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Sunday, 22 October

21:29

Qld Government wants electricity GOC dividends to do double duty "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Yesterdays media release from the Queensland Premier and Energy Minister on the $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan appears to have been prepared without Queensland Treasury input, as it is very loose in its discussion of the budget impact. The media release notes:

The Palaszczuk Government will ensure Queenslanders power bills are pegged to average inflation over the next two years and cut $50 a year from bills as part of a $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan to provide cost of living relief.

The move will see all the dividends from Queenslands publicly-owned electricity assets reinvested in an all-out attack on affordability, while Queenslanders wait for the Prime Ministers proposed National Energy Guarantee.

But the dividends from electricity sector government-owned corporations (GOCs) should already be included in the budget forward estimates so, everything else being equal, the new elements of the Affordable Energy Plan will increase the State Governments projected fiscal deficits and hence increase debt (see the fiscal deficits Treasury projected in the State Budget released in June in the figure below). The dividends cant do double duty. They already go into consolidated revenue to help pay for all the governments bills, and they arent explicitly earmarked for subsidising electricity prices.

Unless GOC dividends or other revenues such as coal royalties are higher than previously expected, the Government does not have any new money to spend. The Government needs to explain exactly where the additional money for its new subsidies is coming from. An early mid-year Budget update would be useful in this regard.

I suspect the State Government does have some additional money from resource royalty revenue to play with. If it does, it should be transparent about this, rather than pretending it is funding its new energy affordability measures through GOC dividends already factored into its budget.

Finally, it is sloppy to talk about the dividends being reinvested in this package. The bulk of the Affordable Energy Plan is a subsidy to power bills which I expect will be treated as a recurrent operating expense in the budget, not as a capital investment.

On these issues, also see:

Graham Youngs post Retailers not the problem Premieryou are

Nick Behrens post from July Is Qld Government dividend policy forcing up ele...

14:58

Corrupt Queensland police still issuing fines despite faulty system "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


The level of corruption, deceit, false information and cover-ups from within the various tiers of government often goes beyond the comprehension of the general population, or as the legal fraternity put it the 'layman'.

A large problem is that the legal fraternity as a whole supports this corruption.

The Queensland government's cash cow a business called SPER (State Penalties Enforcement Registry, ABN: 90 856 020 239), falsely transfers  your unlawful (fine) automatically to a debt.

The best part about it is that they are fully aware of this fraud, yet still continue to enact on it, despite knowing full well that their actions will bring in more complaints.

See obtained document:


 In the words of Australia's ex Prime Minister Paul Keating;

FIGHT THE SYSTEM !


Just remember YOUR place in this (penal) colony.

14:37

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12:36

Australian Army Exercise Diamond Run Being Held in Shoalwater Bay Training Area - Multiple MRH-90s Arrive as "Apocalypse" "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Over the course of this week, as many as three Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters looked to fly together in and out of, and then back into The Glen Airfield (Camp Growl) as the Australian Army Exercise Diamond Run kicked off in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA). 

File photo

They initially flew in from Townsville on Monday 16 October before returning North on Thursday 19 October and finally returning to Camp Growl on Friday 20 October.  On each occasion, the three MRH-90s, which are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville, were heard to use the radio callsign of "Apocalypse".

Meanwhile, as mentioned below, also currently based within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in a support role during the Exercise, is Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAA.  It is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia for the RAAF and has been noted using the RAAF Support radio callsign of "Choppa 82".

Of interest, Exercise Diamond Run is the largest military exercise of the year for the Army's 7th Brigade.  It will be the first time the Combat Brigade live fires its new M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, which it received in September, marking the realisation of the Australian Armys Plan Beersheba. 

The exercise will also see 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment put through its paces on its road to becoming the Australian Armys Ready Battle Group for short notice operations next year.

Exercise Diamond Run involves over 1600 soldiers from 7th Brigade and supporting units as well as 40 personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces who are taking part in bilateral training with the Brigade.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

12:16

RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-LAH at Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Friday 20 October, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-LAH was spotted high above Bowen as it headed South from Townsville to RAAF Base Amberley.  It was also noted calling into both Mackay and Gladstone Airports where it is believed the Sikorsky took on fuel.


VH-LAH is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia, and is one of a number of choppers used for RAAF Search and Rescue missions. On this ferry flight, it was noted using radio callsign of "Choppa 42".

As mentioned, when it flew North through CQ at the start of October, it appears that "Choppa 42" has been in Townsville to provide support for RAAF F/A-18 Hornets from Number 3 Squadron and PC-9/A aircraft from Number 4 Squadron during the RAAF's Exercise Black Dagger which has just completed.

