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Monday, 19 March


Wild Wetlands in Narrandera "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to read my poetry relating to rivers, wetlands and wildlife at the Narrandera Arts Centre

It was an event organised by Dr Greg Pritchard to recognise these water-based ecosystems and included projections onto the former Masonic building.

Other poets on the night included Dr Derek Motion, Julie Briggs (both shown) and Peita Vincent. I didn't get a pic of the latter but we had a nice picnic in the park opposite the venue.

It was good to see over a dozen people in the audience, including a number of faces I recognised from the Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists.

For my reading I grouped together a series of haiku.

My son Oscar asked if he could join, then asked if it should be a haiku or limerick.

I suggested the latter and he came up with:
There once was a river called Murray
whose water was all in a flurry
from place to place
the water did race
I wonder why its in such a hurry


$250k cash to splash for community groups "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Not-for-profit company Enterprise and Training Company Limited (ETC) has announced $250,000 funding for community groups, including those on the North Coast.

People and groups interested in making a positive difference to their community are being encouraged to apply for funding.

Some previous beneficiaries have included OneVisionProductions, the Byron Bay Community Association, Camp Quality, NSW State Emergency Service, Lifeline and Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Chairman Rod McKelvey said ETC was making the community grants available as part of the ETCs Community Support Fund.

The fund is designed to help organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity in the communities in which we operate, Mr McKelvey said.

$20,000 limit

Mr McKelvey said organisations could apply for up to $20,000 each with funding for small projects also encouraged. Applications would be assessed based on how well they align with ETCs focus on employment and training, and meet one or more of the funding objectives:

  • Contribute to reducing disadvantage faced by the unemployed and/or other disadvantaged groups
  • Support the availability and/or sustainability of employment and training opportunities
  • Enhance community support services and/or build community capacity

Mr McKelvey said the ETC Community Support Fund had provided close to a million dollars in funding to more than 100 worthwhile organisations since 2012.

Its incredible the projects weve been able to support over the past six years, Mr McKelvey said.

The next round of the ETC Community Support Fund opens on 19 March and closes on 13 April 2018.

For further information and/or to apply online visit

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Health Translations : consumer health information for CALD populations. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Victorian government Health Translations website enables health practitioners and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to easily find translated health information.

* The Health Translations Directory provides direct links to reliable translated health resources produced in Australia. Organisations are responsible for registering their own multilingual resource on the Health Translations Directory.

* Over 14000 resources in over 100 languages and counting : New resources are regularly being added.

* Information can be found in a variety of ways. Search on topics, languages, or organisations.

* Health practitioners and organisations who work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities can use the site to find reliable translated health information, including a unique tool to help identify what language your client speaks.

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Sunday, 18 March


Uluru statement on its way to Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Thomas Mayor and his daughter in front of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. (supplied)

Darwin-based Thomas Mayor, who has been touring the country with the canvas of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, will visit Brunswick Heads Park next to the Housie Shed, on Sunday at 10.30am.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart was a culmination of a constitutional convention held last year which brought together more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders at the foot of Uluru in Central Australia on the lands of the Aangu people.

The majority resolved to call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making and truth-telling between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart affirms the sovereignty, and long and continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with the land.

It also comments on the social difficulties faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the structural impediments to the real empowerment of First Nations Peoples.

Thomas Mayor said the Uluru Statement from the Heart is life changing for all who behold it.

When people see it they become spiritually connected, he said.

It is more than an invaluable piece of art, and it is more than a historical set of moving words; the ancient art and the powerful words combined with the signatures of those who endorsed it, represents Indigenous aspirations for a Voice that is powerful, and for Treaty and Truth Telling.

Being in its presence motivates people to join us on the walk, especially when they are given the opportunity to sign the additional canvases that have been far and wide.

He said it was hoped that the Uluru Statement from the Heart could become the foundations of a renewed conversation with the whole Australian community about constitutional reform.

The Turnbull government rejected the statement.

ANTaR, which is an independent, national network of organisations and individuals working in support of Justice, Rights and Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, said the governments rejection was an extraordinary show of bad faith from a Prime Minist...


Buskers to play off for a spot at Bluesfest "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Buskers will be vying for the chance to take to the stage at Bluesfest from next Saturday. (file pic)

An eclectic mix of rising musicians will be taking part in the 15th Annual Bluesfest Busking Competition, with the six winners getting the chance to play at the festival.

Organisers said the busking competition would kick off on Saturday, 24 March, at 9am at the Byron Youth Activity Centre with the annual Grommet Bluesfest Busking Comp.

This initiative has been instilled as a key part of the Annual Bluesfest history and has such a strong growing force behind it, organisers said.

This is the perfect opportunity to kick start your 2018 Bluesfest experience with a hive of excitement and an eclectic mix of rising musos offering their best with a wealth of free entertainment.

The event on Saturday will see 24 artists take to the stage.

This is a competition and three  artists will be chosen by an industry panel of judges to play the Beach Hotel for the Finals Day Event kicking off at 12pm on Good Friday, organisers said.

The next chapter in this event will see the Open Semi-finalists take to the stage at the Byron Bay Brewery over the Tuesday and Wednesday evening of the 27 and 28 March, commencing at 5pm daily.

Each evening will see 20 artists putting themselves before the judges for the chance to progress into the finals.

A place in the finals will guarantee them a stage slot on the Delta Stage for the 2018 Bluesfest event a true dream come true for six artists.

We then welcome you to join the absolute buzz that is a packed day at the Beach Hotel for the finals day on Easter Friday, the combined Grommet and Open Finalists hitting the stage from 12pm.


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Woman critical after South Ballina crash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has taken a female car accident victim to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked during the night (Sunday, March 18) to a single-vehicle collision on River Drive South Ballina.

A car in which three people were travelling had left the road and collided with a tree.

It was reported that the 31-year-old female occupant of the vehicle was trapped by compression.

She was released by local SES and transported by helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition suffering multiple injuries.

Two male occupants were transported by road ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

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Ballina gallery seeks public input on future direction "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Shire Council is calling for community feedback on the future direction of arts in the shire. (supplied)

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery at Ballina is calling for community feedback on its future direction.

