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Monday, 05 November

08:59

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance is proud to announce its 2018 2019 National Committee Members! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The National Committee is elected each year during the annual Food Sovereignty Convergence. The folks on the Committee help to guide the work of AFSA, offering their talents and expertise in everything from ethical farming techniques to international food policy advocacy. AFSA is lucky to have a team of dedicated and passionate people working to create equitable, sustainable and resilient food systems for all Australians. Join us in welcoming this year's Committee members:

NATIONAL COMMITTEE
  • President- Tammi Jonas
  • Vice President- Katie Johnston
  • Treasurer - Anna Treasure
  • Secretary - Ruth Morris
  • International Liaison - Anisah Madden

General Members

  • Ant Wilson
  • Fraser Bailey
  • Jess Brugmans
  • Dan Cordner
  • Katrina Munksgaard
  • Ray Palmer

Staff

  • Sarah de Wit - Paralegal
  • Aly Brody - Policy, Research, and Administrative Officer


Committee Member Profiles

Tammi Jonas, President

Tammi considers herself an ethicurean farmer, mindful meatsmith, and agrarian intellectual. She has been the AFSA President since 2014, and will continue to fulfill this role for the 2018 - 2019 committee year. Tammi is a known leader, lending her strong female farmer's voice to the fight for food sovereignty in Australia.

Tammi is the Chief Butcher at Jonai Farms located in Central Highlands Victoria. She and her husband Stuart, Chief Farmer of Jonai, raise heritage breed Large Black pigs and a small herd of mixed cattle, as well as a small annual cr...

01:38

America should be a warning to other countries according to Joseph Stiglitz "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who will be in Australia next week to receive the Sydney peace prize on 15 November and talk about the lessons the rest of the world can learn from Americas mistakes,  was interviewed by Gareth Hutchens. This was published in the Guardian 5 November 2018.  Stiglitz will also be speaking at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on 19 November

We were a very different country 40 years ago, he said. The downhill slide has been pretty fast. America, I think, should be an important warning to other countries not to take for granted their institutions. I worry that things in the United States could get much worse.

The renowned economist and Columbia University professor has been awarded the 2018 Sydney peace prize for leading one of the defining public policy discussions of our age the crisis caused by economic inequality.

Stiglitz is credited with pioneering the concept of the 1 per cent, the idea that the upper 1% of Americans have accumulated so much political power and wealth in recent decades through voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the corrupting influence of money that the countrys economy has suffered, and its democracy has been undermined.

In 2011, barely two years into Barack Obamas first presidential term, he warned the political upheavals then roiling countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain could one day be visited upon the US, but in an American way. Later that year, the Occupy Wall Street protest emerged in Manhattans financial district.

His bestselling book The Price of Inequality (2012) explained in detail how America had been growing apart, at an increasingly rapid rate. He argued forcefully that the severe inequality in the U.S. was a choice of the countrys leaders: a consequence of their policies, laws and regulations.

Most Americans want a higher minimum wage, they want gun control, they want access to healthcare yet our democracy cant deliver it

This month, he plotted in Scientific American how inequality had worsened so much over the last 40 years that US democracy was imperilled.

Whereas the income share of the top 0.1% has more than quadrupled and that of the top 1% has almost doubled, that of the bottom 90% has declined,...

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Sunday, 04 November

18:51

Law Firms Wont Improve Patent Quality Because Quality in Patenting Limits Their Ability to Sue (Profit Irrespective of the Outcome) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Michael Risch

Summary: A new paper (cited by Michael Risch above) asserts that choice of attorney matters to quality, but what the authors mean by high-quality attorney is one who knows how to secure low-quality patents, such as software patents

THE U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has returned to a leadership of patent maximalists (people who predate Michelle Lee) much like the European Patent Office (EPO) under Battistelli and Antnio Campinos an issue well have a lot more to say about tomorrow. A patent office which disregards patent quality does not promote or protect innovation; instead it protects litigation. Theres a tradeoff between defense and offense and some patents, due to their nature and their so-called owner, will never yield anything except lawsuits. Theres some new coverage by Crains Chicago Business regarding Motorola under the headline patents provide the sword and the shield. It is possible to have a lot of patents and still not sue anybody.

