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Saturday, 18 November

20:38

Upcycling workshop "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Some photos from a workshop I ran for Brisbane City Council: recreating clothing.

The workshop was part of the Revive festival, where the speakers addressed the issue of waste from the textile industry and the disturbing phenomenon to junk fashion and throwaway textiles.  These textiles are made from synthetic, polyester and nylon which are plastic and by products of the oil industry. They never break down.

Stallholders were op shops and upcycle businesses from around Brisbane, and there was a re-fashion parade. It was a treasure trove of ideas and retro styling. Refreshing the wardrobe with a visit to the op shop part of town- Annerley and Stones Corner, or dropping into  thrift shops on a road trip gives local charities a boost and allows the environment a well deserved rest.

 

 

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20:30

Aussie woman rides blindfolded to win "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Aussie rider Julia Maguire had to ride blindfolded to win selection to compete at the International BMW GS Trophy in Mongolia next year.

The blindfolded ride was one of many rigorous challenges she faced, along with Brisbane nurse Andrea Box and 21 other competitors from around the world, at the recent four-day qualifying event in South Africa.

Female riders trial for GS Trophy blindfoldedAndrea and Julia

Im so excited, very-very excited. Relieved! Julia said after being selected for one of two three-woman teams to compete at the Mongolia GS Trophy in June 2018.

Australia will also field its first national team consisting of amateur riders Shane Guttridge, Simon Turvey and Michael Haley.

Female riders trial for GS Trophy blindfoldedWinners are grinners (from left): Simon Turvey, Julia Maguire, Shane Guttridge, Andrea Box and Michael Haley

Blindfolded test

The world qualifying event in South Africa included a range of tough challenges including the blind riding test, where the women had to try to reach a target set at the far end of a field while blindfolded.

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16:13

Dune Rats back fight to save local bowlo "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Join Brisbane rockers Dune Rats at the Coorparoo Bowls Club this Sunday, as they fight to save one of their favourite community venues. Following a proposed development to build over the club with 80 aged-care units, the Coorparoo Bowls Club (QLD) is throwing a fund-raising event on Sunday 19th November from 2PM. In spirit of keeping the local music []

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14:59

13:46

Queensland: A Hard Election To Model "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Primary vote aggregate Labor 34.7 LNP 32.8 Green 8.8 One Nation 17.3 Other 6.4
If Newspoll/Galaxy preference assumptions are correct Labor should just win majority on current numbers
If ReachTEL preferences are accurate LNP should just win a majority


Most of the difficulty comes from the preference problem.  A divergence of around four points in polling exists between the ReachTEL polls on the one hand and the Galaxy/Newspoll stable (and also Essential) on the other.  About three points of that, on the latest figures, is caused by preferencing differences.  ReachTEL is using purely respondent preferencing, while the others are using some combination of previous elections (Essential) or assumptions with an undisclosed and unclear basis in evidence (Galaxy/Newspoll).  The previous election had much less significant One Nation presence and also had optional preferencing, so there is really no credible baseline for "last-election" preferencing.

A further issue with Queensland has been the dearth of statewide polling.  In the last six weeks there has been only a Newspoll (17 Oct), a Galaxy (1-2 Nov) and three ReachTELs (two commissioned ones both on 13 Nov and an earlier one for which the 2PP was released but the primary votes were not.)  The Newspoll and Galaxy both had Labor ahead 52-48 and all the ReachTELs had Labor behind by the same margin.

Aggregating all polls that have released full primaries based on polling conducted entirely since September, but with a 25% downweighting for commissioned polls, and with greater weighting for November (3) than October (2) and September (1) I get a reading of:

Labor 34.7 LNP 32.8 Green 8.8 One Nation 17.3 Other 6.4

By Newspoll's preference assumptions this would result in a 51.8% 2PP for Labor, a 0.7% swing to the government.  But by ReachTEL's respondent preferences it would result in about a 51-49 result to the LNP.

A small number of seat Newspolls released today was reported favourably for Labor, because it showed them gaining Whitsun...

