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Monday, 09 July

16:18

Sleep deprived: a third of Australians 'suffering social jetlag' Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

Almost one in three Australians suffers social jet lag, according to a researcher seeking an inquiry into the nations sleep deprivation problem. The University of Adelaide sleep specialist Robert Adams said a growing body of research suggested poor sleep was taking a serious toll on Australians health and welfare.

A study led by Adams, published on Monday in the journal Sleep Medicine, found that 31% of survey respondents were suffering social jetlag. That is, the time of their sleep on work nights was more than an hour out of sync with sleeps on weekends or other days off.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/09/sleep-deprived-a-third-of-australians-suffering-social-jetlag

16:08

Chinese Property Buys in Australia Plummet on Capital Controls "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Chinese investment in Australias commercial property has plummeted to the lowest level in six years as mainland capital controls bite.

South African players are keen to invest in Australian commercial property.

Direct investment fell 81 percent to A$250 million ($187 million) in the first half from a year earlier, property brokerage CBRE Group Inc. said in a report on Monday.

If these restrictions continue, we expect Chinese investment into Australia to record its lowest year since 2012, said Ben Martin-Henry, associate director of capital markets and forecasting. The capital controls are having a meaningful impact globally, he said.

A crackdown by Chinas government has reined in deal makers such as Dalian Wanda Group Co., Anbang Insurance Group Co., Fosun International Ltd. and HNA Group Co. that once had an insatiable appetite for global assets. The unwinding of their spending spree included HNA selling a Sydney office tower in January. Chinese spending on commercial property in Australia is down from a A$2 billion high in 2015, when capital from Asias biggest economy accounted for 43 percent of all foreign investments, according to CBRE.

The biggest foreign buyers of Australian commercial property in the first half were the U.S. (A$994 million), Singapore (A$626 million) and Hong Kong (A$560 million), according to CBRE, which said the report was based on its own and external data. Development sites werent included in the numbers, only finished buildings.

With assistance by Emily Cadman

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-09/chinese-property-buys-in-australia-plummet-on-capital-controls

15:46

Video: Pit Pump footage from 10.6.2018 flyover Maules Creek Community Council

Water continues to stream into the Maules Creek coal mine pit.

These images were taken on the 10.6.2018 showing that pumps are still operating in the bottom of the pit, de-watering the coal seams. Water appears to be rising around the blast drill holes with the mine pit pumps working hard to lower the water table.

With the question of connectivity between the Maules Creek alluvium and the coal seams an open question, these pumps could be lowering the Maules Creek water table directly impacting residents and the environment.

Meanwhile, as this video shows, the pit lake continues to (as at the 29th of June).

 

15:14

Going for Gold as the Reset Begins "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

This may be the most important commentary Ive ever written.

Heres why

For years, financial analysts have discussed whats called the Global Monetary Reset, or GMR. Expectations of a GMR stem from the fact that monetary policies around the world are unstable and unsustainable.

There is no anchor to the system. There is no limit on money printing. And there is no limit on debt creation.

Such a system grows exponentially based on the false belief that governments can spend as much as they want and central banks will pick up the tab or bail out the system as needed.

Politicians love the system because they can buy votes from citizens.

Central bankers love the system because of the power and prestige it brings them.

Citizens love the system because they get handouts, bailouts, pumped-up asset values and other goodies seemingly for free.

Whats not to like?

The problem, of course, is that the system is unstable and unsustainable.

Its a huge inverted pyramid of promises poised on a small sliver of real money called gold.

Its bound to tip over and come crashing down as it has many times in the past, from the Jubilees of ancient Israel to the global financial crisis of 2008.

The 2008 panic would have closed banks and capital markets globally but for tens of trillions of dollars of central bank intervention. That bailout money printing has still not been mopped up. The 2008 bailout has sown the seeds of the next crisis.

Viewing this broadly, an objective analyst can see that a new system based on some hybrid of dollars, gold and the International Monetary Funds (IMF) world money special drawing rights (SDRs) is inevitable. This new system could even include an encrypted distributed ledger or blockchain, and might revert to fixed exchange rates instead of floating.

The great monetary reset

The GMR would be a return to something like the old Bretton Woods system (19441973) but with 21st-century characteristics and technology. This is what is meant by the Global Monetary Reset.

That much is clear. The open issues for students of the GMR are when it happens and how.