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Exercise Black Dagger is a field training exercise that was held at RAAF Base Townsville and surrounding airspace.  The Exercise is the culmination of Number 60 Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) course designed to produce combat-ready JTAC-qualified personnel.

Meanwhile, fellow RAAF Search and Rescue Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAA "Choppa 82" was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport for fuel on Monday 16 October.  It is presently based within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in support of the current Australian Army Exercise Diamond Run.

Photos taken by James Kirk and Leroy 

11:07

Opportunity knocks with Wolf at the door "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Fell into little trap upon seeing rounded white 'door' flap open and shut before vanishing in spiky tuft of coarse grass yesterday. Trapdoor Spider or Funnelweb, mistaken conclusion.

Back this morning with macro lens and flash at ready, gently poke soft straw down funnel/tunnel and suddenly there's a Wolf Spider at the door. She's not alone. Web ball of Wolves-to-be tagging along tied to her stomach.

She seemed more curious than furious at the intrusion and turned back into her tunnel after putting up with some wrangling for the camera. All going well she'll bite the ball open and carry her young on her back till they get hungry and go their way.

Those wanting to make a name for themselves - and for many other things - might consider looking in their own backyards. There are thousands of things living there yet to be described fully and named precisely. Which Wolf Spider is that knocking at the doo...

08:05

The diaries of Peter Beatties mistress "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

THE DIARIES OF PETER BEATTIES MISTRESS

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, recently returned to the fray over concern that news sources are being threatened by the Gillard Government.

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[Accuracy of the following report cannot be assured beyond doubt. Material that could not be corroborated has been deleted. Information in these diaries is more an indictment on Kevin Rudds judgment than the ethics of Peter Beattie. Rudd, as an ALP and Premier Wayne Goss confidant, would have been privy to the following information.]On June 15, 2006 Andrew Bolt reported: EX-PREMIER Peter Beattie is embroiled in a war of words with a Nationals MP after claims he had an affair with a cabinet minister were referred to the CMC.

A furious Mr Beattie yesterday hit out at Burnett MP Rob Messenger, who has referred a complaint that disgraced former Tourism Minister Merri Rose forced her electorate staff to falsify and shred documents to cover up an alleged relationship with Mr Beattie.

This may be true but Pickering Post has been reliably informed (and it is widely held to be true among ALP insiders) that Peters transgressions extende...

07:53

Walter to appear on October 30 to face assault charges against court protective officer "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Gil Hanrahan

Embattled former policeman David Walter will fight on at the Cairns Magistrates Court on October 30 and 31 against trumped up assault charges laid by two court protective officers.

On Friday Walter summonsed the Magistrate, Jane Bentley, to appear as a witness. This Magistrate unlawfully jailed him for one month for contempt in May this year.

So far his defence has eight witness statements which allege Walter did not assault the two burly protective officers when they threw him to the floor and handcuffed him. The Court Protective Service is a private company owned by Queensland Police Service, contracting to Queensland Courts.

David Walter will appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on October 30 and 31 to defend vexatious assault charges laid by court protective officers.

Walter said the police have tried to have the charges dismissed but so far had failed to do so.

He is calling on all patriots to attend the court to witnes...

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Saturday, 21 October

20:19

Anna Von Reitz -- Conference Ends, Mountain Moving Begins "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Conference Ends, Mountain Moving Begins



Source: Paul Stramer

By Anna Von Reitz

I arrived home to a mountain of mail and the need for many, many donations to fund the private work that we, at The Living Law Firm, are doing-- and the costs of travel and lodging and supplies and everything else for our conference these past ten days. It took three days longer than anticipated, and we all went home with additional homework. It has been very intense, and very fruitful.

First, some thoughts about the donations I receive and what strikes me about them: they come from all over, all fifty states. They come from people of all ethnic and racial and working backgrounds. They come in small amounts and large. And they come from all over the world, too.

It's stunning when I think about the people who keep us going and make the research and other actions possible. We are a family scattered from Alaska to Beijing, from Patagonia to Queensland, from New England to Salzburg. We are all seeing the same things, all waking up at the same time.

The view, at the very least, is alarming; and that brings me to my second rumination for the night.

Even though I have been in these trenches for most of my life---- even I am shocked by all the things that have surfaced this past week, and I am left feeling like Moses--- "Who? Me, Lord? You gotta be kidding.... I stutter! I stammer! I can't possibly do this...."

The most stunning thing for me is that none of the suffering so many of us endure is necessary. That is now completely, absolutely clear, obvious, and proven.

No need for poverty. No need for war. No need for debt. No need...

