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Sunday, 12 November

23:50

NEW AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SP HANDCRAFTED BOOKS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for SP Handcrafted Books



Your name: Stephanie Pollard
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:      Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books.  /   Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SPHandcraftedBooks
FB: Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books
The suburb/town you live in now:  Riordanvale Rd
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  There are many different and assorted styles of journals made in my workshop using a variety of covers materials - From classy classics to crocodile & saddle leathers!! I make beautifully handcrafted journals, some using an ancient binding method called Coptic Binding, which main feature is, they lie flat for ease of writing fully on every page & other leather journals are bound with along-stitch method. All the journals being bound with imported wax linen threads from the USA. In most of the journals I have found beautiful papers for the internal pages that are 120gsm and specialise for the dry medium applications i.e. lead & ink writings & drawings, charcoals & chalks, glue stick for photos or scrapbooking and most other unimaginable uses as long as for this 120gsm it's form is dry based. I have thicker papers for those wishing to commission a journal specifically for oil paints artistry  or those mediums needing the thicker non-warping papers. ...

22:59

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SUNHAZE "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for SunHaze


Your name: Lana Reid

Your business name and Facebook/website name and link SunHaze, www.facebook.com/sunhazeaustralia www.sunhaze.com.au

The suburb/town you live in now: Mountain Creek

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Swimwear and Beachwear, I design and make all swimwear and beachwear.


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20:59

Flycatcher flurry of feeding for lucky little Leaden "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Little winner today, juvenile Leaden Flycatcher fresh from nest with devoted parents shuttling food in every few seconds.



No surprise having the young bird appear from 'nowhere'. Leadens build dainty camouflaged bowl nests which defy sighting from below the limbs and forks supporting them.

Little losers today, Brown-backed Honeyeaters with part-finished nest almost within touching distance outsi...

19:46

Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming Queensland Government "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I am grateful for another guest post, this time from Dr Stephen Thornton of BG Economics. Views expressed are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming Queensland Government

by Dr Stephen Thornton

The apartment construction boom in Queensland in the last few years has been astonishing and unprecedented. The number of strata lots is now quickly approaching 500,000, mostly apartments and townhouses (465K, October 2017). By 2020 around one million people in the state will call them home.

A strata review is being finalised by the QUT Commercial and Property Law Research Centre as part of a wider Queensland property law review commissioned by the former Newman government, with a number of recommendations recently made. Some of these recommendations go to procedural matters like the calling of AGMs, electronic communications and the like, while others are around by-laws and, importantly, scheme termination.

Given jobs and health budget savings are always high priorities, the incoming government should give serious consideration to one of the Centres recommendations around the keeping of pets. The recommendation would make it much less likely that pets would be banned in strata complexes, as it would limit the prohibition of pets to new buildings where the developer sets it as a by-law or if a body corporate adopts it by way of a resolution without dissent.

In my submission to the review (in which I argued that giving developers and bodies corporate the power to adopt no pet by-laws is contrary to Queenslands economic interests), I calculated that allowing pets in strata properties is likely to result in 1,000 new jobs in the longer term in Queenslands $1B $2B pet industry (currently estimated at 10,000+ jobs). Importantly, these new jobs would be in both high-skilled employment areas (e.g. vets, pathologists, radiologists) and lower skilled employment areas (e.g. retail stores, pet grooming, dog walking), and would be right across the state including high youth unemployment places like Townsville and Cairns.

In more recent work for the Mars Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign, I have estimated the recurrent public healthcare savings due to pets for the Queensland budget to be $172 million annually (total Qld/federal public saving of $435M; total all state/federal public saving of $2B). More pets in strata properties would increase these savings.

However, there are a number of major issues not cover...

04:23

MEDIA RELEASE: Labors Plan a Win for the Reef and Renewables "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today welcomed Labors commitment to support large scale renewable energy generation and solar and energy efficiency measures in schools.

Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said that the future survival of the Great Barrier Reef depends on a rapid switch from coal to clean renewable energy.

Over the past two summers, 49% of shallow water corals died on the Great Barrier Reef due by climate change, driven mainly by the burning of coal and gas.

Our Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. The biggest threat to its survival is climate change. The solution is solar and wind power.

Its not too late to save our Reef but time is fast running out. Thats why AMCS today welcomes the commitment today to push ahead with a clean energy future for Queensland.

Labors policy announcement is good for our Reef and good for regional jobs.

Labors policy stands in stark contrast to the LNPs support for a new coal fired power station in North Queensland.

The LNP should drop support for new coal fired power and embrace a plan for a rapid switch to renewable energy to protect Queenslands and Australias greatest natural asset.

A new coal fired power station will add to the danger facing our Reef. It shows a complete disregard for the 64,000 jobs that depend on a healthy Reef.

The vast majority of Queenslanders support solar not coal. Its time the LNP renounced its addiction to coal and embraced a future for our Reef and renewables, Ms Zethoven said.

