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Thursday, 18 October


National jobless rate may be lowest in 7 years, but Qlds is percentage pt higher than in 2011-12 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Australians Friday front page was emailed out earlier tonight, and it reports Jobless rate at lowest in seven years. This may be the case for Australia, but its not so for Queensland, where the unemployment rate is stuck around 6%, as it has been for a few years now (see chart below). Seven years ago the state unemployment rate was 5.5%. So, while the Australian unemployment rate is back around to what it was seven years ago, Queenslands is percentage point higher. That corresponds to around 15,000 more unemployed people in Queensland than we would have if wed returned to the 2011-12 unemployment rate. As Ive noted before, the Queensland economy is under-performing relative to the southern states.


With a 6.1% unemployment rate, Queensland is tied with WA in terms of having the highest unemployment rate among states and territories (see chart below). NSW has an unemployment rate of 4.5% and Victoria has a rate of 4.7%.



Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 Pops into Bundaberg Airport on Training Flight "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Noted completing some training at Bundaberg Airport on Wednesday 17 October was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002.  It was heard to be flying as "Envoy 25" and looked to fly up from Canberra via Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

File photo

After it was believed that A36-002 completed at least two circuits, it departed Bundaberg Airport for the South, possibly for RAAF Base Amberley before later returning to Canberra.

Photo taken by Micah S  


Japan Food Tours Offering An Incredible Two-For-One Deal To Discover Japan "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Whether you have been to Japan before or not, Japan Food Tours offers you the unique opportunity to experience the countrys food, culture and people on fully guided tours. And QNews Magazine readers are being offered an incredible introductory two-for-one discount for a the companys brand new tour of Honshu in December. On the trip, ...

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Wentworth Candidate Kerryn Phelps Files AEC Complaint About Homophobic Email "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps has complained to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) about a fake email that claimed she had withdrawn from this Saturdays Wentworth by-election because she has HIV. Dr Phelps campaign manager Darrin Barnett told ABC News he was seeking legal advice on any potential breaches of the law and was considering reporting ...

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An open letter to my fellow Christians (on homosexuality and the church) "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Many years ago, I was a young man just out of my teens attending a Pentecostal church in Sydneys southern suburbs. As often happens at these things, there was a call from the preacher that anyone who wanted prayer could come to the front and someone would pray for them. I noticed a youngish guy come out to the front. I had never met him before, but when no one else went out immediately, I walked out and (as is the tradition) put my hand on his shoulder.

Well call him Dave, though that wasnt his real name. I cant remember what Dave said he needed prayer for exactly; and I dont know if my prayer had any effect on whatever it was. But after that, I would always say hello to Dave and go over for a chat when he came to church.

Dave was obviously someone who had encountered his share of difficulties in life. He was nervous, awkward and a bit lacking in personal hygiene. He didnt make friends easily. I slowly got to know him a little bit. He worked in the city doing IT. One day he told me there was something he really didnt want to but had to tell me. Could we go out for dinner?

Dave built up this conversation quite a bit. He was even more nervous than usual. But eventually when it came time to cut the small talk, he told me he was gay. That was it.

Now I shouldnt downplay this. Dave had told very few people this especially inside churches. He never stayed very long in any church partly because he was afraid of this information being found out. For my part, looking back Im pretty sure Dave would have been the first (somewhat) openly gay person I had ever known. Only a decade or so later this sounds hard to believe, but you have to understand I came from a country town and my social life at the time consisted mostly of church and sporting clubs neither of which are known as havens for the out and proud.

But even so, I remember feeling a bit surprised that Dave had built this up to be such a big deal. But I learned more of the story as the evening went on. He had been sexually abused as a boy, had little contact with his family, and had attempted suicide several times (over the years, almost every gay Christian I have met has at one time been suicidal. I think its partly an ontological issue when you are something you dont want to be, not being seems like an appealing option).

Daves relationship with the church was a difficult one. He loved God and wanted to be part of a church but he had been hurt in the past and lived in constant fear of being too open about himself. The idea many have of church as a place where you can feel accepted as you are, and a place where you could possibly meet a romantic partner; were not part of Daves experience.

