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Saturday, 19 May

00:40

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: FCNSW HRB Orara East SF "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: "The Gap" 4km North of Coffs Harbour
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 5 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Forest Corporation of NSW
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 17:38

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Friday, 18 May

16:15

Tweets of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"




13:32

Money for Blood is Good for All "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Economist: For years [Barzin Bahardoust] has been trying to pay Canadians for their blood plasmathe viscous straw-coloured liquid in blood that has remarkable therapeutic powers. When his firm, Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), tried to open clinics in Ontario in 2014, a campaign by local activists led to a ban by the provincial government on paid plasma collection. Undeterred, he tried another province, Albertawhich also banned the practice last year. Then, on April 26th, when CPR announced a planned centre in British Columbia, its government said it too was considering similar legislation. CPR has managed to open two centres, in far-flung Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Even these have faced opposition.

The global demand for plasma is growing, and cannot be met through altruistic donations alone. Global plasma exports were worth $126bn in 2016more than exports of aeroplanes.

Only countries that pay for plasma are self-sufficient in it. (Italy, where donors are given time off work, is close to self-sufficiency.) Half of Americas plasma is shipped to Europe20m contributions-worth. Canada imports 80% of its plasma products from America. Australia imports 40% of its plasma products, too.

Its a very odd ethical policy that leads Canadian provinces to ban paying Canadians for plasma but then import paid plasma from the United States. I am one of the signatories (along with Al Roth, Vernon Smith and Gerald Dworkin among others) of a letter that argues for the efficiency and ethics of allowing compensation for blood plasma donation. The Economist riffs of this letter in a very good op-ed:

10:54

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

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

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




2. A sovereign government does not have to issue debt to match any spending above taxation. But the more public debt it voluntarily issues the more difficult it is for banks to attract deposits to initiate loans from.



3. When an external deficit and public deficit coincide, there must be a private sector deficit.

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10:52

Business Insider Australia - behind the scenes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney podcast

Down to Sydney today, to record with Business Insider.


Here's a 30-second look 'behind the scenes' at Business Insider Australia.


David Scutt gets ready to record one of the most popular podcasts in Australian business circles, Devils & Details


Recorded in one take, thanks to Rick S, the sound guy.


Ready to record with Editor-in-Chief, Paul 'Colgo' Colgan.


Always great fun to catch up with these guys and talk f...

10:42

Landscape From Far, Far Away "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Visited Phil Henderson's fun exhibition Tyranny and Distance - Landscape From Far, Far Away at the Griffith Regional Theatre

09:52

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Pacific Hwy, Korora "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Pacific Hwy, Korora, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 16:27

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: West High St, Coffs Harbour "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 92-94 West High St, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Structure Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 17:06

09:51

The tale of three BAASS field investigations "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Introduction

There are some, who are saying, that although they accept the fact that Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) received a contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)  regarding the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications (AAWSA) program, there is no mention of UFOs or UAPs in that solicitation/contract. The contract was granted sometime after the solicitation closing date of 5 September 2008.

As early as 13 September 2008 Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies was advertising jobs which are directly related to the AAWSA. I have identified at least four individuals who were employed as investigators (one as "senior investigator/Team Leader;" (employed January 2009) ; two as "field investigators; (one from January 2009 the other from May 2009); and one as "investigator/security officer" (from June 2009.)

I explored the Internet looking for some evidence that these field investigators for BAASS actually conducted UFO investigations.

Taking a step back

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) after negotiations with Robert Bigelow and BAASS, entered into a joint contract to work together. There were two main results arising from this. Firstly, that BAASS was given access to the MUFON CMS UFO reports database; and secondly that MUFON formed their STAR group. An individual named Richard Lang acted as the STAR Team Manager between February 2009 and January 2010.
 

In a 6 March 2011 blog post Lang provided detailed information about the relationship between BAASS and MUFON.

"The STAR Team Impact Project (SIP) was a MUFON project funded in part by Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) where MUFON was subcontracted to provide information from the CMS data base (website) and witness reports related to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) directly to BAASS."

"BAASS investigators were given full access ( password and user ID) to the CMS database, in all cases where the witness answered "Yes" to the "third party release question" BAASS personnel and investigators could see all case information in CMS including witness contact information."

"MUFON also provided data to BAASS about significant events that were reported in CMS."

In short, BAASS were able to monitor almost all of the reports being received by MUFON CMS; had access to witness contact details, and could undertake their own investigations into any of the cases which they deemed of interest to them.

So, to cr...

07:07

Tweed Council to engage community over hospital site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artists impression of the proposed Tweed Hospital on selected site. Image from A Current Affair.

The choice of site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital has divided the community and raised questions over transparency, a lack of community consultation, and the fragmentation of state significant farmland.

Members of Relocate Tweed Valley Hospital From State Significant Farmland have highlighted a range of issues with the selected site.

Aside from their key claim that the site is state significant farmland, they point out that it is under a flight path which would limit use of emergency helicopters, and that road congestion would have a negative impact on Kingscliff residents and businesses.

Recognising the significant objections to both the site and process of site selection Health Infrastructure NSW, who are in charge of the development, have now responded to Tweed Councils request for a reference group to consider site options for the new hospital.

Speaking to Echonetdaily Mayor Katie Milne said The state government have invited the council to join the Health Infrastructure NSW reference group, and for council staff to provide technical advice.

We were really hoping to get some community members on the reference group but the state government havent offered that. Therefore, at council last night we voted to accept the offer and all councillors have accepted the invitation to join the group.

Council to engage in community consultation

In a bid to address the lack of direct community involvement in the reference group, Tweed Council have called for expressions of interest from the community to establish a community reference group.

