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Sunday, 20 May


NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Sherwood Creek Rd, Sherwood "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

LOCATION: 2034 Sherwood Creek Rd, Sherwood, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Bush Fire
SIZE: 3 ha
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 15:36

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Tucabia-Tyndale Rd, Tyndale "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Tucabia-Tyndale Rd, Tyndale, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 21 May 2018 01:20


Water raiders are eyeing the Clarence River - again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In 2007 Clarence Valley communities saw off an Australian prime minister (John Howard) and his water minister (Malcolm Turnbull)  - telling them "Not A Drop".

The issue of inter-basin water transfer became an election issue that year and the National Party lost the seat of Page and the Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government lost the federal election.

Having learnt nothing from the commitment of local people in the Clarence Valley, including traditional owners, once again the water raiders have raised their heads above the parapet.

The Daily Examiner, letter to the Editor, 19 May 2018, p.14:

Clarence diversion

On April 18, 2018, Toowoomba Regional Council in south-east Queensland resolved to submit a motion to the National General Assembly of Local Government in June this year.

This motion calls for the Assembly to amend Resolution 7...


The Turnbull Government has the solution to its poll number blues already at hand - but will it act? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"
State and federal governments have known for years that there is a correlation between unoccupied residential housing, negative gearing of investment properties and capital gains by individuals in the higher income percentiles.

An est. 11.2 per cent of residential properti...


Two cyclists injured by paralytic driver "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will face court charged with multiple driving-related offences after he allegedly sideswiped two cyclists while driving almost five times over the limit near Casino on Saturday (May 19).

About 11.30am , the mans white Ford Courier utility was travelling west on the Bruxner Highway, about six kilometres east of Drake when he collided with two cyclists, travelling in the same direction.

The male cyclists, aged 28 and 49, who were part of a group, both suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.

The pair were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where they will both have to undergo surgery.

The 34-year-old male driver of the Ford was arrested at the scene, after allegedly returning a positive result to a roadside breath test.

He was taken to Tabulam Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.243, almost five times the limit.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis.

The mans licence was suspended and he was charged with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; negligent driving; driving with a high-range PCA; and possessing prohibited drug

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday (May 20).



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Man bites arresting officer in groin, grabs pistol "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man being arrested for assaulting another man with a metal pole in Byron Bay on Friday evening (May 18) bit one officer in the groin, eye-gouged another and attempted to grab an officers Glock 22 pistol, police allege.

About 10pm, police were called to the intersection of Jonson and Lawson Streets, where a man alleged a 43-year-old man had assaulted him with a metal pole.

Officers arrested alleged assailant near the intersection of Johnson and Bay Streets soon after.

He made verbal threats towards the arresting officers, before allegedly violently resisting arrest.

During the struggle the man tried to remove a police officers gun from its holster.

He also allegedly took hold of and bit the genital area of one of the officers, and eye-gouged another.

The man was eventually brought under control with the assistance of security officers from a nearby pub.

He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with affray, resist police, assault police, and intimidate police.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (May 19) where he did not apply for bail. He will reappear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (May 21).

One officer suffered a burst blood vessel in his left eye, a swollen right hand, back pain and minor abrasions. Another suffered swelling to the groin and abrasions.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact Byron Bay police on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Gwydir Hwy, Jackadgery "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

LOCATION: 3841 Gwydir Hwy, Jackadgery, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 13:32

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Hazard Reduction Orara Way Glenreagh "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

LOCATION: 2389 Orara Way Glenreagh
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
SIZE: 1 ha
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 11:19


Sunday, 20 May 2018 - 11:51am "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This week, I have been mostly reading comics, because reality has been very disappointing:


PICASSO WOULD BE JEALOUS May 25 June 6th Paintings and Ceramics by ZION LEVY STEWART "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

His subjects are rich, unique and evoke optimism.  Regularly seen in an embrace, their hands open and welcoming like beaming flowers calling us in.  Colour comes naturally to Zion, his palette a beautiful array of nave combinations.  Beck Marshall, Paradiso Magazine

A familiar figure in his paint-spattered clothes, local artist Zion Levy Stewarts next solo exhibition Picasso Would Be Jealous, opens at the Project Space, Byron School of Art, 112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby on Friday 25th May at 6.00pm.

Now 39, Zion has been drawing and painting for almost 20 years. This prolific painter creates art every day and loves working with clay, painting and drawing.  His distinctive style captures the people, objects, memories and magic that surround him in his colourful world.  Zions acrylic paintings illuminate local scenes; his quirky portraits overlaid with sketches often depict his characters gender details under their clothes. His ceramics are glazed earthenware, decorated with animals, birds and fish with brilliant underglaze colours.




May 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1786 - That convict lass celebrated for her escape, Mary Bryant, was charged at the Exeter Assizes with assault and robbery, convicted and sentenced to death. Her sentence was commuted to transportation for seven years, and she was taken from Exeter jail to the hulk Dunkirk off Plymouth, where she remained until transhipped to the transport Charlotte in the First Fleet for Botany Bay.

1799 - Simon Taylor was hanged at Parramatta for the murder of his wife Anne Taylor.

1804 - The last of David Collins' failed Sorrento Settlement upped sticks and hied themselves forth in high dudgeon to the Derwent.

1804 - The Sydney Gazette reported on a small success with the experimental " Vaccination upon several Children of the Military".

1804 - The Sydney Gazette gave a very good example of why street cricket didn't take off for a number of years when it reported,
"...a young child playing near the lower end of the Parade was tossed by a cart bullock, but the horn being only entangled in the clothing, the infant fortunately received no injury."
Six and out?

1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn - remember, the priest without correct credentials? - he got booted out of the country back to the UK.
Couldn't just sneak any old crim into this country, ya know....

1819 - Gov Macquarie opened the Hyde Park barracks (designed for 600 male convicts)  with great ceremony and a special feast for the prisoners, and used the occasion to make convict architect Francis Greenway's pardon absolute.

1820 - Todays Hobart Town Gazette published Govt Orders bitterly complaining of frequent gunfire...
"THE frequent Discharge of Fire Arms within the Town, and even in the Streets of Sydney both by Day end Night, which has lately taken Place, to the great Annoyance and Danger of the Inhabitants,rendering it necessary to call the Attention of all Descriptions of Persons to this Circumstance, and particularly to require the Constables and Peace Officers to be prompt and vigilant in rigidly enforcing the present standing Orders, against all Persons who shall hereafter be found discharging Guns, Pistols, or Fire Arms of any Description whatever, within the Streets or Town of Sydney ; it is hereby ordered and directed, that the Constables and all other the Peace Officers and Watchmen, do seize and secure all Persons whatever, who shall after the present Date be found using or discharging Fire Arms in the Town of Sydney, whether by Day and Night, unless in lawful Cases of necessary Self-defence, and bring such Offender or Offenders before a Magistrate, to be dealt with according to Law ; and all Persons are required to take Notice, that whoever shall henceforth be convicted of using or discharging Fire Arms within the Town of Sydney, will be subject to Fine and imprisonment...."


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Saturday, 19 May


How to Harness Your Sexual Energy With 9 Easy Steps "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

High sexual energy is nearly universal in new relationships but tends to decline after a few years.  You know what happens life gets busy, a couple of kids come along, careers become more demanding, family members need more of your time and attention and suddenly your sexual energy is gone. You can probably remember it, but very often you just cant feel it.

Fortunately, maintaining your sexual energy or getting it back isnt usually hard. And it can be a lot of fun. But it does require some of your time and attention, just like maintaining your physical, mental and emotional energy requires some time and attention.

So if the sexual energy in your relationship is drooping or totally missing in action dont despair.  Here are 9  ways to boost your sexual energy.

Make time to talk.

Talking about our emotions helps us feel bonded, so were more likely to want to have sex, says Isiah McKimmie, a certified Somatic sex therapist who specializes in Tantra, somatic sexology, and Gestalt psychotherapy. Many women who come to see me say theyve lost interest in sex, but in fact, theyve lost the feeling of connection to their partner. Make time to sit down and talk things through. Address issues and make a point of telling your partner often how great he is: this helps him open up, too.

Harness flower power.

Flower essences rebalance the emotional side of your spirit, which may be damping down your sexual drive. Leonie Sinclair, a certified flower remedy practitioner from Triple Tranquillity Therapy Centre, suggests Bach Olive flower essence (to boost sexual energy and extinguish exhaustion and fatigue), Australian Bush Flowers She-Oak (to balance hormones), and Wedding Bush (to strengthen your relationship).

More sex, less stress.

A study published in Biological Psychology found that men and women who had recently had intercourse responded better to stress than those who abstained. An intense sensation of euphoria, calm and relaxation follows orgasm, due to the release of the hormones oxytocin, which helps us bond and creates the urge to nurture, and prolactin, which plays a role in lactation, but also an important role in the regulation of the immune system.

Fatten up.



A call to arms in support of Our ABC "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Guardian, 17 May 2018:

The announcement in last weeks budget that the ABCs funding indexation will be frozen for three years from July 2019 is the latest in a series of extraordinary attacks by a government that displays an unprecedented level of hostility to the national broadcaster. It represents a real cut to the broadcasters operating costs of $84m.

Added to the $254m cut over five years announced by then-communications minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2014, and a ...


Once a banker always a a banker "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


There are currently fifteen [15] members of the Turnbull Government who formerly worked in the banking, finance, insurance, and/or for-profit superannuation industries and three [3] who worked for large accountancy firmss or lobbying groups.


Passenger Overboard from Princess Sun "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80's.  

In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard.

The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a 12-day cruise. The overboard occurred when the cruise ship was approximately 100 nautical Princess Sunmiles southeast of Singapore.

Passengers reportedly state that the captain of the ship made an announcement of the passenger's disappearance and turned the ship around to conduct search and rescue operations. It reportedly took an hour to return to the spot where the man went overboard. Another newspaper in Australian reports that that the captain told passengers that CCTV footage confirmed the man went overboard. Indonesian search and rescue authorities released the cruise ship after her crew had searched until dark for the missing man.

A passenger posted a photograph of a rescue boat that had been deployed to search for the overboard passenger. 

According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, 311 people have gone overboard from cruise ships in the last 18 years. 

This incident is similar to a situation three and a half years ago when an 84-year-old went overboard from the Sun Princess while it was sailing from New Zealand to Sydney, in November of 2014. 

The last overboard from the Princess Sun occurred around a year ago when a passenger went overboard from the Princess cruise ship. This occurred in February of 2017. There was no explanation how the woman went overboard. The good news is that she was rescued after approximately 45 minutes in the water.

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Photo credit: @michaelrperth on Twitter via 9NEWS


A Bill of Rights for Australia, Anyone? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On September 18, 2014, citizens of Australia rally to protest the dawn raids of Muslim homes by police in Lakemba, NSW

by Mary W Maxwell

Some say Australia needs a Bill of Rights. Gumshoe hereby invites any reader to propose a right. Our journalistic staff (if you could call it that) seems to be in a jocular mood at the moment (no reason given), so we dont forbid you to send a jocular offering. Still, serious ones would be especially appreciated.

For historical purposes, I am going to list, below, the United States rights never mind the apparent lull in their enforcement nowadays. These ten rights went into the US Con as amendments thereto. For an amendment to get in, three-fourths of the states must ratif...


Box of soil from Crete battlefield for War Monument in Australia (video) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

77 years after the Battle of Crete, the Municipality of Rethymno gave a box with soil from the battlefield to Ambassador of Australia. The move followed a request of the Australian government that will put the box  together with another 99 boxes of soil from different battlefields at a monument in Sydney on the occasion

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The Guardian Is A Lapdog To Power. Theresa May Thinks Its 1984. And Other Reasons I Write For New Matilda "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New Matilda columnist Dr Lissa Johnson joins the #MAYhem, to explain why she writes for Australias most stubborn independent media outlet.

If the parlous state of Western media was ever on full display, it has been lately. From sanitising massacres of Palestinian protesters to bolstering the silencing of Julian Assange, the media has some serious charges to answer.

In the UK, faced with gaping holes in their narratives during recent weeks, major media outlets went into melt-down over journalists, academics and others departing from the official scripts on Syria and the Salisbury poisoning. The desperate, dogged defence by media institutions of their own fragile groupthink has been remarkable to behold.

During a BBC interview on the alleged Douma attacks, for instance, former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West, advocated seeking accurate information before taking military action, whether in Syria or elsewhere. Despite the obvious prudence of his suggestion, the BBC presenter interviewing Lord West took umbrage at his stance. She found it inadvisable to say such things so publically.

West had gently pointed out that terrorist-embedded sources, such as those supplying intelligence on Douma, are not the most reliable. He added that when he was Chief of Defence Intelligence himself, he had been put under huge pressure politically to lie about the UKs bombing campaign in Bosnia, alluding to the dangers of politicised intelligence.

