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Thursday, 21 June

23:24

Sydney unemployment rate falls to 4.2pc "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Manufacturing picks up

Construction employment declined a bit over the three months to May 2018.

As detailed in our free sample report for fund managers and investors, the looming and potentially sharp downturn in construction employment from century-highs as a share of employment is a key risk in Australia. 


However, there was an offsetting strong increase in manufacturing and public sector employment in the quarter. 

Manufacturing employment on the rise might be something of a surprise given auto industry closures, but manufacturing is quite a broad term, incorporating food manufacture for overseas consumers, for example. 

And this has helped to keep the annual average number of unemployed persons declining, albeit glacially, down to 723,900 from 768,400 at the September 2015 peak. 


Sydney's unemployment rate declined again to just 4.2 per cent in May, taking the annual average unemployment rate for the harbour city down to 4.49 per cent - that's the lowest rate since 2008, and hardly the dynamics typically associated with a protracted housing market downturn. 

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23:23

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: New England Hwy, Wallabadah "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: New England Hwy, Wallabadah, NSW 2343
COUNCIL AREA: Liverpool Plains
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 21 Jun 2018 18:51

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Great Western Hwy, Prospect "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Great Western Hwy, Prospect, NSW 2148
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 22 Jun 2018 07:22

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Search My Kuring-gai/Berowra "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Gully Road, Berowra
COUNCIL AREA: Hornsby
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Assist Other Agency
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW Police
UPDATED: 21 Jun 2018 17:57

23:21

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW - MARRICKVILLE Illawarra Rd at Warren Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentMarrickville Illawarra Rd at Warren Rd
TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW
...
Started today 7:21am
Attending: RMS
Advice:

23:04

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - MARRICKVILLE Buckley St at Marrickville Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentMarrickville Buckley St at Marrickville Rd
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 7:04am
Attending: RMS
Advice:

23:02

Eliezer Awom passed away, West Papuans drawn in sorrow "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Eliezer Awom passed away, West Papuans drawn in sorrow
Published
  
on
 
By
 
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22:21

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Multiple vehicles - COWAN M1 Pacific Mwy (F3) just past Pacific Hwy "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentCowan M1 Pacific Mwy (F3) just past Pacific Hwy
ACCIDENT Multiple vehicles (Site cleared )
...
Started today 6:05am, last checked today 6:21am
Heavy traffic conditions. 

22:19

Live Traffic NSW - All Regional NSW: BREAKDOWN Truck - WEST GOSFORD Central Coast Hwy just past Dane Dr "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Regional NSW - North
IncidentWest Gosford Central Coast Hwy just past Dane Dr
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 6:19am
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 westbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

22:11

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 trucks - BEVERLY HILLS M5 East Mwy at King Georges Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentBeverly Hills M5 East Mwy at King Georges Rd
ACCIDENT 2 trucks
...
Started today 6:00am, last checked today 6:11am
Heavy traffic conditions. 

21:55

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW - PYRMONT Harris St at Fig St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentPyrmont Harris St at Fig St
TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW
...
Started today 5:55am
Attending: RMS
Advice:

16:16

Liberals continue to behave badly in 2018 - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


FIGHTING


Police said they were called to Naji's Charcoal Chicken & Kebabs eatery on Firth Street in Arncliffe just after seven o'clock on Monday night, following reports of a "brawl". The roast chook shop is owned by Michael Nagi, a Liberal councillor for Bayside Council.

The meeting is understood to have turned ugly after an attempt by the moderate faction, which includes Nagi, to allow into the Bayside branch a nearby area, Earlwood, which is controlled by the moderates and has never been a part of the Bayside branch.

This would have constituted what those on the right of the party would class as a "hostile takeover" of their factional control, but a resolution was never reached because the disagreement turned violent.

Police said a man believed to be aged in his forties was taken to St George Hospital and treated for minor injuries....

15:43

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - KIRRAWEE Princes Hwy at The Boulevarde "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentKirrawee Princes Hwy at The Boulevarde
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 11:43pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

13:40

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Southwell St, Buxton "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 3 Southwell St, Buxton, NSW 2571
COUNCIL AREA: Wollondilly
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Structure Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 21 Jun 2018 17:38

13:34

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Car - CARLINGFORD Pennant Hills Rd at Carlingford Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentCarlingford Pennant Hills Rd at Carlingford Rd
ACCIDENT Car
...
Started today 9:11pm, last checked today 9:34pm
Impact: Impact Traffic affected in all directions.