This will allow councillors to get information from the community in relation to community preferences and to work through the very complex questions about the various hospital sites wit the community, Cr Milne said.

Landbanking

Meanwhile, Local Nationals member for Tweed, Geoff Provest ha...

06:08

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Pacific Hwy, Jacky Bulbin Flat "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Pacific Hwy, Jacky Bulbin Flat, NSW 2463
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 13:30

04:59

Extension of Byron Bay to Lismore bus trial announced "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Blanchs is running a six month trial of buses between Lismore and Byron Bay. (Blanchs Bus Company).

The Byron Bay to Lismore bus trial has been extended for the next 12 months ensuring that the 640X and the 641X bus trial services get a fair trial.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin and the Member for Lismore Thomas George pointed out that they had listened to the communities positive feedback on the first six month trail and worked closely with the Minister for Transport over the past few months to make sure our communitys voices were heard loud and clear and to ensure the bus trial is extended.

Local Greens MP for Ballina had written to the minster several months ago requesting that the Minister to extend this trial.

I outlined that a six month trial wasnt a fair trial. It is wonderful that they have responded, they have obviously heard the community, said Ms Smith.

The 12 month trial for services 640X and the 641X will run until 30 June 2019.

Ben Franklin, Andrew Constance & Tho...

04:06

Palestinemobile visits local MP Justine Elliots office "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Byron Friends of Palestine Palestinemobile visited local MP Justine Elliots office yesterday. Photo supplied.

The Byron Friends of Palestine Palestinemobile visited local MP Jusinte Elliots office yesterday to protest the Labor partys silence in the face of Israeli genocide.

Byron Friends of Palestine stated that Israel have now deliberately killed 55, including six children, and wounded 2,771 unarmed Gazans exercising their right under international law to the return of their stolen lands and property.

How much more Israeli terror does it take before Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull condemn these massacres? In his 3AW interview Mr Turnbull blamed Hamas for everything and claimed that Israel was defending itself, said Byron Friends of Palestines Gareth Smith.

Elliot responds

Following the visit from the Palestinemobile yesterday local Labor MP Justine Elliot told Echonetdaily that The deaths and injuries of Palestinian protesters in Gaza are both shocking and tragic.

Labor urges Israel to show restraint. We support the right for peaceful protest and call on both sides to deescalate tensions. We support Israels right to exist within secure and recognised boundaries and the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

Australia, like most other nations, does not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Jerusalem is claimed by both the Israelis and Palestinians and its status must be determined as part of an overall two-state solution.

A just two-state resolution will require recognising the right of both the Israeli and Palestinian peo...

02:39

Outlaws and Cosmic Cowboys UKE Night Club Mullum 31 May "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Miss Amber and Stukuleles UKE Night

31 May

Club Mullum

This month our UKE NIGHT theme is Outlaws and Cosmic Cowboys and we welcome back special guests Sara TindleyAsh Bell and Justin Bannister and for the first time we welcome local legends Phil LevySteve Gilbert and Diego Zaragoza, collectively know as Backwater Brethren pictured below with Rod coe at the recent John Carter Cash fund raiser.

To me a Cosmic Cowboy is city slicker who dreams of a simple, free life in the country. Wikipedia says a Cosmic Cowboy has Willie Nelson, Led Zeppelin, and The White Stripes on the same playlist. The country music OUTLAWS include: Waylon JenningsWillie NelsonKris KristoffersonJohnny CashMerle HaggardGuy ClarkJerry Jeff WalkerJessi ColterTompall GlaserDavid Allan CoeSammi Smith, and Tanya Tucker.

This is going to be a great night of big strumming countrified rock songs and ballads with a huge band to lead em.

 

The post Outlaws and Cosmic Cowboys UKE Night Club Mullum 31 May appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

02:31

Shark nets have killed twice as many dolphins as target sharks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A ray caught in netting that is meant to deter sharks. (Sea Shepherd)

Ballinas Deputy Mayor, Keith Williams, is urging residents to complete the NSW DPI on-line Survey on Shark Nets before it closes this afternoon, warning that this will be the communitys last opportunity to have a say before the Minister decides the fate of future net trials.

Cr Williams said the data released in the community survey shows as twice as many dolphins killed in the nets as target species sharks (2), in addition to numerous turtles, Manta rays and other species.

Over the two trials we have now killed a total of eight dolphins. Our local Richmond River pod was only 60 animals when we started. Thats 10 per cent gone in a little over a year, we have officially decimated that population.

The nets have decimated local marine life, killing 193 marine animals including dolphins, seven turtles, and 105 rays said Jordan Sosnowski, advocacy director of Action for Dolphins.

The trials in Ballina have shown these death nets are not effective at protecting swimmers from shark attacks, said Ms Sosnowski.

 There are almost 50 kilometres of beaches and just five nets in place, so the nets will never work to enclose and protect people from sharks. All they do is act as massive fishing nets, drowning threatened and endangered marine life.

Support drops

In the community survey after the first shark net trial support for shark nets by Ballina residents fell from 52 per cent to 33 per cent, and 68 per cent of residents said the by-catch rate was unacceptable.

While NSW DPI made changes to the nets to reduce total by-catch, the by-catch rate actually worsened from 97 per cent to 98.5 per cent compared to the first trial, said Cr Williams. 

When only two of 143 animals caught in the nets are target species yo...

01:47

Good Vibes and Fast Times for 23rd Byron Tri "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Last Saturday, the Byron Bay Triathlon celebrated its 23rd annual edition with over 1100 participants plus an estimated crowd over 2500 spectators on hand to witness racing in four different distances.