Casualties at Douma last month, from the ongoing Syrian civil war.

With US president Donald Trump citing discredited Israeli intelligence as a basis for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear de...


The Weekend Quiz May 19-20, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

In a fixed coupon government bond auction, the higher is the demand for the bonds the:

(a) higher the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.

(b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.

(c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.

The answer is Option (c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.

Option (b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down might have attracted your attention given that it correctly associates higher demand for bonds will lower yields.

You then may have been led by your understanding of the fundamental principles of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) that include the fact that government spending provides the net financial assets (bank reserves) and fiscal deficits put downward pressure on interest rates (with no accompanying central bank operations), which is contrary to the myths that appear in macroeconomic textbooks about crowding out.

But of-course, the central bank sets the short-term interest rate based on its policy aspirations and conducts the necessary liquidity management operations to ensure the actual short-term market interest rate is consistent with the desired policy rate. That doesnt mean the central bank has a free rein.

It has to either offer a return on reserves equivalent to the policy rate or sell government bonds if it is to maintain a positive target rate. The penalty for not borrowing is that the interest rate will fall to the bottom of the corridor prevailing in the country which may be zero if the central bank does not offer a return on reserves.

This situation arises because the central bank essentially lacks control over the quantity of reserves in the system.

So the correct answer is that movements in p...


Can Cryptocurrencies Survive? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Do you think Bitcoin can survive? Or has it been a passing fad?


ANSWER: Bitcoin rose because 70% of the miners were in China. It was NOT simply because energy was cheap. Bitcoin became the LEADING means of money laundering and movement of cash out of China, circumventing their rule of law and currency controls. So do not think for one minute that Bitcoin rose because it was really a wonderful idea?

BitCoin was a means to get money out of China when you could not wire money out under currency controls. In Australia, they have adopted the slogan that CASH IS FOR CRIMINALS. They will do the same to cryptocurrencies. All they need to do is declare a law that it is illegal for a business to accept cryptocurrency under the excuse that it is money laundering. You just killed the entire industry.

The government has the army, tanks, and the guns and soon robot soldiers. Until the army is willing to turn against the hand that feeds them, which is why they are developing robot soldiers, you cannot stand with cryptocurrency and claim some magical right to suppress government and central banks. You need the power grid!

Video streaming today is because of the online porn industry (I wont post a picture of that).  They needed to sell their product and they invented video streaming under the mother of all evolution Necessity. Video streaming has since expanded to everything. Blockchain can be used in many other contexts just a video streaming was not restricted to just porn. The technology can be used for documents and other things besides just cryptocurrencies.

I have been skeptical about the claims that cryptocurrencies will replace all money and central banks and end banking creating money out of thin air. That would be recreating the Dark Age. For that to take place there can be no lending. The mortgage market would...


NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Bruxner Park Rd, Korora "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

LOCATION: Bruxner Park Rd, Korora, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Bush Fire
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 19 May 2018 10:46


Gallery 7- Opening Night Party "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

25 May 2018 5pm 9pm

Gallery 7

7/13 Lawson Street Byron Bay

Come and celebrate the opening of the newest, biggest & tiniest Art Gallery in Byron Bay!

Representing renowned local artists Craig Parnaby, Mike Chavez, Andrew Hmelnitsky and from Sydney town, the beautiful Samantha Robinson.

Drinks kick off at 5pm. Sponsored by the brewing champions of the area, Pickled Pig Brewery.

Bring your friends, spread the word, see you there.

For more details visit Gallery 7 Facebook page or website.

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Scientists refute Ben Heards paper opposing reneweable energy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources? New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 17-MAY-2018

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens when the sun doesnt shine and the wind doesnt blow? Wont renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts?

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard (at left) and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation.

Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised by Heard and colleagues.The researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Aalborg University have analysed hundreds of studies from across the scientific literature to answer eac...


Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Report finds Narrabri has enormous potential for renewables, with scope for between 1GW and 4.5GW of large-scale solar and wind, that would create 500-2,600 permanent local jobs.

via Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy


The Beauty Myth 3.0 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you want to be beautiful by todays beauty industry standards, youd better be prepared to part with some cash, writes Helen Barcham.

Every work morning, as I wait to board my bus from Parramatta station to the Western Sydney University campus, I find myself meditating on the in-your-face advertisement plastered on the window of the beauty clinic across the street.

The advertisement is not remarkable in the context of todays advertising culture, but it is nevertheless alluring. It features several attractive, happy and confident-seeming women (and one man) alongside the text, Whats your You Ness?

This image exemplifies beautifully the paradox of todays beauty industry.

The clinic promises to respect and amplify womens youness which they define as what makes you, well you. And yet, this promise is sold to women through a smorgasbord of products and services that, paradoxically, orient womens bodies and psyches towards embodying the cultural beauty ideal.

According to its website, the clinic promises to hit reverse on sagging skin through skin tightening treatments; leave others to guess about ones age through cosmetic injectables; and promises women theyll be ready at a moments notice through laser hair removal. Ultimately, the promotion of these beauty regimes tells us that youthful or youth-like, thin and hairless bodies are the cultural ideal to which women should aspire. Youness, then, is a false economy, re-routed to sameness.


Pain and Suffering is the Price to Pay for Looking and Feeling Good

In order to acquire the happiness and confidence of the models in the advertisements, women are, ironically, first required to endure pain and suffering in the form of endless laser treatments, surgical needles, chemical peels, injections, and take-home creams, among other body work.

Pain and suffering, we are told in todays therapeutic society, is a necessary requirement of actively looking after oneself. As the adage goes, no pain, no gain.

This suffering is no mere coincidence or by-product, but a politically organised normalising apparatus, strategically pressed u...


May 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1793 - Governor Arthur Phillip returned to England accompanied by Bennelong and Yemmerawanne. Following a six-month voyage, they landed in Falmouth, England on this day.

1805 - The Sydney Gazette was bemoaning the fact that so many furbabies had multiplied within the colony, or in their words...
"The prodigious canine increase within the last twelvemonth is as little surprising as alarming: go where you will you must patiently submit to be formally introduced by half a dozen domestic yelpers, who martial the way at the extreme danger of your calves. Upon many families the support of a number of useless creatures falls as a heavy tax; and yet, from some recommendatory qualification, imperceptible to every body but the owner, they must still be supported at the certain expence of those entitled by
nature to our first consideration."

1820 - Russian explorer Faddei Faddeevich (Fabian) Bellingshausen sailed merrily from Port Jackson for the Sandwich Islands where he made further discoveries, notably Ono Island in the Fiji group.

1825 - Francis Nicholas Rossi replaced D'Arcy Wentworth as Superintendent of Police in New South Wales.

1826 - Today saw the first issue of the Monitor newspaper in Sydney.
Gossip, ladies!
Shipping intelligence galore!

1830 - Polish explorer Strzelecki, having tripped over a large lump of land in south-east Victoria, named it Gippsland after the Governor of NSW George Gipps.

1837 -  Surveyor-General and explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell was a tad tired and emotional so he left Sydney on eighteen months leave.

1838 - The first Catholic Mass on Pentecost Sunday was celebrated in Melbourne with Father Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan in the driving seat.

1845 - F.H. Faulding, the son of a surgeon, opened the doors of his business as a chemist at 5 Rundle Street.  His business grew rapidly as he made remedies for stock as well as people and he bought a site in Clarence Place, off King William Street, to give him more room for his manufacturing and wholesale business.

1854 - Ballarat Post Office opened cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts.

1861 - Helen Porter Mitchell, better known as Dame Nellie Melba, was pupped.

1863 0 The Flinders Street Baptist Church in Adelaide was officially opened with Rev. Silas Mead at the helm.

1869 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was flung open all over the shop, from Singleton to Muswellbrook.

1915 - Lance Corporal Albert Jacka won the first VC awarded to an Aussie for the action at Courtney's Post, Gallipoli.

1915 - John Simpson (Kirkpatrick), better known as The Man With The Donkey, was killed.After risking his life so many times to bring wounded to safety with the help of his do...

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Friday, 18 May


2018 Byron Writers Festival Key Dates "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

2018 Byron Writers Festival announcements are just around the corner. Be sure to save these dates and jump online to score your tickets to regional Australias most popular literary festival.

Mark your calendar For further information and tickets, visit

24 May
Early Bird 3-Day passes members pre-sale: $233. Conditions apply*
Available until sold out.

30 May
First guest announcement and Early Bird 3-Day passes general release: $268
Available until sold out.

13 June
Full program announcement & all general release tickets, including 3-Day passes, 1-Day passes and separately ticketed Workshops and Feature Events.

3-Day General, $299
3-Day Members, $254
1-Day General, $132
1-Day Members, $111
Sundays Kids Big Day Out, $40 (1 child and 1 accompanying adult)
Sunday Locals tickets, $80. Supported by Harcourts Byron Bay, conditions apply**

Feature Event ticket prices range from free to $35
Workshop ticket prices range from $60 (half day) to $120 (full day), with Member discounts available.

30 July 2 August

3-5 August
Festival Weekend!

All tickets are subject to booking fees.
*Must join as a Member by 23 May
**Available to residents of the Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas. Tickets are only available from the festival office, and purchasers will need to present proof of address (maximum two tickets per person).

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Saturday, 21 April


Uncluttered : a 12 week online course "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I feel like Ive spent the past five years decluttering my home.

The imminent arrival of a baby has always been a motivating factor; nothing quite like nesting urges to have me clearing out cupboards and scrubbing walls and floors.

Moving house has also been a catalyst; its only when you have to pack everything into boxes that you realise how much insignificant miscellany you own.

But apart from a seasonal spring and autumn clean, Ive been so caught up in keeping the house tidy (and often failing!) that decluttering the home hasnt happened. And if I do start to do it, motivation wears thin.

Not knowing where to start or how to progress seems to be a common problem for those of us who want to declutter the family home. Sure, we can all clean out a kitchen draw or the kids wardrobe but the whole house? its overwhelming to say the least.

Granted, Ill be spending the next eight or so weeks decluttering on a whole new level. We dont want to pay for storage while we travel so well keep a few pieces of furniture, our big appliances (fridge, washing machine, dryer) and our keepsakes at the Grandparents houses. Everything else? Were selling or donating.

But seeing as though many of you arent attempting to squeeze your life into a caravan any time soon, I thought Id tell you about Uncluttered, a 12 week online course created by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist.

Perhaps what is most impressive about Uncluttered is that it helps you examine your spending habits as well as guiding you through the stages of decluttering the home. Its not just for minimalists, either. Its for anyone and everyone who wants to downsize and declutter, but cant seem to get there on their own.

The course acts as a guiding roadmap and framework. It consists of videos, interviews, articles, Q&A sessions, weekly challenges, and most importantly, a super involved and active community. It offers everything a book cannot: active feedback, accountability, opportunity to ask questions, and positive support from others.

Uncluttered has been running for over two years and it has encouraged  thousands of people to declutter their homes and change their mindset and habits. A few inspiring testimonials:

The term life-changing gets thrown around a lot, but this course really is. I went into it with a lot of shame and anxiety. Joshua gently guided us in a way that made lasting change seem possible. My home is much improved, but my mindset is also clearer.

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Friday, 20 April


Numbers of Ministerial Staff in Australia As at April 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Numbers of Ministerial staff drawn from the most recent, most authoritative source publicly available

Numbers reflect what is reported as ministerial staff in each jurisdiction: so if personal support staff, such as administrative assistants or drivers, have been reported, these are included in the figures).

  • Number of Ministers and Office Holders are those numbers reported against staff numbers, where available.
  • Victoria does not have a regular reporting regime for ministerial staff numbers, so Im still reliant on the numbers in a 2015 FOI return
  • NSW last reported its figures in June 2017, failing to report the figures at 30 December 2017.
  • Northern Territory has a global budget for Executive Support, with 295 employees, but does not have a breakdown to the numbers of personal staff provided to support Ministers.
  • Shout out to Tasmania, which provides staffing numbers regularly and in the clearest format.

Commonwealth: 30 Ministers, 12 Assistant Ministers (Parliamentary Secretaries) and 3 senior office holders (Whip and two Chairs)

447  (As at 1 February 2018 Tabled Schedule at Finance Estimates) (425 at 1 April 2016 Tabled Schedule at Finance Estimates)

Number in Prime Ministers Office 54 (53 in 2016); Deputy Prime Minister 19 (19 in 2016)

New South Wales: 23 Ministers

203.4 (As at 30 June 2017)  (204.9 at 30 June 2016)

Number in Premiers Office 27.8 (27.9 in 2016); Deputy Premiers Office 14 (13 in 2016).

