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Tuesday, 20 September


DYI biohacking rears its ugly head in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Gene Ethics, 8 September 2016:

DIY biohack threat

US biohacker Ellen Jorgensen, of Genspace New York, toured Australia in Science Week to promote DIY gene hacking, in informal labs, and to encourage untrained nerds to do genetic manipulation. The OGTR promised to tell her audiences that Australian GM laws require training, contained labs and expert supervision, but did not. The OGTR has also failed to define new 'gene editing' techniques and their products as GM, so they remain unregulated. We advocate tough laws banning any DIY genetic manipulation of living things. Humans invented computer programs but they fail, are hacked and virus infected for fun. Untrained, risk-takers, aspiring to be the next bio-Gates or Jobs, must be stopped.

University of Sydney, Faculty of Science:

Biohacking events at Sydney Science Festival
Get down with DNA
10 am, Thursday 18 August, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Stage 6 biology students and their teachers will meet Dr Ellen Jorgensen and spend the day exploring exciting DIY bio techniques and the amazing things biohackers do. The DIY bio movement gives bio-entrepreneurs low-cost access to facilities for proof-of-concept experiments. Hands-on science workshops will be delivered by Sydney’s leading science organisations including the Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Conservation Society, UTS Centre for Forensic Science and the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics. Students will also experience a behind the scenes tour of the Royal Botanic Garden’s Plant Pathology...


A Gentle State of Mellow "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Life is gentle and mellow at the moment. After a fairly tumultuous few years, it’s a joy to be able to kick back and take things a bit easier. Big Boy and I have started walking each morning – it’s amazing how interesting and beautiful our neighbourhood is at ground level… My aim is to get to 8,000 steps […]


Syria: Did U.S. Airstrike intend to help Daesh? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at

How does the international community handle a rogue-state U.S.A.?

What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:

SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...


With Concerns About Jacob Wetterling and My Father- Jacob’s Abductor… "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.

Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?

Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.


Shatter Boys UK on and "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Shatter Boys UK is a group of men who have come together because they have had enough of being silenced by taboos that exist in society myths that exist and the universal misconception that this doesn’t happen to boys and men.

We came together because we knew we would be stronger together as Survivors and unity was key a collective voice needed to smash this thing apart.

We knew from our own experiences that there is a distinct lack of support services for adult male Survivors of Childhood sexual and adult male rape.

This had to change as people are dying out there. People we knew, our peers , have taken over doses and committed suicide because they had no where to go.

We realized that mutual aid was the key what worked for us was one Survivor helping another.

We decided to plant Peer support groups across the UK so support would be available for free and accessible to men.

We are all about supporting men to empower them selves to move forward with there lives and have a voice.

We understand unity is the answer we aim to plant Peer support groups across the UK in areas where there is no support of which there are many.


Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned

Area Dipa The Jakarta Post
Tangerang, Banten | Tue, September 20 2016 | 05:23 pm
    The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), an international network of media assistance groups, is drawing attention to the Indonesian government’s policy to restrict foreign journalists from covering Papua. This concern is related to Indonesia’s appointment as the host country for World Press Freedom Day in 2017.
    “Papua is actually one of the issues that is on the list of issues that could be addressed, in which all access of foreign reporters should be better. Actually, it’s very interesting that local authorities are more nervous about journalism than authorities at the central government,” GFMD chairman Leon Willems said after the opening of the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development at the Nusantara Multimedia University in South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday.
    He said the presence of journalists in a country or area is important to help the public in carrying out social control. In a democratic system, public control through media is a fundamental prerequisite, he went on.
    Speaking on restrictions for the presence of journalists in a country or area, Willems said: “[With such restrictions] you cannot have accountability, you cannot have human rights, press freedom, freedom of expression or citizen rights to express themselves.”
    Willems further said international cooperation and pressures against restrictions of journalists to ruling governments could become an important part of efforts to realize the freedom of the press.
    He referred to the arrest of Khadija Ismayilova, a Free Europe Radio journalist who also worked for Azerbaijan Liberty Radio. She was arrested by her country’s government in December 2014 for airing corruption-related news involving Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s family. Since her release in the middle of 2016, Ismayilova had not been permitted to travel abroad until today.


    Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    One Step Off The Grid The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found. The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded […]


    Wollongong just got a little bigger "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    MINISTER for Local Government Paul Toole today welcomed the decisions of the Land and Environment Court in relation to five council merger proposals.

    The court entirely dismissed Shellharbour Council’s action regarding its opposition to merging with Wollongong City Council. The court also dismissed the opposition to the merger of Hornsby Shire and Ku-ring-gai councils and Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde councils.

    Shellharbour has until September 27 to consider an appeal.

    The proposal puts to bed an unsuccessful attempt in the 1990s for the reinstatement of the former Bulli Shire Council, and for the northern suburbs to sucede from Wollongong. Shellahrbour will now join with Wollongong, and the northern beaches to form one major Illawarra local government area.

    “The Court noted that the complaints common to the five were without foundation,” Mr Toole said.

    Regarding the action brought by Mosman and Strathfield councils, the court found that the Delegate did not adequately consider one and two of 11 factors outlined by the Local Government Act respectively, meaning the proposed mergers remainin the hands of the Delegates.

    “The Government will closely examine the findings in relation to these Delegates’ reports,” Mr Toole said.

    The NSW Government proclaimed 19 new councils on May 12. Bayside Council was proclaimed on September 9 following the conclusion of legal action brought by the former Botany Bay council.

    A further three merger proposals remain subject to decisions of the courts.

    “The 20 new councils in NSW are already getting on with the job of delivering improved services and better infrastructure to their ratepayers,” Mr Toole said.



    Crows "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Some crows I've been drawing working up to a commission - which will hopefully adorn a craft beer


    Trip to Newcastle "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Trees from mum's backyard


    Waiting for a train to leave Sydney

    Corella and wood doves feeding


    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    2) Benny Giay: Indonesia Should Reflect on Papua Human Rights Issue  

    3) How the UN Failed West Papua


    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police

    Thousands of Papuans rallying yesterday across Indonesia were reportedly dispersed by police and at least 75 were arrested.

    Photo: Supplied/ Whens Tebay


    Craft Xcellence- Celebrating 110 years of craft! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Craft Xcellence

    The Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW is celebrating 110 years since their foundation in 1906 with a special exhibition at the Society’s gallery, Craft NSW– an artist-run gallery where visitors can meet the makers of a diverse range of high quality Australian craft.

    As Australia’s oldest continuously running craft organisation, The Society has been located in The Rocks for the past 40 years.


    To mark the event, Craft Xcellence will showcase unique works which push the boundaries of craft techniques in fine jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood and more. The exhibition also includes a display of work from previous decades.

    The exhibition opens on Tuesday 20 September from 6 to 8 pm and from then on will be open everyday from 9.30 am to 5:30 pm until the 20 October!

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    Pat Hayward, ceramic vessel

    What: Craft Xcellence Exhibition

    When: Tuesday, 20 September to 9 October, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (7 days a week)

    Where: Craft NSW, 104 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

    For more information click HERE.

    The post Craft Xcellence- Celebrating 110 years of craft! appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


    Briggs, Tkay Maidza & More Join Huge Face The Music Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Briggs, Tkay Maidza & More Join Huge Face The Music Lineup

    Not only will the 2016 iteration of Melbourne’s national music conference Face The Music feature live music for the first time, but the list of speakers and performers is getting out of control.

    Adding already to the the first round of speakers which includes music critic Anthony Fantano, Bandcamp’s Andrew Jervis, and triple j’s Zan Rowe, are a sensational list of local artists.

    We’re of course excited to hear that Briggs will be joining the lineup. After dropping ‘January 26’ with his group A.B. Original, Briggs has become an almost household name as he has taken it upon himself to challenge Australia Day.

    Joining the hip-hop sensation is another Aussie rap champ in Tkay Maizda, whose latest collab with Killer Mike is leaving everyone frothing for her forthcoming debut album. There’s more, too, as prodigious producer Japanese Wallpaper will be joining them, along with a slew of other great artists.

    Face the Music will be held at Melbourne Music Week’s Hub, The State Library of Victoria, and is shaping up to be a great day for Australian music – and possibly the best Face The Music yet.

    Face The Music Lineup

    Anthony Fantano [The Needle Drop]

    Andrew Jervis [Bandcamp]

    Ricki Askin [VICE]

    Zan Rowe [triple j]

    Kim Ambrosius [Roskilde]

    Robert Forster

    Taylor Brode [Sacred Bones]

    Lorrae McKenna [Remote Control]

    Nai Palm [Hiatus Kaiyote]

    Ben Marshall [Vivid Sydney]

    Woody McDonald [Meredith Music Festival]

    Nic Kelly [Night High Records]

    Michael Hohnen [Skinnyfish Music]

    Emma Barnes [Emma Jane Management]

    Katie Stewart [Laneway Music Festival]

    Myf Warhurst [Double J]

    Samuel Wald [WME]

    Johann Ponniah [I Oh You]


    Tkay Maizda

    Japanese Wallpaper

    Jaime Gough [Native Tongue]

    Emily York [Penny Drop]


    Turnbull can’t hide Australia’s shame – Nauru fathers arrested following kids’ protest "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Nauru’s detention regime has plunged further into crisis with the announcement that Connect will not re-tender to provide refugee services on the prison island. But the announcement is just one small symptom of a dysfunctional regime.

    The daily protests in the family camp have continued since 20 March and escalated on Sunday night, 18 September.

    Four men, fathers of asylum seekers and refugees, were arrested by Nauruan police last Sunday night following a protest by children who put rubbish on the road and threw stones at a bus going along the road between the family compound RPC 3 and the refugee camp, Anuiju.

    Around 25 Nauruan police descended on the family compound to arrest the children but after determined resistance from pregnant wives and families in the RPC 3, and children chanting, “Stop Torture. Freedom Forever”, police left the children, but arrested four men.


    Nauruan police car in Anuiju

    Refugee and asylum seekers who attempted to take videos or photographs of the police were threatened with arrest.

    It is understood that the men were released on the Sunday night after they signed an undertaking at the police station.

    “The incident points to the far wider issue of Nauru and offshore detention. In the guise of service providers, Connect has already been complicit in Australia’s systematic mistreatment of asylum seekers on Nauru. Connect have often used the police themselves rather than protect refugees from the arbitrary and often brutal treatment of an unaccountable police force,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition

    “But many refugees see the Connect decision as the end game that started when they were arbitrarily separated from family and other asylum seekers on Christmas Island in 2013.

    “Despite Turnbull and Dutton’s posturing in New York, the government will finally be faced with the need to bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia. The sooner, the better.”

    Refugee groups in Australia will hold solidarity vigils and protests to coincide with 200 days of protest on Nauru on 5 October.

    Sydney Solidarity with Nauru rally, Wednesday 5 October, 5.30pm. Town Hall. Supported by Refugee Action Coalition, Mums 4 Refugees, Teachers for Refugees, Doctors 4 Refugees, Australian Women Supporting Women on Nauru, Grandmothers Against the Detention of Children, People Just Like Us, Love Makes A Way.

    For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

    The post Turnbull can’t hide Australia’s shame – Nauru fathers arrested following kids’ protest appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


    Seawall at McCauley’s "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


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    Beach storm damage after the last big surf at Bulli

    THERE’S still time to have your say about the proposed design of a seawall at McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul.

    Wollongong City Council is seeking feedback on a proposal to protect the embankment at the end of Corbett Ave which is eroding due to coastal wave action and storm events.

