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Saturday, 17 November

14:16

US DOJ 'Mueller' Investigation: the list keeps getting bigger "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Mueller's list now includes an Australian citizen......

The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 November 2018:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing  a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and have major implications for those who publish government secrets.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has also exploring the publication by WikiLeaks of emails from the Democratic National Committee and the account of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Officials have alleged the emails were hacked by Russian spies and transferred to WikiLeaks.

Mueller has also been exploring, among other things, communications between the group and associates of President Donald Trump, including political operative Roger Stone and commentator and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi..

And another Russian gets named....
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14:15

GJD Developments' Byron DA rejected by NSW Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel as disrespecting the process "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



A four-storey mixed use development covering three building lots totally 2,834m2  approx. 1km from Main Beach, comprising commercial premises, caf, child care centre, 24 shop top residential units, 26 serviced apartments and underground parking for 120 cars, has failed to gain consent.

Echo NetDaily, 14 November 2018:

A contentious application to build a four-storey residential/commercial development at the southern end of Jonson Street has been refused by the Joint Regional Planning Panel, with one panelist branding it disrespectful.

There was a burst of applause from the public gallery as the panel unanimously rejected the $21.1m development at a meeting in Mullumbimby on Wednesday afternoon.

In doing so the panel went against a recommendation from Byron Council staff that the development be approved.
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11:20

summer travel in the slow lane "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This post was created in collaboration with NRMA Parks and Resorts

When we sold most of our belongings to travel in a caravan, we had no idea how our journey would unfold. Granted, we were (still are!) caravan novices but regardless of our inexperience we knew that taking time to travel with our kids and slow down for a while was of the upmost importance.

We took a big leap into the unknown and spent all our savings but I can safely say that its the best decision weve ever made. Were three months in and revelling in the opportunity that tiny-home-nomadic-living has given us. Of course there are days that are challenging and emotionally charged with tantrums a plenty and countless frustrated sighsbut they would exist regardless of where we live.

I think what has been most surprising about our journey so far is the way we travel. You see, a few hours in the car is enough for us so we plan our trips accordingly, slowly hopping up and down the coast and occasionally inland. We prefer to stay in each location for a good week so we can settle in, slow down and truly experience it.

When we started planning our road trip I had no idea how family-orientated holiday parks had become. Granted, my only memories of them were from my childhood; I spent every summer in a cabin by the bay with my family but apart from a single pinball machine and a tennis court there wasnt much for us to do.

Nowadays they are havens of fun; theres playgrounds and water parks, jumping pillows and pools colourful, fun-filled activities for kids who love being outdoors. A...

11:11

Deus Ex McNeil AU Release Party Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This Summer weve collaborated with iconic artist and friend, Paul McNeil, on a special collection of apparel, accessories surfboards, and skateboards, which embrace Pauls love of surfing, punk rock and everything alternative.

Deus Byron will be hosting a release party for locals to get an exclusive first peek at everything Pauls put into the Deus Ex McNeil collection, including the premiere of the THE GOOF BIKE, Paul & Jeremy Tagands collaboration Suzuki RV90-3, on display for the 1st time.

WEDNESDAY NOV 28th, Doors @ 6PM
Giveaways, in-store gallery, drinks and talks.
Deus Byron
17 Lawson St, Byron Bay

Very limited spaces. Get on the list by sending your name to rsvp@deuscustoms.com

Free drinks from YOUNG HENRYS & NUSA CANA RUM

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07:43

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

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Sherwood Rd, Glenreagh, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 17 Nov 2018 14:53

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Gwydir Hwy, Ramornie, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 17 Nov 2018 16:26

07:00

The Weekend Quiz November 17-18, 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:

Imagine that macroeconomic policy is geared towards keeping real GDP growth on trend. Assume this rate of growth is 3 per cent per annum. If labour productivity is growing at 2 per cent per annum and the labour force is growing at 1.5 per cent per annum and the average working week is constant in hours, then this policy regime will result in:

The answer is a rising unemployment rate.

