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Wednesday, 12 December


Are Prime Minister Morrison & Co determined to reduce Australia to a hot, barren desert from sea to sea? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8C to 1.2C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. (high confidence) (Figure SPM.1) {1.2}  [United Nations (2018) Global Warming of 1.5C. Summary for Policymakers

The global situation.....

United Nations, Sustainable Development, 8 October 2018:

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change....


Do you know whose hands have harvested your medical information? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Medical Republic, 7 December 2018:

An investigation by The Medical Republic has revealed state, territory and federal police forces have sent around 2,600 requests a year for this sensitive health data to the Department of Human Services over the past two years. The department can legally disclose private health records to the police without a court order.

The department would not reveal how many of these requests were granted, but said the number of disclosures per year had remained stable over the past decade.

Once linked, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data, can paint a very detailed picture about a persons medical history.

PBS data includes every rebatable medication purchased at a chemist. MBS records show which Medicare item numbers were billed for during each consultation, and what...

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Tuesday, 11 December


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

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

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

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

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

December 11, 2018 at 03:03PM .

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



TROY KINNE LIVE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Following recent sell out shows in London & across Australia TROY KINNE is coming to BYRON BAY and the BYRON BAY SERVICES CLUB!!

A comedic force to be reckoned with, Logie nominated and renowned on the stand-up comedy circuit, Troy has gained national and international attention as the star of his own sketch comedy show KINNE (7Mate) and his popular online viral videos.

Dont miss this opportunity to see TROY KINNE live.
Comic Genius The Daily Telegraph

18+ show, Friday 14 December 2018,8:30pm at the Byron Bay Services Club

Tickets online at

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

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


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

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


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

Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong


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

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

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

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

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


Blog article 2015



Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Youre warmly invited to the 2018 Bangalow Christmas Eve carnival!

A truly magical experience for all ages, complete with rides, street food, performers and so much more!

The main street of Bangalow village transforms into a bustle of lights, buskers, food vendors and a tapestry of locals who all gather to celebrate the festive spirit.

Volunteers from the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce and the community work to create this family-friendly event each year, which is full of community spirit with families, neighbours and visitors strolling up and down the main street enjoying the incredible atmosphere.

Youll also find many of the local shops open perfect for picking up that unique and last minute Christmas gift!

The Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival is on Christmas Eve 5pm to 9pm. Bring your friends!


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

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Worker fined for Karratha crane collapse which seriously injured colleague .

December 11, 2018 at 01:00PM .

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


If not me then who? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fast Buck$, Coorabell

Recently a Sydney pollie named Ted Mack died. Widely respected, he was the independent mayor for North Sydney and then an independent state member.

In a book he wrote on local government he outlined, among other things, the ways bureaucrats manipulate elected councillors. The relationship between our mayor and former GM Ken Gainger is a classic case.

Readers should entertain themselves by checking out a February copy of the Byron News in which Simon lavishly praises and thanks Ken for the guidance hed given him after hed become mayor! Talk about nave.

Simon will likely go to his grave without ever realising; but he did say at the Council meeting last week that one must be capable of changing ones mind.

Id like to hear from anyone who knows how I might obtain a copy of said book. My plan is to quote sections of it to Simon; hes definitely the kind of person who will take notice of an uncomfortable idea only if it comes from a credible source which unfortunately excludes me. Im just another one of those conspiracy theorists, apparently.

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

The twist? No car and no housing expenses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Goonengerry land-clearing not a council issue "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some of the cleared land at 205 Repentance Creek Road, Goonengerry. Photo Angus Underwood

Byron Shire Council says it has no powers to intervene to prevent land-clearing of endangered subtropical lowland rainforest at a Repentance Creek Road property despite the fact that it appears some of land being cleared is on Councils own road verge.

A council spokesperson said the recent clearing was being undertaken under the auspice of a Timber Plantation Plan approved by DPI. The plan applies to the whole property.

But Angus Underwood of Federal Landcare told Echonetdaily it was clear these trees are not destined for forestry.

While the landowner may be permitted to cut down plantation timbers, he said the rainforest in question had been pushed into a pile and the owner has applied to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) for a burn permit.

Echonetdaily understands both Byron Shire Council and the RFS have referred the matter to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), which oversees timber plantation permits.

Mr Underwood said the forest, which appears to have been clear-felled, was typical of regrowth in the area and that lowland subtropical rainforest is a listed endangered community under NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, and Critically Endangered under the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The area is mapped as high conservation value land by Council, provides habitat for a range of threatened species and is located within a regional wildlife corridor, he said.

A spokesperson said Byron Shire Council was aware of the clearing on land at 205 Repentance Creek Road and staff have been in contact with the land owner and the DPI.

Enforcement of clearing under the approved plan sits outside Councils enforcement powers.

Council staff have asked that the DPI do a compliance inspection as soon as possible due to the level of public enquiry being made, the spokesperson said.

But Mr Underwood said given the proximity of the clearing to the road, Council should undertake its own investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contributed by Ben Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



What can we do to prevent local koala extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At risk of extinction: At least a dozen sick, injured and dead koalas were taken to the Friends of the Koalas care centre during a single week in July. Photo FOK

A community forum taking place in Lismore tomorrow (December 12) will discuss the extinction risk facing koalas on the North Coast and what can be done to ensure the marsupials long-term survival in NSW.

WWF-Australia this year reported that koalas were on track to extinction in NSW as early as 2050 without a significant reduction in tree clearing, mitigation of climate change and major expansion of protected areas.

Queensland University Researchers have estimated there were just 36,000 koalas left in NSW in 2012, and that the population was on track to decline 26 per cent over six koala generations (mid-1990s and mid-2030s).

State govt to blame

Some 99 per cent of koala habitat is on private land in NSW, so it can now be bulldozed under new laws the Berejiklian government introduced last year (the ironically titled Biodviersty Conservation Act).

Bulldozing of bushland tripled in one part of the state in the first 12 months of the new laws, destroying 5,000 hectares of koala habitat.

Yet even as native forest logging on the North Coast is destroying prime koala habitat, the Berejiklian government is hastening their demise further, with proposals to open up new forests to loggers.

Speakers at tonights meeting will include Widjabul Elder Uncle Herb Roberts, NSW Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski, Dr Martin Taylor from WWF-Australia, Friends of the Koala president Dr Ros Irwin and North East Forest Alliance president Dailan Pugh.

Save our Koalas Community Forum

When; 6pm-8pm, Wednesday, December 12

Where; Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore


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

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


Man charged with intimidating 10-year-old girl "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been charged following investigations into an alleged child approach incident in Lismore last month.

About 3.20pm on Wednesday November 7, a 10-year-old girl got off the school bus at the corner of Hunter and Orion Streets and started walking to her destination.

Its alleged a man driving a white station wagon approached the girl and spoke to her, before trying to entice her into his vehicle.

The matter was reported to police and an investigation was commenced by Lismore Detectives.

About 4pm yesterday (Monday December 10), a 50-year-old man was arrested in South Lismore.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear/physical harm (personal).

He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today (Tuesday December 11).


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Old Mullum hospital to be demolished next month "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire Council is set to take possession of the Mullumbimby Hospital site today (December 11), with demolition to commence in January 2019. Photo Aslan Shand

The purchase of the four-hectare Mullumbimby Hospital site from NSW Health will be finalised today (Tuesday December 11), after the NSW Government offered the property to Byron Shire Council for $1 in May 2017.

The demolition of the old hospital buildings is set to start in early January next year.

Given its history of asbestos contamination, the Council says its priority is now remediating the site, which includes the removal of asbestos and any other contaminated materials.

Contractors will take control of the site in early January and the remediation is scheduled to start on January 7.

Phil Holloway, Councils infrastructure services director, said the contractors were experienced in the demolition and remediation of contaminated sites like the Mullumbimby Hospital and at all times the health and safety of the community will be the main focus.

The contractors will be using recognised best practice processes to remove the asbestos, with operations to be undertaken and contained in a special negative-pressure tent, he said.

Tweed Coast Demolitions and Excavations is managing the job with Aztech Services, the company used to remediate homes affected by the Mr Fluffy insulation in Canberra, to handle the asbestos removal.

There will be security measures in place and the site will be fully fenced for the duration of the remediation process which is expected to take approximately six months, Mr Holloway said.

Council staff and the demolition contractor Tweed Coast Demolitions are door-knocking residents and businesses in the vicinity of the hospital site, providing them with information about the project and leaving information in peoples letterboxes.

I know its a busy time of year but the purchase settlement is being finalised this week and when we have possession of the site we want to work as quickly as possible to remove the contamination, Mr Holloway said.

A community drop-in session will be held at the Left Bank Rd entrance to the hospital next Monday, December 17, from 4pm to 7pm....


Have you seen Darryl? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Have you seen Darryl Gamero? He was last seen in Nimbin on December 3. Photo supplied

Police are seeking the communitys help to find Darryl Gamero who has been reported as missing.

The 30-year-old from Gladstone, Queensland, was last seen in Nimbin on the December 3.

Darryl has blonde collar length hair, no tattoos, but scars on his right arm.

He does not have a mobile phone and is known to use payphones.

If you see Darryl please contact Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 Police reference is E6982755

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

Contributed by Joe Montero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Just three months out from a state election and the NSW Berejiklian Government decides to introduce a new punative public housing policy guaranteed to upset a good many voters "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In 2016 est. 37,715 people in New South Wales were recorded as homeless on Census Night.

The following year the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government had a public housing stock total of 110,221 dwellings and an est. 60,000 people on the Dept. of Housing 2017 waiting list.

Below is the state governments answer to the effects of decreasing public housing stock and federal Coalition Government cuts to public housing funding allocations to the states - introduce a new initiative under the 'Opportunity Pathways' program which will cut the housing waiting list by increasing eligibility restrictions, privatise service delivery to certain categories of public housing applicants and tenants in order to ensure that vulnerable individuals and families are discouraged from seeking housing assistance.

The Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2018, p.2:

Public housing applicants will have to get a job if they want a taxpayer-funded home under a tough new test to be introduced in NSW.

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Byron Surf Flix "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Surf Flix gets on board with Positive Change for Marine Life to support our local surfers at the Byron Theatre on Tuesday 18th December at 7:30pm.

Byron Surf Flix takes off with the screening of surf film classic Morning of the Earth. The film will be introduced by Rusty Miller who is one of the surfers who appears in the film.

The night promises a chilled atmosphere with the Byron Theatre Bar open before the film and during intermission.

Tix are only $15! Get them online at or from our Box Office: Mon Fri 10am 1:30pm.

Morning of the Earth portrays surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards as they travel in search of the perfect wave across Australias north-east coast, Bali and Hawaii.

Check out these clips from Morning of the Earth:

Surf Flix co-organiser Daniel Wilson Barrios, a surfer of over 20 years, says that Surf Flix will be somewhere we can bring together the surfing culture and to celebrate what we love to do. Daniel also mentions that Surf F...


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Barry Greenwood

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

Classic 1965 case

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

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

Sydney Morning Herald article

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

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

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

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

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



Christmas in Australia is about "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

and now a word from our sponsors oops sorry administration:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


New board game lets you bee the change you want to see "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Forage board game. Photo supplied

One of the worker-bees at Flow Hive has launched a new educational bee game called Forage on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Byron Bay local Yari McGauley, a beekeeper of 10 years, launched the game last week after being inspired by an opportunity to upcycle some of the waste materials from the Flow Hive production line.

Forage board game creator, Yari McGauley. Photo supplied

A board game enthusiast, McGauley said he had his eureka moment when watching the Flow Hive laser-cut wooden pieces come off the conveyor belt.

Hmm all those neat little hexagonal laser offcuts would be great for a game, McGauley said.

If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, the local entrepreneur hopes to take the game to the world, with early interest from Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and Kmart in the USA.

Forage is a 2-4 player game which involves guiding your beehive through the seasons by collecting nectar, pollen and bees as you deal with pests, bears and the opposition.