Ballina Shire Councils communications officer Catherine Jost said the feedback would assist the gallery and council best meet the needs of the community in shaping vibrant arts and culture programs, exhibitions, events and cultural infrastructure within the shire.

Ms Jost said the feedback would support the gallerys application for further state government funding under the Cultural Infrastructure Regional Cultural Fund.

She said the gallery had been shortlisted for sustainable lighting upgrades, and the expansion Ignite Studios @ NRCG.

Ignite Studios @ NRCG is located in the former fire station will provide a dynamic shared access space supporting the development and participation of artistic pursuits.

Facilities include artist studios, a visiting artist-in-residence (AiR) studio and two access spaces for workshops, creative events, pop-up exhibitions, meetings and special projects.

Ms Jost said anyone interested in the future of arts in Ballina could complete a five minute survey online at the gallerys website, at

Your feedback is important and will help us shape the future of arts and culture in the Ballina Shire, she said.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and weekends from 9.30am until 2.30pm.

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Three-hour police chase, man charged "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will appear in Lismore Local Court this morning after a three-hour police chase at Casino on Friday.

The 19-year-old man is accused of evading police after he allegedly breached bail in February.

Trains had to be stopped during the chase as police searched the rail corridor.

Schools were warned to keep students indoors until they could be accompanied home.

The man was arrested at around 6.30pm.

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70 homes lost in NSW coastal town bushfire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Up to 70 homes and other buildings have been destroyed in a ferocious fast-moving bushfire that ripped through a picturesque seaside town on the NSW far south coast.

The 1000-hectare blaze around Tathra, east of Bega, started on Sunday and was fanned by very strong winds and high temperatures in the states east.

It burned through several kilometres of bushland and crossed a river before it reached the township and is still out of control.

As the sun rose on Monday, authorities have begun to assess the area.

Our early indications are that the number of buildings impacted is likely to climb above 70, but we will confirm that with the work of the building impact assessment teams this morning, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told Network Seven on Monday.

We have this awful situation throughout the community of Tathra, where we have damaged buildings, damaged homes, and infrastructure, he said.

Hundreds of residents in the town, with a population of about 1600, slept in an evacuation centre in Bega.

Communication was affected after a mobile phone tower collapsed, making it difficult to determine how many people remained in the town.

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March 19 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1790 - HMS (His Majesty's Ship) Sirius was popping over to Norfolk Island with a bite to eat when it had a nasty mischief on a reef and went belly up.

1803 - Laurence Dempsey was Hanged for feloniously entering the house of Thomas Neal of Richmond Hill.

1836 - Marvellous, wonderful and simply splendid David Scott Mitchell was pupped today. Mitchell spent most of his life and a small fortune collecting Australiana, which he donated to the NSW State Library on his death. Old Four Hours was the nickname the hansom cab drivers gave him due to his habit of spending 4 hours every Monday searching through second hand book shops.

1839 - Land prices plummeted and the locals upped sticks and decamped... settlement began at Port Lincoln.

1839 - Honey bees were landed upon Kiwi soil for the first time.

1840 - Thomas Whitton was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Hawker and arson at Oak Park, Crookwell. Whitton had earlier murdered John Kennedy Hume, brother of the explorer Hamilton Hume.

1849 - George Waters Ward was Hanged at Maitland for the murder of Richard Connolly (or King) at Muswellbrook.

1852 - Adelaide was rolling in it after the first gold escort rocked into town from the Mount Alexander goldfields with over 5,000 oz of the glittery stuff.

1856 - The very first secret ballot in the whole wide world happened in Victoria because the pollies had Secret Mens Business to deal with.

1856 - The Victorian Railways Department was created as part of and by the Victorian Government...and no, they weren't crocheting sardine cans with shoe-horns, why do you ask?

1858 - The Newcastle Branch Railway Line (NSW) was thrown open for the shunting business of train travel.

1858 - Edward Cardana (alias John Nelson alias Michael Ferrara) was Hanged for the murder of John Armstrong at Long Gully.

1866 - At the ripe old age of 20 years John Dunn danced his way into the great wide beyond at the end of a rope for taking up bushranging with Ben Hall as a career move.

1866 - James Jones was Hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Dr Julius Saenger, committed at Scarsdale.

1894 - Ernest Knox was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Isaac Crawcour whilst in the act of burglary at Williamstown.

1904 - The inaugural Henley-on-Yarra boating race was held in Melbourne, what-oh, to be won by the august Ballarat team.

1907 - At Bonnievale in Westralia miner Modesto Vareschetti was trapped in a flooded mine for 9 days. He was eventually rescued by Frank Hughes who had repeatedly brought him food in a diving suit.



Man charged with gun, traffic offences "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A has been charged with several firearms offences after a vehicle stop near Ballina on Saturday (March 17).

About 8.20am, police attached to Ballina Highway Patrol stopped a Ford Territory in relation to minor traffic matters on Skennars Head Road at Skennars Head.

When the officer examined the mans licence, it was found to have expired, and the officer returned to the police vehicle to conduct further checks.

As the officer waited for other police to arrive, the 28-year-old male driver attempted to speed from the scene, but was stopped by police a short distance away.

The man was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station.

The officers conducted further inquiries and a loaded .32 calibre revolver located on the side of Skennars Road.

A search of the mans nearby accommodation allegedly revealed a quantity of ammunition for the revolver and steroids.

The man was later charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, not keeping firearms safely, possessing an unregistered, unauthorised pistol in public place, possessing ammunition, dangerous driving, possessing prohibited drug and traffic offences.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday, March 18.

Inquiries into the incident continue.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

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Independent Artist of the Week: DJ Plead "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo by Lavurn Lee

Referencing Middle eastern rhythms and frenetic footwork, DJ Plead delivers percussive-led tunes with full body-shaking vibes.

No stranger to Australias electronic music scene, DJ Plead, aka Jarred Beeler, is also half of drum-workout duo Poison, a third of Sydney trio BV and founder of new label SUMAC. Now Melbourne-based, Beelers solo project intelligently draws on his Middle Eastern background to create fresh club tracks, informed by a mix of Lebanese pop and traditional wedding music.