12:28

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Car, Pedestrian - GLENWOOD Memorial Ave at Old Windsor Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentGlenwood Memorial Ave at Old Windsor Rd
ACCIDENT Car, Pedestrian
...
Started today 8:25pm, last checked today 8:28pm
Impact: Impact Road closed in eastbound direction.

11:43

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: TRAFFIC LIGHTS BLACKED OUT - FAIRFIELD The Horsley Dr at Court Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentFairfield The Horsley Dr at Court Rd
TRAFFIC LIGHTS BLACKED OUT
...
Started today 3:40pm, last checked today 7:43pm
Heavy traffic conditions. 

11:41

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - AUBURN St Hilliers Rd at Parramatta Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentAuburn St Hilliers Rd at Parramatta Rd
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 7:41pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

10:14

MT Gargoyles "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Was it something Malcolm Turnbull ate on the sewer tour, sampling the drugs in the povo electorate's excretions? Engaging with the public is such a chore .

Faced with their heads turning to stone, the Turdball Canape Team exercise enormously, work around the clock pulling faces


The LNP's favourite Pissing Boy sculpture, Christopher Pyne

10:01

1) Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Letter on Indonesias New Counterterrorism Law


3) Prabowo accuses Jokowi govt of weakening TNI

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1) Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights
Revise Act to Uphold Protections While Meeting Security Concerns
June 20, 2018 7:45PM EDT
(New York) The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law (CT Law) that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko Jokowi Widodo and other officials.

09:00

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Riverbank Dr, The Ponds "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: L - 101 Riverbank Dr, The Ponds, 2769
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Fire Alarm
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 21 Jun 2018 16:50

08:57

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: HAZARD Debris, gyprock - EAGLE VALE Hume Mwy at Raby Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentEagle vale Hume Mwy at Raby Rd
HAZARD Debris, gyprock
...
Started today 4:57pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

08:17

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BURST WATER MAIN - CASTLE HILL Old Northern Rd at Francis St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentCastle Hill Old Northern Rd at Francis St
BURST WATER MAIN
...
Started today 3:33pm, last checked today 4:17pm
Heavy traffic conditions. 

05:46

Population growth quicker than previously estimated (slowing from higher-highs) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Population growth rate: slowing from higher-highs

A somewhat confusing set of figures from the ABS today, with a final rebasing of population estimates from the 2016 Census shaving nearly 20,000 off the estimated resident population of Australia, leaving the population clock now at just a tick over 24,950,000.

That means that the population clock is now projected to hit 25,000,000 in August, a bit later than scheduled.

Interestingly, through, the latest revised figures also showed that the growth in the estimated residential population was quicker during the first half of last year than previously reported, peaking at 408,179 over the year to June 2017, before easing back a bit to 387,969 (or 1.6 per cent). 


The revised numbers showed that net overseas migration into the three most populous states was pacier than previously reported in the early part of last year, with immigration into Sydney temporarily sending New South Wales off the top of the charts (literally so in this case).


Annual immigration into Western Australia has now increased for four consecutive quarters, with the three most populous states now easing, if you take these figures at face value. 

The auditor in me has a sneaking suspicion that there might be a cut-off issue with some of these numbers. However, it does seem that the pace of immigration could be slower this year than last, for a range of reasons as better explored by Signor Pascoe at the SMH and the New Daily. 
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03:52

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Bus, Car - NORTH PARRAMATTA Church St at Dunlop St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentNorth Parramatta Church St at Dunlop St
ACCIDENT Bus, Car
...
Started today 10:55am, last checked today 11:52am
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 southbound lane(s) closed (breakdown lane).

03:31

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 187 Mayfair Rd, Mulgoa, NSW 2745
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Burn off
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 21 Jun 2018 11:16

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Pisgah Rock Walking Trk, Blue Mountains National P "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Pisgah Rock Walking Trk, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW 2790
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Other
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 21 Jun 2018 10:47

03:15

Court coal mine decision reveals failure on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Stock images of coal in the Hunter Valley region, Tuesday, July. 15, 2014. AAP Image/Nikki Short.

A Court decision has exposed serious flaws in NSW planning laws. The Courts finding is that the States planning laws do not require decision makers to consider the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and Australias status as a signatory to the Paris Agreement when considering the approval of coal mining projects in NSW.

The Land and Environment Court has upheld the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decision to approve the extension to Wilpinjong open-cut coal mine near Wollar in the Hunter Valley, despite a challenge on climate change grounds from the Wollar Progress Association, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDONSW).

EDO NSW argued in a February 2018 hearing that the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and the Commonwealth Governments commitment to the Paris Agreement were relevant policies that the PAC was required but failed to have regard to when considering the downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal from Wilpinjong, a substantial proportion of which will be burnt at Bayswater Power Station in NSW.