Yari said his aim was to make a fun game that highlights how important bees are to our world, with a third of food crops needing bees for pollination. Bees are in trouble world-wide with US beekeepers...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Sensible centrism will doom us all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Byron Bay bypass gets large cash lobbed at it by govt "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nationals candidate for Ballina Ben Franklin (L) and Byron Greens Mayor Simon Richardson pore over the plans for the contentious Byron Bay bypass, now fully funded. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Byron Bay bypass is the latest project to benefit from seemingly never-ending funding announcements by the National Party, who are lavishing the electorate with tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in the lead-up to the March election.

The long running and contentious bypass development, which was enthusiastically embraced by Greens mayor Simon Richardson on Monday, will see native wetland habitat destroyed south of Butler Street for the road. It will then turn left, over the disused railway, and emerge at the corner of Browning and Jonson Streets where Mitre 10 and Byron Music is located.

Detail of the bypass and bus stop plans. Image supplied

The commercial expansion of the entire area, while diminishing its ecological and heritage values, is all but guaranteed.

Additionally, a new bus terminal interchange is pegged alongside the bypass, replacing the existing terminal on Jonson Street.

The NSW government have committed $9.5m, which Council say is the final amount needed to complete the project.

The bypass is also tied to the contentious West Byron project, whereby developers agreed with the Liberal-National government to a voluntary agreement for bypass funding as part of their development application.

Throughout the project, there has been strong opposition from neighbours most impacted, who say the route has shown to be more expensive, dangerous and destructive of the environment, the community and heritage.

Their suggestion for t...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bundjalung artists to gather in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts (L) and Gilbert Laurie in front of the mural they painted in Peace Park in Nimbin last year. Photo supplied

The inaugural Bundjalung Gathering art and culture exhibition will take place at Marvell Hall, Byron Bay, this coming week.

The regions finest Aboriginal artists and craftspeople are exhibiting paintings, sculpture and craft. There will be daily weaving workshops from Sunday till Tuesday.

The event is based around the concept of the tribes of Bundjalung gathering along the coast as in the ancient traditions.

Arts Northern Rivers Aboriginal arts development worker, Mark Cora, describes the exhibition as an opportunity for artists to come together as the Bundjalung nation.

The tribal groups of Bundjalung are often separated in modern times and rarely meet on common ground as once was the tradition in Aboriginal history. The meeting of artists and the welcoming to country is a very important cultural aspect of Aboriginal culture, he said.

Basket woven by Deb Cole. Photo Jugun Dandi weavers.

Michelle Michels, from local organisation AWARE Community has organised the exhibition with support from Byron Shire Council and Arts Northern Rivers.

The official opening is this Saturday evening from 5 pm 8pm with a Welcome to Country from Arakwal woman Delta Kay followed by the Bunyarra dancers and didgeridoo player Rory Close.

There will be talks by the artists and a presentation on the Bundjalung history, while sound master Craigus McVegas will be providing music throughout the evening.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) will be attending...


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

Contributed by Joe Montero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Greens MP calls for tourist infrastructure fund "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has announced a plan for a Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, a plan that she says she will be taking to the state election in March.

Ms Smith said such a fund would help alleviate the massive backlog of infrastructure needs and upkeep for roads and parks in high tourism areas in NSW such as Byron Shire.

Without revealing the detail, which she said she would roll out closer to the election, Ms Smith said the formula would be based on the ratio of tourism numbers compared to ratepayers within a Local Government Area.

Local councils would receive a percentage of GST collected within their footprint. This obviously will benefit communities where there are a huge number of tourist visitors annually compared to ratepayers, she said.

The Byron Shire has 33,000 residents and just over 13,500 residential ratepayers but supports more than two million tourist visits each year.

We know the benefits tourism brings for businesses but we know that Byron Shire Council is left to pick up the tab to pay for the huge impact on roads and public spaces.

Its ridiculous that ratepayers are expected to pay for local roads and parks where tourism numbers are so disproportionate, while the state government reaps the tax dollars, including massive amounts of Land Tax, Stamp Duty and GST.

Eliminating pork barrelling

Instead of having to be like beggars at the mercy of the government of the day and pork barrelling, this model provides a sustainable, annual fund that the community can bank on.

Its time the regions got their fair share from the state government so that we can have safer roads, increased public transport and new public amenities, Ms Smith said.

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Two dead, one injured in crash on M1 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have died and a woman has been injured in a crash on the Pacific Highway (M1) overnight (Sunday December 9).

About 7.45pm, a vehicle was travelling south on the highway, Glenugie, when it left the road, crashed through a fence, and rolled.

Two men in the car died at the scene. A female passenger was trapped in the vehicle.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has now flown the 39-year-old woman to Gold Coast University Hospital in serious condition with head injuries.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Police Area Command remain on the scene conducting inquiries.

A contra flow is in place so traffic is able to travel through the area in both directions, however delays are expected.

Motorists are urged exercise caution, with emergency services and traffic crews on site.

Due to the nature of the incident, there is no forecast as to when all lanes will reopen.

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Any witnesses are urged to contact police.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or


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Drugs, gems, ammo seized in raid on Eureka home "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been refused bail following a police raid on a Eureka home last week that uncovered a cache of diamonds.

About 9.50am on Wednesday December 5, police raided the home where they allegedly seized cannabis, .22 calibre ammunition, lysergic acid (LSD) tabs, methylamphetamine, 43 assorted diamonds, eight opals, two gold watches, a mans gold chain and three gift cards valued at $50 each.

A 45-year-old Eureka man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, possessing ammunition, supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with proceeds of crime

He was refused bail to appear before Byron Bay Local Court December 20.

AK47: man arrested

In a separate incident, on Saturday December 8, police stopped a car on John Robb Way, Cudgen at about 12.05am.

The driver, a 23-year-old male from Mudgeeraba, was arrested for outstanding warrants from 2014 for offences including possessing an AK47 rifle, possessing ammunition, possessing breaking implements (being a sledge hammer and bolt cutters) and possessing body armour, which is alleged to have been found in Kogarah.

Police searched the man and allegedly found a Hublot watch valued at $53,345.00 and $3150.00 cash. In addition to the warrants he was charged with goods in custody suspected of being stolen and dealing with proceeds of crime.

The man was refused bail to appear Tweed Heads Local Court today (December 10).


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

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


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

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

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

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

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

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

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

Sherman Skolnick

The late Sherman Skolnick...


US President Donald Trump aka "Individual-1" named in relation to presidential election campaign violations & contact with Russian President's office "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 29 November 2018 attorney Michael Cohen plead guilty to charges of tax evasion, making false statements to financial institutions, lying to the US Congress and facilitating illegal campaign contributions totalling US$255,000 in the 2016 US presidential campaign.

His plea agreement can be found here.

US President Donald J. Trump is identified in the US Government's Sentencing Memorandums, the first of which recommenfs that Cohen be gaoled for up to three and a half years.


THE GOVERNMENTS SENTENCING MEMORANDUM, filed 7 December 2018, excerpts:

1. Background


Australia 2018: Is long-term rental destroying the wellbeing of low income households? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Across the nation, people who rent are living on insecure tenancies. Almost 9 in 10 Australians who rent (88%) are on leases of a year or less, and are not certain of where they will be living in a years time. This impacts a persons ability to feel part of the local community and establish roots.

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

Readers Watchdog: City managers side work raises questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just saying.


PERTH Magistrates court listings "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


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

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

I was about 11. I hadnt reached puberty yet

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

The Devon Park photographs

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

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

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

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



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

This situation with my dogs is but one example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

(Image: Source supplied)

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

There are 1537 burials recorded as follows

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

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

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


Loss of nearly every wild oyster in the Richmond River estuary more than two years ago became a catalyst for action "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Echo NetDaily, 5 December 2018:

Recently Rous County Council voted unanimously to prepare a proposal for a $150 million bid to the States Snowy Hyrdo Legacy Fund to ensure long term water security, natural flood mitigation and improved river health for the Northern Rivers region.

Rous County Council Chair, Cr Keith Williams, said the idea for the Northern Rivers Watershed Initiative was born with the realisation that flood risk and river health are interrelated. Slowing water flow in strategically selected streams by revegetating and fencing off stream banks, can reduce downstream flood peaks, improve water quality and provide habitat, said Cr Williams after the vote. Similarly, by better understanding ground water flows and recharge zones, we can target efforts to revegetate and increase soil moisture retention and improve infiltration rates in important ground water source areas.

By having a wholistic view of water within the combined Northern Rivers catchments the Initiative can deliver multiple benefits from the same dollar of investment.


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

Barry Greenwood

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

B-52 aircraft case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

MACKAY December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault

December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

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

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

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

Text message to remind people to appear in court

December 07, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

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

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

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving

December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

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

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

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay

December 07, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

As a result, a 28-year-old South Mackay man and a 34-year-old Mackay Northern Beaches man, will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on

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

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Court date text reminders for Queensland

December 07, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

The pilot started at Mackay Magistrates Court to try to reduce the number of Fail to Appear warrants, which are often issued as soon as someone fails

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

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


Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

in the Liberal Party, the problem is intellectual honesty, intellectual capacity, courage and integrity. Liberal Party politicians are not even game to attempt ideological coherence in their public pronouncements. They prefer simplistic slogans, message manipulation, outright lies, and varying levels of verbal bullying  [Academic and blogger Ingrid Matthews writing in oecomuse, 27 November 2018]

I note, and accept, advice that there is nothing in the bill that would abrogate parliamentary privilege. However, the main issue with covert access in relation to privilege is that there would be no opportunity for a parliamentarian who considers that material is protected by privilege to raise such a claim.  [ Speaker of the Australian Senate, Senator Scott Ryan, quoted in The Guardian, 29 November 2018]

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

(L) BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, (R) Bombing Iraq again

by Ivan Heko

I am Slovakian. The predecessor nation-state was Czcheoslovakia, now two republics, the Czech Republick and Slovakia.  This article is about the UN Migration Pact which our Foreign Minister is hoping to wish upon us.

First I have to explain the position of Slovakia in relation to the UN Migration Pact.  Today I was listening, in my car radio, to our Foreign Minister Mr. Lajk.  He signed under the Pact, and he threatens to abdicate if Slovakia is against the Pact and Slovakia IS against the Pact.

The public radio-station is financed by the citizens. The shows topics were Mr. Laj...


Me-ism and The Left : A response to Joshua Dabelstein "IndyWatch Feed National"

[This post is in response to Me-Ism Is Undoing The Left, Joshua Dabelstein, New Matilda, December 4, 2018 (A feelpinion has no place in a contest of ideas, writes Joshua Dabelstein).] In responding to Joshua Dabelsteins article its a bit Continue reading


Change worth fighting for "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week, you can double your human rights impact.

Donations to our Human Rights Week Appeal will be matched - dollar for dollar - by our appeal sponsors.

With your help, we need to raise $200,000 in one week to power the changes we will fight for in 2019.

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We need your support to stop abuses of power and achieve a fairer society where the fundamental rights that belong to every one of us are understood, upheld and protected.

Whether its finally freeing the men, women and children who our government has held in offshore camps for five long years; changing laws that send 10 year old kids to jail; or continuing to drag archaic abortion laws into the 21 century we need your help.

Donate now and make change happen.

Thank you and happy Human Rights Week.

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MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 06, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges

December 06, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

However, 14 other charges including arson levelled against Levi James Brown were struck out in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, when the

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TEMPLE TATTOO Opening PARTY "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Come and celebrate the opening of our new Tattoo studio Temple Tattoo. Located next to main beach in the heart of Byron Bay this family friendly event will have a day of Live Music, Aboriginal Opening ceremony, Live Tattooing, dread locking, and much more. Come and meet the our artists and hang out next to the ocean at Temple Tattoo.

Click Here for More Information

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WORLD FIRST George H W Bush Executed by Military Tribunal (?) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia (ABC News)

by Dee McLachlan [Information from G5]

We heard the reports that Senator John McCain was executed by Military Tribunal.