15:16

Castle Hill, Townsville carries the message "STOP ADANI" "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


A major heritage-listed landmark shows that not everyone in Townsville, Queensland, appears to be happy with becoming a mining FIFO dumping ground hub for the financially dubious multinational Adani Group 

Castle Hill aka Cutheringa Mountain est elevation 264 metres
Image: Townsville Bulletin, 16 October 2016

Via...

12:25

AYCC grossly understates livestocks climate and reef impacts "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The latest campaign by Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) maintains the groups almost complete lack of interest in the massive contribution of animal agriculture to: (a) climate change; and (b) destruction of Great Barrier Reef corals.

The latest campaign

Title: For the love of the reef

The campaign is being run in conjunction with an AYCC branch known as SEED, which describes itself as Australias first Indigenous youth climate network.

Related campaign

Title: The 3 degree challenge

While also focusing on the Great Barrier Reef, the page...

09:31

Australias $1 billion loan to Adani is ripe for a High Court challenge "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Australias $1 billion loan to Adani is ripe for a High Court challenge

Brendan Gogarty, University of Tasmania

Indian mining giant Adanis proposal to build Australias largest coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin has been the source of sharp national controversy, because of its potential economic, health, environmental and cultural risks.

These concerns were amplified this week when Indias former environment minister Jairam Ramesh told the ABCs Four Corners:

My message to the Australian government would certainly be: please demonstrate that you have done more homework than has been the case so far.

Its a valid warning, considering that a Commonwealth investment board is considering loaning Adani A$1 billion in federal money to assist the development of mining infrastructure.


Read more: Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal


The loan, expected to be announced any day now, will no doubt agitate further political controversy..............

08:07

Pumped hydro "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

In my Conversation article on the Turnbull governments plan to keep coal-fired electricity alive, I said that most of the opportunities for hydro-electric power had already been exploited. I was thinking of primary power generation, and in this respect, I maintain my view. However, I neglected the option of pumped storage, where water is pumped uphill when excess electricity is available, then run downhill through turbines to (re)generate the electricity when it is most needed.

My old university friend, Andrew Blakers, now with the Research School of Engineering at ANU emailed me to point out this study, looking at the large number of sites potentially available in Australia, more than enough to backup all the renewable energy we will be generating in the foreseeable future.

This isnt just a theoretical proposition. The Kidston hydro storage project in the advanced stages of planning, will offer 2000MwH of storage combined with a co-located 270MW solar PV project. The same report mentions some big wind + storage projects.

Still, if Labor is silly enough to endorse Turnbulls NEG idea, its hard to see any more progress being made.

04:00

Roundup marks 2nd V-Strom group birthday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Australian V-Strom Riders group AuStrom is celebrating its second birthday with a roundup event in motorcycle-friendly Crows Nest, South East Queensland, in March 2018.

Organiser Graham Strang says the group has more than 800 members around Australia and New Zealand and he is hoping to attract the biggest single gathering of V-Stroms in Australia yet.

Crows Nest was selected as the roundup destination in a members vote.

We selected three motorcycle friendly locations in Queensland, and Crows Nest won out 49 votes to the nearest town of 25 votes, Graham says.

V-Strom roundup marks 2nd birthdayGraham and Teela Strang at the first AuStrom roundup in Walcha

The town has been sensational to us, and are going to put on a good show for us.

Last year 40 attended the first birthday roundup in Walcha, NSW. Graham says they already have 47 riders confirmed for the Crows Nest event with 61 more saying they are planning to attend.

The Crows Nest roundup event from March 16-18, 2018, includes a Friday and Saturday dinners, and rides on tar and dirt circuits on the Saturday.

V-Strom roundup marks 2nd birthdayDirty route options

Major event sponsor Suzuki Motorcycles Australia will have four demo V-Stroms available to tes...

03:29

Why is The Conversation still pursuing the Adani Carmichael Mine? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Why are we still pursuing the Adani Carmichael mine?

Michael West, University of Sydney

Why, if Adanis gigantic Carmichael coal project is so on-the-nose for the banks and so environmentally destructive, are the federal and Queensland governments so avid in their support of it?

Once again the absurdity of building the worlds biggest new thermal coal mine was put in stark relief on Monday evening via an ABC Four Corners investigation, Digging into Adani.


Read more: Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal


Where the ABC broke new ground was in exposing the sheer breadth of corruption by this Indian energy conglomerate. And its power too. The TV crew was detained and questioned in an Indian hotel for five hours by police.

It has long been the subject of high controversy that the Australian government, via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)that is still contemplating a A$1 billion subsidy for Adanis rail line, a proposal to freight the coal from the Galilee Basin to Adanis....