The facts were:

  • Real GDP growth to be maintained at its trend growth rate of 3 per cent annum.
  • Labour productivity growth (that is, growth in real output per person employed) growing at 2 per cent per annum. So as this grows less employment in required per unit of output.
  • The labour force is growing by 1.5 per cent per annum. Growth in the labour force adds to the employment that has to be generated for unemployment to stay constant (or fall).
  • The average working week is constant in hours. So firms are not making hours adjustments up or down with their existing workforce. Hours adjustments alter the relationship between real GDP growth and persons employed.

Of-course, the trend rate of real GDP growth doesnt relate to the labour market in any direct way. The late Arthur Okun is famous (among other things) for estimating the relationship that links the percentage deviation in real GDP growth from potential to the percentage change in the unemployment rate the so-called Okuns Law.

The algebra underlying this law can be manipulated to estimate the evolution of the unemployment rate based on real output forecasts.

From Okun, we can relate the major output and labour-force aggregates to form expectations about changes in the aggregate unemployment rate based on output growth rates. A series of accounting identities underpins Okuns Law and helps us, in part, to understand why unemployment rates have risen.

Take the following output accounting statement:

(1) Y = LP*(1-UR)LH

where Y is real GDP, LP is labour productivity in persons (that is, real output per unit of labour), H is the average number of hours worked per period, UR is the aggregate unemployment....

05:22

Sydney's Cumberland Council - cuts to Australia Day to finance Ramadan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Fair dinkum. Plenty of countries in the Middle East where you can go Peak-Ramadan to your heart's content. https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/cumberland-council-juggle-budget-cuts-to-benefit-ramadan-celebrations-over-australia-day/news-story/ad3be63b89294b165724c5224b87966f

04:47

Mullum Music Festival in pictures "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Watch the weekends fun at the Mullum Music Festival unfold here in pictures.

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03:01

A Fukushima waiting to happen? Huge stockpile of nuclear waste on California fault line threatens US "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ticking time bomb giant stockpile of nuclear waste endangers USA

The San Onofre nuclear plant, located just 108 feet from a popular beach, was shut down in 2015 after a leak was discovered. Now, the Southern California Edison energy company is burying the nuclear waste at the failed site a move which has been approved by federal regulator

Charles Langley, the executive director of Public Watchdogs, told RT that the situation at San Onofre is of grave concern because spent nuclear fuel and water dont mix.

Langley claimed that research carried out by experts which highlighted the extreme risks of storing the waste at the facility was suppressed by the very government agency responsible for protecting public health and safety.

There are actually fault lines that run underneath the facility. Weve documented this in geological reports that were suppressed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Its in a Tsunami zone and its also extremely vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

So far, 29 of 73 canisters of waste are below the surface of the ground. Langley warns, however, that the canisters are unequipped to store the toxic nuclear waste. The warranty for the containment system is only for 10 years and the canisters themselves are only guaranteed to last 25 years, he said.

Nina Babiarz, a board member at Public Watchdogs, told RT that there should have been a requirement for an underground monitoring system before one can even went in the ground.

Babiarz believes the San Onofre plant is a ticking time bomb.

Its still very prevalent to me that this not only could happen, but it has happened at Three Mile Island, of course it has happened at Chernobyl, its happened at Fukushima and lest we forget, it could happen at San Onofre, she said.

Edison refused to answer any of RTs questions. On its website, however, the company says they are being proactive in seeking out...

02:52

Project Sunshine tested dead babies for radioactive fallout "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Only baby bones used in nuke tests https://www.news24.com/xArchive/Archive/Only-baby-bones-used-in-nuke-tests-20010607 2001-06-0 Sydney, Australia Bone samples from dead babies were shipped to the United States and Britain to be tested for radioactive fallout as part of an Australian government programme, officials said on Thursday.

The governments Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) said from 1957 to 1978 Australia operated a programme to measure levels of strontium 90 radioactive fallout in humans by testing corpses. Nuclear weapons tests were conducted in Australia and there was concern about radioactive fallout building up in the atmosphere.

In the early years of the study, known as Project Sunshine, hundreds of human bone samples from corpses of babies, children and adults aged up to 40 years were reduced to ash and sent to the United States and Britain for tests on radioactivity levels. Facilities were later constructed for the tests to be carried out in Australia.

ARPANSA chief executive officer Dr. John Loy said on Thursday that it was unlikely scientists sought consent to do the tests from relatives of the deceased.

