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Sunday, 20 May


Extremely heavy rain floods Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Nora" dumped extremely heavy rain on parts of Queensland over the past 24 - 48 hours, causing major floods and emergency evacuations. Many locations exceeded or even doubled their March average rainfall. Exceptional rainfall totals...... Read more


Study: Indonesias ambitious peat restoration initiative severely underfunded "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

JAKARTA High costs and a lack of funding stand in the way of Indonesia achieving its target for the restoration of degraded peatland across the country, a new study says. The government in 2016 embarked on a program to restore 20,000 square kilometers (7,720 square miles) of degraded peat forest by 2020. The cost for this undertaking, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, will likely exceed $4.6 billion. To date, however, the Indonesian government has budgeted just $200 million for the initiative, according to the study, and the results are telling: only 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of peatland, or 10 percent of the total, had been rewetted by the end of 2017. That funding includes 34 million Norwegian krone ($4.4 million) from the Norwegian government and $134.6 million from the U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. For its part, the Indonesian government initially allocated the equivalent of $60.5 million from its 2017 spending budget. The $200 million figure cited in the study, though, used the lowest cost projections available and did not account for the subsequent slashing of Indonesias contribution by half, as part of wider cost-cutting measures by the Ministry of Finance. A peat bog being drained in Kalimantan. The lack of oxygen due to wet conditions in peat bogs prevents the peat from breaking down. When peat bogs dry out they start to decompose and large quantities of stored carbon are released to the atmosphere. Photo credit: Rhett


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 "Trojan 55" Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 19 May, and for the second weekend in-a-row, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-441 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Richmond as "Trojan 55".


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjets VH-VVI and VH-CXJ Around CQ Airports on Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The familiar sight of both LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjets VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" were both noted calling into various CQ Airports on Thursday 10 May over the latter part of this week.

On Thursday 10 May, VH-VVI was noted departing Brisbane for Longreach Airport.  It then flew across to Rockhampton Airport before heading to Bundaberg Airport and then back to Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 12 May, VH-VVI visited Mackay Airport flying from and back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 10 May, VH-CXJ was noted also calling into Rockhampton Airport, initially flying in from Townsville before it later departed to Brisbane.  VH-CXJ then returned to Rockhampton Airport before departing to Cairns.


Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.



Camping at Amamoor "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


We camped for 3 nights at Cedar Grove, Amamoor State Forest. Amamoor has become something of a favourite, this being our fourth camp there. A Platypus showing closely at Amama picnic area on the way in was a good start.

Amamoor Creek
We had clear, cool weather with plenty of birds about. Paradise Riflebird was calling sporadically and a pair fed regularly close to our camp. Regent Bowerbird and Satin Bowerbird in small numbers occasionally came into the camping ground to feed. Russet-tailed Thrush was calling commonly but didn't show.


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Saturday, 19 May



Paedophile Alan Jones took bribes off Qantas now he accuses Qantas CEO Alan Joyce of taking bribes off the Wagner family "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It is extremely risky trying to fight defenceless defamation cases which Alan Jones and Fairfax Media shareholders are finding out now. 2GB radio announcer Alan Jones and the Fairfax Media owned 2GB are being sued for defamation in Brisbane by the Wagner family who are seeking $4.8 million in damages. Mr Jones is being sued by []


Video Friday: Andy Rubin on Robotics, Dynamic Exoskeleton, and Two Robot Heads "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Flash Robotics via YouTube

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
Dynamic Walking Conference  May 21-24, 2018  Pensacola, Fla., USA
RoboCup 2018  June 18-22, 2018  Montreal, Canada
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii
MARSS 2018  July 4-8, 2018  Nagoya, Japan
AIM 2018  July 9-12, 2018  Auckland, New Zealand
ICARM 2018  July 18-20, 2018  Singapore
ICMA 2018  August 5-8, 2018  Changchun, China
SSRR 2018  August 6-8, 2018  Philadelphia, Pa., USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.

Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert returns to TechCrunch Sessions Robotics and doesnt disappoint, talking about the Google acquisition, Masayoshi Sons 300-year technology investment plan, and SpotMinis butt-cam.

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Playground founder and CEO Andy Rubin...


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Friday, 18 May


Black-chinned Honeyeater, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Painted Buttonquail at Amamoor Creek Road reported by Greg Roberts on 18-05-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

2 Black-chinned, pair + 20-odd Red-tailed, 4 Painted Buttonquail + fresh Black-breasted Bquail platelets Further info:

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Thursday, 05 April


Big Pineapple Warm Up Party "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Big Pineapple Warm Up Party


Sunshine Coasts Big Pineapple Music Festival has SOLD OUT! To celebrate we have one big line-up coming your way.
Get your party started with:
POW Negro (WA)
The Moving Stills (NSW)
Doolie (QLD)So if you missed out or youre looking for double the pineapples; get down to the zoo for The Big Pineapple Warm-Up PARTY!


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Wednesday, 04 April


Building approvals swing to commercial "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Approvals shift

Apartment approvals are now declining quite quickly in Sydney, while confidence is picking up off the mat in Brisbane, especially for tonwhouses and semi-detached dwellings.

The latest ABS figures relate to the month of February, but with more and more new apartments failing to value up at completion it's only a matter of time before unit approvals in Sydney decline further. 

Approvals for houses are generally mirroring internal migration trends, with Brisbane and Melbourne attracting the most migrants from elsewhere in Australia, but Perth having experienced an outflow of residents. 