    Work to stabilise the embankment is now required to protect the road and maintain safe access to the public reserve and private property.

    Council has proposed constructing a gently sloping seawall of armour rock that will dissipate wave energy and allow seawater to percolate through the wall. The design has been reviewed by an independent coastal engineer and is not expected to impact the surf break. The wall will be above mid tide on the beach and will not be at the water’s edge in normal weather.

    Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Works, Mike Hyde, said the proposed design is not final and people are encouraged to have their say before submissions close on 30 September.

    “The work is designed to protect community assets not private property,” he said. “However, we have been liaising with local property owners due to the proximity of the works.

    “The work will also include constructing a permanent stairway from the public reserve to McCauleys Beach.”

    Once the design is finalised, it’s anticipated work will take about six months depending on tide, swell and weather conditions and will not commence until 2017.

    Council has liaised and satisfied the requirements of a number of Authorities including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Crown Lands) and the Regional Coastal Panel.

    For more information or to view the plans visit Council’s website.



    There’s nothing better than a beautiful day out on the hillside, unless it’s a beautiful day out with lots of lovely people planting trees.


    This year we had the wonderful team from Justin Borevitz’s lab at ANU, along with another hundred yellow box  (eucalyptus melliodora) that they raised from seed, genotyped and either pampered or subjected to all sorts of tests (drought strtrees-in-truckess, various sprays etc).  In the last two years we have planted 30 to 50 of these which despite some setbacks in the way of frost, not to mention last autumn’s endless dryness, have been doing well.   The main challenge is transporting the big pots (this year big sections of pipe) up to where they’ll be planted. The rest of our plants come from Murrumbateman Landcare, Greening Australia or Damian DiMarco’s nursery on Wallaroo Road, making as wide and balanced a range of species as we can manage.

    In the past few weeks we’ve been planting sections of this year’s big project – a new windbreak on Esdale.  Last weekend the army of pink covers finally peered over the hill where we can see them from the house.

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    Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.

    The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.

    The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).


    As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive for networks to duplicate infrastructure.

    The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.


    The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”

    The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”

    Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”

    The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.



    This Week’s 13 Best Local Gigs Under $15 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    This Week’s 13 Best Local Gigs Under $15

    Loving live music isn’t just about attending music festivals and seeing an international artist’s massive arena show.

    Even the biggest of big-name headliners started in the trenches, on the sticky carpets and bandrooms of your local bars and pubs – which is exactly where you should be if you want to discover your new favourite band or venue.

    Here are our picks for this week’s best local gigs from Aussie talent – from Perth to the East Coast – and all for the price of a good meal.

    Alex Lahey

    Where: Hotel Steyne, Manly NSW
    When: 9pm – 12am, Friday Sep 23
    Why: Following the release of her killer debut record B-Grade University, Alex Lahey is hitting back with her first national tour. The gig is set to be one to remember and with support acts Betty & Oswald, it’s one you shouldn’t miss – oh and did we mention that it’s free?
    Tickets & Info: Free, more info here.

    Mall Grab & Christopher Port

    Where: Ferdydurke, Melbourne VIC
    When: 9pm – 5am, Saturday Sep 22
    Why: $10 for a night of quality house and electronica? Yes please! Headlining the night is Mall Grab who is racking up millions of plays online, and joining him is Christopher Port, whose recent EP ‘Vehement’ was met with plenty of praise as well. You can’t really lose!
    Tickets & Info: $10-15 more info here.

    Dorsal Fins & Remi DJs

    Where: Yah Yah’s, Melbourne VIC
    When: 8pm – 5am, Saturday Sep 24
    Why: Yah Yah’s is throwing a pretty great night this Saturday with Dorsal Fins headlining their first Melbourne show with a very late-night appearance from Sydney outfit Straight Arrows, coupled in with a Remi DJ afterparty – all for a ridiculously low 10 Dollarydoos.
    Tickets & Info: $10, more info here.

    The Cherry Dolls

    Where: Cherry Bar, Melbourne VIC
    When: 10pm, Thursday Sep 15
    Why: Melbourne rock stalwarts The Cherry Dolls couldn’t have found a better spot to launch their second EP, Lone Palm, than Melbourne’s home of rawk, Cherry Bar. They’ll be backed up by...


    Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos

    We’ve got a new Aussie hip hop talent to keep an eye on in Melbourne emcee Kudos aka James Tretheway, who has today dropped his first studio track, the curiously named ‘Plucker’.

    Produced/mixed by Yuri Tobler and mastered/mixed by Ben Kramp (Illy, M-Phazes), it’s a satisfying opening volley that melds raw personal lyrics with velvet smooth beats loaded with chunky guitar.

    “Plucker is the story of balance between taking time for yourself and giving time to others,” James says of the track.

    “Acknowledging that we all should have the right to grieve and that our feelings are relevant to where we are standing, while at the same time recognising others grief in order to put our own into a healthy perspective.”

    While this is only his first track, he hasn’t been sitting idle, instead honing his craft and being able to share the stage with Atmosphere, Spit Syndicate and Afrika Bambaataa in recent years, as well as featuring regularly with Tijuana Cartel.

    Now, Kudos is embarking on his own East Coast solo tour in October, including a spot at Jungle Love festival on the Sunshine Coast, dates below.

    Kudos Plucker Single Tour

    Supported By DJ Lickweed

    Thu 13 Oct – Melbourne, VIC – Workers Club
    Thu 27 Oct – Brisbane, QLD – Milk Factory
    Sat 29 Oct- Gold Coast, QLD – Dust Temple Spoken Word -W/ Luka Lesson
    Thu 3 Nov – Sydney, NSW – Oaf Gallery
    Fri 25th Nov – Brisbane, QLD – Jungle Love
    Sat 26 Nov – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Solbar W/ Dubarray


    Sisters of St Joseph celebrate 150 years of community service "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    HUNTERS HILL’S Sisters of St Joseph are celebrating their sesqui-centenary this week. The Josephite Sisters were founded by St Mary McKillop in 1866 and their hospice at St Joseph’s Aged Care in Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill was purchased by Saint Mary McKillop a few years after the Order’s foundation at the request of The Vatican. […]


    Hunters Hill shocked by Ryde Mayor’s speech "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN A shocked Coalition representing Hunters Hill ratepayers has accused Ryde’s new Mayor Clr Bill Pickering and his Liberal team of putting politics before people. Mayor Pickering was elected to his second term in Ryde’s top job on Friday night and his victory speech declared Baird’s forced merger of Ryde, Hunters Hill […]


    Controversy at Ryde City Council election night "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Ryde Liberal leader Bill Pickering was elected as Mayor of City of Ryde last Friday night with Liberal Clr Jane Stott elected as Deputy Mayor. Barely five minutes after being elected by seven votes to five, Mayor Pickering controversially described BairdÕs proposed forced amalgamation of Ryde, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove as ‘inevitable’ and said […]


    Puzzles and Paints in Field of Mars Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Ryde Hunters Hill Flora & Fauna Preservation Society Activities committee have organised a Family Afternoon this Sunday September 25 in the Field of Mars Reserve, Pittwater Road, Gladesville from 2pm to 4pm. Bring the children along to Puzzles and Paints – fun activities for kids of all ages. Activities will include Treasure Trove: Follow clues […]


    Epping Boys High cater for Karonga Party "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Epping Boys High School students personally catered for Karonga Special School students at their annual Musical Concert entertainment at the school last Wednesday. The Epping Boys High volunteers made and prepared the after concert party refreshment with the help and guidance of their teacher Nadine Koff.  PICTURED in the Karonga School kitchen serving refreshments are […]


    Victor Dominello reveals kindy fees discount "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Ryde MP Victor Dominello has welcomed an additional $115 million in funding to make early childhood education more affordable for local families and reduce fees by an average of 30 per cent. Mr Dominello said the funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from […]


    Teaching new sailors how to sail on famous Sydney Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    To The POINT with ANDREW CURTIN MY INVOLVEMENT with the Hunters Hill Sailing Club began over ten years ago when I met Bruce Lucas, former Hunters Hill Mayor and Club Life member, by the flag mast down by the water at Clarkes Point. He explained how I could start my eldest boy in a Learn […]


    Helping Clean-up World Day "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Bennelong MP John Alexander OAM was on hand last Saturday morning helping the Clean up the World effort on the Parramatta River at Meadowbank pictured with Austin Kim and Kenny Lee.


    Laxale put people before pomp "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    City of Ryde’s former Mayor – Councillor Jerome Laxale – has hit back at Liberal allegations he let Ryde down by abandoning the city’s mayoral pomp and ceremony. Liberal voters were angry that Mayor Laxale didn’t wear the Mayoral robes and chains at citizenship ceremonies which has prompted new Mayor Bill Pickering to declare that […]


    Historic wedding dresses at Festival of Marriage in Hunters Hill’s Anglican Church this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Wedding dresses that date back to the 1880’s will be on display at All Saints Anglican Church this Saturday. The historic dresses are part of a display of bridal wear from Hunters Hill’s heritage Anglican church for the Anglican Parish’s Festival of Marriage, to be celebrated inside the church from 10 am until 3 pm. […]


    What You Should Know Before Mike Patton Returns Down Under "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    What You Should Know Before Mike Patton Returns Down Under

    In case you hadn’t heard, the headliners for next year’s MONA FOMA were announced earlier this month. It was arguably the quirky Tasmanian festival’s most impressive lineup announcement to date, and we don’t even know who else is playing yet.

    It almost doesn’t matter, since the reaction to the news that Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer would soon be sharing a bill in Australia was enough to get fans excited and FOMO-ing all over social media.

    But as Patton fans know, a tour announcement from the prolific vocalist, whose range rivals the likes of Mariah Carey, could mean just about anything. Recent Patton tours have involved everything from Faith No More to orchestral Italian pop music.

    So what is tētēma?

    As Patton recently explained to the Sydney Morning Herald, it’s the mind-bending collaboration between himself and Aussie composer Anthony Pateras and he’s not actually 100 percent sure the two of them can pull it off. “I can’t lie to you, I’m a little bit nervous,” he said.

    “I don’t know how we’re going to pull this stuff off… To be honest – how should I say? – it’s a logistical nightmare.” Patton refers to the intricate and ambitious collaboration, which yielded the album Geocidal, as “world music from another world”.

    The story behind the creation of the album is as much of a curveball as the music. It involved Pateras moving to a convent in rural France where he locked himself away for 10 days before emerging with a suite of left-of-field rhythmic soundscapes.

    The album, in the making since 2009, was finalised in San Francisco over 48 hours. “The interesting thing about the record is that every element is recorded in a different country, and this gives the sound a displaced, almost vaporous intensity,” said Pateras in a statement.

    “I moved country twice during its genesis as well… the whole Geocidal thing is about coming from no place, re-birthing, watching the place you are from be altered beyond recognition that you have nothing to do with it anymore.”

    So those fans expecting to hear a rendition of ‘Epic’ are out of luck and should strap yourselves in for some seriously twisted and challenging sound art. But as Patton told the Sydney Morning Herald, more music from Faith No More is not out of the question.

    “I don’t know whether or not we’re going to attack it,” Patton told the outlet, “but there is some stuff we wrote around the time of the last one and said, ‘Why don’t we save this for the next record?’ So we’ll see.”


    Justice Reinvestment: Giving kids a life not life in prison "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all governments to listen to First Peoples in order to address crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. 

    National Campaigns Manager, Ms Jane Powles said that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment since 2009 to address high incarceration rates.” 

    “It's about time governments started to listen” 

    Last night’s episode of ABC’s Four Corners featuring one of the first Justice Reinvestment trial sites in Australia, highlighted the common sense approach that Justice Reinvestment supports.

