the head of village council in Ukraine has managed to earn profit from a cryptocurrency investment he made on behalf of the residents of the Elizavetovka, Dnipropetrovsk region. Earlier this year, Maxim Golosnoy bought a small amount of cryptocurrency using his own savings and has recently distributed dividends to the villagers.

Also read: Australian Company Issues Loans Backed by Cryptocurrencies

Everyone in Elizavetovka to Receive 100 Hryvnias



Milo Yiannopoulos (Penthouse Florida) ~versus~ Damien Costas (Penthouse Australia) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oh dear. The last week has been a Bad one for the former billionaires sockpuppet Milo Hanrahan (AKA Milo Yiannopoulos / Milo Andreas Wagner). After the collapse and implosion of his tour Down Under with fellow right-wing blabbermouth Ann Coulter, Continue reading


Australia passes controversial anti-encryption laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on TOTT News:
The Australian government is one step closer to cracking encryption. Photo: TechNews The Australian government has passed anti-encryption legislation compelling companies to grant authorities access to encrypted information, in a move analysts say will have vast implications for digital privacy. The new law, which passed the Senate 44-12 this week,


Australian Insurer Announces Blockchain Trial For Beef Export Supply Chain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian truck and transport insurance company National Transport Insurance (NTI) has revealed that it is partnering with BeefLedger, an Australian blockchain platform on a pilot program that will deploy blockchain technology for end-to-end tracking of Australian beef exports. Aimed at improving food safety, export security and animal welfare in Australia, the program will use a

The post Australian Insurer Announces Blockchain Trial For Beef Export Supply Chain appeared first on CCN


Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong Sir Francis Rock Spider speaks from Hades "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong


I wrote this article in 2015 after the Australian Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse.

I was thinking if it was possible Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong in Sydney, Australia in 1977, a lifelong self-confessed secret child rapist, could possibly be in Heaven.

Thinking about what Jesus said would happen to those who harm little children, I decided Frank Houston is in Hades.

Rock spider is a Western Australian slang name for pedophiles. If you want to know why, then google Rock spider pedophile Urban Dictionary. The meaning is very dark.

Pedophiles are the lowest of the low in society, in jail and in Hades.


Blog article 2015



List of Banks Owned By The Rothschild Family "IndyWatch Feed National"

Give me control over a nations currency, and I care not who makes its laws Baron M.A. Rothschild ROTHSCHILD OWNED BANKS: Afghanistan: Bank of Afghanistan Albania: Bank of Albania Algeria: Bank of Algeria Argentina: Central Bank of Argentina Armenia: Central Bank of Armenia Aruba: Central Bank of Aruba Australia: Reserve Bank of Australia Austria: []


How physical activity in Australian schools can help prevent depression in young people "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of mental health problems. In fact, depression is most likely to occur during adolescence and young adulthood. Its the leading cause of disability in young people worldwide.

At least onequarter of young people will experience an episode of depression before 19 years of age. By year 9, students who have experienced a mental disorder are on average two years behind in academic achievement compared to those without a mental disorder.

See more at:


How much of eating disorders is in our DNA and can we predict and prevent them? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness in young women.
In recent years, researchers have made advances in detecting the genetic links, raising hopes for treatment and prevention.

Professor Tracey Wade is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University and associate investigator of the Australian Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI).
Elise Thompson spent six years living with anorexia.

Click on link for audio at:


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Librarian's Christmas Tree
A Merry Christmas and a happy 2019 to all our readers

Check out :
* Christmas in Australia

* 12 Days of Christmas in ER

* The most amazing Christmas links page from Aussie Educator.
Everything about Christmas you could possibly want : history, carols, games, quizzes, recipes and even card and gift making!!

Christmas trivia

* 12 people sustained burns in 2007 when trying on a new sweater with a cigarette in their mouth.* 5 People suffered 3rd degree burns in 2007 when trying to flame torch their Christmas pudding.

* Over 200 people are admitted to hospital each year after not removing all the pins from new shirts.

* In 2008, two people died eating Christmas decorations they thought were chocolates.

* Forget leaving beer and biscuits out for Santa this year, reindeer like to eat bananas.

* Statistics show you are more likely to be killed by a flying champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

The ABS doesn't record official reindeer numbers, but we can repor...


PERTH Worker fined for Karratha crane collapse which seriously injured colleague "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Worker fined for Karratha crane collapse which seriously injured colleague .

December 11, 2018 at 01:00PM .

Robert Anthony Hoekzema pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person in Perth Magistrates Court on .




Two new Australian hospital statistics reports: elective surgery and emergency department care [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released 2 new reports:

1. Elective surgery waiting times 2017-18: Australian hospital statistics Elective surgery waiting times 201718: Australian hospital statistics focuses on information about public hospital elective surgery waiting lists between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. It presents information on overall activity, what elective surgery was provided and how long people waited for elective surgery.

2. Emergency department care 2017-18: Australian hospital statisticsEmergency department care 201718: Australian hospital statistics presents information on care provided in public hospital emergency departments between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. It includes information on overall activity, nationally agreed performance indicators on waiting times for care, time spent in the ED, and other waiting times statistics. It also includes comparative information for the previous 4 reporting periods.

Media release: Waiting times for emergency department and elective surgery on the rise.


The Obesity Epidemic in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Senate Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia was established on 16 May 2018. The committee is composed of 7 Senators and was tasked with inquiring into and reporting on the following terms of reference:

  • The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children in Australia and changes in these rates over time;
  • The causes of the rise in overweight and obesity in Australia;
  • The short and long-term harm to health associated with obesity, particularly in children in Australia;
  • The short and long-term economic burden of obesity, particularly related to obesity in children in Australia;
  • The effectiveness of existing policies and programs introduced by Australian governments to improve diets and prevent childhood obesity;
  • Evidence-based measures and interventions to prevent and reverse childhood obesity, including experiences from overseas jurisdictions;
  • The role of the food industry in contributing to poor diets and childhood obesity in Australia; and
  • any other related matters.

This report is comprised of 10 chapters:

  • Chapter 1 provides some background information around the prevalence of obesity, and defines some key terms;
  • Chapter 2 discusses the importance of language and the high degree of stigma attached to the term 'obesity';
  • Chapter 3 examines strategic policy directions which could help tackling obesity;
  • Chapter 4 discusses the issue of food labelling;
  • Chapter 5 focuses on the critical role of reformulation to improve the availability of healthier products;
  • Chapter 6 examines the benefits of introducing a tax on sugary drinks;
  • Chapter 7 focuses on the issues associated with the marketing and advertising of discretionary foods;
  • Chapter 8 discusses the importance of education campaigns;
  • Chapter 9 looks at the benefits of health care interventions; and
  • Chapter 10 discusses promising multi-strategy prevention programs

The Obesity epidemic in Australia (Final Report)


Flying blind 2: Australian researchers and digital health "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia has a wealth of health data resources, many of which are originally collected for other purposes such as administration or compliance. With appropriate access to these data and through data linkage, health researchers can generate new insights, uncover new trends and deepen our understanding of health and disease. In FB2, the aim is to understand how well these national data assets are used for research and where barriers may exist to more effective use.

This is the second of 3 reports by the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre on digital health in Australia.

Flying blind Vol. 2: Australian researchers and digital health

Flying blind Vol. 1: Australian consumers and digital health


Increase in women imprisonment more than double the rate of men new stats reveal "IndyWatch Feed National"

New data shows that state and territory governments are imprisoning women at an alarmingly and rapidly increasing rate more than double the rate of men.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released data last week that shows governments across Australia are now forcing more than 3,600 women into prisons. This marks an increase of 10 per cent from the previous year - more than double the rate of mens, which increased by four per cent.

Ruth Barson, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the human and social toll of state and territory governments funneling thousands of women into prisons is devastating.

Most women behind bars are mothers and survivors of violence. They are being separated from their families and communities. We need a new approach to justice one that prioritises supporting people, rather than dumping them into the quicksand of the prison system, said Ms Barson.

This is the seventh consecutive year in which the number of people in prison has risen. NSW and Victoria have had the highest overall growth, while the Northern Territory Government continues to have the highest imprisonment rate in the country.

The data shows that around 43,000 individuals in Australia will be held behind bars. Ms Barson said the data paints a picture of governments mindlessly hurtling towards a mass-imprisonment crisis.

Our justice system is failing it is rife with unfairness and inequality. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people falling on tough times are hit hardest by politicians peddling punitive, lock-em-up laws, said Ms Barson.

Governments should be working towards reducing the number of people forced into prisons. There are straight forward reforms like raising the age of criminal responsibility at which children can be sent to prison, ending mandatory sentencing, and decriminalising minor offences like public drunkenness that governments could implement today that would make a huge difference, said Ms Barson.

The data also shows that one in every three people are in prison on remand being held without conviction while their charges are processed. This is an increase of seven per cent over a 12 month period. In Victoria, the number of people on remand increased by an astonishing 22 percent meaning there were almost an additional 500 people who had their liberty removed without being convicted.

Ms Barson said that fixing over the top bail laws is a key transformation needed to make our justice system fair and equitable.

Thousands of people in prison in Australia are there not because theyve been convicted, but...


Health risks due to high salt content in water, in a drought town "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Health expert warns residents are at risk from high sodium in water in drought-stricken NSW town of Walgett, ABC News, By Rachel Carbonell, National Regional Reporting Team, Jessie Davies and Danielle Bonica, 10 Dec 18,  Walgett has always been a river town, perched near the junction of the Barwon and the Namoi rivers.But with the drought biting hard, the water from those rivers isnt making it to this northern New South Wales town.

With nothing to pump from the local weir, Walgett is the latest town forced to go underground for water, a move that health experts say could have potentially serious health implications.

Many locals are worried the emergency supply of bore water is damaging their health.

Dharriwaa Elder, Thomas Morgan, said the water was no good for drinking.

Too much salt in it, he said. The kids, my grandkids, theyre starting to spit it out, they dont like it.

The foulest smell

Elder Rick Townsend lives near the water treatment plant.

I get the smell of it eve...


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From Trainwreck to LA Babe in Three Hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The twist? No car and no housing expenses.

One day before stepping out onto the City of Angels glittery soil, we had no accommodation lined up and zero leads. But through the magic of Couchsurfing, a guy from Israel contacted us and said we could stay with him and his two mates in West Hollywood. Overwhelmed with relief, we gladly accepted this kind offer.

As soon as we were breathing LA air, we messaged Adi to inform him that we were on our way to his house. He was happy that we had arrived safely and only had one follow-up question for us to answer: Do you guys wanna go to a pool party?

Our tired but 21-year-old hearts skipped a beat. We couldnt wait to get sucked into whatever scene LA had to offer. We were here.

After putting down our bags in Adis humble Hollywood home, we grabbed our bikinis and headed out to some exotic location with an exclusive guest list. Prior to this, the only guest lists wed ever been on were the ones you stressfully sign yourself up to on the same night of the party in order to save yourself 15 precious dollars in the Stockholm club jungle.

We jumped into a messy van with a few guys we had known for approximately 15 minutes, and we were off. The car ride was spent getting to know each other, and Sofie and I were shocked to hear stories about their mandatory two-year military duty, how they had all turned into officers to serve their country and now, almost as young as us, had decided to leave their home to live a little.

Feeling as privileged as ever for having lived a life only for ourselves, we indulged in deep conversations and absorbed new knowledge from both ends. The van was heavy with information and contrasts of way of life when we arrived at the entrance of a sparkly hotel.

We jump out of the van only to face a crew of high heeled, beach-wave-haired, blonde babes I had only seen before with a TV screen separating our worlds. Once inside, I gave myself one of those up-and-down looks in the floor-to-ceiling mirror. I was wearing my favourite beige cotton t-shirt, denim shorts and my not-so-summery Dr. Martin boots, coupled with a ve...


Sheep Who Joined Wild Kangaroo Family Was So Fluffy He Could Barely Walk "IndyWatch Feed National"

When this stray sheep lay down for a nap earlier this month, it was almost for the last time.

No one knows exactly how long the rogue sheep was wandering the forests of Australia without human care, but it was long enough for him to grow a coat of wool so massive that he could barely move.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

The sheep had also befriended a group of wild kangaroos in the woods, who apparently accepted him as one of their own but when he lay down and got stuck on his side due to his huge hair, his buddies couldnt help him. Luckily, a concerned citizen saw the sheep struggling to stand, and called Edgars Mission farm sanctuary for help.

This was urgent, and we needed to act fast, Pam Ahern, founder of Edgars Mission, told The Dodo. He was stuck on his side and couldnt right himself if we hadnt come along when we did, he would have most certainly died not long thereafter.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

When rescuers arrived, they couldnt believe their eyes. The homeless sheeps fleece was enormous and it was causing him a lot of stress.

When overgrown fleece becomes wet, it becomes a breeding ground for flies, which can be life-threatening to the animal as they can lay eggs that cause infection. His fleece was heavily soiled with urine as well, again posing another health risk to him, Ahern added.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

Rescuers helped the wayward sheep back to his feet and over to their sanctuary, where the team began to work thr...


In the grip of Melbourne: revisiting Monkey Grip "IndyWatch Feed National"

Texts new edition of Helen Garners 1977 novel Monkey Grip is an opportunity to revisit the books influence on Melbourne. In addition to being widely considered a classic of Australian fiction, Monkey Grip is frequently referred to as an iconic Melbourne novel. Certainly, it is a novel absolutely grounded in and shaped by place. For Nora, the narrator and protagonist, it is the locus of the social encounter and emotional intensity on which the books narrative depends.