With cool, clear and crisp weather, athletes were treated to favourable conditions for their cycle and run components.

The Juniors and Big Kids opened the days events, seeing over 80 kids take part.

Getting people active in sport, especially kids, is a big part of NXsports and seeing the little legends start the day was definitely a highlight for our crew, said Race Director Mike Crawley.

Byron Bay Triathlon 12 May 2018

The cycle route for the race was refined for 2018 in order reduce the overall road impact, particularly around Suffolk Park.

Says Crawley, By focusing on a lap-based course, we were able to keep access in and out of Suffolk Park via Midgen Flat to the south.

Looking ahead to 2019, we will continue to make a few more minor adjustments to the course design in consultation and partnership with local feedback.

In the Elite Categories, Ben Cook took out the Mens title and Emily Donker won the Womens event.

...

01:37

Brunswick Scouts free family day out "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Brunswick Scouts are excited to announce the final line-up for this Saturdays Brunswick Scouts Fundraiser that is taking place  at the Terrace Reserve from 11am till 4pm.

The  free, family friendly and community event will feature local bands The Ratbags at 11.30am, Burning Hands at 1pm and Sugar Rush from 2.30pm said parent volunteer and organiser Sean Tonnet.

There are some amazing prizes to be raffled, including from one of our major sponsor, Footbridge Caf, as well as Go Sea Kayak, Byron Medi Spa and many more.

The SES will be there and the Brunswick Fire brigade will have their open day just across the road.

There will be great kids activities, beautiful setting and what looks like gorgeous weather, finished Sean.

The post Brunswick Scouts free family day out appeared first on Echonetdaily.

01:17

Its time for the girls to take art to the streets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Public art can be both empowering and challenging as well as challenged and the In.scribe Project, run by the Byron Youth Service, has been mentoring young creatives in the shire for many years.

The project has helped create public murals in Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Suffolk Park and at the Byron Community Centre.

A public art project is a great way to bring people together to celebrate their neighbourhood and feel a part of something bigger, says In.scribe facilitator, Karma Barnes.

Girls own the streets

Byron Youth Service is offering places in the in.scribe program, that is free for teen girls aged 12 to 18, to experiment and experience what street art has to offer.

Its an amazing opportunity for young people who are creative and want to see where they can take it, says Berri Drum, whos organising the program.

The street art program will be starting o May 30 and they are looking for teen girls who are interested in getting involved. For more information head to the Byron Youth Service In.scribe webpage and submit your application.

The post Its time for the girls to take art to the streets appeared first on Echonetdaily.

00:52

Video: Why are the Palestinians protesting? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Next time someone asks you what Palestinians are protesting about show them this.

Video from EL4C

The post Video: Why are the Palestinians protesting? appeared first on The Pen.

00:11

Celebrating community transport volunteers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport bus in action in Ballina. Photo TBBCT.

Getting around in regional areas can be a challenge for those who no longer or never have had access to their own transport options. For the last thirty years the Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport (TBBCT) has been helping the elderly, people with disabilities, their carers and others who have difficulty accessing public transport, or are disadvantaged by the lack of transport options to get around the region.

And now TBBCT is holding a special celebratory brunch this Sunday, to honour its volunteers and mark its 30th anniversary at Banner Park, Brunswick Heads from 9am till midday.

Community Transport volunteers meet a vital need in the community. They drive older people, people with a disability and others who cant access mainstream transport to medical and other appointments and help out on our social and shopping buses, said Phil Barron CEO, Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport.

Last year TBBCT provided 74,489 trips, assisting 5,002 individuals and driving a total of 2,309,159 passenger kilometres.

Every day we receive feedback from our community members, in praise of our volunteers. For their kindness, caring and for the feeling that they are in good hands, continued Phil.

Our volunteers make Community Transport happen they are at the coal-face, dealing with parking, traffic snarls, assisting people with complicated mobility issues, bringing their passengers from anywhere in our region. Without the dedication, care and commitment of our volunteer teams, wed be up the creek.

Celebrating the amazing contribution that these volunteers give to the community there will be a feast, entertainment and special guests Tamara Smith MP and Asren Pugh for Justine Elliot MP.

We want to use this Sunday, 20 May, on the eve of National Volunteers week, as a time to consider the incredibly positive and important impact our volunteers have on our community, to thank them and to...

00:00

May 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1789 - Arabanoo, an Aboriginal man, was captured at Manly on 31 December 1788 by order of Governor Arthur Phillip, caught smallpox whilst caring for others who were sick, and died at Sydney. He was buried in the governor's garden.

1806 - Report in the Sydney Gazette on five men from the wreck of the George who travelled overland from Jervis Bay to Sydney, along the coast

1825 - The Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australias first provincial newspaper, ceased publication.

1839 - Sarah Cook, wife of a shepherd at Norrilong (between Beverley and York, WA) and her baby were speared by members of the York tribe to satisfy tribal lore. Two brothers, Doodjeep and Barrabong were arrested and tried for wilful murder in July 1840. They were later hung in chains at the scene of the crime. A year later, a Noongar man named Yambup was also convicted of the same crime and was sent to Wadjemup Rottnest prison.

1849 - The Summary Trial and Punishment of Aborigines Act was passed in Western Australia.

1854 - Keep a lump of sugar in your pocket as a horse-drawn railway started plodding between Goolwa and Port Elliot in South Oz, which was in fact Australia's first public railway.

1859 - The Sydney Evening Mail ceased publication.

1859 - Harry was hanged at Goulburn for the rape and attempted murder of Margaret McMahon near Cooma.

