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Monday, 25 September

00:32

Study urges large rise in renewables power "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A solar array near Windorah, Queensland. Photo David Elliott flickr.com/photos/drelliott0net

A solar array near Windorah, Queensland. Photo David Elliott flickr.com/photos/drelliott0net

Australia will need up to three-quarters of its electricity coming from renewables by 2030 if it is to cut emissions in the cheapest way under a clean energy target.

But a new analysis from the Australia Institute finds the same emissions cut could be achieved with fewer renewables under a carbon price or an emissions intensity scheme two policies rejected by the Turnbull government.

The think tanks analysis of modelling done for government agencies, released on Monday, finds the energy sector should do the heavy lifting if Australia is to meet its international emission reduction pledge in the most efficient way.

This is largely because the electricity sector can easily turn to renewables using technology already commercially available, while sectors such as agriculture, construction and manufacturing would have to either cut production or invest heavily in research.

Australia has committed under the UN-led Paris agreement to cut its emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

If electricity is to take on a comparatively higher burden of this task, Australia Institute research director Rod Campbell says it should cut emissions by 40-55 per cent by 2030.

To achieve this using a clean energy target the policy the government is now considering would lead to renewables making up between two-thirds and three-quarters of generation by 2030, the analysis finds.

This is substantially higher than Labors aim for 50 per cent renewables, which the government has ridiculed.

But if cuts were achieved using a carbon price or an emissions intensity scheme, there would be more gas generation and less renewables.

It is ironic that government-commissioned modelling shows that the policies that would minimise renewable energy penetration, such as carbon pricing and an EIS, have already been rejected, Mr Campbell writes.

All that remains is the CET that would bring in the largest share of renewable generation, or the prospect of failing to meet our Paris climate targets.

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Sunday, 24 September

16:21

Queensland, Australia residents warned after death of 100 yo crocodile sparks fears of power struggle among aggressive males "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The death of a huge crocodile whose body was found in a river in Queensland, Australia, has sparked fears of a fight for dominance among the young, aggressive males living in the area. The 5.2 meter-long (17ft) male, which had been shot in the head, was discovered by a member of the public, who had spotted its body floating in the Fitzroy River. Local farmer John Leaver told the Australian Associated Press it had been around 20 to 30 years since such a large crocodile had been found in Queensland. "There may have been some others shot in the wild that we don't know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest," he said, adding the largest he had ever caught measured 4.95 meters (16.2ft). Leaver said that from the damage done to the crocodile's skull, the bullet probably came from a fairly large calibre rifle. "I would say that someone felt very threatened," he said.

14:06

The GENIE in the robot "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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Here are 3 distinct journeys, visiting Brisbanes street signs.  In these journeys, passengers talk to each other about the worlds in the words they see flash by their windows.

Language

The street map is a dictionary, and every street sign in Brisbane needs some kind of interpretive plaque, which could be regularly updated as we grow in knowledge, experience and wisdom as a population.

The first part of the journey seeks to identify the cast of characters and events on the street signs and invites the question what verbs activate the nouns, which label our streets?

The second part of the journey recognizes that the names on the street signs may be better understood in relationship with each other, rather than one-by-one.  We will consider the ways we join place names together in our day-to-day life.

Story

This journey will be a physical inspection of James Burnetts Limits of the town of Brisbane, of 1844.

That old line is more commonly spoken of as Boundary Street, these days.

We will consider the street signs we pass using 3 interpretive frameworks, which are active in our city at the moment.

  1. Discovery (with Sir Joseph Banks)
  2. The Progress of Civilisation (on Brisbane City Hall and Railway Bridge)
  3. Resist.  Revive....

13:39

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 Pops into Rockhampton Airport as "Stallion 26" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Friday 22 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport while seemingly completing a crew training flight.






Local plane spotters Kayanne H and Daniel B captured some great photos as the Globemaster flew into Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley via airwork around Charleville and Emerald.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Stallion 26".

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12:49

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Second Wave of Heavy Jet Charters into Rockhampton Airport Commence - Royal Brunei Airlines B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLC Calls In "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Late on Friday 22 September, the second 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 kicked off with Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLC touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as RBA4271.


