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Friday, 23 June


TAS Aggravated Armed Robbery Claremont Hotel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 6 June 2013 9:27 am.

Approximately 10:45pm on Wednesday 5th June 2013 two males have entered the gaming lounge at Claremont Hotel at Main Road Claremont. Both males were wearing hooded tops and one was in the possession of a double barrel shot gun.

One of the males has jumped the bar of the gaming lounge and removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash drawers and placed it into a bag. The males have then left the hotel.

A number of patrons and staff were present but no one was injured during the incident.

Police are appealing to members of the public for any information they have in relation to this robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Collision on West Coast Railway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 3:37 pm.

Tasmania Police and other Emergency Services have responded to a collision that occurred near the Rinadeena Station on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

The collision involved two Hi-Rail vehicles that were on the Western side of the Rinadeena Station. A male railway employee, the driver of one of the vehicles, was trapped and was extricated by Emergency Service Personnel. He is being flown to the North West Regional Hospital.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will be attending the scene.

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TAS Armed robbery charges laid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 1:04 pm.

As a result of the investigations conducted immediately after the incident by Uniform Police on Sunday evening, and from continuing enquiries by Hobart CIB, several searches have been conducted and numerous arrests have been made.

These include:

  • An 18 year old male from Glenorchy was arrested. He was formally charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of motor vehicle stealing. He was detained to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court this afternoon.
  • A 14 year old male from Primrose Sands was arrested. He will be proceeded against via the Youth Justice Act in relation to one count of armed robbery, one count of aggravated burglary, one count of stealing, and one count of motor vehicle stealing.
  • A 28 year old male from Lutana was arrested, and released without charge at this stage of the investigation.
  • A 21 year old male from Berriedale was arrested, and released without charge at this stage of the investigation.

Police are currently following a specific line of enquiry and anticipate that further charges will be laid.

Hobart CIB would like to speak to anyone who may have information on the robbery or the stolen vehicle used in the crime. The vehicle was a red Ford Focus.

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Information can be passed to Hobart CIB on 62302603 or alternatively through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Firearm and drug seizure and arrests "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 31 May 2013 4:17 pm.

Thirteen firearms and a considerable quantity of related ammunition have been seized during a search of a property in Southern Tasmania on Tuesday.

Police also located and seized a trafficable quantity of cannabis plants, being grown hydroponically, and a quantity of steroids/ human growth hormone.

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A 41 year old Huon Valley resident has been charged with related firearm and drug offences and will appear in court in Hobart on 1 July, and a 20 year old Huon Valley resident has been charged with firearm related offences and will appear in court in Huonville on 7 July.

Among the firearms seized are high powered and semi auto rifles, semi auto pistols, and a pump action shotgun.

The result of this specific search is yet another example of operational police officers locating firearms of various types during investigations and searches relating to crime and drugs, said Inspector Glenn Lathey.

This was a planned search by officers within Drug Investigation services based upon intelligence received. It is not uncommon for firearms to be located during drug related searches however a seizure of this size is significant.

What we have achieved here is an interruption into a criminal process involving drugs and firearms.

The community can be reassured that firearm related crime, drug trafficking and serious and organised crime is a priority for police. We are serious about the safety of the community and will not tolerate the unlawful possession of firearms or other weapons nor organised criminal activity, he said.

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TAS Aggravated Armed Robbery Derwent Tavern Bridgewater "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 31 May 2013 8:54 am.

At 7.10pm on Thursday 30th May 2013 two males entered the Derwent Tavern on Old Main Road at Bridgewater. One of the males was armed with a firearm. The males stole a quantity of cash from the TOTE gaming area before fleeing the Tavern.

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The vehicle used by the offenders was an early 90s model Holden Commodore. The vehicle was white in colour but was poorly hand painted black.

The offenders are described as:

Offender 1: 175cm to 180cm tall and of average build, wearing white sandshoes, dark blue/black overalls, white gloves, black hooded jumper underneath the overalls, and a dark green balaclava.

Offender 2: 175cm to 180cm tall of stocky build wearing blue 1 piece disposable overalls with a hood, white shoes, dark gloves, dark balaclava carrying a firearm.

A number of patrons and staff were present but no persons were injured during this incident. Police are appealing to members of the public for any information they have in relation to this robbery, in particular information relating to the vehicle used.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Motorcycles recovered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 30 May 2013 10:09 am.

Tasmania Police, with the assistance of the Gagebrook Community, located and seized seven motorcycles from two residences and public land in the greater Gagebrook area on Wednesday afternoon.

Three of the motorcycles have been identified as stolen. Enquiries are continuing into the ownership of the remaining.

Tasmania Police would like to thank the public for their assistance and encourage community members to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they have any information about stolen motorcycles.

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TAS Stolen Rottweiler Puppies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 2:52 pm.

Police are seeking information from members of the public in relation to six stolen Rottweiler Puppies (aged eight weeks). The puppies were stolen from a private residence in the greater New Norfolk area during the early hours of Wednesday the 29th May 2013.

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Any persons with information as to the puppies whereabouts are to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Exposure incidents at Bellerive Beaches "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 2:26 pm.

Police are conducting extra patrols of the Bellerive beaches from the Fort on the Bluff to Salacia Avenue, Howrah Beach Sand Dunes after reports of indecent exposure incidents.

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On four separate occasions between 28 February and 26 May, women walking by themselves have reported that a man has called out to them, exposed and pleasured himself in front of them. The reported incidents have occurred between the hours of 2pm and 6pm.

The man is reported to be approximately 170cm to 180cm in height, of average build and between the ages of 25 and 40.

On all reported occasions the women have ignored the man, kept their distance and walked away.

Police are reminding any users of the beaches to walk with a partner or group if possible and always carry a mobile phone when walking alone. If approached retain your confidence, tell the man to walk away loudly and clearly, repeat your request if necessary.

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Anyone with information as to the identity of the described man or who has encountered any similar incidents is asked to contact Bellerive CIB on 62302899.

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Members of Australian Parliament receive third pay rise in four years raising base salary to $203,020 per annum "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The 226 members of the House of Representatives and Senate will receive a base salary which is almost six times higher than the June 2017 full-time minimum wage commencing on 1 July 2017.

Excerpts from Remuneration Tribunal 2017 Review of Remuneration for Holders of Public Office Statement, 22 June 2017:

The Tribunal has decided to increase remuneration by 2 per cent for public offices in its jurisdiction, with effect from 1 July 2017.

In conducting its annual review of remuneration, the Tribunal takes account of economic conditions in Australia, past and projected movements in remuneration in the private and public sectors (including the APS), as well as the outcomes of reviews of public offices completed by the Tribunal. In order to inform its conclusions the Tribunal draws upon authoritative external sources such as the published material available from the Government, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as well as trends in public and private sector remuneration. It is obliged by its legislation also to consider the Annual Wage Reviews of the Fair Work Commission.

Adjustments arising from the Tribunals annual review generally apply to the broad spectrum of offices in the Tribunals determinative jurisdiction including the most senior offices in the public service and st...


About those rules for joining the Liberal-Nationals' cosy little citizenship club....... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This bill raises the bar on applications for citizenship and increases the power of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, over the citizenship process - including granting him the power to override Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions on citizenship applications.

One of the components of this bill is the introduction of an English language test, which means that with few exceptions applicants between 16 and 60 years of age will need to demonstrate competent English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being able to sit the citizenship test.

Applicants will be required to undertake a separate upfront English language test with an accredited provider and achieve a minimum level of competent.

According to the Immigration Minister the minimum level of competency is the IELTS General Training language test at  Level 6 of the General stream focuses on "basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts".

This particular test has three components listening, reading and writing - and takes the better part of three hours to complete.



When Labor senators play petty politics and women literally pay the price "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 19 June 2017 The Greens Senator Larissa Waters moved an amendment to the Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017.

This amendment sought to remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from sanitary products used by the vast majority of Australian women and girls during their reproductive years.

The Australian Parliament Senate Hansard recorded the fate of this proposed amendment of 19 June 2017 at Page 17:

The TEMPORARY CHAIR (Senator Leyonhjelm): The question is that amendments (1) to (4) on sheet 8153 be agreed to.
Question agreed to.
Senator WATERS (QueenslandCo-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (11:52): I move amendment (1) on sheet 8156:
(1) Page 27 (after line 16), at the end of the Bill, add:
Schedule 2Exemptions
A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 1 At the end of Subdivision 3...


TAS Armed Robbery York Hotel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 27 May 2013 10:37 am.

At around 5.10am on Saturday 25 May 2013, two men entered the York Hotel on Main Road Granton, armed with a firearm.

The men demanded the location of a safe within the hotel, from the two occupants present at the time. They then attempted to remove the safe from the Hotel; this was later recovered by police.

The offenders are believed to have left the scene in a red Rover sedan.

Police are asking for members of the public who may have knowledge of those involved in the crime, or who may have seen the vehicle, either in the Hobart CBD or the Granton area during the early hours of the morning.

Information can be passed to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or directly to Glenorchy CIB.

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TAS Arson charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 4 January 2011 12:10 pm.

At 3.48am Monday 3 January 2011, Kingston police were on patrol in Maranoa Road when they detected a building fire at the Chicken Feed store. Attending police notified the Tasmania Fire Service and officers from the Kingston Fire Station were able to respond quickly as they were dealing with another fire nearby.

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The fire was extinguished without incident. Only superficial damage was caused to the building.

The quick response of Kingston Police and the Tasmania Fire Service averted a multi million dollar blaze at the Kingston Town Shopping Centre.

Kingston CIB has charged 7 adults (aged 18 to 25yrs) today with arson as a result of their investigations. They will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court in February 2011.

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TAS Police officer dismissed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 23 May 2013 1:54 pm.

The Commissioner of Police has dismissed a 39 year old male Constable from the Tasmania Police Service.

The Constable was suspended from duty in June 2012 pending an internal investigation into allegations about his inappropriate responses and interactions in three separate incidents.

The investigation determined the Constable had used excessive force against men he encountered while on duty.

The incidents occurred in 2011. The Constable was stationed on the East Coast at the time.

The investigation established that the Constable had breached the Police Service Act Code of Conduct.

The matter was referred to the DPP for advice and it was determined that, while serious, it should be dealt with under the Police Service Act.

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Thursday, 22 June


Waleed Aly links terror attack to Muslims. "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's terrorism perpetrated on the perpetual pathetic hopeless Waleed Aly inspired victims, Muslims. Of course. Call the Finsbury Park attack what it is: right-wing terrorism Waleed Aly They're revenge attacks, now? Perhaps this started with the leader of the South Wales National Front who, reacting to the latest London terrorist...


TAS Recovered CCTV cameras "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 20 May 2013 3:59 pm.

Since March this year police have been investigating a large number of matters involving the theft of security CCTV cameras from businesses, schools and residential premises in and around Launceston.

Earlier this month investigations led to the recovery of a large number of CCTV cameras and Police are attempting to have them identified and returned to their rightful owner.

If you have had a CCTV camera stolen in recent months it is requested that you attend Police Headquarters Launceston and view the recovered items to establish if any of the cameras can be identified.

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TAS Man charged with numerous Fraud Offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 20 May 2013 9:17 am.

On the 23 April 2013, detectives from Fraud and e-Crime Investigation Services arrested and charged a 56 year old man from Sandy Bay with serious fraud offences after a lengthy investigation.

Police allege the man created a number of fictitious identities for the purpose of obtaining credit from financial institutions and utility services in excess of $150,000.

The man was bailed to appear at the Hobart Magistrates Court. Police investigations are continuing.

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TAS Man charged with Robbery and Assault at New Norfolk "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 17 May 2013 12:49 pm.

Officers from Glenorchy CIB and New Norfolk Uniform have arrested and charged a 26 year old male in relation to an assault and a robbery that was committed on a coach at New Norfolk.

The incident occurred at 07:50 hours on Thursday the 16th May, 2013 on an ODriscolls Coach in the New Norfolk area. Two victims were employees of ODriscolls Coaches and a third victim was a passenger who was known to the offender. Nil injuries were sustained during the altercation.

The male has been detained for Court.

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TAS Approach to child Devonport Sports Stadium "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 17 May 2013 9:22 am.

Detectives from Devonport CIB have been investigating an approach made to an 11 year old girl outside the Devonport Sports Stadium on Friday the 10 May 2013.

Enquiries have identified a male who is believed to have spoken to the girl.

Detective Sergeant Foster said that While the child in question was frightened by the approach, police are satisfied there were no nefarious intentions on the part of the male speaking to the child.

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TAS Charges Laid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 22 October 2012 12:13 pm.

Bellerive CIB and Uniform Personnel have today charged 2 males with offences that occurred overnight in the Bellerive and Clarendon Vale areas.

A 42yr old Clarendon Vale man has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Wounding and several firearm offences following an incident in Saladin Circle, Clarendon Vale.

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A 21 yr old Risdon Vale man has been charged with Aggravated Armed Robbery following an incident at Dominos Pizza, Ross Avenue, Bellerive.

Both persons are in custody pending Court appearances.

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For Yassmin - a message from Muhammad, The Perfect Man and his most feminist of religions. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 6 Hadith 301 Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Once Allah's Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o 'Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, "O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of...


The SUWA Show : June 2017 edition w jews against fascism "IndyWatch Feed National"

This months episode of Floating Anarchy on The SUWA Show features an interview with Max Kaiser of local trouble-makers Jews against fascism. 5.306.30pm, Friday, June 23, 2017 on 3CR: 855AM or livestreaming on the 3CR website. You can read more Continue reading


Second man dies after Burgh crash "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

police 3A SECOND man has died after a crash in Helensburgh last weekend. About 2am (Sunday 18 June 2017), emergency services were called to Walker Street, Helensburgh following reports two vehicles had crashed.

Wollongong police found a Nissan Skyline had crashed into the rear of a tipper truck at the location. The passenger, an 18-year-old man, died at the scene.

The 25-year-old driver sustained multiple injuries and was treated by paramedics before being airlifted to St George Hospital. He later died in hospital on Tuesday June 20.

 Officers from Crash Investigation Unit attended to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. A report will be prepared for the Coroner.



Depressing Survey Results Show How Extremely Stupid America Has Become
NOTE: I think this is true for many countries, especially Australia. 

If we continue to put garbage in, we are going to continue to get garbage out, and that is the cold, hard reality of the matter

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Tripartisan #Auspol launch of #ClimateHealthStrategy in Canberra reports @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a rare note of tripartisan support, Liberal, Labor and Greens politicians were all present at the launch of the ground breaking National Strategy on Climate and Health and Well-being for Australia by the Climate and Health Alliance. The worlds first health and climate framework policy initiative has been in development for over a year []

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John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.


PERTH Police seize $1.64m cash, 200g meth in Perth raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police seize $1.64m cash, 200g meth in Perth raid .

June 22, 2017 at 05:30PM .

Two people remain in custody after officers raided a home in Perths north on Tuesday. According to police, $1.64million in cash was found in boxes .


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Artists for Grenfell, charity song "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 21 June 2017 music video from Britain is called Artists for Grenfell Bridge Over Troubled Water (Official Video).

From the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, 22 June 2017:

Pop stars including Robbie Williams, Rita Ora and members of One Direction have teamed up for a charity single to raise funds for victims of Londons Grenfell Tower fire.

The single, a cover of Simon and Garfunkels 1970 song Bridge Over Troubled Water, was organised by music and TV producer Simon Cowell, and released on streaming services including iTunes and Spotify overnight.

It topped iTunes charts in the UK just hours after its release and has already reached the top 20 in Australia.

All proceeds from the song will go to the London Community Foundation, to assist those affected by last weeks disaster, which saw a fire sweep through the 24-storey apartment block in London.

79 people have so far been confirmed dead in the tragedy, with hundreds still unaccounted for amid protests at Theresa Mays go...


Video of US, Australian Hostages Released by Taliban "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Kabul: The Afghan Taliban released a video on Wednesday showing an American and an Australian hostage asking their governments to help negotiate a prisoner exchange with their captors to secure their release.

Kevin King, a teacher at the American University in Kabul, and his Australian colleague Timothy Weeks were seized near the campus in August last year.

The video, which King and Weeks said was made on June 16, showed the two men addressing the camera and asking for Taliban prisoners to be handed over in exchange for their freedom.

The video, whose authenticity could not be independently verified, was distributed by the Talibans main spokesman and circulated on social media sites.

It follows a similar video of the two men which the Taliban released in January and comes as US authorities are preparing their new strategy for Afghanistan, expected to include an increase of between 3,000-5,000 troops.

In September, the Pentagon said US forces mounted a raid to try to rescue two civilian hostages but the men were not at the location targeted.

Kidnapping has been a major problem in Afghanistan for many years. Most victims are Afghans and many kidnappers are criminal gangs seeking ransom money but a number of foreigners have also been abducted for political ends.

The post Video of US, Australian Hostages Released by Taliban appeared first on The Wire.


Death on the Road: Memory in Australias Tim Wintons Shrine "IndyWatch Feed National"

The effort of the Kin Collective behind Tim Wintons third play, Shrine, was always going to be a step onto virgin land. For one, Winton comes at the play as a novelist, thick with internalised images and noise. As


Pastor Brian Houston and Hillsong Global Church control the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) movement, formerly called the Australian Assemblies of God "IndyWatch Feed National"


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Hillsongs size

The annual Hillsong Conference is held in Sydney each July.

The annual Hillsong Conference is the largest gathering of Christians in Australia each year and Hillsong Church in Baulkham Hills is by far the largest single congregation gathering each Sunday in Australia. There are larger churches in Asia in countries like Korea and Singapore and larger single congregations in America but apart from mega-churches like Yoida Full Gospel Church in Seoul Korea which numbers 500,000 members, Hillsong is large even on a global scale.




We urge action on inquiry findings into 'robo debt' "IndyWatch Feed National"

22 June 2017

We are urging the Commonwealth Government to implement the findings of a Senate Committee report into Centrelinks controversial robo debt scheme.

This is a devastating account of a flawed system which has harmed far too many people financially and emotionally, said Dan Nicholson, Executive Director Civil Justice Access and Equity.

We welcome the Committees recommendations, and agree that robo debt must be halted. We have been calling for this since January, when we first began to see its real human impact. It was ill-conceived, poorly implemented, and in our view rests on very shaky legal foundations.

The Committees major concern, which we share, is that Centrelink unreasonably shifts the onus onto affected individuals to disprove an alleged debt. Instead, Centrelink should be abiding by its legal obligation to make the right decision based on proper evidence.'

Mr Nicholson said Victoria Legal Aid has run two appeals in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal relating to 'robo debt'. In both cases the Tribunal found that the methodology used to calculate an alleged debt was inconsistent with the requirements of the legislation.

As the report shows, there is an emotional toll for people who hear out of the blue that they are apparently liable for a debt. The committee acknowledges that they repeatedly heard dealing with 'robo debt' caused people feelings of anxiety, fear and humiliation.

This certainly resonates with what we hear from the hundreds of people who have contacted us for help: that this has been an incredibly stressful period of their lives.

Weve taken twice as many calls about Centrelink issues in the first five months of this year compared with the same period last year mostly related to 'robo debt'. Yet many more people will probably just pay up, overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to get to the bottom of what, if anything, they actually owe.

