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Monday, 22 May

22:28

Jess Beckerling on Native Forest Logging in the South-West "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jess Beckering speaks to Indymedias Raymond Grenfell on the on-going campaign to protect native forests in WAs south-west.

22:22

Valerie Farfalla from the Australian Unemployed Workers Union on federal government plans to trial the mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indymedias Raymond Grenfell speaks to Valerie Farfalla from the Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) regarding federal government plans to trial the mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients.

22:15

Meredith Hammat Secretary UnionsWA on a wage rise for WAs lowest-paid workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission last week began hearings for the State Wage Case which will set the wages for some of the lowest paid working people in WA, those on the WA Minimum Wage and state awards. Around 100,000 people rely on this decision to determine their wages. Again, this year the peak []

21:58

Webs of deception "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

This month keep your (Australian) eyes to the skies!

May, in Australia, is the traditional month for reported falls of unusual looking, lengthy strands of 'silk-like' substance, which some UAP researchers refer to as 'Angel Hair.'

May 1974 - Albury, NSW - photo by Kevin Dixon
Is it simply spiders' web, or the residue of the propulsion system of extraterrestrial spaceships?

There was a very large fall of this substance around Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia,on 4 May 2015. For a detailed account of this fall, and the subsequent story which went viral on the Internet, take a look at my post dated 14 May 2015.

If the subject interests you, why not take a look at my comprehensive Australian catalogue and analysis of dozens of Australian falls, which may be found here.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has information on any 2017 falls.

21:38

Truth Hammer Podcast With Adam & Bernie (Chasing Home) "IndyWatch Feed National"

LIVE BLOG The Chase Saga Continues Medical Kidnapping in Australia Information and Facebook Lives Follow the Events Unfold
Live Updates Here: 
Please support this family and their struggles by donating money into Chases business account. Read More

21:31

Felicity Ruby on Australias Role in the Five Eyes in the age of Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Felicity Ruby is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney and former political adviser to Senator Scott Ludlam. Her research is focused on transnational political movements resisting mass surveillance. Indymedias Karun Cowper spoke to Felicity about her PhD dissertation entitled The Fourth Eye: Australias Role in the Five Eyes before and after Snowden. Even []

21:09

Letter from accused terrorist John Zakhariev, currently on trial in Sofia, Bulgaria "IndyWatch Feed National"

John Zakhariev (above) is a 21yo dual Australian-Bulgarian citizen currently on trial in Sofia, Bulgaria. Arrested in September 2016, John is accused of undertaking weapons training in Bulgaria in order to join Daesh in Syria. He denies all charges. I Continue reading

21:01

20:34

The Ongoing Disaster of Australias Policy in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed National"

3623423422According to a recent news report Australia is open to a request from the United States for more troops to be sent to Afghanistan. According to the report, Australian troops mostly work in a training and support role aimed at strengthening the Afghan forces ability to protect their own country. It is important, said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, that we work together to build up the capacity of Afghanistans own security forces so that they can keep that country secure from the threat of terrorism.

There was no opposition to this suggestion from Labor leader Bill Shorten, and neither did the countrys media outlets bother to consider either the inherent absurdity of the Prime Ministers statement, or consider the geopolitical context that prevails in Afghanistan.

This has been the pattern ever since Afghanistan was invaded and occupied by a US led coalition, including Australia, ostensibly in response to the events of 11 September 2001 in the United States. That terrorist event was immediately attributed to al Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, who was being sheltered by the Taliban government of Afghanistan, who in turn refused to hand bin Laden over to the Americans.

That this sequence of events is almost entirely fictional has never been allowed to disturb the official narrative, which is regularly brought out to justify maintaining, or as with the most recent request, increasing troop numbers. Quite what improvements in the situation in Afghanistan this latest mini-surge might achieve is not clear.

One might have thought that after more than fifteen years of occupation, with the Taliban occupying more of the country than at any time since 2001, some fresh insights might be more productive. Similarly, when there has already been an expenditure of more than one trillion US dollars with no noticeable improvements and a great deal of deterioration in the countrys infrastructure, a better use of taxpayers dollars might be found.

There are other measurements of the occupations success. For example, opium production is now more than 20 times higher than it was in 2001. Or, as the UN pointed out recently, more than 9.3 million people, or 26% of the countrys population are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. At the very least one might expect that this dismal record would induce a fundamental reappraisal of existing policy.

Th...

20:12

Dr Waleed Aly - 'Towards a structuration theory of global terrorism' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Broadcaster, Waleed Aly, receives PhD from Monash University 22 May 2017 Monash University academic, writer, lawyer, and broadcaster, Waleed Aly, has received his PhD at a graduation ceremony at Monash. Waleed is a politics lecturer at the Monash School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, and working primarily within the...

19:24

Andrew Twiggy Forrests has long history of grand goals and grand gestures "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest is giving big donations to his charities, that give him a big name, make him look great and very generous, and write-off heaps of personal tax on the dividends he draws from his companies to enrich himself.

But maybe Andrew Forrest is trying to expunge a guilty conscience for conning vast tracks of land off Aboriginal (native Australians), pretending to be their friend, and then denigrating vast tracts of pristine Australian wilderness- forever.

Andrew Forrest is another scum miner who has vandalised inland Australia and destroyed it forever.

Andrew Forrests legacy in future generations will simply be a that he was a very greedy man, who has conned vast tracts of pristine Australian outback land off the Aboriginal, just like the early white settlers in Australia, and that Andrew Forrest like the other open-cast miners, left vast parts of Australia as ground zero.

ABC News Australia

Andrew Twiggy Forrests has long history of grand goals and grand gestures

ANALYSIS

22 May 2017

The extraordinary act of kindness was classic Andrew Twiggy Forrest; offering the big bucks, surrounded by big names, and proclaiming lofty ambitions.

I stand before you, obviously, as your servant, the billionaire said, flanked by the Prime Minister, the Opposition leader and Hollywood stars at the public announcement of his generous act of philanthropy a pledge to give away $400 million of his wealth, the largest ever donation by a living Australian.

M...

19:10

The International Persecution of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish states collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and rendition.

Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, he would have been on his way to the kind of American torture pit that Chelsea Manning had to endure.

This prospect was obscured by the grim farce played out in Sweden. Its a laughing stock, said James Catlin, one of Assanges Australian lawyers. It is as if they make it up as they go along.

It may have seemed that way, but there was always serious purpose. In 2008, a secret Pentagon document prepared by the Cyber Counterintelligence Assessments Branch foretold a detailed plan to discredit WikiLeaks and smear Assange personally.

The mission, as the Pentagon document says, was to destroy the trust that was WikiLeaks center of gravity. This would be achieved with threats of exposure [and] criminal prosecution. Silencing and criminalizing such an unpredictable source of truth-telling was the aim.

Perhaps this was understandable. WikiLeaks has exposed the way America dominates much of human affairs, including its epic crimes, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq: the wholesale, often homicidal killing of civilians and the contempt for sovereignty and international law.

These disclosures are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama, a professor of constitutional law, lauded whistleblowers as part of a healthy democracy [who] must be protected from reprisal.

In 2012, the Obama campaign boasted on its website that Obama had prosecuted more whistleblowers in his first term than all other U.S. presidents combined. Before Manning had even received a trial, Obama had publicly pronounced the former Army intelligence analyst guilty.

Few seriou...

18:58

Hillsong Church- meet Hillsongs sex deviate founder Frank Houston. Part Nine. Rev Frank Houston teen homosexual pedophile victim Peter Fowler abused at Lower Hutt Assemblies of God "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Peter Fowlers letter to Pastor Philip Powell:

Dear Philip

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

18:49

Two men charged with theft during Lismore floods "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

During the flooding incident in Lismore police saw six people floating two large buckets out of a bottle shop on Keen Street.

They were chest deep in floodwater and police were aware that the rear roller door of the drive-through bottle shop had been compromised due to the floods.

The alcohol, consisting of 12 bottles of wine, 12 bottles of beer and one bottle of cider valued at $208.37 were seized and returned to the owner of the bottle shop.

Police have now arrested two Lismore men, a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old, over the incident.

Both have been charged with larceny and will appear in Lismore Local Court in July.

Police say they will speak to the other five people as the investigation continues.

The post Two men charged with theft during Lismore floods appeared first on Echonetdaily.

18:28

NATIONALS SHOULD NAME LOCATIONS FOR NUTTY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PLAN "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Greens NSW Energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today slammed the National Party and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro for raising the prospect of a nuclear power plant in NSW saying renewable energy is safer, cheaper, and more effective at combatting climate change.

I challenge John Barilaro and Gladys Berejiklian to name which electorate, which suburb and which town in NSW they think a nuclear power plant should be built in, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

They also need to come clean with where they are planning to have a nuclear waste dump to manage the highly radioactive waste fuel that will be produced.

Nuclear power is an enormous risk that is not worth taking. We should learn the lessons from Fukushima and Chernobyl that nuclear power can be catastrophic.

This is just another nutty, extreme idea from the National Party who is stuck in the wrong century pushing coal and nuclear and ignoring the massive renewable energy potential of Australia.

Launching their nuclear ambitions in Broken Hill shows the Nationals are completely out of touch with the community and the future of energy supply in Australia.

One of the largest solar farms in the country, the Broken Hill Solar Plant, has just been built and the nearby Silverton Wind Farm will be the largest wind project in NSW once it is constructed.

The declining cost of renewables means nuclear energy does not make financial sense, as we can see with Japanese giant Toshiba going broke because of its involvement in nuclear power plants.

Even if the Nationals could force nuclear power through massive community...

18:16

Nature Conservation Council of NSW slams Deputy Premiers nuclear power plan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Green groups shut down nuclear NSW talk, http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/green-groups-shut-down-nuclear-nsw-talk/news-story/0a4b29c1a3ae25ad8e67ce3c0130b6a2 Green groups have reacted swiftly to condemn an attempt by Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro to place nuclear energy back on the agenda.

Mr Barilaro told the NSW Nationals Annual Conference in Broken Hill on Thursday nuclear energy could mean guaranteed power to millions, lower bills and next to no emissions in the face of a power crisis.

He said energy costs were crushing businesses, farmers and families.

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW called on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to declare nuclear options werent on the table.

Renewables are by far the cheapest, cleanest and most sustainable way to meet our energy needs, chief executive Kate Smolski said in a statement.

She said nuclear power was dirty, dangerous and expensive and could leave a toxic legacy.

Ms Smolski challenged Mr Barilaro to explain which electorate would house a nuclear reactor, uranium processing plant and radioactive waste dumps.

The NSW Greens energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said Mr Barilaros comments showed the party was out of touch with the community.

This is just another nutty, extreme idea from the National Party who is stuck in the wrong century pushing coal and nuclear and ignoring the massive renewable energy potential of Australia, he said.


18:14

NORFOLK ISLAND BIRDWATCHING EXPERIENCE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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17:27

Manus closure: Government reveals plans to move up to 440 men to East Lorengau Transit Facility "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Department of Immigration revealed today in Budget Estimates that it plans to expand bed capacity at the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre to house up to 440 men on Manus when it closes the detention centre in October.

The HRLCs Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, who has travelled to Manus three times to witness conditions first-hand, said the revelations are further proof that the government has no viable plan to provide safety for all of the men on Manus.

The government has known for a long time that the Manus camps days are numbered. But it has never had a humane or viable plan for the innocent men trapped inside it. It's not good enough to just chuck a few extra mattresses on the floor and leave these men languishing in another facility round the corner, said Mr Webb.

These men have been detained for four years. Most were found to be refugees ages ago. They deserve a chance to finally begin rebuilding their lives in safety, not a temporary move to another unsafe place down the road, said Mr Webb.

The Department also confirmed that shots were fired directly into the Manus Island detention centre during an incident on Good Friday and that nine people had been injured. A statement from the department originally said a weapon was fired into the air and no-one was injured.

These men have been shot at, beaten and suffered the mental torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end. Manus is not a safe place for them - never has been, never will be, added Mr Webb.

"It becomes clearer with every passing day that the only humane and viable way forward is the most obvious one - immediately evacuate anyone who is not resettled in the US to safety in Australia."

There are currently 56 men in the Transit Centre and 790 men in the Regional Processing Centre.

For further comments or interview please contact:

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

16:55

Mount Everest Claims Five Lives in the Past Month "IndyWatch Feed National"

Light illuminates Mount Everest (C) during sunset in Solukhumbu district, also known as the Everest region, in this picture taken November 30, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo

Kathmandu: Two more climbers have died on Mount Everest, taking the death toll on the worlds highest mountain in the past month to at least five amid mountaineers safety concerns, officials said on Monday (May 22).

A 54-year-old Australian, Francesco Enrico Marchetti, died on the Tibetan side of Everest, while Vladimir Strba, 48, of Slovakia, perished near the Balcony in the south in Nepal, officials said. Both climbers died on Sunday, May 21.

Marchetti died due to apparent altitude sickness about 8,300 metres (27,230 feet) above sea level while on his summit approach, said Navin Trita...

16:51

The trouble with the Chinese economy and what it means for Australia And everyone else "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANALYSIS

China. Or Chaynaar, as the 45th President of the United States of America prefers.

As Donald Trumps political fortunes continue to unravel in Washington, with political scandal jostling with diplomatic intrigue and internal bickering for headlines, a more immediate problem is bubbling away to our immediate north.

Its always difficult to get a clear handle on the Chinese economy.

Official reporting generally is pre-determined, offering little more than an opaque view into the inner workings of one of the worlds great economic conundrums; a centralised Communist government overseeing a capitalist economy.

But in the past week, there have been some concerning signals emanating from Beijing that all may not be well and that its latest attempt to extract itself from a looming debt crisis has done more harm than good not for the first time.

How did it come to this?

A decade ago, China saved capitalism from itself. As the global economy lurched...

16:36

Asian Stocks Track Wall Sts Rally Despite Global Worries "IndyWatch Feed National"

TOKYO Asian stocks rose Monday, cheered by the latest rally on Wall Street and relative quiet in U.S. politics as President Donald Trump began his first official trip overseas as president.

KEEPING SCORE: Japans benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.4 percent to 19,673.17. Australias S&P/ASX 200 added 0.8 percent to 5,771.10. South Koreas Kospi gained 0.5 percent to 2,299.52. Hong Kongs Hang Seng jumped 0.9 percent to 25,412.26, although the Shanghai Composite lost 0.3 percent to 3,083.00. Southeast Asian markets were also higher.

MARKET WORRIES: Among the global developments adding to investor fears are the various controversies swirling around the Trump administration. But news was relatively quiet over the weekend as Trump visited Saudi Arabia, getting a reprieve from the controversies that have marred his young presidency. Trump will travel on to Israel and Europe and attend a summit of the Group of Seven nations.