Totting it all up, there is little evidence yet of a bust in residential construction, with more than 221,000 dwellings approved over the year to February 2018, although we are now well off the peaks.

The high-rise apartment sector has also calmed down a bit now, with a notable shift towards more approvals for family appropriate dwellings, such as terraces, semi-detached homes, townhomes, and low-rise apartments. 



The Antarctics Hidden History: Secret Nazi Bases, Alien Technology and Evidence of a Lost Civilization "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Richard Syrett welcomes one of the pioneers in the field of Exopolitics, the study of the political implications of the extraterrestrial presence.  Hell discuss rumors that the Nazis sent their submarines down there to establish bases under the ice.  The Germans may have found ancient artifacts indicating that before Antarctica froze it was the home of Atlantis.

GUEST: Dr. Michael Salla is a pioneer in the development of exopolitics. He was an Assistant Professor/Researcher in Residence in the School of International Service, American University from 1996-2004. He has a PhD in Government from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also the Founder of the Exopolitics Institute, a non-profit organization that analyzes the political implications of the extraterrestrial presence. He has written Exposing U.S. Government Policies on Extraterrestrial Life, Exopolitics: Political Implications Of The Extraterrestrial Presence, Galactic Diplomacy, Kennedys Last Stand: Eisenhower, UFOs, MJ-12 & JFKs Assassination, Insiders Reveal Secret Space Programs & Extraterrestrial Alliances and Antarcticas Hidden History.

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Full Moon April 2018 Astrology "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Oh, come the goddesses. The Full Moon April 2018 Astrology influences and spiritual meaning. from psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post Full Moon April 2018 Astrology appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Joyce joins pro-coal MPs pushing Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Barnaby Joyce. Photo Tree Faerie.

CANBERRA, AAP Barnaby Joyce says it would have been remarkable if he hadnt joined a backbench push to see coal part of any national energy guarantee.

Malcolm Turnbull is staring down the latest pro-coal campaign from some coalition MPs as the self-described Monash Forum promises to keep up the fight.

The informal group of backbenchers released a letter on Tuesday calling for taxpayers to fund a new $4 billion coal-fired power station.

The former deputy prime minister, Mr Joyce confirmed he is a member of the forum, arguing he wanted to make absolutely certain that Mr Turnbulls national energy guarantee delivers coal-fired power stations.

I was aware of it and I signed it; it would have been remarkable if I hadnt, he told The Australian on Wednesday.

HELE (high-efficiency, low-emissions) coal-fired power plants are not the Dickensian dark satanic mills of many a year ago.

The prime minister on Tuesday played down the groups push, saying his policy put a premium on immediately usable power which could be delivered by coal, gas, pumped hydro or other technologies.

I can only say to you that our national energy guarantee has been endorsed by the whole coalition party room, he told reporters in Brisbane.

Its got strong support from industry and state jurisdictions its vitally important that it be adopted, because what we need is a technology-agnostic energy policy that encourages investment.

Subsidies for renewable energy are due to end in 2020, but backbench Senator Eric Abetz wants taxpayers to subsidise new coal plants instead.

Were talking about investing taxpayers dollars of about $4 billion so government is involved in this space, Senator Abetz told 2GB.

The market is distorted because of policy positions, especially by state Labor governments.

I am a free marketeer, everybody knows that but every now and again you need to have a look at what is the potential for the government to assist in a space where the market has failed.



April 4 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1789 - Smallpox (or it is suspected now it was chickenpox) decimated the Aboriginal population of Port Jackson, Botany Bay and Broken Bay. The disease spread inland and along the coast.

1801 - Governor King ordered Aboriginal people gathering around Parramatta, Georges River and Prospect Hill "to be driven back from the settler's habitation by firing at them".

1817 - Macquarie was able to report to Earl Bathurst that all hostility on both sides has since ceased. He commented therein on the success of the military campaign, though omitted its more barbaric and brutal elements, including the massacre at Appin on 17 April 1816 of a tribe comprising 15 men, women and children, carried out by soldiers under cover of darkness. No accounts survive by Aboriginal people of their view of the campaign, and none was sought by the English at the time.

1820 - The foundation stone is laid for what later became the magnificent Queen Victoria Building in Sydney.

1821 - Today saw the Gov. and Mrs Macquarie having a delightful sail on the good ship Midas about the Southern Settlements to have a Captain Cook at how things were going.

1821 - Sir John Jamieson, Merchant Browne, William Cox, James Smith, Robert Cowper, James Jenkins, et al, obtained permission to cut cedar at Illawarra.

1834 - Hope you've been saving those pennies for the first land sales in Albany, Westralia.

1844 - The cutter America was wrecked in the Torres Strait with the sole survivor, 16 yr old Scottish Barbara Thompson wife of the captain, adopted by the local Aboriginal People until she was found by the survey party from HMS Rattlesnake in 1849.

1846 - The first payable gold discovery in South Australia, gives rise to the first Australian gold mine, five years before the official discovery of gold in Australia at Bathurst.

1848 - As they farewelled the 7 horses, 20 mules and 50 bullocks from Roma, QLD - who were accompanied by Ludwig Leichhardt and 6 other blokes - no one realised the mothership/Yowie/bunyip/rogue black panther/ was waiting for them somewhere in the vast Aussie outback, and that they'd never be seen again.

1865 - Maitland Brown was a bloke on a mission - to find the missing (believed dead) explorers Panter, Harding and Goldwyer in the Kimberley. Today in 1865 he was holding an Aboriginal law-man, Karimba, as a prisoner and guide, but Karimba began leading Brown's search party in the wrong direction whilst trying to set up an ambush.

