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Sunday, 20 January


Tropical Cyclone "Penny" forms, crosses Queensland's Cape York Peninsula "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Tropical Cyclone "Penny" formed at 21:00 UTC, December 31, 2018 (08:00 AEST, Tuesday, January 1, 2019) over the warm tropical waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia and made landfall around 05:00 UTC, January 1 (16:00 LT) just south of Weipa. It is...... Read more

Tropical Cyclone "Owen" sets new Australian December daily rainfall record "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Tropical Cyclone "Owen" brought extremely heavy rains to parts of Queensland, setting a new Australian December daily rainfall. Owen made its first landfall well north of Cardwell, Queensland early December 10, exited into the Gulf of Carpentaria and...... Read more

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Thursday, 03 January


Glossy Black Cockatoo under threat from Sunshine Coast nursing home "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Glossy Black Cockatoos drinking at Sunrise Beach

Critical habitat for the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo is set to be bulldozed for a new aged care facility at Sunrise Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. A community group set up to protect the birds, Glossy Team Sunrise, says hundreds of food trees are threatened by a development planned by the Uniting Church's Blue Care. The area surrounding the proposal is recognised as a hotspot nationally for the cockatoo: during a 2016 survey in South-East Queensland, more than a third of  96 birds recorded were in the Noosa-Sunrise Beach area.

Glossy Team Sunrise says five hectares of habitat will be destroyed by the development a huge complex including 98 residential aged care beds, 74 apartments and 55 living units. The facility will be built in the heart of the most important areas favoured by the Glossy Black Cockatoo. Group spokesperson Bettina Walter says about 300 Allocasuarina feed trees, which the birds are dependent on, would be removed. A high care unit and car park will be built adjacent to a creek visited by the birds for drinking. Survey stakes for the development were planted recently.


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Wednesday, 02 January


Dwelling prices down 5pc in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Affordability improves in 2018

House prices were 10 per cent and 9 per cent lower over 2018 in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Unit prices were 6 per cent and 2 per cent lower in the same two cities.

Overall, dwelling prices at the national level were 5 per cent lower over the year with prices down sharply in the most expensive quartile (-8 per cent) and flat in the cheapest.

Perth's housing market had looked to be bottoming out, but has been clobbered anew by new mortgage lending rules along with the rest. 

Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra recorded modest price growth in 2018, and Hobart topped the charts (click on the graphic to expand):

Source: CoreLogic

Gross yields in the largest two cities are off their cyclical lows, rising from about 3 per cent to 3 per cent. 

Yields on capital city real estate are of course low when compared to a 'risk free rate' of about 2.3 per cent, though of course you can't live in a 10-year government bond. 

Housing is a unique asset class as both a consumption and investment good (for example, I'll always keep property in Sydney - the alternative if I decided to return is paying at least $50,000 per annum in rent, and probably $75,000 plus the way rents are good heading for thanks!). 



Public Using Mobile Video and Social Media to Name and Shame Chinese Daigou "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A daigou is a personal shopper who buys items to send back to people in China, usually for a significant markup. This is a cheaper alternative for Chinese buyers to purchase products around the world. Especially products so in demand in their home country that they often can't be purchased. Like decent quality milk powder produced by Australia. This has caused problems with locals in Australia with hundreds of tins of baby formula being purchased by Chinese daigou to be sent back to China. These daigou can strip shelves of milk powder in minutes. While supermarkets have responded with limiting the number of tins a person can buy per purchase this has failed as the daigou simply go straight back in to purchase more. In response, the Australian public now records videos of these Chinese shoppers stripping the shelves of baby formula then posts to social media. Australia is well known for giving anyone a fair go but there are limits.

Ever think of robbing a store but stopped thinking "what if I'm seen?". Cameras are everywhere. Just about everyone has one in their pocket. Powered up, hours of free space, a phone unlock and camera app start away from filming. YouTube and Facebook have made it easy to share videos for free. Anyone can do it. Now they are. When over 30 daigou recently went on a baby formula buying spree in Brisbane, Shane Conroy captured the raid on video to post to Facebook. The footage has since been viewed half a million times with thousands of shares. The situation with foreign shoppers stripping shelves is only getting worse. The public is now stepping up to record these incidents to post them online to publicly name and shame these people as laws and rules are ineffective.

Is it better when Big Brother is not a central authority but instead is implemented by the people, themselves?

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Call 1214 To Report Hospital ER Units Not Admitting Patients "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Weve been hearing a lot lately about hospitals asking patients for money before admitting them to ER and Ive shared couple of videos on the blog. In order to report such violations, the Health Ministry has set up a hotline 1214 to call and inform the ministry about such a case.

Throwing patients out of ER for not having money or papers is inhumane.


Recently Re-Registered Bell Helicopter Textron 412EP VH-LWI Ferries North via Gladstone and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A nice helicopter noted flying North from Redcliffe to Townsville on Wednesday 2 January was recently re-registered Bell Helicopter Textron 412EP VH-LWI.

VH-LWI was noted flying into Gladstone Airport from Redcliffe.  After taking on fuel, it continued to Mackay Airport for another fuel stop before continuing to Townsville where it is pictured above.

The big Bell is registered to Helicorp (Toll Helicopters) but recently the operator details were changed to the Queensland Government (State of Queensland).  This suggests that it may be taking up duties with the Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue service.

VH-LWI is possibly in Townsville to replace Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412EP helicopter VH-ESB which was noted ferrying South all the way to Mudgee in New South Wales during the middle part of December - see Blog post below.

Of interest, VH-LWI is no stranger to airborne medical retrieval services having operated with Careflight in New South Wales as "Careflight 5".

VH-LWI in full Careflight colours in May 2014  (File photo)



A Look at The Central Queensland Gliding Club "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Follower and contributor to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, Ash B is a member of the Central Queensland Gliding Club, and he enjoys flying around the skies of Central Queensland in an aircraft without an engine!

Ash has shared some information on this little known but popular club for aviators in Central Queensland and shared some spectacular photos from a recent flight he took from the Club's own McMaster Airfield, to Thangool, via Dululu, Boundary Hill Mine, Callide Power Station, Smokey Creek and then back.

The Central Queensland Gliding Club is based at Dixalea, off the Burnett Highway, about 83 kilometres from Rockhampton, just south of Dululu.  It is the closest gliding operation to Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald.



Where's somewhere nice to stay in Fiji? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

We're going to the main island in May, trying to find somewhere to stay, about 4 star. There's so many places and reviews, I was hoping for some first hand experience of what to do and what not to do. As well as places to stay and places to avoid.

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Tuesday, 01 January


Qld Councils & the 80/20 rule 81% of Queenslanders live in just 12 out of 78 LGAs "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

In the final week of 2018, the Brisbane Times published an article The capital cities that ate Australia, which opened:

They are the capital cities eating up the rest of Australia.

Already home to more than two-thirds of the nations 25 million residents, each capital city will soon dominate their respective state or territory in a way that will challenge Australias economic and political landscape.

Special projections from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Hobart will soon account for at least half the population in each of their respective jurisdictions.

At the moment, in contrast to the capitals in other states, both the Brisbane metro area (at 49% of state population) and Hobart (at 44%) account for under half of their state populations. However, in my view, we should instead consider Brisbane, the Gold Coast and increasingly the Sunshine Coast as an SEQ metropolis, the 200km City as UQ Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt once called it (see my 2015 post Urban sprawl filling in the 200km City).

Two-in-three Queenslanders live in the 200km City (e.g. see chart below, which shows the SEQ local government areas filling the top positions in the ranking of Queenslands Local Government Areas by population size). The state seems much less decentralised when considering that fact (also see my Fact check: Does a majority of Qlds population live outside SEQ?).



Kelp Gull at Wynnum Creek Boat Ramp reported by David Lie on 01-01-2019 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I assume this is the same bird many people listed last month. Instead of sitting with the gulls on the wall beside the ramp, this time was plonked 3m from the shore on the mud for a while.


Common Sandpiper, Brolga, Great Crested Grebe at Wiggins Island Coal Terminal Rd Wetlands, Gladstone reported by Ted Wnorowski on 26-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

After heavy rains all ponds are full of water and birds returned again. Main feature were a large flock of Red-necked Avocets (87) and a family of Brolgas (a pair with 1 juv.). In the deeper pond behind the fence was a single juv Great Crested Grebe. On the man-made structure in this pond was roosting Common Sandpiper. Other interesting birds included Marsh Sandpiper (3), Common Greenshank (5), Glossy Ibis (5) and a pair of Brown Falcons with a chick in the nest. There was also a flock (9) of Plum-headed Finches feeding in the tall grass.


January 1 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

1785 John Oxley , who was an early Australian explorer, was hatched in Yorkshire, England. In 1824 Oxley tripped over the Brisbane River and Bremer River on Moreton Bay, an area now known as Brisvegas...err...Brisbane.

1793 The Flogging Parson aka Samuel Marsden was appointed assistant to the chaplain of New South Wales.

1809 Lieut William Paterson frocked up & rocked up at Port Jackson where he assumed the ballgown and role of Governor.

1810 Because he had nothing better to do that day (apart from recover from a hangover), Major General Lachlan Macquarie took up office as the fifth Governor of New South Wales.

1811 Governor Lachlan Macquarie's police regulations for Sydney came into effect, and the Sydney Police Court was established.

1812 John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (in England) is appointed Surveyor-General of NSW.
Oh, and happy 27th birthday, Johnny-boy!

1814 The Fair Isle of Oz got its first form of currency when The 'holey dollar' and 'dump' trotted out into circulation.

1822 The Van Diemen's Land Agricultural Society was formed in Hobart.

1823 YES! We should have this day off as an extra public holiday just to give thanks for the fact that distillation of spirits was officially allowed in the colony of NSW.
It's already a public holiday.

1825 Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, was opened to traffic; it is still in use today. When completed the Bridge had the record of having the longest span of Australias bridges, a record not surpassed until 1836.

1827 The Sydney Gazette began daily publication. On 10th February this was reduced to three times a week.

1829 Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached the Bogan River. He tickled about the edges of the Darling River while having a good stickybeak near present day Bourke, and then fox-trotted his way as he traced the Castlereagh River.

1830 I like their timing...4 hotels in Fremantle became Western Australia's first licensed premises.

1837 For a pittance of 10 licence fee generous Gov. Bourke told squatters to go forth and graze beyond the limits of location.

1838 First horse race meeting held in Adelaide.

1838 Another bloke with too much time over the festive season....Melbourne's first newspaper, a miniature sheet of four pages handwritten in manuscript, called the Port Phillip Advertiser, was founded and issued by John Pascoe Fawkner.

1839 Assignment of convicts for service in towns ended.

1841 WA Governor John Hutt laid the....


2018 Sunshine Coast Birds Big Year "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

#278 Barking Owl
Every now and then I think it's good to take up a challenge: set oneselfa goal and go for it. It maytake a while to reach yourtarget. It wasmany years before I finally attainedmy goal of seeing all 234 bird families in the world; that milestone was notched upin Panama in 2015 with the sighting of Sapayoa.

2018 Zone of Happiness...


Mackay Airport Plane Spotting Locations - UPDATED!! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Updated January 2019.