THE QUOTE: North Korea conducted a missile test on Sunday, but it is not expected to cause much financial market impact as both the U.S. and South Korea have been restrained in their reactions, said Zhu Huani, an analyst at Mizuho Bank in Singapore.

WALL STREET: The S&P 500 index rose 0.7 percent to 2,381.73 and the Dow Jones industrial average also added 0.7 percent, to 20,804.84. The Nasdaq composite index gained 0.5 percent to 6,083.70.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil added 39 cents to $51.06 a bar...

15:32

15:23

Restored Republic via a GCR as of May 22, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Restored Republic via a GCR as of May 22 2017

Compiled 12:27 am EDT 22 May 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. May 21 2017 One Who Knows:

1. I have confirmed from my top sources that the UK is exchanging. Tank has reported that he knows about it from first hand sources as well. It was also confirmed by Grandfather that the Zim was exchanged in Australia at a low contract rate on the $100T, and at more than face value on the rest of the denominations. The people who were in that group with $100T notes got screwed by their contract.

2. The plan has always been to start exchanging in the Far East, then the Middle East/Europe, and finally here in the West. It is not all happening on the very same day.

3. Europe started exchanging on Wed. May 17.

4. The Far East must have started possibly Sun. May 21.

5. We are highly expectant to start Sun. May 21, or at least by Monday before markets open at 9am EDT May 22.

6. I wouldn't be surprised that by when the US gets started exchanging, it goes public, the official rates changes at the IMF, and we get 800# by email and on web sites.

7. We may have a few hours or even a day of Segments in the US, but I think the GCR is going to be done and listed on the IMF website very quickly once we start.

8. There will be toll free numbers to call to set up appointments. If you have Zim you will get a special number to call.

9. You might be contacted before the rates change publicly (end of GCR - posting on IMF website), or you will get the numbers on websites and by email when it goes live.

B. May 21 2017 Poof:

1. The bottleneck has been found, the plug in the system that has kept it from happening is real, is huge.

2. There are those sweating blood over how to even survive the investigation. They have been out of ethics for a very long time and cant produce what is needed.

3. Just sit tight and allow the officials to figure out how to unthread the bound up systems that carry all the wires. There are many. Let the weight of the pressures that they feel do its work, and just sit tight; I know thats what you have been doing but do it now for a short while. Get the logical and sequential efforts in line and hang with what is.

C. May 21 2017 Susan:

1. The never...

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0003 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 2.95 AUD
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13:51

Bob Brown joins hundreds at nationwide beach protests to protect Great Australian Bight from oil and gas drilling "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sunday, 21 May 2017 - 1:30pm

GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT ALLIANCE MEDIA RELEASE May 20, 2017

  • Xenophon and Greens take a stand for their communities and say no to drilling in Bight
  • Libs and ALP back oil and gas industry and imaginary jobs, ahead of 10,000 real fishing and tourism jobs
  • BPs oil spill modelling showed spill could hit Adelaide in 20 days and Kangaroo Island in 15 days; and anywhere along Australias southern coast from Western Australia to Tasmania

Hundreds of people lined the shores across Australia today calling for the Liberal and Labor parties to protect the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight from oil and gas exploration, with Hands Across the Sand events happening from New South Wales to Western Australia.

Wilderness Society South Australia Director Peter Owen said: The Greens and South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon have already taken a stand for their communities by saying no to oil and gas drilling in the Great Australian Bight in the Australian Senate inquirys report handed down this month.

IMAGE: Bob Brown and Peter Owen talk to the media at the Hands Across the Sands event at Glenelg Beach in Adelaide

The Liberal and Labor parties, however, seem more concerned about the interests of the oil and gas industry rather than the communities they are elected to represent. Both major parties seem more interested in imaginary oil and gas industry jobs than the 10,000 real fishing and tourism jobs in South Australias coastal regions that would be threatened by an oil spill.

BPs own oil spill modelling showed that a spill from an uncontained blowout from its proposed Stromlo-1 well was guaranteed to impact the South Australian coast, and that anywhere across all of southern Australias coast could be impactedfrom Western Australia across to Tasmania and NSW. A spill could hit Adelaide in 20 days and could hit Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island in 15 days.

Mr Owen, the Australian Environmentalist of the Year, was joined by former Greens leader Bob Brown at Adelaides Glenelg Beach.......

13:25

PERTH Westdrill fined $10k after truck incident at Pilbara mine "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Westdrill fined $10k after truck incident at Pilbara mine .

May 22, 2017 at 12:03PM .

Drill and blast services company Westdrill has been fined $10,000 in Perth Magistrates Court for two mine safety breaches at Mineral Resources Iron

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/westdrill-fined-10k-truck-incident-pilbara-mine/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFC_OeEMEoj8U49qkLcDsxfLH5LgA

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

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13:23

Serially abused: why everyones wrong about the Oxford comma "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am not the type to correct someones possessive use of its on a Facebook post, and the moment I correct someone on using amount when they should have used number I feel embarrassed for myself rather than for them. It is unreasonable to expect everyone to know the seven specific rules that dictate comma usage, and it makes sense that people are confused by lay and lie meaning different things when lay is also the past tense for lie.

11:50

Uluru convention must be visionary and not minimalist otherwise the divide will not be between White and Black but between Black and Black "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is a given that there will be constitutional recognition of the First Peoples of this continent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a given that the racialised clauses will be deleted from the Australian Constitution and stains diabolical and cruel cleansed from the nations imprimatur and from our []

11:49

Time for a reality check? Budget bottom lines cant meet community expectations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Next months State Budget will struggle to meet community expectations with a survey released today by the South Australian Council of Social Service showing that most South Australians want a boost to public spending, particularly on health, education and community services. At the same time the public wants lower state taxes, and with a forecast decline in real terms in the coming years in Government revenue and expenditure, there is no way this can add up.
 
SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley:  We analysed the survey results about what people wanted alongside the last Budget figures and it is clear that the desire for more spending on infrastructure and public services cant be met with current levels of taxation, and reducing waste wont contribute much either. So there is a hard choice for the government and the community we either accept poorer infrastructure and lower levels of services, or (as Scott Morrison recently found out federally) we need to look at our tax system.
 
SACOSS commissioned Mint Research to survey 1000 South Australians with the results showing that 68% of respondents wanted to see more spent on government services overall, including 26% who wanted a lot more spent. 
 
Of the seven broad areas of government spending surveyed, spending on industry support was the only area where there was not majority support for more spending.
 
SACOSS CEO, Ross Womersley said, The survey showed strong public support for more government spending, especially in key areas like health, education and community services. There was almost no support for cutting funding for those services to address Budget pressures.
 
Health, education and community services already account for 62% of government operational expenditure, but with cuts to services in some areas still being experienced, it is no surprise that the public expressed desire for more funding in those areas.
 
Perceptions of Government waste
 
The survey also highlighted significant concern in the community that the government was wasting money. 
...

11:47

North Korea: Kim Jong-un says ballistic missile ready for action after test "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

North Korea: Kim Jong-un says ballistic missile ready for action after test

22 May 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says the intermediate-range ballistic missile that was tested yesterday is ready for action, according to the reclusive states news agency.

Key points:

  • North Korea confirmed reports of the launch made by South Korea, US
  • Kim Jong-un approved deployment of the weapon for action
  • US says economic and diplomatic pressure will be applied to North Korea

The test was reported by South Korea yesterday, and the KCNA news agency today released a statement claiming the launch was a success.

The launch verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engines operation and stage separation and the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead which was recorded by a device mounted on the warhead, KCNA said.

11:28

Massive Spill Kept Secret: Australia Oil Regulator Hid Key Leak Data for Months "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Sputnik)  Australias governmental oil watchdog group knew for months about a previously uncontrolled underwater oil leak but kept the information hidden from the public until now.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), a government agency tasked with monitoring industry compliance as well as tracking well integrity, health and safety, and environmental management of Australias petrochemical industry, did not report a 2016 two-month uncontrolled underwater oil pipeline leak, only releasing the data now in its annual report.

Following a routine inspection in 2016, NOPSEMA technicians identified an underwater oil pipeline that was continuously leaking oil at the rate of some 50 gallons a day, according to a report by The Guardian.

According to the report, some 3,000 gallons of unprocessed crude oil spewed into the surrounding marine ecosystem over the course of two months before the leak was finally patched.

A spokesperson for NOPSEMA claimed that the leak occurred after a pipeline seal failed. The spokesperson would not reveal the name of the company that owns and operates the pipeline, or the precise location of the spill, asserting only that it happened on the North West Shelf, about 155 square miles of open ocean of varying depth off the coast of Western Australia, which boasts extensive oil and gas deposits.

NOPSEMA and local government officials came in for heavy criticism from Greenpeace Australia Pacific for suppressing the information. The environmental organization observed that no punishments or fines have been levied against the unnamed operator of the pipeline.

Oil barrell
Image Source: olle svensson, Flickr, Creative Commons

Australians, and especially those who rely on the ocean for their livelihood, should be deeply concerned by reports that the national oil regulator has withheld information from the public, a senior Greenpeace official said.

Theres absolutely no justification for continuing to keep the company involved or the location of the oil spill a secret. NOPSEMA must immediately make the identity of the company involved and the location of the spill ava...

11:12

Lennox and Goliath: Large protest rally planned "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Protesters calling for the proposed Lennox Ski jump DA to be abandoned. Photo supplied.

Protesters calling for the proposed Lennox Ski jump DA to be abandoned. Photo supplied.

Anger is being expressed over Ballina mayor David Wrights refusal to state if he will step down from the joint regional planning panel (JRPP), the body that will consider the development application (DA) for the Lennox Head ski jump.

In an open letter to the JRPP that was copied to Ballina Shire councillors and local media outlets, the Lennox Head Against the Ski Jump (LHASJ) group have outlined why they do not believe that mayor Wright should sit on the JRPP.

Mayor Wrights firm support for the ski jump has been made clear over the last four years, right up until very recent presentations to our children at school, states the letter.

To function properly and maintain public trust, JRPP members must be impartial. Therefore, given mayor Wrights clear and longstanding support for the ski jump, it makes a mockery of the JRPP that he should be offered a position to hear this matter, and then for him to have the lack of judgment and probity to accept the position, it continued.

Mayor Wright has stated that he is yet to make a decision on whether he will sit on the panel or step aside for his alternate, deputy mayor Jeff Johnson.

The DA has yet to be assessed, said mayor Wright.

I will discuss my position with the secretariat when they contact me and am asked if I have a conflict of interest.

Protest rally called

In the mean time the LHASJ group are launching the call to reject the state government and office of sport proposal for a 10 to 12 storey ski jump on its pristine coastline.

The recently lodged DA with Ballina council, by the office of sport proposing the development of a aerial training ski jump, would dwarf all local and regional buildings. A two storey building limit in Lennox Head and surrounding areas would mean tha...

11:06

Have your say on the north coast shark net trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW DPI is collecting feedback on the controversial six-month shark net trial on the north coast. Photo supplied

NSW DPI is collecting feedback on the controversial six-month shark net trial on the north coast. Photo supplied

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is inviting north coast residents and stakeholders to provide feedback on the trial of shark nets at five beaches in Ballina, Lennox Head and Evans Head.

Residents can have their say at one of a number of community kiosks, by phone or via an online feedback form.

The six-month north coast shark net trial that ran during summer and autumn, when the largest number of swimmers and surfers use the beach, is due to end on June 13.

Timing may change if large numbers of whales are seen close to shore and is obviously dependent on weather conditions.

DPI Fisheries deputy director Dr Geoff Allan said data from the trial would now be analysed by DPIs shark scientists to assess the effectiveness of the trial.

There is no silver bullet when it comes to shark attack mitigation however our aim has always been to minimise the risk to swimmers and surfers whilst minimising the amount of by-catch, Dr Allan said.

We would like to gauge the views of the local community on the outcomes of the six month trial of shark nets at Sharpes, Shelly and Lighthouse beaches at Ballina, Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head and Main Beach at Evans Head.

DPI will be surveying the community via phone or at one of our community drop-in stands between now and Wednesday May, 31.

Members of the community can also complete the survey online at DPIs website.

Community input will inform part of the governments decision on the best measures to protect swimmers and surfers moving forward.

Apart from the mesh nets, DPI has been collecting data on the use of SMART drumlines as a shark management tool.

SMART drumlines caught far more target sharks than mesh nets during the mesh net trial, Dr Allan said.

When the nets are removed DPI will increase the number of SMART drumlines from 25 to 35 in the trial area and conduct aerial surveillance from helicopters and drones to help protect swimmers and surfers.

We will condu...

10:37

Getting Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish states collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and rendition.

Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he would have been on his way to the kind of American torture pit Chelsea Manning had to endure.

This prospect was obscured by the grim farce played out in Sweden. Its a laughing stock, said James Catlin, one of Assanges Australian lawyers. It is as if they make it up as they go along.

It may have seemed that way, but there was always serious purpose. In 2008, a secret Pentagon document prepared by the Cyber Counterintelligence Assessments Branch foretold a detailed plan to discredit WikiLeaks and smear Assange personally.

The mission was to destroy the trust that was WikiLeaks centre of gravity. This would be achieved with threats of exposure [and] criminal prosecution. Silencing and criminalising such an unpredictable source of truth-telling was the aim.

Perhaps this was understandable. WikiLeaks has exposed the way America dominates much of human affairs, including its epic crimes, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq: the wholesale, often homicidal killing of civilians and the contempt for sovereignty and international law.

These disclosures are protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama, a professor of constitutional law, lauded whistle blowers as part of a healthy democracy [and they] must be protected from reprisal.

In 2012, the Obama campaign boasted on its website that Obama had prosecuted more whistleblowers in his first term than all other US presidents combined. Before Chelsea Manning had even received a trial, Obama had publicly pronounced her guilty.

Few serious observers doubt that should the US get their hands on Assange, a similar fate awaits him. According to documents released by Edward Snowden, he is on a Manhunt target list. Threats of his kidnapping and assassination became almost political and media currency in the US following then Vice-President Joe Bidens preposterous slur that the WikiLeaks founder was a cyber-terrorist.

Hillary Clinton, the destroyer of Libya and, as WikiLeaks revealed last year, the secret supporter and personal beneficiary of forces underwriting ISIS, proposed her own expedient solutio...

10:14

Call for support of Insulation workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) is calling on support for striking members working at Fletcher Insulation in Dandenong (Victoria).

The Unions state secretary Ben Davis took the message to the Australian Labor Partys state conference on the weekend, where he urged delegates so support the striking workers. A motion of support was passed unanimously.

Eighty nine workers have been on strike since 17 February, because of setbacks in negotiations for a new agreement. They established a picket, which continues today.

They say is that since they have assisted the company in reaching record productivity in recent years and  in the making of high profit levels, it is only right that some of this is returned in a wage rise.