Theres also this new paper [PDF] from Alfons Palangkaraya (Swinburne University of Technology) and Elizabeth Webster (Swinburne University of Technology; The University of Melbourne Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research). The abstract says that they found the ability to obtain patent protection depends not only on the quality of the invention but also on the quality of the patent attorney. To quote:

Failure to obtain a patent weakens the market position and production chain of enterprises in patent-intensive technology domains. For such enterprises, finding ways to maximise the chance to obtain patent protection is a business imperative. Using information from patent applications filed in at least two of the five largest patent offices in the world between 2000 and 2006, we fi...

12:39

Victorian Labor government environmental policy nobbled? (National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program (NDPRP) today expressed dismay at the failure of the Victorian Labor government to put its own apex predator conservation policy into practice.

The Victorian Labor government recently committed to:
 
recognise and protect the ecological function of existing dingo populations within Victorian ecosystems as part of biodiversity programs and management initiatives
 
and to maintain:
 
, existing native apex predators in natural ecosystems and, investigate the potential functional role of reintroduced native apex predators in north-west Victoria.
 
 

Although the Victorian Labor government has recently refined and extended its policy commitment to protect dingo populations and their crucial ecological role, the government has failed at the very first significant test of that commitment, NDPRP spokesperson Arthur Gorrie said.
 
In September 2018, the Victorian government had the opportunity to correct the serious deficiencies of earlier dingo protection measures put in place after the listing of the dingo as a threatened species in 2010. The expiry of these measures provided the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Lily DAmbrosio, with an opportunity to rectify these deficiencies.
 
Many areas of Victoria where the dingo was unprotected at the time of the dingo threatened species listing, under the pretext of protecting farm stock from dingo predation, have in practice proven unnecessary, as in north western Victoria where there is very little sheep farming, with negligible stock losses. Yet, lethal dingo control in this part of the state was sanctioned with significant numbers of dingoes killed annually. Also, the very narrow genetic definition of the dingo used by the Victorian government means that many high conservation value dingo hybrids continued to be governed as vermin in Victoria by Agriculture authorities rather than as wildlife by biodiversity authorities.
 
In July 2018, an extensive list of pre-eminent Australian environmental scientists jointly wrote to the Victorian government, urging it not to renew the dingo un-protection arrangements, along with the Humane Society International and other conservation organisations. The current arrangements were deemed to be unnecessary, ultimately i...

09:24

Acting on impulse "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Impulse improves

The latest Financial Aggregates figures from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) showed that housing credit growth slowed to 5.2 per cent in September, down from 6.6 per cent a year earlier, though if you look closely the pace of decline has now been easing for several months. 


Indeed, ANZ's research team underscored this very point, noting that the housing credit impulse (essentially the rate of change in housing credit growth) troughed out in June 2018, and has now been improving for 3 months.

On this basis they've argued that peak to trough dwelling prices for Sydney and Melbourne will go no further than 10 per cent, with most of those declines having already happened. 

I was interested in those thoughts and recreated a housing credit impulse reading below (advanced 3 months) which yielded the same results - if the indicator works as it has in the past then capital city housing markets should be back on an even keen in 2019.


Since most housing finance is written in the two most populous states, this clearly isn't going to tell you anything useful about housing markets in Launceston or Longreach, but it's an indicator rooted in logic.

If the credit impulse picks up then this has tended to be reflected in a similar change in capital city housing market sentiment, with the price indices also being heavily weighted towards Sydney and Melbourne.......

09:22

PERTH Magistrates court listings "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Magistrates court listings .

November 03, 2018 at 04:20PM .

Perth Magistrates Court, Perth, Western Australia. Newcastle Magistrates Court listings are published daily. The Magistrates Court of Victoria Current

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.danbro.3guru.co.uk/rpxxo5k/xogiir56kd.php%3Fsetcte%3Dmagistrates-court-listings&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG1ObC7iSEAZD_4COuC27_-X5Twow

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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Wednesday, 03 October

07:02

MEDIA RELEASE 3/10 | MANUS PETITION HANDED TO CHIEF JUSTICE OF PNG SUPREME COURT "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A petition signed by 368 Manus asylum seekers and refugees has been handed to the office of the Chief Justice of the PNG Supreme Court, and to Justice Alan David, who was one of the presiding judges of the Manus Island case. The case was heard in April, this year, but six months later, the(...)

05:23

Faeries and Going Down the Rabbit Hole "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We were camped in a mysterious, very old sessile oak forest on the shores of Loch Dan in the stunning Wicklow mountains....