1865 - Angus McMillan, the murderer of untold hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people, kicked the proverbial bucket in a pub at Iguana Creek in Gippsland.

1877 - George, a Pacific Islander hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1877 - Tommy Ah Mow, a Pacific Islanders hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1889 - Intercolonial footy match between Tassie and Victoria was played at the MCG before a crowd of 20,000. The Gum Suckers wore colours of Royal Blue & Old Gold, while the Apple Islanders wore  their colony colours of Rose, Primrose & Black.
Final score was
Victoria - 6 goals, 9 behinds
Tassie - 1 goal, 6 behinds

1891 - James Johnston was hanged at Ballarat for murdering his wife Mary and their four children.

1897 - The original clubs of the newly formed VFL were Collingwood, South Melbourne, Essendon, Melbourne, Fitzroy, Geelong, St. Kilda and Carlton, which played their first matches today.

1901 - Harry Rickards opened his New Opera House, the future Tivoli Theatre, in Bourke Street, Melbourne, on the site of the former Prince of Wales Opera Theatre.

1902 -  William Windeyer took the main part in rescuing young people from a rowing boat capsized in Fern Bay, near his Hunters Hill home, and was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Shipw...

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Thursday, 17 May

23:08

Green turtle released by Australian Seabird Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Green Turtle in waters along the east coast of Australia. Photo Coral Bay Ecotours/Flickr

From shark nets to fishing line there are many human made dangers in the ocean for marine creatures. Fortunately for one Green sea turtle, now called Winona, Australian Seabird Rescue were called in time to rescue her from Evans head

The turtle had fishing line embedded into her right flipper and also some line was found trailing from her mouth, said the general manager of Australian Seabird Rescue, Kathrina Southwell.

She was sent to our vet for an xray and there was no sign of any hooks internally so the fishing line was removed. Her flipper wounds were flushed daily and she received a course of antibiotics in case of infection.

When Winona first came into care she weighed 12kg but at her time of release on Wednesday she had put on a healthy three kilograms. Leigha Aitken, who volunteers with Australian Seabird Rescue and Sea Shepherd, got to be the one to release Winona go back into the ocean off the coast of Ballina at the southern side of Flat Rock.

Shark nets

Australian Seabird Rescue said they would like to thank Sea Shepherd for bringing transparency to the community with their footage of marine life caught in the shark nets during the second trial.

Sea Shepherd Spokesperson Allyson Jennings said We welcome this amazing opportunity to support Australian Seabird Rescue in the release of this Green sea turtle back into its ocean home without the risk of it ending up entangled and potentially dying in a shark net. We hope it lives a long life swimming freely thanks to the incredible care it received from Australian Seabird Rescue volunteers.

The post Green turtle released by Australian Seabird Rescue appeared first on Echonetdaily.

23:00

Australia is Exploring the Blockchain for Welfare Payment Distribution "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australias Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), which works with government agencies, users, and private sector partners to develop public services, has announced it is studying the use of blockchain for welfare payment distribution. A prototype could be in the market come mid-2019.

Australia May Deliver Welfare Payments over Blockchain

The approved Australian 2018-19 Budget last week included a sum of AU$700,000 intended to be used by the DTA to explore distributed ledger technology for efficient government services purposes, according to Randall Brugeaud, acting CEO of the DTA, who made the announcement at the CeBIT Australia conference in Sydney.

Our plan is to look for use cases across the Commonwealth with an initial focus on the welfare payment delivery system, then working with our digital service standard, well conduct user research with a view to having a prototype by the end of next financial year, he explained. The potential of blockchain to securely record transactions will be investigated, drawing on the experience of other public and private sector organisations.

The DTA is looking to instances across both government and the private sector to determine the best blockchain-based Commonwealth service delivery. The agency is looking at all possibilities, from benefits of employee buy-in to machine-learning, artificial intelligence, and security, to further business goals despite the difficulty of choosing the right fit for each case.

Well also build on work done across government already, such as the CSIROs work on distributed ledgers. Were looking at how these technologies might offer automated service channels that are closer to the human experience; this might include intelligent chatbots, or voice-enabled channels which are proving to be effective in other sectors. We think these have the potential to deliver significant benefits for government service delivery, Brugeaud said.

Aiming to make its services more consumable by other government departments, the DTA is also about to pilot a digital identity system in October 2018 in a bid to tackle the 30 different logins across government platforms and make it easier for end users to deal with public affairs.

There are 750,000 applications for tax file numbers (TFN) each year. Digital identity will shrink to minutes what is currently a mont...

21:50

Japanese Bus Drivers Are Striking By Refusing to Accept Fare for Rides "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

by Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Most people protest by forming a picket line. But in the Japanese city of Okayama, bus drivers are protesting by giving free rides to commuters.

According to The Guardian, the dispute began in April, when a rival to the Ryobi bus company advertised cheaper fares. Japanese media reports that concerned drivers asked for more job security. When no agreement was made, drivers continued to cover their routes but refused to take fares from passengers.

Protests of this kind are unique, but they are becoming increasingly common. For instance, last year in Sydney, Australia, bus drivers from 12 depots gave free rides for a day. They turned off card machines to protest government plans to pr...

21:04

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 154 Glens Creek Rd, Nymboida, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Assist Other Agency
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 03:10

17:44

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 309 Woolgoolga Creek Rd, Woolgoolga, NSW 2456
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 01:32

16:16

The people attracted to a career in Tzar Peters federal super ministry..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Brisbane Times, 16 May 2018:

The information chief at Peter Duttons new Home Affairs super ministry allegedly ordered the deletion of a government record relevant to a request under freedom of information laws when he was a senior executive at NSWs transport agency.