Instead of doing this, management put forward an aggressive agenda during the last round of negotiations, Which included no wage increase, an increase in weekly working hours,

in the face of their employer seeking to reduce working conditions such as hours of work, manning levels and redundancy, slashing of redundancy entitlements and removing protections on job security to allow for casuals to replace full time jobs, the workers walked off the job and established a picket line at the front of their Dandenong factory in Melbournes south-eastern suburbs. security to allow for casuals to replace full time jobs.

On 29 March,  management applied to the Fair Work Commission to terminate their workplace agreement which may have the effect of reducing their take home pay by up to 50 percent. This is the second time an application for this matter has been made in the manufacturing industry and may have implications for the entire manufacturing workforce if they are successful.

Some of these workers have been employed by Fletcher Insulation for over 40 years.

The AWU is collecting signatures form workplaces across Australia and New Zealand, for a petition that calls on the board of Fletcher Building Group to make a fair offer to this group of loyal workers.

To help the Fletcher workers visit the link.

 

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10:12

Suffolk Parks community celebration picnic "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Donald and Helena Maughan with their grandchildren Toby and Ayda Hallahan. Photo supplied.

Donald and Helena Maughan with their grandchildren Toby and Ayda Hallahan. Photo supplied.

Celebrating our park the Suffolk Park community is coming together for a funday picnic this coming Sunday, May 28.

The all ages event will be a community celebration of winning the 2016 Save Our Park Campaign when Suffolk Park almost lost its only, open green space.

Starting at midday there will be live music from the Tin Can String Band, Childrens Entertainer Shorty Brown, face painting plus old style races including egg and spoon and sack races. All winners will receive a Village Champion award.

The picnic will end with a fun-filled finale, a Beachside vs Lakeside residents tug of war.

We have shown what can be achieved when we all pull together, said Suffolk Park Progress Associations president, Donald Maughan.

Now we want to know who are the strongest in the great Suffolk Park tug of war!

Residents are invited to bring their own picnic hampers but the Byron Bay Preschool will be holding a sausage sizzle from midday.

People are asked, where possible, to walk to the event due to limited parking.

Community happens when individuals come together, have fun and acknowledge each other. Let this be the motto of our village, Mr Maughan concluded.

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10:07

Nurses welcome review following Lismore Hospital death "IndyWatch Feed National"

The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed reports the NSW Government has commissioned a independent review into seclusion, restraint and observations in the states mental health system.

The review follows the 2014 death of patient Miriam Merten at the Lismore Base Hospitals mental health unit.

A six-person panel will determine whether the NSW mental health system is consistent with national standards and international best practice.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says no stone will be left unturned by NSW Chief Psychiatrist Murray Wright and the five other mental health experts.

We need to know appropriate policies are in place in our hospitals and mental health facilities and the extent to which staff actually adhere to existing policies and protocol, Mr Hazzard said in a statement on Monday.

Nurses have called on the review to seriously consider to skill mix, staffing ratios, and whether appropriate training and supervision is being provided.

General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said it was vital the review panel took a close look at staffing skill mixes and overall staffing levels when considering issues of aggression and violence that lead to restraint and seclusion in emergency departments and mental health units.

The skill mix of staff is a critical component in seclusion, restraint and observation practices throughout public mental health facilities and hospitals across NSW, Mr Holmes said.

We will certainly be requesting the review panel to pay close attention to skill mix, as well as staffing ratios, and whether appropriate training and supervision has been provided across all settings.

At the end of the day, the safety of staff and patients has to be given priority because of the potential risks and known levels of violence occurring in both mental health units and emergency departments.

The use of specialling or 1:1 nursing is one element to help reduce escalation issues for patients in mental health units however, we are concerned that staff assigned as specials during a shift are often lower skilled and therefore inadequately prepared for the role of deescalating aggressive or self-harming patients and are vulnerable themselves.

The broad terms of reference means the review panel will be extremely busy for the next seven months and I welcome the opportunity for our members to contribute to this review, said Mr Holmes.

with AAP

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10:06

Confronting Unwanted Sexual Attention in Sri Lanka "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 2011, pop-singer Rihanna released a video clip for her single Man Down, in which she plays a regretful fugitive after shooting down her rapist in a busy train station.

Contextualising her Barbadian vocals and the electro-reggae beat, the clip depicts Rihanna as the local sweetheart about town, who, in lacy white apparel, strolls through sun-filtered lanes, rides bikes and kisses her elders, plaits swinging and coconuts in hand.

Later, after rejecting his advances, Rihanna is raped by her former dancefloor partner outside a house party. After deliberation, she shoots him dead. Her lyrical exploration of remorse raises questions about consent, rape and revenge.

In response to North American parent groups who criticised the video clip for its sexually violent content, feminist writers argued that Rihannas portrayal of rape, which causes isolation and self-annihilation among survivors, emphasises female moral agency; ignoring a womans refusal to sex should be punished.

Not a Rihanna fan, I didnt discover Man Down until the beginning of a recent trip to Sri Lanka, where, on the southern coast, I was drinking with a group of multinational acquaintances in their guesthouse, where it played full-bore.

Here, I listened as their host a trim, blonde-tipped Sri Lankan in his early 30s explained a complex of his: with a wife and two toddlers at home, it was difficult to maintain promising holiday flings with his foreign guests; the distance between Europe and Sri Lanka was simply too great.

It seemed a curious problem for a married man from, in comparison to the liberal sex and drinking cultures of his western guests, a conservative social backdrop. Did he think Id approve of his behaviour? I resisted judgement. He was hospitable and well-liked by his guests, an all-round nice guy.

That was until some days later, when I ran into one of those guests at the beach. She told me that this host had, following the nights heavy partying at a local surf hostel, let himself into one of his female guests rooms while she slept, climbed into her bed and tried to kiss her.

Of course, s...

10:04

Its all down hill for Bangalows billy carts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It was serious business for pilots of billycarts in Bangalow for the annual derby. Photo Tree Faerie

It was serious business for pilots of billy carts in Bangalow for the annual derby. Photo Tree Faerie

Eve Jeffery

The gods of three and four wheeled dreams played nice on Sunday and the weather was perfect for the annual running of the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby.

With a 12 event card, adorned with a parade and fun with the firefighters, music, dance and food, Bangalow once again brought out its best, and everyone had way more than their allocated serve of fun.

Bangalow Billy Cart Derby co-ordinator Richard Millyard said, the sun shone on the derby for the 17th consecutive year on Sunday and it proved to be another great day.

Congratulations to Dunoon Primary, which scooped the pool, taking both first and second prizes in the Traditional Billy Cart Schools Challenge and picked up all of the $1,000 prize money, he said.

Photos  Tree Faerie

09:36

Aust, China in joint ocean research work "IndyWatch Feed National"

The melting of Antarctic ice sheets and how this affects future sea-level rise will be investigated at the new research centre. Photo CSIRO

The melting of Antarctic ice sheets and how this affects future sea-level rise will be investigated at the new research centre. Photo CSIRO

Andrew Drummond

HOBART [AAP]

China and Australia have joined forces in their research missions to gauge the impact on global climate of changing ocean conditions.

A Hobart-based research centre is due to be opened on Monday, a collaboration between the CSIRO, Chinas Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, and the universities of Tasmania and NSW.

Although China and Australia arent close geographically, many of the southern oceans processes that influence Australias climate, also influence Chinas climate, Professor Lixin Wu said.

Since climate change is a great challenge to the whole world, we have to rise to it hand in hand in collaboration.

The centre will attract $20 million funding over five years as it investigates southern hemisphere oceans stretching from the tropics to Antarctica.

There is much complex science at work, CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall said.

The oceans in the southern hemisphere play a crucial role in the climate system, absorbing more heat and carbon dioxide than any other region in the world.

It is also an exciting opportunity to work with Chinas leading marine science and technology organisation often in answering some of sciences biggest questions, you need to take a global approach.

The research centres work will include looking at melting Antarctic ice shelves, along with investigating the influence of the El Nino climate phenomena.

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09:32

Lindt families vent anger at police action "IndyWatch Feed National"

An August 2016 image of acting deputy commissioner Jeff Loy leaving the Lindt Cafe Siege inquest in Sydney. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

An August 2016 image of acting deputy commissioner Jeff Loy leaving the Lindt Cafe Siege inquest in Sydney. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

SYDNEY [AAP]

The families of Lindt Cafe siege victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson have lost faith in police after the sitting through the harrowing inquest into their deaths.

NSW Coroner Michael Barnes will on Wednesday hand down his findings into the December 2014 siege sparked by terrorist Man Haron Monis.

Police stormed the cafe in the early hours of December 16 after Monis shot dead Mr Johnson 17 hours after the siege started.

Police shot him dead and Katrina Dawson was fatally wounded by at least seven police bullet fragments.

Mr Johnsons mother Rosie Connellan says she initially believed the role of police in the events leading to her sons death was straightforward.

We thought that Monis had killed Tori and, you know, it was relatively simple: the police had done everything possible and that was it, she tells ABC Four Corners program.

But she said the evidence at the inquest changed her opinion.

As it unfolded it was just, it was horrific. Every day we thought: This cant get worse, and every day it got worse what was coming out in evidence, Ms Connellan said.

She was angry police waited until someone was killed before taking action.

Ill never be able to understand how you can make a calculated decision that you wait for someone to die. Its just beyond me, she said.

Mr Johnsons partner, Thomas Zinn, said he had lost faith in the police.

I have no trust because of the great level of incompetence that has been revealed, Mr Zinn said.

Ms Dawsons parents said they sat through the inque...

09:30

More coal mines equal more poverty: Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oxfam Chief Executive Officer Helen Szoke at a press conference as part of the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sept. 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.

Oxfam Chief Executive Officer Helen Szoke at a press conference as part of the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sept. 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said a new report, More Coal Equals More Poverty, highlighted the reality that Australias current stance on coal was fundamentally at odds with the global climate crisis and the shift to renewable energy.

The Federal Governments failure to curb Australias carbon pollution and obstinate push to expand the nations coal exports continues despite the overwhelming evidence that coal and climate change is putting communities in Australia and around the world at increasing risk of harm, Dr Szoke said.

Against the backdrop of an imperilled Great Barrier Reef and extreme weather disasters, Australias carbon pollution is continuing to climb the tragic consequence of more than a decade of climate policy paralysis and short-term political opportunism.

The real cost of burning more coal will be measured in further entrenched poverty through the escalating impacts of climate change and humanitarian disasters, increasing hunger, and deaths and disease caused by pollution.

Australia must stop clinging to technologies of the past and help bring an end to the fossil fuel era. This means committing to no new coal mines including Adanis proposed mega mine in Queensland and ruling out public funding for new coal infrastructure. It means rapidly phasing out coal from our own electricity supply and increasing support for renewable energy in developing countries.

Dr Szoke said recognition of coals immense toll on vulnerable communities and why more coal would entrench poverty had been largely absent from the battle over climate and energy policy in Australia.

...

09:28

Dutton resolute on his latest crackdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Immigration minister Peter Dutton speaks during Question Time on May 11. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Immigration minister Peter Dutton speaks during Question Time on May 11. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

CANBERRA [AAP]

Immigration minister Peter Dutton has rebuffed lawyers threatening to challenge his decision to impose a four-month deadline on so-called fake refugees.

Hes set a non-negotiable deadline of October 1 for 7,500 maritime arrivals to make a protection claim, or face the threat of deportation.

The decision already has the backing of Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie.

But lawyer David Manne, who has more than 2,000 asylum seekers on his legal centres books, argues the process is long and complicated.

Successive governments left thousands of people in legal limbo, not being able to apply for protection and it was only in 2015 that the bar was lifted to allow people to present their cases for protection, he told ABC radio.

Mr Dutton says some asylum seekers are refusing to submit paperwork and do not deserve to be receiving welfare.

These are people who have been here for five, six, seven years claiming to be refugees but wont provide any information, wont answer questions, in some cases wont provide information about their identity, he told the Nine Network.

They expect me to grant visas, allow some people to become citizens, when we dont even know the identity of these people. The lawyers can rant all they want.

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09:22

The untold story of Swedens case against Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by John Pilger was first published in Counterpunch (2 May 2017). It deals with nature of the case prosecuted by Sweden against Julian Assange, which has drawn new interests since it was dropped only days ago.

Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish states collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and rendition.

Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he would have been on his way to the kind of American torture pit Chelsea Manning had to endure.

This prospect was obscured by the grim farce played out in Sweden.  Its a laughing stock, said James Catlin, one of Assanges Australian lawyers. It is as if they make it up as they go along.

It may have seemed that way, but there was always serious purpose. In 2008, a secret Pentagon document prepared by the Cyber Counterintelligence Assessments Branch foretold a detailed plan to discredit WikiLeaks and smear Assange personally.

The mission was to destroy the trust that was WikiLeaks centre of gravity. This would be achieved with threats of exposure [and] criminal prosecution. Silencing and criminalising such an unpredictable source of truth-telling was the aim.

Perhaps this was understandable. WikiLeaks has exposed the way America dominates much of human affairs, including its epic crimes, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq: the wholesale, often homicidal killing of civilians and the contempt for sovereignty and international law.

These disclosures are protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.  As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama, a professor of constitutional law, lauded whistle blowers as part of a healthy democracy [and they] must be protected from reprisal.

In 2012, the Obama campaign boasted on its website that Obama had prosecuted more whistle blowers in his first term than all other US presidents combined. Before Chelsea Manning had even received a trial, Obama had publicly pronounced her guilty.

Few serious observers doubt that should the US get their hands on Assange, a similar fate awaits him. According to documents released by Edward Snowden, he is on a Manhunt target list. Threats of his kidnapping and assassination became almost political and media currency in the US following then Vice-President Joe Bidens preposterous slur that the WikiLeaks founder was a cyber-terrorist.

Hillary Clinton, the destroyer of Libya and, as WikiLeaks revealed last year, the secret supporter and personal beneficiary of forces underwriting ISIS, prop...

09:15

Nationals dine without protestors in Narrabri "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Eve Jeffery

The coal seam gas industry and in particular the Narrabri Gas Project, is not having many wins in the north west of New South Wales.

While the Nationals visited the Narrabri branch recently for dinner and PR, many from the community, unable to attend the sold out event, lined the entranceway to voice their opposition to coal seam gas. The head of the NSW Nationals and Deputy Premier John Barilaro didnt receive the welcome he might have thought he would with protestors and signs greeting him on arrival.

Hopefully he took the message into the event that clearly our electorate does not want this industry to take hold, said Narrabri farmer Stuart Murray.

The exclusive dinner guests included local state member for Barwon MP Kevin Humphries and Federal MP Mark Coulton. Special guests also included gas company senior managementWe have been let down, to say it bluntly, by the Nationals support for CSG in our electorate, said Peter Small, North West Alliance member.