On 9 October, 2018, G5 wrote, McCain was questioned by the Military. He lived up to his codename of Songbird. But had nothing to offer beyond what was already known. He was subsequently executed  (The Espionage Act, Military Tribunal) by lethal injection. Well hidden by the issue of age and illness. [and chemotherapy]

G5 has called me an hour ago, informing me that George H W Bush was also executed by Military Tribunal. His CIA code-name was Timber Wolf (derived from mongrel dog), and also called Poppy (for saving the poppy fields in Afghanistan)I asked about his source. He indicated that it was direct from the original. He is g...


Sarah Hanson Young, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Fair Dinkum Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to Tim Andrews for the tip on this. This is not a joke - it's fair dinkum. Literally. I give you the Australian Senate Select Committee enquiring into Fair Dinkum Power - chaired by Sarah Hanson Young. We have lost the plot. Fair Dinkum Power On 28 November 2018...


Mental Health Support Group receives $60,000 boost "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jennifer Leslie (Charitable Foundation, Director), Barbara Swain (Head of Volunteers at Mental Health Support Group) and David Shanley (Charitable Foundation, Director). Photo supplied.

When you are confronted by the death someone you love as a result of mental health issues it is devastating and this was certainly the case for Barbra Swain and her husband when they lost their son in 1995.

It was a few years later that they looked around and decided to do something and they donated $6,000 to the Richmond Clinic in Lismore for therapeutic things for patients.

The staff asked us if we could help with providing care packs and clothing for people that the police had brought in. We did this for a few years but it became far too much work by a few years later, said Barbara.

It was then that she found herself at a Rotary function where she was able to ask for help with the work she was doing.

About 12 people signed up and we formed the Mental Health Support Group (MHSG). We help look after people in the community who are down on their luck because of mental health issues. The organisation has grown and grown and in 2011 we became a registered charity.

The group now assists people throughout the Northern Rivers Health District that covers health services from Tweed Heads to Grafton.

While the hospitals and NGOs help people start recovery and with their daily living at Mental Health Support Group we provide the comfort like a sofa, the pots and pans everything, as they start on their road to recovery, said Barbara.

$60,000 for a new van

Collecting donations and delivering goods will now be made much simpler with a $60,000 grant to buy a volunteer van from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Previously we had to rely on volunteers using their own cars and trailer to collect and deliver things o...


Kooriculum: Beyond Terra Nullius "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal Stories of Country welcome all visitors, ask people to listen and learn from them, to respect their country and in particular respect their sacred sites


My best friends wedding "IndyWatch Feed National"

By the time I was thirty, Id been married twice, once to a woman, once to a man, both times for love and both times because of borders. Despite thinking I would never get married, to date I have flipped the saying and been always the bride and never the bridesmaid. In the last year, Ive been invited to no less than seven weddings by feminist friends on the radical left and my Facebook newsfeed has been clogged with many more. None of these have been visa weddings.


Water mining 12 hours a day seven days a week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Greens MLC Dawn Walker joins Tweed Water Alliance rally at Tweed Council chambers to support the community against water mining. Photo supplied.

Labor, Liberal and National Party-aligned Tweed councillors have once again come under fire by local community groups for missing a prime opportunity to reign in the water mining industry at a key Council meeting last night.

Community groups stepped up their push against the environmentally damaging industry, staging a protest outside Tweed chambers yesterday.

NSW Greens MLC Dawn Walker said: The NSW LNP government has been approving these water mining operations but are now questioning their own actions by recently calling for an investigation into the impacts of water mining on ground water after pressure was put on them by the Alstonville and Uki communities and the Greens.

The prime target of community ire was around the bore water extraction plant trading under the name of Mt Warning Spring Water.

Community outrage spilled over in the chamber at the decision to stage development consent of the 2016 development application which would extend the trucking allowance so that Mt Warning Spring Water could operate unlimited truck sizes, 7am -7pm, 7 days a week including on Christmas day even before their onsite water bottling plant had been set-up.

Cr Chris Cherry declared the lax conditions of the 2016 DA as beyond belief.

Council had an opportunity to bolster compliance mechanisms to ensure more robust overseeing and monitoring of water extraction amounts and truck loads through restrictions put forward by Greens Mayor Katie Milne such as requiring operators to use log books. These motions, however were rejected by Labor and conservative councillors.

Mayor Katie Milne said:The community has raised concerns on numerous occasions about lack of evidence of the su...


Dying With Dignity Versus The Metastases Of Our Religious Heritage "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why do we let religion rule our lives, but in particular our deaths? Geoff Russell takes a look at the power of Churches to prevent people from making the most intimate of choices.

The fingers that once skipped around the frets and strings of her guitar made hard work of rolling the little plastic wheel. But as it finally moved into place, the process began: drip, drip, drip. Clear sodium pentobarbital moved into the plastic intravenous line. In a vet surgery the fluid would be green and most likely just injected. Straight into the heart or perhaps the peritoneal cavity.

But we arent at a vets.

A single finger moved over an iPad, hunting down letters. The iPad spoke what she typed: I cant feel anything.

A voice somewhere close to my shoulder replied: In about 30 seconds you will start to feel tired.

The illness had long since robbed her eyes of animation and silenced her voice. But earlier that morning the iPad had revealed an intact sense of humour: Please drive carefully, I dont want to die in a crash.

And then, pretty much on schedule, the barely visible spark in her eyes began its final fade.

The breathing that had been laboured for months began to slow, just a little. The lifting chest lifted a little less on each breath. And then there was one large breath, a slight heave, and then silence.

We have many euphemisms for dying. We say someone has gone when we mean dead. Its a little softer and implies the possibility of return. But there is none. Dead is dead. But there are many worse things than dying, especially if the dying has been well organised.

Peggy, about to roll the wheel during her assisted death in Switzerland earlier this year. (IMAGE: Supplied)

The death of David Goodall in Switzerland...


Cherry picker falls 14m near Kyogle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A cherry picker toppled approximately 14 meters to the ground yesterday in the Kyogle area.

The cherry picker was in an elevated position on the roof of a rural building when it reportedly moved and toppled some fourteen meters to the road below.

A 24 year old male was in the cherry picker as it descended to the ground. He reportedly suffered suspected spinal and pelvic injuries.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called in around 1.45pm and the patient was been flown to Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. He is reported to be in a stable condition.

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Woolies carpark works continue "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Woolworths at Mullumbimby was forced to close temporarily a few weeks ago owing to a safety issue in the carpark

With a section of the Mullum Woolies carpark closed recently owing to concerns of safety issues, there are still no indication of when it will reopen.

When asked by The Echo, a Woolworths spokesperson replied, The northern aspect of the Mullumbimby Woolworths carpark remains temporarily closed while we work with specialist engineers and consultants to rectify the structural issues affecting this section.

The safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance.and we sincerely thank our customers for their patience during this time.

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Removing asylum seekers from offshore detention supported by Law Council of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A private members bill by Kerryn Phelps MP, and a separate attempt to amend a migration bill before the Senate, aim to ensure urgent medical treatment is provided to children and adult asylum seekers who are in grave need.

While noting the Law Council of Australia has strong and longstanding concerns about offshore detention arrangements in general, Law Council of Australia supports efforts by parliamentarians to address the alarming mental and physical health of children and adult asylum seekers held in offshore detention.

With respect to children, one child on Nauru is one too many. Australia is internationally committed to the principle of acting in the best of the child as a primary consideration, Law Council of Australia President, Morry Bailes said.

Removing all remaining asylum seeker children on Nauru to Australia for medical and psychiatric treatment is not just medically necessary, but necessary if Australia is to abide by our international obligations.

Australia also has obligations to ensure the health and safety of adult asylum seekers in regional processing centres. This includes appropriate access to key health services and acting to address the risks of suicide and self-harm by detained asylum seekers.

The abundant evidence regarding the health and wellbeing of many adult asylum seekers is grim. It is essential that Australia acts with respect to adult asylum seekers, Mr Bailes said.

The Law Council supports ensuring that asylum seeker families are kept together under temporary transfer arrangements, given Australias family reunification obligations.

For children and families, this measure will minimise the risk of further dislocation and trauma, Mr Bailes said.

Transfers being proposed are temporary, so key questions remain about the longer-term situation of these asylum seekers.

The Law Council would urge the Australian Government to develop a long term, durable response to irregular migration and solutions for all refugees and asylum seekers who are currently in offshore detention conditions.

This new response should accord with Australias international obligations, Mr Bailes said.

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Tibet fundraiser gives locals food for thought "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Paul Bibby

Standing amidst the hustle and bustle of down town Dharamsala is a small cluster of buildings with a big purpose.

The compound is home to the headquarters of the Tibetan Childrens Village, an organisation that provides schooling to over 16,726 Tibetan child refugees across the globe.

It is a world way from the spacious streets of Mullumbimby, but last Saturday the distance became just a little shorter when 75 locals enjoyed a taste of Tibetan culture to raise funds for the exiled children.

From Left: Musician Michael Askill, WeMove co-founder Alona Rosenberg, singer Tenzin Nyidon, WeMove co-funder Meggie Daneilson and performer Tenzin Choegyal

Hosted by the WeMove dance studio, the event raised $1,770 for the childrens village.

It also raised awareness of the plight of those who have been forced to flee Tibet, through the screening of the award-winning documentary The Last Dalai Lama, which explores the life of the exiled Tibetan leader and his attempts free his country from Chinese rule.

The story behind the event is one of real community connection, WeMoves co-founder Alona Rosenberg said.

When we heard about the idea it was a big yes.

The studio was approached about the event by local woman Samaya Askill, whose husband Michael performs regularly alongside acclaimed Tibetan singer Tenzin Choegyal.

Mr Choegyal is a former student of the Tibetan Childrens Village and has been a strong advocate for the school, helping to raise funds and awareness through musical performances across the globe.

It was from this string of connections that the fundraiser was born.

It featured a taste of traditional Tibetan curry, a performance by Mr Choegyal and Michael Askill, followed by the screening of the film.

Michael and Tenzin have performed all around the world and have just come back from performing in Carnegie Hall in New York, so it was great for them to feel the support of our little community, Ms Rosenberg said.

We have a strong multicultural focus and interest at WeMove so it was great to be involved in supporting the Childrens Village.

It was a really heart filling even...


Local walkers protest feral horses at the top of Mt Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When no-native animals run wild the repercussions for both the physical environment and the native animals can be devastating.

Wild brumbies at Mt Kosciuszko National Park. Photo Judith Deland via ABC.

Highlighting the problems faced in Mt Kosciuszko National Park as the brumbies run wild Steve and Barbara Millard, with four other members of the Northern Rivers Bushwalkers Club, will walk from the Cobberas Wilderness in Eastern Victoria to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.

Scientists have fenced off this experimental plot to show how the damage caused by feral horses can be reversed. This photo was taken by Steve last year at Cowombat Flat. This stream is the source of the Murray River. Photo supplied.

They are protesting against the NSW Governments recent legislation to pro...


Professor Stuart Rees Honoured With Inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize "IndyWatch Feed National"

He normally goes about his work very quietly, very humbly. And as the founder of the Sydney Peace Prize, hes normally in the background promoting other peoples work. But last week Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees couldnt help but be at the centre of attention after he was awarded the inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize, at a ceremony at state parliament in Victoria.

The award was in recognition of his Professor Rees persistent and courageous advocacy for the human rights of all Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel, the refugee camps and the Palestinian diaspora generally.

Professor Rees delivered the first Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize lecture as part of the ceremony, and his award was presented by former Foreign Minister and NSW State Premier the Hon Bob Carr on November 29, to coincide with the United Nations Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Nasser Mashni, chair of Australians for Palestine (AfP) and a Board Member of the Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN), said the choice of Professor Rees would help to highlight strong global support for a just outcome for Palestinians, felt by millions around the world.

For all his inspirational work on Palestine nothing reveals more about Stuart Rees humanity than his belief in a simple anecdote about a Palestinian refugee who wanted to discuss with Israeli students his right to return, only to be told you want to kick us out. No, the Palestinian replied, I simply want to live with you, Mr Mashni said.

