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Saturday, 25 August

03:04

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: FRNSW HR: Clive Park Reserve "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Minimbah Road Northbridge
COUNCIL AREA: Willoughby
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 1 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 23 Aug 2018 09:04

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Mamre Rd, Mount Vernon "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 1096 Mamre Rd, Mount Vernon, NSW 2178
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 25 Aug 2018 09:51

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Power St, Glendenning "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Power St, Glendenning, NSW 2761
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 23:53

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Werris Creek Rd, Currabubula "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 3454 Werris Creek Rd, Currabubula, NSW 2342
COUNCIL AREA: Liverpool Plains
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 25 Aug 2018 10:58

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Airfield Dr, Len Waters Estate "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Airfield Dr, Len Waters Estate, NSW 2171
COUNCIL AREA: Liverpool
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 18:34

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Mountain Lagoon Rd, Mountain Lagoon "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 1142 Mountain Lagoon Rd, Mountain Lagoon, NSW 2758
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Burn off
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 25 Aug 2018 10:16

00:04

1) New faces and absent friends in Pacific diplomacy "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



2) New 150 kv electrical relay station commissioned in Papua
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https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/new-faces-and-absent-friends-pacific-diplomacy
The Interpreter

1) New faces and absent friends in Pacific diplomacy
BY Tess Newton Cain
23 August 2018 06:0...

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Friday, 24 August

23:04

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Hume Hwy, Menangle Park "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Hume Hwy, Menangle Park, NSW 2563
COUNCIL AREA: Campbelltown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: HAZMAT
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 23:46

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Junction Rd, Riverstone "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Junction Rd, Riverstone, NSW 2765
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Burn off
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 21:28

18:35

Australian gay politicians. Part one. Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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And then I recalled all the gossip about all the prime ministers since Ive been a journalistPaul Keating he and Annita would divorce because he was secretly gay.

Sydney Morning Herald article below

In 1993 I received my Australian citizenship from then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating at the Sydney Town Hall in front of thousands of people at a special commemoration citizenship ceremony.

I was chosen because I was a New Zealand emigrant businessman whod done well in Australia. I was the only Anglo-Saxon and the other candidates for citizenship came from all over the world. The Australian government was illustrating the multiculturalism of Australia.

Paul Keating arrived with a large entourage and fanfare. Assistants and media, the whole shebang. He was quite something in those days and knew how to play the game, maintain the invincibility and aura.

Paul Keating made a total mess of the Australian economy.

When Paul Keating was Australian Federal Treasurer in the late 1980s, under his economic governance, and as a direct result of him dismantling Australian tariffs on imports carte blanche, the Australian economy went into a major recession. It was all Pauls fault and yet to this day Paul sees himself as an economic hero.

Paul Keatings gayness

I really dont give a toss about whether Paul Keating is gay or not.

Paul lives with his boyfriend in Potts Point so he must be gay....

13:32

Not welcoming Donald Trump to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Malcolm Turnbull may just have been replaced as Australian Prime Minister by Scott Morrison a man with blood on his hands over his disgraceful treatment of refugees many years ago but this publicly-released letter that Ive signed still stands:

An alliance of organisations and individuals have formed the Unite Against Trump Alliance to begin coordinating a protest against US President Donald Trump when he visits Australia in November. The following statement, initiated by outgoing NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, is being circulated for sign-ons in the lead up to the protests that are being organised across the country including in Cairns, Canberra and Brisbane.

To sign on to the statement, visit the Unite Against Trump Sydney page.

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Disgracefully, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Australia. This is likely to occur after the APEC summit in PNG in November.

Donald Trump is a racist, misogynist, lying billionaire who is trying to drag global politics to the far right. His brand of extreme nationalism, Islamophobia, greed, anti-refugee, anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-LGBTI, anti-union and anti-environment rhetoric and policies are abhorrent to the majority of the Australian public.

The Turnbull government has aligned with Trumps bigoted and militaristic global agenda at every opportunity. We want to see Australia distanced from Trumps values. His values do not represent the interests of most people on the planet or the planet itself.

More than ever we need to join together in Australia and across borders to struggle for a world that respects the equal rights and wonderful diversity of humanity, protects our fragile environment and equitably shares the enormous wealth all around us.

We call on Malcolm Turnbull to rescind Trumps invitation to Australia and for the parliament to prohibit him from speaking if his visit goes ahead.

We pledge that if Trump does visit we will meet him with mass demonstrations to show our opposition to everything his Presidency stands for.

Signed:

Lee Rhiannon Greens Sena...

13:23

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Megalong Pl, Kanimbla "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Megalong Pl, Kanimbla, NSW 2790
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 20:43

12:40

Scott Morrison the new Australian Prime Minister and former NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione attend Hillsong Church regularly and are friends of the pedophile protector Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Andrew Scipione at a Hillsong meeting. Andrew attends hillsong regularly, goes to Hillsong prayer and fellowship meetings with Australian Federal Trasurer Scott Morrison and they hang out with Brian Houston private. Andrew Scipione and Brain Houston are good friends.

Then NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione in 2015 at the annual Hillsong Conference in Sydney. Andrew Scipione attends Hillsong regularly, goes to Hillsong prayer and fellowship meetings with Australian Federal Trasurer Scott Morrison and they hang out with Hillsong head pastor Brian Houston privately. Andrew Scipione and Brian Houston are good friends.

 

Hillsong Insider speaks:

Dear Donald

Ive seen Andrew Scipione in Hillsong churches many times.

Ive seen Andrew chatting to head pastor Brian Houston.

Ive seen Andrew Scipione in the Hillsong City Church and Hillsong headquarters church in Baulkham Hills.

Ive seen  Andrew in the pastors lounges of these two Hillsong churches.

Andrew has been at Hillsong on many occasions.

I have had coffee with him and chatted to Andrew privately.

I gave the training manual for Hillsongs security to detectives and told them if there...

12:27

Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church: If you drive a bomb of a car then dont put a I love C3 Churchsticker on the back window because its a bad witness for C3 Church and a bad witness for Jesus "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Global Church based in affluent Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia: No bomb of a cars are allowed in my congregation

A friend of mine went to C3 Church headquarters in Oxford Falls, Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia for seven years.