Tim Catley, who began his high-ranking role at Home Affairs in February, is accused of directing staff at Transport for NSW to delete government information in 2016, in witness statements given during an investigation by the states Information and Privacy Commission.

Mr Catley vehemently denies he asked anyone to delete government records. The allegation that I asked anyone to delete an email is not true and it is not technologically possible to do that anyway [at the transport agency]. Professionally and ethically I wouldnt do anything like that, he told the Herald.

Following a referral from the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the states Information Commission launched an investigation behind closed doors into the deletion of a record at Transport for...

16:15

Federal Circuit Court on Thursday sentenced Trek North Tours owner operator to 12 months' prison and fined him $67,000 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Leigh Alan Jorgensen, Financial Review, 13 May 2018

In the continuing matter of A.C.N. 156 455 828 Pty Ltd & Anor.

Fair Work Ombudsman, media release, 14 May 2018:


Jail term imposed in Fair Work Ombudsmans first contempt of court case

A Northern Queensland business operator has been jailed and then released pending the outcome of his appeal as a result of the Fair Work Ombudsmans first contempt-of-court action.

...

13:23

NSW jobs super-boom continues apace "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Annual employment growth slowing

A solid headline result for employment growth in April 2018, beating expectations of 20,000, with total seasonally adjusted employment up by 22,600 to beyond 12 million for the first time, driven by a substantial 32,700 increase in full time jobs.

There were, however, adverse revisions to take into account for the preceding month. 


Alas, the Coalition's favoured '1000 jobs per month' slogan is going to have to be canned forthwith, with annual employment growth down from a record high of 431,200 in January 2018 to 332,200 (or 2.73 per cent) by April. 


State versus state (NSW superboom)

Employment blazed another 27,600 higher in New South Wales to be up by 46,800 over the quarter, and a thunderous 156,000 year-on-year, casting further doubt on the endless gloomy house price predictions, with first homebuyers also now wading in. 

The New South Wales economy has added well over 300,000 extra jobs over the past three years, something achieved for the first time ever on a rolling 3-year basis in the past few months across more than 40 years of available figures. 

...

12:32

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

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Bruxner Park Rd, Korora, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 17 May 2018 20:14

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Pacific Hwy, Bom Bom "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Pacific Hwy, Bom Bom, 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 May 2018 19:56

08:54

Govt backflip as NORCO regains milk contract for hospitals "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It appears all the major parties are now trying to claim credit for Health Minister Brad Hazzards and HealthShare NSWs backflip on the supply of milk to north coast hospitals being returned to local dairy cooperative NORCO.

According to Health Services Union (HSU) NSW secretary Gerard Hayes It was HSU members at Lismore Base Hospital who initially blew the whistle on the loss of the NORCO contract to more than 16 local health facilities earlier this week.

When health workers first raised the issue, it was dismissed by the Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP.

Since then however, the public response has been overwhelming, and an HSU on-line petition attracted over 3,000 signatures in just a matter of hours.

However, Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said he had been working behind the scenes with Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard to have the HealthShare NSW contract overturned.

Is the cheapest the best?

Mr Haynes also highlighted the need for the tender process to factor in the multiplier benefits associated with keeping business in NSW.

The cheapest option isnt necessarily the best, especially if it means money going offshore and jobs being lost in local communities. The state government should be ensuring that taxpayers money is used wisely to generate the best return for NSW, he said.

Recognising the desire for the local community to support the local dairy industry in Northern NSW Mr George said he has had meetings with minister for finance, services and property, Victor Dominello, to discuss the opportunity for the government to give a weighting when it comes to local businesses applying for government contracts.

Claiming credit

While the NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord has said that The Nationals cannot in good conscience take a victory lap; this is about the community stopping a bad state government decision, local Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin has said that Media stunts like the one we have seen by NSW Labor this week do not deliver any outcomes for our community. The real work is done behind the scenes.

However, it is local Labor candidate for Ballina, A...

07:11

Free tennis in Brunswick this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Interested in tennis? Thought you might like to give it a go? Well now is your chance. The Brunswick Tennis Club is hosting a free afternoon of tennis including mini-tennis and skills coaching from 3 till 7pm this Saturday, May 19.

This is a great opportunity for everyone to experience tennis, said organiser Linda Hubbard.

Take the family and enjoy a great afternoon with homemade lemonade, cakes and Paella plates for sale.

If you would like to find out more you can contact Linda on 0449 825 108.

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07:07

Butterflies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Some years ago I saw this beautiful butterfly made by Hape Kiddle

Recently I spotted a few butterflies in opp shops around town, so I decided to start a collection.

05:22

Murwillumbah Art Trail kicks off tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The fourth annual Murwillumbah Art Trail kicks off tomorrow with a range of free events, exhibitions and workshops. Photo supplied.

The fourth annual Murwillumbah Art Trail kicks off tomorrow with a range of free events, exhibitions and workshops that will run until May 27. Pop up galleries will appearing all over town and the mc2 Music Festival will be taking place on Saturday, May 19 with local artists playing throughout ten local venues.

While Murwillumbah becomes the canvas there will be a wide range of artists performing, painting dancing and celebrating as they embrace this years theme Moving on. The theme reflects on the aftermath of the flood, the resilience of the community and the capacity for art to heal.

Moving On can apply to everyone, in all stages of their lives, for better or for worse. We invite artists and performers to address the 2018 theme with the ingenuity and engagement that allowed our community to deal with the aftermath of the flood, said the MAT18 team.

There will even be an Art Battle on Friday, 25 May where visiting Canadian artists will go up against local artists with 20 minutes to create a painting. Audience members will get to vote on their favourite piece and the winning artists will move into the next round. Though dont forget to pick up a ticket for this popular events.