Layering carefully crafted drum and vocal loops with interjections of synths and tides of transportive rhythms, DJ Plead has just released his debut EP Get In Circle via Decisions, the  Melbourne dancefloor focused label run by Air Max 97. Do yourself a favour and move through the opener DVE, below a deep and hypnotic jam fusing Beelers heart and heritage.

Play it loud and get in circle!

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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Hottest autumn day in 78 years hits Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney has sweltered through its hottest autumn day in 78 years, with temperatures soaring past 40C on Sunday. The mercury hit 40.5C at Sydney Airport in the city's inner-south, a staggering 16C higher than the average March temperature of 24C. Even the eastern beaches saw temperatures as high as 39C as north-westerly winds counteracted any sea breeze. Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain told Daily Mail Australia the scorching temperatures were 'highly unusual'. Mr Brittain said wind gusts in excess of 90km tore through the New South Wales coastline, but brought little reprieve from the heat. He warned temperatures would likely remain high overnight. Sunbathers flocked to Sydney's beaches on Sunday amid the sweltering autumn heatwave. Bondi beach was packed with revellers in search of some relief from the scorching hot temperatures.


Trump brings out the knives in his effort to derail the FBI-Mueller investigation into Russian involvment in his presidential campaign "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

What occurred.....

Andrew McCabe became acting head of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after the sudden firing of James B. Comey on 9 May 2017 and, as acting head gave evidence before a US Senate committee in which he contradicted the WhiteHouses assertion that James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by PresidentTrump...had lost the support of rank-and-file F.B.I. agents.

US President Donald Trump's reaction was hostile across multiple tweets over the following months and he implied that McCabe might be fired before he could retire.  

On 15 March 2018 The New York Times reported:

WASHINGTON The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization in recent weeks to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to two people briefed on the matter. The order is the first known instance of the special counsel demanding records directly related to President Trumps businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president.



A year ago the Turnbull Cabinet decided to elevate "a fascist like Peter Dutton" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This is Peter Craig Dutton, Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, millionaire property speculator, alleged closet racist and former Queensland police officer.

Twelve months ago government and national intelligence circles were unhappy about his elevation to powerful Tsar

Dutton's portfolios are now under audit and review as they merge and grow.



Thug cops still working in NSW police "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A toy dinosaur could end up costing NSW about $500,000 after police settled a claim they had bashed two men in Queanbeyan in 2013.

The two officers have been promoted, one having made detective, and remain on the force after NSW settled the claim without admission of liability in August.

Court-tendered documents alleged Rickey Caton and Adam Antram were beaten by then-senior constable Todd Finnigan and then-constable Patrick Hicks in December, 2013 after Mr Caton pointed a toy dinosaur at senior constable Finnigan.

According to the claim, the two officers then charged Mr Caton and Mr Antram with numerous offences, including assaulting an officer, in what is now known as "the dinosaur incident".

The case went ahead until a third officer who was present, constable Lucie Litchfield, testified in court to the contrary.

In total, the incident could cost NSW about $500,000. After police dropped the criminal charges against Mr Caton and Mr Antram in October 2015, they paid their $110,00 legal costs.

Their lawyer, Peter Bevan, expects the NSW government to pay over $300,000 in legal costs after a civil claim lodged by the men saw the police settle for $45,000 apiece with the two men in August this year.

An internal police investigation into the officers' actions that night concluded in June this year they had not acted improperly and no disciplinary action was taken.

The two officers have been promoted. According to unrelated court documents from September this year, Finnigan has been promoted to detective; another unrelated document from May shows Hicks is now a senior constable.

"Those two officers remain in the workplace with the full confidence of the commander," a NSW police spokeswoman said.

Ms Litchfield resigned from the force in 2015, then telling Fairfax Media she had been driven out. Ms Litchfield was contacted for comment for this article.

Mr Bevan has lodged a complaint to the NSW police watchdog, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, regarding the investigation's outcome.

A commission spokeswoman said they were reviewing the internal report. "Once the LECC has completed this review, further information will be sent directly to the complainant about the matter," the spokeswoman said.

Speaking for the first time since the settlement, ?Mr Caton and Mr Antram expressed frustration the two officers remained employed.  "It wasn't even about the money for me, I would have rather seen them lose their jobs," Mr Caton said.  "If it wasn't for Lucie we probably would be in jail."

According to court documents from the settled civil claim on December 21, 2013, police stopped Mr Caton, Mr Antram and two other friends on Morella Aven...


Milo Yiannopoulos promoters won't pay $50,000 Victoria Police bill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I can hardly believe how far left Victoria is veering: State police charging a conservative to protect him from Leftists. Charging protection money is what criminals do. The next step is refusing protection and letting harm happen. 

The whole rationale for government is that there are some things that should not be user-pays, but which the State should pay, like roads and infrastructure, defence, police, search and rescue, and emergency services, certain amenities ... etc. If the police don't think it is part of their job to prevent criminal assault, what are they good for?

The only consolation is that this is probably a try-on

THE ORGANISER behind controversial Milo Yiannopoulos' Melbourne event is refusing to cough up $50,000 to cover the cost of police after a violent protest broke out.

Penthouse publisher Damien Costas, the man who organised Milo Yiannopoulos's tour, told 3AW he had no intention of paying the five-figure bill from Victoria Police, following the Kensington clash.

I can't imagine we would (pay the larger bill)," he said. In Melbourne they were talking about a user pays model but a particular sergeant at our head of security we were dealing with said We'd like you to pay for the barriers, bollards etc'."

I think the entire thing was about five or $6000." I paid what I was asked to pay. Anything over and above that we can determine." This is actually asking the victim to pay the bill."

He said user-pay models were discussed in every state and he'd paid about $9000 for police in the Gold Coast and nothing in New South Wales.

Supporters of the far-Right figure were involved in violent clashes with left-wing protesters on Monday night in Kensington.
Hundreds of police were called in with some using capsicum spray to subdue rioters.

Mr Costas said the 3000 attendees didn't do anything wrong rather those uninvited threw rocks.

Police Minister Lisa Neville told the radio station on Wednesday the event's promoters would have to foot the bill, which would be at least $50,000. She said billing event organisers for police resources was commonplace.