Victoria: 21 Ministers

258 (As reported by the Herald Sun, based on an FOI application, at 3 December 2015)

Number in Premiers Office: One in five of the 236 ministerial staff and 22 ministerial drivers works directly for Daniel Andrews.

Queensland: 17 Ministers

210 positions (As at...


Economic blinkers warp immigration assessment "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THE Treasury-Home Affairs report on immigration seems to have based its evidence and reasoning upon its conclusion that high immigration is a good thing. On the reports own figures, present high immigration will produce an extra 1.1 per cent of total GDP. Given that 190,000 immigrants year is just a tad under 1 per cent, that does not make for very much increase in GDP per person. And that is on Treasurys optimistic and economics-only view.

The economic gain per person is so little that more people are questioning whether it is worth the risk.

The underlying economic equation, though, remains inescapable. If you increase population by 2 per cent a year, which is what is happening in Australia, you have to double (yes, double) your infrastructure effort not just increase it by 2 per cent.

This is because infrastructure (roads, football stadiums, hospitals, bridges etc) on average last about 50 years. Some longer (the Sydney Harbour Bridge). Some shorter (Olympic Stadium). If the stuff lasts 50 years you have to replace 2 per cent of it every year, just to mark time. If you add 2 per cent population growth you have to add another 2 per cent, in effect doubling the infrastructure requirement, just to mark time.

This is why people are screaming.

There are few economies of scale here. When a school is full you have to build a whole new one. Indeed, there are diseconomies of scale. If you use a road to capacity, it gets clogged and people waste time in traffic.

Treasury concentrates on income and tax and virtually ignores stresses on capital (infrastructure). It also ignores the environment. It ignores the replacement of agricultural land with housing and whether we have enough water. It ignores the social cost of forcing people into apartments. It ignores the morality of reducing Australias capacity to export food as more will be consumed here.

A lot of the increase in GDP from higher population comes from the higher price of goods and services that become scarcer, not from higher standards of living. A round of golf now charged at $1000 because land values have sky-rocketed adds $1000 to GDP. Yet it is the same round of gold which only added $100 to GDP when that was the going rate when we had lower population and lower land values.

GDP is a warped measurement. It does not measure well-being. If higher GDP (and not even much higher GDP per person) is the best argument for continuing the recently hugely increased immigration intake, it is a very poor one, even if you believed the economic...


Rules and Regulations for the Management of the Maules Creek Water Source "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Maules Creek Water Source Management Zone is part of the larger Namoi Water Sharing Plan (WSP). The Maules Creek Tributaries Management Zone (shown above) includes the Maules Creek coal mine which has a pump in the bottom of the pit that is de-watering the mine. This pump should, in theory, be covered by the Namoi WSP but its all in the definitions.


The Maules Creek coal mine owns the 78 ML Green Gully water licence 12479 which is subject to the cease to pump rules in the Namoi WSP when less than 1 ML per day is flowing across Elfin Crossing.

The mine also owns the 138 ML licence (12811) that came with Olivedeen in Zone 5, the 3000 ML high security Namoi River licence (13050) and the newly created 300 ML Porous Rock licence (29588) which was granted on the 21st of June, 2012, for perpetuity.

The Porous Rock licence was granted just 4 months prior to the mines state planning approval on the 23rd of October 2012 and just 18 days after the Namoi WSP commenced on Oct 4, 2012.


The Green Gully 78 ML per annum licence is sufficient to cover the .25 ML per day that the groundwater modelling in the EIS estimated would be lost from from Zone 11 groundwater.

However 78 ML is insufficient to cover the output of the de-watering pump so the remainder of the de-watering of the pit (based on the groundwater modelling estimates) relies on the newly created Porous Rock licence and its exemption in the newly commenced 2012 Namoi WSP.


The WSP definition of Porous Rock would include coal seams.



Impact of alcohol and illicit drug use on the burden of disease and injury in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Impact of alcohol and illicit drug use on the burden of disease and injury in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011 quantifies the health impact that alcohol and illicit drug use place on Australia, including as risk factors for other diseases and injuries. It estimates that alcohol and illicit drugs were collectively responsible for 6.7% of Australia's disease burden in 2011.

The report highlights that health inequalities exist, with lower socioeconomic groups and more remote areas generally experiencing higher rates of disease burden due to alcohol and illicit drug use.

* Nearly 1 in every 20 deaths in 2011 were from alcohol and illicit drug use, equating to 6,660 deaths.* 6.7% of all disease burden in Australia was from alcohol and illicit drug use in 2011 (9% for males and 4% for females).* 4.6% of all disease burden in Australia was from alcohol use alone, of which one-third was due to alcohol dependence.* On its own, illicit drug use was responsible for 2.3% of Australia's disease burden.* 41% of the illicit drug use burden was from opioids, followed by amphetamines (18%), cocaine (8%) and cannabis (7%).* Alcohol use was responsible for around one-third of the burden of road traffic injuries. * The rate of burden from alcohol use fell slightly between 2003 and 2011 and further reductions are expected by 2020.* The rate of burden due to amphetamine use is projected to rise by 14% between 2011 and 2020.

Download report: Impact of alcohol and illicit drug use on the burden of disease and injury in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011

Media release:1 in 20 Australian deaths caused by alcohol and illicit drugs.

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Volunteer Times: Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden, April & May "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wednesday afternoons: 4pm 5.30pm Sunday afternoons: 3pm 4.30pm Come along to help with weekly weeding, planting and general community garden upkeep. All helpers of all ages are very welcome, and greatly appreciated! Contact: Kate Wright Note: In the case of inclement weather, the volunteer sessions will be cancelled. full article 


Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia is the second national report to present key data specific to cancer in adolescents and young adults. While cancer in young Australians is rare, it has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. Surveillance of this population is also important as adolescent and young adult cancer survivors are at an increased risk of developing a second cancer.

1. In 2010-2014, 4,843 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in adolescents and young adults.

2. In 2011-2015, 499 adolescents and young adults died from cancer.

3. In 2010-2014, 5-year relative survival from all cancers combined for adolescents and young adults was 89%.

4. Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors had a 1.9 times increased risk of developing a second cancer

Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia

Media release: More cases of cancer diagnosed in young Australians, but survival has improved.


we bought a caravan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Our new home is sitting out the front of our (current) house, patiently waiting for adventures.

We did it! And I know it was the plan all along but after months (and months!) of research we decided on a make and model and found the right one at the right price. Then we took the leap and spend a big chunk of our savings on it.

It feels really good. And right so right!

I promised that I would share this journey in its entirety but I admit that the past few months have been fairly uneventful. Its been a slow process; literally sifting through the many caravans on the market to find a size and layout that works for us.

Thankfully there arent many caravans fit for six people so we didnt have to search too far. But when it came to the layout, we were adamant that we didnt want the main bed at the front of the van (next to the door) and interestingly, this layout is one of the more popular ones.

We wanted our bed to be at the far end of the van so we felt like we had our own space, albeit small. Practically speaking we also knew it would be a blessing for Marigolds day naps. And for my sanity.

Eventually we discovered the Jayco Stirling and on Saturday evening our new home arrived. Its a 2009 model and all 24ft of it is fantastic (yes, its huge). Its not going to win any pinterest awards but it has everything we want for comfortable, practical living on the road.

Originally it had 3 bunk beds but the previous owners took two out. Were going to transform it into a double bunk so theres enough room for Che to sit up in bed (and for him to feel like hes got his own space; essential for a tween). Thankfully the mattresses are quite long so Poet and Percy will top-and-tail on the bottom bunk. As for Marigold, shell be tucked into bed with Daniel and I for the year-long journey.

It comes with a full bathroom including a washing machine and the kitchen has a stovetop, oven and decent-sized fridge and freezer. These were all non-negotiables for me; I wanted a big fridge so I didnt have to go to the supermarket every day and an oven will make baking and cooking so much easier and cost effective (store bought banana bread is expensive!).

The plan for now? Buy a Land Cruiser, sell our cars, pack up the house and hopefully be on the road by mid-late June. Its all sorts of overwhelming but on the flipside its thoroughly enjoyable. The possibilities!

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Tuesday, 17 April


Compare the pair 1 month at Elfin Crossing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Elfin Crossing Northern Pool taken 23.3.2018

Elfin Crossing Northern Pool taken 16.4.2018

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Monday, 16 April


Collaboration with Dr Greg "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After the Crossing Streams exhibition last year, I asked Dr Greg Pritchard if he'd be interested in collaborating on a Renga

Renga predates haiku as a form of verse and uses a similar format with the addition of two seven-syllable lines forming a response.

For a while I'd been stumped trying to decide which of my haiku to offer to Greg.

In the lead-up to the recent poetry reading in Narrandera, I decided to share one I'd written for that event while camping by the Goulburn River:
Ripples reflecting
streaming autumnal light
each moment passing

On the mountain, clouds come in
it is like a ship at sea


ELDAC: Better care at end of life gets a boost with new website "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The new End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) website provides many paths to practical and useful information for palliative care and advance care planning', says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven.

The site is part of a 3-year project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health which aims to improve the care of older Australians through advance care planning activities and palliative care connections.

AHHA is a member of the ELDAC consortium led by the Queensland University of Technology, Flinders University and the University of Technology Sydney, and including Palliative Care Australia, Aged and Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, and Catholic Health Australia.

'As an ELDAC project partner we are proud to have been involved in the development of this website, where health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families', Ms Verhoeven said.
'One of the features of the site is a set of 5 online toolkits developed by palliative care, aged care, primary care and legal experts covering Residential Aged Care, Home Care, Primary Care, Working Together, and Legal matters.

'For example, the Primary Care toolkit, which was developed by AHHA, leads healthcare workers and primary care teams through the various steps involved in supporting advance care planning with patients and their families, including considerations for people of various religious and cultural backgrounds. There are links to fact sheets, guides, discussion starters, patient resources and podcasts.

'Users can also access materials on assessing palliative care needs, providing palliative care, managing dying, and bereavement', Ms Verhoeven said.

ELDAC website.

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Sunday, 15 April

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Saturday, 14 April


Maules Creek geology and our water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Maules Creek geology has a lot to do with the groundwater behaviour in the area. The above map was taken from the Upper Namoi Groundwater Source Status Report 2006 2011, which provides a useful summary of groundwater history in Maules Creek pre-mining.

Zone 11 is a small part of the Namoi Valley Groundwater Region (see map) but boasts a significant inventory of groundwater monitoring bores (12), including 5 with telemetry. Find out more here Groundwater monitoring at Maules Creek.

The Status Report makes it plain the financial and operational pain that groundwater entitlement holders have shouldered, with allocations reduced by 75% in order to stabilise the declining groundwater levels in the district;

At the commencement of the Plan on the 1st November 2006 groundwater entitlements in the Zone 11 were reduced from approximately 8.7 GL down to 2.2 GL.

The objective of the Plan is to reduce the total extraction in Zone 11 to 2,200 ML by the 2016 2017 water year.

The objectives of the Plan were largely achieved by 2011 with a significant reduction in entitlements and annual groundwater usage, well before the 2016 2017 deadline.

Ironically, 2016 2017, could contain the biggest threat to Zone 11 groundwater levels that weve seen. And this threat could come not from the irrigation industry but from the connectivity of the alluvial aquifers with the coal seams  which underlie much of Maules Creek.

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Friday, 13 April


Cardiovascular health in remote and rural communities "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This report provides analysis of RFDS aeromedical transport data for the period July 2013 to December 2016. This analysis revealed:

- An average of 112 patients per week or 16 patients per day were transported for CVD;

- On average, per day, 10.1 (63%) were male and 5.9 (37%) were female, a ratio of 1.7 males for every female;

- All age groups were represented; the mean age group was 5559 years, more than one-third (35.3%) were aged 6074 years, and 1% were children under the age of 5 years.

More than half (52.5%) of all CVD transports were for CHD. The two main CHDs that lead to a patient requiring an aeromedical transport were 'acute myocardial infarction' (heart attack) (38.9%) and 'angina pectoris' (angina) (9.4%). Almost one-quarter (22.2%) of CVD transports were for patients experiencing other forms of heart disease; the two main other forms of heart disease were 'heart failure' (4.6%) and 'atrial fibrillation and flutter' (4.0%).

This report's purpose is to detail the CVD burden on remote and rural Australia, and to propose action to ameliorate CVD impacts. Many CVD events are preventable. Increased investment in, and access to, evidence-based, culturally appropriate prevention and early intervention for people at increased risk of CVD, and those who have experienced a CVD event, is required.

Similarly, better treatment options for remote and rural Australians are also required. For example, between 2001 and 2008 the South Australian integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network (iCCNet) established a support program for remote and rural primary care services to manage heart attacks by providing expert risk stratification, point-of-care troponin testing and cardiologist-supported decision making. The program's evaluation demonstrated a 22% improvement in 30-day survival rates for remote and rural patients, which closed the mortality disparity that had previously existed between city and country hospitals.