Experts launch public call for NSW abortion reform "IndyWatch Feed National"

Doctors, lawyers, healthcare groups and domestic violence services joined community organisations today to deliver an open letter calling for the NSW Parliament to recognise the right to safe and legal abortion access in the state.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Australian College of Nursing, Public Health Association of Australia and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia are just some of the organisations that have signed on to the call for reform to the NSW abortion laws.

The signatories to the letter call the current NSW abortion laws archaic, cruel and degrading, and point to the distress, delay and financial burden they create, particularly for women in rural and remote areas.

The criminalisation of abortion leads to negative health outcomes for women and significantly reduces their autonomy over their reproductive health said Terry Slevin, CEO of Public Health Association of Australia.

We need to decriminalise abortion so that health professionals can provide patients with the best care possible, without fear of criminal prosecution. It's ridiculous that laws from 1900 are restricting the ability of doctors and nurses to provide care in 2018," she added.

These laws restrict doctors from providing a full range of reproductive health services and make it difficult for women to access the care they need. Modern healthcare best practice makes women feel safe and in control of their bodies. In contrast, these laws are harmful, outdated and put real constraints around womens reproductive choices, said Dr Deborah Bateson at Family Planning NSW

The action comes just a day after the South Australian parliament introduced legislation to decriminalise abortion.

Its ridiculous that in this day and age a woman in NSW is denied the legal right to make decisions about what is best for her health, her body and her family, said Renee Carr, Executive Director of Fair Agenda. This week South Australia has initiated the second reform of its abortion laws. Yet access to this healthcare in NSW is still limited by laws written in 1900.

NSW is the only state where abortion laws are stuck in an era when women were considered incapable of making decisions about their own bodies. Abortion is the only medical procedure that is criminalised. added Wendy McCarthy, Womens Electoral Lobby Decriminalisation Roundtable Chair.

NSW stands shamefully alone in failing to reform its abortion laws for over 100 years. Every day, women in NSW are treated as second class citizens when it comes to accessing healthcare because of the criminalisation of abortion, said Adrianne Walters, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre.

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Gippsland preps for 2019 footy season "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GIPPSLAND Football Netball League released its 2019 fixture last week.
Round one will kick off on April 6.
Leongatha and Wonthaggi will both host home games in round one against Maffra and Warragul respectively.
The first local derby will be battled out at Wonthaggis home ground in round three on April 19.
They will meet again in a Sunday match at Leongatha on July 14 in round 12.
The finals series will begin with the qualifying final on August 31 and will culminate in the highly anticipated grand final clash on September 21.
The venues will be announced as the season progresses.


Tough conditions for parkrunners "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH the mercury already exceeding 20 degrees by the 8am start time, it was shorts and singlet tops all round at Koonwarra parkrun.
Sultry conditions saw 53 participants form a steamy train of colour along the Great Southern Rail Trail for the 59th event and regular local Leo Argento summed it up nicely; The going was tough, but the tough kept going.
Nick Argento was first to finish in a time of 20.56 minutes with Sarah Lewis the first female across the line along with her super Parkdog Raven in 22.32.
Congratulations to Keiron Bryant, Jane Frith, Ben Cleary, Dylan Baido and Sue Best who relished the sticky conditions to record new personal bests.
First time Koonwarra parkrunner Jamie McColl reported that Heartbreak Hill was tough at the end but otherwise the course was very good, and he should know.
Hailing from Linwood parkrun near Glasgow, Scotland, Jamie is a vet who is eight months in to his two years travelling around Australia. He recently spent time in Perth and has completed a number of parkruns in the west.
Further back in the field a good spirited walk/run leapfrog battle developed when Kelly and Steve Fuery slowly overtook Pamela Derrick and Charmaine Clifford.
Their positions switched back and forth a few times along with a jovial exchange of banter before Pamela and Charmaine surged ahead and the Fuerys were happy to concede.
Light hearted competition aside, Koonwarra reinforced its reputation as the friendliest parkrun when Bob Robinsons car was found to have a flat tyre post-event and Steve Fuery, Mark Burns and Charmaine Clifford all kindly offered to change it for him.
Being the friendliest parkrun does have one drawback.
The dreaded Koonwarra jaw cramp struck again, this time afflicting Philomena Smith who talked too much and suggested that Helen Patterson may have been a contributing factor.
While Philomena will make a full recovery, unfortunately the innocent barcode that was accidentally binned by another runner along with a bag of dog poo will not.
No naming and shaming; the Parkdogs are loved at Koonwarra, but the parkrun directors must thank barcode number 25 for its service and apologise that they did not love it enough to go rummaging through the bags of dog poo in the bin to save it.
Thanks go to this weeks fabulous volunteers Amy White, Neil and Judy Langstaff, Joy Morrison, Cindy Smith, Heather Smith, Lisa Riley and Kelly Fuery.


Summer fun at the velodrome "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IT was a great summer Friday night for racing and the riders had a fun night of competition.
Zoe Reiter had her first night of racing and Tom Fitzgerald had a night where his casual job enabled him to have a race.
In the first event of the night the one lap time trial Tom Fitzgerald clocked one of his best times ever 32.80 sec.
Zoe at her first try rode a 40.65 sec.
Renee Hardacre clocked a new personal best at 45.00sec, just ahead of Tom Geary at 46.30sc.
Kate Geary had a time of 50.50 sec, just quicker then Emiley Hadicke 51.00sec.
The juniors raced a three lap scratch race as the next event.
In a spirited sprint finish, Tom Geary was first over the line followed by Renee and a determined Emily in third place.
The senior race over six laps saw Tom edge out Zoe for the win.
The riders had to front for a one lap handicap.
In the junior race, Emiley (45m) made full use of the mark and did not allow any riders to get around even though they ridged the handicap.
Renee (10m) was second whilst Kate (20) had to settle for third.
In the re-handicap, the riders gave the handicapper a hard time as Tom Geary, lifted from Scratch to 15m, bolted around the field to score an easy win with Emiley (35) holding on for second and Kate (20) again taking third.
The seniors had Tom Fitzgerald on scratch chasing 50m to Zoe.
He rode hard early and bridged the gap to cruise through for the win.
However, the handicapper lifted Zoe to 100m in the re-handicap and that saw her take the win.
The juniors were split into two teams for an Olympic sprint over one lap.
The team of Tom Geary and Emiley Hadicke won (45.26sec) by the narrowest margin over Renee and Kate (45.33sec).
By this time of the night, club coach Tony Smith had arrived with the motor bike.
This allowed Tom Fitzgerald and Zoe Reiter to do a 10 lap motor paced scratch race and Tom secured the win in a close finish.
The juniors all had the chance to grab a ride behind the motor bike and improve their pedalling efforts.
To finish the night riders were given a slow race on the grass.
This helps develop their balance abilities on the bike.
Tom Geary needs plenty of practice as he fell to the grass almost at the start.
After trying hard all night, Kate Geary was the slowest and hence had a win.
The club needs to see all the seniors who have come to training get organized for a Friday race night and boost the numbers. The Wednesday night training sessions all seem to have more riders than the Friday race night.
Next Friday is the last race night before the Christmas break; however there will be two more nights of Wednesday training.


Town hits crushing 255 run partnership "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FINE centuries to Sahan Perera and Amila Ratnaike have put Leongatha Town in a commanding position against Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL after day one.
The pair added 255 runs for the second wicket with opener Perera powering his way to 170 runs which included 22 fours.
His partner Ratnaike has now reached almost peak form and scored 118 runs which included 11 fours and four 6s.
Ratnaike was first to fall but Madura Madusanka took over where he left off, making 64 runs. With James Lloyd retiring hurt on 26 and Lahira Jayakody making 33, Town would go on to make 5/461 from 75 overs at a run rate of 6.15 per over.
To say Koony will have its work cut out would be a gross understatement.
Despite the carnage Tom Elliott still managed to pick up 3/89.
Top side Imperials could have the edge over foster in their clash.
Imps made 166 but importantly has Foster 4/18.
For Imperials Luke Rogers was the top hitter with 36, opener Gary Sauvarin made 24 while Kristian Gray was elevated to opener and made 19.
Harvey Griggs was the standout bowler for the Tigers claiming 5/36, taking wickets right through the order.
Imperials bowled Fosters Graeme Watkins out for a duck and is in the box seat for a win.
The match between bottom sides Miners and Poowong Loch sees Miners very much in the box seat.
After bowling Poowong Loch out for 157, the Miners are already 1/53 and looking good.
For Poowong Loch opener Jacob Bardwell scored 59 with eight 4s. Colin Knox chipped in with 36. But not enough in the middle and at the tail saw the team pull up short.
Yashas Alwis took 5/50 including opener Magnusson form a duck and Alan Jenkins for just eight.
Miners Dinesh Magana Arachchige started well with 26 before being dismissed but opener Cameron Thomas remains 13 not out so have a good archor for a win this Saturday. MDU has the bye.

Town terrific: Sahan Perera concentrates hard on this delivery. His focus was rewarded with a brilliant 170 runs.


Fishing adventure for South Gippsland Specialist School "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

DURING term four, the Port Welshpool Working Group has been volunteering its time to support students from the South Gippsland Specialist School during a Duke of Education Fishing Program.
This is the second successful year the program has been running from the Old Ferry Terminal and the feedback from students and staff involved have been extremely positive.
The Duke of Education program supports the school in developing students experiences in four different areas; physical recreation, service volunteering, hobbies and skills, and exploration.
The Fishing Program has been designed to develop skills and technique when fishing as well as safety and regulations related to fishing in the local area.
During the program volunteers, from the Port Welshpool Working Group talk with students each week.
Discussions involved a variety of safety aspect including; jetty safety, rock safety and keeping the waterways clean and healthy.
Students also learn about the laws and regulations involved in fishing including licencing and fish bag and size limits. Students walk along the coastal areas picking up old fishing line and other waste left by irresponsible members of the public and discuss the implications of this litter to the surrounding wildlife and the recreational fishing industry.
The program includes a visit from the Port Welshpool Coast Guard.
This year Geoff Noad and Peter Carrolan from the Port Welshpool Flotilla spoke with students about the role they play in the local area, their current response systems and students had a tour of the boat used in sea rescues.
Students have not only been able to learn the skills involved in the rigging up of lines for different types of fish, but they also get the opportunity to speak with local commercial and recreational fisher people which assists students in gaining insights into possible career paths.
All fish caught throughout the fishing program which are regulation size, are kept until the last week of the program.
This year, the anglers Noah and Anthony caught some flatheads, William caught a silver trevally, Zack caught a small snapper and Barry, a staff member caught a squid.
Noah was super keen to catch a squid, so became very good at changing his tackle between a fish hook and the squid jig.
On the last day of the program, the Port Welshpool Working Group volunteers cooked up a hearty feast of fish, calamari and chips for all to enjoy.
Staff and students from the South Gippsland Specialist School would like to say a huge thank you to the Coast Guard volunteers Geoff and Peter for their time, knowledge and insights.
Their dedication and enthusiasm into their service is admirable and inspiring.
The school also thanks the volunteers from the Port Welshpool Working Group who make this program possible, Alma Mattingly, Vern Suckling and Ell...


Boxing a winner for Leongatha "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than 400 people packed the Leongatha Memorial Hall on Sunday, December 9 to watch a full bout of matches lasting more than three hours.
Hosted by the Corner Inlet Boxing Club the event proved a winner with boxers from throughout Australia converging on the hall to watch some 20 fights and exhibition matches.
Lachlan Lewis enjoyed his fight, the Corner Inlet member having a solid win over Queenslands Austin Crossland.
The other Lewises, Jaxon and Regan, also won their fights.
There were 16 mens fights and four female bouts, local boxer Grace Patterson enjoying her contest in front of the crowds.
Treasurer of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club, Kristian Gray, said it was the first of its kind in Leongatha that he can remember.
It was a huge success, Boxing Victoria I believe was pretty impressed so hopefully we can put it on again and maybe make it an annual event, Mr Gray said.
Bass Coast Boxing in Wonthaggi was also represented in a few bouts as well although both Mark Quin and Josh Hughes were knocked out in their bouts.
The club netted about $2,000 in proceeds from the day.

21st fight: Lachie Lewis, left, from Toora and a member of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club was happy with his win in his 21st fight over, right, Austin Crossland of All Star Boxing in Brisbane.


