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Wednesday, 14 February

22:00

Australian Labor MP: "I'd Choose Autism" "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Anne Dachel A story from Australia makes it clear that vaccines will maintain the sacred place in medicine with our children as the sacrificial lambs. Feb 12, 2018, Australia SBS News: I'd choose autism: Labor MP backs vaccines Labor...

21:30

Political Apathy Is to Blame for the National Green Tribunal No Longer Serving Its Purpose "IndyWatch Feed National"

The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function.

The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function. Credit: PTI

The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function. Credit: PTI

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) was constituted on October 18, 2010, to speed up the adjudication of environmental litigations, and also to address the environmental problem from multiple perspectives by involving both judicial and expert members in the decision-making process. At present, the NGT has four zonal benches in Kolkata, Pune, Chennai and Bhopal, and a principal bench in New Delhi.

With the establishment of the NGT, India became the third country in the world to set up a specialised environmental tribunal, only after Australia and New Zealand, and the first developing country to do so. While the establishment of the tribunal and its performance over the last seven years has been lauded by petitioners, lawyers and civil society groups, the journey so far has been far from smooth. And the future of the NGT looks bleak and hopeless due to the indifferent approach of the political regime.

Political apathy in allowing the NGT to function as an effective body started from its inception, but the scale and form of it have intensified in the recent past. First, the UPA-II regime took almost three years to set up the zonal benches and provide the necessary resources, infr...

20:27

Australian Bank CBA Bars Cryptocurrency Buying on Credit Cards "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Australian Bank CBA Bars Cryptocurrency Buying on Credit Cards appeared first on CCN

Australias largest bank has banned its customers from buying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin using its credit cards, starting today. Citing a lack of regulation and high volatility of cryptocurrencies, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has discontinued credit card purchases of cryptocurrencies. The curb will also extend to Perth-based Bankwest, a bank fully acquired by the Continued

The post Australian Bank CBA Bars Cryptocurrency Buying on Credit Cards appeared first on CCN

20:18

Global shares mostly higher ahead of US inflation data "IndyWatch Feed National"

TOKYO (AP) Global shares were mostly higher Wednesday as investors awaited the release of U.S. inflation data. Trading was winding down in China ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays.

KEEPING SCORE: Frances CAC 40 added 0.6 percent to 5,140.46, while Germanys DAX rose 0.8 percent to 12,293.65. Britains FTSE 100 was up 0.7 percent at 7,216.32. U.S. shares were set for gains with Dow futures up 0.6 percent at 24,775 and S&P 500 futures 0.5 percent higher at 2,674.70.

U.S. INFLATION: Market players are awaiting the U.S. Labor Departments monthly report on consumer prices, due later in the day. The report takes on added importance since recent swings in financial markets were touched off by worries that inflation might rise too quickly, prompting the Federal Reserve to accelerate monetary tightening.

THE QUOTE: It certainly feels like the proverbial calm before the storm and rightly so as there are plenty of reasons to be cautious, but whether it warrants the present sense of foreboding in the markets or not, equity investors seem undeterred by the possibility of higher yields, Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary.

JAPAN GDP: Japans economy grew at a slower than expected 0.5 percent annual pace in the October-December quarter, the eighth straight quarter of expansion. Growth for the entire calendar year was 1.6 percent, up from 0.9 percent in 2016. The preliminary data released Wednesday buttressed economists expectations that growth will slow in the coming year.

ASIAS DAY: Japans benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4 percent to finish at 21,154.17, while Australias S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.3 percent to 5,841.20. South Koreas Kospi gained 1.1 percent at 2,421.83. Hong Kongs Hang Seng rose 2.3 percent to 30,515.60, while the Shanghai Composite index added 0.5 percent to 3,199.16. Markets in Southeast Asia were mixed.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 20 cents to $58.99 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 10 cents to $59.19 a barrel in New York Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 31 cents to $62.40 a barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 107.31 yen from 107.55 yen. The euro climbed to $1.2364 from $1.2351.

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20:01

Australia - Bega Valley targeted in NSW Labor's Fluoridation Bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anti-fluoride groups have been placed in the crosshairs of potential State Parliament legislation that aims to give additional powers to the NSW Health Minister.
Shadow health spokesman Walt Secord introduced legislation on Tuesday, February 13, which, if passed, would give the minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.
Mr Secord said the legislation would create tough new fluoride laws to over-ride the anti-fluoride movement, which is surfacing in NSW.
He cites Bega Valley as one of the areas where a vocal minority are using tactics similar to the anti-vaxxer movement.
...

19:51

Chinese paper says UK trying to grab attention with South China Sea mission Hints That UK Is No Longer Relevant Faded former world power "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

In this Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, ships officers are presented to Britains Queen Elizabeth II on deck during her visit to HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, in the West India Dock, in London. (AP)

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17:09

Natalie Cromb The case for treaty "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Natalie Cromb is a Gamilaraay writer and social justice advocate who lives in Sydney.

One of the foundational principles of a treaty in Australia would need to be self-determination. Without communities in the driving seat of their futures, the gap will continue to widen.

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and the campaign for constitutional recognition, structural change needs to occur to ensure Indigenous interests are at the forefront of governmental policies affecting Indigenous people.
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I support treaty. I hope non-Indigenous Australians join calls for treaties
so that we can approach the future as a united and mature nation,
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16:48

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15:02

Land supply fails to keep pace "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Land prices soar

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) reported that vacant land prices soared by +6.5 per cent to an all-time high median price of $267,368 in the September 2017 quarter. 

That's a huge quarterly increase, and came as the sheer pace of demand outstripped supply, with quarterly sales volumes having declined by more than a quarter since 2015.


Over the past five years median land prices nationally have increased by 40 per cent. 

This has mainly been a capital city phenomenon, with the average increase being significantly greater across the capitals. 


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14:23

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14:23

Medicare paid item 16519 for 37 men in FY16/17 - Management of labour and birth by any means (including Caesarean section) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This isn't a man in labour - it's a taxpayer on hearing Medicare paid out the full entitlement on item 16519 "Management of labour and birth by any means (including Caesarean section) including post-partum care for 5 days" to 37 men in the past year. Here's the link. http://www9.health.gov.au/mbs/fullDisplay.cfm?type=item&q=16519&qt=item

14:19

Upcoming Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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MACKAY Local News Headlines For Mackay & The Whitsundays, 14th of February, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:10

Telegram Messenger App Exploited by Mining Malware "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yet another day brings yet another tale of woe about mining malware. Back in the day we had viruses and worms to worry about, and then came a surge of spyware, today the hackers want your computer to mine them more Monero. The latest victim is messenger app Telegram which has been exploited to run mining malware.

According to security researchers at Kaspersky Lab a zero day vulnerability in Telegrams desktop app has been exploited to deliver multipurpose malware. A zero day exploit is an attack that targets a previously unknown vulnerability, the victims literally have zero days to fix and patch the exposed systems.

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The malicious code can be used as a back door to deliver mining malware to the target computer. As in other cases it would then leech the machines processing power to surreptitiously mine for Monero and Zcash, two anonymous cryptocurrencies.

The cyber security team discovered that the Telegram zero-day vulnerability was based on the RLO (right-to-left override) Unicode method. This is often used on languages that read from the right such as Arabic or Hebrew. Users can be tricked into downloading malicious files which can be disguised as images. Additionally while analyzing the threat, researchers found archives containing a Telegram local cache that had been stolen from victims.

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One the exploit had been compromised a backdoor that used the Telegram API as a command and control protocol was installed, resulting in the hackers gaining remote access to the victims computer. Once it had access it switched to silent mode enabling the infestation of further malware and mining processes.

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13:54

Local chosen to celebrate 30th drawing wall "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Local chosen to celebrate 30th drawing wall

NEW INSTALLATION Local Nagambie based artist, Rosa Purbrick has been chosen as the artist to install her works to celebrate the 30th SAM Drawing Wall. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

IT was very fitting that a local artist be chosen for the celebratory 30th installation of the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Drawing Wall, and Rosa Purbricks piece certainly captures the imagination.

Based in Nagambie, Rosa draws on wetlands and waterways of her local environment to produce abstract visions of the landscape, and this piece is no different. The piece depicts a scene showing the Goulburn, its River Red Gums, billabongs and wildlife using vibrant tones and reductive shapes that are applied with adhesive vinyl on a painted ground.

Rosa said, The image represents the changing climate and its impact on the waterways of this region.

I chose the colours because I see these colours often out in the world.

Id never experienced using vinyl cut-outs before, so this was new to me. It peaked my interest though so I went exploring more about it. I spoke with Nagambie Signs, who helped me with the vinyl and helped to install the piece on the wall.

It all came together really well.

The 30th SAM Drawing Wall installation will be showing over the time of the SAM Local Exhibition.

To see more of Rosas work, visit rosapurbrick.com.au

13:53

Swimming successfully through adversity "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Swimming successfully through adversity

DAWS TAKES SILVER IN SPAIN After having a Kidney transplant at the age of 14, 20 year old Kilmore resident, Ethan Daws scored two silvers at the World Transplant Games in Spain last year. Photo: David Lee.

LIFE was tough at the beginning for Kilmore resident, Ethan Daws who before the age of one was required to have a kidney transplant, but now at the age of 20, following a transplant, he is now swimming successfully through adversity, having taken on the World Transplant Games in Spain in 2017.

Having been born premature with kidneys that were only one sixth the normal size, Ethans body managed to maintain enough kidney function until the age of 14, when, due to his kidney function dropping to just three percent, he needed a transplant to save his life. He was lucky enough to have been able to receive a kidney from his dad and on May 18, 2011 the operation went ahead, however, this wasnt the end of Ethans troubles. While his dad came through the operation fine, Ethan required a second operation and having gone through it successfully, has been talking life head on.

After competing at the Australian Transplant Games in Newcastle in 2012 Ethan today competes in 50m butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke, 100m backstroke and breaststroke and 200m individual medley events and took two silvers at the 2017 World Transplant Games in Spain.

Ethan said, Realistically the longest wait for a transplant is 40 years, so I was very lucky that my parents were a match.

I am so grateful for having this chance.

Organ donation is such an important thing to do and I encourage anybody who wants to be on the register, to do so.

Swimming is something I slowly learned to love, and its been great meeting all the people I have through it who have become good mates.

GV Healths specialist donation nurse, Natasha Pearson said, Only one to two percent of people die in a situation where they can donate organs.

One person can save up to 10 different people.

The big thing we ask is that people register. You must be over 16 and be sure to have discussions with your family so that they know your wishes.

Being able to save somebodys life or make their life better is an incredible thing to do.

13:52

Travelling con men warning "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SHEPPARTON Police is warning residents to be aware of recent reports of travelling con men currently working the area.

Local police have been warned by Consumer Affairs Victoria of a report that came through on January 31 advising them that Travelling Conmen (TCM) have been in the Greater Shepparton area for several days/weeks.

The incident reported that two males of Islander appearance, driving a white Toyota Hilux and using the business name Liquid Amber Tree Works, had offered garden maintenance and tree lopping services, and engaged victims by door knocking and leaving business cards. Reports were also made that damage had been caused to neighbouring properties when trees were removed.

A police spokesperson said, If you suspect a travelling con man is knocking, do not answer.
If you do speak to them, ask them to leave. If they refuse, they are breaking the law.
If you want work done on your house shop around for the quote that is right for you, use established tradespeople who provide written quotes, ask for contact details of previous clients, so you can check references, do not sign any agreement until you are ready, ask for the tradesmans full name and registration or licence details (if applicable) so you can check these with their industry authority and ask for the businesss number, so you can call to confirm whether the tradesman works for them.

If you know of travelling con men in your area record as much information as you can, such as their name and vehicle registration and report them to the national travelling con men hotline on 1300 133 408 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays) and of course let us know.

13:52

Shepparton CFA searches for new home "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Shepparton CFA searches for new home

EMERGENCY LAND NEEDED Shepparton Fire Station & Inner Shepparton Catchment officer in charge/operations officer, Peter Dedman is hoping to find a block of land that can house a new Shepparton Fire Station, due to the current facility not being large enough to house staff, equipment and vehicles. Photo: David Lee.

THE Shepparton Fire Brigade is on the hunt for a new home after volunteers and staff have outgrown the current facility on Maude Street.

Originally opened in 1968, the current station has undergone two major renovations as the service grew to house additional trucks and staff, but with new staff set to join and new trucks pending, land for a new purpose built facility is being sought.

Shepparton Fire Station & Inner Shepparton Catchment officer in charge/operations officer, Peter Dedman said, Over time as things changed, such as the town getting bigger and more staff being brought in, there is now the need for a new facility.

Adding to that is the streetscape proposal by council to beatify Maude Street. This will mean there will additional car parks out the front of the station and a medium strip and trees installed, which will impact on the ability to manoeuvre our trucks in the street. Currently we are the last integrated station in Victoria where we have to reverse all the trucks back into the station, which being close to the Maude Street Mall we have concerns for the safety of pedestrians.

Shepparton has been on the cards for a new station for quite a number of years. The money is sitting there available, but finding a suitable sized block of land in a suitable location is proving to be difficulties.

Wed ideally like to be around the High Street area a little further east from the CBD itself. We need a minimum of 7,000m2 and there are government policies that dictate where we can build and with Shepparton having a little bit of a flood overlay that limits us.

To have a brand new, purpose built, state-of-the-art facility would benefit the community greatly.

13:51

Growing plants and community partnerships "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Growing plants and community partnerships

GARDENERS PUT GREEN THUMBS TO GOOD USE Shepparton Villages head gardener, Barry Curtis, Billabong Garden Complex supported employees, Daphne Crocker and Ben Grapentin and Billabong Garden Complex production supervisor, Lynne McCarthy. Photo: Supplied.

SHEPPARTON Villages has entered into a flourishing partnership with Sheppartons Billabong Garden Complex, which will see Billabong and around 30 supported employees grow 5,000 plants for our new 120 bed, $34M Shepparton Villages development.

Shepparton Villages head gardener, Barry Campbell approached Billabong Complex manager, Tracy Lamont to see if she and her team would be interested in tendering for the massive project, and Tracy was more than up for the challenge.

Barry said, It was about six months ago we started to discuss it as we are very interested in quality, we were keen to keep it local and being able to support Billabong who have always been good to us was such a great opportunity.

Tracy said the partnership was a win-win for both organisations.

Shepparton Villages has always supported us, with what we do and how we are so it is fantastic that we can be part of this new project. Weve been working on advanced trees and will also be doing seedling closer to the time, Tracy said.

The team at Billabong had to research and find the selection recommended by the consultants, then ensure they had the right numbers for the project before beginning the process of growing and nurturing over 5,000 plants.

Weve got the landscaping needs but also the courtyards within the development, Barry said.

The Billabong supported employees will also help plant the trees, shrubs and seedlings when the time comes close to the projects completion in mid-2018.

Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett said she was thrilled to have yet another local community partnership.

Were all about community we have our own village life here but our residents are a part of the local community as much as anyone and it is so fantastic when we can involve groups and individuals locally in what we do. Were thrilled to be working with Billabong on this project, Kerri said.

13:50

Nominations open for The Nationals community preselection "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

NOMINATIONS opened last week for Victorias first community preselection, to be held by The Nationals in the seat of Shepparton.

Community preselection gives residents of the Shepparton region a say on who stands for The Nationals at the Victorian state election in November.

Prospective candidates can nominate until Friday, March 9 and voting day will take place on Saturday, April 14.

The Nationals state president, Neil Pankhurst said the community preselection gives locals the unique opportunity to have their say on who stands for them, in addition to who represents them after the election.

This is such an exciting opportunity for people from the Shepparton region to play a leading role in the democratic process, Mr Pankhurst said.

The community preselection is a testament to The Nationals tradition as a grassroots party focused on delivering for local communities.

The Nationals state leader, Peter Walsh urged potential candidates to visit www.sheppartonvotes.com for more information and to nominate.

People who live and work in the Shepparton region have a deep understanding of what matters to their community, Mr Walsh said.

Shepparton needs candidates who are prepared to be a strong voice for the region in State Parliament and fight for the communitys best interests.

Voting is open to anyone who lives in the Shepparton electorate and is registered on the electoral roll.

13:49

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

UPCOMING

 

CENTRAL PARK ST BRENDANS CRICKET CLUB is holding a fundraiser to support breast cancer awareness on February 17 from 3pm to 6pm at the Shepparton Football Club rooms, Deakin Reserve, Shepparton. Cost is $10 per person and tables of 10 are available. Includes afternoon tea. Drinks at bar prices. The theme is bring your mum. All proceeds will be donated to The McGrath Foundation. For tickets, contact Felicity Butcher on 0428 231 410, Helen McMillan on 0413 845 799 or Sue Lau on 0408 054 233.