He shared how at one Sunday morning service, C3 head pastor Phil Pringle said to the congregation, I just saw a bomb of a car in the car park outside with a I love C3 Church sticker on the back window. If you drive a bomb of a car, dont put a I love C3 Church sticker on the back window- its a bad witness for C3 Church and a bad witness for Jesus. Buy a new car and put a I love C3 sticker on it- or remove the C3 sticker off your bomb car.

My friend is an affluent man but he drove a $4,000 bomb of a Honda to church and left his vintage Porche and other smart car at home.

After Phil Pringles tell-off to the congregation about bomb cars, C3 stickers and Jesus, my friend made sure he always drove his bomb of a car to church. He went to accompany his wife to church, who likes C3 Church. My friend, a wealthy lawyer, thinks Phil Pringle is a fake and con-man and stopped going there and attends an Anglican Church where he feels it is less lively but more down to earth and since...

11:59

Girls in the dark "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


I was waiting for someone at the Record Crate, so I started drawing the crowd waiting for the night's show

11:53

Yummy One ~ Chinese - Chinatown\Central "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Yummy One is a twofer: a Hong Kong coffee shop complete with luncheon meat sandwiches and coffee-tea. And they're also a dab hand at Chinese-Malaysian, sweet, shiny and glorious. It's the crowds that lured us into Yummy One, this place is never empty. We like to visit outside lunch/dinner when there's just a few punters, we can switch off for a while and pretend we're in Hong Kong. There's

11:16

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Eighteenth Av, Austral "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 5 Eighteenth Av, Austral, NSW 2179
COUNCIL AREA: Liverpool
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 18:30

08:44

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Greendale Rd, Greendale "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Greendale Rd, Greendale, NSW 2745
COUNCIL AREA: Liverpool
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 16:34

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Grose Wold Rd, Grose Wold "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 108 Grose Wold Rd, Grose Wold, NSW 2753
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 14:50

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Terry Rd, Rouse Hill "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Terry Rd, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Flood/Storm/Tree Down
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 16:12

08:00

The Weekend Quiz August 25-26, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. For the US private domestic sector to reduce its overall overall debt levels, the government must run a fiscal deficit.



2. Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP reduce the local productive resources that are available to the private domestic sector.



3. Assume the government increases spending by $100 billion from now and maintains that injection each year for three years. Economists estimate the spending multiplier to be 1.6 and the impact is immediate and exhausted in each year. They also estimate that the import propensity is 0.2 (meaning that imports rise by 20 cents for every dollar generated in the economy) and the current tax rate is equal to 20 per cent. They also estimate that the tax multiplier (impact of tax changes on income) to be equal to 1. The cumulative impact of this fiscal expansion on nominal GDP is:

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07:31

Indigenous Literacy Day 5 Sept "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/news-events/indigenous-literacy-day-5-sept.
We can hardly wait to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day for the 12th year running!

This year, our national celebration will be held on Wednesday 5 September, with events across the entire country. And were hoping to raise more than $300,000 to provide over 30,000 books to remote Indigenous communities nation-wide.

Two of our biggest events will be at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne and at the Sydney Opera House.

In Melbourne, students from Victorian schools will be joined by our Lifetime Ambassadors and ever-popular authors Andy Griffiths and Anita Heiss, ILF Ambassador Shelley Ware (from the Marngrook Footy Show on NITV), artist/storyteller Gregg Dreise and Aunty Joy Murphy.

The celebrations will feature performances by a group of students from Worawa College, who have just published a new book, Deadly Sisters of Worowa. Anita and Shelley worked with these talented young women to develop their pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Meanwhile, at Sydney Opera House, two more Lifetime Ambassadors, the renowned childrens author Alison Lester and musician Josh Pyke, along with Justine Clarke (of Playschool fame) and Natalie Ahmat (from NITV) will be performing alongside a group of remarkable women from the Binjari community near Katherine in the NT to celebrate their new books.

At the end of each of these celebrations, therell be a GREAT BOOK SWAP, where the students attending, swap a favourite book and make a gold coin donation to help boost the funds that support our literacy programs.

You can help close the literacy gap too! Find out how you can partcipate on Indigenous Literacy Day.

06:20

Betrayed Domestic Violence Victim Sues Police "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The woman whose address was disclosed by a Queensland police officer to her abusive former partner is fighting the state government in court. Domestic violence victim Julie commenced legal proceedings after a policeman allegedly accessed her personal details on the police database and provided it to his mate, her

The post Betrayed Domestic Violence Victim Sues Police appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

06:05

WIN with TWT: Comedy shows at the Bayview Hotel "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Gladesvilles Bayview Hotel is hosting two special nights of comedy in the coming days. TWT readers can win one of four tickets to a Comedy Night with Merrick Watts next Wednesday while two TWT readers can get their hands on a ticket to Women Like Us, returning by popular demand on Tuesday September 11 at 8pm.

The post WIN with TWT: Comedy shows at the Bayview Hotel appeared first on The Weekly Times.

01:03

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Nectarbrook Dr, Theresa Park "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Nectarbrook Dr, Theresa Park, NSW 2570
COUNCIL AREA: Wollondilly
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 23 Aug 2018 19:51

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Grose Vale Rd, North Richmond "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 177 Grose Vale Rd, North Richmond, 2754
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Fire Alarm
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2018 08:50

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Thursday, 23 August

19:10

Hunters Hill Romantics exhibition captures landscapes and seascapes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Ninth Annual Romantics Art Exhibition will be held at the Hunters Hill Town Hall from Friday, September 7 until Sunday, September 9.

The post Hunters Hill Romantics exhibition captures landscapes and seascapes appeared first on The Weekly Times.

13:04

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: (Western Mtwy), St Marys "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: M4 (Western Mtwy), St Marys, NSW 2760
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 23 Aug 2018 20:58

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Browns Gap Rd, Little Hartley "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Browns Gap Rd, Little Hartley, NSW 2790
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Other
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 23 Aug 2018 17:37

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Richmond Rd, Berkshire Park "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 804-810 Richmond Rd, Berkshire Park, NSW 2765
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Burn off
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 23 Aug 2018 18:16

12:32

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Hawkesbury Rd, Winmalee "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Hawkesbury Rd, Winmalee, NSW 2777
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 23 Aug 2018 20:25

12:23

Isentia speculators packing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Isentia broke

Isentia Group (ASX: ISD) has built up a hard-earned reputation for underwhelming the market.