Lyric tackles childhood anxiety "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GO Away Mr Worrythoughts was a book written and illustrated by Nicky Johnston from her experience as a mother of a child with anxiety.
A play was then created from the book, and tells of the boy Bayden being crippled by worries, spoken to him by the frightening puppet head Mr Worrythoughts.
This scary creature magnifies Baydens mistakes and suggests the many possible horrible things that might happen.
Bayden, with the help of his father, learns to say, Go away Mr Worrythoughts, your thoughts are not welcome here!
With the help of his friends Tara and dog Rocky, Bayden uses his imagination to give himself courage and hope. He creates a Worrybox into which he can post his worries so he can read them out later to himself or to someone else.
Leongatha Lyric Theatre will present the show at local primary schools this December.
Bayden is played by Max Duff, who has performed with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in The Cocky of Bungaree and The Boy from Oz. Next year he will be in Year 12 studying singing and drama at Newhaven College.
Mr Worrythoughts is played by Chenneth Weeraratne from Foster who has performed with FAMDA in The Web and The Day they Shot John Lennon. He has also performed in school plays in the USA and Sri Lanka. He is at present studying law.
Tara/The Teacher is performed by Kaitlyn Gale who has performed in Leongatha Lyric Theatres the Wizard of Oz and A Midsummer Nights Dream. She has been dancing for 13 years at Care2dance Leongatha. Kaitlyn plays cornet in South Gippsland Brass Band. Next year she will be studying Year 12 at Chairo Christian College.
Martin, the father, is played by Ben Gibbins, who has performed with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in The Cocky of Bungaree and The Boy from Oz, and he was a lead performer in Mary Mckillop Colleges High School Musical.
Ben studied acting in Melbourne at NIDA. He is looking forward to performing with Leongatha Lyric Theatre next year in Young Frankenstein, the Musical while studying Year 12.
Director Sue Lindsay has written and directed plays for primary and secondary schools, as well as community theatre.
She directed Our Countrys Good for Leongatha Lyric Theatre, The Web and the Day They Shot John Lennon for FAMDA and The Cocky of Bungaree for Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. She is rehearsing Song of the Seals, a family show, for performance on January 4,5,6,10 and 11 at the State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi.
Assistant director Laurie Martin has performed in Our Countrys Good, California Suite and Annie with Leongatha Lyric Theatre.
This play will be touring local primary schools on Wednesday, December 12; Thursday, December 13; and Monday, December 17.
The schools that have booked the production are Koonwarra Village School, Korumburra Primary, Tarwin Lower Pr...


Unwanted signs help SES "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

STATE Emergency Service (SES) units in the electorate of Gippsland South are the beneficiaries of the end of the state election campaign, receiving used election signs from Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien.
He has donated the signs to the Leongatha unit of the SES after the end of campaign activities.
The large election corflute signs will be used by the units to help with emergency roof and window repairs, among other things.
Mr OBrien said it was a win-win situation.
Ive used these signs for both the by-election and now the 2018 election so no longer will have any use for them, but its important to recycle where we can, he said.
The SES unit was very happy to take these and is pleased they will now have a stock of material to assist with emergency repairs in the event of storm and other damage to local houses.
Our local SES volunteers do a great job and all local units are always looking for new volunteers.
I encourage anyone with some spare time to make contact with their local SES unit and sign up to help out.

Here you go: Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien hands over corflute campaign signs to Neil Warren of the Leongatha SES unit to help with emergency roof and window repairs.


Lennies story rides again "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AGE is no barrier to the energy and vitality of Beryl Ferrier who launched her book Encore Lennie the story behind the statue at Leongatha RSL Sub-branch on Saturday.
Launched to a full house of close and distant relatives of the famous Lennie Gwyther, Beryl Ferrier said she was overwhelmed and pleased to be part of such an occasion.
Mrs Ferrier travelled from her home on the Gold Coast in Queensland for the launch which saw more than 100 people attend.
Mrs Ferrier nee Gwyther is the sister of Lennie Gwyther who was nine when he rode 1000km on horseback to Sydney to see the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as a reward for caring for his familys farm at Koonwarra after his father was injured.
The book is a tribute to Ms Ferriers niece, Julie Campbell of Mardan, who encouraged her to meet the then mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council, Bob Newton, to discuss Mr Newtons proposal for a statue.
He drove the campaign to erect the statue, with a committee of dedicated volunteers.
A billboard with greater detail on Lennies adventure is being planned to be erected at the statue site and a blueprint of the billboard was on display at the launch.
I could not have done this without Julie Campbell, who if she was charged for all the hundreds of phone calls she made to organise this, it would have been thousands, Mrs Ferrier said.
Its fantastic how much support I have received throughout the whole process of this book and also to be able to launch it today.

New book: Lennie Gwythers sister and author Beryl Ferrier was at the Leongatha RSL Sub-branch on Saturday to launch her new book about the effort to build a statue in Leongatha, honouring her brother. She is in front of a diagram for a proposed information board at the statue in Anderson Street, Leongatha.


New centre eight years in the making "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE new Integrated Primary Care Centre (IPCC) has now been officially opened at the Leongatha Hospital.
The initial application for funding was made to the Commonwealth Government back in 2011.
This new centre is now home to Leongatha Healthcares second premises with its other building in Koonwarra Road remaining as a clinic but the Jeffery Street site now closed.
Whilst one half of the new IPCC houses Leongatha Healthcare, the other half will eventually be home to a range of allied health and community services; already a podiatrist is soon to use one of the consulting rooms plus more private services will follow.
Some of the spaces can be used for educational presentations with projectors and screens in place.
Gippsland Southern Health Service board chairman Alex Aeschlimann said at the opening on Monday, December 3, the opportunity will be there to expand the capacity of clinical training to undergraduate and post graduate nursing, medical and allied health students.
This facility is of an exceptional standard and was completed on time and on budget.
The builder was Becon Constructions Australia P/L.
The idea is to create a one-stop shop for the communitys primary care needs.
Having doctors from Leongatha Healthcare right at the hospital doorstep will help for a more seamless task of having a doctor readily available in an emergency. The on-call doctor will be consulting at the IPCC centre and can quickly get to the hospital from there.
On the same day as the official opening, a pop-up art show was set up with guest artist Laura Welsh and other NDIS participants displaying artworks.
The quality works were well received and viewed whilst Marty Thomass talk about the Art Development Project in Cambodia was also part of the opening event.

New building open: celebrating the opening of the new IPCC are, from left, Dr Leslie Chisholm (Leongatha Healthcare), Gippsland Southern Health Service board chairman Alex Aeschlimann and Dr Graham Toohill (Leongatha Healthcare).


Union leaders Setka and Reardon to sue Boral for malicious misrepresentation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Victorian Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU) leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon, are suing major concrete maker Boral.

This is the company behind the charges that the two faced, and which were used in the federal governments vendetta to get at the union and its officials.  Government representatives made no secret of this, and claimed that charges showed that the accused were not fit to hold office in a union.

Forgotten was the little fact that the circumstances of the charges were suspect and the two had not appeared before a court and been found guilty yet. The intention was always trial by media and the hope that ther outcome before the court would be assured.

But in May, prosecutors dropped the case, because they could not present the evidence needed to secure a guilty verdict.

For Setka and Reardon, this was an immense relief.  It also proved how flimsy the case was all along. In the light of this setback, the federal government has been unusually quiet for a change.

A bonus from the defendants and the unions point of view, is that documents have come to light, which show that false statements were made. The accused also have good reason to want their names cleared.

 They were charged with blackmail over a heated exchange with representative of the company at a caf in April 2013. There was a dispute over health and safety with developer Grocon, and Boral had been asked not to supply concrete to the site in question. The threat bit is, that the company representatives held that they were threatened with industrial action if they didnt comply.

To most people this is a normal part of industrial relations negotiation. Both sides suggest something will happen, if the other does not go along with what is being put forward. Even this could not be substantiated. a key company document states in black and white, that the accused did not threaten.or otherwise make any unwarranted demand with menaces. This contradicts public statements made.

Setka and Reardon said in their statement, in initiating and maintaining criminal proceedings, the company representatives acted maliciously.

This case and a number of others of a similar nature have far reaching implications. They mark a turn towards less reliance on industrial law and more on the use of criminal law to impose government anti-union agenda and outlaw normal union activity.

Also revealed, is how far the federal government is prepared to go to manufacture trumped up charges against those it sees as its political enemies.

Successfully suing Boral will make it a bit harder to do this in the future.

The post...


The Movement to Suppress and Impoverish Critics of Israel is Racist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marc Lamont Hill, Tim Anderson, Steven Salaita, Rabab Abdulhadi, Hatem Bazian, Ahlam Muhtasib, Norman Finkelstein and other academics have all been targets of the movement to silence their criticisms of Israel and their defense of Palestinians. This includes threats and legal actions to try to deny them employment, in violation of their free speech rights, one of the most hallowed and ancient principles of academia. Salaita and Finkelstein were, in fact, denied employment, to the great detriment of their entire career. Hill and Anderson are currently defending themselves from this threat.

It is central to our understanding of these threats that the accusers are invariably Zionist or pro-Zionist individuals and institutions. Their backers include the Israeli government, which co-ordinates the movement through its Ministry of Strategic Affairs, the Israel lobbies in the US, UK, France, Australia and other countries, and the major Jewish Zionist billionaire funders, such as Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, Bernard Marcus and others. They emphatically do not include non-Zionist or anti-Zionist Jews, but almost always include non-Jewish Zionists.

This is already enough to conclude that there is a fundamental difference between Jews and Zionists and that many are one without being the other, including some ultra-orthodox Jews, like the Neturei Karta. The relevance of this is that the accusations against the critics of Israel are always that they are racist anti-Jews; i.e., anti-Semitic. The evidence consists of testimony from Jewish students and Jewish organizations that the criticisms make them feel unsafe or that they find them offensive.

But is any of the testimony from non-Zionist Jews? Or is it only from Zionists? Why dont non-Zionist Jews feel offended? If none of them feel offended and only Zionists (both Jewish and non-Jewish), how can the charge of anti-Semitism be supported? This is highly relevant to the defense of such cases. If someone is offended at skin piercings or tattoos or dark skin or light skin or atheism or other types of appearance and speech, is that a reason to banish them from the campus (or elsewhere)? It is part of a free society and respect for rights that anyone so offended will simply have to live with such feelings or go elsewhere.

In a tolerant society, it is permitted to voice both Zionist and anti-Zionist views. In fact, it is permitted to voice racist views, although it is not required to provide funding or resources for such views unless they are de jure available to all members of a society, (e.g. a speakers platform in a public park or a meeting room in a public library).

Is Zionism or anti-Zionism racist? Anti-Zionism is not, because its plainly not anti-Semitism. But Zionism advocates a Jewish state and supports the ethnic cleansing of another people, the Palestinians, in order...


What Is More Important To You, Your Present Lifestyle, or Your Life? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frankly I can't think of any image or words that will convince the world of people that Climate Change is now an immediate threat to our lives on this planet. Only a minority of people give a damn, the majority either do not believe, or they assume someone else will save them, or they consider their present lifestyle more important than life itself! None of this makes any sense to me. The latest chart on Global Warming should be enough to shake everyone to the soles of their feet! By my estimation we may only have 30 years before the point of no return.

We can not as far as I can see turn the clock back, that in itself is bad enough. City dwellers may not realise how bad Climate Change is effecting us already, but those of us who live in the countryside are feeling & seeing these effects. If we do not take positive immediate action right now in 2019, then our chance of beating the deadline is most unlikely. Understand this, THIS IS AN END OF THE WORLD EVENT!  this is not fantasy, this is not bullshit. 

How many people are now thinking "if this threat was an actual fact, our government would tell us & would be taking measures to save this planet"?  Understand this: The Australian government & probably many other world governments are not focused on the future, their concern is today & how much money they can make personally. Your welfare, your well being, your lives do NOT matter to them. These politicians don't even care about their own families, their children, their grandchildren, their great grandchildren, their survival is of no concern to them, so why do you think they give a damn about you?



Saying He Or She Could Become Illegal Under Australias New Transgender Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

Using the pronouns he or she in Australia could result in a prison sentence, under a radical transgender law being proposed by politicians.  Australians could be prosecuted under Tasmanias liberal transgender rights reform, which makes [...]

The post Saying He Or She Could Become Illegal Under Australias New Transgender Law appeared first on News Punch.


American migratory birds and climate change "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2016 video from North America says about itself:

Where do Golden-winged and Cerulean Warblers go when they migrate? A collaboration between multiple universities is seeking to answer this question. Using light level geolocators, researchers are mapping the migration of these tiny songbirds. The goal is to share their findings to protect and manage habitat for these birds on their migratory route, wintering grounds, and breeding sites for full lifecycle conservation.

From Cornell University in the USA:

How will the winds of climate change affect migratory birds?

New study finds both positive and negative impacts possible

December 10, 2018

Under future climate scenarios, changing winds may make it harder for North American birds to migrate southward in the autumn, but make it easier for them to come back north in the spring. Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology came to this conclusion using data from 143 weather radar stations to estimate the altitude, density, and direction birds took during spring and autumn migrations over several years. They also extracted wind data from 28 different climate change projections in the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Their findings were published today in the journal Global Change Biology.

We combined these data to estimate how wind assistance is expected to change during this century under global climate change, explains lead author Frank La Sorte, a Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist. This matters for migratory birds because they use more energy flying into headwinds. But they get a nice boost from tailwinds so they can conserve energy during flight.

La Sorte and co-authors project that winds from the south are expected to become stronger by the end of the century during both spring and fall migration periods. Winds from the west may be stronger during spring migration and slightly...


