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Wednesday, 17 May


TAS Charges Laid for Dishonesty related offences in Western District "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 4:10 pm.

On Tuesday 19th June 2012 members of Western CIB charged a male with various offences in relation to seven business burglaries committed on the 16/06/2012.

Charges related to a motor vehicle stealing from Penguin and business burglaries committed in Penguin, Ulverstone and Elizabeth Town.

The male has been bailed and will appear in the Devonport Court of Petty Sessions at a later time.

Police would like to thank members of the public for their valuable assistance in the investigation which is ongoing.

Police would like to speak to any persons who witnessed or have any information in relation to these burglaries. Persons with information are encouraged to contact Devonport CIB or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Penguin Business Burglaries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 18 June 2012 9:49 am.

Between 1800 hours on the 15/06/2012 and 0800 hours on the 16/06/2012 five businesses located on Main Street Penguin were unlawfully entered.

Items stolen from the businesses include small amounts of cash, coins, food and alcohol.

A blue Holden Commodore registration number EC5281 was also stolen from Penguin between the above date and times. Police believe the theft of the motor vehicle is linked to the burglaries.

Police would like to speak to any person who witnessed or have any information in relation to these burglaries and stolen motor vehicle. Persons with information are encouraged to contact Devonport CIB on 03 6421 7547 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Tuesday, 16 May


TAS Launceston Remand Centre Escapees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 15 June 2012 12:22 pm.

At 3.54pm on Thursday the 14/6/12 three male remand prisoners at the Launceston Remand Centre, Cimitere Street, Launceston attempted to escape out onto the roof.

Police with the aid of negotiators and Remand Centre staff apprehended all three escapees within a relatively short period of time. They were returned to the remand centre.

At no stage did they represent a danger to members of the public.

All three men will appear at the Launceston Magistrates Court on the 27/6/12.

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TAS Ravenswood house fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 1 February 2011 10:23 am.

Tasmania Police attended a deliberately lit house fire at 23/1 Warring Street, Ravenswood late on the evening of Monday 31st January 2011. The vacant Housing Commission residence was extensively damaged.

A 14 yr old youth and an 18yr old male both from Ravenswood will be proceeded against in relation to this matter.

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TAS Charges Laid Attempted Robbery of Taxi Driver "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 3:25 pm.

At approximately 12:50am on Monday the 11th of June 2012 a taxi driver went to collect a fare at Ruby Place, Ravenswood. On arrival the taxi driver was confronted by two to three young males one armed with a knife who demanded money from him.

The driver activated his emergency surveillance equipment and the youths fled.

The driver was able to leave the street in his taxi without being injured and no money was stolen during the attempted armed robbery.

The offenders were described as male youths. One of the offenders was wearing a grey hooded top and had his face covered with a scarf.

As a result of investigations carried out by members of the Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch, a 15 year old Invermay male has been charged with attempted armed robbery in relation to the matter.

The youth has been bailed and will appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court (Youth Justice Division) at a later stage.

The incident is still being investigated and further charges are expected to be laid.

Anyone with information in relation to this matter is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Launceston C.I.B on 63363828.

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TAS Armed Robbery at Beltana Hotel Lindisfarne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 4:02 pm.

At approximately 1.20pm today, two male offenders have threatened a staff member of the Beltana Hotel, whilst in the in the rear car park, with a firearm before making off with a sum of cash. The offenders were then observed to leave the area in a green early model station wagon, registration number EK0689.

The offenders were described as being male, 20 to 30 years of age, wearing full-face balaclavas and disposable dark blue overalls. No person was injured during the incident.

Police wish to speak with anyone who can provide information in relation to this incident. Information can be given directly to investigators on (03) 6230 2318 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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TAS Shooting Incident at Glenorchy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 2:27 pm.

In the early hours of Sunday morning 10 June 2012 two motor vehicles and a private home were damaged by shots fired from a firearm, believed to be a rifle, in Tolosa Street Glenorchy.

Three shots were fired, one into each vehicle and the house.

A male person aged 46 years has been arrested and charged by Police over this matter. This person will appear in the Hobart Magistrates court today Monday 11 June 2012.

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TAS Aggravated burglary and stealing of firearms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 1:38 pm.

Between 6.30pm on Friday the 8th of June 2012 and 01.30 am on Saturday the 9th of June a residence in Old Beach was entered.

A large number of firearms were stolen these include:

1 x Browning .243 Bolt action rifle

1 x Sako .222 Bolt action rifle

1 x Rossi 410 Break action shotgun

1 x Remington .3006 bolt action rifle

1 x Winchester .22 Magnum lever action rifle

1 x Browning .223 Rem bolt action rifle

1 x Ruger .22 Magnum bolt action rifle

1 x Fabarm 20 gauge break action shotgun

1 x Weihrauch 4.5 break action air rifle

1 x Anschutz .22

1 x Winchester .22 Magnum lever action rifle

1 x Winchester 410 single barrel shotgun

1 x Browning .22 Browning rifle

1 x Bentley 20 gauge side by side shotgun.

Police are seeking any information regarding the sale of suspected stolen firearms and request that any member of the public with information in relation to this burglary or the sale of firearms contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Investigators at the Eastern District CIB on 62684103.

Police wish to advise members of the public that even though these firearms were correctly stored it is a timely reminder to secure firearms and ammunition in accordance with the Firearms Act and review your current home security.

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Australia axes climate change adaptation research "IndyWatch Feed National"

Natural disasters like flood and drought have cost the Australian government more than A$12 billion since 2009, write Tayanah O'Donnel & Josephine Mummery, with even harsher weather events predicted for coming decades. Clearly, it's just the time for Australia to eliminate funding for research on adapting to climate change.


Just Reinvest NSWs key proposals to reduce the rising prison population and address Aboriginal over incarceration "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just Reinvest NSW is today releasing the first of its policy papers on key proposals to reduce the rising prison population in NSW, with a particular view to addressing the level of Aboriginal overrepresentation, which has risen by 40% over the last decade.

This first paper focuses on the need for smarter sentencing and parole law reform, and in some key areas aligns with the NSW Criminal Justice Reform package announcement.

Sarah Hopkins, the Chair of Just Reinvest NSW said, To the extent that the Governments reform package aligns with our proposals regarding smarter sentencing and parole law reform, we are in support. Of critical importance is the need to ensure the availability and expand the scope of community-based sentencing alternatives, that address the underlying causes of crime particularly in regional and remote areas.

We also support the government in its move to provide better tools and resources for Community Corrections Officers to manage less serious breaches of parole and to bring in options for home reintegration detention. These are measures which will better support offenders post release and thereby reduce recidivism.

In addition to the expansion of community based sentencing options and changes to the parole regime, the Just Reinvest policy paper also details the importance of reducing the imposition of sentences of six months or less, by encouraging greater use of non-custodial alternatives.

The proposals for reform in this policy paper are part of a broader range of proposed measures, each of which is targeted to support the following key objectives:

        reducing crime to create safe communities;

        ending post-code justice; and

        identifying a smarter way to spend the $3.8 billion the NSW Government plans to spend over the next four years to increase prison capacity by 7,000 prison beds.

The proposals comprise part of an overall justice reinvestment strategy through which resulting savings would be reinvested into supporting community driven strategies to reduce crime.

The paper was developed following a roundtable discussion in November 2016, with representatives from the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia, the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT, Legal Aid NSW, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the University of NSW, the University of Technology Sydney, the Public Defenders office, and other prominent members of the NSW legal community. It will now be the subject of consultation with peak NSW Aboriginal organisations and other key organisations and agencies.

A Parliamentary Forum will be held in the coming months to formally launch the policy paper.

During the...


The Land of Future Renters Down Under "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of South Africas 80 squatter townships for whites  By Dee McLachlan Is it just me or is there something amiss about the booming property market in Australia? I was originally inspired to write this article when Nemisis made a comment on Gumshoe, on April 25, 2017. On the European arrival to Australia, he wrote in []


How a 95yo Kokoda Veteran Closed Down Downer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Great-grandfather Bill Ryan is a legally-blind 95-year-old Kokoda veteran, the oldest known person to ever be arrested in Australia. Bill joined fellow Sydney citizens to engage staff of Downer Group today, talking to them about our Nonviolent Direct Action plans to get Downer out of bed with Adani.

We found a lot of security guards but very few staff! Downer had locked down their buildings, asked staff to stay home, and even ordered catering so staff at work didnt need to frequent the downstairs coffee shops. Staff had even been shown video of our last Downer action in preparation.

Downer locked down their Brisbane headquarters as well, possibly other locations too. Maybe it was because we warned Downer of our direct action campaign in the media and through a letter to their CEO?

Seems you can close lock-down multiple workplaces with 15 people and a Facebook event! Bill wasnt deterred and with fellow citizens tried to access the floor where Downer executives work.

After Bill forced the issue an executive came down and talked to Bill and Ben (yes, we know) for 20 minutes. Bill pressed the urgency of climate change and the emotion of his concern for his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Ben outlined why Downer will be targeted with direct action by a passionate environment movement, escalating over time in locations all around the country. In this section we asked what would happen if Downer got out of bed with Adani. He said no jobs would be lost but profit could be threatened. We need to make sure WE are the threat to their profits!



Bank Operations And Exposure Needs Addressing NOW! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why would a government chartered by the constitution to protect the people be so reluctant for a Royal Commission into Australian banking when overwhelming public evidence suggests a pungent smell of endemic criminal corruption is abundant, reflecting a vested political interest. Read More


Austinmer beach work continues "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


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Austinmer Beach, showing the red-roofed surf club and change rooms. Photo:

AUSTINMER Surf Club is to get a new roof this month, as part of an ongoing improvement program for the popular beachside spot.

The replacement roof will be the same heritage red as the existing aged roof, and is expected to take about a month to be installed, provided there are good weather conditions.

While the roof works are taking place, Wollongong City Council will also oversee minor improvement works to the adjacent toilet and shower facilities.

The ageing amenities block will have new lights inside the toilet cubicles in the mens and ladies toilets, repairs to seating and the interiors will be repainted.

Council has put a lot of work into the Austinmer Beach precinct over the past few years in addition to the refurbishment of the popular rock pools, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

We have installed a new, fenced and gated playground, and laid new grass at the front of the surf club and upgraded this areas fo...


A New Tax "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's inherently dangerous and in a nanny state, protecting you is job one for the government. Therefore the Australians have enacted the LOG-YOUR-JOG ordinance. In addition to logging on to file a 'jog plan', you're expected to wear a helmet while jogging. When I heard about this, I felt that it would be likely that the City and County of San Francisco would do the same thing (exempting illegal aliens/wetbacks).

Yes of course, it's a hoax. But it underscores how absurd people are and how likely they are to believe even this sort of patently tom-foolery as credible and even likely to be the case. This is how far we've sunk. In California, things like this are announced all the time and they're not hoaxes. In California there is usually a hefty tax involved. In this case it would be a "jogging tax"...which hasn't been enacted, but who knows. This may give California or its counties an idea.


Hillsong Church- meet Hillsongs sex deviate founder Frank Houston. Part Three. Boy victim AHAs statement to the Australian Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs child abuse victims number in the hundreds. Maybe four hundred plus.


The following is the signed statement of boy victim AHA to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in October 2014.

AHA is one of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsongs, sexual abuse boy victims.

AHAs statement is dated 30 September 2014, a month before the Australian Royal Commission examined Brian Houston, Hillsong Church and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC).

The ACC was formerly called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG).

Boy victim AHA read this statement to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on 7 October 2014.



Syrian regime built crematorium at prison near Damascus to dispose of bodies, US claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hamza Ali Al-khateeb. 13 year old boy who the Syrian government arrested for writing protests on his village wall against Bashar Al-Assad five years ago at the beginning of the Syrian uprising. His blood will be avenged by Syrian ant-givernment forces and foreign military forces against ISIS and Bashar al-Assad who like ISIS will lie still and frozen before France, America, the Uk and other military retire the hornets to the aircraft carriers in the Gulf and wheel the Abram tanks into their sheds.


Eddie and Moses Obeid fail to delay hearing for charges over a coal licence "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Eddie and Moses Obeid fail to delay hearing for charges over a coal licence

16 May 2017

Former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid and his son Moses have failed to delay their committal hearing for charges laid over a coal licence.

After a high-profile corruption inquiry, the Obeids and former NSW mining minister Ian Macdonald were charged in 2015 with conspiring over a coal exploration licence.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) found the Obeids made $30 million from the deal which granted a licence for their family farm at Mount Penny in the Bylong Valley.

The men were due to face a committal hearing for the charges in August 2016 but it was moved to December and then moved again to May 29 this year.

In March, local court magistrate Vivien Swain ruled that the committal hearing should not be delayed again.

Today in the NSW Supreme Court the lawyer for the Obeids, Peter Lange, argued there was a huge amount of material involved and their legal team had not had enough time to review it.

But the lawyer for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Peter Neil SC, told the court the Obeids were intelligent men and Eddie Obeid was no stranger to litigation.

Justice Helen Wilson noted that there has been enough delay in the case with the original court papers filed in 2015.

She said the Obeids have had access to the large DPP brief of evidence for some time.

Justice Wilson dismissed the Obeids appeal against magistrate Vivien Swains March ruling.

Her Honour did not make her assessment in a vacuum, she said.

This means the committal hearing is due to go ahead on May 29.



Thiess's Nick Jukes helps to explain how Gillard got the AWU-WRA incorporated - the role of the BCITF "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'd really appreciate your help right now - there's a request at the foot of this post! The Trade Union Royal Commission's report on the AWU Workplace Reform Association doesn't mention WA's Building and Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF). That's a major omission, as the BCITF played a pivotal role...


what does simple living really mean? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A few weeks ago a magazine journalist called me to chat about simplicity. She was interested to hear what it meant to mewhich I found slightly overwhelming but largely humbling.

I rambled, as I do when Im on the phone, and in doing so found myself spurting all these thoughts that had been misplaced in my very active, if slightly anxious, pregnant brain.

I explained, as I did here, that this year has been a significant turning point for me. More time, more children, less work, less money and, ultimately, a big shift in priorities.

At the very crux of this shift has been a better understanding a truer understanding of simplicity and minimalismwhich is not, in any way, related to white walls, linen bedcovers and passionate decluttering. I may be contradicting my former self by saying this, but Im happy to admit that my practise of simplicity has evolved over time and, thanks to life circumstances, become a whole lot more authentic.

To me, simplicity is not an aesthetic or a trend. Its a way of living that celebrates resourcefulness and mindfulness rarely easy but often satisfying.

How ironic that were sold simplicity as an expensive, often unattainable, image. The picture of living simply has a lot more to do with magazine-worthy kitchens and their accompanying wooden utensils than it does with mending and making do and using something till it has withered away.

But how incredibly reassuring it is to know that if we dig a little deeper we soon discover that the heroes of this way of living were our grandparents and the generations before them; the pioneers of budgeting and frugality and living within their means.

If you feel the urge to live more simply and tread more lightly but feel overwhelmed by the how, youre not alone. But know this; simple living is never dependent on your income or your location or the colour of your walls. Its much more reliant on your mindset, your intentions and your awareness.

Three ways to make simple changes:

  • ditch the takeaway coffee cups : Why? Because Australians use 1 billion a year and despite popular belief, theyre not recyclable. It took me a while to adopt the habit of taking my keepcup everywhere but now its second nature (I recommend the glass version). Alternatively, take ten minutes out of your day and sit in at the cafe, drink from a mug and know that you havent contributed to landfill.
  • question yourself before y...