    “Driver licence programs that keep young people and the roads in Bourke safe make a lot of sense,” said Ms Powles

    In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.

    “Bourke is showing us that there is a much better way to invest tax payers money that will create stronger and safer communities.” 

    Despite multiple reports and inquiries into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the justice system incarceration rates continue to rise. It’s time to think differently to address this crisis and create sustainable solutions.     

    “Last night we saw a whole community stepping up and collectively developing practical solutions that address the drivers of crime.”   

    Ms Powles said “With youth detention on the next Council of Australian Governments agenda, the Prime Minister has the opportunity to take the lead on developing a nationally co-ordinated approach to addressing the incarceration crisis and forging a collective commitment to Justice Reinvestment.”

    “It’s time for governments to act, and start listening to and working with First Peoples so we don't lose another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to the justice system.”

    To learn more and take action visit our Justice campaign page.


    Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now

    Homegrown buzz magnet Tash Sultana is absolutely killing it in Europe right now. Her tour may have gotten off to a bumpy start thanks to a mixup with her airline, but if this breathtaking footage shot at a local Dutch radio station is anything to go by, it’s all smiles at the moment.

    The triple j Unearthed feature artist recently wrapped a huge, completely sold-out national tour of Australia and her European trek has similarly sold out across the board, with the one-woman-band frequently taking to social media to share footage of at-capacity rooms around Europe.

    Punters were struggling to get in the door of her packed out BIGSOUND showcase and Tash hit the ground running as soon as she got back to Melbourne, announcing a new six-track EP, scheduled to drop worldwide later this month, and the launch of her own record label, Lonely Lands Records.

    The EP will include the triple j favourite ‘Notion’ as well as her brand new single, ‘Jungle’. The homemade video for ‘Jungle’ recently went viral, having accrued over 2 million views and more than 22,000 shares on Facebook in a week. Tash will also be playing Laneway 2017 next January and February.

    Tash Sultana National Tour Dates

    Thursday, 15th September 2016
    The Borderline, London

    Saturday, 17th September 2016
    7 Layers Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Sunday, 18th September 2016
    Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Thursday, 22nd September 2016
    The Northern, Byron Bay

    Friday, 23rd September 2016
    Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

    Friday, 30th September 2016
    The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

    Thursday, 6th October 2016
    Mojos, Fremantle

    Friday, 7th October 2016
    Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

    Thursday, 13th October 2016
    Baha’s Tacos, Rye

    Friday, 14th October 2016
    Torquay Hotel, Torquay

    Saturday, 15th October 2016
    Uni Bar, Adelaide

    Thursday, 20th October 2016
    Newtown Social Club, Sydney

    Thursday, 27th October 2016
    Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

    Friday, 11th November 2016
    Kings Arms, Auckland


    Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip

    Sahara Beck admits that she has always loved the works of Quentin Tarantino, so when she got the chance to film her new music video for ‘Tapping On The Roof’, she lapped up the opportunity to pay homage to Tarantino’s first film – Reservoir Dogs.

    “I’ve always been a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino,” she says, “so when we were creating the idea for the ‘Tapping on the Roof’ music video Matt Jeston (Director) came up with the idea that we roughly base the video on the torture scene from Reservoir Dogs. It’s such a great movie and I’m so happy that I get to pay my respects to it through my own art.”

    The clip was filmed at the Brisbane’s Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, which created the perfect backdrop to her uniquely gorgeous track, the click-clack of percussion echoing its title perfectly. The Tarantino influence definitely doesn’t end at the video either, as ‘Tapping On The Roof’ wouldn’t feel at all out of place on a Kill Bill soundtrack.

    You’ll be able to catch Sahara live when she joins Brisbane’s Ball Park Music on their mammoth national tour with The Creases, as well on as her very own solo tour, which culminates with a show at Festival Of The Sun – dates below.

    Ball Park Music National Tour Dates
    w/ The Creases & Sahara Beck

    Thursday 22 September

    Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

    Friday 23 September

    Solbar, Maroochydore QLD

    Saturday 24 September 

    The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

    Sunday 25 September 

    The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

    Thursday 29 September 

    ANU Bar, Canberra ACT

    Friday 30 September 

    Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (all ages)

    Tuesday 4 October

    The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC

    Wednesday 5 October

    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC

    Thursday 6 October

    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC 

    Friday 7 October

    170 Russell, Melbourne VIC 

    Saturday 8 October 

    The Uni Bar, Hobart TAS

    Thursday 13 October 

    The Gov, Adelaide SA

    Friday 14 October

    The Gov, Adelaide, SA (all ages)

    Friday 21 October



    RedFlow names accredited installers for ZCell home battery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    With its first shipment of residential battery storage systems set to be delivered to customers in October, RedFlow has announced the first round of accredited installers for the ZCells.

    The Brisbane-based company has revealed an initial list of seven companies in states around Australia who are trained and approved to install the 10kWh zinc bromine flow battery.


    Further installer training sessions are being conducted – as we reported last month, these are being done by RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett, himself – for a number of additional companies, which will be added to the website as they are approved.

    The companies named on Tuesday include Geographe Electrical Communications (WA), Off-Grid Energy Australia (SA, VIC, ACT, NSW, TAS and southeast QLD.), SolarQuip (VIC), Standard Solar (national), Suntrix (SA, VIC, NSW, QLD), The Solar Depot (SA, NSW) and WES Group (QLD, NT, WA).

    The ZCell, which was officially launched to the market in March, is described as a flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.

    Some of the benefits of the battery chemistry and design – which are both Australian made – include a long cycle life, reusable parts and a better depth of discharge and storage capability than some of its main competitors, including lead acid and lithium-ion batteries.

    “ZCell has natural advantages over lithium in terms of its recyclability and reusability, better depth of discharge and storage capability,” said Ian Grayson – managing director of newly accredited installer WES Group, a Sunshine Coast-based electrical and mechanical contracting company.

    “I believe energy storage will be a long-term growth story, like solar PV, and it will also be a game changer for the major electricity suppliers, especially with the advent of aggregation,” Grayson said.

    Another ZCell installer, Troy Ryan from Solar Depot described the ZCell as a low maintenance and long-life battery system that would integrate easily into the company’s projects.

    “ZCell’s well-suited for grid-hybrid and larger standalone applications and also answers safety concerns that plenty of people have about lithium batteries,” Ryan said.

    The full list of ZCell installers can be found here.

    The post RedFlow names accredited installers for ZCell home battery appeared first on One Step Off The Grid.


    Tuesday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton have defended Australia’s border protection policies at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter has declared that a ‘revolutionary change’ must occur to break the ongoing cycle of welfare dependency across Australia.

    Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has dismissed calls for an upheaval of Australia’s current inflation-targeting regime.

    South Australia Police have revealed that 12 drivers tested positive to illicit drugs near schools yesterday.

    3 Eden Hills residents have been arrested and charged with fraud.

    Adelaide City Council has resisted a push from the State Government to redevelop some of North Adelaide’s landmarks and institutions.

    In Sport…

    The Paralympics have come to a close with festivities highlighted by a giant conga-line of athletes dancing to Brazilian funk music.

    An all-Sydney AFL grand final is looking imminent, if the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants make it through their preliminary finals this weekend.

    Sturt Football Club has made a remarkable turnaround after finishing in 8th place last season to now scoring a spot in the 2016 SANFL grand final.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    Syrian ops continue despite botched raid "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet. (AAP)

    A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet. (AAP)

    Australia will continue its air operations in Syria, despite a review into how coalition forces allegedly killed more than 60 Syrian troops in a bombing raid.

    RAAF aircraft were involved in air strikes on what was believed to be an Islamic State fighting position in eastern Syria on Sunday.

    The strikes were called off when Russian officials told air operations controllers the targets may have been Syrian military personnel.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.

    “It is a very complex environment and as soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russians that Syrian forces were being affected, the operation discontinued,” he told reporters in New York.

    He said it remained to be seen whether it impacted on the already brittle ceasefire.
Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Islamic State.

    She said Australia would cooperate with an international review, however operations would continue.

    “We will continue in an appropriate and measured way with the international coalition to do what is required, but there has been no hold put on Australia’s activity,” she said in Sydney on Monday.

    “Our commitment is to eliminate the threat of Daesh.”

    She said Australia was seeking an end to hostilities, access for humanitarian aid and a path to a political solution in Syria.

    The minister declined to say what Australian aircraft were involved, but it is known the RAAF operations involve Super Hornet bombers, a refuelling aircraft and a Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft.

    RAAF personnel would not be exposed to any legal action as the target had been assessed as legitimate under the laws of armed conflict, Senator Payne said.

    A Pentagon spokesman said Russian officials had not voiced any concerns about the operation, in the Dayr Az Zawr area, when first notified of it.

    Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the loss of Syrian soldiers is tragic but the greater tragedy would be letting Islamic State extremists win.

    “We have to make sure we beat these people.”
Australia Strategic Policy Institute director Peter Jennings said he did not recall a similar incident over the past two years.

    “We’ve been extremely careful over two years to make sure that we don’t engage in any strikes which lead to civilian deaths or the deaths of non-combatants.”

    He said a communications failure was the likely cause, as the Russians had issued their advice half an hour into the air strikes.

    “I think this is the result of the lack of trust which seems to be created between the Russians and in particular the US right now.

    “We have come to the end of the ceasefire as a viable moment in the war.”

    The Greens and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon have called for a separate, independent review into Australia’s role.

    “We need to know what went wrong and why because if we don’t learn from the mistakes of this botched operation then there is a risk it may be repeated,” Senator Xenophon said.

    Independent MP Andrew Wilkie said it was in the publ...


    Tuesday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter has declared that a ‘revolutionary change’ must occur to break the ongoing cycle of welfare dependency across Australia.

    Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has dismissed calls for an upheaval of Australia’s current inflation-targeting regime.

    A Whyalla man is to be released on parole without supervision with a high risk of re-offending.

    3 Eden Hills residents have been arrested and charged with fraud charges.

    Adelaide City Council has resisted a push from the State Government to redevelop some of North Adelaide’s landmarks and institutions.

    New research suggests that Australia’s eucalypt population could decrease by NINETY PERCENT over the next SIXTY years as a result of climate change.

    In Sport…

    An all-Sydney AFL grand final is looking imminent this year, if the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants make it through their preliminary finals this weekend.

    The paralympics closing ceremony took place in Rio yesterday with festivities highlighted by a giant conga-line of athletes dancing to Brazilian funk music.

    Sturt Football Club have made a remarkable turnaround after finishing 8th place last season to scoring a spot in the 2016 SANFL grand final.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    DZ Deathrays Drop Killer New Single, Unveil National Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    DZ Deathrays Drop Killer New Single, Unveil National Tour Dates

    Hot on the heels of a much talked-about BIGSOUND performance and still riding a wave of momentum from this year’s mammoth WACO tour with Dune Rats and Violent Soho, Bundaberg’s favourite sons, DZ Deathrays, are back with a new single and fresh tour dates.

    ‘Pollyanna’ is the latest killer number from the Queensland duo, who are now set to hit the road this December for their biggest headline tour to date, playing a string of all ages and 18+ shows around the country with their good mate Ecca Vandal.

    Ecca Vandal hit the stage with DZ Deathrays during BIGSOUND for a raucous performance of the Beastie Boys classic ‘Sabotage’. Everyone who was there agreed it was a highlight of the conference and everyone who wasn’t was having some serious FOMO.