Centrelinks communication has been poor, and doesnt properly explain the basis of alleged debts and peoples rights of review. Theres also been a striki...


Four Uranium Mines approved in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Everyone

Yesterday we heard the disgraceful news of a serious broken promise by WA Labor to allow the four uranium projects in WA to proceed Yeelirrie, Wiluna, Mulga Rock and Kintyre.  This terrible decision is a betrayal of the many people, communities, Traditional Owners, trade unions, churches, and environment groups who placed their faith in Labor to keep WA uranium free.

Join us next Thursday 29 June at 8am Parliament House, Perth
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We have kept the uranium in the ground for this long and we will continue to stand in solidarity with Traditional Owners and communities to keep Western Australia nuclear free.  Join us next Thursday 29 June at 8am Parliament House, Perth for an KEEP WA URANIUM FREE SNAP ACTION.

The McGowan Government may think it is OK to let some of the worst decisions in the states history stand, but communities, environment groups, workers and Traditional Owners certainly wont be backing down in our fight to prevent this bad decision turning into a series of toxic and polluting uranium mines.

Keep the pressure on the Labor Government to stop uranium mining. Its up to us to stop four uranium mine projects that currently threaten special desert environments and cultural heritage sites. SO LETS KEEP ACTIVE NOT RADIOACTIVE!

This Friday could you come in to CCWA at West Perth and help make phone calls to let people know about the action at Parliament next Thursday..
If you can come in please call K.A 0401 909 332

This is a real defining moment so please continue to ring, email, text your Local Labor member and let them know how you feel.  All contacts can be found here.



Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Queensland- The false prophets that false prophet Neville Johnson is associated with. Part One. Dayspring Church in Castle Hill, Sydney Prophetic End Times Conference 2016- the triune of false prophets Dayspring Church in Castle Hill, Sydney let in their midst: Prophet Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, Prophet Neville Johnson and Dr. Bruce Allen. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson. Liked oral sex with church secretaries.

Neville Johnson. Liked oral sex with multiple church secretaries.

Dayspring Church, Castle Hill website:

Prophetic End Times Conference 2016 held on Thursday 8 September 2016 to Saturday 10 September 2016




Prophet Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, Prophet Neville Johnson and Dr. Bruce Allen have been the speakers of this conference for the past year. They have clear prophetic insights and have each personally experienced significant heavenly encounters with the Lord that have given them the passion and gifting to help prepare the church for the coming days.

Come and hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the church in order to prepare His people for His presence. Be a part of this life-changing journey and powerful time of worship and prophetic release of the Word.

Further warnings about the false prophet Neville Johnson

In this series, I am going to provide further warnings about the false prophet Neville Johnson who is a New Zealander by origin like me.

I attended his church for on...


Hillsong sex deviate founder Frank Houston teen homosexual pedophile victim Peter Fowler abused at Lower Hutt Assemblies of God in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed National"


The founder of Hilsong Global Church Frank Houston a lifelong secret homosexual and pedophile. Confessed in 1999.

The founder of Hilsong Global Church Frank Houston a lifelong secret homosexual and pedophile while in Christian ministry. Confessed in 1999.


Peter Fowler, a teen sexual abuse victim of the founder of Hillsong Frank Houston, wrote the following to Pastor Philip Powell of Christian Witness Ministries on 13th July 2003.

Christian Witness Ministries was a prophetic ministry which exposed the corruption of Brian and Frank Houston, the Australian Assembies of God and Hillosng, on 13th July 2003. Pastor philip Powell passed away in 2015.


Peter Fowlers letter to Pastor Philip Powell:

Dear Philip

I am very pleased to be able to report that I have reached a settlement with AOGNZ and the Lower Hutt AOG. The terms of the settlement are confidential to the parties and the only public comment I can make is the following statement: Peter Fowler and the Assemblies of God in NZ and the Assembly of God Lower Hutt Church have confidentially in a Christian spirit resolved all differences between them relating to the alleged abuse of Peter Fowler by Frank Houston. You will note that no settlement has been reached with Fra...


PERTH Ms Doohan "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ms Doohan .

June 21, 2017 at 05:13PM .

Cassandra Doohan, Perth Magistrates Court, Capel. Past 24 hours previously been reported the parents believed she may have choked on milk .


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Australia to resume Syrian operations after Russian threat "IndyWatch Feed National"


On Monday Russia had threatened to treat US-led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates as potential targets


On the occasion of my visit to the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur today "IndyWatch Feed National"

I had occasion to visit the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur for an appointment today.


Five Reasons to Put Down Your Bintang, Get Out of Bali and Explore the Rest of Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed National"

With beaches for days, cheap beers and a food scene that rivals Melbournes at only a fraction of the cost, its easy to see why so many travellers arrive in Bali and forget to explore any of the other roughly 17,000 islands that make up this beautiful country. Heres just a few reasons why you shouldnt make that mistake.

1. Sail through the Komodo Islands from Lombok
Thanks to the famous Komodo and Rinca Islands and some deadest incredible diving, backpackers are starting to swarm to Labuan Bajo in Flores.

For those of us hobos who are time rich and money poor, one of the best ways to get there is to sailing from Lombok to Flores. For the four-day trip, youll spend your time snorkelling (including Manta Point), hiking to hidden waterfalls, visiting the famous Pink Beach and of course, looking for Komodo dragons on Komodo and Rinca.

While there are a number of companies who offer this, one of the cheapest, and more importantly safest, is Wanua Adventure. The boat, food and sleeping arrangements are very much on the basic side, but for the 1.8 million IDR ($180AUD), its hard to expect too much more. When you consider a flight from Lombok to Flores starts at around $151 and the trip ticks off most of the boxes for day trips youd want to take from Labuan Bajo, this is a pretty good way to save cash and get free food for four days.

Cost: From $180 for four days including all accommodation, transport, food and activities. Whatever company you choose though, make sure you go local!
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2. Climb Mount Rinjani in Lombok
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Leadership is more than presiding, Gladys "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Economist Peter Abelson has dropped a bomb on Sydneys madly expensive land market, asserting the usual demand and supply equations have little influence on prices while major positive benefits are available from ending Stamp Duty and using land tax. His views only came to light after journalist Adam Creighton used FOI to prise his report []


JM with the best commentary about TEN Network you'll read anywhere "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reader JM dropped us this note earlier today. What a sad thing to see in the newspaper today. This is what happens when you treat your audience like half-wits. The surge to the left started with George Negus, Hamish McDonald and smug comedians rolling their eyes at the values of...


Japan Regards Russia as a Reliable Hydrocarbons Exporter "IndyWatch Feed National"

673452343242As you must know, Japan does not have enough natural resources to ensure its energy security without turning to any foreign players. At the same time, its closest neighbor Russia possesses impressive hydrocarbon reserves and can be in the list of major exporters of those. Nevertheless, it is difficult to describe the volume of bilateral trade between the two states as impressive, in fact its the exact opposite. But it seems that the Japanese government has finally come to grips with the fact that it is missing out on enjoying the benefits of Japans geographic location, so Tokyo decided to step up its attempts to pursue economic cooperation with Russia.

In fact, talks about Japans increasing imports of hydrocarbons from Russia have been circulating for a long time. Theres no doubt that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster which resulted in the closure of the majority of nuclear power plants across Japan has made Russia even more attractive as a trade partner for Tokyo.

Its true that Japan imports Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG), on top of taking part in the development of Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 oil and gas fields, and taking part in the construction of a LNG plant within the framework of the Yamal-LNG project. However, the level of bilateral cooperation in that area is miles away from reaching its full potential. Mind you that Russias share in the entire volume of Japans LNG imports barely reaches 8%. To this date Tokyo has been importing most of the LNG that it buys from Australia, Indonesia and the Middle East, in spite of the mind boggling shipping costs.

This situation is talking a tall on Japans budget and theres no guarantees that Japan could be sure that it would get what it has paid for, since distant sea shippings always go hand-in-hand with certain risks. Also, its pretty much a gamble when youre getting the resources of strategic importance from a limited number of suppliers, as it makes your dangerously dependent on your partners. Even if good relations are maintained between countries, there is always a possibility of unforeseen complications that may hinder the vital supplies.

Japans JFE Holdings had to learn this lesson the hard way, in spite of the fact that this company ranks second among local steel producers. To maintain its production levels any company in the steel business needs a lot of fuel. The most commonly used fuel in the steel industry is coking coal.........


It Would be Sexist Not to Have Tampon Tax, Government Says "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


The government has defended the controversial 10 per cent luxury tax on tampons, saying it will only scrap the levy when all Australians can enjoy a monthly period, regardless of gender.

When men can enjoy the same regular cramps, bleeding and acne that women do, we will of course get rid of the tampon tax, a government health spokesperson said. Whats important is that this is fair for everyone involved.

However Australian mens groups have argued that the tax on sanitary items should be abolished, along with similar taxes on a raft of other so-called luxuries.

Beer, cigarettes and pornography are all highly taxed items that are treated as luxuries but these are needs, not wants, one man said.


New shoot-to-kill powers for NSW police "IndyWatch Feed National"


NSW Police now have greater shoot-to-kill powers after new counter-terrorism legislation passed through the state parliaments upper house.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the legislation would provide certainty for police officers if they needed to use lethal force against terrorists.

The bill allowing for the strengthened powers was passed following a lengthy debate on Wednesday evening.

The new powers mean police will be protected from criminal liability if they use lethal force in good faith during an event deemed a terrorist attack by the police commissioner.

At present, officers tasked with taking a so-called kill shot must believe their target poses an imminent threat to another person before they can fire their weapon.

The NSW Government promised to introduce the new measures following an inquest into the 2014 Lindt Cafe siege, in which two innocent people died.

The inquest heard snipers hesitated when they thought they had a clear shot at gunman Man Haron Monis partially because they werent sure they had the legal justification to shoot him.

Greens MP David Shoebridge criticised the bill, which passed with the Labor oppositions support.

Laws that empower police to kill citizens are a fundamental threat to our civil liberties, so it is remarkable that these laws were rushed through parliament in less than a day, Mr Shoebridge said on Wednesday evening.

The post New shoot-to-kill powers for NSW police appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Breastfeeding lowers risk of heart attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

Not to be hidden away, local breastfeeding mums come into the light when they hit the red carpet for the Australian premiere screening of the documentary The Milky Way. Photo Eve Jeffery

Not to be hidden away, local breastfeeding mums come into the light when they hit the red carpet for the Australian premiere screening of the documentary The Milky Way. Photo Eve Jeffery


Breastfeeding has been linked to a reduced risk of heart attack or stroke later in life for mothers.

Research published in of the Journal of the American Heart Association found mothers who breastfed their babies had a nine per cent lower risk of heart disease, and a eight per cent lower risk of stroke, compared to women who had never breastfed.

While the cause for the reduced risk is unknown, researchers at the University of Oxford believe breastfeeding may reset a mothers metabolism.

Pregnancy changes a womans metabolism dramatically as she stores fat to provide the energy necessary for her babys growth and for breastfeeding once the baby is born. Breastfeeding could eliminate the stored fat faster and more completely, co-author and research fellow Sanne Peters said.

Previous studies have suggested mothers get short-term health benefits from breastfeeding such as weight loss and lower cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels.

However, the long-term impact of breastfeeding on the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases was unclear.

Researchers from the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking University analysed the data from 289,573 Chinese women of an average age of 51.

Nearly all were mothers and none had cardiovascular disease when they enrolled in the China Kadoorie Biobank study.

After eight years of follow-up, there were 16,671 cases of coronary heart disease, which included heart attacks, and 23,983 stroke cases.

The authors noted this was only an observational study and further research was needed to confirm the findings, although they were significant.

Heart disease in Australia is the number one killer of women.

The findings should encourage more widespread breastfeeding for the benefit of the mot...


Jump-Start Your Health With Lemon Eucalyptus Oil "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lemon eucalyptus oil, the common name for one of the natural oils obtained from the lemon-scented gum eucalyptus plant, has gained popularity as an insect repellant. This use is important when you consider the dangers of DEET and other toxic solutions and want to steer clear of them. Learn more about the benefits, composition and proper therapeutic and practical applications of this plant oil.

What Is Lemon Eucalyptus Oil?

Lemon eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the lemon-scented gum eucalyptus plant, also known as Eucalyptus citriodora or Corymbia citriodora.

The lemon eucalyptus is a tall tree that grows up to 50 meters (164 feet) tall and comes from the temperate and tropical northeastern Australia.1 Its name is derived from the Latin term citriodorus meaning "lemon-scented," and is in demand for structural timber and for honey production. It is also popular in horticulture both in and outside of Australia.

The refined lemon eucalyptus oil, which comprises related compounds from the plant, is known by its registered tradename "Citriodiol." However, it also has generic names varying by area, such as oil of lemon eucalyptus oil (OLE) in the United States and PMD rich botanic oil (PMDRBO) in Europe.

Uses of Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

Usually extracted through steam distillation, the essential oil3 has a pale yellow color and a thin consistency. It smells sweet, lemony and fresh, with a woody hint. Note, however, that this pure oil is not registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an insect repellant.

PMD, or the refined version, on the other hand, has a long history of use but only recently became important as a commercial repellent in the country. For many years, it has been used in China as a product called Quwenling, meaning "effective repellent of mosquitoes." American researchers initiated product investigation in the early 1990s and identified PMD as the active ingredient.



Sydney grinds towards full employment "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jobs growth picks up

If this blog has adopted a marginally more upbeat tone in recent weeks, then it's mainly due to improved labour force indicators. 

Total employment rose by 234,740 over the year to May 2017, rising by 2 per cent - a pace of employment growth miles ahead of the rate of population growth - to a fresh high of 12.21 million. 

Having apparently threatened to stall, employment growth in 2017 is off and running again in Greater Sydney, where the total number of employed persons is up by 1.91 per cent over the past year, comfortably fast enough to keep the unemployment rate declining. 

Smoothing out the volatility on a 3mMA basis, we can see that the annual rate of employment growth in Sydney has been picking up again since January 2017. 

As a result the Greater Sydney unemployment rate was again reported at just 4.4 per cent in May.

The annual average unemployment rate in Sydney has been declining consistently since February 2014, suggesting that the harbour city is approaching so-termed 'full employment'.

Elsewhere the Hobart is tightening nicely, but Brisbane's labour market is evidently struggling to absorb new migrants as apartment construction gets set to fade. 



Pull the plug Twelve months of robodebt is enough "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 June 2017

ACOSS again calls on the Federal Government to immediately end the robodebt program ahead of the release of the Senate Inquiry report today.

Since its adoption twelve months ago, robodebt has issued thousands of debt notices in error to parents, people with disabilities, carers and those seeking paid work, resulting in people slapped with Centrelink debts they do not owe or debts higher than what they owe said Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO.

It has been a devastating abuse of government power that has caused extensive harm, particularly among people who are the most vulnerable in our community.

Robodebt attracted so much bad publicity that a Senate inquiry was initiated earlier this year which attracted 155 submissions, 87 of which were submitted confidentially.

The Senate Committee held hearings in most capital cities and heard disturbing stories of wildly inaccurate debts, people spending hours on the phone to Centrelink and people experiencing deep distress and anxiety.

Given this evidence, we expect the Senate report to call for major change of the robodebt program.

Government must consider the Senate Inquiry report carefully and not extend the program as planned to hundreds of thousands of others, with 760,000 people expected to be affected in total.

Frankly, robodebt must be abolished.

The fundamental flaw of robodebt is the lack of human involvement in the detection and calculation of debts.

We urge the Federal Government to finally sit down with stakeholders, including those representing people affected, to redesign Centrelink debt collection so that humans are involved and there is a fair, accurate and humane process undertaken.

People needing help should be treated with dignity, not harassed into submission by automation.

ACOSS calls on the government to: 

  • Pull the plug on the flawed and unfair automated robodebt recovery system;
  • Ensure people contacted about potential o...


How Vegans Could Pre-empt the Sugar Tax "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Higher taxes are never the answer. And even without government incentives, there are great opportunities for businesses to capitalise on the changing attitudes towards food.

The post How Vegans Could Pre-empt the Sugar Tax appeared first on Markets and Money.


Robo-debt must end: government should support people, not intimidate them "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 June 2017

The St Vincent de Paul Society has renewed calls on the Federal Government to immediately end the robo-debt program following the Senate Inquiry into its disastrous effects on peoples lives.

This fundamentally flawed and error-prone debt program has shattered lives, eroded trust in government services, and revealed a Government that is intent on bullying people on low incomes, the Societys National Council CEO Dr John Falzon said. 

Robo-debt has been a monumental failure and must be halted immediately.

It has caused extensive harm to people, both emotionally and financially, and has been riddled with flaws from the outset.

The four-month long Senate inquiry gathered damning evidence from 155 submissions and nine public hearings. The inquiry revealed a program that is ill-conceived, inherently flawed, opaque and error-prone, resulting in deep harm, disrespect and degradation for thousands of people.

The inquiry has heard numerous accounts from people burdened with grossly inaccurate debts, Dr Falzon said.

People have been intimidated and hounded for money they do not owe, causing deep distress and anxiety.

Centrelink should exist to support people who need help, not to persecute them.

St Vincent de Paul Society


Senate Inquiry Finds Tudge's robo-debt system "so flawed it was set up to fail" "IndyWatch Feed National"

22 June 2017

The Senate inquiry into Alan Tudges bungled robo-debt disaster has handed down a scathing report of the system, finding that it was doomed from its inception despite claims from the government that the system was working well. 

The inquiry found that because Alan Tudge ordered no risk assessment or proper planning before rolling out his robo-debt system, it was so flawed it was set up to fail. 

According the report it is questionable whether the government will achieve its savings target because only 10 per cent of Alan Tudges claimed $300 million has been actually been recovered. 

The damning report follows a scathing Ombudsmans investigation which found that the system was not reasonable or fair and calls from welfare and community groups for the system to be halted. 

The senate inquiry has recommended a series of improvements to the system - including halting it until its fixed and properly resourcing the Department of Human Services to respond to customer concerns. 

176 days after Labor first asked for the system to be suspended Alan Tudge has done nothing. He hasnt even bothered to respond. 

In their dissenting report Turnbull Government senators disgracefully claim that input from some community groups and witnesses to the inquiry was aimed solely at scoring political point scoring - an outrageous slur on those who have been affected by the Turnbull Governments utter failure of administration of this program. 

Alan Tudge must act on these recommendations - if he doesnt he can no longer blame ignorance, it must be malice.



Fear of a yellow planet "IndyWatch Feed National"

The sites slick GIFs and lack of advertisements tells visitors that this is Serious Journalism. Why, then, does the investigation rely upon the tired tropes of Reds under the Beds and the Yellow Peril to sow fear regarding the influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Australia?


Senate committee recommends robo-debt be put on hold and drastically overhauled "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 June 2017

Senate Committee report into the Governments Centrelink Online Compliance Intervention (robo-debt) program has called for it to be put on hold until of the procedural fairness flaws in the program are addressed. The Committee a says the Government should re-assess all debts determined through the use of income averaging and that a redesigned system should include a robust risk assessment process.

The Community Affairs References Committee tabled its report into the issue today with 21 recommendations on how to fix the fundamentally broken program that has been rolled out since mid-2016.

All over the country thousands of Australians who have accessed the social safety net in the last six years have been put through the traumatic experience of having to prove a debt that may not even exist, Australian Greens Senator and Community Affairs References Committee Chair Rachel Siewert today.