12:09

Drain the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Swamp thing

Since the hiring freeze was lifted, Canberra has seen by far and way the strongest household income growth, with gross income per capita in the ACT up from $101,600 to above $110,000 over the past two financial years.

Nice work if you can get it!

At the other end of the scale household income per capita declined in Western Australia in FY2017, back to below the level seen in the 2014 financial year in nominal terms. 


Disposable incomes followed a very similar pattern, with Canberra absolutely miles ahead of the rest, by a magnitude of almost 50 per cent. 

Surprisingly the Northern Territory has been the strongest performer over the past five years in per capita terms, with disposable incomes rising by +24 per cent. 


Queensland incomes have really struggled since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012, and income growth has been relatively modest elsewhere.

These numbers are derived from the state accounts, and as ever some household are faring better than others. 

08:50

Gautum Adani has Indias government under control, now Australias, too? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire, The Age 18 Nov 17 
Adanis push to build a mega coal mine in Queensland has polarised opinions nationwide. It should come as no surprise: the billionaire behind the project has long been a focus of controversy in his native India.
Tim Elliott
According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, the 55-year-old has a net worth of $US9.9 billion ($12.9 billion), placing him among the 10 richest people in India. As chairman of Adani Group, which he founded three decades ago, he presides over an empire with interests in mining, ports, power plants, real estate, renewable energy, food, and even defence
To Australians, however, he is best known for his proposed $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine, to be built in central Queenslands Galilee Basin. Construction was scheduled to start in October, but has been delayed due to political and financing issues. Should the mine proceed, it will be one of the largest in the world roughly five times the size of Sydney Harbour and produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal per year for anywhere between 50 and 60 years, all of which will be exported, the bulk of it to India.
Adani has also been willing to operate at the very limits of Indias notoriously murky business world. His companies have been implicated in multiple instances of alleged corruption, including tax evasion, bribery, money laundering and large-scale illegal exports. In 2007, India&#821...

08:25

Lockyer Valley November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Blue-winged Kookaburra
Among nice birds encountered during a foray into the Lockyer and Brisbane valleys were Blue-winged Kookaburra, Freckled Duck, White-winged Chough, Hoary-headed Grebe, loads of Rufous and Brown Songlarks, Red-necked Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit. I started out along Cove Road, Stanmore, where a pair of Cotton Pygmy-Geesewere on one of the farm dams. Moving on to Toogoolawah, an immature Nankeen Night-Heron was flushed from a roadside ditch. Plenty of Rufous Songlarks were in the grasslands east of the town; they proved to be unusually common throughout the region.


Nankeen Night-Heron

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07:08

Part 5 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. (November 18, 2017) Day 21 LNP/PHON deal confirmed. . (November 18, 2017) Day 21 LNP/PHON deal confirmed Newspoll: Labor tipped to win Brisbane Times reports, Labor may return to government in Queensland, taking marginal seats from the Opposition via One Nation preferences, the latest Newspoll suggests.: Labor to win in Queensland: Newspoll. Tim confirms deal LNP/PHON deal confirmed: Tim Nicholls has finally confirmed he would form a minority government with One Nation. #qldvotes pic.twitter.com/eYh4jQ6WcX David Marler (@Qldaah) November 18, 2017 Bad []

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06:27

REVIEW: Superheros Unite In Blockbuster Justice League Part One "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Its been something of an arduous trek but the Justice League have finally made their way to the big screen. Long before Joss Whedon earned the tick of approval from comic enthusiasts the world over with his take on The Avengers, George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet) was planning on bringing the titular crew to cineplexes in an ambitious actioner where the ...

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06:05

Bird Art on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Tony Pridham - past winner 2016
The Holmes Art Prize 2017

In its third year, the Holmes Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art showcases Australias best realistic bird art artists working in any two-dimensional medium and depicting a realistic Australian birdlife scene.

Up to forty finalists will be included in the exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, with a major prize of $15,000, four prizes of excellence and a Peoples Choice, each at $1,000. The winning artwork will be acquired into the collection of Dr Gary Holmes.