    The band’s latest Australian tour also comes just weeks after they announced a co-headline tour of North America and Europe with buddies Dune Rats. Rest assured, the pair’s live chops will be sharper than ever when they make their way back to Aussie shores.

    Check below for all the dates and details.

    DZ Deathrays National Tour Dates

    Friday, 9th December 2016
    The Triffid, Brisbane (AA)

    Saturday, 10th December 2016
    YMCA HQ, Leedervile (Under 18s)

    Saturday, 10th December 2016
    Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth (18+)

    Thursday, 15th December 2016
    The Factory, Sydney (AA)

    Friday, 16th December 2016
    Uni Bar, Adelaide (AA)

    Saturday, 17th December 2016
    The Croxton, Melbourne (Under 18s)

    Saturday, 17th December 2016
    The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)

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    Tuesday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter has declared that a ‘revolutionary change’ must occur to break the ongoing cycle of welfare dependency across Australia.

    Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has dismissed calls for an upheaval of Australia’s current inflation-targeting regime.

    A Whyalla man is to be released on parole without supervision with a high risk of re-offending.

    New plans to introduce French into the Australian school curriculum will see the language taught at Highgate Primary School and Unley High School for students in years reception to 12.

    3 Eden Hills residents have been arrested and charged with fraud charges.

    In Sport…

    An all-Sydney AFL grand final is looking imminent this year, if the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants make it through their preliminary finals this weekend.

    The paralympics closing ceremony took place in Rio yesterday with festivities highlighted by a giant conga-line of athletes dancing to Brazilian funk music.

    Sturt Football Club have made a remarkable turnaround after finishing 8th place last season to scoring a spot in the 2016 SANFL grand final.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    1) Police Disband Disappearance Papua People’s Action in Yakuhimo "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    2) KNPB: In Three Days Indonesian Police Arrest 75 People Papua

    3) Support PICWP Discuss Issues at the UN Papua, the Papuan People Protest in 13 Cities
    4) Besides PICWP, Hope Support Other Countries in the UN
    Below are google translates of 4 articles in Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
    Original bahasa links above articles.

    1) Police Disband Disappearance Papua People’s Action in Yakuhimo

    Author Otopina Surabut -September 19, 2016

    Thousands of Papuans who mediated KNPB Yakuhimo region title peaceful demonstration under the pressure apparatus despite disbanded and suppressed, 19/09/2016. (Oktopina Surabut - SP)

    Yakuhimo, police dispersed thousands of Papuans degree peaceful demonstration mediated West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Yakuhimo territory by force, by reason of disturbing the peace on 19 September, 2016.

    Aminus Balingga, Chairman of the PRD Yakuhimo to said, KNPB Yakuhimo mediate region of West Papuan peaceful demonstrations in accordance KNPB notification center.

    "We the people of Papua in Yahukimo ULMWP which fully supports our leaders in particular to discuss the issue of human rights violations in Papua at the UN. We urge the United Nations to immediately intervene issue of West Papua. Because if the people of Papua is still in Indonesia tells us the Papuan people will be depleted or extinct from our own land, "he told in Dekai, Monday (09/19/2016).

    He asked the UN to see the humanitarian crisis occurring in West Papua. He said, the Papuan people want the UN intervention in Papua.

    Field coordinator of the action, Yallenang Wakla explained, the action today starting from the three-point kupul mass. Jalan commercial, Mountain Road and Jalan Seradala kilo 2. However, he said officials first with full force already on standby at every point of the mass gathering.

    "At any point in the mass gathering, the security forces of Police, Brimob and Koramil were go ear...


    Syria Fights Colonialism: Australia, UK, Demark Confirm Roles In Brutal Deir Ezzor Massacre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    by Jonathan Azaziah

    Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics.

    The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Canberra is also in thick with the usurping Zionist entity and its intelligence services and foreign affairs institutions have literally been outsourced to the Mossad, making it complicit in every criminal act ‘Israel’ carries out. Not to mention, Australia has allowed large numbers of Takfiris to flock to Syria in service of the Oded Yinon balaknization agenda. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance? How much suffering that the London ZOG has inflicted–and continues to inflict–on the entire Global South? As Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei once remarked, the British regime is the “most evil” of all the Western powers. Thus, such regimes cannot feel “regrets”. Such regimes cannot offer “condolences”. Because such regimes are inhuman.

    Mark it down and adjust the narrative ladies and gentlemen: Syria and its Hizbullahi, Iranian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Russian allies are not just fighting a foreign mercenary invasion, with terrorists descending upon Bilad al-Sham from 100 different countries. They aren’t merely battling the Najdi-Dönmeh-originated, Khaleeji-financed backwardness of Wahhabi-Takfirism. They are in fact standing their ground and defending the Syrian Arab Republic against a unified colonialist alliance, the likes of which has never been seen before at any other point in history, as this Old Joint Colonialist Conglomerate is attempting to manifest its supremacist bloodlust into a New Zio-Imperialist World Order spearheaded by ‘Israel’ and its main ZOG, i.e. Washington.

    Makes the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army soldiers on Thardeh Mountain that much more heroic; that much more significant; and that much more inspiring, doesn’t it? These men didn’t die to “prop up a regime”. They didn’t give their lives to simply fight “Islamists”. They didn’t depart this world to “serve a dictator”. And they sure as hell didn’t fall whilst “repressing a revolution”. They were martyred,...


    Rally Sunday: Australia Keep Your Hands Off Syria! End the Sanctions! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Rally at 1.30pm. This Sunday 25 September 2016, Martin Place (Railway Station outside MLC Centre), Sydney City.

    Rally at 1:30pm

    This Sunday 25 September 2016

    Martin Place (railway station,
    outside MLC Centre)

    Sydney City

    HANDS OFF SYRIA strongly condemn the recent massacre of at least 62 Syrian soldiers (and another 100 wounded) in Deir al Zour, Syria.

    US and Australian governments have admitted the soldiers were killed on the 17th of September by a joint operation carried out by the US air force in collusion with the Australian military. The martyred Syrian soldiers were guarding a military fortification
    used as a base for repelling attacks by the Islamic State death-squads who completely surround the city.

    People across the world are finding it extremely hard to believe that this attack was a "mistake" or an "accident".

    Why? Because these actions are entirely consistent with US-led attempts to topple the Syrian government by covertly (or in this case overtly) supporting their enemies - these policies have resurrected Al Qaeda and its offshoots
    like ISIS.

    Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined by an independent war crimes tribunal. Assertion by the perpetrators, ‘sorry, we didn’t mean it’, is completely inadequate.

    1. We demand that Australia remove itself from the alliance of predatory nations currently waging this proxy-war against the Syrian government.

    2. We demand that Australia reestablish diplomatic relations with the Syrian government who by all accounts represent the will of the majority of the Syrian people.

    3. We demand that Australia lift the crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are blocking normal trade, finance and the diaspora from supporting their families at home.


    WHEN: Sunday, 25th of September, at 1.30pm

    WHERE: Martin Place, outside the MLC centre

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    Maranguka: Demonstrating how we can create brighter futures for Aboriginal young people "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, which featured on the latest edition of Four Corners, is already making progress in the community, and is demonstrating how justice reinvestment approaches can reduce prison populations, save money and build stronger communities.

    Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW and Managing Solicitor, Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT says: “We cannot afford to keep doing what we’re doing. The social and economic costs are too high. A smarter approach is urgently needed – and that is what justice reinvestment provides.”

    Since 2013, Just Reinvest NSW has been working in partnership with the Bourke community to develop a justice reinvestment framework. The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia.

    “What is different about what is happening in Bourke is that decisions about what needs to happen aren’t being made in Sydney or in regional offices. They are being made on the ground in Bourke. Community leaders have made decisions about what needs to happen, informed by data and research, and most importantly, broad community input.,” Hopkins says.

    The facts:

    • The overall prison population, and the rate of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in our prisons are both rising, yet property and violent crime rates are going down. Something isn’t working.
    • In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.
    • The NSW Government has just announced plans to spend $3.8 billion on new prison beds over the next four years. This money could be better spent elsewhere.

    Justice reinvestment recognises that there is a strong correlation between areas of disadvantage and high rates of young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system. It is a smarter approach to justice that builds stronger communities by redirecting money that would be spent on prisons into community services and supports. It is about addressing the underlying causes of crime and preventing it from happening in the first place.

    “We are in the early stages, and there isn’t a magic wand, but there is a shift. We are seeing optimism, and a real sense of momentum. I encourage people to watch Four Corners online, share this story with their networks and get behind this important initiative. We need to spread the word about justice reinvestment and demand meaningful change,” Hopkins says.

    Prof. Tom Calma AO, a supporter of the Bourke project and a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW says: “The beauty of justice reinvestment is that it doesn’t require additional funding; it is just a more efficient and smarter use of money already allocated to corrections. It also ensures that the community is involved and committed to not only taking ownership of the problem, but also ownership of the solutions. Importantly, it has been proven to work.”

    “The time has come for a smarter approach. We need a dedicated focus on reducing incarceration, including addressing social and cultural determinants of incarceration, from all levels of government, and done so in real partnership with communities. The time has come for a roll out of justice reinvestment initiatives across Australia,” Prof. Calma says.

    Just Reinvest NSW is calling on the NSW Government to develop and implement a justice reinvestment policy.  In particular, we are calling for the NSW Government to:

    • investigate how current prison numbers can be reduced,
    • redirect a portion of the $3.8 billion earmarked for prisons over the next four years into community-bas......


    A Few Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports Over the Last Few Days "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few days.

    On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.  Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB.  It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon).  While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.

    And at the time of writing, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP is scheduled to call into Hamilton Island Airport from Essendon on Tuesday 20 September.  It will then depart to Sydney.

    At Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" called in from Brisbane.  It departed back to the capital a little while later.

    VH-VVI also called into Rocky on Friday 16 September (as shown above).  On this occasion, it touched down from Barcaldine.  It then departed to Mackay before flying back to Brisbane.

    Also calling into Rockhampton Airport on Friday 16 September was Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW which touched down from Archerfield and Toowoomba.

    On Monday 19 September, VH-TFW is pictured above departing Rocky on return to Archerfield.

    Finally late Thursday 15 September, (former) Rockhampton based Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-JMK was noted flying from the Sunshi...


    Sophie Hutchings is Wide Asleep "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Sydney musician Sophie Hutchings writes tragedies with a piano, strings and a ghostly voice.

    It’s the kind of music that draws comparisons to Max Richter and Nils Frahm — rooted in the classical tradition and imbued with the introspection of modern ambient composers.

    On her debut album Wide Asleep, Sophie Hutchings crafts breathtaking and heartbreaking melodies, rich with nuance and emotional complexity.

    Will Backler of Out to Lunch caught up with Sophie over the phone started off by asking why she chose to name the album Wide Asleep.

    Play Sophie Hutchings


    Confluence Gala "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    You may (or may not) have heard of Confluence, the Festival of India in Australia. It’s a three month long cultural festival which is being supported by a number of organisations, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). That’s why I was invited to the Festival Gala, held last night at the Sydney Opera House.

    And what a treat it was to be invited. The Gala combined traditional and contemporary music and dance from India and Australia in a way that spoke of genuine collaboration, involving performers from India, as well as local performers including those of Indian heritage, Indigenous performers, and a regular check list of some of all Australians from a range of cultural backgrounds. Best of all? Totally entertaining. Here are some photographs I snapped of the show.