And this reporting season certainly didn't disappoint as management monstered another 45 per cent of shareholder value during today's trade. 

It's interesting to reflect upon how this stock was regularly being touted as the 'highest quality business on the ASX' even after a massive 60 per cent drawdown. 

If memory serves there was talk of substantial shareholders doubling down, too. 

As it turned out, Mr. Market was right all along, with another desperate results announcement and Annual Report released in today's episode of confession season. 

Unfortunately this marks only the latest in a long line of disastrous market conniptions for ISD, with the share price nudging just 44 cents, down from above $4.60 in 2015. 


Speculators exposed as tide goes out

The Isentia story is a worthwile case study in how the lines between speculation and investment are so easily blurred with deliberately opaque semantic debate. 

Of course it's easy for stock promoters to push the 'quality investment' angle if a business reports a small profit or net cash inflows for any given financial year. 

Yet if a group with a small market cap is sitting on a truckload of debt and the cashflow (or statutory profit) can so easily flip to negative, is that investment or speculation?
...

10:45

1) Fired Freeport workers seek Papuan legislators' help "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) How New Zealand joined Australia to betray West Papua
3) U.S. Delegation to attend 30th Pacific Islands Forum
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1) Fired Freeport workers seek Papuan legislators' help
Protesters at Indonesian rallies demand severance pay for their lay-offs 14 months ago




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09:56

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Henry Lawson Dr, Picnic Point "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Henry Lawson Dr, Picnic Point, 2213
COUNCIL AREA: Canterbury-Bankstown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 23 Aug 2018 17:40

09:19

INTERVIEW: Tori Forsyth "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

One day, in her late teens, Tori Forsyth wrote a composition that she considered her first proper song.  It was that song, Johnny And June, that she played to producer Trent Crawford and began the journey that led first to her debut EP and now her full length album, Dawn Of The Dusk, produced by Continue reading

09:07

Peter as PM: What Would it Mean for Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Peter Dutton recently failed in his bid to overthrow Malcolm Turnbull for the prime ministership, although supporters inside the Liberal party have not ruled out further challenges amidst poor leadership polling. Mr Turnbull won the Liberal party ballot by 48 votes to 35, with Dutton and several of his

The post Peter as PM: What Would it Mean for Australia? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

08:58

Armidale Urban Rivercare Sunday Sessions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Sunday, 9 Sep; 9:00 am; Sunday, 14 Oct; 9:00 am; Sunday, 11 Nov; 9:00 am; Sunday, 9 Dec; 9:00 am; ] Commencing Sunday 9 September Armidale Urban Rivercare Sunday Sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month. Join the AURG mailing list for further details closer to each date. full article 

07:21

Rest-of-World jubilant on advice Julie Bishop will run for leadership "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE from @Riley7News - Julie Bishop will run for the Liberal leadership @7NewsSydney #auspol Olivia Leeming (@olivialeeming) August 23, 2018

07:15

FixedIt: Sexual assault of elderly women and sexual abuse of children is not sex "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The EchonetDaily, a regional news service for the northern rivers area of NSW, reported that 42 year old man has been charged with more than 210 offences,  including aggravated sexual assault, aggravated break, enter and steal, produce child abuse material, bestiality, stalking, and larceny. None of these offences are about sex. Sex is not a criminal offence. Sexual assault and producing child exploitation material is, however, a crime. They are not the same thing.

It will be up to the court to determine whether or not he is guilty of the crimes with which he is charged. This commentary is not about his guilt or innocence, it is about how the charges against him are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so allegations of sexually abusing children cannot be described as sex. The charges of sexually assaulting elderly women equally cannot be described as sex and more than the charges of breaking and entering would be described as visiting. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Filming sexual abuse of children is not making child porn. Pornography can certainly be problematic but it is legal and it assumes everyone involved is consenting to the activities being filmed (where that is not the case, it is rape or sexual assault and should be the subject of criminal charges). Calling this material porn implies it is a genre of legal, normal activity. It isnt.  Accessing and watching child exploitation material is not a victimless crime. It is colluding with and encouraging the continued sexual abuse of children. (For a more detailed explanation of why child exploitation material should never be referred to as child porn, see this article on The Conversation by Anastasia Powell and Marg Liddell

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely...

07:09

Labour market is tightening, gradually "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gradual tightening

The labour market is tightening, gradually.

Something I've been prattling on about for a while is the prospect of full employment for Melbourne, forged on the back of a mammoth construction boom.

And the Victorian capital took another huge leap closer to that dynamic in July as its unemployment rate fell to just 4.9 per cent in the month. 

A year earlier the unemployment rate across Greater Melbourne was above 6 per cent as the rate of population growth surged to the highest level since the gold rush.

This takes the annual average unemployment rate for Melbourne down to 5.6 per cent, from 6.1 per cent a year earlier. 

If it feels as though the recovery has been slower than those we've experienced in the past, then there would be an element of truth in that.

That said, the population is growth at a quicker pace these days, so the decline in the total number of unemployed persons may be expected to be more gradual.

Whatever, it's happening. 


Sydney's annual average unemployment rate continues to decline to fresh multi-year lows, now at well under 4 per cent, while Adelaide has really turned a corner since 2016 (in a good way). 

Perth is still drifting. 

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05:46

Video Premiere: e4444es Golden Highways/Plovers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo: Lazybones

e4444e is a Newcastle-based experimental sonic collage project absorbed in nature, trading in layered guitar and synth textures and looping melodies.

e4s music doesnt so much reflect the natural world as takes its place in it breathing, growing, interacting with the elements and then decaying. Think the airborne exhilaration of Animal Collective mixed with the grinding organics of mid 2000s beatmakers like Dilla and Madlib.

Golden Highways/Plovers off the Mr Dover and the Endless Rovers EP, is emblematic of e4s approach, blending the synthetic and the organic into something that moves and breaths. The video, animated and directed by Nicholas Griffith (with additional filming by Lane Pittman), picks up on this by coarsely layering OK Computer-era animated narrative elements with footage of ocean and bush.