The pastor of the church we attended would sometimes say anti-homosexuality things from the pulpit that would make me cringe a b...


Politics in the Pub: Welcome to the Circus "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australia is fast becoming known as the coup capital of the world, with yet another party spill freshly inked into the history books. How do we account for the fact that no Prime Minister has seen out a full term for over a decade? What impact has the changing media landscape had on the political sphere, as politicians seek to engage with a public in the era of fake news, social media and the 24-hour news cycle? The Australian public is increasingly frustrated with the revolving-door leadership and public spats of the major parties, and yet a reprieve seems unlikely.

So where to from here?

The final Politics in the Pub for 2018 will take place at the Brisbane Powerhouse on October 30th with a conversation about politics and media in the era of disposable leaders. This event will include a panel discussion from experts, followed by an open Q&A session with the audience. Join us to discuss the current state of affairs and how we got here, and examine what lies ahead. Does our political system need a constitutional overhaul? How does strong political journalism survive amongst twitter headlines, fake news and soundbite policies? How does debate prosper in a world of outrage culture and digital echo chambers?

Lets tackle these and other big questions on the night!

Hosted by ABC Brisbane Radios Rebecca Levingston. Panellists include Neil Glentworth, Christine Jackman, Wyatt Roy and Professor Patrick Weller.

Politics in the Pub is a FREE, Q&A style debate which tackles the most pressing contemporary issues for both Australia and the world.

Admission is free, but we would appreciate you registering your interest in attending via the Eventbrite link.


This is Australia 2018: Relax its ok to be white "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

White Face it's ok in Australia


This is Australia October 2018.

Pauline Hanson introduces a motion into the senate to acknowledge:

       1. The deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation.

      2. its ok to be white.

Its so absurd that chuckles could be heard in the senate even by Deputy Senate President Senator Sue Lines (salary incidentally 348,320).

Did this motion come from Hansons mind or her bowels?

The motion was defeated narrowly 28 for 31 against

Following outrage that the coalition voted in favour of Hansons motion prime minister Scott Morrison (four words I never thought Id say in one sentence) says its regrettable and the Coalition is blaming it on an administrative error.

Obviously the members of the Liberal and National parties were just following orders. Talking to my father about this today he started singing Gilbert & Sullivans When I was a Lad from HMS Pinafore. These verses sums up this poor excuse for the government voting in favour of a white supremacist slogan very well.



LGBTIQ Health Experts Slam Proposed Government Ban On Poppers "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Experts from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and the National LGBTI Health Alliance have slammed the Therapeutic Goods Administrations proposal to ban poppers by placing them in the same category as heroin in Australia. Poppers are an inhalant used recreationally by some in the gay community, giving users a brief head rush while ...

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Disney out the window when Babushka cabaret gets hold of a fairytale "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A CABARET troupe touring western Qld claim they turn childrens stories inside out. But kids should be left at home when Babushkas Happily Ever After...


The greening of West End continues "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new open space the size of Brisbanes Post Office Square is about to open in West End. The Common (a new park) and two new laneways open to the public this Saturday (20 October) at the West Village development, heralding the start of a green movement that is spreading across new CBD and inner-urban []

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AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL MAYORS from across the political spectrum have today called for strong, unified action on climate change at the inaugural Cities Power Partnership Summit in Kiama, New South Wales. Mayors from tiny rural towns through to inner-city suburbs stood with visiting U.S. Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster, California, a staunch Republican and []

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What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I write stories, mainly for children and Young Adults. I have won a number of writing awards and been published in national journals, newspapers, anthologies and magazines. To date I have had seven books trade published (not self published), with my latest picture book - Bruno, the Boisterous Blue Dog from the Bush - being released in September 2018.



Most plot twists this side of running rail as curtain falls on 2018 racing season "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MANY PEOPLE dont realise how interesting a regular garden-variety race meeting can be. A dash of rodeo, wildlife encounters, punches thrown, impromptu debt collection. All...