 

01:24

I am the mother the Australian Government would rather forget "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

How do you follow a start to an article that says the following? From the Sydney Morning Herald comes this paragraph: I am the mother that the Australian government would rather forget. My daughter Mia was killed in a stabbing attack almost a year ago in a backpacker hostel in far north Queensland, while she []

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Saturday, 11 November

23:54

Qld Greens policies would increase State Govt spending by $8-9BN p.a. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queenslands Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is under threat of losing her seat of South Brisbane to the Greens candidate Amy MacMahon, who is benefiting politically from a range of utopian policies disconnected from economic reality (see Fridays Courier-Mail on the political situation in South Brisbane). I first heard about the Greens proposed $1 public transport fares policy while waiting in the green room of ABC Studios at the same time Ms MacMahon was on air discussing the policy with Steve Austin, who would interview me later that morning. Obviously this would be a very costly policy and one without economic merit, especially given the large subsidies already provided to public transport by the Queensland Government. But the $1 public transport fares policy would represent just a fraction of the total cost that Greens policies would impose on Queensland taxpayers.

Based on my interpretation of the policies currently presented, Greens policies could increase total annual Queensland Government expenditure by an incredible $8-9 billion or 13-14% (see chart below). Of course, this is unlikely to ever happen, given the Greens couldnt possibly win government in their own right, but it is interesting to consider what a Greens budget would look like.

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14:31

MACKAY Hospital calls police over toddlers injuries "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY November 10, 2017 at 07:56PM ,

Hospital calls police over toddlers injuries

November 10, 2017 at 07:56PM ,

A CHILD was allegedly tortured and sexually assaulted and left in a critical condition after police say she was set upon by her mothers boyfriend in a

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13:19

Queensland State Election 2017: Week 2 review from Joe Branigan "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I am again very grateful for Joe Branigans review of the previous week in the Queensland election. The views expressed in the guest post are Joes, and they should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

Winner must target the fiscal balance, buy global and avoid mega-projects Week 2 Queensland election highlights from Joe Branigan

There was Tim Nicholls hurtling down the Movie World rollercoaster at terminal velocity coincidentally a speed soon to be seen on the M1 thanks to the political battle being fought from Logan to the NSW border. And there was the One Nation candidate cornered by a junior Channel 7 reporter and his quest for a stunning scoop. But the image of the week was surely Pauline and the Battlers Bus broken down on the Bruce Highway barely out of Rocky.

Beneath the bluster and non-verbal communication stunts so vital to election campaigns in a place where life is long and concentration spans are short, there are a number of important policy issues that will affect whether or not the good times continue to roll on.

The first and most important is that we need to live within our means, and that means targeting the fiscal balance not the net operating balance. The difference between the two measures is that the fiscal balance includes net infrastructure investment but the net operating balance does not. It is a public finance accounting identity that if you have a fiscal deficit your debt is rising, even if you have a net operating surplus.

My colleague John Quiggin made this point last week*, although I think he overstated what that would mean for LNP spending policies, in part because he has assumed that the LNPs M1 duplication policy (and therefore its cost) is the same as Labors when it is not: LNPs $500 million 4-lane arterial versus Labors $2.5 billion 6-lane highway. Based on work Ive previously done for the Queensland Government (with my SMART Infrastructure Facility hat on), my Saturday night back of the envelope calculation for the LNPs M1 duplication (based on the SEQ Council of Mayors specifications) is [36.5 km * $14.7 million per km =] $536.6 million. However, the per km cost might be lower in the post mining boom economy, as the cost of engineering, design and construction services have fallen relative to the mining boom data set I used to produce a median cost of $14.7 million per km. Therefore, I dont think the $500 million LNP estimate is unreasonable.

In any case (back to Quiggins point), a man is innocent until proven guilty, so lets see what the LNP costings say (yes, released way too late).

Labor have convinced themselves that targeting a net operating surplus is ok and they have demonstrated that commitment by bequeathing to the LNP (if it wins government) what can only be described as a kale an...

06:43

Wheres the money coming from? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In the Courier-Mail, Stephen Wardill responds to my observation that LNPs campaign promises dont add up, and must imply large unnannounced cuts to services, by suggesting that they may instead imply large unnannounced cuts in infrastructure, specifically the Cross-River rail tunnel project. There is a simple way to resolve this: the LNP could say where they plan to cut, and by how much. This idea doesnt seem to have occurred to Wardill however.

Its also easy to check that cutting the Cross-River project will go nowhere near filling the gap in the LNPs promises. The commitment in the last budget was $2 billion, and the total (assuming no Commonwealth funding) is about $5.4 billion over 7 years, with a target completion date of 2024. Scrapping the current budget allocation of $2 billion would barely be enough to pay for the reintroduced Royalties for Regions program, let alone the many other ideas that have been floated. And none of that goes anywhere near achieving the promise of a surplus on fiscal balance.

So, as Robert Menzies famously asked, Wheres the money coming from?

