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Saturday, 19 May

00:40

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Lower Colo Rd, Lower Portland "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 798 Lower Colo Rd, Lower Portland, NSW 2756
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 May 2018 01:13

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Marhynes Hole HR "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: market street appin
COUNCIL AREA: Wollondilly
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 10 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 16:33

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Oakdale MX HR "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Steveys Forest Road, Oakdale
COUNCIL AREA: Wollondilly
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 80 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 11:31

00:00

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Car - CHATSWOOD Fullers Rd at Sylvia St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentChatswood Fullers Rd at Sylvia St
ACCIDENT Car (Fatality )
...
Started today 2:54am, last checked today 8:00am
Heavy traffic conditions. 

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Friday, 18 May

23:57

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: EMERGENCY ROAD WORKS following an earlier gas leak - STRATHFIELD The Boulevarde near Cameron St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentStrathfield The Boulevarde near Cameron St
EMERGENCY ROAD WORKS following an earlier gas leak
...
Started today 6:18am, last checked today 7:57am
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

21:35

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Devlin Rd, Londonderry, NSW 2753
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 May 2018 05:12

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Werombi Road, Theresa Park "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Werombi Road, Theresa Park, NSW 2570
COUNCIL AREA: Wollondilly
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Other
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 12:07

21:13

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: LATE FINISHING ROAD WORKS - PYMBLE Mona Vale Rd at Pentecost Ave "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentPymble Mona Vale Rd at Pentecost Ave
LATE FINISHING ROAD WORKS
...
Started today 5:13am
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 eastbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

13:32

Money for Blood is Good for All "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Economist: For years [Barzin Bahardoust] has been trying to pay Canadians for their blood plasmathe viscous straw-coloured liquid in blood that has remarkable therapeutic powers. When his firm, Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), tried to open clinics in Ontario in 2014, a campaign by local activists led to a ban by the provincial government on paid plasma collection. Undeterred, he tried another province, Albertawhich also banned the practice last year. Then, on April 26th, when CPR announced a planned centre in British Columbia, its government said it too was considering similar legislation. CPR has managed to open two centres, in far-flung Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Even these have faced opposition.

The global demand for plasma is growing, and cannot be met through altruistic donations alone. Global plasma exports were worth $126bn in 2016more than exports of aeroplanes.

Only countries that pay for plasma are self-sufficient in it. (Italy, where donors are given time off work, is close to self-sufficiency.) Half of Americas plasma is shipped to Europe20m contributions-worth. Canada imports 80% of its plasma products from America. Australia imports 40% of its plasma products, too.

Its a very odd ethical policy that leads Canadian provinces to ban paying Canadians for plasma but then import paid plasma from the United States. I am one of the signatories (along with Al Roth, Vernon Smith and Gerald Dworkin among others) of a letter that argues for the efficiency and ethics of allowing compensation for blood plasma donation. The Economist riffs of this letter in a very good op-ed:

13:08

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - TEMPE Princes Hwy near Holbeach Ave "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentTempe Princes Hwy near Holbeach Ave
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 9:08pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 3).

12:23

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS - YENORRA Pine Rd at Fairfield St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentYenorra Pine Rd at Fairfield St
CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS
...
Started today 8:23pm
Impact: Impact Road closed in both directions.

12:20

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Bellfield Av, Rossmore "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 23 Bellfield Av, Rossmore, NSW 2557
COUNCIL AREA: Liverpool
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 19:12

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 27 Cowpasture Rd, Leppington, NSW 2179
COUNCIL AREA: Camden
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 20:11

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Kurmond Rd, Freemans Reach "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Kurmond Rd, Freemans Reach, NSW 2756
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 18:43

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Prentis Lane, Ebenezer "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Prentis Lane, Ebenezer, NSW 2756
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Structure Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 17:38

11:29

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - HURSTVILLE King Georges Rd at Hillcrest Ave "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentHurstville King Georges Rd at Hillcrest Ave
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 7:29pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

10:54

The Weekend Quiz May 19-20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. In a fixed coupon government bond auction, the higher is the demand for the bonds the:




2. A sovereign government does not have to issue debt to match any spending above taxation. But the more public debt it voluntarily issues the more difficult it is for banks to attract deposits to initiate loans from.



3. When an external deficit and public deficit coincide, there must be a private sector deficit.

...

10:52

Business Insider Australia - behind the scenes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney podcast

Down to Sydney today, to record with Business Insider.


Here's a 30-second look 'behind the scenes' at Business Insider Australia.


