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Monday, 25 September

00:32

Study urges large rise in renewables power "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A solar array near Windorah, Queensland. Photo David Elliott flickr.com/photos/drelliott0net

A solar array near Windorah, Queensland. Photo David Elliott flickr.com/photos/drelliott0net

Australia will need up to three-quarters of its electricity coming from renewables by 2030 if it is to cut emissions in the cheapest way under a clean energy target.

But a new analysis from the Australia Institute finds the same emissions cut could be achieved with fewer renewables under a carbon price or an emissions intensity scheme two policies rejected by the Turnbull government.

The think tanks analysis of modelling done for government agencies, released on Monday, finds the energy sector should do the heavy lifting if Australia is to meet its international emission reduction pledge in the most efficient way.

This is largely because the electricity sector can easily turn to renewables using technology already commercially available, while sectors such as agriculture, construction and manufacturing would have to either cut production or invest heavily in research.

Australia has committed under the UN-led Paris agreement to cut its emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

If electricity is to take on a comparatively higher burden of this task, Australia Institute research director Rod Campbell says it should cut emissions by 40-55 per cent by 2030.

To achieve this using a clean energy target the policy the government is now considering would lead to renewables making up between two-thirds and three-quarters of generation by 2030, the analysis finds.

This is substantially higher than Labors aim for 50 per cent renewables, which the government has ridiculed.

But if cuts were achieved using a carbon price or an emissions intensity scheme, there would be more gas generation and less renewables.

It is ironic that government-commissioned modelling shows that the policies that would minimise renewable energy penetration, such as carbon pricing and an EIS, have already been rejected, Mr Campbell writes.

All that remains is the CET that would bring in the largest share of renewable generation, or the prospect of failing to meet our Paris climate targets.

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Sunday, 24 September

16:21

Queensland, Australia residents warned after death of 100 yo crocodile sparks fears of power struggle among aggressive males "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The death of a huge crocodile whose body was found in a river in Queensland, Australia, has sparked fears of a fight for dominance among the young, aggressive males living in the area. The 5.2 meter-long (17ft) male, which had been shot in the head, was discovered by a member of the public, who had spotted its body floating in the Fitzroy River. Local farmer John Leaver told the Australian Associated Press it had been around 20 to 30 years since such a large crocodile had been found in Queensland. "There may have been some others shot in the wild that we don't know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest," he said, adding the largest he had ever caught measured 4.95 meters (16.2ft). Leaver said that from the damage done to the crocodile's skull, the bullet probably came from a fairly large calibre rifle. "I would say that someone felt very threatened," he said.

13:39

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 Pops into Rockhampton Airport as "Stallion 26" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Friday 22 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport while seemingly completing a crew training flight.






Local plane spotters Kayanne H and Daniel B captured some great photos as the Globemaster flew into Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley via airwork around Charleville and Emerald.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Stallion 26".

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12:49

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Second Wave of Heavy Jet Charters into Rockhampton Airport Commence - Royal Brunei Airlines B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLC Calls In "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Late on Friday 22 September, the second 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 kicked off with Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLC touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as RBA4271.


I was alongside local plane spotter Daniel B to capture some nice photos as the Dreamliner touched down in the beef capital and parked on Gate 6 on the southern end of the parking apron.





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12:48

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Singapore Airlines B777-200 9V-SRQ and Royal Brunei B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLC Both at Rockhampton Airport Late Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As expected, the second 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 continued in spectacular fashion late on Saturday 23 September with a nice pair of wide-body jets touching down in the beef capital, not only bringing in more personnel for the Exercise, but also taking some others home following their deployment.


Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200 9V-SRQ kicked off the Saturday night action touching down at Rocky directly from Singapore's Changi Airport as SIA8933.




12:00

Ep 222: The Dollar Bill Murrays; SUDS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ep 222 InstagramPhotos: Jack Doonar (TDBM) & Teds Records (SUDS)

The Dollar Bill Murrays

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 6th May 2017

Built up on thick, fuzzy guitars and big, washy drums, The Dollar Bill Murrays are a Brisbane based alt/desert rock band. The four-piece released their self titled debut EP in April 2016 and the second EP Always On via Valley Heat Records in March 2017.