You can catch e4444e live at FBi Turns 15 in November or on one of his EP tour dates below.

OK enough talk, check. It. Out

 

Mr Dover and the Endless Rovers EP Tour
24 Aug  Strawberry Boogie 3rd Bday Wollongong, NSW
08 Sep Hamilton Station Hotel Newcastle, NSW
14 Sep Beatdisc Records (w/ ARSE + Party Dozen) Parramatta, NSW
15 Sep Sydney Launch Golden Age Cinema Sydney, NSW
16 Sep Secret show Coledale, NSW
22 Sep Melbourne Launch Polyester Records Fitzroy, VIC
28 Sep Art School Ball ANU Canberra, ACT
30 Sep Lass Is More The Lass OGowrie Newcastle, NSW
and on Nov 3 at FBi Turns 15. Get your tickets HERE.

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03:39

Should Conjugal Visits Be Allowed in Australian Prisons? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The question over whether to permit conjugal visits in Australian gaols is a polarising topic. Indeed, many in the community believe inmates forgo their right to spend intimate time with their spouse or significant other once they step through the prison gates. Most Australian jurisdictions acknowledge the importance of prisoners maintaining family ties. However, only

The post Should Conjugal Visits Be Allowed in Australian Prisons? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

03:22

Australian Politician Calls for a Final Solution to the Muslim Problem "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Fraser Anning invoked the Nazi partys final solution in his maiden speech in the Senate last week in relation to the immigration problem, right after hed stated that the reasons for ending all further Muslim immigration are both compelling and self-evident. The senator outlined that his final solution is to hold a national plebiscite to cut

The post Australian Politician Calls for a Final Solution to the Muslim Problem appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

02:59

Good Things Festival has just unleashed its stunning 2018 lineup "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Are you in the mood for some Good Things? Well, thats perfect, because the music festival of the same name has just unleashed its inaugural lineup, and its a big one.

Last week, Australians begun to notice a bunch of posters appearing around Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne that promised Good Things were coming in December of 2018. Of course, smart money was on the fact that it was promising a music-related event of some sort, but thats basically all we knew at that point.

Following a few days of guessing, it was confirmed that the Good Things Festival was set to make its debut in December of this year, with events taking place across the country. Following a fake lineup leak, and the confirmation that Boston Manor, Make Them Suffer, Palaye Royale, Northlane, and WAAX were all set to appear, weve finally received the full lineup.

Headlining the inaugural Good Things festival is none other than punk legends The Offspring, who will be making the trip down to Australia to perform their breakthrough 1994 record Smash in full. Yep, this is definitely going to be one to write home about.

From there, the international acts just keep on coming, with Stone Sour, All Time Low, Dropkick Murphys, Bullet For My Valentine, The Used, and BABYMETAL joining the bill, as do Dashboard Confessional, who will be performing songs from 2001s The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most.

Mayday Parade, La Dispute, Emmure, Waterparks, Scarlxrd and The Wonder Years round the international visitors, while The Smith Street Band, Tonight Alive, and Void Of Vision help add in a bit of local flavour, along with some of the already-announced acts.

Its all set to take place on December 7th, 8th, and 9th in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, so be sure to get up early to grab tickets when they go on sale at 9am on August 30th. With a lineup this good, you can be sure that this is going to be a pretty popular one, so make sure you dont miss out!

Check out The Offsprings Come Out And Play (Keep Em Separated):

Good Things Festival 2018 Lineup

The Offspring (Performing Smash In Full)
Stone Sour
All Time Low
Dropkick Murphys
Bullet For My Valentine
The Used
BABYMETAL
The Smith Street Band
Dashboard Confessional
(Performing songs from The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most + Fan Favourites)
Mayday Parade
La Dispute
Northlane
The Wonder...

02:56

Phil Collins has just announced a massive Australian tour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Rock legend and drummer extraordinaire Phil Collins has announced he is bringing hit Not Dead Yet: Live! tour to Australia next year.

The tour will see Collins play venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth over January and February.

This will be Collins first visit to Australian in over 23 years. Hell be bringing with him longtime touring members Daryl Stuermer (former Genesis touring musician), Brad Cole, Leland Sklar and Luis Conte; as well as a horn section.

Watch: Phil Collins In The Air Tonight

The Not Dead Yet tour has received critical acclaim. In a statement, Collins has added I thought I would retire quietly, But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. Its time to do it all again and Im excited. It just feels right

Just last week Phil Collins said that hed be keen on the idea of a Genesis reunion who last toured together back in 2007.
Check out tour dates and ticket information below:

Phil Collins Not Dead Yet: Live! Australian Tour 2019

Tickets on sale 9:30am AEST Wednesday, 5th September

Saturday, 19th January
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Tickets: TEG Dainty

Monday, 21st January
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tickets: TEG Dainty

Friday, 25th January
Ade...

02:15

Shooting War with China More Likely Than You Think "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The mainstream media narrative about the US-China trade war implies that Trump is on a highly damaging ego trip and China holds all the cards.

The exact opposite is true.

Trump has ample financial warfare weapons including tariffs, penalties, bans on direct investment, improved cybersecurity, forced divestiture and freezing of assets.

Meanwhile, China has almost run out of room to impose tariffs. Further, they will invite retribution if they try to devalue their currency further.

Chinas vulnerabilities run deeper than that.

The US-China trade war comes in the aftermath of a Chinese Communist Party conference that made Xi Jinping dictator for life and enshrined his doctrines on the same level as Mao Zedong.

Once Xi got these powers, he proceeded on a disastrous policy course that has resulted in a slowdown of the Chinese economy, higher debt defaults, lost investment opportunities in the US and declining hard currency reserves.

The knives are now out in Beijing.

Reports are circulating that Xis opponents are questioning his judgment and the wisdom of expanding his powers at such a critical time. Many are starting to blame Xi for the trade war almost as much as they blame Trump.

Xi still has torture, firing squads and concentration camps at his disposal, but the notion of a unified, coherent leadership structure in Beijing is now seen to be a myth.

Trump will keep up the pressure; he never backs off and always doubles down. It will be up to Xi to blink and submit to US demands.

The US will win this trade war because Xi doesnt want to lose his throne.

