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Thursday, 18 October


National jobless rate may be lowest in 7 years, but Qlds is percentage pt higher than in 2011-12 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Australians Friday front page was emailed out earlier tonight, and it reports Jobless rate at lowest in seven years. This may be the case for Australia, but its not so for Queensland, where the unemployment rate is stuck around 6%, as it has been for a few years now (see chart below). Seven years ago the state unemployment rate was 5.5%. So, while the Australian unemployment rate is back around to what it was seven years ago, Queenslands is percentage point higher. That corresponds to around 15,000 more unemployed people in Queensland than we would have if wed returned to the 2011-12 unemployment rate. As Ive noted before, the Queensland economy is under-performing relative to the southern states.


With a 6.1% unemployment rate, Queensland is tied with WA in terms of having the highest unemployment rate among states and territories (see chart below). NSW has an unemployment rate of 4.5% and Victoria has a rate of 4.7%.



Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 Pops into Bundaberg Airport on Training Flight "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Noted completing some training at Bundaberg Airport on Wednesday 17 October was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002.  It was heard to be flying as "Envoy 25" and looked to fly up from Canberra via Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

File photo

After it was believed that A36-002 completed at least two circuits, it departed Bundaberg Airport for the South, possibly for RAAF Base Amberley before later returning to Canberra.

Photo taken by Micah S  


Where's the best place to buy a laptop: jb hi-fi or office works? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Coming out of the sticks to civilisation to buy some stuff. Looking for a laptop for 1k mainly for study purposes can't decide which place has better deals.

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Disney out the window when Babushka cabaret gets hold of a fairytale "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A CABARET troupe touring western Qld claim they turn childrens stories inside out. But kids should be left at home when Babushkas Happily Ever After...



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Your name: Robyn Osborne
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What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I write stories, mainly for children and Young Adults. I have won a number of writing awards and been published in national journals, newspapers, anthologies and magazines. To date I have had seven books trade published (not self published), with my latest picture book - Bruno, the Boisterous Blue Dog from the Bush - being released in September 2018.



Most plot twists this side of running rail as curtain falls on 2018 racing season "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MANY PEOPLE dont realise how interesting a regular garden-variety race meeting can be. A dash of rodeo, wildlife encounters, punches thrown, impromptu debt collection. All...


Commercials, Morven get the jump in first round of new cricket season "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A MISFIRE and a couple of surprises. The shiny new cricket season unfurled last Saturday in a welter of triumphalism and recriminations. Morven Magic, renowned for...


ALP running scared of new NQ state "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Katters Australian Party says a $70 billion rail proposal for south east Queensland is a slap in the face to North Queenslanders and supports the argument for North Queensland to break away and become self-governing.

 The KAP says the State Labor Government is looking at pie in the sky proposals to save itself at the next state election, funded by the resurgence in coal prices and the likely start of the giant Adani coal mine.

 KAP State Leader and Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter wants $250,000 allocated by the State Government to look at the economic, legal and cultural elements of a separate state in North Queensland.

Robbie Katter pushing hard fo a new state of North Queensland before the south east corner wipes out the north

 I bet this Government is spending a lot more on supporting the Jeff Horn/Anthony Mundine fight later this year in Brisbane, than the $250,000 requested to map out the costs and benefits of North Queenslanders being able to govern themselves, he said.



Qld Premier should be stood down for breaking the law "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

State KAP Leader Robbie Katter has called on the Queensland Attorney-General to refer Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to the Director of Public Prosecutions over her sacking of KAP staff last month.

 Mr Katters calls preceded news that Labor had this week used its numbers in Parliament to vote down an LNP motion that would see a special committee established to investigate the Premiers behaviour.

 Mr Katter said the objectivity of the Ethics Committee that the Premier had been referred to had huge questions around it.

Comrade Premier Palaszczuk should be stood down over public threats she made to Katters Australian Party and the removal of their staff

 Both major parties are compromised in this process, but particularly the Labor Party as each Labor MP on the Committee will be investigating their boss, Mr Katter said.



No other nations free trade except for the dummies in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

KAP Leader and Federal  Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today continued his insurgency against the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership-11 (TPP-11) as it heads into the Senate by unleashing a tirade on the Governments claim that Australia will be last in the queue should the bill be shot down.

Most of my last speeches in Parliament have been what Ive hoped are fierce attacks upon the hypocrisy of free trade; upon our industry representative organisations particularly in agriculture. All weve got out of these bodies in Canberra is a clapping of hands for every free trade deal.

The Federal Government couldnt drive the drovers dog to a drink in the Murranji Track, and yet, they live in a world where their peculiar Adam Smith policies eliminate any reference to the assumptions upon which free markets are valid.

Bob Katter delivers a terrible blow to Liberals and Labor in Parliament about the crippling cost  of free trade to the country, such as the TPP

Adam Smith would turn in his grave if his principles h...


It really is OK to be white! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Senator Anning Solid in Face of Anti-White Criticism, Again!

Speaking in response to the hysterical reaction to Senator Hansons motion which said Its ok to be white, Senator Anning stood and defended the position to howls of outrage.