Singapore acquiring two new Type-218SG submarines: Ng Eng Hen "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Type-218SG submarines will ensure the Singapore Navy continues to modernise and keep pace with the growth of navies in Asia.PHOTO: CYBERPIONEER

SINGAPORE Singapore will be acquiring two new submarines that are expected to be delivered from 2024, in a move to replace its older and ageing underwater war vessels, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced on Tuesday (May 16).

Singapore also needs to make the purchases to keep pace with the growth of navies in Asia and to be an effective force, even as it continues to work with other navies in tackling common security challenges, said Dr Ng, at the opening ceremony of the 11th International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (Imdex) Asia.

Together with two other submarines of the same Type-218SG model that were ordered previously and expected to be delivered in 2021 and 2022, the two new buys will ensure the Singapore Navy continues to modernise and keep pace with the growth of navies in Asia, he added.

At steady state, the four Type-218SGs in service will complement each other in maintenance, logistics and operations, and have better capabilities to protect our sea lines of communications, said Dr Ng.

He noted that more than 50 per cent of global container traffic now moves through the Asia-Pacific. Singapore itself has seen an increas...


THIS is Where Earths Most Powerful Energetic Points and Chakras are Located "IndyWatch Feed National"

All human beings have seven energetic vortices that govern the mind, body, and soul. However, humans are not alone in this, as Mother Earth also has seven chakras of her own.

It is generally accepted that Mother Earth or Gaia has seven major energetic points located throughout her Earthly body. Her first chakra is located at Mount Shasta in Northern California, the second is Lake Titicaca in South America, the third is in Uluru-Kata Tjuta in Australia, the fourth is in Stonehenge in England, the fifth is the Great Pyramid, the sixth is in Kuh-e Malek Siah in Iran and the seventh chakra is Mount Kailas in Tibet. Additionally, just as humans have, Mother Earth also has minor chakras that aid in her energetic flow.

According to Earth Chakras website, 

The Earth is a living being, with its own creative, evolutionary will, and with its own methods for enacting that purpose. If we look at nature, we discover that design and innovation the architect and the inventor are at work. What is the goal of this effort? Alone, among the planets in the solar system, Earth is the matrix for life. What are the maximum potentialities for life? It is the true will of the Earth to find the answers to this question, and to communicate these results to other laboratories of life throughout the universe.

1. Root Chakra, Mt. Shasta, California

It is believed that this is where the universal life force gathers before it becomes life. Mount Shasta is responsible for co-creating an energetic Vesica Pisces with the Sedona Vortex. Together, the two merge and become connected by a flow of energy, causing their electromagnetic fields to combine. This is believed to be the base of Mother Earths energetic center.

2. Sacral Chakra, Lake Titicaca, South America

The myths surrounding this area are representative of the kundalini energy rising through the sexual chakra. The area, which has also been referred to as the rainbow serpent has some of the most ley crossroads or ley lines on the planet, second to Bali. It is here that our primal energy is birthed.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra, Kata Tjuta, Australia



League legends take mental fitness to the country "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In association with the Act-Belong-Commit, Rugby League legends Wayne Wigham and Percy Knight will be taking their message about mental health to country NSW.

 When Rugby League great Wayne Wigham opened up publicly about his experience with depression, he made his message clear - mental illness can affect anyone even if it doesnt show it on the surface.After seven years working in the Black Dog Institute Education Team, he is gearing up to take his message to communities and schools in country NSW in association with the Act-Belong-Commit initiative.

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Man charged following alleged indecent assault of teenager Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will face court today after allegedly indecently assaulting a teenage girl in Lismore.

A man will face court today after allegedly indecently assaulting a teenage girl in Lismore.

A man will face court today after allegedly indecently assaulting a teenage girl in the states Northern Rivers region.

About 5pm on Monday 15 May, a 13-year-old girl was walking along Dudley Drive, Goonellabah, when a man allegedly approached the girl and indecently assaulted her.

Police have been told the girl ran away, with the man continuing to follow her, before he indecently assaulted her again.

Officers attached to Richmond Local Area Command were contacted and attended the scene.

A short time later, a 39-year-old man was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with aggravated indecent assault and offensive conduct.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in Lismore Local Court today, Tuesday 16 May 2017.

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Beyond prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

Transformative justice acknowledges both the harm and violence caused by individuals upon one another, as well as the harm and violence inflicted upon individuals by prisons and structural factors, that can cause social isolation and may contribute to harmful behaviour. Rather than isolating and punishing the person who has caused harm, a transformative justice approach asks, on both an individual and structural level: Who was harmed? How can we facilitate healing? How can we prevent further harm in the future?


Police arrest 870 suspected paedophiles and rescue hundreds of children after smashing international internet ring "IndyWatch Feed National"

A global child sexual exploitation ring has been taken down by the FBI and Europol, leading to the arrest of hundreds of suspected paedophiles. Florida man Steven W Chase, 58, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for creating what is believed to have been the worlds largest child pornography website with more than 150,000 users. In total some 870 people were arrested or convicted worldwide, including 368 in Europe alone, and so far at least 259 sexually abused children have been identified or rescued from abusers outside the US. Chase created the website, called 'Playpen', in August 2014 on the Dark Web network Tor, where people can communicate and access material anonymously through "hidden service" websites. Special Agent Dan Alfin ... pointed out the initial difficulty in investigating the case. Given the nature of how Tor hidden services work, there was not much we could do about it," he said. However, in December 2014, Chase accidently revealed Playpens IP address in Florida, prompting a foreign law enforcement agency to contact the FBI. A copy of the website was seized by US law enforcement; search warrants were issued for email accounts and eventually, said Mr Alfin, everything led back to Steven Chase. One month later the FBI, along with support from European and local law enforcement, launched Operation Pacifier to find Playpens thousands of members.

Note: A recent University of Portsmouth study found that sites with paedophile material represent just 2% of the estimated 45,000 hidden services websites online at any one time, but account for 83% of all "Dark Web" traffic. Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more, see concise summaries of sexual abuse scandal news articles.

Child porn-collecting FBI partner on track to dodge jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

A cybersecurity taskforce chief turned child pornography collector seems poised to dodge prison. Before agents arrived at his house across from Ballards West Woodland Elementary School ... Brian Haller led the Seattle chapter of an FBI/private-sector group tasked with fighting computer crime. Haller had access to a secure FBI online platform and email system, though he is not alleged to have used either to collect child porn. Haller was one of the smaller fish caught in an expansive FBI sting last year. Agents found the law enforcement insider used a dark web service a Tor network site to collect 600 files capturing the sexual abuse and exploitation of countless children. Usually, Hallers crimes could carry a five-year prison term. Instead, federal prosecutors have asked that Haller, 40, be spared even jail time when he is sentenced Friday for possession of child pornography. The standard sentencing range for a defendant like Haller is four to five years in federal prison. [Haller] was identified through a wide-ranging, controversial sting operation [that] has prompted charges against more than 130 others, including a Vancouver special education worker and a Fort Lewis soldier.

Note: It was reported in 2012 that two US states appeared to be "running state-protected child trafficking rings, with evidence of cops, judges, lawyers, clergy and government employees covering for each other." Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more, see concise summaries of sexual abuse scandal news articles.


TISA means trouble "IndyWatch Feed National"

16 May 2017: A newreport and campaign has been launched by the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) to reveal the threat to jobs and workers rights posed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
According to the ITF, the new campaign - 'TISA means trouble' - enlists the power of trade unions to fight back against the deal, which has been negotiated in virtual secrecy by the European Union and 22 other countries. Find out more via their website:


Community Billboard 16th May-22 May. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the

future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected

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Hemp foods and cosmetics tied up in knots by regulations "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L to R: Labor state health spokesperson, Hemp Foods Australia CEO Paul Benhaim and Richmond Labor MP Justine Elliot raise a cup of hemp tea to celebrate recent deregulation. Photo Jeff 'Doesn't Affect Me' Dawson

L to R: Labor state health spokesperson Walt Secord, Hemp Foods Australia CEO Paul Benhaim and Richmond Labor MP Justine Elliot raise a cup of hemp tea to celebrate recent deregulation. Photo Jeff Doesnt Affect Me Dawson

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Hemp Foods Australia CEO Paul Benhaim is raising a glass of hemp tea to celebrate the recent win of common sense over absurd food labelling laws.

Even though hemp seed has myriad nutritional benefits (it contains 33 per cent protein and all the essential fatty acids) it has been banned for human consumption in Australia for decades because of reefer madness era fears it might get consumers stoned.

The seed contains none of the psychoactive THC that marijuana smokers seek but plenty of other health-giving cannabinoids (of which there are some 113).

Australia and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world to ever have had such absurd legislation on the statute books.

Last month, following years of campaigning by Mr Benhaim and a petition, COAG finally approved the sale of hemp seed for human consumption.

Until now Mr Benhaim, who has 17 years experience in the industry, has had to market his product for skincare purposes only.

He described the recent change in legislation as an overnight success after 17 years.

TGA steps in

But just as he began gearing up for full-scale production, with markets opening up in Japan, Europe and South Korea, in stepped the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), limiting the amount of cannabinoids in food products.

The ruling was intended to create a distinction between hemp foods and medicinal marijuana but it has had the unintended side effect of putting the brake on a range of products we were getting ready to produce, Mr Benhaim told Echonetdaily.

Ironically the limitation extended also to skin care products, just as he was putting the finishing touches to his own range of Sativa skin care products.

North coast jobs

Yesterday Mr Benhaim met with Labor Richmond federal MP Jus...


"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed National"

South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, radiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The electrons eventually recombine with the atoms to produce the visible nebular glow, dominated by the red emission of hydrogen. 
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At an estimated distance of 6,000 light-years, the region shown is about 250 light-years across, spanning an area equivalent to four full moons on the sky. The nebula is also cataloged as Gum 56 for Australian astronomer Colin Stanley Gum, but seafood-loving astronomers might know this cosmic cloud as The Prawn Nebula.


Alleged tinnie-terrorists court told of 50-strong pro-Islamic State mob in Melbourne park - Islamic State banners and anti-Western slogans "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Islamic State flags at Mosul in Iraq, 2014 - for illustrative purposes only) Hard to believe that police received a report of 50 people in Arabic dress with Islamic State flags and chanting anti-Western slogans - and sat on it for 12 months. This report from Melbourne's The Age overnight....


Richmond Valley and Lismore councils plan for rail trail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cyclist Robbie McEwen and supporters of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. Photo supplied.

Cyclist Robbie McEwen and supporters of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. Photo supplied.

Getting on board the rail trail corridor Robbie McEwen is keen to see the Murwillumbah to Casino rail trail get its planning under way.

McEwen is a Gold Coast-based rider with a professional road cycling career that spanned from 1996 to 2012.

Born in Brisbane, McEwen has more than 200 professional race wins including 12 Tour de France stages wins.

Not only is Robbie a household name that will bring considerable momentum to the campaign, he is a leader in the Australian cycling community, said (Northern Rivers Rail Trail) NRRT spokesperson Marie Lawton.

Recently Richmond Valley and Lismore councils have both committed $50,000 towards planning for the section of Northern Rivers Rail Trail within their shire boundaries.

This will be supported by a 30 day crowd funding campaign starting on 6 June that Amis to raise another $75,000 for that planning.

Having Robbie involved will bring much greater awareness and support for that campaign, said Lawton.

McEwen joins former Deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony as a patron of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

Ive spent many hours training on the roads of the Northern Rivers and I did quite a bit of racing with the Murwillumbah Cycle Club, so I know how spectacular that area is, said McEwen.

As someone who has trained and raced in many parts of the world, I can safely say a trail along the Murwillumbah to Casino rail corridor would be one of the best in the world.

If you look at the success of trails in places like Otago on the New Zealand south island and compare their scenery to the landscapes and attractions we have here, you could be confident the Northern Rivers Rail Trail would bring in people from around the world.

Tweed Shire Council has previously dedicated funding to pl...


Stop Bloody Counting the Countries You Do "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youve left your home country at least once, there is a very high chance someone has asked you How many countries have you visited? I typically have to swallow the vomit thats crept up into my mouth before I can respond with a meek, Im not sure, actually.

Nine times out of ten, this answer absolutely bewilders people. Even right now, I cant tell you how many countries I have visited. This is not because its a particularly large amount, but simply because I dont give a fuck. And neither should you.

I am seldom impressed by how many countries someone has been to.* I dont give a flying fuck how many countries Simon, 25, who has just super-liked me from 14km away, has been to. Judging by his Tinder pictures, its pretty obvious Simo and half his footy team went on a filthy Euro-tour that took them to 27 countries in 13 days. Hes not alone, either. People put flags in their bios, brand themselves a ~traveller~, and list where theyre off to next. Unless youre offering to take me with you Ben, 23, I dont care.

Im more diligent about keeping track of my sexual partners than I am about the places I have visited. I have a running document about the former, including their full names, and when and how we were involved. This list is purely for health reasons, and is not an ego-stroke (believe me). I know people who keep similar lists for countries they have visited, except the difference is it that its precisely for an ego-stroke. A list to whip out in bar in the hope that maybe, tomorrow morning, I will be adding their name to my list.

But this counting of countries isnt just peacocking; people dont do it just to attract a partner. Oh no, this goes well beyond courtship. Ive heard horror stories of people smacking their nation number on their resume, and dropping it (casually, I am sure) into job interviews. At the start of the year, a tutor of mine bragged about his passport stamp collection in his introduction. Ive also been told that Ill really like so-and-so because shes been to 46 countries! or hes done South America too!

For the record, I never did like either of those people.

Another gripe: you dont do countries. Can we all please remove do from our vocabulary when discussing travel? You didnt do Nepal. Youre not going to do Laos. And you sure as hell havent done Europe. The verb do and its past participle done are no...


Up to 70 News Corp Australia photographers made redundant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amanda Meade  writes (the Guardian 15 May 2017) that job cutting in the media industry is now focused on News Corp. It is less than a week since Fairfax journalists went back to work, after a strike over the same issue.

As many as 70 staff photographers from across News Corp mastheads have been told their positions are redundant as Rupert Murdochs Australian newspapers adopt an outsourcing model.

Last week managers started meeting individual photographers for a skills assessment for forced redundancies.

The old model of staff photographers is being retired for a hybrid model, consisting of a core team of photographic specialists, complemented by freelance and agency talent, the company said.

News Corp is not the only newspaper company cutting costs. Fairfax Media journalists went on strike for seven days this month after the company announced it was cutting 125 journalists on the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age newspapers.

This round of News Corp staff cuts, announced last month, is the companys latest attempt to slash the costs associated with producing its printed newspapers, which now attract just a fraction of the advertising revenue they once did.

The newsrooms of the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, the Courier-Mail and the Adelaide Advertiser will be restructured to run on a model which relies on agencies and freelancers for photographs as well as a small band of in-house photographers.

Sources told Guardian Australia that out of 20 photographers at Queensland Newspapers, only five will remain. Thirteen were forced to take redundancy and two took voluntary redundancy.

In New South Wales, a total of just 20 photographers will remain to work across all the local newspapers, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph. More than 25 will be made redundant.

The Australian is expected to lose two photographers from its parliamentary bureau in Canberra.

Up to 10 staff photographers in South Australia have lost their jobs.

A spokeswoman for News Corp said the redundancy program had begun but declined to confirm numbers.

There has been an outpouring of support for the photographers from their journalist colleagues, who have always relied on working as a team when sent out on an assignment.

One reporter wrote on Facebook: Photographers...


Burringbar flood meeting a success with more to come "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Pictured as the floods were receding in Burringbar. Photo Burringbar - Mooball go fund me page.