For these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events there is an agreement around the costs," she said. Ms Neville said she was confident Mr Yiannopoulos would cough up.
(It's a) big call to say you're going to ignore a bill from Victoria Police," she said.

Mr Costas said the police presence was executed with military precision" and there were also 70 security guards at the event.



Another disgraceful Sydney cop "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An off-duty Sydney police sergeant who was found guilty of using her rank and authority to avoid being randomly breath tested by a junior colleague has been jailed in a Sydney court.

Sarah Louise Johnston, 50, drove away from the RBT site without having been tested after a short conversation with the rookie officer at North Sydney on January 8, 2016.

She wept in the dock on Friday as Judge Christopher Hoy sentenced her to 16 months in jail with a non-parole period of 12 months.

'I consider the offender's conduct was disgraceful,' he said at the Downing Centre District Court.

The trial heard Johnston drank at least one schooner of beer while celebrating the new year with colleagues from North Sydney Police Station at two nearby pubs.

She was driving home to the Central Coast when she was pulled over at a random breath testing site on the Pacific Highway at Crows Nest.

Two junior officers conducting the RBTs - Constable Cameron Brooks and Constable Tugcan Sackesen - immediately recognised her.

Const Sackesen gave evidence at the trial that Johnston first pulled her car up alongside Const Brooks but rolled forward towards him before Const Brooks could breath test her.

'Hi sergeant, you've just been stopped for a random breath test,' Const Sackesen told her. He said she replied: 'You're not going to breath test me are you?' 'Yes sergeant I am,' he said.

She allegedly said: 'No because that would be a conflict of interest.' 'Imagine if I blew over, which I won't, because I'm not.' He said she told him it would put him in an 'awkward situation'.

On Friday Judge Hoy said the experienced and well regarded supervisor set a 'disgraceful example' that night. He said she 'brought shame upon herself... and to all honest members of the police force'.

'This is misconduct the community would expect honest and upstanding members of the police force... to abhor, resist and report,' he said.

Judge Hoy commended the two junior officers for courageously reporting her misconduct. Johnston will be eligible for release in December 2018.



#Sydney, #Australia: Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Images of a solidarity action in front of the Russian consulate in Sydney, Australia.

Submitted toEnough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Sydney, Australia: Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Prisoners

In response to a solidarity appeal from comrades in Russia, on the 18th of March, the day of the Russian elections, a group of anarchists in Sydney, gathered at the Russian consulate.

We distributed leaflets about the situation of imprisoned Russian anarchists and antifascists and chanted soligans against police, prisons and the Putin regime.



Malaysias Najib Says Rohingya Crisis Raises Regional Terror Threat "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a break from convention, prime minister criticizes a fellow Asean member at a summit

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at a reception on Friday as part of the Asean summit in Sydney.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at a reception on Friday as part of the Asean summit in Sydney. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

SYDNEYMalaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak identified the Rohingya crisis as a major security threat to Southeast Asia, a rare criticism of a neighboring nation at a conference meant to engender better cooperation on security in the region.

Speaking at a counterterrorism conference in Sydney ahead of a special summit of regional leaders with Australia, Prime Minister Najib Razak broke with Association of Southeast Asian Nations convention to avert internal criticisms, warning bluntly that the humanitarian crisi...


Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 8:12pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jack did it again. He was desperate to go out into the street this morning, where he's not generally allowed because of the neighbours' dogs - and, frankly, some of the neighbours. Stupidly I thought: old, arthritic, several vital organs clapped out (him, not me; well, actually probably both of us) - how far can he go?

Ten minutes later: no sign of him. I fall for it every couple of months. Calling for him every fifteen minutes, crawling around looking under cars, asking neighbours ("Yes, he's just out there Oh, he's gone").


Myanmars Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Malcolm Turnbull and Aung San Suu Kyi

 Malcolm Turnbull and Aung San Suu Kyi. The Australian prime minister says everyone seeks to end the suffering in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

SYDNEY (AFP)  Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and force an outcome.

Suu Kyi has been under intense global criticism for her public silence amid a brutal military crackdown that has forced nearly 700,000 of the Muslim-minority Rohingya to flee Myanmars Rakhine state for Bangladesh.

The humanitarian crisis was one of the key topics at a three-day special summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia.

We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at the closing press conference.

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Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively, at some considerable length herself.

Its certainly an issue that has been discussed and it is fair to say very constructively, in our meeting.

Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is this years ASEAN chair, said Myanmars neighbours were concerned about the ongoing situation but could not force an outcome.

It is of concern for all ASEAN countries, and yet ASEAN is not able to intervene and to force an outcome, Lee said alongside Turnbull.

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Both leaders said they would back efforts to reach a long-term solution to end the crisis, and were supporting humanitarian efforts to help those displaced.

The 10-nation ASEAN prides itself on consensus diplomacy and non-interference in each others affairs.

But the exodus has sparked rare tension within the association, and Muslim-majority Malaysia has called for an independent ASEAN-led investigation into allega...


NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Fullers Rd, Ulmarra "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

LOCATION: Fullers Rd, Ulmarra, NSW 2462
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 18 Mar 2018 17:46


Stephen Dziedzic // ASEAN: Malaysian PM condemns inaction of Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya 'suffering' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ASEAN: Malaysian PM condemns inaction of Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya 'suffering' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The Malaysian Prime Minister's criticisms drew even more attention because Southeast Asian leaders typically avoid contentious subjects at ASEAN summits, in order to stop the group from fracturing.

Rohingya Muslims joined protests in Sydney yesterday to demand that Australia and ASEAN strongly condemn the violence in Rakhine state.

But most observers still expect ASEAN to avoid directly criticising Myanmar about the plight of the minority group.

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March 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1804 - Jervis Bay Aborigines visited Sydney.

1816 - Macquarie advises Lord Bathurst in London: It is my Intention, as soon as I shall have Ascertained What Tribes Committed the late Murders and Depredations, to send a strong Detachment of Troops to drive them to a Distance from the Settlements of the White Men.