Of course it is ok to be white. There is nothing racist about being proud of whom you are, if Senator Faruqi stood up and said she was a proud Muslim woman she would be hailed as a hero.

Conversely with any discussion or suggestion of being proud of being white, you are labelled a white supremacist or a Fascist- tired old labels the left attaches to anyone they disagree with. Senator Anning said.

The hysterical response to Government support for Senator Hansons motion today proves the point that there is most definitely a rise in anti-white sentiment creeping into Australian society.

Although Senator Hanson attacked my call for a predominantly European immigration programme in my maiden speech, I will always defend anyone who defends our national identity.

 I was the only person who defended her position the government is frantically trying to back pedal and her own senator Peter Georgiou was apparently urgently required elsewhere.

Todays response has shown that there is anti-white racism and what we need in this country is some of my colleagues to grow an actual backbone Senator Anning concluded.

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Wednesday, 17 October



The criminalisation of women seeking abortion to end in Queensland, but still a reality in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland women will finally have the freedom to decide what is right for their bodies with the passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Queensland Parliament last night.

The new law decriminalises abortion and respects the right of every person to decide what is right for them in consultation with their doctor up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. Thereafter, two doctors will need to consider an abortion appropriate. Safe access zones around abortion clinics will also become law and protect the dignity, privacy and safety of women seeking reproductive healthcare. 

Adrianne Walters, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre commended the MPs who voted in support of equality, dignity and reproductive freedom.

Every single one of us should have the freedom to decide what is right for our bodies and lives. Its fantastic to see the Queensland Parliament make that a reality in law for women across the state. We congratulate the Queensland Government for driving this critical reform, said Walters

New South Wales now remains the only state that has not reformed its abortion laws in over 100 years. Abortion sits in criminal laws written in 1900.

NSW now stands shamefully alone in failing to reform its abortion laws. Every day, women in NSW are treated as second class citizens when it comes to accessing healthcare by the criminalisation of abortion, said Walters. 

Politicians across the divide should take notice  abortion laws in NSW defy community values, undermine modern medical practice and are hopelessly out of step with common sense. They must be modernised, said Walters. 

For interviews call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


Park alerts for Cape York Peninsula: Temporary closure of track between Hann River crossing intersection to Bizant: Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL) "cairns IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

The track from the Hann River crossing intersection to Bizant will be closed from Thursday 18 October 2018 to Tuesday 4 December 2018. This road will be closed to assist with public road maintenance by the Cook Shire Council for the transportation of gravel. Access to the following campsites (Bizant, Browns Creek, Basin Hole, Orange Plains, Top and Bottom Whiphandles) will have to be via the Lakefield/Musgrave road to the Lakefield/Bizant intersection. Temporary signage will be in place to inform the public of these temporary changes. Affected parks: Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL).


Qld gets its mojo back on international visitors "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Mission Beach-based economist Pete Faulkner has great coverage of the latest international short-term arrivals and departures data for August from the ABS in his latest post:

International arrivals still growing; QLD gets its mojo back while Tassie slows

As Pete notes, while the resurgence has been impressive (see the chart array above), we still lag Victoria:

When we consider the data on state of intended stay (which we Trend based on the unadjusted original ABS data) we see that year on year growth for Queensland is at its fastest pace in more than 2 years (+10.4%) while its up 6.8% for the annual total. Growth in the Sunshine State continues to lag that in Victoria (+11.3% y/y and +7.9% annual) as the gap between the two states widens further.

Given international visitor numbers to southern states are still growing strongly, were not seeing much of a recovery in Queenslands share of total international short-term arrivals, although at least it has stabilised and no longer appears to be declining (see the chart array below).



Nautilus Aviation Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 412EP Helicopter VH-ZVP Pops into Mackay and Gladstone Airports Heading South "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Sunday 7 October, Nautilus Aviation Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 412EP helicopter VH-ZVP was noted passing through Mackay and Gladstone Airports while on a ferry flight South to the Sunshine Coast from its (usual) Cairns base.

It appears to be heading South to Sydney where, on Monday 8 October, it is due to arrive into the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter base presumably to take up operations with the service.  VH-ZVP did the same at the end of last year.


Takes a Sheila to show Aussie birders Satin rarity "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Oooh, look! What's that shiny black and white bird? It's so smooth and black on back and head. Could it be a rarely seen Satin Flycatcher in the Common today. Yes, it could. And it took a visitor from Wiltshire way, Sheila Ashley, to see it first. Proving that one good turn deserves another, she and husband Paul were being shown around by Len and Chris Ezzy. I tagged along. Lucky all of us.

Not so much luck involved in seeing a few other species commonly seen lately. Rose-crowned Fruitdove seems content to stay forever close to favourite feed trees near Freshwater hide.

Which is close to where immature Australian Raven was today tucking into fish, without parents or sibling trying to cadge a bite.

Not so many Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at Pandanus viewing area today, but caught some showing off in recent times.



Pale-vented Bush-hen at Fairfield area (including Brisbane Corso) reported by Rae Clark on 17-10-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Heard calling in mangroves along the river in two areas along the Brisbane Corso. Two birds were seen. Area between Newcastle Street and just past Princess Street but could be anywhere along there.