Pictured as the floods were receding in Burringbar. Photo Burringbar Mooball go fund me page.

The flood information evening held in Burringbar last Tuesday 9 May was a great success according to one organiser Eva Heath.

We had about 50 people attend the meeting which is a great turn out for a small community like this, she said.

Issues ranging from the M1 contributing to flooding and clearing waterways to resolving disputes with insurance companies were covered.

They are pleased to announce that the Burringbar district has been included in the second round application for category C funding that the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian recently signed off for submission to the Federal government.

Issues ranging from the M1 contributing to flooding and clearing waterways to resolving disputes with insurance companies were covered at the meeting.

A subsequent meeting has been announced for Monday 29 May, 6pm at the Burringbar School of Arts Hall. Called by the NSW SES the forum will cover the Burringbar, Mooball, Stokers Siding and Crabbes Creek area. The SES is aiming to build an accurate picture of each communitys experiences and perspectives during the recent flood events; discuss ways that we can work with communities to continue to improve your preparation and future response and recovery to disaster events.

The roads and maritime authority (RMS) have been invited to attend and residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the impact of the M1.

The M1 has effectively created a dam splitting the flood plain, said Eva.

This was raised with the then RTA when the highway was being constructed but warnings from old locals were ignored and now the warnings have come to fruition.

Tweed Shire Council, Bureau of Meteorology, NSW SES Richmond Tweed Region, NSW SES Murwillumbah Unit and Crisis Ready will also be attending this meeting.



Labor calls for inquiry after Lismore hospital mental unit death "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW opposition is calling for an urgent parliamentary inquiry into NSWs Mental Health facilities following the death of a mentally ill patient in Lismores Adult Mental Health Unit.

CCTV footage released yesterday showed the mentally ill patient wandering naked and covered in faeces, falling at least 25 times.

The patient, Miriam Merton, died from a brain injury the following day.

But the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) has denied there has been a cover-up.

A coronial inquest found that Ms Merton was locked in a secluded room and left unattended by nurses for more than five hours, with no access to water or a toilet.

The inquest further found that health protocols were significantly breached with nurses failing to physically assess the patients temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure when in isolation.

The state government last week announced a review into mental health policies and procedures as a result of the 2014 incident.

NNSW LHD CEO Wayne Jones said he welcomed the review, adding the health service was always open about what happened to Ms Merton.

Let me stress there has been absolutely no cover-up in this, he told ABC radio.

We provided open and full disclosure to Ms Mertons guardian and father concerning the details of her death.

NSW opposition mental health spokesperson, Tania Mihailuk is calling for a full inquiry into mental health services in the state after the death of a patient at Lismore Base Hospital. File photo

NSW opposition mental health spokesperson, Tania Mihailuk is calling for a full inquiry into mental health services in the state after the death of a patient at Lismore Base Hospital. File photo

Don Dale moment

But NSW shadow minister for mental health Tania Mihailuk said that the NSW Government had failed to adequately respond to such appalling abuse of a mentally ill patient in care, and a parliamentary inquiry was urgently needed to assess the level of resourcing and staffing of NSWs mental health facilities.

This is the Don Dale moment for the NSW mental health system it is sickening and appalling that a mentally ill patient, in desperate need of assistance, was treated so inhumanely.

Despite this mentally ill patient dying over two years ago, the NSW Governme...


Unions to hold Peoples Breakfast in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

The Victorian Trades Hall Councils we are union campaign has organised a breakfast to be held on Southbank on Sunday 21st May at 10am (21/8 Whiteman St).

Called the Peoples Breakfast, the event aims to make public the discrepancy between the exclusive $50 a head breakfast at Caf Baci and the reality that many Australians have now been excluded from enjoying a breakfast in a cafe. A select group has been invited to this breakfast, to schmooze with Liberal MPs and the Vice President of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Those attending the Peoples Breakfast outside the cafe, will use the opportunity to talk to the public about the impact of the penalty rates cut and the need to turn this attack around.

Highlighted will be the effect on those miss out on weekends and what this does to families and friends.  Organisations that depend on volunteers to provide services will also suffer, if their volunteers can no longer give the time.

Those tasking part will enjoy a bit of avocado on toast.

The Coalition government is vulnerable on this issue. Few support it because nearly everyone has a chance of losing established working conditions. It has even proved to be a headache for Pauline Hanson. Her support for the penalty rate cuts, has sent shock waves through One Nation, to the extent that she was forced to backtrack after the act.

The main immediate impact is in the hospitality industry, which happens to be a major employer in Australia these days. It is also a leg up for major employers, who have been given a precedent to expand the same to other industries.

Unions have reacted angrily and are engaged in an ongoing campaign to reverse the trend and there are signs that union membership is growing as wage earners become increasingly nervous about their future work conditions.



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Byron gin wins gold "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cape Byron Distillery near Bangalow. Phtoto supplied.

Cape Byron Distillery near Bangalow. Phtoto supplied.

Cape Byron Distillerys Brookies Byron Dry Gin took out the prestigious gold medal at the 2017 San Francisco world spirit competition in the face of over 2000 entires.

Brookies Byron Dry Gin produced by Cape Byron Distillery near Bangalow. Photo supplied.

Brookies Byron Dry Gin produced by Cape Byron Distillery near Bangalow. Photo supplied.

Launched in December 2016 Brookies Byron Dry Gin is the co creation of Eddie Brook and Jim McEwan bringing together the legendary Scottish master distiller, Jim McEwan and the Brook family to create this distinctive and award winning drink.

The San Francisco world spirit competition was the largest in its history with 2,100 entries that were judged by 43 spirit Industry experts.  Since its introduction in 2000, this competition has become one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world.

We are delighted to have won gold at our first International competition, said Eddie Brook.

I guess it shows that our region can produce world class products with world class ingredients.

Brookies Byron Dry Gin is made on the Brooks family farm at St Helena, near Bangalow and showcases native Australian ingredients, many of which are sourced from the heart of a regenerated rainforest in the very centre of their macadamia farm.

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Virginia Livingstons Cancer Cure "IndyWatch Feed National"

Virginia Livingston by Mary W Maxwell, LLB During the last hundred years, a surprisingly large number of doctors  have found ways to cure or alleviate cancer. These ways are not the Big Three surgery, radiation, and chemo that are the ones almost exclusively recommended by the profession. Lets begin with Virginia Livingston (1906-1990), []


NSW to see euthanasia bill for over 25s "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anne Gabrielides, pictured, is suffering motor neurone disease and wants assistance to help end her life. Photo Sydney Morning Herald

Anne Gabrielides, pictured, is suffering motor neurone disease and wants assistance to help end her life. Photo Sydney Morning Herald


Draft legislation giving terminally ill patients aged over 25 the right to end their lives with medical help will be introduced into the NSW parliament within months.

The draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill would allow patients with reasonable medical judgment and who expect to die within 12 months as well as suffering extreme pain, or physical disabilities to be allowed to choose euthanasia, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Tuesday.

Several safeguards would be in place, including a cooling off period of 48 hours, and the right of close relatives to challenge patient eligibility in court, while two medical practitioners would need to sign off on the final decision, among other requirements.

A cross-party working group of NSW MPs is due to release the draft bill for public consultation on Tuesday, and expect to introduce it to parliament in August.

The working group, including Liberal MP Lee Evans, Nationals MLC Trevor Khan, Labor MLC Lynda Voltz, Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi and independent MP Alex Greenwich, have spent two years consulting about the bill.

A petition seeking support from NSW MPs for assisted dying laws has received the signatures of more than 51,000 people.

The organisation says the petition was started by terminally ill mum Anne Gabrielides, 53, from the Blue Mountains who is battling Motor Neurone Disease.

Supported by her husband Paul and three children, Ms Gabr...


Respect polls on Medicare, PM warns Senate "IndyWatch Feed National"

PM Malcolm Turnbull has warned the Senate to 'respect' polling that shows the majority of people would support an increased Medicare levy to support the NDIS. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

PM Malcolm Turnbull has warned the Senate to respect polling that shows the majority of people would support an increased Medicare levy to support the NDIS. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas


Malcolm Turnbull insists voters have given his second federal budget a tick of approval and hes warning the Senate to respect their wishes when it comes to funding the NDIS.

Two polls published on Monday show a majority of voters support federal government moves to increase the Medicare levy to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

But the prime minister is facing questions about whether hes willing to compromise to get the measure through the upper house, with Labor vowing to oppose it for lower income earners.

He insists the polls show strong support for the measure and hes warning the Senate to reflect the wishes of voters.

The budget has got a big tick of approval, Mr Turnbull told John Laws on Sydney radio 2SM.

We want the senators to listen to that, the sentiment thats being reflected from the public and support all those measures when they come to the Senate.

The government intends to fund the NDIS via an increased Medicare levy on all taxpayers from 2019, but Labor wants to limit the planned 0.5 percentage point increase  taking the rate to 2.5 per cent  to those earning more than $87,000 a year.

The federal government wants all Australians to help fund it, but opposition leader Bill Shorten says thats unfair.

Why should someone on $50,000 pay an increase in income tax when Malcolm Turnbull is giving a millionaire a $16,500 tax cut from 1 July? Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne.

Hes suggested the government find the money elsewhere, like scrapping $65 billion in company tax cuts.

If you have to find money to help look after people who are less well off, why does it have to come from other people who arent doing so well, rather than the millionaires and the...


Chinas $1 Trillion plan to shake up the global economic order "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

less than 48 hours ago ago, Chinas president Xi Jinping addressed a gathering of state leaders, including Russias Vladimir Putin in Beijing, where he outlined some of the details of a plan that will span 60 countries. It is called One Belt, One Road and the world has never seen anything like it before.

The plan first came to surface in 2013 and it is now it is poised to take off in earnest.

On the surface, this is an economic initiative. It is also much more than this.  One Belt. One Road, challenges the orthodoxy imposed on the global economy by the West. A regime of unquestionable control in the hands of a few powers, backed by institutions that they have set up. Since World War Two, the United states has been the per-eminent super power in this regime, which is now under threat of losing its control.

In recent times the old order has been locked into what is generally described as neoliberal economic policy, based on minimalist government intervention and the private sector as the unchallenged economic driver. Chinas initiative turns this on its head, by making government the driver and using state enterprises as the leading edge for economic transformation and growth, based on an economic plan,  focusing on the longer term and adding other goals to the bottom line, like tackling the problems of poverty and the need to shift to sustainable economies.

With government intervention, projects are also secured with government backed loans to minimise risk.

It is hard to underestimate the extent of the diplomatic and therefore political impact this will have if successful. Chinas own success story serves as a model. The worlds most populous nation has bee undergoing a massive industrial revolution and succeeding in spreading the benefit through its population.   Some 700 million have been taken out of serious poverty.This has been achieved but by means of government intervention and leadership and not though neoliberalism.

This is why the United States, leading European powers and in Asia Japan and India are looking on with trepidation. They are not part of the plan.

The plan has already given rise to a multitude of infrastructure projects, including a $6 billion railway through the mountains of Laos to connect eight Asian countries and clearing American ordinance dropped during the Vietnam war; power plants in Pakistan to overcome an energy shortage; and another  railway from Hungary to Serbia, linking to the Chinese owned port in Greece.

There is Africas first transnationa...


Sara Connors sentence increased to five years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sara Connor (pictured during her trial in Bali) has had her sentence for her role in the killing of a Bali policeman increased to five years. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Sara Connor (pictured during her trial in Bali) has had her sentence for her role in the killing of a Bali policeman increased to five years. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)


Byron Bay mother-of-two Sara Connor will spend an extra year in prison after Balis High Court increased her sentence to five years for her role in the death of a local policeman.

Mondays decision is a further blow to Connor with the courts three judges finding that her initial four-year sentence over the death of Wayan Sudarsa was too light.

Backing the appeal by the prosecution, the judges criticised the 46-year-old from Byron Bay for not making any effort to help Mr Sudarsa after he became embroiled in a fatal struggle with her British boyfriend David Taylor on Kuta Beach in August 2016.

The judges in appeal level have considered incriminating factors which have not been considered by judges in first level court (in their March decision), Judge Sudharmawatiningsih said.

The defendant left behind the victim and did not make any effort to help the victim even though she knew the victim was still laying facing down.

The defendant has also injured Indonesias tourism image, especially Balis tourism image.

Connor was not in court to hear the Mondays judgment and was understood to be not legally represented.

Sydney barrister, Peter Strain, who assisted Connor during her trial, declined to comment on Mondays decision.

When she was sentenced in March, Connors friends and family described being devastated by the decision.

Within days, Connors fears were realised when prosecutors announced they would be challenging the decision, arguing the term was unfair and did not act as a deterrent.

Concerned any challenge on her part would see the sentence increased further, Connors then legal team announced in late March that she would not launch an appeal.

Connor wrote to the court in April urging them n...


Man charged with mums murder had crossbow in car "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nathan White, 28, has been charged with murdering his mother after a crossbow and pitchfork were found in his car. Photo Seven News

Nathan White, 28, has been charged with murdering his mother after a crossbow and pitchfork were found in his car. Photo Seven News


A 28-year-old man accused of killing his mother in their home in Sydneys south is due to face court over the murder.

The mans older brother, 31, found the bloodied body at the Sylvania townhouse about 6.45am on Monday.

Since then, a crossbow and pitchfork have allegedly been found in a car driven by the 28-year-old.

Following hours of questioning on Monday, police charged the younger man with murder and he was refused bail to appear at Newtown Local Court on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old woman, named in media reports as Linda Connors, lived in the Sylvania home with her two sons.

The (31-year-old) fellow is very distraught by what has happened he is the one who came across the incident and called police to attend, Superintendent Michael OToole told reporters on Monday.

He had been helping police.

His younger brother was arrested on the Princes Highway in St Peters a few hours after Ms Connors body was found.

Supt Toole on Monday said it was impossible to say at this stage when the woman died.

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Polly the pig pair to remain behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Injuries to the snout of Polly the Pig. (supplied)

Injuries to the snout of Polly the Pig. (supplied)

Rodney Stevens

Bail has again been refused for two men following a violent rampage at Nimbins Djanbung Gardens permaculture farm last December, even though an initial charge of bestiality has been dropped.

The men still stand charged with beating and torturing Polly the pig and killing 10 heritage chickens.

Reece Parke appeared in person at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday and was represented by solicitor Tracey Randall.

His co-accused, Bradley Presbury did not appear in person but was represented by solicitor Tom Ivey.

Parke, 22, and Presbury, 20, both initially faced two counts of torturing, beating and causing the death of an animal and one count of bestiality.

It is alleged the pair went to Djanbung Gardens, on Cecil St, on the night of December 13, and inflicted the brutality and torture on 10 heritage chickens and 12 year-old Polly the pig.

The destruction from their violent rampage was found at 7.30am the following morning by workers who noticed the chickens with broken necks and other broken bones.

Then they found Pollys snout had allegedly been slashed and she was suffering internal injuries.

The men were arrested at Teven on December 22 and taken to Lismore police station where they were charged and refused bail.

At their appearance in court on April 4, the charge of bestiality was withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

It is anticipated the reason for withdrawing the bestiality charge will be mentioned in future court appearances.

On Tuesday solicitors for both men applied for their bail.

Ms Randall said Mr Parke should be granted bail as he had made no admissions about the allegations, any evidence from Mr Presbury against Mr Parke would be inadmissible and there was no forensic evidence of the alleged offences.

In opposing Mr Parkes bail application, prosecutor Sergeant Brett Gradisnik said both the alleged facts and his prior criminal record didnt assist him.

(His) prior record gives no hope, Magistrate David Heilpern wrote on the bail application.

