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Monday, 15 October

17:41

Desperate Chinese middle class take big risks to move money, and themselves, overseas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Growing worries are pushing more wealthy mainlanders to seek property and long-stay visas overseas but for some, it has turned into a nightmare

South China Morning Post

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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 October, 2018, 10:02pm
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2018, 10:39am
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17:10

As nuclear power declines worldwide, renewable energy races ahead "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Likening nuclear power to that of a living organism, however, Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, told World Finance the industry was like a dying species due to the obvious reduction in new nuclear project launches in recent years.

This is seen clearly in the International Energy Agencys (IEA) annual World Energy Investment report, updated in July, which found that nuclear investment is falling fast.

Nuclear power continues its decline as renewable alternatives steam ahead, World Finance,  Author: Courtney Goldsmith, October 15, 2018

Once thought of as the primary answer to the globes renewable energy requirements, nuclear energy is now viewed unfavourably in comparison to solar and wind alternatives.

Last year, the largest nuclear power builder in history went bankrupt. Japanese conglomerate Toshibas prolific subsidiary Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy after revealing billions of dollars of cost overruns on its US construction projects. At the start of 2018, Toshiba agreed to sell the business for $4.6bn

The high-profile sale followed the French Governments 5.3bn ($6.2bn) bailout of state-owned nuclear company Areva, which went technically bankrupt after a cumulative six-year
loss of $12.3bn.

These distress signals were noted in the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report...

16:11

New Evidence from Bourke Just Reinvest NSW Inc Just Reinvest NSW Inc

Compelling new evidence released on 8th October 2018 from Bourke, NSW, demonstrates how the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project, the largest of its kind in Australia, is builder safer, stronger communities.

The initiative, developed in 2013 when members of the Bourke Aboriginal community approached Just Reinvest NSW with an interest in adopting a community-led justice reinvestment approach. A community strategy for change was developed, Growing Our Kids Up Safe, Smart, Strong, and implementation commenced in 2015. The Project is directed and guided by the Bourke Tribal Council and a backbone team works with existing services to work collectively to develop and implement local solutions.

Newly released statistics demonstrate the following changes in Bourke between 2015 and 2017:

  • 18% reduction in the number of major offences reported
  • 34% reduction in the number of non-domestic violence related assaults reported
  • 39% reduction in the number of domestic violence related assaults reported
  • 39% reduction in the number of people proceeded against for drug offences.
  • 35% reduction in the number of people proceeded against for driving offences.

Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW, has stated that Over previous decades, we have seen the imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children increasing dramatically. The experience in Bourke demonstrates that the solutions to this national crisis lie in community-led initiatives like justice reinvestment that support communities to develop local solutions.

Re-offending has also decreased, with the following changes observed between 2014 and 2016:

  • 8% reduction in the overall rate of re-offending with a new offence within 12 months of release
  • 15% reduction in the rate of domestic violence re-offending among domestic violence offenders (aged 18-25)
  • 48% reduction in the rate of domestic violence re-offending among domestic violence offenders (aged 26 and over).

For children and young people (10-25 year olds) the following changes have occurred:

  • 14% reduction in the rate of re-offending with a new offence within 12 months of release (2014 t0 2016)
  • 12% reduction in the total number of young people proceeded against for offences from 2015 to 2017
  • 38% reduction in number of young people (up to 25 years) proceeded against for driving offences from 2015 to 2017
  • 43% reduction in number of young people proceeded against for breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders from 2015 to 2017
  • 43% reduction in number of young people proceeded against for domestic violence related assault from 2015 to 2017.

A driver licensing program, a key initiative under the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project has produced particularly encouraging results.

  • 236 people have obtained thei...

15:58

2019 NSW Election Policy Platform Just Reinvest NSW Inc Just Reinvest NSW Inc

Just Reinvest NSW has released its policy platform ahead of the 2019 NSW State Election. To read the full policy, click here. In summary, we are asking the NSW Government to:

Support community-led solutions to break the cycle of offending and build vibrant futures for children and young people through:

1. Allocating $5 million over 5 years from the corrections budget for three new community-led justice reinvestment initiatives across NSW.

2. Providing $5 million over 5 years from the corrections budget for the establishment of an independent NSW justice reinvestment body overseen by a board with Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander leadership.