I was alongside local plane spotter Daniel B to capture some nice photos as the Dreamliner touched down in the beef capital and parked on Gate 6 on the southern end of the parking apron.





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12:48

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Singapore Airlines B777-200 9V-SRQ and Royal Brunei B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLC Both at Rockhampton Airport Late Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As expected, the second 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 continued in spectacular fashion late on Saturday 23 September with a nice pair of wide-body jets touching down in the beef capital, not only bringing in more personnel for the Exercise, but also taking some others home following their deployment.


Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200 9V-SRQ kicked off the Saturday night action touching down at Rocky directly from Singapore's Changi Airport as SIA8933.




12:00

Ep 222: The Dollar Bill Murrays; SUDS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ep 222 InstagramPhotos: Jack Doonar (TDBM) & Teds Records (SUDS)

The Dollar Bill Murrays

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 6th May 2017

Built up on thick, fuzzy guitars and big, washy drums, The Dollar Bill Murrays are a Brisbane based alt/desert rock band. The four-piece released their self titled debut EP in April 2016 and the second EP Always On via Valley Heat Records in March 2017.

 

SUDS

Recorded & Mixed by Harvey OSullivan
Recorded at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 2nd May 2015

Next up we have SUDS, which are better known by their old band name, Super Best Friends, who came to the attention of the masses in 2013 with the release of their single Round and Round, which featured cameo appearances from most of parliament house at the time including Kevin Rudd, Ton...

08:50

RSS Feed newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au : All Categories: Virginia (Brisbane) structure fire as at 4.50pm Sun 24 Sept "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

More than 20 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are currently on scene at a commercial structure fire at Pritchard Road, Virginia. This fire broke out around 3.30pm and firefighters are currently working to contain the blaze. 

RSS Feed newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au : All Categories: Virginia (Brisbane) structure fire as at 4.50pm Sun 24 Sept "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

More than 20 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are currently on scene at a commercial structure fire at Pritchard Road, Virginia. This fire broke out around 3.30pm and firefighters are currently working to contain the blaze. 

00:21

MACKAY South Mackay man faces court on animal cruelty charge "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Saturday, 23 September

13:30

PHOTO REVIEW; TOM NELSON & JAMIE SPENCE, July 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

July Photo Review Tom Nelson & Jamie Spence Memento Mori Glory Our theme in July, Memento Mori, had several patrons turning up in mourning attire, expecting some sort of Service or Wake for a recently departed member of the tribe. Continue reading

12:40

Power to the people "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

(Demolition of Tennyson power station in Brisbane now the site of the Brisbane Tennis Centre.)

Technically it would be harder to have a hot potato issue without electricity. Amongst other things, electricity makes it far easier to create the hot potato in the first place, as well as light, heating and cooling, traffic control, transport and giving you the ability to read this article.

However, if you listen to the Coalition who, in their best Hanrahan, are crying well all be rooned if any more of the coal fired power stations around Australia are allowed to close. The justification is that we need power that we can switch on and off like a lightbulb (pun intended). The problem with the justification is that there are other and better ways of getting power on demand.

Turnbull and his Coalition colleagues are not even sure what they want. At the Australian Forest Products Association Industry dinner in Canberra on 12 September 2017, Turnbulls remarks included

So weve taken action. Recently we commissioned the energy market operator AEMO, to analyse the future of dispatchable power in our energy market, in the immediate, short term, medium term and longer term.

Their finding, that youll have all read about in the news, is that the closure of Liddell power station in New South Wales in 2022 will create a large gap in reliable baseload power, in the national electricity market, the east coast essentially and South Australia.

Ive made it clear that we will not allow this gap in baseload power to occur.

So naturally we are exploring all options to fill this gap. We cannot have another event like the closure of Hazelwood, which whatever you may think of the Hazelwood power station, its closure at such short notice, taking so much dispatchable power out of the energy market, caused a dramatic rise in wholesale energy prices.

In New South Wales alone, it was over $50 a megawatt hour, nearly double the wholesale price of electricity. So you know ideology and good intentions are not enough; you have to be very hard-headed about this.
Apart from the illogical leaps of faith, the fundamental problem with Turnbulls speech is that the use of the terms dispatchable and baseload in connection with power production are...