In Mr Presburys bail application...


East Coast Encounter from Coffs Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A visit to the East Coast Encounter at the Coffs Harbour art gallery. Inspiring artists are depicting the 1770 dialogue from the perspective of the boat or/and the shore. A Visions of Australia program that takes Cook's journey through Solitary Island Marine Park as a focal point. His log reads:
From what I have said of the Natives of New-Holland they may appear to some to be the most wretched people upon Earth, but in reality they are far happier than we Europeans; . They live in a Tranquillity which is not disturbed by the Inequality of Condition: The Earth and sea of their own accord furnishes them with all things necessary for life; they covet not magnificent houses & Household-stuff they live in a warm and fine climate and enjoy a very wholesome air, so that they have very little need of clothing and this they seem to be fully sensible of, for many to whom we gave cloth, left it carelessly upon the sea beach and in the woods as a thing they had no manner of use for. In short they seemed to set no value upon any thing we gave them, nor would they ever part with any thing of their own for any one article we could offer them; this, in my opinion argues that they think themselves provided with all the necessities of life and that they have no superfluities.
Extract from Captain Cooks journal


Taking on cancer one move at a time "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Danny Salfield of Bay FM takes to the floor with local dance instructor Hayley Sturgess from Dance Lab AU to raise money for cancer. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Danny Salfield of Bay FM takes to the floor with local dance instructor Hayley Sturgess from Dance Lab AU to raise money for cancer. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Byron Shire is once again showing off its talented dancers as Danny Salfield of Bay FM takes to the floor to raise money for cancer.

The Cancer Council NSW Stars of Byron Shire Dance For Cancer will be held on Saturday 17 June 2017 at 6pm at the Mullumbimby Ex- Services Club. Danny will be competing against four other couples both on the dance floor and in the fund raising stakes.

Sometimes Im overcome with this irresistible urge to bust a dance, said Danny.

It was my dance partner Hayley who thought is would be right up my alley after she saw me dancing in some dance wars in Byron.

Local dance instructor Hayley Sturgess from Dance Lab AU will be on putting together a dance routine with Danny to ensure they steal the show.

Danny has been running the Sandpit Radio show for ten years now, his passion for supporting his community has made him the perfect candidate for this years Stars of Byron Shire Dance For Cancer, said Hannah Brooks, Community Relations Coordinator for the Far North Coast.

Danny is also involved in running the Party Shirt People events at the Byron surf club.

The idea started around raising awareness about mental health. People donate a shirt to get into the event and then they are sold to raise money.

The last one we did was to raise money for flood relief we raised $600.00.

Money raised will go to Cancer Council NSW who aim to lessen the burden for people affected by cancer by providing information and support when they need it most. The cancer council information service at the new Byron central hospital, the training of volunteers, provision of support to hospital staff and linking cancer patients and carers to vital cancer council NSW support services are some of the services that this fundraising will support.

Hayley and Danny are busy training once a week in prepa...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

PLP Youths Call For the Release of Protesters Arrested in Juba
South Sudan protesters carry banners saying country collapsed under President Kiir in Juba on 8 May 2017 (ST Photo)

May 15, 2017 (KWAJOK) Youth activists and leader of Peoples Liberal Party (PLP) Majok Lang Majik, have called on the South Sudan government of national unity and security authorities to release the detained youths arrested during the recent protests in Juba.

Majik is an artist currently based in the United States.

It was absolutely peaceful and the citizens did not cause any damage and therefore as a country that is the signatory to several international and human right treaties. The South Sudan authority need to respects those conventions and the Bills of Rights, he said.

Majik said that the South Sudanese national unity government should double its efforts to deliver services, instead of pestering its citizens.

Expressing your feeling peacefully to your government is not a crime nor does it deserve confinement. The government is a social contract which its renewal of service depends on citizens through a democratic means of elections, he emphasised.

Majik went on to say that the actions jeopardise the upcoming dialogue process stating that it is not in the spirit of the National Dialogues if citizens cannot express themselves freely, therefore the citizens must feel the environment is a free and liberty is assured under a very liberal state.

in a phone interview Monday, Majok Lang told Sudan Tribune he had recently toured Australia and Canada advocating for peace to turn to the country.

The South Sudanese government has arrested a number of youth members in Juba for the protests which were triggered by the country economic crisis.



Rescue Pit Bulls Love To Babysit Their Very Different Foster Siblings "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pikelet and Patty Cakes are two rescue pit bulls from Australia who always have a TON of foster siblings. Theyve helped care for puppies, kittens, a piglet and even ducklings but now their parents have taken on two puppies, two kittens and a piglet all at once, and things in their house are more adorably chaotic than ever before.

Credit: Life Of Pikelet

The pit bull brothers, along with their other two forever siblings, Blanche and Betty, are incredibly familiar with welcoming fosters into their home, but their current fosters certainly make up one of the most unique crews theyve ever had. First the kittens arrived, then the puppies, and finally the little piglet, and amazingly, this temporary family of nine all get along wonderfully.

In the house they all just seem to coexist and get on really well, Calley, the crews mom, told The Dodo. Pikelet and Patty Cakes have always been really protective of their foster siblings. Pikelet tends to enjoy the puppies when they get a bit older and play a bit more. Patty Cakes likes to snuggle up with the younger babies and they seem to gravitate towards him.

Credit: Life of Pikelet

The kittens, Peppercorn and Peppergrass (along with their sister Pepperoni, who has since been adopted), were rescued by Wollongong Animal Rescue Network (WARN) when they were just 3 weeks old and have been with their foster family since they were 7 weeks old. Theyve been in love with all of their doggie foster siblings since day one, and shortly after they arrived, the greyhound puppies, Pringle and Pretzel, joined the family too.

Credit: Life Of Pikelet

The puppies mom was dumped heavily pregnant and very sick at the pound, Calley said. I believe she was either an ex-racer or just used for breeding racers. Greyhound racing is a terrible industry here in Australia. It is extremely rare to find greyhound puppies in rescue for adoption. Many respectable rescuers within the Australian rescue community have never seen a greyhound puppy at all.

Credit: Life Of Pikelet...


PERTH Fatal crash accused granted bail "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Fatal crash accused granted bail .

May 09, 2017 at 09:26PM .

A man charged in relation to a crash last month which killed a Mullewa woman has made his first court appearance. Donald Joel Wallam, 28, of Swan .


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Subsidised blockbusters like Aquaman crowding out local film productions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is new anecdotal evidence from film industry insiders that subsidised blockbusters such as Aquaman, currently filming on the Gold Coast, are not delivering the economic benefits they allegedly deliver. International film productions on the GC have benefited from federal and state tax breaks and from a new $16 million sound stage at Village Roadshow Studios largely funded by the Queensland Government. But there is no sound public policy rationale for these subsidies. I have previously noted how the blockbusters attracted to the GC typically do not provide ongoing economic benefits and provide mostly temporary low-paid jobs for locals. Now some other facts which add to the con side of the pro-con analysis are emerging. As reported in Sundays Gold Coast Sun, regarding movies such as Aquaman and Ragnarok that benefited from federal and state government assistance, Gold Coast film insiders say Hollywood blockbusters may be doing more harm than good:

according to several Gold Coast industry insiders the heavy focus on luring these movies to the area could be doing more harm than good.

They also said because these movies were so big they tended suck up all the available space at local studios, forcing smaller productions out.

They said while a lot of media focused on the job creating benefits of the movies, they failed to reveal that many of the films brought their talent with them from the US or imported it from Sydney

When a show takes up an entire lot nothing else can be made there but they are paying a premium to occupy that space, one insider said.

It does bring focus to the area but in terms of local employment doesnt offer much.

I have previously been critical of government assistance to international film productions, so none of this comes as a surprise to me. For more on why governments should not subsidise Hollywood blockbusters, see:

Weekend reading: CIS Policy mag featuring my article on film industry subsidies, available at good newsagents

Should the Aquaman film production on the Gold Coast get a $22M tax break?



Byron Bay ECO markets! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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The Eco Markets are back and bringing their eco-fabulousness to BYRON BAY on June 25, 9am-3pm.

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Think about it...are you ready to die? "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Fifty years ago, the streets of Leningrad taught me one thing: If a fight is inevitable, you must strike first." Vladimir Putin In George Orwell's 1949 dystopian novel, 1984, information that no longer is consistent with Big Brother's explanations is chucked down the Memory Hole. In the real American dystopia in which we currently live, the information is never reported at all. On April 2616 days agoLt. Gen. Viktor Poznihir, Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, stated at the Moscow International Security Conference that the Operations Command of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington is preparing a nuclear first strike on Russia. See: Comment: The above links refer to the US defense shield deployments. It is speculated that the equipment can easily be utilized for attack purposes by switching out missile components to ones that include nuclear strike capability, including Tomahawk cruise missiles that can deliver a range of 5-200 kilotons of TNT equipped with a nuclear warhead. It is estimated that "by 2022, the US will have more missile defense than there are warheads in Russia." The Times-Gazett in Ashland, Ohio, was the only US print media that a Google search could turn up that reported this most alarming of all announcements. A Google search turned up no reports on US TV, and none on Canadian, Australian, European, or any other media except RT and Internet sites. I have been unable to find any report that any US Senator or Representative or any European, Canadian, or Australian politician has raised a voice of concern. No one in Washington got on the telephone to tell Putin that this was all a mistake, that the US was not preparing a nuclear first strike on Russia, or ask Putin how this serious situation could be defused. Americans do not even know about it, except for my readers.


Sara Connor: Australians jail term over death of Bali policeman extended "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sara Connor got off very light, even with an increased sentence. Her and her boyfriend are convicted murderers and took a human life- a policeman; a father; a husband; a man doing his duty.

They should have got life in prison. They confessed to murder.

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Sara Connor: Australians jail term over death of Bali policeman extended

15 May 2017

An Indonesian court has increased the jail term for the Australian woman convicted over the killing of a Bali police officer.

The High Court in Bali ruled that Sara Connor should spend five years in prison for her involvement in the death of Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied and battered body was found on Kuta Beach on August 17 last year.

Prosecutors had lodged an appeal against her original four-year sentence, saying it did not reflect the sense of justice.

A three judge panel ruled that the original penalty should be changed because Connor left Sudarsa to die on the beach after he was bashed by her boyfriend David Taylor, and because the crime has damaged the tourism industry in Bali.

Connor was not present in court for the verdict, nor was her legal team, which she has sacked.

Taylor has admitted he killed the man, although he has said he acted in self defence. He was sentenced to six years jail.

Connor has maintained her innocence, saying all she did was try to separate Taylor and the officer as they struggled on the beach.



TAS Suspicious House Fire at Benboyd Circle at Rokeby "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 1:31 pm.

Around 10 pm on Saturday the 9th June 2012, a structure fire was reported at Benboyd Circle, Rokeby. Tasmania Fire Service attended the scene and extinguished the fire.

The premises is a privately owned property which at the time of the fire was vacant and had been so for several weeks. The premises had been insecure and youths had been reported to have been visiting the property.

Initial investigations have identified that the premises had been entered via a front unlocked door.

The cause of the fire is suspicious and the premises sustained fire damage to the entire house, with a definite possibility of it having to be demolished. Damage is estimated at $150,000.

The fire is being investigated by the Eastern District Criminal Investigation Branch, with a detailed scene examination to occur on the morning of 10 June 2012.

Witnesses reported that youths were observed leaving the address shortly before the fire was observed on bikes.

Police request that any member of the public with information in relation to this fire contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or investigators at the Eastern District CIB on 62302318.

Comments from Detective Constable LANG: Detective HARTILL will be available between 8 am and 4 pm to make comment if required.

1. Arsons ultimately cost everyone in the community;

2. The activities of arsonists risk lives, particularly those attending and attempting to ensure there are no persons inside the burning premises and those attempting to extinguish the fire;

3. Crime Stoppers provides a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the conviction of offenders responsible for these arsons. What appears to be even the most insignificant piece of information to members of the public, can be be critical to investigators.

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TAS Riverview Drive Assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 7 June 2012 8:55 am.

At 2:40pm on Wednesday 6th June 2012 a 63 year old male was walking in a southerly direction on the walking track off Riverview Drive, Bridgewater.

The 63 year old male was grabbed from behind, a knife was placed to his throat and a scuffle then occurred.

The 63 year old male fell to the ground and observed a male who assaulted him and left him unconscious on the track.

The offender stole a substantial amount of cash from the victim.

The offending male was described as being between 25 to 30 years old, 185cm tall, stocky build with short brown hair.

Investigators are following a number of lines of enquiry and are seeking information from members of the public who may have knowledge of:

1. the male involved in this crime, or

2. who may have seen a male loitering in the area of Riverview Drive, Bridgewater at or near the time of the incident.

Police request that any member of the public with information in relation to this Armed Robbery, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Investigators at the Eastern District Criminal Investigation Branch on (03) 6230 2318.

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Police investigating disturbance find man who murdered wife and attempted to cook her remains "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brisbane police thought they had come across a "halloween prank" when they found an Australian man 'cooking' his dead wife's feet in a pot after he allegedly killed her. An inquest into the death of Mayang Prasetyo, a pre-operation transgender sex worker, was told that police encountered a particularly gruesome scene when they visited the couple's apartment. Police were alerted to disturbances at the apartment by an electrician who was called on to fix the electricity supply, which was blown during a cooking mishap as Marcus Volke, 27, attempted to dispose of Prasetyo's body back in 2014. "Yeah, I've got a bit of a problem. Umm, I was cooking on my stove. It's an electric stove and the stock boiled over, dripped down and umm, got in the oven," Volke explained in a call which was released following the murder. "And it basically made this big bang and then all my power turned off. Does it sound like something you'd be able to fix today?"


TAS Business burglary charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 3 April 2012 9:33 am.

On 2 April 2012, Detectives from Eastern Criminal Investigation Branch interviewed a 32 year old male from West Moonah for Burglary and Stealing.

He was charged with 12 counts of burglary and 8 counts of stealing in relation to business burglaries at Kingston, Moonah, Warrane, New Norfolk and Sorell.

The arrest was as a result of an ongoing investigation being performed by members of Eastern Criminal Investigation Branch into a recent spate of business burglaries in the greater Hobart area.

He was charged and detained to appear at the Hobart Magistrates Court on 3 April 2012.

Police would like to thank members of the public for their assistance in the investigation and ask anyone who may have further information pertaining to the burglary of businesses to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact their local police station.

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TAS Youth charged with Attempted Robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 5 June 2012 10:33 am.

At about 4.40pm on Monday 4th June 2012 a male youth entered the Village Cinema situated at 163 Brisbane Street, Launceston and approached the cashier.

He demanded the cashier hand over money or he would he would stab her. The cashier refused to hand over the money as requested and the youth was pulled from the Cinema by an acquaintance.

No persons were injured in this incident and no weapon was sighted by the victim.

Police attended the scene and after searching the area located the offender nearby. The offender is a 14 year old male who was charged with Attempted Robbery and bailed to appear in court at a later date.

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TAS Marcus Denis Mayne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 4 June 2012 4:15 pm.

Marcus Denis Mayne, 24 years, appeared today in the Launceston Magistrates court charged in respect of an armed robbery that occurred at the Newstead branch of the Commonwealth Bank on Friday 1 June 2012.

Mayne was remanded in custody to reappear in the Launceston Magistrates Court at 2.15pm on Monday 4 June 2012.

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TAS Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 4 June 2012 4:06 pm.

On Saturday the 2 June 2012 at about 11pm, a 24 year old Burnie man was arrested in George Street Launceston.