Loy said the studies were part of an overall programme to measure the impact on Australians of atmospheric nuclear testing throughout the world.

In the 1950s and 60s there were hundreds of nuclear explosions throughout the world and this led to contamination, Loy told The Associated Press. There were measurements of activity in water, air, food and bone tissue, he said.

Loy said human bone absorbs strontium 90 from the atmosphere. So it was important to get a handle on what sort of exposure was resulting from these tests, he added.

Project Sunshine was not kept secret by the government and reports on the study were published in scientific journals, Loy said.

Interest in the project was renewed this month by media reports that the bodies of stillborn babies from Britain and Australia were also used in the research.

The reports quoted documents from a meeting of the projects scientists in 1955, during which project leader Dr Willard Libby said the supply of stillborn babies had been cut off.

If anyone knows how to do a good job of body snatching, they will really be serving their country, said Libby, a Nobel Prize laureate, according to The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

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Friday, 16 November

17:29

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14:16

Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



"Scott Morrison is Dutton dressed up as lamb"  [Jenny Frecklington-Jones

14:15

GIF of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


06:56

Pastor Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong. Pedophile. Criminal mind. Part Four. Prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, works hard to out the pedophile Frank Houston "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Philip Powell 1

The criminal pedophile Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia in 1977, found the escape haven he sought in Sydney, Australia.

His new nest was undisturbed for a while.

The peace lasted about four years from 1977 before the prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, found out Frank Houstons new church address and his new church office fax number.

Once the criminal pedophile Frank Houston escaped the heat and the chasers in New Zealand he settled in to a different lifestyle in Darlinghurst Sydney.

The pedophile Frank Houston the rock-spider

Ive explained in the previous three articles how pedophiles are like spiders. In fact the term rock-spider is Australian jail slang for pedophile.

Pedophiles, like spiders, build nests, cobwebs and layers and layers of complex defences and ploys.

They are amongst the most evil and cunning people on the planet.

Frank Houston was a hardened pedophile by the time he was 20.

He chose Christian ministry as a foil, disguise and cover to maintain a pedophile lifestyle, have an outwardly good and godly reputation, and have ready access to heaps of unsuspecting Christian families and their little children.

Every family has its defences to predators. Acting as a Christian pastor, the evil criminal pedophile Frank Houston was able to breach these defences and gain total trust. Nobody would have suspected an evil pedophil...

06:34

Sunday afternoon cultural jam and dance party finale for Fields of Healing "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In what is set to be an epic convergence of local and international talent and cultural leadership, the team behind Fields of Healing have pulled one last rabbit out of the hat ahead of their event November 24 and 25.

The events grand finale on Sunday afternoon will be a community celebration of song, dance and culture featuring local legends Wild Marmalade, Happy Africa, Tommy Franklin, Indigenoise, Aine Tyrrell and a ceremony by Indigenous elders from across the globe.

Event organisers have extended a warm welcome to all, to come along and join in the events closing celebrations, which will be held between 1- 4pm at North Byron Parklands (Splendour site) on Sunday November 25. Entry to the closing event is by donation with 50% of the profits to be gifted to Liberation Larder.

Across the weekend ticket holders will have the opportunity to hear from 13 Indigenous elders and wisdom carriers from all corners of the globe as they come together with Australian Indigenous elders who all share a common vision; to connect community, share knowledge and celebrate culture.

The vision for the event, explained community director Adam Collett is simply to bring people together, to inspire and connect.

Organisers anticipate the event to be the first of many and that the gathering will go on to be held annually within our region.

Everyone is welcome to attend. A full program along with artist and elder profiles and a link to purchase tickets can be found on the website, www.fieldsofhealing.com.au.

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03:35

The Weekend Quiz November 17-18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Imagine that macroeconomic policy is geared towards keeping real GDP growth on trend. Assume this rate of growth is 3 per cent per annum. If labour productivity is growing at 2 per cent per annum and the labour force is growing at 1.5 per cent per annum and the average working week is constant in hours, then this policy regime will result in:




2. Students are taught that the macroeconomic income determination system can be thought of as a bath tub with the current GDP being the water level. The drain plug can be thought of as saving, imports and taxation payments (the so-called leakages from the expenditure system) while the taps can be thought of as investment, government spending and exports (the so-called exogenous injections into the spending system). This analogy is valid because GDP will be unchanged as long as the flows into the bath are equal to the flows out of it which is tantamount to saying the the spending gap left by the leakages is always filled by the injections.