Mackay Airport is approximately 6km from the city of Mackay and is served by most of Australia's major airlines. QantasLink operates primarily Dash-8-Q400 turboprop and Boeing B717-200 jet aircraft into Mackay, with some services operated by Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 aircraft. Jetstar flys Airbus A320s into Mackay at least daily from Brisbane and Virgin Australia fly predominantly Boeing B737-800 aircraft several times a day to Mackay also from Brisbane.

The passenger terminal is located on the Western side of the airport, and features an observation area where unfortunately, photos are near impossible due to the many layers of glass. Virgin Australia and Qantas have opened dedicated lounge facilities inside the Mackay Airport terminal, and the terminal building has undergone significant redevelopments also in recent months.

Perhaps the best and certainly most convenient place for plane spotting at Mackay Airport is now from the Ibis Hotel Mackay which is situated right across the road from the Mackay Airport terminal building!

Rooms up on the sixth and seventh floors offers views across the whole Airport including most the main parking apr...


Rockhampton Airport Plane Spotting Locations - UPDATED!! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Updated January 2019.

Rockhampton Airport is situated about 5km west of the City of Rockhampton with Hunter Street being the main access road into the airport. Scheduled passenger services to Rockhampton are operated by Qantas (QantasLink) and Virgin Australia / Alliance Airlines.

QantasLink flights are mostly operated by Dash-8-Q400 turbo-prop aircraft with the occasional Cobham Aviation-operated Boeing B717-200 jet aircraft.

Virgin Australia services are operated by a mix of Boeing B737 jet aircraft and Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 and F-100 jet aircraft.  Alliance Airlines took over operating some services for Virgin Australia into Rocky in 2017.

Freight services usually fly into Rockhampton Airport in the evening and early morning by Pel-Air Express SAAB 340A Freighters and Toll Freight Express Metros.  General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Dornier DO 228-202s often call in from Emerald Airport before departing to Brisbane.

Rockhampton Airport also sees a lot of ad-hoc and heavy-lift charter arrivals, particularly in association with various Australian, Singaporean, and American military exercises, where various military fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft can also be seen....


Queensland fought to stop Daintree's world heritage listing, cabinet papers reveal "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

In 1988, Mike Ahern's government was also trying to distance itself from corruption under Joh Bjelke-Petersen and establish a greenhouse gas policy to combat climate changeIn 1988 while most Queenslanders were busy celebrating the bicentenary and hosting the World Expo 88, the government was fighting a bitter campaign to stop the Daintree Rainforest being heritage listed and was desperately trying to distance itself from the corruption that flourished under Joh Bjelke-Petersen's [...]

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Monday, 31 December

19:17 Cairns North - Airport Avenue "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hazard - Signal fault - Lights flashing yellow



Who needs fireworks when nature's such a blast? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Nine o'clock and pre-midnight fireworks for families boom in the background. What can compete?
Too far from poles to dream of auroras, no lightning storms expected. Never fear, nature's here. Day or two early, but fireworks prep began months ago. So, here's Double Happy at the common.

And there's the pot of gold spot at right of picture. I've plenty so have left it all in place for others.

So, 2018. Sometimes it crawled along but suddenly it's ending with dash and splash, just as turtle poised on Ross River stump's about to do. Turtles beside the bank, banks' good names turned horribly turtle!



Qld less reliant on overseas migration as driver of growth than southern states "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Over 2018 I have commented regularly that the Queensland economy is under-performing relative to NSW and Victoria, and this has been reflected in the states unemployment rate remaining above 6% while the national rate has fallen toward 5%. It should be borne in mind, however, that population and economic growth in the southern states have been boosted by very high rates of net overseas migration (at 1-1.5% of population p.a. in the southern states compared with 0.6% in Queensland). These rates are placing large strains on infrastructure in these states and may not be sustainable.

I have taken the opportunity provided by the release just before Christmas of the ABSs demographic data for June 2018 to analyse population change by component by state/territory (see the facet plot below for financial years 1987-88 to 2017-18).


In Queensland, natural increase (i.e. births minus deaths), net overseas migration, and net interstate migration make similar contributions to total population growth, while in NSW and Victoria, net overseas migration is by far the largest component of population change. If this pattern continues, the difference in the population composition between Queensland and the southern state...


NYE celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

What is everyone doing tonight in The Ville?

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Granite Belt ride reveals wonders (Pt 2) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The wonders of the Granite Belt in southern Queensland attracted Gold Coast rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes. He organised a two-day trip with the help of Monique Krause, marketing coordinator of Granite Belt Wine Country. Click here for the first part of his trip.

Granite Belt wondersClick here for the Google Maps route 

More wonders

Day two of my new frontier exploration of the Granite Belt region led me to more wonders.

The Jamworks Gourmet Cafe and Larder was the place to go for breakfast where they make all their jams on site. One of the owners, Stef, was on duty and shared how they often get machinery clubs and car clubs among others journeying through or frequently meeting up there.

In fact as I enjoyed some apple juice and an omelette, the local classics group turned up for their monthly gathering.  A smattering of classic vehicles surrounded the parking lot and the conversation rose enthusiastically within the cafe to fever pitch.


You arent visiting Stanthorpe properly if you havent experienced several wineries across the area. In fact there are more than 45 different vineyards in the region and to explore all of them in one hit is an impossibility which is why many people just keep returning....


Granite Belt begs to be ridden (Pt 1) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Granite Belt in southern Queensland tempts Gold Coast rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes who organised a two-day trip with the help of Monique Krause, marketing coordinator of Granite Belt Wine Country. Click here for the second part of his trip.

Granite Belt wondersClick here for the Google Maps route 

The region is two hours west of the Gold Coast and up until now I only knew it as that cold place where it snows in Queensland in winter.

Stanthorpe is at the heart of the region and when I was told it was one of the cooler areas in South East Queensland over the summer, I was hooked as riding in summer can be taxing. I was especially hooked when I remembered the curvaceous ride up through Killarney and the sumptuous twists of the Tenterfield range that enable me to get there and return.

Granite foundation

The Granite Belt region is aptly named sitting on a ribbon of granite rock that is naturally displayed in all sorts of interesting shapes. Budding geologists will have a ball.

The land is utilised for many industries including wine and grape vineyards, apple farms, strawberry farms, fish hatcheries and cheese factories to name several.

To get to the Granite Belt region from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, there are several options: the Warrego Highway to Toowoomba then out through Warwick and south bound. There is also the Cunninghams Gap option which is a stunning and curvy ride to Warwick. I came up through Boonah, Carneys Creek and Killarney. If you are coming from the Northern Rivers region, up through Casino then the Tenterfield range is the way to go.

For me the ride up through Killarney is stunning, encompassing narrow, winding roads through canopied rai...

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Sunday, 30 December


Bush, Clinton, Obama apparatus could face indictment over human trafficing "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Brent Melville

|OBSERVERS suspect George W. Bush could face charges of treason in front of a military tribunal and a possible death sentence after a note left his wife Laura and brother Jeb in a state of shock at his father George H. W. Bushs (seniors) funeral on December 5.

A series of videos at the Bush senior funeral clearly show how the former presidents, vice-presidents and others of the US political establishment received unexpected envelopes carrying as-yet unknown but obviously shocking news.

Hilary Clinton, the ALP pinup girl, along with others handed notices at George Bushs funeral which are said to be be indictments for human trafficking. A military tribunal, according to sources, will begin hearing charges in January 

Cardigan Jones of the RedPillBook channel has compiled three of the best commentaries on the video.

Trumps Executive Order of December 2017 blocking the property of persons involved in serious human rights abuse or corruption means the Bush, Clinton and Obama families are now firmly in the sights of the covert military campaign behind the Trump administration to root out and prosecute the corrupt US deep state apparatus and its treasonous agenda to globalize America.

The first to display open-mouthed shock after ope...


Environmental Buccaneering: Adanis Stalling Mega-Mining Project in Northern Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

It should be a sign for this Indian giant, a company that has done much to illustrate the ethical and moral bankruptcy in Australias political classes.  Despite support stretching from Canberra to rural Queensland, lifted by the fantasy of job

The post Environmental Buccaneering: Adanis Stalling Mega-Mining Project in Northern Australia appeared first on Global Research.


Record rainfall in Queensland, Australia - 1.5 meters since the start of December "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Long-term weather records have been smashed by overnight rainfall, with some parts of the Far North receiving more than a metre of water so far this month. The Bureau of Meteorology has reported 1.5m of rainfall since the start of December at Daintree Village eclipsing a previous December record of 900mm set in 1973. Cairns Airport has received its highest ever rainfall for the soggy month, with 754.4mm filling the rain gauge, as has Cooktown with 675.6mm. The bureau has also recorded 888mm of rainfall at Kuranda Railway Station, and 750mm at Innisfail wharf, the highest monthly amounts ever for both locations. Bureau duty forecaster Lachlan Stoney said they were still expecting the heavy rainfall to continue today, with a severe weather warning issued for a large area across Cape York Peninsula, extending northwest of Cairns. "It's all associated with the tropical low that's formed in the area," he said.


Adanis attack on Aboriginal leader morally reprehensible "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Sunday 30 December 2018

Traditional Owners support leader, Adrian Burragubba

Adanis bankruptcy petition is corporate bullying, abuse of process

W&J call on Qld Government to investigate Adanis sham dealings

Adani are out to punish the Traditional Owner leading the fight against their Carmichael Mine and the opening up of the Galilee Basin. In a show of abject moral failure and corporate bullying, Adani has instituted bankruptcy proceedings against W&J leader and spokesperson Adrian Burragubba, simply for retribution, said W&J Traditional Owners Family Council chairperson Linda Bobongie.

Our people will stand with Mr Burragubba at this trying time. He is a courageous leader who has put our people, country and cultural heritage before his own and his families personal needs. He speaks for many of the rightful Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou Country and we will not be frightened by Adanis latest abuse of power.

We have enormous support for our Federal Cour...


Stubble Quail, King Quail, Lewin's Rail, Brown Songlark at Bli Bli reported by Greg Roberts on 30-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

at least 8 Stubble Quail, very rare on Sunshine Coast (record shot here) & half a dozen King quail

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Saturday, 29 December


Australian researchers have developed a test that can detect cancer cells in 10 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A quick and easy test devised by scientists from the University of Queensland could transform cancer diagnosis as we know it.

Cancer is a difficult disease to diagnose because different types are characterised by different signatures. Until now, scientists have been unable to find a unique signature common to all forms of cancer that would set it apart from healthy cells.

Thats what University of Queensland researchers Dr Laura Carrascosa, Dr Abu Sina and Professor Matt Trau have addressed. They have discovered a unique DNA nanostructure that seems to be common to all types of cancer and is visible when cancer cells are placed in water.


Psychic Insights 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Psychic Insights 2019 a look at future events and study of some channelled messages and visions from psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post Psychic Insights 2019 appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

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Friday, 28 December


Lost two packages of cocaine at the beach? They're waiting for you at Bundy Police Station! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Suspicious white powder washes up on Bundaberg beaches myPolice on Dec 28, 2018 @ 11:20am Queensland Police Service are seeking public assistance after two parcels of white powder were located washed up on beaches recently in the Bundaberg area. Members of the public contacted police after discovering two separate one-kilogram...