Mr Mashni said Professor Rees numerous books, anthologies of poetry, and his willingness to write and speak publicly on social justice issues, have seen him described as one of the most humane voices in Australia today.

Those issues have driven his indomitable quest to find out what it really means to be human and to alert us all to our common humanity, said Mr Mashni.

Professor Rees said he felt very honoured to be recognised from amongst the many long-committed voices for Palestine in Australia.

This award comes at a time when Jerusalem is facing great challenges from influential global powers to its UN-protected international status, UN Security Council resolutions, international law and majority consensus. We cannot allow antagonistic voices to weaken the hopes of so many for a peaceful and sustainable solution, he said.

Jerusalems spiritual, cultural and legal character are under serious threat and only a concerted effort of advocacy and activism by people everywhere, can Palestinians possibly hope to see an end to their displacement, eviction and expulsion.

The Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize will now be awarded annually by Australians for Palestine and the Australia-Palestine Advocac...


New Tweed Hospital: Labor for Kings Forest Nationals for Cudgen "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley with Tweed candidate Craig Elliot. Photo Facebook.

NSW Labor Leader Michael Daleys commitment to building the new Tweed Valley Hospital at the Kings Forest development rather than the current government selected site at Cudgen, near Kingscliff, that is on State Significant Farmland has drawn the ire of sitting member for Tweed Geoff Provost.

Labor Leader Michael Daley has admitted he will delay the delivery of the Tweed Valley Hospital by years and blow the budget by at least $100 million, significantly delaying vital health services to the community, said Mr Provost.

However, Labor has condemned both the site selection process used saying that the National Party had chosen the Cudgen farmland site as a Trojan horse to throw away height limits in Kingscliff and to open the door for over-development on prime agricultural land.

Labor said the announcement has come after they received tens of thousands of signatures opposing over-development in Kingscliff and the National Party plans to build the Tweed Hospital on prime agricultural land.

Whether it be high rise in Kingscliff or a nine-storey hospital on Cudgen farmland Geoff Provest and the Nationals are failing to protect the Tweed from inappropriate developments, Labors candidate for Tweed Craig Elliot said.

Developing current hospital site?

A key issue for many locals has been the removal of the hospital from the current Tweed site. In July The Greens called for the hospital to be re-developed on the current site.

This is in part due to the koala corridor and low lying areas of the Kings Forest site that will require significant filling to bring it abov...


Facebook denies UK allegations after Six4Three document dump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Social media giant maintains it has 'never sold people's data'

In context: The Six4Three files are a compilation of Facebook internal emails and memos that were recently released by the UK parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. The documents outline various discussion within the company regarding monetizing user data particularly surrounding the 3.0 platform changes in 2015. Facebook denies all allegations made by the committee.
Facebook has seen almost no end to public scrutiny since the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It comes as no surprise that revelations and criticisms leveled at the social media titan in recent weeks have spun the company into turmoil and had the denial machine working overtime.

On Wednesday, a British parliamentary committee made public numerous damaging internal emails and documents showing that the company allowed special access to users data to partner companies like Lyft and Netflix while denying access to competitors such as Vine.

Facebook have clearly entered into whitelisting agreements with certain companies, which meant that after the platform changes in 2014/15 they maintained full access to friends data [sic], stated Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Chairman Damian Collins in his summary of the document dump known as the Six4Three files. He adds, It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not.

"The documents were selectively leaked to publish some, but not all, of the internal discussions at Facebook at the time of our platform changes. But the facts are clear: weve never sold peoples data."

Facebook quickly responded to the Six4Three files with a rebuttal saying they were cherry-picked and taken out of context.

We changed our platform policies in 2014/15 to prevent apps from...


Saving the ocean one sticker at a time "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Michal and Daniela Berti have put up three stickers so far, with more to come. Photo supplied.

The old adage put your money where your mouth is is ringing true for a Byron man who is doing his part to save the oceans.

Michal Berti and his 11-year-old daughter Daniela saw a problem and worked out how to fix it in the form of an information sticker they place on public showers around Byron beaches.

Michal says that it was frustrating to keep watching people using beach showers as their own bathroom. Wed keep telling them no to do it and explaining why, he said. Having a sign would leave them no excuse for using these kinds of products so, we designed the sticker.

The message on the signs is simple: if you use detergent a personal health products at public showers, the water goes directly back onto the ocean and has a detrimental effect on marine life. I think most of the people that Ive seen and told not to do it, they really werent aware of the water going straight to the ocean.

Born in Venezuela, Michal moved to Spain in 2001 then came on holidays to Byron here in 2015 and never left. He works doing graphic design and digital print and is just setting up his little business called Sticky Ideas.

Berti says that a friend helped him get in touched with council and National Parks to get the thumbs up on posting the stickers. They were really keen for me to do it, he said. They thought it was a great idea. There are three stickers on trial at Main Beach for council showers, and five approved on Arakwal National Park Beaches at The Pass, Captain Cook, Wategos, Tallows and Broken Head.

The market value of a work like this could go between $300 to $1000 but Berti fell so strongly about the issue that he financed the work himself. We designed, printed and Installed the stickers ourselves so the cost was only the stock and three or fours hours of work.

I did because I love this place these beaches are my daughter and my favourite playgrounds. I try teach my daughter an...


Does your environment impact your health? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

More than 80 people from across government and non-government agencies came together yesterday to discuss how to create healthy communities. Photo supplied.

It is now being recognised that the way we design our environment is having a huge impact on human health and wellbeing.

Since 1985, the proportion of Australian children who are overweight has doubled and the prevalence of obesity trebled. In NSW child overweight and obesity has been relatively stable at 21 per cent over the last ten years yet this is still cause for concern said Jillian Adams, Northern NSW Local Health Districts (NNSWLHD) health promotion manager.

For the first time in the modern era, our children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, she said.

The rise in childhood and adult obesity is causing unprecedented levels of heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease and increased risk of stroke, respiratory disease and cancer.

Tackling obesity as a community

Recognising both the importance of our environment and the role of community on the impact of peoples choices around health eating and activities NNSWLHD held the first ever Northern Rivers Healthy Communities Summit held in Ballina yesterday.

There are many social and environmental factors causing these increasing rates of overweight, including our sedentary lifestyles- our car-based, screen-based, fast-food world, said Ms Adams.

We need to change the direction were headed, but the Health sector cant do this alone, so we are calling for a whole of community approach.

More than 80 people from across government and non-government agencies, councils, education, health services, sport and fitness, community services and farmers markets attended the summit in Ballina.

The Summit was the first stage of the Northern Rivers Healthy Communities Project, to support collaborative programs across community sectors, making it easier for all of us to make healthy choices, said Ms Adams.

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Grace appeals for help to save Great Australian Bight from oil deep sea oil drilling "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following was sent to The Pen by contributor Ugly, and it is about 16 year old Grace Gardiners appeal to support the effort to stop deep sea oil drilling near Apollo Bay in Victoria. Grace is involved with Greenpeace, which has taken on protection of the  Great Australian Bight as one of its important environment protection projects. This is what she has to say.

 My name is Grace, Im 16 years old and last week I organised a flotilla a floating protest against deep sea oil drilling in my home of Apollo Bay, Victoria.

Thats me in the middle there, with my friends Eleni on the left and Hannah on the right

Apollo Bay is a small, beautiful town on the Great Ocean Road, located just by the sea. Ive lived here my whole life. When I was much younger, I was kayaking with a mate in the local harbour when a pod of three dolphins swam up beside us and jumped around for a while, so close I could reach out and touch them. It was the most exhilarating and beautiful experience from the ocean.

For us, the ocean is more than just a beautiful view. Its the lifeblood of our community, with tourism and fishing supporting so many families here in Apollo Bay.

But big oil companies are planning to drill for oil off our coast, risking our pristine environment and our way of life.

One thing I love about my community is that we come together to do incredible things like standing up to those greedy oil companies.

One little community can do big things! It got me thinking about what we could achieve if everyone in Australia said no to deep sea oil drilling.

But we need as many people on board as possible.

As a young person, I care deeply about climate change. My generation will have to deal with the consequences of the decisions being made by big fossil fuel companies trashing the environment. I may not be able to vote yet, but I know that Governments have a responsibility to do the right thing by the people they represent.

If enough people no matter their age are talking about protecting the Bight from oil drilling, our politicians will have to listen.

Apollo Bay has a population of just 1500 but on the day of our flotilla, 350 people were out there on the water and on land to protect the oceans we love from oil drilling despite the wind and rai...


Peak attention seeker in city full of attention seekers riding on Tony Abbott's coat tails "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why do we have an SBS? The quotes from Jane Caro in this story are the greatest load of gobbledygook you'll read in a very long time. Media commentator Jane Caro was considering running against Tony Abbott in Warringah, but she's now leaning more towards supporting another candidate. Prominent media...


The Billi Christmas affair enjoy a laid back afternoon of fun in the sun "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Codie McCarthy and Newy Newbold the painters and designers of the mural that is part of the new vibrant open space where the Billi Christmas Affair will be happening this Saturday. Photo Jeff Parroting Dawson.

Its a full afternoon of family fun, dance, singing and the perfect chance to pick up some Festive Season gifts at the Billinudgel Christmas Affair this Saturday, December 8, from 1 till 5pm. There will be live music, kids entertainment, a jumping castle and more to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

Were looking forward to a true Billinudgel experience for locals and visitors, said the event organisers.

The Billinudgel Christmas Affair is a chance for people to come and get involved with Billinudgel and enjoy the laidback Christmas vibe.

Moving forward as a community

Following the devastation of Cyclone Debbie last year the Billinudgel community has realised the importance of banding together to not only help each other recover but to look at how they move forward as a community. Many of the businesses were hit hard during the enormous flood event losing stock, having machinery damaged and being left with major cleanups.

The recovery has been a challenge but were getting there, said committee members.

The community has come together really well. There has been a lot of conversation and discussion about how to improve things and we are looking at various flood-mitigation options.

The festival is an opportunity for people to come and find out about the town and its more than sixty businesses and how they have recovered post flood. At the festival businesses will be showcasing what they do along with demonstrations including getting hands-on woodworking with longtime local Stan Ceglinski. 

Dynamic and innovative businesses

There are plenty of dynamic and innovative businesses that operate out of Billinudgel and it has become a thriving business and service hub for north Byron Shire.

Billinudgel has one of the most authentic local Australian pubs and general stores that can make you feel...


Schwarzenegger wishes he could travel back in time to stop fossil fuels being used "IndyWatch Feed National"

Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wishes he could travel back in time like "The Terminator" so he could stop fossil fuels from being used. So no steel. No heating from coal. No electric lights. No railways. The dark age. And the UN lapped it up.


Bank penalties disguised as charitable donations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael West describes the failure of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to deal with bad behaviour of the banks, when it provided them with a way out from prosecution, by allowing them to make charitable donations, which could them be claimed back as tax deductions.

Here is a troubling fact that has largely escaped scrutiny during the banking royal commission: for the past 10 years, rather than being penalised for breaches, it appears the banks have been receiving tax deductions for their crimes and misdemeanours. Instead of paying fines, they have been making donations to charities a no fault solution to dealing with financial offences. And in more than 70 per cent of cases, there is no record of where this money has gone.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commissions (ASIC) decade of deals with the banks began in March 2009 when its then chairman, Tony DAloisio, struck an enforceable undertaking (EU) agreement with ANZ Banking Group.

ANZ had been a key player in the spectacular collapse of the financier Opes Prime, which went into receivership in March 2008 with an estimated $1 billion of debt. Instead of dragging the bank into court at great cost, DAloisio did a no blame deal with ANZ bosses, who agreed to complete a program to remedy deficiencies in operational procedures.

During the past 10 years, the corporate regulator has ramped up these no fault arrangements with the banks. Rather than prosecute them, ASIC agrees not to sue, and the banks agree to an enforceable undertaking in which they recognise ASICs concerns about their behaviour and make a community benefit payment.