In light of the finding, EDO NSW CEO David Morris emphasised the need for reform:

This is certainly not the judgement that we, or our clients, wanted. But perhaps its the judgement we needed. We now know that aspirational policy statements, like those contained in the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, fail to have any meaningful application to NSW mine approvals. Its these approvals and the coal which is consequently mined and burned that represent NSWs greatest contribution to global climate change. The Government can no longer claim, or proceed under the illusion, that their policies on climate change have an on-ground effect. They dont the Courts judgement shows they are merely words that do not translate to action.

This decision adds weight to the need for law reform to make climate change a critical factor in determinations about projects which will contribute to it. This...

02:55

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: HAZARD Diesel spill - HAMMONDVILLE Heathcote Rd at Nuwarra Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentHammondville Heathcote Rd at Nuwarra Rd
HAZARD Diesel spill
...
Started today 10:55am
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

02:55

Australia's health 2018 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-welfare-overview/australias-health/overview Australia's health 2018  is the AIHW's 16th biennial report on the health of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summarises the performance of the health system against an agreed set of indicators.

 

Australia's health 2018: in brief  is a companion report to Australia's health 2018.

 

https://www.aihw.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/2018/june/our-health-report-card-is-in-and-here-s-what-we-ca Media Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02:13

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - PROSPECT M4 Mwy at Prospect Hwy "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentProspect M4 Mwy at Prospect Hwy
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 10:12am, last checked today 10:13am
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 westbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

02:05

Its Time to Ditch Dutton, Before Its too Late "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

These days, it seems that every time a nasty policy suggestion is announced in Canberra, its Peter Dutton standing at the podium. Indeed, the ultra-conservative Liberal minister doesnt seem to be at ease unless hes making some divisive statement. The Australian Border Force, ASIO and the Australian federal police all now lie under his tutelage

The post Its Time to Ditch Dutton, Before Its too Late appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

01:19

NSW Passes Stronger Child Sexual Abuse Laws, But Priests Remain Protected "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Late last night, the parliament of NSW passed one of the most comprehensive criminal justice reform packages in state history. The states attorney general Mark Speakman introduced the legislation designed to crackdown on child sexual predators into state parliament on June 6. The Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill

The post NSW Passes Stronger Child Sexual Abuse Laws, But Priests Remain Protected appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

00:20

Real resource constraints and fiscal policy design "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is an interesting dilemma currently emerging in Australia, which provides an excellent case study on how governments can use fiscal policy effectively and the problems that are likely to arise in that application. At present, the Australian states are engaging in an infrastructure building boom with several large (mostly public sector) projects underway involving improvements to road, ports, water supply, railways, airports and more. I travel a lot and in each of the major cities you see major areas sectioned off as tunnels are being dug and buildings erected. Not all of the projects are desirable (for example, the West Connex freeway project in Sydney has trampled on peoples rights) and several prioritise the motor car over public transport. But many of the projects will deliver much better public transport options in the future. On a national accounts level, these projects have helped GDP growth continue as household consumption has moderated and private investment has been consistently weak to negative. But, and this is the point, there have been sporadic reports recounting how Australia is running out of cement, hard rock and concrete and other building materials, which is pushing up costs. This is the real resource constraint that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) emphasises as the limits to government spending, rather than any concocted financial constraints. If there are indeed shortages of real resources that are essential to infrastructure development then that places a limit on how fast governments can build these public goods. The other point is that as these shortages are emerging, there is still over 15 per cent of our available labour resources that are being unused in one way or another 714,600 are unemployed, 1,123.9 thousand are underemployed, and participation rates are down so hidden unemployment has risen. So that indicates there is a need for higher deficits while the infrastructure bottlenecks suggest spending constraints are emerging. That is the challenge. Come in policies like the Job Guarantee.

Infrastructure boom yet idle labour

Australia is currently enjoying a major infrastructure spending boom via several large-scale projects in the States and Territories, but also at the Federal level (for example, the National Broadband Network construction).

There is no doubt that one of the major reasons Australias GDP growth has been relatively robust in recent years is due to this large public spending commitment.

The first graph shows movements in State Final Demand indexes from the March-quarter 2008 to the March-quarter 2018 (most recent data). The March-quarter 2008 was the peak of the last cycle before the GFC slowdown.

The humps in WA and Northern Territory between 2012 and 2015 relate to the Mining boom (mostly private investment) which is now well and...