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Tuesday, 02 October

10:17

MEDIA RELEASE 2/10 | CURFEW CRACKDOWN ON MANUS AS US REJECTS MORE REFUGEES "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A notice abruptly posted that the back gate of West Haus detention compound (photo attached) will be closed from 5.00pm to 6.00am Manus Island, has further restricted refugees movement on the island. A 6.00pm 6.000am curfew already applies to all three refugee compounds on the island prison East Lorengau Transit Accommodation, West Haus(...)

01:30

Whats happened to Peak Oil since Peak Oil. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The latest news that Mexico has this month switched from being a net oil exporter to a net oil importer prompted me to do some more research on what stage we all are with Peak Oil.  and as expected, the news are not good. Since the peak of conventional oil in 2005, ALL the major producing nations except for Iraq and the US have been producing less and less in real terms, and lets face it, half the US production is unviable shale oil which since the GFC has lost the oil industry $280 billion and counting..

Meanwhile, pundits on TV are expressing disbelief at how the price of fuel is skyrocketing in Australia (with our dollar struggling to remain above $US0.70) while oil is simultaneously surging under all sorts of pressures.

Crude_prod_changes_2005-May_2018Fig 2: Crude production changes between 2005 and 2018 by country

Group A
Countries where average oil production Jan-May 2018 was lower than the average in 2005. At the bottom is Mexico with the highest rate of decline. This group started to peak in 1997, entering a long bumpy production plateau at around 25 mb/d, ending you guessed it in 2005. This is down now to 16 mb/d, a decline of 700 kb/d pa (-2.8% pa).

Decline-group_1994-May2018Fig 3: Group A countries

Group B

Countries where average oil production Jan-May 2018 was higher than the average in 2005. At the top of the stack are Iraq and the US, where growth was highest. Group B compensated for the decline in group A and provided for growth above the red dashed line in Fig 1.
The 2018 data have not been seasonally adjusted.
In group B we have a subgroup of countries which peaked after 2005

Crude_post-2005-peaking_1994-May2018Fig 4: Countries peaking after 2005

A production plateau above 7 mb/d lasted for 6 years between 2010 and 2016. The average was 7.1 mb/d, around +1.8 mb/d higher than in 2005. Another country in this subgroup is China, here shown separately because of its importance and consequences.

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Monday, 01 October

10:10

MEDIA ALERT UPDATE 30 Sept: LABOR SENATOR AND CATHOLIC BISHOP OPPOSE DEPORTATION OF VIETNAMESE MOTHER "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Labor Senator Gavin Marshall will speak at an urgent solidarity protest at the Federal Circuit Court (305 William st, Melbourne) tomorrow, Monday 1st of October at 8:30 am to oppose the impending deportation Vietnamese Catholic asylum seeker, Huyen Tran. If Huyen is deported she faces indefinite separation from her baby Isabella and husband Paul. Bishop Vincent Long, a(...)

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Friday, 28 September

10:45

MASS IMMIGRATION IS A MASS ENVIRONMENTAL KILLER "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ianlowe

Ian Lowe

Professor Ian Lowe

August 9, 2018

If we go on increasing the population at the current rate, well go on damaging our environment at an ever increasing rate

Back in March, Dr Jonathan Sobels a senior research fellow at the University of South Australia and the author of a key 2010 report prepared for the Department of Immigration entitled Long-term physical implications of net overseas migration: Australia in 2050 (356 pages) gave a brilliant incisive interview on ABCs Radio National warning of a huge reduction in Australian living standards if the federal government continues with its mass immigration Big Australia policy:

You end up with, in absolute terms, more pollution. You end up with more impacts on peoples personal time spent commuting, for example. You end up with less choice in even simple things

And we are coming up towards physical limitations within our physical, built and natural environments that will lead to compromises in the quality of our life
Not only are the dams not filling, but the ground water supplies are not filling. The only option you have open to you is water efficiency use and whacking up desal plants. But if your population keeps increasing at the rates we have seen in recent times, you wont be able to afford putting up billion dollar desal plants, which also have their environmental impacts...

04:27

Take karaoke to Noongar country and you get Noongaroke "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

Rjpvgttg 1400559806.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Noongaroke was far more than a good night out; it was an inspired intervention to support grieving Noongar families.
Mika Hiltunen

Anna Haebich, Curtin University

The following article was co-authored by Jim Morrison, who is a senior Noongar man, a traditional custodian of Western Australias pristine southern coast. He has been operating in a range of pivotal roles dealing with Aboriginal advancement for more than three decades.