Wednesday 8 November to Sunday 3 December

04:45

Snarl.com.au: Annerley - Ipswich Road "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Hazard - Signal fault - Lights flashing yellow

04:12

Las Vegas Police Explosive Breach Of Adjoining Door In Stephen Paddocks Room Proves Involvement Of More Than One Gunman "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Who locked the adjoining door to room 134? More importantly, who rented the room?

Anyone who has been closely following the Las Vegas shooting investigation knows that Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, for whatever reason, has not been fully forthcoming about all of the events which took place on the night of October 1.

One glaring detail that throws a wrench in the entire Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments official story in which authorities claim Stephen Paddock acted alone is the fact that the door which adjoins rooms 135 (Paddocks suite) and 134 (a queen suite next to Paddocks) was locked and had to be breached by SWAT after Paddocks suite was secure.

If the adjoining door was locked and Paddock was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then who locked the adjoining door to room 134 where the second window was broken out?

If SWAT had to breach the door it had to be locked from the opposite side. If thats the case, then who rented room 134? Did they exit into the hallway Campos was in?

More importantly, who put the cart in front of the door which leads from into room 134 from the hallway and who ran the wires from the camera on the cart into room 134 under the door?

Keep in mind, as of yet, we do not know exactly who rented room 134. Although an Austrailian man by the name of Brian Hodge reportedly told The Courier-Mail that he was staying in room 32134 he may have been mistaken because receipts obtained by journalists after the fact reveal that Hodge was staying in room 32143, and not room 32134.

Was someone firing from room 32134?

As you may already know, on Nov. 1 Intellihub was the first to publish the precise video timestamp and a screenshot of what appeared to be a single muzzle flash emitting from the room adjacent to Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite but now an independent ballistic analysis confirms the flash was, in fact, actual gunfire.

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02:51

Margaret Court Responds To Yes Vote With Another Boycott "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian tennis legend Margaret Court is not happy with the resounding Yes vote that emerged from the same-sex marriage postal survey. Court, now a Perth-based pastor, caused controversy earlier this year when she said she would boycott Qantas because of CEO Alan Joyces support of same-sex marriage. And after the yes vote was announced on ...

The post Margaret Court Responds To Yes Vote With Another Boycott appeared first on QNEWS.

02:24

Eating Out: Cafe O Mai "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"

Hello friends! My two weeks with Molly have come to an end, and we had such a magical time having adventures in Brisbane and Melbourne. I will have so many posts to share it all. Before that, however, I am so behind on posting about places I have been eating out at. Some of these places I also went to with Molly in the last two weeks, so I figured I should at least post about those from my archives before I start talking about my most recent visits. Plus it gives me time to sort out my millions of photos and catch up on everyone's blogs!

Cafe O Mai is a Vietnamese cafe that I had heard great things about, so when my friend was in town and suggested we catch up there for brunch I was definitely keen! They have a great vegan section on their menu, though the breakfast options are smaller compared to the lunch options (stay tuned for an upcoming Molly post about those!).

But first, some chickens! My friend was chicken sitting, so we stopped by there first so that the chickens could be fed.

Chickens


Chickens


Then it was onto the food! The breakfast menu has both Vietnamese and 'traditional' options, but of course we were there for the Vietnamese. We both ordered the same thing, starting with a serve of rice paper rolls. These were fresh and yummy, and came with a great peanut hoisin dipping sauce.

Vegan Rice Paper Rolls at Cafe O'Mai


It was a hot day (you guys, this was back in December last year... that is how behind I am with things), so we refreshed ourselves with some fruity frappes. I had watermelon and lime, and Jen had lychee and mint.

Lychee and Watermelon drinks at Cafe O'Mai


Despite the heat, we both ordered the small vegetarian pho, which was definitely the star of the show. The broth w...