Nationals even in Narrabri

In 2011 Kevin Humphries was against the industry. Now its a total backflip. For him to be singing nothing but praises for coal seam gas, its causing us all whiplash.

We do not want the Narrabri Gas Project to go ahead, said Stuart Murray. We now know there is no gas crisis, but a price crisis.

The negative impacts do not way up against the minimal positive impacts being listed of this project.

...

08:57

Sparkke Change: A Bubbly White For Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Sparkke Change Beverage Company breaks new ground with their White Wine Bubbles in a can and a cheers to marriage equality.

Well, theyve gone and done it again the Sparkke Change Beverage Company* has released a new product, this time targeting the vexing, seemingly never-ending sore that is the marriage equality debate in Australia.

And apart from sticking it to politicians and a few unnamed religious groups courtesy of a socially progressive message, theyve also gone done what was once the unthinkable theyve put wine in a can!

New Matilda readers might remember Sparkke from such messaging as Consent Cant Come After You Do (an Apple Cider addressing sexual consent); Change The Date (a Pilsner targeting Australia Day); Nipples are Nipples (a Hard Lemonade tackling gender equality); and Boundless Plains To Share (an Alcoholic Ginger Beer highlighting asylum seeker issues).

Sparkke-cans-range

The crew of women from Adelaide are now out with Say I Do, a white wine bubbles (think champagne, but they cant call it that because its not grown in Champagne!).

Say I Do! was launched on Wednesday (May 17) in Adelaide, to coincide with International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (17 May). Thats an annual day which unites millions of people in support of upholding equal human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

White Wine Bubbles is the fifth beverage launched by the Sparkke team, which only hit the market, officially, in January this year in large part courtesy of New Matilda readers. You folks were the main driving force behind the most successful crowd sourcing campaign ever staged for an alcohol brand in Australia.

Sparkke are taking another plunge, with an even more ambitious goal theyre trying to raise $150,000 on Pozible to launch Say I Do, with 10 per cent of direct sales going to the folks at The Equality Campaign (see below), which lobbies hard for marriage equality.

The cost to get Say I Do! out the door is significant, due in no small part to the fact the Sparkke team is putting wine in a can, something that traditionaly hasnt been done in Australia (its one of the fastest growing lines in US over the last few years). Theres quite a few technical challenges with putting wine in a can. More on that in a future article.

Sarah Lyons is the Say I Do! winemaker. She describes her creation as a fruit driven fizz in a can. Shes being mentored in the ro...

08:43

Brandis interferes in Adani native title court case "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article has come in from Adrian Burragubba of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council

The Attorney General, George Brandis, has intervened in a Federal Court hearing in which the Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed coal mine are seeking to strike out a fake agreement Adani claims to have for the mine to proceed.

Senator Brandis intervention follows his second failure to rush through changes to the Native Title Act. The Attorney General has asked the Court to not make a ruling, but wait for the political process around the Native Title Bill to conclude. The Bill has not passed the Senate because of a lack of consultation with Traditional Owners around the country, and concern about key provisions.

Senior spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, said, The Attorney General has made an extraordinary and political intervention in matters before the court. Intervening in our case shows Brandis is working in billionaire Adanis interests, not ensuring the proper administration of justice. Again, Brandis is making Native Title all about Adanis mine instead of good law reform.

Brandis should apply himself to good law reform, and let the court do its work. Instead hes trying to influence the decisions of a judge in favour of a mining company.

The Wangan and Jagalingou Council are seeking Federal Court orders to strike out the purported Indigenous Land Use Agreement [ILUA] filed by Adani Mining with the National Native Title Tribunal. The ILUA would authorise extinguishment of our native title and allow the mine to proceed against our strong objections and our right to say No.

The Federal Government has been attempting to push through amendments to the Native Title Act to overturn the ruling in McGlade and protect Adanis interests. Along with other Traditional Owners, we continue to demand proper consultations and the necessary time to achieve consent for Native Title amendments, he said.

Youth spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, Murrawah Johnson, said, Adani didnt negotiate and achieve the free prior informed consent of the W&J people. The meeting, which Adani and its barrackers claim achieved consent, with a 294 to 1 vote, is as fake as its ILUA. It is not a true expression of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners.

Over 220 of the attendees at Adanis meeting are people who have never been involved in the W&J claim or decision making, and who are identified with other nations and claims, or didnt identify an apical descent line.

Many people were bussed in and paid for at Adanis considerable expense. The majority of the claim group, which have three times rejected an...

08:40

TPP revival not in Australias interest, says AFTINET "IndyWatch Feed National"

MEDIA RELEASE, 22 May 2017: The revival of the TPP without the US proposed by trade ministers meeting in Hanoi would not be in Australias national interest, AFTINET Convener Patricia Ranald said today. Read the media release.

 

08:06

Two teens arrested in stolen car at Goonellabah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two teenagers have been charged after a police pursuit from Wollongbar to Goonellabah yesterday (Sunday May 21).

About 8.35pm highway patrol officers attempted to stop a stolen Nissan Pulsar on Bruxner Highway,.

The vehicle failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated and a short time later the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Gordon Blair Drive, Goonellabah.

Two teenage boys were arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station.

A 15-year-old was charged with being carried in a conveyance and breach of bail.

He was refused bail to appear at a Childrens Court today (Monday 22 May 2017).

A 16-year-old was charged with take and drive conveyance and unlicensed driver.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at a Childrens Court on Friday 9 June 2017.

 

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08:00

Police break up fight at Jack Evans Boat Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police were forced to break up a fight between three men at Jack Evans Boat Harbour on Saturday night (May 20) after they received calls from distressed members of the public who witnessed it.

When they arrived at the Boundary Street, Tweed Heads, park about 9.30pm police reported seeing two men punching and kicking another man in the face and body while he was on the ground.

Inspector Bobbie Cullen said the man who was being assaulted had in fact started the fight by punching one of the other males numerous times before he and his friend took it into their own hands and launched the assault that they witnessed.

The three men were separated and arrested. They were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where they were treated for their injuries and charged with affray.

At the time of the assault there were numerous members of the public in the vicinity who were quiet distressed by what they saw.

Police will be seeking a place restriction order to prevent the three men returning to the area.

They will appear in the Tweed Heads Local Court on June 5.

 

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07:57

Peter Dutton blasted for latest salvo against asylum seekers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Immigration minister Peter Dutton has caused a storm with announcement that fake refugees are going to be dealt with.

He stands accused of contributing to profiling, by using the term to imply all the 7,500 refugees, who have not submitted applications to protection. They have until 1 October.

Those who do not comply will face deportation.

Australia has for a long time breached international obligations in the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, such as the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, as amended by its 1967 Protocol (the Refugee Convention) that Australia signed on 22 January 1954, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

These conventions were created, when the world  had turned against the inhumanity experienced during the Second world War and was determined that history would not be repaeted. It seems that this lesson has been lost on some.

Refugee lawyer David Manne said, Successive governments left thousands of people in legal limbo not being allowed to apply for protection.

The Dutton announcement continues Australias breech of our obligations.

Advocates have attacked the move as arbitrary and the deadline as cruel and unfair.

The reality is that refugees had not been able to apply for protection since last November. Then the application documents were made so complex that applicants need legal assistance to answer some 100 questions and for most, their capacity to read English is seriously limited. Without resourcing enough interpreters and legal assistance, many will not be able to have their documentation in by the due date.

GetUps human rights director Shen Narayanasamy said, Asylum claims are incredibly long, torturous documents.

And what Peter Dutton has failed to tell you is that he has denied them interpreters and access to legal assistance.

Consequently, lawyers are warning the Federal Government can e...

07:50

Three men charged over Cheeky Monkeys assault "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A security guard at Byron Bays Cheeky Monkeys Bar and Restaurant was lucky to escape serious injury on Friday (May 19) after three patrons who had been asked to leave attacked him.

Police say that at about 9.45pm a Queensland man aged in his mid 20s was removed from the bar.

He and two of his associates, also from Queensland, then allegedly assaulted the security guard by slamming a door into his back and grabbing him by the throat.

During the assault the security officers clothing was damaged.

Police arrived a short time later and the arrested three men.

They have CCTV footage of the incident.

The trio will appear at Byron Bay Local Court on June 8.

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07:19

Lacklustre debut for route 58, while other tram routes suffer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On 1 May Yarra Trams commenced running a new tram route 58, a reorganisation of existing routes to West Coburg and Toorak.

This change had been a long time in planning, and was aimed at providing a higher daytime frequency on the increasingly popular William Street route, and providing a direct east-west connection complementing the well-established north-south corridor on St Kilda Road.

On paper, the route reorganisation helps strengthen the overall tram network and the PTUA has supported it. It was understood many travellers (particularly off-peak on the 55) would see an improvement in frequency. Others would see route changes but no reduction in service (specifically from Toorak Rd to the city, where the service now runs direct to William St, and the previous route to Swanston St requires a change).

Its unfortunate then that the introduction of the new route has been far from seamless. The first week of operation was marred by frequent reports of long delays, overcrowding, and an overall deterioration from the usual standard of service on the former route 55. While the 58 has been advertised as bringing low-floor accessible trams to the West Coburg route for the first time, the actual service has been provided with an apparently random mixture of D-class, B-class and Z-class trams. Anecdotally, of these only the B-class (with step access) has provided adequate capacity to meet passenger demand consistently.

Meanwhile, the (partial) low-floor operation has highlighted the absence of accessible platform stops in William Street. The most immediate need is for a platform stop at Flagstaff station, which would then provide an accessible connection via train and tram to the Royal Melbourne, Royal Womens and Royal Childrens Hospitals.

At the same time, the reorganisation appears to have provided the impetus for a wholesale tram timetable change covering all routes. Aspects of this new timetable are of concern. In particular (as reported in The Age on 4...

07:00

Byron Bay driver four times over limit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A male driver in his twenties stopped in Byron Bay just after midnight on Wednesday was more than four times over the blood alcohol limit. Another male driver of a similar age arrested on Thursday was both drunk and disqualified.

About 12.55am on Wednesday (May 17) police patrolling Lawson Street Byron Bay stopped a white Toyota Land Cruiser a roadside breath test.

The 26-year-old blew a positive result and was taken to Byron Bay Police Station, where a subsequent breath analysis returned a reading of 0.206.

The driver had his licence suspended and will appear in the Byron Bay Local Court on June 8 charged with high range drink driving.

About 11.00pm Thursday (May 18), police conducting stationary RBT in Butler/Shirley Street Byron Bay, pulled over a white Holden Commodore. The 26-year-old male driver was unable produce his drivers licence as he was disqualified.

The man failed the random breath test and taken to Byron Bay Police Station for a breath analysis, which read 0.130.

The driver was charged with driving while disqualified and medium range drink driving. Police also confiscated the keys to the vehicle.

He will appear in the Byron Bay Local Court on June 8.

 

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06:44

President Trump's speech at Arab-Islamic-American Summit "IndyWatch Feed National"

I don't want to read anything about this before I make my own mind up about how I feel. I want to watch it twice before I comment. Maybe three times! At the moment's it's a curate's egg. Scrambled.

06:33

4th anniversary of Muslim terror attack on British soil that killed Fusilier Drummer Lee Rigby. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

UK: Lee Rigby's Guardians Woolwich Barracks. Commemoration of the soldier Lee Rigby killed by Muslims on 22 May 2013. pic.twitter.com/aQiE5mFiXZ Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) May 21, 2017 This note is from the late Lee Rigby's mum. On the eve of our son lees anniversary I find it hard to believe...

05:58

Western Kangoulu Native Title Group "IndyWatch Feed National"

Western Kangoulu Native Title Group

Area roughly bounded by Comet, Tieri, Clermont, Bogantungan and Springsure Queensland.

Descendants of

Polly aka Polly Brown aka Polly McAvoy
John "Jack" Bradley
Hanny of Emerald
Nannie, mother of Nelly Roberts
Annie / Nanny Duggan and Ned Duggan

Appeared in the Courier Mail of May 20, 2017

 
Some items of interest

Charley McAvoy 50 yrs, his wife Polly McAvoy 45 yrs, and daughter Maudie 9 yrs arrived at Barambah in 1917 from Clermont. Polly died on 23. 4.1920 from Influenza

Jack Bradley was buried at Cherbourg on 4. 5.1950 aged 72 years

Jack Bradley, Lizzie his wife, daughter Bessie and son Lord arrived at Barambah in 1915. Lizzie died on 14. 4.1918 from pneumonia.

05:52

A gender lens on the 2017-18 Budget exposes its class-ridden, misogynistic bottom line "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


In 2014 the Abbott Government ceased the thirty year-old federal government practice of releasing a Women's Budget Statement.

The National Foundation for Australian Women stepped in to fill the gap since then and this month has released its 97-page review of the Turnbull Governments 2017-18 Budget, Gender lens on the Budget.

This budget review contains little that is unequivocally positive for women and summarises the bad news thus:

Women are overrepresented at lower income levels. Changes to government benefits and increases in taxes have a disproportionate effect on women. ATO statistics recently released show the median income for women was $47,125 in 2014-15, while for men the amount was $61,711.
Effective marginal taxation rates (EMTRs) measure the proportion of each extra dollar of earnings that is lost to both income tax increases and decreases in government benefits (for example, Parenting Payment, Family Tax Benefit, the Age Pension etc).
The increase in the Medicare Levy will affect those on incomes greater than $21,644. For those with eligible children, FTB A payment rates are frozen for two years. Those who pay child care fees will continue to face high EMTRs. University graduates will start repaying loans when they reach income levels of $42,000 per year.
These changes hit those on earning well below the average wage, and are particularly harsh for women. Combined, these changes could lead to effective marginal tax rates of possibly 100% or higher for some women, particularly as Family Tax Benefit Part A begins to decrease at $51,903. Graduates caught between these policies will...