1866 - W.O. Hodgkinson commenced publication of the newspaper the "Mackay Mercury".

1874 - The Abandonment of Gilberton, was reported in The Queenslander.

In 1874, the missionary Reverend E. Fuller travelled to Cardwell with the ambition of establishing a....

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Tuesday, 03 April


Logan Area Support Group for Victims of DoCS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

To any parents/grandparents etc of children who have been removed in the Logan area of QLD - I have started an advocacy service and support group which will begin meeting at the Kingston East Neighbourhood Centre on April 23 from 9-12. It will run weekly from then on. The purpose of the group is to be a safe space to discuss your current and past experiences with having loved ones placed in care, to share your knowledge and tips with others on the journey, and to get help with things such as paperwork or linking in with services. I am running this group as I am astounded at the lack of support for parents like myself whose children are taken. If you would like to come along just drop in, and feel free to PM me if you would like more information.


Grindhouse Wrestling Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Grindhouse Wrestling 

With Special Guests: Snake Bite Whiskey, S.C.O.R.E.S & Ravens Liar

Brisbanes best Professional Wrestling show is set to hit The Zoo for the first time on Saturday the 14 th of April, for a show like none you have seen before!
The hit show, Grindhouse Wrestling, has been entertaining Brisbane wrestling fanatics for 6 years with an 18+ only atmosphere, now we are ready to launch our biggest show to date, GRINDHOUSE:REVOLUTION!

With 5 matches on the undercard and a huge CHAMPIONSHIP Main Event, the night will be filled with High-Flying, Death-Defying, Hard Hitting, hardcore wrestling action, topped with local Brisbane bands playing homegrown music throughout the night for a show that cannot be missed!
Main Event for the Evening Triple Threat Hardcore Match for the AWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. The most prestigious title in Queensland is on the line in the Main Event when The Monster Rip Rielly, puts his AWA Heavyweight Championship on the line. Standing at 195cm tall and weighing in at 120kg, Rip Rielly has said that he would defend the title against the very best men who will step up to him and try to take it. One of those men is a former champion himself, holding the title for a record, 432 days straight. The self-proclaimed King of Queensland TIM KADE, has proven time and time again that there is no line he wont cross to win matches and get back his crown from Rip Rielly. Tim Kade will need to keep his eyes on the back of his head during the match as he wrestles not just the Champion, but the other challenger, Showtime Jake Nova. Jake Nova is a superior athlete and the leader of a group of men known as Next Level.

Since the group formed, they have been known to invade matches, cheat in all circumstances, and use their numbers to beat down other men. Jake Nova has etched out a name for himself throughout Queensland over the years, but this will be his first time wrestling with the most prized title in Queensland on the line. Hardcore rules apply throughout the match, and we can expect to see the full use of tables, ladders, chairs and any othe...


Falcon Animal Totem "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The symbolism and spiritual meaning of the Falcon animal totem. Learn his wisdom power and protective qualities. from psychic medium Ian Scott.

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Rohinghya to protest at Commonwealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A Rohingya village in Myanmar being set alight, apparently by military forces. Photo supplied

The Queensland Rohingya Community is call on the Commonwealth of Nations to prevent the genocide on the Rohingyan people of Arakan State in Burma (Myanmar).

Athletes are competing at the Commonwealth Games while citizens of the former British colony of Burma daily face genocide at home. Noor Zaman, president of Queensland Rohingya Community Inc, today.

The Queensland Rohingya Community is staging a protest to coincide with the start of the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast to raise awareness of the desperate situation of Rohingya people in Burma, he added.

The protest will take place at Pratten Park, Off Margaret Ave, Broadbeach, Gold Coast QLD 4218 at 3.00pm to 5:30pm on Wednesday April 4.

Noor Zaman a spokesperson for the Rohingya community in Brisbane will speak about Australias responsibility to assist his people in their struggle.

There are more than 500 villages have come under fire from the military leaving death, destruction and poverty in Arakan State. For example, the Kuna Para village in Maungdaw and the Gudam Fara village in Buthidaung were burned to the ground and in Arakan State more than 200,000 Rohingyan people were killed, many burnt alive by Burmese military forces, the group claims.

A recent video of survivors of the carnage that shows the burnt bodies of people in the villages is only the most recent example of the ongoing atrocities and crimes committed against the Rohingya people under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi, Noor Zaman said.

According to recent United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, there are more than 800,000 Rohingya people are in refugee camps in Bangladesh and more than 40,000 Rohingyan orphans in Kutupalong refugee camp.

Our people have suffered in the camps for more than 25 years now with no solution is in sight. We are calling on the Commonwealth of Nations to increase the international pressure, more sanctions and suspend military co-operation with Burma and to find a solution for the Rohingyan people. We are also calling on the Australian Government to pass a resolution in parliament to help stop the genocide and to find a sustainable so...

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Monday, 02 April


Qld economy well positioned in 2nd quarter 2018, esp. given Commonwealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We are now in the second quarter of 2018, and its a good time to review the economic outlook for Queensland. Job vacancy data released by the ABS last Thursday were very encouraging, and suggest the current economic upswing, encompassing a variety of sectors including health and aged care, education, tourism, and mining, will continue into this quarter. As Peter Martin pointed out in his article Best odds since the mining boom: 10 unemployed for each 3 vacancies, the ratio of unemployed persons to job vacancies is at a very low level nationally, so its a good time to be a job seeker, particularly in NSW and Victoria (see my chart below).