Implement reforms to reduce the prison population and shift spending away from building prisons to building safer, stronger communities:

3. Commit to policy and legislative reforms to immediately reduce the prison population in NSW, including those proposed in the Just Reinvest NSW Policy Paper: Smarter Sentencing and Parole Law Reform, as well as adequate resourcing to ensure effective implementation of the sentencing and parole law reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.

4. Report annually on projected and actual costs and savings associated with the implementation of sentencing and parole law reforms and driver disqualification reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.

The post 2019 NSW Election Policy Platform appeared first on Just Reinvest NSW Inc.

15:39

Recent Media Coverage Just Reinvest NSW Inc Just Reinvest NSW Inc

The work of Just Reinvest NSW and the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project has recently been reported in the following articles:

Unique community policing sees crime rates plunge in Bourke, The Guardian, 9th October 2018:

This article discussed the tangible outcomes being delivered by the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project in Bourke. This includes the following observations sourced through BOCSAR NSW data:

  • A 72% reduction in the number of young people charged for driving without a license (236 more people now have their licence);
  • A 35% reduction in overall driving offences; and
  • A 39% reduction in domestic violence-related assaults.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/09/unique-community-policing-sees-rates-plunge-in-bourke

Brighter futures for Bourkes Aboriginal community and Bourke acts to keep Aboriginal young people out of prison, The Australian, 6th October 2018:

These pieces discussed the progress of Justice Reinvestment in Bourke, including its social and fiscal benefits, and potential to be scaled across other communities.

12:01

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham Threatened To Sue Teenager For Calling Him A Bully, Hypocrite "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just over a year after publicly railing about politicians misusing defamation laws, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham threatened to sue a teenager for posting comments critical of him in a closed Facebook group with less than 600 members. When the young woman offered to remove the post in exchange for Mr Buckingham agreeing to not sue, he told her it was not a negotiation and demanded she provide a contact email address so his lawyers could serve her with legal papers.

At the time, the young woman was sitting at the beside of her gravely ill mother in the Intensive Care Unit of a far north coast hospital.

And the comments which upset Mr Buckingham? He was accused of bullying, and being a massive fucking hypocrite.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, pictured in August 2011. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)

Mr Buckingham is coming under increasing scrutiny for his use of lawyers to threaten political colleagues, after launching legal action against four current/former Greens party members who commented on public allegations he sexually assaulted a Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, in 2011. The incident is the subject of an ongoing New Matilda investigation, although Mr Buckingham has strongly denied the assault occurred.

The young woman at the centre of the latest story Vanamali Hermans had met Mr Buckingham in 2014 while she was a Year 11 student on the NSW north coast. She joined the party soon after, but quickly became disillusioned. In December 2016, aged 18, Ms Hermans took to the closed NSW Greens Facebook group total membership less than 600 at the time to vent after being accused by Mr Buckingham of favouring other Greens politicians Facebook posts over his.

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Yep! I love that we have MPs and a wider membership that use young people as...

10:29

Prince Harrys Invictus Games, Brought To You By Arms Dealers, Figuratively And Literally "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its one thing to celebrate the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Its another thing altogether to let the weapons manufacturers who helped create the adversity sponsor the celebrations. Nick Deane explains.

The Invictus Games will be familiar to all who watch the ABC, their promoter and sponsor. The Games will be taking place in Sydney in October, the participants being injured service personnel from 18 countries.

It is highly inspiring to see the human spirit triumph over mutilations of the human body. Who can fail but be impressed by the fortitude of the participating athletes? As the Story of the Games tells us, they have faced life-changing injuries but have somehow found the motivation not to let those injuries define them.

From what we can see, they appear to be in comparatively good health both mentally and physically, despite the terrible wounds they have suffered. This is wonderful. And it is entirely fitting that sport plays a positive role in their rehabilitation.

Admirable also is the skill and dedication of those who brought them back to comparative health and the ability to rejoin society the surgeons and nurses, the technicians who create the equipment and prostheses, and the carers and family members who keep them in their current state of well-being. There is clearly a whole team of people behind each, individual participant.

This part of the story is displayed for the general public in a brilliant light. Under it, we see the heroism of the individuals who have had to face extraordinary misfortune and feel pride in their accomplishments. We are, however, discouraged from exploring the shadows this light casts, where lie aspects that would otherwise complete the picture.

