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Tuesday, 13 March


Australia to stress international law in South China Sea dispute "IndyWatch Feed"

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness.

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks during a news conference with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto (not pictured) in Budapest, Hungary, February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo


SYDNEY: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness.

Bishop, in a speech ahead of a special meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney, will not name China but will argue that international law will stabilise a region strained by rival claims in the South China Sea.

The rules-based order is designed to regulate behaviour and rivalries of and between states, and ensure countries compete fairly and in a way that does not threaten others or destabilise their region or the world, Bishop will say in Sydney, according to a leaked draft of the speech seen by the Australian Financial Review.

It places limitations on the extent to which countries use their economic or military power to impose unfair agreements on less powerful nations.

China claims most of the South China Sea, an important trade route which is believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas, and has been building artificial islands on reefs, some with ports and air strips.

Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, all of which are members of ASEAN, and Taiwan also have claims in the sea.

Australia, a staunch U.S. ally with no claim to the South China Sea, has long maintained its neutrality on the dispute to protect economic relationship with China.

But with Australias relations with China souring in recent months, Bishops comment underscore a new Australian tactic.

Australia is trying to get ASEAN on side with the notion that China is a rule-breaker that everyone would be better served by abiding by, said Nick Bisley, profe...


Fluoridated Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

School's and childcare centres are implementing tooth brushing lessons in New South Wales schools Supervised tooth brushing lessons to run in schools to show parents and children how to scrub their teeth because of increasing levels of decay
The supervised tooth brushing lessons will run in New South Wales schools
Lessons will show parents and children how to brush their teeth properly
For regions that are at high-risk of dental disease or don't have fluoridated water
By Greta Levy For Daily Mail Australia

Schools will run supervised tooth brushing classes to battle high levels of tooth decay in New South Wales.
The state's health department has announced their first action to help areas that are without fluoride.
School's and childcare centres will run supervised lessons in a push to reduce tooth decay. School's and childcare centres are implementing tooth brushing lessons in New South Wales schools +2
School's and childcare centres are implementing tooth brushing lessons in New South Wales schools

Regions that are at a high risk of dental disease or don't have access to fluoridated water will run the programs aimed at introducing oral health care into their daily routine.The programs will target high-risk groups such as rural and remote communities, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and low income earners.
Fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushes will be handed out to the areas and teachers will be trained in the correct way to brush teeth.
School's can also host fluoride mouth-rinse programs.



Static electricity Thoughts are like fishes///

I don't think I ever noticed static electricity before moving to the country

It wasn't until I was living in a farmhouse, far away from city lights, that I first saw a flash of blue light generated by synthetic fabric.

In hindsight it seems crazy not to have noticed static electricity being discharged before.

I certainly remember having felt it during primary school, when kids would shuffle their feet on the carpet and give each other a mild shock.

Yet I still remember the surprise of seeing it while living outside Wagga.


Eavesdrop On A Facebook Live Chat With Iconic Human Rights Activist Ai Weiwei "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) will be hosting a Facebook live conversation with Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei tomorrow.

Weiwei, who has been openly critical of the Chinese Governments stance on democracy and human rights, is in Australia to launch his latest venture, the film Human Flow which he directed and will premiere in Sydney on March 15.

The film was shot over a year in 23 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. It covers the stories of the millions of people forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war; and the overwhelming scale of the refugee crisis.

Human Flow captures the subjects stories and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice.

ASRC CEO and Founder, Kon Karapanagiotidis said he is touched that Weiwei has agreed to be part of the ASRCs advocacy campaign, which champions fairness and dignity for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.

People listen when Ai Weiwei speaks, so were delighted to partner with him and Goodship to help raise awareness for refugees, Karapanagiotidis said.

The world is experiencing the greatest human displacement of people right now, yet so many people are unaware.

Ais film sheds light on the often tragic circumstances people fleeing their homes experience. What happens to them as they migrate? And what will happen to them as they enter a new community? These tales are too often untold, but Ai does so in this epic film journey were thrilled to share with people, Karapanagiotidis said.

Members of the public are invited to submit a question that could be chosen as part of the live conversation between Karapanagiotidis and Weiwei. Follow the ASRC on social media and watch the interview with Weiwei at 3:45pm AEST on 14 March for the chance to submit an interview question.