The evidence presented to the committee as it travelled across the country was compelling, consistent, and showed a program that was putting huge pressure on some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Procedural fairness is lacking in every stage of the robo-debt program; whether it be the forcing of people to reach back through their paperwork from six years ago, sending debt letters to the wrong address and/or not engaging with concerned recipients, or averaging out of income data, often producing incorrect results. The program must be put on hold until this systemic overarching problem is fixed.

The 21 recommendations also address the program's problem with calculating debt and where the onus lies, effective communication, applying additional fees, obstacles in recipients challenging debts, and the disturbing coercive tactics being used to retrieve debts.

The Government should commit to debt consumer law legislation and guidelines, including in cases where they use external debt collectors.

We heard time and time again of distressing tactics used by Centrelink and private debt collectors (who are on commission) in attempts to rake back potentially false debts. It seems in certain instances, getting the money...


Robo a no-go until Centrelink implements Inquiry's recommendations "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 June 2017

Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore is calling on the Government to urgently act on the recommendations in the report released today by the Senate Committee inquiring into the Centrelink robo-debt system. 

The report contains 21 recommendations following consideration of more than 156 submissions, 1400 emails and nine public hearings.

The first recommendation is for the program to be halted until all procedural fairness flaws are addressed and other recommendations of the report are implemented.

Senator Kakoschke-Moore pointed to two other recommendations in particular, which relate to her lines of questioning during the inquiry.

Recommendation 4 recommends that all data-matching guidelines and protocols be adhered to, including the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act, regardless of whether tax file numbers are used in the data-matching process.

The data-matching landscape the Department has been operating is like the wild west of privacy regulation, Senator Kakoschke-Moore said.

The voluntary guidelines which can be subscribed to when a TFN isnt being used, werent even being followed.

Besides the obvious privacy concerns, Centrelink was able to go back seven years to calculate alleged debts rather than four if the Act applied, which in itself caused enormous distress to individuals.

Recommendation 15 recommends that community legal service funding be reviewed in the next budget to ensure community legal services are able to meet the need for legal advice relating to the robo-debt system.

Senator Kakoschke-Moore highlighted the importance of community legal services in assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged clients seeking advice on robo-debt matters when the SA Government announced a funding cut to the Welfare Rights Centre SA. See more here.

The case load of community legal centres such as the Welfare Rights Centre SA dramatically increased as debt letters were sent out, Senator Kakoschke-Moore said.

These services must always be adequately funded but when a flawed system is rolled out by th...


Turnbull Govt Must Implement Robo-Debt Inquiry Recommendations "IndyWatch Feed National"

22 June 2017

The CPSU has urged the Turnbull Government to urgently implement the key recommendations of a Senate inquiry into the Centrelink robo-debt debacle, with the program still in force and now being rolled out to target pensioners.

The inquirys final report has provided numerous recommendations to fix the flawed and unfair policy, calling on Government to suspend the debt program until this is done. 

CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said: This Senate Inquiry has confirmed what our hardworking members in Centrelink already knew all too well. Robo-debt is a shameful shambles thats caused unreasonable suffering to hundreds of thousands of Australians whove received debt letters and the staff whove tried to pick up the pieces.

This report, based on detailed testimony from dozens of witnesses including CPSU members, highlights that Centrelink and the Department of Human Services more broadly is in crisis. Our members warned that removing previous safeguards and moving to an automated debt system would not work, but their warnings fell on deaf ears.

The Turnbull Government must listen to this committees recommendation that DHS is adequately resourced and staffed. This is an agency in crisis, yet the Governments latest Budget cut another 1,100 jobs on top of the 5,000 permanent jobs that have already been slashed. The impacts on people needing Centrelink and DHS services are snowballing, with 42 million calls blocked with a busy signal just in the first 10 months of this financial year.

Importantly, this committee has agreed with the CPSUs calls since the start of the year for the robo-debt system to be put on hold until it can be fixed. The Government's changes have not fixed the system, it remains deeply problematic and pensioners are about to cop the full brunt of robo-debt with that rollout underway."

The inquiry has also recognised the importance of human oversight in pursuing potential Centrelink debts. Many of the problems associated with robo-debt have been caused by the fact its automated. The number of debt letters that have gone out to people who actually owe nothing, or a fraction of whats being claimed, highlights the need for humans not robots to deal with such matters.



Gardasil Vaccine Victims: I just believed everything the doctors told me "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ashla - Australia - Gardasil

Asha now has the beginning stages of leukemia after taking the Gardasil vaccine, a vaccine that is supposed to prevent cancer.

by Brian Shilhavy, Health Impact News

As we have reported stories on hundreds of HPV vaccine injuries and deaths over the past few years, one statement we hear over and over again from the victims is: I just trusted my doctor.

Since the U.S. Government and the pharmaceutical companies unanimously state that the HPV vaccine is safe and effective, most dont bother to research the vaccine for themselves, and doctors seldom, if ever, talk about potential side effects. When they are discussed, they are presented as very rare.

It is of course impossible to prove that the serious side effects are rare, and the stories we have covered lend evidence to the likelihood that this is probably not true.

And the side effects are very serious, from Primary Ovarian Failure (premature menopause will never have children), to heart disease, and even death.

Another apparent side effect from the vaccine that is supposed to protect one from cancer, is cancer.

In the video below, Katy explains how she developed cervical cancer after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. She was 23 at the time, and she was not screened for cervical cancer. She states it is possible that she had the Human papillomavirus prior to the vaccine.

However, she said she was never warned about any of the risks or side effects of the HPV vaccine.

I just believed everything the doctors told me.

Katy says that if one is already infected with HPV your chances of getting cervical cancer increase by 44% after you receive the vaccine.

Nine months later, she was found with stage 2 cervical cancer.

In the video below, Katy explains how she developed cervical cancer after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. She was 23 at the time, and she was n...


Gardasil Vaccine Victims: I Just Believed Everything the Doctors Told Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ashla - Australia - Gardasil

Asha now has the beginning stages of leukemia after taking the Gardasil vaccine, a vaccine that is supposed to prevent cancer.

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New Investigation Reveals Horrors Of Dog Meat Trade In A Country Youd Never Expect "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: James Thomas

When people hear the words dog meat trade, they typically think of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which takes place in China, or Asian countries in general that still eat dog regularly. What they wouldnt expect is to discover that a tourist hotspot would be at the center of a huge dog meat trade, but thats exactly what Animals Australia recently found when they sent someone referred to as Luke to take undercover footage of the trade.

Luke headed to Bali, a tropical island that is part of Indonesia and touted as one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world. Bali is very close to Australia, which is why this particular organization took interest in investigating the trade, but they never expected to come across so much pain and suffering in a place where international visitors flock to every year.

According to the investigation, about 70,000 dogs are brutally killed every year in Bali for their meat, which is seven times more than the amount of dogs killed in Yulin each year. Balis unique street dogs are targeted by those tasked with catching dogs, and these innocent creatures have their mouths taped shut and are dumped in crates or sacks, where they will wait for hours or days with no food or water until they are slaughtered.

Animals Australias investigator posed as a documentary filmmaker interested in researching local cuisine, and started out by showing an interest in restaurants that sell dog meat. Eventually, he was invited to participate in the catching and killing of dogs. The details of the all methods of slaughter are too gruesome to transmit, but one such method included poisoning unsuspecting dogs with cyanide. When investigator Luke witnessed a puppy struggling after being poisoned, he recalled,

It took many, a...


Hanson wants autistic and other disabled children to be taken from the classroom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Pauline Hanson has sunk to a new political low, by calling for autistic and other disabled students to be removed from Australias state education system.

If her call is ever taken up, it would condemn thousands of our young to lives to be far removed form achieving their potential.

She tried to use this as a bargaining chip for support for the Turnbull governments Gonski 2 package. It is a disgrace.

Hanson has also shown just how ignorant she is of education by suggesting that the problem is teachers who are do gooders and want everyone to feel good about themselves.  Presumably she believes, although she doesnt say this outright, having disabled students in the class room gets in the way of educating the abled.

She does imply that the disabled and openly states that do gooder teachers both prevent competition. This is the sum of her definition of education. Gone are the roles of picking up knowledge and honing a set of skills.

She doesnt know what she is talking about.

I know, because I have experience as a teacher and have had Autistic and other disabled students in my classroom. I have worked in the mainstream education sector and in special schools over the years.

Sometimes it is a challenge. For the most part, these students are well behaved,  facing major learning challenges and this can add to the teachers burden.

The problem is the lack of resourcing. A disabled student needs a trained supporter in the classroom that can work on a one to one basis, helping both the student and the teacher. When this is provided, it makes the world of difference. It also helps the other students to learn understanding and working together.

An obvious social benefit is that is that other students learn not to fear difference and become more tolerant of others. It moves us away from the days of locking up the disabled out of sight and concern. One would hope that, unlike Hanson, we have moved some distance from this barbarity.

For the disabled student, participation in mainstream schools provides a chance at becoming a part of society, to be given the ability to achieve greater self esteem and lift a belief in the ability to achieve. Do the rest of us really have the right to discriminate and take this away?

Highly functional individuals facing these challenges are aware of their situation and motivated to overcome them. Participation in society is fundamental to this and being educated in the school system is an important part.

This group is more likely to suffer from depression and its members more likely to take their own lives, when they are cut off from achieving their potential and isolated. Do the rest of us...


Christian Porter defiant on Centrelink's 'robodebt' flaws: 'This is not a matter for apology' "IndyWatch Feed National"

22 June 2017

The social services minister Christian Porter has refused to apologise for Centrelinks automated debt recovery system, after a Senate inquiry found it had caused trauma, stress, and shame to Australias most vulnerable.

The Senate inquiry into the robo debt system released its final report on Wednesday night, recommending the system be suspended until its flaws are resolved

The report described the debt recovery system as so flawed that it was set up to fail and said it had a fundamental lack of procedural fairness at every stage.

This lack of procedural fairness disempowered people, causing emotional trauma, stress and shame, the report found. 

But Porter said on Thursday the system was not a matter for apology.


The inquiry made 21 recommendations, including that all debts calculated using the often-inaccurate income averaging method be reassessed by humans.

That method divides a persons annual income crudely by 26 fortnights to assume they have been working all year, and were therefore ineligible for welfare payments.

The inquiry also called for the government to review all cases in which a 10% debt recovery fee was automatically imposed. Welfare rights groups have previously warned that automatically slugging individuals with a 10% recovery fee may be unlawful

It recommended that voluntary data-matching guidelines be adhered to, barriers to communication with vulnerable groups be resolved, and the new online portal for debt matters be redesigned. 

More information should be provided to debto...


My seventh prediction- Donald Trump will clean up US politics big league "IndyWatch Feed National"

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit movement

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit movement


My seventh prediction: Donald Trump will clean up US politics big league

Donald Trump promised his supporters during his Presidential campaign speeches and rallies that he was going to drain the swamp in Washington.

Here in Australia where I live politicians offer a raft of promises each election and weasel out of most of them once elected.

Donald Trump isnt a politician but a straight talking, straight shooting New York businessman and real estate tycoon. The Donald is about making promises he doesnt keep.

Donald Trump will keep his promises and commitments.

I hope he remembers his promises to help the urban poor, particularly the African-American community who have suffered greatly under decades of Democrat governance in major US cities.


A Special Prosecutor for Crooked Hillary

With good re...


An Australian musician seeks asylum in Iceland to flee from violent homophobic assaults "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a drastic move to escape what she deems a culture of violence and homophobia in Australia, Sydney musician Stephanie McCarthy and her partner Ashley Ihasz are seeking humanitarian asylum in Iceland.

As The Daily Telegraph reports, transgender woman McCarthy was subject to a vicious assault in a Newtown pub in 2015, and now she and her husband claim that they have been forced to flee from Australia in fear

During the court proceedings for the attack, The Music reports that McCarthy was threatened outside the courtroom by Alexis Ozanne, who received 150 hours of community service. To avoid similar incidents, the couple say they have moved to Iceland to live free of violence, intimidation, the threat of death and various other forms of abuse.

The pair raised $1800 for the move in a now-closed GoFundMe campaign, where they stated that escalation of threats towards her and myself as her partner have forced us to flee from Australia in fear of our lives, and their accusations arent confined to the general public.

Stephanie has been continually harassed and threatened by the NSW police, the couple claim, although NSW Police have fiercely denied the allegations, telling The Daily Telegraph that The NSW Police has zero-tolerance for violence against any member of the LGBTIQ community and rejects any claim to the contrary.

According to the publication, Ms Ihsz declined to comment further on the allegations against police without compensation. Already living in the Icelandic town of Keflavk, the couple face an almost year-long wait for their application to be processed.

The pair have said they face homelessness as their remaining money runs out, although receiving asylum in Iceland would entitle them to receive accommodation and a monthly income from the government.

We certainly did not ask to take such dramatic actions to ensure our safety and both Stephanie and I feel uncomfortable in asking for help, Ihasz has said. But the truth is we have been forced into this situation and we need help.


Australia stops Syria air strikes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Australia has been forced to stop, at least for now, military air over Syrian skies.

The catalyst is the shooting down of a Syrian jet by US forces in Syria, which has prompted Russia to state that such flights by members of the US led coalition will become potential targets.

Australias government has been downplaying Australias role and insisting that it is not fundamentally military. The best explanation for this is that it is highly unpopular with the Australian population and an overtly military stance would incite stronger active opposition.

But the new threat has shown that the governments claim has been a fig leaf to cover the nature its real involvement, which is military.

According to Airwars, a Britain-based non-profit research group monitoring air strikes, Australia has conducted one of the highest number of air strikes in Syria and Iraq, with six jets based in the United Arab Emirates, since the US request in 2015.

Secondly, the said reason for the airpower over Syria is to combat ISIS.  Mounting evidence of the American led coalition providing material support to ISIS, the attacks on civilians who are not part of ISIS and the the attack on the Syrian jet, show the reason for involvement is other than the defeat of ISIS,

The Syrian jet was shot down over Syrian territory near Raqqa by a foreign power and this is a clear violation of international law. The Syrian government has the right to take whatever protective measures are necessary to defend its own air space.

The attack also came at a time of increasing tension between the US and Russia.

In response, the Australian government, through the Australian defence Force (ADF), has moved with precaution and stopped all flights by Australian aircraft over Syria, at least for now.

The US has also responded with caution in its handling of Russia, by a promise to use the deconfliction hotline established in 2015 and warn Russia of any further strikes.

While this is short of promising that there would be no future strikes, it does signal that they may at least be less frequent, with Russia having forewarning and therefore, greater ability to take counter measures.

It is highly likely that the main reasons to shoot down the Syrian plane had been to test Russian resolve and turn international attention from the emerging scandal, around evidence that recent US air strikes have been targeted at ci...


What its really like being a single mother & raising special needs kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

My Life in Tweets

Can you tweet your life? If you did what would you say? Im republishing some tweets I made last night on the topic of raising special needs children and single parenthood. This was my response to an interesting article posted (above) about how difficult it is to actually be a mother and Pauline Hansons recent diatribe against kids with special needs. There is more on my timeline (I left out the child support saga) but you get the gist.


Pauline Hanson was flavour of the decade when I was raising my special needs son as a single mother BTW

Try to imagine being a single mother raising a special needs kid while Pauline Hanson is in Parliament if you can

I was also living in a converted garage on the upper north shore where I moved to try to get my son into appropriate education

The upper north shore seemed very comfortable with One Nation back in the day. It was a hard time for single mums.

My son went to uni @ 12, got HD average & began working F/T at 16. All without ANY education funding at all while I struggled through uni

All the while with Pauline Hanson screaming in the papers that single mothers on welfare are a waste of taxpayers funds as the backdrop

My son repaid his HECS by his 18th birthday, got no child support & worked his arse off. We had literally no help at all, no funding.

I meet people now who have no idea I spent my entire adult life educating my son for free in poverty because our ed system does not provide

And Pauline Hanson is back now having a go at special needs kids as if our education system is not unaccommodating enough already!

I ended up homeschooling because the principle at the local public school (with OC class) basically refused to enrol my son due to his ADHD

I worked for years trying to get the education department to make appropriate accommodations for my son. It was kind of a disaster really

I searched every public, private & independent school 4 appropriate options but it was easier to do it at home. Kind of wrecked my life tho



Government buries inquiry into mental health "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

CCTV footage released by the coroner shows Lismore Base Hospital Mental Health Unit patient wandering the hospital corridors naked and alone before collapsing and dying.

CCTV footage released by the coroner shows Lismore Base Hospital Mental Health Unit patient wandering the hospital corridors naked and alone before collapsing and dying.

The mistreatment and death of Miriam Mertens at Lismore Base Hospitals mental health unit lead to calls for a public inquiry into the resourcing and capacity of mental health units.

Labors shadow minister for mental health, Tania Mihailuk, is criticising the state governments approach to the inquiry claiming that the NSW Government response has been to bury the communitys concerns into an existing Public Accounts Committee inquiry.

Instead of commissioning a standalone inquiry with specific terms of reference relating to mental health, Mihailuk says the NSW Government buried the mental health inquiry within an existing inquiry into the management of health care delivery in NSW.

How are people with experience of our mental health system meant to make a submission to an Inquiry that fails in its terms of reference to even refer to mental health?

There are nine days left for a written submissions and then public hearing dates will be set in locations throughout NSW.

Mihailuk has written to the Chair of the public accounts committee calling for an immediate extension of the short deadline.

Written submissions close on 30 June 2017. Submissions can be made by emailing or visit here.  


Tamara Smith, MP for Ballina told The Echo:

If this Parliamentary Inquiry is to truly address the concerns of people with...


Nimbin man remains behind bars over alleged hammer attack "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Nimbin man remains in jail over an alleged hammer attack.

A Nimbin man remains in jail over an alleged hammer attack.

A Nimbin man remains behind bars while police compile evidence against him over allegedly attacking his partner with a hammer in April.

David Mana and his 47 year-old partner Adina Milder were at home on Gungas Road, Nimbin, at about 10am on Friday April 21, when they allegedly became involved in an argument.

Police were been told Ms Milder was assaulted with a hammer and stabbed multiple times before the man fled the scene.

Despite her injuries she was able to contact Triple Zero.

Emergency services treated her for multiple stab wounds to her legs, arms and torso.

She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where she underwent surgery.

Mr Mana was arrested about midday on Saturday, April 21, by Richmond Local Area Command detectives and taken to Lismore police station.

There he was charged with causing wounding with intent to murder, and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and refused bail.

When police refused Mr Mana bail they noted on court documents he suffered from bi-polar disorder and had been the carer for Ms Milder for 22 years.

On Tuesday, Mr Mana was represented at Lismore Local Court by solicitor Hugh Van-Dugteren.

The court heard the Director of Public Prosecutions had elected to take carriage of the matters.

Mr Van-Dugteren did not apply for bail which was formally refused by Magistrate Jeff Linden, who adjourned Mr Manas matter until August 8.

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Attack on John Setka is unjust and a threat to workplace safety "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The media attack on John Setka, the Victorian secretary of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is both unjust and part of an ongoing campaign to destroy the union.