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Friday, 17 November

22:45

Frustrated Qld industry peak bodies (e.g. AgForce, QRC) want greater consultation post-election "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Last Sunday, five prominent Queensland industry peak bodiesAgForce, the Property Council, QRC, QTIC and Timber Queenslandissued a joint election platform Driving Queenslands Economic Growth. It was extraordinary that such a diverse collection of peak bodies were motivated enough and could find sufficient common ground to issue this joint platform. Partly, it was motivated by the frustration that senior staff in industry bodies have felt with the way the State Government has consulted industry to date. Industry groups have been disappointed they were inadequately consulted on a range of policy developments in recent times including, among others:

  • Reintroduction of third party objection rights to resources projects;
  • Chain of Responsibility Bill;
  • The calling in or cancellation of projects such as the Gold Coast integrated resort and casino;
  • Imposition of a 3% transfer duty surcharge for foreign buyers of residential property in Queensland; and
  • Creation of an additional public holiday.

I wouldnt go so far as to say that we would have automatically had better policy on each and every one of these issues if the industry groups views were accommodated, but policy development processes where industry groups are inadequately consulted will no doubt lead to poorer outcomes overall.

What I really like about the joint election platform from the five peak bodies is the strong commitment to evidence-based policy. The platform notes:

Investors are looking for predictable and enduring policies anchored in evidence based research. Industry is seeking a regulatory system which is globally attractive and internationally competitive and look to Government to:

  • Ensure our unicameral Parliament has an effective and transparent review mechanism.
  • Guarantee evidence-based planning decisions.
  • Commit to a genuine regulatory impact process for all major legislative changes.

Industry groups want rigorous cost-benefit analysis of policy proposals presented in Regulatory Impact Statements for consultation and scrutiny. It is fantastic that the peak bodies are pushing for evidence-based policy. As an economist who spent nearly a decade in the State and Federal public services, I have a deep commitment to evidence-based policy development, and I have seen that effective and genuine consultation with industry is a vital part of that process.

Finally, I should stress that instances of inadequate consultation and rushed legislation and regulation have occurred for many years in Queensland, and not just during the mo...

19:18

LVMPDs explosive breach of adjoining door in Paddocks room proves involvement of more than one gunman "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Who locked the adjoining door to room 134? More importantly, who rented the room?

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB)  Anyone who has been closely following the Las Vegas shooting investigation knows that Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, for whatever reason, has not been fully forthcoming about all of the events which took place on the night of October 1.

One glaring detail that throws a wrench in the entire Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments official story in which authorities claim Stephen Paddock acted alone is the fact that the door which adjoins rooms 135 (Paddocks suite) and 134 (a queen suite next to Paddocks) was locked and had to be breached by SWAT after Paddocks suite was secure.

If the adjoining door was locked and Paddock was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then who locked the adjoining door to room 134 where the second window was broken out?

If SWAT had to breach the door it had to be locked from the opposite side. If thats the case, then who rented room 134? Did they exit into the hallway Campos was in?

More importantly, who put the cart in front of the door which leads from into room 134 from the hallway and who ran the wires from the camera on the cart into room 134 under the door?

Keep in mind, as of yet, we do not know exactly who rented room 134. Although an Austrailian man by the name of Brian Hodge reportedly told The Courier-Mail that he was staying in room 32134 he may have been mistaken because receipts obtained by journalists after the fact reveal that Hodge was staying in room 32143, and not room 32134.

Was someone firing from room 32134?

As you may already know, on Nov. 1 Intellihub was the first to publish the precise video timestamp and a screenshot of what appeared to be a single muzzle flash emitting from the room adjacent to Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite but now an independent ballistic analysis confirms the flash was, in fact, actual gunfire.

In the video, a flash can clearly be seen (at the 6:52-second mark) coming from room 32-134.

You can best view the flash by enlarging the video to full screen.

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15:07

Aussie Hockey Players Shoot Nude Calendar To Fight Homophobia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Some of Australias top hockey players have joined with Western Australias LGBTI-inclusive hockey team the Perth Pythons to shoot a nude calendar. The initiative is to fundraise for their efforts to combat homophobia in the sport, the team says. Growing up, I would hear a lot of homophobic slurs thrown around the hockey field, Perth ...