There are two answers to the how part.

It can either happen in a proactive way by convening a new global monetary conference similar to Bretton Woods (1944), the Plaza Accord (1985) or the Louvre Accord (1987).

Or it can happen in a chaotic fashion in response to a new financial crisis, as occurred at the G-20 Washington summit led by George Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy in November...

10:42

Adelaides Crimes Are Unraveling. Vietnam Vet Spills the Beans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Beaumont and his three children, L to R, Grant, Jane, Arna, missing for 52 years (Insert photo News.com.au)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

On October 23, 2015 I attended my first hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.  That led to my writing several reports for GumshoeNews, and eventually these formed part of my book, Deliverance, which is now in a revised edition.

Paedophilia is not a subject I wish to pursue further, but three in the know people have contacted me in the last month and are perhaps willing to talk about certain crimes after they get a promise of protection. This is about members of the establishment being involved in child murder.

My message to those members of the establ...

09:49

Nats set to lose Page: poll "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could lose his seat at the next election based on figures released by a Fairfax/Ipsos poll. Photo AAP Mick Tsikas

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could be looking for a new job next year if the results of a Fairfax/Ipsos poll, announced today, were replicated at the upcoming federal election.

The poll showed the Coalition on the nose across the country, particularly in NSW and Victoria, with Labor leading on 53 per cent and 56 per cent respectively in two-party preferred terms.

The swings against the government in NSW, if replicated at an election, would see it lose the seat Page, along with Gilmore, Robertson and Banks.

At the 2016 election Mr Hogan retained the seat he won from Labors Janelle Saffin in 2013 on a 4.6 per cent margin despite a 2.15 per cent swing against him.

All in all, the Coalition would lose as many as 18 seats if the latest poll was reflected at a general election, including Peter Duttons Queensland seat of Dickson.

By-election woes

But more imminently concerning to the Coalition will be the pronouncement that it has a tough battle ahead in the upcoming federal by-elections.

The Liberal and National parties have been boosted by a recent Newspoll claiming they were closing the gap on Labor, particularly in the marginal seats of Longman (QLD) and Braddon (TAS).

Todays poll paints a very different picture, however.

Labors Susan Lamb won Longman with a 7.71 percentage swing against former LNP sitting member Wyatt Roy in a seat with a significant (9.4 per cent) One Nation vote.

But Ipsos pollsters say even if she directs all of her preferences to the LNP, which she has threatened to do, Labor would still be likely to hold the seat given a significant statewide swing to the party.

The Tasmanian seat of Braddon would be a much closer call, however, with pollsters predicting there is only one percentage point between the two parties.

The post Nats set to lose Page: poll appeared first on Echonetdaily.

03:06

Man dies after falling 300 meters from Australia's Sydney Tower 'skywalk' "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of Australia's most dizzying tourist attractions, the Sydney Tower, has been shut down after a man reportedly jumped to his death from the 305-meter skyscraper. Famed for its observation deck and skywalk tours, the Sydney Tower is the second tallest building of its kind in the southern hemisphere. According to Australia's Seven News, a man took his own life at the high-rise building on Sunday evening. Local police say the unidentified person "jumped" and investigators are not treating the incident as suspicious, reported The Australian.

Sunday, 08 July

07:10

Australian Parents Who Dont Vaccinate Their Kids to be Issued Monthly Fines "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Bad news for anti-vaxxers. Parents in Australia will now be issued monthly fines if they refuse to vaccinate their children. The Independent reports that parents will lose A$28 (16) every two weeks from their tax benefits for each child that is not up-to-date with their vaccinations. Families earning over A$80 will be slapped with higher charges.

Australia already had a no jab, no pay policy. But, the government is issuing further financial sanctions for the sake of public health. Previously, parents who refused to vaccinate their kids lost an end of year payment to their family tax benefit, roughly A$737.

The new fines are intended to be a constant reminder for parents with unvaccinated children. According to Australias parliament, the number of children under seven with a conscientious objection to immunization rose from 0.23 percent in December 1999 to 1.77 percent in December 2014.

Immunisation is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases, said Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan. Parents who dont immunise their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people.

The Great Debate

Should you vaccinate your children? Or, should you rely on natures medicine(s) to boost your kids immune system? These two questions are often asked in opposition, and theres no clear answer. This is because there is merit to both sides of the debate....

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