 

SHEPPARTON TOY LIBRARY will hold a free Stay & Play session on Wednesday, February 21 between 10am and 11:30am at the corner of Balaclava Road and Numurkah Road. The focus will be puzzles. Come and test the resources available from the Toy Library. A variety of membership options are available. For further information, contact Kim on 0403 179 873.

 

THE BUNBARTHA TENNIS CLUB 100 YEARS will be discussed at the clubs next planning meeting on Friday, February 23 from 8pm at the Bunbartha Community Centre. We welcome any past players and Community members. For further information, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.

 

THE SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on Thursday, February 22 at the Senior Citizens Centre, Welsford Street at 1:30pm. Guest artist is guitarist/singer from Euroa, Greg Dudley. Entry is $5 and includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. For bulk bookings phone 5821 9580 or 5821 4921.

 

FREE TWO DAY WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS AND CARERS will be held on Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1 from 9:30am to 2:30pm (registration from 8:45am) at Mercure Port of Echuca, 465 High Street, Echuca. Morning tea and lunch is provided. Please advise any dietary requirements upon registration. Register at positivepartnerships.com.au. If you are not able to register online, call the Positive Partnerships Infoline on 1300 881 971 or email parentcarer@autismspectrum.org.au

 

A REUNION OF STUDENTS who attended St Colemans College Shepparton between 1951 and 1954 will be held at the GV Hotel, Shepparton on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:30pm. Please call Pat English on 0409 028 248 or Peter Parker on 0427 911 828 for more details, or just turn up on the day.

 

SHEPPARTON POLIO SUPPORT GROUP MEETING will be held on Tuesday, March 6 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Milne Bay Room, Shepparton RSL, 88 Wyndham Street, Shepparton (order and pay individually). Guest speaker is speech pathologist, Melinda Jurd, (Rural Allied Health Team Safe Swallowing). RSVP by Monday, March 5...

13:49

Dance the night away "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Dance the night away

GET ROCKING WITH COOL CATS Cool Cat Rockers can help you have a rocking time, with their beginner dancing classes for people of all ages. Photo: Supplied.

HAVE you ever wanted to learn how to Rock n Roll 50s and 60s style or are you looking at brushing up on your dancing skills? You can hit the dance floor with Cool Cat Rockers beginners lessons, just in time for the first of the big dances coming up on Saturday, February 17.

This year, beginners classes run on Tuesdays, from 7pm at Wesley Hall on Maude Street, Shepparton and even if you dont have a partner, the Cool Cats friendly social group of like-minded people will ensure a rocking time will be had by all.

Kaye Rossignoli from Cool Cat Rockers said, Rock n Roll is a pastime that combines the art of socialising, meeting new friends, having lots of fun and all whilst also keeping fit.

We have the first of our big dances for the year coming up on Saturday, February 17 from 8pm until late, which will be held at the Shepparton High School Hall and feature top Melbourne band, Phoenix. Tickets are now on sale and must be prepaid, Kaye said.

For further information, contact Kaye on 5821 5465 or drop into Wesley Hall at 7pm from Tuesday, February 13.

13:48

Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ABSOLUTELY DISAPPOINTED AND DISGUSTED

Dear Editor,

Last week in Wyndham Street I saw a blue Hyundai Getz parked on the side of the road and inside of the car was four little dogs quite hot and distressed.

By the time I had parked my car the owner of the car and the dogs had walked back from her visit to the pharmacy and got into her car. To top it all off, she then proceeded to do an illegal U-turn in Wyndham Street and drove north.

I would like to remind the Shepparton community that not only is it extremely cruel but it is illegal to lock your dogs in the car, especially on hot days like that day (41 degrees).

It only takes a matter of minutes for your dog to literally be cooked and die in your car.

I rang the police and gave them her number-plate and I am hoping that they catch up with her.

Yours sincerely,

Scarlett McRae

Shepparton

 

APPRECIATIVE FOR GV HEALTH STAFF

Dear Editor,

I am just highlighting my recent positive experience at GV Health, Shepparton, being my first ever admission to this hospital.

All staff I encountered from the triage staff and emergency department team to the medical ward nurses and doctors were all caring, compassionate and helpful.

I would like to compliment all the staff and management of this hospital for helping to make a stressful time more bearable.

This hospital often receives negative feedback, so I felt it was important for me to detail the positive experience that I encountered.

Yours sincerely,

Margaret Sarkady

Mooroopna

 

LOCALS NEED RE-EDUCATION ON DRIVING

Dear Editor,

I have written to you once before on an issue that concerns me quite a lot, and I see it on a daily basisdrivers not using their indicators correctly, or at all.

I simply cannot believe that drivers dont know how to use their indicators correctly and I am putting it down to pure laziness. Too often I see a driver in front of me change lanes and turn into a turning lane but do not use their indicator until they are actually turning the cornerthat is if they do at all. There is absolutely no need to use it after you have already begun turning the corner as the sole reason to use the indicator is to alert other drivers on what you are doing, before you do it.

There is a reason it is called an indicator! they are designed to indicate...

13:47

24 new participants to take on leadership program "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GOULBURN Murray Leadership launched its flagship program at an event at Monichino Wines at Katunga recently, announcing 24 new participants in the Fairley Leadership Programs 22nd year.

The program now has more than 520 graduates who have developed leadership skills across the Goulburn Murray region, explored the main issues facing the region, and have assisted with positive local change.

Past graduates include Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, Shepparton Festival chair and current program facilitator, Fiona Smolenaars and Committee for Greater Shepparton CEO, Sam Birrell just to name a few who have gone on to high profile positions in the region.

Recent research conducted by the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs secretariat, which covers the states 10 regional leadership programs, showed the great value of the programs to local communities. For example, leadership graduates volunteered on average, 15 hours a month in their local communities, which would cost $28.3M a year to replace with paid employees, based on the programs 3,500 graduates across the state.

Also, at the 2016 local government elections, 66 graduates nominated as councillors and more than half were elected.

Goulburn Murray Leadership CEO, Michelle Luscombe, herself a graduate of the Fairley Leadership Program (2007), said the cohort of the 2018 program was a diverse and interesting bunch. She said the group included a social researcher, a bank relationship manager, a milk factory production manager, a childcare worker, operations managers of a waste company and an engineering company, a council community development manager, a town planner, a family violence support worker, a communications adviser, a doctor and a landscape architect.

Michelle said, All of them (this years program participants) are involved with their local communities and are keen to make a positive contribution.

We hope the program will take their leadership skills and community engagement to the next level.

13:37

Roger Waters and the politics of solidarity "IndyWatch Feed National"

We, hundreds of thousands of us, supporters of BDS and human rights throughout history all over the world join together in memory of Sharpeville and Wounded Knee and Lidice and Budapest and Ferguson and Standing Rock and Gaza and raise our fists in protest. We hurl our glasses into the fire of your arrogant unconcern, and smash our bracelets on the rock of your implacable indifference.

12:27

Stone Coal Crazy: Seismic Testing Off The Australian Coastline "IndyWatch Feed National"

The fight by big miners to keep burning coal is even impacting on our oceans, writes Erin Foster.

This week, dangerous seismic testing is occurring just off Victorias coastline along the pristine 90 Mile Beach at Golden Beach. The seismic survey, funded by the state and federal governments, is being conducted to determine if the area is suitable for carbon capture and storage (CCS), threatening marine biodiversity in the region and impacting local businesses.

Seismic testing is conducted in order to gather data on the geological formations on the ocean bed. It consists of a sonic gun being set off beneath the surface of the ocean approximately every 8 seconds. In this case, the testing is occurring between 800m and 7 kilometres offshore for 17 days. According to Greenpeace Australia the level of sound transmitted through seismic testing can be up to 259 decibels per blast enough to kill a human.

Seismic testing has been used for almost 30 years predominantly by the gas and oil industries. Locals in the Golden Beach area were informed at a poorly advertised information session that this wouldnt impact the pristine marine environment, except possible interference with the migratory patterns of whales and dolphins. This was to be prevented by a qualified spotter on board the seismic testing boat. When contacted, Carbon Net was unable to confirm that the spotter on board would be independent from the project.

Upon further research, it is clear that the project team has downplayed the environmental impact of the testing significantly.

In 2012, the United Nations Environment Program published a synthesis outlining the impact of underwater noise on marine and coastal biodiversity and habitats. It notes that in scientific studies to date have found that at least 55 marine species (cetaceans, teleost fish, marine turtles and invertebreas) are negatively impacted by anthropogenic noise.

Impacts on these species recorded to date include the masking of important acoustic cues, complete avoidance of the area leading to marine displacement and in some cases physical injury and death.

The study also notes that the true effect of activities such as seismic testing is largely unknown due to inadequate research, meaning that the consequences of such activities could be significantly more detrimental than current research indicates.

The Government-backed project to date has failed to engage with local community stakeholders or the broader population. Information provided has reportedly been over complicated, inaccessible and occasionally inaccurate.

For example, when asked directly what impact the testing would have on marine life in the area, proj...

12:25

National Energy Efficiency Conference "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia's premier event for energy efficiency and demand response is coming to Sydney!

12:24

National Energy Effiency Forum - Making Australia a global leader in energy efficiency "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

National Energy Efficiency Forum: Making Australia a global leader in energy efficiency Tuesday 6 March 2018, Sydney

12:24

Years in the making, part 2 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$2500
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Unknown
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Well, I finally have a letter which reads that I have to pay ~$2500 within a month. Of course, by the time you receive the letter after CentreStink's awful private number phone calls telling you your made up debt from 7 years ago, a few days have gone by which limits your time to act on the letter.

In the letter is a table that lists the amount you reported, and the "new" made up numbers by CentreStink that they think you should have told them.

Just going from the first number on my list, my "old" reported earnings I told them was "$0" for a pay period. Apparently it should have been ~"$250"... even though I don't have a single payslip for that time period and didn't earn any money. I don't even have a payslip that comes close to that period. But apparently magical numbers are all the rage.

So I called up CentreStink and got a very snarky lady who talks over you, but seems to have an extremely hard time listening to you when you want to talk. It's like she's just gotten a bill with magical numbers and she's upset and confused by it. So that would be understandable if she wants to talk over me. But, actually, the roles are reversed. Go figure. Well, she couldn't find a payslip to match that number. So she just said I'll have to get back to you on this. The numbers that they...

11:57

Travelling today and tomorrow - plenty of time to read The Daily Telegraph, or just look at the pictures "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'm travelling today and tomorrow so posts will be fairly light. In the interim I thought we might as well share the killer front page that's everywhere today! If a picture paints a thousand words! And thanks to Jeff of FNQ for pointing out our failure to offer equal billing...

11:52

Barnaby Joyce's letter to Gina Rinehart's daughter Hope - on family, mobile phone cameras and evil lawyers "IndyWatch Feed National"

This letter became public during litigation between Hope and her mother Gina Rinehart. I published it back then for the same reason I'm publishing it again today - bits and pieces of the letter are quoted in the press, out of context and generally to suit an agenda. That does...

11:29

Religious freedom review should not wind back the clock on equality for LGBTI Australians "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian laws need a shake up to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people from discrimination by religious groups and better balance competing rights, the Human Rights Law Centre said today in its submission to the inquiry into religious freedom. 

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said, "Last year Australians voted for equality and fairness, not new forms of discrimination. There is no price to be paid for equality, we reject outright that religious freedom is now under threat simply because two people who love each other can marry."

The Religious Freedom Review's Expert Panel was commissioned to conduct the inquiry after last years Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to consider some of the concerns raised by religious groups. The Panel is charged with examining whether Australian law protects religious freedom.

"People are largely free to observe and practice their faith in Australia. We actually need to narrow broad exemptions for religious bodies in discrimination law that prevent vulnerable people, including LGBTI people, from accessing critical services. This inquiry is an opportunity to get the balance right," said Ms Brown.

The submission outlines how existing permanent religious exemptions go too far and highlight cases where LGBTI people have experienced problems at religious schools or other faith based settings.

"Religious exemptions already act as a barrier to vulnerable and marginalised Australians accessing the support services they need. We have spoken to lesbian, gay and transgender people who have been discriminated against when seeking help, and they are afraid to speak out or seek assistance from other religious charities. We need strong discrimination laws but blanket exemptions that bow to the interests of certain groups over other Australians must be avoided," said Ms Brown.

The HRLC recommends filling gaps in the law when it comes to protection for people of faith. Currently, people of faith are protected from discrimination in employment under the Fair Work Act and most states and territories, but arent covered by federal anti-discrimination laws.

"We live in a diverse community and people shouldnt be targeted simply for wearing a turban, cross or headscarf on the street or at school. The United Nations has called on Australia to introduce legal protections for people of faith from discrimination, and so do we," said Ms Brown.

The inquiry highlights the need for Australia to consolidate and modernise its inconsistent and outdated anti-discrimination laws and introduce a Human Rights Act.

"This inquiry reveals a much larger problem that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Australians are lacking in legal protection. We need to modernis...

09:59

The Sniffer Dogs Were Stood Down Sydney Hilton Bombing 1978 "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

Yesterday, 40 years ago on 13 February 1978, there was a bombing.

Exploding Rubbish

The bomb exploded  at 12.40am just outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia, at the time of the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGRM). Australia was host to twelve foreign leaders staying in the hotel.

At the time, Malcolm Fraser was the prime minister, and John Howard was the Treasurer. Fraser, who was staying at the hotel, immediately called out the Australian Army for the remainder of the CHOGRM meeting to act as protector.

Yesterday, the mainstream media provided reports of grief, and sought to pass on the following message, e.g., We need to make sure that we keep in the forefront of peoples minds that this act of terrorism did happen and people did lose their lives [Quoting United Services Union boss Graeme Kelly].

The Mainstream Media Then And Now

The Sydney Morning Herald published this yesterday, and also back on 13/2/1978):

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09:58

Betriums Last Days of ICO Hurry Up to Get a Chance to Win the Jackpot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Betrium, the worldwide bookmaker & betting exchange, has successfully raised 982 ETH so far in its pre-ICO, ending on February 14, 2018. Only a day left to get a chance to win the jackpot by participating in its on-going Betrium ICO and invest in the platforms further development. The pre-ICO will end on 14th February 2018 at 19:00 EST. It is the last call for interested participants to hurry up to be part of exciting opportunity.

About the Platform

Betrium is a worldwide bookmaker and betting exchange offering zero fees, innovative Volatility Stabilization System for professional traders, API for developers and a platform for event organizers. With all these features, the platform is all set to revolutionize a $1 trillion industry segment in the near future.

Betrium has already launched the desktop demo (MVP) of the sports betting platform, which is available on http://sport.patyplay.ga.

Betriums Upcoming Marketing & Promotion Activities

Betrium successfully sponsored a racing car on the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East race in Abu Dhabi on 2nd of February 2018.  The platform has also made plans for full participation in different popular roadshows in March 2018 as a part of its marketing and promotion campaign. As per the companys recent announcement, the Betrium team is going to visit the following conferences as an exhibitor:

  • d10e, Seoul, South Korea, 3-6th of March 2018.
  • Vietnam Blockchain Week, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 7-8th of March 2018.
  • Money20/20 Asia, Singapore, 13-15th of March 2018.
  • Token29, Hong Kong, 20-21th of March 2018.

In addition, Betrium will be an exhibitor and sponsor of APAC Blockchain Conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia from March 13 to 15 2018.

Betrium To Be Seen in FIFA World Cup 2018

The company is planning to be associated with the worlds most popular and much-awaited sports event FIFA World Cup 2018, by offering betting lines for customers. The betting will start as early as in May in order to earn first revenue and some traction.

Betrium has already entered into a partnership with VAVEL.com, a leading sports media group. Vavel is the official sports media and information partner of Betrium and will endorse the platform all through the World Cup event.

CEO Javier Robles, the CEO of VAVEL Media, says:

For VAVEL, this partnership with Betrium guarantees, our willingness to support and backup a project s...

09:53

Welfare overhaul will increase poverty and unemployment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has warned that increasing the punishment of the unemployed, will result in worsening poverty and joblessness.

The governments welfare bill, which has already been presented in parliament, does just this. Its planned overhaul of the welfare system neglects a real strategy, to combat unemployment and is most likely effect will be to create a bigger reserve of desperate people, who can be pressured into underpaid and dangerous work, and with few rights on the job.

Newstart and the Youth Allowance  are already so low that they act as a barrier to employment, when  the expense involved in looking for a job cant be met.

Welfare advocacy groups have been mounting a final effort to convince Senate crossbenchers not to pass the harshest elements of the Coalitions social security legislation.

The bill introduces tougher punishments for jobseekers accused of a beech.  It also makes it take longer to start getting benefits, by delaying the commencement date for Newstart and Youth Allowance payments. The government claims that this will stop applicants from not keeping appointments and increase their preparedness to look for work.