Cardiovascular health in remote and rural communities.


Cognitive ageing and decline: Insights from recent research "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cognitive decline is feared by many as they approach old age. Yet the severe cognitive decline associated with dementia is not a normal part of ageing. In Australasia, the prevalence of dementia in those aged 60 and over is less than 7% (Alzheimer's Disease International, 2015). Nevertheless, the personal and economic costs associated with dementia are considerable, and due to Australia's ageing population, an increasing number of Australians require treatment and exit the workforce due to cognitive impairments. 

So, how do we combat this? How do we lower the risks or delay the development of dementia, and design care and treatment interventions that reduce the personal and economic costs of the disease?

This research brief explores the impacts of cognitive ageing and decline on individuals, as well as on the wider Australian economy. The brief emphasises how cognitive impairment is a significant barrier to those over sixty staying in the workforce and managing their finances properly. The brief also discusses the current and proposed future ways to diagnose and prevent cognitive impairment before it becomes severe.

Cognitive ageing and decline: Insights from recent research


Survey of Health Care: selected findings for rural and remote Australians [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Survey of Health Care: selected findings for rural and remote Australians

Among Australians 45 and over who visited a GP in the past year, those living in rural and remote areas were less likely than others to have a usual GP or place of care. Not having facilities nearby was a barrier to seeing a specialist and having a medical test.

Key findings: * 3 in 5 people in Remote/Very remote areas said not having a specialist nearby stopped them from seeing one. * People in Remote/Very remote areas were the most likely to report going to an ED because no GP was available. * People reported decreasing information sharing between health providers as remoteness increased. * People in Outer regional and Remote/Very remote areas were the least likely to have a usual GP.

Survey of Health Care: selected findings for rural and remote Australians


Indigenous NSW: Findings from the 2016 census "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander(ATSI)peoples continue to experience worse outcomes across a range of indicators compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. According to the Australian National University's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, this divergence in areas such as income are an ongoing consequence of historic violence, dispossession and other forms of colonial domination faced by ATSI people.

This paper uses the latest 2016 Census figures to provide a snapshot of how the ATSI peoples of NSW compare with non-Indigenous residents across a range of key indicators, including population, age, education, income and employment. The paper also provides a comparative analysis of these indicators over three Censuses (2006, 2011 and 2016) for both NSW as a whole and for three custom NSW regions that incorporate different State Electorates based on their location. These geographies were selected to not only to provide an indication as to how location affects the wellbeing of the State's Indigenous peoples, but to also help Members of the NSW Parliament gain greater insight into the Indigenous peoples residing in or around their electorates.

Indigenous NSW: Findings from the 2016 census.


Trump backflip on the TPP exposes its problems: full parliamentary scrutiny needed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Media Release, April 13: "US President Trumps announcement that he will renegotiate what is now the TPP-11 exposes the dodgy nature of the deal. The remaining 11 countries reached agreement on the basis that bad provisions sponsored by the US are identified as unacceptable but are only suspended and remain in the deal, and could be reactivated if the US re-joined, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

The suspended clauses include longer monopoly rights on medicines which would delay the availability of affordable medicines and stronger copyright monopolies that would increase the rights of copyright holders at the expense of consumers.

Australia has never before signed a deal containing essentially unacceptable provisions that could be re-activated if an outside party re-joins the deal. This demands close independent scrutiny by both the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) and the Senate inquiry, said Dr Ranald.

Many questions remain unanswered. If the suspended clauses are reinstated through negotiation with the US, this will change the nature of the deal again, demanding further public and parliamentary scrutiny. Trump has also said he would want a substantially better deal for the US which is likely to mean even longer monopoly rights on medicines than are in the suspended clauses, and other more outrageous demands, said Dr Ranald.

Many other unacceptable provisions remain in the deal, including foreign investor rights to sue governments (ISDS), restrictions on government regulation of essential services and increased numbers of temporary migrant workers without first testing if local workers are available, said Dr Ranald.

The government has been trying to cut short the JSCOT inquiry from 20 joint Parliamentary sitting days to only 10 days, so that it would report in June rather than August, exerting pressure on the Senate to constrain its inquiry which is due to report in September.

We call on the government to confirm that both Inquiries will not be curtailed, to enable full assessment of whether the current TPP-11 deal or any renegotiated deal is in the public interest.

If it is not in the public interest we will campaign for the Senate to block the implementing legislation, said Dr Ranald.

Contact Dr Patricia Ranald 0419 695 841



Second working bee for Boomerang Bags "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Saturday, 14 Apr; 9:00 am; ] Saturday 14th April, 9pm, The Jacaranda Room out the back of Kent House is the location of Armidale Boomerang Bags second sewing bee. Join us to help reduce the use of plastic by sewing cloth bags. If you can't sew, no problem, we can help you or there are non-sewing tasks also. Great company, great food and [...] full article 


Farm Planning Takes Innovation Approach "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Monday, 16 Apr; 5:00 pm; ] Landholders in the Southern New England are set to take advantage of farm planning with an agro-ecology focus and a twist of innovation at the end of April. This particular opportunity has emerged out of feedback from participants at an event with David Hardwick run by the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services at Kentucky last year, [...] full article 

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Thursday, 12 April


Dhal recipe "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  1. Wash a packet of red lentils, then boil for up to 20 mins in a pot with about an equal amount of water or maybe a bit more.
  2. In a fry pan with oil cook an onion, half a bulb or more of garlic and about a teaspoon each of cumin, garam masala, cayenne pepper and curry powder. 
  3. Add half a pack of mustard seeds, if they pop it's too hot.
  4. Add a teaspoon of stock powder or dissolve a cube in water or add salt to taste.
  5. Mix it all together in the pot with the mushy lentils, using a little water to get all the flavour from the frying pan.
  6. Serve with coriander, if you like, or add vegetables.

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Wednesday, 11 April


its time for a change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Its not a coincidence that this post comes six whole weeks after the last which was aptly titled: The Hardest Part of Babyhood.

If youre a mum, you know exactly how Ive been spending my time. As I mentioned to the sweet lady in the supermarket elevator this morning: Its non-stop from sun up till sun downand then some.

Term 1 at school is always busy but this year has seemed extraordinarily full. Im presuming its because Im navigating school pick-ups with baby naps and we all know that never works out well. Honestly, the firstborn really does get it good in the uninterrupted nap department! And it never gets easier to rouse a baby from her slumber and plonk her in her carseat, all the while shushing the pre-schooler who wants to desperately bring a collection of random things (that he cant find) on the 10minute journey.

Percy turned 3 a few weeks ago and on Monday he starts pre-school. Its always a momentous step and it will be the very first time hes spent time without me (aside from weekly visits with the Grandmas). My quirky, imaginative and incredibly creative Percy Pip is also my most socially anxious so its with a bit of trepidation that I send him off into the classroom. And yet I know that this is exactly what he needs; a gentle, nurturing and familiar environment where he can explore, learn and connect. He usually has Poet by his side when were out and about and she really does mother and guide him; it will be interesting to see how he fends for himself and navigates new friendships.

I took these two photos of him on his birthday week and they very aptly capture his personality...

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Tuesday, 10 April


Academics confirm temporary migrant workers more exploited than permanent migrants "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

April 10, 2018: Sydney University academics Stephen Clibborn and Chris Wright argue in the SMH today that from the 1940s to the 1990s, Australias permanent immigration program and strongly enforced labour standards protected the workplace rights of permanent migrants.

But now the large numbers of temporary migrant workers tied to one employer are more vulnerable to exploitation because they can be deported if they lose their job. Clibborn and Wright suggest that rather than dwelling on the size of the permanent immigration intake, Australias political and community leaders need to fix the flawed policies that have allowed too many unscrupulous employers to steal the wages of temporary migrant workers.

They zero in on the range of temporary work visas which give undue power to employers to exploit; and on the restrictions on the right of unions to enter workplaces to police enterprise agreements and award standards.

However these authors do not mention the use of trade agreements to boost temporary worker numbers without any testing of the local labour market to fill the jobs.

Under the TPP-11 which is now being considered by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and a Senate inquiry, Australia would expand the number of countries which could supply temporary labor without labour market testing to include Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and Chile.

By including temporary migrant workers in a trade agreement, the government is blatantly treating them as tradable commodities, rather than as human beings.

We need both urgent action on union rights and a return to a permanent immigration program, and an end to the inclusion of temporary migrant workers in trade agreements like the TPP-11.

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Monday, 09 April


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That sickening feeling when your water is at threat "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Water levels are a very serious concern at Maules Creek as Elfin Crossing has stopped running.

Over the last 5 or 6 months bore levels have been dropping with corresponding falls in flow rates.

Local farmers have been cleaning out their water bores and searching for new sources of groundwater supplies for stock and domestic. Some have had success but water levels are still on the decline.

Drilling a new water bore at Maules Creek

Cleaning out a water bore with an air compressor

Most of us dont think this is normal and its worthwhile putting the current situation in context with the last time water stopped running over Elfin Crossing.

A decade earlier in 2007, there really were exceptional circumstances.

  1. Year on year rainfall was very low, the district was drought declared and in the grip of a strong El Nino
  2. There were no significant rainfall events over 150 mm in any month of 2006-2007 period and subsequently no significant streamflow events in the catchment
  3. A new irrigation pump was extracting water nearby to Elfin crossing

In fact, 2007 rainfall records shown below from the BOMs Mt Kaputar weather station...


Dealing with the irrational at Budget time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THE Treasurer and others might well look to behavioural psychology and behavioural economics when framing the Budget, but we would be better off if they ignored them. It took several decades for mainstream economists to accept that the economists view of the world was essentially flawed.

For a long time, classical economists worked on the theory that humans act rationally in their self-interest to maximise utility, so people should be given as much choice as possible and markets will sort everything out for the benefit of all.

Then along came the behavioural psychologists who proved this was wrong. They showed that people were not rational and often did not act in their own best interests. In particular, people were averse to loss.

Given a choice between a certain gift of $500 or a toss of a coin with tails yielding zero and heads yielding $1100, nearly everyone takes the certain $500. This is despite the fact that the 50 per cent chance of more than double the $500 is clearly worth more than $500.

However, given a choice between a certain loss of $500 or a toss of a coin to avoid that risk with tails being no loss and heads being a loss of $1100, nearly everyone chooses to take the risk of a toss of the coin. This is despite the fact that the 50 per cent chance of more than doubling in the loss is clearly worth less than taking the $500 loss up front.

The Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman (pictured) did thousands of questionnaires during decades of research showing how easily people are diverted from rational assessments and decision-making.

The fact he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2002 was recognition by mainstream economics that the assumptions upon which it based its theories, predictions and conclusions were utterly flawed.

However, it has not stopped many economists still glorifying market solutions and more importantly, calling for smaller government because people will make rational choices.

Of course, if they did, there would be no poker machines, among other things.

Sometimes the context or the way something is phrased can make it look like a loss rather than a gain. If a trader is expecting a $1 million bonus and gets $500,000 bonus, it is a gain, but the trader sees it as a loss. If the trader gets $1 million, it looks like a gain. But if all the other traders get $2 million bonuses, it is seen as a loss.

So, it is not the absolute value or utility that drives the answer but the context.

With the Budget, it...


PACER Plus: debate about Tongas signing could mean even more PACER-Minus "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

April 9, 2018: On Sunday April 8, the Kingdom of Tongas Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, threw more doubt over Tongas signature on the PACER-Plus free trade agreement when answering a direct question in a long media conference about the powers of the Cabinet.

The online news outlet Matangi Tonga asked the Prime Minister what happened to the PACER-Plus agreement, claiming his signature had been discredited by the Privy Council, and that the Attorney General had told him that he had no right to sign it for Tonga last year. The Prime Minister replied that consultation was still going on.

The Prime Minister related that when he was driving to the meeting to sign the PACER-Plus agreement with other Pacific leaders in Nuku'alofa, he had received a text on his cell phone from "a clerk" telling him not to sign the agreement.

He said he was confused because he was already on his way to the ceremony, so in the end he decided he would sign it and then face being told-off by the Privy Council.

The Prime Minister had been reported by The Diplomat on March 30, 2018, to declare that PACER-Plus was no longer appropriate for Tonga and it was no longer a signatory. The agreement was signed by eight Pacific Island countries and Australia and New Zealand at a ceremony in Tongas capital, Nukualofa, on June 14, 2017, and Vanuatu signed later, making nine. Without Tonga, it would be eight, out of a total of 14.

On April 5, the Auckland-based Kaniva Tonga reported emphatically that the Prime Minister had never made such a statement, and that Tonga was fully supportive of PACER-Plus.