 

SUDS

Recorded & Mixed by Harvey OSullivan
Recorded at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 2nd May 2015

Next up we have SUDS, which are better known by their old band name, Super Best Friends, who came to the attention of the masses in 2013 with the release of their single Round and Round, which featured cameo appearances from most of parliament house at the time including Kevin Rudd, Ton...

02:04

Same sex marriage protesters take the fight up to Sydneys homo epicentre "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Protesters say there is a much broader, hidden agenda

More than 60 police officers descended on Darlinghurst, in central Sydney, as an anti-same-sex marriage rally was held in the citys gay epicentre.

A crowd of about 20 people associated with the straight lives matter event at Green Park were outnumbered by counter-protesters, who tried to drown out the speeches with chants and horns.

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, who is a leading voice in the Yes campaign, dismissed the rally in his electorate as a distraction and spent the day doorknocking with volunteers.

Nick Folkes, who organised the rally, denied the location about 300m from Sydneys famous Oxford Street strip was significant.

Nick Folkes (centre) says he is exercising his right to free speech

Some people have said its provocative but were just exercising our democratic right to freedom of speech and freedom of location, he said.

I have real concerns about not just being about gay marriage, but a much broader agenda.

Were acting within the boundaries of law. I do believe weve got a right to be there, just as gay people have a right to be anywhere in support of their cause.

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00:21

MACKAY South Mackay man faces court on animal cruelty charge "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY September 23, 2017 at 12:39PM ,

South Mackay man faces court on animal cruelty charge

September 23, 2017 at 12:39PM ,

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Saturday, 23 September

12:21

Queensland police get new powers to tackle terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

New Queensland laws to help police fight terrorism, including powers to turn phones, high-tech fridges and other devices into surveillance tools, have passed Parliament.

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10:19

The environmental impact of a coal plant on Kenyas coast is being underplayed "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Conversation

An old coal-burning power plant in China. REUTERS/David Gray

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this new system?

Export them. Several African countries are accepting the poisoned chalice of Chinas subsidised development through the construction of outdated, dirty coal plants.

Kenya is one. Its coastline is a national asset for fisheries, tourism, a growing population and economic development. But Amu Coal a...

07:23

The Little Bird Weekly News "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Its hard to believe the weeks are spinning by the way they are. Its only a week out from close of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill and Im up to my neck in code, creating an open data project using QLD crime & social statistics. With new trials of cashless income management just announced in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg and the Inquiry bearing down on us, I thought it would be useful to take a close look at the kinds of statistics being used to argue for income management. Creating a new open data project is a significant undertaking however I hope to have it up within the coming week, either before or just after submissions close on Friday 29 September.

Some good news this week is that my submission to speak about open data and financial transparency at LinuxConf 2018 was accepted and I also received a bursary to attend the ACOSS conference in a few weeks in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the bursary only covers the conference ticket so it remains to be seen whether I can fund the travel and accommodation to go to Melbourne for the event. If you would like to support my work, you can become a Patreon Patron. I promise to update my goals as soon as I find the time.

Stories of people affected by Centrelinks robodebt campaign are up again according to @not_my_debt, including this gut-churning announcement that went out during the week.


In technology news, Andre Obler from Aussie grassroots organisation, the Online Hate Prevention Institute spoke to Radio Sputnick about the racist hate categories plaguing Google & Facebooks advertising programs, while Theresea May told the United Nations that social media companies should take down terrorism posts within 2 hours.

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07:01

Australian Patriot Radio Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry Palmer podcasts parliamentarians on political death row over dual citizenship, Tanya Plibersek support of ISIS and her drug dealing convicted husband cushy govt jobs, Cory Bernardi reveals carbon tax by stealth introduced under covert bill by Govt, condoned by the ALP and supported by Pauline Hanson, and more

Listen or download http://sosnews.org/apradio/2017/09/23/podcast-23-september-2017/


06:53

Extended drought: QLD Farmers on verge of shooting cattle "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

QUEENSLAND graziers could be forced to shoot their cattle as parts of the state are savaged by soaring temperatures on top of an extended drought.

AgForce cattle president Bim Struss said if the rain didnt come soon, some graziers would be faced with no option but to shoot their cattle as the feed ran out and the animals grew too weak to be moved to market, putting them down for their own welfare.