He was charged with armed robbery of the Commonwealth Bank at Newstead and an unrelated assault matter.

He will appear at the Launceston Court of Petty Session in an out of hours court sitting in the morning.

Launceston CIB would like to thank the members of the public who assisted with the investigation.

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TAS Smithton Assault update "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 1 June 2012 2:15 pm.

A 52 year old Smithton man has been charged with grievous bodily harm in relation to an incident that occurred at a residence in Bugg Street Smithton on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May 2012. He cannot be named and has been bailed to appear in court at a later date.

It is alleged that the male assaulted his father over several hours after the two argued. A 78 year old Smithton man is receiving treatment at the North West Regional Hospital and is said to be in a stable condition and expected to make a full recovery at this time.

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TAS Robbery at CBA Newstead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 1 June 2012 2:12 pm.

At 9.30am a male person entered the Commonwealth Bank at Newstead and after waiting for several customers in the Branch to be served, approached the female teller and handed her a demand note.

The male was then handed a sum of money and fled the branch on foot and was last observed crossing Elphin Roadtowards the direction of Coles car park.

The male is descibed as mid 30s, slim build, 170cm, pitted/acne face, tear drop tattoo on left cheek under eye. Wearing a light brown beanie with stripes, black sunglasses, brown zip-up jacket with two white stripes on each arm, carrying a back pack.

No person was injured in the robbery and no firearm, knife or other weapon was observed by staff.

Staff at the Branch were very shaken by the incident.

Launceston CIB is investigating and would ask any members of the public who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Launceston CIB or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Excess car pollution killed 38,000 in 2015: study "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP / by Marlowe HOOD | Spewing death: Excess diesel emissions are killing tens of thousands of people every year


Excess diesel truck and car emissions claimed about 38,000 lives worldwide in 2015, said a study Monday that sought to quantify deaths due to pollution that carmakers sought to hide.

Four-fifths of these additional premature deaths due to nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution occurred in three regions the European Union, China and India, researchers reported in the journal Nature.

NOx are poisonous gases that contribute to acid rain and combine with ammonia to create particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause cancer, chronic breathing problems and premature death.

Until recently, estimates of deaths attributable to NOx pollution was based on levels reported by vehicle makers.

Since 2015, however, it has become clear that Volkswagen and other manufacturers used so-called defeat devices to disguise the true extent of diesel engine emissions, which are far higher on the road than in laboratory testing.

The new study of 11 major car markets the others are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and the United States revealed that diesel vehicles spewed at least 50 percent more NOx under real-world driving conditions than their makers claimed.

That translates to 38,000 deaths due to excess emissions, out of an estimated total of 107,000 lives foreshortened to diesel car and truck fumes in 2015, the researchers found.

The study focused on how NOx emissions contribute to air pollution in the form of ozone and fine particulate matter.

Long-term exposure is linked to disability and premature death due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) a degenerative condition of the lungs.

The elderly are especially vulnerable.

The consequences of excess diesel NOx emissions for public health are striking, said lead author Susan Anenberg, co-founder of Environment Health Analytics, a policy research group based in Washington DC.

Text-evading software

Commercial trucks and buses are by far the biggest culprit worldwide, accounting for more than three-quarters of excess NOx output.

Ninety percent was emitted in just five countries or regions Brazil, China, the EU, India and the United States.

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TAS Assault Smithton "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 1 June 2012 8:21 am.

Police are investigating an incident that occurred at a residence in Bugg Street Smithton on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May 2012 during which a man was assaulted.

The 78 year old Smithton man is receiving treatment at the North West Regional Hospital Burnie and is said to be in a stable condition.

A 52 year old Smithton man is in custody in relation to the matter. Police will continue their investigation today.

Both parties were known to each other and the incident appears to have been the result of a dispute.

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TAS Armed robbery Scottsdale "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 1 June 2012 8:13 am.

On Thursday 31st May 2012 at 6.15pm a male person armed with a knife approached a female in a car park in Hedley Street, Scottsdale. The male person demanded money from the female as she attempted to enter her vehicle.

The male was handed a small quantity of cash and he fled the scene on foot. The female was not injured.

The male is described as approximately 6 tall, wearing dark coloured clothing and a balaclava or beanie with the eyes cut out.

Anybody who may have any information or be able to assist to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Northern CIB on 6336 3915.

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TAS Firearms discharged "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 31 May 2012 4:30 pm.

Eastern CIB Detectives are seeking information from the public regarding two instances of firearms being discharged in eastern shore suburbs last night. An incident at approximately 10pm in Gasnier Street in Clarendon Vale is believed to be linked to a further incident where a firearm is believed to have been discharged in Cambridge Road in Mornington at approximately 11pm.

Police believe the incident is the result of a fued between two groups of people. No physical evidence of the firearms having been discharged has been found by investigating police at this point. No property damage occurred as a result of the incidents. Police have not received any reports of the firearms being pointed at any persons, nor has any personal injury been reported.

Police have ruled out any links between this incident and any other firearms incidents reported recently.

Any information as to the circumstances of these events should be directed to Eastern CIB.

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TAS Drug and firearms seizure "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 11 August 2011 3:54 pm.

On Tuesday, 9th August 2011, members of Southern Drug Investigation Services intercepted a vehicle in Buckland. During a search of the vehicle a quantity of methylamphetamine was located on the front seat. Subsequently, police executed a search warrant at a property in Buckland, where firearms and ammunition were seized.

A 67 year old Buckland male has been charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and with firearm offences. He will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court on a later date.

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Limiting warming to 1.5C has clear benefits for Australia, study says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Global temperature rise of 2C could see Australia hit by heat extremes similar to the angry summer of 2012-13 in almost four out of every five years, a new study says.

The risk is still sizeable at 1.5C of warming, but it lowers to less than three out of every five years.

The research highlights the risks to Australia and particularly the Great Barrier Reef of warming beyond 1.5C. Sea surface temperatures as high as 2016, which caused record levels of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, could occur in 87% of years in a 2C warmer world, the study warns.

The findings send a clear message that Australia will suffer from more heat extremes without substantial action to cut emissions, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Angry summer

Australia has been no stranger to extreme weather events in recent years.

The angry summer of 2012-13, for example, saw more than 205 records broken, including Sydneys hottest summer and a record run of 30 days above 30C in Brisbane. In 2016, high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) caused the worst coral bleaching event in the Great Barrier Reefs recorded history, leaving just 9% of the reef untouched.

The new study, just published by Nature Climate Change, analyses how likely these, and other, extreme events might become under future warming.

The researchers ran a collection of 16 climate models to simulate four different versions of the Earths climate: a natural world without human influence on the climate; the current climate (defined as the average across 2006-26); a world 1.5C warmer than pre-industrial levels; and a world 2C warmer.

In the current climate, for example, the study finds that there is a 44% chance of another angry summer in any given year. Previous research has shown that such an event is already at least five times more likely because of human-caused climate change.

Looking ahead, the new study projects the likelihood will increase further to 57% with 1.5C of warming, and to 77% with 2C. That translates into almost four of every five summers in a 2C world being as hot as the summer of 2012-13.

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TAS Speed camera vehicle fire investigations continue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:55 am.

An investigation into a Speed Camera Vehicle that was set on fire at about 7.20pm on Saturday the 26th May 2012 on Hobart Road, Breadalbane, is continuing by detectives from the Launceston CIB.

Images from the camera in the vehicle have been retrieved and a nuber of vehicles have been identified.

Police request for any driver of a vehicle that is likely to have driven past the silver Subaru Forester station wagon located on Hobart Road approximately 3 kilometres north of the Breadalbane roundabout at or shortly before 7.20pm to contact Launceston CIB on (03) 6336 3915 or any person who may have any relevant information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Drug searches Burnie "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:42 am.

At approximately 9.30am on 30/5/12 Western Drug Investigation Services, with assistance from other Burnie Police, conducted two searches on units in the Upper Burnie area.

A large amount of ecstasy tablets, amphetamine, cannabis and prescription medication with a street value of approximately $9000 were seized together with approximately $3500.00 cash.

A 45 year old male who is affiliated with the Rebels Outlaw motor cycle gang and a 29 year old female from Burnie have been charged with drug trafficking and were bailed to appear in the Burnie Court of Petty Sessions on the 7th of August.

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TAS Firearms at drugs and money seized "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 4:39 pm.

Western District Drug Investigation Services have seized firearms and drugs after an ongoing investigation involving affiliates of the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

At approximately 7am 29 May 2012 members from Western District Drug Investigation Services intercepted a motor vehicle leaving the Spirit of Tasmania terminal East Devonport.

As a result of this search a quantity of amphetamine was located. The drugs are yet to be analysed but police estimate the value at about $15,000.

Subsequently a search was conducted of a property at Mission Hill Road Penguin. During this search three firearms and a large quantity of ammunition were located. The firearms were a shortened .22 automatic firearm and two silencers, a hand gun and a SKS fully automatic assault rifle.

A 24 year old female from Heybridge has been charged with firearms offences and a 32 year old Penguin male, who is affiliated with the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, has been charged with firearms offences and drug trafficking.

The pair will appear in the Devonport Magisrates Court at a later date.

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TAS Stolen trailer and post hole digger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 4:04 pm.

Between 7pm on Friday 25th May 2012 and 9am on Saturday 26th May 2012, thieves have entered the car park of the Telstra Derwent Park Depot located at Main Road, Derwent Park.

The thieves have entered the depot by cutting a padlock on the front gate which is located adjacent the Main Road, opposite David POWELL Autos. They have then driven into the depot and attached the trailer containing the post hole digger before driving out of the depot via the entry point with trailer and digger in tow.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or may have information about the location of the trailer and post hole digger.

All enquiries can be directed to 1/C B PULLEN at Glenorchy CIB on 6230 2857 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Identification sought Shell Petrol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:53 am.

Police are continuing to investigate an assault at the Shell Service Station at 257 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, last month and have again asked for witnesses.

Police would like to identify the two females depicted entering the Shell Service Station Friday 13 April 2012 at approximately 11:50pm.

Police wish to speak to the two women who may be able to assist them with enquiries in relation to an assault on the female staff member of the service station. The staff member was not injured.


Any information may be reported to Constable Paul BRITTEN at Hobart CIB on 6230 2647 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Shooting Incident Tolosa Street Glenorchy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 28 May 2012 3:54 pm.

Around 8.30pm on the evening of Saturday 26 May 2012 Glenorchy Police were called to reports of a dispute involving a firearm at Tolosa Street, Glenorchy

Upon police attendance a number of persons were detained.

Investigations consequently identified that a personal dispute had occurred between two parties one residing in the units at Tolosa Street, and another group also from the Glenorchy area but travelling to Tolosa Street in two motor vehicles. It is apparent this dispute had its genesis in an argument the previous evening.

In the course of the dispute at Tolosa Street a firearm has been produced and discharged on at least two occasions. No person was injured as a result of this firearm, believed to be a shotgun, being discharged.

Whilst this dispute has occurred a person resident in a separate unit and unrelated to the events occurring has approached the parties and been threatened. This person has then returned to his unit and it is alleged fired two further shots into the air from his firearm, also a shotgun.

In total six persons were subsequently detained by police, five of whom will appear before the Magistrates Court later to day on charges including Aggravated Assault. A further person has been interviewed, charged and bailed by police on firearms offence charges. This person is aged 49 years.

Of the five persons appearing in court they include two 29 year old males from Glenorchy, a 36 year old male from New Norfolk, a 36 year old female from Glenorchy and a 20 year old female also from Glenorchy.

It is intended that these five persons will appear in the Magistrates Courtat 6.30pm today.

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Bryan Andy: Fire Bucket Dreaming we are blessed to be surrounded by Indigenous voices "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post My grandfather, Colin Walker, is a Yorta Yorta man born on the banks of Dhunagla (the Murray River) at Cummeragunja in a small tin hut with a dirt floor, no windows a corrugated iron structure that is long gone. A stones throw from the site of Pops birth is the Cummeragunja School House where my mother ...


NSW Police public relations blunder "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In light of ongoing revelations concerning data security and privacy breaches (including hacking) by police personnel around Australia, this was not exactly a wise post on the part of NSW Police on or about 6 May 2017. As evidenced by its apparent online deletion since.

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TAS Firearms incident Glenorchy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 28 May 2012 3:42 pm.

At about 8.30pm on Saturday 26 May police received several 000 calls in respect to shots being fired in the vicinity of the units on Tolosa St Glenorchy. On arrival police were confronted with a violent situation involving about a dozen persons. A number of arrests were made. The area was then cordoned off, the persons remaining in one unit were removed and the area cleared. At this time a broader search was made for the persons responsible for the shots.

It would appear that the cause of the incident has been a dispute between two groups of people that became violent.

A short time later another male was located at a separate Glenorchy address and was arrested for firearms offences. It is believed all the offending persons are now in custody.

CIB and Forensics personnel are investigating the matter.

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What penalty should Chinese chairman Liu Yonghao cop for his straight out lies over 457 Visas at Kilcoy Abattoir???? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Liu Yonghao Adjust font size: CPPCC member and New Hope Group Board Chairman Liu Yonghao meets the media at a press conference in Beijing on Monday, March 2, 2009, one day before the opening of the annual session of the country's top advisory body. [Photo:] As one of China's...


Astronomers Unable to Explain Latest Mysterious Radio Burst "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Brett Tingley

The search for extraterrestrial life has lately been focused on fast radio bursts (FRBs), short but incredibly powerful spikes in radio signals coming from beyond our own galaxy. While some scientists have optimistically pointed to these as proof of advanced alien civilizations, there are plenty of naturally-occurring astrophysical phenomena which could just as easily create such spikes.

These radio bursts clearly stand out against baseline background noise.

However, a recently-discovered FRB seems to defy the explanations astrophysicists typically assign to such anomalous signals. In a new pre-publication study on, an international body of astronomers searched for the usual follow-up signals across radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray, and neutrino emission bands. None were found.

The signal was picked up by radio telescopes at the Parkes Observatory in Australia.

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TAS Speed camera vehicle destroyed by fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 28 May 2012 3:24 pm.

At 7.00 pm Saturday 26 May 2012, a gold coloured Subaru Forester Wagon, (2010 model), was parked on Hobart Road near Marchington Drive, approximately 3 kilometres North of Breadalbane.

The vehicle was at that location for the purpose of deploying a Tasmania Police, Road Safety Camera.

Whilst stationary and unattended at the abovementioned location, unknown persons have set fire to the vehicle. Evidence available indicates the fire was deliberately lit. The fire caused the vehicle and its contents to be totally destroyed.

Members of the public who came upon the fire alerted police immediately.

The vehicle was examined in situ by members of Northern C.I.B. Forensics and Tasmania Fire Service personnel.

This type of crime will not be tolerated and the matter will be subject to an extensive investigation with the view of placing those responsible before Court as soon as practicable.

Launceston Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or observed persons acting suspiciously near the police vehicle, to contact Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by calling Tasmania Police on 131 444.

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TAS Armed robbery Invermay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 25 May 2012 9:32 am.

Shortly before 3.30am Friday 25 May 2012 a male has entered the BP Service Station on Invermay Road, Invermay.

Upon entering he concealed his face and demanded money and cigarettes from the female shop attendant. While doing so he lifted his shirt and showed what the staff member believed was a firearm down his pants.

The male was given cash and cigarettes and fled the BP on foot towards Elm Street.

Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch are investigating the robbery and ask if anyone has any information please contact 63363910 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Global search finds 'lost' forests covering an area two-thirds the size of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new global analysis of the distribution of forests and woodlands has "found" 467 million hectares of previously unreported forest - an area equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia. The discovery increases the known amount of global forest cover by around 9%, and will significantly boost estimates of how much carbon is stored in plants worldwide. The new forests were found by surveying "drylands" - so called because they receive much less water in precipitation than they lose through evaporation and plant transpiration. As we and our colleagues report today in the journal Science, these drylands contain 45% more forest than has been found in previous surveys.


TAS House fire at George Town "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 9:06 am.

At approximately 3.17am on Tuesday 22 May 2012 a house fire at George Town was reported to police and fire crews. The residence at 21 Gordon Square was well alight by the time the first crews arrived on the scene.

Although the blaze was brought under control and extinguished relatively quickly, the house has suffered extensive damage and will need to be demolished.

The residence is a vacant Housing Tasmania property and an estimate value of the damage is $150,000. At this stage, the blaze appears to be suspicious and Tasmania Police are investigating the matter.

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Woman unknowingly wore her engagement ring hidden in necklace for a year "IndyWatch Feed National"

PHOTO: Terry and Anna, of Tasmania, Australia, became engaged after Anna realized her engagement ring was hidden in a necklace for over a year. (Courtesy YouTube/Smudha)
Terry and Anna, of Tasmania, Australia, became engaged after Anna realized her engagement ring was hidden in a necklace for over a year.
An Australian woman was surprised to learn that her boyfriend had tricked her into carrying around her engagement ring in her necklace for more than a year.
Anna and Terry, a couple in Tasmania, Australia, had been dating for one year when she received the necklace as a gift.



Hospital Coffee Machine with a Beard takes out Coffee Festival Prize "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Coffee beard

A coffee machine with a beard has been awarded first prize at Sydneys annual Hot Beverages and Biscuits Festival.

Dr Nonstrife, a spokesperson for Maroubra General Hospital, where the machine is located, said he only put the beard on the machine for a bit of a laugh, but decided to enter it into the competition after discovering that the addition improved the taste of the coffee buy at least 400 per cent.

We have no idea how it happened, but the beard really did improve the machines ability to spit out a cappuccino, be ironic and think of itself as unique despite the fact we have the same machine on every level of the hospital, Dr Nonstrife said. Its been especially popular with the folk coming in for avo hand injuries.

A nurse at the hospital said she didnt understand what all the fuss was about, but was grateful that the funds raised meant the hospital might soon be able to pay her a living wage.

When we jacked up the price to $12 we had lines out the door wanting to taste the machines bearded magic, she said. As somebody with things to do, instant coffee does me fine. Maybe if I had a trust fund or a job that didnt matter, Id have more appreciation for the finer things in life.

A spokesperson for the Hot Beverages and Biscuits festival said the machine nailed it.

Were used to a belittling quip from talented baristas first thing in the morning, but this machine took things one step further and ignored us completely. It was spellbinding, he said.

The machine is back on location at Marou...


Danger and Disaster on an African Road Trip "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sitting in my car outside my apartment in Johannesburg, my fingers moved quickly on my phone keypad.
Should I go? I asked my friend Alice. Her response was almost immediate.
Of course! So I turned on the ignition, and off I headed to Swaziland.

After a couple of weeks in the big city, I needed a break in nature, and had settled on Swaziland. Id never been, but had been told of its gorgeousness. The drive was easy and the backpackers I chose was no more than four hours away.

I arrived at dark to be met by three enthusiastic Cape Townians. We got on quickly and we got on well. They informed me that they were heading to a gathering in Mozambique on an island off the coast of Pemba for the Moons eclipse, and urged me to come. There were people travelling from all over the world, they assured me. So I put one of them in my car, and first thing in the morning, we took off.

There had been major conflict in the centre of Mozambique, and apparently you could only move through it in convoys with military protection. This sounded slow and dangerous, so we figured wed bypass it by cutting through Zimbabwe and Malawi, entering Mozambique further north.

My travel companion, Chris, was an Afrikaans 40-something-year-old travel blogger with long grey hair and rather large black eyes. He was a trueborn pessimist in the throes of trying to surrender. On our first day, we just drove. I opened my first coffee; he opened his first beer. The beer soothed his pessimism, and allowed us to chat about the universe, love and various plant-medicine experiences. We spent the first night in Polokwane, and the next day, headed towards the Beitbridge border post, which we were both a bit anxious about due to its bad reputation.

The lines were treacherous, but we decided to reject any help from the men lingering outside, who offered to do all our paperwork in 30 minutes for 100 rand. When we finally crossed to the Zimbabwe side, where there were no lingering men and no help offered, we kept getting directed to a new counter in order to make new payments. There were tariffs and duties for everything. By the time four hours had passed, wed spent over $200, but were told we still couldnt enter without an original copy of the cars registration form, which I didnt have. We bantered with the woman in charge for a further 20 minutes, and finally, she let us through.

Tired and a bit shaken, we entered Zimbabwe. She grasped for us and caught us in her unseen evening light, her leaves dancing shadows over th...


Baleen whales ancestry, new study "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

How suction feeding preceded filtering in baleen whale evolution

29 November 2016

A remarkable 25-million-year-old whale fossil called Alfred has provided long-sought evidence of how whales evolved from having teeth to hair-like baleen triggering their rise as the largest creatures on Earth.

From ScienceDaily:

Baleen whales ancestors were toothy suction feeders

May 11, 2017

Summary: Modern whales ancestors probably hunted and chased down prey, but somehow, those fish-eating hunters evolved into filter-feeding leviathans. An analysis of a 36.4-million-year-old whale fossil suggests that before baleen whales lost their teeth, they were suction feeders that most likely dove down and sucked prey into their mouths. The study also shows that whales most likely lost the hind limbs that stuck out from their bodies more recently than previously estimated.

Modern whales ancestors probably hunted and chased down prey, but somehow, those fish-eating hunters evolved into filter-feeding leviathans. An analysis of a 36.4-million-year-old whale fossil suggests that before baleen whales lost their teeth, they were suction feeders that most likely dove down and sucked prey into their large mouths. The study published on May 11 in Current Biology also shows that whales most likely lost the hind limbs that stuck out f...


Off road utility ends up in Tweed River "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men, aged in their early twenties have been hospitalised after their utility ended up in the Tweed River at Tweed Heads on Friday night (May 12).

About 10pm  police from Tweed Byron Local Area Command were patrolling Coral Street in Tweed heads where the utility came to their attention due to the manner it was being driven.

As the utility was returning to the roadway, police indicated for the vehicle to stop. As police approached the utility, they allege drove off.

A search for the vehicle began with residents of a nearby building directing emergency services to a submerged vehicle in the river.

The 21-year-old male driver sustained minor cuts to his right knee and possible fractures.

His passenger, a 22-year-old man, sustained a possible broken hand.

The pair will be spoken to on their release from hospital.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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Trade Groups Appeal to Beijing to Postpone Cybersecurity Law Law completely contradicts what Xi Jinping said Sunday at Belt and Road forum. "IndyWatch Feed National"

BEIJING A coalition of 54 global business groups appealed to Chinese authorities Monday to postpone enforcing a cybersecurity law they warned violates Beijings free-trade pledges and might harm information security.

The appeal by groups from the United States, Japan, Britain and other countries adds to complaints Beijing is improperly limiting access to its markets for technology products, possibly to support its own fledgling suppliers.

In a letter to Chinese regulators and the ruling Communist Partys cybersecurity committee, the groups said the Cybersecurity Law due to take effect June 1 might violate Beijings trade commitments and make theft of information easier. It would limit use of foreign security technology and require data about Chinese citizens to be stored within the country.

Signers included the Business Software Alliance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and trade groups for insurers, technology suppliers and manufacturers from Britain, Japan, Australia, Mexico and South Korea.

Many of them were among 46 groups that made a similar appeal in 2016 for changes in the cybersecurity law, which werent made.

We are deeply concerned that current and pending security-related rules will effectively erect trade barriers, said the letter. Chinas current course risks compromising its legitimate security objectives (and may even weaken security) while burdening industry and undermining the foundation of Chinas relations with its commercial partners.

The groups appealed to Beijing to postpone enforcing the law until it can be made consistent with Chinese market-opening commitments and World Trade Organization rules.

The complaint coincided w...


Sisters on Steel ride for peace "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Female riders group Sisters on Steel is celebrating its third anniversary next month of riding and advocating against domestic violence.

The Sisters on Steel Social Motorcycle Club was established in 2015 by Raven and now has six chapters: Far North Qld, South Coast Brisbane Qld, Townsville North Qld, Hunter Region NSW, Riverina Region NSW and Western WA.

There is also a Tasmania Support Crew and there are recruiting other female motorcyclists who share their views.

Every Sisters on Steel SMC Chapter supports local womens charities that help victims of domestic violence to move into temporary protective accommodation.Sisters on Steel Social Motorcycle Club

They raise money to provide Glory Boxes ($300 with of kitchenware) and Emergency Packs (toiletries and essentials) for the women who leave home with virtually nothing to help them survive.

They also hope to raise community awareness of the domestic violence problem and attract more government funding.

We asked the not-for-profit organisation to outline their aims and the group provided the following:Sisters on Steel Social Motorcycle Club

We are women whose lives play out along very different paths and backgrounds, but with the same common threads: we are passionate motorcyclists; we are also advocates for women who suffer domestic and sexual violence, poverty and homelessness.

By mobilising our collective strengths and skills, we hope to alleviate some of the suffering these women experience, and to assist them on their path to empowerment. Some of us have indeed found ourselves in similar situations not only have we fought our way back into the light; we have emerged wiser and stronger, and we are empowered.

The fight against domestic violence begins with awareness; thus, as per our mission statement, we aim to raise more awareness of the widespread and insidious nature of domestic violence by publicising, organising and parti...


Churchgoing Labor voters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

What proportion of Australian voters regularly attend church and identify as Labor voters? How many of those are social conservatives in the mould of, say, Joe de Bruyn? If Ive interpreted this piece by Crikeys Pollbludger correctly, the answer to the first question is about 4 per cent. The relevant bits

This is partly reflected by the long-term decline in religious observance, with the proportion of respondents who attended services at least once a month falling from 23% in 1990 to 17% last year.


Of still greater interest is a pattern over the past decade in which the observant have grown more pronounced in their identification with the Coalition rather than Labor, with the gap reaching a new peak of 52% to 25% in the 2016 survey.

25 per cent of 17 per cent is 4.25 per cent.

Turning to the second question, Id be surprised if socially progressive observant Christians (and members of other religious) didnt account for 5 per cent of the total population of Australia. So, if Labor gets the support of half of those, that would leave less than 2 per cent of the population in the religious conservative Labor voting category. Thats comparable to the support for the HEMP (pro sex, pro marijuana) party in the last Senate election.

Unfortunately, PollBludger doesnt give proper links, so I cant check this out. Ill update if I find a link


MACKAY Assault charge after neighbourhood altercation, North Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Assault charge after neighbourhood altercation, North Mackay

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He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on June 13 to have the matter heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444

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MACKAY Chainsaw produced as live band played, Kinchant dam "IndyWatch Feed National"

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He will appear at the Mackay Magistrates Court on June 7. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information

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Police arrested dozens of Sydney festival punters for drug offences over the weekend "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Another festival and, predictably, another host of arrests for drug-related offences, as Sydney police swooped on the citys festival attendees over the weekend.

As Music Feeds reports, the sold-out hardstyle festival Midnight Mafia saw police search over 200 of the several thousand attendees, resulting in a total of 32 arrests for drug possession and the more serious charge of supply.

MDMA accounted for the majority of cases, with some arrests also made for cannabis and GHB, with four men charged with supplying a prohibited drug. Police have responded to the most recent spate of arrests, claiming that Clearly the message is not sinking in.

Too many people are playing Russian roulette with their lives, Detective Chief Inspector Gus Viera stated. Not only is it extremely dangerous, but you are also risking a criminal record and future employment prospects.

Not to mention the worry and concern you are causing your family and the unknown long term effects these drugs may have on your health. Its time to start making better choices.

Meanwhile, the case for pill testing at festivals rather than sniffer dogs is still being made in many corners, with Music Feeds reporting that Canberra festival Spilt Milk is pushing to be the first Australian festival to introduce the harm-reduction measures despite the ACT Government knocking back plans to allow it at the recent Canberran leg of Groovin the Moo, and the NSW Government also standing similarly firmly against it.


A Plastic Ocean Movie Screening "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Plastic in our ocean is becoming a bigger problem everyday and this movie dives very deep into the issue. More than 8 million tonnes of plastics are dumped in our oceans every year! This will send a powerful message to you and give you more insight on the impact that plastic is having on our food chain.

A Plastic Ocean is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue.


Before the movie commences their will be nibbles and an introduction from Take3s founder Tim Silverwood. Tim will talk about what action you can take to stop plastic polluting our waterways.

Attendees will also have the chance to join Councils new volunteering program, Harbour Care, and meet other active community members, such as the Responsible Runners. The film screening will start at 6:30 and will be followed by a discussion circle about what local solutions we can implement.

What: A Plastic Ocean Screening

Where: Woollahra Library Double Bay

When: 6pm Wednesday the 7th of June

Cost: Free

Booking: Must book online

Click Here For More Information & Booking 

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The Universal Lesson Of East Timor "IndyWatch Feed National"

A nation needs a lesson in politics, and it isnt Timor-Leste, writes John Pilger*.

Filming undercover in East Timor in 1993, I followed a landscape of crosses: great black crosses etched against the sky, crosses on peaks, crosses marching down the hillsides, crosses beside the road. They littered the earth and crowded the eye.

The inscriptions on the crosses revealed the extinction of whole families, wiped out in the space of a year, a month, a day. Village after village stood as memorials.

Kraras is one such village. Known as the village of the widows, the population of 287 people was murdered by Indonesian troops.

Using a typewriter with a faded ribbon, a local priest had recorded the name, age, cause of death and date of the killing of every victim. In the last column, he identified the Indonesian battalion responsible for each murder. It was evidence of genocide.

I still have this document, which I find difficult to put down, as if the blood of East Timor is fresh on its pages.

On the list is the dos Anjos family.

In 1987, I interviewed Arthur Stevenson, known as Steve, a former Australian commando who had fought the Japanese in the Portuguese colony of East Timor in 1942. He told me the story of Celestino dos Anjos, whose ingenuity and bravery had saved his life, and the lives of other Australian soldiers fighting behind Japanese lines.

Steve described the day leaflets fluttered down from a Royal Australian Air Force plane; We shall never forget you, the leaflets said. Soon afterwards, the Australians were ordered to abandon the island of Timor, leaving the people to their fate.

When I met Steve, he had just received a letter from Celestinos son, Virgillo, who was the same age as his own son. Virgillo wrote that his father had survived the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975, but he went on: In August 1983, Indonesian forces entered our village, Kraras. They looted, burned and massacred, with fighter aircraft overhead. On 27 September 1983, they made my father and my wife dig their own graves and they machine-gunned them. My wife was pregnant.

The Kraras list is an extraordinary political document that shames Indonesias Faustian partners in the West and teaches us how much of the world is run. The fighter aircraft that attacked Kraras came from the United States; the machine guns and surface-to-air missiles came from Britain; the silence and betrayal came from Australia....


Boston Herald Sets Disgusting Trend Of Dehumanizing Parents, Calls Anti-Vaccine Speech A Hanging Offense "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In the case Planned Parenthood v. American Coalition of Life Activists, the en banc Ninth Circuit court concluded that a true threat is a statement which, in the entire context and under all the circumstances, a reasonable person would foresee would be interpreted by those to whom the statement is communicated as a serious expression of intent to inflict bodily harm upon that person. Read More


Amy McQuire On Token Recognition, And Sam Thaidays Misogyny "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another week, another rugby league scandal. This one just happened to come while the NRL was trying to convince a nation it really cares about black issues, writes Amy McQuire.