The post Aussie Hockey Players Shoot Nude Calendar To Fight Homophobia appeared first on QNEWS.

11:52

Qlds real gross state income surged in 2016-17 as coal prices recovered strongly "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

According to ABS State Accounts data released today, Queenslands real gross state income surged 7.5% in 2016-17, the highest growth rate among States and Territories, owing to the strong recovery in coal prices during that financial year (see chart below).* Growth in real gross state income incorporates improvements in the terms-of-trade, while real gross state product (GSP) growth does not, and the latter measure was a much less impressive 1.8 percent. Now much of the gains in the terms-of-trade accrue to mining companies that are majority foreign-owned, but the Queensland Government does capture some of the gains through higher royalties, particularly on coal. To illustrate, coal royalties in 2016-17 ended up being an estimated $3.4 billion compared with $1.7 billion in 2015-16.

Coal prices higher than those forecast by Queensland Treasury have continued into the new financial year, and this will provide a nice little windfall for the incoming Queensland Government after next Saturdays election. Former Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche commented on a LinkedIn post of mine earlier this week that he would guess there is a $1 billion coal royalty windfall in 2017-18 awaiting the next government, and I think thats a reasonable estimate based on recent coal prices compared with budget assumptions.

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11:26

Some questions for Amy MacMahon #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Amy MacMahon, candidate for The Greens. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I dont have the []

The post Some questions for Amy MacMahon #qldvotes appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

10:22

Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A Islanders VH-TRS & VH-URJ Ferry North & South via Rockhampton Airport This Week "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It was interesting to note that on Friday 17 November, Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS flew North from Archerfield and called into both Rockhampton and Mackay Airports.  It is due to continue to Cairns and Horn Island on Saturday 18 November.

https://www.facebook.com/torresair/

VH-TRS has been at Archerfield undergoing planned maintenance since arriving from Cairns via Emerald Airport in late October.

It was also interesting to note that on Wednesday 15 November, fellow Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander VH-URJ was noted ferrying ferried South to Archerfield from Cairns via Rockhampton Airport.  It appears that it will now undergo planned maintenance also at Archerfield.

Finally, escaping our immediate attention but also calling into Rockhampton Airport in the wee small hours of Tuesday 14 November was the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" which arrived from Townsville and later departed to Brisbane on a med-evac flight.

08:40

MACKAY Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex

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MACKAY Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images

November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Terrence Bell, 68, remains on bail after fronting Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, unrepresented by a lawyer. Hes been charged with

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08:40

MACKAY Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in

November 17, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Mitchell Francis Callaghan, 22, from Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of car theft, stealing and

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07:37

Gerbino Pasticceria "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"

Gerbino Pasticceria, Ashgrove

One day I was craving for some baked goods particularly the dessert kind and after noticing that Brewbaker is closed on a Monday, I found Gerbino under my radar. Quickly with the little one while she is still awake, we drove there. Parking is by the street and thankfully quite adequate.

Walking into the shop, you would not expect a lavish shop. Rather, it was quite old and I was quite comprehensive at first. They sell mostly Italian baked goods like biscuits of different sorts, to hot pies, quiche and even some cakes. There is also an ice cream stall attached next to the shop with a connecting door, and I wonder whether it is part of Gerbino's?

Anyhow, that day my eyes were attracted to the dessert especially the different types of cannoli (chocolate, vanilla and ricotta). I chose the ricotta cannoli and I became a happy mommy. The pastry was flaky and crunchy and the filling was just delicious! Not overly sweet as well. As for my second dessert, I ordered the hazelnut tart and again, heavenly! Now, I cannot wait to try their cakes and ice-cream next stop!

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PS: The little one was keen to try too!

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04:06

Trevor Evans Wants To Share A Special Christmas Present "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Few would argue with Trevor Evans notion that the resounding Yes vote for marriage equality is a national watershed moment. As with the entire LGBT community, Evans (pictured), Queenslands first openly gay Member of Parliament, wants a special Christmas present this year. This is national watershed moment, he told Fairfax Media, applauding the 80 per ...