Commercials, Morven get the jump in first round of new cricket season "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A MISFIRE and a couple of surprises. The shiny new cricket season unfurled last Saturday in a welter of triumphalism and recriminations. Morven Magic, renowned for...


ALP running scared of new NQ state "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Katters Australian Party says a $70 billion rail proposal for south east Queensland is a slap in the face to North Queenslanders and supports the argument for North Queensland to break away and become self-governing.

 The KAP says the State Labor Government is looking at pie in the sky proposals to save itself at the next state election, funded by the resurgence in coal prices and the likely start of the giant Adani coal mine.

 KAP State Leader and Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter wants $250,000 allocated by the State Government to look at the economic, legal and cultural elements of a separate state in North Queensland.

Robbie Katter pushing hard fo a new state of North Queensland before the south east corner wipes out the north

 I bet this Government is spending a lot more on supporting the Jeff Horn/Anthony Mundine fight later this year in Brisbane, than the $250,000 requested to map out the costs and benefits of North Queenslanders being able to govern themselves, he said.



Fans Devastated As Orange Is The New Black Announces Final Season "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The women of Litchfield Penitentiary are finally getting out of jail. Netflix favourite Orange is the New Black is set to end after its seventh season, which will air on the streaming platform in 2019. After seven seasons, its time to be released from prison, series creator Jenji Kohan said. I will miss all the ...

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Queensland decriminalises abortion "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

When running for election, Labour promised to take abortion out of the Crimes Act. That promise has been shunted off to the Law Commission for the moment, but while Labour is pissing about and covering its arse, over the Tasman Australians have stolen a march on us, with the Queensland state parliament voting for decriminalisation:

Nineteenth-century laws making abortion illegal in Queensland have been scrapped, in one of the state's biggest legislative reforms.

The government's controversial plan to decriminalise pregnancy termination passed through state parliament with a comfortable margin of 50 votes to 41.

The laws mean abortion will be available, on request, at up to 22 weeks' gestation.

It also allows an abortion to take place after 22 weeks if the medical practitioner performing the termination has consulted with a second medical practitioner and both agreed that "in all the circumstances" the abortion should be performed.

So how long will it take in New Zealand? The Law Commission says they will be providing a response to Andrew little "within eight months of the Ministers 27 February 2018 request", which is around the end of this month. Which means we should see legislation passed next year.

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Wednesday, 17 October


The criminalisation of women seeking abortion to end in Queensland, but still a reality in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland women will finally have the freedom to decide what is right for their bodies with the passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Queensland Parliament last night.

The new law decriminalises abortion and respects the right of every person to decide what is right for them in consultation with their doctor up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. Thereafter, two doctors will need to consider an abortion appropriate. Safe access zones around abortion clinics will also become law and protect the dignity, privacy and safety of women seeking reproductive healthcare. 

Adrianne Walters, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre commended the MPs who voted in support of equality, dignity and reproductive freedom.

Every single one of us should have the freedom to decide what is right for our bodies and lives. Its fantastic to see the Queensland Parliament make that a reality in law for women across the state. We congratulate the Queensland Government for driving this critical reform, said Walters

New South Wales now remains the only state that has not reformed its abortion laws in over 100 years. Abortion sits in criminal laws written in 1900.

NSW now stands shamefully alone in failing to reform its abortion laws. Every day, women in NSW are treated as second class citizens when it comes to accessing healthcare by the criminalisation of abortion, said Walters. 

Politicians across the divide should take notice  abortion laws in NSW defy community values, undermine modern medical practice and are hopelessly out of step with common sense. They must be modernised, said Walters. 

For interviews call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


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Uniting Network Australia, the LGBTIQ group within the Uniting Church of Australia, has denounced harmful gay conversion therapy and called on other religious organisations to do the same. Gay conversion or ex-gay therapy is the discredited practice of trying to change sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual means, and its been widely condemned by numerous ...