David Scutt gets ready to record one of the most popular podcasts in Australian business circles, Devils & Details


Recorded in one take, thanks to Rick S, the sound guy.


Ready to record with Editor-in-Chief, Paul 'Colgo' Colgan.


Always great fun to catch up with these guys and talk f...

10:48

1) Ambaidiru, The coffee pioneer in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



2) Freeport McMoRan boss arrives at energy ministry for undisclosed meeting
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1) Ambaidiru, The coffee pioneer in Papua
admin17 May 2018

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10:42

Landscape From Far, Far Away "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Visited Phil Henderson's fun exhibition Tyranny and Distance - Landscape From Far, Far Away at the Griffith Regional Theatre

10:22

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BURST WATER MAIN - HOMEBUSH Parramatta Rd between Bridge Rd and Smallwood Ave "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentHomebush Parramatta Rd between Bridge Rd and Smallwood Ave
BURST WATER MAIN
Started today 4:05pm, last checked today 6:22pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 westbound lane(s) closed (lane 1)....

10:13

Carol Ann Duffys Feminine Gospels "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Carol Ann Duffy, Feminine Gospels (2002, Picador 2017)

gospels.jpgThis book is on the curriculum in UK schools, and that is definitely a good thing: its wholehearted focus on female experience is a welcome corrective to the existing gender imbalance. The surreal, shaggy-dog story form of most of the poems a shopping woman accumulates huge quantities of stuff, goes broke and eventually metamorphoses into a shop; a character named Beauty becomes a series of celebrated women, from Helen of Troy to Diana Spencer; one girls unstoppable giggling in class infects the whole school, leading eventually to the school closing its doors as all its teachers leave to follow their dreams provides plenty of scope for classroom dissection and discussion. And theres much joy to be had in the way the words sound and work on the page.

Id better give a warning to any students who stumble on my blog looking for help with an assignment. Im a seventy-something man from Australia who likes to read and to write something about everything I read. I would probably fail the A Levels.

Ill stick to my rules and single out just one poem. There is handful of wonderful, memorable and readily memorisable lyrics at the end of the book, of which I especially liked the love poem White Writing and the elegiac Death and the Moon. But the...

09:58

The youth mental health crisis in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Recent figures suggest a dramatic increase in the number of young people and children presenting at hospital Emergency Departments for self-harm, stress and anxiety, mood, behavioural and emotional disorders. In New South Wales, Emergency Departments saw a 27 per cent increase in the number of 10-19 year olds who needed help with suicidal thoughts, self-harm

The post The youth mental health crisis in Australia appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

09:54

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Bus - PYRMONT Western Distributor approaching Bathurst St off-ramp "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentPyrmont Western Distributor approaching Bathurst St off-ramp
BREAKDOWN Bus
...
Started today 5:54pm
Impact: Impact Eastbound traffic affected.

09:53

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Multiple vehicles - LIDCOMBE Boorea St just past Percy St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentLidcombe Boorea St just past Percy St
ACCIDENT Multiple vehicles
...
Started today 5:50pm, last checked today 5:53pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

09:51

The tale of three BAASS field investigations "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Introduction

There are some, who are saying, that although they accept the fact that Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) received a contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)  regarding the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications (AAWSA) program, there is no mention of UFOs or UAPs in that solicitation/contract. The contract was granted sometime after the solicitation closing date of 5 September 2008.

As early as 13 September 2008 Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies was advertising jobs which are directly related to the AAWSA. I have identified at least four individuals who were employed as investigators (one as "senior investigator/Team Leader;" (employed January 2009) ; two as "field investigators; (one from January 2009 the other from May 2009); and one as "investigator/security officer" (from June 2009.)

I explored the Internet looking for some evidence that these field investigators for BAASS actually conducted UFO investigations.

Taking a step back

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) after negotiations with Robert Bigelow and BAASS, entered into a joint contract to work together. There were two main results arising from this. Firstly, that BAASS was given access to the MUFON CMS UFO reports database; and secondly that MUFON formed their STAR group. An individual named Richard Lang acted as the STAR Team Manager between February 2009 and January 2010.
 

In a 6 March 2011 blog post Lang provided detailed information about the relationship between BAASS and MUFON.

"The STAR Team Impact Project (SIP) was a MUFON project funded in part by Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) where MUFON was subcontracted to provide information from the CMS data base (website) and witness reports related to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) directly to BAASS."