Find out about all the events that will be taking place and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of excitement and fun as you rediscover what Murwillumbah has to offer.

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04:57

Lest we forget: are the forest wars coming again? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Greens Forests spokesperson, Dawn Walker has warned that the NSW Governments proposal to reduce protection for old growth forests and native species in NSWs coastal forests threatens to re-ignite Forest Wars. Photo supplied.

The NSW governments announcement that that they intend to drastically weaken the logging rules as part of the Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA) and to remove numerous protections for NSWs threatened species including koalas, old growth forest, rainforest and fish has been described as tragic by the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA).

The Greens Forests spokesperson, Dawn Walker has taken it one step further and said the announcement threatens to re-ignite the Forest Wars across the state.

Its very clear that the Liberal-Nationals agenda is to let the bulldozers roar and chainsaws rip into some of the best forests left in NSW with their plans to intensify logging operations and weaken protections for native species in our state forests, said Ms Walker.

By merging the four existing regionally-based Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals into a single Coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOA) under the guise of efficiency, the government is relaxing standards and sacrificing our forests.

Their plan to intensify logging on the NSW North Coast by introducing clear-felling methods to forests between Grafton and Taree would be a bonanza for chainsaws and decimate vital habitat for koalas and greater gliders.

Logging old growth forests

As part of the IFOA the NSW Government is proposing to subject mapped old growth forest, protected for the past 20 years, to a review process that is intended to make large areas of old growth on state forests available for logging in order to make up a sawlog shortfall of 10,000 cubic metres per annum on...

03:03

Love Forever: Nimbin Aquarius Festival celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mothers Day and the 45th anniversary of the Nimbin Aquarius Festival at the Channon Market on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Photo supplied.

Harsha Prabhu

Over a thousand people attended the day-long gathering to mark Mothers Day and the 45th anniversary of the Nimbin Aquarius Festival at the Channon Market on Sunday.

The gathering began with sacred chants, sitar and tabla grooves and ended with a monster drum and dance circle. In between, punters were treated to a smorgasbord of music stretching from jazz to alternative rock, Bollywood dance, poetry and performance celebrating the regions cultural diversity and alternative roots.

Addressing the gathering Graeme Dunstan, director of the Nimbin Aquarius Festival of 1973, said: We were dreamers setting out to build a city on a hill, dreamers in search of a new dreaming. We Aquarians didnt find Nimbin as a venue for our Festival. Rather Nimbin, ancient initiation ground, pulled us in, led us on as if by angels in a sense of magic, serendipity and auspicious meetings. We were stardust, we were golden and we were finding our way back to the garden.

He said, The magic we were shown then, that magic exists for dreamers and seekers today, as it did 45 years ago and as it did for the first peoples 100,000 years ago.

Natalie Meyer, manager of the Nimbin Neighbourhood andInformation Centre, said: Part of my role has been to build on the legacy of the Aquarians, the most significant of these being a commitment to social justice, respect for the first peoples of this land and a rejuvenation of the local natural environment.

As the Aquarians sadly leave us, and we have lost so many even in the past five years, the land they have been protecting for the past 45 years or so is now changing hands and we need to take steps to ensure that all the work they have done rejuvenating and regenerating their own land is not undone and the environment continues to thrive.

Luckily around Nimbin we have many MOs which are reasonably safe for the moment at least. But what of all the freehold land? The eyes of profit-driven developers are upon it. As are the eyes of the government as they run out of logs in the State f...

03:00

Lennox Head artist to feature in exhibition of the countrys best graduate works "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local artist Jodi Woodward has been selected to take part in a national exhibition featuring the best graduate artworks from around the country.

The Lennox Head residents artwork entitled 1,2,3,4,5. will feature in Hatched, the annual showcase of graduate art opening at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) tomorrow (May 18).

The work comprises four elements: an imposing two-metre tall black and white self-portrait, an artist book; hand drawn cross-hatching on a wall; and a quote by 20th century playwright and poet Samuel Beckett.

It also won the National Association for the Visual Arts award in 2017.

I find the photo very confronting, Woodward said.

The work is primarily about how we choose to spend our time and live our lives.

Do we just tick over the days or do we actively reflect on what we do and why we do it? Do we just repeat the same behaviours over and over or do we choose to change what we do, or behave differently?

Im very interested in behaviour, psychology and memory and trauma and how that impacts our behaviour.

Woodward will represent Southern Cross Universitys art and design program at the Hatched exhibition.

She moved to the North Coast from Sydney to be part of the university program.

Ive worked in creative industries before and I wanted to expand what Id been making in my lounge room and explore the question, was art worth a career? she said.

The degree gave me the opportunity to explore that question. It really helped me focus on taking my art practice from a hobby to more of a career,.

2018 is proving to be a busy year for Jodi: she recently made the final of the Landscape Prize at the Head On Photography Festival in Sydney; and later in the year she will be exhibiting in the US in a group show featuring Australian and New Zealand artists at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in North Carolina.

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02:43

Engineering Firms Withdrawal From Adani Coal Project Should Be Final Nail In The Coffin, Says Greenpeace "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One of the worlds largest engineering firms and a key partner in Indian company Adanis push to open up the Galilee basin in Queensland to coal mining has confirmed it is no longer involved in the controversial project, sparking celebrations among environmental campaigners.

Its another major blow to a proposed mining venture which has been plagued by problems, with major banks in Australia and around the world refusing to provide finance for what would be the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere.