00:00

June 21 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


1797 - Merino sheep imported by John Macarthur (2 rams, 4 ewes) and Samuel Marsden (1 ram, 1 ewe) arrive from the Cape aboard Reliance with stores for the colony.

1810 - Today wasn't too flash for Lieut William Paterson when he carked it at sea on the voyage home to England.

1830 - Thomas McCormick was hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting the occupants in fear.

1836 - Terence Saville was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1836 - James Sproule (alias Fraser) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1842 - An escape attempt at Norfolk Island in the brig Governor Phillip was quelled. Six convicts were killed, four are later executed.

1845 News of the discovery of a rich body of copper ore at Burra, South Australia was published in Adelaide newspapers.

1856 - Having explored the Victoria River and having time on his hands, Augustus Charles Gregory set out to traverse northern Australia from east to west.

1859 - Wentworth (the NSW town, not the TV series) was named after the New South Wales explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth.

1869 - A privately built telegraph line between Perth and Fremantle, WA, opened.

1871 - Sandhurst joined the ranks of Cities although it later changed it's title to that of a boxer, Bendigo.

1875 - The Victoria Bridge, Maitland, NSW, opened.

1876 - George Pitt was hanged at Mudgee for the murder of Ann Martin at Guntawang.

1878 - The Bank of South Australia opened for business in its new building.

1883 - The Piangil Railway Line (Vic) aka the Swanhill Railway Line (strangely also in Vic) was extended from Raywood to Mitiamo.

1886 - Wong Tong was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of Kok Tow near Bundaberg.

1887 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Clifton - Wollongong.

1887 - The Crow Eater Governor, Sir William Robinson, escorted by nearly 1200 mounted troopers, soldiers, marines and a number of brass bands, and led by the mounted police on their greys, moved down North Terrace to the Jubilee Exhibition Building next to the University. There he officially opened the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition which was to run for a year.

1887 - In Ballarat the Queen Victoria's Jubilee Foundation Stones were laid for the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery & Old Colonists Hall.

1887 - Peats Ferry - An excursion train from Sydney ran out of control down the steep Cowan Bank. There were two other trains full of holidaymakers standing at the platforms at Hawksesbury River station and disaster was only averted by t...

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Wednesday, 20 June

23:10

1) Indonesia Slams UN Human Rights Office Over Planned Papua Visit "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Indonesia Hopes to Flex Diplomatic Muscle With Security Council Seat
3) When Indonesia sits on the Security Council
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1) Indonesia Slams UN Human Rights Office Over Planned Papua Visit
By : Sheany | on 3:23 PM June 20, 2018
Jakarta. Indonesia has criticized the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, saying that his regional office in Bangkok should first coordinate with the government before sending a mission to Papua, instead of demanding immediate access.
"It is deeply regrettable that the staff members of his regional office in Bangkok, instead of coordinating the planned visit with Indonesian authorities, have unilaterally set the dates and areas to visit in Papua and West Papua, while demanding immediate access," Hasan Kleib, Indonesia's permanent represen....

22:54

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21:51

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 cars - PEAKHURST Forest Rd at Bonds Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentPeakhurst Forest Rd at Bonds Rd
ACCIDENT 2 cars
...
Started today 5:33am, last checked today 5:51am
Impact: Impact 2 of 3 eastbound lane(s) closed.

17:32

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - MERRYLANDS Woodville Rd at Merrylands Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentMerrylands Woodville Rd at Merrylands Rd
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 1:32am
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 2).

15:46

July Forum: Settlement of refugees & AGM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 5 Jul; 7:00 pm; ] Settlement of refugees forum details will be released closer to the event. The AGM will be held before the forum with office bearers elected and Convenors of Action Groups endorsed. A brief year in review by Action Group convenors and vision for the future year will be presented by the current convenor Iain MacKay. Settlement of refugees [...] full article 

15:46

Visions for Armidale Creeklands AGM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 21 Jun; 5:30 pm; ] Any interested in joining our not-for-profit association and all existing members are invited to come along to our 1st Annual General Meeting - to be held upstairs at the Armidale Bowling Club (Dumaresq St) - at 5.30 pm on Thursday June 21, 2018. Please put the date on your calendar and let any of your friends know about this important event [...] full article 

15:36

Prickly Problems Project launch "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Saturday, 23 Jun; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] You're invited to the launch of the Prickly Problems Project and to celebrate 16 years of Armidale Urban Rivercare projects. Saturday June 23, 10-12pm at Creeklands Behind Phil Wheaton Oval, Erskine St Free brunch by Dumaresq Lions Club All Welcome full article 

15:16

VIDEO: Save Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wilderness Society have rebooted their look with the tag line Life. Support. and refreshed their campaigns with the latest being Save Ugly. Its a new angle on an ongoing problem of motivating people to value threatened environment and animals. The campaign video is styled on childrens tv with a music video that stars American actress and [...] full article 

13:59

Focus on Ability Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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The students from Sydney Road Community School have made a short film for the Focus on Ability short film festival. The winners are decided by votes and being a very small school the students are looking for the community to behind them and vote.