"BAASS investigators were given full access ( password and user ID) to the CMS database, in all cases where the witness answered "Yes" to the "third party release question" BAASS personnel and investigators could see all case information in CMS including witness contact information."

"MUFON also provided data to BAASS about significant events that were reported in CMS."

In short, BAASS were able to monitor almost all of the reports being received by MUFON CMS; had access to witness contact details, and could undertake their own investigations into any of the cases which they deemed of interest to them.

So, to cr...

09:38

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 cars - NORTH NARRABEEN Wakehurst Parkway at Elanora Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentNorth Narrabeen Wakehurst Parkway at Elanora Rd
ACCIDENT 2 cars (Site cleared )
...
Started today 4:29pm, last checked today 5:38pm
Heavy traffic conditions. 

08:11

Iconic Sydney Rock Venues and the Artists Who Loved Them "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Taking a look at Sydney rock venues and the bands that loved them, Sydney has a tempestuous relationship with live music.

Sydney is a difficult beast. We have spawned and destroyed some of the best and most iconic venues in the country. The old guard of Newtown Social Club FKA the Sandringham, The Annandale, The Hopetoun have all fallen over due to what could be generally ascribed to general gentrification, or more specifically pinpointed at things like pernicious licensing issues, cantankerous neighbours and lacklustre love for the arts surrounding our legislation to protect our venues.

At the same time, rock music and Sydney is a story that is both historical, surviving and contemporary.

WATCH: ICONIC SYDNEY VENUES AND THE BANDS WHO HAVE LOVED THEM

Halfwait are releasing their debut album The Official on June 8th. Click here for more info.

06:08

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS Overheight vehicle - BEXLEY NORTH M5 East Mwy approaching the tunnel entry "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentBexley North M5 East Mwy approaching the tunnel entry
CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS Overheight vehicle
...
Started today 2:02pm, last checked today 2:08pm
Heavy traffic conditions. 

06:08

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: The Northern Rd, Orchard Hills "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: The Northern Rd, Orchard Hills, 2748
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Fire Alarm
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 08:28

04:44

Thank Folk Its Friday 18th May "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Inner North Cat Canteri Bandcamp Dancing With The Beast Gretchen Peters iTunes This is Santa Rosa Fangs Matt Costa iTunes Deafman Glance Ryley Walker Bandcamp Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig The Weather []

03:37

Word In Hand Is Back! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Word in Hand is

Sydneys premier and most diverse performance and storytelling gig, held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Red Rattler in Marrickville. Expect to see poetry, rhyme, song, movement and more by artists from across the nation and the world. Their work will light a fire under your belly and in your heart.

This months WORD IN HAND will see the brilliant Candy Royalle take to the stage with brand new spoken-words, backed up by wicked beats and melodic beauty of The Freed Radicals with bass, drums, keys and brass playing LIVE! Candys woke words of wisdom will journey you across the plains of personal heart ache and political struggle, and leave you feeling uplifted! This is a rare opportunity to catch Candy Royalle and The Freed Radicals at their...

03:32

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Lyrebird Rd, Pheasants Nest "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 145 Lyrebird Rd, Pheasants Nest, NSW 2574
COUNCIL AREA: Wollondilly
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Assist Other Agency
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 10:49

03:31

Live Traffic NSW - All Regional NSW: ACCIDENT Car - TUGGERAH Wyong Rd near Bryant Dr "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Regional NSW - North
IncidentTuggerah Wyong Rd near Bryant Dr
ACCIDENT Car
...
Started today 11:31am
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 eastbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

03:25

Live Traffic NSW - All Regional NSW: ACCIDENT Car, Motorcycle - BERKELEY VALE Wyong Rd approaching Palm Springs Ave "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Regional NSW - North
IncidentBerkeley Vale Wyong Rd approaching Palm Springs Ave
ACCIDENT Car, Motorcycle
...
Started today 11:12am, last checked today 11:25am
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

02:29

Win with TWT: Elysian Fields Scandinavian Project "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Three TWT readers have won double passes to a performance of jazz group Elysian Fields on Thursday May 24 at Foundry 616 in Harris Street [more]

The post Win with TWT: Elysian Fields Scandinavian Project appeared first on The Weekly Times.

01:29

Joubert Singers Belles Voix Concert "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Three TWT readers can win double passes to a Joubert Singers Silver Anniversary concert Belles Voix on Sunday May 27 in Gladesville-Boronia Park Uniting Church, [more]

The post Joubert Singers Belles Voix Concert appeared first on The Weekly Times.