12:21

Queensland police get new powers to tackle terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

New Queensland laws to help police fight terrorism, including powers to turn phones, high-tech fridges and other devices into surveillance tools, have passed Parliament.

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10:19

The environmental impact of a coal plant on Kenyas coast is being underplayed "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Conversation

An old coal-burning power plant in China. REUTERS/David Gray

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this new system?

Export them. Several African countries are accepting the poisoned chalice of Chinas subsidised development through the construction of outdated, dirty coal plants.

Kenya is one. Its coastline is a national asset for fisheries, tourism, a growing population and economic development. But Amu Coal a...

09:00

Espresso and Matcha's Third Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"

Dear Readers,

Today marks the third anniversary of the establishment of Espresso and Matcha's Food Blog ( `)

To be honest with you, I did not think that I would have lasted this long .(_).. Like all writers, I have suffered moments of writers block and dry spells where I've lacked inspiration, and it has taken every ounce of commitment to keep on writing and keeping up with my posting schedule().

In the last year though, I have met quite a few like-minded foodies (**) who have been an invaluable source of motivation and given me quite a bit of insight into our shared passion.

With that, I would like to dedicate my third year post to thank Jeff, Mandy, Mat, Joe, Ann, Tom and many others for their encouragement and enthusiasm(**)..:*. Hoping that in the coming year and years to come, we can continue to go on more foodie adventures to create more memories ('^)!

-Hsiao Fu

09:00

Plum Street - Runcorn "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"



Have been reading a lot lately about Plum Street, a Taiwanese restaurant that recently opened at Runcorn near the train station. Wanting to see what all the hype was about, I made lunch plans to go try it out last Saturday. Being located in what appears to be a refurbished residential house, it was quite homely. Arriving at around 1pm, it was around a third full, and had quite a peaceful ambience which I find in places like oshin.


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07:23

The Little Bird Weekly News "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Its hard to believe the weeks are spinning by the way they are. Its only a week out from close of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill and Im up to my neck in code, creating an open data project using QLD crime & social statistics. With new trials of cashless income management just announced in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg and the Inquiry bearing down on us, I thought it would be useful to take a close look at the kinds of statistics being used to argue for income management. Creating a new open data project is a significant undertaking however I hope to have it up within the coming week, either before or just after submissions close on Friday 29 September.

Some good news this week is that my submission to speak about open data and financial transparency at LinuxConf 2018 was accepted and I also received a bursary to attend the ACOSS conference in a few weeks in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the bursary only covers the conference ticket so it remains to be seen whether I can fund the travel and accommodation to go to Melbourne for the event. If you would like to support my work, you can become a Patreon Patron. I promise to update my goals as soon as I find the time.

Stories of people affected by Centrelinks robodebt campaign are up again according to @not_my_debt, including this gut-churning announcement that went out during the week.


In technology news, Andre Obler from Aussie grassroots organisation, the Online Hate Prevention Institute spoke to Radio Sputnick about the racist hate categories plaguing Google & Facebooks advertising programs, while Theresea May told the United Nations that social media companies should take down terrorism posts within 2 hours.

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06:53

Extended drought: QLD Farmers on verge of shooting cattle "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

QUEENSLAND graziers could be forced to shoot their cattle as parts of the state are savaged by soaring temperatures on top of an extended drought.

AgForce cattle president Bim Struss said if the rain didnt come soon, some graziers would be faced with no option but to shoot their cattle as the feed ran out and the animals grew too weak to be moved to market, putting them down for their own welfare.

Mr Struss said the devastating decision to euthanase could be forced on graziers in southeast Queensland hammered by the dry, early, soaring 40C-plus temperatures and sold-out or hard to find fodder and supplements.

He said many operators in western Queensland had already destocked selling their cattle on while they could still be moved.

He said he, like other graziers, had destocked and saved their paddocks for the rain that would eventually come.

He said areas roughly north of a line from Townsville to Mt Isa had received good rain and were having a better year.