Event details: Ai Weiwei Live Interview

When: 3:45pm AEST on Wednesday, 14 March

Where: ASRC Facebook ( and ASRC Twitter (@ASRC1)

Who: Kon Karapanagiotidis, ASRC CEO and Founder and Ai Weiwei, internationally-acclaimed Chinese artist and activist

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Jet are hitting the road for the 15th anniversary of Get Born "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Cast your mind back to 2003 for a moment. Brisbanes Festival Hall closed its doors, Powderfinger and Delta Goodrem won big at the ARIA Awards, and Jet released their landmark debut albumGet Born. Now, 15 years later, the group are hitting the road to celebrate the records anniversary.

Yes, this September marks 15 years since Jet unleashed the garage-rock majesty of Get Born upon us, instantly sending Jet into superstardom across the board. In addition to the album scoring the group chart placings around the world and six ARIA awards, lead single Are You Gonna Be My Girl served as the soundtrack to an iPod commercial and topped the 2003 Hottest 100.

Now, the group are set to embark on a national tour which will see them playing the album in full, as well as a few of their other beloved hits as well. Kicks off at the end of May, Jet will hit up Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, and Adelaide before a homecoming show at Melbournes Forum Theatre on June 11th.

In celebration of the tour, Jet are also releasing a brand new live album to give fans a reminder of what to expect on these shows. Titled Live At The Forum, the album captures a ferocious set from the group back in 2004 which has just sat in the vaults for all these years.

Click here to pre-order a copy of Live At The Forum, and head along to Live Nation for ticketing details in regards to Jets Get Re-Born tour.

Check out Jets Are You Gonna Be My Girl:

Jet Get Re-Born Tour 2018

Tuesday, May 29th
NEX, Newcastle, NSW (18+)

Thursday, May 31st
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW (18+)

Saturday, June 2nd
UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT (18+)

Monday, June 4th
The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD (18+)

Thursday, June 7th
Metro City, Perth, WA (18+)

Saturday, June 9th
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA (18+)

Monday, June 11th...


Tina Harrod and City Longing "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Tina Harrod Releases Powerful New Album

Songwriter and vocalist, Tina Harrod, releases a breathtaking new album CITY OF LONGING, with a launch concert at the  Basement, Sydney, Wed 11 April. Concerts in other cities announced soon.

City of Longing was co-written and produced by brilliant composer/pianist STU HUNTER who has worked with Passenger, silverchair, Portishead, Alex Lloyd, Delta Goodrem, Russell Crowe, Katie Noonan and many others. 

Tinas fifth album takes her songwriting and mind-blowing vocal skills to another plane. City of Longing is an emotionally charged, soul-wrenching set with real musical depth, performed by creative and adventurous musicians.

My goal is to achieve cohesion, marrying different styles and ideas together to create their own sound. I dont want to make a new soul record or a new funky jazz album; I want to create something that is unknown to me. Stu (Hunter) recorded and mixed the whole album. He went above and beyond with this project meticulously researching and boldly experimenting with sounds which is time consuming and it is really thanks to him that that I have an album I am really proud of. 

The songs are delivered with cutting edge production in an aural landscape of cinematic breadth:  Stu Hunters innovative arrangements are outstanding.

Tina is acknowledged as one of Australias finest vocalists and she continues to find further seams to mine and depths to plumb within her craft. Her voice is a mature...


A slew of Aussie up-and-comers have joined the Bluesfest sideshows "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Were really only a matter of days away from Bluesfest now, folks, which means that were even closer to a number of sideshows for some of the festivals biggest acts. Now, weve discovered the local musos who will be serving as the support acts for these stunning shows.

Just a month ago we reported on who will be opening the show for a number of the upcoming sideshows, with acts such as Jade Imagine, Mojo Juju, and Tracy McNeil announced for the Melbourne and Sydney sideshows. But wait, we hear you say, what about the sideshows in all the other cities? Well, now Bluesfest have revealed the information that youve been waiting for.

With sideshows for Gomez, Newton Faulkner, Canned Heat, The New Power Generation, and Morcheeba taking place over the coming weeks, fans expect to see a wide variety of unique Aussie acts opening the evenings proceedings.

Lucky punters checking out Gomez in Sydney and Melbourne will be lucky enough to witness the amazing work of Tia Gostelow, while Riley Pearce & Carla Geneve will do the honours in Perth, leaving Cosmo Thundercat and MANE to warm up the crowd in Adelaide.