00:52

Video: Why are the Palestinians protesting? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Next time someone asks you what Palestinians are protesting about show them this.

Video from EL4C

The post Video: Why are the Palestinians protesting? appeared first on The Pen.

00:44

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Truck, Car - BLAKEHURST Princes Hwy just past King Georges Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentBlakehurst Princes Hwy just past King Georges Rd
ACCIDENT Truck, Car
...
Started today 8:42am, last checked today 8:44am
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

00:19

Photos-West Papua speaking tour -Sydney Un "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


 West Papua speaking tour -Sydney Uni 17 May


An informative evening. Hearing stories from West Papua and video footage of West Papuans telling their story including the tragic Pania case. The speakers told of a campaign on raising awareness of Australia's aid to the Indonesian security forces which will help in raising  the whole issue of West Papua.




























00:01

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 cars - SEVEN HILLS Seven Hills Rd just past Davies Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentSeven Hills Seven Hills Rd just past Davies Rd
ACCIDENT 2 cars
...
Started today 8:01am
Impact: Impact Northbound traffic affected.

00:00

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Peter Brock Dr, Eastern Creek "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 1 Peter Brock Dr, Eastern Creek, 2766
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Fire Alarm
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 18 May 2018 07:04

00:00

May 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1789 - Arabanoo, an Aboriginal man, was captured at Manly on 31 December 1788 by order of Governor Arthur Phillip, caught smallpox whilst caring for others who were sick, and died at Sydney. He was buried in the governor's garden.

1806 - Report in the Sydney Gazette on five men from the wreck of the George who travelled overland from Jervis Bay to Sydney, along the coast

1825 - The Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australias first provincial newspaper, ceased publication.

1839 - Sarah Cook, wife of a shepherd at Norrilong (between Beverley and York, WA) and her baby were speared by members of the York tribe to satisfy tribal lore. Two brothers, Doodjeep and Barrabong were arrested and tried for wilful murder in July 1840. They were later hung in chains at the scene of the crime. A year later, a Noongar man named Yambup was also convicted of the same crime and was sent to Wadjemup Rottnest prison.

1849 - The Summary Trial and Punishment of Aborigines Act was passed in Western Australia.

1854 - Keep a lump of sugar in your pocket as a horse-drawn railway started plodding between Goolwa and Port Elliot in South Oz, which was in fact Australia's first public railway.

1859 - The Sydney Evening Mail ceased publication.

1859 - Harry was hanged at Goulburn for the rape and attempted murder of Margaret McMahon near Cooma.

1865 - Angus McMillan, the murderer of untold hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people, kicked the proverbial bucket in a pub at Iguana Creek in Gippsland.

1877 - George, a Pacific Islander hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1877 - Tommy Ah Mow, a Pacific Islanders hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1889 - Intercolonial footy match between Tassie and Victoria was played at the MCG before a crowd of 20,000. The Gum Suckers wore colours of Royal Blue & Old Gold, while the Apple Islanders wore  their colony colours of Rose, Primrose & Black.
Final score was
Victoria - 6 goals, 9 behinds
Tassie - 1 goal, 6 behinds

1891 - James Johnston was hanged at Ballarat for murdering his wife Mary and their four children.

1897 - The original clubs of the newly formed VFL were Collingwood, South Melbourne, Essendon, Melbourne, Fitzroy, Geelong, St. Kilda and Carlton, which played their first matches today.

1901 - Harry Rickards opened his New Opera House, the future Tivoli Theatre, in Bourke Street, Melbourne, on the site of the former Prince of Wales Opera Theatre.

1902 -  William Windeyer took the main part in rescuing young people from a rowing boat capsized in Fern Bay, near his Hunters Hill home, and was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Shipw...

00:00

Pauline Hanson named One Nation's President for Life for now "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Pauline Hanson named One Nation's President for Life for nowWhen Pauline passes the presidency baton, one way or another, bet on James Ashby. Youve been warned, writes Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones. read now...

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Thursday, 17 May

23:59

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 cars - RYDE Victoria Rd near Irvine Crescent "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentRyde Victoria Rd near Irvine Crescent
ACCIDENT 2 cars
...
Started today 7:38am, last checked today 7:59am
Heavy traffic conditions. Expect significant delays.

23:00

Australia is Exploring the Blockchain for Welfare Payment Distribution "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australias Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), which works with government agencies, users, and private sector partners to develop public services, has announced it is studying the use of blockchain for welfare payment distribution. A prototype could be in the market come mid-2019.