Currently, those welfare payments begin when the recipient first meets with an employment services provider. Payments will no longer be backdated. but are back paid to the date a claim for welfare is first made.

Delaying this further, will make a bad situation even worse for those who do not have the means to feed themselves and maintain shelter. It will mean more people becoming homeless, a problem that has been growing around Australia.

The joint parliamentary committee on human rights last year raised concerns that the change may breach human rights, namely the right to social security and the right to an adequate standard of living.

ACOSS has called for a $75 per week increase to Newstart.

This has been rejected by the government.

 

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09:04

Assange surprised by UK ruling "IndyWatch Feed National"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo WikiLeaks via AP

Julian Assange says hes surprised by a London judges decision to uphold the WikiLeaks founder long-standing arrest warrant, saying she made factual errors in her ruling and hinting at an appeal.

Assange has been fighting to have a British arrest warrant for breaching bail dropped, claiming he fears an extradition order from the US may be delivered if he were to leave his asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy to face the British courts.
The Australian had breached his bail when he sought refuge in the embassy while fighting a Sweden extradition order in 2012.
Last week at Westminster Magistrates Court, Judge Emma Arbuthnot dismissed Assanges argument that the arrest warrant was no longer valid because Swedish authorities had dropped an investigation into rape allegations against him.
Assanges lawyer Mark Summers QC then argued it was not in the public interest for the court to uphold the warrant.
However, Judge Arbuthnot rejected that argument in a damning ruling on Tuesday afternoon (early Wednesday AEDT).
In a tweet, Assange claimed Judge Arbuthnot had been mistaken in her ruling.
We are surprised. Judge went well outside what the parties presented in court. This seems to have led to many factual errors in the judgment. US DoJ [US Department of Justice] confirmed to Reuters again yesterday that its case is ongoing. There are 3 months to appeal judges decision.
Judge Arbuthnot rejected all of Assanges legal arguments, including dismissing claims by a UN working group that he had been arbitrarily detained.
Defendants on bail up and down the country, and requested persons facing extradition, come to court to face the consequences of their own choices, Judge Arbuthnot told the court as she delivered her judgment.
He should have the courage to do so too.
Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than five years, claiming he cant leave because the US w...

08:59

End Joyce saga today or tomorrow: Nats MP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. AAP Image/Dan Peled

At least one Nationals MP wants the future of leader Barnaby Joyce settled in the next 24 hours.

The deputy prime minister is hanging on to his job despite some of his colleagues pushing him to resign following the public exposure of his extra marital affair.

The relationship with his now pregnant partner and former staffer Vikki Campion raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds and has somewhat undermined his authority as party leader.

I hope this doesnt go on too much longer, Nationals backbencher Ken ODowd told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

Id hope to have it resolved today or tomorrow.

Mr ODowd does not think any his colleagues will move against Mr Joyce, 50, preferring instead to have a talk to him about his future.

Someone needs to tell him where the party stands at this stage and it will be a cordial meeting.

Mr Joyce told a meeting of coalition MPs meeting on Tuesday he was determined to get through this time of trial.

Ministerial colleague Michael McCormack, who has twice missed out on becoming deputy leader, denied having conversations with colleagues to replace Mr Joyce.

No I havent, he told reporters on Tuesday night.

Cabinet minister and Queensland MP David Littleproud told ABC radio that of course Mr Joyce had the support of most Nationals MPs.Backbencher Michelle Landry believes the party should give Mr Joyce a bit of personal time to sort this out.

As far as Im concerned everything is above board with the offices and hes there to stay, she told reporters.

I believe that Barnaby will remain our leader I think we need to give him a fair go with it.

AAP understands a group of about four or five Nationals MPs was trying to get Mr Joyce to resign, but didnt have the numbers in the 21-member party room to force a change.

Mr Joyce has denied breaching the ministerial code of conduct, which says frontbenchers cannot employ close relative...

08:54

Packer gifts land Israeli PM in hot water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus political future is under a cloud after police recommended he be indicted following a lengthy investigation into more than $US300,000 in gifts he allegedly accepted from billionaires including James Packer.

Israeli police recommended to Attorney-General Avihai Mendelblit Mr Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges.

Mr Netanyahu has rejected the bribery allegations being linked to $US71,000 worth of gifts he received from Mr Packer and another $US214,000 worth of gifts, including cigars and champagne, from Israeli billionaire and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

Mr Packer struck up a close friendship with Mr Netanyahu in 2014 after the pair were introduced by their mutual friend Mr Milchin, who is one of Israelis richest men and produced Hollywood hits including LA Confidential and 12 Years A Slave.

The Australian billionaire later bought a waterfront home next door to the Israeli prime ministers private home in Caesarea and was a special guest at speeches delivered by Mr Netanyahu to the US Congress and United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

Israeli police spent months trying to interview Mr Packer as they worked on their investigation. Australian Federal Police eventually questioned the casino mogul in Melbourne last December.

There are no allegations of any wrongdoing by Mr Packer, who attended the interview voluntarily.

Part of the police investigation focused on whether Mr Netanyahu tried to help Mr Packer gain residency in Israel.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri previously confirmed Mr Packers lawyer had asked him about the possibility of obtaining citizenship or residency in Israel, even though he is not Jewish.

In a statement, Israeli police said Mr Netanyahu had helped Mr Milchan with US visa matters, by legislating a tax break and connecting him with an Indian businessman.

While Mr Netanyahu and his family have not denied accepting gifts, they insist they werent bribes.

Israeli media previously reported Mr Milchan told police the gifts were handed over in response to demands from the Netanyahus.

Mr Packer reportedly corroborated Mr Milch...

08:54

The two written judgements from the Westminster Magistrates Court upholding Julian Assange's arrest warrant "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the judgement delivered yesterday against Julian Assange. Assange has been hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy for so long it's easy to forget why he's there. Read on........ 2nd Assange Ruling 13 Feb2018 by Michael Smith on Scribd 1st Assange Ruling - 6 February 2018 by Michael Smith...

08:32

Sunny Corner Farm "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

And there I was in my last post saying how out of habit I am posting on this blog and I was so right. Three weeks sped by and despite best intentions, I did not post a jot. I have of course been writing plenty but with real stationery.


 The hot and dry weather does not seem to have an end in sight and the garden and gardener are suffering. It's not the heat that bothers either of us but the dry.


I keep watering and the plants are grateful. I'm an optimist too so I am always planting something new and sowing seeds. I have my little greenhouse filled with seedlings for winter vegetables and they are growing well.

In the orchard, apples are ready. I have a new favourite variety, Worcester Permain. I hadn't had a good taste of it before because the cockatoos had beaten me to the fruit but the trees are well netted so the fruit is all mine. True to description, the Worcester Permain really does have a hint of strawberry flavour and is sweet and juicy. Delicious enough that I think I'll order another tree or two.
I'm a sucker for the heritage varieties with their quirky names.

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08:24

Exactly WHICH Americans Do You Think They Targeted? "IndyWatch Feed National"

And why after 12 years do you think these weapons are still secret?

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08:00

February 14 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1779 - Jimmy Cook aka Captain Cook met a sticky end at the end of a sharp stick aka spear on the Sandwich Islands aka Hawaii.

1788 - Norfolk Island was reserved for the Lt Gidley King party, who sailed off on this day on the ship Supply, to found a settlement between ordering the entrees and desserts.

1792 - The first shop in the NSW colony opened (to rip off the customers) for business.

1792 - The convict ship Pitt rocked up to purge its cargo of Lieutenant Governor Grose and the company of the NSW Corps.

1800 - Robert Campbell returned to Sydney from Calcutta and established a trading and importing business.

1802 - John Murray pottered, peered and prodded around Port Phillip.

1807 - Spoil-sport party-pooper Gov Bligh stamped his foot and imperiously declared the banning of the use of spirits to barter for food...clothing...rumpy-pumpy...and, the very odd case, of gaining a ball and chain (wife).

1827 - Frederick Tooth, Aussie brewer, was poured into the world.

1830 - Feeling all generous, magnanimous and with many digits crossed an experimental farm was established at York (West Oz).

1837 - A river boat was observed to sink shortly after leaving Birchs Bay, Tasmania, with a cargo of timber for Hobart, with her two crew drowned.  The incident was seen by timber splitters who made no attempt to rescue them, despite having two dinghies ; they later being strongly condemned in the press.

1840 - The ship, the Adam Lodge arrived from Cork with 272 government emigrants, having made the passage in three months and one day. They were described as ,
".... The people with a few exceptions were of a very inferior description, and were moreover burdened with large and useless families, consequently the greatest difficulty was experienced in disposing of them and many remained disengaged in the Barracks for a very long period...."
1841 - SA Police pursued the French ship Ville De Bordeaux for evasion of Customs regulations Glenelg and Pt. Adelaide. It was a major French / British diplomatic incident.

1843 - Foundation stone of the Australian Subscription Library's new building in Macquarie Street, Sydney, was laid by Alexander Macleay.

1846 - Start strutting your neck to knee costume, Myrtle!
Robinson Baths in Sydney's Domain played host to the first ever Aussie swimming championships with Mr Redman taking a very un-Olympic-like 8 mins and 43 seconds to win a 440 yard freestyle splash 'n' dash.

1858 - The first mass was celebrated in the newly completed St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.

1879 - Ballina was a lovely old iron paddle steamer of the top drawer who was probably most embarrassed to have run her ample derrier...

07:52

They Are Targeting Fiona Barnett As They Are Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

They threaten and harass and work with our families that were involved in order to silence us.

Our only crime was trying to expose this group that murders children. And it is never about what we reported but rather they focus on character assassination and threats against us.

As well as anyone who supports us.

And who do the police and the media support and encourage? Those who go out of their way to quiet and harass the victims of severe child abuse.

We live in an evil world and those who turn a blind eye are encouraging it. However- in the end- we will all be held accountable.

Foina had to go on the run to protect her family but I refuse to run from these devil loving pedophile assholes. Fuck them and fuck the darkness they so love. If I lose my life- which they dance around and laugh that it is going to happen- at least no one can say I was anything like them.

Can all of you say the same?

07:28

Spot the Rakali "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Last Sunday evening Strath Creek Landcare held another Platypus/Rakali Group Watch for the Australian Platypus Conservancy. Group Watch aims to obtain a snapshot of the number of Platypus and Rakali (Water Rat) along a section of waterway in our case the King Parrot Creek. It involves stationing observers, suitably refreshed after a stream-side picnic, []

07:11

MACKAY Pro crabber denies messing with fishing gear "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 14, 2018 at 05:41AM ,

Pro crabber denies messing with fishing gear

February 14, 2018 at 05:41AM ,

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07:06

Its time to open their eyes about the threat to our oceans "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is appealing for support to help get action for the protection of our oceans.

As part of their campaign, Stars of internationally acclaimed Australian documentary BLUE including ocean legend Valerie Taylor are heading to Parliament House in Canberra to deliver a powerful message to MPs.

Our oceans are in peril, we must act to save them now, says the Society.

Australia is at a crossroads. Drastic cutbacks are proposed for our marine sanctuaries. Industrialisation is threatening our oceans, overseas fishing fleets risk our fish stocks, and our oceans are slowly filling up with plastic.

As Australians, we are responsible for the third largest area of ocean on Earth. Healthy oceans are essential to our economy, our global reputation, and our treasured way of life. Its time to show them the truth with this powerful message from our oceans.

BLUE shines a light on the challenges our marine life face, and the inspiring stories of those lighting the path ahead at this critical juncture.

The Turnbull Government is currently making important decisions that will either protect or devastate our marine life. We must make sure they choose the right path.

Sign the petition. Send in a letter. Together we can deliver a powerful message.

BLUE Trailer short from Blue The Film on Vimeo

 

BLUE will be in cinemas later this year.

 

 

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07:00

The US is Sending 1,000s of MarinesTo CHINA "IndyWatch Feed National"

China (RT) The Pentagon reportedly plans a major muscle movement from the Middle East to East China, with thousands of extra Marines to be deployed. The goal is to persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US and not China.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US plans to boost its military presence in the East Pacific with rotating deployment of Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. An MEU is a group of about 2,200 Marines who operate from amphibious assault ships and have their own aircraft, tanks, heavy weapons, and other resources. A typical deployment lasts for seven months and may involve missions on the shore like patrols or military-to-military training.

The report, citing military officials, does not say how many MEUs will be sent to the region. The US already has about 50,000 service members in Japan, almost 30,000 in South Korea, and 7,000 more in Guam.

In a related move, the Pentagon will expand the number of Marines deployed in Darwin, Australia. At the moment, 1,250 troops are stationed there in rotating training assignments lasting six months each year. The WSJ said it was not yet clear how large the number of additional troops in Australia will be.

The deployments will be made at the expense of the US military presence in the Middle East, and are in line with the new National Defense Strategy published earlier by the Trump administration, which sets countering Russia and China as a priority for the military. According to the report, the MEUs in East Asia will help the US persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US.

I believe the [National Defense Strategy] and other guidance requires us to adopt a more global posture and this will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region, said Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps.

We have to be present and engaged to compete, he said. The new defense strategy will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.

The WSJ says the Pentagon sees the redeployment as aiming at a global resetting of forces rather than a buildup for war. The MEUs will be involved in patrols and training and be prepared to intervene...

06:05

Study provides evidence that the sea level rise is real and accelerating "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article from From DW (13 February 2018) concerns the release of the findings of a study by the National Academy of  Sciences (PNAS), which is based in the United States. This adds to the mountain of evidence that shows the planet is warming. The co-authors on the study came from the University of South Florida, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Old Dominion University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

 

A new report in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of  Sciences (PNAS) journal released Monday, says sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 66 centimeters (26 inches) by the end of the century.

The projected rise is in line with UN estimates and would be enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities.

According to the report, the past annual rate of sea level rise  about 3 millimeters (.1 inch) per year  may more than triple, to 10 millimeters per year by 2100.

This acceleration, driven mainly by accelerated melting in Greenland and Antarctica, has the potential to double the total sea level rise by 2100 as compared to projections that assume a constant rate  to more than 60 centimeters instead of about 30, said the author of the study, Steve Nerem.

Polar ice caps are melting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is almost certainly a conservative estimate, added Nerem, who is a professor of aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The report, which is based on 25 years of satellite data, said the findings were roughly in agreement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes 5th Assessment Report (AR5) model projections.

Anny Cazenave,...

02:55

PERTH Police catch alleged Daglish and Mosman Park burglar in a Redcliffe motel room "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police catch alleged Daglish and Mosman Park burglar in a Redcliffe motel room .

February 13, 2018 at 03:37PM .

A 41-year-old man in the hotel room was charged with two counts each of burglary and stealing. He was refused bail and remanded in custody to face a total of 16 changes, including those from other alleged burglaries in other suburbs, before reappearing at Perth Magistrates Court on February 19.

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PERTH Warning for WA village operators: retrospective fines now in force "IndyWatch Feed National"

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23:48

March social forum: Green drinks invitation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 5:00 pm; ] This fun, social idea came out of the 10 year celebration/future forum last November We are inviting sustainability interest groups together for a social gathering called 'Green Drinks. To be honest the original idea was by Dave Carr organising similar get togethers for the enviro-sector in previous years. But what is original is the cool [...] full article 

23:30

This coming Thursday is D-Day for Leard Forest "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 15 Feb to Friday, 16 Feb. ] This coming Thursday is D-Day - i.e. destruction day, when the annual bulldozing period commences at the Leard State Forest. We do not have volunteers for the critical days of Thursday and Friday this week. We recognise that it is difficult for people to come here to the frontline, and I admit it is a challenging environment [...] full article 

23:03

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-670 "Dingo 13" Pops into Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On Monday 12 February, a nice surprise visitor to Gladstone Airport was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-670.  It arrived from Townsville.

A32-670 at Gladstone Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

After taking on fuel, A32-670 departed to RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.

A32-670 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Dingo 13".

Photo taken by 'Mick' 

22:45

The Pests That Make Cacao Productive "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Forcipomyia spp. pollinating a cacao flower. Goodman Cacao Estate, Killaloe, Australia, 2017. Credit: Samantha J. Forbes

This 12-minute primer on Soundcloud gives a reason to appreciate these otherwise very annoying pests:

Chocolate: Brought To You By Bugs

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22:43

Doug Mesner Now Claims He Was Posing As Micheal Aquino "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mesner uses the name Kilrush- as he gets a rush from killing. But all he is is Aquinos buttboy.

But it is nice he admits to fucking with me. And since it hasnt stopped- obviously he isnt bored with me.

EMF stands for electro magnetic frequency- the result of their DEW weapons- (directed energy weapons), the ones the air Force told Congress about in 2006 and said they were going to use on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe. Considering it is 2018 and they are still secret- obviously they arent safe.