Breakthrough Ultrasound Method Makes Promises to Reverse the Effects Caused By Dementia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

With an estimated 7.7 million new cases of dementia diagnosed each year around the globe, scientists and researchers have been focused on not only better understanding the condition but finding a cure. A new method out of the University of Queensland may just hold the answers.

If someone you love has been diagnosed with dementia, then you know that it can be a challenging condition to navigate. With early warning signs including confusion, reduced concentration, depression, withdrawal, and memory problems, there is no doubting the fact that it can have a significant impact on your life. In fact, not only does it impact the mind, but it is also said to have a physical impact on the lives of those who live with the condition. As this condition progresses, people may struggle to remember who they are, or how to maintain their normal schedule. Unfortunately, as many of these signs are easily dismissed as nothing more than the aging process, dementia often goes unnoticed and undiagnosed for a significant period.

For those tasked with caring for those who are living with dementia, there are unique challenges. Recent developments in technology have helped to aid in care and management, improving their quality of life and assisting in ensuring their safety. For example, one Japanese company created QR code nail stickers would allow law enforcement to scan someones code if they are unable to identify themselves, providing key information like their name, address, and a contact number. While this is certainly a step forward, families around the globe are still holding onto hope of a cure.

Researchers at the University of Queenslands Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) have been focusing their efforts on a well-known and documented theory as to the development of dementia. Studies show that those living with the condition often experience a build up of the protein beta-amyloid, creating a plaque in the brain. The presence of this build-up disrupts the brains ability to communicate cell-to...

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Thursday, 27 December


Snorkelling - any point? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I'm in Cairns for a couple of days, and it's been rather badly timed what with the cyclone dumping torrents of rain. I was wondering if the locals could let me know whether there's any point in doing some snorkelling? What sort of visibility should I be expecting, for starters? The beaches don't look very promising at the moment... I'll be snorkelling near Upolu Cay. Thanks!

Edit 29/12: it was cloudy and drizzling on the mainland, and the wind was pretty strong. Went to Fitzroy as the currents elsewhere were too strong. However, swimming still sucked and it was tiring moving against the waves. Visibility was barely a metre, and colour was in hues of grey and green. My opinion? Don't bother going for the next week or so as weather conditions seem to be similar to today's.

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Wednesday, 26 December


Looking for participants in a personality and lifestyle survey (18+) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

There are many reasons that people use drugs. We are interested in finding out if different aspects of personality may influence whether a person engages in cannabis use, or not.

Specifically, we are looking for people aged 18 or above to participate in a completely anonymous survey to help us understand the role of personality in cannabis use. You do not have to be a cannabis user to participate. We are looking for current, past, and non-users to better understand this relationship.

To find out more about the study, please follow the link below:

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Looking for participants - Personality and drug use survey (18+) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

There are many reasons that people use drugs. We are interested in finding out if different aspects of personality may influence whether a person engages in cannabis use, or not.

Specifically, we are looking for people aged 18 or above to participate in a completely anonymous survey to help us understand the role of personality in cannabis use. You do not have to be a cannabis user to participate. We are looking for current, past, and non-users to better understand this relationship.

To find out more about the study, please follow the link below:

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Flying in today - vacation weather tips? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Im here from Canada visiting Eastern Australia and today we fly up to Cairns. Great Barrier Reef is on the bucket list and Ive been looking forward to this trip for months. Sydney has been great so far but the weather in the Cairns area has me nervous that the next few days will be a write-off. This is likely the only opportunity myself and the family will have in our lifetime to visit the reef.

How bad is it this week? Our reef excursion via Port Douglas is tomorrow Dec 28 and a Daintree excursion on Dec 29.

We cant really change the date. Any tips on how to save this vacation? Looks like the storm is moving slowly north, are there good reef areas via the south of Cairns if we changed the location a bit?

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Recently Delivered Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-UQF First Visit to CQ at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Wednesday 26 December, Alliance Airlines recently delivered Fokker F-100 jet VH-UQF was photographed making its first visit to Central Queensland, arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane operating on behalf of Virgin Australia Airlines as VOZ1243.  This was its first ever revenue flight with Alliance Airlines following its delivery almost two weeks ago.


Good vegan food in Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Heading to Cairns in a few days, anybody know of any restaurants that serve good vegan dishes.

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The Relevance of the Bible to the modern political environment "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Lex Stewart

I interpret world history and politics in the light of what is written in the Holy Bible, which is the true, the infallible Word of God.

Jesus was God manifest in the flesh, and was a non-political non-violent teacher etc.

John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God i.e. the sacrifice to take away our sins.  The purpose of his coming to Earth was primarily to suffer unfair crucifixion and rise from the dead.  Therefore he is alive in physical form somewhere in this Universe, and is available to come back to Earth.

Jesus said (and other parts of the Bible also state) that He will come back to Earth for multiple purposes, one being that he will finally be accepted by the Jews as their Messiah.

Jesus will come back not as the Lamb of God but as the Lion of Judah, as a violent warrior, leading an army to defeat (at the place Armageddon) the armies of the new world ruler, the Antichrist.

The restoration of Israel in 1948 as a nation is a miracle unprecedented in world history, and it was predicted in various parts of the Bible, some parts having been written centuries before Christ came.

Jesus said that some of the people who see Israel restored will still be alive when he returns.  That therefore means that Jesus will be back here before about 2048, or sooner, perhaps 2020!  Jesus said that nobody can know the exact day of his return.

However, just as the Bible gives us many signs that predicted Jesus first coming, what he would do and what would happen to him, then so too the Bible tells us what will happen shortly before Jesus comes back the second time, what will happen when he returns, and afterwards.

Signs/ events leading up to the return of Jesus Christ the second time:


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Monday, 24 December


Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Asian Dowitcher at Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost reported by Rob Elvish on 23-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Birds still present up to midday. AD on the island favoured by Pelicans near the gate, with godwits. BBS often alone foraging in samphire on the big island in front of the second hide as reported before.


Christmas message from Cairns News "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

To our valued readers in Australia and from around the world, the editors and contributors to Cairns News wish you all the very best for Christmas day.

This holy day is time for reflection and to celebrate the birth of Jesus and our Christianity. After witnessing horrible anti-human legislation being rammed through state and federal parliaments we live in hope for the return of our Saviour.

The federal government under the closet Marxist former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, by foul means managed to legitimise same sex marriage, a partnership abhorrent to Christ.



Christmas humour "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

An elderly, but hardy cattleman from Alice Springs once told a young female neighbour that if she wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gunpowder on her oatmeal each morning. 

She did this religiously and lived to the ripe old age of 103.  She left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a 40-foot HOLE where the crematorium used to be.



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Sunday, 23 December


Santa works magic on glimpse of Paradise present "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Isn't Santa just Christmas? Asked North Pole person (PC post!) to magic iffy shot of Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher and Ho Ho Ho job's done.

Seems it's once a year deal only. So I've asked for stocking full of post-processing tips. And a flasher monitor. And digiscoping. And ... Too greedy? Well, aren't we all, this time of year?

Always up for gifts of grace from Red-tailed Black Cockatoos. Female incoming above at Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park yesterday.

And another outgoing after feeding on Xmas mix of tree nuts and fallen seeds.



Palmer offers $250,000 to candidates after Qld Nickel collapse left $300m in debts and 800 out of work "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Jim OToole in Townsville

The upcoming federal election will be a watershed for minor political parties yet Clive Palmers re-branded United Australia Party says it will run candidates in every Queensland seat in spite of the party scoring  4816 votes in the 2016 senate race.

The Palmer candidate in Herbert, the home of Queensland Nickel claimed just 315 votes in the Lower House.

The only attraction for potential pollies is the $250,000 enticement Clive has promised each candidate to spend on their campaign.

If you would like a cool quarter of a mil you could run for Clive

For one endorsed candidate in the far northern electorate of Leichardt, it was manna from heaven. Jen Sackley had been out of work but white knight Clive, a life-sized remnant of the infamous white shoe brigade rode into Cairns tossing around greenbacks like confetti.

Whatever else Clive has to offer remains obscured to the voting public except acknowledgment again he will split the conservative vote thus letting the communists of the Labor Party claw their way into government.


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Saturday, 22 December


Poland climatefest dumps several million tonnes of CO2 into atmosphere aiding plant growth "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Viv Forbes, science writer

$500M Climate Carnival Concludes.

COP 24 just concluded in Poland. Nearly 23,000 climate saviours attended this 24th annual climate carnival.

Every year, plane-loads of concerned busybodies fly to some interesting new location to spend tax dollars on a well-fed 12 day holiday. They concoct plans to ration and tax the energy used by real workers, farmers and families back home.

Few delegates arrived by bicycle or solar-powered plane a fleet of at least 100 commercial, private and charter aircraft brought them at a cost estimated at US$57M. When the costs of hotels, ground transport, food, entertainment, air conditioning and office services are added, the bill is likely to top $500 M.

Australian taxpayers supported 46 junketeers. Now these Chicken Littles are back home spreading climate scare stories and lecturing locals to not overspend on Christmas presents.

There is a bright side all that carbon dioxide emitted by planes, cars, buses, heaters, stoves, beer, champagne and Polands coal-fired power stations will help global plant growth.

Source of Estimates:
Cultural Communists Know How to Spend Your Money to Fight Climate Change.



Australia in boots and all with climate racketeers at Poland conference "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Liberal and Labor supported 46 emissaries now back home to spread climate scare stories while the absent US throws a party to celebrate fossil fuels

December 16, 2018

Negotiators from around the world struck an eleventh-hour deal Saturday, laying out rules to implement the Paris Agreement and keep the landmark 2015 climate accord intact.

But it wasnt easy.

The two-week, drawn-out fight that included a rehashing of old battles and the introduction of new ones stretched late into the night here at the COP 24 UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland. The pitched battle hints at challenges to come in the global fight against climate change as the new world order continue to face a wave of political pressure that has put a strain on international cooperation.



Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-XNE Spotted at Mackay Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Making a unexpected visit to Mackay Airport during late in the morning on Friday 21 December was Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XNE.  It appeared to be completing a flight from and back to its Cairns base but didn't appear to be using its 'usual' radio callsign of "Rescue 330".

After around an hour on the ground, VH-XNE departed back to Cairns.

Meanwhile, across the course of Thursday 20 December, there were several medical evacuation rescue helicopters that were noted flying around Bundaberg Airport.

RACQ LifeFlight Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter VH-XIJ "Rescue 533" arrived from Toowoomba and departed to the Prince Charl...