04:47

Israeli-Zionist Genocide And Racism Unmasked Since The Nakbah in 1948 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is Israel and its infamous Wall of Separation representative of a modern evolving democratic state, based upon Biblical principles and teachings, as applied towards the original indigenous Palestinian peoples of Palestine, or is it an example of yet another ethnic-cleansing, apartheid state, possessive of the same genocidal-racist tendencies as those 19th century colonial-imperialistic powers - like the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa - who also once invaded and committed wholesale destruction of other ancient indigenous peoples entire ways of life; sweeping their survivors aside onto reservations, reserves and Bantustan-type compounds to be ultimately ignored and forgotten? Professor Ilan Pappe, one of Israel's most radical dissident historians, who now teaches and writes in exile, amply answers these questions in his latest book Ten Myths About Israel. A mere 148 pages long, this historical masterpiece reads more like a voluminous epic that eloquently offers up a clear, concise, arguably-undisputable, record of the true indigenous history of Palestine, the Palestinians and their ethnic-cleansing at the hands of the Jews ever since the Nakbah in 1948. The Nakbah a time when: 700,000 Palestinian Arabs were violently expelled; 400 to 600 of their villages sacked and destroyed; with eleven of their twelve major towns destroyed that virtually extinguished the urban life of Palestine. To the Israeli people it is celebrated as the time of their Declaration of Independence. But to the Palestinian Arabs it is simply known as the Time of the Catastrophe; which, 50 years later, in 2008, ultimately led to the Gaza War and Israel's Operation Cast Lead that killed a further 1,400 Palestinians, 926 of which were unarmed civilians, and then again, in 2012, during Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud, when another 174 Palestinian's were killed, 107 of which were innocent civilians; later to be followed by Israel's Operation Protective Edge that further killed another 2300 Gazans, 1492 of them civilians, 551 of which were children and 209 woman, with the wounded numbering over 10,000, among which were 3,371 children, which also destroyed some 17,000 homes and partially destroyed another 30,000 homes. Such facts and figures to be gleaned from Pappe's writings, and what caused them, affords the world with a seminal platform for the 21stcentury from which to simultaneously look backwards and forwards towards the true historical origins and identity of not only Israel and Zionism towards the indigenous Arab peoples of modern Eretz Israel, but also the similar contemporary state of many other longer-standing colonial-imperialistic powers in the world and their own treatment of the indigenous peoples in their midst, whose ancient homelands and natural resources continue to be coveted by these world powers for their own empire-building pursuits. Avi Shlaim of the Guardian declares Ilan Pappe to be "one of the few Israeli students of the confli...

03:25

Beating the overdose crisis - what works and what doesn't "IndyWatch Feed National"

While other countries are succeeding in reducing the number of opioid overdose deaths, U.S. rates are rising. It's no secret that there's a drug overdose crisis in the United States. Opioid overdose deaths have risen 255% from 1999 to 2015. The US has failed to beat the opioid epidemic with drug courts, 12 step rehabs, and even medications like Vivitrol. However, seven other countries have overcome a huge drug overdose crisis very cheaply using technology which is more than 50 years old. Their secret? They have made methadone, an extremely cheap drug which costs less than a dollar a day for a maintenance dose, readily available to everyone who needs it. Rather than mandating expensive and stigmatizing methadone clinics, they allow any patients who need methadone to take their doses in their doctors' offices or even at pharmacies... for free! In order to find out what works and what doesn't work in fighting an overdose crisis, I looked at data from 33 countries which have published detailed data about drug dependence, overdose, and treatment responses over a long period of time. A major overdose crisis was defined as more than 2.0 drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 person years. Long term success was defined as a greater than 40% reduction in overdose deaths for a minimum of nine years. Seven countries were successful at greatly reducing overdose deaths: Australia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland (Full details of my analysis can be found here).

01:18

I Am Under Serious Attack After Reaching Out to Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

They are flat out trying to radiate me with their weapon after reaching out to Donald Trump.

And all I want is to get my dad investigated for murdering children and putting their remains in the walls of his master bedroom closet.

I am praying constantly but so far my prayers have remained unanswered.

Our children deserve more

00:44

Getting Assange: The Untold Story "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

00:16

The Turnbull Government has been offering half-truths to voters once gain "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


In its 2017-18 Budget the Turnbull Government announced it would commence the phased re-introduction of Medicare Benefits Schedule rebates indexation.

Treasurer and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison stated in his Budget Night speech that We are lifting the freeze on the indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule. We are also reversing the removal of the bulk-billing incentive for diagnostic imaging and pathology services and the increase in the PBS co-payment and related changes.

It now appears that it was premature to expect that out-of-pocket expenses for a number of radiology and diagnostic imaging services might be contained after the rebate freeze was lifted for these services in three years time.


The Medicare rebate thaw will not apply to 93 per cent of scans, including the X-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds used to diagnose some of the most common forms of cancer.

Health Minister Greg Hunt's staged four-year thaw...

00:00

When Ostriches Called India Their Home "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientists are linking the emergence and extinction of the ostrich bird in the Indian subcontinent to continental shifts and climate change.

Ostriches could once be found on the Indian subcontinent. Credit: Reuters/Files

One hundred million years ago, the splitting of the supercontinent Gondwanaland scattered flightless birds across the landmasses: Rheas in South America, emus in Australia-Antarctica and ostriches and elephant birds in Indo-Madagascar. When India later split from Madagascar and slammed into Asia, ostriches hitched along and lived in the sub-continent for a while, before trekking across Eurasia into Africa. Much later, about 60000 years ago, they may have also made their way back to India.

Archaeologists have speculated this much in the past, based on scrutiny of bones and rock drawings. Now, a new study published in PLoS One provides the first genetic evidence for the presence of ostriches in ancient India.

Researchers extracted DNA from fossilised ostrich eggshells dating to the...

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23:17

First Ever Global Health Study Finds Massive Inequity "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dean R. Owen and Rachel Fortunati in HealthData.org. SEATTLE A first-ever global study finds massive inequity of access to and quality of health care among and within countries, and concludes people are dying from causes with well-known treatments. What we have found about health care access and quality is disturbing, said Dr. Christopher Murray, senior author of the study and Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Having a strong economy does not guarantee good health care. Having great medical technology doesnt either. We know this because people are not getting the care that should be expected for diseases with established treatments. For example, on a scale of 0 to 100 for health care access and quality, Norway and Australia each scored 90 overall, among the highest in the world.

22:09

22:06

AUSTRALIA-WIDE PROTESTS AGAINST NO JAB NO PLAY! "IndyWatch Feed National"

PRESS RELEASE 20 May, 2017

AUSTRALIA-WIDE PROTESTS AGAINST NO JAB NO PLAY!

Mandatory vaccination in Australia is now almost a reality!

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21:44

The wonder, anger and occupation of Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

My essay in The National newspaper about the city of Jerusalem:

House demolitions occur regularly in East Jerusalem, well away from the tourist path. According to the United Nations, Israel destroyed 190 Palestinian homes in 2016 and displaced thousands of people. It was the highest figure since 2000.

Ive witnessed Palestinian families thrown out of their own houses, sometimes immediately replaced by radical, Jewish settlers, or standing in front of crushed, concrete structures with nowhere to go. Last year, a few hours after a Palestinian home was demolished in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz, I arrived to find a solitary man sitting under a large, green plastic sheet. He had 12 children and a wife and all his possessions, including couches, fridge, table, crockery and cutlery, were exposed to the elements. The Palestinian people dont help me, he said. Despite his situation, he gave me a cup of hot coffee and then began calling friends to see where he could sleep with his family.

The official policy of Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is to make Jerusalem the united capital. In practice, this means the approval of thousands of Jewish homes in West Jerusalem, but nothing in the East where Palestinians live. Up to 20,000 Palestinian homes have been built without approval, giving Israel the justification to destroy them, but obtaining permits is almost impossible. Its a daily reality faced by a Palestinian community that foreigners and Israeli Jews almost never witness nor want to.

To a Jew growing up in Australia, this Jerusalem is vastly different to the fantasy Jewish city described in my youth, although it remains a sparkling and beautiful place. Im preparing to leave after living here with my partner for more than a year. During this time and in the course of many visits over the past decade, I constantly marvel at the shimmering Al Aqsa Mosque, cobbled streets in the Old City and the green and brown hills of the Mount of Olives. With few tall buildings and its famed cream-coloured stone, the city has a spiritual feeling that is perhaps unrivalled in the world.

However, the brutal politics of division sucks away any inkling of nostalgia. The ubiquitous presence of armed and aggressive Israeli soldiers and police harassing Palestinians increasingly defines it. Many secular, Jewish Israelis hate Jerusalem and try to avoid coming. For them, the comfortable bubble of Tel Aviv is preferable, where the occupation of Palestine is almost completely invisible. They like it that way, away from Palestinians and the ultra-Orthodox, Haredi Jews who ghettoise themselves in isolated neighbourhoods.

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21:28

Singapore supports joint efforts to sustain TPP "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Singapores Trade Minister Lim Hng Kiang (second from left) attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. (Photo: Nam Hoang Dinh/Pool/AFP)

SINGAPORE: Singapore supports the joint efforts of the remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signatories to sustain the massive free trade deal, Minister of Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang said on Sunday (May 21).

In a statement from the ministry, Mr Lim said: It is important that we keep up momentum.

His remarks come after the ministers and vice-ministers of 11 Asia-Pacific nations including Singapore agreed to launch a process to assess options to bring the agreement into force, even after the United States pullout.

They were meeting in Hanoi on Sunday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting.

According to MTI, Singapore was encouraged by the partners commitment to the TPP. The ministry added that the trade deal will have a positive spillover effect on economic integration in the region, and the agreement will also provide for others to join in when ready.

MTI said the signatories were united in their desire to take the TPP forward, having recognised the economic and strategic benefits of the trade deal and its potential to spur growth and increase opportunities for businesses and people.

Singapore will participate constructively in this collective process to harvest the TPPs benefits, said Mr Lim.

The charge to save the TPP is being led by Japan, New Zealand and Australia. The other eight signatories are Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Malaysia, Peru, Vietnam and Singapore.

Source: CNA/ek
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21:05

Sunday, 21 May 2017 - 9:05pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This fortnight, I have been mostly not reading, exceptions follow:

20:28

NSP May 20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Show Notes:

20:07

Frankie goes to Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed National"

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... because he's a just a bit more than NQR for Hollywood, and besides that's already been done ...

So what's been happening in the good land of South Australia?

Apparently  "anti vaxxer" (which is HIS choice if he wants it to be, that is NOT the issue here) Frankie waltzes (or was it foxtrots)  into a Centrelink office STATING that he has been sent by the "Commonwealth of the South Australia".

This is what he stated publicly:

"Can everyone listen up please..
I've been sent by the real government... 
of the Commonwealth of the South Australia...."

So, we tried to phone a minister from the "Commonwealth of the South Australia" 

20:02

The International Persecution of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

By John Pilger / JohnPilger.com

The WikiLeaks founder has survived the efforts of Sweden, Britain, Australia, the U.S. and parts of the press to destroy himat least so far. Although the Swedish inquiry was dropped last week, no end is in sight for the long collusion against him.


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19:48

Donald Trump to address Muslim world in major speech on terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Donald Trump to address Muslim world in major speech on terrorism

21 May 2017

A keynote speech to the leaders of more than 40 Muslim nations is set to dominate the second day of US President Donald Trumps visit to Saudi Arabia.

Key points:

  • Trumps speech expected to cast the challenge of extremism as a battle between good and evil
  • Trump is expected to soften his language about Islam
  • Speech notably refrains from mentioning democracy and human rights

The leaders will be listening closely to Mr Trumps words, worried he may repeat some of the rhetoric he has used about Islam in the past including in March last year during his campaign when he said Muslims hate us.

Even as his administration fights for its travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries, Mr Trump is using the nation that is home to Islams holiest site as a backdrop to call for Muslim unity in the fight against terrorism.

18:34

Sydney auctions bounce "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Auctions rebound

Domain reported a preliminary auction clearance rate of 76.9 per cent for Sydney on Saturday, recording 512 sales. 

The median auction price was back up to its highest level in six weeks at $1,300,000, and was quite considerably higher than the corresponding weekend last year. 

The median auction price reported for houses increased from $1,407,500 last year to $1,511,000, while the median price of units sold under the hammer increased modestly to $875,000 from $850,000 last year. 


CoreLogic reported a clearance rate for the week of 80.7 per cent in Sydney from well over 1,000 auctions, which was its highest reported result for Sydney since April 9.

The top sale of the weekend was seen in Northbridge, where a grand 5-bedroom waterfront home on 1,891 square metres with panoramic Sydney harbour views and water access fetched $9.3 million. 

A strong result, no doubt, but not a patch on the street record set in September last year. 

Respective auction clearance rates were also very strong in Melbourne.

More lenders are set to report higher mortgage rates this week for interest-only loans.

Despite the unambiguously strong auction results, slowly but surely regulatory and Budget measures respectively are set to strangle city-wide growth in these two markets, as I looked at in a little more detail...

18:05

TAS Firearms and drugs seized in Ravenswood "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 5 September 2012 11:42 am.

At 1pm Tuesday 4 September 2012 Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch and Drug Squad detectives searched a property in Wildor Crescent, Ravenswood locating a number of stolen firearms, jewellery and drugs.

The drugs included nearly a kilogram of methylamphetamine with an approximate street value of over $200 000 and about 1500 pseudoephedrine capsules.

The 3 firearms located included 2 pistols stolen from the Hobart area in 2007.

A 23 year old man from Ravenswood was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possessing stolen property and firearms offences.

A 21 year old female from Ravenswood was also charged out of this search with possessing stolen property.

Both were bailed to appear in the Launceston Court of Petty Sessions in October 2012.

Investigating are continuing into the property and drugs seized.

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18:05

TAS Crime Scene declared "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 4 September 2012 4:06 pm.

Police can confirm that a house on Madison Avenue, Brighton has been declared a crime scene in relation to the Ravenswood double murder investigation.

Detectives from Glenorchy CIB and Forensic services have been on the scene today.

There are no further details to be released at this stage.

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17:41

Peter Combe LIVE IT UP with the Bellyflop in a Pizza Band. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Adults, get ready to don your newspaper hats, wash your face in orange juice and clean your teeth with bubblegum, iconic childrens entertainer Peter Combe has just announced a special one-off adults only 18+ Sydney show. It promises to be jam-packed with hits, sing-a-longs and fun galore!

Celebrating 35 years in the industry, its unsurprising to find that the children who first discovered Peters music back when he debuted on the scene in the 1980s are still big fans today. While many have introduced that music to their own children, there is nothing like taking a trip down memory lane and sharing the nostalgia that songs like Wash Your Face In Orange Juice, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Toffee Apple, Juicy Juicy Green Grass and Newspaper Mama evoke with friends!

For Peter, the 18+ shows bring in a mix of mid-late 20s and 30s fans who still remember the fun of his music. Peters songs are unquestionably a sing-a-long extravaganza for all ages and his shows are often reviewed as the happiest place on earth. Its amazing to watch them really go for it dancing and singing, says Peter of the audiences at the 18+ shows. When I do a song like Juicy Juicy Green Grass or Mr Clicketty Cane, the audience almost roar the sound is deafening! 

A household name since 1987 when Peter released his first of many albums, Toffee Apple, the prolific entertainer has gone on to make timeless adult friendly songs and inspire generations. 

Peter has won three ARIAs for Best Childrens Album, has been awarded seven gold and two platinum CDs and has notched up over a million sales he is a trailblazer of Australian childrens music and sees no end in sight for his songwriting, recording and touring. 

So join the party and take a trip down memory lane with the Paul Simon of childrens songwriting at this special 18+ Sydney show together with the fantastic Bellyflop in a Pizza Band! Tickets are on sale now.