Wardill does make one fair point: the practice of providing costings at the last possible moment is not new and was done by Labor last time around. As with compulsory preferential voting, this is a piece of cleverness that has come back to bite them. Indeed, looking at this article on Labors costings release, the symmetry is amusing, and goes both ways.

From the LNP

At the last gasp, at almost the very last day of an election campaign they produce a three-page document that doesnt add up, Mr Nicholls said

And from Labor, a promise to this article on Labors costings release>cut government advertising expenditure, just as Nicholls is doing today. As I said in my previous post

As for government advertising, not only are the sums involved relatively modest, but this is a promise routinely made and broken by Opposition parties in just about every election. Nicholls may not like government advertising when Labor does it, but, in office, he was happy to spend $70 million on the Strong Choices asset sales campaign.

03:42

MACKAY Court case puts bullying in schools under the spotlight "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY November 10, 2017 at 08:30PM ,

Court case puts bullying in schools under the spotlight

November 10, 2017 at 08:30PM ,

A MOTHER has been found guilty of threatening to produce a gun while trying to protect her daughter from bullying at a Mackay high school. However

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02:32

Palm Cove help "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi all, my family are coming over to Palm Cove for Christmas and we will be going up to see them. I wanted to do something special for Christmas dinner. Does anyone know of any bbq's on the beach at Palm Cove where I can make authentic Australian Christmas dinner?

We'd also like to go out to the reef one day so any doggy day care that you can recommend would be much appreciated.

Any other advice for things to do would be appreciated as well.

Thanks

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Wednesday, 01 November

22:26

Three in four support welfare drug tests "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Three in four voters back the Turnbull governments plan to drug test unemployed welfare recipients.

A Newspoll published in The Australian shows 73 per cent support the two-year trials targeting 5000 new jobseekers across three different locations, with 19 per cent against.Labor and the Greens remain flatly opposed, arguing the scheme will demonise jobless Australians, but a clear majority of voters for both parties are in favour of the proposal.

The government wants to roll out the drug testing pilot across three trial sites Mandurah in Western Australia, Logan in Queensland and Canterbury-Bankstown in NSW from January.

Anyone who tests positive would be shunted onto cashless welfare cards, while those who fail more than once would be referred to medical professionals for treatment.

Coalition voters were most in favour, at 89 per cent, followed by One Nation supporters (80 per cent), Labor voters (67 per cent) and Greens backers (50 per cent).

However, the federal government faces an uphill battle as the Senate prepares to debate its controversial plans.

The proposal, part of a broad package of reforms to the welfare system, cleared parliaments lower house in September.

With Labor and the Greens against the drug tests, the government must court support from the Senate crossbench.

Former senator Nick Xenophon, whose bloc of three votes in the upper house will be crucial, has given conditional support to the bill.The poll of 1623 voters was conducted on October 26-29.

The post Three in four support welfare drug tests appeared first on Echonetdaily.

21:28

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY November 01, 2017 at 07:24PM ,

Mackay court news

November 01, 2017 at 07:24PM ,

Story Photos Event Notice Browse the latest articles, photo galleries and videos relating to mackay magistrates court. Records from the Magistrates

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Thursday, 12 October

10:41

MACKAY Palaszczuk Government funds extra magistrates "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 12, 2017 at 03:35PM ,

Palaszczuk Government funds extra magistrates

October 12, 2017 at 03:35PM ,

He will be appointed to the Mackay Magistrates Court. Dennis Kinsella was Principal Crown Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public

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07:46

Making my way down under from Asia, 36 hours to kill in Cairns before Dive trip. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey Cairns ppl, I'm headed down from Japan on the 1st of Nov. get in from Tokyo super early in the morning. I'm hoping to spend the entire day seeing something awesome!

I've checked out a few touristy looking excursions, not opposed to it per se...but I'd take a locals advice before jumping on a tourist trip.

I love nature, stoked to be in AUS and see the rainforest, GBR, etc.

Any suggestions on things to do? Also a hostel recommendation (early check in) would be great.

Cheers all!

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01:49

MACKAY No bail for man accused of grievous bodily harm "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 12, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

No bail for man accused of grievous bodily harm

October 12, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

SPORTING a fractured left eye socket, Paul James Meier appeared in the dock of Mackay Magistrates Court facing two serious charges.

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01:49

MACKAY Druggie with tired legs steals mans car and puppy "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Druggie with tired legs steals mans car and puppy

October 12, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

The 38-year-old former Moranbah man, who is now living in Western Australia, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday via phone charged

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Wednesday, 11 October

19:28

Taking the plunge "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey there!

I got my STCW a few months back and now have saved up enough to move to Cairns. My work holiday visa also was just complete. My plan is to move to a hostel/Air Bnb or something like while I look for work. Ideally find work on a small boat to build exp.

How hard is it to find work in the area? (Any leads)

Where is a good place to live?

Transportation? motor/bike?

Any tips tricks or advice?

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