MACKAY Police constable charged with 31 counts of computer hacking "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 21, 2018 at 03:48PM ,

Police constable charged with 31 counts of computer hacking

December 21, 2018 at 03:48PM ,

He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on January 29 next year. Queensland Police Service states it has undertaken to inform the public

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MACKAY Fish and chip shop owner charged with kebab shop vandalism "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 21, 2018 at 11:07AM ,

Fish and chip shop owner charged with kebab shop vandalism

December 21, 2018 at 11:07AM ,

Bernardus Doves of Balnagowan fronted Mackay Magistrates Court nearly three months after Kezas Kebabs was broken into at the Marian Town

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MACKAY Geotechnician and beautician face the music for meth driving "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 21, 2018 at 06:15AM ,

Geotechnician and beautician face the music for meth driving

December 21, 2018 at 06:15AM ,

Andrew John Walter Lay, 35, of Mackay and Anne-Louise Rasmussen, 24, of Alligator Creek, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday,

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MACKAY Clutching at straws: Strength of case in question "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 21, 2018 at 07:22PM ,

Clutching at straws: Strength of case in question

December 21, 2018 at 07:22PM ,

The development occurred during Wiremu Edward Johnsons application for bail in Mackay Magistrates Court. On Thursday, Johnson, 26, pleaded

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MACKAY Drugs charges, Eungella "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 22, 2018 at 12:26AM ,

Drugs charges, Eungella

December 22, 2018 at 12:26AM ,

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MACKAY Police seize cannabis plants from Eungella residence "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 22, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

Police seize cannabis plants from Eungella residence

December 22, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

A 22-year-old Eungella man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 22 after he was issued a notice to appear on three charges.

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Best Local fish and chips? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Alright so Im from cairns but have moved down to Brisbane and whilst Im here I may as well have a good ol local style fish and chips. Im thinking Petes place because thats the OG IMO but Im open to suggestions, none of that fancy $25 for a kids serving skullduggery we get in Brizvegas, I want way too much batter and the option of chicken salt.

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Friday, 21 December


Adanis Christmas pantomime hides a more sinister tale "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Friday 21 December 2018

Adanis insistence that its mine is commencing is turning into a Christmas pantomime that masks the full brunt of the corporate conglomerates destructive and divisive influence, say Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead council spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, We know first hand that Adani cant be trusted and will cover their activities with clever PR. But we dont buy it and we continue to defend our lands and waters from destruction and prevent them building their mine.

Mine construction thwarted

Adani do not have several key approvals critical to them making any real progress on building the mine. In addition, the W&J Traditional Owners Federal Court full-bench appeal will now most likely be heard in May 2019, with a decision some time after that. Indications are that the Queensland Government will not extinguish native title at the Carmichael site before then, preventing Adani from building its critical mine infrastructure.

Mr Burragubba said: On Tuesday, an application in the Federal Court by Adani to throw out our legal challenge against the mine, unless we paid $160,000 within two weeks, was not accepted by Justice Robertson.

We beat back Adani and their high-pr...


David Bidstrup. More doom and gloom and we are paying for it "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Climate change has reached fever pitch again with more doom and gloom being shouted at us each day. Two articles appeared in papers I read this morning [a day or two ago]. The Australian proclaimed Climate lowdown warns of no escape from rising heat and The Advertiser, (always handy to have in case there is a need to wrap up any old dead fish), had a full page expose titled Feel the heat in large letters.

Both articles have their origin in the latest scaremongering by the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO. This is the fifth State of the climate report and it tells us that we are going to fry/get more storms/get acid seawater/be inundated by rising sea levels and many other effects from the dreaded carbon dioxide.

I was interested in the doomsday graph that showed temperature changes compared to the 1861-1900 mean. Apart from the fact that average temperatures mean absolutely nothing, (read the paper by Christopher Essex), and have been demonstrated to be constructed from very sparse data, (see work by John McLean), I thought I would see how long temperature records have been kept, particularly in the period used as the baseline for all the drama.

The table below shows a sample of locations around the country and the date that data collection began. It is not exhaustive but interesting nonetheless.

[Editor, I cant line up the columns. The order of columns is:]
Records start
Years to 1900
1861 to 1900
% of time

Location Records start Years to 1900 1861 to 1900 % of time

Melbourne 1855 45 40 113%
Sydney 1860 40 40 100%
Hobart 1880 20 40 50%
Adelaide 1888 12 40 30%
Brisbane 1890 10 40 25%
Cairns 1890 10 40 25%
Total 132 240 55%
Broome 1900
Darwin 1940
Alice Springs 1940
Townsville 1940
Oodnadatta 1940
Perth 1945
Coober Pedy 1965

5 capital cities and Cairns all have some data in the period 1861 to 1900 but it is not continuous except for Melbourne and Sydney. The rest have percentages ranging from 50 to 25 of the period.

When the data years are compared with the actual years the percentage of time with data is about 55%, but mostly concentrated in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart with a smattering from Brisbane and cairns.

It is also interesting to note that places like Darwin, Alice Springs, Perth and some regional places have no records until 1940 and later.

Anyone who has travelled a bit knows that the climate in Darwin is very different to that in Hobart so to believe that there can be an Australian climate requires a bit of gullibility and anyone proclaiming that it is so is kidding us.




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Australian Patriot Radio

Harrys Christmas message followed by a song Shit happens when good men do nothing. Harry and Mike Holt present their weekly OZ CHAT program that opens closed doors to government unaccountable corruption and mismanagement of your nation and closing features Frank Gallen and Mal E Bulls song from 2003, Over the hill on the dole CLICK HERE


Population growth remains strong (but internal trends shift) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Population growth still strong

The June quarter tends to be a quiet one for population increase, but over the course of FY2018 estimated population growth remained strong at 391,000 or +1.6 per cent, despite a moderate slowing of visa processing and net overseas migration.

Total births increased by 7,000 over the 2018 financial year, mainly due to a jump in New South Wales, although there have been processing lags and blips before.

In time this will set Australia up for its next property cycle as apartment construction slows dramatically over the next few years, but at the moment it's all about mortgage processing delays and mechanical minutiae.

New migrants from overseas are now dominated by young arrivals from China (83,000 in FY2018), India (67,000), and other Asian countries, and less so by permanent migrants from New Zealand, Britain, or other parts of Europe.  

Of the 553,000 migrant arrivals in FY2018? Overwhelmingly they still headed for Greater Sydney (179,000), Melbourne (151,000), Brisbane (56,000), and Perth (48,000) respectively, with other parts of south-east Queensland capturing a fair chunk of the remainder.

The bulk of new migrants lie within the 18 to 34 years cohort, and some 85.4 per cent now opt to reside in the capital cities, and especially so Sydney (32.4 per cent) and Melbourne (27.3 per cent).

Internal shiftology

There have, however, been some internal migration shifts over FY2018. 

Interstate migration to Queensland increased to the highest level in a dozen years as incumbent Aussie residents moved away from the crowded capitals for the more affordable Sunshine State.

I'm hiding in that maroon line myself somewhere, albeit at the nadir of the cycle some years back. 

And while...

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Thursday, 20 December


Some investors are getting behind the 8-ball "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Investor arrears rise

S&P Prime SPIN mortgage arrears ticked up to 1.35 per cent in October 2018.

This was a notch higher than September, but also lower than in March, April, May, June, July, or August (just for a grain of perspective). 

Note, however, that October is normally a benign month for mortgage arrears, which then can rise after the lengthy Xmas break. 

Prime SPIN arrears remained low in New South Wales (1.12 per cent) and elevated in Western Australia (2.58 per cent). 

30 plus day arrears are tracking some way higher here than a year earlier, when arrears were just 1.04 per cent. 

At the state level New South Wales is now routinely creeping higher as the housing market softens, accounting for most of the year-on-year increase. 

The New South Wales arrears, in my best estimate, likely relate to vacant high-density apartments (e.g. Chatswood, Epping, Ryde, Hills District) and over-leveraged households on the city fringe. 


MACKAY Police admit drug trafficking accused still on the run "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 20, 2018 at 01:45PM ,

Police admit drug trafficking accused still on the run

December 20, 2018 at 01:45PM ,

Jessie Lawrance Walker, 24, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday from the criminal dock in custody. When bail was refused by Magistrate

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SEQ the drawcard "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Beautiful one day...

...interstate migrants the next.

Annual interstate migration to Queensland is still rising, now up to +25,000.

That's the highest since the mining boom days of 2006.

Total population growth in the state rose to +85,000, which is the highest since the peak of the resources investment boom in 2013, albeit with slightly different drivers this time around. 

Annual population growth in FY2018 was strong nationally at nearly 400,000, driven largely by net overseas migration and young migrants from China, India, and other parts of Asia.

I'll look at the figures around the traps in more detail next up. 


MACKAY Mackay magistrates court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 19, 2018 at 07:58PM ,

Mackay magistrates court

December 19, 2018 at 07:58PM ,

Browse the latest articles, photo galleries and videos relating to mackay magistrates court. Mackay Magistrates Court, 67 Victoria Street Deng Guot, 19

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Wednesday, 19 December


China and India lining up to be worlds largest economies "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

Its really hard to tear your eyes away from this dynamic graph showing the projected GDP rankings of the worlds 10 largest economies between 2019 and 2100, using data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

GDP stands for Gross Domestic Product or the monetary measure of all goods and services produced.

The first big change in the period leading up to the 2019 starting point was Russias 1992 entry in the world economy at 4th place behind the great economic powers of the US, Japan and Germany. This position which was soon eclipsed by the inexorable rise of China, which reached the number 2 spot in 1999 for the first time in world history and then went full supernova in 2006, with mind-boggling 15% annual growth.

India is currently having its own supernova, projected to move from 7th to 5th place in 2019, ahead of the UK and France and surpassing Germany for 4th place in 2024!

In 2028, China is projected to surpass the US as the worlds largest economy. India will surpass Japan for the 3rd spot in 2030. The latter half of the 21st century will be all about India, which overtakes the US in nominal GDP in 2059, the second country ever to do so. By 2072, Asia will totally dominate the world economy.

These are the happy numbers forecast by the IMF, as opposed to the infamous projections of Deagel, which predicts that the countries most dependent on the heavily financialized economies of the Anglo-American banking system will be hardest-hit by its collapse.

Deagel says the UK will lose 50M people and its GDP will shrink to 8% of its current numbers. The US will lose 220M people and its GDP will shrink to 8% of its current numbers, as well. Are Deagels projections expressing the fantasies of disaster-capitalist banksters?

In light of the December 10th signing of the UNs migration pact, which resulted in yesterdays resignation of the Belgian president, a review of Deagels statements of 2014, reveals new meaning:

The process that the USA will enter in the upcoming decade is migration. In the past, specially in the 20th century, the key factor that allowed the USA to rise to its colossus status was immigration with the benefits of a demographic expansion supporting the credit expansion and the brain drain from the rest of the world benefiting the States. The collapse of the Western financial system will wipe out the standard of living of its population while endi...


Speech notes from Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next launch, 19 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Me (Gene Tunny) & Julie from Connor Court at the launch of my new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next, at Connor Court Book Room, West End, Brisbane

Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next

Todays Australian newspaper included the report Queenslands mounting debt sparks credit warning. Moodys rightly is concerned about our total state government debt increasing to over $83 billion by 2022. I told Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane show last Thursday that the critical metric the ratings agencies focus on, the borrowing-to-revenue ratio, was heading in the wrong direction for Queensland, with it projected to increase from 108% in 2018-19 to 119% in 202122.