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    More arrests of Papuans planning to rally "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    More arrests of Papuans planning to rally

    4:33 pm today
    Indonesian police in Papua region have made more arrests of people planning to rally in support of international advocacy for West Papuans.
    Over the weekend 21 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were arrested by police in Yakuhimo regency as they distributed leaflets about a planned peaceful rally to be held today.
    KNPB chairman Victor Yeimo said the rally was to show support for the Pacific countries who were members of the Pacific Islands Coalition on West Papua.
    The coalition plans to raise issues of human rights abuses in West Papua, and Papuans' self-determination struggle, at the United Nations General Assembly.
    Local media reported over 200 people protested outside the local police station at the arrests.
    One protester was taken to hospital after reportedly being hit by a police officer.

    This year has seen a series of public demonstrations by West Papuans in support of various international representations on their plight.
    These include...


    Recent utube clips re West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Recent utube clips re West Papua

    The Year 5 Students at St Francis of Assisi would like you to view the website and register to receive more information about this social justice issue.

    Politics in the Pub




    Army of Dancing Robots Queue Politely to Get Their Clamps on the Iphone 7 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The iPhone 7 is now available for sale in Australia. The flagship Sydney store kicked off a day of rolling launches around the globe.

    We've taught them to move like humans, play games like humans, and now, robots are experiencing one of the last true joys of being a real person: queuing!

    A phalanx of mini robots were among the first in the world to get their metal claws on the brand new iPhone 7 when it launched in New Zealand on Friday. Thanks to the country's proximity to the international dateline, NZ got a few hours' head start on Australia's early launch, and the Kiwis weren't going to pass up that opportunity, using robots to spruik the iPhone launch.

    [...] This year, New Zealand carrier Spark used 100 Alpha 1 robots, created by Chinese company UBtech, to stand in line on behalf of customers. Each robot was controlled with a phone app and programmed to dance and move, and they were also fitted out to live-stream the queue.

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    Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3

    Not sure what's going on in US politics anymore? You're not alone! That's why 2SER has teamed up with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and The Conversation to bring you 'Race to the White House', which will keep you updated on the Presidential race between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump right up until election day!

    Race to the White House airs on 2SER 107.3FM Wednesdays 7:30-8pm and podcasted on the 2SER website here.


    The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman, Joyride & More Say ‘F**k You’ To Pokies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman, Joyride & More Say ‘F**k You’ To Pokies

    Some of Sydney’s most notable artists and musicians have banded together to give a big F-U to the pokies. The Whitlams chief Tim Freedman, One Day-er Joyride, and more will help launch the new Proudly Pokies Free campaign with a one-off gig at the Oxford Art Factory.

    “It’s time for the young people of Sydney to learn about the scale and harm of the pokies and to make better informed decisions regarding their nights out,” said Tom Lawrence, director of the Proudly Pokies Free campaign, in a statement.

    “The pokies have become an unnecessary fixture of the Australian pub and we want to promote an alternative vision for our nightlife, one that thrives on innovation, live music and true hospitality.”

    Proudly Pokies Free draws attention to and celebrates venues in Sydney who’ve decided to ditch or avoid the pokies, whilst highlighting and reducing “the massive harm that pokies cause in Australian communities”.

    “I’m proud to be involved with the Proudly Pokies Free movement to hopefully encourage a mindset that rewards and encourages venues that show imagination in programming and curating their activities,” said Freedman.

    “It’s time for the people of Sydney to push back against the pokies.” The Proudly Pokies Free campaign launch event will also feature appearances from Wild Honey, electronic duo Left., and Bad Deep DJs, as well as secret guests and special speakers.

    Proudly Pokies Free Campaign Launch

    Tim Freedman
    Wild Honey
    Bad Deep DJs

    Plus: Secrets Guests & Guest Speakers

    Sunday, 23rd October 2016
    Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
    Tickets: Moshtix


    Ball Park Music: ‘Every Night The Same Dream’ "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


    Brisbane five-piece indie rock band Ball Park Music are back with their new album ‘Every Night The Same Dream’. Tune in to Brekkie and Youth Jukebox all week to hear the 2RRR Feature Album!

    They will be playing in Sydney on September 30 for an ALL AGES show at Enmore Theatre!


    Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour

    Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, two of Australia’s best-loved singer-songwriters, have announced a national co-headline tour which will take them around the country from the tail-end of November into December, with plenty of regional and major city stops along the way.

    Kicking off at The Gov in Adelaide on 24th November, Evans and Pyke will be taking their respected discographies through Mannum, Dunsborough, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Belgrave, before finishing up in Melbourne.

    It’s been 10 years since the first Evening with Josh and Bob tour and each performer is looking forward to honouring the milestone. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect,” said Evans.

    “We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.”

    Tickets for the reunion will go on pre-sale on 9am Wednesday, 21st September and will be available to the public at 9am Friday, 23rd September. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.

    Josh Pyke & Bob Evans National Tour Dates

    Thursday, 24th November 2016
    The Gov, Adelaide

    Friday, 25th November 2016
    The Pretoria, Mannum

    Saturday, 26th November 2016
    Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough

    Sunday, 27th November 2016
    Live At The Orchard, Perth

    Friday, 2nd December 2016
    Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

    Saturday, 3rd December 2016
    Solbar, Sunshine Coast

    Sunday, 4th December 2016
    Soundlounge, Gold Coast

    Thursday, 8th December 2016
    48 Watt St, Newcastle

    Friday, 9th December 2016
    The Factory, Sydney

    Saturday, 10th December 2016
    The Street Theatre, Canberra

    Thursday, 15th December 2016
    Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

    Friday, 16th December 2016
    Corner Hotel, Melbourne


    Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP

    Brisbane reggae stalwarts Kingfisha are back with their second album Offered It Up, having kept us waiting a long time since their 2012 self-titled debut record put them squarely on the map.

    After such a long interval that’s seen the band touring internationally, it’s good to have them back – and the band are glad to have the album out after a lengthy recording process.

    “We tried some different approaches from our first album,” the band say of the new record. “We worked with some new people and the production feels a step up. It wasn’t the easiest of processes, but to hear it as one piece of work, we’re all really happy with how it’s come together.” For a few more tidbits, they’ve also given us their thoughts on each of the tracks, below.

    You can listen to Offered It Up below, and catch it live as Kingfisha head out on tour at the end of the month, dates below. The album is available now on ABC Music.

    Hold On

    This is one of our few political tunes. It started out as a really slow one drop, then we changed the beat added horns and revamped it heaps in the rehearsal room

    Dirty Man

    The descending vocal melody had been an ear worm for a few months and wasn’t really going anywhere until I was on a flight to Hobart with an old acquaintance and the lyrics and theme became quite apparent. Upon returning to Brisbane we spent a few hours in the studio and ‘Dirty Man’ was complete.

    Left It

    Incorporating both our strong loves, electronic and roots music. Left it was originally conceived at a sunny afternoon bbq. Lyrically the song is about one of those rare relationships that ends amicably.

    The Gold

    The verse melody came from our sound guy yawning. From there their was no turning back.

    Offered it up

    This track is heavily inspired by one of our favourite and widely unknown reggae bands Midnite. It’s one of the slower jams in our repertoire.

    Position Steppers

    This song took along time to get right in the studio. Feels like we got there in the end. It’s our take on UK Steppers.

    In a memory

    The melodies and chords came to life the morning after an amazing night we all shared in Reunion Island drinking rum and watching Manu Chao. The lyrics and the rest of the song was finished in a farmhouse in southern France.

    Too many words

    Was built from the rhythm up. We spent a weekend in the northern rivers swimming, eating and playing music. This rhythm really seemed to stick. It was the last tune completed for the album.

    Water Running

    This is one of our favourite live tunes. It’s all revolved around the bass line.


    The only song on the album that was completed start to finish in the studio. Was a blast having a completely different approach.

    Kingfisha Tour Dates

    30 Sept – The Jack , Cairns QLD
    1 Oct – Wallaby Creek Festival QLD
    7 Oct – Torquay Hotel, VIC
    8 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
    15 Oct – Newtown Social Club, NSW...


    Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour

    Some 30 years after their initial disbanding, Aussie post-punk legends The Sunnyboys are getting back together again. The band reformed recently for sold out shows along the East Coast in 2013 and 2014, with a full scale 2015 tour proving fans are still hungry for more.

    2017 will see the band reform again, but this time they will be playing their 1981 self-titled debut album in its entirety.

    “What a thrill it will be to play our 1st album from start to finish,” says bassist Peter Oxley. “We have never ever done this before. Looking forward to ‘I Can’t Talk to You (reprise)!'”

    As if that wasn’t enough for die-hard Sunnyboys fans, Sydney will also be treated to a rare showing of The Flaming Hands and The Shy Impostors as support, the first time all three acts have been on one bill together.

    “When Peter Oxley called with the proposition of reforming the Flaming Hands for a gig with the Sunnyboys I jumped at the opportunity,” said Julie Mostyn of The Flaming Hands. “The two bands have a shared history both as friends and as contemporaries that played together in what was a golden era of Australian music.”

    Interstate fans wont be missing out either, as the legendary X will be joining the band in Melbourne, while The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson will be playing support in Queensland.

    Check out the dates to what will no doubt be the feel good tour of the summer below.

    Image credit: Kaye Harrison

    Sunnyboys 2017 Tour Dates

    February 3rd

    Gold Coast, The Nightquarter (only Queensland show)

    Special guests: The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson.

    February 4th

    Sydney, Enmore Theatre

    Special guests: Flaming Hands & Shy Impostors

    February 10th

    Melbourne, The Croxton

    Special guests: X.


    This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours

    Some of the Australian music world’s biggest names often leave doors of opportunity ajar, just waiting for the right kind of professional music fan to come knocking.

    Our regular Music Jobs column is the place where we’ll help you grab the proverbial handle and walk on through, as we take the pain out of scrolling through endless (and sometimes shady) job listings to provide you a selection of killer career opps in the music world.

    No free work or internships here, just authentic chances to break into the music industry. So update your CV, brush up your cover letter writing chops, stop dreaming, and start doing what you love for a living.

    Recorded Music Manager at Unified

    Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

    “UNIFIED is the soundtrack of good people working together to achieve extraordinary results. We exist as an artist services company; giving choice and freedom back to our artists on how they manage their career and music. One such way we achieve this is by creating artist owned and led record labels.

    “The newly created position of Recorded Music Manager will oversee our artist led labels including ONETWO (Illy’s label), NLV Records (Nina Las Vegas’ label) and House of Beige (Remi’s label) as well as the other labels in our group – Hopeless Records and UNFD.”

    More info can be found here.

    Touring Coordinator at Unify Presents

    Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

    “UNIFIED’s newly created Touring Department, UNIFY Presents, was launched in 2016 and already boasts successful tours by artists like Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot, The Amity Affliction, A Day To Remember, Northlane and many more.

    “As the department expands, UNIFIED is looking to hire a co-ordinator to help operate its tours and build the brand awareness and social media strategy.”

    More info can be found here.

    Ecommerce Manager at Universal Music Australia

    Full-time / Sydney, NSW

    “As part of the wider eCommerce function, the eCommerce Manager champions an innovative and inclusive culture that seeks out new opportunities to develop digital marketing strategies to grow an engaged audience/fan base to maximise engagement.

    “Plan, develop and deliver new online revenue generating opportunities across bespoke store plays along with ensuring existing online stores revenue/product development is maximized.”

    More info can be found here.

    Project Coordinator at Melbourne Uni (VCA & MCM)

    Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

    “The Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM) offers programs in music, visual arts, performing arts and film to emerging artistic practitioners in the midst of one of the world’s most vibrant arts precincts at Southbank.