Yet there will still be material damage to the global economy and lasting animosity between Xi and Trump.

Trespassing in international waters

Yet theres more to the US-China dispute than trade.

Yes, headlines and TV interviews are dominated by talk of the trade war.

That escalating confrontation is a big deal, but its not the only flashpoint in US-China relations and not even the most important.

China is as much concerned about a military confrontation in the South China Sea as it is about the economic confrontation in the trade wars.

China dredged sand surrounding useless rocks and atolls in the South China Sea and converted them into artificial islands and then built out the islands to include naval ports, air force landing strips, anti-aircraft weapons and other defensive and offensive weapons systems.

Not only are the Chinese militarising rocks, they are trampling on competing claims by the Philippines, Vietn...

01:58

Cathies Column: Ryde Eisteddfod Record Entries "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ryde Eisteddfod is now being held in its 30th year in locations around the City of Ryde.

The post Cathies Column: Ryde Eisteddfod Record Entries appeared first on The Weekly Times.

01:55

6 of the best (Jonathan Giles) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Aussie money habits

In this mini-series I ask some well known Aussies some personal stuff about their money habits. 

This week, I give 6 of the best to AFL ruckman Jonathan Giles, who's football career over the past decade and more has taken in its fair share of interstate and coast-to-coast travel, from Port Adelaide to Essendon, and from GWS Giants in Sydney to the West Coast Eagles. 

'Joffa' has built a property portfolio in Australia on his travels, and, as we'll discover, some crypto!

Enjoy!


6 of the best: Jonathan Giles

1. What did you learn about money during your formative years (positive or negative)?

I didn't learn a great deal about money growing up.

My parents were careful savers and probably taught me to save money and not waste it.

To value it.  

2. What career and/or money advice would you give to your younger self?

Education!

I would've told myself to get educated about finance and investing from a younger age.
...

01:49

Stop Adani Planning Session with Josh Creaser "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Monday, 27 Aug 6:30 pm to Tuesday, 28 Aug 3:00 pm. ] Many of you are probably aware that coal company giant Adani have secured funding to go ahead building their dangerous mine in QLD, on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef... We simply can't let this go ahead for many reasons but here's a few pretty obvious ones: The mine would cook the climate, wreck the [...] full article 

01:48

AURG Maintenance Mondays "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Monday, 27 Aug; 3:00 pm; Monday, 3 Sep; 3:00 pm; ] We plan at this stage for the next two Mondays (27 August and 3 September) to continue working at this same site, just upstream from Site 12 (River Oak). The work will be mainly removing woody weeds and picking up debris in preparation for our new planting planned for Sunday 9 September. Access will be off [...] full article 

01:47

#RiseForClimate Saturday 8th September "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Saturday, 8 Sep; 10:00 am; ] There is a simple measure for real climate leadership: no new fossil fuel projects, a fast & just transition to 100% renewable energy, and not a dollar more to dirty energy. But whether its Australian universities continuing to invest in the very companies that are accelerating dangerous global warming, or Malcolm Turnbull refusing to #StopAdani and [...] full article 

01:46

Armidale Bike Week 1623 Sept "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Sunday, 16 Sep; 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. ] Family Fun Creek Ride is on 10:30am Sunday Sept 16th at Curtis Park Farmers' Market. How much can you ride during Bike Week? Commute Challenge is on again Sept 17th-23rd Be in the riding to Win Prizes! full article 

01:40

Win with TWT: Book week specials "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Book Week is being celebrated this week and TWT offers opportunities to win newly released books.

The post Win with TWT: Book week specials appeared first on The Weekly Times.

01:27

TWT Winners: Hunters Hill Theatres Death Knell "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Two TWT readers have won Double Passes to Hunters Hill Theatres opening night performance of Death Knell this Friday night at 7.30pm in Hunters Hill Town Hall.

The post TWT Winners: Hunters Hill Theatres Death Knell appeared first on The Weekly Times.

01:16

How (and Why) to Detoxify Your Body and Mind "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This article was written just after the Blood Moon eclipse began in Australia on July 28, 2018

For some people it is just an astronomical event when the moon is imprinted with the earths shadow from the sun, and for others there is astrological symbolism and energetic meaning to it too.

From the latter point of view, lunar eclipses in general symbolise facing thyself. They reflect ushering out the old and bringing in the new, on both personal and collective levels. This can be a painful process at times, because serious change is usually a challenge for most people. However, this blood moon represents reflection, healing and change, particularly regarding the ageing fracture between the masculine and feminine. This isnt just on an external level, but also internally too. After all, we all have both energies inside us, which unfortunately most of us havent integrated.

Now regardless if you personally believe in the philosophy of as above, so below, this lunar eclipse was nearly the longest of what is theoretically possible (it went for one hour and forty three minutes of a maximum one hour and forty seven minutes). Therefore, it gave us almost all it could for us to see it (and feel it). In that essence it represents deep reflection, which should encourage us to look deep into our own lives. As noted in this article: This is a time for us to purge, cleanse, and detoxify.

And how many of us need to take greater care of ourselves? How many of us need to detoxify our bodies and minds? The answer is essentially all of us. Whether it be physical health, mental health, or even just how we prioritise our time, we all have ways in which were not just reaching our ideals now and again, but were nowhere near them.

Many people have heard of Dry July, where we put down the beer and wine for a month to cleanse our bodies of alcohol. Although we probably havent done it exactly this way, the basic concept would have been applied in many manners, including implementing various alcohol-free, dieting, detoxification, fitness and fasting rituals for different lengths over our lives.

However, sometimes a grand reboot is required and if we dont choose to do this consciously our natural growth cycle...

00:59

WIN with TWT: Ten double movie passes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ten TWT readers can win double passes to  KIN, a new release film in cinemas from Thursday August 30. KIN is the story of an unexpected [more]

The post WIN with TWT: Ten double movie passes appeared first on The Weekly Times.