Australia began the process of ratifying PACER-Plus by tabling the treaty in parliament last year and the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has conducted hearings and is due to report on June 19. Tongas possible withdrawal from the ratification process further undermines the credibility of the agreement.

Fiji and Papua New Guinea, which form over 80% of the combined GDP of the Pacific island nations, never signed PACER-Plus, noting it would damage their developing industries by making Australian and New Zealand imports tariff-free. The northern island states in free association with the United States of America the Federated S...

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Sunday, 08 April


Messiah Udumbara: Final Warning to all Groups/Beings Fighting Behind the Global Currency Reset "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Final Warning to all Groups/Beings fighting/control behind the Global Currency Reset

Source: Messiah Note

Human throughout the history already show their lazy, stupid, ignorance characters. Many of you may say only the sleepy public, but to me from the top to the bottom, from the private to the public, from the good guys to the bad guys, all are the same level of stupid !

The Bible Revelation 12 already said Catastrophe is coming soon, human only have 1260 days after 23-09-2017 to prepare everything, but the so called good guys(some say they are theAlliance) who are behind the Global Currency Reset doesnt care, they prefer to trust the low level Galactic Federation Aliens than using the common sense & trust in the awakening Earth people like the Messiah instead !

I already asked setup a stage, I will reveal the secret of immortal life to humanity publicly, how human body functions and everything but the Elders, Alliance ignored that offer. Because that is the fastest way to save planet Earth from destruction totally, for even if you tell the truth do you think all humanity will willing and ready to give all their stupid habit ?

All the Aliens ever revealed & communicated to humanity no matter either on the surface Earth or via Secret Space Programs are mostly low-level races. They may show you this or that technology but all are bullshit, the level of advance civilizations determined by the super ability like fly, teleport, manifest, etc. So Earth planet today is no different than Earth 1000 years ago for sure !!!

If you want to spot cabal labs & facilities both in underground & overground, why dont you just the Earth people with super abilities like Baba Vanga or some special kids many secret Governments are working with, known? They can easily ask Earth planet and happy to give the answer like somewhere in Canada, Australia or even in California USA?

Back to the Global Currency Reset events, the simply question is what are you waiting for? Are you all waiting for all the bad guys corruptions in all Nations out first before release the GCR, or want something normal in public eyes? The public do not care the reasons, even after the GCR do you think there wont be...


The Paris Seamstress and Brandenburg Quartet Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bestselling Australian author, Natasha Lester, weaves sweeping stories of strong women succeeding in a male dominated world at key historical moments. Her latest book, The Paris Seamstress, shows just how much a young Parisian seamstress, Estella Bissette, will sacrifice to make her mark in New Yorks fashion scene of the 1940s. Then, seventy- five years later, as her granddaughter, Fabienne Bissette, learns more about her grandmothers past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets and the sacrifices made for love. Crossing generations, societys boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstressis the fascinating, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.

Author, Natasha Lester, is my guest today.

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester, is published by Hachette Australia.

The Brandenburg Quartet brings together the four principals of the multi ARIA Award-winning Orchestras string section: violinists, Shaun Lee-Chen and Ben Dollman; violist Monique ODea; and cellist, Jamie Hey. Performing exclusively on gut strings, the group seeks to explore and shed light on little-known works and composers, in addition to well-loved quartets of the classical repertoire. The Brandenburg Quartet are bringing the unique sound world of the Brandenburg in their debut performance at the Independent Theatre with a program of exquisite classical quartets played on period instruments.

Violist, Monique ODea, is my guest today.

Brandenburg Quartet | Saturday 14 April 2018 at 7pm

The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney

DURANTE Concerto for Strings in G Minor | ROMBERG String Quartet in F Major, Op.1/3

HAYDN String Quartet in D Minor, Op.76/2.

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New App Lets You Help First-Responders in Terror Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A witness to the Barcelona attack in August 2017 (Photo: PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)A witness to the Barcelona attack in August 2017 (Photo: PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

A new app being developed will turn a smartphone into an intelligence-gathering device during a terror attack or other emergency situation, The Weekend Australian reported.

The app will allow citizens to collect information through audio or video recordings and send it to a centralized cloud platform so that police, first responders and the like can get accurate information during an attack.

The idea for the app came after the attack at the Lindt Caf in downtown Sydney in 2014 where a terrorist held 18 people hostage. During the 16-hour siege that ensued, first responders did not have access to real-time information from the hostages themselves, greatly hampering their ability to act.

The citizen-centric app, which is being developed by The Citadel Group in Australia, can also be used to crowdsource information in the event of car-jackings, kidnappings and the like.

Now emergency services can see what people are seeing, hear what people are hearing and understand whether its a single incident or coordinated attack, said Citadel CEO Daren Stanley.

Instead of three separate incidents being called in separately and treated individually, the in-built analytics of this platform determines that there are three incidents reported within two kilometers of each other which are atypical and may be a coordinated attack. Traditionally that sort of insight may take hours to develop this app makes it seamless.

The fact that the information is stored on a cloud platform means that you can do it at a pace and at a cost that you could never do using traditional platforms, Stanley added.

Citadel also plans to use the app as a prototype to develop similar apps in the fields of wel...


Culture Guide: 9 April 15 April: #allthefeels, Women In Shadows, The Flick and more "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Belgian Chocolate Virtuoso "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Belgium make great chocolate, so when I saw these biscuits heavily reduced at the supermarket I bought a couple of packs

I'd never seen these before and worried they'd be like a Tim Tam. However, this fear was unfounded.

The chocolate was buttery and without the gritty sweetness that sometimes coats biscuits. There was a hint of praeline.

Biting into it revealed a slender biscuit that was dry and little spicy in a slightly gingerbread sorta way.

Having now finished both packets within a couple of days, I'm disappointed that I didn't buy more.


Hard science can be undertaken on 'anomalies.' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dear readers,

I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.

The 'Ata' anomaly

Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018. 

A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.' 

However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.

The 'Starchild' skull

A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...


April 8 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1658 - Abraham Leeman van Santwits was the first officer and navigator of Waeckend Boey and he and 13 sailors were marooned on an island off the coast while trying to find survivors of the Gilt Dragon. They ate seabirds and seals to survive and dug a small well from which surprisingly they obtained reasonably fresh water to drink. Leeman urged his men to make repairs to the boat including a make shift sail of seal skins. Today in 1658 they began their voyage home to Batavia.

1800 - Today saw the first recorded public performance of a Shakespearean play in Australia.
The popular historical drama Henry IV Part 1 was performed at the Theatre Sydney according to a playbill advertising the event which is held in the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.
Margaret and David gave it 4 stars.

1802 - Matthew Flinders - that well-trained servant of the famous cat Trim - was pottering about the coast when he happened upon a French explorer chappie by the name of Nicholas Baudin today; being the polite, well-mannered souls that they were they sat and shared a coupla scones, a pot of tea, and various charts, maps and where-you-can-find-fresh-water knowledge as those explorer peeps are wont to do.
Matthew must have enjoyed the conversation greatly for he dubbed the spot Encounter Bay.

1814 - William Shelley scribed some fan-mail, dated Parramatta, 8 April 1814, to Governor Macquarie, about the civilisation of the natives, their relations with European women and a plan for an institution segregating boys and girls and educating them.

1816 - Wave your little wooden leg with gay abandon!
The patients were transferred from the old hospital to the new General Hospital in Sydney on this day.

1817 - Mary Reibey had a spare sitting room gathering dust in her house at Macquarie Place so a gaggle of Sydney merchants, with a nod and a wink from Gov Macquarie himself, started the Bank of NSW from her parlour. It changed its moniker to Westpac in 1982.

1822 - Charles Throsby wrote to Alexander Berry re the Shoalhaven cedar venture, the bearer of the letter being a native named Broughton who had been born at Shoalhaven.

1826 - Tired of reading tram timetables by torchlight, the first street lamp in Oz sprung to life in Macquarie Place, Sydney.

1829 - Charles White was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Murphy at Luskintyre.

The Colonial Times, published at Hobart Town, has put forth a lengthy and sensible article under this head, which the talented editor has followed up by two others on the same subject. It is a production worthy the consideration of the public, and an honor alike to the head and heart of its author. The humane feelings of a true Englishman recoils at the inhuman practice of bin...

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Saturday, 07 April


Queensland construction industry outlook "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The construction industry is very important to the Queensland economy, and it employs nearly 10 percent of all workers (see Queensland Treasurys Employment by Industry brief). One part of the broader industry, residential construction, has grown strongly in recent years, owing in part to the huge amount of apartment construction activity in Brisbane. But activity in residential construction has always been expected to fall back as projects were completed, and indeed it has been doing so. Private dwelling construction in Queensland in December quarter 2017 was 5.8% lower than in December quarter 2016. In contrast, non-residential construction activity is recovering nicely from its post-mining-investment-boom slump, with private non-residential construction increasing 11.6% over the same period. Growth in non-residential construction has therefore offset the adverse impact of the recent slowdown in dwelling construction on the state economy.

But what does the future hold? To gain some insight, we can examine building approvals data, the latest batch of which (updated with February data) were released last Wednesday by the ABS. Broadly speaking, as discussed below, the outlook is positive, based on recent approvals data and expected public sector capital works (e.g. Cross River Rail) and resources sector developments, possibly including the Adani mega mine (see this recent AFR article), although many observers remain doubtful it will ever proceed.

Non-residential construction

Non-residential building approvals have been at higher levels over the last couple of years after recovering from the trough in 2014-15 (chart below). This gives us reason to be confident about non-residential construction activity, although Queensland has not experienced the massive surge in non-residential approvals seen in NSW and Victoria.



Regent Honeyeater in the spotlight "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Regent Honeyeater - Capertee 
A dazzling combination of vibrant colours explodes from a cluster of pink mugga ironbark flowers. A Regent Honeyeater attacks the flowers with gusto before another, then another, bird appears. An estimated 1012 honeyeaters are present, flitting between ironbarks and yellow box trees on a grassy woodland slope in Capertee National Park, on the western fringe of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in NSW.
Regent Honeyeater adult & juvenile - Capertee
I had seen the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater just three times over close to 50 years of birding - once at Storm King Dam near the NSW-Queensland border; once at Stanmore in south-east Queensland; and once at Glenbrook, west of Sydney. To see them again at Capertee was a joy. What was particularly encouraging was that two recently fledged juveniles were among the group, so they had nested successfully in the area. In another part of the Capertee Valley the next day, I found a second group of 3-4 birds, so my life tally of encount...


April 7 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1780 Jorgen Jorgensen, he who would become King of Iceland and claim the throne of Denmark but, in the end, would die homeless and penniless on the streets of Hobart as a convict, was pupped on this day.

1790 - Supplys trawling nets were deployed; about four hundred- weight of fish being brought up, it was issued to the English.

1805 - After 3 weeks the spear was extracted from the Cow Pastures (Camden) leader Cogy. Despite his wound, Cogy was well enough to take part in a punishment trial at the Hawkesbury River.

1815 Bathurst, New South Wales was founded following its discovery by George Evans.

1819 - The NSW Govt-built schooner (that's a ship not a beer glass) Prince Regent, intended as a gift for the King of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) was launched with spectacular gusto today; having taken over 3 years to build it was a bit of a let down when Lord Bathurst sent a text from the Colonial Office to Macquarie suggesting the ship would make a fully sick boat for Lieut. King in which to gallivant about the continent.But King wanted a roolly fully wicked ship so he flashed the cash and bought himself another boat so the Prince Regent toddled about doing donkey work until she was finally sailed off into the sunset towards Hawaii and taken possession of by King Liholiho on May 1st 1822.

1835 - Major Thomas Mitchell set out on his second expedition, determined to discredit the discoveries made by Sturt.

1841 Edward John Eyre became the first European to cross the Nullarbor Plain, arrived in Western Australia.

1851 - William Tom and John Lister were a tad bored so they went out, played in the creek at Ophir and dug up some GOLD!
Edward Hargraves did not, I repeat, did NOT discover the gold.
He was just a very greedy boy.

1881 - George Adams knew the worth of 2 flies crawling up a wall and so he held the first Tattersall's Sweep on the Sydney Cup neddy race. This was the first of Tattersall's lotteries, run from the Tattersall's pub in Sydney.

1887 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Hornsby - Jct (Start Boronia No 5 deviation) to Jct (Start Boronia No 5 deviation) - Jct (End Boronia No 5 deviation) to Jct (End Boronia No 5 deviation) - Hawkesbury River.

1891 - Brilliant cartoonist who lampooned Hitler and created Colonel Blimp, Sir David Low, was born in New Zealand. His cartoons were published when he was only 15 and The Bulletin invited him onto their staff, in Australia, when he was 18.