But our Deputy Premier-Treasurer Jackie Tradwhose electorate office incidentally is a 100 metre walk around the corner from heretalked about responsible fiscal management when she released the mid-year budget update last week. Id say the ratings agencies dont see letting the debt drift ever upward, on its way to over $83 billion, or around $15,500 per Queenslander, as responsible budget management.

On his program, Steve Austin was good enough to let me say a few words about my new book...


MACKAY Drug trafficking accused sprints from court room "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 19, 2018 at 12:26PM ,

Drug trafficking accused sprints from court room

December 19, 2018 at 12:26PM ,

The 24-year-old man was facing Mackay Magistrates Court from the dock this morning, charged with possessing dangerous drugs and obstructing

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MACKAY Overtaking driver fails to dodge highway speeding ticket "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Overtaking driver fails to dodge highway speeding ticket

December 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Jason Adrian ONeill appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, amidst a courtroom of criminal defendants facing charges like car theft,

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MACKAY Fishermans Christmas crab catch pinched "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 19, 2018 at 05:52PM ,

Fishermans Christmas crab catch pinched

December 19, 2018 at 05:52PM ,

He will face the Mackay Magistrates Court in January on one count each of trespass and stealing. A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture

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MACKAY Prisoner back in court, pleads guilty to raft of offences "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Prisoner back in court, pleads guilty to raft of offences

December 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Mccamley appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink from prison on December 12, pleading guilty to all charges against him.

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MACKAY Information from online dating site sought in rape case "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 19, 2018 at 07:00PM ,

Information from online dating site sought in rape case

December 19, 2018 at 07:00PM ,

The case involving website Plenty of Fish was raised in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday by solicitor Antoinette Morton. Her client, a

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A Couple of Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Wednesday 19 December, a couple of familiar corporate bizjets were noted coming and going at various Central Queensland Airports.

Most notable, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY had a busy day and called into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville.  After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-SGY departed to Brisbane.

VH-SGY at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

Of interest, VH-SGY had flown to Cairns from the capital late the previous day.

Meanwhile, after arriving the previous day, also on Wednesday 19 December, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was noted departing Biloela / Thangool Airport heading back to its Sunshine Coast base.

Also calling into Bilo, also on Wednesday 19 December, Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP was noted returning to its Southport base from Emerald Airport.  It also called into Wanella Station (near Coppabella).  VH-EQP had arrived into Emerald Airport via Biloela / Thangool Airport and Wanella Station on Monday 17 December.

Finally,  the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-PSU was also noted visiting both Rockhampton and Mackay Airports during a busy day of flying out of and back to Cairns also on Wednesday 19 December.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


QGAir Rescue Bell 412EP Helicopter VH-ESB at Emerald and Roma Airports - Plus Other Helicopter Movements Around CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 17 December, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412EP helicopter VH-ESB was noted flying South from its Townsville base to Emerald and Roma Airports.  It is unclear for the reason for the flight.

Sistership and fellow Bell 412 VH-ESD continues operate as "Rescue 521" on med-evac duties out of Townsville Airport.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 18 December, VH-ESB continued South from Roma Airport to Moree then Mudgee on New South Wales.

Meanwhile, another helicopter to visit Emerald and other CQ Airports also on Monday 17 December was Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP.  It was originally noted calling into Biloela / Thangool Airport from its Southport before it continued to Wanella Station (near Coppabella).  VH-EQP then continued to Emerald Airport where it looked to be spending the night.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 19 December, VH-EQP departed Emerald Airport and returned to Wanella Station before heading back to Biloela / Thangool Airport and its Southport base.

Other helicopter movements heard on Monday 17 December included Calibre Aviation (Webb Helicopters) Williams UH-1H "Huey" VH-UEE "Helitack 422" and Aerial Agriculture (Heli Fleet) of Armidale Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III VH-ONR which were both noted departing Rockhampton Airport.  While Stirling Helicopters Eurocopter AS.350 Squirrel helicopters VH-WHW and VH-AGL, along with Touchdown Helicopters (Wollongong) OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXI as "Helitack 229", all arrived into Rockhampton Airport.

McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Helicopters Bell Textron Helicopter 214B-1 Big Lifter helicopter VH-SEK reportedly also remains at Gladstone Airport.

Finally, an interesting aircraft that was noted ferrying North via Emerald Airport last Tuesday 11 December was Pacific Aerospace PAC750XL VH-ZVM which arrived from Port Macquarie and then departed to Innisfail.

The air...


RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-HRP "Choppa 22" at Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Wednesday 19 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-HRP was noted passing through Mackay and Gladstone Airports heading South from Townsville to RAAF Base Amberley.

VH-HRP "Choppa 22" on finals at Townsville Airport last month  (File photo)

VH-HRP 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 22".


Saudi Arabia Prince Alwaleed bin Talal involved in Las Vegas massacre? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) recently released more bodycam footage from 9 officers recorded during the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. Five machine gun bursts of 4 rounds each are heard firing at 11:58PM, almost 2 hours after the alleged shooter Stephen Paddock is reported to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

John Cullen of the John E. Hoover YouTube channel joins Jason Goodman to discuss his findings on this latest release. Footage from a police car contains audio from the dispatcher reporting gunfire at the Bellagio Hotel, seen in the cars rear view mirror, followed by these 5 bursts. Bellagio is located 2 miles from Mandalay Bay. These 11:58PM gunshots were definitely not fired 2 miles away from this police car.

Newly released police tapes reveal no shots were fired from the Mandaly Hotel where the alleged shooter was killed. At least three helicopters were involved spraying the crowd along Route 91 with belt-fed machine guns. Bodycam tapes reveal active shooters at the Bellagio Hotel(pic) and 12 other locations on October 1, 2017

The Associated Press (AP) and local Las Vegas media outlets successfully sued the Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) for the release of this police bodycam footage and 2,000 pages of information previously withheld from the public about this biggest mass shooting in US history. Despite their win, the AP barely reported on the findings at all!

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Tuesday, 18 December


Remembering the Victims of WWII Plane Crash at Canal Creek near Rockhampton "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On the morning of 19 December 1943, a USSAF Douglas C-47 (DC-3) Dakota transport aircraft VH-CHR (S/N 43-30742) of the 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron of the 374th Troop Carrier Group, crashed en-route from Garbutt Airfield in Townsville to Archerfield Airfield in Brisbane. It was scheduled to make a short stopover at Rockhampton (approx way).

All 31 souls onboard perished in this incident. The passenger complement was a mix of US and Australian personnel. A new memorial was unveiled this year to recognise and remember the victims of what is still today, Australias 2nd worst aviation disaster.

The disaster occurred six days before Christmas, where the troops on board were coming home.  It was just a routine flight, and their parents, their families, their wives, their girlfriends were waiting for them.

From substantial research undertaken by a Yeppoon historian, it would appear that this aircraft a reasonably new one suffered an engine fire while overflying an area of fairly rough terrain, some 60 kilometres North of Rockhampton. Rockhampton is approx 750 kilometres South of Townsville.

The location of the crash, on the remote and isolated Canal Creek Cattle Station, approximately 50 kilometres North of Rockhampton would suggest the pilot had selected a clay pan in preparation for an emergency/forced landing. However witness reports indicate that while on descent, an explosion occurred, and the burning wing parted from the aircraft. The plane did reach the lightly treed flat plain but was already doomed due to its uncontrollable, unflyable condition.


Federal inquiry into Qld Labors iniquitous Vegetation Management Act "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources today launched a new inquiry(Dec 7) into the impact on the agricultural sector of vegetation and land management policies, regulations and restrictions, and called for submissions.

The Committees Chairman, Rick Wilson MP, acknowledged that the impact of land management and vegetation policies can be significant on the agricultural sector.

Bushfires, expanding land use, and hazard management can dictate the future of regional, rural and remote land areas. The Committees inquiry into these issues is timely, given the current and impending natural disaster probability.

The Committee will be inquiring into these impacts, with particular regard to:

  • Past and current practices of land and vegetation management by the agricultural sector and regional industries;
  • The science behind activities such as back burning, clearing and rehabilitation;
  • The economic impact of vegetation and land management policies, regulations and restrictions;
  • The impact of severe fires on the agricultural landscape, agricultural production and industry in regional, rural and remote areas;
  • Factors that contribute to fire risk in regional, rural and remote areas; and
  • The role the agricultural sector has in working with emergency services and forestry management officials in managing fire risk.

The Committee will be accepting submissions until Friday 25 January 2019.

Media enquiries:
Mr Rick Wilson MP (OConnor, WA), Chairman of the Agriculture and Water Resources Committee

(08) 9021 2044

For background information:
Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources

(02) 6277 4500,


Labors Lima Agreement betrayed Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Letter to the Editor

Dear Prime Minister,

 I write with concern and trepidation, with regard to the published Lima Agreement signed off on by Australia in 1975 by (the late) Labor senator and Foreign Affairs Minister Don Willesee and successive governments on both sides of the house have been complicit in betraying Australia. Yes betraying Australia, until we are at the point where our economy will implode. We have appeasers soothing over our questions and calling us nay-sayers.

(Television personality Mike Willesee is a son of Don Willesee-Editor)

ALP Foreign Affairs Minister Don Willesee signed the notorious Lima Agreement in 1975 which stripped Australia of its manufacturing ability and handed it to third world countries. Neither the ALP nor the Liberals have made any attempt since to repeal this treacherous law.

Well Winston Churchill once said, an appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. How true.



Park alerts for Cape York Peninsula: Changes to camp site numbering: Kalpowar Crossing camping area, Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service are renumbering Kalpowar Crossing camping area camp sites (including public and commercial tour operator sites). The works will be completed on the web and camping booking system from 14 to 24 December 2018. Affected parks: Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL).


5G network actually a defensive weapon "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

There is so much mind-blowing original content coming out on YouTube lately, it was hard to choose one that best represents the zeitgeist of the day but I settled on this very odd broadcast by the Leak Project with Clif High, in which the latter speaks in a kind of code in order to ward of the censorbots of Google-YouTube, referring to this episode as a LARP (live-action role playing).

Clif says that a million people are being abducted by aliens around the world every year, mostly outside the US and that beneath the political theatrics, the US, Russians and Chinese are working together to manage what they perceive to be a threat. He believes that something akin to what happened when Neanderthals were replaced by Homo sapiens is under way right now, where we are being replaced.

Blanket 5G coverage might save humanity from alien hybrids

Clif says, Im also quite convinced that some odd things are involved in our war against the aliens. One of these odd things is the 5G network. So, 5G is gonna roll out all around the planet. Its gonna roll out and there isnt anything any human can do because we need that 5g as a very large at least in the minds of the military strategic weapon against the space aliens.

Clif then explains that the millimeter wave band used in 5th generation (5G) communications technology was originally used in scanning near-field microscopes, whose resolution he says is perfect for examining DNA. The TSA scanners at the airport also use the millimeter band in their scanners. Clif...