They Are Doing Everything They Can To Shut Me Up About My Family Being Involved With Child Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed National"

This situation with my dogs is but one example.
When I bought this house in Earling, it was in order to get away from the targeting in Seattle.
This bogus protection order taken out on me in the Kent, WA court had about 15 videos listed on it but NONE had to do with the petitioners but only and SOLEY dealt with Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves.  
Both he and his cult group has sent me constant threatening emails.
It also said I threatened Algona, WA police but this was a complete lie as NO charges were leveled at me for doing such a thing.
Later- another filing in Pacific, WA transpired accusing me of violating the protection order- with a different judge- all the while Mesner was sending me emails telling me they were going to have me murdered in jail.
The Satanic Temple has a consistent history of using the courts in order to attack those they believe are vulnerable or who have money.  The latest was Netflix.
I decided the best decision was to move back home to Iowa and away from Algona WA.
While trying to sell my house- they broke in and disconnected wires, knocking out 1/4 of my houses electricity- which I had to pay a 1000 dollars to an electrician to come in and fix.
All the while I was getting emails telling me to say goodbye to my house .
When I moved to Earling, IA- the town council had to approve of my dogs- as they are pits- which they did.
After arriving here- I was still getting emails from Mesner- informing me that he had already enlisted someone to help him attack me in the small town. 
I was experiencing break ins repeatedly- someone tried to poison my dogs twice- and all of this was precipitated by emails from Doug- who was telling me it was going to happen before it occured.
However- the city clerk in town here had befriended me before I even left Seattle and had keys to my house.  So she is the logical suspect to the break Ins as police couldnt figure out who was doing it.
She blamed the break Ins on my neighbor- telling me my neighbor was being investigated for manufacturing meth in her basement- and even gave me a photocopy of my neighbors check my neighbor had written to the city for her water bill.
At the time I thought it was weird but now I realize she (and Doug) were hoping I would publish it on my blog- which would have been a crime.  
In fact the IA Shelby County Sheriff had me in for an hour and a half recorded interview discussing everything that was happening, as they realize what is happening is nefarious. 
I made a complaint to the city council eight months after arriving- making a complaint about the city clerk- and directly after- a day and a half later- a deputy came to my house telling me I had 10 days to get rid of my dogs.
This went to court where they tried to charge me with a crime for havin...


Pro-climate demonstrations in Poland "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 10 December 2018 video says about itself:

Thousands Protest at U.N. Climate Summit in Coal-Heavy Poland, Facing Riot Police & Intimidation

This week Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked language welcoming Octobers landmark IPCC climate report that warned of the catastrophic effects of a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which global crises could unfold at a rapid pace. The four countries rejected using the word welcome, insisting that members instead note the findings of the widely cited U.N. report. We begin our coverage with voices of some of the thousands of climate activists from around the world who marched in Katowice on Saturday, calling for world leaders to do more to keep rising greenhouse gas emissions in check. We also speak with a member of the European Parliament who confronted undercover Polish officials who were monitoring the protest.

This 10 December 2018 video says about itself:

Shame On You! Protesters Interrupt Trump Admin Promoting Coal & Fossil Fuels at U.N. Climate Talks

Just minutes before we began our Monday broadcast, Democracy Now! spoke to protesters at the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, as they interrupted a Trump administration event promoting coal and other fossil fuels....


The Old Sage and the Fire Within "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In the forest of Qian, a sprinkle of snow announced the early winter. Ambling through his domain and picking herbs the old sage encountered three young men from the nearby []


Pro-climate should also be pro-peace "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 10 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

We Cant Separate Climate Justice from Opposing Militarism

At the conclusion of the Sanders Institute Gathering, RoseAnn De Moro, John Cusack and Bob Pollin discuss the key policy ideas coming out of the sessions, with host Paul Jay.

This 10 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

LIVE: Sunrise Movement youth climate activists descend on Capitol demanding a #GreenNewDeal.

Hundreds of Sunrise Movement youth climate activists occupy Rep. Nancy Pelosis office demanding a #GreenNewDeal.


Market Talk- December 10, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

More disappointment today for Asian stocks following the release of yet another weak economic data point. This morning markets responded to the poor trade data for November release as a 5.4% release was way below the double digits expected. Australia ASX had the first opportunity to respond and although held openings levels for a while, was soon to feel the pressure when other markets started trading. The AOs eventually closed on the lows of the day (-2.26%) with the A$ also falling back against a healthy USD. Japans Nikkei and the SENSEX were two other markets that lost over 2%, but also with their currencies trailing against the Dollar. Indias CB Governor Urjit Patel resigns stating personal reasons, but reports that tensions have been growing between the CB and the government have long been in the news. INR is off around 1.6% in late US trading. Interesting that even this evening in US hours the flight to safety is not there for the Yen as we see it trading with a 113 handle. Both the Hang Seng and Shanghai played around 1% lower for most of the day, but we did see the CNY back with a 6.91 range, a loss on the day of just over 0.5%.

European markets were already lower without the total mess happening in the UK Parliament. Sterlings meltdown happened just after Theresa May pulled the BREXIT vote that was due to take place Tuesday, rumour is fearing a huge loss! The GBP 1.6% decline did help FTSE initially, then they realised if things are that serious people will liquidate assets regardless if they are cheap. When things get desperate and you need money, you sell what you can and not what you should! On this FTSE closed down nearly 1% and the outlook remains uncertain. Lots of talk of a second referendum. Central Europe was dodgier still with CAC, DAX, IBEX, BEL and FTSE MIB all off 1.75%. This puts their YTD returns at -10.75%, -17.75%, -13.75%, 17.25% and -15.75% respectively. There is still a lot of market talk that Europeans are selling US exposure to bring and enhance returns back in Europe. Keep in mind they have probably made on both on the asset and the currency; Euro is down 5.25% and GBP 7% against the USD. Talk that they may merge Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank again and the assumptions are...


One test To Diagnose Them All: Researchers Exploit Cancers Unique DNA Signature "IndyWatch Feed National"

All cancers have a similar DNA pattern that differs from that of non-cancer cells.


Abu Sina, The University of Queensland; Laura G. Carrascosa, The University of Queensland, and Matt Trau, The University of Queensland

Researchers have developed a test that could be used to diagnose all cancers. It is based on a unique DNA signature that appears to be common across cancer types.

The test has yet to be conducted on humans, and clinical trials are needed before we know for sure if it can be used in the clinic.

Each cancer type, whether it be breast or bowel cancer, has different genetic and other features. A test that detects one cancer may not work on another. Researchers have long been looking for a commonality among cancers to develop a diagnostic tool that could apply across all types.

Our research, published in the journal Nature Communications, has found that cancer DNA forms a unique structure when placed in water. The structure is the same in DNA from samples of breast, prostate and bowel cancers, as well as lymphoma. We used this discovery to develop a test that can identify the cancerous DNA in less than ten minutes.

How our test works

Current detection of cancer requires a tissue biopsy a surgical procedure to collect tissue from the patients tumour. Res...


In a hole in the ground there lived a "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

These opening words of Tolkiens The Hobbit could equally apply to the little Spotted Pardalote that arose apparently out of nowhere from the grass in front of us while we were trying to photograph a White-winged Triller for a previous post on this blog.   In fact the pardalote emerged from the insignificant hole in []


Humans making Antarctic birds sick "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2013 video says about itself:

Animals in the Antarctic Ice

The wildlife of Antarctica are extremophiles, having to adapt to the dryness, low temperatures, and high exposure common in Antartica. The extreme weather of the interior contrasts to the relatively mild conditions on the Antarctic Peninsula and the Subantarctic islands, which have warmer temperatures and more liquid water. Much of the ocean around the mainland is covered by sea ice. The oceans themselves are a more stable environment for life, both in the water column and on the seabed.

From the University of Barcelona in Spain:

The fauna in the Antarctica is threatened by pathogens humans spread in polar latitudes

When the human species infects other living beings

December 10, 2018

Summary: The fauna in the Antarctica could be in danger due the pathogens humans spread in places and research stations in the southern ocean.

The new study, which detected bacteria from humans in the genus Salmonella and Campylobacter in Antarctic and Subantarctic marine birds, reveals the fragility of polar ecosystems and warns about the risk of massive deaths and extinctions of local fauna populations due pathogens.

Reverse zoonosis: when the human species infects other living beings

Explorers, whalers, scientists -and lately, tourists-, are examples of human collectives that moved to the furthest regions of the planet. Some studies have claimed for years that there had been cases of reverse zoonosis, that is, infections humans give to other living beings. Despite some previous signs, scientific studies on zoonotic agents in...


Housing finance posts biggest bounce in 2 years, but... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Housing finance bounce, but...

A bounce for housing finance seemed to be on the cards, as all those painfully slow mortgage applications finally grind through the arduous process. 

And so it proved, with owner-occupier approvals excluding refinancing up by nearly 5 per cent in October 2018.

I didn't think last month's plunge was too much to get excited about, and the same view applies to this month's bounce.

Yes, a seasonally adjusted $30 billion of housing finance in aggregate is apparently much more solid than $29.3 billion a month earlier. 

But smoothing the results on a trend basis simply puts the ABS figures back in line with the credit impulse, and implies modest further declines in housing prices in Sydney and Melbourne into 2019. 

Investment housing loans posted a small bounce, but it was still the weakest quarter for investment lending since 2013. 

At the state level home loan transactions in Western Australia now look set to rise, as New South Wales and Victoria ease. 



What is Frances Yellow Vest rebellion? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

 It is often not easy to know what is happening on the other side of the the world, especially when volumes of misinformation are involved. The present unrest in France is a good example.

Big media has concentrated on creating a picture of trouble makers attacking the police, putting up roadblocks and attacking the police. There are those who suggest that on the one hand that the political right is behind it. Others that it is Antifa causing trouble.

All of this evades what is going on. Frustration and danger have been growing in French society for some time. Emmanuel Macron won an election, not because the electorate was excited by the policies he offered, but because they were so thoroughly disgusted with the usual brand of politicians. He won by default, because fewer hated him than they did the others. Only the National Front (Now called National Rally) on one side and the Jean Luc Melenchon led Unbowed France on the other, gained  genuine bases of support.

Discontent is not unique to France. Its the situation across Europe and further afield. Even in countries as far away as Australia.

Once in office, Macron went about the business of carrying on the same old neoliberal type cuts and restrictions on the population. A few months ago, attempts to cut working conditions and government benefits and welfare met with rebellion in the streets. The introduction of compulsory military service at 16 and cuts to education opportunities angered the young. This is see nas a government for the rich and it is not going down well at all.

The difference in France is that Macron began with a considerable organised movement prepared to defy him, and there is along French history of getting rid of rulers they find beyond the pale. Uprisings and revolutions are a tradition.

Seething discontent was already on the boil, waiting for a spark that would light it. This came in the shape of two truckies and a woman who started a online petition, teamed together and the...

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Fluoride Free Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook 2018

Is a Federal inquiry needed? Contact your POLITICIANS.
"Deadly lead is found in public drinking fountains just weeks after warning over poison in household taps - and the worst culprit is next to a children's playground.
- Lead is corrupting water supplies in public drinking fountains in Australia.
- Many of the drinking fountains have been confirmed to contain traces of lead. 
- 4.5 per cent lead content is allowed in Australian plumbing fittings currently.
- In the US it is just 0.25 per cent and a 'guidance statement' has now been issued. 
- The government has told Australians to run taps for 30 seconds to flush out lead." 
Research this,
Plumbosolvency, the dissolution of metallic Lead, which results in the contamination of drinking water and consequent damage to human health, is recognized as a major problem wherever Lead pipes, solder or brass fittings are present in the supply route. Plumbosolvency is exacerbated by Fluoridation of drinking water. The use of Phosphate in an attempt to reduce the dissolution rate leads to increased costs, waste of a scarce natural resource and environmental degradation. Immediate cessation of neurotoxic Fluoridation to reduce plumbosolvency makes more economic sense. Provision of communal water supplies from point of collection reverse osmosis filters can bring an immediate end to Lead exposure while sources of Lead contamination are gradually removed from the supply network, creating thousands of person years employment in a depressed economy.


UN votes in favor of resolution to end Israeli occupation of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UN General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution calling to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, current President of the UN General Assembly Maria Espinosa said in a statement.

The Comprehensive, Just and Lasting Peace in the Middle East resolution sponsored by Ireland urges to end the occupation of Palestinian territories by the state of Israel and reaffirms its support for the two-state solution.

The United States and Israel voted against the resolution in addition to Australia, Liberia, Marshall Islands, and Nauru.

Since 1967, Israel has been occupying Palestinian territories and refusing to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic state.

Through a recorded vote of 156 in favor to 6 against (Australia, Israel, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, United States), with 12 abstentions, the Assembly adopted a draft resolution titled Comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East (document A/73/L.49).

Such a peace, unfortunately, is not currently in sight, said Irelands representative while introducing the text. Stressing the importance of reversing the current negative developments on the ground, she added that a settlement of the conflict must meet Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, as well as resolve all final status issues.

The General Assembly decided to reiterate its call for the achievement of just and lasting peace in the Middle East while also failing to adopt a text condemning Hamas resistance group in Gaza.

Speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, the representative of Kuwait called on all States to reject the US-drafted text condemning the Palestinian resistance as it distracts from the deep seated causes of the conflict.




Australia: National Transport Insurance Partners on Blockchain for Food Safety Trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias National Transport Insurance (NTI) has announced it will trial a blockchain system to enhance the safety and provenance of beef exports abroad


Not quite a deluge "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

What a welcome drop 13mm of rain yesterday afternoon was blessed relief after the heatwave.

As the last showers drifted east I took a quick circuit of the plains. Galahs feeding on thistles and stubble clearly enjoyed the cool change.

Buloke landscape, Moolort Plains, 9th December 2018


Highway matters "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Vicroads has set up a community consultation on its plans to clear vegetation from the Pyrenees Highway between Newstead and Muckleford South.

Readers may remember that FOBIF objected to some of these removals, arguing that the safety objective could be better achieved by rumble strips and reduced speed limits on the winding stretch of road. Vicroads response to that was to say, effectively, that reduced speeds would make no difference, something we found hard to understand. The Vicroads 2016-7 Annual report noted that The most common crash types were run-offroad on high-speed country roads and intersection crashes in metropolitan Melbourne. On the face of it, efforts to reduce speeds, along with traffic calming measures, might be a good response to this brutal fact. Vicroads response, however, seems to give up on the speed matter, and hope to soften the impact of any accidents.