Australia May Deliver Welfare Payments over Blockchain

The approved Australian 2018-19 Budget last week included a sum of AU$700,000 intended to be used by the DTA to explore distributed ledger technology for efficient government services purposes, according to Randall Brugeaud, acting CEO of the DTA, who made the announcement at the CeBIT Australia conference in Sydney.

Our plan is to look for use cases across the Commonwealth with an initial focus on the welfare payment delivery system, then working with our digital service standard, well conduct user research with a view to having a prototype by the end of next financial year, he explained. The potential of blockchain to securely record transactions will be investigated, drawing on the experience of other public and private sector organisations.

The DTA is looking to instances across both government and the private sector to determine the best blockchain-based Commonwealth service delivery. The agency is looking at all possibilities, from benefits of employee buy-in to machine-learning, artificial intelligence, and security, to further business goals despite the difficulty of choosing the right fit for each case.

Well also build on work done across government already, such as the CSIROs work on distributed ledgers. Were looking at how these technologies might offer automated service channels that are closer to the human experience; this might include intelligent chatbots, or voice-enabled channels which are proving to be effective in other sectors. We think these have the potential to deliver significant benefits for government service delivery, Brugeaud said.

Aiming to make its services more consumable by other government departments, the DTA is also about to pilot a digital identity system in October 2018 in a bid to tackle the 30 different logins across government platforms and make it easier for end users to deal with public affairs.

There are 750,000 applications for tax file numbers (TFN) each year. Digital identity will shrink to minutes what is currently a mont...

22:46

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW - BEROWRA Pacific Hwy at Berowra Waters Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentBerowra Pacific Hwy at Berowra Waters Rd
TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW
...
Started today 6:46am
Impact: Impact Traffic affected in all directions.

22:00

Aussie rules for humanitarians "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I have always been fascinated by how badly international humanitarians behave in an emergency response. I recognise this is a blanket statement but it seems to me that there is a process of crossing some ethical thresholds as you step off the plane; cross the border; hurry down the walkway into a humanitarian crisis. Recruitment is one of those ethical thresholds. Every agency needs to quickly expand their staff base, have national minds at the disposition of the many international staff that cant speak the language, and have representation at the plethora of meetings required to operate in a humanitarian context. All these needs have repercussions on recruitment. A most notable consequence is that agencies will do almost anything to get the best staff as quickly as possible. Sounds reasonable, right? Except ethics get left at the door and international organisations win the recruitment battle against smaller national and local organisations with bigger salaries and the allure of being part of the international machinery. More than this, international organisations poach staff.

The Australian Football League (AFL) follows rules for the recruitment of players from state football clubs such as the Victorian Football League (VFL). I am no footballer, but my understanding is that the rules are in place to ensure that state clubs (which are smaller and less well-resourced) are recognised for their role in identifying and training talented players, and to ensure that they remain financially viable institutions that continue to contribute to the footballing ecosystem. If a player is recruited from a state club, a compensation or solidarity fee is provided.

Take for example the iconic football player Adam Goodes who started his career playing for the North Ballarat Rebels, before being spotted by the Sydney Swans and being recruited to play in the AFL. As part of the recruitment process, a compensation fee was paid to the North Ballarat Rebels, recognising their role in developing Goodes talent and contributing to a great Australian sporting institution.

Contrast this with the humanitarian ecosystem where the scramble to upscale and outperform results in an ethical void. Experienced staff working in local and national organisations get poached by international organisations (including the UN and international NGOs) just as an emergency is happening at the point that they are most needed within their organisation. Often in the space of a few days, the most senior staff in national organisations hand in their notices to move to an international organisation that promises better salary, training, hours, support and progression.

The impact on national organisations is that they are constantly losing their best and brightest staff at critical moments in the midst of a complex response or as numbers of people in need are skyrocketing. There are also cost...

21:50

Japanese Bus Drivers Are Striking By Refusing to Accept Fare for Rides "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

by Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Most people protest by forming a picket line. But in the Japanese city of Okayama, bus drivers are protesting by giving free rides to commuters.

According to The Guardian, the dispute began in April, when a rival to the Ryobi bus company advertised cheaper fares. Japanese media reports that concerned drivers asked for more job security. When no agreement was made, drivers continued to cover their routes but refused to take fares from passengers.

Protests of this kind are unique, but they are becoming increasingly common. For instance, last year in Sydney, Australia, bus drivers from 12 depots gave free rides for a day. They turned off card machines to protest government plans to pr...