Mr Struss said the devastating decision to euthanase could be forced on graziers in southeast Queensland hammered by the dry, early, soaring 40C-plus temperatures and sold-out or hard to find fodder and supplements.

He said many operators in western Queensland had already destocked selling their cattle on while they could still be moved.

He said he, like other graziers, had destocked and saved their paddocks for the rain that would eventually come.

He said areas roughly north of a line from Townsville to Mt Isa had received good rain and were having a better year.

It comes as Brisbane looks set to endure its driest September on record, with no rain having fallen at all this month.

An afternoon thunderstorm forecast for later today may break the two-month-long dry spell which has seen only 5mm of rainfall in Brisbane since July 20.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high chance of showers and a gusty thunderstorm with a top of 28C today.

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said conditions are shaping up for the seasons first real summer afternoon thunderstorm.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/drought-may-force-farmers-to-shoot-cattle-because-of-extended-drought/news-story/3a432b2dfb4f37c62244f222f552e689


06:31

Meditation Spring Equinox "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Written guided meditation spring equinox. Bringing the energy spiritually to the spring equinox. by druid priestess Jyoti Eagles.

The post Meditation Spring Equinox appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

06:18

A Katter call and a round table conference makes boaties safe again "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A round table conference and a phone call to a senior bureaucrat was all it took to pull the State Government into line over its attempt to plunder the assets of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue group.

At the invitation of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue Volunteer group (QF10)commander Ross Wood, KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen and Bob Katter were invited to discuss the impasse between the Coast Guard national management and QF10.

A round table conference and a call from Bob Katter was all it took to put the National Coast Guard bureaucracy in its place and to halt its intended plundering of public assets. KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen addressed the conference of Marine Rescue volunteers.

The National Coast Guard had seized the assets of QF10 including their sea rescue boat and vehicles because the locally funded group refused to hand over $300,000 in a bank account and the Tin Shed building, provided by community fund-raising.

The National Coast Guard, in a similar grab by the Emergency Services Department tryin...

03:48

Vaccines unable to prevent flu deaths "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Flu shots causing spontaneous abortions

AN EIGHT-year-old girl has died of the flu in Melbournes outer east.

The young girl died at the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully on Friday.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the girls death this morning, but had not been aware of further serious cases of the flu at schools.

The Department of Education has been contacted.

Doctors admit flu vaccine is unable to protect health workers

Health Minister Jill Hennessy has urged Victorians to be alert to symptoms of the illness.

She told 3AWs Neil Mitchell the death of the young girl was one of the other very sad cases that weve seen this flu season.

Were having a horrific flu season right up and down the entire eastern seaboard both in QLD and NSW and Victoria, Western Australia seems to be less affected than what we are but we know weve had double the number of people with flu flu notifications, she told 3AW.

This is an influenza strain that is able to...

03:46

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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03:38

White elephant F35 fighter jet may never defend Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Australia took delivery of two F-35A Lightning II Block 2B aircraft amid much fanfare at the Avalon air show in Victoria earlier this year. Several more are in the late stages of construction, due for delivery next year.

These are almost exactly the same in their specifications to the 108 F-35A Block 2Bs delivered so far to the United States Air Force.

But a controversial development and delivery contract process known as concurrency has produced an aircraft with software and components that were never fully tested.

The argument was computer simulation could streamline the whole process, eliminating risk, reducing cost and speeding up delivery.

It didnt.

The hapless F35 may never go to war for Australia, inspite of warnings from aeronautical engineers, the military and the Lockheed company, Australia continued with the purchase.

Now two senior US Pentagon officials responsible for the F-35 program have admitted they are seriously considering abandoning vital upgrades of those aircraft already delivered.

And Australia has at least two Block 2B F-35s that will likely require many millions being sunk into reconstruction and upgr...

03:25

Responsible citizen shoots 5.2m crocodile near Rockhampton "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from the Guardian

A massive saltwater crocodile said to be one of the biggest ever seen in Queensland has been found shot dead in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton.

Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2-metre male reptile was found with a bullet in its head in the Fitzroy river in Rockhampton on Thursday.

The crocodile was taken to the nearby Koorana crocodile farm, where it will be buried once a necropsy is carried out. Farm owner John Leaver said a five-metre crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 20 to 30 years.