Noongar people engaging with karaoke created a contemporary process for cultural healing and wellbeing that dealt at a profound level with the anguished politics of death in their community. Leading the charge was the deadly Noongaroke singing DJ Jim Morrison.

Jims parents, both from the stolen generations, survived to raise their large family whose members are now prominent in Noongar service organisations, politics and the arts in Perth. Jim generously shared his journey in an interview with my partner Darryl Kickett and myself that is quoted extensively here.

Noongar people are the traditional custodians of the south-west region of Western Australia. They bore the full force of settler invasion and colonisation: the deaths, dispossession, loss of land and culture, racism, segregation, removed children, forced assimilation and dire poverty within a rich country.

What survived of their way of life was invisible to most outsiders: the ancient family lineages, connection to country, kinship values and obligations, hidden knowledge and rituals and elements of language.

Today most Noongar people live in city suburbs and country towns. Numbering more than 40,000, they constitute the largest Aboriginal language group in Australia. Many identify as members of a distinct Noongar nation within the Australian settler state. In 2006, Noongar claimants won Australias first and...

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Tuesday, 25 September

14:23

8:30am Mon Oct 1 | Let Huyen Stay- solidarity protest at court hearing "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 8:30-10am Monday 1st October Where: 305 William St, Melbourne (next to Flagstaff Gardens/Flagstaff Station) Facebook event here Join RAC outside the Federal Circuit Court hearing to demand that Huyen is allowed to stay in the community. Huyen is facing the Federal Circuit Court to argue that she should be allowed to make a statutory(...)

14:19

6:30pm, Mon Oct 15 | Forum: Naurus Medical Emergency Kids Off, All Off "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 6:30-8:30pm, Monday 15th October Where: ANMF Vic Branch, 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne       Facebook event here Leaflet for distribution here Nauru is in meltdown with an escalating medical and mental health crisis as a result of the damage done by offshore detention. Despite Border Force trying to fight doctors recommendations in court,(...)

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Monday, 24 September

08:22

RISE eX-detainees request supporters to raise awareness on AFL Grand Final day (Saturday 29th Sept), to bring to the Worlds attention the escalating crisis faced by Refugees held hostage by Australia in detention centres. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

RISE ex-detainees request supporters to raise awareness during the AFL Grand Final Day, Saturday 29th September 2018, to bring to the worlds attention the escalating crisis faced by detainees held hostage by the Australian government in offshore and onshore detention centres. We also ask our supporters to raise awareness internationally on the day at Australian embassies across the world, to show your solidarity with our community and #SanctionAustralia for their crimes against humanity.

There have been many inquiries and many reports of rape, sexual abuse and torture in Australias refugee detention camps since they were opened more than 26 years ago, yet these abuses continue because not a single Immigration Minister or administrator in the Australian government have been held accountable. Depression, suicide, and other mental illnesses are pervasive within Australian detention centres, and are often a direct result of the experience of detention itself. No refugee wants to be left in limbo, but the Australian government has consistently shown a lack of transparency and accountability, breaking faith with Refugees.

Australia has one of the highest concentration of media ownership in the world and therefore less likely to expose the torture, abuse and murder of our community who are fleeing wars and conflicts that mainly serve capitalist interests. We should not stay silent when there are lives at stake. If we do not act, refugees in Australian-run detention centres will continue to be tortured and abused by the Australian government, and be forced to deport or self-deport.

Please take action and #SanctionAustralia to send a strong message to the Australian government and show the world that you stand against Australias criminal administrative detention regime implemented more than 26 years ago against us refugees. The international community should also condemn Australia, a member of the UN Human rights council, for exploiting less affluent countries such as Papua New Guinea and Nauru and using them as proxies to carry out human rights abuses against refugees.

Who are we?
RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees is the first entirely self-determined refugee advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia. We seek direction from the RISE ex-detainee group in carrying out this action.

Read more about eX-detainees led and managed #sanctionAustralia campaign here: riserefugee.org/sanctionaustralia

RISE Ex-detainee Team
RISE : Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees
#SanctionAustralia

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Sunday, 23 September

02:52

Why everything will collapse.. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Very good video, although he displays his ignorance of meat farming and its ability to combat climate change when done properly. Largely immaterial I know, industrial agriculture will collapse as soon as the energy cliff arrives.