It comes as Brisbane looks set to endure its driest September on record, with no rain having fallen at all this month.

An afternoon thunderstorm forecast for later today may break the two-month-long dry spell which has seen only 5mm of rainfall in Brisbane since July 20.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high chance of showers and a gusty thunderstorm with a top of 28C today.

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said conditions are shaping up for the seasons first real summer afternoon thunderstorm.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/drought-may-force-farmers-to-shoot-cattle-because-of-extended-drought/news-story/3a432b2dfb4f37c62244f222f552e689


06:36

RSS Feed newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au : All Categories: Severe fire conditions prompt local fire ban for parts of South East Qld "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has imposed a local fire ban for residents in the Gold Coast City Council, Ipswich City Council, Somerset Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council and Scenic Rim Regional Council areas. 

The local fire ban will be in place from 12.01am, Sunday 24 September 2017 to 11.59pm, Sunday 24 September 2017.

RSS Feed newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au : All Categories: Severe fire conditions prompt local fire ban for parts of South East Qld "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has imposed a local fire ban for residents in the Gold Coast City Council, Ipswich City Council, Somerset Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council and Scenic Rim Regional Council areas. 

The local fire ban will be in place from 12.01am, Sunday 24 September 2017 to 11.59pm, Sunday 24 September 2017.

06:31

Meditation Spring Equinox "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Written guided meditation spring equinox. Bringing the energy spiritually to the spring equinox. by druid priestess Jyoti Eagles.

The post Meditation Spring Equinox appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

04:30

North Queensland is a State of mind "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

North Queensland is a State of mindOne of the mistakes of our Federation is that North Queensland is not a separate state, writes history editor Dr Glenn Davies. read now...

03:46

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY September 22, 2017 at 11:04PM ,

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02:57

Courier-Mail & 612 ABC Brisbane media this week regarding jobs growth & small business "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Todays Courier-Mail features a short piece (on p. 29) Employment growth best since the GFC from Daryl Passmore quoting FNQ-based economist Pete Faulkner and me on Queenslands recent strong employment growth. The Queensland economy has been recovering strongly over the last year or so, after it experienced some sluggishness at the end of the mining investment boom. I also chatted with Trevor Jackson from 612 ABC Brisbane about employment and economic growth in Queensland last Tuesday evening. The interview starts at 846:

612 ABC Brisbane Evenings with Trevor Jackson, Tuesday 19 September 2017

I made the point to Trevor that, while the aggregate data are very good, we need to keep in mind that part-time positions appear to be growing much more strongly than full-time positions, and also that the State public service has made a disproportionate contribution to jobs growth.

My other media mention this week followed on from my small business employment trends post, published on Wednesday. The Courier-Mail ran an article yesterday including a quote from me. CCIQs GM of Advocacy Kate Whittle has included a snapshot of the article on her twitter feed (see below).

Incidentally, CCIQ is generally doing a great job informing and participating in the public policy debate. I can highly recommend the twitter feed of CCIQs economist Steven Gosarevski. Follow him @sgosarevski for very timely updates on the latest economic data relevant to Queensland. I have especially enjoyed his most excellent charts. Keep up the good work!


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01:59

Would you rather followTony Abbotts gut instinct, or Elon Musks brains? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tony Abbotts gut v Elon Musks brain and billions: which would you follow? Brisbane Times, 23 Sept 17 By Richard Denniss South Australia has one of the highest concentrations of renewable energy in the world. And its government was recently the first to announce a state-based bank tax. But while Australians have been told these reckless policies will destroy jobs and discourage investment, some of the worlds most-successful entrepreneurs recently chose to invest big in the state. How could this be?

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, who gave the world PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, recently secured the bid to build the worlds largest battery-storage plant in South Australia. English billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, whose family fortune was made in good old-fashioned steel, recently bought the Whyalla steelworks. Either these businessmen didnt do their due diligence or what conservative politicians tell us about South Australia is utter nonsense. I know which way Id lean.
Before Tony Abbott began his 23 years as a public servant, he dabbled with being a priest and a journalist. And while he clearly knows how to tell a simple story based on blind faith, there is nothing in his education or experience to suggest he knows anyt...

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