In the first place, Setkas comments at the 20 June rally in Melbourne occurred in the context of the anger over the wilful neglect of safety on the job that is scoring a mounting toll of deaths and serious injuries. No industry is more affected by this than construction.

When they continue with their vendetta, the likes of the Murdoch empire, which is leading it, show a complete absence of concern for the victims. If they did, they would be equally zealous in demanding something be done about this national disgrace. But there is total silence.

Officials of the union and quite a few of the others at the rally personally knew some of those who have died.  Many of the workers there know that they could be the next victim. They are entitled to be angry. Determination to do something about this is totally justified and failure to recognise this, displays an incredible heartlessness.

In taking up the cause and talking tough, John Setka is doing the job he was elected for by his members. He is also speaking on behalf of those facing easily preventable risk in other industries.

The detractors have also shouted out  accusations of thug and bully.  The question is who is the real thug and bully? Setka for standing for those who he represents, or the lynch mob after his public hanging?

Setka is being attacked for promising action against the failure of inspectors who have done nothing. He said Let me give a dire warning to them ABCC inspectors, be careful what you do. Youre out there to destroy our lives.

He added, We will lobby their neighbourhoods, we will tell them who lives in that house and what he does for a living, or she, and we will go to their local footy club, we will go to their local shopping centre, they will not be able to show their faces anywhere.

Is this not the same kind of action that the Murdoch stable practices for other members of the Australian community, Setka, the CFMEU and other construction unions?

The difference in this case is that it is a mater of life and death.

Take one example.

A developer called Trio Residences (part of the Vic Investment Management Group) engages a contractor called Element Five or Vcon. Over the part two years there have been 124 Worksafe visits, 23 serious incidents, 23 improvement notices have been issued and there have been 3 prohibition notices. One worker has been killed and another seriously injured.

To date this group of companies has ignored everything and the inspectors operating und...


Magied Must Go! She says Australia's parliamentary democracy "doesn't represent anyone" and Australians are thieves. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Enough is enough. Senator Abetz has reopened the Abdel Magied fitness enquiry. Julie Bishop has no judgement. She must ask someone who has to help her get to the right decision. Magied must go! Here's The Australian today. Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has declared Australias system of parliamentary democracy doesnt...


Arundhati Roy returns with force to fiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

My book review in The National newspaper:

Twenty years is a long time to wait for new writing but in the case of Indian writer Arundhati Roy shes remained deeply engaged with her country over the last two decades. After the huge success of her first novel, The God of Small Things won the Man Booker Prize in 1997, Roy has transformed herself into one of the worlds most incisive observers of Indias supposed economic boom. Roy calls it a lie.

For her outspokenness on human rights, including abuses in Kashmir, Roy has faced criminal charges of contempt and sedition. She fled to London last year after fearing for her life. She has written in support of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and remains deeply opposed to injustice around the world.

In her new book, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Roy tells the story of a transgender woman, Anjum, who lives in a crumbling Delhi neighbourhood. After a massacre in Gujarat Indias current prime minister Narendra Modhi stands accused of complicity in the killings of Muslims in the same state in 2002 she flees to a cemetery and establishes a new life there full of colourful characters.

Alongside this narrative is a wider perspective set in Kashmir. As she recently told the Guardian, these two sections become one book because, geographically, Kashmir is riven through with borders, and everybody in the book has a border running through them, she said. So its a book about, how do you understand these borders?

Roy is scathing of Indias behaviour in Kashmir, accusing the military of torture, extra-judicial killings and disappearances. Its a place where darkness envelops its victims but also entrances its many visitors through natural beauty. As one character Musa is described: He knew that Kashmir had swallowed him and he was now parts of its entrails In the heart of a filthy war, up against a bestiality that is hard to imagine, he did what he could to persuade his comrades to hold on to a semblance of humanity, to not turn into the very thing they abhorred and fought against.

Throughout the book, Roy conjures up imagery reminiscent of the finest magical realism of novelist Salman Rushdie but she never strays far from real life. In one striking passage, Roy utilises her wit and sarcasm to devastating effect, mimicking those who blindly admire or celebrate India (or any country?) without question: Compared to Kabul, or anywhere else in Afghanistan or Pakistan, or for that matter any other country in our neighbourhood (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Ira...


Suspicious fire destroys change rooms at Murwillumbah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A forensic police officer inspects the damaged change rooms. (supplied)

A forensic police officer inspects the damaged change rooms. (supplied)

First the flood, now a fire.

Three Murwillumbah sporting clubs have lost their equipment  in a suspicious fire that destroyed  change rooms and storage facilities  at John Rabjones Oval/Les Cave Oval on Tuesday night.

A Tweed Council spokesperson said the council-owned building, which was insured, was so badly damaged it will have to be demolished and rebuilt.

The change rooms were used by members of the Murwillumbah Vulcans AFL, the Murwillumbah Football Club and Murwillumbah Cricket Club.

Vulcans committee member Dave Cogger said the club was already struggling after losing canteen equipment and stock in the flood, as the canteen was the main source of income for the club. And with the last three games called off due to sodden grounds, this Saturdays games were important for the clubs financial stability.

The Under 15 girls relied on those changerooms. Now theyll have to get changed upstairs, with someone standing at the door its not good, Mr Cogger said.

Its not about us, its about the kids and getting them away from the computers. First there was the flood and now this.

Mr Cogger estimates the clubs losses from equipment stored in the burnt building will be around $2500, on top of $5000 in damages from the flood.

The news for the Murwillumbah Football Club is worse. The clubs junior director, Chris Shapland said all the junior equipment is now gone including 60 balls nets, line marking equipment, with the losses estimated at around $5000.

I dont know how we could play on Saturday this place is usually packed with 150 kids. Were having a meeting to see what we can do, Mr Shapland said.

The clubs junior losses come on top of the loss of all the senior equipment during the flood at the clubs other base at Jim Devine Fields.

Murwillumbah Cricket Club, which fields junior and senior teams in the summer season, also lost around $5000 of stored equipment in the fire.

Unit Coordinator Recreation Services, Matt McCann, said it was heartbreaking to see all the hard work of volunteers and players allegedly destroyed by vandals.

The building will be replac...


Telsa update after airbag safety issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tesla Motors' electric cars are taking off, and set to mark the end of the petrol car as we know it.

Tesla Motors electric cars.


Almost 500 Australian Tesla owners need to urgently download an update to their cars firmware after it was discovered the passenger front airbags dont deploy in crashes.

The car company has issued an urgent update to 469 Model X cars sold this year after finding the system that deploys the airbag doesnt work, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said on Thursday.

The ACCC says the airbags arent activated because the car doesnt properly recognise the passenger as being in the seat.

Customers can correct the problem by downloading and installing the latest software update.

Tesla strongly recommends to accept the software update immediately, the ACCC says in a statement online.

Tesla has been contacted for comment.

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Qld lawyer pleads guilty to fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Wednesday, June 12, 2016 file photo of Defence lawyer Tim Meehan arriving at the Supreme Court in Brisbane. There are allegations Meehan and his clerk were sacked after siphoning more than $160,000 in funds from their firm, Bosscher Lawyers. AAP Image/Dan Peled

A Wednesday, June 12, 2016 file photo of Defence lawyer Tim Meehan arriving at the Supreme Court in Brisbane. There are allegations Meehan and his clerk were sacked after siphoning more than $160,000 in funds from their firm, Bosscher Lawyers. AAP Image/Dan Peled


The solicitor who represented Daniel Morcombes killer Brett Peter Cowan is behind bars after pleading guilty to fraud and other charges.

Tim Meehan made the plea in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday to aggravated fraud and eight counts of fraudulent falsification of records.

Meehan was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on July 13.

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth said it was a dark day for the legal profession when a practitioner was convicted for such serious offences.

It is extremely disappointing when any lawyer abuses the trust and faith members of the public place in them, Ms Smyth said.

Meehan surrendered his practising certificate shortly after his former employer Bosscher Lawyers notified the QLS of his criminal behaviour.

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Bid to create states second rail trail on the Northern Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Great Southern Rail Trail in Victoria. Photo

The Great Southern Rail Trail in Victoria. Photo

Albury may be the first place in NSW to get a rail trail, but North Coast shadow minister Walt Secord is hoping that the Northern Rivers Rail Trail will be the second.

Mr Secord yesterday renewed calls for the National Party to support the creation of a rail trial in the region during debate on the Transport Administration Amendment that will see the closure of the railway line between Rosewood and Tumbarumba.

The amendment, which passed parliament yesterday, will create the States first rail trail, which will be set up near Albury in the Riverina.

Mr Secord cited Tweed Shire Councils plan to build a 2.5 kilometre trail connecting the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, which is home to the Margaret Olley Art Centre to the Murwillumbah Town Centre.

He pointed out that the project had the support of Federal Richmond Labor MP Justine Elliot, Tweed Shire Labor Councillor Reece Byrnes and himself.

All three levels Tweed Shire, State Labor and Federal Labor are united in their support for rail trails and the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, Mr Secord told State Parliament.

We all recognise their importance to tourism on the North Coast, especially as it is recovering from the devastating floods. However, it is very disappointing that the National Party MPs are not totally on board with rail trails.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest and Lismore MP Thomas George have been reluctant to cast their support for rail trails and at best, one could describe their support as `lukewarm.

Unfortunately, when faced with a choice between new jobs, additional tourism and additional spending on the North Coast or watching metal rust, the Nationals prefer metal rust.

Rail trails make great economic sense as they attract high spending tourists by re-purposing old infrastructure and they should be supported across the State.  In early June 2014, the State Governments own study entitled Casino to Murwillumbah Rail Trail Study, Final Report reported that the rail trail could attract more than 88,000 visitors and would pay for itself in five years....


Pauline Hanson Discovers Topic More Controversial than Race "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


One Nation senator Pauline Hanson has expressed relief today after discovering her call for autistic children to be removed from classrooms was met with widespread outrage.

I thought I was losing my touch, she said. Comments about race just dont get that kind of reaction anymore, so its reassuring to know people still get fired up about children with disabilities.

Experts have described Hanson as the ultimate barometer for Australian opinion.

Nothing gives a more accurate read on what people really care about, one political forecaster said. The leaked tapes about the party plane have been quickly forgotten about, but I predict shes onto a real winner with the disabled children.


Symposium to navigate medical cannabis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal laws have passed allowing for the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes. (file pic)

Federal laws have passed allowing for the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes. (file pic)


Health professionals and experts will gather in Melbourne to discuss medical cannabis as the industry moves to position Australia as a world leader in its production.

Medicinal cannabis is now legal in Australia but patient access is still very difficult and rightly so, according to health leaders, because of a lack of evidence regarding its efficacy and safety.

The medicinal cannabis industry, which already consists of 12 companies listed on the ASX, is also still navigating the regulations around its cultivation.

For this reason, the Medical Cannabis Council has been launched to support Australian production and research by working as an interface between the industry and government.

Adam Miller, founder of medical cannabis technology start-up BuddingTech, says that despite the government providing a pathway for the prescription of medical cannabis, the process is somewhat complicated.

The aim of the council is to remove any confusion still surrounding the legal framework and accessibility of medical cannabis so the most at-need patients can understand their rights and the availability of the products, Mr Miller said.

Its launch coincides with the three-day United in Compassion Medical Cannabis Symposium being held in Melbourne from Friday.

Experts from Israel, Canada and the US will discuss the latest research on medical cannabis and how it can be used.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will also address the symposium.

Already there is a body of evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis for those suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, MS and Parkinsons disease.

A recent trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine, led by Australian neurologist Professor Ingrid Scheffer, found cannabi...


Senate facing late night Gonski debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek 2017. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Australian Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek 2017. AAP Image/Lukas Coch


Labor has vowed to keep fighting the Turnbull governments school funding package until the very last vote in parliament.

The government is on the verge of victory after securing the 10 crossbench votes it needs to legislate the so-called Gonski 2.0 deal.

The Senate faces another late night marathon on Thursday, with the government forcing senators to stay behind until the package is passed.

Labor education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek indicated the opposition could drag debate out for a very long time.

This is an unfair deal and we will fight it to the last, she told reporters in Canberra.

While theres life theres hope. Well be continuing our discussions with the crossbench until the very last minute, until all of these amendments are voted on and until we get to vote on the legislation itself.

The new deal, negotiated with crossbenchers, will mean schools receive an extra $5 billion over the next 10 years, lifting the total funding boost to $23.5 billion.

Under-funded schools will reach funding targets in six years instead of 10 and $50 million will be spent on a transition fund for Catholic and independent schools over 12 months.

The government has also agreed to a new watchdog conducting a review of the schooling resource standard, which is the basis of the new needs-based funding model, and a guarantee the states wont withdraw their funding as more federal money flows through.

These concessions helped to secure support from the Nick Xenophon Team.

They are similar to demands from the Greens, with education spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young claiming credit for securing a better deal for public schools.

Despite that, the minor partys nine...



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Lismore mayor responds to nurses parking complaints "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hospital staff boycotted paid parking areas around the Lismore Base Hospital. (pic Facebook)

Hospital staff boycotted paid parking areas around the Lismore Base Hospital. (pic Facebook)

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith has learnt a valuable lesson this week. Dont frack with the nurses.

Following reports that nurses at the Lismore Base Hospital were set to unleash a media campaign, Cr Smith yesterday lobbed an olive branch in the form of free parking in some streets around the hospital until the issue is formally resolved.

Echonetdaily reported on Tuesday that members of the Lismore Base Hospital branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association were fed up with what they perceived as a lack of action on parking around the hospital.

Residents had also had enough, with reports of cars being damaged and angry notes left on windscreens.

After nine months in the job, the nurses believed the mayor had failed to deliver on a promise to change parking in Hunter Street to $2 a day.

Cr Smith later defended himself in a Facebook post, saying he had moved a mayoral minute at the November meeting to make Dalziel Street $2 a day and at no point in the past six months has that $2 car park been full.

He also pointed out that Lismore is the only council in NSW that provides cheap parking to staff and visitors to the hospital.

Yesterday however, Cr Smith emailed Shaen Spingall, the president of the Lismore Base Hospital branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, promising free parking in some areas requested.

This will mean there is unrestricted parking on Uralba street between Hunter street and Diadem street, as well as unrestricted parking on Hunter street between Uralba street and Orion street from Monday June 26th until council approves changes to the parking after the July meeting, he wrote.

Once approved by the council, the changes would go on public display for more community feedback before final adoption.

Mr Springall welcomed the news, saying that should be a great help.

Im not sure of the actual figu...


Sydney is getting a pay what you can music festival for cash-strapped punters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For anyone who loves their live music but isnt exactly flush with cash (and lets be honest, the two often go hand in hand), Sydney is about to get its own pay what you can music festival.

Volumes Festival, a one-day live music extravaganza taking place across multiple stages at three Sydney venues, is back for 2017, bringing a bunch of great Aussie talent spanning indie, rock, electronica and more to the Oxford Art Factory, The Cliff Dive and Brighton Up Bar on Saturday August 19.

Better yet, early-bird tickets leave it up to you to name your price, although wed say dont be too stingy considering the names on the lineup below.

The full list of names includes Jonti, Gold Class, Baro, The Ocean Party, Retiree, Fortunes., Lucy Cliche, Orion, World Champion, Mezko, RVG, Wallace, Ara Koufax, Willaris. K, Sam Weston, Love Deluxe, Body Type, HATCHIE, Bus Vipers, The Goods, Genesis Owusu, Moaning Lisa, Party Dozen, GAUCI, Clypso, Tru, La Sape, Future Classic DJs, DCR DJs and Noisey DJs, with more to be announced.

Head over here for more info.


Why is China snatching up Australian farmland? "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 Jun 2017 | NPRChina has replaced the United States as the second-largest foreign owner of agricultural land in Australia. (The U.K. is No. 1.)


Human Rights Group Says Overhaul of Psycho-pharmaceutical Industry Should Begin with Investigation into the Drugging of 6 to 12 Year Olds "IndyWatch Feed National"


A key to changing the dominant label and drug paradigm is confronting the disease mongers and debunking their pseudoscience. Another key is to demand from our politicians that our regulators are independent and guided by robust science. Dr. Martin Whitely, former Member of Parliament (MP) in Western Australia and teacher

World Needs Revolution in Mental Health Care, U.N. Health Rights Expert Reports

Human Rights group says overhaul of psycho-pharmaceutical industry should begin with investigation into the drugging of 6 to 12 year olds

By CCHR International Mental Health Industry Watchdog June 13, 2017

A United Nations Health Rights expert, Dr. Dainius Pras, has issued a report calling for mental health care to move away from a biomedical (drug) model. The mental health industry watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights says the drug model has led to 8.4 million children 1 million aged five or younger being prescribed psychiatric drugs in the U.S. alone.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dr. Dainius Pras, has called for a revolution in mental health care around the world to end decades of neglect, abuse and violence, he said after presenting his latest report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. [1] There is now unequivocal evidence of the failures of a system that relies too heavily on the biomedical model of mental health services, including the front-line and excessive use of psychotropic medicines, and yet these models persist, Dr. Pras, head of the Centre for Child Psychiatry Social Pediatrics at Vilnius University, Lithuania, said.

Between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Pras also served as a member of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which held hearings on the increasing rate of children being labeled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and drugged with psychostimulants. [2]



we are terrified of the debt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Period debt occurred: 
June 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Family Tax Benefit
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: 

We haven't logged onto to Mygov account for a while as we had no particular need to. We then received a Dun and Bradstreet letter demanding $8518.00 be in their office immediately bold and underlined.
We have saved for three years for a family holiday that we have had to cancel as we are terrified of the debt. My wife has been physically ill on several occasions. We had approached centrelink when news of these letters broke earlier in 2017 and were told we were ok and doing the right thing. We are not rorters or scammers we are just trying to live our lives.



Begging for human rights but denied starving and sick "IndyWatch Feed National"

On June 15, 2017, the New York Times reported that the government of Saudi Arabia aims to ease the concerns of some U.S. legislators over U.S. weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. The Saudis plan to engage in a $750 million multiyear training program through the American military to help prevent the accidental killing of civilians []


Bikies brawl outside Tweed Heads hotel "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are investigating a brawl between two groups of bikies in Tweed Heads last night.

Police are investigating a brawl between two groups of bikies in Tweed Heads last night.

Police are investigating a fight between two groups of outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members outside a licensed premises in Tweed Heads last night.

About 8.20pm, police were called to the licensed premises on Gollan Drive following reports that two groups of people were fighting.

Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command attended and found the two groups had left the location prior to their arrival.

Police located and detained a number of men in a nearby car park who were released pending further inquiries.

Initial inquiries suggest several people involved in the incident were members of rival OMCGs.

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Police to face hearing over eight-year-old boy locked in paddywagon "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two police officers face court today after allegedly leaving a child in a police wagon. (file pic)

Two police officers face court today after allegedly leaving a child in a police wagon. (file pic)

Two police officers who have pleaded not guilty to allegedly leaving an eight-year-old Aboriginal boy locked in the back of a police paddy wagon at Coraki for up to three hours last April will face a hearing today.

When Mundhra Williams and his cousins were allegedly throwing rocks and eggs at a car at the Coraki sewage treatment plant on April 13, police were called.

His cousins were taken home by police, but when the officer found out Mundhras mother Jane was at work, he returned to Coraki police station and allegedly left the eight-year-old locked in the back of the paddy wagon.