If you have a few spare minutes, the film is called Johnny:

https://www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/Johnny_1385.html

12:47

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Portland Sunny Corner Rd, Portland "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Portland Sunny Corner Rd, Portland, NSW 2847
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 20 Jun 2018 19:01

12:40

Live Traffic NSW - All Regional NSW: HAZARD Diesel spill - EAST GOSFORD / ERINA The Entrance Rd between Russell St and Avoca Dr "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Regional NSW - North
IncidentEast Gosford / Erina The Entrance Rd between Russell St and Avoca Dr
HAZARD Diesel spill
Started today 8:21pm, last checked today 8:40pm
Impact: Impact Eastbound traffic affected....

12:38

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Truck, Car - MILPERRA M5 Mwy approaching Henry Lawson Dr "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentMilperra M5 Mwy approaching Henry Lawson Dr
ACCIDENT Truck, Car
...
Started today 8:37pm, last checked today 8:38pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

12:36

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - BROOKLYN M1 Pacific Mwy (F3) just past Hawkesbury River Bridge "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentBrooklyn M1 Pacific Mwy (F3) just past Hawkesbury River Bridge
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 8:00pm, last checked today 8:36pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

10:08

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Cranebrook Rd, Castlereagh, NSW 2749
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 Jun 2018 17:33

10:05

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - EASTWOOD Marsden Rd approaching Lawson St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentEastwood Marsden Rd approaching Lawson St
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 6:00pm, last checked today 6:05pm
Heavy traffic conditions. 

10:04

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 3 vehicles - BASS HILL Hume Hwy at Tucker St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentBass Hill Hume Hwy at Tucker St
ACCIDENT 3 vehicles
...
Started today 6:04pm (initial report)
Impact: Impact Westbound traffic affected.

10:01

1) Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Catholic Church leader at Sentani secure the Eid al-Fitr prayer
3) PNG admits there is still a lot of smuggling on the border of Wutung



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 1) Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua
No Follow-Up to Official Invitation to Troubled Region
What is the Indonesian government hiding in Papua?


Phelim Kine 

Deputy Director, Asia Division
Thats the question raised by the governments ...

09:55

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 cars - CASTLEREAGH Cranebrook Rd near Castlereagh Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentCastlereagh Cranebrook Rd near Castlereagh Rd
ACCIDENT 2 cars
...
Started today 5:55pm
Attending: Emergency service(s)
Advice:

09:51

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - PYRMONT Pyrmont Bridge Rd approaching Anzac Bridge on-ramp "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentPyrmont Pyrmont Bridge Rd approaching Anzac Bridge on-ramp
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 5:50pm, last checked today 5:51pm
Moderate traffic conditions. 

09:35

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - MACQUARIE PARK Lane Cove Rd on-ramp to M2 Mwy "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentMacquarie Park Lane Cove Rd on-ramp to M2 Mwy
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 5:00pm, last checked today 5:35pm
Impact: Impact Southbound traffic affected.

07:31

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 69 Meadows Rd, North Richmond, NSW 2754
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Assist Other Agency
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 Jun 2018 12:30

07:29

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW - FRENCHS FOREST Warringah Rd at Forest Way "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentFrenchs Forest Warringah Rd at Forest Way
TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW
...
Started today 3:15pm, last checked today 3:29pm
Heavy traffic conditions. 

06:42

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: HAZARD Pothole - LINDFIELD Pacific Hwy at Beaconsfield Pde "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentLindfield Pacific Hwy at Beaconsfield Pde
HAZARD Pothole
...
Started today 2:42pm
Impact: Impact Northbound lanes closed.

06:38

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Car - GREENACRE Roberts Rd at Hewitt St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentGreenacre Roberts Rd at Hewitt St
ACCIDENT Car
...
Started today 2:38pm
Impact: Impact Traffic affected in all directions.

06:30

Dumb as Bucks "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Language is a organic thing.  Words evolve and words disappear, and they disappear from the lack of use.  So it is important for all of us, that when certain words that used to be often used start disappearing, that we all join together to keep them alive.  This is part of the reason for this post.