Meanwhile, acts such as Timberwolf, ILUKA, James Bennett, Tom Richardson, and The Hunting Birds will be seen as the lead-in to Newton Faulkner around the country, while Frank Sultana will be seen by punters checking out The New Power Generation, and Canned Heats Sydney show.

Miss Rene Simone will be at the front end of Morcheebas Sydney show, while PJ OBrien, James Bennet, The Sugarcanes, and JJ Fields will be supporting Canned Heat in Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, and Adelaide, respectively.

For a full list of the support acts, read our list below, and if youre keen on picking up a ticket to Bluesfest, or any of these sublime sideshows, make sure you head over to the Bluesfest Touring website as soon as possible.

Check out the full list of support acts:

Tia Gostelow supports Gomez in Sydney and Melbourne

Riley Pearce & Carla Geneve support Gomez in Perth



Passenger on Carnival Spirit Assaulted After Wrongly Identified By Ship Security as a Pedophile "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carnival SpiritAn Australian cruise passenger, Mr. Sun, sued Carnival Australia after the cruise line falsely accused him of exposing himself to two young girls on the Carnival Spirit.

According to an Australian new station, the incident occurred during a cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia in December 2016.

Ship security personnel were notified that a man had "exposed and then touched himself" in front of young girls on the Carnival cruise ship. 

The security staff showed one of the girls, and the parents of the girl, photographs of Mr Sun. The girl apparently misidentified Mr. Sun as the culprit. The girl's father then took matters into his own hands, accusing Mr. Sun of exposing himself to his daughter as he physically assaulted and battered Mr Sun in his own stateroom in front of Mr. Sun's wife and child. 

The news report article states that when Mr. Sun called security for assistance, they instead escorted him to a room where they interrogated him for one-and-a-half hours and intimidated him from leaving.

The ship security finally showed Mr. Sun CCTV footage of the incident footage of the incident, which showed that the pedophile in the video was not heavily tattooed like him and exhibited other obvious physical differences from Mr. Sun.

Security eventually allowed Mr. Sun back to his room but denied him medical attention for the physical assault. 

Carnival was recently in the news following a series of brawls on its cruise ships leaving from Australian ports. Its security guards are shown in certain trending videos violently kicking passengers and trying to stop bystanders from videotaping the melees.  The lack of training and heavy handed tactics of the Carnival security are painfully obvious in the videos.

This latest fiasco seems again to be due to a lack of training by Carnival of its shipboard security personnel. 

Have a thought? Please leave a comment below or join the discussion on our Facebook page. 

Photo credit: Hpeterswald - CC BY-SA 3.0, commons / wikimedia.


Anti-coal activists set to face court "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Two of the anti-coal activists on one of the Aurion trains they stopped back in January. Photo supplied

Fourteen activists will appear in Bowen Magistrates Court today to face charges relating to the ongoing Stop Adani campaign.

The charges arise from four actions during the month of January, two of which shut down operations at Adani-owned Abbot Point Port for extended periods. Two further actions took place on the Aurizon-owned railway, which connects existing mines to the port. Trains were prevented from delivering coal for several hours each time.

The 14 collectively face charges of trespass, interference with a railway, interference with a port, and contravening a direction or requirement.

The accused range in age and background from Cairns local, 74-year-old ex-serviceman Jeff Cantor, to 23-year-old youth worker Nathan Bernfield from Sydney. The 14 are united in their reasons for taking direct action to stop the controversial Adani project.

Nicholas Avery, accused of locking onto a conveyor belt at the port, said We are at a crisis point when it comes to the climate and Australias relationship with coal. We have exhausted every other avenue of protest and it is our governments inaction which has pushed us to this point. This is not something we take lightly, but the Galilee Basin simply cannot be mined.

Coal mining is not the answer to regional Australias problems said Lilli Barto, who allegedly blocked the railway by locking onto a concrete barrel.

We know that renewables create more jobs per dollar invested, so if this were about jobs and looking after the regions the government would be encouraging solar and wind, creating safer jobs in an industry that is growing, and not creating more communities vulnerable to the violent swings of commodity prices on global markets. We did this for the climate, for the reef, for the future, for everyone, she said.