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02:50

Saffin declares support for rail trail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Labor candidate for Lismore Janelle Saffin has come out in support of building a rail trail.

The Rail Trail Project is one that will be of benefit to the local communities right across the Lismore electorate, said Ms Saffin.

The wonderful group of volunteers who are working to make the Rail Trail a reality, need to know that all state candidates are backing them.

The statement is bound to cause controversy with a number of groups who are vocal about retaining the rail corridors for possible reinstatement of trains.

However, Ms Saffin has countered their objections saying The Rail Trail community is unequivocal in its support for the retention of the rail corridors to leave open all options for future transport development.

I stand with them on that and previously acted to stop our rail corridors being sold off. I secured thousands of signatures from the local community that successfully put pressure on the state government and helped this happen.

When I was first approached by the inaugural Rail Trail Team, I told them that I was in strong support as long as they backed in the retention of the rail corridor. They did then and they do now, she said.

The Rail Trail Project sits comfortably with the development of a Regional Integrated Public Transport Plan that we desperately need in our region and one that I have and shall continue to advocate strongly for.

At Labors recent NSW Country Conference, I was successful in gaining unanimous support for the Regional Integrated Public Transport Plan motion, put forward by our Lismore Labor Branch.

Ms Saffin concluded, As the Country Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, I have promoted both the Rail Trail Project and the Regional Integrated Public Transport Plan, to the Labor Leadership.

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02:48

Local environment provides the face of 2018 Black Gully Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A stylised lizard is the face of this years Black Gully Festival an annual celebration that brings people together to enjoy music, art, the environment and our community. Designed by local artist Simon Mellor, this years logo makes a creative mark while representing many elements of what the Black Gully Festival is all about. Black [...] full article 

02:46

UNE Tamworth Practical Solutions for Reversing Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Tuesday, 20 Nov; 5:30 pm; ] Based on the book "Drawdown The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" This event aims to educate and inspire individuals and businesses in practical ways we can reverse climate change locally. The night will consist of guest speakers and a Q & A section + light refreshments On Tuesday 20 November 2018 at [...] full article 

02:42

Latham's 8-Point Plan to stop overpopulation in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ex Labor leader, Mark Latham, recently joined Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party and will be running for the NSW legislative council at the next state election. Here is his 8-Point Plan to "save Sydney suffocating from overpopulation and overdevelopment."

Latham's 8-Point Plan

1. Our immigration program must be framed in the interest of the people who live here now. This is especially true of policies impacting on an over-crowded, increasingly dysfunctional city like Sydney.

2. Permanent immigration numbers should be slashed, bringing them closer to their 20th Century average of 70,000 per annum (down from 190,000 currently). Temporary visas must also be cut back.

3. NSW should not take any more special refugee intakes, given the mismanagement of Syrian refugee settlement by the Baird Government.

4. Sydneys planning laws must be overhauled to make the city more efficient and sustainable. An urban containment strategy is needed. For existing suburbs, One Nation supports development and density restrictions in under-serviced, over-crowded LGAs. The Government should publish a comprehensive report identifying these suburbs (most likely, most of the city).

5. The release of greenfields residential land also needs to be limited to prevent further urban sprawl. Priority should be given to the development of employment land in Sydney to reduce commuter-travelling times, especially in the citys outer suburbs.

6. The Greater Sydney Commission should be disbanded (at an annual cost saving of $18 million) as it has become a mouthpiece for Big Australia immigration and unlimited population growth in Sydney. Political appointments and unrealistic planning strategies have dominated the Commissions work.

7. The Greater Sydney Commissions excessive housing and population growth targets should also be abandoned. NSW Planning should be given the task of containing the citys growth to reasonable lifestyle, infrastructure and environmental limits. Local Councils, as the level of government closest to the people, also have a critical role to play in limiting densities and development in line with local infrastructure/service capacity. One Nation respects this vital local government urban planning role.