But it isnt about how we die- it is about how we lived. And considering Mesner reportedly has AIDS- his time is no longer than mine. We just arent going to end up in the same place.

But this will be over soon- and those who just stood by and watched will be held accountable just as those who made this happen will- thus this whole there will be a great gnashing of teeth.

We are in a period of judgment and we can only be held accountable for that which we do. Whether we are honest about it or not.

22:42

Andrea Keller from saxophone to piano "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Pianist, composer and educator Andrea Keller has won just about every jazz award available in Australia. She has won three ARIA Awards, five Australian Jazz Bell Awards, two Art Music Awards, an APRA Professional Development Award, and fellowships from the Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council. She has performed in every format from solo piano to big bands. She has played with the absolute greats of Australian Jazz including Bernie McGann, Allan Browne and Ten Part Invention as well as with many international visitors. Originally from Sydney Andrea moved to Melbourne to study in the early 1990s. On September 17th she is back in Sydney to perform with long time collaborator Tim Wilson on saxophone and bassist Christopher Hale. Eastsides Mick Paddon has interviewed Andrea Keller for his show Time and Space talking about everything from how she first made her move from the saxophone section of a big band, to the piano stool, how she got into jazz, why she has been reluctant to call herself a jazz musician and what we can expect to hear from her Tim and Christopher when they perform at Foundry 616. She also selected two pieces of music which are important to her. You can hear the interview with Andrea on Time and Space at 2.30 on Wednesday February 14th. After that it will be posted on the Eastside Radio website as a podcast

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22:28

Another piece of good news renewable energy for much less than the wholesale electricity price! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The ambitious renewable energy-focused power retailer Powershop Australia has signed a huge deal for the output of a 200MW solar farm and two big wind farms, after being stunned by the low prices offered after it went to market for proposals last year. We have gotten an overwhelming response from the market, McManus told RenewEconomy. I cant [...] full article 

22:20

Expert report: Improve home energy standards or risk bigger bills, more emissions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project is an industry-led initiative seeking improvements to the energy requirements in the National Construction Code. This Interim Report The Bottom Line household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code presents preliminary results, focusing on short-term improvements to residential requirements. Improved building energy performance presents a [...] full article 

22:17

A Hundred Thousand Year Old Civilisation? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By COLIN WILSON (1931-2013)

In 1999, I was engaged in pursuing an intriguing little problem. Charles Hapgood, best known as the author of Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, had died as the result of a car accident that happened in December 1982. Two months earlier, he had written to a librarian named Rand Flem-Ath telling him that he had made recent exciting discoveries that had convinced him there had once been a hundred thousand year old civilisation with advanced levels of science. And since I had agreed to collaborate with Flem-Ath on a book about Atlantis, I set out to pursue Hapgoods contacts to see if I could find out what he meant.

Finally, through a tip-off from one of Hapgoods acquaintances, I found myself in touch with an archaeologist and science writer from New England, who staggered me when he declared that it was he who had given Hapgood this information. What he had told him, he said, was (a) that the Greek measure of distances proved that they knew the exact size of the Earth a millennium or so before Eratosthenes discovered it (around 250 BCE), and (b) that Neanderthal man had a remarkable degree of culture, and was studying the stars by 100,000 BCE or earlier.

Now I had already stumbled on the information about the Greeks in a book called Historical Metrology by A. E. Berriman (1953), to which the historical researcher Henry Lincoln had introduced me. And the second assertion had been made by my friend Stan Gooch in 1989, in a book called Cities of Dreams.

Gooch was arguing that Neanderthal man had possessed a complex civilisation, but that it was not a civilisation of bricks and mortar, but of dreams. That hardly seemed to make sense. Surely civilisation is our defence against nature? Dreams are not much use against a hurricane or a sabre tooth tiger.

Gooch launches his argument by comparing Neanderthal man with native Americans, pointing out that in spite of their complex culture, the latter had no written language and built no houses.

What would have happened, Gooch asks, if they had been exterminated by disease or some catastrophe, and had simply vanished? Archaeologists would find their skeletons and dismiss them as primitives, just as we dismiss Neanderthals.

Speaking of the Seven Sisters, Gooch remarks, The Pleiades are the only c...

22:13

Friends of the ABC (Armidale) AGM and public talk "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 6:00 pm; ] Armidale branch of the Friends of the ABC will be holding their Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 1 at 6 pm in Kent House (141 Faulkner Street, Armidale). We extend an invitation to all those who are interested in the importance of independent public broadcasting. Following the AGM, the NSW President of ABC Friends, Ed [...] full article 

22:05

Live or Let Die: Do We Want A Transhuman Future? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By NIGEL KERNER

Heres an interesting surmise for us all. Could it be that the alien phenomenon witnessed by so many reliable observers is the product of a technology developed at other locations in the universe and created by civilisations only a few small steps ahead of what we ourselves are now heading for? Could it be that the Grey entities reported in abduction scenarios are artificially intelligent probes sent to harvest information and gather resources by their creators who may themselves no longer be around to reap the benefits of their creation? Further, could it be that such artificial intelligence quite incidentally became a danger to naturally living intelligent life through its quest to relentlessly expand the horizons of its information.

First, recent evidence suggests that the existence of alien life forms in the universe is now beyond reasonable dispute. In January 2012 a report was published in Nature suggesting that around 10 billion stars out of the 100 billion that fill the Milky Way have planets in the habitable or Goldilocks zone.1
Professor Stephen Hawking and Professor Michio Kaku had already stated their opinion that alien life is highly likely to exist but they take that one step further and suggest it is also highly likely to be predatory. Hawking postulates that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldnt want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.2

In 2010 eminent scientists called for a world plan to deal with this potential threat. According to an extraterrestrial-themed edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society published in January 2010, world governments should prepare a co-ordinated action plan in case Earth is contacted...

21:54

The Man Who Conjured Hitler "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923)

By MEHMET SABEHEDDIN

Follow Hitler. He will dance, but it is I who have written the music. Dont weep for me: I shall have had more influence on the course of history than any other German.
Dietrich Eckhart, on his deathbed, Christmas 1923

Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923) was a prominent figure in Germanys bohemian and occult subculture before World War I. A well-known playwright, poet and journalist, he was involved with the shadowy Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the secretive Thule Society in Munich.

After hearing Adolf Hitler speak at a political meeting in 1919, Eckart recognised Hitlers talent as a demagogue and an organiser. He saw in Hitler someone who could translate the occult worldview of the Thule into action. He quickly took Adolf Hitler under his wing and made him his protg.

Eckart popularised a central tenet of the Thule Society, the belief in the coming of a German Messiah who would redeem the nation from its defeat in World War I. Eckart expressed his anticipation in a poem he wrote months before he first met Hitler. In the poem, Eckart refers to the Great One, the Nameless One, Whom all can sense but no one saw. When Eckart met Hitler, Eckart was convinced that he had encountered the prophesied saviour.

Eckart introduced Hitler to Capt. Ernst Rohm, who had important links to senior officers in the German army. Rohm, an open homosexual later murdered on Hitlers orders, headed up the Thule Societys military wing. Other Thule initiates Eckart introduced to Hitler included Rudolf Hess (who would become Hitlers deputy) and Alfred Rosenberg (later to play an important role in the Third Reich).

Significantly, Eckart provided Hitler with funds and supported him in his rise within the German Workers Party (DAP), the Thule Societys political front group. Eckart had been one of the founders of the party which Hitler quickly transformed into the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). He was the original publisher of the party tabloid, the Vlkischer Beobachter, a Munich newspaper first bought by Rudolf von Sebottendorff in the name of the Thule Society. Eckart also wrote the lyrics of the quasi-mystical Nazi anthem Germany Awake.

Historians agree that Eckart exerted considerable and unequalled influence on Hitler. Without his patronage the young Austrian vetera...

21:49

Tennis ball sized hail, severe thunderstorms and a heatwave hit Queensland, Australia (PHOTO, VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home. Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 C (18 F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 C (100.4 F) to 28 C (82.4 F). The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40 000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7 000 and Redland City about 2 300.

21:48

Sir Isaac Newton & the Land Where Time Began "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sir Isaac Newton, colourised engraving after Enoch Seemans 1726 portrait of Newton.

By JOHN CHAMBERS (1939-2017)

The sixth-century BCE Greek philosopher-mystic Pythagoras was a man of spectacular achievement. Plutarch says that he taught an eagle to come at his command and stoop down to him in flight.1 He taught the doctrine of reincarnation and was thought to remember twenty-two of his past lives. He founded an order whose adherents strove to free themselves from the cycle of earthly incarnations through vegetarianism, silence, and contemplation of the ultimate reality of the universe.2

Up through the seventeenth century CE, scholars believed Pythagoras journeyed to Sidon, in Phoenicia, where he met the descendants of a man named Moschus (or Mochus) who had lived five hundred years before. Moschus was the Phoenician name for Moses, and his descendants gave Pythagoras esoteric doctrines passed down to them from their illustrious ancestor.3

Pythagoras returned to his home in the Greek colony of Crote in southern Italy to further develop his mystical philosophy which stated that the numerical relationships reflected in the relationships between musical chords are the bedrock of reality. Adding to this the secret doctrines of Moses, he discovered that the planets revolved around the sun. He also discovered the law of universal gravitation (including the inverse-square law of attraction), which he expressed allegorically as the divine music of the spheres holding the planets in thrall to the sun.

But, wait a minute! Didnt Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discover the law of universal gravitation?

Yes, he did. But Sir Isaac didnt think his discoveries were original. He thought he was recovering parts of a body of primordial knowledge called the prisca sapientia (the pristine wisdom). Bits of this ancient knowledge had been transported through the Flood by Noah. It had caught the interest of the Egyptians, then the Jews, then the Phoenicians, until it emerged almost fully-blown in the philosophy of Pythagoras. It spread throughout the ancient world, meeting with resistance only when Aristotle insisted that the sun revolved around the earth and that many of the Pythagorean beliefs were irrat...

21:23

Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies appeared first on CCN

The soaring interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in the mainstream has compelled one high school in Australia to reportedly host an information night on cryptocurrencies. In an email sent to students parents, Brisbane-based St. Laurences College said it intends to hold an educational presentation on cryptocurrencies after being made aware of senior students purchasing and Continued

The post Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies appeared first on CCN

20:55

Quite a contrast "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

At this time of year some areas of the Moolort Plains have an almost outback feel the red dirt and rocks combine to provide a contrast to the surrounding box ironbark country.

The backdrop made a nice early evening setting for these Wood Ducks as they camped beside one of the shrinking water sources that dot the plains.

Wood Duck, Moolort Plains, 13th February 2018

19:08

Quick update on the fraudster Raymond Ernest Crake's GoFundMe campaign in Bali Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday's report is here. I'm pleased to report that as of this afternoon Crake's GoFundMe page has been removed.

18:55

Malcolm Turnbull's legacy as PM - use of the word "indigineity" "IndyWatch Feed National"

10 years on from the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, we have the chance to write a new chapter of history, where indigeneity is embraced and not derided. pic.twitter.com/jzQSYlNem5 Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) February 13, 2018

18:38

Barnaby Joyce, Sex and Finance "IndyWatch Feed National"

The insatiable appetite of Anglophone cultures for the prurient is of a different order to others.  But it is an appetite tinged by horror, squeamishness and concern.  Added to that such traditional markers, not to mention such markers as marriage, family and conservative values, and the whole thing becomes indigestible.

Australian politics is awash with only one story at the moment.  There are no grand schemes and visions, only the prospect of whether the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce did wrong by his family in impregnating a political staffer. (That now former staffer, Vikki Campion, is afforded various names in the relationship argot: partner, girlfriend, assistant, bun-in-oven carrier.)

The nature of this explosive interest, repeatedly advertised as a lack of interest (we dont have an interest in his private life) has a tinny quality to it, largely given the general awareness amongst government members, staffers and the Canberra press gallery about Mr. Joyces extra-marital pursuits. The Daily Telegraph, needing copy to fill certain, generally vapid columns, decided to break the tacit consensus.  Where there is sex, there is hypocrisy.

Any sex scandal immediately triggers a discussion about how the political figure operates in public, and the world of private endeavour.  Aristotle famously suggested a division between political pursuit and household matters.  The French continue to maintain a somewhat artificial distinction between the two, deeming the transgression of the personal as separate from the political.  As with everything else, this is a matter of degree and weight.  Privacy can be used as an unwarranted cover for abuse.

Parallels have bitten.  The interminably present Michelle Grattan, who knows Canberras press gallery circles with a cloying intimacy, compares the Joyce-Campion affair with that of Jim Cairns and staffer Junie Morosi. The latter, taking place in the torrid years of the Whitlam government, was different, claims Grattan, because Morosi was a political player, through her enormous influence on her boss.

Of Joyce-Campion, Grattan offered a different reading. No-one suggests Campion, who was deliberately transferred out of Joyces office nearly a year ago, was a political mover-and-shaker.  But Joyce had been, Grattan could sense with razor sharp intuition, more distracted and difficult, though his citizenship imbroglio was a factor too.

These observations are, at best, trite.  The exertion of sexual influence can spill over into other realms....

18:33

Banking With A Silent W: How To Neuter A Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres many ways to dull the impact of a Royal Commission before it even begins. Swamping it with a ridiculously wide brief is one of them. Ross Hamilton weighs in on Malcolm Turnbulls Banking Royal Commission.

Word is going around that despite everything, the banks arent really that worried about the Banking Royal Commission. And why would they be? Our government has demonstrated very clearly that it isnt fair dinkum about the behaviour of the banks. Malcolm Turnbull was particularly insistent that an inquiry wasnt necessary as they already had the banks in line. And the format of the Royal Commission has pretty much ensured minimal damage will result.

One thing both sides of parliament have right is that the Big Four have become so big that they simply cannot be allowed to fail. Consequently, they have been allowed to do pretty much what they want, helped by repeated budget cuts reducing the effectiveness of the agencies who are supposed to be monitoring and regulating the financial services sector.

A decade ago, the banks were the centre of attention for their failure to pass on to their customers all of interest rate cuts. Increasing bad publicity finally saw them back off a little. After another interest rate cut, one of the Big Four announced that it was going to pass on something like 85% of a cut, an increase over the lesser amount they had passed on in other cuts.

Malcolm Turnbull was Leader of the Opposition at the time and he was quick to call a press conference. According to Turnbull, the only reason the banks had increased the amount of the rate reduction to be passed on to customers was because the Opposition had drawn a line in the sand that the banks were not going to cross.

Huh? Were we supposed to believe that the banks really were that scared of the party that wasnt even in government? Not surprisingly, then-Treasurer Wayne Swan was laughing in his response to Turnbull. Was Turnbull really that arrogant to believe it or did he think we are all gormless idiots who would believe any old rubbish?

Jump forward a few years and Turnbull is Prime Minister. And the banks are again (still) under fire. Abbott wasnt interested in taking sides against the banks. And after he knifed Abbott and tried hard to lose an election, Turnbull made it very clear that he didnt want to either.

Former Australian prime Minister, Tony Abb...

18:14

Newstart overpayments/load of shit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$2798
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 5 February 2018
Period debt occurred: 
July 2013 to October 2013
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Currently working to earn a living unlike all the drugged up dole bludgers, paying off a mortgage, trying to live a decent honest life, this makes it very bloody difficult.

They won't be getting a cent off me!!

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 
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17:50

Standing Strong: How South Australians Won the Campaign Against an International High-level Nuclear Waste Dump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three years ago today SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission into the nuclear industry and a major community campaign against plans for an international high level radioactive waste dump began.

The post Standing Strong: How South Australians Won the Campaign Against an International High-level Nuclear Waste Dump appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

17:13

MACKAY Weapons offence, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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16:57

The website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear readers,

I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated. 

UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'

I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.

Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.

My main  interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.

As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.

As you would expect, the 'Meetings' area provides details of the group's regular public meetings. There seems a good spread of topics covered in these talks,...

16:47

10,000 steps a day keeps the blues away "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New research published in BMC Psychiatry reveals that walking 10,000 steps a day, over the course of 100 days, can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing, weight loss, blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

In one of the largest health studies carried out at a workplace, two thousand participants in the Stepathlon, a corporate wellness challenge dedicated to achieving better physical and mental health outcomes, reveals consistent and positive impacts on all measures of mental health.

Read more at: https://www.myvmc.com/news/10000-steps-day-keeps-blues-away/

16:45

Gonorrhoea 'super-superbugs' triple in six months "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cases of a strain of gonorrhoea impervious to an antibiotic have almost tripled in six months, the latest report from the National Alert System for Critical Antimicrobial Resistance (CARAlert) reveals.

The result was a warning shot across the bow for doctors and public health officials fighting antibiotic resistance, CARAlerts senior medical adviser said.A total of 742 reports of critically resistant bacteria were collected by the early-warning system from 65 laboratories nationwide between April and September last year, a 75 per cent rise on the 423 cases reported in the same period during 2016.