Permaculture teaching "IndyWatch Feed"

Permaculture teaching takes so many forms. Permaculture teaching can be with adults, children, your own family, your local community, internationally, at schools, at universities, online, written, through film, via audio

Permaculture teaching through mentoring

Recently I spent a week in my garden mentoring a year 10 work experience student. We had so much fun! Here is the film we made together showing some of the things he learned about the permaculture approach to designing and developing a garden.

Over the past 25 years, I have taught in 20 countries and learned so much from applying permaculture in these varied contexts, cultures, climates and communities.

Permaculture teaching in Africa this December

In December, I will be in Uganda and Kenya supporting permaculture teachers from Kenya, Uganda and Zanzibar who are leading a Permaculture Design Course. Two of my children (12 and 10 yo) will accompany me and complete their PDC with me in Uganda. We have also been invited to visit the African Childrens Choir School near Kampala to work with students to design a sustainable food garden.

We will be travelling across to Kenya to meet and plan a permaculture course in August 2019, and find out how to support the development of a new practical permaculture teaching centre near Kakamega. Well also be visiting Jenipher who makes and distributes washable sanitary kits for girls weve been raising funds for her program. Please keep donating it is making a huge difference to the amount of girls she is able to help.

I am about to launch a fundraising program to help the various programs we visit please watch this space. The wonderful African storyteller, Mariam Issa, just agreed today to lead an event in Maleny with me to raise funds at the start of December. We will be sharing the stage at Northey Street City Farm for the Gross National Happiness event tickets here. I cant wait!

Dynamic curiosity

I just love teaching, sharing, learning, co-designing and collaborating with permaculture. This is why I have created the Permaculture Education Institute.

I think one of the key things about being a good permaculture teacher (or any teacher really) is maintaining a dynamic curiosity and an active approach to learning. Every day I learn something new. In just about every workshop lead or conversation I have,...


Qld gets its mojo back on international visitors "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Mission Beach-based economist Pete Faulkner has great coverage of the latest international short-term arrivals and departures data for August from the ABS in his latest post:

International arrivals still growing; QLD gets its mojo back while Tassie slows

As Pete notes, while the resurgence has been impressive (see the chart array above), we still lag Victoria:

When we consider the data on state of intended stay (which we Trend based on the unadjusted original ABS data) we see that year on year growth for Queensland is at its fastest pace in more than 2 years (+10.4%) while its up 6.8% for the annual total. Growth in the Sunshine State continues to lag that in Victoria (+11.3% y/y and +7.9% annual) as the gap between the two states widens further.

Given international visitor numbers to southern states are still growing strongly, were not seeing much of a recovery in Queenslands share of total international short-term arrivals, although at least it has stabilised and no longer appears to be declining (see the chart array below).



Memorial Artwork To Remember Victims Of Gay Hate Violence In Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A permanent memorial artwork recognising the victims of gay hate violence in New South Wales has been given council approval and funding. From the 1970s to 1990s, many gay men were assaulted, robbed and in some cases murdered along the coastal walk from Sydneys Bondi Beach to Tamarama (pictured), including at former gay beat Marks ...

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Miss Jones "IndyWatch Feed"

Miss Jones, New Farm

Excuse me Grace, will it be all right if we go to Miss Jones for brunch and then go to your park later?

I am so due for a brunch with ChaMo and so happy that we both got the same Friday off and I suggested visiting Miss Jones. Why not? When I can bring Grace to her favourite park in New Farm after that. This is called opportunistic parenting, ahaha.

Parking can be tricky and busy, but luckily for us I managed to park across the road from Miss Jones. I would suggest parking on the road of Balfour St and then walk there. Anyhow, back to Miss Jones. It is a fairly small cafe and seats were still plentiful that Fri morning. But wait till the 10 am coffee rush, people just started coming in for their takeaway coffees.

As we were still early, I ordered a croissant ($5) for Grace. They were nicely toasted and served with soft butter and blueberry jam. She ate few bites and had enough. Well too bad, I finished them off!