02:50

US Deep State burning houses in California? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The video above is a VERY important video with eyewitness testimony proving HAARP EMP weapons being used to start California fires. Some witnesses saw blue sparks and flashes in the sky that were NOT lightning! Some felt a weird energy in the air that made their heart palpitate! Some felt an energy vortex move through their homes!

A firefighter known by one of the guests on Scott Bennetts radio show on the Rense Radio Network told some shocking details on the air! He said a cop went and knocked on the door of a house and told them they had to be out of there in one hour. The fire was nowhere around the home at that point and thats why they had an hour. The policemen came back to that same house in 5 minutes and the house was fully engulfed in flames! No way the fire would have moved from nowhere around there to fully engulfing the house in 5 minutes! Sorry that just cannot happen!

I think they might be turning up the HAARP toys to a high level that can cause spontaneous combustion of trees or structures. All trees and structures are now covered with nano particles of aluminum. What happens when you put aluminum foil in a microwave? You get massive heat, sparks and things combust spontaneously! I think this is whats happening! They are starting and intensifying these wildfires with microwave energy from their HAARP toys. Thats why so many fires are starting at one time and this means not enough firefighters to fight the fires.

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02:25

A Report and Photos from The Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Singapore Armed Forces largest training activity has just wrapped up with over 4 000 personnel and 400 platforms from the Singapore Army and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) training as part of Exercise Wallaby 2017.  This is the 27th time Exercise has taken place and was held in three phases once again in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), North of Rockhampton.






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02:18

A Trio of Bizjets Spotted - Plus Royal Australia Navy (RAN) Hydrography Dash-8-200 VH-LCL - All Spotted at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

While at Mackay Airport this week I was fortunate enough to spot a nice trio locally based corporate bizjets.



On Thursday 19 October, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY visited for part of the day arriving from and later departing back to Brisbane.


Of interest, VH-SGY also called into Gladstone Airport this week, arriving from Brisbane on Tuesday 17 October and departing back there on Wednesday 18 October.

And the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport on Wednesday 18 October also from Brisbane.

Also visiting Mackay Airport on Thursday 19 October was Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-PWX which popped in for a short time from Bankstown.


And the locally-Airport based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was spotted departing Mackay Airport for Brisbane also on Thursday 19 October.

01:57

Qld Budget data visualisation from Truii "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Brisbane-based data visualisation company Truii has produced an impressive data visualisation of the 2015-16 Queensland Budget:

Queensland Government finance data 2015-16

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The data visualisation uses open data from the Queensland Government, including a comprehensive data set on contracts and grants. By linking to open data, the Truii site allows analysts to uncover an even greater range of insights than are available from Truiis data visualisations alone. To illustrate, one can compare the performances of the big four professional services firms in winning Queensland Government work (see my chart below). It appears 2015-16 was a very good year for KPMG!

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Saturday, 23 September

03:46

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Friday, 22 September

13:31

MACKAY Mackay man faces new sexual assault charge "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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September 22, 2017 at 05:52PM ,

Its the second time Schauer has breached reporting conditions in recent years, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Thursday during sentencing.

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07:04

MEDIA RELEASE: QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT MUST BAN GREAT BARRIER REEF TRANS-SHIPPING OR BREAK ELECTION PROMISE "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Friday 22 September 2017

In response to the draft consultation paper released today by the Queensland government on trans-shipping in the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on the government to fully implement its 2015 election commitment.

Imogen Zethoven, AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director said:

In 2015, the Australian Labor Party promised to prohibit trans-shipping operations within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The consultation paper released today doesnt fulfil that promise. Instead it sets up an assessment framework that allows trans-shipping to extend from the four priority ports Townsville, Abbot Point, Hay Point and Gladstone out to the Marine Park.

Labor made a clear commitment to ban trans-shipping in the Marine Park. Now they are retreating from that promise. AMCS calls on the Labor government to fully implement their election commitment.

Labor was elected on a platform to save the Great Barrier Reef, and prohibiting trans-shipping in the Marine Park was a key element of that. Trans-shipping is the transfer of bulk materials like coal, sugar or petroleum from one vessel to another offshore.

Trans-shipping is risky. It increases the risk of a major accident such as a massive coal spill, and increases the risk of regular, chronic contamination from, for example, coal dust and small coal spills.

It will increase ship movements meaning more noise, more light, more likelihood of ship strikes of marine animals. It increases the risk of damage to seagrass meadows and corals through dredging and anchoring to establish the trans-shipping site.

The Queensland Governments Reef 2050 Plan includes the following target: Shipping within our Reef is safe, risks are minimised, and incidents are reduced to as close to zero as possible. Only a ban on trans-shipping in the Marine Park will ensure that target is met.

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