Last week was the NRLs annual Indigenous round. The various clubs transformed their jerseys for the weekend, adorning them with Aboriginal artwork and parading their black players out in front of the media spotlight to boost their community credentials.

They also rebranded the week a round of Recognition in partnership with the government funded public relations campaign designed to sell the great con of constitutional reform (i.e. a fluffy preamble that does nothing to advance the rights of Aboriginal people).

This comes despite cynicism towards constitutional reform still keenly felt across the country, and a large portion of Aboriginal Australia instead calling for a treaty, in the lead-up to a final Referendum Council dialogue at Uluru (to be held next week).

Instead of inquiring about whether Aboriginal people agree with this farce, the NRL have instead bypassed black opinion and acted as if recognition is synonymous with substantial reform. There has been no talk about treaty or sovereignty, which has been repeatedly called for by mob. Perhaps thats because there is no money in it, while the Recognise campaign is awash with government funding.

Recognition joint campaign director Mark Yettica-Paulson said that at every game last weekend, there would be Recognise Field Leaders, who are aiming to have one million one-on-one conversations with everyday Australians and theyll be recruiting volunteers to help them achieve that.

Thanks to the work of the NRL, on the footy field its simple we recognise and acknowledge the unique contribution of Indigenous people to the game, he said.


But this unique contribution is only celebrated for First Nations people who are apolitical. And the platitudes are only applied to men.

In this years Indigenous round PR, I saw nothing about the contribution of women to the game those who usually drive the success of the same minority who make a living from it. There was nothing on the mothers, aunties, sisters and grandparents, who are behind the scenes, working the canteens, driving kids to their practices sessions, keeping food on the table.

There was nothing on the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are passionate about the game, and some of the biggest supporters. Instead, there was a focus on the individual, those talented minority who make it and want to be seen as role models to their communities, reg...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0004 BTC
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Turns Out Compassion Is Not A Crime But Pigs Still Property "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jordan Sosnowski weighs in on an infamous case in Canada, where an animal rights advocate was prosecuted for giving water to thirsty pigs bound for slaughter.

The case against Canadian woman and animal rights advocate Anita Krajnc was recently dismissed.

In making his decision, Justice David Harris asked: Did Ms Krajnc obstruct, interrupt or interfere with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of the property? My simple answer to this question is: No. She did not.

While it is good news this compassionate woman will not be unfairly punished, the judgment brings home an indisputable reality in the eyes of the law, all animals are property.

This unfortunate classification means that animals have just as many legal rights as inanimate objects (like a chair, for example). While inherently irrational, this legal absurdity is entirely necessary to ensure the continued large-scale and completely lawful abuse of billions of sentient beings.

Most people perhaps comfort themselves with the knowledge that the animals they eat led reasonably good lives. But in Australia, intensive and industrialised farming is the norm. Globally, around two-thirds of farm animals are raised in factory farms. The majority of pigs are kept on factory farms, meaning theres a 90 per cent chance your pork began and ended its life miserably. Even when not on a factory farm, operations such as tail docking and castration can and are legally performed on farm animals without any pain relief.

While animal agriculture is by far the biggest and cruelest exploiter of the animals-are-property definition, it is by no means the only industry taking advantage of the law.

In the US alone, more than 100 million animals are killed in laboratories and used for medical testing. They are subject to poisonous fumes and painful chemicals. Holes are drilled into their heads, their spinal cords crushed, and parts of their bodies burned.

These experiments arent confined to just mice and rats. More than 7,000 dogs were used in invasive research procedures in A...


Protestors, part of a global anti nuclear movement, march to Utah uranium mill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Marcus Atkinson, of Australia, is touring the U.S. promoting a film opposing uranium mining in his country and heard about the White Mesa protest.

We would like to use this case in our next film to raise international awareness that uranium is too dangerous and is not the answer to our energy needs, he said.

Ute protesters march to Utah uranium mill, Ute Mountain Utes concerned about health impacts from White Mesa mill, The Journal, By...


Chases Vaccine Injury- Facts The Biased Mainstream Media Doesnt Want You To Know "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Vaccine Spruiker and propagandist extraordinaire, Jane Hansen, a Newscorp journalist has once again unleashed her ferocious claws. This time, her targets were the parents of a 4-year old boy named Chase who suffers from hypertonic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Read More


Webinar: Its All About Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITS ALL ABOUT AUSTRALIA: The Beginning of Everything- Part 1


We are happy to introduce the first of our webinar seriers covering a wide range of topics related to our ancient past.

We hope you can join us for our first webinar on 18th June 9am (Aussie Eastern Standard Time)/17th June 7pm (New York Time).

This will be a collective gathering of Original and non-Original Elders and researchers examing different parts of an extremely ancient global history that begins in Australia. In the true sense of that collective approach each participant shares equally in any profits made.

Many Original Elders knowledgeable in the secret history and mystical pursuits have received nothing but grief and poverty. This is a chance for their wisdom to be acknowledged and paid accordingly.

The many truths and insights they will share openly paint a completely different history of the world as we knew it in the past, and how it will effect our immediate future.

Come and join us in discovering the whole truth and nothing but the Original truth in this special 6hr webinar.

Steven and Evan William Strong



How the other half of Sydney lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

We see the Housewives spruik jewels, medical-grade silicon and anti-ageing pillows; I am seized by the desire to get fillers. For your average viewer, its a fantasy akin to being admitted to Hogwarts as a mature-age student: wizards dont repay HECS debt and neither do Real Housewives.


War declared against Corbyn on British election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

As the British election campaign roles on, a few things are becoming clearer, even from as far away as Australia.  The electorate is unsettled. Blairite Labour lost many of its traditional supporters and this has been a big factor in keeping the Conservatives in government. The Conservative Party also lost some its own base to the reactionary United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

Now pitching in UKIPs direction, the Conservatives have regained at its expense. This was seen at the recent regional council elections, and UKIP looks like being almost wiped out in the general election.

A lot is also being said about Labor doing disastrously in the council elections. But this is media over statement. The Conservatives did pick up, but this was almost to a number, at the expense of UKIP. Labour did not gain, it is true. But it was also made worse that these were regional elections and Labour maintains a solid grip in most urban centres. However, it does show a growing divide between city and country. This must be a concern.

Of course, there is the dark horse Scotland, once one of Labours strongest heartlands and Labours refusal to countenance Scotlands independence is costing it dearly.

Then there is Brexit. The Conservatives are working hard to capitalise on this. Labour is wobbly on the issue.

But the greatest difficulty that Labour has been facing in this campaign, has been a well-orchestrated media campaign, based on denigration and misinformation. Coverage of real issues has alrgely been blocked out. Saying this is not just the usual having a go at the monopoly media. The extent is extraordinary. Leader, Jeremy Corbyn is routinely described as an incompetent idiot. Corbin lives in a Fantasy Island, is how one front page headline had it. Her has even been accused of being a collaborator with the Russians. Corbyn is on the one hand said to have no policies and on the other that Britain is threatened with a red Armageddon. War has been declared against Corbyn. Although the campaign begins with Murdochs Newscorp, it even sucks in the BBC and the Guardian.

On top of this, most Labour parliamentarians, engage in constant undermining of their elected leader, some even going to far as to suggest that they would prefer a Conservative government rather than a Labour one led by Corbyn.  These people have become champions of the media , as defenders of traditional british politics.

There is more. Brita...


Middle Pocket up in arms over proposed distillery "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents of the Middle Pocket sent a clear message to the Byron shire council on Saturday when they came out in force to oppose the distillery currently under consideration by the council. Photo supplied.

Residents of the Middle Pocket sent a clear message to the Byron shire council on Saturday when they came out in force to oppose the Lord Byron distillery currently under consideration by the council.
Photo supplied.

Saturday saw around 70 locals from the Middle Pocket come together to protest in Billinudgel against the proposed Lord Byron distillery currently being considered by Byron Shire council.

Residents said that the narrow access road, that is at points only 3m wide, is not safe for large, regular alcohol truck movements.

If council intended to fix the road and widen it to accommodate regular trucks and make it safe it would need to relocate at least ten of the houses as many of them sit within ten metres of the road, said one resident.

They would need to purchase a lot of property as the road meanders through private property and has low culverts.

Serious concerns were also raised about the potential use of surface and ground water by the distillery with many households having buy in water around four times in the last year.

The property was granted an irrigation licence in November 2016 for the use of ground and surface water that adds up to 53 million litres a year. Residents understand that the licence would need to be transferred from irrigation to industrial use for Lord Byron to be able to use the water for production in the distillery.

Many of the locals who have lived in the area for 40 years or more questioned how the creek could support so much water being drawn out of it on a regular basis.

Questions were also raised regarding the extreme fire danger of the area and the regular flooding that blocks in the valley that would isolate the distillery during extreme weather conditions and potentially make residents more vulnerable during these events.



Green armys last job supporting local tree planting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Green army workers Shoshina Newman and Caitlin OConner finishing off the mulching at Durrumbul Hall near Mullumbimby after the Mothers Day planting on Sunday. Photo Aslan Shand.

Green army workers Shoshina Newman and Caitlin OConner finishing off the mulching at Durrumbul Hall near Mullumbimby after the Mothers Day planting on Sunday. Photo Aslan Shand.

As the rain came and went creating perfect planting conditions plenty of people turned up at Durrumbul Hall on Sunday for the Mothers Day tree planting sponsored by the Mullum Music Festival.

Aiming to plant a thousand trees Jo Green, Byron councils natural habitat officer, said they had to plant all the spares as people kept arriving and were keen to keep getting the plants in the ground.

We planted 1042 trees in total. We had people coming from as far as Lismore who had been to the first planting and wanted to continue to be part of it, she continued.

While kids claimed the right to be Queen and King of the castle on the mulch piles and painted rocks there was plenty of community spirit to get in and get your hands dirty and plant throughout the morning.

It is about the community coming together and working together, thats when you really achieve something.

This planting will create beautiful grounds for the hall as well as creating a natural corridor to the surrounding bush areas.

The planting was accompanied by the delightful tones and lyrics of Andrew Morris and Aine Tyrrell also provided by the Mullum Music Festival.

This is the seventh planting so we will have planted around 7000 trees in a range of sites around the Byron shire, said Glenn Wright, director of the Mullum Music Festival.

The Mullum Music Festival planting at the Mullumbimby show ground three years ago focussed on the threatened brush sauropod. This area has now received funding as part of the state governments saving our species as the area.

We now take people around this area to show them how successful regeneration can be, said Jo.

Monday morning saw the arrival of John McVicar and his green army to sort out the fencing and finish off the mulching around the trees.

This is the best job weve ever ha...


Connor faces anxious wait for Bali appeal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sara Connor (pictured) will not be required to face court in Bali today to hear the fate of the police appeal to have her sentence extended. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Sara Connor (pictured) will not be required to face court in Bali today to hear the fate of the police appeal to have her sentence extended. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)


Byron Bay woman Sara Connor is waiting anxiously to hear whether her four-year sentence for the fatal assault of a Bali police officer will be increased on appeal.

Two months after Connors friends and family described the 46-year-old mother of two as being devastated by the decision to jail her, three High Court judges are set to hand down their judgment in Denpasar on Monday as to whether this sentence was even sufficient.

Connor is not expected to attend the hearing and is understood not to be legally represented.

The four-year term Connor is serving is half of what prosecutors had called for.

They argue she should be serving the same jail time as her British boyfriend and co-offender David Taylor who was sentenced to six years over the fatal assault in company of Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa.

Mr Sudarsas bloodied body was discovered on Kuta Beach in the early hours of August 17, having suffered dozens of wounds.

Spokesman for Balis High Court, Made Sujana, said prosecutors will be informed of the appeal decision and notify Connor in Kerobokan prison.

Despite repeatedly maintaining her innocence, Connors then lawyer Robert Khuana said in March she would not appeal her sentence.

She had been traumatised by the court process and was worried about the term being increased if she did appeal, he added.

Connor wrote to the court in April urging them not to increase the sentence, saying: This is the most bitter experience and the last one (of its kind) in my life.

Taylor became embroiled in a fight with Mr Sudarsa after confronting him over Connors lost purse on Kuta Beach, which contained about $A30...


The One Belt One Road explained "IndyWatch Feed National"


* Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 unveiled an ambitious economic and foreign policy the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

* China wants to revive an ancient network of silk land and ocean trade routes of centuries past. Its instigating an infrastructure building boom across Central Asia up to Europe to help boost trade and improve transport logistics. The land-based projects are the belt. Various economic corridors are on the cards too, including with Pakistan, Mongolia and Bangladesh.

* The maritime road which will connect up Chinas southern provinces to south-east Asia and the east coast of Africa with ports and railways.




Ever Heard of a Girlish Explorer? "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all know about the Great Explorers.

When I was eight, I learnt about em all in one big Friday arvo whammy. Ernest Shackleton, Captain Cook, Marco Polo. Men who charted unknown oceans, swam down ancient rivers and captured alien stars. It was a poetic and occasionally tragic age of discovery, and these men, with their ships, their mountains and their costumes of old made me yearn for some serious adventuring.

But, I noticed even then that there were no women on the blackboard.

Women have always been bound by a kind of omnipresent feminine-ish FEAR. Eve was trapped by the serpent and Adams muscular thighs. 16th-century chicks got steel corsets. We millennials are shackled by Skinny Me Tea and The Bachelor.

This FEAR is never more obvious than when it comes to women travelling. Girls who wish to sail the seven seas are often met with concerned shrieks of, But are you totally, totally sure? and, Whatever you do, DO NOT DRINK ANY SPIRITS, I watched a thing on Channel 7 and apparently none of its alcohol over there, just pure roofie! and, You do realise that youre a GIRL right. You better have a boy with you, honey.

This keeps us two-dimensional and trapped. No matter how well intentioned, it stops us from living out the full lives we long for. It has imprisoned us for aeons. Women who travel as such are an anomaly and are almost completely omitted from our history.

But I am here to tell you that girlish explorers indeed exist.

Freya Stark, Gertrude Bell and Kira Salek are all truly Great Explorers. Their names are probably new to you, as they were to me. As is so often the case, they have been left, floundering and forgotten in the wash of history, overshadowed by Marilyns platinum curls and bodacious rack.

Let me introduce you to these bad-ass explorers without a Y chromosome. They could change your life.

Freya Stark

Freya Stark was not a Game of Thrones love child. She was even more impressive. She was a combat nurse in WWI. After that cheerful period of history concluded, she decided that the time had come for her to have some adventures.

She was fluent in Arabic, Turkish and Persian and undertook a number of crazy expeditions in the Middle East, ofte...



Imprisonment of Aboriginal women national crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indig-women-reportThe over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is a growing national crisis that is being overlooked by all levels of government in Australia, the Human Rights Law Centre and Change the Record have said in a new report.

The imprisonment rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women has skyrocketed nearly 250 per cent since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make up around 34 per cent of the female prison population but only 2 per cent of the adult female population.

The report, Over-represented and overlooked: the crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander womens growing over-imprisonment, calls for system-wide change and outlines 18 recommendations to redress racialised and gendered justice system outcomes.

Antoinette Braybrook, co-chair of the Change the Record Coalition and convener of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum, said, For too long our women have been ignored by policy-makers. It is time for governments at all levels to put Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiences and voices front and centre, and listen to what we have to say about the solutions.

The report highlights the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women having access to specialist, holistic and culturally safe services and supports that address the underlying causes of imprisonment.