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March 13 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1810 - In court evidence, botanist George Caley (Kaley) says he saw Tedbury remove a lead bullet from his mouth. Luttrell, who claims he thought Tedbury had speared his sister, is acquitted. Writing in later years, John Macarthur Junior thinks Tedbury died a year or two afterwards from the effects of his wounds.

1827 - Sydney's general street lighting was turned on for the first time....and the populace said,
"Oh, goody, I can see the rabid kangaroos coming for me this time,".

1828 - Charles Connor was Hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of James Mackenzie at Windsor.

1829 - There was a report of Bushrangers at Illawarra.

1852 - Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens was pupped. Youngest and favourite son of author Charles Dickens, Eddie upped sticks and parked himself on Aussie soil with another brother Alfred. Edward became well-known in the Aussie wool industry and a politician.

1856 - You can stop dressing up like dear old Ned when casting your vote - the Victorian Electoral Bill was passed with the breakfast prunes to allow for a secret ballot!

1860 - The first hotelkeeper's licence for the Overland Corner Hotel, South Oz, was granted to William Brand on this day.

1865 - On the steep and narrow road from Araluen to Majors Creek Ben Hall and Johnny Gilbert, with the assistance of Tom Clarke, attempted to hold up the Araluen Gold Escort.They shot at the guards, Constable Kelly, who was shot in the shoulder and Constable Byrne , who was shot in the foot but they were outflanked by the remaining two troopers and were forced to flee from the scene.

1866 -  Female reported that she had been with  bushranger Thunderbolt for ten months engaged to assist Mary Ann Bugg during her confinement and that Thunderbolt had kept her with them since then, tied up, that she had escaped  from their camp near the headwaters of the Little Manning River on this day.

1877 - The railway line from Winchelsea to Birregurra (Vic) was opened.

1884 - Don't start throwing the rice and confetti just yet - Daisy Bates got hitched to Breaker Morant but she soon kicked him to the kerb after he "forgot" to pay for the wedding and nicked some oinkers and a saddle.

1885 - The first Employers' Union was established in Melbourne.

1892 - Constable Arthur William Brown, Victoria Police; Constable Brown was walking in Williamson Street, Bendigo when he was unexpectedly struck in the mouth by a man called David Storey. Such was the violence of the blow, that Brown fell and struck his head on the stone water channel. His skull was fractured and he died as a result of the injury.

1958 - The last ever Aussie-built steam train went to work on the Brisvegas network.



Standard and Poor's accused of falsely rating debt products prior to 2008 financial crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

American ratings agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) has been accused of deliberately weakening its risk assessment criteria to prop up the ratings of some debt products ahead of the 2008 economic crisis. S&P is being sued for at least $150 million by two local governments and two pension funds in Australia, Reuters reports. The claimants say they lost money on synthetic collateralized debt obligations (SCDOs) in the aftermath of the financial crisis, triggered by bad mortgage loans in the United States. They accuse the ratings agency of "flawed" assessments of these instruments. "As a result of these various flaws the ratings assigned were false, misleading and the applicants suffered large losses when the claimed SCDOs defaulted," Noel Hutley, barrister representing the councils told the Federal Court in Sydney, as quoted by Reuters. If the agency is found guilty of weakening its criteria, it is likely to face lawsuits from other investors.

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Monday, 12 March


The Australian Working Holiday Visa: A Memoir "GroovUs Feed Anews"

I am currently on a one-year Working Holiday Visa that allows me to work for up to six months with a single employer in Australia. I will accept any and all positions.

The Italian Restaurant July 10 July 11

When a restaurant has a banner across their storefront that reads Best thin crust pizza in South Yarra Dave, you bloody well know it must be good. Unfortunately, when the chef demanded I tell the woman who received raw chicken in her meal he would not be giving her a refund, and she could either eat it or he would make her another one, I knew it was time to get out.

The Company that Sold Major Appliances for Campervans July 20 July 31

Didnt realise this was even a thing until I stepped into this office.

The Staffing Agency Aug 20 Nov 30

One of my longer positions. I actually got the opportunity to make some friends and I almost made it to the holiday party.

My list of duties included creating a resume for the Directors son, who seemed to be somewhat of an underachiever, and giving the Directors shirt and pants a weekly size check, so presumably he could order more? Still not quite sure of the reason.