Peter Combes new album Live It Up is out now through MGM.

SUPPORTED BY The Talented Girls from THE GUTTERBIRDS!

The post Peter Combe LIVE IT UP with the Bellyflop in a Pizza Band. appeared first on The Zoo.

17:38

TAS Damage to logging machinery "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 3 September 2012 3:33 pm.

Detectives from the Bridgewater Criminal Investigation Branch are currently investigating an incident whereby significant damage has been caused to 2 excavators and a logging skidder. These machines had been located at a logging coupe approximately 12 kilometres south of Butlers Gorge in the Central Highlands.

Investigations to date would indicate the damage occurred overnight on Saturday 1st September. The scene has been forensically examined and investigations are ongoing.

Detectives are keen to hear from members of the public that may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the Butlers Gorge area over the weekend, particularly any vehicles parked on Butlers Gorge Road, Tarraleah. Information can be relayed to Detectives on 6268 4103 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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17:37

TAS Tyre Slashing East Devonport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 3 September 2012 3:25 pm.

Police are seeking assistance from members of the public in relation to a spate of tyre slashings in the East Devonport area.

Vehicles in the area have been targeted overnight on both Monday and Wednesday, with vehicles parked both on the Street and at the top of driveways being damaged.

Police have taken a number of reports and ask that anybody in the East Devonport area who has had their tyres damaged to report the matter to them.

Anybody with information which may assist police in identifying the person or people responsible for this are asked to contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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17:07

TAS Pedestrian fatality Sandy Bay Road "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 31 August 2012 8:15 am.

A 76 year old woman from Ulladulla NSW has died after being struck by a vehicle on Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay approximately 15 metres south of the junction of Derwent Water Avenue at 6.30pm on Thursday the 30th of August 2012.

The woman was attempting to cross Sandy Bay Road from the west to the east. She had crossed the first north bound lane and was then struck by a blue Subaru Impressa hatch which was travelling in a northerly direction in the second lane.

The deceased was in Hobart attending a conference.

Sandy Bay Road at Derwent Water Avenue was closed for approximately 4 hours whilst investigations into the crash were carried out

The crash investigator, Sergeant Rod CARRICK, would like to hear from any member of the public who may have witnessed the crash or seen the vehicle or pedestrian immediately prior to the incident.

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17:07

TAS Murder Update "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 20 August 2012 10:04 am.

Police have interviewed a number of persons of interest in relation to the murders at Ravenswood on the 15th August 2012. At this stage no persons have been formally charged.

Forensic officers will complete their investigation at the address today and the investigation is continuing.

Police are still in the process of interviewing a number of persons including witnesses in regards to this incident.

Police at this stage would like to thank the public for their assistance so far in this matter.

Any person who has any information regarding this matter is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch on 63 36 3915.

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16:59

TAS Dog Attacks in Oatlands area "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:54 am.

Over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of August 2012, Oatlands Police attended three separate incidents of dogs attacking animals in the Oatlands area. The first report was of further attacks on new born lambs continuing from the week before. From that incident some lambs had been examined by a Veterinary Officer at the Animal Health Laboratory at Prospect and it was established that the injuries were consistent with dog bite wounds. These incidents have occurred on farm land off York Plans Road and the offending animal has not been identified. Police are requesting any information which may assist investigations in this report.

The second report was an incident where a dog escaped from a yard and attacked fowl in a neighbouring yard.

The third incident was a report of seven lambs being attacked with some being killed at Parattah. In both of these incidents the offending dog has been identified.

Police would like to remind dog owners of their responsibilities in relation to preventing dogs from being at large. The owners of dogs at large risk being prosecuted and if their dog attacks another animal, may have to pay restitution or face an application to have their dog put down.

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16:59

TAS Suspicious Fire at Elizabeth Street at North Hobart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:17 pm.

Hobart CIB is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a deliberately lit fire at the rear of 369-375 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart on Friday 3rd August 2012.

This building is situated on the corner of Strahan Street and houses Dedes restaurant.

The fire was lit at approximately 2:50am on Friday 3rd August 2012 and caused substantial damage.

Police are calling for assistance from members of the public in relation to the matter and urge any person with information to contact Hobart CIB on 6230 2626 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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16:54

Offshore detention reaches critical point, further tragedy inevitable unless Australia acts responsibly "IndyWatch Feed National"

JOINT STATEMENT

Amnesty International | Human Rights Law Centre | Refugee Council of Australia | Sr Jane Keogh | Imran Mohammad

Accountability and an immediate plan to guarantee the safety of refugees trapped on Nauru and Manus Island are needed urgently as the evidence stacks up on the danger, deliberate abuse and suffering the Australian Governments offshore detention regime is causing. 

The clear message being delivered ahead of the Immigration Departments appearance at Budget Estimates on Monday is, we will not stand by and allow our Government to sweep their responsibility under the carpet.

The organisations are warning that further tragedy is inevitable unless Australia acts responsibly by evacuating the camps and bringing all of those trapped in offshore detention to safety immediately.

They are also making it very clear that no refugee or person seeking asylum can be left behind in PNG or Nauru.

Graham Thom, Refugee Coordinator at Amnesty International said that there is ongoing risk to peoples lives on Manus Island following the Good Friday shooting.

Enough is enough, the truth is out in plain sight and questions must be answered. The Australian Government has designed a deliberately abusive system, intended to harm people. Such a callous indifference to the safety and well-being of refugees puts them at great risk.

The Human Rights Law Centres Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, who has travelled to Manus three times to investigate conditions on the ground, said that while moves to close the Manus camp were clearly underway, the Government still had no viable plan to ensure the safety of the 850 men languishing inside.

This isnt about just tearing down the fences, its about finding a safe and viable way forward for the men trapped inside. Every single one of these men deserves the chance to finally start rebuilding their lives in safety. Hopefully the US deal will be a lifeline for some but it wont be enough to ensure safety for all. Its not good enough to just leave innocent people trapped in limbo in unsafe conditions forever.

1600 people from Nauru and Manus Island have registered their interest for resettlement in the US. So far 900 people have started the process. With over 2000 people trapped in offshore detention and without concrete details available on the US deal, currently several hundred and possibly up to 1000 people are left with no solution for safety.

Sr Jane Keogh, Brigidine Sister in Canberra, who has just returned from Manus Island said the refugees there are living in great fear right now.

Every day I get several messages about this, desperate calls for help. Do not leave us here to d...

16:29

Amnesty And Human Rights Watch Call On Australia To Stop Selling Arms To Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The latest from Michael Brull in his ongoing series on the war on Yemen.

The Australian branches of two of the worlds leading human rights organisations have exclusively released to New Matilda statements opposing Australian arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International have urged Australia to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

Australia Director of HRW Elaine Pearson said, Australia should suspend the sale of any military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Australia should in fact impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Saudi Arabia until Saudi Arabia not only curtails its unlawful airstrikes in Yemen but also credibly investigates alleged violations.

Diana Sayed, the crisis campaigner at Amnesty International Australia, said Australia must cease the authorisation of any future arms transfers while there remains a substantial risk these arms will be used to fuel human rights abuses. Australia must not be complicit in enabling the abuse and the deliberate targeting of civilians.

 

Calls for Australia to disclose military exports to Saudi Arabia

Amnesty and HRW called for the Australian government to disclose its military exports to Saudi Arabia. Dina Sayed from Amnesty said, Amnesty International urges Australia to publicly report the exact nature of all arms transfers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Pearson from HRW said, Australia should come clean about the equipment that is being supplied to the Saudi Arabia government, and how it will be used.

Amnesty declined to comment on arms sales to other countries that are involved in the war in Yemen, such as the United Arab Emirates. Pearson said that, Australian officials should carefully consider whether any weapons it sells to coalition members will be used in Yemen in unlawful attacks.

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Human Rights Watch has previously observed that Saudi Arabia has been the leader of the coalition, with targeting decisions made in the Saudi Defense Ministry in Riyadh.

On April 13, Human Rights Watch wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. They urged the government to suspend the sale or transfer of any weapons or material to Saudi Arabia until it curtails its unlawful attacks in Yemen and credibly investigates past alleged violations of the laws of...

15:48

These Hidden Netflix Codes Will Unlock Thousands of Hidden Movies and Genres "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you are anything like me you spend a lot of time watching Netflix. For me, it has replaced conventional television service.

Netflix has a huge list of categories that go well beyond the basic action, horror, family, and other things you will come across on the main page. Netflix is available in most countries and of course, content varies depending on your location and IP address. Since I have come across these codes watching Netflix has become even more intense for me. I use these codes to browse through tons of titles and find exactly what I am looking for.

This is something that was first discovered by a blog known as Whats On Netflix. In order to access these secret codes, you will need to type in specific URLs in the browser. These URLs will look similar to this one:

http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/***

The *** being where you type a code related to the category that you are looking for, for example, 35800 would be romance movies (steamy ones at that) and 67879 would be Korean TV shows. According to Netflix spokesperson Marlee Tart, these exist because Netflix categorizes their content into thousands of sub-genres in order to match the right content to the right viewer. This all being based on their viewing history.

Thanks to these codes you can bypass all that extra stuff and gain access to more content. Fantastic find, right? Take a look at the codes below. Which ones are your favorites?

Action & Adventure: 1365
Action Comedies: 43040
Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568
Action Thrillers: 43048
Adult Animation: 11881
Adventures: 7442
African Movies: 3761
Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
Animal Tales: 5507
Anime: 7424
Anime Action: 2653
Anime Comedies: 9302
Anime Dramas: 452
Anime Fantasy: 11146
Anime Features: 3063
Anime Horror: 10695
Anime Sci-Fi: 2729
Anime Series: 6721
Art House Movies: 29764
Asian Action Movies: 77232
Australian Movies: 5230
Baseball Movies: 12339
Basketball Movies: 12762
Belgian Movies: 262
Biographical Documentaries: 3652
Biographical Dramas: 3179
Boxing Movies: 12443
British Movies: 10757
British TV Shows: 52117
B-Horror Movies: 8195

Campy Movies: 1252
Children & Family Movies: 783
Chinese Movies: 3960
Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
Classic Comedies: 31694
Classic Dramas: 29809
Classic Foreign Movies: 32473
Classic Movies: 31574
Classic Musicals: 32392
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15:12

Taking An Abortion Pill At Home Is As Safe As Doing It In A Clinic, Study Finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the topic of abortion has remained a touchy subject, many women have fled to the online markets to purchase at home abortion products. Due to this, many have grown concerned as to whether or not such methods are safe.

One study set out to find out whether it was or wasnt. According to their study, 95% of those who went through with an at home method were able to do so without any medical intervention. Experts have stated that the study highlights the safety of a medical abortion.

In order to better understand the abortion pill better, researchers analyzed the first 1000 women that had obtained the pill through the Tabbot Foundation. The Tabbot Foundation was created just last year in Australia to help women who were faced with very few options in the case of pregnancy.

During the study, researchers came to understand that less than 10% of those who had taken the pill had reported symptoms of a serious medical issue such as severe bleeding, fever or pain. Seven of the women had to undergo a blood transfusion, while others had to take antibiotics. Conversely, no deaths were reported due to the abortion pill.

Furthermore, they discovered that internet abortions were consistent with the results of those who had taken the bill as instructed by their physician.

Head researcher Abigail Aiken of the University of Texas at Austin concluded that self-sourced medical abortions using online telemedicine can be highly effective, and outcomes compare favorably with clinical protocols. The main weakness regarding the study was that one-third of the women that had reached out to be used in the study didnt follow through. Therefore, the researchers worried that the sample size used in the study could have been too small.

14:53

Disobedient facts and the MSN chookhouse narratives in alternative media and its impersonators "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Conversation claims "Academic rigour, journalistic flair," but is it just another agent of the Mainstream News affair complete with a mainstream news (MSN) editor, renowned by some for her incredibly boring political reporting which has put generations of Australians off politics in a great service to the elite? Unsurprisingly, the Conversation article, "White House under siege as scandal follows scandal and it wont end any time soon," by Kumuda Simpson, Lecturer in International Relations, La Trobe University repeats the scuttlebut that passes for political comment in the mainstream media, citing CNBC, the Washington Post and all the usual propaganda suspects. Far from encouraging the deep questioning and analysis one once expected of a university lecturer, Simpson is simply transmitting a flimsy political claim that President Trump should not carry on useful discussions with Russia about war and terrorism and Syria. Failing to present the other side, Simpson asserts that Russia cannot be trusted because it prefers to keep the Assad government (which he misnames a 'regime') in power, 'despite ongoing atrocities', which incredibly harmful allegation Simpson backs up by citing the latest egregious beat-up chorus against the Syrian Government as carried by the New York Times rag. ("Syrian Crematory Is Hiding Mass Killings of Prisoners, U.S. Says").

Comments under the article trended into a discussion about the validity of the MSN vs the 'alternative press', leading me to my analysis below. Phil Chamberlain's comment seemed typical of the fallacy that the official mainstream news is 'real news' because it uses 'real reporters' instead of opinion and that alternative news-sites are only opinions, which people use to confirm their own biases:

The problem is that the so called MSM [Read proper journalism] will investigate facts and call to account

This statement was written on The Conversation in rebuttal to another commenter who cited lack of faith in the mainstream media (MSM) and had the poor judgement to seek (as des...

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0004 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 2.75 AUD
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John Pilger speaks out on Julian Assange and Sweden "IndyWatch Feed National"

The anti-war journalist and investigative reporter John Pilger has been a long time friend and supporter of fellow Australian Julian Assange. Assange, once the darling of the western liberal media when he exposed the war crimes of George W. Bushs America,fell from their favour when he applied an equally vigorous amount of scrutiny to the war crimes, lies and lack of ethics of the Obama administration.

13:36

BREAKING: Medical Kidnap In Progress Live Updates (Australia) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the last few hours information has been appearing about a doctor/researcher at the Lady Cilento Hospital. There are no confirmed connections to this doctor.

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13:32

US Military Is Worlds Largest Polluter Hundreds Of Bases Gravely Contaminated "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Last week, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the U.S. Naval station in Virginia Beach had spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. Read More

13:21

Oh, Jerusalem a song "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bear me up on angels wings, and other transcendental things. Where the golden walls still glow, let my people go to Jerusalem. 

Jerusalem is all about faith and passion, and there is no city on Earth that people get more passionate about. The light is luminous. In high summer it almost shimmers. The very air is full of prayer and politics, passion and pain, and the rocks and stones virtually sing a hallelujah chorus of history. I am not a religious person, but I cannot help getting excited by the place although I do not transcend to transports of delight and delirium. Some folk love Jerusalem so much, they go mad.

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13:14

PERTH Injured Woman in Perth, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Injured Woman in Perth, WA .

May 21, 2017 at 11:07AM .