    “You will be responsible for identifying and leading a program of key projects and business improvement initiatives across the Faculty to deliver process and system improvements in priority areas. You will be the Faculty expert in process improvement and liaise with the University’s Continuous Improvement Centre to adopt and train staff across the Faculty in Agile and Lean Six Sigma solutions. You will also act as the Executive Assistant to the Faculty Ex...


    The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

    Bluesfest is just around the corner, with a huge line up including the likes of Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith and The Lumineers to name just a few. With tickets to the festival not far off selling out, the crew are announcing sideshows for those fans who can’t quite make it out to Byron Bay next Easter.

    Organisers have announced a slew of sideshows along the East Coast for some of Bluesfest’s biggest names, a boon for fans looking for a more personal time with the likes of Patti Smith and her band, The Lumineers, and Bonnie Raitt amongst others.

    Check the list of all the currently announced Bluesfest 2017 sideshows below, and keep checking in for more updates, with more dates no doubt soon to be announced.

    Patti Smith And Her Band Perform Horses

    State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Sun 9 April 2017

    Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Sun 16 April 2017

    The Lumineers

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney Nsw – Mon 17 + Tues 18 April 2017

    State Theatre, Melbourne Vic – Wed 19 April 2017

    Metro City, Perth Wa – Sat 22 April 2017

    Bonnie Raitt

    State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Fri 7 April 2017

    Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra Act – Sat 8 April 2017

    Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Mon 10 April 2017

    Snarky Puppy

    Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – Sat 8 April 2017 *Two Shows Announced* 4pm + 7.30pm

    Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – Mon 10 April 2017

    Andrew Bird

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW – Sat 15 April 2017

    Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne VIC – Tues 18 April 2017


    Monday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets the loss of life in Syria, after an air strike involving Australian aircraft.

    A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department has made mistakes in its handling of contracts, for offshore detention centres.

    An Adelaide man has been hospitalised after a home invasion in Henley Beach.

    Online job marketplace Airtasker, has been accused by the New South Wales Workers Union of eroding workers’ rights.

    A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

    Police this morning are investigating a suspicious house fire that occurred last night in Clearview.

    In Sport…

    Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

    Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

    Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second Paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    Crowded House Return To Sydney For Two ‘Encore’ Shows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Crowded House Return To Sydney For Two ‘Encore’ Shows

    In 1996 the world bid farewell to Crowded House on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. This November, nearly 20 years to the day, the trans-Tasman band are reforming for two anniversary encore shows on the 25th and 26th of November – their only shows for 2016.

    The timing could not be any better, as November will also see the band’s back catalogue reissued in time for their induction into the ARIA hall of fame.

    “I am excited to announce two ‘Encore’ performances on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House,” announced Nick Seymour, bassist and founding member of the group. “The shows will mark the 20th anniversary of our break-up concert. ‘Proper order!’

    “So please join us for a f*ck off sing song, an off-piste jam session, a toast to absent friends and NO RAIN.”

    The band’s back catalogue reissues will come packed with various unreleased material including rareties and demos, all set to be released on November 4th on just about every format you can think of, including 180-gram vinyl, just in time for the shows.

    In an interesting pairing, Kirin J. Callinan will be playing support for both nights, Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26, with tickets on sale 10am Monday September 26.


    Monday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets the loss of life in Syria, after an air strike involving Australian aircraft.

    A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department has made mistakes in its handling of contracts, for offshore detention centres.

    Online job marketplace Airtasker, has been accused by the New South Wales Workers Union of eroding workers’ rights.

    A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

    An Adelaide man has been hospitalised after a home invasion in Henley Beach.

    Australian Olympians’ Brett Robinson and Eloise Wellings have shared wins in annual Adelaide fundraising run City to Bay.

    In Sport…

    Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

    Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second Paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

    Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows

    The summer festival season is almost upon us, Falls Festival is just around the corner, and Falls brass are still celebrating their Lorne and Byron Bay events selling out in record time.

    With the Marion Bay and Fremantle festivals not far behind, there’s no better time than right now to drop some big-name sideshows on us and that’s exactly what they’ve gone ahead and done.

    Organisers have gone and unveiled a whole string of sideshows from some of Falls’s biggest draws, including The Avalanches, Grouplove, Jamie T, and AlunaGeorge, with more incoming.

    Check below for the full list of currently announced Falls Festival 2016 sideshows and make sure you keep checking back for more updates as they come.

    The Avalanches

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
    w/Grandmaster Flash

    Thursday, 5th January 2016
    Enmore Theatre, Sydney
    w/Grandmaster Flash

    Saturday, 7th January 2016
    Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide


    Friday, 6th January 2016
    The Corner, Melbourne


    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    Enmore Theatre, Sydney

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

    Jamie T

    Wednesday, 4th January 2016
    Enmore Theatre, Sydney

    Thursday, 5th January 2016
    Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

    Modern Baseball

    Wednesday, 4th January 2016
    Metro Theatre, Sydney (Lic/AA)

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    170 Russell, Melbourne


    Wednesday, 4th January 2016
    Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Howler, Melbourne

    Catfish & The Bottlemen

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    170 Russell, Melbourne

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Metro Theatre, Sydney

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    Metro Theatre, Sydney (AA)

    Thursday, 5th January 2016
    170 Russell, Melbourne

    RY X

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Newtown Social Club, Sydney

    Saturday, 7th January 2016
    Northcote Social Club, Melbourne


    Culture Guide September 19 – 25: Queer Screen Film Festival, MCA Social and Art Party "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.
    Brought to you by the City Of Sydney.


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    Monday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department made mistakes in its handling of contracts for offshore detention centres.

    A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

    Australian Olympians’ Brett Robinson and Eloise Wellings have shared wins in annual Adelaide fundraising run City to Bay.

    SA Health is currently re-testing over 2,000 women after manufacturer Siemens issued a re-call of their cytomegalovirus testing kit.

    Adelaide’s Elder Park has hosted Oz Asia’s annual Moon Lantern festival.

    In Sport…

    Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

    Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

    Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    The System Has Failed Retail And Fast Food Workers, Says Coles Fair Work Winner "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Duncan Hart recently won an important court action over underpayment of wages as an employee of supermarket giant Coles. He takes aim at his employer, and the union that failed to protect him.

    The unprecedented wage theft at Australia’s largest employers, including Coles, Woolworths, Hungry Jack’s, KFC and McDonalds, and the “trade union” which helped to facilitate them, should be nothing less than a national scandal.

    Thanks to a lengthy investigation by a group of dedicated reporters and the work of principled unionist Josh Cullinan, we now know the full extent of this theft.

    Every roster examined at these large employers shows a majority of workers being paid less than they are entitled to under the federal workplace award.

    The scale of this wage theft means roughly 250,000 workers (at least!) are receiving less than the supposed legal minimum- the award “safety net” upon which enterprise agreements are supposed to rest.

    In monetary terms we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars every year finding its way into the pockets of corporate giants, rather than low wage workers.

    Yet the problem is not new, and not confined to the latest round of enterprise agreements negotiated by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), the retail and fast food union.

    Actually, we’re talking about 20-plus years, and billions of dollars lost to workers, thanks to the collaboration of the SDA and employers, since enterprise bargaining replaced centralised wage fixing in the early 90’s.

    The SDA, and the employers, went into negotiations for enterprise agreements with eyes wide open about their purpose – they wanted to undermine penalty rates for weekends and night work in exchange for a higher base rate of pay.

    In a 1999 interview with Woolworths’ National Employee Relations Manager, six years after the first agreement was signed between the company and the SDA, he explained that Woolies had estimated an 8 per cent saving on their total wages bill by moving from the award to the union agreement.

    This first Agreement instated the all-too-familiar set-up for today’s retail and fast food giants – the total scrapping of penalty rates on Saturdays and between 6pm and midnight Monday through Friday, and a reduction of the Sunday rate.

    This has been the model for every subsequent agreement signed between the SDA, and the employers able to strike a deal with it. Only now has there been an accounting of what this cost workers.

    The recently revealed wage theft that has been facilitated by the SDA stretches back to the early 1990’s, but looking at retail wages even further reveals just how bad it is.

    In 1974, on the back of strikes involving thousands of retail workers, the SDA – just before it was taken over by its current faction – achieved a NSW state award with an hourly rate for shop assistants of $19.57 in today’s dollars.

    This hourly rate remains higher than the hourly rate as laid out in the modern award, which since July 2016 sits at $19.44 an hour.

    By 1974, all the important features that still hang on in the modern award, such as penalty rates for night work and weekends and four weeks annual leave, were all established. Equal pay was only entirely introduced into the industry in the same year.

    That’s the stark reality of the situation for retail and fast food workers today – our award entitlements today have not increased since the achievement of equal pay in 1974, 42 years ago.

    And the SDA’s strategy of undermining award conditions for increases to the base rate of pay have left the majority of us earning less than our legal entitlements, even as those entitlements have stagnated.

    As a union movement, we have to look reality in the face and learn the lessons of our past. The last 20 and more years have been years of betrayal for retail workers in this country.



    Independent Artist Of The Week: The Pretty Littles "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


    Cheeky Melbourne-based indie garage band The Pretty Littles create wistful, slow-burning, lo fi tunes to sing along with your mates to. With two albums already under their belt, the band have been releasing music since 2011. The Pretty Little’s third album Soft Rock For The Anxious came out on September 2, showcasing the latest Littles single ‘Sleeping In Water’

    No stranger to political controversy, in June the band called out television personality Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman for their gendered remarks on sports journalist Caroline Wilson, with ‘Sam’s Mob‘. A song about disappointment with the status quo, it highlights the comments that were “innately violent and a gross insight into the redneck majority of Australia”.

    The Pretty Littles kick off their Soft Rock For The Anxious album tour on October 22. Check out ‘Sleeping In Water’ below:

    WHO: The Pretty Littles
    WHAT: Soft Rock For The Anxious Album Tour
    WHERE: Wollongong, Manly, Sydney
    WHEN: 3-5th November
    HOW MUCH: $12 more info here

    Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!


    The post Independent Artist Of The Week: The Pretty Littles appeared first on FBi Radio.


    Petition to change Oxley speed zones "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Oxley Highway petition speed zones

    Oxley Highway

    Reduced speed zones on the famed Oxley Highway have prompted outrage from riders and sparked a petition to reverse and stop the spread of reduced speed zones along the NSW route.


    The petition over the “ridiculous” speed changes has been started by Wauchope resident Ken Healey after reading about it on Motorbike Writer last week.

    “I live in Wauchope and ride the Oxley highway to Gingers Creek every Sunday and have done so for 15 years,” he says.

    “I first heard of these changes, as ‘proposed changes’ maybe four years ago at a community event at the golf club. Now, out of nowhere, the changes are taking effect.

    “They gave us no warning. No published ads or TV or radio ads, nothing. There was no formal notification. Just the neon signs that have only been there a few days at most.”

    Oxley Highway speed zones

    Ken on his R 1200 GS

    Ken has addressed his petition to the Roads and Maritime Minister Duncan Gay and each time a rider signs it, an email alert will be sent to the Minister’s office.“I and probably thousands of others are cheesed off to say the least.”

    The Oxley Highway joins several other great motorcycle roads in Australia with reduced speed limits in an apparent effort to reduce motorcycle crashes. The infamous list includes Mt Glorious Rd, The Great Ocean Rd, The Putty Rd, Bells Line Of Road and The Great Northern Rd.

    A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson says speed zones will change at three locations in the 30km stretch between Wauchope and Long Flat “to improve safety for all road users”.

    “The need for these speed zone changes were identified in the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review.”

    Oxley Highway speed limit drops zonesThe reduced speed zones include an 80km/h zone dropping to 60km/h near Wauchope and the 100km/h zone near Long Flat reduced to 60km/h.