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Friday, 21 September

11:43

IA assessments questionable "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Geelong Branch of the Public Transport Users Association has queried the logic of Infrastructure Australias negative response to the business case for the duplication of the South Geelong-Waurn Ponds rail line.

Branch convener Paul Westcott noted that Infrastructure Australia seems to be saying that the project would stack up if some changes were made.

If they are saying that certain modifications to the business case would lead to them supporting the project, why couldnt they assess the project with the changes they themselves suggest? Mr Westcott said.

Mr Westcott also criticised the State government for not having quantified some obvious benefits of the project in the business case, which has led Infrastructure Australia to require more work to be done on it.

The State government must urgently revise the business case, taking Infrastructure Australias comments into account, ensuring the project can be assessed on its true merits, Mr Westcott said.

However, its good that both sides of politics continue to back the project that will see more trains running to stations South of Geelong, including to Colac and Warrnambool, and help them run more reliably.

Mr Westcott also pointed to apparent inconsistencies in Infrastructure Australias assessment of projects.

They are happy to keep the East-West Link toll road in Melbourne on their priority list, despite the fact that is has a cost-benefit ratio of only 50 cents in the dollar.

Even worse, the duplication of the highway to Colac, also funded by federal money, will only return about eight cents in the dollar.

Mr Westcott said the way Infrastructure Australia assesses projects seems questionable. While economically doubtful road schemes are given the green light, sustainable transport projects seem to be viewed with less sympathy.

01:17

MEDIA RELEASE 18/9 | EIGHT MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US; HUNDREDS LEFT IN LIMBO; MEDICAL CRISIS CONTINUES "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Eight refugees, single men previously held on Manus Island, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday, 18 September, to be resettled in the US. The eight are single men, one Iranian, two Tamils, two Pakistanis, two Rohingyan and one Afghan. The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US so far, is just 130.(...)

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Tuesday, 18 September

07:14

The Importance of Now "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A Stuart Wilde article - Some years ago I wrote out a process I called "minimal movement". It is a time management discipline where you brutally eliminate all actions that serve no purpose, and you allocate the least possible energy and effort to the tick-tock things you have to do.

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Saturday, 15 September

00:08

Methane and climate: 10 things you should know "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The graph above shows methane concentrations in Earths atmosphere over the past 10,000+ years: 8000 BCE to 2018 CE.  The units are parts per billion (ppb).  The year 1800 is marked with a circle.

Note the ominous spike.  As a result of increasing human-caused emissions, atmospheric methane levels today are two-and-a-half times higher than in 1800.  After thousands of years of relatively stable concentrations, we have driven the trendline to near-vertical.

Here are 10 things you should know about methane and the climate:

1. Methane (CH4) is one of the three main greenhouse gases, along with carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O).

2. Methane is responsible for roughly 20% of warming, while carbon dioxide is responsible for roughly 70%, and nitrous oxide the remaining 10%.

3. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas (GHG).  Pound for pound, it is 28 times more effective at trapping heat than is carbon dioxide (when compared over a 100-year time horizon, and 84 times as effective at trapping heat when compared over 20 years).  Though humans emit more carbon dioxide than methane, each tonne of the latter traps more heat.

4. Fossil-fuel production is the largest single source.  Natural gas is largely made up of methane (about 90%).  When energy companies drill wells, frac wells, and pump natural gas through vast distribution networks some of that methane escapes.  (In the US alone, there are...

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Friday, 14 September

23:30

Efficiency, the Jevons Paradox, and the limits to economic growth "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ive discovered a new blog which very much aligns with this one. In his own about section, Darrin Qualman describes himself as a long-term thinker, a civilizational critic, a researcher and data analyst, and an avid observer of the big picture.

I recommend anyone following this blog to check him out, his blog is full of interesting graphs

Ive been thinking about efficiency.  Efficiency talk is everywhere.  Car buyers can purchase ever more fuel-efficient cars.  LED lightbulbs achieve unprecedented efficiencies in turning electricity into visible light.  Solar panels are more efficient each year.  Farmers are urged toward fertilizer-use efficiency.  And our Energy Star appliances are the most efficient ever, as are the furnaces and air conditioners in many homes.

The implication of all this talk and technology is that efficiency can play a large role in solving our environmental problems.  Citizens are encouraged to adopt a positive, uncritical, and unsophisticated view of efficiency: well just make things more efficient and that will enable us to reduce resource use, waste, and emissions, to solve our problems, and to pave the way for green growth and sustainable development.