21:04

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Bringelly Rd, Bringelly, NSW 2556
COUNCIL AREA: Camden
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 17 May 2018 15:16

21:00

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: HAZARD Debris - bag of insulation - MERRYLANDS M4 Mwy at Coleman St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentMerrylands M4 Mwy at Coleman St
HAZARD Debris - bag of insulation
...
Started today 4:13am, last checked today 5:00am
Impact: Impact Eastbound traffic affected.

19:18

State and local politicians and community leaders farewell top cop "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

POLICE Minister Troy Grant paid a visit Gladesville Police Station on last Wednesday to farewell Supt John Duncan. After serving several years in the Ryde [more]

The post State and local politicians and community leaders farewell top cop appeared first on The Weekly Times.

16:58

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: TRAFFIC LIGHTS BLACKED OUT - LIDCOMBE Olympic Dr at Church St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentLidcombe Olympic Dr at Church St
TRAFFIC LIGHTS BLACKED OUT
...
Started yesterday 10:07pm, last checked today 12:58am
Impact: Impact Traffic affected in all directions.

15:08

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Lower Colo Rd, Lower Portland "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 669-675 Lower Colo Rd, Lower Portland, NSW 2756
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 17 May 2018 22:04

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Beames Av, Rooty Hill "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Beames Av, Rooty Hill, NSW 2766
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 17 May 2018 22:54

14:14

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Car, Pedestrian - FAIRFIELD EAST Woodville Rd at Tangerine St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentFairfield East Woodville Rd at Tangerine St
ACCIDENT Car, Pedestrian
...
Started today 9:46pm, last checked today 10:14pm
Impact: Impact Road closed in northbound direction.

14:05

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN B-Double - PENNANT HILLS Pennant Hills Rd at Pomona St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentPennant Hills Pennant Hills Rd at Pomona St
BREAKDOWN B-Double
...
Started today 9:24pm, last checked today 10:05pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

13:23

NSW jobs super-boom continues apace "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Annual employment growth slowing

A solid headline result for employment growth in April 2018, beating expectations of 20,000, with total seasonally adjusted employment up by 22,600 to beyond 12 million for the first time, driven by a substantial 32,700 increase in full time jobs.

There were, however, adverse revisions to take into account for the preceding month. 


Alas, the Coalition's favoured '1000 jobs per month' slogan is going to have to be canned forthwith, with annual employment growth down from a record high of 431,200 in January 2018 to 332,200 (or 2.73 per cent) by April. 


State versus state (NSW superboom)

Employment blazed another 27,600 higher in New South Wales to be up by 46,800 over the quarter, and a thunderous 156,000 year-on-year, casting further doubt on the endless gloomy house price predictions, with first homebuyers also now wading in. 

The New South Wales economy has added well over 300,000 extra jobs over the past three years, something achieved for the first time ever on a rolling 3-year basis in the past few months across more than 40 years of available figures. 

...

12:35

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: M4 (Western Mtwy), Erskine Park, NSW 2759
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 17 May 2018 19:54

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Church St, Cranebrook "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 126 Church St, Cranebrook, NSW 2749
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 17 May 2018 19:56

11:50

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Car - COLYTON M4 Mwy at Roper Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentColyton M4 Mwy at Roper Rd
ACCIDENT Car
...
Started today 7:10pm, last checked today 7:50pm
Heavy traffic conditions. 

11:31

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - MILPERRA M5 Mwy at Henry Lawson Dr "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentMilperra M5 Mwy at Henry Lawson Dr
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 7:31pm
Impact: Impact Westbound lane closed (breakdown lane).

10:25

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - MINCHINBURY M4 Mwy just past Roper Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentMinchinbury M4 Mwy just past Roper Rd
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 6:25pm
Impact: Impact Eastbound traffic affected.

09:39

Camp Cope: Its our duty to call out inequality and lift as we climb. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Camp Cope

  • Camp Cope :: Interview with Lucy Smith

Off the back of their second LP, How to Socialise and Make Friends, Georgia McDonald and Kelly Helmrich of Camp Cope came through for a heart-to-heart with Lucy Smith, letting us in on what needs to happen to change the music industry for the better.

Before they recently announced their largest ever Australian headline show, with a massive US and European tour alongside it, Camp Cope had been persistently gigging, recording, and amongst the madness, claiming their space as fighters for diversity in music. One of many punchy tracks that solidified this position was The Opener  a brutally honest tell-all of everyday occurrences faced by female and gender non-conforming musicians. Coincidentally,  it dropped at a time where the topic had finally burst into public attention.