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03:51

Some questions for Frank Jordan #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Independent Candidate Frank Jordan. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I have spent most of my []

The post Some questions for Frank Jordan #qldvotes appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

03:21

Businesses Prepare For Predicted Same-Sex Wedding Boom "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian small businesses are set to share in a multi-million dollar same-sex wedding boom, an economist says. ANZ senior economist Cherelle Murphy said the economic benefits of marriage equality related to weddings alone could be $650 million in the first 12 months. According to the 2016 Census, there were nearly 47,000 same-sex couples living together ...

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03:00

MONA FOR MERMAID! A Hecke of a challenge for Shakin' Ray Stevens "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

MONA FOR MERMAID! A Hecke of a challenge for Shakin' Ray StevensShakin' Ray Stevens may be in trouble in Mermaid Beach, with a credible Independent candidate, Mona Hecke, challenging him at the 25 November Queensland State election. This is Mona's story. read now...

02:01

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School, Auckland, New Zealand and barrister in Brisbane, Australia part two Jonathans estrangement from his mother and his father issues "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Jonathan R Wain as I knew him in the 1970s Jonathan pushed his mum too far about the reasons for her divorce from his father in the late 1979s, and his mother disinherited him.

 

Jonathan R Wain was raised by his mother in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. Mrs Wain was estranged from Jonathans father.

Mrs Wain was a pleasant laconic woman, who was always welcoming and friendly to me. Jonathan has a younger sister Lindsey, and an older sister whose name I cant recall. His older sister in 1974 when I met Jonathan, was estranged from her mother, primarily due to her involvement in a Christian cult it may have been the Children of God I cant recall. It wasnt the Moonies.

In 1976-77, Jonathan located and spent some time with his long-lost father. Armed with a dubious raft and bad stories about Mrs Wain from his father, and an assemblage of bitter allegations, Jonathan started to press his mother barrister-style for more information about why his parents had separated. Jonathan has always had an unnerving ability to ask people very personal questions often with hardly knowing them, and invading peoples personal space by standing too close to them invading their aura.

Mrs Wain had always blamed her former husband for the marital issues and Jonathan, being a bu...

01:50

Solar and pumped hydro to power the north "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The worlds first integrated solar and pumped hydro hybrid project in Kidston is one step closer to being built as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced up to $5 million in funding to Genex Power Limited (Genex) to help bring the landmark project to financial close in 2018. This morning, Genex Power Limited []

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Thursday, 16 November

23:59

The music capital of Australia isnt a city its a country town "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Tamworth Country Music Festival isnt just about country music: its about spectacle. Across ten days over the January long weekend, every square inch of the northwest NSW town is taken over by buskers, stalls, punters and artists. Its the second-largest country music festival in the world after the iconic Nashville, with over 2,800 events, 800 artists and 120 venues, making room for everything from alt-country to yodelling.

In 2018, 50,000 punters will make their way to Tammy, placing it among the ranks of Australias other internationally-recognised regional festivals such as Byron Bays Bluesfest, Queenslands Woodford Folk Festival, and the stalwart Falls Festival. Unlike these festivals, however, TCMF is open access and family friendly with plenty of free shows, making it accessible to audiences who might not otherwise be able to afford to travel the distance to an established music festival.

Its the social aspect of it, Tamworth Country Music Festivals founding father Max Ellis recently told the Northern Daily Leader about what makes the festival so special. It seems to be improving [with] a lot more artists and a lot more fans.

The town comes to life with street buskers and poets. Huge market stalls line the Main Street and everyone is there to have a good time

Born-and-raised Tammy local and heavyweight TCMF fan, Caitlin McInerney, similarly speaks to this social aspect, noting that people come from all over Australia just to visit Tamworth for country music. All the gigs are up close and personal, and the bands and singers all have beers with the crowd after the shows.

The town comes to life with street buskers and poets. Huge market stalls line the Main Street and everyone is there to have a good time; its one of the best celebrations of country music Australia has to offer. Not to mention [there are] way too many hotties in jeans and boots a girl gets whiplash.