Peter Martin noted that Queensland was one of the worst states in whi...

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Sunday, 01 April


EP 240: Spiderbait "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Photo: Katherine OMalley


Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Tivoli, Brisbane, 31st March 2017

Janet, Whitt and Kram The three founding members of Spiderbait, began jamming in the shed of Janets familys farm in the rural NSW township of Finley. They soon relocated to Melbourne and were quickly signed to Au-Go-Go Records and released their debut album Shashavaglava in May 1993.
From there they quickly consolidated their status as national treasures, Signing to Polydor and releasing a string of successful albums, which have all racked up gold, platinum or double platinum status. One of these albums was their ARIA award winning effort Ivy And The Big Apples, which they toured to celebrate 20 years since its initial release in 1997.



April 1 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1788 - Some time during this month dingoes gave up their date with Tom Cruise for a roast lamb dinner of 1 ewe and 5 lambs at Farm Cove.

1790 - Things were crook when daily tucker rations were reduced even further at Sydney.

1794 - He who had his finger in every spot of unrest and his nose in everyone's business, MacArthur was given a pressie of another 10 acres at Parramatta.

1796 - To control the sale of grog Governor Hunter issued the first 10 licences to pubs...and no, it wasn't an April Fools' Day joke!

1817 - Further repressive measures follow the Cataract River slaughter. Macquarie forbids armed Aborigines to appear within one mile of any settlement carrying warlike weapons including Spears, Clubs, or Waddies. No more than six Aborigines may lurk or loiter near any farm and assemblies for ritual battles are wholly abolished.  He outlaws 10 Aboriginal men well known to be the principal and most violent instigators of the Late Murders. They are Murrah, Myles, Wallah (alias Warren), Carbone Jack (alias Kurringy), Narrang Jack, Bunduck, Kongate, Woottan, Rachel and Yallaman. A reward of 10 is offered for anyone bringing any of them in, dead or alive.

1840 - The Fighting Waterholes Massacre .
 A hunting party of employees from nearby Kononwootong Station massacred a party of 60 + Aboriginal elders, women and children. The bones of those who were killed were buried in the embankment wall of the creek, but were uncovered one hundred years later in major floods. The remains of those who were massacred have since been reburied.
It was the second massacre inflicted on the Konongwootong gundidj clan by the Whyte brothers in their first two months of occupation of Konongwootong station.

1843 - The more things change, the more they stay the same...The Bank of Australia failed miserably.

1846 - The executive Council in Sydney voted Port Phillip District off the island to be separated from NSW.

1857 - The brig Sea Bell was wrecked off Fraser Island and the only survivors were a woman and 2 kids who had to holiday there for 2 years before they were rescued.

1876 - Captain John Mason, of Belfast in Victoria was getting his knickers in a twist having eyeballed the Mahogany Ship at Warrnambool and not finding it since so he penned a letter to the Argus newspaper.

1877 - Standing on Thursday Island some smarty poo bum thought it would enhance the tourist value by turning it into a coaling station for steamers so they humped the Qld settlement of Somerset off to the holiday isle.

1885 - Oh to pop back in time to have the coal dust and smoke smell in my hair! Steam trains began running their little wheels off between Adelaide and Victor Harbour.

1886 - Fairy tale of the day,....

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Saturday, 31 March


Nice Helicopters Ferry Through CQ Airports on Good Friday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It was a Good Friday for plane spotters with at least four nice helicopters being noted passing through Central Queensland Airports on Friday 30 March.

Perhaps the nicest was Aerospatiale 350B3 Ecureuil Squirrel Helicopter PK-FUI which arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns via Townsville.  As the photo below shows, it once wore the stunning colours and titles of Hevilift.

File photo

It appears as though PK-FUI has stayed at Rockhampton Airport, although I am unsure as to whether it still wears this attractive livery.

UPDATE!  PK-FUI looked to depart South from Rockhampton Airport early on Saturday 31 March.  There are reports that it has a revised livery.

Also passing through Rockhampton Airport (again) was McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter helicopter P2-MSA.



QGAir Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESH "Rescue 500" Ferries South via Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 31 March, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH was noted ferrying South from Townsville to Archerfield via Mackay and Gladstone Airports.

VH-ESH was heard using the radio callsign of "Rescue 500" - the usual callsign of the Archerfield-based QGAir Rescue helicopter that flys missions around the South-East corner of the state.

As posted below, fellow QGAir Agusta AW139 VH-EZJ flew North to Townsville at the start of last week as "Rescue 500" and was noted assisting with the rescue and recovery efforts after Tropical Cyclone Nora made landfall.  I presume the helicopter 'swap' was to allow VH-ESH to now enter the maintenance hangar.


Video Friday: Science Lab Robot, Will Smith's Android Date, and Soft Robotic Gripper "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Soft Robotics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

As far as I can tell, biologists spend the vast majority of their time moving tiny amounts of liquid around in order to maybe possibly eventually do a little bit of analysis that could lead to some Real Science. Opentrons has announced their OT-2 lab robot, which will enable biologists to instead spend the vast majority of their time simply worrying about whether those tiny amounts of liquid have interesting stuff going on in them or not.

$4,000 in a context like this is basically nothing. For many labs, this could mean that everyone gets their own robot, and if its a significant productivity boost, itll be totally worth it.


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Friday, 30 March


American Registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 Bizjet N60XC at Emerald Airport Once Again - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Visiting Emerald Airport once again on Wednesday 28 March was American registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 bizjet N60XC.  It was noted making a day-trip to Emerald Airport, arriving from and then later departing back to Brisbane.