Read more at:http://www.smh.com.au/national/gonorrhoea-super-superbugs-triple-in-six-months-20180212-p4z01e.html

16:42

Brain scans show why people get aggressive after a drink or two "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Researchers have used magnetic resonance imaging scans that measure blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive and violent after drinking alcohol.

After only two drinks, the researchers noted changes in the working of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the part normally involved in tempering a person's levels of aggression.

The study, led by Associate Professor Thomas Denson of the UNSW School of Psychology, is published in the journal Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, which is an official journal of the Psychonomic Society and is published by Springer.

In this study, Denson and his team recruited 50 healthy young men. The participants were either given two drinks containing vodka, or placebo drinks without any alcohol. While lying in an MRI scanner, the participants then had to compete in a task which has regularly been used over the past 50 years to observe levels of aggression in response to provocation.

Read more at:https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/brain-scans-show-why-people-get-aggressive-after-drink-or-two

16:03

Gallery: FBi Presents The War On Drugs at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Two headline shows in Sydney and an Australian tour off the back of Laneway festival hasnt slowed down The War On Drugs. Packed with long-running jams, a support set from Sydney darlings Middle Kids, and more textures than you can find at Spotlight, their sold out time at The Enmore Theatre was truly ablaze.

Photos by Tim Da Rin
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15:59

Tamil Refugee Council Media Release 13/02 | IMPENDING DEPORTATION PUTS TAMIL MAN IN JEOPARDY "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

13 FEBRUARY 2018 The Australian governments decision to deport to Sri Lanka a former ranking member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) puts at risk his safety and possibly his life, the Tamil Refugee Council said today. Santharuban, the man in question, is subject to a United Nations Committee Against Torture interim measure(...)

15:58

Mr and Mrs Obama's official portraits unveiled. No word yet on reveiling date. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here they are: I think the Daily Caller nails it in this video. And here's the sympathetic New York Times. WASHINGTON With the unveiling here Monday at the National Portrait Gallery of the official presidential likenesses of Barack Obama and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, this city of...

15:51

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #581 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Read Online Newsletter | #581 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #581 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 13th February 2018 to Monday 19th February 2018 Valentine's Day: Wednesday 14th February 2018 The day to celebrate our love for one another.. Thing's To Do On Valentine's Day | Petals Online Florist Valentine's at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins .nobrtable br { display: none } Watch the sun go down on level 35 over champagne and dinner for the perfect couple-centric night out. Valentine's Dinner | Sofitel | Melbourne On Collins | Book Now Lunar New Year Festivals .nobrtable br { display: none } Year of the DOG | Chinese New Year's Day - Friday, February 16, 2018 Melbourne plays host to a number of festivals in the CBD and suburbs. Box Hill - Saturday 17 February 2018 Chinatown - Sunday 18 February 2018 Federation Square - Saturday 17 February 2018 Glen Waverley - Sunday 25 February 2018 Melbourne - Crown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Chinatown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Projections - Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building Point Cook Lunar New Year Festival - Saturday 24 February 2018 Preston Central & Market - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2018 Lunar New Year Festivals 2018 White Night | Saturday 17 February 2018 - 7pm - 7am .nobrtable br { display: none } Alight, alive and shining more brightly under the cover of dark, White Night returns with with Music Exhibition Projection and Performance. White Night Melbourne | White Night Ballarat Apollo Bay Seafood Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Be captivated, provoked and inspired as you explore this unique festival of events. 16-18 February 2018 | Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Virtual Reality Experiences .nobrtable br { display: none } The Viri Experience will engage your senses through an 80 minute virtual reality immersion with your friends. Virtual Reality Immersion | VIRI - Melbourne CBD | Book Online Insomnia Race .nobrtable br { display: none } Insomnia Race is a night time car based team competition full of mind-bending puzzles, tricky challenges and crazy flash mobs. Next: Friday 23rd of February 2018 | Insomnia Race | Book Now Festivals This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Sustainable Living Festival - February 2018 Beaumaris Festival - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Festival of Glass (Drysdale) - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Latrobe Valley Maltese Festa - Saturday 17th of February 2018 Riverboats Music Festival - February 16-18, 2018 Yarraville Festival Sunday 18th of February 2018 Galentines Weekend (Milawa) - February 17-18, 2018 Yarra Valley Ice Cream Festival - February 14-25, 2018 Melbourne Festival Guide This Week: 13 - 19 February 2018 .nobrtable br { display: none } Cupid's Undie Run 2018 Elect...

15:33

A New Dawn of Fantastic Realism: Nothing that is Strange is Foreign to us! "IndyWatch Feed National"

By NEW DAWN MAGAZINE

The paths of Fantastic Realism do not resemble the ordinary paths of knowledge.
Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier, The Morning of the Magicians

As Richard Smoley rightly pointed out, a noted predecessor of New Dawn magazine was the French review Plante (Planet), published by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier as a follow-up to the sensational success of their book Morning of the Magicians. Inspired directly by Pauwels and Bergiers book and Plante journal, New Dawn continues a subversive tradition of delving into subjects as fascinating and wide-ranging as secret societies, ancient mysteries, conspiracies, arcane prophecies, vanished civilisations, UFOs, supernatural phenomena, the awakened state.

Like the French Plante (published 19611972), New Dawn was founded on the premise that reality is far more fantastic than how we limit it under conventional scientific, political, historical and cultural models. If New Dawn magazine, wrote editor David Jones in the March-April 2014 issue, has a guiding philosophy or general orientation, it would be, Fantastic Realism with its slogan Nothing that is strange is foreign to us!

Grounded in the worldview of Fantastic Realism, New Dawn magazine is dedicated to exploring what Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels identified in The Morning of the Magicians, namely:

Trends of thought that escape the notice of the trained observer; writings and works to which the sociologist pays scant attention, together with social phenomena that he considers too insignificant or too odd to worry about, are perhaps a sure indication of events to come than facts that are there for all to see and the openly expressed opinions and general trend of thinking which cause him serious concern.

What exactly is Fantastic Realism? The answer is clearly outlined in The Morning of the Magicians:

We call our point of view fantastic realism. It has nothing to do with the bizarre, the exotic, the merely picturesque. There was no attempt on our part to escape the times in which we live. We were not interested in the outer suburbs of reality: on the contrary we have tried to take up a position at its very hub. There alone, we believe the fantastic is to be discovered and not a fantastic leading to escapism...

15:24

Owen Guns Bulletin February Edition 141, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For The Week.
What you do in your lifetime will echo down through eternity,
Marcus Aurelius
For the last two weeks our NBN, (No Bloody Network) has been causing us immense disruptions to our normal business. Apparently, it has affected our whole area. We only went to NBN due to the threat that if we did not we would be cut off from our service that we had enjoyed at these premises since 1986, so September 2017 was when we had a month of problems at its inception and now again it has reared its head.
What makes it worse, our old Australian suppliers, betrayed us and sold out to a company that runs its technical support from somewhere near India. Every day we get another different Indian expert that want to re configure our computers and fix the problem, due to English not being their first language communications are confused. Each expert is unaware of the changes that were made on the previous day and adds to the confusion. The Telecommunications Ombudsman has not helped, Telstra say they can help, but as they are having problems in the area with NBN they say we have to wait 10 weeks.
So we have a new Mobile Number 0427 943 677,
Please call, 07 54 825070 this number is still working,
07 54824099 has been diverted to the Mobile number.
Our Internet and Email owenguns@spiderweb.com.au is working, but
Our Fax...

14:52

Penny Wong - Labor will grow Australia's foreign aid "to the fullest extent" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why are other country's failures our problem? Why do we give money to countries - like Indonesia - that can afford huge military spending? Who do Shut-Nauru Shorten and fullest-extent Wong want to run Australia for? Doesn't seem to be us. Here's SBS's report: Labor pledges to rebuild foreign aid...

13:41

Vanessa Trump Both Ill And Safe In White Powder Fake News Fiasco "IndyWatch Feed National"

Donald Trump is a foaming, racist idiot. But hes right about at least one thing fake news. Its a thing, and mainstream media, including in Australia, very much engage in it.

Of course, they always have, but for the proof look no further than the news out of America this morning that Trumps daughter-in-law, Vanessa was hospitalized after opening an envelope addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jnr, which contained a mysterious white powder.

All of those statements are true and so heres how the Sydney Morning Herald reported it.

Notably, the Herald yarn is a subscribers only story hence, a quick pro tip to Fairfax: 1. Youre not supposed to troll your own subscribers; 2. Youre supposed to make clickbait free. Thats the point of clickbait. Fake news isnt going to viral if you put it behind a paywall.

News.com.au got it right in some of its reporting: She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. It was not immediately clear what the substance was.

But like the Herald, in one iteration of the story, it also couldnt resist the ill word in the headline.

Granted, Fairfax and News are based in Australia, so popping down the road to Trump Tower to check for yourself takes organisation. But a simple check of Donald Trump Jnrs Twitter account would have solved the mystery.

But wheres the fun and fake news in that?

American media responses...

13:00

School recognises leaders "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA Primary Schools captains and leadership students were presented with their official badges at assembly on Friday.
The students were honoured in a special presentation with guest speaker Tim Furlong visiting the campus for the occasion.
A former Leongatha Primary School student, Mr Furlong now works as a general and transplant surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Mr Furlong gave a speech to the students about the importance of working hard and being kind.
Luke, Eden, Molly and Bailey received the top honour of taking on the role as school captains for the year.
Mia, Sophie, Zavier and Cameron will be Johnston Houses captains while Herold House will be headed by Sienna, Rylan, Kyra and Sophie.
Lachlan, Lucy, Ross and Will are Wightman Houses new captains while Stzelecki house captains this year are Erica, Finn, Rylan and Sienna.
Olivia, Tyson and Ava will be leading the schools creative department as art advisors while ICT (information and communications technology) captains Hannah, Caetan and Tia will take over technology areas.
Music captains Phoebe and Zoe will keep things pitch perfect as Jorja and Kyran will do things by the book as library representatives.
Makayla and Leah are Leongatha Primary Schools new environmental leaders and Sally and Lachlan are taking on the roles of language captains.

School captains: back from left, principal Dot Coghlan and guest speaker Tim Furlong, with front, from left, Luke, Eden, Molly and Bailey, who were presented with their Leongatha Primary School captains badges at assembly on Friday morning.

12:55

Students to learn cyber safety "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College is taking steps to ensure its students are safe online by educating all year levels and parents on cyber-bullying this term.
Author of Sexts, Texts and Selfies and public speaker, Susan McLean, will be visiting the Horn Street campus next Wednesday (February 21) to present a workshop to the senior year levels, while all parents are invited to attend an information session in the evening.
Deputy principal Kieran ODwyer said the workshops would provide resources to students, who spend plenty of time on social media platforms.
I liken the issue of cyber-bullying to the idea that we are caring for our students in an unsupported schoolyard, he said.
When the students are online, we and their parents are not there to support them, and that is where a significant part of bullying occurs. Students and their peers have the abilities to hide behind false pretences on their profiles.
Ms McLeans workshop will be delivered as part of Mary MacKillop Colleges wellbeing program Being Courageous which all students are required to participate in for 50 minutes a fortnight.
The aim of the program is to encourage students participation in enhancing their wellbeing and safety, Mr ODwyer said.
Having Susan as the frontline of the presentation will give our students and our wider school community an opportunity to be educated in matters relating to cyber-bullying and safety.
Mary MacKillop has a zero tolerance cyber-bullying policy in place to ensure any students harassing or offending others online are disciplined appropriately.
Students are not permitted to take their phones into the classroom, however they can be used over recess and lunch times.
Ms McLeans student workshop will focus on how young people can engage in safe behaviours online, while helping them to gain a better understanding about the impact of their digital footprint.
The parents-only workshop will aim to up-skill them following the theme How to keep your child safe in the digital space.
Ms McLean will give parents strategies and skills on how to best safe guard their children.

Cyber students: from left, Tomei, Simone, Elda and Molly will be attending Susan McLeans cyber safety workshop at Mary MacKillop Catholic College next Wednesday (Februa...

12:53

We had Marx, they had Pauline: left organising in poor communities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those of us involved with political organising often harbour the belief that we are more politically aware than others; that the ordinary people who exist outside our theoretical and organisational worlds are apathetic, or apolitical, or unenlightened. I have never found this to be particularly true. Like many people, those I met in Logan had lost faith in politics, but they were highly politicised.

12:32

Italian Festa draws crowds "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

UP TO 13,000 people gathered in Mirboo North for the Italian Festa on Sunday.
More than 40 food stalls offered a tremendous variety of cuisine and there were some 70 market and produce stores for people to enjoy.
Event organiser Rosie Romano said the day was fantastic.
We were absolutely overwhelmed with the crowd. It made me emotional, she said.
The feedback we had was incredible and Im very proud of the team and everyone in the community who helped us and supported us.
There were so many amazing Italian food stalls and people came from around the area and far away.
The festa was centred on Baromi Park in the heart of town and also included music, singing, dancing, comedy, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, cars and competitions.
Children enjoyed playing on a jumping castle, inflatable slide, face painting and more.
The festa was preceded by a celebration of the Feast of St Paul, which began with an open air mass in Baromi Park, followed by a traditional procession of the statue of St Paul through the park, just as occurs through villages in Italy.
Crowds gathered for the singing of the Australian and Italian national anthems, and a performance by Mirboo North Primary School children of an Italian item.

Great day: Caitlin McFarlane from Leongatha and Jess Jaworski from Mirboo North tried different foods at the Mirboo North Italian Festa on Sunday.

12:28

Council inspires future leaders "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BASS Coasts brightest young leaders met with councils top representatives to discuss their future ambitions at the annual Young Leaders Workshop last Tuesday, February 6.
Twenty-four students, two representatives from Grade 6 and two from Year 12, were elected from schools across Bass Coast as delegates at the Wonthaggi workshop in collaboration with YLab.
At the workshop, students partook in a number of activities focused storytelling and the role it plays in leadership, YLab facilitator Chelsea Lang said.
YLab is the social enterprise arm of Foundation for Young Australians, which seeks to provide skills and resources to prospective young leaders who show leadership aptitude both in the school and local community.
Members of the Bass Coast Shire Council attended the workshop to partake in a quick minute session where students had one minute to come up with a bunch of questions which had to be answered as quickly as possible, Ms Lang said.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari and chief executive officer Paul Buckley responded to students questions.
Cr Rothfield drew from her past career experiences to share her advice when asked about her journey to local governance.
When I was sent overseas to work in the film industry, my boss told me I was going to make mistakes but, in order to avoid big ones, I should listen to both the left and right sides of my brain, she said.
I have doubted myself countless times. But be sure to follow what the right side of your brain says sometimes and follow it with confidence.
Cr Tessari expressed to the young leaders about how important it is to share their opinions in order to enact change.
My dad always said that if you are not going to be quiet, then put yourself out there, he shared.
You do not need an official title to be a leader. It is about how you present yourself to others that makes you a leader.
Mr Buckley agreed and said attitude is the key to his success after having failed Year 12.
I realised that it takes a lot of good attitude to move forward in life, he said.
When you wake up in the morning, the only thing you have control over is your attitude.
The young leaders will work on community leadership projects within their respective schools and will be presented with their award at the Young Leaders Awards at Inverloch RACV later in the month.

12:26

Korumburra Show results "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

EXHIBIT PAVILION    2018   TROPHIES/AWARDS/PRIZES 

SECTION  T.          FARM and GARDEN PRODUCE

MOST SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITOR TROPHY donated by Mr Frank Kurrle

Max Griggs

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 1 29. Vegetables. Trophy donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

Krista Evans

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 30 43. Fruit. Trophy donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

Geoff Trease

Class 45       Collection of Vegetables

1st Prize $15Max Griggs

2nd Prize $5Rhonda Street

Donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

 

Class 46         Collection of Fruit

1st Prize $15 No entries

2nd Prize $5

Donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

 

SECTION  U.           HOME PRODUCTS

MOST SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITOR TROPHYDonated by BenaCWA

Margaret Brown

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 1 17.  Donated by Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown

Class 18 VAS CARROT CAKE

Prizes: 1st $10Ross Crawford

2nd $5Maisie Brooks

Donated by Syd Whyte

 

 

 

SPECIAL SECTION U(a) ORGANISATIONS/GROUPS

CHAMPIONSHIP COOKING COMPETITION

Prizes: 1st $30 Koringal Womens Service Club

2nd$10   Bena CWA

3rd  $5  Yarra Valley Bakers

BEST PRESENTED ENTRY $5 Donated by Korumburra Lions Club, Korumburra

Yarra Valley Bakers

Classes 1-8     BEST INDIVIDUAL ENTRY  TrophyDonated by Korumburra Lions Club, Korumburra

Natalie Oprey

SECTION U (b)                    RICH FRUIT CAKE COMPETITION

Prizes: 1st $30    Ross Crawford

2nd $20     Jessica Ekins

3rd $5Anne Hopwood

Prizes Donated by Kellys Bakery, Korumburra

 

SECTION V                           PRESERVES

MOST SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITOR TROPHY donated by the Adkins Family

Dawn Wylie

Class 10            Jam, 2 kinds 1stPrize    $10Donated by Korumburra Lions Club

Dawn...