Vicroads last consulted the community in 2016 and since then they have been developing strategies to mitigate risk to fauna and flora as part of our obligations under federal legislation. We understand that this involves assessing the impact of tree removal on Swift Parrot populations.

The consultation is a drop in session on Tuesday January 8, from 5 pm to 8 pm [drop in any time you can], at the Newstead Recreation centre, 21 Panmure Street.

Were offering this info tentatively, since Vicroads email on the matter sets the date at Tuesday 8 January December 2018

You can verify all this by emailing an RSVP to

A justification of the project can be found here.

You can find FOBIFs posts on the matter by putting Pyrenees Highway into the search box at the top of this page.

We believe works are due to start not long after the consultation.



Kick up the dust! Churn up the creek! You have the right! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

In 2012 a British think tank estimated that for every pound made by advertising executives, they destroy an equivalent of 7 in the form of stress, overconsumption, pollution and debt; conversely, each pound paid to a trash collector creates an equivalent of 12 in terms of health and sustainability.

So says Rutger Bregman in his book, Utopia for realists [2017]. We cant verify this, but we find it strangely plausible. Who hasnt winced at some commercial being yelled from the radio? The amount of mental damage inflicted by some of these ads must be enormous.

Heres an example, in the form of a question:

Should drivers be forced to drive on roads? Or should they have the right to drive wherever they like?

Tyre marks on moss beds, Mount Alexander: irresponsible, dangerous and damaging behaviour is actively encouraged by car manufacturers and retailers.

These seem like pretty weird questions: of course you should drive on a road. People dont drive into the Botanical Gardens, up to the edge of the lake. They know there are limits.

But the bush is different. Opponents of the recent VEAC recommendations on the Wombat and Wellsford forests complained that if these places were national parks, they would have to drive on roads, an infringement of their traditional rights. Apparently they dont realise that the law on this matter is the same on all public land.

Some drivers of SUVs, and riders of motor bikes, believe that these machines have the right to go anywhere. Earlier this year, believe it or not, Coliban Water had to appeal to motorists not to drive into the Malmsbury reservoir!  Cars have been driven across moss beds on Mount Alexander, and when Parks Victoria blocked a very small section of road near Langs Lookout, the rock barriers were furiously graffitied  by drivers who didnt want to walk an extra 100 metres

Where does this weird mindset come from? If you want to know,  just watch a few sporting events on television, and be amazed at the comm...


A small glimpse into a hotter future "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Coliban Water has been promising to close down some of its inefficient water races for years. These include the Poverty Gully race, which has been leaking repeatedlya problem not helped when a DELWP fuel reduction burn destroyed the plastic lining water authorities had installed to try to improve the channels efficiency. They certainly reduced that particular fuel.

FOBIF supports the closure of the channel, believing the water is best allowed to boost the ailing Coliban River. At the same time, the closure will have some unfortunate side effects. Channel leakages over the years have created the odd interesting minor wetlands, which dry up when the channel isnt running, but manage to revive when the water comes.

So, what happens when the water stops for good? It seems that the authority may have at last acted to close the channel, and Naomi Raftery has the following response:

A few years ago I wrote a piece for Connecting Countys Nature News. It chronicled the excitement of moving into a new rental in Chewton, which backed onto an ephemeral creek line, fed, as it were, by a leak in the Poverty Gully water race. My enthusiasm was for the frog and birdlife that abounded following a leak and my newfound interest in identifying different species attracted to the water.

Coliban Water are in the process of decommissioning the water race, which will be finalised in January 2019.  The result is a deafening silence. The frog chorus is gone, the White-faced Herons are not anywhere and the weed march is on.

While FOBIF applaud the sensible decision to decommission the race, it is a good case in point for illustrating what will happen in the event of a warming climate and reiterates the importance of setting up solid, long view management of our natural places and in order that they become resilient refugia for  humans and plants and animals.

Right: although an artificial situation, the case is a very good example of what lies ahead for vulnerable corners of our region, like wetlands and water courses, as a warmer and drier climate settles on the country.


Experts warn India must keep agriculture out of RCEP trade deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

10 December 2018: Food and agriculture specialist Devinder Sharma warns in The Tribune last week that the Indian Government must keep agriculture out of RCEP trade deal.

The RCEP trade deal currently being negotiated between 16 countries including India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the ten ASEAN south East Asian countries, covers half of the worlds population. It has faced significant resistance from public health groups, unions, other public advocacy groups, and even domestic industry in India, where the government last week announced a study to analyse the impacts of the RCEP.

Sharma warns that the RCEP deal will lead to a flood of cheaper food imports to India, and is particularly risky at a time when Indian agriculture is in crisis.

While large companies from wealthier countries can  profit from such agreements, studies show that they turn a majority of developing countries into net food importers, destroying in the process millions of farm livelihoods, writes Sharma. He asserts that the RCEP stands to have huge impacts on Indias dairy farming, food sovereignty, farming interests and levels of unemployment.

Tell the Australian trade Minister your concersn about the RCEP here.


The classic Canberra Airport sighting of 1965 - UFO or Venus? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barry Greenwood

I am continuing my examination of the scanned copies of material, arising from Boston, USA, researcher Barry Greenwood's recent visit to the archives of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago.

Classic 1965 case

One Australian case from 1965, which features time and time again in the UFO literature, happened on 15 July 1965, where a number of staff at the Canberra Airport reported watching an unidentified light in the sky during broad daylight.

In a series of blog posts dated 29 September 2011; 11 December 2011; 9 January 2013; and 15 December 2013, I reported on the information on this sighting gathered from a number of sources; both from Australian government files and newspapers.

Sydney Morning Herald article

Within Barry's CUFOS material I located items which I had not seen before. Firstly, there was a Sydney Morning Herald article dated 18 July 1965 and titled "I talk with the men who saw "that thing," by reporter Graham Gambie. I will quote from this article:

"Everyone I spoke to here said they were certain that flying saucers don't exist, but they would sleep a little more easily at night if someone could prove what "the thing" was."

"The officer-in-charge of Civil Aviation in Canberra, Mr A B Lindeman, said: 'I wish Mt Stromlo would tell us it was a planet. I don't like something in the back of my mind I can't understand.'"

"Dr D B E Westerlund of Mt Stromlo's observatory said that if the light was coming from the north-east it would almost certainly be the planet Venus."

"Mr Lindsay said: 'I've been in the job for two and a half years and I've never seen anything like it before...It wasn't Venus as has been suggested. I'm sure of that from the position..."



Christmas in Australia is about "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let's start of this little skit with a tune from Australia's favourite children's show host Humphrey B. Bear, with a slight change of the words which go like this:

What a funny ol' colony is Australia,
It gets in all manner of strife
It leads a very colonial life
and Human Rights isn't its favourite fare.

and now a word from our sponsors oops sorry administration:

You see, Christmas in Australia is not about a child being born somewhere in Israel, to an apparent virgin mother with no man officially claiming to seed her (out of wedlock - a huge no-no for the place and time), but rather a non material deity.

Christmas in Australia is not about family unity or values and respecting each other.

Your success, worth or value is judged by what sort or present you put under the Christmas tree.

In this country the administration tells you that you must be a 'better' consumer.

You must purchase more junk the corporations produce and import into this country to satisfy the balance sheet, run by ex bankers in charge of the country like Malcolm Turnbull, who was replaced by the now head of this 'business' called Australia, Mr. Scott Morrison.

You will notice how much emphasis the news media will put on how much people spent during Christmas.

The problem with the people in government wanting the tax slaves to be 'better' consumers is that the people in government are implementing austerity on the serf population.

This is done via a number of methods which take away the tool (cash) needed for people to sustain themselves, and hence less disposable income (whatever that is the tax department defines as) to spend on cheap Chinese junk, or espionage electronics supplied by Huawei or ZTE et al.

This Christmas, think about the last twelve months, how the people in government have locked down Australia's general population with law that restricts the people's movements, communications and so called rights, putting aside any official pretexts.

Say goodbye to those 'privileges' you had in 2018, because most of you chose to...


Where is the radical queer imagination? On Going Postal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Collective outrage was growing in August 2017, when Australias mandatory detention regime killed another asylum seeker, Hamed Shamshiripour, on Manus Island. As argued by Maddee Clark at Deakins Gender and Sexuality Studies seminar series, the Australian parliament sought to distract the public from the asylum seeker issue, and so a two-month long postal survey emerged on marriage equality.


The Curious Case of the White Mans Dick "IndyWatch Feed National"

My capsule hotel had bigger beds and cheaper rates than anything else in the area, but it didnt have walls around its showers. So as I stood in the steam of the sento the communal bath shared by guests realising what the next week would have in store, I started to believe that all the woke white girls were right.

On my left was a row of naked Japanese men, their skin left pale by the suits that never leave their bodies, scrubbing themselves clean within exposed shower blocks. On my right were more bare bodies, sitting over tiny wooden stools with their legs opened to the wall, lathering their skin and pouring buckets of steaming water onto their heads to rinse it all away.

I had entered the room with my soap bottles covering my crotch, recoiling from the water that splattered off the wet, hairy bodies around me. But soon enough, I let my toiletries slide to my sides.

Maybe it was because no one was looking anywhere but at the walls before them, or because the steam in the air created a cloud that just slightly skewed our vision, or because these were total strangers whose knowledge of my body, and mine of theirs, meant nothing at the end of the day but I had no problem being naked here.

Bodies are bodies, pubes are pubes, dicks are dicks. As that thought came into my head, it struck me as one of the most liberating things a man can think at any point in his life. Night after night, I went back to shower in the basement of my capsule hotel, and my clothes would come off a little more comfortably.

And then, one day, a white man walked in.

I had just pulled my face away from the water when I saw him, a body with paler skin and more hair than the average Id come to know.

In my mind, he had walked in with a bravado that only a man with a presumption of having the biggest dick in the room would carry. I imagined the conversations he would have when he went home, when someone would bring up the topic of dating an Asian man and the presumption of his small dick arose, and the stories he might tell where the punchline would be, Its true!

Ive had to get my dick out for doctors a couple times in my life, and never had an issue doing it. The idea of being naked more publicly, though, has always terrified me, because Ive always been wary of the Asian dick myth.

I know that Im a grower, not a shower, with experience enough to also know its not a pr...


French Riots prove that Permaculture is the only viable future "IndyWatch Feed National"

We like to blame politicians for the lack of action on climate change. But how prepared are people to really pay the price of change? We like to imagine that all politicians need to do is cleverly tax carbon and magically renewable energies will arise to take their place. The situation in France shows the fault in this thinking. Renewables cannot possibly replace fossil fuel - not on the scale needed to avert environmental disaster. Someone must pay the price - and it is the poor who get hurt most.

In France an attempt to raise diesel and fuel prices has resulted in mass riots, led in large part by people from rural communities who were most affected by the rises and had fewer alternatives. We have the same sort of phenomenon in Australia - wealthier Australians get solar panels (with subsidies) leaving renters and poorer people picking up the tab for the electricity distribution system.

The truth is our system is soaked in oil. Any attempt to reduce the flow will be catastrophic, financially, socially and in even more fundamental ways i.e. famine. Our food production system is particularly dependent on oil - you cannot run tractors, combine harvesters and trucks (especially refrigerated ones) on batteries - even if you could, you need massive generation capacity to charge these - which is not going to happen, and certainly not in time. Thus if we attempt to tax fuel in a way that has impact people will start to go hungry - the ones on the margins first, then increasingly more.

So what do we need to do? We need to fundamentally, radically and actively decouple our societies from the fossil fuel system. Modern industrialism will not survive the transition, so relying on high-tech solutions is a mistake - these technologies will not be able to be produced or maintained on the necessary scale given the changes required to avert ecological disaster.

How do we decouple from the fossil-fuel system? With massive sacrifices from everyone. Lets not kid ourselves - these changes will have more impact, and require more effort, than both world wars. Also, if we do not actively take charge, change will be forced on us by circumstance, and that will be even less pleasant. Thus WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER - and all must be prepared to make great sacrifices.

What is to be done? We need to divide up all the large farms in Australia's non-arid regions (which is about 2%-3% of the land mass - and shrinking with housing expansion and clim...


MACKAY A man has held up a supermarket with a fork "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Burning Down The House: Fighting Climate Action From The Centre Will Leave Us In Ashes "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the globe and the political climate aimed at saving it heats up, we need a different politics to tackle an entrenched problem, writes Jeff Sparrow.

Sensible centrism will doom us all.

Take Emmanuel Macron, once hailed everywhere as the savior of liberalism.

Macron, explained Politico in April this year, has stepped audaciously into the vacuum created by Trumps abdication of Americas historic role as keeper of the liberal democratic flame.

Nor was this an anomalous view in the English-speaking world.

MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid expressed the perspective of many American Democrats, when she quipped that Macron should be running Washington.

In Britain, he generated the same kind of excitement among the same kind of people, with Labourite opponents of Jeremy Corbyn enthusing over the new Tony Blair, even as a new Macron-inspired centrist party called Renew came into being.

French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured in 2018. (IMAGE: Mike Bloomberg, Flickr)

One doubts that the Boy Wonder will feature much in Renews further history (if indeed it has one), given that recent opinion polls, conducted in the wake of the heroic Yellow Vest rebellion revealed him to be the most unpopular leader in recent times. With riots, blockades and protests spreading across the country, the demand for Macrons resignation provided a central slogan uniting an often fractious movement.