Community benefit payments are often mistaken for penalties or fines. In reality, they are charitable payments. It appears that, for 10 years, the banks have enjoyed associated tax deductions for what should be punishments.

It also appears the banks play a role in determining who receives their community benefit payments.

An investigation of the EUs by and The Saturday Paper has found that of the $88.1 million in community benefits payments made by the banks over the past 10 years as part of EU agreements, $68.5 million has gone to unspecified parties.

Another $16.6 million has been paid to a company named Financial Literacy Australia Limited, $2 million to the Smith Family, and $500,000 to The Ethics Centre.

Since DAloisios ANZ deal, the regulator has struck a further 27 EUs with the banks. All the major banks ANZ, Westpac, National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank have agreed to EUs. As have Macquarie Bank and a slew of foreign banks, including J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and UBS.

Community ben...


PERTH Self-confessed hard-arsed businessman barred from Aboriginal trusts "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Self-confessed hard-arsed businessman barred from Aboriginal trusts .

December 06, 2018 at 10:56PM .

But she has faced allegations about her management of that company and is fighting stealing as a servant charges in the Perth Magistrates Court next .



PERTH Man in Perth court over Busselton murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man in Perth court over Busselton murder .

December 06, 2018 at 04:00PM .

Benjamin John Elliott faced Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday and was remanded in custody to appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on .


PERTH Man charged over Perth murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged over Perth murder .

December 06, 2018 at 08:41AM .

Mr Riley was found dead in his home on October 30, with the man charged over his death to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday. .



Scanlon Foundation Survey finds that in contemporary Australia racist values are held by a small minority "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Guardian, 4 December 2018:

Australia has not lost faith in immigration. The political narrative has darkened but not the fundamental view of ourselves as an immigrant nation. Most of us remain convinced that we are in so many ways better off for newcomers of all races and creeds who have come in large numbers to our shores.

That is the verdict of the Scanlon Foundations 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion Report published on Tuesday. The mission of the foundation is to measure how this migrant nation hangs together. Over the last decade 48,000 of us have been polled to fathom the panics that sweep this country and the steady underlying views Australians have of immigration.

Immigration is a growing concern, says the author of the report Professor Andrew Markus of Mo...

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Tony Abbott and the White Mans Burden "IndyWatch Feed National"

After his latest 6 month trip around remote communities, the Prime Ministers Special Envoy on Indigenous affairs has handed down his recommendations.


Cheap Power: A Whole Lot Of Energy For A Whole Lot Of Nothing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Despite the obvious disappointment of the Morrison Government, the nation can build an energy network reliant on renewables, while lowering prices. Martin Zavan explains.

Never letting the truth get in the way of a good yarn is an understandable approach when the Prime Minister is talking about his exploits on the footy field back in the day. But when hes being asked to lead a fossil fuel dependent nation through the transition to renewables, its not only dishonest, but dangerous.

Politicians demand proof, but many seem to have little to no desire to follow through and obtain the answers they claim to seek. It occurs too often to keep track of, but something happened in Question Time yesterday that made me take special note.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten essentially asked the PM why he couldnt get behind what he called the most widely endorsed energy policy of recent years, the National Energy Guarantee. Not to mention it was the Libs own policy just a few months back.

Theres never been a national energy policy that has had more universal support than the National Energy Guarantee. And why wont the Prime Minister implement a National Energy Guarantee with his own energy targets? Shorten mischievously asked.

Morrison responded with his typical bluster, but lets pause for a moment to examine what he actually said, rather than the confected outrage that characterised his reply.

Labor have not demonstrated that their 45 percent emissions reduction target will not push up prices.

Labor have not, and they cannot, demonstrate that their reckless 45 percent economy-wrecking as the Business Council has said emissions reduction target of 45 percent will not increase power prices because of course it will increase power prices.

The comments may have fired up the frontbench but they were less eagerly embraced by those with even a passing appreciation for the facts.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

During the heated days of the NEG debate we at Greenpeace also wondered what effect this political compromise would have on power prices. We sought to find out, and commissioned the same people who the federal government turns to on such matt...



When the boys sat around the kitchen table dreaming up what would become the original Pacific Ale, their inspiration came from what they envisioned to be the perfect occasion

Imagine a hot summers day in Byron Bay and youve just come out of the ocean. The sands scorching as you walk off the beach, across the pandanus lined park where everyones lazing in the shade and into the pub. The salts still drying on your back and all you feel like is something thatll quench your thirst

That beer is from the local independent brewery.the original Pacific Ale,
with its big fruity hops, cloudy haze and a refreshing finish

Stone & Woods flagship beer is what would now be considered a summer ale and with it being the Northern Rivers brewerys 10th anniversary, theyre celebrating being the
original, and theyre finally doing it theyre putting it in cans!

From when we first released the original Pacific Ale, our customers and our drinkers have begged us to put it in a can. Up until now, our focus has been on making enough of the stuff, so were pumped to be able to release a commemorative 10 years of Summer Pacific Ale can now! said head brewer, Caolan Vaughn.

The limited release commemorative can will disappear before most people can get their hands around it, but they plan on releasing it permanently in January 2019.

Visit for more detail and stockists.

The post 10 YEARS OF SUMMER, THE ORIGINAL PACIFIC ALE GOES INTO CANS appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


A Courageous Australian Passes Wendy Scurr "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today Australians have lost a brave, patriotic lady, Mrs Wendy Scurr. We repost Mals article from The Great Australians: Wendy Scurr in 2016.

by Malcolm R Hughes (4 December, 2016)

This great Australian, Wendy Scurr, became an unplanned heroine during and after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.  For those who have not previously seen the purposely lost word heroine, the meaning is female hero.

Wendy is happily married to Graeme Scurr and they reside on the mainland of Australia. Why the mainland? Because they were driven out of their home state of Tasmania. Why driven out ? For doing the right thing. You know how it goes these days but Wendy was ahead of her time, having stuck up for the truth about Port Arthur 20 years ago.

The Port Arthur Massacre was a Federal and Tasmanian government-planned event whereby several people...


SACOSS welcomes SA Parliament Committee support for unemployed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 6 December 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service has welcomed the release of the interim report of the Parliament Select Committee on Poverty in South Australia. The Committee made six recommendations to alleviate poverty in South Australia, with the first being a call on the Federal Government to make a meaningful increase to the rate of the Newstart Allowance (and other base allowances) as a matter of urgency.


Healing my spirit by helping others "IndyWatch Feed National"

Corey Aden Tutt, an Indigenous man from NSW, shares his personal journey to healing through caring for animals.


NBN roll-out leaves business with no phone for over six weeks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NBN nightmare: Elsa Torresi works on reception at Little Lane Dental, and cant believe theyve been without a phone for six weeks with no end in sight. Photo Aslan Shand.

A dental practice in Mullumbimby has now been without a phone for over six weeks following the roll out of the NBN which has failed to facilitate their connection to the NBN network. 

It has been six weeks of confusion, conflicting information and technical gobbledygook for dentist Steve McGaughran at Little Lane Dental in Mullumbimby as hes been shunted from pillar to post between NBN and his telephone provider provider iinet and he still doesnt have a phone for his business.

I just want a quick resolution. I need a phone to run my business and its been six weeks now without one, said Steve in frustration.

On October 15 Little Lane Dentals phone cut off while NBN were working on the node several meters from their building. When Steve asked the workers what have you done to our phone? they said they hadnt touched it, however, when Telstra came to fix the line four days later they told Steve that the NBN staff had damaged the line into the building. 

Two day phone

They had a phone line for almost two working days before it once again went dead at 9.45am on Tuesday October 23. They were told by their provider iinet that their number had been ported (transferred)  so they could be connected to the NBN network. 

The thing was that our appointment to be connected to the NBN network wasnt until November 1, said Steve.

We asked if they could at least put a message on the line to let customers know that our number was being ported but they said they couldnt because the number no longer existed.

I thought well, we can manage a week and a half without a phone for the greater good.



MACKAY Bucasia labourer struck police officer on the backside "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bucasia labourer struck police officer on the backside

December 06, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Bucasia man Jye William Russell fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer. The 20-year-old

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MACKAY Young father accused of Paget shooting "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 06, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Young father accused of Paget shooting

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Jayden Nicholas Finney, 19, appeared briefly in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday over videolink from prison. Finney faces 15 charges,

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MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges, but 14 dropped "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges, but 14 dropped

December 05, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

However, 14 charges which were levelled against Levi James Brown were struck out in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, including arson,

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Informant 3838, GILLARD and Bernard MURPHY "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Gillard proxy MTDA wasted no time in jumping on the Victoria Police Informant 3838 issue: Thank you for that comment - you've prompted me to write a fairly rare response to you. Gillard and Murphy weren't Wilson's defense (sic) lawyer. Gillard and Murphy were lawyers for the AWU. They...


So You Are in Prison Or Are a Minor and Someone Experiments on You. So What? Sue "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Vacaville prison, California, well-known for experimentation, (R) Montreal-based psychiatrist Dr. Ewan Cameron. (photo from conspiracy queen)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

I recently made a video about suing the CIA and the hospitals and universities involved in MK-Ultra. A few minutes ago I decided to see how many hits it has had on Youtube, so I googled Lawsuits for MK-Ultra.

To my surprise, up came a 1982 article from the Washington Post. Author: Jack Anderson.  He was a pre-Gumshoe Gumshoe. Or so it was believed.  Let me quote from his article.

CIA confessions were extracted in writing by Atlanta attor...


Extradition to NSW for man charged over Lynette Dawsons alleged murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lynette Joy Dawson. Police file photo.

Homicide Squad detectives have extradited a man to NSW and laid a charge over the disappearance of Northern Beaches wife and mother, Lynette Joy Dawson.

Lyn Dawson, a 33-year-old mother-of-two, went missing on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

She was officially reported missing on 18 February 1982, and despite investigations at the time and over the years, she has never been located.

In 2015, detectives from the Homicide Squads Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and suspected murder.

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Scriven detectives requested the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) review their brief of evidence in April 2018.

Earlier this week, the ODPP provided advice to police, and following further inquiries, detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland.

A 70-year-old Coolum man was arrested by detectives from the Queensland Police Services Homicide Squad in the presence of Strive Force Scriven investigators at a home at Biggera Waters, Queensland, yesterday (Wednesday 5 December 2018).

The man appeared at Southport Magistrates Court on a NSW arrest warrant, where NSW Police detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

Strike Force Scriven investigators escorted the man on a flight to Sydney today (Thursday 6 December 2018), before taking him to Surry Hills Police Station.

The man has been charged with murder and refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.

The post Extradition to NSW for man charged over Lynette Dawsons alleged murder appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Nick Cunningham to play Falls Byron by popular vote. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Singer songwriter Nick Cunningham has won the Foster A Band competition and will be playing at Falls Byron. Photo supplied.

Local Byron singer songwriter Nick Cunningham has scored the spot on the Falls Byron line-up for this year after thousands of votes were cast for the Foster A Band competition.

Nick is a folk singer/songwriter based in Byron Bay who has released two EPs Letters (2015) and In Between (2017). 

Im really pumped to have the opportunity to play at Falls Festival! said Nick.

He was up against plenty of quality competition with Aine Tyrrell, Banksia, Garage Sale and Gratis Minds in the running.

We had an incredible range of northern rivers talent in our Foster A Band comp for Falls Byron and the best response yet from voters since we launched the initiative in 2016, said Falls Byron Director Brandon Saul.

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Carson Nearly Sweeps Cavanbah Bridge Awards "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

South Golden Beachs Graham Carson won all but one title in the recent Bridge competition at the Cavanbah centre. Photo supplied.

It was a golden time for South Golden Beachs Graham Carson who all but swept the 2018 awards at the Byron Bay Bridge Club.

He teamed up with John Paynter to win the Autumn Pairs; qualified with Ian Pick, Lorraine and Mark Miller for the regional finals of the Grand National Open Teams tournament; then won the Spring Pairs with Clive Klugman.