Gone But Still Here Spiritual Poetry "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Inspirational Spiritual Poetry Gone But Still Here. Dealing love loss and the pain associated with losing someone to suicide. psychic medium Ian Scott

The post Gone But Still Here Spiritual Poetry appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


MACKAY Child grooming accused to spend Christmas behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 18, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Child grooming accused to spend Christmas behind bars

December 18, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

The 24-year-old man fronted Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink from prison on December 12, appearing relatively cheerful in the circumstances

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MACKAY Man capsicum sprayed after kicking police officer in face "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Man capsicum sprayed after kicking police officer in face

December 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Facing Mackay Magistrates Court, Bridger pleaded guilty to two counts each of assaulting and obstructing police on November 24. Prosecutor Josh

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MACKAY Alleged prison escapee to learn fate in higher court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Alleged prison escapee to learn fate in higher court

December 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

In Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday, Magistrate Mark Nolan noted Brown would be required to serve time related to the escape lawful custody

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Monday, 17 December


Gruens Evaluator General agency should be separate from federal Treasury "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Last month, federal Opposition assistant treasury spokesman and former ANU economics professor Andrew Leigh backed, in part, Nicholas Gruens excellent idea for a federal Evaluator General to oversee the evaluation of Commonwealth programs (see Building a better feedback loop). With such high-profile policy failures in the past as the pink batts and green loans schemes, an agency that can promote best-practice evaluation of policies is much needed. I expect the Evaulator General would promote the adoption of a Monitor-Evaluate-Report-Improve framework of continuous improvement for policy programs (see figure below). It would also promote the running of randomised control trials of government policies, a passion of Andrew Leighs.


  • The Evaluator General should evaluate a range of tax and super policies overseen by the Treasury...


Re-Registered Kefford Corporation Gulfstream IV-SP Bizjet N7DK (ex N810LP) Pops into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

An interesting visitor to Hamilton Island Airport as the sun was setting on Monday 17 December with Kefford Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream IV-SP N7DK noted touching down from Melbourne (Essendon) via the Gold Coast.

The sleek Gulfstream, which is a familiar visitor to Central Queensland, has recently been re-registered from N810LP and was photographed above in late November outside the hangar at its Essendon Airport base.

After a short time on the ground, N7DK departed Hamo for Sydney.

Meanwhile, on both Monday 17 December and Sunday 16 December,  LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has been noted visiting Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.

On Sunday, it arrived from Townsville and departed to Brisbane, while on Monday it did the opposite, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville.

Sincere thanks to Melbourne-based plane spotter Troy H for allowing us to share his photo!

Photo taken by Troy Hartmann 


Endangered Red Goshawks netted and tagged during nesting season "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Red Goshawk on Cape York (Image by John Young)

The Queensland Labor Government has handed responsibility for a controversial program that nets and tags the endangered Red Goshawk on Queensland's Cape York Peninsula to international mining giant Rio Tinto. The goshawks are caught and tagged during their nesting season.

A Red Goshawk caught near its nest near Weipa in a bow net and fitted with a GPS satellite transmitter in a harness disappeared three months later. The then Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection told north Queensland blogger Tony Nielson in February 2017 that a month after the adult female disappeared, its female fledgling was also netted and fitted with a tracking device; the movements of that bird were being tracked 12 months later.

Queensland Environment Department & Rio Tinto personnel with captured juvenile Red Goshawk
Netting and tagging can provide valuable information about the movements of migratory waders and other birds, but such programs should be conducted in moderation and with great care. An important shorebird roost at Toorbul in South-East Queensland, for instance, was deserted for a considerable time after ca...


New Townsville guest post by Colin Dwyer "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I am delighted to publish this guest post by Colin Dwyer of DS Economics on the Townsville economys improving prospects. The views expressed are Colins and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

New Townsville

In this essay Founder of Our Fair Share Colin Dwyer identifies over 20 private and public sector Townsville projects, (some potential, many confirmed) worth over $9 billion that are helping Townsville forge a new reputation and a stronger more diversified economic future.

Townsville is Northern Australias largest city, has 300 days of sunshine each year, and has a reputation as a diversified economy.  The North Queensland city once enjoyed 8% GRP growth and 3.5% population increases. The economy is bolstered by the largest regional hospital in Queensland, the largest Army Barracks in Australia and is a major higher education, base metals exporter and transport hub. But in 2016-17, Townsville experienced a deep depression with significant declines in asset values, significant jobs and skills losses and suffered another year of negative net migration. A contributing factor to the length of Townsvilles downturn was minimal public and private investment.

Something has changed in Townsville. Asset prices have stabilised, jobs are being created, there are cranes on the horizon once again and, while the city is not firing on all economic cylinders, in 2019 a NEW Townsville is likely to build on this opportunity and create a new economic reputation.  Over 20 major projects are current, starting or planned for Townsville in 2019.  Their total cost is similar to Townsvilles current GRP, something that should be envied by other cities.

Although some sectors in Townsville are struggling, 2018 seems to be the start of economic recovery. Theres more potential in Townsville with multiple major projects costing over $9 billion, more jobs and improving economic activity in 2019 and beyond.  This is significant for a city with just over $10 billion in GRP.  Some of the projects are large with meaningful enduring operational job outcomes.  Sun Metals recently confirmed its expansion plans with a 350 jobs construction workforce requirement, and more than 150 above average income earning operational staff needed on completion.  In 2019 the federal government will drive the three year $512 million Haughton flood plains Bruce highway upgrade just south of Townsville and Adani will start on its $2 billion Carmichael Coal mine.  The $2 billion Singapore defence project recently announced it had acquired enough land to proceed to the next phase of the project.  In 2020 Townsville will open its new stadium, in time for the NRL season.  These diverse projects will create significant enduring jobs.

Several other organisations have similar reports including QMBA and Townsvil...


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Sunday, 16 December


Little Curlew at Lady Elliot Island reported by Marie Tarrant et al on 13-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

2 birds observed together on the airstrip on day of arrival and then unable to relocate again despite searching before today (15/12) when a single Little Curlew was observed on the runway.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost reported by Elliot Leach on 15-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Buff-breasted sandpiper found by Tina Ellen Rider and Sean Nolan on Saturday and twitched by many people over the weekend. The bird is still present this morning (17th) according to a post from Tina on Facebook. The bird tends to prefer the samphire around the second hide (further from the gate). For those going to see it, please take the track along the fence to the second hide rather than the inside track to avoid flushing the birds.


APRadio podcast 16-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australian Patriot Radio

Harry comments on the UN is a corporation, Tasmania removed genda on birth certificates, Australia again being in the dark from summer power outages, Bill Shortens push to be king on battery power, Government gives PNG $2BILLION to update their power grids, a joint standing committee convened to investigate Australian electoral cyber fraud that we dont have. A Christmas from from Australia you will enjoy. Harry and Mike Holt present their weekly OZ CHAT program that opens closed doors to government unaccountable corruption and mismanagement of your nation CLICK HERE


Young Friarbird chooses to get a hand-up "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hard to thumb a lift if you've no fingers, but no youngster should be left standing in the middle of the road through Townsville Common.

Surprise this afternoon though when very young Helmeted Friarbird chose to leap aboard for hand-up.

No thanks from parents, but they did stop swooping after safe place found for junior.


The fuck is wrong with you cunts "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I've lived in 3 capital cities, 6 major regional cities and a few country towns all over Australia, but the quality of driving in this town is just some next level shit. It's like being passed by another driver is to be avoided at all costs. Merging? Hah! Fuck that shit, "me first cunt!", at the cost of keeping the flow of traffic going. It's even so bad that cunts will just straight up sit at the end of a merging lane if they "missed their chance" instead of being comfortable speeding up to the traffic speed and having someone let them in. And indicators? Nah cunt, too good for that faggy shit. The extreme levels of testosterone have also rubbed off onto the Sheila's also. God Townsville, you cunts are just the fucking worst drivers.

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Birmingham Jihadis "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Birmingham UK is alive with Muslims. This is indicative of the downfall of the UK. Islam now controls much of the country. Will we allow Bill Shorten to do this to our country?

If he gets control he already promised to open up the borders. Will you vote for the ALP/Greens?


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Saturday, 15 December


Hows the rain for others? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Its 10pm and I am just listening to the frogs go hyper over the rain :-)

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Recommended reading: This is Marketing by Seth Godin "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Last month, at the ESA-Griffith-QUT-UQ Economics Summer School held at OReillys Rainforest Retreat, Griffith University Senior Lecturer Andreas Chai gave a fascinating presentation on his research on consumption patterns. Here are the important points from Andreass report for UNIDO on Household Consumption Patterns:

While low- and middle-class households tend to spend in a relatively similar manner, spending patterns among affluent households differ considerably, likely due to the greater discretionary power these households enjoy in terms of spending

Differences in spending patterns between households tend to grow as household income rises, creating new opportunities for niche markets and higher quality goods.

So some rich households will divert large parts of their income to luxury travel, others to haute couture; while the obscenely rich will buy properties in central London or Manhattan, Lamborghinis, and super yachts. How are we to make sense of what is driving consumption patterns as households get richer? One answer could be found in one of the best books Ive read recently: This is Marketing by Seth Godin, arguably the worlds number one marketing expert. Indeed, Seth Godin could help us understand consumption behaviour across most households, with the exception of those at subsistence levels. His mantra is simple but compelling: People like us do things like this. For example, people like us eat sushi and do Bikram yoga; or people like us send our children to private schools and holiday at Noosa.



Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS Ferries North via CQ Airports - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Interesting to note that on Friday 14 December, Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS was noted ferrying North from Archerfield to Cairns via Gladstone and Mackay Airports.  It appears to have completed planned maintenance after arriving into Archerfield in October.

As we posted below, fellow Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-8 Islander VH-MBF was noted flying South to Archerfield from Mareeba via Mackay and Gladstone Airports on Wednesday 12 December where it appears to have entered the maintenance hangar.

Meanwhile, a couple of bizjet movements at Mackay Airport also on Friday 14 December included the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 N142GZ departing to Brisbane, while the the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-PSU popped in while on a busy day of flying out of and back to Cairns.  VH-PSU also called into Rockhampton Airport too!


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Thursday 13 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 was noted completing a missed approach and low overshoot at Rockhampton Airport.

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It appears that the Globemaster flew North from RAAF Base Amberley, and after completing the airwork at Rocky, flew South to New South Wales where it was heard to complete low-level operations around Armidale.

A41-207 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Stallion 47".

Meanwhile, late on Wednesday 12 December, Australian Army MRH-90 A40-002 was noted completing airwork around Fraser Island and Hervey Bay on a flight out and back of the Oakey Army Aviation Centre as "Saxon 99".


MACKAY Drunk smashes in window as women and children cower inside "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 15, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Drunk smashes in window as women and children cower inside

December 15, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

He took after his partner, who fled to the home of a woman for help, Mackay Magistrates Court was told. Blackie faced the court on Thursday, pleading

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MACKAY Mackay men charged with taking of protected green turtle "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Mackay men charged with taking of protected green turtle

December 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Jaffa Godfrey Ahwang and Patrick John Sabatino appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court alongside each other on Tuesday. The co-accused men

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Guided Meditation Music Hawk Visions "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Guided Meditation Music Hawk Visions MP3 free download, spiritual meditation experiencing visions of the land with the hawk. with psychic medium Ian Scott.
Guided Meditation Music Hawk Visions MP3
Take a journey with the animal spirit hawk as he guides you through worlds you have not yet seen. Eventually taking you to his home, where a deep feeling of bliss and safety overcome you. Ambient sounds and special effects make this meditation music track a delight for ears, a soothing experience for the body and a relaxing journey for the mind. Opening the third eye encouraging intuition, psychic energy and the gift of creativity.  psychic medium Ian Scott.
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Tournaments? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I was wondering if anyone would be interest in a games torment. This would be including. Tekken 7 and dbz fighter on the ps4, smash ultimate and a card tournament either magic the gathering or yu-gi-oh. So far this is just an event that I'm planning. Just wondering if people would participate.