But his failure represents something more than the misfire of an overhyped media personality. I...


Strike One: Its Time To Heat Things Up A Little On Climate Change Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weve done a lot of talking about action on climate change. But governments still arent listening. A general strikle is a pretty simple way to make them take notice, writes Jonathan Sri.

Lets start with some hard truths. With a few notable exceptions, the Australian movement for action on climate change has struggled to achieve big tangible wins in recent years. Weve had a few isolated victories, but even if Labor wins the next federal election and the Liberal Partys position reverts closer to where it was under John Howard, the likely policy shifts arent going to come close to whats needed unless theres a strong push from civil society.

Here in Queensland, a Labor state government (where Labors left faction already controls more votes than the right faction) is still allowing the Adani coal mine to proceed, potentially opening the door to further new coal mines in the Galilee basin. If these mines go ahead, the burning of the coal they produce will lead to the flooding of coastal cities around the world, the desertification of thousands of hectares of farmland and forest, and more intense bushfires and cyclones.

In defiance of public opinion and basic common sense, the Queensland Labor government is prioritising the financial interests of the mining industry ahead of the safety and security of literally billions of people around the globe. The various forms of pressure that environmentalists have been applying to Labor (both through internal and external channels) dont appear to have had much impact.

So for those of us who dont want our grandchildren growing up in some kind of dystopian combination of Water World and Mad Max: Fury Road, what effective courses of action are left available to us?

Here in Queensland, anti-coal campaigners have used a variety of tactics to apply pressure on the political establishment, from peaceful public rallies to locking on to mining equipment. But even a rally of several thousand people isnt enough to counteract the undemocratic influence that mining lobbyists are exerting over senior Labor ministers.

While non-disruptive rallies and marches can help energise and inspire campaigners and draw attention to an issue, they do not directly challenge the underlying logic of capitalism, and are too easy for politicians to ignore. Even the protests against the Iraq War, which saw around six hundred thousand Australians take to the streets, didnt change John Howards mind (if the following Monday, all those people had refused to show up for work, it might have been another matter).

Lock-ons and other arrestable actions do directly hurt the profits of the target companies, but when only a very small proportion of the community are willing to risk arrest, such tactics cant easily be scaled up to have a big enough impact on...


Filipino and Australian communities observe Human Rights Day in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Members of the Filipino and Australian communities gathered in Melbournes west on sunday 9 December, to observe Human Rights Day and celebrate the heroic grassroots efforts of many, to turn around the ongoing attacks by government, mining companies and other corporations, which are making life more difficult and sometimes.

The event was held at the Seddon Scout Hall in Footscray.  

Guest speaker, former member of parliament for Northcote and First Nations leader, Lydia Thorpe, spoke about the worsening position of her people in Australia, under ever more reactionary government and the failure to progress on a proper reconciliation of past wrongs through a negotiated. Although some progress has been made in Victoria, there is still a battle to ensure that all First Nations are involved and the final result matches their aspirations.

Lydia also stressed the importance of all Australians being in involved, and all parts of Australian society having their concerns addressed in the treaty process and its outcome.

One thing was made clear, the First Nations of this country have not been defeated. They have survived, are here today and will keep on fighting until their rights has been won and future secured.

The Second gust speaker, Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary, who has been in the Philippines for 27 years and has recently been expelled, under orders of President Duterte, for her human rights work.

She has been involved in advocating for the poor and is an elected member of the National Council of Kataparan (an alliance of human rights organisations)

Earlier this year, Sister Pat had taken part in a fact-finding mission to Mindanao, where many cases of serious human rights violations were witnessed. She spoke of the plight of farmers losing their land to mining companies and plantation owners, and the taking away of their right to grow food where they had always done so, about the increasing use of military action, incarceration and murder as means of imposing the political will of the Duterte administration. There is an increasing use of trumped up charges to convict and jail individuals seen as political opponents of serious charges, like attempted murder, kidnapping and terrorism. The Philippines is heading towards a new period of martial law.

Weeks before her detention, she had given public support for for striking Coca Cola workers fighting terrible wages and conditions.

Although the situations are very different in each country, there are nevertheless some worrying similarities. In both, the political elite has moved in the direction of degrading human rights, linked to policies designed to enrich the richest few at the...


PNG resource extraction law at stake "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The truth is that our country is at a crisis point. If we do not correct some very serious faults and failures in how we approach the extraction of resources such as minerals, gas and oil we will not only continue to fail to deliver progress to our people, we will put the very survival of our country at peril.

Editorial | The Sunday Bulletin | 2 December 2018

THIS week Papua New Guineas expanding resources industry will be showcased at a three-day PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference.

Widely regarded as the nations premier international conference, will be held from 3 to 5 December 2018 at Sydneys Hilton Hotel in Australia.

We understand that speakers will include the PNG Prime Minister, Peter ONeill, along with a number of government ministers who will provide delegates with insights into the...


Anglo-Saxon Eyes are Fixed on Countering China "IndyWatch Feed National"


In spite in a number of signals that the Trump administration has made over the months to indicate that it is prepared to try to take China down alone, the better part of American policymakers have been hard at work behind the scenes, trying to put together a slapdash coalition against Beijing. Its rather curious that certain American media sources are not even trying to conceal this fact from the general public.

Thats where the largest Anglo-Saxon intelligence coalition in existence, comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States comes into play. The anti-Chinese efforts of this coalition known as the Five Eyes (FVEY) has recently been joined by Germany, Japan and France that want to oppose Chinese investments into various regions of the world.

American politicians would typically describe activities of this coalition as consultations with like-minded partners, aimed, for the time being, at countering the rapid rise of Beijing and its two major infrastructure initiatives: the One Belt One Road (OBOR) and Made in China 2025. However, Beijing is not the only one to suffer from the activities of FVEY, as this body has reportedly developed a number of anti-Russian operations as well.

This trend seems particularly disturbing, especially if one is to get acquainted with the statement issued after the recent Five Eyes meeting on the Gold Coast of Australia, learning that FVEY would use global partnerships to accelerate the sharing of information to secure its goals.

The Five Eyes played a pivotal role in the adoption of a number of anti-Chinese legislative initiatives, including the one known as FIRRMA, which gives Washington new powers to block certain types of foreign investments. The text of that legislation mandates Donald Trump to conduct a more robust international outreach effort to convince allies to adopt similar protections.

Lately, London in order to secure its favorable relations with Washington has become a primary actor in th...


Dec 2018 General Meeting Open Mic! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

As per Castlemaine Field Nat tradition, the December 2018 general meeting is a chance for any member (or visitor) to make a short presentation.  People are encouraged to talk for up to 5 minutes about a topic related in some way to natural history.  It might be photos from a holiday to an exotic location, video footage of birds in your backyard, an analysis of recent weather patterns or reciting a poem about a forest.  It is only limited by your imagination.  There will be a projector, PC laptop and screen available for use.

The evening commences from 7.30pm on Friday 14th December in the Fellowship Room within the behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St (next door to the Art Gallery).  Members and visitors of all ages are welcome, and entry is free.

If youd like, bring along a plate of food to share with everyone afterwards.


Preventing abuses in detention Optional Protocol, Convention against Torture "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steven Caruana writes on the prevention of abuses in detention through the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. Today, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. The infamous Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has in recent times come back into the public spotlight with the anniversary of the Royal Commissions findings and an unfortunate []


Getting a Judge, Part 8: Sherman Skolnicks Contempt of Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dissident books by Skolnick: Ahead of the Parade, and The Overthrow of the Republic

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

It makes me so sad that our institutions have gone bad. Being a reasonable person I like to think that when I hit an interpersonal problem I can show the way out by reasoning.

In regard to what we have been covering at Gumshoe about Family Law, one can easily identify two areas in which ones normal human reactions have to be restrained.

One is the threat of being held in contempt of court if you to explain reasonably whats going on.

The other is dealing with police who have now been trained to see citizens as the enemy. So if you stand up to them they can find a way to charge you with unruly behavior, resisting arrest, or whatever. Having committed no crime you now commit the crime of reasoning. All very frightening!

Sherman Skolnick

The late Sherman Skolnick...


The Race to the Abyss Fuel of Choice "IndyWatch Feed National"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: All Groups FIRE-EARTH PRESENTATION 120902 The Race to the Abyss: California vs. Australia [part two] More fuel for faster race! [Presented by FIRE-EARTH Science.] Presentation available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. FIRE-EARTH Top Ten Alerts All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH DIRECTIVES, ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS []


Pendulum swings "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Forensic analysis

Back in my auditing days in London, as a trainee I had to do my tour of duty in the forensic accounting department. 

It's one of things that sounds a little bit exciting, and the people were great, but being involved in a fraud investigation I never found to be much fun.

Naturally, everyone is on edge - even people that have no reason to be - and the accounting concept of materiality doesn't apply in the same way.

Anything could prove to be material, so every transaction must be investigated on a painstaking, line-by-line basis.

Notably the process becomes almost as important as the result, and invariably the investigations drag on for months as ever further documentation and explanations are sought. 

Pendulum swings tighter

I've spoken before about the concept of the credit cycle as a pendulum, rarely stationary in an a neutral position, and instead typically swinging towards too loose or too tight. 

The AFR has reported more than once this week on the forensic analysis of mortgage applications, including borrowers with substantial 30 per cent deposits being refused a loan for having Netflix account membership, or for using Uber Eats. 

I've also come across high income earners with low debt turned being down for a loan because they'd previously signed up for a credit card to earn loyalty points. 

Here's how respected industry experts are reporting what they're seeing, and that one key word keeps coming up: forensic (...


Report on Darebin Climate Emergency Conference "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The last two days - 11-12 September - I attended the Darebin climate emergency conference in northern Melbourne suburb of Northcote. I was one of 350 people that registered and attended. Some good speeches and presentations, interesting panel discussions and useful one-on-one conversations. This was Darebin Council hosting and facilitating this conference as part of it's climate emergency

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This is a Des Moines Register Article Regarding Earling IA Attorney Who Tried to Charge Me With a Crime Concerning My Dogs 8 Months AFTER Approving Them "IndyWatch Feed National"

Readers Watchdog: City managers side work raises questions

So according to the Des Moines Register article- this guy loves money and will do anything he can to obtain as much as he is able.

This is the thing- those who are attacking me simply pay others to attack me.

So like everything else- one only has to follow the money to find the truth.

Im not saying for certain this is the case- but it certainly warrants investigation.

With concerns to everyone who is attacking me and trying to set me up.

And trying to charge me with a crime for simply having certain dogs 8 months after approving them is an obvious set up as well as not allowing me to register them- which will also be called a crime probably.

And out of three dogs- one of them is a black lab.

Just saying.


PERTH Magistrates court listings "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth Magistrates Court, Perth, Western Australia. In addition, if a family member is intimidated, bullied, dominated, or they fearful for their safety, that is .



Hillsong founder Frank Houston boy sex abuse victim SA1 testimony boy sex abuse at Assembly of God youth camp in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"


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Boy victim SA1 details the sexual abuse of him at age 11 by the pedophile Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church:

The abuse by Frank occurred during one week I was at the Klemzig AOG camp. It would have been in the summer of 1973 or 1974.

I was about 11. I hadnt reached puberty yet

I remember Frank being around the shower block quite a lot, seemed to bump into him there.

One time I was going in and he was coming out and as I went in I saw another boy a few years older standing there with an erection. My mate, David Haig also noticed it because I remember talking about it after, as boys would.

The first time Frank touched me was in a shower. I was showering and he pushed aside the flimsy curtain and stepped in and fondled me.

The second time was in the dorm. My bed was close to the back end on the bottom. He came to the bunk, sat down and masturbated me and had me touch him over his clothes.


On 18 November 2012 boy victim SA1 comments on this my blog site:

On 18 November 2012 a boy victim that nobody had previously heard of wrote the following comment on this my blog site:

Sadly, there were more than six kids, Frank was a regular at youth and family camps in the early/mid 70s at Cudlee Creek, SA ( the church camp) That is where I had my expe...


The 1969 Devon Park - photographs - additional information "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Devon Park photographs

Since the late 1960's I have been aware of a series of four UFO photographs (three of which I have images of) said to have been taken in Adelaide in 1969. I also recall seeing a completed UFO report form, compiled by the photographer; in  the collection of the now defunct Australian Flying Saucer Research Society, although a search of my computer files failed to find a copy of this form.

Imagine my surprise upon going through copies of documents scanned by US researcher Barry Greenwood, to find a copy of the original report form, from Barry's recent visit to the archives of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago.

On the form, the photographer David Bryant,  gave his age as "21;" his occupation as "butcher;" and his then address as "5 Alan Avenue, Campbelltown" in Adelaide, South Australia. However, he stated that the place of the sighting was "Devon Park, Western part of Adelaide." Weather conditions at the time were given as "misty cloud." The date of the sighting is given as "Early June 1969" and time as "6 to 7am."

The object was first seen at an angular elevation of 35 degrees. It's light attracted his attention;  as well as its movement. The object appeared as a "solid object - glowing as a series of light bulbs." It was in view for three minutes. Asked for an "opinion on propulsion,"  he wrote, "No idea but lights revolving very fast." To "Details of structure and shape" he wrote "A mass of spinning lights."



They Are Doing Everything They Can To Shut Me Up About My Family Being Involved With Child Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed National"

This situation with my dogs is but one example.

When I bought this house in Earling, it was in order to get away from the targeting in Seattle.

This bogus protection order taken out on me in the Kent, WA court had about 15 videos listed on it but NONE had to do with the petitioners but only and SOLEY dealt with Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves.