Adding to his honours, Graham teamed up with Chris Morgan, Patricia Ellis and Kadri Nelmes to win the Clubs annual teams day.

The two-week Club Championship, won by Fay Bogg and Brian Sundstrom, was the only major event to elude Graham.

Success at the bridge table is always welcomed admits Graham but the best parts of the game are that it keeps the brain cells stimulated and that you meet so many like-minded people who are more than happy to share their knowledge.

The Club plans to offer an 8-week beginner course from 9:30-11:30 on Fridays starting 8 February 2019. The cost is $80 per person. Please contact Clive at or call 0414616132.

The Club meets on Fridays. Guests are welcome not later than 12:15.

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Video: students and other activists in the parliament building demanding talk over global warming "IndyWatch Feed National"

Students, First Nations people, Pacific Islanders and young people are gathered in Parliament House Canberra to demand climate justice.

Video from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition


LIVE: Students, First Nations people, Pacific Islanders and young people are gathered in Parliament House Canberra to demand climate justice! #fight4future #stopadani #auspol

Posted by Australian Youth Climate Coalition on Tuesday, December 4, 2018



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Love in a Time of Colombia "IndyWatch Feed National"

During Brazils World Cup, the Colombian football team won the adoration of la copa with their little goal boogie that featured every game they played. They scored? They danced.

The two actions are inextricably linked. In Colombia, you dance? You score.

Colombia is where South American culture meets the Caribbean coastline, and generally, the country boasts more sex appeal than it does cocaine. The fact that everyone can salsa and speak Spanish just adds to either your inferiority complex, or the feeling youve just arrived in your wildest dream.

Either way, these Latinos can dance. If youre going to turn your bailando into a rumba of a different kind, you need this fool proof way to looking less like a fool on a Colombian dance floor:

1. Try to copy
Youre in a market and you dont know what to taste test? Have an, Ill have what shes having. Ditto for the dirty dance floors of Colombia. While Im not really an advocate for comparing yourself to other people, you wont really be having what shes having unless you move the way shes moving. Leave your inhibitions in that last glass of aguardiente and focus your but on your butt.

2. Be Shakira, your hips dont lie
Nothing suggests square like square dancing on a Colombian dance floor. As such, think anything round: circles, figure 8s, another round of drinks Channel these thoughts to your waistline.

3. Change speed every so often to keep your partner engaged
By this, once again, were talking about the hips. Always about the hips. It also will distract from the fact you have no idea what youre doing with your feet.

4. If in doubt, decorate it.
By this, jazz hands are an option, not as dorky or out of place as youd imagine. A twirl is also always good. Maintaining an intense eye contact at this point in time will allow your decorations to shimmer in the peripheral vision of your partner. Its cheaper than buying them another drink.

5. Ask nicely, Quieres hacer sexo conmigo? (Wanna have sex with me?)
This is the blunt, last resort, drunken falling over your own feet option. If you have to make it this far down the list, youd better hope your local lover says no, because your hobo coordination will not be up to the standards required by Colombias second favourite type of rumba....


A Day in The Bay festival kicks off this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Creating a special Day in The Bay a group of locals have come together to create a grassroots day of fun for all the ages. This Saturday December 8 from 11.30am till 10pm at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron you can enjoy  a great variety of local businesses from food trucks to boutique beverage stalls, boutique clothing pop-ups, live music, childrens entertainment.

A Day in The Bay festival gives local businesses the chance to showcase their craft to the wider community along with being an eco-friendly, sustainable event.

A day that showcases grassroots music, creative culture and everything we love about this beautiful region. Created by locals built for everyone, said festival organisers.

There will be two stages that will feature great local entertainment including Fat Picnic, Indigenoise, Mt Warning and Jai Piccone as well as performances by Spaghetti Circus and the fun of kids activities including giant slides and junking castles and more.

Organisers are estimating that the event will have a great impact on the local economy as all the participating businesses are 100 per cent local.

We have estimated that this event will employ approximately 200 local workers on the day and leading up to the event. Things like increased availability of jobs, boosts in tourism and increases in community participation will have a significant contribution to a positive quality of life for residents of the Byron shire.

Donating to charity

The $5 entry fee for adults kids are free is being donated to local non-for-profit charities.

Our charity of choice for the event will be the Ingrained Foundation. This charity

supports grassroots environmental and social charities in the local areas where we work and live. Essentially, they partner with aligned charities to create progress in our community and respond to urgent situations of need, said the organisers.

We consider ourselves as hardworking, active members of the com...


Australia no longer trusts what passes for democracy here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The Museum of Australian Democracy and the Institute for Governance and Policy analysis at the University of Canberra have just released their findings from joint research. It tells us what everybody knows already, that Australia does not trust politicians and the existing political institutions.

Central to the research, is a national survey called Trust and Democracy in Australia. Its importance is that it provides evidence that there has been a major shift in opinion. A high 86 percent of respondents in 2007 said that they were satisfied with Australias Democracy, and this dropped to 72 percent by 2010 and now stands at a low 43 percent. If the trend continues, it is projected that trust in politicians and political institutions will fall below 10 percent by 2025.

A strength of this survey is that it examines the shift over a decade, and eliminates short term distortions. Because it does this, it provides a fairly accurate pointer, towards where Australia is going. This is mitigated to an extent, by the fact that it relies on a fairly small sample of 1021 respondents. A much bigger sample would likely shift the figures, a little, but not enough to shift the numbers by much, or deny the revealed trend.

It is about an alienation form what is currently being called democracy in Australia.

Contrasting the falling trust in politicians and political institutions is the level of support for democratic reform, boiling down to cutting the connection between big donators and the political process and raising the power of citizens to make decisions.

Also revealed in the survey, is the existence of considerable fear of political instability, which would lower the economic wellbeing of the respondent. Because of this fear, the report suggests, the disillusionment has not led widespread engagement in bringing about change, but to the rise of cynicism and disengagement.

Despite this, the report says: Most Australians are clear that they do not like the character of contemporary politics on display in the federal government and democratic renewal is required to address the democratic pressures that are threatening to undermine our democratic values.

In response to the findings, the Museum of Democracy, says it is launching an initiative to rebuild trust. It is called Democracy 2025.

The response is flawed, because it starts and ends with the assumption that democratic values are tied up with what is, and that the voters must be drawn back into the fold. The implication is that the fault does not really lie with politicians behaving badly and a political system that is not working as its supposed to. This leads to a second assumption. The problem is mostly about the mistaken perceptions  of Australian citizens....


UN General Secretary takes this kid seriously on climate science "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is embarrassing to watch. Why not engage her for her expert views on brain surgery, cancer cures or global derivatives trading?



The truth about Australia's approach to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The graph below says it all - in 2008 through to September 2013 there was an Australian Labor Government in Canberra producing programs to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and from September 2013 until today there has been a Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government in Canberra intent on dismantling as much established cilmate change policy as is possible.

Trend emissions levels are inclusive of all sectors of the economy, including Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

Reading Quarterly Update of Australias National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: June 2018 [PDF 39 pages] released on 30 November 2018 it is highly unlikely that the Morrison Govenment will be able to meet Australia's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

For interim PM and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison to assert otherwise is a political lie.



Moving the Aboriginal Legal Service to Coffs Harbour will have adverse effects "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Daily Examiner, 3 December 2018:

A Grafton solicitor says the decision to move the Aboriginal Legal Service to Coffs Harbour will have adverse effects.

As a lawyer who has worked with the Aboriginal community over many decades I was very surprised and concerned by your report in (Fridays) Examiner that the Aboriginal Legal Service is closing its Grafton office and moving to Coffs Harbour.

If this move goes ahead it will have a signicant and immediate adverse effect on the Grafton and Clarence Valley Aboriginal community that I feel the ALS decision makers in Sydney have not taken into account.

The Grafton building that ALS now works from is shared with a number of Aboriginal service providers and is a community hub that is safe, welcoming and holistically culturally appropriate for the services provided.


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Jeffery Epstein Gets Off Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are people who are going on and on about this Qanon- who is supposedly combating this problem with pedophilia.

Qanon keeps saying trust the plan but the only thing that is happening is that survivors and advocates keep getting picked off and pedophiles like Jeffery Epstein keep getting off.

So obviously this plan is to protect and support child trafficking.

It is my opinion that children dont deserve to be sold, raped, and murdered and they CERTAINLY deserve more than a bunch of empty promises.

But unfortunately I seem to stand alone in this. Not to mention believing that it is time mankind takes some REAL action regarding this.


The Fake JFK Jr. Photograph "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) JFK Jrs IMDB profile picture, (R) manipulated picture doing the rounds

By Dee McLachlan

Still wearing the same tie.

A photo of a 58-year-old JFK Jr. is floating on the internet. Phil forwarded me the photo on the right with big question marks????

A quick search and I matched up JFK Jrs IMDB picture (above). Almost anything is possible these days.

It landed up on Tom Winters Twitter feed (a NBC News Investigations reporter based in New York). The message was from DeanChristianBradley, and was a link on Q Anon post 2548.

A Washington Post (5 August, 2018) wrote an article entitled, &#822...


MACKAY Woman arrested for using fraudulent ID to try withdraw cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 05, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Woman arrested for using fraudulent ID to try withdraw cash

December 05, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Police will allege the 31-year-old South Mackay woman went to a financial institution in Mackay city with an identity document she claimed was hers.

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MACKAY Charges linked to identity crime, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Labor, Libs Finally Agree On Something: Stopping A Conversation About Changing The Date "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANALYSIS: On any given day they appear to be in furious, bitter, toxic, disagreement on just about everything. But today, the Labor Party and the Liberal-Nationals finally found some common ground opposition to a national conversation about the appropriateness of changing the date of Australia Day.

Note the national conversation part. Labor and the Libs didnt just join forces to oppose changing the date itself, they joined forces to oppose even having a discussion about it, or, God forbid, consulting with Indigenous Australians on the issue.

Earlier today in the Senate, Greens spokesperson on Indigenous affairs, Rachel Siewert, put forward the motion calling on the federal Senate to support all Australians respectfully engaging in conversations around finding a more suitable date for our national day. The motion also called on the Federal Government to engage and consult with First Nations peoples about changing the date of Australia Day so that all Australians can participate in celebrating this national day.

Suffice to say, the motion won just 10 votes nine of them were from the Greens members, with South Australian independent Senator Tim Storer (former Xenophon Team member) joining the ayes.

Everyone else in the Senate either didnt show up (there were just 51 votes cast out of a possible 76) or voted against it, including the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Labor left warriors Doug Cameron and Kim Carr, himself a former opposition spokesperson on Indigenous affairs. Senators Derryn Hinch and David Leyonhjelm also voted against the discussion.

Indigenous affairs minister Senator Nigel Scullion.

Notable absences from the chamber were the extreme right fringes of our parliament One Nations Pauline Hanson, former One Nation Senator Fraser Anning, and arch conservative Cory Bernardi.

Senator Siewert said she was disappointed at the outcome.

We have seen some exciting developments this year with more local councils and community leaders working for justice in their communities, she said.

Its disappointing that after the strong community support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the tabling of the report on Constitutional Recognition just last week that the major parties wont even commit to this small step.



TRUE OPINION: Police investigating police investigating police "IndyWatch Feed National"

TRUE OPINION: Recent scandals in Victoria have highlighted the need for reforms in the way complaints against police are looked at. True Crime News Weekly's Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, explains why it's finally time for police accountability to go further than officers simply investigating their colleagues. [READ MORE]


Is identity politics a problem for the left? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

There seems to be a bit of an identity crisis on the left of politics these days. There are big challenges ahead but we seem to be more splintered than ever. We are faced with runaway climate change and rising global fascism. The distribution of wealth is massively tilted in favour of the [...]