Yesterday, the NSW Government delivered its 2018-19 budget showing a $3.9 billion surplus.  For those who live outside NSW, a surplus (pronounced sur-pluhs, -pluhs) is when the Government plans to spend less money than it collects. A novel concept for most Australian, but as shown in NSW, it is more than a theoretical possibility.

Any Canberra residents out there reading this, please repeat after Spartacus:

  • sur-pluhs, -pluhs
  • sur-pluhs, -pluhs
  • sur-pluhs, -pluhs

Not surprisingly, the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet has been out selling and promoting the budget.

Spartacus has not be following particularly closely where the Treasurer has been, but one imagines that he needs to speak to informed and ill-informed citizens.  And on the theme of the ill-informed, Treasurer Perrottet popped in for a chat with the geniuses, the Apostles of Emma-nomics at the ABC.

Interviewed this morning by the leading minds of Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, came the following observation from Buck:

The Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is with us this morning. Of course he handed down the state budget yesterday. There was a lot of money being thrown around, although not a great deal of money it appears being thrown it into climate change relief.

Yes.  You read that correctly.  The ABC journalist, whose salary is paid by the tax payers, observed that there was not a lot of money thrown into climate change relief as part of the NSW budget.  Buck then followed with the following quality question:

Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?

Without transcribing Perrottets exact....

05:52

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: TRAFFIC LIGHTS BLACKED OUT - INGLEBURN Campbelltown Rd at Macdonald Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentIngleburn Campbelltown Rd at Macdonald Rd
TRAFFIC LIGHTS BLACKED OUT
...
Started today 1:12pm, last checked today 1:52pm
Impact: Impact Traffic affected in all directions.

04:21

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - HOMEBUSH M4 Mwy at Homebush Bay Dr "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentHomebush M4 Mwy at Homebush Bay Dr
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 12:21pm, last checked today 12:21pm
Impact: Impact Eastbound lane closed (breakdown lane).

04:17

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: HAZARD Pothole - NORMANHURST Pennant Hills Rd approaching Dartford Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentNormanhurst Pennant Hills Rd approaching Dartford Rd
HAZARD Pothole
...
Started today 12:17pm
Impact: Impact Southbound traffic affected.

04:13

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: EMERGENCY ROAD WORKS - GLENBROOK Great Western Hwy near Ross St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentGlenbrook Great Western Hwy near Ross St
EMERGENCY ROAD WORKS
...
Started today 12:13pm
Impact: Impact Westbound traffic affected.

04:12

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - SYDNEY Elizabeth St at Liverpool St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentSydney Elizabeth St at Liverpool St
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 12:12pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 2).

04:04

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 cars - CHATSWOOD WEST Millwood Ave just past Lady Game Dr "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentChatswood West Millwood Ave just past Lady Game Dr
ACCIDENT 2 cars
...
Started today 10:53am, last checked today 12:04pm
Heavy traffic conditions. Expect significant delays.

03:45

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - BANKSTOWN Stacey St at Myrtle Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentBankstown Stacey St at Myrtle Rd
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 11:45am
Impact: Impact Northbound traffic affected.

03:28

How to Write a Character Reference for Court "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

For those who are pleading guilty to a criminal or traffic offence, it is a good idea to arrange for the preparation of up to three character reference letters for the court to consider during the sentencing process. References that are prepared by the right people and which contain relevant information will be considered by

The post How to Write a Character Reference for Court appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

03:20

The Big Lift Coming to the ASX "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Todays Daily Reckoning Australia is taking you to the United States. But were not going to discuss the trade war rhetoric or international relations today. Were going to go house shopping.

After all, thats what plenty of Americans appear to be doing. I can say that because Harvard University just released its latest State of the Nations Housing report. Its been issued annually every year for three decades.

Good news for the economic outlook! The rate of people renting is in decline and home buying is rising. Thats no surprise.

America is due to see an additional 12 million households form over the next 10 years as millennials move into their peak earning years and the baby boomers live longer, plus net migration.

It should be affordable too. Median monthly payments on a modest home are actually lower in real terms than they were in 1988.

Thats despite some prodigious gains in some US housing markets since the bottom around 2011. Its all thanks to lower interest rates. The outlook for growth here is very good.

This might all seem a bit ho-hum to you sitting here in Australia, like me. But its vitally important. The mainstream news will always quote the US stock indices, but rarely anything about this.

Thats despite the fact that the average US consumer generally doesnt own stocks. But they do own houses.

Healthy real estate and job markets will drive US consumer spending. A US recession seems a distant prospect for now, while these other factors appear so strong.

We can say the same thing about Australia.