Of the wounded, we only see those who have, to some extent, prevailed over their disabling wounds. Others, out of the bright light, couldnt find the necessary motivation, or are so damaged that seeing them would horrify us.

Are they out of sight, so as to be out of our minds? Besides, there are probably some who are literally out of their own minds, suffering Post Traumatic Stress. We dwell, almost exclusively, on the heroes. An obsession with success takes our eyes away from those who cant or wont recover.

There is a whiff of triumphalism in this (it is in the name of the games). Their spirit may be unconquered, but they have, without exception, been severely beaten. Giving them a special name does not alter that.

All the participants have encountered life-changing trauma that they must endure as long as they live. Telling them they are admirable because they have suffered in the service of their country is inadequate compensation even with the promise of life-long medical and financial support....

09:29

Australias Family Law System: Broken "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Adapted photo)

[Editors note: An exclusive report from journalist and broadcaster, Amanda Gearing.]

by Amanda Gearing

On Monday, October 22, 2018, six years after parliament decided to hold a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australias new prime minister, Scott Morrison, is going to make an apology to the many victims.

However, even while he is speaking, there is a small army of children who even today are living with someone of whom they are terrified.

Ten years ago, a child of seven left a phone message on my answering machine, delivering a plea so heart-breakingly despe...

07:00

QLD : Woodgate Beach Practising Simplicity

Within an hour of arriving at NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park, Id met three sets of grey nomads who had been visiting the park for over a decade. When I mentioned on instagram that we were at Woodgate Beach, I was flooded with DMs from people who fondly remembered childhood summers spent there.

Indeed, Woodgate Beach is imbued with a sense of yesteryear. Its charming, peaceful and incredibly picturesque. Located on the Fraser Coast, 40minutes from Bundaberg, its a very small town dotted with old holiday shacks and resident kangaroos.

If youre looking for a quiet getaway with few distractions, Woodgate Beach might be just the place for you. Its an easy drive from the Bruce Hwy and once you arrive you can rest and relax andthats about all.

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04:06

Bird of the Day: White-faced Heron "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

White-faced Heron by James Zainaldin - La Paz Group

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

01:18

Sleep and reading Australia bound "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Todays blog post is about sleep and reading. I am travelling from London to Sydney today via Hong Kong so I will not write anything more than a few lines. I will be back in writing mode on Tuesday I should think. For the next 24 hours I have a lot of reading to do. I also provide some advice for those who pack running shoes when travelling.

It has been a really busy, if not torrid speaking tour this time around lots of in and out of my least favourite airport London Heathrow and a lot of talk.

I now get a more measured period of writing.

Thomas Fazi and I met in Germany over the weekend just gone and are now fully working on our followup book to Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, September 2017).

I will provide a rough guide to what we are up to soon I might have said when we know but it is more accurate to say when the approach is more fully articulated.

I think it will be a little of a surprise and as a clue we are going to provide a comprehensive critique of Western concepts of democracy and economy to allow us to break out of the usual frames that bind, even our thinking.

It might not work but it will be fun finding out.

More on that later.

Over the next 24 hours or so, if you are worried about comments that are held in the moderation queue it is because I am some kms in the sky and refuse to pay the ridiculous fees that airlines demand for wi-fi connection.

For those who pack running shoes when travelling

More important than learning or writing about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is finding good running routes when travelling.

Here are some of the routes I have been traversing over the last few weeks in New York City and then in Europe.

NYC Hudson River Park

I was staying in Jane Street, adjacient to the Hudson River. The choice of Hotel was deliberate because I had only one crossing before I was on the fabulous running track along the river.

You can go south for further than I run I went around 5 kms down and 5kms back. There are various piers that you can run out and around if you like.

Surface is excellent (paving mostly).

There are a lot of runners but it is not crowded.

Highly recommended.

The route in the map is not my turnaround point on the days I ran it I just couldnt fit it all on the screen and make it meaningful.

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Sunday, 14 October

20:06

Neo-Nazis March for Babies in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Above : Neo-Nazi security worker Stuart Von Moger follows hot on the heels of His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. Heh. Following on from revelations concerning the neo-Nazi infiltration of the Young Nationals in NSW, a small contingent of local Continue reading

17:47

Calmsley Hill City Farm, an early foray into urban farming education "IndyWatch Feed National"

An example of sustainability education and urban farming before they became popular, the story of Calmsley Hill City Farm is largely forgotten. At the time it was the locus of landcare education in the Sydney region and an early example of professional permaculture design.