11:59

Human rights to be protected in Queensland law "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queenslanders are one step closer to having their human rights protected in law, following confirmation from the Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath that the Queensland Government is moving ahead with establishing a Human Rights Act.

Hugh de Kretser, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, welcomed the news from the Palaszczuk Government which was re-elected in November last year.

Its great to see the Queensland Government making good on its commitment to better protect human rights in law. At a time when many rights in Australia are being steadily chipped away, its welcome to see a government draw a line in the sand and move to guarantee some of our fundamental rights in legislation, said Mr de Kretser.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk committed in 2016 to introduce a Human Rights Act, but the introduction of the legislation was delayed. It is understood the legislation will be modelled on Victorias Charter of Human Rights.

Human Rights Acts help to ensure everyones rights are protected. They lead to better laws and policies and stronger, fairer communities. It will mean that Queensland politicians and public servants must consider human rights when making laws and policies and that government bodies like schools and hospitals must uphold them. This a good move by the Queensland Government and we look forward to seeing the legislation introduced in Parliament as soon as possible, said Mr de Kretser.

Mr de Kretser also said Queensland should learn from the Victorian experience and make sure that peoples rights under the Human Rights Act are easily enforceable.

Most of the work of Victorias Charter has been done behind the scenes in government and parliament, but its important that when governments violate human rights, people affected can take action in court. Theres not much point having your human rights nicely articulated if you cant actually do anything when they are violated, said Mr de Kretser.

In Victoria, people essentially have to tack their human rights claims onto other legal cases in order to have them heard in court. A 2015 review of Victorias Charter recommended that this be simplified to allow people to directly enforc...

11:30

New owner plans expansion "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

NEW owner of Leongatha Ford, Leongatha Mitsubishi, Leongatha Honda and Leongatha Toyota, Warren Stewart, aims to grow the business during his time.
Mr Stewart purchased Wonthaggi Toyota and Holden in August, and since then has kept all current staff and employed five new staff.
Were planning on growing Leongatha but also keeping all of the current staff. We have already hired two new staff since Ive been here, he said.
I plan to grow the business through community engagement, sponsorships, staff engagement and best practices.
Mr Stewart is in a partnership with James Bergmuller and their company is called PM Regional.
Mr Berguller is also the owner of Preston Motors.
Moving to Inverloch in July last year, Mr Stewart has been playing cricket for the Inverloch Stingrays and said he believed in strong community engagement.
The new owners are strong on used vehicles, with more than 500 used vehicles available for customers to select from at any time.
If its not in stock, we can get any used vehicle through our networks, Mr Stewart said.
Were very fortunate to have all of the top selling vehicles in Australia such as the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger.
We also have a great range of all commercial vehicles, all at great prices.
Mr Stewart said he was committed to looking after current customers and new ones.

New start: Warren Stewart recently took over Leongatha Ford, Leongatha Mitsubishi, Leongatha Honda and Leongatha Toyota and is planning on expanding the business further.

11:29

SIMAS Summer Jazz Rolls On "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

SIMAs Summer Jazz is excited to announce coming Saturday, February 17th, three of Melbournes finest young jazz musicians along with Laurence Pike will be at Foundry 616 for a great night of jazz music!

Laurence Pike 8 p.m.

One of the most creative drummers of his generation, Laurence Pike is best known for his duo albums with Mike Nock and his groups PVt and Triosk. Laurence has recently been developing a singular language alone at the drum kit, using the sampler to expand its sonic potential. This has culminated in his forthcoming solo album, Distant Early Warning, due for international release in 2018. Discard conventional notions of the role of the drummer, and explore an ecstatic music...

11:28

Edneys has a deal for you "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IF you are in the market for a new vehicle, then Edneys Leongatha has some great deals on offer.
The reputable dealership is offering significant savings on all 2017 plated vehicles from Hyundai and Nissan, with a variety of quality new and demo models on offer for February only.
Just look for vehicles with a star sticker in this massive clearance sale.
If you buy a car in February, you will go into a draw to win a $1000 travel voucher from Leongatha Travel and Cruise, Edneys dealer principal Darryl McGannon said.
There is limited stock available and among them are Nissans Navara dual cabs, X-Trails and runout Qashqai, and from Hyundai, there are the i30, Kona and Tucson.
All demo models have low kilometres and the 2017 plated offering includes vehicles in a variety of colours.
Both Hyundai and Nissan offer driveway deals on many vehicles, with Hyundai even including a five year warranty.
This is the time to buy a new or demo car. There are good deals to be had, Mr McGannon said.

Price is right: Edneys Leongathas sales consultant Heather Walker and dealer principal Darryl McGannon with a Hyundai i30 that is among the 2017 plated vehicles on offer in the special clearance sale for February only at the Leongatha dealership. Just look for vehicles with star stickers.

11:26

Martys successful hospitality journey "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MEENIYANS Marty Thomas has made a huge impact on the small county down since opening Moos at Meeniyan nine years ago.
Mr Thomass journey started in Melbourne when originally, his dream was to become a chef.
I wanted to become a chef because my mum was one, but then I decided I wanted to be around people more and socialise with guests rather than the be in a kitchen, he said.
He studied Hotel Management at William Angliss Institute at age 18 and from there decided he preferred small businesses whilst working in restaurants and bars.
Mr Thomas ran a nightclub in London for a few years and the came back to Melbourne for the cafe scene.
He was in Mornington Peninsula running vineyards for a little while before making the move to Meeniyan to start his venture with Moos.
Mr Thomass role involves running duties, customer service, making coffee, ordering stock, training staff and menu planning, to name a few.
Its a very rewarding job but its hard work and the hours are unsocial, he said.
My main passion for owning a restaurant is to train young locals. My restaurant is a training ground for locals to learn communication skills.

Successful man: owner of Moos at Meeniyan Marty Thomas has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. Nine years ago he settled in Meeniyan to start his own restaurant.

11:19

Your help is needed "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SOUTH Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau is on the lookout for new volunteers.
Now, 27 people volunteer at the Leongatha centre.
Were always looking for new volunteers to join our nice little family of people here, volunteer Jan Byrne said.
You dont have to be from Leongatha to volunteer. You can be from anywhere in South Gippsland to volunteer. You learn things along the way.
Volunteers are required to complete a six week community support work course one day per week through the Salvation Army.
The course will start on Wednesday, April 4 and finish on Wednesday, May 16.
The role requires helping the community as well as tourists navigate throughout South Gippsland, helping people send faxes and using the photocopier, and giving people the appropriate flyers.
You will be required to volunteer a minimum of three hours per week.
If you feel like this is something you might be interested in, call into the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau at the Leongatha Memorial Complex, Michael Place between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday to obtain an application form.
Applications close on February 28.

Time and effort: Jan Byrne and Jenny Draper volunteer as often as they can at the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau in Leongatha.

11:02

Facial eczema warning "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SOUTH Gippsland farmers are being urged to consider zinc oxide supplements with reports of alarmingly high spore counts that could quickly lead to facial eczema outbreaks.
One farmer in the Macalister Irrigation District reported 55,000 spores per gram of pasture a number that should have every farmer across Gippsland talking to their vet or feed supplier about prevention options.
In other recent counts from MID farms, there were several reports of 20,000 spores per gram of pasture, while one topped 30,000 and another was above 35,000. In West Gippsland, a Yannathan farm reported 25,000 spores per gram of pasture.
These figures suggest conditions are ideal for facial eczema outbreaks. Above 20,000 is worrying above 30,000 (let alone 55,000) means it is time to act.
Farmers are being urged to do their own pasture monitoring to ensure any localised rise in spore counts is quickly identified. Recent warm weather and rainfall have combined to create ideal conditions for spore growth.
Farmers can view spore counts on each of the 31 sentinel farms at www.dairyaustralia.com.au/facialeczema
Spore counting commenced in December 2017 on sentinel farms across Gippsland and the Bega region.
The facial eczema webpage has current spore counts for your area and allows you to sign up for alerts.
Remember early intervention is critical to prevent facial eczema as there is no effective treatment. Seek expert advice on prevention programs from your vet or feed supplier.
The project is funded by Dairy Australia and is managed by GippsDairy.
Any enquiries about the Facial Eczema pasture spore count monitoring program should be directed to Karen Romano, regional extension officer, GippsDairy at info@gippsdairy.com.au or on 5624 3900.

Up close: spores in ryegrass litter can cause facial eczema when digested by cows and other grazing animals.

10:55

The Waifs make magic "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Waifs played on a perfect summers day at Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on Sunday, February 4.
Predictions of catastrophic weather forced the Lyrebird Arts Council to postpone this event originally scheduled to take place on December 2, but the forecast weather never eventuated.
A near capacity crowd of 2500 people danced and swayed and made a joyful celebration of a superb summers evening in one of the most picturesque setting in Australia.
Months ago, The Waifs organised their national tour to end in their hometown Perth on Saturday, February 3. The Lyrebird Arts Council was humbled by The Waifs and special guest Yirrmal agreeing to fly back for this one performance.
Feedback from the audience has been both overwhelming and ultimately touching, with such comments as, Thank you for this gift of an experience and What a great easy, relaxed event.
The audience ranged in ages from children through to a lady in her nineties, who was offered a seat while dancing and responded, God no, just give me a guitar.

Memorable show: The Waifs performed to 2500 people at Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on February 4.

10:53

Arts Wednesday 14 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At 10:40 am, Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 3 of Historic Events and How We Mark Them and this week we look at NAIDOC Week.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Jackie Dunn, curator at AGNSW, to talk about the impossibly beautiful Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, just opened at the gallery. Learn about the layers of meaning within the tapestries and hear our special tips on what to look for things you may not have noticed unless they were pointed out to you. (They were pointed out to me!)

Music is mostly 16th century French.

Please keep me company!

The post Arts Wednesday 14 February 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

10:53

Beef prices low on last year "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHILE beef prices are not what they were this time last year, local agents hope a wet autumn will change the dynamic in the oversupplied market.
Leongatha Landmarks Terry Ginnane said many factors pointed to why beef prices are low.
Beef has less demand on the world market right now. In New South Wales it has been very dry so there are a lot more cattle on the market than we have seen, he said.
One of our major abattoirs in Murray Bridge, South Australia also recently burnt down, so the killing capacity has been reduced. There are many more factors though.
Store market prices have eased through the month with steers making $2.90 to $3.30 per kg.
Heifers are currently selling at $2.60 to $2.70 per kg while the best vealers are making at most $3 per kg.
Phelan and Henderson and Cos Simon Henderson agreed dry conditions in NSW had had an impact.
It has been dry up there and if we could receive some monsoonal weather it could turn a lot of sellers into buyers, he said.
The market is being oversupplied by more cow beef than our suppliers can handle, hence the drop in price.
Mr Henderson said while beef prices have dropped an average of 10 percent, the annual influx of bullocks has already started at Leongathas Victorian Livestock Exchange.
We have gone from having about 400 bullocks yarded to about 800, he said.
We had a very kind December which prolonged the spring grass, so farmers have the opportunity to hold their cattle a little longer before moving them on and replacing them with suitable restocks.
Mr Ginnane said while the extra grass was welcome, farmers had to ensure cattle did not gain excess weight.
The higher supply of cattle currently on offer has cut back the potential for price increases and it does not look like we will see the same high levels we have had over the past two years. There has been a big correction on the market, he said.
Mr Henderson said prices did not live up to January 2017s record figures, and the discrepancy between store and fat prices was making it difficult to trade.
Store prices are currently high while fat prices are low so it is tricky. The most successful breeds constantly making $3 per kg are the prime European crosses and British bred or crossed prime bullocks, he said.
Friesians and Friesian cross bullocks are currently quite cheap, as is the cow market at the moment.
Export orders have brought in some money to local farms, with offers on steers and heifers reaching up to $3.40. Unjoined Angus are faring the best with 250kg heifers going for around $1100.

10:51

Emily receives life changing gift "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE South Gippsland community has rallied around eight year old Emily Rainbow in order for her to receive expensive but lifesaving surgery this month.
Emilys family had been concerned about a tumour in her throat for more than a year and were told she would need $15,000 surgery in order to have it removed.
Emily had a biopsy on her tumour 12 months ago and it was left inconclusive for the past year. We took further tests and last Thursday we were told it was stage three cancer, family friend Stephen Bover-Groen said.
Monash is trying to get a specialist to fly in from the US to perform Emilys surgery by the end of the month, however if they cannot get him to come over, we are going to have to go to Sydney to see a specialist.
Either way the surgery is going to cost a fortune, so Jim Pickersgill and Associates Leongatha generously donated $1000 towards the medical costs yesterday (Monday).
It is always more we than I, where we as a group can achieve so much together. We instil that and it is our mindset here, Mr Pickersgill said.
The Long Street business also bought a toy bunny, named Jimmy, for Emily.
This hit close to home with me due to some personal experiences. But when I saw Emilys picture in the paper and read her story, it struck my heart, Mr Pickersgill said.
She looks so much like my granddaughter and I thought how would I feel if this was happening to my granddaughter. It is so obvious that right now we all need to do what we can to help Emily.
Mr Bover-Groen said he was impressed by the communitys support.
Emilys mother and I have been applying for Make a Wish and when I asked Emily the other day what she wanted, all she said was to stay alive, Mr Bover-Groen said.

Generous gift: from left, Jim Pickersgill Associates Karen Newton with Stephen Bover-Groen, Emily Rainbow and Jim Pickersgill yesterday (Monday) when the Leongatha business gave $1000 towards Emilys surgery.

10:50

Breakers enjoy first training "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Bass Coast Breakers first training session went really well with more than 30 there.
There were a mixture of existing players, new players who have never played before and girls who have moved up from youth girls.
As the Breakers push for two teams, they are still looking for more players and we encourage anyone who has ever wanted to play footy to come to training and give it a go.
Just come as you are, no boots required and youll be supplied with a warm- up singlet featuring the team sponsors.
To cater for players from all over the shire pre-season trainings will move around.
Trainings will be at Dalyston every Wednesday and Friday, sessions will alternate between Inverloch and Newhaven Rec Reserves.
Training is this Friday, February 16, at Inverloch and all sessions start at 6pm.
At the end of training coach Steve Kenny said; I was really impressed with the turn out for our first session.  There was a good mix of new, existing players and youth girls.
The girls hit the track at a high level with many playing AFL 9s before Christmas and competing in events like the Cape Aquathon and Tetrathlon over summer.
During preseason, the team is focusing on recruiting new players, coach and support staff, sticking together and supporting each other and having fun and improving.

Growing team: youth girls recruit Jaz Garry joins senior players Chelsea Connell and Tess Angarane in the Breakers this year.

10:48

Beach battle "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A BRING Back the Beach campaign has been launched in Port Welshpool, initiated by town planner Roger Harvey.
He believed the beach has been degraded over the years and wants improvements.
Mr Harvey has owned a holiday house in Port Welshpool since the early 2000s and has also developed land in the area for houses.
He has been long been involved with the campaign for the reopening of the Long Jetty, and designed a poster campaign that became well known in and around the town.
The recent marina proposal prompted him to write a detailed submission to South Gippsland Shire Council objecting to the proposed location next to the Long Jetty, which he believed seemed a most poorly conceived location, duplicating the marine precinct already available at the eastern end of the town.
After so many years of campaigning, Mr Harvey holds the view that the Long Jetty should be allowed to tell its own story and form a passive recreation area, free of the ugliness and disturbance a marina and car park brings.
Now he is concerned about the Port Welshpool beach.
The ugly material deposited there by Gippsland Ports following a dredging exercise is now most visible, he said.
The sand has been eroded such that the drop from the seawall is now quite marked, presenting a dangerous situation.
I know the beach is artificial in the sense that the area used to be mangroves, but I really dont see the relevance of this.
Mr Harvey said a sandy beach was a beautiful place for people to enjoy passive recreation.
From the time my family first started visiting in the early 2000s, the beach has been eroded and ruined, he said.
The best value improvement to the town is to reinstate and maintain the beach.
Given the beach area is Crown land in the control of the State Government, Mr Harvey wrote to Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien, setting out some of his ideas.
Within the letter, the stand out, non-contestable idea was to reinstate the beach.
It be could assisted by beach groynes to resist erosion, he said.
It would provide a wonderful complement to the Long Jetty when it is reopened, and surely, it cant be that hard to do.
A revamped beach would be a great attraction and also complement the Long Jetty.
I hope the petition will demonstrate local community and visitor support.