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Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Saturday 15 December 2018

Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false, disrespectful and underhanded, say Traditional Owners

Adanis announcement that Woongal Environmental Services has been given a contract to monitor environmental outcomes on Wangan and Jagalingou country has drawn condemnation from the W&J Council as false, and typical of the disrespectful and underhanded way in which Adani treats Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, The claim that Woongul is a Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is false. No decision of the native title party has ever been made to certify this company. This announcement is in breach of the terms of Adanis own purported ILUA.

A Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is a reference to a business accredited in accordance with the process set out in the Adani ILUA. Mr Burragubba says this process has never been followed.

We will seek legal advice on blocking this contract. We are tired of other people misrepresenting us and benefiting at our expense. Adanis announcement is an insult. Other people have been given authority over our country and our environment, while many W&J Traditonal Owners and families have been deliberately excluded from any input into cultural heritage protection and environmental management.

We know Adani must give the appearance of starting work, and they like to hide behind supposed Aboriginal employmen...

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Friday, 14 December


Coal, climate change, solar & batteries why Qld Treasury wanted to offload the states energy assets "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The recent Financial Times report Development bank halts coal financing to combat climate change, reprinted in this mornings AFR, should prompt some serious long-term thinking from the Queensland government and local governments with regional economies heavily dependent on coal mining, particularly Mackays (also see this Reuters report which isnt pay-walled). While two-thirds of coal production in Queensland is of coking coal (see chart below), there is no doubt there would be a large adverse shock to regional economies if there was a big shift worldwide away from thermal coal for energy generation.*

Coal production x owner x region

The FT report reminded me of the potentially major implications the worldwide shift against coal and related developments in solar PV and batter...


Brown-headed Honeyeater at Glendale, Central Queensland reported by Andrew McDougall on 10-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

At least one bird seen and heard 9th and 10th December. Sighting coincided with mass flowering of Moreton Bay ash in area. This is a northern distribution record. First bird/s recorded at this site.


Sunshine Coast Pelagic December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Brown Booby

We departed Mooloolaba Marina at 6.30am on Wednesday December 12, 2018 under clear skies, negotiating a gentle swell as we headed east. The trip had been postponed due to rough weather from Sunday December 9. We saw a few Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and a Flesh-footed Shearwater on the way out. A small flock of Common Terns flew by as well as a Sooty Tern in relatively shallow water before we reached the shelf at 9am. We began laying a berley trail in 340 metres, 32 nautical miles offshore: 26.38.127S; 153.43.577E.

Common Tern
We drifted slowly in a south-westerly direction, trialling our latest berley mix of diced chicken skins, some fish offcuts that had been smashed up pretty thoroughly, and an abundance of tuna oil. We had a good slick with floating berley all day, but birds were few and far between. The forecast easterly of 10-15 knots did not materialise; instead we had barely a breeze the whole time we were out wide, the wind picking up a little on the way back in....


MACKAY Mini mart robbery accused could be released on bail "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 13, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

Mini mart robbery accused could be released on bail

December 13, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

Dylan Scott Kern McGregor, 21, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink on Wednesday. He has been accused of holding-up Mullys

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MACKAY Mackay man flags guilty plea over armed robbery at AM Bar "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 14, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Mackay man flags guilty plea over armed robbery at AM Bar

December 14, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Terrence Knowles, 37, Luke Hayden Seymour, 24, and Aydon Trent Seaton, 25, had their cases raised in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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Thursday, 13 December


ABC radio interviews on Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next & Qld Govt MYFER "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Earlier today I spoke with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the Queensland Governments Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review and my recently published book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next.

While the state government today reported a $677 million surge in royalty revenue this financial year owing to higher than expected coal prices, it still projected more-or-less the same trajectory of increasing state debt, which is on its way to over $83 billion in total by mid-2022. And the MYFER highlighted a substantial fiscal risk to future state budgets, the impending High Court decision in the Timber Creek case regarding native title compensation (see p. 16 of the MYFER).

You can listen to my views on MYFER as well as my responses to Steves questions regarding my new book from 2:02:10, but please note this audio will be taken down from the ABC site after its been up for a week:

Steve Austins 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program, Thursday 13 December 2018

Topics discussed included Sir Leo Hielschers fine fiscal legacy, how Queenslands fiscal situation deteriorated after Terry Mackenroth left the Treasury portfolio in the mid-2000s, how Queensland lost its once much vaunted position as the low tax state, and why we shouldnt be complacent about the debt. We discussed the fiscal trouble Queensland found itself in during the last financial crisis and how it would be a good insurance policy to pay down debt in case we face another one, with Steve noting predictions of a global recession and possible financial crisis in 2020.

This was the second ABC radio interview on the book I had this week. On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to speak with Pat Hession at ABC North Queensland, who broadcasts from the ABCs well-positioned site on Wickham St, Townsville, just a short walk from both Flinders St and the Strand:

Is Qlds government debt ever going to reduce in size



Kookaburra's insect fillers fill in for kingfisher "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Target Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher refused to quit treetops in Townsville Bush Gardens today but obliging male Blue-winged Kookaburra's pounced several times on insects in leaf litter between pauses in our long one-sided chat.

Hard to see the prey among the litter. Close look reveals spiky leg poking up side of upper mandible.

This insect appeared the preferred meal. The many small skinks among the litter consistently ignored.

Nearby, three Tawny Frogmouths in position to look down on unknowing walkers.


CAFNEC Christmas Appeal 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

There is so much at stake. In Far North Queensland we are already reeling from the impacts of Climate Change: unprecedented coral bleaching and mangrove dieback, record breaking temperatures, mass die offs of endangered mammals like flying foxes and islands being inundated with seawater in the Torres Strait. 

We dont need to tell you this. We know our supporters are feeling it, experiencing it first hand, feeling it in their heart and in their community. 

At CAFNEC we believe change happens in the community. Climate Change is devastating our region yet we are rollercoastering toward a Federal Election where both major parties lack credible climate policies.

The next few years will define the degree of the suffering caused by Climate Change. Most importantly the incoming Federal Government will define Australias part in this suffering. To exacerbate or lessen it. There will be a Federal election between now and May and we must make sure this is the Climate Election. 

This Federal Election we want to be prepared, and thats why weve already been gearing up the past few months along with other environmental organisations. 

This election is make or break for Climate Change in Australia. And you can help make that climate action happen. 

In our community we want feet on the ground: door knocking, talking, writing, walking for a safer climate. Weve been fighting for this region for 37 years and we dont intend to stop.

We know we can count on all of you to stand up, stand out and get out in the community and talk about this issue but we also need your financial support. Put simply we need dollars to plan for our response in Far North Queensland, to plan for our impact. 

Will you chip in this Christmas and support CAFNECs climate work?   

We say this all the time but well say it again: every tiny bit adds up and has real impact  we are strong in Far North Queensland because there are many of us who care for our environment. Any contribution will help us get the message to our next elected representatives that our community expects nothing less than an emergency response to the cli...


Cairns Channel 7 Sound Distorted? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

We have had a strange 'bubbly' sound distortion with Channel Seven sound the last few weeks. That's on Channels 7, 70, 71. The other '7' channels like 72, 73, etc are OK.

All the other 'free to air' channels have no problem. We live in apartment block, so the antenna wiring is out of my control.

Anybody else have this, or should I enquire through the Strata Corporation?

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Wednesday, 12 December


US citizens to cop gun magazine confiscations "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Magazine confiscation starting in New Jersey. Similar events coming soon to a town near you. Queensland Labor Government starting with ammunition restrictions in 2019

(Natural News) A New Jersey law that makes it a felony to possess a gun magazine capable of holding over 10 rounds of ammunition is now active. This wildly unconstitutional law instantly criminalizes hundreds of thousands of New Jersey citizens who legally acquired normal capacity firearms magazines which include 17-round pistol magazines and 30-round rifle magazines as tools of self-defense against the very same violent criminals that are protected by the Democrats who passed the gun magazine ban.

Now, the New Jersey State Police have told Breitbart News they wont rule out house-to-house enforcement of the new magazine ban, meaning they plan to conduct house-to-house arrests and gun magazine confiscations. These Nazi-style anti-gun operations will, of course, be carried out at gunpoint, further underscoring the entire purpose of the Second Amendment and the need for citizens to arm themselves with 30-round magazines to defend against government tyranny.

Australian governments want to take your guns under the pretext of the Port Arthur massacre scam

Breitbart News contacted New Jersey State Police on Monday to ask how they planned to enforce the newly enacted ban,...


Do the community a service-give your kids a gun for Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Precious Police Commissioner like the Police Union president Ian Leavers hate guns; only police should be allowed to own one Ian says

Queenslands police chief says a billboard suggesting people give each other guns for Christmas is abhorrent and should be taken down.

The billboard at Logan, south of Brisbane, features a gun wrapped in shiny Christmas paper, two images of Australia in the crosshairs, and asks: Whats under your tree this year?

Our kids are getting a gun each for Christmas are yours? Commissioner Ian Stewart wants to ban free speech. Its time readers!

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says theres nothing illegal about the gun shops advertising, but it does not reflect what Australia stands for.

I would like to see the billboard taken down. People who use firearms for their sport or work know where to go to purchase guns and I dont think we need that type of adverti...


Does anyone have a Cairns Post subscription? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone here has access to the Cairns Post article on Brodie Davis. His sister Tiahn was my crush in grades 5 and 6.

If so, could you send screenshots of the article please? Thanks.

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MACKAY Mackay burglar admits to string of crimes across region "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 12, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Mackay burglar admits to string of crimes across region

December 12, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

A MACKAY woman has admitted to a string of property crimes across the region. Monica Lou Lawton, 29, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court over video

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LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and Challenger 604 VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pop into CQ Airports - Again! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Late on Sunday 9 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane before later returning to Townsville in the wee small hours of Monday 10 December.

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Meanwhile, as this post is being written, late on Monday 10 December, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" is due to complete a flight from Brisbane to Emerald Airport.  It is due to then return to Brisbane in the wee small hours of Tuesday 11 December.

UPDATE!  VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was back in CQ in the wee small hours of Wednesday 12 December, calling into Rockhampton Airport, again from and back to Brisbane.


3 Army MRH-90s into Rockhampton Airport - Plus 3 RAAF Super King Airs at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Tuesday 11 December was a very busy day for Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters and aircraft with multiple visits into various Central Queensland Airports.

At Rockhampton Airport, pair of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters flew in from Townsville.  A40-009 as "Warhorse 243", followed a short time later as A40-035 as "Destrier 113".