The breakfast menu here is fun and interesting. The Baklava waffles sounded so good but I think it will be just too mean for Grace. So I ended up ordering the Eggs Benedict - which came in savoury waffles (hash, cheddar and ham) with avocado, chorizo and chipot...


Nautilus Aviation Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 412EP Helicopter VH-ZVP Pops into Mackay and Gladstone Airports Heading South "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Sunday 7 October, Nautilus Aviation Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 412EP helicopter VH-ZVP was noted passing through Mackay and Gladstone Airports while on a ferry flight South to the Sunshine Coast from its (usual) Cairns base.

It appears to be heading South to Sydney where, on Monday 8 October, it is due to arrive into the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter base presumably to take up operations with the service.  VH-ZVP did the same at the end of last year.


Diversity Strengthens Education: Why LGBTIQ Discrimination Should Be Banned From Schools "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Emily Gray, RMIT University Over the weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his government would make amendments to discrimination legislation to make clear no student at a private or religious school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality. This move now has bipartisan support from Greens, Labor and the Liberals. The question ...

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Pale-vented Bush-hen at Fairfield area (including Brisbane Corso) reported by Rae Clark on 17-10-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Heard calling in mangroves along the river in two areas along the Brisbane Corso. Two birds were seen. Area between Newcastle Street and just past Princess Street but could be anywhere along there.


Scientists Say Theyve Developed A Self Lubricating Condom "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A team of US scientists say theyve created a self lubricating condom that they hope will increase the rates of safe sex. The scientists at Boston University have developed a compound that can be applied to the latex of a condom that also holds a thin layer of water. They used it to create a latex ...

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Tina Bikki Getting Ready To Rumble With Aussie Performers At Drag Game Show "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With the success of the monthly live game show Rumble at Heya Bar in Fortitude Valley, the events creator Joel Devereux is looking forward to the upcoming season of the show at Brisbane Powerhouses Wonderland Festival. QNews Magazine asked Joel, exactly what is Rumble? Rumble is a game show like no other! Two fringe artists, typically a ...

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The XXXX-ing Problem With Australias Industrial Relation Laws "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Gutting the rights of Australian workers starts with undermining unions, and the right to collectively protest. And the recent experience of Lion Brewery workers is the case in point, writes Giri Sivaraman.

Last week the owners of Brisbanes iconic XXXX brewery at Milton announced redundancies across a range of roles. This decision, which came during a good faith bargaining process, is just another recent example of the crippling of union strength and activism, which has been systematic for many years now in this country.

United Voice called out brewery owners Lion for engaging in a process of casualisation by stealth, but was prevented from protesting and taking industrial action to protect the jobs of existing workers by the Fair Work Commission. As a result, Lion will be allowed to bring on cheap labour hire workers whilst the existing brewery employees lose their jobs.

The ability of unions to advocate for better standards and galvanise support amongst members has been crippled by employers and regulators for decades. Removing the right to strike on fundamental issues like a cap on the use of casual labour or the employment of contractors undermines the existing workforce.

The right to strike and protest unfair treatment is an essential tool used by unions and workers to promote better workplace conditions and take action on key workplace issues. Its a fundamental measure of the democratic values that Australia boasts. However, severe restrictions on this right cast a heavy pall over unions.

Even raising awareness of worker exploitation comes with its own risks as successive conservative governments also moved to enforce prohibitive penalties against unions, their officers and individual employees for sympathy strikes. Just this week construction workers were fined for taking part in a rally about workers rights.

Historically, unions have been instrumental in monitoring and enforcing employers compliance with minimum workplace standards. However, due to continued and sustained attacks from conservative governments, union powers to investigate and prosecute employer contraventions of labour and safety laws have been greatly eroded.

This has been exacerbated by the rigid right of entry laws which continue to operate under the current legislative regime, under which mistakes in giving notice of entry can lead to complete exclusion from the workplace. Stopping work because of a suspected safety breach is also a high-risk activity for unions as fines and damages for unlawful strikes can lead to enormous penalties and damages.