00:16

Garden Design with Native Plants "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Sunday, 16 Sep; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] Australian Plant Society Armidale and District Group invite you to a free, interesting weekend on 15-16th September Ben Walcott, Leader of the Garden Design Study Group for the Australian Plant Society will be talking on Garden Design with Native Plants Date: Saturday 15th September Time: 2.00-5.00 pm Venue: Armidale City Bowling Club Auditorium Afternoon tea [...] full article 

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22:52

Massive new Victorian government solar policy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Victorian government has announced it will provide 50% of funding for solar PV systems up to 4kW, for 650,000 Victorian homes over the next 10 years. This is a $1.24 billion program. The program will save the typical Victorian household $2,225 for an average 4kW solar system. If re-elected, the current Victorian Government will also provide a four-year [...] full article 

22:50

1) Whats Next for Indonesia-Fiji Military Ties? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) 450 Army personnel to be deployed to safeguard Indonesia-PNG border
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1) Whats Next for Indonesia-Fiji Military Ties?
By Prashanth Parameswaran August 22, 2018



On August 13, the defense ministers of Indonesia and Fiji briefly held an official meeting in Jakarta. While few specifics were publicly disclosed about what was discussed, the interaction nonetheless put the spotlight on the still young but growing defense relationship between the two countries in spite of the challenges that remain.
Indonesia and Fiji have long had a diplomatic relationship, which dates back to 1974. But the defense component of ties more specifically has only seen an uptick in recent years, in spite of some of the continued complications it creates for Fijis positions on issues such as West Papua both at home and abro...

22:00

Podcast #6 Liberal leadership spill and Lindsay "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I was joined on Wednesday evening by Stewart Jackson and El Gibbs to discuss the Liberal leadership spill and the seat of Lindsay.

Our discussion of the Liberal leadership spill focused on some of the broader issues but was conducted before the rumours of a second spill strengthened later tonight. I expect our chat will be somewhat out of date in the next few days but most of it should still be interesting regardless of who comes out on top.

Read the Tally Room guide to Lindsay

Follow El Gibbs on Twitter

Stewart Jacksons University of Sydney profile

You can subscribe using this RSS feed in your podcast app of choice, but should also be able to find this podcast by searching for the Tally Room. If you like the show please considering rating and reviewing us on iTunes.

18:45

Meet 'supersharer' Jordan Fleming in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In this new Shareable series, we'll be highlighting people around the world who are "supersharers." These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other.

18:37

Wednesday assorted links "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1. MIE: Travel to the summit of Africas highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, where Three Twins Ice Creams founder will hand-churn a batch of ice cream with glacial ice from the mountains summit. The mountains glaciers are predicted to disappear within the next 10-15 years due to climate change and your purchase helps raise awareness of this fact with a five-figure contribution to an African environmental non-profit. The sundaes price also includes first class airfare to Tanzania, five-star accommodations, a guided climb, as much ice cream as you can eat and a souvenir t-shirt made from organic cotton.

2. New South Wales town mobbed by thirsty emus.

3. Cowens Second Law there is a literature on everything including autistic zebrafish (110 papers).

4. It matters how seriously students take PISA testing.

5. Superb Samuel Hammond piece on codetermination.

6. Annie Lowrey on is pot too strong?

7. My Farnham Street podcast, mostly about how to reason, came out very well I thought.  And you can buy a transcript at the link.

The post Wednesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16:16

Sneaky laws which declare you as guilty in the eyes of the law the minute the police say you are guilty - Turnbull Government legislative overreach continues in 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



Sydney Criminal Lawyers, 16 August 2018:

A Senate committee has just given the Turnbull government the green light to nationalise a scheme that allows government to seize citizens assets unless their legitimate origins can be explained, even if the owner of the wealth hasnt been charged with let alone convicted of an offence.

On 6 August, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee recommended that the federal government pass the Unexplained Wealth Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 without any changes.

Unexplained wealth laws currently exist in every Australian jurisdiction, but the new scheme provides a broader model allowing for federal and state authorities to work in collaboration across jurisdictional borders to target serious and organised crime.
The scale and complexity of this criminal threat has necessitated an en...

12:55

Benches and tables(etc) "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Over the next little while I'll be making a few tables and benches, I'll post images of them here


The potting table is a bit like a cake with all the ribbons of glue and sawdust, before a final sand.


Sabrina's table in place at her place



An idea of the finished potting table with the lower decks attahed

10:53

Victoria's everything boom "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Victoria construction surges

Brisbane's once-rampant apartment construction has now righted itself, and indeed median unit prices were up a fraction over the past year in the Queensland capital. 

Victoria's apartment construction on the other hand has exploded to a record high (as expected from leading indicators), with the value of work done an astronomical 416 per cent higher than a decade earlier in chain volume measures terms. 

Sydney doesn't build so many houses, so a lot of activity is expected, but for Melbourne this is a boom-and-a-half!


Or in a picture...AWOOGA!


It's an everything boom for Victorian construction, as flagged here previously, with public and engineering works also going on a tear. 

Queensland engineering construction is also finally on the rise again after the state's multi-year downturn. 


Adding in detached housing...

10:01

Six Feet Under are planning to play the longest death metal show ever "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Weve seen plenty of records broken in recent times, with a group of Aussie guitarists recently breaking the record for the largest electric guitar ensemble in Sydney, while another Aussie also took attempted to break the record for worlds longest guitar marathon by playing for 125 hours. Now, it seems as though the record for the worlds longest death metal show could also be broken.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, former Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes revealed that an upcoming Six Feet Under show in Russia is set to become the longest in the genres history.

Our set list for our concert on October 27th in Moscow will mark the longest performance in the history of Death Metal, Barnes wrote. 25 songs over 1 hour 30 min of music!!!!!

So very happy and honored to have been invited to Moscow, he added. This marks Six Feet Unders first appearance in Russia, and we are gonna give all our fans who have been waiting to see us the best damn death metal show of their lives! See you soon, friends!

After a number of Twitter users expressed their doubt at Barnes ability to pull off such an event, he shared another Tweet explaining that hed just lengthened the set. Motherfuckers want to doubt me? Just added 3 more songs to the set for our Moscow show. 28 songs 1 hr 43 min of music.

https://twitter.com/sixfeetofficial/status/1031561532780437504

The poster for Six Feet Unders Russian debut indicates that the set will consist of Killer Hits & Graveyard Classics, indicating that the band will likely be performing a number of their most popular songs, and tracks from their Graveyard Classics series of albums. So theres quite a strong chance that some of the bands eager fans w...