1820 - Macquarie scribbled in his journal on this day;
"I returned early this morning to Parramatta, accompanied by Commodore Vassilieff, and Lieut. Aveenoff in my own Carriage, and by Capt. Schessmareff, Lieut. Hall, and Lieut. Ignatieff, of the Russian Squadron. After Breakfast I walked all over the Town of Parramatta with these Gentlemen. Colonel Erskine came up from Sydney to dine with us, and Lieut. King R. Navy also made one of our Dinner Party. Capt. Piper kindly lent me his Carriage for 3 of the Russian Officers."

1825 - Helping Or-stray-lia feel more like Old Blighty the Sydney Turf Club was hatched.

1833 - Joseph Coleman was Hanged at Old Banks, Paterson Plains for the attempted murder of Edward Cory.

1834 - In England, six English agricultural laborers , the so-called Tolpuddle Martyrs ,were sentenced to seven years of banishment to Australias New South Wales penal colony for their trade union activities.

1840 - Talk about bringing down the house...the Royal Hotel and theatre were destroyed by fire but, fear not! Tales continue to be woven on the same spot in the guise of Dymock's book store in George St, Sydney.

1844 - St Patricks Church, Church Hill, designed by JF Hilly and built by Andrew Ross & Co, was ready for use. The parish priest was John McEncroe, an Irishman, which further cemented the church in the Irish community.

1850 - A red Letter day in some people's diaries - the birth of James Toohey in Melb, founder of Toohey's Brewery.

1863 - Alexander Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1863 - Charles Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1867 - William Henry Scott was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Anne Ramsden (Scott) in Sussex St.

1877 - Constable Thomas Collins, Victoria Police, was on patrol in the Wangaratta area when he fell from his horse. He received internal injuries and died on the 23rd March 1877, at the Wangaratta Hospital.

1878 - The famous Queen Victoria Market was flung open for business in Melbourne; from whence one can acquire fresh fruit, vegies, meat, seafood and cheap souvenirs whilst walking all over the 9,000 dead bodies still interred down below.

1887 - Excitement squirrel gripped the pub...


Terrorists Digital Messages Target of ASEAN, Australia, pact "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(Bloomberg) Terrorists operating in Southeast Asia will be targeted in a pan-regional pact designed to enhance intelligence sharing and disrupt potential attackers ability to communicate through digital messaging.

Terrorism is a truly global threat, as digital as it is dangerous, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday at the signing of a counter-terrorism memorandum of understanding at his countrys special summit with Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders in Sydney. The use of social media and encrypted messaging applications is a challenge for us all, and one we must tackle together.

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The nations committed to improve legislative and enforcement tools to combat the cross-border movement of extremists, including obtaining and using electronic communications evidence for prosecutions. They also pledged to increase legislative efforts to boost counter-terrorism financing and information-sharing between members.

Read more on whats next for ISIS

The move comes as concern in Southeast Asia grows about the influence of ISIS-inspired terrorists returning from the Middle East, with Indonesia and Philippines seen by some experts as vulnerable to further attacks. Australia,....


Human Rights Protests Surround ASEAN Summit in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Demonstrators have rallied against Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Cambodias Hun Sen. The protests have overshadowed a regional agreement targeting terror groups use of encrypted platforms.

Members of the Rohingya community gather in Hyde park to protest against Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Sydney on Saturday to protest Southeast Asian leaders gathering in the Australian city for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

We are here today in solidarity among the communities from Southeast Asia who are facing dictatorship and genocide, of course particularly in the Rohingya community, said Shawfikul Islam from the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization.

Read more: Myanmars Rohingya: A history of forced exoduses

Banners carried by protesters showed images of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi with a stylized moustache reminiscent of Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler, calling for her to return the esteemed prize. She has had several awards revoked over the military campaign.

Suu Kyi has been accused by Western governments and human rights groups of doing nothing to stop the Burmese military from implementing a brutal crackdown against the Muslim-minority Rohingya in western Myanmar. Many have called it a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Protesters rallying against Cambodia's Hun SenProtesters have.....


Australian personal investment portfolio profiles reveal a sjgnificant lack of diversification and a fondness for shares "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This is indeed the wealthiest retired generation ever in Australian history. Self-funded or partly self-funded retirees appear to enjoy a significantly higher standard of living than those who rely on the Aged Pension  [Australian Centre for Australian Studies, August 2016]

According to the Australian Stock Exchange in 2017 there were over 11 million investors across the country.

Given the many words being written on the subject of share dividend imputation and franking credits here is a broad breakdown of the investment types these people hold.

Sources of income during retirement

In 201617, there were 3.6 million persons, aged 45 years and over, who reported that they were retired from the labour force. This group comprised 1.7 million men and 1.9 million women. Just over half of all retired persons were aged 70 years and over (56% of retired men and 52% of retired women).



Batman By-election (VIC) and South Australian General Election, Saturday 17 March 2018 - tally room links "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

SA Electoral Commission - South Australian General Election

Virtual Tally Room here - after 6.30pm Sydney time.

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Australian Electoral Commission - Batman By-election Victoria

Virtual Tally Room here - counting begins after 6pm.

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The Weekend Quiz March 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:

Start from a situation where both the external surplus and the fiscal surplus are equal to 2 per cent of GDP. If the fiscal balance stays constant and the external surplus rises to be 4 per cent of GDP then national income has to rise and the private domestic balance moves from 0 to 2 per cent of GDP.

The answer is True.

This question applies the sectoral balances approach.

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI

To render this approach into the sectoral balances form, we subtract total net taxes (T) from both sides of Expression (3) to get:

(3) GNP T = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI T

Now we can collect the terms by arranging...


Q&A Critique & transcript for "A Big Australia" Monday 12 March, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Growth lobbyists outnumbered environment and democracy proponents three to two on Last Monday's Q and A on ABC 1, with Jane Fitzgerald (Property Council of Australia), Jonathan Daley (Grattan Institute) and Dr Jay Song (Immigration professional who arrived here two years ago) and Tony Jones (Compere) vs Tim Flannery (Population scientist and author of the famous Future Eaters) and Bob Carr, (journalist, environmentalist, and former Premier of New South Wales). The show started with a brilliant question from audience member, Matthew Bryan. He read it off his mobile phone, with a steely emotional intensity that only someone blinded by dollar values could have ignored, and all the growthists did, of course. Nonetheless since the ABC almost never invites representatives of the non-growth side, we could call this an improvement. Read on for a commentary on some of the highlights and lowlights of this historic confrontation between truth and lies and ignorance.