N60XC at Emerald Airport in 2017  (File photo)

The sleek bizjet is becoming a semi-regular visitor to CQ having made several visits during different times over the last year or so, including at least three visits to Emerald and Mackay Airports so far in 2018.

Meanwhile, a couple of other corporate bizjet and turboprop aircraft were noted visiting various CQ Airports also on Wednesday 28 March.

LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted at Mackay Airport completing a medical evacuation flight.  It arrived from Cairns and later departed to Brisbane.

Of the corporate turboprop aircraft to visit Central Queensland on Wednesday 28 March, I spotted Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF at Clermont Aerodrome.  It had earlier arrived from Archerfield and Bundaberg and looked to continue to Mount Isa.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 29 March, VH-ATF departed Mount Isa for Longreach Airport before returning to Archerfield.

While also noted at Bundaberg Airport on Wednesday 28 March was Pegasus Air (South Australia) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-JMU which arrived from and later departed back to Bankstown via Sydney and Archerfield, Victorian-registered Partenavia P.68B VH-PNU visited from Archerfield - where it seems to be presently based and Cirrus SR22 VH-VCD arrived f...


What to Buy as Pricing Pressure Builds "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Earlier in the week I made the case that big resource firms are on track to go shopping for smaller projects. One reason for that is Rio Tinto Ltd [ASX:RIO].

Rios recent asset sales means it has US$12 billion to allocate in the near future. The current thinking says most of this will be dispersed via dividends and share buybacks.

But theres every chance Rio will be on the hunt for some juicy copper projects to add to its existing portfolio too, and possibly battery minerals as well.

This overall theme is also true for all the big and mid-sized miners across a range of commodities.

Im not alone in thinking this, either

A big decision due for the Northern Territory

A resource analyst at Citigroup expects mergers and acquisitions to increase this year, highlighting one area in particular: oil and gas.

Its no surprise if we take the latest report on the Bass Strait into account.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) says gas production in Victoria is going to go down badly as offshore Bass Strait gas fields decline.

The report says the state is heading for gas shortfalls on peak demand by the winter of 2021.

This would also affect South Australia, Tasmania and NSW because they import Victorian gas.

The AEMO says Victoria will be importing gas from Queensland unless something is done to boost production further south. One of those options is onshore gas development, which is currently banned.

This debate isnt going to go away anytime soon. Shales gas development is currently under a moratorium in the Northern Territory (NT) as well.

The Australian reported yesterday that a government inquiry into the industry said the risks associated with fracking could be managed.

Whether or not the NT acts and lifts the ban remains to be seen.

The energy industry will be watching closely. Analysis suggests the gas reserves in the NT are very large perhaps even as big as some of the US shale basins.

And the Jemena pipeline that runs from Tennant Creek to Mount Isa in Queensland should be ready to roll by the end of this year.

That could feed NT gas to the east coast domestic market.

This is exceedingly important to watch. High energy costs are a burden for consumers and manufacturers alike.

Earlier this week, I wrote about how the complete opposite is taking place in the US economy as the US gets a massive tailwind from cheap natural gas.

Some new numbers released confirm this



BluesFest And The Monkey In The Music Room: Day One "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Chris Graham settles in for #fivedaysofmusicandmud at the 29th annual Byron Bay BluesFest.

Like all humans, I know a lot about music, because Ive enjoyed it for years. So obviously I feel qualified to write about it. Also, I studied it for a long time, and would have been a musician if Id turned out to be any good at it.

I wasnt, as stints in the Bankstown City Boys Choir, the Bankstown City Concert Band AND the Bankstown City Brass Band (whereupon I won the Junior Bandsman Of the Year in 1985 I know, theres soooo many layers to me) clearly showed. My point being, Im obviously an expert on ALL forms of music. Expert enough, at least, to have strong opinions. Like everyone else. Which I plan to inflict upon you now. So, over the next few days Im going to blog from the Byron Bay BluesFest. After all, I own a magazine, and can write what I want. Youre welcome.

The price of admission to BluesFest which aint cheap, depending how long you go for (and whether or not you camp) was worth it, purely for the first act we saw last night, The New Power Generation. Theyre the band that used to tag along with Prince, also known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, and then, simply, The Love Symbol.

It was a genuinely exceptional performance, even without Prince, who, for the older readers, died of an accidental overdose in 2016 and sparked a lengthy world-wide process of grieving among Gen-Xers. NPG, as theyre known, changes up lead singers throughout the set. Four or five different folk take over at varying points, and theyre all outstanding. Think cool as shit and then triple it.

The New Power Generation, performing at the 29th Annual Byron Bay BluesFest.

Purple Rain, arguably Princes greatest hit, was sung by a dude who would have looked more at home in a soft metal band like Def Leppard (he wore a ridiculous hat with a feather, sunglasses and a black singlet and skin-tight black jeans). That said, if you closed your eyes, you could almost hear Prince himself.

Which brings me to Tash Sultana, the second act we saw. A friend accompanying me to BluesFest had seen Sultana only a few months earlier in Queensland. She insisted that I see Sultana before I die, having described the performance as like a monkey who discovered a high school music room, and wants to try everything out. I...


Spaghetti Circus: from Mullumbimby to the world "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Spaghetti Circus in training for their performance at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Photo John McCormick.