While Mundhra was locked in the police vehicle, his mother was told he had been picked up by police, and began frantically trying to find out where her son was.

Meanwhile, the officer who picked up Mundhra was called to a job at Evans Head and allegedly left him locked in the police vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of the police station.

After Mundhra was released, he was examined by paramedics and found to be unharmed.

Ms Williams complained to police about how he was treated and an investigation was launched, which was overseen by the NSW Ombudsman.

The story quickly gained national media attention and was published in everything from seniors newspapers to trucking magazines.

It even made news in the United Kingdom, where it was published online by the Daily Mail.

Following the investigation, the two police involved, senior constables Michael John Writer, 44, and Brian Michael Quinn, 33, were charged on October 13, and placed on restricted work duties.

Did neglect to carry out his lawful duty as a police officer, namely, by failing to take proper care and exercise due diligence in respect of an Aboriginal juvenile in custody, court documents for both men stated.

When they both appeared in Lismore Local Court on January 17 and entered not guilty pleas to both charges, Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned the matters for hearing on June 22 and 23.

Mr Heilpern noted on the court papers remote room required which is a room separate from the court where witnesses can give evide......


Gardasil Vaccine Victims: I Just Believed Everything the Doctors Told Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ashla - Australia - Gardasil

Asha now has the beginning stages of leukemia after taking the Gardasil vaccine, a vaccine that is supposed to prevent cancer.

by Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News

As we have reported stories on hundreds of HPV vaccine injuries and deaths over the past few years, one statement we hear over and over again from the victims is: I just trusted my doctor.

Since the U.S. Government and the pharmaceutical companies unanimously state that the HPV vaccine is safe and effective, most dont bother to research the vaccine for themselves, and doctors seldom, if ever, talk about potential side effects. When they are discussed, they are presented as very rare.

It is of course impossible to prove that the serious side effects are rare, and the stories we have covered lend evidence to the likelihood that this is probably not true.

And the side effects are very serious, from Primary Ovarian Failure (premature menopause will never have children), to heart disease, and even death.

Another apparent side effect from the vaccine that is supposed to protect one from cancer, is cancer.

In the video below, Katy explains how she developed cervical cancer after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. She was 23 at the time, and she was not screened for cervical cancer. She states it is possible that she had the Human papillomavirus prior to the vaccine.

However, she said she was never warned about any of the risks or side effects of the HPV vaccine.

I just believed everything the doctors told me.

Katy says that if one is already infected with HPV your chances of getting cervical cancer increase by 44% after you receive the vaccine.



Byrons roads are a mess, council admits "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Massive, spontaneous potholes like this one are a common occurrence in Byron Bay's Sunrise. Some residents claim they are sinkholes. Photo supplied

Not all potholes in Byron Shire are as massive as this one in Sunrise estate but there are plenty to choose from. Photo supplied

After weeks of heavy rainfall and flooding, many roads within Byron Shire are heavily pot-holed and falling apart.

That unlikely confession is an official admission from Byron Shire Council that it has failed over many years to keep up with its road maintenance obligations.

But theres a sting in the tail. The state of the roads is the reason the council sought and obtained a significant rate increase over the next three years, which, after the state of the roads themselves, is the second-biggest thing residents complain about.

Roads that were built many years ago on poor alignments and on poor sub-base, were never going to withstand such a harsh climate and intensification of vehicular traffic, an official council media release reads.

Chronic under-funding of essential road maintenance and renewal by successive councils has well and truly come home to roost, its mea culpa continues.

Councils GM Ken Gainger said it has been facing and dealing with the harsh reality that the only way to fix the potholes is to reconstruct many kilometres of sealed roads across the shire, which he adds is an expensive solution at $715,000 per kilometre.

A Band Aid approach of cyclic pothole repair is a road to nowhere, Mr Gainger ironically acknowledged.

It is for this reason that the council had no alternative but to push for a special rate rise through the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) in order to make significant inroads [sic] into the councils inherited infrastructure renewal backlog, he said.

This was a tough decision for the elected council to make and it is a credit to them that they recognised the significance of the roads problem and took what they knew would be an unpopular decision, he added.

Mr Gainger said a condition of IPARTs approval of the rate increase was that it would be dedicated to infrastructure renewal, which will be be audited by the Auditor General.

The council will place its annual roadworks schedule on its website so that the community can see which roads will be recon...


Gardasil Vaccine Victims: I Just Believed Everything the Doctors Told Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Asha now has the beginning stages of leukemia after taking the Gardasil vaccine, a vaccine that is supposed to prevent cancer.

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Health Impact News

As we have reported stories on hundreds of HPV vaccine injuries and deaths over the past few years, one statement we hear over and over again from the victims is: I just trusted my doctor.

Since the U.S. Government and the pharmaceutical companies unanimously state that the HPV vaccine is safe and effective, most dont bother to research the vaccine for themselves, and doctors seldom, if ever, talk about potential side effects. When they are discussed, they are presented as very rare.

It is of course impossible to prove that the serious side effects are rare, and the stories we have covered lend evidence to the likelihood that this is probably not true.

And the side effects are very serious, from Primary Ovarian Failure (premature menopause will never have children), to heart disease, and even death.

Another apparent side effect from the vaccine that is supposed to protect one from cancer, is cancer.

In the video below, Katy explains how she developed cervical cancer after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. She was 23 at the time, and she was not screened for cervical cancer. She states it is possible that she had the Human papillomavirus prior to the vaccine.

However, she said she was never warned about any of the risks or side effects of the HPV vaccine.

I just believed everything the doctors told me.

Katy says that if one is already infected with HPV your chances of getting cervical cancer increase by 44% after you receive the vaccine.



Maroons thrive "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

State of Origin - series level

A symbolic shift in momentum is last night's thriller of a big game?

New South Wales looked set to dominate the match throughout, but Queensland ended up snatching the spoils right at the death. 

For half a decade now Brisbane has lived firmly in Sydney's shadow on the economic front as the coal and LNG downturn has bitten hard. 

And there's no doubt that Sydney has been powering ahead with its infrastructure plans while Queensland has been languishing.

Yet the cyclical migration north is well underway now. 

If only Queensland's political leaders could show as much spirit as its footie team! 


U.S. Citizen Kidnapped in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed National"


An American citizen living in Afghanistan was kidnapped on his way to work in the countrys capital city on Sunday, according to Afghan security officials.

The unknown gunmen kidnapped the American in the Karte Char district of Kabul, reports Khaama Press, an Afghan news agency.

Mohammad Almas, head of the Kabul police departments crime investigation unit, said the kidnappers posed as members of the Afghan security forces, donning their uniforms, to trick the victim into stopping his vehicle.

The same tactic was used in April, when Taliban insurgents infiltrated an Afghan army base dressed as soldiers and killed up to 140 people, mostly Afghan military personnel.

Police officials initially said the American worked with the World Bank on a project for the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, however a spokesman for the World Bank, Alex Ferguson, denied the claim.

No World Bank staff have been kidnapped, Ferguson told ABC News. Our understanding is that these reports refer to an employee of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAIL) who is working for the National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP), which is funded by a World Bank managed trust fund.

Another similar kidnapping occurred in August of last year, in which two professors from the American University of AfghanistanKevin King, 60, an American and John Weeks, 48, an Australianwere kidnapped in Kabul by the Taliban.

The professors were driving through West Kabul when several gunmen approached the vehicle, one of whom smashed the passenger window with the barrel of his gun and pulled the men out of the car. The abductees driver and bodyguard were not harmed in the incident.

On Wednesday the Taliban released its second video of the hostages, according to a jihadist monitoring firm SITE intelligence.

In the video, King asks President Trump to Have mercy on me and get me out, later pleading for him to not send any commandos, according to SITE.

Weeks, addressing Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, asks him to speak to the Taliban, negotiate with th...


Taliban release hostage video of US, Aussie profs pleading with Trump, Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday released a new hostage video of two professors they kidnapped from the American University in Kabul in August 2016, according to jihadi monitoring company SITE intelligence. Kevin King, a 60-year-old American, and Timothy John Weeks, an Australian 48-year-old, are shown against a brown background talking to camera. In the video, []

The post Taliban release hostage video of US, Aussie profs pleading with Trump, Turnbull appeared first on New Telegraph Online.


Ron Paul: US had no right to fly into Syrian airspace - should mind its own business "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US has no right to fly into Syrian airspace where it shouldn't be and set boundaries but should mind its own business. Otherwise, it is an act of aggression, says former US Congressman Ron Paul. The US fighter jet downed an armed drone belonging to pro-Syrian government forces in southern Syria, near a base in the al-Tanf region, on June, 20 as the drone was advancing on US-backed forces, according to a coalition statement. This is happening at a time of escalating tension between Moscow and Washington. Also on Tuesday, Australia said it is temporarily suspending air operations in Syria.


Survey finds Americans among the most stressed in the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

A decade-long study shows a disturbing trend of anxiety levels among US citizens. Deep concerns of war and natural disasters continue to distress people across the country, the newly published survey has found. In the survey conducted by the global information technology company, Unisys, the US jumped to 8 out of 13 countries surveyed. Americans are now on par with Colombia in terms of their perceptions of security, according to the Miami Herald. The last time the US was included in the survey was in 2014.The score for the US spiked 37 percentage points in the wrong direction in just two years. The Unisys survey was completed in April with 13,000 people canvassed in 13 countries, according to the Herald. The US sits behind New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.


Otto Warmbier's death is being exploited for propaganda purposes by western media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Otto Warmbier was arrested last year on charges of theft as he attempted to leave North Korea after traveling there with a tour group. His recent release from North Korea after 15 months of detainment was followed by his death in the US. A firestorm of accusations, condemnation, and angry threats have resonated across the Western media, with op-eds ranging from the Independent's, "America needs to do something about Otto Warmbier's death - but military force against North Korea isn't an option," which calls on US foreign policy to follow that of Imperial Rome's, including swift and severe retribution, to the Australian's, "What did North Korea do to Otto Warmbier?," which incoherently leaps from commenting on Warmbier's "beautiful name" to claiming, "he was a pawn, a victim of the maniacal brutality of Kim Jong-un," to Foreign Policy's piece in which the title, "North Korea Would Not Hesitate to Kill You," says it all. Nowhere amongst this familiar Western propaganda used worldwide to dehumanize nations and prime the public for unending hostilities can any actual evidence be found that the North Korean government killed Otto Warmbier. In every article it is noted that he was returned to the US, and that it was in the US where he died. His death, however, is being blamed on his alleged mistreatment while in North Korea.


PERTH Sad and tragic: Baby Anastasias mother faces court over death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Prosecutors told the Perth Magistrates Court the babys father gave her a bottle of milk and put her back in her cot, in the same room as her mother in .


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Robodebt program must be suspended "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 June 2017

Anglicare Australia has called for the Centrelink automated debt recovery process to be suspended. The call is made ahead of the release of the Senate Inquirys robodebt report.
This system has no human oversight and it puts the onus back on ordinary people to correct robotised errors, said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
Weve seen Government Ministers reject out of hand the impact of this clumsy process and the distress it has caused. Thats not good enough.
The inquiry has heard plenty of evidence that the goal this system is simply to maximise revenue. And while everyone agrees that we should stop overpayments, it beggars belief that we could keep using a system that saddled people with almost $3.5 million in false debt.
We must suspend this program immediately and stop its scheduled expansion to Disability and Aged Pensioners, Ms Chambers said.
Ms Chambers said the robodebt fiasco was the latest in a series of moves aimed at targeting people in need of income support.
The shift in the onus of proof onto recipients, the barriers to people trying to fix these problems through the Centrelink system, and the growing stigmatisation of welfare, is a step towards the criminalisation of poverty and disadvantage.
Lets suspend this failing system and work together to design one that works for people not just the Government.

Maiy Azize


Senate report in to Centrelink's automated debt recovery system due "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 June 2017

A senate inquiry in to Centrelink's controversial robo-debt recovery scheme will reveal its findings later today.

The automated scheme was implemented in July last year, and matches information from the Australian Taxation Office with Centrelink records to identify possible welfare overpayments.

The system has attracted controversy, with the acting Ombudsman finding the system lack transparency, and treats come customers unfairly.

Cassandra Goldie, the CEO of Australian Council of Social Service said, "We're extremely concerned the impact this has been having on people, both emotionally and also financially."

"The reality is the fundamental flaws in the system have been addressed by the government despite repeated calls by us and many others across the community."

"The fundamental issue here is the calculation of the amount of money the government says a person owes is still being automated. There's not human involvement associated with it."

She said the government is still putting the responsibility for people to prove their own innocence.


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Govt rejects damning report on DHS' robodebt program "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 June 2017

The federal government has rejected a damning report into the Department of Human Services' 'robodebt' program that recommended it be immediately and indefinitely halted.


In its report, the Labor, Greens and independent contingent of the committee - making up the majority - was heavily critical of the program, which it said should be immediately put on hold until issues can be addressed and the report's 21 recommendations can be implemented.

Any subsequent redesigned system must be subject to a risk assessment - which the robodebt program was not - before being put into production, and anyone subject to either the new or old system should be provided the data that was used to calculate their debt, the senators wrote.

The committee also said that all those who had been assessed under the OCI should have their debt amounts immediately reassessed by a team of specialist officers using "accurate" income data.

It made a list of other recommendations on how suspected debts raised under the OCI are communicated, reviewed, and calculated, as well as on exclusion criteria, to address highly public usability and transparency issues.

However, the committee's four government senators argued DHS had already made tweaks to the system that addressed many of the community's concerns. The agency is planning to expand the program, and has committed to manually checking discrepancies before letters are sent out.

They admitted that the initial rollout of the program last year lacked proper "robust planning and consideration of the impact and operation of increasingly moving to digital engagement", and that individuals weren't provided enough information upon receiving a debt notice.


They largely pointed to an April Ombudsman's report that found the technology underpinning the program was sound, but the department had been...


NATO F-16 intimidates Russian Defense Ministers Plane, Heres why "IndyWatch Feed National"

It did not take long for Australia to revoke its earlier decision to suspend its Syrian operation, and for NATO to resume its dangerous provocations against the Russians. There is now an increased encounters of US and Russian warplanes over the Baltic Sea, among which involved one Su-27 with the Russian defense minister on board. Continue reading NATO F-16 intimidates Russian Defense Ministers Plane, Heres why


Robo-debt And Denial: The Protocols Of Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 June 2017

This is the third feature in Ben Elthams 2017 investigation into Centrelinks robo-debt program. The first article in the series was published in January, and the second article in March.


Victoria Legal Aids Dan Nicholson has a good story about the Department of Human Services and its sprawling and opaque bureaucracy. I guess I would characterise it as an extraordinary lack of transparency, he told New Matilda.

You could also call it the Showdown at the Louisa Lawson Building.

Lawyers at the Victorian legal aid agency wanted to get a copy of Centrelinks robo-debt algorithm.


As a source inside Centrelink told me in December:

the earnings might be spot on and recorded correctly, but the automated system is not going to be able to reconcile all of those instances with a data match. [It] is inevitably going to end in a letter, even though the calculations during the time on benefits were likely correct.

Robo-debt started small, but it ramped up very quickly. Although it officially began in July last year, the robo-debt program didnt get going in earnest until September. By December, 20,000 robo-notices were being sent out each week. The government expects to send out nearly 1.7 million notices in the coming three years.

As the notices started flowing, recipients started getting issued with crippling debts. Their benefits were also being cut off. Desperate people besieged welfare agencies around the nation.

People issued with debts found it almost impossible to understand or argue their case. Unable to navigate the usability maze of the federal governments MyGov website, or get through on Centrelinks dysfunctional phone lines (there were 42 million unanswered calls in 10 months), clients started flooding into welfare providers look...


Witch Hunt in Oz! and Media Steps Up to Spin the ISIS Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

A big story dropped in Australia concerning Chinese influence in local politics.  Its also a story of geopolitics and the pivot and applying the US Russia-threat infowar model to Asia.  But first, a look at how the Western media is handling a story I covered last week on China Watch: the remarkable fact that ISIS had somehow simultaneously inserted itself into three Asian battlefields in ways that support US objectives.

Answer: blame the countries getting attacked!

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Surely Some Mistake: Why Did ISIS Attack Iran?

Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS Targeting China?

Duterte, Focused on Drug Users in Philippines, Ignored Rise of ISIS

ASIO investigation targets Communist Party links to Australian political system

ANU welcomes new collaborative cyber facility

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TAS Firearms incident "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 16 May 2013 8:52 am.

Launceston Police are investigating a firearms incident which occurred in Warring Street, Ravenswood overnight.

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Uniform police responded to the report of firearms being discharged at about 11.15pm and discovered that multiple shots had been fired through the bedroom window of a residence. One person was present in the home at the time but fortunately, was not injured as a result of the incident.

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Police are seeking assistance in identifying the occupants of a small white vehicle with black stripes, possibly a Hyundai, which was observed leaving the scene by witnesses. Any information can be provided via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or direct to Launceston Police on (03)63363945.

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TAS Approach to student investigated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 5:02 pm.

On Wednesday 15 May 2013 Ulverstone Police received a report that a female student had been approached by a male person on Leighlands Avenue in Ulverstone.

Police are investigating a report that the male, driving a newer model black utility with a hard cover, approached the student on Leighlands Avenue at about 8.30am.

The male asked the 12 year old girl to get into this vehicle. When the student refused, it is alleged the male person got out of the vehicle after which the student ran from the area. Information suggests that she was not followed.

The male person is described as wearing a dark hoodie (with the hood pulled up) and dark sunglasses with little or no facial hair.

Police would like to talk to anybody who may have witnessed this incident or seen a vehicle matching the description in the area at the time.

This incident is not linked to a report in Devonport last week, in which a man approached an 11 year old child outside the Devonport Sports Stadium. The child walked away and was not followed. Devonport CIB is following a specific line of inquiry in relation to the incident.

Information can be given anonymously or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Historic sexual assault offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 4:56 pm.

As a result of an ongoing investigation Hobart Detectives have today charged a 45 year old man with a number of sexual assault matters that are alleged to have occurred between 2003 and 2009.

The man was charged with the following offences;


Indecent Assault (2 counts)

Abduction of Young Person under 17 years of age
Maintaining a Sexual Relationship with a Young Person

The man was bailed with strict conditions and is to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court on Tuesday 21 May 2013

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Senate inquiry calls for Centrelink robo-debt system to be suspended until fixed "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 June 2017

A Senate inquiry has called for Centrelinks controversial automated debt recovery system to be suspended until its many flaws can be resolved. 

The inquiry released its report on Wednesday night, which made 21 recommendations for fixing the robo-debt system. 

The inquiry has urged all debts calculated using the error-prone income averaging process to be reassessed. It also called for a redesign of the system with a robust risk assessment process.


The inquiry began hearings in March, and its chair, Greens senator Rachel Siewert, said it had exposed serious flaws in the system. 

The evidence presented to the committee as it travelled across the country was compelling, consistent, and showed a program that was putting huge pressure on some of the most vulnerable members of our community, Siewert said after the reports release.

Procedural fairness is lacking in every stage of the robo-debt program; whether it be the forcing of people to reach back through their paperwork from six years ago, sending debt letters to the wrong address and/or not engaging with concerned recipients, or averaging out of income data, often producing incorrect results.