The timing of when The Opener was released wasnt on purpose, but it seemed meant to be: that it was released at a time when those conversations were happening, about diversity, about womens rights, and the respect women deserve but arent getting. When we wrote that song, it was from personal experiences, it was a way to be cathartic. We never imagined the feedback we got, how everyone related to that, or that it would connect to so many people. Its sad that people can relate to us, but it makes us braver to keep saying these things.

As politically vocal musicians, Kelly and Georgia reflected on what its like to be part of what sometimes feels like very few people speaking out on issues that matter.

I feel a responsibility to say the things we say. So I dont hate it, but it does get very exhausting sometimes. It would be nice to be a regular band, and not an activist band. Theres pros and...

09:03

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Aurora Dr, Whalan "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Aurora Dr, Whalan, NSW 2770
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 17 May 2018 17:00

08:59

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - KINGSGROVE M5 East Mwy approaching Kingsgrove Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentKingsgrove M5 East Mwy approaching Kingsgrove Rd
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 4:59pm
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 eastbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

08:47

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - PARRAMATTA James Ruse Dr at River Ridge "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentParramatta James Ruse Dr at River Ridge
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 4:47pm
Impact: Impact Traffic affected in both directions.

08:33

ALBUM REVIEW: William Crighton Empire "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

William Crightons debut album had him pegged as an Americana/gothic rock songwriter all fire and brimstone and heart on sleeve emotion. Now, on his sophomore album, hes expanded his stylistic palette into a whole range of sonic shades and textures. The intense and impassioned preacher is still railing from the pulpit but now you Continue reading

07:07

Butterflies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Some years ago I saw this beautiful butterfly made by Hape Kiddle

Recently I spotted a few butterflies in opp shops around town, so I decided to start a collection.

05:11

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Multiple vehicles - ROZELLE Victoria Rd approaching The Crescent "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentRozelle Victoria Rd approaching The Crescent
ACCIDENT Multiple vehicles
...
Started today 1:00pm, last checked today 1:11pm
Heavy traffic conditions. 

05:11

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Truck - SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Arrival Court below Departure Plaza "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentSydney international airport Arrival Court below Departure Plaza
ACCIDENT Truck
...
Started today 9:47am, last checked today 1:11pm
Impact: Impact Inbound traffic affected.

04:54

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - LUCAS HEIGHTS Heathcote Rd approaching New Illawarra Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - South
IncidentLucas Heights Heathcote Rd approaching New Illawarra Rd
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 12:45pm, last checked today 12:54pm
Impact: Impact 2 of 4 westbound lane(s) closed (lane 3).

04:48

Dutton Considers Increasing Governments Surveillance Powers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A proposal was recently floated by two government department officials to enhance the powers of Australias cyber spying agency, to enable it to digitally surveil Australian citizens from right here without a warrant. The proposal, if adopted, would add to the already-pervasive surveillance of Australians through meta-data retention laws, the Five

The post Dutton Considers Increasing Governments Surveillance Powers appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

02:43

Engineering Firms Withdrawal From Adani Coal Project Should Be Final Nail In The Coffin, Says Greenpeace "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One of the worlds largest engineering firms and a key partner in Indian company Adanis push to open up the Galilee basin in Queensland to coal mining has confirmed it is no longer involved in the controversial project, sparking celebrations among environmental campaigners.

Its another major blow to a proposed mining venture which has been plagued by problems, with major banks in Australia and around the world refusing to provide finance for what would be the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere.

American engineering firm AECOM was the lead partner engaged to design a rail line to run from the Carmichael basin to the coast, providing a way to get the coal from inland Australia to the international market. The rail-line, if built, would also open up the entire Galilee Basin to coal mining, attracting other major mining players like Gina Rinehart. But the project has faced massive opposition from Traditional Owners and environmental groups its carbon footprint alone would unlock more emissions than small countries, such as New Zealand.

Yesterday, AECOM, an international corporation with assets worth almost $6 billion, confirmed it had demobilised from Adani Groups project, joining a growing list of partners and investors who have walked away from the venture.

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The deal lasted less than a year, after being signed in July 2017. Overnight, AECOMs share price jumped 1 per cent in the wake of the news.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan who made international headlines in 2013 after releasing a fake press release on behalf of ANZ bank announcing a withdrawal of financing for Whitehaven coal mine in the Hunter Valley of NSW suggested the latest blow to Adani should be fatal for the Carmichael coal mine.