But theres something wrong with this efficiency solution: its not working.  The current environmental multi-crisis (depletion, extinction, climate destabilization, ocean acidification, plastics pollution, etc.) is not occurring as a result of some failure to achieve large efficiency gains.  The opposite.  It is occurring after a century of stupendou...

04:04

eX-detainees day statement : Do not bury eX-detainee voices or undermine over 2 decades of our labour towards dismantling immigration detention centres "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We, eX-detainees at RISE in Australia, mark the 17th of September 2018 as eX-Detainees Day, for all asylum seekers and refugees who have been forcibly detained whilst seeking protection. This is our 3rd annual eX-detainees day. Crucially, this initiative is entirely managed and controlled by eX-detainees who are asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, as an assertion of our self-determination.

Asylum seeker and refugee detainees who have been detained or are currently detained in detention centres are among the most persecuted and oppressed people in the world. We have endured abuse in our own countries, and upon seeking protection, are disenfranchised and suffer institutional abuse within detention systems. eX-detainees

In this 3rd year of commemorating eX-detainees day we raise the collective voices of asylum seekers and refugees around the world, who are facing discrimination and criminalisation due to detention.  eX-Detainees Day will highlight and oppose all forms of refugee and asylum seeker detention that we are subjected to globally: whether the detention lasts 1 day, 30 days, 1 year, or longer periods of time.

We eX-detainees are thankful for those who have shown meaningful solidarity and allyship. We also like to see more eX-detainee voices put at the forefront in the refugee debate in Australia and across the world. In Australia, eX-detainees have been working towards dismantling immigration detention centres over two decades now. Do not bury eX-detainee voices as has been done continuously by successive Australian governments. Recognition, respect and autonomy should be given to many eX-detainees and detainees who have never compromised on the goal of abolishing detention centres and spoken out against detention centres, risking our freedom and families. Respect our voices and our well being. Here is the link to our demands http://riserefugee.org/exdetaineesdemands/

Last year we eX-detainees at RISE  established the #SanctionAustalia Campaign and we have received overwhelming support for the campaign in Australia and as well as across the world. Further, in the process of developing our Sanction Australia campaign, eX-detainees have been consulting with national and international wide activists, rights groups and civil society groups to endorse our Sanction Australia campaign.

We offshore and onshore eX-detainees from Australia strongly condemn successive Australian governments and other governments around the world for holding hostage our community members in detention torture camps across the world. We eX-detainees demand that all refugee survivors who are forcibly held in detention centres immediately release and provide them with permanent protection and proper support servic...

00:08

Why Growth Cant Be Green "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

jason hickelBy Dr Jason Hickel, an anthropologist, author, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Warnings about ecological breakdown have become ubiquitous. Over the past few years, major newspapers, including the Guardian and the New York Times, have carried alarming stories on soil depletion, deforestation, and the collapse of fish stocks and insect populations. These crises are being driven by global economic growth, and its accompanying consumption, which is destroying the Earths biosphere and blowing past key planetary boundaries that scientists say must be respected to avoid triggering collapse.

Many policymakers have responded by pushing for what has come to be called green growth. All we need to do, they argue, is invest in more efficient technology and introduce the right incentives, and well be able to keep growing while simultaneously reducing our impact on the natural world, which is already at an unsustainable level. In technical terms, the goal is to achieve absolute decoupling of GDP from the total use of natural resources, according to the U.N. definition.

It sounds like an elegant solution to an otherwise catastrophic problem. Theres just one hitch: New evidence suggests that green growth isnt the panacea everyone has been hoping for. In fact, it isnt even possible.

Green growth first became a buzz phrase in 2012 at the United Nations Conf...

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Wednesday, 12 September

07:06

What Would Jesus Say? OMG! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I gave it some thought and could only come to the same conclusion Mr Fry came to: the radical, revolutionary Jesus would be appalled and he would fight to have the church disbanded...

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Tuesday, 11 September

11:15

Beam me up. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

beams

After staring at my large 200200 mm beams drying in the shed for over two years, they were finally raised into position yesterday. It might only be three pieces of timber, but they are critical to the rest of the construction.

It took me well over a week to establish exactly how I would join the mammoth lumps of wood, even, as you might remember, going to the trouble of going to a workshop on how to make framing joins. The advice I received there was worth its weight in gold, and in truth, it wasnt that much more effort to make a tapered tenon rather than just a straight one. And Im stoked with the quality of the join, the gaps being no more than about 3mm I even oiled the internal join surfaces with linseed oil to protect the wood from the inevitable water ingress from the next rain event.