10:48

Woolamai hosts big Cup day "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Woolamai Cup Day was a huge hit on Saturday with crowds larger than anticipated.
Woolamai Races secretary Bev Carmichael said the day was hectic.
It was probably a bit bigger than what we expected and slightly larger than last year, secretary Bev Carmichael said.
Overall everything went very well and I was very pleased with the crowd.

Great achievement: from left, Woolamai Cup winner Courtney Pace with horse trainers Heidi and Paul Kramper from Garfield at the Woolamai Races on Saturday.

10:46

Councillors to be investigated "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has confirmed it is conducting an investigation to determine who leaked an internal email to councillors to the public.
The email, from chief executive officer Tim Tamlin, explained the reasons for a delay in council finding a suitable consultant to test noise levels produced by the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower.
The email explains that two months after an order from the Supreme Court to do so, he requested an investigation plan from an independent expert in the field.
Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt recently used her Mayors Message column in the press to say she was disappointed a councillor may have leaked the email. Mr Tamlin said council was now looking into why the email was leaked.
The mayors statements were criticised by some councillors, who said she used her column inappropriately, with suggestions she should resign.
But Cr Brunt said she would stand firm in her role.
The Mayors Message is the mayors message, she said, noting concerns were raised by a minority of councillors and their allies in the community.
I intend to lead from the front with strong leadership.
Neighbours of the wind farm claimed turbine noise was affecting their health and engaged law firm DST Legal to call for council to act. Council is responsible for monitoring wind farm noise.
In August last year, the court ordered council to undertake a proper study after council officers initially assessed noise levels by using their ears only.
Mr Tamlin will now face the Supreme Court on March 20 to explain councils actions in complying with the courts order from August.
Speaking to The Star on Friday, Mr Tamlin said he had hoped to have a costed investigation plan to the December council meeting for council to approve, but the consultant was unable to give that information due to previous work commitments.
He said the investigation plan would now come before the February 28 council meeting for council deliberation.
We have to establish if the wind farm is causing a nuisance and if that nuisance is adversely affecting peoples health and wellbeing, he said.
Mr Tamlin said he believed independent auditors appointed by Bald Hills Wind Farm as per its planning permit requirements had found no noise issues, apart from one turbine that was located away from houses.
The CEO said he did not see the value of calling an extraordinary meeting of council in January to discuss the investigation plan, saying councillors needed to have time off. He was also on leave then.
Mr Tamlin said he was concerned about the cost to ratepayers of the legal action, but said had council found noise to be a problem, Bald Hills Wind Farm would have likely appealed, also resulting in legal costs to ratepayers.

10:11

MACKAY P-plater used ice to keep awake and pot to manage pain "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 13, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

P-plater used ice to keep awake and pot to manage pain

February 13, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Jadie Ellen Ward lives with Sleeping Beauty syndrome, which causes excessive sleep and altered behaviour, according to her defence solicitor Jordana Abela. Ms Abela told Mackay Magistrates Court that Ward would use ice to keep awake and cannabis to manage pain and help keep her calm.

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10:11

MACKAY Mum accused of burglary refused bail "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 13, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Mum accused of burglary refused bail

February 13, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Amanda Leigh Banks was arrested by police on a warrant and appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 8. Trevor Veale. by Luke Mortimer. A WEST Mackay mum of three accused of burglary and other crimes has been refused bail after she was arrested on a warrant. Amanda Leigh Banks, 29

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MACKAY Teacher facing 74 sex abuse charges after her arrest overseas "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 13, 2018 at 12:15AM ,

Teacher facing 74 sex abuse charges after her arrest overseas

February 13, 2018 at 12:15AM ,

Mum accused of burglary refused bail Amanda Leigh Banks was arrested by police on a warrant and appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court. West Mackay mum of three accused of burglary and other crimes

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10:01

Man charged with $1.2m fraud from medical supply company "IndyWatch Feed National"

A former employee of a medical supply company has been charged after allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $1.2 million from the company.

Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squads Corporate Corruption Team commenced an investigation following reports payments had been made to various personal bank accounts after fraudulent and altered invoices were submitted between July 2015 and February 2017.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives met with a 25-year-old man at North Melbourne Police Station in Victoria yesterday (Monday 12 February 2018).

The South Yarra man was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for 39 counts of fraud.

Police will allege in court the man used his position of trust and managerial responsibilities to create fraudulent invoices or fraudulently alter invoices for payment into bank accounts he controlled.

He also allegedly used a company-issued credit card to make unauthorised and fraudulent payments to another company of which he was the sole director.

The total amount of the payments was $1,237,806.

He is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 26 March 2018.

Inquiries are continuing.

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09:58

Bluesfest have announced stellar sideshow supports for Sydney and Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The hype and anticipation surrounding this years installment of Bluesfest is beginning to reach peak hysterics.

Bluesfest has garnered a reputation not only for bringing Australian audiences the biggest and most acclaimed international acts in blues, roots, and soul but by exposing burgeoning local talent to eager music fans.

With a slew of sideshows previously announced, bringing the electrifying live shows of Hurray for the Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker and Robert Plant to headline shows around the nation, local supports set to warm up crowds have now been announced.

Joining the roster of acts will be future soul singer Wallace, earthy roots artists William Bloom and the enigmatic Mojo Juju, taking their unique sounds to huge audiences around the country.

Check ou the full list of support acts here:

Wallace supports Morcheeba in Sydney

William Bloom supports Morcheeba in Melbourne

Mojo Juju and June Junes (Two Steps on the Water) supports Hurray for the Riff Raff in Melbourne

Slow Dancer supports Hurray for the Riff Raff in Sydney

Tracy McNeil supports Walter Trout in Melbourne

Roshani supports Walter Trout in Sydney

Madre Monte Trio support Juanes in Sydney and Melbourne

Unity Floors supports Benjamin Booker in Sydney

Jade imagine and Baby Blue supports Benjamin Booker in Melbourne

BLUESFEST 2018....

09:13

Nursing Home Residents Getting Less in Food Than Prisoners and Guinea Pigs "IndyWatch Feed National"

nursing homes food

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Just on the heels of reports that nursing home residents are inappropriately drugged into oblivion by antipsychotics new reports have surfaced about the abysmal condition of the food given to people in their golden years. It is reportedly worse than that of prisonersand even guinea pigs when the cost of the food is considered.

That is to say that all three meals for nursing home residents in Australia average $6.08 for the entire day. The news was dubbed as a national disgrace. While this revelation alone is enough to make anyone shudder, consider that the nursing home industry reaps in at least $1 billion dollars annually in Australia.

Keep in mind that symptoms of malnutrition can mirror those of dementia which would beg the question of whether residents are being misdiagnosed or drugged for symptoms that are actually food deprivation. A more sinister thing to ponder is whether food withholding is a slower form of end-of-life treatment.

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08:38

Documents reveal California police worked with Neo-Nazis to pursue anti-racist activists "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following  from Sam Levin ( The Guardian 9 February 2018 San Francisco), gives an account of how during a court case, evidence of  collusion between the police and odious hate organisations has come to light.

California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters and sought the prosecution of activists with anti-racist beliefs, court documents show.

The records, which also showed officers expressing sympathy with white supremacists and trying to protect a neo-Nazi organizers identity, were included in a court briefing from three anti-fascist activists who were charged with felonies, after protesting at a Sacramento rally. The defendants were urging a judge to dismiss their case and accused California police and prosecutors of a cover-up and collusion with the fascists.

Defense lawyers said the case at the state capital offers the latest example of US law enforcement appearing to align with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, while targeting anti-fascist activists and Donald Trump protesters after violent clashes.

Photo by David McNew: Getty Images

It is shocking and really angering to see the level of collusion and the amount to which the police covered up for the Nazis, said Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley teacher and anti-fascist organizer charged with assault and rioting after participating in the June 2016 Sacramento rally, where she said she was stabbed and bludgeoned in the head. The people who were victimized by the Nazis were then victimized by the police and the district attorneys.

Steve Grippi, chief deputy district attorney prosecuting the case in Sacramento, vehemently denied the claims of bias in an email to the Guardian...

08:38

Market Talk- February 12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its always a difficult trading environment when one large market is closed (Japan Monday), but following last weeks volatility we have seen a quiet bounce-back in quieter conditions. That bounce-back has been more visible in US futures than Asian cash even with the Shanghai closing +0.8% firmer today. The KOPSI (+0.9%) and SENSEX also enjoyed a bounce today (+0.9%), but is being helped by a trending weaker INR. The Australian ASX, NZX and Hang Seng were all were all little changed (small negative) today, as financials weigh the ASX down and real-estate the HSI. Oil has helped a touch today, we saw a bounce after last weeks huge decline, also talk that IMF reports a recovering global economy. Dont think wed be too keen to run with that support for oil prices!

Following the late rally in the US from Friday and the fact that Asia was relatively well behaved, Europe opened 1% firmer and managed the maintain that bounce. Continued talks around Angela Merkel and coalition discussions, after she declares her wish to move forward. Also, much talk surrounding the announcement of the large hedge fund shorting European stocks. Worth keeping an eye on the currency play here also! BREXIT news was quiet but cant be that far away as GBP declines against the Euro. Barclays has been charged by the SFO related to the 2008 Qatar assistance deal. In the afternoon session we followed the strong US performance and closed near or on the days highs. Tomorrow will very much depend upon how the US finishes with Asia only a glancing reflection, given the holiday shortened week.

The DOW cash was already 200 points better at the opening and was to build from there. Just ahead of the close we were over 500 points higher, a day gain of 2.3% but also joined by the core. The VIX lost a little over 13%, last seen around 25.25. The mood was helped by Trumps infrastructure spending plan, but could also have been an excuse for bouncing prices. The 10year Treasury note fell (price terms) with yield hitting 2.87% taking yields back to recent lows. Oil did bounce initially but seems to have given much of that back in the last hour or so. A5 00 point move may seem constructive possibly excess but in the final 30 minutes we gave back nearly...

08:24

Royal commission into banks is a farce "IndyWatch Feed National"

Apparently there is a Royal commission into the banking industry in Australia.



At the end of the day it is an act or rather a farce at the expense of taxpayer funds.

Why?

Because commissions are inquisitorial and as a result not bound.

08:08

Joyce on notice to please explain affair with staffer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

CANBERRA, AAP Barnaby Joyce will make a public statement addressing allegations of misbehaviour up to seven years ago, as his extra-marital relationship continues to make headlines.

He is coming under increasing fire over the affair, including by members of the gay community who have taken aim at the hypocrisy of him leading the charge against marriage equality.

New allegations against Mr Joyce, who is set to become acting prime minister next week, include that he sexually harassed women at social functions.

Liberal cabinet minister Dan Tehan has flagged the announcement after former Nationals leader John Anderson warned Mr Joyce his personal affairs were hurting the party and the government.

He will be making a statement sometime today, Mr Tehan told ABC TV on Tuesday.

No doubt he will set out his response to whats in the newspapers overnight I think that it is only right and proper to allow him to be able to refute the allegations, as I understand he will.

Its believed Mr Joyce will address media report alleging misbehaviour at official functions in 2011 and 2015 involving a number of women.

Mr Joyces leadership of the Nationals is in the spotlight after his relationship with former staffer Vikki Campion,33, was publicly exposed last week and questions began to be asked about her job appointments.

Ms Campion moved from the Nationals leaders office earlier last year to work for minister Matt Canavan, after the relationship became known, and then on the office of the Nationals whip Damian Drum.

There were rumours around the parliament that something was going on, but certainly at the time that Vikki came to work in my office, my understanding was that it was no longer an ongoing affair, Mr Drum told ABC radio.

Malcolm Turnbull told federal parliament on Monday the distribution of those staff members between Nationals offices is a matter for the National Party.

Mr Joyce had not breached ministerial standards in regard to the employment of family and partners because Ms Campion was not the deputy prime ministers partner at the time of her appointments, a spokesman said.

The statement of ministerial standards says close relatives and partners c...

08:05

Canadas Philippines arms deal will abet human rights violations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples Rights)

Canadas $233 million arms sale of military combat helicopters to the Philippine government will enable and worsen the already dire human rights situation under the Duterte administration. We call on the Canadian people and Filipino migrants in Canada to oppose this arms deal and intensify support for human and peoples rights in the Philippines, said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after the agreement between the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Philippine military was announced on February 6, 2018.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Major Gen. Restituto Padilla said that the 16 Bell 412EPI choppers, which will be acquired by the Philippine military through the said arms deal, will be used for the Duterte administrations internal security operations against so-called Islamist and communist rebels.

In 2014, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP)-Canada chapter raised questions on the announced sale of Canadas eight (8) Bell 421EPI helicopters to the Philippine Army. The Philippine Air Force said that three of the said choppers were commissioned for VIPs and five as combat utility helicopters for ground attacks and air assaults.

On March 26, 2017, ICHRP-Canada wrote to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland expressing concern that the Philippine military may be using the helicopters for aerial bombings that occurred after Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to drop bombs on rebels and consider civilian casualties as collateral damage.

Under the Duterte administration, Karapatan has documented 356,304 civilians affected by aerial bombings in 46 incidents when such air strikes were launched, and 426,590 victims of forcible evacuation due to said bombings and military ground combat operations.

Such aerial bombings show the Duterte regimes complete disregard for peoples rights and international humanitarian law. Marawi City was pulverized to the ground through airstrikes, with civilians killed and homes of residents destroyed. Dutertes threats to bomb Lumad schools continue to hound indigenous and peasant communities in Mindanao. His militarist hubris comes not only from his governments fascist designs to suppress legitimate dissent, but also from the complicity and support by foreign governments that provide funds and arms used by the military and police to kill civilians and destroy whole communities, Palabay stated.

In the context of Dutertes sabotage of Philippine governments peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, his announced crackdown of progressive organizations whom he perceives as enemies of the State, the sell-out of ancestral...

08:00

February 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1790 - Less than three months after Bennelong's capture, on 13 February 1790, Phillip passed on the names and locations of eight coastal clans in a dispatch to Lord Sydney at the Home Office in London. Bennelong
also told Phillip that one-half of those who inhabit this part of the country had died from smallpox.

1829 - Father Therry married John Hart and Mary Brooker at Five Islands, Illawarra.

1832 - Drumming the 3 R's into their heads, Kings School at Parramatta opened for business.

1837 - Two days after his arrival in Adelaide, John Barton Hack wrote in his diary:
"The thermometer is about 104 degrees in the shade and it is such a warm welcome we are rather overcome by it."

1858 - The Eli  Lafont was a  French barque having a rather rough time of it when she became stranded between two rocks near Black Head, Western Port. She was tootling from Hong Kong to Melbourne with a cargo of tea valued at about 30,000 but after an inspection by marine surveyors, the vessel was condemned, stores were removed, and the wreck abandoned.

1861 -  The 4-man Burke party began their 700-mile return to Coopers Creek under constant rain.

1866 - The Infamous Parliamentary Mace that went on an extended tour of a brothel was first used in the Legislative Assembly.

1869 - This day was proclaimed a day of humiliation and prayer in NSW as people offered prayers for an end to the prolonged drought.

1888 - The Blayney - Demondrille Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney - Cowra.

1896 The Brisbane River ferry Pearl capsized, killing 28. Foundered after collided with SS Lucinda in the Brisbane River this being one of the worst disasters in Queensland maritime history, and the worst to date.  The Pearl was operating as a ferry as the Victoria Bridge was under repair after floods. The ferry struck the anchor chain of the Lucinda, and sank within a minute.

1898 - The ship Amy was wrecked somewhere off Thirroul, NSW on this day. Police found wreckage scattered over a wide area of beach and a lifeboat lying on the sand. Apparently when she struck, the crew lowered a man on a plank to try and take a line ashore, but the current was too strong. They then took to the rigging, but when she broke up all eight men were lost.

1907 The Northern Territory was transferred to the Commonwealth by South Australia.

1911 - New Guinea was a ship who ran ashore during a fog at Disaster Bay, half a mile from the Green Cape lighthouse. The ship slipped back into deep water and eventually became a total loss. The Sydney Court of Marine Inquiry decided that the master had erred in following the coast too close in, and sailing at full speed when fog had reduced visibility. She now lies between the wrecks of City...

08:00

Matt Graham takes silver in moguls "IndyWatch Feed National"

Matt Graham of Australia reacts after finishing his run in the Mens Moguls Final at Phoenix Snow Park during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in PyeongChang, South Korea, Monday, February 12, 2018. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

AAP The king still reigns but if theres a succession plan in place, Matt Graham may just be the man for the job.