American engineering firm AECOM was the lead partner engaged to design a rail line to run from the Carmichael basin to the coast, providing a way to get the coal from inland Australia to the international market. The rail-line, if built, would also open up the entire Galilee Basin to coal mining, attracting other major mining players like Gina Rinehart. But the project has faced massive opposition from Traditional Owners and environmental groups its carbon footprint alone would unlock more emissions than small countries, such as New Zealand.

Yesterday, AECOM, an international corporation with assets worth almost $6 billion, confirmed it had demobilised from Adani Groups project, joining a growing list of partners and investors who have walked away from the venture.

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The deal lasted less than a year, after being signed in July 2017. Overnight, AECOMs share price jumped 1 per cent in the wake of the news.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan who made international headlines in 2013 after releasing a fake press release on behalf of ANZ bank announcing a withdrawal of financing for Whitehaven coal mine in the Hunter Valley of NSW suggested the latest blow to Adani should be fatal for the Carmichael coal mine.

Environmental activist, Johnathan Moylan.

This should serve as the final nail in the coffin for this environmentally and economically unsustainable project that most stakeholders have already walked away from, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan said.

Adani Group have shown time and time...

02:31

Lismore Council calls for community input on service cuts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore City Council has acknowledged that with the current tight financial climate they will be looking to the community to determine which services they value and which services they are willing to have cut.

In preparation for this they are placing their draft Imagine Lismore Operational Plan (2018/19 budget) on public exhibition on 21 May for community feedback for 28 days.

The net operating result for the year is a $16.524 million surplus. Excluding capital revenues (grants and developer contributions) the result is a $1.583 million surplus.

While the Council says the operating result is positive, a cash deficit of $42,700 has been reported. While not considered significant, this is not in line with Councils Financial Sustainability Policy, which states there should be a $200,000 surplus.

This not ideal but I believe we have struck the best balance we can in what is a tight financial climate for us. Now its time for us to hear from the community, said Mayor Isaac Smith.

This year we have put an extra $1.6 million into roads and assets, which helps us begin to address our infrastructure backlog. We know there is an issue with roads and we are working hard to fix it. We are making tough decisions to funnel more money into roads and infrastructure, which is a step in the right direction.

Lismore City Council also decided to only apply the state rate peg to residents. A 0.41 per cent single year increase to business rates, to be retained in the rate base for five years,  was approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal on May 15.

However the reality is that in coming years, Council is looking at cuts to services, as our costs continue to escalate at a greater rate than our revenue. In the 2018/19 draft budget we have included funding for a service level review, which would allow us to start a conversation with our community to ask what services are important to our ratepayers, and when crunch time comes, what services should we keep and which ones should we cut, said Mayor Smith.

Its an important conversation we need to have with our community.

The 2018/19 budget is $166.329 million, which includes $42.5 million for roads and associated infrastructure, or 25.6 per cent of the budget.

A total of $52.354 million in capital works is included in the 2018/19 financial year. This includes:

  • $13.58 million for parks and recreation;
  • $12.41 million on roads and associated activities;
  • $6.72 million in wastewater infrastructure;
  • $6.40 million for plant replacement;
  • $4.93 million in water infrastructure;
  • $2.80 million for waste disposal Landfill Cell 2; and...

02:16

Lone Goat Gallery Presents W.H. Chong Everything Changes 18 May 13 June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The old sages didnt fool around. Here is a triplet of Buddhist sayings, simple truths with a killer punchline.
1) Everything changes.
2) Anything can happen at any time.
3) No one is exempt. 

OPENING 4PM 6PM SATURDAY 02 JUNE
ARTIST TALK 3PM 4PM SATURDAY 02 JUNE  FREE

Shakespeare had Richard II confess: I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. David Bowie proposed: Time may change me / But I cant trace time. His title struck the note: Changes. These ideas of change and inevitability underwrite this exhibition.

We can all draw creatively from ancient roots if we wish: whether farming or writing a song or cooking a meal. Old traditions can be transformed are always being transformed and itself be the transformative idea, triggering new iterations.

In these works from several ongoing series I drew from the deep well of Chinese art traditions. Useful concepts: the understanding of arts intangible qualities its spirit codified 1500 years ago as the most important part of art. The ancient abstractions of Chinese calligraphy, and the deployment of the void as integral to the image. Mark making that speaks of distinctive individuals.

 

The themes here are change, exile and perhaps, freedom. Change can be seen in the way words (Chinese characters, English script) are transformed into near illegible marks to become abstract expressions, a different kind of sign with only subjective readings. How ink landscapes become groupings of bright coloured shapes. The way digital technology can marry with analogue processes to create a contemporary Chinese scroll. Exile is the great theme of the last hundred and some years and enough has been said about it. I mention exile only because it is undeniable.

The idea of freedom is more subtle. Bold gestural mark making may suggest freedom the manifestation of a body and mind unfettered. Another freedom is achieved when we discover the art that comes of personal necessity. When we grasp what we need to make we are released from convention, from fashion, from dogma, fro...

02:03

Farmer and environmentalist attacks Norco decision "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North coast farmer and environmental lawyer Sue Higginson. Photo supplied

Environmental lawyer, Sue Higginson, who specialises in land use conflict says the Nationals have betrayed their community with the decision of HealthShare NSW to choose foreign owned dairy farmers milk over that of Norco.

Like many in our community, Im disappointed that NSW Health has chosen a foreign multinational company as its milk supplier rather than the local farmer owned cooperative Norco, Ms Higginson said.

This adds to the Nationals track record of shafting local farmers for big business.

Ms Higginson said she is a farmer herself and knows how tough it is securing contracts and getting your product to market.

Just now Im harvesting 30 hectares of dryland rice and I know how important local markets are, she said.