The Department of Human Services used the inquiry to highlight the changes it had made to the system, which it said had largely resolved the problems. But others say the changes dont go far enough.

The Australian Council of Social Service chief executive, Cassandra Goldie, said on Wednesday said the system is unworkable and must be abolished.


Anglicare Australia released a similar statement on Wednesday, saying the system has unfairly shifted the onus of disproving debts onto vulnerable Australians.

Its executive director, Kasy Chambers, urged the government to pay heed to the significant evidence the inquiry heard about the hardship caused by the system.

The shift in the onus of proof onto recipients, the barriers to people trying to fix the...


Crashing Monsantos Pesticide Party in Beijing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By: Scott C. Tips | 

NHF Slams the Global Pesticide Empire.

A business that makes nothing but business is a poor business.  Henry Ford

They have been running amok for years, unchallenged. The Codex Alimentarius Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) is their playground and they know it. Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Dow, Bayer, and other agrochemical companies cozily snuggled together at Codex as the disarmingly named, front group CropLife sent no fewer than 39 representatives to the 49th session of the CCPR meeting held in Beijing, China from April 24-29, 2017, to coerce, charm and bedazzle government regulators. And many of those regulators, especially the Australian and New Zealand ones, have long been seduced into believing that pesticides can be safely applied in near endless amounts and varieties. Or, they simply do not care about the ill-health effects of it all.

The Problem

That is why over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the United States each and every year, while approximately 5.6 billion pounds are used worldwide.[1] In many developing countries, programs to control pesticide exposures are limited or non-existent. The agrochemical companies tell us these compounds are safe and are ensuring adequate food production to feed the World, but the facts tell us another story.

On January 24, 2017, the United Nations (UN) published a report in which it stated that although pesticide use has correlated with a rise in food production, it has had catastrophic impacts upon human health and the environment. The report went on to say that [e]qually, increased food production has not succeeded in eliminating h...


High Anxiety: Americans Among Most Tense People in the World, Survey Finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A decade-long study shows a disturbing trend of anxiety levels among US citizens. Deep concerns of war and natural disasters continue to distress people across the country, the newly published survey has found.

In the survey conducted by the global information technology company, Unisys, the US jumped to 8 out of 13 countries surveyed. Americans are now on par with Colombia in terms of their perceptions of security, according to the Miami Herald.

The last time the US was included in the survey was in 2014. The score for the US spiked 37 percentage points in the wrong direction in just two years. The Unisys survey was completed in April with 13,000 people canvassed in 13 countries, according to the Herald.

The US sits behind New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.

The countries that are feeling even more jittery than the US are Argentina, The Philippines, Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico, according to the Herald.

Some 68 percent of Americans cite national security issues such as war and terrorism as something they are either very or extremely worried about, making it the number one anxiety driver in the US. Identity theft followed, with 61 percent of respondents very anxious about this issue.

Bank card fraud makes 58 percent of Americans uneasy. Viruses or hacking made 56 percent of people anxious, according to the survey.

Its an understatement to say that anxiety levels are high, and we live in very uncertain times, said Unisys Senior Vice President Ann Sung Rhuckstul, according to the Herald.

It appears that our cloak of security, the impression that we had, that we are more secure than the rest of the world, is starting to fade, Bill Searcy, Vice President for Global Justice, Law Enforcement and Border Security at Unisys, said.

The rest of the world also climbed, but the US climbed at a higher rate, Searcy added.

The findings themselves are not surprising unless you havent picked up a newspaper, Frank J. Cillufo, Director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University said.

He pointed out that internet insecurity and the ever changing world of cybercrime is a big issue in the findings.

But shortly following that, youve got foreign terrorist organizations, youve...


Airbrushing the ugly underbelly of special religious education classes in state public schools "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Government reports that review policies which interface education, religion and political ideology can be slippery creatures......

The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 September 2016:

The findings and recommendations of a controversial $300,000 review of special religious education and ethics classes in schools has been kept under wraps by the NSW government for up to nine months.
The review was a recommendation of a 2012 upper house inquiry into ethics classes in NSW schools, which found they should be retained as an option for students who do not want to take part in special religious education.
The inquiry recommended the Department of Education publish the number of students taking part in ethics (SEE) and special religious education (SRE) classes, or neither, and that both types of class be reviewed in 2014-15.
The review, by ARTD Consultants, cost $295,988. Submissions closed on July 31 last year and the review was due for delivery to the NSW government shortly after the contract period ended on December 31..
A spokesman for Mr Piccoli confirmed the cost of the review.
But he would not say when the report was handed to the government, whether a draft was first provided to the minister, when it would be released or when the government would respond
A new enrolment form w...


Legal profession sets out core principles and commitments on human rights as international spotlight shines on Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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That didn't last long: Australia will soon resume anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian warplanes will soon resume airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria, according to the country's defense chief. Operations were suspended earlier this week, after a US fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane. "It won't be long before you start to see the operations again," Australian Defense Force Chief Mark Binskin told reporters on Wednesday, as quoted by AP. The official did not elaborate on the exact date. Defense Minister Marise Payne also said that Australian "force protection is uppermost in our minds" regarding the decision of when to resume missions over Syria.


TAS Burglary at United Service Station Bellerive "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 10:48 am.

Bellerive Criminal Investigation Branch is seeking assistance from the public in locating a vehicle involved in a burglary (ram raid) committed at the United Service Station on Clarence Street about 4.55am on Tuesday 14/5/13.

The vehicle is a white Ford or Mazda dual cab utility that has distinct black or dark grey primer patches on the drivers door, front right panel and rear right panel. The tail gate of the vehicle is also black.

The vehicle is displaying mainland number plates, 393JDF.

It was last seen in the Rosny Hill Road area about 5.00am heading in the direction of the Tasman Bridge.

Anyone who knows the location of the vehicle or has information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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Sydney is about to start throwing gigs at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As far as live music venues go, this one will be pretty special.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is hosting its Sunset Sessions series this July and August, with a total of 16 gigs taking place at the summit of the coathanger during twilight Bridgeclimb sessions.

The artists include Ron Of Ra, When Elishia Met Tommy and Taryn La Fauci, who releases her debut album Cycling on Friday June 30.

The live music performances are included in twilight Bridgeclimb tickets every Saturday and Sunday throughout July and August. The full schedule is:

Grab your tickets via the Bridgeclimb website.


TAS Kingston incident ended peacefully "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 11 May 2013 1:32 pm.

The firearm incident at Kingston has ended peacefully this afternoon when the two occupants of the Swift Place residence, walked without incident from the premises.

Two men are now assisting police with their enquiries.

Investigations are continuing.

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TAS Firearm discharge from Residence in Kingston "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday, 11 May 2013 11:09 am.

Police are dealing with a firearms incident involving a known party in Kingston.

Before 7pm last night police received calls of shots fired from a property in Swift Place.

Upon arrival at the property, Police dispersed two males present outside the residence. Two other males believed involved with the firearms discharges from the house were established as within the property at Swift Place where they have remained overnight.

Police, investigators and specialist units have cordoned off the property in Kingston, and throughout the night have attempted communications with the occupants aimed at safe resolution. This may continue for some time.

Police believe the two people within the property are responsible for the gunshots. While shots were discharged, it is believed they were related to the presence of other persons within proximity of the property not directed at neighbouring properties or occupants.

It is believed no-one has been injured.

Police have assessed the safety of neighbours and other residents of Swift Place and have no immediate concerns for their welfare as they believe this is a targeted incident between the occupants of the house and another party.

Police are aiming to peacefully end this situation through negotiations, however a strong police contingency will be present until the situation is resolved.

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TAS Shots fired at house in Newnham "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 10 May 2013 3:39 pm.

Launceston CIB is seeking assistance from the community in relation to a report of a firearms incident in Newnham this morning.

Detective Senior Sergeant Jonathan Higgins said that police were called to an address in Viewbank Road this morning at about 5am to a reported discharge of a firearm in the street.

It was later determined that a house had been shot at, with some damage to two of the windows.

The occupant was home asleep at the time and was not injured.

Police are investigating the report and would like to hear from anyone who has information about this incident.

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Please contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or Launceston CIB 63363910.

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Ziglar, a Shocker of a Supreme Court Case: Mueller and Ashcroft Walk Free "IndyWatch Feed National"

Inscription on the Liberty Bell is from Leviticus 25:10 Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants  by Mary Maxwell, currently a candidate for US Senate The 18th century Founding Fathers of the United States were only too aware of the likelihood of powerful gentlemen belittling the ordinary Joe. The fact that we []


TAS Assistance Requested "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 10 May 2013 1:58 pm.

Glenorchy police would like to speak with the people depicted in the attached photographs.

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Police believe these four people may have witnessed the Armed Robbery occurring at Hungry Jacks, Glenorchy on the 18th April 2013, or seen the offender in this matter.

These images were captured in the car park of an adjoining business in Glenorchy.

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Anyone with information in relation to this matter is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Philippa BURK on 62302881 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.



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TAS Residence damaged in motor vehicle crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 8 May 2013 4:14 pm.

Tasmania Police are investigating the circumstances of a crash involving a white Subaru Impreza in Moonah around 11:20 pm on Tuesday the 7th of May 2013.

The vehicle has left the roadway in Sinclair Avenue, Moonah and crashed into a residence. Significant damage was caused to the residence, estimated to be between $50,000 to $100,000. The occupants were not home at the time.

The Subaru also suffered signifcant damage, and the male and female occupants of the vehilce were transported the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance. Their injurues are described as non-life threatening.

Police would like to speak to any person who may have seen a white 2004 Subaru Impreza, with Queensland registration plates, travelling in the vicinity of Main Road, Florence Street or Sinclair Avenue Moonah around 11:00 to 11:20 pm on Tuesday evening.

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Any person with information in relation to this matter is encouraged to contact Hobart Police on 62302375 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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One Belt, One Road: Opportunities and Challenges for Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

3242313123China, Napoleon once remarked, is like a sleeping lion. Let here sleep, for when she awakens she will shake the world.


In 2013 in a speech delivered in Astana, Kazakhstan, Chinas President Xi Jinping outlined an ambitious project for transforming large parts of Asia and Africa.  He used the term yi dai, yi lu which translates as one belt, one road (OBOR).  It was immediately referred to in the media as the new silk roads, an allusion to the ancient silk roads, a network of connections that linked continents and oceans along which people, ideas and goods flowed from China to Europe. More recently the terminology has changed again and the preferred nomenclature of the Chinese is Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Although their origins can be traced back 2000 years, the term Silk Road was a relatively recent coinage, being first used by a German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen in 1877.  As Peter Frankopen points out in his important book, the Carthaginian elite wore Chinese silks, wealthy Iranians used Provencal pottery, and Indian spices were found in Roman cuisine.  All of this and much more, including the spread of science, philosophy and religion was evidence of the cross-fertilization of ideas across disparate cultures.

Xis concept is at least as ambitious and in important ways, likely to have major geopolitical impacts upon not only the 100 or so countries that have already joined the venture, but upon the whole basis of the post World War 2 political framework.  Not all nations, including Australia, have fully grasped or understood the implications of this seismic shift.  I will return to this aspect below.

 The Scope of OBOR.

As may be seen from the map below, OBOR is far from being one of anything.  There are three main rail routes linking China with Europe: a northern route via Mongolia and Russia, a central route and a southern route.

There are additional sub-routes, for example through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia to Singapore.  There is a separate project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).  This project alone is a $50 billion multi-infrastructure development, of roads, high-speed rail and fibre optic linkages, terminating in Gwadar on t...


New York Regulator Reports on Cryptocurrency Licensing, Inspects Businesses "IndyWatch Feed National"

New York

An annual report by the New York State Department of Financial services reiterates the importance of regulating digital currency businesses. The report was released on June 15, and it summarizes the departments activities with regards to its Bitlicense regulation for crypto-companies. 

Also read: Australian Financial Authorities Look Into Ethereums Conflicts of Interest

It said cryptocurrencies provide new New York Regulator Reports on Cryptocurrency Licensing, Inspects Businesseschallenges for regulators, because of their transaction speed and anonymous movement of funds. The report said, Blockchain technologies present both opportunities and challenges for industry as well as regulators. Building innovative platforms for conducting commerce can help improve the efficiency of financial transactions, record-keeping and clearing.

The report went on to say the technology allows for too many risks, because regulation can simply be bypassed by people or organizations. The speed of transactions and relative anonymity tend to deter oversight and control. The New York Agency said they want to protect customers and investors from fraud and other illegal behavior....


Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Staff of Tele Sur - Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state's collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and "rendition." Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he would have been on his way to the kind of American torture pit Chelsea Manning had to endure. This prospect was obscured by the grim farce played out in Sweden. "It's a laughing stock," said James Catlin, one of Assange's Australian lawyers. "It is as if they make it up as they go along." It may have seemed that way, but there was always serious purpose. In 2008, a secret Pentagon document prepared by the "Cyber Counterintelligence Assessments Branch" foretold a detailed plan to discredit WikiLeaks and smear Assange personally. The "mission" was to destroy the "trust" that was WikiLeaks' "centre of gravity." This would be achieved with threats of "exposure (and) criminal prosecution." Silencing and criminalizing such an unpredictable source of truth-telling was the aim.


PERTH Bunbury woman charged over infant death in Capel "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bunbury woman charged over infant death in Capel .

June 21, 2017 at 10:22AM .

Margaret Hospital two days after being taken to Bunbury Regional Hospital. The woman is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. .


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PERTH Bali escape: Prisoners not found in waterlogged tunnel out of Kerobokan, police say "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bali escape: Prisoners not found in waterlogged tunnel out of Kerobokan, police say .

June 21, 2017 at 02:49PM .

He is due to appear in Perths Magistrates Court on pending drug possession charges. Bulgarian Dimitir Nikoloen Iliev, Indian Sayed Muhammad Said .


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PERTH Teenage mother, 18, of four-month-old baby girl who died after she was found unresponsive in her "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Teenage mother, 18, of four-month-old baby girl who died after she was found unresponsive in her .

June 21, 2017 at 11:41AM .

Ms Doohan is expected to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. Anastasias life support machine was turned off on May 28, two days after her .


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PERTH Bali jail escapee Shaun Davidson could have fled to Thailand by now "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bali jail escapee Shaun Davidson could have fled to Thailand by now .

June 21, 2017 at 01:45PM .

Source: AAP. Davidson is beleived to have fled to Australia on January 28, 2015 the day he was due to face Perth Magistrates Court on drug charges. .


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PERTH WA mum faces court over baby s death Yahoo7 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA mum faces court over baby s death Yahoo7 .

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Cassandra Rose Doohan appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday where she was remanded in custody to return to court on July 19, and it .


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PERTH WA mum charged over babys death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA mum charged over babys death .

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An 18-year-old woman has been charged with aggravated grievous bodily harm after her four-month-old baby died from serious injuries in Western .


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A Tropical Adventure To Clean Our Oceans "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Trash-Tribe-Photo-by-Sophie-MattersonAustralian not-for-profit organisation, Clean Coast Collective , is accepting applications for their 2017 Trash Tribe expedition to Chilli Beach on the Cape York Peninsula. On their last expedition to Chilli Beach, a group of 16 creative and passionate young Australians spent a week removing coastal pollution from the 6 kilometre beach in total, they removed over 3.1 tonnes of plastic and pollution.

This year, they hope to achieve the same result. Co-founder of Clean Coast Collective, Daniel Smith, said the premise of the Trash Tribe expeditions is to take a diverse group of people to remote Australia where the beaches are heavily impacted by ocean pollution, These are some of Australias most polluted beaches and to be there on the ground, spending morning and afternoon removing rubbish, it is incredibly life-changing. Globally, it is estimated that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating on the oceans surface, On our last trip to Chilli Beach, we removed and counted over 90,000 individual pieces of pollution which is a lot, but is still just scratching the surface, Smith said.

To gain a spot on a Trash Tribe expedition, applicants must pitch an idea for a project they will run in their local community when they return home from the trip. The idea is that we take people from all over Australia, from different interest groups and industries, and they then take the story and experience back to their communities. Through their projects, we can share awareness and education of ocean pollution across the entire country, said Natalie Woods, Co-founder of Clean Coast Collective. We want to see project ideas that are highly original and really push the issue of plastic pollution outside the eco bubble, she said. The last...


Australian National University "future leaders" forum includes "discussant" and narrative re-definer Yassmin Abdel Magied "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bringing together the capable, innovative and engaged next generation of Australian leaders. That's what the Australian National University thinks it's doing tonight. Top billing goes to celebrity Muslim Yassmin who, according to her website is "redefining the narrative" in Australia. Apparently people who discuss things are now discussants. I'll bet...


MACKAY Public altercation leads to riverside arrest, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mattel Slammed for Assuming Kens Gender in Redesign "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Ferocious protests have soured the relaunch of Barbies boyfriend Ken, whos received his first major makeover in 56 years to better represent todays politically correct society. The protestors are fuming that the toy giant has assumed Kens gender, taking toy rights back to the dark ages.

The toy maker today has apologised profusely for the mishap, speaking from their head office which is currently on fire from the protests.

We should have let Ken assume his own gender, said a Mattel spokesperson. We thought we were ticking all the right boxes to not offend anyone by making Ken fat, gay, a refugee from Syria as well as an anti-vaxxer but we clearly dropped the ball big time by calling him a man.

The head of Mattel has been forced to step down from his position immediately, and will be spending the rest of his life in jail until he is killed by lethal injection.

Protestors have felt the punishment is a slap on the wrist and is calling for the death of all Mattel employees.

The Sydney Sentinel spoke with several children, with the overall response being that they dont give a toss about Kens gender, and would rather their parents spent some time playing with them rather than protesting all the time.


Australia: US Vetting of Pacific Island Refugees Nearly Done "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, Australia U.S. officials are in the final stages of vetting up to 1,250 refugees rejected by Australia for resettlement in the United States, an Australian offiical said on Wednesday.

The refugees are among hundreds of asylum seekers mostly from Iran, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka who have been languishing for up to four years in immigration camps on the impoverished Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

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Refugees at Manus Island

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton said U.S. State and Homeland Security Department officials should be commended for their effective work with the Australian, Papua New Guinea and Nauru governments to fulfill a promise by President Barak Obamas administration to take up to 1,250 refugees off Australias hands.

Theres no delay in the process, Dutton told reporters. Its in the final stages and Im very pleased that hopefully as soon as possible we can get people off the islands.

Dutton declined to outline any details of that process or say when the first refugees were likely to leave the islands. Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump berated Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during their first telephone conversation as national leaders in January over the deal which Trump described in a tweet as dumb.

Trump said the refugees would be subjected to extreme vetting before they were accepted. There are few details on what that would entail.



Brazils Oil Plans Cast Shadows Over Newly Found Stunning Amazon Reefs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientists recently discovered an underwater rainforest off the coast of Brazil, near where the Amazon enters the Atlantic, and its existence has already started facing threats.

The Amazon Basin as seen by a NASA satellite. Credit: WIkimedia Commons

The Amazon Basin as seen by a NASA satellite. Credit: WIkimedia Commons

Currently, up to 20 percent of human greenhouse gas emissions are being caused by deforestation in tropical Brazil and Indonesia, making those countries two of the highest carbon emitters in the world. It is estimated that halting forest destruction would save the same amount of carbon over the next century as stopping all fossil-fuel emissions for ten years. These are the words of Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic oceanographer, from her 2009 book The World is Blue. Eight years down the line, while scientists are trying to understand the fate of our seas, Brazil has an opportunity to help, but it comes with a difficult choice.