Spaghetti Circus had humble beginnings; a disadvantaged schools grant for Main Arm Upper school and the vision of Leonie Mills. But the popular local circus has risen to great heights and is now taking a starring role in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Its performers will be both amazing and delighting the world with one of their spectacular shows, called Jumping Point, that will be playing to a predicted audience of 5,000 people per show.

This is a really big deal; we were commissioned to do our own show and we have been working on it for over nine months, said Spaghetti Circus manager and creative producer Alice Cadwell.

The young performers in Jumping Point come from Spaghetti Circus in Mullumbimby, Circus Arts in Byron Bay and Circus Zoo in Brisbane, and showcase the wonderful talented youth from the broader region.

Captain Frodo, also known as The Incredible Rubberman, has taken on the challenge of directing the 23 young people aged 12 to 25 who are performing in Jumping Point and is looking forward to the first rehearsal on the main stage on the Gold Coast that will be taking place on Monday.

As a director this is my first project with non-professionals. To be with 23 young people whose passion is for circus, something I have dedicated my life to, is life affirming to say the least. It has been a new experience for me to deal with the chaos of organising, motivating and directing them all. I think my job has been like trying to herd cats, laughed Frodo.

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March 30 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1772 - Bonjour! The Fair Isle of Oz was annexed by France by Monsieur Louis de Saint Alouarn. At Baie de Prise de Possession ("Bay of Taking Possession"; later Turtle Bay), Dirk Hartog Island on 30 March 1772, Officer Jean Mengaud de la Hage became the first European to formally claim possession of Western Australia, on behalf of King Louis XV whilst St Aloarn himself remained aboard the ship.

Ainsi, cher lecteur, nous devrions par des droites parler franais, mai oui ?!

1791 - William and Mary Bryant, while on the run in the guv's boat they'd pinched, went ashore at current-day Newcastle and discovered coal. But, being on the run, they couldn't really shout their discovery to the hill tops.

1791 - Convict James Ruse was given the first land grant in the colony of New South Wales.

1804 - Charles Menzies (known to his mates as Chuckle-head Charlie...or maybe not) made his grand entrance on the Hunter River to re-establish some small settlement named Newcastle.

1809 - HMS Porpoise anchored in Sullivans Cove on the Derwent at Hobart. Governor David Collins boarded Popoise to welcome Governor Bligh. Mary, who suffered severe sea-sickness left the ship for more comfortable quarters in Government House, while Bligh elected to stay with his ship.

1816 - Tired of looking at the retro wattle and daub artistic architecture around the joint, Governor Macquarie appointed Francis Greenaway as the Government's official civil architect.

1827 - Earl Bathurst was an obsessed avid hoarder collector of stuff so he founded the oldest "publick" museum in Oz in 1827, the Australian Museum.

1850 - Dear, favoured British author Chas Dickens was a keen-as-mustard fan of Caroline Chisholm who assisted immigrants once their tootsies landed upon the shores of the Fair Isle of Oz so he published a pile of letters on this day in 1850 in which Brit emmigrants had scribed to support ballsy Caroline's commonsense organisation.

1856 - Residents of East Maitland, NSW were finally able to hang up their broomsticks as the railway line to Newcastle was opened for business.

1857 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was flung open with gay abandon from Islington Junction to Victoria Street, and from Islington Junction to Civic.

1870 - Harry Redford (aka Captain Starlight) and 4 mates nicked 1,000 head of cattle and overlanded them 2,400 kms from Qld to South Oz opening up the Strzelecki Track.

1871 - One of the famed Aboriginal cricketers who toured England, Johnny Cuzens, died but the Melbourne Cricket Club was too pissy and refused to contribute the 6 pounds needed for his burial.

1874 - The very first mention of the name of Gembrook was published in The Argus in relation to a government auction offering l...


International education booms in southern states Qld sector growing nicely, but can do even better "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In the vicinity of my office at the Johnson on Boundary St, Spring Hill, it appears that Queenslands international education sector is booming. During weekday lunch times, Boundary St is usually teeming with students, mostly East Asian, studying at the IES college. The cafes, convenience and food stores thrive, and the Councils free Spring Hill loop bus to the city fills up quickly. The sector certainly appears to be booming, but, as an economist, I know I should always check the data.

The release earlier this month of Tourism Research Australias International Visitors Survey data for 2017 has allowed me to investigate the size of the international education boom (see the Fairfax piece More international visitors choose Brisbane for other coverage of the TRA data). As I expected, international education in Queensland experienced strong growth in 2017, with international visitors (for the reason of education) up 6.9% in Queensland and visitor nights up 4.4%. But these figures were dwarfed by the growth rates in southern states, where international education is absolutely booming, and recording double digit growth rates (e.g. see chart below).



Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-MMC Visits Emerald Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Friday 23 March, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was noted making an early arrival into Emerald Airport.  It arrived directly from its Sunshine Coast base.

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After staying for most of the day, VH-MMC made an early evening departure and returned to the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 23 March, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back on the three-times-a-week prisoner transfer flight run.  It was noted visiting Rockhampton and Mackay Airports twice, plus Townsville and Cairns while on a busy day of flying out of and back to Brisbane.

Also, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ was in the air also on Friday 23 March visiting Bowen and Rockhampton Airports while also flying out of and back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by 'AC'  


MACKAY Rat infestation raised during domestic violence case "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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A GLENELLA man shoved his partner into a table, hurled a light bulb at her and threatened to head-butt the woman because she left food scraps out and didnt replace a bin liner in the midst of a rat infestation, a court has been told. Kevin Wayne Hardwicke, 44, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court in

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The dark side of fluoride explored Part II "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The dark side of fluoride explored Part II

Dr Robert C Dickson is a community physician in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied.
As a medical doctor, I find it heartening as I travel throughout New South Wales and Queensland to find so many enlightened and educated people on the contentious subject of artificial water fluoridation. Unfortunately, it appears that your medical, dental and public health entities have co-opted the argument, and continue to pressure for this practice.
Lets take a closer look at where we are now, and where we can and should be going, with our dental and total health.