Theres plenty of people who love to scare us all with how high private debt levels are here. Not so fast on that. I saw some figures this week that suggest this is not as extreme as nominal figures appear.

If you net out the level of deposits against the gross debt, you get a debt figure of 100% of income and not 200%, as is often bandied about.

Thats not necessarily going to save some geezer whos geared to the hilt and bought at the peak of the mining boom in some regional town.

But Australia is probably less vulnerable to a systemic real estate collapse than most people assume. Repayment statistics are close to their long-term trends.

Theres also the intriguing development of the NSW government deciding to establish a Future Fund in its latest budget, with an initial $3 billion in the kitty.

Heres why this is worth keeping an eye on Should a real estate problem appear, or even general slowdown hit in NSW, it takes no imagination whatsoever to conceive the politicians pouring this money into the economy to jack things up again.

But on th...

03:19

Searching DFAT's records for traces of Ms Bishop's numerous representations to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last Thursday The Australian newspaper published this report. It included this text: Former veterans affairs minister Stuart Robert, who has taken up the campaign by the families of the Korean War MIAs for answers, said the wheels were already turning for Australia to join the US and get boots on...

02:53

NSW Police Officer Avoids Prison After Filming and Publishing Sexual Act Without Consent "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A New South Wales police officer has been spared prison time after filming a colleague without consent while they were having sex and sharing it online to boast to colleagues. 28-year old senior constable Timothy Patterson filmed a sexual encounter with a fellow off-duty officer at a city hotel

The post NSW Police Officer Avoids Prison After Filming and Publishing Sexual Act Without Consent appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

02:52

Sydneys Archibald prize exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The annual prize fest of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes  at the Art Gallery of NSW, offers a rich diversity of Australian art practice. First awarded in 1921, the Archibald portrait prize reflects how portraiture has evolved since then and the subject matter is an insightful reflection of contemporary life. There is also a Young Archie competition which has mazing works by school children. The Wynne focusses landscape and figure sculpture and the Sulman for best genre or subject painting.

...

02:39

Dumb Things! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Described as an ultimate bad feminist Amanda Jane Pritchard makes her international debut this August at Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her comedy/cabaret show All The Dumb Things, but not before shows in St Kilda, Sydney and London (as part of Camden Fringe). Coming to you from a backyard somewhere in sunny St Kilda, Amanda Jane []

02:02

Catallaxy Exclusive ABC and Sydney Uni to offer Emma-nomics Degree "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In exclusive and breaking news, it can be reported that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will establish a new foundation, the Ultimo Centre for Intellectual Vapidity (UCIV).  The ABC will seed the UCIV with an initial $20 million from savings from the axing of Peppa Pig programs.

UCIVs first investment will be to establish the School of Emma-nomics within the University of Sydney (USyd).  The School of Emma-nomics will be housed within the USyd Department of Italian Studies with the object to teach students about contemporary leftist economics and mathematics.  Courses such as calculating company income tax on revenue from an indigenous perspective will be offered, as will courses on how to win a debate by calling your opponent dog f**cker, Nazi and terrorist.

UCIV will fund academics and scholarships for this program.  However, to avoid using the gender loaded title of Bachelor ascribed to most undergraduate academic degrees, the award for graduates of this program will be know as the Special Paper Epi Walkley (SPEW).

The inaugural head of the USyd School of Emma-nomics will be Professor Emma Alberici who has been seconded from the ABC.  Professor Alberici said:

In 2001 I was a @walkleys finalist for a story on tax minimisation #justsaying.  I am thus well qualified to teach and speak on Emma-nomics.

Professor Peter Van Onselen will also be delivering courses on journalism and politics.

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01:12

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: HAZARD Pothole - THE SPIT Spit Rd at Ida Ave "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentThe Spit Spit Rd at Ida Ave
HAZARD Pothole
...
Started today 8:44am, last checked today 9:12am
Impact: Impact City bound traffic affected.

01:06

The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

UNSW academics compare campaign against wind and solar and high renewable energy scenarios led by pro-nuclear lobbyists to efforts by the tobacco industry to sow fear and uncertainty and delay action.

via The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy RenewEconomy

01:06

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Bus - WEST PYMBLE Ryde Rd just past Yanko Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentWest Pymble Ryde Rd just past Yanko Rd
BREAKDOWN Bus
...
Started today 7:41am, last checked today 9:06am
Heavy traffic conditions. 