Most egregious in argument technique and substance was Dr Jay Song, described as an 'Immigration Expert'. Property Council of Australia's Jane Fitzgerald seemed to know enough to underplay the almost absolute power of the Property Council of Australia, which is on the way to running and ruining this country. Grattan Institute representative Jonathan Daley urbanely projected a dispassionate acceptance of growth as a given, and significant expertise in growth cliches.

Tim Flannery waved his hand like a man drowning at sea, yet often failed to get the attention of the moderator who seemed unaccountably fascinated by Dr Jay Song.

Water and the NBN

Flannery's suggestions for democratic decisions and common sense about Australia's vital resource poverty may have been overly sophisticated for the growthists and the commentator, who seemed unaware of the fact that we are 30% desert, 30% rangeland and only 4% truly fertile land. On the other hand, maybe they understand, but just didn't want to discuss anything real. Tony Jones actually implied that lack of water could be overcome by the rolling out of the NBN. Will we ever know if he was joking or serious?




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New England Stories - Camp Victory and the Casino Boys "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Netherlands East Indies troops march Melbourne 1943

Over the first part of 2017 I wrote a series of posts on my history blog telling a little of the story of Camp Victory and the Casino Boys.

The story begins with the fall of the Netherlands to the Germans and then switches to the Netherlands East Indies where the Dutch Government in exile and the Netherlands East Indies are trying to strengthen local defences in the face of a looming Japanese threat. With the fall of the Netherlands, elements of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) government and forces escape to Australia.

.In Australia a government in exile is created, the only official one ever created on Australian soil, and bases established. One, Camp Victory, was located outside Casino.

Among those who came to Camp Victory in 1945 were a group of young Dutchmen brought to Australia for pilot training. With the war winding down their training was constantly delayed.

As news of the Indonesian declaration of independence reached Australia , Indonesian soldiers serving as part of the NEI forces refused to continue service.

Now fighting to re-establish its control of the East Indies, the NIE gov...


APVMA announces site for its New Armidale national headquarters "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 12 March the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)  named 102 Taylor Street and 91 Beardy Street as the site for the authoritys permanent office in Armidale. The site includes the former Armidale Club building and then extends at the back to Taylor Street.

The announcement was made on site by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. David Littleproud MP, the Member for New England, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, and APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker.

A purpose-built, two-storey office will be constructed by the Stirloch Group (Stirloch), a developer based in Queensland and Victoria that has considerable experience with large government developments.

This is a significant milestone in the APVMAs relocation from Canberra to Armidale, Dr Parker said.

The APVMA has made a long-term commitment to deliver agvet chemical regulation from regional Australia for the benefit of our clients and stakeholders. We have signed a 15-year lease with Stirloch, with possible extensions.

Our move to Armidale now has real momentum. We have 15 staff at the interim office at 246 Beardy Street, and that number will double by the end of March.

More staff will relocate from Canberra and more jobs will be advertised that I hope will attract local talent from Armidale and the surrounds to help us deliver robust regulation and top rate services to Australias agvet chemical industry.

The APVMA will have around 150 staff based at the permanent Armidale office once construction and fit-out is complete in mid-2019.

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Friday, 16 March


March 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1808 Bishop Barker - the bloke not the beer glass - was pupped today. Fred Barker became the Anglican Bishop of Sydney and, in typical Aussie fashion, his tea-totalling ways were completely respected in the naming of the biggest glass of beer in the late 1800's.

1809 Bligh picked up his bat and ball and sailed, not for England as he'd promised those wiley NSW Corps, but for Hobart.

1826 Bushranger Matthew Brady, another naughty lad, was captured by John Batman near crystal ball tells me it'll all end in tears.

1843 Partying in style in Sydney during St Paddy's Day celebrations 2 Montgolfier balloons showed off gave an exhibition to wow the crowds.

1853 St Kilda road, Melbourne was the setting for many an armed hold up during the Victorian gold rush and today saw the last major robbery attempt...apart from the robbery real estate agents have been getting away with ever since.

1856 - The foundation stone of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide, was laid on this day.

1870 John Ross discovered and named the Alice Springs while exploring the route for the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

1908 A.W. Canning, a forward thinking type of bloke, set out to equip a stock route between Halls Creek and Wiluna in Westralia. It is now known as The Canning Stock Route, perhaps named after the chap who sunk 52 wells by the time he finished in December 1909.

1910 Beating Harry Houdini by 1 day but being over-looked in the magician's smoke and mirrors, Fred Custance flew the first powered flight in a Bleriot monoplane in South Oz.

1942 Gen Douglas MacArthur rocked up to Oz and set up shop in Melbourne.
Ahh, the hardships people must endure in war time...

1943 General Douglas MacArthur more than slightly miffed the Aussies when he claimed that before he graced Aussie soil with his presence the govt was ready to hand the northern part of Australia to the Japanese.

1943 The Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper ran the article in which the Trade and Customs Minister announced in the Senate that unless more barley was grown the Aussie beer output of 7,200,000 gallons per month would have to be cut.
What, no green ale?!

1962 Today saw the grand opening/airing of CBN 8 Orange (CBN = Country Broadcasting New South Wales) a TV station that is now affiliated with Prime7.
Where they, no doubt, had a few sherberts in the green hue.

1967 And they most probably raised a glass or 3 at the official opening of the Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station in Canberra on this day; this was the famous antenna that received, then relayed to the whole world, the TV images of Neil Armstrong taking a Sunday stroll on the Moon.


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Thursday, 15 March


Which Woodstock bands can you still see live today? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

August 1969 saw one of musics biggest events take place; Woodstock. Yes, the highly influential music festival took place from August 15th to 18th in New York almost 50 years ago, and since then has effectively been the standard to which every other music festival is held. While various revivals have taken place, nothing has come close to the brilliance of the original. However, did you know that you can still catch plenty of the bands that performed back then playing live today?