December Party: Bring a friend and finger food to share "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 6 Dec; 6:30 pm; ] Let's celebrate all the good sustainable culture in Armidale with friends and lovely finger food. We will provide drinks, corn hole, table soccer, music, and a beautiful community garden. The festivities will happen at the new time of 6.30pm Thursday 6th December at the Armidale Community Garden behind NERAM with a car entrance via Taylor St. There [...] full article 


Morrison Bill leaves LGBT students at risk of discrimination "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Morrison Government has proposed a Bill which legal experts and LGBTI groups say would entrench unfair and outdated discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi and trans students, resulting in a stalemate with Labor and the Greens.

One of the amendments would allow religious schools to continue to engage in direct or indirect discrimination against students because of their sexuality, gender identity, or a range of other grounds. 

Anna Brown, Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the Prime Minister should honour his commitment to remove discrimination, not entrench new discrimination in the law.

"Students and all Australians have every right to be deeply frustrated and heartbroken that our Parliament has failed to deliver on what should be a straightforward reform. Prime Minister Morrison has broken his commitment to introduce and pass legislation to protect students in school as soon as practicable. That commitment was made in October, the changes are very simple and now in the final days of Parliament we are mired in a ridiculous debate instead of giving families certainty before the new school year," said Anna Brown.

"Its outrageous that children can still be discriminated against by religious schools because of their sexuality or gender identity. The Morrison Bill would entrench unacceptable forms of discrimination against LGBT students. We commend the ALP and Greens for standing up for LGBT young people today and objecting to amendments that would entrench discrimination," added Anna Brown.

Karyn Walker, spokesperson for Parents of Gender Diverse Children, who support 500 families with transgender children across the country, welcomed the support from Labor and the Greens but remained concerned about the impact of discrimination.

"We remain extremely concerned for the welfare of all of our students currently attending faith based schools. We strongly believe that all children are equal and that Australian law should reflect that," said Karyn Walker.

Lee Carnie, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the amendment would allow a broad range of discrimination against students because of their sexuality or gender identity. 

"The amendment is incredibly broad  it applies to any instruction inside or outside the classroom. It would allow a teacher to treat a student differently because of their sexuality, to exclude that student from classroom activities, or to discipline them for being transgender," said Lee Carnie.

"It has been less than a year since the Australian Parliament voted down hostile amendments to the marriage equality bill. We call on parliamentarians to vote out any forms of discrimination against LGBT kids in schools this year," added Le...


Sapphire Community Investment December Roadshow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 6 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Thank you for your patience over the past few months and it was great to see those that attended the Wind Farm Open Day on 21 October. The exciting news is that with construction nearing completion, the community co-investment into Sapphire Wind Farm is about to open. Thursday 6th December Armidale City Bowling Club Drop [...] full article 


Book Launch: Locked On! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Friday, 7 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Friday 7th December, 5.30 pm Readers Companion, 149 Beardy St Mall This event launches Marty Branagans illustrated novel Locked On! The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitchhikers Guide Trilogy. Its a fictionalised account of the Leard Forest blockade against coal mining on the Liverpool Plains, and the blockade against coal seam gas on farmland at Bentley, [...] full article 


Byron Carols by the Sea "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Date: Friday 14th December, 2018
Time: 6:30pm 8:30pm
Venue: Apex Park, opposite the Beach Hotel

A family-friendly community event, held every year in mid-December in at the beach end of Jonson Street in Apex Park, opposite the Beach Hotel.

Presented by the combined churches of Byron Bay, and directed by award-wining jazz and gospel music artist Sharny Russell, this years program also features local artists The Buckleys and Tim Stokes, amongst others.

Christmas is a time for gathering together with friends, family and loved ones, and we would like to invite you to a night of carols beside our world-famous beach during twilight, with a special visit from Santa!

More info:

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The Future is Not for Sale "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Saturday, 8 Dec; 11:00 am; ] Concerned members of our community who are angry at the news this week that ADANI will be proceeding are invited to join a march to give voice to your concern. The Reef, Queenslands Artesian Water, the climate, the traditional owners, the environment, our young people and the future are all losers if this proceeds. Meet at [...] full article 


Subjects of the imagination: on dropping the settler pen "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1857, English journalist and author Frank Fowler visited the colony of NSW and wrote with much excitement that our fictionists have fallen upon the soil of Australia, like so many industrious diggers and though merely scratching and fossicking the surface have turned up much precious and malleable stuff. Fowlers brief nineteenth-century summation of the Australian literary landscape still resonates today.


NT Richard Witham gets 30 months "IndyWatch Feed National"

[6] Richard Witham pleaded guilty to one count on the first indictment (21543274) namely, being in possession of a traffickable quantity of cannabis. The amount of cannabis was 80.05 grams. The date of the offending was 02.Sep.2015. In brief, Richard Witham was found in possession of the cannabis in a hotel room in Katherine. He gave evidence to attempt to rebut the presumption of intention to supply in s37(6)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act. His account was rejected by the sentencing judge. He was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for that count.

[7] The second indictment (21556216) contained three counts for offending that took place in Gapuwiyak between 07.Nov.2015 and 13 November 2015. Although very late in the overall proceedings, after a voir dire was conducted, Richard Witham pleaded guilty to all three counts on that indictment. Those counts were one of possess a traffickable quantity of cannabis, namely 224 grams, one of supply cannabis with the aggravating circumstance that it was supplied in an Indigenous community and one of possessing property, namely $24,000 in cash, obtained from taking part in the supply of dangerous drugs. At the time of the offending on the second indictment, Richard Witham was on bail for the charge on the first indictment. For the offending on the second indictment, he was sentenced to an aggregate of three years imprisonment, cumulative as to eight months on the sentence for the offending on the first indictment.

[8] The total effective sentence was three years and eight months imprisonment. A non-parole period of two years and six months was set.

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Popped Creative: POPPED UP | Round 2 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Be a part of our second designer sale!
Round 1 was a huge success and we all went home with new extremely necessary wardrobe staples (ahem, lilac pantsuit)
So once again we will be opening our doors on December 15th for round 2.

Head to for details and to secure your spot.
Brands and individuals welcome.
Quality | Designer | Vintage | High End

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Time for South Australian MPs to show that they respect womens health and equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bill tabled in the South Australian Parliament today would promote the right of all South Australians to control their bodies by removing abortion from the states criminal statute books.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre said:

"Every single one of us should have the freedom to control our bodies and decide what is right for our lives. It is time for South Australian politicians to demonstrate their respect for womens health and equality and support the decriminalisation of abortion."

"Its outrageous that in 2018, a woman seeking access to a safe medical procedure in South Australia still has the spectre of the criminal law hanging over her head. As the recent modernisation of Queenslands abortion laws show, South Australia is out-of-step with modern community values and medical practice," said Walters.

The Bill would also create 150 metre safe access zones around hospitals and the Pregnancy Advisory Centre, which would prohibit the intimidation and harassment of women trying to access reproductive health services. Safe access zones are in place in every other jurisdiction in Australia apart from Western Australia.

"Around Australia, sensible and proportionate safe access zones have been critical to stopping the harassment, intimidation and abuse of women seeking healthcare. No person should have to run a gauntlet of abuse to see their doctor," said Walters. 

(Photo credit: Sharise Birse)

For interviews call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


The Australians Green Light For Misreporting And Pushback In The #metoo Era "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a journalist, there are few areas that require more serious investigation, and more careful reporting, than stories on sexual violence against women. Thats always been the rule, but not the case. But in the wake of the #metoo movement, youd think journalists would be paying special attention.

Someone should probably let Chip Le Grand and The Australian newspaper know, because last week, theyve perpetrated what could be one of the most inaccurate and irresponsible pieces of #metoo reporting weve seen so far this year.

For the uninitiated, Le Grand generally reports on sport. Somehow, he got assigned to #metoo.

In a retrospective piece noting that its not just the Liberals who are imploding its also the Greens (a fair point, actually) Le Grand turns his attention to the recent furore in NSW surrounding Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, and the allegations that he sexually assaulted former Greens staffer Ella Buckland.

Except that thats not really what Le Grand reported. Instead, he characterised the alleged assault as nothing more than an unwanted peck on the neck. Well get to that shortly, because it was preceded by other significant errors.

How can an untested allegation of serious sexual assault become the daily fodder of a state political campaign? Le Grand asked. For the Greens, the origins can be found early in the #MeToo movement, when factional rivals of NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham helped facilitate the airing of a seven-year-old sexual harassment complaint against him by Ella Buckland, a former Greens research assistant.

Former NSW Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham in 2011. (IMAGE: Supplied)

Firstly, the complaint by Ms Buckland is not seven years old. The alleged assault is. The complaint was made early this year, in April 2018.

Secondly, I dont know the inner workings of the Greens any better than I know the inner workings of the Liberals. But I do know that Ella Buckland has stated publicly, multiple times, that no-one helped facilitate her complaint. She has noted that David Shoebridge a Greens NSW MP with no love lost for Buckingham referred her to Greens hierarchy after she approached him, having seen a public social media post Shoebridge wrote in support of other alleged vict...


Want To Know Why The Far Right Is Rising? Look To Canberra. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone confused about why the far right in Australia feels emboldened should probably tune into our federal parliament some time, writes Joshua Badge.

There have always been those who are made profoundly uneasy by ethnic and cultural diversity in this country, but as White Australia began to recede in the latter half of the 20th century those most intolerant of difference found themselves on the fringes of acceptable society.

The 1960s saw the rise of the Nationalist Socialist Party of Australia, but the explicit link to Nazism proved unpopular and the party dissolved before the end of the decade. Next came the Australian National Front which campaigned for warm relations with Britain and deporting non-white immigrants, but similarly fizzled out.

By the 1980s the militant National Action supplanted these groups. Notably, a splinter group of National Action engaged in a spate of assaults and firebombing which a judge memorably called a months-long terrorist campaign. With striking candour, ASIOs 89-90 annual report concluded that the only discernible threat of politically motivated violence comes from the racist right.

Abandoning White Australia meant deserting such illiberal groups, and the public traditionally shunned far-right activity of this kind. Politicians, for their part, refused to engage with them or appeal to their sensibilities. In recent years, however, this is proving not to be the case.

At the forefront of this movement was Reclaim Australia, a protest group which held nation-wide anti-Islam demonstrations around 2015, and loosely associated with hate groups. Other organisations such as Party for Freedom claimed fame by posing for anti-Islam photo stunts and bearing signs which read multiculturalism is genocide.

Extremist groups swiftly followed, such as the neo-Nazi Antipodean Resistance which hosts radicalisation camps where members pose in front of swastikas and pledge allegiance to Hitler. Another group, the United Patriots Front, claims solidarity with...


Boomerang Bag Bee "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Saturday, 11 Aug; 9:00 am; Saturday, 8 Sep; 9:00 am; Saturday, 13 Oct; 9:00 am; Saturday, 10 Nov; 9:00 am; Saturday, 8 Dec; 9:00 am; Saturday, 12 Jan; 9:00 am; Saturday, 9 Feb; 9:00 am; Saturday, 9 Mar; 9:00 am; Saturday, 11 May; 9:00 am; Saturday, 8 Jun; 9:00 am; ] Boomerang Bags sewing bees are the second Saturday of the month at the Kent House Community Centre commencing at 9am to 1pm. It would be great to see you all there. Bring your friends and your sewing machine if you have one. There are some non-sewing jobs to do also. Be part of the solution. Armidale Boomerang Bags Facebook [...] full article 


Charter of Rights for Children in Care, and Kids Privacy in the Cases of Verizon and Princess Caroline "IndyWatch Feed National"

1958, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier with newborn Albert, and Caroline (

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In March 2018, when we did the Fringe play My Best False Memories, we had yet to learn about the sad dealings at the Family Court.  The play was about MK-Ultra and I had in mind children in Australia like Fiona Barnett (years ago) who might not know that a good life was available.

Someone gave me the Charter of Rights for Children in Care, so we printed it as part of the Fringe program. I just came across it again and read it with new eyes (ahem, ahem).

The South Australia Guardianship Office says:

The Charter is us...