Both he and his cult group has sent me constant threatening emails.

It also said I threatened Algona, WA police but this was a complete lie as NO charges were leveled at me for doing such a thing.

Later- another filing in Pacific, WA transpired accusing me of violating the protection order- with a different judge- all the while Mesner was sending me emails telling me they were going to have me murdered in jail.

The Satanic Temple has a consistent history of using the courts in order to attack those they believe are vulnerable or who have money. The latest was Netflix.

I decided the best decision was to move back home to Iowa and away from Algona WA.

While trying to sell my house- they broke in and disconnected wires, knocking out 1/4 of my houses electricity- which I had to pay a 1000 dollars to an electrician to come in and fix.

All the while I was getting emails telling me to say goodbye to my house .

When I moved to Earling, IA- the town council had to approve of my dogs- as they are pits- which they did.

After arriving here- I was still getting emails from Mesner- informing me that he had already enlisted someone to help him attack me in the small town.

I was experiencing break ins repeatedly- someone tried to poison my dogs twice- and all of this was precipitated by emails from Doug- who was telling me it was going to happen before it occured.

However- the city clerk in town here had befriended me before I even left Seattle and had keys to my house. So she is the logical suspect to the break Ins as police couldnt figure out who was doing it.

She blamed the break Ins on my neighbor- telling me my neighbor was being investigated for manufacturing meth in her basement- and even gave me a photocopy of my neighbors check my neighbor had written to the city for her water bill.

At the time I thought it was weird but now I realize she (and Doug) were hoping I would publish it on my blog- which would have been a crime.

In fact the IA Shelby County Sheriff had me in for an hour and a half recorded interview discussing everything that was happening, as they realize what is happening is nefarious.

I made a complaint to the city council eight months after arriving- making a complaint about the c...


SOCIAL WORK: Sally Smart "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Photo by Jeff Wassmann

Which member of your family influenced you the most?

S.S. The Artists in my family. 

Do you have a favourite family story? 

S.S. Love at first sight. 

What do you hope for?  

S.S. The World

How do you make important decisions? 

S.S. Sleep on it. 

Do you think things happen for a reason? 

S.S. Yes

What beliefs do you have that you think will never change?

S.S. I believe in art and love. 

Do you believe in the supernatural?

S.S. Yes, Ive seen a ghost! 

Have you ever come close to dying? 

S.S. Drowning. 

What do you like the best about your body? 

S.S. That I am healthy. 

Have you ever been lost? 

S.S. In Venice. 

How do you control your anger?

S.S. Swim. 

Is there anything you find irresistible?


What is stopping you?

S.S. Nothing. 

What would you like to do more of?

S.S. Sail and sing, sing and sail. 

What was your favourite book as a child?

S.S. Pippi Longstocking. 



The Necks "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


by Steve Proposch

The Necks celebrate what it is to be a musician, living in the moment of the music, where a single note rings out in space and sparks an idea. Not even the band knows where it might lead, but the possibilities are virtually endless. 

The Necks know all the possibilities. Individually they are veteran musos with accomplished careers stretching back to the early 80s. Together they somehow find their way from silence and nothingness through spare bass notes, piano chords and feedback, to nifty riffs, to driving grooves, to crashing crescendos, to some kind of answer. 

Lloyd Swanton plays bass for The Necks and is a three-time winner of Best Bassist in the Australian Jazz and Blues Awards. Along with Chris Abrahams (piano), and Tony Buck (drums), he has been lauded in the world press for his work in this band as everything from a genius to some kind of musical shaman-stroke-prophet. The Necks performances have been described as Ecstacy in slow motion magically euphoric (Weser Kurier, Bremen, Germany), and a kind of religious experience (The Australian). We spoke to Swanton in the lead up to their performance at the Castlemaine State Festival in March 2013.

Your music feeds on itself, building from the first note with ideas tried out in the moment Do you ever play a song the same way twice?

Lloyd Swanton: No, never. Even if we wanted to, we couldnt.

Is that ever a problem? Do you sometimes have audiences requesting an old fave the play something we know mate moment?

LS: Well, people often come up to the merch desk after the show and ask which one did they play tonight? No, no-one ever asks for old faves. People just seem to know. For example, our first album Sex sold well and continues to sell well, 24 years later, such that wed expect to see some of those buyers rocking up to our shows, but although we get good crowds at our shows, its nothing like what youd expect considering how many copies Sex has sold, so clearly people just know that theyre not going to get the Sex experience at the live show (Ill tactfully avoid the many obvious jokes I could make there). And Im fine with that. We always have a good turnout to play to, and I think its great to know weve got a whole other stay-at-home audience.

Did you perhaps start out thinking you might form a straight up rock or pop band?

LS: (Snort.) We formed the band with the specific intention of exploring this modus operandi we had in mind. Incredible t...


Lawyer X or Informer 3838, defence barrister Nicola Gobbo? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Image: Source supplied)

Crooked cops and lawyers are rife in the colony called Australia, where the judiciary supports their actions.

With the matter of 'Lawyer X' (or Informer 3838), in the public spotlight now, it seems that the bent barrister's actions were documented by the Fairfax publication in 2010, under the subtle headline;
Lawyer 'demanded $20m' in the following article:

The High Court of Australia lifted suppression orders to reveal the barrister, 'who cannot be identified' represented Mockbel and other underworld figures while informing against her clients between 2005-2009.

See also article from 8 Dec 2018 by of the headline:
Victoria Police's legal fight to keep Lawyer X gangland informer secret cost $4.52 million at:$4.5m/10596904


Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News: Protesters marched the streets in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns just a week after upwards of 15,000 school students demonstrated against government inaction on climate change.


Tingha Cemetery Burials and the AUS-KOORI Mailing List "IndyWatch Feed National"

Back in November 2003 I added the following entry to correspondence referring to Tingha burials on the AUS-KOORI mailing list

"Tingha Cemetery Burials by Paul Mackett
Burials at the Tingha Cemetery, New South Wales are listed at the following site
Some or all of the following are recorded for each burial Section, Row, Lot, Surname, Christian Name, Age,  Burial Number, Date of Death. The date range is approximately
1886 to 1999.

There are 1537 burials recorded as follows

Section , My interpretation , Graves
Ang/SA , Anglican/Salvation Army , 340
Old Ang, Old Anglican , 155
Cath , Catholic , 108
Old Cath , Old Catholic , 70
Uniting , Uniting  , 47
New Gen , New General , 227
O Abor , Old Aboriginal , 171
N Abor ,  New Aboriginal , 90
Unsect ,  , 328
No Section ,  , 1

The document can be downloaded from the above site as a Word document."

As this URL no longer exists you can access the document here .


Dinner is served "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The following sequence was captured last week, with my favourite raptors on the plains.

The female Nankeen Kestrel, pictured here with a spider, was making repeated visits to the nest in the late afternoon. The chicks are still quite small and fluffy (you may be able to just make out one in two of the images), but will develop rapidly over the next few weeks.

Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains, 5th December 2018


The Madness of Our Mental Health System "IndyWatch Feed National"

Imagine telling a story, mostly fictional but with a sprinkling of facts, so plausible and compelling as to be taken as true and internalised by whole societies  societies proud of their preeminent science and enlightenment. Imagine telling a mostly fictional story that is adopted and championed even by professionals, academics and major societal institutions, including governments; a story in which millions of citizens are deemed to suffer from psychological conditions termed in the story as mental illnesses, which must, at the cost of billions of dollars, be medically diagnosed and remediated by doctors, mental illness professionals, and drugs of questionable safety and even more questionable efficacy.

Well, as it turns out, this happens to describe the origin and reality of our present mental health system, beginning with a largely pseudo-scientific narrative followed by and necessitating a chain of responses and expenditures. This narrative and its resultant system have become the predominant and accepted response of Western societies to the distress and difficulties of common human experience; both narrative and system have been owned by medicine and health institutions as the preferred approach to mental health, and have been afforded the status and legitimacy of evidence-based science, purporting to benefit human psychological health and well-being.

This article explains why we should be deeply disturbed by this largely fictional narrative and its resultant system; why we should be suspicious of who actually benefits from the whole enterprise; why it is a largely unnecessary burdensome cost to our economy, and, most importantly, why we can no longer countenance the unconscionable toll it takes on the psychological health and well-being of ordinary citizens.

The pandemic we didnt need to have

The number of people in our community now being diagnosed with and medicated for a mental illness or disorder poses a major challenge for our already overburdened mental health services and the funding required to sustain them. Depression and anxiety (the predominant and highest prevalence diagnoses) have apparently reached record levels. We are told by the mass media and our major mental health institutions that these are one of the major health challenges of our generation. The question is: what is so badly amiss with Western society that should occasion such an historically unprecedented decline in peoples psychological well-being? One must begin to wonder why humanity has suddenly taken such a turn for the worse. Clearly, the psychiatric/medical remedy applied to this problem is a failed enterprise, with the reported prevalence of mental illness being unremitting in its escalation, with Australia, Britain and the US reporting between 1825% of their populations now afflicted with a mental disorder.......


The Often Overlooked "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

In the valley the three snakes to watch out for (according to popular wisdom) are the Red-bellied Black, the Eastern Brown and the Tiger Snake. All three are classed as dangerously venomous and depending on the local environment one of the three will dominate. All are snakes of the Elapid family. That is having hollow []


Pun from my son "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Oscar asked to bottle the stout

As he was tipping the fermenter forward to get the last of it, I asked him to be wary of slime at the bottom and he replied with a pun: "I'll see those in gradients"!


YEMEN: The Consequence of Western Global Imperialism and Criminality is Genocide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeremy Salt 
Palestine Chronicle

After the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, many are asking But what about Yemen? Yes, indeed, what about Yemen, but what about Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Somalia?   What about Egypt in 1956, what about Iran in 1953 and what about Palestine from 1917 to the present day?

There is a string of what abouts? going all the way back to the French occupation of Algeria in 1830.  The western presence in North Africa and the Middle East is an unbroken record of criminality, invasion, occupation, massacre, assassination and overthrow stretching back over two hundred years.

The west is always killing someone somewhere, or helping someone else to kill them. Nothing has ever stopped it.  Not 9/11 and certainly not the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Even now Britain is ramping up its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, consolidating its position as a partner in the slaughter of Yemenis.

This is the template for what we now see around us.  In the Middle East, the west has been a curse. But what is the west?

No more than a useful cover, basically for three countries, Britain, France, and the US.  Their outriders, Australia, Canada, other European states, in it for the money, or bullied and intimidated into joining the coalition of the willing or whatever propaganda phase is cooked up to conceal the massacre of millions, are no more than useful bit players masquerading as independent countries.

From 1798 when French warships arrived off the coast of Egypt until 1956 when Britain and France were humiliated at S...

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Spending shifts to online "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Retail steady

Retail turnover increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 per cent to $27 billion in October 2018.

The household saving ratio has declined, as should happen with lower interest rates, and this in turn has been reflected in modest annual growth in retail turnover of 3.6 per cent. 

Department stores hurting

At this stage of the housing market cycle we should expect some migratory shifts towards south-east Queensland, and to some extent this was reflected in the monthly retail turnover figures for New South Wales (-0.4 per cent) and Queensland (+1.1 per cent).

Adverse weather did negatively impact the results for some New South Wales industries in October, with the annual growth in retail turnover now being championed by Victoria and Tasmania. 

Online spend

Not a remarkable set of numbers, overall, then.

The most interesting point was that online retail turnover contributed some 5.9 per cent of retail turnover this month, representing a rapid ascendancy from only 4.7 per cent a year earlier. 



The Weekend Quiz December 8-9, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for yesterdays quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

An application of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) tells us that the current proposals for a Green New Deal in the US and elsewhere will lead to crowding out of other investment.

The answer is True.

The current proposals for a Green New Deal will have significant implications for resource usage in the nations that pursue that policy framework.

In the US, there are estimates that these initiatives might absorb up to 14 per cent of the labour force.

At a time when unemployment is historically low, a shift of this magnitude will clearly require a squeeze being put on other sectors.

But this will be a real resource squeeze mediated through taxation and regulation.

The normal presentation of the crowding out hypothesis, which is a central plank in the mainstream economics attack on government fiscal intervention is more accurately called financial crowding out.

At the heart of this conception is the theory of loanable funds, which is a aggregate construction of the way financial markets are meant to work in mainstream macroeconomic thinking. The original conception was designed to explain how aggregate demand could never fall short of aggregate supply because interest rate adjustments would always bring investment and saving into equality.

In Mankiw, which is representative, we are taken back in time, to the theories that were prevalent before being destroyed by the intellectual advances provided in Keynes General Theory. Mankiw assumes that it is reasonable to represent the financial system as the market for loanable funds where all savers go to this market to deposit their savings, and all borrowers go to this market to get their loans. In this market, there is one interest rate, which is both the return to saving and the cost of borrowing.

This is back in the pre-Keynesian world of the loanable funds doctrine (first developed by Wicksell).

This doctrine was a central part of the so-called classical model where perfectly flexible prices delivered self-adjusting, market-clearing aggregate....


UFO photographs from a B-52 aircraft over Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barry Greenwood

Boston researcher Barry Greenwood recently returned from a two week visit to the archives of the J Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, in the USA. Barry kindly forwarded copies of scans of documents relating to Australia, to both myself and also to Melbourne researcher Paul Dean. Paul and I are spending time looking through all of these documents to determine if there is previously unknown material in them. I wish to thank Barry for his untiring efforts in the preservation of these invaluable historical records.