Experiences of family violence contribute directly and indirectly to womens offending. If we are to see womens offending rates drop, governments must invest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations that work with our women to stop violence.

Adrianne Walters, director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, The tragic and preventable death of Ms Dhu is a devastating example of what happens when the justice system fails Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Ms Dhu was locked up under draconian laws that see Aboriginal women in WA disproportionately locked up for fines they cannot pay.

She was treated inhumanely by police and died in their care. At a time when she most needed help, the justice system punished her.

The report calls for governments to move away from tough on crime approaches in reality and rhetor...


NSW government to launch RSL inquiry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Image from the RSL NSW website

Image from the RSL NSW website

Julia Carlisle


Allegations of financial misconduct in the NSW RSLs fundraising arm will be investigated by an independent inquiry.

Retired Supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin will head the inquiry, to be announced by the NSW government later on Monday.

The NSW branch has been plagued by a series of financial scandals and allegations of fraud.

In December the state government referred former NSW RSL president Don Rowe to police over claims he used his corporate credit card to withdraw $200,000 in cash.

NSW veterans affairs Minister David Elliott made the referral after reviewing a damning interim report into claims senior figures at the NSW branch were stockpiling millions of dollars in consultancy payments instead of spending it on veterans.

The allegations had already sparked NSW Police fraud and Australias charities watchdog inquiries.

On Monday Mr Elliott told Fairfax Media: Based on the emails, letters and conversations I have with veterans around NSW, as well as their sub-branches, there is overwhelming support for the government to intervene.

We want to clean up the mess and make sure it never happens again, Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean said.

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Decisions, decisions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tunnel vision

I went up to the not-so-sunny Sunshine Coast this weekend, and was disproportionately pleased to see in this week's Budget that the Bruce Highway will receive funding for an upgrade.

It certainly could do with it in parts, I mused, while sitting bumper-to-bumper in traffic on the way home.

I usually take the Airport Link tunnel when heading north. Although a tollway, it's motorway grade and I've almost never seen a traffic queue in there, so when faced with that fork in the road, I nearly always take the toll option.

We tend to make decisions like this all the time, without thinking too much about why we make them. In this instance, the thought processes are unconscious, but they probably go something like this: 

"It might cost me four or five dollars, but if it's a work trip I might get a tax deduction for the toll. I don't really like being in tunnels, but at least I won't get snarled up on Sandgate Road, so stuff it, I'll pay the five bucks and probably get to where I'm headed quicker".

Playing the probabilities

Here's a hypothetical question: if you're playing Texas Hold 'em poker and you have a nine and a Queen, and you calculate from the communal cards showing that you have a one in five shot of getting a flush, do you play the hand?

Or do you instead accept that four times out of five you won't get a flush, and therefore, do you fold?

It's a trick question, really - the answ...


Scammers turn to social media and threats "IndyWatch Feed National"


Megan Neil


Scammers are increasingly using social media to find their victims and becoming more threatening, costing Australians at least $300 million last year.

One Australian lost $1.6 million to a fake online investment in 2016, as investment scams and dating and romance scams again led to the highest financial losses reported to authorities.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Delia Rickard says it is not difficult to see why Australians are losing money to these scams, which are often very sophisticated and targeted.

They put a lot of time and effort into grooming people in both the romance scams and the investment scams because they are so lucrative, Ms Rickard said.

Theyre also and I think social media makes this easier for them very good at targeting those that they know are most likely to not just fall for the scam but to have some money behind them.

Australians aged 55 to 64 are being targeted by dating and romance scams, while those aged 45-54 are most affected by investment scams.

They target age groups where people do have some money so the scam is going to be even more profitable, Ms Rickard said.

The $299.8 million lost to scams by Australians in 2016 up $70 million on the previous year is believed to be only the tip of the iceberg as many victims do not go to the authorities.

An Australian Bureau of Statistics survey last year estimated the total amount lost to personal fraud to be closer to $3 billion.

Ms Rickard said there had been a sharp increase in scams taking place through social media sites, the most common being dating and romance scams and fake online stores.

Scammers have also used more threatening tactics and made more covert payment requests in an attempt to outwit their victims, the ACCC said in its annual Targeting Scams report, released on Monday.



Man who stole car drives past cops looking for him "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have arrested a 27-year-old Barkers Vale man who stole a vehicle in the same area on April 11.

As they were taking the details of the incident from the victim they saw the stolen vehicle pull into a nearby driveway. The car was retrieved but the 27-year-old alleged thief made off.

On Sunday, May 14, the man was spotted by Nimbin police at Blue Knob.

They allege he was hostile with police, who were forced to use OC spray and handcuffs to restrain him.

He has been charged with take conveyance without consent of owner, drive whilst disqualified and an unrelated breach of AVO. He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.


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Tax Justice Network wants gas companies to pay tax share "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

A review of the Petroleum Resource Tax (PRRT) by former treasury official Mike Callaghan has found that there are problems with the PRRT and has recommended some changes for new liquefied gas (LNG) projects, which would introduce new royalties.

Although the review was conducted by the Australian Tax Office (ATO), the government has failed to support the recommendations for projects past the investment stage. This means multinational companies like  Chevrons giant Gorgon and Wheatstone ventures and Shells Prelude project off the northern Western Australian, wont pay PRRT for at least 10 years, because of the existing tax credit system. It comes on top of the exemption from paying company tax.

The Tax Justice Network (TJN) has slammed the failure of the government and given support to the introduction of new royalties, so that these companies would at least be paying some tax.

Royalties are a technically a charge paid to the crown, imposed for using land that belongs to the crown. From this concept has evolved the imposition of a charge on what is extracted.

TJN spokesperson Jason Ward described the existing royalty regimes as a patchwork and questioned why some companies are not paying any royalties at all.

Its a bit of a mystery to me, he said. There are five offshore LNG projects and theyre all in Commonwealth waters off Western Australia that are subject only to the PRRT and no other royalty. The North West Shelf Project is also in Commonwealth waters, but it pays a royalty that is split between the Western Australian and federal governments.

The traditional justification for  exemption is that there is a gas shortage in Australia and companies must be given an incentive to produce more. Then why has nearly all of it being exported in recent times? Instead of conserving the resource and ensuring that it is used for priority purposes, the present regime encourages more exports, creating an artificial domestic, which in turn, is used as justification to give even more help to the gas companies.

The world price of gas has fallen, but this is being more than made up for by the volume of exports.  The problem is that this does not meet Australias longer term interests that lie is conserving a finite resource. Instead on an incentive, there should be a disincentive to export, something that should be taken into account in a proper tax syst...


Double collision in Bruns ends in licence suspension "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man who managed to slam into both the car in front of him and the one behind him in Brunswick Heads last Friday has had his licence suspended.

Police report that about 10.50am on Friday, May 12, the 38-year-old man from Brunswick Heads was driving a black Ford Focus with NSW registration along Tweed Street when it allegedly collided with a parked black Honda Accord.

The driver then reversed and allegedly collided with the rear of a White Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was also parked.

The driver of the Ford Focus then got out of the vehicle and walked off.

He was followed by the owner of the Cherokee and identified to police upon their arrival.

The 38-year-old male allegedly refused to supply a sufficient breath test at the scene and he was placed under arrest. He was taken to the Brunswick Heads Police Station where he again allegedly refused to provide a sufficient breath sample.

A subsequent check of the Ford Focus he was allegedly driving indicates the vehicle was unregistered and uninsured.

The man has been charged with refuse breath test, refuse breath analysis, drive unregistered and uninsured vehicle. His drivers licence has been suspended and he will face Mullumbimby Local Court on July 24.


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Drunk and disorderly in Byron and Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police had to remove two people from venues in Byron Bay on Saturday night (May 13) for refusing to leave when intoxicated.

And a man was picked up in a car at Crystal Creek with more than double the blood-alcohol limit.

About 9pm, a 32-year-old male French tourist driving a white Ford utility was stopped by police for a random breath test on Numinbah Road, Crystal Creek.

The driver returned a positive roadside breath test and was taken conveyed to the Murwillumbah Police Station where subsequent analysis returned a reading of 0.128.

He was issued a licence suspension notice and will appear in the Murwillumbah Local Court on 23 May 2017.

Refusing to leave bar

About 10.15pm Saturday 13 May 2017 Police observed a 24-year-old Suffolk Park man arguing with security at a licensed premises.

Described as appearing intoxicated and quarrelsome he was repeatedly asked by security to leave the premises.

The male refused to leave and tried to re-enter the premises.

When police intervened he still refused to leave. The man was taken to the Byron Bay Police station where he was detained due to his intoxication.

Upon his release he was issued with a criminal infringement notice.

Less than two hours later, at around midnight, a similar scene took place, this time the culprit was a 20-year-old male tourist from the UK.

Police saw the man being removed by security from a licensed premises in Byron Bay due to his intoxication, attempting to re-enter the premises and constantly using offensive language towards the staff of the premises.

Police intervened and the male continued to use offensive language and refuse to leave the area. He was detained by Police due to his ongoing behaviour and intoxication and taken to Byron Bay Police Station were he was issued criminal infringement notices for offensive language ($500) and for continue intoxicated behaviour after move on direction ($1100).

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Police spot drug paraphernalia on seat of car "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

About 11.30am on Saturday, May 13, a police noticed male was located in a silver coloured Ford Fiesta that was parked on Chinderah Bay Drive at Chinderah with a number of drug related items beside him in the car.

He also appeared to be drug-affected.

Police searched the male and the vehicle and allegedly located a small quantity of methyl amphetamine, a small quantity of cannabis and a small quantity of MDMA.

Also in the vehicle were a number of items police believed to have been stolen from Surfers Paradise.

The 36-year-old male from Reserve Creek was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, receiving property stolen outside the state and goods in custody suspected of being stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained.

He will face Tweed Heads Local Court on May 22.


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Independent Artist Of The Week: Chicanery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney five-piece Chicanery make loud, powerful rock, softened by warm vocals and catchy hooks. Their sound is full of energy, sprinkled with a tough hit of young-adult-angst.

The Chicanery ladies met at high school and began making music at just 16 years of age. Inspired by their favourite pop punk and indie rock crushes at the time, rehearsals took place in lead guitarist Alessandras garage a space where they could write music and jam after school. Four years on and the University students have broadened their musical horizons, revealing a more mature sound inspired by heartbreak, relationships and growing pains.

Their latest single Change follows on from 2015s Open Road, both of which will feature on their debut EP set for release later this year. Going full steam from start to finish, the track kicks off with fuzzed out guitar and Annique Edyes heartfelt vocals, slowly building into an atmospheric rock anthem.

Giving Change the visual treatment, the band have just unveiled a kaleidoscopic, psych-tinged new video to boot. Check it out below and give in to the Chicanery charm.

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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New report launched to address skyrocketing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander womens imprisonment rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

The over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is a growing national crisis that is being overlooked by all levels of government in Australia, the Human Rights Law Centre and Change the Record said in a new report to be launched today.

The imprisonment rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women has skyrocketed nearly 250 per cent since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make up around 34 per cent of the female prison population but only 2 per cent of the adult female population.

The report, Over-represented and overlooked: the crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander womens growing over-imprisonment, calls for system-wide change and outlines 18 recommendations to redress racialised and gendered justice system outcomes.

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Antoinette Braybrook, Co-Chair of the Change the Record Coalition and Convener of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum, said, For too long our women have been ignored by policy-makers. It is time for governments at all levels to put Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiences and voices front and centre, and listen to what we have to say about the solutions.

The report highlights the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women having access to specialist, holistic and culturally safe services and supports that address the underlying causes of imprisonment, said Ms Braybrook.

Experiences of family violence contribute directly and indirectly to womens offending, added Ms Braybrook. If we are to see womens offen...


Ecuador voices concern over 'serious lack of progress' in Assange case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Ecuadorian government has sent a letter to Sweden criticizing Stockholm for a lack of initiative in dealing with the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and has urged proceedings to be speeded up. The letter by Ecuador's Foreign Ministry voices concern over a "serious lack of progress" by Swedish prosecutors investigating the sexual misconduct case against Assange, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported. The whistleblower, who denies the accusations, was granted political asylum by Ecuador and remains holed up in the country's embassy in London where he been since 2012.


Economic Update Why Worker Coops 05.14.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Updates on Australian govt taxes big banks, big banks fund Dakota Access Pipeline, meaning of French elections, Trump/GOP want to end estate taxes, rising role of monopoly in US economy. Interview with Prof. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, historian of worker coops and African-American community, on why worker coops. Download this episode (right click and save)

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Of Gas and Hot Air "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In the months since then politicians and others have had a great deal to say about the national energy grid and its shortcomings and renewables and base-load power.  Ideology has played a very significant part in the statements of many politicians. This of course means that truth has often been twisted or completely ignored. 
Recently the focus has been on gas and a predicted gas shortage.
Despite the claims of the Government and many industry players, there is no general gas shortage.  There is, however, a looming domestic shortage because most of the enormous volume of gas being extracted is being exported. 
The Federal Government has rather belatedly recognised that, despite the fact that Australia will soon be the largest gas-exporting country in the world, there will be a shortage of gas for the domestic market.  Moreover, the Government has realised that domestic consumers are paying more for gas than consumers of Australian gas in Japan - even after the cost of processing and transporting of the resource to that country. This has become a rather urgent matter for the Government because domestic gas prices and the uncertainty of supply is hurting local industries.  For a government that talks about jobs and growth, permitting more of our dwindling manufacturing base going either down the gurgler or offshore would be politically foolish.
As the Prime Ministers meetings in recent months with the major gas exporters have not produced the cooperation he hoped for, he recently decided to take further action.  It is action that the industry is unhappy about saying that this will discourage global investment, a claim which is unsubstantiated. There are others, including so......


Memo to all federal and state members of parliament: The Great Artesian Basin is not a vast underground sea of fresh water so stop treating it as if it is "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Figure 1. The Great Artesian Basin; spring cluster data sourced from Fensham (2006Fensham, R. 2006. Spring wetlands of the Great Artesian Basin. Paper for the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee, Department of Environment and Heritage, Canberra. December 16, 2014). ).

It is long past time that all parliamentarians of every political persuasion ceased robbing the nation of its present and future water security with their petty partisan politics and insane reliance on ideology over scientific fact.

In simple language Kim de RijkePaul Munro & Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita point out that the Great Artesian Basin is not an endless supply of fresh water and to treat it as such is dangerous.

Taylor & Francis Online, 11 February 2016:


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Meet the NSW members of parliament who voted to keep abortion a crime in their state "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We came up against the mistruths and the misinformation put out by the Catholic Church, the Australian Christian Lobby and other anti-abortion groups. But these deeply conservative institutions cant hold back the movement that has started. Religion, whether it is mine or anyone elses, should not deny someone their rights and choices.
Young people overwhelmingly supported this reform because they can see the hypocrisy. No amount of scare campaigns can hold back the tide. This was about putting abortion access on the political agenda. We succeeded in that and we will continue the campaign.
I particularly think of rural and regional women today, who are the most impacted by abortion being in the Crimes Act, which keeps it scarce, expensive and privatised. I think the members of the Legislative Council who voted against the bill and against the reproductive rights of their constituents have a lot of explaining to do.
Ultimately, the provisions in my bill are operating in various parts of Australia effectively. MPs that voted against this bill need to explain why they think women in NSW deserve fewer rights and fewer protections than women in Victoria, Tasmania or the ACT. [Dr. Mehreen Faruqi MLC, media release, 11 May 2017]

Facebook, Greens MLC Dr. Mehreen Faruqi, 11 May 2017:


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