Nearly 90% of the Great Barrier Reef off the western coast of Australia has undergone bleaching...


America put a man on the moon - now thanks to Obama it can make him pregnant. This US Army training manual shows how. "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Kennedy put a man on the moon. President Obama put boobs on him. Effective military units have high esprit de corps and unit morale. Soldiers require healthy egos and a belief in their superiority. That's why special forces are routinely called "elite". They believe it. We believe it. Obama...


The Magical Child in Exile. Why does the Creative Well-being run dry? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every child is born an artist, the problem is how to remain one. Pablo Picasso


Creativity is Oxygen

The Magical Child in Exile is a dramatised story written for people who have yet to reclaim their creative Magical Child in order to experience the mental, emotional and spiritual well being of the naturally free flowing creative state.

While the story makes sweeping statements about  the competitive education system for the purpose of dramatising the impact of how we can lose  connection to our innately creative state, I would  like  to acknowledge the wise, creative, fun loving  teachers who recognise that creativity should not be left behind in the eclectic  gallery of  kindergarten and  continue to value it as an important component of the learning process. These teachers  are the gate keepers for the Artists Soul.

Where does the unlimited imagination, the energy creativity and passion of childhood go? We start out at the kindergarten level oblivious to skin colour, cultural differences and economic status, yet have created a society that has so many divisions and isms.

As a maturing society we are face racism, sexism...


Happy winter solstice. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Here in Australia the shortest day of the year often indicates the start of colder weather, even though the days will begin to get longer, but in the garden, it is a turning point for plants and often the beginning of the signs of spring.

Whist I consider myself a pagan (a member of a religious, spiritual, or cultural community based on the worship of nature or the earth) I do not participate in any well-known pagan rituals, about the most I do is cut great big bunches of Daphne, jonquils and whatever daffodils I have and bring them inside to fill the house with the promise of spring.

I also find it a busy time in the garden and I have many things that I like to have completed by the winter solstice.

They are:

My spring/summer vegetable planning competed and all my seeds for these plantings ordered. I like to order these on line, having thumbed through several seed catalogues. This way you get a double retail therapy hit- once when you order and again where your package arrives and you get to open it and go through your purchases.

All my bulb onions (brown, white and red) and French shallots in the ground. If I have not grown enough seedling then I will buy punnets of plants and pop them in today.

The last successive plantings of peas and broad beans in.

And it is certainly a tradition in the family to have our tomato seeds planted on the winter solstice. They need to be sown indoor and in the Southern Highlands I will keep them inside or move them into the glasshouse until late November, whereas on the coast they can be planted out in late September early October.

The Winter Solstice is also a great time to start planning and completing an array of other jobs I like to have done before the Spring.

They are:

Maintain my successive plantings of rocket coriander and winter lettuces.

Apply compost and manures to any bare areas and dig in any green manure crops so they are well decomposed and ready for spring plantings.

Remove and mulch any areas with winter weeds they seem to appear...


Western Media Cashes in on Death of US Citizen After Release from North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

June 21, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Otto Warmbier was arrested last year on charges of theft as he attempted to leave North Korea after traveling there with a tour group. His recent release from North Korea after 15 months of detainment was followed by his death in the US.

A firestorm of accusations, condemnation, and angry threats have resonated across the Western media, with op-eds ranging from the Independent's, "America needs to do something about Otto Warmbiers death but military force against North Korea isnt an option," which calls on US foreign policy to follow that of Imperial Rome's, including swift and severe retribution, to the Australian's, "What did North Korea do to Otto Warmbier?," which incoherently leaps from commenting on Warmbier's "beautiful name" to claiming, "he was a pawn, a victim of the maniacal brutality of Kim Jong-un," to Foreign Policy's piece in which the title, "North Korea Would Not Hesitate to Kill You," says it all.

Nowhere amongst this familiar Western propaganda used worldwide to dehumanize nations and prime the public for unending hostilities can any actual evidence be found that the North Korean government killed Otto Warmbier. In every article it is noted that he was returned to the US, and that it was in the US where he died. His death, however, is being blamed on his alleged mistreatment while in North Korea.

No Autopsy, No Evidence, No Honest Conclusions  

Conveniently for the Western media, no autopsy will be performed, as the BBC would note in their article, "Otto Warmbier: No autopsy for US student held by North Korea," which stated:
The family of a US student who died shortly after being freed from North Korea have declined a post-mortem examination, according to a US coroner.
Otto Warmbier died on Monday near his fa...


Highly Educated Parents Far More Likely To Not Vaccinate Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Highly educated parents are far more likely not to join the herd and vaccinate their children, according to Dr Margie Danchin, a top pediatrician from Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Appearing on Australias Channel 9, Dr [...]


Job vacancies rise to a 5-year high "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jobs rebound

There has been much criticism of the Reserve Bank's apparently lackadaisical approach to monetary policy and the subdued economy in recent times - mainly from people like me, to be fair.

But the RBA must be feeling at least a little vindicated after a spate of improved news about the economy, particularly on the employment front. 

The unemployment rate was reported at a 51-month low this month.

And so it continues today. 

It was reported today that manufacturing employment has expanded by 40,000 over the past year, the strongest growth in a decade.

And the jobs outlook has brightened lately too.

The Department of Employment's job vacancies index was released today, with total seasonally adjusted vacancies rising to 172,403.

That's the highest result monthly since nearly five years ago June 2012.

Since the nadir in September 2013, the index has bounced back by 24.5 per cent.

Increases have been seen across all states and territories lately, but South Australia has been the surprise standout performer. 

Low rates just starting to bite a little. Better!


Thinking beyond the Budget announceables "IndyWatch Feed National"


by Ross Womersley, 
CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service

Before we go attacking or defending tomorrow's State Budget, I wonder if we could think more deeply about the broader context.

Inevitably, the Budget debate (like all Budget debates) will be characterised by announcements of new initiatives which may or may not be good, but which hide the real day to day expenditure of government. There will be claims of the biggest taxing Budget ever (which applies to almost every government simply because of inflation and growth), and there will be the self-interest of groups who (genuinely but sometimes unhelpfully) believe that what is good for their sector/industry is good for the state as a whole.

But beyond the Budget announceables, South Australia has a looming revenue problem, and the Government, and indeed the public, is yet to come to grips with this issue.

Id like to see a reframing of the terms of the debate to include the level of services we as a community want, as well as how to raise the revenue to pay for vital public infrastructure and services.

Economics is full of different theories, costings and assumptions and when they get into a governments budget there is a political fight as well. The result is that amidst all that we actually fail to have the debate we need to have about where to spend our tax dollars and the level of taxes and services that we as a community want. 

As part of our new tax report, we surveyed1,000 South Australians who told us that they want to pay less tax but get more services.

The report also highlights a number of popular tax myths circulating. None of these help us in understanding whether the budget or a government policy is a good or bad deal and for who.

Over half the respondents to our survey thought that SA taxes were higher than elsewhere. But per head of population our state taxes are the second lowest in the country, and as a proportion of the state economy taxes are below the national average.

Many people also believe that if the government stopped wasting money we would have lots more money for services. Eliminating waste is important, but when asked for examples most respondents highlighted big infrastructure projects. 

While this probably underestimates the importance of such infrastructure to the public good, the numbers dont add up either as none of these projects on their own make much difference to the tax needed or to the services that could...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Byron Writers Festival 2017 Off-Site Events "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A big part of the annual Byron Bay Writers Festival is the selection of free and individually ticketed off-site literary events. These take place at a number of venues across the Byron region, including the Byron Theatre, Lone Goat Gallery, The Byron Bay Library, and more. Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.04.49 pm
Heres a small sample of the 2017 Writers Festival off-site events.

Best of Insiders

ABC TVs Sunday morning discussion program, Insiders, is coming to Byron Bay. Host Barrie Cassidy will guide the panel through all the big 2017 political developments so far, and screen the most entertaining videos of the political year.

When: Wednesday 2 August, 6 7.15pm
Where: The Byron Theatre
Cost: $30

Australian Poetry Slam Byron Heat

Your local poets, storytellers, hip-hop artists, stand-up comedians Whatever they do with words, they get two minutes to set the mic alight. Further details:

When: Saturday 5 August, 6 8pm
Where: Byron Bay Library
Cost: Gold coin donation

Writers at the Rails

Featuring David Hallett and Arielle Cottingham. For 25 years Writers at the Rails has provided a stage to feature poets, book launches and poetry slams, while fostering a platform for local and visiting poets to perform new works.

Sunday 6 August, 2pm
Where: The Rails, Byron Bay
Cost: FREE



Government Claims Slow NBN is Deliberate Tactic to Discourage Screen Time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


The NBN network was designed to be slow and unreliable as part of a world-first initiative to minimise kids screen time, according to a statement released by the Australian government today amid criticisms of the service.

It was our plan all along, an NBN spokesperson said. If the internet is so slow its unusable, kids will put down their screens and get outside to roam the streets, hurt animals or join a neighbourhood gang all the good old-fashioned stuff kids used to do.

While parent groups have admitted excessive screen time is a major issue, many remained unconvinced about the governments solution.

All this has done has transformed our children from mild-mannered, semi-conscious beings that are rarely seen and never heard, to energetic little things that are constantly hassling their guardians to take them somewhere or provide them with food, said a representative. No parent signed up for that!

Representative for people who arent children have also pointed out that the governments plan may not have been completely thought through.

I enjoy spending my downtime on the internet, but I also need it for work, one confirmed grown-up said. Just kidding. I use it for porn, just like everyone else, but now Ive been forced to go back to magazines and I was sad to learn that classics such as Nuts and Ralph have disappeared, along with the newsagencies that sold them.

One internet service provider is building a massive Ethernet cable that will run from Japan to Australia and allow people to bypass the NBN.



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Ehsan Rehan: Free Independent Pakistani Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ehsan Rehan. (Photo: Ehsan Rehan)

Ehsan Rehan is the founder of Editor of Rabwah Times, an English language Pakistani newspaper with a liberal slant. Since 2006 when it started, Raqbwah Times has been recognized by the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the UK Home Office, the Australian Government, the Canadian Government, Amnesty International and the Association for Progressive Citizenship.

He is currently based in Washington DC and writes on Human Rights & Religious Freedom issues.

He can be found on Twitter @Ehzan. Rabwah Times can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

He graciously agreed to speak with Clarion Project Dialogue Coordinator Elliot Friedland about Rabwah Times and the future of Pakistan. The views expressed in this interview are Rehans own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Clarion Project.


  1. Clarion Project: Why did you start Rabwah Times?

Ehsan Rehan: I grew up in small-town Pakistan and being from a minority community I quickly realized the full extent of religious oppression many communities were facing in Pakistan. This included my community the Ahmadiyya. Others like Christians, Hindus and Hazaras were also being targeted both by extremists and the Government.

The Pakistani Government continues to restrict religious expression and free speech through oppressive laws like the Blasphemy law.

[Clarion: Under this law people can be prosecuted for even a suggestion of criticizing Islam, with sentences ranging from fines to execution.]  

While still in high school, I started to write about the oppression faced by my community but to my surprise no local paper or magazine was willing to publish my reports. Disheartened by the lack of freedom and neutrality within Pakistani media I set about creating a publication which will not bow dow...


Emma Davis Plays Getting Better Live & Talks Through Her Return to Songwriting "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Its been seven years since Emma Davis released her debut album and now, the wait for more is almost over. The London-born, Sydney-based singer songwriter lets us in on her new sound, new album and a love of Gippsland dairy.

On getting back into writing, Davis explained to Lachlan Wylie on The Bridge:

I really had to refigure how to write music. It just wasnt really working for me to sit down with a guitar and write a song in that way [I was] feeling less and less like a musician. If her live, acoustic performance of new single Getting Better is anything to go by, she still has her powers.

According to Davis, her new album is less folky and more synth-laden than her previous work, but still retains her core sound. Recorded in a Gippsland studio that felt like someones shed with instruments hanging up everywhere, the new album is the product of reflection, experimentation and plenty of cheese. It was a really beautiful, relaxing way to work.

Listen to the full interview and live performance above.

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Australian Governments support of UN LGBTI expert recognised at Human Rights Council "IndyWatch Feed National"

Addressing the UN earlier this week in a statement to the Human Rights Council, the Human Rights Law Centre called on all UN member states to cooperate with the first United Nations independent expert tasked with combating the unacceptable violence and discrimination faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the new role created by the Council last year was much needed and thanked the Australian Government for supporting the position.

Deep-seated prejudice doesnt disappear overnight, and not without principled action by governments. We need strategies to weed out discriminatory laws and practices and engage in genuine discussions to change hateful opinions about LGBTI people. The UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity can help identify problems and advise governments on how to address them in a meaningful way, said Ms Brown.

The statement was made following recent news reports of the systematic abduction and killing of gay men in Chechnya, mass arrests and prosecutions of gay men at a night club in Indonesia, the anniversary of the Florida Pulse Nightclub shooting and numerous murders of transgender women across South America. It highlighted the need to address the daily reality of violence and discrimination many LGBTI people face and encouraged countries to scrap laws that continue to criminalise same sex activity, and ensure they have laws to prohibit the forced sterilisation of intersex children and protect transgender people from violent hate crimes.

Ms Brown said Australian state and territory governments have been making progress to eliminate discrimination against LGBTI people entrenched in Australian laws.

Although we are yet to achieve marriage equality in Australia, there have been a number of significant wins for LGBTI Australians in recent times. In 2016, the age of consent for heterosexual and homosexual sex was standardised. The gay panic defence has been removed as a justification for murder in all but one state. We are close to achieving equal access to adoption and assisted reproductive technology such as IVF in all states and territories, and an increasing number of states and territories now allow people to have their leftover convictions for homosexual activity from before it was decriminalised to be cleared from their criminal records, said Ms Brown.

A copy of the statement can be found here.



Extradition for NSW murder accused husband "IndyWatch Feed National"

Missing Grafton school teacher Sharon Edwards.

Missing Grafton school teacher Sharon Edwards.

A man has been extradited to NSW after being arrested in Queensland over the 2015 murder Sharon Edwards.

Mrs Edwards, a 55-year-old mother, grandmother, and dedicated local teacher, was reported missing on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.

She was last seen about 10.30pm on Saturday 14 March 2015, when she arrived at her home on Riverdale Court, Grafton, following dinner at a local pub with friends.

She was due to teach classes the following Monday (16 March 2015), but failed to attend.

Strike Force Burrow was established by the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command to investigate her disappearance.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives from Queensland Police Services Homicide Squad arrested a 61-year-old man at a home at Redcliffe, Queensland, just after 1pm yesterday (Tuesday 16 June 2017).

He was taken to Brisbane Watch House and appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court, where Strike Force Burrow investigators applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

The man will travel with detectives to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he will be charged with murder.

He is expected to face Tweed Heads Local Court later today.

As the matter is before the courts, no further information is available.


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A message from Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

On World Refugee Day, we bring you a message from Manus.

I have never experienced safety since I was born.

Imran Mohammad is a Rohingyan refugee whom our Government has detained for the last four years on Manus Island in PNG.

Imran didn't speak a word of English when he was forcibly deported to Manus as a teenager. But he has now written a book - an autobiography of his life - and been published in the Guardian and Sydney Morning Herald.

I dont need much. I just want to be able to walk
down the street and feel safe.

With your support, we have travelled to Manus three times to expose conditions inside the detention centre and to bring the voices of the men trapped inside to the world.

These mens futures are now on the line.

Our government will bulldoze the Manus camp in October, but hundreds of refugees like Imran have nowhere left to go. Some may be selected to go to the United States but hundreds of others will be left behind abandoned on an unsafe and painful road to nowhere.

We need your support during these crucial next few months to ensure that every single man, woman and child on both Manus and Nauru is evacuated to safety.

All we crave is what all people crave: freedom and
a chance at a life in safety.

No one can be left behind. Whatever the question, deliberate cruelty to innocent people is never the answer.

Please support our End of Financial Year Appeal with a donation today.

Daniel Webb
Director of Legal Advocacy

PS - Because of your support, over the last two years, we've prevented over 360 people, including 60 children, from being returned to Nauru and Manus. With your support we are improving the lives of people within the system while working to change the system itself.

You can read more about Imran's story here.


Robo-debt And Denial: The Protocols Of Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the third feature in Ben Elthams 2017 investigation into Centrelinks robo-debt program. The first article in the series was published in January, and the second article in March.

Centrelinks sprawling data-matching empire is opaque, error-prone and almost completely impossible to understand, writes Ben Eltham. And its expanding across government programs and agencies.

Victoria Legal Aids Dan Nicholson has a good story about the Department of Human Services and its sprawling and opaque bureaucracy. I guess I would characterise it as an extraordinary lack of transparency, he told New Matilda.

You could also call it the Showdown at the Louisa Lawson Building.


The Louisa Lawson Building in Canberra, where Department of Human Services officials refused to show Victoria Legal Aid lawyers protocol documents for the robo-debt program. (IMAGE: Amalgamated Property Group video.)The Louisa Lawson Building in Canberra, where Department of Human Services officials refused to show Victoria Legal Aid lawyers protocol documents for the robo-debt program. (IMAGE: Amalgamated Property Group video.)

Lawyers at the Victorian legal aid agency wanted to get a copy of Centrelinks robo-debt algorithm.

If youre one of millions of Australians who have ever had to deal with Centrelink, youve probably heard of robo-debt. The error-prone robot Centrelink has been using to issue tens of thousands of debt notices to ordinary Australians has featured prominently in media coverage since late December.

The experience for individuals was often shattering.

I spoke to one Centrelink robo-debt recipient in December. As Sally told me, on the condition of anonymity:

For about two weeks, I was struggling with some pretty serious anxiety as a result of daily automated phone messages and texts telling me I owed a debt. Some did not even identify themselves.

After a while, I typed the debt collectors name into a Google search, assuming it was some sort of phishing scam and found others saying it was on behalf of Centrelink. I called Centrelink, who confirmed that I had a debt and needed to pay the collectors directly as it was now out of their hands.

The problems all seemed to trace back to...


Watch the New Julia Jacklin Video Eastwick "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Julia Jacklin Julia Jacklins star continues to rise and we couldnt be happier for the Sydney based singer-songwriter. Her latest video and single is Eastwick from her captivating record Dont Let The Kids Win. The video for Eastwick is self-directed check it out below before catching Julia Jacklin at Splendour in []


Immigration Restriction Act instructions, 1901 to 1919 "IndyWatch Feed National"

I suspect I will never be finished in my quest to understand the workings of the White Australia policy in the early decades of the twentieth century. My most recent work (which I hope will be published in the next year) has focused on the entry and residence of Chinese wives between 1902 and 1920,


PERTH Mum charged after death of four-month-old baby from Capel in WAs South West "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mum charged after death of four-month-old baby from Capel in WAs South West .

June 21, 2017 at 10:33AM .

Police investigating the death of a four-month-old girl in the South West town of Capel have charged her mother with causing aggravated grievous .