Free Biodynamic Field Day at Richard Makims property in April "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

[ Sunday, 8 Apr; 10:00 am; ] Come along and meet Richard Makim whose family has been on the land for at least six generations. Richard was brought up on their mixed farming/grazing country near Moree NSW. They moved when he was 12 to a large cattle station in the Gulf country of north Qld, where later he and his wife Judi [...] full article 

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Engineering construction turning a corner "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Turn it up

There have been some incredible spikes and troughs in engineering construction in recent quarters.

These related to the import of LNG platforms in Western Australia, leading to wild spikes and reversals.

Looking through the noise at the trend figures it seems that the large pipeline of public infrastructure works in New South Wales and Victoria has finally arrested the downturn in engineering construction initiated by the resources construction cliff way back at the end of 2012. 

It's been a long half decade for Western Australia since the peak of the boom, but there were further positive signs for the state in these numbers with the trend now at long last rising again. 

The figures for work commenced are always much lumpier - as is the nature of these things - but these show that Queensland has got some chunky private sector projects underway now. 

One such example is the huge redevelopment underway at Brisbane Airport, but there are plenty of others.

Having already invested $1.6 billion in upgrades since 2012, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is now:



Like Thieves "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


The mighty Like Thieves are returning to the fray of the Australian music scene today with the announcement of their brand new single Never See it Coming and a national run of live shows. The Never See it Coming National tour begins on 11 May and ends 2 June and goes on sale from this Friday 30th March! With Clint Boge vocally running red-hot after a completely sold-out The Butterfly Effect tour around Australia and musicians Oden Johannson (Guitar), Clint Gough (Bass) and Daniel Trickett (Drums) stoking the musical fires of the band, Like Thieves are bringing their new, even heavier sound out on the road to Canberras The Basement May 11th, Sydneys Red Rattler Theatre May 12th, Adelaides Enigma Bar May 25th, Melbournes Evelyn Hotel May 26th and Brisbanes The ZooJune 2nd.




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The Advantage to Send the US Economy Soaring "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Did you see the news?

Large copper miner OZ Minerals Ltd [ASX:OZL] has gone shopping. Its announced a deal to buy smaller Brazilian copper play Avanco Resources Ltd [ASX:AVB].

Shareholders in AVB shouldnt be complaining. The offer price represents a 118% premium to the last closing price.

Your Daily Reckoning Australia service has made the case several times over the last year that the bigger mining stocks would go looking for some juicy juniors to buy.

I dont expect this trend to stop anytime soon. Thats one reason why I keep suggesting keeping your eyes out for the right sort of project that might appeal in the same way

Theres no escaping the fact you have to do your homework hereand that you need a bit of luck.

I say that because there was nothing bullish about the chart of Avanco previous to the announcement

 Two commodities to be wary of

The fact that this takeover bid took place in the copper sector should come as no surprise. The long-term outlook is very bullish supply is dwindling worldwide.

If youve got the capital and the patience some strategic investments in this space now could potentially pay off in a big way over the next five years should everything go to plan.

Resource bull markets often run for years because nothing around mining happens fast. You cant just switch on a mine.

You do need to get the fundamentals right, obviously. Id say most commodities are worth a look at least, perhaps with the exception of two.

Iron ore is one of those.

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd [ASX:FMG] is suffering on this front right now. The share price is falling into 52-week lows, in fact. Yesterday the company said it expects lower prices for its iron ore, having amended its full-year guidance.

Part of that is because of the price differential widening in the different grades. Fortescues is not the best.

In general, though, Im wary of iron ore because there have been big investments in the commodity over the years.

The other exception is coal, which is a tricky proposition at present. Just yesterday, Rio Tinto Ltd [ASX:RIO] finalised its exit from the coal business.

This comes after it sold its remaining stake in an underground coal mine in Queensland for $2.25 billion.

Theres no doubt theres still money to be made here, but is it worth the risk?

Environmental funds and concerns arent going away. Theres no guarantee that global coal reserves are capable...


Riders urged to help plan Brisbane transport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Motorcycle and scooter riders have been urged to make a submission to the Brisbane City Council draft transport plan before the deadline this Friday (March 30, 2018).

In fact, infrastructure chair Cr Amanda Cooper says even late submissions will be considered.

Motorcycles are not mentioned once in the 128-page Brisbane City Council draft transport plan, yet bicycles are mentioned 25 times.

Cr Cooper says that is because motorcycles and scooters are grouped with all motorised vehicles and bicycles are not motorised.

Brisbane City Council transport draft plan ignores motorcycles

However, she acknowledges that powered two-wheelers have quite different needs and can make a significant contribution to solving traffic congestion and emissions issues in Brisbane.

She expressed concern that the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland had not yet made a submission, however MRAQ president Chris Mearns says he will respond tomorrow.

When the draft plan was announced he expressed his disappointment that motorcycles and scooters had been ignored.

It is hard to understand why two-wheeled powered transport is not included as it offers considerably reduced vehicle space on the road as well as better fuel efficiency with corresponding pollution reduction, Chris says.