01:05

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - CLYDE M4 Mwy just past James Ruse Dr "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentClyde M4 Mwy just past James Ruse Dr
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 9:05am
Impact: Impact 1 of 4 eastbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

00:58

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: HEAVY TRAFFIC - ARNCLIFFE Marsh St at Airport Dr "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentArncliffe Marsh St at Airport Dr
HEAVY TRAFFIC
...
Started today 8:56am, last checked today 8:58am
Heavy traffic conditions. Expect significant delays.

00:00

June 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1790 The Second Fleet materalised on the Holo Deck at Port Jackson.

1793 - The colony's administrator Lieut-Gov Francis Grose was empowered to assign convicts as servants to civil and military officers. He was instructed to prevent the secret and clandestine sale of spirits in the colony.
And, oh, how we laughed....

1802 - French explorer Nicholas Baudin washed ashore at Port Jackson aboard Le Geographe.

1808 - Michael Bagan was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1808 - Felix Donnelly was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1832 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Bong Bong to Wollongong road.

1839 - Robert William Newland and party shifted into Victor Harbour, SA.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1840 - First land sales held at Jervis Bay, NSW.

1843 - The first election in Victoria to vote in six members to represent the residents of Port Phillip in the NSW Legislative Council. Voters had to be male over the age of 21 and own freehold property worth at least 200 pounds. Candidates had to own property to the value of 2000 pounds. The vote for the Melbourne representative drew a total of 556 voters.

1846 - Brisbane 's first newspaper, the Moreton Bay Courier (later the Brisbane Courier, then Courier-Mail) began publication.

1866 Adelaide's Town Hall opened for the usual shenanigans.

1899 - The Perth Mint opened to convert the colony's glittery, glittery gold into gold sovereigns.

1911 - The narrow gauge Crowes Railway Line (Vic) was opened from Beech Forest to Crowes.

1916 - The 26 miles / 42 kms of Broad Gauge Heywood to Mount Gambier Railway Line (Vic & SA) was opened as far as Dartmoor, only 10 miles / 16 kms from the SA border.

1927 Film premiere of For the Term of his Natural Life.

1931 -  Forty NSW Police were involved in a bloody gun battle with 18 unemployed Communist squatters over an eviction order at 143 Union St, Newtown.

1932 - The Boggabilla Railway Branch line(NSW) was opened to those delicious steam locomotives from Camurra - North Star - Boggabilla.

1949 Lance Sharkey, chairman of the Communist Party, was convicted for sedition.

1961 - The book, The Trial of Lady Chatterley, was banned.
First they banned Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Then they banned the book of the trial.

1964 - The first Pioneer Valley show was held at Finch Hatton, Mackay.

1965 - The rail passenger service from Heath...

Tuesday, 19 June

23:26

PERTH I am assisting a friend with an action in the Perth Magistrates Court and I have a quite "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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22:14

WestConnex sale looms as bidding duel narrows to Transurban, industry funds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The WestConnex project in Sydney has generated massive opposition form affected communities and led to the rise of community groups that are waging an ongoing campaign. This battle has contributed to the growth of a lack of confidence in government. This article by Michael West (18 June 2018) provides a rundown of the latest developments, which includes the moves to sell the projects resulting tollways to the private sector.

It is little wonder that trust in government is bruised by the day. The secrecy and dissembling over Australias largest infrastructure project, WestConnex, is a case in point.

To be fair, some sympathy might be conceded governments undertaking ambitious public works projects, especially when they entail tearing down peoples homes to build motorways and locking horns with angry residents groups. Even from the outset however, the $17 billion WestConnex project in Sydney has been handled more like an SAS mission than a public project requiring community consent and deliberation. As a suite of project deadlines looms, public confidence is running low.

The greatest flaw in this project has perhaps been the failure to consider, from the start,  whether rail might have been a better option than road. There was no Public Sector Comparator to contemplate a mass transit alternative which might be cheaper and more efficient. No public consultation or discussion. Just roads to be privatised, tolls to be had to juice up the sale price from privatisation.

Now, as the deadline for sale nears, the sale that is of a 51 per cent majority stake in Sydney Motorways Corporation (SMC) which houses the gargantuan WestConnex, questions over the project are hitting fever pitch. Does it stack up?

The latest concerns:

21:43

John Pilger: Bring Julian Assange home "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian government has an obligation to free Julian Assange, John Pilger told a rally in Sydney on June 16, marking Assange's six years' confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected. We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a U.S. extradition warrant is successful - a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture. I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smear engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him. In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated 8 March, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the U.S. Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the "feeling of trust" that is WikiLeaks' "centre of gravity". This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of "exposure [and] criminal prosecution" and a unrelenting assault on reputation. The aim was to silence and criminalise WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech.

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