Adani self-financing coal mine is far from the end of the story "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

Australia does not want Adani to operate a coal mine in Australia and the Australian and Queensland governments have an obligation to respect this. The longer they continue to deny this, the lower the standing these governments will have among Australians.

It looks like they are so mesmerised by Adanis checkbook, and too bound up with protecting a dirty industry, that they cannot see past this.

Adani is an old hand, experienced in the use of bribery to obtain sweet deals. There have been allegations and more, that this card has been used in Australia. So far, what has come out is the used of gifts to politicians and junkets to India for those whose favours have been sought. If there have been more substantial brown bags under the table type corruption, we dont know, except that it has happened in other places. It its happened here too, it will come out in time.

Whatever the details, Adani has such a bad name in Australia now, that he has not even been able to get finance from the banks, which fear, that being linked to this tycoon is bad for business.

Now it seems like the same governments are falling in backward to accommodate the project. Its not good enough. The whole operation must be stopped. Campaigners against Adani agree, and they are picking up their activity.

The Australian Conservation Foundation is launching a legal challenge over the allocation of water to the mine and the waiver of full environmental assessment, given by Environment Minister Melissa Price.

Video from The Australian Conservation Foundation

This will hold things up for a while. But this is only a small part of the campaign at this point. The greatest effort will continue to be to maintain a presence on the ground and to keep on building public opinion.

Being Labor, the Queensland government is a significant problem for the party nationally. Many, and this includes the partys own base, want it and its leader Bill Shorten to come out clearly and sate a position that supports the public sentiment to stop Adani.

What the Queenslan...


The Rescue Project "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Rescue Project is a citizen storytelling project by UNSW and Landcare Australia, and it invites the public to tell their story of environmental rescue whether that be of a tract of bush, a farm, or indeed a native animal in 500 words. Its a powerful means to express our relationship with the natural world [...] full article 


Community still fighting gas expansion in Narrabri "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pilliga protestors. Photo supplied.

Even though almost all of the 23,000 submissions in response to the the Santos Narrabri Project were against Pilliga CSG mining going ahead, locals a still fighting to have their voice heard.

Determined to forgive ahead, Santos are laying kilometres of new pipeline to get more gas from exploration wells, royalty free, to use at the Wilga Park power station and the The North West Alliance group want to draw attention to the current gas expansion happening in Narrabri and the Pilliga State forest.

For over 10 years gas form exploration wells has been generating income for the gas company, while not paying a cent in royalties to NSW. It has been estimated millions of dollars has been missed from going towards essential areas such as hospitals and schools, all because of a legal loophole being exploited.

Just recently Santos asked the NSW Coalition Government for an extra 1000 days to prove the viability of the Pilliga Gas resource, which was granted.

The Berejiklian government went against their own departments advice to exempt the royalties.

This exploration has continued to be an open ended invitation to conduct production under the guise of exploration.

Considering the current scandals plaguing the NSW Dept of Planning, with whistleblowers leaking information on controversial mining decisions and links to alleged corruption, the North West Alliance believes that this current expansion to the Narrabri Gas project should be put on hold until an ICAC can conduct a full investigation. The integrity of the whole system is under question.


Byron singer songwriter Nick Cunningham scores spot on Falls Byron line-up by popular vote. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Falls Byron 2018 Foster A Band competition has closed and the votes have been tallied! The public cast thousands of votes via the Falls website and the race was super close to the very end! Running throughout the month of November, people from around Australia tuned in and selected which local artist they would like to see hitting the Byron Bay stage this summer.

The local artist scoring the highest number of votes and a paid slot on the 2018/19 Falls Byron line-up is

Nick Cunningham is a folk singer/songwriter based in Byron Bay who has released two EPs Letters (2015) and In Between (2017). His storytelling and lyrical capabilities have seen him capture the imagination and hearts of listeners who have encountered him throughout his frequent touring of Australia. Nick has built a reputation as one being of Australias most exciting upcoming folk talents, already having performed on stages at Bluesfest and Splendour In The Grass. Online he has appeared on such platforms as Sofar Sounds Australia, Tram Sessions and has made international headway with his song Dark Blue Sweater gaining high rotation on Air New Zealand flights soon after its release.
Listen here | More about Nick at

Im really pumped to have the opportunity to play at Falls Festival! said Nick I cant thank Byron Bazaar and everyone who voted for me enough.

Nick helped us out last year by introducing us to Adam Harpaz who went on to win the competition in 2017, said Daniel McGill of Byron Bazaar It is great to repay Nicks favour to us, not only is Nick a talented muso, but he is also an all-around good guy and he really deserves to win.

Falls would like to thank all of the bands involved (Aine Tyrrell, Banksia, Garage Sale and Gratis Minds ft Bronte Eve) and local media outlets (Byron Bazaar, Byron Shire Echo,, Common Ground and Tweed Valley Weekly) who supported this competition and the public who checked out all of the music on display and cast their valuable votes.

We had an incredible range of Northern Rivers talent in our Foster A Band comp for Falls Byron and the best response yet from voters since we launched the initiative in 2016, said Falls Byron Director Brandon Saul Congratulations to Nick Cunningham and welcome to the line-up! Wed like to thank to all the local acts, media outlets, and the community for getting behind Falls Foster a Band in Byron. We look forward to showcasing more local talent and further growing the initiative in years to come.

Nick Cunningham will perform at the Forest Stage at Falls Byron on Wednesday 2 January.



Airbnb Delists Illegal Homes In Israeli-Occupied West Bank; Holds Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

A major American corporation with annual revenue of nearly $3 billion has pulled out of illegal Israeli settlements in Palestines West Bank, marking a major shift in global corporate politics around the Palestine/Israel dispute.

Airbnb, which enables ordinary homeowners to rent their houses or even just single rooms to travellers, made the announcement earlier this month. While it will continue to list properties in Israel-proper, illegal settlements on Palestinian land will no longer be available to customers.

The decision is expected to affect around 200 listings on the home-sharing website.

Israeli human rights organisation BTselem estimates there are more thasn 200 illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, home to more than 600,000 people. Israel has long-claimed the settlements are legal, however international law is clear on the issue under the Fourth Geneva convention, an occupying power is prohibited from transferring their population to occupied land.

The announcement by Airbnb came one day before Human Rights Watch a Nobel Peace Prize winning organisation was due to release a report, entitled Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land: Tourist Rental Listings in West Bank Settlements.

It targeted both Airbnb, and, a major travel fare aggregator company headquartered in Amsterdam.

Settlements are unlawful under international humanitarian law; the transfer of civilians of the occupying power into the occupied territory is a war crime under the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court (ICC), and Palestinian residents of the West Bank enjoy legal protections against forced displacement, the report noted.

The business activity that Airbnb and conduct helps make West Bank settlements more profitable and therefore sustainable, thus facilitating Israels unlawful transfer of its citizens to the settlements. In many cases, the companies list the properties as being located inside Israel, thereby misleading guests about where they will be staying and obscuring the fact that their payments are benefitting the settlement enterprise. Guests using Airbnb and to book accommodations in Israel, thus may find themselves vacationing in an unlawful Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

Airbnbs decision has been widely condemned in Israel, and the US Government has also attacked the California-based company, with US vice president Mike Pence, saying that boycotts of Israel had no place in American commerce.



NSW Liberal & Nationals politicians won't be satisfied until they have turned this state into a wasteland "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Echo Net Daily, 3 December 2018:

The North East Forest Alliance has called the process used by the Commonwealth and State Governments to adopt new Regional Forest Agreements as a superficial sham simply intended to lock-up public native forests for private sawmillers at significant environment cost.

North East Forest Alliance spokesperson Dailan Pugh says there has been no attempt to assess or review environmental, industry or social data, instead they are relying on incomplete and out of date assessments undertaken 20 years ago.

The Governments chose to ignore the recommendation of their own reviewer for a contemporary review that included an assessment of the effects of climate change, he said.

By rejecting the recommendation of their own review and proceeding on incomplete and out of date assessments the National Party have once again proven that their intent is to lock up public resources for private companies irrespective of the environmental costs and community interests.


Domestic Violence is still not well understood by all Australians in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia.

Depiction of a victim of domestic violence


While Australians attitudes to violence against women and gender equality are improving, there are some disturbing trends.

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PERTH Serious allegations for Aboriginal trust "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Separately, she is fighting five charges of stealing as a servant and is next due to face Perth Magistrates Court on February 11. Due to the legal .



No Jab, No Job: The next step of the vaccination debate? | Opinion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on TOTT News:
Industries in Australia now require vaccination as a condition of employment. Photo: Earlier this year, the Australian government released a directive requiring all staff in Shigh-risk workplaces to provide information on their flu vaccination status, including restricting access to work in certain areas for those who refuse to comply.


A Day in the Bay 8 Dec at the Cavanbah Centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Due to popular demand and some small venue restrictions we have upgraded A Day In The Bay 2018 to the Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay !

A Day in the Bay

Launching this December 8th, a collaboration of Byron based brands producing a family friendly event, exclusively showcasing the finest our local region has to offer.

A Day In The Bay conceptually is a market event where fun can be had across all ages. Featuring a collective of food trucks + beverage stalls, boutique clothing pop-ups, live music, childrens entertainment + more.

$5 entry on the gate with all proceeds to be donated to local non-for-profit & charity. THE CAVANBAH CENTER are hosting us from 12pm 10pm.

2 Stages, 3 Bars, 10 Food Trucks, Markets, Kids Rides and More! Bring your best smiles and hungry bellies for A Day In The Bay.

For full details visit A Day in the Bay Facebook Page

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Craig Kelly issue is part of the battle for the Liberals future direction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

I didnt think Id ever be saying that Malcolm Turnbulls made a good point.  But he has, by saying that the shifty game played by Scott Morrison to keep Craig Kelly on board, a capitulation to the reactionary faction and a weak response, to the threat to a threat to move to the backbench, if he is not preselected to stand for the Liberals.

Craig Kelly does not have the support of the local Liberal Party to be endorsed to stand for the safe seat of Hughes in Sydney. I thought this might have something to do with inner party democracy. It is now clear that such feely warmy stuff is not so precious, and expendable when it no longer suits.

Scott Morrison has changed the rule, using a provision for emergency powers, so that inconvenient decisions by the member of the party that threaten the position of a sitting member can now be overturned by the leader.

Turnbull tried to get the small l Liberals to resist, but it all came to nothing. In a sense, it might be because Turnbull himself as a prisoner and weak in the face of the same people, when he was leader and prime minister.

The main reason, however, is a sense of panic has set in. With Craig Kelly on the crossbench there would be no majority, and many of them might fall down the precipice of a sudden and unwinnable election. None of them want to go out looking for another job and  personal interest triumphed over principle. This is opportunism plain and simple.

Turnbull has no reason to be fond of Kelly, who played a prominant role in his downfall, and represents the faction of Abbott, Dutton and company. Now he can call out enemies with no threat to himself. This should not stop us from recognising the truth of what he says. It is foolish not to. After all, when he is hitting out as his enemies, he is damaging those who most of us would like to see the end of.

It is certain that this game of Morrisons will have repercussions in the Liberal Parry, not only because it strengthens the hand of the most odious section within it and will anger their opponents within. The shift to top down control over preselection is not only about one seat. A precedent has been set to make it easily apply it to other seats. This has created a new battleground that will soon play out.

The fight over the Kelly preselection is intimately tied up with the war over the future political direction of the Liberal Party,  being fought from the grass roots up.

It is a sign of the disarray of a party in a political crisis, where every step it takes gets it deeper into a quagmire it finds impossible to escape. The Liberal Party is in terminal decline, at least in the sense of staying on as the government.

The point is that the longer it stays, the greater the dis...


Of radicals and rebels: a response to Why the Greens will continue to fail "IndyWatch Feed National"

The switch from the Greens to the Victorian Socialists represents an encouraging materialist turn. But there remain reasons to be critical of the new party. In part, my scepticism stems from the same source as Tollers optimism: many people involved with the new political party are people who were convinced of the Greens a few years ago.

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