While the original 1969 Woodstock festival was held as a way to promote peace and love, while also protesting the ongoing Vietnam War, plenty of musics biggest names came out to play some landmark sets, including Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin.

Sadly, many of these names have either since passed on or broken up, but plenty of other acts are still out there, bringing their music to you on the live stage.

In honour of Canned Heats return to Australia for this years Bluesfest festival, as well as a few sideshows, weve decided to take a look back at some of the brilliant acts that played Woodstock that you can still catch today.

In addition to the brilliant blues-rock stylings of Canned Heat, acts such as The Who, Joan Baez, Santana, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and even the individual members of Crosby, Still, Nash & Young are still out on the road, playing live shows all over the road.

With Canned Heat set to hit up Australia next week for a series of sideshows before playing this years edition of Bluesfest, tickets are still available to see this phenomenal band perform live. Check below for ticketing details, as well as our roundup of some of the best acts that played Woodstock that you can still see live today.

Check out the Woodstock bands you can still see live:

Canned Heat 2018 Australian Tour

Thursday, March 22nd
The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Bluesfest

Friday, March 23rd...

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Wednesday, 07 March


ARTS THURSDAY women artists and historic houses March 8 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 8 March.


Discover the world of women artists who daringly left Australia at a time when few women practiced art, yet alone travelled overseas to develop their artistic skills.

Intrepid Women, an exhibition at the SH Ervin Gallery, presents the work of Australian women artists in Paris from 1900 to 1950.

The exhibition explores the works of over 30 female artists, who were inspired by their visit to Paris the capital of world art at the time. You will recognise a few household names such Margaret Preston and Stella Bowen but there are others whose names and works have only recently been remembered through this exhibition.

The Director of the SH Ervin Gallery, Jane Watters, speaks about why these women had to travel abroad to find their voice, the themes of their work and she recounts some of the individual stories which lie behind both the women and their subjects.

The second segment of the program explores whether owning an historic house is a dream come true or a nightmare.

Peter Watts AM, Arts and Heritage Consultant and Emeritus Director of the Historic Houses Trust (now Sydney Living Museums) has been instrumental in developing a conference that focuses on the needs of owners of historic houses.

Intriguingly titled Home Heaven Hell, the conference examines many of the challenges faced by owners of historic houses from how they address the labyrinth of regulations governing heritage places or meet the challenge of inheriting the old family home.

Home Heaven Hell is the inaugural conference of the Historic Houses Association of Australia an organisation formed to support the needs of historic house owners.


Intrepid Women at the SH Ervin Gallery...


Dumping Wilson Security: The NGV, Art and Refugee Detention "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Art and politics mix, often poorly.  Artists are sometimes the hoodwinked emissaries of the latter, sponsored, enlisted and marshalled by the state and corporate entities.  Self-proclaimed radical artists can become compliant, or at the very least mute cogs, aware of their patronage and finite sources of funding.  To question is to impoverish.

In Australia, the links between security companies and the art world have come in for a recent sniping.  Such episodes should be more regular, but artists in Australia have woken up from a prolonged slumber of selfish apathy to push back against companies who provide the gruesome bill for Australias offshore detention centres.

The issue drew some attention in 2014, when the Biennale of Sydney chairman Luca Belgiorno-Nettis resigned in response to an artist boycott regarding Transfields security role in offshore processing on Manus Island and Nauru.  Transfields other hat was that of committed art patron, an association begun by Belgiorno-Nettis father, Franco, in 1961. The irritating bee in the bonnet was less Transfield than its subsidiary company.

At the time, the then Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned what he thought was sheer vicious ingratitude on the part of artists.  The now retired Senator George Brandis found the gesture of protest irrational while chiding the Biennale board for capitulating to the blackmail effectively of a small number of artists.  Belgiorno-Nettis was unrepentant, claiming that there was little room for sensible dialogue, let alone deliberation.

The National Gallery of Victoria should have been cognisant of that episode when it sought the services of another security company linked to Australias offshore detention complex.  Hectored by disgruntled artists, the NGV announced at the end of last month that it would be ending its fraught association with Wilson Security.

During its tenure, the company presided over a lengthy log of abuses, physical, sexual and psychological, a point noted by the Australian Senate in 2015.   Last year, the company announced that it would cease providing security services at Manus Island and Nauru from October, an effort to rescue a tarnished brand rather than a wounded conscienc...


Is a Tesla car really that environmentally friendly? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The poor uneducated serf population are steered by companies and governments to go 'green' or environmentally friendly.

In the United States of America a Tesla Model 3 started at $35,000 while in Australia the first batch was up for sale at $108,000 before on-road costs and Luxury Car Tax, even though apparently today Tesla has slashed $70,000 from the price, to a more affordable $50,000 landed in Australia.

Is the bleeding the general population for cash really doing the right thing by the environment?

Let's see what some learned people have to say on this subject as documented by on the 7th of March 2018 of the headline:

Fact check: Does a Toyota Corolla emit less than a Tesla?

The claim

Since the summer break, tensions have been simmering within the Coalition over electric vehicles. Although Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has thrown his support behind electric cars, some on the government benches are yet to be convinced.

In a debate with UNSW's Gail Broadbent, who specialises in electric vehicle research, on ABC's RN Drive, Craig Kelly, a Government backbencher who sits on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy, challenged the notion that electric cars should attract a taxpayer-funded subsidy to encourage their proliferation.

Mr Kelly argued it was unfair that someone driving a vehicle in the outer suburbs of big cities or regional areas should be subsidising people driving electric cars in the inner city.

He also questioned the environmental benefits of subsidies, referring to the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide, which is run by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

He said:
"Look at the [Green Vehicle Guide] website. A Tesla has a (sic) carbon dioxide emissions when charged the average of the Australian grid that's higher in Victoria, that's higher in Sydney of close to 200 grams per kilometre travelled. A Toyota Corolla on the same government website shows only 171 grams of CO2. So, the Toyota Corolla is significantly less than the Tesla...


Premiere: SCK CHX drop their dream-punk anthem Feel The Same "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SCK CHX are a Sydney dream-punk trio who have slowly been making a name for themselves thanks to plenty of touring and a tendency to brew up some pretty slick tunes. Now, the group are excited to be premiering their brand new single, Feel The Same.