Environmental activist, Johnathan Moylan.

This should serve as the final nail in the coffin for this environmentally and economically unsustainable project that most stakeholders have already walked away from, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan said.

Adani Group have shown time and time...

00:46

Union Boss Sally McManus Demands Inquiry After Building Royal Commission Charges Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.

Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.

Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.

The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.

Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.

Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.

I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.

The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.

This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.

It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.

John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian construction industry. They stood up for safety in an extremely dangerous industry.

And for doing that they have faced unwarranted and discredited criminal charges. Working people deserve answers about how this happened.

Former Abbott Government minister Eric Abetz, who served in the workplace relations role at the time, was uncharacteristically quiet as the news broke yesterday.

John Sekta has a history of making very inflammatory statements and its not worth responding to them, Senator Abetz said.

Whilst hes had a win today I would suggest to him that he be exceptionally careful in relat...

00:40

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: St Marys Rd, Berkshire Park, NSW 2765
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 17 May 2018 08:27

00:39

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: HAZARD Metal - BOTANY Foreshore Rd near Hale St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentBotany Foreshore Rd near Hale St
HAZARD Metal
...
Started today 8:39am
Impact: Impact Northbound traffic affected.

00:35

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 cars - ASHFIELD Milton St near Hume Hwy "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentAshfield Milton St near Hume Hwy
ACCIDENT 2 cars
Started today 8:32am, last checked today 8:35am (initial report)
Attending: Emergency service(s), RMS
Advice:...

00:30

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS Overheight vehicle - BEXLEY M5 East Mwy approaching Tunnel Entry "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentBexley M5 East Mwy approaching Tunnel Entry
CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS Overheight vehicle (Site cleared )
...
Started today 8:12am, last checked today 8:30am
Heavy traffic conditions. Expect significant delays.

00:21

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Truck - EASTERN CREEK Wonderland Dr at Wallgrove Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentEastern Creek Wonderland Dr at Wallgrove Rd
BREAKDOWN Truck
...
Started today 8:21am
Impact: Impact Eastbound traffic affected.

00:13

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Bus, Car - ST IVES Mona Vale Rd approaching Pentecost Ave "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentSt Ives Mona Vale Rd approaching Pentecost Ave
ACCIDENT Bus, Car
...
Started today 8:13am
Impact: Impact Northbound traffic affected.

00:07

Hairy Panic "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A couple of years ago I thought to publish here the lyrics to a song I wrote around a decade ago about a weed

It's called Hairy Panic.

This week I got around to recording the song:

00:00

May 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace chimneys.

1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.

1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street

1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.

1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."

1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.

1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each

1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.

1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!

1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.

1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.

1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...

Wednesday, 16 May

21:43

App economy riders are in a battle for proper wages "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed from New South Wales

Food delivery riders in the emerging app economy and working for Deliveroo, Foodora and UberEats, are organising to protect themselves and joining the Transport Workers Union.

The number one issue is that they do not get paid enough to survive on. A case has been  brought before the Fair Work Commission, where a review of award wages are being sought.

At a rally just before the case in Sydney, one of the riders said that wages have dropped significantly over the two-and-a-half years he has been on the job, with one of the major companies.

When I started two-and-a-half years ago, the standard contract was $14 an hour and $5 dollars a delivery, rider Matt told reporters. Those are now looked at as the golden old days. I now know riders that are doing $7 a delivery and zero dollars an hour these guys are making $14, $7 or zero dollars an hour.

The app economy is designed to provide cheap labour. The rider is only paid for on a piece rate for deliveries carried out and the rest of the time remains on standby with no pay. In addition, the rider is regarded as a contractor, and therefore the employer does not provide WorkCover, holidays, sick pay, or any of the other benefits usually enjoyed by an employee.

This is a form of exploitation that should have no place in Australia. It not only affects those who are engaged in the app economy. Other jobs paid at an hourly rate are threatened as well.

If the use of apps are going to be applied to the working relationship, this must occur under the minimum conditions of a standard workplace agreement, with regular wages and working conditions. This is what is being fought for.

The TWU national secretary, Tony Sheldon, said the major food delivery companies were practicing wage theft and said he wanted the Fair Work Commission to protect riders.

He said, Theyre stealing from hardworking people, who are delivering to our homes right around our country, by underpaying them.

We need to make sure we have a system in this country that works for everybody.

The case is still before the Commission.

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