The Modern Office in the City Centre (No Idea What They Did) Dec 12 Dec 12

I was left entirely alone in the office and was asked to answer the phones while everyone attended the holiday party but not before someone had the opportunity to complain about the odour of my lunch. I genuinely didnt realise parmesan cheese smelled so bad when it was put in a microwave.

 The Hearing-Aid Office Jan 15 Jan 16

My instructions were simple. Answer the phone and book people in for appointments. Make sure to get their personal details if they arent already in the system. What I thought would be an easy days work went something like this:

Me: Hi, thank you for calling []. How may I help you?
Patient: Yes, I would like to make an appointment for next week to get a new hearing aid.
Me: ...


Daruk Training School: Alleged sex abuse of young boys nothing short of horrific, police say "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Daruk Training School: Alleged sex abuse of young boys nothing short of horrific, police say

12 March 2018

The experiences allegedly inflicted upon young boys at a former Sydney boys home were nothing short of horrific, police said while revealing the first arrest of their investigation.

Police say 80 alleged victims have come forward about historical child sex abuse at the Daruk Training School in Penrith in the late 1970s.

Most of the men were aged between 10 and 14 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Daruk boys school

Police today announced the arrest of a 67-year-old man in Jindalee, Queensland, who has been extradited and charged with 19 offences.

Detective Sergeant Ben Hallam said the evidence already gathered showed the extent of the alleged abuse.

The briefings I have been provided over the past 18 months shows experiences that these young boys had at the time was nothing short of horrific, he said.

Some of these victims have been dealing with their experiences for many years, they havent ever found a way to tell even family or friends what they have experienced.

Police are now asking more victims to come forward and speak up.

This is the time, Detective Sergeant Hallam said.

We understand your experience may have been traumatic, you may have had a chequered past or you may have had ad...


Arts Wednesday 14 March 2018 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

This week sees the start of a new series of Sydney By Design with Ed Lippmann and he has called this series Loved and Unloved, where we will address heritage issues. Part 1 at 10:40 is an introduction to the series, defining what the heritage issues are: do we pull down, do we keep, what parts do we keep and how do we keep them?

My special guest at 11:00 am is Ilana Chaffey, who is a researcher at Nobles, which specialises in coins and stamps. Currently, if you look in their window, youll see a number of obviously historic helmets, to be sold in a militaria auction. Ilana was the researcher for the helmets and she recorded a conversation with me about the background and history of some of the headgear. One example is the picture here. It is 17th (Duke of Cambridges Own) Lancers officers czapka, pre 1902. They are dress hats; specifically used by lancer regiments (cavalry officers), who had high status within the army hierarchy. The 17th Lancers have a storied history, notably during the 1800s (when this hat was likely to have been worn) they were involved in the Indian rebellion and the Anglo-Zulu war, and the Second Boer War.

Music today is all about hats.

Do keep me company!

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The Price Of Protest: Choosing Between Forests Or Freedom "GroovUs Feed Anews"

In the 1980s and 1990s, a vibrant environmental movement took the fight to the government to save some of NSWs most iconic forests. The price for that fight is the same today, but with logging growing, the stakes are even higher. Mick Daley looks back on almost four decades of activism, and whats needed today.

25 years ago, early on 18 November 1992 a group of some 30 activists invaded the NSW Forestry Commissions head office in Pennant Hills, Sydney. A film crew documented the five-hour drama that followed.

Calling themselves the Peoples Commission for Forests, they barricaded themselves into the building while spokesman John Corkill briefed journalists on the Commissioners phone.

This is a political action against an agency that cannot comply with law, that is running at multi-million dollar losses. We are taking this action to throw a stark spotlight on what has been going on for far too long.

While police, media and emergency services surrounded the building, from the rooftop activists strung a banner that read Under New Management. Sipping liberated coffee, other protestors faxed a new Forestry Charter with seven directives for sustainable forest management to regional Forestry offices on the Commissioners letterhead.

These feral activists had come directly from blockades in northern NSW, where old-growth logging and industrial erosion was annihilating ancient forests.

Their occupation was a pivotal point in a 14-year environmental campaign which (eventually) brought down a State government and saved countless endangered species as well as massive swathes of NSW forest by 2003.

It earned the activists fines ranging up to $1,000 and condemnation as terrorists in Parliament. If theyd attempted such a feat today it could have seen them charged under terrorism laws and thrown in jail.