A40-035 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

The second MRH-90 A40-035 "Destrier 113" continued to Brisbane whereas the first, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" looked to suffer a maintenance issue and did not continue.

As a result, as the sun was setting, another Australian Army MRH-90 A40-028 as "Destrier 112" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport also from Townsville.

At the time of writing, both MRH-90s looks to be spending the night at Rocky.

UPDATE!  Repairs made, on Wednesday 12 December, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" departed Rockhampton Airport for Brisbane while A40-028 "Destrier 112" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

UPDATE!  Also on Wednesday 12 December, another Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter A40-013 passed through Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville as "Destrier 113".

Meanwhile, up at Mackay Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted calling in from Melbourne (Tullamarine) as "Wisdom 31".  After a couple of hours on the ground, it departed to the Toowoomba-Wellcamp Airport.

Finally, out at Longreach Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, three RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft and an Australian Army helicopter were all noted visiting from different parts.

RAAF Super King Airs A32-348 as "Hudson 04", A32-372 as "Hudson 02" and A32-339 as "Hudson 08" were all noted arriving into Longreach Airport from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.  After taking on fuel, they each continued to Cairns.



Save your drink containers for CAFNEC! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

 Donate your drink containers and HELP CAFNEC! 

On the 1st of November the Containers for Change QLD scheme began. This means most beverage containers now have a 10c value that can be redeemed by taking your containers to a depot. 

CAFNEC is excited to announce we have signed up as a registered charity that you can donate to via the scheme and it is so easy! 

Simply collect your eligible containers, take them to a depot and enter CAFNECs scheme ID C10006963, the refund will be sent to us automatically. 

Your beverage containers like beer bottles and cans are now worth money so you can either put them in the recycling bin and give that money to the local council when they collect your rubbish or you could save them up and drop them at a depot and make a donation to CAFNEC!

List of eligible containers here:


Personal Year Number 2019 Numerology "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

What does your numerology chart 2019 mean for you? Find your numerology personal year number 2019? from psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post Personal Year Number 2019 Numerology appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Joe Branigans award winning paper on the correct use of CBA and economic impact analysis "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Congratulations to my old friend and fellow Queensland economist Joe Branigan of SMART Infrastructure Facility for his award-winning paper on assessing the value of regional public infrastructure (see photo below). In his paper, published in the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, Joe and his co-author Fariba Ramezani nicely explain the distinction between a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and an economic impact analysis (EIA).


For instance, Joes paper has an excellent summary of the importance of CBA:

Importantly, CBA provides a solid, comparable framework for estimating the strengths and weaknesses of alternatives by comparing the potential changes in societys wealth due to the project with that of the relevant alternatives (which may include doing nothing, deferring or otherwise varying the project, or proceeding with an alternative project).

For this reason, economists tend to see CBA as having primacy over EIA, but alas economists are not usually the ultimate decision makers, and EIA is typically given a large weight by decision makers who may have regional economic development objectives in m...

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Tuesday, 11 December


Moving electorate office sends wrong message to regional Qld: Katter "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The decision by Member for Cook Cynthia Lui to move her electorate from Mareeba to Cairns is the latest slap in the face from Labor to rural, regional and remote Queenslanders, State KAP Leader Robbie Katter has said.

 Mr Katter said while there were great challenges faced by MPs who represent large electorates, he was astounded that the Member for Cook had backed down from a pre-election promise and opted to move her office to Cairns.

 Cairns is not in the Cook electorate.

 The Traeger MP said Ms Luis relocation decision flew in the face of fighting against service centralisation and giving smaller communities a genuine voice in the Queensland Parliament.

 He said he was not surprised by reports that Mareeba locals were up in arms about the move.

 In the interest of taking a stand against centralisation, I would like to call on the Member for Cook to reverse this decision, Mr Katter said.

 Regional Members of Parliament like myself and Ms Lui need to send a clear message to smaller communities that they matter and that their voices will be heard, he said.

 Relocating from Mareeba is one thing, but moving to Cairns whi...


Member for Cook rattles ALP members by shifting office "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, has ended speculation she plans to relocate her Mareeba electorate office to Cairns.

In a media release Ms Lui confirmed she will shift the office to Cairns but had not taken the decision lightly.

ALP sources reveal a condition of endorsement for Cynthia Lui, the Member for Cook, was to keep open an electorate office in Mareeba. Labor members are incensed she has broken this promise and her future in the Labor Party looked bleak, a source said.

This year, I have been out talking and listening to the people of Cook and one issue that was raised time and time again was having an office space that is readily accessible to everyone, Ms Lui said.

I acknowledge the view that Cairns is not in the Cook electorate, it is however, the most central location for the large number of constituents who live in the Cook electorate.

Historically the Cook electorate office has been in Cairns. The move to Mareeba was a decision made during the Campbell Newman Government.

I will still continue to work hard for the people of Mareeba by visiting regularly and holding mobile offices.

Speculation has been mounting for several weeks among Mareeba Labor Party members that Ms Lui had asked the Speaker of Parliament, Curtis Pitt to relocate the Post Office Arcade office to Cairns.

A spokesman for the Speaker said it was up to each Member to decide the location of their electorate office and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.

Mareeba ALP member Anne-Marie Keating said she was very d...


Aussie property prices deflate -1.9pc over the year "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Home prices fall in Q3

The ABS released its residential property price indexes this morning.

The indexes showed capital city prices down by -1.9 per cent over the year to September 2018.

Dragging back the data series all the way back to their inception in 2003 you can see that - with Melbourne prices down by -2.6 per cent in Q3 2018 - surprise package Hobart is set to take the mantle of strongest performer over the full history of the data series.

That may seem an unlikely outcome, but there is more interstate and international capital around these days - especially from China - and Hobart has been relatively affordable until recently. 

Asian tourism is firing in Tassie, and the lower dollar has helped to turn around the exporting economy. 

Indexed housing market price changes in Brisbane and Adelaide continue to track each other remarkably closely in recording modest price growth, and there was also solid growth in Canberra over the year to September (+3.7 per cent). 

A significant decline over the year was again recorded in deflationary Darwin at -4.5 per cent.

Looking at the chart from 2003 to 2018 by capital city the most striking observation is just how similar price growth has been, despite the divergence of the resources capitals through the mining boom years (I've posted a few charts here - you can click on them to expand). 

Looking at the long run figures the case for a raging property bubble isn't an especially strong one, with the weighted average capital city price index slightly more than doubling....


Park alerts for Cape York Peninsula: Wet season closure: Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL) is closed for the wet season. The park is anticipated to reopen on the following dates, subject to road and weather conditions. Affected parks: Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL).

Park alerts for Cape York Peninsula: Wet season closure: Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL) is closed for the wet season. The park is anticipated to reopen 1 August 2019, subject to road and weather conditions. Affected parks: Cape Melville National Park (CYPAL).


MACKAY Busker fined for his ill-fated charter to St Bees Island "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 11, 2018 at 05:52PM ,

Busker fined for his ill-fated charter to St Bees Island

December 11, 2018 at 05:52PM ,

The events of July 4-5 drew the attention of Mackay police, who breath tested Kay hours later, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Monday.

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Cyclone Owen "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Yo my guys, Ive been up here a while and this is my first cyclone season, what should I do if one hits? Should I worry about Owen? Any advice is welcome

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Monday, 10 December


My book launch at Connor Court Christmas party, Wednesday 19 December at Boundary St, West End "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

My new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next covers Queenslands state finances over the last thirty years, during which time Queensland went from being the exemplar of sound public finance in Australia to a cautionary tale of the dangers of fiscal extravagance. In the book I discuss what went wrong, how much we really should worry about the $80+ billion of debt we are tracking toward, and what the state government should do to correct the course. While already available for purchase, the book will be officially launched next week on Wednesday evening 19 December during the Connor Court Christmas party at the Connor Court book room, upstairs at 146 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, across the street from the well-known Avid Reader bookstore. You can book to attend via this link:

Connor Court Christmas Party and launch of Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next

Come and celebrate Connor Court Publishings Christmas Party as well as the launch of Gene Tunnys new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next.

The evening will include, wine and cheese, great speeches, a book launch, the big book raffle, as well as the opportunity to purchase last minute gifts from the book room.



MACKAY A man has held up a supermarket with a fork "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 10, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

A man has held up a supermarket with a fork

December 10, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

An RBT has led to drug charges in Mackay. Around 4 Thursday afternoon a car was pulled over on Harbour Road. While Police did the RBT they say

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Sunday, 09 December


Queensland's Rainforest is Burning "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Rainforest burned - Pic by Craig Illingworth
The unprecedented burning of pristine rainforest around Eungella in the central Queensland hinterland is a stark warning of climate change-related environmental challenges that lie ahead. Rainforest has been reduced to ash in and around Eungella National Park, though the full extent of the damage is not yet known.

Rainforest burned - Pic by Craig Illingworth
Unlike eucalypt forest, rainforest is extremely susceptible to fire and the habitat will struggle to regenerate. This may be the first time in Australia that a substantial area of rainforest has evidently been impacted severely by wildfire. Alarm bells should be ringing loudly.



Common cicada goes by many names "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Look out for Masked Devils! Noisy devils, they are. Never heard of them?

How about Yellow Mondays? Green Grocers? Blue Princes? Chocolate Soldiers?
Cyclophila australasiae, every last variously coloured and patterned one of them.  Tricky things, common names. Wet Sundays? No, not cicadas, just the tail end of TC Owen clockwising through Townsville.


Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News: Protesters marched the streets in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns just a week after upwards of 15,000 school students demonstrated against government inaction on climate change.

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Saturday, 08 December


Moon Phases 2019 Astrology And Spiritual Planner "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

New And Full Moon Phases 2019 Astrology and spiritual meanings designed for use as a personal metaphysical planner/calendar.

The post Moon Phases 2019 Astrology And Spiritual Planner appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


MACKAY Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault

December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

A DISPUTE between a landlord and his tenant escalated into shoving and eventually a charge of serious assault. Peter James Cameron was forced to

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MACKAY Text message to remind people to appear in court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

Text message to remind people to appear in court

December 07, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

The pilot program started in the Mackay Magistrates Court in June 2016 and was evaluated by the University of Queensland. The results of the pilot,

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MACKAY Court date text reminders for Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Court date text reminders for Queensland

December 07, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

The pilot started at Mackay Magistrates Court to try to reduce the number of Fail to Appear warrants, which are often issued as soon as someone fails

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MACKAY Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay

December 07, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

As a result, a 28-year-old South Mackay man and a 34-year-old Mackay Northern Beaches man, will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on

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MACKAY PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving

December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

Kylie Renae James-Kippen fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The 30-year-old woman from Beaconsfield pleaded guilty to driving a

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Friday, 07 December


MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 06, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges

December 06, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

However, 14 other charges including arson levelled against Levi James Brown were struck out in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, when the

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Is there anywhere I can get Mettwurst in or around Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi all, I'm new to the subreddit and have been in Cairns for almost a year now. But as the title suggests, I haven't found any mettwurst and it is absolutley life or death crucial that I find some ASAP, as I want to eat it because I love it. If anybody has any info on a certain butcher that sells it or anything like that, please lemme know :) Thankyou

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