Norco is a staple of our region and has an admirable history in supporting dairy farmers and riding out the pitfalls of deregulation and supermarket price wars. They shouldnt be kicked to the ground by the Nationals when dairy farmers are already struggling.

Its not good enough for the Nationals to blame Healthshare NSWs procurement policy. The procurement policy should weight local businesses more favourably, like councils have done in our local area. This is precisely where our political representatives should be active, Ms Higginson said.

Meanwhile, the opposition has called out Nationals North Coast-based MLC Ben Franklin, who it says refuses to take a strong public stand on important tough issues like North Coast farmers and jobs.

Shadow North Coast spokesperson Walt Secord said Mr Franklin had been absolutely silent on the Norco milk debacle.

His silence shows that he must support the decision to cancel the contracts.

Mr Franklin must state clearly whether he supports his governments decision to slash jobs on the North Coast or is he with North Coast dairy farmers and hospital workers who vehemently oppose the decision to cancel Norco dairy contracts?

Mr Secord said community opposition is growing by the hour and hundreds of residents are signing an online petition.

The petition to restore Norco milk to local hospitals can be found here. https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/local-milk-in-local-hospitals...

01:20

Travel agent accused of scamming blames tabloid TV "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lance Martin. Photo lance martin.com.au

Chris Dobney

A Bangalow-based online travel agent, who was presented as a scammer on A Current Affair last week says the program never contacted him for an interview before they ambushed him at his car in the main street of Clunes.

He added that he has received death threats since the program aired and his daughter has been bullied at school.

The program included interviews with three aggrieved clients of Lance Martins TravelALot website, which features extraordinarily cheap deals.

Mr Martin said his lawyers are looking at defamation action against Channel Nine over the segment.

Cancellations

Customers told the program that, after they paid deposits or purchased vouchers, the company either did not confirm the booking or later told them the flights or accommodation were no longer available for the dates they had booked.

Mr Martin told Echonetdaily he was never given the chance to respond properly to the accusations.

He says that after he was approached on the street, he subsequently offered to answer any questions or sit down for an interview with the program, but they never responded.

Neil and Denise booked a trip to Thailand and told the program that they paid $5,400 for flights and accommodation but just before they were due to leave they received an email from the company saying the trip had been cancelled due to an unforseen technical error.

The couple told the program they eventually got their money back with the help of a travel agent but never got the holiday.

Legal action

Marta said she paid more than $1,500 for a trip to Bali to celebrate her wedding anniversary, but that it was cancelled just two weeks before she and her husband were due to go.

She told the program she had to threaten legal action to get her money back but was only reimbursed days before the court case.

Janey also booked to travel to Thailand but said that despite a successful case in the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) she had never had her money refunded.

She was also told at the last minute that flights couldnt be booked but she told the program that they were still being advertised for sale o...

01:08

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Hogbin Dr, Coffs Harbour "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Hogbin Dr, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 17 May 2018 08:48

00:46

Union Boss Sally McManus Demands Inquiry After Building Royal Commission Charges Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.

Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.

Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.

The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.

Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.

Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.

I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.

The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.

This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.

It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.

John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian construction industry. They stood up for safety in an extremely dangerous industry.

And for doing that they have faced unwarranted and discredited criminal charges. Working people deserve answers about how this happened.

Former Abbott Government minister Eric Abetz, who served in the workplace relations role at the time, was uncharacteristically quiet as the news broke yesterday.

John Sekta has a history of making very inflammatory statements and its not worth responding to them, Senator Abetz said.

Whilst hes had a win today I would suggest to him that he be exceptionally careful in relat...

00:07

Hairy Panic "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A couple of years ago I thought to publish here the lyrics to a song I wrote around a decade ago about a weed

It's called Hairy Panic.

This week I got around to recording the song:

00:00

May 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace chimneys.

1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.

1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street

1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.

1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."

1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.

1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each

1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.

1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!

1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.

1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.

1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...

Wednesday, 16 May

21:43

App economy riders are in a battle for proper wages "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed from New South Wales

Food delivery riders in the emerging app economy and working for Deliveroo, Foodora and UberEats, are organising to protect themselves and joining the Transport Workers Union.

The number one issue is that they do not get paid enough to survive on. A case has been  brought before the Fair Work Commission, where a review of award wages are being sought.

At a rally just before the case in Sydney, one of the riders said that wages have dropped significantly over the two-and-a-half years he has been on the job, with one of the major companies.

When I started two-and-a-half years ago, the standard contract was $14 an hour and $5 dollars a delivery, rider Matt told reporters. Those are now looked at as the golden old days. I now know riders that are doing $7 a delivery and zero dollars an hour these guys are making $14, $7 or zero dollars an hour.

The app economy is designed to provide cheap labour. The rider is only paid for on a piece rate for deliveries carried out and the rest of the time remains on standby with no pay. In addition, the rider is regarded as a contractor, and therefore the employer does not provide WorkCover, holidays, sick pay, or any of the other benefits usually enjoyed by an employee.

This is a form of exploitation that should have no place in Australia. It not only affects those who are engaged in the app economy. Other jobs paid at an hourly rate are threatened as well.

If the use of apps are going to be applied to the working relationship, this must occur under the minimum conditions of a standard workplace agreement, with regular wages and working conditions. This is what is being fought for.

The TWU national secretary, Tony Sheldon, said the major food delivery companies were practicing wage theft and said he wanted the Fair Work Commission to protect riders.

He said, Theyre stealing from hardworking people, who are delivering to our homes right around our country, by underpaying them.

We need to make sure we have a system in this country that works for everybody.

The case is still before the Commission.

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