Things have changed in the political landscape, as well as in the forest. In NSW, successive governments have rolled back environmental protections, new laws prevent activists from intervening in suspect logging operations and regulatory systems appear to be failing.

Yet while protests against the Adani mine, coal seam gas and other movements indicate growing public consternation over global warming, the importance of healthy forests in mitigating against climate change has, it seems, been overlooked.

New land clearing and logging laws are once again destroying NSW forests at an alarming rate. And this time around it seems that breaking the law is the only way to stop them.


A KEY scene from the 1992 occupation video shows activist/police liaison Aidan Ricketts inviting Inspector Collings into the building, to ask the two remaining Forestry staffers if theyd had been...


Grass Fed Dairy Study Shows How Much Better It Really Is "GroovUs Feed Anews"

By Dr. Mercola

If you've heard about omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, you may be aware that while they're essential human nutrients, consuming too much omega-6s and not enough omega-3s can raise your risk of developing heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The trouble is, the majority of Americans eat 10 to 15 times the amount of omega-6s compared to what they eat in omega-3s.

According to a recent study1 published in Food Science & Nutrition, cows fed a diet based on 100 percent organic grass and legumes produce milk with more omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA, another extraordinarily heart-healthy fatty acid), which provides a substantially healthier balance of fatty acids. The improved fatty acid profile in grass fed organic milk and dairy products brings the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio to a near 1-to-1, compared to 5.7-to-1 in conventional whole milk.

Studies have previously determined that eating organic beef or dairy lowers omega-6 intakes and at the same time increases omega-3 intakes as well as CLA, another extraordinarily heart-healthy fatty acid. Collaborative clinical studies conducted in four countries, including the U.S., have concluded that cows on a 100 percent organic grass- and legume-based diet produce milk with higher omega-3 and CLA levels, which makes for more balanced levels of fatty acids.

Undertaken at Newcastle University in England, Southern Cross University in Linsmore, NSW Australia, the University of Minnesota and Johns Hopkins University, the studies further indicated that the superior fatty acid profile in grass fed organic milk and dairy products, which the researchers refer to as "grassmilk," is far preferable to the ratio of fatty acids found in conventional whole milk. Science Daily noted other benefits:

"Daily consumption of grassmilk dairy products could potentially improve U.S. health trends. In addition to the well-established metabolic and cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and CLA, there are additional benefits for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and children.

Various forms of omega-3 fatty acids play critical roles in the development of eyes, the brain, and the nervous system. Adequate omega-3 intakes can also slow the loss of cognitive function among the elderly."2



71 fence jumpers were caught at Sydneys Jumanji Festival this weekend "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The lead up to the inaugural Jumanji Festival hasnt exactly been smooth, with organizers garnering a fair amount of criticism for its all-male lineup. Now, as reported by Music Feeds, the festival has faced a number of arrests for fence jumping and drug-related offenses.

Headlined by hip hop superstars Lil Wayne, Tyga and more, the festival took place in Sydneys Parramatta Park on Saturday, March 10, attracting just over 6000 punters.

NSW Police have confirmed that 71 people were caught fence-jumping, with 44 refused entry. Nine people were also removed from the festival grounds for aggressive or antisocial behaviour.

Medics took care of 99 medical issues, with two punters being transported to hospital, while 20 people were charged with drug offenses within the festival.

The Victorian leg also faced a number of drug offenses, with a 19-year-old man being charged with  the possession and trafficking of drugs, possessing the proceeds of crime, handling stolen goods and resisting police.

Two police officers were also injured while making arrests, including a  27-year-old man was also arrested and charged with possessing drugs and resisting arrest.


Looking for love (or a wife, at least) "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bill Shorten Waffles About Adani Because Labor Is In The Pocket Of Big Coal "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The ALPs on-again off-again position on the Carmichael mega-mine is entirely consistent with the partys recent history, writes Michael Brull*.

Lately, there has been increasing media coverage about Bill Shortens changing positions on the proposed Adani megamine in Queensland. The Liberals have spun this position as a total flip-flop, supporting the mine, then opposing it.