Theres no bigger or better celebration of music in Australia than the Tamworth Country Music Festival

The festivals DOB is often debated, but most point its inception back to January 1973, when local radio station 2TM launched the Australasian Country Music Awards, now known as The Country Music Golden Guitar Awards

While Sydneys music venues have been knocked around by the state governments lockout laws, as well as excessively expensive liquor licenses and the residential noise complaints that come with a rapidly gentrifying city, Tamworth Regional Counci...

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Wanna be startin' somethin' "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Northern Powerhouse

We all know that employment growth since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012 has been all about Sydney and Melbourne.

Until now!

Queensland is suddenly off to the races, with trend employment growth blazing +4.62 per cent higher across the year to October, by far its strongest annual result since before the financial crisis. 


Of course, it's harder for the most populous states to record such a large percentage increase, but even so, this has suddenly become too big a move to ignore. 

Some questions we've not had to ponder too often in Queensland since 2007 include: where, why, & what are the new jobs? And will it continue?

Where? Pretty much all around the state, as I've looked at here previously (Queensland is one mainland state where employment is not excessively capital city focused). 

Queensland is also coming from a relatively low base, after a rough trot, and much of the hiring has been part time in nature. 

The likely drivers might range from Chinese visitors and the dollar-driven tourism industry, the commodity price rebound creating jobs upstate, a slew of public sector and NDIS hiring, and perhaps some spillover or multiplier from the fading residential construction boom.

Agriculture exports have been strong, so that's another possible bright spot, plus some increased aggregate demand creating services jobs as interstate migration has picked up.

Just from driving around various parts of SEQ, there are an awful lot of road projects underway right now, while there are several significant infrastructure projects underway or about to commence in Brisbane.

SEEK...& ye may find.....

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Weatherwatch: La Nia strikes out on its forceful voyage round the globe "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Unusually cold patches of the Pacific ocean are again on the move, threatening to disrupt weather patterns worldwide A gigantic blob has surfaced in the Pacific, a monster of unusually cool water stretching out from South America across the equator. This is La Nia and it could send the world's weather haywire over the next few months. Its impact could even be felt in Britain. Seven years ago one of the most powerful La Nias on record led to catastrophic floods in Queensland, Colombia, [...]

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British Film Festival pays homage to Eric Clapton "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Amidst the spread of cinematic delights and contemporary favourites at this years British Film Festival comes the engaging documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars a deeply intimate film chronicling the life of Britains most renowned blues guitarist.  This year saw a diverse list of films fast-tracked from the British Isles to Australian cinemas, []

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Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Submit your Jazz gigs to gigs@sydneyblues.org

 Also check  www.facebook/livejazzinsydney


Monday, 13 November 2017

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

Paul Sun (Duo): Macchiato Pizza Bar & Grill, 338 Pitt St, SYDNEY City (7-10pm, 02-92629525)

Sam Hewerdine Trio (QLD)........

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Park alerts for Around Brisbane: Temporary road closure on A Break and AK Break "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Road closed due to pending road works, remaining road network open to traffic Affected parks: D'Aguilar National Park.

Sunday, 29 October

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Park alerts for Around Brisbane: Walking track update (ex-TC Debbie) - Lamington National Park "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

As a result of damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, some walking tracks in Lamington National Park remain closed, until declared safe. Damaging winds and heavy rainfall have caused fallen trees, landslides, rock falls, washouts, track scouring and other hazards. QPWS rangers are currently working on repairs. Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas. Affected parks: Lamington National Park.

Park alerts for Around Brisbane: Darlington and Illinbah remote bush camping areas in Lamington National Park remain closed "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Most remote bush camping areas in Lamington National Park are open with caution, with the exception of those listed below. Bushwalkers and campers should use extreme caution and stay alert for hazards. As a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, bushwalkers may experience significant navigational difficulties when trying to access remote bush camping destinations. High winds and rainfall have caused land slips, fallen trees and severe erosion, which may have concealed existing trails. Bushwalkers should factor in extra time when planning their trips. Affected parks: Lamington National Park.

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