1893 - Today saw the ever-so-ungainly collapse of the Commercial Bank of Oz when the cocks came home to roost after the silly 'Land Boomers' had done their dough, done other peoples' dough and some had done the 10 feet dash at the end of a rope after the huge land speculation chicanery....

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Friday, 06 April


New South Wales National Party rules out nuclear power plan (touted by Big Name in Nuclear John Barilaro "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Nationals rule out nuclear power madness Echo Daily April 6, 2018 | by The Echo
The NSW Nationals have ruled out plans for building a nuclear power station on the north coast in the face of mounting pressure to do so once and for all.

Labor candidate for the seat of Ballina, Asren Pugh, made the call in the wake of the recent attendance at a US nuclear industry conference by NSW Nationals leader and Deputy Premier, John Barilaro.

But Mr Barilaros spokesman told Echonetdaily there were absolutely no plans for such plants on the north coast nor nuclear energy anywhere in NSW.

However, the spokesman said Mr Barilaros views are not representative of the partys position or the NSW governments.

Nuclear energy is banned under federal law, the spokesman said.

On Tuesday during a radio interview, Mr Barilaro said that premier Berejiklian was open minded to nuclear power in NSW.

But the deputy premiers spokesman said the Nationals did not support the idea of nuclear power in NSW, and that Mr Barilaro was expressing his personal views, in the interests of sparking a conversation about the prospects and environmental benefits of nuclear energy.

Mr Pugh said Mr Barilaro not only participated in the US conference but was a key speaker, billed as one of the Biggest Names in Nuclear.

He said that since returning to Australia from the International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summi, in Atlanta, Mr Barilaro has been spruiking nuclear power right across NSW, claiming that it could be a reality within 10 years.

When the Nationals leader s...


Justice Reinvestment Key To Reducing Indigenous Incarceration: Tom Calma "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Crime rates are dropping, but jailing rates particularly of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are sky-rocketing. A new approach is needed, and already well known writes Professor Tom Calma.

The Australian Law Reform Commissions Pathways to Justice report tabled last week is one of a long line to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison, and not the first to point to justice reinvestment as a solution.

Almost 10 years ago, in my role as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner I first promoted the concept of justice reinvestment. At that time, the idea was already gaining popularity in the US. Today, 31 states in the US have reformed their corrections and sentencing policies to reprioritise taxpayer dollars and eight prisons have closed in Texas in the past six years.

Savings generated by reducing imprisonment go towards alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenders that are effective in reducing reoffending. Crime rates have continued their downward trend and billions of dollars are expected to be saved.

Crime rates in Australia are decreasing too but imprisonment is increasing. In NSW, between 2011 and 2015, the number of crimes trended down in the majority of crime categories while the adult prison population increased by approximately 30 per cent. During the same period in NSW, arrests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for violent offences dropped by 37 per cent, and for property crime by 33 per cent, while the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rose by 40 per cent.

Theres a reason why justice reinvestment has gained support across the US, the UK and now Australia. And the reason is its common sense. The ongoing and increasing expenditure of public resources on imprisonment for low-level offenders is a bad investment in social, health and economic terms. Returning low-level offenders from prison to socially and economically disadvantaged communities where there is inadequate housing, low levels of participation in schooling, few training or employment opportunities, limited or no drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, doesnt make sense. We are setting people and communities up to fail.



Show me the money: unravelling the web of Australian charities "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The wealth of the various religious denominations active in Australia is a point of interest in the wake of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, yet the true financial worth of religions in Australia remains something of a mystery.

According to a six-month investigation by journalists for The Age:

Many researchers have attempted to estimate the wealth of the church in Australia and globally, but the efforts have been stymied by a lack of reliable financial data.

Making no secret of their refusal to bow to the expectations of a modern democratic society, the Catholic Church was a major critic of the introduction of the charities regulator, putting the new agency under threat of abolition at one point.

Im well aware that Sydney lobbied the opposition very hard on this issue, says Senator Stephens. They got to Kevin Andrews early.

Fairfax has linked the obfuscatory culture of religious institutions with historical abuse.

Special issues were often discussed, internally, in conjunction with asset protection strategies.

In its findings, the royal commission slammed such secrecy: It is clear to us from those minutes that the purpose of not recording information was to protect the assets of the archdiocese in the event of a claim being made against it.


It would be interesting to know why the investigations carried out by Fairfax and The Age querying the worth of religious organisations makes no mention of the ACNC data. Having said that, the information I am about to present is the result of several months work, an effort which is not to be taken on lightly, nor easily dismissed.

In this blog post I will introduce what the data published by the charities regulator can tell us about the wealth of religious charities in Australia. This data comes from Annual Information Statements which are required from all registered charities with the exception of what the...


Bluesfest 2018 Music Highlights "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Eastside FM volunteer Paula Towers was one of thousands who attended this years Bluesfest musical feast held over Easter at Byron Bay. She outlines some highlights.

CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers

Image: Marc Stapelberg

Ageless Nile Rodgers at 65 years young and having survived two battles with cancer  burns up the dance floor with the energy of someone half his age. As he recounted to the audience how a local paper referred to Chic as a covers band, he feigned indignity amusingly declaring: I wrote all those hits! And numerous they are as well as the soundtrack for many a (misspent) youth. With pop hits such as Le Freak and Get Lucky, this multi-award winning composer, arranger and guitarist, has produced for Diana Ross, David Bowie, Sister Sledge, INXS and Madonna as well as collaborated with Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk. No surprise that this music legend had the crowd on their feet and a perfect lead in to the next performer, Lionel.

Lionel Richie

Gonna see Lionel? Better get in early! was the cry around BluesFest. Not really requiring an intro, music icon Lionel Richies exhaustive list of achievements include 100 million albums sold worldwid...


PERTH Infamous Colt family on incest, sex charges "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Infamous Colt family on incest, sex charges .

April 06, 2018 at 10:23AM .

EIGHT members of the Colt family have been arrested in raids across Australia over the alleged incest and sexual abuse of children. Western Australia South Australia Boorowa Perth Adelaide Australia Betty Colt.Source Candace Sutton Andrew Koubaridis Perth Magistrates Court NSW .



Water levels plummet at Maules Ck "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

People are asking what is going on with water levels at Maules Creek. Elfin Crossing has stopped running, the third time in recorded history. Its dry, but is it THAT dry? We see the miners buying up farms in the area due to a range of factors; for coal, the impacts of dust and noise, and offsets how long until it will be for water? 

Checkout groundwater levels here.

  1. Thornfield:       Bore No GW041027.1.1 (Details, Data),
  2. Green Gully:    Bore No GW967138.1.1 (Details, Data),
  3. Elfin:                 Bore No GW967137.1.1  (Details, Data)

Heres the surface water gauge data (Details, Data) of Maules Creek at Elfin Crossing i.e. Avoca

The flat line says it all. No flow!

The Zone 11 water sharing plan has a cease to pump triggers on licenses drawing on the Maules Creek Water Source when water stops running over Elfin Crossing. i.e.



PERTH Eight members of incest family arrested in three Australian states "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Eight members of incest family arrested in three Australian states .

April 06, 2018 at 09:15AM .

sexual intercourse with a child aged between 10-14. A 48-year-old man was charged under a NSW arrest warrant for counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10. All were remanded in custody to appear at Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, where detectives will apply for their extradition to NSW. .



Ancient Origins of Viruses Discovered "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Research published today in Nature has found that many of the viruses infecting us today have ancient evolutionary histories that date back to the first vertebrates and perhaps the first animals in existence.

[...] The researchers discovered 214 novel RNA viruses (where the genomic material is RNA rather than DNA) in apparently healthy reptiles, amphibians, lungfish, ray-finned fish, cartilaginous fish and jawless fish.

"This study reveals some groups of virus have been in existence for the entire evolutionary history of the vertebrates -- it transforms our understanding of virus evolution," said Professor Eddie Holmes, of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases & Biosecurity at the University of Sydney.

"For the first time we can definitely show that RNA viruses are many millions of years old, and have been in existence since the first vertebrates existed.

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US to Back Poland with Guns and Money "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The ASX might not be doing much right now but there are some big spending decisions still being made.

The Australian Financial Review reports this morning that AMP Capital has begun constructing its Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney. Cost: $2.7 billion.

If the picture in the paper is anything to go by, it sure will be something to look at when its finished in 2021.

But even a skyscraper looks cheap compared to whats happening in Russia right now.

The worlds biggest gas company Gazprom is constructing a pipeline thats 3,000 kilometres long across Siberia and into China.

The bill here: US$55 billion. Its due to be finished in December 2019.

As Ill explain below, Russia has no choice but to pivot to China

Why Poland holds most favoured nation status

Its a tough gig building a Siberian pipeline.

The workers putting it together have to battle temperature swings of 80 degrees Celsius and wild bear attacks, as well as dealing with rivers, swamps and permafrost.

But its the overarching geopolitics of it all that makes for fascinating observation.

Russia is trying to diversify its oil and gas revenue away from Europe, which remains heavily influenced by the US.

It makes sense from the numbers alone. China is the worlds biggest energy importer. Russia has the largest natural gas reserves.

Its a match made in heaven.

But relations between Russia and China havent always been friendly. Though thats changing as a matter of necessity.

Russian strategists will be eyeing their Western flank with more trepidation now than they have before.

Poland has signed a US$4.7 billion contract with US company Raytheon for its Patriot missile defence system.

This follows on from Donald Trumps visit to Poland in 2017 to sort out a new energy deal for the US. Reuters reported in February that US LNG, crude oil and coal is now contracted for export to Poland.

Not only that, but Poland wont be renewing a contract it has with Russias Gazprom after it expires in 2022.

Naturally, this will further diminish the revenue Russia receives from oil and gas. Thats already hurting as competition and low prices bite.

Poland will continue to hold a favoured nation status with the US for the foreseeable future.

As the perfect place for the US to hold a wedge in Europe, expect all sorts of technology transfers, military assistance and dollars to shower Poland............


April 6 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1806 - Report on Aborigines massacred at Twofold Bay. The report tells of weeks of tension ending in a confrontation between 11 sealers from the stranded whaler George and a tribal group which resulted in the death of nine Aboriginals. The report is silent on the cause of the tension however sealers were notorious for their treatment of Aboriginal people in Tasmania and the abduction of Aboriginal and Maori women

1816 - The Principal Superintendent of Convicts William Hutchinson announced on 6th April that 'a quantity of female prisoners' had arrived on the Alexander and those colonists desirous of a housekeeper should apply to his Office.

1822 - Francis Murphy hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Nicholas Devine (former Superintendent of Convicts) at what is now Erskineville.

1822 - William Harris hanged at Sydney for robbery of James Cribb on the Parramatta Road.

1832 - Thomas Brennan  was shot by military firing squad at Dawes Battery, Sydney. A private soldier of His Majesty's 39th Regiment of Foot, Brennan had fired at his sergeant with the intent of killing him.
1831 - Charles Cowper was appointed clerk to the commissioners for managing the affairs of the church and School Estates.

1844 John Gavin was the first European settler to be legally executed in Western Australia. He was executed for murder at the age of fifteen.

1853 - Charlie La Trobe was not a happy charlie (nor a well boy) but on this day the Colonial Office finally accepted his resignation as Gov. of Victoria.

1860 - John McDouall Stuart was trudging along during a sunny amble when he happened across a sandstone monolith today ; near to the South Oz and NT border he named the monolith Chambers Pillar to honour the wealthy pastoralist who'd bankrolled his strolls about the Fair Isle of Oz.

1864 - Anthony Fernando, one of the earliest Aboriginal activists, was born. He picketed, protested and traveled widely around the world on behalf of all aborigines.

1885 - The railway line to the Williamstown Racecourse (first site) (Vic) was opened.

1892 - The railway line from Lancefield to Kilmore (Vic) opened.

1895 - The Premier of Queensland was enjoying a hearty banquet at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, QLD today when Sir Herbert Ramsay began to warble an unknown song; Waltzing Matilda had made its debut.

1896 - Today saw the NEW! Olympics begin in Athens, Greece and it turned out to be Gold! Gold! Gol....BRONZE!  Oz had just the one bloke representing at the Games, Edwin Flack, and he "only" managed to snaffle 2 gold medals in the 800 meters and 1500 meters athletics races, failed to place in the marathon (he collapsed while in the lead with only 3 kms to go) and singles tennis but finished...

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Thursday, 05 April


Local MP Mike Kelly slams nuclear lobbys plan for nuclear stations on New South Wales coast "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

South Coast nuclear option makes no sense: Mike Kelly Alasdair McDonald  5 Apr 18, 


Australia wont pay attention to its best musicians is it because theyre from Western Sydney? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The music coming out of Western Sydney sits alongside the sounds Australians have embraced from the USA it is divergent, politically magnetic, dangerous and fun. Rappers like Lil Spacely, Elijah Yo, L-FRESH The LION, and Kwame are making music in places like Blacktown and Parramatta.