Already scoring airplay on stations such as triple j, FBi Radio, and various other community broadcasters based on the strength of Spinning Around, SCK CHX are about to continue their journey to becoming one of Sydneys best-known punk acts with their unique style which also blends elements of psychedelia and new wave.

Having scored a sneak peek on triple js Home & Hosed on Monday night, Feel The Same is the newest taste of SCK CHXs debut EP, Downward Dog, and shows off the bands ability to make powerful tunes that manage to make the listener feel pumped up, while taking them on a rather introspective journey at the same time.

Feel The Same is a song of contrast, says Andy of SCK CHX. With bright verses that draw you in with their warm harmonies, bouncy beats and sharp chords and a chorus that rips you out of your seat and sends you flying through a blender of sound and emotion.

Recorded and mixed by Josh Dives (SCK CHX/Dives/King Colour) and Phan Sjarif at Parliament Studios in Leichhardt, Sydney, the groups Downward Dog EP is set to be released through Yeah Nah Yeah Records on April 6th.

Feel The Same is officially released on Friday, but if you point your peepers downwards, youll be able to give this track a cheeky listen today. SCK CHX are also set to launch their EP in just over a month at Newtowns Botany View Hotel, so if youre in the area, be sure to head along to see this awesome trio do their thing.

Check out SCK CHXs Feel The Same:

SCK CHX EP Launch:

(With SOOK and Bland)

Friday, April 13th
Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW


Community Billboard 7th of March 14th of March "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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Victorian local government to ban site value rating? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Local Government Rating Review submission  The two most thoroughgoing inquiries into Australian municipal rating have proven to be:- 1)     the 1965-1967 NSW Royal Commission on Local Government Finance and Land Valuation, under Justice Rae Else-Mitchell, and 2)     the 1989 Brisbane Committee of Inquiry into Valuation and Rating, under Sir Gordon Chalk. Both inquiries came out []

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Tuesday, 06 March


An ukulele and a bit of courage "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hey Mates! My name is Rike, 21 years old, from Germany and my biggest problem here in Sydney is teaching this name to every new person I meet. I know its hard, but obviously, my parents didnt think about me going international someday.

On the other side of the world, everyone dreams about travelling to Down Under one day and so did I. However, fortunately, I can stop dreaming, because Im finally here and Ill stay for breathtaking three months. I started my internship at Eastside radio just yesterday and Im very excited about working at an Australian broadcasting service, because Ive only gained experiences at a German radio station so far.

At home, I study journalism at major and additionally Ive had two jobs for almost two and a half years to earn enough money for my big trip. Ive seen a lot of places in the world, but Ive never been this far away from home.

I have to admit, that it took me a lot of courage to come here, just because it was not easy to prepare such a big journey all by myself. Things are so exciting, but also so different here. Just a few examples: Im so used to right-hand traffic, that I still always choose the wrong door if I want to get in a car in Australia. Furthermore, I was excited about the rent being so cheap in Sydney, until I realized that its actually per week and not per month like in Germany.

At home I usually hang out with my friends, work out, get some food (such an addiction) and of course I listen to music. Im one of those undetermined I-love-every-kind-of-music people. It doesnt matter if its Rihanna, Simple Plan, Ed Sheeran, Blink 182 or typical German techno: if its got a good melody and rhythm, I can listen to it permanently.

Ill show you the song, which is on top of my playlist. Its catchy and I love the message.

But I do not only listen to music, Since I werent able to bring my guitar to Sydney, my mom bought me a sweet ukulele and now I practice at the beach almost every day.

I hope to have a wonderful time here and I enjoy every second of being part of this huge city and the Eastside community!



March 7 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1791 - Mrs. Elizabeth Macarthur wrote in a letter to gal pal Bridget Kingdon,
"Mrs. Coleby, whose name is Daringa, brought in a new born female infant of hers, for me to see it was wrappd up in the soft bark of a Tree, a Specimen of which I have preserved, it is a kind of Mantle not much known in England, I fancy. I orderd something for the poor Woman to Eat, and had her taken proper care of for some little while, when she first presented herself to me she appear'd feeble and faint, she has since been regular in her visits. The Child thrives remarkably well and I discover a softness and gentleness of Manners in Daringa truly interesting."
Coleby or Colebee was a leading Aboriginal of Sydney and was captured along with Bennelong by Cap. Phillips although Colebee later escaped, while Elizabeth Macarthur was the real power behind the throne of the infamous Merino sheep.

1817 - The Bible Society of NSW was formed in Sydney.

1826 - Duncan McCallum was Hanged at Sydney for robbery at South Creek.

1826 - Peter Roberts was Hanged at Sydney for robbery at South Creek.

1826 - William Patient was Hanged at Sydney for robbery at South Creek.

1826 - William Morrison was Hanged at Sydney for robbery at South Creek.

1831 - Control of the King Georges Sound settlement was transferred from NSW to WA.

1832 - The first issue of the Government Gazette was published in Sydney as part of the Sydney Gazette.

1833 - John Bowen was Hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting in fear at Inverary.

1836 - Doodling in the back of an envelope with his pencils Robert Hoddle laid out the streets of Melbourne 1.5 chains wide (30 mts) with each block of land 10 chains wide.

1837 - George Capsey was Hanged at Sydney for the robbery and assault of Henry Jarvis near Berrima.

1857 - The Seabelle was a ship that left Rockhampton on this day only to be wrecked off Fraser Island the next day; rumours ran rife in the following years that a white woman and 2 white girls were seen living with the Fraser Island Aboriginal people so the NSW authorities had a word to a ships captain to have a look-see ...
The captain brought back two young girls who were placed in an institution, never to be returned to their parents as he'd promised, and both died at an early age.

1860 - Lieutenant Carr and his troopers of the Native Police shot dead 15 Aboriginals at Bendemere just north of Yuleba. Carr had tracked down and surrounded their camp containing around 100 people because the local squatter, William Sim, complained that they were "annoying the shepherds and demanding rations." Upon seeing the troopers they threw their nulla-nullas at them, to which Carr responded with sustained gunfire for over an hour.

Wednesday, 31 January


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