CAFNEC AGM 2018 + Green Drinks "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"



Notice of CAFNEC Annual General Meeting: Thursday 25th October

Hello CAFNEC members, 

CAFNEC would like to extend an invitation to you to join the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) next Thursday 25th October which will be coupled with October Green Drinks for an enjoyable evening. 

Well be running the usual Green Drinks agenda (free yummy food, drinks by donation, music and interesting folk) but afterwards please join us for our AGM, where we will be looking back at efforts and successes over the 2017/18 year as well as focusing on the work ahead of us in the coming year. 

When: Thursday 25th October 2016 Green Drinks 5.30 pm, AGM 6.30 pm
Where: Cominos House, 27-29 Greenslopes St, North Cairns.

As a CAFNEC member your presence is greatly valued to participate and vote for the change you wish to see. If you are unable to attend but would still like to vote you can fill out a proxy form to nominate a proxy and send to Marie at by 12 pm on 25th October. 

Is your CAFNEC membership up to date? Only financial members are eligible to vote on the election of members of the Management Committee and other matters necessitating approval of the majority of the members. If youd like to renew online click here. If youd like to check on your membership please call 4032 1746 and ask for Marie. 

AGM Agenda:

1. Introduction and apologies
2. Minutes of the 2017 AGM tabled for adoption
3. Presentation of Annual Report by President
4. Finance Report including

  • Receiving of the Auditors Report and Audited Statement
  • Presentation of the Audited Statement to the meeting for adoption
  • Appointment of an Auditor for 2018/2019
  • Report on public liability insurance & sponsorships over $500

5. Staff presentations
6. Election of members of the Management Committee
7. Any other business
8. Close of meet...


The XXXX-ing Problem With Australias Industrial Relation Laws "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Gutting the rights of Australian workers starts with undermining unions, and the right to collectively protest. And the recent experience of Lion Brewery workers is the case in point, writes Giri Sivaraman.

Last week the owners of Brisbanes iconic XXXX brewery at Milton announced redundancies across a range of roles. This decision, which came during a good faith bargaining process, is just another recent example of the crippling of union strength and activism, which has been systematic for many years now in this country.

United Voice called out brewery owners Lion for engaging in a process of casualisation by stealth, but was prevented from protesting and taking industrial action to protect the jobs of existing workers by the Fair Work Commission. As a result, Lion will be allowed to bring on cheap labour hire workers whilst the existing brewery employees lose their jobs.

The ability of unions to advocate for better standards and galvanise support amongst members has been crippled by employers and regulators for decades. Removing the right to strike on fundamental issues like a cap on the use of casual labour or the employment of contractors undermines the existing workforce.

The right to strike and protest unfair treatment is an essential tool used by unions and workers to promote better workplace conditions and take action on key workplace issues. Its a fundamental measure of the democratic values that Australia boasts. However, severe restrictions on this right cast a heavy pall over unions.

Even raising awareness of worker exploitation comes with its own risks as successive conservative governments also moved to enforce prohibitive penalties against unions, their officers and individual employees for sympathy strikes. Just this week construction workers were fined for taking part in a rally about workers rights.

Historically, unions have been instrumental in monitoring and enforcing employers compliance with minimum workplace standards. However, due to continued and sustained attacks from conservative governments, union powers to investigate and prosecute employer contraventions of labour and safety laws have been greatly eroded.

This has been exacerbated by the rigid right of entry laws which continue to operate under the current legislative regime, under which mistakes in giving notice of entry can lead to complete exclusion from the workplace. Stopping work because of a suspected safety breach is also a high-risk activity for unions as fines and damages for unlawful strikes can lead to enormous penalties and damages.

Under national OHS harmonisation unions have lost the right to commence prosecution for unsafe workplaces, and prosecution of underpayment is also a costly and time-consuming process that can take many months or yea...


RACQ Central Queensland (CQ) Rescue Helicopter Rescue Service Remembers Crash Victims "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The RACQ-CQ Rescue Helicopter Service (CQ Rescue) has flown over 8000 missions in the Mackay, Isaac, and Whitsunday regions since it was established in 1996. The service is credited with having saved countless lives, and improved the outcomes for many of its patients. Some of the tasks the service attends can be intense, with the crews dealing with the trauma of road accidents and search and rescues.

However, tragedy unfortunately struck the service in 2003 when on Friday 17 October, the CQ Rescue chopper, which was on a routine medical retrieval to Hamilton Island, failed to arrive at its destination.

The wreckage of the Bell 407 chopper VH-HTD (pictured below in 2002) was discovered six metres under water, about 15 kilometres north of Mackay.

The crew, all aged 31, were very experienced at their jobs, but sadly all perished in the tragedy. A memorial stone (pictured below) was unveiled at Mackay Airport, near the RACQ-CQ Rescue building and hangar on the Western side of the Airport.

The RACQ-CQ Rescue Helicopter service is a valuable service that serves a vast...

Sunday, 14 October

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