Their sounds are trappy and transcendental, polished, cheekily autotuned, the beats are nasty. It sounds like the type of music we would vote number one in triple js Hottest 100 it sounds like Kendrick or Kanye, Drake, Macklemore but its Australian. So why arent Australians paying attention?

The hip-hop scene in Western Sydney has the black magic of a cultural hub, its a community that is both flourishing and burgeoning. Yet its importance and influence has remained largely ignored by the mainstream. Western Sydney is not lauded as a cultural hub in the same way Australia gazes lovingly upon gentrified inner city hubs like Newtown, Fitzroy and Surry Hills.

So why dont we care about Western Sydney? Why are we not paying attention? There is a festival next Saturday in Parramatta Live and Local showcasing all these artists. Will you be attending?

Looking out into the world, we have become a nation that will accept artists that dont fit the mould we dont demand they be white, we dont demand a cookie cutter sound, we dont demand they keep it light, or apolitical. Internally its a different story.


Western Sydney is coming to be the nexus point for this music, also with thriving hardcore scenes and pop artists, and if you look at the population for this community, the prolific output makes complete sense.

The 2016 Census data puts the population of Western Sydney at 2,232,661, which is about 9% of the Australian population. Its a marginal electorate with an enormous population; a political battleground, which every four years becomes a high stakes territorial pride marker for politicians.

Politicians flood the community, in their tailored suits, with their...


700 homes, shops and parklands proposed for Corrimal Coke Works site "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Corrimal Coke Works when it was operating before 2014. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary

THE rezoning process for the former Corrimal Coke Works site has got underway, with Wollongong City Council resolving to submit a draft Planning Proposal to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway determination to enable public exhibition.

The Illawarra Coke Company is proposing to rezone the 18 hectare property residential development and parkland. The company submitted a rezoning proposal last October seeking to develop up to 700 homes on the land which has been vacant since the coke works closed in 2014.

Under the proposal, 11 hectares would become medium density residential land, while a large portion of the site would be green space, including parks, walking trails and cycleways.

Other proposed features include local shops, cafes, childcare centres and a new plaza adjacent to Corrimal Rail Station.



Investing in Privacy: Does privacy need to be quantifiable to be valued? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On January 28, when many Australians were enjoying the last hurrah of summer holidays and getting the kids ready to go back to school, our northern hemisphere colleagues were celebrating International Data Privacy Day.  A day to reflect on privacy challenges, and to applaud the efforts of Privacy Officers, and all who support them.  One of the photos doing the rounds on Twitter was a t-shirt bearing the slogan Keep Calm and Trust the Privacy Officer.

The Privacy Officers role is a delicate balancing act helping your organisation answer the critical question: How can we best realise the value of the data we hold, while still protecting our customers privacy?

But for someone whose job involves a complex mix of fighting fires, ticking boxes, holding hands, telling truths, predicting the future and sometimes saying no, how does the Privacy Officer demonstrate her or his worth?  How can organisations be persuaded that there will be a positive return if they invest in a robust privacy management program?

We hear a lot about how customer and citizen trust is essential to maintaining an organisations reputation, but can you quantify it?

I have long been interested in this question.  For the privacy officers out there, you need to know that doing good work championing Privacy by Design for example will lead to good outcomes for your business or government agency.  But where is the evidence?

Some years ago, the UK Information Commissioners Office commissioned The Privacy Dividend, which concluded that customer trust, gained through proactive privacy protection, delivers business value.  More recently the IAPP published a white paper on the ROI of Privacy, which noted that privacy protection can be used to secure brand trust, contribute to the bottom line and gain competitive advantage.  And a study released by Cisco found that privacy-mature organisations experience shorter sales delays, fewer data breaches, and smaller losses from cyberattacks.  But sometimes I feel like these efforts to quantify the value of privacy protection go unheeded.

Privacy regulators have long sprouted the line that privacy is good for business, but as my colleague Steve Wilson loves to point out, it aint necessarily so.  For all we laud Apple and Microsofts legal stands against the US Government to protect the privacy of their customers, in fact many of todays tech giants have thrived on hoovering up personal information and re-purposing it for their own ends.



Middle Kids have just dropped their awesome new tune, On My Knees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys Middle Kids are getting geared up to release their debut album, Lost Friends, at the start of May, and now theyve just teased us even more with the release of their newest single, On My Knees.

Middle Kids have had a pretty stellar couple of years, releasing the gorgeous Edge Of Town in 2016 ahead of the release of their eponymous EP. Now, as their debut album creeps ever-closer, Middle Kids have already released tracks like Mistake, but theyve now upped the ante again with On My Knees.

Getting its debut airing on triple j on Wednesday morning, On My Knees has been kept in the vault for quite some time now, with the band having played the tune during their Austin City Limits performance in the US last year.

In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideals that are universal, like hope and love, frontwoman Hannah Joy said to triple j of the new album.

Thats so much a thread throughout this album: Even though things are tough, its worth believing in something good and in the idea that we can heal. And in some ways, I wanted the music to be beautiful and a respite from whats going on.

The new, heartfelt number is another moment of brilliance for Middle Kids, so if you start drafting up your Hottest 100 votes now, you might help the group finally crack the full 100 this year.

Middle Kids Lost Friends is slated for release of May 4th. While we wait for this instant classic to drop, check out their new single below.

Check out Middle Kids On My Knees:

Middle Kids Lost Friends Album Tour

Wednesday, May 9th
Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

Thursday, May 10th
Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA

Friday, May 11th
Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

Friday, May 18th
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

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Govt Mule Rocking the House at The Metro Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bringing their southern rock sound to The Metro Theatre stage in Sydney, Govt Mule performed to beloved fans during this years BluesFest.

With their fans knowing them as Mule, band members Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Danny Louis and Jorgen Carlson didnt disappoint with several classic songs and instrumental solos that made the crowd go wild.

Attendees at the Metro Theatre were not only fueled by Mules musical talent but it worked the other way around. With every cheer and chant gave Govt Mule all the more reason to play the music the crowd knew and loved.

Opening for Govt Mule was the California native band Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real.

The Metro Theatre is a great establishment to enjoy some music, a cold beer, and a great time with your mates.

Click the link here to see what shows are coming up!

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Doubts over water recovered from basin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Protesters against the NSW state governments mishandling of water from the Murray-Darling Basinin 2017 outside the State Parliament in Sydney. AAP Image/David Moir.


There is growing concern that targets to ensure a healthy Murray Darling Basin are not being met, a South Australian royal commission issues paper says.

The Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission paper, released on Thursday, says its doubtful estimates of 2106 gigalitres of water being recovered by buybacks and infrastructure investment are accurate, due to figures being compromised by illegal take.

There are varying reports as to whether the basin plan, since 2012, has achieved any of its objectives of improving the health and resilience of the eco-systems and ecological functions of the Murray Darling Basin, the paper says.

The commission, established by South Australian government in January, will visit communities across the nation after first hearing from the states Murray Bridge residents last month.

The commissions terms of reference require it to investigate matters and inform itself of issues across the entire basin, the paper said.

Senior counsel assisting Richard Beasley said it was important for the commission to hear from people who rely on the basin as a water source.

We anticipate this will be a significant part of the commissions inquiry and will provide important information from local communities, he said.

The commission was established after reports emerged of widespread water theft upstream and its report is expected to be handed down on February 1, 2019.

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Lottoland offers profit deal to newsagents "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Lottoland Australia is offering a profit-sharing deal to 4000 newsagents across the nation in return for in-store promotion of the online betting giant.

Its touting commissions of 20 per cent of the profits generated from bets by punters who nominate their local newsagent when they register with Lottoland.

Lottoland does not offer bets on Australian lotteries but only on overseas lotteries, which means we do not compete directly with newsagents, CEO Luke Brill said on Thursday.

The offer, which is being made on an opt-in basis, comes after talks last year with the newsagency industry.

Its being touted as an improvement on the initial idea to share Lottoland revenue from secondary lottery betting.

In return, newsagents will be asked to advertise Lottoland in-store with promotional materials, such as posters and flags, for betting on international lotteries.

We are proposing a model that puts cash back into small businesses, Mr Brill said in an open letter to newsagency operators released on Thursday.

The federal government in March introduced legislation to ban so-called synthetic lotteries, in an effort to protect newsagents and state and territory revenues generated by the traditional form.

South Australia has already banned synthetic lotteries and the Northern Territory has banned betting on Australian lotteries, while Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and WA are considering introducing legislation.

Although nothing has eventuated, the NSW government is concerned punters believe they are taking part in a lottery when they were actually betting on the outcome of a draw.

Lottoland Australia is the local arm of the Gibraltar-based global group and has more than 650,000 registered customers in Australia.

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Big Pineapple Warm Up Party "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Big Pineapple Warm Up Party


Sunshine Coasts Big Pineapple Music Festival has SOLD OUT! To celebrate we have one big line-up coming your way.
Get your party started with:
POW Negro (WA)
The Moving Stills (NSW)
Doolie (QLD)So if you missed out or youre looking for double the pineapples; get down to the zoo for The Big Pineapple Warm-Up PARTY!


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April 5 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1790 - HMS Supply returned from Norfolk Island with devastating news HMS Sirius was lost and with her all hope a China rescue. At Sydney the supply position was so critical that same evening Phillip called a Governor-in-Council meeting.

1790 - Sydney: Phillip called all the officers of the settlement, civil and military to Government House in Bridge Street where:
His Excellency laid before every one present the Situation of the Colony.[and] pointed out the Great Necessity there was for an immediate Reduction of the Present Rations. Every persons opinion was asked respecting how Robbing Gardens cd. be prevented & what was the best made [sic] ye. cd. be adopted for procuring fish to make a saving of the Salt provisions.

1790 - Gov Phillip thought some of the convicts were getting a little too well padded for Survivor-style fun on the Isle of Oz so he invented The Biggest Convict and cut rations even further.

1816 -  As wider conflict broke out, Cogie (Gogy) again took refuge at Charles Throsbys farm at Glenfield, near Liverpool, or goes fishing with his friend William Charles Wentworth, son of Surgeon DArcy Wentworth. Charles Throsby letter to D'Arcy Wentworth re proposed reprisals against attacks on white settlers by Aborigines.

1818 - The Batavia anchored in Sydney Cove . Lieut. Elgee of the 34th. Regt. commanded the Guard of Soldiers on board, consisting of detachments the 34th. 46th. & 48th. Regiments.

1824 - The first Attorney General (Sax Bannister, Esq.) arrived in the Hibernia, with the new Charter of Justice.

1824 - Arrival in Sydney on board the Hibernia of first Colonial Treasurer William Balcombe.

1827 - Appointment of John Thomas Campbell as Acting collector of customs N.S.W.

1830 - Stephen Smith and John Hawes were hanged at Sydney for the axe-murder of fellow convict William Davis at Moreton Bay.

1831 - The Earl of Liverpool arrived in Port Jackson on Tuesday with 88 female prisoners. She had the distinction of being the first brig to ever bring prisoners to the colony.

1833 - The Freemans Journal reported on this day that 56 free settlers, wives and children of convicts in New South Wales, were embarked from the Penitentiary house in Cork on to the Caroline at Cove and on the following morning 120 female convicts from the same establishment were conveyed on the Waterloo steamer to the Caroline. Their appearance and conduct was said to be highly creditable.

1841 - Powder your wig along with your nose, the first Supreme Court had its first get together in Melbourne.

1841 - Michael Bradley was hanged at Newcastle for the murder of Catherine Harrison near Morpeth.

1842 - Thomas Horner was hanged at Newcastle for the murder of his overseer....


Building approvals swing to commercial "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Approvals shift

Apartment approvals are now declining quite quickly in Sydney, while confidence is picking up off the mat in Brisbane, especially for tonwhouses and semi-detached dwellings.

The latest ABS figures relate to the month of February, but with more and more new apartments failing to value up at completion it's only a matter of time before unit approvals in Sydney decline further. 

Approvals for houses are generally mirroring internal migration trends, with Brisbane and Melbourne attracting the most migrants from elsewhere in Australia, but Perth having experienced an outflow of residents. 

Totting it all up, there is little evidence yet of a bust in residential construction, with more than 221,000 dwellings approved over the year to February 2018, although we are now well off the peaks.

The high-rise apartment sector has also calmed down a bit now, with a notable shift towards more approvals for family appropriate dwellings, such as terraces, semi-detached homes, townhomes, and low-rise apartments. 