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Strong calls to have Kimba nuclear dump plan dumped "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Groups call for nuclear dump to be dropped  Conservation and anti-nuclear groups have petitioned the federal government to scrap plans for a low-level nuclear waste dump on South Australias Eyre Peninsula.

The groups, including Conservation SA, Friends of the Earth and the Australian Conservation Foundation have lodged a submission with the federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science calling on the government to abandon any plans for a dump at Kimba.

Farming land near Kimba is one of two sites being targeted for the dump, the other near Hawker in SAs Flinders Ranges.

 Friends of the Earth campaigner Jim Green says the process to find a dump site has been flawed and divisive.

He says most of the waste is located at the Lucas Heights reactor site south of Sydney and that is where it should stay.

Australian Conservation Foundation campaigner Dave Sweeney said radioactive waste was a national issue that demanded the highest level of inclusion and scrutiny.

All Australians have a right to be involved to help make sure that this difficult issue is given the best possible consideration, he said.

What is planned is a national radioactive waste facility so while local community consultation is...


Budget delivers little of governments big promises "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet poses for a photograph with a copy of 2017-18 NSW Budget at Parliament House in Sydney on Monday, June 19, 2017. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet poses for a photograph with a copy of 2017-18 NSW Budget at Parliament House in Sydney on Monday, June 19, 2017. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

Chris Dobney

In recent weeks, northern rivers communities have been tantalised by the state government with the promise of a new greenfield hospital for Tweed Heads and an additional primary school in the region, amongst other goodies.

But when it came to setting out those promises in the ledger of yesterdays state budget, there was little to see.


Just $2.5 million was set aside against the cost of starting planning on the $.5 billion Tweed Hospital, which is not scheduled for completion until 2025.

That prompted shadow health spokesperson Walt Secord to describe last weeks hospital announcement as a cruel hoax.

The Liberals and Nationals are spending more on a tunnel for Sydneys northern beaches than they are spending in this years budget on hospital upgrades, Mr Secord said.

This is a cruel and mean hoax on the doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and patients who expected a detailed announcement on Tweed Hospital, he added.

Lismore Base Hospital will receive further funding for the already commenced Stages 3a & 3b, with some $27 million this financial year to continue the redevelopment plus $5 million towards the $52 million Stage 3c, which includes a new intensive care unit, according to Lismore MP Thomas George (Nationals).

Mr George also said in a media release yesterday that additional funding for the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter (figure not mentioned) would see the service now operate around the clock.

Our helicopter and medical team do much more than just rescue and retrieval, Mr George said.

It takes critical care, intensive care, to the patient, wherever they are, and the medical team can deliver that care mid-air on the way to hospital, he added.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) has expressed disappointment in the NSW Government for failing to expand nurse-to-patient ratios.

Acting General Secretar...


On politicising tragedy "IndyWatch Feed National"

What these examples demonstrate is that, far from reflecting a politically neutral position, the accusation of politicising something is in itself political, a kind of nothing to see here that obfuscates rather than clarifies the true nature of the issue at stake. Not unlike political correctness a term that took off at about the same time its main utility as a pejorative lies in its virtual meaninglessness, giving its users a way of avoiding a problem theyd rather not confront.


Looking back on mega-producer deadmau5 career highlights "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

With deadmau5 heading to Oz to headline the first ever Australian edition of the world-conquering Sensation festival, we thought now would be a great time to look back on his huge career so far.

Itll be his first Australian show in over three years when he swings by Sydneys Olympic Park on November 25, and hell make for an appropriately monster headline act for the festival, which has spread to 35 countries since starting up in Amsterdam in 2000.

If you want to catch deadmau5 when he heads to Sensation, you can pre-register for first access to tickets to make sure you dont miss out (which actually gives you the chance to win return flights, accommodation and 2 x tickets to Sensation The Final in Amsterdam, too).

Until then, check out our recap of his incredibly successful career so far.


Best wishes to Alan Jones - back on air next Monday "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a great interview and report from Chris Reason. Best wishes Alan - look after yourself.


Community Billboard 21st June-26th June "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the

future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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Lismore Friendship Festival postponed until October "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A dancing couple enjoying last year's Friendship festival. (supplied)

A dancing couple enjoying last years Friendship festival. (supplied)

Organisers of the Lismores Piazza in the Park are disappointed that the lastest bout of inclement weather has played havoc with plans to host the 2017 Lismore Friendship Festival on Sunday June 25.

In consultation with Lismore City Council staff and festival stakeholders from around the region it has been decided to host the festival on Sunday, 1 October 2017 in Spinks Park.

Organisers said this would offer a late spring feel for the community celebrations and daylight saving would encourage people to stay into the early evening to enjoy the various cultural activities, including authentic Italian food, wine, music, dancing and family activities.

It is a great disappointment for all the volunteers, guests, stallholders and performers who were to contribute to the program on Sunday, however, they have all resolved to make the 1 October event a spectacular experience for locals and visitors to the city.

Popular Italian entertainer Domenico will return, as will the special guests of the Festival, the Italian Consul general Arturo Arcano and Armando Gardiman lawyer and social justice advocate.

The inaugural tug-o- war will be a feature and time now exists for teams to prepare for this major aspect of the festivities.

Enquiries regarding the rescheduled Friendship Festival please contact Friendship Festival Manager, Aliison Kelly, @ 0428216079 or or follow developments on Facebook.

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Casino saleyards upgrade must reduce pollution: EPA "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Casino saleyards ahead of the planned upgrade. Photo Richmond Valley Council

Casino saleyards ahead of the planned upgrade. Photo Richmond Valley Council

The NSW Environment Protection Authority EPA has included a Pollution Reduction Program on the Richmond Valley Councils Environment Protection Licence to improve wastewater management at the Casino saleyards.

The site has seen several overflows of wastewater since 2015, which the EPA says is unacceptable.

The council must also produce a plan to deal with the large amounts of manure generated at the saleyards.

Best practice

EPAs North Coast Regional Operations Manager Brett Nudd said the authority is working with the Richmond Valley Council (RVC) during the upgrade of theNorthern Rivers Livestock Exchange (Casino saleyards) to ensure improvements incorporate best practice wastewater management.

Wastewater collected at saleyards can contain high levels of nutrients, which left unmanaged can impact on the surrounding environment, Mr Nudd said.

The new roof planned for the saleyards will help to reduce the amount of wastewater collected on site by capturing rain as clean water before it hits the saleyards floor and becomes contaminated.

However further work needs to be undertaken to ensure that sustainable wastewater management is in place following the upgrade.

Since 2015 there have been several overflows from the wastewater system at the saleyards.


The Pollution Reduction Program requires the council to undertake a number of actions to review current wastewater management systems on site and the sustainability of its wastewater reuse.

It also requires Council to develop ground and surface water monitoring plans and report on water quality data to ensure that its activities are not impacting on the surrounding environment.

Council must also develop a plan for managing manure generated at the new saleyards.

Mr Nudd said its important that the council assesses its current wastewater management practices at the saleyards and looks at ways to improve these as part of the upgrade thats occurring.

The upgrade provides a good opportunity for the council to not only improve the physical infrastructure on the site but also improve i...


Mbah stabbing alleged perpetrator remains behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A screen shot taken at Knox Park, where a man was stabbed and killed.

A screen shot taken at Knox Park, where a man was stabbed and killed.

A man charged with stabbing to death a Murwillumbah father who was trying to save his son earlier this month is alleged to have stolen a knife from Coles before a wild brawl erupted.

James Paul Alderton is charged with larceny after allegedly stealing a $30 wiltshire knife from Coles at Murwillumbah on June 6, before he went to nearby Knox Park.

It was in the park, about 12.30pm that police said a wild brawl erupted involving about 30 people.

Police and emergency services were called to the park on Brisbane Street and when they arrived they found three injured men suffering stab wounds.

Charles Henry Larter was trying to save his 18-year-old son Zackery, witnesses told police, when both men were allegedly stabbed multiple times by Mr Alderton.

Mr Larter, 46, was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a critical condition where he later died.

Zackery Larter was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Another man, 29-year-old Joshua Mead was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital suffering minor injuries.

Police arrested Mr Alderton at the scene and he was taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was questioned and charged with the murder of Mr Larter.

The 32-year-old was also charged with two counts of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to Zackerys and Joshuas injuries, and larceny.

He was refused police bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on June 7 where he was again refused bail.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Mr Alderton was represented by solicitor Tracey Randall, who requested orders on the service of the brief of evidence.

Magistrate Jeff Linden ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by August 8 and adjourned Mr Aldertons matters until August 22.

He is expected to appear via video-link on that occasion.

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Murder charge withdrawn against Lismore man "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A murder charge against a Lismore man has been withdrawn.

A murder charge against a Lismore man has been withdrawn.

A charge of murder has been withdrawn against an East Lismore man over an incident in September 2016 involving his neighbour.

Police alleged Nicholas Paul Howland killed his 55-year-old neighbour David Anthony Marriott, at 5pm, on September 2, following an altercation outside a unit block on College St.

Paramedics treated Mr Marriott at the scene, before he was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where he died a short time later.

Mr Howland was arrested at the scene and taken to Lismore police station where he was refused bail by police and charged with Mr Marriotts murder on September 3.

After initially being refused bail at Lismore Local Court, Mr Howland was granted conditional bail to reside back at his East Lismore unit.

At several mentions of Mr Howlands matter before Lismore Local Court since the incident, his solicitor Hugh Van-Dugteren said he was waiting on a cardiologists report, which would determine whether Mr Marriott was murdered, or he suffered a heart attack.

On Tuesday, Mr Van-Dugteren told Lismore Local Court the murder charge against Mr Howland had been withdrawn.
I can advise the crown wishes to withdraw the charge, he said.

There is no further proceedings.

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Nimbin man who posted video of cannabis plants to stand trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Peter Till with some of the cannabis crop he allegedly cultivated from the video he posted on Facebook.

Peter Till with some of the cannabis crop he allegedly cultivated from the video he posted on Facebook.

Fed up with the wheels of justice turning slower than he would like, a Nimbin man who posted a video of his cannabis crop on Facebook in March has requested to stand trial.

Peter Till was arrested on March 22 after posting a video showing some of the 512 plants seized by police during his arrest.

He was charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of a prohibited plant, supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited plant, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug and cultivating a prohibited drug.

After initially being refused bail, Mr Till, who refuses to acknowledge that is his name, was granted conditional bail to reside with his neighbour and not consume cannabis.

But Mr Till, who claims smoking cannabis helps prevent him from going blind, went to Nimbin on April 11 and posted on Facebook about getting stoned.

He was arrested the following day and at his last appearance in Lismore Local Court the court heard he was applying for Supreme Court bail on June 6.

The court previously heard the Director of Public Prosecutions had elected to take carriage of Mr Tills matters.

On Tuesday, Mr Till appeared in Lismore Local Court via videolink from prison and represented himself.

Excuse me, I am not Mr Till, he said when Magistrate Jeff Linden addressed him by name.

I would like to note that all the cannabis was taken off community land, not my personal space.

It was all taken from public space.

It was a group protesting, so how am I in control of it if it was a group.

DPP Prosecutor Danielle Collin told the court the charge of cultivating a commercial quantity of a prohibited plant was withdrawn and Mr Tills matters were ready to be committed for trial in the District Court.

Mrs Collin said the DPP would be committing Mr Till for trial on the charges of supplying an indictable quantity of cannabis and cultivating a prohibited drug.

The remaining charges were placed on a section 166 certificate, which Mrs Collin tendered to be considered by the Judge at sentencing.

Im sitting here going bl...


Tasmania: The Land Before Bros "IndyWatch Feed National"

Up in the wilderness of south-western Tasmania is a white mountain, a gleaming hunk of quartzite shaped like a sharks tooth, high above an ocean of otherwise black and craggy peaks. Convicts thought it resembled a type of continental hat, and so the mountain is now known as Frenchmans Cap.

It is possible to climb Frenchmans Cap, if you have a spare three-to-five days and an appetite for wet feet. Its a popular walk for those who enjoy multi-day hikes, but prefer to avoid the $200 permits and crowds of bucket list-ticking mainlanders on the nearby Overland Track. Attempting the Frenchmans track is still free, probably because researching it online is enough to dissuade most from having a go.

The track is difficult. According to the national parks website, it is only for fully self-sufficient, well-equipped and experienced hikers. Despite recent renovations, large portions of the walk still involve tramping in ankle or even knee-deep mud. There are long, infuriating slogs up mountains of slippery roots, and your first proper view of the wider world beyond the tangled, dripping forest doesnt come until halfway through the second day.

So when my girlfriend and I had finally psyched ourselves up to try it over a recent long weekend, we were startled to find it full of young families, complete with children aged anywhere from eight to 16. These miniature mountaineers carried their own packs, helped with dinner and pitched their own tents. Whats more, they seemed to be doing so voluntarily I heard no harsh words from parents, nor did I see any chains, weapons or other instruments of imprisonment.

This is not something youll see on the mainland. What was going on?

Now, its easy to compare these kids with their chubby, obnoxious counterparts over in suburban Melbourne and say that city kids dont have the same appreciation for nature, but thats not it. I spent my high school years in the New England region of New South Wales, hill country with a similar climate and geography to central Tasmania. There are loads of hiking trails exploring various peaks and gorges, but rarely do you see families on them. Even rarer are families who are enjoying themselves.

I began to see differences everywhere. Suspender-wearing musicians gathered in the pubs of Hobart, with fiddles and banjos, to play Irish ballads and Australian folk tunes. I never heard a single Wonderwall cover in two months on the island. Nor were the streets and campuses of Launceston or Hobart decorated with posters of bikini-clad models...


New EU Glyphosate Safety Assessment is Scientifically Flawed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Chemical Agency (EChA) have completed their assessments of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. Once again it was concluded that the evidence does not support a classification of carcinogenic for glyphosate. However, members of the European Parliament requested the raw data on which this assessment was made (previously commercial in confidence). The limited data they received was again analysed by Dr Chrisopher Portier (Former Director US National center for Environmental Health, Former Director US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, amongst other positions). He found Both EFSA and EChA failed to identify all statistically significant cancer findings in the chronic rodent carcinogenicity studies with glyphosate.

His full letter to the European Commission, containing his analysis, is here.

Once again we see that regulators are corrupted at the highest levels.

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Recent rains test new flood response for Billinudgel "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Billinudgel's main street underwater during the March 31 floods. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Billinudgels main street underwater during the March 31 floods. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Aslan Shand

Recent heavy rains have allowed the Byron council and SES to demonstrate some of the changes that they are making in relation to flood responses in the north of the shire following the flood meeting on June 1. 

During the most recent rains, Water lapped the top of the driveway for two nights and then luckily the low moved north quite quickly, said Rebecca Brewin from Billi Auto.

She said, It did, however, give us a chance to see how both Council and SES responded after the previous flood. The SES incident commander Andrew McPhee was in contact with the various business chambers to allow dissemination of warnings through the various networks as they came to hand.

Physically they were a lot more present in Billinudgel throughout this event than ever before.

Council responded by posting more warnings and road closures along with flood weather updates that are a new addition, all more detailed and frequent than in the past.

Considering that the response so far has only been to the threat of another event, we are yet to test the full capacity of response from both SES and Council; however, it is a very positive step forward for everyone and I am sure welcomed by the community.

Meeting planned

The SES are planning to have a follow-up flood meeting with residents and businesses that will be announced in coming weeks.  

The Byron Shire Council is also aiming to have answers to the 48 questions submitted for the flood meeting in the near future, though there is no further meeting scheduled. 

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Aus online security concerns hit new highs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians are concerned about identity theft. (File pic)

Australians are concerned about identity theft. (File pic)

Australians are more scared about identity theft and card fraud than at any other point in the past 10 years.

The international Unisys Security Index found Australians were most concerned about identity theft and bank card fraud, while fears around national security and hacking had more than doubled.

Of 13 countries surveyed, Australia recorded the second largest increase in security concerns, after the Netherlands.

Unisys national and border security programs director John Kendall said developed countries were feeling vulnerable about their security.

Consumer trust is very fragile, he said.

He said organisations had to ensure if there were any data breaches immediate steps were necessary to contain the impact.

Mr Kendall said multi-factor authentication was key to limiting the damage of data breaches and helping people feel safe.

Multi-factor authentication can involve text messages being sent to phones or codes being generated on them to confirm logins.

Demographics also showed young people were more concerned about misuse of personal data and card fraud than older groups.

Yet they are not very concerned about the security of shopping or banking online, perhaps because its the norm for this generation, Mr Kendall said.

The global study gauges attitudes of consumers on a range of issues including national, personal, financial and internet security, and 1002 Australians were polled.

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We pay $90M to bring Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and Bangladesh's Islamic education system to The Philippines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recent history has a few lessons for Australia. DFAT however has been checking Facebook or is otherwise engaged in ignoring the learning. Australia gave more than $1 billion to the Indonesian province of Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami. We built new schools and health facilities. We were told our kind...


New laws strip pedophiles of passports "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Federal parliament has passed new laws to stop convicted pedophiles from travelling overseas on child rape holidays.

Derryn Hinch described Tuesday as one of the greatest days of his life as the legislation to strip pedophiles of their passports cleared the Senate.

In 2016 alone, 800 men on the sex offender register travelled overseas, with 300 travelling to South-East Asian countries like Indonesia and Cambodia.

You know theyre not there to go to Angkor Wat and look at the temples, Senator Hinch told parliament.

He credits actress Rachel Griffiths with raising the idea of a passport ban, and insists its just the beginning.

New legislation will be introduced by the end of the year to ensure pedophiles cant hire overseas children to perform live sex acts on the internet, he said.

He said he had evidence this was occurring, with an Australian pedophile hiring a three-month-old baby in the Philippines.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said two registered child sex offenders were travelling overseas everyday.

He confirmed Justice Minister Michael Keenan was working on a new tranche of legislation for the spring sitting of parliament.

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WWI memorial park study underway "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lifelong Brunswick Heads local Darcy O'Meara walks among the historic cypress pines planted by WWI veterans in the southern section of The Terrace, which have been heavily pruned over the years much to locals' concern. Byron Shire Council is now undertaking a study of the park.

Lifelong Brunswick Heads local Darcy OMeara walks among the historic cypress pines planted by WWI veterans in the southern section of The Terrace, which have been heavily pruned over the years much to locals concern. Byron Shire Council is now undertaking a study of the park.

A report is underway to determine the heritage significance of the Brunswick Heads WWI Memorial Park, according to Council staff.

The park is believed to have been planted by locals around 100 years ago, with each tree representing a fallen soldier.

But the protected Cypress Pines have seen some branches removed over the years the area operated as overflow to camping and residents complain of their poor health.

While it is located on Crown lands, it is managed by the North Coast Holiday Parks Trust, a state-run corporation.

Its CEO Steve Edmonds told resident Patricia Warren in a letter: The World War I Memorial Pine Park has not been Gazetted as heritage and the minister recommended that Bryon Shire Council undertake its own study into any significance.

The Echo asked staff if there was a plan/date/budget for the study. Councils director of sustainable environment and economy Shannon Burt told The Echo the World War 1 Memorial Pine Park has been referred to Councils heritage advisor and a report is being completed to determine its heritage significance.

She said when finalised if required, it will be reported to Council and if required, sent to the Department of Planning and Heritage Office for consideration for heritage listing in the Local Environmental Plan.

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