8. The State Government should scale back the responsibilities of the so-called W...

02:41

Mullum sculpture park creates a special sense of place "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Circulate by Ellen Ferrier and Bree Cribbin. Photo Aslan Shand.

Palm Park in Mullum is always a lovely spot to enjoy a moment of quiet reflection but over this weekend it has taken on a whole new atmosphere. It isnt just the palms and the goannas that you get to commune with  this weekend you can also enjoy the beautiful sculptures that are scattered throughout the park.

The inaugural Mullumbimby sculpture festival, Ingenuity, opened on Wednesday evening and is displaying the work of 26 local artists the are placed in the park from the Scout Hall (behind the post office) around to Federation Bridge.

During the first half of Thursday morning they had around 250 people who had strolled through the park admiring the artworks.

It has been absolutely fantastic, said curator Gabrielle Dalton.

There has been wonderful response from everyone who has come through and it is a fantastic way to really honour this park.

Germination by Jason Morning was the winner of the acquisition prize and will be found a permanent home in the Byron Shire. Photo Aslan Shand.

Acquisition prize

An anonymous donor has provided $5,000 for the acquisition of one of the sculptures that was won by Jason Morning. His sculpture Germination is now set to be placed on permanent display, in a position that is yet to be announced, somewhere in the shire.

The donor wants...

02:30

Book Launch: Locked On! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Friday, 7 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Friday 7th December, 5.30 pm Readers Companion, 149 Beardy St Mall This event launches Marty Branagans illustrated novel Locked On! The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitchhikers Guide Trilogy. Its a fictionalised account of the Leard Forest blockade against coal mining on the Liverpool Plains, and the blockade against coal seam gas on farmland at Bentley, [...] full article 

02:30

Now is your last chance to go solar before RECs reduce again on 1 January 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The uptake of solar power across Australia continues to be one of the shining lights for sustainability, particularly against the backdrop of drought, deepening climate change and losses to biodiversity. The financial benefits of going solar are as significant for most people as these environmental reasons. St Vincent de Pauls recent annual electricity report (see Sydney Morning [...] full article 

02:27

John Pilger Film Festival Opens Soon "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A film festival celebrating the work of documentarians and curated by one of the most internationally renowned of them all, John Pilger will open in Sydney at the end of the month.

The Power of the Documentary is a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

The festival presents 26 landmark documentaries selected by Pilger, including a retrospective of his own work.

At a time of information onslaught, much of it repetitive, said Pilger, the documentary remains a powerful way of making sense of the world, of connecting the past with the present and breaking the silence that is so often truth.

The programme runs from November 28 to December 9 and includes the long banned War Game by Peter Watkins, Edward Murrows Harvest of Shame and Peter Daviss Hearts and Minds.

Tickets are available here.

The post John Pilger Film Festival Opens Soon appeared first on New Matilda.

02:20

350.org crowdfunding film: Accelerate "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This is what it would take to fund the transition to a new world. All of Australia could be converted to renewable energy for 7.7% of the money in the super funds in this country which is how we know 100% renewable energy is 100% doable. Thats one of the messages in the Accelerate film, the [...] full article 

02:11

Nature Conservation Council Top 20 NSW deforestation hotspots exposed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A few hours ago, I was in NSW Parliament to launch a new report on deforestation in NSW. Weve exposed the top 20 deforestation hotspots in NSW. Shockingly, 17 of the 20 hotspots are home to koala habitat that is now at risk of land clearing under NSWs new deforestation laws. With fewer than 21,000 koalas [...] full article 

01:44

Mullum Music Festival opens up "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lior was one of the great acts that opened the Mullum Music Festival last night. Photo Jeff Dawson.

The Mullum Music Festival has officially launched to a full house by a great range of performances last night at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

William Crighton performs at the Mullum Music Festival. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Winner of the Under 15 category, 11-year-old Murwillumbah schoolgirl Emmagen Rain wowed the audience with her performance and in the words of MC Mandy Nolan There are not many people who can do Adele well Emmagen did it better.

Emmagen is being mentored by William Crighton who also performed along with artists Hat Fitz & Cara, Geordie Lane, Husky GAwenda & Gideon Preiss, China Bowls and Dao of Dylan.