In fact, Shorten is so unprincipled, his supposed flip-flop has seen him going from saying that if the Adani mine stacks up hell support it, to now saying that if the mine doesnt stack up he wont support it. And he thinks it doesnt at this moment. But in both cases, hes not committing either way. When he supposedly supported Adani, he said hed welcome the jobs it would bring (if the project stacked up). Now that he supposedly opposes Adani, he promises he wont tear up contracts, and otherwise do what he can to actually stop Adani.

Adani has welcomed Labors commitment.

Other ALP members have shown a similar unwillingness to just oppose Adani. Labor heavyweight and possible future leader Anthony Albanese got out to criticise calls for a Labor government to kill the project. He has previously responded to activists by saying when will you people fuck off?

Labors Anthony Albanese.

Stop Adani Sydney is presently on week four of picketing his office on Monday mornings. They note he voted against stopping Adanis mine in August last year, and voted for changes to native title in June that helped Adani defeat challenges from traditional owners.

Tanya Plibersek, the...


Will 2018 be the year for Airbnb certainty in strata? Guest post by Stephen Thornton "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Anyone living in an apartment block has probably noticed the increasing numbers of strangers with rolling suitcases who are obviously staying in Airbnb accommodation. Living in a Toowong apartment tower, I am frequently having to help short-term visitors find their way to Toowong Village. Hence I am delighted to publish this guest post from my friend and colleague Dr Stephen Thornton, Principal of BG Economics, on the increasingly important issue of Airbnb in strata. Views expressed are Stephens and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT 

Will 2018 be the year for Airbnb certainty in strata?

by Dr Stephen Thornton

Queensland should finally be getting some significant changes to strata law this year, 4.5 years after the former Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced that the QUT Commercial and Property Law Research Centre would undertake a property law review. To be fair, it is a big job. QUT have conducted the review in stages with a number of final recommendations reports having been completed and handed to the government.

However, one of the major contemporary policy issues in strata, how to respond to peer-to-peer short-term rental disruptors like Airbnb, was not part of the review. Having only been in operation for five years, the Californian company did not appear on the policy radar when the review was being considered.

I wrote about the benefits of providing a legislative green light to strata owners in this space last year (here) citing the Deloitte Access Economics report Economic Effects of Airbnb in Australia: Queensland in which they estimated that Airbnb guest expenditure is associated with $217.4 million in value add to the Queensland economy, and supports 2,115 FTE jobs across the state.

Just recently, MadeComfy, a short-term rental management company, used data from a commissioned 2017 study by economics and policy consultancy ACIL Allen and combined it with its own data. MadeComfy reportedly found short-term rental (STR) average weekly revenue outperformed the long-term rental (LTR) average in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with the Queensland capital registering an LTR average of $370 for apartments and....


Former Trade Union Royal Commission CEO and Labor Party royalty Jane Fitzgerald is on QandA tonight "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jane Fitzgerald Jane Fitzgerald is Executive Director of the New South Wales Division of the Property Council of Australia, leading the advocacy agenda at a time of enormous investment and change in the sector. Prior to her appointment, Jane was a senior executive with the Commonwealth Attorney-Generals Department and, amongst...



March 12 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1773 - Tobias Furneaux, second in command on Cook's second jaunt to the Pacific, was so impressed with Adventure Bay in Tassie that he parked his boat there for 5 days where he explored the bright lights and big city had the rigging overhauled, and wood and water collected .

1827 - William Leddington was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1827 - James Smith was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1827 - John Edwards was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1827 -Richard Johnson  wasHanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1827 - Edward Coulthurst wasHanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1842 - First issue of Launceston Examiner.

1853 - William Wright was Hanged outside Adelaide Gaol for a murder committed at East Wellington.

1868 - We know what Henry James O'Farrell was up to on this day as he so thoughtfully made his mark in history for future historians by attempting to assassinate the 2nd male pup of Queen Vicky, Prince Alfred, as he swanned about a picnic at Clontarf in Sydney.
The prince fully recovered from the shooting but, alas, the deemed insane O'Farrell failed to recover from the hangman's noose.

1877 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened in all its glory.

1883 - Murrumgunarriman, known as Twopenny, who was a member of the famous Aboriginal Cricket Team of 1868, passed away.

1885 - Const 1/C John Mitchell, NSW Police,  was shot by an escaping prisoner.

1903 - Constable John Hamley, WA Police, drowned at Roebourne.