    Over the next year, they are expected to extend up into the mountains with the 100km/h reduced to 70km/h and the 110km/h out to Walcha reduced to 100km/h.

    While the reduced speed zones may not slow traffic, they will increase the level of fines for those who ride the highway at the same speed they do now.

    Veteran motorcycle journo Mick Matheson says the Oxley Highway is a road all riders should travel at least once in their lives. (See his video below.)



    On Australia's role in the massacre of Syrian soldiers - Questions to Ms Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    The Syrian Arab Army is the army of the Syrian state. On 17 September 2016 eighty SAA soldiers were killed in an airstrike by American and Australian forces which did not even have permission to be in Syria. Australia is not at war with Syria. Here is a personal letter, followed by a statement from Hands off Syria, Sydney. Marlene Obeid declares her shock at hearing of Australia's participation in the deaths of Syrian soldiers. She asks for an explanation of the Australian government's condolences, given that Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading Syria. Tim Anderson, speaking for Hands Off Syria Sydney, asks, "Will the Australian Government hand over to the Syrian authorities or the International Court of Justice those Australians who were accomplices in this atrocity?"

    Letter from Marlene Obeid on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers

    Dear Ms Bishop

    I am appalled and shocked to hear that Australia participated in the massacre of at least 80 Syrian soldiers, and in the maiming and wounding of many more in Deir Zour, Syria.

    Eighty young man who have been defending their country from a proxy war carried out by terrorists from all over the world have been murdered by Australian invading forces.

    Eighty families who will be morning their beloved sons, brothers, fathers and above all patriots who were carrying their duty in defense of their homeland and their compatriots.

    Please explain the meaning of condolences when Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading the sovereign Syrian nation.

    How is the following Australian Defence Department's statement going to mend the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the devastation caused by Australia's aggression to the sovereign nation of Syria?

    [“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation … Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (IS). Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident … While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (also known as ISIL).â€]

    A great shame to Australia now using our tax money to join forces with the US in defence of Daesh and every other brand of terrorist targeting the Syrian people.

    The pilots who carried out this massacre and those directing the operations of aggression against Syria must be indicted. Reparations must be paid to the Syrian State.

    Australia should immediately withdraw from the US-led Coalition and pay compensation to the Syrian State.

    With great pain

    Marlene Obeid

    Glebe NSW 2037, Australia.

    The following is a statement by Hands Off Syria Sydney

    Sunday 18 September 2016

    Shame on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers.

    Hands Off Syria strongly condemns the massacre of 62 Syrian soldiers by Australian Defence Forces.

    Australia’s military has admitted involvement in the US-led bombing raids in Deir eZorr, Syria, which killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 others.

    The Syian soldiers were engaged in defending their country from the ISIS terrorist group.

    Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determine...


    Free Family Activities – A New Reason to Come to the Movies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    With a huge line up of amazing films on offer these school holidays and a program full of free activities each day, there has never been a better time to visit your local Event Cinemas during the school break.0040_spring-2016-calendar-teaser_fb_nsw_v2
    To keep boredom at bay during the holidays, your local Event, Greater Union or BCC cinema will be hosting a school holiday program full of free activities. The fantastic program includes: face painting, colouring-in, the opportunity to make an origami dog or cat, craft your own Storks mask or a dragon tooth necklace and much more!  Activities run each day of the school holidays (excluding Tuesdays) – be sure to pick up a calendar for activities and times at your local cinema.

    “We are delighted to offer families such a great day out at the movies. Not only do the kids get to watch a terrific family-friendly film, but can have fun in one of the wonderful workshops available.” – Richard Morgan, General Manager of Event Cinemas Bondi

    There are a number of phenomenal movies on offer these school holidays including those loveable and cheeky pets in The Secret Life of Pets. For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

    Another must-see movie these school holidays is the reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film Pete’s Dragon.  For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete. Pete is a mysterious 10year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie, an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack owns the local timber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.



    Homeground – Celebrating First Nations at the Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    For thousands of years, the land that Sydney Opera House is built on was a gathering place for the Gadigal and Eora people who danced and sang here. This October, Homeground celebrates the very best First Nations artists with free music, dance, food, workshops and markets over two big days.


    During October 8th and 9th, artists from the very heart of Australia as well as from all around the world show their different contributions to this extraordinary event. Featured musicians include East Journey, the winners of the 2015 NT Song of the Year (Rock category), Dubmarine, the 15-year-old Mi-Kaisha Masella of Aboriginal and Tongan heritage, who already wowed audiences on The Voice Kids, and many more. Click HERE to find out more about the event’s music.

    In terms of dance, the program offers a variety of interesting groups and single dancers, including Amrita Hepi and the Aboriginal Dancing groups Naisda and Naygayiw Gigi. Click HERE to see all performers.


    But the best is yet to come: Dance Rites, the Sydney Opera House’s groundbreaking Indigenous dance competition, returns this year with even more communities across Australia preparing to compete on Sunday 9 October from 5 to 7 pm. A highlight of the Homeground program, Dance Rites aims to safeguard and revitalise vanishing cultural practices – language, dance, skin markings and instruments – to ensure they are shared from one generation to the next. In 2015, the standard of performance was incredibly high – convince yourself:

    Moreover, Homeground offers free weaving and dancing workshops: A great option for both children and adults to connect to the country and its original inhabitants themselves.  No bookings required, just show up! The Homeground Arts Market and a food menu created specifically for Homeground by Clayton Donovan, Australia’s most acclaimed and only hatted Indigenous chef, complete the event.

    What: Homeground festival

    When: Saturday, 8 October and Sunday, 9 October

    Where: Sydney Opera House

    To register for free tours and Collisions and for more information, visit the website.

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    Vaudevillia – A 21st Century Recreation of Vaudeville Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


    Back by very popular demand, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band presents the third edition of their fabulous new show “Vaudevillia”. Yet again “Everything new will be old again!” with new guests, fresh tunes, and some very well-honed one liners and magical happenings.

    The show is based on the old Vaudeville program, originally from Paris, that became popular in the 19th century and intermingles segments of music, magic, dance, comedy, sight acts and more. As a 21st Century recreation of Vaudeville atmosphere and charm, the Junk Band have created a recipe for mirth, mayhem and madness, with special guests as stunning and startling additions to the bizarre and prodigious talents exhibited by members of the Junk Band.

    The show’s special guests are the extraordinary tap dancer Glenn Wood and the spiffy circus juggler Rosalita Ole. Rosalita is the daughter of the great Ole Circus Family and brings you as much talent as she can fit into one tiny stage. Hold your breath, and let Rosalita hold your heart, as she tickles your sides with bogus fortunes, dazzling hat tricks and daring hula hoop stunts.


    Who: Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, Glenn Wood, Rosalita Ole

    What: Vaudevillia

    When: Sunday, 2 October 2016  7:30 pm

    Where: Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW 2204

     CLICK HERE to buy tickets

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    Australia Becomes First Nation To Microchip Population En Masse "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Australia is leading the world in implementing microchip technology as thousands of citizens turn themselves into “super-humans” by implanting RFID chips under their skin.  According to a new report, Australians are willing to embrace microchips so that they can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computer with a wave of their hand. reports: Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the centre of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin. Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards. “You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs” she told “It’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it. “With Opal you get a unique identification number that could be programmed into the chip. Any door with a swipe card … it could open your computer, photocopier. Loyalty cards for shops are just another thing for your wallet.” The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer [...]

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    Rainbow Chan - Seaside "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    An intimate performance by Sydney artist Rainbow Chan. Filmed by Rose Chan. Help send her to Iceland by voting for her here: Free downloads here:

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    Never retrospective, the super changes are a win for Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Limiting the amount anyone could contribute out of their own money into tax-advantaged super on top of employer contributions was never retrospective, but those who thought it was can relax.

    The government is imposing a limit by another means.

    The plan was to impose a lifetime limit of $500,000 - a figure so large as to be of use to less than 1 per cent of the population. How many of us know someone who can afford to pay money into super over and above their employer contribution and has half a million to spare?

    It was said to be retrospective by many on the Prime Minister's own side because high earners might have planned for something else. Which makes it about as retrospective as a tax cut, or a price rise: it applies to future actions, but someone might have planned for something else.

    The replacement regime will be just as (non) retrospective, but it'll be harder to paint as retrospective. Anyone who wants to put extra into super from their own funds will be able to do it up to $100,000 per year, down from $180,000 per year. Because only the size of the limit has been changed rather than its form, it'll be harder to claim that the nature of it has changed.

    Of course, not many of us have a spare $100,000 to put into super over and above our employer's contribution, so for almost all of us, there will effectively be no limit.

    Even if we came into a windfall and wanted to put it into super, the rules will allow us to use three years' worth of the limit at once, as they do now.

    To pay for the extra generosity to Australia's richest, the government will delay for one year until 2018 a change that will allow people who have gone a year or so without making contributions to "catch up" by having their employer take out extra to compensate when they are back at work.

    It will also shelve a plan that would have made it easier for Australians aged 65 to 74 to make extra contributions even though they are not working, something most wouldn't have been able to take advantage of in any event. It's hard to make extra contributions when you're not working.

    Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison are set to achieve what they wanted. All up, the package will save what it would have before: $6 billion over four years, with the key features still in place. There will still be a limit of $1.6 million on what you can put into super to earn income tax-free in retirement, the amount you can put in per year will fall from $30,000 ($35,000 for ages 50 and over) to $25,000, and very high earners on more than $250,000 will pay 30 per cent tax on their contributions instead of 15 per cent.

    Labor supported the package apart from the question mark over retrospectivity and will feel duty-bound to support this. Turnbull and Morrison will have taken a small step towards making Australia's super system fairer, the biggest in its 25-year history.

    In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald


    Horizons Unlimited meet for adventurers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Horizons Unlimited

    The first of only two Horizons Unlimited meetings in Australia this year is being held this weekend in Western Australia with an East Coast meeting in November.

    The meetings are designed to provide advice from real-world travellers to other adventurers on everything from first-aid to motorcycle maintenance, GPS advice, photography, camping and much more.

    The Horizons Unlimited fourth Western Australia Travellers Meeting is being held at Fairbridge Village (near Pinjarra) from this Friday to Sunday (September 16-18, 2016).Horizons Unlimited

    The East Coast meeting is at Jindabyne, NSW, from Friday, November 18, to Sunday, November 20.

    Apart from talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, challenges and competitions, there will also be inspiring films of adventurous worldwide travels.

    Horizons Unlimited was founded by Canadians Susan and Grant Johnson in 1997 at the end of an around-the-world trip on a BMW R 80 GS.Horizons Unlimited

    Susan told us they wanted to “inspire people to go a little further, to inform them about all the things to do and to make contact with other people who travel”.

    The Johnsons have been living in Australia for eight years and are now naturalised Australians.



    Does Donald Trump actually want to win the election? Backchat explores the Alt-Right "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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    “You should see some of the e-mails that I get from people in Australia. The alt-right exists in Australia. Look in the comments section man, it’s there.”

    With polls tightening, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a close battle for the US presidency. But what if the Oval Office isn’t Trump’s goal?

    Political pundits have been abuzz with speculation that Trump doesn’t really care if he wins or loses, and is instead focused on making his campaign the basis for a new alt-right TV empire.

    But how likely is “Trump TV”? Who are the alt-right, and do they exist as a movement in Australia?

    Backchat reporter Oscar Coleman took a closer look, speaking to Trisha Jha from the free-market Centre for Independent Studies and Dr Peter Chen, Senior Lecturer in media politics at the University of Sydney.