A responsible shooter shot this large salt water croc performing a public duty. The ALP/LNP junta has combined forces to prevent a KAP bill being presented in State Parliament which will protect the public, livestock and animals from croc attack.

There may have been some others shot in the wild that we dont know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest, he said on Friday.

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02:57

Courier-Mail & 612 ABC Brisbane media this week regarding jobs growth & small business "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Todays Courier-Mail features a short piece (on p. 29) Employment growth best since the GFC from Daryl Passmore quoting FNQ-based economist Pete Faulkner and me on Queenslands recent strong employment growth. The Queensland economy has been recovering strongly over the last year or so, after it experienced some sluggishness at the end of the mining investment boom. I also chatted with Trevor Jackson from 612 ABC Brisbane about employment and economic growth in Queensland last Tuesday evening. The interview starts at 846:

612 ABC Brisbane Evenings with Trevor Jackson, Tuesday 19 September 2017

I made the point to Trevor that, while the aggregate data are very good, we need to keep in mind that part-time positions appear to be growing much more strongly than full-time positions, and also that the State public service has made a disproportionate contribution to jobs growth.

My other media mention this week followed on from my small business employment trends post, published on Wednesday. The Courier-Mail ran an article yesterday including a quote from me. CCIQs GM of Advocacy Kate Whittle has included a snapshot of the article on her twitter feed (see below).

Incidentally, CCIQ is generally doing a great job informing and participating in the public policy debate. I can highly recommend the twitter feed of CCIQs economist Steven Gosarevski. Follow him @sgosarevski for very timely updates on the latest economic data relevant to Queensland. I have especially enjoyed his most excellent charts. Keep up the good work!


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02:01

Great Barrier Reef: Queensland Labor may break election vow and allow coal ship loading "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Labor vowed to ban trans-shipping in reef waters after UNs scientific body raised concerns about proposal in 2014, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 23 Sept 17, The Queensland Labor government has flagged breaking a 2015 election promise by allowing the loading of coal ships at sea in the Great Barrier Reef marine park.

Labor vowed to ban so-called trans-shipping in reef waters after the United Nations peak scientific body raised concerns about a proposal off Hay Point near Mackay in 2014.

But the Palaszczuk government on Friday released a proposal that would allow trans-shipping off Hay Point and three other priority ports, including Adanis Abbot Point.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/23/great-barrier-reef-queensland-labor-may-break-election-vow-and-allow-coal-ship-loading


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Monday, 21 August

12:29

A Couple of Other Bizjets Around CQ Airports This Week "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

It's been another busy week for corporate bizjet movements around CQ - as highlighted with a couple of arrivals into Rockhampton Airport as posted below.  Here is a quick summary of some of the other bizjet comings and goings around various CQ Airports this week.

File photo taken by Ben May  

On Friday 18 August, Cirrus (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SQY arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from its Wagga Wagga base via Bankstown.  Also visiting Hamo on Friday was Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO.  It arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

UPDATE!  VH-WIO completed another return flight from Bankstown into Hamilton Island Airport and back on Saturday 19 August.

Also visiting Hamo this week was Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW which popped in from Brisbane on Tuesday 15 August, while Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA departed to Melbourne (Essendon) also on Tuesday after arriving from there two days prior.

Elsewhere, on Thursday 17 August, both Queensland Government (State of Queensland) aircraft - Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY and Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ - were noted flying around CQ.

I saw VH-SGY arriving into Clermont Aerodrome from Brisbane.  It soon after departed to Moranbah Airport before later flying into Townsville.  It returned to Brisbane on Friday 18 August.  While VH-SGQ flew into Mackay Airport from Brisbane.

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Sunday, 20 August

03:34

Blue-wing Kookaburra, Brown Snake stars in ratty doco "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Wildlife docos are mostly unwatchably phoney these days. False juxtapositions of predators and prey,  wranglers prodding fauna into near studio setups for the cameras and presenters, unacknowledged jumps between nations, soundtracks offering Northern Hemisphere birds in Australia, and vice versa.
In keeping with such standards, a life and death battle from the Townsville Town Common Conservation Park.

Snake-gobbling Blue-winged Kookaburra atop pandanus stump spots target.

Watch out, lethal Brown Snake - hot on the scent of ... what?

Blue-wing takes another look, gauging the moment to deliver killer grab.

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