Graham became Australias first medallist of the 2018 Winter Olympics when he took silver behind the sports undisputed leader, Mikael Kingsbury of Canada.

Beating the Quebecois was always going to be an ask he is after all the most successful moguls skier of all time with 48 wins and six consecutive World Cup titles.

Last week Graham, 23, said he could win.

And on Monday night he skied like he believed it.

Taking smooth lines and landing deft tricks off the jumps all night, he showed enormous consistency to push through the first two finals in second and fourth.

Kingsbury offered some cause for hope his normally sublime turns just a touch off as he eventually moved into the six-man decider as the No.2 skier behind Japans Daichi Hara.

Third down the 250m bumps course, Graham delivered up his best run of the night, finishing with an off-axis 1080 and fist pump that suggested against almost any other skier he was a real gold medal show.

But not against Kingsbury.

He blew everyone away with a 86.63 run, leaving Graham to admit: No one can do it like he can.

Hara skied last and finished in third with 82.19.

Its been such a long year, I just wanted to have fun and feel loose and be able to put it down where it counts, Graham said.

Its a lot of hard years come to fruition.

Its been such a long year, I just wanted to have fun and feel loose and be able to put it down where it counts, Graham said.

Its a lot of hard years come to fruition.

Hed picked up four medals this season but in two of his last three World Cup starts had an 11th and 13th.

Coach Steve Desovich admitted this was no walk-up medal.

The tide seemed to turn there once he got going until tonight he was in a bit of a slump with both aspects turns and jumps, Desovich admitted...

07:12

NSW school cleaners win their fight for job security "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Hard times we are living in today. Job security has been going out the window as more work is casualised. The public sector, was once regarded as the securest of all. It is no more. Ongoing privatisation has made sure of this and this has hit in a big way in New South Wales.

This is the environment in which school cleaners were faced with an ultimatum. Give up the terms and conditions of their employment. Or fight back. They took up the second option and with the support of their union, waged an ongoing campaign to win public support and embarrass the state government.

It has brought results. They have won a guarantee of job security from the state government. This is great news, in a climate where this is not always so easy to find.

Getting to this point has involved a long campaign against the intransigence of the same government, which had forced 7,0000 cleaners to re-apply for their own jobs, with no guarantees and no promise of ongoing security.

But the campaign was relentless and drew widespread community support around Australia. Many of us signed the petition.

The turn around came last Friday, when the union (Unite) met with the Finance Minister Victor Dominello and an agreement was reached.

Every affected cleaner has been given a job guarantee and will no longer be forced to re-apply for their jobs and have an ongoing job in the new contract. The inclusion of an hours guarantee means that working hours will no longer be slashed. Protections will be put in place around sub-contracting, to overcome the problem of dodgy contractors and wage theft.

The biggest threat to cleaners since the service was privatised 24 years ago has been defeated.

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05:34

Malka Leifer Alleged child sex-offender arrested in Israel faked mental illness to avoid extradition to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

It appears Malka Leifer, an alleged sex-offending school headmistress at a Jewish School in Melbourne Australia, who fled Australia ten years ago before Australian authorities could jail her, will be extradited to Australia to face court.

 

ABC News Australia

Malka Leifer Alleged child sex-offender arrested in Israel faked mental illness to avoid extradition to Australia

13 February 2018

Israeli police have re-arrested Malka Leifer, the former Melbourne school principal who is wanted in Victoria on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, alleging she faked a mental illness in order to avoid extradition to Australia.

Ms Leifer is accused of sexually abusing several pupils while she was a teacher and principal at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school in Melbourne.

In 2008, when the allegations were first raised, Ms Leifer fled to Israel. She was then arrested by Israel police in 2014 when Australia filed a request for her extradition.

Ms Leifer was released on bail and managed to avoid every single one of her extradition hearings in the last three years, claiming she suffered from panic attacks and anxiety and was too unwell to face the court.

Two weeks ago, she again claimed mental illness during her most recent appearance before a psychiatric review board.

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05:30

Malka Leifer- Female pedophile headmistress who preyed on a secretive Jewish community in Melbourne and has fled to Israel "IndyWatch Feed National"

child abuse 1

Most pedophiles are men. Women pedophiles are rare.

The case below in Melbourne, Australia is ongoing and I thought Id bring this case to the attention of my readers because it shows how a female pedophile exploits their position of trust and how they groom their victims.

ABC New Australia

7 April 2016

Malka Leifer manipulated us: Alleged paedophile who preyed on secretive Jewish community

Somewhere in an ultra-Orthodox enclave of Israel, former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer continues to evade extradition to face criminal charges in Australia. Now one of her alleged victims speaks out for the first time.

By Sophie McNeill

05:25

Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130 000 homes without power "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was...... Read more

05:09

PERTH Magistrates court perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Melony Jane Attwood (INS 189/2017). Summary offences include traffic offences Perth Magistrates Court. In this section you will find links to legislation relevant to the Magistrates Court of Victoria. gov. Criminal Matters. The right to appeal decisions in criminal cases by bringing them to a higher court

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

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04:44

Me- Essentially a Nobody- Just Received a Threat from Michael Aquino "IndyWatch Feed National"

First of all- my YouTube has been down for quite awhile.

Secondly- this demand is the SAME demand Doug Mesner has made- that I make a public apology to Mesner. This will never happen as I will NOT apologize for telling the truth.

And I am one of a MYRIAD of people who have spoken out about Michael Aquino- by his own admission as he tells everyone that his accusers speak against him because they have weird sex fantasies about him. I kid you not.

With all of the attacks against me- I just see this as more validation as to what I have said.

As a famous Col. known as Col. Michael Aquino- founder of the Satanic cult Temple of Set who was named in the abuse scandal in the 80s at the Presidio of San Francisco- who has NEVER been investigated due to national security- who has had MYRIADS of people call him out for horrific abuse- one needs to wonder why he seems so threatened by a nobody like myself.

And Aquino- I wouldnt hold my breath for an apology. Any more than Doug Mesner should

Oh and Max Spears called out Aquino and now from what I understand his death is being investigated as a murder- so if anything should happen to me considering these Directed Energy Weapons the Air Force told Congress in 2006 about havent brought me down thus far- Aquno would be the first person I would go too- Doug Mesner being the second one.

04:18

THE BONKING BEETROOT: Deputy PM and homewrecker Barnaby Joyce allegedly may have traded sex for favours with powerful Canberra lobbyist "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: About to fall on his sword as he stumbles around in an alcohol soaked miasma from personal disaster to political calamity and back again, True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce allegedly engaged in a potentially corrupt sexual affair with one of the most powerful political lobbyists in Canberra

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03:20

Acidification could leave oceans uninhabitable for cold-water corals "IndyWatch Feed National"

The worlds oceans could become uninhabitable for cold-water corals by the end of the century as a result of ocean acidification, research suggests.

Ocean acidification, which occurs as seawater takes up CO2 from the atmosphere, could threaten around 70% of cold-water coral living below 1,500 metres in the North Atlantic Ocean by 2050, the research finds.

Acidified waters that accumulate in the North Atlantic could then be circulated to the global seas via a system of ocean currents, the lead author tells Carbon Brief, which could have consequences for reefs across the world.

The findings reiterate how many coral reefs could dissolve and crumble as the world continues to warm, another scientist tells Carbon Brief.

Cool corals

Cold-water corals make up more than half of known coral species in the world. They are found in deep, dark parts of the worlds oceans in both the northern and southern hemisphere. They can thrive at depths of up to 2,000 metres and in water temperatures as low as 4C.

Unlike tropical corals, cold-water corals do not rely on colourful algae for their food. Instead, cold-water coral feed on floating plankton.

This means they are unaffected by coral bleaching, a process which is heightened by climate change and poses a great threat to the survival of tropical reefs, such as the Great Barrier Reef.

However, both tropical and cold-water coral species are threatened by a process known as ocean acidification, which occurs as seawater absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere.

The oceans have absorbed around 30% (pdf) of the CO2 released by human activity since the industrial revolution. This has caused oceans, which are alkaline, to become more acidic over time. The overall pH of seawater has fallen from around 8.2 to 8.1 from pre-industrial times to the present day.

This change has altered the levels of a type of calcium carbonate known as aragonite in seawater. Some types of coral, known as hard coral, have tough outer skeletons that are made out of this substance.

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02:50

And now for some good news "IndyWatch Feed National"

The way that children are treated in the US is a scandal. Despite all the talk of family values and Christian morality, the reality is that many children are treated poorly. One measure is that Infant mortality rates in the US are terrible given its wealth. Other indicators of concern for children are measures of pre-natal and post-natal care for mothers and children and the availability of low-cost quality day care.

In the United States, the most common causes of infant mortality are congenital malformations and disorders associated with low birth-weight and short gestation.

The fact that the United States has the highest infant mortality is not because of a lack of specialists or facilities for neonatal births; on the contrary, America has more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom.

As with other health metrics, Americas relative performance is declining. In 1960, the United States had the twelfth lowest infant mortality rate in the world. By 1990, we had dropped to twenty-third, and we sank to thirty-fourth in 2008. Our high infant mortality rate evidences the economic, ethnic, and racial disparities referred to earlier. For example, in 2005, African-American infants suffered a death rate of 13.63 per 1,000 births, more than twice the national average. The CDCs 2004 world rankings indicate that an African-American baby would have a better chance of survival if born in Russia or Bulgaria than in the United States.

The problem in the US is, of course, that people cannot afford to access these services because politicians dont really give a damn about providing poor people with good health care.

The continuing cuts in funding for health care and in aid to needy families have had serious adverse effects on the welfare of children. So it was a welcome change to read Ada Chvez and Ryan Grims account of something that passed in Congress with little notice because it was tucked into the recent legislation to keep the government open that changed the existing system in which children are taken away from their families (where their situation was not good) and placed in foster care group homes (where it might be even worse).

They describe the problem that case workers faced in which they had to choose between two unpalatable options.

Imagine the situation from the perspective of a caseworker: you see a parent struggling with her housing...

02:30

Was Former Swiss Diplomat Kurt Vogele Blacklisted and Deported for His Links to an NGO? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vogeles unceremonious deportation comes just days after India denied visas to a team of Australian journalists for having written a story on Gautam Adani.

Credit: Navsarjan Trust/Facebook

New Delhi: Ignoring his nearly five-decade-long association with India, both as a diplomat and as a senior official of the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), which is part of Switzerlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government of India unceremoniously deported 75-year-old Kurt Vogele when he landed in Ahmedabad on January 22.

The decision to deport him is seen to be linked to the SDCs funding of the Navsarjan Trust, which has been championing the cause of the Dalits in Gujarat and elsewhere. Another colleague of Vogele, Josef Imfeld, who was also at the Swiss Embassy in Delhi from 2000 to 2005 and who was mainly in charge of regional programmes of SDC, was also denied an entry visa for India.

In a detailed letter dated January 29, 2018, addressed to Sibi George, the Indian Ambassador in Switzerland, Vogele wrote that he had an awfully bad experience as his visa, which I had obtained by end of December 2017 in Berne, was rejected by the immigration officials.

Stating that no specific reason was given for denial of entry, he wrote: I was just told that I had no right to enter India, that I was blacklisted and that I had to return to Switzerland immediately.

Vogele said he found thi...

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23:45

Richard Weston: The gap wont close until we address intergenerational trauma "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Share this Post Richard Weston is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait and is the CEO of The Healing Foundation. He has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for more than 20 years, 14 of these in Indigenous controlled health services in Far West New South Wales and Queensland I remember on the day of ...

23:43

Another Threat and a Prayer Answered "IndyWatch Feed National"

I received this email this morning- suggesting this idiot is in Omaha now I guess. One has to ask what the point is. If I am not a threat- why cant this group just leave me alone?

But on a better note- a prayer was answered as my friend in Seattle woke yesterday with no brain damage. That was a huge gift.

Prayer works- generally not in the time frame we would like and sometimes not in the ways we expect- but it DOES work.

Omaha is once again talking about what happened in the 80s and people are nowhere as naive as they were back then. THAT is why I am such a threat to these people- as some incredibly powerful people were involved in some amazingly bad things- and I am BY FAR not the only person who knew about it and was aware.

What separates me is that I am the first to overcome my fear and start speaking HONESTLY about what really happened. That is why they are obsessively after me wanting to shut me up.

And that may or may not happen but regardless- it wont change the truth. Nor will it change the fact that more than just me know about what occurred. And as much as they would like to think so- they cant kill everyone in Omaha who has info about what really happened

20:00

A bunch of Aussie music legends are headlining a new Sydney fest "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If youve got any plans over the Easter weekend, nows the time to cancel them and spend your hard-earned cash on the inaugural Good Saturday Festival that is taking place in Sydney next month.

Yes, things are about to get a bit rowdy in Marrickville on March 31st when the Good Saturday Festival comes to town. Taking place across an all-ages day session and an 18+ evening session, this new fest is set to deliver some huge names performing some amazing hits.

The all-ages day session is set to feature the Andy Golledge Band, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, the brilliant All Our Exes Live In Texas, and Jack Whites new bestie, C.W. Stoneking, performing throughout the day.

Then, as the sun goes down and the kids head off to bed, Jen Cloher, Augie March, Something For Kate, and You Am I are all slated to deliver a slew of hits, both new and old.

While this new fest happens to slot directly into You Am Is upcoming Spinal Tap covers tour, it seems as though this appearance will just see the band delivering their good ol fashioned, no-frills approach to rock and roll that weve come to know and love.

Its all set to kick off on Easter Saturday (March 31st) at Railway Parade, Marrickville. Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to secure yours now and get set for a whole day of great Aussie music.

Check out You Am Is classic Cathys Clown:

Good Saturday Festival 2018

18+ Evening Session

You Am I
Something For Kate
Augie March
Jen Cloher

All-Ages Day Session

C.W. Stoneking
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Andy Golledge Band

Saturday, March 31st
Railway Parade, Marrickville, NSW
Tickets on sale now from Oztix

18:10

Uber will require a 6-hour break for every 12 hours of driving "IndyWatch Feed National"

The company is rolling out the mandatory breaks in the U.S. nationwide, reports TechCrunch. From now on, the Uber driving app will automatically lock drivers out of it if they have been on the road for 12 hours or more without taking a rest break of at least 6 hours. The move is being made

The company is rolling out the mandatory breaks in the U.S. nationwide, reports TechCrunch. From now on, the Uber driving app will automatically lock drivers out of it if they have been on the road for 12 hours or more without taking a rest break of at least 6 hours. The move is being made to combat drowsy driving and driver fatigue, which can cause fatal car accidents. Uber estimates the new policy wont affect most of its drivers, as 60% of them dont even drive more than 10 hours each week. Uber has previously rolled out similar safety restrictions in Australia, which is what the new American-based safety restriction feature is based on.

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17:18

called me a LIAR even though I had given them all the information in 2012 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$1500
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 1 October 2016
Period debt occurred: 
March 2012
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

In 2012 I was receiving a small amount of newstart as I returned to work after a severe illness.

My employer had forgotten my pay increases for the previous 2 years so put a single lump sum into my pay.
I went to centrelink with ALL that information (and a weekly breakdown). They assessed it and said not to worry it was only a small amount and they were willing to leave it at that.

2016 I got a debt notice for about 2500 (down to 1500 later).
I re-sent ALL the same paper work and payed off the so called debt while awaiting for someone to even look at it.

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17:06

Tiny Little Houses prove its okay to be uncool with the video for Short Hair "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Just a couple of weeks ago, Tiny Little Houses finally released their highly-anticipated debut album Idiot Proverbs. Now, the Melbourne group have released the brilliant video for their newest single, Short Hair.

With the groups past tunes featuring rather introspective themes, Short Hair is no exception, and is undoubtedly set to become the anthem of the outcast.

Inspired by an anecdote shared by the uncle of singer Caleb Karvountis girlfriend, in which he picked on an uncool friend by saying he likes to let his short hair down, the tune relishes in the idea of not being popular.

The clip for Short Hair features a large-eared protagonist attending a pretty swish house party, in which he finds himself rather out of place. It doesnt take long for him to realise that pretence wont help him fit in, and decides to just be himself by dancing and having the time of his life.

Tiny Little Houses are also set to hit the road in a matter of days for their Idiot Proverbs album tour. With dates all over the country, theres no excuse for not heading out to see one of Australias best indie-rock bands of the moment.

Check out the video for Short Hair below, or head over to Apple Music where you can grab the tune all for yourself.

Check out the video for Tiny Little Houses Short Hair:

Tiny Little Houses Idiot Proverbs Album Tour 2018

Saturday, February 24th
Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Friday, March 2nd
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, March 3rd
Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Thursday, March 8th
Strawberry Boogie @ Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Friday. March 9th
Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, March 10th
The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

Friday. March 16th
Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Saturday, March 17th
Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

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