08:36

Daniel Rojas & Orquesta La Luna Tango "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

He reveals the very essence of his character and soul but, like any clever composer, he leaves you wanting more. Cut Common Magazine

Five extraordinary musicians combine their talents to delivering a passionate, uncompromising performance of the most beloved loved tango repertoire ever conceived.
With the passion of South America bubbling in his blood, composer, pianist and vocalist Daniel Rojas leads Orquesta La Luna Tango as it sighs, cries and caresses the instrumental and vocal legacy of such icons as DArienzo, Cal, Pugliese and Piazzolla as well as Rojas own heart-felt, eclectic and contemporary compositions. Enter the Golden Era of tango in the streets of Buenos Aires where bittersweet melodies of love and life literally tangle with voluptuous artistry. The main set features Rojas at the piano with Daniel Wallace-Crabbe on bandonon, Maria Lindsay & Matt Bruce on violin and Annabel Cameron on double bass.
The opening set spotlights Daniel Rojas solo with his rich and varied Latin American piano repertoire: tango, afro-Cuban, Andean, indigenous and more all with jazz and classical influences (yes, even Bach!) and his trademark improvisation And always passion! I take liberties with the music because I want it to always remain fresh and exciting, says Daniel. But besides the fireworks, it is also music that is informed and intelligent.

The repertoire includes quintessential tunes like the intimate Bsame Mucho, Piazzollas Libertango and Resurrection of the Angel, the dance-igniting rhythms of Mambo Influenciado, Argentinian tango and even a 17th century gem!

 

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04:38

Time to bring Queenslands abortion laws into the 21st Century "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Queensland Parliament should demonstrate its commitment to womens health and equality by passing a bill to modernise the states woefully outdated abortion laws.

The Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018, tabled today in Parliament, would decriminalise abortion, respect a womans right to choose up to 22 weeks of pregnancy and create safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Daile Kelleher, Manager at Children by Choice urged the Queensland Parliament to seize the opportunity to enact laws that would promote womens equality.

Today is a historic day for our state this is the first bill ever introduced by a Queensland Government to decriminalise abortion. It is now time for Queensland MPs to do their jobs and be the voice for their local constituents by voting in favour of abortion law reform, said Ms Kelleher.

Abortion currently sits in Queenslands 1899 criminal code, making the states abortion laws the most archaic in Australia, closely followed by NSW.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre said that it was essential that the laws be brought into line with modern community values and medical practice.

The values of 1899 should not limit a womans right to access the healthcare they need in 2018. Now is the time for MPs to demonstrate the value they place on womens health and lives and ensure that every Queenslander has the right to decide what is right for their body, said Walters.

The bill follows a comprehensive review and community consultation process by the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

The current laws disadvantage the most vulnerable women, creating barriers for regional and remote Queenslanders as well as those experiencing domestic violence or control in their relationships. The proposed bill will break down some of those barriers and help to create more equality in healthcare, said Ms Kelleher

Multiple polls in Queensland over the last few years have shown high levels of support for decriminalising abortion and giving women the right to decide to terminate a pregnancy in consultation with their doctor. New polling, released today, indicates that 71.9% of Queensland voters would support changing the law so that abortion is no longer a crime.

"Its absolutely shameful that women in Queensland in 2018 still fear being imprisoned for a safe medical procedure. The law should support all people to make the best possible decision for their own health," said Ms Walters.

Children by Choices s...

04:24

Raul Midn & Roy Ayers Live @ Birds Basement, Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Roy Ayers (USA)
Roy Ayers, is one of the most sampled artists of all times. He is a King of Neo Soul in Erykah Badus eyes. He is a jazz legend who made the vibraphone cool.
A prodigious jazz talent raised in a musical Los Angeles household, Roy Ayers was literally handed a set of vibraphone mallets by the great master of the instrument Lionel Hampton at age five. By his early twenties, Ayers went from his recorded debut as a sideman to the headliner of his own album within a year.


In the 1960s, Roy was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist but soon transferred into a popular R&B band leader in the 1970s and 80s. Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand.
What has The King of Vibes Roy Ayers been up to recently? He voiced the DJ on Fusion FM radio station on Grand Theft Auto IV; collaborated with Tyler, the Creator, and Alicia Keys; and never stopped touring the world.

...

04:24

Ash Berdebes on Outsmarting Your Smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

  • Ash Berdebes :: Interview with Bridie Tanner on Mornings

Have you ever caught yourself mid-scroll on your phone and realised youre somehow now in the middle of a dance circle at an Italian wedding? And then pretending to be a cousin just to get a vid of the bride lipsyncing Thong Song cos thats #hotcontent? Well you just might have a low-key phone addiction!

On Mornings this week, Bridie was joined by Ash Berdebes who crashed and totalled her bike after trying to check a notification. The phone was also totalled. It ended up being the violent shoulder-shake she needed to wake up and ask some tough questions about her technology consumption. What followed was a journey of offline discovery, to research the psychology behind our phone habits and the impact they have on our health.

Ash turned her research into a 2-hour workshop Outsmart Your Smartphone which she delivered at Work-Shop in Redfern on Tuesday, but she shared the 10-minute highlight reel with Bridie (and lets face it, thats all your phone-addled attention span can handle ).

Listen in above to see if you might have a bigger problem than you think. In Ashs words: weve got one life. Lets outsmart our smartphones and reclaim our brains.

 

Tune in to Mornings with Bridie Tanner every Monday and Tuesday from 9am.

The post Ash Berdebes on Outsmarting Your Smartphone appeared first on FBi Radio.

02:52

Premiere: Manu Crook$ shares his anthem for Sydney Best Years "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

  • Manu Crook$ :: Interview + Single Premiere with Twitey on Arvos

Manu Crook$ dropped in on Arvos with Twitey to chat about the deafening buzz surrounding him and to premiere his dank new trap tune Best Years featuring B Wise and Lil Spacely !

Manu gets into what its been like getting name-checked by Zane Lowe, Stormzy, Alison Wonderland and A$AP Ferg, and playing industry showcases to chin-stroking, squint-eyed A&R types vs the writhing masses of fans hes used to.