1904 - Australia's first car race was held near current-day Sandown Park, Victoria, with Harley Tarrant rocketing across the line to the chequered flag in a twin cylinder car he built himself with the top engine pulling power of 8hp.

1906 - John Kelly (King) brother of Ned Kelly, regimental number 880, became a probationary constable in the WA Police Force.

1913 - Canberra was christened before it was actually built, with Mrs. Governor- General Lady Denman unveiling the foundation stones and the secretly-held moniker for our nations capital.

1916 - A Model T Ford left Glenelg, with five adults, three children and a pile of luggage, bound for Birdsville. The driver was Joseph Kelly, an employee of Ford agents Duncan and Fraser, who undertook to drive the owner, Jack Gaffney, licensee of the Birdsville hotel, and his family, in the new vehicle up the notorious Birdsville track.
After 1200 tortuous kilometres, they reached Birdsville.
The only problem with the car was one puncture...


Independent Artist Of The Week: SOOK "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Photo by Jack Thepsourinthone

Fierce Woollongong three-piece SOOK have had it with the modern female experience.

I wish youd choke me harder so I could die and get away from you sings the belligerent vocals of front woman Macayla Schwartz. Its her stage presence and unapologetic prose, drawn from late night jams, combined with the familiar punk guitar and bass arrangements from Cheyne Howard and Sarah Stuart that brings this trio together on their debut single, Im Not Your Woman.

These women dont care to be your fantasy, sex toy or lover. No doubt inspired by some of their favourite feminist figures and their guitar lines, Sonic Youth and Bikini Kill, their brazen lyrics and honesty pokes fun at the idea of being soft, timid or easily upset (a sook). Instead they call out the presumptuous and chauvinistic men of their past. Its this attitude that have seen the band at the front for support slots with Good Boy, Scumdrops and Horror My Friend.

But what makes SOOK so much more than a punk feminist anthem, to one of leading voices behind the reinvented Australian DIY punk scene, is how hard they go for both their local and female communities. Howard, Stuart and Schwartz spearheaded their own boutique festival SOOKFEST and have curated an upcoming all female talent showcase, GIRLS IN GONG. Combine this with a recent signing to indie Sydney label White Lodge Records and an upcoming EP, SOOK are full of promise.


Get acquaintanced with the band who arent your wet wild women below.

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WHO: SOOK, Letters to Lions, The Moving Stills, TEX, Darcy Gervaise
WHERE: Finbox Boardstore, Thirroul
WHEN: Friday March 30
HOW MUCH: $15.29 Tickets available here.
Listen back to SOOK on Arvos for FBi Radios International Womens Day takeover.
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new indepe...

Wednesday, 07 March


Premiere: SCK CHX drop their dream-punk anthem Feel The Same "GroovUs Feed Anews"

SCK CHX are a Sydney dream-punk trio who have slowly been making a name for themselves thanks to plenty of touring and a tendency to brew up some pretty slick tunes. Now, the group are excited to be premiering their brand new single, Feel The Same.

Already scoring airplay on stations such as triple j, FBi Radio, and various other community broadcasters based on the strength of Spinning Around, SCK CHX are about to continue their journey to becoming one of Sydneys best-known punk acts with their unique style which also blends elements of psychedelia and new wave.

Having scored a sneak peek on triple js Home & Hosed on Monday night, Feel The Same is the newest taste of SCK CHXs debut EP, Downward Dog, and shows off the bands ability to make powerful tunes that manage to make the listener feel pumped up, while taking them on a rather introspective journey at the same time.

Feel The Same is a song of contrast, says Andy of SCK CHX. With bright verses that draw you in with their warm harmonies, bouncy beats and sharp chords and a chorus that rips you out of your seat and sends you flying through a blender of sound and emotion.

Recorded and mixed by Josh Dives (SCK CHX/Dives/King Colour) and Phan Sjarif at Parliament Studios in Leichhardt, Sydney, the groups Downward Dog EP is set to be released through Yeah Nah Yeah Records on April 6th.

Feel The Same is officially released on Friday, but if you point your peepers downwards, youll be able to give this track a cheeky listen today. SCK CHX are also set to launch their EP in just over a month at Newtowns Botany View Hotel, so if youre in the area, be sure to head along to see this awesome trio do their thing.

Check out SCK CHXs Feel The Same:

SCK CHX EP Launch:

(With SOOK and Bland)

Friday, April 13th
Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

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