David Hogg NOT in school day of shooting? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

These are the sort of people that spread lies & misinformation
for the anti-gun lobby. DO NOT believe all that the government tells you. Gun
confiscation will NOT stop gun crime. We NEED sensible gun laws, but we need to tackle social problems too if we are to combat gun crime & crime in general.

So where was Mr Hogg at the time of the shooting? Who was the second shooter that has not been identified? Was Hogg the second shooter? Who orchestrated this shooting? Was the anti-gun lobby involved? Was the government involved?

Just like the Port Arthur shootings here in Australia, there are a lot of questions unanswered!!!


Labor MP Yasmin Catley calls for Premier Gladys Berejiklian to rule out nuclear power in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Three local sites identified as possible nuclear power stations  Melinda McMillan   3 April 18 Eraring has been identified as a possible future site for nuclear power by the Australian Nuclear Association.


Australia: Exiled captain Steve Smith "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Andrew Wu

Exiled captain Steve Smith will not be challenging his 12-month ban for his involvement in the ball tampering crisis.

Smith is the first of the banned trio to make a decision on whether to accept or challenge the punishments handed out by the Cricket Australia board.

Image result for steve smith, weeping, Photo: Janie Barrett

Smith was given a 12-month ban from domestic and international cricket and stripped of the captaincy. He will not be eligible for any leadership position for two years.

While many believe the sanctions were harsh, including the players union the Australian Cricketers Association, Smith issued a statement on social media on Wednesday afternoon saying he would not fight the ban.

The group also wants an independent review of the culture of cricket in Australia, as well as a second look at the punishments on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I wont be challenging the sanctions. Theyve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them, Smith said.

A distraught Smith made an emotional apology last Thursday after his arrival in Sydney, saying he had let down Australian cricket and its fans.




Tough time to be a department store "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Retail fightback

On the face of it a better result for retail trade in February 2018, with a +0.6 per cent increase in turnover, and the January result revised up slightly to +0.2 per cent. 

Under the hood, though, this was another soft result, with department stores clearly under intense pressure.

Total retail turnover in February was $26.45 billion in seasonally adjusted terms, so a marginal +0.2 per cent higher than we saw in November when the i-Phone X was unleashed and Black Friday spiked the results.

And the February figures for Sydney and Melbourne would have been enhanced with Chinese Lunar New Year falling later this year than last.

Click the graphics to enlarge them. 

Looking through the monthly noise, retail turnover in trend terms is +2.7 per cent higher over the year. 

The monthly rebound in turnover was driven by New South Wales (+1.1 per cent) and Victoria (+1.1 per cent), offset by a decline in Western Australia (-0.6 per cent). 

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Science, art and history! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Even the building of the Australian museum represents the historical and artistic beauty of the country. For tourists and people who have just arrived in Sydney, the Australian museum should be written in capital letters on your to-do list. From just walking into the big entrance hall, its obvious, that there is a lot to see and experience.

At first, the history of Australia gets up close and personal with a detailed look at aboriginal art and culture. Can anything be more significant when it comes to a nations history than the habits and cultural background of its earliest residents? There are many interesting pieces like colourful masks, old treasures, and traditional clothes. There is so much to learn about the long journey of the Australian people and their cultural development throughout time.

After passing the giant first hall with its cultural treasures, there is a great collection of animals. It doesnt matter, if they are already extinct or still present on our planet the great diversifaction of flora and fauna in Australia is displayed in the museum. It even gets dangerous, showing the most poisonous animals in Australia. From giant sharks to tiny insects, you get a real impression of the natural beauty of the country.

The final highlight of the tour is the exposition of various dinosaur skeletons, fossils, and different minerals and stones. Even if you are a resident in Sydney and have been your whole life, the Australian museum is always worth a visit and a place where you can learn more about the incomparable nature and culture of Australia.




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Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Download track for FREE here - A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (


April 4 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1789 - Smallpox (or it is suspected now it was chickenpox) decimated the Aboriginal population of Port Jackson, Botany Bay and Broken Bay. The disease spread inland and along the coast.

1801 - Governor King ordered Aboriginal people gathering around Parramatta, Georges River and Prospect Hill "to be driven back from the settler's habitation by firing at them".

1817 - Macquarie was able to report to Earl Bathurst that all hostility on both sides has since ceased. He commented therein on the success of the military campaign, though omitted its more barbaric and brutal elements, including the massacre at Appin on 17 April 1816 of a tribe comprising 15 men, women and children, carried out by soldiers under cover of darkness. No accounts survive by Aboriginal people of their view of the campaign, and none was sought by the English at the time.

1820 - The foundation stone is laid for what later became the magnificent Queen Victoria Building in Sydney.

1821 - Today saw the Gov. and Mrs Macquarie having a delightful sail on the good ship Midas about the Southern Settlements to have a Captain Cook at how things were going.

1821 - Sir John Jamieson, Merchant Browne, William Cox, James Smith, Robert Cowper, James Jenkins, et al, obtained permission to cut cedar at Illawarra.

1834 - Hope you've been saving those pennies for the first land sales in Albany, Westralia.

1844 - The cutter America was wrecked in the Torres Strait with the sole survivor, 16 yr old Scottish Barbara Thompson wife of the captain, adopted by the local Aboriginal People until she was found by the survey party from HMS Rattlesnake in 1849.

1846 - The first payable gold discovery in South Australia, gives rise to the first Australian gold mine, five years before the official discovery of gold in Australia at Bathurst.

1848 - As they farewelled the 7 horses, 20 mules and 50 bullocks from Roma, QLD - who were accompanied by Ludwig Leichhardt and 6 other blokes - no one realised the mothership/Yowie/bunyip/rogue black panther/ was waiting for them somewhere in the vast Aussie outback, and that they'd never be seen again.

1865 - Maitland Brown was a bloke on a mission - to find the missing (believed dead) explorers Panter, Harding and Goldwyer in the Kimberley. Today in 1865 he was holding an Aboriginal law-man, Karimba, as a prisoner and guide, but Karimba began leading Brown's search party in the wrong direction whilst trying to set up an ambush.

1866 - W.O. Hodgkinson commenced publication of the newspaper the "Mackay Mercury".

1874 - The Abandonment of Gilberton, was reported in The Queenslander.

In 1874, the missionary Reverend E. Fuller travelled to Cardwell with the ambition of establishing a....

Tuesday, 03 April


Israel committed another massacre of Palestinians last Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed b Joe Montero

For Palestinians, this years Easter weekend will be remembered for the latest severe attack on civilians by the Israeli army.

An estimated 30,000 took part in March of Return, which aimed to set up new camps within several hundred metres of the militarised fence surrounding the Gaza Strip. Israels brutal response with live tear gas and ammunition, was based on these people having venturing too close to the wall.

Early news reports said that 17 were killed and hundreds wounded. If this has happened anywhere else, there would at least been world wide questioning. There was a wall of silence instead, from political leaders and much of the big media. This turning of a blind eye gave the Israeli head of state, Netanyahu, the confidence to openly praise Israeli army for killings Palestinians.

Why could such as thing happen? The answer is simple. Ever since 1948, when the land was taken from the Palestinian population, Israil has maintained its control through systemic violence.

The former colonial powers of the West, which did not relish the prospect of the peoples of the Middle East and Persian Gulf asserting their independence after the Second World War, came to see the newly emerged religious state, as a useful tool on the scene. The United states, which had emerged form the war as the preeminent power, wanted a piece of the action and became Israels principal backer.

The old colonial powers had carved up the region into their own spheres of influence and wanted to maintain political influence and control over resources. The Palestinians became the meat in the sandwich. Whatever punishment was meted out to the Palestinians was blamed on the Palestinians.

History set the pattern. This is what has bred blindness to the existence of a population incarcerated in the worlds biggest ever concentration camp, which is what Gaza has been turned into.

How else could you describe an area surrounded by a wall, guarded by soldiers, where the right of free movement is not permitted, where the authorities that run the camp have control over food, water, medicines and everything else, and impose the boot of authority through routine military means?

The guards have power over whether the residents of Gaza live or die. Every family has experienced its members being detained. Many of them have been tortured and some of them killed over the decades. All because as a people, they have refused to accept less than the....


Does Gun Control Reduce Murder? Lets Run The Numbers Across The World "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Watching the recent emotional speeches and marches supporting gun control, I cant shake a question that nags me: Would we be safer with fewer guns?

Gun control advocates have an intuitive argument. Guns are an efficient way to commit murder. If we reduce the number of guns in society, we axiomatically will reduce murders.

Reducing gun violence is a desirable goal, particularly when one sees shooters mowing down children. After I thought about it, I realized the question of whether reducing guns in a society will lead to fewer murders is a testable hypothesis. You can measure gun ownership and murder rates. No two countries have the same gun laws or the same murder rates.

So I jumped on Wikipedia to answer a question: Do countries with higher murder rates have more guns, and vice versa?

This question can be evaluated in a ratio: the number of legally owned guns per 100,000 versus the number of murders per 100,000. According to the theory, the ratio should be relatively stable. So countries with fewer guns will have fewer murders (a small number divided by a small number) and a country with more guns should have more murders (a big number divided by a big number).

I took the countries with the 100 highest murder rates. I added to the sample countries that compare to the United States culturally such as European countries, Australia, Japan, etc. I deleted countries for which I could find no gun ownership stats or countries that were small or obscure. My profile looked at 98 countries, or a pretty solid slice of all the countries in the world.

America is by far the country that owns the most guns per 100,000. In America, there are actually more guns than people. Our murder rate is much higher than that of our European counterparts. So far, the gun control hypothesis seems to be holding up.

But guns in America are very unlikely to be involved in murders. Our ratio of guns to murders is 20,696 guns privately and legally owned for every murder. Not every murder involves a gun. But the gun-control hypothesis suggests guns still make murder easier and more common.

The murder capital of the world is El Salvador. El Salvador has done a relatively good job rounding up legal guns. There are only 5,800 guns per 100,000 residents (compared to over 101,000 in America), yet El Salvadors ratio of guns to murders is a staggering 53. Every year, theres a murder for every 53rd gun in El Salvador.

The countries that have been most successful at limiting private, legal gun ownership are 1. Ethiopia, 2. Eritrea, 3. Haiti, 4. North Korea, and 5. Rwanda. Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Haiti all have higher murder rates than that of the United States. North Korea and Rwanda have slightly lower murder rates (4.4 and 4.5 per 100,000 respectively versus the U...


Melbournes flooded Brunswick Hotel is holding a fundraiser gig this week "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Beloved Melbourne venue The Brunswick Hotel have announced a fundraiser gig next weekend which aims to assist their dedicated staff who have been affected by the nightspots recent closure.

Just under a fortnight ago, the Sydney Road venue was forced to close after some genius fresh out of driving school took it upon himself run over the fire hydrant in front of the venue, causing a deluge of water to pour directly into our beloved pub. The structural damage caused by the incident has caused the venue to pull up stumps for the time being, with all of its staff currently out of work.


Due to some idiot mounting the kerb and flooding the venue from above with a fire hydrant, The Brunswick Hotel will be

Posted by The Brunswick Hotel onWednesday, 21 March 2018

However, in hopes of easing the stress put on their staff, the Brunny has decided to put on a fundraising event this weekend at the nearby RUBIX Warehouse featuring a number of local music acts.

While forced remodelling is underway through the help of insurance, bar staff, sound engineers, bussies and security guards are all now struggling to pay the rent, fill their bellies and find new jobs to keep them busy while The Brunny is repaired, the venue explains. Thats where Flood Aid comes in!

Featuring the likes of China Beach, Flyying Colours, Australian Kingswood Factory, The Balls, and GIANT, Flood Aid hopes to make things a whole lot easier in that time between remodelling taking place and the hotels eventual reopening.

Tickets to the event are on sale now through Eventbrite, and will be available at the door on the night. Check out the events Facebook page for more info, and be sure to come on out to make sure some of Melbournes hardest-working venue staff get the help they need during this frustrating time.

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Only 20 people Signed!!! All for one & one for all? No we're bloody NOT!!! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

APR 3, 2018  The Barwon region alone which makes up most of north-west NSW, tops the list with 8,617 gun owners, & yet only 20 people have signed my petition. I think this is proof enough that gun owners in Australia DO NOT support each other, we are fractured & we are our own worst enemy.
If you are a gun owner & you have a good reason for not signing my petition, then PLEASE let me know what that reason is. I think that I am making a very reasonable request, so do you have a reason not to sign my petition, or do you just not give a damn?!
Keith H. Burgess


In the Park with Hutchings "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney indie-folk artist Jamie Hutchings had a chat with Benj Ramsay during Mondays Out to Lunch about his upcoming tour and Bedsit.

Play Out to Lunch Jamie Hutchings Interview


Kimchi "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After being frustrated by the price of wombok cabbages, I've settled for making a massive batch of kimchi using savoys

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