The post Calmsley Hill City Farm, an early foray into urban farming education appeared first on ACFCGN.

17:41

The uses of cardamom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cardamom is a tropical plant whose centre of diversity, the region of its natural occurrence, is India. This one I attacked with machete was growing quite vigorously in warm-temperate Sydney.

The post The uses of cardamom appeared first on ACFCGN.

13:50

An Act to create Australia's housing hidden time bomb and other purposes "IndyWatch Feed National"

When the colonialists settled this land they were amazed at how cheaply dwellings could be built in order to house humans inside them, with the added benefits of setting up 'shop' in NSW where the added expense of housing animals (the four legged variety) was not necessary due to the climate.

A niche industry has evolved in the last few years, where if one is contemplating to enter it, it would be of great benefit to stay away from a specific product.

The product in question is a type of housing being built, that being a dwelling built for the 'not for keeps' market, i.e. renters.

The mainstream media bugles that there is a housing shortage, where humans need affordable housing.

Well, how did 'we' get to such an inhumane level?

Well you see the people in government decided that what would be good for the 'economy' is to initiate a migrant 'invasion' on the good people of the country.

Let's look at Melbourne as an example.

An importation of approx. 2,500 humans per week has created many problems for the good residents, problems created by those in government.

Since there is not enough housing, a bonanza was created for the banks where the newly imported humans would be debt slaves to the banks for the fiat currency the banks trade with, an action supported by the 'Australian Government'. 

Let's put aside those pesky and unruly African youths (who ain't gonna be no 'debt slave' - at least they got that right, as they'll steal stuff - well they got that one wrong) in Melbourne's south-east, as the policemen and women are there in the parks protecting the (Queen's) peace...
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09:33

Wentworth By-Election: Australias Climate Policy Paralysis Is Finally Becoming Electoral Poison "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The days of climate denial and inaction wining favour with voters are over. Someone probably needs to tell the Liberal Party, writes Neneh Darwin.

With the Wentworth by-election just days away, voters in the electorate have a unique opportunity to send a clear signal to the Federal government that inaction on climate change will have major political ramifications.

Current polling indicates the Liberal Party could be facing its first electoral loss in the seat in 60 years and climate change inaction is the number one issue in the minds of voters.

This week saw the release of the IPCC report showing that coal will need to be completely phased out by mid-century and a global transformation of all sectors of the economy is required to avoid dangerous global warming over 1.5 degrees.

Since the reports release the Federal government has been on the defensive and the Australian coal industry in denial.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to deflect Australias responsibility stating that the IPCC does not provide recommendations to Australia. The Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack insisted that Australia should continue to exploit its coal reserves and fobbed of the IPCC emissions report as just some sort of report.

Such obfuscation will no longer wash with the Australian electorate. Australia is as much in the lens of the IPCC report as any other country. In fact the IPCCs core messages are even more crucial here as we remain the worlds biggest coal exporter. That means we are in pole position to help bring about the kind of transformation the IPCC is calling for.

Yet Australias current crop of politicians remain beholden to the coal industry and blindly insist on maintaining the status-quo. The writing is on the wall yet our political leaders are failing to pay attention. But at least some are starting to get it.

Former Liberal leader John Hewson has called on voters in his former electorate to use the election as a referendum on climate change and to vote against the Liberals. Hewson rightly says that it may take an election loss in its once secure Sydney seat to make the Liberal Party understand the magnitude and urgency of the clima...

Saturday, 13 October

23:41

Australia considers banning new migrants from big cities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Parks/AFP/Getty ImagesAustralia is considering banning new migrants from living in its largest cities, under new plans to reduce congestion in urban areas. Government data reveals that nearly 70% of the 186,000 migrants who moved to Australia last year arrived on skilled migrant visas and nearly all of them settled in Sydney or Melbourne. Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live in those two cities. "The growth has been driven largely by migration," says the BBC, and has contributed to infrastructure and congestion problems, with Melbourne and Sydney each expected to exceed eight million residents by 2030.

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