    According to Trisha Jha, the alt-right appeals to conservative-leaning young people because of their tactics and fresh, aggressive style they have pioneered.

    There’s something special about the alt-right in terms of the kinds of tactics they adopt, the language they use, their strategy, their branding. Milo Yiannopoulos is a good example.

    I think there is a tendency particularly among…pre-eminently young men to wear some of the alt-right branding because it’s trendy and because it’s cool. And honestly it’s quite fresh but I wouldn’t necessarily say that everyone who kind participates in the signs and symbology is necessarily someone who signs up to the ideology.

    While I think aspects of the alt-right do include things like white supremacy, hatred towards women, homosexuals and trans people, that’s not necessarily the entirety of the alt-right.

    Dr Peter Chen sees “Trump TV” as a possibility due to Trump’s close personal friendship with former Fox News boss Roger Ailes and former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon, who’s now CEO of the Trump campaign.

    Chen is sceptical of media narratives drawing parallels between the growing populist movements across the world. Nevertheless, he sees elements of the alt-right existing in Australia in the form of One Nation and Reclaim Australia.

    As a non-white person in Australia, I actually see a lot of the alt-right in Australia. I think it’s a sloppy term but I see a lot of it.

    Reclaim Australia is this incredibly mainstream organisation in many ways. I think about George Christensen, who theoretically is part of the Liberal Party of Australia – this mainstream political party – but he’s also actually a member of Reclaim Australia, as is Pauline Hanson.

    These people are kind of the alt-right in Australia. Mainstream political figures who are dominating th...

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    Bon Iver Recruited Aussie Singer Gordi For His Jimmy Fallon Performance "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Bon Iver Recruited Aussie Singer Gordi For His Jimmy Fallon Performance

    It’s not often that our dreams become the real deal but in this case triple j-approved, Aussie-grown 22-year-old muso Gordi (Sophie Payten) bedazzled the people of America on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. And that’s not the best part – Bon Iver recruited the Sydney singer to join the band in the big NYC.

    You read it right, one of our Unearthed favourites turned US label artist was spied lending her vocals as part of the ‘Fallon Choir’.

    Usually one would think scoring a gig like this would be one hell of a process, lucky for Gordi, Bon Iver is actually signed under the same US label, Jagjaguwar.

    All it took was for management to reach out and pitch the idea, though a bleary eyed, post-Melbourne gig Gordi totally misinterpreted the offer at first.

    “We’d just played a show in Melbourne and had quite a big night. Got home at 5am and my manager said ‘I just got this email from Bon Iver’s management’. I read it and I was like ‘what’s a Fallon choir?!” she told triple j.

    After sleeping off the big night and sleeping on the proposition for a little more clarity, all arrangements and decisions were made quick smart.

    Diving head first into flights, rehearsals and recordings, a nice tab was supplied for the Gordi and friends to enjoy the Jimmy Fallon Show which was to air a few hours after they left the studios.

    Let’s hope the unexpected networking leads Gordi to a spot on Bon Iver’s album tour…

    Bon Iver is due to release 22, A Million September 30th and Gordi’s EP, Clever Disguise, is out now.

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    Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, 'Mid Thirties Single Scene' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Craig Dermody is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter who has played under the Scott & Charlene’s Wedding moniker since 2010, the year of their debut LP Paravista Social Club. Featuring Dermody’s heart-felt outpouring and a brand of jangling guitar-pop that recalled the likes of The Velvet Underground, The Go-Betweens and the more direct members of the Flying Nun catalogue, Paravista Social Club was an instant classic, and a record that has since proven difficult to surpass.

    While 2013’s Any Port in a Storm helped bring the band an overseas audience (which they catered to by releasing a compilation of sorts in 2014’s Back on the Tools) it didn’t set out to expand their range so much as it did solidify the statement of intent made with their debut. Their most recent record Mid Thirties Single Scene is their third formal LP, and has the band continuing on this path. The formula features Dermody’s everyman vocal and excitable open chords meeting Gill Tucker’s (Beaches) stand-out guitar playing and is filled out by a band made up of some of the best guns for hire in the country.
    Scott & Charlene’s Wedding are a great band by anyone’s standards, and there are some S&CW classics on this record. ‘Hardest Years’ is a pearler, ‘Scrambled Eggs’ a tear-jerker and ‘Bush’ is the record’s best - but is ‘Delivered’ a Nathan Roche or an Alex Chilton song? The problem with any of the post-Paravista releases has been repetition. The band has evolved to become its best iteration yet (bring on the Gill Tucker Band), but the lyrical sentiment hasn’t changed much, and maybe there’s something to that. On a record called Mid Thirties Single Scene, why shouldn’t we be shown that problems keep recurring and people don’t change?

    Mid Thirties Single Scene is a hard one to pin down. Like many of the bands of Scott & Charlene’s Wedding’s vintage (think Twerps, Blank Realm, Peak Twins or Pop Singles), one person’s criticism is another person’s praise. Is the vocal spontaneous or lazy? The chord progressions repeating from record-to-record a sign of continuity or a lack of creativity? I don’t have the answers! But I can tell you that every time I finish listening to this record, I’m moved to listen to Paravista Social Club – so at least it’s keeping me on brand.

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    Wednesday, 14 September


    Tiny Goldfish Undergoes $500 Surgery to Remove a Big Pebble From Its Mouth "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services specializes in treating “non-traditional” pets, and they recently showcased their expertise with their care of a goldfish named Conquer. His human brought him into the vet after he accidentally swallowed a pebble. Just like a cat or dog, this beloved pet had the full treatment—including anesthesia.

    After determining that the ailment was indeed caused by a pebble, Conquer was taken in for emergency surgery. First, they dripped an anesthetic agent in the water that put the fish to sleep. Then, they inserted tiny instruments into his mouth and slowly pulled out the rock. The vet remarked on Facebook, “[A] big pebble for a little goldfish to try to eat!” Once Conquer was clear of the stone, he was placed in a recovery tank that contained clean water and went home the next day.

    The entire procedure cost about $500—Conquer was bought at a pet store for about $12—however, the vet commended his human for taking action when she noticed something was wrong. “Most people wouldn’t bat an eyelid spending this money on a dog, cat or child,” a spokesperson told Buzzfeed, “so why would we value our beautiful exotic pets any less.”

    The vet observed Conquer to see if something fishy was going on:

    Once they determined he ate a pebble, it was time for surgery:

    They pulled a 13-gram pebble from his oral cavity:

    Conquer has since made a full recovery.

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    Diary of Death :: 17 – 23 Sept 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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    A life-threatening list of recommended events happening in Sydney and surrounds this week. 



    – Dinorama: Twelve Point Buck, Fox and the Hound, The Knots, Rudigar, Tuppaware Party – Miranda Hotel – 6PM
    Queerstories: Jordan Raskopolous, Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour, Amy Coopes, Kira Puru. Hosted by Maeve Marsden – Giant Dwarf Stories
    Rainbow Chan, Moon Holiday – Newtown Social Club – Single launch
    Harts – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
    Flowertruck Frank’s Wild Years, Thirroul
    Northeast Party House, Polish Club, Twinsy – Metro
    Now That’s What I Call Fuckfest: Passenger Of Shit, Fukno, Dislasystem, Hedonist, Defektro, Dave Psi, DJ Magic, Gelido, Tramstein, Midimachine, Earwax Jam, Casket Whine -Valve Bar
    Fascinator, Jack Shit, Urby – Tokyo Sing Song – 11PM til dawn – FREE


    – Dress Up Attack: The Grates, Custard, Bunny Racket, Benny Time, Angie Who – Sydney Portugal Community Club – Kimya Dawson cancelled. – 10AM. – All ages
    Gai Bryant and Jeremy Sawkins – Community Gathering Space, New Clinical Services Building – Blacktown Hospital -12.30PM
    Free Guided Tour of the Stencil Art Prize with Shanta (NZ) – 76 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Camperdown – Bookings essential. – 2PM – FREE – Art tour
    The PBC 120/10 Ball: Dave Graney and the Mistly Petersham Bowling Club Tickets include multi-course dinner and drinks – Music/food
    Harts – Oxford Art Factory
    GL, Venus II Newtown Social Club
    Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words – Factory Theatre – Film
    Zeahorse, Grinding Eyes, Shearin’ – Botany View Hotel – Single launch – FREE
    King Tide – Lazybones Lounge


    Modular synth wizardry: Elbee live on Future Face "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


    • Elbee :: Analogue Mix for Future Face

    “This thing will consume any spare time you thought you had. And any spare cash you thought you had as well.”

    It’s hard to mention modular synthesis without drawing confused looks. Curious folk are intrigued by the architecture of knobs, wires and flickering LEDs – but learning to master them is a whole different question. But that challenge hasn’t stopped Elbee. The Sydney producer talked us through the method behind his madness before playing a live set on Future Face.

    Recently graduating from a course in Sound and Music Design at the University of Technology Sydney, Elbee has been seeking inspiration beyond the bounds of a computer. Dabbling in the world of live synthesis, his quest led him to the very hands-on, knob-laden Eurorack synth.

    “The system I’ve got here today is a development I’ve been working on for the last couple of years,” he explains. “For anyone who has no idea: a Eurorack takes a lot of planning. This thing will consume any spare time you thought you had. And any spare cash you thought you had as well.”

    “I’ve picked and chosen a whole lot of different bits and pieces that suit exactly what I want to get out of the synth. I’ve pretty much set up a custom performance environment for me to express ideas and experiment.”

    Elbee crafts an array of immersive, minimalist sounds using a drum machine, gritty electronic components, and his beast of a synth.

    Listen above and get a glimpse of his full setup below. Keep an ear to the ground for Elbee’s future wizardry.


    Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Download track for FREE here - A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (

    Monday, 12 September


    Interview: The Lulu Raes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Sydney pop’n’rollers The Lulu Raes have just released their critically acclaimed debut E.P ‘All Our Parents Are Divorced’ , and are celebrating with a 2016 national tour. The band  is coming to Adelaide on Friday September 16 and are playing at The Producers Bar, with support acts yet to be announced. Range presenters Julian Kusabs and Phoebe Montgomery caught up with Marcus of the Lulu Raes on Monday to chat about the upcoming gig and new E.P.


    Film Buff's Forecast 10 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Brian McFarlane has been to see RIcky Gervais' new David Brent mockumentary 'Life On The Road' and the Terrence Davies film 'Sunset Song'.  He also recommended the film 'Indignation' based on the novel by Philip Roth. 

    Cerise Howard, Artistic Director of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, dropped by to talk about the event which opens this Thursday, 15 September at ACMI.  Cerise mentioned a few of the films screening as part of the festival including opening night film The Noonday WitchWho Wants To Kill Jessie, which screens on Saturday 17 September at and Cutting It Shortwhich is on Sunday 18 September at 5.15pm.  Also part of the festival is an exhibition ofvintage Czechoslovak film posters.

    Reviewer Eloise Ross talked about the Australian film Girl Asleep which is currently getting a lot of press around town.  Girl Asleep is now screening.

    Cinemaniac Dean Brandum came in to talk about Cinemaniacs upcoming screening partnership with the National Screen & Sound Archive and the Astor Cinema which will feature the double bill of Fortress and Road Games.  The special event is on 16 September at 8pm at The Astor. 

    We finishd up with Stefan Popescu, director of the Sydney Underground Film Festival.  SUFF is in its 10th year and runs from 15 - 18 September at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, Sydney.

     Film Buff's Forecast is presented by Paul Harris. 

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