He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, Sunday 21 May 2017. Contact has been made with the injured

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12:38

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

The hunt for the Wikileaks founder has been a brutal and corrupt assault on freedom of speech from the beginning, writes John Pilger.

Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish states collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and rendition.

Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he would have been on his way to the kind of American torture pit Chelsea Manning had to endure.

This prospect was obscured by the grim farce played out in Sweden. Its a laughing stock, said James Catlin, one of Assanges Australian lawyers. It is as if they make it up as they go along.

It may have seemed that way, but there was always serious purpose. In 2008, a secret Pentagon document prepared by the Cyber Counterintelligence Assessments Branch foretold a detailed plan to discredit WikiLeaks and smear Assange personally.

The mission was to destroy the trust that was WikiLeaks centre of gravity. This would be achieved with threats of exposure [and]criminal prosecution. Silencing and criminalising such an unpredictable source of truth-telling was the aim.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do

Perhaps this was understandable. WikiLeaks has exposed the way America dominates much of human affairs, including its epic crimes, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq: the wholesale, often homicidal killing of civilians and the contempt for sovereignty and international law.

These disclosures are protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama, a professor of constitutional law, lauded whistleblowers as part of a healthy democracy [and they]must be protected from reprisal.

In 2012, the Obama campaign boasted on its website that Obama had prosecuted more whistleblowers in his first term than all other US presidents combined. Before Chelsea Manning had even received a trial, Obama had publicly pronounced her guilty.

Few serious observers doubt that should the US get their hands on Assange, a similar fate awaits him. According to documents released by Edward Snowden, he is on a Manhunt target list. Threats of his kidnapping and assassination became almost political and media currency in the US following then Vice-President Joe Bidens preposterous slur that the WikiLeaks found...

10:37

Court security inadequate, really? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's court system is literally littered with white collar criminals, where that does not mean the 'defendants'.

    Judges causing harm to the good people of Tasmania for approx 30 years, where the people did not get a remedy.

    The judiciary in the High Court of Australia, perverting the course of justice, where the criminals are still allowed to 'trade' in office, and where the people again do not get a remedy.

    No warrants existing where the administration tell you that you must pay otherwise the sheriff will steal your possessions.

    Every single judge / magistrate who sits in office sits outside of their grant of power,

and that's just rattling off a few obvious ones without delving too deep in 'law' or what it's worth.

So what are the white collar criminals planning?

Well, if you're a court jester, you'd know that security is pretty tight before the herd population are allowed to enter "their" own courts.

So much so that some people get stripped (in another room of course) before they are allowed to proceed to their own matter.

Since we're not into Nostradamus type predictions / visions / secretly written down plans, we'll just ask;

What event will trigger the next phase of court security on this penal colony?

We know of one action that they will be implementing very soon.

You can read their STRATEGIC ASSET PLAN (2016 - 2031) under the article title:

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08:17

Trump signs $350 billion arms deal with Saudis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

In his first trip overseas, US president Donald Trump has sealed a new arms deal with one of the most brutal regimes in the Middle East Saudi Arabia.

This is Feudal autocracy, essentially run by al-Saud royal family, which treats its subjects like serfs and metes out hard punishment, including regular whippings, stonings, cutting off limbs and execution. Most Saudis live in poverty, while those close to the crown live in unmanageable luxury, on the proceeds of oil money.

Saudi is also happens to be one of the closest friend of the United States.

Thus, the arms deal worth nearly $110 billion, which is to take effect immediately.  The reason given for the deal is that it is to bolster security in the face of Iranian threats.

This package of defense equipment and services supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian related threats. Additionally, it bolsters the Kingdoms ability to provide for its own security and continue contributing to counter terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on US military forces, the US Department of State said in a statement.

While Iran is definitely the target, the statement also reveals that Saudi serves as a surrogate to pursue American ambitions across the region.

The statement also said; This package demonstrates the United States commitment to our partnership with Saudi Arabia, while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region.

The details of the deal concern five categories that include border and coastal security, cyber security, air force modernisation, as well as air and missile defence.  Hardware includes tanks, artillery, helicopters, light close air support, intelligence gathering aircraft, as well as patriot and THAD missile systems. Munitions include armour piercing Penetrator Warheads and Paveway laser-guided bombs. Extensive training is also included in the package.

It is known that a large quantity of military support is routinely going in the direction of ISIS and other terror organisations in Syria, as well as Iraq and there is good reason to believe that a significant part of the new package will go straight to these organisations.

Saudi is also involved in a brutal war in Yemen, which incidentally, is also supported by the United States and often involves attacks against civilians belonging to the Houthi tribe. Human rights organisations have branded these attacks as war crimes.

This reality flies in the face of claims from both the White House and the royal family, that the deal is all about defence against the threat of terrorism.

 

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08:06

Video - how DFAT & Julie Bishop "made Australia stronger, safer & more prosperous" over the past week. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julie's video missed a couple of points. I think they left out the $44M donations to the UN. And the total $24M to Michael Bloomberg (who just happens to be in partnership with the Clinton Foundation on health data). The tourism promotion for Queensland is great, but I don't see...

08:02

Experts reject Bjrn Lomborg's view on 2C warming target "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lomborg's Copenhagen Consensus Centre says investment in keeping temperature rises below 2C would return less than $1 for every $1 spentExperts have challenged a claim by Bjrn Lomborg's Copenhagen Consensus Centre that holding global temperature rises to 2C is a poor investment.In 2015 the education department abandoned plans for Lomborg to set up an Australian Consensus Centre, but gave the Copenhagen centre $640,000 to support its Smarter UN Post-2015 Development Goals project. [...]

07:52

Celebrity "Thumbs Down to Knife Crime" campaign on Twitter to solve London's stabbing spree. "IndyWatch Feed National"

London has a huge problem with knife crime. So what's the latest answer? Phillip Schofield joins Londoners to give 'thumbs down' to knife crime in Twitter campaign https://t.co/bZV0ZWHdx1 pic.twitter.com/XFfqLhNVEr Evening Standard (@standardnews) May 20, 2017 After two stabbings in the Harrow borough earlier this year, Mayor Khan promised "to...

07:48

Ragweed, Gynura crepidioides. Is it a local edible weed? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ragweed, Gynura crepidioides
 Some articles conflate Okinawa Spinach (Gynura bicolour)) with Ragweed, Gynura crepidioides. Sometimes both plants are depicted, cut and bundled, in Asian vegetable markets.

Okinawa Spinach (Gynura bicolour)

Gynura crepidiodes, a common weed in the Bellingen valley
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07:05

Arab News - President "Tump" & King Salman view exhibition on religious tolerance & coexistence among faiths "IndyWatch Feed National"

Arab News is Saudi Arabia's leading English language newspaper. Here are a few street signs showing that famed tolerance and coexistence: Yep, coexistence is a beautiful thing in Saudi Arabia - one road leads to Mecca ...and the other to an early meeting with your maker, minus head.

06:45

Victorias school cleaners are asking for respect "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

School cleaner Lorraine talks about the conditions under which Victorias school cleaners are working

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Victoria is becoming the #WageTheftState.That's what school cleaner Lorraine will tell Premier Andrews when she sees him at Labor's State Conference on Saturday.Stand with Lorraine. Tell Premier Andrews to end the wage theft in our schools: respectschoolcleaners.org.au/petition

Posted by United Voice Victoria on Friday, May 19, 2017

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06:31

MACKAY Domestic violence: We should be ashamed "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY May 20, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Domestic violence: We should be ashamed

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06:17

Film review: Lion (2016) "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was quite disappointed with this highly acclaimed film, based on a true story, that was nominated for six Academy Awards (though it did not win any) including for best film and for best supporting actors for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.

The first half of it is about a five-year old boy Saroo in India who lives in a remote town with his mother, older brother Guddu, whom Saroo idolizes, and sister Shekila. His family is extremely poor and his mother works as a laborer gathering rocks in the heat of the day. Guddu and Saroo engage in petty thievery to buy food for the family and help out their mother. But one day while he and Guddu are out on another such mission, Saroo gets separated from his brother and, after falling asleep on a train, ends up in Kolkatta, a teeming city over a thousand miles away. After wandering the streets fending for himself and fending off people who seem friendly initially but have darker motives, he ends up in an orphanage with a large number of other street children. A kindly official, after failing to locate his mother, arranges for him to be adopted by an Australian couple (mother played by Kidman) living in Tasmania.

I found this first half of the film utterly engrossing, thanks to tight storytelling and highly engaging performances by Sunny Pawar as the young Saroo, Abhishek Bharate as his older brother Guddu, and Priyanka Bose as their mother. The scenes with the two boys together and then Saroo alone as he lives on the streets of Kolkatta, not speaking any Bengali, and trying to figure out where he is and get back to his adored elder brother and mother are very affecting.

The film then jumps twenty years into the future and the young man Saroo (played by Patel who seems to have become the go-to actor to play young Indian men in western films) suddenly decides to try and find his birth family using Google Earth and his few memories of what the place he grew up in looks like.

I thought this second half of the film fell flat and lacked focus even though this was where the big-name actors Patel, Kidman, and Rooney Mara (as the older Saroos girl friend) took over. While you really cared about the young Saroo, Guddu, and their mother, one never felt the same connection with the older Saroo and his new family and friends. Their relationships and motivations were confused and their overly emotive acting made it worse. My interest flagged during the second half of the film and perked up only when there were flashbacks to the times of the younger boys and their mother.

Interestingly, although Saroos Australian mother hardly ages over the twenty-year lapse, his Indian mother ages greatly. I initially thought that this was a little incongruous and due perhaps to the filmmakers wanting to preserve Kidmans glamorous looks, though Bose is also very attractive. Bu...

05:13

Hells Angels Bikers Hunt Down Rapist & Violently Attack Him In Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hells Angels Biker Gang in Australia captured a Muslim migrant who was harassing a vulnerable Australian woman & hunted him down & violently set upon him & violently attacked  Full Article

05:02

Magnetic field detected between magellanic clouds "IndyWatch Feed National"

A magnetic field appears to span the space between the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two dwarf galaxies being consumed by our Milky Way Galaxy. For stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere, it's easy to forget that the Milky Way is actively consuming two dwarf galaxies. Those in the Southern Hemisphere have a front row seat to watch our galaxy wreak havoc on the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC). But there's more to the story the dwarfs are not only gravitationally interacting with the Milky Way but with each other as well. The gravitational effects evident from these interactions can tell us a lot about the history and evolution of these galaxies as well as the environments surrounding them, but gravity isn't the only force at work here. Magnetic fields play a role as well, one astronomers are still trying to puzzle out. Now, for the first time, researchers using the Australia Telescope Compact Array radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, have detected a magnetic field in the space between the Magellanic Clouds. Called the Magellanic Bridge, this structure is a 75,000 light-year long filament of gas and dust that stretches from the LMC to the SMC. These results are published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (full text here).

03:08

If 1111=4 And 2222=16, What Is 3333? "IndyWatch Feed National"

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

A simple puzzle shared on Quora is going viral- do you know the answer?

The puzzle was shared by user- Ismael Nunez a student at Perth Amboy High School in which she said:

Well, there are multiple potential patterns but it is most likely this:

1111=4

But the 11 would be an addition of 1 and 1 instead. So:

(1+1)(1+1)=4

22=4

4=4

The same rule would apply to 22 x 22 = 16, where the 22 becomes the addition of 2 and 2:

(2+2)(2+2)=16

44=16

16=16

So now we apply the rule to 3333:

3333=?

(3+3)(3+3)=?

66=36

?=36

Hence the answer will be 36.

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02:12

72 years ago today 26 young diggers were killed in the Australian Army's worst accident. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

72 years ago today 26 young diggers were killed while training for war at Kapooka, New South Wales. Many thanks to the website exploroz.com for this copy of a statement made to the House of Representatives by the Minister for the Army after a Court of Enquiry into the explosion...

02:10

Study: Americans Dying From Preventable Causes At Shocking Rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Americans are dying at a shockingly high rate from preventable causes, found a first-of-its-kind global health study published late Thursday.

The new research demonstrates that despite the fact that the U.S. has the largest economy in the world, healthcare for many of its residents is woefully inadequate. The U.S. was tied with Estonia and Montenegro, far below other wealthy nations such as Norway, Canada, and Australia, in the studys ranking of 195 countries.

Americas ranking is an embarrassment, especially considering the U.S. spends more than $9,000 per person on health care annually, more than any other country, said Dr. Christopher Murray, senior author of the study and director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Anyone with a stake in the current healthcare debate, including elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels, should take a look at where the U.S. is falling short.

Progressives have long pointed out that the U.S. is one of the only wealthy nations not to provide some form of government-mandated healthcare, exacerbating inequality in healthcare outcomes.

The study published in the Lancet created a Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ) Index, a summary measure based on 32 causes, that in the presence of high-quality healthcare, should not result in death, the researchers wrote.

Using deaths that could be avoided as a measure of the quality of a healt...

01:33

Yeah, nah, Trump isnt Hitler "IndyWatch Feed National"

I dislike it when people hyperventilate over politics and political leaders, particularly when theres an attempt to make a given politician seem better or worse than he or she is in reality.

For that reason, Ive become very wary of the constant breaking news about Trumps alleged Russian links, his vulnerability to impeachment, and his sacking of Comey.

The reason Im wary is because the hyperbole has become so ridiculous I feel as though Im losing my moorings, and with them my ability to assess coolly and clearly what is actually going on.

Maybe Trump has done enough wrong to be impeached. Maybe he hasnt. The point is I dont know, and because of the histrionics, Im no longer able to make a reasonable, measured assessment.

This hyperventilation has its origins going back to the moment when Trump threw his hat in the ring for the GOP nomination in constant comparisons of him to Hitler.

At first I paid attention to the people making this claim, as some were my friends and others were people I respected. However, I have come to the view that the Hitler comparisons are not only wrong but odious, and for that reason I wrote this piece for the Cato Institute.

I owe a debt of gratitude to Cato Unbounds Jason Kuznicki, who got me thinking about this issue, and who is quoted in the piece. Originally it was going to be for the Speccie, but then I discovered I needed another 500 words, which the Speccie didnt have to spare. Excerpt:

So why do people insist on comparing their opponents to Hitler? One suggestion Ive had is because it feels so satisfying. However, masturbation is also satisfying and weve managed to keep that out of the nations newspapers for the most part. Wheeling out the ultimate Big Bad is a Big Thing, a phenomenon deserving of closer examination.

To my mind, part of the problem is that political polarisation in liberal democracies means while we no longer agree on what is good and right, we do agree on what is bad or evil. Hitler is definitely bad and evil, ergo calling a political opponent a Nazi or comparing a politician to Hitler is a shorthand way of consigning him or her to a sort of moral outer darkness. Youd never apply the Hitler epithet to someone with whom you disagreed, but otherwise t...