He also guest programs a few bangers before dropping the main event the first play of his new single Best Years. Its a slice of half-time doom with all the trimmings: crispy trap hats, a keys loop straight out of a fairground horror scene, some twisted auto-tune and a couple of heavyweight guest verses from B Wise and Lil Spacely. 

Listen to the whole interview followed by the  PREMIERE of Best Years, and catch Manu and his collaborators at Red Bull Musics Mood Forever this Friday.

 

WHAT: Red Bull Presents Mood Forever (18+)
WHO: Manu Crook$, B Wise, UV Boi, Milan Ring, Lil Spacely + Ebony Boadu
WHERE: Overseas Passenger Terminal
WHEN: 24 August, 7pm
HOW MUCH: $35

The post Premiere: Manu Crook$ shares his anthem for Sydney Best Years appeared first on FBi Radio.

01:18

A Tear in the Glass and other stories 23 August with Maisy Stapleton "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

WHATS ON TODAYS PROGRAM:

This years Sydney Architecture Festival focuses on Great Architecture What makes a building great? Can great places bring us together and why do we need great? Tim Horton from the Architects Registration Board joins the program to give us the key to the Festival and its value for the community.

A new publication by Mary Rillis Clarke on the life of museum director Nina Stanton is the second story on Arts Thursday.

Ninas memory, captured like a bubble in the stem of a Georgian goblet, has been preserved in A Tear in the Glass. This beautifully produced book follows her emotionally rich life in relationship to objects chosen from the Johnston Collection, the Melbourne museum where Nina served as Director.

Then meet Paula do Prada, one of the 2018 Woollahra Artists in Residence whose intricately-threaded works of art cause much comment as people pass by her window in the EJ Ward Centre, Paddington.

Discover Paulas work and the value of this residency for artists, as Woollahra Council is about to call for applications for residencies in 2019.

...

00:26

Holiday letting legislation passes NSW parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hans Lovejoy

As expected, a new law passed in NSW parliament last week that aims to regulate the holiday letting industry.

Yet it comes incomplete, with major elements such as proposed changes to the SEPP (state environment planning policy) and a code of conduct still to be finalised. 

The Fair Trading Amendment (Short-term Rental Accommodation) Bill 2018 was voted in by the coalition  and had bipartisan Labor support, along with minor parties except the Greens.

Those who have council approvals, for example  bed and breakfasts and motels, claim they have been ignored throughout the process. Part of the reforms would allow regional councils to limit letting to a minimum of 180 days.

Greens Ballina MP Tamara Smith said, The Liberal/National governments one-size-fits-all attempt at addressing short-term rental accommodation will not ease the pressure on Byron Bay and cities that are at risk of becoming overrun by de facto hotels, she said.

A boom in short-term, make-a-quick-buck rental accommodation is already changing the character of Byron Bay and making it harder to maintain and build community on the north coast. 

Powers to police

During parliamentary debate, local MLC Ben Franklin (Nationals) spruiked the law and told the chamber, NSW Fair Trading will be given powers to police online platforms and letting agents.

While there was no explanation of how that would work, there was also no explanation by Franklin as to how an exclusion register would work, whereby hosts or guests who commit two serious breaches of the code within a two-year period will be banned for five years.

Yet he did say those who have sought council approval for holiday letting had very valid and reasonable concerns.

What people dont realise is that the commercial rates that we pay are $10,000 whereas the residential rates of the property next door on Airbnb and on other booking platforms are only $2,000$4,000. Approved operators are angry and once we start refusing to pay these commercial rates and other fees, all councils will....

Tuesday, 21 August

09:29

Luca Brasi call out audience members for unwelcome behaviour at Sydney gig "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Luca Brasi have slammed audience members at their recent Sydney show, calling out ropehead fucks for their unwelcome behaviour.

Tasmanias punk-rock legends Luca Brasi are currently out on the road, bringing their latest album, Stay, to eager crowds around the country. However, it seems that some of groups fans might be a little too eager, with the group calling out certain audience members at their recent gig.

On Saturday evening, Luca Brasi hit up Sydneys Manning Bar to wrap up the first half of their tour. While the vast majority of the audience acted in a respectful way, a small selection of fans chose to conduct themselves in a rather inappropriate manner.

Taking to Instagram last night, Luca Brasi shared a statement in regards to the behaviour seen at their recent show.

Firstly, this tour so far has been fantastic, the post began. Its been a total pleasure to share our new album with all of you legends! However, there were certain members of the audience in Sydney whose behaviour made people feel unwelcome and unsafe, so much so that they decided to leave our show early.

04:52

Arts Wednesday 22 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

At 10:40 am, Geraint Lewis joins us for Part 2 of the Science of Science Fiction and this weeks episode is the Science of Space Travel.

My special guest at 11:00 am is Dr Karen Sommerville, who heads up a research team at the Herbarium at our Royal Botanic Gardens, trying to establish a seed bank from rainforest plants in danger of extinction. Find out what a seed bank is, how seeds are prepared and then stored in the bank.

Music this week pays tribute to Leonard Bernstein, one of the towering musical figures of the teen teeth century, whose 100th birthday falls this weekend, 25 August.

Please join me.

The post Arts Wednesday 22 August 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

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Benefit to Support Mike Nocks recovery "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


Mike Nock has been central to Australian jazz for decades. As a pianist, composer, band leader, educator he is responsible for bringing dozens if not hundreds of young musicians into the Australian scene. His recordings go back to the 70s, performing with jazz greats such as Bennie Maupin and Cecil McBee as well as the musicians he has brought through in his trios, quartets, and little big bands in Australia. Until recently he was a regular presence at jazz gigs around Sydney checking out local and international talent. That was before he was struck by a car while he was on a pedestrian crossing. After spending six weeks hospitalized Mike is now going through a lengthy recuperation which will prevent him playing for months. In a tribute to Mike and to give him much needed support , over twenty of Sydney and Australias best jazz musicians are performing at a benefit night on Wednesday 29th August at Foundry 616. Mike is joining Mick Paddon over the phone on Time and Space at 3.15 on August 22nd to talk about the accident, how it is affecting but how humbled he feels by the support being given by these many musicians playing at the Benefit.
Details of the benefit are on the Foundry 616 website at http://foundry616.com.au/product/29-august-mike-nock-benefit/

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