Cr Cooper urged all riders to consider making specific submissions and promised they would be considered.

However, she pointed out that some of the rider contributions so far were not specific.

Instead they just asked for motorcycles and scooters to be considered.

This is a good opportunity for powered two-wheelers to be a part of transport planning in Brisbane as they are in the Melbourne City Council transport plan and the City of Sydney transport policy developed with the Motorcycle Council of NSW.

Brisbane parking issues

Meanwhile, Cr Coper say...


Gardasil Vaccine Documentary Sacrificial Virgins Wins World Social Impact Award at Queens World Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Ruby is 16 and almost totally paralyzed from the HPV vaccine. Her story is part of the documentary, Sacrificial Virgins.

HPV vaccine documentary, Sacrificial Virgins: Film makers scoop Special Jury Prize for second year at Queens World Film Festival, New York

Health Impact News

Fresh from recent film festival success in Australia, the documentary Sacrificial Virgins scooped the prestigious Special Jury Prize for World Social Impact at the Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) in Queens, New York.

The trophy was presented on the final night of the festival by founders Don and Katha Cato to the films director Andi Reiss, together with Ollie Richards (camera/editor).


A special 30 minute edition of Sacrificial Virgins (which was originally produced last year as a film trilogy) was screened earlier in the day. It was followed by a lively Q&A that focused on how such an important issue has largely been swept under the carpet by the medical establishment and mainstream media.

Sacrificial Virgins investigates widespread global...

Tuesday, 27 March


Marine heatwave recorded in Tasman Sea breaks records. #auspol #qldpol #StopAdani jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Marine heatwave recorded in Tasman Sea breaks records, prompts joint climate report By Carla Howarth yesterday at 6:08pm Photo: Warm water events have taken their toll on Tasmanias kelp forests. (Mick Baron: Eaglehawk Dive Centre) The Tasman Sea experienced a marine heatwave over summer that pushed the surface temperature to a record high, climate scientists []

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March 28 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1791 - Convict William Bryant, his wife Mary and their two children, and seven other convicts escaped Port Jackson in Gov Arthur Phillip's cutter. In April they reached Port Stephens, and by June they arrived in Kupang, Timor. Here they were arrested by Capt Edward Edwards of the HMS Pandora, the victim of shipwreck on the Great Barrier Reef.

1795 - Woods natives were blamed when Thomas Webb was wounded and his hut was plundered at the Hawkesbury. A spear was thrown at soldiers in a boat on the river.

1810 - The stork dropped off Edward Henty, the first permanent settler in Victoria.

 1818 - OOOh, ahh! Trouble for the Flogging Parson! Gov Lachlan Macquarie withdrew Rev. Samuel Marsden 's status as a JP and magistrate.

 1837 The Hoddle Grid of streets for Melbourne's central business district was eyeballed by Robert Hoddle.

1839 - The first recorded encounters at Langhorn's Ferry and Rufus River involved the combined parties of Coutts Crawford and McLeod and MacPherson, ( James Coutts Crawford with 700 cattle and George McLeod and Huntly MacPherson with sheep) who were attacked by a large group of Aboriginal people at sunset:
"The cattle were going into the point when a number of blacks came up at the head with their spears. Riley who was ahead ran for it. They chased him up to the drays where the men gave them a volley and drove them across the river. Took 4 spears "

1845 - Wera Maldera was Hanged outside Adelaide Gaol for the murder of George McGrath at McGrath's Flat, on the Coorong.

1854 - James Button ,Bushranger. Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for Shooting With Intent.

 1864 - William Lonsdale, pioneer administrator of the Port Phillip colony, popped his clogs aged 64.

1870 - William Prendergast was Hanged at Brisbane Gaol for the murder of Patrick Hartnett.

1873 - Ballarat City Rowing Club participated in the inaugural Inter-Colonial four oared race scoring a creditable second to a combined crew from the Melbourne clubs. 'The Boys from the Rush Beds' also defeated the much-fancied Sydney crew. The race was rowed on the Saltwater River (Footscray).

1876 - Academic work was got down to at Adelaide Uni with sheilas being admitted from the very start.

1877 - The first shearing machine was patented by that clever dicky bird Frederick York Wolseley.

 1885 The Queensland Navy was established with the arrival of two gunboats, HMQS Gayundah and HMQS Paluma from Britain. However, when HMQS Gayundah rocked up in Brisbane the Captain refused to relinquish his command and was removed by a boarding party of Queensland Police.

 1886 - The Convict system closed as a result of the crime rate in Britain and Ireland falling so low, only 300 convict...


Gardasil Vaccine Documentary Sacrificial Virgins Wins World Social Impact Award at Queens World Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Ruby is 16 and almost totally paralyzed from the HPV vaccine. Her story is part of the documentary, Sacrificial Virgins.

HPV vaccine documentary, Sacrificial Virgins: Film makers scoop Special Jury Prize for second year at Queens World Film Festival, New York

Health Impact News

Fresh from recent film festival success in Australia, the documentary Sacrificial Virgins scooped the prestigious Special Jury Prize for World Social Impact at the Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) in Queens, New York.

The trophy was presented on the final night of the festival by founders Don and Katha Cato to the films director Andi Reiss, together with Ollie Richards (camera/editor).


A special 30 minute edition of Sacrificial Virgins (which was originally produced last year as a film trilogy) was screened earlier in the day. It was followed by a lively Q&A that focused on how such an important issue has largely been swept under the carpet by the medical establishment and mainstream media.

Sacrificial Virgins investigates widespread global co...

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