01:31

Not Sure What They Are Doing- But They Are Getting on My Blog "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a common occurance- and although it says it is me- it most certainly IS NOT..

00:58

Could This Popular Club Drug Be Used As A Vaccine For Depression? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: BBC

After the Columbine shooting in 1999, high schools across America were reeling from the possibility of such a tragedy happening on their grounds after Columbine failed to recognize that the two students responsible for the shooting as dangers to others. One such high school in New Jersey, where Rebecca Brachman attended, asked students to write ways that they thought this occurrence could be prevented and most students pointed to gun control. Brachman, despite how stigmatized the subject was at the time, went much deeper and identified something more complex: mental illness.

Fast forward to today and it makes sense that Brachman is now a neuroscientist and her latest studies have revolved around how existing drugs can be used to treat mental illness, leading to a huge discovery that could change everything we know about treatment.

In a recent TED Talk last year, Brachman spoke to an audience about the studies that her and a team at Columbia University as well as people around the globe have been working on. She and many other researchers understand that drugs that are produced to treat other illnesses actually have the ability to work on other illnesses but that the scientists who created it are often so focused on its one purpose that they dont see the whole picture. Repurposing of drugs is actually how the first two antidepressant drugs were produced, which were originally meant to treat tuberculosis and allergies.

We are in the middle of an epidemic of mood disorders like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Depression has actually now surpassed HIV/AIDS, malaria, diabetes and war for the leading cause of disability worldwide. And also, like tuberculosis in the 1950s, we dont know what causes it. Once its developed, its chronic, lasts a lifetime, and there are no known cures, said Brachman in her talk.

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00:41

Australia's Constitutional Crisis by Rodney Culleton "IndyWatch Feed National"

The corruption of the people in 'government' and in the Australian courts is astounding with reference to Australia's "Constitutional Crisis".

Even though this has been a topic of great discussion and "noise" by researchers, the corporate media has managed to keep a lid on it for quite some time.

The horse has bolted once Rodney Culleton's exposing documents have hit the parliament floor, where a 'natural' reaction of the "faceless people", is an action of hostile retaliation, which no doubt Rodney Culleton has seen.

Chief Justice Sir Harry Gibbs has commented on this where this was documented in the blog post: http://corpau.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/sir-harry-gibbs-chief-justice-of-high.html 

The document referred to in the link, although not visible, is available for download at:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B21_coIgIYu2MGd3bzZUcTNvS0k

See Video on Australia's Constitutional Crisis by Rodney Culleton:


Australia, a corporate criminal's paradise.

00:31

TAS Armed Robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:11 pm.

Police are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery at the Maypole BWS bottle shop at 191 New Town Road, New Town, on Friday 25 May.

Police are seeking public assistance to identify the two women depicted wearing hoodies who entered the bottle shop at approximately 9:50pm.

One of the women produced a knife and made threats to the shop attendant. No one was injured in the incident.

Police wish to speak to anyone who may know the identity of the two women.

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

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00:31

TAS House burglaries taskforce "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 27 August 2012 3:10 pm.

Tasmania Police are concerned about a number of house burglaries that have occurred in the Sandy Bay / Battery Point and Kingston areas in the past 2 months.

Detective Inspector Peter Powell of Hobart CIB said most of the burglaries are occurring in the period between 4pm and late afternoon, although there have been some incidents during the day, and overnight whilst residents have been home.

Many houses are entered by forcing open a window or sliding door. Of particular note is that the only property targeted has been cash. Other valuable items have been left untouched.

Police would like residents in the areas mentioned to pay particular attention to any suspicious activity, strange vehicles or people in the area. Any information would be greatly appreciated by police.

A Taskforce has been established in response to these concerns. Members of Kingston CIB will temporarily be working closely with Hobart Detectives under the direction of Inspector Powell to coordinate the police investigations in relation to these matters.

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00:30

TAS Ravenswood murder investigation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 27 August 2012 11:55 am.

Officers from Launceston CIB are continuing their investigation into the double murder at Ravenswood on 15 August 2012.

A property at 4 Daphne Court, Rocherlea, has been identified as a place of interest as part of the murder investigation.

Since the evening of Friday 24 August, police have been undertaking a forensic examination of the property; this is expected to be completed by tomorrow.

The property was rented and the occupants were offered alternative accommodation while the examination is undertaken.

Anyone who has any information regarding this matter is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch on 63 36 3915.

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00:29

TAS Stolen Firearms recovered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 27 August 2012 9:09 am.

As a result of a search conducted by Oatlands Uniform and members of Eastern District Criminal Investigation Branch four firearms have been located. Three have been confirmed stolen. They were:

  • sawn off .22 Golden Arrow rifle,
  • .222 BRNO bolt action rifle,
  • .300 Weatherby bolt action rifle.

The fourth firearm was a .22 rifle, the serial number has been removed. These firearms were located with a quantity of ammunition.

Also located in the search were the following confirmed stolen items of property;

  • over the counter medication
  • a quantity of fencing material.
  • caravan (worth about$20,000).

A thirty year old Claremont male has been interviewed in relation to the property. He is being proceeded against for firearms and dishonesty offences and he will attend court at a later date.

Enquiries are continuing in relation to further offenders and charges.

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00:29

TAS Home burglaries Old Beach area "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 24 August 2012 10:05 am.

In the last seven days there has been a marked increase in the amount of home burglaries occurring in the Old Beach area. These burglaries have been committed during daylight hours and electrical items seem to have been targeted.

On some occasions the offenders have been known to knock on the front door to ascertain if there is anybody home, before gaining entry to the residence.

Police are asking for assistance from the public in reporting any suspicious persons or vehicles seen in the Old Beach area, particularly taking note of any persons knocking on doors without valid reason. Information can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or direct to the Bridgewater CIB on 62684103.

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00:16

Tit for tat in face off by Tweed Shire mayor and wealthy developer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Local government can be an interesting space on the NSW North Coast

Echo NetDaily, 9 May 2017:

Tweed shire mayor Katie Milne has been awarded $45,000 in damages plus costs after winning a defamation case against billionaire developer Bob Ell.

Mr Ell is involved in two massive developments in the Tweed Shire and his relationship with the council, and Cr Milne in particular, has not been smooth.

Ironically, Cr Milne brought her case as a result of comments Mr Ell made to a Murdoch newspaper, the Gold Coast Bulletin, after he won a defamation case against her.

In that case, Mr Ell was awarded $15,000 damages against Cr Milne but Justice Rothman ruled in the Supreme Court yesterday that was not a reason to minimise the damages awarded to her.

After Mr Ells case was ruled by Justice McCallum on March 7, 2014, Mr Ell was contacted by a reporter from the Gold Coast Bulletin on March 12, and made comments to the effect that Ms Milne is not a fit a proper person to be a councillor and the Gold Coast Bulletin reported that comment together with reporting that Mr Ell has stated that he hoped speculation that the payments would bankrupt her were true, so that she would not be able to retain her place as a councillor, the facts of the case revealed.

The newspaper ran the headline KATIE LOSES BILLIONAIRE BOB BATTLE I HOPE THIS SENDS HER BROKE P8 on its front page.

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00:15

Trumponomics and media in the United States of Dystopia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


"President Trump spoke with @TheEconomist about Trumponomics and every answer is bananas
[Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan Justin Wolfers on Twitter, 11 May 2017]

Who thought that Anthony John Abbott when he was Australian prime minister was the most ill-intentioned, ignorant  and embarrassing leader of a nation to have ever existed to date in the developed world during the 21st century?


Well he now pales in comparison...

00:00

Hong Kong FTA negotiations launched "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 May 2017: Negotiations towards a bilateral free trade agreement with Hong Kong have been officially launched. AFTINET will be doing a submission and will be encouraging our members to also make a submission by the end of May. For a brief summary of the key issues click here and keep checking this website for the latest.

Saturday, 20 May

23:11

TAS Response to protection enquiries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 24 August 2012 8:14 am.

Investigations into last weeks double murder at Ravenswood are continuing. It is inappropriate for members of Tasmania Police to comment on speculation or rumour regarding any current investigation.

It is Department of Police and Emergency Management policy not to comment on whether someone is or isnt under police protection, whether in this state or any other state. The policy is designed to protect the welfare of anyone in this program.

DONNA ADAMS ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER

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23:11

TAS Vehicle hit and run Ulverstone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 23 August 2012 9:26 am.

Around 7pm on Monday 20 August 2012 Ulverstone police attended Jowett Street (off South Road) in West Ulverstone in regards to a motor vehicle accident.

Enquiries revealed that a parked Mitsubishi sedan was struck by another vehicle which did not remain at the scene. It is possible that this vehicle has significant damage to the front left hand side area.

Police are seeking assistance from the public in regard to this matter and any information can be forwarded via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Ulverstone Police Station on 64298606.

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23:10

TAS Police investigate lamb killings "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 23 August 2012 9:24 am.

Over the weekend 18-19 August 2012, approximately 50 lambs were found deceased on a property on York Plains Road, Midlands.

Autopsies have been conducted on a number of the lambs, and indications are that they have been deliberately killed.

Police are calling for assistance from members of the public in relation to this incident, any information can be passed anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to Detectives at Bridgewater CIB on 62684103.

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23:09

TAS Update Pedestrian Incident Tolosa St "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 3:20 pm.

A 45 year old Glenorchy woman remains in a critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Hobart Hospital after being struck by a vehicle on Tolosa St, Glenorchy, on Monday evening.

The woman was struck by a maroon coloured 4WD ute which was travelling in a westerly direction on Tolosa Street.

The woman has head injuries and fractures.

Police have spoken to the driver of the ute and investigations into the incident are continuing.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the woman walking on Tolosa Street around 7.20pm on Monday evening, or anyone who saw the ute in the area.

Police ask anyone with information to call Accident Investigation Services at Bellerive on 6230 2332.

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23:09

TAS Pedestrian Incident Tolosa St "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 8:40 am.

A 45 year old woman from Glenorchy is in the Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Hobart Hospital after being struck by a vehicle on Tolosa Street, Glenorchy. The incident occurred at approximately 7.20pm on Monday 20th August 2012.

The woman was struck by a maroon coloured 4WD utility which was travelling in a westerly direction. At the time of the crash it was raining and visibility was poor.

The crash investigator, Senior Constable Ann EDGE, would like to hear from any member of the public who may have witnessed the crash or saw the pedestrian or vehicle immediately prior to the incident.

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20:20

Australian Court Takes Child Off Mother After She Stops Vaccinations "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian mother has had her four-year-old son taken off her by the government after she stopped giving him vaccinations at age two because it was giving him seizures. Jacinda Walker received a Child Protection Order from [...]

18:44

Alternative Archaeologies: Vanessa Berry Uncovers Sydneys Underground "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Badges and ghost signs from Berrys Sydney Lost and Found tour, 2017.

Vanessa Berry sheds some light on her exploration blog, Mirror Sydney, and reveals a punk underside to the city that likes to kick the kerb.

Berry is a mapmaker. Her maps circumvent the official geographies of our history books by writing into existence those dispossessed narratives of the street. Berrys blog, Mirror Sydney, unearths Sydneys subversive and elided spaces that underlie, deface or reform the citys historical architecture. She makes monuments of little icons, such as ageing graffiti and outdated Coke adverts. Mirror Sydney is itself a kind of virtual landscape that refutes normative histories by providing provisional, or gutter alternatives. And much like graffiti, these memory maps are personal, transitory and discursive. Berry seeks to mine the city by placing herself more squarely in it, and by doing so, offers the city up for re-authoring.

So, in a way, she is also an iconoclast.

Berry is known for her seminal 1990s magazine, Psychobabble; a coming-of-age project that reflected and worked through the trials of adolescence, offering a glimpse into the world in which she sought to immerse herself: the underground, the subcultural. And much like mapmaking, the spaces within ourselves are designated through being written. Today she continues to write the magazines, I am a Camera and Disposable Camera, despite that m...

18:30

Sydney, Australia: Solidarity against repression in Copenhagen, Denmark "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On May 17th police in Copenhagen raided 10 separate addresses arresting 25 people in all.

They are all facing heavy charges in relation to a riot in inner Copenhagen on March 1st 2017, on the ten-year anniversary of the eviction of Ungdomshuset, a long standing social centre within the far-left scene.

Four of the arrested have been remanded in prison. A number of solidarity noise demos have been called in response, outside the prison in Copenhagen.

On the other side of the world, in Sydney, some anarchists painted a mural in support of the arrested comrades.

No one hostage in the hands of the state.


18:11

Solidarity Video For The Arrested Comrades in #Copenhagen "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Solidarity action in Sydney, Australia for the arrested comrades in Copenhagen.

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Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

On May 17th police in Copenhagen raided 10 separate addresses arresting 25 people in all.

They are all facing heavy charges in relation to a riot in inner Copenhagen on March 1st 2017, on the ten-year anniversary of the eviction of Ungdomshuset, a long standing social centre within the far-left scene.

Four of the arrested have been remanded in prison. A number of solidarity noise demos have been called in response, outside the prison in Copenhagen.

On the...

17:46

New South Wexit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Weve had Brexit. There have been threats of Grexit and Frexit. There is a vote planned for Calexit. But is there a case for New south Wexit? Is it time to have a conversation about NSW seceding from the Commonwealth.

Hey. We can have Vexit also, but Spartacus is but a citizen of NSW and not Victoria.

Yes there would be cries of its not fair, especially from South Australia and Tasmania. Afterall, who will underwrite their bad decisions. But really.  When is enough is enough?

What about WE (New South Walesers). It isnt fair.
Weve had enough. We want our share.

In addition to the GST distribution working against NSW, the impost of the increased Medicare levy and bank levy will disproportionately fall on NSW. As the state housing the city (Sydney) with the highest prices, and the largest mortgages, the increased mortgage rates will hit hardest here.  Never again to hear horizontal fiscal equalization would be a delight.

What about energy risk? Because of the national grid, NSW and VIC provide electricity inter-connectors to South Australia, and Victoria to Tasmania. Given particularly South Australias renewables policies, the chances are that SA will regularly hit NSW and Victoria generators possibly impacting supply and pricing.

As for politics. Well. For every Lee Rhiannon NSW has produced, we have a conga-line from SA and TAS. Xenophon, Hanson-Young, Lambie, Wilkie, Kakoschke-Moore, Whish-Wilson, Abetz, Pyne and Ellis just from the current sitting crop.  Brian Harradine anyone?  Lets not even mention WAs contributions such as Christabel Chamarette and Dee Margetts.

And if NSW secedes, for all those Keynesians out there, there would be a huge stimulus from the building of a Trump style wall along the SA and QLD borders.  No need for a border with Vic as a normal USA-Canada style border would suffice.

Perhaps free trade agreements can be entered into between NSW and the other states, but absolutely not, under any circumstance, should the taxes of NSW citizens be transferred to the mendicant bunch.

Clearly th...

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