01:22

Koala extinction by-product of logging "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An image from the media campaign that is blitzing the North Coast. Photo supplied.

Koala numbers have plummeted by 33 per cent over the last twenty years and experts are now warning that they are likely to be driven to extinction. In NSW the decline of koalas and other native wildlife is being driven by inadequate state laws regulating both private land clearing and logging.

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is calling on the NSW government to abandon its draconian logging plans and chart an exit out of native forest logging, and for the federal government to rethink its commitment to signing new Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), said Ms Alix Goodwin, NPA CEO.

Theyve based their call on the recent study by three University of Canberra academics for Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) reported recently in the Sydney Morning Herald that showed a strong majority of people oppose native forest logging. 

The study found that urban and rural votes broadly share the same strong disapproval of logging putting the lie to claims that only urban dwellers care about the environment and that logging is unpopular even where the remnants of the industry persist, said Ms Goodwin. 

The results are in line with polling conducted in the NSW electorates of Lismore and Ballina in December 2017 that showed 90 per cent support for protecting forests for wildlife, water, carbon stores and recreation.

This is the latest piece of evidence that clearly demonstrates how far the NSW governments...

00:52

Byron Councillors make second push to end nude bathing at Tyagarah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Paul Bibby

A group of Byron Shire councillors will attempt to reverse the recent decision to keep Tyagarah Beach clothes optional when the council has its full meeting next week.

The councillors, including Mayor Simon Richardson (Greens), have put forward two motions which, if passed, would put an end to nude bathing at Tyagarah.

Instead, a 12-month clothes optional trial would be introduced on a stretch of beach in Byron Bay.

The proposed recision motion continues the ongoing saga over Tyagarah Beach, which has seen a long-running battle between naturists and a group of residents who are concerned about the ongoing instances of anti-social and illegal behaviour there.

At the last full council meeting on October 19 a motion to keep Tyagarah clothes optional was narrowly passed by five votes to three.

The motion included a plan to install up to 20 cameras to record vehicle registration and personal behaviour in the Tyagarah reserve.

Cr Richardson and councillors Paul Spooner (Labor) and Jan Hackett (Labor) are now attempting to overturn that decision.

If they are successful in that first step, the councillors will put forward a second motion to outlaw nude bathing at Tyagarah, and to introduce a 12-month trial of nude bathing on a stretch of beach in Byron Bay from The Wreck to Beaumonts Beach House.

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Thursday, 15 November

23:18

Don't be dishonest - Left Testicle's sentence "stern but fair" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ex-Labor MP's sentence had to be 'stern' Margaret Scheikowski, Australian Associated Press November 15, 2018 1:53pm Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald's sentence for misconduct in public office was "stern" but not unreasonable nor plainly unjust, five Court of Criminal Appeal judges have been told. "This was a Minister of the...

23:14

Malcolm Turnbull to star at Australian Bar Association conference tonight "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The preeminent legal conference of 2018 rise2018 relevant/resilient/respected is a prestigious two-day conference to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney. The conference boasts an impressive speaker line-up that will highlight and profile the excellence of the Australian legal profession with a focus on national and international legal...

22:04

Politics in the Pub wraps 2018 with activist panel "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Storyteller, educator, artist and activist Jenni Cargill-Strong.

A host of regional activists have been assembled for the final Politics in the Pub of 2018.

Organisers say, Well hear what they have achieved, but more importantly what they see as the challenges ahead and how we might address them.

Speakers include: enviro-community activist Annie Kia; activist, educator, academic and writer Aidan Ricketts; editor of The Echo Hans Lovejoy; passionate re-localiser Sasha Mainsbridge; storyteller, educator, artist and activist Jenni Cargill-Strong; writer, enviro-activist Dr Liz Elliott;  young enviro-activist Kate Montford and filmmaker and activist Michael Balson.

Organisers say, You dont have to go traipsing across the globe to find great political activists; theyre right here in our region. And weve got the evidence to prove it.

Just look at the success of rolling back CSG, pushing for energy democracy and alternatives to fossil fuels, agitation against waste and pollution, opposition to the anti-protest laws

The event takes place November 28, 6.30pm till 8.30, at the Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby.