Under national OHS harmonisation unions have lost the right to commence prosecution for unsafe workplaces, and prosecution of underpayment is also a costly and time-consuming process that can take many months or yea...



Government Urged To Protect Transgender Students From Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A coalition of Australian LGBTIQ groups have urged the federal government to ensure transgender and gender diverse students arent left out of law reform protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual students from discrimination at religious schools. Following the leaking of parts of the religious freedom review, it emerged a little-known exemption permits religious schools to discriminate ...

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Hunky Aussie Baritone Duncan Rock Takes To The Stage In Opera Don Giovanni "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With all the buzz around Opera Queenslands upcoming production of Don Giovanni, QNews Magazine sat down with rising international opera star, the chiselled 6 4 Scottish-born Aussie baritone Duncan Rock. Rock takes on the title role role in Mozarts timeless masterpiece for the seventh time in his career, and we asked how a hunky young ...

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Australian Muslim Cleric Says Gay Teachers Have A Mental Illness "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A senior Australian Muslim leader has said gay teachers are mentally ill and contradict nature amid the debate about whether religious schools should be allowed to sack LGBT staff. The debate around religious exemptions in Australian law has ramped up after the recommendations into Philip Ruddocks religious freedom review were leaked last week. Sheik Taj ...

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RACQ Central Queensland (CQ) Rescue Helicopter Rescue Service Remembers Crash Victims "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The RACQ-CQ Rescue Helicopter Service (CQ Rescue) has flown over 8000 missions in the Mackay, Isaac, and Whitsunday regions since it was established in 1996. The service is credited with having saved countless lives, and improved the outcomes for many of its patients. Some of the tasks the service attends can be intense, with the crews dealing with the trauma of road accidents and search and rescues.

However, tragedy unfortunately struck the service in 2003 when on Friday 17 October, the CQ Rescue chopper, which was on a routine medical retrieval to Hamilton Island, failed to arrive at its destination.

The wreckage of the Bell 407 chopper VH-HTD (pictured below in 2002) was discovered six metres under water, about 15 kilometres north of Mackay.

The crew, all aged 31, were very experienced at their jobs, but sadly all perished in the tragedy. A memorial stone (pictured below) was unveiled at Mackay Airport, near the RACQ-CQ Rescue building and hangar on the Western side of the Airport.

The RACQ-CQ Rescue Helicopter service is a valuable service that serves a vast...


What the people need to know about emissions and unreliable energy "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The climate wars go on but they do not engage the median voter who has work to do, family responsibilities and the usual range of social and sporting interests.

The median voter just needs to know two things.

1. We could cut our emissions to zip without making a scrap of difference to the weather.
2. Increasing the capacity of Wind & Other will inevitably increase the cost of power and reduce the reliability of supply.

There is no need to convince 100% of the electorate or even 51%. There is no need to convert or convince people who are rusted onto one side or the other of the debate or people who are rusted onto their political preference.

To avert the risk of a CFMEU/Green government we just need to convert 3% of the people who are likely to carelessly vote Green or ALP (not rusted on) but are not fully aware of the two key things.

Some people and groups are especially vulnerable to rising power costs all the big and small operators who run ovens and freezers, low wage earners, pensioners and the self-funded retirees.

What is to be done to get to these people with a simple and clear message, leaving aside the froth and bubble about the science of warming and saving the planet?

People who are not well informed and can be kept interested for more than three minutes may be interested to learn a few more things in addition to the big two points. Like the way the big CO2 producers have a licence to do what they like for years to come (incidentally burning our coal), there are hundreds of coal-fired power stations in the pipeline worldwide and virtually no nations have got near their Paris promises.

Wind and Other doing 5.5% of demand at 8.30 in NSW. The Data Dashboard appears to be on Queensland time.

Tuesday, 16 October


Park alerts for Around Brisbane: Caves circuit partially open "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

The Caves circuit at Binna Burra has reopened, however the section of walking track that follows Binna Burra Road is currently closed from 7am to 6pm Monday-Friday as it is undergoing repairs by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Affected parks: Lamington National Park.

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