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06:58

Media Release 11/09 | REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE CONDEMNS LATEST FORCED DEPORTATIONS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Refugee Action Collective Victoria (RAC) has condemned the Immigration Departments attempt to forcibly deport of over a dozen refugees last night and called on refugee supporters to mobilise against deportations. According to Aran Mylvaganam of the Tamil Refugee Council, most of the men are Tamil refugees who had had been held in detention centres(...)

06:57

Tamil Refugee Council Media Release 10/09 | MEDICAL REPORT: DETENTION MAKING BILOELA CHILDREN SICK "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned the ongoing detention of a Tamil family removed earlier this year from their home in Biloela, central Queensland, after a new medical report noted emerging behavioural problems in the children. The family Priya, Nades and their infant daughters Kopiga, 3, and Tharnicca (Dharuniga), 14 months has been(...)

03:11

Conjuring Up the Next Depression "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Chris Hedges

During the financial crisis of 2008, the worlds central banks, including the Federal Reserve, injected trillions of dollars of fabricated money into the global financial system. This fabricated money has created a worldwide debt of $325 trillion, more than three times global GDP. The fabricated money was hoarded by banks and corporations, loaned by banks at predatory interest rates, used to service interest on unpayable debt or spent buying back stock, providing millions in compensation for elites. The fabricated money was not invested in the real economy. Products were not manufactured and sold. Workers were not reinstated into the middle class with sustainable incomes, benefits and pensions. Infrastructure projects were not undertaken. The fabricated money reinflated massive financial bubbles built on debt and papered over a fatally diseased financial system destined for collapse.

What will trigger the next crash? The $13.2 trillion in unsustainable U.S. household debt? The $1.5 trillion in unsustainable student debt? The billions Wall Street has invested in a fracking industry that...

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2pm Sat Sept 22 | Public Meeting: Dont Deport Huyen! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 2-5pm, Saturday 22nd September Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray, Victoria Facebook event here Sign petition here Vietnamese flyer here English flyer here Speakers include: Paul Lee- Huyens husband, Isabellas father Huong Truong, Greens MLC for Western Melbourne Vietnamese asylum seeker Huyen is facing deportation and indefinite separation from her baby(...)

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2pm Sat Oct 27 | Rally: One year since the Manus Siege Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 2pm 27th October Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here On the one year anniversary of the Manus Siege join a protest calling for the offshore camps to be close and the refugees brought here. Refugees on Manus were given the deadline of October 26, 2017 to move out(...)

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Wednesday, 05 September

05:00

The 2018 EJ Craigie Award winner "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Last night Warwick Smith, Senior economist at Per Capita was awarded the EJ Craigie Writing Award for his piece The big spending Victorian state budget is built on Australias worst tax. Warwick quickly laid out the damaging effects of stamp duties and then moved on to show another innovative ACT policy move, with the transition []

03:37

Change Your Destiny "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A Stuart Wilde article. When you see ugliness become every more pretty. When you see racism, love and accept everyone. When people are agitated and violent, be calm and peaceful.

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Sunday, 02 September

10:17

What the newspapers said about inequality. It's wrong "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

PETER WHITEFORD
If you were going to reduce a 150-page Productivity Commission examination of trends in Australian inequality to a few words, it would be nice if they werent ALP inequality claims sunk, or Progressive article of faith blown up or Labor inequality myths busted by commission.

The editorial in the Australian Financial Review of August 30 says questions about whether inequality is increasing are abstract, taught in universities as an article of faith, and a political truncheon.

Here I should disclose that I teach courses covering inequality as well as undertaking research on the topic. Also, I was one of the external referees for this weeks Productivity Commission report.

It adds to a growing pile of high quality research on trends in income distribution in Australia, including a recent Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and University of New South Wales study using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that provides an in-depth analysis of income and wealth inequality in 2015-16 and an analysis of trends since 2000.

Also released at the end of July was the latest HILDA Statistical Report that analyses how things have changed over time for individuals between 2001 and 2016.

The Productivity Commission survey takes the deliberately ambitious approach of assessin...

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Wednesday, 29 August

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Tenderness Can Flow From Resilience "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I ponder the question - how do we develop resilience without toughening up and compromising our innate sensitivity?

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