B-52 aircraft case

Looking through the contents of one file folder I noticed an uncited Newsletter article, titled "Photographs taken of an unusual object over Australia." Handwritten above the typed text, were the words "Australia," "NL'" and "Spring 1965." I have never come across this sighting. A search via the Internet and also a search of the NICAP 1965 chronologies failed to find anything about this sighting.  So if any blog readers can add further details I would be most appreciative. The text of the article reads as follows:

"A very good friend in Sedalia informed me last November (1968) that his uncle had taken photographs of an unusual object during the spring of 1965. The observer was flying in a converted B-52 aircraft on an international aerial mapping project. The aircraft was flying over Australia. The aircraft was flying at a slow rate of speed and the bomb-bay doors and the side doors were open.

There were cameras mounted in the bomb-bay section to photograph the terrain below. The observer saw the object approach the B-52 from slightly behind. It appeared less than a mile away and started pacing the aircraft. It did so for about 2 minutes.

During this time the observer snapped 3 photographs with a small camera he had to hand. At least one other crew member saw the object also. The object disappeared at a high rate of speed.

My friend, mentioned above, saw the photographs about 4 years ago, just after they were taken.

On 4 inch by...


Indigenous astronomy to revitalise the Australian curriculum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Krystal De Napoli is a Gomeroi woman and astrophysics student at Monash University.


MACKAY Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault

December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

A DISPUTE between a landlord and his tenant escalated into shoving and eventually a charge of serious assault. Peter James Cameron was forced to

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MACKAY Text message to remind people to appear in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Text message to remind people to appear in court

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The pilot program started in the Mackay Magistrates Court in June 2016 and was evaluated by the University of Queensland. The results of the pilot,

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MACKAY PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving

December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

Kylie Renae James-Kippen fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The 30-year-old woman from Beaconsfield pleaded guilty to driving a

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MACKAY Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay

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MACKAY Court date text reminders for Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Court date text reminders for Queensland

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Rescuers Show Up To Help Injured Kangaroo And Realize He's HUGE "IndyWatch Feed National"

Someone extraordinarily muscular just showed up outside a professional athlete's home in Australia. 

Credit: FFAR

A huge kangaroo was observed from the home of Brent Harvey, who used to play in the North Melbourne Football Club, also known as The Kangaroos. And this actual kangaroo needed some real help.

Credit: FFAR

"A large open wound could be seen on his arm," Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), wrote. "Brents partner, Shayne, was concerned about her other Roo and called her family friend, Krysti (an experienced wildlife rescuer) for help."

Credit: FFAR

Zabinskas came to the scene after Krysti contacted him for help tranquilizing the enormous fellow no one would be able to get close to him otherwise. 

"There was no other way to safely capture such a big animal in such an open location," Zabinskas wrote. 

Tranquilizing the big guy who has come to be called Hugh Hefner after the testosterone-driven Playboy magnate proved to be quite a process.



A Woodsrunner's Diary: Gun Cleaning. A personal Point Of View. "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Gun Cleaning. A personal Point Of View.: This post has been prompted by several posts on forums concerning the problems people are having with gun cleaning. Principally the cleaning...


How the RBA will effect the Aussie dollar "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Im not sure where hes going, but this week, Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Guy Debelle promised you hed go fast, go hard and not die wondering.

Thats not the sort of comment you want to hear from your local central banker.

But what does it even mean?

Debelle wants to print money, rescue the Australian government from going broke, and cut interest rates to zero.

Only if its needed, of course.

Which begs the obvious question.

What sort of financial crisis could Australia be facing that requires its central bankers to go fast, go hard and not die wondering?

I think I have the answer for you.

Ive just issued an alert to my UK readers about Australias coming economic crisis.

Itll be similar to Ireland and Cyprus crash in 2008.

But first, the good news.

Unlike many countries that had a crisis in 2008, Australia still has its own currency.

That means the exchange rate can absorb a huge amount of any crash.

This was denied to the likes of Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. They were stuck in the euro. And the euro didnt go down much to help those countries recover.

Not only that, Europes central bank has a huge amount of rules about what it is allowed to do.

It cant favour some countries because this would come at the expense of others.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has no such restrictions.

It could go fast, go hard and not die wondering all day long. A bit like Zimbabwes central bank.

Put these two considerations together and you realise the opportunity.

The Aussie dollar is in for a crash if Australia gets into trouble.

So, all you need to do is get your money out of Aussie dollar-denominated assets.

Gold, foreign currencies and foreign stocks are a great example.

Its surprisingly easy to protect yourself from a local crisis.

But protect yourself from what exactly?

Australia is heaven.

Theres no doubt about it. My family visited a dozen countries looking for a home before deciding Australia is the place to be.

According to Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report for 2018, Australians are the wealthiest people in the world.

And not by a small margin.

The median Australian is more than five times as wealthy as the median German. And more than twice as wealthy as the median Briton. (Those are my former hom...


Are Gilets Jaunes the new guillotine? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Between my French origins and the opinions expressed within this little blog, I have taken more than a passing interest in the events happening in France, especially when its fuelled by passionate and restless wwoofers who come from there too! As you will or should know, I believe the real economy runs on energy, not money, and surplus energy in particular as a result, I have been following Tim Morgans Surplus Energy Economics blog for a while, which I would encourage you all to follow too. This is Tims latest gem, which proves that when you do the math.  the truth comes out!


This weekend, the authorities plan to field 89,000 police officers across France in response to anticipated further mass protests by the gilets jaunes. In the capital, the Eiffel Tower will be closed and armoured cars deployed, whilst restaurateurs and shopkeepers are being urged to close their businesses at one of the most important times of their trading year.

Though the government has climbed down on the original cause clbre  the rises in fuel taxes planned for next year there seems to be no reduction in the worst protests experienced in the country since the 1960s. Reports suggest that as many as 70% of French citizens support the protestors, and that the movement may be spreading to Belgium and the Netherlands.

For the outside observer, the most striking features of the protests in France have been the anger clearly on display, and the rapid broadening of the campaign from fuel prices to a wider range of issues including wages, the cost of living and taxation.

The disturbances in France should be seen in a larger context. In France itself, Emmanuel Macron was elected president only after voters had repudiated all established political parties. Italians have entrusted their government to an insurgent coalition which is on a clear collision-course with the European Union over budgetary matters. The British have voted to leave the EU, and Americans have elected to the White House a man dismissed by experts as a joke candidate throughout his campaign.

Obviously, something very important is going on why?

Does economics explain popular anger?

There are, essentially, two different ways in which the events in France and beyond can be interpreted, and how you look at them depends a great deal on how you see the economic situation.

If you subscribe to the conventional and consensus interpretation, economic issu...


Whatever it takes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The GFC: 10 years on

Corker of a speech from the Reserve Bank's Debelle yesterday where he revisited the global financial crisis, how it appeared to play out in real time, and what lessons can be learned about liquidity and response measures.

Australia pulled through the global financial crisis in far better nick than most other advanced economies, explained Debelle, thanks to a combination of factors and policy responses.

This considered speech inevitably attracted a lot of airtime because it made reference to QE (quantitative easing) as an available policy tool. 

However, this is one of those times to read what the relatively sanguine speech actually said rather than how it gets interpreted across various media channels!

Whatever it takes (5 measures)

I often get asked what would happen if the economy and housing markets really turn to mush, which is a reasonable enough question to ask for those with a long-term horizon.

If you're interested this is a very useful speech to pick through, as many of the answers are touched upon, with the overriding message being that liquidity is vital.

It's important to note at the outset that the Reserve Bank still believes that the next move in the policy rate is up, whatever proves to be reported about this speech in the media. 



The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australias Anti-Encryption Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, when required, could be surrendered to the authorities.

It is worth remembering the feeble justification then, as now.  As Li Shouwei, deputy head of the Chinese parliaments criminal law division explained to the press at the time, This rule accords with the actual work need of fighting terrorism and is basically the same as what other major countries in the world do.  Birds of a feather, indeed.

An Weixing, head of the Public Security Ministrys Counter-Terrorism division, furnishes us with the striking example of a generic state official who sees malefactors coming out of the woodwork of the nation. Terrorism, he sombrely stated, reflecting on Islamic separatists from East Turkestan, is the public enemy of mankind, and the Chinese government will oppose all forms of terrorism.  Given that such elastic definitions are in the eye of the paranoid beholder, the scope for indefinite spread is ever present.

The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, must be consulting the same oracles as those earning their keep in the PRC.  The first rule of modern governance: frighten the public in order to protect them.  Look behind deceptive facades to find the devil lurking in his trench coat.  Morrisons rationale is childishly simple: the security derangement complex must, at all times, win over.  The world is a dark place, a jungle rife with, as Morrison insists upon with an advertisers amorality, paedophile rings, terrorist cells, and naysayers.

One of his solutions?  The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, otherwise known by its more accurate title of the Anti-Encryption Bill. This poorly conceived and insufferably vague Bill, soon to escape its chrysalis to become law, shows the government playbook in action: tamper with societys sanity; draft a ponderous bit of text; and treat, importantly, the voter as a creature mushrooming in self-loathing insecurity in the dark.

The Bill, in dreary but dangerous terms, establishes voluntary and mandatory industry assistanc...


Devils & Details live in Sydney (listen) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Live event podcast


The full Business Insider Australia Devils and Details Live show is out, with all of the panels compressed into two easy recordings. 

To listen to Part 1, Property and Portfolios, see here or click on the image below

The housing market panel kicks in at 20 minutes, but all of it is well worth listening to.

I have a bit of a yarn from 31 minutes in, and then again at 39:40.

Here I discuss the concept of the credit cycle as a pendulum, as well as how I'm helping my clients to reposition themselves for the significant proposed changes for property investors ahead. 

This section includes news and views from Joanne Masters, Cameron Kusher, Stephen Koukoulas, Con Michalakis, and more. 

What a terrific panel of guests to be on!


To listen to Part 2, The Reserve Bank's Challenge, and indicators, see here or click on the image below.

There's some classic trademark James Whelan commentary on what things are currently things...and conversely, of course what things are not things. 


The Deathly Insect Dilemma "IndyWatch Feed National"

Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of natures normal course over thousands and millions of years, but the current rate of devastation is off the charts and downright scary.

Moreover, there is no quick and easy explanation for this sudden emergence of massive loss around the globe. Yet, something is dreadfully horribly wrong. Beyond doubt, it is not normal for 50%-to-90% of a species to drop dead, but that is happening right now from Germany to Australia to Puerto Ricos tropical rainforest.

Scientists are rattled. The world is largely unaware of the implications because it is all so new. It goes without saying that the risk of loss of insects spells loss of ecosystems necessary for very important stuff, like food production.

Farmland birds that depend upon a diet of insects in Europe have disappeared by >50% in just three decades.  French farmland partridge flocks have crashed by 80%. Nightingale abundance is down by almost 80%. Turtledoves are down nearly 80%.

In Denmark (1) owls, (2) Eurasian hobbies, and (3) Bee-eaters, which subsist on large insects like beetles and dragonflies, have abruptly disappeared. Poof, gone!

Krefeld Entomological Society (est. 1905) in Germany trapped insect samples in 63 nature preserves in Europe representing nearly 17,000 sampling days (equivalent to 46.5 years). Krefeld consistently found massive declines in every kind of habitat they sampled. Up to 80% wipeouts.

As for one example, Krefeld data for hoverflies, a pollinator often mistaken for a bee, registered 17,291 hoverflies from 143 species trapped in a reserve in 1989. Twenty-five years later at the same location, 2,737 individuals from 104 species or down 84%.1

A shortage of insect pollinators in the Maoxian Valley in China has forced farmers to hire human workers at $19 per worker/per day to replace bees. Each worker pollinates 5-to-10 apple trees by hand per day.

Jack Hasenpusch of Australian Insect Farms, which collects swarms of insects, says:

Ive been wondering for the last few years why some of the insects have been dropping off This year has really taken the cake with the lack of insects, its left me dumbfounded, I cant figure out whats going on....

Friday, 07 December


A Slovakian Homebodys Opinion on Migration: US and UK Owe Reparations "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, (R) Bombing Iraq again

by Ivan Heko

I am Slovakian. The predecessor nation-state was Czcheoslovakia, now two republics, the Czech Republick and Slovakia.  This article is about the UN Migration Pact which our Foreign Minister is hoping to wish upon us.

First I have to explain the position of Slovakia in relation to the UN Migration Pact.  Today I was listening, in my car radio, to our Foreign Minister Mr. Lajk.  He signed under the Pact, and he threatens to abdicate if Slovakia is against the Pact and Slovakia IS against the Pact.

The public radio-station is financed by the citizens. The shows topics were Mr. Laj...


Me-ism and The Left : A response to Joshua Dabelstein "IndyWatch Feed National"

[This post is in response to Me-Ism Is Undoing The Left, Joshua Dabelstein, New Matilda, December 4, 2018 (A feelpinion has no place in a contest of ideas, writes Joshua Dabelstein).] In responding to Joshua Dabelsteins article its a bit Continue reading


The Weekend Quiz December 8-9, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. An application of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) tells us that the current proposals for a Green New Deal in the US and elsewhere will lead to crowding out of other investment.

2. A rising government deficit will always allow the private domestic sector to increase its saving in nominal terms.

3. A lack of a close correspondence between the growth of bank reserves and the growth in the stock of money is evidence that credit creation is being tightly constrained.



Change worth fighting for "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 06, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges

December 06, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

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