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22:02

Nationals Matthew Fraser running for the third time for Richmond "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Matthew Fraser has bee preselected by the National Party to run against Labors Justine Elliot for the third time. Photo Twitter

Matthew Fraser has once again been preselected as the National Party candidate for Richmond to run against Labors Justine Elliot. This follows two previous attempts to win the seat in 2013 and 2016.

A small business owner, Mr Fraser says he is keen to restore strong representation to the region.

The people of Richmond deserve better than a career politician, they deserve someone with vision, ethics and a commitment to the community, he said. Returning Richmond back to the Nationals has been and is a long process; this election will be the toughest battle yet and the gloves are off. The Nationals have successfully represented this region for decades and I intend to give the people strong and effective representation.

Gloves off

Sitting member Justine Elliot has been quick to respond to the announcement of Mr Frasers preselection saying that there are three major reasons why Scott Morrisons National Party candidate for Richmond, Matthew Fraser, does not deserve your vote.

Ms Elliot says that Mr Fraser referred to members of the Richmond electorate as the great unwashed in a video he posted on Facebook 5 October 2018 and calls his comments a disrespectful and arrogant attack on our community [that] is unforgivable.

Supporting harsh aged pension cuts put forward in Tony Abbotts 2014 budget (Tweed Daily News14 May 2014) and support for reducing penalty rates in 2015 (Tweed Sun 27 August 2015) were also cited as reasons not to support Mr Frasers bid for the seat.

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Santos Organics on the lookout for not-for-profit organisations "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

With a sackful of cash, Santos Organics are asking the public to nominate a local not-for-profit organisation who are doing great things for the planet and people in our community.

Organisers say, Every week, many of the Santos Organics team salary sacrifice one per cent of their wage to help local not-for-profit organisations. 

The next Santos Organics team grant sees $13,650 in wages being more than matched by Santos Organics to total a whopping $30,000 soon to be donated to great causes!

To nominate your chosen environmental or social not-for-profit organisation, visit www.santosorganics.com.au/grants. Nominations close 5pm November 16.

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Wednesday, 14 November

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Europes 3rd largest insurance company turns away from coal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Generalis recent announcement about its improved coal exclusion policy puts an end to insuring new coal plants and mines while turning away new coal clients with more than 30% of their energy production or revenues coming from coal.

Generali follows Allianz, AXA and Zurich which all have announced restrictions on insuring coal. Now, Europes four biggest primary insurers have limited coverage for the coal industry, supporting the phase-out of the main driver of dangerous climate change and the cause of hundreds of thousands of premature deaths globally each year, including more than 22,900 in the EU. [1]

Greenpeace, Unfriend Coal and Re:Common have called on the remaining coal insurers around the world to also restrict and exclude coal investments and insurance.

Greenpeace Italy climate campaigner, Luca Iacoboni, noted that this new coal exclusion policy sends an an important signal today that coal is becoming uninsurable and the answer to this is an urgent energy transition to 100% renewable energy. This is not just a matter of securing the survival of our planet, but of the insurance industry as well. Moodys Investor Service has also warned that climate change has a net negative credit impact on the the re/insurance industry. Re/insurers like AIG, Chubb, Mapfre, Hannover Re-Talanx, Vienna Insurance Group and Uniqa, who are all still actively insuring coal must move away from this dirty fuel or face public scrutiny and economic losses.

Re:Common campaigner, Alessandro Runci, said that while Generalis new policy is another strong signal to the coal industry, Generali fails to mention when existing coal clients, like those in Central and Eastern Europe, will be dropped. In order to become real climate leaders and to address the air pollution problem exacerbated by their clients, they need to quit coal with no exceptions. That includes no life extension of plants in the form of retrofits beyond 2030 and no to retrofits that would even temporarily increase capacity of existing plants.

Lucie Pinson of the Unfriend Coal campaign observed that Generalis move shows that coal is increasingly becoming uninsurable. The majority of global insurance companies with the expertise to lead in assessing and underwriting new power plants have now committed to end or limit insurance for new coal projects. Recent climate disasters should remind industry laggards of the urgent need for action.

According to the European Environmental Agency, member countries incurred economic losses caused by weather and climate-related extremes up to approximately...

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